Birthdays in Film & Television in 1940

  • Jan 3 Thelma Schoonmaker, actress/editor (Casino, Cape Fear, Good Fellas)
  • Jan 4 Anthony Skooter Teague, Texas, actor (How to Succeed in Business)
  • Jan 5 Dany Saval, actress (Boeing Boeing, Moon Pilot), born in Oakland, California
  • Jan 5 Michael O'Donoghue, Sauquoit, New York, American writer and performer (Saturday Night Live, Scrooged)
  • Jan 9 Jimmy Boyd, McComb Mo, singer/actor (Howard-Bachelor Father)
  • Jan 19 Mike Reid, English comedian (d. 2007)
  • Jan 20 Krishnam Raju, Indian actor and politician
  • Jan 22 John Hurt, English actor (Elephant Man, Alien, Midnight Express), born in Chesterfield (d. 2017)
  • Jan 27 James Cromwell, American actor (Babe, The Green Mile), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 29 Katharine Ross, American actress (Graduate, Francesca-Colbys), born in Hollywood, California
  • Jan 31 Stuart Margolin, Davenport Iowa, actor (Love American Style)
  • Feb 1 Bibi Besch, actress (Star Trek 2, Beast Within), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Feb 2 David Jason, English actor
  • Feb 3 Jim Hartz, newscaster (NBC-TV, Innovations)
  • Feb 4 John Schuck, American actor (McMillan & Wife, Holmes & Yoyo), born in Boston, Massachusetts

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Feb 4 George A. Romero, American actor and director (Creepshow, Martin, 2 Evil Eyes), born in NYC, New York

Actor & Director George Romero
Actor & Director
George Romero
  • Feb 6 Tom Brokaw, American news anchor (NBC Nightly News 1982-2004), born in Webster, South Dakota
  • Feb 7 Gary Bond, England, actor (Outback, Zulu, Anne of Thousand Days)
  • Feb 8 Ted Koppel, Lancashire England, American journalist (ABC Nightline)
  • Feb 12 Richard Lynch, American actor (Xaviar-Battlestar Galactica), (d. 2012)
  • Feb 19 Carlin Glynn, US actress (Continental Divide)
  • Feb 20 Jimmy Greaves, British broadcaster/soccer player
  • Feb 21 Peter McEnery, England, actor (Game is Over, Moonspinners)
  • Feb 22 Julian Chagrin, mime/actor (Golddiggers), born in London, England
  • Feb 23 Peter Fonda, actor (Easy Rider, Lilith, Wild Angels, Trip)
  • Feb 24 Pete Duel, American actor (d. 1971)
  • Feb 25 Billy Packer, Wellsville NY, basketball sportscaster (CBS)
  • Feb 25 Jud Taylor, actor (Dr Gerson-Dr Kildare)
  • Feb 27 Howard Hesseman, actor (Dr Johnny Fever-WKRP, Head of Class), born in Salem, Oregon
  • Feb 27 Bill Hunter, Australian actor
  • Mar 3 Owen Spencer-Thomas, English broadcaster, journalist and Anglican clergyman
  • Mar 4 Kas Garas, Kaunas Lithuania, actor (Hamlyn-Strange Report)
  • Mar 5 Malcolm Hebden, English actor
  • Mar 6 Joanna Miles, Nice France, actress (Cross Creek, Delta County USA)
  • Mar 7 Daniel J Travanti, actor (Frank Furillo-Hill St Blues), born in Kenosha, Wisconsin
  • Mar 8 Susan Clark, actress (Night Moves, Webster), born in Sarnia, Ontario
  • Mar 9 Raul Julia, PR, actor (Addams Family, Kiss of the Spider Woman)

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Mar 10 Chuck Norris [Carlos Ray], American martial arts actor (Missing in Action), born in Ryan, Oklahoma

  • Mar 14 Eleanor Fount, English actress (Women in Love, Bedazzled)
  • Mar 20 Vito Picone, rocker (Elegants) and actor, born in Staten Island, New York
  • Mar 22 Haing S. Ngor, Cambodian/American actor (d. 1996)
  • Mar 23 Tariq Yunus, actor (Bollywood, Ashanti, Deceivers)
  • Mar 24 Don Jardine, Canadian professional wrestler (d. 2006)
  • Mar 26 James Caan, American actor (Misery, The Godfather), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Mar 27 Austin Pendleton, Warren OH, actor (Short Circuit, Simon, Hello Again)
  • Mar 27 June Wilkinson, Eastbourne England, actress (Absolutely Glamarous)
  • Mar 28 Tony Barber, Australian television personality
  • Apr 2 Penelope Keith, British actress (Norman Conquests, Priest of Love)
  • Apr 5 Aliza Kashi, Israel, actress/singer (Merv Griffin regular)
  • Apr 6 Pedro Armend├íriz Jr., Mexican actor
  • Apr 10 Gloria Hunniford, British broadcaster/actress (Old Curiosity Shop)
  • Apr 14 Patricia Bruder, American actress (Ellen-As the World Turns), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 15 Robert Walker Jr, American actor (Ceremony, Ms Don Juan, Ensign Pulver), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 16 Paul Cox, Dutch-born Australian director (Lonely Hearts), born in Venlo, the Netherlands (d. 2016)
  • Apr 18 Skip Stephenson, comedian (Real People), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1992)
  • Apr 20 James Gammon, Newman Ill, actor (Cool Hand Luke, Nick-Nash Bridges)

