On This Day

Actors and Actresses Born in 1959

  • Jan 4 Vanity [Denise Matthews] Canadian-American pop and R&B singer, Prince protégé, and actress (52 Pick Up), born in Niagara Falls, Ontario (d. 2016)
  • Jan 5 Clancy Brown, American film, television, and voice actor (Carnivàle, Billions), born in Urbana, Ohio
  • Jan 10 Fran Walsh, New Zealand screenwriter, born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • Jan 17 Susanna Hoffs, American actress & musician (Bangles-Walk Like an Egyptian), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 17 Momoe Yamaguchi, Japanese singer & actress, born in Ebisu, Tokyo, Japan
  • Jan 22 Linda Blair, American actress (Exorcist, Chained Heat, Savage St), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Jan 23 Tyrone Power Jr., American actor (Shag), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 24 Vic Reeves [James Roderick Moir], English comedian, born in Leeds, United Kingdom
  • Jan 26 Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkish film director (Winter Sleep), born in Istanbul, Turkey
  • Jan 27 Patti Cohoon, actress (Molly-Here Come the Brides), born in Whittier, California
  • Jan 28 Frank Darabont, American filmmaker
  • Jan 28 Burkhard Dallwitz, German-Australian film and television score composer (The Truman Show) born in Bad Homburg vor der Höhe, Germany
  • Jan 31 Kelly Lynch, American actress (Drugstore Cowboy), born in Golden Walley, Minnesota
  • Jan 31 Anthony LaPaglia, Australian actor (Criminal Justice, Without a Trace), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • Feb 3 Thomas Calabro, American actor (Michael Mancini-Melrose Place), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 10 Tonga Fifita [Tonga 'Uli'uli Fifita], Tongan wrestler (WCW/WAR/WWF, Ming, Haku, Islanders), born in Nukuʻalofa, Tonga
  • Feb 12 Sigrid Thornton, Australian actress (Amelia Lawson-Guns of Paradise), born in Canberra, Australia
  • Feb 15 Hugo Savinovich, Ecuadorian sports commentator and wrestler, born in Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • Feb 17 Rowdy Gaines, American swimmer (Olympic gold 100m, 4x100m relay, 4x100m medley 1984; 5 x World C'ship gold 1978, 82) and broadcaster (NBC), born in Winter Haven, Florida
  • Feb 22 Kyle MacLachlan, American actor (Blue Velvet, Dune, Twin Peaks), born in Yakima, Washington
  • Feb 22 Susan Benjamin, American actress (Tracy-Accidental Family), born in San Marino, California
  • Feb 23 Linda Nolan, Irish-British pop singer (The Nolans - "I'm In the Mood for Dancing"), and stage actress, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Feb 24 Beth Broderick, Falmouth KY, actress (Aunt Zelda-Sabrina)
  • Feb 25 Carl Marotte, Canadian actor
  • Mar 5 David Fury, American television writer and producer
  • Mar 6 Thomas "Tom" Arnold, American actor (Tom, True Lies) and former husband of actress Rosanne Barr, born in Iowa
  • Mar 7 Donna Murphy, American musical theatre actress (The King and I), born in Queens, New York
  • Mar 8 Aidan Quinn, American actor (Desperately Seeking Susan, Elementary), born in Rockford, Illinois
  • Mar 8 Lester Holt, American journalist and news anchor (NBC Nightly News, 2015-present), born in Hamilton Air Force Base, California
  • Mar 9 Kato Kaelin, American actor (Beach Fever), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Mar 9 Lonny Price, American actor (Muppets Take Manhattan), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 14 Tamara Tunie, American actress
  • Mar 15 Renny Harlin, Finnish film director

Flavor Flav

Mar 16 Flavor Flav [William Drayton Jr], American rapper (Public Enemy) and reality TV star (The Surreal Life), born in Roosevelt, Long Island, New York

