On This Day

Birthdays in Film & TV on February 6

  • 1838 Henry Irving [John Brodribb], British Victorian actor, 1st actor to receive a knighthood (knighted 1895) and the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula, born in Bradford, England (d. 1905)
  • 1899 Ramon Novarro [Jose Samaniegos], Mexican-American actor (Ben-Hur, Mata Hari), born in Durango, Mexico (d. 1968)
  • 1901 Ben Lyon, American actor (Hell's Angels, I Cover the Waterfront, Night Nurse), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1979)

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1911 Ronald Reagan, 40th US President (Republican: 1981-89) and actor (Bedtime for Bonzo), born in Tampico, Illinois (d. 2004)

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1913 John Lund, American actor (High Society, Wackiest Ship in the Army), born in Rochester, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1914 Thurl Ravenscroft, American voice actor and bass singer (Tony the Tiger, You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch), born in Norfolk, Nebraska (d. 2005)
  • 1917 Zsa Zsa Gabor [Zsa Sari], Hungarian-born actress (Queen of Outer Space), born in Budapest (d. 2016)
  • 1922 Patrick Macnee, British actor (The Avengers, Magnum, P.I., Sherlock Holmes), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • 1922 Denis Norden, British television personality, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 2018)
  • 1926 Haskell Wexler, American cinematographer & director, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • 1926 Walker Edmiston, American actor (Star Trek, Gunsmoke, Mission: Impossible, The Dukes of Hazzard), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2007)
  • 1929 Pierre Brice [Pierre-Louis Le Bris], French actor (Winnetou), born in Brest, France (d. 2015)
  • 1931 Rip Torn [Elmore Rual Torn Jr], American actor, voice artist and comedian (Coma, Summer Rental, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), born in Temple, Texas
  • 1931 Mamie Van Doren, American actress, model, singer, and sex symbol (Teacher's Pet, The Navy vs. the Night Monsters), born in Rowena, South Dakota
  • 1933 Leslie Crowther, English comedian & television presenter, born in West Bridgford, United Kingdom (d. 1996)
  • 1939 Mike Farrell, American actor & director & activist (M*A*S*H, Battered, Patch Adams), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota

  • 1940 Jimmy Tarbuck, English comedian, born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • 1940 Tom Brokaw, American news anchor (NBC Nightly News 1982-2004), born in Webster, South Dakota
  • 1941 Gigi Perreau, American actress (Journey to Center of Time), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1943 Gayle Hunnicutt, American actress (Legend of Hell House, Dallas), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1944 Michael Tucker, American actor (Stuart Markowitz-LA Law), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1949 Mike Batt, British director, actor, composer, and former Deputy Chairman (British Phonographic Industry), born in Southampton, England
  • 1951 Jacques Villeret, French film actor, born in Loches, France (d. 2005)
  • 1956 Jon Walmsley, British actor (Jason in The Waltons), born in Lancashire, England
  • 1956 Linda Grovenor, American actress (Die Laughing, Wheels of Fire), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1957 Kathy Najimy, American actress & activist (Sister Act, Veronica's Closet), born in San Diego, California
  • 1957 Robert Townsend, American comedian & actor (Hollywood Shuffle, Ratboy), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1958 Barry Miller, American actor (Fame, Peggy Sue Got Married), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1958 Cecily Adams, American actress & casting director (American Heart), born in Jamaica, New York City (d. 2004)
  • 1960 Megan Gallagher, American actress (Slap Maxwell, Millennium), born in Reading, Pennsylvania
  • 1964 Andrey Zvyagintsev, Russian director & screenwriter (The Return), born in Novosibirsk, USSR
  • 1969 April Lerman, American actress (Lila-Charles in Charge), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1969 David Hayter, Canadian-American Voice actor & screenwriter (Solid Snake), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1971 Dana Eskelson, American actress, born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1971 Brian Stepanek, American actor, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1980 Mamiko Noto, Japanese voice actress & singer, born in Kanazawa, Japan
  • 1980 Kim Poirier, Canadian actress, born in Drummondville, Canada
  • 1981 Calum Best, American model, born in San Jose, California
  • 1982 Alice Eve, English actress, born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1983 Melrose Bickerstaff, American fashion model, born in West Bloomfield Township, Michigan
  • 1984 Brandon Hammond, American actor (Gregory Hines Show), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1986 Alice Greczyn, American actress, born in Walnut Creek, California