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Birthdays - June 17th, 18th, 19th

Friday, June 17th

Actors:

  • Scott Adkins is 46 (“The Expendables 2,” “The Bourne Ultimatum”)
  • Mark Linn Baker is 68 (“Perfect Strangers,” “Noises Off”)
  • Thomas Haden Church is 62 (“Wings,” “Ned& Stacey,” “Sideways,” “Spider Man 3”)
  • Arthur Darvill is 40 (“Dr. Who,” “Robin Hood”)
  • Will Forte is 52 (“Saturday Night Live,” “30 Rock,” “Last Man On Earth”)
  • Greg Kinnear is 59 (“You’ve Got Mail,” “As Good As It Gets,” “The Last Song,” “The Kennedys”)
  • Joshua Leonard is 47 (“The Blair Witch Project”)
  • Erin Murphy is 58 (“Bewitched’s” Tabitha)
  • Jason Patric is 56 (“The Lost Boys,” “The Outsider”) (FAST FACTS: A TMZ report claims that he donated his sperm to help his then-girlfriend and later fought for partial custody of the child – and won it. His paternal grandfather was Jackie Gleason, the star of the sitcom “The Honeymooners.”)
  • The late William Lucking (1941 – 2021)…he would have been 81 (“Sons of Anarchy,” “The A-Team”)

Musicians:

  • Jello Biafra is 64
  • Krayzie Bone is 49 (born Anthony Henderson)
  • Kendrick Lamar is 35
  • Barry Manilow is 79
  • Paulina Rubio is 51 (FAST FACTS: She was also judge on season three of “The X Factor.”)
  • Color Me Badd’s Kevin Thornton is 53
  • The late composer Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) (FAST FACTS: His parents wanted him to be a lawyer but was convinced by the great Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov to pursue a career in music.)

Plus:

  • Fashion designer Tory Burch is 56
  • Former Speaker of the House (and one-time candidate for President) Newt Gingrich is 79
  • Australian swimmer and Olympian Stephanie Rice is 34 (She won three gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.)
  • Tennis great Venus Williams is 42 (FAST FACTS: She won the Australian Open and French Open singles competition in 1998 and was the first black woman to become World Number One. She became one of the first three female tennis players to reach the finals of all four grand slams along with her younger sister Serena and Maria Sharapova.)
  • The late entrepreneur Ruth Graves Wakefield (she invented the Toll House Cookie) (1903-1977)

Saturday, June 18th

Actors:

  • David Giuntoli is 42 (“Grimm,” “Caroline and Jackie,” “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” “Buddymoon,” ““A Million Little Things”)
  • Willa Holland is 31 (“The O.C.,” “Gossip Girl,” “Kingdom Hearts,” “Arrow”)
  • Carol Kane is 70 (“Taxi,” “The World’s Greatest Lover,” “Princess Bride,” “Scrooged,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”)
  • Richard Madden is 36 (“Complicity,” “Game of Thrones,” “Cinderella,” “Ibiza,” “Rocketman”)
  • Renee Olstead is 33 (“The Secret Life of an American Teenager,” “Still Standing”)
  • Max Records is 25 (“Where the Wild Things Are,” “The Brothers Bloom”)
  • Isabella Rossellini is 70 (“Blue Velvet,” “Wild At Heart,” “Death Becomes Her,” “Wyatt Earp,” “Immortal Beloved,” “Shut Eye”)
  • Meaghan Rath is 36 (“Being Human,” “Hawaii Five-O”)
  • The late Jeanette MacDonald (1903 – 1965) (“Maytime,” “The Love Parade”)

Musicians:

  • Migos’ Takeoff is 28 (his given name, Kirshnik Ball)
  • All Time Low’s Jack Barakat is 34
  • Twenty One Pilots’ Josh Dun is 34
  • OT Genasis is 35 (born Odis Oliver Flores)
  • Paul McCartney is 80
  • Boyz II Men’s Nathan Morris is 51
  • Ray LaMontagne is 49
  • Alison Moyet is 61
  • Guns N’ Roses’ Dizzy Reed is 59 (his actual name, Darren Arthur Reed)
  • Blake Shelton is 46
  • Silkk tha Shocker is 47 (born Vyshonne King Miller)

Plus:

