Five Famous People Born on Easter Sunday

Updated on April 19, 2016

A Great Day to Be Born!

Ah, the bunnies, the baskets, the chocolate ... don't forget the Peeps! Too bad moms in delivery can't enjoy all the sweet treats of Easter while they're in labor. And all the moms of the celebrities in this hub were in labor on Easter Sundays past.

I can't really think of a more beautifully symbolic day to be born. Easter is a celebration of Spring and the renewing of Mother Nature. It's also (and most importantly to me) the celebration of Jesus Christ's resurrection - His entry into eternal life that anyone who believes in Him can share.

So, in honor of this happiest of holidays, here is the list of Five Famous People Born on Easter.


Muddy Waters

There is some debate as to whether McKinley Morganfield, aka Muddy Waters, was born in 1913 (wikipedia) or 1915 (, but both sites agree that he was born on April 4. Since purports to be the "official" site, I'll go with that one. And it suits the purposes of this hub because April 4, 1915 was the date of an Easter Sunday. April 4, 1913 was not.

Who was Muddy Waters? He is a music legend - the father of modern Chicago blues. I discovered his music while I was in college. I was a music minor and took a course in jazz and blues as part of the curriculum. Thank goodness I did! I had not been exposed to much of either type of music previously, and I fell in love with them both.

Muddy's deep, rich voice and his way with the guitar had me hooked from the start. Some of my favorite songs of his include: "Baby, Please Don't Go"; "Honey Bee"; "I Can't Be Satisfied"; and "She's Nineteen Years Old."

Muddy died on April 30, 1983. Fortunately, his music lives on!


John Ratzenberger

John Ratzenberger was born on Easter Sunday, 1947. His face is probably more familiar to you than his name. For 11 years (from 1982 to 1993), he played mail carrier and bar regular Cliff Clavin on the TV series Cheers. Cliff was an annoying know-it-all, who was never very successful with women (at least not until the show's 8th season when he finally committed to fellow postal worker Margaret). Still, he was a memorable character (I still remember him after all these years), and Ratzenberger played him well.

Ratzenberger is also well known (at least to me) for his Travel Channel documentary TV series Made in America , which ran from 2004 to 2008. He gave viewers an inside look at how a number of America's favorite products are made: Crayola crayons; Welch's grape juice; Kohler faucets; Steinway pianos; Yankee candles; and (dearest to my heart) Louisville Slugger bats.

Here's to you, John Ratzenberger, for being such a familiar face in many of America's homes.


Paul Rudd

The very handsome actor Paul Rudd was born on Easter Sunday, 1969. I first saw him in the 1995 movie Clueless . Then, shortly after that, in the whacked-out 1996 version of Romeo + Juliet , starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes.

But I mostly remember him as Phoebe Buffay's boyfriend/husband Mike Hannigan on Friends (he played this role from 2002 to 2004). Mike Hannigan always seemed like such a great guy. I guess he'd have to be, though, to want to live with the ditzy Phoebe for the rest of his life.

Since then I've seen him in some comedies like The 40-Year-Old-Virgin and Night at the Museum , but he'll always be "Mike Hannigan" to me.


Melissa Joan Hart

Actress (and now mom) Melissa Joan Hart was born on Easter Sunday, 1976.

I grew up watching her in the Nickelodeon how Clarissa Explains It All. Well, actually, I didn't "grow up" watching it, since I was a teenager at the same time she was, and I kind of lost interest in the show after the first (1991-1992) season. But, still, I remember watching the show, and that was the first time I can ever remember hearing of her, so I thought I'd mention it.

She is also famous for her role as Sabrina in the ABC/WB TV series Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Again, I was not a huge fan of the show, but I did really like the robotic cat Salem. And, every once in a while, I'll watch the show on re-runs.

I also remember seeing her recently on a talk show (although I can't remember which one) talking about how rewarding it is to be a mom. This interview stood out in my memory because I, too, am a mom. And I also think it's one of the most rewarding jobs any woman could have. So, because of that, I will always have a special appreciation for the famous, Easter-born Melissa Joan Hart.


