Famous People Born In 1959

Discover the most famous people born in 1959. The list includes people like Ving Rhames, Kevin Spacey, Simon Cowell, Magic Johnson, Bryan Adams and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, composers, journalists and comedians born in 1959. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Australia & Canada and many more countries.
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Magic Johnson
(The Greatest Point Guard of All Time)
Magic Johnson
51
Birthdate: 14th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lansing, Michigan, United States

Magic Johnson, the now retired American basketball player was one of the most powerful players of the 1980s and led NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers to five championships during his thirteen years career. His real name is Earvin Johnson and he earned his nickname Magic during his high school days. He retired after testing positive for HIV and currently heads Magic Johnson Enterprises.

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Emma Thompson
(British Actress, Screenwriter and the Only Person to Win Academy Awards for Both Acting & Writing)
Emma Thompson
87
Birthdate: 15th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paddington, London, England

One of the most celebrated British actresses, Emma Thompson has received plaudits for her work in films, television and stage. Her film credits include Howards End, The Remains of the Day as well as Sense and Sensibility which she also wrote. Her television appearances include miniseries Angels in America. The award winning actress is also an author, activist and comedian.

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Simon Cowell
(Television Personality, Entrepreneur and Creator of 'The X Factor' and 'Got Talent' Franchises)
Simon Cowell
143
Birthdate: 7th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lambeth, London, England

Simon Cowell is a television personality, entrepreneur and record executive. He has judged some of the most popular shows on British television like talent competition series Pop Idol, The X Factor UK and Britain's Got Talent. He has also judged the American television talent competition series American Idol, The X Factor US and America's Got Talent.

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Sade
(Frontwoman of the Soul Band Sade)
Sade
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 16th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ibadan, Nigeria

Nigerian-British singer Helen Folasade Adu, or Sade Adu, often blends Afro-Cuban tunes with soul and smooth jazz in her music. The Grammy Award winner had initially studied fashion designing and been a model. The founder of the band Sade, she has released iconic tracks such as No Ordinary Love.

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Allison Janney
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 19th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

One of the most revered and decorated actresses of her generation, Allison Janney is famous for playing C. J. Cregg, a role which is regarded as one of the greatest female characters in the history of American television. Also known for her work as an activist, Allison campaigns for issues like addiction recovery, mental health, women's rights, and gay rights.

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Sean Bean
(Actor)
Sean Bean
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 17th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Handsworth, Sheffield, England

Sean Bean is an English actor known for his Yorkshire accent. Often described as surprisingly shy and a man of few words, Sean Bean is a down to earth person. Since he often portrays villainous characters that are killed violently, Sean has gained notoriety on the internet and is a subject of many internet memes.

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Hugh Laurie
(Known for His Role Dr. Gregory House on the TV series ‘House’)
Hugh Laurie
34
Birthdate: 11th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Oxford, Oxfordshire, England

A Guinness record holder for the most-watched leading man on TV, three-time Golden Globe-winner and two-time SAG Award-winner Hugh Laurie has also dabbled in blues music and written a novel. From starting his career with sketch comedy, to winning the OBE and CBE, the actor/comedian has come a long way.

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Israel Kamakawiwoʻole
(The Best Hawaiian Musician of All Time)
Israel Kamakawiwoʻole
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 20th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Died: June 26, 1997

Hawaiian musician Israel Kamakawiwoʻole began his career as part of the Makaha Sons. He later went solo with the albums Ka 'Ano'I and Facing Future and also lent his support to the Hawaiian independence movement. His ever-increasing weight caused him chronic issues and eventually led to his death at 38.

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Weird Al Yankovic
(Known for his Album 'Mandatory Fun')
Weird Al Yankovic
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 23rd October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Downey, California, United States
Five-time Grammy-winning artist Al Yankovic, or “Weird Al,” is known for his parodies of popular tracks and his trademark accordion. His hits include Eat It and Like a Surgeon, parodies of hits by Michael Jackson and Madonna, respectively. He has appeared in The Weird Al Show and written children's books.
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Maggie Baird
(Actress and Screenwriter Known for Her TV Series ‘Another World’)
Maggie Baird
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 30th March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Fruita, Colorado, United States

Maggie Baird is an American actress, screenwriter, and voice artist. As a member and teacher atThe Groundlings, Baird has contributed immensely to the success of the popular sketch comedy and improvisational troupe and school. Perhaps, Maggie Baird's biggest contribution to the world is her children Billie Eilish and Finneas; both Eilish and Finneas are successful singer-songwriters.

