August 1: Demián Bichir, 60
One of Mexico’s most renowned actors, Bichir made the leap from telenovelas to weightier material, like Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight and the immigration drama A Better Life, for which he earned a best actor Oscar nomination. More recently, he’s worked on two projects about mythical beings that, well, suck: He starred as the father of a teen vampire in last year’s Showtime horror drama Let the Right One In and appeared in this spring’s fantasy film Chupa, about the legendary chupacabra — Spanish for “goat sucker.”
August 3: James Hetfield, 60
It’s been more than four decades since Hetfield cofounded Metallica, the legendary heavy metal act for which he handles lead vocals and rhythm guitar. In 2009, the group became only the second metal band after Black Sabbath to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In April, they released their 11th studio album, 72 Seasons, and Hetfield will step away from the band (temporarily!) for a project that’s unlike anything he’s done before: He’s set to costar in the Western thriller The Thicket, alongside Peter Dinklage and Juliette Lewis.
August 4: Daniel Dae Kim, 55
Bursting onto the scene as the mysterious fisherman-turned-hitman Jin-Soo Kwon on Lost, the South Korean–born actor returned to the small screen with the CBS reboot of Hawaii Five-O. Behind the camera, Kim also developed and executive produced The Good Doctor, based on a Korean show of the same name, and he briefly recurred on the series as a surgeon. This summer, he showed up in a pivotal role in the raunchy-with-a-heart-of-gold comedy Joy Ride, about a group of Asian-American friends who travel to China.
August 6: Vera Farmiga, 50
An Oscar nominee for Up in the Air, Vera Farmiga has emerged as a modern day scream queen, earning an Emmy nomination for playing Norma Bates in Bates Motel and starring as paranormal investigator Lorraine Warren in the spine-tingling Conjuring films. Last year, she took on an even more hair-raising assignment when she appeared in the Apple TV+ medical drama Five Days at Memorial, which depicts the real-life horrors faced by a New Orleans hospital in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
August 9: Gillian Anderson, 55
She’s won Emmys for playing skeptical FBI agent Dana Scully on The X-Files and polarizing Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on The Crown, but her mile-wide range and mastery of accents mean Gillian Anderson can do almost anything. Other recent performances have seen her channeling everyone from Eleanor Roosevelt (The First Lady) to Margo Channing (All About Eve on the West End) to the mother of Catherine the Great (The Great). Next month, she returns as sex therapist Jean Milburn in the fourth and final season of Netflix’s teen comedy Sex Education.
August 11: Hulk Hogan, 70
Arguably the most famous pro wrestler the sport has ever produced, the man born as Terry Eugene Bollea crossed over into the mainstream with movie roles (Mr. Nanny) and reality TV shows (Hogan Knows Best). He has returned to the WWE over the years and hasn’t ruled out wrestling again, saying in an interview, “You never say never.” Following decades of beating up his body in the ring, Hogan is now following Mike Tyson and Ric Flair into the world of CBD and THC wellness products.