Birthdays - Dec 1-15

 December 1st

Actors:

  • Obba Babatunde is 71 (“All My Children,” “One Life to Live,” “The Bold & The Beautiful”)
  • Golden Brooks is 52 (“Girlfriends,” “Motives,” “Beauty Shop,” “Something New”)
  • Nestor Carbonell is 55 ("Suddenly Susan," “Lost,” “The Dark Knight,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Bates Motel”)
  • Zoe Kravitz is 34 (“Californication,” “X-Men: First Class,” “No Reservations,” “The Brave One,” “Divergent”) (FAST FACT: Yes, her dad is Lenny Kravitz, her mom – Lisa Bonet)
  • Charles Michael Davis is 38 (“The Game,” “The Originals”)
  • Jeremy Northam is 61 (“Gosford Park,” “Emma,” “Amistad,” “Happy, Texas,” “The Tudors”)
  • Dean O’Gorman is 46 (“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”)
  • Jackson Nicoll is 19 (“The Fighter,” “Bad Grandpa”)
  • Deep Roy is 65 (“Big Fish,” “The NeverEnding Story,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “X-Files,” “Doctor Who”) (That is, if his birthday is December 1st – according to Wiki, he was born on Dec. 1, 1957, but Yahoo! says January 26th, 1949, which would make him 79)
  • Keith Thibodeaux is 72 (“I Love Lucy’s” Little Ricky”)
  • Charlene Tilton is 64 (“Happy Days,” “Eight is Enough,” “Dallas”)
  • Treat Williams is 71 (“Everwood,” “Brothers & Sisters”)
  • The late Mary Martin (1913 – 1990) (“Leave It To Me!,” “South Pacific,” “Peter Pan”) (FAST FACT: She originated the role of Maria in the Broadway production of “The Sound of Music,” which Julie Andrews later made famous in the film version)

Musicians:

  • Linkin Park’s Brad Delson is 45
  • John Densmore is 78
  • Twenty One Pilots’ Tyler Joseph is 34
  • Vance Joy is 35 (born James Gabriel Keogh)
  • Mat Kearney is 44
  • Bette Midler is 77
  • Janelle Monae is 37
  • Kim Richey is 66
  • Attack Attack!’s Caleb Shomo is 30
  • The Tractors' Casey Van Beek is 80
  • The late Lou Rawls (1933 – 2006)…he would have been 89

Plus:

  • Director Woody Allen is 87 (“Annie Hall,” “Manhattan”)
  • Supermodel Carol Alt is 62
  • Model Chanel Iman is 32
  • Las Vegas Raiders Wide Receiver Desean Jackson is 36
  • Comedienne Sarah Silverman is 52
  • Golfer Lee Trevino is 83 (FAST FACTS: He racked up 89 professional wins, 29 PGA Tour wins and six major championships in his career)
  • The late comedian Richard Pryor (1940 – 2005)…he would have been 82

December 2nd

Actors:

  • Annalise Basso is 24 (“True Blood,” “Standing Up,” “Oculus,” “ Ouija: Origin of Evil”)
  • Steven Bauer is 66 (“Running Scared,” “Traffic,” “Scarface,” “Breaking Bad,” “Ray Donovan”)
  • Dan Butler is 68 (“Frasier,” “From the Earth to the Moon,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love”)
  • Cathy Lee Crosby is 78 (“That's Incredible,” “Wonder Woman,” “The Laughing Policeman”)
  • Alfred Enoch is 34 (“Harry Potter,” “How To Get Away With Murder”)
  • Lucy Liu is 54 (“Ally McBeal,” “Charlie's Angels,” “Payback,” “Sherlock”)
  • Amber Montana is 24 (“Monster Mutt,” “The Haunted Hathaways,” “Viaticum”)
  • Daniela Ruah is 39 (“NCIS: Los Angeles”)
  • Rena Sofer is 54 (“General Hospital,” “Loving,” “The Bold & The Beautiful”)
  • Cassie Steele is 33 (Degrassi: The Next Generation,” “The Dorm”)
  • The late Julie Harris (1925 – 2013)…she would have been 97 (“Gorillas In The Mist,” “The Last of Mrs. Lincoln,” “The Lightkeepers”)

Musicians:

  • Action Bronson is 39 (born Arian Asllani)
  • Nelly Furtado is 44
  • Fuse Odg is 34 (given name Nana Richard Abiona)
  • Jana Kramer is 39
  • Foo Fighters’ Nate Mendel is 54
  • Charlie Puth is 31
  • Def Leppard’s Rick Savage is 62
  • Britney Spears is 41
  • Treach is 52 (born Anthony Criss)
  • Muse bassist Christopher Wolstenholme is 44 (FAST FACT: He has six children with ex-wife Kelly: Alfie, Ava-Jo, Frankie, Ernie, Buster, and Teddi)
  • The late opera singer Maria Callas (1923 – 1977)…she would have been 99

Plus:

  • Basketball player Jason Collins is 44 (He was the first out gay player in the NBA, he retired in 2014 after playing 13 seasons. In April 2014, Collins featured on the cover of “Time” magazine's ‘100 Most Influential People in the World’)
  • Newsman/ TV personality Stone Phillips is 68
  • Green Bay Packers’ QB Aaron Rodgers is 39 (FAST FACT: He was named NFL MVP in 2011 and in 2014)
  • Tennis Hall of Famer Monica Seles is 49 (FAST FACT: She won the 1990 French Open at the age of 16, setting a record for the youngest French Open champion ever)
  • The late fashion designer Gianni Versace (1946 – 1997)…he would have been 76

December 3rd

Actors:

