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's Day Off), born in Lansing, Michigan (d. 2009)

Person of interestJohn Travolta

1954 John Travolta, American actor (Welcome Back, Kotter; Saturday Night Fever; Pulp Fiction), and singer (Grease - "You're The One That I Want"), 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
  • 1992 Jacqueline Toboni, American actress (Grimm), born in San Francisco, California