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July Milestone Birthdays

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Pamela Anderson and others celebrate big ones this month

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    July 1: Pamela Anderson, 50

    This buxom beauty who made a splash in the 1990s on TV’s Baywatch remains Playboy magazine’s most popular Playmate model ever, appearing on a record 14 covers. She’s now an ardent animal rights activist and has two sons, Brandon and Dylan Lee, ages 21 and 19, with her ex Tommy Lee.

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    July 9: Kelly McGillis, 60

    In the ’80s, she was a standout in three major roles: an Amish widow in Witness, a flight instructor serenaded by Tom Cruise’s cocky Navy pilot in Top Gun, and the lawyer who ensured that justice was served for Jodie Foster’s rape victim in The Accused. The actress will appear in the upcoming thriller Mother of All Secrets.

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    July 10: Arlo Guthrie, 70

    The son of iconic folk singer Woody Guthrie recorded “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree,” an 18-minute talking blues song and antiwar anthem that took up one side of 1967’s must-have LP. It also inspired a 1969 movie starring Guthrie. The singer, whose lone Top 40 single was a 1972 cover of “City of New Orleans,” still tours.

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    July 16: Will Ferrell, 50

    As his Ron Burgundy says in Anchorman, “I’m kind of a big deal.” The Saturday Night Live alum known for his killer impression of George W. Bush would go on to be one of the kingpins of the so-called Frat Pack of comic actors. From sweet naif Buddy in Elf to speed demon Ricky Bobby in Talladega Nights, Ferrell has raked in a total of $2.2 billion at the box office. Next up: Daddy’s Home 2, opening Nov. 10.

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    July 18: Vin Diesel, 50

    The bald and muscle-bound former club bouncer has a bounty of action-packed film franchises to keep him busy, including The Fast and the Furious, The Chronicles of Riddick and xXx. Pleasing his fans is Diesel’s No. 1 priority: “You make movies for the people,” he’s said. “If critics happen to like them, too … well, that's a home run.”              

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    July 20: Carlos Santana, 70

    The Mexican-American guitar whiz lent his surname to the Latin-infused rock band that wowed Woodstock in 1969. The group scored its first Top 10 single that year with “Evil Ways.” But it was 1999’s “Smooth,” featuring Matchbox Twenty singer Rob Thomas, that gave the 10-time Grammy winner his first No. 1 single. He’s now performing on his “Transmogrify” tour.

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    July 22: Don Henley, 70

    The co-founder of the quintessential '70s California rock band, the Eagles, known for such classics as “Desperado” and “Hotel California,” was also a hit as a solo act (“Dirty Laundry,” “The Boys of Summer”). He’s said that he plans to celebrate his birthday with friends, including fellow Eagles Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit, Stevie Nicks and Patty Smyth. He added, “As long as my health is good, then I don’t care what the number is.”

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    July 25: Matt LeBlanc, 50

    He was there for us on 10 seasons of the NBC sitcom Friends as Joey Tribbiani, the dim-bulb struggling actor and ladies’ man. Lately he’s found acclaim — and earned four Emmy nods — playing himself on the Showtime series Episodes, which returns for a fifth season on Aug. 20. He’s also on the CBS sitcom Man With a Plan and hosts the BBC America car show Top Gear.

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    July 30: Arnold Schwarzenegger, 70

    He’s been a Terminator four times, the Governator of California and President Trump’s Twitter nemesis as a Celebrity Apprentice host. Not bad for an Austrian-born bodybuilder who became a top action hero in the ’80s and ’90s. An Ah-nuld insight: “The worst thing I can be is the same as everybody else. I hate that.”

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