5 August


1850

 Guy de Maupassant
Guy de Maupassant (5 August 1850 – 6 July 1893) was a French writer, remembered as a master of the short story form, and as a representative of the naturalist school of writers. He wrote some 300 short stories, six novels, three travel books, and one volume of verse. Born Henri René Albert Guy de Maupassant in Tourville-sur-Arques. (d. 1893)

1862

 Joseph Merrick
Joseph Merrick (5 August 1862 – 11 April 1890), sometimes incorrectly referred to as John Merrick, was an English man with severe deformities who was exhibited as a human curiosity named the Elephant Man. Born Joseph Carey Merrick in Leicester, Leicestershire. (d. 1890)

1887

 Reginald Owen
Reginald Owen (5 August 1887 – 5 November 1972) was a British character actor. He was known for his many roles in British and American films. Owen is perhaps best known today for his performance as Ebenezer Scrooge in the 1938 film version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Born John Reginald Owen in Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, England. (d. 1972)

1906

 Joan Hickson
Joan Hickson, OBE (5 August 1906 – 17 October 1998) was an English actress of theatre, film and television, famed for playing Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple in the television series Miss Marple. Born in Kingsthorpe, Northamptonshire. (d. 1998)
 John Huston
John Huston (August 5, 1906 – August 28, 1987) was an American film director, screenwriter and actor. He wrote the screenplays for most of the 37 feature films he directed, many of which are today considered classics: The Maltese Falcon (1941), The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), Key Largo (1948), The Asphalt Jungle (1950), The African Queen (1951), Moulin Rouge (1952), and The Misfits (1961). Born John Marcellus Huston in Nevada, Missouri. (d. 1987)

1911

 Robert Taylor
Robert Taylor (August 5, 1911 – June 8, 1969) was an American film and television actor who was one of the most popular leading men of his time, starring in such films as Quo Vadis, Ivanhoe, and Waterloo Bridge. Born Spangler Arlington Brugh in Filley, Nebraska. (d. 1969)

1918

 Tom Drake
Tom Drake (August 5, 1918 – August 11, 1982) was an American actor. Drake made more than forty films in all starting in 1940 and continuing until the mid-1970s. He co-starred with Judy Garland in Meet Me in St. Louis. Born Alfred Sinclair Alderdice in Brooklyn, New York. (d. 1982)

1930

 Neil Armstrong
Neil Armstrong (August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012) was an American astronaut and the first person to walk on the Moon. He was also an aerospace engineer, naval aviator, test pilot, and university professor. Born Neil Alden Armstrong in Auglaize County, near Wapakoneta, Ohio. (d. 2012)

1934

 Gay Byrne
Gay Byrne (born 5 August 1934) is a veteran Irish presenter of radio and television. His most notable role was first host of The Late Late Show over a 37-year period spanning 1962 until 1999. The Late Late Show is the world’s longest-running chat show. Born Gabriel Mary Byrne in Dublin, Ireland.

1935

 John Saxon
John Saxon (born August 5, 1935) is an American actor who has worked on over 200 projects during the span of sixty years. Born Carmine Orrico in Brooklyn, New York.
 Wanda Ventham
Wanda Ventham (born 5 August 1935) is an English actress, known primarily for her role as Colonel Virginia Lake in the 1970s science-fiction television series UFO, and for her recurring role as Cassandra Trotter’s mother Pamela Parry in the sitcom Only Fools and Horses from 1989-92. Born in Brighton, Sussex, England.

1937

 Alan Howard
Alan Howard, CBE (5 August 1937 – 14 February 2015) was an English actor. He was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1966 to 1983, and played leading roles at the Royal National Theatre between 1992 and 2000. Born Alan MacKenzie Howard in Croydon, Surrey, England. (d. 2015)

1938

 Tim Preece
Tim Preece (born 5 August 1938) is an English actor, prominent in 1970s television. He played the politically correct Tom Patterson in the first two series of The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin (1976-77). Born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire.

