On This Day

Birthdays in Film & TV on July 22

  • 1889 James Whale, English film director (Frankenstein, Show Boat), born in Dudley, England (d. 1957)
  • 1922 Dan Rowan [Daniel Hale Rowan], American comedian (Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In), born in Beggs, Oklahoma (d. 1987)
  • 1923 Lillian Ellison, American professional wrestler (d. 2007)
  • 1923 The Fabulous Moolah [Mary Lillian Ellison], American pro wrestler (World Champion 1956-83), born in Kershaw County, South Carolina (d. 2007)
  • 1926 Bryan Forbes, director and producer (Endless Games, King Rat), (d. 2013)
  • 1928 Orson Bean, American actor and comedian (To Tell the Truth), born in Burlington, Vermont (d. 2020)
  • 1929 Vivien Merchant [Ada Thompson], British actress (Alfie, The Homecoming, The Offence), born in Manchester, England (d. 1982)
  • 1930 Marcia Henderson, American actress (Kathleen-Aldrich Family, Peter Pan), born in Andover, Massachusetts (d. 1987)
  • 1931 Perry Lopez, American actor (Chinatown, Death Wish 4), born in NYC, New York (d. 2008)

Person of interestLouise Fletcher

1934 Louise Fletcher, actress (One Flew over Cuckoo's Nest), born in Birmingham, Alabama

  • 1937 Yasuhiro Kojima, Japanese professional wrestler (d. 1999)
  • 1938 Terence Stamp, English actor (The Collector, Billy Budd), born in London, England
  • 1939 Gila Almagor, Israeli actress

Person of interestAlex Trebek

1940 Alex Trebek, Canadian-American TV game host (High Rollers, Jeopardy), born in Sudbury, Ontario

Host of Jeopardy! Alex Trebek
Host of Jeopardy!
Alex Trebek
  • 1940 Stan Ross, American actor, born in NYC, New York
  • 1943 Bobby Sherman [Robert Cabot Sherman Jr.], American actor/singer (Here Comes the Brides), born in Santa Monica, California

  • 1944 Guich Koock, actor (Harley Puckett-Carter Country), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1946 Steve Friedman, TV news executive/actor (American Anthem)

Person of interestDanny Glover

1946 Danny Glover, American actor and activist (Lethal Weapon, The Color Purple), born in San Francisco, California

Actor and Activist Danny Glover
Actor and Activist
Danny Glover
  • 1947 Albert Brooks, comedian (Broadcast News, Lost in America), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1948 Otto Waalkes, German comedian

Person of interestAlan Menken

1949 Alan Menken, American Disney composer (Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast - 8 Oscars), born in New Rochelle, New York

Disney Composer Alan Menken
Disney Composer
Alan Menken
  • 1951 Tisa Farrow, actress (Zombie, Fingers, Grim Reaper), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1953 Sylvia Chang, Taiwanese actress
  • 1954 Pierre Lebeau, Canadian actor
  • 1955 Willem Dafoe, Wisc, actor (Platoon, Roadhouse 66, Mississippi Burning)
  • 1958 David Von Erich, American professional wrestler (d. 1984)
  • 1963 Joanna Going, actress (Lisa Grady-Another World)
  • 1963 Rob Estes, American actor
  • 1964 Bonnie Langford, English actress (Wombling Free)
  • 1964 David Spade, American comedian and actor (SNL, Tommy Boy, Black Sheep), born in Birmingham, Michigan
  • 1964 John Leguizamo, Colombian American actor (Mambo Mouth, Whispers in the Dark), born in Bogotá, Colombia
  • 1964 Adam Godley, British actor
  • 1965 Patrick Labyorteaux American actor (Heathers, Yes Man, Little House on Prairie), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1965 Shawn Michaels, [Mike Hickenbottom], wrestler (WWF/AWA), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1967 Rhys Ifans [Rhys Evans], Welsh actor/musician (Notting Hill, Enduring Love), born in Haverfordwest, Wales
  • 1972 Colin Ferguson, Canadian actor
  • 1972 Keyshawn Johnson, American NFL wide receiver (Super Bowl 2002; Pro Bowl 1998-99, 2001; ESPN), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1974 Viktoria Tolstoy [Louise Viktoria Kjellberg], Swedish jazz singer (Meet Me at the Movies), born in Sigtuna Municipality, Sweden
  • 1974 Franka Potente, German actress
  • 1978 A. J. Cook, Canadian actress
  • 1979 James Mason [Atkins], British professional wrestler, born in London, England
  • 1983 Sharni Vinson, Australian actress and model
  • 1985 Akira Tozawa, Japanese professional wrestler

Person of interestSelena Gomez

1992 Selena Gomez, American actress and singer (Revival, Stars Dance), born in Grand Prairie, Texas

Singer and Actress Selena Gomez
Singer and Actress
Selena Gomez
  • 1997 Field Cate, American actor and musician (Pushing Daisies), born in Burlington, Vermont