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Sam Raimi Birthday October 23

 

Sam Raimi

Sam Raimi

 

Samuel Marshall “Sam” Raimi (October 23, 1959) is an American film director, producer, actor and writer. He is best known for directing cult horror films like the Evil Dead series, Darkman and Drag Me to Hell, as well as the blockbuster Spider-Man films and the producer of the successful TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess, Legend of the Seeker and Spartacus: Blood and Sand.

Trade Mark

[Three Stooges] He uses Stooge-like sequences in many of his movies (especially in the Evil Dead films). Raimi is a huge fan of The Three Stooges. He made many super-8 films that resembled classic Stoogeshorts.

[Shemp] Often credits a character called a “Shemp”, another homage to The Three Stooges. Most frequently, it is a “Fake Shemp”, a reference to the Three Stooges shorts where a stunt man was used in place of Shemp Howard.

Often has a voiceover from a principal character at the end of his films (Army of Darkness (1992), all the Spider-Man films).

On-going in-joke feud with Wes Craven

Frequently casts Bruce Campbell, ‘Theodore Craven’, J.K. Simmons, and his brother Ted Raimi.

Kinetic, wild camera movement (Includes the Evil Dead and Spider-Man films)

Likes the “whip pan,” possibly inspired by Martin Scorsese

Frequently figures out difficult shots by “reverse motion acting” (filming the actor acting backwards and playing in reverse).

Usually wears a jacket and tie on the set of his films, a tribute to Alfred Hitchcock.

Often includes scenes in his movies in which large clocks/clock towers play important parts (The Quick and the Dead (1995), Spider-Man 2 (2004)).

Always has his car (a yellow 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 dubbed “the classic”) somewhere visible to the audience in all of his films (including a modified covered wagon, according to Bruce Campbell, in The Quick and the Dead (1995)). It is even visible in the Spider-Man (2002) trailer (the car that Spider-man jumps on).

[POV] Often features a shot from the point-of-view of the villain/monster (The Dark Spirit in the Evil Dead films, the camera view of Doc Ock’s mechanical tentacles in Spider-Man 2 (2004), the black blob from outer space in Spider-Man 3 (2007)).

Often collaborates with the Coen Brothers

Supernatural and Fantasy Themes

References to Classic Comedy and Horror Films

Known for inflicting physical Violence on main characters either with large violent scenes or smaller ones throughout

Bloody but comical set pieces

Known for humorously “Abusing” actors,i.e,hitting Them with tree branches to simulate getting hit with debris,throwing popcorn at Them.

Frequently films scenes in which a main character is on the receiving end of an extremely brutal attack

References to the works of Alfred Hitchcock

Unflinchingly graphic and brutal depiction of Violence

His characters are often ordinary individuals caught up in extraordinary circumstances

Trivia

Attended Michigan State University, East Lansing MI, as an English major.

Joel Coen and Ethan Coen use many of Raimi’s trademark camera movements in their films.

Middle brother of Ted Raimi and Ivan Raimi.

During the mid-80s, Raimi used to live in an apartment with actor Bruce Campbell, writer/director Scott Spiegel, writer/director Joel Coen, writer/producer Ethan Coen and actresses Holly Hunter, Frances McDormand and Kathy Bates.

His wife, Gillian Greene, is the daughter of Lorne Greene and Nancy Deale.

Is an avid fan of “Spider-Man” comic books.

Friends with director John Landis. Had cameos in Landis’ Spies Like Us (1985) and Innocent Blood (1992), while Landis did cameos in Raimi’s Darkman (1990) and Spider-Man 2 (2004). Both also appeared in Stephen King’s ABC mini-series “The Stand” (1994).

Many years before landing the role of director on the Spider-Man movies, Raimi planned to create a film based on Marvel’s comic interpretation of “The Mighty Thor” with Stan Lee. While the movie never materialized, Lee, co-creator of Spider-Man and many other Marvel characters, became good friends with Raimi and later appeared in cameos on the Spidey flicks.

In 2004, both he and the Coen brothers cast J.K. Simmons and Bruce Campbell in one of their movies; Spider-Man 2 (2004) and The Ladykillers (2004).

His oldest brother, Sander, died in a swimming pool accident at the age of 15 while on a scholarship trip to Israel. Sander used to perform magic tricks for Sam and his friends; when he died, Sam learned to perform the tricks himself.

