Birthdays in Film & TV on April 26

  • 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 Ruan Lingyu [Fenggen], Chinese silent film actress (The Goddess), born in Shanghai (d. 1935)
  • 1910 Tomoyuki Tanaka, Japanese film producer (Godzilla), born in Ōsaka, Japan (d. 1997)
  • 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 radio and television actor (Dragnet), and screenwriter (Gunsmoke), born in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin (d. 1989)
  • 1917 Earl Colbert, American character actor, born near his mother (d. 1992)
  • 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 (BBC 1954-2000), 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)

Carol BurnettCarol Burnett (89 years old)

1933 American comedian (The Carol Burnett Show) and actress (Annie; The Four Seasons; Mad About You), born in San Antonio, Texas

  • 1940 Giorgio Moroder, Italian record producer, and film score composer (Cat People; Top Gun), born in Ortisei, Italy
  • 1942 Bobby Rydell [Ridarelli], American pop singer ("Wild One"; "Wildwood Days"), and actor (Bye Bye Birdie), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2022) [1]
  • 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 Debra Wilson, American actress and comedian (Mad TV), born in South Ozone Park, Queens, New York
  • 1962 Michael Damian, American actor (Young & Restless) and singer ("Rock On"), born in San Diego, California

Jet LiJet Li (59 years old)

1963 Chinese Singaporean actor and martial artist (Romeo Must Die, Unleashed), born in Beijing, China

  • 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 Kane [Glenn Jacobs], American professional wrestler, born in Torrejón de Ardoz, Spain
  • 1967 Marianne Jean-Baptiste, English actress (Secrets & Lies), born in Camberwell, London

Melania TrumpMelania Trump (52 years old)

1970 Slovenian-American model, wife of former President Donald Trump and First Lady of the United States (2017-21), born in Novo Mesto, Yugoslavia

  • 1974 Adil Ray, English radio presenter (BBC Asian Network), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1974 Ivana Miličević, Croatian-American actress (Banshee), born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • 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 Channing Tatum, American actor (21 Jump Street, Magic Mike), born in Cullman, Alabama
  • 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
  • 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