Birthday: March 17
Rob Lowe has had one of the most fascinating careers in Hollywood. He's been a lovable heart-throb and a disgraced has-been, but at the moment he's just considered one of the funniest actors on the hit NBC sitcom "Parks and Recreation."
Birthday: January 7
It's appropriate the 'Cage Man' (as nobody refers to him) is turning 50, because that's approximately the amount of times we've seen "Raising Arizona."
Penelope Ann Miller
Birthday: January 13
From 1988’s “Biloxi Blues” to 2011’s “The Artist,” Penelope Ann Miller has starred in some of our favorite movies over the last 20 years. She hopefully has no plans to slow down any time soon.
Birthday: January 17
By the looks of her, the First Lady is taking her own advice when it comes to staying fit.
Birthday: January 23
Best known for her role as Detective Olivia Benson on "Law & Order," Hargitay's fans can look forward to her solving many more gruesome crimes in the future — she just signed on for her 14th season of "Special Victims Unit."
Birthday: January 27
Peter Fonda's daughter (and Henry Ford's grand-daughter!) hasn't appeared in a film since 2002, which is crazy because there's never been a better time for "Single White Female 2."
Birthday: February 5
Her roles in films such as “The Truman Show,” “Mystic River” and “Kinsey” have garnered her numerous awards, but it’s her recent astonishing performance in Showtime’s “The Big C” which tells us many more nominations are sure to be headed in her direction.
Birthday: February 11
The world's most famous hockey mom may have given up aspirations for political office, but she hasn't given up the spotlight. From her appearances on Fox News to her frequent posts on Facebook, the former Alaskan governor refuses to be ignored.
Birthday: February 18
After bursting on the scene as a loveable tough guy in 1983’s “The Outsiders,” Dillon’s career has taken many interesting twists over the years. Most recently, he appeared alongside Kurt Russell in the 2013 comedy, “The Art of Steel.”
Birthday: March 7
Just the sound of her voice cracks us up, but that's not the secret behind the "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star's success — she has one of the sharpest comedic minds working today.
Bret Easton Ellis
Birthday: March 7
The controversial author has been writing pretty much non-stop since he released his debut novel “Less Than Zero” at age 21. He recently released a sequel to it, 2010’s “Imperial Bedrooms.”
Birthday: March 9
The award-winning French actress has appeared in too many great films to name, but hopefully you caught her stunning performance in 2013’s “Camille Claudel 1915.”
Birthday: March 29
The Australian bombshell started out as a model, but she was quickly able to combine her beauty and brains to become an incredibly successful businesswoman, TV host, and actress. Along with a lingerie line and a few successful skin care products, the former Sports Illustrated swimsuit model is also currently an executive producer of NBC’s “Fashion Star.”
Birthday: March 30
After bursting onto the music scene with 1988’s hit song “Fast Car,” the multi-platinum and four-time Grammy Award-winning artist continued making hit songs. "Talkin' 'bout a Revolution," "Baby Can I Hold You" and "Give Me One Reason" are just a few of her other hits, but over the past few years she’s been relatively quiet. Her last new album was 2008’s “Bright Future."
Birthday: April 7
The Australian wild man has used his larger-than-life personality and undeniable acting chops to become one of Hollywood’s most reliable box office draws. Since 1997’s “L.A. Confidential,” Crowe has appeared in such hits as “Master and Commander,” “Man of Steel” and "Gladiator" (for which he won an Oscar). He stars with Colin Farrell in the upcoming “Winter’s Tale,” based on the 1963 novel by Mark Helprin.
Birthday: April 20
Known mainly as George McFly — Marty’s dad in “Back to the Future” — the quirky actor has never been too concerned with playing by Hollywood’s rules. Over his interesting career, he’s played Andy Warhol in “The Doors,” the Knave of Hearts in “Alice in Wonderland,” and a one-armed bell hop in “Hot Tub Time Machine.” Look for him next as a WWl-era German-speaking clairvoyant in the Polish film “Hiszpanka.”
Birthday: April 20
You may not recognize him in human form, but if you’ve seen any of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy then you’re familiar with Serkis’ work. The actor worked with motion-capture technology to create the character of Gollum (“my precious!”), a performance that led to him playing another half-created computer character in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” He’s also appeared without the aid of a computer, winning a Golden Globe Award nomination for his portrayal of serial killer Ian Brady in the 2006 TV film “Longford.”
Birthday: April 25
The actor and comedian is probably best known for his roles in which you’ve never even seen him — as the voice of several of “The Simpsons” most famous characters (Moe, Apu, Chief Wiggum and Comic Book Guy). The former "Mad About You" star can also be seen in “Fatherhood,” a new documentary series about becoming a dad, currently streaming for free on mom.me.
