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October 11: Happy Birthday Stephen Moyer and Elmore Leonard


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Stephen Moyer is turning 48 today.  He graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, and worked in English theater for several years.  He began working in British television in the early 1990s, and made his film debut in 1997.  Two of his early film roles involved starring in a pair of period piece/swashbucklers, Prince Valiant (opposite Katherine Heigl) and Princess of Thieves (opposite Keira Knightley).  His subsequent film roles have been supporting roles for the most part—unlike his television career.

After around fifteen years of work in film and television, Moyer got his big break in 2008.  He was cast in HBO’s adaptation of Charlaine Harris’s The Southern Vampire Mysteries novels—titled True Blood for television—in the role of Bill Compton.  Not only did he remain with the series for its entire seven-season run, he ended up marrying his costar, Anna Paquin.  Since the end of True Blood’s run, Moyer has had major roles on FX’s The Bastard Executioner and Fox’s Shots Fired, before landing a starring role on Fox’s just-premiered The Gifted.

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October 11: Happy Birthday Joan Cusack and Jane Krakowski


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Joan Cusack celebrates her 54th birthday.  She spent a year on the cast of Saturday Night Live in the mid-1980s, and over the years has appeared in supporting parts in several of her brother John’s films, such as Say Anything… and Grosse Pointe Blank.  She emerged as a major actress in her own right in 1988, with significant roles in Stars and Bars, Married to the Mob, and most importantly, Working Girl, which brought her her first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress:

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