Actor River Phoenix (born Aug. 23, 1970). Best known for his role in the hit 1986 movie 'Stand by Me,' River Phoenix died of a heroin overdose when he was 23 in front of the famous Los Angeles nightclub The Viper Room in 1993. Phoenix came from a family of actors, most notably brother Joaquin Phoenix, of 'Gladiator' and 'Walk the Line' fame.
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Actor Sean Connery (born Aug. 25, 1930)
Actor Sean Connery (born Aug. 25, 1930). This Scottish actor was the first James Bond, starring in 'Dr. No,' 'From Russia With Love,' 'Goldfinger' and other 007 flicks. Sir Sean Connery also played Indy's dad in 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.'
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Pop star Michael Jackson (Aug. 29 1958)
Pop star Michael Jackson (Aug. 29 1958). American superstar Michael Jackson created one of the best-selling albums of all time, 'Thriller,' in 1982. The King of Pop died in 2009 of a drug-induced cardiac arrest.
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Actor Richard Gere (Aug. 31, 1949)
Actor Richard Gere (Aug. 31, 1949). Hollywood leading man Richard Gere has thrilled women worldwide with his roles in 'An Officer and a Gentleman,' 'Pretty Woman' and 'Chicago.' He has one son with his wife, actress Carey Lowell, and was previously married to supermodel Cindy Crawford.
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Actor Bob Newhart (born Sept. 5, 1929)
Actor Bob Newhart (born Sept. 5, 1929). Known for his dry wit, comedian Bob Newhart starred in three TV series: 'The Bob Newhart Show' (1971-1978), 'Newhart' (1982-1990) and 'Bob' (1992). Comedians revere him for his seemingly simple but devastatingly funny remarks.
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Musician Buddy Holly (born Sept. 7, 1936)
Musician Buddy Holly (born Sept. 7, 1936). American rock musician Buddy Holly (famous for 'That'll Be the Day') remains a musical influence many years after his untimely death. Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper died in a plane crash in 1959.
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Soul singer Otis Redding (born Sept. 9, 1941)
Soul singer Otis Redding (born Sept. 9, 1941). (Sittin' On) the Dock of the Bay' is singer and songwriter Otis Redding's most famous song. Redding was killed in a plane crash in 1967, when he was only 26 years old.
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Golfer Arnold Palmer (born Sept. 10, 1929)
Golfer Arnold Palmer (born Sept. 10, 1929). This golfer is known as the King. Arnold Palmer won 92 tournaments during his career, including winning the Masters four times.
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Author O. Henry (William Sydney Porter). (Born Sept. 11, 1862)
Author O. Henry (William Sydney Porter). (Born Sept. 11, 1862). The lovely and famous story 'The Gift of the Magi' was the work of the author William Sydney Porter (1862-1910), who wrote under the name O. Henry. He chronicled the lives of everyday New Yorkers in his stories.
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Mystery author Agatha Christie (born Sept. 15, 1880)
Mystery author Agatha Christie (born Sept. 15, 1880). Called the Queen of Crime, Dame Agatha Christie (1880-1976) is the best-selling mystery writer of all time. Many of her books and plays feature the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, or the elderly sleuth Miss Marple.
King Louis XIV of France (born Sept. 16, 1638)
King Louis XIV of France (born Sept. 16, 1638). Known as the Sun King, Louis XIV of France succeeded to the throne when he was 4 years, 8 months old. He built the palace at Versailles. He died in 1715.
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Actress Lauren Bacall (born Sept. 16, 1924)
Actress Lauren Bacall (born Sept. 16, 1924). Legendary American actress Lauren Bacall starred in many notable films with her husband, Humphrey Bogart (who was 25 years older than she was). Their films included 'To Have and Have Not' and 'The Big Sleep.'
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Actor Jeremy Irons (born Sept. 19, 1948)
Actor Jeremy Irons (born Sept. 19, 1948). Familiar to American audiences for voicing the role of Scar in 'The Lion King,' British actor Jeremy Irons has had a long career, including the TV series 'The Borgias.'
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Television star Larry Hagman (born Sept. 21, 1931)
Television star Larry Hagman (born Sept. 21, 1931). Actor Larry Hagman was best known for playing J.R. Ewing Jr. in the TV series 'Dallas' in the 1980s.
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Bestselling author Stephen King (born September 21, 1947)
American writer Stephen King's books have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. His work includes 'Carrie,' 'The Shining,' 'Salem's Lot' and 'Misery.'
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Actor Bill Murray (September 21, 1950)
American actor Bill Murray's career includes the comedy classics 'Stripes' and 'Ghostbusters,' as well as more serious films like 'Lost in Translation,' which earned him an Oscar nomination.
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Rock star Joan Jett (born September 22, 1960)
Groundbreaking rock star Joan Jett is the leader of Joan Jett & the Blackhearts. She's had nine Top 40 singles, including 'I Hate Myself for Loving You' and 'I Love Rock 'N' Roll.'