Today is actor Andy Serkis' birthday.
As Hollywood's leading motion-capture actor, Serkis gained the world's attention when he played Gollum in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy. As the man who made "Precious" such a fun word to say, Serkis played Gollum in every Lord of the Rings film and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
Serkis also gave a critically lauded performance in the revived Planet of the Apes franchise, playing Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and is reprising the role in the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes. He also played Captain Haddock in The Adventures of Tin Tin and Kong in Peter Jackson's King Kong.
Fans also got to see the talented actor in two of last year's biggest films. He played villain Ulysses Klaue in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Supreme Leader Snoke in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Rumor is he is reprising his Klaue role in the Black Panther solo film, and he will also play a big part in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII.
Born in London, England, Serkis turns 52 years old today. Happy Birthday, Andy Serkis.