Famous Birthdays Today- Neil Diamond Is 79

January 24th

Actors:

  • Tatyana Ali is 41 (“The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” “Love That Girl!,” “The Young and the Restless”)
  • Mischa Barton is 34 (“The Sixth Sense,” “Pups,” “Lost and Delirious,” “Once and Again,” “The O.C.,” “Dancing With The Stars”)
  • Dylan Everett is 25 (“Wingin’ It,” “Degrassi: The Next Generation”)
  • Ed Helms is 46 (“The Office,” “The Hangover”)
  • Nastassja Kinski is 59 (“Cat People,” “Tess,” “American Rhapsody,” “Faraway, So Close!,” “An American Rhapsody”)
  • Matthew Lillard is 50 (“Scream,” “Scooby Doo,” “Serial Mom,” “The Descendants”)
  • Callan McAuliffe is 25 (“I am Number Four,” “The Great Gatsby”)
  • Kristen Schaal is 42 (“Flight of the Concords,” “Bob’s Burgers,” “The Last Man On Earth”)
  • The late John Belushi(1949-1982)…he would have been 71(“Saturday Night Live,” “Animal House,” “The Blues Brothers,” “Continental Divide,” “Neighbors”) (FAST FACT: No foolin’, he was posthumously honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, on April 1, 2004)
  • The late Ernest Borgnine(1917-2012)(“McHale's Navy,” “Marty,” “Airwolf”) (FAST FACT: A legendary character, he was also the original voice of Mermaid Man on “SpongeBob SquarePants.” He voiced the role from 1999 until his death in 2012.)
  • The late Sharon Tate(1943…1969)…she would have been 77(“Valley of the Dolls”) (A rising star in life, her name is tied to one of the most notorious killers in history – as it was August 9th, 1969 that she, along with four others, were murdered by members of the Manson Family in the home she shared with her director husband, Roman Polanski. At the time of her death, she was eight-and-a-half months pregnant with the couple's son. Tate's last completed film, “12+1,” was released in 1969 after her death.) 

Musicians:

  • Sleepy Brown is 50 (given name Patrick Brown)
  • Neil Diamond is 79
  • Beth Hart is 48
  • Squeeze’s Jools Holland is 62
  • Dream Theater’s John Myung (He is widely consideredone of the most talented bassists on the planet) is 53
  • Aaron Neville is 79
  • Alonestar’s Jethro Sheeran is 45(according to FamousBirthdays.com)(FAST FACT: He’s Ed Sheeran’s cousin)
  • Ray Stevens is 81
  • Matthew Wilder is 67
  • The late Warren Zevon(1947-2003)…he would have been 73

Plus:

  • Web Video Star and “Big Brother” contestant Frankie Grande is 37 (He’s also the brother of pop princess Ariana Grande)
  • Reality TV star Kenya Moore is 49 (“Real Housewives of Atlanta”)
  • Web Video Star Johnny Orlando is 17
  • Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton is 52 (At the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, she won a gold medal in the individual all-around competition, as well as two silver medals and two bronze medals. Her performance made her one of the most popular athletes in the United States. Retton was also the first-ever American woman to win the all-around gold medal at the Olympics and was the only one to do so for twenty years.)
  • Comedian Yakov Smirnoff is 69
  • Seventh generation Flying Wallenda Nik Wallenda is 41 (A seventh-generation member of The Flying Wallendas family, Nik Wallenda participated in various circus acts as a child. At age 13, he made his professional tightrope walking debut.)
  • The late oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall(1905-1995)(He’s most famous for marrying Anna Nicole Smith…and the fight over his fortune after his death – as his son fought Anna Nicole collecting a single red cent)
  • The late evangelist Oral Roberts(1918-2009)(As one of the best-known and controversial American religious leaders of the 20thcentury, Roberts's preaching emphasized seed-faith (the practice of “giving money” to a religious leader with the belief that you’ll receive much more in return). His ministries reached millions of followers worldwide spanning a period of over six decades. His healing ministry and bringing American Pentecostalism into the mainstream had the most impact, but he also pioneered TV evangelism)

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