happy birthday, Christopher Lee - with an unmistakably commanding voice and a physical presence to match, he has been enriching our cinematic experiences since the 1940s. I have loved him in The Hound of the Baskervilles, Rasputin: The Mad Monk, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride and Hugo. Amazingly, he’s still going strong, reprising the role of Saruman in the next two Hobbit films. Happy 91st, Sir Christopher!
happy birthday, Christopher Walken - he has been entertaining audiences since the 1950s. Even in roles that don’t allot him much screen time, he completely steals any scene he’s a part of. The list of films I’ve seen him in is short, but they’re all worth it for him: Annie Hall (brilliant, really), Pennies from Heaven (a one-scene wonder), At Close Range, The Milagro Beanfield War, America’s Sweethearts, Man of the Year and Hairspray. (Years ago I saw Batman Returns and The Rundown, but I don’t remember either too well.) His importance in pop culture has been cemented; his reading of “Poker Face” is proof enough. Happy 70th, Christopher!