On This Day

Birthdays in Film & TV on November 20

  • 1863 Maria H "Mina" Beersmans, Flemish actress (Black Griet) and wife of John Dilis (d. 1939)
  • 1890 Robert Armstrong, American actor (Mighty Joe Young, King Kong), born in Saginaw, Michigan (1973)
  • 1891 Reginald Denny, English actor (Rebecca, Cat Ballou, Batman), born in Richmond, Surrey, England (d. 1967)
  • 1894 Carl Mayer, Austrian-Jewish actor (Dreaming Lips, Ariane, Sunrise), born in Graz, Austria (d. 1944)
  • 1907 Fran Allison, American actress (Kukla, Fran & Ollie), born in La Porte City, Iowa (d. 1989)
  • 1908 Alistair Cooke, British-American TV host (Masterpiece Theatre), born in Manchester, England (d. 2004)
  • 1913 Judy Canova, American comedian and actress (Cannonball), born in Starke, Florida (d. 1983)
  • 1916 Evelyn Keyes, American actress (Adventure of Martin Eden), born in Port Arthur, Texas (d. 2008)
  • 1917 Pam Henning [Cornelia Catharina Pamela Ingenegeren], Indonesian-Dutch cabaret dancer and actress, born in Batavia, Dutch East Indies (d. 2008)
  • 1919 Dulcie Gray, British singer, actress, author and lepidopterist (Mine Own Executioner), born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaya (d. 2011)
  • 1920 Douglas Dick, American actor and psychologist (Rope, Waterfront), born in Charleston, West Virginia (d. 2015)
  • 1921 Phyllis Thaxter, American actress (Nora, Fort Worth), born in Portland, Maine (d. 2012)
  • 1921 Daniel "Dan" Frazer, American actor (Kojak, Take the Money and Run), born in NYC, New York (d. 2011)
  • 1922 Louis van Gasteren, Dutch actor and director (The House, De prijs van overleven), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 2016)
  • 1925 Kaye Ballard, American actress and comedienne (Kaye-Mothers-in-Law), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2019)
  • 1926 Terry Hall, English ventriloquist, born in Chadderton, Lancashire, England (d. 2007)

  • 1927 Estelle Parsons, American actress (Rachel Rachel, Bonnie & Clyde), born in Lynn, Massachusetts
  • 1928 Franklin Cover, American actor (Tom-The Jeffersons), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2006)
  • 1928 Rex Reason, American actor (This Island Earth, Man Without a Gun, Roaring 20s), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2015)
  • 1928 Aleksey Batalov, Russian actor named a People's Artist of the USSR (1976) and a Hero of Socialist Labour (1989), born in Vladimir, Soviet Union (d. 2017)
  • 1932 Richard Dawson, British-American actor, comedian, and game show host (Hogan's Heroes, Family Feud), born in Gosport, Hampshire (d. 2012)
  • 1937 Jack Linkletter, American TV host (Haggis Baggis, Hootenanny), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2007)
  • 1939 Dick Smothers, American comedian and folk singer (The Smothers Brothers Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1941 Haseena Moin, Pakistani television drama writer and Urdu playwright, born in Kanpur, India
  • 1942 Bob Einstein, American comedian (Officer Judy, Super Dave Osborne), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2019)
  • 1943 Veronica Hamel, American actress (Joyce-Hill St Blues, 79 Park Ave), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1945 Nanette Workman, American-Canadian singer and actress, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1946 Judy Woodruff, American newscaster (McNeil Lehrer Report), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1948 Richard Masur, American actor (David-One Day at a Time), born in NYC, New York
  • 1948 Samuel E. Wright, American actor (Enos, Ball Four), born in Camden, South Carolina
  • 1949 Ray Vitte, American actor (Doc, Cody-Quest), born in NYC, New York
  • 1955 Thea Vidale, actress (Family Matters)
  • 1956 Bo Derek, [Mary Collins], actress (10, Tarzan the Ape Man), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1959 Sean Young, American actress (Dune, Young Doctor in Love), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1960 Marc Labrèche, Canadian actor and television host
  • 1961 Larry Karaszewski, American screenwriter

  • 1963 Ming-Na Wen, Macau-born actress (Mulan, ER, One Night Stand, As the World Turns), born in Coloane Island, Macau
  • 1964 Ned Vaughn, actor (The Rescuer)
  • 1967 Jeff Cotler, actor (Brian-Struck by Lightning), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1969 Callie Thorne, American actor
  • 1970 Sabrina Lloyd, actress (Sliders)
  • 1970 Joe Zaso, American actor, born in Queens, New York City
  • 1971 Joel McHale, American actor and comedian, born in Rome, Italy
  • 1974 Marissa Ryan, actress (Elizabeth MacGillis-Major Dad), born in Manhattan, New York City, New York
  • 1976 Jason Thompson, Canadian actor, born in St. Albert, Alberta, Canada
  • 1977 Rudy Charles [Dan Engler], American professional wrestling referee, born in Evansville, Indiana
  • 1978 Nadine Velazquez, American actress and model, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1982 Margo Stilley, American actress, born in Bear Creek, Wisconsin
  • 1985 Dan Byrd, American actor, born in Marietta, Georgia
  • 1986 Aaron Yan, Taiwanese singer and actor, born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • 1989 Cody Linley, American actor, born in Lewisville, Texas