Robert Downey Jr. Birthday April 4

Robert Downey Jr

Robert Downey Jr

Robert John Downey, Jr. (born April 4, 1965) is an American actor, film producer, and musician. Downey made his screen debut at the age of five when he appeared in one of his father’s films, and has worked consistently in film and television ever since. During the 1980s, he had roles in a series of coming of age films associated with the Brat Pack. Less Than Zero (1987) is particularly notable, not only because it was the first time Downey’s acting would be acknowledged by critics, but also because the role pushed Downey’s already existing drug habit one step further. After Zero, Downey started landing roles in bigger films such as Air America (1990) and Soapdish (1991). These higher-profile roles eventually led to his being cast as Charlie Chaplin in the 1992 film Chaplin, for which he earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.

Trivia:

Released from jail on $5,000 bail. [2 August 2000]

Released from jail to complete his six-month jail sentence at a drug rehabilitation center. Downey caused a stir when he was freed to work on a movie. [31 March 1998]

He got into fight with another inmate at the Los Angeles County Jail, where he was serving time for a probation violation, and was treated for a cut over his nose. [13 February 1998]

Jailed for 180 days for violating probation. [December 1997]

Probation revoked after continued drug use. [17 October 1997]

Remanded to a secure drug rehabilitation center. [August 1996]

During traffic stop for speeding, he was arrested for drunk driving, possession of heroin, and possession of an unloaded pistol in his pickup truck. This was his first reported brush with the law at age 31. He was given a suspended prison sentence of 3 years, and granted probation with requirements of random drug testing and drug counselling. [August 1996]

Names Peter O’Toole as his favorite actor.

Lived with Sarah Jessica Parker for 7 years during the 1980s.

Son of Robert Downey Sr..

Son Indio Falconer Downey, with his first wife Deborah Falconer, was born on September 7, 1993.

Attended Stagedoor Manor.

Sent to a rehab center at the L.A. County jail while waiting for an August 5 hearing. [22 June 1999]

Claims that his father is the one who introduced him to drugs, by offering him a marijuana joint when he was 8.

While drunk, he wandered into a neighbor’s Malibu home that he thought was his own, and fell asleep on the bed. He was arrested for being under the influence of drugs, which was a third violation of his probation.

He took daily drug tests during the filming of Two Girls and a Guy (1997).

Once worked as a piece of living art in a SoHo nightclub in New York City.

After Downey’s three violations of probation for drug and alcohol abuse in a three-year span of time since he was spared a prison sentence and placed on probation, Malibu Judge Lawrence Mira stated that he was out of options. He was sentencing Downey to prison, he said, to save his life, because he would not take the responsibility of refraining from alcohol and drug use on his own. The Judge invoked the three years’ sentence in state prison that had been suspended in 1996. Downey, Dept of Corrections #P50522, spent two weeks in a state prison reception center at Wasco, California, for orientation. On 8/25/99, he was transferred to a Dept. of Corrections prison named “SATF” (Substance Abuse Treatment Facility) for drug dependent prisoners in Corcoran California. Scheduled release date: 11/2/2000. SATF is across the street from the other Corcoran Prison, where inmates were shot to death on the exercise yard during fights in the 1990s. Downey’s lawyers have approached the Malibu judge several times in the last 11 months to request Downey’s release, but the Judge has refused. [6 August 1999]

Downey’s lawyers petitioned the State Court of Appeals in Los Angeles, stating that Downey had already served enough time because the Malibu judge had made errors in calculating his sentence. He hadn’t given credit for the several times Downey spent in lockdown rehab units and in pre-sentencing confinement. Downey’s lawyers claimed that he should have been released in February 2000.

During his days of drug addiction, Robert once wandered into a stranger’s house and passed out on a child’s bed.

Downey re-arrested on drugs and weapons charges in Palm Springs, California, at the luxurious Merv Griffin resort, after an anonymous tip to police. Downey was found alone, with cocaine and methamphetamines. He cooperated with police, spent the night in jail, and was released the next morning on $15,000.00 bail. Downey had been on a career upswing with his successful stint on “Ally McBeal” (1997), and his upcoming stage performance as Hamlet, set for January, 2001 in Los Angeles, to be directed by his friend Mel Gibson. [25 November 2000]

Arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance in Los Angeles after he was found wandering in an alley. He was fired from the TV series “Ally McBeal” (1997) by producer David E. Kelley after the arrest. [24 April 2001]

Downey’s attorneys advised the judge that they could not reach a plea bargain in his November 2000 drug arrest. [15 March 2001]

Downey pleaded not guilty to the November 2000 drug charges. Next hearing will be on July 16. He is being held in a drug rehab center until his case is decided. [24 May 2001]

Downey pleaded no contest to drug charges. The judge sentenced him to remain in rehabilitation for one year and to three years’ probation. [16 July 2001]

Parents divorced when he was 11.

