Sunday, June 6, 2010

Happy Birthday today June 7th to:

Happy Birthday today June 7th to:

Actor and stuntman Daniel O'Neill turns 30 today.

Grease show winner and Broadway's Austin Miller turns 34 today

Bear Grylls turns 36 today.

New Zealand actor Karl Urban turns 38 today

Dave Navarro turns 43 today

The wonderful Liam Neeson turns 58 today.

Kudos to Rafael Nadal

Kudos to 24-year-old Spaniard Rafael Nadal who won his fifth French Open title of the past six years. Nadal saved his his best match for the end against Robin Soderling. Nadal, who was worried injuries might end his career earlier this year, was emotional after his victory sitting down on his chair and sobbing uncontrollably into his towel. The Thrill of Victory!

Favorite TV star of the Day: Mehcad Brooks

Born and raised in Austin, Texas, actor Mehcad Brooks moved to California after graduating from high school in 2000. He then attended the University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television. Mehcad has been a staple on television for the last 8 years. It was the past year however that Mehcad has really shot to fame. Early in his career, this model turned actor appeared on shows such as Boston Public, Cold Case, Ghost Whisperer, The Game and was wasted for an entire season as Matthew Applewaite on Desperate Housewives.

In 2008 Brooks got a role that would finally let him shine. Viewers took notice of his character Eggs on True Blood. In addition to being shirtless for most of his scenes, Brooks was finally on a show that people were taking notice of. This past year Brooks appeared on the short-lived ABC Drama The Deep End. Although The Deep End did not last long, Mehcad Brooks will be back on ABC in the fall in the new show My Generation.

Even though I saw Mehcad on tv many times, it was not until he appeared on True Blood that I really took notice. There was something about Eggs that drew you in. He was a mystery that required solving. Mehcad is certainly not only talented but beautiful with a killer smile and a killer bod. That bod was certainly noticed by many as Mehcad got his biggest career boost to date by appearing along side Kellan Lutz, Hidetoshi Nakata and Fernando Verdasco in the Calvin Klein X underwear campaign that launched a couple of months ago.

Below: Mehcad by Chris Pizzello.

Below: Mechad by Darren Tieste

Below: Mehcad shot by Mikael Jansson for Calvin Klein X underwear.

Above: Seriously...Seriously! Mehcad with Lee Pace, Jared Leto, Chace Crawford, Ryan Phillippe and Kellan Lutz at the Calvin Klein Mens Collection-Fall 2010 Fashion-Show.

Below: Mehcad in True Blood.

Favorite Pic of the Day for June 6th

Beautiful shot of Ryan Murray by Hoyin Siu.
(see more of Ryan below).

Happy Birthday today June 6th to

Happy Birthday today June 6th to:

Victor Basa turns 25 today.

RĂ´mulo Pires turns 27 today.

Randy Becker turns 40 today.

Actor Paul Giamatti turns 43 today.

Tennis legend Bjorn Borg turns 52 today.

Still lovin Sandra Bernhard who turns 55 today

Whats Up With Ryan Murray:

Last year I posted about the wonderful, not to mention sexy, actor, singer and model Ryan Murray. (see that post below). 2010 has been a busy year for Ryan and given this month he will be a VIP Dancer in Broadway Bares - STRIP-OPOLY thought the timing was right for an update.

Ryan just completed performing in Alan Scott's Monday Nights, New Voices concert. The evening, hosted by Broadway singer-actress Erin Davie, celebrated the work of Vanities composer David Kirshenbaum. Ryan was hand picked by producer and composer Scott Alan to be one of only 5 performers for the show.

Ryan is still waiting to hear word on weather HURRICANE is going to be launched. Ryan calls this the 'hurry up and wait' phase, otherwise known as the 'raising money phase'. HURRICANE premiered at the NYMF (New York Musical Theatre Festival) garnering a lot of buzz and positive attention. The show was so successful it had to add two additional performances. HURRICANE tells the true story of a 1928 Hurricane that completely wiped out Napatree Point, Rhode Island and the surrounding towns. Ryan says the show, directed by Michael Bush, has a beautiful score and deserves to be seen by a mainstream audience.

Ryan has many other projects on the go and updates his site regularly with his new projects. Be sure to stop by and see more HERE:

The three shots of Ryan above by photographer and artist Hoyin Siu.

A Look Back: Ryan Murray

Above: Ryan & Ty

When most people think of an 'up and comer' they thinking about someone in their teens breaking into show business. For those who know the business at all know that you can be an up and comer for years until you get your big break. I would guess even Kathryn Joosten was an up and comer (despite decades of credits) until she was in her 70's and landed the role on 'Desperate Housewives'.

Actor, singer and model Ryan Murray is an up and comer. He defines exactly what an up and coming actor needs to be. Talented and hard working. Ryan has been working for years, mostly on the stage, plugging away and building his resume waiting for that big break. Some might have seen Ryan on television when he had a recurring role on 'Guiding Light' as well as bit parts on other tv shows and movies. Ryan's most well known stage role might have been in 'Lone Star Love'. Although critically well received, 'Lone Star Love' got as much attention due to Randy Quaid's battle with Equity.

Through all the roles, in all the different theatres. Through all the auditions, the success and the rejection what I most love and respect about Ryan Murray is his enthusiasm for the business and for his determination to stick with his passion until that perfect role comes along. Forever hopeful Ryan has many things he juggles. Not only acting, but Ryan also balances modeling, fitness instruction and recording. I am positive with his talent, not to mention great looks that role is like Ryan, up and coming.

Below: Ryan by Gustavo Monro.

In between acting roles, Ryan also models. His stage experience provides Ryan the ability to be at ease in front of the camera. Ryan displays a wide range of emotion through his modeling and his strong facial features and piercing blue eyes have combined for some great images. Ryan has been in front of the lens of some of the business's top photographers and has an impressive portfolio.

Take a look at more of Ryan's shots, as well as learn more about him at his great site which you can find HERE:

Next two shots of Ryan by Carlo Iyog.


Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 170 lbs
Shoe size: 11
Hair color: Brown
Hair length: Short
Eye color: Blue
Skin color: Tanned
Experience: Experienced

Next 3 images from CS Photographic.

Next shot from Walter Kurtz.

Next shot from EDN Photography.

Below: Ryan looks amazing in the last 5 shots by Rick Day.