On This Day

Birthdays in Film & TV on April 4

  • 1875 Samuel S. Hinds, American actor (Raven, Test Pilot), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1948)
  • 1892 Cyril Smith, Scottish actor (The Adventures of Sir Lancelot), born in Peterhead, Scotland (d. 1963)
  • 1892 Esther Howard, American actress, born in Helena, Montana (d. 1965)
  • 1897 Pierre Fresnay, French actor (Monsieur Vincent, Grand Illusion), born in Paris, France (d. 1975)
  • 1898 Agnes Ayres [Hinkle], American actress (Sheik, Souls at Sea), born in Carbondale, Illinois (d. 1940)
  • 1901 Carmel Myers, American actress (Carmel Myers Show), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1980)
  • 1906 Beatrice "Bea" Benaderet, American actress (Kate-Petticoat Junction), born in NYC, New York (d. 1968)
  • 1906 John Cameron Swayze, American newscaster (Timex, Hindenberg), born in Wichita, Kansas (d. 1995)
  • 1913 Rosemary Lane, American actress (An Angel from Texas, 4 Mothers, Harvest Melody), born in Indianola, Iowa (d. 1974)
  • 1916 David White, American actor (Larry Tate-Bewitched), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1990)
  • 1923 Manon Alving, Dutch actress (The Assault, Short American), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 2010)
  • 1923 Peter Vaughan, British actor (Porridge, Game of Thrones), born in Wem, Shropshire, England (d. 2016)
  • 1925 Elizabeth Wilson, American screen and stage actress (Doc, East Side/West Side), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • 1928 Bill Ryan, American newscaster (Smithsonian), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1928 Jimmy Logan, British comedian (Mad Death), born in Dennistoun, Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2001)

Person of interestMaya Angelou

1928 Maya Angelou [Marguerite Johnson], American author ("I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"), poet and actress (Nyo-Roots), born in St Louis, Missouri

Author, Poet and Activist Maya Angelou
Author, Poet and Activist
Maya Angelou

  • 1928 Monty Norman, English singer and film composer (James Bond Theme), born in London
  • 1928 Estelle Harris, American actress (Estelle Costanza - Seinfeld, Toy Story), born in Manhattan, New York

Person of interestAnthony Perkins

1932 Anthony Perkins, American actor and singer (Psycho, Friendly Persuasion, Fear Strikes Out, Pretty Poison), born in NYC, New York (d. 1992)

  • 1932 Andrei Tarkovsky, Soviet filmmaker (Andrei Rublev, Mirror, Stalker), born in Zavrazhye, Russia, Soviet Union (d. 1986)
  • 1934 Dorothy Grenfell Williams, radio producer and broadcaster, born in Johannesburg (d. 1994)
  • 1940 Robby Müller, Dutch cinematographer (Breaking the Waves, Dead Man, Korczak), born in Willemstad, Curaçao, Kingdom of the Netherlands (d. 2018)
  • 1941 Bill Tarmey, English actor (Coronation Street), born in Ardwick, Manchester (d. 2012)
  • 1944 David Melville, British physicist and academic (Middlesex Polytechnic), born in Gateshead, Durham, England
  • 1944 Craig T. Nelson, American actor (Poltergeist, Hayden Fox-Coach), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1945 Caroline McWilliams, American actress (Sally-Soap, Marcy-Benson), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1945 Walter Charles, American actor (Fletch Lives, Weeds), born in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1947 Ray Fosse, American baseball player and broadcaster, born in Marion, Illinois
  • 1948 Derek Thompson, Northern Irish actor (Charlie Fairhead - Casualty), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1950 Christine Lahti, American actress (Harvey Korman Show, Swing Shift), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1954 Julie Carmen, American actress (Gloria, Last Plane Out), born in Mount Vernon, New York
  • 1956 David E. Kelley, American writer and TV producer (Picket Fences, Chicago Hope), born in Waterville, Maine
  • 1957 Ali El Haggar, Egyptian singer and actor, born in Imbabah, Giza
  • 1957 Aki Kaurismäki, Finnish film director (The Other Side of Hope), born in Orimattila, Finland
  • 1958 Hrvoje Horvatic, video artist
  • 1960 Jonathan Agnew, English cricket broadcaster, born in Macclesfield, Cheshire

  • 1960 Hugo Weaving, Nigerian-born English-Australian actor (Agent Smith - The Matrix), born in Ibadan, Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria
  • 1963 Anthony Clark, American actor and comedian (Boyd Pritchett-Boston Common), born in Lynchburg, Virginia

Person of interestGraham Norton

1963 Graham Norton [Graham Walker], Irish comedian and TV presenter, born in Dublin

TV Host and Comedian Graham Norton
TV Host and Comedian
Graham Norton
  • 1964 Robbie Rist, American actor (Oliver-Brady Bunch) and musician, born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestRobert Downey Jr

1965 Robert Downey Jr, American actor (Charlie Chaplin, Iron Man, Avengers), born in NYC, New York

  • 1966 Nancy McKeon, American actress (Jo Polniazek-Facts of Life), born in Westbury, New York
  • 1968 Jennifer Lynch, American film director, screenwriter and author of The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1969 Karren Brady, English sporting executive, TV personality and business executive (The Apprentice UK, Birmingham City F.C.), born in Edmonton, London
  • 1970 Barry Pepper, Canadian actor (The Kennedys), born in Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
  • 1971 John Zandig, American professional wrestler, born in Sewell, New Jersey
  • 1975 Pamela Ribon, American screenwriter and author, born in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1977 Stephen Mulhern, English TV presenter, born in Stratford, London
  • 1978 Irene Skliva, Greek model (Miss World 1996), born in Athens, Greece

Person of interestNatasha Lyonne

1979 Natasha Lyonne, American actress (Orange is the New Black), born in New York City

Person of interestHeath Ledger

1979 Heath Ledger, Australian-American Actor (Brokeback Mountain, The Dark Knight), born in Perth, Western Australia (d. 2008)

  • 1983 Angelle Tymon, American journalist and TV game show host (PlayMania Block), born in Lutcher, Louisiana
  • 1987 Devon Anderson, English actor (EastEnders), born in Greenwich, London
  • 1987 Sarah Gadon, Canadian actress (Flashpoint), born in Toronto, Ontario

Person of interestJamie Lynn Spears

1991 Jamie Lynn Spears, American actress (Zoey 101), born in McComb, Mississippi

  • 1992 Alexa Nikolas, American actress (Zoey 101), born in Chicago, Illinois