Happy Birthday to Richard Chamberlain and others
The great star of The Thorn Birds, Shogun and Dr. Kildare (What? You expected me to mention The Towering Inferno?) turns 74 years young today. Richard Chamberlain was pretty much off my radar until I saw a scene in Thorn Birds where he was dancing (it was the same party where Barbara Stanwyck kissed hiom on the lips then died) and he was just so HOT! From then on, I watched everything he ever did and was so glad when he came out publicly several years ago. He continues to be busy in roles both straight and gay – including playing Felicity Huffman’s gay stepfather last season on Desperate Housewives.
Other birthdays today: Oscar winner Shirley Jones, star of classic musicals Oklahoma, The Music Man and Carousel (she also drove that bus around on TV in the early 70s) is 75 years old today and still looks magnificent; Ewan McGregor, whose love scenes with Jim Carrey in I Love You Phillip Morris are so sizzling the movie might not hit theaters, turns 38 today; and one of my favorite actors, William McNamara, is celebrating his 44th birthday. His performance as a closeted college student in 1993′s Doing Time on Maple Drive was heartbreaking then he showed comedic chops on Showtime’s late, great Beggars and Choosers as an slimy talent agent. He also killed in Copycat. I met him once, about five years ago, on a very rainy day in Woodland Hills. We were waiting in line for the ATM machine outside a Bank of America. He was very nice and answered all my nosy questions about future projects.
Happy birthday to all!