Birthdays in Film & TV on January 1

  • 1867 Lew Fields, comedian (of Weber & Fields)
  • 1868 Snitz Edwards, Hungarian actor (College, Phantom of the Opera), born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1937)
  • 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 Florence Lawrence, Canadian silent screen actress (Confidence), born in Hamilton, Ontario (d. 1938)
  • 1890 Alice Tissot, French actress (Italian Straw Hat), born in Paris, France (d. 1971)
  • 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 V Kuleshov, Russian director/theorist (Po Zakonu)
  • 1905 Kamatari Fujiwara, Japanese actor (Seven Samurai, The Hidden Fortress, Yojimbo), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1985)
  • 1909 Dana Andrews, American actor (Battle of the Bulge, Laura), born in Covington County, Mississippi (d. 1992)
  • 1910 Russell "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)
  • 1923 Barbara Baxley, American actress and singer (Norma Rae, Countdown), 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 Valentina Cortesa, Italian actress (Day for Night, Kidnap Syndicate), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1925 Matthew "Stymie" Beard, American actor (d. 1981)
  • 1925 Raymond Pellegrin, French actor
  • 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 Ty Hardin [Orison Hungerford Jr.], American actor (Riptide, Bronco), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1930 Frederick Wiseman, documentary filmmaker, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1933 Joe Orton, English actor and dramatist (Prick Up Your Ears), (d. 1967)
  • 1933 Norman Yemm, Australian actor
  • 1938 Frank Langella, Bayonne, New Jersey, American actor (Dracula, Frost/Nixon)
  • 1939 Michèle Mercier, French actress
  • 1944 Don Novello, American actor and comedian (Father Guido Sarducci-Saturday Night Live), born in Ashtabula, Ohio
  • 1944 Jimmy Hart, American wrestling manager
  • 1951 Nana Patekar, Indian Bollywood actor, writer, philanthropist and filmmaker (Parinda, Angaar), born in Murud-Janjira, Bombay State
  • 1956 Kôji Yakusho, Japanese actor

Person of interestChristine Lagarde

1956 Christine Lagarde, French lawyer and politician, 1st female head of the IMF, born in Paris

Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde
Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
Christine Lagarde
  • 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
  • 1969 Morris Chestnut, actor (Boyz N the Hood)
  • 1969 Verne Troyer, American actor (Mini-Me in Austin Powers movies), born in Sturgis, Michigan
  • 1969 Nicolle Dickson, Australian actress
  • 1970 Gabriel Jarret, American actor
  • 1971 Sammie Henson, American wrestler
  • 1975 Sonali Bendre, Indian model and actress
  • 1976 Georgina Chapman, British fashion designer and actress

Person of interestChai Jing

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

Journalist and Environmental Activist Chai Jing
Journalist and Environmental Activist
Chai Jing
  • 1978 Nina Bott, German actress
  • 1980 Elin Nordegren, Swedish model
  • 1981 Jonas Armstrong, Irish actor
  • 1981 Eden Riegel, American actress ( All My Children), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1983 Ali Bastian, English actress and model
  • 1983 Emi Kobayashi, Japanese model
  • 1986 Vidya Balan, Indian actress
  • 1991 Kathleen Herles, American voice actor
  • 1996 Mary Gibbs, American child actress
  • 1998 Marlene Lawston, American child actress