On This Day … 08 December [2022]

People (Births)

  • 1949 – Nancy Meyers, American director, producer, and screenwriter.
  • 1965 – David Harewood, English actor.

People (Deaths)

  • 2019 – René Auberjonois, American actor (b. 1940).

Nancy Meyers

Nancy Jane Meyers (born 08 December 1949) is an American filmmaker. She has written, produced, and directed many critically and commercially successful films including Private Benjamin (1980), Irreconcilable Differences (1984), Baby Boom (1987), Father of the Bride (1991), Father of the Bride Part II (1995), The Parent Trap (1998), What Women Want (2000), Something’s Gotta Give (2003), The Holiday (2006), It’s Complicated (2009), and The Intern (2015).

Meyers was nominated for an Academy Award for best screenwriting for Private Benjamin (1980) with Charles Shyer and Harvey Miller.

For Baby Boom, Meyers was nominated for a 1988 Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.

Meyers was married to filmmaker Charles Shyer, with whom she had two children, including filmmaker Hallie Meyers-Shyer.

David Harewood

David Harewood MBE (born 8 December 1965) is a British actor and presenter. He is best known for his roles as CIA Counterterrorism Director David Estes in Homeland (2011-2012), and as J’onn J’onzz / Martian Manhunter and Hank Henshaw / Cyborg Superman in Supergirl (2015-2021).

Rene Auberjonois

René Murat Auberjonois (01 June 1940 to 08 December 2019) was an American actor and director. He was best known for portraying Odo on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993-1999). He first achieved fame as a stage actor, winning the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical in 1970 for his portrayal of Sebastian Baye opposite Katharine Hepburn in the André Previn-Alan Jay Lerner musical Coco. He went on to earn three more Tony nominations for performances in Neil Simon’s The Good Doctor (1973), Roger Miller’s Big River (1985), and Cy Coleman’s City of Angels (1989); he won a Drama Desk Award for Big River.

A screen actor with more than 200 credits, Auberjonois was most famous for portraying characters in the main casts of several long-running television series, including Clayton Endicott III on Benson (1979-1986), for which he was an Emmy Award nominee, and Paul Lewiston on Boston Legal (2004-2008). In films, Auberjonois portrayed Father Mulcahy in the film version of M*A*S*H (1970); the expedition scientist Roy Bagley in King Kong (1976); Chef Louis in The Little Mermaid (1989), in which he sang “Les Poissons”; and Reverend Oliver in The Patriot (2000). In the American animated musical comedy film Cats Don’t Dance (1997), Auberjonois voiced Flanagan.

Auberjonois performed as a voice actor in a number of popular video games. He provided the voice of Janos Audron in the Legacy of Kain series (2001-2003); the enigmatic Mr. House in Fallout: New Vegas (2010); Karl Schafer in the Uncharted video game series; and Odo in Star Trek Online (2018 expansion).

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