# DXX…Saints’ “Marching” Leader…

In case you’re celebrating today, December 29th, as your birthday, one of your twins is actually the current head coach of the one-time champion New Orleans Saints, Mr. Sean Payton (1963).  This probably doesn’t mean anything to you except if you happen to be a fan of the team (at least, I am).  However, his tenacity to continue with the team that he has led to victory remains a key focal point as to why he is here.

Following a not-so-stellar career as a quarterback, his stays as coach for San Diego State University, Indiana State and Miami (OH) propelled him into the NFL, with teams like Philadelphia and the New York Giants before becoming just the tenth coach in New Orleans history…and the first one in the franchise’s 40-plus year history to win a title…which means he IS a celebrity twin of noteworthiness.

Also celebrating today are/were; late Los Angeles mayor Tom Bradley (1917-1998), actress Inga Swenson (1932), acting legend Mary Tyler Moore (1936-2017), Miami Dolphins’/Marlins’ owner Wayne Huizenga (1937-2018) and former pop icon Marianne Faithfull was born in 1946.

Former “Cheers” star Ted Danson (1947), The Offspring guitarist Dexter Holland (1965), actor Jude Law (1972) and comedian Danny McBride (1976) finish today’s short list.

Hopefully, as this year’s football schedule comes to close, I will be able to edit this column next year to show “2-time champion”…but, as I know from previous experiences, anything can happen!!!!

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

 

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# DXIX…RIP to Late Marvel Great…

{Author’s Note:  The following is an exact copy-and-paste from my “late” book and was written about two years ago…minus editing, of course…}

Today, December 28th, is the birthday of the biggest thing to come out of Marvel Comics, ever…Stan Lee (1922-2018), the innovator of the comic book franchise’s most valuable commodities. Born in 1922 in New York, the town where most of the character’s locations are based, he had been a part of Marvel Comics since 1961 and his works are just too numerous to mention at this time.

You also know that I know, like many who’ve followed his career, that he had appeared (in minor cameos, mind you) in at least 25 comic book-based movies…you’ll know him when you see him. His contributions to the comic book world more than merit his position in those films…and here, as well. EXCELSIOR!

Also celebrating with the legend (and you, my reader) are/were; veteran actress Maggie Smith (1934), former wrestling star Lanny Poffo (1954), superstar actor Denzel Washington (1954), former NHL legend Ray Bourque (1960), former NHL journeyman Rob Niedermayer (1974), singing star John Legend (1978), TNA wrestler {from New Orleans} Taryn Terrell (1988) and singer David Archuleta was born in 1990.

Thank you again for coming…hope you come back soon…I know I will!

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

# DXVIII…Late Musical Twins…

If you celebrate December 22nd as your birthday, you also just happen to celebrate it on the same day as late famous musicians Maurice and Robin Gibb (1949-2003, -2012), better known as part of the best-selling pop act The Bee Gees.  They were both born on this date and their careers spanned from 1955 to 2003 and 2012, respectively.

Responsible for such hits as “Tragedy”, “Stayin’ Alive”, and “I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You”, the group itself was very popular between 1967 and 1980.  That, in itself, is enough to warrant a mention of their talents here…after all, they practically flourished during the disco era, a bygone era of pretty eclectic music.

Also, celebrating today are/were; late actress Barbara Billingsley (1915-2010), late game show host Gene Rayburn (1917-1999), veteran actor Hector Elizando (1936), former pitchers Jerry Koosman (1942) and Steve Carlton (1944) and television personality Diane Sawyer was born in 1945.

Former L.A. Dodgers’ great Steve Garvey (1948), Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen (1948), veteran superstar actor Ralph Fiennes (1962) and singer Jordin Sparks (1989) finish today’s short list.

Until next time…and thanks for coming!

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

# DXVII…For a Premier Rock Drummer…

Today, December 20th, is the birthday of KISS drummer Peter Criss (1945), and there is a good reason that his name is premiering on this list…his name is synonymous with the greatest rock band of this era of music history.  Besides, not only is he an accomplished drummer and vocalist (“Beth” is one of my all-time favorites!), but he (and the rest of the band) appeared in the cult classic “KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park” {which I’ve written about}…making him an actor, as well.

However, I would be remiss to mention that, in addition to his tenures with the rock gods, he has also had a pretty successful solo projects…I mean, he has been in the industry since 1964; a forty-plus year career that deserves all the kudos that he’s earned in my eyes!

Also celebrating today are/were; late comedian Charlie Callas (1927-2011), former “Magnum, P.I.” co-star John Hillerman (1932), “Law & Order” creator Dick Wolf (1946), keyboardist/producer Alan Parsons (1948), Dethklok (speed death metal giants) creator Mike Keneally (1961), R & B star JoJo (1990) and BabyMetal superstar (they’re different and wonderful) Suzuka Nakamoto, aka Su-Metal, was born in 1999.

