31 July


1886

 Fred Quimby
Fred Quimby (July 31, 1886 – September 16, 1965) was an American cartoon producer, best known as a producer of Tom and Jerry cartoons, for which he won seven Academy Awards. Born Frederick Clinton Quimby in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (d. 1965)

1912

 Milton Friedman
Milton Friedman (July 31, 1912 – November 16, 2006) was an American economist, statistician, and writer. He was a recipient of the 1976 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, and is known for his research on consumption analysis, monetary history and theory. Born in Brooklyn, New York. (d. 2006)

1916

 Bill Todman
Bill Todman (July 31, 1916 – July 29, 1979) was an American television producer born in New York City. He produced many of television’s longest running shows with business partner Mark Goodson including Beat the Clock, Card Sharks, Family Feud, The Price Is Right, and What’s My Line?. Born William S Todman in New York City. (d. 1979)
 Sydney Tafler
Sydney Tafler (31 July 1916 – 8 November 1979) was an English actor best remembered for numerous appearances in films and on British television from the 1940s to the 1970s. On British television he appeared alongside Sid James and Tony Hancock in the early 1960s. He most commonly played spiv characters. Born in London, England. (d. 1979)

1919

 Primo Levi
Primo Levi (31 July 1919 – 11 April 1987) was an Italian Jewish chemist and writer. He was the author of two novels and several collections of short stories, essays, and poems. Born Primo Michele Levi in Turin, Italy. (d. 1987)

1927

 Peter Nichols
Peter Nichols FRSL (born 31 July 1927) is an English writer of stage plays, film and television. He abandoned his first profession of acting to become a successful playwright. He wrote A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, a one-set drama in music hall style, The National Health a fantasy farce, also interrupted by vaudeville and Privates on Parade a musical comedy, partly inspired by Nichols’s own experiences in the Combined Services Entertainments Unit. Born in Bristol, England.

1929

 Don Murray
Don Murray (born July 31, 1929) is an American actor. He played Beauregard “Bo” Decker in Bus Stop (1956) alongside Marilyn Monroe. Born Donald Patrick Murray in Hollywood, California.
 Lynne Reid Banks
Lynne Reid Banks (born 31 July 1929) is a British author of books for children and adults. She has written forty books, including the best-selling children’s novel The Indian in the Cupboard, and her first novel, The L-Shaped Room, published in 1960. Born in London.

1932

 Ted Cassidy
Ted Cassidy (July 31, 1932 – January 16, 1979), known as Ted Cassidy, was an American actor who performed in television and films. At 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) in height, he tended to play unusual characters. He is best known for playing the part of Lurch, the butler on the 1960s television series The Addams Family. Born Theodore Crawford Cassidy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (d. 1979)

1935

 Geoffrey Lewis
Geoffrey Lewis (born July 31, 1935) is an American character actor. He has worked frequently with actor-director Clint Eastwood in several films including Bronco Billy, Every Which Way but Loose, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot and High Plains Drifter. Born in San Diego, California.

1940

 Roy Walker
Roy Walker (born 31 July 1940) is a television personality and comedian from Northern Ireland, who worked for many years as both a television presenter and comedy actor. He is best known as the original host of the game show Catchphrase between 1986 and 1999, and as one of the stars of the stand-up comedy showcase, The Comedians. Born Robert Walker in Belfast.

1943

 Susan Flannery
Susan Flannery (born July 31, 1939) is an American soap opera actress. She is known for her role Stephanie Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful (1987-2012) and for her role as Dr. Laura Spencer Horton on Days of our Lives (1966-1975). Born in Jersey City, New Jersey.

1944

 Geraldine Chaplin
Geraldine Chaplin (born 31 July 1944) is a British-American actress and the daughter of Charlie Chaplin. She came to prominence for her Golden Globe-nominated role of Tonya in David Lean’s Doctor Zhivago (1965). She received her second Golden Globe nomination for Robert Altman’s Nashville (1975). Born Geraldine Leigh Chaplin in Santa Monica, California.
 Jonathan Dimbleby
Jonathan Dimbleby (born 31 July 1944) is a British presenter of current affairs and political radio and television programmes, a political commentator and a writer. He is the son of Richard Dimbleby and younger brother of British TV presenter David Dimbleby. Born in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England.

