Celebrity Birthday of the Day – February 29

Horror legend Ken Foree has one of the best first names ever bestowed: his full name is Kentotis! Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, Foree began acting in the 1970s, with his first credit being in a film called The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings. His second credit would turn out to be his most famous and career-defining – as Peter in George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead. The success of that film and its subsequent cult following insured that Foree would remain a horror genre icon for the rest of his life, and much of his filmography consists of horror credits, including films such as From Beyond, Terror Squad, Death Spa, and Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III. He has also done extensive work in television, with some of his TV credits including Matlock, Family Matters, Cheers, The A-Team, and The X-Files. In the early 2000s, Foree had a bit of a comeback after his cameo in the Zack Snyder remake of Dawn of the Dead. Foree followed it up by lending his voice to the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and was brought back into the limelight by longtime fan Rob Zombie in his films The Devil’s Rejects and Halloween. Foree also had a secondary role in Water for Elephants, and starred in the regrettably terrible Zone of the Dead, which has the distinction of (purportedly) being the first Serbian zombie movie, but sadly I found it unwatchable. In 2007, Foree founded his own horror festival called Foree Fest, which doesn’t occur regularly and was last held in 2009. Ken Foree turns 64 today.

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