Famous Birthdays Today- Snoop Dogg Is 48

October 20th

Actors:

  • John Krasinski is 40 (Jim Halpert on “The Office,” “Away We Go”)
  • Melanie Mayron is 67 (“Thirtysomething,” “The Baby-Sitters Club,” “Missing”)
  • Viggo Mortensen is 61 (“Lord of the Rings,” “The Road,” “A History of Violence”)
  • Jennifer Nicole Freeman is 34 (ABC’s “My Wife & Kids,” “The OC,” “You Got Served”)
  • William Russ is 69 (ABC’s “Boy Meets World,” “American History X”)
  • Alona Tal is 36 (“Supernatural,” “Cult”) (FAST FACT: Born in Israel, she completed mandatory military service in the Israeli Army)
  • Samuel Witwer is 41 (“Smallville,” “Battlestar Galactica”)
  • The late William Christopher(1932 – 2016)…he would have been 87(“Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C,” Father Mulcahy on “M*A*S*H”)
  • The late Bela Lugosi(1882-1956)(Count “Dracula,” his Hungarian accent led him to being type casted as a horror villain in many films)
  • The late Jerry Orbach(1935-2004)…he would have been 84(“Dirty Dancing,” “Law and Order,” “Beauty and the Beast”) 

Musicians:

  • Asap Ferg is 31 (FAST FACT: Born Darold Ferguson, Jr., he won a BET Hip Hop Award for Rookie of the Year in 2013)
  • Snoop Dogg is 48 (His given name, Calvin Cordozar Broads Jr.)
  • Wanda Lavonne Jackson is 82 (The first popular female rockabilly singer, “Tears Will Be the Chaser for Your Wine,” “Fancy Satin Pillows)
  • Dannii Minogue is 48 (yes, her sister is Kylie Minogue)
  • The late Michael Johns(1978-2014)…he would have been 41(The Aussie finished in eighth place on the seventh season of “American Idol,” in 2008.)
  • The late Grandpa Jones(1913-1998)(Born Louis Marshall Jones, a legendary banjo player and old-time country and gospel singer, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1978)
  • The late Suicide Silence frontman Mitch Lucker(1984-2012)… he would have been 35
  • Tom Petty(1950 – 2017)…he would have been 69(FAST FACT: He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002) 

Plus:

  • Director Danny Boyle is 63 (“Slumdog Millionaire,” “28 Days Later,” “Trainspotting”)
  • Baseball player-turned sometime sportscaster and actor Keith Hernandez is 66 (A five-time All-Star baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Mets, his eligibility for the Baseball Hall of Fame ended in 2004, after nine years on the ballot, he received votes from fewer than 5% of the writers.)
  • Victoria’s Secret model Candice Swanepoel is 31 (She’s been ranked #10 on Forbes’ list of the top-earning models in the world)
  • The late Dr. Joyce Brothers(1927-2013) …she would have been 92(psychologist, TV personality, and magazine advice columnist)
  • The late humorist Art Buchwald(1925-2007)…he would have been 94(columnist for The Washington Post, 1982 Pulitzer Price recipient for Outstanding Commentary)
  • The late composer Charles Ives(1874-1954)(credited for composing the 20thcentury’s first radical musical work, “Central Park in the Dark” in 1906)
  • The late NY Yankee Mickey Mantle(1931-1995)… he would have been 88(He hit 536 career home runs, was named American League MVP three times, and totaled 7-World Series Championships. Mantle was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974 and was elected to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team in 1999.)
  • The late jazz composer Jelly Roll Morton(1890-1941)(Born Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe, this legendary jazz composer’s “Jelly Roll Blues” became the first jazz composition to be published. Morton claimed to have invented jazz outright in 1902—much to the consternation of later musicians and critics. Still, jazz historian, musician, and composer Gunther Schuller once admitted there is "no proof to the contrary" and that Morton's "considerable accomplishments in themselves provide reasonable substantiation.")

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