13th February Birthdays: Robbie Williams, Peter Gabriel, Stockard Channing , Peter Tork and Kelly Hu

Robbie Williams

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Robbie Williams
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Williams filming the music video for “Candy” at Old Spitalfields Market, in August 2012
Born Robert Peter Williams
13 February 1974 (age 39)
Stoke-on-TrentStaffordshire, England
Nationality British
Occupation Singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, actor
Years active 1987–present
Spouse(s) Ayda Field (2010–present)
Children Theodora “Teddy” Rose Williams (born 18 September 2012)
Musical career
Genres Pop rocksoft rockdance,Britpop (early solo work)
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, synthesiser, drums, piano, violin, harmonica, marimba
Labels IslandUniversal (2011–present)
Virgin (2009–2010)
Chrysalis (1996–2008)
Associated acts Take ThatGary Barlow
Website robbiewilliams.com

Robert Peter “Robbie” Williams[1] (born 13 February 1974) is an English singer-songwriter, and occasional actor. He is a member of the pop groupTake That, but has found greater commercial success as a solo artist.

Williams rose to fame in the band’s first run in the early- to mid-1990s. After many disagreements with the management and group members, Williams left the group in 1995 to launch a hugely successful solo career, which saw his first seven albums each reach number one in the UK. Williams also released seven number-one singles and found similar success across Europe.[2] On 15 July 2010, it was announced he had rejoined Take That. The group’s subsequent album became the second fastest-selling album in UK chart history[3] and the fastest-selling record of the century so far.[4] He continues to perform both as a member of Take That and as a solo artist.

Williams has sold over 70 million records worldwide, which ranks him among the best-selling music artists worldwide.[5] He is the best-selling British solo artist in the United Kingdom and the best selling non-Latino artist in Latin America. Six of his albums are among the top 100 biggest-selling albums in the United Kingdom, and in 2006 he entered the Guinness Book of World Records for selling 1.6 million tickets of his Close Encounters Tour in a single day.[6] He has also been honoured with seventeen BRIT Awards—more than any other artist—and eight ECHO Awards. In 2004, he was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame after being voted as the “Greatest Artist of the 1990s.” Williams is married to actress Ayda Field. He has a net worth of £105.2 million.[7]

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Peter Gabriel

From Wikipedia
Peter Gabriel
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Peter Gabriel at the Wikipedia 10th anniversary party in London in January 2011.
Background information
Birth name Peter Brian Gabriel
Born 13 February 1950 (age 63)
ChobhamSurrey, England
Genres Progressive rockart rock,experimental rockworldbeat
Occupations Musician, singer-songwriter, record producer, humanitarian
Instruments Vocals, keyboards, piano, flute, percussion, oboe, drums,harmonica, guitar
Years active 1967–present
Labels AtlanticGeffenReal World,Charisma/Virgin EMI/Universal,
Associated acts GenesisKate Bush
Website www.petergabriel.com

Peter Brian Gabriel (born 13 February 1950) is an English singer-songwriter, musician, and humanitarian activist who rose to fame as the lead vocalist and flautist of the progressive rock band Genesis.[1] After leaving Genesis, Gabriel went on to a successful solo career. His 1986 album, So, is his most commercially successful, and the album’s biggest hit, “Sledgehammer“, won a record nine MTV Awards at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards. The song is the most played music video in the history of the station.[2]

More recently, Gabriel has focused on producing and promoting world music and pioneering digital distribution methods for music as well as his involvement in humanitarian efforts. Gabriel has won numerous music awards throughout his career, including three Brit Awards—winning Best British Male in 1987, six Grammy Awards, thirteen MTV Video Music Awards, the first Pioneer Award at the BT Digital Music Awards, and in 2007 he was honoured as a BMI Icon at the 57th annual BMI London Awards for his “influence on generations of music makers”.[3][4][5][6] In recognition of his many years of human rights activism, he received the Man of Peace award from the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates in 2006, and in 2008, TIME magazine named Gabriel one of the 100 most influential people in the world.[7] Gabriel was also awarded the Ivor Novello Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2007,[8] and the Polar Music Prize in 2009. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis in 2010 and he is to be inducted as a solo artist in 2014.[9]

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Stockard Channing

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Stockard Channing
Born Susan Antonia Williams Stockard
February 13, 1944 (age 69)
New York CityNew York, U.S.
Alma mater Radcliffe College
Occupation Actress
Years active 1969–present
Spouse(s) Walter Channing (1963–1967)
Paul Schmidt (1970–1976)
David Debin (1976–1980)
David Rawle (1980–1988)

Stockard Channing (born Susan Antonia Williams Stockard; February 13, 1944) is a three-time Emmy and one-time Tony Award winning American stage, film and television actress.

She is known for her portrayal of First Lady Abbey Bartlet in the NBC television series The West Wing; for playing Betty Rizzo in the film Grease; and for her role as Ouisa Kittredge in the play Six Degrees of Separation and its later film version.

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Peter Tork

 

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Peter Tork
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Tork performing at the Record Collector inBordentown, NJ, 2010
Background information
Birth name Peter Halsten Thorkelson
Born February 13, 1942 (age 71)
Washington, D.C.
Genres Rockpop rockpsychedelic rockexperimental rockrock and rollpop
Occupations Singer-songwriter, musician, artist, multi-instrumentalist, activist
Instruments Bass guitar, guitar, piano, keyboards, banjofrench horn, percussion, vocals
Years active 1964–present
Labels ColgemsRCABellArista,RhinoSire
Associated acts The MonkeesShoe Suede BluesGeorge HarrisonJames Lee Stanley, Release, Cottonmouth, The Peter Tork Project
Website www.petertork.com

Peter Tork (born Peter Halsten Thorkelson;[1] February 13, 1942) is an American musician and actor, best known as the keyboardist and bass guitarist of The Monkees.

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Kelly Hu

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Kelly Hu
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Hu at From Scotland With Love Fashion Show in New York City, April 2013
Born Kelly Ann Hu
February 13, 1968 (age 45)
HonoluluHawaii
Occupation Actress, former model
Years active 1987–present

Kelly Ann Hu (simplified Chinese: 胡凯丽; traditional Chinese: 胡凱麗; pinyinHú Kǎilì; born February 13, 1968) is an American actress and formerfashion model. She was Miss Teen USA 1985 and Miss Hawaii USA 1993. Hu is best known for her role as Dr. Rae Chang on the American television soap opera Sunset Beach (1997). She has since starred in numerous TV shows and films including Nash Bridges (1997–1998), The Scorpion King(2002), Cradle 2 the Grave (2003), X-Men 2 as Yuriko Oyama/Lady Deathstrike (2003), Underclassman (2005), The Tournament (2009), The Vampire Diaries (2010–2011) and White Frog (2012). She currently stars as China White on the CW series Arrow (2012–present) and Abigail Cho on the SyFy Network series Warehouse 13 (2013–present).

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