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Shaquille O’ Neal
(Basketball player)
Shaquille O’ Neal
79
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 6, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces

Shaquille O'Neal is an American former basketball player who currently works as a sports analyst. Considered one of the greatest basketballers ever, O'Neal was also one of the heaviest and tallest players of all time. One of the most important players in the history of LA Lakers, O'Neal helped the team win three consecutive NBA championships between 2000 and 2002.

 2 
Whitney Houston
(Best-Selling Female R&B Artist of the 20th Century)
Whitney Houston
91
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 9, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: February 11, 2012

Amongst the best-selling recording artists of all time and an inspiration to millions of budding artists, Whitney Houston achieved stardom with her eponymous debut album. The success of her later albums consolidated her position and earned her a spot in the Guinness World Records as the most awarded female artist of all time. She struggled with drug abuse and troubled marriage and died of drowning in her hotel's bathtub. 

 3 
Joe Pesci
(Known for Portraying Tough, Volatile Characters)
Joe Pesci
40
Birthdate: February 9, 1943
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 4 
Ice-T
(Co-Founder of the Heavy Metal Band “Body Count”)
Ice-T
38
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 16, 1958
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Rapper, singer, songwriter, musician, and actor, Ice-T is known for his fusion music that combines elements of rock and hip hop. Beginning his career as an underground rapper in the 1980s, he went on to release many albums that were commercially and critically successful. He is also an actor and voice actor.

 5 
Queen Latifah
(Best Known as 'Queen of Rap')
Queen Latifah
72
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces

Queen Latifah is an American musician and actress whose song U.N.I.T.Y. played a major role in raising awareness about women's rights worldwide. Dubbed Queen of Jazz-Rap, Latifah has influenced several soul, R&B, and hip-hop artists like Remy Ma, Lil' Kim, Ivy Queen, Missy Elliott, Lauryn Hill, and Eve among other artists. As an actress, Latifah has won several prestigious awards.

 6 
Paul Simon
(American Singer-Songwriter)
Paul Simon
33
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 13, 1941
Sun Sign: Libra

One half of the popular musical duo Simon & Garfunkel, Paul Simon is a singer-songwriter, musician, and actor. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest guitarists and songwriters of all time. His career, which has spanned more than 60 years, has been so influential that Time named him among the 100 People Who Shaped the World in 2006.

 7 
Lauryn Hill
(One of the Greatest Rappers Of All Time)
Lauryn Hill
42
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 26, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini

Famous rapper and singer, Lauryn Hill, is widely regarded as one of the greatest rappers of all time and a pioneer in the Neo soul genre. The artist whose album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill won five Grammy Awards, is an inspiration for numerous singers and rappers. Earlier, she gained recognition as member of Fugees, an award-winning hip hop group.

 8 
Ray Liotta
(Actor and Producer Best Known for His Roles as ‘Shoeless Joe Jackson’ in Film ‘Field of Dreams’)
Ray Liotta
18
Birthdate: December 18, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: May 26, 2022

Ray Liotta was an American actor who voiced the central character, Tommy Vercetti, in one of the most popular video games of all time, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Ray Liotta's incredible journey from being an abandoned child, who was adopted from an orphanage, to becoming a popular actor is a ray of hope for many people.

 9 
Joe Rogan
(Podcaster, Sports Commentator)
Joe Rogan
62
Birthdate: August 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 10 
Aaron Burr
(3rd Vice President of United States)
Aaron Burr
29
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 6, 1756
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: September 14, 1836

A soldier, lawyer and one of the founding Fathers of America, Aaron Burr rose to become the third Vice president of the United States. His turbulent political career, which included bitter rivalry with Alexander Hamilton, concluded when he mortally wounded Hamilton in a duel and was later charged with treason.

 11 
Jerry Lewis
(Comedian, Actor and One of the Most Significant American Cultural Figures of All Time)
Jerry Lewis
24
Birthdate: March 16, 1926
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: August 20, 2017

One half of the popular American comedy duo Martin & Lewis, Jerry Lewis was nicknamed The King of Comedy for his comedic skills. Also a filmmaker, Jerry Lewis helped develop video assist and went on to popularize the system, which is widely used today. Also a humanitarian, Lewis worked closely with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, raising awareness about muscular dystrophy.

 12 
Allen Ginsberg
(Best Known for His Poem ‘Howl’, Which is One of the Most Significant Products of the 'Beat Movement')
Allen Ginsberg
13
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 3, 1926
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: April 5, 1997
Allen Ginsberg, a Beat Generation poet, is best remembered for his 1956 poem Howl, which criticized U.S. capitalism and described homosexual acts, and was thus banned. He earned the National Book Award for The Fall of America and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Cosmopolitan Greetings: Poems 1986–1992.
 13 
Frankie Valli
(Best Known for His Unusually Powerful Lead Falsetto Voice and Frontman of the Rock Band 'The Four Seasons')
Frankie Valli
30
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 3, 1934
Sun Sign: Taurus

Frankie Valli is an American singer who became famous as the lead singer of the band The Four Seasons, thanks to his powerful falsetto voice. Also known for his humanitarian efforts, Frankie Valli was honored with the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in May 2012.