Kept a lot of the authentic vintage clothing he wore in the movie Chaplin (1992).

In a symbolic attempt to bury his decadent 1980s Brat Pack image and begin a new phase of his life and career after filming Chaplin (1992) in 1991, he (literally) buried the clothes that he wore in 1987′s Less Than Zero (1987) in the backyard of his house.

As a result of his father’s work (Robert Downey Sr. was (and is) an independent filmmaker), Downey the younger spent a great deal of his childhood on the move. He lived at various points in Connecticut, New York, California, London, Paris, and Woodstock.

At the age of 10, while living in London, Robert attended the Perry House School in Chelsea and studied classical ballet.

Married his first wife after dating her for only 42 days.

Dropped out of Santa Monica High School at age 17 and moved to New York to become an actor. First jobs in the city included bussing tables at Central Falls restaurant, working in a shoe store, and performing as “living art” at SohHo’s notorious underground club Area.

Downey enjoyed working with the director of the Elton John music video–contemporary artist Sam Taylor Wood–so much that he suggested that they work together again on an art piece. The result was an art video called “Pietà,” made in the manner of Michelangelo’s famous Pietà sculpture in Rome. It was included in Sam Taylor Wood’s exhibition “Mute” at the White Cube 2 art gallery in London, November 23 to January 12, 2002.

Starred in Elton John’s music video for the song “I Want Love.” Downey was let out of rehab for one day in late July specifically to shoot the video (which was filmed in one long continuous take at Greystone Manor in Beverley Hills.) It was Downey’s first work since being fired from the TV show “Ally McBeal” (1997) in April 2001.

Starred briefly with his first wife Deborah Falconer in the 1992 Robert Altman movie Short Cuts (1993).

Childhood friend of Richard Hall aka Moby.

He married his second wife, Gothika (2003) producer Susan Downey, at Amagansett, New York, on 27 August 2005.

Was approached to do the part as Zaphod Beeblebrox in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005).

He’s the first regular cast member of “Saturday Night Live” (1975) to be nominated for an Academy Award in the category “Best Actor in a Leading Role.” Joan Cusack and Dan Aykroyd were also nominated for Academy Awards some years before Downey, but both were nominated for supporting roles.

Was in attendance at Chris Penn’s funeral

Met wife Susan Downey on the set of Gothika (2003).

He proposed to Susan Downey on her 30th birthday.

Sting (“Every Breath You Take”) and Billy Idol performed at his wedding to Susan Downey.

Before he starred as Iron Man (2008), Downey had done films with three of the actors who played Batman: with George Clooney in Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005); with Val Kilmer in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005); and with Michael Keaton in Game 6 (2005).

On the set of A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006) he took co-star Adam Scarimbolo under his wing.

Ranked #60 in Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the world (2008).

He is of Irish and Russian-Jewish ancestry from his father’s side and German-Jewish and Scottish descent from his mother’s side.

Close friends with Anthony Michael Hall and Ramon Estevez.

Gave life to the same character (Tony Stark) in two movies in the same year (Iron Man (2008) and The Incredible Hulk (2008)) produced by the same studio (Marvel Studios).

Has worn lifts at his directors’ requests in his recent leading man roles, namely Iron Man (2008) and its sequel and in Sherlock Holmes (2009), in order to enhance his height.

Signed on to voice “The Devil” in the animated television series “God, the Devil and Bob” (2000). Shortly thereafter, Downey was jailed, so he was replaced by Alan Cumming.

Began studying Wing Chun Kung Fu under Sifu Eric Oram, who is serving as fight and martial arts consultant on Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes (2009).

According to an interview he gave to Newsweek in February 2009, when Downey went to Japan for their opening of Iron Man (2008), he was detained on entry because Japanese authorities ran his passport and found it linked to “some incredible criminal activity” (namely Downey’s multiple arrests and incarcerations on drug-related charges in the 1990s and 2000s). For failing to disclose these convictions, Downey was interrogated for six hours and was almost barred from entry into Japan. It was finally decided that he could enter Japan for the Iron Man premiere but he is never to be allowed into Japan again.

Godfather of his son Indio Falconer Downey is close friend Anthony Michael Hall.

