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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Sixteen Candles

Three Hollywood heavyweights are celebrating birthdays today.

Original Reagan-savant, Alex P. Keaton, or Michael J. Fox, turns 50 today. Fox won three Emmy Awards in the 1980's for his famous role on the popular sitcom,
"Family Ties", and then went on to star in the one of the biggest comedic movies of all time, "Back to the Future".

Fox scored a rare "Hollywood Daily Double" when he had a second successful sitcom,
"Spin City" in the 1990's. Fox won two more Emmys in his career after "Family Ties", one for "Spin City" and another in 2009 for a guest appearance on "Rescue Me".

To see photos taken at the recent TV Land Awards where Fox reunited with his "Family Ties" castmates, click here.

Johnny Depp is only two years behind Michael J. Fox; he turns 48 today. Depp started out on the 80's cop show, "21 Jump Street", and quickly transitioned to movie stardom, starring in such films as "Edward Scissorhands", "Ed Wood", "Donnie Brasco", "Sleepy Hollow", "Chocolat" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". But, of course, Depp is currently raking in billions, literally, by starring in the string of "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies.

Depp has been nominated for an Oscar three times, in 2004 for the first
"Pirates" movie, in
2005 for "Finding Neverland", and in 2008 for "Sweeney Todd". Depp has come full circle in his career as he's currently filming the big screen adaptation of his 80's t.v. show, "21 Jump Street", but the Depp film about which we are the most excited is the upcoming "Dark Shadows", in which Depp plays the famous 1960's t.v. vampire, Barnabas Collins.

And finally, current holder of the Oscar for Best Actress, Natalie Portman, celebrated her 30th birthday today.

Portman started out as a child actress, making her feature film debut in 1994 in "Leon: The Professional", but of course shot to fame five years later in "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" as Queen Amidala. Before winning the Oscar this year, Portman received one other Oscar nomination, in 2005 for Best Supporting Actress for "The Closer".

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