25 August


1530

 Ivan the Terrible
Ivan IV Vasilyevich (3 September 1530 – 28 March 1584), commonly known as Ivan the Terrible was the Grand Prince of Moscow from 1533 to 1547 and ‘Tsar of All the Russias’ from 1547 until his death in 1584. Born Ivan Vasilyevich in Kolomenskoye, Grand Duchy of Moscow. (d. 1584)

1724

 George Stubbs
George Stubbs (25 August 1724 – 10 July 1806) was an English painter, best known for his paintings of horses. Born in Liverpool. (d. 1806)

1909

 Michael Rennie
Michael Rennie (25 August 1909 – 10 June 1971) was an English film, television, and stage actor, perhaps best known for his 1951 starring role as the space visitor Klaatu in the 20th Century Fox classic science fiction film, The Day the Earth Stood Still. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Rennie appeared in 50-plus films and in several American television series. Born Eric Alexander Rennie in Idle, West Yorkshire, England. (d. 1971)

1910

 Ruby Keeler
Ruby Keeler (born August 25, 1909 – February 28, 1993) was a Canadian-born American actress, dancer and singer most famous for her on-screen coupling with Dick Powell in a string of successful early musicals at Warner Brothers, particularly 42nd Street (1933). Born Ethel Hilda Keeler in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. (d. 1993)

1916

 Van Johnson
Van Johnson (August 25, 1916 – December 12, 2008) was an American film and television actor and dancer who was a major star at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer during and after World War II. Born Charles Van Dell Johnson in Newport, Rhode Island. (d. 2008)

1917

 Mel Ferrer
Mel Ferrer (August 25, 1917 – June 2, 2008) was an American actor, film director, and film producer. Born Melchor Gastón Ferrer in Elberon, New Jersey. (d. 2008)

1918

 Leonard Bernstein
Leonard Bernstein (August 25, 1918 – October 14, 1990) was an American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist. He is famous for his music for West Side Story, Peter Pan, Candide, Wonderful Town, On the Town, On The Waterfront. Born Louis Bernstein in Lawrence, Massachusetts. (d. 1990)
 Richard Greene
Richard Greene (25 August 1918 – 1 June 1985) was a noted English film and television actor. A matinee idol who appeared in more than 40 films, he was perhaps best known for the lead role in the long-running British TV series The Adventures of Robin Hood, which ran for 143 episodes from 1955 to 1959. Born Richard Marius Joseph Greene in Plymouth, Devon, England. (d. 1985)

1919

 George Wallace
George Wallace (August 25, 1919 – September 13, 1998) was an American politician and the 45th Governor of Alabama, having served two nonconsecutive terms and two consecutive terms as a Democrat: 1963-1967, 1971-1979 and 1983-1987. Wallace has the third longest gubernatorial tenure in post-Constitutional U.S. history, at 16 years and four days. He was a U.S. Presidential candidate for four consecutive elections, in which he sought the Democratic Party nomination in 1964, 1972, and 1976, and was the American Independent Party candidate in the 1968 presidential election. He remains the last third party candidate to receive a state’s electoral college votes. Born George Corley Wallace Jr in Clio, Alabama. (d. 1998)

1921

 Monty Hall
Monte Hall, OC OM (born August 25, 1921) is a Canadian-born MC, producer, actor, singer and sportscaster, best known as host of the television game show Let’s Make a Deal. Born Monte Halparin in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

1930

 Sean Connery
Sean Connery (born 25 August 1930) is a retired Scottish actor and producer who has won an Academy Award, two BAFTA Awards (one of them being a BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award) and three Golden Globes (including the Cecil B. DeMille Award and a Henrietta Award). Connery is best known for portraying the character James Bond, starring in seven Bond films between 1962 and 1983. In 1988, Connery won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Untouchables. His film career also includes such films as Marnie, The Name of the Rose, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Hunt for Red October, Highlander, Murder on the Orient Express, Dragonheart, and The Rock. Born Thomas Sean Connery in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

1931

 Peter Gilmore
Peter Gilmore (25 August 1931 – 3 February 2013) was an English actor, best known for his portrayal of Captain James Onedin in 91 episodes of the BBC television period drama The Onedin Line (1971-80). Born John Peter Gilmore in Leipzig, Germany. (d. 2013)
 Regis Philbin
Regis Philbin (born August 25, 1931) is an American media personality, actor, and singer, known for hosting talk and game shows since the 1960s. Sometimes called “the hardest working man in show business”, he holds the Guinness World Record for the most time spent in front of a television camera. Born Regis Francis Xavier Philbin in The Bronx, New York.
 Bryan Mosley
Bryan Mosley (25 August 1931 – 9 February 1999) was a British actor, known best as grocer Alf Roberts in the long-running ITV soap opera Coronation Street. He appeared in Get Carter (1971) playing local gangster Cliff Brumby. Born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. (d. 1999)

