20 January


1878

 Finlay Currie
Finlay Currie (20 January 1878 – 9 May 1968) was a Scottish actor of stage, screen and television. His most famous film role was the convict, Abel Magwitch, in David Lean’s Great Expectations (1946). He appeared in Hollywood film epics, including as Saint Peter in Quo Vadis (1951), as Balthazar, one of the Three Magi, in the multi-Oscar-winning Ben-Hur (1959), the Pope in Francis of Assisi (1961), and as an aged, wise senator in The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964). Born Finlay Jefferson Currie in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland. (d. 1968)

1896

 George Burns
George Burns (January 20, 1896 – March 9, 1996) was an American comedian, actor, singer, and writer. He was one of the few entertainers whose career successfully spanned vaudeville, radio, film and television. His arched eyebrow and cigar-smoke punctuation became familiar trademarks for over three quarters of a century. He and his wife, Gracie Allen, appeared on radio, television, and film as the comedy duo Burns and Allen. He appeared in the 1975 film The Sunshine Boys, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Born Nathan Birnbaum in New York City. (d. 1996)

1899

 Clarice Cliff
Clarice Cliff (20 January 1899 – 23 October 1972) was an English ceramic artist active from 1922 to 1963. She began as an apprentice potter. By reason of her talent and ability, she became a ceramic artist, becoming the head of the factory artistic department. In 1930, Cliff was appointed Art Director to Newport Pottery and A. J. Wilkinson. In the mid 90s Cliff’s position as a major artist of her era was confirmed when she was included in major international reference works. Born in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, England. (d. 1972)

1900

 Colin Clive
Colin Clive (20 January 1900 – 25 June 1937) was an English stage and screen actor best remembered for his portrayal of Dr. Henry Frankenstein in James Whale’s two Universal Frankenstein films Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein. Born Colin Glenn Clive-Greig in Saint-Malo, Brittany, France. (d. 1937)

1902

 Leon Ames
Leon Ames (January 20, 1902 – October 12, 1993) was a prolific American film and television actor. He is best remembered for playing father figures in such films as Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) with Judy Garland as one of his daughters, Little Women (1949), On Moonlight Bay (1951), and By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953). His most famous role came as DA Kyle Sackett from the film The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946). Born Harry Wycoff in Portland, Indiana. (d. 1993)

1904

 Fabia Drake
Fabia Drake OBE (20 January 1904 – 28 February 1990) was a British actress whose professional career spanned almost 73 years during the 20th century. She worked on radio and on television, including work with Dickie Henderson and Leslie Crowther as well as in major series like The Pallisers and P.G.Wodehouse’s, The World of Wooster, playing Bertie Wooster’s outrageous Aunt Agatha, and an acclaimed performance as the eccentric, reclusive, Anglo-Indian matriarch Mabel Layton in The Jewel in the Crown (1984). Born Ethel McGlinchy in Herne Bay, Kent, England. (d. 1990)

1906

 Aristotle Onassis
Aristotle Onassis (20 January 1906 – 15 March 1975), was a Greek-Argentine shipping magnate, who amassed the world’s largest privately owned shipping fleet and was one of the world’s richest and most famous men. He was known for his business success, his great wealth and also his personal life, including his marriage to Athina Mary Livanos, daughter of shipping tycoon Stavros G. Livanos, his affair with famous opera singer Maria Callas and his marriage in 1968 to Jacqueline Kennedy, the widow of late American President John F. Kennedy. Born Aristotle Socrates Onassis in Karataş, Smyrna, Ottoman Empire. (d. 1975)

1910

 Joy Adamson
Joy Adamson (20 January 1910 – 3 January 1980) was a naturalist, artist and author. Her book, Born Free, describes her experiences raising a lion cub named Elsa. Born Free was printed in several languages, and made into an Academy Award-winning movie of the same name. In 1977, she was awarded the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art. Born Friederike Viktoria Gessner in Troppau, Austrian Silesia, Austria-Hungary. (d. 1980)

