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March 7: Peter Sarsgaard, 50
Sarsgaard is especially good at portraying shady characters — like the friendly sociopath in 1999’s Boys Don’t Cry and a con man in 2009’s An Education (he’s said he doesn’t mind dark roles, noting that “people like the bad guy”). The husband of actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, he’ll play Gil Colson, the D.A. of Gotham City, opposite Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader in 2022’s The Batman.
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March 8: Camryn Manheim, 60
The TV actress known for her Emmy-winning supporting role as attorney Ellenor Frutt for eight seasons of ABC’s The Practice also played Delia Banks, a real estate agent whose husband has died, in the CBS drama The Ghost Whisperer. More recently she appeared in the Paramount Network miniseries Waco and ABC’s Stumptown. Showbiz runs in the family: Son Milo, 19, caught the acting bug at age 6. He was part of the Disney Channel’s Zombies and its sequel, and placed second in 2018 on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars.
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March 10: Jon Hamm, 50
You know him best as Mad Men‘s Don Draper, the dapper 1960s adman who conquers Madison Avenue while trying, and often failing, to battle his inner demons. Coming up, you can catch him as a small-time crook in the 1950s crime thriller No Sudden Move; as a vice admiral in Top Gun: Maverick; and in Confess, Fletch, as the undercover journalist made famous by Chevy Chase in the original comedy (1985’s Fletch).
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March 15: Mike Love, 80
This cofounder of the Beach Boys and cousin of fellow members Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson collaborated in the ‘60s to create some of the band’s greatest hits, including “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “California Girls” and “Good Vibrations,” extolling a lifestyle of cars, surfing and romance. He also co-wrote the Grammy-nominated No. 1 hit “Kokomo” from the 1988 film Cocktail. Love has been meditating devotedly for decades, and says the practice is helping him through quarantine and the pandemic.
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March 17: Kurt Russell, 70
A former child star, Russell got his start on the TV western The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters in the early ‘60s and went on to be one of Walt Disney’s most popular actors in the 1970s. He later took on several antihero action roles, most notably in 1981’s Escape From New York and the 1996 sequel, Escape From L.A. He and his romantic partner of 37 years, Golden Hawn, hit the screen together last year as Mr. and Mrs. Claus in Netflix’s The Christmas Chronicles 2. Fun fact: Russell is an instrument-rated pilot — and says he “can’t live without” flying.
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March 17: Clarence Collins, 80
Collins founded the R&B doo-wop vocal group Little Anthony and the Imperials in the ‘50s that took its name from its lead singer, Jerome Anthony Gourdine. Their first single, “Tears on My Pillow,” went gold, beginning a streak of hits in the 1960s, including soul standards “Goin’ Out of My Head” and “Hurt So Bad.” In 2009, the year of its induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the group put out its first CD in years, You’ll Never Know.
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March 29: Amy Sedaris, 60
The quirky younger sister of author David Sedaris played Jerri Blank, a middle-aged woman who goes back to high school, in the cult sitcom Strangers With Candy, which premiered on Comedy Central in 1999. She’s now in high demand for voice work, most notably as Princess Carolyn in the cartoon series BoJack Horseman. You can also hear her in the animated sequel to the 2017 film The Boss Baby — The Boss Baby: Family Business — coming in September.
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March 31: Ewan McGregor, 50
The Scottish actor found stardom portraying a heroin addict in the harrowing 1996 caper Trainspotting, then took on the role of a lifetime as the young Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy (1999-2005). McGregor will return to the role of the Jedi master in an Obi-Wan-centered series for Disney+.
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