Year of the Dragon celebrities (PHOTOS)

With the year of the Rabbit scampering down its hole and the year of the Dragon rearing its head this weekend, we thought to take time to look at some past and present Dragons throughout history.

Known for their passion, intelligence, ambition and energy, people born in the Year of the Dragon — 1988, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012 — are also said to be conceited, hot headed, sharp-tongued and fierce tempered if provoked.

One unusual pattern that popped out while making our list was the number of politically volatile subjects; many known for taking, and dishing out, heat while in office, and others for their assassination in the pursuit of their ambitions. 

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