  • Michael Angarano is 35 (“Sky High,” “Will & Grace,” “The Forbidden Kingdom,” “This Is Us”)
  • Jake T. Austin is 28 (“Wizards of Waverly Place,” “The Fosters,” “Go, Diego, Go!”)
  • Anna Chlumsky is 42 (“My Girl,” “In The Loop,” “Veep”)
  • Holly Marie Combs is 49 (“Charmed,” “A Reason to Believe,” “Pretty Little Liars”)
  • Jenna Dewan is 42 (“Step Up,” “Take the Lead,” “The Playboy Club,” “Supergirl”) (FAST FACT: Married to Channing Tatum since 2009, the pair separated in April 2018 – and they were declared legally single in November 2019. The divorce fight, however, drags on to this day. She’s since welcomed a son with fiancé Steve Kazee – and he’s currently dating Zoe Kravitz.)
  • Brendan Fraser is 54 (“The Mummy” franchise, “George of the Jungle,” “Crash,” “Gimme Shelter”)
  • Daryl Hannah is 62 (“Splash,” “Kill Bill, Volume 2,” “Blade Runner,” “Wall Street,” “Sense8”) (FAST FACT: She has been dating Neil Young since July 2014…the same month he separated from Peg, his wife of 36 years. David Crosby referred to Daryl as “purely poisonous predator,” in the wake of that ‘transition’ – but later apologized. Hannah and Young married August 2018.)
  • Steve Harris is 57 (“Friday Night Lights,” “The Practice,” “Awake”)
  • Julianne Moore is 62 (“Nine Months,” “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” “Boogie Nights,” “The End of the Affair,” “The Hours,” “The Big Lebowski,” “Magnolia,” “Hannibal,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” “Game Change,” “Still Alice,” “Hunger Games”)
  • Amanda Seyfried is 37 (“Mean Girls,” “Jennifer’s Body,” “Red Riding Hood”) (FAST FACTS: Married to her former co-star Thomas Sadoski in 2017, when the couple announced their union, they also announced they’d welcomed their first child, a daughter. They’ve since expanded their family with son who arrived in September 2020)
  • The late Mary Alice (1936 – 2022)…she would have been 86 (“Fences,” “Malcolm X,” “The Matrix Revolutions”)

Musicians:

  • Restless Heart’s Paul Gregg is 68
  • Andy Grammer is 39
  • Ozzy Osbourne is 74
  • The late Andy Williams (1927 – 2012)…he would have been 95

Plus:

  • Comedienne Jaye P. Morgan is 91
  • Olympic skater Katarina Witt is 57 (FAST FACTS: Witt won two Olympic gold medals for East Germany, first at the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics and the second in 1988 at the Calgary Olympics. She is a four-time World champion (1984, 1985, 1987, 1988) and twice World silver medalist (1982, 1986). A feat only equaled by Sonja Henie among female skaters, Witt won six consecutive European Championships (1983–1988). Her competitive record makes her one of the most successful figure skaters of all time)
  • The late astronomer Cleveland Abbe (1838-1916) (The first meteorologist, he’s considered the “father” of the U.S. Weather Bureau)
  • The late film director Jean-Luc Godard (“Breathless,” “Contempt”) (1930 – 2022) …he would have been is 92

Sunday, December 4th

Actors:

  • Fred Armisen is 56 (“Saturday Night Live,” “Anchor Man,” “Portlandia”)
  • Max Baer Jr. is 85 (“The Beverly Hillbillies,” “The Wild McCullochs,” “The Birdmen”)
  • Jeff Bridges is 73 (“Sea Hunt,” The Last Picture Show,” “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot,” “Tron,” “Starman ,” “Jagged Edge,” “The Fabulous Baker Boys,” “The Fisher King,” “The Big Lebowski,” “Seabiscuit,” “Iron Man,” “Crazy Heart,” “True Grit,” “Tron: Legacy,” “The Giver”)
  • Orlando Brown is 35 (‘Eddie’ on “That’s So Raven,” “Sister, Sister,” “The Proud Family”)
  • Charity Shea is 39 (“Single Ladies,” “The Best Years,” “Alpha Dog”)
  • Kevin Sussman is 52 (“Ugly Betty,” “Sweet Home Alabama,” “The Big Bang Theory”)
  • Tony Todd is 68 (“Platoon,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Night of the Living Dead,” “Candyman” series, “Final Destination” series, “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”)
  • Marisa Tomei is 58 (“My A Different World,” “My Cousin Vinny,” “Anger Management,” “Slums of Beverly Hills,” “In the Bedroom,” “ The Wrestler,” “Captain America: Civil War,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming”)
  • Patricia Wettig is 71 (“thirtysomething,” “City Slickers,” “The Langoliers,” “Prison Break,” “Brothers & Sisters”) (FAST FACT: She’s been married to Ken Olin since 1982)
  • The late Deanna Durbin (1921-2013) (“Three Smart Girls,” “Can’t Help Singing”) (FAST FACT: She auditioned for the voice of Snow White, but Walt Disney thought her voice was too mature sounding)
  • The late Victor French (“Little House on the Prairie,” “Highway to Heaven”) (1934-1989)… he would have been 88

Musicians:

  • Lila McCann is 41 (She broke through at the age of 15 in 1997 with the hit, “I Wanna Fall In Love.”)
  • Niykee Heaton is 28 (born Nicolet Aleta Heaton)
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Gary Rossington is 71
  • Cassandra Wilson is 67
  • The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus’ Ronnie Winter is 40
  • Jay Z is 53 (FAST FACTS: Born Shawn Corey Carter, it’s been said that his legal name is now Shawn Knowles-Carter – and that his wife’s legal name is Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. What gives? Beyonce’s parents didn’t have any son’s they decided to keep her family name going.)
  • The late Beach Boys’ Dennis Wilson (1944-1983)…he would have been 78

Plus:

  • TV personality and model Tyra Banks is 49 (FAST FACT: Long before her TV show and her run on “America’s Next Top Model,” she was the first African-American woman to be on the covers of “GQ” and “Sports Illustrated’s” swimsuit issue)
  • Sportscaster Skip Bayless is 71 (ESPN’s “First Take”)
  • Astronaut Roberta Bondar is 77 (Canada's first female astronaut and the first neurologist in space)
  • Game Show Host Wink Martindale is 89 (“Tic Tac Dough,” “Gambit,” “Debt”)
  • Reality TV star Ronnie Ortiz-Magro is 37 (“Jersey Shore”)
  • The late scientist and inventor Robert Adler (1913-2007) (Adler is best known for the wireless remote control for televisions. While not the first, its underlying technology was revolutionary and a vast improvement over previous remote control systems.)
  • The late Spanish dictator Francisco Franco (1892-1975) (He ruled Spain from 1939-1975)

Monday, December 5th

Actors:

  • Amy Acker is 46 (“Angel,” “Alias,” “Dollhouse,” Person of Interest”)
  • Morgan Brittany is 71 (“Dallas,” “Gypsy,” “Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat”)
  • Lauren London is 38 (“ATL,” “90210,” “The Game,” “Entourage,” “This Christmas”) (FAST FACT: She’s Lil’ Wayne’s baby mama)
  • Lisa Marie is 54 (“Sleepy Hollow,” “Ed Wood,” “Mars Attacks!,” “We Are Still Here”)
  • Frankie Muniz is 37 (“Malcolm in the Middle,” “Agent Cody Banks,” “Big Fat Liar”) (FAST FACT: He came in third place with professional dancer Witney Carson on the 25th season of “Dancing with the Stars”)
  • Paula Patton is 47 (“Hitch,” “Déjà Vu,” “Precious,” “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” “Warcraft,” “Somewhere Between”) (FAST FACT: She divorced singer Robin Thicke in 2015)
  • Kali Rocha is 51 (“Meet the Parents,” “Buried,” “Meet the Fockers” and “Liv & Maddie,” “Man With A Plan”)
  • Nick Stahl is 43 (“Terminator 3,” “In the Bedroom,” “Sin City,” “Carnivale”)
  • The late Carrie Hamilton (1963-2002)… she would have been 58 (“Cool World,” “Tokyo Pop,” “Shag”)

Musicians:

  • Gary Allan is 55
  • Keri Hilson is 40
  • Andy Kim is 76
  • Jim Messina is 75
  • Goo Goo Dolls’ John Rzeznik is 57
  • The late songwriter JJ Cale (1938-2013)… he would have been 84
  • The late Little Richard (1932 – 2020)...he would have been 90 (born Richard Wayne Penniman)

Plus:

  • Comedienne Margaret Cho is 54 (FAST FACT: She was deputized in 2008 to perform marriages in San Francisco after same-sex marriage became legal in California)
  • Celebrity kidlet Saint West is 7 (son of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West)
  • The late 8th US President Martin Van Buren (1782-1862) (FAST FACT: He was the first President not born a British subject, or even of British ancestry)
  • The late entertainment icon Walt Disney (1901-1966) (As a film producer, Disney holds the record for most Academy Awards earned by an individual, having won 22 Oscars from his 59 nominations. His honors also include two Golden Globe Special Achievement Awards and an Emmy Award. On top of that, several of his films are included in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.)
  • The late producer Otto Preminger (1905-1986) (“Anatomy of a Murder,” “The Cardinal,” “Exodus”)
  • The late politician Strom Thurmond (1902-2003) (Serving for 48 years, he was America’s oldest-serving and longest-serving senator. Thurmond represented South Carolina in the United States Senate from 1954 until 2003 – first as a Democrat and, after 1964, as a Republican. An avowed segregationist it wasn’t until six months after his death, that African American Essie Mae Washington-Williams publicly revealed she was his first daughter. While Thurmond never publicly acknowledged Washington-Williams during his life, he did help pay her way through a historically black college in South Carolina and continued to give her financial support well into her adult life.)

December 6th

Actors:

  • Tom Hulce is 69 (“The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Mozart,” “National Lampoon’s Animal House,” “Parenthood,” “Murder in Mississippi”)
  • James Naughton is 77 (“Hostages,” “Planet of the Apes,” “The Devil Wears Prada,” “First Kid”) (FAST FACT: In 1997 he won a second Tony Award with his portrayal of lawyer Billy Flynn in the musical, “Chicago”)
  • Lindsay Price is 46 (“All My Children,” “Bold & The Beautiful,” “Beverly Hills 90210,” “Lipstick Jungle”) (FAST FACT: She’s been married to celebrity chef/TV personality Curtis Stone since 2013)
  • Stefanie Scott is 26 (“A.N.T. Farm,” “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Beethoven’s Big Break”)
  • Kin Shriner (comedian Wil’s twin brother) is 69 (“General Hospital,” “Port Charles”) (FAST FACT: In August 2018, Kin celebrated his 41st anniversary on “GH”)
  • Janine Turner is 60 (“Northern Exposure,” Lifetime’s “Strong Medicine,” “Friday Night Lights”)
  • JoBeth Williams is 74 (“Poltergeist,” “Kramer vs. Kramer,” “Stir Crazy”)
  • The late Wally Cox (1924-1973) …he would have been 98 (“Mister Peepers,” “Hollywood Squares,” “Underdog”)
  • The late Agnes Moorehead (1900-1974) (“Citizen Kane,” “Dark Passage,” “Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte,” “Bewitched”) (FAST FACTS: While she may be best known to modern audiences for her role as Endora on “Bewitched,” her career spanned six decades. During that time, she won earned her one Primetime Emmy Award and two Golden Globe awards in addition to four Academy Award and six Emmy Award nominations.)

