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Jason Statham(54)

Actor | Shirebrook, Derbyshire, England (GB)
turns 54 today

Jason Statham (born 26 July 1967) is an English actor. Typecast as the antihero, he is known for his action-thriller roles and portraying tough, irredeemable, and machiavellian characters. Born in Shirebrook, Derbyshire, he began practising kung fu, kickboxing, and karate recreationally in his youth while working at local market stalls. An avid footballer and diver, he was a member of Britain's national diving team, competing for England in the 1990 Commonwealth Games. Shortly after, he was asked to model for French Connection, Tommy Hilfiger, and Levi's in various advertising campaigns. Statham's past professional history working in market stalls inspired his casting in the Guy Ritchie crime films Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) and Snatch (2000). The commercial success of these films led him to star as Frank Martin in the Transporter trilogy (2002–08). After starring in a variety of heist and action thriller films such as The Italian Job (2003), Crank (2006), War (2007), The Bank Job (2008), The Mechanic (2011), Spy (2015), and Mechanic: Resurrection (2016), he established himself as a Hollywood leading man. However, he has also starred in such commercially and critically unsuccessful films as Revolver (2005), Chaos (2005), In the Name of the King (2007) by Uwe Boll, 13 (2010), Blitz (2011), Killer Elite (2011), Hummingbird (2013), and Wild Card (2015). He found further commercial success as a part of the ensemble action series The Expendables (2010–14) and the Fast & Furious franchise. In the latter, he has played his character, Deckard Shaw, in Fast & Furious 6 (2013), Furious 7 (2015), The Fate of the Furious (2017), and in the spin-off Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) which also marked his debut as a co-producer. His acting career has been criticised for lacking depth and variety; however, he has also been praised for leading the 2000s and 2010s action film resurgences. According to a BBC News report, his film career from 2002 to 2017 generated an estimated US$1.5 billion (£1.1 billion) in ticket-sales, making him one of the film industry's most bankable stars.

Known for: Crank, Furious 7, The Meg, Spy
* 07/26/1967

Kate Beckinsale(48)

Actress | Chiswick, London, England (GB)
turns 48 today

Kathryn Bailey "Kate" Beckinsale (born 26 July 1973)) is an English actress. Born in Finsbury Park, London, Beckinsale is the daughter of actor Richard Beckinsale, who died from a heart attack in 1979, and actress Judy Loe. She has a paternal half-sister, Samantha, who is also an actress. Her paternal grandfather was half Burmese, and she has said that she was "very oriental-looking" as a child.She first gained notice, while a student at Oxford University, for making her debut in the film adaptation of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. Throughout the 1990s, she worked on both film and television, most notably by portraying the title character in the 1996 BBC television series Emma. In 2001, Beckinsale garnered international recognition when she was cast as the romantic lead opposite Ben Affleck in her breakthrough film, Pearl Harbor (2001). Since then, she has portrayed a variety of characters in projects such as Underworld (2003), The Aviator (2004), and Van Helsing (2004). In 2008, she earned a Critic's Choice Award nomination for her performance in Nothing But the Truth.

* 07/26/1973

Ran Masaki(56)

Actress
turns 56 today

Ran Masaki (Japanese: 真咲 乱, Hepburn: Masaki Ran) (July 26, 1965 -) is a former Japanese AV idol, pink film actress and gravure model who was active in the 1980s and rose to prominence as Nikkatsu's final "SM Queen" (SMの女王, SM no joō) from 1985 to 1986. Masaki starred in three Roman Porno films (two of them written by Oniroku Dan). She also appeared until 1987 in several adult videos mainly focusing on her full-figured body. Some sources, such as the JMDB, erroneously list her as the same person with Ran Mizukami (水上 乱, Mizukami Ran), a pink film actress of the same period, also known as the fetish model Sawako (佐和子).