Was roommates with Kiefer Sutherland in the early ’80s.

Attended Junior High School 104 in Manhattan with fellow actors Jon Cryer, Erica Gimpel, and Kadeem Hardison.

Filmed his role in Hail Caesar in one day.

Lives in Venice and Malibu, California.

Michelle Lynn Monaghan Birthday March 23

Michelle Monaghan

Michelle Monaghan

Michelle Lynn Monaghan (born March 23, 1976) is an American actress, known for her roles in Mission: Impossible III, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Gone Baby Gone, Made of Honor and Eagle Eye.

Trivia:

Grew up in the small town of Winthrop, near Cedar Rapids in northeast Iowa.

Studied journalism at Chicago’s Columbia College.

She had scenes deleted from Constantine (2005) and Syriana (2005).

Moved to New York in 1999.

Is married to Australian graphic designer Peter White.

Has two older brothers.

In Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005), she plays an actress who did a commercial for a beer called Genaro’s. In Gone Baby Gone (2007) she plays a character named Angie Gennaro.

Michelle and her husband, Peter White, are expecting their first child, due in Fall, 2008 [June 2, 2008].

Gave birth to her first child, a girl named Willow Katherine, on November 5, 2008.

Member of the same Los Angeles gym as Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Jodie Foster, Jason Sarayba, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Ashley Tisdale.

Ursula Andress Birthday March 19

ursula andress

Ursula Andress

Ursula Andress (born March 19, 1936) is a Swiss actress and a major sex symbol of the 1960s.  She is known for her roles as Bond girl Honey Ryder in Dr. No, for which she won a Golden Globe, and as Vesper Lynd in the 1967 James Bond parody Casino Royale.

Trivia:

Lived with Harry Hamlin from 1978 to 1982, giving birth to their son Dimitri Hamlin in 1980.

Has lived together with Lorenzo Rispoli since 1983.

Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#53) (1995).

Even after their divorce, Ursula and John Derek remained friends up until his death.

At one time there was actually talk of two former Mrs. Dereks (Ursula and Bo Derek) starring in a movie together, with Bo playing Ursula’s daughter.

Often referred to as the “definitive” Bond Girl, as her appearance in Dr. No (1962) made her the first in a long line of famous and not-so-famous actresses to add “Bond Girl” status to their resumes by appearing in the James Bond series of films.

She is the only actor to appear in a canon Bond movie (Dr. No (1962)), an unofficial Bond film (Casino Royale (1967)) and also appear as a character in a Bond novel (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service).

Fluent in English, French, Italian, German and Swiss-German.

Measurements: 35-21-35 as starlet in 1955; 37 1/2-22-35 on set of Dr. No (1962); 38C-25-36 on 55th birthday 1991 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine).

Her voice was dubbed in Dr. No (1962) because of her strong accent.

Her younger sister, Kàtey Andress, unsuccessfully attempted to start a modeling career.

Is portrayed by Heidi Klum in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004).

She had a very troubled relationship with James Dean. One tabloid reported at the time that Dean was learning German so they could “argue in another language”.

Celebrated her 70th birthday at the Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh (18 May 2006).

Is Swiss German.

Friend of Bo Derek.

Ex-stepmother of Sean Catherine Derek.

Born to Rolf Andress, a German diplomat who had disappeared during World War II, and his Swiss wife, a gardener, she had four sisters and a brother.

Romantically linked to Jean-Paul Belmondo, Marlon Brando, Sean Connery, Ryan O’Neal, Warren Beatty, Dean Martin and Fabio Testi.

Voted “Best Bond Girl of All Time” by the readers of British newspaper Daily Mail (February 2008).

Described her wedding to John Derek a nightmare, marrying him in a small Las Vegas chapel with a cab driver as their best man and a ring that didn’t fit.

Studied painting, sculpture and dance in Paris.

Grew up in Ostermundingen, a city in the district of Berne, like TV host Michelle Hunziker and Lauriane Gilliéron, a former Miss Switzerland, who both attended her 70th birthday party.

On the day of his death, James Dean asked her to go with him to San Francisco in his Porsche 550 Spyder, but after talking to John Derek, he realized that she felt in love with the latter, so he left Los Angeles without her (30 September 1955).

Was the original choice for the role of Sophie in Sophie’s Choice (1982) but Meryl Streep, who went on to win a Best Actress Oscar for her performance, was cast instead.

