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A. J. Antoon (December 7, 1944-January 22, 1992)

A. J. Antoon was an American theatre director. He attended the Yale School of Drama. Beginning in 1971, Antoon directed numerous plays at the New York Shakespeare Festival over a period of nearly 20 years. In 1973, Antoon became one of the few directors to have been nominated for two Tony Awards in the same category in the same year. In addition to... Wikipedia
Methuen, Massachusetts
New York, New York
Johnny Bench

Johnny Bench (December 7, 1947-)

Johnny Lee Bench is a former professional baseball catcher who played in the Major Leagues for the Cincinnati Reds from 1967 to 1983 and is a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Bench, a 14-time All-Star selection and a two-time National League Most Valuable Player, was a key member of The Big Red Machine, which won six division titles,... Wikipedia
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Larry Bird

Larry Bird (December 7, 1956-)

Larry Joe Bird is an American retired professional basketball player who played for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association. Since retiring as a player, he has been a mainstay in the Indiana Pacers organization, currently serving as team president. Drafted into the NBA sixth overall by the Boston Celtics in 1978, Bird started at... Wikipedia
West Baden, Indiana
Heywood Broun

Heywood Broun (December 7, 1888-December 18, 1939)

Heywood Campbell Broun, Jr. was an American journalist. He worked as a sportswriter, newspaper columnist, and editor in New York City. He founded the American Newspaper Guild, now known as The Newspaper Guild. Born in Brooklyn, New York, he is best remembered for his writing on social issues and his championing of the underdog. He believed that... Wikipedia
Brooklyn, New York, USA
New York City
Ellen Burstyn

Ellen Burstyn (December 7, 1932-)

Ellen Burstyn is an American actress. Her career began in theatre during the late 1950s, and over the next decade included several films and television series. Wikipedia
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Joyce Cary

Joyce Cary (December 7, 1888-March 29, 1957)

Arthur Joyce Lunel Cary was an Anglo-Irish novelist and artist. Wikipedia
Londonderry, Ireland

Jessica Casebolt (December 7, 1992-)

Jessica Danielle Casebolt is a former American beauty pageant titleholder from Pikeville, Kentucky who was named Miss Kentucky 2012. Wikipedia
Pikeville, Kentucky, U.S.
Willa Cather

Willa Cather (December 7, 1873-April 24, 1947)

Willa Sibert Cather was an American author who achieved recognition for her novels of frontier life on the Great Plains, including 'O Pioneers!', 'The Song of the Lark', and 'My Ántonia'. In 1923 she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for 'One of Ours', a novel set during World War I. Wikipedia
Gore, Virginia, United States
Manhattan, New York, United States
Eric Chavez

Eric Chavez (December 7, 1977-)

Eric Cesar Chavez is an American former professional baseball third baseman. He played in Major League Baseball for the Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees, and Arizona Diamondbacks. Wikipedia
Los Angeles, California
Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky (December 7, 1928-)

Avram Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, political commentator, social justice activist, and anarcho-syndicalist advocate. Sometimes described as the "father of modern linguistics", Chomsky is also a major figure in analytic philosophy. He has spent most of his career at the Massachusetts Institute of... Wikipedia
East Oak Lane, Philadelphia, United States

Richard Cross (bass-baritone) (December 7, 1935-)

Richard Cross is an American bass-baritone who had an active international opera career from the late 1950s through the 1990s. Possessing a rich and warm voice, Cross sang a broad repertoire that encompassed works from a wide variety of musical periods and styles. He currently teaches on the voice faculties of the Yale School of Music, the... Wikipedia

Anne Fine (December 7, 1947-)

Anne Fine, OBE FRSL is a British writer, best known for children's books although she also writes for adults. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and she was awarded an OBE in 2003. Wikipedia
Leicester, Leicestershire, England, UK
Eleanor J. Gibson

Eleanor J. Gibson (December 7, 1910-December 30, 2002)

Eleanor Jack Gibson was an American psychologist. Among her contributions to psychology, the most important are the study of perception in infants and toddlers. She is popularly known for the "visual cliff" experiment in which precocial animals, and crawling human infants, showed their ability to perceive depth by avoiding the deep side of a... Wikipedia
Peoria, Illinois
Columbia, South Carolina
Abdellatif Kechiche

Abdellatif Kechiche (December 7, 1960-)

Abdellatif Kechiche is a Tunisian-French actor, film director and screenwriter. He made his directorial debut in 2000 with, aka 'Poetical Refugee', which he also wrote. His film 'Blue Is the Warmest Colour' won the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Wikipedia
Tunis, Tunisia

Victor Kiam (December 7, 1926-May 27, 2001)

Victor K. Kiam was an American entrepreneur and the owner of the New England Patriots football team from 1988–1991. Wikipedia
Stamford, Connecticut
Ted Knight

Ted Knight (December 7, 1923-August 26, 1986)

Ted Knight was an American actor best known for playing the comedic role of Ted Baxter in 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show', Henry Rush in 'Too Close for Comfort', and Judge Elihu Smails in 'Caddyshack'. Wikipedia
Terryville, Connecticut, U.S.
Glendale, California, U.S.
Hermann Maier

Hermann Maier (December 7, 1972-)

