On This Day

Birthdays in Film & TV on February 18

  • 1642 Marie Champmeslé, French actress (Fête de Vénus), born in Rouen, France (d. 1698)
  • 1846 Wilson Barrett, British manager, actor, and playwright (The Sign of the Cross), born in Essex, England (d. 1904)
  • 1877 Betsy Ranucci-Beckmann [Theodora Elisabeth Beckmann], Dutch author and actress (De huzaren, Dood Water), born in Bergen op Zoom, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands (d. 1965)
  • 1883 Tom Walls, British actor and producer (A Cuckoo in the Nest, Undercover), born in Kingsthorpe, England (d. 1949)
  • 1884 Burton "Burt" Mustin, American actor (All in the Family, The Andy Griffith Show), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1977)
  • 1890 Adolphe Menjou, American actor (Front Page, Star is Born), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1890 Edward Arnold, American actor (Mr Smith Goes to Washington), born in NYC, New York
  • 1891 Chester Clute, NJ, actor (Niagra Falls)
  • 1898 K'Tut Tantri, broadcaster/hotelier
  • 1901 Reginald Sheffield, British actor (Suspicion, Of Human Bondage, Second Chance), born in London, England (d. 1957)
  • 1905 Queenie Leonard, British actress, born in London, England (d. 2002)
  • 1907 Billy De Wolfe, American character actor (Good Morning World), born in Quincy, Massachusetts (d. 1974)
  • 1908 Angelo Rossitto, American dwarf actor (known as "Little Moe", Carousel), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1991)
  • 1912 Dane Clark, American actor (Wire Service, Bold Venture, Perry Mason), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1915 Phyllis Calvert [Bickle], British actress (Crash of Silence, The Man in Grey), born in London, England (d. 2002)
  • 1920 Bill Cullen, Pitts, TV game show host (over 20 different games)

  • 1920 Jack Palance [Vladimir Palahniuk], American actor (City Slickers, Contempt, Batman), born in Lattimer Mines, Pennsylvania (d. 2006)
  • 1923 Allan Melvin, American character actor (Brady Bunch, All in Family), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2008)
  • 1925 George Kennedy, American actor (Cool Hand Luke, Airport, Blue Knight), born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1933 Mary Ure, Scottish actress (Reflection of Fear, Windom's Way) (d. 1975), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1938 István Szabó, Hungarian film director
  • 1939 Petronella CM "Carletta" Banning, actress (Potasch & Perlemoer)
  • 1945 Michael Nader, American actor (Peter-Gidget, Dex Dexter-Dynasty), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1946 Jean-Claude Dreyfus, French actor
  • 1948 Sinead Cusack, Irish actress (Waterland, Revenge), born in Dalkey, Ireland
  • 1948 Tony Anselmo, American animator & cartoon voice actor, born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1950 Cybill Shepherd, American actress (Moonlighting, Last Picture Show), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1950 John Hughes, American film director (Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller), born in Lansing, Michigan (d. 2009)

Person of interestJohn Travolta

1954 John Travolta, American actor (Grease, Pulp Fiction), born in Englewood, New Jersey

  • 1955 Raymond Rougeau, Canadian professional wrestler, born in Saint-Sulpice, Canada
  • 1957 Vanna Marie White, American television host (Wheel of Fortune), born in Conway, South Carolina
  • 1960 Greta Scacchi, Italian actress (Coca-Cola Kid, White Mischief), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1962 Julie Strain, American actress (Witchcraft IV), born in Concord, California
  • 1964 Lisa Elaine Comshaw, American actress (Scanner Cop, Lukas' Child), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1964 Matt Dillon, American actor (The Outsiders, Crash), born in New Rochelle, New York
  • 1967 Tracey Edmonds, American film & television producer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1968 Molly Ringwald, American actress (16 Candles, Pretty in Pink), born in Roseville California
  • 1970 Susan Egan, American actress, born in Seal Beach, California
  • 1974 Jillian Michaels, American fitness instructor & television personality (The Biggest Loser), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1975 Sarah Joy Brown, American actress (General Hospital), born in Eureka, California
  • 1981 Kim Jae Won, South Korean actor, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 1982 Courtney Act [Shane Jenek], Australian drag queen, pop singer, entertainer and reality television personality, born in Brisbane, Queensland
  • 1988 Maiara Walsh, American actress, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1988 Shane Lyons, American actor & private chef, born in Colorado Springs, Colorado