Emma Watson

Will poor Emma Watson ever be known for anything other than her portrayal of Hermione Granger? And, in case you've been living under a rock for the past 13 years, Hermione Granger is one of famous wizard Harry Potter's best friends and allies against the evil Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter series of books and movies.

Well, I suppose she's famous now for her (faked) nude photos and the very real (but short-lived) scandal they created. But that's not a very nice thing to be remembered for (or even associated with). So how about this squeaky-clean fact? Emma Watson is an Easter baby. She was born on Easter Sunday, 1990.

And now the almost-21-year-old is taking a break from her studies at Brown University to devote her full attention to her acting career. Although, since the last Harry Potter film is now in production, it is unclear what will happen to her acting career when it is finished. Still, the millions of dollars the young woman has already earned from the movies should keep her in a good financial position for quite a while, whether she gets another acting job or not.

Happy Easter!

This concludes our list of people who were born on an Easter Sunday. How about you? Were you born on Easter? Or does your birthday happen to fall on Easter this year? If so, I'd like to wish you a very happy birthday. And for everyone else reading this, have a wonderful Easter holiday!

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        Angie Lentz 

        9 months ago

        Yeah, Someone Should Make a Movie all about People Born on Easter Sunday, and Find out what Their Lives Have Been Like....I was Born on Easter Sunday and Man Alive I have been Given a Hella Bad wrap in Life,...But With God I Can't stop Smiling,...yet still Satan has a way of throwin things up From My Past To Make me wish I was not alive anymoore

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        Anita Jundy 

        17 months ago

        I was born on April 1, 1935 and I am not sure if that was Easter Sunday!

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        18 months ago

        I, too, was also born on Easter, and that holiday did not fall on the same date again for 62 years.

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        2 years ago

        Selena Quintanilla April 16, 1971

        Easter baby.

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        2 years ago

        My birthday is in Ester

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        Ian Stuart Robertson 

        3 years ago from London England

        I've a keen interest in the activities of Emma Watson as i consider that Ms Watson has a destiny to fulfill in whatever pursuits she does. In a time where women are increasingly making their mark in sports, politics and religion i think there is hope for the world, yet.

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        M S 

        4 years ago

        I was born on Easter Sunday. In fact the first baby born on Easter Sunday in the hospital I was in, Sixty two years ago. This will be the first time my birthday has been on Easter since then as far as i can remember. Seems kind of strange.

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        Mishael Austin Witty 

        7 years ago from Kentucky, USA

        Bert: Sorry I didn't add you to the list. I didn't know.


        Wolfvonder: Thank you so much for sharing it! :-)

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        7 years ago

        Thanks for using my MJH picture :)

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        8 years ago

        I was an Easter baby in 1963. I think Easter occurred on April 14th only one time since. I'm not super famous though, but a little bit.

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        Mishael Austin Witty 

        8 years ago from Kentucky, USA

        That's a good point, Ms. Butterfly. I never even really thought about that. Thanks1 :-)

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        Ms. Butterfly 

        8 years ago

        Some people born on Christmas complain, that they cannot celebrate their birthday, because everybody is busy celebrating Christmas. I guess to be born on Easter day is a different story, because you know you came into this world on a special day, but you can still celebrate your birthdays normally, because of changing Easter dates.

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        Denise Handlon 

        8 years ago from North Carolina

        I agree. In my undergrad classes I loved the research, while everyone else was complaining about it. My sister is also a hubber here: Danette Watt, and she falls into our camp about research. She's been writing some awesome hubs this month in support of Womens History month.

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        Mishael Austin Witty 

        8 years ago from Kentucky, USA

        Thanks, Denise. There was a good bit of research involved in writing this, but research is my thing, so I enjoyed it. :-)

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        Denise Handlon 

        8 years ago from North Carolina

        This is an interesting article, because Easter has a changing date. You must have really researched these back dates!


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