Today's Birthday: 20 January

  • Baker, Tom (I)
  • Barlow, Gary
  • Dash, Stacey
  • Denton, Jamie (I)
  • Fellini, Federico
  • Kelley, DeForest
  • Lamas, Lorenzo
  • Lynch, David
  • Pithey, Wensley
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    Denton, Jamie (I)

    Hailing from Nashville, Tennessee, Jamie Denton graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. His theatrical career began with his role as "George Gibbs" in a production of "Our Town". Afterwards, Jamie headed to Chicago, where his first role was as "Stanley" in "A Streetcar Named Desire" and his last was as the terrorist "Bebert" in the French farce "Lapin Lapin". In the 5 years that came between the two, Denton was a company member at The Griffin Theater and at Strawdog Theater Ensemble. He added a steady string of roles and accolades to his list of achievements, including one of the leads in the world premiere of "Flesh and Blood", (which received an After Dark award for best ensemble) performing in and composing the music for the "Night Hank Williams Died", and his portrayal of Kentucky preacher "C.C. Showers" in "The Diviners" - which gained him a nomination for a Best Actor - "Joseph Jefferson Award" (Chicago's primary theater awards). A small part in "The Untouchables" (the series, not the movie) was followed by guest starring roles on "JAG", "Sliders" and "Dark Skies". A spot on "Moloney", a pilot for ABC entitled "L.A. Med" and a stint on the silver screen in 'That Old Feeling (1997)' , were preludes to his first appearance as "Mr. Lyle" on '"Pretender, The" (1996)' . Immediately afterwards, JD made another pilot, this time for his own series, "The Hanleys". When ABC shelved the sitcom at the last minute, Denton continued producing chilling portrayals as "Mr. Lyle" in NBC's "The Pretender", this time as a series regular. Summer of 1999 found Jamie heading back to the theater, starring in the world premiere of "In Walked Monk", a play written by Mike Petty. During the 4th season of "The Pretender", Jamie added three more guest starring roles to his credits - the first on "Two Guys and a Girl", another on "Ally McBeal", and the last on the hugely popular "West Wing". That summer, he co-starred in the dark comedy, "Asylum", at The Court Theatre and at the end of the year, headed for Canada to film two MOWs for TNT- 'Pretender 2001, The (2001) (TV)' (qvb) and 'Pretender: Island of the Haunted, The (2001) (TV)' . In the summer of 2001, Jamie opened in another Mike Petty play, "Locked Up Down Shorty's", playing the role of "Danny". In December, 2001, Jamie began appearing in a recurring role as "Judge Augustus Ripley" on 'Steven Bochco' 's '"Philly" (2001)' . Less than 3 months later, he was signed on as a regular cast member for that series, where he can currently be seen. - Author: Sandra Vickers-Keefe
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    Lynch, David

    Born in precisely the kind of small-town American setting so familiar from his films, David Lynch spent his childhood being shunted from one state to another as his research scientist father kept getting relocated. He attended various art schools, married, and fathered future director 'Jennifer Chambers Lynch' shortly after he turned 21. That experience, plus attending art school in a particularly violent and run-down area of Philadelphia, inspired 'Eraserhead (1977)' , a film that he began in the early 1970s (after a couple of shorts) and which he would work on obsessively for five years. The final film was initially judged to be almost unreleasably weird, but thanks to the efforts of distributor 'Ben Barenholtz' , it secured a cult following and enabled Lynch to make his first mainstream film (in an unlikely alliance with 'Mel Brooks' ), though 'Elephant Man, The (1980)' was shot through with his unique sensibility. Its enormous critical and commercial success led to 'Dune (1984)' , a hugely expensive commercial disaster, but Lynch redeemed himself with 'Blue Velvet (1986)' , his most personal and original work since his debut. He subsequently won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival with the dark, violent road movie 'Wild at Heart (1990)' , and achieved a huge cult following with his surreal TV series '"Twin Peaks" (1990)' , which he adapted for the big screen, though his comedy series '"On the Air" (1992)' was less successful. He also draws comic strips and has devised multimedia stage events with regular composer 'Angelo Badalamenti' . He had a much-publicised affair with 'Isabella Rossellini' in the late 1980s. - Author: Michael Brooke
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    Fellini, Federico

    Life -- the women who both attracted and frightened him and an Italy dominated in his youth by Mussolini and Pope Pius XII -- inspired the dreams that Fellini started recording in notebooks in the 1960s. Life and dreams were raw material for his films. His native Rimini and characters like Saraghina (the devil herself said the priests who ran his school) -- and the Gambettola farmhouse of his paternal grandmother would be remembered in several films. His traveling salesman father Urbano Fellini showed up in 'Dolce vita, La (1960)' and '8 1/2 (1963)' . His mother Ida Barbiani was from Rome and accompanied him there in 1939. He enrolled in the University of Rome. Intrigued by the image of reporters in American films, he tried out the real life role of journalist and caught the attention of several editors with his caricatures and cartoons and then started submitting articles. Several articles were recycled into a radio series about newlyweds "Cico and Pallina". Pallina was played by acting student Giulietta Masina, who became his real life wife from October 30, 1943, until his death half a century later. The young Fellini loved vaudeville and was befriended in 1940 by leading comedian Aldo Fabrizi. Roberto Rossellini wanted Fabrizi to play Don Pietro in 'Roma, cittą aperta (1946)' and made the contact through Fellini. Fellini worked on that film's script and is on the credits for Rosselini's 'Paisą (1946)' . On that film he wandered into the editing room, started observing how Italian films were made (a lot like the old silent films with an emphasis on visual effects, dialogue dubbed in later). Fellini in his mid-20s had found his life's work. - Author: Dale O'Connor
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