Famous Birthdays Today- Kid Rock is 49

January 17th


  • Max Adler is 34 (“Believe Me,” “Switched at Birth,” “Glee”)
  • Naveen Andrews is 51 (“Lost,” “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland”)
  • Jim Carrey is 58 (“Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” “Bruce Almighty,” “Fun with Dick and Jane,” “Liar Liar,” “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone”)
  • Zooey Deschanel is 40 (“Almost Famous,” “Elf,” “New Girl,” “Yes Man,” “500 Days of Summer”) (FAST FACT: She’s also a co-founder of the female-focused websiteHelloGiggles, which was acquired by “Time” in 2015)
  • James Earl Jones is 89 (voice of Darth Vader, “Field of Dreams,” “The Sandlot,” “Coming to America, “Cry, the Beloved Country,” “A Family Thing,” “The Hunt for Red October,” “Patriot Games,” “Clear and Present Danger”)
  • Diogo Morgado is 39 (“The Bible,” “The Son of God,” “Revenge,” “CSI: Cyber”)
  • Caitlin Sanchez is 24 (“Dora the Explorer” television series, “Law & Order: Special Victim’s Unit,” “Phoebe in Wonderland”)
  • Leigh Whannell is 43 (“Dead Silence,” “Insidious,” “Saw”)
  • Betty White is 98 (“The Golden Girls,” “The Proposal,” “Hot in Cleveland”)
  • The late Shari Lewis(1933 – 1998) …she would have been 87(“The Banana Splits Adventure Hour,” “The Charlie Horse Music Pizza,” “Love, American Style”)
  • The late Eartha Kitt(1927 – 2008) …she would have been 93(“Emperor’s New Groove,” “Holes,” “Santa, Baby”)
  • The late Andy Kaufman(1949 – 1984) …he would have been 71(“Taxi”) 


  • Steve Earle is 65
  • Gamma Ray guitarist Kai Hansen is 57
  • DJ Calvin Harris is 36
  • The Bangles’ Susanna Hoffs is 61
  • Ray J is 39 (given name William Ray Norwood Jr.)
  • Lil Jon is 49 (born Jonathan Smith)
  • Shabba Ranks is 54 (born Rexton Rawlston Fernando Gordon)
  • Kid Rock is 49 (aka Robert James Ritchie)
  • Midnight Red’s Colton Rudloff is 31
  • DJ Tiesto is 51 (born Tijs Michiel Verwest)
  • Jack Vidgen is 23
  • Paul Young is 64 


  • “Dancing with the Stars” pro Maksim Chmerkovsky is 40 (He and wife Peta Murgatroydwelcomed their first child together– a son – January 2017.)
  • Celebrity offspring Connor Cruise is 25 (A devout Scientologist, he’s the adopted son of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. Since the couple’s divorce, it’s widely believed that he and sister Isabella have “disconnected” from Nicole as she is not “of their faith.” In November 2018, Nicoleessentially admitted it was true, but said she remains open to them.)
  • Former MLB player Chili Davis is 60 (FAST FACT: A three-time MLB All-Star who hit 350 home runs and played three World Series, he’s now currently the hitting coach for the Boston Red Sox)
  • Comedian and talk show host(and sometime actor)Steve Harvey is 63
  • Former First Lady Michelle Obama is 56
  • Talk show host Maury Povich is 81
  • The late boxing legend Muhammad Ali (FAST FACT: He’s the only three-time world heavyweight boxing champ. As a Muslim, Ali was initially affiliated with the Nation of Islam (NOI) and advocated their black separatist ideology. He later disavowed the NOI, adhering initially to Sunni Islam and later to Sufism, and supporting racial integration, like his former mentor Malcolm X.)(1941 – 2016) …he would have been 78
  • The late hairstylist Vidal Sassoon (He is credited with creating a simple geometric, "Bauhaus-inspired" hair style, also called the wedge bob.)(1928 – 2012)…he would have been 92
  • The late baseball player and manager Don Zimmer (Zimmer was involved in professional baseball from 1949 until his death, a span of 65 years. But an injury he suffered also changed the game in a fundamental way. During a minor league game in July 1953, Zimmer was struck by a pitch. He lost consciousness and ultimately suffered a serious brain injury. In fact, he woke up two weeks later, thinking that it was the day after the game where the incident took place. This led to Major League Baseball adopting batting helmets as a safety measure to be used by players when at-bat.)(1931 -2014) …he would have been 89
  • The late crime boss Al Capone (FAST FACTS: His seven-year reign as crime boss ended when he was 33 years old. After Capone was released from prison, he was referred to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore for the treatment of paresis (caused by late-stage syphilis). Hopkins refused to admit him based solely on his reputation, but Union Memorial Hospital accepted him. Capone was grateful for the compassionate care that he received and donated two Japanese weeping cherry trees to Union Memorial Hospital in 1939)(1899 – 1947)
  • The late Founding Father Benjamin Franklin (Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity.(1706 – 1790)

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