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CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS   for Feb 21, 2018
TYNE DALY
Age 72
Biography: After more than two decades as a journeyman player on stage and screen, Tyne Daly found television stardom as the no-nonsense, commonsensical Mary Beth Lacey, partner of Chris Cagney, on the police series "Cagney & Lacey" (CBS 1982-88). The daughter of actors James Daly and Hope Newell, Ellen Tyne Daly was the second of four children. Raised in Westchester County, New York, she began her acting career appearing in summer stock productions with her family and earned her Equity card at age 15 after being cast in the title role of "Jenny Kissed Me." Fate dealt her a blow, however, when a...
 
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Sophie Turner
Age 22
Biography: In 2011, Sophie Turner joined a vanguard of talented, mostly British and Irish unknowns breaking out on HBO's phenomenal fantasy series "Game of Thrones" (2011- ). A U.K. native, she began acting when she was only three years old with the well-regarded,...
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Larry Drake
Deceased: Mar 17, 2016
Biography: Tall and husky in a gangly way, Larry Drake was so convincing as the developmentally-challenged Benny Stulwicz on NBC's "L.A. Law" for seven seasons (1987-94) that many viewers assumed he was himself developmentally challenged. The role won him two Emmy...
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Kumail Nanjiani
Age 40
Biography: A comedic jack of all trades, Kumail Nanjiani never forgot his Pakistani roots even while riffing on the all-American life he had created for himself. He wrote for some of the hippest and most ground-breaking TV comedies of his era, and still found time to...
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Peter Sallis
Deceased: Jun 02, 2017
Biography: Peter Sallis was a British actor who was primarily known for his role on the long-running TV series "Last of the Summer Wine" (BBC, 1973-2010), as well as being the voice of Wallace in the "Wallace and Gromit" films. Born in the London suburb of Twickenham,...
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Sam Peckinpah
Deceased: Dec 28, 1984
Biography: A paradox who both cultivated and disdained his own legend as one of Hollywood's most notoriously difficult directors, Sam Peckinpah evoked varied responses to his often violent films that typically existed on a skewed moral plane between eras and cultures,...
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Alan Rickman
Deceased: Jan 14, 2016
Biography: Effortlessly urbane British actor Alan Rickman enjoyed a distinguished stage career with the Royal Shakespeare Company prior to winning international acclaim in dozens of film and television projects. Following years of work on U.K. television, the actor was...
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Hayley Orrantia
Age 24
Biography: Hayley Orrantia was an American actress who was best known for playing Erica Goldberg on the hit ABC sitcom "The Goldbergs" (ABC, 2013- ). Born in Arlington, Texas and raised in Grand Prairie, Orrantia had the drive to sing, perform and act at a very young...
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Tuppence Middleton
Age 31
Biography: Tuppence Middleton was an English actress who was best known for playing Riley Blue on the science-fiction series "Sense8" (Netflix, 2015-17). Born and raised in Bristol, England, Middleton started acting at a very young age. She appeared in numerous school...
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Anthony Daniels
Age 72
Biography: Actor Anthony Daniels achieved pop-culture immortality - albeit from behind a metallic golden mask - as the fretful but well-meaning android C-3PO, first seen in the genre-defining blockbuster "Star Wars" (1977). Emerging as a dramatic radio performer with...
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Ann Sheridan
Deceased: Jan 21, 1967
Biography: She was Warner Brothers' "Oomph Girl" and a popular WWII pin-up but Ann Sheridan fought to be taken seriously in Hollywood. After a fruitless start at Paramount, the ravishing redhead allowed the Warners publicity mill to make her an overnight sensation,...
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Gary Lockwood
Age 81
Biography: American actor Gary Lockwood has forged a lengthy film and television career distinguished by his work with legendary talents like Stanley Kubrick, Elia Kazan, and even Elvis Presley. The ruggedly handsome Van Nuys native, a former UCLA footballer and stunt...
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Kim Coates
Age 60
Biography: Kim Coates admits he hadn't even seen a play before he attended the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. Signing up for an acting class on a whim, he immersed himself in theatre and within two years had majored in Drama. First finding work on stage, he became...
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Jordan Peele
Age 39
Biography: Actor-writer Jordan Peele gleefully skewered issues of race and popular culture as a solo performer and in tandem with his frequent partner Keegan-Michael Key on "MADtv" (Fox 1995-2009) and "Key & Peele" (Comedy Central 2012-15). A veteran of the Second City...
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Kelsey Grammer
Age 63
Biography: Although a classically trained actor with a number of impressive stage performances on his résumé, Kelsey Grammer was best known for playing the pompous, but ultimately likable psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane on two classic and award-winning sitcoms, "Cheers"...
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Bob Rafelson
Age 85
Biography: Though most often identified as being a chief collaborator with actor Jack Nicholson, producer-director Bob Rafelson made his name and fortune as one of the creators of "The Monkees" (NBC, 1966-68), a popular sitcom that exploded into a cultural phenomenon....
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Tituss Burgess
Age 39
Biography: After conquering Broadway, Tituss Burgess set his sights on TV. Performing in various theater productions in high school before heading to the University of Georgia, where he graduated with a BA in Music, he followed the bright lights to New York City to be...
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Jerry Harrison
Age 69
Biography: Jerry Harrison's musical talents have contributed to a variety of Hollywood productions. Harrison began his entertainment career with his music featured in films like the Jeff Daniels comedic drama "Something Wild" (1986), the crime picture "Wall Street" ...
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Aunjanue Ellis
Age 49
Biography: Aunjanue Ellis was an actress who had a successful Hollywood career. In 1995, she co-starred in New York Shakespeare Festival's production of "The Tempest" (first in Central Park, then on Broadway). Ellis started her acting career landing roles in such films...
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Brendan Sexton III
Age 38
Biography: An incredibly versatile actor capable of projecting menace, goofiness, air-headedness, rebellion and, it seems, every conceivable urban teenage emotion, Brendan Sexton III (who has also been billed as Brendan Sexton Jr) has carved a name for himself in edgy...
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