On This Day

Birthdays in Film & TV on January 16

  • 1853 Johnston Forbes-Robertson, British actor and theatre director (Kathleen), born in London, England (d. 1937)
  • 1864 Frank Bacon, American playwright, actor and author (Lightnin'), born near Yuba City, California (d. 1922)
  • 1872 Edward Gordon Craig, British modernist actor, director and theorist (On the art of theatre), born in Stevenage Hertfordshire, England (d. 1966)
  • 1878 Harry Carey [Henry DeWitt Carey II], American actor (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Red River), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1947)
  • 1887 John Hamilton, American actor (Superman), born in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1958)
  • 1890 Karl Freund, Czech/Austrian cameraman/director
  • 1890 Lloyd Bacon, American actor (Charlie Chaplin), born in San Jose, California (d. 1955)
  • 1896 Ruth Rose, American screenwriter (d. 1978)
  • 1898 Margaret Booth, American film editor (d. 2002)
  • 1898 Irving Rapper, UK-US film director (d. 1999)
  • 1906 Diana Wynyard, British actress (Cavalcade), born in London, England (d. 1964)
  • 1907 Alexander Knox, Canadian actor and author (Gorky Park, 2 of a Kind), born in Strathroy, Ontario, Canada (d. 1995)
  • 1908 Ethel Merman, American stage and screen actress (Anything Goes, Call Me Madam), born in Queens, New York (d. 1984)
  • 1917 William "Buddy" Lester, American comedian and actor (Barney Miller, Phil Silvers Show), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2002)
  • 1918 Stirling Silliphant, screenwriter
  • 1920 Edgeworth Blair "Elliott" Reid, American actor (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)

  • 1923 Gene Feist, American actor, playwright, producer and co-founder of Roundabout Theater Company, born in New York (d. 2014)
  • 1924 Katy Jurado, Mexican actress, 1st Latin actress to win a Golden Globe (High Noon, Broken Lance), born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico (d. 2002)
  • 1931 Vladimír Škutina, Czechoslovakian writer and actor (Hvezda jede na jih), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 1995)

Person of interestSusan Sontag

1933 Susan Sontag, American author & film director (Benefactor, 1966 Pol Award), born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)

Author Susan Sontag
Author
Susan Sontag
  • 1936 Michael White, British theater & film producer (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), born in Glasgow (d. 2016)
  • 1937 Bob Bogle, American bassist & guitarist (Ventures-Batman Theme), born in Wagoner, Oklahoma (d. 2009)
  • 1937 Lorraine Bayly, Australian actress, born in Narrandera, Australia
  • 1938 Michael Pataki, American actor (Get Christie Love), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1938 Jô Soares, Brazilian author, musician and TV personality, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1941 Richard Bohringer, French actor (Diva, I Married a Shadow), born in Paris, France
  • 1942 René Angélil, Canadian music executive, actor and director (Omertà, L'apparition), and husband of Céline Dion, born in Montréal, Québec (d .2016)
  • 1945 Kabir Bedi, Pakistani actor (Thief of Baghdad, Terminal Entry), born in Lahore, Pakistan
  • 1946 Katia Ricclarelli, Italian soprano & actress (Falstaff, Otello, Turandot), born in Rovigo, Italy
  • 1947 Juliet Berto, French actress (Le Sex Shop), born in Grenoble France (d. 1990)

Person of interestJohn Carpenter

1948 John Carpenter, American film director (Halloween, The Thing), born in Carthage, New York

Horror film director John Carpenter
Horror film director
John Carpenter
  • 1949 Caroline Munro, English actress & model (The Spy Who Loved Me, Maniac), born in Windsor, Berkshire
  • 1950 Debbie Allen, American dancer/actress (3 Girls 3, Lydia-Fame), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1950 Jesse Dizon, American actor, born in Oceanside, California
  • 1956 Jennifer Dale, Canadian actress, born in Toronto, Canada
  • 1957 Ricardo Darin, Argentine director and actor (The Secret in Their Eyes), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • 1963 James May, English television presenter, born in Bristol, United Kingdom
  • 1968 David Chokachi, American actor (Baywatch), born in Plymouth, Massachusetts
  • 1971 Josh Evans, American actor (Ricochett, The Doors), born in New York
  • 1972 Dameon Clarke, Canadian actor, born in Mississauga, Canada
  • 1972 Richard T. Jones, American actor, born in Kobe, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan
  • 1972 Greg Page, Australian musician and actor, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1973 Josie Davis, American actress (Sarah-Charles in Charge) [or Jun 19], born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1973 Josie Davis, American actress (Two and a Half Men, Sonny), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestKate Moss

1974 Kate Moss, English model, born in Croydon, England

Supermodel Kate Moss
Supermodel
Kate Moss
  • 1975 Gillian Iliana Waters, American actress, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1979 Aaliyah [Haughton], American singer and actress, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2001)
  • 1980 Michelle Wild, Hungarian model, born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1980 Alyssa Edwards [Justin Johnson], American drag performer, choreographer, TV personality and businessperson (Beyond Belief Dance Company), born in Mesquite, Texas
  • 1982 Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Danish actress (Borgen, Pitch Perfect 2), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1986 Mason Gamble, American actor (Dennis the Menace), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1987 Lauren McAvoy, British fashion model, born in Wickford, United Kingdom