Celebrity Birthdays, July 23: Daniel Radcliffe and Marlon Wayans

Actor Daniel Radcliffe and comedian Marlon Wayans are celebrating their birthdays today.

Daniel Radcliffe, 25

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English stage and film actor Daniel Radcliffe turns 25 today. Radcliffe gained international fame as the title character in the Harry Potter film series. He made his acting debut at 10 years old in BBC One’s 1999 television movie David Copperfield, followed by his film debut in 2001’s The Tailor of Panama. At age 11, he was cast as Harry Potter in the first Harry Potter film, and starred in the series for 10 years until the release of the eighth and final film in 2011.

Radcliffe transitioned into stage acting in 2007, starring in the London and New York productions of Equus, and in the 2011 Broadway revival of the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. He starred in the 2012 horror film The Woman in Black, and played beat poet Allen Ginsberg in the 2013 independent film Kill Your Darlings. Radcliffe’s upcoming roles include the character Igor in Victor Frankenstein, the romantic comedy What IF and American reporter Jake Adelstein in Tokyo Vice. Radcliffe also performed at the Noël Coward Theatre in the stage play revival of Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy The Cripple of Inishmaan. He won the WhatsOnStage Award for Best Actor in a Play for his role.

He has contributed to many charities, including Demelza House Children’s Hospice. He also spoke out against homophobia, filming public service announcements in 2009 for The Trevor Project, promoting awareness of gay teen suicide prevention. In 2011, he was awarded the Trevor Project’s Hero Award for his work with The Trevor Project.

As of Oct 2012, Radcliffe has been dating Erin Darke, whom he met on the set of Kill Your Darlings.

Marlon Wayans, 42

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Actor, model, producer, comedian, writer and director Marlon Wayans turns 42 today. Wayans appeared with his siblings on In Living Color between 1992 and 1993. From 1995 until 1999, Wayans co-starred in the WB sitcom The Wayans Bros. with brother Shawn Wayans.

Wayans was originally considered for the role of Robin in the 1992 film Batman Returns, however it was felt that the film featured too many characters, so the character was omitted from that film. He was then formally signed for the role in the 1995 sequel Batman Forever to play opposite Billy Dee Williams as Two-Face, but the mid-production change in directors from Tim Burton to Joel Schumacher would result in both parts being recast and Wayans being paid out. He produced the first two films of the Scary Movie series in 2000 and 2001, in which he and Shawn were credited writers and co-stars. In 2000 he appeared as Tyrone C. Love in Requiem for a Dream and as Rogue in Dungeons & Dragons. That same year he and his brother Shawn hosted the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards.

In 2009, he appeared in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. In 2013, he had a leading role in A Haunted House, which he also produced, and co-starred in The Heat. His filmography also includes White Chicks, Little Man, Norbit and Dance Flick. A Haunted House 2, his most recent work, was released on April 18, 2014, and co-stars Jamie Pressly.

Wayans is in a relationship with Angelica Zachary, and have two children. He currently hosts the reality competition Funniest Wins on TBS.

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