Cancers are water signs born between June 22 and July 22 and represented by the crab. While known for their nurturing and empathetic nature, Cancers also have a bit of a reputation as being too in touch with their emotions — and maybe a bit sappy and moody — like their Pisces counterparts. But did you know some of the world’s most influential and famous people were born during Cancer season? From movie stars like Chris Pratt and Kevin Hart to rappers like Post Malone to entrepreneurs like Elon Musk, there’s no shortage of notable Cancer celebrities who live up to their star sign. Read about eight of them here.
1. Princess Diana (July 1)
Princess Diana, born on July 1, 1961, was a true embodiment of the Cancer zodiac sign. One of the most prominent traits of Cancers is their empathetic nature, and Diana was well-known for her genuine kindness and compassion towards others. Princess Diana was deeply involved in charity work and used her platform as a member of the royal family to raise awareness for various social issues, such as HIV/AIDS and anti-personnel mines. Like many Cancers, she had a strong emotional depth and was unafraid to show vulnerability, often speaking openly about her struggles with mental health and personal struggles.
In addition, Diana was fiercely protective of her loved ones, another common trait among those born under the sign of the crab. She was a devoted mother to her two sons, Harry and William, despite her publicized divorce from King Charles. Her maternal instincts extended beyond her family to her humanitarian work, where she often advocated for the rights of children and vulnerable populations. These traits are common in Cancers and are examples of why the world dearly loved Princess Diana. Although she was taken from us too early, she left an indelible mark on the world through her kindness, empathy, and devotion to those she loved.
2. Kevin Bacon (July 8)
Kevin Bacon, born on July 8, 1958, is another celeb who clearly embodies the traits of a Cancer zodiac sign. The famous actor is known for his nuanced performances on screen, including Footloose, Mystic River, and A Few Good Men. He often portrays complex and multifaceted characters, which closely aligns with the Cancer trait of a deep emotional connection to the self and others. He’s also known for the trivia game “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon,” which shows that all celebrities are six or fewer social connections away from Bacon.
Like many Cancers, Bacon is deeply connected to his family and is known for being a devoted husband and father. Bacon has been married to actress Kyra Sedgwick since 1988, and the couple has two children together. They live a low-key, non-Hollywood lifestyle indicative of Cancer’s definitive loyalty and family connection. Finally, like many Cancers, Bacon is clearly a creative and imaginative individual who constantly seeks new opportunities for self-expression. He is an accomplished actor, musician, and philanthropist who uses his platform to support various social causes.
3. Pamela Anderson (July 1)
Pamela Anderson is a famous actress known for Baywatch and Home Improvement. This sex symbol clearly demonstrates that there is much more to Cancer than initially meets the eye, thanks to her animal rights advocacy and work as a philanthropist and mother. Anderson is a vocal supporter of organizations like PETA and has been involved in a number of campaigns to raise awareness for animal welfare and conservation issues. This empathy-based passion is common in many Cancers, who often need an outlet for their deep feelings about other living creatures, whether humans or animals.
Like many Cancers, Anderson is known for her emotional depth. She has spoken openly about her struggles with addiction and mental health, using her platform to raise awareness for these important issues — especially after she suffered through the scandal of an infamous sex tape with former husband Tommy Lee. The release of this tape in the pre-internet days nearly ruined her career — but luckily, thanks to the 2023 Netflix documentary, the world is now seeing the sweet and empathetic Cancer behind the woman everyone thought they knew.
4. Tom Cruise (July 3)
One of the highest-grossing movie stars of all time, Tom Cruise, was born on July 3, 1962 — making him a Cancer. Cruise has starred in many iconic roles throughout his career, portraying complex and multifaceted characters in films like Top Gun, Mission Impossible, Rain Man, Risky Business, and more. There’s no doubt in my mind that he tapped into his natural Cancer sensitivity to nail these performances and become one of the most well-known actors on the planet. A nurturing and protective personality are key indicators of a Cancer, and both traits are clearly visible in Cruise. Cruise has been praised as a producer for his talent in discovering and mentoring new actors. Of course, Cruise is also known for some scandals, like his connection to Scientology, jumping on Oprah’s couch to announce his love for Katie Holmes, and publicly shaming Brooke Shields for taking medication to manage her postpartum depression. While Cruise’s highest-profile marriages ended in divorce (his 11-year marriage to Nicole Kidman and five-year marriage to Holmes), Cruise is a devoted and protective father and consummate professional.