  • Mar 17 Christian Clemenson, American actor (Boston Leagal; CSI:Miami), born in Humboldt, Iowa
  • Mar 18 Irene Cara [Escalera], American Grammy and Academy Award-winning singer-songwriter ("Fame"; Flashdance...What A Feeling"), and actress (Fame: D.C. Cab), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Mar 19 Shelley Burch, actress (One Life to Live, Identity Crisis), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • Mar 19 Anthony Marinelli, American session keyboardist and synthesizer player (Michael Jackson; Sigue Sigue Sputnik), film, television, and advertising composer, born in Burbank, California
  • Mar 20 Steve McFadden, British actor
  • Mar 20 Sting [Steve Borden], American professional wrestler, born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Mar 22 Matthew Modine, American actor (Full Metal Jacket), born in Loma Linda, California
  • Mar 22 Carlton Cuse, Mexican-born American TV writer and executive
  • Mar 23 Catherine Keener, American actress (Captain Philips, Get Out), born in Miami, Florida
  • Mar 23 Philippe Volter, Belgian actor (d. 2005)
  • Mar 26 Chris Hansen, American reporter and correspondent (Dateline NBC: To Catch A Predator, 2004-07), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 28 Todd Curtis, American actor (Capitol, Skip-Young & Restless), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Apr 2 Yves Lavandier, French film writer and director, born in France
  • Apr 3 David Hyde Pierce, American actor (Niles Crane-Fraiser), born in Saratoga Springs, New York
  • Apr 12 Elissa Leeds, American actress (Cissy-Dorothy), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 12 Liu Xiao Ling Tong [Zhang Jinlai], Chinese actor (Journey to the West - "Monkey King"), born in Shanghai, China

Emma Thompson

Apr 15 Emma Thompson, British actress (Henry V, Howards End, Oscar 1992), born in London, England

  • Apr 15 Fruit Chan, Hong Kong film director, born in Guangdong, China
  • Apr 15 Thomas F. Wilson, American actor, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 17 Stephen Singleton, English rocker (ABC), born in Sheffield, England
  • Apr 17 Teri Austin, Canadian actress (Terminal Choice; Knots Landing), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Apr 17 (Shaun) "Sean" Bean, English actor (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy; Game of Thrones), born in Handsworth, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
  • Apr 20 Clint Howard, American actor (Gentle Ben), born in Burbank, California
  • Apr 22 Ryan Stiles, American actor (Lewis-Drew Carey Show), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Apr 25 Dominique Blanc, French actress (Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train), born in Lyon, France
  • Apr 29 Roger Eno, British multi-instrumentalist, and ambient and film music composer, born in Woodbridge, Suffolk, England
  • Apr 30 Kamaran Abdalla, Iraq/Engl/Neth actor (Goede Tijden Selechte Tijden)

Paul Gross

Apr 30 Paul Gross, Canadian actor (Constable Benton Fraser - Due South), director, and writer (Passchendaele), born in Calgary, Alberta

  • May 2 Alan Best, Canadian animation director and producer, born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • May 3 Ben Elton, English actor and comedian (Blackadder Back & Forth, Friday Night Live), born in Fitzrovia, London

Randy Travis

May 4 Randy Travis [Traywick], American country and gospel music singer ("Diggin' Up Bones"; "Forever and Ever, Amen"), and actor, born in Marshville, North Carolina

  • May 4 Scott Armstrong, American professional wrestling referee, born in Marietta, Georgia
  • May 5 Brian Phelps, American disk jockey and actor (Mark & Brian), born in Cambridge, Illinois
  • May 6 Kate Collins, actress (Natalie Hunter-All My Children), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 7 Michael E. Knight, America actor (All My Children), born in Princeton, New Jersey
  • May 7 Barbara Yung Mei-ling, Hong Kong actress, born in Hong Kong (d. 1985)
  • May 11 Martha Quinn, MTV VJ (Tracey-Bradys), born in Albany, New York
  • May 12 Ving Rhames [Irving Rameses Rhames], American actor (Mission Impossible), born in New York City
  • May 14 Patrick Bruel [Benguigui], Algerian-French actor (Coup of Sirocco), rock vocalist ("Marre de cette nana-là" - "Fed Up With That Chick"), and world class poker player, born in Tlemcen, Algeria
  • May 16 Mare Winningham, actress (St Elmo's Fire, Turner & Hooch), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • May 17 Jim Nantz, American sportscaster, born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • May 20 Bronson Pinchot, American actor (Perfect Strangers, Beverly Hills Cop), born in NYC, New York
  • May 21 Nick Cassavetes, American actor and director (The Notebook), born in NYC, New York
  • May 22 Ed Fry, American actor (Larry-As the World Turns, Adam Cory-Another World), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 23 Linden Ashby, American actor (Mortal Kombat), born in Atlantic Beach, Florida
  • May 23 Robert "Bob" Mortimer, British comedian, podcast presenter, and actor, born in Acklam, England
  • May 25 Cathryn Harrison, English actress (Old Woman in Black Moon), born in London, England
  • May 25 Julian Clary, English television personality, born in Surbiton, Surrey, England
  • May 26 Ole Bornedal, Danish film director, actor and producer
  • May 29 Rupert Everett, British actor (Another Country, My Best Friend's Wedding), born in Burnham Deepdale, England
  • Jun 1 Martin Brundle, British auto racer (World Sportscar C'ship 1988; 24 Hours of Le Mans 1990) and F1 television commentator (ITV, BBC), born in King's Lynn, England
  • Jun 6 Amanda Pays, English actress (Max Headroom, Off Limits), born in London, England
  • Jun 6 Colin Quinn, American comedian
  • Jun 6 David Schultz, American wrestler (d. 1996)
  • Jun 6 Josie Lawrence, British comedian and actress (Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Eastenders, Humans), born in Staffordshire, England
  • Jun 10 Timothy Van Patten, American actor (White Shadow, Master), born in Brooklyn, New York

