The Lumière brothers, Auguste and Louis (5 October 1864 – 6 June 1948), were the first filmmakers in history. They patented the cinematograph, which in contrast to Edison’s “peepshow” kinetoscope allowed simultaneous viewing by multiple parties. Their first film Sortie de l’usine Lumière de Lyon (1895) is considered the “first true motion picture”. Born Louis Jean Lumière in Besançon, France. (d. 1948)
Louise Dresser (October 17, 1878 – April 24, 1965) was an American actress. She portrayed Empress Elizabeth in Paramount Pictures’s The Scarlet Empress (1934). Dresser’s last film was Maid of Salem (1937). Born Louise Josephine Kerlin in Evansville, Indiana. (d. 1965)
Larry Fine (October 5, 1902 – January 24, 1975) was an American comedian, actor, violinist, and boxer, who is best known as a member of the comedy act The Three Stooges. Beginning in 1932, the team made 206 short films and several features, their most prolific period starring Larry, Moe and Curly. Born Louis Feinberg in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (d. 1975)
Robin Bailey (5 October 1919 – 14 January 1999) was an English actor. He was born in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire. Although often chosen for upper class and tradition-bound roles such as Mr Justice Graves in Thames Television’s Rumpole of the Bailey, Bailey is perhaps most fondly remembered for his portrayal of Uncle Mort in I Didn’t Know You Cared. Born William Henry Mettam Bailey in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, England. (d. 1999)
Donald Pleasence, OBE (5 October 1919 – 2 February 1995) was an English film, television, and stage actor. His most notable film roles include psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis in most of the Halloween series, the villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the James Bond film You Only Live Twice, and RAF Flight Lieutenant Colin Blythe in The Great Escape. Born Donald Henry Pleasence in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England. (d. 1995)
Ronald Leigh-Hunt (5 October 1920 – 12 September 2005) was a British film and television actor. Though never a major star, he appeared in over a hundred television and film productions , including as King Arthur in The Adventures of Sir Lancelot in the mid-1950s, and General Hospital in the early 1970s. His film appearances included The League of Gentlemen (1960), Le Mans (1971) and The Omen (1976). Born Ronald Frederick Leigh-Hunt in London, England. (d. 2005)
Jock Stein CBE (5 October 1922 – 10 September 1985) was a Scottish football player and manager. He became the first manager of a British side to win the European Cup, with Celtic in 1967. Stein also guided Celtic to nine successive Scottish League championships between 1966 and 1974. Born John Stein in Burnbank, South Lanarkshire, Scotland. (d. 1985)
Glynis Johns (born October 5, 1923) is a South African-born Welsh stage and film actress, dancer, pianist and singer. She is best known for creating the role of Desiree Armfeldt in A Little Night Music on Broadway, for which she won a Tony Award, and for playing Winifred Banks in Walt Disney’s musical motion picture box office smash Mary Poppins. In both roles, she originated songs written specifically for her, including “Send in the Clowns”, composed by Stephen Sondheim. Born in Pretoria, South Africa.
Barbara Kelly (5 October 1924 – 15 January 2007) was a Canadian-born actress, best known for her television roles in the United Kingdom opposite her husband Bernard Braden in the 1950s and 1960s, and for many appearances as a panelist on the British version of What’s My Line?. Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (d. 2007)
Fred Feast (5 October 1929 – 25 June 1999) was a British television actor, best remembered for playing the role of Fred Gee in Coronation Street. Born Frederick Feast in Scarborough, North Riding of Yorkshire, England. (d. 1999)
Diane Cilento (5 October 1933 – 6 October 2011) was an Australian theatre and film actress and author. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Tom Jones in 1963. She starred with Charlton Heston in the 1965 film The Agony and the Ecstasy, and with Paul Newman in the 1967 western film Hombre. Born in Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia. (d. 2011)
Václav Havel (Czech pronunciation: (5 October 1936 – 18 December 2011) was a Czech writer, philosopher, dissident, and statesman. From 1989 to 1992, he served as the last president of Czechoslovakia. He then served as the first president of the Czech Republic (1993-2003) after the Czech-Slovak split. Within Czech literature, he is known for his plays, essays, and memoirs. Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia. (d. 2011)
Stephanie Cole, OBE (born 5 October 1941) is an English stage, television, radio and film actress, best known for high-profile television roles in shows such as Tenko (1981-85), Open All Hours (1982-85), A Bit of a Do (1989), Waiting for God (1990-94), Keeping Mum (1997-98), Doc Martin (2004-09), Still Open All Hours (2013-present) and as Sylvia Goodwin in ITV soap opera Coronation Street (2011-13). She won Best TV Actress at the 1992 British Comedy Awards for her role in Waiting For God and won Best Comedy Performance at the 2012 British Soap Awards for her role in Coronation Street. Born Patricia Stephanie Cole in Solihull, Warwickshire, England.
Michael Morpurgo, OBE, FRSL, FKC, DL (born 5 October 1943) is an English book author, poet, playwright, and librettist who is known best for children’s novels such as War Horse (1982). Morpurgo became the third British Children’s Laureate, from 2003 to 2005. Born Michael Andrew Bridge Morpurgo in St Albans, Hertfordshire.