1947

 Richard Griffiths
Richard Griffiths, OBE (31 July 1947 – 28 March 2013) was an English actor of stage, film and television. He received the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play, the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Featured Actor and a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play, all for his role in the play The History Boys. He is also known for his portrayal of Vernon Dursley in the Harry Potter films, Uncle Monty in Withnail and I, Henry Crabbe in Pie in the Sky, and King George II in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. He also appeared as a British journalist in Richard Attenborough’s Oscar-winning 1982 film Gandhi. Born in Thornaby-on-Tees, North Yorkshire, England. (d. 2013)

1951

 Evonne Goolagong
Evonne Goolagong Cawley, AO, MBE (born 31 July 1951) is an Australian former World No. 1 female tennis player. She was one of the world’s leading players in the 1970s and early 1980s, when she won 14 Grand Slam titles. Born Evonne Goolagong in Griffith, New South Wales, Australia.
 Barry Van Dyke
Barry Van Dyke (born July 31, 1951) is an American actor and the second son of actor and entertainer, Dick Van Dyke and has co-starred with him in Diagnosis: Murder. Born in Atlanta, Georgia.

1956

 Mark Arden
Mark Arden (born 31 July 1956) is an English comedian and actor, best known for being one half of comic double act “The Oblivion Boys” with Stephen Frost. Born in Newbury, Berkshire.

1958

 Sue Jenkins
Sue Jenkins (born 31 July 1958, Liverpool) is an English actress. She is most widely known for her roles as Gloria Todd in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street (1985-88) and as Jackie Corkhill in the Channel 4 soap opera Brookside (1991-2001). Born Susan Elizabeth Jenkins in Liverpool.

1959

 Andrew Marr
Andrew Marr (born 31 July 1959) is a British journalist and political commentator. He edited The Independent (1996-1998), and was political editor of BBC News (2000-2005). He hosts The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday mornings on BBC One. Born Andrew William Stevenson Marr in Glasgow, Scotland.

1960

 Pete Tong
Pete Tong (born July 31, 1960) is an English DJ who works for BBC Radio 1. He is also well known for his record label FFRR Records, and for his performances at nightclubs and music festivals. Born Peter Tong in Dartford, Kent.

1962

 Wesley Snipes
Wesley Snipes (born July 31, 1962) is an American actor, film producer, and martial artist, who has starred in numerous films, including action thrillers and dramatic features such as the Blade film trilogy. Born Wesley Trent Snipes in Orlando, Florida.

1963

 Norman Cook
Norman Cook (born 31 July 1963), also known by his stage name Fatboy Slim, is a British DJ, musician, rapper, and record producer. Born Quentin Leo Cook in Bromley, Kent.

1964

 Jim Corr
Jim Corr (born July 31, 1964), is an Irish musician, singer and songwriter. He is a member of the Irish folk/rock band The Corrs, the other members being his three younger sisters Andrea, Sharon and Caroline. Born James Steven Ignatius Corr in Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland.

1965

 J. K Rowling
Jo Rowling, OBE FRSL (born 31 July 1965), pen name J. K. Rowling, is a British novelist, best known as the author of the Harry Potter fantasy series. She is the United Kingdom’s best-selling author since records began. Born Joanne Rowling OBE FRSL in Yate, Gloucestershire.

1966

 Dean Cain
Dean Cain (born July 31, 1966) is an American actor. He is most widely known for his role as Clark Kent / Superman in the popular American television series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. Born Dean George Tanaka in Mount Clemens, Michigan.

1970

 Ben Chaplin
Ben Chaplin (born 31 July 1969) is an English actor. He co-starred in several films including The Truth About Cats and Dogs, The Thin Red Line, and Murder By Numbers. Born Benedict John Greenwood in Windsor, Berkshire.

1974

 Emilia Fox
Emilia Fox (born 31 July 1974) is an award-winning English actress, known for her role as Dr. Nikki Alexander on BBC crime drama Silent Witness. Her father is actor Edward Fox. Born Emilia Rose Elizabeth Fox in Hammersmith, London.

1979

 B. J Novak
B. J. Novak (born July 31, 1979) is an American actor, stand-up comedian, screenwriter, and director. He is best known for being a writer and co-executive producer for and playing the role of Ryan Howard on The Office, as well as appearing in Inglourious Basterds. Born Benjamin Joseph Manaly Novak in Newton, Massachusetts.

1983

 Rebecca Atkinson
Rebecca Atkinson (born 31 July 1983) is an English actress and model. She is best known for playing Jamie Maguire’s wife, Karen Maguire in Channel 4′s Shameless. She has also appeared in Life On Mars, and Ideal. Born in Salford, Greater Manchester.

1989

 Victoria Azarenka
Victoria Azarenka (born 31 July 1989) is a Belarusian professional tennis player. She is a former world No. 1. She has won two Australian Open singles titles (2012 and 2013). Born Victoria Fyodorovna Azarenka in Minsk, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union.

1998

 Rico Rodriguez
Rico Rodriguez (born July 31, 1998) is an American actor, known for his role of Manny Delgado in the ABC sitcom Modern Family. Born in College Station, Texas.

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