January 18: Happy Birthday Kevin Costner and Takeshi Kitano
Oscar and Emmy winner Kevin Costner is celebrating his 63rd birthday. He studied business at Cal State-Fullerton, but also became interested in acting during his senior year there. Costner’s WTHH article and comment thread have a wealth of information on his career, so I’m going to focus on a couple of particular aspects.
While Costner is known for a wide range of films, having starred in The Untouchables, Field of Dreams, Bull Durham, JFK, and The Bodyguard, to name just a few, several of his most important films have been Westerns. His breakthrough role was as Jake in Lawrence Kasdan’s Silverado, and he later rejoined Kasdan to star in Wyatt Earp. He won his two Oscars for producing and directing the 1990 Best Picture winner, Dances With Wolves. And he had another critical and commercial success directing, producing, and starring in Open Range.
Costner has mostly worked in feature films, but he won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Miniseries for starring on History Channel’s Hatfields & McCoys as Devil Anse Hatfield, and he will headline the Paramount Network’s first scripted series, Yellowstone, which premieres this summer. He has also had a music career, as the founder and lead singer of the country-rock band Kevin Costner & Modern West.
Takeshi Kitano, often known as “Beat Takeshi,” is turning 71 today. In his native Japan, he is known as a comedian—part of a highly successful duo called Two Beat in the seventies and eighties—and as a television host. He has gained international recognition as a film actor and director. He began acting in the late sixties, and has appeared in films such as the Japanese-British production Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, Johnny Mnemonic, Battle Royale, and last year’s Ghost in the Shell.
As a director, Kitano is known for a number of crime dramas, often centered either on yakuza or on cops, or both. He made his debut with Violent Cop in 1989; as in most of his directing efforts, he also starred. An exception to his usual subject matter was A Scene at the Sea from 1991, which won Blue Ribbon Awards (one of Japan’s top film awards) for Best Film and Best Director. His output as a director also includes films such as Sonatine, Brother, and the Outrage trilogy. His most acclaimed film is probably the 1997 crime film Hana-bi, which won him Blue Ribbons for Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor, along with other honors that included a European Film Award and the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.
Joanna Newsom, who turns 36, is an indie folk musician known for albums like Ys and Divers, and has also made a few film and television appearances, notably in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice. Ingvild Deila, a Norwegian actress who works primarily in England, is 31. She had a bit part in Avengers: Age of Ultron and played Princess Leia (with Carrie Fisher’s face digitally superimposed on her) in Rogue One. Sam Strike, who played the title character in last year’s Leatherface, is 24 today. Australian actor Sean Keenan, who is 25, is known for starring on Australian television as the title character of the children’s series Lockie Leonard. Karan Bran, known for the Disney channel series Jessie and its spinoff series Bunk’d, is turning 19. Faye McKeever, best known as a regular on the British sitcom Trollied, is turning 33.
Mark Rylance and Cary Grant were the January 18 headliners a year ago.
Sir Mark Rylance is celebrating his 58th birthday. He had a significant role in the ensemble cast of Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, and will appear in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming Ready Player One. Naturally, he also found time for some stage work, starring on the West End in Nice Fish, which he also co-wrote with Louis Jenkins, and on Broadway in Claire van Kampen’s Farinelli and the King (van Kampen is his wife, by the way).
Dave Bautista is turning 49. Last year he returned to the role of Drax the Destroyer in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, starred in the action thriller Stupe, and played Sapper Morton in Blade Runner 2049. Jesse L. Martin, who shares a birthday with Bautista, continues to star as Joe West on The Flash. Director David Ayer is 50 today; his latest film was the urban fantasy/crime thriller Bright. Jason Segel, who starred in the sci-fi romance The Discovery, is 38 today. German actress Antje Traue, who turns 37, starred in Bye Bye Germany, scheduled for a US release in March. Zane Holtz, who celebrates his 31st, will appear in the upcoming action thriller Hunter Killer.
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 18, 2018, in Celebrity Birthdays and tagged Antje Traue, Dave Bautista, David Ayer, Joanna Newsom, Karan Brar, Kevin Costner, Mark Rylance, Takeshi Kitano. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.