Stars are born on the 4th of July

America, still struggling growing up at 246, celebrates its independence anniversary on Monday, July 4. It’s not the only one, however, as George M. Cohan and Ron Kovic both claimed that they too were “born on the fourth of July.” (The former apparently faked the date by a day, though. )

But they have company. This week’s quiz focuses on other film luminaries born on this date. Find out everything you know about these Yankee Doodle Dandies on the big screen. (FYI: “Yankee Doodle” is said to have been written in 1758 at Fort Crailo in Rensselaer.)

1. Which of the following famous movie animals claim the 4th of July as their birthday: German Shepherd Rin Tin Tin; Trigger (the horse of singing cowboy Roy Rogers); Skippy (aka “Asta” from the “Thin Man” movies); or Buttermilk (the mare ridden by Rogers’ cowgirl, Dale Evans)?

2. Mexican romance TV star Melissa Barrera, born July 4, 1990, made her American big screen film debut in Which 2021 Musical?

3. If she were still with us, Gloria Stuart would be 112 on Monday. When she was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in ‘Titanic’ in 1997, she became the oldest nominee of any acting category, a record she held for 20 years until will the actor and former winner (who died last year aged 91) eclipse her at the age of 88 years, 41 days?

4. Syracuse-born rapper and facial tattoo collector Post Malone was born on July 4, 1995. In 2018, at the age of 22, he already had his third number one single with “Sunflower.” What Oscar-winning animated feature was it from?

5. What a strange pair of Hollywood luminaries were born on the same day – July 4, 1927: screenwriter Neil Simon and Italian sex symbol Gina Lollobrigida; Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer of the “Our Gang” shorts and singer, actress and future “Catwoman” Eartha Kitt; or Festivus founder Jerry Stiller and Oscar winner Sidney Poitier?

6. Tracy Letts has starred in ‘Lady Bird’ and ‘Ford v Ferrari’, is married to actress Carrie Coon (‘The Gilded Age’, ‘The Leftovers’) and her latest play, ‘The Minutes’, is currently airing at Broadway. The Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, born July 4, 1965, adapted an earlier play into which 2013 Oscar-nominated film?

seven. Which TV reporter and FOX News personality born July 4, 1943 appeared as himself in films such as ‘Grumpier Old Men’, ‘Contact’, ‘Cop Land’, ‘Primary Colors’ and ‘All About Steve’ ?

8. Which American Gangster, born in present-day Belarus on July 4, 1902, has been played on screen by Ben Kingsley, Patrick Dempsey, Dustin Hoffman, Chazz Palminteri and Harvey Keitel, and in fictionalized versions by Lee Strasberg, James Woods and Joe Pesci?

9. True or false: Eva Marie Saint, Oscar winner for best supporting actress in “On the Waterfront”, who turns 98 on July 4, is the oldest Oscar winner.

ten. Italian director Robert G. Vignola stepped behind the camera in 1934 for the first sound version of a classic American novel – adapted theatrically eight times between 1908 and 1995 – by an iconic New England literary figure born on July 4 1804. Name the author and the book/movie.


ANSWERS

1. The original Trigger was born on July 4, 1934.

2. “In the Heights”

3. Christopher Plumer

4. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

5. While all six were born in 1927, only Neil Simon and Gina Lollobrigida entered the world on July 4.

6. “August: Osage County”

seven. Geraldo Rivera

8. Meyer Lanski

9. Fake. She comes second to century-old film producer Walter Mirisch (“In the Heat of the Night”).

ten. Nathaniel Hawthorne, “The Scarlet Letter”

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