On This Day

Birthdays in Film & TV on December 18

  • 1861 Lionel Monckton, British composer (Edwardian musical comedy), born in London, England (d. 1924)
  • 1870 Andres Randolf, Danish-American actor (The Kiss), born in Viborg, Denmark (d. 1930)
  • 1877 Max Pallenberg, Austrian extempore farce actor (Morn to Midnight), husband of Operetta star Fritzi Massary, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1934)
  • 1888 Gladys Cooper, British actress (My Fair Lady), born in Lewisham, England (d. 1971)
  • 1906 Kam Tong, Chinese American actor (Have Gun Will Travel, Across the Pacific, Flower Drum Song), born in San Francisco (d. 1969)
  • 1908 Celia Johnson, English actress (Happy Breed, Brief Encounter), born in Richmond, Surrey (d. 1982)
  • 1909 Mona Barrie [Smith], British-American actress (Dawn on Great Divide), born in London, England (d. 1964)
  • 1911 Peg Leg Sam [Arthur Jackson], American country blues harmonica player, singer and comedian, born in Jonesville, South Carolina (d. 1977)
  • 1913 Lynn Bari [Margaret Schuyler Fisher], American actress (Shock, Nocturne, 6 Gun Law), born in Roanoke, Virginia (d. 1989)

Person of interestBetty Grable

1916 Betty Grable, American singer, dancer, pin-up girl and actress (I Wake Up Screaming, How to Marry a Millionaire, Gay Divorcee), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1973)

Film actress Betty Grable
Film actress
Betty Grable
  • 1917 Raiford "Ossie" Davis, American actor, director, author, and civil rights activist (Purlie Victorious, Do the Right Thing, Hot Stuff, Man Called Adam), born in Cogdell, Clinch County, Georgia (d. 2005)
  • 1920 Willis Conover, American broadcaster (Voice of America), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1922 Larry D Mann, Canadian actor and broadcaster (Accidental Family, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2014)
  • 1925 Peggy Cummins [Augusta Fuller], Welsh-born Irish actress (Gun Crazy, Curse of the Demon), born in Prestatyn, Denbighshire, Wales (d. 2017)
  • 1931 Gunnel Lindblom, Swedish actress (Hunger, Virgin Spring), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 1931 André S. Labarthe, French actor, film producer and director (Vivre sa vie, Cinéastes de notre temps), born in Oloron-Sainte-Marie, France (d. 2018)

  • 1932 Roger Smith, American actor (77 Sunset Strip), born in South Gate, California (d. 2017)
  • 1936 Malcolm Kirk, English professional wrestler (d. 1987)
  • 1938 Roger E. Mosley, American actor
  • 1939 Henrica M L "Wiesje" Backer, Dutch dancer/actress/playwright
  • 1942 Harvey Atkin, Canadian actor
  • 1943 Alan Rudolph, actor (Endangers Species, Love at Large, Made in Heaven)

Person of interestSteven Spielberg

1946 Steven Spielberg, American director (ET, Close Encounters, Jaws), born in Cincinnati, Ohio

  • 1949 Joni Flynn, Indian actress (Octopussy, Monty Python and the Holy Grail), born in Assam, India
  • 1950 Leonard Maltin, American movie critic (Entertainment Tonight), born in NYC, New York
  • 1951 Candice Rialson, actress (Chatterbox), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1952 Rosie Vela, American model and singer-songwriter (Zazu, Fool's Paradise), born in Galveston, Texas
  • 1952 David Hentschel, British recording engineer, producer, and film score composer, born in Sussex, England
  • 1954 Ray Liotta, actor (Goodfellas), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1956 T. K. Carter, American actor (Mike-Punky Brewster, Just our Luck), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1956 Ron White, American comedian

Person of interestBrad Pitt

1963 Brad Pitt, American actor (12 Monkeys, Fight Club) and producer (The Departed, 12 Years a Slave), born in Shawnee, Oklahoma

Actor and Producer Brad Pitt
Actor and Producer
Brad Pitt
  • 1963 Allan Kayser, American actor
  • 1964 Robson Green, English actor and singer
  • 1965 Tommy Davidson, American actor
  • 1966 Gianluca Pagliuca, Italian actress (Ugly Dirty & Bad)

  • 1966 Makiko Esumi, Japanese actress
  • 1968 Casper Van Dien, American actor (Starship Troopers), born in Milton, Florida
  • 1968 Craig "muMS" Grant, American poet and actor (Oz), born in New York City
  • 1970 Anthony Catanzaro, American fitness model
  • 1970 DMX [Earl Simmons], American rapper (..And Then There Was X), and actor (Romeo Must Die) , born in Mount Vernon, New York (d. 2021) [1] [2]
  • 1970 Rob Van Dam, American professional wrestler
  • 1974 Kari Byron, artist and television personality
  • 1974 Bill Duggan, American television actor and host
  • 1975 Masaki Sumitani, Japanese comedian
  • 1975 Trish Stratus, Canadian professional wrestler
  • 1976 Koyuki, Japanese actress and model

Person of interestKatie Holmes

1978 Katie Holmes, American actress (Dawson's Creek, Batman Begins), born in Toledo, Ohio

Actress Katie Holmes
Katie Holmes
  • 1985 Tara Conner, 2006 Miss USA
  • 1985 Hana Soukupová, Czech supermodel
  • 1989 Ashley Benson, American actress
  • 1989 Ashley Slanina-Davies, Hollyoaks actress