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Bryan Adams
(Best Selling Pop, Pop-Rock Singer-Songwriter Of All Time)
Bryan Adams
28
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 5th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kingston, Canada
Canadian rock guitarist and singer Bryan Adams, known for his cult classics Everything I Do and Summer of '69, has won 20 Juno Awards and a Grammy. The Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee is also an avid animal rights activist and a professional photographer who has held several exhibitions.
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Nicole Brown Simpson
(Murdered Wife of American Footballer O. J. Simpson)
Nicole Brown Simpson
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Listed In: Family Members
Birthdate: 19th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
Died: June 12, 1994

Nicole Brown Simpson was the ex-wife of O. J. Simpson. Her murder led to one of the most famous criminal trials of all time, the O. J. Simpson murder case. After her murder, The Nicole Brown Charitable Foundation was established in her memory. Her story inspired several movies, such as the 1995 TV movie The O. J. Simpson Story.

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Vincent D Onofrio
(Best Known as Detective Robert Goren TV Series in 'Law and Order: Criminal Intent')
Vincent D Onofrio
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 30th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bensonhurst, New York, United States

Vincent D'Onofrio is an American actor, director, and producer. Apart from playing important roles in popular films, such as Men in Black and Jurassic World, Vincent D'Onofrio is also renowned for his work off-stage. He is credited with co-founding the RiverRun International Film Festival, which continues to showcase best movies offered from the international and independent industry.

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Val Kilmer
(Known for Playing Real-Life Figures in Movies)
Val Kilmer
41
Birthdate: 31st December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
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Marie Osmond
(Singer, Actor, Television actor, Songwriter)
Marie Osmond
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 13th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ogden

Marie Osmond is an American singer, talk show host, author, actress, and philanthropist. A multi-talented individual, Osmond has been equally successful as a singer and actress. She is also credited with co-founding a non-profit organization called Children's Miracle Network which aims at improving the lives of children by raising money for children's hospitals across North America.

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Ving Rhames
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 12th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Harlem, New York City, New York, United States
Ving Rhames, mostly seen as the villain in films such as Con Air and Pulp Fiction, won a Golden Globe Award for his portrayal of real-life boxing promoter Don King in Don King: Only in America. He is also known as Luther Stickell from the Mission: Impossible franchise.
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Rebecca De Mornay
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 29th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Santa Rosa, California, United States
Rebecca De Mornay is best known for her MTV Movie Award-winning performance as Peyton Flanders in The Hand That Rocks the Cradle. Fans also loved her as Dorothy Walker in the series Jessica Jones, as Wendy Torrance in the miniseries The Shining, and as Lana in the film Risky Business.
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Susanna Hoffs
(Singer-songwriter best known as a co-founder of the Bangles)
Susanna Hoffs
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 17th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
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Charlie Murphy
(Best Known as a Writer & Cast Member of the Sketch-Comedy Series 'Chappelle's Show')
Charlie Murphy
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Birthdate: 12th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: April 12, 2017
Charlie Murphy, older brother of Eddie Murphy, is best remembered for his sketch-comedy series Chappelle's Show and for his performance as Vic in Black Jesus. He also voiced Big Kid on the children’s show Thugaboo. He also starred in movies such as CB4 and co-wrote Vampire in Brooklyn.
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Carlo Ancelotti
(Italian Former Professional Footballer Regarded as One of the Greatest Managers of All Time)
Carlo Ancelotti
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: 10th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Reggiolo, Italy

Carlo Ancelotti had humble beginnings as a midfielder in Italian club football. He was part of the Italian national squad in two World Cups and one UEFA Euro, and is one of three managers who have won the UEFA Champions League thrice, twice with Milan and once with Real Madrid.

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Jason Alexander
(Actor)
Jason Alexander
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Birthdate: 23rd September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
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Florence Griffith Joyner
(Former Sprinter Who Won Gold Medal in 1988 Olympics)
Florence Griffith Joyner
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Listed In: Athletes
Birthdate: 21st December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: September 21, 1998

Legendary American sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner is still regarded as the fastest woman in the world. Her world records in both the 100m and 200m categories have still not been broken. The three-time Olympic gold medal winner was also known for her six-inch nails and her unconventional outfits.

