John Wisden (5 September 1826 – 5 April 1884) was an English cricketer who played 187 first-class cricket matches for three English county cricket teams, Kent, Middlesex and Sussex. He is now best known for launching the eponymous Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack in 1864, the year after he retired from first-class cricket. Born in Brighton, Sussex, England. (d. 1884)
Jesse James (September 5, 1847 – April 3, 1882) was an American outlaw, guerrilla, gang leader, bank robber, train robber, and murderer from the state of Missouri and the most famous member of the James-Younger Gang. Jesse and his brother Frank James were Confederate guerrillas or bushwhackers during the Civil War. They were accused of participating in atrocities committed against Union soldiers, including the Centralia Massacre. After the war, as members of various gangs of outlaws, they robbed banks, stagecoaches, and trains. Born Jesse Woodson James in Kearney, Missouri. (d. 1882)
Darryl F Zanuck
Darryl Zanuck (September 5, 1902 – December 22, 1979) was an American film producer and studio executive; he earlier contributed stories for films starting in the silent era. He played a major part in the Hollywood studio system as one of its longest survivors. He earned three Academy Awards as producer for Best Picture. Born Darryl Francis Zanuck in Wahoo, Nebraska. (d. 1979)
Bernard Delfont, Baron Delfont (5 September 1909 – 28 July 1994) was a leading Russian-born British theatrical impresario. Born Boris (or Boruch) Winogradsky in Tokmak, Russian Empire. (d. 1994)
John Cage (September 5, 1912 – August 12, 1992) was an American composer, music theorist, writer, and artist. A pioneer of indeterminacy in music, electroacoustic music, and non-standard use of musical instruments, Cage was one of the leading figures of the post-war avant-garde. Critics have lauded him as one of the most influential American composers of the 20th century. Cage is perhaps best known for his 1952 composition 4′33″, which is performed in the absence of deliberate sound. Born John Milton Cage Jr in Good Samaritan Hospital in downtown Los Angeles. (d. 1992)
Frank Yerby (September 5, 1916 – November 29, 1991) was an African-American historical novelist. He is best known as the first African-American writer to become a millionaire from his pen, and to have a book purchased by a Hollywood studio for a film adaptation. Born Frank Garvin Yerby in Augusta, Georgia. (d. 1991)
Bob Newhart (born September 5, 1929) is an American stand up comedian and actor. Noted for his deadpan and slightly stammering delivery, Newhart came to prominence in the 1960s when his album of comedic monologues The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart was a worldwide bestseller and reached number one on the Billboard pop album chart—it remains the 20th best-selling comedy album in history. Born George Robert Newhart in Oak Park, Illinois.
Johnny Briggs, MBE (born 5 September 1935) is an English actor. He is best known for his role as Mike Baldwin in the soap opera Coronation Street, in which he appeared from 1976 to 2006. His film appearances include The Bulldog Breed (1960), Sink the Bismarck! (1960), H.M.S. Defiant (1962), Doctor in Distress (1963), A Stitch in Time (1963), 633 Squadron (1964). Born in Battersea, London.
William Devane (born September 5, 1939) is an American film, television and theatre actor, known for his role as Greg Sumner on the primetime soap opera Knots Landing (1983-1993). He is also known for his supporting roles in films such as McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971), Marathon Man (1976), and Space Cowboys (2000). Born William Joseph Devane in Albany, New York.
George Robert Lazenby (born 5 September 1939) is an Australian actor and former model, best known for portraying James Bond in the 1969 film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service when he was 29 years old, being the youngest actor to date to have portrayed the character. Born George Robert Lazenby in Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia.
Clay Regazzoni (5 September 1939 – 15 December 2006) was a Swiss racing car driver. He competed in Formula One races from 1970 to 1980, winning five Grands Prix. His first win was the Italian Grand Prix at Monza in his debut season, driving for Ferrari. Born Gianclaudio Giuseppe Regazzoni in Mendrisio, Switzerland. (d. 2006)
Claudette Colvin (born September 5, 1939) is a pioneer of the African-American civil rights movement. In 1955, she was the first person arrested for resisting bus segregation in Montgomery, Alabama. Born in Alabama.
