Birthdays in Film & TV on December 16

  • 1879 William Duncan, Scottish actor (Hopalong Rides Again, Thunder Trail), born in Dundee, Tayside, Scotland (d. 1961)
  • 1883 Max Linder [Gabriel-Maximilien Leuvielle], French actor, comic and director (Seven Years Bad Luck: Max Prend un Bain), born in Saint-Loubès, Gironde, France (d. 1925)
  • 1892 Cameron Prud'Homme, American actor (The Rainmaker), born in Auburn, New York (d. 1967)

Noël CowardNoël Coward (1899-1973)

English playwright (Hay Fever, Private Lives), director (In Which We Serve-1942 Academy Award), actor and singer, born in London

  • 1903 Hardie Albright, American actor (Silver Streak, Scarlet Letter), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1975)
  • 1907 Barbara Kent, Canadian actress (Lonesome, Flesh and the Devil), born in Gadsby, Alberta, Canada (d. 2011)
  • 1922 Anthony Simmons, British writer and film director (The Optimists of Nine Elms), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1922 Seymour "Cy" Leslie, American music (Pickwick Records) and video (MGM/UA Home Entertainment) executive, born in Israel (d. 2008)
  • 1923 Werner Haentjes, German conductor and composer of operas and film scores, born in Bocholt, Germany (d. 2001)
  • 1929 Nicholas Courtney, British actor (Doctor Who, Incendiary), born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 2011)
  • 1937 Joyce Bulifant, American actress (The Mary Tyler Moore Show - "Marie Slaughter"), born in Newport News, Virginia
  • 1938 Liv Ullmann, Norwegian actress and director (The Emigrants, Persona), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1941 Lesley Stahl, newscaster/correspondent (CBS)
  • 1941 Vittorio Mezzogiorno, Italian actor (Cafe Express, Octopus), born in Cercola, Italy (d. 1994)
  • 1943 Steven Bochco, American TV producer and co-creator of Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, born in New York City (d. 2018)
  • 1944 Yosemite Sam, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Friz Freleng, (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Stage Door Cartoon"
  • 1945 Patti Deutsch, American actress and Match Game panelist
  • 1946 Adriaan van Dis, Dutch author (Promised Country), born in Bergen aan Zee, Netherlands
  • 1946 Chris Ellison [Ironside], British actor (The Bill - "Frank Burnside"), born in St Pancras, London, England
  • 1946 Terence Knox, American actor (Peter-St Elsewhere), born in Richland, Washington
  • 1947 Ben Cross, English actor (Chariots of Fire, Star Trek), born in London, England (d. 2020)
  • 1948 Christopher Biggins, English actor
  • 1953 Filip Bolluyt, Dutch actor (Daybreak)
  • 1955 Xander Berkeley, American actor
  • 1959 Alison La Placa, NJ, actress (Duet, Catherine-John Larroquette Show)
  • 1961 Bill Hicks, American stand-up comedian and social critic, born in Valdosta, Georgia (d. 1994)
  • 1961 LaChanze [Rhonda LaChanze Sapp], American Broadway actress (The Color Purple), born in St. Augustine, Florida
  • 1962 Jon Tenney, actor (Brooklyn South)
  • 1962 Maruschka Detmers, Schoonebeek Holland, actress (Devil in the Flesh)
  • 1962 Melanie Smith, actress (Emily-As the World Turns), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • 1963 Benjamin Bratt, California, actor (Det Reynaldo Curtis-Law & Order)
  • 1963 James Mangold, American filmmaker (Girl, Interrupted; Kate & Leopold; Walk the Line; Logan), born in New York City
  • 1964 Billy Ripken, American baseball 2nd baseman (Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers) and broadcaster (XM Satellite Radio, MLB Network), born in Havre de Grace, Maryland
  • 1964 Gail Harris, Dewsbury England, actress (Virtual Desire)
  • 1967 Miranda Otto, Australian actress
  • 1968 Paul Scherrer, American actor (Children of Corn II, Free Spirit), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1972 Angela Bloomfield, New Zealand actress
  • 1974 Frida Hallgren, Swedish actress
  • 1975 Jonathan Scarfe, Canadian actor

AshensAshens (46 years old)

1976 English YouTube personality (Ashens, Ashens and the Quest for the GameChild), born in Norwich

  • 1979 Jessie Ward, American professional wrestler
  • 1981 Anna Sedokova, Ukrainian pop singer (Nu Virgos), and actress, born in Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, USSR

Krysten RitterKrysten Ritter (41 years old)

1981 American actress (Jessica Jones, Veronica Mars) and model, born in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania

  • 1982 Garnon Davies, Welsh actor
  • 1983 Danielle Lloyd, English model

Theo JamesTheo James (38 years old)

1984 English actor (Divergent, The Time Traveler's Wife), born in High Wycombe, England

  • 1987 Hallee Hirsh, American actress
  • 1988 Anna Popplewell, English actress
  • 1993 Stephan James, Canadian actor (Homecoming), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1999 Ethan Dolan, American Vine and YouTube star with twin brother Grayson, born in New Jersey
  • 1999 Grayson Dolan, American Vine and YouTube star with twin brother Ethan, born in New Jersey