Birthday: May 8
Since playing Laura Ingalls Wilder on “Little House on the Prairie” from 1974–1984, Gilbert has continued to act, making random appearances on TV shows like “Batman: The Animated Series” (where she did a voice-over). From 2001–2005, she was the President of the Screen Actors Guild, and recently she could be seen cutting a rug as a contestant on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” in 2012.
Birthday: May 13
Colbert emerged as a star as one of the funniest correspondents on “The Daily Show” and now rivals Jon Stewart as one of the most respected satirists on TV as the host of “The Colbert Report.” Remember, the ending ‘t’ is silent. Both of them.
Birthday: May 26
The “Let Love Rule” singer has enjoyed a few decades of popularity by writing music, but now it’s his acting career that the younger generation knows from him best. He co-starred in the two most recent “Hunger Games” films, and can be seen in the upcoming Christopher Walken film “Little Rootie Tootie,” due out sometime in 2015.
Birthday: May 27
The former “Love Line” and “Man Show" host is still drinking beer and joking about it, but now he’s doing it from his garage. “The Adam Carolla Show” is consistently ranked as one of the most popular podcasts online today, which explains how he’s been able to build that incredibly cool man cave he’s always talking about.
Birthday: May 30
Since The Judds broke up in 1991, Wynonna has taken her country crooning skills to a whole new level in her solo career. Her first four singles all reached number one on the U.S. country single charts, and three of her albums have sold over a million copies each. Her most recent song, “Something You Can’t Live Without,” was released in March 2013 to great acclaim.
Birthday: May 30
Best known for shredding his guitar for the hard rock band Rage Against the Machine, Morello has also played for such bands as Audioslave, The Nightwatchmen and Street Sweeper Social Club. Besides continuing to blow out ear drums, the guitarist’s future includes continuing to work with Axis of Justice, a non-profit political activist organization he helped to form.
Birthday: June 15
She’ll always be known as Monica from “Friends,” but Courteney Cox has still managed to keep things interesting since the demise of the popular sitcom. She earned her first Golden Globe nomination for her role as Jules Cobb in “Cougar Town,” as well as starred in the FX series “Dirt.” She also recently tried her hand behind the camera, stepping out of the spotlight to direct the Lifetime television movie “Tallhotblond.”
Birthday: June 22
The actress/producer — best known for her roles as Detective Janice Licalsi in “NYPD Blue,” Judge Gray in “Judging Amy” and Violet Turner in “Private Practice” — is still one of the busiest actresses in Hollywood. You can look for her on your screen throughout 2014, as she'll continue to play Mary of Guise on the CW show “Reign.”
Birthday: July 20
The gravelly voiced actor first earned major acclaim for his role as a scheming prisoner in the HBO series “Oz.” Nowadays, however, he is perhaps best known for playing the role of “Mayhem" in all those Allstate commercials.
Birthday: July 9
Following the sad death of her husband (Nirvana's Kurt Cobain), Love saw her own career take off. Besides having a hit album with her band Hole, Love made a brief foray in films that saw her starring opposite Jim Carrey and Woody Harrelson, in “Man on the Moon” and “The People vs. Larry Flint,” respectively. Unfortunately, drug and alcohol abuse has taken its toll on the talented star, and the majority of press she receives these days is the not good kind.
Birthday: July 18
The popular host of “The Wendy Williams Show” has amassed a giant audience, but what most fans don’t know is that she got her start as a “shock jockette” on the radio. Now, however, she’s practically a one-woman empire — she’s created two product lines, has written an autobiography and was recently the subject of a VH1 reality series (“The Wendy Williams Experience.”)
Birthday: July 22
The hilarious and multi-talented actor, comedian, voice actor, producer and screenwriter is planning on spending his 50th year like he always does: busy. The upcoming films “Chef” and “Ride Along” are just two 2014 projects you’ll be able to enjoy him in.
Birthday: July 22
The former “Saturday Night Live” comic has, for better or worse, been able to parlay his experience on the late-night sketch show into a pretty lucrative film and television career. Most recently he starred as Russell Dunbar on CBS’ “Rules of Engagement” and is currently working on a new animated series based on his film “Joe Dirt” with TBS.
Birthday: July 24
Former baseball left fielder and 14-time All-Star, 8-time Gold Glove Award-winner Bonds was not elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Why? After being convicted in 2011 on obstruction of justice charges, stemming from allegations that he took steroids as a player, his legacy is practically in shambles.
Birthday: July 26
Who would think that frazzled woman smooching with Keanu on an exploding bus would one day be the highest-paid actress in the world? OK, maybe everybody (she was pretty great in "Speed"), but it’s still impressive that in 2012 she earned over $56 million for her recent roles in such hits as “The Blind Side,” “The Heat” and “Gravity.”
Vivica A. Fox
Birthday: July 30
We loved her in “Independence Day,” “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” and "Kill Bill," and are happy to see her still appearing on screens. Although her work in 2013 may not have been her most inspired (“Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright”), we’re hoping she makes a big splash in her 50th birthday year.
