Just as everyone has an opinion, a favorite meal and a nose — albeit a fake one at times — so too does everyone have a birthday... even celebrities. Here at Birthday Bash, it's our mission to salute the fine actors, filmmakers and other Hollywood heroes that are celebrating their special day this week. After all, it's cheaper than mailing a cake!
This week brings a birthday cake to a "Beverly Hills, 90210" resident, the world's fastest-healing superhero and a celebrated rock-and-roll musician.
Luke Perry (October 11): Even if "90210" is back on the small screen with Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling reprising their famous '90s-era roles, the absence of Luke Perry as Dylan McKay is tough to ignore. Perry — who nailed the bad boy persona that made "Beverly Hills, 90210" so intriguing during its ten year run — might not be on the current incarnation of the show, but his status as the father of Kelly's child leaves some hope amongst fans that he'll return eventually.
But this isn't about our birthday wishes, is it? If Perry chooses not to return to his old stomping grounds, there's plenty of potential for him elsewhere thanks to celebrated turns on HBO's "Oz" and "John from Cincinnati," among other acting gigs.
Hugh Jackman (October 12): Offering birthday cake to a fast-healing, claw-bearing mutant like Wolverine is nothing short of intimidating. Luckily for fans of the "X-Men" franchise, Hugh Jackman's real life persona is about as far as you can get from the attitude-heavy superhero — not accounting for that recent cell phone debacle on Broadway, that is.
Jackman's turn as the amnesiac Wolverine has earned him plenty of respect amongst comic book lovers across the world, but his talents don't end there. In addition to his aforementioned stage skills, Jackman has turned in praiseworthy performances in "Australia" and "The Prestige," with further success an absolute guarantee.
John Mayer (October 16): If his popular tracks like "No Such Thing" and "Waiting on the World to Change" aren't enough to win you over, then at least give singer-songwriter John Mayer props for his hilarious cameo appearances on TV shows like "Chapelle's Show" and his equally entertaining Twitter account.
Of course, the primary reason to love Mayer is his versatility as a musician. Not only is he capable of churning out a catchy pop tune like "Your Body Is a Wonderland," he's equally proficient at composing captivating blues and jazz numbers like "Gravity." No matter which style you prefer, Mayer's music is more than accessible to anybody that enjoys a good melody.
Check back next Monday for another edition of Birthday Bash!