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Today's Birthdays – December 18, 2011

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Celebrity Birthdays

1707 – Charles Wesley, English Methodist hymnist/Co-founder of Methodist Movement (d. 1788) 1778 – Joseph Grimaldi, “Greatest Clown in History” (d. 1837) 1856 – Sir JJ (Joseph John) Thomson, English physicist and Nobel laureate (d. 1940) (discovered electron) 1863 – Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria (d. 1914) (Sarajevo/WWI) 1878 – Joseph Stalin, leader of the Soviet Union (d. 1953) 1886 – Ty Cobb, American baseball player (d. 1961) batted .367, stole 892 bases (Detroit Tigers) 1888 – Dame Gladys Cooper, English actress (d. 1971) (My Fair Lady) 1888 – Robert Moses, power broker (built Long Island & NYC parks & roads) 1912 – Benjamin O. Davis Jr., American General (d. 2002) 1916 – Betty Grable, American actress (d. 1973) 1917 – Ossie Davis, American actor and activist (d. 2005) (Hot Stuff, Bubba Ho-Tep) 1932 – Roger Smith, American actor (77 Sunset Strip) 1933 – Arthur Leigh Allen, American suspected serial killer (d. 1992) 1933 – Lonnie Brooks, American blues musician 1936 – Malcolm Kirk, English professional wrestler (d. 1987) 1938 – Chas Chandler, English musician (The Animals) (d. 1996) 1938 – Joel Hirschhorn, American songwriter and composer (d. 2005) 1938 – Roger E. Mosley, American actor (TC – Magnum, PI) 1941 – Sam Andrew rocker (Big Brother & the Holding Company-Cheap Thrills) 1943 – Alan Rudolph, American film director and screenwriter (Endangers Species, Love at Large, Made in Heaven) 1943 – Keith Richards, English guitarist (The Rolling Stones) 1946 – Steven Spielberg, American film director (ET, Close Encounters, Jaws) 1950 – Randy Castillo, American drummer (Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue) (d. 2002) 1953 – Elliot Easton, American guitarist (The Cars) 1954 – Ray Liotta, American actor (Henry Hill-Goodfellas, Sacha-Casablanca) 1956 – Ron White, American comedian (Blue Collar Comedy Tour) 1963 – Brad Pitt, American actor (Fight Club, Meet Joe Black, Legends of the Fall) 1963 – Greg D’Angelo, American musician (White Lion) 1964 – Stone Cold Steve Austin, American professional wrestler 1966 – Kiefer Sutherland actor (Young Guns, Stand by Me, Lost Boys) 1966 – Tracy Byrd country singer (Keeper of the Stars) 1967 – Dan McGwire NFL quarterback (Miami Dolphins) (Brother of Baseball’s Mark McGwire) 1968 – Casper Van Dien, American actor (Starship Troopers) 1970 – Cowboy Troy, American rapper (Master of Hick-Hop, Music Mafia) 1970 – DMX, American rapper and actor 1970 – Rob Van Dam, American professional wrestler 1972 – DJ Lethal, Latvian-born American DJ (House of Pain, Limp Bizkit) 1975 – Trish Stratus, Canadian professional wrestler 1978 – Katie Holmes, American actress 1979 – Eric Escobar, Puerto Rican professional wrestler 1980 – Christina Aguilera, American singer (Genie in a Bottle, What A Girl Wants)

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