1914

 Roy Plomley
Roy Plomley OBE (20 January 1914 – 28 May 1985) was an English radio broadcaster, producer, playwright and novelist. In 1941, he devised the BBC Radio series Desert Island Discs. He presented 1,791 editions of the programme stretching over 43 years. Born Francis Roy Plomley in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England. (d. 1985)

1920

 Federico Fellini
Federico Fellini, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI (20 January 1920 – 31 October 1993) was an Italian film director and screenwriter. Known for his distinct style that blends fantasy and baroque images with earthiness, he is recognized as one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers of all time. His films have ranked, in polls such as Cahiers du cinéma and Sight & Sound, as some of the greatest films of all time. Born in Rimini, Italy. (d. 1993)
 DeForest Kelley
DeForest Kelley (January 20, 1920 – June 11, 1999) was an American actor, screenwriter, poet and singer known for his roles in Westerns and as Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy of the USS Enterprise in the television and film series Star Trek. Born Jackson DeForest Kelley in Toccoa, Georgia. (d. 1999)

1922

 Graham Stark
Graham Stark (20 January 1922 – 29 October 2013) was an English comedian, actor, writer and director. For a time he was a regular in Educating Archie and substituted for Spike Milligan on The Goon Show when the comedian was ill. He became a regular performer in the Pink Panther film series. Stark gave a moving performance in the film Alfie (1966). Born Graham William Stark in Wallasey, Cheshire, England. (d. 2013)

1924

 Slim Whitman
Slim Whitman (January 20, 1923 – June 19, 2013), was an American country music and western music singer-songwriter and instrumentalist known for his yodeling abilities and his smooth, high, three-octave-range falsetto. Born Ottis Dewey Whitman in Tampa, Florida. (d. 2013)

1926

 Patricia Neal
Patricia Neal (January 20, 1926 – August 8, 2010) was an American actress of stage and screen. She was best known for her film roles as World War II widow Helen Benson in The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), wealthy matron Emily Eustace Failenson in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), and the worn-out housekeeper Alma Brown in Hud (1963), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. Born Patsy Louise Neal in Packard, Kentucky. (d. 2010)

1929

 Arte Johnson
Arte Johnson (born January 20, 1929) is an American comic actor who was a regular on television’s Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. His best-remembered character on the sketch show was a German soldier with the catchphrase “Verrrry interesting…”. Born Arthur Stanton Eric Johnson in Benton Harbor, Berrien County
Michigan.

1930

 Buzz Aldrin
Buzz Aldrin (born January 20, 1930) is an American engineer and former astronaut. As the Lunar Module Pilot on Apollo 11, he was one of the first two humans to land on the Moon, and the second person to walk on it. He set foot on the Moon at 03:15:16 on July 21, 1969 (UTC), following mission commander Neil Armstrong. He is a former U.S. Air Force officer with the Command Pilot rating. He also went into orbit on the Gemini 12 mission, finally achieving the goals for EVA (space-walk work) that paved the way to the Moon and success for the Gemini program. Born Edwin Eugene Aldrin Jr in Glen Ridge, New Jersey.

1934

 Tom Baker
Tom Baker (born 20 January 1934) is an English actor. He is known for his portrayal of the fourth incarnation of the Doctor in the science fiction series Doctor Who from 1974 to 1981, a longer tenure than any other actor, and for the narration of the comedy series Little Britain. Born Thomas Stewart Baker in Liverpool, Lancashire, England.

1937

 Dorothy Provine
Dorothy Provine (January 20, 1935 – April 25, 2010) was an American singer, dancer, actress, and comedienne. Born Dorothy Michelle Provine in Deadwood, South Dakota. (d. 2010)

1946

 David Lynch
David Keith Lynch (born January 20, 1946) is an American director, screenwriter, producer, painter, musician, actor, and photographer. He directed The Elephant Man (1980), from which he gained mainstream success, Dune (1984) and Blue Velvet (1986). Lynch created his own television series, the popular murder mystery Twin Peaks (1990-1991). Born David Keith Lynch in Missoula, Montana.

