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Halloween Babies: 36 Famous People Sharing Their Birthday with the Spooky Holiday

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Halloween has become a truly global phenomenon, and is marked by parties and parades around the world. One theory holds that many Halloween traditions derived from Celtic harvest festivals, particularly the Gaelic festival Samhain. For some people, Oct. 31 means a lot more than trick-or-treating and jack-o’-lanterns – it’s their birthday. 

Using IMDb, an online movie and TV database owned by Amazon, and other sources, 24/7 Tempo has compiled a list of 36 celebrities – from actors and professional athletes to royalty – who were born on Halloween, celebrated on Oct. 31 every year.  

Christopher Columbus’s early life is obscure, but scholars believe he was born in Genoa between Aug. 25 and Oct. 31, 1451, earning him a place on our list. To some he was a heroic explorer and navigator, and the “discoverer” of America; to others he was a brutal exploiter whose actions resulted in the decimation of indigenous peoples. A less controversial explorer and navigator, astronaut Michael Collins, was also born on Halloween – some 480 years later, in 1931. 

Actor Stephen Rea, who’s known for his serious and sorrowful face, was a Halloween baby. So was actor John Candy, who was known for his goofiness. “Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson was born on October 31, 1961. U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr. arrived the same day. 

Our list includes two hip-hop musicians who were born a year apart. Adam Horovitz was born on Oct., 1966. Better known as Ad-Rock or King Ad-Rock, he was a member of the Beastie Boys. Robert Matthew Van Winkle, known professionally as Vanilla Ice, was born a year later. His megahit “Ice Ice Baby” was based on “Under Pressure” by Queen and David Bowie. (Here are some other famous people born on major holidays.)

Christopher Columbus
> Born in: 1451
> Known for being a(n): Explorer

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John Keats
> Born in: 1795
> Known for being a(n): Poet

Juliette Gordon Low
> Born in: 1860
> Known for being a(n): Founder of Girl Scouts USA

Lee Grant
> Born in: 1925
> Known for being a(n): Actress, (“In the Heat of the Night”)

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Michael Collins
> Born in: 1930
> Known for being a(n): Astronaut

Dan Rather
> Born in: 1931
> Known for being a(n): Journalist

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Ron Rifkin
> Born in: 1939
> Known for being a(n): Actor

David Allen Ogden Stiers
> Born in: 1942
> Known for being a(n): Actor and conductor

Stephen Rea
> Born in: 1946
> Known for being a(n): Actor

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Deidre Hall
> Born in: 1947
> Known for being a(n): Actress

Jane Pauley
> Born in: 1950
> Known for being a(n): Journalist

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John Candy
> Born in: 1950
> Known for being a(n): Actor

Zaha Hadid
> Born in: 1950
> Known for being a(n): Architect

Nick Saban
> Born in: 1951
> Known for being a(n): College football coach

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Neal Stephenson
> Born in: 1959
> Known for being a(n): Writer

Peter Jackson
> Born in: 1961
> Known for being a(n): Film director

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Larry Mullen Jr.
> Born in: 1961
> Known for being a(n): Musician

Rob Schneider
> Born in: 1963
> Known for being a(n): Comedian, actor

Dermot Mulroney
> Born in: 1963
> Known for being a(n): Actor

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Fred McGiff
> Born in: 1963
> Known for being a(n): Former baseball player

Marco van Basten
> Born in: 1964
> Known for being a(n): Retired soccer player and manager

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Adam Horovitz
> Born in: 1966
> Known for being a(n): Musician

Vanilla Ice
> Born in: 1967
> Known for being a(n): Rapper / TV personality

Adam Schlesinger
> Born in: 1967
> Known for being a(n): Musician

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Ruben Fleischer
> Born in: 1974
> Known for being a(n): Filmmaker

Piper Perabo
> Born in: 1976
> Known for being a(n): Actress

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Frank Iero
> Born in: 1981
> Known for being a(n): Musician

Mike Napoli
> Born in: 1981
> Known for being a(n): Former baseball player

Justin Chatwin
> Born in: 1982
> Known for being a(n): Actor

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Vanessa Marano
> Born in: 1992
> Known for being a(n): Actress

Letitia Wright
> Born in: 1993
> Known for being a(n): Actress

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Marcus Rashford
> Born in: 1997
> Known for being a(n): Soccer player

Holly Taylor
> Born in: 1997
> Known for being a(n): Actress

Sydney Park
> Born in: 1997
> Known for being a(n): Actress

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Willow Smith
> Born in: 2000
> Known for being a(n): Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith’s daughter, singer

Leonor, Princess of Asturias
> Born in: 2005
> Known for being a(n): Heir to the Spanish throne

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