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Muhammad Ali
(The Greatest Heavyweight Boxer of All Time)
Muhammad Ali
212
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: January 17, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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 
Hunter S. Thompson
(Journalist, Author and Founder of the Gonzo Journalism Movement)
Hunter S. Thompson
66
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 18, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: February 20, 2005

Hunter S. Thompson was an American author and journalist. He is credited with creating his own subgenre of New Journalism called the gonzo journalism. The author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which was later adapted into a film, Thompson was famous for his lifelong use of drugs and alcohol. His books have had a major impact on counterculture.

 3 
Jack Harlow
(Rapper)
Jack Harlow
114
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 13, 1998
Sun Sign: Pisces
 4 
Rajon Rondo
(American Basketball Player Who Plays at the Point Guard Position)
Rajon Rondo
33
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 22, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces

Rajon Rondo is a popular American professional basketball player who helped Boston Celtics win an NBA championship in 2008. He was an important player for the Boston Celtics, ranking fourth and third in assists and steals, respectively, in the team's history. Currently, an important member of Los Angeles Lakers, Rajon Rondo helped his team win an NBA title in 2020.

 5 
Jennifer Carpenter
36
Birthdate: December 7, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Jennifer Carpenter is best known for her Saturn Award-winning performance as Debra Morgan in the series Dexter. She also won hearts with her MTV Movie Award-winning portrayal of Emily Rose in The Exorcism of Emily Rose. Her other notable projects are the series Limitless and The Enemy Within.
 6 
Chris Hardwick
(Actor and Comedian Known for His TV Series ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Fear the Walking Dead’)
Chris Hardwick
13
Birthdate: November 23, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Chris Hardwick is best known for hosting shows such as Talking Dead, Talking Bad, and Talking with Chris Hardwick. He appeared as Stacee Jaxx in the musical Rock of Ages and also gained fame with his Emmy-winning game show @midnight with Chris Hardwick. He later launched The Nerdist Podcast.
 7 
Rob Riggle
(Actor)
Rob Riggle
26
Birthdate: April 21, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 8 
D'Angelo Russell
(Basketball player)
D'Angelo Russell
31
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 23, 1996
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
 9 
Sean Young
(American actress)
Sean Young
26
Birthdate: November 20, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Sean Young is an American actress known for playing important roles in films like No Way Out and Wall Street. Young, who has had an interesting career so far, stirred controversy in 2018 when she was caught on a surveillance video removing laptops from a production office in Astoria, Queens. The laptops were eventually returned and no charges were filed.

 10 
Mary Travers
(Singer-Songwriter and Member of the Folk Music Group ‘Peter, Paul and Mary’)
Mary Travers
13
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 9, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: September 16, 2009

Mary Travers was an American singer and songwriter. She was part of Peter, Paul and Mary, one of the most successful and popular folk music groups of the 1960s. Apart from working with the music group, Travers released five solo albums. In 1999, she was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame as part of the group.

 11 
Maggie Lawson
(Best Known for Her Role as Detective ‘Juliet O'Hara’ in the TV Series ‘Psych’)
Maggie Lawson
24
Birthdate: August 12, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo

Maggie Lawson is an American actress best known for portraying Head Detective Juliet Lynn "Jules" O'Hara in the popular detective comedy-drama TV series Psych. Apart from contributing immensely to the success of Psych, Maggie Lawson has also played key roles in the success of other TV series, such as Party of Five, Inside Schwartz, and Lethal Weapon.  

 12 
Josh Dallas
16
Birthdate: December 18, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Josh Dallas is an American actor known for playing important roles in popular TV series, such as Once Upon a Time and Manifest. Despite being a virtually unknown actor back in 2011, Josh Dallas landed the important role of Fandral in the superhero film Thor and has not looked back since.

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Ned Beatty
(Actor)
Ned Beatty
13
Birthdate: July 6, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: June 13, 2021

Ned Beatty was an American actor who appeared in over 160 films during an illustrious career that spanned 50 years. Over the course of his career, Ned Beatty was nominated for several prestigious awards such as the Academy Award, Emmy Award, and Golden Globe Award.

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Wes Unseld
(Basketball Player)
Wes Unseld
13
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 14, 1946
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: June 2, 2020
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)
 15 
William Conrad
(Actor, Producer, and Director Who Worked in Radio, Film, and Television for Over Fifty Years)
William Conrad
7
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 27, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: February 11, 1994

William Conrad was an American actor and filmmaker whose entertainment career in radio, television, and film spanned five decades. He achieved popularity after starring as Frank Cannon in the popular detective television series, Cannon. In 1997, William Conrad was posthumously inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame and the National Radio Hall of Fame.

 16 
Jim Cornette
(American Author and Podcaster Known for His Work in the World of Professional Wrestling)
Jim Cornette
6
Birthdate: September 17, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 17 
Sarah Wright
(Known for Her Role as ‘Millicent Gergich’ in the TV Series ‘Parks and Recreation’)
Sarah Wright
10
Birthdate: September 28, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra

Sarah Wright is best known as Millicent Gergich from Parks and Recreation. Fans also loved her in Quintuplets, The Loop, and Marry Me. She has also appeared in the film American Made and the Netflix show Spinning Out. She is married to actor/producer Eric Christian Olsen.

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Justin Thomas
(American Professional Golfer)
Justin Thomas
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 29, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus

Justin Thomas is an American golfer who has won 14 PGA Tour events, including five events in 2017. In 2017, he also won his first major championship, the PGA Championship. A former world number one, Thomas has also won three European Tour events and two Asian Tour events. As a professional, Thomas has been part of two Presidents Cup-winning teams.

