Famous People From Michigan

With its capital as Lansing, Michigan is a state in the Great Lakes and Midwestern regions of the United States of America. Its name traces back its origins to a French word meaning large water or large lake. It is the only state which comprises of two peninsulas and was originally a settlement area of Native Americans. The state of Michigan enjoys the longest freshwater coastline among all political subdivisions of the world. Several famous ‘Michiganians’ have gone on to achieve great things on a global front. Internationally acclaimed singers such as the ravishing Madonna, the talented Stevie Wonder, the funky Kid Rock, soul singer Diana Ross, and Jack White of The White Stripes, were all born in the state of Michigan. Various actors such as Terry Crews, Taylor Lautner and Kristen Bell were also born and raised in Michigan. Not to mention, one of the revolutionary and pioneer industrialists Henry Ford also called Michigan his home. We are certain that you will be surprised to know all the famous celebrities who are from Michigan.
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Serena Williams
(One of the Greatest Tennis Players of All-Time)
Serena Williams
212
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra

With 39 Grand Slam titles and four Olympic gold medals, Serena Williams is clearly amongst the greatest female tennis players in the history. With 23 Grand Slam singles win, she is just a win away from equalling Margaret Court’s record of 24 grand slam titles. She has bagged the top spot in WTA’s world ranking numerous times.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr.
(Regarded as the Best Defensive Boxer in History)
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
103
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 24, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces

One of the most remunerative pay-per-view (PPV) attractions of all time, Floyd Mayweather Jr. has had a glorious boxing career. One of the most decorated boxers ever, Floyd is regarded as the best pound for pound boxer by many websites. During his career, he had his share of controversies and made brief appearances in shows like WWE and Dancing with the Stars.

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Magic Johnson
(The Greatest Point Guard of All Time)
Magic Johnson
51
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 14, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo

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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Stevie Wonder
(Singer-Songwriter and Musician)
Stevie Wonder
65
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 13, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus

American singer and songwriter, Stevie Wonder, is one of most influential and the best-selling musicians of all time. That Girl, Gotta Have You, I Just Called to Say I Love You, Part-Time Lover and Happy Birthday are some of his chartbuster songs. He has won many awards and accolades, including 25 Grammy Awards.

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Madonna
(The 'Queen of Pop' - The Best-Selling Female Music Artist of All Time)
Madonna
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Birthdate: August 16, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo

Often called the Queen of Pop, Madonna is considered one of the most popular and influential personalities in popular culture. Having sold more than 300 million records, she is the best-selling female musician of all time. Often featured in lists like the Greatest Artists of All Time, Madonna serves as an inspiration to many musicians, singers, and songwriters.

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Diana Ross
(Lead Singer of 'the Supremes', the Best-Charting Female Group in History)
Diana Ross
67
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 26, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries

With several prestigious honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, under her belt, Diana Ross is one of the most popular and influential singers of all time. In 1976, Billboard named her the Female Entertainer of the Century. She has influenced popular artists like Madonna, Beyoncé, and Michael Jackson.

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Larry Page
(Co-founder of Google)
Larry Page
72
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 26, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries

Larry Page is an American Internet entrepreneur and computer scientist. As one of the co-founders of the multinational technology company Google, Larry Page effectively changed the way the world functions today as Google is a synonym for a search engine in many parts of the world. Unsurprisingly, he became a billionaire after co-founding Google.

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Henry Ford
(The Founder of the ‘Ford Motor Company’)
Henry Ford
45
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: July 30, 1863
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: April 7, 1947

Business magnate and founder of the Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford is credited to have made the automobile an accessible conveyance for Americans in the 20th century. Following the success of his company, he became one of the richest and best-known people in the world. He also became known for his pacifism during the first years of World War I.

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Alice Cooper
(Singer)
Alice Cooper
75
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 4, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Alice Cooper is a singer-songwriter. In his career, spanning more than five decades, Alice Cooper has earned the nickname The Godfather of Shock Rock for his ability to produce a theatrical brand of rock aimed at shocking audiences. He is also credited with helping to shape the look and sound of heavy metal. Cooper has influenced musicians like Rob Zombie.

