Birthdays in Film & TV on January 1

  • 1867 Lew Fields, American comedian (of Weber & Fields), born in Poland (d. 1941)
  • 1868 Snitz Edwards [Edward Neumann], Hungarian-American stage and silent film actor ("Phantom of the Opera"; "College"), born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1937)
  • 1879 William Fox [Wilhem Fuchs], Hungarian-American movie theater pioneer and film producer (Fox Film Corporation), born in Tolcsva, Kingdom of Hungary (d. 1952)
  • 1880 Edie Martin, British actress (Titfield Thunderbolt), born in London, England (d. 1964)
  • 1889 Charles Bickford, American actor (Dynamite, The Virginian), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1967)
  • 1889 Tom Dugan, Irish actor (Circus Clown, Drag, Skyway), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1955)
  • 1890 Alice Tissot, French actress (Italian Straw Hat), born in Paris, France (d. 1971)
  • 1890 Florence Lawrence, Canadian silent screen actress (Confidence), born in Hamilton, Ontario (d. 1938)
  • 1891 Frank Pettingell, English actor (Gaslight, Goose Steps Out), born in Liverpool (d. 1966)
  • 1896 Teinosuke Kinugasa, Japanese actor and director (Gate of Hell, A Page of Madness, Jujiro, Jigoku-mon), born in Mie Ken, Japan (d. 1982)
  • 1897 Walter Greaza, American actor (Treasury Man, Martin Kane Private Eye), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1973)
  • 1899 Lev Kuleshov, Russian filmmaker and film theorist (Po Zakonu, founder of Moscow film school), born in Tambov, Russian Empire (d. 1970)
  • 1909 Dana Andrews, American actor (Battle of the Bulge, Laura), born in Covington County, Mississippi (d. 1992)
  • 1910 Russ Bender, American actor and writer (Amazing Colossal Man; Space Monster; It Conquered the World), born in NYC, New York (d. 1969)
  • 1916 Earl Wrightson, American actor and singer (Pinafore, Paul Whiteman's Goodyear Revue), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1993)
  • 1917 Albert Mol, Dutch actor (Kant aan m'n broek!), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 2004)
  • 1919 Carole Landis [Frances Ridste], American actress (I Wake Up Screaming; One Million BC; Topper Returns), born in Fairchild, Wisconsin (d. 1948)
  • 1919 Horace "Bones" McKinney, American basketball forward, coach and broadcaster (Washington Capitols, Wake Forest), born in Lowland, North Carolina (d. 1997)
  • 1920 Osvaldo Cavandoli, Italian cartoonist and creator of "La Linea" animated cartoons, born in Maderno, Italy (d. 2007)
  • 1923 Barbara Baxley, American stage and screen actress (Norma Rae; Countdown; Nashville), and singer, born in Stockton, California (d. 1990)
  • 1924 Roberts Blossom, American actor and poet (Home Alone, Deranged, The Great Gatsby), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 2011)
  • 1925 Matthew "Stymie" Beard, American actor (d. 1981)
  • 1925 Raymond Pellegrin, French actor
  • 1925 Valentina Cortesa, Italian actress (Day for Night, Kidnap Syndicate), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1927 Patricia "Pat" Heywood, Scottish actress (10 Rillington Place, Lucky Feller), born in Gretna Green, Scotland
  • 1928 Ernest R Tidyman, Ohio, novelist/screenwriter (The French Connection)
  • 1930 Frederick Wiseman, documentary filmmaker, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1930 Ty Hardin [Orison Hungerford Jr.], American actor (Riptide, Bronco), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1933 Joe Orton, British actor and dramatist (Prick Up Your Ears), born in Leicester, England (d. 1967)
  • 1938 Frank Langella, American actor (Dracula, Frost/Nixon), born in Bayonne, New Jersey
  • 1939 Michèle Mercier, French actress (Angelique, Marquise des Anges.), born in Nice, France
  • 1943 Jimmy Hart, American pro wrestling manager (WWF, WCW; Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart, Ted DiBiase and Jim Neidhart), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1944 Don Novello, American actor and comedian (Father Guido Sarducci-Saturday Night Live), born in Ashtabula, Ohio
  • 1946 Rivellino, Brazilian soccer midfielder and broadcaster (92 caps; 1970 FIFA World Cup; Corinthians; TV Cultura), born in São Paulo, SP, Brazil
  • 1951 Nana Patekar, Indian Bollywood actor, writer, philanthropist and filmmaker (Parinda, Angaar), born in Murud-Janjira, Bombay State
  • 1954 Richard Gibson, British actor (Allo Allo! -"Herr Flick"), born in Kampala, Protectorate of Uganda
  • 1956 Kôji Yakusho [Hashimoto], Japanese actor (Shall We Dance?), born in Isahaya, Nagasaki, Japan
  • 1957 Ewa Kasprzyk, Polish actress
  • 1958 Ren Woods, actress (Fanta-Roots), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1960 Michael David Morrison, actor (Caleb Snyder-As the World Turns)
  • 1961 Fiona Phillips, British television presenter
  • 1961 Mark Wingett, British actor
  • 1964 DeDee Pfeiffer, actress (Cybill)
  • 1964 Juliana Donald, American actress
  • 1966 Rawley Valberde, Oceanside California, actor (Amado-Santa Barbara)
  • 1967 Juanma Bajo Ulloa, Spanish film director
  • 1968 Miki Higashino, Japanese video game composer (Suikoden series), born in Japan
  • 1969 Morris Chestnut, American actor (Ricky-Boyz n the Hood; The Enemy Within), born in Cerritos, California
  • 1969 Nicolle Dickson, Australian actress
  • 1969 Verne Troyer, American actor (Mini-Me in Austin Powers movies), born in Sturgis, Michigan (d. 2018)
  • 1970 Gabriel Jarret, American actor
  • 1975 Sonali Bendre, Indian model and actress

Chai JingChai Jing (47 years old)

1976 Chinese broadcaster, author and documentary maker (Under the Dome), born in Linfen, Shanxi Province

  • 1976 Georgina Chapman, British fashion designer and actress (Project Runway: All-Stars), born in Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom
  • 1978 Nina Bott, German actress
  • 1981 Eden Riegel, American actress (All My Children), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1981 Jonas Armstrong, Irish-born British actor (Robin Hood), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1983 Ali Bastian, English actress and model
  • 1983 Emi Kobayashi, Japanese model
  • 1986 Vidya Balan, Indian actress

Poppy [Moriah Rose Pereira]Poppy [Moriah Rose Pereira] (28 years old)

1995 American pop singer-songwriter ("Lowlife"; "I Disagree"; "Bloodmoney"), born in Boston, Massachusetts

  • 1998 Marlene Lawston, American child actress

Angourie RiceAngourie Rice (22 years old)

2001 Australian actress (Betty Brant in the Spider-Man franchise; The Nice Guys), born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia