Famous August Birthdays
August marks the birthdays for a famous astronaut, a celebrity chef, and a former first lady. Check out these celebrities and others who will be serenaded with "Happy Birthday to You" this month.
Date of birth: August 1
Grammy Award-winning rapper Coolio rose to fame with his song "Gangsta's Paradise", which was featured in this movie. He was part of this reality television show.
Date of birth: August 2
Celebrated film and stage actor Peter O'Toole won critical acclaim for his work but has never won an Academy Award. He holds the record for the most nominations without a win in the acting categories
Date of birth: August 3
Media maven Martha Stewart has shared her homemaking skills and creative ideas with audiences through her best-selling books and her daytime show. A brief incarceration for securities fraud did not slow her down.
Date of birth: August 4
U.S. President Barack Obama is gearing up his campaign for re-election. He won the Nobel Peace Prize the same year he took office.
Date of birth: August 5
Astronaut Neil Armstrong made "one giant leap" into history as the first man on the moon. Previous to this event, he was a naval aviator who served in the Korean War.
M. Night Shyamalan
Date of birth: August 6
Director M. Night Shyamalan has produced several blockbuster hits that feature supernatural themes. His next film is set to be released next year.
Date of birth: August 7
South African actress Charlize Theron won a Best Actress Oscar in 2004. This year has been a busy one for her, with two movies released back-to-back.
Date of birth: August 8
Swiss professional tennis player Roger Federer was named No. 1 on the list of "100 greatest tennis players of all time". He lost in the semi-finals at the 2012 French Open but returned strong to win his seventh Wimbledon title.
Date of birth: August 9
Australian actor Eric Bana has tackled diverse roles throughout his career. A fan of auto racing, he has competed in several motor sport races
Date of birth: August 10
Spanish actor Antonio Banderas broke into Hollywood films in 1992. His popular character from the "Shrek" movies earned a title role in a spin-off movie.
Date of birth: August 11
Former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan is a member of the WWE Hall of Fame. He starred in a reality show with his then-wife and kids, which created a spin-off show featuring his daughter.
Date of birth: August 12
Casey Affleck broke out of his brother's shadow with his role in a critically acclaimed Western movie that garnered him several acting award nominations. He married the sister of a former co-star in 2006.
Date of birth: August 13
Former child star Danny Bonaduce is best known for his role as Danny Partridge in the 1970s show "The Partridge Family." He made his way back to television in guest-starring roles as well as several bouts of reality television
Date of birth: August 14
"That '70s Show" star Mila Kunis won critical acclaim and several award nominations for her role as a ballet dancer. She also voices the role for an unpopular teenager in a popular animated series
Date of birth: August 15
Melinda Gates married the billionaire businessman and computer programmer responsible for Microsoft in 1994. She is the co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Date of birth: August 16
Award-winning writer and director James Cameron is known for his science-fiction movies and innovative use of special effects. Two of his movies are among the highest-grossing films ever made.
Date of birth: August 17
Celebrity interior designer David Bromstad was the first winner of HGTV's design competition "HGTV Design Star". He now hosts his own show on that channel.
Date of birth: August 18
Former first lady Rosalynn Carter has continued her advocacy for mental health since her tenure in the White House. She is one of only three first ladies to be inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.
Date of birth: August 19
Bill Clinton served as the 42nd president of the United States following his tenure in the Arkansas governor's office. Since leaving office, he has published his memoirs and has been involved in the restoration of Haiti following the 2010 earthquake
Date of birth: August 20
Celebrity weatherman Al Roker has been the weather anchor for the "Today" show since 1996. He co-wrote a series of three murder mystery novels, one of which garnered him a Nero Award nomination.
Date of birth: August 21
"Heroes" star Hayden Panettiere got her start on a daytime soap opera. She recently starred in "Amanda Knox: A Murder on Trial in Italy," portraying the title character.
Giada De Laurentiis
Date of birth: August 22
Celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis hosts the popular cooking show "Giada at Home" and is a mentor on a cooking competition show. She has written several cookbooks and has her own line of cooking products.
Date of birth: August 23
NBA superstar Kobe Bryant has played his entire career with the Los Angeles Lakers. His skills on the court helped his team win five NBA championships.
Date of birth: August 24
British actor Rupert Grint found fame as Ron Weasley in the "Harry Potter" movie series. He recently joined the cast of a film about a member of the Beach Boys
Date of birth: August 25
Gene Simmons is best known for his black-and-white makeup, wild costumes and long tongue as the bassist and singer of the hard rock group KISS. You can see him without his makeup on the reality show he stars in with his family.
Date of birth: August 26
Jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis is the bandleader for the Branford Marsalis Quartet as well as a solo performer. A native of Louisiana, he helped create the Musicians' Village in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.
Date of birth: August 27
Comedian and actor Paul Reubens is best known as Pee-wee Herman, a character he developed into a popular television show and two movies. After a long hiatus following two arrests, he returned to the screen in several guest appearances and Pee-wee cameos.
Date of birth: August 28
Singer LeAnn Rimes hit the country music scene at age 13 with a hit song that was originally intended for Patsy Cline. Following a highly publicized affair she married her co-star Eddie Cibrian.
Date of birth: August 29
British reporter Robin Leach gave viewers a glimpse into the decadent lives of celebrities in the 1980s and 1990s show "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous"
Date of birth: August 30
Actress Cameron Diaz started her career as a model. She most recently starred in a comedy based on a popular guide to pregnancy.
Date of birth: August 31
Actor Richard Gere solidified his status as a sexy leading man in his breakout role and continues to sizzle on the screen. He is an advocate for human rights efforts in Tibet and AIDS awareness.