Wednesday, December 28, 2011

One day you're 50 and thus halfway to 100

Here's a list of 100 people born in 1962. They will all be turning 50 in the coming year.
  • Adam Baldwin - actor, "Chuck" and "My Bodyguard" (No relation to Alec & his brothers)
  • Al Unser Jr - race car driver
  • Alison Arngrim - actress, Nellie Olsen on "Little House on the Prairie"
  • Ally Sheedy - actress, "Breakfast Club" and "War Games"
  • Alton Brown - food guru, "Good Eats"
  • Amy Chua - writer, Tiger mom
  • Amy Yasbeck - actress, John Ritter's widow
  • Andre Braugher - actor, "Homicide" and "Men of a Certain Age"
  • Andrew McCarthy - actor, "Pretty in Pink" and "Weekend at Bernie's"
  • Anthony Edwards - actor, "E.R." and "Top Gun"
  • Anthony Keidis - singer, Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Axl Rose - "singer", Guns N' Roses
  • Baz Luhrmann - director, "Moulin Rouge"
  • Billy Beane - Oakland A's manager, Moneyball guy
  • Bob Odenkirk - actor, "Mr. Show"
  • Brandon Cruz - actor, "Courtship of Eddie's Father"
  • Cary Elwes - actor, "Princess Bride"
  • Cheri Oteri - actress, "Saturday Night Live"
  • Chuck Palahniuk - writer, The Fight Club, Choke
  • Clark Gregg - actor, "New Adventures of Old Christine", married to Jennifer Grey
  • Clint Black - country musician, married to Lisa Hartman
  • Corey Hart - singer, "Sunglasses at Night"
  • Craig Ferguson - host, "Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson"
  • Craig Kilborn - host, "Late, Late Show"
  • Daphne Zuniga - actress, "Melrose Place" and "Spaceballs"
  • Darryl Strawberry - baseball player
  • David Fincher - director, "Social Network" and "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
  • Demi Moore - actress, "St. Elmo's Fire" and "G.I. Jane"
  • Dina Lohan - "mother" to Lindsey Lohan
  • Doug Flutie - quarterback
  • Eddie Izzard - comedian, actor, "The Riches"
  • Elizabeth Vargas - journalist, "World News Tonight"
  • Emilio Estevez - actor, "Breakfast Club" and "St. Elmo's Fire"
  • Eriq LaSalle - actor, "E.R."
  • Evander Holyfield - boxer
  • Felicity Huffman - actress, "Desperate Housewives", married to William H. Macy
  • Flea - musician, Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Genie Francis - actress, "General Hospital", married to Jonathan Frakes
  • Gina Gershon - actress, "Showgirls" and "Bound"
  • Ginger Lynn - actress, adult films
  • Grant Show - actor, "Melrose Place"
  • Hector Camacho - boxer
  • Hunter Tylo - actress, "Bold & the Beautiful"
  • Jackie Joyner-Kersee - track star
  • James Marsters - actor, Spike on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" & "Angel"
  • James Michael Tyler - actor, Gunther on "Friends"
  • Janine Turner - actress, "Northern Exposure"
  • Jasmine Guy - actress, "Different Worlds"
  • Jeff Garlin - actor, "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
  • Jeff Probst - host, "Survivor"
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh - actress, "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" and "Single White Female"
  • Jerry Rice - wide receiver for S.F. 49ers
  • Jim Carrey - actor, "Truman Show", "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"
  • Jimmy Baio - actor, "Soap"
  • Joan Cusack - actress, "Working Girl" and "Toy Story 2"
  • Jodie Foster - actress, "Silence of the Lambs" and "Nell"
  • Joe Queseda - comic book writer, Marvel Comics editor-in-chief
  • John Hannah - actor, "Four Weddings & a Funeral" and "Sliding Doors"
  • John Slattery - actor, "Mad Men"
  • Jon Bon Jovi - musician
  • Jon Stewart - host, "The Daily Show"
  • Karen Duffy - host, MTV, cancer survivor
  • Kelly Preston - actress, married to John Travolta
  • Abdullah - king of Jordan
  • Kristy McNichol - actress, "Family" and "Little Darlings"
  • Larry Wilmore - senior black correspondent, "The Daily Show"
  • Laura San Giacomo - actress, "Just Shoot Me" and "Sex, Lies & Videotape"
  • Lou Diamond Phillips - actor, "La Bamba"
  • Marcia Cross - actress, "Desperate Housewives" and "Melrose Place"
  • Mary Kay LeTourneau - sex offender
  • Matthew Broderick - actor, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "War Games"
  • MC Hammer - rapper, "U Can't Touch This"
  • Melissa Sue Anderson - actress, "Little House on the Prairie"
  • Michelle Shocked - musician
  • Mike Judge - creator, "Beavis & Butthead" and "King of the Hill"
  • Mike Rowe - host, "Dirty Jobs"
  • Miss Cleo - psychic, "Psychic Friends Network"
  • Nia Vardalos - actress, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"
  • Nick Rhodes - musician, Duran Duran
  • Patrick Cassidy - actor, brother to David & Shaun
  • Patrick Ewing - basketball player
  • Paula Abdul - host, dancer, "American Idol"
  • Ralph Fiennes - actor, "Shindler's List", Lord Voldemort in Harry Potter films
  • Rob Morrow - actor, "Northern Exposure"
  • Roger Bart - actor, Broadway star
  • Roger Clemons - baseball pitcher
  • Rosie O'Donnell - host, "Rosie" and "The View"
  • Sebastian Junger - writer, The Perfect Storm
  • Sheryl Crow - singer, "All I Wanna Do"
  • Star Jones - host, "The View"
  • Steve Carell - actor, "The Office, "40-Year Old Virgin"
  • Terence Trent D'Arby - singer, "Wishing Well"
  • Thomas Gibson - actor, "Dharma & Greg" and "Criminal Minds"
  • Tom Cruise - actor, "Top Gun" and "Risky Business"
  • Tom Kenny - actor, Spongebob Squarepants voice
  • Tommy Lee - musician, Motley Crue
  • Tracy Austin - tennis player
  • Victoria Gotti - mobster's daughter, "Growing Up Gotti"
  • Wesley Snipes - actor, "Blade"
  • Kelly Smith - writer of this blog (we can't all be celebrities)
There are a handful of people who were born in 1962 but have already passed away: Steve Irwin (Crocodile Hunter), Manute Bol (basketball player) and David Foster Wallace (writer).


