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Actors Terry Crews, Laurence Fishburne and Jamie Pressly are all celebrating their birthdays today.
Terry Crews, 46
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Actor and former American football player Terry Crews turns 46 today. Crews was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the 11th round of the 1991 NFL Draft. His career included positions with the Rams, the San Diego Chargers, the Washington Redskins, and the Philadelphia Eagles.
After retiring from the NFL in 1997, Crews pursued an acting career and got a role as T-Money on Battle Dome. He later had roles in films such as White Chicks, Friday After Next, Training Day, Soul Plane, The Longest Yard, Click and The Benchwarmers.
He has been featured in several Old Spice TV commercials for their "Odor Blocker Body Wash," their body sprays, deodorant and most recently, their shaving lotion. He has also done commercials with Nike. He starred in his own reality series on BET, The Family Crews, about his everyday life with his family. The show premiered on February 21, 2010. He also starred in Everybody Hates Chris from 2005 to 2009, as well as Are We There Yet? from 2010 to 2012.
Crews currently plays Terry Jeffords on FOX's new hit comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Laurence Fishburne, 53
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Actor, playwright, director and producer Laurence Fishburne turns 53 today. Fishburne had his first job portraying Joshua Hall on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live. Fishburne spent much of the 1980s in and out of television and on stage. He had a minor role in the critically acclaimed Steven Spielberg film The Color Purple. He also had a role in the 1984 movie The Cotton Club. Fishburne's recurring role as Cowboy Curtis on the CBS children's television show Pee-wee's Playhouse was one of his only involvements in children's entertainment.
In 1990, he played Jimmy Jump in the controversial King of New York, and in 1991, Fishburne starred in Boyz n the Hood. The following year, in 1992, he won a Tony Award for his stage performance in the August Wilson play Two Trains Running. In 1993, he received his first Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Ike Turner in What's Love Got to Do With It. Fishburne won an Image Award for "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture" for his performance in Higher Learning.
Fishburne is perhaps best known for his role as Morpheus, the hacker-mentor of Neo, played by Keanu Reeves, in the 1999 blockbuster science fiction film The Matrix, reprising his role for the sequels The Matrix Reloaded, and The Matrix Revolutions in 2003. Fishburne joined CSI: Crime Scene Investigation in 2008. In June 2011, Fishburne announced that he was leaving CSI to return to movies and theater.
In 2013, Fishburne played Perry White in the Superman reboot Man of Steel. That same year, Fishburne joined the cast of NBC's Hannibal, as Dr. Jack Crawford. Fishburne is confirmed to reprise his role as White in the sequel Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Jamie Pressly, 37
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Actress and model Jamie Pressly turns 37 today. From 1999 to 2001, Pressly starred as Audrey on the drama series Jack and Jill. After starring in the independent film Poor White Trash, playing scheming gold-digger Sandy Lake, she appeared in a number of films, including Not Another Teen Movie and Torque. In 2001, she was made the new spokesmodel for Liz Claiborne Cosmetics and its fragrance Lucky You.
In 2005, Pressly was cast in the NBC sitcom My Name Is Earl, as Joy Turner. She earned nominations for two Emmy Awards, winning one in 2007 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, as well as a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Pressly also appeared in the films Joe Dirt, DOA: Dead or Alive, Horton Hears a Who!, I Love You, Man and A Haunted House 2.
Pressly currently plays the lead role for the TV Land sitcom, Jennifer Falls, as Jennifer Doyle, a mother of a teenage daughter, who must move in with Doyle's mother after being fired from a high-paying job. Doyle becomes a waitress in her brother's bar.
Pressly has a son, Dezi James Calvo, from a former relationship with DJ Eric Calvo.