Olivia Wilde Birthday March 10

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde

 

Olivia Jane Wilde (born Olivia Jane Cockburn on March 10, 1984) is an Irish-American actress. She began acting in the early 2000s, and has since appeared in a number of film and television parts, including roles on the series The O.C. and The Black Donnellys. She currently portrays Dr. Remy “Thirteen” Hadley in the TV drama House.

Trivia:

Granddaughter of James Helvick.

Daughter of Andrew Cockburn and Leslie Cockburn.

Attended Georgetown Day School in Washington, DC, through 8th grade.

Sister-in-law of Bartolomeo Ruspoli and Aileen Getty.

Daughter-in-law of Dado Ruspoli and Debra Berger.

Attended Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland.

2005: Named #61 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100.

Olivia Wilde TRON

Olivia Wilde TRON

 

Spent one month on the set of The Girl Next Door (2004) before being asked to join the cast.

Raised in Washington, DC.

Graduated from Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.

Has a dog named Paco who, as of July 26, 2006, is the new mascot for Old Navy.

Best friends with Patrick Fugit and Megalyn Echikunwoke.

Won Best Actress at HBO’s US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, 2006 for her role in Bickford Shmeckler’s Cool Ideas (2006).

2006: Named #95 in FHM magazine’s “100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006″ supplement.

Olivia-Wilde-Tron-Legacy

Olivia Wilde Tron Legacy

Has dual citizenship between Ireland and the United States.

Eloped with her husband, who is an Italian prince, when she was 18. They married in his family’s castle in Vignanello, Italy.

Ranked #97 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2008 list.

Husband Tao Ruspoli is a prince (Papal title).

Once won a pancake eating contest while in Australia.

Ranked #1 on the Maxim magazine “Hot 100″ of 2009 list.

Is a natural blond.

Is a vegan.

Is Irish-American.

Linda Fiorentino Birthday March 9

Linda Fiorentino

Linda Fiorentino

 

Linda Fiorentino (born March 9, 1958) is an American actress. She is known for her roles in films such as Dogma, Vision Quest, Men in Black, After Hours and The Last Seduction.

Trivia:
Won her part in Men in Black (1997) in a poker game from Barry Sonnenfeld. Besides the part, she won around $1200.
1995: Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the “100 Sexiest Stars” in film history (#66).
Graduated from Washington Township High School, in Sewell, NJ. Is a graduate of Rosemont College, in Rosemont, PA (just west of Philadelphia).
Director Kevin Smith said in his DVD commentary for Dogma (1999) that Linda wouldn’t even speak to him some days and, in retrospect, he wishes he had given the part of Bethany to Janeane Garofalo instead.
2000: Donated $1,000 to the New York Senate Campaign for Democratic candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton.
She is one of 8 children. Her mother’s name is Clorinda Fiorentino and her sisters include Rose Fiorentino, Catherine Fiorentino, and Terry Fiorentino Christie.
1980: Earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Rosemont College in Pennsylvania at 22 years old.
She has been an active photographer since 1987 and has studied it at the International Center of Photography in New York City.
She has optioned the film rights to Colin Patrick Lynch’s play, “One Eyed Jacks and Suicide Kings”.
She has optioned rights to the Jim Curtis’ screenplay about Russian poetess, Anna Akhmatova, in July 2007.

Bryan Cranston Birthday March 7

Bryan Cranston

Bryan Cranston

Bryan Lee Cranston (born March 7, 1956) is an American actor, voice actor, writer and director. He is best known for his roles as Walter White in the AMC drama series Breaking Bad, for which he has won two Emmy Awards, and Hal in the FOX situation comedy Malcolm in the Middle Other notable roles include Dr. Tim Whatley on Seinfeld, Doug Heffernan’s neighbor in the The King of Queens, Astronaut Buzz Aldrin in From the Earth to the Moon, Ted Mosby’s boss on How I Met Your Mother, and other roles in numerous movies and television programs.

Trivia:

Has one daughter named Taylor.

His father is actor Joe Cranston. His brother is Kyle Edward Cranston.

A couple other titles he voice for were “Royal Space Force – The Wings of Honneamise”, and “Macross Plus”.

Once did voice acting for the English dubbing of Japanese Animation (or Anime), under the name “Lee Stone”.

In the original Armitage III Polymatrix 4 episode home video release (also know as an OAV), he’s listed as “Lee Stone”, but in the movie edition of the same name, he’s listed under his real name “Bryan Cranston”.

Became an ordained minister when he was in college as a part-time job.

Got his start at the Granada Theatre in the San Fernando Valley, California.

Produced his “Kidsmartz” safety video with his “Malcolm in the Middle” (2000) crew during one of their weeks off.

