Birthdays in Film & TV on February 16

  • 1884 Robert Flaherty, American filmmaker and the father of documentary film (Nanook of the North), born in Iron Mountain, Michigan (d. 1951)
  • 1887 Kathleen Clifford, American actress (When the Clouds Roll by), born in Charlottesville, Virginia (d. 1962)
  • 1898 Katharine Cornell, German actress (Barretts of Wimpole St), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1974)
  • 1900 Albert Hackett, American actor, playwright and screenwriter (It's A Wonderrful Life; The Diary of Anne Frank), born in Nutley, New Jersey (d. 1995)
  • 1900 Vincent Coleman, American actor (For the Freedom of Ireland, Salome), born in Louisiana (d. 1971)
  • 1901 Chester Morris, American actor (Diagnosis: Unknown), born in NYC, New York (d. 1970)
  • 1903 Edgar Bergen, American ventriloquist (Charlie McCarthy), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1904 James Baskett, American actor (Song of the South) 1st African American male to receive an Oscar, born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1948)
  • 1909 Hugh Beaumont, American actor (The Mole People, Leave it to Beaver), born in Lawrence, Kansas (d. 1982)
  • 1909 Jeffrey Lynn [Ragnar Godfrey Lind], American actor (Four Daughters, Roaring Twenties), born in Auburn, Massachusetts (d. 1995)
  • 1912 Del Sharbutt, American TV announcer (Your Hit Parade), born in Cleburne, Texas
  • 1915 Michael Relph, British film producer and director (d. 2004)

Vera-EllenVera-Ellen (1921-1981)

American actress and dancer (White Christmas; Big Leaguer; On the Town), born in Norwood, Ohio

  • 1927 June Brown, British actress (EastEnders, Sitting Target), born in Needham Market, Suffolk
  • 1930 Peggy King, American jazz and pop vocalist, former TV personality and actress (George Gobel Show), born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1931 Ken Takakura [Goichi Oda], Japanese actor and singer (Black Rain, Story of Antarctic), born in Nakama, Fukuoka (d. 2014)
  • 1932 Gretchen Wyler, American actress, dancer (Silk Stockings), and animal rights activist, born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma (d. 2007)
  • 1932 Harry Goz, American musical theatre actor and voice actor, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2003)
  • 1932 Nand Baert, Belgian radio and TV-host
  • 1935 Brian Bedford, British actor (Coronet Blue - "Anthony"), born in Morley, West Yorkshire, England (d. 2016)
  • 1935 Salvatore "Sonny" Bono, American musician, vocalist (Sonny & Cher - "I Got You Babe"), songwriter ("Bang Bang"; "Needles and Pins"), actor (Hairspray), and politician (US Congress (R)-CA, 1995-98), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1998)
  • 1938 Anthony Costello, American actor (Will Penny, The Outer Limits), born in Andover, Massachusetts (d. 1983)
  • 1938 Barry Primus, American actor (Sgt McKenna-Cagney & Lacey, Boxcar Bertha), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946 Ian Lavender, British actor (Stupid Boy in Dad's Army)
  • 1951 William Katt, American actor (Greatest American Hero, Carrie), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1953 Janice Dickinson, American model (Vogue) and TV personality (America's Next Top Model), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1954 Margaux Hemingway, actress (Lipstick, They Call Me Bruce), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1954 Michael Holding, West Indian cricket fast bowler (60 Tests, 249 wickets, BB 8/92; Jamaica, Derbyshire CCC, Lancashire CCC) and broadcaster (Sky Sports), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1955 Hunt Block, American actor
  • 1957 LeVar Burton, American actor, (Roots - "Kunta Kinte"; Star Trek: The Next Generation - "Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge"), born in Landstuhl, Germany
  • 1958 Ice-T [Tracy Marrow], American rapper ("O.G. Original Gangster"), and actor (New Jack City; Tank Girl; Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1958 Lisa Loring, actress (As the World Turns, Wednesday-Addams Family)
  • 1960 Cherie Chung, Hong Kong actress (An Autumn's Tale), born in Hong Kong
  • 1962 Alexa Kenin, American actress (Mousie-Coed Fever), born in NYC, New York
  • 1964 Ching-Wan [Sean] Lau, Hong Kong actor (Life Without Principle), born in Hong Kong
  • 1964 Christopher Eccleston, English actor (Ninth Doctor in Doctor Who), born in Salford, England
  • 1969 David Heath, American professional wrestler better known as Gangrel

Mahershala AliMahershala Ali (48 years old)

1974 American actor (Moonlight, Green Book), born in Oakland, California

  • 1975 Don Jeffcoat, American actor
  • 1976 Eric Byrnes, American baseball outfielder and broadcaster (Oakland A's, Arizona Diamondbacks), born in Redwood City, California
  • 1976 Joe Odagiri, Japanese actor
  • 1978 John Tartaglia, Broadway actor and Muppeteer
  • 1980 Agim Kaba, American actor and film producer

Elizabeth OlsenElizabeth Olsen (33 years old)

1989 American actress (Martha Marcy May Marlene; Avenger films - "Scarlet Witch"), born in Los Angeles, California

  • 2335 Geordi La Forge, character on Star Trek Next Generation