Is December 8th your birthday? Was someone special to you born on December 8th? With whom will you choose to celebrate this excellent occasion?
If today is your birthday, then you are in excellent company.
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December 8th was the birth date of several notable (or even notorious) individuals. Here they are:
December 8th Birthdays: Famous Artists
Richard Fleischer, American film director (10 Rillington Place, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Armored Car Robbery, Bandido, Barabbas, Bodyguard, The Boston Strangler, Che, The Clay Pigeon, Compulsion, Design for Death, Dr. Doolittle, The Fantastic Voyage, Follow Me Quietly, Mandingo, Mr. Majestyk, The Narrow Margin, Soylent Green, Tora – Tora – Tora, The Vikings and Violent Saturday) and Academy Award winner (1947), was born on December 8, 1916. Richard Fleischer’s father was animator Max Fleischer.
German-British painter Lucian Freud (Bananas, Boy with a Rat, Large Head and Man Posing) was born on December 8, 1922.
French painter Albert Leon Gleizes (Landschaft bei Montreuil and Woman with Animals) was born on December 8, 1881.
Fiske Kimball, American designer, architect and art historian (American Architecture, The Creation of the Rococo, Domestic Architecture of the American Colonies and A History of Architecture), was born on December 8, 1888.
Paul Klee, Swiss-German Expressionist painter (Child’s Head, Comedian, Flower Myth, Miraculous Landing, Perseus, Summer Landscape and Tightrope Walker), was born on December 8, 1879.
French painter and sculptor Joseph Bonaventure Aristide Maillol (Daphni, and Chloe,The River and Seated Woman) was born on December 8, 1861.
Mexican composer Manuel Maria Ponce (Estrellita) was born on December 8, 1882.
Diego Rivera, Mexican Social Realist painter (Angel Azul, Flower Carrier, Flower Seller, Flower Vendor, Girl with Ears of Corn, Night Passage, Niña Parada, Niño con Taco, El Río de Juchitán, Sawing Rails – Moscow, Woman Nursing Child and Wounded Soldier), was born on December 8, 1886.
American cartoonist and Popeye creator Elzie Crisler Segar was born on December 8, 1894.
Jean Julius Christian Sibelius, Finnish composer (En Saga,Finlandia, The Swan of Tuonela and Valse Triste), was born on December 8, 1865.
December 8th Birthdays: Famous Authors and Journalists
Bjornstjerne Bjornson, Norwegian novelist (Pa Guds Veje) and Nobel Prize winner (1903), was born on December 8, 1832.
Welsh novelist Richard David Vivien Llewellyn Lloyd (A Flame for Doubting Thomas,Down Where the Moon Is Small,How Green Was My Valley, None But the Lonely Heart and Up the Singing Mountain) was born on December 8, 1906.
John Morressy, American science fiction author (Greymantle, Kingsbane and Starbrat), was born on December 8, 1930.
Delmore Schwartz, American poet and author (Genesis, In Dreams Begin Responsibilities,Shenandoah, Vaudeville for a Princess and The World Is a Wedding), was born on December 8, 1913.
James Thurber, American humorist (The New Yorker) and author (Credos and Curios, Fables for Our Time, Is Sex Necessary, The Last Flower, The Male Animal, My Life and Hard Times, My World and Welcome to It, The Owl in the Attic, The Seal in the Bedroom, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Thirteen Clocks, The Thurber Carnival, Thurber Country, Thurber’s Dogs, The Wonderful O and The Years with Ross), was born on December 8, 1894.
December 8th Birthdays: Famous Business Leaders
American automotive manufacturer William C. Durant (Buick Motor Car Company, Chevrolet Motor Company, Durant Motor Company and General Motors Company) was born on December 8, 1861.
Friedrich Siemens, German industrialist (The Siemens Company), was born on December 8, 1826.
Adele Simpson, American fashion designer, was born on December 8, 1903.
Eli Whitney, American entrepreneur and cotton gin inventor, was born on December 8, 1765.
December 8th Birthdays: Famous Performers
Gregg Allman, American rock guitarist, keyboardist and singer (The Allman Brothers Band), was born on December 8, 1947.
