November 30: Happy Birthday Gael Garcia Bernal and Kaley Cuoco


Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal is turning 39 today.  He made his first appearance on Mexican television at the age of about ten or eleven, and at thirteen starred in the series El abuelo y yo.  In 2000, he appeared in a guest role on the syndicated series Queen of Swords, but more importantly, that year he was part of the ensemble cast of Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Amores perros, and won an Ariel Award (Mexican equivalents of the Oscars).  He then starred with Diego Luna (their first time working together; they have been friends since they were young) and Maribel Verdu in Alfonso Cuarón’s Y Tu Mamá También.

Garcia Bernal has subsequently starred in films like The Crime of Father Amaro, The Motorcycle Diaries (as Che Guevara) and González Iñárritu’s Babel (a Best Picture nominee).  He and Luna formed a production company together and have made films like Sin Nombre and The Ardor.  He has had major roles in English-language films like Blindness, Letters to Juliet, and A Little Bit of Heaven, but American audiences may be most likely to know him as Rodrigo De Souza on Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle, for which he has won a Golden Globe.

Today is Kaley Cuoco’s 32nd birthday.  She began making film appearances in the early 1990s, and had a major role in the Disney Channel TV movie Alley Cats Strike.  She also began making TV guest appearances during the nineties, and in 2002 started to become better known in her first regular TV role, as older daughter Bridget Hennessey on 8 Simple Rules.  She has had lead roles in films like Killer Movie and The Wedding Ringer.  However, people are most likely to know her for her starring role, for over a decade now, as Penny on The Big Bang Theory.

Joan Ganz Cooney is turning 88 today.  She worked for the State Department and as a print journalist before going to work for public TV station WNET in the early 1960s.  She is best known as the creator and longtime executive producer of Sesame Street.  Voice actor Kevin Conroy is 62 today; he is best known as the voice of Batman in a wide range of animated DC adaptations dating back to Batman: The Animated Series and Batman: Mask of the Phantasm in the early 1990s.  Diego Klattenhoff, who stars as Donald Ressler on The Blacklist, is 38 today.  Also turning 38 is Stephen Campbell Moore, who played Irwin in Alan Bennett’s The History Boys in the original West End and Broadway productions and in the feature film; he has also done a lot of British television work.

The late Nelsan Ellis (1977-2017), who died earlier this year, starred as Lafayette Reynolds on True Blood, and played Shinwell Johnson on season 5 of ElementaryGordon Parks (1912-2006) had a distinguished career as a photographer, but is likely to be best remembered as the director of Shaft, one of the definitive blaxploitation films.  June Pointer (1953-2006) was an R&B singer best known as one of the founding members of the Pointer Sisters.  Mindy McCready (1975-2013) is our sad story today; a successful country singer in the late 1990s, she developed a variety of substance abuse and other personal problems before committing suicide in 2013.  Author Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942) was best known for her series of novels about red-haired orphan Anne Shirley, beginning with Anne of Green Gables.

Last year’s November 30 headliners were Ridley Scott and Mandy Patinkin.

Sir Ridley Scott celebrates his 80th today.  He was an executive producer of the recently released Blade Runner 2049, directed Alien Covenant, and has been filming All the Money in the World, about the kidnapping of oil heir John Paul Getty III.  The production has been in the news lately owing to the last-minute decision to drop Kevin Spacey from the film and reshoot his scenes with Christopher Plummer.  Mandy Patinkin, who is 65, continues to star as Saul Berenson on Homeland, receiving his third Emmy nomination in the role this year.  He appeared in this year’s Wonder, voiced Papa Smurf in Smurfs: The Lost Village, and is one of the stars of the upcoming Life Itself.

Ryan Murphy was a headliner on November 9 of last year, but most sources actually list today as his birthday; he turns 52.  Of series he has been involved with lately, American Horror Story just concluded its seventh season, while American Crime Story and Feud return next year.  He is also an executive producer on several upcoming series.

Also 52 today is Ben Stiller, who starred this year in Brad’s Status and The Meyerowitz StoriesElisha Cuthbert, who turns 35, has been promoted to a regular role on Netflix’s The RanchRebecca Rittenhouse, who is 29, will be appearing in Gus Van Sant’s upcoming Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on FootMarc Forster is turning 48; he directed the recent release All I See Is You, while his Christopher Robin comes out next summer.  Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki last worked on Terrence Malick’s Song to Song, which came out earlier this year; he is 53 today.  Editor Stuart Baird celebrates his 70th; his mot recent projects are Bitter Harvest and the upcoming Tomb Raider.

Two-time Emmy winner Robert Guillaume (1927-2017) died in late October, just a few weeks before his 90th birthday.

Let’s close with a number from punk/new wave rocker Billy Idol, who is 62 today.

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. I don’t watch many foreign movies anymore. Not as much as I should. As a result, I’m largely unfamiliar with Gael Garcia Bernal. I have considered checking out Mozart in the Jungle, but I haven’t tuned in yet. I actively dislike The Big Bang Theory, so I know Kaley Cuoco mostly from her celebrity status. I did see her in Hop several years ago. That was difficult to sit through. But kudos for the seasonally appropriate picture!

    Kevin Conroy is the best Batman hands down.

    I was saddened to hear about Nelsan Ellis’ passing. He was consistently one of the best things about True Blood. Ridley Scott’s made a lot of movies I enjoy, although his track record is very spotty these days. Mandy Patinkin will always be Inigo Montoya.

    I run hot and cold on Ryan Murphy. I enjoyed American Crime Story and Feud, but I wonder why I keep tuning in for the always-disappointing American Horror Story. Ben Stiller has made a lot of bad movies, but there are a few really memorable ones mixed in. I skipped 24, but I watched some of that torture-porn movie Elisha Cuthbert made for the Razzie articles. That’s probably the only thing I have seen her in.

    Robert Guillaume has an important place in television history. Also, he was Rafiki in The Lion King. He will be missed. I can’t think of a better way to close out an article than Billy Idol’s White Wedding.


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