His family name was changed from the German name Reingewertz.

Featured on Premiere’s Power 50 list from 2003 to 2006 with the following rankings: #37 in 2003, #48 in 2004, #33 in 2005, and #23 in 2006.

He wanted to adapt and direct The Shadow (1994), but was denied the rights to do it. Instead, he created his own superhero with his film Darkman (1990).

His breakthrough project, the low-budget horror cult film The Evil Dead (1981), had an estimated budget of $350,000. Twenty-five years later he helmed a production with an estimated budget at 1,000 times the cost of that film, Spider-Man 3 (2007), with an estimated production cost of $350,000,000, making it the most expensive motion picture produced up to that time.

1977 graduate of Birmingham Groves High School, Birmingham, Michigan.

Attended high school and remains close friends with producer John Cameron and actor Bruce Campbell.

Children: Lorne Raimi, Henry Raimi, Emma Raimi, Dashiell William Schooley Raimi.

Was asked to direct I Am Legend (2007) but chose not to because he was not interested.

At college he ran a film society, but instead of renting films to exhibit he and his friends created their own feature-length movies on Super 8 and showed them to the campus audiences instead.

Frequently employs Bob Murawski as his editor.

Over his years as a director, Raimi’s 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 (originally bought by Raimi’s father for the family when Sam was 14) has “played” Ash’s car in the Evil Dead movies, Uncle Ben and Aunt May’s car in the Spider-Man movies, Annie’s car in The Gift (2000), and Mrs. Ganoush’s car in Drag Me to Hell (2009), and has made cameos in nearly all of his other movies.

 

Roddy McDowall Birthday September 17, 1928

Roddy McDowall

Roddy McDowall


Roderick Andrew Anthony JudeRoddyMcDowall (17 September 1928 – 3 October 1998) was an English actor and photographer. His film roles included Cornelius and Caesar in the Planet of the Apes film series. He began his long acting career as a child in How Green Was My Valley, My Friend Flicka and Lassie Come Home, and as an adult appeared most frequently as a character actor on stage and television. He served in several positions on the Board of Governors for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences as well as contributed to various charities related to the motion picture industry and film preservation.

Trivia:

In December of 1998 The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) honored him for his acting career and critically acclaimed photography by naming its photo archive after him. The collection, which includes several million negatives and stills, will be known as the Roddy McDowall Photograph Archive at the Margaret Herrick Library.

After his death in 1998 his ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean.

He appeared in three different “Batman” television series: he played the Bookworm in “Batman” (1966) and the Mad Hatter (Dr. Jervis Tetch) in “Batman” (1992) and its spin-off “The New Batman Adventures” (1997).

Roddy McDowall as Cornelius

Roddy McDowall as Cornelius

In addition to appearing on both the original and animated Batman TV series (“Batman” (1966) and “Batman” (1992): The Animated Series), he also the reader for the book-on-tape version of the novelization of the first Batman (1989).

He was a rarity among movie stars in that he appears to have made no enemies at all during his lifetime. A man with numerous friends both in and out of show business, those who knew him continue to speak well of him to this day, and his funeral drew overflow crowds.

He was the younger brother of Virginia McDowall.

Won Broadway’s 1960 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Dramatic) for “The Fighting Cock.”

A clerical error on the part of 20th Century-Fox cost McDowall a likely Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor for his role as Caesar Augustus Octavian in Cleopatra (1963). The studio erroneously listed him as a leading player rather than a supporting one. When Fox asked the Academy to correct the error, it refused, saying the ballots already were at the printer. Fox then published an open letter in the trade papers, apologizing to McDowall: “We feel that it is important that the industry realize that your electric performance as Octavian in ‘Cleopatra,’ which was unanimously singled out by the critics as one of the best supporting performances by an actor this year, is not eligible for an Academy Award nomination in that category . . . due to a regrettable error on the part of 20th Century-Fox.”.

