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Celebrity Birthdays for June 28 – Mel Brooks, John Cusack and More

Mel Brooks, John Cusack
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Here’s a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Mel Brooks
Age: 85
Occupation: Director, Screenwriter, Composer, and Entertainment Swiss Army Knife
Known For: Creating iconic film farces and comedies such as ‘Young Frankenstein,’ ‘Blazing Saddles,’ ‘History of the World: Part I,’ and ‘Spaceballs,’ as well as both the film and stage versions of ‘The Producers’

John Cusack
Age: 45
Occupation: Actor and Screenwriter
Known For: His star-making turn as the charming, boombox-hoisting Lloyd Dobler in ‘Say Anything…,’ as well as roles in other films such as ‘Grosse Point Blank’ and ‘High Fidelity’

Leon Panetta
Age: 73
Occupation: Politician and Lawyer
Known For: Being a member of the US House of Representatives, President Bill Clinton’s Chief of Staff, and President Barack Obama’s Director of the CIA and soon-to-be Secretary of Defense

Kathy Bates
Age: 63
Occupation: Actress
Known For: Winning an Oscar for playing the world’s creepiest fan in ‘Misery,’ other films such as ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’ and ‘Titanic,’ and currently portraying the Harriet Korn on the TV show ‘Harry’s Law’

John Elway
Age: 51
Occupation: Former Professional Football Player
Known For: A stellar career as the quarterback of the Denver Broncos, two Super Bowl championships, and his current job as the Broncos’ executive vice president of football operations

Kellie Pickler
Age: 25
Occupation: Singer
Known For: Finishing in 6th place on season 5 of ‘American Idol,’ her lovably ditzy persona, and her success on the country music charts with singles such as ‘Red High Heels’

Lacey Schwimmer
Age: 23
Occupation: Professional Ballroom Dancer
Known For: Her 4th place finish on the third season of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ and several seasons of being paired with celebrities as a pro dancer on ‘Dancing with the Stars’

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