Birthdays in Film & TV on March 24

Harry HoudiniHarry Houdini (1874-1926)

Famous magician and escape artist, born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary

  • 1887 Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, American actor (The Bell Boy, Moonshine, Keystone comedies), born in Smith Center, Kansas (d. 1933)
  • 1888 Jameson Thomas, British actor (Piccadilly, Farmer's Wife), born in London, England (d. 1939)
  • 1895 Syd Saylor [Leo Sailor], American silent and sound screen character actor (Arizona Days; The Three Mesquiteers), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1962)
  • 1903 Patrick Ludlow, British actor (Naughty Husbands, Evergreen and Modesty Blaise), born in Kensington, London, England (d. 1996)
  • 1904 Martin Kosleck, German actor (Pursuit to Algiers; Agent for H.A.R.M.), born in Barkotzen, Pomerania, Germany (d. 1994)
  • 1909 Thomas "Tommy" Trinder, British radio comedian and actor (Save a Little Sunshine, Phoenix), born in Streatham, London, England (d. 1989)
  • 1910 Richard Conte, American actor (The Godfather, Tony Rome, Hotel), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 1975)

Joseph BarberaJoseph Barbera (1911-2006)

American animator and cartoonist (Hanna-Barbera - Tom and Jerry, Flintstones), born in Manhattan, New York

  • 1915 Gorgeous George, American professional wrestler (d. 1963)
  • 1920 Gene Nelson [Leander Berg], American screenwriter, director and actor (Tea For 2, Oklahoma), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1996)
  • 1923 Murray Hamilton, American character actor (Rich Man Poor Man, Anatomy of a Murder), born in Washington, North Carolina (d. 1986)
  • 1924 Lois Andrews [Lorraine Gourley], American actress (Dixie Dugan, Meet Me After the Show, The Desert Hawk), born in Huntington Park, California (d. 1968)
  • 1924 Norman Fell, American actor (Three's Company, The End, Graduate), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1998)
  • 1925 Duncan Wood, TV director and producer
  • 1928 Byron "Yanks" Janis, American concert pianist (debut with NBC Symphony Orchestra at age 15), born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania
  • 1928 Vanessa Brown [Smylla Brind], Austrian-born American actress (My Favorite Husband), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1999)
  • 1930 Kenneth Nelson, American actor (Henry Aldrich-Aldrich Family), born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina (d. 1993)

Steve McQueenSteve McQueen (1930-1980)

American actor called "The King of Cool" during the 1960s (The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape), born in Beech Grove, Indiana

  • 1931 Connie Hines, American actress (Mister Ed), born in Dedham, Massachusetts (d. 2009)
  • 1932 William Smith, Columbia Mo, actor (Rich Man Poor Man, Any Which Way You Can, Hawaii 5-0), born in Columbia, Missouri
  • 1935 Mary Berry, English food writer and TV presenter (The Great British Bake Off), born in Bath, England
  • 1939 [Lilian] Lynda Baron, British actress, comedian, and singer (Open All Hours - "Nurse Gladys"; Come Inside - "Auntie Mabel"), born Urmston, Lancashire, England
  • 1940 Don Jardine, Canadian professional wrestler (d. 2006)
  • 1942 Stephen Yardley, British stage and screen actor (Howards' Way), born in Ferrensby, Yorkshire, England
  • 1944 R. Lee Ermey, American actor (Full Metal Jacket- Gunnery Sergeant Hartman), born in Emporia, Kansas (d. 2018)
  • 1945 Curtis Hanson, American film director and screenwriter (LA Confidential, 8 Mile), born in Reno, Nevada (d. 2016)
  • 1945 Patrick Malahide [Duggan], British actor (Inspector Alleyn Mysteries; Minder; Game Of Thrones), born in Reading, England
  • 1947 Meiko Kaji [Masako Ohta], Japanese film actress and singer (Lady Snowblood), born in Kanda, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1952 Nicholas Campbell, actor (Nick-Insiders), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1953 Louie Anderson, American comedian, Emmy Award-winning actor (Baskets; Life With Louie; Coming To America), TV game show Host (Family Feud, 1999-2002), and writer, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 2022)
  • 1954 Donna Pescow, actress (Angie, Out of this World, Rainbow), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1954 Robert Carradine, actor (Slim-The Cowboys, Wavelength), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1960 Barry Horowitz, American professional wrestler
  • 1960 Kelly LeBrock, American actress (Weird Science, Woman in Red), born in NYC, New York
  • 1961 Dean Jones, Australian cricket batsman and broadcaster (52 Tests @ 46.55; 164 ODIs; Victoria), born in Coburg, Australia (d. 2020)
  • 1962 Star Jones, American attorney and legal analyst (NBC; Inside Edition), TV host (The View, 1997-2006), and author, born in Badin, North Carolina
  • 1965 Gurmit Singh, Singaporean actor
  • 1965 Peter Jacobson, American actor
  • 1965 The Undertaker, American professional wrestler
  • 1966 Tatjana Patitz, model/actress (Rising Sun), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1970 Lara Flynn Boyle, Davenport Iowa, actress (Donna Hayward-Twin Peaks)
  • 1971 Megyn Price, American actress

Jim ParsonsJim Parsons (49 years old)

1973 American actor (The Big Bang Theory), born in Houston, Texas

  • 1974 Alyson Hannigan, American actress (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, How I met Your Mother), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1975 Krisdayanti, Indonesian pop singer and actress, born in Batu, East Java, Indonesia

Jessica ChastainJessica Chastain (45 years old)

1977 American Academy Award-winning actress (Mama; The Help; The Eyes of Tammy Faye) and film producer, born in Sacramento, California

  • 1977 Olivia Burnette, American actress (The Torkelsons), born in San Clemente, California
  • 1979 Emraan Hashmi, Indian actor (Murder, Zeher), born in Pulgaon, Maharashtra
  • 1979 Lake Bell, American actress
  • 1980 Luke Edwards, Nevada City Ca, actor (Newsie)
  • 1982 Eddie Peng, Taiwanese born Canadian actor (The Great Wall), born in Penghu, Taiwan
  • 1984 Tommy Snider, American actor (Dumb and Dumber To), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1985 Haruka Ayase, Japanese actress and model
  • 1988 Finn Jones, English actor (Game of Thrones, Iron Fist, The Defenders, Luke Cage), born in London
  • 1989 Zyzz [Aziz Shavershian], Kurdish-Russian-Australian bodybuilder and model, born in Moscow, USSR (d. 2011)
  • 1990 Keisha Castle-Hughes, Australian-born New Zealand actress
  • 1992 Thomas Law, English actor