5. Meryl Streep (June 22)
Big-screen starlets like Margot Robbie, Kristen Bell, and Olivia Munn are all Cancer suns. Still, the real epitome of a Cancer making film magic is perhaps the single most influential actress of all time. Meryl Streep is known best for movies including Kramer vs. Kramer, Sophie’s Choice, and The Bridges of Madison County — and she’s also a Cancer. Born on June 22, 1949, Streep is both a celebrated actress and one of the best examples of a famous Cancer. She’s won three Academy Awards and has been nominated 21 times, making her the most nominated actor or actress ever. Outside of the silver screen, Streep is known for her philanthropic work and advocacy for social justice causes. She has actively supported organizations such as the Women’s Refugee Commission. This passion and commitment to philanthropy are indicative of a Cancer. Additionally, Streep’s creativity and ingenuity as an actress (as well as other pursuits, such as producing and singing) likely stem from the deep well of emotion and artistry that fuel many Cancers.
6. Tom Hanks (July 9)
It’s no surprise that so many actors and actresses have made this list. After all, pursuing the arts — including film and theater — is a trademark characteristic of the crab sign. And no list of famous Cancers would be complete without including Tom Hanks, born July 9. Hanks is practically American royalty and has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Kennedy Center Honor, and more. Cancer individuals are known for their strong attachment to home and family, and Hanks is no exception. He has spoken openly about his family’s importance and their role in his life and career. His emotional connection to his family and upbringing likely influenced many of his most famous roles in films like Forrest Gump, Castaway, and You’ve Got Mail. Who could forget iconic lines like, “Run, Forest, run,” “Life is like a box of chocolates,” or “Wilsoooooon!”
Tom Hanks is also known for his creativity and artistic talent, another hallmark of the Cancer zodiac sign. Cancer individuals are often drawn to the arts and possess a natural flair for creative expression. Hanks’ ability to inhabit a wide range of characters and bring them to life on screen is a testament to his talent and emotional depth, and it’s one of the reasons so many people are drawn to his performances.
7. Sofia Vergara (July 10)
Born on July 10th, Colombian actress and model Sofia Vergara is a Cancer through and through. This Modern Family actress and four-time Emmy nominee displays many classic traits associated with the zodiac sign, such as emotional depth, empathy, and warmth. Vergara often plays vivid and emotionally charged characters on screen, likely drawing from her own well of emotional intelligence to do so. Vergara is also known for her warmth and generosity, for playing along with Ellen Degeneres’s flattery, and for never taking herself too seriously. Her bubbly and outgoing personality makes her a beloved figure in the entertainment industry and helps bolster her comedic chops. She is known for her generosity and willingness to help those in need.
Her ability to connect with people emotionally is a key indicator of her Cancerian nature. As water signs, Cancers often feel the need to forge deeper connections with others and usually aren’t satisfied with surface-level relationships. This Cover Girl has been married to husband Joe Manganiello since 2015, yet another example of a stable and loyal Cancerian family dynamic.
8. Harrison Ford (July 13)
Last on the list is the actor and cultural icon known best for Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and his disdain for the spotlight: Harrison Ford. Born on July 13, 1942, Ford is known for being moody and often retreating from the press. This mercurial attitude is typical of Cancers, who tend not to mask or hide their true emotions — they prefer to be as authentic as possible. Ford is also known for playing loyal, protective characters on the screen, mirroring his protective attitude towards loved ones. This steadfast demeanor is common among Cancers who can’t stomach false or fake relationships. Instead, they tend to give everything they have to their relationships, including loyalty and trust, as Ford has to his wife of 13 years Calista Flockhart of Ally McBeal fame. Ford was also featured prominently in the best-of highlights from the 2023 Oscars when he hugged Best Actor winner Ke Huy Quan, who starred alongside him in the second Indiana Jones film nearly 40 years ago.
The Steadfast Crab
With their emotional depth, loyalty, and knack for the arts, it’s no wonder that so many of our favorite actors, songwriters, and great thinkers were born under Cancer astrological signs. As a new generation of famous Cancers is ushered in with fresh faces like Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, and Priyanka Chopra, it’s becoming increasingly clear that Hollywood has a great debt to the mighty crab.