Such a big baseball fan that his wife threw him a surprise 40th birthday party at Dodgers Stadium.

Always grows a beard and mustache during his “Malcolm in the Middle” (2000) hiatus.

His favorite episode of “Malcolm in the Middle” (2000) is the first season episode “Rollerskates.” He spent six weeks before filming learning how to rollerskate.

Impersonated Brad Garrett’s “Everybody Loves Raymond” (1996) voice shortly after losing to him for the second year in a row at the 2004 Emmy Awards. The crowd laughed hysterically, as did Brad Garrett himself.

Presented the category “Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series” at the 2004 Emmy Awards with his “Malcolm in the Middle” (2000) co-star Jane Kaczmarek. Ironically enough, Bryan had been eligible for that category (for directing the “Malcolm in the Middle” (2000) episode “Stereo Store”) but did not receive a nomination.

Was singled out by frequent “Malcolm in the Middle” (2000) director Todd Holland during his Emmy speech in 2001. Cranston had been overlooked that year, and Holland proclaimed that he would “stand up here soon.” Cranston was subsequently nominated for the first-time the next year.

Directed three episodes of “Malcolm in the Middle” (2000) during its fifth season. The episodes were “Vegas,” “Dirty Magazine,” and “Experiment”.

The last name of the first Blue Ranger on “Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers” (1993) was named after him. He did various work as part of the crew (voice-overs, etc.), so the Blue Ranger’s full name became Billy Cranston.

Has a dog named Sugar, saved from a local Los Angeles pound.

Enjoys traveling to Hawaii.

Met his wife Robin Dearden on the set of the show “Airwolf” (1984). He was playing the villain of the week, and she was his hostage (held at gunpoint).

Attended and graduated from Canoga Park High School, Canoga Park, California in 1974.

Honored as Grand Marshal of the 2006 Sherman Oaks, CA, Street Fair by the Chamber of Commerce for his leadership in the community and his protection of children through KidSmartz.

At one point considered becoming a police officer, and went to high school, and was friends with, Daniel Cameron.

Bryan Cranston, who played Erik Per Sullivan’s character’s father on “Malcolm in the Middle” (2000), wrote recommendation letters for his college applications.

Javier Bardem Birthday March 1

Javier Bardem

Javier Bardem

Javier Ángel Encinas Bardem (born March 1, 1969) is a Spanish actor. He has garnered critical acclaim for roles in films such as Jamón, jamón, Carne tremula, Boca a boca, Los Lunes al sol and Mar adentro.

Bardem has been awarded an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BAFTA, four Goya awards, two European Film Awards and two Coppa Volpis for his work. He is the first Spanish actor to be nominated for an Oscar (Best Actor, 2000, for Before Night Falls) as well as the first to win (Supporting Actor, 2007, for No Country for Old Men).

Trivia:

Brother of Carlos Bardem and Mónica Bardem.

Son of Pilar Bardem

Nephew of director Juan Antonio Bardem

Grandson of Rafael Bardem

His Best Actor nomination for Before Night Falls (2000) made him the first Spanish actor to receive an Academy Award nomination and his Best Supporting Actor victory for No Country for Old Men (2007) made him the first Spanish actor to win an Academy Award.

Says in interviews that he doesn’t know how to drive.

Played rugby union as a teen and was on the Spanish National Team.

Ten years ago, a stranger in a disco asked him his name. When Javier replied, the man punched him in the face for no apparent reason, breaking his nose.

Javier’s original interest was in painting, and he studied at Madrid’s Escuela de Artes y Oficios. Eventually, deciding he’d never be a talented painter, he drifted into a number of odd jobs, working as a bouncer, a writer, a construction worker, and even a stripper.

To portray Reinaldo Arenas, Javier not only learned Cuban-Spanish, but Cuban-accented English, and lost 30 pounds to better resemble the smaller-framed Arenas.

Javier, his mother, Pilar Bardem, and his siblings, Mónica Bardem and Carlos Bardem, often appear in each other’s films.

To become Ramón Sampedro, a 55-year-old Spanish man who made headlines with a crusade to end his own life, Javier, who was in his thirties at the time, was on the set of Mar adentro (2004/I) at the crack of dawn for a five-hour makeup session that produced the necessary aging.

Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 2005

Spanish citizen.

Actors Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna list him as their favorite actor.

Beat out Johnny Depp for the role of Florentino Ariza in Love in the Time of Cholera (2007).

Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#73). [2007].

