Birthdays in Film & TV on April 26

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  • 1834 Artemus Ward [Charles Farrar Browne], American humorist (considered to be America's first stand-up comedian), born in Waterford, Maine (d. 1867)
  • 1872 William Desmond Taylor [Deane-Tanner], Irish director and actor (The Awakening, Broken Coin), born in County Carlow, Ireland (d. 1922)
  • 1878 Ethel Griffies, British actress (Billy Liar, The Birds, We Live Again), born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England (d. 1975)
  • 1883 Harry Sothern, British actor (Blind Wives, Buck Rogers), born in London, England (d. 1957)
  • 1888 Anita Loos, American screenwriter, novelist (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes) and playwright, born in Sisson, California (d. 1981)
  • 1890 Edgar Kennedy, American actor and director (My Old Dutch), born in Monterey County, California (d. 1948)
  • 1897 Douglas Sirk, German American film director (All That Heaven Allows), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1987)
  • 1898 John Grierson, Scottish documentary filmmaker (Drifters), born in Deanston, Stirling, Scotland (d. 1972)
  • 1899 Guinn "Big Boy" Williams, American actor (Hoedown, Country Fair, Blackmail), born in Decatur, Texas (d. 1962)
  • 1903 Niven Busch, American screenwriter (The Postman Always Rings Twice), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1905 Denis O'Dea, Irish actor (Niagara, Esther & the King, Treasure Island), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1978)
  • 1905 Jean Vigo, French actor and director (Zero For Conduct, L'Atlante), born in Paris, France (d. 1934)
  • 1910 Tomoyuki Tanaka, Japanese film producer (Godzilla), born in Ōsaka, Japan (d. 1997)
  • 1910 Ruan Lingyu [Fenggen], Chinese silent film actress (The Goddess), born in Shanghai (d. 1935)
  • 1911 Marianne Hoppe, German theater and film actress (Der Schimmelreiter), born in Rostock, Germany (d. 2002)
  • 1914 Charlie Chester, English comedian (Never Say Die), born in Eastbourne, Sussex (d. 1997)

  • 1916 Vic Perrin, American actor (Mission: Impossible), born in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin (d. 1989)
  • 1918 Stafford Repp, American actor (Playhouse 90, Batman, Plunder Road), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1974)
  • 1920 Russell Nype, American singer and actor (The Stuff, Call Me Madam, Dorothy), born in Zion, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • 1922 Mike Kellin [Myron Kellin], American actor (Pipe Dream, American Buffalo), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1983)
  • 1926 David Coleman, British sports commentator (worked for the BBC for 46 years), born in Alderley Edge, Cheshire, England (d. 2013)
  • 1927 Jack Douglas, English comedian (My Brother Was an Only Child, Jack Paar Show), born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (d. 1989)
  • 1930 Derek Waring [Barton-Chapple], British actor (Z-Cars, Barnacle Bill, Arthur-Heart of the Country), born in Mill Hill, London (d. 2007)
  • 1932 Francis Lai, French film music composer (Love Story), born in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France (d. 2018)
  • 1933 Carol Burnett, American comedian and actress (Annie, 4 Seasons), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1942 Claudine Auger, French actress (Thunderball) and Miss France (1958), born in Paris, France
  • 1947 Warren Clarke, English actor (Clockwork Orange), born in Oldham, Lancashire, (d. 2014)
  • 1948 Boyd Matson, TV host/correspondent (National Geographic Explorer)
  • 1949 Jerry Blackwell, American professional wrestler, born in Stone Mountain, Georgia (d. 1995)
  • 1956 Koo Stark [Kathleen Dee-Anne], American photographer and actress (Emily), born in NYC, New York
  • 1958 Giancarlo Esposito, American actor (Bob Roberts, School Daze, King of NY), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1961 Joan Chen [Chen Chong], Chinese-American actress (Heaven & Earth, The Last Emperor), born in Shanghai, China
  • 1962 Michael Damian, American actor (Young & Restless) and singer (Rock on), born in San Diego, California
  • 1962 Debra Wilson, American actress and comedian (Mad TV), born in South Ozone Park, Queens, New York

Person of interestJet Li

1963 Jet Li [Li Lianjie], Chinese Singaporean actor and martial artist (Romeo Must Die, Unleashed), born in Beijing, China

Chinese Actor and Martial Artist Jet Li
Chinese Actor and Martial Artist
Jet Li
  • 1964 Tod Bass, American actor (Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1965 Kevin James, American actor and comedian (The King of Queens), born in Mineola, Long Island, New York
  • 1967 Marianne Jean-Baptiste, English actress (Secrets & Lies), born in Camberwell, London
  • 1967 Kane [Glenn Jacobs], American professional wrestler, born in Torrejón de Ardoz, Spain

Person of interestMelania Trump

1970 Melania Trump [née Knauss], Slovenian-American model, wife of President Donald Trump and current First Lady of the United States, born in Novo Mesto, Yugoslavia

US First Lady and Model Melania Trump
US First Lady and Model
Melania Trump
  • 1974 Ivana Miličević, Croatian-American actress (Banshee), born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • 1974 Adil Ray, English radio presenter (BBC Asian Network), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1977 Jason Earles, American actor (Kickin' It), born in San Diego, California
  • 1977 Tom Welling, American actor (Smallville-Clark Kent), born in Putnam Valley, New York
  • 1978 Stana Katic, Canadian-American actress (Kate Beckett-Castle), born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1979 Sean Fox, American actor (3 Ninjas Kick Back, Calendar Girl)
  • 1980 Jordana Brewster, American actress (Nikki Graves-As the World Turns), born in Panama City
  • 1980 Marnette Patterson, American actress (Nicole-Something So Right), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1980 Channing Tatum, American actor (21 Jump Street, Magic Mike), born in Cullman, Alabama
  • 1982 Jon Lee, English actor and singer (S Club 7), born in Ipplepen, Devon
  • 1984 Ryan O'Donohue, American actor (Byrds of Paradise, Boys are Back), born in Pomona, California
  • 1987 Jessica Lee Rose, American-New Zealand actress and famous YouTube star (lonelygirl15), born in Salisbury, Maryland