3 April


1783

 Washington Irving
Washington Irving (April 3, 1783 – November 28, 1859) was an American author, essayist, biographer, historian, and diplomat of the early 19th century. He is best known for his short stories “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “Rip Van Winkle”.
(d. 1859)

1893

 Leslie Howard
Leslie Howard (3 April 1893 – 1 June 1943) was an English stage and film actor, director, and producer. Among his best-known roles was Ashley Wilkes in Gone with the Wind (1939) and roles in Berkeley Square (1933), Of Human Bondage (1934), The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934), Pygmalion (1938), and The First of the Few (1942). Born in Forest Hill, London.
(d. 1943)

1898

 George Jessel
George Albert Jessel (3 April 1898 – 23 May 1981), sometimes called “Georgie” Jessel, was an American illustrated song “model,” actor, singer, songwriter, and Academy Award-winning movie producer. Born in the Bronx.
(d. 1981)

1920

 John Demjanjuk
John Demjanjuk (born Ivan Mykolaiovych Demianiuk, 3 April 1920 – 17 March 2012) was a Ukrainian-American convicted in 2011 for war crimes as an accessory to the murder of 27,900 Jews while acting as a guard named Ivan Demjanjuk at the Nazi extermination camp near Sobibór, Poland. Born in Dubovi Makharyntsi, Ukraine.
(d. 2012)

1922

 Doris Day
Doris Day (born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff; April 3, 1924) is an American actress, singer, and animal rights activist. Day appeared in 39 films. She became the top-ranking female box office star of all time.She received an Academy Award nomination for her performance in Pillow Talk. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio.

1924

 Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando, Jr. (April 3, 1924 – July 1, 2004) was an American screen and stage actor. He is widely regarded as having had a significant impact on the art of film acting. An enduring cultural icon, Brando became a box office star during the 1950s, during which time he racked up five Oscar nominations as Best Actor, along with three consecutive wins of the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Born in Omaha, Nebraska.
(d. 2004)
 Peter Hawkins
Peter John Hawkins (3 April 1924 – 8 July 2006) was an English actor and voice artist. Born in Brixton, London, Hawkins voiced Bill and Ben (the Flower Pot Men), Big Ears and Mr. Plod in The Adventures Of Noddy, all the voices for Captain Pugwash, The Adventures of Tintin and many others. He voiced several characters on Doctor Who in the show’s early years, most notably the Daleks and the Cybermen. He was also the original voice of Zippy on Rainbow.
(d. 2006)

1925

 Tony Benn
Anthony Neil Wedgwood Benn PC (born 3 April 1925), formerly 2nd Viscount Stansgate, is a retired British Labour Party politician who was a Member of Parliament (MP) for 50 years and a Cabinet Minister under Harold Wilson and James Callaghan. Born in Marylebone, London.

1926

 Timothy Bateson
Timothy Dingwall Bateson (3 April 1926 – 16 September 2009) was a British actor. Bateson’s stage credits included the first British production of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot in 1955 at the Arts Theatre in London in a production directed by Peter Hall.He appeared in many film, television and radio productions including Brother Cadfael, Doctor Who and Dad’s Army. Born in London.
(d. 2009)
 Gus Grissom
Virgil Ivan Grissom (April 3, 1926 – January 27, 1967), (Lt Col, USAF), better known as Gus Grissom, was one of the original NASA Project Mercury astronauts and a United States Air Force pilot. He was the second American to fly in space, and the first member of the NASA Astronaut Corps to fly in space twice. Grissom was killed during a pre-launch test for the Apollo 1 mission at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Born in Mitchell, Indiana.
(d. 1967)

1930

 Helmut Kohl
Helmut Josef Michael Kohl (born 3 April 1930) is a German conservative politician and statesman. He was Chancellor of Germany from 1982–98 (of West Germany between 1982 and 1990 and of the reunited Germany between 1990–98). Born in Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany.

1934

 Jane Goodall
Dame Jane Morris Goodall, DBE (born Valerie Jane Morris-Goodall on 3 April 1934) is a British primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and UN Messenger of Peace. Considered to be the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees, Goodall is best known for her 45-year study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees in Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania. She is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and has worked extensively on conservation and animal welfare issues. Born in London.

1941

 Jan Berry
William Jan Berry (born in Los Angeles, California April 3, 1941; died March 26, 2004). Jan and Dean were a rock and roll duo, popular from the late 1950s through the mid-1960s, consisting of William Jan Berry and Dean Ormsby Torrence. They were pioneers of the vocal “surf music” craze that was popularized by The Beach Boys. Among their most successful songs was “Surf City”, which topped both the Billboard and Cashbox music charts in June 1963, and “Dead Man’s Curve”, which reached No. 8 on the Billboard charts in 1964 and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2008. Born in Los Angeles, California.
(d. 2004)

1942

 Marsha Mason
Marsha Mason (born April 3, 1942) is an American actress and television director. Mason received four Academy Award nominations as Best Actress for her performances in Cinderella Liberty, The Goodbye Girl, Chapter Two, and Only When I Laugh. She is also known for starring in the 1986 film Heartbreak Ridge. Born in St. Louis, Missouri.

 Wayne Newton
Wayne Newton (born April 3, 1942) is an American singer and entertainer based in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is best known for his signature song, “Danke Schoen” (1963), which was notably used in the score for “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (1986). Born Carson Wayne Newton in Norfolk, Virginia.

