July is populated with some of the highest profile celebrity birthdays yet to be featured on Birthday Bash, with this week bringing a trio of faces famous for very different roles.
Harrison Ford (July 13): While it’s a given that everyone gets older as the years progress, it’s still incredibly difficult to believe that Harrison Ford turns 67 today. The actor is a genre legend, hanging with furry co-pilot Chewbacca as Han Solo in “Star Wars” and making whips cool again in the “Indiana Jones” franchise. Despite pushing 70, Ford even managed to bust out a surprising fourth turn as Indy just last year — and there are rumors of a fifth outing on the horizon as well.
Birthday Wishes: There isn’t much I can wish Mr. Ford that he hasn’t already received in his lifetime, though I’ll hope for this: if “Indiana Jones 5” actually comes to fruition, my fingers are crossed that Dr. Jones keeps the fedora firmly on his own head, and not on that of his scruffy son played by Shia LaBeouf.
Birthday Wishes: Erasing “Battlefield Earth” from his past? If for some reason his acting career hits a wall, at least Whitaker could easily pursue a career as a Sinatra-esque crooner. I mean, seriously, check out those chops as he covers Andy Samberg’s legendary “D*** in a Box“!
Birthday Wishes: Despite his best efforts to become the world’s greatest Rick Marshall, Ferrell’s “Land of the Lost” didn’t do so well in the box office even with a talent roster that included Danny McBride, Anna Friel and “The Today Show” personality Matt Lauer. If there’s one lesson I gleaned from that film, it’s that Ferrell and Lauer need to team up for a buddy comedy as soon as humanly possible. Hollywood, get on that!
Honorable mention goes to none other than Captain Jean-Luc Picard himself, Patrick Stewart (July 13). The “Star Trek” veteran has become a household name in the geek community not only for his turn as the fiery Picard, but also thanks to other roles like Professor Xavier in the “X-Men” films.
Be sure to come back next Monday for an all-new edition of Birthday Bash!