Periodically, I check www.Imdb.com for film information, or to see if “anything interesting is happening.” My friend, Marc, swears I do it daily. No. Well, he’s…almost right. One of the features on the sight is: “Born Today.” It is a list of people in the film business, most alive, some deceased, whose birthdays occur on a specific date. On the day I first started putting this post together, July 22nd, eight names jumped out at me. And a few familiar faces were recognizable, too. A bumper crop.
See if any of these ring a bell. Albert Brooks. This Summer you’ve heard his voice in “Finding Dory” and “The Secret Life of Pets.” Both films are being seen by a lot of people. You’ve heard or seen him elsewhere. On “The Simpsons” and “Finding Nemo.” All these efforts are good paydays for Mr. Brooks. I also remember him from other films, such as: Defending Your Life (very funny film, and Meryl Streep is great, as always), Broadcast News (can you say “flop sweat”? Brooks holds his own with William Hurt and Holly Hunter), and Lost in America.
Willem Defoe. He’s probably best known for his distinctive face and unique roles. He’s been a voice in both “Finding Nemo…and Dory.” His work in “Platoon” and “The English Patient” was wonderful.
Louise Fletcher. Nurse Ratched. Does more need to be said? “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” won the big 5 Oscars. She earned 134 acting credits from 1958-2013.
Danny Glover. I first saw him in “Places in the Heart” (a fine film, great cast). From 1984 – 1987, he was also in: “Witness” (he tried to kill Han Solo, a no-no), “The Color Purple,” “Lethal Weapon,” and —my favorite western— “Lonesome Dove.”
David Spade. Probably most recognizable for his work on Saturday Night Live. Lots of appearances on TV and in films.
John Leguizamo. TV, movies, and on Broadway, too.
Terence Stamp. When younger, he was famous for acting (“Billy Budd”, 1962) and dating (Brigitte Bardot, et al). He was General Zod in Superman II. Want to see a dangerous man? Watch Stamp’s portrayal of Wilson (no first name) in “The Limey.” A British Father comes to America to avenge his daughter’s death in Hollywood. He does. Best performance you will see in a long time? Stamp’s Bernadette: a transexual with 2 friends on a bus traveling through Australia’s outback. He takes no ****. A superb, m
Alex Trebek. I’ll take TV Game show hosts for a thousand. So will you.
And then, there are names you may not recognize. But these birthday celebrators have faces that could be familiar. I’ll give a half-dozen names and you check their faces. Some may trigger pleasant memories ?
Orson Bean. A long TV career. 1952 – 2016. Guests on many shows. Was on Omnibus in 1956. Had a part in “Being John Malkovich.” Does his face look familiar?
Colin Ferguson. He’s had appearances on lots of TV shows. “Eureka,” for example. Last night, I think I saw him in a commercial portraying a washer or a washer repairman.
Adam Godley. He’s acted in TV, film, and on Broadway. He’s a parent of one of the “bad” kids in “Charley and the Chocolate Factory. And, I think, a faculty member helping to put on a kid’s talent show in “Love, Actually.
Rhys Ifans. I’ve seen his work in at least 2 places. As Hugh Grant’s roommate in “Notting Hill” and in TV’s “Elementary” (my favorite TV show) as Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock’s brother. The roles are about this……….far apart.
Peter Jason. I KNOW I’ve seen him in something. With 245 work credits, I must have. He has a face I recognize but can’t quite place. But at least he’s working.
Franka Potente. She’s done a variety of film and TV work. Her most memorable work I’ve seen are her roles in Bourne films with Matt Damon. 2002’s “The Bourne Identity” where they survive and fall in love. Plus, 2004’s “The Bourne Supremacy” where she doesn’t. Bourne’s enemies paid for that.
Hopefully, some of these names are familiar to you. For other actors, their faces will be recognized. I think a visit to www.Imdb.com will refresh your memories of these folks. Whether remembering their performances or retrieving memories when spying faces, you might enjoy a few trips down memory lane. And, no, I don’t get paid for mentioning the website.