Have you ever wondered if any of your favorite actors and actersses have a birthday on Valentine’s Day? You’re about to find out!
We also included one very important historical figure who deserves a special shout-out during Black History Month!
Danai Gurira, 44
Actress Danai Gurira was born on February 14, 1978, which officially makes today her 44th birthday! The actress was born Dania Jekesai Gurira in Grinnell, Iowa.
Gurira is best known for playing Michonne on the AMC horror series “The Walking Dead” from 2012 to 2020. She also played Okokye in the 2018 Marvel film “Black Panther,” opposite the late Chadwick Boseman. She reprised her role in 2018’s “Avengers: Infinity War” and 2019’s “Avengers: Endgame.”
Believe it or not, Danai is also a playwright! She wrote the Broadway play “Eclipsed,” which earned her a Tony Award nomination for Best Play. She has also been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play, “In The Continuum,” which she co-wrote and starred in!
Simon Pegg, 52
Actor Simon Pegg was born on February 14, 1970, which means that today is his 52 birthday! Simon John Pegg was born in Brockworth, England.
He’s not only an actor, though. He is also a comedian, screenwriter, and producer. He co-created the Channel 4 sitcom “Spaced” and later went on to cowrite and star in the “Three Flavours Cornetto” film trilogy, which consisted on “Shaun of the Dead” in 2004, “Hot Fuzz” in 2007, and “The World’s End” in 2013. He and costar Nick Frost later wrote and starred in the sci-fi film “Paul” in 2011.
Pegg has also been known to play supporting characters in many popular franchises. He appeared in “Doctor Who” in 2005. He played Montgomery “Scotty” Scott in “Star Trek” from 2009 to 2016. He played Unkar Plutt on Jakku opposite Daisy Ridley as Rey in 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which is the first film in the “Star Wars” sequel trilogy. He currently stars as Benji Dunn in the “Mission: Impossible” film series, which started in 2006.
He also voices Buck in the “Ice Age” animated film franchise, which consisted of “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” in 2009, “Ice Age: Collision Course” in 2016, and “The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild” in 2022.
Frederick Douglass (1818 – 1895)
Although the exact date of Frederick Douglass‘ birth was never recorded, he reportedly celebrated his birthday on February 14 each year. He was born in Maryland in 1818.
Douglass was born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey and became a social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman.
After escaping from slavery in Maryland, he became a national leader of the abolitionist movement in both New York and Massachusetts. Douglass became well-known for his powerful speeches and antislavery writing. He was also a strong supporter of the women’s suffrage movement.
Douglass wrote three autobiographies about his life, describing his experience as a slave in “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave” in 1845. After the book became a bestseller, he followed it up with “My Bondage and My Freedom” in 1855. His last autobiography, “Life and Times of Frederick Douglass” was published in 1881 and raised in 1892 to cover events both during and after the Civil War.
Douglass became the first African American nominated for Vice President of the United States as the running mate and Vice Presidential nominee of Victoria Woodhull on the Equal Rights Party ticket – albeit without his permission!
Who Else Has A Birthday On February 14?
There are a few other actors and actresses that have a birthday on Valentine’s Day! Take a look!
Harry Holland, 23
Harry Holland is the younger brother of “Spider-Man” Tom Holland! Harry is also an actor who has appeared in the 2013 film “Diana” with Naomi Watts!
Ashton Arbab, 19
Ashton is a movie and TV actor who first appeared as Marco on Nickelodeon’s “Mutt & Stuff.” He later had a reoccurring role as Dev on “General Hospital.”
Freddie Highmore, 29
Freddie Highmore is best known for playing Charlie in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and Peter in “Finding Neverland!” He also appeared as Norman Bates in “Bates Motel” on A&E and Dr. Shaun Murphy in “The Good Doctor.”
Madison Iseman, 25
Madison Iseman had a guest-starring role as Sam on “Modern Family.” She was the first girlfriend of Manny Delgado.
Brett Dier, 31
Brett Dier first appeared as Luke Matheson on “Ravenswood.” In 2014, he played Michael Cordero Jr. on CW’s “Jane the Virgin” and began playing C.B. in ABC’s “Schooled” in 2019.
Paul Butcher, 28
Paul Butcher is best known for portraying Dustin Brooks on the Nickelodeon series “Zoey 101,” which starred Jamie Lynn Spears!
Phil Lewis, 54
Phil Lewis is best known for his role as Mr. Moseby, the hotel manager on “The Suite Life of Zach & Cody.” He later had reoccurring roles on shows such as “Scrubs” and “Yes, Dear.”
Sung Hoon, 38
Sung Hoon is a Korean actor who has appeared in many popular K-dramas. He has appeared as Ah Da Moo in “New Tales of Gisaeng.” He also appeared in “Noble, My Love,” “Oh My Venus,” and “My Secret Romance.”
Tiffany Thornton, 36
Tiffany Thoron became known for her role as Tawni Hart on Disney’s “Sonny with a Chance” and later starred in “So Random!” She’s also appeared in “That’s So Raven,” “The O.C.” and “Hannah Montana.”