27 September


1885

 Harry Blackstone Sr
Harry Blackstone (September 27, 1885 – November 16, 1965) was a famed stage magician and illusionist of the 20th century. He began his career as a magician in his teens and was popular through World War II as a USO entertainer. Born Henry Boughton in Chicago, Illinois. (d. 1965)

1907

 Bernard Miles
Bernard Miles, Baron Miles, CBE (27 September 1907 – 14 June 1991) was an English character actor, writer and director. He opened the Mermaid Theatre in London in 1959. Born Bernard James Miles in Uxbridge, Middlesex, England. (d. 1991)

1920

 William Conrad
William Conrad (September 27, 1920 – February 11, 1994) was an American actor, producer, and director whose career spanned five decades in radio, film, and television. Conrad found stardom as a detective in the TV series Cannon (1971-1976) and Nero Wolfe (1981), and as district attorney Jason Lochinvar “J.L.” “Fatman” McCabe in the legal drama Jake and the Fatman (1987-1992). He narrated the television adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (1959-1964) and The Fugitive (1963-1967). Born in Louisville, Kentucky. (d. 1994)

1929

 Barbara Murray
Barbara Murray (27 September 1929 – 20 May 2014) was an English actress.
Murray had a very busy career in the 1940s and 1950s as a fresh-faced leading lady in many British films such as Passport to Pimlico (1949) and Meet Mr. Lucifer (1953). Film work continued into the 1960s (including a role in the Tony Hancock film The Punch and Judy Man) but she was to appear more frequently on television, and is possibly best known for her role as Lady Pamela Wilder in the 1960s drama series The Plane Makers (and the sequel, The Power Game). Born Barbara Ann Murray in London, England. (d. 2014)

1933

 Greg Morris
Greg Morris (September 27, 1933 – August 27, 1996) was an American television and movie actor. He was best known for portraying Barney Collier in Mission: Impossible. Born Francis Gregory Alan Morris in Cleveland, Ohio. (d. 1996)
 Will Sampson
Will Sampson (September 27, 1933 – June 3, 1987) was a Native American painter, actor, and rodeo performer. Sampson’s most notable roles were as “Chief Bromden” in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and as “Taylor the Medicine Man” in the horror film Poltergeist II. He starred in the film The Outlaw Josey Wales. Born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. (d. 1987)

1936

 Gordon Honeycombe
Gordon Honeycombe (27 September 1936 – 9 October 2015) was a British newscaster, author, playwright and stage actor. He was a national newscaster with ITN. Born Ronald Gordon Honeycombe in Karachi, British Raj. (d. 2015)

1942

 Alvin Stardust
Bernard William Jewry (27 September 1942 – 23 October 2014), known as Alvin Stardust, was an English pop singer and stage actor. Performing first as Shane Fenton, Stardust’s stage and screen career spanned over a half-century. He is best known for singles released in the 1970s and 1980s, including “My Coo Ca Choo”, the UK Singles Chart-topper “Jealous Mind”. (d. 2014)

1945

 Max Boyce
Max Boyce, MBE (born 27 September 1943) is a Welsh comedian, singer and entertainer. He rose to fame during the mid-1970s with an act that combined musical comedy with his passion for rugby union and his origins in the mining communities of South Wales. Born Maxwell Boyce MBE in Glynneath, Wales.

1946

 Robin Nedwell
Robin Nedwell (27 September 1946 – 1 February 1999) was a British actor. He is best remembered for his role as Duncan Waring in the television comedy series Doctor in the House and its sequels. Born Robin Courteney Nedwell in Birmingham, Warwickshire. (d. 1999)

1947

 Barbara Dickson
Barbara Dickson, OBE (born 27 September 1947) is a Scottish singer whose hits include “I Know Him So Well” and “January February”. Dickson has placed fifteen albums in the UK Albums Chart from 1977 to date, and had a number of hit singles, including four which reached the Top 20 in the UK Singles Chart. She is also a two-time Olivier Award-winning actress, with roles including Viv Nicholson in the musical Spend Spend Spend, and she was the original Mrs. Johnstone in Willy Russell’s long-running musical Blood Brothers. On TV she starred as Anita Braithwaite in Band of Gold. Born Barbara Ruth Dickson in Dunfermline, Fife.
 Denis Lawson
Denis Lawson (born 27 September 1947) is a Scottish actor and director. He is known for his roles as John Jarndyce in the BBC’s adaptation of Bleak House, as Gordon Urquhart in the film Local Hero, as DI Steve McAndrew in BBC One’s New Tricks, and as Wedge Antilles in the original Star Wars trilogy. Born Denis Stamper Lawson in Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland.
 Meat Loaf
Michael Lee Aday (born September 27, 1947) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor usually known by his stage name Meat Loaf. He is noted for the Bat Out of Hell trilogy of albums. He received the 1994 Brit Award for Best selling album and single. Born Marvin Lee Aday in Dallas, Texas.

1948

 Michele Dotrice
Michele Dotrice (born 27 September 1948) is an English actress, best known for her portrayal of Betty Spencer, the long-suffering wife of Frank Spencer, played by Michael Crawford, in the BBC sitcom Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, which ran from 1973 to 1978. Born in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England.

1952

 Katie Fforde
Katie Fforde (born 27 September 1952), is a British romance novelist. Her novel Going Dutch was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller in June 2007. Born Catherine Rose Gordon-Cumming in Wimbledon, London, England.

1953

 Diane Abbott
Diane Abbott (born 27 September 1953) is a British Labour Party politician who is the Shadow Secretary of State for International Development. She was first elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Hackney North and Stoke Newington at the 1987 general election, when she became the first black woman to have a seat in the House of Commons. Born Diane Julie Abbott in London, United Kingdom.

1972

 Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow (born September 27, 1972) is an American actress, singer, and food writer. She gained early notice for her work in films such as the thriller Seven (1995) and the period drama Emma (1996). Following starring roles in the romantic comedy-drama Sliding Doors (1998) and the thriller A Perfect Murder (1998), Paltrow garnered worldwide recognition through her performance in Shakespeare in Love (1998), for which she won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. Born Gwyneth Kate Paltrow in Los Angeles, California.

1984

 Avril Lavigne
Avril Lavigne (born 27 September 1984) is a Canadian singer-songwriter and actress. Since her professional debut, she has sold more than 30 million albums and over 50 million singles worldwide. Born Avril Ramona Lavigne in Belleville, Ontario, Canada.

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