Actors From Illinois

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Illinois has produced a number of Actors who have made it big. These include Robin Williams, Harrison Ford, Bob Odenkirk, John Mulaney, Bill Murray and others.
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Robin Williams
(Actor & Comedian Best Known for His Roles in 'Mork & Mindy ', 'Popeye' and 'Good Will Hunting')
Robin Williams
47
Birthdate: July 21, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: August 11, 2014

One of the finest comedians of all time, Robin Williams began his career as a stand-up comedian and soon moved to act in television and films. Though widely recognised for his comedic skills, the immensely talented Williams proved his versatility by taking up and successfully performing more serious roles in films like Good Will Hunting and The Fisher King.

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Harrison Ford
(One of The Highest-Grossing Actors in North America)
Harrison Ford
37
Birthdate: July 13, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer

With an extensive career spanning six decades, veteran actor Harrison Ford is a major figure in Hollywood. The recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Cecil B. DeMille Award, he is one of the highest-grossing domestic box office stars of all time. Besides acting, he is a licensed pilot of both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters.

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Charlton Heston
(Actor and Political Activist )
Charlton Heston
6
Birthdate: October 4, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: April 5, 2008

Charlton Heston was an American actor whose cinematic legacy became the subject of an 11-film retrospective titled Cinematic Atlas: The Triumphs of Charlton Heston. Also a political activist, Charlton Heston was one of the few Hollywood actors to criticize racism in the 1950s and 1960s; he was also a supporter of the Civil Rights Movement.

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William Holden
(One of the Greatest Male Stars of Classical Hollywood Cinema)
William Holden
5
Birthdate: April 17, 1918
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: November 12, 1981

William Holden is best known for his Academy Award-winning performance in Stalag 17 and his Emmy-winning role in the TV film The Blue Knight. He also appeared in the films Sunset Boulevard and The Bridge on the River Kwai, and on Lux Radio Theatre. He was also a wildlife conservationist.

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Bill Murray
(Actor & Comedian Known for His Deadpan Delivery)
Bill Murray
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Birthdate: September 21, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo

Famous American actor, Bill Murray, began as a comedic performer and gained fame with the variety show, Saturday Night Live, and movies, Caddyshack and Ghostbusters. Later, his seriocomic roles in movies like Rushmore, Lost in Translation and St. Vincent earned him rave reviews. The actor has also lent his voice to many animation movies like Garfield and The Jungle Book.

Michael Clarke Duncan
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Birthdate: December 10, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: September 3, 2012

Michael Clarke Duncan was one of the most popular actors best known for his portrayal of John Coffey in the fantasy drama film The Green Mile. Apart from acting in films and TV series, he was also featured in several video games, such as SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs, Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone, and The Suffering: Ties That Bind.

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John Belushi
(Comedian, Actor and One of the Seven Original Cast Members of the Comedy Show 'Saturday Night Live')
John Belushi
7
Birthdate: January 24, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: March 5, 1982

One of the original cast members of the popular TV show Saturday Night Live, John Belushi was known for his great comic skills. Unfortunately, he struggled in his personal life with drug addiction and eventually died of combined drug intoxication at the age of 33. He posthumously received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Jason Robards
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Birthdate: July 26, 1922
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: December 26, 2000
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John Cusack
(Actor Known for His Unconventional Roles)
John Cusack
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Birthdate: June 28, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer

John Cusack started his career as a teen actor. He is known for his unconventional choice of films. Grosse Pointe Blank, Being John Malkovich, High Fidelity, The Raven and The Grifters are some of his notable films. He is also known as an activist and has often taken a strong stand on issues like war, drone usage, civil liberties, press freedom and whistleblowers.

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Bernie Mac
(Actor, Comedian)
Bernie Mac
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Birthdate: October 5, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: August 9, 2008
A well-known comedian and actor, Bernie Mac was named in Rolling Stone magazine's 50 Best Stand-Up Comics of All Time list in 2017. In recognition of his contribution to arts, Chicago's Mayor Rahm Emanuel declared November 14 as Bernie Mac Day in 2016. Bernie's alma mater Chicago Vocational High School renamed its CVS Auditorium as Bernie Mac Auditorium.
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John Malkovich
(Known for His Performances in 'Dangerous Liaisons' & 'Being John Malkovich')
John Malkovich
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Birthdate: December 9, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

John Malkovich is one of those rare actors who despite being highly regarded for his talent has been conspicuously missing from the headlines. From Hercule Poirot to Catholic Pope, Malkovich has portrayed each of his characters with zest and intensity that have earned him two Oscar nominations and a myriad of other prestigious awards.

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John Mulaney
(Stand-Up Comedian and Writer for the TV Show ‘Saturday Night Live’)
John Mulaney
5
Birthdate: August 26, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Former SNL writer John Mulaney is best known for his Comedy Central special New in Town and his Fox series Mulaney. The Emmy Award-winning stand-up comedian plays George St. Geegland in a comedy duo. He has also voiced Peter Porker/Spider-Ham in the Oscar-winning movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
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Bob Odenkirk
(Actor and Comedian Best Known for His Portrayal of ‘Saul Goodman’ in the Series ‘Breaking Bad’ and its Spin-Off, ‘Better Call Saul’)
Bob Odenkirk
5
Birthdate: October 22, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra

Bob Odenkirk began his career as an SNL writer but shot to fame only after starring as Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad and its spin-off, Better Call Saul. He has also been part of critically acclaimed movies such as Nebraska and The Post, and has directed and produced several shows.