* 07/26/1965

Sandra Bullock(57)

Actress | Arlington County, Virginia (US)
turns 57 today

Sandra Annette Bullock (born July 26, 1964) is an American actress and producer. She rose to fame in the 1990s with roles in films such as Demolition Man (1993), Speed (1994), The Net (1995), While You Were Sleeping (1995), A Time to Kill (1996), and Hope Floats (1998). In the new millennium, Bullock starred in Miss Congeniality (2000), Two Weeks Notice (2002), The Lake House (2006), and the critically acclaimed Crash (2004). In 2007, she was ranked as the 14th richest woman in the entertainment industry with an estimated fortune of $85 million. In 2009, Bullock starred in two of the more financially successful films of her career, The Proposal and The Blind Side. Bullock was awarded the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama, and the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side.Bullock was born in Arlington, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, D.C. Her father, John W. Bullock (born 1925), was a United States Army employee and part-time voice coach; her mother, Helga Mathilde Meyer (1942–2000), was an opera singer and voice teacher.Bullock's father was from Birmingham, Alabama, and had English, Irish, German, and French ancestry, while Bullock's mother was German. Bullock's maternal grandfather was a rocket scientist from Nuremberg, Germany. Bullock's father, then in charge of the Army's Military Postal Service in Europe, was stationed in Nuremberg when he met his wife. They married in Germany and moved to Arlington, where John worked with the Army Materiel Command, before becoming a contractor for The Pentagon.She has a younger sister, Gesine Bullock-Prado, who was formerly the vice-president of Bullock's production company Fortis Films.Bullock was raised in Nuremberg, Germany for twelve years and grew up speaking German.She attended the humanistic Waldorf School. As a child, Bullock frequently accompanied her mother on European opera tours. Bullock studied ballet and vocal arts as a child, taking small parts in her mother's opera productions. She sang in the operas children's choir at the Staatstheater Nürnberg. The scar above her left eye was caused when she fell into a creek as a child. Bullock attended Washington-Lee High School, where she was a cheerleader and performed in high school theater productions. After graduating in 1982, she attended East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, where she received a degree in drama in 1986.She then moved to Manhattan and supported herself as a bartender, cocktail waitress, and coat checker while auditioning for roles. Until the age of eighteen, Bullock held German and American dual citizenship. In 2009 Bullock reapplied for German citizenship.

* 07/26/1964

Olivia Williams(53)

Actress | Camden Town, London, England (GB)
turns 53 today

Olivia Haigh Williams (born 26 July 1968) is a British actress who has appeared in British and American films and television. After studying drama at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School for two years followed by three years at the Royal Shakespeare Company, her first significant screen role was as Jane Fairfax in the British television film Emma (1996), based on Jane Austen's novel. She made her film debut in 1997's The Postman, followed by Rushmore (1998) and The Sixth Sense (1999). Williams then appeared in several British films, including Lucky Break (2001), The Heart of Me (2002) and An Education (2009). In 2010, she won acclaim for her performance as Ruth Lang in Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer. From 2017 to 2019, she played Emily Silk on the science fiction television series Counterpart.

* 07/26/1968

Stanley Kubrick(† 70)

