Hip Hop Mogul Russell Simmons clocks 59; Also celebrating Christoph Waltz, Dakota Johnson, Liev Schreiber

Hip Hop Mogul Russell Simmons clocks 59; Also celebrating Christoph Waltz, Dakota Johnson, Liev Schreiber

Yvonne Williams

We celebrate Hip Hop icon Russell Simmons alongside other stars today October 4

Russell Simmons

American entrepreneur, producer , author and most notably, Co-founder hip-hop music label Def Jam. Russell Simmons is credited for his role in the revolution of Hip Hop. He was responsible for promoting stars like the Beastie Boys, Public Enemy and LL Cool J, a business he ventured in, in his 20s.

Russel is also known for his successful clothing lines Phat Farm, Argyleculture, and American Clas sics.

Before fame came calling, a thirsty Russell dropped out of College in New York to pursue his passion, a decision which obviously paid off big time as he became one of the richest figures in the hip-hop community reportedly with a net worth of $340 million in 2011.

He married American former fashion model and current fashion designer Kimora Lee Simmons in 1998 and the couple had two daughters, Ming and Aoki, before divorcing.

Last time we heard from Russell, he had this piece of advice for his fans – “Be so positive that negative people don’t want to be near you.” #TrueTalk

Russell turns 59.

Christoph Waltz

Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award for his role as SS Colonel Hans Landa in Quentin Tarantino’s 2009 film Inglourious Basterds which received critical acclaim, it’s greater heights for Christoph Waltz with each passing day.

Austrian-German actor is also known for his Tarantino’s 2012 feature Django Unchained.

Before hitting the spotlight, he studied acting at Vienna’s Max Reinhardt Seminar and at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York, but began his professional career as a stage actor. Later on he became a prominent TV actor in Germany in the 1980s and 1990s.

In 2015, he was cast as Franz Oberhausen in the 2015 James Bond film Spectre and as Captain Rom in the 2016 film Tarzan.

He had three children with Jackie Waltz and  a daughter with his second wife, Judith Holste.

In July 2016, he portrayed lead villain Captain Leon Rom, in the reboot The Legend of Tarzan.

He turns 60 Christoph Waltz.

Dakota Johnson

American actress Dakota Johnson is the daughter of Hollywood actors Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith.

The actress had her breakout television role as Kate Fox on Ben and Kate and as Anastasia Steele in the 2015 film Fifty Shades of Grey.

She made her film debut at age 10 in the 1999 film Crazy in Alabama.

Dakota was also known for her supporting film roles on 21 Jump Street and The Social Network and 2012 comedy The Five-Year Engagement.

Dakota who is set to star alongside Chloe Moretz, Tilda Swinton in ‘Suspirira’ Remake, turns 27.

Liev Schreiber

American actor, director, screenwriter, and producer Liev Schreiber became recognized for his roles in; The Sum of All Fears, Salt, and Taking Woodstock. He also played a major role in the hit Scream trilogy.

As a stage actor, he won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor for his role in Glengarry Glen Ross.

The actor bagged his first on-camera role in the 1994 film, Mixed Nuts.

Liev is also known for his role in the 2009 film X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

He dated Naomi Watts from 2005 to 2016 but the couple recently called it quits. He and Naomi have two sons named Samuel and Alexander.

He was last spotted alongside his former actress partner Naomi Watt at their son Alexander’s football match, which was the first time the former love birds have been spotted together since news of their recent split after 11 whole years went viral.

Recent reports now link the newly single star to newly single Angelina Jolie, as news has it, the duo has been “inseparable”  recently because he’s always had an attraction for the Salt star, ever since they starred in the movie together. Lol…

He turns 49.

Cheers to the celebs as they turn a year older!

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