It was on this date, February 14, 1970, that English actor, comedian, writer, film producer and director Simon Pegg was born Simon John Beckingham in Brockworth, Gloucestershire, England. Simn was seven when his parents divorced and he took the surname of his stepfather, Pegg, after his mother re-married. Simon Pegg is known for having co-written and starred in Edgar Wright films such as Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Hot Fuzz (2007), the 2011 film Paul (with Nick Frost), about two young men who encounter a comedic extraterrestrial alien during a road trip across the U.S. and (with Jessica Stevenson) the Channel 4 sitcom series “Spaced” (1999-2001). He has reprised two roles in major films: as “Scotty” (Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott) in the 2009 Star Trek film and its sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, as well as Benji Dunn in Mission: Impossible III and its sequel Mission: Impossible–Ghost Protocol.
Simon Pegg is an atheist. He posted on a January 10, 2012, Twitter feed, “As an atheist, I’d skip the prayer and go straight to the colonel, who is arguably the god of affordable, bucket housed fried chicken bits.” He tweeted on the same day, “Oh come on people, there is no god! In fact I’m so sure that I will say without fear that if there is a god, may I be str…” – spoofing being struck dead for saying so.