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December 21: Happy Birthday Kiefer Sutherland and Julie Delpy

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Our headliners today appeared in a movie together, but they never really shared the screen or appeared together in any publicity photos, not to mention that the movie wasn’t that great.

Kiefer Sutherland was born 51 years ago today, the son of Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actor Donald Sutherland and actress Shirley Douglas.  He spent much of his youth in Canada with his mother, and made his screen debut in 1983 in Max Dugan Returns, which starred his father.  He then starred in the Canadian film The Bay Boy, and made his Hollywood debut in the 1986 films At Close Range and Stand By Me.

By the end of the 1980s, Sutherland was starring in films like Young Guns and its sequel, Flatliners.  But, although he continued to appear in prominent roles through the 1990s, in films like the 1993 version of The Three Musketeers (as Athos), A Few Good Men, and the John Grisham adaptation A Time to Kill, he never quite made it as a major film star.  Where he really found his niche was on prime time television, as the star of one of the most iconic series of the 2000s.

Sutherland was nominated for the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series six times as Jack Bauer in 24, winning for the show’s fifth season; he also shared in the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series for that season as a co-executive producer.  He was a five-time Golden Globe nominee as well, winning for the first season.  Sutherland currently has another starring role in prime time, as President Thomas Kirkman on ABC’s Designated Survivor, and this year had a supporting role in the remake of Flatliners.

French actress Julie Delpy celebrates her 48th birthday today.  She began acting before she turned 10, and in 1985 she had a significant role in Jean-Luc Godard’s Détective.  She received Cesar nominations in consecutive years in the mid-1980s in the Most Promising Actress category, for Mauvais Sang and Beatrice, and she also became known for appearing in Agnieszka Holland’s Europa Europa and in Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Three Colors trilogy—she starred in White and had cameos in the other two films.

American audiences got their first good look at Delpy in 1993, when she played Constance in The Three Musketeers and the title character in Killing Zoe.  However, the English language role she is best known for is one of the lead characters in another trilogy, Celine in Richard Linklater’s Before films.

Delpy received Oscar nominations for screenwriting, shared with Linklater and Ethan Hawke, for Before Sunset and Before Midnight.  In the past decade, she has written and directed several films of her own.  She received a Cesar nomination for screenwriting and an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best First Film for Two Days in Paris.  Her subsequent films as a director-writer-star have included a sequel to that film, Two Days in New York, the historical drama The Countess, and the 2015 film Lolo, which won the Laguna Sud Award at the Venice International Film Festival.

Michelle Hurd, known for her regular roles on Law & Order: SVU (for the first two seasons), The Glades, and Blindspot, is turning 51 today.  Rutina Wesley, who turns 39, starred as Tara Thornton for all seven seasons of True Blood, and is now one of the stars of the Oprah Winfrey Network’s Queen Sugar.  Swedish actress Tuva Novotny, who celebrates her 38th, has appeared in English-language films such as Eat Pray Love and this year’s Borg/McEnroe.  And Twin Peaks fans will remember Michael Horse, who turns 68, for playing Deputy Tommy “Hawk” Hill.

Our historical birthday today is Roger Williams (1603-1683), known to students of US history as the founder of the colony of Rhode Island and one of the main developers of the principle of separation of church and state.

Jane Fonda and Samuel L. Jackson were last year’s headliners on this date.

Jane Fonda turns 80 today.  She will return for the fourth season of Netflix’s Grace and Frankie in the role of Grace Hanson; it will premiere in January.  She starred with Robert Redford in the recent release Our Souls at Night and will appear in the upcoming Book ClubSamuel L. Jackson is celebrating his 69th.  He appeared, as usual, in several feature films this year—he returned to the role of Augustus Gibbons in XXX: The Return of Xander Cage, was the titular hit man in The Hitman’s Bodyguard, appeared in Brie Larson’s directing debut, Unicorn Store, and also with Larson in Kong: Skull Island.

Ray Romano, who is a regular on Get Shorty and had a supporting role in The Big Sick, turns 60 today.  Jane Kaczmarek, who is 62, appeared in the feature film adaptation of CHiPs as a CHP Captain.  Tom Sturridge, who is turning 32, starred in the original Broadway production of Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan’s 1984 in the role of Winston Smith; he also appeared in the feature films Journey’s End and Mary ShelleyTom Payne, who is 35, continues to appear on The Walking Dead as Paul “Jesus” Rovia.  Steven Yeun is no longer one of Payne’s costars as his character was killed off.  Yeun, who is 34, appeared in Bong-Joon-ho’s Okja earlier this year.  Kaitlyn Dever, who is turning 21, appeared in several films this year, including Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit and the final film to feature the late Anton Yelchin, We Don’t Belong HereJeffrey Katzenberg, who turns 67, has formed a new company called WndrCo.

Oscar-winning director John Avildsen (1935-2017) died of cancer earlier this year at the age of 81.

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 December 21, 2017, in Celebrity Birthdays and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. My favorite Kiefer Sutherland movies are “Stand By Me” and “The Lost Boys”. I highly recommend those Kiefer movies. I haven’t seen “Young Guns” in years, and I must confess I remember nothing about the movie except Emilio Estevez was awesome in it. That’s what happens sometimes, though.

    I’m a Jane Fonda fan. “9 to 5” is my favorite movie of hers. The chemistry between Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton was what made the movie memorable in my opinion. She was also lucky enough to co-star opposite Anthony Perkins in her first movie role. I read somewhere Fonda tried to seduce Perkins in his trailer while filming her first movie, but Perkins resisted, and she had no idea he was dating Tab Hunter at the time. I don;t know if Fonda or Tab Hunter himself confirmed the story, but everyone knows it now.

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    • Yeah, I loved Kiefer Sutherland in “The Lost Boys”; he was kind of innocent, in his way, or vulnerable there, I thought (plus I love the song, “Cry Little Sister” from that film as well). Also, I like Canadian people, so the whole deal works on a great level for me.
      I always thought Jane Fonda was cool; one of the finest actresses of her time (Faye Dunaway was right there too, I think). I’ve always enjoyed her work, and I think she got a bad rap for a time there.

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    • Yeah, I do think “9 to 5″ rules” (it had me when Lily Tomlin’s character turned into a Snow White-like character, but I feel everyone was great there).

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  2. Julie Delpy, I really enjoyed her in the “Sunset” saga with Ethan Hawke (I liked how they talked to each other in that series; they didn’t talk AT each other, they talked WITH each other. It’s a special thing to find in real life, but I thought it it was fun to watch and listen to).

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