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Thursday, March 4, 2021

Famous and 65

Look who's turning 65 this month

Find out which celebrities are turning 65 this month!

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March 7 - Bryan Cranston, Actor

You probably know Bryan Cranston for his phenomenally successful portrayal of character Walter White, the terminally ill chemistry teacher who finds a way to provide for his family’s future by making methamphetamine in Breaking Bad. The role earned him four Emmys, and the show itself garnered a pair of Outstanding Drama Series awards twice after Cranston took over production. Cranston also earned praises as Hal in Malcolm in the Middle, Tim Whatley the dentist in Seinfeld, and a slew of other roles on stage and screen.

Born in the fabled town of Hollywood, CA, Cranston had a radio actress mother and actor father. But life wasn’t sweet; Cranston has called his parents “broken people” who were “incapacitated as far as parenting.” His father left when Cranston was 11, and he was raised in part by his maternal grandparents on their poultry ranch. Nevertheless, he had a strong desire to act and began honing his craft in local and regional theaters, holding such jobs as truck loader, security guard and waiter to make ends meet. He even became a minister in the Universal Life Church, where he could earn $150 per wedding. By the 1980s, acting brought in enough money to support him.

Breaking Bad ran from 2008 to 2013, its success allowing Cranston the freedom to experiment with producing and developing TV products. He starred in a television adaptation of his own acclaimed play, All the Way, which led to eight Primetime Emmy Award nominations and a Television Critics Choice Award nomination. His production company, Moonshot Entertainment, inked a deal with Warner Bros. Television in 2019.

Cranston has been married to his second wife since 1989; they have a daughter. He is a lifelong Los Angeles Dodgers fan. Cranston and his Breaking Bad costar, Aaron Paul, released their signature tequila, Dos Hombres, in 2019.

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March 13 - Jamie Dimon, CEO

How do you amass a billion dollars? JPMorgan Chase chief executive officer and chairman Jamie Dimon has done it, earning anywhere from 11 million to to 29.5 million per year to head one of the Big Four American banks while being put on the Time’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world five times along the way. 

Born in the Big Apple, Dimon’s father and grandfather were stockbrokers. Dimon attended Harvard Business School and worked summers at Goldman Sachs. After graduation, he went to American Express, where his father was an executive vice president. In 1985 at the age of 30, Dimon left to become CEO of Commercial Credit, which he turned into financial services conglomerate Citigroup. He then departed to become CEO of Bank One, which JPMorgan Chase bought in 2004, when Dimon became head of the combined company.

But money can’t buy you health. Dimon was treated for throat cancer in 2014 and underwent emergency heart surgery in March 2020. He has been working from home throughout the COVID pandemic, where he lives with his wife of 37 years. The couple has three daughters.

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March 17 - Patrick McDonnell, Cartoonist

Creator of the comic strip Mutts, Patrick McDonnell is also a prolific illustrator, author and playwright. His picture book, Me… Jane, about the childhood years of Jane Goodall won a Caldecott Honor in 2012. McDonnell’s work on Mutts earned him the Harvey Award for Best Comic Strip eight times. He is also the creator of Bad Baby, a monthly comic strip that appeared in Parents Magazine and were collected and published in book form by Ballantine. 

Peanut’s creator Charles M. Schulz was one of McDonnell’s early heroes. He has always been an animal lover, so perhaps Snoopy and Woodstock were part of the attraction. The cartoonist often placed a small dog in the background of his early illustrations. He is a vegan and serves on the board of directors for the Humane Society of the United States, the Fund for Animals and the Charles M. Schulz Museum. 

Mutts was syndicated in over 700 newspapers in more than 20 countries. The Jack Russell Terrier, Earl, that was the series’ inspiration spent 18 years with McDonnell before passing away in 2007. McDonnell and his longtime wife Karen O’Connell live in New Jersey with their dog Amelie and a cat named Willie Lebowsky.


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