Tintoretto (29 September – May 31, 1594) was an Italian painter and a notable exponent of the Renaissance school. For his phenomenal energy in painting he was termed Il Furioso. His work is characterized by its muscular figures, dramatic gestures, and bold use of perspective.The crowning production of Tintoretto’s life, the last picture of any considerable importance which he executed, was the vast Paradise, in size 22.6 by 9.1 metres, reputed to be the largest painting ever done upon canvas. Born Jacopo Comin in Venice, Republic of Venice. (d. 1594)
Miguel de Cervantes
Miguel de Cervantes (29 September 1547 (assumed) – 22 April 1616), was a Spanish writer who is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the Spanish language and one of the world’s pre-eminent novelists. His major work, Don Quixote, considered to be the first modern novel, is a classic of Western literature. Born Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra in Alcalá de Henares, Spain. (d. 1616)
Caravaggio (29 September 1571 – 18 July 1610) was an Italian painter active in Rome, Naples, Malta, and Sicily between 1592 (1595?) and 1610. Famous while he lived, Caravaggio was forgotten almost immediately after his death, and it was only in the 20th century that his importance to the development of Western art was rediscovered. Only about 80 paintings by Caravaggio have survived. Born Michelangelo Merisi or Amerighi in Caravaggio, Duchy of Milan, Spanish Empire. (d. 1610)
Major-General Robert Clive, 1st Baron Clive, KB FRS (29 September 1725 – 22 November 1774), also known as Clive of India, Commander-in-Chief of British India, was a British officer and soldier of fortune who established the military and political supremacy of the East India Company in Bengal. Clive was one of the most controversial figures in all British military history. His achievements included establishing control over much of India, and laying the foundation of the entire British Raj. Born in Styche Hall, Market Drayton, Shropshire, England. (d. 1774)
Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, 1st Duke of Bronté KB (29 September 1758 – 21 October 1805) was a British flag officer in the Royal Navy. He was noted for his inspirational leadership, superb grasp of strategy, and unconventional tactics, all of which resulted in a number of decisive naval victories, particularly during the Napoleonic Wars. He was wounded several times in combat, losing one arm in the unsuccessful attempt to conquer Santa Cruz de Tenerife and the sight in one eye in Corsica. He was shot and killed during his final victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Born in Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk, England. (d. 1805)
Elizabeth Gaskell, (née Stevenson, 29 September 1810 – 12 November 1865), often referred to as Mrs Gaskell, was an English novelist and short story writer during the Victorian era. Her first novel, Mary Barton, was published in 1848. Gaskell’s The Life of Charlotte Brontë, published in 1857, was the first biography about Brontë. Some of Gaskell’s best known novels are Cranford (1851-53), North and South (1854-55), and Wives and Daughters (1865). Born Elizabeth Stevenson in Chelsea, London, England. (d. 1865)
László Bíró (29 September 1899 – 24 October 1985) was the inventor of the modern ballpoint pen. A ballpoint pen is widely referred to as a “biro” in many countries. In 1945 Marcel Bich bought the patent from Bíró for the pen, which soon became the main product of his Bic company. Born László József Bíró in Budapest, Austria-Hungary. (d. 1985)
Enrico Fermi (29 September 1901 – 28 November 1954) was an Italian physicist, who created the world’s first nuclear reactor, the Chicago Pile-1. He has been called the “architect of the nuclear age” and the “architect of the atomic bomb”. He was one of the few physicists to excel both theoretically and experimentally. Fermi held several patents related to the use of nuclear power, and was awarded the 1938 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on induced radioactivity by neutron bombardment and the discovery of transuranic elements. He made significant contributions to the development of quantum theory, nuclear and particle physics, and statistical mechanics. Born in Rome, Italy. (d. 1954)
