Famous Birthdays Today- NFL Champ Hines Ward Is 44

March 8th


  • Boris Kodjoe is 47 (“Brown Sugar,” “Soul Food,” “Madea’s Family Reunion,” “The Last Man on Earth,” “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” “Code Black”)
  • Freddie Prinze, Jr. is 44 (“She's All That,” “I Know What You Did Last Summer” series, “Summer Catch,” “Boston Legal,” “24”) (FAST FACT: He’s been married to Sarah Michelle Gellar since 2002)
  • Aidan Quinn is 61 (“Desperately Seeking Susan,” “The Mission,” “Avalon,” “Benny & Joon,” “Legends of the Fall,” “Frankenstein,” “Blink,” “Michael Collins,” “Practical Magic,” “Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee,” "Elementary")
  • James Van Der Beek is 43 (“Dawson’s Creek,” “Varsity Blues,” “The Rules of Attraction, “CSI: Cyber”)
  • Camryn Manheim is 59 (“Ally McBeal,” “The Practice,” “Ghost Whisperer,” “Extant”)
  • Andrea Parker is 50 (“The Pretender,” “Less than Perfect,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Pretty Little Liars”)
  • Devon Werkheiser is 29 (“Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide,” “Greek”)
  • The late Cyd Charisse(1922 – 2008)…she would have been 98(“Singin' in the Rain,” “Brigadoon,” “Party Girl,” “Warlords of Atlantis”) (FAST FACT: She was awarded the National Medal of the Arts and Humanities in 2006)
  • The late Alan Hale, Jr.(1921 – 1990)…he would have been 99(While you may know him best as the Skipper on “Gilligan’s Island,” but he had more than 200 films and television roles to his credit – and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame)
  • The late Lynn Redgrave(1943 – 2010)…she would have been 77(“Georgy Girl” and “Gods and Monsters”) (She was nominated for Best Actress for “Georgy Girl” and Best Supporting Actress for “Gods and Monsters”) 


  • Three Dog Knight’s Michael Allsup is 73
  • Keane’s Tom Chaplin is 41
  • Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes is 44
  • The Monkees’ Mickey Dolenz is 75
  • Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s Peter Gill is 56
  • Shawn Mullins is 52
  • Gary Numan is 62
  • Kameelah Williams is 42
  • Whitesnake’s late Mel Galley(1948-2008)…he would have been72


  • Tattooist/entrepreneur and reality TV star Kat Von D is 38 (born Katherine von Drachenberg)
  • NBC Newsman Lester Holt is 61
  • Model Kathy Ireland is 57 (FAST FACTS: She appeared in 13 consecutive “Sports Illustrated” Swimsuit Issues. As a result of her career as a businesswoman, she had amassed a personal fortune of $420-million by 2015 – according to “Forbes.”)
  • NFL champ Hines Ward is 44 (The Pittsburgh Steelers selected him in the third round of the 1998 NFL Draft, and over 14 seasons, he became the team's all-time leader in receptions, receiving yardage and touchdown receptions. Ward was voted MVP of Super Bowl XL, and upon retirement was one of only thirteen NFL players to have 1,000 or more career receptions. Off the gridiron, he also took the trophy in Season 12 of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”)
  • The late inventor of the hollow surfboard Tom Blake(1902 – 1994)(Blake first attempted to ride a wave in 1921 on an old board he found while working at the Santa Monica Swim Club. According to his account, he wiped out badly and waited several years to try again. In 1931, he received a patent for his hollow surfboard design "and opened the sport up to hundreds of people who weren't able to muscle the heavy plank boards down the beach and into the water.” He’s considered the founder of California surf culture)
  • The late surgeon Karl Ferdinand von Graefe(1787 – 1840)(He helped create modern plastic surgery and is considered a “founder” of German rhinoplastic surgery. He developed his own techniques in regards to rhinoplasty, being modifications of the Italian methods of Gasparo Tagliacozzi (1545–1599) as well as Indian surgical practices that date from antiquity. Graefe also performed one of the first operations for treatment of a congenital cleft palate, and was a pioneer of eyelid surgery.)
  • The late scientist Otto Hahn(1879 – 1968)(Known as the “Father of nuclear chemistry,” he won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1944 for the discovery of nuclear fission.)

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