On This Day

Birthdays in Film & TV on August 17

  • 1866 Julia Marlowe [Sarah Frances Frost], English-American Shakespearean actress, born in Cumberland, England (d. 1950)

Person of interestSamuel Goldwyn

1882 Samuel Goldwyn [Shmuel Gelbfisz], Jewish Polish American movie producer (MGM), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1974)

Hollywood Mogul Samuel Goldwyn
Hollywood Mogul
Samuel Goldwyn
  • 1888 Monty Wooley, American actor (Pied Piper, The Man Who Came to Dinner), born in NYC, New York (d. 1963)

Person of interestMae West

1893 Mae West, American actress and singer (She Done him Wrong), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1980)

Actress Mae West
Actress
Mae West
  • 1900 Quincy Howe, American newscaster (CBS Weekend News), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1901 Henri Tomasi, French classical and film music composer (Requiem for Peace; The Silence of the Sea), born of Marseille, France (d. 1971)
  • 1918 Mort Marshall [Mortimer Haig Lichtenstein], American actor (Kiss Me Deadly, Dumplings), born in NYC, New York (d. 1979)
  • 1920 Maureen O'Hara [FitzSimons], Irish actress and singer (Miracle on 34th St, The Quiet Man), Ranelagh, County Dublin (d. 2015)
  • 1926 Jean Poiret [Jean-Gustave Poiré], French actor, director, and screenwriter (La Cage Aux Folles), born in Paris, France (d. 1992)
  • 1927 Robert Moore, American director and actor (Murder by Death, Marshall-Diana), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1984)
  • 1928 Willem Duys, Dutch radio/TV host
  • 1933 Glenn Corbett [Glen Edwin Rothenburg], American actor (Route 66, Shenandoah), born in El Monte, California (d. 1993)
  • 1935 Oleg Tabakov, Soviet-Russian actor and artistic director (Moscow Art Theatre), born in Saratov, Russian SFSR (d. 2018)
  • 1936 Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Native American musician and actor and activist, born on Lake Traverse Indian Reservation, South Dakota (d. 2007)
  • 1939 Anthony Valentine, British actor (Colditz), born in Blackburn, Lancashire (d. 2015)
  • 1943 Koos Postema, Dutch editor-in-chief (Vrije Volk) and TV host

Person of interestRobert De Niro

1943 Robert De Niro, American actor (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull), born in NYC, New York

  • 1948 Bo Rucker, American actor (Superman, Soup for One, Lock Up), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1951 Robert Joy, Canadian actor (Big Shots, CSI), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1955 Kevin Welch, American country songwriter/actor (Thing Called Love), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1956 Gail Berman, American film executive, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1960 Bruce Penhall, American actor (Savage Beach), born in Balboa, California

Person of interestSean Penn

1960 Sean Penn, American actor (Mystic River, Milk), born in Santa Monica, California

Actor and Political Activist Sean Penn
Actor and Political Activist
Sean Penn
  • 1962 Buddy Landel 'Nature Boy', American professional wrestler, born in Knoxville, Tennessee (d. 2015)
  • 1963 S. Shankar, Indian film director (Gentleman, Indian, Jeans), born in Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu, India
  • 1963 Jon Gruden, American NFL coach (Super Bowl 2002, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Oakland Raiders) and broadcaster (ESPN), born in Sandusky, Ohio
  • 1968 Helen McCrory, English actress (The Queen, Peaky Blinders), born in London (d. 2021)
  • 1970 Rupert Degas, English actor and voice artist, born in London, England
  • 1971 Uhm Jung-hwa, South Korean singer and actress
  • 1975 Giuliana DePandi, Italian-born American television personality
  • 1977 Jake Patellis, American actor (Paul Bowman-Good Life), born in Santa Clarita, California
  • 1979 Marcus Patric, British actor (Hollyoaks), born in Gosport, England
  • 1980 Shannon Lucio, American actress, born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1981 Kristin Holt, American television personality (American Idol), born in Plano, Texas
  • 1982 Cheeleader Melissa [Melissa Anderson], American professional wrestler, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1982 Mark Salling, American actor and musician (Glee), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2018)
  • 1985 Yū Aoi, Japanese actress (Hula Girls), born in Kasuga, Japan
  • 1986 Bryton McClure, American actor (Richie-Family Matters), born in Lakewood, California
  • 1988 Brady Corbet, American actor (24), born in Scottsdale, Arizona
  • 1988 Erika Toda, Japanese actress (Ryūsei no Kizuna), born in Kobe, Japan
  • 1990 Colin Bates, British-American actor, dancer, and singer (Billy Elliot - The Musical)
  • 1990 Rachel Hurd-Wood, British actress (Clique), born in London, England
  • 1996 Ella Cruz, Filipina actress (Aryana), born in Angat, Philippines