Monthly Archives: January 2017

Amrish Puri

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amrish-puri      Amrish Puri

Lahore, Pakistan : Amrish lal Puri 22 June 1932 – 12 January 2005 was an Indian actor who was an important figure in Indian theatre and cinema. He worked with notable playwrights of the time, such as Satyadev Dubey and Girish Karnad. He is remembered for playing iconic negative roles in Hindi cinema as well as other Indian and international film industries. To Indian audiences he is the most remembered for his role as Mogambo in Shekhar Kapur’s Hindi film Mr. India 1987 and to Western audiences he is best known as Mola Ram in Steven Spielberg’s Hollywood film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 1984. Puri has won three Filmfare Awards for Best Supporting Actor.

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Julia Sweeney

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julia-sweeney       Julia Sweeney

Spokane, Washington : Julia Anne Sweeney born October 10, 1959 is an American actress, comedian and author. She is known for her role as a cast member on Saturday Night Live and for her autobiographical solo shows. She played Mrs. Keeper in the film Stuart Little and voiced Brittany in Father of the Pride.

In 1988 while still working as an accountant Sweeney enrolled in classes with the improvisational comedy troupe The Groundlings eventually being selected to be part of the troupe Sunday Company. It was at The Groundlings that she began to develop characters, which she would later bring to the stage, film, and television. They include Mea Culpa, the title character of Mea Big Apology co-written by then-husband Stephen Hibbert which won the Best Written Play Award from L.A. Weekly in 1988 and has been developed by Sweeney in collaboration with Jim Emerson into a screenplay and the androgynous Pat, whose impossible-to-determine gender was the basis for Sweeney popular It’s Pat skits on Saturday Night Live, and later for her feature film of the same name, which never received a national release but has since gathered a small cult following.

In 1992 she also worked with the rock band Ugly Kid Joe performing in the music video for their hit Neighbor and contributing introductory audio to two tracks, Goddamn Devil and Everything About You. The latter was on the soundtrack to the Lorne Michaels movie Wayne World.

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Chetan Bhagat

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chetan-bhagat      Chetan Bhagat

New Delhi : Chetan Bhagat born 22 April 1974 is an Indian author columnist screenwriter, television personality and motivational speaker known for his English-language dramedy novels about young urban middle-class Indians.

A noted public figure, Bhagat also writes for columns about youth, career development and current affairs for The Times of India in English and Dainik Bhaskar in Hindi.

Bhagat’s novels have sold over seven million copies. In 2008, The New York Times cited Bhagat as the biggest selling English language novelist in India’s history.

Bhagat’s screenwriting efforts have included the dramedies Kai Po Che 2 States and the action-superhero movie Kick. He won the Filmfare Award for Best Screenplay for Kai Po Che at the 59th Filmfare Awards in January 2014.

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Bob Newhart

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Bob Newhart

Oak Park, Illinois, U.S.: September 5, 1929 age 87

George Robert Bob Newhart born September 5, 1929 is an American stand-up comedian and actor. Noted for his deadpan and slightly stammering delivery, Newhart came to prominence in the 1960s when his album of comedic monologues The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart was a worldwide bestseller and reached number one on the Billboard pop album chart—it remains the 20th best-selling comedy album in history. The follow-up album, The Button-Down Mind Strikes Back! was also a massive success, and the two albums held the Billboard number one and number two spots simultaneously.

Newhart later went into acting, starring in two long-running and award-winning situation comedies, first as psychologist Dr. Robert Bob Hartley on the sitcom The Bob Newhart Show and then as innkeeper Dick Loudon on the sitcom Newhart. He also had two short-lived sitcoms in the nineties titled Bob and George and Leo. Newhart also appeared in film roles such as Major Major in Catch-22 and Papa Elf in Elf. He provided the voice of Bernard in the Walt Disney animated films The Rescuers and The Rescuers Down Under. In 2004 he played the library head Judson in The Librarian, a character which continued in 2014 to the TV series The Librarians. In 2013, Newhart made his first of four guest appearances on The Big Bang Theory, for which he received his first Primetime Emmy Award on September 15, 2013.

On February 20, 2015, Newhart was honored with the Publicists of the International Cinematographers Guild Lifetime Achievement Award.

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