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, actor (All the President's Men, Mark Twain), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 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 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
  • 1939 Mary Ann Mobley, American model/actress (Miss America-1959, Diff'rent Strokes), Biloxi Ms, (d. 2014)
  • 1945 Brenda Fricker, actress (My Left Foot), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1945 Patricia Morrow, actress (Rita-Peyton Place)
  • 1946 Andre Dussollier, Annecy France, actor (3 Men & a Cradle)
  • 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/writer (Terror From Within)
  • 1947 Dodie Stevens, actress (Mary Hartman!)
  • 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, actress (Ransom)
  • 1956 Richard Karn [Wilson], American actor (Home Improvement) and TV game show host (Family Feud), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1958 Heidi Hagman, actress (Linda-Archie Bunker's Place)
  • 1962 Lou Diamond Phillips, Philippines, actor (La Bamba, Stand & Deliver)
  • 1963 Dan Reed, rocker/actor (HOTS, Lake Consequence)
  • 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
  • 1971 Denise Richards, American actress
  • 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, actor (Tommy Solomon-Third Rock From the Sun)
  • 1984 Jimmy Jacobs, American professional wrestler
  • 1984 Kenta Kamakari, Japanese actor and seiyuu
  • 1985 Anne Curtis, Filipino actress and commercial model
  • 1986 Sandra Nilsson, Swedish model

Person of interestBonnie Wright

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

Actress Bonnie Wright
Bonnie Wright
  • 1992 Meaghan Jette Martin, American child actress and singer
  • 1996 Sasha Pieterse, South African child actress