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Dec. 6: Judd Apatow, 50
This Hollywood comedy kingpin has spent his career celebrating R-rated man-child mirth by producing, writing or directing such films as Anchorman and Knocked Up. Apatow also has given a boost to funny ladies such as Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) and Amy Schumer (Trainwreck). The secret of his success? “Everything I do tends to root for the underdog,” he’s said.
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Dec. 9: Donny Osmond, 60
The squeaky-clean teen idol who earned top-five hits with "Go Away Little Girl" (1971) and "Puppy Love" (1972) is now a father of five and granddad of 10. He and his wife, Debbie, will celebrate their 40th anniversary next year. Osmond and his sister, Marie, 58, continue to perform as a Las Vegas act. He even followed in her footsteps (literally) by competing on Dancing With the Stars in 2009, beating her third-place finish from Season 5 and being named Season 9 champ.
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Dec. 11: Teri Garr, 70
The droll comedic actress was in high demand in the '70s and '80s (Young Frankenstein, Mr. Mom) and was nominated for an Oscar for her supporting role in 1982’s Tootsie. Garr revealed that she had multiple sclerosis in 2002 and has been an ambassador in the fight against the disease.
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Dec. 13: Jamie Foxx, 50
An Oscar winner for his portrait of R&B legend Ray Charles in 2004’s Ray, Foxx defines "multitalented." Besides acting, he does stand-up comedy, has recorded four Top-10-charting albums, won two Grammys for duets, oversees the Foxxhole channel on SiriusXM and created Fox's TV game show Beat Shazam. He's described his philosophy as: “We’re living in the blink of an eye. So whatever it is you want to do, you go out and do it.”
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Dec. 13: Steve Buscemi, 60
With his bug eyes and crooked teeth, this talented character actor was born to play weirdos and crooks in movies by the Coen brothers (Fargo, The Big Lebowski) and Quentin Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction), as well as on TV in The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire. Fun fact: He’s a former New York firefighter.
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Dec. 13: Morris Day, 60
“Oh we oh, we oh.” That blast from the past is the signature refrain from "Jungle Love," sung by Day and his band, the Time. It was featured in the 1984 movie Purple Rain, in which he played the cocky rival to Prince’s character, the Kid. The funky soul man dedicated a recording and video of the heartfelt ballad "Over That Rainbow" to Prince, his high school buddy, to mark the one-year anniversary of the singer's death at age 57 in April of last year.
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Dec. 21: Ray Romano, 60
He’s the guy everyone
loved onEverybody Loves Raymond, the CBS sitcom that ran for nine seasons (1996-2005). More recently, Romano has played a music industry hotshot on HBO’s Vinyl, a mob guy tangled up in Hollywood shenanigans in Epix’s Get Shorty and a sweet dad whose daughter is in a coma in the summer movie The Big Sick.
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Dec. 21: Jane Fonda, 80
Only cats have more lives than Henry Fonda’s daughter. She's been a big-screen sex symbol, two-time Oscar winner, antiwar activist, aerobics queen, trophy wife to ex-husband Ted Turner, and these days a Netflix staple on Grace and Frankie. Words of wisdom: “You don't learn from successes. You don't learn from awards. You don't learn from
celebrity. You only learn from wounds and scars and mistakes and failures. And that's the truth," Fonda says.
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Dec. 29: Ted Danson, 70
A two-time Emmy winner for portraying bartender Sam Malone on Cheers for 11 seasons, Danson still serves his fans with regular TV appearances. That currently includes his recurring role as himself on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm and as an afterlife architect on the second season of NBC’s critically acclaimed sitcom The Good Place. He and actress Mary Steenburgen, who also shows up on Curb, have been wed since 1995.
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Dec. 31: Anthony Hopkins, 80
Does this Welsh-born star toast his birth with fava beans and a nice Chianti? Doubtful. But Oscar winner Hopkins will always be Hannibal the Cannibal after being so frighteningly good in 1991’s The Silence of the Lambs. More recently, he has appeared on HBO’s sci-fi series Westworld as the co-founder of the theme park and also reprised his film role as Norse god Odin, father of the titular superhero, in Thor: Ragnarok.
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Also of Interest
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