Crew | Manhattan, New York (US)
turns 93 today

Stanley Kubrick (July 26, 1928 – March 7, 1999) was an American film director, producer, screenwriter, and photographer. He is frequently cited as one of the greatest filmmakers in cinematic history. His films, which are mostly adaptations of novels or short stories, cover a wide range of genres, and are noted for their realism, dark humor, unique cinematography, extensive set designs, and evocative use of music. Kubrick was raised in the Bronx, New York City, and attended William Howard Taft High School from 1941 to 1945. He received average grades, but displayed a keen interest in literature, photography, and film from a young age, and taught himself all aspects of film production and directing after graduating from high school. After working as a photographer for Look magazine in the late 1940s and early 1950s, he began making short films on a shoestring budget, and made his first major Hollywood film, The Killing, for United Artists in 1956. This was followed by two collaborations with Kirk Douglas: the war picture Paths of Glory (1957) and the historical epic Spartacus (1960). Creative differences arising from his work with Douglas and the film studios, a dislike of the Hollywood industry, and a growing concern about crime in America prompted Kubrick to move to the United Kingdom in 1961, where he spent most of his remaining life and career. His home at Childwickbury Manor in Hertfordshire, which he shared with his wife Christiane, became his workplace, where he did his writing, research, editing, and management of production details. This allowed him to have almost complete artistic control over his films, but with the rare advantage of having financial support from major Hollywood studios. His first productions in Britain were two films with Peter Sellers, Lolita (1962) and Dr. Strangelove (1964). A demanding perfectionist, Kubrick assumed control over most aspects of the filmmaking process, from direction and writing to editing, and took painstaking care with researching his films and staging scenes, working in close coordination with his actors and other collaborators. He often asked for several dozen retakes of the same shot in a movie, which resulted in many conflicts with his casts. Despite the resulting notoriety among actors, many of Kubrick's films broke new ground in cinematography. The scientific realism and innovative special effects of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) were without precedent in the history of cinema, and the film earned him his only personal Oscar, for Best Visual Effects. Steven Spielberg has referred to the film as his generation's "big bang"; it is regarded as one of the greatest films ever made. For the 18th-century period film Barry Lyndon (1975), Kubrick obtained lenses developed by Zeiss for NASA, to film scenes under natural candlelight. With The Shining (1980), he became one of the first directors to make use of a Steadicam for stabilized and fluid tracking shots. While many of Kubrick's films were controversial and initially received mixed reviews upon release—particularly A Clockwork Orange (1971), which Kubrick pulled from circulation in the UK following a mass media frenzy—most were nominated for Oscars, Golden Globes, or BAFTA Awards, and underwent critical reevaluations. His last film, Eyes Wide Shut, was completed shortly before his death in 1999 at the age of 70.

* 07/26/1928

Bibi Zhou(36)

Actress | Changsha (CN)
turns 36 today

Bibi Zhou, also known as Zhou Bichang, is a Chinese singer, songwriter, and actress. She debuted her singing career by winning the second place at the Chinese singing contest Super Girl in 2005. The next year she released her debut album Who Touched My Violin String. She debuted her acting career by featuring in the 2006 Chinese films McDull, the Alumni and The 601st Phone Call. In 2014, she won an MTV Europe Music Award for Best Worldwide Act.[1] In 2015, she won a Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Chinese Act.

* 07/26/1985

Sarah Burns(40)

Actress | Long Island, New York (US)
turns 40 today

Sarah Burns (born July 26, 1981) is an American film and television actress and comedian, best known for playing Krista on HBO's Enlightened.

* 07/26/1981

Cress Williams(51)

Actor | Heidelberg (DE)
turns 51 today

Cress Williams (born July 26, 1970) is an American actor, known for his roles in Prison Break and Close to Home. His most recent roles include Mayor Lavon Hayes on The CW series Hart of Dixie and the title character on The CW's Black Lightning. Williams is also best known for his recurring role as Terrence "Scooter" Williams on Fox's Living Single.

* 07/26/1970

Elizabeth Gillies(28)

Actress | Haworth, New Jersey (US)
turns 28 today

Elizabeth Egan Gillies (born July 26, 1993) is an American actress and singer. Gillies made her Broadway debut at age 15 in the musical 13, playing the character of Lucy. She made her first television appearance in The Black Donnellys (2007), later starring as Jade West in the Nickelodeon series Victorious (2010–2013). From 2011 to 2014, she provided the voice of Daphne in Nickelodeon's Winx Club, and she had a main role in the FX comedy series Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2015–2016). Since 2017, Gillies has starred as billionaire heiress and energy executive Fallon Carrington in The CW's series Dynasty, a reboot of the 1980s series of the same name. She has also appeared in various feature and television films, including the horror film Animal (2014), the television film Killing Daddy (2014), the comedy film Vacation (2015), and the black comedy thriller film Arizona (2018). Gillies made her debut as a singer on Victorious with the song "Give It Up" in 2011, singing alongside Ariana Grande. She released other songs while on the show, including "You Don't Know Me" and "Take a Hint", singing alongside Victoria Justice, both songs being part of the Victorious soundtrack.