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Apr 25 Al Pacino, American actor (And Justice For All, The Godfather, Scorpio), born in NYC, New York

Actor Al Pacino
Actor
Al Pacino
  • Apr 30 Burt Young, American actor (Convoy, Rocky), born in NYC, New York
  • May 5 Lance Henriksen, actor (Aliens, Pumpkinhead, Knights, Hard Target)
  • May 7 John Irvin, actor (Moment in Time)
  • May 9 James L Brooks, producer/director (Broadcast News, Taxi, Critic)
  • May 10 Taurean Blacque, actor (Neal Washington-Hill Street Blues), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • May 11 Juan Downey, Chilean video artist (d. 1993)
  • May 15 Paul Rudd, actor (Conn Yankee in King Arthur's Court), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 19 Carlos Diegues, actor (Xica)
  • May 19 Joan Staley, playmate (Nov, 1958)
  • May 22 Bernard Shaw, news correspondant (CBS, CNN)
  • May 22 Michael Sarrazin, actor (Seduction, They Shoot Horses Don't They)
  • May 28 Hans Dulfer, tenor saxophonist/director (Paradiso)
  • May 30 David Ackroyd, actor (I Come in Peace, Memories of Me), born in Orange, New Jersey
  • Jun 1 Rene Auberjonois, actor (Clayton-Benson, Star Trek Deep Space 9)
  • Jun 2 Christopher Bernau, actor (Guiding Light), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • Jun 9 Dick Vitale, US, sportscaster (ESPN, ABC "Oh Baby!")
  • Jun 14 Ben Davidson, actor (Rhino-Ball Four, Code R), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)
  • Jun 14 Jack Bannon, actor (Art in Lou Grant, Trauma Center), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 18 Michael Sheard, British actor (d. 2005)
  • Jun 20 John Mahoney, actor (Fraiser, Frantic, 8 Men Out), born in Manchester, England
  • Jun 21 Mariette Hartley, American actress (Poloroid spokesperson, Marooned), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 22 Abbas Kiarostami, Iranian author/director (Under the Olive Trees, Close Up), born in Tehran (d. 2016)
  • Jun 22 Esther Rantzen, British TV presenter
  • Jun 23 Adam Faith, English singer and actor (d. 2003)
  • Jun 26 Robert Kramer, actor (A.K.)
  • Jul 4 Karolyn Grimes, American actress
  • Jul 8 Marcia Rodd, actress (Little Murders, T R Baskins)
  • Jul 10 Mills Watson, actor (Harper Valley PTA, BJ & Bear), born in Oakland, California

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Jul 13 Patrick Stewart, English actor (Picard-Star Trek Next Generation, Charles Xavier-X-men), born in Mirfield, Yorkshire, England

  • Jul 17 Phyllis Davis, Port Arthur Tx, actress (Love American Style, Vega$)
  • Jul 17 Tim Brooke-Taylor, English comedian
  • Jul 18 James Brolin, actor (Dr Kiley-Marcus Welby, Peter-Hotel), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 19 Dennis Cole, actor (Felony Squad, Brackens's World), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jul 22 Stan Ross, American actor, born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 23 Don Imus, radio disc jockey (WNBC)
  • Jul 24 Dan Hedaya, American actor
  • Jul 28 Phil Proctor, comedian (Firesign Theater)
  • Jul 30 Reva Rose, singer/actress (Temperature's Rising), born in Chicago, Illinois

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Aug 3 Martin Sheen, [Ramon Estevez], actor (Badlands, The West Wing), born in Dayton, Ohio

