On This Day

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 (d. 1999)
  • 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)
  • 1928 Piero Angela, Italian television host & writer (Control), born in Turin, Italy
  • 1936 Hector Elizondo, American 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, born in Łódź, Poland (d. 1969)
  • 1945 Diane Sawyer, American newscaster (60 Minutes, ABC Prime Time), born in Glasgow, Kentucky
  • 1945 Marianne van Wijnkoop [Bosscher], Dutch actress (Les Miserables), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1948 Noel Edmonds, British TV personality (Foul-ups, Bleeps & Blunders), born in Ilford, United Kingdom
  • 1948 Lynne Thigpen, American actress, born in Joliet, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • 1953 Bernnadette Stanis, American actress (Thelma-Good Times), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1958 Lenny Von Dohlen, American actor (Love Kills, Electric Dreams), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1958 David Heavener, American actor & 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, American actress (Cricket-Young & Restless), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1968 Dina Meyer, American film & television actress, born in Forest Hills, New York City
  • 1971 Pat Mastroianni, Canadian actor, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1972 Vanessa Paradis, French model (Channel)/actress (White Wedding), born in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, France
  • 1972 Big Tigger [Darian Morgan], American television host & radio personality, born in Co-op City, New York
  • 1974 Heather Donahue, American writer & actress, born in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania
  • 1976 Brian A. Alexander, American screenwriter and director
  • 1980 Chris Carmack, American actor, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1983 Jennifer Hawkins, Australian Miss Universe, born in Holmesville, Australia
  • 1986 Jeffery Wood, American actor (Austin Warren-In The House), born in San Diego, California
  • 1989 Jordin Sparks, American singer and American Idol winner, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1990 Jean-Baptiste Maunier, French actor, born in Brignoles, France
  • 1993 Aliana Lohan, American actress, born in The Bronx, New York City