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Kate Upton
(Actress, Cover Model for Famous Magazines, and Model for Vanity Fair's 100th Anniversary Issue)
Kate Upton
58
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: June 10, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Model/actor Kate Upton is the great-granddaughter of Whirlpool co-founder Frederick Upton. She was a national-level equestrian earlier and had also won three APHA Reserve Championships. She shot to fame with her photos in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2011. She has also appeared in films such as The Layover.
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David Spade
(Actor, Comedian and Writer)
David Spade
44
Birthdate: July 22, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer

David Spade is an American comedian and actor. Also a well-known philanthropist, David Spade helped the Phoenix Police Department buy 300 firearms by making a donation of $100,000. In 2013, he donated $200,000 to rebuild Oklahoma after it was hit by a tornado. In 2018, he donated $100,000 to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

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Francis Ford Coppola
(One of the Best and Most Infulential Filmmakers of the 20th-Century)
Francis Ford Coppola
20
Birthdate: April 7, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries

Francis Ford Coppola is an American filmmaker. Widely regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers ever, Francis Ford Coppola was a prominent figure in the Hollywood Renaissance filmmaking movement of the 1960s and 1970s. A much revered and celebrated filmmaker, he is credited with directing some of the greatest films of all time, including The Godfather movie series.

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Glenn Frey
(Singer-songwriter)
Glenn Frey
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Birthdate: November 6, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: January 18, 2016

American singer, songwriter and vocalist, Glen Frey was the co-founder of the extremely famous rock band of the 1970s—Eagles. The band delivered hit albums like Hotel California before disbanding after a decade. The six time Grammy award winner then enjoyed a successful solo career with hit songs like Smuggler’s Blues and The Heat Is On before re-joining his band.

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Christie Brinkley
(Model, Actress, Businesswoman)
Christie Brinkley
37
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: February 2, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Christie Brinkley is an American actress, model, and entrepreneur. Widely regarded as one of the most attractive women ever, Brinkley has been featured on more than 500 magazine covers and was the face of CoverGirl for 25 years! Apart from being an inspiration to aspiring models worldwide, Christie Brinkley has also touched the lives of many through her philanthropic activities.

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Smokey Robinson
(Ffounder and Front Man of the Motown Vocal Group 'The Miracles')
Smokey Robinson
18
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 19, 1940
Sun Sign: Pisces

Singer, songwriter, and record producer, Smokey Robinson, first gained fame as the founder and frontman of the vocal group, The Miracles, in the 1950s. He embarked on an equally successful solo career after leaving the group. He is the recipient of many awards, including the prestigious Golden Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement.

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Iggy Pop
(Vocalist and Lyricist of Proto-Punk Band 'The Stooges')
Iggy Pop
44
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 21, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus

Iggy Pop is an American singer-songwriter, actor, musician, and record producer. Nicknamed the Godfather of Punk, Iggy Pop was an important member of the proto-punk band Iggy and the Stooges. One of the first singers to perform stage-dive, Pop is credited with popularizing the activity. A culture icon, Iggy Pop has had a major influence on musicians of various genres.

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Bob Seger
(Singer-songwriter, Musician)
Bob Seger
22
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 6, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus

Singer, songwriter, and musician, Bob Seger, first gained fame in the 1960s as a heartland rock artist. Known for his classic raspy and powerful voice, he recorded many songs that dealt with themes like love and women. With worldwide sales of more than 75 million records, he is one of the world's best-selling artists of all time.

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Kristen Bell
(Best Known for Her Roles in the TV Series 'Veronica Mars' and the Film 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall')
Kristen Bell
60
Birthdate: July 18, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer

Kristen Bell started her career by acting in stage productions and gained recognition when she starred in the 2004 film Spartan. She’s starred in popular television series like Veronica Mars, Gossip Girl, House of Lies and The Good Place and films like Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Couples Retreat, When in Rome and The Boss. She’s had issues with depression and anxiety.

