Bono, Julianne Moore and Hugh Grant are among the stars celebrating big ones
by Sarah Elizabeth Adler and Aaron Kassraie, AARP, December 24, 2019|Comments: 0
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James Spader, Feb. 7
En español | The actor has played dark, oddball characters in films like Less Than Zero, Crash and Secretary, and was the unscrupulous lawyer Alan Shore on ABC’s Boston Legal. His latest starring role continues the trend: Spader plays the fugitive-turned-FBI informant Raymond “Red” Reddington on NBC’s The Blacklist.
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Bono, May 10
Born Paul David Hewson, the U2 front man has had one of the most successful careers in music history. The group has sold more than 170 million records worldwide, and is still together after more than 40 years. A noted philanthropist, the Irish singer has said his “music was always wrapped around social justice.”
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Jane Lynch, July 14
Lynch didn’t get her big break until almost 50, when she was cast as the darkly funny cheer coach Sue Sylvester on the musical series Glee. Her next project has found a home on Netflix: She’s starring alongside Cyndi Lauper in a still-untitled series the pair has called “The Golden Girls of today.”
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Chuck D, Aug. 1
The rapper brought socially conscious rap to the mainstream with his group Public Enemy, the self-proclaimed “Rolling Stones of the rap game,” in the 1980s. This year he collaborated with Sheryl Crow for her album Threads, lending his voice to the social justice-minded track “Story of Everything.”
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Antonio Banderas, Aug. 10
A favorite of Spanish art-house director Pedro Almodóvar, the Spanish actor starred in Almodóvar’s 2019 film, Pain and Glory, a role that earned him an AARP Movies for Grownups best actor nomination.
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Sean Penn, Aug. 17
The Oscar winner (for his performances in 2003’s Mystic River and 2009’s Milk) has a family-focused project coming up: Penn will direct and star alongside his two children in Flag Day, a drama about a father who leads a double life in order to provide for his daughter.
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Hugh Grant, Sept. 9
The English actor famous for rom-coms such as Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001) and Love Actually (2003) has recently moved on to darker roles. In 2020 he’ll star as a pediatric oncologist, with Nicole Kidman as his wife, in the HBO dramatic series The Undoing.
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Amy Grant, Nov. 25
The queen of Christian contemporary rock hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with her 1991 song “Baby Baby,” catapulting Grant into the mainstream. But with the huge popularity of her Christmas albums, she’s probably most in demand during the holidays, when she performs around the country on a Christmas tour.
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Julianne Moore, Dec. 3
Regarded for her roles in films such as Game Change (2012) and Still Alice (2014) — not to mention her unforgettable Maud in 1998’s The Big Lebowski — Moore was recently nominated for a 2019 AARP Movie for Grownups award for her work in the comedy-drama Gloria Bell.
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Kenneth Branagh attends the Opening Night Screening of "All is True" at the 30th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival on January 04, 2019 in Palm Springs, California.
Sir Kenneth Branagh, Dec. 10
You think of Branagh and you think: Shakespeare. He’s helped bring many of the Bard’s plays to life on the big screen, starring in 1995’s Othello, as Iago, and 1996’s Hamlet, among others. In the latest film he directed, All is True (2018), the Irish actor also plays Shakespeare himself.