Birthdays - Dec 16 - 31

December 16th

Actors:

  • Jyoti Amge is 29 (‘Ma Petite’ on “American Horror Story: Freak Show”) (FAST FACT: As the “world’s smallest woman,” she stands 23-inches tall)
  • Xander Berkeley is 67 (“24,” “Nikita,” “The Mentalist,” “The Walking Dead”)
  • Benjamin Bratt is 59 (“Law & Order,” “Private Practice,” “Traffic,” “Doctor Strange”) (FAST FACT: Famously involved with Julia Roberts from 1998-2001, he’s been married to Talisa Soto since 2002)
  • Hallee Hirsh is 36 (“ER,” “You’ve Got Mail,” “Speak”)
  • Theo James is 38 (“Bedlam,” “Golden Boy,” “Divergent”)
  • Alison LaPlaca is 63 (“Duet,” “Open House,” “The John Larroquette Show”)
  • Miranda Otto is 55 (“What Lies Beneath,” “The Lord of the Rings,” “Red Line”)
  • Anna Popplewell is 34 (“The Chronicles of Narnia,” “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn,” “Reign”)
  • Sam Robards is 61 (“The Art of Getting By,” “American Beauty,” “Catch That Kid”)
  • Krysten Ritter is 41 (“Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23,” “Veronica Mars,” “Breaking Bad,” “Jessica Jones”)
  • Amanda Setton is 37 (“Gossip Girl,” “One Life to Live”)
  • JB Smoove is 57 (“The Millers,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm”)
  • Jon Tenney is 61 (“Green Lantern,” “Scandal,” “The Closer,” “Major Crimes”)
  • Liv Ullmann is 84 (“Persona,” “The Emigrants,” “A Doll’s House”)

Musicians:

  • ABBA’s Benny Andersson is 76
  • Frankie Ballard is 40
  • ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons is 73
  • The Hollies’ Tony Hicks is 77
  • Little Texas’ Duane Propes is 55
  • American Authors’ Dave Rublin is 36

Plus:

  • CBS Newswoman Lesley Stahl is 81 (FAST FACT: She has been a “60 Minutes” correspondent since 1991)
  • Super Bowl Champ William “The Refrigerator” Perry is 60 (FAST FACTS: He was selected in the first round of the 1985 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL. He is also recognized as a WWE Hall of Famer as of 2006, for appearing at WrestleMania 2, for the first ever WWE Superstar and NFL player Battle Royal)
  • The late English author Jane Austen (1775-1817) (Austen's plots often explore the dependence of women on marriage in the pursuit of favorable social standing and economic security. Her novels have rarely been out of print, although they were published anonymously and brought her little fame during her lifetime. It wasn’t until 52 years after her death, and her nephew's publication of “A Memoir of Jane Austen” that she was introduced to a wider audience.) (“Pride and Prejudice,” “Sense and Sensibility,” “Emma”)
  • The late sci-fi writer Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008) (“2001: A Space Odyssey”)
  • The late standup comedian Bill Hicks (1961-1994)… he would have been 61
  • The late TV producer-writer Steven Bochco (1943-2018)…he would have been 78(“Hill Street Blues,” “NYPD Blue,” “L.A. Law,” “Murder In The First”)

December 17th

Actors:

  • Emma Bell is 36 (“Final Destination 5,” “Frozen,” “Walking Dead”)
  • Kiersey Clemons is 29 (“Cloud 9,” “Transparent,” “Austin & Ally”)
  • Bernard Hill is 78 (“Titanic,” “Lord of the Rings” franchise, “Boys from the Blackstuff”)
  • Laurie Holden is 53 (“The Mist,” “Silent Hill,” “The Walking Dead”)
  • Ernie Hudson is 77 (“Oz,” “The Crow,” “Ghostbusters”)
  • Milla Jovovich is 47 (“The Fifth Element,” “Resident Evil” franchise, ‘Cymbeline”)
  • Eugene Levy is 76 (“SCTV,” “Best in Show,” “A Mighty Wind,” “Schitt’s Creek”)
  • Sarah Paulson is 48 (“Serenity,” “American Gothic,” “American Horror Story” franchise, “12 Years a Slave,” “The People v. O.J. Simpson”) (FAST FACTS: In 2017, “Time” magazine named Paulson one of the 100 Most Influential People Of The Year. She’s been partnered with Holland Taylor since 2015)
  • Bill Pullman is 69 (“The Serpent and the Rainbow,” “Lost Highway,” “Spaceballs,” “Independence Day,” “1600 Penn”)
  • Giovanni Ribisi is 48 (“Avatar,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “Ted”)
  • Marissa Ribisi is 48 (“Dazed and Confused,” “Pleasantville,” “100 Girls”) (FAST FACT: She was married to Beck in 2004, but sadly, after separating in February 2019, their divorce was finalized in September 2021)
  • Sean Patrick Thomas is 52 (“Save the Last Dance,” “The Fountain,” “Cruel Intentions”)
  • Katheryn Winnick is 45 (“Love & Other Drugs,” “Killers,” “50 First Dates,” “The Art of the Steal,” “Vikings”)
  • Nat Wolff is 28 (“The Fault in our Stars,” “Black Sheep,” “The Naked Brothers Band”)
  • Shannon Woodward is 38 (“Raising Hope,” “Girlfriend,” “The Haunting of Molly Hartley”) (FAST FACT: She’s BFFs with Katy Perry)
  • The late George Lindsey (1928-2012)… he would have been 92 (“The Andy Griffith Show,” “Mayberry R.F.D,” “Robin Hood”)
  • The late Dave Madden (1931-2014)… he would have been 91 (“The Partridge Family,” “Alice,” “Charlotte’s Web”)

Musicians:

  • Tracy Byrd is 56
  • Mikky Ekko is 38 (born as John Stephen Sudduth)
  • Yellowcard’s Ryan Key is 43
  • Paul Rodgers is 73 (FAST FACT: He was named one of Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singers of All Time)
  • Three Days Grace’s Neil Sanderson is 44
  • Paramore’s Taylor York is 33
  • The late Temptation’s Eddie Kendricks (1939-1992)… he would have been 83

Plus:

  • Pope Francis is 86 (266th Pope who took over for Benedict XVI in March 2013)
  • Director Rian Johnson is 49 (“Brick,” “The Brothers Bloom,” “Looper,” “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”)
  • Children’s author Jacqueline Wilson is 77 (“Dustbin Baby,” “Double Act”)
  • The late composer Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827)(A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composer.)
  • The late “Penthouse” publisher Bob Guccione (1930-2010)…he would have been 92
  • The late journalist William Safire (1929-2009)… he would have been 93

Sunday, December 18th

Actors:

