Famous People Born On January-17th

The people born on January 17th are known for their perceptiveness, intelligence and creative skills. Ruled by the planet of Saturn, they are extremely inspired individuals who are persistent with whatever goals they pursue. However, their determination and intellectual capabilities are superior to other Capricorns. Though they often present themselves as confident and optimistic, it is not always how they feel. Owing to their innovative ideas and hardworking nature, these people achieve great heights in their life. Decisive and independent, people born on this day are also very charismatic; however, at times they can be a tad obstinate and tend to keep all their problems to themselves. They rely more on their intuition and push themselves as hard as they can to prove their capabilities.

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Muhammad Ali
(The Greatest Heavyweight Boxer of All Time)
Muhammad Ali
210
Birth Year: 1942
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: June 3, 2016

Widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time, Muhammad Ali was a major figure of the 20th century. He was an inspirational figure for African-Americans during the civil rights movement. Because of his opposition to Vietnam War and his refusal to be drafted into military, Muhammad Ali became an icon for the larger counterculture generation.

 2 
Betty White
(Referred the 'First Lady of Television', She Holds the Record for the ‘Longest TV Career by a Female’)
Betty White
142
Birth Year: 1922
Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, United States
Died: December 31, 2021

Betty White, American actress and comedian, is considered as the pioneer of television and has had the longest television career of any entertainer, straddling more than 80 years. She’s known for her award-winning performances in shows like The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls and Hot in Cleveland

 3 
Jim Carrey
(Actor and Comedian Best Known for His Energetic and Slapstick Performances)
Jim Carrey
151
Birth Year: 1962
Birthplace: Newmarket, Canada

Canadian American actor, Jim Carrey worked as a janitor and a stand-up comedian at club and on stage before entering films and television. His big Hollywood break came with Ace Ventura: Pet Detective which catapulted him to comedy star status. His later films like The Truman Show and Bruce Almighty proved his versatility and won him critical and commercial success.

 4 
Benjamin Franklin
(One of the Founding Fathers of the United States)
Benjamin Franklin
79
Birth Year: 1706
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: April 17, 1790

Benjamin Franklin is considered one of the founding fathers of the United States as he was a signer of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. He was a writer, politician, scientist, inventor, civic activist, an accomplished diplomat and much more. He is a key figure in the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity.

 5 
Steve Harvey
(Comedian, Actor and TV Host)
Steve Harvey
68
Birth Year: 1957
Birthplace: Welch, West Virginia, United States

Comedian, businessman and entertainer Steve Harvey has been active in the entertainment world since 1985. Born to parents who were avid movie lovers, he developed an early love for performing. He began his entertainment career as a stand-up comedian and soon started performing in TV shows and films. Also an entrepreneur, he founded Steve Harvey Global (SHG).

 6 
Michelle Obama
(First Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017)
Michelle Obama
331
Birth Year: 1964
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Wife of the former U.S President, Barack Obama, and one of the most popular First Ladies of the United States, Michelle Obama is a celebrity in her own right. She is still very popular and is a sought-after speaker around the globe and often lends her voice to issues like poverty awareness, education, nutrition, women’s rights, immigration and racism.

 7 
Zooey Deschanel
(Known for Her Deadpan Roles in Comedy Films)
Zooey Deschanel
67
Birth Year: 1980
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Zooey Deschanel is an American actress known for her deadpan roles in successful comedy films, such as The Good Girl, Elf, Failure to Launch, Yes Man and 500 Days of Summer. She also acted in the popular sitcom New Girl. She is also a singer and songwriter and plays keyboards, percussion, banjo, and ukulele. Zooey is a co-founder of the female-focused website, HelloGiggles.

 8 
James Earl Jones
(One of the Greatest Actors in American History)
James Earl Jones
55
Birth Year: 1931
Birthplace: Arkabutla, Mississippi, United States

A veteran actor with a career spanning more than seven decades, James Earl Jones has been described as "one of America's most distinguished and versatile" actors. He initially aspired to be a doctor but fate had other plans for him. He began his career as a stage actor and soon joined films as well.

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Dwyane Wade
(Former Professional Basketball Player Who Played as a Shooting Guard)
Dwyane Wade
69
Birth Year: 1982
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

With an Olympic gold medal and three NBA championships, Dwyane Wade is one of the most decorated former American basketball players of the 21st century. Also a well-known philanthropist, Dwyane Wade founded The Wade's World Foundation in 2003; the foundation helps community-based organizations promote education and social skills for children. He also supports St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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Eartha Kitt
(Singer with a Distinctive Voice Known for her Hits "Let's Do It", and "C'est si bon")
Eartha Kitt
45
Birth Year: 1927
Birthplace: North, South Carolina, United States
Died: December 25, 2008

Eartha Kitt was an American actress, comedian, dancer, and singer-songwriter. Renowned for her distinctive singing style, Kitt recorded several chartbusting songs during the 1950s. Also a well-known activist, Eartha Kitt established a non-profit organization called the Kittsville Youth Foundation, which helped underprivileged youths in Los Angeles. She was also an ardent advocate for same-sex marriage and LGBT rights.

