On This Day

Famous Birthdays on January 17 (Part 2)

  • 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 musician (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

Person of interestJim Carrey

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

Actor and Comedian Jim Carrey
Actor and Comedian
Jim Carrey
  • 1962 Sebastian Junger, American journalist & author, born in Belmont, Massachusetts
  • 1963 Kai Hansen, German singer & guitarist (Gamma Ray), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1964 Jeff Tabaka, American baseball pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in Barberton, Ohio

Person of interestMichelle Obama

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

US First Lady Michelle Obama
US First Lady
Michelle Obama

  • 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
  • 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
  • 1980 Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Ukrainian ballroom dancer, born in Odessa, Ukraine
  • 1980 Gareth McLearnon, Northern Irish flautist, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Person of interestZooey 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 singer, born in Belleville, Canada
  • 1982 Alex Varkatzas, American 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

Person of interestJake Paul

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

YouTube Star and Actor Jake Paul
YouTube Star and Actor
Jake Paul