Birthdays in Film & TV on January 8

  • 1814 Johannes Kneppelhout, Dutch writer, born in Leiden, Netherlands (d. 1885)
  • 1888 Matt Moore, Irish-American actor and director (Coquette, Deluge), born in Kells, County Meath Ireland (d. 1960)
  • 1891 Alexander Gray, American actor (Sally, This is Music), born in Wrightsville, Pennsylvania (d. 1976)
  • 1903 Gene Roth [Eugene Stutenroth], American actor (She Demons, Tormented, The Spider), born in Redfield, South Dakota (d. 1976)
  • 1908 "Fearless" Nadia [Mary Ann Evans], Australian actress (Hunterwali), born in Perth, Western Australia (d. 1996)
  • 1908 William Hartnell, English actor (first Doctor in Doctor Who, Jackpot), born in London (d. 1975)
  • 1909 Willy Millowitsch, German actor (National Lampoon's European Vacation), born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1999)
  • 1910 Richard Cromwell [LeRoy Melvin Radabaugh], American actor (Jezebel, Riot Squad), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1960)
  • 1911 "Gypsy" Rose Lee [Hovick], American burlesque actress (Gypsy), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1970)

José FerrerJosé Ferrer (1912-1992)

Puerto Rican actor and director (Blood Tide, Dune), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico

  • 1917 Stanley Prager, American comedian (College Bowl), born in NYC, New York (d. 1972)
  • 1920 Douglas Wilmer, British actor (Sherlock Holmes, Octopussy, El Cid), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1923 Giorgio Tozzi, American operatic bass (dubbed vocals of Emile de Becque for "South Pacific" film), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2011)
  • 1923 Larry Storch, American stage and screen comic and character actor (F Troop - "Cpl. Agarn"; Tennessee Tuxedo - "Prof. Whoopee"), born in NYC, New York (d. 2022)
  • 1924 Ron Moody [Moodnick], British composer, singer and actor (12 Chairs, Oliver!), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • 1926 Soupy Sales [Milton Supman], American comedian, television, and radio personality, born in Franklinton, North Carolina (d. 2009)
  • 1928 May Wynn [Donna Lee Hickey], American actress (Caine Mutiny, Noah's Ark), born in NYC, New York
  • 1928 Sander Vanocur, American journalist (NBC Weekend News), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1929 Saeed Jaffrey, Indian actor (The Chess Players, Gandhi), born in Punjab, India (d. 2015)

Roberto Suárez GómezRoberto Suárez Gómez (1932-2000)

Bolivian drug lord called the "King of Cocaine" whose story was the basis of the movie "Scarface", born in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia

  • 1933 Charles Osgood, American news anchor (CBS Weekend News), born in NYC, New York
  • 1934 Roy Kinnear, English character actor (TW3, Help!, The 3 Musketeers), born in Wigan, United Kingdom (d. 1988)

Elvis PresleyElvis Presley (1935-1977)

American King of Rock and Roll ("Hound Dog"; "Love Me Tender"; "Heartbreak Hotel"; "Suspicious Minds"), and actor (Jailhouse Rock; King Creole), born in Tupelo Mississippi

  • 1935 Nolan Miller, American fashion & jewellery designer (Dynasty, Love Boat), born in Burkburnett, Texas (d. 2012)
  • 1938 Bob Eubanks, American DJ & television personality (Newlywed Game), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1941 Graham Chapman, English comedian (Monty Python's Flying Circus), born in Leicester, England (d. 1989)
  • 1942 Yvette Mimieux, American actress (Time Machine; Where the Boys Are; Light in the Piazza), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2022)
  • 1946 Kathleen Noone [O'Meara], American actress (All My Children, Party of 5, Knots Landing), born in Hillsdale, New Jersey
  • 1948 Gillies Mackinnon, Scottish film director & writer (Playboys), born in Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • 1951 John McTiernan, American actor (Predator, Die Hard, Medicine Man), born in Albany, New York
  • 1952 Lauri Walters, American actress (8 is Enough, Harrad Experiment), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1957 Ron Cephas Jones, American actor (This is Us), born in Patterson, New Jersey
  • 1958 Rey Misterio Sr., Mexican wrestler, born in Tijuana, Mexico
  • 1965 Michelle Forbes [Guajardo], American actress (True Blood, Guiding Light, Star Trek: The Next Generation), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1966 Loretta Lee [Lee Lai Chan], Chinese actress (Happy Ghost), born in British Hong Kong
  • 1966 Maria Pitillo, American actress (Ryan's Hope, Natural Born Killers), born in Elmira, New York
  • 1968 Ami Dolenz, American actress (General Hospital, Can't Buy Me Love), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1971 Brook Lee, American actress & model (Miss Hawaii 1997, Miss USA 1997, Miss Universe 1997), born in Pearl City, Hawaii
  • 1976 Jenny Lewis, American actress (Becky-Life With Lucy), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1977 Amber Benson, American actress, born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1977 Lee Yoo-jin, Korean actress, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 1977 Ron Pederson, Canadian actor, born in Edmonton, Canada
  • 1977 Ryan Frances, American actor (Trevor-Sisters), born in Los Angeles County, California
  • 1979 Sarah Polley, Canadian actress (Sweet Hereafter), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1980 Rachel Nichols, American actress, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1982 Gaby Hoffman, American film actress (Field of Dreams, Uncle Buck, Now & Then), born in NYC, New York
  • 1983 Chris Mordetzky, American wrestler, born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1983 Felipe Colombo, Argentine-Mexican pop-rock singer (Erreway), and actor, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1986 Jaclyn Linetsky, Canadian actress (Caillou; 15/Love), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2003)

Cynthia ErivoCynthia Erivo (35 years old)

1987 British Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award-winning stage and screen actress (The Color Purple; Harriet) and singer-songwriter ("Stand Up"), born in London, England