Happy Birthday: Leslie Nielsen (1926–2010)

Leslie Nielsen (1926–2010).jpgLeslie Nielsen (1926–2010)

Born: February 11, 1926 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Died: November 28, 2010 (age 84) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

Married to: Barbaree Earl Nielsen (2001 – 28 November 2010) (his death)
Bobbye Brooks Oliver (13 November 1981 – 5 December 1984) (divorced)
Alisande Ullman (10 September 1958 – 1974) (divorced) (2 children)
Monica Boyer (28 December 1950 – 9 June 1957) (divorced)

Doing nothing is very hard to do… you never know when you’re finished.

The reason they call it ‘golf’ is that all the other four-letter words were used up.

[on the part of his career when he played almost exclusively villains] The best part is always the heavy. And the meaner and crueler and the worse you are, the more vicious you are as the heavy, the better the hero looks when he whips you. So, the heavy is liable to be a very dramatic, fine acting part. I told my agent at that time, “I want to play heavies who are really vicious and cruel and terrible. I want them to know that they’re terrible and I want them to enjoy it.”.

 

 

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Happy Birthday: Joe Pesci

Joe Pesci.jpgJoe Pesci

Born: February 9, 1943 in Newark, New Jersey, USA

[on his good friend and My Cousin Vinny (1992) co-star, the late Fred Gwynne] It takes somebody who’s very serious to pull off a character like Herman Munster [from Gwynne’s series The Munsters (1964)]. It’s not simple to play the goof. Fred was not Herman. He was an intelligent, quiet gentleman.

[On Raging Bull] I remember being asked do you think we should shoot in black and white or in color. And I said black and white without any hesitation.

[On Robert De Niro] We work so well together. It’s like breathing in and out. It’s so easy for us- we feed off each other.

[On Martin Scorsese] Marty is probably the best director I’ve ever worked with and one of the best directors of our generation and previous generations.

 

 

 

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Happy Birthday: Matty Cardarople

Matty Cardarople.jpgMatty Cardarople

Born: February 9, 1983 in Exeter, New Hampshire, USA

He is known for his work on Jurassic World (2015), Dumb and Dumber To (2014) and Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015).

 

 

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Happy Birthday: Tina Majorino

tinamajorino.jpgTina Majorino

Born: February 7, 1985 in Westlake, California, USA

“I hope that they see this film as sweet and endearing, and I hope that they take away that being yourself is the most important thing, not trying to be something that you’re not. Whether that means that you’re a popular kid or a geek like the kids in the movie, being true to yourself is worth more than any money you can ever have.” – When asked what she hoped audiences would take away from watching Napoleon Dynamite. (From Venice Magazine June 2004)

“No, because I chose to have the childhood that I had. I was not pushed into the business by anything other than my own ambition and my own dream of wanting to act. And I think that even though I don’t have a bunch of cool stories about those great proms, I have great stories of my own about places that I’ve gone to that a lot of people have never gotten to go to. I’m so grateful for the experiences I’ve had. I’ve had great opportunities, and have met great people. I’m completely satisfied with how I grew up and the choices I made.” – When asked whether or not she felt that she missed out on a normal childhood. (From Venice Magazine June 2004)

 

 

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Happy Birthday: Kathy Najimy

kathynajimy.jpgKathy Najimy

Born: February 6, 1957 in San Diego, California, USA

[on being a Gay activist] I believe that we all have the potential to love any human being, and that genetics, upbringing, choice, social conditioning and environment play a major part in which way we sway. I believe that we all have the potential to love any human being, and that just love who you wish and celebrate it the best you can. Love is a gift. Between anyone.

THE GUILT TRIP
dir. Anne Fletcher
Stars:
Seth Rogen
Barbra Streisand
WALL*E
Directed by Andrew Stanton
Voices by
Ben Burtt
Jeff Garlin
STEP UP 3D Step UP 3D
dir. Jon Chu
Stars
Sharni Vinson
Rick Malambri
MOVIE POSTERTYLER PERRY’S A MADEA CHRISTMAS
2013
dir. Tyler Perry
Stars:
Chad Michael Murray

HOCUS POCUSHocus Pocus
1993
dir. Kenny Ortega
Starring
Midler
Sarah Jessica Parker
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Happy Birthday: Ronald Reagan (1911–2004)

ronaldreagan.jpgRonald Reagan (1911–2004)

Born: February 6, 1911 in Tampico, Illinois, USA
Died: June 5, 2004 (age 93) in Bel Air, Los Angeles, California, USA

Married to:
Nancy Reagan (4 March 1952 – 5 June 2004) (his death) (2 children)
Jane Wyman (26 January 1940 – 28 June 1948) (divorced) (3 children)

[speech at the Republican National Convention, Aug. 17, 1992.] Whatever else history may say about me when I’m gone, I hope it will record that I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears; to your confidence rather than your doubts. My dream is that you will travel the road ahead with liberty’s lamp guiding your steps and opportunity’s arm steadying your way.

I know in my heart that man is good, and that what’s right will always – eventually – triumph. And that there’s purpose and worth to each and every life.

Status quo, you know is Latin for “the mess we’re in”.

[To Warren Beatty] I don’t know how anybody can serve in public office without being an actor.

 

 

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Happy Birthday: Dane DeHaan

danedehaan.jpgDane DeHaan

Born: February 6, 1986 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA

I always thought James Dean was this acting nerd like I am. He was just born with the talent to act and this vivid imagination. But the way he went about getting there was actually kind of annoying.

I like to believe that most human beings go about things with a point of view that they’re just doing what they feel like they need to do at that time. Sometimes people make bad decisions, but it’s not evil.

Comic-book movies are where my childhood fantasies meet my adulthood acting fantasies. I really, truly started acting by playing superheroes in my backyard.

CHRONICLE
dir. Josh Trank
Stars:
Michael B. Jordan
Michael Kelly
MOVIE POSTERTHE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES
2013
dir. Derek Cianfrance
Stars:
Ryan Gosling
Bradley Cooper
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2
2014
dir. Marc Webb
Stars:
Andrew Garfield
Emma Stone
MOVIE POSTERLIFE AFTER BETH
2014
dir. Jeff Baena
Stars:
Anna Kendrick
Dane DeHaan
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