On This Day

Birthdays in Film & TV on December 9

  • 1847 George Grossmith, British actor, comedian and writer (The Diary of a Nobody, A Society Clown), born in London, England (d. 1912)
  • 1876 Berton Churchill, Canadian-American actor (I'm Nobody's Sweetheart Now), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1940)
  • 1887 Tim Moore, American actor and vaudevillian, born in Rock Island, Illinois (d. 1958)
  • 1897 Hermione Ferdinanda Gingold, British actress (Gigi, Music Man), born in London, England (d. 1987)
  • 1899 Howard Freeman, American actor (Studio One, Double Dynamite), born in Helena, Montana (d. 1967)
  • 1901 Carol Dempster, American actress, born in Duluth, Minnesota (d. 1991)

Person of interestMargaret Hamilton

1902 Margaret Hamilton, American actress (The Wizard of Oz), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1985)

  • 1904 Robert Livingston, American actor (Three Mesquiteers, The Lone Ranger and Zorro), born in Quincy, Illinois (d. 1988)
  • 1905 Dalton Trumbo, American writer/film director (Johnny Got His Gun)
  • 1909 Douglas Fairbanks Jr, American actor and decorated naval officer (Ghost Story), born in NYC, New York (d. 2000)

Person of interestBroderick Crawford

1911 Broderick Crawford, American actor (All the King's Men, Highway Patrol), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1986)

  • 1914 Frances Reid, American actress (Days of Our Lives, The Andromeda Strain), born in Wichita Falls, Texas (d. 2010)

Person of interestKirk Douglas

1916 Kirk Douglas [Issur Danielovitch], American actor (Spartacus, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral), born in Amsterdam, New York (d. 2020)

  • 1922 Redd Foxx, American comedian (Sandford & Son, Redd Foxx Show), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1991)
  • 1928 Richard "Dick" Van Patten, American actor, businessman, and animal welfare advocate (Tom Bradford in 8 is Enough), born in Queens, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1929 John Cassavetes, Greek-American actor, film director, and screenwriter (Dirty Dozen, Rosemary's Baby), born in NYC, New York (d. 1989)

  • 1930 Buck Henry [Zuckerman], American screenwriter and comedian (SNL, Get Smart), born in NYC, New York
  • 1931 William Reynolds, American actor (The Gallant Men, All That Heaven Allows), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1931 Ladislav Smoljak, Czech director, actor and screenwriter (An Uncertain Season), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2010)

Person of interestJudi Dench

1934 Judi Dench, British actress (Henry V, Wetherby, Skyfall), born in York, England

Actress Judi Dench
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Judi Dench
  • 1937 Darwin Joston, American actor (Assault on Precinct 13), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (d. 1998)
  • 1941 Beau Bridges, American actor (Hotel New Hampshire, 5th Musketeer), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1945 Michael Nouri, American actor (Beacon Hill, Bay City Blues), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1945 Matti Mäntylä, Finnish actor, born in Turku, Finland
  • 1946 Shatrughan Sinha, Indian actor (Dostana) and politician (Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha 2009-19), born in Patna, Bihar, British India
  • 1948 Marleen Gorris, Dutch writer and director (Antonia's Line), born in Roermond, Netherlands
  • 1948 Ron Vawter, American actor (Philadelphia, Empire City, Twister), born in Latham, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1952 Michael Dorn, American actor (Worf-Star Trek Next Generation), born in Luling, Texas
  • 1953 John Malkovich, American actor and director (Killing Fields), born in Christopher, Illinois
  • 1954 Herman Finkers, Dutch comedian, born in Almelo, Overijssel, Netherlands
  • 1960 Terry Moran, American journalist (Senior National Correspondent at ABC News), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1961 Joe Lando, American actor (Byron Sully-Dr Quinn), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1961 David Anthony Higgins, American actor (Malcolm in the Middle), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1962 Felicity Huffman, American actress (Desperate Housewives), born in Bedford, New York
  • 1963 Bárbara Palacios, Venezuelan TV host and Miss Universe (1986), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1965 Brad Savage, American actor (Red Dawn), born in Livonia, Michigan
  • 1966 Toby Huss, American actor
  • 1969 Allison Smith, American actress (Jennie-Cagney & Lacey, Kate & Allie), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1969 Sebastian Spence, Canadian actor, born in St. John's, Canada
  • 1972 Reiko Aylesworth, American actress, born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1975 Joshua Rudoy, American actor (Harry & Hendersons), born Los Angeles, California
  • 1977 Saskia Garel, Canadian actress, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1978 Jesse Metcalfe, American actor, born in Carmel Valley, California
  • 1980 Simon Helberg, American actor (The Big Bang Theory), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1981 Diya Mirza, Indian actress, born in Hyderabad, India
  • 2340 Worf, Klingon character on Star Trek Next Generation