17 February


1821

 Lola Montez
Irish dancer (d. 1861)

1864

 Banjo Paterson
Australian poet (d. 1941)

1914

 Arthur Kennedy
American actor (d. 1990)

1925

 Ron Goodwin
English composer and conductor (d. 2003)
 Hal Holbrook
American actor.

1929

 Patricia Routledge
English actress.

1930

 Ruth Rendell
English writer.

1934

 Alan Bates
English actor (d. 2003)
 Barry Humphries
Australian actor and comedian.

1935

 Christina Pickles
UK-born American actress.

1936

 Jim Brown
James Nathaniel “Jim” Brown (born February 17, 1936) is an American former professional football player and actor. He is best known for his exceptional and record-setting nine-year career as a running back for the NFL Cleveland Browns from 1957 to 1965. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest professional athletes in the history of the United States. Born in St. Simons, Georgia.

1937

 Benjamin Whitrow
Benjamin John Whitrow (born 17 February 1937) is an English actor. He was nominated for the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Mr Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. Born in Oxford.

1938

 Yvonne Romain
British film and television actress.

1939

 John Leyton
British singer.

1940

 James Laurenson
James Laurenson (born 17 February 1940) is a New Zealand born stage and screen actor. He played half-Aboriginal detective Det. Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte in the Australian TV drama series Boney. Born in Marton, North Island, New Zealand.

1941

 Gene Pitney
American singer (d. 2006)
 Julia McKenzie
English actress and theatre director.

1945

 Brenda Fricker
Irish actress.

1950

 Prunella Gee
Prunella Gee (born 17 February 1950) is an English actress, best known for her work in the 1970s and 1980s. Her first television role was as Anna Fitzgerald in Granada’s 1930s drama serial Shabby Tiger in 1973. Born in London, England.

1953

 Norman Pace
British actor and comic.

1954

 Rene Russo
American actress.

1962

 Lou Diamond Phillips
Lou Diamond Phillips (born February 17, 1962) is an American actor and director. His breakthrough came when he starred in the film La Bamba as Ritchie Valens. Born Lou Diamond Upchurch at the Subic Bay Naval Station in the Philippines.

1963

 Larry the Cable Guy
American comedian and actor.
 Michael Jordan
American basketball player.

1971

 Jeremy Edwards
British actor.
 Denise Richards
American actress.

1978

 Rory Kinnear
Rory Kinnear (born 17 February 1978) is an English actor who has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre. He is best known for playing Bill Tanner in James Bond movies Quantum of Solace and Skyfall. Born in London, England.

1981

 Joseph Gordon-Levitt
American actor.
 Paris Hilton
American actress, singer, and heiress.

1989

 Rebecca Adlington
English swimmer.

1991

 Ed Sheeran
English singer.

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