Happy Birthday December 26th

LARS ULRICH 50

Metallica drummer who was outspoken about music piracy in the early 2000s when Napster was still in business

SAMANTHA BOSCARINO 19

Played the role of Alicia Rivera in the teen drama, The Clique, produced by Tyra Banks.

CHRIS DAUGHTRY 34

Frontman of the rock band Daughtry who is also a former American Idol competitor.

EDEN SHER 22

Portrays the socially awkward teenager, Sue Heck on the ABC sitcom, The Middle.

OZZIE SMITH 59

All-Star MLB shortstop who won thirteen straight Gold Glove awards.

PHIL SPECTOR 74

Invented the “Wall of Sound” method of production especially prevalent in 1960s music; sentenced to 19 years in prison for second-degree murder.

CHARLES BABBAGE (1791-1871)

The Father of Computing, who invented a calculating machine and originated the concept of a programmable computer..

JOHN WALSH 68

Host of the television show, America’s Most Wanted who advocated for children.

STEVE ALLEN (1921-2000)

Writer, actor, and comedian who served as the first host of NBC’s famed late-night program The Tonight Show.

RICHARD WIDMARK (1914-2008)

Film noir actor who played Tommy Udo in Kiss of Death.

CAROLL SPINNEY 80

The Sesame Street puppeteer of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch.

HENRY MILLER (1891-1980)

American author whose semi-autobiographical style broke with existing literary forms. He wrote Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, and The Rosy Crucifixion Trilogy.

CARLTON FISK 66

11-time All-Star and Hall of Famer who set a Boston Red Sox record by playing catcher in 2,229 games.

SANDRA TAYLOR 47

American model and actress who starred in Valentine’s Day, Runaway Bride, and The Princess Diaries, and L.A. Confidential.

FRANK BROYLES 89

Head coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks football team for nearly 20 years; he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983.

ABDUL FAKIR 78

Tenor singer for the Motown group The Four Tops.

IRA NEWBORN 64Composer responsible for writing the soundtracks to “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” and other films.

ED STAFFORD 38

He set a Guinness recorded by walking the entire length of the Amazon river from its source to where it flows into the sea. (Now that is quite a feat.)

GRAY DAVIS 71

American Democratic politician who served as California’s 37th Governor from 1999 until being recalled in 2003.

ALAN KING (1927-2004)Comedian and actor whose movies include ‘Enemies: A Love Story’.

ADRIAN NEWEY 55

Car engineer and aerodynamicist who became the chief technical officer of the Red Bull Racing Formula One team in 2006.

PortraitThomasGrayByJohnGilesEccart1747to1748.jpgThomas Gray (26 December 1716 – 30 July 1771)

An English poet, letter-writer, classical scholar and professor at Cambridge University. He is widely known for his Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard, published in 1751.

E. D. E. N. Southworth  (December 26, 1819 – June 30, 1899)

An American writer of more than 60 novels in the latter part of the 19th century.

Elisha Vanslyck Cook, Jr. (December 26, 1903 – May 18, 1995)

An American character actor who made a career out of playing cowardly villains and weedy neurotics in dozens of films. He is best remembered for his portrayal of the “gunsel” Wilmer, who tries to intimidate Humphrey Bogart‘s Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon, but his acting career spanned more than 60 years, with roles in films such as The Big Sleep, Shane, The Killing, and House on Haunted Hill.

TOM RUDDER 57

Works for the Madison County Sheriff’s Department and the father of 4 and married to Vickie.

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