Celebrity birthdays on Dec 19

 

Actress Cicely Tyson is 79. Singer Maurice White of Earth, Wind and Fire is 72. Actor Mike Lookinland (“The Brady Bunch”) is 53. Actress Jennifer Beals is 50. Actor Scott Cohen (“Gilmore Girls”) is 49. Actor Robert MacNaughton (“E.T.”) is 47. Magician Criss Angel is 46. Actress Kristy Swanson is 44. Model Tyson Beckford is 43. Actress Alyssa Milano is 41. Actor Jake Gyllenhaal is 33. Actress Marla Sokoloff (“The Practice”) is 33.

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