4 September


1848

 Lewis Howard Latimer
Lewis Howard Latimer (September 4, 1848 – December 11, 1928) was an American inventor and draftsman. In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell employed Latimer, then a draftsman at Bell’s patent law firm, to draft the necessary drawings required to receive a patent for Bell’s telephone. Latimer received a patent in January 1881 for the “Process of Manufacturing Carbons”, an improved method for the production of carbon filaments used in lightbulbs. Born in Chelsea, Massachusetts. (d. 1928)

1928

 Dick York
Dick York (September 4, 1928 – February 20, 1992) was an American actor. He is best remembered for his role as the first Darrin Stephens on the ABC television fantasy sitcom Bewitched. His best known motion picture role was as teacher Bertram Cates in the 1960 film Inherit the Wind. Born Richard Allen York in Fort Wayne, Indiana. (d. 1992)

1931

 Mitzi Gaynor
Mitzi Gaynor (born September 4, 1931) is an American actress, singer, and dancer. Notable films included There’s No Business Like Show Business (1954), which featured Irving Berlin’s music; and South Pacific, the 1958 motion picture adaptation of the stage musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein. Born Francesca Marlene de Czanyi von Gerber in Chicago, Illinois.

1932

 Dinsdale Landen
Dinsdale Landen (4 September 1932 – 29 December 2003) was a British actor known mainly for his television appearances. He made his film debut in 1960, with a walk-on part in The League of Gentlemen. He first became well known during the 1960s when he starred in the TV series Mickey Dunne and The Mask of Janus. Born Dinsdale James Landen in Margate, Kent. (d. 2003)
 Edward de Souza
Edward de Souza (born 4 September 1932) is a British character actor and graduate of RADA. From 1961 to 1966, he starred in the sitcom Marriage Lines with Richard Briers and Prunella Scales. De Souza had roles in the Hammer films The Phantom of the Opera (1962) and The Kiss of the Vampire (also 1962). In 1977 he played Sheik Hosein in the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me. He was solicitor “Bonny Bernard” in the first series of Rumpole of the Bailey (1978). Born Edward James de Souza in Hull, Yorkshire, England.

1937

 Dawn Fraser
Dawn Fraser, AO, MBE (born 4 September 1937) is an Australian freestyle champion swimmer and former politician. She is one of only three swimmers to have won the same Olympic event three times. Born Dawn Lorraine Fraser in Balmain, New South Wales.

1941

 Joanna Van Gyseghem
Joanna Van Gyseghem (born 4 September 1941) is an English actress. She appeared in the TV series Fraud Squad as Detective Sergeant Hicks from 1969 to 1970. She is known for her roles as Linda Cochran in the television sitcom Duty Free and as Marigold Featherstone, wife of Guthrie Featherstone, QC, MP, in Rumpole of the Bailey. Born in Tunbridge Wells.

1945

 Bill Kenwright
Bill Kenwright, CBE (born 4 September 1945) is a leading West End theatre producer and film producer. He is also the chairman of Everton Football Club. Kenwright is one of the UK’s most successful theatre producers, best known for the long-running West End hit Blood Brothers and the record breaking tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. His appearances as an actor included a role in Coronation Street, as Gordon Clegg. Born in Liverpool, Lancashire.

1949

 Tom Watson
Tom Watson (born September 4, 1949) is an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour and now plays mostly on the Champions Tour. In the 1970s and 1980s, Watson was one of the leading players in the world, winning eight major championships and heading the PGA Tour money list five times. He was the number one player in the world according to McCormack’s World Golf Rankings from 1978 until 1982. Born Thomas Sturges Watson in Kansas City, Missouri.

1951

 David Renwick
David Renwick (born 4 September 1951) is an English television writer, best known for creation of the sitcom One Foot in the Grave and the mystery series Jonathan Creek. Born David Peter Renwick in Luton, Bedfordshire, England.

1957

 Khandi Alexander
Khandi Alexander (born September 4, 1957) is an American dancer, choreographer, and actress. She is best known for the roles of Dr. Alexx Woods in the CBS police procedural series CSI: Miami. Born in New York City, New York.

1961

 Kevin Kennedy
Kevin Kennedy (born 4 September 1961) is an English actor and musician, best known for playing the character Curly Watts for 20 years in ITV’s long-running television soap opera Coronation Street. Born Kevin Patrick Williams in Wythenshawe, Manchester, Lancashire.

1968

 John DiMaggio
John DiMaggio (born September 4, 1968) is an American actor, voice actor, and comedian, known for his gruff voice, and for his work as Bender from the television show Futurama, Jake the Dog on Adventure Time, and Marcus Fenix in the hit Xbox video game Gears Of War. Born John William DiMaggio in North Plainfield, New Jersey.
 Phill Lewis
Phill Lewis (born September 4, 1968) is an American actor, director and comedian. He is best known for his role as Mr. Moseby on Disney Channel’s The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and its spin-off, The Suite Life on Deck. Born Phillip Akon Lewis in Uganda.

1970

 Ione Skye
Ione Skye (September 4, 1970) is a British-American actress who became a teen idol after the 1989 movie Say Anything…. In 2006, VH1 placed her at number 84 on its “100 Greatest Teen Stars” list. Born Ione Skye Leitch in Hampstead, London, England.

1974

 Carmit Bachar
Carmit Bachar (born September 4, 1974) is an American singer, dancer, model, actress and showgirl. She was a member of the successful pop/R&B group, the Pussycat Dolls. Born in Los Angeles, California.

1975

 Mark Ronson
Mark Ronson (born 4 September 1975) is an English musician, DJ, singer, songwriter and record producer. Although his debut album Here Comes the Fuzz failed to make an impact on the charts, his second album Version reached number two in the UK and included three top 10 singles. This success won him a Brit Award for Best British Male Solo Artist in 2008. Born Mark Daniel Ronson in St John’s Wood, London.

1981

 Beyoncé Knowles
Beyoncé Knowles (born September 4, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and actress. She rose to fame in the late 1990s as lead singer of R&B girl-group Destiny’s Child. Beyoncé also ventured into acting, with a Golden Globe-nominated performance in Dreamgirls (2006). She has won 20 Grammy Awards and is the most nominated woman in the award’s history. The Recording Industry Association of America recognized her as the Top Certified Artist in America during the 2000s decade. In 2009, Billboard named her the Top Radio Songs Artist of the Decade, the Top Female Artist of the 2000s and their Artist of the Millennium in 2011. Time listed her among the 100 most influential people in the world in 2013 and 2014. Forbes magazine also listed her as the most powerful female musician of 2015. Born Beyoncé Giselle Knowles in Houston, Texas.

1990

 James Bay
James Bay (born 4 September 1990) is an English singer-songwriter and guitarist. In 2014, he released his single “Hold Back the River”, which has been certified platinum. Bay received the Brit Awards “Critics’ Choice” award. At the 2016 Brit Awards he received the award for Best British Male Solo Artist. Bay also received three nominations at the 2016 Grammy Awards, including for Best New Artist. Born James Michael Bay in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England.

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