 14 
Brian De Palma
(Film director, Screenwriter)
Brian De Palma
7
Birthdate: September 11, 1940
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 15 
Marvelous Marvin Hagler
(American Professional Boxer )
Marvelous Marvin Hagler
14
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 23, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: March 13, 2021

Marvelous Marvin Hagler was an American boxer and actor who reigned as the middleweight division's undisputed champion from 1980 to 1987, during which he had 12 successful title defenses. Regarded as one of the greatest middleweight boxers of all time, Hagler was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame as well as the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

 16 
John Amos
(Actor)
John Amos
6
Birthdate: December 27, 1939
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 17 
Jason Alexander
(Actor)
Jason Alexander
27
Birthdate: September 23, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 18 
Philip Roth
(One of the Most Awarded American Writers of His Generation)
Philip Roth
3
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 19, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: May 22, 2018

Philip Roth was a novelist and short-story writer best remembered for creating the fictional character Nathan Zuckerman, who featured in many of his novels. The recipient of the 1997 Pulitzer Prize, he also received the inaugural Franz Kafka Prize. Roth was one of the most awarded American writers of his generation. Born a Jew, he became an atheist later on.

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Redman
(Rapper)
Redman
11
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 17, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Eva Marie Saint
(American Actress Known for Starring in Elia Kazan’s 'On the Waterfront')
Eva Marie Saint
10
Birthdate: July 4, 1924
Sun Sign: Cancer

Eva Marie Saint is an American actress best known for her Academy Award-winning performance in the 1954 film, On the Waterfront. She has also won a Primetime Emmy Award for her work in the miniseries, People Like Us. Eva Marie Saint has two stars on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contributions to the film and TV industries. 

 21 
Connie Francis
(One of the Best-Selling Pop Singers Known for Her Song ‘Who's Sorry Now’ )
Connie Francis
24
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 12, 1937
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Pop singer and former actress, Connie Francis, was one of the top female vocalists of the late 1950s and early 1960s. She started performing in small festivities as a child and decided to pursue a career in entertainment. She struggled for a few years as a young woman before she could establish herself as a successful singer and actress. 

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Retta
(Stand-up Comedian)
Retta
10
Birthdate: April 12, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Cissy Houston
(Gospel Singers)
Cissy Houston
7
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 30, 1933
Sun Sign: Libra
 24 
Bam Adebayo
(Basketball player)
Bam Adebayo
11
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 18, 1997
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 6'9" (206 cm)
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Jack Warden
(Actor)
Jack Warden
5
Birthdate: September 18, 1920
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: July 19, 2006
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 26 
Mj Rodriguez
(Actress)
Mj Rodriguez
10
Birthdate: January 7, 1991
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Fred Schneider
(Singer-songwriter)
Fred Schneider
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 1, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Savion Glover
(American Actor, Choreographer and Dancer)
Savion Glover
1
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: November 19, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
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Sarah Vaughan
(Singer)
Sarah Vaughan
6
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 27, 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: April 3, 1990
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
Jennifer Schwalbach Smith
0
Birthdate: April 7, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Gary Lewis
(Musician)
Gary Lewis
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 31, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
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Dee Dee Warwick
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 25, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: October 18, 2008

Dee Dee Warwick was a soul singer whose career was largely marred by drug addiction. However, she found success later in her career, recording songs for Private Stock Records and RCA Records. In 1999, she was honored by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation with a Pioneer Award. Warwick is also remembered for being one of the first openly gay singers.

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Shakur Stevenson
(American Professional Boxer Who Held the WBO Featherweight Title From 2019 to 2020)
Shakur Stevenson
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 28, 1997
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 34 
Chris Christie
(55th Governor of New Jersey (2010 - 2018))
Chris Christie
22
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: September 6, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo

Chris Christie, who served as the 55th governor of New Jersey, is an American politician, lobbyist, and political commentator. Although he is regarded as one of the least popular governors in the US, Chris had a considerable impact during his tenure; he granted clemency to 55 persons, including 26 during his last few days as governor.

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Nick Massi
(Bass Singer & Bass Guitarist for 'The Four Seasons')
Nick Massi
4
Birthdate: September 19, 1927
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: December 24, 2000
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Gary Lewis
(Actor)
Gary Lewis
3
Birthdate: November 30, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
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Dayton Callie
0
Birthdate: 1946 AD
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 38 
Bill Bellamy
(Actor)
Bill Bellamy
1
Birthdate: April 7, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Robert Sternberg
(American Psychologist Who Formulated The 'Triarchic Theory of Intelligence')
Robert Sternberg
0
Birthdate: December 8, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
 40 
Kenneth Faried
(Basketball player)
Kenneth Faried
8
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 19, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 6'8" (203 cm)
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Paul Auster
(American Writer and Film Director Known for His Work ‘The New York Trilogy’ and ‘The Music of Chance’)
Paul Auster
3
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 3, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
 42 
Harlan Coben
(Writer)
Harlan Coben
7
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 4, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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Alex Vincent
(Actor)
Alex Vincent
3
Birthdate: April 29, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Ian Ziering
(Actor)
Ian Ziering
4
Birthdate: March 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Sharife Cooper
(Basketball player)
Sharife Cooper
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 11, 2001
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Dennis Boutsikaris
(Actor)
Dennis Boutsikaris
1
Birthdate: December 21, 1952
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Raheem Morris
(American Football coach)
Raheem Morris
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 3, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
 48 
Howard Finkel
(One of the Greatest Ring Announcers of All Time)
Howard Finkel
1
Birthdate: June 7, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Eric Ebron
(American football player)
Eric Ebron
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 10, 1993
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Andrew Napolitano
(Judge, lawyer)
Andrew Napolitano
3
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: June 6, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini