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November 6: Happy Birthday Michael Cerveris and Ethan Hawke

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Today is Michael Cerveris’s 57th birthday.  His best know screen role may have been as the Observer known as September on Fox’s Fringe.  He has also been a regular on Fame for one season and a recurring character on Treme, and he is currently appearing as the recurring character of Lazlo Valentin/Professor Pyg on the fourth season of Gotham.  He has had supporting roles in films such as The Mexican and last year’s Detours, and starred with recent headliner Adam Pascal, among others, in the movie musical Temptation.

Cerveris is one of the leading stage actors of the past three decades.  He began working in regional and Off-Broadway theater almost immediately after graduating from Yale.  He made his Broadway debut in 1993 as the title character of The Who’s Tommy, and received the first of his six Tony nominations for his work in musical theater.  Cerveris has starred as the title character in a revival of Sweeney Todd and played Juan Peron in a revival of Evita.  He has also done some straight stage drama, appearing on Broadway in Shakespeare’s Cymbeline and Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, and in a Public Theater production of King Lear as Kent.  He has won two Tonys, as John Wilkes Booth in the original production of Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins, and as Bruce Bechdel in Fun Home, adapted from Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel.

Ethan Hawke is celebrating his 47th birthday.  His first film appearance was as a teenager, starring in Joe Dante’s Explorers; he then began to attract notice with his performance in Dead Poets Society.  He never really became a big star but he has appeared in major roles in a wide variety of films—a small sampling would include Reality Bites, Gattaca, Snow Falling on Cedars, Daybreakers, The Purge, and remakes of Assault on Precinct 13 and The Magnificent Seven.  He has been a four time Oscar nominee, twice for Best Supporting Actor, for Training Day and Boyhood, and twice for Best Adapted Screenplay (shared with Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater), for Before Sunset and Before Midnight.

Hawke has also had a very respectable stage career.  He made his Broadway debut in 1992 in a revival of Chekhov’s The Seagull, and was a Tony nominee for Tom Stoppard’s The Coast of Utopia.  He has also appeared on Broadway in productions of Henry IV (as Hotspur) and Macbeth (in the title role), and was a Drama Desk Award nominee for directing an Off-Broadway revival of Sam Shepard’s A Lie of the Mind.

Zoe McLellan, who turns 43 today, is currently a regular on Designated Survivor and previously had regular roles on JAG and NCIS: New OrleansKelly Rutherford, who is turning 49, was a regular on Melrose Place and more recently was Lily van der Woodson on Gossip GirlKris Wu, who has starred in Chinese films like Mr. Six and Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back, and made his Hollywood debut in XXX: The Return of Xander Cage, is 27.  Wu is also known for his time with the Chinese-South Korean boy band Exo.

Baseball Hall of Famer Walter Johnson (1887-1946) was one of the greatest pitchers ever to play the game.  The “Big Train” won over 400 games in his career, all of which was with the Washington Senators, more than any pitcher whose career began after 1900.  He was selected as one of the Hall of Fame’s inaugural “first five” in 1936.

Sultan Suleiman I of the Ottoman Empire, known as Suleiman the Magnificent (1494-1566) had the longest reign of any of the Ottoman sultans and brought their empire to the peak of its political and military power.  Edsel Ford (1893-1943) is remembered because Ford named their most ill-conceived model ever after him, but he was an effective Ford executive for many years—starting Ford’s Mercury division and introducing the Lincoln Continental—before his death at only 49.  Michael Schwerner (1939-1964) was a civil rights activist with the Congress of Racial Equality who was one of the three victims of the so-called “Freedom Summer murders” of June, 1964.

Sally Field and Emma Stone were the headliners on November 6 of last year.

Sally Field is turning 71 today.  She appeared earlier this year in the horror comedy Little Evil, and she has also been cast in a recurring role on the upcoming Netflix series Maniac.  One of the stars (and also an executive producer) of that series is Emma Stone, who turns 29.  Stone has had a terrific year.  She starred in La La Land, which became a surprise hit on its release last December, making around $150 million in US box office, and nearly triple that total worldwide, on a $30 million budget.  Stone swept the main Best Actress honors in the role of Mia Dolan, winning one of La La Land’s six Oscars in the process.  She is currently starring in Battle of the Sexes as Billie Jean King and receiving another round of critical acclaim.

Thandie Newton is 45 today.  She was a Primetime Emmy nominee as Maeve Millay in Westworld and also was a regular on season 4 of Line of Duty, while her upcoming film appearances will include Solo: A Star Wars Story.  Also 45 is Rebecca Romijn, who continues to star as Eve Baird on The LibrariansRon Underwood, who turns 64, continues to direct regularly for television, on series like Once Upon a Time and The Good FightJune Squibb continues to work as she turns 88; she had a prominent role in Table 19Taryn Manning, who is 39, continues to appear on Orange is the New Black as Pennsatucky Doggett.  Patina Miller continues to be a regular on Madam Secretary as she turns 33.  Adam Devine, who is 34, will star in the upcoming romantic comedy When We First Met, which he also co-wrote, with Alexandra Daddario.  Katie Leclerc, who celebrates her 31st, will be moving on to new things after Switched at Birth completed its fifth and final season earlier this year.

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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Posted on November 6, 2017, in Celebrity Birthdays and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Wow, cool birthdays: I always thought Sally Field was adorable (my favorite film of her’s? 1985’s “Murphy’s Romance”; I mean, James Garner and a young Corey Haim too? Yeah, it rules). Her character in that film was named Emma, which leads me to…
    Emma Stone! I liked her since “Easy A”. I think she’s bursting with talent, and one of my favorite younger performers.
    I also like Thandie Newton; although I’m not a huge fan of “The Truth About Charlie”, I thought she was very good there, and I thought she nailed the Condoleezza Rice role in “W.”.
    I kind of grew up with Ethan Hawke (going back to the 1985 film “Explorers”), and I totally enjoy the films he’s done with Julie Delpy, I think those films are honest and romantic, two of my favorite things (“Before Midnight” is probably my favorite)!
    Yeah, baseball pitcher Walter Johnson was a bit before our time (he was born in 1887!:-), but I read he was one heck of a player. He played for the original Washington Senators (who later became the Minnesota Twins in 1961; yeah, I know sports:-), and had an impressive career. Hey, he could pitch for me any day.
    Edsel Ford, ha ha; I’m sure there had to be a few Edsels that weren’t lemons, but the reputation there isn’t very good.

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    • I gave serious consideration to having Emma Stone be a headliner for a second time—the last 12 months have been very good for her.

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      • I see no problem whatsoever with repeats. Next year, I imagine you will have to revisit some headliners on a lot of dates if you want to maintain anything like a daily schedule. That or the headliners will include a lot of lesser known celebs.

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