Today is the birthday of Academy Award-winning screenwriter, director, producer and occasional actor ALAN BALL, who is best known for writing the screenplay for the Oscar-winning film “American Beauty,” and for creating the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning HBO original drama series “Six Feet Under.”

In July 2016, it was announced that Ball’s family drama Here and Now had been ordered to series by HBO. A ten-episode first season will star Tim Robbins and Holly Hunter.

Ball is married to actor Peter Macdissi, whose birthday is tomorrow!