Famous People Born In 1949

Discover the most famous people born in 1949. The list includes people like Pablo Escobar, Gary Ridgway, Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Christopher Hitchens and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, guitarists, composers and journalists born in 1949. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & India and many more countries.
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Meryl Streep
(Regarded as 'The Best Actress of Her Generation')
Meryl Streep
106
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 22nd June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: SummitSummit, New Jersey, United States

Often described as the "best actress of her generation," Meryl Streep is acclaimed for her versatility. After debuting in the 1970s, she built a solid reputation by portraying challenging roles in dramatic films. In a career spanning over half a century, she has received numerous awards, including three Academy Awards and eight Golden Globe Awards.

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Billy Joel
(Singer, Composer)
Billy Joel
55
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 9th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Popularly known as the Piano Man, Billy Joel is a singer-songwriter and musician. Having sold more than 150 million records worldwide, Billy is one of the best-selling musicians of all time. He is also America's third best-selling solo artist and the sixth best-selling recording artist. He is also known for his multiple relationships with popular women.

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Lionel Richie
(Co-Lead Singer Of Funk Band The Commodores)
Lionel Richie
34
Birthdate: 20th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tuskegee, Alabama, United States

Lionel Richie is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and composer whose work with the band Commodores and his solo career established him as a successful balladeer of the 1980s. Having sold more than 90 million records, Lionel Richie is one of the best-selling musicians of all time. Also a philanthropist, Richie helped raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

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George Foreman
(Two-Time World Heavyweight Champion)
George Foreman
40
Listed In: Boxers
Birthdate: 10th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Marshall, Texas, United States

Known to his fans as "Big George,” boxer George Foreman won the world heavyweight champion twice and also gas an Olympic gold medal to his credit. Multidimensional in his pursuits, the international boxing hall-of-famer has also been a Christian minister, invented a fat-reducing grill, and written several books, including cookbooks.

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Sigourney Weaver
(American Actress and an Influential Figure in Science Fiction and Popular Culture)
Sigourney Weaver
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 8th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States

Sigourney Weaver is an American actress. Widely considered one of the most important female protagonists in the history of cinema, Sigourney is also regarded as a pioneer of action heroines in sci-fi films, thanks to her role in the Alien franchise. In 2003, she was ranked 20th in Channel 4's list of 100 Greatest Movie Stars of All Time.

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John Belushi
(Comedian, Actor and One of the Seven Original Cast Members of the Comedy Show 'Saturday Night Live')
John Belushi
36
Birthdate: 24th January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: March 5, 1982

One of the original cast members of the popular TV show Saturday Night Live, John Belushi was known for his great comic skills. Unfortunately, he struggled in his personal life with drug addiction and eventually died of combined drug intoxication at the age of 33. He posthumously received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Bruce Springsteen
(One of the Best-Selling Rock Singer-Songwriters and Founder of the Rock Band 'E Street Band')
Bruce Springsteen
41
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 23rd September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Long Branch, New Jersey, United States

Considered one of the greatest rock stars, Bruce Springsteen’s catalogue of songs over many decades is unparalleled. His fame skyrocketed in 1975 after the release of his third album, Born to Run, and it reached dizzying heights with his seventh album, Born in the USA, in 1984. He was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.

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Niki Lauda
(Three-Time Formula One World Drivers' Champion)
Niki Lauda
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: 22nd February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: May 20, 2019

Austrian Formula One driver and aviation entrepreneur Niki Lauda was a three-time F1 World Drivers' Champion. Considered to be one of the greatest F1 drivers of all time, he was once involved in a near-fatal accident. He founded and ran three airlines as an aviation entrepreneur and also served as the team manager of the Jaguar Formula One racing team.

