DEANDRE JORDAN BIRTHDAY TODAY

NBA shot-blocking and rebounding specialist who led the league in rebounding in 2014 and 2015 as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers. He was also an NBA All-Defensive First Team selection in 2015.
BEFORE FAME
He played one year at Texas A&M before declaring for the 2008 NBA Draft. He was then selected with the 35th overall pick by the Clippers in 2008.
TRIVIA
He helped the Clippers reach the second round of the playoffs in 2012, 2014 and 2015.
FAMILY LIFE
His mother Kimberly Jordan became an avid critic of her son’s performances.
ASSOCIATED WITH
He became teammates with high-flying forward Blake Griffin on the Clippers in 2010.

NELSON MANDELA

South African revolutionary and politician who radically changed the conditions of the Apartheid state of South Africa for the better by addressing institutionalized racism and inequality. He served 27 years in prison and, upon his release in 1994, he became South Africa’s first black chief executive, an office he served for five years.
BEFORE FAME
He completed his junior certificate at Clarkebury Boarding School in two years, instead of the regular three.
TRIVIA
He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 while he was still in prison. He has been portrayed by Sidney Poitier, Danny Glover, Idris Elba, Terrence Howard, and Morgan Freeman in various folks about his life.
FAMILY LIFE
His great-grandfather was the king of the Thembu people, Ngubengcuka. He was married to Evelyn Ntoko Mase from 1944 to 1957, to Winnie Madikizela from 1958 to 1996, and married Graça Machel in 1998.
ASSOCIATED WITH
He cited Mohandas Gandhi as an influence on his nonviolent resistance tactics, and received the Gandhi Peace Prize in 2000.

VIN DIESAL

Actor, screenwriter, producer, and director who stars as Dominic Toretto in the Fast and the Furious films and Richard B. Riddick in the Chronicles of Riddick franchise. He also played lead roles in Pitch Black and xXx and voiced the character Groot in the 2014 film Guardians of the Galaxy.
BEFORE FAME
He worked as a bouncer at New York clubs when he was seventeen.
TRIVIA
He played a supporting role as Private Adrian Caparzo in the 1998 film Saving Private Ryan.
FAMILY LIFE
He dated co-star Michelle Rodriguez in 2001 after filming The Fast and the Furious together. He and his girlfriend Paloma Jimenez have two daughters named Hania and Pauline and a son named Vincent.
ASSOCIATED WITH
He co-starred with Paul Walker in several installments of the Fast and Furious franchise.

BUFFALO BILLS RUNNING BACK LEASEAN MCCOY

ABOUT
Star NFL running back known as “Shady” who set the Philadelphia Eagles single-season touchdown record with 20 in 2011 and also became the franchise’s all-time leading rusher. He led the NFL in rushing in 2013 with 1,607 yards and he was named the 2013 NFC Offensive Player of the Year. In 2015, he was traded to the Buffalo Bills.
BEFORE FAME
He was named to the Freshmen All-American team while playing at the University of Pittsburgh, and led the Panthers with 23 rushing touchdowns in his Sophomore season.
TRIVIA
He replaced Brian Westbrook as the Eagles Running Back.
FAMILY LIFE
His older brother LeRon McCoy played for 3 NFL teams including the 49ers. He has a son named LeSean Jr.
ASSOCIATED WITH
He and Michael Vick both joined the Eagles in 2009.

COMEDIAN CHARLIE MURPHY

ABOUT
Best known for being a contributing writer and member of the sketch comedy show Chappelle’s Show alongside comedian Dave Chappelle. He has also appeared in such films as Night at the Museum, Roll Bounce and Norbit.
BEFORE FAME
He first appeared in the film, Harlem Nights but landed his first major role four years later in CB4.
TRIVIA
He is the voice of Big Kid on the animated show, Thugaboo.
FAMILY LIFE
He married Tisha Taylor in 1997 and she died of cancer in 2009.
ASSOCIATED WITH
He is the older brother of fellow comedian Eddie Murphy.

BROCK LESNER

ABOUT
He was named the WWE King of the Ring in 2002 after winning the 2000 NCAA heavyweight wrestling championship. He joined the UFC in 2007.
BEFORE FAME
He won the NCAA wrestling championships and amassed a 106-5 record in four years of wrestling, and was cut from the Minnesota Vikings during the preseason.
TRIVIA
He won the 2010 UFC Heavyweight Championship against Shane Carwin via submission with an arm triangle choke in Las Vegas, Nevada.
FAMILY LIFE
He broke off his engagement with his fiancee Nicole, with whom he had a daughter named Mya Lynn in 2002, in order to start a relationship with fellow wrestler Rena Sable Mero, whom he married in May 2006.
ASSOCIATED WITH
He became the first fighter to beat The Undertaker in a WrestleMania match on April 6, 2014.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY BILL COSBY

ABOUT
Legendary stand-up comedian who became known for starring on his own sitcom The Bill Cosby Show, which aired from 1984 to 1992. He later created the comedy series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids.
BEFORE FAME
After flunking 10th grade, he worked as an apprentice at a local shoe repair shop and began performing stand up comedy at The Hungry I nightclub in San Francisco. While attending Temple University, he worked as a bartender at a Philadelphia club called The Cellar.
TRIVIA
In 1965, he starred in I Spy, and a couple years later he won a Best Comedy Performance Grammy Award for his album To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With.
FAMILY LIFE
He married Camille Hanks in 1964, and they had five children named Erika, Erinn, Ensa, Evin, and Ennis.
ASSOCIATED WITH
His wife on The Cosby Show was Clair Huxtable, played by Phylicia Rashad.