1 February


1894

 John Ford
John Ford (February 1, 1894 – August 31, 1973) was an American film director. He is renowned both for Westerns such as Stagecoach (1939), The Searchers (1956), and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), as well as adaptations of classic 20th-century American novels such as the film The Grapes of Wrath (1940). His four Academy Awards for Best Director (in 1935, 1940, 1941, and 1952) remain a record. One of the films for which he won the award, How Green Was My Valley, also won Best Picture. In a career that spanned more than 50 years, Ford directed more than 140 films and he is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential filmmakers of his generation. Born John Martin Feeney in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. (d. 1973)

1901

 Clark Gable
William Clark Gable (February 1, 1901 – November 16, 1960) was an American film actor. He became a leading man in more than 60 motion pictures. Gable won an Academy Award for Best Actor for It Happened One Night (1934), and was nominated for leading roles in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) and for his best-known role as Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind (1939). He was named the seventh-greatest male star of classic American cinema by the American Film Institute. Born William Clark Gable in Cadiz, Ohio. (d. 1960)

1904

 S. J Perelman
S. J. Perelman (February 1, 1904 – October 17, 1979) was an American humorist and screenwriter. He is best known for his humorous short pieces written over many years for The New Yorker. He also wrote for several other magazines, including Judge, as well as books, scripts, and screenplays. Perelman received an Academy Award for screenwriting in 1956. Born Sidney Joseph Perelman in Brooklyn, New York. (d. 1979)

1915

 Stanley Matthews
Sir Stanley Matthews, CBE (1 February 1915 – 23 February 2000) was an English footballer. Often regarded as one of the greatest players of the British game, he is the only player to have been knighted while still playing football, as well as being the first winner of both the European Footballer of the Year and the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year awards. Born in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England. (d. 2000)

1918

 Muriel Spark
Dame Muriel Spark DBE, CLit, FRSE, FRSL (1 February 1918 – 13 April 2006) was a Scottish novelist, short story writer, poet and essayist. In 2008, The Times named Spark as No. 8 in its list of “the 50 greatest British writers since 1945”. She is known for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961). Born Muriel Sarah Camberg in Edinburgh, Scotland. (d. 2006)

1921

 Peter Sallis
Peter Sallis, OBE (1 February 1921 – 2 June 2017) was an English actor, known for his work on British television. He was the voice of Wallace in the Academy Award-honoured Wallace and Gromit films and played Norman “Cleggy” Clegg in Last of the Summer Wine from its 1973 inception until its final episode in 2010, making him the only actor to appear in all 295 episodes. Born Peter John Sallis in Twickenham, Middlesex, England. (d. 2017)

1928

 Stuart Whitman
Stuart Whitman (born February 1, 1928) is an American actor. He is known for playing Marshal Jim Crown on the Western television series Cimarron Strip (1967). Whitman also starred with John Wayne in the Western film, The Comancheros (1961), and received top billing as the romantic lead in the film Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines (1965). Born Stuart Maxwell Whitman in San Francisco, California.

1931

 Boris Yeltsin
Boris Yeltsin (1 February 1931 – 23 April 2007) was a Soviet and Russian politician and the first President of the Russian Federation, serving from 1991 to 1999. Originally a supporter of Mikhail Gorbachev, Yeltsin emerged under the perestroika reforms as one of Gorbachev’s most powerful political opponents. Born Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin in Butka, Ural Oblast, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union. (d. 2007)

1937

 Don Everly
Don Everly (born February 1, 1937) and Phil Everly, known as The Everly Brothers, were an American country-influenced rock and roll duo, known for steel-string acoustic guitar playing and close harmony singing. They were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001. The song, “Bye Bye Love” became the Everly Brothers’s first million-seller. In 1960s “Cathy’s Clown,” which Don and Phil wrote and composed themselves, sold eight million copies and became the duo’s biggest-selling record. Born Isaac Donald Everly in Brownie, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.

1942

 Terry Jones
Terence Jones (born 1 February 1942) is a Welsh actor, writer, comedian, screenwriter and film director. He is a member of the Monty Python comedy troupe. Jones co-directed Monty Python and the Holy Grail with Terry Gilliam, and was sole director on two further Monty Python movies, Life of Brian and Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life. Jones co-wrote Ripping Yarns with Michael Palin. Born Terence Graham Parry Jones in Colwyn Bay, Denbighshire, Wales.

