Celebrities Turning 65 in 2021
Are you curious about which celebrities are turning 65 in 2021?
We’ve put together a list of famous individuals that were born in 1956, which means they’ll be turning 65 this year. Familiar faces like Tom Hanks, Mel Gibson, and Carrie Fisher will be aging into Medicare this year. Yep – you’re not alone!
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Taking It Back 65 Years Ago
1956 was the year of Elvis Presley’s first hit, “Heartbreak Hotel.” The average cost of a new house was $11,700, and a gallon of gas was 22 cents.
The Price Is Right began, originally hosted by Bill Cullen. Disposable diapers became available for the first time, thanks to Procter & Gamble. The first computer with a hard drive – weighing in at one ton – was invented by IBM.
1956 also marked the year when Alabama bus segregation laws were ruled illegal by the US Supreme Court in Browder v. Gayle. It was also the year that President Eisenhower signed the Federal Highway Act into law, which started the creation of the interstate system of over 41,000 miles of highways across the nation.
1956 was the year when familiar faces like Kenny G and Bob Saget were born. Fast forward 65 years, and these celebrities are going through the complexities of Medicare, just like the rest of us!
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Mel Gibson – January 3, 1956
Mel Gibson is best known for acting in films like Mad Max and directing films like Braveheart and The Passion of the Christ.
Born in Peekskill, New York, Gibson rose to fame with his series of Mad Max futuristic action films in the 1980s, including Mad Max (1979), Mad Max 2 (1981), and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985). Two years later, he continued his action-packed legacy with the Lethal Weapon series.
In the early 90s, Gibson started directing films, starting with The Man Without a Face, followed by Braveheart in ‘95, which won five Academy Awards. He returned to acting with Ransom and Signs, and in 2004, he directed The Passion of the Christ. The release of this movie started somewhat of a downfall for Gibson as he faced accusations of being anti-Semitic as well as a domestic violence investigation in 2010.
Gibson has since returned to acting with his most recent film, The Professor and the Madman (2019), about the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary.
Mel Gibson turned 65 on January 3, 2020.
Bill Maher – January 20, 1956
Being politically incorrect is what Bill Maher is known for in his hit HBO talk show, Real Time with Bill Maher (2003-present).
Born in New York City, Maher began his career in 1979 at a comedy club. He swiftly began appearing on Johnny Carson and David Letterman’s shows in the 80s, and by the 90s, he hosted his own late-night political talk show, Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher.
On his current show, Real Time with Bill Maher, he tackles all subjects, including current events, religion, politics, and the media. Maher is also somewhat of a political activist, as he is involved with PETA, Project Reason, and NORML.
Bill Maher turns 65 on January 20, 2020.
Geena Davis – January 21, 1956
You probably know Geena Davis from her lead role in Thelma & Louise (1991). Davis originally started her professional life as a model in New York. Just three years later, she starred in her first film, Tootsie, followed by The Fly (1986), Beetlejuice (1988), and The Accidental Tourist (also 1988).
After several more movies, Davis starred as the mother of mouse Stuart Little, a film franchise that lasted from 1999-2005. In 2004, Davis launched the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, an initiative to increase the presence of female characters on the screen. In 2019, she was given the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for these efforts to fight gender bias in Hollywood.
Davis is still appearing on television, with her latest roles as Dr. Nicole Herman on Grey’s Anatomy and Sandy Devereaux St. Clair on Netflix show Glow.
Geena Davis turns 65 on January 21, 2020.
Bryan Cranston – March 7, 1956
Bryan Lee Cranston, born in Hollywood, is best-known for his recent role as Walter White in the crime drama series Breaking Bad (2008-2013). His performance is often touted as the best in TV history – he earned the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series four times (along with a slew of other awards).
However, Cranston has a rich history in the limelight, including well-known performances in Seinfeld, Malcolm in the Middle, and Sneaky Pete. He has also done his fair share of directing, including episodes in hit television series Modern Family and The Office.
In recent years, Cranston has focused his time on more acting projects, voicing a series of Ford commercials, and his production company, Moonshot Entertainment.
Bryan Cranston turns 65 on March 7, 2020.
Bob Saget – May 17, 1956
Bob Saget was born in Philadelphia and had a pretty “normal” life – his father was a supermarket executive and his mother a hospital administrator. Saget planned to become a doctor, but one of his high school teachers pushed him to pursue acting.