In 1974 the FBI raided his home and seized his collection of films and TV series during an investigation of copyright infringement and movie piracy. The collection consisted of 160 16mm prints and over 1,000 videocassettes. The value of the films was conservatively assessed at $5,005,426 by representatives of the movie industry. The actor was not charged and agreed to cooperate with the FBI. There was then no aftermarket for films, as the commercial video recorder had not been marketed, and studios routinely destroyed old negatives and prints of classic films they felt had no worth. Film buffs like McDowall had to purchase 16mm prints of films from the studios, or movie prints on the black market, or from other collectors. He claimed that he had once had as many as 337 movies in his collection, but at the time of the investigation he was not sure how many were still in his possession. He had bought Errol Flynn’s movie collection, and had acquired other films through purchases or swaps. McDowall told the FBI that he had transferred many of his films to videotape in order to conserve space and because tape was longer-lasting than film, and subsequently had sold or traded the prints, plus other prints of movies he had lost interest in, to other collectors. He said that he collected the films due to his love of the cinema and to help protect the movies’ heritage. McDowall also said that being in possession of prints of his own films allowed him to study his acting and improve his craft. One of the films he had purchased, from American-International Pictures, was The Devil’s Widow (1970), a movie he himself had directed. He explained that he believed that he was not in violation of copyright, as he was not showing the films for profit, nor trying to make a profit when selling his prints as he charged only what he remembered as the price he himself paid. He believed he had purchased some of the films outright from 20th Century-Fox, but learned subsequently from his lawyer that his agreement with Fox meant the studio retained ownership of the prints, and that he was forbidden to sell, trade or lend them out. McDowall was forthcoming about the individuals he dealt with on the black market, and also named Rock Hudson, Dick Martin and Mel Tormé as other celebrities with film collections.

Introduced Carol Lawrence to Robert Goulet. In fact, she jokingly said that McDowell was responsible for hers and Goulet’s first child.

Biography in: “American National Biography”. Supplement 1, pp. 396-398. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Fright Night Roddy McDowall Peter Vincent

Roddy McDowall as Peter Vincent

Became a close, lifelong friend of Peggy Ann Garner while filming The Pied Piper (1942) with her in 1941.

Final stage appearance was as Ebenezer Scrooge in the New York City production of “A Christmas Carol” in 1997. He alternated performances with Hal Linden.

On March 10, 1965, he attended the Los Angeles premiere of The Sound of Music (1965) as the date of the movie’s star, Julie Andrews.

Life-long friend of Elizabeth Taylor. Taylor has since referred to him as the one friend she had to whom she confided everything, and who was always understanding.

An accomplished ballroom dancer, he won both the Charleston and Cha-Cha contests on the “The Arthur Murray Party” (1950).

Explained in 1995 during an interview for American cable station USA Network the limitations of his make-up on Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973). Overwhelmed by frustration over the inability to eat, touch his face and the constant itch brought on by the chimpanzee prosthetics, he admitted to crying.

Along with Woodrow Parfrey, Norman Burton and Eldon Burke, he is one of only four actors to appear in both Planet of the Apes (1968) and “Planet of the Apes” (1974).

He was a close friend of Maureen O’Hara for 57 years, from the time that they made How Green Was My Valley (1941), their first and only film together, until his death in October 1998.

Both of the series in which he starred were short-lived science fiction series produced in the 1970s: “Planet of the Apes” (1974) and “The Fantastic Journey” (1977).

He appeared in four of the five “Planet of the Apes” films. Having originally played the chimpanzee archaeologist Cornelius in Planet of the Apes (1968), he was unable to reprise his role in Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970) as he was directing The Devil’s Widow (1970) in Britain at the time. In that film, the role was played by David Watson. However, he later returned as Cornelius in Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971) and as his son Caesar in Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972) and Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973).

Horse whisperer Monty Roberts was McDowall’s stunt double for most of his childhood roles.

The day after his death, Angela Lansbury paid tribute to him on BBC Radio Five 5: Up all Night. She described him as ‘one of the most wonderful friends, anybody could possibly have … we’ve lost a beloved friend’ and that he will be ‘so missed’.

His father’s name was Thomas McDowall. His mother’s name was Winifred Corcoran.

Appeared on an episode of The Carol Burnett Show wearing his Planet of the Apes make-up. The look of fright on Carol Burnett’s face was reputed to be genuine.

 

 

Scott Speedman Birthday September 1

Scott Speedman

Scott Speedman

 

Scott Speedman (born September 1, 1975) is a British-born Canadian film and television actor. He is best known for playing Ben Covington in the coming-of-age drama television series Felicity and Lycan-Vampire hybrid Michael Corvin in the gothic horror/action Underworld films.