Hermann Maier, known as the Herminator, is a former World Cup champion alpine ski racer and Olympic gold medalist from Austria. Born in Altenmarkt im Pongau in Salzburg, Maier ranks among the finest alpine ski racers in history, with four overall World Cup titles, two Olympic gold medals, and three World Championship titles. His 54 World Cup race... Wikipedia
Altenmarkt
Armando Manzanero

Armando Manzanero (December 7, 1935-)

Armando Manzanero Canché is a Mexican musician, singer, and composer of Maya descent, widely considered the premier Mexican romantic composer of the postwar era and one of the most successful composers of Latin America. He received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in United States in 2014. Wikipedia
Gabriel Marcel

Gabriel Marcel (December 7, 1889-October 8, 1973)

Gabriel Honoré Marcel was a French philosopher, playwright, music critic and leading Christian existentialist. The author of over a dozen books and at least thirty plays, Marcel's work focused on the modern individual's struggle in a technologically dehumanizing society. Though often regarded as the first French existentialist, he dissociated... Wikipedia
Paris, France
Paris, France

Charlie McGettigan (December 7, 1950-)

Charles McGettigan is an Irish singer. He lives in Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim. Wikipedia
Ballyshannon, County Donegal

Susan Minot (December 7, 1956-)

Susan Minot is an American novelist and short story writer. Wikipedia
J. E. Neale

J. E. Neale (December 7, 1890-September 2, 1975)

Sir John Ernest Neale, FBA was an English historian who specialised in Elizabethan and Parliamentary history. Wikipedia
Liverpool
Mike Nolan (singer)

Mike Nolan (singer) (December 7, 1954-)

Mike Nolan is a singer who is best known as one of the four original members of the British pop group, Bucks Fizz. He was born in Dublin, Republic of Ireland, but brought up in the UK, where he still resides. As a member of Bucks Fizz, he won the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest and achieved 20 UK top 60 singles between 1981 and 1988, including three... Wikipedia
Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Arch Oboler

Arch Oboler (December 7, 1909-March 19, 1987)

Arch Oboler was an American playwright, screenwriter, novelist, producer, and director who was active in radio, films, theater, and television. He generated much attention with his radio scripts, particularly the horror series 'Lights Out', and his work in radio remains the outstanding period of his career. Praised as one of broadcasting's top... Wikipedia
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Westlake Village, California, U.S.
Louis Prima

Louis Prima (December 7, 1910-August 24, 1978)

Louis Prima was an American singer, actor, songwriter, and trumpeter. Prima rode the musical trends of his time, starting with his seven-piece New Orleans style jazz band in the late 1920s, then leading a swing combo in the 1930s, a big band in the 1940s, a Vegas lounge act in the 1950s, and a pop-rock band in the 1960s. Wikipedia
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
New Orleans, United States

Kumar Shahani (December 7, 1940-)

Kumar Shahani is a noted Indian film director and screenwriter, best known for his parallel cinema films, 'Maya Darpan' and 'Khayal Gatha' and 'Kasba'. Due to his dedication to formalism, and with the reputation of his first feature, 'Maya Darpan' being considered Indian cinema's first formalist film, he is frequently grouped by critics and film... Wikipedia
Larkana, Pakistan
Mário Soares

Mário Soares (December 7, 1924-)

Mário Alberto Nobre Lopes Soares, GColTE, GCC, GColL, KE is a Portuguese politician who served as Prime Minister of Portugal from 1976 to 1978 and from 1983 to 1985, and subsequently as the 17th President of Portugal from 1986 to 1996. Wikipedia
Lisbon, Portugal

Steady Eddy (December 7, 1968-)

Christopher Widdows, known under the stage name of Steady Eddy is an Australian comedian and actor with Cerebral palsy. Initially, Widdows used his disability as the basis for his comedy. Having since made a name for himself, he has branched out beyond humour based solely around his disability. Wikipedia
Ernst Toch

Ernst Toch (December 7, 1887-October 1, 1964)

Ernst Toch was an Austrian composer of classical music and film scores. He sought throughout his life to introduce new approaches to music. Wikipedia
Vienna, Austria-Hungary
Santa Monica, California

Jesse Valdez (December 7, 1947-)

Jesse Valdez is a former boxer. Wikipedia
Tom Waits

Tom Waits (December 7, 1949-)

Thomas Alan "Tom" Waits is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. Waits has a distinctive voice, described by critic Daniel Durchholz as sounding like "it was soaked in a vat of bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a few months, and then taken outside and run over with a car." With this trademark growl, his incorporation of... Wikipedia
Pomona, California
Eli Wallach

Eli Wallach (December 7, 1915-June 24, 2014)

Eli Herschel Wallach was an American film, television and stage actor whose career spanned more than six decades, beginning in the late 1940s. Trained in stage acting, which he enjoyed doing most, he became "one of the greatest 'character actors' ever to appear on stage and screen," states TCM, with over 90 film credits. On stage, he often... Wikipedia
Brooklyn, New York, United States
New York City, New York, United States
Jeffrey Wright (actor)

Jeffrey Wright (actor) (December 7, 1965-)

Jeffrey Wright is an American film, television and stage actor. He is known for such roles as Belize in the HBO miniseries 'Angels in America', Muddy Waters in 'Cadillac Records', Jean-Michel Basquiat in 'Basquiat', Felix Leiter in the James Bond films 'Casino Royale' and 'Quantum of Solace', Valentin Narcisse in the HBO series 'Boardwalk Empire',... Wikipedia
Washington D.C., U.S.