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In Good Company

by on Aug.02, 2016, under Film & TV, Geeky, Literature, My Life, Society

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It was hard to get a good profile pic in the days of Mahmud I.

It was hard to get a good profile pic in the days of Mahmud I.

I’ve long known that I shared my birthday with the late, great Peter O’Toole as well as Eddie Furlong (yes, kids, you probably have no idea) and, oh all right, Dingdong Dantes.

However, I recently came upon a more comprehensive list, and I must say, I’m in pretty good company.

Mahmud I. 1696. Because one needs to throw royalty into this list. Mahmud was a Sultan of the Ottoman Empire who fought Persia, Austria, and Russia. He also wrote poetry because obviously one needs a soothing distraction from the occasional pillaging.

Constantine I of Greece. 1868. Okay, fine, just one more royal. Even if he was accused of being a German sympathizer during World War I  (officially, he advocated for neutrality).

Peter O’Toole. 1932. He will be remembered by most people for Lawrence of Arabia and perhaps the controversial Caligula, but he’ll always be Zaltar in the 1984 Supergirl movie to me. That, and his supporting role in (sue me) King Ralph.

Spotted Dick, anyone?

Wes Craven. 1939. Master of horror. There is nothing more than needs to be said about this legend behind the Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream franchises.

Isabel Allende. 1942. Award-winning Chilean author of The House of the Spirits and City of the Beasts, among many others. We can always use some magic realism.

Silent Bob rocks.

Mary-Louise Parker. 1964. Golden Globe Best Actress. Among my faves in her body of work are Saved! and RED. I do hope I get to watch her award-winning turn in gay classic Angels In America; it is sacrilege that I’ve never seen that in any form.

Kevin Smith. 1970. Any geek would be giddy at knowing they share a birthday with Kevin Smith, who is nothing short of a filmmaking, writing, and comedic genius. Who can forget Silent Bob? Moreover, Dogma truly was a masterpiece that deserves to be watched over and over again. Did I mention he also writes comics?

Sam Worthington. 1976. Australian actor. Though he seemed to have been lying low lately, he did star in such global hits as Avatar and the remake of Clash of the Titans. He’s also yummy, and we all know this is a very important trait.

August 2ers are gorgeous.

Edward Furlong. 1977. I share the exact same birthday as this former matinee idol. He invaded the public consciousness in Terminator 2: Judgment Day as the young John Connor. Nowadays, well, umm…

Dingdong Dantes. 1980. Filipino actor. He also came from the same high school as I did, and he starred in one of my favorite aswang movies ever.

Nadia Bjorlin. 1980. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous American singer, actress, and model. She was also once rumored to be in the running for Wonder Woman, too.

Indeed, that’s one heck of an esteemed group of people to share birthdays with.

Also, Leos are the absolute best.

Thank you, Australia, for Sam Worthington in his birthday suit. Happy birthday, Sam.

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