4 October


1880

 Damon Runyon
Damon Runyon (October 4, 1880 – December 10, 1946) was an American newspaperman and author. He was best known for his short stories celebrating the world of Broadway in New York City. He spun humorous and sentimental tales of gamblers, hustlers, actors, and gangsters, few of whom go by “square” names, preferring instead colorful monikers such as “Nathan Detroit,” “Benny Southstreet,” “Big Jule,” “Harry the Horse,” “Good Time Charley,” “Dave the Dude,” or “The Seldom Seen Kid.” Runyon’s fictional world is also known to the general public through the musical Guys and Dolls based on two of his stories. Born Alfred Damon Runyon in Manhattan, Kansas. (d. 1946)

1895

 Buster Keaton
Buster Keaton (October 4, 1895 – February 1, 1966) was an American actor, vaudevillian, comedian, filmmaker, stunt performer, and writer. He was best known for his silent films, in which his trademark was physical comedy with a consistently stoic, deadpan expression, earning him the nickname “The Great Stone Face”. Born Joseph Frank Keaton in Piqua, Kansas. (d. 1966)

1923

 Charlton Heston
Charlton Heston (born October 4, 1923 – April 5, 2008) was an American actor and political activist. As a Hollywood star he appeared in 100 films over the course of 60 years. He played Moses in the epic film, The Ten Commandments (1956), for which he received his first Golden Globe Award nomination. He also starred in Touch of Evil (1958) with Orson Welles; Ben-Hur, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor (1959); El Cid (1961); and Planet of the Apes (1968). He also starred in the films The Greatest Show on Earth (1952); Secret of the Incas (1954); The Big Country (1958); and The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965). Born John Charles Carter in Wilmette, Illinois. (d. 2008)

1931

 Terence Conran
Sir Terence Conran, FCSD (born 4 October 1931) is an English designer, restaurateur, retailer and writer. Conran started his own design practice in 1956 with the Summa furniture range and designing a shop for Mary Quant. In 1964, he opened the first Habitat shop. In the mid-1980s, Conran expanded Habitat into the Storehouse plc group of companies that included BhS, Mothercare and Heal’s. Born Terence Orby Conran in Kingston upon Thames, England.
 Basil D’Oliveira
Basil D’Oliveira CBE (4 October 1931 – 19 November 2011), known affectionately around the world as “Dolly”, was a South African cricketer who played for England. D’Oliveira was classified as ‘coloured’ under the apartheid regime, and hence barred from first-class cricket, resulting in his emigration to England. He played for the England cricket team in forty-four Test matches, and four ODIs. Born Basil Lewis D’Oliveira in Cape Town, Cape Province, Union of South Africa. (d. 2011)

1937

 Jackie Collins
Jackie Collins OBE (4 October 1937 – 19 September 2015) was a British American romance novelist. She wrote 32 novels, all of which appeared on The New York Times bestsellers list. In total, her books have sold over 500 million copies and have been translated into 40 languages. Eight of her novels have been adapted for the screen, either as films or television mini-series. Born Jacqueline Jill Collins in Hampstead, London, England. (d. 2015)

1946

 Susan Sarandon
Susan Sarandon (born October 4, 1946) is an American actress. She is an Academy Award and BAFTA Award winner who is also known for her social and political activism for a variety of liberal causes. She received the first of her five Best Actress Academy Award nominations for Atlantic City (1980), and went on to be nominated for Thelma & Louise (1991), Lorenzo’s Oil (1992) and The Client (1994), before finally winning for Dead Man Walking (1995). For the latter, she also won a Screen Actors Guild Award. She won a Best Actress BAFTA Award for The Client. Born Susan Abigail Tomalin in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York.

1947

 Ann Widdecombe
Ann Widdecombe, DSG (born 4 October 1947) is a former British Conservative Party politician and has been a novelist since 2000. She is a Privy Councillor and was the Member of Parliament for Maidstone from 1987 to 1997 and for Maidstone and The Weald from 1997 to 2010. Born Ann Noreen Widdecombe in Bath, Somerset, England.

1956

 Christoph Waltz
Christoph Waltz (born 4 October 1956) is a German-Austrian actor. He is best known for his works with American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, receiving acclaim for portraying SS-Standartenführer Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds (2009) and bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz in Django Unchained (2012). For each performance, he won an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor. Additionally, he received the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival and a Screen Actors Guild Award for his portrayal of Landa. Born in Vienna, Austria.

1958

 Anneka Rice
Anneka Rice (born 4 October 1958) is a Welsh-born television and radio presenter. In 1982 she landed her first major TV job as the jump-suited “skyrunner” of Channel 4’s Treasure Hunt. Rice was given the “Rear of the Year” award. Her next project, Challenge Anneka ran for five years. Born Anne Rice in Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales.

1976

 Alicia Silverstone
Alicia Silverstone (born October 4, 1976) is an American actress, producer, author, and activist. Silverstone made her film debut in The Crush, earning the 1994 MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance, and gained further prominence as a teen idol when she appeared in three music videos for the band Aerosmith. She starred in the 1995 sleeper hit Clueless and in the big-budget 1997 film Batman & Robin, in which she played Batgirl. Born in San Francisco, California.

1979

 Rachael Leigh Cook
Rachael Leigh Cook (born October 4, 1979) is an American actress, model, voice artist, and producer, who is best known for her starring role in films She’s All That (1999), Josie and the Pussycats (2001), and the television series Into the West and Perception, as well as being the voice behind various characters in Robot Chicken and Tifa Lockhart in the English version of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

1988

 Ashley Banjo
Ashley Modurotolu Banjo (born 4 October 1988), is an English street dancer, choreographer and actor. He is leader of dance troupe Diversity, who won the third series of Britain’s Got Talent. Born Ashley Modurotolu Banjo in Leytonstone, London, England.

1989

 Stacey Solomon
Stacey Chanelle Charlene Solomon (born 4 October 1989) is an English singer, television presenter and reality television star. She rose to fame on the sixth series of The X Factor, coming third overall on the show. Solomon won the tenth series of reality television show I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!. Born Stacey Chanelle Charlene Solomon in Dagenham, London, England.

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