March 8 & 9: Happy Birthday Brittany Snow and Raúl Juliá


Brittany Snow celebrates her 32nd today.  She had her first screen role as Daisy Lemay on Guiding Light for a little over 2 years beginning in December, 1998.  Following that stint, she starred as Meg Pryor on NBC’s American Dreams.  She then began following common paths for young performers trying to transition to film, appearing in a high school rom-com (John Tucker Must Die) and a slasher film (the 2008 remake of Prom Night).  She also appeared as Amber Von Tussle in the 2007 version of Hairspray, and starred with Dave Bautista in last year’s Bushwick.  Her most prominent recent film role has probably been as Chloe Beale in the Pitch Perfect trilogy.

Yes, I know there is another scene involving Chloe from Pitch Perfect that is more famous, but it is also NSFW.

Raúl Juliá (1940-1994) became well known to film audiences in his last dozen years or so of life as a talented and versatile character actor and occasional leading man.  He received the first of three Golden Globe nominations for his film work for Paul Mazursky’s Tempest, a loose adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.  He was also nominated for Kiss of the Spider Woman and Moon Over Parador.  He had prominent roles in films like One From the Heart, The Morning After, Tequila Sunrise, and Romero, and of course many viewers will remember him playing Gomez Addams in the two early-1990s Addams Family features.  He won posthumous Emmy and Golden Globe honors for the TV movie The Burning Season.

What many of his film fans may not have been aware of was that Juliá was also a distinguished stage actor.  He had begun his theatrical career as a young man in his native Puerto Rico, and in the mid-sixties moved to New York; he soon began a lengthy association with Joseph Papp and the New York Shakespeare Festival.  He made his Broadway debut in 1968, and in 1972 received the first of four Tony nominations, for a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s Two Gentleman of Verona.  His Shakespeare roles included the title roles of Othello and Macbeth, Prospero in The Tempest, and Pertruchio in The Taming of the Shrew.  One of his most famous musical theater roles, which brought him another Tony nomination, was as Macheath in The Threepenny Opera.  A 1989 New Zealand film of the musical, titled Mack the Knife, preserves Juliá’s performance.

Jean Louisa Kelly, who is 46 today, made her film debut as a teenager in Uncle Buck, and went on to star on CBS’s Yes, Dear for six seasons.  Also 46 is Kerr Smith, known for his regular role on Dawson’s Creek as Jack McPhee.  Rupert Evans, who turns 42, stars on The Man in the High Castle as Frank Frink; his stage career includes appearing in Kiss of the Spider Woman in London (in the same role played in the film by Raul Julia).  Evans will star in a reboot of Charmed for The CW.  Joseph Gilgun, who stars on AMC’s Preacher as Cassidy, is celebrating his 34th.

Other birthdays yesterday include Sebastián Lelio, who turned 44.  The Chilean director recently won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film for his 2017 release A Fantastic Woman, and most recently directed an English language version of his 2013 film Gloria, labeled a “reimagining” by the filmmaker.  Uzbek-American actress Milana Vantrub turned 31; she plays the recurring role of Sloane Sandburg on This Is UsNora-Jane Noone, who is 34, starred in The Magdalene Sisters in her film debut, and more recently has been a regular on the Irish crime drama Jack TaylorDevon Graye, who turned 31, appeared in last year’s I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore and plays Axel Walker/The Trickster on The Flash.

Juliette Binoche and Oscar Isaac were the headliners on this date last year.

Juliette Binoche celebrates her 54th.  She had a supporting role in Ghost in the Shell, and received a European Film Award nomination for Best Actress for the French film Let the Sunshine In.  She is involved in several upcoming films, including the sci-fi drama High LifeOscar Isaac, who is turning 39, returned to the role of Poe Dameron for The Last Jedi.  He also had a prominent role in George Clooney’s Suburbicon, and appeared in the just-released horror film Annihilation.  He has a starring role in the upcoming film Operation Finale, a period thriller about the hunt for Adolf Eichmann.

Linda Fiorentino, who is 58, has not been active for several years, but gets a mention as today’s WTHH birthday.

Ornella Muti, who turns 63, still works periodically in Italian television.  Jean-Marc Vallée, who celebrates his 55th, was an executive producer and the director of Big Little Lies, winning an Emmy for directing, and is also directing the upcoming HBO adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Sharp ObjectsMatthew Gray Gubler turns 38; he continues to star as Spencer Reid on Criminal Minds, and appeared in the films 68 Kill and NewnessCierra Ramirez, who is 23, continues to appear as Mariana on The Fosters, and will continue in the role in a spinoff series scheduled to star her and Maia Mitchell.

Headliners one year ago yesterday were Aidan Quinn and Freddie Prinze, Jr.

Aidan Quinn, who turned 59 yesterday, continues to play Captain Thomas Gregson on ElementaryFreddie Prinze, Jr., who is now 42, does mostly voice work these days, notably Kanan Jarrus on Star Wars Rebels.  He was yesterday’s WTHH birthday.

Camryn Manheim, who appears in the upcoming film All About Nina, turned 57.  James Van Der Beek, who turned 41, starred on the British sitcom Carters Get Rich last spring.  Nick Zano, who continues in the role of Dr. Nathaniel Heywood/Steel on Legends of Tomorrow, celebrated his 40th.  Boris Kodjoe, who is 45, remains a regular on Code Black and plays himself on Real Husbands of Hollywood.

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 March 9, 2018, in Celebrity Birthdays and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Brittany Snow never really made it big, and maybe there never was much of a window for her to do so, but by finding a spot in the Pitch Perfect ensemble she’s kept herself more relevant for the last several years than several of her contemporaries have managed.

    Raul Julia was a very talented and versatile performer; if you only know him from the Addams Family films you haven’t seen anywhere near the full range of his talents.

    Juliette Binoche remains one of my favorite European actresses; it’s good to see her keeping busy.


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