🎭Craig Ferguson -- is 56 in the year 2018 and 57 in the year 2019; b.5/17/1962 N.S.
TV Shows: Drew Carey Show (as Nigel Wick), The Late Late Show (host)
🎭Tahj Mowry -- is 32 in the year 2018 and 33 in the year 2019; b.5/17/1986
Actor, Cartoon Voice Actor
TV Shows: Baby Daddy (as Tucker Dobbs), Kim Possible (as Wade Load), Smart Guy (as T.J. Henderson)
Movie Titles: Seventeen Again
🎭Bobby Porter -- is 66 in the year 2018 and 67 in the year 2019; b.5/17/1952
Misc: midget stunt double
TV Shows: Quark (as Andy the Robot), Malcolm in the Middle (stunt coordiator)
Movie Titles: Terminator 2: Judgment Day, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Jumanji
🎭Bob Saget -- is 62 in the year 2018 and 63 in the year 2019; b.5/17/1956
TV Actor, Comedian, Game Show Host, Variety Show Host, Cartoon Voice Actor
Names/Places: b. in Philadelphia
TV Shows: Full House (as Danny Tanner also on Fuller House), America's Funniest Home Videos, How I Met Your Mother (as Older Ted Mosby), 1 vs 100 (host)
Movie Titles: Entourage (as himself), Madagascar
✍🎭🎵Howard Ashman -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/17/1951 d.3/14/1991 (39)
Dramatist/Playwright, Director, Lyricist, Gay
Movie Titles: Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid, Beauty & the Beast
⚖Ayatollah Khomeini -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/17/1903 d.6/4/1989 (86)
Head of State
Misc: Iran leader; June 4 date of decease is Iran time, some say b. 1901 or 1902 or Sep 23 1902, another news source said b. 1900
🎵Bob Merrill -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/17/1921 d.2/17/1998 (76)
Misc: wrote scores to the musicals "Funny Girl" and "Carnival"
Song Titles: How Much is That Doggie in the Window (writer)
🎵Country Dick Montana -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/17/1955 d.11/8/1995 (40)
Names/Places: RN:Daniel Monty McLain
Group Names: The Beat Farmers, soloist
Song Titles: Happy Boy, Lakeside Trailer Park (previous titles as Beat Farmers lead)
🎭Bill Paxton -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/17/1955 d.2/25/2017 N.S. (61)
Song Titles: Fish Heads (video)
TV Shows: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (as John Garrett), Training Day (as Det. Frank Rourke)
Movie Titles: Aliens, Edge of Tomorrow, True Lies, Apollo 13, Twister, Titanic, Mighty Joe Young, A Simple Plan, U-571, Thunderbirds To The Rescue
✍Robert Smith Surtees -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/17/1803 d.3/16/1864 (60)
Misc: Novelist of the chase and the creator of Mr. Jorrocks, one of the great comic characters of English literature, a Cockney grocer who is as blunt as John Bull and entirely given over to fox hunting.
🎨Dave Berg -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/12/1920 N.S. d.5/17/2002 N.S. (81)
Misc: Mad Magazine
🎭🎵Frank Gallop -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/30/1900 d.5/17/1988 (87)
Actor, Announcer, Novelty Singer
Song Titles: The Ballad of Irving
TV Shows: Buick Circus Hour (ringmaster), Perry Como Show, Kraft Television Shows
🎭Frank Gorshin -- Death Anniversary -- b.4/5/1934 d.5/17/2005 (71)
Actor, Comedian, Impressionist
Names/Places: b. in Pittsburgh
TV Shows: Batman (as The Riddler)
🎭Robert E. "Wheezer" Hutchins -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/29/1925 N.S. d.5/17/1945 N.S. (20)
Movie Titles: Our Gang
⛪🎭🎵Tony Randall -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/26/1920 d.5/17/2004 (84)
Jewish, TV/Movie/Stage Actor, Singer
Names/Places: b. in Tulsa, Okla.; RN:Leonard Rosenberg; Florence's hubby
TV Shows: One Man's Family (as Mac, Mr. Peepers' Harvey Weskit), The Odd Couple (as Felix Unger), Tony Randall Show (as Judge Walter Franklin), Love-Sydney (as Sidney Shorr)
🎨⛪🎭🎵Donna Summer -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/31/1948 d.5/17/2012 (63)
Hall of Famer, Artist, Baptist, Movie Actress, Songwriter, Disco Singer
Names/Places: Bruce Sudano's wife, b. in Boston; RN:LaDonna Andrea Gaines; NN:The Queen of Disco
Misc: novelty song about her: Donna Summer On The Radio
Song Titles: Last Dance, Hot Stuff, Love To Love You Baby, Heaven Knows, I Feel Love, Bad Girls, MacArthur Park, No More Tears (Enough Is Enough with Barbra Streisand), On The Radio, Sunset People, The Wanderer, Dim All The Lights, She Works Hard for the Money, Love is in Control, Dinner With Gershwin, This Time I Know It's For Real
Album Titles: Live and More, Love to Love You Baby, I Remember Yesterday, Bad Girls, The Wanderer, She Works Hard for the Money
Movie Titles: Thank God It's Friday
🎵Johnny "Guitar" Watson -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/3/1935 N.S. d.5/17/1996 N.S. (61)
Hall of Famer, Songwriter, Pianist, Blues Guitarist, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Misc: influenced musicians such as Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa
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🎵Lawrence Welk -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/11/1903 d.5/17/1992 (89)
Music Producer, Accordionist, Bandleader, Conductor
Names/Places: b. in Strassburg, MD; NN: The King of Champagne Music
TV Shows: The Lawrence Welk Show (host)
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In 2085, 05 x 17 = 85