Birthdays in Film & TV on December 21

  • 1872 Sidney Ainsworth, British silent film actor (Not in the News, The Rajah's Tunic), born in Manchester, England (d. 1922)
  • 1899 Guy Wilkerson, American actor (Dead or Alive, West of Texas, Shootin' Iron), born in Whitewright, Texas (d. 1971)
  • 1901 Robin Irvine, British actor (Easy Virtue, When Boys Leave Home), born in London, England (d. 1933)
  • 1922 Paul Winchell (Wilchinsky), American ventriloquist (Jerry Mahoney, Knucklehead Smiff), inventor (mechanical artificial human heart,1963), voice actor (Winnie the Pooh - "Tigger"; Dick Dastardly; The Banana Splits -"Fleegle"),, and acupuncturist, born in NYC, New York
  • 1927 Michael Carreras, British film producer & director, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1994)
  • 1928 Edwin "Ed" Nelson, American actor (Peyton Place, Along Came a Spider), born in New Orleans, Louisiana,(d. 2014)
  • 1931 Caroline Kaart (neé Raitt], Scottish Dutch alto singer, and TV presenter, born in Blackness, Scotland (d. 2020)
  • 1935 John G. Avildsen, American film director (Rocky, The Karate Kid), born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 2017)

Jane FondaJane Fonda (84 years old)

1937 American stage and screen Academy and Emmy Award-winning actress (Barbarella; Klute, 9 to 5), exercist (Jane Fonda's Workout), and political activist, born in NYC, New York

  • 1938 Larry Bryggman, American actor (Dr John Dixon-As the World Turns), born in Concord, California

Frank ZappaFrank Zappa (1940-1993)

American rock guitarist, composer, (Mothers of Invention - "Peaches en Regalia"; "Baby Snakes"), activist, and filmmaker (200 Motels), born in Baltimore, Maryland

  • 1943 (Marvin John) "Jack" Nance, American stage & screen actor (Eraserhead; Twin Peaks), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1996)
  • 1944 Hwang Jang Lee, Korean martial artist and film actor, born in Aomori, Japan
  • 1944 Jared Martin, American actor (Varian-Fantastic Voyage, Dusty-Dallas), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946 Josh Mostel, American actor (Jesus Christ Superstar; Big Daddy), born in NYC, New York
  • 1948 Barry Gordon, American actor (Gary-Archie Bunker's Place), born in Brookline, Massachusetts

Samuel L. JacksonSamuel L. Jackson (73 years old)

1948 American actor (Amos & Andrew, White Sand, Pulp Fiction), born in Washington, D.C.

  • 1950 Jeffrey Katzenberg, American film producer, born in NYC, New York
  • 1952 Dennis Boutsikaris, American actor (Batteries Not Included), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1955 Jane Kaczmarek, American actress, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1957 Lisa Gerritsen [Leisa Orszag], American actress (The Mary Tyler Moore Show & Phyllis - "Bess"), born in Los Angeles, California

Ray RomanoRay Romano (64 years old)

1957 American actor (Everybody Loves Raymond, Ice Age), born in Queens, New York

  • 1961 Francis Ng, Hong Kong actor (Internal Affairs), born in British Hong Kong
  • 1964 Fabiana Udenio, Argentine actress, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1965 Andy Dick, American actor (Matthew-Newsradio), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1965 Anke Engelke, Canadian-German comedian, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1966 Karri Turner, American actress, born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1966 Kiefer Sutherland, American actor (Lost Boys, 24), born in London, England
  • 1968 Khrystyne Haje, American actress (Simone-Head of the Class), born in Santa Clara, California
  • 1969 Julie Delpy, French-American actress (Before Sunrise; before Sunset; Before Midnight), singer-songwriter, and director born in Paris, France
  • 1978 Michael Vitar, American actor (D2, D3, Sunset Grill, Sandlot Kids), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1979 Tuva Novotny, Swedish actress and singer, born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1981 Frankie Abernathy, American actress (The Real World: San Diego), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2007)
  • 1983 Steven Yeun, Korean American actor (The Walking Dead; Minari), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 1987 Valerie Concepcion, Filipino actress, born in Tondo, Philippines
  • 1989 Quinta Brunson, American writer, producer and actress (Abbott Elementary), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1996 Kaitlyn Dever, American actress (Unbelievable), born in Phoenix, Arizona