On This Day

Birthdays in Film & TV on July 21

  • 1863 C Aubrey Smith [Charles], British actor (The Prisoner of Zenda), born in London, England (d. 1948)
  • 1892 Lenore Ulric, American actress (Notorious, Better Woman), born in New Ulm, Minnesota [or 1894]
  • 1895 Ken Maynard, American stuntman and actor (Phantom Rancher, $50,000 Reward), born in Vevay, Indiana (d. 1973)
  • 1901 Allyn Joslyn, American actor (They Won't Forget, Cafe Society), born in Milford, Pennsylvania (d. 1981)
  • 1921 Billy Taylor, American jazz pianist (Birdland), orchestra leader (David Frost Show), and broadcaster (NPR), born in Greenville, North Carolina (d. 2010) [1]
  • 1922 Mollie Sugden, English actress (Are You Being Served?), born in Keighley, Yorkshire (d. 2009)
  • 1923 Henny Alma [Hendrika den Broek], Dutch actress (Soldier of Orange), born in the Hague, Amsterdam (d. 2006)
  • 1924 Don Knotts, American actor (Andy Griffth Show, 3's Company), born in Morgantown, West Virginia (d. 2006)
  • 1925 Al Checco, actor (Extreme Close-up), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1925 Johnny Peirson, Canadian ice hockey right wing (NHL All Star 1950, 51; Boston Bruins) and broadcaster (WBZ and WSBK), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2021)
  • 1926 Paul Burke, American actor (Naked City, Thomas Crown Affair, Neal-Dynasty), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2009)
  • 1926 Queenie Watts [Mary Spenton], British singer and actress (Up the Junction, Holiday on the Buses), born in London, England (d. 1980)
  • 1926 Bill Pertwee, British actor (Dad's Army), born in Amersham, England (d. 2013)
  • 1928 Marcel Gauthier, Canadian wrestler (d. 1998)
  • 1929 Bob Orton, American wrestler (d. 2006)
  • 1942 Patricia Elliott, actress (Renee-Empire, One Life to Live), born in Gunnison Colorado (d. 2015)

  • 1943 David Downing, American actor (Backstairs at the White House), born in NYC, New York
  • 1943 Edward Herrmann, actor (Day of the Dolphin, Reds), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1945 Leigh Lawson, English actress (Fire & Sword, Charlie Boy), born in Atherston, England
  • 1945 Lydia Shum, Hong Kong comedian and actress (d. 2008)
  • 1947 Wendell Burton, actor (Lucas-New Dick Van Dyke Show), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1948 Art Hindle, actor (Jeff-Dallas, Berrengers), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Person of interestRobin Williams

1951 Robin Williams, American actor and comedian (Mork & Mindy, Jumanji, Dead Poets Society, Good Will Hunting), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2014)

Actor and Comedian Robin Williams
Actor and Comedian
Robin Williams
  • 1953 Jeff Fatt, Chinese Australian actor
  • 1957 Jon Lovitz, American actor (SNL: League of Their Own: The Critic), born in Tarzana, California
  • 1960 Lance Guest, American actor (Lance-Lou Grant), born in Saratoga, California
  • 1960 Matt Mulhern, American actor (Biloxi Blues), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1962 Ike Eisenmann, actor (Scott-Fantastic Journey), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1963 Paulo Silva, Brazilian mixed martial artist and professional wrestler
  • 1964 Susan Swift, actress (Chisholms), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1966 Arija Bareikis, American actress
  • 1970 Shawn Stasiak, American professional wrestler
  • 1971 Charlotte Gainsbourg, French-British actress (La Bûche, Antichrist), born in London
  • 1971 Nuno Markl, Portuguese comedian and radio host
  • 1972 Shinjiro Otani, Japanese wrestler (NJPW), born in Yamaguchi, Japan

Person of interestAli Landry

1973 Ali Landry, American actress and pageant winner (Miss USA 1996), born in Cecilia, Louisiana

Actress and Beauty Queen Ali Landry
Actress and Beauty Queen
Ali Landry
  • 1977 Sarah Biasini, daughter of actress Romy Schneider
  • 1977 Jaime Murray, British actress (Hutle), born in London, England
  • 1978 Justin Bartha, American actor (National Treasure films), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1978 Josh Hartnett, American actor and movie producer, born in St. Paul, Minnesota
  • 1980 Lee Camp, American comedian (Redacted Tonight with Lee Camp), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1981 Chrishell Stause, American actress, born in Draffenville, Kentucky
  • 1981 Blake Lewis, American musician (American Idol), born in Redmond, Washington
  • 1981 Paloma Faith, English singer, songwriter and actress, born in Hackney, London, England
  • 1987 AnnaLynne McCord, American actress (Nip, Tuck), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1989 Rory Culkin, American actor (Signs), born in New York City