  • Ashley Benson is 33 (“Pretty Little Liars,” “Spring Breakers,” “Days of Our Lives”)
  • Josh Dallas is 44 (“The Boxer,” “Thor,” “Once Upon a Time”)
  • Casper Van Dien is 54 (“Starship Troopers,” “One Life to Live,” “Beverly Hills, 90210”)
  • Robson Green is 58 (“Soldier Soldier,” “Wire in the Blood,” “Casualty”)
  • Rachel Griffiths is 54 (“Muriel’s Wedding,” “Blow,” “Brothers & Sisters,” “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” “House Husbands,” “Camp”)
  • Katie Holmes is 44 (“Dawson’s Creek,” “Batman Begins,” “Go,” “Touched With Fire”)
  • Bridgit Mendler is 30 (“Good Luck Charlie,” “Labor Pains,” “The Secret World of Arrietty”)
  • Brad Pitt is 59 (“Thelma & Louise,” “A River Runs Through It,” “Legends of the Fall,” “Interview with the Vampire,” “Seven,” “12 Monkeys,” “Fight Club,” “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” “Ocean's Eleven,” “Ocean's Twelve,” “Ocean's Thirteen,” “Inglourious Basterds,” “Fight Club,” “World War Z”)
  • Victoria Pratt is 52 (“Mutant X,” “Cleopatra 2525,” “Brotherhood of Blood”)
  • The late Ray Liotta (1954 – 2022)…he would have been 68 (“Goodfellas,” “Identity,” “Hannibal”)
  • The late Ossie Davis (1917-2005) (“Dr. Dolittle,” “Do the Right Thing,” “Bubba Ho-Tep”)
  • The late Betty Grable (1916-1973) (“How to Marry a Millionaire,” “Happy Days”) (FAST FACT: became known for having the most beautiful legs in Hollywood during WWII.)
  • The late Roger Smith (1932 – 2017) …he would have been 90 (“77 Sunset Strip,” “Auntie Mame,” “Mister Roberts”)

Musicians:

  • Christina Aguilera is 42
  • DJ Axwell is 45 (FAST FACT: Born Axel Christofer Hedfors, he was 1/3 of the group, Swedish House Mafia)
  • All Time Low’s Rian Dawson is 35
  • Randy Houser is 47
  • Murphy Lee is 44 (born Torhi Harper)
  • Keith Richards is 79
  • Sia (given name Sia Kate Isobelle Furler) is 47
  • Angie Stone is 61
  • The late DMX (1970 – 2021)…he would have been 52 (his given name, Earl Simmons)

Plus:

  • WWE’s “Stone Cold” Steve Austin is 58
  • TV personality Kari Byron (“MythBusters”) is 48
  • Film critic Leonard Maltin is 72
  • Directing icon Steven Spielberg is 76 (“Jaws, “E.T,” “Schindler’s List”) (FAST FACT: At last check, his personal net worth is just over $7-billion – that's according “Bloomberg”)
  • Comedian Ron White is 66
  • The late outfielder Ty Cobb (FAST FACT: He became the first player in major league history to record over 4,000 hits and retired with 4,191) (1886-1961)
  • The late Hungarian politician Franz Ferdinand (His assassination in Sarajevo precipitated Austria-Hungary's declaration of war against Serbia. This caused the Central Powers (including Germany and Austria-Hungary) and Serbia's allies to declare war on each other, starting World War I) (1863-1914)
  • The late Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin (He was the leader of the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s until his death in 1953. During his rule, between 7-10 million Ukrainians were murdered by starvation in what’s called the Holodomor...which took place between 1932-and 33) (1878-1953)

Monday, December 19th

Actors:

  • Jennifer Beals is 59 (“Flashdance,” “The Book of Eli,” “The L Word,” “Proof”)
  • Rosa Blasi is 50 (“Make It or Break It,” “The Thundermans,” “Strong Medicine”)
  • Jake Gyllenhaal is 42 (“City Slickers,” “Jarhead,” “Donnie Darko,” “Brokeback Mountain,” “Zodiac,” “Nightcrawler,” “Nocturnal Animals”)
  • Amy Locane is 51 (“Cry-Baby,” “Secretary,” “Airheads”)
  • Mike Lookinland is 62 (‘Bobby Brady’ on “The Brady Bunch”)
  • Alyssa Milano is 50 (“Who's the Boss?,” “Melrose Place,” “Charmed,” “My Name is Earl,” “Mistresses,” “Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later”)
  • Tim Reid is 78 (“WKRP in Cincinnati,” “Simon & Simon,” “Sister Sister,” “That 70’s Show”)
  • Til Schweiger is 59 (“Inglourious Basterds,” “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” “This Means War”)
  • Marla Sokoloff is 42 (“Dude, Where’s My Car?” “The Practice,” “The Fosters,” “Fuller House”)
  • Tara Summers is 43 (“Hitchcock,” “Alfie,” “Boston Legal”)
  • Kristy Swanson is 53 (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Pretty in Pink,” “Flowers in the Attic,” “Psych”)
  • The late Cicely Tyson (1924 – 2021) …she would have been is 98 (“The Help,” “Fried Green Tomatoes,” “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman”)
  • The late Robert Urich (1946-2002)…he would have been 76 (“Vega$,” “Spenser: For Hire,” “S.W.A.T.”)

Musicians:

  • Janie Fricke is 75
  • Lady Sovereign is 37 (born Louise Amanda Harman)
  • The late Maurice White (Earth, Wind, & Fire) (1941 – 2016)…he would have been 81
  • The late guitarist Alvin Lee (1944-2013)…he would have been 78
  • The late Edith Piaf (known by the nickname, The Little Sparrow, “La Foule”) (FAST FACT: Her song, “La Vie en rose” was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame Award) (1915-1963)

Plus:

  • “Mindfreak” magician Criss Angel is 55 (Born Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos, he’s broken the record for appearing on television for more hours than any other magician)
  • Man candy Tyson Beckford is 52 (Former Ralph Lauren Polo model and host of Bravo’s “Make Me a Supermodel”)
  • Reality TV star Jenelle Evans is 31 (“Teen Mom”) (that’s according to FamousBirthdays.com)
  • “Top Gear” TV personality Richard Hammond is 53 (FAST FACT: He won an International Emmy Award in 2005)
  • Archaeologist Richard Leakey is 78 (FAST FACT: In 1993, a small propeller-driven plane piloted by Richard Leakey crashed, crushing his lower legs, both of which were later amputated. Sabotage was suspected but never proved.)
  • NFL Hall of Famer Warren Sapp is 50 (also a 7-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman)
  • The late Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev (1906-1982) (He was the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, presiding over the country from 1964 until his death in 1982)
  • The late baseball legend Al Kaline (1934 – 2020)...he would have been 88 (An 18-time MLB All-Star, he played 22 seasons with the Detroit Tigers)
  • The late NFL defensive Reggie White (1961-2004)… he would have been 61 (During his professional career, he was also an ordained Evangelical minister, leading to his nickname, "the Minister of Defense". A two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, he was 13-time Pro Bowler, and 13-time All-Pro selection – he also holds second place for all-time among career sack leaders with 198. He is also a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Just 43 when he died – he was felled by a cardiac arrhythmia.)

