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)
  • 1893 Norma Talmadge, American actress (Sign on Door, Camille), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 1957)

Person of interestPaul Lukas

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

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

Person of interestJohn Wayne

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

Actor John Wayne
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
  • 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. 1912)

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 Eva Szorenyi, Hungarian actress, freedom activist for Hungary
  • 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 Grigor Vachkov, Bulgarian actor (d. 1980)
  • 1935 Sheila Steafel, South African-born British actress
  • 1939 Brent Musburger, sportscaster (CBS-TV)
  • 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
  • 1955 Candace L Collins, Dupo Illinois, playmate (Dec, 1979)
  • 1957 Margaret Colin, actress (Independence Day, Three Men & a Baby)
  • 1959 Ole Bornedal, Danish film director, actor and producer
  • 1961 Tarsem Singh, Indian film director
  • 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, American professional wrestler
  • 1968 Fernando León de Aranoa, Spanish film director
  • 1969 Musetta Vander, South African actress
  • 1971 Matt Stone, American television producer
  • 1972 Patsy Palmer, British actress
  • 1975 Nicki Aycox, American actress
  • 1976 Benji Gregory, Encino California, actor (Brian Tanner-Alf)
  • 1977 Misaki Ito, Japanese actress
  • 1979 Elisabeth Harnois, American actress
  • 1979 Ashley Massaro, American model and professional wrestler
  • 1982 David Reed, British writer and comedian
  • 1991 Julianna Rose Mauriello, American actress
  • 1996 Austin Michael Luciano, actor (Dante Carlino-Another World)