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CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS   for Aug 21, 2018
BROOKS WHEELAN
Age 32
Biography: Fresh-faced comedian Brooks Wheelan caught his big break as part of the "Saturday Night Live" (NBC 1975- ) hiring blitz to round out its 39th season. With his Midwestern boy next-door appeal, the stand-up comedian joined the cast with barely any acting credits to his name. Brooks Wheelan was born on August 21, 1986 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Wheelan grew up an athletic and studious kid in Manchester, Iowa, earning honor roll and wrestling titles simultaneously. A comedy fan from an early age, Wheelan grew up on SNL and told his parents of his ambition to join the cast when he was in elementary...
 
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Laura Morante
Age 62
Biography: With her dark, sultry looks, Laura Morante certainly fit the mold of an Italian screen siren, but in an industry where equality can be hard to come by, Morante strove to be a strong role model for female actors and directors in Italy, and her efforts paid off...
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Peter Weir
Age 74
Biography: Having risen from the Australian film renaissance of the late 1970s to international prominence, writer-director Peter Weir displayed in his films an ability to portray the imminent disruption of the rational world by irrational forces hovering just beyond...
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Ross Thomas
Age 37
Biography: Ross Thomas was a critically acclaimed political crime/thriller novelist who, before writing 25 books in 29 years, worked as a newspaper journalist, PR director for the National Farmers Union, a diplomatic consultant for the Armed Forces Network in West...
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Alicia Witt
Age 43
Biography: An enormously gifted actress-musician, Alicia Witt was a child prodigy who caught the eye of David Lynch, who gave her small but memorable roles in "Dune" (1984) and "Twin Peaks" (ABC, 1990-91). Already established as a minor celebrity for her precocious...
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Geoffrey Keen
Deceased: Nov 03, 2005
Biography: It isn't the easiest job in the world to rein in its sexiest super-spy, but for 10 years, as Sir Frederick Gray, Great Britain's Minister of Defence, the actor Geoffrey Keen held just that job. In fact, Keen held his post even as shifts in the political...
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Hugh Wilson
Deceased: Jan 14, 2018
Biography: Hugh Hamilton Wilson, Jr. was born on Aug. 21, 1943, in Miami, FL. Shortly after graduation from the University of Florida in 1964, Wilson leapt to a career in advertising, working his way to the top of the Atlanta, GA-based Burton-Campbell Agency by 1973....
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Loretta Devine
Age 69
Biography: A classically trained actress-singer with soulful eyes and a lilting voice, Loretta Devine was a professional actor for nearly 20 years before rising to prominence through her co-starring turn in the hit film "Waiting to Exhale" (1995). After years of theater...
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Jackie DeShannon
Age 74
Biography: Jackie DeShannon boasts musical talents that have been featured in a variety of Hollywood productions. DeShannon began her entertainment career with her music featured in films like "The Chicken Chronicles" (1977) with Phil Silvers, the action film "Who'll...
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Hayden Panettiere
Age 29
Biography: Perky, petite and equally at home in earnest drama and mainstream comedy, Hayden Panettiere began her career as a child model and soap opera actress. As a preteen, she worked steadily as a voiceover actor in family films like "A Bug's Life" (1998) and...
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Lino Capolicchio
Age 75
Biography: Actor Lino Capolicchio appeared on the big screen many times over the course of his Hollywood career. Capolicchio started his acting career landing roles in such films as "The Taming of the Shrew" (1967), the romance "The Love Circle" (1969) with Jean-Louis...
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Laura Haddock
Age 33
Biography: Laura Haddock was an actress who had a successful Hollywood career. In 2007, she made her screen debut on an episode of "My Family." In 2008, she played a recurring role on the series "Honest." In 2009, she co-starred on the series "Monday Monday." In 2013,...
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Melvin Van Peebles
Age 86
Biography: Though primarily known as a director, the multi-talented Melvin Van Peebles also distinguished himself as an author, theatrical director, actor, and even Wall Street trader. But it was his breakthrough film, "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song" (1971), that...
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Cleo King
Age 56
Biography: Cleo King found incredible success as an accomplished actress, appearing in a variety of films throughout her Hollywood career. King's acting career began with roles in the series "Living Single" (1992-98), "Hangin' With Mr. Cooper" (ABC, 1992-97) and "The...
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Barry Foster
Deceased: Feb 11, 2002
Biography: Barry Foster was an actor who had a successful Hollywood career. Foster's career in acting began with his roles in various films like the action film "High Flight" (1958) with Ray Milland, "Sea Fury" (1958) with Stanley Baker and the adaptation "Dunkirk" ...
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Carrie-Anne Moss
Age 51
Biography: Canadian import Carrie-Anne Moss began her career as a well-known name in fashion modeling, but eventually landed on American television and fulfilled her lifelong goal of being a professional actress. However, nothing prepared Moss for becoming an overnight...
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Stephen Hillenburg
Age 57
Biography: Stephen Hillenburg is the creator of "SpongeBob SquarePants", the off-kilter animated series that follows the misadventures of a hapless but endlessly cheerful sea-sponge in the aquatic metropolis of Bikini Bottom. The Nickelodeon show became an offbeat hit...
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Jacqueline Emerson
Age 24
Biography: A musically gifted titian-haired actress, Jacqueline Emerson was born Aug. 21, 1994 in Washington, D.C. She lent her voice to a set of tiger twins in the animated CGI sitcom "Father of the Pride" (NBC, 2004), but achieved greater success two years later as a...
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Jon Lajoie
Age 38
Biography: Born August 21, 1980 in Montreal, Canada, Jon Lajoie was the third of nine children. He graduated from Dawson's College in Montreal in 2001. Lajoie became popular online before he graduated to movies and TV shows. A stand-up comic, he began putting short...
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Joe Strummer
Deceased: Dec 22, 2002
Biography: Founding member, lead singer and key lyricist for seminal political punk rock group The Clash. A gifted songwriter (particularly in tandem with The Clash's Mick Jones), Strummer moved from subway busker to pub-rocker (e.g. his first group The 101'ers), and...
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