Michael Sheen

British actor Michael Sheen

Michael Christopher Sheen, OBE, is a Welsh stage and screen actor. After training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Sheen made his professional debut in 1991, starring opposite Vanessa Redgrave in When She Danced at the Globe Theatre. He worked mainly in theatre throughout the 1990s and made notable stage appearances in Romeo and Juliet (1992), Don’t Fool With Love (1993), Peer Gynt (1994), The Seagull (1995), The Homecoming (1997) and Henry V (1997).
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Sarah Silverman and Michael Sheen split
CNN - 18 days
Leave it to Sarah Silverman to make a joke of her breakup.
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Reese Witherspoon Has Gifted Us With A Romantic Comedy
Huffington Post - 10 months
Last month, we applauded Reese Witherspoon for helping to rejuvenate the atrophied romantic-comedy genre with “Home Again,” the directorial debut of Nancy Meyers’ daughter. Now, the movie’s first trailer is here, fulfilling every rom-com expectation one can dream of.  Witherspoon plays a newly divorced mother who invites three aspiring filmmakers (Pico Alexander, Nat Wolff and Jon Rudnitsky) to crash in her guest house. Naturally, a tangled web of romance blossoms, and then her ex-husband (Michael Sheen) re-enters the picture. So many young hot men, what’s a newly 40-year-old woman to do? “Home Again,” written and directed by Hallie Meyers-Shyer, opens in September. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Reese Witherspoon, Please Save The Rom-Com
Huffington Post - 11 months
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'Passengers' Stars Pratt, Lawrence Grill Real NASA Researcher (Video)
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Sheen talked with Tiffany Kataria, a planetary scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory who studies the atmospheres of planets around other stars, during a press junket for the new flick.
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Film Clip: 'Passengers'
Wall Street Journal - about 1 year
Watch a film clip from "Passengers," starring Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, and Michael Sheen. Photo: Sony Pictures
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Actor Michael Sheen to focus more on political activism - BBC News
Google News - about 1 year
Telegraph.co.uk Actor Michael Sheen to focus more on political activism BBC News Welsh actor Michael Sheen has dismissed newspaper claims he is quitting Hollywood to become a politician. The Bafta-nominated star plans to focus more on political activism in his home town of Port Talbot. But he clarified reports by the Times Magazine ... Michael Sheen Clarifies Quitting Acting & Political Career CommentsJust Jared Michael Sheen Leaving Hollywood to Fight Rise of PopulismBreitbart News Michael Sheen Says He's Not Quitting, Disputes U.K. News ReportDeadline ABC News -Entertainment Weekly -Business Insider -TIME all 100 news articles »
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Michael Sheen Considers Acting Less As A Response To Donald Trump (UPDATED)
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Days before his new film “Passengers” is sure to make a killing at the box office, actor Michael Sheen has announced he will become a political activist ― and may begin acting less. Sheen, who is well-known for his breakthrough performance as Tony Blair in a trio of films about the former British prime minister, revealed his decision in an interview with The Times of London on Saturday. The “Frost/Nixon” actor has been active in politics throughout his career, but apparently the rise of far-right populism in both the United States and the United Kingdom inspired him to fully commit to fight against “demagogues” and “fascists.” He cited Donald Trump’s presidential victory and the results of the Brexit vote as some of the reasons for leaving Hollywood.  “In the same way as the Nazis had to be stopped in Germany in the ‘30s, this thing that is on the rise has to be stopped,” he told The Times. “It’s not going to look like this in 10 years’ time. Everything has shifted. The dic...
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‘Passengers’ and ‘Collateral Beauty’ End 2016 With Interesting Ideas Gone Very, Very Wrong
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Movie lovers tend to rejoice around the holidays, when the annual surplus of so-called prestige films floods theaters ahead of January’s Oscar nominations. Of course, not everything can twinkle. Each winter produces a few misfires, but they’re usually not as strange as “Collateral Beauty” and “Passengers,” two of 2016’s final major-studio releases. It’s hard to discuss “Collateral Beauty” and “Passengers” without mentioning spoilers. But nothing I’m going to talk about should constitute spoilers. Both trailers obscured their movies’ inciting events because they are weird and problematic. What some might call “twists” are actually the crux of these plots. (But if you’re still concerned about “spoilers,” you might want to stop reading this.) “Passengers,” which opens Dec. 21, has kept a fairly high profile all year, largely because it’s headlined by charisma machines Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. In 2007, Jon Spaihts’ script became a hot item on the Black List, an annual ro...
