As it turns out, February 17 is THE day for celebrity birthdays because there certainly are a lot of them!
Michael Jordan, 59
Former basketball star Michael Jordan is known as one of the best basketball players of all time, if not the greatest basketball player of all time. Jordan was born on February 17, 1963, in Brooklyn, New York. That makes today his 59th birthday!
One fun fact about Michael Jordan: He donated his entire 2001-2002 NBA season salary to September 11th relief efforts. Considering he’s 6’6”, you didn’t have to tell us that Jordan has a pretty big heart!
Ed Sheeran, 31
“Shape of You” singer Ed Sheeran was born on February 17, 1991, in Halifax, United Kingdom. That makes him officially 31 years old today! Although he was born in Halifax, he grew up in Suffolk, and started creating songs when he was only 11 years old!
One fun fact about Ed Sheeran is that he started the Ed Sheeran Suffolk Music Foundation in 2019. His goal is to provide upcoming artists ages 18 and under with “small but hopefully used grants” to start their music careers. At this time, the foundation only accepts applicants that live in Suffolk.
“I feel like I’ve had a lot of support from the area and I feel like I want to give some support back,” he said, adding, “The music foundation won’t be able to help everyone, but it will be able to do some good work.”
Paris Hilton, 41
Paris Hilton is a media personality, a socialite, a businesswoman, a model, a singer, a DJ, and an actress. In short, Paris has done it all! She was born on February 17, 1981, in New York City. She officially turns 41 years today!
Want one crazy fun fact about Paris? Okay, here it goes: she has big feet! “Okay, I admit it—I desperately hate one thing about my body: I have size 11 feet,” Paris said in her 2006 autobiography. “Forget ever seeing me in ballet slippers or tennis shoes; I’d look like I was wearing canoes.”
Bonnie Wright, 31
Actress Bonnie Wright is best known for playing Ginny Weasley in the “Harry Potter” film series. Outside of Hogwarts, she is also a model, director, and activist. Wright was born on February 17, 1991, in London, England, which means she is turning 31 tomorrow!
One fun fact about Wright: Ginny Weasley her very first role. She was only nine when she was cast and she was ten when she appeared in “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.” She never acted before her big-screen debut!
Billie Joe Armstrong, 50
Billie Joe Armstrong is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actor. He’s best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter, and lead guitarist of the band Green Day, which he co-founded with Mike Dirnt in 1987. Armstrong was born on February 7, 1972, in Oakland, California. That makes today his 50th birthday!
A great fun fact about Armstrong is that he started making his own songs when he was only five years old! He met Mike Dirnt in elementary school and they immediately bonded over their shared love of music. At age 14, they founded the band Sweet Children, which later became Green Day!
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 41
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is an actor and filmmaker. He’s received many awards for his acting, and even two Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actor for a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his leading performances in “500 Days of Summer in 2009” and “50/50” in 2011. Levitt was born on February 17, 1981, in Los Angeles, California, which makes him 41 years old today!
Here’s a fun fact: Levitt is the founder of the online media platform HitRecord. His projects “HitRecord on TV” from 2014 to 2015 and “Create Together” in 2020 won him two Primetime Emmy Awards in the category of Outstanding Interactive Program.
Denise Richards, 51
Actress Denise Richards is also a TV personality and former fashion model. She once appeared as Bond girl Christmas Jones in “The World Is Not Enough.” She was born on February 17, 1971, in Downers Grove, Illinois, which makes today her 51st birthday!
One fun fact about the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star is that she once guest-starred in an episode of “Friends.” She played Ross and Monica Geller’s cousin, Cassie Geller, in the episode titled, “The One with Ross and Monica’s Cousin.”
Dominic Purcell, 52
Actor Dominic Purcell was actually born Dominic Haakon Myrtved Purcell in Wallasey, U.K. The British-Australian actor was born on February 17, 1970, which makes today his 52nd birthday!
Fun fact about Purcell: you probably recognize him as Lincoln Burrows from Fox’s “Prison Break” series. He also played Mick Rory (also known as Heat Wave) on the CW’s “The Flash” and “Legends of Tomorrow.” He also played Drake/Dracula in “Blade: Trinity.” He’s been in a lot!
Michael Bay, 57
Is there anyone here who hasn’t heard of filmmaker Michael Bay? The director and producer was born in Los Angeles, California, on February 17, 1965. That makes him 57 years old today!
Here’s a fun fact about the “Transformers” director: the 1996 Action movie “The Rock” starring Nicolas Cage and Sean Connery is the only Michael Bay-directed film to be ‘certified fresh’ on Rotten Tomatoes, with a 66% fresh rating! The more you know!
Chord Overstreet, 33
Actor and singer Chord Overstreet is an actor and a musician. He was born on February 17, 1989, in Nashville, Tennessee, which makes him 32 years old today!
Overstreet is best known for his role as Sam Evans on “Glee.” One fun fact about Overstreet is that he’s a talented musician. “I play the piano, drums, little bit of bass, guitar. I can play harmonica, a little bit of the ukulele. Pretty much anything that’s a strumming, string type thing,” he said.
Larry the Cable Guy, 59
Larry the Cable Guy was actually born Daniel Lawrence Whitney on February 17, 1963. That makes him 59 years old today! The Nebraska-born comedian is also a stand-up comedian, actor, producer, country music artist, and former radio personality.
One fun fact about Larry is that he once performed on Fox’s musical guessing game competition, “The Masked Singer,” where he sang in a giant baby costume and performed an operatic version of “Meet the Flintstones.”
Happy birthday to everyone celebrating a birthday today!