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Tom Selleck
(Best Known for His Role of 'Thomas Magnum' in the TV Series 'Magnum, P.I.')
Tom Selleck
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Birthdate: January 29, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius

An actor famous for his rugged good looks, Tom Selleck is best known for playing tough police officers and investigators in TV shows and films. Even though he has been active in the entertainment industry since the 1960s, he finally gained stardom only in the 1980s and continues to be a popular actor to date.

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Terry Crews
(Actor, American Football Player)
Terry Crews
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 30, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo

Terrence Crews is an actor, comedian, activist and a body-builder. He’s also a former professional football player. He has starred in sitcoms like Everybody Hates Chris and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Plus, he has acted in many movies including the Expendables series. In 2017, Crews talked about a sexual assault on him by a Hollywood executive. He fiercely advocates for women's rights.

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Burt Reynolds
(American Actor, Considered An Icon of American Popular Culture During the 1970s & 1980s)
Burt Reynolds
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Birthdate: February 11, 1936
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: September 6, 2018

Called a sex symbol, Burt Reynolds was one of the most charismatic actors to rule the silver screen. The star of movies like The Longest Yard, Boogie Nights and Best Friends was a massive box-office attraction from 1978 to 1982, with Smokey and the Bandit being his biggest hits. However, he really did not get thumbs up from movie critics.

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Casey Kasem
(First Actor to Voice Norville "Shaggy" Rogers in the 'Scooby-Doo' Franchise )
Casey Kasem
13
Birthdate: April 27, 1932
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: June 15, 2014
Legendary RJ and voice actor Casey Kasem is remembered as the host of several hit radio countdown shows, most notably American Top 40. He had also voiced countless characters in animated children’s programs, such as Shaggy in the Scooby-Doo franchise. He was a vegan and took interest in American politics.
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Ken Jeong
(Stand-Up Comedian and Actor Best Known for His Role in 'The Hangover' Film Series)
Ken Jeong
68
Birthdate: July 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer

From being a licensed physician, Korean-American actor Ken Jeong went on to do stand-up comedy and eventually ventured into acting. He got his breakthrough role with film Knocked Up but he garnered widespread fame with The Hangover film franchise and the acclaimed sitcom Community. His other notable films include Pineapple Express, Crazy Rich Asian and a recent Netflix stand-up special.

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Ben Carson
(U.S. Secretary of Housing & Urban Development (2017 – 2021))
Ben Carson
103
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 18, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo

Neurosurgeon Ben Carson is credited with many pioneering neurosurgical procedures. He became a Library of Congress “Living Legend” and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He later contested in the 2016 presidential primaries, has authored numerous books, was a Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and earned 60 honorary doctorates.

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John Hughes
(American Filmmaker Known for His Coming-Of-Age Teen Comedy Films with Honest Depictions of Suburban Teenage Life)
John Hughes
19
Birthdate: February 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: August 6, 2009

Largely known for popularizing the teen movie genre in the 1980s, John Hughes had dropped out of university to work as an ad copywriter and then a comedy writer. He soared to fame with his stories in National Lampoon magazine and then directed many films of the National Lampoon franchise.

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Jack White
(Lead Singer and Guitarist of the Duo 'The White Stripes')
Jack White
30
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 9, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer

The White Stripes guitarist and vocalist Jack White had begun playing drums at 6. He made it to Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time list. With 12 Grammys, he is now considered one of the main forces in the revival of the garage rock genre in the 2000s.

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Taylor Lautner
(American Actor Best Known for His Role as ‘Jacob Black’ in ‘The Twilight Saga’ Film Series)
Taylor Lautner
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: February 11, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Actor and model, Taylor Lautner, gained international fame for playing Jacob Black in The Twilight Saga film series. He began his career by taking up small roles in TV shows. A handsome young man, he soon became a teen sex symbol and started getting film offers. He was named on Glamour's The 50 Sexiest Men of 2010 list.

