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Exactly 600 years ago, Henry V was crowned king of England. He reigned for nine years, until his death at the age of 35. The king served as the inspiration for the eponymous play by William Shakespeare, which has been adapted for film and television many times. Many men have played the role of Henry V over the years. Here, six of the most notable performances.

Laurence Olivier

The famed actor was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in his titular role.

Dan O'Herlihy

Tony Curtis starred in The Black Shield of Falworth in 1954.

Kenneth Branagh

Perhaps the best known portrayal of the king, Branagh was nominated for an Academy Award for this role. His role in the movie was a reprisal of his performance with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Robert Hardy

Appearing alongside a young Judi Dench, he appeared in An Age of Kings .

The Nerdiest 5-Year-Old Ever

How many other kindergarteners do you know who can recite Shakespeare?

Tom Hiddleston

This English actor performed in The Hollow Crown , a series of made-for-TV films. Here, he's interviewed by the lead singer of Blink-182 and does his favorite Henry V monologue.

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Happy Birthday, Alex Trebek!
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Today, everyone's favorite game show host turns 76 years old. Let's celebrate!

ON SESAME STREET

In 2006, Trebek played “Special of the Day” with Telly.

ON CARD SHARKS

In 1980, the tables were turned, and Trebek found himself the contestant on this episode of Card Sharks. The “tell me about yourself” portion of the program doesn’t go so smoothly, but he’s pretty good at the game itself.

THROWING PEOPLE IN THE POOL

In this sketch for the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, Trebek throws a waiter in a pool. The takeaway is clear: Don’t phrase things in the form of a question when you’re talking to the Jeopardy! host.

TREBEK ON NASA

And how the agency’s work with other companies helps all of us, not just astronauts.

HOSTING WHEEL OF FORTUNE

Happy April Fool's Day 1997! (Pat Sajak hosted Jeopardy that night.)

ALEX, AUTOTUNED

MC TREBEK IN THE HIZZOUSE

That was the actual name of the category.

AND JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT COULDN'T GET ANY WEIRDER...

Behold “Sexiest Potpourri Ever.”

LAST BUT NOT LEAST...

You didn’t think we’d leave without posting one of these, did you?

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Covers of "Me and Bobby McGee"
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On this day in 1970, Janis Joplin died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27. The singer-songwriter was known as "The Queen of Psychedelic Soul." Here, we remember Joplin with covers of her only number-one hit, "Me and Bobby McGee." Joplin's version of the song, originally written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster, topped the charts after her death, making the song the second posthumous number-one single in U.S. chart history.

Johnny Cash

Pink

Willie Nelson

Dolly Parton

James Last

Jerry Lee Lewis

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