Leaping Lizards: Celebs Born on Leap Day

by Ed_Jones_XLIX | created - 3 months ago | updated - 3 months ago | Public

Which actor, actress, or other notable personalities that are or were born on February 29th is your favorite?

Sorted by Star-meter on poll date creation. Actors ranking numbers higher than 20,000 are left out, as they may fluctuate greatly.

After voting, please discuss here.

1. Rakhee Thakrar

Actress | EastEnders

Rakhee Thakrar was born on February 29, 1984 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England as Rakhee Mansukh Thakrar. She is an actress, known for EastEnders (1985), Page Eight (2011) and Children in Need (1980). She has been married to Vikash Bhai since September 2, 2017.

STAR-meter 3,552

2. Ja Rule

Actor | The Fast and the Furious

Ja Rule was born on February 29, 1976 in Hollis, Queens, New York City, New York, USA as Jeffrey Atkins. He is an actor, known for The Fast and the Furious (2001), Scary Movie 3 (2003) and Assault on Precinct 13 (2005). He has been married to Aisha Atkins since April 14, 2001. They have three ...

STAR-meter 3,743

3. Peter Scanavino

Actor | Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Peter Scanavino was born on February 29, 1980 in Denver, Colorado, USA. He is an actor, known for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999), The Cold Lands (2013) and Banshee (2013). He has been married to Lisha Bai since July 2, 2011. They have two children.

STAR-meter 4,600

4. Joss Ackland

Actor | The Hunt for Red October

Joss Ackland, the distinguished English actor who has appeared in over 100 movies, scores of plays and a plethora of television programs in his six-decade career, was born Sidney Edmond Jocelyn Ackland on February 29, 1928, in North Kensington, London. After attending London's Central School of ...

STAR-meter 4,918

5. Dennis Farina

Actor | Get Shorty

Dennis Farina was one of Hollywood's busiest actors and a familiar face to moviegoers and television viewers alike. Recently, he appeared in the feature films, "The Grand," a comedy about a Vegas poker tournament with Woody Harrelson, Cheryl Hines and Ray Romano; "Bottle Shock," also starring Alan ...

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6. Jessie T. Usher

Actor | Independence Day: Resurgence

Born a leap year child he excelled academically from elementary through high school as a top honor student. He graduated class salutatorian before moving straight to the Dean's List in college, studying the Art Of Culinary and earning the honor of being a member of the Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor ...

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7. Alex Rocco

Actor | The Godfather

Tough and volatile-looking Italianate character actor Alex Rocco was born in Boston and spent time training with such notable teachers as Leonard Nimoy and Jeff Corey to curb his thick Boston accent. In Hollywood from 1963, he worked as a bartender during the lean years and began his TV career in ...

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8. Antonio Sabato Jr.

Actor | The Big Hit

Antonio Sabato Jr. was born on February 29, 1972 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Antonio G. Sabato Jr. He is an actor and producer, known for The Big Hit (1998), Shark Hunter (2001) and General Hospital (1963). He was previously married to Cheryl Moana Marie Nunes and Tully Jensen.

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9. Dinah Shore

Soundtrack | The Dinah Shore Chevy Show

Her real name was Frances "Fanny" Rose Shore, and she was born in Winchester, Tennessee. Stricken with polio at 18 months of age, she recovered after receiving the Sister Kenny treatment. She became a cheerleader at Hume-Fogg High School in Nashville and went on to graduate from Vanderbilt ...

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10. William A. Wellman

Director | A Star Is Born

William Wellman, the Oscar-winning screenwriter-director of the original A Star Is Born (1937), was called "Wild Bill" during his World War I service as an aviator, a nickname that persisted in Hollywood due to his larger-than-life personality and lifestyle.

A leap-year baby born in 1896 on the 29th...

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11. Edward Faulkner

Actor | The Green Berets

Fielden Edward Faulkner II was born on Leap Year (February 29), 1932, in Lexington, Kentucky, where his father owned and operated a prominent building supply company. His mother was a retired piano and music teacher. He was the second of two children; his sister (now deceased) was nearly 19 years ...

12. Shane Johnson

Actor | Behind Enemy Lines

While known mostly as an actor, Shane has also ventured into producing, writing and animation. Given his passion for one particular project, he taught himself how to animate and has since been developing multiple projects. He's also ventured into scripted and reality TV as a writer/creator, ...

13. George Young

Actor | Containment

George Young was born on February 29, 1980 in London, England as George Ng. He is an actor and writer, known for Containment (2016), Grace (2014) and Final Recipe (2013). He has been married to Janet Hsieh since January 26, 2015. They have one child.

14. James Cullen Bressack

Producer | Bethany

Bursting onto the indie horror scene at the age of eighteen with his first feature, 'My Pure Joy', James Cullen Bressack has been called "horror's new hope" (Studio City Patch) and "a talent to watch out for" (H.S.T.), also receiving rave reviews on most every major horror website. Released by ...

15. Harvey Jason

Actor | The Lost World: Jurassic Park

Popular stage, film and TV actor Harvey Jason was born on Leap Year's Day, 1940 in London, England. From childhood he aspired to a career as an actor. His efforts, and his substantial talent, paid off. At 19 he was in New York, ready to go. A year later, he was appearing in Joseph Papp's ...