December 20th

Actors:

  • Jennifer Agutter is 70 (“Logan’s Run,” “The Avengers,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Midsomer Murders”)
  • Michael Badalucco is 68 (“The Sopranos,” “The Practice,” “Leon: The Professional,” “The Man Who Wasn’t There,” “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”)
  • Joel Gretsch is 59 (“Push,” “The Legend of Bagger Vance,” “The 4400”)
  • Jonah Hill is 39 (“Superbad,” “Knocked Up,” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” ‘Sausage Party, “Superbad”)
  • Jillian Rose Reed is 31 (“Awkward,” “Finding Alice,” “Confessions of a Womanizer”)
  • Iqbal Theba is 59 (“Glee,” “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” “Playing for Keeps,” “Glee”)
  • The late Irene Dunne (“Penny Serenade,” “The Awful Truth,” “Love Affair”) (1898-1990)
  • The late John Hillerman (“Blazing Saddles,” “Chinatown,” “Magnum, P.I”) (1932-2017)
  • The late Charley Grapewin (Uncle Henry on “The Wizard of Oz;” “Pilgrimage,” “Of Human Hearts”) (1869-1956)
  • The late Kathryn Joosten (1939-2012) …she would have been 83 (“Desperate Housewives,” “Wedding Crashers,” “Bedtime Stories”)
  • The late John Spencer (1946-2005)… he would have been 76 (“The West Wing,” “Twilight,” “The Rock”)

Musicians:

  • Billy Bragg is 65
  • KISS’ Peter Criss is 77
  • David Cook is 40
  • JoJo is 32 (Joanna Noëlle Levesque, she holds the title as the youngest solo artist to release a #1 hit with “Leave (Get Out)” when she was only thirteen)
  • Chris Robinson is 56 (The Black Crowes, Chris Robinson’s Brotherhood) (FAST FACTS: He was married to Kate Hudson from 2000 – 2008. He’s been married four times in all - Lala Sloatman from 1996 – 1998, then Kate, then Allison Bridges from 2008 – 2018 and currently, he’s hitched to Camille Johnson. They’ve been married since January 2020)
  • The late Dennis Morgan (1908-1994)

Plus:

  • Spoon-bending psychic Uri Geller is 76
  • Supermodel Lara Stone is 39 (FAST FACT: Back in 2012, she was ranked #8th on Forbes’ list of top earning models)
  • Crime TV producer Dick Wolf is 76 (“Miami Vice,” “Law & Order” franchise)
  • The late Firestone Tire and Rubber Company founder Harvey Samuel Firestone (1868-1938)
  • The late physicist Robert Van-de-Graaff (1901-1967) (invented the high-voltage Van de Graaff generators)
  • The late film director George Roy Hill (1921-2002) (“Butch Cassidy,” “Sundance Kid,” “The Sting”)
  • The late Dr. Samuel Mudd (1833-1883) (He was sentenced to life imprisonment for giving medical aid to Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth. Though he was pardoned after four years, his descendants are still trying to clear his name, hence the expression, "Your name is Mud [d].")
  • The late Brooklyn Dodgers manager Branch Rickey (1881-1965) (He brought Jackie Robinson to his team – and is perhaps best known for breaking Major League Baseball's color barrier by signing Robinson, for drafting the first Hispanic superstar, Roberto Clemente, and for creating the framework for the modern minor league farm system.)

December 21st

Actors:

  • Kaitlyn Dever is 26 (“J. Edgar,” “Last Man Standing,” “Bad Teacher”)
  • Jane Fonda is 85 (“Barbarella,” “Klute,” “Nine to Five,” “The China Syndrome,” “The Newsroom,” “Grace and Frankie”)
  • Michelle Hurd is 56 (“The Glades,” “Another World,” “Random Hearts,” “Law & Order SVU,” “Blindspot”)
  • Samuel L. Jackson is 74 (“Jungle Fever,” “Pulp Fiction,” “Django Unchained,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”)
  • Jane Kaczmarek is 67 (“Malcolm in the Middle,” “Pleasantville,” “Falling in Love”) (FAST FACT: She founded the organization, Clothes Off Our Back, which auctioned celebrity clothing for children’s charities)
  • Ray Romano is 65 (“Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Ice Age,” “Men of a Certain Age,” “Parenthood”) (FAST FACT: He was in the same high school class as Fran Drescher)
  • Kiefer Sutherland is 56 (“The Lost Boys,” “Phone Booth,” “A Few Good Men,” “24,” “Designated Survivor”) (FAST FACT: when he first moved to Hollywood, he lived with fellow actor, Robert Downey, Jr. for three years)
  • Mike Vitar is 44 (“The Sandlot,” “D2: The Mighty Ducks,” “Diplomatic Immunity”)
  • Steven Yeun is 39 (“I Origins,” “Carpe Millennium,” “The Walking Dead”)
  • The late Paul Winchell (1922-2005)… he would have been 100 (Tigger in “Winnie the Poo,” “The Paul Winchell Show”)

Musicians:

  • Natalie Grant is 51
  • Seether’s Shaun Morgan is 44
  • Lee Roy Parnell is 66
  • The late Freddie Hart (1926-2018)… he would have been 96
  • The late Beach Boy Carl Wilson (1946-1998)… he would have been 76
  • The late Betty Wright (1953 – 2020) ...she would have been 69
  • The late Frank Zappa (1940-1993)… he would have been 82

Plus:

  • Screenwriter/producer Chris Collins is 55 (“The Sopranos,” “The Wire,” “Sons of Anarchy”)
  • Funnyman Andy Dick is 57 (FAST FACT! He landed in 7th place on the 16th season of “Dancing with the Stars”)
  • TV personality Phil Donahue is 87
  • Tennis legend Chris Evert is 68 (FAST FACT: She won a Grand Slam title every year from 1974-1986)
  • DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg is 72
  • “Duck Dynasty” wife “Miss” Kay Robertson is 75
  • The late baseball player Josh Gibson (1911-1947) (Nicknamed the “Black Babe Ruth,” he was the second player after Satchel Paige who had played in the Negro leagues to be inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.)
  • The late Olympian Florence Griffith Joyner (1959-1998)… she would have been 63 (FAST FACTS: “FloJo” is considered the fastest woman of all time based on the fact that the world records she set in 1988 for both the 100m and 200m – as they still stand. She won three Golds at the 1988 Olympics)
  • The late disgraced Penn State coach Joe Paterno (1926-2012)…he would have been 96. (His illustrious career ended with his dismissal from the team in November, 2011 as a result of the Penn State child sex abuse scandal.)
  • The late journalist and author Rebecca West (1892-1983) (FAST FACT! “Time” called her "indisputably the world's number one woman writer" in 1947.)

