DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS

 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.)

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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