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Kate Beckinsale And Len Wiseman Are Divorcing After 11 Years Of Marriage
Huffington Post - over 1 year
It’s over for Kate Beckinsale and director Len Wiseman.  TMZ reported Tuesday that the “Total Recall” director filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. Both he and Beckinsale have reportedly waived any rights to spousal support. The pair, who have been rumored to be separated since last November, were married in 2004 and have no children together.  Both Beckinsale, 43, and Wiseman, 43, have both been photographed without their wedding bands in recent months. The pair met on the set of “Underworld,” a 2003 film Wiseman directed and Beckinsale starred in. Wiseman went on to direct Beckinsale in multiple “Underworld” films as well a “Total Recall” remake. In an appearance on “The Tonight Show” in 2012, Beckinsale joked about how the couple kept their arguments private given how often they filmed together.  Instead of yelling, she said they opted to text each other. “You’d be amazed how fast you can type ‘douchebag,’” the actress joked.  Prior to marrying ...
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From silver screen to tablet: The best movies on HBO Go and HBO Now
Yahoo News - about 2 years
This list is continually updated to reflect recent availability and to showcase films currently streaming on HBO’s premium services, HBO Go and HBO Now. True to its name, HBO has always aimed to bring the box office into people’s homes. That is easier than ever thanks to their streaming services HBO Go and HBO Now. There are many movies on HBO’s platform, however, not all of them necessarily qualify as “great.” If you feel like streaming a movie and don’t want to waste your time on dreck, check out our list of the very best HBO has to offer. Related: Here’s what’s coming to HBO in February and what’s going away Choose a genre: Comedy Drama Action/Sci-fi Next Page: Comedy… Choose a genre: Comedy Drama Action/Sci-fi Comedy Beetlejuice Please enable Javascript to watch this video Tim Burton’s best films often center around a clever premise. In Beetlejuice , married ghosts Adam (Alec Baldwin) and Barbara Maitland (Geena Davis), having died in a car accident, are distressed to find that th...
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Sarah Silverman Reveals The Awful Christmas Gift She Got From Her Boyfriend
Huffington Post - about 2 years
It turns out Sarah Silverman can be a bit of a Grinch when it comes to Christmas presents. During a visit to "The Late Late Show with James Corden," the 45-year-old comedian revealed what happened after her boyfriend, actor Michael Sheen, got her a thoughtful, but terrible holiday present. (Silverman is Jewish, but it appears she celebrated some form of Christmas holiday with Sheen).  "He came in he had a huge present and a bunch of other little presents and then he's like 'Open the big one first!' And I opened it and it was a drum set," said Silverman on the show. "Younger me would've just bit the bullet and been like, 'A drum set!' and set it up and had it in my apartment for the rest of my life. But I live in a tiny apartment -- it's three rooms -- and I couldn't fake it. I was like [sad, upset voice] 'A drum set ... '"  While Corden oohed at the prospect of her not liking the gift, Silverman explained how thoughtful Sheen's gift was, which just ended up making things wo...
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What Does The Black List Mean for Screenwriters and Hollywood?
Huffington Post - about 2 years
This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational events, screenwriting competitions and the annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship program, connecting screenwriters with agents, managers and Hollywood producers. Follow ScreenCraft on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. Each year, on the second Friday of December, most of the world is shopping, travelling, and working longer hours to ready for the upcoming holiday vacation and approaching New Year. But in Hollywood, the powers that be are awaiting a special announcement -- a tried and true Hollywood December tradition dating back to 2004. In partnership with Franklin Leonard, the list’s creator, Hollywood development executives create and announce The Black List -- their official list of the most liked scripts on the market. The Black List is compiled from the suggestions of over 250 film executives, each of whom contribute...
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MPs brand pay and perks deals exposed by the Mail as 'shocking' as Government ... - Daily Mail
Google News - over 2 years
Daily Mail MPs brand pay and perks deals exposed by the Mail as 'shocking' as Government ... Daily Mail The fat cat pay and perks deals exposed this week by the Mail have been dubbed 'shocking' and 'unacceptable' by MPs. We have revealed how a police back-office manager in Wales got £170,000 for a year in which he worked only 19 days, a former council ... Michael Sheen: Plans to curb Freedom of Information laws will 'seriously ...Telegraph.co.uk Michael Sheen says Freedom of Information Act faces 'full frontal assault'The Guardian Freedom of Information Act consultation a 'full frontal attack' - Michael SheenThis is The West Country The Times (subscription) -For Argyll -Oxford Mail all 16 news articles »
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Trumping <i>Saturday Night Live</i>
Huffington Post - over 2 years
Saturday Night Live may well be the longest running comedy show in the history of television. The first cast was a few years older than me, though I still considered them my peers. We didn't know each other personally, but it felt like we did. The original cast of Saturday Night Live was much more than the clique, or the in-crowd, they were the anti-in-crowd. They were the outsiders who became the insiders which is what made them heroes. Gilda, Larraine, and Jane were the girls who didn't make the cheerleading squad. Dan and John and Garrett and later Bill Murray weren't the best looking football players. They were popular because they were funny. Funny is always king, or queen, and that first season of SNL featured Lily Tomlin, Madeline Kahn, Louise Lasser, Jill Clayburgh, the great Buck Henry and Anthony Perkins, among others. In those days we all thought the hosts and the cast hung out together. They all seemed to live in the same world, and that was part of the magic and the ch...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Michael Sheen
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 47
    In 2016, Sheen has a role in the upcoming thriller Oppenheimer Strategies, and also provided voices for characters in the fantasy adventure Alice Through the Looking Glass and the upcoming science fiction romance Passengers.