December 22nd

Actors:

  • Graham Beckel is 73 (“L.A. Confidential,” “Brokeback Mountain,” “Leaving Las Vegas”)
  • Lauralee Bell is 54 (“The Young and the Restless,” “Past Sins,” “Easy Rider: The Ride Back”)
  • Chris Carmack is 42 (“Nashville,” “The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations,” “Beauty & the Briefcase”)
  • Joe Dinicol is 39 (“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” “The Virgin Suicides,” “Diary of the Dead”)
  • Lenny Von Dohlen is 64 (“Home Alone 3,” “Electric Dreams,” “Teeth”)
  • Hector Elizondo is 86 (“The Princess Diaries,” “Chicago Hope,” “Pretty Woman”)
  • Ralph Fiennes is 60 (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” “Schindler’s List,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel”)
  • Genevieve Knight “G” Hannelius is 24 (“Dog with a Blog,” “Den Brother,” “Surviving Suburbia”)
  • Tasie Lawrence is 29 (“House of Anubis,” “The Tower,” “Good Kids”)
  • Dina Meyer is 54 (“Starship Troopers,” “Saw,” “Johnny Mnemonic”)
  • Brooke Nevin is 40 (“Infestation,” “I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer,” “Breakout Kings”)
  • Bern Nadette Stanis is 69 (Thelma Evans Anderson on “Good Times,” “The Parent ‘Hood”) (FAST FACT: She dropped out of Juilliard to take her role on the show)
  • Remy Thorne is 26 (“Rubber,” “Miss March,” “Bad”) (age is according to FamousBirthdays.com)
  • The late Barbara Billingsley (1915-2010) (‘June Cleaver’ on “Leave It to Beaver”)
  • The late Ruth Roman (1922-1999)… she would have been 100 (“Strangers on a Train,” “The Far Country,” “Champion”)

Musicians:

  • DJ Basshunter (born Jonas Erik Altberg) is 38
  • Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen is 74
  • Jordin Sparks is 33 (FAST FACT: She was 17 when she won season six of “American Idol”)
  • Meghan Trainor is 29 (FAST FACT: She’s been married to actor Daryl Sabara – of “Spy Kids” fame – since 2018 and welcomed their first child together in 2021)
  • The late Bee Gee Maurice Gibb (1949-2003)… he would have been 73
  • The late Bee Gees Robin Gibb (1949-2012)… he would have been 73
  • The late Hawkshaw Hawkins (given name Harold Franklin Hawkins) (1921-1963)

Plus:

  • Celebrity sib (and sometime actor/reality TV star) Ali Lohan is 29
  • 10-time MLB All-Star and four-time Cy Young Award-winning pitcher Steve Carlton is 78 (St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies)
  • Texas Senator Ted Cruz is 52 (FAST FACT: He became the first Hispanic and minority to be elected a US Senator from Texas in 2013)
  • Funnyman Anthony Jeselnik is 44
  • ABC Newswoman Diane Sawyer is 77
  • The late First Lady Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Johnson (1912-2007) (married to Lyndon Johnson)
  • The late baseball legend Connie Mack (1862-1956) (The longest-serving manager in Major League Baseball history, he holds records for wins – 3,731, losses – 3,948, and games managed – 7,755, with his victory total being almost 1,000 more than any other manager)
  • The late British explorer James Oglethorpe (1696-1785) (He founded the colony of Georgia)
  • The late “Match Game” TV host Gene Rayburn (1917-1999)

December 22nd

Actors:

  • Graham Beckel is 73 (“L.A. Confidential,” “Brokeback Mountain,” “Leaving Las Vegas”)
  • Lauralee Bell is 54 (“The Young and the Restless,” “Past Sins,” “Easy Rider: The Ride Back”)
  • Chris Carmack is 42 (“Nashville,” “The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations,” “Beauty & the Briefcase”)
  • Joe Dinicol is 39 (“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” “The Virgin Suicides,” “Diary of the Dead”)
  • Lenny Von Dohlen is 64 (“Home Alone 3,” “Electric Dreams,” “Teeth”)
  • Hector Elizondo is 86 (“The Princess Diaries,” “Chicago Hope,” “Pretty Woman”)
  • Ralph Fiennes is 60 (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” “Schindler’s List,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel”)
  • Genevieve Knight “G” Hannelius is 24 (“Dog with a Blog,” “Den Brother,” “Surviving Suburbia”)
  • Tasie Lawrence is 29 (“House of Anubis,” “The Tower,” “Good Kids”)
  • Dina Meyer is 54 (“Starship Troopers,” “Saw,” “Johnny Mnemonic”)
  • Brooke Nevin is 40 (“Infestation,” “I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer,” “Breakout Kings”)
  • Bern Nadette Stanis is 69 (Thelma Evans Anderson on “Good Times,” “The Parent ‘Hood”) (FAST FACT: She dropped out of Juilliard to take her role on the show)
  • Remy Thorne is 26 (“Rubber,” “Miss March,” “Bad”) (age is according to FamousBirthdays.com)
  • The late Barbara Billingsley (1915-2010) (‘June Cleaver’ on “Leave It to Beaver”)
  • The late Ruth Roman (1922-1999)… she would have been 100 (“Strangers on a Train,” “The Far Country,” “Champion”)

Musicians:

  • DJ Basshunter (born Jonas Erik Altberg) is 38
  • Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen is 74
  • Jordin Sparks is 33 (FAST FACT: She was 17 when she won season six of “American Idol”)
  • Meghan Trainor is 29 (FAST FACT: She’s been married to actor Daryl Sabara – of “Spy Kids” fame – since 2018 and welcomed their first child together in 2021)
  • The late Bee Gee Maurice Gibb (1949-2003)… he would have been 73
  • The late Bee Gees Robin Gibb (1949-2012)… he would have been 73
  • The late Hawkshaw Hawkins (given name Harold Franklin Hawkins) (1921-1963)

Plus:

  • Celebrity sib (and sometime actor/reality TV star) Ali Lohan is 29
  • 10-time MLB All-Star and four-time Cy Young Award-winning pitcher Steve Carlton is 78 (St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies)
  • Texas Senator Ted Cruz is 52 (FAST FACT: He became the first Hispanic and minority to be elected a US Senator from Texas in 2013)
  • Funnyman Anthony Jeselnik is 44
  • ABC Newswoman Diane Sawyer is 77
  • The late First Lady Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Johnson (1912-2007) (married to Lyndon Johnson)
  • The late baseball legend Connie Mack (1862-1956) (The longest-serving manager in Major League Baseball history, he holds records for wins – 3,731, losses – 3,948, and games managed – 7,755, with his victory total being almost 1,000 more than any other manager)
  • The late British explorer James Oglethorpe (1696-1785) (He founded the colony of Georgia)
  • The late “Match Game” TV host Gene Rayburn (1917-1999)

December 23rd

Actors:

  • Reed Alexander is 28 (“iCarly,” “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Jr,” “Magnus, Inc.”) (FAST FACT: A food blog he began in 2009 turned into a second career as a spokesman for healthy eating habits)
  • Susan Lucci is 76 (‘Erica Kane’ on “All My Children”)
  • Nick Moran is 53 (Wiki says 52 or 53, IMDB says 52) (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 & 2,” “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels”)
  • Joan Severance is 64 (“See No Evil, Hear No Evil,” “Bird on a Wire,” “No Holds Barred”)
  • Harry Shearer is 79 (“This Is Spinal Tap,” “A Mighty Wind,” “The Simpsons”)
  • Estella Warren is 44 (“Planet of the Apes,” “The Cooler,” “Kangaroo Jack”) (FAST FACT: She competed in the 1996 Olympics for synchronized swimming)
  • The late Corey Haim (1971-2010)…he would have been 51 (“The Lost Boys,” “License to Drive,” “Lucas”)

Musicians:

  • McFly’s Harry Judd is 37
  • Iron Maiden’s Dave Murray is 66
  • Genesis guitarist Anthony Phillips is 71
  • A Fine Frenzy (her actual name - Alison Sudol) is 38
  • Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder is 58 (FAST FACT: He has been ranked #7 on Rolling Stone’s Best Lead Singers of All Time list)

