On This Day

Birthdays in Film & TV on March 18

  • 1886 Edward Everett Horton, American actor and narrator (Bulwinkle Show), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1970)
  • 1887 Frank Moran, American heavyweight boxer and film actor, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1967)

Person of interestRobert Donat

1905 Robert Donat, English actor (Goodbye Mr Chips, Citadel), born in Manchester, England (d. 1958)

  • 1907 Betty Compton [Violet Halling Compton], British actress (Too Many Millions), born in Isle of Wight, England (d. 1944)
  • 1911 (Lester) "Smiley" Burnette [Burnett], American country music performer, singer-songwriter ("Ridin' Down the Canyon (To Watch the Sun Go Down)"), and actor (Petticoat Junction - "Charlie"), born in Summum, Illinois (d. 1967)
  • 1913 Rene Clement, director/writer (Is Paris Burning), born in Bordeaux, France
  • 1916 Jody Gilbert, American actress (Willard, Shaggy, Blonde Dynamite), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 1979)
  • 1919 Christopher Challis, British cinematographer
  • 1926 Peter Graves [Aurness], American actor (Mission Impossible, Airplane!, Stalag 17), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2010)
  • 1927 John Kander, American musical theater and film composer, with Fred Ebb (Cabaret; Chicago; New York, New York; Funny Lady), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1938 Carl Gottlieb, American comedian and script writer (Ken Berry Wow Show, Jaws, The Jerk), born in NYC, New York
  • 1938 Shashi Kapoor [Balbir Raj Kapoor], prominent Indian Bollywood actor (Deewar, The Deceivers, Shalimar, Heat & Dust), born in Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India (d. 2017)
  • 1940 Mark Medoff, American playwright, director, actor and professor (Children of a Lesser God), born in Mount Carmel, Illinois (d. 2019)
  • 1943 Kevin Dobson, American actor (Kojak, Knots Landing, Shannon), born in Queens, New York (d. 2020)
  • 1943 Toula Grivas, Greek actress
  • 1945 Joy Fielding, Canadian novelist and actress, born in Toronto, Ontario

  • 1947 Patrick Chesnais, French actor
  • 1947 Patrick Barlow, English actor, comedian and playwright
  • 1950 Brad Dourif, WV, actor (Ragtime, Eyes of Laura Mars, Fatal Beauty)
  • 1951 (Patrick) "Paul" Barber, English stage and screen actor (The Full Monty; Only Fools and Horses - "Denzil"), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1956 "The Model" Rick Martel [Richard Vignault], wrestler (WWF/AWA)
  • 1959 Irene Cara [Escalera], American Grammy and Academy Award-winning singer-songwriter ("Fame"; Flashdance...What A Feeling"), and actress (Fame: D.C. Cab), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1960 Claudia Udy, actress (Out of Control, Nightforce), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 1960 Richard Biggs, actor (Marcus-Days of Our Lives), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1960 James MacPherson, Scottish actor (Taggart, Sometimes), born in Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland
  • 1962 Thomas Ian Griffith, American actor
  • 1962 Mike Rowe, American television personality
  • 1962 Etsushi Toyokawa, Japanese actor

Person of interestVanessa Williams

1963 Vanessa Williams, American singer, actress and 1st African American Miss America (1983), born in The Bronx, New York

Singer and Actress Vanessa Williams
Singer and Actress
Vanessa Williams
  • 1965 Yoriko Douguchi, Japanese actress
  • 1968 Shinichiro Miki, Japanese seiyu (voice actor)
  • 1970 Michael Rapaport, actor (Zak-Zebrahead)

Person of interestQueen Latifah

1970 Queen Latifah [Dana Owen], American rapper and actress (Living Single, Chicago), born in Newark, New Jersey

Singer, Rapper and Actress Queen Latifah
Singer, Rapper and Actress
Queen Latifah
  • 1972 Dane Cook, American comedian and actor
  • 1973 Luci Christian, American voice actress
  • 1975 Beverly Peele, American model (Mademoiselle, Elle), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1976 Michael Spillane, American wrestler, better known as Mike Quackenbush
  • 1976 Giovanna Antonelli, Brazilian actress
  • 1978 Khalilah Adams, American actress
  • 1979 Danneel Harris, American actress
  • 1980 Sophia Myles, English actress
  • 1981 Jang Nara, Korean singer and actress
  • 1984 Vonzell Solomon, American Idol Contestant
  • 1989 Lily Collins, British American actress (Mirror, Mirror), born in Guildford, England
  • 1996 Madeline Carroll, American actress