On This Day

Birthdays in Film & TV on December 2

  • 1710 Carlo Bertinazzi, Italian actor and writer (commedia dell'arte), born in Turin, Italy (d. 1783)
  • 1875 Frank Reicher, German-American actor (King Kong, Son of Kong), born in Munich, Germany (d. 1965)
  • 1884 Ruth Draper, American actress and dramatist (The Italian Lesson), born in NYC, New York (d. 1956)
  • 1890 William Gaxton, American actor (Destry, Convoy), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1963)
  • 1894 Warren William [Krech], American actor (The Wolf Man, Cleopatra), born in Aitkin, Minnesota (d. 1948)
  • 1906 Donald Woods, Canadian actor (True Grit, Craig Kennedy; Criminologist), born in Brandon, Manitoba (d. 1998)
  • 1908 Robert F. Simon, American actor (Man who shot Liberty Valance, Operation Petticoat, M*A*S*H), born in Mansfield, Ohio (d. 1992)
  • 1908 Rufus "Rufe" Davis, American actor (Cocoanut Grove, Trail Blazers, Gangs of Sonora), born in Vinson, Oklahoma (d. 1974)
  • 1910 Robert Paige, American actor, TV newscaster and political correspondent (Son of Dracula, Pardon My Sarong, Colgate Comedy Hour), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1987)
  • 1916 John Bentley, British actor (African Patrol, Crossroads), born in Birmingham, England (d. 2009)
  • 1917 Ezra Stone [Chaim Feinstone], American director, actor and producer (My Living Doll, Henry Aldrich), born in New Bedford, Massachusetts (d. 1994)
  • 1922 Leo Gordon, American actor (Maverick, Circus Boy, Enos, Winds of War), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2000)
  • 1924 John Herbert "Jonathan" Frid, Canadian actor (Barnabas Collins-Dark Shadows), born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (d. 2012)
  • 1925 Julie Harris, American actress (Bell Jar, I Am a Camera, East of Eden), born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • 1940 Gerry Cheevers, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame goalie and broadcaster (longest undefeated streak-32 games 1972; Boston Bruins), born in St. Catharines, Ontario
  • 1940 Constance "Connie" Booth, American writer, actress, comedienne and psychotherapist (Fawlty Towers, Monty Python and the Holy Grail), born in Indianapolis, Indiana

  • 1944 Cathy Lee Crosby, American actress (Coach, That's Incredible), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1945 Penelope Spheeris, American film director (The Decline of Western Civilization), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1949 Ron Raines, American actor (Alan Spaulding-Guiding Light), born in Texas City, Texas
  • 1952 Keith Szarabajka, American actor (The Equalizer), born in Oak Park, Illinois
  • 1954 Dan Butler, American actor (Bob "Bulldog" Briscoe-Frasier), born in Huntington, Indiana
  • 1954 Huub Stapel, Dutch actor (Amsterdamned, Attic: Hiding of Anne Frank), born in Tegelen, Netherlands
  • 1954 Stone Phillips, American news host (NBC Dateline), born in Texas City, Texas
  • 1955 Dennis Christopher, American actor (Breaking Away, California Dreaming), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1956 Steven Bauer, Cuban-American actor (Scarface, Thief of Hearts), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1963 Rich Sutter, Canadian NHL right wing and broadcaster (Vancouver Canucks, St. Louis Blues; Rogers Sportsnet), born in Viking, Alberta, Canada
  • 1966 Jinsei Shinzaki, Japanese pro wrestler (Michinoku Pro Wrestling; WWF, "Hakushi"), born in Tokushima, Japan
  • 1968 Rena Sofer, American actress (Rocky-Loving, Lois Cerullo-General Hospital), born in Arcadia, California
  • 1968 Lucy Liu, American actress (Ally McBeal), born in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York
  • 1971 Wilson Jermaine Heredia, American actor (Rent), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1979 Yvonne Catterfeld, German singer and actress, born in Erfurt, East Germany
  • 1988 Alfred Enoch, British actor (How to Get Away with Murder), born in Westminster, London
  • 1988 Soniya Mehra, Indian actress (Ragini MMS 2), born in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  • 1989 Cassie Steele, Canadian actress (Degrassi: The Next Generation), born in Toronto, Ontario