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CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS   for Jul 24, 2017
MICHAEL RICHARDS
Age 68
Biography: For some actors, creating a timeless character who ends up so universally beloved; so undeniably unique, that no one can imagine another actor in that part, would be a dream realized. For other actors, becoming too connected in the public conscience with said character and having that formidable shadow loom over every future project, could be a frustrating battle with the past and the fans who simply can not let it go. Few television actors - save Carroll O'Connor, Lucille Ball, Henry Winkler, et al - have experienced this type of blessing-turned-curse career arc more than comedian Michael...
 
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John Aniston
Age 84
Biography: Though not as big a mainstream name as his famous daughter, "Friends" star Jennifer Aniston, actor John Aniston has been a household name among soap opera fans for over 20 years, thanks to his portrayal of tough but tender mogul Victor Kiriakis on "Days of...
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Patty Jenkins
Age 46
Biography: As an assistant cameraperson for over six years, writer-director Patty Jenkins learned the ropes of the entertainment industry the hard way: through long hours of toil. But unlike most first time directors, Jenkins knew the ins and outs of working on set...
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Randall Miller
Age 55
Biography: Randall Miller was an American independent film director whose works included "Class Act" (1992), "Bottle Shock" (2008), and "CBGB" (2013). Miller's work as a director initially started in television, working on single episodes of such shows as "Parker Lewis...
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Sophie Desmarais
Age 31
Biography:

While remaining largely unknown in America, Sophie Desmarais built a stable career appearing in various high-profile films in her native Canada. She landed her very first role while still in her teens, appearing alongside such Hollywood heavyweights...
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Ruth Buzzi
Age 81
Biography: Ruth Buzzi rose to fame as an actress, gracing the silver screen many times over the course of her Hollywood career. Buzzi's early acting career was founded on her roles in various dramas, such as "Days of Our Lives" (NBC, 1965-) and "The Young and the...
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Bindi Irwin
Age 19
Biography: Bindi Irwin was born in 1998 to Australian wildlife specialist and television presenter Steve Irwin, also known as The Crocodile Hunter, and his American-born naturalist wife Terri Irwin. Bindi made her television debut as a toddler in the behind the scenes...
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Mara Wilson
Age 30
Biography: When she was five years old, Mara Wilson saw her brother Danny acting in a feature film and decided she wanted to do that as well. Danny has since tired of acting, but Mara Wilson became one of the hottest kid actors of the 1990s thanks to her performance as...
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Sam Behrens
Age 67
Biography: Sam Behrens was an actor who had a successful Hollywood career. In 1983, he played Jake Meyer on the ABC daytime serial "General Hospital." Behrens began his acting career with roles in the series "The Young and the Restless" (1972-2015), "Ryan's Hope" ...
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Jennifer Lopez
Age 48
Biography: An ambitious triple threat who went from dancer to top shelf actress to best-selling recording artist, Jennifer Lopez was able to maintain a high level of publicity throughout a majority of her career, even when negative press managed to enter her orbit....
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Dan Hedaya
Age 77
Biography: A prolific and versatile character performer in both film and on television, actor Dan Hedaya earned his first widespread recognition as Carla's slimy and manipulative ex-husband on the famed sitcom "Cheers" (NBC, 1982-1993). Prior to that breakout role,...
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Laura Fraser
Age 41
Biography: Starting her career young, Laura Fraser began acting in the Scottish Youth Theatre before attending the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. While there, she accepted a role in the movie "Small Faces," a drama about small-time hoods set in her own...
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Peter Yates
Deceased: Jan 09, 2011
Biography: Peter Yates enjoyed great success as a director due to his unique perspective of the world. In 1963, he began directing for TV with "The Saint" (ITV). Yates worked on a variety of projects during his early entertainment career, including "A Taste of Honey"...
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Doug Liman
Age 52
Biography: A neophyte director who scored a hit with his first released feature, "Swingers" (1996), Doug Liman emerged as a true auteur who balanced a high-energy visual style with richly drawn characters. With "Swingers," a low-budget indie hit made for $250,000 that...
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Megan Park
Age 31
Biography: Megan Park began acting at the tender age of 16. Park launched her entertainment career by acting in films like "Charlie Bartlett" (2008). She additionally landed roles in the TV movies "This Time Around" (2002-03), "She's Too Young" (Lifetime, 2003-04)...
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Laura Leighton
Age 49
Biography: With her first major role, actress Laura Leighton became a familiar face to millions as a cast member on one of the most watched primetime soaps of the 1990s. Leighton achieved early TV fame in her role as bad girl Sydney Andrews on "Melrose Place" (Fox,...
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Barry Bonds
Age 53
Biography: Famed baseball player Barry Bonds brought his talents to the star-studded world of entertainment. A regular on the awards show circuit, he made an appearance on "Jim Thorpe Pro Sports Awards" (1993-94). He additionally landed roles in the TV movies "Jane's...
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Emily Rickards
Age 26
Biography: Raised in Vancouver, Emily Bett Rickards knew early on that she wanted to perform. As she grew up, she participated in every bit of dance and theater she could. She was so driven that she graduated high school early and went, with plan in hand, to the...
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Chris Sarandon
Age 75
Biography: This tall, darkly handsome character actor first came to attention as Al Pacino's overwrought gay lover in Sidney Lumet's "Dog Day Afternoon" (1975), a role that earned him an Oscar nomination, and later was amusingly wonderful as the villainous prince in Rob...
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Pam Tillis
Age 60
Biography: At the tender age of 17, Pam Tillis began her entertainment career as an actress. Tillis's early music mostly appeared in comedies like "Tough Guys Don't Dance" (1987) with Ryan O'Neal, the Geena Davis film "Thelma & Louise" (1991) and "Hangin' With the...
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