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Aug. 23 celebrity birthdays


Actress Marian Seldes ("Mona Lisa Smile," "Home Alone 3") is 84.

Actress Vera Miles is 82.

Satirist Mark Russell is 80.

Former California governor and senator Pete Wilson is 79.

Actress Barbara Eden ("I Dream of Jeanie") is 78.

Hall of Fame quarterback Sonny Jurgensen is 78.

Country singer Rex Allen Jr. is 65.

Singer Linda Thompson is 65.

Country fiddler-singer Woody Paul of Riders in the Sky is 63.

Actress Shelley Long is 63.

Singer-actor Rick Springfield is 63.

Actor-producer Mark Hudson is 61.

Queen Noor of Jordan is 61.

Filmmaker Kirby Dick ("This Film Is Not Yet Rated," "Outrage") is 60.

Actor Skipp Sudduth ("Third Watch," "Ronin") is 56.

Former major league basebal player Julio Franco is 54.

Guitarist Dean DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots is 51.

Singer Shaun Ryder (Happy Mondays, Black Grape) is 50.

NASCAR driver Kenny Wallace is 49.

Writer/director Roger Avary ("Pulp Fiction," "The Rules of Attraction") is 47.

Pro golfer Chris DiMarco is 44.

Hall of Fame NFL defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy is 44.

Jazz pianist Brad Mehldau is 42.

Actor Jay Mohr is 42.

Sports journalist Jeremy Schaap ("Outside the Lines," "SportsCenter") is 42.

Rapper Bone Crusher (Wayne Hardnett, Jr.) is 41.

Singer and actor Pablo Montero is 37.

Actor Ray Park ("Heroes," "X-Men") is 38.

Singer and reality TV personality Shifty Shellshock (Crazy Town, "Celebrity Rehab ") is 38.

Actor Scott Caan ("Hawaii Five-O"), the son of actor James Caan, is 36.

Former U.S. figure skating champion Nicole Bobek is 35.

UFC fighter Brock Larson is 35.

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, a Newport Coast resident, is 34.

Singer Julian Casablancas of the Strokes is 34.

Actress Joanne Froggatt ("Downton Abbey") is 32.

Washington Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman is 32.

Reality TV personality Ozzy Lusth ("Survivor") is 31.

U.S. Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin is 30.

Musician Sky Blu of LMFAO is 26.

Indiana Pacers guard Darren Collison is 25.

Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin is 24.

Actress Kimberly Matula ("The Bold and the Beautiful") is 24.

Birthdays of the past:

1754 Louis XVI, king of France; died 1793

1912 Gene Kelly, dancer and actor; died 1996

1925 Robert Mulligan, film director ("To Kill a Mockingbird," "Fear Strikes Out"); died 2008

1946 Keith Moon, drummer; died 1978.

1970 River Phoenix, actor; died 1993.

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