Birthdays in Film & TV on April 17

  • 1886 Otto Lederer, Austrian actor (The Jazz Singer), born in Prague, Austria-Hungary (d. 1965)
  • 1890 Arthemus "Art" Acord, American silent film actor and rodeo champion (Arizona Kid, Hard Fists), born in Glenwood, Utah (d. 1931)
  • 1895 Bert Wheeler, American actor (Brave Eagle, The Nitwits, Hold 'em Jail, High Flyers, Rainmakers), born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 1968)
  • 1896 Señor Wences, Spanish ventriloquist (his hand acts as a puppet) and comedian, born in Peñaranda de Bracamonte, Salamanca, Spain (d. 1999)
  • 1903 Louis Jean Heydt, American character actor (Waterfront; Gone With The Wind; The Great McGinty), born in Montclair, New Jersey (d. 1960)
  • 1904 Edward Chodorov, Broadway playwright and director (Story of Louis Pasteur), born in NYC, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1905 Arthur Lake [Arthur William Silverlake], American actor (Blondie, Topper), born in Corbin, Kentucky (d. 1987)
  • 1910 Ivan Goff, Australian screenwriter (Man of a Thousand Faces), born in Perth, Australia (d. 1999)
  • 1913 Paul Langton, American actor (Till the Clouds Roll By, Peyton Place), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 1980)
  • 1913 Richard Travis, American actor (Missile to the Moon), born in Carlsbad, New Mexico (d. 1989)
  • 1918 Anne Shirley [Dawn Evelyeen Paris], British actress (The Devil and Daniel Webster, Murder My Sweet), born in NYC, New York (d. 1993)

William HoldenWilliam Holden (1918-1981)

American actor (The Blue Knight, Sunset Boulevard, Sabrina, The Bridge on the River Kwai), born in O'Fallon, Illinois

  • 1920 Genevieve [Ginette Auger], French actress and singer (The Jack Paar Show), born in Paris, France (d. 2004)

Harry ReasonerHarry Reasoner (1923-1991)

American newscaster (60 Minutes, ABC, CBS), born in Dakota City, Iowa

  • 1924 Donald Richie, American-born author and (Japanese) film critic, born in Lima, Ohio (d. 2013)
  • 1935 Theo Angelopoulos, Greek film director (Eternity and a Day, The Travelling Players), born in Athens, Greece (d. 2012)
  • 1937 Daffy Duck, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Tex Avery and Bob Clampett (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Porky's Duck Hunt"
  • 1940 Billy Fury [Ronald Wycherley], British rock singer ("When Will You Say I Love You"; "Halfway To Paradise") and actor (That'll Be The Day), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1983)
  • 1940 Claire Bretécher, French cartoonist (Les Frustrés), born in Nantes, France (d. 2020)
  • 1940 John McCririck, English horse racing broadcaster, born in Surbiton, England (d. 2019)
  • 1942 David Bradley, British actor (Walder Frey-Game of Thrones), born in York, Yorkshire
  • 1942 Mario Brenta, Italian writer and director (Maicol, Barnabo of the Mountains), born in Venice, Italy
  • 1946 Henry Kelly, Irish radio and TV broadcaster, born in Athlone, County Westmeath, Ireland
  • 1947 Linda Martin, Irish singer and TV presenter, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1950 L. Scott Caldwell, American actress (Rose-Lost), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1951 Olivia Hussey, Argentine-British actress (Romeo & Juliet, Death on Nile), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1952 Joseph Francis "Joe" Alaskey, American stand-up comedian, actor, voice artist, and impressionist (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck), born in Troy, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1954 Kim Tyler, American actor (Kyle-Please Don't Eat Daisies), born in Hollywood, California

Roddy PiperRoddy Piper (1954-2015)

Canadian pro wrestler (WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight C'ship 1992; World Tag Team C'ship [Ric Flair] 2006), born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

  • 1956 Elizabeth Lindsey, American explorer, filmmaker (Then There Were None), and actress (China Beach; The Byrds of Paradise), born in Oahu, Territory of Hawaii
  • 1957 Byron Cherry, American actor (Coy-Dukes of Hazzard), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1959 (Shaun) "Sean" Bean, English actor (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy; Game of Thrones), born in Handsworth, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
  • 1959 Stephen Singleton, English rocker (ABC), born in Sheffield, England
  • 1959 Teri Austin, Canadian actress (Terminal Choice; Knots Landing), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1963 Joel Murray, American actor (Mad Men), born in Wilmette, Illinois
  • 1964 Lela Rochon, American actress (Robin Stokes-Waiting to Exhale), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1965 William Mapother, American actor (In the Bedroom), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1966 Vikram [Kennedy John Victor], Indian actor (I), born in Madras, Tamil Nadu
  • 1967 Henry Ian Cusick, Peruvian-Scottish actor (Desmond Hume-Lost), born in Trujillo, Peru
  • 1967 Kimberly Elise, American actress (Beloved), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1967 Leslie Bega, American actress (Maria Tomlinson-Head of the Class), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967 Timothy Gibbs, American actor (Father Murphy, Santa Barbara), born in Burbank, California
  • 1971 Claire Sweeney, British stage and screen actress (Brookside), born in Walton, Liverpool
  • 1971 Jim Acosta, American journalist (CNN White House correspondent), born in Washington, D.C.

Jennifer GarnerJennifer Garner (50 years old)

1972 American actress (Sydney Bristow-Alias), born in Houston, Texas

  • 1975 Gabriel Soto, Mexican actor and model, born in Mexico City
  • 1976 Alex Nesic, Serbian-French-American actor, born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1976 Monet Mazur, American actress and musician, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1979 Siddharth Narayan, Indian film actor, born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
  • 1979 Tram-Anh Tran, American actress (Ghostwriters'), born in NYC, New York
  • 1982 Lee Joon-gi, South Korean actor and model, born in Busan, South Korea
  • 1985 Rooney Mara, American actress (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Carol), born in Bedford, New York
  • 1995 Paulie Litt, American actor, born in New Jersey
  • 1995 Phoebe Dynevor, English actress (Bridgerton), born in Trafford, England
  • 1996 Dee Dee Davis, American actress, born in Culver City, California