26 May


1853

 John Wesley Hardin
John Wesley Hardin (May 26, 1853 – August 19, 1895) was an American outlaw, gunfighter, and controversial folk icon of the Old West. Born in Bonham, Texas, U.S.. (d. 1895)

1867

 Mary of Teck
Mary of Teck (26 May 1867 – 24 March 1953) was Queen consort of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Empress consort of India, as the wife of King-Emperor George V. Although technically a princess of Teck, in the Kingdom of Württemberg, she was born and raised in England. Born Victoria Mary Augusta Louise Olga Pauline Claudine Agnes in Kensington Palace, London. (d. 1953)

1886

 Al Jolson
Al Jolson (May 26, c. 1886 – October 23, 1950) was an American singer, film actor, and comedian. At the peak of his career, he was dubbed “The World’s Greatest Entertainer.” He is best remembered today as the star of the first ‘talking picture’, The Jazz Singer (1927). Born Asa Yoelson in Seredžius, Kovno Governorate, Russian Empire. (d. 1950)

1893

 Norma Talmadge
Norma Talmadge (May 26, 1894 – December 24, 1957) was an American actress and film producer of the silent era. A major box office draw for more than a decade, her career reached a peak in the early 1920s, when she ranked among the most popular idols of the American screen. Born in Jersey City, New Jersey. (d. 1957)

1904

 George Formby
George Formby, OBE (born 26 May 1904 – 6 March 1961), was an English actor, singer-songwriter and comedian who became known to a worldwide audience through his films of the 1930s and 1940s. On stage, screen and record he sang light, comical songs, usually playing the ukulele or banjolele, and became the UK’s highest-paid entertainer. Born George Hoy Booth in Wigan, Lancashire. (d. 1961)

1907

 John Wayne
John Wayne (born May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979), an Academy Award-winner, was among the top box office draws for three decades. His career tok off in 1939, with John Ford’s Stagecoach making him an instant mainstream star. Eighty-three of his movies were Westerns. Among his better-known later films are The Quiet Man (1952), The Searchers (1956), Rio Bravo (1959), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), True Grit (1969), as a humorous U.S. Marshal who sets out to avenge a man’s death in the role that won Wayne his Academy Award; and The Shootist (1976). Born Marion Robert Morrison in Winterset, Iowa. (d. 1979)

1908

 Robert Morley
Robert Morley, CBE (26 May 1908 – 3 June 1992) was an English actor who was usually cast as a pompous English gentleman. His cinema roles included a missionary in The African Queen (1951), The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan (1953), as W. S. Gilbert, and in Oscar Wilde (1960). Born Robert Adolph Wilton Morley in Semley, Wiltshire, England. (d. 1992)

1909

 Matt Busby
Sir Matt Busby, CBE, KCSG (26 May 1909 – 20 January 1994) was a Scottish football player and manager, who managed Manchester United between 1945 and 1969. Born Alexander Matthew Busby in Orbiston, Bellshill, Scotland. (d. 1994)

1912

 Jay Silverheels
Jay Silverheels (May 26, 1912 – March 5, 1980) was a First Nations actor. He was well known for his role as Tonto, the faithful Native American companion of the character, The Lone Ranger in a long-running American western television series. Born Harold J. Smith in Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation, near Brantford, Ontario, Canada. (d. 1980)

1913

 Peter Cushing
Peter Cushing, OBE (26 May 1913 – 11 August 1994) was an English actor and a BAFTA TV Award Best Actor winner in 1956. He is mainly known for his many appearances in Hammer Films, in which he played the sinister scientist Baron Frankenstein, Sherlock Holmes and the vampire hunter Dr. Van Helsing, among many other roles. Cushing’s best-known roles outside the Hammer productions include Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars (1977) and Dr. Who in Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965) and Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. (1966). Born Peter Wilton Cushing in Kenley, Surrey, England. (d. 1994)

1920

 Peggy Lee
Peggy Lee (May 26, 1920 – January 21, 2002) was an American jazz and popular music singer, songwriter, composer and actress, in a career spanning six decades. Peggy was the recipient of three Grammy Awards (including the Lifetime Achievement Award), an Academy Award nomination. She did the speaking and singing voices for several characters in Disney’s Lady and the Tramp (1955). Born Norma Deloris Egstrom in Jamestown, North Dakota. (d. 2002)

1923

 James Arness
James Arness (May 26, 1923 – June 3, 2011) was an American actor, best known for portraying Marshal Matt Dillon in the television series Gunsmoke for 20 years. Born James King Aurness in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (d. 2011)
 Roy Dotrice
Roy Dotrice, OBE (born 26 May 1923) is a British actor known for his Tony Award-winning Broadway performance in the revival of A Moon for the Misbegotten. Film audiences know him best for his role as Leopold Mozart in the Oscar winning film Amadeus. Born in Guernsey, Channel Islands.

1925

 Alec McCowen
Alec McCowen CBE (born 26 May 1925) is an English actor. He is known for his work in numerous film and stage productions including Travels with My Aunt (1972) for which he received a Golden Globe nomination. Born Alexander Duncan McCowen in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England.

1926

 Miles Davis
Miles Davis (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) was an American jazz musician, trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. In 2006, Davis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Born Miles Dewey Davis III in Alton, Illinois. (d. 1991)

1928

 Jack Kevorkian
Jack Kevorkian (May 26, 1928 – June 3, 2011), was an American pathologist, euthanasia activist, painter, author, composer, and instrumentalist. He is best known for publicly championing a terminal patient’s right to die via physician-assisted suicide. Born Jacob Kevorkian in Pontiac, Michigan. (d. 2011)

1935

 Sheila Steafel
Sheila Steafel (born 26 May 1935) is a South African-born actress. She has appeared in many television series, including The Frost Report, Z-Cars, Sykes, The Kenny Everett Television Show, and Minder. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa.