Hope you enjoyed your addition to my view counter…it makes my heart happy when it goes up…and that’s why I’m still doing this!

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

# DXVI…A Late, Great Hall-of-Famer (NFL)…

Today’s date, December 19th, is in remembrance of one of the NFL’s greatest defensive players ever…late journeyman Reggie White (1961-2004), whose career in the defunct USFL led to a stellar, award-winning and championship NFL seasons with the Eagles, Packers and Panthers.  A two-time sacks leader, his championship in Super Bowl XXXI, as a member of the Green Bay team, was a dominant show over the pre-Tom Brady New England team that year.

Born in Chattanooga, TN, on this date in 1961, he is a multi-time Hall of Famer (NFL, Green Bay and Philadelphia) and his number (#92) has been retired by those teams and college’s Tennessee Volunteers…which is a clear testament to the impact that he had on the game that he loved playing until his untimely death at 43 years young.

Also celebrating today are/were; late Russian leader Leonid Brezhnev (1906-1982), late country entertainer Little Jimmy Dickens (1920-2015), former Detroit Tigers’ legend Al Kaline (1934), late “Spencer: For Hire” actor Robert Urich (1946-2002) and “Flashdance” star Jennifer Beals was born in 1963.

Supermagician Criss Angel (1967), veteran NBA star (and former Timberwolves’ star) Tom Gugliotta (1969), vivacious actress Alyssa Milano (1972), former NFL star Warren Sapp (1972) and actor Jake Gyllenhaal was born in 1980.

Thank you, as always, for entertaining me with your presence…it means a lot to me!

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

# DXV (515)…Hall of Fame Catcher’s 71st…

December 7th, which is also known for the 1941 bombing of Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor, is also the birthdate of one of major league baseball’s greatest catchers; former Cincinnati Reds star Johnny Bench (1947). A first-ballot member of the Hall of Fame, his career speaks for itself; fourteen-time All-Star, including a thirteen year streak, two-time World Series champ (including the 1975 win over the Red Sox), and ten-time Gold Glove winner…the man was a legend in my generation.

However, the most remarkable thing about the man’s career is that, in this day and age of “money talks”, he spent his ENTIRE career with the Cincinnati Reds…and the fact that no other Reds’ player can wear his Number 5 uniform is another testament as to why his name belongs here!

Also celebrating on this date are/were; late New York-born actor Eli Wallach (1915-2014), late comedian/actor Ted Knight (1923-1986), actress Ellen Burstyn (1932), late folk legend Harry Chapin (1942-1981) and late game show host Peter Tomarkin {“Press Your Luck”} (1942-2006).

In addition, singer Tom Waits (1949), NBA legend Larry Bird (1956), late wrestling personality Rick Rude (1958-1999), actor C. Thomas Howell (1966), New York Yankees’ legend Tino Martinez (1967), NFL great Terrell Owens (1973) and wrestling superstar Dean Ambrose (1985) also celebrate today.

Don’t know when I’ll be back, but it should be soon…Until then, thank you and…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

# DXIV…One of Rock’s Underrated Stars…(From “The Book”)…

Today, December 2nd, is the birthdate of Def Leppard bass player Rick Savage (1960), whose prowess in his craft created some of hair metal’s finest riffs.  From the group’s inception in 1977, before a lot of you were born, his co-founding of the legendary rockers is among the finest in musical history.

Born in Sheffield, United Kingdom, he is also one of the only original members of the band (aside from singer Joe Elliott and drummer Rick Allen) to appear on every album…from 1979’s “The Def Leppard E.P.”, including the hit albums “Pyromania” and “Hysteria”, and even now…with 2015’s eponymous “Def Leppard”.  His driving force behind the lower riffs on the guitar spectrum are admired and often emulated by many.

Also born on this date are/were; late White House personality Alexander Haig (1924-2010), former Attorney General Edwin Meese (1931), actress Cathy Lee Crosby (1944), bombshell actress Lucy Liu (1968), tennis legend Monica Seles (1973), singer Nelly Furtado (1978), pop diva icon Britney Spears (1981) and NFL quarterback “legend” Aaron Rodgers was born in 1983.

Hope you enjoyed your “rock history” lesson…and please come back soon!

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

# DXIII…Veteran’s Day Birthday List…

Firstly, I would like to give a thanks to any and all individuals who’ve either given their life or continue to honor the principles that we all hold dear in this wonderful nation of ours…like my late father, Fred, and my late uncle Edward (uncle perished in combat, Dad was a Marine in the Korean War)…and, for that, I personally thank you!!!!

