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Celebrity Milestone Birthdays in October

Jimmy Carter, David Lee Roth and the Rev. Al Sharpton all celebrate big birthdays

October 1

Jimmy Carter, 90: He was president from 1977 to 1981 — a tough era of inflation and energy shortages. Carter has since won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work promoting nonviolent conflict resolution and human rights, and still teaches Sunday school in Georgia.

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October 2

Lorraine Bracco, 60: Bracco has a regular role in the TNT drama Rizzoli & Isles, but she’ll always be remembered as Dr. Melfi — the therapist who helped Tony Soprano plumb the depths of his conflicted mobster soul on HBO’s The Sopranos.

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October 3

Clive Owen, 50: The British actor now stars as a drug-addicted doc in Cinemax’s period drama The Knick. He’s most known more for appearing in tough-guy flicks such as 2006’s Inside Man, but he’s also aced lower-key dramatic roles such as 2004’s Closer.

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October 3

Al Sharpton, 60: The outspoken civil rights activist is host of the MSNBC talk show PoliticsNation. He was center stage after the police shooting of unarmed Missouri teenager Michael Brown in August, leading rallies with Brown’s parents and calling for justice and peace.

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October 3

Roy Horn, 70: He’s half of the now-retired duo Siegfried & Roy, the German-born entertainers famous for wrangling big cats until 2003, when a white tiger bit Horn’s neck onstage. After a long rehab, he’s just a “little bit handicapped,” he’s said, and insists the tiger had meant no harm.

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October 9

Scott Bakula, 60: Bakula is back on TV this fall in a starring role on CBS’ NCIS: New Orleans. Fans remember him as the time-traveling scientist on Quantum Leap (1989-93), and more recently as Terry on TNT’s dramedy Men of a Certain Age (2009-11).

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October 10

David Lee Roth, 60: The Van Halen front man, then solo artist, was a fixture on MTV in the ’80s (“California Girls” and “Hot for Teacher” were inescapable). After a long breakup, Roth rejoined his bandmates for a 2012 album, A Different Kind of Truth, and a mega-moneymaking tour.

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October 15

Lee Iacocca, 90: He’s the legendary auto-world executive known for saving Chrysler and creating the Ford Mustang. Long active in politics, he wrote Where Have All the Leaders Gone? (2007) because, he said, “I can't sit on the sidelines while this nation needs me.”

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October 23

Ang Lee, 60: The esteemed director from Taiwan has brought to life a wide range of films — including the martial-arts production Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000). He won an Oscar for Brokeback Mountain (2005) and another for 2012’s Life of Pi.

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October 25

James Carville, 70: The Democratic media personality and Fox News contributor is famously married to Republican commentator Mary Matalin. Carville likes to shrug off the apparent conflict: “What two married people have ever been exactly alike?” he’s said. “How boring.”

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October 28

Dennis Franz, 70: He’ll be eternally known for his role as Det. Andy Sipowicz on ABC’s NYPD Blue from 1993 to 2005. After winning four lead actor Emmys during the drama’s epic run (a record tied this year by Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston), he dropped out of showbiz.

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