1946

 Elisabeth Sladen
Elisabeth Sladen (1 February 1946 – 19 April 2011) was an English actress best known for her role as Sarah Jane Smith in the British television series Doctor Who. She was a regular cast member from 1973 to 1976, alongside both Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker, and reprised the role many times in subsequent decades, both on Doctor Who and its spin-offs, K-9 and Company and The Sarah Jane Adventures. Born Elisabeth Clara Heath-Sladen in Liverpool, England. (d. 2011)

1954

 Bill Mumy
Bill Mumy (born February 1, 1954) is an American actor, musician, pitchman, instrumentalist, voice actor, author and a figure in the science-fiction community. He came to prominence in the 1960s as a child actor, when he was credited as Billy Mumy, an era which included memorable appearances in The Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents television shows, as well as an iconic three-season role as Will Robinson in the 1960s CBS sci-fi series Lost in Space. In the 1990s, he performed the role of Lennier in all five seasons of the syndicated sci-fi TV series Babylon 5. Born Charles William Mumy Jr in San Gabriel, California.

1964

 Linus Roache
Linus Roache (born 1 February 1964) is an English actor. He is known for playing Executive ADA Michael Cutter in the NBC dramas Law & Order (2008-10) and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2011-12). He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for playing Robert F. Kennedy in RFK (2002) and won a Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor (TV) for his role as Ralph Wigram in The Gathering Storm (2002). Born Linus William Roache in Manchester, Lancashire, England.

1965

 Sherilyn Fenn
Sherilyn Fenn (born Sheryl Ann Fenn; February 1, 1965) is an American actress. She came to attention for her performance as Audrey Horne on the 1990 cult TV series Twin Peaks (1990-1991, 2017) for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy Award. She is also known for her roles in Wild at Heart (1990), Of Mice and Men (1992), and Boxing Helena (1993). Born Sheryl Ann Fenn in Detroit, Michigan.
 Brandon Lee
Brandon Bruce Lee (February 1, 1965 – March 31, 1993) was an American actor and martial artist. He was the only son of martial artist and actor Bruce Lee. Lee starred in several low-budget action films during the late 1980s and early 1990s. In 1992, he landed his breakthrough role as Eric Draven in The Crow, based on the comic book of the same name. On March 31, 1993, Lee died during the filming of The Crow in an accident involving a prop gun. Born Brandon Bruce Lee in Oakland, California. (d. 1993)
 Princess Stéphanie
Princess Stéphanie of Monaco, Countess of Polignac (Stéphanie Marie Elisabeth Grimaldi; born 1 February 1965) is the youngest child of Rainier III, Prince of Monaco and American actress Grace Kelly, and the sister of Albert II, Prince of Monaco, and Caroline, Princess of Hanover. Currently the seventh in the line of succession to the Monegasque throne, she has been a singer, swimwear designer and fashion model.

1967

 Meg Cabot
Meg Cabot (born February 1, 1967) is an American author of romantic and paranormal fiction for teens and adults and used to write under several pen names, but now writes exclusively under her real name. She has written and published over 50 books, and is best known for The Princess Diaries, later made by Walt Disney Pictures into two feature films of the same name. Born Meggin Patricia Cabot in Bloomington, Indiana.

1968

 Lisa Marie Presley
Lisa Marie Presley (born February 1, 1968) is an American singer-songwriter. She is the only child of singer and actor Elvis Presley and actress and business magnate Priscilla Presley as well as the sole heir to her father’s estate. Presley has developed a career in the music business and has issued three albums. She has been married four times, including to singer Michael Jackson and actor Nicolas Cage. Born in Memphis, Tennessee.

1982

 Gavin Henson
Gavin Henson (born 1 February 1982) is a Welsh rugby union player. He attracted much media attention as part of a Wales national team which achieved Grand Slams in the Six Nations Championship in 2005 and 2008. He has also played for the British and Irish Lions, touring in 2005 to New Zealand. Born Gavin Lloyd Henson in Pencoed, Mid Glamorgan, Wales.

1984

 Lee Thompson Young
Lee Thompson Young (February 1, 1984 – August 19, 2013) was an American actor. He was known for his teenage role as the title character on the Disney Channel television series The Famous Jett Jackson (1998-2001) and as Chris Comer in the movie Friday Night Lights (2004). His last starring role was as Boston police detective Barry Frost on the TNT police drama series Rizzoli & Isles (2010-14). Born in Columbia, South Carolina. (d. 2013)

1994

 Harry Styles
Harry Edward Styles (born 1 February 1994) is an English singer, songwriter, and actor. He rose to stardom as a member of the boy band One Direction. One Direction have released five albums, performed four worldwide tours, and won several awards. Styles made his acting debut in Christopher Nolan’s war film Dunkirk (2017). Born Harry Edward Styles in Redditch, Worcestershire, England.

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