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Ric Flair
(Regarded as the Greatest Professional Wrestler of All Time)
Ric Flair
34
Listed In: WWE Wrestlers
Birthdate: 25th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Ric Flair, or The Nature Boy, is a 16-time wrestling world champion and has competed in NWA, WWF, and WCW. He became the first two-time WWE Hall of Fame inductee and the first to compete in WCW's Triple Crown. He has been Wrestling Observer’s Wrestler of the Year eight times.
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Richard Gere
(Actor Best Known for His Films: 'American Gigolo', 'Pretty Woman' and 'Chicago')
Richard Gere
55
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 31st August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Richard Gere's performance in the movie American Gigolo cemented his position as a sex symbol in the 1980s. He also established himself as a leading man, becoming one of Hollywood's most bankable and popular actors during the '90s. One of the most dedicated actors, he learned karate for his role in An Officer and a Gentleman and tap dance for Chicago.

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Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 15th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dubai

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the current prime minister and vice president of the United Arab Emirates. He has also been serving as the ruler of the Emirate of Dubai since 2006. He is credited with turning Dubai into a global city; he has overseen the development of several projects, such as the Palm Islands and Burj Khalifa

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Jeff Bridges
(Actor Best Known for His Films: ‘Crazy Heart’, 'The Last Picture Show' and 'The Last Picture Show')
Jeff Bridges
27
Birthdate: 4th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Considered one of the most celebrated actors of his generation, Jeff Bridges is known for his natural acting and his versatility. He has starred in acclaimed films like Fat City, Starman, Tron, Jagged Edge, Fearless, Against All Odds, The Big Lebowski, True Grit and Hell or High Water. He received a Best Actor Oscar for the 2009 film Crazy Heart.

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Jessica Lange
(One of the Greatest Actresses of All Time)
Jessica Lange
80
Birthdate: 20th April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cloquet, Minnesota, United States

Jessica Lange is a prominent actress with over four decades of experience in Hollywood. She is one of the few female performers to achieve the “Triple Crown of Acting,” having won an Academy Award, Emmy Award, and Tony Award. She has appeared in many critically acclaimed films. Also a photographer, she has published four books.

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Roger Taylor
(Best Known As The Drummer Of The Rock Band 'Queen')
Roger Taylor
6
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 26th July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: King's Lynn, Norfolk, England
Roger Taylor soared to fame as the drummer of the iconic rock band Queen. A Planet Rock poll named him the eighth-greatest classic rock drummer. Taylor also became known for his falsetto vocal range and co-wrote hits such as Innuendo and Under Pressure. He also appeared on Pop Quiz.
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Maurice Gibb
(Member of Disco Group the "Bee Gees", One of the Most Successful Pop-Rock Groups of All Time.)
Maurice Gibb
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Listed In: Record Producers
Birthdate: 22nd December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Douglas, Isle of Man
Died: January 12, 2003

Maurice Gibb was one of the three members of the Bee Gees, the iconic pop-rock band of the 1960s and the 1970s, which redefined disco music of that era and released hits such as Stayin’ Alive. He also went solo with the single Railroad, but his solo album remained unreleased. 

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Steve Perry
(Singer-songwriter)
Steve Perry
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Listed In: Rock Singers
Birthdate: 22nd January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hanford, California, United States
Stephen Perry, the lead vocalist of the rock band Journey, was named "The Voice" by legendary singer Jon Bon Jovi. One of Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Singers of All Time,” Perry also had a successful solo career. He is part of the Songwriter's and Rock and Roll Halls of Fame.
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Gene Simmons
(Bassist and Co-lead Singer of Hard Rock Band 'Kiss')
Gene Simmons
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 25th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Haifa, Israel

Co-founder of the rock band Kiss, Gene Simmons is also known by his stage persona, The Demon.  With his band, he has over 25 gold-certified albums. A devoted philanthropist, he has donated to charities related to underprivileged children. He created an animated series and owns a magazine and a label.

