Chan at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International.
|Chinese name||成龍 (traditional)|
|Chinese name||成龙 (simplified)|
|Pinyin||Chéng Lóng (Mandarin)|
|Jyutping||Sing4 Lung4 (Cantonese)|
|Birth name||Chan Kong-sang
Chén Gǎngshēng (Mandarin)
Can4 Gong2 Sang1 (Cantonese)
|Ancestry||Linzi, Shandong, China|
|Origin||British Hong Kong|
|Born||7 April 1954
Victoria Peak, British Hong Kong
|Other name(s)||房仕龍 (Fong Si-lung)
元樓 (Yuen Lou)
大哥 (Big Brother)
|Occupation||Actor, martial artist, director, producer, screenwriter, action choreographer, singer, stunt director, stunt performer|
|Genre(s)||Cantopop, Mandopop, Hong Kong English pop, J-pop|
|Spouse(s)||Lin Feng-jiao (m. 1982)|
|Children||Jaycee Chan (born 1982), Etta Ng (born 1999)|
|Parents||Charles and Lee-Lee Chan|
Jackie Chan, SBS, MBE (born Chan Kong-sang, 陳港生; 7 April 1954) is a Hong Kong actor, action choreographer, comedian, director, producer, martial artist, screenwriter, entrepreneur, singer, and stunt performer. In his movies, he is known for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, use of improvised weapons, and innovative stunts. He is one of the few actors to have performed all of his film stunts. Chan has been acting since the 1960s and has appeared in over 150 films.
Chan has received stars on the Hong Kong Avenue of Stars and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. As a cultural icon, Chan has been referenced in various pop songs, cartoons, and video games. An operatically trained vocalist, Chan is also a Cantopop and Mandopop star, having released a number of albums and sung many of the theme songs for the films in which he has starred. He is also a notable philanthropist.
Crowe at the Sydney premiere of Man of Steel, June 2013
|Born||Russell Ira Crowe
7 April 1964
Wellington, New Zealand
|Occupation||Actor, producer, musician|
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Russell Ira Crowe (born 7 April 1964) is a New Zealand actor, film producer and musician based in Australia and the United States. He came to international attention for his role as the Roman General Maximus Decimus Meridius in the 2000 historical epic film Gladiator, directed by Ridley Scott, for which Crowe won an Academy Award for Best Actor, a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor, an Empire Award for Best Actor and a London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor and 10 further nominations for best actor. Crowe appeared as the tobacco firm whistle blower Jeffrey Wigand in the 1999 film The Insider, for which he received five awards as best actor and seven nominations in the same category. In 2001, Crowe’s portrayal of mathematician and Nobel Prize winner John F. Nash in the biopic A Beautiful Mind brought him numerous awards, including a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role.
Crowe’s other films include L.A. Confidential (1997), Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003), Cinderella Man (2005), 3:10 to Yuma (2007), American Gangster (2007), Body of Lies (2008) and Robin Hood(2010). Crowe’s work has earned him several accolades during his career including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, three consecutive Academy Award nominations (1999–2001), one Golden Globe Award for Best Actor, one BAFTA, and an Academy Award. Due to his success and character variety, some critics[who?] have called him a “virtuoso” actor. He is also co-owner of the South Sydney Rabbitohs, an Australian National Rugby League team. Crowe portrayed Javert in Les Misérables, an adaptation of the popular musical. He appeared in Man of Steel, where he played Jor-El, the father of Superman. In 2014, he co-starred in Winter’s Tale, based on the 1983 novel of the same name, and starred in Noah, in which he played the titular biblical patriarch.
Francis Ford Coppola
|Francis Ford Coppola|
Coppola at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con International.
|Born||April 7, 1939
Detroit, Michigan, United States
|Residence||Napa Valley, California, U.S.|
|Education||Great Neck North High School|
|Alma mater||Hofstra University and UCLA|
|Occupation||Film director, producer, screenwriter|
|Home town||Woodside, Queens, New York, U.S.|
|Spouse(s)||Eleanor Jessie Neil
|Children||Gian-Carlo Coppola (deceased)
|Family||Talia Shire (sister)
August Coppola (brother)
Nicolas Cage (nephew)
Jason Schwartzman (nephew)
Anton Coppola (uncle)
Gia Coppola (granddaughter from Gian-Carlo)
In 1970, he won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay as co-writer, with Edmund H. North, of Patton (1970). His directorial prominence was cemented with the release in 1972 of The Godfather, a film which revolutionized movie-making in the gangster genre, earning praise from both critics and the public before winning three Academy Awards—including his second Oscar (Best Adapted Screenplay, with Mario Puzo), Best Picture, and his first nomination for Best Director.
He followed with The Godfather Part II in 1974, which became the first sequel to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. Highly regarded by critics, it brought him three more Academy Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay,Best Director and Best Picture, and made him the second director, after Billy Wilder, to be honored three times for the same film.
The Conversation, which he directed, produced and wrote, was released that same year, winning the Palme d’Or at the 1974 Cannes Film Festival. He next directed 1979’s Apocalypse Now. Notorious for its over-long and strenuous production, the film was nonetheless critically acclaimed for its vivid and stark depiction of the Vietnam War, winning the Palme d’Or at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival. Coppola is one of only eight filmmakers to win two Palme d’Or awards.
John Oates in 2009.
|Birth name||John William Oates|
|Born||April 7, 1949|
|Origin||New York City, New York, US|
|Genres||Blue-eyed soul, pop rock, rhythm and blues, soul, bluegrass|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass guitar|
|Labels||Atlantic, RCA, Epic, Arista, U-Watch|
|Associated acts||Carly Simon, Hall & Oates|
Although Oates’s main role in the duo was guitarist, he also co-wrote many of the songs they recorded, including (with Hall): “Sara Smile” (the song refers to Hall’s then-girlfriend, Sara Allen), “She’s Gone“, and “Out of Touch“, as well as (with Allen & Hall): “You Make My Dreams“, “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)“, “Maneater“, and “Adult Education“. He also sang lead vocals on several singles that did not make it to the Top 10, such as “How Does It Feel to Be Back”, “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” (a remake of the 1965 song performed by The Righteous Brothers and written by Phil Spector, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil), on which Oates shared lead vocals with Hall, and “Possession Obsession” (with Allen & Hall). Oates also co-wrote and sang backup on the song “Electric Blue“, recorded by the band Icehouse, which was a Billboard Top Ten hit. He also co-wrote, produced and sang duet with Canadian group The Parachute Club on the 1987 song “Love is Fire” which was a Top 30 hit in Canada.
|Bobby Bare, Sr.|
Bare in 1973.
|Birth name||Robert Joseph Bare, Sr.|
|Born||April 7, 1935|
|Origin||Ironton, Ohio, United States|
|Years active||1958 – present|
|Associated acts||Skeeter Davis, Waylon Jennings,Petter Øien|