Plus:

  • Former San Fran 49ers coach (and current Michigan Wolverines head coach) Jim Harbaugh is 59
  • Voicist Jess Harnell is 59 (“Up,” “Animaniacs,” “WALL-E,” “Crash Bandicoot,” among many others.) (FAST FACT: He has been the announcer for “American’s Funniest Home Videos” since 1998)
  • Wildlife TV producer Martin Kratt is 57 (“Zoboomafoo,” “Kratt’s Creatures”)
  • Reality star Holly Madison is 43 (“Girls Next Door”)
  • The late cosmetic pioneer Sarah Breedlove (aka Madame C.J. Walker) (1867-1919) (FAST FACT: She was the first female self-made millionaire in the United States. She made her fortune by developing and marketing a line of beauty and hair products for black women under the company she founded, Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company)
  • The late religious leader Joseph Smith (1805-1844) (He’s the founder of the Latter Day Saints movement and author of “The Book of Mormon”)

December 23rd

Actors:

· Reed Alexander is 28 (“iCarly,” “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Jr,” “Magnus, Inc.”) (FAST FACT: A food blog he began in 2009 turned into a second career as a spokesman for healthy eating habits)

· Susan Lucci is 76 (‘Erica Kane’ on “All My Children”)

· Nick Moran is 53 (Wiki says 52 or 53, IMDB says 52) (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 & 2,” “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels”)

· Joan Severance is 64 (“See No Evil, Hear No Evil,” “Bird on a Wire,” “No Holds Barred”)

· Harry Shearer is 79 (“This Is Spinal Tap,” “A Mighty Wind,” “The Simpsons”)

· Estella Warren is 44 (“Planet of the Apes,” “The Cooler,” “Kangaroo Jack”) (FAST FACT: She competed in the 1996 Olympics for synchronized swimming)

· The late Corey Haim (1971-2010)…he would have been 51 (“The Lost Boys,” “License to Drive,” “Lucas”)

Musicians:

· McFly’s Harry Judd is 37

· Iron Maiden’s Dave Murray is 66

· Genesis guitarist Anthony Phillips is 71

· A Fine Frenzy (her actual name - Alison Sudol) is 38

· Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder is 58 (FAST FACT: He has been ranked #7 on Rolling Stone’s Best Lead Singers of All Time list)

Plus:

· Former San Fran 49ers coach (and current Michigan Wolverines head coach) Jim Harbaugh is 59

· Voicist Jess Harnell is 59 (“Up,” “Animaniacs,” “WALL-E,” “Crash Bandicoot,” among many others.) (FAST FACT: He has been the announcer for “American’s Funniest Home Videos” since 1998)

· Wildlife TV producer Martin Kratt is 57 (“Zoboomafoo,” “Kratt’s Creatures”)

· Reality star Holly Madison is 43 (“Girls Next Door”)

· The late cosmetic pioneer Sarah Breedlove (aka Madame C.J. Walker) (1867-1919) (FAST FACT: She was the first female self-made millionaire in the United States. She made her fortune by developing and marketing a line of beauty and hair products for black women under the company she founded, Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company)

· The late religious leader Joseph Smith (1805-1844) (He’s the founder of the Latter Day Saints movement and author of “The Book of Mormon”)

Tomorrow, December 24th

Actors:

· Diedrich Bader is 56 (“The Beverly Hillbillies,” “The Drew Carey Show,” “Napoleon Dynamite,” “Office Space,” “Ice Age”)

· Grand L. Bush is 67 (“Die Hard,” “Demolition Man,” “Lethal Weapon”)

· Clarence Gilyard Jr. is 67 (“Walker, Texas Ranger,” “Die Hard,” “Top Gun”)

· Stephanie Hodge is 66 (“Unhappily Ever After,” “Nurses,” “Yes Man”) – 60

· Anil Kapoor is 66 (“Slumdog Millionaire,” “Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol,” “Race 2”)

· Amaury Nolasco is 52 (“Prison Break,” “Transformers,” “2 Fast 2 Furious”) – 46

· Matt Passmore is 49 (“The Glades,” “McLeod’s Daughter,” “Last Man Standing”)

· Austin Stowell is 38 (“Whiplash,” “Dolphin Tale,” “Love and Honor”) – 32

· Mark Valley is 58 (“Boston Legal,” “The Siege,” “Human Target,” “Body of Proof,” “Crisis”)

· Wade Williams is 61 (“Gangster Squad,” “Prison Break,” “The Dark Knight Rises”)

· The late Ava Gardner (“The Killers,” “On the Beach,” “The Night of the Iguana”) (1922-1990)… she would have been 100

 

Musicians:

· Ricky Martin is 51

· Lawson’s Adam Pitts is 32

· One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson is 31

· The late jazz sensation Warren “Baby” Dodds (1898-1959) (He is regarded as one of the best jazz drummers of the pre-big band era, and one of the most important early jazz drummers)

 

Plus:

· ESPN & CBS sportscaster Jay Bilas is 59

· Director/Producer Lee Daniels is 63 (“Precious,” “Monster’s Ball,” “The Butler,” “Empire”)

· Celebrity hair mogul and reality star Kim Kimble is 51 (WE tv's “L.A. Hair”)

· “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer is 49 (yes, that’s how it’s spelled)

· TV and radio personality Ryan Seacrest is 48

· The late suspense novelist Mary Higgins Clark (1927 – 2020)...she would have been 95 (“A Cry in the Night,” “Remember Me,” “Pretend You Don’t See Her”)

· The late aviation millionaire Howard Hughes (1905-1976) (FAST FACT: He was portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio in 2004’s “The Aviator”)

Sunday, December 25th

Actors:

· Jillie Mack is 65 (“Silverfox,” “Adventures of Nicholas at Roaring Camp,” “Tales from the Darkside”) (FAST FACT: She’s been married to Tom Selleck since 1987)

· Georgia Moffett is 38 (“Like Father Like Son,” “Tom Brown’s Schooldays,” “White Van Man”)

· CCH Pounder is 70 (“All That Jazz,” “The Shield,” “Face/Off,” “Avatar,” “Sons of Anarchy,” “NCIS: New Orleans”)

· Sissy Spacek is 73 (“Carrie,” “The Straight Story,” “In the Bedroom”) (FAST FACT: her films have grossed over $700-million globally)

· The late Humphrey Bogart (1899-1957) (“Casablanca,” “The Maltese Falcon,” “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre”) (FAST FACT: The American Film Institute called him the Greatest Male Star In Cinema’s History in 1999)

· The late Mabel King (1932-1999)…she would have been 90 (“The Jerk,” “What’s Happening!!,” “The Wiz,” “Scrooged”)

 

Musicians:

· Jimmy Buffett is 76

· Armin Van Buuren is 46

· Dido is 51 (Her given name? Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O'Malley Armstrong)

· Paul Revere & The Raiders’ bassist Ron Foos is 73

· Annie Lennox is 68

· Barbara Mandrell is 74

· The Veronica’s Lisa Origliasso is 38

· Steve Wariner is 68

· A Day to Remember’s Neil Westfall is 35

· The late Cab Calloway (1907-1994) (He was strongly associated with Harlem’s Cotton Club in New York City, where he was a regular performer. While his heyday was in the 40’s, he continued to perform until his death in 1994.)

