Birthdays in Film & TV on December 31

  • 1818 Maria Gartmann, Dutch actress, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1885)
  • 1892 Jason Robards Sr, American actor (Acapulco, Isle of the Dead), born in Hillsdale, Michigan (d. 1963)
  • 1896 Ronald Adam, British actor (Lost Horizon, The Prisoner of Zenda, Phantom Shot), born in Herefordshire, England (d. 1958)
  • 1897 Rhys Williams, Welsh actor (How Green Was My Valley, Nightmare, Okinawa, Cross My Heart), born in Clydach, Swansea, Wales (d. 1969)
  • 1910 Richard "Dick" Kollmar, American actor (Broadway Spotlight, Guess What), born in Rigewood, New Jersey (d. 1971)
  • 1910 Roy Rowland, film director
  • 1914 Pat Brady [Robert Ellsworth O'Brady], American actor (The Roy Rodgers Show, Man from Music Mountain), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 1972)
  • 1916 Suzy Delair, French actress and singer (The Murderer Lives at Number 21, Utopia, White Paws), born in Paris, France
  • 1917 Joan McCracken, American actress, dancer and comedian (Claudie Story of a Marriage), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1961)
  • 1920 Rex Allen, American actor and singer-songwriter known as the "the Arizona Cowboy" (Dr Baxter-Frontier Doctor), born in Willcox, Arizona (d. 1999)
  • 1924 Taylor Mead, American writer, actor and performer (Factory, Taylor Mead's Ass), born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • 1929 Mies Bouman, Dutch TV hostess (Open the Village)
  • 1930 Odetta [Odetta Holmes], American folk singer (Sanctuary), actress and civil rights activist, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2008)
  • 1932 George Schlatter, TV producer (Laugh-in)
  • 1933 Edward Bunker, American author and actor (d. 2005)

Person of interestAnthony Hopkins

1937 Anthony Hopkins, Welsh actor (Elephant Man, QB VII, Magic, Bounty), born in Port Talbot, Glamorgan, Wales


  • 1938 Rosalind Cash, American actress (Omega Man, Wrong is Right), born in Atlantic City, New Jersey (d. 1995)
  • 1941 Tim Considine, US actor (Mike-My 3 Sons), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1941 Sarah Miles, Essex England, actress (Ryan's Hope, Big Sleep, Venom)

Person of interestBen Kingsley

1943 Ben Kingsley, English actor (Gandhi, Betrayal), born in Scarborough, England

  • 1946 Barbara Carrera, actress (Angelica-Dallas), born in Managua, Nicaragua
  • 1947 Tim Matheson, California, actor (Animal House, Fletch, Up the Creek)
  • 1948 Joe Dallesandro, actor (Heat, Trash, AW Frankenstein), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1953 James Remar, actor (48 Hours, Rent-a-Cop, Cotton Club), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1953 Jane Badler, actress (Fine Gold, Easy Kill, V), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1955 Michigan J. Frog, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Chuck Jones (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "One Froggy Evening"
  • 1959 Bebe Neuwirth, American actress (Lilith in Cheers, Damn Yankees), born in Princeton New Jersey
  • 1959 Val Kilmer, actor (Top Secret, Top Gun, Willow), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1959 Alfie Anido, Filipino actor (d. 1981)
  • 1961 Joanna Johnson, actress (Caroline-Bold & Beautiful)
  • 1962 Don Diamont, actor (Brad-Young & Restless)
  • 1964 Michael McDonald, American actor-comedian
  • 1964 Lowri Turner, British TV presenter
  • 1965 Gong Li, Chinese actress ( Farewell My Concubine), born in Shenyang, China
  • 1966 Paula Barbieri, model/girlfriend of O.J. Simpson/actress (Dangerous)
  • 1968 Gerry Dee, Canadian comedian and actor
  • 1974 Ryan Sakoda, Japanese American professional wrestler
  • 1976 Craig Reucassel, Australian comedian, member of The Chaser
  • 1979 Elaine Cassidy, Irish actress
  • 1980 Matt Cross, American professional wrestler