Trivia

Once aspired to be a swimmer for the Canadian team.

He was raised in Canada, which is where he got his start in acting.

Tried out for the role of Robin in Batman Forever (1995)

Attended, with many other celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Michael Jackson, the grand opening of the Atlantis Resort in Paradise Island. This event was full of music, food, belly dancers and, of course, fireworks.

His mother was an Olympic athlete.

Attends David Rothenberg’s on-camera acting class with fellow actors Rachel McAdams, Kenneth Mitchell and Polly Shannon.

Attended Earl Haig Secondary School in Toronto with fellow actors ‘Sarah Polley’ and Kenneth Mitchell.

Sometimes confused with Creed’s frontman Scott Stapp

Ex-boyfriend of actress Heather Graham (2006).

Good friend of Kate Beckinsale and Len Wiseman. Often attends barbecues at their Los Angeles house. As Ms. Beckinsale stated during an interview in Tonight’s Show with Conan O’Brien: “After making Underworld we adopted him as a sort of pseudo family pet. We stroke him and feed him and it’s good for him.”

 

Rachael Taylor Birthday July 11

 

Rachael Taylor

Rachael Taylor

 

Rachael Taylor (born 11 July 1984) is an Australian actress and model. She made her leading role debut in the short-lived Australian program headLand. She then made the transition to Hollywood, appearing in the films Transformers, Shutter, and Splinterheads.

Rachael Taylor backstage at Donna Karen Collection

Rachael Taylor

 

Trivia

Briefly attended the University of Sydney before deferring her studies to appear on “Headland” (2005).

Rachael Taylor

Rachael Taylor

Her role as “Sasha Forbes” in “Headland” (2005) is the first time she has played a character with her native Australian accent.

Born in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia but at the age of 16 she moved to Sydney, Australia.

Keeps her native accent in Transformers (2007) to emphasize the global scope of the movie.

Rachael Taylor

Rachael Taylor

Was crowned ‘Miss Teen Tasmania 1998′ in her home state of Tasmania, Australia.

Turned down the part of ‘Danni Martin’ in Surfer, Dude (2008).

 

Anjelica Huston Birthday July 8

Anjelica Huston

Anjelica Huston

Anjelica Huston (born July 8, 1951) is an American actress. Huston became the third generation of her family to win an Academy Award, for her performance in 1985’s Prizzi’s Honor, joining her father, director John Huston, and grandfather, actor Walter Huston. She later was nominated in 1989 and 1990 for her acting in Enemies, a Love Story and The Grifters respectively. Among her roles, she starred as Morticia Addams in The Addams Family (1991) and Addams Family Values (1993), receiving Golden Globe nominations for both. More recently, she is known for her frequent collaborations with director Wes Anderson.

Anjelica Huston as Morticia Addams

Anjelica Huston as Morticia Addams

 

Trivia:

Daughter of John Huston and Ricki Soma.

She was born under the astrological sign of Cancer.

Lived in Ireland when young.

Younger sister of Tony Huston.

She had a brief career as a model.

She currently lives in Venice, California.

Third generation of Oscar winners.

Although they never lived together, her on-and-off relationship with Jack Nicholson spanned 16 years, from 1973 to 1989.

Attended Kylemore Abbey High School in Connemara, Ireland.

Granddaughter of Walter Huston.

 

Anjelica Huston as Morticia Addams

Anjelica Huston as Morticia Addams

 

Cat lover — during an appearance on the “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” (1996), she divulged that she has 8 outdoor cats and 3 indoor cats at her Venice, California, home.

Was offered the part of Annie Wilkes in Misery (1990), but turned it down. The role went to Kathy Bates.

In Blood Work (2002), she works with Clint Eastwood. In White Hunter Black Heart (1990), Eastwood plays a movie director based on her father, John Huston, in a story about his experiences making The African Queen (1951).

Her husband was a famous sculptor.

Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1990.

Sister-in-law of Pat Delaney.

Former sister-in-law of Virginia Madsen.

Older half-sister of Danny Huston and Allegra Huston.

