Fletcher Christian (25 September 1764 – 20 September 1793) was master’s mate on board HMS Bounty during Lieutenant William Bligh’s voyage to Tahiti for breadfruit plants. In the mutiny on the Bounty, Christian seized command of the ship from Bligh on 28 April 1789. Born Fletcher H Christian in Eaglesfield, Cumberland, England. (d. 1793)
William Faulkner (September 25, 1897 – July 6, 1962) was an American writer and Nobel Prize laureate from Oxford, Mississippi. Faulkner wrote novels, short stories, a play, poetry, essays, and screenplays. Two of his works, A Fable (1954) and his last novel The Reivers (1962), won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. In 1998, the Modern Library ranked his 1929 novel The Sound and the Fury sixth on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. In 1949 he received the Nobel Prize in Literature. Born William Cuthbert Faulkner in New Albany, Mississippi. (d. 1962)
Mark Rothko (born September 25, 1903 – February 25, 1970), was an American painter of Russian Jewish descent. In May 2012, Rothko’s 1961 painting Orange, Red, Yellow was sold by Christie’s in New York for $86.9 million, setting a new record for a postwar painting at a public auction. Born Markus Yakovlevich Rotkovich in Dvinsk, Vitebsk Governorate, Russian Empire. (d. 1970)
Dmitri Shostakovich (25 September 1906 – 9 August 1975) was a Soviet composer and pianist, and a prominent figure of 20th-century music. Shostakovich’s orchestral works include 15 symphonies and six concerti. Born Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (d. 1975)
Ethel Rosenberg (born September 28, 1915) and husband Julius were American citizens tried, convicted, and executed for conspiracy to commit espionage. They were instrumental in the passing of information about the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin, speeding his development of Soviet nuclear weapon development. Born Ethel Greenglass in New York City. (d. 1953)
Aldo Ray (September 25, 1926 – March 27, 1991) was an American actor. He starred opposite Rita Hayworth in Miss Sadie Thompson (1953). Ray appeared in The Naked and the Dead and his best-known work of the 1960s was his portrayal of Sergeant Muldoon, alongside John Wayne, in The Green Berets. Born Aldo Da Re in Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania. (d. 1991)
Sir Colin Davis CH CBE (25 September 1927 – 14 April 2013) was an English conductor. He was particularly noted for his advocacy of the music of Hector Berlioz and of Michael Tippett. Born Colin Rex Davis in Weybridge, Surrey. (d. 2013)
Ronnie Barker, OBE (25 September 1929 – 3 October 2005) was an English actor, comedian and writer. He was known for roles in British comedy television series such as Porridge, The Two Ronnies and Open All Hours. He was in the cast of BBC radio and television comedies such as The Navy Lark. He got his television break with the satirical sketch series The Frost Report in 1966. He won a BAFTA for best light entertainment performance four times. Born Ronald William George Barker in Bedford, Bedfordshire, England. (d. 2005)
Barbara Walters (born September 25, 1929) is an American broadcast journalist, author and television personality. She has hosted morning television shows Today and The View, the television news magazine 20/20 and co-anchored the ABC Evening News. Born in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Kenneth J. Warren (25 September 1929 – 27 August 1973) was an Australian actor. Bald and heavily built, Warren emigrated to the UK in the late 1950s, and played many character roles on film and TV, often villainous. Born Kenneth John Warren in Parramatta, New South Wales. (d. 1973)
Glenn Gould (25 September 1932 – 4 October 1982) was a Canadian pianist who became one of the best-known and most celebrated classical pianists of the 20th century. He was particularly renowned as an interpreter of the keyboard music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Born Glenn Herbert Gould in Toronto. (d. 1982)
Brian Murphy (born 25 September 1932) is an English actor. Murphy remains best known as the henpecked husband George Roper in the sitcom Man About the House and spin-off George and Mildred. Born Brian Trevor John Murphy in Ventnor, Isle of Wight, England.
Juliet Prowse (25 September 1936 – 14 September 1996) was an Anglo-Indian dancer, whose four-decade career included stage, television and film. She played the part of “Claudine” in the 1960 Walter Lang film, Can-Can. Prowse co-starred in 1960 alongside Elvis Presley in G.I. Blues. Born Juliet Anne Prowse in Bombay, British India. (d. 1996)
Ron Hill MBE (born 25 September 1938) is an English runner and clothing entrepreneur. He was the second man to break 2:10 in the marathon; he set world records at four other distances. In 1970, Hill won the 74th Boston Marathon in a course record 2:10:30. He also won gold medals for the marathon at the European Championships in 1969 and the Commonwealth Games in 1970. Born Ronald Hill in Accrington, Lancashire.
