5th February: Birthdays today: Jeremy Sumpter, Bobby Brown, Sara Evans, Michael Sheen and Barbara Hershey

 

Jeremy Sumpter

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Jeremy Sumpter
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Sumpter at the Hollywood Knights vs. Camp Darby game.
Born Jeremy Robert Myron Sumpter
February 5, 1989 (age 24)
Carmel-by-the-SeaCalifornia,U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 2001—present
Website
www.jeremysumpter.com

Jeremy Robert Myron Sumpter (born February 5, 1989) is an American actor. His prominent roles include the title role in the 2003 live action film Peter Pan and the recurring role of J. D. McCoy in the NBC television series Friday Night Lights (2008–2010). He most recently co-starred alongside AnnaSophia Robb and Helen Hunt in Soul Surfer.

 

 

Life and career

Sumpter was born in Carmel-by-the-SeaCalifornia to Sandy (née Johnson) and Gary Sumpter.[1] He has a twin sister, Jessica, and two other siblings, Travis and Jennifer.[1][2] His family moved to his mother’s hometown, Mount SterlingKentucky, when he was ten months old.[1][3]

Sumpter’s first movie role was in the 2001 film Frailty as the young Adam Mieks seen in flashbacks (played as an adult by the film’s star Matthew McConaughey). Sumpter received a Saturn Award nomination for “Best Performance by a Younger Actor” for his performance. Following that, he appeared with Danny Glover in the Showtime film Just a Dream, for which he received aYoung Artist Award for “Best Performance in a TV Movie, Mini-Series or Special – Leading Young Actor”. His next film was Local Boys, a family surfing drama, with Mark Harmon and Eric Christian Olsen.

In July 2002, at age 13, Sumpter was selected for the role of Peter Pan, a role traditionally played on stage by women. Sumpter did nearly all of his stunts for the film himself. To prepare, he says he practiced sword fighting as much as five hours a day, as well as training in gymnastics and lifting weights. While filming in Australia, he supplemented his training with cricket and surfing. Sumpter grew several inches while in the film’s production, requiring staging tricks to retain Captain Hook‘s height advantage over Peter in face-to-face scenes late in the process. Producer Lucy Fisher also said that, “The window he flies out of had to be enlarged twice.”[4] Sumpter won both a Saturn and Young Artist Award for the film.[5]

In the fall of 2004 he starred in the TV series Clubhouse as a boy who gets his dream job of working at a batboy for a New York City major league baseball team. The series was canceled by CBS after five episodes; all 11 episodes made have since been broadcast on cable/satellite channels. He then starred in Cyber Seduction: His Secret Life, a Lifetime Channel movie about a popular teenager whose life is ruined by an addiction to internet pornography.

Sumpter spent the summer of 2005 in Oregon filming the teen comedy The Sasquatch Gang (a.k.a. The Sasquatch Dumpling Gang), released in November 2006. He had a small role in the film An American Crime, which played on Showtime in 2008 before going to DVD. He appeared in an episode of CSI: Miami as the boyfriend of a girl whose parents are murdered.

He completed filming roles in the coming-of-age comedy Calvin Marshall, the family comedy You’re So CupidSoul Surfer and Death And Cremation.

Sumpter has been co-hosting The YOBI Show, an online reality contest show, with Danielle Ryan.

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Bobby Brown

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This article is about the R&B singer. For other uses, see Bobby Brown (disambiguation).
Bobby Brown
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Brown in the 1980s
Background information
Birth name Robert Barisford Brown
Born February 5, 1969 (age 44)
Roxbury, Boston, MassachusettsU.S.
Genres R&Bnew jack swinghip hop,dance-pop
Occupations Singer-songwriterrapper,danceractor
Years active 1983–present
Labels MCA (1986–1998)
Bronx Bridge Entertainment (2011–present)
Associated acts New EditionHeads of State,Whitney HoustonDamian MarleyJa Rule
Website www.bobbybrownonline.com

Robert Barisford “Bobby” Brown (born February 5, 1969) is an American R&B singer-songwriter, occasional rapper, and dancer.

