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Feb. 5: Tim Meadows, 60
This funny man from Detroit is one of the longest-running cast members ever on Saturday Night Live (1991–2000), spoofing entertainers such as Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jackson and Tiger Woods. (His womanizing character “the Ladies Man” inspired a 2000 comedy of the same name.) Last year he costarred with fellow SNL alum Adam Sandler in Netflix's Hubie Halloween. And he's still a Tigers fan, with a home near the ballpark in Detroit.
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Feb. 8: Nick Nolte, 80
Nolte's breakout role was his rebellious working-class boxer in the 1976 ABC miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man. But his career really took off after he starred in the 1991 romance The Prince of Tides opposite Barbra Streisand and was promptly declared the Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine. Recently, he appeared in a very different role: as the alien Kuiil in the Disney+ series The Mandalorian.
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Feb. 11: Damian Lewis, 50
You likely know this British actor from his Emmy-winning role as Nicholas Brody, the Marine sniper who was held as a prisoner of war by Al-Qaeda on Showtime's Homeland, which wrapped up its eighth and final season last April. Since 2016 he's starred as cutthroat hedge fund manager Bobby Axelrod on Showtime's Billions. He told GQ that while there's something satisfying about playing the conniving character, it wears on him: “By the end of each six months, I have had enough of it."
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Feb. 15: Melissa Manchester, 70
This Bronx-born ballad belter and prolific songwriter, whose hits include “Midnight Blue” and “Don't Cry Out Loud,” got her start singing ad jingles at age 15 and became one of the Harlettes, Bette Midler's backup singers, in 1971. (Barry Manilow, who'd discovered her, introduced them.) Manchester won a 1983 Grammy for her single “You Should Hear How She Talks About You.” Her latest LP, 2020's RE:VIEW, includes a new version of “Midnight Blue.”
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Feb: 15: Jane Seymour, 70
The British-born actress is best known for her long-running ‘90s series on CBS, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman; the 1980 time-travel movie Somewhere in Time; and as Bond girl Solitaire in 1973's Live and Let Die. Lately she's been busier than ever, with roles in such films as the Robert De Niro comedy The War with Grandpa. When People recently asked her how she felt about being a sex symbol at her age, she said, “I don't quite understand what a sex symbol means, but am I still a full-blooded woman? Definitely!"
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Feb. 25: Sean Astin, 50
The son of actress Patty Duke and adopted son of actor John Astin made his film debut in the 1985 cult film The Goonies as Mikey, the upbeat leader of a gang of kids who find a treasure map and end up facing off with a gang of crooks who want the fortune for themselves. He also scored points in the 1993 sports tearjerker Rudy. But his most notable role was as hobbit Samwise Gamgee, the loyal sidekick of ring-bearer Frodo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
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Feb. 28: Rae Dawn Chong, 60
The daughter of comedian, actor and notorious pothead Tommy Chong got her breakout film role in the 1981 prehistoric fantasy adventure Quest for Fire. That led to parts in movies such as The Color Purple, Soul Man and — with her dad — Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers and Far Out Man. Fun fact: She discovered actor Chris Pratt (star of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise) when he was her 19-year-old waiter at a Maui restaurant and cast him in her directing debut, the short Cursed Part 3.
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