Birthdays in Film & Television in 1917

  • Jan 1 Albert Mol, Dutch actor (d. 2004)

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Jan 5 Jane Wyman, American actress (Magnificent Obsession) and 1st wife of Ronald Reagan, born in Saint Joseph, Missouri (d. 2007)

Actress Jane Wyman
Jane Wyman
  • Jan 8 Stanley Prager, American comedian (College Bowl), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 9 Herbert Lom, Czech, actor (Pink Panther Strikes Again, Dorian Gray)
  • Jan 16 Buddy Lester, actor (Nick-Phil Silvers Show), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 19 John Raitt, Bonnie Raitt's father/singer/actor (Pajama Game)

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Jan 24 Ernest Borgnine, actor (Ice Station Zebra, McHale's Navy, Marty), (d. 2012), born in Hamden, Connecticut (d. 2012)

  • Jan 29 John Raitt, actor/singer (Chevy Show, Pajama Game), born in Santa Ana, California
  • Feb 6 Zsa Zsa Gabor [Zsa Sari], Hungarian-born actress (Queen of Outer Space), born in Budapest (d. 2016)
  • Feb 13 Polly Rose, actress (Myrtle-Love That Jill)
  • Feb 19 Dick Emery, actor (Yellow Submarine, Loot, Baby Love), born in London, England
  • Feb 23 Kenneth Tobey, actor (Chuck-Whirlybirds) [or Mar 23]

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Mar 2 Desi Arnaz, Cuban-American actor (I Love Lucy), born in Santiago de Cuba (d. 1986)

Actor Desi Arnaz
Desi Arnaz
  • Mar 6 Frankie Howerd, English comedian (d. 1992)
  • Mar 7 Davis Roberts, actor (Mr Johnson-Boone), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Mar 12 Googie Withers, actress (1 of Our Aircraft is Missing), born in Karachi, India
  • Mar 22 Virginia Grey, LA, actress (Another Thin Man, Idiot's Delight, Idaho)
  • Mar 23 Kenneth Tobey, actor (The Thing, Strange Invaders) [or Feb 23]
  • Mar 23 Patricia Burke, actress (Forbidden), born in Milan, Italy
  • Mar 30 Herbert Anderson, actor (Henry-Dennis The Menace)
  • Apr 1 Leon Janney, actor (Hawk), born in Ogden, Utah
  • Apr 2 Dabbs Greer, actor (Gunsmoke, Little House on Prairie), born in Fairview, Missouri
  • Apr 7 R G Armstrong, actor (T.H.E. Cat), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2012)
  • Apr 9 Brad Dexter, American actor (d. 2002)
  • Apr 13 Howard Keel, American actor, singer and president of the Screen Actors Guild (7 Brides for 7 Brothers, Kiss Me Kate), born in Gillespie, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • Apr 14 Valerie Hobson, North Ireland, actress (Great Expectations)
  • Apr 15 Hans Conried, actor (Bullwinkle Show, Make Room for Daddy), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Apr 16 Barry Nelson, American actor, first actor to play James Bond, born in San Francisco, California (d. 2007)
  • Apr 28 Robert Cornthwaite, St Helen Oregon, actor (Thing, War of the Worlds)
  • Apr 29 Celeste Holm, American actress (Gentleman's Agreement, All About Eve), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • Apr 29 Maya Deren (born Eleanora Derenkowskaia), American filmmaker , born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • May 1 Danielle Darrieux, French actress (Alexander the Great, Mayerling)
  • May 1 John Beradino, actor (Steve Hardy-General Hospital), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 1 Louis G "Lo" van Hensbergen, actor/author (Amsterdam Affair)
  • May 7 David Tomlinson, Scotland, actor (Mary Poppins, Helter Skelter)
  • May 9 John Arnatt, actor (Circumstantial Evidence)
  • May 15 Hugh Edward Lance Falkus, filmmaker/naturalist
  • May 16 George Gaynes, actor (Tootsie, Police Academy), born in Helsinki Finland (d. 2016)
  • May 18 James Donald, Aberdeen Scotland, actor (Bridge on River Kwai, Vikings)
  • May 21 Dennis Day, Irish tenor/comedian (Jack Benny Show, Danny Boy)
  • May 21 Raymond Burr, BC Canada, actor (Perry Mason, Ironsides, Godzilla)
  • May 22 Nathan Davis, American actor
  • May 25 Steve Cochran, Eureka CA, actor (Mozambique, Gay Senotiys, Dallas)
  • May 26 Eva Szorenyi, Hungarian actress, freedom activist for Hungary
  • May 28 Marshall Reed, Englewood California, actor (Fred Asher-Lineup)
  • Jun 2 Max Showalter, Caldwell Ks, actor/composer (Stockard Channing Show)
  • Jun 2 Heinz Sielmann, German photographer and filmmaker (d. 2006)
  • Jun 3 Leo Gorcey, American actor (Bowery Boys, Road to Zanzibar), born in NYC, New York (d. 1969)
  • Jun 4 Charles Collingwood, Mich, news commentator (CBS, Chronicles)
  • Jun 7 Dean Martin [Dino Paul Crocetti], American singer and actor (Martin and Lewis, The Dean Martin Show), born in Steubenville, Ohio (d. 1995)
  • Jun 12 Priscilla Lane, American actress (Arsenic & Old Lace)

