21 April


1816

 Charlotte Brontë
Charlotte Brontë (21 April 1816 – 31 March 1855) was an English novelist and poet, the eldest of the three Brontë sisters who survived into adulthood and whose novels are English literature standards. She wrote Jane Eyre, Shirley and Villette. Born in Thornton, West Riding of Yorkshire. (d. 1855)

1915

 Anthony Quinn
Antonio Rodolfo Quinn Oaxaca (April 21, 1915 – June 3, 2001), more commonly known as Anthony Quinn, was a Mexican American actor, as well as a painter and writer. He starred in numerous critically acclaimed and commercially successful films, including La Strada, The Guns of Navarone, Lawrence of Arabia, and Zorba the Greek. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor twice: for Viva Zapata! in 1952 and Lust for Life in 1956. Born in Chihuahua, Mexico. (d. 2001)

1917

 Megs Jenkins
Muguette Mary “Megs” Jenkins (21 April 1917 – 5 October 1998) was an English character actress who appeared in British films and television programmes. She appeared in such classics as Green for Danger (1946), The History of Mr. Polly (1949), The Cruel Sea (1953), and Oliver! (1968). Born in Birkenhead, Cheshire. (d. 1998)

1920

 Ronald Magill
Ronald Edmund Magill (21 April 1920 – 6 September 2007) was an English actor. He is best remembered for playing Amos Brearly in the British soap opera Emmerdale Farm from 1972 to 1991. Born in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire. (d. 2007)

1922

 Alistair MacLean
Alistair Stuart MacLean (21 April 1922 – 2 February 1987) was a Scottish novelist who wrote popular thrillers and adventure stories, the best known of which are perhaps The Guns of Navarone, Ice Station Zebra, and Where Eagles Dare. Born in Shettleston, Glasgow, Scotland. (d. 1987)

1923

 John Mortimer
Sir John Clifford Mortimer, CBE, QC (21 April 1923 – 16 January 2009) was an English barrister, dramatist, screenwriter and author. His play, A Voyage Round My Father is autobiographical, recounting his experiences as a young barrister and his relationship with his blind father. Mortimer is best remembered for creating a barrister named Horace Rumpole whose speciality is defending those accused of crime in London’s Old Bailey. Born in Hampstead, London. (d. 2009)

1926

 Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary; born 21 April 1926) is the constitutional monarch of 16 sovereign states, known as the Commonwealth realms, and their territories and dependencies, and head of the 53-member Commonwealth of Nations. She is Supreme Governor of the Church of England and, in some of her realms, carries the additional title of Defender of the Faith. The Queen is the longest-lived and second-longest-reigning monarch of the United Kingdom. Born at 17 Bruton Street, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom.

1927

 Gerald Flood
Gerald Robert Flood (21 April 1927–12 April 1989) was a British actor of stage and television. He played the character Colonel Sharif Mahmoud in the Morocco-based police series, Crane, which ran from 1963 to 1965 on ITV. Born in Portsmouth, Hampshire. (d. 1989)

1930

 Silvana Mangano
Silvana Mangano (21 April 1930 – 16 December 1989) was an Italian actress of English and Italian descent. A favorite star between the 1950s and 1970s, appearing in Anna , The Gold of Naples (L’oro di Napoli, Vittorio De Sica, 1954), Mambo and Death in Venice (Morte a Venezia, Luchino Visconti, 1971). Born in Rome. (d. 1989)
 Jack Taylor
John Keith “Jack” Taylor, OBE (21 April 1930 – 27 July 2012) was an English football referee, famous for officiating in the 1974 FIFA World Cup Final during which he awarded two penalties in the first 30 minutes. Born in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England, UK. (d. 2012)

1932

 Elaine May
Elaine May (born April 21, 1932) is an American film director, screenwriter and actress. She achieved her initial, and possibly greatest fame in the 1950s from her improvisational comedy routines with Mike Nichols, performing as Nichols and May. She is a two-time Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, for The Heartbreak Kid (1972) and Primary Colors (1998). She also received an Oscar nomination for co-writing Heaven Can Wait (1978). In 1996, she reunited with Nichols to write the screenplay for The Birdcage, directed by Nichols. She received the National Medal of Arts in 2012 for her unique contributions. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1935

 Charles Grodin
Charles Grodin (born April 21, 1935) is an American actor, comedian, author, and former cable talk show host. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

1947

 Iggy Pop
Iggy Pop (April 21, 1947) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and actor. Iggy’s music has encompassed a number of styles over the years, including pop, hard rock, jazz and blues. Born James Newell Osterberg, Jr. in Muskegon, Michigan, U.S.
 Adrian Juste
Adrian Juste (born 21 April 1947) is an English former disc jockey who once presented a Saturday lunchtime show on BBC Radio 1. Born in Kirby Muxloe, Leicestershire, England.

1949

 Patti LuPone
Patti Ann LuPone (born April 21, 1949) is an American actress and singer, best known for her work in stage musicals. She is a two-time Grammy Award winner and a two-time Tony Award winner. She is also a 2006 American Theater Hall of Fame inductee. Born in Northport, New York, U.S.

1951

 Tony Danza
Tony Danza (born April 21, 1951) is an American actor known for starring on the TV series Taxi and Who’s the Boss?, for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award and four Golden Globe Awards. Born Antonio Salvatore Iadanza in Brooklyn, New York.

1958

 Andie MacDowell
Rosalie Anderson “Andie” MacDowell (born April 21, 1958) is an American model and actress. She appeared in films Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Green Card, Groundhog Day, and Four Weddings and a Funeral. Born in Gaffney, South Carolina.

1969

 Toby Stephens
Toby Stephens (born 21 April 1969) is an English stage, television and film actor who has appeared in films in both Hollywood and Bollywood. He is best known for playing villain Gustav Graves in the James Bond film Die Another Day (2002), Edward Fairfax Rochester in the BBC television adaptation of Jane Eyre. Born in London, England.

1971

 Michelle Gomez
Michelle Gomez (born 21 April 1971) is a Scottish actress best known for her comedy roles in Green Wing, The Book Group and Bad Education. Born in Glasgow, Scotland.

1979

 James McAvoy
James McAvoy (born 21 April 1979) is a Scottish actor. TV appearances include Band of Brothers, Early Doors and Shameless. Films include The Last King of Scotland, Atonement, Starter for 10 and X-Men: First Class. Born in Port Glasgow, Scotland.

1991

 Max Chilton
Max Alexander Chilton (born 21 April 1991) is a British racing driver. He made his Formula One debut in 2013, racing for the Marussia F1 Team. Born in Reigate, Surrey.

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