2nd March Birthdays today: Our latest James Bond: Daniel Craig, Jon Bon Jovi, Chris Martin, Method Man & Bryce Dallas Howard

Daniel Craig

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Daniel Craig
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Craig at Skyfall premiere in Sydney, on 16 November 2012
Born Daniel Wroughton Craig
2 March 1968 (age 45)[1][2]
ChesterCheshireEngland
Occupation Actor
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Fiona Loudon (1992–1994)
Rachel Weisz (2011–present)
Partner(s) Heike Makatsch (1994–2001)
Satsuki Mitchell (2004–2010)
Children 1

Daniel Wroughton Craig[3] (/krɡ/; born 2 March 1968) is an English actor, best known for playing British secret agent James Bondsince 2006.[4] Craig is an alumnus of the National Youth Theatre and graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, beginning his career on stage. His early on-screen appearances were in the films ElizabethThe Power of One and A Kid in King Arthur’s Court, and on Sharpe’s Eagle and Zorro in television.

His appearances in the British films Love Is the DevilThe Trench and Some Voices attracted the industry’s attention, leading to roles in bigger productions such as Lara Croft: Tomb RaiderRoad to PerditionLayer Cake and Munich. Craig achieved international fame when chosen as the sixth actor to play the role of James Bond in the official series, replacing Pierce Brosnan. Though he was initially greeted with scepticism, his debut in Casino Royale was highly acclaimed and earned him a BAFTA award nomination, with the film becoming the highest-grossing in the series at the time.

Quantum of Solace followed two years later. His third Bond film, Skyfall, premiered in 2012 and is now the highest-grossing film in the series, as well as the eighth highest-grossing film of all time.[5][6] In 2006, Craig joined the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Since taking the role of Bond, he has continued to appear in other films, most recently starring in the English language adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Craig made a guest appearance as Bond in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, alongside Queen Elizabeth II.

 

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Jon Bon Jovi

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Jon Bon Jovi
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Bon Jovi at the Tribeca Film Festival, 2009
Background information
Birth name John Francis Bongiovi, Jr.
Also known as Jon Bon Jovi, Jr.
Born March 2, 1962 (age 51)
Perth Amboy, New Jersey, U.S.
Genres Hard rockheavy metalcountry rockglam metal
Occupations Musician, singer-songwriter, actor, philanthropist
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica,percussion, trumpet, horn,trombonemaracas
Years active 1980–present
Labels IslandMercury
Associated acts Bon Jovi
Website bonjovi.com

John Francis Bongiovi, Jr. (born March 2, 1962), known as Jon Bon Jovi, is an American musician, singer-songwriter, record producer, philanthropist, and actor, best known as the founder and frontman of rock band Bon Jovi, which was formed in 1983.

During his career, he has released two solo albums and eleven studio albums with his band, which to date have sold over 130 million albums worldwide making them one of the world’s best-selling music artists. In addition to his music career, Jon Bon Jovi started an acting career in the 1990s, starring roles in several movies include Moonlight and Valentino and U-571 and also made appearances on TV series including Sex and the City and Ally McBeal.

As a songwriter, Jon Bon Jovi was inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2009.[1][2] In 2012, Jon Bon Jovi ranked number fifty on the list of Billboard magazine’s “Power 100”, a ranking of “The Most Powerful and Influential People In The Music Business”.[3] In 1996,People magazine named him as one of the “50 Most Beautiful People In The World”. In 2000, the same magazine named him as the “Sexiest Rock Star” and he was also placed at number thirteen on VH1‘s “100 Sexiest Artists “.

In addition, Jon Bon Jovi was the one of the founders and majority owners of the Arena Football League team Philadelphia Soul. He is the founder of The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation which was founded in 2006 and exists to combat issues that force families and individuals into economic despair. He also campaigned for Al Gore in the 2000 Presidential electionJohn Kerry in the 2004 Presidential election, and Barack Obama in the 2008 Presidential election. In 2010, President Barack Obama named Jon Bon Jovi to the White House Council for Community Solutions. He was also awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Monmouth University in 2001

 

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Chris Martin

 

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Chris Martin
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Chris Martin performing with Coldplay at 2008 Viva la Vida tour
Background information
Birth name Christopher Anthony John Martin
Born 2 March 1977 (age 36)[1]
ExeterDevonEngland
Genres Alternative rockpost-Britpop
Occupations Musician, singer-songwriter, producer
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, piano, keyboards, organ, harmonica,mandolin, trumpet, clarinet,glockenspiel, percussion
Years active 1996–present
Labels ParlophoneCapitol
Associated acts ColdplayKanye WestJay-Z,Rihanna
Website www.coldplay.com

Christopher Anthony John “Chris” Martin (born 2 March 1977) is an English singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, and is the lead vocalist, pianist, rhythm guitarist and one of the founders of the band Coldplay.

 

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Method Man

 

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Method Man
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Background information
Birth name Clifford Smith
Born March 2, 1971 (age 42)[1]
Hempstead, Long IslandNew York, United States
Origin Staten IslandNew York City,New York, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Rapper, producer, actor
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1992–present
Labels Def Jam Recordings
Associated acts Wu-Tang ClanRedmanBusta RhymesDef SquadLL Cool J,Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes
Website method-man.com

Clifford Smith (born March 2, 1971),[1] better known by his stage name Method Man, is an American hip hop recording artist, record producer and actor from Staten IslandNew York CityNew York. He took his stage name from the 1979 film The Fearless Young Boxer, also known as Method Man. Method Man is perhaps best known as a member of the East Coast hip hop collective Wu-Tang Clan. He is also one half of the hip hop duo Method Man & Redman. In 1996, he won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group, for “I’ll Be There for You/You’re All I Need to Get By“, with American R&B singer-songwriter Mary J. Blige.

Method Man has appeared in the motion pictures BellyHow HighGarden State, and has had minor roles in The Wackness and Venomand Red Tails. On television, he and frequent collaborator, fellow East Coast rapper Redman, co-starred on the short-lived Fox sitcomMethod & Red. Method Man has also had a recurring role on HBO‘s Oz, as Tug Daniels, and as Calvin “Cheese” Wagstaff on the HBO drama series The Wire.[2]

In 2007, the writers of About.com placed him on their list of the Top 50 MCs of Our Time (1987–2007).[3] In 2012, The Source placed him on their list of the Top 50 Lyricists of All Time

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Bryce Dallas Howard

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Bryce Dallas Howard
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Born March 2, 1981 (age 32)
Los AngelesCalifornia, U.S.
Occupation Actress, writer, director
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) Seth Gabel (2006–present)
Children Theodore Howard-Gabel
Beatrice Howard-Gabel
Parents Cheryl Alley (mother)
Ron Howard (father)

Bryce Dallas Howard (born March 2, 1981) is an American film actress, writer and director. The daughter of director Ron Howard, she made her acting debut in her father’s film Parenthood (1989) and went on to have small roles in films and make stage appearances for the next several years. During this time she also attended New York University‘s Tisch School of the Arts, later getting a BFA and went to drama schools. After she came to the attention of M. Night Shyamalan, he cast her in what would be her breakout film, The Village(2004) and then in Lady in the Water (2006). Her performance in As You Like It (2006) earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination.

Howard became more recognizable to audiences as Gwen Stacy in Spider-Man 3 (2007) and as Victoria in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse(2010). Those two projects, as well as Terminator Salvation (2009), are among her most financially successful movies, but all three garnered mixed reviews from the press. Her most recent films are The Help (2011) and 50/50 (2011), both of which were critical and box office successes.

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