  • MLB catcher Sandy Alomar, Jr. is 56 (FAST FACTS: He won the AL Rookie of the Year award in 1990 and is a six-time All-Star. And you could say his skill is genetic. He’s the son of former major leaguer Sandy Alomar Sr. and the brother of Hall of Fame second baseman Roberto Alomar.)
  • Talent manager Scooter Braun (and sometime TV personality) is 41 (Born Scott Samuel Braun, his roster of artists includes Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Psy, Carly Rae Jepsen, Dan + Shay, Tori Kelly, Kanye West and Zac Brown Band)
  • Comic book author and cartoonist Alan Davis is 66 (He drew “The Fantastic Four: The End” and has written several volumes of the Avengers and Captain America.)
  • Children’s author and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg is 73 (“Jumanji,” “The Polar Express”)
  • The late songwriter Sammy Cahn (1913-1993) (FAST FACTS: He wrote the songs “Come Fly With Me” and “Love and Marriage” and won four Academy Awards; he was nominated 22 times.)
  • The late legendary film critic Roger Ebert (1942 – 2013)…he would have been 80
  • The late poet Frances Sargent Osgood (1811-1850) (FAST FACTS: She was a 19th century American poet known for her works “The Casket of Fate” and “Puss in Boots.” It’s believed that after she separated from her husband, she and Edgar Allan Poe engaged in an affair of the heart – at least – for years. The pair exchanged love poems for years and it’s said that Poe's wife Virginia approved of the relationship – even inviting her to visit their home. Why? Virginia believed their friendship had a "restraining" effect on her husband. Poe had given up alcohol to impress Osgood, for example.)
  • The late Anastasia Nikolaevna (1901-1918) (The youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II, who was assassinated by Russian secret police, she was the center of many conspiracy theories. In fact, the classic animated film, “Anastasia,” is based on her life, and those rumors.)

Sunday, June 19th

Actors:

  • Hugh Dancy is 47 (“David Copperfield,” “Black Hawk Down,” “Ella Enchanted,” “Shooting Dogs,” “The Jane Austen Book Club,” “Hannibal,” “The Path,” “Law & Order”) (FAST FACTS: He married Claire Danes in 2009 after meeting on the set of “Evening.” They welcomed son Cyrus in 2012 and their second bundle of joy arrived in August 2018)
  • Paul Dano is 38 (“Little Miss Sunshine,” “12 Years a Slave”)
  • Jean Dujardin is 50 (“The Artist,” “The Wolf of Wall Street”) (FAST FACT: He won the Oscar for his role in the silent film “The Artist” in 2012)
  • Ryan Hurst is 46 (“Remember the Titans,” “We Were Soldiers,” “Sons of Anarchy,” “Bates Motel”)
  • Mia Maestro is 44 (“The Strain,” “Alias,” “Frida,” “The Twilight Saga”)
  • Phylicia Rashad is 74 (“The Cosby Show,” “A Raisin In The Sun,” “For Colored Girls,” “Good Deeds,” “Creed”)
  • Gena Rowlands is 92 (“A Woman Under The Influence,” “Gloria,” “The Betty Ford Story,” “Hysterical Blindness,” “The Notebook,” “Monk”)
  • Zoe Saldana is 44 (“Drumline,” “Star Trek,” ““Avatar,” “Colombiana,” “Star Trek into Darkness,” “Star Trek Beyond,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Avengers: Infinity War”) (FAST FACT: Her husband, Marco Perego Saldana, took her name when they married.)
  • Mia Sara is 55 (“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Legend,” “Time Cop,” “Chicago Hope,” “Birds of Prey”)
  • Robin Tunney is 50 (“Encino Man,” “Empire Records,” “The Craft,” “End of Days,” “Supernova,” “Vertical Limit,” “Prison Break”)
  • Aidan Turner is 39 (“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “The Clinic”)
  • Kathleen Turner is 68 (“Body Heat,” “Romancing the Stone” series, “Prizzi's Honor,” “The Accidental Tourist,” “The War of the Roses,” “Serial Mom,” “Peggy Sue Got Married,” “Californication”)
  • The late leader of the Three Stooges, Moe Howard (1897-1975) (“Men in White,” “Three Little Pigskins”)

Musicians:

  • Paula Abdul is 60
  • Mayday Parade’s Jeremy Lenzo is 36 (that’s according to FamousBirthdays.com)
  • The Avett Brothers’ Scott Avett is 46
  • Macklemore is 39 (his mama knows him as Benjamin Hammond Haggerty)
  • The Verve Pipe’s Brian Vander Ark is 56
  • Korn’s guitarist Brian “Head” Welch is 52
  • Heart’s Ann Wilson is 72
  • The late bandleader of The Royal Canadians, Guy Lombardo (1902-1977) (FAST FACTS: He and his band were known for singing “Auld Lang Syne” on New Year’s Eve. They sold over 100-million albums over the course of his career and he has three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.)

