BIRTHDAY STAR: Actor James Van Der Beek was born in Cheshire, Conn., on this day in 1977. This birthday star played the title role on “Dawson’s Creek” from 1998 to 2003 and starred as Elijah Mundo on “CSI: Cyber.” He currently voices the role of Boris Hauntley on the children’s series “Vampirina,” and he recently competed on “Dancing with the Stars.” Van Der Beek’s film work includes parts in “Bad Hair,” “Texas Rangers” and “Varsity Blues.”