Join Wonderwall.com as we celebrate all the stars who are turning 50 in 2020, starting with this iconic filmmaker… Oscar-nominated writer-director M. Night Shyamalan — who's spent his career giving us the chills with movies like "The Sixth Sense" and "Glass" — turns 50 on Aug. 6. In addition to producing season 2 of his thriller series "Servant," he's producing and directing the upcoming romantic mystery-drama "Labor of Love." Keep reading to see who else in Hollywood was born in 1970…
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Former "Game of Thrones" star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau — who will forever be Jaime Lannister to us — turned 50 on July 27.
Actress and comedy writer Tina Fey celebrated her 50th birthday on May 18. During an early May interview with Seth Meyers, the "Saturday Night Live" alum said that she had "such good plans" to celebrate her benchmark birthday before the coronavirus pandemic forced her to downscale: "I was supposed to go to a spa in Arizona with Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer, Emily Spivey and Paula Pell," she dished.
Kevin Smith was born on Aug. 2, 1970. The actor-director, who's known primarily for the "Jay and Silent Bob" franchise, has plenty of cause to celebrate: He almost died back in 2018 when he suffered a "widowmaker" heart attack. Fifty is clearly a big number for the multi-hyphenate — his near-death experience prompted him to lose more than 50 pounds.
"King of Queens" alum Leah Remini turned 50 on June 15 — a day before her daughter, Sofia, turned 16. The actress took to Instagram on June 13 to reflect on their benchmark birthdays: "Monday, I turn 50! Like that's not enough of a kick in the [behind], Tuesday, our daughter turns 16! 16!!!! Feeling blessed and also very emotional! So, for those who have been through this… let me hear the positives! Lol," she wrote.
2020 is a big year for Justin Chambers. In January, he announced that he was leaving "Grey's Anatomy" after starring as Dr. Alex Karev since the medical drama debuted on ABC in 2005. "There's no good time to say goodbye to a show and character that's defined so much of my life for the past 15 years," he said. "For some time now, however, I have hoped to diversify my acting roles and career choices. And, as I turn 50 and am blessed with my remarkable, supportive wife and five wonderful children, now is that time." Justin turned 50 on July 11.
Supermodel Naomi Campbell celebrated her big day on May 22. "I embrace turning 50. I feel blessed and grateful to be here, living and breathing," she told HELLO! magazine of her benchmark birthday.
On May 4, "Arrested Development" alum Will Arnett celebrated his 50th birthday. Later that month, he became a dad for the third time. He and partner Alessandra Brawn welcomed baby boy Alexander Denison on May 27.
Talk show host Kelly Ripa turns 50 on Oct. 2.
Oscar winner Matt Damon celebrates his 50th on Oct. 8.
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel" actress Charisma Carpenter blew out 50 candles on July 23. "'Book 'em Dano, I'm 5-0!' I've never been more proud to declare my age! I'm a Semi-Centennial! The fact is, not all of us get to be 50. So I feel very grateful for this milestone. I'd also like to thank all the well wishers from friends, family, and fans. I am super touched by the outpouring of love! Thank you again!" she captioned a clip from an old "Saturday Night Live" sketch.
Uma Thurman celebrated her 50th birthday on April 29.
If anyone makes 50 look fabulous, it's Oscar-nominated actress and "Hidden Figures" star Taraji P. Henson, who turns 50 on Sept. 11. Last year, she told Refinery29 of her upcoming birthday, "I still feel like I'm just getting started. I still feel like I have so much more to do. I'm a character actress. I have another fantasy role, heavy prosthetics. I want to not look like myself. I wouldn't mind doing a Dr. Seuss story. I love the craft of acting and I don't feel like I've done it all yet."
Queen Latifah turned 50 on March 18. The day after her benchmark birthday, she wrote on Instagram that she was "feeling blessed." Wrote the Oscar nominee, "Thank you for all the love and birthday wishes!! These are strange times and even though we can't see each other in person, I'm so grateful to have you all in my life."
Oscar-nominated actress Minnie Driver turned 50 on Jan. 31 and celebrated with a trip to Hawaii. "Aloha all round! Surfed, laughed, realised there's a whole lot of [stuff] from the last decade that I am NOT taking with me into the next. Feeling inspired about all the extraordinary new stuff that's happening – THAT is where I'm at. If I were a prayer emoji person I guess I would put one here- I draw the line at hashtag blessed," she captioned a selfie from the beach, adding a hashtag reading "happy birthday to me."
On June 26, comedic actor, author and woodworker Nick Offerman turned the big 5-0. Earlier this year, the former "Parks and Recreation" star appeared in the sci-fi thriller miniseries "Devs."
Tony Award-winning Broadway actress Audra McDonald celebrated her 50th birthday on July 3. This year, she'll play Barbara Siggers Franklin — the mother of Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin — in the biopic "Respect," which is currently scheduled to hit theaters on Dec. 25.
"S.W.A.T." star Shemar Moore turned 50 on April 20. "The Big 5-0 …. Always tryin' to keep my black from crackin' … I appreciate all the love from my Homies, Fans, N Baby Girls…. not just for my birthday but through all the years….. this last year and a half kicked my [behind] … I'm coping, still standing, and always fighting for my joy…. I wish all of you nothing but love, health, and safety….. Appreciate everything you've got and who you LOVE…. and stay […] in the HOUSE and get your drinky drank on!!!!! Much Love," he captioned a slideshow of photos of himself.
