Happy birthday-o (dayayay-o) Hollywood
The leader of today's Hollywood birthday pack is Harry Belafonte, who turns 79. He's not just a guy who sang swinging calypso in the sixties (although it did swing). He's won a Tony, an Emmy and been a Kennedy Center honoree, and he's been an activist since the civil rights era. Today, when many his age are resting, he's flying to Venezuela with Cornel West to meet with Hugo Chavez. He's been politic (a UN Goodwill Ambassador) and impolitic (saying the US shouldn't invade Grenada — or Iraq). He manages to be both outspoken and dignified; in Feburary, he appeared on Amy Goodman's radio show, saying:
I call President Bush a terrorist. I call those around him terrorists, as well: Condoleeza Rice, Rumsfeld, Gonzales in the Justice Department, and certainly Cheney. I think all of these men sit — and women — sit in the midst of an enormous conspiracy that has been unraveling America for the last six years. It is tragic that the dubious way in which this president acquired power should have begun to unravel the Constitution.
We're such fans, we'd vote for him for president any day-o.
Who else is celebrating their birthday today but Roger Daltrey (ar ar). Daltrey still has some time before he gets (really) old; he turns 62.
It's the 61st birthday of Dirk Benedict, the chiselled star of the '80s "Battlestar Gallactica" and "The A Team." "Growing Pains" dad Alan Thicke turns 59. That's all the Hollywood birthdays we could find for today. Who'd we miss?