Today's Birthdays - 9/19/11 (Kevin Hooks, Sanaa Lathan and Columbus Short)

by Cynthia Reid
September 19, 2011 7:11 AM
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Actor turned director Kevin Hooks turns 53 today. As an actor, the Philadelphia native has appeared in Sounder, The White Shadow, He's The Mayor and Soul Food among others. His directing credits include St. Elsewhere, Vietnam War Story, 21 Jump Street, China Beach, Roots: The Gift, Doogie Howser M.D., Passenger 57, Cold Case, Soul Food, Lost, Alias, Lincoln Heights, Bones, Drop Dead Diva and Detroit 1-8-7.

Sanaa Lathan welcomes 40. The New York native recently appeared in the off-Broadway play By the Way, Meet Vera Stark and can now be seen in the summer blockbuster Contagion. Additional credits include NYPD Blue, Family Matters, Blade, Catfish In Blackbean Sauce, The Wood, Love & Basketball, The Best Man, Disappearing Acts, Brown Sugar, Something New, Nip/Tuck, A Raisin In The Sun, The Family That Preys and The Cleveland Show. She's currently filming the horror thriller Vipaka co-starring Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie, Nicole Ari Parker and Mike Epps.

Kansas City native Columbus Short turns 29. Probably best known for his lead role in the dance flick Stomp The Yard, he's also appeared in You Got Served, Judging Amy, That's So Raven, This Christmas, Cadillac Records, Armored, The Losers and Death At A Funeral. His next production to hit the screen will be The Girl Is In Trouble, a thriller co-starring Mike Starr and Wilmer Valderrama.

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  • Cynthia | September 19, 2011 12:38 PMReply

    Thanks for that correction @screamwriter. I'm sure Sanaa doesn't want an additional year just yet!

  • screamwriter | September 19, 2011 12:35 PMReply

    Sanaa is 40. She was born in 1971.

  • I'm Just Saying | September 19, 2011 7:23 AMReply

    Columbus Short is only 29? Come on, now. If he's 29, then someone needs to stage an intervention, because that look like 29 years of hard living.

    I'm gonna have to be a birther on this one. I want to see that certificate.

    And does anyone else remember Kevin Hooks from the TV movie "J.T", about the boy and his cat?

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