April 14th – Blackmore and Brody

by Milos Itic on April 14, 2011

10 people born on this day (April 14th):

  1. Richard Hugh “Ritchie” Blackmore (1945) – English rock guitarist who is an American resident, known for his work in Deep Purple. During his career Blackmore fronted his own band, Rainbow. In the late 1990s he retired from hard rock for good, to start concentrating on the Renaissance-themed folk rock project Blackmore’s Night, which featured his partner Candice Night on vocals. Rolling Stone ranked him #55 in their list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time”
  2. Adrien Brody (1973) – American actor and film producer. He received widespread recognition and subsequent acclaim after starring in Roman Polanski’s The Pianist (2002). He is the youngest actor to win the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, at 29 years old
  3. Sir Arthur John Gielgud (1904) – English actor, director, and producer. A descendant of the renowned Terry acting family, he achieved early international acclaim for his youthful, emotionally expressive Hamlet which broke box office records on Broadway in 1937. He was known for his beautiful speaking of verse and particularly for his warm and expressive voice, which his colleague Sir Alec Guinness likened to “a silver trumpet muffled in silk”
  4. Rodney Stephen “Rod” Steiger (1925) – American actor known for his performances in such films as In the Heat of the Night, Oklahoma!, Waterloo, The Pawnbroker, On the Waterfront, The Harder They Fall, Doctor Zhivago, and Jesus of Nazareth
  5. Eugene “Jug” Ammons (1925) – Also known as “The Boss,” was an American jazz tenor saxophonist, and the son of boogie-woogie pianist Albert Ammons
  6. Julie Frances Christie (1941) – British actress. Born in British India to English parents, at the age of six Christie moved to England where she attended boarding school
  7. Kirk Windstein (1965) – English-American sludge metal singer and guitarist for the bands Crowbar, Down, and Kingdom of Sorrow
  8. Peter Dougan Capaldi (1958) – Academy Award and BAFTA award winning Scottish actor and film director. In 1995, his short film Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life won the Academy Award for Live Action Short Film. As an actor, he played Oldsen in Local Hero, John Frobisher in Torchwood and political spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in the British TV comedy series The Thick of It and the affiliated feature film In the Loop. He also portrayed Balthazar, one of the Magi, in the 2010 BBC adaptation of The Nativity
  9. Sarah Michelle Gellar (1977) - American film and television actress. She became widely known for her role as Buffy Summers on the WB/UPN television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, for which she won six Teen Choice Awards and the Saturn Award for Best Genre TV Actress and received a Golden Globe Award nomination. She originated the role of Kendall Hart on the ABC daytime soap opera All My Children, winning the 1995 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series
  10. Gunnar Christian Älvestam (1976) – Vocalist, lyricist, guitarist, bassist and drummer for several bands from Sweden. He is, however, best known as the former vocalist for the Swedish melodic death metal band Scar Symmetry. He currently performs with several bands, including Solution .45 and Miseration, and has made several guest appearances for other bands music. He is most known in the metal community for his extreme clean vocal range and his ability to death growl/scream. This uncommon talent prompted remaining members of Scar Symmetry to replace Christian with two vocalists rather than just one; Roberth Karlsson and Lars Palmqvist

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