* 07/26/1993

Jeon Yeo-been(32)

Actress
turns 32 today

Jeon Yeo-been (born 26 July 1989) is a South Korean actress. Jeon rose to prominence after her performance in After My Death (2018) which earned her the Actress of the Year Award at the 22nd Busan International Film Festival and the Independent Star Award at the 2017 Seoul Independent Film Festival. She has been praised by the media and film-goers for her strong performance as a newcomer.

* 07/26/1989

Kevin Spacey(62)

Actor | South Orange, New Jersey (US)
turns 62 today

Kevin Spacey Fowler (born July 26, 1959) is an American actor and producer. He began his career as a stage actor during the 1980s, obtaining supporting roles in film and television. Spacey's first roles in film were in Mike Nichols' Heartburn (1986), and Working Girl (1988). He gained critical acclaim in the 1990s, with an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the neo-noir crime thriller The Usual Suspects (1995) and an Academy Award for Best Actor for the midlife-crisis-themed drama American Beauty (1999). His other starring roles have included Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), the comedy-drama film Swimming with Sharks (1994), the psychological thriller Seven (1995), the neo-noir crime film L.A. Confidential (1997), the drama Pay It Forward (2000), the science fiction-mystery film K-PAX (2001), the musical biopic Beyond the Sea (2004), the superhero film Superman Returns (2006), and the action film Baby Driver (2017). In Broadway theatre, Spacey starred in Long Day's Journey into Night in 1986 alongside Jack Lemmon. In 1991, he won a Tony Award for his role in Lost in Yonkers. He continued to act in theatre receiving his second Tony Award nomination for The Iceman Cometh in 1999. He was the artistic director of the Old Vic theatre in London from 2004 until stepping down in mid-2015. In 2017, he hosted the 71st Tony Awards. From 2013 to 2017, Spacey played Frank Underwood in the Netflix political drama series House of Cards, which won him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama and two consecutive Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series as well as five consecutive Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Best Actor in a Drama Series. In October 2017, actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of making a sexual advance toward him in 1986, when Rapp was 14. Other men alleged that Spacey had made unwanted advances and had sexually harassed them as well. Netflix cut ties with Spacey, shelving his film Gore and removing him from the last season of House of Cards. His role as J. Paul Getty in Ridley Scott's film All the Money in the World (2017) was reshot with Christopher Plummer in his place. In 2018, Billionaire Boys Club (which had been completed before the allegations surfaced) was released with Spacey's role unchanged.

* 07/26/1959
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Helen Mirren(76)

Actress | Hammersmith, London, England (GB)
turns 76 today

Dame Helen Lydia Mirren DBE (née Mironoff) is an English actor. Mirren began her acting career with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1967, and is one of the few performers who have achieved the Triple Crown of Acting, having won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 2007, after two previous nominations, for her performance as Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen. In 2015 she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play, after two previous nominations, for her performance in The Audience, in which she also portrayed Elizabeth II. The Audience was written by Peter Morgan, who also wrote The Queen. Mirren won her first of several Emmy Awards in 1996 for her performance as police detective Jane Tennison on the acclaimed ITV series Prime Suspect, which ran for a total of seven seasons between 1991 and 2006.Some of her other notable film roles include Marcella in the 1984 film Cal, for which she won the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress, 2010 (1984), The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989), The Madness of King George (1994), Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999), Gosford Park (2001), Calendar Girls (2003), The Last Station (2009), Hitchcock (2012), and The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014). She also starred as Victoria Winslow in the action-comedy films Red and Red 2.

