On This Day

Birthdays in Film & TV on November 27

  • 1809 Frances Anne "Fanny" Kemble, British Shakespearian actress (Juliet) and author, born in London, England (d. 1893)
  • 1903 Mona Washbourne, British actress (Stevie, Billie Liar, Driver's Seat), born in Birmingham, England (d. 1988)
  • 1904 Florence Lake, American actress (Edgar Kennedy shorts), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1980)
  • 1905 Astrid Allwyn, American actress (Charlie Chan's Secret), born in Manchester, Connecticut (d. 1978)
  • 1912 Connie Sawyer [Rosie Cohen], American actress known as "The Clown Princess of Comedy" (Pineapple Express, Dumb and Dumber), born in Pueblo, Colorado (d. 2018)
  • 1913 Robert Dougall, English TV host and broadcaster, born in Croydon, Surrey, England (d. 1999)
  • 1915 Caro van Eyck [Gerarda Taytelbaum], Dutch actress (De stille Kracht, Medea), born in Batavia, Dutch East Indies (d. 1979)
  • 1916 Chick Hearn, American NBA broadcaster (called 3,338 LA Lakers games), born in Aurora, Illinois (d. 2002)
  • 1917 Buffalo Bob Smith [Robert Emil Schmidt], American TV host (Howdy Doody), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1920 Buster Merryfield, British actor (Only Fools and Horses), born in London, England (d. 1999)
  • 1925 Ernie Wise [Wiseman], English comedian (Morecambe & Wise), born in Bramley, England (d. 1999)
  • 1925 Marshall Thompson, American actor (Bog, To Hell & Back, Daktari), born in Peoria, Illinois
  • 1925 Michael Tolan, American actor (Nurses, Senator), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1928 Alekos Alexandrakis, Greek actor and director (Oi Kyries tis avlis), born in Athens, Greece (d. 2005)
  • 1935 Verity Lambert, English film and TV producer (1st producer of Doctor Who, The Naked Civil Servant), born in London (d. 2007)
  • 1935 Les Blank, American documentary filmmaker, born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2013)

  • 1937 Rodney Bewes, English actor (The Likely Lads), born in Bierley, England (d. 2017)

Person of interestBruce Lee

1940 Bruce Lee [Lee Yuen Kam], Chinese-American martial artist and actor (Enter the Dragon), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1973)

Martial Artist and Actor Bruce Lee
Martial Artist and Actor
Bruce Lee
  • 1940 John Alderton, English actor (Zardoz), born in Gainsborough, England
  • 1945 Barbara Anderson, American actress (Eve-Ironside, Mission Impossible), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1945 Alain de Cadenet, English TV presenter (SPEED Channel), born in London
  • 1945 James Avery, American actor (Fresh Prince of Bell Air), (d. 2013), born in Pughsville, Virginia
  • 1950 Gran Hamada, Japanese professional wrestler, born in Maebashi, Japan

Person of interestKathryn Bigelow

1951 Kathryn Bigelow, American director, producer and writer (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty), born in San Carlos, California

Director Kathryn Bigelow
Director
Kathryn Bigelow
  • 1953 Curtis Armstrong, American actor (Moonlighting, Revenge of the Nerds), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1954 Patricia McPherson, American actress (Knight Rider), born in Oak Harbor, Washington
  • 1954 Kimmy Robertson, American actress (Lucy Moran in TV series Twin Peaks), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1955 Bill Nye, American Science presenter (Bill Nye the Science Guy) and engineer, born in Washington D.C.
  • 1956 William Fichtner, American actor (Prison Break), born at Mitchel Air Force Base, New York
  • 1961 Steve Oedekerk, American film director, actor and comedian, born in Los Angeles. California
  • 1963 Fisher Stevens, American actor (My Science Project, Short Circuit), born in Chicago, Illinois

Person of interestRobin Givens

1964 Robin Givens, American model and actress (Darlene-Head of the Class) who married and divorced Mike Tyson, born in NYC, New York

Model and Actress Robin Givens
Model and Actress
Robin Givens
  • 1966 Andy Merrill, American voice actor, born in Newark, Ohio
  • 1967 Garry Valk, Canadian NHL left wing (Anaheim Mighty Ducks) and broadcaster, born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1968 Michael Vartan, French American actor (Alias), born in Boulogne-Billancourt, France
  • 1970 Patricia Zentilli, Canadian actress (Lexx), born in Kingston, Ontario
  • 1971 Kirk Acevedo, American actor (Oz, The Thin Red Line), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1973 Samantha Harris, American model and host (Entertainment Tonight), born in Hopkins, Minnesota
  • 1973 Evan Karagias, American professional wrestler, born in Gastonia, North Carolina
  • 1976 Jaleel White, actor (Steve Urkel-Family Matters), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1978 Joshua Harris, actor (Locked Up: A Mother's Rage)
  • 1981 Gary Lucy, English actor (The Bill), born in Chigwell, Essex
  • 1985 Alison Pill, Canadian actress