Hey everybody, so it’s my birthday and–besides being old enough to, here in America, indulge in alcohol–something I thought would be a little fun would be to share something cool: how many other people share my birthday.
I already knew that I shared my birthday with Mark Twain and (sigh) Clay Aiken, but the others, as I found on Wikipedia, surprised me. They are, in no particular order:
Jonathan Swift–churchman and satirist, author of, most famously, Gulliver’s Travels and A Modest Proposal.
William Livingston–the first governor of New Jersey, post-Revolutionary War
Winston Churchill–yeah, that one; “We shall fight them on the beaches,” etc. etc.
Robert Nighthawk–legendary Delta blues musician
Gordon Parks–author, photographer and director of several films, most notably the iconic blaxploitation film Shaft
Efram Zimbalist Jr.–an actor of many roles, but most relevantly, Alfred on Batman: The Animated Series
Allan Sherman–the most prominent American comedy musician before “Weird Al” Yankovic. famous for songs like “Hello Muddah, Hello Fathah”
Robert Guilliame–Benson (from, y’know, Benson) and Rafiki from The Lion King
Dick Clark–legendary American broadcaster
Joan Ganz Cooney–co-founder of Sesame Workshop and thus Sesame Street
Abbie Hoffman–famous radical and author of, among other things, Steal This Book
Ridley Scott-yeah, that’s right; the guy who gave us Alien and Gladiator
Terrence Malick–the writer-director behind The Tree of Life and The Thin Red Line; considered one of the best filmmakers ever
Roger Glover–bassist for, among other bands, Deep Purple
David Mamet–yeah, that one; the guy behind Glengarry Glen Ross
Chris Claremont–the writer who’s the only reason you’ve ever heard of the X-Men
Lawrence Summers–president of Harvard and former Secretary of the Treasury
Mandy Patinkin–Inigo Montoya himself
Keith Giffen–the artist/writer who gave us the “BWA-HA-HA” era of the Justice League and a whole lotta other stuff
Shuggie Otis–American singer/songwriter
Kevin Conroy–BATMAN HIMSELF
John Ashton–member of The Psychedelic Furs
Bo Jackson–player of both baseball and football and 1/3rd of ProStars
Ben Stiller–yes, that one
Amy Ryan–Holly from The Office
Gael Garcia Bernal–an actor from a bunch of movies
Kaley Cuoco–star of/one of the few tolerable things about The Big Bang Theory
There’s way more on Wikipedia, but these jumped out to me. This was fun!