On This Day

Birthdays in Film & TV on May 12

  • 1880 W. Hupkes, Dutch engineer and Dutch Rail director
  • 1886 Piotr F. Scharoff, Russian-Italian actor and director (Chechov), born (d. 1969)
  • 1894 Cleo Ridgely, American silent screen actress (I Remember Mama), born in NYC, New York (d. 1962)
  • 1901 Hyam Greenbaum, British violinist, composer and conductor of the 1st TV orchestra (BBC), born in England (d. 1942)
  • 1903 Wilfrid Hyde-White, British actor (My Fair Lady, Peyton Place), born in Gloucestershire, England (d. 1991)

Person of interestKatharine Hepburn

1907 Katharine Hepburn, American actress (Adam's Rib, On Golden Pond), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2003)

  • 1910 Gordon Jenkins, American arranger and orchestra leader (Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra), born in Webster Groves, Missouri (d. 1984)
  • 1914 Howard K. Smith, American TV newsman and journalist (ABC, Moderated Kennedy-Nixon debate), born in Ferriday, Louisiana (d. 2002)
  • 1918 Oscar Beregi Jr, Hungarian actor (Young Frankenstein, Panic in City), born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1976)

Person of interestTony Hancock

1924 Tony Hancock, English comedian and actor (Hancock's Half Hour), born in Birmingham, England (d. 1968)

Comedian Tony Hancock
Comedian
Tony Hancock
  • 1933 (Antoni) "Ton" Hartsuiker, Dutch pianist, composer, broadcaster, and educator, born in Zwolle, Netherlands (d. 2015)
  • 1936 Tom Snyder, American television and radio interviewer (The Tomorrow Show, 1973-82), and news anchor (NBC Weekend News), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2007)
  • 1936 Klaus Doldinger, German jazz saxophonist (Passport) and composer for film, born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1937 George Carlin, American comedian (7 dirty words, AM & FM, Carwash), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1938 Millie Perkins, American actress (Diary of Anne Frank, Table for 5, Shooting), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • 1938 Susan Hampshire, English actress (Vanity Fair, Living Free), born in London, England
  • 1942 Ian Dury, English rock musician (The Blockheads) and actor (Judge Dredd), born in Upminster, Essex (d. 2000)
  • 1943 Linda Dano, American actress (Felicia Gallant-Another World), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1945 Linda Carlson, American actress (Bev-Newhart, Katie-Kaz), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1947 Micheline Lanctôt, American film actor, director and screenwriter, born in Frelighsburg, Quebec
  • 1948 Lindsay Ann Crouse, American actress (Slapshot, Iceman, Places in Heart), born in NYC, New York
  • 1950 Bruce Boxleitner, American actor (Scarecrow & Mrs King; Babylon 5), born in Elgin, Illinois
  • 1950 Gabriel Byrne, Irish actor (Hello Again; Cool World), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1956 Glenn Robbins, Australian comedian (Kath & Kim), born in Melbourne, Australia

Person of interestHomer Simpson

1956 Homer Simpson, fictional character from the long running television show "The Simpsons", born in Springfield

Fictional TV Character Homer Simpson
Fictional TV Character
Homer Simpson
  • 1958 Beth Maitland, American actress (Traci-Young & Restless), born in Rapid City, South Dakota
  • 1958 Kim Greist, American actress (CHUD, Brazil, Payoff, Manhunter), born in Stamford, Connecticut
  • 1959 Ving Rhames [Irving Rameses Rhames], American actor (Mission Impossible), born in New York City
  • 1961 Lar Park Lincoln, American actress, born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1961 Bruce McCulloch, Canadian actor (The Kids in the Hall), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1962 Emilio Estevez, American actor (Breakfast Club, Young Guns, Mighty Ducks), born in NYC, New York
  • 1963 Vanessa Williams, American actress (Soul Food, Murder One, Melrose Place - "Rhonda Blair";), born in Brooklyn, New York [not Miss America]
  • 1966 Stephen Baldwin, American actor (The Usual Suspects), born in Massapequa, New York
  • 1968 Scott Schwartz, American actor, born in Sacramento, California
  • 1968 Catherine Tate, English actress and comedian (The Catherine Tate Show, Doctor Who), born in London, England
  • 1969 Kim Fields Freeman, American actress (Tootie-Facts of Life), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1969 Kevin Nalty, American viral video maker and YouTuber, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1970 Samantha Mathis, American actress (American Psycho, Billions), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1971 Jamie Luner, American actress (Cindy-Just the 10 of Us), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1971 Doug Basham, American professional wrestler, born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1972 Paul Stout, American actor (Phillip-Scarecrow & Mrs King), born in Saugus, California
  • 1973 MacKenzie Astin, American actor (Facts of Life, Garbage Pail Kids), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1973 Kendra Kassebaum, American stage actress (Wicked), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1977 Rebecca Herbst, American actress (General Hospital), born in Encino, California
  • 1978 Jason Biggs, American actor (American Pie), born in Pompton Plains, New Jersey
  • 1981 Lorena Bernal, Argentine Spanish model and actress (Miss Spain 1999), born in San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina

Person of interestRami Malek

1981 Rami Malek, American actor (Bohemian Rhapsody), born in Los Angeles, California

Actor Rami Malek
Actor
Rami Malek
  • 1983 Domhnall Gleeson, Irish actor (Harry Potter films, The Revenant), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1984 Emily Beecham, English actress (Little Joe), born in Manchester, England
  • 1986 Emily VanCamp, Canadian actress (Revenge, Captain America films), born in Port Perry, Ontario
  • 1992 Malcolm David Kelley, American actor and rapper (Lost), born in Bellflower, California
  • 1995 Sullivan and Sawyer Sweeten, American actors (Everyone loves Raymond), born in Brownwood, Texas
  • 1995 Luke Benward, American actor, born in Franklin, Tennessee