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In MEMORY of HELEN REDDY on her BIRTHDAY - Born Helen Maxine Reddy, Australian-American singer, songwriter, author, actress, and activist. Born in Melbourne, Victoria, to a show-business family, Reddy started her career as an entertainer at age four. She sang on radio and television and won a talent contest on the television program Bandstand[a] in 1966; her prize was a ticket to New York City and a record audition, which was unsuccessful. Oct 25, 1941 - Sep 29, 2020 (undisclosed)
In MEMORY of MINNIE PEARL on her BIRTHDAY - Born Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon, American country comedian who appeared at the Grand Ole Opry for more than 50 years (from 1940 to 1991) and on the television show Hee Haw from 1969 to 1991. Oct 25, 1912 - Mar 4, 1996 (complications of a stroke)
In MEMORY of EUGENE GORDON LEE (PORKY) on his BIRTHDAY - Born Eugene Gordon Lee, American child actor, most notable for appearing in the Our Gang (Little Rascals) comedies as Porky from 1935 to 1939. During his tenure in Our Gang, Porky originated the catchphrase "O-tay!", though it is commonly attributed to fellow character Buckwheat, played by Billie Thomas. Oct 25, 1933 - Oct 16, 2005 (lung and brain cancers)
In MEMORY of ANTHONY FRANCIOSA on his BIRTHDAY - Born Anthony George Papaleo, American actor. Franciosa began his career on stage and made a breakthrough after portraying a brother of the drug addict in the play A Hatful of Rain, which earned him a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play. He reprised his role in its subsequent film adaptation, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor. Oct 25, 1928 - Jan 19, 2006 (following a stroke)
In MEMORY of JEANNE COOPER on her BIRTHDAY - Born Wilma Jeanne Cooper, American actress, best known for her role as Katherine Chancellor on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless (1973–2013). At the time of her death, she was eighth on the all-time list of longest-serving soap opera actors in the United States. Oct 25, 1928 - May 8, 2013 (an infection and COPD?)
In MEMORY of BILLY BARTY on his BIRTHDAY - Born William John Bertanzetti, American actor and activist. In adult life, he stood 3 ft 9 in (1.14 m) tall, due to cartilage–hair hypoplasia dwarfism, and because of his short stature, he was often cast in movies opposite taller performers for comic effect. He specialized in outspoken or wisecracking characters. Oct 25, 1924 - Dec 23, 2000 (heart failure)
HAPPY 32nd BIRTHDAY to MIA WASIKOWSKA!! 10/25/21 Born Mia Wasikowska, Australian actress. She made her screen debut on the Australian television drama All Saints in 2004, followed by her feature film debut in Suburban Mayhem (2006). She first became known to a wider audience following her critically acclaimed work on the HBO television series In Treatment. She was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female for That Evening Sun (2009).
HAPPY 36th BIRTHDAY to CIARA!! 10/25/21 Born Ciara Princess Harris, American singer, songwriter, dancer, model and actress. Born in Fort Hood, Texas, her family eventually settled to Atlanta, Georgia, where she joined the girl group Hearsay. She later signed a publishing deal and befriended producer Jazze Pha, who recorded demos that would appear on her debut album. With his help, Ciara signed a record deal with LaFace Records.
HAPPY 37th BIRTHDAY to KATY PERRY!! 10/25/21 Born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, American singer, songwriter, and television judge. After singing in church during her childhood, she pursued a career in gospel music as a teenager. Perry signed with Red Hill Records and released her debut studio album Katy Hudson under her birth name in 2001, which was commercially unsuccessful.
HAPPY 41st BIRTHDAY to MEHCAD BROOKS!! 10/25/21 Born Mehcad Jason McKinley Brooks, American actor and former fashion model. He is known for his roles as Matthew Applewhite in the second season of ABC's series Desperate Housewives (2005–2006), Jerome in The Game, his leading role as Terrance "TK" King in the USA series Necessary Roughness from 2011 until 2013 and James Olsen in the CBS and The CW series Supergirl.
