Birthdays in Film & TV on December 20

  • 1860 Dan Leno [George Wild Galvin], English comedian & stage actor, born in Somers Town, London (d. 1904)
  • 1869 Charley Grapewin, American actor (The Wizard of Oz; Libeled Lady), born in Xenia, Ohio (d. 1956)
  • 1890 Yvonne Arnaud, French-born pianist, singer and actress (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre), born in Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine, France (d. 1958)
  • 1898 Irene Dunne, American actress (Cimarron, Theodora Goes Wild), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1990)
  • 1905 Albert Dekker, American actor (Dr Cyclops, Beau Gesture), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1968)
  • 1905 Albert Van Dekker, American character actor (Dr. Cyclops; Beau Geste; The Wild Bunch), born in Brooklyn, NYC (d. 1968)
  • 1906 Lowell Gilmore, American actor (The Picture of Dorian Gray, Living Christ Series), born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 1960)
  • 1908 Dennis Morgan, American actor (Kitty Foyle), born in Prentice, Wisconsin (d. 1994)
  • 1908 Norman Hackforth, British musician and radio broadcaster (Noel Coward; Twenty Questions), born in Bihar, British India (d. 1996)
  • 1915 Aziz Nesin, Turkish writer & humorist, born in Heybeliada, Ottoman Empire (d. 1995)
  • 1917 Audrey Totter, American actress (Carpetbaggers, Set-Up, The Unsuspected), born in Joliet, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • 1922 Charita Bauer, American actress (The Guiding Light, Aldrich Family), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1985)
  • 1922 George Roy Hill, American film director (Slap Shot, Little Drummer Girl, Little Romance), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1924 Errol John, Trinidadian actor & playwright (A Man from the Sun, The Nun's Story, Assault on a Queen), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad (d. 1988)
  • 1924 Judy LaMarsh, Canadian politician & broadcaster, born in Chatham-Kent, Canada (d. 1980)
  • 1927 Jim Simpson, American sportscaster, (NBC, ESPN), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2016)
  • 1928 Charles Donald Adams, British bass-baritone opera singer (D'Oyly Carte Opera Company,; Gilbert and Sullivan For All), born in Bristol, United Kingdom (d. 1996)
  • 1931 Mary Ellen "Mala" Powers, American actress (Cyrano de Bergerac, The Wild Wild West), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2007)
  • 1932 John Hillerman, American actor (Magnum PI, Chinatown, Blazing Saddles), born in Denison, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1935 Khalid "Billy" Ibadulla, Pakistani cricket batsman (4 Tests; 1 x 100; Warwickshire, Otago) and broadcaster (TVNZ), born in Lahore, Pakistan
  • 1939 Kathryn Joosten, American actress (Desperate Housewives), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1943 Angel Tompkins, American actress (Gloria-Search), born in Albany, California
  • 1944 Jean Fergusson, English actress, born in Wakefield, United Kingdom

Dick WolfDick Wolf (75 years old)

1946 American television series creator (Miami Vice, Law & Order), born in NYC, New York

  • 1946 John Spencer, American actor (LA Law, West Wing), born in New York City (d. 2005)
  • 1946 Lesley Judd, British child actress, dancer, television presenter (Blue Peter, 1972-79), and radio host (BBC's Woman's Hour, 1982-88), born in London, England

Uri GellerUri Geller (75 years old)

1946 Israeli magician and psychic known for bending forks, born in Tel Aviv, Israel

  • 1949 Claudia Jennings [Mary Ellen Chestrerton], American actress and Playboy playmate (Nov 1969, Playmate of the year 1970), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1979)
  • 1952 Jenny Agutter, English actress (Logan's Run, Equus, Amy), born in Taunton England
  • 1952 Sergio Vastano, Italian actor (Nightclub, Prete Bello), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1954 Michael Badalucco, American actor, born in Brooklyn, New York City
  • 1955 Pierre Bokma, Dutch actor (Avonden, Leedvermaak), born in Paris, France
  • 1956 Blanche Baker, American actress, Carroll Baker's Daughter (French Postcard), born in NYC, New York
  • 1957 Joyce Hyser, American actress, born in NYC, New York
  • 1961 Mohammad Fouad, Arab singer and actor, born in Ismailia Governorate, Egypt
  • 1963 Karen Moncrieff, American actress (Xtro 3, Days of Our Lives), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1965 Robert Cavanah, Scottish actor, born in Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • 1966 Paul Ritter [Simon Paul Adams], British actor (Friday Night Dinner; Chernobyl; Quantum of Solace), born in Gravesend, Kent, England (d. 2021)
  • 1968 Joe Cornish, British comedian, born in Westminster, United Kingdom
  • 1970 Nicole DeBoer, Canadian actress, born in Toronto, Ontario

Todd PhillipsTodd Phillips (51 years old)

1970 American filmmaker (Road Trip, Joker), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • 1975 Jaydy Michel, Mexican model, born in Guadalajara, Mexico
  • 1976 Jang Hyuk, Korean actor, born in Busan, South Korea
  • 1982 David Cook, American singer and American Idol winner, born in Houston, Texas

Jonah HillJonah Hill (38 years old)

1983 American actor (Superbad, Moneyball, The Wolf of Wall Street), born in Los Angeles, California

  • 1983 Lara Stone, Dutch model, born in Geldrop, Netherlands
  • 1983 Lucy Pinder, English model and actress, born in Hampshire, England

Dylan WangDylan Wang (23 years old)

1998 Chinese actor and singer (Meteor Garden), born in Chengdu, Sichuan