Was President of the International Jury of the 53rd San Sebastian Film Festival (2005). Other members of the jury were actress ‘Verónica Forqué’, actor Enrico Lo Verso, directors Lone Scherfig and Claude Miller, production designer Dean Tavoularis and writer Antonio Skármeta.

9/05: President of the Jury at San Sebastián International Film Festival. She decided the Silver Shell for the Best Actor: Juan José Ballesta.

Her father, John Huston, directed The African Queen (1951) with Katharine Hepburn and played Gandalf in The Return of the King (1980) (TV). Anjelica herself later worked with her father’s successor, Ian McKellen, in And the Band Played On (1993) (TV) and with Cate Blanchett, who appeared in the trilogy, as well as playing Hepburn in The Aviator (2004), in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004). Also appearing in The Aviator (2004) was her brother, Danny Huston.

In Addams Family Values (1993), Wednesday and Pugsley are forced to watch children’s videos. Among them is Annie (1982), which was directed by her father, John Huston.

There are three generations of Oscar winners in the Huston family: Anjelica, her grandfather Walter Huston and her father John Huston. They are the first family to do so, the second family were the Coppolas – Francis Ford Coppola, Sofia Coppola, Nicolas Cage and Carmine Coppola.

Her performance as Lilly Dillon in The Grifters (1990) is ranked #84 on Premiere Magazine’s 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).

Member of the jury at the Venice Film Festival in 1996.

Was listed as a potential nominee on the 2007 Razzie Award nominating ballot. She was suggested in the Worst Supporting Actress category for her performance in Material Girls (2006); however, she failed to receive a nomination.

She is an avid reader and will read anything she can get her hands on.

Was chosen for the role of Morticia Addams in The Addams Family (1991) (1991) above singer-actress Cher.

Was named one of Barbara Walters’ Ten Most Fascinating People of 1991.

Speaks French.

Born at 6:29 PM (PDT).

Was born while her father was in Africa shooting The African Queen (1951).

When she got her star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the 22nd of January 2010, she became the third in the Huston family to do so after her father, John Huston, and her grandfather, Walter Huston.

Named after her biological maternal grandmother Angelica Soma, who died when Anjelicas mother Ricki was a child.

The name Anjelica is the same of her Sicilian grandmother, originally Angelica.

Her mother was 19 and her father was 43 when they married. They separated when Anjelica was ten. Afterwards, her father had a son, Danny Huston, from his relationship with Zoe Sallis; and her mother had a daughter, Allegra Huston, from her relationship with John Julius Norwich. However, Anjelica’s parents never divorced and remained legally married until her mother died in a car accident when Anjelica was 18.

Kevin Bacon Birthday July 8

 

Kevin Bacon

Kevin Bacon

Kevin Norwood Bacon (born July 8, 1958) is an American film and theater actor whose notable roles include Animal House, Diner, Footloose, Flatliners, Wild Things, A Few Good Men, Apollo 13, Mystic River, The Woodsman, Trapped, Friday the 13th, Hollow Man, Tremors, Death Sentence, Frost/Nixon, Crazy, Stupid, Love and X-Men: First Class.

Bacon has won Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards, was nominated for an Emmy Award, and was named by The Guardian as one of the best actors never to have received an Academy Award nomination.

In 2003, Bacon received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Trade Mark

Often appears in large ensemble pieces, leading to the ease of many “six degrees” games

Frequently plays anti-heroic protagonists

His deep voice

 

Trivia

Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#61). [1995]

Dated Tracy Pollan.

Attended the prestigious Julia Reynolds Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School in Philadelphia with his brother, Michael.

Inspired a game called “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon”, whereby people have to link any given actor to him by no more than six steps. For instance, to do Fred MacMurray, you could observe that MacMurray worked with Lee Marvin in The Caine Mutiny (1954), which is one step; and Marvin worked with Jane Fonda in Cat Ballou (1965), which is two steps; and Fonda worked with Jack Lemmon in The China Syndrome (1979), which is three steps; and Lemmon worked with Bacon in JFK (1991), which completes the link in four steps. Harder versions of the game exist, limiting the player to five, four or even three steps. The original version of this game existed for numerous years and the pivot-person was then Paul Erdös, a mathematician (one’s Erdös number measures the number of people a scientist is away from having authored a paper with Dr. Erdös). A very few people, mostly scientists who have appeared in documentaries (such as Carl Sagan), or actors who have also co-authored scientific papers (such as Danica McKellar and Natalie Portman), have both Erdös AND Bacon numbers.