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Calvin Harris
(The First UK Solo Artist to Reach more than One Billion Streams on Spotify)
Calvin Harris
38
Birth Year: 1984
Birthplace: Dumfries, Scotland
Grammy-winning DJ Calvin Harris soared to fame with his album I Created Disco. His track We Found Love, a collaboration with Rihanna, charted on the US Billboard Hot 100. He owns a record label and topped Forbes's list of the highest-paid DJs of the world for 6 years.
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Kid Rock
(Singer-songwriter)
Kid Rock
68
Birth Year: 1971
Birthplace: Romeo, Michigan, United States
Robert James Ritchie, better known as Kid Rock, started off as a DJ and rapper. His platinum-certified album Devil Without a Cause sold 14 million copies. A self-taught musician and instrumentalist, he loves collecting guns and is an ordained minister. His music blends country with hip hop, rock, and metal.
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Susanna Hoffs
(Singer-songwriter best known as a co-founder of the Bangles)
Susanna Hoffs
17
Birth Year: 1959
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
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Andy Kaufman
(Comedian, Best known for His Portrayal of 'Latka Gravas' on the Sitcom 'Taxi')
Andy Kaufman
39
Birth Year: 1949
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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Oleksandr Usyk
(One of the Greatest Ukrainian Boxers of All Time)
Oleksandr Usyk
45
Birth Year: 1987
Birthplace: Simferopol, Ukraine

Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk is not just a European and World Champion but also an Olympic gold medalist. Considered one of Ukraine’s best boxers in history, he is also the fourth male boxer to hold the WBC, WBA, IBF, and WBO titles at the same time.

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Naveen Andrews
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Sayid Jarrah’ in the TV Series ‘Lost’)
Naveen Andrews
12
Birth Year: 1969
Birthplace: Lambeth, London, England

Naveen Andrews is a British-American actor best known for portraying Sayid Jarrah in the popular TV series Lost, for which he received nominations for Golden Globe Award and Primetime Emmy Award and won the Screen Actors Guild Award. A multi-talented personality, Naveen Andrews can also play the guitar.

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Willa Fitzgerald
8
Birth Year: 1991
Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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Lil Jon
(Rapper)
Lil Jon
26
Birth Year: 1971
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Grammy-winning rapper and DJ Jonathan H. Smith, better known as Lil Jon, previously performed as the frontman of the group Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz. He is considered a pioneer of crunk, a hip-hop sub-genre, and has scored Billboard-charting hits such as Cyclone, Yeah!, and Goodies
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Mick Taylor
(Musician)
Mick Taylor
5
Birth Year: 1949
Birthplace: Welwyn Garden City, England

Mick Taylor soared to fame as the guitarist of iconic rock band The Rolling Stones. He has also been part of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. Named to the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame, he was also declared one of Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 greatest guitarists of all time.

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Steve Earle
(Musician, Singer-songwriter)
Steve Earle
6
Birth Year: 1955
Birthplace: Hampton, Virginia United States

Rock, country, and folk singer-songwriter, Steve Earle, developed an early interest in music and started his career when he was a teenager. Rebellious as a young man, he went through his share of struggles before he was able to establish himself successfully as a singer. Also a political activist, he is a vocal opponent of capital punishment. 

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Maury Povich
(Television personality, best known for hosting the tabloid talk show Maury)
Maury Povich
10
Birth Year: 1939
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
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Ray J
(Singer)
Ray J
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Birth Year: 1981
Birthplace: McComb, Mississippi, U.S.

American rapper, singer-songwriter, and controversial figure Ray J made headlines for reasons other than what he is usually known for when he introduced a line of electronics to the US market after founding Raytroniks Inc. Among the products, the Scoot-E-Bike brand grew exponentially and had an impact on the American bike market. 

