On This Day

Birthdays in Film & TV on January 17

  • 1834 Wilhelmina Albregt-Engelman, Dutch actress, daughter of Mimi Bia, born in Amsterdam (d. 1902)
  • 1867 Carl Laemmle, German-born film executive (d. 1939)
  • 1878 Oscar Apfel, American actor (The Squaw Man, Inspiration, Before Dawn), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1938)
  • 1882 Noah Beery, American character actor (Story of Esther, The Mark of Zorro), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1946)
  • 1891 Marjorie Gateson, American actress (One Man's Family), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1977)
  • 1897 Nils Asther, Swedish actor (Bluebeard, Night Monster), born in Malmö, Sweden (d. 1981)
  • 1903 Warren Hull, American actor (Strike it Rich, Who in the World), born in Gasport, New York (d. 1974)
  • 1903 Jyoti Prasad Agarwala, Assamese poet, playwright, filmmaker (d. 1953)
  • 1904 Patsy Ruth Miller, American actress (Quebec, Wide Open, Sap, Twin Beds), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1995)
  • 1905 Grant Withers, American actor (Rio Grande, Oklahoma, Annie), born in Pueblo, Colorado (d. 1959)
  • 1917 M. G. Ramachandran, Indian actor & politician, born in Kandy, Sri Lanka (d. 1987)
  • 1921 Dehl Berti, Chiricahua Apache actor (Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Guns of Paradise), born in Pueblo, Colorado (d. 1991)

Person of interestBetty White

1922 Betty White [Ludden], American actress and comedian with the longest TV career of a female entertainer (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Golden Girls), born in Oak Park Illinois

Actress and Comedian Betty White
Actress and Comedian
Betty White
  • 1923 Onno Molenkamp, Dutch actor (Lifespan, Broken Mirrors, The Lift), born in Fort de Kock, Dutch East Indies (d. 1990)
  • 1923 Carol Raye [Kathleen Corkery], British-born Australian actress (Number 96, Blankety Blanks), born in London, England
  • 1926 Moira Shearer, Scottish actress and ballerina (Red Shoes), born in Dunfermline Scotland (d. 2006)

  • 1926 Richard Michael Hills, comedy script writer
  • 1927 Eartha Kitt, American singer (Santa Baby), dancer, comedian, actress and activist (Catwoman-Batman), born in North, South Carolina (d. 2008)
  • 1927 Michael Herford Wooller, TV/film producer
  • 1931 James Earl Jones, American actor (Darth Vader, Exorcist II, Soul Man), born in Arkabutla, Mississippi
  • 1933 Dalida, Egyptian actress and singer, Miss Egypt (The 6th Day)
  • 1933 Sheree North [Dawn Bethel], American actress (The Mary Tyler Moore Show), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2005)
  • 1934 Donald Cammell, film director
  • 1934 Shari Lewis, American ventriloquist, puppeteer (Lamb Chop), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1936 Jerry Fogel, actor (Jerry-Mothers-in-Law, White Shadow), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1939 Maury Povich, TV host (Current Affair, Maury)/Mr Connie Chung
  • 1942 Randy Boone, American actor (Cimarron Strip, Virginian), born in Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • 1942 Nancy Parsons, American actress, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 2001)
  • 1943 Geoffrey Deuel, American actor, born in Lockport, New York
  • 1946 Michèle Deslauriers, Quebec actress, born in Quebec, Canada
  • 1947 Jane Elliot, American actress (Baby Boom, Gen Hospital, Knots Landing), born in New York City, New York
  • 1947 Todd Susman, American actor (Goodnight Beantown), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1949 Andy Kaufman, American comedian & actor (Latka Gravas-Taxi), born in New York City, New York (d. 1984)
  • 1949 Debbie Watson, American actress (Karen, Tammy), born in La Mirada California,
  • 1952 Larry Fortensky, former husband of actress Elizabeth Taylor (7th), born in Stanton, California (d. 2016)
  • 1952 Ryuichi Sakamoto, Japanese musician (Yellow Magic Orchestra) and film composer (Academy Award 1988 for score to The Last Emperor), born in Tokyo, Japan

  • 1956 Mitch Vogel, American actor (Jamie-Bonanza), born in Alhambra, California
  • 1957 Steve Harvey, American actor, comedian and radio personality, born in Welch, West Virginia
  • 1957 Keith Chegwin, English television presenter & actor, born in Walton, Liverpool (d. 2017)
  • 1959 Susanna Hoffs, American actress & musician (Bangles-Walk Like an Egyptian), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1959 Momoe Yamaguchi, Japanese singer & actress, born in Ebisu, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1960 Chatchai Plengpanich, Thai actor, born in Kanchanaburi, Thailand
  • 1961 Brian Helgeland, American writer & film director, born in Providence, Rhode Island

Person of interestJim Carrey

1962 Jim Carrey, Canadian-American actor (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Dumb & Dumber, The Mask), born in Ontario Canada

Actor and Comedian Jim Carrey
Actor and Comedian
Jim Carrey
  • 1967 Song Kang-ho, South Korean actor, born in Busan, South Korea
  • 1969 Naveen Andrews, British actor, born in Lambeth, London
  • 1970 Genndy Tartakovsky, Russian-born animator, born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1971 Kid Rock [Robert James Ritchie], American rapper, songwriter, musician and actor (Devil Without a Cause), born in Romeo, Michigan
  • 1971 Youki Kudoh, Japanese actress, born in Hachioji, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1972 Benno Fürmann, German actor, born in Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
  • 1974 Annemarie Jacir, Palestinian filmmaker and poet, born in Bethlehem, Palestine
  • 1975 Freddy Rodriguez, Puerto Rican-American actor, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1977 Kevin Thorn, American professional wrestler, born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1977 Leigh Whannell, Australian screenwriter & actor, born in Melbourne, Australia

Person of interestZooey Deschanel

1980 Zooey Deschanel, American actress (Almost Famous, New Girl), born in Los Angeles, California

  • 1980 Kimberly Spicer, American model, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1981 Ray J [William Ray Norwood Jr.], American singer and actor (Everything You Want), born in McComb, Mississippi
  • 1981 Scott Mechlowicz, American actor, born in New York
  • 1983 Andrea Lowell, American model, born in Long Beach, California
  • 1985 Kangin [Kim Young-woon], South Korean singer, dancer, actor and DJ (Super Junior), born in Seoul, South Korea

Person of interestJake Paul

1997 Jake Paul, American YouTube personality, born in Cleveland, Ohio

YouTube Star and Actor Jake Paul
YouTube Star and Actor
Jake Paul