Birthday: August 1
The Counting Crows frontman may not still sell out giant auditoriums like he used to, but he’s managed to keep a very respectable career going all these years. Besides writing pop songs, Duritz expanded into scoring music for film, most notably co-writing the song “Accidentally in Love” for “Shrek 2.”
Birthday: August 2
The youthful actress is known for taking fun and risky chances in her career, and it sure has paid off. Her role as Nancy Botwin in Showtime’s “Weeds” — playing a suburban drug dealer — earned her a Golden Glove for Best Actress in 2006, which probably looks pretty nice sitting next to her Emmy Award (for “Angels in America”) and a Tony Award (for the Broadway play “Proof”).
Birthday: August 9
The Egyptian-American TV personality garnered much of her fame as the co-host of the fourth hour of “The Today Show” alongside Kathie Lee Gifford (which won her a Daytime Emmy Award in 2010), but she continues to branch out, recently starting a gig as a correspondent for “Dateline NBC.”
Birthday: August 25
While never quite being able to match the success he found with “L.A. Law,” Underwood has continued to make regular appearances on television. He’s recently has small roles in such shows as “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” “Dirty Sexy Money” and “In Treatment.”
Birthday: September 2
Whoa, Keanu Reeves is 50? Whoa. He's come a long way since he and Ted had their excellent adventures, starring in such blockbusters as "The Matrix" and "The Replacements." Look for him this year in the upcoming sci-fi romance film "Passengers," whose script Reeves helped develop.
Birthday: September 6
Besides appearing in hilarious films like “White Men Can’t Jump,” Perez has used her celebrity to follow personal passions. A dedicated community activist, Perez is the chair of the artistic board for the arts education non-profit Urban Arts Partnership, and once generated headlines in the early 2000s after getting arrested while protesting the U.S. Navy’s air weapons training.
Birthday: September 16
Another “SNL” alum, Shannon has gone from cheerleading alongside Will Ferrell to making hilarious guest spots in various films and TV shows. You may have seen her most recently in “Raising Hope,” playing the character of Maxine, or you can check her out in the upcoming film “Life After Beth.”
Birthday: September 30
The Italian actress and fashion model has never strayed far from the public eye, most recently appearing at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival where she announced she spoke four languages: Italian, French, English and a little Persian.
Birthday: October 3
The dashing Englishman prefers to split his acting career between doing TV, stage and film. He first gained recognition in England in 1990 by playing the lead in the TV show “Chancers” and, almost 25 years later, his career is still picking up steam. In 2012, he earned his first Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor for his role in “Hemingway & Gellhorn.”
Birthday: November 5
The Dutch actress, director, screenwriter and former fashion model electrified audiences in her role as Phoenix in the “X-Men” films, but there’s much more to her than just zapping bad guys with her mutant skills. In 2008, she was appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for Integrity by the United Nations and, in 2011, she made her directorial debut with “Bring Up Baby."
Birthday: November 11
After the successful run of "Ally McBeal" ended, Flockhart's next act included starting a relationship with Harrison Ford (they've been married since 2010). Unfortunately, she hasn't been able to match her early success, although she could have: In 2004, she turned down the role of Susan Mayer on "Desperate Housewives." The role went to another 50-year-old: Teri Hatcher.
Birthday: November 29
Don Cheadle just does not stop. Since his incredible performance in 1997’s “Boogie Nights,” here is just a quick sample of films he appeared in: “Out of Sight” (1998), “Traffic” (2000), “Ocean's Eleven” (2001), “Crash” (2004), “Reign Over Me” (2007) and “Iron Man 3” (2013).
Birthday: December 4
There were many a raised eyebrow in Hollywood after she won an Oscar for her quirky performance in “My Cousin Vinny,” but the roles she’s taken since then have proven she’s one of the most underrated actresses working today. In 2000, she appeared in the hit “What Women Want,” which she followed with stunning appearances in such critically acclaimed films as “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead” and “In the Bedroom.”
Birthday: December 8
She went from one of the sexiest Lois Lanes ever in ABC’s 1993 “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” to one of the most devious neighbors on “Desperate Housewives.” Next up for the 50-year-old? You’ll have to wait to find out.
Birthday: December 10
The celebrity chef has turned his magic with food into an incredibly lucrative enterprise, appearing in several reality shows and opening up his own restaurants in multiple cities worldwide.
Check him out on the “Great Chefs” TV series on the Food Network. The show is aptly titled.
Birthday: December 23
The Pearl Jam front man was once considered the biggest rock star alive, but he wasn’t in it for the fame. He briefly stopped touring out of protest to Ticketmaster’s high fees they were charging his fans and stopped doing music videos altogether. Besides Pearl Jam, Vedder has also tried his musical hand at doing soundtracks for films (2007’s “Into the Wild”) and has released some interesting solo projects, such as 2011’s “Ukulele Songs.”
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