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Randy Travis
(Country Singer Known for His Album 'Storms of Life' & Single 'Three Wooden Crosses')
Randy Travis
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 4th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Marshville, North Carolina, United States
Randy Travis is a country music singer and songwriter. He is widely regarded as an important figure in country music history and his debut studio album Storms of Life played a major role in the neotraditional country movement. Randy Travis has sold more than 25 million records and has several prestigious awards under his belt.
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Sheena Easton
(Singer, Actress)
Sheena Easton
12
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 27th April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bellshill, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Two-time Grammy-winning artist Sheena Easton first gained attention on The Big Time. With the singles Modern Girl and 9 to 5, she became the second female to feature twice on the same Top Ten chart. Easton is the only artist with a top 5 hit on all Billboard singles charts.
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Sarah Ferguson
(Author, Producer and Former Wife of Prince Andrew, Duke of York)
Sarah Ferguson
18
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 15th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Marylebone, London, England

Sarah Ferguson is one of the members of the British royal family. She started working with several charity organizations after marrying Prince Andrew, Duke of York. Even after her divorce, she has continued working with organizations like the American Cancer Society. In 2020, she set up her own foundation called Sarah's Trust.

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Marcia Gay Harden
(Actress)
Marcia Gay Harden
15
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 14th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: La Jolla, California, United States
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Lawrence Taylor
(Former American football Outside linebacker)
Lawrence Taylor
15
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: 4th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Williamsburg, Virginia, United States
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Clancy Brown
(Known for His Negative Roles)
Clancy Brown
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Birthdate: 5th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Urbana, Ohio, United States

Best known for his villainous roles, American actor Clancy Brown is the son of renowned publisher and politician Clarence J. "Bud" Brown Jr. He soared to fame with his performance as Captain Byron Hadley in The Shawshank Redemption. He also voiced Mr. Krabs in the Nickelodeon animated series Spongebob Squarepants.

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Matthew Modine
7
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 22nd March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Loma Linda, California

Matthew Modine is best known for his Golden Globe-nominated roles in And the Band Played On and What the Deaf Man Heard. Fans also loved him as Sullivan Groff in Weeds and as Dr. Brenner in Stranger Things. He is associated with a pro-bike organization named Bicycle for a Day.

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Kyle MacLachlan
(Best Known as 'Dale Cooper' in the series 'Twin Peaks')
Kyle MacLachlan
10
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 22nd February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Yakima, Washington, United States
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David Hyde Pierce
(Best Known for Starring as Psychiatrist 'Dr. Niles Crane' on the NBC Sitcom 'Frasier')
David Hyde Pierce
9
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 3rd April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saratoga Springs, New York, United States

Actor David Hyde Pierce is best known for his role as psychiatrist Dr. Niles Crane in the NBC sitcom Frasier, for which he received four Primetime Emmy Awards. Active in the entertainment industry for almost four decades, he has acted in many stage productions, TV shows, and films. He is openly gay and is married to producer Brian Hargrove.

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Nick Cassavetes
(Actor & Director)
Nick Cassavetes
9
Birthdate: 21st May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Nicholas Cassavetes, son of actor Gena Rowlands and actor-director John Cassavetes, had initially tried his luck in basketball, but his sports career ended due to an injury. He later appeared in films such as Face/Off and The Astronaut's Wife. He also directed films such as The Notebook.

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Robert Smith
(Singer, Guitarist, Lyricist)
Robert Smith
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 21st April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Blackpool, England

English singer-songwriter and musician Robert Smith gained fame as a co-founder and member of the rock band, The Cure. He was also the lead guitarist for the band, Siouxsie and the Banshees, for a few years. He became an influential figure in the goth subculture in the 1980s and was later inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Ryan Stiles
(Best Known for his TV Show 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?')
Ryan Stiles
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Birthdate: 22nd April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States

Ryan Stiles is an American-Canadian comedian and actor. Stiles, whose forte is improvisational comedy, is known for his work in the TV series Whose Line Is It Anyway? Also known for his charity work, Stiles has been working hard to raise fund for children with burn injuries. Since 2009, he has raised over $500,000 for a foundation called the Burned Children Recovery Center.