Today, November 11th, is the birthday of current “Supergirl” co-star Calista Flockhart (1964).  As she is the major character ‘Cat Grant’ (CEO of the fictitious ‘Catco Media’ in the show), it is really a testament to being patient when it comes to the acting industry…as, for five seasons, she was the titular character on Fox’s comedy, “Ally McBeal” from 1997 until 2002.

In addition, she is also married to major actor Harrison Ford (since 2010) and was also in the hit TV series “Brothers and Sisters” and movies like “The Birdcage” and “Quiz Show”.  It is her portrayal of the media mogul on the hit CBS comic book drama “Supergirl” (as a no-nonsense news woman) that earns her place here on this blog.

Also, celebrating today are/were; late general George S. Patton (1885-1945), late author Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007), late comedian Jonathan Winters (1925-2013), game show/Food Network host Marc Summers (1951), actor Stanley Tucci (1960) and multi-talented actress Demi Moore was born in 1962.

Wrestling trainer (and former tag team champion) Billy Gunn (1963), comedian/actor David DeLuise (1971), Green Day guitarist Jason White (1973), ubiquitous actor Leonardo DiCaprio (1974) and former New York Giants’ phenom Victor Cruz was born in 1986.

Thanks for listening to my rants, again…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

# DXII…”Spawn”ed His Career…

November 10th, for those of you celebrating today, is the birthdate of talented (yet underutilized actor) Michael Jai White (1967), who was born in New Rochelle, NY on this date in 1967. There are quite a few reasons that his name should be here; he is a multi-talented actor who just happens to be an accomplished martial artist and voice actor.

After bursting on the scene portraying pugilist Mike Tyson in an HBO film about the boxing legend, he was the first African-American to play a comic book character in a major motion picture, after being picked to portray hero Al Simmons in the hit movie, “Spawn” (which came out a mere two weeks before Shaquille O’Neal “Steel” was released.) In his twenty year career, though, the role that he will be remember for (by me, anyway) is his portrayal of the villainous Bronze Tiger in the hit CW drama, “Arrow”.

His legacy, however, is not limited to acting or voice acting, either; he’s also tried his hands at writing (movies “Black Dynamite” and “Three Bullets” from 2009) and producing (“PVC-1” [2007], “Blood and Bone” and “Three Bullets” [2009]), as well, which gives him enough credentials to be considered a “celebrity twin”…even if you aren’t aware of his name.

In addition, this list includes; late “Gilligan’s Island” ‘Professor’ Russell Johnson (1924-2014), author W.E.B. Griffin (1929), late “Jaws” and “seaQuest DSV” star Roy Scheider (1932-2008), musical icon Sir Tim Rice (1944) and late Emerson, Lake and Palmer bassist Greg Lake (1947-2016).

Music icon Dave Loggins (1947), wrestler Bob Orton, Jr. (1950), former Red Sox’ reliever Bob Stanley (1954), comedian/actor Sinbad (1954), New York Mets’ VP of Baseball Operations Omar Minaya (1958), science fiction author Neil Gaiman (1960), comedians Tommy Davidson (1963) and Tracy Morgan (1968), late actress Brittany Murphy (1977-2009), rap star Eve (1978), former New Orleans Saint Donte Stallworth (1980), wrestling star Ryback (1981) and country music sensation Miranda Lambert (1983) finish today’s list.

As always, until next time…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

# DXI…Jersey Boy “Born in the U.S.A.”…

In case the title didn’t give it away…as if you’re too young to remember…September 23rd is also the birthday of “The Boss”, Bruce Springsteen (1949), who was born on this date in, coincidentally, the EXACT SAME hospital that I was born in…Monmouth Medical Center in beautiful Long Branch, NJ!  Also, as a side note, it is the same hospital that Clint Black was born in…just sayin’!

As the man has a career in the industry that has been active since 1965, his legacy is a well-documented fact…18 albums and 20 Grammy Awards; clearly showing that he is no slouch and should be well-remembered by future generations, as his music is enough to be on this writer’s horizons for a long time now…as I was thirteen when the album title in the post’s title was released!  Many happy more to “The Boss”…as he is a hometown boy and a rock legend.

Also born on this late September date are/were; late superstar actor Mickey Rooney (1920-2014), late saxophone legend John Coltrane (1926-1967), late singing icon Ray Charles (1930-2004), Latino crooner Julio Iglesias (1943), late actress Elizabeth Pena (1959-2014), KMFDM vocalist Lucia Cifarelli (1970), record producer Jermaine Dupri (1972) and hardcore wrestling legend Matt Hardy was born in 1974.

Until next time…as always…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\