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Celebrity Birthdays, Feb. 7: Chris Rock, Ashton Kutcher, Garth Brooks

By Ian O'Brien,

Comedian Chris Rock, actor Ashton Kutcher and country singer Garth Brooks are celebrating their birthdays Friday, Feb. 7.

Chris Rock, who has worked as a standup comedian, celebrates his 49th birthday today. Rock gained fame as a cast member of Saturday Night Live in 1990 before leaving the show in 1993.

Rock became even more prominent in the stand up industry when he won two Emmy awards for his Bring the Pain, a stand up special that aired in 1996. He also received critical acclaim for The Chris Rock Show, which aired on HBO. Rock interviewed celebrities and politicians on that show, and it earned an Emmy for its writing.

In the late 1990s, Rock also began acting in films such as Lethal Weapon 4 and Beverly Hills Ninja in supporting roles. He has also starred in movies such as The Longest Yard and Bad Company in addition to voicing Marty the zebra in the popular Madagascar series.

Ashton Kutcher, who is well-known for starring as Michael Kelso in That 70's Show, celebrates his 35th birthday today.

Kutcher is also well-known for producing and hosting the MTV series Punk'd, which involves pulling pranks on celebrities while filming them on hidden cameras.

He has starred in comedy films such as Dude, Where's My Car?, Just Married and Guess Who?. Other films Kutcher has acted in include The Butterfly Effect and the 2003 remake of Cheaper by the Dozen. He is currently on the CBS show Two and a Half Men.

Garth Brooks, who is known as one of the best-selling country music artists of all time, celebrates his 52nd birthday today.

Brooks has released six albums that went diamond. His best-selling album to date is Double Live, a two-disc set of his live performances. It has gone 21x platinum. Other successful albums by Brooks include Ropin' the Wind, Sevens and No Fences, which includes the country smash hit "Friends in Low Places."

Brooks has released 77 singles throughout his career and won two Grammy Awards and 17 American Music Awards, including "Artist of the '90s."

After going on hiatus from 2001 through 2009, Brooks came out of retirement and has performed at the Encore Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on a five-year concert contract.

 
 

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