Thursday, November 12, 2009

Thursday thirteen: 13 famous people born on Friday the 13th

Tomorrow is Friday the 13th! And each of these 13* famous individuals was lucky enough to be born on one of the unluckiest days of the year.

1. Nathan Bedford Forrest — Friday, July 13, 1821
One of America’s most loathsome historical figures, he was a Confederate general, slave trader, and Grand Wizard of the KKK

(Forrest Gump claimed to have been named after his ancestor General Nathan Bedford Forrest)

Nathan Bedford Forrest

2. Butch Cassidy — Friday, April 13, 1866
Notorious train robber, bank robber and leader of the Hole in the Wall Gang

Butch Cassidy

3. Samuel Beckett — Friday, April 13, 1906
Irish writer, dramatist and poet

Samuel Beckett

4. Don Adams — Friday, April 13, 1923
Actor, best known for his role as Maxwell Smart (Agent 86) in the TV sitcom Get Smart

Don Adams

5. Fidel Castro — Friday, August 13, 1926
Former Prime Minister of Cuba

Fidel Castro

6. Bob Crane — Friday, July 13, 1928
Actor, best known for his role as Colonel Hogan in the TV sitcom Hogan's Heroes

Bob Crane

7. Christopher Plummer — Friday, December 13, 1929
Canadian actor, perhaps best known for playing Captain Georg von Trapp in The Sound of Music

Christopher Plummer

8. Peter Tork — Friday, February 13, 1942
Musician, actor, and member of the pop group The Monkees

Peter Tork

9. Didi Conn — Friday, Friday, July 13, 1951
Actress, best known for her role as Frenchy in Grease

Didi Conn

10. Steve Buscemi — Friday, December 13, 1957
Actor, writer and film director

Steve Buscemi

11. Julia Louis-Dreyfus — Friday, January 13, 1961
Actress, best known for her role as Elaine Benes on the TV sitcom Seinfeld

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

12. Darius Rucker — Friday, May 13, 1966
Lead singer for the rock band Hootie & the Blowfish

Darius Rucker

13. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen — Friday, June 13, 1986
Actresses who have appeared in TV and films since infancy

Olsen twins

* I know, technically there are 14 people on this list. Blame it on the parents of the Olsen twins.


What's the maximum number of Friday the 13ths that can occur in any given calendar year?
A. one
B. two
C. three
D. four

˙ɹɐǝʎ ʎuɐ uı ɹnɔɔo uɐɔ ɯǝɥʇ ɟo ǝǝɹɥʇ uɐɥʇ ǝɹoɯ ou ʇnq 'ɥʇ31 ǝɥʇ ʎɐpıɹɟ ǝuo ʇsɐǝl ʇɐ sɐɥ ɹɐǝʎ ɹɐpuǝlɐɔ ʎɹǝʌǝ
ɔ :ɹǝʍsuɐ

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Tracie said...

It is so funny that all of these people were born on Friday the 13th.....I must say that Get Smart was one of my favorite shows when I was growing up! Silly, but very funny!


sdennard said...

Awesome list--how did you find all these??

colleen said...

I guess it wasn't a curse to most of those people. Now I'm curious about how Friday the 13th got such a bad rap. Gonna google it...

Jane said...

great list. who knew? and i love that pic of frenchy!

happy TT

Ryzmomplus2 said...

who knew! great list!

Bonnie said...

What a fun list! Very Clever! I loved watching Get Smart when I was a kid (repeats) too!

P.S. Great Music List (your "Latest Listenings") I listen to Ingrid Michaelson EVERYDAY! and Lenka never leaves my CD player.

James Clancy said...

Margaret Thatcher was also born on Friday the 13th. Either the luckiest or unluckiest day ever depending on who you ask.