On This Day … 09 February [2023]

People (Births)

  • 1953 – Ciarán Hinds, Irish actor
  • 1978 – A.J. Buckley, Irish-Canadian actor, director, and screenwriter

People (Deaths)

  • 2018 – John Gavin, American actor and United States ambassador to Mexico (b. 1931)

Ciaran Hinds

Ciarán Hinds (born 09 February 1953) is an Irish actor. Born in Belfast, Hinds is known for a range of screen and stage roles. He has starred in feature films including The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989), Persuasion (1995), Oscar and Lucinda (1997), Road to Perdition (2002), The Sum of All Fears (2002), Munich (2005), Amazing Grace (2007), There Will Be Blood (2007), Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), Silence (2016), First Man (2018), and Belfast (2021). He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the last of these.

Hinds is also known for his voice role as Grand Pabbie, the Troll King in the animated film Frozen (2013) and its sequel, Frozen II (2019). He played General Zakharow in Red Sparrow (2018). He also portrayed Steppenwolf in Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2017) and its 2021 director’s cut. His television roles include Julius Caesar in the series Rome, DCI James Langton in Above Suspicion, and Mance Rayder in Game of Thrones. In addition, Hinds appeared in series 3 of Shetland (TV series) (2016), produced by ITV. As a stage actor Hinds has spent periods with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre, and six seasons with Glasgow Citizens’ Theatre, and he has continued to work on stage throughout his career. In 2020, he was listed at number 31 on The Irish Times list of Ireland’s greatest film actors.

A.J. Buckley

Alan John Buckley (born 09 February 1977) is an Irish-Canadian actor. He is known for playing nerdy crime lab technician Adam Ross on the television series CSI: NY (2005-2013) and Navy SEAL Sonny Quinn on the television series SEAL Team (2017-present). He also had roles in Supernatural (2006-2014), The Box (2007), Home Sweet Hell (2015), and as the voice of Nash in The Good Dinosaur (2015).

John Gavin

John Gavin (born Juan Vincent Apablasa; 08 April 1931 to 09 February 2018) was an American actor who was the president of the Screen Actors Guild (1971-1973), and the United States Ambassador to Mexico (1981-1986). Among the films he appeared in were Imitation of Life (1959), Spartacus (1960), Psycho (1960), Midnight Lace (1960) and Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967), playing leading roles for producer Ross Hunter.

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