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Shelley Long
(Actress, Singer and Comedian Best Known for Her Role as ‘Diane Chambers’ in the TV Series ‘Cheers’)
Shelley Long
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Birthdate: 23rd August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
Shelley Long is best known for her Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning performance as Diane Chambers in the NBC sitcom Cheers. She later reprised the role in Frasier. Fans also loved her in films such as Irreconcilable Differences and Hello Again, and as DeDe Pritchett in the series Modern Family.
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Robin Gibb
(Member of the ‘Bee Gees’ Pop Group)
Robin Gibb
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 22nd December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Douglas, Isle of Man
Died: May 20, 2012
Robin Gibb was part of the Bee Gees, an iconic pop/rock/disco band of the 1960s and the 1970s and makers of hits such as Stayin' Alive. Robin, a Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee and a CBE-awardee, also had a successful solo career and was the president of the Heritage Foundation.
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Don Johnson
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Birthdate: 15th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Flat Creek Township, Missouri, United States

A well-known actor, singer, songwriter, producer, and director, Don Johnson is a man of many talents. Also a powerboat enthusiast, he competed at the 1988 Offshore World Cup, which was organized by the American Power Boat Association, and became the world champion.

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Pam Grier
(Best Known for Her Roles in the Films: ‘Coffy’, ‘Foxy Brown’, ‘The Big Doll House’ and ‘The Arena’)
Pam Grier
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 26th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States

Widely regarded as the first female action star of cinema, American actress Pam Grier achieved popularity for playing important roles in a string of blaxploitation, action, and women-in-prison movies throughout the 1970s. She also serves as an inspiration to those suffering from cancer; she made a recovery after she was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 1988.

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Tanya Roberts
(Actress and Producer Known for Role as ‘Julie Rogers’ in the TV Series ‘Charlie's Angels’)
Tanya Roberts
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 15th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York City, United States
Died: January 4, 2021

Tanya Roberts was an American actress and model who is best remembered for her role in the James Bond film A View to a Kill. While in her teens, she became a fashion and cover model and worked in ads for  Excedrin, Ultra Brite, and Clairol. She began acting as well and soon gained fame as a sex symbol. She retired from acting in 2005.

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Sissy Spacek
(Actress)
Sissy Spacek
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 25th December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Quitman, Texas, United States
Sissy Spacek is best known for her Academy Award-winning role of Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner's Daughter and also earned a Grammy nomination for her country tracks in the movie. Her other notable projects are the films Missing and The River, and the series Bloodline, Castle Rock, and Homecoming.
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Robert Palmer
(Snger)
Robert Palmer
10
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 19th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Batley, England
Died: September 26, 2003
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Jim Varney
(Actor and Comedian Best Known for His Broadly Comedic Role as ‘Ernest P. Worrell’)
Jim Varney
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Birthdate: 15th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Died: February 10, 2000
Jim Varney is best known for playing the iconic character Ernest Worrell in countless commercials, and later in a movie franchise, and a series named Hey, Vern, It's Ernest!, which earned him an Emmy. He also appeared in The Beverly Hillbillies and voiced Slinky Dog in the Toy Story films.
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Bernard Arnault
(Chairman & CEO of LMVH)
Bernard Arnault
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Birthdate: 5th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Roubaix

Bernard Arnault is a French businessman and chairman of the luxury-goods company LVMH. Also an art collector, Arnault played a key role in establishing LVMH as a patron of art. In 2006, he sponsored the construction of an art museum called Louis Vuitton Foundation. He also created a competition called The LVMH Young Fashion Designer to students from fine-arts schools.

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Bill Nighy
(English Actor)
Bill Nighy
8
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 12th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Caterham, Surrey, England
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Lindsey Buckingham
(Singer, Musician)
Lindsey Buckingham
14
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 3rd October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Palo Alto

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Lindsey Buckingham ruled the American rock scene with the band Fleetwood Mac, performing with his then-girlfriend, Stevie Nicks. Rolling Stone named him one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. After a brief hiatus, he rejoined the band but was fired eventually.

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Hank Williams Jr.
(Country Music Singer, Musician and Son of Legendary Singer Hank Williams)
Hank Williams Jr.
8
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 26th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Shreveport, Louisiana, United States

Hank Williams Jr. is a musician and singer-songwriter. Although he initially gained fame for imitating his father Hank Williams' style, he later established his own style, winning several awards like Grammy Awards. In 2017, he was included in Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Country Artists of All Time list. In 2020, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.  