Greer Garson, CBE (29 September 1904 – 6 April 1996), was an Anglo-American actress who was very popular during the Second World War, being listed by the Motion Picture Herald as one of America’s top-ten box office draws from 1942 to 1946. As one of the major stars at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer during the 1940s, Garson received seven Academy Award nominations, including a record five consecutive nominations, winning the Best Actress award for Mrs. Miniver (1942). Born Eileen Evelyn Greer Garson in Manor Park, East Ham, Essex, England, United Kingdom. (d. 1996)
Gene Autry (September 29, 1907 – October 2, 1998) was an American performer who gained fame as a singing cowboy on the radio, in movies, and on television for more than three decades beginning in the early 1930s. Autry was also owner of a television station, several radio stations in Southern California, and the Los Angeles/California/Anaheim Angels Major League Baseball team from 1961 to 1997. Born Orvon Grover Autry in Tioga, Texas, US. (d. 1998)
Michelangelo Antonioni, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI (29 September 1912 – 30 July 2007), was an Italian film director, screenwriter, editor, and short story writer. Best known for his “trilogy on modernity and its discontents”—L’Avventura (1960), La Notte (1961), and L’Eclisse (1962). He is one of three directors to have won the Palme d’Or, the Golden Lion and the Golden Bear, and the only director to have won these three and the Golden Leopard. Born in Ferrara, Italy. (d. 2007)
Trevor Howard (29 September 1913 – 7 January 1988), known as Trevor Howard, was an English actor. After varied stage work, he achieved star status with his role in the film Brief Encounter (1945), followed by The Third Man (1949). This led to many popular appearances on film and TV. Born Trevor Wallace Howard-Smith in Cliftonville, Kent, England. (d. 1988)
Stanley Kramer (September 29, 1913 – February 19, 2001) was an American film director and producer, responsible for making many of Hollywood’s most famous “message films”. Among the subjects covered in his films were racism (in The Defiant Ones and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner), nuclear war (in On the Beach), greed (in It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World), creationism vs. evolution (in Inherit the Wind) and the causes and effects of fascism (in Judgment at Nuremberg). His other notable films included High Noon (1952, as producer), The Caine Mutiny (1954, as producer), and Ship of Fools (1965). Born Stanley Earl Kramer in Manhattan, New York City. (d. 2001)
Carl Giles OBE (29 September 1916 – 28 August 1995), often referred to simply as Giles, was a cartoonist best known for his work for the British newspaper the Daily Express. Born Ronald Giles in Islington, London, England. (d. 1995)
Peter Arne (29 September 1918 – 1 August 1983) was a British character actor best known for various performances in British film and television. He made more than 50 film appearances including roles in Ice Cold in Alex, The Moonraker and Conspiracy of Hearts. He had supporting roles in the television series The Avengers, Danger Man, as well as villains in Blake Edwards’ Pink Panther series. In August 1983, Arne was murdered. His body was found, beaten to death, inside his Knightsbridge flat. Born Peter Randolph Michael Albrecht in Kuala Lumpur, British Malaya. (d. 1983)
Lizabeth Virginia Scott (September 29, 1922 – January 31, 2015) was an American film actress, known for her “smoky voice” and “the most beautiful face of film noir during the 1940s and 1950s.” Of her 22 feature films, she was leading lady in all but one. Born Emma Matzo in Scranton, Pennsylvania. (d. 2015)
Steve Forrest (September 29, 1925 – May 18, 2013) was an American actor who was well known for his role as Lt. Hondo Harrelson in the short-lived television series S.W.A.T. which ran from 1975 to 1976. Born William Forrest Andrews in Huntsville, Texas. (d. 2013)
Colin Dexter, OBE, (born 29 September 1930) is an English crime writer known for his Inspector Morse novels, which were written between 1975 and 1999 and adapted as a television series from 1987 to 2000. Born Norman Colin Dexter in Stamford, Lincolnshire.
