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10 Milestone Celebrity Birthdays in October

Cheers to Eminem, Gabrielle Union and other stars celebrating big ones this month

Gabrielle Union (left) and Eminem
Gabrielle Union (left) and Eminem
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Oct. 1: Esai Morales, 60

Actor Esai Morales attends the 25th Annual Dances With Films - U.S. premiere f "The Latin From Manhattan" at TCL Chinese Theatre on June 11, 2022 in Hollywood, California.
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Best known for his leading role on NYPD Blue (not to mention his first name’s frequent appearance in crossword puzzles), Morales recently starred as the DC Comics super villain Deathstroke on the TV series Titans. He must have looked good being bad because soon after, he was cast as the main villain in the two-part Mission Impossible sequel, Dead Reckoning, which is set to be released in 2023 and 2024.

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Oct. 3: Tommy Lee, 60

Musician Tommy Lee is seen in attendance during the UFC 279 event at T-Mobile Arena on September 10, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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The Mötley Crüe drummer was in the news earlier this year when Sebastian Stan portrayed him in the Hulu limited series Pam & Tommy, which chronicled the illegal distribution of his sex tape with then-wife Pamela Anderson. In October 2020, Lee released his third studio album, Andro, and recently reunited with his old Crüe members for a North American stadium tour with Def Leppard, Poison, and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.

Oct. 11: Joan Cusack, 60

Joan Cusack seen at Showtime's Emmy Eve 2015 at Sunset Tower Hotel on Saturday, September 19, 2015, in Los Angeles, CA.
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After returning to voice Jessie the cowgirl in Toy Story 4, the two-time Oscar nominee — for Working Girl and In & Out — recently played against type as an unconventional Army officer in the second season of Amazon Prime’s Homecoming. Director Kyle Patrick Alvarez had high praise for the actress known for her quirky comic roles (and being actor John Cusack’s sister): “What makes her so good at what she does and her career lasting is because she isn’t eccentric. It’s not strange for strange sake. She’s playing a person she’s built, and she earns it.”

Oct. 13: Jerry Rice, 60

Jerry Rice attends the 2022 Harold and Carole Pump Foundation Gala at The Beverly Hilton on August 19, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California.
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The Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver took a big swing in 2020 when he launched a new energy drink called GOAT Fuel, which includes Cordyceps mushrooms, an ingredient used in traditional Chinese medicine. The company has been an immediate success, and you can now find cans everywhere from 24-Hour Fitness to Walmart. This year, Rice also teamed up with the Red Cross to promote blood donation — even though he’s admitted to being afraid of needles for years!


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Oct. 17: Eminem, 50

Eminem performs in the Pepsi Halftime Show during the NFL Super Bowl LVI football game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022 in Inglewood, California.
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The controversy-courting enfant terrible of the late ’90s rap scene recently opened a Detroit restaurant called Mom’s Spaghetti, named after a lyric in “Lose Yourself,” his Oscar-winning anthem from 8 Mile. This year he played during the Super Bowl halftime show and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. And he recently recorded a song for the Elvis soundtrack called “The King and I.”

Oct. 21: Judge Judy Sheindlin, 80

Judge Judy Sheindlin introduces Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg as he speaks during his Super Tuesday night rally at the Palm Beach Convention Center on March 3, 2020 in West Palm Beach, Florida.

The Brooklyn-born legal personality ended her Emmy-winning series Judge Judy last July after 25 years on the air — a feat that got her into Guinness World Records as the longest-running television arbitrator. But she wouldn’t be off the airways for long: Less than four months later, in November 2021, Sheindlin launched the Amazon Freevee streaming series Judy Justice, which many critics point out is almost identical to its predecessor.


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Oct. 22: Bob Odenkirk, 60

Bob Odenkirk attends the 2nd Annual HCA TV Awards Broadcast & Cable at The Beverly Hilton on August 13, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California.
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The Breaking Bad favorite gave fans a scare last year when he had a heart attack on the set of his spin-off series Better Call Saul, but he returned to work within a few months and finished out the acclaimed series, which had its finale in August. Odenkirk earned 11 Emmy nominations throughout its run, and this March, he released his hilarious book Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama: A Memoir.

Oct. 22: Jeff Goldblum, 70

Jeff Goldblum arrives at the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project 2022 Summer Block Party at Universal Studios Backlot on June 11, 2022 in Universal City, California.
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After appearing as a billionaire tech mogul earlier this year in the HBO Max comedy series Search Party, Goldblum returned to one of his most popular roles to date, Dr. Ian Malcolm, in Jurassic World Dominion. He’s also recently dabbled in the world of the gods in Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, and he’s set to play the big guy himself, Zeus, in an upcoming Netflix series called Kaos, which updates Greek mythology to a contemporary setting.

Oct. 28: Brad Paisley, 50

American singer-songwriter Brad Paisley arrives at Kershaw's Challenge Ping Pong 4 Purpose 2022 held at Dodger Stadium on August 8, 2022 in Elysian Park, Los Angeles, California, United States.
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This spring, the country superstar kicked off his World Tour 2022, which includes stops across North America, Europe and Australia. Paisley will be donating a portion of the proceeds to The Store, a referral-based free grocery store for low-income individuals and families in the Nashville area that he founded with his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, in 2020. “I knew there was a need, but it’s not until you open something like this that you really see it,” he told NBC Nightly News. “People were in tears.”

Oct. 29: Gabrielle Union, 50

Gabrielle Union on "The Kelly Clarkson Show."
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A recent honoree on Time’s 100 most influential people of 2020 list, Union released two books last year, the memoir You Got Anything Stronger? and the children’s book Shady Baby, which she cowrote with husband Dwyane Wade. This fall, she voices a pilot in the Disney animated sci-fi flick Strange World and stars in The Inspection, a drama about a young man who enlists in the Marines after his mother (Union) rejects him for being gay. She’s playing very against type in this role, as she and Wade have been nothing but supportive of their own trans daughter, Zaya, since she came out.