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 (The Adventures of Superman - "Perry White"), born in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1958)
  • 1890 Karl Freund, German cinematographer and film director (Dracula; I Love Lucy; The Mummy), born in Dvůr Králové (Königinhof), Bohemia, Austria-Hungarian Empire (d. 1969)
  • 1890 Lloyd Bacon, American actor (Charlie Chaplin), born in San Jose, California (d. 1955)
  • 1896 Ruth Rose, American screenwriter (d. 1978)
  • 1898 Irving Rapper, UK-US film director (d. 1999)
  • 1898 Margaret Booth, American film editor (d. 2002)
  • 1903 Peter Brocco, American actor blacklisted in the 1950's (Spartacus: One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest), born in Reading, Pennsylvania (d. 1992)
  • 1905 Ernesto Halffter, Spanish classical and film score composer (Rapsodia portuguesa; Don Quixote de la Mancha), and conductor, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1989)
  • 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)

Ethel Merman (1908-1984)

American Tony and Grammy Award-winning stage and screen singer ("There's No Business Like Show Business"), and actress (It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World), born in Astoria, New York City

  • 1917 William "Buddy" Lester, American comedian and actor (Barney Miller, Phil Silvers Show), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2002)
  • 1918 Stirling Silliphant, American screenwriter (In the Heat of the Night, Perry Mason), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1996)
  • 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)

Susan Sontag (1933-2004)

American writer, philosopher and political activist (The Benefactor), born in NYC, New York

  • 1936 Michael White, British theater & film producer (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), born in Glasgow (d. 2016)
  • 1937 Bob Bogle, American surf rock bassist and guitarist (Ventures - "Walk, Don't Run"), born in Wagoner, Oklahoma (d. 2009)
  • 1937 Lorraine Bayly, Australian actress, born in Narrandera, Australia
  • 1938 Jô Soares, Brazilian author, musician and TV personality, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1938 Michael Pataki, American actor (Get Christie Love), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 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 and actress (Falstaff, Otello, Turandot), born in Rovigo, Italy
  • 1947 Juliet Berto, French actress (Le Sex Shop), born in Grenoble France (d. 1990)

John Carpenter (75 years old)

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

  • 1949 Caroline Munro, British actress (Golden Voyage of Sinbad; Hammer Horror films), and singer ("Tar and Cement"; "Pump Me Up"), born Windsor, England
  • 1950 Debbie Allen, American dancer, choreographer, actress (Fame -"Lydia"), producer, and director (A Different World), 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), and film producer, born in New York City
  • 1972 Dameon Clarke, Canadian actor (How to Be a Serial Killer), born in Mississauga, Ontario
  • 1972 Greg Page, Australian musician and actor (The Wiggles), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1972 Richard T. Jones, American actor (Judging Amy; The Rookie), born in Kobe, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan
  • 1973 Josie Davis, American actress (Sarah-Charles in Charge, Two and a Half Men), born in Los Angeles, California

Kate Moss (49 years old)

1974 English model, born in Croydon, England

  • 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 Alyssa Edwards [Justin Johnson], American drag performer, choreographer, TV personality and businessperson (Beyond Belief Dance Company), born in Mesquite, Texas

Lin-Manuel Miranda (43 years old)

1980 American composer and playwright (In The Heights; Hamilton), born in New York City

  • 1980 Michelle Wild, Hungarian model, born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 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
  • 1996 Jennie Kim, South Korean singer and actress (Blackpink), born in Seoul, South Korea