Birthdays in Film & TV on May 17

  • 1888 Selmer Jackson, American actor (The Grapes of Wrath, Life & Legend of Wyatt Earp), born in Lake Mills, Iowa (d. 1971)
  • 1899 Ralf Harolde, American actor (Framed, Smart Money, Tip-off), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1974)
  • 1904 Jean Gabin, French actor (Moulin Rouge, La Grande Illusion), born in Paris, France (d. 1976)
  • 1905 John Patrick, American screenwriter and playwright (Pulitzer Prize 1954), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1906 Horace McMahon, American actor (Detective Story, Martin Kane Private Eye), born in South Norwalk, Connecticut (d. 1971)
  • 1909 Magda Schneider, German actress (Eva, Going Gay, Be Mine Tonight), born in Bavaria, German (d. 1996)
  • 1911 Lisa Fonssagrives, Swedish supermodel, born in Västra Götaland County, Sweden (d. 1992)
  • 1911 Maureen O'Sullivan, Irish actress (Tarzan, Pride & Prejudice, Hannah and Her Sisters), born in Boyle, County Roscommon, Ireland (d. 1998)
  • 1919 Antonio Aguilar [Barraza], Mexican singer, producer and actor (Emiliano Zapata) who popularized the Mexican equestrian sport la charrería, born in Villanueva, Zacatecas, Mexico (d. 2007)
  • 1926 Tenniel Evans, British actor and clergyman (10 Rillington Place, My Brother's Keeper), born in Nairobi, Kenya (d. 2009)

Dennis HopperDennis Hopper (1936-2010)

American actor and director (True Grit, Blue Velvet, Easy Rider), born in Dodge City, Kansas

  • 1938 Don Dolan, actor (Guy Lewis- General Hospital), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1938 Jason Bernard, actor (Judge-Liar Liar)
  • 1941 Grace Zabriskie, American actress
  • 1953 Kathleen Sullivan, American newscaster (ABC-TV, CBS Morning Show), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1953 Yoko Shimada, Kumamota Japan, author (Kir Royal)/actress (Shogun)
  • 1954 John Iles, British stage and screen actor (The Bill -"Dashwood"), born in Ripon, North Yorkshire, England
  • 1955 Bill Paxton, American actor (True Lies; Twister; Big Love), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2017)

Bob SagetBob Saget (1956-2022)

American comedian, actor (Full House), and TV host (America's Funniest Home Video), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • 1956 Sue Carpenter, TV presenter/journalist
  • 1959 Jim Nantz, American sportscaster, born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1960 Fiona Hutchison, actress (One Life to Live, Guiding Light), born in Miami, Florida

Craig FergusonCraig Ferguson (60 years old)

1962 Scottish actor, writer and comedian, born in Glasgow, Scotland

  • 1965 Jeremy Vine, British radio and TV presenter (Eggheads), born in Epsom, England

Trent ReznorTrent Reznor (57 years old)

1965 American rock singer-songwriter (Nine Inch Nails - Hurt; The Downward Spiral), Grammy and Academy Award-winning film score composer (The Social Network), born in Mercer, Pennsylvania

  • 1967 Cameron Bancroft, actor (Beverly Hills 90210)
  • 1967 Debbie Dutch, Titusville NJ, actress (Hell's Paradox)
  • 1969 Alan Doyle, Canadian musician (Great Big Sea), and actor, born in Petty Harbour, Newfoundland
  • 1969 Paige Turco, actress (Melanie-Guiding Light), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1969 Thom Filicia, American television personality
  • 1973 Matthew McGrory, American actor (d. 2005)
  • 1973 Sasha Alexander, American television actress
  • 1974 Sendhil Ramamurthy, American actor
  • 1975 Alex Wright, German professional wrestler
  • 1975 Kostas Sommer, Greek actor
  • 1976 Rochelle Aytes, American actress (Mistresses), born in Harlem, New York City
  • 1978 Carlos Peña, Dominican MLB baseball infielder, 2001-14 (Detroit Tigers, Tampa Bay Devil Rays and 6 other teams), and broadcaster, born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 1981 R. J. Helton, American Idol finalist
  • 1984 Lena Waithe, American screenwriter, actress and producer (Master of None), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1986 Tahj Mowry, American actor
  • 1988 Karrueche Tran, American model, actress and producer (The Bay), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1988 Nikki Reed, American actress
  • 1990 Leven Rambin, American actress