‘New Moon’ Actor Gil Birmingham (A.K.A. Billy Black): Happy Howlin’ Birthday!

Turn on the Mariners game and get out the fish fry, ’cause we’re celebrating “Twilight” actor Gil Birmingham’s 43rd birthday. Gil plays Jacob Black’s Quileute chief father Billy in the vampire saga — a role the actor is quite fond of. “Billy Black is an awesome character to play,” Gil told blog Twilighter’s Hub. “We are both down with the kids and we both try to keep it real. An actor always digs deep inside himself to draw out the personal experiences that bring life to the character he plays. I am not Billy, but there is a part of him in me and vice versa.”

To honor Gil on his special day, and to get to know the actor behind the role, here are a few fun facts about the Native American Comanche from his newly launched website (Us Billy fans have to have place to go to learn more about him, right?):

-After college, Gil embarked on a career in petrochemical engineering.

-He was once an avid bodybuilder.
-His first acting role was in a Diana Ross music video titled “Muscles.”
-“Twilight” (Gil is pictured in the wheelchair in a scene from the flick) isn’t his first foray into the world of the undead. He made an appearance on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” back in 1997.
-Gil is an active Twitterer. You can follow him at @gilbirmingham.

Happy Birthday, Gil! We’re looking forward to seeing you (and the rest of the cast, natch) in “New Moon” this fall.

Do you have any well wishes to offer the birthday boy?