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Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter

TV star Steve Irwin, known for his show The Crocodile Hunter, pauses for a photo at the 15th Annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice awards on April 1, 2006. (Dig that chest hair!) As our bio notes, "Steve Irwin’s on-screen antics with dangerous animals, and his Aussie-accented cries of 'Crikey!,' made him a global star with his own TV specials, board games, [and] action figures." Alas, Irwin died five months after this photo was taken, when he was struck by the barb of a stingray while filming a segment near Port Douglas, Australia, on September 4, 2006. He was just 44 years old.

See our biography of Steve Irwin