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Name at birth: Adam Richard Sandler
Born: September 9, 1966
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Zodiac Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'10" (1.78 m.)
Graduated with a bachelor's degree in fine arts (BFA) from New York University, New York, in 1991.
Father Stanley Sandler was an electrical engineer, and mother Judy Sandler was a nursery school teacher. Brother Scott is a lawyer, sister Elizabeth is a dentist, and sister Valerie is a restaurateur. Married actor Jacqueline Samantha Titone on June 22, 2003; they have two daughters, Sadie Madison Sandler (born 2006) and Sunny Madeline Sandler (born 2008).
Nominated for a Golden Globe in 2002 for Best Actor for Punch-Drunk Love.
Earned first Grammy nomination for his 1999 comedy album Stan and Judy's Kid. Factoids
Grew up in Manchester, New Hampshire. Loves wrestling and basketball. Played basketball on Manchester Central High School's junior varsity team.
Name at birth: Angelina Jolie Voight
Nicknames: Angie, Catwoman, Ange, AJ
Born: June 4, 1975
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 5'8" (1.73 m.)
Attended New York University and majored in filmmaking
Father Jon Voight is an Academy Award®-winning actor, and mother Marcheline Bertrand, who died from ovarian cancer in January 2007, was an actor. Father is of Czechoslovak and German descent, and mother was French Canadian. Has one brother, James Haven.
Married British actor Jonny Lee Miller on March 28, 1996, and divorced in February 1999. Married American actor Billy Bob Thornton on May 5, 2000, and divorced in May 2003.
Actor Brad Pitt has been Jolie's domestic partner since 2005. They have three biological children: daughter Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt (born 2006) and twins Knox Leon, a son, and Vivienne Marcheline, a daughter (born 2008). They have also three adopted children: Maddox Chivan Jolie-Pitt (born 2001 in Cambodia), Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt (born 2003 in Vietnam), and Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt (born 2005 in Ethiopia).
Won Academy Award in 2000 for Best Supporting Actress for Girl, Interrupted
Won three consecutive Golden Globe Awards in three different categories: in 1998 for Best Supporting Actress in a Mini-Series for George Wallace, in 1999 for Best Actress in a TV Movie or Mini-Series for Gia, and in 2000 for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for Girl, Interrupted.
Grew up in Los Angeles.
When a child, she wanted to become a funeral director.
Is a licensed pilot and owns a Cirrus SR22 airplane.
Name at birth: Christopher Ashton Kutcher
Nicknames: Ash; Kutch
Born: February 7, 1978
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States.
Height: 6'2 ½" (1.89 m.)
Attended the University of Iowa, majoring in biochemical engineering but dropped out before graduation to pursue modeling.
Father Larry Kutcher worked at a General Mills factory in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and mother Diane Portwood was an employee of Procter & Gamble. Has a fraternal twin, Michael, and an older sister, Tausha.
Married actor Demi Moore, who fifteen years older than he, on September 24, 2005.
Garnered nomination in 2000 for Las Vegas Film Critics Society Sierra Award for Best Male Newcomer for Dude, Where's My Car? Nominated in 2001 for MTV Movie Awards for Breakthrough Male Performance for Dude, Where's My Car?
Worked various odd jobs, including carpentry, and other jobs relating to farm life. Was a wrestler in high school.
Name at birth: Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt
Born: August 15, 1972
Zodiac Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States
Height: 6'2 ½" (1.89 m.)
Attended Occidental College in Los Angeles and the University of Vermont.
Father Timothy Affleck was a counselor, social worker, and actor. Mother Chris Affleck attended Harvard University and was a teacher in Cambridge Public Schools. His younger brother, Casey Affleck, is an actor.
Married Jennifer Garner in June 2005, and they have two daughters, Violet (born December 2005) and Seraphina (born 2009).
Along with Matt Damon, won an Academy Award in 1997 Best Original Screenplay for Good Will Hunting. Also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay for the same movie.
Awarded the Volpi Cup for Best Actor (for his role in Hollywoodland) at the Venice Film Festival in 2006.
Grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Keen poker player; won the California State Poker
Championship in June 2004.
Speaks Spanish and French.
Name at birth: William Bradley Pitt
Born: December 18, 1963
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States
Height: 5'11" (1.80 m.)
Attended the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, majoring in journalism. Dropped out just before graduation to move to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.
Father William Alvin Pitt was a truck company owner, and mother Jane Etta was a high school counselor. Has two younger siblings: brother Doug and sister Julie Neal.
Married actor Jennifer Aniston on July 29, 2000, and divorced in October 2005.