 

Plus:

· Original ‘supermodel’ Helena Christensen is 54 (FAST FACT: She shares son Mingus with ex Norman Reedus...who is now partnered with Diane Kruger)

· Reality star Rob Mariano is 47 (“Survivor,” “The Amazing Race”) (FAST FACT: He’s been married to “Survivor” alum Amber Brkich since 2005 – they have four children)

· Baseball Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson is 64 (FAST FACTS: He holds the major league records for career stolen bases, runs scored, unintentional walks and leadoff home runs.)

· The late American Red Cross founder Clara Barton (A pioneer hospital nurse in the American Civil War, she was also a teacher, and patent clerk. Aside from her other accomplishments, she’s noteworthy for her humanitarian work – at a time when relatively few women worked outside the home. But she wasn’t all work, she also had a relationship with John J. Elwell and received three proposals throughout her lifetime, but never married.) (1821-1912)

· The late Chevy Motors founder Louis Chevrolet (He founded both the Chevrolet Motor Car Company in 1911 and the Frontenac Motor Company in 1916) (1878-1941)

· The late Baseball Hall of Famer Pud Galvin (FAST FACT: He was the first pitcher ever to win 300 games) (1856-1902)

· The late Hilton Hotel founder Conrad Hilton (1887-1979)

· The late “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” creator Robert Ripley (1890-1949)

· The late “Twilight Zone” creator Rod Sterling (FAST FACTS: Serling was active in politics, both on and off the screen, and helped form television industry standards. He was known as the "angry young man" of Hollywood, clashing with television executives and sponsors over a wide range of issues including censorship, racism, and war.) (1924-1975)… he would have been 99

· The late Houston Texans’ wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (1987 – 2021) …he would have 35

December 26th

Actors:

· Beth Behrs is 37 (“American Pie: The Book of Love,” “Adventures of Serial Buddies,” “2 Broke Girls”)

· Nichola Burley is 36 (“Born Equal,” “Drop Dead Gorgeous,” “Goldplated,” “Death Comes to Pemberley,” “Donkey Punch,” “StreetDance 3D”)

· Kit Harington is 36 (“Silent Hill: Revelation,” “Pompeii,” “Testament of Youth,” “Game of Thrones”)

· Jared Leto is 51 (“My So-Called Life,” “Requiem for a Dream,” “American Psycho,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Suicide Squad,” “Blade Runner 2049”)

· Temuera Morrison is 62 (“Stars Wars” franchise as Jango Fett in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones” and Commander Cody in “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith,” “Once Were Warriors,” “Speed 2: Cruise Control”)

· Eden Sher is 31 (“Veronica Mars,” “Weeds,” “The Middle”)

· The late Caroll Spinney (1933 – 2019) ...he would have been 89 (‘Big Bird’ and ‘Oscar the Grouch’ on “Sesame Street”) (He was usually credited as Caroll Spinney but was sometimes credited using the alternate spelling Carroll Spinney or under the name Ed Spinney. No matter the name, he brought joy to millions of children for more than 50 years with his work on “Sesame Street.” After “retiring” from his active role as a puppeteer, the roles of Big Bird and Oscar were handed over to Matt Vogel and Eric Jacobson, respectively.)

· The late Richard Widmark (1914-2008) (“Judgment at Nuremberg,” “The Alamo,” “Pickup on South Street”)

 

Musicians:

· Black Veil Brides’ Andy “Six” Biersack is 32

· Chris Daughtry is 43

· The Shins’ James Mercer is 52

· Jade Thirlwall of Little Mix is 30

· Metallica’s Lars Ulrich is 59

· The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band keyboardist Bob Carpenter (1945 – 1995)…he would have been 77

 

Plus:

· TV personality/pundit Candy Crowley is 71 (FAST FACT: She has covered elections for more than twenty years).

· Author David Sedaris is 66 (“Naked,” “Me Talk Pretty One Day”)

· Baseball Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith is 68 (Nicknamed “The Wizard,” for his defensive brilliance, Smith set major league records for career assists – 8,375 – and double plays – 1,590 – by a shortstop (the latter since broken by Omar Vizquel), as well as the National League record with 2,511 career games at the position)

· Nature-man Ed Stafford is 47 (He set a Guinness record by walking the entire length of the Amazon River)

· “America’s Most Wanted” host John Walsh is 77

· The late talk show host Steve Allen (1921-2000) (He served as the first host of NBC’s late-night program, “The Tonight Show”)

· The late calculator inventor Charles Babbage (1791-1871) (He’s considered to be the Father of Computing)

· The late funnyman Alan King (1927-2004)… he would have been 95 (Aside from his legendary comedy career, he also popped up in films including “Casino,” “Night and the City,” “I, the Jury,” Just Tell Me What You Want,” “Memories of Me”)

· The late author Henry Miller (1891-1980) (“Tropic of Cancer,” “Tropic of Capricorn,” “The Rosy Crucifixion” Trilogy) (FAST FACT: All of his books were banned in the United States until 1961)

· The late songwriter/Producer Phil Spector (1939 – 2021)…he would have been 83 (He is credited for inventing the Wall of Sound method of production) (FAST FACT: He died in prison while serving a 19-year prison sentence for the second-degree murder of actress Lana Clarkson)

December 28th

Actors:

  • Madison De la Garza is 21 (“Desperate Housewives,” ‘Bad Teacher”)
  • Thomas Dekker is 35 (“A Nightmare on Elm Street,” “Terminator: The Sarah Connors Chronicles,” “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show”)
  • Vanessa Ferlito is 41 (“Death Proof,” “Grindhouse,” “24,” “CSI: NY,” “Graceland”)
  • Elaine Hendrix is 52 (“The Parent Trap,” “Superstar,” “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion”)
  • Joe Manganiello is 46 (“True Blood,” “Spider Man,” “Magic Mike”) (FAST FACT: He’s been married to Sofia Vergara since November 2015)
  • Sienna Miller is 41 (“Stardust,” “Casanova,” “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”)
  • Noomi Rapace is 43 (“Prometheus,” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”)
  • Mackenzie Rosman is 33 (“7th Heaven,” “Ghost Shark,” “Fading of the Cries”)
  • Maggie Smith is 88 (“Harry Potter” franchise, “Gosford Park,” “Downton Abbey”)
  • Denzel Washington is 68 (“Training Day,” “American Gangster,” “Man on Fire”)
  • The late Martin Milner (1931 – 2015)…he would have been 91 (“Adam-12,” “Route 66,” “Sweet Smell of Success”)
  • The late Nichelle Nichols (1932 – 2022)…she would have been 90 (‘Lt. Uhura’ on “Star Trek”)

Musicians:

  • John Legend is 44
  • Shenandoah’s Mike McGuire is 64
  • Diamond Rio’s Marty Roe is 62
  • Edgar Winter is 76
  • The late Joe Diffie (1958 – 2020)…he would have been 64
  • The late Johnny Otis (1921-2012) (He’s considered by many to be the Godfather of Rhythm and Blues)

