Happy birthday Fred Astaire!
Fred Astaire (May 10, 1899–June 22, 1987) was an American dancer, actor, choreographer, and musician. He is perhaps most famous for his partnership with Ginger Rogers, with whom he made 10 films. He pioneered certain film techniques in the way that they include dance. He received countless awards including Oscars, Emmys, Grammys, Golden Globes, and recognition from many major film organizations.
Happy birthday Dudley Moore!
Dudley Moore (April 19, 1935 – March 27, 2002) was a British actor, comedian, musician, and composer. He worked as a writer and performer on Beyond the Fringe, a comedic stage revue that is widely considered the beginning of British satire. He went on to work heavily with Peter Cook, and the two are both perhaps best known for their collaboration portraying the characters Pete and Dud.
After his work with Cook, Moore moved on to a film career, appearing in such titles as Foul Play (1978), 10 (1979), and Arthur (1981). Having gotten his start in music, Moore also had a prolific music career, composing scores for several films and performing and recording with The Dudley Moore Trio throughout the 1960s.
Charlie Chaplin (April 16, 1889-December 25, 1977) was a British silent film actor. His contributions to the film world are virtually unparalleled. His career evolved from small time comedy troupes to vaudeville to film. By the age of 26, he was one of the highest paid people in the world. He achieved enough of a following to start his own distribution company, United Artists, by 1919. He went on to produce his own films, some his most notable including The Kid (1921), The Gold Rush (1925), and The Great Dictator (1940). He was nominated for Best Production, Best Director in a Comedy Picture, Best Actor and Best Writing (Original Story) for The Circus (1928) in the first ever Academy Awards in 1929, along with receiving many other recognitions throughout his life and posthumously.
Happy birthday Leonard Nimoy!
Leonard Nimoy (March 26, 1931) is a Jewish American film and television actor who is best known for his portrayal of Mr. Spock on Star Trek. Nimoy has said that over the long course of playing such a distinct character, he has become deeply attached to the fictional persona, and that their two identities have somewhat merged. Nimoy himself created the Vulcan salute from memories of the manner in which Jewish priests held their hand while giving blessings. The accompanying blessing, which became one of his character's best-known lines, is "Live long and prosper."
"I've had great success being a total idiot."
Happy Birthday, Jerry Lewis!
Jerry Lewis (born March 16, 1926) is an American comedian, actor and singer. Lewis grew to fame in comedy duo Lewis and Martin, where Dean Martin performed the straight man to Lewis's slapstick humor. The two would perform together in clubs, on the radio, on live television and in many films. After the duo went their separate ways, Lewis continued to star in films and eventually directed them too. Later in his life, Lewis taught directing classes at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles where his students included Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. Lewis has numerous awards and two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is best known for his roles in The Bellboy (1960), Cinderfella (1960), The Nutty Professor (1963) and The King of Comedy (1983).
"It's fun to draw for me and explore what's there." To create a drawing and see it "come alive, (that) you've caught something, something unique."
Happy Birthday, Joe Ranft!
Joe Ranft (March 13th, 1960 - August 16, 2005) was an American screenwriter, voice actor and animator most known for his work with Disney and Pixar. Ranft was inspired by art, magic and comedy from a very young age. His success with art both in school then in college led him to pursue it as a career. Ranft was lifelong friends with Pixar creative officer John Lasseter and his brother Jerome Ranft also worked at Pixar. Ranft's best known films include Oliver and Company, The Rescuers Down Under, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Beauty and the Beast, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Lion King, and Fantasia 2000. Ranft appeared as a voice actor in Finding Nemo where he played French shrimp Jacques and also in A Bug's Life where he played Heimlich the caterpillar. Ranft died in a car accident in 2005 but his name and memory lives on in the stories of now classic Disney and Pixar films.
"I realize how talented our hair and wardrobe people are every time I have to get dressed on my own."
Happy Birthday, Jon Hamm!
Jon Hamm (born March 10th, 1971) is an American film and television actor. After being raised in Missouri and living through the death of both his parents, Hamm moved to Los Angeles. He struggled for many years to land parts and served tables in the meantime. After a string of small roles on various television shows, Hamm was eventually cast as the lead character of Don Draper on critically-acclaimed AMC series Mad Men. For this role, Hamm received much attention and praise. He won a Golden Globe and an Emmy for this performance, as well as six other major awards and dozens of nominations.
Happy Birthday, Claire Trevor!
Claire Trevor (March 8, 1910 – April 8, 2000), "The Queen of Film Noir," was an American Academy Award-winning actress. She appeared in over 60 films, including Dead End (1937), Stagecoach (1939), Born to Kill (1947), Key Largo (1948) and The High and the Mighty (1954). For her talents, Trevor won an Oscar for best actress in a supporting role (Key Largo, 1948) and was awarded a star on Hollywood Boulevard.
“There is little room in my life for sentiment and soft words”
Happy Birthday, Victor Fleming!
Victor Lonzo Fleming (February 23, 1889 – January 6, 1949) was an American film director and cinematographer. He is best remembered for his two most successful films, The Wizard of Oz (1939) and Gone with the Wind (1939) as well as a string of other MGM classics such as Treasure Island (1934), Captains Courageous (1937) and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941). Fleming was known for his adventurous action scenes and ability to muster hard-hitting dramatic moments from some of Hollywood's notoriously fussy stars. Fleming showed no hesitation to pursue his love of fast cars, airplanes and newfangled machines. His strong and silent demeanor and love for the outdoors made him an archetype of classic American masculinity. His name sits proudly on the top ten list of AFI's greatest 100 films.
"I always preferred to hang out with the outcasts, 'cause they were cooler. They had better taste in music."
Happy Birthday, John Hughes!
John Hughes was an American screenwriter and film director, most known for his era-defining teen films and classic comedies. His most celebrated titles include: National Lampoon's Vacation, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Weird Science, The Breakfast Club, Some Kind of Wonderful, Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Uncle Buck, Home Alone, and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. John Hughes brought many young and child actors to fame with his empathy, understanding and directing skills. These included but were not limited to Molly Ringwald and Macaulay Culkin. Hughe's films showed the world of high school in a brutally honest light. His audiences responded deeply to that, finally seeing in these films what they knew to be true from their own lives. When Hughes died of a heart attack at age 59, he was mourned by the many actors who he had inspired. His films continue to be popular to this day.