Angelina Jolie has been his domestic partner since 2005. They have three biological children: daughter Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt (born 2006) and twins: son Knox Leon and daughter Vivienne Marcheline (born 2008). They also have three adopted children: Maddox Chivan Jolie-Pitt (born 2001 in Cambodia), Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt (born 2003 in Vietnam), and Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt (born 2005 in Ethiopia).
Received Academy Award nominations in 1996 for Best Supporting Actor for 12 Monkeys and in 2009 for Best Actor for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
Won a Golden Globe Award in 1996 for Best Supporting Actor in 12 Monkeys. Also received Golden Globe Award nominations in 1995 for Best Actor for Legends of the Fall and in 2005 for Best Supporting Actor for Babel.
Grew up in Springfield, Missouri.
First job was dancing in a chicken suit to draw in customers at an El Pollo Loco restaurant on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood. Also worked as a chauffeur in Los Angeles.
Is a licensed pilot; flies a Cessna 208B Caravan.
Name at birth: Walter Bruce Willis
Born: March 19, 1955
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Idar-Oberstein, West Germany Height: 5'11 ¾" (1.82 m.)
Attended Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey, majoring in drama. Dropped out in his junior year to pursue a career in acting.
Family Father David Willis was an American soldier. Mother Marlene was a German national who worked in a bank. Has three younger siblings: Florence, David, and Robert. David Willis is vice president of Willis' production company. Robert Willis died of pancreatic cancer at age 42 in June 2001.
Married actor Demi Moore on November 21, 1987, and divorced in October 2000. The couple had three daughters: Rumer Willis (born 1988), Scout LaRue Willis (born 1991), and Tallulah Belle Willis (born 1994).
Married fashion model and actor Emma Heming on March 21, 2009.
Nominated for Golden Globe Award in 1990 for Best Supporting Actor for In Country. Won Emmy Award in 2000 as Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his work on Friends. Also received an American Comedy Award nomination in 2001 for his role in Friends. Received People's Choice Awards in 1986 and 2000.
Worked as a security guard at the DuPont Chambers Works factory in Deepwater, New Jersey; as a bartender in New York City restaurants Chelsea Central and Cafe Central and the nightclub Kamikaze; and as a private investigator.
Stuttered as a child, but overcame it after he started performing on stage.
Played harmonica for an R&B band called Loose Goose.
Name at birth: Cameron Michelle Diaz
Born: August 30, 1972
Zodiac Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States
Height: 5'9" (1.75 m.)
Graduated from Long Beach Polytechnic High School in 1990.
Father Emilio Diaz was a second-generation Cuban American who worked as a foreman for a California oil company. Mother Billie was an import/export agent, and is of English, German, and Cherokee ancestry. Has an older sister, Chimene Diaz, and an older brother, Michael Diaz.
Won Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress for There's Something About Mary and for Best Supporting Actress for Being John Malkovich, Vanilla Sky, and Gangs of New York.
Favorite hobby is knitting.
Has hosted Saturday Night Live three times.
Name at birth: Catherine Élise Blanchett
Born: May 14, 1969
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Height: 5'8½" (1.74 m.)
Graduated in Economics and Fine Arts from Melbourne University in Melbourne, Australia. Graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, Australia, in 1992.
Father Robert Blanchett was a Texas-born US Navy petty officer and later an advertising executive. Mother June Blanchett is an Australian property developer and teacher.
Has two siblings: older brother Robert Blanchett is a computer systems engineer, and younger sister Genevieve is an architect.
Married playwright and screenwriter Andrew Upton on December 29, 1997. They have three sons: Dashiell John (born 2001), Roman Robert (born 2004), and Ignatius Martin (born 2008).
Won an Academy Award in 2005 for Best Supporting Actress for playing Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator.
Received Academy Award nominations four other times: in 1999 for Best Actress for Elizabeth, in 2007 for Best Supporting Actress for Notes on a Scandal, and two nominations in 2008 for Elizabeth: the Golden Age and I'm Not There. Has won the British Academy Award (BAFTA), a Golden Globe Award, and many other awards and nominations.
Lives in Hunters Hill, a suburb of Sydney, Australia.
The only female actor to be nominated for an Academy Award twice for playing the same role in two separate films. She played Queen Elizabeth I in Elizabeth and in Elizabeth: The Golden Age.
Nicknames: Cathy, Cath
Born: September 25, 1969
Zodiac Sign: Libra
Height: 5'6 ½" (1.69 m.)
Birthplace: Swansea, Wales
Education Attended Dumbarton House School in Swansea, but dropped out before high school graduation to pursue an acting career. Studied a three-year course in musical theatre at the Arts Educational Schools in Chiswick, West London.
Father David "Dai" Jones was a Welsh sweet factory owner, and mother Patricia was an Irish-Welsh seamstress. Has two brothers: David Jones (born 1967) is an executive at Initial Entertainment group, and Lyndon Jones (born 1972) is her personal manager.
