18 January


1882

 A. A Milne
A A Milne (18 January 1882 – 31 January 1956) was an English author, best known for his books about the teddy bear Winnie-the-Pooh and for various poems. Milne was a noted writer, primarily as a playwright, before the huge success of Pooh overshadowed all his previous work. Born Alan Alexander Milne in Kilburn, London, England. (d. 1956)

1888

 Thomas Sopwith
Sir Thomas Sopwith, CBE, Hon FRAeS (18 January 1888 – 27 January 1989) was an English aviation pioneer and yachtsman. In June 1912 Sopwith and others set up the Sopwith Aviation Company. The company produced more than 18,000 British World War I aircraft for the allied forces, including 5747 of the Sopwith Camel single-seat fighter. Born Thomas Octave Murdoch Sopwith in Kensington, United Kingdom. (d. 1989)

1892

 Oliver Hardy
Oliver Hardy (born Norvell Hardy; January 18, 1892 – August 7, 1957) was an American comic actor and one half of Laurel and Hardy, the double act that began in the era of silent films and lasted 25 years, from 1927 to 1951. He appeared with his comedy partner Stan Laurel in 107 short films, feature films, and cameo roles. He was credited with his first film, Outwitting Dad, in 1914.The Music Box, a 1932 short, won Laurel and Hardy an Academy Award for best short film — their only such award. Born Norvell Hardy in Harlem, Georgia. (d. 1957)

1904

 Cary Grant
Cary Grant (January 18, 1904 – November 29, 1986) was an English-American actor, known as one of classic Hollywood’s definitive leading men. He began a career in Hollywood in the early 1930s, and became known for his transatlantic accent, debonair demeanor, and light-hearted approach to acting and sense of comic timing. Grant received five Golden Globe Award for Best Actor nominations. He was presented with an Honorary Oscar by his friend Frank Sinatra at the 42nd Academy Awards in 1970. Born Archibald Alec Leach in Horfield, Bristol. (d. 1986)

1908

 Jacob Bronowski
Jacob Bronowski (18 January 1908 – 22 August 1974) was a British mathematician, historian of science, theatre author, poet and inventor. He was also the presenter and writer of the 1973 BBC television documentary series, The Ascent of Man, and the accompanying book. Born in Łódź, Congress Poland, Russian Empire. (d. 1974)

1913

 Danny Kaye
Danny Kaye (January 18, 1911 – March 3, 1987) was an American actor, singer, dancer, comedian, and musician. His performances featured physical comedy, idiosyncratic pantomimes, and rapid-fire novelty songs. Kaye starred in 17 movies, notably The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947), Hans Christian Andersen (1952), and White Christmas (1954). Born David Daniel Kaminsky in Brooklyn, New York. (d. 1987)

1933

 John Boorman
John Boorman (born 18 January 1933) is an English filmmaker who is best known for his feature films such as Point Blank, Deliverance, Zardoz, Excalibur, Hope and Glory, and Queen and Country. He has directed 22 films and received five Academy Award nominations. Born in Shepperton, Surrey, England.
 Ray Dolby
Ray Dolby OBE (January 18, 1933 – September 12, 2013) was an American engineer and inventor of the noise reduction system known as Dolby NR. He helped develop the video tape recorder while at Ampex and was the founder of Dolby Laboratories. Born Ray Milton Dolby in Portland, Oregon. (d. 2013)
 David Bellamy
David Bellamy OBE (born 18 January 1933) is an English author, broadcaster, environmental campaigner and botanist.During the early 1980s he was a popular presenter of television programmes, including Bellamy’s Backyard Safari. Born David James Bellamy in London, England.

1934

 Raymond Briggs
Raymond Briggs, CBE (born 18 January 1934) is an English illustrator, cartoonist, graphic novelist and author who has achieved critical and popular success among adults and children. He is best known in Britain for his story The Snowman, a book without words whose cartoon adaptation is televised and whose musical adaptation is staged every Christmas. Born Raymond Redvers Briggs in Wimbledon, Surrey, England.