Belinda Balaski, American actress (Cannonball, The Howling and Proud Men), was born on December 8, 1947.
American actress (8 Mile, 9 1/2 Weeks, Batman, Blind Date, Cellular, Cool World, The Door in the Floor, Final Analysis, The Getaway, L.A. Confidential, The Marrying Man, My Stepmother is an Alien, The Natural,Never Say Never Again,Ready to Wear,The Real McCoy and Wayne’s World 2) and Academy Award winner (1997) Kim Basinger was born on December 8, 1953. Kim Basinger was married to actor Alec Baldwin.
C. Patra (Cleo) Brown, American jazz pianist and singer (“Breakin’ in a New Pair of Shoes,” “When Hollywood Goes Black and Tan”and “Your Feet’s Too Big”), was born on December 8, 1903.
Jerry Butler, American rock singer (The Impressions), was born on December 8, 1939.
American actor David Carradine (Animal Instincts, The Bad Seed, Bound for Glory, Boxcar Bertha, Cannonball, Death Race 2000 Double Trouble,, Future Force, Future Zone, Gray Lady Down, Karate Cop, Kill Bill, Kung Fu, Lone Wolf McQuade, The Long Riders, Mean Streets, Night Children, North and South, The Serpent’s Egg, Shane and Warlords) was born on December 8, 1936. David Carradine is son to actor John Carradine and brother to actors Keith Carradine and Robert Carradine.
Paul Cavanagh, British actor (Tarzan and His Mate), was born on December 8, 1888.
American actor Lee J. Cobb (12 Angry Men, The Brothers Karamazov,Death of a Salesman,The Exorcist,On the Waterfront and The Virginian) was born on December 8, 1911.
British heavy metal guitarist Phil Collen (Def Leppard and Girl) was born on December 8, 1957.
Warren Cuccurullo, American new wave rock guitarist (Duran Duran and Missing Persons), was born on December 8, 1956.
Sammy Davis Jr., American comedian, dancer, singer (“The Candy Man,” “Mr. Wonderful” and “What Kind of Fool Am I”) and actor (Ocean’s Eleven, Porgy and Bess, Salt and Pepper and
Tap), was born on December 8, 1925. Sammy Davis was a member of The Rat Pack, which also included singers Joey Bishop, Peter Lawford, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra.
Bobby Elliot, British rock drummer (The Hollies), was born on December 8, 1942.
American actor Frank Faylen (The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis) was born on December 8, 1905.
Roy Firestone, American television personality (Face to Face with Roy Firestone,Life’s Most Embarrassing Moments, SportsLook and Up Close Prime Time), was born on December 8, 1953.
American heavy metal rock guitarist Martin Adam (Marty) Friedman (Megadeth) was born on December 8, 1962. Marty Friedman has hosted Japanese television programs as well, including Jukebox English and Rock Fujiyama.
Sir James Galway, Irish classical flutist, was born on December 8, 1939. Sir James Galway has been called “The Man With the Golden Flute.”
American pop singer and songwriter Daniel Earl (Dan) Hartman (“I Can Dream About You” and “Instant Replay”) was born on December 8, 1950.
Teri Hatcher, American actress (Dead in the Water, Desperate Housewives, Heaven’s Prisoners, Karen’s Song, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,The Love Boat, MacGyver, Soapdish, Spy Kids and Tomorrow Never Dies), was born on December 8, 1964.
Frederick Nathaniel (Toots) Hibbert, Jamaican reggae singer (Toots and the Maytals), was born on December 8, 1945.
American actor Billy Hufsey (Days of Our Lives, Fameand Tomcats), was born on December 8, 1958.
Sam Kinison, American comedian and actor (Back to School, Charlie Hoover, Savage Dawn and Tales from the Crypt: For Cryin’ Out Loud), was born on December 8, 1952.
John Graham Knight, Scottish rock bassist and singer (Marmalade), was born on December 8, 1946.
Matthew Laborteaux, American actor (Little House on the Prairie), was born on December 8, 1966.