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Linda Blair
(Actress)
Linda Blair
17
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 22nd January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
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Patricia Clarkson
(Actress)
Patricia Clarkson
20
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 29th December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
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Nina Hartley
(Actress)
Nina Hartley
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Birthdate: 11th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Berkeley, California, USA
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Satoru Iwata
(Former President & CEO of Nintendo)
Satoru Iwata
9
Birthdate: 6th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sapporo
Died: July 11, 2015
Former Nintendo president and CEO Satoru Iwata had started developing games while in school. He was the first Nintendo president not related to the Yamauchi family and revolutionized the gaming industry by focusing on a blue ocean strategy and introducing products such as the DS dual-screen console and targeting non-gamers.
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Vanity (Singer)
(Lead Singer of The Female Trio 'Vanity 6' Known for Their Hit Song "Nasty Girl")
Vanity (Singer)
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 4th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Niagara Falls, Canada
Died: February 15, 2016
Canadian entertainer Denise Katherine Matthews, better known by her pseudonym, Vanity, initially gained fame as part of the girl group Vanity 6, which delivered hits such as Nasty Girl. She also released solo albums and starred in films such as Action Jackson. She died of kidney failure at 57.
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John McEnroe
(Former American Professional Tennis Player Known for His Shot-making and Volleying Skills)
John McEnroe
18
Listed In: Tennis Players
Birthdate: 16th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wiesbaden, Germany

Widely regarded as one of the greatest American tennis players of all time, John McEnroe helped the US team win five Davis Cup titles. McEnroe is also known for his confrontational on-court behavior. His infamous bad temper on court was parodied in satirical TV programs, such as Spitting Image and Not the Nine O'Clock News.

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Morrissey
(Frontman of Rock Band the 'Smiths')
Morrissey
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Birthdate: 22nd May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Davyhulme, Urmston, England
Morrissey, frontman of the 1980s’ rock band The Smiths, is known for his anti-establishment lyrics and themes such as isolation. He has dabbled in music journalism and has had a successful solo career, too. A cultural icon, he is an animal rights activist and has a huge gay fan base.
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Ken Watanabe
7
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 21st October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Koide, Japan

While tragic hero characters shot him to fame, the Japanese actor is recognized by global audience for his roles in The Last Samurai and Godzilla. Having started his career as a stage actor, Ken Watanabe is known for playing Samurai roles in Japanese films. He was also cast in the lead role in The King and I staged on Broadway.

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Judd Nelson
(American actor)
Judd Nelson
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Birthdate: 28th November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Portland, Maine, United States

Judd Nelson is an American actor known for playing important roles in popular films, such as The Breakfast Club, New Jack City, and St. Elmo's Fire. Although he left Haverford College during his sophomore year, he did not give up on acting, which he studied under Stella Adler. Also an author, Nelson has written four books, including The Power of Speech.

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John C McGinley
(Actor and Filmmaker Known for His Role as 'Dr. Perry Cox' in the TV Series ‘Scrubs’)
John C McGinley
6
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 3rd August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
John C. McGinley is best known as Perry Cox from Scrubs and as Bob Slydell from Office Space. He has also been part of films such as Two Tickets to Paradise. His son Max’s battle with Down syndrome inspired him to work with organizations that spread awareness about the condition.
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Sam Raimi
(Known for the cult horror comedy Evil Dead films and the original Spider-Man trilogy)
Sam Raimi
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Birthdate: 23rd October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Royal Oak, Michigan, United States
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Mackenzie Phillips
(Actress and Singer Known for Her Role as ‘Carol Morrison’ in the Film ‘American Graffiti’)
Mackenzie Phillips
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 10th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Alexandria, Virginia, United States
Mackenzie Phillips made her acting debut at 12, with American Graffiti. Fans loved her in the series One Day at a Time and So Weird. She has struggled with drug issues and has appeared on Celebrity Rehab. She also confessed to being raped by her father, in her memoir.
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Lorrie Morgan
(Country Music Singer and Actress)
Lorrie Morgan
15
Listed In: Country Singers
Birthdate: 27th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Loretta Morgan, daughter of country singer George Morgan, began her career as a singer at age 13. She is known for her best-selling platinum-certified album Reflections: Greatest Hits and her Billboard-charting songs such as Five Minutes and What Part of No. She was also inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.
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Clint Howard
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 20th April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Burbank, California, United States

Clint Howard is an American actor and comedian. Howard started his career as a child actor and then went on to appear in several films directed by his older brother Ron Howard. Clint Howard is also credited with forming the now-defunct new wave group called The Kempsters

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Sting
(American Professional Wrestler)
Sting
20
Listed In: WWE Wrestlers
Birthdate: 20th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States
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Tracey Ullman
(Comedienne Who Introduced the Simpsons on Her Show, ‘The Tracey Ullman Show')
Tracey Ullman
14
Birthdate: 30th December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Slough, Berkshire, England

British-American actor Tracey Ullman began her career with sketch-comedy shows such as Three of a Kind and later had her own Fox show, The Tracey Ullman Show, which featured 30-second segments of The Simpsons in between, making the latter a hit, too. She rose to become the third-richest comedian from Britain.