17 November


1790

 August Ferdinand Mobius
German mathematician (d. 1868)

1887

 Bernard Montgomery
English World War II commander (d. 1976)

1901

 Lee Strasberg
Austrian director (d. 1982)

1905

 Mischa Auer
Mischa Auer (17 November 1905 – 5 March 1967) was a Russian-Jewish born American actor. Auer was cast in the comedy My Man Godfrey, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. From then on, he was regularly cast in zany comedy roles. Born Mikhail Semyonovich Unskovsky in St. Petersburg, Russia. (d. 1967)

1906

 Soichiro Honda
Japanese automobile pioneer (d. 1991)

1922

 Vanda Godsell
Vanda Godsell (17 November 1922 – 11 April 1990) was an English actress. he always seemed to be “Mrs.” Somebody: Mrs. Weaver in This Sporting Life (1963), Mrs. Pitt in Bitter Harvest (1965), Mrs. Goodge in The Wrong Box (1967). Born in Bognor Regis, Sussex, England. (d. 1990)

1925

 Rock Hudson
American actor (d. 1985)

1927

 Lynn Stalmaster
Lynn Arlen Stalmaster (born 17 November 1927) is an award winning American casting director. Born in Omaha, Nebraska.

1934

 Fenella Fielding
English actress.

1937

 Peter Cook
English comedian (d. 1995)

1938

 Gordon Lightfoot
Canadian singer.

1939

 Auberon Waugh
English author (d. 2001)

1940

 William Simons
William Simons (born 17 November 1940) is a Welsh born actor best known for his role as PC Alf Ventress in Heartbeat. Other roles have included parts in Crown Court, The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries and Cribb. Born in Swansea.

1941

 Graham Haberfield
Graham Haberfield (17 November 1941 – 18 October 1975) was an English actor. He did varied stage and television work, but is best remembered as Jerry Booth in Coronation Street and as Winston, the die-hard Manchester City fan in the hit Granada Television sitcom The Dustbinmen. Born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. (d. 1975)

1942

 Martin Scorsese
American film director.

1943

 Lauren Hutton
American actress.

1944

 Danny DeVito
American actor.

1945

 Roland Joffe
Anglo-French film director.

1950

 Tom Walkinshaw
Scottish race car driver and team owner (d. 2010)

1957

 Debbie Thrower
English news reader.

1960

 Jonathan Ross
British TV presenter.
  RuPaul
American entertainer.

1978

 Tom Ellis
Tom Ellis (born 17 November 1978 in Bangor, Wales) is a Welsh actor best known for playing Dr. Oliver Cousins in the BBC soap opera EastEnders and Detective Sergeant Sam Speed in a Life on Mars parody on the The Catherine Tate Show. He was also Sam in the BBC comedy Pulling, and plays Gary in Miranda Hart’s BBC2/BBC1 comedy Miranda.

1981

 Sarah Harding
English singer (Girls Aloud).

1986

 Greg Rutherford
Gregory James Rutherford, MBE (born 17 November 1986) is an English athlete who specialises in the long jump and also competes as a sprinter. He is the 2012 Olympic Champion, 2010 Commonwealth Games silver medallist and 2006 European Championship silver medallist in the long jump.

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