* 07/26/1945

Danny Woodburn(57)

Actor | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (US)
turns 57 today

Daniel Charles Woodburn (born July 26, 1964) is an American actor, comedian, and activist for the disability rights movement linked to his dwarfism. He played Mickey Abbott on the sitcom Seinfeld. He has more than 150 television and 30 film appearances to date.

* 07/26/1964

James Best(† 88)

Actor | Powderly, Kentucky (US)
turns 95 today

Jewel Franklin Guy (July 26, 1926 – April 6, 2015), known professionally as James Best, was an American television, film, stage, and voice actor, as well as a writer, director, acting coach, artist, college professor, and musician. During a career that spanned more than 60 years, he performed not only in feature films but also in scores of television series, as well as appearing on various country music programs and talk shows. Television audiences, however, perhaps most closely associate Best with his role as the bumbling Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane in the action-comedy series The Dukes of Hazzard, which originally aired on CBS between 1979 and 1985. He reprised the role in 1997 and 2000 for the made-for-television movies The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion! and The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood (2000).

* 07/26/1926

Susan George(71)

Actress | London, England (GB)
turns 71 today

Susan Melody George (born 26 July 1950) is an English stage and screen actress, movie and television show producer.

* 07/26/1950

Mageina Tovah(42)

Actress | Honolulu, Hawaii (US)
turns 42 today

Mageina Tovah (born July 26, 1979) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Glynis Figliola in the television series Joan of Arcadia (2003–2005) and as Ursula Ditkovich in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy.

* 07/26/1979

Caitlin Gerard(33)

Actress | Los Angeles, California (US)
turns 33 today

Caitlin Beverly Gerard (born July 26, 1988) is an American actress. She had a leading role in the first season of the drama series American Crime (2015). She also appeared in AMC Theatres' pre-show snipes, namely the "Coming Soon" and the "Magic Chairs" snipes, from 2009-2013.

* 07/26/1988

Alice Isaaz(30)

Actress | Bordeaux, Gironde (FR)
turns 30 today

French actress. She is known for her roles in the films The Gilded Cage (2013), La Crème de la crème (2014) and Les Yeux jaunes des crocodiles (2014).

* 07/26/1991

Jason Robards(† 78)

Actor | Chicago, Illinois (US)
turns 99 today

Jason Nelson Robards Jr. (July 26, 1922 – December 26, 2000) was an American actor. Known as an interpreter of the works of playwright Eugene O'Neill, Robards received two Academy Awards, a Tony Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor. He is one of 24 performers to have achieved the Triple Crown of Acting.

* 07/26/1922

Yuen Biao(64)

Actor | Hong Kong (CN)
turns 64 today

Yuen Biao(Chinese: 元彪, born 26 July 1957) is aHong Kongactorandmartial artist. He specialises inacrobaticsandChinese martial artsand has worked on over 80 films as actor, stuntman andaction choreographer. Along withPeking Opera School"brothers" at theChina Drama Academy,Sammo HungandJackie Chan, he was one of theSeven Little Fortunes.

* 07/26/1957

Vladimir Cruz(56)

Actor | Placetas (CU)
turns 56 today

Vladimir Cruz Marrero (born 26 July 1965) is a Cuban actor, screenwriter, playwright, film and theatre director.He is perhaps best known for his role in the film Strawberry and Chocolate (1994).

* 07/26/1965

Tom McGowan(62)

Actor | Belmar, New Jersey (US)
turns 62 today

Tom McGowan is an American actor and producer, best known for his recurring roles in tv shows "Everybody Loves Raymond" and "Frasier".

* 07/26/1959

Joseph Bishara(51)

Crew | New Brunswick, N. J. (US)
turns 51 today

Joseph Bishara (born July 26, 1970) is an American composer, music producer, and actor, best known for his work scoring films such as Insidious, 11-11-11, Dark Skies, and The Conjuring. Bishara's career began with the 1998 Biblical drama Joseph's Gift, though he composes music for mainly horror and thriller films and has collaborated several times with director James Wan. Projects by directors John Carpenter and Joseph Zito, and musicians Ray Manzarek and Diamanda Galás have incorporated Bishara's work. In addition to composing, Bishara frequently appears in films he is involved in, usually made up as a demon or other supernatural creature. He has also functioned as a producer on Repo! The Genetic Opera and other projects.

