Famous August birthdays

(Clockwise from top left) President Barack Obama, Madonna, Tom Brady & Giuliana Rancic (© Sipa USA/Rex Features; Patrick McMullan Co./Rex Features; Broadimage/Rex Features; FayesVision)
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Famous August birthdays

Check out these celebrities and others who will add another year to their ages this month. See gallery

Adam Duritz of Counting Crows (© Gabriel Grams/Rex Features)
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Adam Duritz

Date of birth: August 1

 

Singer-songwriter Adam Duritz (see pictures) is well known as the frontman for the alternative rock band Counting Crows (watch them perform). He has recently discussed (read the news coverage) his experience with a mental illness (what disorder?).

 

Who else was born this day?

A lead singer for a British heavy metal band

A rapper and leader of an influential rap group

An English musician and son of rock royalty

Kevin Smith (© PictureGroup/Rex Features)
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Kevin Smith

Date of birth: August 2

 

Director, producer and screenwriter Kevin Smith (see pictures) began his career with a popular independent film (what movie?). He owns a comic-book store (what store?) in New Jersey, which spawned a reality show (what show?).

 

Who else was born this day?

A movie director best known for his horror movies

An actress who played a drug-dealing housewife

A Nobel Peace Prize winner and current president of a Middle Eastern country

Tom Brady (© Broadimage/Rex Features)
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Tom Brady

Date of birth: August 3

 

NFL quarterback Tom Brady (see pictures) has three Super Bowl wins (when was his last win?) in his career as well as two Super Bowl MVP awards. He married a Brazilian supermodel (who?) in 2009 (see them together).

 

Who else was born this day?

An Olympic medalist swimmer who has his own documentary television show

A domestic superstar who got in trouble with the law

An iconic actor and patriarch of an acting family

President Barack Obama (© Sipa USA/Rex Features)
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Barack Obama

Date of birth: August 4

 

President Barack Obama (see pictures) won a second term in office and was sworn in earlier this year (see pictures from the inauguration). He received a prestigious international award (what award?) in 2009.

 

Who else was born this day?

A NASCAR driver who drives the No. 24 car

An actor who plays a police officer on a tropical island

A musician and actor best known for his independent films

Golfer Paula Creamer (© Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Paula Creamer

Date of birth: August 5

 

Professional golfer Paula Creamer (see pictures) began her career in 2005 when she joined the LPGA (watch her play). She works with a charitable organization (what organization?) targeting young golfers.

 

Who else was born this day?

An actress well known for being a “Brady Bunch” kid

A blond bombshell actress once married to her co-star

A world champion track-and-field athlete who faced disappointment in the Olympics

Soleil Moon Frye (© Startraks Photo/Rex Features)
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Soleil Moon Frye

Date of birth: August 6

 

Former child star Soleil Moon Frye (see pictures) played the main character in a 1980s sitcom (what show?). She now owns a children’s clothing store (what store?) and recently published a book (what book?).

 

Who else was born this day?

A former girl-band member and fashion designer

A Hall of Fame NBA player and past military officer

A screenwriter and director best known for his supernatural thrillers

 

Wayne Knight (© Nick Wass/Invision/AP)
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Wayne Knight

Date of birth: August 7

 

Actor Wayne Knight (see pictures) is well known for his role as Newman on the sitcom “Seinfeld.” He joined a former co-star (who?) on his current show (what show?).

 

Who else was born this day?

An Academy Award-winning actress who played a serial killer

A radio personality who hosted a popular public radio show

A famous “Friends” guest star recognized for her whiney voice

Timothy Geithner (© J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
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Timothy Geithner

Date of birth: August 18

 

Timothy Geithner (see pictures) served as the U.S. secretary of the treasury until he left the office earlier this year (who is the current secretary?). Previous to this post, he was president of a Federal Reserve Bank (which one?).

 

Who else was born this day?

A legendary movie star who founded a film festival

A former Cosby kid who continued a career in acting and directing

A personal trainer and mentor for a reality show

Dustin Hoffman (© Koji Sasahara/AP)
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Dustin Hoffman

Date of birth: August 8

 

Oscar-winning actor (his most recent win was for this movie) Dustin Hoffman (see pictures) made his breakthrough performance in an iconic 1960s movie (what movie?). He recently directed his first film (what movie?).

 

Who else was born this day?

A high-ranking Swiss tennis player

A lead singer and founding member of a rock band

An actor best known for his role as a wisecracking teen on a popular sitcom

Hoda Kotb (© Picture Perfect/Rex Features)
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Hoda Kotb

Date of birth: August 9

 

Television journalist Hoda Kotb (see pictures) is one half of a daytime talk show duo (with whom?) on the “Today” show. She recently published her second book (what book?).

 

Who else was born this day?

