Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832) was a German writer and statesman. His body of work includes epic and lyric poetry written in a variety of metres and styles; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; treatises on botany, anatomy, and colour; and four novels. Born in Frankfurt-am-Main, Holy Roman Empire. (d. 1832)
Sheridan Le Fanu
Sheridan Le Fanu (28 August 1814 – 7 February 1873) was an Irish writer of Gothic tales and mystery novels. He was the leading ghost-story writer of the nineteenth century and was central to the development of the genre in the Victorian era.[. Born Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu in Dublin, Ireland. (d. 1873)
Charles Boyer (28 August 1899 – 26 August 1978) was a French actor who appeared in more than 80 films between 1920 and 1976. He received four Academy Award nominations for Best Actor. Born in Figeac, Lot, Midi-Pyrénées, France. (d. 1978)
Sir John Betjeman, CBE (28 August 1906 – 19 May 1984) was an English poet, writer, and broadcaster. He was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1972 until his death. Betjeman’s poems are often humorous. Born in Parliament Hill Mansions, Lissenden Gardens, Gospel Oak, London, England. (d. 1984)
Max Robertson (28 August 1915 – 20 November 2009) was a sports commentator, radio and television presenter and author. He is best remembered for his forty years of tennis coverage on BBC Radio. Born William Maxwell Robertson in Dacca, Bengal. (d. 2009)
Jack Kirby (August 28, 1917 – February 6, 1994), was an American comic book artist, writer, and editor widely regarded as one of the medium’s major innovators and one of its most prolific and influential creators. In 1940, he and writer-editor Joe Simon created the highly successful superhero character Captain America. In the 1960s, Kirby and writer-editor Stan Lee co-created many of the company’s major characters, including the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and the Hulk. Born Jacob Kurtzberg in New York City, New York. (d. 1994)
Tutte Lemkow (28 August 1918 – 10 November 1991) was a Norwegian actor and dancer, who played mostly villainous roles in British television and films. His chief claims to mainstream familiarity were his roles as “the fiddler” in the film version of Fiddler on the Roof and the old man (“Imam”) who translates the Staff of Ra for Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Born Isak Samuel Lemkow in Oslo, Norway. (d. 1991)
Nancy Kulp (August 28, 1921 – February 3, 1991) was an American character actress best known as Miss Jane Hathaway on the popular CBS television series The Beverly Hillbillies. Born Nancy Jane Kulp in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. (d. 1991)
Peggy Ryan (August 28, 1924 – October 30, 2004) was an American dancer, best known for starring in a series of movie musicals at Universal Pictures with Donald O’Connor and Gloria Jean. On television, she played a recurring role as secretary Jenny Sherman in Hawaii Five-O from 1969-76. Born Margaret O’Rene Ryan in Long Beach, California. (d. 2004)
Donald O’Connor (August 28, 1925 – September 27, 2003) was an American dancer, singer, and actor who came to fame in a series of movies. He is best known today for his role as Gene Kelly’s friend and colleague Cosmo Brown in Singin’ in the Rain (1952). Born Donald David Dixon Ronald O’Connor in Chicago, Illinois. (d. 2003)
Windsor Davies (born 28 August 1930 in Canning Town, West Ham, Essex) is a British actor who is best known for playing the part of Battery Sergeant Major Williams in the British sitcom It Ain’t Half Hot Mum (1974-81). Born in Canning Town, West Ham, Essex, England.
Ben Gazzara (August 28, 1930 – February 3, 2012) was an American film, stage, and television actor and director. He won an Emmy Award for his role in Hysterical Blindness. Gazzara appeared in 38 films, many for television, in the 1990s. Born Biagio Anthony Gazzarra in New York City, New York. (d. 2012)
David Soul (born August 28, 1943) is an American-British actor and singer. He is known for his role as Detective Kenneth “Hutch” Hutchinson in the ABC television series Starsky & Hutch from 1975 to 1979. Born in Chicago, Illinois.