Jenny Linden, British actress (Chancer, Carlie Muffin, Dr. Who and the Daleks, Hedda and Vampira), was born on December 8, 1940.
American actor James MacArthur (Hawaii 5-0, Hang ‘Em High, The Interns,Spencer’s Mountain and The Swiss Family Robinson) was born on December 8, 1937. James MacArthur was son to actress Helen Hayes.
Ingrid Michaelson, American indie pop singer (“Be OK” and “The Way I Am”), was born on December 8, 1979. Ingrid Michaelson’s songs have been featured on Grey’s Anatomy, One Tree Hill and other popular television series.
Bernard Patrick Luke Monaghan, Irish actor (The Lord of the Rings and Lost), was born on December 8, 1976.
Richie Morales, American jazz drummer (Spyro Gyra), was born on December 8, 1952.
British actor Terence Morgan (The Adventures of Sir Francis Drake) was born on December 8, 1921.
Jim Morrison, American rock singer and songwriter (The Doors), was born on December 8, 1943.
American rock guitarist, singer and songwriter Ryan Newell (Sister Hazel) was born on December 8, 1972.
Sinead O’Connor, Irish singer (“Nothing Compares 2 U”), was born on December 8, 1966.
American actor Wendell Pierce (Bulworth, The Fighting Temptations, Get on the Bus, Hackers, Life Support, A Rage in Harlem, Sleepers, Stay Alive, Third Watch, Waiting to Exhale, When the Levees Broke and The Wire) was born on December 8, 1962.
Canadian actor John Qualen (The Grapes of Wrath and The Searchers) was born on December 8, 1899.
Marty Raybon, American country music singer (Shenandoah), was born on December 8, 1959.
Jean Ritchie, American folk dulcimer player and singer, was born on December 8, 1922.
American actress AnnaSophia Robb (Because of Winn Dixie, Bridge to Terabithia, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Have Dreams Will Travel, Jumper, Race to Witch Mountain, Samantha: An American Girl Holiday, Sleepwalking and The White Giraffe) was born on December 8, 1993.
American actor John Rubenstein (The Boys from Brazil, Children of a Lesser God, Crazy Like a Fox, Family and RoboCop the Series: The Future of Law Enforcement) was born on December 8, 1946. John Rubenstein also composed the film score for The Candidate, starring Robert Redford.
Paul Rutherford, British pop singer (Frankie Goes to Hollywood), was born on December 8, 1959.
Maximilian Schell, Austrian actor (Abraham, The Chosen, The Freshman, Heidi, Judgment at Nuremberg, Julia, Little Odessa, The Man in the Glass Booth, The Odessa File, Peter the Great, Stalin, Wiseguy and The Young Lions) and Academy Award winner (1961), was born on December 8, 1930.
Jamaican rap artist Richard (Bushwick Bill) Shaw (Geto Boys) was born on December 8, 1966.
Raymond (Ray) Shulman, British rock bass guitarist, trumpeter and violinist (Gentle Giant and Minor Detail), was born on December 8, 1949.
James E. (Jimmy) Smith, American jazz organist (“The Cat” and “Walk on the Wild Side”), was born on December 8, 1925.
American model and actor Ian Joseph Somerhalder (Life As a House,Lost and The Rules of Attraction) was born on December 8, 1978.
Clerow (Flip) Wilson, American comedian and television personality (Charlie & Co., The Flip Wilson Show, People are Funny andUptown Saturday Night,), was born on December 8, 1933. Flip Wilson’s most famous comic character was Geraldine, who was known for saying, “The devil made me do it.”
American actress Mary Woronov (Eating Raoul, Rock ‘n’ Roll High Schooland Terror Vision) was born on December 8, 1943.
December 8th Birthdays: Famous Scientists
Jacques Hadamard, French mathematician (The Taylor Series), was born on December 8, 1865.
Dutch biologist, chemist and plant physiologist Jan Ingenhousz was born on December 8, 1730.
December 8th Birthdays: Famous World (and Other) Leaders
Christina, Queen of Sweden, was born on December 8, 1626.
Francis I, Roman Emperor, was born on December 8, 1708.
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