On This Day

Birthdays in Film & TV on January 20

  • 1867 Yvette Guilbert [Emma Laure Esther Guilbert], French singer and actress, born in Paris, France (d. 1944)
  • 1878 Finlay Currie, Scottish actor (Quo Vadis, Ivanhoe, Avengers), born in Edinburgh (d. 1968)
  • 1895 Roscoe Ates, American actor (Freaks, Cimarron, Marshal of Gunsight Pass), born in Grange, Mississippi (d. 1962)
  • 1895 Eva Jessye, American singer, actress, songwriter (Hallelujah) and 1st black woman to receive international distinction as a choral conductor, born in Coffeyville, Kansas (d. 1992)
  • 1896 George Burns [Nathan Birnbaum], American actor, comedian and singer (Oh God, Burns and Allen), born in NYC, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1896 Rolfe Sedan, American actor (Young Frankenstein, Ninotchka, George Burns Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 1982)
  • 1896 Isabel Withers, American actress (Possessed, Lady of Burlesque), born in Frankton, Indiana (d. 1968)
  • 1900 Doris Deane, American actress, born in Wisconsin (d. 1974)
  • 1900 Colin Clive, British actor (Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Mad Love), born in St Malo, France (d. 1937)
  • 1903 Leon Ames, American actor (Mister Ed, Father of the Bride), born in Portland, Indiana (d. 1993)
  • 1907 Paula Wessely, Austrian actress & producer (Masquerade), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 2000)
  • 1910 Abram Hill, African-American playwright & author (American Negro Theater), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1986)
  • 1912 Christopher Casson, Irish-English actor (Zardoz, Educating Rita, The Riordans), born in Manchester, Lancashire, England
  • 1914 Wensley Pithey, South-African actor (Oliver!, The Saint, Little Women), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 1993)
  • 1916 Alex Nicol, American actor (The Screaming Skull, Man From Laramie, Air Cadet), born in Ossining, New York (d. 2001)
  • 1919 Stepan Lucky, Slovak film score composer, born in Ĺ˝ilina, Slovakia (d. 2006)

  • 1920 DeForest Kelley, American actor (Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy-Star Trek), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1999)
  • 1920 Michael Higgins, American actor (Angel Heart, 1918, Wanda, Black Stallion), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2008)

Person of interestFederico Fellini

1920 Federico Fellini, Italian film director & scriptwriter (8 1/2, La Dolce Vita), born in Rimini, Italy (d. 1993)

Film director, Scriptwriter Federico Fellini
Film director, Scriptwriter
Federico Fellini

Person of interestPatricia Neal

1926 Patricia Neal, American actress (Hud, Subject Was Roses) and wife of Roald Dahl, born in Packard, Kentucky (d. 2010)

Actress Patricia Neal
Actress
Patricia Neal
  • 1928 Peter Donat, Canadian-American actor (Flamingo Road, Different Story), born in Kentville, Canada (d. 2018)
  • 1929 Arte Johnson, American comedian (Laugh-in, Don't Call Me Charlie), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2019)
  • 1934 Tom Baker, English actor (fourth Doctor in Doctor Who), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1937 Dorothy Provine, American actress (Good Neighbor Sam, Darn Cat), born in Deadwood, South Dakota
  • 1940 Krishnam Raju, Indian actor & politician, born in Mogalthur, India
  • 1941 Pierre Lalonde, Canadian singer & television host, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2016)
  • 1945 Christopher Martin-Jenkins, British cricket journalist and broadcaster (President MCC; BBC Radio), born in Peterborough, England (d. 2013)
  • 1946 David Lynch, American actor & director (Dune, Eraserhead), born in Missoula, Montana
  • 1950 Liza Goddard, British actress, born in Smethwick, United Kingdom
  • 1955 Wyatt Knight, American actor (d. 2011)

Person of interestBill Maher

1956 Bill Maher, American comedian & political commentator (Real Time with Bill Maher, Politically Incorrect), born in NYC, New York

Political Commentator and Comedian Bill Maher
Political Commentator and Comedian
Bill Maher
  • 1958 Lorenzo Lamas, American actor (Lance-Falcon Crest, California Fever), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1963 James Denton, American actor, born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1964 Victoria Sellers, English actress (Crime Zone, Warlords), born in London, England
  • 1966 Rainn Wilson, American actor (The Office, Juno), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1967 Joe Pasquale, singer and songwriter (Prey)
  • 1967 Stacey Dash, American actress (Dionne-Clueless), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1969 Melissa Rivers, American TV hostess (MTV, CBS Morning News), born in NYC, New York
  • 1970 Skeet Ulrich, American actor (Scream), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • 1970 Mitch Benn, English comedian & musician, born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • 1978 Joy Giovanni, American actress & glamour model, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1979 Will Young, British singer-songwriter & actor, born in Wokingham, United Kingdom
  • 1981 Crystal Lowe, Canadian actress & model, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1983 Paula Taylor, Thai actress & model, born in Bangkok, Thailand
  • 1984 Olivia Hallinan, English actress, born in Hounslow, United Kingdom
  • 1984 Toni Gonzaga, Filipino singer & actress, born in Rizal, Philippines