Plus:

  • Journalist Willow Bay is 59 (FAST FACT: She was the face of Estee Lauder from 1983-1989 and is currently director of the USC Annenberg School of Journalism)
  • Director James Foley is 69 (“Fear,” “Reckless”) (FAST FACT: he was Sean Penn’s best man at his 1985 wedding to Madonna)
  • Newswoman and Celebrity BFF Gayle King is 68
  • TV personality Seth Meyers is 49 (“Saturday Night Live,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers”)
  • The late Marvel Comics chairman and comic book legend Stan Lee (1922 – 2018)…he would have been 100 (responsible for Spider-Man, Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, X-Men and the Fantastic Four)
  • The late 28th President Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) (He was office from 1913 –1921)

December 29th

Actors:

  • Alison Brie is 40 (“GLOW,” “Mad Men,” “Scream 4,” “Community,” “Get Hard,” “Sleeping with Other People,” “The Little Hours”)
  • Patricia Clarkson is 63 (“Pieces of April,” “Six Feet Under,” “The Green Mile,” “The Untouchables,” “Easy A”)
  • Michael Cudlitz is 58 (“Southland,” “Band of Brothers,” “Walking Dead”)
  • Ted Danson is 75 (“The Good Place,” “Cheers,” “Becker,” “Damages,” “Bored to Death,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “CSI: Cyber”)
  • Iain De Caestecker is 35 (“Lost River,” “Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”)
  • Jude Law is 50 (“The Talented Mr. Ripley,” “A.I.,” “Gattaca,” “Sherlock Holmes,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel”)
  • Katherine Moennig is 45 (“L Word,” “Young Americans,” “Three Rivers,” “Ray Donovan”)
  • Diego Luna is 43 (“Y Tu Mama Tambien,” “Milk,” “The Terminal,” “Frida”)
  • Mekhi Phifer is 48 (”ER,” “Lie To Me,” “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer,” “8 Mile, “White Collar”)
  • Jon Voight is 84 (“Midnight Cowboy,” “Coming Home,” “Tomb Raider,” “Ali,” “Mission: Impossible,” “Transformers,” “Ray Donovan”) (FAST FACT: He’s Angelina Jolie’s dad)
  • The late Dina Merrill (1923 – 2017) (“Operation Petticoat” “The Sundowners,” “Butterfield 8,” “Caddyshack II,” “True Colors”)
  • The late Mary Tyler Moore (1936 - 2017) (“Dick Van Dyke,” “Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Ordinary People,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie”)

Musicians:

  • Jessica Andrews is 39
  • Cannibal Corpse’s Chris Barnes is 55
  • The Offspring’s Dexter Holland is 57
  • Slim Jxmmi (given name Aaquil Brown) is 3 (that’s according to FamousBirthdays.com)
  • Marco Antonio Solis is 63
  • The late Pimp C (born Chad Lamont Butler)(1973 - 2007)…he would have been 49

Plus:

  • TV Personality and former New Orleans Saints’ coach Sean Payton is 58 (NFL head coach known for his offensive mind. He led the New Orleans Saints to victory in Super Bowl XLIV)
  • Comedienne Paula Poundstone is 63
  • Soccer champ Christen Press is 34 (Forward who joined the U.S. women's soccer team in 2013 and was a member of the 2015 World Cup Championship team) (FAST FACTS: She won the Hermann Trophy in 2010 and the Damallsvenskan Golden Boot Award in 2013)

The late 17th President Andrew Johnson (1808 – 1875) (The 17th president of the United States who ascended to office following the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. His Reconstruction policies placed him directly in the crosshairs of Congress, and he became the first president to be impeached by the House of Representatives. He was acquitted by the Senate with just one vote.)

December 30th

Actors:

  • Eliza Dushku is 42 (“True Lies,” “The New Guy,” “Bring It On,” “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back,” “Dollhouse,” “Tru Calling”)
  • Kristin Kreuk is 40 (“Edgemont,” “Smallville,” “Eurotrip,” “Beauty and the Beast”)
  • Sheryl Lee Ralph is 66 (“To Sleep With Danger,” “Dreamgirls,” “Moesha”)
  • Tracey Ullman is 63 (“The Tracey Ullman Show,” “Tracey Ullman's State of the Union,” “Small Time Crooks,” “Into the Woods”)
  • Joseph Bologna (1934-2017)… he would have been 88 (“Lovers and Other Strangers,” “Blame It On Rio,” “My Favorite Year,” “Big Daddy,” “Arliss”)
  • The late Jack Lord (1920 – 1998) (“Hawaii Five-O,” “Man of the West,” “Dr. No”)

Musicians:

  • Andra Day is 38
  • Hot Chelle Rae’s Jamie Follese is 31
  • Tyrese Gibson is 44
  • Ellie Goulding is 36
  • Jeff Lynne is 75
  • Patti Smith is 76
  • Yelawolf (born Michael Wayne Atha) is 43
  • The late Skeeter Davis (born Mary Frances Penick) (1931 - 2004)…she would have been 91
  • The late Davy Jones (1945 – 2012)…he would have been 77
  • The late Monkee Michael Nesmith (1942 – 2021)…he would have been 80
  • The late Fred Ward (1942-2022)…he would have been 81

Plus:

  • Boxer Laila Ali is 45 (During her career, from which she retired undefeated, she held the WBC, WIBA, IWBF and IBA female super middleweight titles, and the IWBF light heavyweight title)
  • Celebrity kid Justin Combs is 29 (Diddy’s his daddy) (FAST FACT: He was featured with his father on MTV's “Super Sweet 16” in 2008)
  • Reality stars Jedidiah and Jeremiah Duggar are 24 (“19 & Counting”)
  • TV/Radio Personality Sean Hannity is 61
  • Baseball legend Sandy Koufax is 87 (At age 37 in 1972, he became the youngest player ever inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame)
  • Disgraced newsman Matt Lauer (and former “Today” host) is 65
  • Los Angeles Lakers forward Lebron James is 38 (He has won three NBA championships (2012, 2013, 2016), four NBA Most Valuable Player Awards (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013), three NBA Finals MVP Awards (2012, 2013, 2016), two Olympic gold medals (2008, 2012), an NBA scoring title (2008), and the NBA Rookie of the Year Award (2004). He has also been selected to 12 NBA All-Star teams, 12 All-NBA teams, and six All-Defensive teams, and is the Cavaliers' all-time leading scorer.)
  • Disgraced Olympic sprinter Ben Johnson is 61 (He won two Olympic bronze medals and an Olympic gold medal, which was later rescinded. He set consecutive 100-meters world records at the 1987 World Championships in Athletics and the 1988 Summer Olympics, but he was disqualified for doping, losing the Olympic title and both records.)
  • Director Bennett Miller is 56 (“Capote,” “Moneyball”)
  • Pro-skateboarder and reality star Ryan Sheckler is 33 (He became known for his MTV show, “Life of Ryan.” He won his first gold medal at the 2003 Summer X Games at age thirteen. He won gold again in 2008 and 2010)
  • TV personality Meredith Vieira is 69
  • Golf champ Tiger Woods is 47 (Before his career faltered, he won over 100 Tour events and became the youngest player to complete the PGA Career Grand Slam)
  • The late poet and author Rudyard Kipling (1865 – 1936) (“The Jungle Book,” “Gunga Din,” “Just So Stories”)
  • The late TV and radio legend Bert Parks (1914 – 1992) (He hosted the annual “Miss America” telecast from 1955 to 1979 – and sang the classic theme song, “There She Is”)