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Rock Hudson
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Birthdate: November 17, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: October 2, 1985

Considered a heartthrob and one of the most popular movie stars of all time, some of Rock Hudson’s successful movies are the Magnificent Obsession, Giant, Written on the Wind, Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back, Come September and Send Me No Flowers. He also acted in television. It was speculated that he was a homosexual. He died due to AIDS-related illness.

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Mr. T
(Actor)
Mr. T
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Birthdate: May 21, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Mr. T is best known as A. Baracus from The A-Team and Clubber Lang from Rocky III. Fans love his signature hairstyle and his gold jewelry, which he stopped wearing after Hurricane Katrina. His catchphrase “I pity the fool!" inspired a reality show. He has previously been a celebrity bodyguard.
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Michael Peña
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Birthdate: January 13, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Michael Peña is best known as Kiki Camarena from Netflix's Narcos: Mexico. He has also played significant roles in End of Watch, American Hustle, Ant-Man, and Crash. He delivered an award-winning performance in the HBO film Walkout and also scored a Billboard-charting song, Beast, with his band Nico Vega.
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Nick Offerman
(Actor, Comedian)
Nick Offerman
5
Birthdate: June 26, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer

Nick Offerman, best known for his award-winning performance as Ron Swanson in Parks and Recreation, is also a professional wood craftsman. He has voiced characters in films such as Hotel Transylvania 2 and Ice Age: Collision Course, hosted a Netflix documentary and a reality series, and written three semi-autobiographical books.

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Mandy Patinkin
(Actor and Singer)
Mandy Patinkin
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Birthdate: November 30, 1952
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
From singing in synagogues as a teenager to winning a Tony Award for his performance as Che in the Broadway play Evita, Mandel Patinkin has come a long way. Fans also loved his portrayal of Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride and his Emmy-winning performance in Chicago Hope.
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Bob Newhart
(Actor and Comedian Known for His Deadpan and Slightly Stammering Delivery Style)
Bob Newhart
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Birthdate: September 5, 1929
Sun Sign: Virgo

American stand-up comedian Bob Newhart is renowned for his slightly stammering delivery style and dry humor for which he was honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2002. Over the years, his comedic style has influenced many comedians. Also an actor, he was ranked 17th on TV Guide's list of 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time.

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Sam Shepard
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Birthdate: November 5, 1943
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: July 27, 2017
Ten-time Obie Award-winning playwright, author, director, and actor Samuel Shepard had also won a Pulitzer Prize for the play Buried Child. He was also the drummer of the rock band The Holy Modal Rounders. Fans remember him for his Academy Award-nominated performance as Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff.
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Justin Hartley
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Birthdate: January 29, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
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Ludacris
(Rapper & Actor Known for His Album ‘Incognegro’ and His Role in 'Fast & Furious' Series)
Ludacris
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Birthdate: September 11, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Three-time Grammy-winning rapper Ludacris soared to fame with his second album, Back for the First Time. Fans also loved him as Tej Parker in The Fast and the Furious franchise. He owns a label, a line of headphones, and a restaurant. His Ludacris Foundation is associated with many youth initiatives. 
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Harold Ramis
(American actor)
Harold Ramis
5
Birthdate: November 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: February 24, 2014
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Common
(Rapper)
Common
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Birthdate: March 13, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
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Terrence Howard
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Birthdate: March 11, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Terrence Howard is best known for his Academy Award-nominated performance as Djay in Hustle & Flow and his SAG Award-winning role in Crash. He also mesmerized audiences as Lucious Lyon in Empire and as Colonel Rhodes in Iron Man. He claims he has invented a language of logic called Terryology.
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Peter Sarsgaard
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Birthdate: March 7, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces

Peter Sarsgaard is a versatile American actor known for his work on stage, films, and TV series. A world-renowned actor, Peter is equally good with women and has dated several good-looking women like Dita Von Teese and Shalom Harlow.

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John C. Reilly
(American Actor, Comedian, and Singer Known for His Oscar-Nominated Role in Chicago)
John C. Reilly
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Birthdate: May 24, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
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Gary Sinise
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Birthdate: March 17, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Gary Sinise is best known for his Golden Globe-winning performance as Harry S. Truman in Truman and his Academy Award-nominated role in Forrest Gump. Fans also loved him in the movie Apollo 13 and the series CSI: NY. He co-established the Steppenwolf Theatre Company and formed the Lt. Dan Band.
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Jake Johnson
(Actor and Comedian Best Known for His Role as ‘Nick Miller’ in the TV Series ‘New Girl’)
Jake Johnson
4
Birthdate: May 28, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini

As a huge fan of the Second City improv troupe during his growing up days, Jake Johnson aspired to become a comedian. It was this aspiration that made him achieve what he has achieved today as an actor and comedian in the American film industry.