Kerstin Anita Marianne Ekberg (29 September 1931 – 11 January 2015) was a Swedish actress, model, and sex symbol. She is best known for her role as Sylvia in the Federico Fellini film La Dolce Vita (1960). Born in Malmö, Skåne, Sweden. (d. 2015)
James Villiers (29 September 1933 – 18 January 1998) was an English character actor and a familiar face on British television. He appeared in many British films over the years, including Joseph Losey’s The Damned, The Nanny (1965), Joseph Andrews (1977), For Your Eyes Only (1981), The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982). Born James Michael Hyde Villiers in London, England. (d. 1998)
Jerry Lee Lewis
Jerry Lee Lewis (born September 29, 1935) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and pianist, often known by his nickname, The Killer. Iit was his 1957 hit “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On” that shot Lewis to fame worldwide. He followed this with “Great Balls of Fire”, “Breathless” and “High School Confidential”. However, Lewis’s rock and roll career faltered in the wake of his marriage to his 13-year-old cousin when he was 22 years old. Born in Ferriday, Louisiana.
Larry Linville (September 29, 1939 – April 10, 2000) was an American actor. He was known for his portrayal of the surgeon, Major Frank Burns, in the long-running television series M*A*S*H. Born Lawrence Lavon Linville in Ojai, California. (d. 2000)
Fred West (29 September 1941 – 1 January 1995) was an English serial killer. Between 1967 and 1987, West – alone and later with his second wife, serial killer Rosemary West – tortured and raped numerous young women and girls, murdering at least 12, including their own family members. Fred killed at least two people before collaborating with Rose, while Rose murdered Fred’s stepdaughter (his first wife’s biological daughter) when he was in prison for theft. The majority of the murders occurred between May 1973 and August 1979, in their homes at 25 Midland Road and later 25 Cromwell Street in Gloucester, with many bodies buried at or near these homes. Born Frederick Walter Stephen West in Much Marcle, Herefordshire. (d. 1995)
Madeline Kahn (September 29, 1942 – December 3, 1999) was an American actress and singer, known for her comedic roles in films directed by Peter Bogdanovich and Mel Brooks; including What’s Up, Doc? (1972), Young Frankenstein (1974), High Anxiety (1977), History of the World, Part I (1981), and her Academy Award nominated roles in Paper Moon (1973) and Blazing Saddles (1974). Born Madeline Gail Wolfson in Boston, Massachusetts. (d. 1999)
Ian McShane (born 29 September 1942) is an English actor, voice artist, and comedian. He is known for his television roles, particularly Lovejoy (1986-1994), Deadwood (2004-2006) and Game of Thrones (2016). He also starred as King Silas Benjamin in Kings, Bishop Waleran in The Pillars of the Earth, Tai Lung in Kung Fu Panda, and Blackbeard in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Born Ian David McShane in Blackburn, Lancashire.
Lech Walesa born 29 September 1943) is a retired Polish politician and labor activist. He co-founded and headed Solidarity (Solidarnosc), the Soviet bloc’s first independent trade union, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983, and served as President of Poland from 1990 to 1995. Born in Popowo, Poland.
Mike Post (born Leland Michael Postil, September 29, 1944 in Berkeley, California) is a Grammy and Emmy Award-winning American composer, best known for his TV theme songs for such series as Law & Order, Law & Order SVU, The A-Team, NYPD Blue, The Rockford Files, L.A. Law, Quantum Leap, Magnum, P.I., and Hill Street Blues. Born Leland Michael Postil in Berkeley, California.
Isla Blair (born 29 September 1944) is an Anglo-Scottish actress. Her film credits include appearances in Battle of Britain (1969), Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). In 1976 Blair played Emma Antrobus in the ITV drama series The Crezz. She played a principal role (Sally) in An Englishman’s Castle, first broadcast in 1978. Blair played Claire Carlsen MP, Francis Urquhart’s Parliamentary Private Secretary, in The Final Cut (1995). Born in Bangalore, India.
