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Michael Jordan
( The Greatest Basketball Player of All Time)
Michael Jordan
182
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 17, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius

A superstar, a legend and the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan is all this and much more. Very few athletes can match up with his level of popularity and impact. And if that is not enough, he is also the richest former professional athlete in the world.

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Adam Sandler
(Known for His Leading Roles in Auteur Films)
Adam Sandler
153
Birthdate: September 9, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo

Actor, comedian, and filmmaker, Adam Sandler, is best known for his comedic roles in Hollywood movies. Despite being a popular actor he also has the ignominious distinction of having appeared in numerous widely panned movies and is the holder of three Golden Raspberry Awards! He has released a few comedy albums as well.

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Aaliyah
(Best Known as 'Princess of R&B' & 'Queen of Urban Pop')
Aaliyah
159
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 16, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: August 25, 2001

Aaliyah was an American singer, actress and model, who became famous when her debut album, Age Ain't Nothing but a Number sold three million copies in the US. Her subsequent albums also sold in millions and won her numerous accolades. She also acted in some films. She tragically died in an airplane crash in the Bahamas, at the age of 22.

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Anne Hathaway
(Academy Award-Winning Actress Known for Her Films: 'Les Misérables', 'The Devil Wears Prada', 'Rachel Getting Married')
Anne Hathaway
107
Birthdate: November 12, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio

One of the highest-paid actresses in the world in the 2010s, Anne Hathaway is the recipient of many awards, including an Academy Award. She began acting as a teenager in the early 2000s and often portrayed princesses in her initial films. She started taking up versatile roles as her career progressed. She campaigns for gender equality and supports LGBTQA+ rights.

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The Notorious B.I.G.
(One of the Greatest Rappers of All Time)
The Notorious B.I.G.
118
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 21, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: March 9, 1997

The Notorious B.I.G. was a rapper and songwriter and is considered one of the best ever. His debut album Ready to Die in 1994 was critically acclaimed. He was murdered in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles in September 1996. His album Life After Death was released two weeks after his death. 

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Eddie Murphy
(Actor, )
Eddie Murphy
79
Birthdate: April 3, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries

Actor and comedian, Eddie Murphy, is one of the highest-grossing actors in the United States. Beginning his career as a comedian on the TV show Saturday Night Live, he went on to become a bankable movie actor. Also a singer, he has released many studio albums. He has been awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

 7 
Jay-Z
(One of the Most Influential Hip-Hop Artists in History)
Jay-Z
101
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 4, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Jay-Z is an American rapper and songwriter and is one of the world's best-selling music artists. His debut album Reasonable Doubt was hugely successful in 1996 and since then he has gone on to release many more acclaimed and successful albums. He has been charged with assaulting a record executive and was given a three-year probation sentence in January 2000.

 8 
Marisa Tomei
(Actress)
Marisa Tomei
85
Birthdate: December 4, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

American actress, Marisa Tomei, gained fame when she starred in the 1992 film My Cousin Vinny. She received an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for the film. She was also appreciated for in the movies In the Bedroom and The Wrestler. What Women Want, Anger Management, The Ides of March, Cyrus, The Big Short and Avengers: Endgame are some of her other notable films.

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Barbra Streisand
(One of the Few Performers Who Have Been Awarded an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony (EGOT))
Barbra Streisand
80
Birthdate: April 24, 1942
Sun Sign: Taurus

Barbra Streisand is one of the most popular American entertainers and one of the few women to win four major entertainment awards - Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award (EGOT). Apart from being a great entertainer, she has also played a major role as a philanthropist; she has raised $25 million for charity organizations through live performances.

 10 
Jerry Seinfeld
(Actor & Stand-up Comedian Known for Creating and Starring in the NBC Sitcom 'Seinfeld')
Jerry Seinfeld
96
Birthdate: April 29, 1954
Sun Sign: Taurus

Jerry Seinfeld was responsible for creating one of the most popular and acclaimed American sitcoms of all time, Seinfeld. Apart from being a comedian and actor, Jerry Seinfeld is also an automobile enthusiast and collector; he owns about 150 cars. Also a coffee and espresso machine lover, he owns several espresso machines. Jerry is also known for his charity work.