 

 über fan of Kevin Bacon in Google TV ad

Kevin Bacon plays über fan of Kevin Bacon in Google TV ad

 

Attended the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts.

He was the first choice for the Charlie Sheen part in Being John Malkovich (1999).

Is part of The Bacon Brothers, with his older brother Michael Bacon. The band has released three albums: “Forosoco” (1997), “Getting There” (1999) and “Can’t Complain” (2001).

He sang with brother Michael Bacon (who played guitar) in New York in a small club/coffee shop.

His father Edmund Bacon, a famous Philadelphia city planner, was featured on the Nov. 6, 1964 cover of Time magazine. His mother was Ruth Bacon, a teacher and liberal political activist.

Son, Travis Bacon (born June 23, 1989), with wife Kyra Sedgwick.

Daughter, Sosie Bacon, was born on March 15, 1992, with wife Kyra Sedgwick.

Has never lived in Hollywood or Los Angeles.

The family dog, a mutt, is called Paulie.

Met wife Kyra Sedgwick on the set of Lemon Sky (1988) (TV).

Lives in NY with wife Kyra Sedgwick and their 2 kids.

Kevin Bacon in Friday the 13th

Kevin Bacon in Friday the 13th

In preparation for his role in Telling Lies in America (1997), he “hung out” in the radio studio with and based his on-air banter on his friend Jerry Blavat, the celebrated oldies DJ from Philadelphia and an inductee in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; aka the “Geator with the Heater”.

Brother-in-law of Robert Sedgwick and Betsy Bacon.

His father was a seventh cousin of President Richard Nixon.

Is a fifth cousin of William Thomas Hamill Jr., married to Virginia Suzanne Johnson, the parents of Mark Hamill.

Kevin Bacon in Tremors 1990

Kevin Bacon in Tremors

American-born Canadian actor Philip Nozuka, George Nozuka and Justin Nozuka, are his nephews through his wife, Kyra Sedgwick’s side of the family.

His line, “I am a Goddamn genius”, is quoted in both Hollow Man (2000) and Trapped (2002).

In Quicksilver (1986) and A Few Good Men (1992), his characters are both nicknamed “Smiling Jack”.

Actor Girard Swan worked as his stand-in on the new Ron Howard film Frost/Nixon (2008).

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Kevin Bacon was the last interview of PARADE’s “In Step With…” columnist James Brady, who passed away on January 26, 2009. The interview of Kevin Bacon appeared in the February 15, 2009 issue of PARADE magazine.

Lost an undisclosed amount of money in the Bernard Madoff scandal.

Has a vacation farmhouse in Litchfield Hills, Connecticut.

Uncle of Neal Bacon.

Vacationed with his family in Punta del Este, Uruguay. [December 2009]

 

Claudia Wells Birthday July 5

 

Claudia Wells

Claudia Wells

 

Claudia Grace Wells (born July 5, 1966) is an Malaysian-born American actress.

Born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, she spent her early childhood years growing up in Punto Fijo, Cariubana, Falcón, a Venezuelan city, later graduating from high school in San Francisco, California, where she was also raised. After appearances in TV shows, Wells played Jennifer Parker, Marty McFly’s girlfriend, on the 1985 film Back to the Future. However, after her mother had been diagnosed with cancer while BTTF was filming, Wells was not available to reprise the role for the two sequels; actress Elisabeth Shue replaced her.

Claudia Wells in Back to the Future

Michael J. Fox, Claudia Wells, and Christopher Lloyd

That same year, 1985, Wells co-starred in Stop the Madness, an anti-drug music video sponsored by the Reagan administration, featuring several famous musicians, actors and athletes. The following year, she appeared in the TV movie Babies Having Babies and the short-lived series Fast Times, a TV adaptation of the popular 1982 film Fast Times at Ridgemont High (Wells played Linda Barrett, portrayed by Phoebe Cates in the film). Following Fast Times, she did not again appear on-screen until the 1996 independent film Still Waters Burn (released on DVD February 12, 2008).

In 2011, Wells finally had the opportunity to reprise her role from Back to the Future, 26 years after her last appearance in the series. She provided the voice of Jennifer Parker for Back to the Future: The Game by Telltale Games.