Dedicated the Oscar he won for No Country for Old Men (2007) to his mother, Pilar, whom he brought with him to the ceremony. At the end of his acceptance speech, Javier said to her (originally in Spanish), “Mom, this is for you, this is for your grandparents, for your parents, Rafael and Matilde, this is for the actors of Spain, who have brought, like you, the dignity and the pride to our job. This is for Spain and this is for all of you.”.

The Bardem family owns a restaurant in Spain called La Bardemcilla. The restaurant is managed by Javier’s sister, Monica.

Good friends with Josh Brolin.

Had a long relationship with Cristina Payés. They were together for ten years.

Is one of seven actors to have won an Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Critics’ Choice Award, Golden Globe Award and SAG Award for the same performance. The others in chronological order are Geoffrey Rush for Shine (1996), Jamie Foxx for Ray(2004), Philip Seymour Hoffman for Capote (2005), Forest Whitaker for The Last King in Scotland (2006), Daniel Day-Lewis for There Will Be Blood (2007), and Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight (2008).

Has been in a relationship with Penélope Cruz since they began working together on Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008).

Was originally cast as Guido Contini in Nine (2009), but he turned the role down and Daniel Day-Lewis was eventually given the part.

Was originally cast in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010), but dropped out of the project and was replaced by Josh Brolin.

Vacationed with Penelope Cruz and his family (mother, Pilar and brother, Carlos) in Fernando de Noronha, a cluster of islands located directly off the Brazilian coast. [January 2010]

Jennifer Love Hewitt Birthday February 21

Jennifer Love Hewitt

Jennifer Love Hewitt



Jennifer Love Hewitt (born February 21, 1979) is an American actress, television director, voice actress, singer-songwriter, and film and television producer. Hewitt began her acting career as a child by appearing in television commercials and the Disney Channel series Kids Incorporated. She rose to fame in teenage popular culture via her roles in the Fox series Party of Five, as Sarah Reeves, and the films I Know What You Did Last Summer and its sequel, as Julie James.

As a singer, Hewitt has been signed by Atlantic Records and Jive Records. She is primarily known for her recordings in the pop genre and has a contralto vocal range. To date, her most successful single on the Billboard Hot 100 is the 1999 release “How Do I Deal”, which peaked at #59.In addition, she has contributed music to the promotion or soundtracks of acting projects.

Hewitt’s physical appearance has been the subject of much media attention throughout her career. She has been lauded as one of the most attractive women in the entertainment industry by publications such as Maxim, in which she was named the sexiest woman in the world in 1999, and TV Guide, which named her the sexiest woman on television in 2008. In 2007, paparazzi photos of Hewitt on a beach led to a much-publicized matter in which she defended her weight, and was supported by other celebrities. These incidents received coverage from People magazine.

In addition to acting, Hewitt has also served as a producer on some of her film and television projects.She can be seen on the CBS television program Ghost Whisperer as Melinda Gordon, a young woman who can communicate with ghosts. She won a Saturn Award in 2007 and 2008 for Best Actress on Television.

Trivia:

Sent 3 dozen pink roses to Gwyneth Paltrow the night before Paltrow won the Oscar in 1999. Hewitt also wrote her a 2 page letter praising her as a role model and admiring her work. Paltrow sent a reply a week later, and Hewitt framed it – “it’s my favorite thing”. When the 2 actresses met for the first time at the 2000 Golden Globes, “she came up to me and gave me a hug for the flowers. I thought I was going to pass out. I was absolutely going to have a heart attack.”

Was almost cast as Juliet in Romeo + Juliet (1996), but at the last moment she lost the part to Claire Danes because the director felt she wasn’t “modern” enough.

Lost the role of Darlene in Brokedown Palace (1999) to Kate Beckinsale because of scheduling conflicts.

Auditioned for the role of Tricia Jones in Mallrats (1995).

Was considered for the role of Helen in I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) before being cast as Julie.

At the age of 4 while at a restaurant-dance hall she disappeared. She was found on the stage singing “Help Me make It Through The Night”.

Cat named Don Juan; got the name “Love” from mother’s college roommate; mother’s name is Pat, older brother is Todd.

Love Hewitt’s first job was on “Kids Incorporated” (1984). Little did she know that one of the guest stars would turn out to be her future co-worker on “Party of Five” (1994), Scott Wolf.

Was considered for the title role in Lolita (1997).

Attended school with actress Christine Lakin. Both graduated from Laurel Springs High School, class of 1997.

Was offered a role on the WB’s “Charmed” (1998), taking over Shannen Doherty’s place, but turned it down. [2001]

Born at 10:48 PM CST.