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Jean-Michel Basquiat
(American Artist Who Became Popular During the 1980s as Part of the Neo-Expressionism Movement)
Jean-Michel Basquiat
41
Birthdate: December 22, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: August 12, 1988

Jean-Michel Basquiat was an American artist whose legacy has had an influence upon fashion, film, music, and literature. He serves as an inspiration to street artists as he started off as one, painting graffiti on buildings. After his death, at the age of 27, the value of his work has increased; in 2017, one of his paintings sold for a record $110.5 million.

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Carmelo Anthony
(American Basketball Player and One of the Greatest Scorers in NBA History)
Carmelo Anthony
32
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 29, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini

A star basketball player currently with Los Angeles Lakers, Carmelo Anthony was first drafted by Denver Nuggets and played eight seasons with them. Amongst the most prolific scorers in the NBA history, he played another seven season with New York Knicks. At the Olympics, Anthony was part of the teams that won  a bronze medal in 2004 and a goldmedal in 2008, 2012, and 2016.

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Rita Hayworth
(American Actress, Dancer, Producer and One of the Most Glamorous Screen Idols of the 1940s)
Rita Hayworth
21
Birthdate: October 17, 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: May 14, 1987

Rita Hayworth was one of the most glamorous Hollywood actresses of the 1930s and 1940s. Her filmography includes 61 films among which the most notable ones are The Strawberry BlondeGilda and Cover Girl. The personal life of the actress, who was also known as the Love Goddess, was marked by a series of failed marriages.

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Carl Sagan
(Astronomer and Planetary Scientist Best Known for His Scientific Contribution in Research on Extraterrestrial Life)
Carl Sagan
32
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 9, 1934
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: December 20, 1996
Pulitzer- and Emmy-winning astrophysicist and author Carl Sagan was best known for co-writing the TV series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. His novel Contact was adapted into a film. He was known for his extensive research on extra-terrestrial life, had taught at major universities, and written countless papers and science books.
 15 
Larry David
(Best Known as The Cocreator of The Television series 'Seinfeld' & as The Star of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm')
Larry David
37
Birthdate: July 2, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer

Comedian, writer, actor, director, and television producer Larry David is best known as the co-creator of the television series Seinfeld. He discovered his talent for comedy as a college student and began his career as a stand-up performer. After a few years of struggle, he achieved success and went on to become an accomplished actor, director, and producer.

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Lou Ferrigno
(Retired Professional Bodybuilder and Actor Known for his Titular Role in the TV series ‘The Incredible Hulk’)
Lou Ferrigno
10
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 9, 1951
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Lou Ferrigno is an American actor and retired professional bodybuilder. Also known as the original hulk, Ferrigno is best known for playing the title role on CBS's television series The Incredible Hulk. After having won Mr. America and Mr. Universe titles, Ferrigno's attempt to beat Schwarzenegger at the Mr. Olympia competition formed the subject of a documentary titled Pumping Iron.

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Alan Arkin
(Actor, Director & Screenwriter)
Alan Arkin
9
Birthdate: March 26, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: June 29, 2023
Alan Arkin is best known for his Academy Award-winning role in Little Miss Sunshine. Fans also loved him in the movies Argo, The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming, and The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. He has also written several books and directed an Oscar-nominated short film.
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Barbara Stanwyck
(American Actress Known for Her Strong, Realistic Screen Presence and Versatility)
Barbara Stanwyck
16
Birthdate: July 16, 1907
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: January 20, 1990

Barbara Stanwyck went on to become one of the greatest actresses of Classical Hollywood cinema after being orphaned at age four. One of the favorite actresses of directors like Cecil B. DeMille, Barbara had become the highest-paid actress in America by 1944. Known for her realistic screen presence, Barbara won several prestigious honorary lifetime awards for her contribution to cinema.

