Rupert Grint is an English actor famous for playing Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter film series. Thanks to the popularity of the film series, many children of the 2000s identify themselves with the character of Ron Weasley. Apart from being an actor, Rupert Grint is also a well-known charity worker, having donated several items to charity auctions.
American comedian, writer and actor, Dave Chappelle, is best known for the Chappelle’s Show, the acclaimed Comedy Central show which brought him much popularity before he decided to call it quits in its third season. He later released award winning comedy specials with Netflix. Dave has also featured in numerous films like Half Baked and A Star Is Born.
The father of former WWE wrestler and actor Dwayne Johnson, Rocky Johnson was a popular Canadian professional wrestler. He was the first black wrestler to win the Georgia Heavyweight Championship. He inspired several popular wrestlers, such as The Rock. He is also credited with helping wrestlers like Hulk Hogan establish themselves in the wrestling world.
Chad Michael Murray is an American actor who started his career as a fashion model, working for brands, such as Tommy Hilfiger and Gucci. Murray overcame his tough childhood and went on to establish himself as an actor. Also a writer, he co-authored a romantic thriller novel with Heather Graham, which was inspired by a dream!
One half of the famous comedy duo Fry and Laurie, Stephen Fry is an English actor and comedian. Considered a living legend by many, Stephen Fry has made major contributions to the field of entertainment and literature. An openly gay man, Fry serves as an inspiration to the LGBT community. He is also known for his charitable activities.
The youngest daughter of musician Lionel Richie, Sofia Richie is a model and fashion designer. After modeling for world-renowned brands, such as Chanel, Tommy Hilfiger, Adidas, and Dolce & Gabbana, Sofia Richie went on to have a major impact in the fashion world by releasing a swimwear collection and a clothing collection.
Vincent Kennedy McMahon is a professional wrestling promoter, currently serving as WWE's chairman and CEO. Often regarded as the most influential person in the history of professional wrestling, McMahon is credited with popularizing WWE. Also a well-known philanthropist, McMahon donated more than $8 million in 2008, giving grants to the Sacred Heart University, Fishburne Military School, and East Carolina University.
Marlee Matlin is an American actress and author. Her portrayal of Sarah Norman in the 1986 film Children of a Lesser God earned her the Academy Award for Best Actress, making her the only deaf performer to have received an Oscar. Apart from being an accomplished actress, Matlin is also an important member of the National Association of the Deaf.
Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho is best known for his iconic novel The Alchemist, which has been translated into about 70 languages. He was once sent to a mental institution by his parents for not following the usual career path. He dropped out of law school and became a hippie later.
Alex O'Loughlin is an Australian actor, director, writer, and producer. He is best known for his work in the popular police procedural TV series, Hawaii Five-0. Apart from being associated with the film and TV industry, Alex O'Loughlin also works closely with a nonprofit organization called Donate Life America for which he is the current ambassador.
Anne Archer is an American actress best known for playing Beth Rogerson Gallagher in the popular 1987 psychological thriller film Fatal Attraction, for which she received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress nomination. A member of the Church of Scientology, Anne Archer served as a spokeswoman for Applied Scholastics, a literacy training organization created by L. Ron Hubbard.
Jorge Luis Borges was an Argentine essayist, poet, short-story writer, and translator. An important figure in Spanish-language literature, Jorge Luis Borges' works have contributed immensely to fantasy and the philosophical literature genre. It is also said that his works, which incorporated themes like labyrinths, dreams, and mythology, marked the beginning of 20th-century Latin American literature's magic realist movement.
Duke Kahanamoku was an American competitive swimmer and surfer. He is credited with popularizing the ancient Hawaiian surfing. As a swimmer, Kahanamoku won three gold medals in two different Olympics. Kahanamoku was inducted into both the Surfing Hall of Fame and International Swimming Hall of Fame. He has been also inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame.
Brad Bird is an American animator, screenwriter, voice actor, and filmmaker. Mentored by Milt Kahl, Bird developed a love for animation at an early age. He then went on to work at Pixar and developed films like Ratatouille and The Incredibles, winning Academy Awards for both. He also holds the record for the most number of Annie Award wins.
Ruta Gedmintas is a British actress best known for playing Kirsten Velders in the American horror drama TV series, The Strain. Before establishing herself as an actress, Gedmintas studied acting under Reuven Adiv at the Drama Centre London. Although Gedmintas predominantly works in TV, she has played supporting roles in films like You Instead and A Street Cat Named Bob.
Sauli Niinistö went from being a lawyer and a rural police chief to leading Finland as its 12th president. Part of the National Coalition Party till 2012, he was the first conservative head of state in Finland since the 1950s. He has also led his country as its minister of justice and finance.
Carlo Gambino was an Italian-American kingpin of the famous Gambino crime family. He took over the Commission of the Mafia after the incarceration of Vito Genovese in 1959. Although he was involved in organized crime for more than five decades, he was imprisoned for only 22 months for a tax evasion charge. Carlo Gambino is often portrayed in crime films.
Born into a Jewish working-class, immigrant family in Brooklyn, Howard Zinn was initially dragged into communism. He was part of the U.S. Army during World War II and later established himself as a historian. Of his many books, the most popular has been A People's History of the United States.
Aloysius Pang was a Singaporean actor best remembered for his association with multiple Mediacorp dramas. In 2015, he was honored with the Star Award for Best Newcomer. Aloysius Pang died at the age of 28 while training as part of the Singapore Army.
Anže Kopitar is a Slovene ice hockey player and the current captain for the Los Angeles Kings of the NHL. Since becoming the first Slovene to play in the National Hockey League in 2006, Kopitar has made his presence felt in the professional ice hockey league. In 2012 and 2014, Anže Kopitar helped the Kings win the prestigious Stanley Cup.