3 October


1874

 Charles B Middleton
Charles B. Middleton (October 3, 1874 – April 22, 1949) was an American stage and film actor. During a film career that began at age 46 and lasted almost 30 years, Charles Middleton appeared in nearly two hundred films as well as numerous plays. He is perhaps best remembered for his role as the villainous emperor Ming the Merciless in the three Flash Gordon series made between 1936 and 1940. Born in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. (d. 1949)

1879

 Warner Oland
Warner Oland (October 3, 1879 – August 6, 1938) was a Swedish American actor most remembered for his screen role as the detective Charlie Chan. He moved to the United States when he was 13 and pursued a film career that would include time on Broadway and dozens of film appearances. He starred in a total of 16 Charlie Chan films. Born Johan Verner Ölund in Nyby, Bjurholm Municipality, Västerbotten County, Sweden. (d. 1938)

1908

 Johnny Burke
Johnny Burke (October 3, 1908 — February 25, 1964) was a lyricist, widely regarded as one of the finest writers of popular songs in America between the 1920s and 1950s. Of the 41 films on which he worked, 25 starred Bing Crosby. Seventeen songs were substantial hits, including “Pennies from Heaven”, “I’ve Got a Pocketful of Dreams”, “Only Forever”, “Moonlight Becomes You” and “Sunday, Monday and Always”. “Swinging on a Star”, from the Bing Crosby film Going My Way, won an Academy Award for Best Song in 1944, one of seven Academy Awards won by the film. (d. 1964)

1911

 Michael Hordern
Sir Michael Hordern, CBE (3 October 1911 – 2 May 1995) was an English stage and film actor whose career spanned nearly 60 years. He is best known for his Shakespearean roles, especially that of King Lear, which he played to much acclaim on stage in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1969 and London in 1970. He then successfully assumed the role on television five years later. He often appeared in film, rising from a bit part actor in the late 1930s to a member of the main cast; by the time of his death he had appeared in nearly 140 cinema roles. Born Michael Murray Hordern in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire. (d. 1995)

1916

 James Herriot
James Herriot OBE, FRCVS (3 October 1916 – 23 February 1995), was a British veterinary surgeon and writer, who used his many years of experiences as a veterinary surgeon to write a series of books each consisting of stories about animals and their owners. He is best known for these semi-autobiographical works, beginning with All Creatures Great and Small in 1972. The British television series adapted from the books is also titled All Creatures Great and Small. Born James Alfred Wight in Sunderland, County Durham. (d. 1995)

1924

 Harvey Kurtzman
Harvey Kurtzman (3 October 1924 – 21 February 1993) was an American cartoonist and editor of comic books and magazines. His large body of work include writing and editing the parodic comic book Mad from 1952 until 1956, and the sexy and satirical Little Annie Fanny strips in Playboy from 1962 until 1988. (d. 1993)

1925

 Gore Vidal
Gore Vidal (October 3, 1925 – July 31, 2012) was an American writer (of novels, essays, screenplays, and stage plays) and a public intellectual known for his patrician manner, epigrammatic wit, and polished style of writing. Born Eugene Louis Vidal in West Point, New York. (d. 2012)

1935

 Madlyn Soloman Rhue
Madlyn Soloman Rhue (October 3, 1935 – December 16, 2003) was an American character actress. Rhue appeared in some twenty films, including Operation Petticoat (1959) A Majority of One (1960) and Stanley Kramer’s It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963). Born Madeleine Roche in Washington, DC. (d. 2003)

1938

 Eddie Cochran
Eddie Cochran (October 3, 1938 – April 17, 1960) was an American musician. Cochran’s rockabilly songs, such as “Twenty Flight Rock”, “Summertime Blues”, “C’mon Everybody”, and “Somethin’ Else”, captured teenage frustration and desire in the mid-1950s to the early 1960s. Cochran died at age 21 after a road accident, while traveling in a taxi in Chippenham, Wiltshire, during his British tour in April 1960. Born Edward Raymond Cochran in Albert Lea, Minnesota. (d. 1960)

1940

 Sheila Fearn
Sheila Fearn (born 3 October 1940 in Leicester, Leicestershire) is a retired British actress best known for playing Audrey, the sister of Terry Collier in BBC situation comedies The Likely Lads and Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?, and also later on as Ann Fourmile, the next door neighbour in the Thames Television sitcom George and Mildred. Born in Leicester, England.

