23 August


1912

 Gene Kelly
Gene Kelly (August 23, 1912 – February 2, 1996) was an American-Irish dancer, actor, singer, film director, producer and choreographer. He was known for his energetic and athletic dancing style, his good looks, and the likeable characters that he played on screen. Best known today for his performances in films such as An American in Paris (1951), Anchors Aweigh (1945), and Singin’ in the Rain (1952), he was a dominant force in musical films. Born Eugene Curran Kelly in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (d. 1996)

1928

 Peter Wyngarde
Peter Paul Wyngarde (born 23 August 1928) is a French-born English actor best known for playing the character Jason King, a bestselling novelist turned sleuth, in two British television series: Department S (1969-1970) and Jason King (1971-1972). Born Cyril Louis Goldbert in Marseille, France.

1930

 Vera Miles
Vera Miles (born August 23, 1929) is an American actress who worked closely with Alfred Hitchcock, most notably as Lila Crane in the classic masterpiece Psycho. Born Vera June Ralston in Boise City, Oklahoma.

1934

 Barbara Eden
Barbara Eden (born August 23, 1931) is an American film, stage, and television actor, comedienne, and singer. She is best known for her starring role of “Jeannie” in the sitcom I Dream of Jeannie. Born Barbara Jean Morehead in Tucson, Arizona.

1945

 Bob Peck
Bob Peck (23 August 1945 – 4 April 1999) was an English stage, television and film actor who was best known for his roles as Ronald Craven in the television serial Edge of Darkness and as gamekeeper Robert Muldoon in the film Jurassic Park. Born Robert Peck in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. (d. 1999)

1946

 Keith Moon
Keith Moon (23 August 1946 – 7 September 1978) was an English drummer who played with the English rock band the Who. He was noted for his unique style and his eccentric, often self-destructive behaviour. Born Keith John Moon in Wembley, London
England. (d. 1978)

1947

 David Robb
David Robb (born 23 August 1947) is a Scottish actor. Robb has starred in various British films and television shows. He is well known for playing Germanicus in the 1976 BBC production of I, Claudius, and as Robin Grant in Thames Television’s 1981 series The Flame Trees of Thika. He played Dr Clarkson in the television drama series Downton Abbey. Born in London, England.
 Willy Russell
Willy Russell (born 23 August 1947) is an English dramatist, lyricist and composer. His best-known works are Educating Rita, Shirley Valentine, Blood Brothers and Our Day Out. Born William Russell in Whiston, Liverpool, England.

1949

 Geoff Capes
Geoff Capes (born 23 August 1949) is a British former shot putter, strongman and professional Highland Games competitor. As an athlete he represented both England and Great Britain in field athletics, specialising in the shot put an event in which he was twice Commonwealth champion, twice European champion, and three time Olympian. Born Geoffrey Lewis Capes in Holbeach, England.
 Vicky Leandros
Vassiliki, Baroness von Ruffin (born 23 August 1949), known by her stage name Vicky Leandros, is a Greek singer with a long international career. In 1972, she represented Luxembourg at Eurovision for the second time and won the contest with the song “Après Toi”. Born Vassiliki Papathanasiou in Palaiokastritsa, Corfu, Greece.
 Shelley Long
Shelley Long (born August 23, 1949) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Diane Chambers in the sitcom Cheers, for which she received five Emmy nominations, winning in 1983 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. She won two Golden Globe Awards for the role. Long reprised her role as Diane Chambers in four episodes of the spinoff Frasier, for which she received an additional guest star Emmy nomination. From 2009 to 2012, she had a recurring role as DeDe Pritchett on the ABC comedy series Modern Family. Born Shelley Lee Long in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
 Rick Springfield
Rick Springfield (born 23 August 1949) is an Australian musician, singer, songwriter, actor and author. He was a member of the pop rock group Zoot from 1969 to 1971, then started his solo career. Born Richard Lewis Springthorpe in Guildford, New South Wales, Australia.

1962

 Shaun Ryder
Shaun Ryder (born 23 August 1962) is an English musician, singer-songwriter, actor, television personality, author, and newspaper columnist. He is best known as the lead singer of the Happy Mondays and Black Grape. Born Shaun William George Ryder in Little Hulton, Lancashire, England.

1966

 Charley Boorman
Charley Boorman (born 23 August 1966) is an English TV presenter, travel writer and actor. He is known for his enthusiasm for motorbikes, as demonstrated in several documentaries of his travels. Born in Wimbledon, London, England.

1970

 River Phoenix
River Phoenix (born August 23, 1970 – October 31, 1993) was an American actor, musician, and activist. He had his first notable role in 1986’s Stand By Me, a coming-of-age film based on a novella by Stephen King. His performance in Running on Empty (1988) earned him a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, and My Own Private Idaho (1991) won him a Volpi Cup for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival, along with Best Actor from the National Society of Film Critics. Born River Jude Bottom in Madras, Oregon. (d. 1993)

1978

 Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant (born August 23, 1978) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers winning five NBA championships. Bryant is an 18-time All-Star, 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, and 12-time member of the All-Defensive team. Born Kobe Bean Bryant in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1980

 Joanne Froggatt
Joanne Froggatt (born 23 August 1980) is an English actress of stage, television, and film. Since 2010, she has appeared as lady’s maid Anna Bates in the period drama Downton Abbey. For this role, she has received three Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television in 2015. Froggatt’s early TV appearances include Coronation Street (1997-98), Bad Girls (1999), dinnerladies (1999) and A Touch of Frost (2003). Born in Littlebeck, North Yorkshire, England.

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