5 Famous (and Infamous) St. Patrick's Day Births

We know Saint Patrick died centuries ago on March 17, giving us an excuse to riot, party, and otherwise drunkenly humiliate ourselves in his holy honor. But amidst this Guinness-fueled debauchery, a few other gems of humanity somehow found their way onto this earth.

One might say St. Patrick died so they could live. And I'm sure I speak for all of us when I say, "Thank you."

So when you celebrate the legacy of St. Paddy this weekend, be sure to incorporate these five birthdays into your foul-mouthed and uncomfortably long-winded toasts.

1. Kurt Russell (b. 1951)


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"Here's to Kurt: the man who killed The Thing. He escaped from New York and L.A., but he'll never escape from our hearts. Give Goldie our love. Cheers."

2. Nat King Cole (b. 1919)


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"Here's to Nat: silky smooth from vocal chords to greasy hair. Your Chappelle's Show appearance was nothing short of unforgettable. All hail the king."

3. Sam Bowie (b. 1961)


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"Here's to Sam: Jay-Z made fun of you because you were drafted before Michael Jordan and quickly faded into irrelevancy. We'd love to defend you, but we really can't. You'll always be our favorite draft bust. Thanks for the memories."

4. Mia Hamm (b. 1972)


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"Here's to Mia: you always were and always will be our favorite player. It's your world, the rest of us just live here. Always remember '99."

5. Rudy Ray Moore (b. 1927)


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"Here's to Rudy: your foul mouth and inimitable style inspired generations of entertainers. 'The Signifying Monkey' is a work of art. RIP, Rudy Ray. We miss you."

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