On This Day

Famous Birthdays on January 17 (Part 2)

Birthdays 201 - 293 of 293

  • 1952 Ryuichi Sakamoto, Japanese musician (Yellow Magic Orchestra) and Academay Award-winning film composer (The Last Emperor), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1952 Darrell Porter, American baseball catcher (MLB All Star 1974, 78-80; World Series MVP 1982), born in Joplin, Missouri (d. 2002)
  • 1952 Charlie Johnson, American football defensive tackle (Pro Bowl 1979-81; All Pro 1980; Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings), born in West Columbia, Texas (d. 2021)
  • 1953 Ted Thompson, American NFL linebacker (Houston Oilers) and executive (GM Green Bay Packers 2005-17), born in Atlanta, Texas (d. 2021)
  • 1954 Robert F Kennedy Jr., American attorney (Natural Resources Defense Council), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1954 Susan Kiefel, Australian lawyer & judge, born in Cairns, Australia
  • 1955 Steve Earle, American roots-rock singer-songwriter (Guitar Town), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1955 Kazumasa Akiyama, Japanese jazz-fusion guitarist (Dig My Style), born in Tokyo
  • 1956 Mitch Vogel, American actor (Jamie-Bonanza), born in Alhambra, California
  • 1956 Paul Young, British rock and blue-eyed soul vocalist ("Every Time You Go Away"; Band-Aid - "Do They Know It's Christmas?"), born in Luton, England
  • 1956 Cristina [Monet Zilkha], American dance-pop singer songwriter (Sleep It Off), born in New York City (d. 2020)
  • 1957 Steve Harvey, American actor, comedian and radio personality, born in Welch, West Virginia
  • 1957 Ann Nocenti, American comic book writer
  • 1957 Michel Vaarten, Belgian cyclist, born in Turnhout, Belgium
  • 1957 Keith Chegwin, English television presenter & actor, born in Walton, Liverpool (d. 2017)
  • 1958 Jez Strode, British rock drummer (Kajagoogoo), born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1959 Susanna Hoffs, American actress & musician (Bangles-Walk Like an Egyptian), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1959 Momoe Yamaguchi, Japanese singer & actress, born in Ebisu, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1960 Chili Davis, American-Jamaican baseball outfielder (California Angels), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1960 John Crawford, American bass (Berlin-You Take My Breath Away), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1960 Chatchai Plengpanich, Thai actor, born in Kanchanaburi, Thailand
  • 1961 Maia Chiburdanidze, Soviet women's world chess champ, born in Kutaisi, USSR
  • 1961 Brian Helgeland, American writer & film director, born in Providence, Rhode Island

Jim Carrey

1962 Jim Carrey, Canadian-American actor (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Dumb & Dumber, The Mask), born in Ontario Canada

  • 1962 Sebastian Junger, American journalist & author, born in Belmont, Massachusetts
  • 1963 Kai Hansen, German singer & guitarist (Gamma Ray), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1963 Cyrus Chestnut, American jazz pianist and composer, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1964 Jeff Tabaka, American baseball pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in Barberton, Ohio