Hugh Laurie

Jun 11 Hugh Laurie, English actor (Strapless, Dr Gregory House-House), born in Oxford, England

  • Jun 12 Jenilee Harrison, American actress (Cindy-3's Company, Dallas), born in Glendale, California
  • Jun 12 Kenneth Herdigein, Surinamese-Dutch actor (Say A), born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • Jun 12 Scott Thompson, Canadian comedian (The Kids in the Hall, Larry Sanders Show), born in North Bay, Ontario, Canada
  • Jun 14 Marcus Miller, American jazz and session bassist, record producer (Miles Davis; Luther Vandross; David Sanborn), and jazz and film score composer (Marshall), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 15 Eileen Davidson, Artesia California, actress (Kristen-Days of our Life)
  • Jun 16 The Ultimate Warrior [James Brian Hellwig], professional wrestler, born in Crawfordsville, Indiana (d. 2014)
  • Jun 22 Wayne Federman, American comedian
  • Jun 25 Paris Themmen, American actor (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory - Mike Teevee), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jun 26 Mark McKinney, Canadian comedian and actor (The Kids in the Hall), born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Janusz Kamiński

Jun 27 Janusz Kamiński, Polish cinematographer (Schindler's List), born in Ziębice, Poland

  • Jun 30 Vincent D'Onofrio, American actor (Full Metal Jacket), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 3 Andreas Wisniewski, German actor (The Living Daylights), born in Berlin
  • Jul 4 Victoria Abril [Rojas], Spanish actress (Libertarias), born in Madrid, Spain
  • Jul 7 Jessica Hahn, American model (playboy) and actress, accused evangelist Jim Bakker of rape, born in Massapequa, New York
  • Jul 7 Billy Campbell [William Oliver], American actor (Once and Again, Dracula), born in Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Jul 8 Pauline Quirke, British actress (Birds Of A Feather - "Sharon"), born in Hackney, London, England
  • Jul 8 Robert Knepper, American actor
  • Jul 9 Kevin Nash, American pro wrestler (WWF Triple Crown 1994; 21 x WWF, WCW, TNA awards; WWE Hall of Fame), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jul 13 Danitra Vance, comedienne (SNL, Little Man Tate, Limit Up)
  • Jul 15 Vincent Lindon, French actor
  • Jul 19 Terri Treas, American actress (Hannah-7 Brides for 7 Brothers), born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • Jul 23 Nancy Savoca, American filmmaker (True Love), born in Bronx, New York

Kevin Spacey

Jul 26 Kevin Spacey, American actor (American Beauty, House of Cards), born in South Orange, New Jersey

  • Jul 29 Sanjay Dutt, Indian actor
  • Aug 2 Britt Helfer, American actress (Lily-Loving, Alley Cat), born in Clearfield, Utah
  • Aug 2 Victoria Jackson, comedian and actress (Casual Sex, Saturday Night Live), born in Miami, Florida
  • Aug 6 Grant Aleksander, actor (Guiding Light, All My Children), born in Baltimore, Maryland

Rosanna Arquette

Aug 10 Rosanna Arquette, actress (Desperately Seeking Susan, After Hours), born in NYC, New York