Musicians:

  • E.M.’s Peter Buck is 66
  • Walk the Moon’s Kevin Ray is 36
  • Emblem3’s Wesley Stromberg is 29
  • The late guitar god Randy Rhoads (1956-1982) …he would have been 66

Plus:

  • Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is 65
  • Comedian Wil Shriner (actor Kin’s twin brother) is 69
  • Comedian Steven Wright is 67
  • The late outlaw "Babyface" Nelson (1908-1934) (Born Lester Joseph Gillis, he was better known by the alias George Nelson, he partnered with John Dillinger, who actually helped him escape from prison during the famed Crown Point, Indiana Jail escape. He was later labeled along with the remaining gang members as public enemy number one. Nelson was responsible for killing more FBI agents in the line of duty than any other person and ultimately, was fatally shot by FBI agents during the The Battle of Barrington)
  • The late AIDS activist Ryan White (1971-1990) …he would have been 51. (A hemophiliac, he became infected with HIV from a contaminated blood treatment and was diagnosed in December 1984. At the time, he was given six months to live. And while doctors maintained that he posed no risk to other students, many parents and teachers rallied against his attendance due to concerns. He was responsible for changing the face of HIV/AIDS, which at the time, was believed to be a “gay” disease. While Magic Johnson and Arthur Ashe helped as well, it really was Ryan who raised awareness the most. Ultimately, Congress passed a major piece of AIDS legislation, the Ryan White CARE Act, shortly after White's death. The Act has been reauthorized twice; Ryan White Programs are the largest provider of services for people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States.

December 7th

Actors:

  • Shiri Appleby is 44 (“ER,” “Roswell,” “Girls,” “Unreal”)
  • Priscilla Barnes is 68 (“Three’s Company,” “The Devil’s Rejects,” “Jane the Virgin”)
  • Emily Browning is 34 (“Sucker Punch,” “Pompeii,” “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events,” “Legend”)
  • Ellen Burstyn is 90 (“Same Time, Next Year,” “The Last Picture Show,” “Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore,” “The Exorcist,” “Resurrection,” “Requiem for a Dream”)
  • Christa Campbell is 50 (“The New Guy,” “Drive Angry,” “The Big Wedding”)
  • Jennifer Carpenter is 43 (“Dexter,” “The Exorcism of Emily Rose,” “White Chicks”)
  • Nicholas Hoult is 33 (“X-Men: First Class,” “About a Boy,” “Skins”)
  • C Thomas Howell is 56 (“E.T The Extra Terrestrial,” “Red Dawn,” “The Outsiders,” “Soul Man,” “The Amazing Spider-Man,” “Criminal Minds,” “Southland,” “Animal Kingdom”)
  • Jeffrey Wright is 57 (“The Hunger Games,” “Boardwalk Empire”)
  • The late Ted Knight (1923-1986) …he would have been 98 (“The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Caddyshack”)
  • The late Eli Wallach (1915-2014) (“The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly,” “The Misfits,” “The Godfather: Part III”)

Musicians:

  • Oasis’ Gem Archer is 56 (born Colin Murray "Gem" Archer)
  • Sara Bareilles is 43
  • Muse’s Dominic Howard is 45
  • Gary Morris is 74
  • Sunny Sweeney is 46
  • Jasmine Villegas is 29
  • Tom Waits is 73
  • The late Aaron Carter (1987 – 2022)…he would have been 35
  • The late Harry Chapin (1942-1981) …he would have been 80

Plus:

  • MLB Hall of Famer Johnny Bench is 75 (As a Cincinnati Red, he was a 14-time All-Star selection and a two-time National League Most Valuable Player, was a key member of “The Big Red Machine,” which won six division titles, four National League pennants, and two World Series. ESPN has called him the greatest catcher in baseball history)
  • Retired NBA champ Larry Bird is 66 (As a Celtic, Bird was a 12-time NBA All-Star and was named the league's MVP three consecutive times – from 1984–1986. He played his entire professional career for Boston, winning three NBA championships and two NBA Finals MVP awards.)
  • Retired NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens is 49 (He played 15 seasons in the NFL. A six-time Pro Bowl selection, Owens holds or shares several National Football League records. His 15,934 career receiving yards rank second in NFL history, and his 153 receiving touchdowns are third.)

December 8th

Actors:

  • Kim Basinger is 69 (“9 ½ Weeks,” “Batman,” “L.A. Confidential,” “8 Mile,” “Fifty Shades Darker”) (FAST FACT: She’s mom to Ireland Baldwin, whom she shares with ex Alec Baldwin)
  • Teri Hatcher is 58 (“Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” “Tomorrow Never Dies,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Planes”) (FAST FACT: She was once a cheerleader for the San Francisco 49ers)
  • Matthew Labyorteaux is 56 (“Little House on the Prairie,” “Deadly Friend”)
  • Dominic Monaghan is 46 (“Lord of the Rings,” “Lost,” “X-Men Origins”) (FAST FACT: He currently hosts the nature program “Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan”).
  • Wendell Pierce is 59 (“The Wire,” “Parker,” “Ray,” “Suits,” “The Odd Couple”)
  • AnnaSophia Robb is 29 (“Soul Surfer,” “Bridge to Terabithia,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”)
  • Ian Somerhalder is 44 (“Lost,” “Pulse,” “The Vampire Diaries”) (FAST FACT: He’s been married to Nikki Reed since 2015)
  • The late James MacArthur (1937-2010)…he would have been 85 (“Hawaii Five-O,” “Swiss Family Robinson,” “The Bedford Incident”)
  • The late David Carradine (1936 – 2009)… he would have been 86 (“Kung Fu,” “North and South,” “Kill Bill: Vol. 1”)
  • The late Flip Wilson (1933-1998)… he would have been 89 (“The Flip Wilson Show”) (FAST FACT: “Time” magazine called him TV’s first Black superstar in 1972)

Musicians:

  • Def Leppard’s Phil Collen is 65
  • Marty Friedman (Megadeth, Tourniquet) is 60
  • Sam Hunt is 38
  • Ingrid Michaelson is 43
  • Chrisette Michele is 40
  • Nicki Minaj is 40
  • Marty Raybon is 63
  • Slipknot’s Corey Taylor is 49
  • Kate Voegele is 36
  • The late Gregg Allman (1947-2017)…he would have been 75
  • The late Sammy Davis Jr. (1925-1990)…he would have been 97
  • The late Jim Morrison (1943-1971)… he would have been 79