Michelle Obama

1964 Michelle Obama, 1st African-American US First Lady (2009-16), born in DeYoung, Illinois

  • 1965 Nikos Nioplias, Greek footballer, born in Galatini, Greece
  • 1965 Sylvain Turgeon, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Rouyn-Noranda, Canada
  • 1966 Anna Ivan, American tennis player, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1966 Don Myrah, American cyclist (Olympics 20th-96), born in Oakland, California
  • 1966 Shabba Ranks [Rexton Gordon], Jamaican dancehall musician & reggae deejay (X-tra Naked), born in St. Ann, Jamaica
  • 1966 Trish Johnson, British golfer (3 LPGA Tour titles; 19 LET wins), born in Bristol, England
  • 1967 Filippo Raciti, Italian police officer, born in Sicily, Italy (d. 2007)
  • 1967 Song Kang-ho, South Korean actor, born in Busan, South Korea
  • 1968 Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer, Dutch writer, born in Rijswijk, Netherlands
  • 1968 Svetlana Masterkova, Russian athlete, born in Soviet Union
  • 1969 Lukas Moodysson, Swedish film writer & director, born in Lund, Sweden
  • 1969 Naveen Andrews, British actor, born in Lambeth, London
  • 1969 Tiësto [Tijs Michiel Verwest], Dutch DJ and record producer considered the "Godfather of EDM", born in Breda, Netherlands
  • 1970 Darnell Walker, American NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons, SF 49ers), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1970 Jeremy Roenick, American NHL center (Team USA, Blackhawks, Coyotes), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1970 Genndy Tartakovsky, Russian-born animator, born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1970 James Wattana, Thai snooker player, born in Bangkok, Thailand
  • 1971 Derek Plante, American NHL center (Buffalo Sabres), born in Cloquet, Minnesota
  • 1971 Tyler Houston, American baseball catcher (Atlanta Braves), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1971 Kid Rock [Robert James Ritchie], American rapper, songwriter, musician and actor (Devil Without a Cause), born in Romeo, Michigan
  • 1971 Richard Burns, English rally driver, born in Reading, England (d. 2005)
  • 1971 Leonardo Ciampa, Italian-American musician, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1971 Youki Kudoh, Japanese actress, born in Hachioji, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1971 Ann Wolfe, American boxer, born in Oberlin, Louisiana
  • 1972 Wendall Gaines, American NFL tight end (Arizona Cardinals), born in Vernon, Texas
  • 1972 Ken Hirai, Japanese singer and songwriter, born in Higashi-osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • 1972 Benno Fürmann, German actor, born in Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
  • 1972 Stéphane Escoms, French jazz keyboard and accordion player, born in France
  • 1973 Cuauhtémoc Blanco, Mexican footballer, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1973 Liz Ellis, Australian netball defender and captain (122 caps; World C'ship gold 1995, 99, 2007; C'wealth Games gold 1998, 2002), born in Windsor, Australia
  • 1974 Derrick Mason, American football wide receiver (Tennessee Oilers), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1974 Guillermo Mercedes, Dominican-American baseball infielder (Texas Rangers), born in La Romana, Dominican Republic
  • 1974 Marcus Spriggs, American offensive tackle (Buffalo Bills), born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • 1974 Vesko Kountchev, Bulgarian musician, born in Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 1974 Yang Chen, Chinese footballer, born in Beijing, China
  • 1974 Annemarie Jacir, Palestinian filmmaker and poet, born in Bethlehem, Palestine
  • 1975 Tom Jenkinson, English musician (Squarepusher), born in Chelmsford, United Kingdom
  • 1975 Freddy Rodriguez, Puerto Rican-American actor, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1975 Rami Yacoub, Swedish songwriter & producer, born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1976 Aga Zaryan [Agnieszka Skrzypek], Polish jazz singer (A Book of Luminous Things), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 1977 Ali el Kattabi, Dutch soccer player (Sparta), born in Schiedam, Netherlands
  • 1977 Kevin Thorn, American professional wrestler, born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1977 Leigh Whannell, Australian screenwriter & actor, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1978 Charles Richard "Ricky" Wilson, British singer-songwriter (Kaiser Chiefs - "Ruby"), born in Keighley, West Yorkshire, England
  • 1980 Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Ukrainian ballroom dancer, born in Odessa, Ukraine
  • 1980 Gareth McLearnon, Northern Irish flautist, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Zooey Deschanel

1980 Zooey Deschanel, American actress (Almost Famous, New Girl), born in Los Angeles, California

  • 1980 Kimberly Spicer, American model, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1981 Ray J [William Ray Norwood Jr.], American singer and actor (Everything You Want), born in McComb, Mississippi
  • 1981 Warren Feeney, Northern Irish footballer, born in Belfast, United Kingdom
  • 1981 Scott Mechlowicz, American actor, born in New York
  • 1982 Dwyane Wade, American basketball player (Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1982 Amanda Wilkinson, Canadian country music singer, born in Belleville, Canada
  • 1982 Alex Varkatzas, American heavy metal singer (Atreyu), born in Orange County, California
  • 1983 Alvaro Arbeloa, Spanish footballer, born in Salamanca, Spain
  • 1983 Andrea Lowell, American model, born in Long Beach, California
  • 1983 Rick Kelly, Australian racing driver, born in Mildura, Australia
  • 1983 Julie Budet, French musician (Yelle)
  • 1983 Johannes Herber, German basketball player, born in Darmstadt, Germany
  • 1984 Calvin Harris, Scottish DJ, singer-songwriter and producer (We Found Love), born in Dumfries, Scotland
  • 1985 Simone Simons, Dutch singer (Epica), born in Hoensbroek, Netherlands
  • 1985 Riyu Kosaka, Japanese singer (BeForU), born in Yokohama, Japan
  • 1985 Kangin [Kim Young-woon], South Korean singer, dancer, actor and DJ (Super Junior), born in Seoul, South Korea

Jake Paul

1997 Jake Paul, American YouTube personality, born in Cleveland, Ohio