Claudia Wells poses with DeLorean

Claudia Wells

 

Trivia:

Is probably best remembered as Jennifer, the girlfriend of Michael J. Fox’s character Marty McFly, in Back to the Future (1985). She was replaced in the sequels by Elisabeth Shue.

Was unable to reprise the role of Jennifer Parker, Marty McFly’s girlfriend in the sequels to Back to the Future (1985) because her mother had been diagnosed with cancer.

Has a trained operatic voice.

Has a son named Sebastian

 

Patrick Wilson Birthday July 3

Patrick Wilson

Patrick Wilson

 

Patrick Joseph Wilson (born July 3, 1973) is an American actor and singer. Wilson has spent years singing lead roles in major Broadway musicals, beginning in 1996. In 2003, he appeared in the HBO mini-series Angels in America. Wilson has appeared in more than 18 feature films, including The Alamo (2004 film), The Phantom of the Opera (2004 film) with Emmy Rossum and Gerard Butler, 2006’s Little Children (opposite Kate Winslet), the 2009 film of Watchmen, the 2010 film The A-Team, the 2011 film The Ledge,and his most recent film Insidious among others. He has been nominated for several acting awards (see below: Filmography).

He is scheduled to star in the CBS drama A Gifted Man in the 2011–12 season.

Trivia

Graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a B.F.A. in drama (1995).

2002: Nominated for a Tony award for his role of Curly in Oklahoma.

His father, John, and his brother Mark, are both TV anchormen at WTVT in Tampa, Florida. His mother Mary K. is a professional singer and voice teacher.

He was awarded the Charles Willard Memorial Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Music Theatre while studying at Carnegie-Mellon.

Was a soloist with the Mostly Pops Orchestra and Canton Symphony Orchestra.

He was offered the Oklahoma lead after he sang Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’ in an audition for director Trevor Nunn.

His college roommate, Matthew Stocke, was later his understudy in The Full Monty.

Patrick Wilson

Patrick Wilson

He named his horse from The Phantom of the Opera (2004) Frodo.

Was twice nominated for Broadway’s Tony Award as Best Actor in a Musical for The Full Monty in 2001 and in 2002 for the role of Curly in Oklahoma.

Son, Kalin Patrick Wilson, born 23 June 2006. He weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces and was 20 1/4 inches long.

Brother-in-law of Marika Dominczyk and her husband Scott Foley.

Plays on the Broadway Show League.

His grandmother Carol, resides in Big Stone Gap, Virginia.

Wilson has a tattoo of the letters KPW on his arm for the initials of his son.

Before being cast in Watchmen (2009), he auditioned for roles in two other comic book movies, Fantastic Four (2005) and Daredevil (2003).

His wife, Dagmara Dominczyk, gave birth to their second son, Kassian McCarrell Wilson, on August 9th, 2009.

Claims that Tom Hanks was his inspiration for becoming an actor.

Sang “God Bless America” a Capella during the seventh inning stretch at Yankee Stadium in the 2010 playoffs.

 

Jacqueline MacInnes Wood

Jacqueline MacInnes Wood

Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (born April 17, 1987 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian actress perhaps best known for her role as Steffy Forrester on the long-running American soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. She is also known for her role in the Disney XD television movie Skyrunners and is set to appear in the upcoming thriller Final Destination 5.

Jacqueline MacInnes Wood

Jacqueline MacInnes Wood

 

Trivia:

French, Native American, Scottish and Brazilian ancestry.

Sister in-law to ex NHL player Bob Probert.

She is a DJ. Goes under the name of DJ JacquiMac.

Is and avid motorcyclist. Used to own Ducati 848.

Zach Galligan Birthday February 14

Zach Galligan

Zach Galligan

Zachary Wolfe “Zach” Galligan (born February 14, 1964) is an American actor.  Galligan’s breakthrough role was as the lead actor in the Gremlins and Waxwork movies.

Trivia

Parents divorced when Zach was 3 years old. Father is a lawyer.

Ironically, he and his character Eric Rhodes from Cupid (1997) had February 14 (Valentine’s Day) as their birthday.

He’s the second of four children.

Auditioned for parts in both “Taps” and “Tempest,” but didn’t get hired for either film.

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