Aug. 21: Actor-director Melvin Van Peebles is 79. Playwright Mart Crowley ("The Boys in the Band") is 76. Singer Kenny Rogers is 73. Actor Clarence Williams III is 72. Rock-and-roll musician James Burton is 72. Singer Harold Reid (The Statler Brothers) is 72. Singer Jackie DeShannon is 70. Actress Patty McCormack is 66. Pop singer-musician Carl Giammarese is 64. Actress Loretta Devine is 62. NBC newsman Harry Smith is 60. Singer Glenn Hughes is 59. Country musician Nick Kane is 57. Actress Kim Cattrall is 55. Actress Cleo King is 49. Rock singer Serj Tankian (System of a Down) is 44. Actress Carrie-Anne Moss is 41. Rock musician Liam Howlett (Prodigy) is 40. Actress Alicia Witt is 36. Singer Kelis is 32. Singer Melissa Schuman is 27. Actor Cody Kasch is 24. Actress Hayden Panettiere is 22. Actor RJ Mitte (TV: "Breaking Bad") is 19.
Aug. 22: Author Ray Bradbury is 91. Author Annie Proulx is 76. Actress Valerie Harper is 72. Football coach Bill Parcells is 70. CBS newsman Steve Kroft is 66. Actress Cindy Williams is 64. Musician David Marks is 63. Country singer Holly Dunn is 54. Rock musician Vernon Reid is 53. Country singer Ricky Lynn Gregg is 52. Country singer Collin Raye is 51. Actress Regina Taylor is 51. Rock singer Roland Orzabal (Tears For Fears) is 50. Rock musician Debbi Peterson (The Bangles) is 50. Rock musician Gary Lee Conner (Screaming Trees) is 49. Singer Tori Amos is 48. Country singer Mila Mason is 48. Rhythm-and-blues musician James DeBarge is 48. Rapper GZA/The Genius is 45. Actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is 44. Actor Ty Burrell is 44. Actor Rick Yune is 40. Rock musician Paul Doucette (Matchbox Twenty) is 39. Rap-reggae singer Beenie Man is 38. Singer Howie Dorough (Backstreet Boys) is 38. Comedian-actress Kristen Wiig is 38. Actress Jenna Leigh Green is 37. Rock musician Bo Koster is 37. Rock musician Dean Back (Theory of a Deadman) is 36. Rock musician Jeff Stinco (Simple Plan) is 33. Actor Brandon Adams is 32. Actress Aya Sumika is 31.
Aug. 23: Actress Vera Miles is 81. Actress Barbara Eden is 77. Actor Richard Sanders is 71. Ballet dancer Patricia McBride is 69. Country singer Rex Allen Jr. is 64. Singer Linda Thompson is 64. Actress Shelley Long is 62. Actor-singer Rick Springfield is 62. Country singer-musician Woody Paul (Riders in the Sky) is 62. Actor-producer Mark Hudson is 60. Rock musician Dean DeLeo (Army of Anyone; Stone Temple Pilots) is 50. Tejano singer Emilio Navaira is 49. Country musician Ira Dean (Trick Pony) is 42. Actor Jay Mohr is 41. Actor Ray Park is 37. Actor Scott Caan is 35. Country singer Shelly Fairchild is 34. Rock singer Julian Casablancas (The Strokes) is 33. NBA player Kobe Bryant is 33. Actress Kimberly Matula is 23.
Aug. 24: Actor Kenny Baker ("Star Wars") is 77. Composer-musician Mason Williams is 73. Rhythm-and-blues singer Marshall Thompson (The Chi-Lites) is 69. Rock musician Ken Hensley is 66. Actress Anne Archer is 64. Actor Joe Regalbuto is 62. Actor Kevin Dunn (TV: "Samantha Who?") is 56. Actor-writer Stephen Fry is 54. Actor Steve Guttenberg is 53. Talk show host Craig Kilborn is 49. Rock singer John Bush is 48. Actress Marlee Matlin is 46. Broadcast journalist David Gregory ("Meet the Press") is 41. Country singer Kristyn Osborn (SheDaisy) is 41. Actor-comedian Dave Chappelle is 38. Actor Carmine Giovinazzo is 38. Actress Beth Riesgraf is 33. Actor Chad Michael Murray is 30. Christian rock musician Jeffrey Gilbert (Kutless) is 28. Singer Mika is 28. Actor Rupert Grint ("Harry Potter" films) is 23.
