On This Day

Birthdays in Film & TV on July 12

  • 1880 Tod Browning, American film director (Dracula), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1962)
  • 1883 Joseph Crehan, American actor (The Roaring Twenties, Meeting at Midnight), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1966)
  • 1884 Louis B. Mayer, American film producer and creator of the star system (MGM), born in Minsk, Russian Empire (d. 1957)
  • 1886 Jean Hersholt, Danish actor (Heidi, Greed, Men in White, Aryan), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1956)
  • 1908 Alain Cuny, French actor (La Dolce Vita, Detective, Weite Land, Emmanuelle), born in Saint-Malo, Ille-et-Vilaine, France (d. 1994)

Person of interestMilton Berle

1908 Milton Berle 'Uncle Miltie', 'Mr Television', American comedian and TV host (Texaco Star Theater)n), born in NYC, New York (d. 2002)

Comedian and TV Host Milton Berle
Comedian and TV Host
Milton Berle
  • 1909 Joey Faye, American comedian (Joey Faye's Follies), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1909 "Curly" Joe DeRita, American actor and comedian (The Three Stooges), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1993)
  • 1919 Vera Ralston [Věra Helena Hrubá], Czech figure skater and actress (Dakota, Accused of Murder), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2003)
  • 1920 Keith Andes, American actor (Farmer's Daughter, Away All Boats), born in Ocean City, New Jersey (d. 2005)
  • 1920 Beah Richards, American actress, poet, playwright and author (Roots, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner), born in Vicksburg, Mississippi (d. 2000)
  • 1928 Sir Alastair Burnet [James William Alexander Burnet], British journalist and broadcaster (News at Ten), Born in Sheffield, England (d. 2012)
  • 1928 Kathy Staff [Minnie Higginbottom], British actress (Mary Reilly, Last of the Summer Wine, Open All Hours), born in Dukinfield, Cheshire, England (d. 2008)
  • 1930 Gordon Pinsent, Canadian actor, director, writer, and voice of "Babar the elephant", born in Grand Falls, Newfoundland
  • 1933 Brian Cant, British stage and screen actor and children's television presenter (Play School, 1964-85), born in Ipswich, Suffolk, England (d. 2017)
  • 1936 Jan Nemec, Czech film director (Diamonds of the Night), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2016)

Person of interestBill Cosby

1937 Bill Cosby, American actor and comedian (Cosby Show, I Spy, Leonard Part 6), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Actor/Comedian
Bill Cosby
  • 1938 Ron Fairly, American baseball utility and broadcaster (MLB All Star 1973, 77; LA Dodgers, Montreal Expos; Seattle Mariners), born in Macon, Georgia (d. 2019)
  • 1939 Phillip Adams, Australian humanist and broadcaster (Late Night Live), born in Maryborough, Victoria
  • 1941 Joseph Whipp, American actor (Escape from Alcatraz), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1943 Ernie Anastos, American news anchor (WCBS, WABC), born in Nashua, New Hampshire
  • 1943 Walter Murch, American film editor and sound engineer (Apocalypse Now), born in NYC, New York
  • 1944 Denise Nicholas, American actress (Room 222, Baby I'm Back), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1945 Leopoldo Mastelloni, Italian actor (Inferno), born in Naples, Italy
  • 1946 Sian Barbara Allen, American actress (Scream Pretty Peggy), born in Reading, Pennsylvania
  • 1948 Jay Thomas [Jon Thomas Terrell], American actor and comedian (Cheers, Murphy Brown), born in Kermit, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1951 Cheryl Ladd, American actress (Charlie's Angels, Purple Hearts), born in Huron, South Dakota
  • 1951 Jamey Sheridan, American actor (Another World), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1951 Brian Grazer, American film producer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1956 Mel Harris [Mary Ellen], American actress (Hope-30 Something), born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • 1957 Buddy Foster, American child actor (Hondo, Mayberry RFD), born in Virginia
  • 1958 Tonya Lee Williams, Canadian actress
  • 1958 Michael Robinson, Irish soccer striker (24 caps, Republic of Ireland; Brighton & Hove Albion) and Spanish TV host (Canal+, El día después), born in Leicester, England (d. 2020)
  • 1960 Corynne Charby [Corinne Charbit], French model, actress and pop singer ("Pile ou face" - "Heads Or Tails"), born in Paris, France
  • 1964 Judi Evans Luciano, Montebello, actress (Paulina Cory-Another World)
  • 1964 Gaby Roslin, English television presenter
  • 1965 Eric Cullen, actor (Huntington Tower)
  • 1966 Allegra Curtis, model and daughter of Christine Kaufmann and Tony Curtis, born in London, England
  • 1966 Annabel Croft, English tennis player, broadcaster (Eurosport, Sky Sport, BBC), born in Farnborough, Kent
  • 1967 Richard Herring, English comedian
  • 1970 Jaason Simmons, actor (Baywatch)
  • 1970 Brian Lee Byung-Hun, South Korean actor
  • 1972 Jake Wood, English actor
  • 1974 Gregory Helms, American professional wrestler
  • 1975 Cheyenne Jackson, American stage and screen actor and singer, born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1976 Anna Friel, British actress (Pushing Daisies), born in Rochdale, Greater Manchester
  • 1977 Brock Lesnar, American mixed martial artist and professional wrestler (WWE), born in Webster, South Dakota
  • 1977 Steve Howey, American actor
  • 1978 Claire Chitham, New Zealand actress
  • 1978 Topher Grace, American actor
  • 1978 Michelle Rodriguez, American actress
  • 1980 Johanna Klum, German TV presenter
  • 1985 Natasha Poly, Russian supermodel
  • 1986 Krystal Forscutt, Australian model/reality TV contestant
  • 1991 Erik Per Sullivan, American actor