Raquel Welch (born September 5, 1940) is an American actress and singer. She first won attention for her role in Fantastic Voyage (1966), after which she won a contract with 20th Century Fox. They lent her contract to a British studio, for whom she made One Million Years B.C. (1966). She had only three lines in the film, yet images of her in the doe-skin bikini which she wore became best-selling posters that turned her into a celebrity sex symbol. Born Jo Raquel Tejada in Chicago, Illinois.
Christian Rodska (born 5 September 1945) is an English actor who has appeared in many television and radio series and narrated a number of audiobooks, including Sir Winston Churchill’s Nobel Prize winning The Second World War. He is perhaps best known for his regular role as Ron Stryker in 1970s series, Follyfoot. Born Christian Rodskjaer in Cullercoats, Northumberland, England.
Freddie Mercury (5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991) was a British singer, songwriter and record producer, known as the lead vocalist and co-principal songwriter of the rock band Queen. He also became known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave vocal range. Mercury wrote and composed numerous hits for Queen (“Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Killer Queen,” “Somebody to Love,” “Don’t Stop Me Now,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” and “We Are the Champions.”). Born Farrokh Bulsara in Stone Town, Sultanate of Zanzibar. (d. 1991)
Loudon Wainwright III
Loudon Wainwright III (born September 5, 1946) is a Grammy Award-winning American songwriter, folk singer, humorist, and actor. Born Loudon Snowden Wainwright in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Cathy Lee Guisewite (born September 5, 1950) is an American cartoonist who created the comic strip Cathy, which had a 34-year run.
Michael Keaton (born September 5, 1951) is an American actor. Keaton first rose to fame for his comedic film roles including Beetlejuice (1988), and he earned further acclaim for his dramatic portrayal of Bruce Wayne / Batman in Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992). Since then, he has appeared in a variety of films ranging from dramas and romantic comedies to thriller and action films. Keaton’s critically praised lead performance in Birdman (2014) earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Actor and Best Actor in a Comedy, and nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Award, British Academy Film Award, and Academy Award for Best Actor. Born Michael John Douglas in Robinson Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
Patti McGuire (born September 5, 1951) is an American model and television producer. She was Playboy magazine’s Playmate of the Month for the November 1976 issue, and the 1977 Playmate of the Year. She married tennis star Jimmy Connors in 1979. Born in Dexter, Missouri.
Peter Wingfield (born 5 September 1962) is a Welsh born television actor, well known for his television roles as Dan Clifford in Holby City, Dr. Robert Helm in Queen of Swords and Inspector Simon Ross in Cold Squad but he is internationally best known for his role as the 5000-year-old Immortal Methos in the hit syndicated series Highlander: The Series. Born in Cardiff, Wales.
Jane Sixsmith MBE (born 5 September 1967) is a field hockey player, who was a member of the British squad that won the bronze medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. She retired from the international scene after scoring over hundred goals and winning 165 caps for England and 158 for Great Britain. Sixsmith is the only British female hockey player to have appeared at four Olympic Games. Born Janet Theresa Sixsmith in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, West Midlands.
Mark Ramprakash, MBE (born 5 September 1969) is a former English cricketer. A right-handed batsman, he initially made his name playing for Middlesex, and was selected for England aged 21. He is one of only 25 players in the history of the sport to have scored 100 first-class centuries. In 2006, Ramprakash and Karen Hardy won the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. Born Mark Ravin Ramprakash in Bushey, Hertfordshire, England.
Dweezil Zappa (born September 5, 1969) is an American rock guitarist and occasional actor. He is the son of musical composer and performer Frank Zappa. Born Ian Donald Calvin Euclid Zappa in Los Angeles, California.