4 April


1648

 Grinling Gibbons
Grinling Gibbons (4 April 1648 – 3 August 1721) was a Dutch-British sculptor and wood carver known for his work in England, including St Paul’s Cathedral, Blenheim Palace and Hampton Court Palace.
(d. 1721)

1906

 Bea Benaderet
Beatrice “Bea” Benaderet (April 4, 1906 – October 13, 1968) was an American actress born in New York City and reared in San Francisco, California. She appeared in a wide variety of television work, which included a starring role in the 1960s television series Petticoat Junction and Green Acres as Shady Rest Hotel owner Kate Bradley, supporting roles as Blanche Morton in The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show and as the original voice of Betty Rubble during the first four seasons of The Flintstones, and in The Beverly Hillbillies as Pearl Bodine.
(d. 1968)

1913

 Muddy Waters
McKinley Morganfield (April 4, 1913 – April 30, 1983), known as Muddy Waters, was an American blues musician who is considered the “father of modern Chicago blues”. He was a major inspiration for the British blues explosion in the 1960s and is ranked No. 17 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
(d. 1983)

1922

 Elmer Bernstein
Elmer Bernstein (April 4, 1922 – August 18, 2004) was an American composer and conductor best known for his many film scores. His most popular works include the scores to The Magnificent Seven, The Ten Commandments and The Great Escape. Bernstein won an Oscar for his score to Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967) and was nominated for fourteen Oscars in total. He also won two Golden Globes and was nominated for two Grammy Awards.
(d. 2004)

1923

 Peter Vaughan
Peter Vaughan (born 4 April 1923) is an English character actor, known for many supporting roles in a variety of British film and television productions. He is best known for his role as Grouty in the sitcom Porridge and also had a recurring role alongside Robert Lindsay in Citizen Smith, written by John Sullivan.

1928

 Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou (born Marguerite Ann Johnson; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American author and poet. She published six autobiographies, five books of essays, several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning more than fifty years. She received dozens of awards and over thirty honorary doctoral degrees.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri. (d. 2014)
 Estelle Harris
Estelle Harris (née Nussbaum; April 4, 1928) is a comedic actress and voice artist, often recognized for her shrill, grating voice. She is best known for her role as Estelle Costanza on Seinfeld from 1992 to 1998, as the voice of Mrs. Potato Head in the Toy Story franchise, and Muriel on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody.

1932

 Anthony Perkins
Anthony Perkins (April 4, 1932 – September 12, 1992) was an American actor. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his second film, Friendly Persuasion, but is best known for playing Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho and its three sequels. Born in New York City. (d. 1992)

1944

 Craig T. Nelson
Craig Theodore Nelson (born April 4, 1944) is an American actor. He is best known for his Emmy-winning role as Hayden Fox on the TV series Coach, Deputy Ward Wilson in the 1980 film Stir Crazy, Steven Freeling in the 1982 film Poltergeist, the Warden in My Name is Earl, and Mr. Incredible in the 2004 film The Incredibles. Born in Spokane, Washington.

1946

 Dave Hill
David John Hill (born 4 April 1946) is an English musician, who is the lead guitarist and backing vocalist in the English glam rock group, Slade. Born in Holbeton, Devon.

1952

 Gary Moore
Robert William Gary Moore (4 April 1952 – 6 February 2011), was a Northern Irish musician, most widely recognised as a singer and guitarist. He was a member of Irish bands Skid Row and Thin Lizzy.
(d. 2011)

1960

 Hugo Weaving
Hugo Wallace Weaving (born 4 April 1960) is a film and stage actor. He is best known for his roles as Agent Smith in The Matrix trilogy and Elrond in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy and The Hobbit film trilogy.

1963

 Jane McDonald
Jane Anne McDonald (born 4 April 1963) is a British singer, actress and media personality and broadcaster, who first became famous following her appearance on the BBC docusoap The Cruise.

 Graham Norton
Graham William Walker, known by his stage name Graham Norton (born 4 April 1963), is an Irish comic presenter. Based in the United Kingdom, he is the host of comedy chat show The Graham Norton Show. He also presents on BBC Radio 2 and is the BBC television commentator of the Eurovision Song Contest.

1965

 Robert Downey Jr.
Robert John Downey, Jr. (born April 4, 1965) is an American actor who made his screen debut at the age of five. He starred as the title character in the 1992 film Chaplin, earning him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor. In 2008, Downey played the role of Marvel superhero Tony Stark / Iron Man and in 2009, he played the title character in Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes.

 Sean Wilson
Sean Wilson (born 4 April 1965, Ashton-under-Lyne) is an English actor, best known for his role as Martin Platt in Coronation Street.

1969

 Karren Brady
Karren Rita Brady (born 4 April 1969) is an English sporting executive, television broadcaster, newspaper columnist, author and novelist. She is the former managing director of Birmingham City Football Club and current vice-chairman of West Ham United.

1973

 David Blaine
David Blaine (born David Blaine White; April 4, 1973) is an American illusionist and endurance artist. He is best known for his high-profile feats of endurance, and has made his name as a performer of street and close-up magic.

 Loris Capirossi
Loris Capirossi (born April 4, 1973 in Castel San Pietro Terme, Bologna) is a retired Italian Grand Prix motorcycle road racer, who competed between 1990 and 2011. He is a former 250cc World Champion for Aprilia, and is the only Grand Prix rider to make at least 300 race starts.

1977

 Stephen Mulhern
Stephen Daniel Mulhern (born 4 April 1977) is a British TV presenter, entertainer, and former magician.

1978

  Lemar
Lemar Obika (born 4 April 1978), professionally known simply as Lemar, is an English R&B singer–songwriter and record producer. He rose to fame after finishing in third place on the first series of British talent show Fame Academy.

1979

 Heath Ledger
Heath Andrew Ledger (4 April 1979 – 22 January 2008) was an Australian actor and director. For his portrayal of Ennis Del Mar in Brokeback Mountain, Ledger won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor and Best International Actor from the Australian Film Institute, and was nominated for the BAFTA Award and for the Academy Award for Best Actor. Ledger received numerous accolades for his critically acclaimed performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
(d. 2008)

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