  1. WOW. I thought some of these people were WAY older than us!! (They certainly *look* older than we do.) That is a trippy list.

    I'm not obsessing about this birthday, but then again, it's not two months away for me, either. Maybe on June 10 I'll feel differently. But even if I only have a couple of good decades left, I have a very Woody Allen/Hannah and Her Sisters attitude about it all. (And that will be the only parallel I EVER draw between myself and Mr. Pervy, I assure you!)

    I did make a list of 40 accomplishments the year I turned 40, and it was an interesting exercise. The trick is to think small. (Like, I gave up watching "Ally McBeal" after I stopped liking it, which was HUGE for me - before then, I watched every "favorite" show to its bitter end, no matter how awful and unsatisfying it had become. Seriously, this was a game changer. Yay! Accomplishment.) But if it doesn't sound like a fun challenge, then, obviously, don't do it!

    Love you!


  2. I always have to type some nonsense word before my comments are published, and I thought you would particularly enjoy today's word:


    I can see us having some fun with this.

    Also, I'm reading Mindy Kaling's book, which is so far adorable, but the thing that's standing out for me is that she and her BF do "bits" together, and from this sprang "Matt and Ben: The Play" (not its actual title), and I immediately thought of us! We don't exactly do bits, but we've been known to riff on the same joke for decades. CLEARLY there is a prize-winning play lurking within us. We should get moving on this PDQ!

  3. So, Axl Rose is just a "singer?" Shouldn't Dina Lohan just be "mother?"