14 February


1856

 Frank Harris
Frank Harris (14 February 1855 – 26 August 1931) was an Irish editor, novelist, short story writer, journalist and publisher, who was friendly with many well-known figures of his day. He is remembered mainly for his multiple-volume memoir My Life and Loves, which was banned in countries around the world for its sexual explicitness. Born James Thomas Harris in Galway, Ireland. (d. 1931)

1894

 Jack Benny
Jack Benny (February 14, 1894 – December 26, 1974) was an American comedian, vaudevillian, radio, television and film actor, and violinist. Recognized as a leading American entertainer of the 20th century, Benny portrayed his character as a miser, playing his violin badly. Benny was known for comic timing and the ability to cause laughter with a pregnant pause or a single expression, such as his signature exasperated “Well!” His radio and television programs, popular from 1932 until his death in 1974, were a major influence on the sitcom genre. Born Benjamin Kubelsky in Chicago, Illinois. (d. 1974)

1902

 Ray “Crash” Corrigan
Ray ‘Crash’ Corrigan (February 14, 1902 – August 10, 1976), was an American actor most famous for appearing in many B-Western films (among these the Three Mesquiteers and Range Busters film series). He also was a stuntman and frequently acted as silver screen gorillas using his own gorilla costumes. Born Raymond Benard in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (d. 1976)

1905

 Thelma Ritter
Thelma Ritter (February 14, 1902 – February 5, 1969) was an American actress, best known for her comedic roles as working-class characters and her strong New York accent. She received six Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress—more than any other actress in history—and won one Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical. Born in New York City, New York. (d. 1969)

1913

 Jimmy Hoffa
Jimmy Hoffa (February 14, 1913 – disappeared July 30, 1975) was an American labor union leader who served as the President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) union from 1958 until 1971. He vanished in late July 1975, at age 62. Hoffa became involved with organized crime from the early years of his Teamsters work. He was convicted of jury tampering, attempted bribery and fraud in 1964, in two separate trials. He was imprisoned in 1967 and sentenced to thirteen years. Hoffa vanished in late July 1975 and was declared legally dead in 1982. Born James Riddle Hoffa in Brazil, Indiana. (d. 1975)

1927

 Lois Maxwell
Lois Maxwell (born 14 February 1927 – 29 September 2007) was a Canadian actress, best known for her portrayal of Miss Moneypenny in the first 14 James Bond films (1962-1985). She was the first actress to play the part. She won the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer for her performance in That Hagen Girl (1947). Born Lois Ruth Hooker in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. (d. 2007)

1929

 Vic Morrow
Vic Morrow (February 14, 1929 – July 23, 1982) was an American actor and director. Morrow and two child actors were killed in 1982 by a stunt helicopter crash during the filming of Twilight Zone: The Movie. Morrow gained notice for his roles in movies Blackboard Jungle (1955), King Creole (1958), God’s Little Acre (1958), Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry (1974), and The Bad News Bears (1976). Born Victor Morrow in The Bronx, New York. (d. 1982)

1934

 Florence Henderson
Florence Agnes Henderson (February 14, 1934 – November 24, 2016) was an American actress and singer with a career spanning six decades. She is best remembered for her starring role as matriarch Carol Brady on the ABC sitcom The Brady Bunch from 1969 to 1974. Born Florence Agnes Henderson in Dale, Indiana. (d. 2016)

1944

 Carl Bernstein
Carl Bernstein (born February 14, 1944) is an American investigative journalist and author. While a young reporter for The Washington Post in 1972, Bernstein was teamed up with Bob Woodward; the two did much of the original news reporting on the Watergate scandal. Born in Washington, DC.
 Alan Parker
Sir Alan Parker CBE (born 14 February 1944) is an English film director, producer and screenwriter. Parker’s early career, beginning in his late teens, was spent as a copywriter and director of television advertisements. Parker is noted for having a wide range of filmmaking styles and working in differing genres. He has directed musicals, including Bugsy Malone (1976), Fame (1980), Pink Floyd – The Wall (1982), The Commitments (1991) and Evita (1996); and true-story dramas, including Midnight Express (1978), Mississippi Burning (1988), Come See the Paradise (1990) and Angela’s Ashes (1999). His films have won nineteen BAFTA awards, ten Golden Globes and six Academy Awards. Born Alan William Parker in Islington, London, England.

1946

 Gregory Hines
Gregory Hines (February 14, 1946 – August 9, 2003) was an American dancer, actor, singer, and choreographer. He appeared in such movies as The Cotton Club, White Nights, Running Scared and Waiting to Exhale. He earned Tony Award nominations for Eubie! (1979), Comin’ Uptown (1980), and Sophisticated Ladies (1981), and won the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for Jelly’s Last Jam (1992) and the Theatre World Award for Eubie!. Born Gregory Oliver Hines in New York City, New York. (d. 2003)

1948

 Teller
Teller (born February 14, 1948) is an American magician, illusionist, actor, comedian, writer, director and half of the comedy magic duo Penn & Teller, along with Penn Jillette. Teller usually does not speak during performances. Teller legally changed his name from “Raymond Joseph Teller” to the mononym “Teller”. Born Raymond Joseph Teller in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1951

 Kevin Keegan
Kevin Keegan, OBE (born 14 February 1951) is an English former football player and manager. A forward, he played for several clubs including Liverpool and Hamburger SV. He went on to manage Newcastle United, Fulham and Manchester City, winning promotion as champions in his first full season at all three clubs. He also managed the England national team. Born Joseph Kevin Keegan in Armthorpe, Doncaster, England.

1960

 Meg Tilly
Meg Tilly (born February 14, 1960) is a Canadian-American actress and novelist. For her role in the 1985 film Agnes of God, she won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. For her role in the television series Bomb Girls (2012-13), she won the 2013 Canadian Screen Award for Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Tilly has also written six novels. Born Margaret Elizabeth Chan in Long Beach, California.

1970

 Simon Pegg
Simon John Pegg (born 14 February 1970) is an English actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer. He co-wrote and starred in the Three Flavours Cornetto film trilogy: Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World’s End (2013). He and Nick Frost wrote and starred in the sci-fi film Paul (2011). Pegg portrayed Benji Dunn in the Mission: Impossible film series (2006-present) and Montgomery Scott in Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), and Star Trek Beyond (2016), co-writing the latter. Born Simon John Beckingham in Brockworth, Gloucestershire, England.

1977

 Cadel Evans
Cadel Evans AM (born 14 February 1977) is an Australian former professional racing cyclist and winner of the 2011 Tour de France. Early in his career, Evans was a champion mountain biker, winning the World Cup in 1998 and 1999. Born Cadel Lee Evans in Katherine, Northern Territory, Australia.

1978

 Dean Gaffney
Dean Gaffney (born 14 February 1978) is an English actor. He is best known for his role as Robbie Jackson on the BBC soap opera EastEnders from 1993 to 2003 and again full-time from 2017. Born Dean Martin Gaffney in Hammersmith, London, England.

1992

 Freddie Highmore
Freddie Highmore (born 14 February 1992) is an English actor. He is known for his roles in the films Finding Neverland (2004), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), and The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008), and in the television series Bates Motel and The Good Doctor. Born Alfred Thomas Highmore in Camden Town, London, England.

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