Birthdays in Film & TV on August 17

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

Samuel GoldwynSamuel Goldwyn (1882-1974)

Polish born Jewish-American film producer (The Best Years of Our Lives) and movie magnate, born in Warsaw, Poland

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

Mae WestMae West (1893-1980)

American stage and screen actress, writer (She Done Him Wrong; I'm No Angel), and singer (Way Out West), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • 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)

Maureen O'HaraMaureen O'Hara (1920-2015)

Irish-American actress (Miracle on 34th Street; The Quiet Man; Only The Lonely), and singer, born in Ranelagh, County Dublin, Ireland

  • 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
  • 1932 Jean-Jacques Sempé, French cartoonist (Le Petit Nicolas), born in Pessac, France (d. 2022) [1]
  • 1933 Glenn Corbett [Glen Edwin Rothenburg], American actor (Route 66; Shenandoah; Chisum), 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

Robert De NiroRobert De Niro (79 years old)

1943 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 ("True Love Never Dies"), 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

Sean PennSean Penn (62 years old)

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

  • 1962 Buddy Landel 'Nature Boy', American professional wrestler, born in Knoxville, Tennessee (d. 2015)
  • 1963 Jon Gruden, American NFL coach (Super Bowl 2002, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Oakland/LV Raiders) and broadcaster (ESPN MNF), born in Sandusky, Ohio
  • 1963 S. Shankar, Indian film director (Gentleman, Indian, Jeans), born in Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu, India
  • 1968 Helen McCrory, English actress (The Queen, Peaky Blinders), born in London (d. 2021)
  • 1969 Donnie Wahlberg, American pop singer (New Kids On The Block - "Hangin' Tough"), actor (Band of Brothers; Boomtown), and producer, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1969 Uhm Jung-hwa, South Korean K-pop singer (Rose of Betrayal; Festival), and actress, born in Jecheon-si, South Korea
  • 1970 Rupert Degas, English actor and voice artist, born in London, England
  • 1975 Giuliana DePandi, Italian-born American television personality
  • 1977 Jake Patellis, American actor (Paul Bowman-Good Life), born in Santa Clarita, California
  • 1978 Vibeke Stene, Norwegian goth-metal singer (Tristania), and actress, born in Sokndal, Norway
  • 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, American-British actor, dancer, and singer (Billy Elliot - The Musical), born in Pasedena, California
  • 1990 Rachel Hurd-Wood, British actress (Clique), born in London, England
  • 1991 Austin Butler, American actor (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), born in Anaheim, California
  • 1996 Ella Cruz, Filipina actress (Aryana), born in Angat, Philippines