16. Susan Sennett

Actress | Big Bad Mama

Cute, charming, and spunky blonde Susan Sennett was born on February 29, 1952 in Los Angeles, California. She grew up in the San Fernando Valley and attended a charm school on Ventura Boulevard. Sennett was a member of the arts group, Visual Girls, for two years, worked at the teenage fair, and ...

17. Gérard Darmon

Actor | Astérix & Obélix: Mission Cléopâtre

Gérard Darmon was born on February 29, 1948 in Paris, France. He is an actor, known for Asterix and Obelix Meet Cleopatra (2002), Betty Blue (1986) and Pasport (1990). He was previously married to Mathilda May.

18. Anika Poitier

Director | The Devil Cats

Anika Poitier was born on February 29, 1972 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA. She is a director and actress, known for The Devil Cats (2004), Swordfish (2001) and Yard Sale (2010).

19. Albert Welling

Actor | Underworld

Albert Welling was born on February 29, 1952 in London, England. He is an actor, known for Underworld (1997), My Dad's the Prime Minister (2003) and Bugs (1995).

20. Janvi Chheda

Actress | C.I.D.

Janvi Chheda was born on February 29, 1984 in Bombay, Maharashtra, India. She is an actress, known for C.I.D. (1998), Chhoona Hai Aasmaan (2007) and Balika Vadhu (2008). She has been married to Nishant Gopalia since 2011. They have one child.

21. Saul Williams

Actor | K-PAX

Acclaimed New York-based verbal stylist, who has risen to the level of one of the foremost slam poets today. Holds a B.A. in philosophy and acting from Morehouse College, as well as a Masters in Acting from NYU.

Was a staple of NYC's Nuyorican Poets Cafe, where he honed his skill, drawing from ...

22. Tempest Storm

Actress | Mundo depravados

A staple for many years at the El Ray Berlesk theater in Oakland, Tempest Storm had a name suiting her past. She had run away from her home in Eastman, Georgia, after surviving abuse as a child and a rape by a local gang. Ariving in Studio City, Tempest got along well, managing not only on her ...

23. Yoshio Harada

Actor | Rônin-gai

Yoshio Harada was born on February 29, 1940 in Tokyo, Japan. He was an actor and producer, known for Rônin-gai (1990), Onibi (1997) and Netorare Sosuke (1992). He died on July 19, 2011 in Tokyo.

24. Olga Boladz

Actress | Zacma

Olga Boladz was born on February 29, 1984 in Torun, Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Poland. She is an actress, known for Blindness (2016), Botoks (2017) and The Man with the Magic Box (2017).

25. Tessa Walker

Actress | The Tooth Fairy

Tessa Walker was born on February 29, 1984. She is an actress, known for The Tooth Fairy (2016) and Age of Love (2007).

26. Phyllis Frelich

Actress | ER

Phyllis was born on Feburary 29, 1944, the oldest of 9 children. She attended North Dakota School for the Deaf, graduating in 1962. She went on to Gallaudet College (renamed Gallaudet University), actively participating in theater there. She finally made her debut on April 2, 1967, on the NBC ...

27. Dallas Barnett

Actor | The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Dallas Barnett was born on February 29, 1964 in Rochester, New York, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013), Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away (2012) and Contract Killers (2014).

28. Ted Le Plat

Actor | Bare Essence

Ted Le Plat was born on February 29, 1944 in New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor and casting director, known for Bare Essence (1983), Where the Heart Is (1969) and Santa Barbara (1984).

29. Jimmy Dorsey

Actor | I Dood It

Legendary saxophonist, conductor, songwriter and composer ("I'm Glad There Is You" and "Contrasts" [his theme]), educated in public schools and a cornet student of his father. Through the 1920s he was a saxophonist in orchestras including those of Paul Whiteman, Red Nichols, and the California ...

30. Lena Gercke

Actress | Ketapan

Lena Gercke was born on February 29, 1988 in Marburg, Hesse, Germany as Lena Johanna Gercke. She is an actress, known for Ketapan, The Voice of Germany (2011) and Austria's Next Topmodel (2009).

31. Aldo Berti

Actor | Un dollaro tra i denti

Aldo Berti was born on February 29, 1936 in Florence, Tuscany, Italy. He was an actor, known for A Stranger in Town (1967), Night of Violence (1965) and White Slave Ship (1961). He died on December 26, 2010 in Florence.

32. Cole Shoemaker

Actor | The Merry Mercenaries

Cole Shoemaker was born on February 29, 1992 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for The Merry Mercenaries (2017), Hawaii Five-0 (2010) and Decent People (2008).

33. Qiuzi Ma

Actress | Tang shan da di zhen

Qiuzi Ma was born on February 29, 1988 in Beijing, China. She is an actress, known for Aftershock (2010), Across the Ocean to See You (2017) and Here to Heart (2018).

34. Raechel Zarzynski

Director | Sinked Up

Raechel Zarzynski was born on February 29, 1988 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. She is known for her work on Sinked Up, Low Hum: Nebraska (2018) and Five Years.

35. Simon Gagne

Self | Hockey Night in Canada

Simon Gagne was born on February 29, 1980 in Sainte-Foy, Québec, Canada. He has been married to Karine since 2004.

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