Famous Birthdays Today- Richard Gere Is 71

August 31st


  • Julie Brown is 62 (“Earth Girls Are Easy,” “Clueless”)
  • Richard Gere is 71 (“American Gigolo,” “An Officer and a Gentleman,” “The Cotton Club,” “Pretty Woman,” “Primal Fear,” “Runaway Bride,” “Chicago,” “The Jackal”) (FAST FACT: Hismiddle name is Tiffany)
  • Shar Jackson is 44 (“Good Burger,” “Moesha”) (FAST FACTS: Sure, many people may have also known her as Kevin Federline’s baby mama…but did you know that she’s got a bachelor's degree in psychology and master's degree in forensic science? Truth!)
  • Sara Ramirez is 45 (“Grey’s Anatomy”) (FAST FACT: She received a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of The Lady of the Lake in “Spamalot”)
  • Chris Tucker is 49 (“Friday,” “Rush Hour” series, “The Fifth Element,” “Jackie Brown,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Money Talks”)
  • The late James Coburn(1928 – 2002)…he would have been 92(“The Magnificent Seven,” “Hell Is for Heroes,” “The Great Escape,” “Our Man Flint,” “Cross of Iron,” “Affliction”)
  • The late Buddy Hackett(1924 – 2003)…he would have been 96(“The Music Man,” “Loose Shoes,” “Hey Babe!,” “It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World”)


  • Buddy Holly and the Crickets drummer Jerry Allison is 81
  • Kodaline’s Jason Boland is 33
  • Egyptian Lover is 57 (born Greg Broussard)
  • Deborah Gibson is 50
  • Van Morrison is 75 (away from the stage, he’s known as Sir George Ivan "Van" Morrison)
  • Biffy Clyro’s Simon Neil is 41
  • Tonic guitarist Jeff Russo is 51
  • The Go-Go’s drummer Gina Schock is 63
  • Squeeze’s Glenn Tilbrook is 63


  • The late Roman Emperor Caligula(12 AD – 41 AD)(Born Gaius Julius Caesar Germanicus, Caligula was a member of the house of rulers conventionally known as the Julio-Claudian dynasty. While he was described as a noble and moderate ruler during the first six months of his reign, something apparently snapped – and his legacy is one of cruelty, sadism, extravagance and sexual perversity, presenting him as an insane tyrant.)
  • The late teacher Maria Montessori(1870 – 1952)(Educational pioneer who created the Montessori method based on her belief that children are natural learners. Among other things, her method implements mixed age classrooms that allow children choice and freedom)

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