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Billy Gibbons
(Guitarist, Singer)
Billy Gibbons
14
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 16th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Houston
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Phil Lynott
(Lead Vocalist of the Irish Hard Rock Band 'Thin Lizzy')
Phil Lynott
13
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 20th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England
Died: January 4, 1986
Phil Lynott was the frontman of the rock band Thin Lizzy, which delivered hits such as Whiskey in the Jar and Jailbreak. After the group disbanded, Phil had a successful solo career, published two poetry books, and led the band Grand Slam. He struggled with heroin addiction throughout his life.
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Christopher Hitchens
(British-American Author Who is Known for Excoriating Criticisms of Public Contemporary Figures)
Christopher Hitchens
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 13th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Portsmouth, England
Died: December 15, 2011

Christopher Hitchens was an advocate for New Atheism and a harsh critic of religion and of famous personalities such as Bill Clinton and Mother Teresa. He authored and edited many books on socio-political issues. As a journalist, he wrote for well-known publications such as New Statesman and The Weekly Standard.

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Mark Knopfler
(Former Lead Guitarist, Singer and Songwriter of the Rock Band 'Dire Straits')
Mark Knopfler
5
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 12th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

Best known as the lead guitarist and singer of the popular rock band Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler is one of Britain’s most celebrated guitar icons. Known for hits such as Sultans of Swing, he and his band also released Brothers in Arms, one of the best-selling albums of all time.

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David Strathairn
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 26th January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: San Francisco, California
Recipient of several awards and accolades, David Strathairn is an eminent American actor. Distinguished for his prolific body of work, he earned various accolades, including Academy Award nomination for his performance in Good Night, and Good Luck. Return of the Secaucus 7 marked his screen debut. He gained prominence with roles in City of Hope, Limbo and Eight Men Out.
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Lindsay Wagner
(American Actress and Acting Coach Best Known for Her Role in the TV Series ‘The Bionic Woman)
Lindsay Wagner
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Birthdate: 22nd June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Lindsay Wagner is best known for her Golden Globe-nominated and Emmy-winning role of Jaime Sommers in the sci-fi series The Bionic Woman. She had previously played the same role in the series The Six Million Dollar Man and later reprised it in several TV films, making it a cultural icon.
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Archie Manning
(American football player)
Archie Manning
10
Birthdate: 19th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Drew, Mississippi, United States
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Tom Waits
(Musician, Composer, & Songwriter)
Tom Waits
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 7th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Pomona, California, United States

Tom Waits is a musician and songwriter. His lyrics, which are delivered in his trademark gravelly voice, often focus on the underbelly of society. His story of being born in a middle-class family to becoming one of the greatest songwriters of all time serves as an inspiration to many. He has also influenced several musicians and attained a cult following.

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Andy Kaufman
(Comedian, Best known for His Portrayal of 'Latka Gravas' on the Sitcom 'Taxi')
Andy Kaufman
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Birthdate: 17th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: May 16, 1984

Andy Kaufman was an American entertainer and wrestler. Considered an anti-comedian for his ability and willingness to provoke confused and negative reactions from audiences, Kaufman is revered for his counterintuitive approach to comedy. Apart from influencing comedians like Jim Carrey, Kaufman also inspired movies like Toni Erdmann. There are rumours that his death is believed to be a hoax and part of his prank.

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Garry Shandling
(Stand-up Comedian)
Garry Shandling
15
Birthdate: 29th November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: March 24, 2016

Garry Shandling was initially a sitcom writer and then performed as a stand-up comedian on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. He later soared to fame with his own shows, It's Garry Shandling's Show and the Emmy-winning The Larry Sanders Show. He has also hosted the Grammy and Emmy Awards.

