Leap day babies: Notable people born on Feb. 29
Tony Robbins, Ja Rule, Aileen Wuornos and Pope Paul III don't seem at first glance to have much in common -- but they were all born on that rarest of birthdays, Feb. 29. See other notable people who have been born on leap day, which occurs again in 2016.
Ja Rule(Credit: SocietyAllure / Rob Rich)
Our collection of notable leaplings wouldn't be complete without a native New Yorker. Ja Rule, the rapper, singer and actor, was born in Queens on Feb. 29, 1976. Above, he performs in concert at Harbor in Montauk on May 23, 2015.
Dennis Farina(Credit: AP)
The actor you may recognize as Det. Joe Fontana on "Law & Order" is also part of the Leap Day club. Dennis Farina was born Feb. 29, 1944. The former Chicago cop, who also appeared in "Get Shorty" and "Saving Private Ryan," died in 2013.
Tony Robbins(Credit: NBC)
You know him as a motivational speaker -- but Tony Robbins is also a leapling, having been born on Feb. 29, 1960. Above, Robbins on his show "Breakthrough with Anthony Robbins."
Richard Ramirez(Credit: AP )
Richard Ramirez, a serial killer dubbed the "Night Stalker," was born on Feb. 29, 1960. He was convicted of 13 murders that terrorized Southern California in 1984 and 1985, leaving satanic signs at murder scenes. In his first court appearance in 1985, Ramirez raised a hand with a pentagram drawn on it and yelled, "Hail, Satan." He died of liver failure in 2013, authorities said, after spending decades on death row.
Antonio Sabato Jr.(Credit: AP)
"The Bold and the Beautiful" actor Antonio Sabato Jr. was born on Feb. 29, 1972. While best known for his work on the daytime soap opera, as well as "General Hospital," Sabato also appeared in the 1990s hit prime-time soap "Melrose Place" in seven episodes in 1995.
Bartholomew I(Credit: AP / Sebastian Scheiner)
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, was born on Feb. 29, 1940. Bartholomew, who is based in Istanbul, is shown with Pope Francis as they met outside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City on May 25, 2014. The two major branches of Christianity they represent split in 1054 over differences on the power of the papacy.
Morarji Desai(Credit: AP)
Indian Prime Minister Morarji Desai was born on Feb. 29, 1896. He holds the Guinness World Record for oldest prime minister at first appointment, as he was 81 when he became India's leader in 1977. Desai is pictured during a visit to Paris in that year. He died in 1995.
Pope Paul III(Credit: AFP / Getty Images / Giulio Napolitano)
The ranks of leaplings include a pope from five centuries ago -- Pope Paul III, who was born on Feb. 29, 1468. He excommunicated King Henry VIII of England in 1538. The pontiff reigned from 1534 to 1549, when he died. Above, the painting "Portrait of Pope Paul III" by Titian is featured Oct. 12, 2006, in Vatican City, during the unveiling of an exhibition celebrating the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the construction of the new St. Peter's Basilica.
Aileen Wuornos(Credit: AP )
It's hard to believe, but a second serial killer was born on a leap day -- and thanks to the 2003 movie "Monster," she might be more infamous than Ramirez. Aileen Wuornos was born on Feb. 29, 1956. Wuornos, who was raped and abused growing up in Michigan, ended up as a hitchhiking prostitute in Florida. She killed seven men, claiming that she killed her first victim in self-defense after he raped her. Wuornos was executed in 2002.
Balthus(Credit: AP / Frank Augstein)
The French artist Balthus, or Balthasar Klossowski, was born on Feb. 29, 1908. He is best known for his paintings of adolescent girls. Above, a visitor moves in front of his painting "The Street" during a preview for the first solo exhibition with works by the French painter mounted in Germany, at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, on Aug. 17, 2007. He died in 2001.
Chucky Brown(Credit: AP / David J. Phillip)
Chucky Brown, a journeyman NBA forward who played for 12 teams in 13 seasons between 1989-90 and 2001-02, was born on Feb. 29, 1968. Brown averaged 5.9 points and 3.1 rebounds per game, according to ESPN.com. He's seen here as a member of the Houston Rockets going for a basket against Los Angeles Lakers center Vlade Divac during their playoff game April 30, 1996, in Houston.
Alex Rocco(Credit: AP / Nick Ut)
"Do you know who I am?" That's what character actor Alex Rocco famously said as the bespectacled Las Vegas mobster Moe Greene in "The Godfather." Less known is the fact that he was born on a Leap Day -- Feb. 29, 1936. Above, Rocco won an Emmy Award on Sept. 16, 1990, for best supporting actor in a television comedy series for his role in "The Famous Teddy Z," at the 42nd annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Pasadena, Calif. He died July 18, 2015.