On This Day … 10 July [2022]

People (Births)

  • 1930 – Bruce Boa, Canadian actor (d. 2004).
  • 1931 – Nick Adams, American actor and screenwriter (d. 1968).
  • 1972 – Peter Serafinowicz, English actor.

Bruce Boa

Andrew Bruce Boa (10 July 1930 to 17 April 2004) was a Canadian actor, who found success playing the token American in British films and television, usually playing military types.

Boa’s most recognisable film role is in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) as General Rieekan.

On television, his most notable role is probably as the brash and rude American guest, Mr. Harry Hamilton, in the “Waldorf Salad” episode of the BBC sitcom Fawlty Towers.

He also played the Marine colonel in Full Metal Jacket (1987) who chastises Matthew Modine’s character over having a peace pin on his lapel while having “Born To Kill” written on his combat helmet.

Nick Adams

Nick Adams (born Nicholas Aloysius Adamshock, 10 July 1931 to 07 February 1968) was an American film and television actor and screenwriter. He was noted for his roles in several Hollywood films during the 1950s and 1960s along with his starring role in the ABC television series The Rebel (1959-1961) – chronicling the adventures of a Confederate Army veteran.

Decades after Adams’ death from a prescription drug overdose at the age of 36, his widely publicised friendships with James Dean and Elvis Presley would stir speculation about both his private life and the circumstances of his death. In an AllMovie synopsis for Adams’ last film, reviewer Dan Pavlides wrote, “Plagued by personal excesses, he will be remembered just as much for what he could have done in cinema as what he left behind.”

Peter Serafinowicz

Peter Szymon Serafinowicz (born 10 July 1972) is an English actor, comedian, director and screenwriter, best known for his roles as the title character in the 2016 live-action series of The Tick, Pete in Shaun of the Dead (2004) and as the voice of Darth Maul in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999).

He has also appeared in many British and American comedy series, and received attention for political satire videos in which he dubs over videos of Donald Trump with various comedic voices. He has also directed music videos for acts such as Hot Chip.

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