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Joan Rivers
(Comedian and the First Woman to Host a Late Night TV Talk Show 'The Late Show')
Joan Rivers
26
Birthdate: June 8, 1933
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: September 4, 2014

Famous for her controversial comedic persona, Joan Rivers was a television host and comedian. She broke stereotypes by hosting a late-night television talk show titled The Late Show with Joan Rivers, becoming the first woman to do so. Also an author, Rivers wrote 12 best-selling books. In 2017, she was posthumously inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame

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Bebe Rexha
(Singer-Songwriter Best Known for Her Debut Studio Album 'Expectations' and Its Lead Single 'I'm a Mess')
Bebe Rexha
41
Birthdate: August 30, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo

Bebe Rexha is an American singer-songwriter. As a songwriter, Rexha has contributed to the success of songs recorded by artists like Eminem, Nick Jonas, and Selena Gomez. Her debut album Expectations did well in the US. Having described her sexual orientation as fluid, Rexha serves as an inspiration to the LGBTQ+ community; she is also a supporter of the community.  

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Steve Buscemi
19
Birthdate: December 13, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

From working as a full-time firefighter to becoming one of the most popular actors in Hollywood, Steve Buscemi has quite an interesting story to narrate. His character from the satirical sitcom TV series, 30 Rock ,became an internet meme, making him famous all over the world. In addition to being an actor, he has also directed and produced many movies.

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Leah Remini
(Actress Best Known for Her Television Series: ‘The King of Queens’ and ‘Kevin Can Wait’)
Leah Remini
33
Birthdate: June 15, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini

Leah Remini is best known as Carrie Heffernan from The King of Queens and Vanessa from Kevin Can Wait. She also appeared in Dancing with the Stars. She was raised a Scientologist, but turned against the faith later, releasing an explanatory memoir and an Emmy-winning documentary series on the same.

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Mos Def
(Rapper, Actor)
Mos Def
11
Birthdate: December 11, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Cyndi Lauper
(Singer-Songwriter who Ruled the Billboard Hot 100 with Tracks Like ‘She Bop’ and ‘True Colors’)
Cyndi Lauper
60
Birthdate: June 22, 1953
Sun Sign: Cancer

Cyndi Lauper is an American singer-songwriter, activist, and actress. Apart from her distinctive appearance, Lauper is also known for her achievements; having won three of the four major entertainment awards (Grammy, Emmy, Tony), she is consistently named in lists like 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll. Cyndi Lauper is also celebrated for her humanitarian work and charitable efforts.

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Jennifer Esposito
(Best Known for Her Roles in the Films: ‘Crash’, ‘Summer of Sam’, ‘Don't Say a Word’ & ‘Taxi’)
Jennifer Esposito
36
Birthdate: April 11, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries

Jennifer Esposito is an American actress who despite suffering from celiac disease, the details of which she has written in her book Jennifer's Way, went on to establish herself in the entertainment industry. Apart from being an actress and author, Jennifer also serves as the brand ambassador for Eclair Naturals, a body and skin care line.

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Mae West
(Actress, Screenwriter, Singer)
Mae West
11
Birthdate: August 17, 1893
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: November 22, 1980
Mae West began her career as a child actor in vaudeville. She later appeared in films such as You Done Me Wrong and Go West, Young Man. She became famous for her signature double entendres and sexual liberty she projected on screen. She also wrote books and plays later.
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Priscilla Presley
(American Entrepreneur and Ex-Wife of Elvis Presley)
Priscilla Presley
33
Birthdate: May 24, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
The former wife of Elvis Presley, Priscilla Presley’s career actually began after divorce. She set up a successful clothing boutique, launched her own line of fragrance and linen and established herself as an actor with projects like The Naked Gun and Dallas. She also worked to convert Graceland estate, Elvis Presley’s residence, into a famous tourist attraction in US.
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Milton Friedman
(American Economist & Nobel Prize Winner in Economic Sciences Who Extolled the Virtues of a Free Market Economic System)
Milton Friedman
19
Birthdate: July 31, 1912
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: November 16, 2006

Milton Friedman was an American economist. Widely regarded as one of the most influential economists of the 20th century, Friedman was honored with the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1976. One of the most influential personalities of the Chicago school of economics, Friedman mentored people like Gary Becker and Thomas Sowell who went on to become leading economists.

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George Gershwin
(Pianist and Composer Best Known for His Orchestral Compositions ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ and ‘An American in Paris’)
George Gershwin
10
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 26, 1898
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: July 11, 1937

George Gershwin was an American pianist, composer, and painter. His work Porgy and Bess is widely regarded as an American cultural classic and one of the 20th century's most important American operas. Many of his compositions have been used in films and television series. His life and work inspired the 1945 biographical movie, Rhapsody in Blue.