1939

 Roger Clark
Roger Clark, MBE, (5 August 1939 – 12 January 1998) was a British rally driver during the 1960s and ’70s, and the first competitor from his country to win a World Rally Championship (WRC) event when he triumphed at the 1976 RAC Rally. Born Roger Albert Clark. (d. 1998)

1945

 Loni Anderson
Loni Anderson (born August 5, 1945) is an American actress who is known for having played the role of Jennifer Marlowe on the CBS television sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati. Born Loni Kaye Anderson in St Paul, Minnesota.

1947

 Jan Francis
Jan Francis (born 5 August 1947) is an English actress, best known for playing Penny Warrender in the 1980s romantic comedy Just Good Friends. Born Janet Stephanie Francis in Westminster, London, England.

1948

 Ray Clemence
Ray Clemence, MBE (born 5 August 1948) is one of English and European football’s most decorated goalkeepers and was part of the Liverpool team of the 1970s. Born Raymond Neal Clemence MBE in Skegness, England.
 Barbara Flynn
Barbara Flynn (born 5 August 1948) is an English actress. She first became known for her role as Freda Ashton in the ITV drama series A Family at War. She played Judith Fitzgerald, the long-suffering wife of Eddie Fitzgerald, the protagonist of the British Television series Cracker. She was the milk lady, Granville’s unrequited love interest, in the BBC’s Open All Hours. During the 1980s, her acting skills led to her being cast in several successful comedy drama television series – including the Beiderbecke Trilogy and A Very Peculiar Practice. Born Barbara Joy McMurray in St Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex, England.

1952

 Louis Walsh
Louis Walsh (born 5 August 1952) is an Irish entertainment manager and judge on British television talent show The X Factor. He managed Johnny Logan, Boyzone and Westlife. Born Michael Louis Vincent Walsh in Kiltimagh, County Mayo, Ireland.

1956

 Maureen McCormick
Maureen McCormick (born August 5, 1956) is an American actress, author and recording artist. She is most widely known for her career as a child actress, during which she portrayed Marcia Brady on ABC’s The Brady Bunch from 1969 to 1974. Born Maureen Denise McCormick in Encino, California.

1957

 David Gill
David Gill (born 5 August 1957) is British football executive, formerly Chief Executive of Manchester United and a vice-chairman of The Football Association. Born David Alan Gill in Reading, Berkshire.

1959

 Pete Burns
Pete Burns (born 5 August 1959) is an English singer-songwriter, author and television personality, who founded the band Dead or Alive in 1980, in which he was vocalist and songwriter, and which rose to mainstream success with their 1985 single “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)”. Born in Port Sunlight, Bebington, Wirral, England.

1961

 Janet McTeer
Janet McTeer, OBE (born 5 August 1961) is an English actress. McTeer’s performance in Tumbleweeds won her a Golden Globe as Best Actress and Academy Award and Screen Actors Guild nominations. Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England.

1963

 Mark Strong
Mark Strong (born 5 August 1963) is a British film and television actor. He is known for his role in the television series Our Friends in the North and films such as The Young Victoria, Sherlock Holmes, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Kick-Ass, Green Lantern, Zero Dark Thirty, Robin Hood, John Carter, and Kingsman: The Secret Service. Born Marco Giuseppe Salussolia in London, England.

1968

 Colin McRae
Colin McRae, MBE (5 August 1968 – 15 September 2007) was a Scottish rally driver. He was the 1991 and 1992 British Rally Champion and, in 1995 became the first British person and the youngest to win the World Rally Championship Drivers’ title. Born Colin Steele McRae in Lanark. (d. 2007)
 Marine Le Pen
Marine Le Pen (born 5 August 1968) is a French politician who is the president of the National Front (FN), the largest political party in France in 2014. Born Marion Anne Perrine Le Pen in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France.

1975

 Antony Cotton
Antony Cotton (born 5 August 1975) is an English actor, best known for his roles in Coronation Street and the original UK version of Queer as Folk. Born Antony Dunn in Bury, Greater Manchester.

1980

 Sophie Winkleman
Sophie Winkleman, Lady Frederick Windsor (born 5 August 1980) is an English actress and the wife of Lord Frederick Windsor, the son of Queen Elizabeth II’s cousin Prince Michael of Kent. Born Sophie Lara Winkleman in Primrose Hill in London.

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