A Western movie star with a full, bushy mustache

An athlete who played in the World Series and the Super Bowl

An actor who played a famous Trojan and a super hero

Suzanne Collins (© Simon Burchell/Getty Images)
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Suzanne Collins

Date of birth: August 10

 

Author Suzanne Collins (see pictures) is best known for two best-selling book series (this was her first series). The second movie (what movie?) based on her “Hunger Games” trilogy will be released later this year.

 

Who else was born this day?

A model and reality star with a famous family

A sexy Latin actor who played a masked avenger

A fashion designer with a wild look and big personality

Viola Davis (© John Shearer/Invision/AP)
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Viola Davis

Date of birth: August 11

 

Actress Viola Davis (see pictures) has found success in film (she was nominated for an Oscar for this film and this film), television and stage (she won a Tony Award for this production). She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this year.

 

Who else was born this day?

An actor who played a hammer-wielding god turned superhero

A computer engineer who co-founded a computer company

A former professional wrestler who had a reality show with his family

Peter Krause (© Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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Peter Krause

Date of birth: August 12

 

Actor Peter Krause (see pictures) is well known for his Emmy-nominated role on a hit HBO show (what show?). He currently stars on the family-themed show “Parenthood” (he’s dating his co-star).

 

Who else was born this day?

An actor recognized for his tan

An actor who has a famous big brother

The president of a European country

Motocross & supercross champion Ryan Villopoto (© Jeff Kardas/Getty Images)
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Ryan Villopoto

Date of birth: August 13

 

Ryan Villopoto (see pictures) is a champion motocross and supercross racer (he races for this team). With his win this year, he joined a select group of riders who are consecutive three-time AMA Supercross Series Champions (watch him race).

 

Who else was born this day?

An actor who stars in a 1960s themed television show

A weather anchor for a morning talk show

A former child star who grew up to be a reality star

Mila Kunis (© Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
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Mila Kunis

Date of birth: August 14

 

Actress Mila Kunis (see pictures) rose to fame on the sitcom “That ‘70s Show” (she’s dating this former co-star). She made a successful transition into film, including a Golden Globe-nominated role (for this movie).

 

Who else was born this day?

An Oscar-winning actress who is expecting a baby

An NFL quarterback known for his kneel

An actor and comedian recognized for his physical comedy

Jennifer Lawrence (© WENN)
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Jennifer Lawrence

Date of birth: August 15

 

Actress Jennifer Lawrence (see pictures) has been nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Actress, winning the award for “Silver Linings Playbook” (she was also nominated for this movie). She is also widely recognized for her role as Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger Games” (when will the sequel be released?).

 

Who else was born this day?

A musician who plays with his brothers

A British royal and noted philanthropist

A three-time Olympic gold medalist beach volleyball player

Madonna (© Patrick McMullan Co./Rex Features)
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Madonna

Date of birth: August 16

 

Pop icon Madonna (see pictures) has rocked a successful music career (get her music) that has spanned four decades. Also an accomplished actress, she won a Golden Globe award for playing a historic figure (who?).

 

Who else was born this day?

A comedic actor who voiced a lovable villain

A movie director and producer known for his blockbuster hits

A morning talk show host and Broadway star

Giuliana Rancic (© FayesVision/WENN)
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Giuliana Rancic

Date of birth: August 17

 

Television journalist Giuliana Rancic (see pictures) can be seen as the co-anchor of “E! News” and as a co-host of a fashion critic show (what show?). She also co-founded a website dedicated to women’s issues (what website?).

 

Who else was born this day?

A former boy-band member who became an actor

A past NFL head coach turned football analyst

A lead singer for a 1980s girl group who had a successful solo career

John Stamos (© Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire/Getty Images)
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John Stamos

Date of birth: August 19

 

Actor John Stamos (see pictures) rose to fame on a popular 1980s sitcom (what show?). Currently, he can be seen on a television drama (what show?).

 

Who else was born this day?

A former U.S. president with a political wife

An actress well known for her role on a family-themed television show

A former second lady and professional photographer

Amy Adams (© Stefanie Keenan/WireImage/Getty Images)
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Amy Adams

Date of birth: August 20

 

Actress Amy Adams (see pictures) has been nominated for four Academy Awards (most recently for this movie). She recently played a comic-book character (who?) in a superhero movie (what movie?).

 

Who else was born this day?

A former child actress who had enjoyed a successful acting and music career

A lead singer for a legendary British rock band

A daytime talk show weatherman and mystery author

 

Usain Bolt (© Stian Lysberg Solum/NTB Scanpix/Reuters)
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Usain Bolt

Date of birth: August 21

 

Sprinter Usain Bolt (see pictures) is a multiple world record holder and considered by many as the fastest person in the world (watch him run). He repeated his wins in the 2008 Olympic Games in the 100-meter, 200-meter, and 4-x100-meter relay (who was on the team?) with gold medal performances in the same races in the 2012 Olympic Games.

 

Who else was born this day?

