Celebrity Birthdays – December 9th

Dick Butkus  1942   Football Hall of Famer (Age: 69)
Dick Butkus 1942 Football Hall of Famer (Age: 69)
SAN FRANCISCO - JANUARY 1: NFL Today's Commentator Dick Butkus looks on during a game with the Minnesota Vikings against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on January 1, 1989 in San Francisco, California. The 49ers won 34-9. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
Morton Downey Junior  1933 - 2001   The TV host was also an occasional songwriter and actor. He died of lung cancer March 12, 2001 at 67.
Morton Downey Junior 1933 - 2001 The TV host was also an occasional songwriter and actor. He died of lung cancer March 12, 2001 at 67.
4/29/99 Beverly Hills, CA. Morton Downey, Jr. at the Friars Club to roast talk show host, Jerry Springer. Photo by Brenda Chase/Online USA, Inc.
Kara DioGuardi  1970   Songwriter, record executive and former American Idol judge (Age: 41)
Kara DioGuardi 1970 Songwriter, record executive and former American Idol judge (Age: 41)
ANAHEIM, CA - JANUARY 12: Songwriter Kara DioGuardi poses with her NAMM's 2011 Music for Life Award at the 2011 NAMM Show - Day 1 at the Anaheim Convention Center on January 12, 2011 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images for NAMM)
Kurt Angle  1968   Gold medalist-pro wrestler (Age: 43)
Kurt Angle 1968 Gold medalist-pro wrestler (Age: 43)
ATLANTA, GA - JULY 31: Kurt Angle of the US displays the national flag after winning the gold medal in the men's 100kg Olympic freestyle wrestling event at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, 31 July. (FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY) AFP-IOPP/Georges GOBET (Photo credit should read AFP-IOP/AFP/Getty Images)
Kirk Douglas (Issur Danielovitch Demsky)  1916   He had three Best Actor Oscar nominations during the 1950s for Champion, The Bad and the Beautiful and Lust for Life and was given an Honorary Award by the Academy in 1996 "for 50 years as a creative and moral force in the motion picture community."  (Age: 95)
Kirk Douglas (Issur Danielovitch Demsky) 1916 He had three Best Actor Oscar nominations during the 1950s for Champion, The Bad and the Beautiful and Lust for Life and was given an Honorary Award by the Academy in 1996 "for 50 years as a creative and moral force in the motion picture community." (Age: 95)
SANTA BARBARA, CA - OCTOBER 13: Actor Kirk Douglas (L) and actor Michael Douglas attend SBIFF's 2011 Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence In Film honoring Michael Douglas at the Biltmore Four Seasons on October 13, 2011 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
Donny Osmond  1957   Michael Jackson's strongest rival in the early-'70s teen idol stakes made history when his "Go Away Little Girl" became the first remake of a previous chart-topper to reach number-one. Donny has since starred in a pair of T-V series and hosted a network series with his sister, Marie, and toured in the stage musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. (Age: 54)
Donny Osmond 1957 Michael Jackson's strongest rival in the early-'70s teen idol stakes made history when his "Go Away Little Girl" became the first remake of a previous chart-topper to reach number-one. Donny has since starred in a pair of T-V series and hosted a network series with his sister, Marie, and toured in the stage musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. (Age: 54)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 23: Entertainer Donny Osmond dances during the Donny Dance Forum at The Forum Shops at Caesars, early July 23, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Osmond and about 600 people performed a choreographed dance that was recorded for a YouTube video. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Caesars Entertainment)
Felicity Huffman  1962   She was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar in 2006 for Transamerica. She won an Emmy in 2005 for Desperate Housewives and was nominated again in 2007, but didn't win.. She's also appeared on Frasier. (Age: 49)
Felicity Huffman 1962 She was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar in 2006 for Transamerica. She won an Emmy in 2005 for Desperate Housewives and was nominated again in 2007, but didn't win.. She's also appeared on Frasier. (Age: 49)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 14: Actress Felicity Huffman arrives at The Clinton Foundation's "A Decade Of Difference" Gala at The Hollywood Palladium on October 14, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