1933

 Tom Skerritt
Tom Skerritt (born August 25, 1933) is an American actor who has appeared in more than forty films and more than two hundred television episodes since 1962. He is known for his roles in MASH, Alien, Top Gun, and A River Runs Through It. Born Thomas Roy Skerritt in Detroit, Michigan.

1936

 Hugh Hudson
Hugh Hudson (born 25 August 1936) is an English film director. He directed the 1981 multiple Academy Award-winning film Chariots of Fire. Born in London, England, UK.

1938

 Frederick Forsyth
Frederick Forsyth, CBE (born 25 August 1938) is an English author, former journalist and spy, and occasional political commentator. He is best known for thrillers such as The Day of the Jackal, The Odessa File, The Fourth Protocol, and The Dogs of War. Born in Ashford, Kent, England.

1939

 John Bardon
John Bardon (25 August 1939 – 12 September 2014), was an English stage and screen actor. He was awarded the Laurence Olivier Award in 1988 (1987 season) as ‘Best Actor in a Musical’ for Kiss Me, Kate. He was best known for playing the patriarch Jim Branning on EastEnders for 13 years. He also was a regular in Rumpole of the Bailey, as a member of the “clan Timson, a family of South London villains”. Born John Michael Jones in Brentford, Middlesex, England. (d. 2014)

1942

 Howard Jacobson
Howard Jacobson (born 25 August 1942) is a British novelist and journalist. He is known for writing comic novels that often revolve around the dilemmas of British Jewish characters. He is a Man Booker Prize winner. Born in Manchester, England.
 Imogen Hassall
Imogen Hassall (25 August 1942 – 16 November 1980) was an English actress who appeared in 33 films during the 1960s and 1970s. She appeared in British TV adventure series of the 1960s such as The Saint, The Avengers, and The Persuaders! She played a cave-girl in When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (1970) and major roles in Carry On Loving and the cult horror film Incense for the Damned. Born in Woking, Surrey, England. (d. 1980)

1943

 Lisa Harrow
Lisa Harrow, ONZM (born 25 August 1943) is an actress, noted for her roles in British theatre, films and television. Harrow played Helen Alderson in the film adaptation of James Herriot’s book All Creatures Great and Small, starring alongside Simon Ward and Anthony Hopkins. Born in Auckland, New Zealand.

1944

 Conrad Black
Conrad Black, Baron Black of Crossharbour, KSG (born 25 August 1944) is a Canadian-born British former newspaper publisher and author. He is a non-affiliated life peer, and a convicted felon in the United States for fraud. Black controlled Hollinger International, once the world’s third-largest English-language newspaper empire. Born Conrad Moffat Black in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

1949

 Martin Amis
Martin Amis (born 25 August 1949) is a British novelist. His best-known novels are Money (1984) and London Fields (1989). He has received the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his memoir Experience and has been listed for the Booker Prize twice to date. Amis served as the Professor of Creative Writing at the Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester until 2011. In 2008, The Times named him one of the 50 greatest British writers since 1945. Born Martin Louis Amis in Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom.
 Gene Simmons
Gene Simmons (born August 25, 1949) is an Israeli-American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, actor and television personality. Known as the bass guitarist and co-leearly 1970s.ad singer of Kiss, the rock band he co-founded in the early 1970s. Born Chaim Witz in Tirat Carmel, Haifa, Israel.

1954

 Elvis Costello
Elvis Costello (born 25 August 1954) is an English musician, singer-songwriter and record producer. His most successful single was “Oliver’s Army”. Costello has won multiple awards in his career, including a Grammy Award, and has twice been nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Male. Born Declan Patrick MacManus in Paddington, London, England.