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Lizzo
(Rapper Know for Her Hit Songs "Good as Hell" "Truth Hurts" & "Juice")
Lizzo
135
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 27, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Three-time Grammy-winning rap and hip-hop sensation Lizzo is also a queer and body-positivity icon. She began singing with groups such as The Chalice and Grrrl Prty, and graced the Billboard 200 with the album Cuz I Love You. Time’s 2019 Entertainer of the Year, Lizzo is also a talented flute-player.
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Ellen Burstyn
(American Actress, Known for Her Portrayals of Complicated Women in Dramas)
Ellen Burstyn
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Birthdate: December 7, 1932
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Ellen Burstyn is an American actress who is renowned for portraying complicated women on films, TV series, and stage plays, Burstyn has won various awards and achievements, including the Triple Crown of Acting. An inspiration to aspiring actresses, Burstyn was made a Michigan Women's Hall of Fame inductee in 1997. In 2013, she was made an American Theatre Hall of Fame inductee.

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Keegan-Michael Key
(Known for Co-Creating & Starring in the Comedy Central Sketch Series 'Key & Peele')
Keegan-Michael Key
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Birthdate: March 22, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Keegan-Michael Key is an American actor, producer, comedian, and writer. He is credited with co-creating Comedy Central's sketch comedy series Key & Peele for which he has received a couple of awards including a Primetime Emmy Award. He is also known for his philanthropic efforts; he has participated in the Young Storytellers Foundation's annual fundraiser.
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Devin Booker
(American Professional Basketball Player Who Plays as the Shooting guard)
Devin Booker
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 30, 1996
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Devin Armani Booker is a star basketball player of the NBA team Phoenix Suns. His achievements include playing in the McDonald's All-American Game, representing the University of Kentucky, and becoming the youngest NBA player to score 50 points in consecutive games. In 2020, Devin made it to the NBA All-Star.
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Sam Raimi
(Known for the cult horror comedy Evil Dead films and the original Spider-Man trilogy)
Sam Raimi
19
Birthdate: October 23, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
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Selma Blair
(Actress)
Selma Blair
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Birthdate: June 23, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer

Selma Blair is an American actress who gained international recognition after playing Liz Sherman in the Hellboy film series. Also regarded as a fashion icon, Selma Blair has been playing a key role in popularizing new fashion trends and hairstyles by appearing in popular magazines. She has also worked with fashion designers like Karen Zambos, Isaac Mizrahi, and Martin Margiela.

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Dax Shepard
(Known for His Role in NBC Comedy Series 'Parenthood' & Host of the Podcast 'Armchair Expert')
Dax Shepard
42
Birthdate: January 2, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Kevin Nash
(Retired Professional Wrestler)
Kevin Nash
20
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 9, 1959
Sun Sign: Cancer
WWE legend Kevin Nash has also been part of the WCW and the TNA, winning 21 championships, including six world championships. He has won the world tag-team title 12 times. He was also part of the backstage group The Kliq and a co-founder of the New World Order.
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Jerry Bruckheimer
(Film and Television Producer Best Known for His TV Series ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’ and ‘CSI: Miami’)
Jerry Bruckheimer
6
Birthdate: September 21, 1943
Sun Sign: Virgo
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer is best known for his blockbuster films such as Pearl Harbor, Armageddon, and Enemy of the State, and the Beverly Hills Cop, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Bad Boys franchises. He has also produced TV series such as CSI and co-owns the ice-hockey team Seattle Kraken.
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Judy Greer
(Actress, Model)
Judy Greer
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: July 20, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer

Judy Greer is an American actress and director who established herself in the film industry through sheer hard work and determination. A self-made woman, Judy Greer has received several honors for her work in films and TV. Judy Greer is also credited with popularizing meditation, especially Transcendental Meditation.