December 31st

Actors:

  • Don Diamont is 60 (“The Young and the Restless,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Anger Management”)
  • Anthony Hopkins is 85 (“The Elephant Man,” “Hannibal,” “Bram Stoker's Dracula,” “Howards End,” “Remains of the Day,” “Silence Of The Lambs,” “Legends of the Fall,” “Meet Joe Black,” “Thor”)
  • Val Kilmer is 63 (“Willow,” “Top Secret!,” “Heat,” “Batman Forever,” “Tombstone,” “Top Gun,” “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”)
  • Ben Kinglsey is 79 (“Ghandi,” “Schindler’s List,” “Iron Man 3”)
  • Tim Matheson is 75 (“National Lampoon’s Animal House,” “1941,” “Magnum Force,” “Van Wilder: Party Liaison,” “The West Wing,” “Burn Notice,” “Hart of Dixie,” “This Is Us”)
  • Sarah Miles is 81 (“Ryan’s Daughter,” “Blowup,” “The Servant”)
  • Bebe Neuwirth is 64 (“Jumanji,” “Cheers,” “Madam Secretary”)
  • Lance Reddick is 60 (“Fringe,” “The Wire,” “White House Down”)
  • James Remar is 69 (“Dexter,” “Django Unchained,” “The Girl Next Door”)
  • The late Rex Allen (1920-1999) (known as “The Arizona Cowboy”)

Musicians:

  • The Guess Who’s Burton Cummings is 75
  • Aerosmith’s Tom Hamilton is 71
  • New Kids on the Block’s Joey McIntyre is 50
  • Psy (his birth name, Park Jae-Sang) is 45
  • The Police’s Andy Summers is 80
  • The late John Denver (1943-1997)… he would have been 79. (“Rocky Mountain High,” “Take Me Home, Country Roads”)
  • The late Donna Summer (1948-2012)… she would have been 74. (FAST FACT: She had four #1 singles on the charts within 13 months of each other)

Plus:

  • Gymnast Gabby Douglas is 27 (FAST FACT: She became the first African American woman to win the gymnastics all-around gold medal and team competition at the 2012 Olympics)
  • Clothing designer Diane von Furstenberg is 76
  • TV personality/podcaster Clayton Morris is 46 (“Fox & Friends Weekend,” “Investing in Real Estate”)
  • Romantic novelist Nicholas Sparks is 57 (“A Walk To Remember,” “The Notebook”)
  • The late war hero George Marshall (Chief of Staff, Secretary of Defense and Secretary of State during WWII) (1880-1959)
  • The late founder of modern anatomy Andreas Vesalius (author of, “On the Fabric of the Human Body”) (1514-1564)

Sunday, January 1st

Actors:

  • Morris Chestnut is 54 (“Boyz In the Hood,” “V,” “American Horror Story: Murder House,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Rosewood”)
  • Frank Langella is 85 (“Dracula,” “Dave,” “Good Night and Good Luck”)
  • Colin Morgan is 37 (“Merlin,” “The Living and the Dead,” “Humans,” “The Fall”)
  • Dedee Pfeiffer is 59 (“Cybill,” “For Your Love”)
  • The late Verne Troyer (1969 – 2018)…he would have been 54 (“Austin Powers,” “Men In Black,” “Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas”)

Musicians:

  • Country Joe McDonald is 81
  • Tank is 47 (given name Durrell Babbs)
  • Grand Master Flash is 65 (born Joseph Saddler)
  • Echosmith bassist Noah Sierota is 27

Plus:

  • Olympian and reality TV star Meryl Davis is 36 (“Dancing With The Stars”) (2014 Olympic gold medalist, 2010 Olympic silver medalist, and a multiple-time World and Grand Prix Final champion. She first teamed up with her longtime partner Charlie White in 1997. She won the 18th season of “DWTS” alongside Maksim Chmerkovskiy)
  • Libertarian former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson is 70
  • Comedian Don Novello (aka Father Guido Sarducci) is 80
  • The late Native American explorer Pocahontas (1595-1617) (After saving the life of English colonist John Smith when he was sentenced to death by her father, Chief Powhatan, this Algonquin member of the Tsenacommacah tribal nation married John Rolfe, another Englishman who was living in Virginia's Jamestown settlement)
  • The late Revolutionary War patriot Paul Revere (1735-1818) (He was famous for his midnight ride)

Monday, January 2nd

Actors:

  • Kate Bosworth is 40 (“The Horse Whisperer,” “Remember the Titans,” “Blue Crush,” “Wonderland,” “Superman Returns,” “Still Alice”)
  • Gabrielle Carteris is 62 (“Beverly Hills 90210”)
  • Tia Carrere is 56 (“General Hospital,” “Wayne’s World,” “Wayne’s World 2,” “Relic Hunter”) (FAST FACT: Outside of acting, Tia appeared as a contestant in the second season of “Dancing with the Stars” and the fifth season of “Celebrity Apprentice”)
  • Taye Diggs is 53 (“How Stella Got Her Groove Back,” “The Best Man,” “Murder in the First”) (FAST FACT: Also a star on Broadway, his stage roles include “Rent” and “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”)
  • Cuba Gooding Jr. is 55 (“Boyz n the Hood,” “Jerry Maguire,” “As Good as It Gets,” “American Gangster,” “Lee Daniels' The Butler,” “Selma,” “The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” “American Horror Story”)
  • Dax Shepard is 48 (“Idiocracy,” “Employee of the Month,” “Parenthood”)

Musicians:

  • Capital Cities’ Ryan Merchant is 42
  • Hoobastank’s Doug Robb is 48
  • Bryson Tiller is 30
  • The late Roger Miller (1936 – 1992)…he would have been 87

Plus:

  • Disgraced televangelist Jim Bakker is 83 (A convicted fraudster, the former Assemblies of God minister and a former host of The PTL Club, an accusation of rape made by his secretary Jessica Hahn led to his resignation from the ministry. Subsequent revelations of accounting fraud brought about his imprisonment and divorce from wife Tammy Faye Bakker. He later remarried and has returned to televangelism…and selling emergency food supplies as well as “apocalypse-proof” condos).
  • TV personality Jack Hanna is 76 (He’s also the Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium)
  • Supermodel Christy Turlington is 54 (FAST FACT: She, Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista are called the "Trinity" because of the power and fame that all three gained.)
  • The late author Isaac Asimov (1920 – 1992) (Best known for the “Foundation” series, the “Galactic Empire,” the “Robot” series, he was a prolific writer. He wrote hundreds of short stories, including the social science fiction "Nightfall," which was voted by the Science Fiction Writers of America in 1964 as the best short science fiction story of all time)

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