Dame Judi Dench  1934   She received her first Academy Award nomination -- Best Supporting Actress for Mrs. Brown -- at age 63 and has gotten five more since then, winning a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Shakespeare in Love. Her other nominations include Best Actress for Notes on a Scandal, Mrs. Henderson Presents and Iris and Best Supporting Actress for Chocolat. She's played "M" in the past half dozen "James Bond" films starting with 1995's GoldenEye. (Age: 77)
Dame Judi Dench 1934 She received her first Academy Award nomination -- Best Supporting Actress for Mrs. Brown -- at age 63 and has gotten five more since then, winning a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Shakespeare in Love. Her other nominations include Best Actress for Notes on a Scandal, Mrs. Henderson Presents and Iris and Best Supporting Actress for Chocolat. She's played "M" in the past half dozen "James Bond" films starting with 1995's GoldenEye. (Age: 77)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 07: Dame Judi Dench attends the Harper's Bazaar Women Of the Year Awards 2011 at Claridges Hotel on November 7, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/Getty Images)
Buck Henry (Zuckerman)  1930   The actor-writer-director-comedian has two Oscar nominations, one for Best Adapted Screenplay in 1968 for co-writing The Graduate, the other for Best Director in 1979 for Heaven Can Wait. He's one of the co-creators of T-V's Get Smart and a 10-time host of Saturday Night Live. (Age: 81)
Buck Henry (Zuckerman) 1930 The actor-writer-director-comedian has two Oscar nominations, one for Best Adapted Screenplay in 1968 for co-writing The Graduate, the other for Best Director in 1979 for Heaven Can Wait. He's one of the co-creators of T-V's Get Smart and a 10-time host of Saturday Night Live. (Age: 81)
HOLLYWOOD - APRIL 22: Writer Buck Henry attends the TCM Classic Film Festival screening of a "A Star Is Born" at Grauman's Chinese Theater on April 22, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Beau Bridges (Lloyd Vernet Bridges III)  1941   Actor (The Fabulous Baker Boys, Heart Like a Wheel, Norma Rae, The Landlord) (Age: 70)
Beau Bridges (Lloyd Vernet Bridges III) 1941 Actor (The Fabulous Baker Boys, Heart Like a Wheel, Norma Rae, The Landlord) (Age: 70)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 28: Actor Beau Bridges attends IFP's 21st annual Gotham Independent Film awards at Cipriani, Wall Street on November 28, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
John Malkovich  1953   He has two Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominations, for Places in the Heart and In the Line of Fire. His other notable films include Burn After Reading, Changeling, Ripley's Game, Being John Malkovich, Con Air, Dangerous Liaisons, The Sheltering Sky, Empire of the Sun, and The Killing Fields. (Age: 58)
John Malkovich 1953 He has two Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominations, for Places in the Heart and In the Line of Fire. His other notable films include Burn After Reading, Changeling, Ripley's Game, Being John Malkovich, Con Air, Dangerous Liaisons, The Sheltering Sky, Empire of the Sun, and The Killing Fields. (Age: 58)
US actor and director John Malkovich speaks during the opening on December 7, 2011 in Paris of the pop-up fashion store "Opificio JM", showcasing Malkovich's Italian-made menswear collection "Technobohemian by John Malkovich". Created three years ago, Malkovich's clothes were until now on limited display in a dozen stores around the world. AFP PHOTO PIERRE VERDY (Photo credit should read PIERRE VERDY/AFP/Getty Images)
Dennis Dunaway  1948   Ex-Alice Cooper bassist (Age: 63)
Dennis Dunaway 1948 Ex-Alice Cooper bassist (Age: 63)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 14: Inductee Dennis Dunaway of Alice Cooper Band poses in the press room at the 26th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at The Waldorf=Astoria on March 14, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Simon Helberg  1980   Actor (TV's The Big Bang Theory) (Age: 31)
Simon Helberg 1980 Actor (TV's The Big Bang Theory) (Age: 31)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 09: Actor Simon Helberg attends the 32nd Annual College Television Awards at the Renaissance Hotel Hollywood on April 9, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Redd Foxx (John Elroy Sanford)  1922 - 1991   The actor (T-V's Sanford and Son; Harlem Nights, Cotton Comes to Harlem)-comedian died of a heart attack October 11th, 1991 at 68.
Redd Foxx (John Elroy Sanford) 1922 - 1991 The actor (T-V's Sanford and Son; Harlem Nights, Cotton Comes to Harlem)-comedian died of a heart attack October 11th, 1991 at 68.
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