Celebrity birthdays on Jan 22

 
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Actress Piper Laurie is 82. Actor Seymour Cassel is 79. Actor John Hurt is 74. Singer Steve Perry (Journey) is 65. Actress Linda Blair is 55. Actress Diane Lane is 49. Rap DJ-actor Jazzy Jeff is 49. Actor Balthazar Getty is 39. Actor Christopher Kennedy Masterson ("Malcolm in the Middle") is 34. Singer Willa Ford is 33. Actress Beverley Mitchell ("Seventh Heaven") is 33.

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