Happy Birthday: B.J. Novak

B.J. Novak.jpgBorn: July 31, 1979 in Newton, Massachusetts, USA

I’m a believer in trusting the director.

I do not have very much office experience.

Good comics gravitate to each other; you know who’s your type of person by watching them onstage, hopefully.

‘The Office’ is less a comedy than so many other ‘comedies’ that have been on the air. It’s really about the balance between what is real and what is comic.
Travel is impossible, but daydreaming about travel is easy.

Different people have different styles, but there is an opportunity as a director to be a writer in every moment, with every visual cue and every piece of production design. Everything is a decision, and everything can be obsessed over.

Happy Birthday: Michael Biehn

Michael BiehnBorn: July 31, 1956 in Anniston, Alabama, USA

Married to: Jennifer Blanc-Biehn (1 January 2015 – present) (1 child)
Gina Marsh (1 January 1988 – 2014) (divorced) (2 children)
Carlene Olson (11 July 1980 – 14 July 1987) (divorced) (2 children)

Well, I’m certainly not a tough guy. I like to think of myself as a good father. And somebody who enjoys his works,somebody who’s like…passionate…. passionate about his work. A little troubled, you know, I’ve had some problems in the past. I had a serious problem with alcohol for a number of years which I’ve overcome. But that was very difficult, ruined a couple of marriages and probably stunted my ‘carrier’ to a certain degree. But a human,you know. I’m just a human like everybody else. Flawed… but at the same time passionate about what I do.

(On his role in Hill Street Blues (1981)) That was a great character for me. I loved that character because he was just such a total asshole. He was a racist, he was a misogynist, he didn’t like women, he didn’t like anybody, he was a loudmouth, he was crude… What was cool about him was that I got to work with Betty Thomas and Ed Marinaro, and when I was standing between the two of them, I looked like a shrimp. I mean, I’m 6 feet tall, but Ed’s gotta be 6-foot-2 or 6-foot-3, and Betty’s gotta be 6-foot-1 or 6-foot-2, so I looked like Robert Conrad, like any minute I was gonna say, “Knock this battery off my shoulder!” I looked like the little guy, who was always feisty and yelling and stuff, and I had a great time doing that character. It’s one of my favourite characters, in fact. I loved him.

Happy Birthday: Geraldine Chaplin

Geraldine Chaplin.jpgBorn: July 31, 1944 in Santa Monica, California, USA

Married to:
Patricio Castilla (18 August 2006 – present) (1 child)

[on Doctor Zhivago (1965)] Although I went all over the world promoting it, I’d never got to see more than the credits before being whisked away. Finally, at Cannes, I was to sit through the whole thing. When I appeared for the first time, I fainted from the shock – and woke up in the ladies room.

I thought it’d be easy to get into the movies as Charles Chaplin’s daughter. And I suppose it was. Except I wasn’t much good as an actress – really terrible at the beginning.

[on Charles Chaplin] Daddy has never seen anything I’ve done, but he is the best critic I have. He has taught me how to tear down a character. “Slug your guts out” is his philosophy of acting. Never mind the talent, just work hard.

Happy Birthday: Richard Simmons

Richard SimmonsDate of Birth 12 July 1948, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Birth Name Milton Teagle Simmons
Nickname Dicky
Height 5′ 7″ (1.7 m)

I have rules about eating, exercising and rules about staying positive. And these rules are sacred to me.

I don’t know about you, but every time some joker points me out as I walk through an airport wearing extra-small Dolfin shorts, a tank top and leg warmers, I get a little upset.

Puberty for me was graduating from Thousand Island salad dressing to Caesar salads. It was like going from hot dogs and hamburgers to beef stroganoff, or from ice cream in a cone to creme brulee.

When I lost my weight, I went and bought about 15 different types of underwear to see what would look good on my new body. It’s exciting!

Take a moment every day to find peace. Pull over to the side of the road, turn off the radio, and find peace.

Happy Birthday: Jay Thomas

Jay ThomasDate of Birth 12 July 1948, Kermit, Texas, USA
Birth Name Jon Thomas Terrell
Height 5′ 8″ (1.73 m)

Starred with Richard Dreyfuss in Mr. Holland’s Opus (1995). He later appeared in two episodes of Dreyfuss’ TV series The Education of Max Bickford (2001).

Was the Morning man at New York City radio station WXRK, just prior to Howard Stern.

He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio at 6161 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.

Biological father of musician and songwriter J.T. Harding. After giving J.T. up for adoption as an infant, father and son were reunited after 20 later and have remained close, ever since.

Happy Birthday: Gordon Pinsent

Gordon PinsentDate of Birth 12 July 1930, Grand Falls, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Birth Name Gordon Edward Pinsent
Height 5′ 8″ (1.73 m)

Married to: Charmion King (November 1962 – 6 January 2007) (her death) (1 child)
Irene Reid (1951 – ?) (divorced) (2 children)

In acting, you’re simply at the mercy of other people’s perception of you. It can be a terrifying feeling. The rewards can be great, but there is no steady happiness in this business. There are peaks of joy and valleys of gloom. As you get older, you forget that it was an adventure at one time, that you were able to take the falls. You think ‘I know I’m good. I’ve had it proven. Then why is it not working now?’ You feel you can’t take the falls. You say to yourself, ‘Gee, I need this. This is all I can do in life.’

The truth is I got into this business because I skipped into this darkened theatre in Winnipeg when I was running away from a girlfriend. They were rehearsing, and while I was in there somebody offered me a small part in the play.

[on his infidelities during a long marriage to Charmion King] They were mistakes because I had not stopped growing. We do have a ledge in us, and anything below that is probably a root-cellar where you keep all the bad stuff, all the mistakes you’ve made. But what do you do? You can’t fix it. You just have to leave it and it becomes part of your infrastructure. The only way to make it up to anybody was to become better at what I was doing.

Happy Birthday: Cheryl Ladd

Cheryl LaddDate of Birth 12 July 1951, Huron, South Dakota, USA
Birth Name Cheryl Jean Stoppelmoor
Height 5′ 3½” (1.61 m)

Married to:
Brian Russell (3 January 1981 – present)
David Ladd (24 May 1973 – 16 September 1980) (divorced) (1 child)

don’t think people will ever forget I was an “Angel”, anymore than they’ll forget Sally Field was “The Flying Nun”.

I practice my golf swing naked.

[In 2000, recalling her first year on Charlie’s Angels (1976)] I wasn’t overly, warmly received, I wouldn’t say that. There was a really interesting dynamic that had occurred between Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith that to this day I really don’t know all the details of. There was a camaraderie, and they had success. I think when Farrah left, there was some awfully hurt feelings from Kate and Jaclyn.