* 07/26/1970

Taylor Momsen(28)

Actress | St. Louis, Missouri (US)
turns 28 today

Taylor Michel Momsen is an American screen actress, musician, songwriter and model. She is a member of the rock band The Pretty Reckless.

* 07/26/1993

Marie Tourell Søderberg(33)

Actress | Nørrebro, Copenhagen (DK)
turns 33 today

Marie Tourell Søderberg is a Danish stage and screen actress, and writer. She graduated from Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York in 2007 and finished her education at the Danish National School of Performing Arts in June 2012.

* 07/26/1988

Mick Jagger(78)

Actor | Dartford, Kent, England (GB)
turns 78 today

Sir Michael Philip Jagger (born 26 July 1943) is an English singer, songwriter, actor, and film producer who has gained worldwide fame as the lead singer and one of the founder members of the Rolling Stones. Jagger's career has spanned over six decades, and he has been described as "one of the most popular and influential frontmen in the history of rock & roll". His distinctive voice and energetic live performances, along with Keith Richards' guitar style, have been the trademark of the Rolling Stones throughout the band's career. Jagger gained press notoriety for his romantic involvements and was often portrayed as a countercultural figure. Jagger was born and grew up in Dartford, Kent. He studied at the London School of Economics before abandoning his studies to join the Rolling Stones. Jagger has written most of the Rolling Stones' songs together with Richards, and they continue to collaborate musically. In the late 1960s, Jagger starred in the films Performance (1970) and Ned Kelly (1970) to a mixed reception. He began a solo career in 1985, releasing his first album, She's the Boss, and joined the electric supergroup SuperHeavy in 2009. Relationships with the Stones' members, particularly Richards, deteriorated during the 1980s, but Jagger has always found more success with the band than with his solo and side projects. In 1989, Jagger was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2004 into the UK Music Hall of Fame with the Rolling Stones. As a member of the Rolling Stones, and as a solo artist, he reached number one on the UK and US singles charts with 13 singles, the top 10 with 32 singles and the top 40 with 70 singles. In 2003, he was knighted for his services to popular music. Jagger has been married (and divorced) once, and has also had several other relationships. He has eight children with five women. He also has five grandchildren and became a great-grandfather in 2014, when his granddaughter Assisi gave birth to a daughter. Jagger's net worth has been estimated at $360 million.

* 07/26/1943

Monica Raymund(35)

Actress | St. Petersburg, Florida (US)
turns 35 today

Monica Raymund (born July 26, 1986, height 5' 4" (1,63 m)) is an American stage performer and actress best known for playing Ria Torres in the TV show Lie to Me, Dana Lodge in The Good Wife and Gabriela Dawson in Chicago Fire.A graduate of Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg, Florida, Raymund graduated from the Juilliard School in New York City. Her father, Steve Raymund, is board chairman and retired CEO of Tech Data Corp., a Clearwater-based distributor of computer components and software.Her mother, Sonia, is "a community volunteer [and the] co-founder of the Soulful Arts Dance Academy in St. Petersburg" and hails from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Her father is a "Jewish California native" (his fam In high school, she participated in the "Broadway Theater Project in Tampa and at the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem."In June 2011, Raymund married Neil Patrick Stewart, a writer.

* 07/26/1986

Spencer Wilding(49)

Actor | St. Asaph, Wales (GB)
turns 49 today

Spencer Lee Wilding, is a Welsh actor and stuntman based in the UK. He is from St Asaph in North Wales.

* 07/26/1972

Mizuki Yamashita(22)

Actress | Tokyo, Tokyo (JP)
turns 22 today

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* 07/26/1999
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