Share Share Share May 17, 2017 May Birthdays Happy May 17th Birthday! If you were born on May 17, you share a birthday with these famous people: Gary Paulsen is 78 Septuagenarian American senior citizen and author of young adult fiction, short stories, magazine articles, plays, and novels (Hatchet; Dogsong; Woodsong; Winterdance; Dancing Carl; The Crossing), born May 17, 1939. (Gary Paulsen Photo: Russell Ernst | Wikipedia CC 3.0) Grace Zabriskie is 76 American actress on TV (Big Love; Twin Peaks; Santa Barbara; Seinfeld; Ray Donovan; Outcast), movies (Private Eyes; An Officer and a Gentleman; The Big Easy; Wild at Heart; My Own Private Idaho; Fried Green Tomatoes; Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me), and septuagenarian senior citizen born May 17, 1941. Taj Mahal is 75 (nee Henry Fredericks) Septuagenarian senior citizen, American rock, jazz, rhythm and blues musician (guitar, piano, banjo, harmonica), performer and actor in movies (Sounder; The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus) born May 17, 1942. (Taj Mahal 1978 Photo: Lioneldecoster | Wikimedia Commons CC 3.0) (Photo: Josh Felise) Happy Birthday to everyone celebrating their birthday on May 17, 2017! And remembering Maureen O'Sullivan Irish actress in Tarzan and other movies (Tarzan the Ape Man; Robbers' Roost; The Thin Man; The Barretts of Wimpole Street; Anna Karenina; A Day at the Races; Pride and Prejudice; Hannah and Her Sisters) (born May 17, 1911 - died June 23, 1998; age 87). Maureen O'Sullivan died of complications from heart surgery. (Maureen O'Sullivan 1930s Photo: Wikimedia / PD) Dennis Hopper American photographer, painter, director, screenwriter and actor (Night Tide; Cool Hand Luke; Easy Rider; Hang 'Em High; True Grit; Apocalypse Now; Blue Velvet; Hoosiers; Black Widow; Speed; True Romance) (born May 17, 1936 - died May 29, 2010; age 74). Dennis Hopper died of prostate cancer. (Dennis Hopper 1990 Photo: Alan Light | Flickr SRR) A. J. Casson (nee Alfred Joseph Casson) Canadian Group of Seven artist, watercolour painter, co-founder of the Canadian Group of Painters (born May 17, 1898 - died Feb. 20, 1992; age 93). Cause of death for A. J. Casson is unknown. (A. J. Casson 1930s Photo: M. O. Hammond, Archives of Ontario | Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain) James "Cool Papa" Bell American Baseball Hall of Fame Negro American League center fielder from 1922-1946 (born May 17, 1903 - died March 7, 1991; age 87). Cause of death for James "Cool Papa" Bell was a heart attack. (James "Cool Papa" Bell 1987 Photo: Johnmaxmena2 | Wikimedia Commons CC 4.0) John Patrick (nee John Patrick Goggin) American radio announcer, scriptwriter & actor (Cecil and Sally), Tony & Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter (The Hasty Heart; The Teahouse of the August Moon; Three Coins in the Fountain; Love is a Many-Splendored Thing) (born May 17, 1905 - died Nov. 7, 1995; age 90). John Patrick was found dead with a plastic bag over his head.