  • 2015
    Age 46
    Sheen is an ambassador for TREAT Trust Wales, a charity which aims to provide a rehabilitation and therapy centre in the grounds of Swansea’s Morriston Hospital by 2015, and is the Welsh ambassador of Into Film, a charity which offers after-school film clubs to state primary and secondary schools in an effort to improve literacy levels.
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    Also in 2015, Sheen had well-received comedic television performances in Comedy Bang!
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    In 2015, Sheen starred opposite Carey Mulligan in the romantic drama Far from the Madding Crowd as prosperous bachelor William Boldwood.
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  • 2014
    Age 45
    In early 2014, he began dating American comedian Sarah Silverman.
    Also in 2014, he starred in IFC's six-episode The Spoils of Babylon, a television parody of classic, sweeping miniseries, in which he played the husband of Kristen Wiig's character.
    His second film role of 2014 was a minor role in the political thriller Kill the Messenger.
  • 2013
    Age 44
    In 2013, Sheen appeared in a supporting role as the boyfriend of Tina Fey in the comedy Admission, with Stephanie Zacharek of The Village Voice describing the character as "a whiskery, elfin academic who chuckles to himself as he reads the Canterbury Tales prologue aloud in bed, in Middle English, no less. (Sheen is scarily good at this.) In 2014, he starred in the fantasy children's film Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box. R. Kurt Osenlund of Slant Magazine said "the ever-versatile Sheen brings an artful hamminess to his role" but Matt Pais of RedEye found him "insufficiently zany" in "a part that Robert Downey Jr. would nail but never accept."
  • 2011
    Age 42
    Sheen played the title role in Hamlet at the Young Vic in late 2011 and early 2012, a role he first explored in a 1999 BBC Radio 3 production.
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    Also in 2011, Sheen starred in Beautiful Boy, an independent drama focusing on the aftermath of a school shooting, voiced the enigmatic and mysterious villain House in the Doctor Who episode "The Doctor's Wife" written by his friend Neil Gaiman and made cameo appearances in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 and Resistance.
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    Sheen's most notable film appearance of 2011 was a supporting role in Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris.
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    Sheen and co-director Bill Mitchell were jointly honoured as Best Director at the Theatre Awards UK 2011.
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    In 2011, Sheen starred in and was creative director of National Theatre Wales's The Passion, a 72-hour secular passion play staged in his hometown of Port Talbot, Wales.
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  • 2010
    Age 41
    Sheen dated Canadian actress Rachel McAdams from mid-2010 to early 2013.
    In November 2010, Sheen received the BAFTA Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year.
    In other 2010 film work, Sheen provided the voices for characters in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland and Disney's Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue and appeared as a terrorist in Unthinkable.
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    In 2010, Sheen had a supporting role in the science fiction sequel Tron: Legacy.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    Age 40
    Sheen was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2009 New Year Honours list for his services to drama.
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    Sheen made two one-off stage appearances in 2009; he performed a scene from Betrayal as part of a Harold Pinter tribute evening at the National Theatre and performed improvisational comedy as part of The Groundlings' Crazy Joe Show in Los Angeles.
    Sheen had a supporting role in 2009's The Twilight Saga: New Moon, the second film in the highly popular vampire series.
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    Also in 2009, Sheen reprised his role as a werewolf in Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, a prequel to the original film.
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    The Guardian, writing in 2009, declared it the "best performance of his big-screen career" while The Times found him "magnificent".
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    2009 saw Sheen portray another public figure; he starred in The Damned United as the outspoken football manager Brian Clough.
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  • 2008
    Age 39
    Sheen was the recipient of the Variety Award at the British Independent Film Awards 2008.
    Sheen reprised the role of David Frost in 2008's Frost/Nixon, a film dramatisation of The Nixon Interviews of 1977.
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  • 2007
    Age 38
    Sheen next appeared in the 2007 film Music Within as a political activist with cerebral palsy.
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  • 2006
    Age 37
    From 2006 to 2007, Sheen starred as the television broadcaster David Frost in Frost/Nixon at both the Donmar Warehouse and Gielgud Theatre in London and at the Jacobs Theatre on Broadway.
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    Sheen starred in two other BBC television productions in 2006, playing H. G. Wells in HG Wells: War with the World and Nero in Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire.
