April 4th – Tarkovsky, Gary Moore and Muddy Waters

by Milos Itic on April 5, 2011

10 people born on this day (April 4th):

  1. Andrei Arsenyevich Tarkovsky (1932) – Soviet and Russian filmmaker, writer, film editor, film theorist and opera director, widely regarded as one of the finest filmmakers of the 20th century
  2. Robert William Gary Moore (1952) – Better known simply as Gary Moore, was a musician from Belfast, Northern Ireland, best recognized as a blues rock guitarist and singer
  3. McKinley Morganfield (1913) – Known as Muddy Waters, was an American blues musician, generally considered the Father of modern Chicago blues. Blues musicians Big Bill Morganfield and Larry “Mud Morganfield” Williams are his sons. A major inspiration for the British blues explosion in the 1960s, Muddy was ranked #17 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time
  4. Heath Andrew Ledger (1979) – Australian television and film actor. After performing roles in Australian television and film during the 1990s, Ledger moved to the United States in 1998 to develop his film career. His work encompassed nineteen films, including 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), The Patriot (2000), Monster’s Ball (2001), A Knight’s Tale (2001), Brokeback Mountain (2005), and The Dark Knight (2008)
  5. Magnus Sveningsson (1972) – Best known as the bassist in the Swedish rock band, The Cardigans, and has also recorded under a solo project entitled Righteous Boy
  6. Michael Christopher “Mike” Starr (1966) – American musician, best known as the original bassist in Alice in Chains, with whom he played from the band’s formation in 1987 until 1993
  7. Loris Capirossi (1973) – Italian Grand Prix motorcycle road racer, who currently rides for the Pramac Ducati MotoGP team. He is a former 250cc World Champion for Aprilia; Capirossi made his 300th start at the 2010 season-opening Qatar Grand Prix
  8. David Blaine (1973) – American illusionist, magician, and endurance artist. He is best known for his high-profile feats of endurance, and has made his name as a performer of street and close-up magic
  9. Robert John Downey, Jr. (1965) – American actor. Downey made his screen debut in 1970, at the age of five, when he appeared in his father’s film Pound, and has worked consistently in film and television ever since. During the 1980s he had roles in a series of coming of age films associated with the Brat Pack. Less Than Zero (1987) is particularly notable, not only because it was the first time Downey’s acting would be acknowledged by critics, but also because the role pushed Downey’s already existing drug habit one step further. After Zero, Downey started landing roles in bigger films such as Air America (1990), Soapdish (1991) and Natural Born Killers (1994). These higher-profile roles eventually led to his being cast as Charlie Chaplin in the 1992 film Chaplin, for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor
  10. Anthony Perkins (1932) – American actor, best known for his role as Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho and his Oscar-nominated role in Friendly Persuasion (1956)

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