On This Day

Birthdays in Film & TV on December 19

  • 1865 Minnie Maddern Fiske, American actress (Henrik Ibsen's plays), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1932)

Person of interestRalph Richardson

1902 Ralph Richardson, English actor (Anna Karenina, Doctor Zhivago), born in Cheltenham, England (d. 1983)

  • 1906 H Allen Smith, Ill, humorist/author (Low Man on Totem Pole)
  • 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 Edmund Purdom, British actor (The Egyptian, Asissi Underground, Pieces), born in Hertfordshire, England (d. 2009)
  • 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 Gary Morton [Morton Goldaper], American comedian, television produce, studio executive, 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 Rufus [Jacques Narcy], French actor (Amélie), born in Riom, Puy-de-Dôme
  • 1942 "Mean" Gene Okerlund, American pro wrestling interviewer, announcer and television host (WWF, WCW), born in Brookings, South Dakota (d. 2019)
  • 1943 Sam Kelly [Roger Michael Kelly], English actor ('Allo 'Allo!, Porridge), born in Manchester, England (d. 2014)

  • 1944 Tim Reid, Norfolk VA, American actor and comedian (Venus Flytrap-WKRP, Frank's Place)
  • 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 Til Schweiger, German actor
  • 1963 Jennifer Beals, American actress (Flashdance; The Bride; The L-Word), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1964 Beatrice Dalle, French actress (Betty Blue, Sabbath), born in Breast
  • 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

Person of interestAlyssa Milano

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

Actress and Activist Alyssa Milano
Actress and Activist
Alyssa Milano
  • 1972 Rosa Blasi, American actress, 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

Person of interestJake Gyllenhaal

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

  • 1980 Marla Sokoloff, American actress
  • 1988 Paulina Gretzky, American-born Canadian actress and model