  • Aug 13 (Dante) "Danny" Bonaduce, American actor, fictional bassist (Partridge Family - "Danny"), and radio personality, born in Broomall, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 14 Marcia Gay Harden, American actress, born in La Jolla, California
  • Aug 18 Tom Prichard, American wrestler, born in Pasadena, Texas
  • Aug 29 Akkineni Nagarjuna, Indian Telugu actor and producer (Ninne Pelladata), born in Madras, India
  • Aug 29 Rebecca De Mornay, American actress (Hand that Rocks Cradle), born in Santa Rosa, California
  • Aug 30 Mark Jackson, Australian rules footballer and actor, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Aug 31 Rachel Dennison, actress (Doralee Rhodes-9 to 5), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Sep 1 Kenny Mayne, American sports journalist, broadcaster (ESPN), born in Kent, Washington
  • Sep 3 Merritt Butrick, American actor (Square Pegs), born in Gainesville, Florida (d. 1989)
  • Sep 4 Kevin Harrington, Australian actor, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Sep 8 Daler Nazarov, Tajik composer and actor, born in Stalinabad, Tajik SSR
  • Sep 11 Robert Wrenn, American golfer, sportscaster, course designer (ESPN), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Sep 14 Mary Crosby, American actress (Kristin-Dallas, Ice Pirates), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 18 Mark Romanek, American filmmaker (One Hour Photo), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 21 David Coulier, American actor (Joey Gladstone-Full House), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Sep 23 Jason Alexander [Greenspan], American actor (George Costanza-Seinfeld), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Sep 24 Steve Whitmire, American voice actor and puppeteer (Kermit the Frog 1990-2016), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Sep 28 Steve Hytner, American actor
  • Sep 29 Leslie Graves, American actress (Brenda-Capitol, Death Wish 2), born in Silver City, New Mexico (d. 1995)
  • Oct 1 Koralia Karanti, Greek stage and screen actress, born in Athens, Greece
  • Oct 3 Jack Wagner, American actor (General Hospital; Melrose Place) and pop singer ("All I Need"), born in Washington, Missouri
  • Oct 3 Greg Proops, American actor and comedian (Whose Line Is It Anyway/), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Oct 7 Dylan Baker, American character actor, born in Syracuse, New York

Simon Cowell

Oct 7 Simon Cowell, English recording executive and television producer (X-Factor, American Idol), born in London, England

  • Oct 8 Nick Bakay, American actor and voice actor (Sabrina the Teenage Witch-Salem Saberhagen), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Oct 10 Bradley Whitford, American actor and political activist (The West Wing), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Oct 13 Marie Osmond, American pop singer ("Paper Roses"), and actress (Goin' Coconuts), born in Ogden, Utah
  • Oct 15 Todd Solondz, American film director (Welcome to the Dollhouse), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Oct 17 Richard Roeper, American columnist and film critic, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 17 Russell Gilbert, Australian comedian
  • Oct 17 Norm MacDonald, Canadian stand-up comedian, writer, and actor (Saturday Night Live, 1993-98; Dirty Work; The Norm Show), born in Quebec City, Quebec (d. 2021)
  • Oct 18 Milčo Mančevski, Macedonian film director and screenwriter
  • Oct 20 Mark Little, Australian actor and comedian (Neighbours), born in Brisbane
  • Oct 21 Tony Ganios, American Actor
  • Oct 21 Ken Watanabe, Japanese actor
  • Oct 22 Todd Graff, American actor (Five Corners, Dominic & Eugene), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 22 Marc Shaiman, American film and Broadway composer (When Harry Met Sally; Hairspray), born in Newark, New Jersey

Weird Al Yankovic

Oct 23 "Weird" Al Yankovic, American accordionist and parody singer-songwriter ("Eat It"; "Another One Rides The Bus"), and actor (UHF; Naked Gun), born in Downey, California