In the late 80s, Saget was cast as Danny Tanner in Full House, and as they say, the rest was history. He went on to host America’s Funniest Home Videos from 1989-1997.
In the early 2000s, Saget did a lot of guest appearances in films like Half Baked and television shows like Entourage. His most recent project was competing in The Masked Singer (2020) as the “Squiggly Monster.” He was eliminated after his 2nd appearance. He also stars in Fuller House, a Netflix sequel to Full House.
Bob Saget turns 65 on May 17, 2020.
Kenny G – June 5, 1956
Jazz saxophonist Kenny Gorelick, famously known as Kenny G, turns 65 on June 5, 1956. With global sales over 75 million records, Kenny G is one of the best-selling artists of all time.
Gorelick was born in Seattle and first became interested in the saxophone after hearing a performance on The Ed Sullivan Show. He started playing at age 10.
In 1982, Gorelick signed with Arista Records as a solo artist after the label’s president hear his rendition of ABBA’s “Dancing Queen.” What really shot Gorelick into the limelight was his fourth studio album, Duotones. It featured songs “Songbird” and “Don’t Make Me Wait for Love,” both chart-toppers.
Gorelick went on to work on film soundtracks and even secured a Guinness World Record for longest note ever played on a saxophone (45 minutes and 47 seconds).
Joe Montana – June 11, 1956
Joe Montana, also known as “Joe Cool” with the “Montana Magic,” is an American football player who spent most of his professional career as the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers.
Montana is known for his late-game comebacks – he directed his teams to 31 come-from-behinds wins in the fourth quarter during his career, including the 92-yard drive in the last few seconds of Super Bowl XXIII. Many refer to Montana as “The Comeback Kid.”
Montana has a slew of accomplishments, including an array of Most Valuable Player honors and an election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000.
Today, Montana lives in San Francisco. He owns horses and produces wine under the label Montagia. His 500-acre Napa Valley estate has been for sale for many years and is currently listed for just over $28 million.
Joe Montana turns 65 on June 11, 2020.
Randy Jackson – June 23, 1956
Randy Jackson is the ninth child of the famous Jackson family – he is the second-youngest sibling after his sister Janet Jackson. Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana and was only two years old when the Jackson 5 was formed.
He’s well-known today for his time on American Idol as a judge and has spent his life as a singer-songwriter, musician, and dancer. Jackson opened up Modern Records, his own record label, in 1998, and is now a co-partner with his sister, Janet Jackson, at her independent record label, Rhythm Nation Records.
Randy Jackson turns 65 on June 23, 2020.
Alan Ruck – July 1, 1956
You probably recognize Alan Ruck as Ferris Bueller’s best friend, Cameron Frye, in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, but Ruck has made over 100 appearances in film and television.
Ruck was born in Cleveland, Ohio and graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.F.A in drama in 1979. He subsequently went to Chicago, did some stage acting, and then got into television films.
Ruck has appeared in films such as Class (1983), Three for the Road (1987), and Star Trek: Generations (1994). He also has his fair share of television appearances, including Tales from the Crypt (1989) and Mad About You (1992).
Ruck’s most recent performance was in Freaky (2020), a comedy slasher film where a teenage girl unintentionally switches bodies with a middle-aged male serial killer.
Alan Ruck turns 65 on July 1, 2020.
Tom Hanks – July 9, 1956
Perhaps one of the most recognizable names on this list is Tom Hanks, American actor and filmmaker. Hanks is a master of comedy and drama and is the fourth highest-grossing actor in North America behind Samuel L. Jackson, Harrison Ford, and Robert Downey, Jr.
Hanks has too many memorable, well-loved films to mention, but some of them include: Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Forrest Gump (1994), Big (1998), Saving Private Ryan (1998), You’ve Got Mail (1998), The Green Mile (1999), Cast Away (2000), The Terminal (2004), Sully (2016), A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019), and the Toy Story series (1995-2019).
Hanks has a slew of awards, including two Academy Awards, seven Primetime Emmy Awards, a Tony Award, and even a Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.
In 2021, Hanks will star in the science fiction drama Bios (April 16, 2021) as well as Elvis (November 5, 2021) as the sole manager of Elvis Presley.