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Bernie Sanders
(United States Senator from Vermont)
Bernie Sanders
66
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 8, 1941
Sun Sign: Virgo

The current junior US Senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders is the longest-serving nonpartisan politician in the history of the United States Congress. Sanders is an ardent advocate of progressive policies and is well-known for his opposition to neoliberalism and economic inequality. He also supports paid parental leave, universal and single-payer healthcare, and labor rights.

 31 
Jerry Stiller
(Known for His Role on the Sitcom 'Seinfeld' and the Comedy Series ‘The King of Queens’)
Jerry Stiller
22
Birthdate: June 8, 1927
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: May 11, 2020

Veteran actor Jerry Stiller had an extensive six-decade-long career in the entertainment industry. He began performing comedy with his wife, Anne Meara, in the 1960s and soon started acting in films and TV shows as well. His son, Ben Stiller, is also an actor, and the two had appeared in many films together.

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Mickey Rooney
(Actor and Producer Known for His TV Series ‘The Adventures of the Black Stallion’)
Mickey Rooney
15
Birthdate: September 23, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: April 6, 2014
Best known for playing Andy Hardy in 16 MGM films, Mickey Rooney had an illustrious career of over 80 years. The star of Hollywood’s Golden Age started his career as a child in vaudeville, and at 19, became the first teenager nominee for an Academy Award for Babes in Arms.
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Sandy Koufax
(One of the Greatest Pitchers in Baseball History)
Sandy Koufax
8
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 30, 1935
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Baseball left-handed pitcher Sanford Koufax played for the MLB team Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers for 12 seasons. He was the youngest Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and the first three-time Cy Young Award winner. He skipped pitching for a 1965 World Series game because it fell on Jewish festival Yom Kippur.

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Harry Nilsson
(Former Singer-songwriter known for Everybody's Talkin' and Without You, both of which won Grammy Awards)
Harry Nilsson
8
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 15, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: January 15, 1994
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Richard Dreyfus
9
Birthdate: October 29, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Veteran actor Richard Dreyfus starred in many popular films during the 1970s and 1980s. In a career spanning over 55 years, he has received many prestigious awards, including one Academy Award for Best Actor. He is Jewish and participated in the historic Papal Concert to Commemorate the Shoah in 1994. Besides acting, he has co-authored a novel.

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Gilbert Gottfried
(Stand-up comedian, Actor)
Gilbert Gottfried
13
Listed In:
Birthdate: February 28, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: April 12, 2022
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Judith Sheindlin
(TV personality)
Judith Sheindlin
27
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: October 21, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra

Judith Sheindlin is a prosecution lawyer, television personality, and author. Since 1996, she has been presiding over her own arbitration reality court show Judge Judy, which has won four Daytime Emmy Awards. The longest-serving judge in the history of the courtroom-themed program, Judith Sheindlin was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Emmy for her work.

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Nia Long
(Best Known for Her Roles in the Films: ‘Boyz n the Hood’, ‘Love Jones’ and ‘The Best Man’)
Nia Long
16
Birthdate: October 30, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio

American actress, Nia Long, was first noticed when she starred in the television series Guiding Light from 1991 to 1994. She is mainly known for her work on television series, such as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Third Watch, Boston Legal and Empire. She has also acted in movies like Friday, Made in America, Boiler Room, Big Momma's House and The Best Man.

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Michael K. Williams
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Omar Little’ in the TV Series ‘The Wire’)
Michael K. Williams
41
Birthdate: November 22, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: September 6, 2021

Known for his supporting roles in films such as The Road, 12 Years a Slave, and When They See Us, Michael K. Williams is a budding talent of Hollywood. Fans adored him as Albert "Chalky" White in Boardwalk Empire. He became a critics’ favorite with his Emmy-winning role in Bessie.

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Larry King
(The Host of The Nightly Interview Television Program 'Larry King Live')
Larry King
32
Birthdate: November 19, 1933
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: January 23, 2021

Regarded as one of the most popular American TV and radio hosts, Larry King was famous for hosting the successful and popular TV program, Larry King Live. The recipient of several awards, King was an iconic figure on American television. Also known for his charitable works, he founded the Larry King Cardiac Foundation to help poor people undergo cardiac procedures.