Steve Miller (born October 5, 1943) is an American guitarist and singer-songwriter who began his career in blues and blues rock and evolved to a more pop-oriented sound which, from the mid-1970s through the early 1980s, resulted in a series of highly popular singles and albums. Born Steven Haworth Miller in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Brian Connolly (5 October 1945 – 9 February 1997) was a Scottish-born musician and actor, best known as the lead singer of the British glam rock band Sweet. Born Brian Francis Connolly in Govanhill, Glasgow, Scotland. (d. 1997)
Peter Ackroyd, CBE, FRSL (born 5 October 1949) is an English biographer, novelist and critic. For his novels about English history and culture and his biographies of, among others, William Blake, Charles Dickens, T. S. Eliot and Sir Thomas More, he won the Somerset Maugham Award and two Whitbread Awards. His novel Hawksmoor was winner of both the Whitbread Novel Award and the Guardian Fiction Prize. Born in East Acton, London, England.
Jeff Conaway (October 5, 1950 – May 27, 2011) was an American actor known for his role of Kenickie in the movie Grease and his roles in two US television series, Taxi and Babylon 5. Born Jeffrey Charles William Michael Conaway in New York City, New York. (d. 2011)
Karen Allen (born October 5, 1951) is an American actress. She played Marion Ravenwood in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008). Born Karen Jane Allen in Carrollton, Illinois.
Bob Geldof, KBE (born 5 October 1951), is an Irish singer, songwriter, author, occasional actor, and political activist. He rose to prominence as the lead singer of the Irish rock band The Boomtown Rats in the late 1970s and early 1980s, alongside the punk rock movement. The band had hits with his compositions “Rat Trap” and “I Don’t Like Mondays”. He co-wrote “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”. Born Robert Frederick Zenon Geldof in Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin, Ireland.
Clive Barker (born 5 October 1952) is an English writer, film director, and visual artist best known for his work in both fantasy and horror fiction. He has written many novels and other works, and his fiction has been adapted into films, notably the Hellraiser and Candyman series. Born in Liverpool, England.
Bernie Mac (October 5, 1957 – August 9, 2008) was an American stand-up comedian, actor and voice artist. His most noted film role was as Frank Catton in the remake Ocean’s Eleven and the title character of Mr. 3000. He was the star of The Bernie Mac Show, which ran from 2001 through 2006, earning him two Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Born Bernard Jeffrey McCullough in Chicago, Illinois. (d. 2008)
Phil Cornwell (born 5 October 1957) is an English comedian, actor, impressionist and writer. He is well-known in the UK as being part of the Dead Ringers television and radio series, and achieved international recognition as the voice of Murdoc Niccals in the virtual band Gorillaz. Cornwell has co-written and performed principal roles in The Glam Metal Detectives and Stella Street. He is also well known as DJ Dave Clifton from I’m Alan Partridge. Born Philip Cornwell in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, England.
Maya Ying Lin (born October 5, 1959) is an American designer and artist who is known for her work in sculpture and landscape art. She first came to fame at the age of 21 as the designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Born in Athens, Ohio.
Caron Keating (5 October 1962 – 13 April 2004) was a Northern Irish television presenter. She was a presenter on BBC children’s programme Blue Peter for four years. She interviewed serving Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on the programme in 1988. She died at the age of 41, from breast cancer. Born Caron Louisa Keating in Fulham, London, England. (d. 2004)
Guy Pearce (born 5 October 1967) is an Australian actor and musician. He is well known for having starred in the role of Mike Young in the Australian television series Neighbours and in films such as The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994), L.A. Confidential (1997), Memento (2000), The Count of Monte Cristo (2002), The Road (2009), The King’s Speech (2010), Prometheus (2012), and Iron Man 3 (2013). He has won an Emmy Award and received nominations for Golden Globe Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, and AACTA Awards. Born Guy Edward Pearce in Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.
Kate Winslet, CBE (born 5 October 1975), is an English actress and singer. She is the recipient of an Academy Award, an Emmy Award, four Golden Globe Awards, a Grammy Award, an AACTA Award, and three BAFTA Awards. She is the youngest person to receive six Academy Award nominations with seven nominations in total, and is one of the few actresses to win three of the four major American entertainment awards (EGOT). In addition, she has won awards from the Screen Actors Guild, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association among others, and an Honorary César Award in 2012. she achievied global stardom with the epic romance Titanic (1997). Born Kate Elizabeth Winslet in Reading, Berkshire, England.
James Toseland (born 5 October 1980) is an English former motorcycle racer. Toseland was the 2007 World Superbike Champion on a Ten Kate Honda, and also won the 2004 Superbike World Championship on a Ducati. Aside from racing, Toseland is a pianist and singer-songwriter who performed with his band Crash. Born James Michael Toseland in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.
Nicky Hilton (born October 5, 1983) is an American fashion designer, socialite, and model. She is a member of the Hilton family by birth, and a member of the aristocratic Rothschild family through her marriage to James Rothschild in 2015. Born Nicholai Olivia Hilton in New York City, New York.
Nicola Roberts (born 5 October 1985) is an English recording artist, fashion designer, and songwriter. After auditioning and successfully completing the reality television series and competition Popstars The Rivals, Roberts became part of girl-group Girls Aloud. Their debut single “Sound of the Underground” topped the UK Singles chart. This success helped them win the competition and they were later entered in Guinness World Records as the most successful reality television music-group. Born Nicola Maria Roberts in Stamford, Lincolnshire.