Birthdays in Film & TV on December 26

Dion BoucicaultDion Boucicault (1822-1890)

Irish actor and playwright (Rip van Winkle, London Assurance), born in Dublin, Ireland

  • 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 Annemarie Wendl, German actress (Lindenstraße, Der Seitensprung), born in Trostberg, Germany (d. 2006)
  • 1914 Richard Widmark, American actor (Madigan, Murder on the Orient Express, Judgement at Nuremberg), born in Sunrise Township, Minnesota (d. 2008)

Steve AllenSteve Allen (1921-2000)

American comedian, composer, writer and TV host (Tonight Show, Steve Allen Show), born in NYC, New York

  • 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 Caroll Spinney, American puppeteer behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street (1969-2018), born in Waltham, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • 1933 Ugly Dave Gray, Australian television personality
  • 1938 Alamgir Kabir, Bangladeshi film director (d. 1989)
  • 1938 Bahram Beizai, Iranian playwright and film director
  • 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 (Boba Fett - Star Ward Franchise), born in Rotorua, New Zealand
  • 1961 John Lynch, Irish actor, born in County Armagh, Northern Ireland
  • 1961 Tahnee Welch [La Tahn Renee Welch], American actress (Cocoon), born in San Diego, California
  • 1964 Colleen Dion-Scotti, American actress (Search for Tomorrow), born in Newburgh, New York
  • 1968 Bill Lawrence, American TV producer, director and screenwriter (Scrubs, Ted Lasso), born in Ridgefield, Connecticut
  • 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

Kit HaringtonKit Harington (35 years old)

1986 English actor (Game of Thrones), born in London, England

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