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, England, comedian (Morecambe & Wise)
  • 1925 Marshall Thompson, Peoria Ill, actor (Bog, To Hell & Back, Daktari)
  • 1925 Michael Tolan, 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

  • 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, Gainsborough England, actor (Zardoz)
  • 1945 Barbara Anderson, actress (Eve-Ironside, Mission Impossible), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1945 James Avery, Pughsville, Virginia, actor (Fresh Prince of Bell Air), (d. 2013)
  • 1950 Gran Hamada, Japanese professional wrestler

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
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 best known for her role as Lucy Moran in the TV series Twin Peaks
  • 1955 Bill Nye, the Science Guy, TV Host
  • 1956 William Fichtner, American actor
  • 1961 Steve Oedekerk, American film director, actor and comedian
  • 1963 Fisher Stevens, actor (My Science Project, Short Circuit), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1966 Andy Merrill, American voice actor
  • 1968 Michael Vartan, French actor
  • 1970 Patricia Zentilli, Canadian actress
  • 1971 Kirk Acevedo, American actor (Oz, The Thin Red Line), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1973 Samantha Harris, American model and host
  • 1973 Evan Karagias, American professional wrestler
  • 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