March 13: Happy Birthday Emile Hirsch and Kaya Scodelario
Emile Hirsch is celebrating his 33rd today. He began working in television as a child and teen in the late 1990s, making guest appearances on series like 3rd Rock from the Sun and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. He had a prominent role in the 2001 Showtime TV movie Wild Iris, and then starred in his feature film debut a year later, in The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys. He starred in the teen rom-com The Girl Next Door and in the crime drama Alpha Dog (he is the third headliner in four days from the cast of the latter film, after Olivia Wilde and Anton Yelchin), and then starred as Chris McCandless in the 2007 adaptation of Jon Krakauer’s book Into the Wild.
Hirsch received a SAG Award nomination and several other accolades for Into the Wild, and seemed to have made a breakthrough. A year later he had a major role as Cleve Jones in the well-received Milk; however, that was also the year that he starred in the box office bomb Speed Racer, which seemed to sink his potential as a major star. He continues to work regularly, but is more likely to be found starring in indie fare like Vincent N Roxxy or All Nighter.
Kaya Scodelario is turning 26. The Anglo-Brazilian actress made her debut in the British teen drama Skins in 2007, and after originally being a supporting player, wound up appearing in more episodes than any other member of the cast. She made her feature film debut in the sci-fi drama Moon in 2009, and then played Catherine Earnshaw in a 2011 adaptation of Wuthering Heights. She began working in American film when she starred in the title role of The Truth About Emanuel. She has become well known to mainstream audiences in the role of Teresa in the Maze Runner franchise, and last year joined another franchise when she played Carina Smyth in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
Noel Fisher, who celebrates his 34th, is one of two Shameless birthdays today; he appears as Mickey Milkovich, and also was the voice and motion capture actor for Michelangelo in the two latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films. Harry Melling, who is 29, played Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter films, and has gone on to a respectable stage career, including appearances in King Lear as the Fool and Edgar. Australian actress Gillian Alexy has been working in American television lately; she was a regular on WGN’s Outsiders; Alexy turns 32.
Our music birthday is Adam Clayton, who is 58. The longtime bassist for U2, he has also worked on other projects, such as a remake of the Mission: Impossible theme for the 1996 film (in collaboration with U2 drummer Larry Mullen). Our sports birthday is American Alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin, who won gold medals in the slalom at the 2014 Winter Olympics, and the giant slalom earlier this year at Pyeongchang.
On this date last year, William H. Macy and Neil Sedaka were our headliners.
William H. Macy, who is turning 68, continues to star as Frank Gallagher on Shameless, winning a SAG Award and receiving Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. He also directed The Layover and Krystal, and costarred in the latter film. Neil Sedaka is still active at the age of 79; he tours, mostly on the resort/casino circuit, and released a studio album as recently as 2016.
Emory Cohen turns 28; he appeared in several films last year, including War Machine and Shot Caller, and stars as Varg Vikernes in Lords of Chaos, which recently premiered at Sundance. George MacKay, who turns 26, starred in the horror film Marrowbone and will play Hamlet in the upcoming Ophelia, a re-imagining of a certain play by Shakespeare. Dana Delany, who celebrates her 62nd, appeared in an American Repertory Theater production of Tennessee Williams’s The Night of the Iguana and as Crystal Harris in the second and final season of Amazon’s Hand of God. Danny Masterson, who was a regular on The Ranch prior to being written out of the series in the wake of sexual assault allegations, is 42. Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, who will appear in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and the horror film The Meg, is turning 45. Annabeth Gish, who celebrates her 47th, is currently appearing on the revived X-Files as Monica Reyes. Rapper and actor Common, who is 46, seems busiest with the acting part of his career these days; last year he appeared in several features, including John Wick: Chapter 2 and Megan Leavey.
Glenne Headly (1955-2017) died last June of a pulmonary embolism. Her final film, Just Getting Started, was released last December.
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 13, 2018, in Celebrity Birthdays and tagged Annabeth Gish, Common, Emile Hirsch, Emory Cohen, George MacKay, Kaya Scodelario, Noel Fisher, William H. Macy. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.