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Bill O'Reilly
(Conservative Political Commentator Best Known for Hosting Fox News Channel's ‘The O'Reilly Factor’)
Bill O'Reilly
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Listed In: Journalists
Birthdate: 10th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Bill O'Reilly is an American author, journalist, and former TV host. The host of Fox News Channel's The O'Reilly Factor, O'Reilly played a major role in the success of Fox News Channel during his time at the channel. He is also credited with founding the No Spin News podcast, which he has been hosting since 2017.

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Loretta Devine
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Adele Webber’ in the TV Series ‘Grey's Anatomy’)
Loretta Devine
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 21st August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
Loretta Devine is best known for her portrayal of Lorrell Robinson in the Broadway musical Dreamgirls. Her performance as Adele Webber in Grey's Anatomy won her an Emmy. She has also delivered stellar performances in the films Waiting to Exhale and The Preacher's Wife and the series Family Reunion.
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David Foster
(Musician who Chaired 'Verve Records' (2012 to 2016))
David Foster
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 1st November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Victoria, Canada

Canadian musician, composer, and arranger David Foster is a prominent figure in the international music scene and has worked with the likes of  Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez, and Madonna. The winner of 16 Grammy Awards, he has also been nominated for the Academy Awards thrice. He launched the David Foster Foundation to help sick children.

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Victor Garber
(Best Known for His Roles as 'Jack Bristow' in the Drama Series 'Alias' (2001–2006))
Victor Garber
8
Birthdate: 16th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, Canada

Victor Garber is a Canadian singer and actor best known for his work in theatre, television, and film. Over the years, Garber has received nominations for several prestigious awards, such as Primetime Emmy Awards and Tony Awards. His work in critically acclaimed movies like Titanic, Argo, and Milk was also appreciated with Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.

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Keith Carradine
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Tom Frank’ in the Film ‘Nashville’)
Keith Carradine
8
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 8th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Mateo, California, United States
Keith Carradine, part of the famous Carradine family of Hollywood, is best known for his Emmy-nominated role in the series Chiefs and his Satellite Award-nominated role in Deadwood. He won both the Academy and the Golden Globe Award for “Best Original Song” for his Nashville song I'm Easy.
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Rick Springfield
(Actor, Musician and Member of the Pop Rock Group ‘Zoot’)
Rick Springfield
13
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 23rd August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Rick Springfield is best known for his Grammy-winning single Jessie's Girl. He also gained fame for his portrayal of Noah Drake in the soap General Hospital and Dr. Irving Pitlor in True Detective. He has also written an autobiography and a novel, both New York Times bestsellers.
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Bonnie Raitt
(Blues Singer and Guitarist )
Bonnie Raitt
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 8th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Burbank, California, United States

Bonnie Raitt is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist. Despite little commercial success at the beginning of her career, Raitt remained persistent until she had her first major hit in 1989. She has been named in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Singers of All Time and 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time lists. She also supports organizations like Little Kids Rock.

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Tom Berenger
(Actor who was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Staff Sergeant Bob Barnes in Platoon (1986))
Tom Berenger
6
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 31st May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
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Haruki Murakami
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 12th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
Japanese writer Haruki Murakami has authored bestselling works such as Norwegian Wood and Kafka on the Shore, which explore the genres of surrealism and magic realism. He has also translated works by J. D. Salinger and Raymond Carver. He has been named to Time 100 and has won numerous awards.
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Larry Holmes
(One of the Greatest Heavyweights of All Time)
Larry Holmes
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Listed In: Boxers
Birthdate: 3rd November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cuthbert, Georgia, United States

Larry Holmes is an American retired boxer whose left jab is often ranked among the best in the history of professional boxing. Widely regarded as one of the greatest heavyweights in the history of boxing, Holmes' title defense against 19 boxers is the second-most in history. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2008.

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Patrick Duffy
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 17th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Townsend, Montana

Patrick Duffy is an American actor known for contributing immensely to the success of the popular TV soap opera Dallas where he portrayed the role of Bobby Ewing. Predominantly a TV actor, Duffy became a household name in the USA during the 1970s. A longtime member of Soka Gakkai International, Duffy is credited with popularizing Nichiren Buddhism in the USA.