Brown started his career as one of the frontmen of the pop group New Edition, from its inception as The Bricks in 1978 until his forced exit from the group in 1986 following a period of misbehavior on his part. Starting a solo career, he became a hit success with his second album in 1988, Don’t Be Cruel, which spawned a number of hit singles including the co-self penned “My Prerogative“, which became his signature hit. Brown had a string of top ten hits on various Billboard charts between 1986 and 1992, and is a recipient of a Grammy Award. Brown is noted as a pioneer of New Jack Swing music, a fusion of hip-hop and R&B.

Brown was most noted in recent years as the ex-husband of pop singer Whitney Houston. Brown and Houston later gained notoriety co-starring in the reality show Being Bobby Brown. He has a daughter named Bobbi Kristina Houston Brown with her.

 

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Sara Evans

Sara Evans

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Sara Evans
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Sara Evans in 2008
Background information
Birth name Sara Lynn Evans
Born February 5, 1971 (age 42)
Boonville, Missouri, United States
Genres Country
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1992–present
Labels RCA Records Nashville
Associated acts Vince GillLee Ann Womack,Faith HillMartina McBride,Carrie UnderwoodLeAnn RimesMindy McCreadyBrad PaisleyThe Warren Brothers,Phil Vassar
Website www.saraevans.com

Sara Lynn Evans (born February 5, 1971) is an American country singer and songwriter. For her entire career, she has been signed to RCA Records Nashville.

Evans’ debut, Three Chords and the Truth, did not produce a Top 40 hit on the Hot Country Songs charts. She followed this up with No Place That Far (1998), Born to Fly (2000), Restless (2003) and Real Fine Place (2005). No Place That Far received a gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), while the other three albums all were certified platinum. These discs include the number 1 singles “No Place That Far“, “Born to Fly“, “Suds in the Bucket” and “A Real Fine Place to Start“, plus the top 10 hits “I Could Not Ask for More” (a cover of theEdwin McCain song), “I Keep Looking“, “Perfect” and “Cheatin’“. Her 2007 Greatest Hits included the top 15 hits “You’ll Always Be My Baby” and “As If“. Stronger (2011) included her fifth number 1 hit, “A Little Bit Stronger“, which was co-written by Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum. Evans announced a new single called “Slow Me Down” on August 15, 2013, as the lead single of her seventh studio album, Slow Me Down, due out on March 11, 2014.

Evans has also won one award each from Billboard, the Academy of Country MusicCountry Music AssociationBroadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) and a Dove Award.

 

Biography

Early life and the rise to fame

Evans was born in Boonville, Missouri, in 1971, and is of Welsh, English, Irish and Native American descent. She was raised on a farm near New Franklin, Missouri, the eldest girl of seven children. By five, she was singing weekends in her family’s band. At the age of eight, she was struck by an automobile in front of the family home, and her legs suffered multiple fractures. Recuperating for months in a wheelchair, she continued singing to help pay her medical bills. When she was 16, she began performing at a nightclub near Columbia, Missouri, a gig that lasted two years.

Evans moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in 1991 to be a country music artist. She met fellow musician Craig Schelske and left Nashville with him in 1992, moving to Oregon. They married in 1993. She returned to Nashville in 1995 and began recording demos.[1] Nashville songwriter Harlan Howard was impressed by her demo of his song “Tiger by the Tail”. He decided to help her music career, leading to a signed contract with RCA Nashville.[2]

In 1997, Evans released her debut album for RCA, Three Chords and the Truth. Although none of its three singles (“True Lies,” the title track, and “Shame About That”) reached the Top 40 of theBillboard Hot Country Songs chart, the album received critical praise for its neotraditional country sound. In 1998, Evans released her second album, No Place That Far. The album’s lead single, “Cryin’ Game,” also failed to reach the Top 40. However, the album’s second single and title track, gave Evans her first Number One hit on the Hot Country Songs chart in March 1999. The album was eventually certified Gold by the RIAA, and produced one additional Top 40 country hit in “Fool, I’m a Woman.”

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Michael Sheen

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Barbara Hershey

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