Actors Harrison Ford, Patrick Stewart and Ken Jeong are celebrating their birthdays today.
Harrison Ford, 72
Actor and producer Harrison Ford turns 72 today. He gained international fame for his starring roles as Han Solo in the original Star Wars trilogy, as well as the title character of the Indiana Jones film series. Ford’s filmography includes roles in Blade Runner, Witness, Patriot Games, Apocalypse Now, The Fugitive, Air Force One, What Lies Beneath, Six Days Seven Nights and Extraordinary Measures.
In July 2011, Ford starred in the science fiction Western film Cowboys & Aliens alongside Daniel Craig and Olivia Wilde. That same year, he starred in Japanese commercials advertising the video game Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception for the PlayStation 3. In 2013, Ford co-starred in the thriller Paranoia, with Liam Hemsworth and Gary Oldman, as well as Ender’s Game, 42 and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Ford will star in J. J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, scheduled to hit theaters in 2015.
Ford has two sons, Benjamin and Willard, with his first wife, as well as two children, Malcolm and Georgia, with his second wife, screenwriter Melissa Mathison. Ford is now married to actress Calista Flockhart, and is father to her adopted son Liam. He also has three grandchildren.
Patrick Stewart, 74
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Film, television and stage actor Patrick Stewart turns 74 today. Stewart portrayed Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation from 1987 to 1994. In 1995, he earned a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series. He went on to play Picard in the films Star Trek Generations, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection and Star Trek: Nemesis.
Stewart then went on to play Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men films X-Men, X2: X-Men United, X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Days of Future Past.
Stewart also had a successful stage career, appearing in many Shakespearean works including The Tempest, Othello, Macbeth and Hamlet. He also starred in Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, a one man performance of A Christmas Carol at the Albery Theatre in the West End of London, and Waiting for Godot alongside Ian McKellen.
Stewart has two children, Daniel and Sophia, with his first wife, and is now married to singer and songwriter Sunny Ozell.
Ken Jeong, 45
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Actor, comedian and physician Ken Jeong turns 45 today. Jeong completed his undergraduate studies at Duke University in 1990 and obtained his M.D. degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1995. Jeong completed his internal medicine residency at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans while developing his stand-up comedy. He is licensed as a physician in the state of California. Jeong moved to Los Angeles and began performing regularly at the Improv and Laugh Factory comedy clubs.
Jeong’s background in theater and improv has led to several television appearances, including NBC’s The Office and HBO’s Entourage and Curb Your Enthusiasm. His breakout performance was his film debut in Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up as Dr. Kuni. He went on to appear in Pineapple Express, Role Models, All About Steve, Couples Retreat and as Mr. Chow in The Hangover trilogy.
Jeong is also known for his role as Señor Ben Chang on NBC’s Community. Jeong is married to family physician, Tran Ho. They have twin daughters, Alexa and Zooey, and live in Southern California.