7th February ~ Birthdays today: Chris Rock, Ashton Kutcher, Garth Brooks and David Bryan

 

Chris Rock

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Chris Rock
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Rock at the 2012 premiere of What to Expect When You’re Expecting
Birth name Christopher Julius Rock III
Born February 7, 1965 (age 48)
AndrewsSouth Carolina, U.S.
Medium comedy, television, film
Nationality American
Years active 1984–present
Genres Black humormusical comedy,observational comedypolitical satire, satire
Subject(s) African-American culture, American politics, current events, human sexuality, marriage, pop culture, race relations, racism
Influences Bill CosbyRedd FoxxDick GregoryFlip WilsonRichard PryorSteve MartinPigmeat MarkhamWoody AllenEddie Murphy,[1] Sam KinisonGeorge CarlinMort Sahl,[2] Rodney Dangerfield,[3]
Influenced Dave Chappelle,[2] Christian Finnegan,[4] George Lopez[5]
Spouse Malaak Compton-Rock (November 23, 1996 – present; 2 children)
Website ChrisRock.com
Emmy Awards
Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program
1997 Chris Rock: Bring the Pain
1999 The Chris Rock Show
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special
1997 Chris Rock: Bring the Pain
Outstanding Writing For Variety, Music or Comedy Special
2009 Chris Rock: Kill the Messenger
Grammy Awards
Best Spoken Comedy Album
1998 Roll with the New
2000 Bigger & Blacker
Best Comedy Album
2006 Never Scared
American Comedy Awards
Funniest Male Performer in a TV Special
2000 Chris Rock: Bigger & Blacker

Christopher Julius “Chris” Rock III[6] (born February 7, 1965)[7][8] is an American comedian, actor, screenwriter, television producer, film producer, and director.

After working as a standup comic and appearing in small film roles, Rock came to wider prominence as a cast member of Saturday Night Live in the early 1990s. He went on to more prominent film roles, and a series of acclaimed comedy specials for HBO.

He was voted as the fifth greatest stand-up comedian of all time by Comedy Central.[9] He was also voted in the United Kingdom as the ninth greatest stand-up comic on Channel 4’s 100 Greatest Stand-Ups in 2007, and again in the updated 2010 list as the eighth greatest stand-up comic.

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Ashton Kutcher

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Ashton Kutcher
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Kutcher at the 2010 Time 100 Gala
Born Christopher Ashton Kutcher
February 7, 1978 (age 35)
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, U.S.
Occupation Actor, producer, model
Years active 1998–present
Spouse(s) Demi Moore (m. 2005–13)
Partner(s) Mila Kunis (2012–present)

Christopher Ashton Kutcher[1] (/ˈkʊər/; born February 7, 1978),[1] known professionally as Ashton Kutcher, is an American actor, producer, and former model.[2][3][4] He is known for his portrayal ofMichael Kelso in the Fox sitcom That ’70s Show. He also created, produced, and hosted Punk’d and had lead roles in the Hollywood films JobsDude, Where’s My Car?Just MarriedThe Butterfly Effect,The Guardian, and What Happens in Vegas.

Kutcher currently stars as Walden Schmidt on the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men, since Charlie Sheen‘s firing from the show in 2011.

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Garth Brooks

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This article is about the performer. For his debut album, see Garth Brooks (album).
Garth Brooks
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Brooks in April 2010
Background information
Birth name Troyal Garth Brooks
Born February 7, 1962 (age 51)
TulsaOklahoma, U.S
Origin YukonOklahoma, U.S.
Genres Country
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano, saxophone, harmonica
Years active 1984–2001
2009–present
Labels Capitol NashvilleLiberty, Pearl
Associated acts Chris GainesTrisha Yearwood,Steve WarinerChris LeDoux,Ty England
Website garthbrooks.com

Troyal Garth Brooks (born February 7, 1962) is an American country music singer and songwriter. His eponymous first album was released in 1989 and peaked at Number 2 in the US country album chart while climbing to number 13 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Brooks’ integration of rock elements into his recordings and live performances earned him immense popularity. This progressive approach allowed him to dominate the country single and album charts while crossing over into the mainstream pop arena.[1]

Brooks broke records for both sales and concert attendance throughout the 1990s. As of 2013, his recordings continue to sell well and, according to Nielsen Soundscan, his albums sales up to May 2013 are 68,630,000,[2] which makes him the best-selling albums artist in the United States in the SoundScan era (since 1991), a title held since 1991, well over 5 million ahead of his nearest rival, The Beatles.[3] According to RIAA he is the second best-selling solo albums artist in the United States of all time behind Elvis Presley (overall third to the Beatles and Elvis Presley) with 128 million units sold.[4] Brooks is also one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time having sold more than 150 million albums.[5]

Brooks has released six albums that achieved diamond status in the United States, those being: Garth Brooks (10× platinum), No Fences (17× platinum), Ropin’ the Wind (14× platinum), The Hits (10× platinum), Sevens (10× platinum) and Double Live (21× platinum).[6] Since 1989, Brooks has released 19 records in all, which include; 10 studio albums, 1 live album, 3 compilation albums, 3 Christmas albums and 3 box sets, along with 77 singles. He won several important awards in his career, including 2 Grammy Awards, 17 American Music Awards (including the “Artist of the ’90s”) and the RIAA Award as Best selling solo albums artist of the Century in the United States.

Troubled by conflicts between career and family, Brooks officially retired from recording and performing from 2001 until 2009.[1] During this time, he sold millions of albums through an exclusive distribution deal with Walmart and sporadically released new singles.[7][8] In 2005, Brooks started a partial comeback, and has since given several performances and released two compilation albums.

On October 15, 2009, Garth Brooks announced the end of his retirement. In December 2009, he began a five-year concert deal with the Encore Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.[9]

Brooks was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on October 21, 2012.[10]

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David Bryan

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David Bryan
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Bryan at the 2009 premiere of When We Were Beautiful
Background information
Birth name David Bryan Rashbaum
Born February 7, 1962 (age 51)
Perth Amboy, New Jersey,United States
Genres Rockhard rockheavy metal
Occupations Musiciankeyboardist
Instruments Keyboardsvocalstrumpet,violinfluteclarinetaccordion,melodica
Years active 1978–present
Associated acts Bon Jovi

David Bryan Rashbaum (born February 7, 1962), known as David Bryan, is the keyboard player of the popular American heavy metal / hard rock group Bon Jovi, with which he has also co-written songs and performed backing vocals. He is also the writer of the successful Broadway musical Memphis.

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