Birthdays in Film & TV on February 20

  • 1854 Louis van Westerhoven, Dutch actor, singer and opera director (Youth), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1912)
  • 1888 Marie Rambert, English ballet producer/director/teacher, born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 1891 Ivan Harold Browning, American stage and screen actor and singer (Shuffle Along - "I'm Just Wild About Harry"), born in Brenham, Texas (d. 1978)
  • 1900 Antonio Veretti, Italian orchestral, theater, and film composer, born in Verona, Italy (d. 1978)
  • 1904 Bramwell Fletcher, British actor (White Cargo, Random Harvest, The Mummy), born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England (d. 1988)
  • 1906 Gale Gordon [Charles Thomas Aldrich, Jr], American actor and comedian (Our Miss Brooks; Dennis The Menace; The Lucy Show; Here's Lucy), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1995)
  • 1906 Jack Jackson, British trumpeter, dance band leader, and influential BBC disc jockey, born in Barnsley, Yorkshire, England (d. 1978)
  • 1907 Malcolm Atterbury, American actor (Jonas-Thicker than Water, Apples Way), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1992)
  • 1911 Margot Grahame [Margaret Clark], British actress (The Three Musketeers, Criminal Lawyer), born in Canterbury, England (d. 1982)
  • 1911 Paul Tripp, American TV host (Mr I Magination), songwriter (Tubby the Tuba), and children's book writer (Rabbi Santa Claus), born in NYC, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1913 Rex Tucker, TV writer/director
  • 1914 John Daly, South Africa, newscaster/TV game show host (What's My Line)
  • 1915 Philip Friend, British actor (Dick Turpin, Buccaneer's Girl, Vulture, Fur Collar), born in Horsham, Sussex, England (d. 1987)

Robert AltmanRobert Altman (1925-2006)

American screenwriter, producer and director (The Player; M*A*S*H; Nashville), born in Kansas City, Missouri

  • 1926 Dame Gillian Lynne [Pyrke], British dancer, choreographer and actress (Cats; The Phantom of the Opera), born in Bromley, Kent (d. 2018)

Sidney PoitierSidney Poitier (1927-2022)

Bahamian-American actor, first black actor to win Oscar for Best Actor ('Lillies in the Field' - 1963; To Sir With Love"; "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"), director (Stir Crazy), civil rights advocate, and diplomat, born in Miami, Florida [1]

  • 1929 Amanda Blake [Beverly Louise Neill], American actress (Kitty Russell-Gunsmoke), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1936 Larry Hovis, American actor (Hogan's Heroes - "Sgt. Carter"; Gomer Pyle), born in Wapito, Washington (d. 2003)
  • 1936 Marj Dusay [Marjorie Mahoney], American actress (Guiding Light - "Alexandra"; Bret Maverick - "Kate"), born in Russell, Kansas (d. 2020)
  • 1937 Nancy Wilson, American Grammy Award-winning R&B and jazz vocalist ("Guess Who I Saw Today"; "(You Don't Know) How Glad I Am"), and actress, born in Chillicothe, Ohio (d. 2018)
  • 1939 (Roy George) Elroy Josephs, Jamaican-British jazz dance teacher, and actor, born in Jamaica (d. 1997)
  • 1940 Jimmy Greaves, English soccer striker (57 caps; FIFA World Cup 1966; Chelsea, Tottenham) and journalist/broadcaster (The Sun, World of Sport, On the Ball), born in London, England (d. 2021)
  • 1942 Charlie Gillett, British pop-rock and world music radio presenter and writer (The Sound of the City), born in Morecambe, Lancashire, England (d. 2010)

Phil EspositoPhil Esposito (80 years old)

1942 Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center, coach, GM, broadcaster (Black Hawks, Bruins, Rangers), born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

  • 1943 Kanji "Antonio" Inoki, Japanese pro wrestler (12 x world champion; NJPW/JWA), promoter, and politician (House of Councillors, 1989-95 & 2013-19), born in Yokohama, Japan (d. 2022) [1]
  • 1943 Mike Leigh, dramatist/director (High Hopes, Secrets & Lies)
  • 1945 Andrew Bergman, director/screenwriter (Soapdish, Honeymoon in Vegas)
  • 1945 Annu Kapoor, Indian actor (Vicky Donor), born in Bhopal, India
  • 1945 Brion James, American actor (d. 1999)
  • 1946 Brenda Blethyn, actress (Secrets & Lies)
  • 1946 Sandy Duncan, American stage and screen actress (Peter Pan; The Hogan Family), born in Henderson, Texas
  • 1947 Jennifer O'Neill, actress (Summer of '42), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1947 Peter Strauss, American actor (The Jericho Mile, Rich Man Poor Man), born in Croton-on-Hudson, New York
  • 1949 Ivana Trump (née Zelníčková), Czech-American model and ex-wife of Donald Trump (1st Wives Club), born in Gottwaldov, Moravia, Czechoslovak Republic (d. 2022)
  • 1950 John Voldstad, actor (Darryl-Newhart), born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1950 Ken Shimura, Japanese comedian and actor (Shimura Ken no Bakatono-sama), born in Higashimurayama, Japan (d. 2020)
  • 1951 Edward Albert, American actor (Falcon Crest - "Jeff"; Butterflies are Free), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1954 Anthony Stewart Head, actor (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • 1956 Charlie Adler, American voice actor (Tiny Toon Adventures) ,born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • 1958 James Wilby, British stage and screen actor (Howards End; Maurice), born in Rangoon, Burma
  • 1960 Joel Hodgson, American comedian (Mystery Science Theater 3000), born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin
  • 1961 Imogen Stubbs, actress (Summer Story), born in Rothbury, England
  • 1962 Ria Coyne, American comedienne (Betsy-Batman Forever), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • 1964 French Stewart, American actor (Harry Solomon-Third Rock From the Sun), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 1964 Jeff Maggert, American golfer (US Senior Open, Tradition 2015), born in Columbia Missouri
  • 1964 Rodney Rowland, American actor

Cindy CrawfordCindy Crawford (56 years old)

1966 American supermodel (Sports Illustrated Swimsuit), born in DeKalb, Illinois

  • 1967 Andrew Shue, American actor (Melrose Place)
  • 1967 Kath Soucie, American voice actress (Rugrats, The Real Ghostbusters, Sonic the Hedgehog), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1967 Lili Taylor, actress (Ransom, Short Cuts)
  • 1969 Gedo, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1974 Ophelie Winter, French actress
  • 1976 Gail Kim, Canadian professional wrestler
  • 1978 (Javier) "Jay" Hernandez, American actor (Crazy/Beautiful; Magnum PI), born in Montebello, California
  • 1978 Chelsea Peretti, American comedian and actress (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), born in Oakland, California
  • 1978 Jakki Degg, English glamour model/actress
  • 1978 Julia Jentsch, German actress
  • 1978 Lauren Ambrose, American actress
  • 1981 Chris Thile, American folk and progressive bluegrass mandolin player, songwriter (Nickel Creek; Punch Brothers), and broadcaster (Live From Here), born in Oceanside, California

Trevor NoahTrevor Noah (38 years old)

1984 South African comedian, actor and TV host (The Daily Show), born in Johannesburg, South Africa

  • 1989 Melanie Leishman, Canadian actress

Olivia RodrigoOlivia Rodrigo (19 years old)

2003 American actress and singer-songwriter ("Driver's License"), born in Temecula, California