An actress best known for her role on a sexy HBO series

An actress who currently plays a country music singer on a television show

A country music singer who starred in a movie based on one of his songs

Giada De Laurentiis © Todd Williamson/Invision for EFG/AP Images)
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Giada De Laurentiis

Date of birth: August 22

 

Chef Giada De Laurentiis (see pictures) hosts a cooking show (what show?) on the Food Network and serves as a mentor for a competitive cooking show (what show?). She is also the author of several best-selling cookbooks (get her books).

 

Who else was born this day?

An “SNL” alumna known for her comedic movies

An actress widely recognized for her role as a quirky roommate on a sitcom

An actor who plays an Emmy-winning role on a popular television show

Kobe Bryant (© Alex Gallardo/Reuters)
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Kobe Bryant

Date of birth: August 23

 

NBA superstar Kobe Bryant (see pictures) has spent his entire career with the Los Angeles Lakers (watch him play). He and the Lakers have won five National Championships (when was their last win?).

 

Who else was born this day?

An actress well known as a midriff-bearing genie

An actor and comedian who has a sports talk radio show

A widow of a Middle Eastern king

Mike Huckabee (© J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
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Mike Huckabee

Date of birth: August 24

 

Politician Mike Huckabee (see pictures) was a former governor (of what state?) and was a candidate for the Republican nomination for president in the 2008 election. Currently, he is the host of a talk show (what show?).

 

Who else was born this day?

An actor best known as a wizard’s sidekick

A sometimes reclusive actor and comedian

An Oscar-winning deaf actress

Rachael Ray (© Danny Moloshok/Reuters)
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Rachael Ray

Date of birth: August 25

 

Celebrity chef Rachael Ray (see pictures) is the Emmy-winning host of the daytime talk show “Rachael Ray” and hosts several shows for the Food Network (what shows?). She is also the author of several cookbooks (get her cookbooks).

 

Who else was born this day?

A singer and actor with a famous daughter

A legendary actor who played an iconic British spy

A movie director known for his dark and unusual films

Melissa McCarthy (© MediaPunch/Rex Features)
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Melissa McCarthy

Date of birth: August 26

 

Actress Melissa McCarthy (see pictures) gained fame with her role on a family drama-comedy (what show?). She continues work on television (what’s her current sitcom?) and in movies as well (her latest movie was released last month).

 

Who else was born this day?

An actor who recently played a famous sci-fi captain

An NBA coach and brother of an NBA coach

An entrepreneur and “chief shoe giver” of an innovative company

Cesar Milan (© MediaPunch/Rex Features)
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Cesar Millan

Date of birth: August 27

 

Dog trainer Cesar Millan (see pictures) is best known for his television show (what show?) that showcased his work with dog rehabilitation. He has also authored several best-selling books (get his books).

 

Who else was born this day?

An actress known for her role as a neurotic doctor

An Australian Formula One driver

A former Bond girl who is married to a rock icon

Alana 'Honey Boo boo' Thompson (© Ivan Nikolov/WENN)
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Alana Thompson

Date of birth: August 28

 

Reality star Alana Thompson (see pictures) is best known by her nickname and rose to fame on “Toddlers and Tiaras” as a child beauty pageant contestant. She and her family star in their own spin-off show (what show?).

 

Who else was born this day?

An actor and musician who voiced a lovable panda

A country music singer and actress who married her co-star

A child actress who earned an Oscar nomination

Autism activist Temple Grandin (© Donna Svennevik/Disney-ABC via Getty Images)
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Temple Grandin

Date of birth: August 29

 

Professor (where?) Temple Grandin (see pictures) is an activist for animal welfare and autism rights. An Emmy-winning movie (what movie?) based on her life was released by HBO in 2010.

 

Who else was born this day?

A singer and actress best known for her role on a musical television show

A Republican senator who had an unsuccessful bid for president

A television personality who reported on the wealthy

Warren Buffett (© Nati Harnik/AP)
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Warren Buffett

Date of birth: August 30

 

Billionaire businessman Warren Buffett (see pictures) is the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway and is a notable investor. An avid philanthropist, he has donated a large amount to a notable charitable foundation (what foundation?) and co-founded the Giving Pledge.

 

Who else was born this day?

A former professional tennis player who runs a charitable foundation

A comedian known for his satirical ranting

An actress recognized for her role as a member of a hip undercover cop trio

Richard Gere (© Miles Willis/Invision/AP)
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Richard Gere

Date of birth: August 31

 

Actor Richard Gere (see pictures) is well known for a long string of hit movies (see his filmography) in his decades-long career. Also known for his activism, he advocates for the rights of Tibet and co-founded the Tibet House.

 

Who else was born this day?

An internationally famous violinist and conductor

A former teen pop star turned Broadway actress

An NFL head coach and two-time Super Bowl winner

(Clockwise from top left) Lamar Odom, Christine Taylor, Curtis Conway & Salma Hayek (© Doug Pensinger/Getty Images; Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic/Getty Images; Jesse Grant/WireImage/Getty Images; Alo Ceballos/FilmMagic/Getty Images)
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