June 15th People

June 15th

06-15-1973 Neil Patrick Harris – Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is an American actor, singer, writer, producer, director, comedian, television host and magician. He is known for playing Barney Stinson in the television comedy series How I Met Your Mother (2004-2014), for which he was nominated for four Neil Patrick HarrisEmmy Awards. Harris was named as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2010. In 2011 he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Harris has hosted the Tony Awards on Broadway in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013. He also hosted the 87th Academy Awards in 2015, making him the first openly gay man to host the award show. Harris confirmed that he is gay in November 2006 by saying, “I am happy to dispel any rumors or misconceptions and am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man living my life to the fullest and feel most fortunate to be working with wonderful people in the business I love.” He and David Burtka married in September, 2014. They had been together since 2004. The couple have two children, twins.

 

06-15-1936 – 08-17-2007 Edward Avedisian – Born in Lowell, Massachusetts. He was an American abstract painter who came Edward Avedisianinto prominence during the 1960s. His work was initially associated with Color Field painting and in the late 1960s with Lyrical Abstraction. His only marriage ended in divorce. He was then with his lover Judson Baldwin, who died in 2006.

 

 

06-??-1953 (exact date unknown) Ray Boltz – Born in Muncie, Indiana. He is a singer and songwirter popular for his contemporary Christian music. In 1990, his song Thank You won Ray Boltzthe Song of the Year award at the GMA (Gospel Music Assoc.) Dove Awards. Boltz was married for thirty-three years and has four children. He separated from his wife in 2005; their divorce became final in 2008. On September 12, 2008, during an interview with the Washington Blade, Boltz disclosed that he was gay. He stated that he knew he was attracted to other men since he was a young man. He stated, “I’d denied it ever since I was a kid. I became Christian, I thought that was the way to deal with this and I prayed hard and tried for 30-some years and then at the end, I was just going, ‘I’m still gay. I know I am.’” He also said, “I really feel closer to God because I no longer hate myself.” In 2010, his album True won Album of the Year at the OUTMusic Awards. He currently lives with his partner Franco Sperduti in Florida.

 

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