Broke her finger filming the “flopper dive” scene in Heartbreakers (2001).

Voted in at #7 in FHM’s Sexiest Girls of 2002 poll, American edition. [June 2002]

Her mom is Italian, her father is German.

Hosted the Comedy for a Cure and raised over $100,000 for Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance’s research programs.

Voted #14 in Rush Magazine’s Sexiest Women 2002 list.

Recently performing as Nancy Sinatra on NBC’s “American Dreams” (2002), she adopted a puppy on location and named her Boots. At the time she was performing “These Boots Were Made For Walking,” hence the appropriate name.

Dated Rich Cronin of LFO (1999-2001)

She has recorded four albums: “Love Songs” in 1992, “Let’s Go Bang” in 1995, “Jennifer Love Hewitt” in 1996, and “BareNaked” in 2002, which was produced by singer/songwriter Meredith Brooks.

Briefly dated actor Wilmer Valderrama (1999).

Ranked #11 in Stuff magazine’s “102 Sexiest Women in the World” (2002).

Was listed as a potential nominee on both the 2003 and 2005 Razzie Award nominating ballots. She was listed a suggestion in the Worst Actress category on the 2003 ballot for her performance in the film The Tuxedo (2002). And was suggested again two years later in the Worst Actress category of the 2005 ballot for her role in Garfield (2004). She failed to receive either nomination.

Named #32 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2005 list.

Contrary to reports, she was not replaced by ‘Jennifer Lopez’ in The Wedding Planner (2001). Hewitt has stated in interviews that she had been developing her own film by the same title, but was forced to cancel it once the film with Lopez was released. The two films were unrelated.

Named #20 in FHM’s “100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005″ special supplement. (2005).

Named #43 in FHM magazine’s “100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006″ supplement. (2006).

Engaged to Ross McCall [November 29, 2007].

A fan of the Glasgow Celtic Football Club.

Is slightly claustrophobic and, while filming an episode of “Ghost Whisperer” (2005), in an underground tunnel set, a removable wall had to be installed so she could get out quickly.

Ranked #20 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2008 list.

Ranked #96 on Forbes Celebrity 100 List for 2008. The annual list ranks the most powerful and best-paid celebrities in Hollywood. (2008).

Broke up with Ross McCall after a three year relationship. [December 2008]

Dating Jamie Kennedy [March 2009].

Told several magazines that she wears a tiara when she takes a bath.

William Petersen Birthday February 21

William Petersen

William Petersen

William Louis Petersen (born February 21, 1953) is an American actor and producer, best known for playing Dr. Gilbert “Gil” Grissom on the hit CBS series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

He has also portrayed President John F Kennedy in the 1998 TV film The Rat Pack. Petersen is notoriously selective about the film roles he chooses, and has turned down roles in several films that went on to become modern classics.

Trivia:

Attended Bishop Kelly High School in Boise, Idaho. He wears his old football jersey from that school in most of his movies.

Daughter named Maite Nerea, born in 1975, in Mondragon (País Vasco, Spain).

Testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on increased funding for crime labs.

Attended the renowned Steppenwolf Company.

Engaged to Gina Cirone, a biology teacher. [March 2002]

Started at Idaho State University on a football scholarship, where he found acting.

Married longtime girl friend, Gina Cirone, in Petrignano, Italy.

He has a production company called, High Horse (with friend & fellow “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (2000) producer, Cynthia Chvatal).

He has one grandchild named Mazrik William (born October 2003).

One “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (2000) plot line had him pursuing an insane killer played by Tom Noonan, who also played the titular insane killer in Manhunter (1986).

Was offered a role in Platoon (1986), but turned it down because it was a low paying job and the prospect of going to the Phillipines for weeks of training before filming didn’t appeal to him.

Calls Long Gone (1987) (TV) the most fun he ever had making a movie. He made it instead of appearing in Platoon (1986).

Was cast in To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) after Gary Sinise declined the part. Sinise became the star of “CSI: NY” (2004), which is the spin-off of Petersen’s series “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (2000).

Co-presented an award at the 2004 Emmys with Dennis Franz, whose former “NYPD Blue” (1993) co-star, David Caruso stars in “CSI: Miami” (2002) the spin-off of Petersen’s series “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (2000).

Has played two characters with the surname “Walker.” He played Gideon Walker in “Return to Lonesome Dove” (1993) and Steve Walker in Fear (1996).

Declined the offer to produce “CSI: Miami” (2002), the spin-off of his series “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (2000).