    He won a RTS Award for Best Actor, and received his second BAFTA nomination of 2006, for Best Television Actor.
    Also in 2006, Sheen starred as the troubled English comic actor Kenneth Williams in BBC Four's Fantabulosa!
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    His second film appearance of 2006 was a supporting role in Blood Diamond as an unscrupulous diamond dealer.
    Sheen came to international attention in 2006 for his portrayal of Tony Blair in The Queen.
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  • 2005
    Age 36
    In 2005 film work, Sheen starred in Dead Long Enough, a small-budget Welsh/Irish film, with his longtime friend, Jason Hughes.
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    In 2005, Sheen starred in the National Theatre's production of The UN Inspector, a David Farr adaptation of The Government Inspector.
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  • 2004
    Age 35
    Beckinsale had persuaded director Len Wiseman to cast Sheen in Underworld; but while on set, she and Wiseman (who was married) fell in love, and subsequently married in 2004.
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    Also in 2004, Sheen played a pompous rock star in the romantic comedy Laws of Attraction and produced and starred in The Banker, which won a BAFTA Award for Best Short Film.
    In 2004, Sheen starred in ITV's Dirty Filthy Love, a comic film about a man dealing with OCD and Tourette's after a marital separation.
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  • 2003
    Age 34
    Their relationship ended in January 2003, soon after the couple moved to Los Angeles from London.
    Sheen's breakthrough role was as British politician Tony Blair in 2003's The Deal.
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    Sheen also returned to the stage in 2003 to play the title role in Caligula at the Donmar Warehouse, directed by Michael Grandage.
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    In other 2003 film work, Sheen portrayed the main antagonist, the werewolf leader Lucian, in Underworld and made a brief appearance in the sci-fi film Timeline.
    In 2003, Sheen appeared in Bright Young Things, the directorial debut of his Wilde co-star, Stephen Fry.
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  • 2002
    Age 33
    Also in 2002, he had a minor role in the action-adventure film The Four Feathers.
    At this point in his career, Sheen began to devote more time to film work. Heartlands, a little-seen 2002 film about a naive man's road trip in the Midlands, was his first leading film role.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    Age 30
    In 1999, Sheen explored the role of Jimmy Porter in the National Theatre's production of Look Back in Anger.
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  • 1998
    Age 29
    From 1998 to 1999, Sheen starred as Mozart in a successful revival of Amadeus.
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    In early 1998 Sheen formed a production company, The Foundry, with Helen McCrory and Robert Delamere to promote the work of emerging playwrights, and produced A Little World of Our Own at the Donmar Warehouse, which gave Colin Farrell his West End debut.
  • 1997
    Age 28
    Also in 1997, he appeared in a revival of Harold Pinter's The Homecoming at the National Theatre, directed by Roger Michell, and directed Badfinger, starring Rhys Ifans, at the Donmar Warehouse.
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    Sheen's most significant appearance of 1997 was the title role in Henry V, staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) at their Stratford-upon-Avon theatre, which earned him a second Ian Charleson Award nomination.
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  • 1996
    Age 27
    In addition, Sheen made his film debut that year, appearing opposite Kenneth Branagh in Othello. 1996 saw Sheen at the National Theatre for The Ends of the Earth, an original play by David Lan.
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  • 1995
    Age 26
    Sheen was in a relationship with English actress Kate Beckinsale from 1995 until 2003.
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    In 1995, he appeared opposite Kate Beckinsale in a production of The Seagull at the Theatre Royal, Bath and, with the encouragement of Thelma Holt, directed and starred in The Dresser at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth.
  • 1994
    Age 25
    In other 1994 work, Sheen appeared in Le Livre de Spencer at the Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe, Paris and starred in the cross-dressing farce Charley's Aunt at the Royal Exchange.
    Sheen played the title role in Peer Gynt in 1994.
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  • 1993
    Age 24
    Also in 1993, Sheen appeared in the world premiere of Harold Pinter's Moonlight at the Almeida Theatre and made his television debut in the 1993 BBC mini-series Gallowglass.
    His 1993 turn as Perdican in Alfred de Musset's Don't Fool With Love at the Donmar Warehouse was nominated for the Ian Charleson Award. and was described by The Independent as "quite thrilling".
  • 1992
    Age 23
    In 1992, Sheen's performance in Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Exchange received a MEN Theatre Award nomination and led theatre critic Michael Coveney to declare him "the most exciting young actor of his generation... a volatile, electrifying and technically fearless performer".
  • 1991
    Age 22
    His first professional role, while still in his third and final year at RADA, was in When She Danced at the Globe Theatre in 1991.
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    He graduated in 1991 with a BA in Acting.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1988
    Age 19
    He moved to London in 1988 to train as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), having spent the previous year working in a Welsh fast food restaurant called Burger Master to earn money.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1969
    Age 0
    Born on February 5, 1969.
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