Aug. 25: Game show host Monty Hall is 90. Actor Sean Connery is 81. Actor Page Johnson is 81. Talk show show host Regis Philbin is 80. Actor Tom Skerritt is 78. Jazz musician Wayne Shorter is 78. Author Frederick Forsyth is 73. Movie director John Badham is 72. Filmmaker Marshall Brickman is 70. Rhythm-and-blues singer Walter Williams (The O'Jays) is 69. Actor Anthony Heald is 67. Rock singer-actor Gene Simmons is 62. Actor John Savage is 62. Rock singer Rob Halford is 60. Rock musician Geoff Downes (Asia) is 59. Rock singer Elvis Costello is 57. Movie director Tim Burton is 53. Actor Christian LeBlanc is 53. Actress Ally Walker is 50. Country singer Billy Ray Cyrus is 50. Actress Joanne Whalley is 50. Rock musician Vivian Campbell (Def Leppard) is 49. Actor Blair Underwood is 47. Actor Robert Maschio is 45. Rap DJ Terminator X (Public Enemy) is 45. Alternative country singer Jeff Tweedy (Wilco) is 44. Television chef Rachael Ray is 43. Actor Cameron Mathison is 42. Country singer Jo Dee Messina is 41. Model Claudia Schiffer is 41. Country singer Brice Long is 40. Actor Eric Millegan is 37. Actor Jonathan Togo is 34. Actor Kel Mitchell is 33. Actress Rachel Bilson ("The O.C.") is 30. Actress Blake Lively is 24. Actor Josh Flitter is 17.
Aug. 26: Singer Vic Dana is 69. Rhythm-and-blues singer Valerie Simpson is 65. Pop singer Bob Cowsill is 62. Actor Brett Cullen is 55. Jazz musician Branford Marsalis is 51. Actor Chris Burke is 46. Actress-singer Shirley Manson (Garbage) is 45. Rock musician Dan Vickrey (Counting Crowes) is 45. TV writer-actress Riley Weston is 45. Rock musician Adrian Young (No Doubt) is 42. Actress Melissa McCarthy is 41. Latin pop singer Thalia is 40. Rock singer-musician Tyler Connolly (Theory of a Deadman) is 36. Actor Macaulay Culkin is 31. Actor Chris Pine is 31. Rhythm-and-blues singer Cassie Ventura is 25. Actress Keke Palmer is 18.
Aug. 27: Cajun-country singer Jimmy C. Newman is 84. Author Antonia Fraser is 79. Actor Tommy Sands is 74. Bluegrass singer-musician J.D. Crowe is 74. Musician Daryl Dragon is 69. Actress Tuesday Weld is 68. Rock singer-musician Tim Bogert is 67. Actress Marianne Sagebrecht is 66. Country musician Jeff Cook is 62. Actor Paul Reubens is 59. Rock musician Alex Lifeson (Rush) is 58. Rock musician Glen Matlock (The Sex Pistols) is 55. Country singer Jeffrey Steele is 50. Gospel singer Yolanda Adams is 49. Writer-producer Dean Devlin is 49. Rock musician Mike Johnson is 46. Rap musician Bobo (Cypress Hill) is 43. Country singer Colt Ford is 42. Actress Chandra Wilson is 42. Rock musician Tony Kanal (No Doubt) is 41. Actress Sarah Chalke is 35. Rapper Mase is 34. Actor Aaron Paul is 32. Rock musician Jon Siebels (Eve 6) is 32. Actor Shaun Weiss is 32. Contemporary Christian musician Megan Garrett (Casting Crowns) is 31. Actor Kyle Lowder is 31. Singer Mario is 25. Actress Alexa Vega ("Spy Kids") is 23.
- Melvin Van Peebles