October 25 & 26: Happy Birthday Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp


Our two headliners today were born one year and one day apart.  They are both known for their long association with the musical Rent.  Rapp, on the left in the above photo, was involved in the first New York Theatre Workshop productions in the role of Mark Cohen, while Pascal joined the cast as Roger Davis in the original Broadway production.  They have returned to their respective roles many times since—for the West End production in 1998, for the 2005 feature film, for a 10th anniversary performance in 2006, for a return to the Broadway show in the summer and early fall of 2007, and for a national tour in 2009-10.

Adam Pascal celebrated his 47th birthday yesterday.  Before he was cast in Rent, he had been playing in a couple of rock bands, and he has released three rock albums during his career.  After his success in Rent, which brought him a Tony nomination, he went on to star as Radames in the original Broadway cast of Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida.  His musical theater roles through the years have included roles in classic musicals, as the Master of Ceremonies in Cabaret and Billy Flynn in Chicago, as well as major roles in new musicals like Something Rotten! and Disaster!

Aside from the film of Rent, Pascal has appeared in films like SLC Punk! and its sequel Punk’s Dead, School of Rock, Wild About Harry, and the musical/horror film The Devil’s Carnival: Allelulia!

Anthony Rapp is turning 46 today.  He was just ten when he made his Broadway debut in The Little Prince and the Aviator, in the role of the Prince—the play never officially opened, but his performances in previews counted. 🙂  He has appeared on Broadway in the plays Precious Sons and Six Degrees of Separation (and the film adaptation of the latter), and starred as Charlie Brown in the 1999 revival of the musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, in a cast that also included Kristen Chenoweth.  More recently he reunited with his Rent costar Idina Menzel in the musical If/Then.

Rapp made his film debut as Daryl Coopersmith in Adventures in Babysitting in 1987.  He has had roles in films like Far from Home, Dazed and Confused, and A Beautiful Mind as well as the film of Rent.  He has made a number of television guest appearances, and this year joined the cast of Star Trek: Discovery as Lt. Paul Stamets.

His big solo number was not included in the film of Rent, but it was filmed and inclded with the deleted scenes on the DVD release:

Additional birthdays from yesterday include Adam Goldberg, who turned 47.  He has appeared with Anthony Rapp in Dazed and Confused and A Beautiful Mind and also had prominent roles in Saving Private Ryan and Déjà Vu.  He has had regular parts on a number of short-lived TV series, such as Relativity, The Unusuals, and NYC 22Antony Starr, who turned 42, starred on the hit series Outrageous Fortune in his native New Zealand and has since starred on Cinemax’s Banshee and CBS’s summer series American GothicTyler Alvarez, who starred on the recent Netflix mockumentary series American Vandal, was 20 yesterday.

In music, Jon Anderson, the longtime lead singer of the progressive rock band Yes, celebrated his 73rd yesterday.  Glenn Tipton, who turned 70, has been a lead guitarist for the heavy metal band Judas Priest since they made their first studio album in 1974.  Ed Robertson, who celebrated his 47th birthday, was a founding member of the Canadian alt-rock band Barenaked Ladies, and his been their songwriter and lead vocalist for nearly 30 years.

Two basketball Hall of Famers were born on October 25.  Dave Cowens, who turned 69, starred for the Boston Celtics for a decade as an undersized center.  He won the NBA MVP Award in 1973, led the Celtics to two NBA titles, and made eight All-Star games.  Zelmo Beaty (1939-2013) starred for the St. Louis Hawks of the NBA in the sixties, and then jumped to the ABA in 1970, where he led the Utah Stars to the 1971 ABA championship and made three All-Star teams in four seasons.

Novelist Anne Tyler was 76 yesterday.  She won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her novel Breathing Lessons, and is also known for novels such as The Accidental Tourist and A Spool of Blue Thread.

Today’s additional birthdays include Julian Schnabel, who is turning 66.  Schnabel is best known in the world of film for directing The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (which starred Mathieu Amalric), for which he won Best Director at Cannes and at the Golden Globes, while receiving an Oscar nomination.  Schnabel has also had a notable career as a painter and is currently working on a biopic of Vincent Van Gogh.

