On This Day

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 actress (South of Hell Mountain), born in NYC, New York (d. 1961)
  • 1895 Edna Park Edwards, American stage and vaudeville actress, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1967)
  • 1908 Staats Cotsworth, American actor (Hamlet, Peyton Place), born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 1979)
  • 1910 Marc Lawrence [Max Goldsmith], American character actor (Man With Golden Gun), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1910 Arthur Hunnicutt, American actor (El Dorado, Big Sky, Apache Uprising), born in Gravelly, Arkansas (d. 1979)
  • 1914 Arthur Kennedy, American actor (Fantastic Voyage, Peyton Place), 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 & singer (La Divina Infiel, The Shadow of the Bat), 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)
  • 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 'The Prince of Song' [José Rómulo Sosa Ortiz], Mexican singer and actor, 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
  • 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 Jeremy Edwards, British actor (Holby City), born in London, England
  • 1971 Denise Richards, American actress (The World is not Enough), born in Downers Grove, Illinois
  • 1972 Valeria Mazza, Argentinian model and businesswoman, born in Rosario, Argentina
  • 1974 Jerry O'Connell, American actor (Scream 2, Andrew-My Secret Identity), born in NYC, New York
  • 1975 Harisu, South Korean singer, model and actress
  • 1976 Kelly Carlson, American actress
  • 1980 Jason Ritter, American actor

Person of interestParis Hilton

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

Actress & Heiress Paris Hilton
Actress & Heiress
Paris Hilton
  • 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

Person of interestBonnie Wright

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

Actress Bonnie Wright
Actress
Bonnie Wright
  • 1992 Meaghan Martin, American actress and singer (Camp Roc), born in Fallon, Nevada
  • 1996 Sasha Pieterse, South African actress (Pretty Little Liars), born in Johannesburg, South Africa