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CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS   for Jan 18, 2018
Deceased: Aug 07, 1957
Biography: Portly, pompous, and in a nearly constant state of exasperation due to the childlike shenanigans of his reed-thin companion, Oliver Hardy was one-half of possibly the greatest comedy duo of all time. Raised in a small town in Georgia, Hardy fell madly in love with the new medium of film while working at a local movie theater. After launching a successful career in silent films on the East Coast with production outfits like the Lubin Manufacturing Company, he made the move to Hollywood in 1917. Working as a solo freelancer in dozens of pictures, Hardy ultimately crossed paths with fellow...
Jane Horrocks
Age 54
Biography: This petite, waifish blonde actress first caught audience attention as the anorexic teen who memorably insists that David Thewlis lick chocolate off her breasts in Mike Leigh's comedy "Life Is Sweet" (1991) and went on to create an indelible impression as the...
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Mark Rylance
Age 58
Biography: Mark Rylance was a British stage and screen actor who won an Oscar in 2016 for his supporting role in Steven Spielberg's "Bridge of Spies" (2015). Born into an academic family (both his parents were English professors), Rylance was brought up in an...
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David Ayer
Age 50
Biography: An action director with life experience to back up his street-tough films, David Ayer grew up in Minnesota, Maryland, and California. After losing his father at a young age, Ayers became prone to acting out, a characteristic that only became worse as he...
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Kevin Costner
Age 63
Biography: Academy Award-winning actor-director-producer Kevin Costner made a solid career out of playing, amiable, dependable leading men with a stoic, deadpan style best utilized in sports-themed, feel-good movies. He made his now-infamous film debut - as a corpse -...
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John Boorman
Age 85
Biography: Renowned for pushing actors and crews to their very limit in order to achieve transcendent results, director John Boorman was a committed filmmaker who refused to settle into fixed genres while remaining as commercially unpredictable as he was artistically...
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Alison Arngrim
Age 56
Biography: Alison Arngrim was a prominent child TV actress who was best known for her role as "bad girl" Nellie Oleson on "Little House on the Prairie" (NBC, 1974-1983). Born into a show business family (her father was a talent manager, while her mother worked as a...
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Bob Peterson
Age 57
Biography: Bob Peterson cut his teeth as an animator on Pixar's groundbreaking computer-animated blockbuster "Toy Story" (1995), going on to become a major contributor to the cutting-edge move house's award-laden fare; most notably as co-director on the much-lauded 2009...
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Cary Grant
Deceased: Nov 29, 1986
Biography: Cary Grant was the quintessential movie star - a leading man whose light comic touch, effortlessly debonair screen presence, and devastating good looks proved timeless in their appeal. After escaping a truly Dickensian childhood in England and paying his dues...
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Dave Bautista
Age 49
Biography: Dave Bautista enjoyed a decade-long career as one of the most powerful and often controversial figures in professional wrestling, claiming numerous championship titles while also earning the enmity of management and fellow grapplers alike, before moving into...
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Maulik Pancholy
Age 44
Biography: Although born in the United States, actor Maulik Pancholy is of Indian heritage, which has led to him often playing ethnic characters on television and in films. He had his first television roles in 1998 in four different shows; he played a young man named...
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Joanna Newsom
Age 36
Biography: Famous for her delicate voice and unique instrumentation, harpist and singer Joanna Newsom first expressed an interest in her trademark instrument when she was only five years old. Raised by progressive parents who forbid her from watching television or...
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Peter Hobbs
Age 100
Biography: Actor Peter Hobbs was known for his roles on the silver screen. Hobbs began his acting career with roles in such films as "The New Interns" (1964), "The Killers" (1964) and the Jack Lemmon comedy "Good Neighbor Sam" (1964). He also appeared in the Sandy...
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Jason Segel
Age 38
Biography: A gifted comic actor with a knack for playing neurotic or easily agitated types, Jason Segel first caught the attention of television audiences as a unabashedly lovelorn high schooler in Judd Apatow's cult series "Freaks and Geeks" (NBC, 1999-2000). He soon...
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Age 38
Biography: Estelle worked on a variety of projects during her entertainment career. Estelle worked on a variety of projects during her early entertainment career, including "America's Next Top Model" "Bride Wars" with Kate Hudson (2009) and "Dancing With the Stars"...
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Jesse Martin
Age 49
Biography: A handsome African-American actor, Jesse L. Martin broke through as part of the original cast of the seminal 1996 Broadway musical, "Rent," a late-1980s, NYC/HIV gloss on Puccini's classic opera "La Bohème." Martin's performance as Tom Collins, a gay...
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M.C. Gainey
Age 70
Biography: M.C. Gainey was an actor who had a successful Hollywood career. Gainey began his acting career with roles in such films as the Malcolm McDowell adventure "Time After Time" (1979), the Steve Martin musical "Pennies From Heaven" (1981) and the Jessica Lange...
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Samantha Mumba
Age 35
Biography: Born in Dublin to an Irish mother and Zambian father, singer and actress Samantha Mumba has said that her unusual background and exotic beauty was accepted in Ireland with fascination rather than discrimination. Tall and graceful, with flawless skin and a...
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Antje Traue
Age 37
Biography: Actress Antje Traue was plucked from relative obscurity to play one of the main villains in Zack Snyder's Superman update "Man of Steel" (2013), which vaulted her to worldwide attention. Raised in East Germany by an artistically inclined mother, Traue was...
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Hossein Amini
Age 52
Biography: Iranian-born screenwriter and director Hossein Amini earned critical praise and numerous award nominations for his highly literate and complex scripts, including "The Wings of a Dove" (1998), which brought him an Oscar nomination, as well as "Drive" (2011)...
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