  • Jun 14 Al "Lash" LaRue, Gretna La, actor (Lash of the West, Wyatt Earp)
  • Jun 15 Al "Lash" La Rue, cowboy actor (Black Lash, Lash of the West)
  • Jun 18 Richard Boone, actor (Paladin-Have Gun Will Travel), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 20 Igor Śmiałowski, Polish actor (d. 2006)
  • Jun 28 Willem "Wim" Sonneveld, Dutch singer/actor (My Fair Lady)
  • Jun 30 Lena Horne, American actress, singer (Stormy Weather, Wiz), born in Brooklyn, New York

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Jun 30 Susan Hayward, American actress (I Want to Live, Tulsa), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1975)

Actress Susan Hayward
Susan Hayward
  • Jul 5 Glenn Reeves, actor (Defending Your Life), born in Massillon, Ohio
  • Jul 8 Faye Emerson, American actress (I've Got a Secret), born in Elizabeth, Louisiana (d. 1983)
  • Jul 8 Glenn Langan, actor (Amazing Colossal Man, Margie), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Jul 8 Pamela Brown, actress (Cleopatra, Beckett), born in London, England
  • Jul 10 Don Herbert, Waconia Minn, scientist/TV host (Watch Mr Wizard)
  • Jul 14 Douglas Edwards, Alda Oklahoma, newscaster (CBS Evening News, FYI)
  • Jul 16 William Bishop, actor (Steve-It's a Great Life), born in Oak Park, Illinois

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Jul 17 Phyllis Diller, American comedienne and actress (Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number), born in Lima, Ohio (d. 2012)

Comedienne and Actress Phyllis Diller
Comedienne and Actress
Phyllis Diller
  • Jul 23 Kurt Kreuger, Swiss-German actor (Fear, Unfaithfully Yours), born in Michenberg, Germany (d. 2006)
  • Jul 25 Whipper Billy Watson, Canadian professional wrestler (d. 1990)
  • Jul 27 Bourvil, French actor (d. 1970)
  • Jul 30 Eddy Grove, American actor, born in NYC, New York (d. 1995)
  • Aug 3 Jordan Whitfield, PA, actor (Swamp Fox) (d. 1967)
  • Aug 6 Robert Mitchum, actor (Winds of War, North & South), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Aug 24 Dennis James, wrestling announcer/TV host (PDQ), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Aug 25 Mel Ferrer, American actor (Longest Day, Eaten Alive, 5th Floor), born in Elberon, New Jersey (d. 2008)
  • Aug 26 Jan Clayton, Tularosa NM, actress (Ellen Miller-Lassie)
  • Aug 29 Isabel Sanford, American actress (Louise-Jeffersons/All in the Family), born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)
  • Sep 5 Jack Buetel, American actress (Outlaw, Half Breed), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1989)
  • Sep 9 Rolf Wenkhaus, German actor (d. 1942)
  • Sep 11 Henderson Forsythe, Macon MO, actor (Crisis at Central High)
  • Sep 17 Peter Bennett, actor (Leonides-Adv of Sir Lancelot), born in London, England
  • Sep 18 June Foray, American voice actress (Cinderella, Cindy Lou Who), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2017)
  • Sep 20 Fernando Rey, [Arambillet], La Coruna Spain, actor (Matter of Time)
  • Sep 22 Peter Adams, actor (Alternative), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 27 William T. Orr, American television producer (d. 2002)
  • Oct 2 Charles Drake, American actor (d. 1994)
  • Oct 4 Jan Murray, comedian (Treasure Hunt, Who Killed Teddy Bear), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Oct 7 Helmut Dantine, actor (Shadow of the Cloak), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Oct 7 June Allyson, actress (Till the Clouds Roll By, Vegas), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Oct 10 Ilona Ference, actress (Quatermass II, Star of My Night)
  • Oct 12 Hans Bentz van den Berg, Dutch actor (Last Train), born in Blaricum, Netherlands (d. 1976)
  • Oct 15 Jan Miner, actress (Crime Photographer), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Oct 16 Alice Pearce, American actress (d. 1966)
  • Oct 17 Marsha Hunt, actress (Jennifer-Peck's Bad Girl, Jigsaw), born in Chicago, Illinois

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Oct 22 Joan Fontaine, British-American actress (Gunga Din, Ivanhoe, Rebecca), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 2013)

Actress Joan Fontaine
Joan Fontaine
  • Oct 23 Robert Bray, American actor (Corey-Lassie, Stagecoach West), born in Kalispell, Montana (d. 1983)
  • Oct 28 Jack Soo, American actor (d. 1979)
  • Oct 29 Eddie Constantine, US/French actor (Lucky Jo, It Lives Again)
  • Oct 31 Thomas Hill, Canadian actor
  • Nov 4 Leonardo Cimino, Manhattan, New York, actor (V, Dune), (d. 2012)
  • Nov 13 Robert Sterling, American actor (George Kirby-Adv of Topper), born in New Castle, Pennsylvania (d. 2006)
  • Nov 16 John Whiting, British dramatist/actor (Saint's Day)
  • Nov 17 Jack Lescoulie, TV host (Jackie Gleason Show), born in Sacramento, California
  • Nov 27 "Buffalo" Bob Smith, TV host (Howdy Doody), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Nov 28 Kees Schilperoort, Dutch radio/TV host
  • Dec 1 William Tracy, Pitts, actor (To the Shores of Tripoli)
  • Dec 2 Ezra Stone, American actor/producer (Henry Aldrich)
  • Dec 13 Dave Street, actor/singer (Broadway Open House), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 13 John Hart, American actor
  • Dec 14 Elyse Knox, actress (Hit the Ice, Black Gold), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Dec 18 Ossie Davis, Cogdell GA, actor/playwright (Hot Stuff, Man Called Adam)
  • Dec 30 Nancy Coleman, actress (Edge of Darkness), born in Everett, Washington