Birthdays in Film & TV on February 17

  • 1888 Henrietta "Hetty" Beck, Dutch hearing actress (Bouwmeester Award), born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1979)
  • 1888 Ronald Arbuthnott Knox, British priest, broadcaster and author (Viaduct Murder), born in Kibworth Leicestershire, England (d. 1957)
  • 1895 Anita Stewart, American silent film actress (South of Hell Mountain), producer, and mystery novelist, born in Brooklyn, NYC (d. 1961)
  • 1895 Edna Park Edwards, American stage and vaudeville actress, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1967)
  • 1908 Red Barber, American baseball broadcaster (Cincinnati Reds 1934–38, Brooklyn Dodgers 1939–53, NY Yankees 1954–66), born in Columbus, Mississippi (d. 1992)
  • 1908 Staats Cotsworth, American actor (Hamlet, Peyton Place), born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 1979)
  • 1910 Arthur Hunnicutt, American actor (El Dorado, Big Sky, Apache Uprising), born in Gravelly, Arkansas (d. 1979)
  • 1910 Marc Lawrence [Max Goldsmith], American character actor (Man With Golden Gun), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1914 Arthur Kennedy, American Tony Award-winning stage and screen actor (Death of a Salesman; Fantastic Voyage; Peyton Place; Some Came Running), born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1990)
  • 1914 Per-Jakez Helias, French Breton writer and actor, born in Pouldreuzig, Brittany (d. 1995)
  • 1914 Wayne Morris, American actor and decorated WWII pilot (Paths of Glory, The Bushwackers), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1959)
  • 1916 Raf Vallone, Italian actor (El Cid, 2 Women, Greek Tycoon), born in Tropea, Italy (d. 2002)
  • 1919 Kathleen Freeman, American actress (Beverly Hillbillies, 3 Ring Circus), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2001)
  • 1925 Fritz Behrendt, German Dutch cartoon character (The Slogan)
  • 1925 Hal Holbrook, American stage and screen Tony and Emmy award-winning actor (All the President's Men; “Mark Twain Tonight!”), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2021) [1]
  • 1928 Marta Romero, Puerto Rican actress (La Divina Infiel,;The Shadow of the Bat),& singer ("Es tarde ya" (It's Too Late Now)), born in Ponce, Puerto Rico (d. 2013)
  • 1929 Dame Patricia Routledge, British stage and screen actress and singer (Keeping Up Appearances; Talking Heads: A Lady of Letters), born in Tranmere, Birkenhead
  • 1934 Alan Bates, Allestree England, actor (Zorba the Greek, Unmarried Woman)
  • 1934 Barry Humphries, Australian comedian, actor and author known for his stage alter egos (Dame Edna Everage, Sir Les Patterson), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1935 Christina Pickles, UK-born American actress (St Elsewhere), born in Halifax, England
  • 1936 John Leyton, British actor and singer ("Johnny Remember Me"), born in Frinton-on-Sea, England
  • 1939 Mary Ann Mobley, American model and actress (Miss America-1959, Diff'rent Strokes), Biloxi Mississippi (d. 2014)
  • 1940 Vicente Fernández, Mexican Grammy Award-winning singer, known as "El Rey de la Música Ranchera" (The King of Ranchera Music), actor, and film producer, born in Huentitán El Alto, Jalisco, Mecico (d. 2021)
  • 1945 Brenda Fricker, actress (My Left Foot), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1945 Patricia Morrow, American actress (Rita-Peyton Place), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1946 Andre Dussollier, French actor (3 Men & a Cradle), born in Annecy, France
  • 1946 Zina Bethune, American actress (Nurses, Who's That Knocking at My Door), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1947 Dallas Adams, British actor, painter and writer (Terror From Within)
  • 1948 José José [José Rómulo Sosa Ortiz], Mexican singer and actor, known as 'The Prince of Song', born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 2019)
  • 1954 Rene Russo, American model and actress (Ransom), born in Burbank, California
  • 1956 Richard Karn [Wilson], American actor (Home Improvement) and TV game show host (Family Feud), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1958 Heidi Hagman, American actress (Linda-Archie Bunker's Place), born in New York City
  • 1959 Rowdy Gaines, American swimmer (Olympic gold 100m, 4x100m relay, 4x100m medley 1984; 5 x World C'ship gold 1978, 82) and broadcaster (NBC), born in Winter Haven, Florida
  • 1962 Lou Diamond Phillips, Filipino American actor (La Bamba, Stand & Deliver), born at Subic Bay Naval Station, Philippines
  • 1963 Larry the Cable Guy [Daniel Lawrence Whitney], American comedian (Blue Collar Comedy Tour), born in Pawnee City, Nebraska
  • 1965 Clayton Prince, actor (Hairspray, Reuben-Another World), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1965 Michael Bay, American film director (Armageddon, Pearl Harbor), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967 Chanté Moore, American R&B singer, actress and author (Precious), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1969 Tuesday Knight, American actress, born in Bentwood, California
  • 1970 Dominic Purcell, English-born Australian actor (Prison Break), born in Wallasey, England
  • 1971 Denise Richards, American actress (The World is not Enough), born in Downers Grove, Illinois
  • 1971 Jeremy Edwards, British actor (Holby City), born in London, England
  • 1972 Valeria Mazza, Argentinian model and businesswoman, born in Rosario, Argentina
  • 1972 William Floyd, American NFL full back, 1994-2000, Superbowl champ (San Francisco 49ers; Carolina Panthers), and broadcaster, born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1974 Jerry O'Connell, American actor (Scream 2, Andrew-My Secret Identity), born in NYC, New York
  • 1975 Harisu [Lee Kyung-eun], South Korean singer, model and actress, born in Seongnam, Korea
  • 1976 Kelly Carlson, American actress
  • 1979 Bear McCreary, American composer for film, television (Outlander; The Walking Dead: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), and video games, born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1980 Jason Ritter, American actor and producer (Joan of Arcadia, Gravity Falls, Raising Dion), born in Los Angeles, California

Paris HiltonParis Hilton (41 years old)

1981 American actress and heiress (The Simple Life), born in NYC, New York

  • 1982 Joseph Gordon-Levitt, American actor and filmmaker (Third Rock From the Sun, Inception), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1984 Jimmy Jacobs, American professional wrestler (Ring of Honor), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 1984 Kenta Kamakari, Japanese actor and seiyuu, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1985 Anne Curtis, Filipino actress and commercial model

Bonnie WrightBonnie Wright (31 years old)

1991 British actress (Ginny Weasley in "Harry Potter" franchise), born in London, England

  • 1991 Jeremy Allen White, American actor (The Bear), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1992 Meaghan Martin, American pop singer (Camp Rock), and actress (10 Things I Hate About You), born in Fallon, Nevada
  • 1996 Sasha Pieterse, South African actress (Pretty Little Liars), born in Johannesburg, South Africa