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Birthdays – April 8

Birthdays – April 8

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Comedian Shecky Greene is 95. Original Mouseketeer Darlene Gillespie is 80. Singer Peggy Lennon of the Lennon Sisters is 80. Songwriter Leon Huff of Gamble and Huff is 79. Actor Stuart Pankin (“Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Not Necessarily the News”) is 75. Guitarist Steve Howe of Yes (and of Asia) is 74. Bassist Mel Schacher of Grand Funk Railroad is 70.

— Associated Press

Singer-actor John Schneider (“The Dukes of Hazzard”) is 61. Guitarist Izzy Stradlin (Guns N’ Roses) is 59. Singer-guitarist Donita Sparks of L7 is 58. Singer Julian Lennon is 58. Actor Dean Norris (“Breaking Bad,” “Under the Dome”) is 58. Rapper Biz Markie (“Yo Gabba Gabba”) is 57. Actor Robin Wright is 55. Actor Patricia Arquette is 53. Actor JR Bourne (TV’s “Teen Wolf,” “Revenge”) is 51. Singer Craig Honeycutt of Everything is 51. Drummer Darren Jessee of Ben Folds Five is 50. Actor Emma Caulfield (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) is 48. Actor Katee Sackhoff (“Battlestar Galactica”) is 41. Actor Taylor Kitsch (“True Detective,” “Friday Night Lights”) is 40. Singer-guitarist Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend is 37. Actor Taran Noah Smith (“Home Improvement”) is 37. Guitarist Jamie Sierota (Echosmith) is 28. Actor Sadie Calvano (“Mom”) is 24.

— Associated Press

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Actor Edward Fox is 84. Actor Paul Sorvino is 82. Singer Lester Chambers of The Chambers Brothers is 81. Composer Bill Conti ("Rocky" film theme) is 79. Musician Jack Casady of Jefferson Airplane is 77. Actor Tony Dow ("Leave It to Beaver") is 76. Musician Al Green is 75. Actor Ron Perlman is 71. Actor William Sadler ("Wonderfalls," "Roswell") is 71. Singer Peabo Bryson is 70. Drummer Max Weinberg of the E Street Band (and "Late Night With Conan O'Brien") is 70. Keyboardist Jimmy Destri (Blondie) is 67. Comedian Gary Kroeger ("Saturday Night Live") is 64. Actor Saundra Santiago ("Miami Vice") is 64. Guitarist Joey Mazzola (Sponge) is 60. Actor Page Hannah (TV's "Fame") is 57. Actor-comedian Caroline Rhea ("Sabrina the Teenage Witch," "The Biggest Loser") is 57. Bassist Lisa Umbarger (The Toadies) is 56. Guitarist Marc Ford (Black Crowes) is 55. Actor Ricky Schroder is 51. Singer Aaron Lewis of Staind is 49. Actor Bokeem Woodbine (TV's "Fargo," "Saving Grace") is 48. Singer Lou Bega is 46. Actor Glenn Howerton ("It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia") is 45. Actor Kyle Howard ("Royal Pains") is 43. Actor Kelli Giddish ("Law and Order: SVU") is 41. Actor Courtney Peldon ("Boston Public") is 40. Singer Nellie McKay is 39. Rapper Ty Dolla $ign is 39. Actor Allison Williams ("Girls") is 33. Actor Hannah Marks ("Necessary Roughness") is 28.

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Actor Jane Withers is 95. Musician Herbie Hancock is 81. Musician John Kay of Steppenwolf is 77. Actor Ed O'Neill ("Modern Family," "Married...With Children") is 75. Actor Dan Lauria ("The Wonder Years") is 74. Talk show host David Letterman is 74. Singer J.D. Nicholas of The Commodores is 69. Singer Pat Travers is 67. Actor Andy Garcia is 65. Actor Suzzanne Douglas ("The Parent 'Hood") is 64. Country singer Vince Gill is 64. TV personality J Alexander ("America's Next Top Model") is 63. Guitarist Will Sergeant of Echo and the Bunnymen is 63. Singer Art Alexakis of Everclear is 59. Singer Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls is 57. Actor Alicia Coppola (TV's "Jericho," film's "National Treasure: Book of Secrets") is 53. Singer Nicholas Hexum of 311 is 51. Actor Retta ("Good Girls," "Parks and Recreation") is 51. Actor Nicholas Brendon ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer") is 50. Actor Shannen Doherty is 50. Actor Marley Shelton ("Pleasantville") is 47. Actor Sarah Jane Morris ("NCIS") is 44. Bassist Guy Berryman of Coldplay is 43. Actor Riley Smith ("Nashville") is 43. Actor Claire Danes is 42. Actor Jennifer Morrison ("Once Upon a Time," "House") is 42. Actor Matt McGorry ("How to Get Away with Murder," "Orange Is the New Black") is 35. Actor Brooklyn Decker ("Grace and Frankie") is 34. Drummer Joe Rickard of Red is 34. Singer-guitarist Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco is 34. Actor Saoirse Ronan is 27.

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Country singer Loretta Lynn is 89. Actor Julie Christie is 81. Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore is 76. Actor John Shea ("Gossip Girl," "Lois and Clark") is 73. Actor Peter Capaldi ("Dr. Who," "The Musketeers") is 63. Actor-turned-racecar driver Brian Forster ("The Partridge Family") is 61. Actor Brad Garrett ("Everybody Loves Raymond") is 61. Actor Robert Carlyle ("Once Upon a Time") is 60. Singer-guitarist John Bell of Widespread Panic is 59. Actor Catherine Dent ("The Shield") is 56. Drummer Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees) is 54. Actor Anthony Michael Hall is 53. Actor Adrien Brody is 48. Singer David Miller of Il Divo is 48. Rapper Da Brat is 47. Actor Antwon Tanner ("One Tree Hill") is 46. Actor Sarah Michelle Gellar is 44. Actor Rob McElhenney ("It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia") is 44. Musician JD McPherson is 44. Singer Win Butler of Arcade Fire is 41. Actor Claire Coffee ("Grimm") is 41. Actor Nick Krause ("The Descendants") is 29. Actor Graham Phillips ("The Good Wife") is 28. Actor Skyler Samuels ("Scream Queens") is 27. Actor Abigail Breslin ("Little Miss Sunshine") is 25.

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Singer Bobby Vinton is 86. Midnight Oil singer-turned-politician Peter Garrett is 68. Actor Ellen Barkin is 67. Actor Michel Gill ("House of Cards") is 61. Singer-bassist Jason Scheff (Chicago) is 59. Singer Jimmy Osmond is 58. Singer David Pirner of Soul Asylum is 57. Actor-comedian Martin Lawrence is 56. Actor Jon Cryer is 56. Actor Peter Billingsley ("A Christmas Story") is 50. Actor Lukas Haas is 45. Broadway actor Kelli O'Hara is 45. Actor Sadie Sink ("Stranger Things") is 19.

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