Hall of Fame Linebacker Dick Butkus Turns 80 Today


Beau Bridges is 81 (“The Descendants,” “Max Payne,” “The Fabulous Baker Boys”)

Dame Judi Dench is 88 (“Room With A View,” “Skyfall,” “Casino Royale,” “Goldeneye,” “Philomena”)

Michael Dorn is 70 (‘Kingon Worf’ in “Star Trek,” “Ted 2”)

Simon Helberg is 42 (“The Big Bang Theory,” “Good Night, and Good Luck,” “Van Wilder: Party Liaison”)

Felicity Huffman is 60 (“Desperate Housewives,” “Transamerica,” “Magnolia,” “American Crime”) (FAST FACT: She’s been married to William H. Macy since 1997)

Joe Lando is 62 (“Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,” “One Life to Live,” “Guiding Light”)

John Malkovich is 69 (“Dangerous Liaisons,” “Being John Malkovich,” “Burn After Reading”)

Jesse Metcalfe is 44 (“Passions,” “Desperate Housewives,” “John Tucker Must Die,” “Dallas”)

Allison Smith is 53 (“Annie,” “Kate & Allie,” “Helter Skelter”)

The late Kirk Douglas (1916 – 2020) (“Spartacus,” “Paths of Glory,” “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”)

The late Redd Foxx (1922-1991)…he would have been 100 (“Sanford and Son,” “Harlem Nights,” “Norman… Is That You?”)

The late Margaret Hamilton (Best known as the ‘Wicked Witch of the West’ in “The Wizard of Oz”) (1902-1985)

The late Dina Merrill (1923 – 2017)…she would have been 99 (“The Player,” “Operation Petticoat,” “Caddyshack II”)

The late Dick Van Patten (“Eight Is Enough,” “Spaceballs,” “Robin Hood: Men in Tights”) (1928 – 2015)…he would have been 94


Green Day’s Tre Cool (born Frank Edwin Wright III) is 50

Kara DioGuardi is 52 (FAST FACT: You may have known her from “American Idol,” but her songs have appeared on albums that have sold more than 160-million copies internationally. For a short time, she fronted Platinum Weird, a concept project with former Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart)

The Wallflowers’ Jakob Dylan is 53

Imogen Heap is 45

Rammstein’s Paul Landers is 58

Sylvia is 66


Pro wrestler Kurt Angle is 54 (Best known for his tenure in the World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment – WWF, now WWE)

Legendary NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus is 80 (FAST FACTS: He was drafted in 1965 and he is also widely regarded as one of the best and most durable linebackers of all time. Butkus started as a football player for the University of Illinois and the Chicago Bears. He became a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979. He played nine seasons in the NFL for the Chicago Bears. Billed at 6-feet, 3-inches and 245-pounds, he was one of the most feared and intimidating linebackers of his time, being named the most feared tackler of all time by NFL.com in 2009.)

Reality TV star Lori Greiner is 53 (known as the “Queen of QVC,” she’s the blonde one on “Shark Tank”)

TV personality and enduring entertainer Donny Osmond is 65 (FAST FACT: He was discovered after performing at Disneyland with his brothers)

S Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney is 27 (FAST FACTS: At the 2011 World Championships, she won gold medals in the team and vault competitions. She was a member of the gold medal-winning U.S. women's gymnastics team at the 2012 Summer Olympics and was the 2012 Olympic vault silver medalist. She defended her World title and won the gold medal on vault at the 2013 World Championships, becoming the first US female gymnast to defend a World Championships vault title. A photograph of her with a "not impressed" expression, taken after winning silver in the 2012 Olympics, became an Internet meme that went viral – even POTUS posed with her to mimic)

The late NFL Hall of Famer Deacon Jones (1938-2013)… he would have been 84 (Nicknamed "the Secretary of Defense,” Jones is considered one of the greatest defensive players ever.)

The late circus performer Emmett Kelly (1898-1979) (Best known for his clown figure, “Weary Willie”)

The late English poet John Milton (1608-1674) (“Paradise Lost”)

The late “Hollywood Ten” screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976) (“Roman Holiday,” Exodus,” “Spartacus,” “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo”) (FAST FACTS: As one of the Hollywood Ten, he refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1947 during the committee's investigation of Communist influences in the motion picture industry. Trumbo won two Academy Awards while blacklisted; one was originally given to a front writer, and one was awarded to "Robert Rich," Trumbo's pseudonym)

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