  • Aug 6 Louise Sorel, actress (BS I Love You, Crimes of Passion), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 7 Marlyn Mason, San Fernando Cal, actress (Making It, Peyton Place)
  • Aug 9 Beverlee McKinsey, Oklahoma, actress (Iris-Another World, Guiding Light)
  • Aug 11 Kip King, actor (Charlie & Company), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 12 Michael Brunson, TV reporter/newscaster/actor (Never Say Die)
  • Aug 19 Jan Claire, actor (American Anthem)
  • Aug 19 Jill St John, [Oppenheim], actress (Diamonds are Forever), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 20 Sam Melville, Utah, actor (Mike Danko-Rookies, Roughnecks)
  • Aug 22 George Reinholt, actor (Steve-Another World, One Life to Live), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2013)
  • Aug 23 Richard Sanders, actor (Les Nessman -WKRP), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 23 Tony Bill, SD Cal, actor (What Really Happened to the Class of '65)
  • Aug 26 Don LaFontaine, American voice actor (d. 2008)
  • Aug 28 Ken Jenkins, American actor
  • Aug 31 Jack Thompson [John Payne], Australian actor (Breaker Morant, The Man from Snowy River), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Sep 2 Beverly Sanders, actress (Lotsa Luck, CPO Sharkey), born in Hollywood, California
  • Sep 3 Pauline Collins, actress (Shirley Valentine), born in London, England

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Sep 5 Raquel Welch, (Myra Breckenridge, 1,000,000 BC, 100 Rifles), born in Chicago, Illinois

Actress Raquel Welch
Actress
Raquel Welch
  • Sep 6 Jackie Trent, English singer-songwriter (Neighbours theme) and actress, born in Newcastle-under-Lyme (d. 2015)
  • Sep 8 Willie Tyler, Red Level Ala, ventriloquist (Lester)
  • Sep 11 Brian DePalma, film director (Body Double, Dressed to Kill), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Sep 12 Linda Gray, actress (Sue Ellen Ewing-Dallas), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Sep 12 Susan Sennett, actress (Big Bad Mama), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Sep 12 Patrick Mower, English actor
  • Sep 15 Merlin Olsen, UT, NFL tackle (Rams)/sportscaster/actor (Father Murphy)
  • Sep 17 Sotiris Moustakas, Greek actor (d. 2007)
  • Sep 18 Frankie Avalon, actor (Beach movies)/singer (Venus), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 19 Paul Williams, singer/composer/actor (Planet of the Apes), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Sep 21 Bill Kurtis, newscaster (American Parade), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • Sep 22 Anna Karina, Copenhagen Denmark, actress (Alphaville)
  • Oct 3 Alan O'Day, rocker, born in Hollywood, California (d. 2013)
  • Oct 6 Ellen Travolta, actress (Grease, Charles in Charge), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • Oct 14 Christopher Timothy, British actor (All Creatures Great & Small)
  • Oct 14 Pat Finley, actress (Ellen Hartley-Bob Newhart Show), born in Asheville, North Carolina
  • Oct 16 Barry Corbin, actor (Maurice-Northern Exposure)
  • Oct 19 Michael Gambon, English actor (Singing Detective, Paris at Night)
  • Oct 21 Julie Parrish, Middlesboro Ky, actress (Good Morning World, Capitol)
  • Oct 28 Susan Harris, American television writer and producer
  • Nov 5 Elke Sommer, [Elke Schletz], actress (A Shot in the Dark, The Oscar), born in Berlin, Germany
  • Nov 13 Daniel Pilon, Canadian actor
  • Nov 15 Sam Waterson, American actor (Capricorn One, Heaven's Gate), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Nov 15 Ulf Pilgaard, Danish actor
  • Nov 22 Terry Gilliam, comedy author-animator (Monty Python), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Nov 27 Bruce Lee, [Lee Yuen Kam], martial artist star and actor (Green Hornet), born in San Francisco, California (1973)

Karate Star/Actor Bruce Lee
Karate Star/Actor
Bruce Lee
  • Nov 27 John Alderton, Gainsborough England, actor (Zardoz)
  • Dec 1 Matthias Habich, actor (Straight to the Heart, A Corps Perdu)

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Dec 1 Richard Pryor, American comedian and actor (Lady Sings the Blues, Stir Crazy), born in Pecoria, Illinois (d. 2005)

Comedian and Actor Richard Pryor
Comedian and Actor
Richard Pryor
  • Dec 5 Adrian Street, Welsh professional wrestler
  • Dec 7 Stan Boardman, English comedian
  • Dec 8 Jenny Linden, English actress (Hedda, Dr Who & the Daleks)
  • Dec 11 Donna Mills, American actress (Knots Landing, Incident), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 13 Edith Clever, Wuppertal Germany, actress (Parsifal, L'Adolescente)
  • Dec 13 Steve Harmon, American actor (Ens Pulver-Mr Roberts), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 15 Nick Buoniconti, NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins)/sportscaster (NBC)
  • Dec 24 Sharon Farrell, Sioux City, Iowa, American actress (Lori-Hawaii 5-0, Young & Restless)
  • Dec 30 James Burrows, TV producer/director (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Cheers)