Giuseppe Verdi (10 October 1813 – 27 January 1901) was an Italian opera composer, one of the pre-eminent opera composers in history. His operas remain extremely popular, especially the three peaks of his ‘middle period’: Rigoletto, Il trovatore and La traviata. Born Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi in Busseto. (d. 1901)
Helen Hayes (October 10, 1900 – March 17, 1993) was an American actress whose career spanned almost 80 years. She eventually garnered the nickname “First Lady of American Theatre” and was one of 12 people who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony Award (an EGOT). Hayes also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor. Her sound film debut was The Sin of Madelon Claudet, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. Born Helen Hayes Brown in Washington, DC. (d. 1993)
Thelonious Monk (October 10, 1917 – February 17, 1982) was an American jazz pianist and composer. Monk had a unique improvisational style and made numerous contributions to the standard jazz repertoire. Born Thelonious Sphere Monk in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. (d. 1982)
Nicholas Parsons, CBE (born 10 October 1923) is an English radio and television presenter and actor. His long career in television, radio and theatre has made him a household name. Best known today for his long-standing position as host of the comedy radio game show Just a Minute, Parsons is also famous as the long-term host of Sale of the Century, a show whose audience peaked at over 21 million viewers. Parsons became well known to TV audiences during the 1960s as the straight man to comedian Arthur Haynes. The partnership broke up after ten years at Haynes’s request, allowing Parsons to return to the stage, before becoming a regular on The Benny Hill Show from 1969 to 1974. Born Christopher Nicholas Parsons in Grantham, Lincolnshire.
Murray Walker, OBE (born 10 October 1923) is an English semi-retired Formula One motorsport commentator and journalist. For most of his career he worked for the BBC, but when it lost the contract for Formula One coverage to ITV, he continued commentating after the change of broadcaster. Born Graeme Murray Walker in Hall Green, Birmingham.
James Clavell (10 October 1921 – 6 September 1994) an Australian-born British (later naturalized American) novelist, screenwriter, director, and World War II veteran and prisoner of war. Clavell is best known for his epic Asian Saga series of novels and their televised adaptations, along with such films as The Great Escape (1963) and To Sir, with Love (1967). Born Charles Edmund Dumaresq Clavell in Sydney, Australia. (d. 1994)
Edward Davis Wood, Jr. (October 10, 1924 – December 10, 1978) was an American filmmaker, actor, writer, producer, and director. In the 1950s, Wood made a number of low-budget films in the science fiction, comedy, and horror genres, intercutting stock footage. In the 1960s and 1970s, he made sexploitation movies and wrote over 80 pulp crime, horror and sex novels. In 1980, he was posthumously awarded a Golden Turkey Award as Worst Director of All Time, renewing public interest in his work. Wood’s career and camp approach has earned him and his films a cult following. Born Edward Davis Wood Jr in Poughkeepsie, New York. (d. 1978)
Harold Pinter CH CBE (10 October 1930 – 24 December 2008) was a Nobel Prize-winning English playwright, screenwriter, director and actor. One of the most influential modern British dramatists, his writing career spanned more than 50 years. His best-known plays include The Birthday Party (1957), The Homecoming (1964), and Betrayal (1978), each of which he adapted for the screen. His screenplay adaptations of others’ works include The Servant (1963), The Go-Between (1971), The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981), The Trial (1993), and Sleuth (2007). He also directed or acted in radio, stage, television, and film productions of his own and others’ works. Born in Hackney, London, England. (d. 2008)
Daniel Massey (10 October 1933 – 25 March 1998) was an English actor and performer. He is possibly best known for his starring role in the British TV drama The Roads to Freedom, as Daniel, alongside Michael Bryant. He is also known for his role in the 1968 American film Star!, as Noël Coward, for which he won a Golden Globe Award and an Oscar Nomination. Born Daniel Raymond Massey in Westminster, London, England. (d. 1998)
Judith Chalmers OBE (born 10 October 1935 or 1937) is an English television presenter who is best known for presenting the travel programme Wish You Were Here…? from 1974 to 2003. Born Judith Rosemary Locke Chalmers in Stockport, Cheshire, England.
Charles Dance, OBE (born 10 October 1946) is an English actor, screenwriter, and film director. Dance typically plays assertive bureaucrats or villains. Some of his most high-profile roles are Tywin Lannister in HBO’s Game of Thrones, Guy Perron in The Jewel in the Crown (1984), Sardo Numspa in The Golden Child (1986), Dr. Jonathan Clemens in Alien 3 (1992), Benedict in Last Action Hero (1993), the Master Vampire in Dracula Untold (2014), Lord Havelock Vetinari in Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal (2010) and Alastair Denniston in The Imitation Game (2014). Born Walter Charles Dance in Redditch, Worcestershire.
Chris Tarrant, OBE (born 10 October 1946) is an English radio and television broadcaster. He hosted the ITV children’s television show Tiswas from 1974 to 1982, the ITV game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? from 1998 to 2014, and was a Capital Radio host from 1984 to 2004. Born Christopher John Tarrant in Reading, Berkshire.