Plus:

  • Author/political commentator Ann Coulter is 61
  • Racecar driver Kevin Harvick is 47 (He is the all-time winningest Cup Series driver at Phoenix International Raceway with 8 wins, and the third winningest driver in Xfinity Series history with 46 wins.)
  • Former NBA Center Dwight Howard is 37 (After leaving the LA Lakers, Howard moved to the Taoyuan Leopards in the T1 League. He is an NBA champion, eight-time All-Star, eight-time All-NBA Team honoree, five-time All-Defensive Team member, and three-time Defensive Player of the Year)
  • The late comedian Sam Kinison (1953-1992)… he would have been 69
  • The late Mary Stuart – aka Mary, Queen of Scots (1542-1587) (She became Queen of Scotland when she was just 6-days old)
  • The late cotton gin inventor Eli Whitney (1765-1825) (His was one of the key inventions of the Industrial Revolution and shaped the economy of the Antebellum South)

December 9th

Actors:

  • Beau Bridges is 81 (“The Descendants,” “Max Payne,” “The Fabulous Baker Boys”)
  • Dame Judi Dench is 88 (“Room With A View,” “Skyfall,” “Casino Royale,” “Goldeneye,” “Philomena”)
  • Michael Dorn is 70 (‘Kingon Worf’ in “Star Trek,” “Ted 2”)
  • Simon Helberg is 42 (“The Big Bang Theory,” “Good Night, and Good Luck,” “Van Wilder: Party Liaison”)
  • Felicity Huffman is 60 (“Desperate Housewives,” “Transamerica,” “Magnolia,” “American Crime”) (FAST FACT: She’s been married to William H. Macy since 1997)
  • Joe Lando is 62 (“Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,” “One Life to Live,” “Guiding Light”)
  • John Malkovich is 69 (“Dangerous Liaisons,” “Being John Malkovich,” “Burn After Reading”)
  • Jesse Metcalfe is 44 (“Passions,” “Desperate Housewives,” “John Tucker Must Die,” “Dallas”)
  • Allison Smith is 53 (“Annie,” “Kate & Allie,” “Helter Skelter”)
  • The late Kirk Douglas (1916 – 2020) (“Spartacus,” “Paths of Glory,” “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”)
  • The late Redd Foxx (1922-1991)…he would have been 100 (“Sanford and Son,” “Harlem Nights,” “Norman… Is That You?”)
  • The late Margaret Hamilton (Best known as the ‘Wicked Witch of the West’ in “The Wizard of Oz”) (1902-1985)
  • The late Dina Merrill (1923 – 2017)…she would have been 99 (“The Player,” “Operation Petticoat,” “Caddyshack II”)
  • The late Dick Van Patten (“Eight Is Enough,” “Spaceballs,” “Robin Hood: Men in Tights”) (1928 – 2015)…he would have been 94

Musicians:

  • Green Day’s Tre Cool (born Frank Edwin Wright III) is 50
  • Kara DioGuardi is 52 (FAST FACT: You may have known her from “American Idol,” but her songs have appeared on albums that have sold more than 160-million copies internationally. For a short time, she fronted Platinum Weird, a concept project with former Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart)
  • The Wallflowers’ Jakob Dylan is 53
  • Imogen Heap is 45
  • Rammstein’s Paul Landers is 58
  • Sylvia is 66

Plus:

  • Pro wrestler Kurt Angle is 54 (Best known for his tenure in the World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment – WWF, now WWE)
  • Legendary NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus is 80 (FAST FACTS: He was drafted in 1965 and he is also widely regarded as one of the best and most durable linebackers of all time. Butkus started as a football player for the University of Illinois and the Chicago Bears. He became a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979. He played nine seasons in the NFL for the Chicago Bears. Billed at 6-feet, 3-inches and 245-pounds, he was one of the most feared and intimidating linebackers of his time, being named the most feared tackler of all time by NFL.com in 2009.)
  • Reality TV star Lori Greiner is 53 (known as the “Queen of QVC,” she’s the blonde one on “Shark Tank”)
  • TV personality and enduring entertainer Donny Osmond is 65 (FAST FACT: He was discovered after performing at Disneyland with his brothers)
  • S Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney is 27 (FAST FACTS: At the 2011 World Championships, she won gold medals in the team and vault competitions. She was a member of the gold medal-winning U.S. women's gymnastics team at the 2012 Summer Olympics and was the 2012 Olympic vault silver medalist. She defended her World title and won the gold medal on vault at the 2013 World Championships, becoming the first US female gymnast to defend a World Championships vault title. A photograph of her with a "not impressed" expression, taken after winning silver in the 2012 Olympics, became an Internet meme that went viral – even POTUS posed with her to mimic)
  • The late NFL Hall of Famer Deacon Jones (1938-2013)… he would have been 84 (Nicknamed "the Secretary of Defense,” Jones is considered one of the greatest defensive players ever.)
  • The late circus performer Emmett Kelly (1898-1979) (Best known for his clown figure, “Weary Willie”)
  • The late English poet John Milton (1608-1674) (“Paradise Lost”)
  • The late “Hollywood Ten” screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976) (“Roman Holiday,” Exodus,” “Spartacus,” “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo”) (FAST FACTS: As one of the Hollywood Ten, he refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1947 during the committee's investigation of Communist influences in the motion picture industry. Trumbo won two Academy Awards while blacklisted; one was originally given to a front writer, and one was awarded to "Robert Rich," Trumbo's pseudonym)

December 10th

Actors:

  • Kenneth Branagh is 62 (“Thor,” “My Week with Marilyn,” “Hamlet”)
  • Emmanuelle Chriqui is 47 (“Entourage,” “You Don’t Mess With the Zohan”)
  • Susan Dey is 70(“The Partridge Family,” “L.A. Law”)
  • Patrick Flueger is 39 (“The Princess Diaries,” “Footloose,” “The World’s Fastest Indian”)
  • Arden Myrin is 49 (“Bubble Boy,” “MADtv,” “What Women Want”) (FAST FACT: She once was an intern for Late Night with Conan O’Brien)
  • Nia Peeples is 61 (“Fame,” “Walker, Texas Ranger,” “Pretty Little Liars”)
  • Xavier Samuel is 39 (“Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” “Bait 3D,” “A Few Best Men”)
  • Raven-Symone is 37 (“The Cosby Show,” “That‘s So Raven,” “The Cheetah Girls”)
  • The late Dan Blocker (1928-1972) …he would have been 94 (“Bonanza”)
  • The late Michael Clarke Duncan (1957-2012)…he would have been 65 (“The Green Mile,” “Armageddon,” “The Whole Nine Yards,” “The Scorpion King,” “Daredevil,” “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby”)
  • The late Dorothy Lamour (1914-1996) (“Road To…” franchise, “The Jungle Princess”)
  • The late Una Merkel (1903-1986) (“Abraham Lincoln,” “Spinout”)

Musicians:

  • Ana Gabriel is 67
  • Gloria Loring is 76
  • Meg White (She’s stepped away from music since The White Stripes officially disbanded in 2011) is 48
  • The late Kevin Sharp (1970 – 2014)…he would have been 52

Plus:

  • Chef Bobby Flay is 58
  • The late Melvil Dewey (yes, the inventor of the Dewey Decimal System) (1851 – 1931)
  • The late poet Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) (While Dickinson was a prolific private poet, fewer than a dozen of her nearly 1,800 poems were published during her lifetime, and the work that was published during her life was usually altered by the publishers to fit the “conventional rules” of the time. It wasn’t until after her death when her younger sister, Lavinia, discovered her cache of poems — that the breadth of her work became apparent to the public. And while that work was also heavily edited, finally in 1955 the world got to see her work in its true form.)
  • The late newscaster Chet Huntley (1911-1974) (Best known for co-anchoring NBC's evening news program, “The Huntley-Brinkley Report,” for 14 years beginning in 1956)
  • The late TV Producer Agnes Nixon (1922-2016)…she would have been 100 (“All My Children,” “One Life to Live”)

Sunday, December 11th

Actors:

  • Gabriel Basso is 28 (“Super 8,” “The Kings of Summer,” “The Big C”)
  • Ben Browder is 60 (“Farscape,” “Stargate SG1”)
  • Gary Dourdan is 56 (‘Warrick Brown’ on “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”)
  • Teri Garr is 75 (“Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Dumb & Dumber,” “Tootsie”) (that’s according to Yahoo, which has her at 1947 – but Wiki has Teri Garr’s birthday as 1944 which would make her 78)
  • Jack Griffo is 26 (“The Thundermans,” “Kickin’ It,” “Marvin Marvin”)
  • Isabella Hofmann is 64 (“Dear John,” “Homicide: Life on the Street,” “Burlesque”)
  • Mo’Nique is 55 (“The Parkers,” “Precious,” “Welcome Home”)
  • Donna Mills is 82 (“Knots Landing,” “Play Misty for Me,” “False Arrest”)
  • Rita Moreno is 91 (“West Side Story,” “The Electric Company,” “Oz”)
  • Kimberly Scott is 61 (“The Abyss,” “Batman Forever,” “Flatliners”)
  • Hailee Steinfeld is 25 (yes, she’s also a singer) (“True Grit,” “Ender’s Game,” “Begin Again”)
  • Rider Strong is 43 (“Boy Meets World,” “Cabin Fever,” “Borderland”)
  • The late Vampira (1922-2008)… she would have been 100 (“Plan 9 from Outer Space,” “Vampira,” “The Haunted World of Edward D. Wood Jr”) (FAST FACT: Born Maila Nurmi, she was one of Hollywood’s first horror glamour girls)

Musicians:

  • Mos Def is 49 (born Dante Terrell Smith, but he goes by Yasiin Bey)
  • DJ Yella is 55 (given name Antoine Carraby)
  • Brenda Lee is 78 (FAST FACT: Because of her 4’9” height and song “Dynamite,” her nickname was Little Miss Dynamite)
  • Jermaine Jackson is 68
  • Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx is 64
  • Avenged Sevenfold’s Zacky Vengeance is 41
  • The late Carlos “King of Tango” Gardel (1890-1935)

Plus:

  • Talk show host Bill Cunningham is 75
  • 68th US Secretary of State (and current S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate) John Kerry is 78
  • Wresting icon Rey Mysterio Jr. is 48
  • Voice actress Lisa Ortiz is 48 (known for her work in Sonic the Hedgehog, Silent Hill 4, and Pokémon)
  • Exercise guru Kathy Smith is 71 (FAST FACT: Her daughter is Kate Grace, a Yale University All American and participated as a runner in the 800-meter event at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games)
  • The late scientist Max Born (1882-1970) (He was influential in the development of quantum mechanics)
  • The late founding father of microbiology Robert Koch (1843-1910)
  • The late Knott’s Berry Farm founder Walter Knott (1889-1981)
  • The late entrepreneur James Kraft (1874-1953) (He invented the pasteurizing process for cheese, founded the Kraft Company)

Monday, December 12th

Actors:

  • Madchen Amick is 52 (“Twin Peaks,” “Dream Lover,” “The Borrower,” “Witches of East End”)
  • Mayim Bialik is 47 (“The Big Bang Theory,” “Blossom,” “Beaches”)
  • Chanel Celaya is 31 (“21 Jump Street,” “Unstrung,” “Portend”)
  • Jennifer Connelly is 52 (“Labyrinth,” “Requiem for a Dream,” “A Beautiful Mind,” “Blood Diamond,” “Noah”) (FAST FACT: She’s been married to Paul Bettany since 2003 – they met in 2001 while working on “A Beautiful Mind”)
  • Sarah Douglas is 70 (“Superman I and II,” “Conan the Destroyer,” “Falcon Crest”)
  • Regina Hall is 53 (“Scary Movie” franchise, “Law Abiding Citizen,” “Think Like a Man”)
  • Wings Hauser is 75 (“Lightning Force,” “Roseanne,” “The Insider”)
  • Daniel Magder is 31 (“X-Men,” “Life with Derek,” “Angel Eyes”)
  • Bill Nighy is 73 (“Love Actually,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”)
  • Kate Todd is 35 (“Radio Free Roscoe,” “My Babysitter’s a Vampire,” “The Tracey Fragments”)
  • Sheree Wilson is 64 (“Dallas,” “Walker, Texas Ranger”)
  • The late Edward G. Robinson (1893-1973) (“Double Indemnity,” “The Stranger,” “Key Largo”) (FAST FACT: In Hollywood’s Golden Age, he was best known for his roles as a gangster, such as Rico in “Little Caesar,” and as Rocco in “Key Largo.”)

Musicians:

  • Dickey Betts is 79
  • Shelia E. is 65
  • Connie Francis is 85
  • Former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick is 69
  • Dionne Warwick is 82
  • Hank Williams III is 50
  • The late Frank Sinatra (1915-1998)
  • The late Joe Williams (1918-1999)

Plus:

  • Tennis player Tracy Austin is 60 (FAST FACT: She was the youngest winner of the US Open female singles championship)
  • The former “Price Is Right” host Bob Barker is 99
  • Gymnast Cathy Rigby is 70 (FAST FACT: She starred in a production of Peter Pan that was nominated for a Tony Award)
  • The late founding father John Jay (1745-1829) (According to Encyclopedia Britannica)
  • The late politician Ed Koch (1924-2013)… he would have been 98 (He served as Mayor of NY and later, starred as the judge on “The People’s Court”)
  • The late artist Edvard Munch (known for his painting, “The Scream”) (1863-1944)
  • The late basketball star Randy Smith (1948-2009)… he would have been 74 (FAST FACT: he held a record for playing in 906 straight games from 1972-1982, which was eventually broken)
  • The late Warner Brothers co-founder Harry Warner (1881-1958)

December 13th

Actors:

  • Steve Buscemi is 65 (“Barton Fink,” “Billy Bathgate,” “Reservoir Dogs,” “Pulp Fiction,” “Fargo,” “The Big Lebowski,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “30 Rock,” “Portlandia”)
  • Christie Clark is 49 (“Children of the Corn II,” “A Nightmare on Elm Street 2,” “Days of Our Lives”)
  • Jamie Foxx is 55 (“MAD TV,” “Ray,” “Collateral,” “Django Unchained”)
  • Bart Johnson is 52 (“High School Musical” franchise, “The Yankles,” “The Client List”)
  • James Kyson Lee is 47 (“Heroes,” Despicable Me,” “Shutter”)
  • Robert Lindsay is 73 (“My Family,” “Citizen Smith,” “Wimbledon”)
  • Wendie Malick is 72 (“Just Shoot Me!” “Hot in Cleveland,” “Dream On,” “Pitch”)
  • Maisy Stella is 19 (“Nashville”)
  • Dick Van Dyke is 97 (“Mary Poppins,” “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “Diagnosis Murder”) (FAST FACT: He served as a radio announced in the US Army Air Corps during WWII)
  • The late Christopher Plummer (1929 – 2021) …he would have been 93 (“The Sound of Music,” “The Pink Panther,” “Malcolm X,” “A Beautiful Mind,” “The New World,” “Inside Man,” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “Knives Out,” “The Last Full Measure”)
  • The late Robert Prosky (1930 – 2008)… he would have been 92 (“Hill Street Blues,” “Dead Man Walking,” “Mrs. Doubtfire” “Last Action Hero,” “The Great Outdoors”)

Musicians:

  • John Anderson is 68
  • Morris Day is 65
  • Tom DeLonge is 47 (FAST FACT: He owns the Macbeth Footwear line)
  • Evanescence’s Amy Lee is 41
  • Ted Nugent is 74
  • Alabama’s Randy Owen is 73
  • Taylor Swift is 33

Plus:

  • Voice actress Harley Bird is 19 (FAST FACT: The voice of Peppa Pig, she became the youngest BAFTA Award winner)
  • Reality TV star Alyssa “Redd” Carswell is 34 (“Bad Girls Club”)
  • Game show host John Davidson is 81 (“That’s Incredible,” “Hollywood Squares,” “Time Machine”)
  • Reality TV star Nene Leakes is 55
  • New York Jets football coach-turned-analyst Rex Ryan is 60
  • Reality TV star Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson is 51 (Honey Boo Boo’s Dada)
  • The late civil rights activist Ella Baker (1903-1986) (Considered to be one of the most important women of the 20th century, she is a largely unsung hero of the civil rights Freedom Movement who inspired and guided emerging leaders.)
  • The late post-impressionist artist Emily Carr (1871-1945) (A Canadian artist and writer heavily inspired by the Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest, she was one of the first painters in Canada to adopt a Modernist and Post-Impressionist painting style)
  • The late baseball player Larry Doby (1923-2003)… he would have been 99 (He became the first black player to ever play in the American League in 1947, when he joined the Cleveland Indians)
  • The late director Norman Foster (1903-1976)
  • The late political wife Mary Todd Lincoln (Wife of Abe Lincoln and first lady of the US from 1861-1865) (1818-1882)
  • The late boxing champion Archie Moore (Having one of the longest professional careers in the sport’s history, he was nicknamed "The Mongoose," – and "The Old Mongoose" in the latter half of his career. He Moore holds the record for the most career knockouts (131) in boxing history and ranks #4 on “The Ring's” list of "100 Greatest Punchers of All Time.” (1916-1998)