Because his role in Manhunter (1986) was so emotionally exhausting, he did everything he could to rid himself of the Will Graham character after filming had been completed. This included cutting his hair and dyeing it blonde, and shaving off his beard.

Played Missy Crider’s father in the mini series The Beast (1996) (TV). Crider later appeared in the second season premiere of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (2000).

Was 33 years old when Manhunter (1986) was released. When the film’s remake, Red Dragon (2002) was released, his Will Graham successor, Edward Norton, was also 33 years old.

An avid Chicago Cubs fan, he sings the seventh inning stretch at Wrigley Field every year and also narrated the documentary Wrigley Field: Beyond the Ivy (2001) (V) about Wrigley Field.

Owns the rights of James Ellroy’s crime novel “Clandestine”.

Turned down a major part in Michael Mann’s Heat (1995).

Has performed at the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago.

Appears in The Skulls (2000) with Hill Harper. Harper currently co- stars in “CSI: NY” (2004), the spin-off of Petersen’s series “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (2000).

Winner of the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Jack Abbott in “The Belly Of The Beast”.

Has been portrayed in several CSI games.

He has been an ensemble member of the Steppenwolf Theater Company in Chicago, Illinois since 2008.

Shares his birthday with Larry Drake, who appeared with him in _The Beast(1996)_.

He was nominated for a 1982 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for “The Tooth of Crime” at the Remains Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.

He was awarded the 1984 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for “In the Belly of the Beast” at the Wisdom Bridge Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.

He was nominated for a 1994 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for “The Night of the Iguana” at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.

Jerry O'Connell Birthday February 17

Jerry O'Connell

Jerry O'Connell

Jeremiah “Jerry” O’Connell (born February 17, 1974) is an American actor, best known for his roles in the TV series Sliders, Vern Tessio in the film Stand by Me, Charlie Carbone in Kangaroo Jack, and Detective Woody Hoyt on the drama Crossing Jordan.

Trivia:

Dated Sarah Michelle Gellar. [1998-1999]

Dated Debra Pelletier.

Attended New York University. Graduated from in May 1995 with a degree in Film and Television.

Brother of actor/model Charlie O’Connell.

Played the “heartbreaker” in Mariah Carey’s “Heartbreaker” video. The single went on to become Mariah’s 14th #1 hit.

Father was an art director and mother was an art teacher.

Signed by an agent at age 10 and was discovered gobbling up cookies in a Duncan Hines commercial.

During his junior year at NYU film school (for screenwriting), Jerry went to Los Angeles, California, and decided to try out for two TV pilots: “Sliders” (1995) and a new Fox show called “Party of Five” (1994). He spent a single day in L.A. and landed the Bailey role in “Party of Five” (1994), but before he could get back to New York, the studio’s first choice for “Sliders” (1995) backed out. Stuck a day before shooting without a lead, they begged Jerry to fill in. The rest is teen-idol history.

He attended the Professional Children’s School in New York City. His classmates included Tara Reid, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Macaulay Culkin, and Ben Taylor.

While practicing his lines for Stand by Me (1986), was completely impressed that, as an 11-year-old, he was being allowed to swear.

Still hates talking about Stand by Me (1986) because he was overweight at the time.

Worked with River Phoenix in Stand by Me (1986), and Sean Patrick Flanery in Body Shots (1999). Both Phoenix and Flannery have played the young Indiana Jones.

While attending NYU, he was saber captain of the varsity fencing team. He was ranked as high as #17 in the country.

Two of the TV shows he has been in, “Sliders” (1995) and “Crossing Jordan” (2001), both have had episodes named “O, Brother, Where art Thou.”

While at NYU, he was a Resident Assistant.

Announced his engagement to actress Rebecca Romijn (September 2005).

Was number 70 on vh1′s “100 Greatest Kid Stars” (2005)

Married his girlfriend of 2 1/2 years, Rebecca Romijn, in a surprise backyard ceremony. The couple exchanged vows in front of 100 family and friends that thought that they had been invited to a barbecue.

On December 28, 2008, Rebecca and Jerry welcomed fraternal twin daughters, Dolly Rebecca Rose and Charlie Tamara Tulip.

Participated in the annual Drambuie Pursuit in Scotland. The Drambuie Pursuit takes place once a year and includes an archery contest on the first day and then a second day that includes kayaking, a castle run, boating, mountain biking, rock-climbing, rafting, cross-country biking, off-road buggy racing and canoing. [April 2008]

Father is British and mother is American.

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