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Shari Lewis
(Former Children's puppeteer and cheerful TV personality whose character's, Lamb Chop and Charlie Horse)
Shari Lewis
8
Birth Year: 1933
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
Died: August 2, 1998
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Paul Young
(Singer-songwriter, Singer)
Paul Young
9
Birth Year: 1956
Birthplace: Luton
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Sheree North
(Actress)
Sheree North
5
Birth Year: 1932
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: November 4, 2005
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Anne Brontë
(Writer)
Anne Brontë
7
Birth Year: 1820
Birthplace: Thornton, West Yorkshire
Died: May 28, 1849
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Vidal Sassoon
(Businessperson, Autobiographer)
Vidal Sassoon
4
Birth Year: 1928
Birthplace: London
Died: May 9, 2012
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Joy Taylor
(Radio Jockey, TV Anchor)
Joy Taylor
11
Birth Year: 1987
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Joy Taylor is a well-known face and voice on Fox Sports 1 where she is a host and anchor, noted particularly for moderating the talk show Skip and Shannon: Undisputed. Sister of American football player, Jason Taylor, she hosted radio shows at Barry University during her graduation in broadcast communication, before featuring in 790 AM The Ticket shows in Miami.

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Lucy Boynton
(British-American Actress Best Known for Her Roles in TV Films: ‘Ballet Shoes’, ‘Sense and Sensibility’ and ‘Mo’)
Lucy Boynton
26
Birth Year: 1994
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

Lucy Boynton is a British-American actress best known for playing real-life characters in films. After starting her acting career at the age of 12, Boynton has since made a successful transition to being an actress. Her current relationship with Rami Malek, 13 years her senior, might serve as an inspiration to couples with an age gap.

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Nile Wilson
(Former British Artistic Gymnast and Olympic Bronze Medalist)
Nile Wilson
8
Birth Year: 1996
Birthplace: Leeds, West Yorkshire, England

Two-time Commonwealth gold-winning gymnast Nile Wilson is also a World Championship silver medalist and an Olympic bronze medalist. He retired from the sport at age 21. He is also a social-media star, with two popular YouTube channels, where he posts his work-out videos and other life stories.

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Joshua Malina
(Actor)
Joshua Malina
3
Birth Year: 1966
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
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Konstantin Stanislavski
(Co-founder of ‘Moscow Art Theatre’ and Developer of Stanislavski's System of Acting)
Konstantin Stanislavski
1
Birth Year: 1863
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: August 7, 1938

Legendary Soviet and Russian theatre-practitioner Konstantin Stanislavski, who played an instrumental role in promoting new Russian drama of his time, is best-known for co-founding the world-renowned Moscow Art Theatre and developing the Stanislavski's system of training and preparing actors. Sergeyevich was considered one of the prominent theatre directors of his day and also earned repute as a remarkable character actor.

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Freddy Rodriguez
(Actor)
Freddy Rodriguez
7
Birth Year: 1975
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
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Genndy Tartakovsky
(Animator known for his work on such Cartoon Network series as Dexter's Laboratory and Star Wars: Clone Wars)
Genndy Tartakovsky
5
Birth Year: 1970
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
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Moira Shearer
(Scottish Actress and Ballet Dancer Best Known for Her Performance in the Movie 'The Red Shoes')
Moira Shearer
2
Birth Year: 1926
Birthplace: Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland
Died: January 31, 2006

Moira Shearer was a Scottish actress and ballet dancer. She is best remembered for playing an important role in the movie The Red Shoes. Although Moira Shearer went on to work as a dancer and actress for many decades after making her acting debut in The Red Shoes, she is still primarily known for her portrayal of Vicky in the 1948 film.

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Hale Appleman
2
Birth Year: 1986
Birthplace: New York City, New York
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Don Zimmer
(Coach)
Don Zimmer
9
Birth Year: 1931
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Died: June 4, 2014
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Cus D'Amato
(Boxing Manager and Trainer Who Handled the Careers of 'Mike Tyson', 'Floyd Patterson', and 'José Torres')
Cus D'Amato
5
Birth Year: 1908
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States
Died: November 4, 1985
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Suga Free
(Rapper)
Suga Free
10
Birth Year: 1970
Birthplace: Gardena, California
 40 
David Lloyd George
(Former Chancellor of the Exchequer)
David Lloyd George
17
Birth Year: 1863
Birthplace: Chorlton-on-Medlock
Died: March 26, 1945
David Lloyd George, or the 1st Earl Lloyd-George of Dwyfor, was the British prime minister from 1916 to 1922 and the first Welsh to hold the position. Though he was a Liberal, he was initially supported by the Conservatives. He was a key figure in the Paris Peace Conference.
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Sajal Ali
(Pakistani Televsion Actress)
Sajal Ali
16
Birth Year: 1994
Birthplace: Lahore, Pakistani

Pakistani actor Sajal Ali soared to fame with her performances in films such as Mohabbat Jaye Bhar Mein and Quddusi Sahab Ki Bewah. She later made her Lollywood debut with the film Zindagi Kitni Haseen Hay and soon stepped into Bollywood with the Sridevi starrer Mom.

