We don’t suggest film-makers are horses, but several interesting players celebrate birthdays today…
1892: Charles Vanel
Charles was the whispery menace of films of the 1940s and 1950s, most memorably in The Wages of Fear (above) and To Catch a Thief (below).
1924: Jack Weston
His career didn’t have many highlights, but as Elaine May’s corrupt and needy attorney in A New Leaf, he was sensational.
He had more misses than hits, but The Swimmer, based on a story by John Cheever, was out of the top drawer:
1944: Peter Weir
Probably the greatest Australian director, whose films include The Cars That Ate Paris (below), The Last Wave, Gallipoli, The Year of Living Dangerously, Witness, The Mosquito Coast, Master and Commander, and, of course, the sublime Picnic at Hanging Rock.
Happy Birthday all!