Claire Cooper, who turns 37, is best known for her long run on the British soap Hollyoaks as Jacqui McQueen.  Lisa Ryder, who celebrates her 47th, is most likely to be recognized for her regular roles on Forever Knight and Andromeda, and in the horror film Jason XMorgan Saylor, who was a regular for three seasons on Homeland and was featured earlier this year in Novitiate, is turning 23.

Novelist Jim Butcher is 46 today.  He is best known for the fifteen novels and numerous short stories that make up the urban fantasy series The Dresden Files, and also for the high fantasy Codex Alera series.  William Julius “Judy” Johnson (1899-1989) is in baseball’s Hall of Fame for his career in the Negro Leagues.  He was, for part of his career, a member of the early 1930s Pittsburgh Crawfords team that may have been the best ever in the Negro Leagues.  Jim McCann (1944-2015) was an Irish folksinger who had a long career as a solo performer and also was a member of The Dubliners for a period.

Today’s historical birthdays include Georges Danton (1759-1794), who was a key figure in the French Revolution, one of the leaders in overthrowing the monarchy, before himself becoming a victim of the Reign of Terror.  Helmuth von Moltke (1800-1891), often known as Moltke the Elder to distinguish him from his nephew of the same name, was the longtime Chief of Staff of the Prussian General Staff and architect of Prussia’s military victories over Austria and France that led to the unification of Germany.  Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (1919-1980) became Shah of Iran in 1941 when his father was deposed, and held the throne until forced to flee the country by the Iranian Revolution of 1979.

Headliners for October 25 last year were Katy Perry and Helen Reddy.

Katy Perry celebrated her 33rd birthday.  She released her fifth studio album, Witness, in June of this year, and recently began Witness: The Tour, in support of it.  She will also be joining ABC’s revival of American Idol as a judge.

Country singer Chely Wright, who turned 47 yesterday, released her eighth studio album, I Am the Rain, last September.  R&B artist Ciara, who is 32, is working on a seventh studio album which will be released by Warner’s.  Nancy Cartwright, the longtime voice of Bart Simpson, celebrated her 60th.  Mathieu Amalric, who is now 52, appeared in two films screened at Cannes this year—Barbara (which he also wrote and directed) and Ismaël’s GhostsMehcad Brooks continues to star as James Olsen on Supergirl on his 37th birthday.  Craig Robinson, who is 46, has appeared in several films this year, including Table 19 and the just-released Tragedy GirlsGale Ann Hurd, who is 62, was one of the developers of the anthology horror series Lore.

Broadway great Barbara Cook (1927-2017) passed away in August of this year at 89.  As is customary, marquee lights along Broadway were dimmed in tribute to her the night after her death.

On October 26 a year ago we featured Seth MacFarlane and Keith Urban as the headliners.

Seth MacFarlane turns 44.  He appeared earlier this year in Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky, and is the creator and star of Fox’s new series The OrvilleKeith Urban is 50 today.  His latest album, Ripcord, was nominated for the Grammy for Best Country Album.

Dylan McDermott, who is 56, will headline Fox’s upcoming midseason series L.A. to VegasCary Elwes, who will play Andy Warhol in the upcoming film Billionaire Boys Club, is turning 55.  Tom Cavanagh celebrates his 54th; he remains a regular on The Flash as Harrison Wells.  Jon Heder, who turns 40, keeps busy as a voice actor, particularly as one of the title characters of Pickle and PeanutFlorence Kasumba is 41 today; she appeared in a small role in Wonder Woman and will return to the role of Ayo in Black PantherRosemarie DeWitt, who is 46, will be featured in the upcoming film Sweet Virginia, and had a supporting part in La La LandRoger Allam, who is turning 64, starred in the recent British film The Hippopotamus and in the original production of Steve Waters’ new play Limehouse.

Although Hillary Clinton did not win last year’s presidential election, she remains a prominent public figure as she turns 70.

If today is your birthday, congratulations on sharing your big day with these notable names.  Birthday wishes to everyone celebrating a big day today.  Come back tomorrow for more celebrity birthdays.


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  1. Today is going to be “Rent Appreciation Day” in the birthday article series.


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