Ben Vereen (born October 10, 1946) is an American actor, dancer, and singer who has appeared in numerous Broadway theatre shows. Born Benjamin Augustus Middleton in Laurinburg, North Carolina.
Martin Austin Ruane (10 October 1946 – 29 November 1998) was an English professional wrestler. Best known by the ring name Giant Haystacks, he wrestled all over the world. Ruane was known for his massive physical size, billed as standing 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) tall and weighing 48 stone 13 lb (685 lb; 311 kg) at his heaviest. Born Martin Austin Ruane in Camberwell, London, England. (d. 1998)
Larry Lamb (born 10 October 1947) is an English actor and radio presenter. He played Archie Mitchell in the BBC soap opera EastEnders and Mick Shipman in the BBC romantic comedy series Gavin & Stacey. Born Lawrence Douglas Lamb in Edmonton, Middlesex, England.
Séverine (10 October 1948, Paris) is a French singer. Séverine won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1971 for Monaco, performing “Un banc, un arbre, une rue” (A bench, a tree, a street), with music by Jean-Pierre Bourtayre and words by Yves Dessca. Born Josiane Grizeau.
Midge Ure, OBE (born 10 October 1953) is a Scottish musician, singer-songwriter and producer. His stage name, Midge, is a phonetic reversal of Jim, the diminutive form of his given name. Ure enjoyed particular success in the 1970s and ’80s in bands, most notably as frontman of Ultravox. In 1984 Ure co-wrote and produced the charity single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”, which has sold 3.7 million copies in the UK. The song is the second highest selling single in UK chart history. Ure co-organised Band Aid, Live Aid and Live 8 with Bob Geldof. Ure acts as trustee for the charity, and serves as ambassador for Save the Children. Born James Ure in Cambuslang, Lanarkshire.
David Lee Roth
David Lee Roth (born October 10, 1954) is an American rock vocalist, musician, songwriter, actor, author, and former radio personality. In 2007, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Roth is best known as the original (1974-1985) and current (2006-present) lead singer of the Pasadena, California-based hard rock band Van Halen. Born in Bloomington, Indiana.
Amanda Burton (born 10 October 1956) is a Northern Irish actress, well known for her television roles, including Heather Black in the Channel 4 soap opera Brookside, Beth Glover in Peak Practice, Sam Ryan in the BBC crime drama series Silent Witness, Clare Blake in The Commander and Karen Fisher in Waterloo Road. Born in Derry, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
Fiona Elizabeth Fullerton (born 10 October 1956) is a Nigerian-born British actress and singer. She is perhaps best known for her role as KGB spy Pola Ivanova in the 1985 James Bond film A View to a Kill and as Alice in the 1972 film Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Born in Kaduna, Nigeria, Africa.
Kirsty MacColl (10 October 1959 – 18 December 2000) was an English singer and songwriter. She recorded several pop hits between the early 1980s and the 1990s, including “There’s a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis” and cover versions of Billy Bragg’s “A New England” and The Kinks’ “Days”. She also sang on recordings produced by her husband Steve Lillywhite, most notably “Fairytale of New York” by The Pogues. At the age of 41, MacColl died after being hit by a powerboat in Mexico. Born Kirsty Anna MacColl in Croydon, Surrey, England. (d. 2000)
Jodi Benson (born October 10, 1961) is an American voice actress, actress and soprano singer. She is best known for providing both the speaking and the singing voice of Disney’s Princess Ariel in The Little Mermaid and its sequel, prequel, and television series. Benson voiced the character Barbie in the 1999 movie Toy Story 2. For her contributions to the Disney company, Benson was named a Disney Legend in 2011. Born Jodi Marie Marzorati in Rockford, Illinois.
Martin John Kemp (born 10 October 1961) is an English actor, musician and occasional television presenter, best known as the bassist in the new wave band Spandau Ballet and for his portrayal as Steve Owen from the BBC soap opera EastEnders. Born Martin John Kemp in Islington, London.
Sarah Lancashire (born 10 October 1964) is an English television, film and theatre actress, from Oldham. She trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Lancashire was cast as Raquel Wolstenhulme in the long-running ITV soap opera Coronation Street in 1991. After leaving the series in 1996, Lancashire found further success with roles in Where the Heart Is (1997-1999), Clocking Off (2000) and the television film Seeing Red (2000). For her role as Caroline in the contemporary drama series Last Tango in Halifax (2012-), Lancashire won the British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2014. In 2014, Lancashire earned further accolades for her leading role as sergeant Catherine Cawood in the crime thriller series Happy Valley. Born in Oldham, Lancashire.
Sir Matthew Pinsent CBE (born 10 October 1970) is an English rower and broadcaster. During his rowing career, he won 10 world championship gold medals and four consecutive Olympic gold medals, of which three were with Sir Steve Redgrave. Born Matthew Clive Pinsent in Holt, Norfolk, England.