On This Day

Famous Birthdays on August 15 (Part 2)

  • 1963 Jack Russell, superb England cricket wicket-keeper (36 Tests 1988-94)
  • 1963 Alejandro González Iñárritu, Mexican film director (Birdman, Babel), born in Mexico City

Melinda Gates

1964 Melinda Gates, American philanthropist and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, born in Dallas, Texas

  • 1965 Rob Thomas, American writer
  • 1966 Fred Strickland, linebacker (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1966 Leo Goeas, guard (Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1966 Shirley Kwan [Kwan Suk Yee] Chinese Canto-pop singer ("Happy Are Those In Love"), born in Hong Kong
  • 1967 Mike James, Ft Walton FL, pitcher (California Angels)
  • 1967 Moulay Brahim Boutaib, Morocco, 10k runner (Olympic gold 1988)
  • 1967 Neil Wilkinson, Selkirk, NHL defenseman (Pitts Penguins)
  • 1967 Peter Hermann, American actor (Beautiful People), born in NYC, New York
  • 1967 Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, Indian spiritual leader and filmmaker, born in Sri Gurusar Modia
  • 1968 Vassili Pankov, NHL forward (Team Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • 1968 Debra Messing, American actress (Will & Grace), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1969 Eric Bieniemy, NFL running back (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1969 James Black, Canadian NHL center, 1989-2001 (Chicago Blackhawks, Washington Capitals, and 4 other teams), born in Regina, Saskatchewan
  • 1969 Mark Heese, Canadian beach volleyballer (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1969 Yancey Thigpen, NFL wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1969 Cris Judd, American actor/choreographer
  • 1970 Anthony Anderson, American comedian and actor (Black-ish), born in Compton, California
  • 1970 Maddie Corman, American actress
  • 1970 Ben Silverman, American TV executive
  • 1970 Chris Byrd, American boxer (WBO heavyweight title 2000; IBF heavyweight tile 2002; Olympic silver middleweight 1992), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1971 Perry Carter, NFL cornerback (KC Chiefs, Oakland Raiders), born in McComb, Mississippi

Ben Affleck

1972 Ben Affleck, American Academy Award-winning screenwriter (Good Will Huntng), actor (Armageddon; Pearl Harbor), and BAFTA Award-winning director (Argo),born in Berkeley, California

  • 1972 Freddie Solomon, American football wide receiver (NFL Philadelphia Eagles, 1993-98: Arena League, 2003-07), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1972 (Zbigniew) "Jason" Maniecki, Polish-American NFL defensive tackle, 1996-98 (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Rabka-Zdrój, Poland
  • 1972 Ken Walter, NFL punter, 1997-2006 (Carolina Panthers, New England Patriots, and 2 other teams), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1972 Mikey Graham, Irish pop singer (Boyzone - "Words"; "No Matter What"), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1972 Chris Morrissey, American actor, and film director (Heavy Makeup), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1972 Matthew Wood, American film sound editor, and actor, born in Walnut Creek, California
  • 1973 Marcus Jones, defensive tackle (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • 1974 Ramon Morel, Villa Gonzalez Dom Rep, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 1974 Natasha Henstridge, Canadian actress
  • 1975 Bert Berry, American football linebacker (Pro Bowl, All Pro 2004; Indianapolis Colts, Arizona Cardinals), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1975 Jurgen Dirkx, soccer player (PSV)
  • 1975 Bertrand Berry, American football player
  • 1975 Vijay Bharadwaj, Indian cricketer
  • 1976 Boudewijn Send, soccer player (PSV)
  • 1976 Robert Macfarlane, English nature writer, born in Halam, England

Abiy Ahmed

1976 Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of Ethiopia (2018-) and winner of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, born in Beshasha, Ethiopia

  • 1977 Martin Biron, Canadian American ice hockey goaltender, born in Lac-Saint-Charles, Quebec
  • 1977 Igor Cassina, Italian gymnast (Olympic gold 2004), born in Seregno, Italy
  • 1977 Nicole Paggi, American actress (Hope and Faith), born in Travis County, Texas
  • 1978 Tim Foreman, American bassist (Switchfoot - "The Beautiful Letdown"), born in Lake Arrowhead, California
  • 1978 Stavros Tziortziopoulos, Greek footballer
  • 1978 Lilia Podkopayeva, Ukrainian gymnast (World Champion 1995, Olympic Gold 1996), born in Donetsk, Ukrainian SSR
  • 1978 Kerri Walsh, American beach volleyball player (Olympic gold 2004, 08, 12), born in Santa Clara, California
  • 1979 Carl Edwards, American NASCAR driver
  • 1980 Nathalie Press, English actress
  • 1981 Brendan Hansen, American swimmer (Olympic gold, 4x100m medley relay 2004, 08, 12; 6 x World C'ship gold), born in Havertown, Pennsylvania
  • 1981 Song Ji-hyo, South Korean actress
  • 1981 Oliver Perez, American baseball player
  • 1982 Casey Burgener, American weightlifter
  • 1984 Edward "Ted" Dwane, British folk-rock double bassist (Mumford & Sons), born in London
  • 1984 Opal Tometi, Nigerian American civil rights activist (co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter)
  • 1985 Nipsey Hussle [Ermias Asghedom], American rapper and activist, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2019)
  • 1989 Belinda [Belinda Peregrín Schüll], Mexican singer, songwriter and actress, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1989 Tiffanie Anderson, American singer, dancer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1989 Joe Jonas, American pop singer (Jonas Brothers), born in Casa Grande, Arizona

Jennifer Lawrence

1990 Jennifer Lawrence, American actress (Winter's Bone, Silver Linings Playbook), born in Louisville, Kentucky