Wayne Osmond (born August 28, 1951) is the second oldest of the original Osmond Brothers singers and the fourth oldest of the nine Osmond children. Wayne with brothers Merrill and Alan wrote many of the Osmonds’ hit songs during the 1970s. Born Melvin Wayne Osmond in Ogden, Utah.
Scott Hamilton (born August 28, 1958) is a retired American figure skater and Olympic gold medalist. He won four consecutive U.S. championships (1981-1984), four consecutive World Championships (1981-1984) and a gold medal in the 1984 Olympics. Born Scott Scovell Hamilton in Bowling Green, Ohio.
Emma Samms (born 28 August 1960) is a British actress and TV Host best known for her role as Holly Sutton on the American daytime soap opera General Hospital and for replacing Pamela Sue Martin as Fallon Carrington Colby on the prime time soap opera Dynasty. Born Emma Elizabeth Wylie Samuelson in London, England.
Kim Appleby (born 28 August 1961), is an English singer, songwriter, and actress. She participated in the duo Mel and Kim, with her sister Melanie Appleby. Born Kim Lorraine Appleby in Stoke Newington, London, England.
David Fincher (born August 28, 1962) is an American film director, film producer, television director, television producer, and music video director. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director for the romantic fantasy drama The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) and the drama The Social Network (2010). For the latter, he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Director and the BAFTA Award for Best Direction. Born David Andrew Leo Fincher in Denver, Colorado.
Amanda Tapping (born 28 August 1965) is an English-born Canadian actress, producer and director. She is best known for portraying Samantha Carter in the Canadian-American military science fiction television series Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis. Born in Rochford, Essex, England.
Shania Twain, OC (born August 28, 1965) is a Canadian singer and songwriter. Twain has sold over 85 million records, making her one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time. She is also the best selling female artist in the history of country music. Twain’s third album, Come On Over, became the best-selling studio album of all time by a female act in any genre and the best-selling country album of all time, selling around 40 million copies worldwide. Come On Over produced several singles, including “You’re Still the One”, “From This Moment On” and “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!”, and earned Twain four Grammy Awards. Born Eilleen Regina Edwards in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
Billy Boyd (born 28 August 1968) is a Scottish actor and singer. He played Peregrin “Pippin” Took in Peter Jackson’s epic film trilogy The Lord of the Rings (2001-2003). Born in Glasgow, Scotland.
Jack Black (born August 28, 1969) is an American actor, comedian, musician and producer. His acting career has been extensive, starring primarily in comedy films. He is known for his roles in Shallow Hal (2001), School of Rock (2003), King Kong (2005), Kung Fu Panda films (2008, 2011 and 2016), Tropic Thunder (2008), and Goosebumps (2015). He has been nominated for two Golden Globe Awards. Black is the lead vocalist of the comedic rock group Tenacious D. Born Thomas Jacob Black in Santa Monica, California.
Jason Priestley (born August 28, 1969) is a Canadian-American actor and director. He is best known as the virtuous Brandon Walsh on the television series Beverly Hills, 90210. Born Jason Bradford Priestley in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Alex Polizzi (born 28 August 1971) is an English hotelier and the presenter of the British television series The Hotel Inspector on Channel 5. Born Alessandra Maria Luigia Polizzi di Sorrentino in Poplar, London.
LeAnn Rimes (born August 28, 1982) is an American country and pop singer. Rimes has won many awards, including two Grammys, three ACMs, a CMA, 12 Billboard Music Awards, and one American Music award. She has released ten studio albums and three compilation albums and two greatest hits albums. Born Margaret LeAnn Rimes Cibrian in Jackson, Mississippi.
Florence Welch (born 28 August 1986) is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. She is best known as the lead vocalist of the indie rock band Florence + the Machine. Born Florence Leontine Mary Welch in Camberwell, London, England.
Quvenzhané Wallis (born August 28, 2003) is an American actress. She is known for her role as Hushpuppy in the drama film Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012), for which she became the youngest actress ever and the first person born in the 21st century to receive a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. She is also well-known for starring in the 2014 Annie remake, receiving a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical for her work in the movie. Born in Houma, Louisiana.