On this date- December 11

Today John Kerry is 75, and Nikki Sixx and Tom Shadyac are 60. Today is also the birthday of Rita Moreno, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Teri Garr, Donna Mills, Hailee Steinfeld, Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), Mo’Nique, Max Martini, Xosha Roquemore, Lynda Day George, Brenda Lee, Rider Strong, Dilip Kumar, Jon Brion, Margaret Hoover, and the late Jean Marais, Maila Nurmi (aka Vampira), Ron Carey, Liz Smith, Gilbert Roland, Marie Windsor, Betsy Blair, Elizabeth Baur, Manoel de Oliveira, and Carlo Ponti. Sam Cooke and Percy Kilbride died 54 years ago in 1964. Cooke was 33. Kilbride was 76. Bettie Page died ten years ago in 2008 at age 85. Ravi Shankar died six years ago in 2012 at age 92.

On this date- December 10

Today is the birthday of Kenneth Branagh, Michael Snow, Raven-Symoné, Tommy Kirk, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Nia Peeples, Xavier Samuel, Patrick John Flueger, Susan Dey, Fionnula Flanagan, Bobby Flay, and the late Emily Dickinson, Dorothy Lamour, Michael Clarke Duncan, Dan Blocker, Mako, Barbara Nichols, Harold Gould, Douglas Kenney, Tommy Rettig, Ray Collins, Una Merkel, Victor McLaglen, John Colicos, and Greg Giraldo. Otis Redding died 51 years ago in 1967 at age 26. Ed Wood died forty years ago in 1978 at age 54. Richard Pryor died thirteen years ago in 2005 at age 65.

On this date- December 9

Today Kirk Douglas is 102, and Kurt Angle is 50. Today is also the birthday of Judi Dench, John Malkovich, Beau Bridges, Felicity Huffman, Donny Osmond, Simon Helberg, Buck Henry, Toby Huss, Michael Nouri, Michael Dorn, Mario Cantone, John Paragon, Neil Innes, Kirsten Gillibrand, and the late John Cassavetes, Redd Foxx, Broderick Crawford, Margaret Hamilton, Hermione Gingold, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Dalton Trumbo, Dick Van Patten, Emmett Kelly, and John Milton. Joey Forman died 36 years ago in 1982 at age 53. Mike Mazurki died 28 years ago in 1990 at age 82. Vincent Gardenia died 26 years ago in 1992 at age 72. Jenni Rivera died six years ago in 2012 at age 43.

On this date- December 8

Today Ian Somerhalder is 40, and AnnaSophia Robb is 25. Today is also the birthday of Kim Basinger, Teri Hatcher, Matthias Schoenaerts, Sinéad O’Connor, Nicki Minaj, Wendell Pierce, David Harewood, Dominic Monaghan, Nancy Meyers, Rick Baker, Debora-Lee Furness, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Junkie XL (Tom Holkenborg), Tyler Mane, Juliette Danielle, Ann Coulter, and the late Sammy Davis Jr., Maximilian Schell, Jim Morrison, Gregg Allman, David Carradine, Flip Wilson, Sam Kinison, Georges Méliès, Lee J. Cobb, Mary, Queen of Scots, James MacArthur, Frank Faylen, John Qualen, James Thurber, Jean Porter, Dewey Martin, Richard Fleischer, and Ernest Lehman. Gladys George died 64 years ago in 1954 at age 54. John Lennon died 38 years ago in 1980 at age 40. Slim Pickens died 35 years ago in 1983 at age 64. Martin Ritt died 28 years ago in 1990 at age 76. Robert Prosky died ten years ago in 2008 at age 77.

On this date- December 7

Today Noam Chomsky is 90, Shiri Appleby, Kristofer Hivju, and Jeff Nichols are 40, and Emily Browning is 30. Today is also the birthday of Ellen Burstyn, Tom Waits, Jeffrey Wright, Nicholas Hoult, Jack Huston, Jennifer Carpenter, Mark Duplass, James Keach, C. Thomas Howell, Mark Rolston, Caleb Landry Jones, Patrick Fabian, Kenneth Colley, Clive Russell, Priscilla Barnes, Abdellatif Kechiche, Larry Bird, Aaron Carter, Chris Crocker, and the late Eli Wallach, Ted Knight, Louis Prima, Patrice O’Neal, Leigh Brackett, Hurd Hatfield, Fay Bainter, Rod Cameron, Johnny Duncan, and Jordon Parks Jr. Joan Bennett died 28 years ago in 1990 at age 80. Harry Morgan died seven years ago in 2011 at age 96.

On this date- December 6

Today JoBeth Williams is 70, and Nick Park is 60. Today is also the birthday of Judd Apatow, Steven Wright, Tom Hulce, Ulrich Thomsen, Janine Turner, Leon Russom, Alain Tanner, Shekhar Kapur, Craig Brewer, Andrew Cuomo, and the late Agnes Moorehead, Wally Cox, Bobby Van, Ira Gershwin, Dave Brubeck, Sergio Corbucci, and Richard Speck. Roy Orbison died thirty years ago in 1988 at age 52. Frances Bavier died 29 years ago in 1989 at age 86. Don Ameche died 25 years ago in 1993 at age 85. Werner Klemperer died eighteen years ago in 2000 at age 80.

On this date- December 5

Today Margaret Cho and Lisa Marie are 50. Today is also the birthday of Joan Didion, Little Richard, Frankie Muniz, Paula Patton, Jeroen Krabbé, Nick Stahl, Jessica Paré, Lynne Ramsay, Dolly Wells, Morgan Brittany, Amy Acker, and the late Walt Disney, Fritz Lang, Otto Preminger, Emeric Pressburger, Adolph Caesar, Margaret Hayes, Alvy Moore, Nunnally Johnson, Wladyslaw Szpilman, Martin Van Buren, George Armstrong Custer, and Strom Thurmond. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died 227 years ago in 1791 at age 35. Robert Aldrich died 35 years ago in 1983 at age 65. Nelson Mandela died five years ago in 2013 at age 95.