On This Day

Birthdays in Film & TV on October 20

  • 1854 Alphonse Allais, French author/humorist (Pass the Bile)
  • 1871 Frederick Burton, American actor (The Big Trail, One Way Passage), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1957)

Person of interestBela Lugosi

1882 Bela Lugosi [Blaskó], Austrian actor (Dracula, Plan 9 From Outer Space), born in Lugos, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1956)

  • 1884 Thomas Chalmers, American opera singer, actor, and filmmaker (Blind Alleys, Outrage), born in NYC, New York (d. 1966)
  • 1889 Margaret Dumont, American actress and Marx Brothers' comic foil (Day at the Races), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1965)
  • 1893 Charley Chase, American comedian, actor and director (d. 1940)
  • 1894 Olive Thomas, American actress (The Flapper), born in Charleroi, Pennsylvania (d. 1920)
  • 1895 Rex Ingram, American actor (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Tarzan of the Apes, The Ten Commandments), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1969)
  • 1902 Addison Richards, American actor (Pentagon, Fighting Seabees), born in Zanesville, Ohio (d. 1964)
  • 1903 John Lodge, American actor (Witchmaker) and politician (79th Governor of Connecticut), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1985)
  • 1904 Anna Neagle, English actress (London Melody, Nurse Edith Cavell), born in London, England (d. 1986)
  • 1907 Arlene Francis, American actress and radio and television personality (What's My Line?), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2001)
  • 1911 Will Rogers Jr, American politician (D-Representative 1943-44) writer, political commentator, and actor (Down to Earth), born in NYC, New York (d. 1993)
  • 1913 Barney Phillips [Bernard Philip Ofner], American actor (Dragnet, Felony Squad), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1982)
  • 1914 Fayard Nicholas, American tap dancer, one-half of The Nicholas Brothers and actor (The Five Heartbeats), born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 2006)
  • 1918 Anton Diffring [Alfred Pollack], German character actor (Assignment Vienna), born in Koblenz, Germany (d. 1989)

  • 1922 John Anderson, American actor (Psycho, Ride the High Country, Legend of Wyatt Earp), born in Clayton, Illinois (d. 1992)
  • 1923 Herschel Bernardi, American actor (Arnie, Voice of Charlie the Tuna, Front), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)
  • 1925 Roger Hanin, French actor
  • 1932 William Christopher, American comedian and actor (Father Mulcahy-M*A*S*H), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1933 Barrie Chase, American dancer and actress (Cape Fear (1962); It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World), born in Kings Point, New York
  • 1934 Michael Dunn, Shattuck OK, actor (House of the Damned, Ship of Fools)
  • 1934 Timothy West, English actor (Brass), born in Bradford, England
  • 1935 Jerry Orbach, actor (Law & Order, Dirty Dancing), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1942 Earl Hindman, Bisbee AZ, actor (Wilson-Home Improvement)
  • 1945 Hector the Bulldog, Warner Bros. cartoon character (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Peck Up Your Troubles"
  • 1952 Melanie Mayron, actress (30 Something, Car Wash, Missing), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1953 Bill Nunn, American actor (Do the Right Thing), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • 1955 Robert ten Brink, Dutch TV host/cabaret artist

Person of interestDanny Boyle

1956 Danny Boyle, English film director (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), born in Manchester, England

Film Director Danny Boyle
Film Director
Danny Boyle
  • 1957 Susanna Haavisto, Finnish actress and singer
  • 1958 Eric Scott, actor (Ben in The Waltons), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1958 Valerie Faris, American film director
  • 1958 Viggo Mortensen, American Actor (Lord of the Rings, The Road), born in NYC, New York
  • 1959 Mark Little, Australian actor and comedian (Neighbours), born in Brisbane
  • 1959 Razor Ramon [Scott Hall], wrestler (WWF/WCW/NWA/Florida/AWA/KC)
  • 1961 Michie Tomizawa, Japanese voice actress
  • 1965 William Zabka, American actor
  • 1967 Susan Tulley, British actress (Michelle-EastEnders)
  • 1967 Luigi Lo Cascio, Italian actor
  • 1967 Luck Mervil, Québécois actor and singer
  • 1967 Marco Ngai, Hong Kong actor
  • 1970 Chavo Guerrero, Jr., American professional wrestler
  • 1978 Michael Johns, American Idol (season 7) finalist
  • 1979 John Krasinski, American actor
  • 1983 Takayuki Yamada, Japanese actor
  • 1985 Jennifer Nicole Freeman, American actress
  • 1986 Priyanka Sharma, Indian actress
  • 1994 Morgan Featherstone, Australian model