Rachel Weisz celebrated her milestone 50th birthday on March 7. The English actress will return to the big screen later this year in Marvel's "Black Widow" as assassin Melina Vostokoff — aka The Iron Maiden.
It's a big year for Julie Bowen: She turned 50 on March 3 and her long-running sitcom, "Modern Family," aired its series finale on April 8. She celebrated her birthday by encouraging her Instagram followers to vote: "Yep, it's my birthday. Spare yourself the expensive gifts and please vote! I don't even care who you vote for (lie) but please…..vote!" she wrote.
German supermodel Claudia Schiffer celebrates her 50th birthday on Aug. 25.
"Grey's Anatomy" creator Shonda Rhimes turned the big 5-0 on Jan. 13. She celebrated her birthday by asking her Twitter followers to donate to the Debbie Allen Dance Academy: "Thank you all for the birthday wishes and love. My friend and trailblazer, @msdebbieallen's birthday is also this week. To keep the celebration going, please support @OfficialDADance. You know there's one thing Debbie and I both love to do: Dance it out," she tweeted.
Mariah Carey famously doesn't celebrate birthdays — she calls them anniversaries — but this year's "anniversary" on March 27 was believed to have been a pretty big one. Though there's been debate for years on what year Mariah was born — 1969 or 1970 — many fans are convinced the superstar blew out 50 candles this "anniversary."
Actress Heather Graham blew out 50 candles on her cake on Jan. 29. In June, she brought new meaning to the phrase "fab at 50" when she rocked a white bikini on the beach.
Oscar-nominated actor Ethan Hawke turns 50 on Nov. 6. He's the star and executive producer of the upcoming Showtime original limited series "The Good Lord Bird."
First lady Melania Trump, a former model, turned 50 on April 26. "Thank you to everyone for the wonderful birthday wishes. This year, my heart is with those who have missed their own celebrations of birthdays, holidays, & special occasions with their families, friends, & colleagues. I look forward to the day when we can all be together again!" she tweeted.
Actress Niecy Nash turned 50 on Feb. 23. During a photoshoot with People magazine in celebration of her milestone birthday, the "Claws" actress opened up about turning 50: "I have never been better in my life," she said. "There is something about knowing exactly who you are and curating a life that brings you joy every day."
Oct. 30 is the day veteran actress Nia Long will blow out 50 candles on her birthday cake.
Grammy Award-winning musician Beck turned the big 5-0 on July 8. He marked the occasion by dropping a new song, "No Distraction." The following day, he thanked his Instagram followers "for the incredibly generous and kind birthday well wishes."
"Riverdale" actor and "Scream" alum Skeet Ulrich turned 50 on Jan. 20. He celebrated by starring alongside his teen daughter, Naiia, in a TikTok dance video. "My thanks for all the love on my birthday!!" he wrote in the caption.
"Girls Trip" star Regina Hall turns 50 on Dec. 12.
Another "Riverdale" star, Madchen Amick of "Twin Peaks" fame, hits the big 5-0 on Dec. 12.
Funnywoman Sarah Silverman turns 50 on Dec. 1.
On Oct. 25, Adam Goldberg — who's memorably appeared in a range of movies from "Dazed and Confused" to "Saving Private Ryan" — hits the big 5-0.
On Aug. 27, No Doubt and Dreamcar bassist Tony Kanal — who famously dated bandmate Gwen Stefani early in their careers — is turning 50.
Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Connelly is walking into her fabulous 50s on Dec. 12 looking better than ever. She recently starred on the first season of the sci-fi drama series "Snowpiercer."
"Shakespeare in Love" star Joseph Fiennes — who's best known today for his work as Commander Fred Waterford on the dystopian Hulu series "The Handmaid's Tale" — celebrated his 50th birthday on May 27.
"Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" actress Amy Jo Johnson turns 50 on Oct. 6.
Actor Jason Lee celebrated his 50th birthday on April 25.
"Big Brother" host Julie Chen turned 50 on Jan. 6.
Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst turns 50 on Aug. 20. Although he hasn't made new music in a while, he's dabbled in filmmaking in recent years: He wrote and directed the 2019 thriller "The Fanatic" starring John Travolta.
On April 29, rapper and No Limit Records founder Master P blew out 50 candles on his birthday cake.
Adam Pascal, who originated the role of Roger Davis in the hit Broadway show "Rent," turns the big 5-0 on Oct. 25.
Oct. 12 marks former "Growing Pains" star Kirk Cameron's 50th birthday.
Rapper Fat Joe enters his 50s on Aug. 19.
Comedian Mike Epps, who played memorable characters in the "Next Friday" and "The Hangover" franchises, turns 50 on Nov. 18.
Famed Mexican singer Luis Miguel turned the big 5-0 on April 19.
On Sept. 29, comedian and actor Russell Peters will be halfway to 100. The funnyman and dad of two's latest special, "Russell Peters: Deported," premiered on Amazon Prime Video in January. Up next? A voice role in the upcoming cartoon "Clifford the Big Red Dog."
Rapper DMX hits 50 on Dec. 18.
On Aug. 9, comedic actor Thomas Lennon will celebrate his 50th birthday.