On This Day

Birthdays in Film & TV on April 8

  • 1887 Walter Connolly, American actor (Good Earth, 5th Avenue Girl), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1940)
  • 1888 Victor Schertzinger, American composer and director (Uptown NY), born in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania (d. 1941)
  • 1889 Adrian Boult, British conductor (BBC Symphony Orchestra, 1930-50; London Philharmonic, 1950-59), born in Chester, England (d. 1983)

Person of interestMary Pickford

1892 Mary Pickford [Gladys Smith], Canadian actress (Poor Little Rich Girl), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1979)

Actress Mary Pickford
Actress
Mary Pickford
  • 1893 Grace Cunard, American silent screen actress (Untamed, Resurrection), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1967)
  • 1895 Bert Gordon [Barney Gorodetsky], Comedian, born in NYC, New York (d. 1974)
  • 1905 Ilka Chase, American actress (Masquerade Party, Trials of O'Brien), born in NYC, New York (d. 1978)
  • 1905 George Baxter, French actor (Flying Saucer, Lili, Caged), born in Paris, France (d. 1976)
  • 1909 John Fante, Italian-American author and screenwriter (Wait Until Spring, Bandini, Ask the Dust, Full of Life), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1983)
  • 1912 Sonja Henie, Norwegian figure skater (Olympic gold 1928, 32, 36), actress (My Lucky Star), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1969)
  • 1914 María Félix, Mexican actress (Doña Bárbara), born in Álamos, Sonora, Mexico (d. 2002)
  • 1923 Edward Mulhare, Irish actor (Knight Rider), born in Cork, Ireland (d. 1997)
  • 1924 Frédéric Back, German-born Canadian short film director and screenwriter
  • 1925 Shecky Greene [Fred Greenfield], American comedian and actor (Love Machine; Combat), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1928 Eric Porter, British actor (Antony & Cleopatra; The 39 Steps), born in London, England (d. 1995)
  • 1929 Jacques Brel, Belgian singer, songwriter, actor, director and composer (Le Far West, Pain in the A--), born in Schaerbeek, Brussels (d. 1978)
  • 1929 WIlliam K. Everson, English American film historian, born in Yeovil, England (d. 1996)
  • 1930 Dorothy Tutin, British actress (Importance of Being Earnest; Cromwell), born in London, England (d. 2001)
  • 1930 John Reardon, American stage actor and operatic baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1965-77), born in NYC, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1931 John Gavin [Juan Vincent Apablasa Jr], American actor (Imitation of Life, Psycho), and US Ambassador to Mexico (1981–86), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2018)
  • 1936 Klaus Lowitsch, German actor (Despair, Marriage of Marla Braun), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1938 Lory Patrick, American actress (Trina-Tales of Welles Fargo), born in Beckley West Virginia
  • 1943 Robby Weaver, American actor (Stone), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1944 Hywel Bennett, Welsh, actor (Family Way, Shelley), born in Garnant, Wales (d. 2017)
  • 1946 Stuart Pankin, American comedian (Striptease, Congo, Earl-Dinosaurs), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1946 Tim Thomerson, American actor (Trancers), born in Coronado, California
  • 1947 Cindy Pickett, American actress (Guiding Light, St Elsewhere), born in Norman, Oklahoma
  • 1949 Jim Lampley, American broadcaster (Monday Night Baseball), born in Hendersonville, North Carolina
  • 1955 Kane Hodder, American actor and stuntman (Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th franchise), born in Auburn, California
  • 1956 Christine Boisson, French actress, born in Salon-de-Provence, France
  • 1956 Jim Piddock, English actor, writer and producer (Best in Show), born in Rochester, England
  • 1960 John Schneider, American actor (Dukes of Hazzard), born in Mt Kisco, New York
  • 1961 Richard Hatch, American reality television personality (Survivor), born in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 1964 Lisa Guerrero, American sports broadcaster, journalist and model, born in Chicago, Illinois

Person of interestRobin Wright

1966 Robin Wright, American actress (Princess Bride, House of Cards), born in Dallas, Texas

Actress Robin Wright
Actress
Robin Wright
  • 1966 Bobby Ologun, Nigerian television personality
  • 1967 Arwyn Davies, Welsh actor
  • 1968 Patricia Arquette, American actress (Boyhood, True Romance), born in NYC, New York
  • 1971 Craig Mazin, American scriptwriter and film director (Chernobyl), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1973 Emma Caulfield, American actress (Anya in Buffy the Vampire Slayer), born in San Diego, California
  • 1974 Chino XL [Derek Keith Barbosa], American rapper and actor, born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1978 Ana de la Reguera, Mexican actress (Goliath), born in Veracruz, Mexico
  • 1980 Katee Sackhoff, American actress (Battlestar Galatica), born in Portland, Oregan
  • 1981 Taylor Kitsch, Canadian actor and model (Friday Night Lights), born in Kelowna, British Columbia
  • 1983 Allu Arjun, Indian Telugu film actor (Parugu), born in Madras, India
  • 1983 Adrian Bellani [Gerardo Celasco], American actor (Passions), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1984 Taran Noah Smith, American actor (Mark Taylor-Home Improvement), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1984 Kirsten Storms, American actress, born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1984 Ezra Koenig, American rock singer-songwriter, musician (Vampire Weekend), and broadcaster (Time Crisis), born in New York City
  • 1986 Erika Sawajiri, Japanese actress, model and singer, born in Nerima, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1999 Isaac Hempstead Wright, English actor (Bran in Game of Thrones), born in Surrey, England
  • 2002 Skai Jackson, American actress (Jessie) and author, born in New York City