Birthdays in Film & TV on December 19

  • 1830 George Aiken, American playwright and actor famous for writing the most popular stage adaptation of "Uncle Tom's Cabin", born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1876)
  • 1865 Minnie Maddern Fiske, American actress (Henrik Ibsen's plays), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1932)
  • 1883 Louis Davids [Simon David], Dutch cabaret performer, singer and comedian, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1939)

Ralph RichardsonRalph Richardson (1902-1983)

English actor (Anna Karenina, Doctor Zhivago), born in Cheltenham, England

  • 1906 H. Allen Smith, American humorist and author (Low Man on Totem Pole), born in McLeansboro, Illinois (d. 1976)
  • 1920 David Susskind, American TV host (Open End, David Susskind Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1922 Eamonn Andrews, Irish-born television presenter (d. 1987)
  • 1923 Gordon Jackson, Scottish actor (Upstairs, Downstairs, The Professionals, The Great Escape), born in Glasgow, Scotland(d. 1990)
  • 1924 Cicely Tyson, American stage and screen actress (Roots; The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman), born in Harlem, New York City (d. 2021) [1]
  • 1924 Edmund Purdom, British actor (The Egyptian, Asissi Underground, Pieces), born in Hertfordshire, England (d. 2009)
  • 1924 Gary Morton [Morton Goldaper], American comedian, television producer, studio executive (Desilu), and second husband of Lucille Ball, born in New York City (d. 1999)
  • 1927 James Booth [David Geeves], British actor and screenwriter (Zulu, Keeping Mum), born in Croydon, Surrey (d. 2005)
  • 1929 Howard Sackler, American screenwriter (d. 1982)
  • 1935 Barbara Bostock, American actress
  • 1936 Marian McKnight, Miss America 1957
  • 1942 "Mean" Gene Okerlund, American pro wrestling interviewer, announcer and television host (WWF, WCW), born in Brookings, South Dakota (d. 2019)
  • 1942 Rufus [Jacques Narcy], French actor (Amélie), born in Riom, Puy-de-Dôme
  • 1943 Sam Kelly [Roger Michael Kelly], English actor ('Allo 'Allo!, Porridge), born in Manchester, England (d. 2014)
  • 1944 Tim Reid, American actor and comedian (WKRP in Cincinnati - "Venus Flytrap"; Frank's Place), born in Norfolk, Virgina
  • 1945 Elaine Joyce, actress (City of Angels, Mr Merlin), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1946 Robert Urich, actor (SWAT, Spenser for Hire, Vega$), born in Toronto, Ohio
  • 1946 Rosemary Conley, English businesswoman, author and broadcaster
  • 1949 Nancy Kyes, American actress
  • 1956 Alice Barrett, American actress (Frankie Frame-Another World), born in NYC, New York
  • 1957 Cyril Collard, French film director (d. 1993)
  • 1957 John Gulager, American film director and actor (He Was a Quiet Man), born in NYC, New York
  • 1960 Mike Lookinland, American actor (Bobby-Brady Bunch), born in Mt Pleasant, Utah
  • 1962 Jill Talley, American actress (SpongeBob SquarePants), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1963 Jennifer Beals, American actress (Flashdance; The Bride; The L-Word), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1963 Til Schweiger, German actor
  • 1964 Béatrice Dalle (née Cabarrou), French actress (Betty Blue; Chimère; Night on Earth), born in Brest, France
  • 1965 Jessica Steen, actress (Earth II, Homefront, Trial & Error), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1966 Robert MacNaughton, American actor (ET), born in NYC, New York
  • 1967 Frankie Lam, Hong Kong actor
  • 1969 Kristen "Kristy" Swanson, American actress (Knots Landing, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), born in Mission Viejo, California
  • 1969 Richard Hammond, English television presenter (Top Gear), born in Solihull, West Midlands
  • 1969 Villano IV, Mexican professional wrestler
  • 1970 Tyson Beckford, American model (Ralph Lauren), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1971 Amy Locane, American actress (Andrea-Spencer, Sandy-Melrose Place), born in Trenton, New Jersey

Alyssa MilanoAlyssa Milano (49 years old)

1972 American actress (Who's the Boss?; Charmed) and activist, born in Brooklyn, New York

  • 1972 Rosa Blasi, American stage and screen actress (Strong Medicine), and family therapist, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1973 Takashi Sorimachi, Japanese actor
  • 1974 Ricky Ponting, Australian cricket batsman, captain, coach and broadcaster (168 Tests, 13,378 runs @ 51.85; 41 x 100s), born in Launceston, Tasmania
  • 1978 Patrick Casey, American screenwriter and actor
  • 1979 Paola Rey, Colombian actress

Jake GyllenhaalJake Gyllenhaal (41 years old)

1980 American actor (Donnie Darko, Jarhead), born in Los Angeles, California

  • 1980 Marla Sokoloff, American actress (The Practice), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1988 Paulina Gretzky, American-born Canadian actress and model