Plus:

  • Talk show host and author Laura Ingraham is 59 (“The Obama Diaries”)
  • Author Salman Rushdie is 75 (“The Satanic Verses,” “Midnight’s Children,” “Fury”) (FAST FACTS: He received death threats from the Iranian government for his controversial works – especially the “Satanic Verses,” which was deemed an affront to Islam.)
  • TV personality Lara Spencer is 53 (“Good Morning America,” “Antiques Roadshow FYI,” “Flea Market Flip”)
  • The late Baseball Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig (1903-1941) (FAST FACTS: He was a 7-time All Star, 6-time World Series Champion, 2-time AL MVP and became known as the “Iron Horse” after playing in 2,130 consecutive games.)
  • The late French physicist Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) (He was also a Christian philosopher, inventor, writer, and math theorist)

Monday, June 20th

Actors:

  • John Goodman is 70 (“Raising Arizona,” “Barton Fink,” “Always,” “The Babe,” “The Flintstones,” “The Artist,” “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” “The Big Lebnowski,” “Argo,” “The Hangover Part III,” “Patriots Day,” “10 Cloverfield Lane,” “Roseanne”)
  • Nicole Kidman is 55 (“Dead Calm,” “Moulin Rouge,” “Cold Mountain,” “The Hours,” “Big Little Lies”) (FAST FACT: She’s been married to Keith Urban since 2006)
  • Claudia Lee is 26 (“Zeke & Luther,” “Heart of Dixie”)
  • Josh Lucas is 51 (“Glory Road,” “Sweet Home Alabama,” “A Beautiful Mind,” “Hulk,” “Stealth,” “Poseidon,” “J. Edgar,” “Red Dog,” “The Mysteries of Laura”) (FAST FACTS: His given name? Joshua Lucas Easy Dent Maurer. And yes, that is his voice you hear on the Home Depot commercials)
  • Sereyah McNeil is 27 (“Empire”)
  • Christopher Mintz-Plasse is 33 (“Superbad,” “Role Models,” “Kick-Ass,” “Kick-Ass 2”)
  • Peter Paige is 53 (“Say Uncle,” “Queer as Folk”)
  • Tika Sumpter is 42 (“One Life to Live,” “Ride Along,” “Best Friends Date,” “The Haves and the Have Nots”)
  • The late Danny Aiello (1933-2019)...he would have been 89 (“The Godfather: Part II,” “Do the Right Thing,” “Once Upon a Time in America,” “The Purple Rose of Cairo,” “Moonstruck,” “Hudson Hawk,” “Ruby,” “2 Days in the Valley,” “Lucky Number Slevin,” “The Last Don”)
  • The late Olympia Dukakis (1931 – 2021) ...she would have been 91 (“Moonstruck,” “In the Land of Women,” “Steel Magnolias”)
  • The late Errol Flynn (1909-1959) (“The Adventures of Robin Hood,” “Captain Blood”)
  • The late Martin Landau (1928 – 2017)…he would have been 94(“Mission Impossible,” “Ed Wood,” “North by Northwest”)
  • The late John Mahoney (1940 – 2018)…he would have been 82 (“Frasier,” “Say Anything”)

Musicians:

  • Van Halen/ Chickenfoot/ Sammy Hagar and the Circle bassist Michael Anthony is 68
  • Switchfoot’s Jerome Fontamillas is 55
  • Sugar Ray’s Murphy Karges is 55 (that’s according to FamousBirthdays.com)
  • Anne Murray is 77
  • Grace Potter is 39 (FAST FACT: Grace and her record producer/husband, Eric Valentine, welcomed their son, Sagan Potter Valentine, in January 2018)
  • Twiggy Ramirez is 51 (Born Jeordie Osbourne White, he played with Marilyn Manson for a number of years – in 2017, he was kicked from Manson’s crew amid accusations by ex-girlfriend Jessicka Addams, who published a Facebook post accusing White of raping her, as well as physically and emotionally abusing her throughout their relationship)
  • Lionel Richie is 73 (FAST FACTS: He co-wrote the famous fundraising song “We Are the World” with Michael Jackson, which raised money for people in Africa. He also adopted Nicole Richie when she was 9.)
  • Duran Duran’s John Taylor is 62
  • Chuck Wicks is 43
  • Brian Wilson is 80 (FAST FACTS: He co-wrote over 25 top 40 hits for the Beach Boys such as “Good Vibrations” and “Surfin’ the USA.”)
  • The late guitarist Chet Atkins (1924-2001) …he would have been 98 (FAST FACTS: He received 14 Grammy awards and won the Instrumentalist of the Year honor at the Country Music Awards nine times.)

Plus:

  • Comedian Mike Birbiglia is 44
  • Director Stephen Frears is 81 (“My Beautiful Laundrette,” “Dangerous Liaisons,” “High Fidelity,” “The Queen,” “Philomena,” “Florence Foster Jenkins””)
  • Director Robert Rodriguez is 54 (“El Mariachi,” “Desperado,” “From Dusk Till Dawn,” “Spy Kids” films, “The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl,” “The Faculty,” “Planet Terror,” “Machete”)
  • WWF wrestler Koko B. “The Birdman” Ware is 64

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