Birthdays in Film & TV on January 3

  • 1865 Henry Lytton, British actor and opera singer (The Mikado), born in London, England (d. 1936)
  • 1882 Willem Benoy, Flemish actor and director (Pygmalion), born in Antwerpen, Flanders, Belgium (d. 1939)
  • 1886 Josephine Hull, American Academy award actress (Harvey), born in Newtonville, Massachusetts (d. 1957)
  • 1889 Nicholas Soussanin, Russian-American actor (Last Command, Captain Fury), born in Yalta part of modern day Crimea, Taurida Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1975)

J. R. R. TolkienJ. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973)

British author (The Hobbit; The Lord of the Rings), born in Bloemfontein, South Africa

  • 1892 Kathryn Minner (née White), American character actress (Little Old Lady from Pasadena), born in New York City (d. 1969)
  • 1894 ZaSu Pitts, American actress (Life With Father, Dames, Wedding March), born in Parsons, Kansas (d. 1963)
  • 1897 Marion Davies [Marion Cecelia Douras], American actress (Operator 13), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1961)
  • 1897 Pola Negri [Apolonia Chalupec], Polish-American stage and silent and sound screen actress (Forbidden Paradise; Madame Bovary), and singer, born in Lipno, Kingdom of Poland, Russian Empire (d. 1987)
  • 1900 Dorothy Arnzer, American pioneering Hollywood film director (1st woman to direct a sound film), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1979)
  • 1905 Anna May Wong [Wong Liu-tsong], Chinese-American actress, 1st Asian-American movie star (Shanghai Express; Gallery of Mme Lui-Tsang), and 1st Asian-American on US currency (American Women series quarter, 2022), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1961)

Ray MillandRay Milland (1905-1986)

Welsh actor (Lost Weekend-Academy Award 1945), born in Neath, Wales

Victor BorgeVictor Borge (1909-2000)

Danish-American comedian and pianist, born in Copenhagen, Denmark

  • 1912 Robert Flemyng, British actor (The Deadly Affair, Funny Face), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1995)
  • 1916 Elizabeth "Betty" Furness, American actress, journalist and consumer activist (Dangerous Corner, Studio 1), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1917 Jesse White [Weidenfeld], American character actor (Bedtime for Bonzo; Harvey; Maytag repairman, 1967-88), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1921 John Russell, American actor (Pale Rider, Rio Bravo), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1991)
  • 1922 Bill Travers [William Inge Lindon-Travers], British actor, director, officer and animal rights activist (Born Free, Gorgo), born in Sunderland, England (d. 1994)
  • 1923 Charles 'Bud' Tingwell, Australian actor, pilot and radio announcer, born in Coogee, New South Wales, Australia (d. 2009)
  • 1930 Edward "Eddie" Egan, American actor (The French Connection, Joe Forrester), born in NYC, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1930 Salvatore "Robert" Loggia, American actor (Jagged Edge, Big, Officer & a Gentleman, Scarface), born in Staten Island, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1932 Dabney Coleman, American Emmy Award-winning character actor (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman - "Mayor Jeeter"; 9 to 5; Buffalo Bill; Boardwalk Empire), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1932 Mara Corday [Marilyn Joan Watts], American actress, model and Playboy Playmate (Foxfire, Black Scorpion), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1935 David Vine, British sports broadcaster (BBC Match of the Day, World Snooker C'ships, Olympics coverage), born in Newton Abbot, England (d. 2009)
  • 1935 Jeremy Kemp, British actor (The Winds of War; The Blue Max), born in Chesterfield, England (d. 2019) [some sources give birth date as 3 Feb 1934]
  • 1936 Betty Rollin, actress (Crossing Delancey)/author (Last Wish)
  • 1937 Glen Larson, American television producer & writer (Battlestar Galactica, Magnum PI, & Knight Rider), born in Long Beach, CA, (d. 2014)
  • 1940 Thelma Schoonmaker, actress/editor (Casino, Cape Fear, Good Fellas)
  • 1941 Shima Iwashita, actress (Red Lion, Hara-Kiri, Double Suicide)
  • 1942 John Thaw, British stage and screen actor (Inspector Morse), born in Gorton, Manchester, England (d. 2002)
  • 1950 Victoria Principal, American actress (Earthquake, Pamela-Dallas), born in Fukuoka, Japan
  • 1952 Jim Ross, American pro wrestling announcer (WWE), born in Fort Bragg, California

Mel GibsonMel Gibson (67 years old)

1956 American actor (Mad Max, Mrs Soffel, Lethal Weapon) and filmmaker, born in Peekskill, New York

  • 1957 Frank Dicopoulos, actor (Frank Cooper-Guiding Light), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1958 Shim Hyung-rae, South Korean filmmaker
  • 1960 Sandeep Marwah Founder of Film City, Noida, India
  • 1963 Jerome Young, American pro wrestler (New Jack), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1964 Bruce LaBruce, Canadian filmmaker
  • 1964 Cheryl Miller, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward, coach and broadcaster (Olympic gold 1984; USC; TNT), born in Riverside, California
  • 1968 Shannon Sturges, actress (Savannah)
  • 1970 Christian Duguay, American comic actor
  • 1970 Mahaya Petrosian, Iranian actress
  • 1970 Matt Ross, American actor
  • 1972 Yoon Chan, South Korean actor
  • 1973 Dan Harmon, American voice actor, producer and writer (Rick and Morty, Community), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1975 Danica McKellar, American actress (Wonder Years - "Winnie Cooper"), born in La Jolla, California
  • 1975 Jason Marsden, American actor (General Hospital; Munsters Today; Step By Step), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1976 Alisen Down, Canadian actress
  • 1976 Dinara Drukarova, Russian actress
  • 1976 Nicholas Gonzalez, American actor
  • 1977 Mayumi Iizuka, Japanese voice actress (seiyū)
  • 1978 Dominic Wood, English children's television presenter and magician
  • 1978 Kimberley Locke, American pop-dance singer-songwriter and television personality, born in Hartsville, Tennessee
  • 1978 Park Sol-mi, South Korean actress
  • 1989 Alex D. Linz, American actor, born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1989 Anya Rozova [Anya Kop], Russian American model and America's Next Top Model contestant, born in Leningrad, USSR

Florence PughFlorence Pugh (27 years old)

1996 English actress (Outlaw Kingdom, Little Women), born in Oxford, England