2 August


1891

 Arthur Bliss
Sir Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss, CH, KCVO (2 August 1891 – 27 March 1975) was an English composer and conductor. He was appointed Master of the Queen’s Music in 1953. Born in Barnes, London. (d. 1975)

1905

 Myrna Loy
Myrna Loy (August 2, 1905 – December 14, 1993) was an American film, television and stage actress. She found fame after being cast as Nora Charles in the 1934 film The Thin Man. Born Myrna Adele Williams in Helena, Montana. (d. 1993)

1919

 Nehemiah Persoff
Nehemiah Persoff (born August 2, 1919) is an American actor. His first notable role was as “Little Bonaparte” in Some Like It Hot. Born in Jerusalem, Palestine Mandate (now part of Israel).

1923

 Shimon Peres
Shimon Peres (born 2 August 1923) is a Polish-born Israeli statesman. He is the ninth President of the State of Israel. Born Szymon Perski in Wiszniew, Poland.

1924

 Carroll O’Connor
Carroll O’Connor (August 2, 1924 – June 21, 2001) was an American actor, producer and director whose television career spanned four decades. He found fame as the bigoted working man Archie Bunker, the main character in the 1970s CBS television sitcoms All in the Family. Born John Carroll O’Connor in Manhattan, New York. (d. 2001)

1925

 Alan Whicker
Alan Donald Whicker CBE (2 August 1921 or 1925 – 12 July 2013) was a British journalist and broadcaster. His career spanned almost 60 years, during which he presented the documentary television programme Whicker’s World for over 30 years. Born in Cairo, Egypt. (d. 2013)

1932

 Peter O’Toole
Peter Seamus Lorcan O’Toole (born 2 August 1932) is an Irish actor of stage and screen. O’Toole achieved stardom in 1962 playing T. E. Lawrence in Lawrence of Arabia and then went on to become a highly-honoured film and stage actor. He has been nominated for eight Academy Awards. Born in Connemara, County Galway, Ireland or Leeds, England.

1933

 Tom Bell
Tom Bell (2 August 1933 – 4 October 2006) was an English actor on stage, film and television. He received a BAFTA nomination for the series Out, in which he played convicted armed robber, Frank Ross. Bell played opposite Dame Helen Mirren in the first and third series of the ITV series Prime Suspect. Born Thomas George Bell in Liverpool, Lancashire, England. (d. 2006)

1939

 Wes Craven
Wes Craven (August 2, 1939 – August 30, 2015) was an American film director, writer, producer, and actor, perhaps best known for his work on many thriller/horror films, particularly slasher films. He was best known for creating the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. Craven also directed all four films in the Scream series, and co-created the Ghostface character. Born Wesley Earl Craven in Cleveland, Ohio. (d. 2015)

1943

 Julia Foster
Julia Foster (born 2 August 1943) is an English actress. Foster’s credits include the films The System (1964) with Oliver Reed, The Bargee (1964) with Harry H. Corbett, Alfie (1966) with Michael Caine, Half a Sixpence (1967) with Tommy Steele, and Percy (1971) with Hywel Bennett. Born in Lewes, Sussex, England.

1944

 Jim Capaldi
Jim Capaldi (2 August 1944 – 28 January 2005) was an English musician and songwriter. His musical career lasted more than four decades. He co-founded Traffic in Birmingham with Steve Winwood. Born Nicola James Capaldi in Evesham, Worcestershire, England. (d. 2005)

1945

 Joanna Cassidy
Joanna Cassidy (born August 2, 1945) is an American film and television actress. She is known for her role as the replicant Zhora in Ridley Scott’s film Blade Runner (1982). She has won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for three Emmy Awards. Born Joanna Virginia Caskey in Haddonfield, New Jersey.

1948

 Andy Fairweather Low
Andrew Fairweather Low (born 2 August 1948) is a Welsh guitarist, songwriter, producer and vocalist. He was a founding member of 1960s British pop band Amen Corner. Born in Ystrad Mynach, Wales.

1949

 Madeline Smith
Madeline Smith (born 2 August 1949) is an English actress. Having been a model in the late 1960s she appeared in many television series and stage productions, plus comedy and horror films, in the 1970s and 1980s. She first worked for Hammer Film Productions in Taste the Blood of Dracula (1969). In 1973 she played the Bond girl Miss Caruso in the post-titles sequence of Live and Let Die. Born in Hartfield, Sussex.

1950

 Lance Ito
Lance Allan Ito (born August 2, 1950) is an American Los Angeles County Superior Court judge, best known for his presiding decision during the O. J. Simpson murder trial. Born in Los Angeles, California.

1953

 Butch Patrick
Butch Patrick (born August 2, 1953) is an American former child actor. Beginning his professional acting career at the age of eight, Patrick is perhaps best known for his role as Eddie Munster on the CBS comedy television series The Munsters. Born Patrick Alan Lilley in Los Angeles, California.

1964

 Mary-Louise Parker
Mary-Louise Parker (born August 2, 1964) is an American actress, best known for her lead role on Showtime’s television series Weeds, for which she has received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in 2006. Parker has appeared in films and series such as RED, Fried Green Tomatoes, and The West Wing. Born in Fort Jackson, South Carolina.

1976

 Sam Worthington
Sam Worthington (born 2 August 1976) is an Australian actor, best known for the portrayals of Jake Sully in Avatar, Marcus Wright in Terminator Salvation, Perseus in Clash of the Titans and Alex Mason in the video game Call of Duty: Black Ops. Born Samuel Henry John Worthington in Godalming, Surrey, England.

1979

 Donna Air
Donna Air (born 2 August 1979) is an English television presenter and actress. Donna started her career age 10 on the hit BBC series Byker Grove. She then became part of pop duo Crush. Born in Newcastle upon Tyne.

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