April 11th – Louie Louie

by Milos Itic on April 11, 2011

10 people born on this day (April 11th):

  1. Christopher Smart (1722) – Also known as “Kit Smart”, “Kitty Smart”, and “Jack Smart”, was an English poet. He was a major contributor to two popular magazines and a friend to influential cultural icons like Samuel Johnson and Henry Fielding. Smart, a high church Anglican, was widely known throughout London
  2. John Frederick Milius (1944) – American screenwriter, director, and producer of motion pictures
  3. Richard Berry (1935) – African American singer and songwriter, best known as the composer and original performer of the rock standard “Louie Louie”
  4. Joel Grey (1932) – American stage and screen actor, singer, and dancer, best known for his role as the Master of Ceremonies in both the stage and film adaptation of the Kander & Ebb musical Cabaret. He has won the Academy Award, Tony Award and Golden Globe Award. He also originated the role of the Wizard in the acclaimed musical Wicked
  5. Vincent Gallo (1962) – American film actor, director, producer, screenwriter, singer-songwriter, and painter. Although he has had minor roles in mainstream films such as Goodfellas, he is most associated with independent movies, including Buffalo ’66, which he wrote, directed, did the music for and starred in; The Brown Bunny, which he also wrote, directed, produced, starred in and photographed; Arizona Dream; The Funeral; and Palookaville. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Gallo was a painter in the New York City art scene showing with famed art dealer Annina Nosei, performed in a rap duo and was part of the first hip hop television broadcast Graffiti Rock, and played in an industrial band called Bohack which released an album title It Took Several Wives. In the early 2000s, he released several solo recordings on WARP records. Gallo is known for his outspoken views and generally sarcastic nature, once stating: “I stopped painting in 1990 at the peak of my success just to deny people my beautiful paintings; and I did it out of spite”
  6. Louise Lasser (1939) – American actress. She is known for her portrayal of the title character on the soap opera parody Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. She was married to Woody Allen and appeared in several of his films
  7. Paul Fox (1951) – British musician and singer, best known from his work with the UK punk band, The Ruts. The Ruts’ style combined punk with dub reggae, a sound that owed much to Fox’s guitar skills and earned him respect and admiration. The Guardian noted in his obituary: ‘Fox played a pivotal songwriting role, and quickly became a model punk guitarist at a time when the three-chord thrash was the height of many of his contemporaries’ ambitions’
  8. Oliver “Ollie” Riedel (1971) – German musician, notable for being the bassist for the German Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein
  9. Uli Edel (1947) – German film director
  10. Bernard Patrick O’Dowd (1866) – Australian activist, educator, poet, journalist, and author of several law books and poetry books. O’Dowd worked as an assistant-librarian and later Chief Parliamentary Draughtsman in the Supreme Court at Melbourne for 48 years

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