1955

 Frank Sidebottom
Christopher Mark Sievey (25 August 1955 – 21 June 2010) was an English musician and comedian known for fronting the band The Freshies in the late 1970s and early 1980s and for his comic persona Frank Sidebottom from 1984 onwards. Sievey, under the guise of Sidebottom, made regular appearances on North West television throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s. Born Christopher Mark Sievey in Ashton-on-Mersey, Sale, Cheshire. (d. 2010)

1958

 Tim Burton
Tim Burton (born August 25, 1958) is an American film director, producer, artist, writer and animator. He is known for his dark, gothic and quirky fantasy films such as Beetlejuice (1988), Edward Scissorhands (1990), the animated musical The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), the biographical film Ed Wood (1994), the horror fantasy Sleepy Hollow (1999), and later efforts such as Corpse Bride (2005). He is also known for blockbusters such as Batman (1989) and its first sequel Batman Returns (1992), the sci-fi film Planet of the Apes (2001), the musical adventure film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) and the fantasy film Alice in Wonderland (2010). Born Timothy Walter Burton in Burbank, California, US.

1961

 Billy Ray Cyrus
Billy Ray Cyrus (born August 25, 1961) is an American singer, songwriter and actor. He is best known for his number one single “Achy Breaky Heart”. From 2006 to 2011, he co-starred in the Disney Channel series Hannah Montana with his daughter Miley Cyrus. Born William Ray Cyrus in Flatwoods, Kentucky.

1964

 Joanne Whalley
Joanne Whalley (born 25 August 1961) is an English actress who amassed numerous credits, primarily on television, but also in nearly 40 theatrical and television films, including the title role in CBS’ Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. Whalley came to prominence on British television as Emma Craven in Troy Kennedy Martin’s Edge of Darkness (1985) – which earned her a British Academy Television Award nomination for Best Actress – then as Nurse Mills in the Dennis Potter-written serial The Singing Detective (1986). In 1989, she appeared in the role of Christine Keeler in Scandal. Born in Salford, Lancashire, England.

1966

 Tracy-Ann Oberman
Tracy-Ann Oberman (born 25 August 1966) is an English television, theatre and radio actress. Best known for her role as Chrissie Watts in BBC1 soap opera EastEnders from 2004-05. Also a writer, Oberman has contributed to a number of radio sketch shows and in 2008 co-authored with Diane Samuels the critically acclaimed play Three Sisters on Hope Street. In 2010 she wrote and starred alongside Catherine Tate in her BBC Radio 4 play Bette and Joan and Baby Jane. Born Tracy Anne Oberman in Brent, Greater London.

1967

 Tom Hollander
Tom Hollander (born 25 August 1967) is an English actor. He began his career in theatre, winning the Ian Charleson Award in 1992 for his performance as Witwoud in The Way of the World at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre. He is known for his roles in comedic films such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Pride & Prejudice, and In the Loop, and drama films such as Enigma, Gosford Park, and Hanna. Born Thomas Anthony Hollander in Bristol, England.

1970

 Claudia Schiffer
Claudia Schiffer (born 25 August 1970) is a German model and creative director of her own clothing label. Schiffer rose to popularity and became a household name during the early 1990s as one of the world’s most successful models. Born in Rheinberg, North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany.

1978

 Kel Mitchell
Kel Mitchell (born August 25, 1978) is an American actor, stand-up comedian, dancer, musician, screenwriter, producer, and motivational speaker. He is known for his work as a regular cast member of the Nickelodeon sketch comedy series All That. Born Kel Johari Rice Mitchell in Chicago, Illinois.

1981

 Rachel Bilson
Rachel Bilson (born August 25, 1981) is an American actress. Bilson made her television debut in 1998, subsequently becoming well known for playing Summer Roberts on the prime-time drama series The O.C. Born Rachel Sarah Bilson in Los Angeles, California.

1987

 Blake Lively
Blake Lively (born August 25, 1987) is an American actress, model, and celebrity homemaker. She starred as Serena van der Woodsen in the drama Gossip Girl (2007-12). Born Blake Ellender Brown in Los Angeles.
 Amy Macdonald
Amy Macdonald (born 25 August 1987) is a Scottish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and recording artist. She has sold over 9 million records worldwide. Born in Bishopbriggs, East Dunbartonshire.

1988

 Alexandra Burke
Alexandra Burke (born 25 August 1988) is an English singer-songwriter and voice actor. Burke rose to fame after winning the fifth series of British television series The X Factor in 2008. Born Alexandra Imelda Cecelia Ewen Burke in Islington, London, England.
 Ray Quinn
Ray Quinn (born 25 August 1988) is an English actor, singer, and dancer. He first rose to prominence when he appeared as Anthony Murray in the Channel 4 soap opera Brookside, from 2000 to 2003. Born Raymond Arthur Quinn in Knowsley, Merseyside, England.

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