Celebrity Birthdays, February 23: Dakota Fanning and Aziz Ansari

Actress Dakota Fanning and comedian Aziz Ansari are celebrating their birthdays today.

Dakota Fanning, 20

Actress Dakota Fanning turns 20 today. Fanning first appeared in a Tide commercial at the age of 5. She then appeared on NBC;s ER as a car accident victim who has leukemia. Fanning has also appeared on other television shows including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The Practice, Spin City, Ally McBeal, and The Ellen Show.

At only age 20, Fanning has an impressive filmography so far. Her breakout role was opposite Sean Penn in the 2001 drama I Am Sam. Fanning became the youngest actor to receive a Screen Actors Guild nomination at the age of 7. She has also starred in Uptown Girls, Man On Fire, Hide and Seek, War of the Worlds, The Secret Life of Bees, Twilight New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn, and Coraline.

Fanning is currently studying at New York University.

Aziz Ansari, 31

Comedian and actor Aziz Ansari turns 31 today. Ansari started his career as a stand up comedian in New York while he attended NYU. in 2007, he starred in a MTV sketch comedy series called Human Giant. That led him to star in films including Funny People, I Love You, Man, Observe and Report, and 30 Minutes or Less.

Ansari graduated from NYU with a degree in Marketing. He is still doing stand up comedy, starring in three stand up specials and still touring. Ansari currently plays the role of Tom Haverford on NBC’s hit comedy series Parks and Recreation.

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