HAPPY 50th BIRTHDAY to CRAIG ROBINSON!! 10/25/21 Born Craig Phillip Robinson, American actor, comedian, musician, and singer. He is best known for his roles as Darryl Philbin on The Office (2005–2013) and Doug Judy (the "Pontiac Bandit") on Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013–2021). He is also known for his frequent collaborations with Seth Rogen, including Pineapple Express (2008), Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008), This Is the End (2013), and Sausage Party (2016).
HAPPY 50th BIRTHDAY to LESLIE GROSSMAN!! 10/25/21 Born Leslie Erin Grossman, American actress. She is known for her role as Lauren on The WB sitcom What I Like About You, and for her frequent collaborations with Ryan Murphy, appearing as Mary Cherry on The WB’s comedy-drama series Popular (1999–2001), and as various characters on the FX anthology series American Horror Story since 2017.
HAPPY 51st BIRTHDAY to ADAM GOLDBERG!! 10/25/21 Born Adam Charles Goldberg, American character actor, filmmaker, musician, and photographer. Known for his supporting roles in film and television, Goldberg has appeared in films such as Dazed and Confused, Saving Private Ryan, A Beautiful Mind, and Zodiac.
HAPPY 52nd BIRTHDAY to SAMANTHA BEE!! 10/25/21 Born Samantha Anne Bee, Canadian-American comedienne, writer, producer, political commentator, actress, and television host. Bee rose to fame as a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, where she became the longest-serving regular correspondent. In 2015, she departed the show after 12 years to start her own show, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.
HAPPY 57th BIRTHDAY to KEVIN MICHAEL RICHARDSON!! 10/25/21 Born Kevin Michael Richardson, American actor. Known for his distinctively deep voice, he has mostly voiced villainous characters in animation and video games. In film, Richardson voiced Goro in Mortal Kombat (1995) and reprises in Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge (2020), Captain Gantu in the Lilo & Stitch series, and Deus Ex Machina in The Matrix Revolutions (2003).
HAPPY 57th BIRTHDAY to MICHAEL BOATMAN!! 10/25/21 Born Michael Patrick Boatman, American actor and writer. He is known for his roles as New York City mayoral aide Carter Heywood in the ABC sitcom Spin City, as U.S. Army Specialist Samuel Beckett in the ABC drama series China Beach, as 101st Airborne soldier Motown in the Vietnam War movie Hamburger Hill, and as sports agent Stanley Babson in the HBO sitcom Arli$$.
HAPPY 60th BIRTHDAY to CHAD SMITH!! 10/25/21 Born Chad Gaylord Smith, American musician who has been the drummer of the band Red Hot Chili Peppers since 1988. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. Smith is also the drummer of the hard rock supergroup Chickenfoot, formed in 2008, and of the all-instrumental outfit Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats, formed in 2007.
HAPPY 63rd BIRTHDAY to MARK MILLER!! 10/25/21 Born Mark Miller, lead singer and frontman of Sawyer Brown. One of the founding members of the band he is also their main songwriter. In fact, in 1982, before the success of Sawyer Brown, Miller and Bobby Randall had their song "Over, Under and Around" recorded by Reba McIntyre.
HAPPY 66th BIRTHDAY to MATTHIAS JABS!! 10/25/21 Born Matthias Jabs, German guitarist and songwriter. He is best known for being the lead guitarist in the hard rock band Scorpions. He has played on all but the first five Scorpions studio albums starting with Lovedrive (1979) to Return to Forever (2015). He has a music store, MJ Guitars, in Munich, Germany.
HAPPY 77th BIRTHDAY to JON ANDERSON!! 10/25/21 Born John Roy Anderson, British-American singer and songwriter best known as the former lead singer of the progressive rock band Yes, which he formed in 1968 with bassist Chris Squire. He was a member of the band across three tenures until 2008. Anderson was also a member of Yes Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman.
HAPPY 81st BIRTHDAY to BOBBY KNIGHT!! 10/25/21 Born Robert Montgomery Knight, American former basketball coach. Often referred to as "Bobby Knight" and nicknamed "the General", Knight won 902 NCAA Division I men's college basketball games, a record at the time of his retirement, and currently fourth all-time, behind his former player and assistant coach Mike Krzyzewski of Duke, Roy Williams, and Jim Boeheim of Syracuse, of which Krzyzewski and Boeheim are still active.