On This Day

Birthdays in Film & TV on July 17

  • 1883 Mauritz Stiller [Moshe Stiller], Swedish actor and director (The Saga of Gösta Berling, Erotikon), born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 1928)
  • 1892 Mary Clare, British actress (Evil Mind, Young & Innocent), born in London, England (d. 1970)
  • 1898 Osmond Borradaile, Canadian cinematographer (d. 1999)

Person of interestJames Cagney

1899 James Cagney, American actor (Yankee Doodle Dandy), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)

  • 1905 "Bill" William Gargan, American actor (The Bells of St. Mary's, You Only Live Once), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1979)
  • 1906 John Carroll [Julian LaFaye], American actor (Flying Tigers, Go West), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1979)
  • 1912 Art Linkletter, Saskatchewan Canada, TV host (People are Funny)
  • 1914 Lucille Benson, American actress (Halloween II, 1941, Bosom Buddies), born in Scottsboro, Alabama (d. 1984)
  • 1915 Catherine "Cass" Daley, American actress (Star Spangled Rhythm, Red Garters), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1975)

Person of interestPhyllis Diller

1917 Phyllis Diller, American comedienne and actress (Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number), born in Lima, Ohio (d. 2012)

Comedienne and Actress Phyllis Diller
Comedienne and Actress
Phyllis Diller
  • 1920 Bill Monroe, American newscaster (NBC-TV, Congressional Report), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1920 Helen Walker, American actress (Brewster's Million, Lucky Jordan), born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1968)
  • 1920 Esperanza Baur, Mexican film actress, and John Wayne's second wife, born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 1961)
  • 1921 Acquanetta [Mildred Davenport], American actress nicknamed "The Venezuelan Volcano" (Tarzan & Leopard Woman), born in Newberry, South Carolina (d. 2004)
  • 1921 František Zvarík, Slovakian stage actor (Slovak National Theatre), born in Vrútky, Slovakia (d. 2008)
  • 1926 Édouard Carpentier, French-born professional wrestler

  • 1926 Charles Champlin, American film critic and writer
  • 1932 Wojciech Kilar, Polish classical (Missa Pro Pace), and film score composer (Bram Stoker's Dracula; The Pianist), born in Lwów, Second Polish Republic (now Ukraine) (d. 2013)
  • 1932 Johnny Kerr, American basketball forward (NBA All Star 1956, 59, 63; Syracuse Nats/Philadelphia 76ers), coach (Chicago Bulls, Phoenix Suns) and broadcaster (Chicago Bulls), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2009)
  • 1932 Quino [Joaquín Salvador Lavado Tejón], Argentine cartoonist (Mafalda), born in Mendoza, Argentina (d. 2020)
  • 1933 Bruce Wells, English boxer (European amateur light middleweight champion 1953) & actor (Dr. Who 1965-73), born in Harlesden, Middlesex (d.2009)
  • 1934 Pat McCormick, comedian (Don Rickles Show)
  • 1935 Donald Sutherland, St John New Brunswick, Canadian actor (M*A*S*H, Body Snatchers)
  • 1935 Diahann Carroll, American actress (Julia, Claudine, Dominique-Dynasty), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2019)
  • 1937 Elmer Fudd [originally Egghead], Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Tex Avery and Chuck Jones (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debut as Egghead in "Egghead Rides Again"
  • 1939 Andrée Champagne, French Canadian actress and politician, born in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec
  • 1940 Phyllis Davis, Port Arthur Tx, actress (Love American Style, Vega$)
  • 1940 Tim Brooke-Taylor, English comedian (The Goodies), born in Buxton, England (d. 2020)
  • 1944 Catherine Schell [Katherina Freiin Schell von Bauschlott], Hungarian-born British actress (two Pink Panther films), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1945 Fenneken Fockema Andreae, Dutch actress (Sea Gull)
  • 1946 Alun Armstrong, English actor (New Tricks), born in Anfield Plain, County Durham
  • 1950 Derek de Lint, Dutch actor, born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1950 P.J. Soles, German-born American actress, born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1951 Lucie Arnaz, American actress and singer (Here's Lucy-Kim: The Jazz Singer), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestDavid Hasselhoff

1952 David Hasselhoff, American actor (Night Rider, Mitch-Baywatch), born in Baltimore, Maryland

  • 1954 J. Michael Straczynski, American television screenwriter, producer, comic book writer and director (Babylon 5, Jeremiah, Changeling), born in Paterson, New Jersey

  • 1956 Robert Romanus, American actor, born in West Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1958 Wong Kar-wai, Chinese film director (In the Mood for Love), born in Shanghai, China
  • 1960 Nancy Giles, American actress (Connie-Delta, Off Beat, Big, Angie), born in New York City, New York
  • 1960 Robin Shou, Hong Kong Chinese-American martial arts actor (Mortal Kombat, Beverly Hills Ninja), born in British Hong Kong
  • 1960 Mark Burnett, British television producer, born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1961 Jonathan Potts, Canadian actor, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1962 Bill Sage, American actor, born in New York
  • 1963 Denise Miller, American actress (Billie-Archie Bunker's Place), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1963 John Ventimiglia, American actor (The Sopranos), born in Queens, New York
  • 1964 Heather Langenkamp, American actress (Marie-Just the 10 of Us), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1965 Alex Winter, English actor (Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure), born in London, England
  • 1965 Santiago Segura, Spanish film director and actor, born in Carabanchel, Spain
  • 1968 Beth Littleford, American comedian, born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1968 Bitty Schram, American actress, born in New York
  • 1973 Liam Kyle Sullivan, American comedian and actor, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1975 Elena Anaya, Spanish actress, born in Palencia, Spain
  • 1975 Cécile de France, Belgian actress, born in Namur, Belgium
  • 1975 Konnie Huq, English television presenter, born in Hammersmith, London
  • 1976 Dagmara Dominczyk, Polish actress, born in Kielce, Poland
  • 1976 Eric Winter, American actor, born in La Mirada, California
  • 1976 Matthew Holmes, Australian actor, born in Albury, Australia
  • 1978 Mike Hettinga, American professional wrestler, born in San Bernardino, California
  • 1978 Katharine Towne, American actress, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1979 Mike Vogel, American actor (Under the Dome), born in Abington Township, Pennsylvania
  • 1983 Brooke Kinsella, British actress (Eastenders), born in London, England
  • 1983 Sarah Jones, American actress, born in Winter Springs, Florida
  • 1986 Dana, Korean singer and actress (TSZX), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 1988 Summer Bishil, American actress, born in Pasadena, California
  • 1989 Josie Loren Lopez, American actress (17 Again, Make It or Break It), born in Miami, Florida