January 5: Happy Birthday Bradley Cooper and Jane Wyman
Bradley Cooper is celebrating his 43rd today. Cooper studied English and acted in a student theater group at Georgetown; he made his screen debut in a brief appearance on Sex and the City while in the process of earning an MFA from the Actors Studio Drama School. He started to make a name for himself as a regular on the first two seasons of Alias. He began to get some decent film roles in the mid-2000s, but it wasn’t until he starred as Phil Wenneck in The Hangover that he made his breakthrough as a star.
Cooper is a four-time Oscar nominee. His first, for Best Actor, was for Silver Linings Playbook. He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for American Hustle, and then received nominations for Best Actor and as a producer of a Best Picture nominee for American Sniper. He played Templeton “Faceman” Peck in The A-Team, reunited with Silver Linings costar Jennifer Lawrence in Serena and (in a supporting role) Joy, and will star with Lady Gaga in the latest remake of A Star is Born. But his most widely seen performance is likely a voice role.
Like Cooper, Jane Wyman (1917-2007) was a four-time Oscar nominee—in her case, all of them were for Best Actress. Having lived briefly in Southern California as a young girl, Wyman dropped out of high school at 15 to return to Hollywood on her own. She began getting uncredited film roles almost immediately, but didn’t get her first credited role until 1937. Later that same year came her first starring role, in a comedy titled Public Wedding. She had a notable role in 1941’s You’re In the Army Now, where she and Regis Toomey shared what was at that time the longest kiss in movie history.
Wyman began to be recognized as a genuinely talented actress when she starred with recent headliner Ray Milland in The Lost Weekend. A year later, in 1946, she received her first Oscar nomination as Ora Baxter in The Yearling, and two years after that she starred in Johnny Belinda, and became the first actress in the sound era to win Best Actress without speaking a line of dialogue.
Wyman received two further Best Actress nominations, for The Blue Veil and Magnificent Obsession, winning a Golden Globe for the former film. She played Laura Wingfield in the 1950 film of The Glass Menagerie, starred with Rock Hudson in Douglas Sirk’s All That Heaven Allows, and was Aunt Polly in Pollyanna. In the late 1950s, she hosted the anthology series Jane Wyman Presents on NBC, and after many years of TV guest roles, she starred as Angela Channing on all nine seasons of Falcon Crest, winning a Golden Globe in 1984. History buffs are probably aware that Wyman was Ronald Reagan’s first wife.
Suki Waterhouse, who turns 26, has appeared in films like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and on the miniseries The White Princess, and will star in the upcoming Assassination Nation. Brooklyn Sudano, known for regular roles on My Wife and Kids and season 1 of Taken, is 37 today. Dutch actress Hadewych Minis, who is 41, is a two-time winner of the Golden Calf, once each in the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress categories.
Sam Phillips (1923-2003) was the founder of Sun Records, and the producer who launched the careers of the likes of Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. Alvin Ailey (1931-1989) was a major figure in 20th Century dance as the founder of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; he is particularly known for choreographing the dance suite Revelations.
Our January 5 headliners a year ago were Robert Duvall and Diane Keaton.
Robert Duvall is still taking occasional roles as he turns 87. He will appear in Steve McQueen’s upcoming heist film Widows later this year. Also still working is Diane Keaton, who is 72 today. She will star with Jane Fonda and Candice Bergen in the upcoming comedy Book Club.
Shea Whigham is 49 today. He appeared in several films last year, including Kong: Skull Island and Death Note, and will be even busier this year, when his roles will include astronaut Gus Grissom in First Man and baseball great Joe Cronin in The Catcher Was a Spy. Vinnie Jones, who will appear in Jason Mewes’ directing debut, Madness in the Method, is 53 today. January Jones, who celebrates her 40th, can be seen on the 4th season of The Last Man on Earth. Bollywood star Deepika Padukone is 32; she will star in the upcoming period film Padmavati. Franz Drameh, who recently departed from the cast of Legends of Tomorrow, is turning 25. Clancy Brown turns 59; last year he provided the voice of Surtur for Thor: Ragnarok, and played Robert S. McNamara in Chappaquiddick. Marilyn Manson, who turns 49, continued as the lead singer of the band that shares a name with him; their 10th studio album, Heaven Upside Down, came out in October.
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.
Posted on January 5, 2018, in Celebrity Birthdays and tagged Bradley Cooper, Clancy Brown, Diane Keaton, Jane Wyman, January Jones, Robert Duvall, Sam Phillips, Shea Whigham. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.