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Dan Gilbert
(Businessperson)
Dan Gilbert
3
Birth Year: 1962
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
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Shabba Ranks
(One of the Most Popular Jamaican Musicians in the World)
Shabba Ranks
8
Birth Year: 1966
Birthplace: St. Ann Parish, Jamaica

Rexton Rawlston Fernando Gordon, better known as Shabba Ranks, was one of the most popular dancehall performers of his time. The Grammy Award winner soared to international fame with the track Mr. Loverman. He was also once in trouble for allegedly communicating that he was against the LGBT community.

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Alva Belmont
(socialite)
Alva Belmont
3
Birth Year: 1853
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States
Died: January 26, 1933

Alva Belmont was an American socialite who played a major role in the women's suffrage movement in the United States of America. Remembered for her intelligence, energy, and strong opinions, Belmont is credited with founding the Political Equality League which aimed at promoting suffrage-supporting politicians. Alva Belmont is also credited with co-founding the National Woman's Party in 1916.

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Johannes von Trapp
(Austrian American Singer)
Johannes von Trapp
3
Birth Year: 1939
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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Tara Elders
(Dutch Actress)
Tara Elders
2
Birth Year: 1980
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Tara Elders is a Dutch actress who achieved popularity in 2007 when she played Maggie in the American remake of filmmaker Theo van Gogh's 2003 drama film Interview. The 2007 film starred Sienna Miller and Steve Buscemi in lead roles. Tara Elders has also appeared in several popular TV series like Najib en Julia, TV7, and Medea.

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Song Kang-ho
9
Birth Year: 1967
Birthplace: Gimhae, South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea

South Korean actor Song Kang-ho soared to international fame with his roles of Kim Ki-taek in the Academy Award-winning film Parasite and Namgoong Minsu in Snowpiercer. Fans also loved him in No. 3 and Joint Security Area. He has won honors such as the Blue Dragon Film Awards.

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Mack Sennett
(Canadian-American Film Actor, Director, and Producer)
Mack Sennett
3
Birth Year: 1880
Birthplace: Richmond, Canada
Died: November 5, 1960

Mack Sennett was a film actor, director, and producer. He specialized in comedy and was known as the 'King of Comedy'. Born in Canada in 1880, he moved to USA as a young man and entered the fledgling film industry as an actor. He found considerable success and went on to open Keystone Studios in Edendale. 

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Thomas Fairfax
(Political leader)
Thomas Fairfax
1
Birth Year: 1612
Birthplace: Denton Hall, Wharfedale
Died: November 12, 1671
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Stanisław August Poniatowski
(King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania (1764 - 1795))
Stanisław August Poniatowski
6
Birth Year: 1732
Birthplace: Voŭčyn, Belarus
Died: February 12, 1798

Stanisław August Poniatowski reigned as the King of Poland from 1764 to 1795. He is best remembered as the last ruler of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Poniatowski made several attempts to reform and strengthen the ailing Commonwealth, which proved to be difficult due to several external and internal oppositions. He is often criticized for his failure to prevent the partitions.

Personality Traits & Characteristics of Famous People Born on January 17th

Personality
Very analytical and organized by nature, those born on this particular day tend to take lead as they can assess any situation better than others. Though these people have great respect for tradition and culture, they have a progressive outlook and support social reform. They are also known for their self-confidence and an indomitable will-power. However, their uncompromising approach to work and life in general may not go down well with other, at times. On the negative side, they can be a little reckless and argumentative also.

Health
The individuals born on this day tend to rely too much on caffeine and other stimulant for energy, which can lead to great health problems. They need to maintain a balanced diet full of nutrition and get enough sleep and exercise. They also need to go for regular dental checkups as they are prone to tooth related problems.

Finance
Those born on this day are career-oriented, however; money is never the sole driving force for them. They are good at managing their finances, but at times tend to overspend.

Career
Very disciplined, hardworking and focused by nature, these people do well in armed forces. As they also possess great organizational skills, they also tend to thrive as managers and politicians. Other career options for these Capricorn are fashion, civil service etc.

Relationships, Marriage & Children
Romantic life for these Capricorns is often not very smooth as they have high expectations from their partners. Though they are extremely loyal and affectionate towards their partners, they can at times be too demanding and controlling, which may lead to friction. They need to learn to respect their partner’s independence and freedom for a smoother romantic life. As parents, they have a tendency to pamper and overindulge their young ones.

Trivia
Lucky Colors:  Green, Brown
Lucky Numbers: 8, 9
Lucky Days (of the Month): 8th & 9th
Lucky Days (of the Week): Saturday