December 14th

Actors:

  • Tammy Blanchard is 46 (“Guiding Light,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Moneyball,” “Rent”)
  • Cynthia Gibb is 59 (“Fame,” “Short Circuit 2,” “Gypsy”)
  • Miranda Hart is 50 (“Miranda,” “Magicians,” “Call the Midwife”)
  • Vanessa Hudgens is 34 (“High School Musical” franchise, “Spring Breakers,” “Thirteen”)
  • Archie Kao is 53 (“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “The Hills Have Eyes II,” “The One,” “Chicago P.D.”)
  • Jackson Rathbone is 38 (“The Twilight” franchise,” “Criminal Minds,” “The O.C”)
  • Joshua Rush is 21 (“Parental Guidance,” “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” “Escape from Planet Earth”)
  • Kadee Strickland is 47 (“The Sixth Sense,” “The Grudge,” “Private Practice,” “Secrets and Lies”)
  • Hal Williams is 84 (“227,” “Sanford and Son”)
  • The late Morey Amsterdam (1908-1996) (“The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “The Hollywood Squares,” “The Morey Amsterdam Show”) (FAST FACT: He was a cellist and worked at Al Capone’s speakeasy)
  • The late Patty Duke (1946 – 2016)…she would have been 76 (“Valley of the Dolls,” “The Miracle Worker,” “The Patty Duke Show”)
  • The late Lee Remick (1935-1991)… she would have been 87 (“Anatomy of a Murder,” “Days of Wine,” “Roses and The Omen”)
  • The late Thuy Trang (1973-2001)… she would have been 49 (“Power Rangers’” Yellow Ranger)

Musicians:

  • Offset is 31 (Born Kiari Cephus, he’s been married to Cardi B – mostly – since 2017)
  • All Time Low’s frontman Alex Gaskarth is 35
  • Tori Kelly is 30
  • Bassist Tim Skold (Shotgun Messiah, KMFDM, Marilyn Manson, Motionless in White) is 56
  • AC/DC’s Cliff Williams is 73
  • Joyce Vincent-Wilson of Tony Orlando and Dawn is 76
  • The late Spike Jones (Spike Jones and his City Slickers) (1911-1965)
  • The late Charlie Rich (1932-1995)…he would have been 90

Plus:

  • Reality TV star Leland Chapman is 46 (“Dog the Bounty Hunter”)
  • Celebrity kidlet Mason Dash Disick is 13 (Mom is Kourtney Kardashian and daddy is Scott Disick)
  • Celebrity kidlet Reign Aston Disick is 8 (the youngest of Kourtney K and Scott Disick, yes…born the same day as Mason…just different years)
  • The late astronomer Tycho Brahe (1546-1601) (Known for his accurate and comprehensive astronomical and planetary observations, he was made the official imperial astronomer by the Holy Roman emperor in 1597)
  • The late influential author Nostradamus (1503-1566) (Born as Michel de Nostredame, this French poet, apothecary, and alleged seer has enjoyed the fact that his book “Les Propheties,” has been in constant reprint since his death. The first edition of it appeared in 1555)

December 15th

Actors:

  • Adam Brody is 43 (“The O.C.,” “Jennifer’s Body,” “Lovelace”)
  • Melanie Chartoff is 74 (“Fridays,” “Rugrats”)
  • Charlie Cox is 40 (“Moby Dick,” “Stardust,” “Boardwalk Empire”)
  • Michelle Dockery is 41 (“Downton Abbey,” “Anna Karenina”)
  • Don Johnson is 73 (“Miami Vice,” “Nash Bridges,” “Django Unchained,” “Blood & Oil”)
  • George O. Gore II is 40 ("My Wife and Kids")
  • Camilla Luddington is 39 (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “William and Kate”)
  • Michael Shanks is 52 (“Stargate: SG-1,” “Burn Notice,” “Red Riding Hood,” “Saving Hope”)
  • Helen Slater is 59 (“The Lying Game,” “The Legend of Billie Jean,” “Smallville”)
  • Geoff Stults is 45 (“7thHeaven,” “Finder,” “Zoo,” “Grace & Frankie”)
  • The late Jeff Chandler (1918-1961) (“Broken Arrow,” “Sword in the Desert”)
  • The late Tim Conway (1933-2019) ...he would have been 89 (“McHale’s Navy,” “The Carol Burnett Show,” “The Private Eyes”)
  • The late Cassandra Harris (1948-1991)… she would have been 74 (“For Your Eyes Only,” “Rough Cult”)

Musicians:

  • The Supremes’ Cindy Birdsong is 83
  • Rooney’s Ned Brower is 44
  • The Dave Clark Five’s Dave Clark is 83
  • Haim’s Alana Haim is 31
  • Dave Matthews Band’s Tim Reynolds is 65
  • The late Stan Kenton (progressive jazz leader and pianist) (1911-1979)

Plus:

  • Baseball star Maurice Samuel “Mo” Vaughn is 55 (Vaughn was a three-time All-Star selection and won the American League MVP award in 1995 with the Boston Red Sox)
  • The late architect Gustave Eiffel (1832-1923) (FAST FACT: He designed the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty)
  • The late DJ Alan Freed (1921-1965) (He became internationally known for promoting rock and roll. His career was destroyed by the payola scandal that hit the broadcasting industry in the early 1960s. Freed was fired by WABC in 1959 during a dispute where he refused to sign a statement certifying that he had never accepted payola. In 1960, payola was made illegal. In 1962, Freed pleaded guilty to two charges of commercial bribery, for which he received a fine and a suspended sentence.)
  • The late oil billionaire J. Paul Getty (1892-1976) (FAST FACT: With a net worth of $1.2-billion, he was named the richest living American in 1957 according to “Fortune” magazine.)

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