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Victor Mature
(First male film star to be labeled a hunk, he appeared in Samson and Delilah in 1949 and The Robe in 1953)
Victor Mature
6
Birthdate: January 29, 1913
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: August 4, 1999
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 20 
William Mapother
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Ethan Rom’ on the TV Series ‘Lost’)
William Mapother
3
Birthdate: April 17, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
William Mapother gained recognition with the role of Ethan Rom in the series Lost. He also appeared in the films In the Bedroom and Another Earth. He is one of the co-founders of the film finance platform Slated and has also served on the board of the Screen Actors Guild.
 21 
Irene Dunne
(One of the Greatest Actresses of Golden Age of Hollywood)
Irene Dunne
6
Birthdate: December 20, 1898
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: September 4, 1990

Irene Dunne was a prominent actor of the Golden Age of Hollywood. She is best known for her comedy roles and was nominated for the Academy Award five times. Some of her best-known films were Theodora Goes Wild and I Remember Mama. A devout Catholic, she received the papal knighthood.

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Telma Hopkins
(Singer, Actress)
Telma Hopkins
13
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 28, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Artimus Pyle
(Drummer)
Artimus Pyle
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 15, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
 24 
Gus Van Sant
(Director Best Known for His Films that Typically Deal with Themes of Marginalized Subcultures, in Particular Homosexuality)
Gus Van Sant
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Birthdate: July 24, 1952
Sun Sign: Leo
Gus Van Sant is considered one of the most prominent auteurs of the New Queer Cinema movement. The American film director is famous for movies that deal with homosexuality. Also admired as a painter, photographer, and musician, Sant has released two musical albums and a novel. Van Sant’s famous films include Drugstore Cowboy, Good Will Hunting, Elephant, and Milk.
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Sarah Logan
(American Professional Wrestler)
Sarah Logan
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 10, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 26 
Foster Brooks
(Actor)
Foster Brooks
11
Birthdate: May 11, 1912
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: December 20, 2001
 27 
Ashley Eckstein
(Actor, Television actor)
Ashley Eckstein
1
Birthdate: September 22, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
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Tommy Kirk
(Actor)
Tommy Kirk
5
Birthdate: December 10, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 29 
Michael Rainey Jr
(American Actor Best Known for His Role in the TV Series ‘Power’ and ‘Power Book II: Ghost’)
Michael Rainey Jr
11
Birthdate: September 22, 2000
Sun Sign: Virgo

Having debuted to his acting career as a child artist, Michael Rainey Jr. went on to play the lead role of Tariq St Patrick in the television series Power Book II: Ghost which was premiered in 2020. The son of a Jamaican mother, the millennial American actor appeared in the film, Amateur, which revolves around an aspiring basketball player.

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Paul Hornung
(American Professional Football Player )
Paul Hornung
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 23, 1935
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: November 13, 2020
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 31 
Don Gummer
(Sculptor)
Don Gummer
6
Birthdate: December 12, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Don Gummer, husband of actor Meryl Streep, is a talented sculptor who is known for his free-standing sculptures in bronze. He initially focused on wall-mounted and table-top pieces. An avid philanthropist, he has donated to various charitable organizations such as the Silver Mountain Arts Foundation, along with Meryl.
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Jessica Weixler
(Best Known for Her Roles in the TV Series ‘Teeth’ and ‘The Big Bad Swim’)
Jessica Weixler
1
Birthdate: June 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Jessica Weixler is best known as Dawn O'Keefe from the film Teeth and Jordan from The Big Bad Swim. New York magazine named her the 2009 New Indie Queen. She has also appeared in the series The Good Wife and Law & Order, and has co-written the film Apartment Troubles.
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Desmond Ridder
(American Football Player)
Desmond Ridder
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 31, 1999
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Sue Grafton
(American Author of Detective Novels)
Sue Grafton
5
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 24, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: December 28, 2017
 35 
Bryson Tiller
(Best Known for Hit Single 'Don't')
Bryson Tiller
186
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 2, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Bryson Tiller is an American rapper and singer-songwriter. After achieving success with his debut single Don't, Tiller went on to sign a deal with RCA Records and then came up with his debut album Trapsoul, which peaked at the eighth position on the Billboard 200 chart. Since then, he hasn’t looked back and has performed alongside the likes of Rihanna.

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Louis Brandeis
(Former Lawyer & US Supreme Court Associate Justice)
Louis Brandeis
4
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: November 13, 1856
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: October 5, 1941
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Rob Bironas
(American football player - Placekicker)
Rob Bironas
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 29, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: September 29, 2014
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 38 
Rebecca Broussard
7
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: January 3, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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P. J. Washington
(Basketball player)
P. J. Washington
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 23, 1998
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)
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Jim James
(singer, singer-songwriter, guitarist)
Jim James
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 27, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
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Rahman Ali
(Boxer)
Rahman Ali
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 18, 1944
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Jeff Brohm
(Coach)
Jeff Brohm
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 24, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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John Hensley
4
Birthdate: August 29, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Allan Houston
(Basketball player)
Allan Houston
9
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
 45 
Richard Mentor Johnson
(Vice President of the United States (1837-41))
Richard Mentor Johnson
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 17, 1780
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: November 19, 1850
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Lionel Hampton
(Bandleader)
Lionel Hampton
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 20, 1908
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: August 31, 2002
 47 
Katie George
(Sports commentator)
Katie George
1
Birthdate: December 3, 1993
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
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Will Oldham
(Singer)
Will Oldham
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 24, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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DeVante Parker
(American Football Player)
DeVante Parker
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 20, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Danny Sullivan
(American Former Racing Driver)
Danny Sullivan
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 9, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces

Danny Sullivan is a former racer who competed in F1, CART PPG Indy Car series, and NASCAR. He is known for his achievements in the CART Indy Car World Series where he earned 17 wins. He also scored a victory at the 1988 CART Championship. In 2012, Sullivan was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.