1941

 Chubby Checker
Chubby Checker (born October 3, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter. He is widely known for popularizing the twist dance style, with his 1960 hit cover “The Twist”. In September 2008 “The Twist” topped Billboard’s list of the most popular singles to have appeared in the Hot 100 since its debut in 1958. Born Ernest Evans in Spring Gully, South Carolina.

1944

 Roy Horn
Siegfried & Roy, consisting of Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn are a German-American duo of former stage magicians and entertainers who became known for their appearances with white lions and white tigers. The duo formed Siegfried & Roy at the Mirage Resort and Casino, which was regarded as the most-visited show in Las Vegas, Nevada. On October 3, 2003, during a show at the Mirage, Roy was apparently bitten in the neck by a 7-year-old male white tiger named Mantecore. Roy was critically injured and sustained severe blood loss. They now run a menagerie at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas. Born Uwe Ludwig Horn in Nordenham.

1949

 Lindsey Buckingham
Lindsey Buckingham (born October 3, 1949) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and producer, best known as lead guitarist and one of the vocalists of the musical group Fleetwood Mac from 1975 to 1987, and then 1997 to the present day. Aside from his tenure with Fleetwood Mac, Buckingham has also released six solo albums and three live albums. As a member of Fleetwood Mac, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. In 2011, Buckingham was ranked 100th in Rolling Stone Magazine’s 2011 list of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”. Born Lindsey Adams Buckingham in Palo Alto, California.

1959

 Fred Couples
Fred Couples (born October 3, 1959) is an American professional golfer who competes on the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour. A former World No. 1, he has won 57 professional tournaments, most notably the 1992 Masters Tournament. Born Frederick Steven Couples in Seattle, Washington.
 Greg Proops
Greg Proops (born October 3, 1959) is an American actor, stand-up comedian and television host. He is widely known for his work as an improvisational comedian on the UK and U.S. versions of Whose Line Is It Anyway?. Born Gregory Everett Proops in Phoenix, Arizona.

1962

 Tommy Lee
Tommy Lee (born October 3, 1962) is a Greek-American musician and founding member of heavy metal band Mötley Crüe. As well as being the band’s long-term drummer, Lee founded rap-metal band Methods of Mayhem, and has pursued solo musical projects. He has been married to model Elaine Starchuk and actresses Heather Locklear and Pamela Anderson. Born Thomas Lee Bass in Athens, Greece.

1964

 Clive Owen
Clive Owen (born 3 October 1964) is an English actor who first gained recognition in the United Kingdom for playing the lead role in the ITV series Chancer from 1990 to 1991. He then received critical acclaim for his work in the film Close My Eyes (1991) before earning international attention for his performance as a struggling writer in Croupier (1998). In 2005, he won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the drama Closer (2004). Born in Coventry, Warwickshire.

1969

 Gwen Stefani
Gwen Stefani (born October 3, 1969) is an American singer, songwriter, fashion designer, and actress. She is the co-founder and lead vocalist of the rock band No Doubt. Stefani embarked on a solo career in 2004 her worldwide hit single “Hollaback Girl,” became the first US download to sell one million copies. Stefani has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide. Born Gwen Renée Stefani in Fullerton, California.
 Janel Moloney
Janel Moloney (born October 3, 1969) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Donna Moss on the television series The West Wing, a role for which she received Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series nominations in 2002 and 2004. Born Janel Wallace Moloney in Woodland Hills, California.

1973

 Neve Campbell
Neve Campbell (born October 3, 1973) is a Canadian actress. She is best known for her role as Sidney Prescott in the horror film series Scream. She got her start appearing in the Canadian television series Catwalk, before she played Julia Salinger in the drama series Party of Five. Born Neve Adrianne Campbell in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
 Lena Headey
Lena Headey (born 3 October 1973) is a British actress. eadey is best known for portraying Cersei Lannister in HBO’s hit fantasy series Game of Thrones since 2011, a performance that has earned her three consecutive Emmy award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2014-16). She is also known for playing the title character Sarah Connor on Fox’s Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Born Lena Kathren Headey in Hamilton, Bermuda.

1978

 Jake Shears
Jake Shears (born October 3, 1978) is an American singer, best known as the lead male singer for the pop band Scissor Sisters. Born Jason F Sellards in Mesa, Arizona.

1984

 Ashlee Simpson
Ashlee Simpson (born October 3, 1984), is an American singer-songwriter, actress, and media personality. Born Ashley Nicolle Simpson in Waco, Texas.

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