Famous Birthdays Today- Boomer Esiason Is 59

April 17th


  • Sean Bean is 61 (“Patriot Games,” “The Lord of the Rings,” “Game of Thrones”)
  • Byron Cherry is 65 ("Dukes of Hazzard's" Coy Duke)
  • Henry Ian Cusick is 53 (“Lost,” “The Mentalist,” “Scandal,” “The 100”)
  • Kimberly Elise is 53 (“The Great Debaters,” “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” “The Manchurian Candidate”) (FAST FACTS: She won a BET Comedy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress for her role in Diary of a Mad Black Woman)
  • Jennifer Garner is 48 (“13 Going on 30,” “Alias,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Daredevil,” “Juno,” “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”) (FAST FACTS: She once said she “was giving back to her fans”when asked on Ellen abouther now-estranged husband, Ben Affleck’s nude scene in “Gone Girl” – what a champ!)
  • Olivia Hussey is 69 (“It,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “Virus,” “Death on the Nile”) (FAST FACTS: she won a Golden Globe as a teenager for her role as Juliet in the 1968 “Romeo and Juliet”)
  • Rooney Mara is 35 (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” 2010’s “Nightmare on Elm Street,” “The Social Network,” “Carol”) (FAST FACTS: Her mother's family founded the Pittsburgh Steelers and her father founded the New York Giants.)
  • Monet Mazur is 44 (“Castle,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “All American”)
  • Luke Mitchell is 35 (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “H2O: Just Add Water,” “The Tomorrow People”)
  • Joel Murray is 57 (“Two and a Half Men,” “Mad Men,” “Shameless,” “Bloodsucking Bastards”)
  • Lela Rochon is 56 (“Boomerang,” “Waiting to Exhale,” “Any Given Sunday,” “Harlem Nights,” “Why Do Fools Fall in Love,” “Any Given Sunday”)
  • Kristine Sutherland is 65 (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids,” “One Live To Live”)
  • The late William Holden(1918 – 1981)(“Stalag 17,” “The Blue Knight,” “Bridge Over The River Kwai,” “Sunset Blvd.”) (FAST FACTS: he won an Academy Award in 1954 for his role in “Stalag 17” and a Primetime Emmy Award in 1974 for “The Blue Knight”) 


  • Heartland’s Craig Anderson is 47
  • Afrika Bambaataa is 63
  • Maynard James Keenan is 56 (Tool and A Perfect Circle) (FAST FACTS: He served in the U.S. Army before starting his singing career. His first group was Children of the Anachronistic Dynasty)
  • Liz Phair is 53
  • Michael Sembello is 66
  • Redman is 50 (born Reginald "Reggie" Noble) 


  • Spice Girl-turned-clothing designer Victoria Beckham is 46
  • Animated character Daffy Duck is 83 (His first appearance was in 1937’s “Porky’s Duck Hunt”)
  • Composer Jan [[YAWN]] Hammer is 72 (“Miami Vice” theme, “Crockett’s Theme”)
  • NFL champ-turned-analyst Boomer Esiason is 59 (A four-time Pro Bowl selection, he retired with 37,920 passing yards and 247 touchdowns.)
  • Director Adam McKay is 52 (FAST FACT: He met Will Ferrell while he was a writer on “Saturday Night Live”) (“Anchorman,” “Talladega Nights,” “Step Brothers,” “The Other Guys,” “Vice”)
  • The late entrepreneur J.P. Morgan(1837 – 1913)(FAST FACTS: He was an industrialist who made an enormous fortune in financing and corporate consolidations. He oversaw the merger of Edison General Electric and Thomson-Houston Electric Company into General Electric. He also oversaw the merger that created the United States Steel Corporation.)
  • The late wrestler and sometime actor “Rowdy Roddy” Piper(1954 – 2015)…he would have been 66.(Born Roderick George Toombs, he was billed as coming from Glasgow and was known for his signature kilt and bagpipe, but he was actually born Canadian – though he was of Scottish heritage. Piper died in his sleep at the age of 61 at his Hollywood home. His death certificate attributed this to cardiopulmonary arrest caused by hypertension, listing a pulmonary embolism as a contributing factor.)
  • The late journalist Harry Reasoner(1923 – 1991)…he would have been 97(Co-founder of CBS-TV’s legendary news magazine “60 Minutes,” he was actually hired away by ABC in 1970 to anchor “ABC Evening News.” He returned to CBS in 1978 and resumed duties on “60 Minutes” until his retirement in May 1991.)
  • The late ventriloquist Senor Wences(1896 – 1999)(FAST FACTS: Born Wenceslao Moreno, his popularity grewwith his frequent appearanceson “The Ed Sullivan Show” in the 1950s and 1960s.)

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