Birthdays in Film & TV on December 24

  • 1871 Henri Stroethoff, Dutch actor (A Chique Little Boy, Bright Paradise), (d. 1932)
  • 1886 Michael Curtiz, Hungarian-born American film director, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1962)
  • 1887 Louis Jouvet, French actor (Volpone, Topaze, La Marseillaise), born in Crozon, Finistère, France (d. 1951)
  • 1889 Vladimir Sokoloff, Russian actor (Road to Morocco), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1962)
  • 1893 Carl Brisson, Danish actor (Ship Cafe, Ring, Song of Soho, Murder at the Vanities), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1958)
  • 1893 Ruth Chatterton, American actress (Madame X, Sarah & Son), born in NYC, New York (d. 1961)

Howard HughesHoward Hughes (1905-1976)

American reclusive billionaire, filmmaker and aviator (Hughes Aircraft), born in Humble, Texas

  • 1906 Franz Waxman [Wachsmann], German-American film score composer (Rebecca; Sunset Boulevard; A Place In The Sun), born in Königshütte, Silesia, German Empire (now Chorzów, Poland) (d. 1967)
  • 1910 Betty Ann Davies, British stage and screen actress (Merry Comes To Town), born in London, England (d. 1955)
  • 1914 Dorothy Hyson, American actress (Ghoul, Spare a Copper, Sing as We Go), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1996)
  • 1920 John Barron, British actor (Emergency - Ward 10; The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin), born in Marleybone, England (d. 2004)

Ava GardnerAva Gardner (1922-1990)

American actress (On the Beach, Night of the Iguana), born in Grabtown, North Carolina

  • 1922 Jonas Mekas, American avant garde filmmaker and film critic, born in Semeniškiai, Lithuania (d. 2019)
  • 1923 Iron Mike DiBiase, American wrestler, born in NYC, New York (d. 1969)
  • 1925 Mohammed Rafi, Indian actor and playback singer, born in Kotla Sultan Singh, India (d. 1980)
  • 1931 Jill Bennett, British actress (Lady Jane, Concrete Jungle), born in Penang, Straits Settlements (d. 1990)
  • 1938 Ralp Inbar, Dutch TV host (Banana Split), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 2004)
  • 1940 Sharon Farrell, American actress (Lori-Hawaii 5-0, Young & Restless), born in Sioux City, Iowa
  • 1941 John Levene, British actor, born in Salisbury, United Kingdom
  • 1943 Christiane Schmidtmer, German actress (Ship of Fools), born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 2003)
  • 1944 Barry Chuckle [Barry Patton Elliott], British entertainer, writer and actor (ChuckleVision, The Freddie Starr Showcase), born in Rotherham, England
  • 1945 Nicholas Meyer, American writer & director (Star Trek II Wrath of Khan), born in New York City
  • 1949 Ray Colcord III, American film & television composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1955 Clarence Gilyard Jr, American actor (Walker, Texas Ranger - "Trivette"; Matlock, 1989-93 - "Conrad"; Die Hard), and educator, born in Moses Lake, Washington (d. 2022)
  • 1955 Grand L. Bush, American actor, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1956 Stephanie Hodge, American actress & comedian (I Madman, Happily Ever After), born in Wilmington, Ohio
  • 1958 Bob Smith, American author and a groundbreaking gay comedian (The Tonight Show, Funny Gay Males), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1959 Anil Kapoor, Indian producer and actor (Slumdog Millionaire, Taal, Maulana Jutt, Tezaab, Beta), born in Bombay, India

Lee DanielsLee Daniels (63 years old)

1959 American director ("Precious", "Empire"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • 1960 Carol Vorderman, British television presenter, born in Bedford, United Kingdom
  • 1960 Glenn McQueen, American animator, born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2002)
  • 1963 Caroline Aherne, British comedienne, writer and actress (The Royale Family), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1964 Mark Valley, American actor (Days of Our Lives), born in Ogdensburg, New York
  • 1966 Deidrich Bader, American actor (Drew Carey Show), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1970 Amaury Nolasco, American actor, born in Puerto Rico
  • 1971 Christopher Daniels, American professional wrestler, born in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Ricky MartinRicky Martin (51 years old)

1971 Puerto Rican singer (Menudo) and actor (General Hospital), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Stephenie MeyerStephenie Meyer (49 years old)

1973 American author (Twilight Saga), born in Hartford, Connecticut,

Ryan SeacrestRyan Seacrest (48 years old)

1974 American DJ (On Air; American Top 40), and Television Host (American Idol, since 2002; Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve, since 2005; Live with Kelly and Ryan, since 2017), born in Atlanta, Georgia

  • 1979 Chris Hero, American professional wrestler, born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1981 Dima Bilan, Russian actor & singer-songwriter, born in Ust-Dzheguta, Russia
  • 1982 Aiba Masaki, Japanese singer & actor, born in Chiba, Japan
  • 1982 Robert Schwartzman, American actor & musician, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1986 Riyo Mori, Japanese actress & model (Miss Universe 2007), born in Shizuoka, Japan
  • 1992 Melissa Suffield, English actress, born in London, England