1941

 Bobby Goldsboro
Bobby Goldsboro (born January 18, 1941) is an American pop and country singer-songwriter. He had a string of pop and country hits in the 1960s and 1970s, including his signature No. 1 hit “Honey”, which sold over one million copies in the United States. Born in Marianna, Florida.
 David Ruffin
David Ruffin (January 18, 1941 – June 1, 1991) was an American soul singer and musician most famous for his work as one of the lead singers of The Temptations (1964-68). He was the lead voice on such famous songs as “My Girl” and “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”. Born Davis Eli Ruffin in Whynot, Mississippi. (d. 1991)

1943

 Paul Freeman
Paul Freeman (born 18 January 1943) is an English character actor. He is best known for his role as rival archaeologist René Belloq in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). Born in Barnet, Hertfordshire, England.
 Paul Angelis
Paul Angelis (born 18 January 1943) is an English actor and writer best known for his role as PC Bannerman in the British television series Z-Cars. Angelis provided the voice of Ringo Starr and the Chief Blue Meanie in the film Yellow Submarine. Born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England.

1950

 Gilles Villeneuve
Gilles Villeneuve (January 18, 1950 – May 8, 1982) was a Canadian racing driver. Villeneuve spent six years in Grand Prix racing with Ferrari, winning six races and widespread acclaim for his performances. Villeneuve died in a 140 mph (225 km/h) crash caused by a collision with the March of Jochen Mass during qualifying for the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder. Born Joseph Gilles Henri Villeneuve in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada. (d. 1982)

1952

 Michael Angelis
Michael Angelis (born 18 January 1952) is an English actor. Angelis appeared in comedies such as The Liver Birds (1975-78) and films such as A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (1979). In 1983, he appeared at the Manchester Royal Exchange in Harold Pinter’s ‘The Caretaker’. He was a villain in the revived television series Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (2002). He narrated the Thomas & Friends TV series in the UK from 1991 to 2012, when he took over from Ringo Starr. Born in Liverpool, England.

1955

 Kevin Costner
Kevin Costner (born January 18, 1955) is an American actor, director, producer, and musician. His accolades include two Academy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and one Emmy Award. Costner has played Eliot Ness in The Untouchables, Crash Davis in Bull Durham, Ray Kinsella in Field of Dreams, Lt. John J. Dunbar in Dances with Wolves, for which he won Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Picture, Jim Garrison in JFK, Robin Hood in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Frank Farmer in The Bodyguard, Roy McAvoy in Tin Cup, Jonathan Kent in the DC Extended Universe, and the Mariner in Waterworld. In television, Costner won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film, and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie for his role as Devil Anse Hatfield in Hatfields & McCoys (2012). Born Kevin Michael Costner in Lynwood, California.

1960

 Mark Rylance
Sir Mark Rylance (born 18 January 1960) is an English actor, theatre director and playwright. He was the first artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe in London, from 1995 to 2005. His film appearances include Prospero’s Books (1991), Angels and Insects (1995), Institute Benjamenta (1996), and Intimacy (2001). Rylance won the Academy Award and the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Rudolf Abel in Bridge of Spies (2015). Born David Mark Rylance Waters in Ashford, England.

1961

 Peter Beardsley
Peter Beardsley MBE (born 18 January 1961) is an English former footballer who played as a forward or midfielder between 1979 and 1999. In 1987, he set a record transfer fee in the English game and represented his country 59 times between 1986 and 1996, once as captain, taking part in two FIFA World Cups (1986 and 1990) and UEFA Euro 1988. Born Peter Andrew Beardsley in Hexham, Northumberland, England.

1964

 Jane Horrocks
Jane Horrocks (born 18 January 1964) is an English actress, voice artist, musician and singer, who played the roles of Bubble and Katy Grin in the BBC sitcom Absolutely Fabulous (1992-2012). She was nominated for the 1993 Olivier Award for Best Actress for the title role in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, and received Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations when she reprised the role in the 1998 film Little Voice. Born Barbara Jane Horrocks in Rawtenstall, Lancashire, England.

1983

 Samantha Mumba
Samantha Mumba (born 18 January 1983) is an Irish singer and actress. She shot to fame in 2000 with the release of her debut single “Gotta Tell You”, which reached the Top 10 in Ireland, United Kingdom and the United States. After a relatively short music career, she starred in numerous films, most notably in the 2002 film The Time Machine. Born Samantha Tamania Anne Cecilia Mumba in Dublin, Ireland.

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