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Fred Savage
(Actor and Director Known for His Role as ‘Kevin Arnold’ in the TV Series ‘The Wonder Years’)
Fred Savage
4
Birthdate: July 9, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Fred Savage is best known for his Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated portrayal of Kevin Arnold in the series The Wonder Years. He has also been part of Crumbs and The Grinder, and has directed a few episodes of series such as Phil of the Future and Wizards of Waverly Place
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Gary Coleman
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Birthdate: February 8, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: May 28, 2010
Gary Coleman, who topped VHI’s list of the 100 Greatest Kid Stars, was best known to fans as Arnold Jackson from the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes and for The Gary Coleman Show. A congenital kidney disease and hormonal issues led to his short 4’8” frame. He struggled with financial issues later.
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Jim Belushi
(Comedian)
Jim Belushi
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Birthdate: June 15, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini

The younger brother of iconic comedian and actor John Belushi, Jim Belushi followed in his brother's footsteps to become a comedian and actor. He is also a passionate cannabis cultivator and plans to open a cannabis dispensary in Downtown Portland.

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Billy Zane
(Best Known for His Roles in the Films: ‘Titanic’, ‘Dead Calm’, and ‘The Phantom’)
Billy Zane
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Birthdate: February 24, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces

Billy Zane is an American actor best known for portraying Caledon Hockley in the 1997 epic romance film Titanic. He then went on to play a crucial role in the success of films, such as The Believer, which was showcased at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival where it won the Grand Jury Prize.

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Jesse Williams
(Actor and Producer Known for His Role as ‘Dr. Jackson Avery’ in the TV Series ‘Grey's Anatomy’)
Jesse Williams
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Birthdate: August 5, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Jesse Williams is best known as Dr. Jackson Avery from Grey's Anatomy. He has also been part of films such as The Cabin in the Woods and The Butler, and has done voice-work for video games such as Markus in Detroit: Become Human. Williams is also associated with Black activism.
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Bruce Dern
(Actor)
Bruce Dern
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Birthdate: June 4, 1936
Sun Sign: Gemini
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Garry Shandling
(Stand-up Comedian)
Garry Shandling
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Birthdate: November 29, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: March 24, 2016

Garry Shandling was initially a sitcom writer and then performed as a stand-up comedian on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. He later soared to fame with his own shows, It's Garry Shandling's Show and the Emmy-winning The Larry Sanders Show. He has also hosted the Grammy and Emmy Awards.

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Andre Braugher
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Birthdate: July 1, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Andre Braugher is best known for his Emmy-winning performances as Frank Pembleton in Homicide: Life on the Street and as Nick Atwater in Thief. Fans also loved him as Raymond Holt in Brooklyn Nine-Nine, as Woodchuck Coodchuck-Berkowitz in BoJack Horseman, and in the movies City of Angels and Poseidon
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Adam Baldwin
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Birthdate: February 27, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces

Adam Baldwin is an American actor known for playing important roles in films like Full Metal Jacket and Ordinary People. Also known for his humanitarian efforts, Baldwin supports Ride 2 Recovery, an organization established for the rehabilitation of veterans wounded in wars. Popular on social media, Baldwin is credited with introducing the hashtag #GamerGate with respect to the GamerGate controversy.

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Michael Madsen
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Birthdate: September 25, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
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Hannibal Buress
(Comedian)
Hannibal Buress
5
Birthdate: February 4, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
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Craig Robinson
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Birthdate: October 25, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
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Gary Cole
(Actor)
Gary Cole
4
Birthdate: September 20, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Gary Cole initially gained fame as a stage actor, working with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company of Chicago. He is also known for playing Nighthawk in Midnight Caller and for his Emmy-nominated role of Kent Davison in Veep. He voiced major characters in Harvey Birdman, Family Guy, and Kim Possible.
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Joe Mantegna
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Birthdate: November 13, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
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Ben Savage
(American Actor Best Known for His Role as ‘Cory Matthews’ in the TV Sitcom ‘Boy Meets World’)
Ben Savage
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Birthdate: September 13, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo

Ben Savage is an American actor known for portraying Cory Matthews in Boy Meets World. After starting his career as a child artist, Ben Savage went on to establish himself as a successful adult actor in the TV industry. Also known for displaying his skills on stage, Savage won an Ovation Award for portraying Roddy Stern in the play Unexpected Tenderness.

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Chris O'Donnell
4
Birthdate: June 26, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
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David Ogden Stiers
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Birthdate: October 31, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: March 3, 2018
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Clint Walker
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Birthdate: May 30, 1927
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: May 21, 2018
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Anson Mount
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Birthdate: February 25, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Anson Mount is best known for his portrayal of Jim Steele in Conviction and Cullen Bohannon in Hell on Wheels. He has produced award-winning projects such as Cook County and has starred in the film Crossroads. He also teaches at Columbia University and has written for several magazines.
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Robert Reed
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Birthdate: October 19, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: May 12, 1992
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Ben Falcone
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Birthdate: August 25, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo