On This Day

Birthdays in Film & TV on December 26

  • 1822 Dion Boucicault [Dionysus Lardner Boursiquot], Irish actor and playwright (Rip van Winkle, London Assurance), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1890)
  • 1849 Samuel "Sam" van Beem, Flemish actor (Fanfan la Tulipe), born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1912)
  • 1903 Elisha Cook Jr, American actor (Maltese Falcon, Shane, Magnum PI), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1995)
  • 1910 Imperio Argentina, Argentine actress and singer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2003)
  • 1914 Richard Widmark, American actor (Madigan, Murder on the Orient Express, Judgement at Nuremberg), born in Sunrise Township, Minnesota (d. 2008)
  • 1914 Annemarie Wendl, German actress (Lindenstra├če, Der Seitensprung), born in Trostberg, Germany (d. 2006)

Person of interestSteve Allen

1921 Steve Allen, American comedian, composer, actor and TV host (Tonight Show, Steve Allen Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 2000)

TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen
  • 1922 Richard Mayes, British actor (Doctor Who, Emmerdale), born in Luton, Bedfordshire, England (d. 2006)
  • 1927 Alan King [Irwin Kniberg], American comedian and actor (Anderson Tapes, Memories of Me), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1927 Denis Quilley, British actor (Anything Goes, The Lady's Not For Burning, Masada), born in London, England (d. 2003)
  • 1930 Donald Moffat, British actor (Kent-Logan's Run), born in Plymouth, Devon (d. 2018)
  • 1930 Sayed Mutawli imam ad-Darsh, scholar/broadcaster
  • 1933 Ugly Dave Gray, Australian television personality
  • 1933 Caroll Spinney, American puppeteer behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street (1969-2018), born in Waltham, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • 1938 Bahram Beizai, Iranian playwright and film director
  • 1938 Alamgir Kabir, Bangladeshi film director (d. 1989)

  • 1941 Daniel Schmid, actor and director (Paloma, Violanta, Hecate, Amateurs)
  • 1944 Jane Lapotaire, British actress (Spirit of the Dead), born in Ipswich, Suffolk, England
  • 1945 John Walsh, activist/TV host (America's Most Wanted)
  • 1946 Lisette Hordijk, Dutch TV broadcaster
  • 1947 Joyce Jillson, Cranston RI, psychic/actress (Superchick)
  • 1950 Victoria Racimo, American actress (Corene-Falcon Crest), born in NYC, New York
  • 1957 Dermot Murnaghan, British broadcaster, born in Barnstaple, United Kingdom
  • 1959 Koji Morimoto, Japanese anime director, born in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan
  • 1960 Temuera Morrison, New Zealand actor, born in Rotorua, New Zealand
  • 1961 Tahnee Welch [La Tahn Renee Welch], American actress (Cocoon), born in San Diego, California
  • 1961 John Lynch, Irish actor, born in County Armagh, Northern Ireland
  • 1964 Colleen Dion-Scotti, American actress (Search for Tomorrow), born in Newburgh, New York
  • 1968 Mideon [Dennis Knight], American professional wrestler, born in Clearwater, Florida
  • 1970 Krissada Terrence, Thai-American pop singer & actor, born in Thailand
  • 1971 Jared Leto, American actor (My So Called Life, Requiem for a Dream), born in Bossier City, Louisiana
  • 1971 Jonathan M. Parisen, American film director, born in Staten Island, New York City
  • 1973 Reichen Lehmkuhl, American television personality, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1974 Tiffany Brissette, American actress (Vicki-Small Wonder), born in Paradise, California
  • 1976 Lea De Mae, Czech actress, born in Prague, Czech Republic (d. 2004)
  • 1982 Oguri Shun, Japanese actor & model, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1985 Steven Hartman, American actor (Rick Forrester in Bold & Beautiful), born in Westlake, California
  • 1985 Yuu Shirota, Japanese-Spanish actor & singer, born in Tokyo, Japan

Person of interestKit Harington

1986 Kit Harington [Christopher Catesby Harington], English actor (Game of Thrones), born in London, England

  • 1995 Zach Mills, American actor, born in Lakewood, Ohio