Leon Brittan, Baron Brittan of Spennithorne QC, PC, DL (25 September 1939 – 21 January 2015) was a British politician, Conservative Member of Parliament and barrister, as well as a member of the European Commission. He served several ministerial roles in Margaret Thatcher’s government, including Home Secretary. (d. 2015)
Michael Douglas (born September 25, 1944) is an American actor and producer. His career includes a diverse range of films in both independent and blockbuster genres. Douglas first achieved prominence for his performance in the ABC police procedural television series The Streets of San Francisco, for which Douglas received three consecutive Emmy Award nominations. Douglas went on to produce films including The China Syndrome (1979) and Romancing the Stone (1984); he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for the latter, which he also starred in. He appeared in the musical A Chorus Line (1985) and the psychological thriller Fatal Attraction (1987). Douglas received widespread acclaim for his iconic portrayal of amoral corporate raider Gordon Gekko in the Oliver Stone-directed drama Wall Street for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. Born Michael Kirk Douglas in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Felicity Kendal, CBE (born 25 September 1946) is an English actress, working in television and theatre. She has appeared in numerous stage and screen roles over a 45-year career, but the role that brought attention to her career was that of Barbara Good in the 1975 television series The Good Life. Born Felicity Ann Kendal in Olton, Warwickshire, England.
Cheryl Rae Tiegs (born September 25, 1947) is an American model and fashion designer. Frequently described as the first American supermodel, Tiegs is best known for her multiple appearances on the covers of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and TIME and for her 1978 “Pink Bikini” poster, which became an iconic image of 1970s pop culture. Born Cheryl Rae Tiegs in Breckenridge, Minnesota.
Pedro Almodóvar (born 25 September 1949) is a Spanish film director, screenwriter, producer and former actor. Almodóvar achieved international recognition for his black comedy-drama film Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988), which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and went on to more success with the dark romantic comedy film Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1990). Born Pedro Almodóvar Caballero in Calzada de Calatrava, Ciudad Real, Spain.
Angie Bowie (born September 25, 1949) is a Cypriot-American cover girl, model, actress, and musician. She was married to English musician David Bowie (whom she assisted in conceptualizing the costumes for the Ziggy Stardust stage show). She, along with her husband, had an impact on the glam rock culture and fashion of the 1970s and by being open about one’s bisexuality. Born Mary Angela Barnett in Ayios Dhometios, Nicosia, Cyprus.
Anson Williams (born September 25, 1949) is an American actor and director, best known for his role as gullible but well-intentioned singer Warren “Potsie” Weber on the television series Happy Days. Born in Los Angeles, California.
Mark Hamill (born September 25, 1951) is an American actor and voice actor. He is best known for his portrayal of Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy. Born Mark Richard Hamill in Oakland, California.
Christopher D’Olier Reeve (September 25, 1952 – October 10, 2004) was an American actor, film director, producer, screenwriter, author, and activist. He achieved stardom for his acting achievements, in particular his motion picture portrayal of the comic book superhero Superman. Born Christopher D’Olier Reeve in New York City. (d. 2004)
Heather Locklear (born September 25, 1961) is an American actress. She is known for her role as Amanda Woodward on Melrose Place (1993-99), for which she received four consecutive Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress – Television Series Drama. Her other notable television roles include Sammy Jo Carrington on Dynasty (1981-89), Officer Stacy Sheridan on T.J. Hooker (1982-86), and Caitlin Moore on Spin City (1999-2002), for which she earned a further two Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy. Born Heather Deen Locklear in Los Angeles, California.
Will Smith (born September 25, 1968) is an American actor, comedian, producer, rapper, and songwriter. He has enjoyed success in television, film, and music. Smith has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards, two Academy Awards, and has won four Grammy Awards. Born Willard Carroll Smith Jr in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Catherine Zeta-Jones, CBE (born 25 September 1969) is a Welsh actress. She found success as a regular in the British television series The Darling Buds of May (1991-93). Zeta-Jones initially established herself in Hollywood with roles such as in the action film The Mask of Zorro (1998) and the heist film Entrapment (1999). Critics praised her portrayal of a vengeful pregnant woman in Traffic (2000) and a murderous singer in the musical Chicago (2002). The latter won her Academy and BAFTA Awards for Best Supporting Actress. Born Catherine Zeta-Jones in Swansea, Wales.
Jessie Wallace (born 25 September 1971) is an English actress. She is known for her role of Kat Slater in the BBC soap opera EastEnders, for which she won the National Television Awards for Most Popular Newcomer (2001) and Most Popular Actress (2003), and the British Soap Award for Best Actress (2011). She was nominated for the 2011 BAFTA TV Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Pat Phoenix in the BBC Four drama The Road to Coronation Street (2010). Born Karen Jane Wallace in Enfield, Greater London.
Dec Donnelly (born 25 September 1975) is an English television presenter and actor, best known as one half of the English acting and TV presenting duo Ant & Dec, with the other being Anthony McPartlin. Born Declan Joseph Oliver Donnelly in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.