  • Oct 23 Sam Raimi, American filmmaker and actor (Spiderman trilogy, Evil Dead series), born in Royal Oak, Michigan
  • Oct 26 François Chau, Cambodian actor, born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Oct 26 Brian Bovell, British actor, born in London
  • Oct 29 Finola Hughes, English actress (Anna-General Hospital, Staying Alive), born in London, England
  • Oct 29 Tamar Baruch, Dutch actress (Small Truth, Q & Q). born in Laren, Netherlands
  • Nov 2 Peter Mullan, Scottish actor and filmmaker (The Magdalene Sisters), born in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
  • Nov 2 Mark May, American College Football Hall of Fame guard and broadcaster (Super Bowl 1982, 87; Washington Redskins), born in Oneonta, NY
  • Nov 3 Timothy Patrick Murphy, American actor (Dallas; Glitter), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Nov 3 Hal Hartley, American film director and screenwriter (Henry Fool), born in Lindenhurst, Long Island, New York
  • Nov 8 Chi Chi LaRue [Larry David Paciotti], American gay alternative film director and drag queen, born in Hibbing, Minnesota
  • Nov 9 Tony Slattery, British actor and comedian (Whose Line Is It Anyway?), born in Stonebridge, London
  • Nov 10 MacKenzie Phillips, American actress (Julie-1 Day at a Time), born in Alexandria, Virginia
  • Nov 10 Linda Cohn, American sportscaster (ESPN's SportsCenter), born in Long Island, New York
  • Nov 12 Vincent Irizarry, American actor (Guiding Light; Santa Barbara), born in Queens, New York
  • Nov 14 Paul McGann, English actor (Eighth Doctor in Doctor Who), born in Liverpool, Lancashire
  • Nov 17 William R. Moses, American actor (Cole-Falcon Crest), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 19 Allison Janney, American actress (The West Wing, I Tonya), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Nov 20 Sean Young, American actress (Dune, Blade Runner), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Nov 23 Maxwell Caulfield, English actor (Miles-The Colbys), born in Derbyshire, England
  • Nov 23 Dominique Dunne, American actress (d. 1982)
  • Nov 26 Jamie Rose, American actress (St Elsewhere, Falcon Crest), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 28 Judd Nelson, actor (Breakfast Club, Jack-Suddenly Susan), born in Portland, Maine
  • Dec 1 Wally Lewis, Australian rugby league five eighth, coach and broadcaster (34 Tests; Queensland 38 games; RL Immortal), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • Dec 2 Gywneth Strong, English actress (Cassandra-Only Fools and Horses), born in London
  • Dec 3 Eamonn Holmes, Northern Irish TV presenter
  • Dec 5 Connie Needham Newton, American actress (Eight is Enough, Fame), born in Anaheim, California
  • Dec 10 Burke Moses, American actor (Sean Baxter-As the World Turns), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 11 Tina Gayle, American cowboy cheerleader and actress (Kathy-Chips), born in Frankfurt
  • Dec 13 John Whitaker, American actor (Family Affair, Snowball Expr), born in Van Nuys, California
  • Dec 13 Marianne Gravatte, American model and Playboy playmate (Oct, 1982, 1983 Playmate of the Year), born in Hollywood, California
  • Dec 13 Boris Zhukov [Jim Harrell], American professional wrestler, born in Roanoke, Virginia
  • Dec 15 Heidi Bohay, American actress (Megan-Hotel), born in Somerset, New Jersey
  • Dec 16 Alison La Placa, NJ, actress (Duet, Catherine-John Larroquette Show)
  • Dec 24 Anil Kapoor, Indian producer and actor (Slumdog Millionaire, Taal, Maulana Jutt, Tezaab, Beta), born in Bombay, India

Lee Daniels

Dec 24 Lee Daniels, American director ("Precious", "Empire"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Dec 26 Koji Morimoto, Japanese anime director, born in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan
  • Dec 28 Phil Abrams, American actor, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 29 Paula Poundstone, American stand-up comedian (Emmy Awards), born in Huntsville, Alabama
  • Dec 29 Patricia Clarkson, American actress (House Of Cards; Pieces Of April; The Station Agent), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Dec 30 Tracey Ullman, British actress (The Tracey Ullman Show) and singer ("They Don't Know"), born in Slough, England
  • Dec 30 Alfie Anido, Filipino model and actor (Temptation Island), born in Calamba, Laguna, Philippines (d. 1981)
  • Dec 31 Bebe Neuwirth, American stage and screen actress (Chicago; Cheers & Fraser - "Lilith"; Damn Yankees), born in Princeton, New Jersey
  • Dec 31 Val Kilmer, American actor (Top Secret; Top Gun; Willow), born in Los Angeles, California

About 1959

How Old? 62 or 63 years old
Generation: Baby Boomer

Chinese Zodiac: Dog (Jan 1 - Feb 7), Pig (Feb 8 - Dec 31)