Sir Charles Aubrey Smith CBE (21 July 1863 – 20 December 1948), known to film-goers as C. Aubrey Smith, was an English cricketer and actor. His films include such classics as The Prisoner of Zenda (1937), The Four Feathers (1939), and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941). Born in London, England. (d. 1948)
Ernest Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was an American author and journalist. His most notable works include The Sun Also Rises (1926), A Farewell to Arms (1929), For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940), and The Old Man and the Sea (1951). Born Ernest Miller Hemingway in Oak Park, Illinois. (d. 1961)
Marshall McLuhan, CC (July 21, 1911 – December 31, 1980) was a Canadian philosopher of communication theory. His work is viewed as one of the cornerstones of the study of media theory, as well as having practical applications in the advertising and television industries. McLuhan is known for coining the expressions the medium is the message and the global village. Born Herbert Marshall McLuhan in Edmonton, Alberta. (d. 1980)
Kay Starr (born July 21, 1922) is an American pop and jazz singer who enjoyed considerable success in the 1940s and 1950s. She is best remembered for #1 hit “Wheel of Fortune”. Born Katherine Laverne Starks on a reservation in Dougherty, Oklahoma.
Mollie Sugden (21 July 1922 – 1 July 2009) was an English comedy actress, best known for portraying the saleswoman Mrs. Slocombe in the British sitcom Are You Being Served? (1972-85). Born Isobel Mary Sugden in Keighley. (d. 2009)
Don Knotts (July 21, 1924 – February 24, 2006) was an American comedic actor best known for his portrayal of Barney Fife on the 1960s television sitcom The Andy Griffith Show, a role which earned him five Emmy Awards. Born Jesse Donald Knotts in Morgantown, West Virginia. (d. 2006)
Norman Jewison, CC, O.Ont (born July 21, 1926) is a Canadian film director, producer, actor and founder of the Canadian Film Centre. Highlights of his directing career include In the Heat of the Night (1967), The Thomas Crown Affair (1968), Fiddler on the Roof (1971), Jesus Christ Superstar (1973), and Moonstruck (1987). Born Norman Frederick Jewison in Toronto, Ontario.
Queenie Watts (21 July 1926 – 25 January 1980) was an English actress and singer of film and television. She appeared in many British films, including Sparrers Can’t Sing (1963) and Up the Junction (1968). Born in London, England. (d. 1980)
Bill Pertwee, MBE (21 July 1926 – 27 May 2013) was an English comedy actor best known for playing the part of antagonist ARP Warden Hodges in the popular sitcom Dad’s Army. Born William Desmond Anthony Pertwee MBE in Amersham, Buckinghamshire.
John Woodvine (born 21 July 1929) is an English stage and screen actor who has appeared in more than 70 theatre productions, as well as a similar number of television and film roles. Woodvine frequently played police officers from early in his career, including roles in Z-Cars, Softly, Softly and New Scotland Yard. Born in South Shields, County Durham, England.
Sir Jonathan Miller CBE (born 21 July 1934) is a British theatre and opera director, actor, author, television presenter, humorist, sculptor and medical doctor. He first came to prominence in the early 1960s with his role in the comedy revue Beyond the Fringe. He has become one of the world’s leading opera directors. He ran the Old Vic Theatre. Born Jonathan Wolfe Miller in London.
Kaye Stevens (July 21, 1932 – December 28, 2011) was an American singer and actress. In her role on Days of our Lives, Stevens introduced a new song, “You Light Up My Life”. Born Catherine Louise Stephens in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (d. 2011)
Freddie Davies (born 21 July 1937) is a British comedian and actor who achieved fame in 1964 via the television programme Opportunity Knocks and has since appeared in several television series and films. A joke that he told involved an increasingly exasperated character remonstrating with a tiresome pet-shop owner with the words: “look here, Parrot-face!” Audience reaction prompted him to bill himself as “Freddie ‘Parrot-face’ Davies”. Freddie acted in films including the 1995 comedy Funny Bones and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in 2004. Born in Brixton, London.
Leigh Lawson (born 21 July 1945) is a British film and stage actor, director and writer. Lawson’s portrayals in films include Bernardo in Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972) and Alec d’Urberville in Tess (1979). He played the leading role as Alan Lomax in the television drama series Travelling Man (1984-85), and guest starred in television series such as The Duchess of Duke Street (1976). Born Allan Leigh Lawson in Atherstone, Warwickshire, England.
Kenneth Starr (born July 21, 1946) is an American lawyer and educational administrator who has also been a federal judge. He carried out controversial investigation of figures during the Clinton administration. Born Kenneth Winston Starr in Vernon, Texas.
Arthur Hindle (born July 21, 1948) is a Canadian actor and director. In 1971, he was cast as Billy Duke in the film Face-Off. Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Yusuf Islam (born 21 July 1948), commonly known by his former stage name Cat Stevens, is a British singer-songwriter. His early 1970s record albums Tea for the Tillerman and Teaser and the Firecat were both certified triple platinum in the United States. His 1972 album Catch Bull at Four sold half a million copies in the first two weeks of release alone and was Billboard’s number-one LP for three consecutive weeks. Born Steven Demetre Georgiou in the Marylebone area of London.
Garry Trudeau (born July 21, 1948) is an American cartoonist, best known for the Doonesbury comic strip. Born Garretson Beekman Trudeau in New York City.
Robin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) was an American actor, voice actor, and stand-up comedian. Rising to fame with his role as the alien Mork in the TV series Mork & Mindy, Williams went on to establish a successful career in both stand-up comedy and feature film acting. His film career included such acclaimed films as Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets Society (1989), Awakenings (1990), The Fisher King (1991), and Good Will Hunting (1997).Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor three times, Williams went on to receive the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Good Will Hunting (1997). He also received two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globes, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and five Grammy Awards. Born Robin McLaurin Williams in Chicago, Illinois. (d. 2014)
Jon Lovitz (born July 21, 1957) is an American comedian, actor and singer. He is best known as a cast member of the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live from 1985 to 1990. Born Jonathan M Lovitz in Los Angeles, California.
Ross Kemp (born 21 July 1964) is a BAFTA award-winning English actor, author and journalist, who rose to prominence in the role of Grant Mitchell in the BBC soap opera, EastEnders. Born Ross James Belshaw Kemp in Barking, London, England.
Sarah Waters (born 21 July 1966) is a Welsh novelist. She is best known for her novels set in Victorian society and featuring lesbian protagonists, such as Tipping the Velvet and Fingersmith. Born in Neyland, Pembrokeshire, Wales.
Chris Bisson (born 21 July 1975) is a British actor. He is most recognized for his roles as Saleem Khan in East is East, Vikram Desai in Coronation Street, Kash Karib in Shameless and Jai Sharma in Emmerdale. Born Christopher Paul Bisson in Wythenshawe, Manchester.
Jaime Murray (born 21 July 1977) is an English actress, best known for playing Stacie Monroe in the BBC television series Hustle (2004-2007; 2012) and Lila West in season two of the Showtime television series Dexter (2007). Born in London, England.
Josh Hartnett (born July 21, 1978) is an American actor and producer. Hartnett has gone on to fame for his roles in films such as Pearl Harbor and Black Hawk Down. Born Joshua Daniel Hartnett in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Rebecca Ferguson (born 21 July 1986) is a British singer-songwriter. Ferguson came to prominence in 2010 when she became the runner-up of the seventh series of The X Factor. Born Rebecca Caroline Ferguson in Liverpool, England.