6 April


1483

  Raphael
Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino (April 6, 1483 – April 6, 1520), better known simply as Raphael, was an Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance. Born in Urbino, Italy.
(d. 1520)

1926

 Ian Paisley
Ian Richard Kyle Paisley, Baron Bannside, PC (6 April 1926 – 12 September 2014) was a Unionist politician and Protestant religious leader from Northern Ireland. (d. 2014)

1928

 James Watson
James Dewey Watson, KBE (hon.), ForMemRS, (born April 6, 1928) is an American molecular biologist, geneticist and zoologist, best known as a co-discoverer of the structure of DNA in 1953 with Francis Crick. Watson, Crick, and Maurice Wilkins were awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Born in Chicago, Illinois.

1929

 Willis Hall
Willis Edward Hall (6 April 1929 – 7 March 2005) was an English playwright and radio and television writer who drew on his working class roots in Leeds for much of his writing. His best-known work was a stage adaptation of the 1959 novel Billy Liar (1960), co-written with the book’s author and Hall’s lifelong friend and collaborator Keith Waterhouse and the play The Long and the Short and the Tall. Born in Hunslet, Leeds, Yorkshire.
(d. 2005)
 André Previn
André George Previn, KBE (born Andreas Ludwig Priwin; April 6, 1929) is a German-American pianist, conductor, and composer. He is considered one of the most versatile musicians in the world and is the winner of four Academy Awards for his film work and ten Grammy Awards for his recordings. Born in Berlin, Germany.

1937

 Merle Haggard
Merle Ronald Haggard (born April 6, 1937) is an American country music song writer, singer, guitarist, fiddler, and instrumentalist. In 1997, Merle Haggard was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. Born in Oildale, California.

 Terrence Hardiman
Terrence Hardiman (born 6 April 1937) is an English actor. He is best known for playing The Demon Headmaster in the children’s television series of the same name, and also for Reinhardt in the 1970s drama series Secret Army. Born in Forest Gate, London.

 Billy Dee Williams
William December “Billy Dee” Williams, Jr. (born April 6, 1937) is an American actor, artist, singer, and writer best known for playing the character of Lando Calrissian in the movies Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

1938

 Paul Daniels
Newton Edward Daniels, known by his stage name Paul Daniels (born 6 April 1938), is a British magician and television performer. He achieved international fame through his television series The Paul Daniels Magic Show, which ran on the BBC from 1979 to 1994.

 Roy Thinnes
Roy Thinnes (born April 6, 1938) is an American television and film actor best known for his portrayal of lonely hero David Vincent in the ABC 1967-68 television series The Invaders.

1941

 Gheorghe Zamfir
Gheorghe Zamfir (born April 6, 1941) is a Romanian pan flute musician. Born in Găeşti, Romania

1942

 Barry Levinson
Barry Levinson (born April 6, 1942) is an American screenwriter, film director, actor, and producer of film and television. His most notable films include The Natural, Good Morning Vietnam, Rain Man, Bugsy, and Bandits. Born in Baltimore, Maryland.

1947

 John Ratzenberger
John Deszo Ratzenberger (born April 6, 1947) is an American actor, voice actor, and entrepreneur. He is best known for his role as Cliff Clavin in Cheers and his recurring supporting cast roles in Pixar films. Ratzenberger has had a voice part in all of Pixar’s feature films made to date. Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

1952

 Marilu Henner
Mary Lucy Denise “Marilu” Henner (born April 6, 1952) is an American actress, producer and author. She is best known for her role as Elaine O’Connor Nardo on the sitcom Taxi from 1978 to 1983.

1961

 Rory Bremner
Roderick “Rory” Keith Ogilvy Bremner, FKC (born 6 April 1961) is a Scottish impressionist, playwright and comedian, noted for his work in political satire and impressions of prominent British politicians. Born in Edinburgh.

1969

 Paul Rudd
Paul Stephen Rudd (born April 6, 1969) is an American actor, comedian, and screenwriter. He has primarily appeared in comedies. Born in Passaic, New Jersey.

 Louie Spence
Louie Spence (born 6 April 1969) is an English dance expert, choreographer and television personality who is currently the artistic director at the London Pineapple Dance Studios. Born in Ponders End, Enfield, London.

1974

 Camilla Dallerup
Camilla Dallerup (born 6 April 1974) is a British-based Danish ballroom dancer, dance teacher and model. She is probably best known for her appearances on the BBC’s celebrity dance competition, Strictly Come Dancing. Born in Aalborg, Denmark.

 Gina Yashere
Gina Obedapo Yashere (born 6 April 1974) is a British comedian of Nigerian descent. May be best known for appearing in the comedy series The Lenny Henry Show and numerous appearances on Mock the Week. Born in Bethnal Green, London.

1975

 Zach Braff
Zachary I. “Zach” Braff (born April 6, 1975) is an American actor, screenwriter, producer, and director. Braff first became known in 2001 for his role as Dr. John Dorian on the television series Scrubs, for which he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in 2005.

1978

 Myleene Klass
Myleene Angela Klass (born 6 April 1978) is an English singer, pianist, media personality and model. She was a member of the now defunct British pop band Hear’Say. Klass is more now prominent for being a presenter. Born in Gorleston, Norfolk.

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