Famous Birthdays Today- Mario Andretti Is 80

February 28th


  • Kelly Bishop is 76 (“Dirty Dancing,” “A Chorus Line,” “Gilmore Girls”)
  • Rae Dawn Chong is 59 (“The Color Purple,” “Quest for Fire,” “Mysterious Ways”)
  • Rory Cochrane is 48 (“Dazed and Confused,” “CSI: Miami,” “Black Mass”)
  • Noreen Dewulf is 36 (“Anger Management”)
  • Ali Larter is 44 (“Legally Blonde,” “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back,” “Heroes,” “Pitch”)
  • Robert Sean Leonard is 51 (“Dead Poet’s Society,” “Philadelphia,” “House, M.D.,” “Falling Skies”)
  • Gavin MacLeod is 89 (“Kelly's Heroes,” “McHale's Navy,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” "The Love Boat”)
  • Tangi Miller is 50 (“Felicity,” “Madea’s Family Reunion”)
  • Bernadette Peters is 72 (“The Jerk,” “Gypsy,” “Pennies From Heaven,
  • “Into the Woods,” “Smash,” “Mozart In the Jungle”)
  • Mercedes Ruehl is 72 (“Slaves of New York,” “Lost In Yonkers”) (FAST FACT: She won Best Supporting Actress Oscar for “The Fisher King”)
  • Brendan Robinson is 30 (“Pretty Little Liars”)
  • John Turturro is 63 (“Do the Right Thing,” “Barton Fink,” “The Big Lebowski,” “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” “Transformers”)
  • The late Charles Durning(1923 – 2012)…he would have been 97(“Dog Day Afternoon,” “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” “Evening Shade”) (He was nominated twice for Best Actor in a Supporting Role Oscar for “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” and “To Be or Not to Be”) 


  • Jason Aldean is 43
  • Jake Bugg is 26
  • Train frontman Patrick Monahan is 51
  • B52’s Cindy Wilson is 63 


  • World Champion Racing Driver Mario Andretti is 80 (FAST FACT: No American has won a Formula One race since Andretti's victory at the 1978 Dutch Grand Prix. Andretti had 109 career wins on major circuits)
  • Architect Frank Gehry is 91 (Brad Pitt is a huge fan - A number of Gehry’s buildings, including his private residence, have become world-renowned attractions. His works are cited as being among the most important works of contemporary architecture in the 2010 World Architecture Survey, which led “Vanity Fair” to label him as "the most important architect of our age")
  • Comedian Gilbert Gottfried is 65
  • Supermodel Karolina Kurkova is 36
  • Song and dance man Tommy Tune is 81 (FAST FACT: Over the course of his career, he won nine Tony Awards)
  • The late NFL Hall of Famer and sometime actor Bubba Smith(1945 – 2011)…he would have been 75(Smith played nine years in the NFL with the Baltimore Colts (1967–1971), Oakland Raiders (1973–1974) and Houston Oilers (1975–1976). The first selection of the 1967 NFL Draft he was the Colts' starting left defensive end for five seasons who played in Super Bowls III and V, the latter with the winning side. He was named to two Pro Bowls and was a First-Team All-Pro in 1971. Despite being 6 feet 7 inches (2.01 meters) tall and weighing 265 pounds – he had tremendous speed. This combination usually caused him to draw two blockers. During his acting career, he mainly specialized in comedic roles in films, television advertisements and programs. For about a decade following his retirement from football, he appeared in various commercials for Miller Lite. His best-known role was as Moses Hightower in the first six “Police Academy”Posthumously, Smith was diagnosed to have suffered from CTE, a neurological condition generally related to concussion and sub-concussive head trauma.)
  • The late car paint king Earl Scheib(1908 – 1992)(his company stopped operating in 2010)
  • The late gangster Bugsy Siegel(1906 – 1947)(Described as “handsome and charismatic,” Bugsy became one of the first front-page-celebrity gangsters – think the ‘Teflon Don’ John Gotti of his day. Crime aside, what is known as Las Vegas likely wouldn’t exist without him – as he was a driving force behind the development of the Las Vegas Strip. He was not only influential within the Jewish mob but, like his friend and fellow gangsterMeyer Lansky, he also held significant influence within the Italian-American Mafia and the largely Italian-Jewish National Crime Syndicate. Yes, there was one.)

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