On This Day

Birthdays in Film & TV on April 23

  • 1890 Marcel L'Herbier, French director and screenwriter (El Dorado), born in Paris (d. 1979)
  • 1894 Basil Sydney, British actor (Hamlet, Jassy, Simba, Farmer's Wife), born in St. Osyth, Essex, England (d. 1968)
  • 1894 George Renevant [Georges de Cheux], French actor (Moulin Rouge, Scotland Yard, Comrade X), born in Paris, France (d. 1969)
  • 1897 John Wengraf, Austrian actor (12 to the Moon, Pride & Passion), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1974)
  • 1900 Harold French, British director and actor (The Cavalier of the Streets, Trio, Quartet), born in Lambeth, London (d. 1997)
  • 1900 Joseph Green, Polish-American filmmaker, born in Łódź, Poland (d. 1996)
  • 1904 Duncan Renaldo, Spanish actor (The Cisco Kid, The Gay Amigo), born in Oancea, Romania (d. 1980)
  • 1904 Leslie French, British actor and singer (Death in Venice, More than a Miracle), born in Bromley, Kent, England (d. 1999)
  • 1908 Marcel Hillaire, German actor (Take the Money and Run, Seven Thieves), born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1988)
  • 1908 Myron Waldman, American animator (Fleischer Studio), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1911 Simone Simon, French actress (All Money Can Buy, Ladies in Love), born in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France (d. 2005)
  • 1914 John Hubbard, American actor (Don't Call Me Charlie, The Tall T, One Million B.C.), born in East Chicago, Indiana (d. 1988)
  • 1918 Anthony Craxton, British TV producer, born in London (d. 1966)
  • 1919 Dorian Leigh, American supermodel and icon of the fashion industry, born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 2008)
  • 1921 Janet Blair [Martha Janet Lafferty], American singer and actress (Leave it to the Girls, Smith Family), born in Altoona, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • 1923 Nathan "Dambuza" Mdledle, South African singer (Manhattan Brothers) and actor

  • 1923 Antonino Rocca, Italian-Argentine professional wrestler, born in Treviso, Veneto, Italy (d. 1977)
  • 1928 Sir William "Bill" Cotton, British television producer and executive (Noel Gay TV), born in London, England (d. 2008)

Person of interestShirley Temple

1928 Shirley Temple, American actress, famous 1930s child star (Bright Eyes, Heidi) and diplomat, born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2014)

Actress and Diplomat Shirley Temple
Actress and Diplomat
Shirley Temple
  • 1930 Alan Oppenheimer, American actor (6 Million Dollar Man, Eischied), born in NYC, New York
  • 1939 David Birney, American actor (Brigette Loves Bernie, St Elsewhere), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1939 Lee Majors [Harvey Lee Yeary], American film and TV actor ($6,000,000 Man, The Fall Guy), born in Wyandotte, Michigan
  • 1941 Ed Stewart, British DJ and broadcaster (Crackerjack), born in Exmouth, Devon (d. 2016)
  • 1941 Michael Lynne, American film producer (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1942 Sandra Dee [Alexandra Zuck], American actress (Gidget, Imitation of Life), born in Bayonne, New Jersey (d. 2005)
  • 1943 Hervé Villechaize, French-American actor (Fantasy Island - Ze plane! Ze plane!), born in Paris (d. 1993)
  • 1943 Bob van Toll, Dutch actor and director (Pastorale 1943), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2005)
  • 1944 Niklaus Schilling, Swiss film director (Dormire, Atem, Rheingold), born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 2016)
  • 1948 Tessa Wyatt, English actress (Beast in the Cellar, Wedding Night), born in Woking, Surrey, England
  • 1948 Serge Thériault, French-Canadian comedian and actor (Ding et Dong), born in Quebec City, Canada
  • 1949 Blair Brown, American actress (Altered States, Molly Dodd), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1949 Joyce DeWitt, American actress (Janet Wood-Three's Company), born in Wheeling, West Virginia
  • 1952 Lionel Johnston, American actor (Sons & Daughters), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1953 James Russo, American actor (My Own Private Idaho, China Girl), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestMichael Moore

1954 Michael Moore, American filmmaker (Fahrenheit 9/11, Bowling for Columbine, Sicko), born in Flint, Michigan

Documentary Filmmaker Michael Moore
Documentary Filmmaker
Michael Moore
  • 1955 Judy Davis, Australian actress (Barton Fink, Husbands & Wives), born in Perth, Australia

  • 1955 Su Ingle, British actress (Around the World in Seven Minutes and Four Times on Saturday), born in London
  • 1957 Jan Hooks, American comedienne and actress (SNL, Designing Women), born in Decatur, Georgia (d. 2014)
  • 1957 Kenji Kawai, Japanese film score composer, born in Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1961 Terry Gordy, American professional wrestler, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 2001)
  • 1961 George Lopez, Mexican-American actor and comedian, born in Mission Hills, Los Angeles
  • 1962 John Hannah, Scottish actor (Four Weddings and a Funeral), born in East Kilbride, Scotland
  • 1964 Dan Frischman, American actor (Arvid Engen-Head of the Class), born in Whippany, New Jersey
  • 1967 Melina Kanakaredes, American actress (Eleni Andros-Guiding Light), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1969 Richard Wolstencroft, Australian filmmaker and founder of the Melbourne Underground Film Festival (MUFF), born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1969 Manoj Bajpayee [Bajpai], Indian actor (Satya, Road), born in Narkatiaganj, Bihar
  • 1970 Scott Bairstow, Canadian actor (Lonesome Series: The Dove), born in Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada
  • 1970 Sadao Abe, Japanese actor (Team Medical Dragon), born in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • 1972 Patricia Manterola, Mexican singer and actress (Apuesta por un Amor), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1972 Sonya Smith, Venezuelan-American actress (Cara Sucia), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1974 Barry Watson, American actor (What About Brian), born in Traverse City, Michigan

Person of interestJohn Cena

1977 John Cena, American professional wrestler, rapper and actor (The Marine), born in West Newbury, Massachusetts

Professional Wrestler and Actor John Cena
Professional Wrestler and Actor
John Cena

Person of interestKal Penn

1977 Kal Penn, American actor (Dr. Lawrence Kutner-House, The Namesake) and civil servant, born in Montclair, New Jersey

Actor Kal Penn
Actor
Kal Penn

Person of interestJohn Oliver

1977 John Oliver, English comedian (The Daily Show, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver), born in Birmingham, West Midlands

Comedian John Oliver
Comedian
John Oliver
  • 1979 Yana Gupta, Czech actress and author (How To Love Your Body And Get The Body You Love), born in Brno, Czechoslovakia
  • 1979 Jaime King, American model and actress (Bulletproof Monk), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1981 Joanna Krupa, Polish-American supermodel and actress, born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 1985 Angel Locsin, Filipina TV and movie actress (Mulawin), born in Santa Maria, Bulacan, Philippines
  • 1986 Jessica Stam, Canadian supermodel, born in Kincardine, Ontario, Canada
  • 1990 Matthew Underwood, American actor (Zoey 101), born in Fort Pierce, Florida
  • 1990 Dev Patel, English actor (Slumdog Millionaire, Lion), born in London, England
  • 1995 Gigi Hadid [Jelena Noura Hadid], American fashion model, born in Los Angeles, California