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December 6: Happy Birthday Tom Hulce and Ira Gershwin


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Today is Tom Hulce’s 64th birthday.  After graduating from the North Carolina School of the Arts, he made his acting debut in the original Broadway production of Peter Shaffer’s Equus, as a replacement in the role of Alan Strang.  He would remain active in theater while also pursuing a film and television career.  He first became widely known for the role of Larry “Pinto” Kroger in Animal House, and won a Primetime Emmy for starring in a 1995 TV movie adaptation of Wendy Wasserstein’s The Heidi Chronicles.  He was also known for starring in the 1988 film Dominick and Eugene (for which he was a Golden Globe nominee), and as civil rights activist Mickey Schwerner in the 1990 TV movie Murder in Mississippi (receiving Emmy and Golden Globe nominations), and for his Annie Award-nominated voice acting as Quasimodo in Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

The peak of his film career, however, was his Oscar-nominated performance as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the 1984 adaptation of Peter Shaffer’s play Amadeus.

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December 6: Happy Birthday Judd Apatow and Agnes Moorehead


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Judd Apatow turns 49 today.  The producer, writer and director began working as a stand-up comedian while still in high school.  In the 1990s he began working in television, serving as a producer and writer on The Ben Stiller Show and The Larry Sanders Show, and later as executive producer, as well as sometimes writer and director, for Freaks and Geeks.  He also did some script doctoring during this period.

It was in the 2000s, and in feature films, that Apatow found his greatest success.  In 2004 he produced the first Anchorman film, and a year later directed his first feature, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, also co-writing the script with Steve Carell.  In 2007, he directed, wrote and produced what is probably his most successful film:

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