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 Jyoti Prasad Agarwala, Assamese poet, playwright, filmmaker (d. 1953)
  • 1903 Warren Hull, American actor (Strike it Rich, Who in the World), born in Gasport, New York (d. 1974)
  • 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)
  • 1909 Karen Jønsson (née Pedersen), Danish jazz singer, pianist, songwriter, composer, and actress, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1942)
  • 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)

Betty WhiteBetty White (1922-2021)

American Emmy Award-winning comic actress with the longest TV career of a female entertainer (The Mary Tyler Moore Show - "Sue Ann Nivens"; Golden Girls - "Rose"; The Proposal), born in Oak Park Illinois [1]

  • 1923 Carol Raye [Kathleen Corkery], British-born Australian actress (Number 96, Blankety Blanks), born in London, England
  • 1923 Onno Molenkamp, Dutch actor (Lifespan, Broken Mirrors, The Lift), born in Fort de Kock, Dutch East Indies (d. 1990)
  • 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, activist, and actress (Batman - "Catwoman"), born in North, South Carolina (d. 2008)
  • 1927 Michael Herford Wooller, TV/film producer

James Earl JonesJames Earl Jones (91 years old)

1931 American Tony, Emmy, Grammy, and Golden Globe winning actor (The Great White Hope; Star Wars - "voice of Darth Vader"; Field Of Dreams"), born in Arkabutla, Mississippi

  • 1933 Dalida [Yolande Christina Gigliotti], French-Italian actress (The Sixth Day), singer (Bambino), and Miss Egypt 1954, born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 1987)
  • 1933 Shari Lewis [Phyllis Hurwitz], American ventriloquist, puppeteer (Lamb Chop), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1933 Sheree North [Dawn Bethel], American actress (The Mary Tyler Moore Show), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2005)
  • 1934 Donald Cammell, film director
  • 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 Nancy Parsons, American actress, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 2001)
  • 1942 Randy Boone, American actor (Cimarron Strip, Virginian), born in Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • 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 (Taxi - "Latka Gravas"), born in New York City, New York (d. 1984)
  • 1949 Billy T. James [William James Te Wehi Taitoko], New Zealand Maori comedian and singer (The Billy T. James Show), born in Cambridge, New Zealand (d. 1991)
  • 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 Academay Award-winning film composer (The Last Emperor), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1956 Mitch Vogel, American actor (Jamie-Bonanza), born in Alhambra, California
  • 1957 Keith Chegwin, English television presenter & actor, born in Walton, Liverpool (d. 2017)
  • 1957 Steve Harvey, American actor, comedian and radio personality, born in Welch, West Virginia
  • 1959 Momoe Yamaguchi, Japanese singer & actress, born in Ebisu, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1959 Susanna Hoffs, American actress & musician (Bangles-Walk Like an Egyptian), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1960 Chatchai Plengpanich, Thai actor, born in Kanchanaburi, Thailand
  • 1961 Brian Helgeland, American writer & film director, born in Providence, Rhode Island

Jim CarreyJim Carrey (60 years old)

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

  • 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
  • 1980 Kimberly Spicer, American model, born in Detroit, Michigan

Zooey DeschanelZooey Deschanel (42 years old)

1980 American actress (Almost Famous; Elf; New Girl), and singer (She & Him), born in Los Angeles, California

  • 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
  • 1994 Lucy Boynton, British-American actress (The Politician), born in New York City

Jake PaulJake Paul (25 years old)

1997 American YouTube personality, born in Cleveland, Ohio