Birthdays in Film & TV on December 22

  • 1812 Johanne Luise Heiberg, Danish actress (Romeo & Juliet), born in Copenhagen Denmark (d. 1890)
  • 1889 Minor Watson, American actor (Woman of the Year, Viva Cisco Kid), born in Marianna, Arkansas (d. 1965)
  • 1899 Gustaf Gründgens, German actor and director (M, Faust, A Glass of Water), born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 1963)
  • 1905 Pierre Brasseur [Espinasse], French actor (Eyes Without a Face, Children of Paradise), born in Paris, France (d. 1972)
  • 1907 Peggy Ashcroft [Dame Edith Margaret Emily Ashcroft], British actress (Dear Brutus, Happy Days), born in Croydon, Surrey, England (d. 1991)
  • 1909 Alan Carney [David Boughal], American actor (Zombies on Broadway, Take it from Me), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1973)
  • 1909 Patricia Hayes, British actress (A Fish Called Wanda), born in Wandsworth, London, England (d. 1998)
  • 1910 Richard Ainley, British actor (I Dood It, As You Like It, Above Suspicion), born in Middlesex, England
  • 1915 Barbara Billingsley, American actress (Leave it to Beaver), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2010)
  • 1917 Gene Rayburn, TV game show host (Match Game), born in Christopher, Illinois
  • 1918 Frankie Darro [Frank Johnson], American actor (Radio Ranch, Wild Boys of the Road, Valley of Wanted Men), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1976)
  • 1923 Heinz Bernhard [Löwenstein], German-born British actor and director (Oliver!, Fiddler on the Roof), born in Nuremberg, Germany (d. 1994)
  • 1927 Peggy Castle, American actress (Lily Merrill-Lawman), born in Appalachia, Virginia (d. 1973)
  • 1929 Jan Wiegel, director and producer (Classroom of Anne Frank, Myrada)
  • 1936 Hector Elizondo, actor (American Gigolo, Young Doctors in Love), born in NYC, New York
  • 1936 James Burke, British science historian and broadcaster (Connections), born in Derry, Northern Ireland

  • 1936 Wojciech Frykowski, Polish actor (d. 1969)
  • 1945 Diane Sawyer, newscaster (60 Minutes, ABC Prime Time), born in Glasgow, Kentucky
  • 1945 Marianne van Wijnkoop, [Bosscher], Dutch actress (Les Miserables)
  • 1948 Noel Edmonds, British TV personality (Foul-ups, Bleeps & Blunders)
  • 1948 Lynne Thigpen, US actress, born in Joliet, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • 1953 Bernnadette Stanis, US actress (Thelma-Good Times), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1956 Marcy Hanson, US playmate (Oct, 1978), born in Galveston, Texas
  • 1958 Lenny Von Dohlen, US actor (Love Kills, Electric Dreams), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1958 David Heavener, US actor and musician, born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1960 Wakin Chau (Emil Chau), Hong Kong-born singer and actor, born in Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

Person of interestRalph Fiennes

1962 Ralph Fiennes, English actor (Schindler's List, The English Patient), born in Ipswich, Suffolk

  • 1968 Lauralee "Bug" Bell, US actress (Cricket-Young & Restless), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1968 Dina Meyer, US actress
  • 1971 Pat Mastroianni, Canadian actor
  • 1972 Vanessa Paradis, French model (Channel)/actress (White Wedding)
  • 1972 Big Tigger, television host
  • 1974 Heather Donahue, US actress
  • 1975 Chris Adler, US actor
  • 1976 Brian A. Alexander, US screenwriter and director
  • 1980 Chris Carmack, US actor
  • 1983 Jennifer Hawkins, Australian Miss Universe
  • 1986 Jeffery Wood, actor (Austin Warren-In The House)
  • 1989 Jordin Sparks, US singer and American Idol winner, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1990 Jean-Baptiste Maunier, French actor
  • 1993 Aliana Lohan, US actress