Tom Hanks turns 65 on July 9, 2020.
Maureen McCormick – August 5, 1956
You probably know Maureen McCormick as Marcia Brady – McCormick starred on the ABC television sitcom The Brady Bunch from 1969-1974. She was born in Los Angeles and won a beauty pageant at age six. She appeared in Barbie and Chatty Cathy commercials before assuming the role of Marcia Brady at age 13.
McCormick continued appearing in Brady Bunch spin-offs and films through 1988 and subsequently played roles in The Amanda Show and The Idolmaker (1980).
In her 20s, McCormick struggled with addiction and depression and gained a reputation as an unreliable actress. She spent many years battling these demons, and in 1994, McCormick made her Broadway debut as Betty Rizzo in a production of Grease. She went on to release a studio album and appear in several more television shows. In recent years, McCormick appeared in I’m a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! and competed on Dancing with the Stars.
Maureen McCormick turns 65 on August 5, 2020.
David Copperfield – September 16, 1956
David Copperfield is a famous magician, best known for his combination of storytelling and illusion.
He has grossed over $4 billion, more than any other solo entertainer in history. Copperfield has 21 Emmy Awards, 11 Guinness World Records, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Today, Copperfield is performing daily at the David Copperfield theater in the MGM Grand Las Vegas.
David Copperfield turns 65 on September 16, 2020.
Gary Cole – September 20, 1956
Gary Cole is an actor known for his starring roles on The West Wing, Veep, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Office Space, and Talladega Nights.
Cole was born in Chicago, Illinois and attended Illinois State University where he studied theater. He went on to act in many of the films and television shows we know him for today.
These days, Cole is the voice of Sergeant Boscoe on Bob's Burgers and Principal Shepherd on Family Guy.
Gary Cole turns 65 on September 20, 2020.
Carrie Fisher – October 21, 1956
Princess Leia – I mean, Carrie Fisher – was born in Burbank, California to actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher. Fisher made her film debut in 1975 as Lorna Karpf in Shampoo. Two years later, she starred as Princess Leia in Star Wars.
Fisher continued to star as Princess Leia in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983).
Unfortunately, Fisher passed away at age 60 (2016) of cardiac arrest. Her daughter, Billie Lourd, stated that her mother battled with drug addiction and mental illness her entire life and ultimately died of it.
Carrie Fisher would have turned 65 on October 21, 2020.
Cynthia Rhodes – November 21, 1956
Cynthia Rhodes is a singer and dancer, born in Nashville, Tennessee. You probably know her as Tina Tech in Flashdance (1983), Jackie in Staying Alive (1983), or Penny in Dirty Dancing (1987).
Rhodes was raised in a Baptist family and was known for turning down scripts that required nudity as well as pictorial offers from Playboy magazine. Sylvester Stallone once said Rhodes would rather quit than do anything to embarrass her parents.
In 1989, Rhodes retired to raise her family, and today, she has three sons who are talented musicians.
Cynthia Rhodes turns 65 on November 21, 2020.
Steven Bauer – December 2, 1956
Steven Bauer is a Cuban-American actor, most famous for his role as the Cuban drug lord Manny Ribera in Scarface (1983).
Bauer was born in Havana, Cuba and emigrated to the United States when he was three years old. Bauer went on to study acting at the University of Miami. His first substantial role was in ¿Qué Pasa, USA?, a bilingual sitcom (1977-1979). Bauer’s subsequent role in Scarface got him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
More recently, Bauer played a drug cartel leader in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul and as the retired Mossad agent Avi Rudin in Ray Donovan (2013–2020).
Steven Bauer turns 65 on December 2, 2020.
Larry Bird – December 7, 1956
Known as "Larry Legend" and "The Hick from French Lick," Larry Bird is a former professional basketball player. Bird is regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time. Fun Fact: Twitter’s logo is named Larry in honor of Larry Bird.
Bird was a 12-time NBA All-Star and received the NBA Most Valuable Player Award three consecutive times (1984-1986), the only forward in league history to do so. Bird played his entire professional career for the Boston Celtics. Bird was also a member of the “The Dream Team,” which won the gold medal in the 1992 Olympics.
In 2020, Bird was placed on an NBA all-time starting five roster with Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, LeBron James, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Larry Bird turns 65 on December 7, 2020.
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