As I write this, it is November 17th, which is my birthday. Happy birthday to me! But also, happy birthday to some other folks as well. Famous folks you may have heard of. Here are 17 people who share this date of birth with yours truly…as well as my Club Kayfabe Podcast community brother Adrian Cotton and my old fellow Hogwarts student buddy Clai Smith. Shoutouts to you gentlemen!
1. DAISY FUENTES
Jersey girl and model actress. Former co-host of America’s Funniest Home Videos and the first ever Latina VJ for MTV.
2. DANNY DEVITO
Frank Reynolds on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Philoctetes in Disney’s Hercules, Mr. Swakhammer in Space Jam, the Penguin in Batman Returns and tons of other great and memorable performances!
3. EAST BAY RAY
Guitarist for San Francisco base punk band Dead Kennedys.
4. GORDON LIGHTFOOT
Canadian country/folk singer and songwriter best known for his hits “Sundown” “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” and “If You Could Read My Mind.”
5. HOWARD DEAN
Former Governor of Vermont and DNC chair who ran in the 2004 presidential race and lost to John Kerry. He was also a meme before memes even existed.
6. ISAAC HANSON
Member of the band Hanson of MmmBop fame. Don’t pretend like you’ve never heard of him.
7. JEFF NELSON
Retired pitcher for the New York Yankees with a 48-45 win loss record, a total of 829 career strikeouts, and an ERA of 3.21.
8. JONATHAN ROSS
British talk show host and comedian who I discovered thanks to Christopher Walken reading the Three Little Pigs on his show.
9. LORNE MICHAELS
Canadian-American television producer famous for Saturday Night Live and the Late Night series hosted by Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Fallon.
10. MARTIN BARRE
English rocker who played in the band Jethro Tull.
11. MARTIN SCORSESE
Goodfellas, Casino, The Departed, Hugo, The Wolf of Wall Street, Taxi Driver, Cape Fear, The Last Temptation of Christ…this fan is a cinematic genius.
12. MERCEDES MARTINEZ
Indy professional wrestler who is a two-time Shimmer Champion and has also competed for dozens of famous indy promotions including FIP, CZW and IWA Mid-South. Jay Bradley (Ryan Braddock) was also born on this day.
13. ROCK HUDSON
Late, great American actor famous for films such as “Magnificent Obsession” and television shows like “McMillan & Wife”
The world’s most famous drag queen who hosts a reality show called – what else – RuPaul’s Drag Race.
15. STEPHEN ROOT
Comedic actor known for playing Milton in Office Space, Bill on King of the Hill, Bubbles in Finding Nemo, Gordon in Dodgeball and a TON of other roles, including lots of voice work!
16. TOM SEAVER
MLB Hall of Famer who is one of the greatest pitchers to ever play the game.
17. THE STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL
Yup, the ONE and ONLY time this thing aired on television was on November 17th. YAY!!!!!
There are tons more. I bet you also share a birthday with a lot of famous people! And I hope you have a great birthday when yours rolls around too! Thanks for celebrating with me!