March 12: Happy Birthday Titus Welliver and Jaimie Alexander
Our two headliners today have both made appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but never at the same time. They are both otherwise best known for their starring television roles.
Titus Welliver is turning 57 today. He attended NYU in the early 1980s, but did not begin working in film and television until 1990, when he was nearly 30. He spent a long time paying his dues in the acting profession. During the 1990s and early 2000s he had a list of small film roles, but it wasn’t until the middle of the latter decade that he started getting significant supporting roles. He has appeared in all four of the features Ben Affleck has directed, with his most sizable role of the four probably being Lionel McCready in Gone Baby Gone.
He has had a better television career. He landed his first regular role on CBS’s Brooklyn South in 1997; the series lasted just one season. He has had recurring roles on series like NYPD Blue, Deadwood, Sons of Anarchy, and The Good Wife. His Marvel appearances have been as Agent Felix Blake, in the short film Item 47 and three episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Welliver finally got his big break in 2015, when he was cast as Michael Connelly’s LAPD detective Harry Bosch on Amazon’s Bosch.
Jaimie Alexander is celebrating her 34th. She grew up in Texas, and moved to California after completing high school to go into acting. Her first film role was in the indie supernatural thriller The Other Side, although since that film was not released for a couple of years, audiences saw her in other film and TV roles first. She went on to regular roles on MyNetworkTV’s Watch Over Me, and then on seasons 2 and 3 of ABC Family’s Kyle XY. In 2011 she made her first Marvel Cinematic Universe appearance, as Sif in Thor.
Alexander returned to the role of Sif in Thor: The Dark World, as well as in two guest appearances on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. She has also had major roles in films like Loosies, The Last Stand, Collision, and Broken Vows. In 2015 she began starring as a mysterious, amnesiac woman known as Jane Doe on NBC’s Blindspot; the series is currently in its third season.
Richard Harrington, who is 43, is best known for starring on the Welsh crime drama Y Gwyll, or Hinterland. Jama Williamson, who celebrates her 44th, is a regular as Principal Mullins on Nickelodeon’s School of Rock. Malina Weissman, who stars as Violet Baudelaire on Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, is turning 15.
Our headliners on this date a year ago were Liza Minnelli and James Taylor.
Liza Minnelli, who celebrates her 72nd today, is largely retired from performing, although there are rumors of a comeback from time to time. James Taylor is still actively touring as he turns 70.
Lesley Manville, who is turning 62, had a very good year in 2017: she was an Oscar and BAFTA nominee for Phantom Thread, and is a regular on the British period drama Harlots (carried on Hulu in the US). This year she is starring as Mary Tyrone in a West End revival of Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Courtney B. Vance, who is 58, appeared as Col. Greenway in last year’s The Mummy, and also had a prominent role in the HBO movie The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Also 58 today is Jason Beghe, who remains a regular on Chicago P.D. as Hank Voight (with the usual crossovers to other series in the franchise). Aaron Eckhart, who is 50, will have an unspecified role in the upcoming Amazon anthology series The Romanoffs. Voice actor Frank Welker is still active at 72; his voice roles continue to include Scooby-Doo and Freddie Jones in numerous Scooby-Doo projects. Rob Cohen, who directed the just-released The Hurricane Heist, is turning 69. Graham Coxon, who is 49, wrote the score for the British series The End of the F***ing World.
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.