Famous Birthdays Today- Nolan Ryan Is 73

January 31st


  • Joel Courtney is 24 (“The Between,” “Mercy,” “Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn”)
  • Minnie Driver is 50 (“Return to Zero,” “About a Boy”)
  • Anthony LaPaglia is 61 (“So I Married An Ax Murderer,” “Empire Records,” “Summer of Sam,” “Murder One,” “Without a Trace”)
  • Kelly Lynch is 61 (“Roadhouse,” “Magic City,” “Glass Chin”)
  • Bobby Moynihan is 43 (“SNL,” “The Awesomes,” “Bread and Butter,” “Annie”)
  • Portia de Rossi is 47 (“Nip/Tuck,” “Arrested Development,” “Scandal”)
  • Patricia Velasquez is 49 (“Arrested Development,” “American Family,” “The L Word”)
  • Kerry Washington is 43 (“Ray,” “The Last King of Scotland,” “The Details,” “Peoples,” “Scandal”)
  • The late James Franciscus(1934 - 1991) …he would have been 86(“Killer Fish,” “The Last Shark,” “Butterfly”)
  • The late Tallulah Bankhead(1902 - 1968)(“The Royal Scandal,” “Batman”)
  • The late Carol Channing(1921 – 2019)…she would have been99(“Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “The First Traveling Saleslady,” “Skidoo,” “The Ed Sullivan Show,” “Hollywood Squares,” “Alice in Wonderland”) FAST FACTS: In 1970, Channing became the first celebrity to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show. She was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1981 and received a Lifetime Achievement Tony Award in 1995, but of the many awards she’s earned over the course of her career, Channing says that finding out that she was included on amaster list of Nixon's political opponents– informally known as his "enemies list" – in 1973 was the highest honor in her career.)
  • The late Suzanne Pleshette(1937 - 2008)…she would have been 83(“The Birds,” “The Bob Newhart Show,” “The Boys Are Back,” “Will & Grace”)
  • The late Jean Simmons(1929 - 2010)…she would have been 91(“How to Make an American Quilt,” “Shadows in the Sun”) 


  • C. & The Sunshine Band’s Harry Wayne “K.C.” Casey is 69
  • The Cure’s Jason Cooper is 53
  • Lloyd Cole is 59
  • Cro is 30 (birth name Carlo Waibel)
  • Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard is 33
  • Jesus Jones’ bassist Alan Doughty is 54 (born Al Jaworski)
  • Sex Pistols’ John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) is 64
  • Phil Manzanera is 69
  • Mumford & Sons’ Marcus Mumford is 33
  • Justin Timberlake is 39
  • The late Slayer guitarist Jeff Henneman(1964 – 2013)…he would have been 56
  • The late Chicago co-founder Terry Kath(1946 – 1978)…he would have been 74


  • Baseball Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan is 73 (FAST FACT: Hall of Fame MLB pitcher who set league records by striking out 5,714 batters)
  • The late Baseball Hall of Famer Ernie Banks(1931 - 2015)…he would have been 89(FAST FACT: The famed infielder known as Mr. Cub played his entire 19-year career with the Chicago Cubs)
  • The late author Zane Grey(1872 – 1939)(Best known for his popular adventure novels and stories that were a basis for the Western genre in literature and the arts; he idealized the American frontier – 1912’s “Riders of the Purple Sage” was his best-selling book)
  • The late TV personality Garry Moore(1915 – 1993)(“I've Got a Secret,” “To Tell the Truth”)
  • The late baseball player Jackie Robinson(1919 – 1972)(FAST FACT: The first African American major league baseball player. every team in the major leagues retired his jersey number, #42. On Jackie Robinson Day, every player across the league wears the number 42. In his first year of eligibility for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962, Robinson encouraged voters to consider only his on-field qualifications, rather than his cultural impact on the game. He was elected on the first ballot, becoming the first black player inducted into the Cooperstown museum)
  • The late composer Franz Schubert(1797 – 1828)

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