1950

 Liza Goddard
Liza Goddard (born 20 January 1950) is an English television and stage actress, best known for her work in the 1970s and 1980s. She was cast as Victoria Edgecombe, in Take Three Girls (1969). Her career breakthrough was as April in The Brothers (1972-76). Born Louise E Goddard in Smethwick, England.

1958

 Lorenzo Lamas
Lorenzo Lamas ( born January 20, 1958) is an American actor and martial artist. He is known for playing Lance Cumson on the 1980s soap opera Falcon Crest (Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film). Born Lorenzo Fernando Lamas in Santa Monica, California.

1960

 Will Wright
Will Wright (born January 20, 1960) is an American video game designer and co-founder of the former game development company Maxis, and then part of Electronic Arts (EA). It was the game SimCity that brought him to prominence. Born William Ralph Wright in Atlanta, Georgia.

1962

 Sophie Thompson
Sophie Thompson (born 20 January 1962) is an English actress who has worked in television, film and theatre. She received an Olivier Award nomination for the 1995 London revival of the musical Company, before winning the 1999 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for the London revival of Into the Woods. Her film appearances include Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), Persuasion (1995) Dancing at Lughnasa (1998), Gosford Park (2001), and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010). She also played Stella Crawford in the BBC soap opera EastEnders (2006-07). Born in Hampstead, London, England.

1965

 Heather Small
Heather Small (born 20 January 1965) is an English soul singer, best known for being the lead singer in the band M People. Her debut solo album was Proud, which was released in 2000. Born Heather Smalls in West London, England.
 Sophie, Countess of Wessex
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, GCVO (born 20 January 1965), is the wife of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex. Married in 1999, she worked in public relations until 2002 and now assists her husband in his various activities. The Earl and Countess have two children: James, Viscount Severn, and Lady Louise Windsor, who are respectively tenth and eleventh in line to the British throne. Born Sophie Helen Rhys-Jones in Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, England.

1966

 Rainn Wilson
Rainn Wilson (born January 20, 1966) is an American actor, comedian, writer, director, businessman, producer, and activist. He is best known for his role as Dwight Schrute on the American version of the television comedy The Office. Born Rainn Dietrich Wilson in Seattle, Washington.

1968

 Melissa Rivers
Melissa Rivers (born January 20, 1968) is an American actress, television host, producer, equestrienne and philanthropist. She is the daughter of comedian Joan Rivers and producer Edgar Rosenberg. Born Melissa Warburg Rosenburg in New York City, New York.

1970

 Mitch Benn
Mitch Benn (born 20 January 1970) is an English musician, comedian and author known for his comedy rock songs performed on BBC radio. He is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s satirical programme The Now Show, and has hosted other radio shows. Born Mitchell John Benn in Liverpool, Lancashire, England.

1971

 Gary Barlow
Gary Barlow OBE (born 20 January 1971) is an English singer, songwriter and record producer. He is best known as the lead singer of the British pop group Take That. Barlow also served as head judge of The X Factor UK. Barlow is one of Britain’s most successful songwriters, having written fourteen number one singles and twenty-four top 10 hits. He has had three number one singles, six top 10 singles and two number one albums as a solo artist, and has had seventeen top 5 hits, twelve number one singles and seven number one albums with Take That. Barlow has received six Ivor Novello Awards from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, including the award for Outstanding Services to British Music. He has sold over 50 million records worldwide. Born in Frodsham, Cheshire, England.

1976

 Kirsty Gallacher
Kirsty Gallacher (born 20 January 1976) is a Scottish television presenter. She got her presenting break on Sky Sports News in 1998, and since then has been associated with many other sports shows. Born Kirsty Jane Gallacher in Edinburgh, Scotland.

1979

 Will Young
Will Young (born 20 January 1979) is a British singer-songwriter and actor who came to prominence after winning the 2002 inaugural series of the ITV talent contest Pop Idol. Born William Robert Young in Wokingham, England.

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