Celebrity birthdays for Jan. 17

Celebrity Birthdays for Jan. 17:



Actor James Earl Jones is 91.

Talk show host Maury Povich is 83.

Singer Chris Montez is 80.

French singer-songwriter Francoise Hardy is 78.

Singer William Hart of The Delfonics is 77.

Actress Joanna David ("Downton Abbey") is 75.

Actress Jane Elliot ("General Hospital") is 75.

Former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor is 74.

Singer Steve Earle is 67.

Singer Paul Young is 66.

Actor-comedian Steve Harvey is 65.

Singer Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles is 63.

Writer-Director Brian Helgeland ("42," ''Mystic River," ''L.A. Confidential") is 61.

Actor Jim Carrey is 60.

Actor Denis O'Hare ("American Horror Story," ''True Blood," ''Garden State") is 60.

Former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama is 58. 

Actor Joshua Malina ("The West Wing," ''Sports Night") is 56.

Singer Shabba Ranks is 56.

Actor Naveen Andrews ("Lost") is 53.

Electronic musician DJ Tiesto is 53.

Multi-genre singer Kid Rock (born Robert Ritchie) is 51.

Rapper Lil Jon (born Jonathan Smith) is 51.

Actor Freddy Rodriguez ("The Night Shift," ''Six Feet Under") is 47.

Actor-writer Leigh Whannell ("Saw" and "Insidious" movies) is 45.

Actress-singer Zooey Deschanel ("New Girl") is 42.

Professional ballroom dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy (TV: "Dancing with the Stars") is 42.

Singer Ray J is 41.

Actor Diogo Morgado is 41.

Country singer Amanda Wilkinson of The Wilkinsons is 40.

NBA All-Star Dwyane Wade is 40.

Actor Ryan Gage ("The Hobbit") is 39.

DJ Calvin Harris is 38.

Drummer Jeremiah Fraites of The Lumineers is 36.

Actor Jonathan Keltz ("Reign," ''Entourage") is 34.

Actress Kelly Marie Tran ("Star Wars: The Last Jedi") is 33.

Actress Kathrine Herzer ("Madame Secretary") is 25.

Boxer and social media personality Jake Paul is 25.


Also born on this date (death in parentheses):

In 1706, American scientist and statesman Benjamin Franklin. (April 17, 1790)

In 1820, British novelist and poet Anne Bronte. (May 28, 1849)

In 1828, American Civil War General Lewis A. Grant. (March 20, 1918)

In 1880, Canadian-born director Mark Sennett. (Nov. 5, 1960)

In 1899, American gangster Al Capone. (Jan. 25, 1947)

In 1914, comedy writer Irving Brecher. (Nov. 17, 2008)

In 1914, poet William Stafford. (Aug. 28, 1993)

In 1917, Canadian composer Oskar Morawetz, in Czechoslovakia. (June 13, 2007)

In 1920, Walter Bailes, a member of the early country trio The Bailes Brothers. (Nov. 27, 2000)

In 1922, actress Betty White. (Dec. 31, 2021)

In 1925, author Robert Cormier. (Nov. 3, 2000)

In 1925, Canadian-born actress Patricia Owens. (Aug. 31, 2000)

In 1927, actress-singer Eartha Kitt. (Dec. 25, 2008)

In 1928, hairdresser Vidal Sassoon. (May 9, 2012)

In 1929, Hockey Hall of Fame goalie Jacques Plantes. (Feb 27, 1986)

In 1931, MLB player/coach Don Zimmer. (June 4, 2014) 

In 1933, puppeteer Shari Lewis. (Aug. 2, 1998)

In 1942, International Boxing Hall-of-Famer Muhammad Ali. (June 3, 2016)

In 1946, Canadian guitarist Domenic Troiano. (May 25, 2005)

In 1949, comedian Andy Kaufman. (May 16, 1984)


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