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Jimmy Smits
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Victor Sifuentes’ in the TV Series ‘L.A. Law’)
Jimmy Smits
7
Birthdate: July 9, 1955
Sun Sign: Cancer

Jimmy Smits is an American actor who achieved popularity after portraying Victor Sifuentes in the legal drama television series L.A. Law. Also known for his charity work, Smits helped establish the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, which supports Latinos working in the entertainment, media, and telecommunications industries. He has also donated to organizations, such as the American Red Cross.

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Jimmy Kimmel
(Best Known as the Host of the Late-Night Talk-Show ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’)
Jimmy Kimmel
35
Birthdate: November 13, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Jimmy Kimmel is an American TV host and writer. He is credited with creating one of the most popular American late-night talk shows of all time, Jimmy Kimmel Live! He is also credited with co-founding The Feast of San Gennaro. In 2018, he was named in Time magazine's list of The World's 100 Most Influential People.

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Chuck Connors
(Famous for His Portrayal of ‘Lucas McCain’ in the ABC series ‘The Rifleman’)
Chuck Connors
20
Birthdate: April 10, 1921
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: November 10, 1992

Chuck Connors was an American actor, professional baseball and basketball player. Connors is one of 13 athletes to have played in both National Basketball Association and the Major League Baseball. As an actor, he contributed to the success of the popular Western television program The Rifleman. Also known for his charity work, Connors helped found the Chuck Connors Charitable Foundation.

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Edie Falco
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Carmela Soprano’ in the TV Series ‘The Sopranos’)
Edie Falco
24
Birthdate: July 5, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer

An actress best known for her role in the HBO series The Sopranos, Edie Falco is a multiple-award-winning performer. Born to parents who were working in the entertainment industry, she started acting in school plays when she was a kid. She eventually took up roles in TV shows and films. She is a vegan and the mother of two children.

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Elliott Gould
(Best Known for His Role in the Film ‘M*A*S*H’)
Elliott Gould
18
Birthdate: August 29, 1938
Sun Sign: Virgo

Elliott Gould is best known for his Academy Award-nominated role in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice and his perfomances in Robert Altman films such as M*A*S*H, Nashville, and The Long Goodbye. Fans also loved him as Jack Geller in Friends and as Reuben Tishkoff in the Ocean's franchise.

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Michael Jai White
(The First African-American to Portray a Major Comic Book Superhero in a Major Motion Picture)
Michael Jai White
23
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 10, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Michael Jai White is an American martial artist and actor. When he portrayed Al Simmons in the film Spawn, White became one of the first black actors to play a major comic book superhero in the history of American film industry. Known for his martial arts skills, White has played leading roles in popular action films like Mortal Kombat: Legacy.

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Abraham Maslow
(American Psychologist Who was Known for Creating Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs)
Abraham Maslow
12
Birthdate: April 1, 1908
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: June 8, 1970

Abraham Maslow was an American psychologist best remembered for creating an idea in psychology called Maslow's hierarchy of needs. Maslow, who advocated self-actualization, is also credited with co-founding the school of transpersonal psychology. In 1967, he was adjudged Humanist of the Year by the popular non-profit organization, American Humanist Association.

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Neil Sedaka
(One of the Best Selling Pop Singer-Songwriter Known for His Hits 'Oh! Carol' and 'Calendar Girl')
Neil Sedaka
13
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 13, 1939
Sun Sign: Pisces

Singer, pianist, and composer Neil Sedaka initially co-founded the group The Tokens. Most of his collaborations have been with lyricists Phil Cody and Howard Greenfield. He has delivered hits such as Breaking Up Is Hard to Do and Bad Blood. He also launched free online mini-concerts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Chuck Schumer
(Politician)
Chuck Schumer
71
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 23, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
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Danny Kaye
(Actor, Comedian and Singer)
Danny Kaye
9
Birthdate: January 18, 1911
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: March 3, 1987
Danny Kaye is best remembered for his pantomimes, physical comedy, and patter songs, one of the most popular being Inchworm. Some of his most notable movies were the 1947 movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Court Jester, and Hans Christian Andersen. He was UNICEF’s first ambassador-at-large.