Patricia Hodge (born 29 September 1946) is an English actor. She made her West End debut in 1972 and starred in the 1973 West End production of Pippin, directed by Bob Fosse. She received two Olivier Award nominations for Best Actress in a Musical, before winning the 2000 Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the play Money. Other roles include the 1983 film Betrayal, the TV series Rumpole of the Bailey (1978-1992), the 1986 TV adaptation of The Life and Loves of a She-Devil and the TV film Hotel du Lac (1986), for which she received a Best Actress BAFTA TV Award nomination. From 2009 to 2015, she starred in the BBC sitcom Miranda. Born Patricia Ann Hodge in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England.
Gábor Csupó (born September 29, 1952) is a Hungarian animator, writer, director, producer and graphic designer. He is co-founder of the animation studio Klasky Csupo, which has produced shows like Rugrats, Duckman, and Aaahh!!! Real Monsters. Born in Budapest, Hungary.
Ken Weatherwax (September 29, 1955 – December 7, 2014) was an American child actor, best known for having played Pugsley Addams on the original The Addams Family black-and-white television series. Born Kenneth Patrick Weatherwax in Los Angeles. (d. 2014)
Sebastian Coe, Baron Coe, CH KBE (born 29 September 1956) is a British politician and former track and field athlete. As a middle-distance runner, Coe won four Olympic medals, including the 1500 metres gold medal at the Olympic Games in 1980 and 1984. He set eight outdoor and three indoor world records in middle-distance track events – including, in 1979, setting three world records in the space of 41 days – and the world record he set in the 800 metres in 1981 remained unbroken until 1997. Born Sebastian Newbold Coe in Hammersmith, London, England.
Luke Goss (born 29 September 1968) is an English actor and former singer. He has appeared in numerous films including Blade II (2002) as Jared Nomak, One Night with the King (2006) as King Xerxes, Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) as Prince Nuada, Tekken (2010) as Steve Fox and Interview with a Hitman (2012) as Viktor. Born Luke Damon Goss in Lewisham, London, England.
Matt Goss (born 29 September 1968) is an English singer-songwriter and musician, currently based in Las Vegas. He was the lead singer of 1980s pop group Bros, which also featured his twin brother, Luke as drummer, and Craig Logan as bass player. Born Matthew Weston Goss in London, England.
Erika Eleniak (born September 29, 1969) is an American Playboy Playmate, former model and actress best known for her role in Baywatch as Shauni McClain. She also starred in the films E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, The Blob, and Under Siege. Born in Glendale, California.
Emily Lloyd (born 29 September 1970) is an English actress, perhaps best known for her breakthrough performance at the age of sixteen in the 1987 David Leland film Wish You Were Here. Born Emily Lloyd-Pack in London, England.
Mackenzie Crook (born 29 September 1971) is an English actor, writer, director, and stand-up comedian. He is best known for playing Gareth Keenan in The Office, Ragetti in the Pirates of the Caribbean films, Orell in the HBO series Game of Thrones, and the creator and star of BBC Four’s Detectorists. Born Paul James Crook in Maidstone, Kent, England.
Robert Webb (born 29 September 1972) is an English comedian, actor and writer, and one half of the double act Mitchell and Webb, alongside David Mitchell. The two men are best known for starring in the Channel 4 sitcom Peep Show and the sketch comedy program That Mitchell and Webb Look. Born Robert Patrick Webb in Boston, Lincolnshire, England.
Alfie Boe (born 29 September 1973) is an English tenor and actor, notably performing in musical theatre. He is best known for his internationally critically acclaimed performances as Jean Valjean in the musical Les Misérables. Boe shared a Tony Award with the other members of the ensemble cast of Baz Luhrmann’s 2002 revival of La bohème in 2003. Born Alfred Giovanni Roncalli Boe in Blackpool, Lancashire, England.
Suzanne Shaw (born 29 September 1981) Is an English actress, singer and television personality, who rose to fame after winning the talent contest Popstars and subsequently being a member of the band Hear’Say. She won the third series of the ITV skating show Dancing on Ice in 2008. Born Suzanne Christine Crowshaw in Bury, Greater Manchester, England.