'Chocolate Thunder', Darryl Dawkins Is Born On This Date In 1957


Kim Coles is 61 (“Living Single,” “Six Feet Under,” “Pay It Off,” “Celebrity Mole”)

Aja Naomi King is 38 (“Person of Interest,” “Blue Bloods,” “Deadbeat,” “How to Get Away with Murder”)

Phyllis Logan is 67 (“Lovejoy,” "Downton Abbey")

Amanda Peet is 51 (“Animal Room,” “Jack and Jill,” “The Whole Nine Yards,” “Togetherness”)

The late Felix Silla (1937 – 2021) … he would have been is 86 (Cousin Itt on “The Addams Family,” “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century”)

The late Rod Taylor (1930 – 2015)…he would have been 93 (“The Time Machine,” “The Birds,” “Inglourious Basterds”)


Mary J. Blige is 52

Bones is 29 (born Elmo Kennedy O'Connor)

No Doubt guitarist Tom Dumont is 55

Newton Faulkner is 38 (born Sam Newton Battenberg Faulkner)

Jamelia is 42

Robert Earl Keen is 67

Lunchmoney Lewis is 35 (His given name, Gamal Lewis)

Brianna Perry/ aka Lil' Brianna is 31

The Bangles’ guitarist Vicki Peterson is 65

The Chemical Brothers’ Tom Rowlands is 52

Cody Simpson is 26

Lil Twist is 30 (born Christopher Lynn Moore)

The late Naomi Judd (1946 – 2022) would have been 77

The late Clarence Clemons (1942 – 2011)…he would have been 81

The late Charmayne “Maxee” Maxwell (of Brownstone) (1969 – 2015)…she would have been 54 (Maxee died in a freak accident due to a fall and a wine glass)


Reality star Yolanda Hadid is 59 (“Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” “Making A Model”) (FAST FACT: In the advent of her split from husband, David Foster, she dropped his name in favor of her first husband, Mohammed Hadid. She shares model daughters Bella and Gigi Hadid as well as a son with Mohammed – she never had children with Foster.)

Reality star Kyle Richards is 54 (“Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”)

TV & film director Joel Zwick is 81 (“Perfect Strangers,” “Full House,” “Family Matters,” “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” “Second Sight,” “Fat Albert")

The late NBA star Darryl Dawkins (1957 – 2015)…he would have been 66 (Nicknamed Chocolate Thunder, he was known for his backboard-shattering dunks, as one of the NBA's first highlight-reel dunkers; played mostly for the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets in a career that spanned from 1975 to 1989.) (FAST FACT: He played professional basketball in Italy and for the Harlem Globetrotters after ending his NBA career in 1989)

The late Founding Father and President Alexander Hamilton (1757 – 1804) (First Secretary of the Treasury, and aide to George Washington who was famously killed in a duel to the death by Vice President Aaron Burr. He was an active participant in the Philadelphia Convention, which produced the constitution, and he wrote 51 of the 85 installments of the Federalist Papers, which supported the new Constitution.)

The late civil rights leader Alice Paul (1885 – 1977) (A leader of the campaign for Women's Suffrage during the early 20th Her work directly lead to the passing of 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which granted women the right to vote.)

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