1946

 Mick Ronson
Mick Ronson (26 May 1946 – 29 April 1993) was an English guitarist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and producer. He is best known for his work with David Bowie, as one of the Spiders from Mars. Born Michael Ronson in Kingston upon Hull, England. (d. 1993)

1948

 Stevie Nicks
Stevie Nicks (born May 26, 1948) is an American singer and songwriter, best known for her work with Fleetwood Mac and an extensive solo career, which collectively have produced over forty Top 50 hits and sold over 140 million albums. Born Stephanie Lynn Nicks in Phoenix, Arizona.

1949

 Ward Cunningham
Ward Cunningham (born May 26, 1949) is an American computer programmer who developed the first wiki. Born Howard G. Cunningham in Michigan City, Indiana.
 Pam Grier
Pam Grier (born May 26, 1949) is an American actress. She became famous in the early 1970s after starring in a string of moderately successful women in prison and blaxploitation films. Her career was revitalized in 1997 after her appearance in Quentin Tarantino’s film Jackie Brown, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress. Born Pamela Suzette Grier in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
 Philip Michael Thomas
Philip Michael Thomas (born May 26, 1949) is an American actor. Thomas’ most famous role is that of detective Ricardo Tubbs on the hit 1980s TV series Miami Vice. Born in Columbus, Ohio,.

1951

 Sally Ride
Sally Ride (May 26, 1951 – July 23, 2012) was an American physicist and astronaut. Ride joined NASA in 1978 and, at the age of 32, became the first American woman in space. Born Sally Kristen Ride in Los Angeles, California. (d. 2012)

1953

 Michael Portillo
Michael Portillo (born 26 May 1953) is a British journalist, broadcaster, and former Conservative Party politician and Cabinet Minister. Born Michael Denzil Xavier Portillo in Bushey, Hertfordshire, England.

1958

 Howard Goodall
Howard Goodall CBE (born 26 May 1958) is an English composer of musicals, choral music and music for television. Goodall has composed incidental music for several popular UK comedy programmes, including Red Dwarf, Blackadder, Mr. Bean, The Thin Blue Line, and The Vicar of Dibley. Born Howard Lindsay Goodall in Bromley, Kent.

1961

 Cathy Silvers
Cathy Silvers (born May 27, 1961) is an American actress and author, and the daughter of comedian Phil Silvers. She is best known for her role as boy-crazy teenager Jenny Piccalo in later seasons of the TV sitcom Happy Days. Born in New York City, New York,.

1962

 Bobcat Goldthwait
“Bobcat” Goldthwait (born May 26, 1962) is an American film director, stand-up comedian, actor, writer, singer, voice artist, and comedian, known for his acerbic black comedy, delivered through an energetic stage personality with an unusual gruff and high-pitched voice. Born Robert Francis Goldthwait in Syracuse, New York.

1964

 Lenny Kravitz
Lenny Kravitz (born May 26, 1964) is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actor and arranger. He won the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance four years in a row from 1999 to 2002. Born Leonard Albert Kravitz in Manhattan, New York.

1965

 Hazel Irvine
Hazel Irvine (born 24 May 1965), is a Scottish television presenter. Irvine joined the BBC in 1990, working as presenter on BBC Scotland’s Sportscene programme and becoming the youngest-ever presenter of the BBC’s flagship sports programme Grandstand. Born in St Andrews, Scotland.

1966

 Helena Bonham Carter
Helena Bonham Carter CBE (born 26 May 1966) is an English actress. She is known for her roles in films, such as A Room with a View, Fight Club, The King’s Speech, and playing Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter series. She has frequently collaborated with director Tim Burton, in films Planet of the Apes, Big Fish, Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and Alice in Wonderland. Born in Golders Green, London,.
 Zola Budd
Zola Budd (born 26 May 1966) is a middle-distance and long-distance runner. She competed at the 1984 Olympic Games for Great Britain and the 1992 Olympic Games for South Africa. Born in Bloemfontein, Orange Free State, South Africa.

1971

 Matt Stone
Matt Stone (born May 26, 1971) is an American actor, animator, screenwriter, television director, producer, singer, and songwriter. He is best known for being the co-creator of South Park. Born Matthew Richard Stone in Houston, Texas,.

1972

 Patsy Palmer
Patsy Palmer (born 26 May 1972 in Bethnal Green, London) is an English actress. Palmer made an early television appearance on the children’s drama show Grange Hill, but is best known for playing Bianca Jackson in the popular British television soap opera EastEnders. Born Julie Anne Harris in Bethnal Green, London, England.

1978

 Laurence Fox
Laurence Fox (born 26 May 1978) is an English actor and musician, best known for his leading role as Detective Sergeant James Hathaway in the British TV drama series Lewis (2006–2013). Born Laurence Paul Fox in Yorkshire, England.

1979

 Elisabeth Harnois
Elisabeth Rose Harnois (born May 26, 1979) is an American actress. Her career started at the age of five, where she began appearing in a number of film and television roles. In 2011, she began starring as Morgan Brody in the CBS police drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Born Elisabeth Rose Harnois in Detroit, Michigan.

1981

 Jason Manford
Jason Manford (born 26 May 1981) is an English comedian, television presenter, and actor. Manford is best known for his roles on comedy panel shows such as 8 Out of 10 Cats on Channel 4 and Odd One In for ITV. Born Jason John Manford in Salford, Greater Manchester, England.

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