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Draymond Green
(American Professional Basketball Player Who Plays as the Power Forward)
Draymond Green
39
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 4, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces

Professional basketball player Draymond Green currently plays for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He plays primarily at the power forward position. A three-time NBA champion and a three-time NBA All-Star, he won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2017. He identifies himself as a Christian and follows a modest lifestyle.

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Lily Tomlin
(Comedienne & Actress)
Lily Tomlin
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Birthdate: September 1, 1939
Sun Sign: Virgo

Lily Tomlin is an American comedian, actress, singer, and writer. Tomlin has earned several award nominations for her performance in films and TV series, such as Nashville and Grace and Frankie. An openly lesbian actress, Lily Tomlin serves as an inspiration to the LGBTQ community.

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Berry Gordy
(Record Executive)
Berry Gordy
21
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 28, 1929
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
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NF (Nathan John Feuerstein)
(Rapper Known for 6xPlatinum Certified Single 'Let You Down')
NF (Nathan John Feuerstein)
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 30, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries
Rapper Nathan John Feuerstein, or NF (stylized as ИF), gained fame in the niche genre of Christian hip-hop. His albums Perception and The Search both charted on the Billboard 200. His single Let You Down was certified triple-platinum. His style has been influenced by the music of Eminem.
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Charles Lindbergh
(Remembered for Making the First Nonstop Solo Flight Across the Atlantic)
Charles Lindbergh
36
Birthdate: February 4, 1902
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: August 26, 1974
Charles Lindbergh shot to fame after completing the first solo, and the longest, trans-Atlantic flight, in 1927. In his later years, his son’s highly publicized kidnapping and murder broke him completely. He also participated in World War II and worked on inventions that made flight navigation and heart surgeries easier.
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Matthew Lillard
(Film Actor, Theater Actor, Television Actor)
Matthew Lillard
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Birthdate: January 24, 1970
Sun Sign: Aquarius
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Kid Rock
(Singer-songwriter)
Kid Rock
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 17, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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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Chris Webber
(Basketball player Power Forward, Businessperson)
Chris Webber
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Birthdate: March 1, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 6'10" (208 cm)
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Rob Van Dam
(American Professional Wrestler)
Rob Van Dam
18
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Robert Alexander Szatkowski, better known as Rob Van Dam, Robbie V, and RVD, gained fame by winning the WWE, the TNA, and the ECW championships.  Known for his Five Star Frog Splash move, he later appeared in The X-Files and the movies Wrong Side of Town and 3-Headed Shark Attack.
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Sonny Bono
(One-half of the Popular Singing Duo 'Sonny & Cher')
Sonny Bono
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 16, 1935
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: January 5, 1998
Sonny Bono formed the musical duo Sonny & Cher, with his second wife, Cher. They also starred in The Sonny and Cher Show. He also served as the mayor of Palm Springs and a congressman for California's 44th district. The Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act was named after him.
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Verne Troyer
(Comedian, Actor)
Verne Troyer
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Birthdate: 1969 AD
Died: April 21, 2018
Verne Troyer gained fame as Mini-Me in the Austin Powers films and Griphook in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Born with cartilage-hair hypoplasia-induced dwarfism, Verne had also performed as a stunt double in films such as Baby's Day Out. He died of suicide by alcohol poisoning at age 49.
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Lee Majors
(Actor)
Lee Majors
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Birthdate: April 23, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus

Lee Majors is an American actor known for his performance in TV series like The Six Million Dollar Man and The Fall Guy. Majors is credited with inspiring the popular song Midnight Train to Georgia. He serves as an inspiration to orphans around the world as he established himself in Hollywood after he was orphaned at the age of one.

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Steve Ballmer
(Former CEO of Microsoft (2000 - 2014))
Steve Ballmer
24
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: March 24, 1956
Sun Sign: Aries
The world’s ninth-richest person as of 2020, Steve Ballmer has served as the CEO of Microsoft. He dropped out of the MBA program at Stanford when Bill Gates invited him to join Microsoft in 1980. Ballmer owns the NBA team Los Angeles Clippers. The USAFacts.org founder donates to educational causes.