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Good News in History, December 12

Happy Birthday to Bill Nighy who turns 70 years old today! The acclaimed English actor is best known to American audiences for the romantic-comedy...

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On This Day in History

Good News in History, December 12

Happy Birthday to Bill Nighy who turns 70 years old today! The acclaimed English actor is best known to American audiences for the romantic-comedy masterpiece, Love Actually, in which he plays the overaged pop star Billy Mack who finally professes his love for his manager. The film earned him the esteemed British BAFTA Film Award (and three other awards) for Best Supporting Actor. He never had to audition for a role thereafter, and appeared in many blockbuster movies, like the Pirates of the Caribbean film series in which he portrayed the villainous Davy Jones. The best-dressed actor moves brilliantly between a wide array of genres, appearing in (among others) Shaun of the Dead, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Notes on a Scandal, Hot Fuzz, Valkyrie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Rango, and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. His television performances also won him awards—for the BBC series State of Play and in the TV films The Girl in the Café, Gideon's Daughter, and Page Eight, for which he earned Golden Globe nominations, winning one for Gideon's Daughter . WATCH the best video montage of Love Actually with Bill singing Christmas is All AroundOR, a preview of my favorite movie starring Nighy, called About Time... (1949)