Married actor Michael Douglas on November 18, 2000. The couple have two children: son Dylan Michael Douglas (born 2000) and daughter Carys Zeta Douglas (born 2003).
Won an Academy Award in 2003 for Best Supporting Actress for Chicago. Also won a BAFTA Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award and a nomination for a Golden Globe Award for her role in the film.
Won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical in 2010 for her role in A Little Night Music.
Awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2010 Queen's Birthday Honors List for her services to drama.
Her name originates from those of her grandmothers—her maternal grandmother Catherine Fair and her paternal grandmother Zeta Jones.
Catherine and husband Michael Douglas share the same birthday, 25 years apart.
Born: May 31, 1930
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Height: 6'2" (1.88 m.)
Studied at Los Angeles City College with a business major but dropped out to pursue acting.
Father Clinton Eastwood was a steel worker, and mother Margaret Ruth was a factory worker. Married Maggie Johnson in December 1953 and divorced in May 1984. Married Dina Eastwood in March 1996.
Has seven children: Kimber, Kyle, Alison, Scott, Kathryn, Francesca, and Morgan. His two grandchildren are Graylen (Kyle's daughter) and Clinton (Kimber's son).
Has received five Academy Awards, five Golden Globe Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, two Cannes Film Festival awards, and five People's Choice Awards. Recipient of the 2000 Kennedy Center Honors.
Was a swimming instructor in the United States Army from 1950 to 1954.
Served as the mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, for two years (1986-87).
Accomplished jazz pianist; performs music for his films.
Name at birth: Daniel Wroughton Craig
Born: March 2, 1968
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chester, England
Height: 5'10" (1.78 m.)
Studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and graduated in 1991.
Father Tim Craig was a merchant seaman and owner of a pub in Frodsham, Cheshire, England. Mother Olivia Craig was an art teacher. Has one brother, Harry Craig, and one sister, Lea Craig. His stepfather is Max Blond.
Married Scottish actor and singer Fiona Loudon in 1992 and divorced in 1994. Their daughter Ella was born in 1992.
Nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in January 2006 and won the Best Actor award at the Evening Standard British Film Awards in February 2007.
Grew up in Liverpool, England.
Sixth actor to portray British Secret Service agent James Bond. (Other James Bond actors are Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, and Pierce Brosnan.)
His début as James Bond was in Casino Royale, released in 2006. The film grossed a total of US$594 million and became the highest-grossing Bond film.
Born: April 29, 1957
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Greenwich, London, England
Height: 6'1 ½" (1.87 m.)
Educated at Sevenoaks School in Kent and Bedales in Petersfield in the United Kingdom.
Attended Bristol Old Vic Theatre School for three years.
Father Cecil Day-Lewis was a writer and English Poet Laureate from 1968 until his death in 1972. Mother Jill Balcon was an actor. Has one older sister, Tamasin Day-Lewis, who is a documentary filmmaker.
Married Rebecca Miller, daughter of playwright Arthur Miller, on November 13, 1996. They have two sons: Cashel (born 2002) and Ronan (born 1998). Also has one son, Gabriel Kane Adjani (born 1995) with French actor Isabelle Adjani.
Won the Academy Award for Best Actor for 1990 in My Left Foot and in 2008 for There Will Be Blood. Garnered Academy Award nominations for Best Actor in 1994 for In the Name of the Father and in 2003 for Gangs of New York Won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in 2008 for There Will Be Blood. Also received Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actor for My Left Foot, In the Name of the Father, The Boxer, Gangs of New York, and Nine. Has also won Screen Actors Guild Awards, BAFTA Awards, and several other awards.
Skilled carpenter and cobbler. First non-American actor to win two Academy
Awards for Best Actor.
Name at birth: Demetria Gene Guynes
Born: November 11, 1962
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Roswell, New Mexico, United States
Height: 5'5" (1.65 m.)
Attended Fairfax High School in Hollywood, California, but did not graduate.
Daughter of Charles Harmon and Virginia King. Has one brother, Morgan.
Married singer Freddy Moore on February 8, 1980, and divorced in August 1985. Married actor Bruce Willis on November 21, 1987, and divorced in October 2000. They had three daughters: Rumer Willis (born 1988), Scout LaRue Willis (born 1991), and Tallulah Belle Willis (born 1994).
Married actor Ashton Kutcher, fifteen years her junior, on September 24, 2005.
Won a Saturn Award for Best Actress in 1991 for Ghost, and a Hollywood Film Award for Ensemble of the Year at the Hollywood Film Festival in 2006. Also received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress for Ghost and several nominations for MTV Movie Awards.
Has a doll collection.
In 1996 became the highest-paid female actor in Hollywood, with remuneration of $12.5 million for her role in Striptease.
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