On This Day

Birthdays in Film & TV on May 8

  • 1857 Frederik "Frits" Tartaud, Dutch actor and husband of Dutch actress Alida Klein, born in the Netherlands (d. 1946)
  • 1899 Arthur Q Bryan, American voice actor, comedian and radio personality (Beulah, The Devil Bat), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1959)
  • 1903 Fernandel [Fernand Contandin], French actor (The Little World of Don Camillo), born in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France (d. 1971)
  • 1904 John Snagge, British newsreader and commentator for the BBC (Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race), born in London (d. 1996)

Person of interestRoberto Rossellini

1906 Roberto Rossellini, Italian film director (General della Rovere, Open City), born in Rome, Italy (d. 1977)

Film Director Roberto Rossellini
Film Director
Roberto Rossellini
  • 1907 Arturo de Córdova [Arturo García Rodríguez], Mexican actor (Medal for Benny), born in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico (d. 1973)
  • 1908 Laura Liddell, English actress (Shakespeare Wallah), born in Barrow-in-Furness, England (d. 1992)
  • 1913 Sid James [Solomon Joel Cohen], South African-born British character and comedy actor (Hancock's Half Hour, Carry On), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal Province (d. 1976)
  • 1915 John Archer [Ralph Bowman], American actor (Destination: Moon, White Heat, Blue Hawaii), born in Osceola, Nebraska (d. 1999)
  • 1920 Saul Bass, American graphic designer of logos and film titles, born in NYC, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1925 Bettina Graziani [Simone Bodin] French model, one of the first supermodels, born in Normandy, France (d. 2015)

Person of interestDavid Attenborough

1926 David Attenborough, English naturalist, TV producer and host (BBC "Life" and "Our Planet" series), born in London, England

Natural History Filmmaker and TV Personality David Attenborough
Natural History Filmmaker and TV Personality
David Attenborough
  • 1926 Don Rickles, comedian (Don Rickles Show, CPO Sharkey), born in Queens, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1926 Erico Menczer, Fiume Italy, cinematographer (Chosen, Miranda)
  • 1927 Murray Lerner, American documentary and experimental film director and producer (Secrets of the Reef), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2017)
  • 1932 Phyllida Law, Scottish actress (Much Ado About Nothing, The Time Machine), born in Glasgow, Scotland

  • 1935 Salome Jens, actress (From Here to Eternity), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Person of interestRicky Nelson

1940 (Eric) "Ricky" Nelson, American pop-Rock Star ("Hello Mary Lou"; "It's Late"; "Garden Party") and actor (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), born in Teaneck, New Jersey (d.1985)

Rock Star and Actor Ricky Nelson
Rock Star and Actor
Ricky Nelson
  • 1941 Jim Mitchum, actor (Blackout, Invincible 6), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • 1945 Keith Jarrett, American jazz and classical pianist and composer (The Köln Concert), born in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • 1948 Maurizio Nichetti, actor (Icicle Thief, Volcano)
  • 1948 Stephen Stohn, Canadian television producer (Degrassi)
  • 1951 Deborah Harmon, American actress (Ted Knight Show; M*A*S*H; Just the 10 of Us), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1952 Beth Henley, actress/playwright (Miss Firecracker), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1954 David Keith, actor (Back Roads, Firestarter), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1954 Stephen Furst, American actor (Animal House, St. Elsewhere), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 2017)
  • 1957 Jeff Wincott, actor (Night Heat), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1961 David Winning, Canadian film director
  • 1961 Akira Taue, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1963 Terry Christian, British writer, radio and television presenter, born in Old Trafford, Lancashire, England
  • 1964 Cheryl Richardson, actress (Jennie-General Hospital), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1964 Melissa Gilbert, American actress (Little House on the Prairie), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1971 Chris Wolf, American actor and musician (Guys Next Door - "I've Been Waiting for You")
  • 1976 Ian "H" Watkins, Welsh pop singer (Steps - "Heartbeat"; "Stomp"), actor, and television personality, born in Llwynypia, Wales
  • 1978 Jang Woo Hyuk, Korean singer, rapper, and dancer (HOT; JTL), and actor, born in Daegu, South Korea
  • 1978 Matthew Davis, American actor
  • 1978 Josie Maran, American model, born in Menlo Park, California
  • 1981 Stephen Amell, Canadian actor (Arrow), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1983 Matt Willis, British pop singer, bassist (Busted), and television personality. born in Tooting, London, England
  • 1984 Nadine Chandrawinata, 2006 Miss Universe Pageant (Indonesia)
  • 1985 Mashio Miyazaki, Japanese actress