On This Day

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, American ventriloquist (Jerry Mahoney, Knucklehead Smith), 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)
  • 1935 John G. Avildsen, American film director (Rocky, The Karate Kid), born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 2017)

Person of interestJane Fonda

1937 Jane Fonda, American actress (Barbarella, Klute, 9 to 5), born in NYC, New York

Actress Jane Fonda
Actress
Jane Fonda
  • 1938 Larry Bryggman, American actor (Dr John Dixon-As the World Turns), born in Concord, California
  • 1940 Frank Zappa, American rocker, composer, activist and filmmaker (Mothers of Invention, Hot Rats), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1993)
  • 1943 (Marvin John) "Jack" Nance, American stage & screen actor (Eraserhead; Twin Peaks), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1996)
  • 1944 Jared Martin, American actor (Varian-Fantastic Voyage, Dusty-Dallas), born in NYC, New York
  • 1944 Hwang Jang Lee, Korean martial artist and film actor, born in Aomori, Japan
  • 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

Person of interestSamuel L. Jackson

1948 Samuel L. Jackson, 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

Person of interestRay Romano

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

Actor Ray Romano
Actor
Ray Romano
  • 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 Kiefer Sutherland, American actor (Lost Boys, 24), born in London, England
  • 1966 Karri Turner, American actress, born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 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), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 1987 Valerie Concepcion, Filipino actress, born in Tondo, Philippines