On This Day … 18 January [2023]


People (Births)

  • 1904 – Cary Grant, English-American actor (d. 1986).
  • 1933 – John Boorman, English director, producer, and screenwriter.
  • 1955 – Kevin Costner, American actor, director, and producer.

People (Deaths)

  • 2015 – Tony Verna, American director and producer, invented instant replay (b. 1933).

Cary Grant

Cary Grant (born Archibald Alec Leach; 18 January 1904 to 29 November 1986) was an English-American actor. He was known for his Mid-Atlantic accent, debonair demeanour, light-hearted approach to acting, and sense of comic timing. He was one of classic Hollywood’s definitive leading men from the 1930s until the mid-1960s.

  • He played a British army sergeant opposite Douglas Fairbanks Jr. in the George Stevens-directed adventure film Gunga Din (1939), set at a military station in India.
  • In 1940, he played a Virginian backwoodsman in the American Revolution-set The Howards of Virginia.
  • In May 1942, the ten-minute war propaganda short Road to Victory was released, in which he appeared alongside Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Charles Ruggles.
  • The commercially successful submarine war film Destination Tokyo (1943) was shot in just six weeks in the September and October, which left him exhausted.
  • In 1949, Grant starred alongside Ann Sheridan in the comedy I Was a Male War Bride in which he appeared in scenes dressed as a woman, wearing a skirt and a wig. During the filming he was taken ill with infectious hepatitis and lost weight, affecting the way he looked in the picture.
  • In 1957, Grant also appeared opposite Sophia Loren in The Pride and the Passion. He had expressed an interest in playing William Holden’s character in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) at the time, but found that it was not possible because of his commitment to The Pride and the Passion.
  • Grant finished 1959 playing a US Navy submarine skipper opposite Tony Curtis in the comedy Operation Petticoat.

John Boorman

Sir John Boorman CBE (born 18 January 1933) is a British film, television and voice actor and filmmaker. best known for feature films such as Point Blank (1967), Hell in the Pacific (1968), Deliverance (1972), Zardoz (1974), Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977), Excalibur (1981), The Emerald Forest (1985), Hope and Glory (1987), The General (1998), The Tailor of Panama (2001) and Queen and Country (2014).

Boorman has directed 22 films and received five Academy Award nominations, twice for Best Director (for Deliverance, and Hope and Glory). He is also credited with creating the first Academy Award screeners to promote The Emerald Forest. In 2004, Boorman received the BAFTA Fellowship for lifetime achievement from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. In January 2022, Boorman received a knighthood.

Kevin Costner

Kevin Michael Costner (born 18 January 1955) is an American actor, producer, film director and musician. He has received various accolades, including two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Costner starred in Fandango, American Flyers, Silverado and many other films. He rose to prominence with his starring roles in The Untouchables and No Way Out (1987). He then starred in Bull Durham (1988), Field of Dreams (1989), Dances with Wolves (1990), for which he won two Academy Awards, JFK (1991), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), The Bodyguard (1992), A Perfect World (1993), and Wyatt Earp (1994). In 1995, Costner starred in and co-produced Waterworld. His second directorial feature, The Postman, was released in 1997. He later starred in Message in a Bottle (1999), For Love of the Game (1999), Thirteen Days (2000), 3000 Miles to Graceland (2001), Dragonfly (2002), Open Range (2003), Rumour Has It (2005), The Guardian (2006), Mr. Brooks (2007), 3 Days to Kill (2014), McFarland, USA (2015), Draft Day (2014), and Criminal (2016). He has also played supporting parts in such films as The Upside of Anger (2005), Man of Steel (2013), Hidden Figures (2016), Molly’s Game (2017), and Let Him Go (2020).

On television, Costner portrayed Devil Anse Hatfield in the miniseries Hatfields & McCoys (2012), winning the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie. Since 2018, he has starred as John Dutton on the Paramount Network original drama series Yellowstone for which he received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination and Golden Globe award.

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