1943

 Jonathan Lynn
Jonathan Lynn (born 3 April 1943) is an English film director, comedy writer and actor. He is known for directing comedy films like Nuns on the Run and My Cousin Vinny, and for earlier co-creating and co-writing the TV series Yes Minister and Yes, Prime Minister. Born in Bath, Somerset, England.

1944

 Tony Orlando
Michael Anthony Orlando Cassavitis (born April 3, 1944), better known as Tony Orlando, is an American show business professional, best known as the lead singer of the group Tony Orlando and Dawn in the early 1970s. Spent his earliest years in Manhattan, New York.

1946

 John Virgo
John Virgo (born 3 March 1946) is an English former professional snooker player and more recently a snooker commentator and TV personality. Born in Salford, Lancashire, England.

1949

 Richard Thompson
Richard John Thompson OBE (born 3 April 1949) is a British songwriter, guitarist and recording and performing musician. His songwriting has earned him an Ivor Novello Award and, in 2006, a lifetime achievement award from BBC Radio. Born in Notting Hill, London.

1950

 Sally Thomsett
Sally Thomsett (born 3 April 1950) is a British actress. Thomsett is best known for featuring in the film The Railway Children (1970), and for playing Jo in the TV sitcom, Man About the House (1973–76). Born in Sussex, England.

1957

 Julia Hills
Julia Hills (born 3 April 1957) is a British actress best known for playing the man hungry Rona in eight series of the BBC hit sitcom 2point4 children. Born in Nottingham.

1958

 Alec Baldwin
Alexander Rae “Alec” Baldwin III (born April 3, 1958) is an American actor who has appeared on film, stage, and television. His performance in the 2003 film The Cooler garnered him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He starred as Jack Donaghy on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock, receiving critical acclaim for his performance and winning two Emmy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and seven Screen Actors Guild Awards for his work on the show. Born in Amityville, Long Island, New York.

1959

 David Hyde Pierce
David Hyde Pierce (born April 3, 1959) is an American actor and comedian. He is best known for playing the psychiatrist Dr. Niles Crane on the hit NBC sitcom Frasier, for which he won four Emmy Awards during the series’ run. He voiced stick insect Slim in A Bug’s Life, Doctor Delbert Doppler in Disney’s film Treasure Planet, and the amphibian Abe Sapien in Hellboy. In a deliberate in-joke, he voiced Cecil, the brother of Kelsey Grammer-voiced Sideshow Bob, in The Simpsons episode “Brother from Another Series”, in which the two characters parallel the Frasier-Niles relationship.

1961

 Eddie Murphy
Edward Regan “Eddie” Murphy (born April 3, 1961) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, singer, director, and musician. He is the second-highest grossing actor in the United States.He has received Golden Globe Award nominations for his performances in 48 Hrs., Beverly Hills Cop series, Trading Places, and The Nutty Professor. In 2007, he won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor and received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of soul singer James “Thunder” Early in Dreamgirls. he voiced Donkey in the Shrek series and the Chinese dragon Mushu in Disney’s Mulan. Born in Brooklyn, New York.

1968

 Charlotte Coleman
Charlotte Ninon Coleman (3 April 1968 – 14 November 2001) was an English actress best known for playing Scarlett in the film Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), Jess in the television drama Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, and her childhood roles of Sue in Worzel Gummidge and the character Marmalade Atkins.
(d. 2001)
 Jamie Hewlett
Jamie Christopher Hewlett (born 3 April 1968) is an English comic book artist and designer. He is known for being the co-creator of the comic Tank Girl and co-creator of the virtual band Gorillaz. Born in Horsham, West Sussex, England.

1972

 Kenny Logan
Kenny Logan (born 3 April 1972) is a retired Scottish rugby union player who played wing for a number of clubs and Scotland. He is best known for his successful stint with London Wasps where he won three English Premierships. Born in Stirling, Scotland.

1973

 Jamie Bamber
Jamie St. John Bamber Griffith (born 3 April 1973), better known as Jamie Bamber, is an English actor known most widely for his roles as Lee Adama on Battlestar Galactica and Detective Sergeant Matt Devlin on the ITV series Law & Order: UK. Born in Hammersmith, London.

1976

 Will Mellor
William “Will” Mellor (born 3 April 1976) is an English actor. He is known for his roles as Jambo Bolton in Hollyoaks and Gaz Wilkinson in Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps. Born in Bredbury, Stockport, Greater Manchester.

1982

 Cobie Smulders
Jacoba Francisca Maria “Cobie” Smulders (born April 3, 1982) is a Canadian actress and former model, known for her roles as Robin Scherbatsky on the television series How I Met Your Mother and Maria Hill in the 2012 film The Avengers.

1985

 Leona Lewis
Leona Louise Lewis (born 3 April 1985) is a British singer and songwriter. She first came to prominence after winning the third series of The X Factor in 2006. Her debut album, Spirit, was released in 2007, and sold over eight million copies worldwide. The album’s most successful single, “Bleeding Love”, reached number one in over 30 countries around the world, and was the best-selling single worldwide in 2008. Born in the London Borough of Islington.

1986

 Coleen Rooney
Coleen Mary Rooney (née McLoughlin; born 3 April 1986) is best known for being the wife of Manchester United and England football star Wayne Rooney. She has developed a career as a TV presenter, columnist and celebrity product endorser and is regularly mentioned in British tabloid media.

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