On This Day

Birthdays in Film & TV on January 7

  • 1873 Adolph Zukor, Hungarian movie producer/director/executive (Paramount)
  • 1896 Arnold Ridley, British actor and dramatist (The Ghost Train, Dad's Army), born in Bath, England (d. 1984)
  • 1898 Art Baker, American TV host (You Asked For It), born in NYC, New York
  • 1899 Kenneth Thomson, American character actor (Broadway Melody, Little Giant), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1967)
  • 1903 Alan Napier, British actor (The Sword in the Stone, Batman), born in Birmingham, England (d. 1988)
  • 1911 Butterfly McQueen [Thelma], American actress (Gone With the Wind, Flame of Barbary Coast), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 1995)
  • 1913 Francis De Wolff, British character actor (A Christmas Carol, From Russia With Love), born in Essex, England (d. 1984)
  • 1913 Shirley Ross [Bernice Maude Gaunt], American actress (Cafe Society, Prison Farm, Waikiki Wedding), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1975)
  • 1920 Vincent Gardenia, Italian-American actor (Bang the Drum Slowly, Moonstruck, Little Shop of Horrors), born in Naples, Italy (d. 1992)

Person of interestWilliam Peter Blatty

1928 William Peter Blatty, American scriptwriter and author of The Exorcist, born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)

Writer & Filmmaker William Peter Blatty
Writer & Filmmaker
William Peter Blatty
  • 1929 Douglas Kiker, NBC newsman (1970 Peabody Award)
  • 1929 Terry Moore [Helen Luella Koford], American actress (Little Sheba), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1933 Elliott Kastner, American film producer (Angel Heart, Where Eagles Dare), born in NYC, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1949 Anne Schedeen, American actress, born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1950 Erin Gray, American actress (Silver Spoons, Buck Rogers), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1950 Johnny Lever [John Prakasa Rao Janumala], Indian Bollywood actor & comedian, born in Prakasam, Andhra Pradesh

  • 1952 Sammo Hung, Hong Kong actor, director and martial artist (Winners and Sinners), born in Hong Kong
  • 1956 David Caruso, American actor (NYPD Blue, Michael Hayes), born in Forest Hills, New York
  • 1957 Katie Couric, American journalist & author (Today), born in Arlington, Virginia
  • 1957 Kristen Meadows, American actress (Santa Barbara), born in Ventura, California
  • 1957 Reena Roy, Hindi Bollywood actress, born in Mumbai, India
  • 1960 David Marciano, American actor (Det Ray Vecchio-Due South), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1960 Tierre Turner, American actor (Waverly Wonders, Cop & the Kid), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1961 Supriya Pathak, Indian actress, born in Mumbai, India
  • 1962 Hallie Todd, American actress (Check is in the Mail), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestNicolas Cage

1964 Nicolas Cage, American actor (Moonstruck, Leaving Las Vegas), born in Long Beach, California

  • 1967 Mark Lamarr, British comedian & broadcaster, born in Swindon, United Kingdom
  • 1967 Irrfan Khan, Indian film producer & actor (Paan Singh Tomar, Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi), born in Jaipur, India
  • 1969 David Yost, American actor & producer, born in Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • 1970 Doug E. Doug [Douglas Bourne], American actor and comedian (Cosby, Operation Dumbo Drop, Jungle Fever), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1971 C.W. Anderson, American professional wrestler, born in Emit, North Carolina
  • 1971 Jeremy Renner, American actor (The Hurt Locker; The Avengers), born in Modesto, California
  • 1976 Vanessa Lorenzo, Spanish fashion model, born in Barcelona
  • 1977 Dustin Diamond, American actor (Saved By Bell - "Screech"), born in San Jose, California (d. 2021)
  • 1977 Michelle Behennah, British model, born in Singapore
  • 1977 John Gidding, American architect & TV host (Designed to Sell), born in Istanbul, Turkey
  • 1979 Bipasha Basu, Indian model, born in New Delhi, India
  • 1979 Mariangel Ruiz, Venezuelan actress & model, born in San Juan de los Morros, Venezuela
  • 1982 Lauren Cohan, English-American actress (The Walking Dead), born in Cherry Hill, New Jersey
  • 1982 Ruth Negga, Irish-Ethiopian actress (Loving), born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • 1988 Haley Bennett, American singer & actress, born in Fort Myers, Florida
  • 1988 Robert Sheehan, Irish actor, born in Port Laoise, Republic of Ireland
  • 1990 Liam Aiken, American actor, born in NYC, New York
  • 1990 Camryn Grimes, American actress, born in Van Nuys, California
  • 1991 Max Morrow, Canadian actor, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1995 Craig Thompson, Irish-English YouTuber (MiniLadd), born in Dubai, United Arab Emirates