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Russell Crowe, Ellen Barkin, Cedric the Entertainer, plus other celebs turning 50, 60, 70 or 80 this month

APRIL 2

En español | Carl Kasell, 80: The longtime NPR radio personality is retiring this spring. As the scorekeeper of NPR’s popular weekly quiz show Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!, Kasell famously records custom voice-mail greetings for winners — which he says he’ll still do in his retirement.

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APRIL 3

Jane Goodall, 80: She had a toy chimpanzee named Jubilee as a child, then grew up to become the top authority on chimp behavior. An environmental activist, Goodall has warned that “the time is fast approaching when [Mother Nature] will be battered beyond her ability to restore herself.”  

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APRIL 3

Tony Orlando, 70: Nostalgic for the 1970s? Listen to a few hits by Tony Orlando and Dawn — “Candida” or  “Knock Three Times” — and you’ll time-travel straight back to the bell-bottom era. Orlando later became a solo artist and still performs around the country.

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APRIL 4

David Cross, 50: The irreverent comedian grew a cult following in the 1990s as the costar (with Bob Odenkirk) of HBO’s sketch comedy show Mr. Show With Bob and David. He recently wrote and directed a celebrity-culture-skewering film Hits, which Indiewire called “a savage film of pungent humor.”

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APRIL 7

Jackie Chan, 60: The hugely prolific stuntman, singer and actor (he starred in the Rush Hour and Shanghai Noon movies) is anything but predictable. In March Chinese news outlets reported that Chan formed and is now managing a Korean-pop-style band called JJCC.

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APRIL 7

Russell Crowe, 50: The New Zealand-born actor found worldwide fame as Maximus in 2000’s Gladiator. Now he stars in the film Noah, based on the ark-building Bible character. Crowe also repeatedly reached out to Pope Francis via Twitter, seeking his blessing for the film.

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APRIL 9

Dennis Quaid, 60: The actor with the impish grin that melted hearts in The Big Easy starred last season as a 1960s-era sheriff in CBS’s short-lived crime drama Vegas. He and wife, Kimberly, the parents of twins, reportedly were near divorce last year but have since reconciled.

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APRIL 16

Ellen Barkin, 60: Film critic Roger Ebert once called Barkin — who was Dennis Quaid’s love interest in 1986’s The Big Easy and later starred opposite Al Pacino in 1989’s Sea of Love — “one of the most intense and passionately convincing actresses now at work in American movies.” Later this year she’ll appear with Robert De Niro in Hands of Stone.

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APRIL 17

“Rowdy” Roddy Piper, 60: Piper rose to TV fame in the 1980s as a major professional wrestling star and nemesis of Hulk Hogan. His signature move was “the sleeper hold,” which involves grabbing an opponent around the neck from behind and applying pressure until he passes out. He lives in Oregon with his family.

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APRIL 20

Crispin Glover, 50: He’s appeared in dozens of movies and TV shows over the decades, but Glover is best known as George McFly in 1985’s Back to the Future. This year he has a creepy supporting role in the new crime drama The Bag Man.

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APRIL 23

Michael Moore, 60: Moore’s 1989 documentary Roger & Me was a piercing look at the effect of the closing of General Motors factories in his hometown of Flint, Mich. Last year he lamented that his “true regret” is that Flint is “now in much worse shape — as is the American middle class.”

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APRIL 24

Cedric the Entertainer, 50: The comedian is known for his many hats (he now has a hat line called Who Ced) and his role on The Steve Harvey Show in the mid-1990s. Kids may recognize his voice from the animated Madagascar films; he’ll play Maurice again in the upcoming The Penguins of Madagascar.

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APRIL 24

Shirley MacLaine, 80: The iconic actress who’s known for her belief in reincarnation recently played the brash American among the Brits on TV’s Downton Abbey. In January she told an interviewer that she doesn’t worry about birthdays: “The number doesn’t matter. … It’s all about how you feel.”

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APRIL 25

Hank Azaria, 50: He’s had lots of live-action roles, but the actor’s voice-over performances on The Simpsons were the ones for which Azaria won three of his four Emmys. (He plays Apu, Moe and numerous others). He’s said that since childhood, he’s had the knack for being able to mimic anyone.

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APRIL 28

Barry Larkin, 50: Now an ESPN baseball analyst, Larkin was the champion shortstop for the Cincinnati Reds from 1986 to 2004, and has been a Hall of Famer since 2012. Athletic talent runs in the family: His son, Shane, is now an NBA rookie with the Dallas Mavericks.

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APRIL 28

Alice Waters, 70: The hugely influential healthy-eating guru calls for better school lunches with seasonal, organic ingredients. She told Epicurious.com her ambitious goal: “I want every child in America to eat a nutritious, delicious, sustainably sourced school lunch for free.”

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APRIL 29

Jerry Seinfeld, 60: He starred in Seinfeld, the megahit show about “nothing” (besides hilariously awkward social situations) that he cocreated with comedian Larry David, and now has a Web series called Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. What’s it about? Nothing, really.

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