On This Day

Birthdays in Film & TV on May 26

  • 1883 Mamie Smith, American vaudeville singer, dancer and actress (Crazy Blues), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1946)
  • 1884 Charles Winninger, American actor (Cafe Metropole, Coney Island, Charlie Farrell Show), born in Athens, Wisconsin (d. 1969)
  • 1886 Al Jolson [Asa Yoelson], American-Lithuanian jazz singer and silent actor (Mamie, Swanee), born in Seredžius, Kovno Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1950)

Person of interestPaul Lukas

1895 Paul Lukas, Hungarian actor (Watch on the Rhine, Sphynx), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1971)

Actor Paul Lukas
Actor
Paul Lukas
  • 1904 George Formby, British singer and comedian, born in Wigan, Lancashire, England (d. 1961)

Person of interestJohn Wayne

1907 John Wayne [Marion Robert Morrison], American actor (Green Berets, True Grit), born in Winterset, Iowa (d. 1979)

Actor John Wayne
Actor
John Wayne
  • 1908 Robert Morley, British actor (Marie Antoinette, The Young Ones, How the Other Half Loves), born in Semley, Wiltshire, England (d. 1992)
  • 1909 Richard Maibaum, American screenwriter (Goldfinger), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1911 Ben Alexander, American actor (Dragnet, All Quiet on the Western Front), born in Goldfield, Nevada (d. 1969)
  • 1912 Jay Silverheels [Harold J. Smith], Canadian actor (The Lone Ranger, Key Largo), born in Ontario, Canada (d. 1980)

Person of interestPeter Cushing

1913 Peter Cushing, English actor (Dracula, Star Wars, Dr Who), born in Kenley, Surrey, England (d. 1994)

  • 1914 Archie Duncan, Scottish actor (The Adventures of Robin Hood, Sherlock Holmes), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1979)
  • 1915 Sam Edwards, American actor (Captain Midnight, Twelve O'Clock High), born in Macon, Georgia (d. 2004)
  • 1917 Éva Szörényi, Hungarian actress and freedom activist for Hungary, born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 2009)
  • 1923 Horst Tappert, German director, actor and former SS member (Derrick), born in Elberfeld, Germany (d. 2008)
  • 1923 James Arness, American actor (Gunsmoke, How the West Was Won), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2011)

  • 1923 Roy Dotrice, British actor (A Moon for the Misbegotten, Amadeus) and narrator (A Song of Ice and Fire), born in Guernsey, Channel Islands (d. 2017)
  • 1925 Alec McCowen, English actor (Never Say Never Again), born in Tunbridge Wells (d. 2017)
  • 1927 Jacques Bergerac, French actor (Gigi, Les Girls, Thunder in Sun) and business executive (Revlon), born in Biarritz, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France (d. 2014)
  • 1932 "Grishata" Grigor Vachkov, Bulgarian actor (At Each Kilometer), born in Tranchovitsa, Bulgaria (d. 1980)
  • 1935 Sheila Steafel, South African-British actress (The 10th Kingdom), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2019)
  • 1937 Monkey Punch [Kazuhiko Kato], Japanese manga cartoonist (Lupin III), born in Hamanaka, Hokkaido, Empire of Japan (d. 2019)
  • 1939 Brent Musburger, American sportscaster (CBS Sports, The NFL Today; ESPN, ABC; VSiN; radio play-by-play Las Vegas Raiders), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1944 Sam Posey, American auto racer (12 Hours of Sebring 1975; 24 Hours of Le Mans 1971 3rd) and TV commentator (ABC Sports), born in NYC, New York
  • 1947 Sherry Bain, California, actress (Pipe Dreams)
  • 1949 Dayle Haddon, Montreal Quebec Canada, actress (Bedroom Eyes)
  • 1949 Pam Grier, actress (Big Bird Cage, Tough Enough), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 1949 Philip Michael Thomas, actor (Miami Vice), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1958 Margaret Colin, American actress (Independence Day, Three Men & a Baby), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1959 Ole Bornedal, Danish film director, actor and producer
  • 1961 Tarsem Singh, Indian film director, born in Jalandhar, India
  • 1962 Bob[cat] Goldthwait, comedian (Police Academy), born in Syracuse, New York
  • 1962 Genie [Eugenie] Francis, actress (General Hospital, Bare Essence), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • 1963 Charles Van Eman, Pitts, actor (Charlie-All My Children, Dynasty II)
  • 1965 Hazel Irvine, British television presenter

Person of interestHelena Bonham Carter

1966 Helena Bonham Carter, British actress (Harry Potter, Fight Club, The King's Speech, Enid, The Wings of the Dove), born in London, England

  • 1968 Pat Kenney [Simon Diamond], American professional wrestler, born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1968 Fernando León de Aranoa, Spanish film director
  • 1971 Matt Stone, American actor, animator and producer (South Park, The Book of Mormon), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1972 Patsy Palmer [Julie Merkell] , British actress (Eastenders), born in London, England
  • 1976 Benji Gregory, American actor (Brian Tanner-Alf). born in Encino, California
  • 1979 Elisabeth Harnois, American actress (CSI), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1979 Ashley Massaro, American model and professional wrestler
  • 1982 David Reed, British writer and comedian
  • 1996 Austin Michael Luciano, American actor (Dante Carlino-Another World) (d. 2019)