On This Day

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 (dd. 1971)
  • 1909 Magda Schneider, German actress (Eva, Going Gay, Be Mine Tonight), born in Bavaria, German (d. 1996)
  • 1911 Maureen O'Sullivan, Irish actress (Tarzan, Pride & Prejudice, Hannah and Her Sisters), born in Boyle, County Roscommon, Ireland (d. 1998)
  • 1911 Lisa Fonssagrives, Swedish supermodel, born in Västra Götaland County, Sweden (d. 1992)
  • 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)

Person of interestDennis Hopper

1936 Dennis Hopper, American actor (True Grit, Blue Velvet, Easy Rider), born in Dodge City, Kansas (d. 2010)

Actor and Director Dennis Hopper
Actor and Director
Dennis Hopper
  • 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)

  • 1955 Bill Paxton, actor (True Lies, Big Love), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1956 Bob Saget, American comedian (Full House, 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

Person of interestCraig Ferguson

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

Actor & Comedian Craig Ferguson
Actor & Comedian
Craig Ferguson

Person of interestTrent Reznor

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

Musician Trent Reznor
Trent Reznor
  • 1965 Jeremy Vine, British radio and TV presenter (Eggheads), born in Epsom, England
  • 1967 Cameron Bancroft, actor (Beverly Hills 90210)
  • 1967 Debbie Dutch, Titusville NJ, actress (Hell's Paradox)
  • 1969 Paige Turco, actress (Melanie-Guiding Light), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1969 Thom Filicia, American television personality
  • 1969 Alan Doyle, Canadian musician (Great Big Sea), and actor, born in Petty Harbour, Newfoundland
  • 1973 Matthew McGrory, American actor (d. 2005)
  • 1973 Sasha Alexander, American television actress
  • 1974 Sendhil Ramamurthy, American actor
  • 1975 Kostas Sommer, Greek actor
  • 1975 Alex Wright, German professional wrestler
  • 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 Nikki Reed, American actress
  • 1990 Leven Rambin, American actress