Here’s a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Nelson Mandela
Age: 94
Occupation: South African Activist and Politician
Known For: His tireless anti-apartheid work, surviving 27 years in a brutal prison, being the first South African president elected in a fully representative democratic election, and receiving more than 250 awards over four decades including the Nobel Peace Prize

Sir Richard Branson
Age: 62
Occupation: Entrepreneur
Known For: Founding the Virgin Group of more than 400 companies including Virgin Records and Virgin Atlantic Airways, his environmental work, a wicked and self-deprecating sense of humor, and generally using his $4 billion fortune for good and not evil

James Brolin
Age: 72
Occupation: Actor
Known For: Roles in films including ‘The Amityville Horror,’ ‘Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure,’ ‘Traffic’ and ‘Catch Me If You Can,’ and being the father of actor Josh Brolin and the husband of icon Barbra Streisand

Kristen Bell
Age: 32
Occupation: Actress
Known For: Starring as the title character on the acclaimed series ‘Veronica Mars,’ other roles on ‘Heroes’ and as the narrator on ‘Gossip Girl,’ and appearing in movies such as ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall, ‘Fanboys,’ ‘Couples Retreat’ and ‘When in Rome’

Chace Crawford
Age: 27
Occupation: Actor
Known For: Playing Nate Archibald on the teen drama series ‘Gossip Girl,’ film roles in ‘Peace, Love, and Misunderstanding,’ ‘ What to Expect When You’re Expecting’ and the upcoming ‘Responsible Adults,’ and trying the “it wasn’t mine, I was just holding it for a friend” defense during a 2010 pot bust

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