Tomorrow’s Birthdays

25th May


1803

 Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet, who led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. Born in Boston, Massachusetts. (d. 1882)

1878

 Bill “Bojangles” Robinson
Bill “Bojangles” Robinson (May 25, 1878 – November 25, 1949) was an American tap dancer and actor, the best known and most highly paid African American entertainer in the first half of the twentieth century. He is best known today for his dancing with Shirley Temple in a series of films during the 1930s, and for starring in the musical Stormy Weather (1943). Born Luther Robinson in Richmond, Virginia,. (d. 1949)

1879

 Max Aitken
Max Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook, PC, ONB, (25 May 1879 – 9 June 1964) was an Anglo-Canadian business tycoon, politician, newspaper proprietor and writer. He built the Daily Express into the most successful mass circulation newspaper in the world. Born William Maxwell Aitken in Maple, Ontario, Canada. (d. 1964)

1888

 Miles Malleson
Miles Malleson (25 May 1888 – 15 March 1969), generally known as Miles Malleson, was an English actor and dramatist, particularly remembered for his appearances in British comedy films of the 1930s to 1960s such as The Importance of Being Earnest (1952), Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) and Private’s Progress (1956). Born William Miles Malleson in Croydon, Surrey, England. (d. 1969)

1889

 Igor Sikorsky
Igor Sikorsky (May 25, 1889 – October 26, 1972), was a Russian American aviation pioneer in both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. He designed and flew the world’s first multi-engine fixed-wing aircraft, the Russky Vityaz in 1913, and the first airliner, Ilya Muromets, in 1914. In 1939 Sikorsky designed and flew the Vought-Sikorsky VS-300, the first viable American helicopter. Born Igor Ivanovich Sikorsky in Kiev, Russian Empire. (d. 1972)

1897

 Gene Tunney
Gene Tunney (May 25, 1897 – November 7, 1978) was an American professional boxer and the world heavyweight champion from 1926–28. Born James Joseph Tunney in New York City, New York. (d. 1978)

1913

 Richard Dimbleby
Richard Dimbleby CBE (25 May 1913 – 22 December 1965) was an English journalist and broadcaster, who became the BBC’s first war correspondent, and then its leading TV news commentator. Born Frederick Richard Dimbleby in Richmond, Surrey, England. (d. 1965)

1921

 Hal David
Hal David (May 25, 1921 – September 1, 2012) was an American lyricist. He was best known for his collaborations with composer Burt Bacharach and his association with Dionne Warwick. Bacharach and David hits included “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head”, “This Guy’s in Love with You”, “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again”, “Do You Know the Way to San Jose”, “Walk On By”, “I Say a Little Prayer”, and “(There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me”. Born Harold Lane David in New York City, New York. (d. 2012)

1922

 Kitty Kallen
Kitty Kallen (born May 25, 1922) is an American popular singer whose career spanned from the 1930s to the 1960s. She is widely known for her 1954 solo recording ‘”Little Things Mean a Lot” — a song that stayed at the U.S. number one spot for nine consecutive weeks. Born Katherine Kalinsky in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1925

 Jeanne Crain
Jeanne Crain (May 25, 1925 – December 14, 2003) was an American actress whose career spanned from 1943 to 1975. She received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in the 1949 film Pinky. Born Jeanne Elizabeth Crain in Barstow, California. (d. 2003)

1926

 Claude Atkins
Claude Akins (born 25 May 1926) appeared in nearly 100 films and 180+ TV episodes in a career spanning over 40 years in such TV shows as Dragnet (1951), My Friend Flicka (1955), and Gunsmoke (1955). Born Claude Marion Akins in Nelson, Georgia, USA. (d. 1994)

1927

 Robert Ludlum
Robert Ludlum (May 25, 1927 – March 12, 2001) was an American author of 27 thriller novels including The Holcroft Covenant and The Bourne Identity. The number of copies of his books in print is estimated between 290 million and 500 million. Born in New York City, New York. (d. 2001)

1939

 Ian McKellen
Sir Ian McKellen, CH, CBE (born 25 May 1939) is an English actor. He is the recipient of six Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BIF Award, two Saturn Awards, four Drama Desk Awards and two Critics’ Choice Awards. He has also received two Academy Award nominations, four BAFTA nominations and five Emmy Award nominations. He has appeared as Magneto in the 2000 film X-Men and its sequels and the wizard Gandalf in Peter Jackson’s three-film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings. Born Ian Murray McKellen in Burnley, Lancashire, England.

1943

 Leslie Uggams
Leslie Uggams (born May 25, 1943) is an American actress and singer, known for her work in Hallelujah, Baby! and as Kizzy Reynolds in the 1977 television miniseries Roots. Born in New York City.

1944

 Frank Oz
Frank Oz (born May 25, 1944) is an English-born American puppeteer, actor, and filmmaker. He is best known for his puppeteering work, where he performed the Muppet characters of Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear in The Muppet Show, and Cookie Monster, Bert, and Grover in Sesame Street. His work as a director include Little Shop of Horrors (1986), and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988). He is also the puppeteer and voice of Yoda in the Star Wars films. Born Frank Richard Oznowicz in Hereford, Herefordshire, England.
 Stephanie Turner
Stephanie Turner (born 25th May 1944) is an actress. She is best known for the lead role of Inspector Jean Darblay in the first three series of the 1980s television BBC police drama Juliet Bravo (1980-82). Born in Bradford, West Yorkshire.

1945

 Dave Lee Travis
Dave Lee Travis (born 25 May 1945), is a British disc jockey, radio presenter and television presenter. Born David Patrick Griffin in Buxton, Derbyshire, England.

1951

 Patti D’Arbanville
Patti D’Arbanville (born May 25, 1951) is an American actress and former model. Andy Warhol discovered her during a gig as a club disc jockey when she was 13, and cast her at age 16 in his 1968 film Flesh. In the late 1960s she was a model in London, where she met Cat Stevens and they developed a romance. She was the inspiration for at least two of his hit songs: “Lady D’Arbanville”, and “Wild World”. Born Patricia D’Arbanville in New York City, New York.

1953

 Eve Ensler
Eve Ensler (born May 25, 1953) is an American playwright, performer, feminist, and activist, best known for her play The Vagina Monologues. Born in New York City.

1954

 Daragh O’Malley
Daragh O’Malley (born 25 May 1954) is an Irish film, theatre and television actor who has appeared in a large number of TV series, films and films for television. O’Malley is perhaps best known for his portrayal of the ever-faithful Patrick Harper in the long-running [1993-2009] Sharpe TV series. Born in Dublin, Ireland.

1955

 Alistair Burt
Alistair Burt (born 25 May 1955) is a British Conservative Party politician. He is the Member of Parliament (MP) for North East Bedfordshire. Burt was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State then Minister of State at the Department of Social Security from 1992 to 1997, and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 2010 to 2013. Born Alistair James Hendrie Burt in Bury, Lancashire, England.

1956

 Sugar Minott
Lincoln Barrington “Sugar” Minott (25 May 1956 – 10 July 2010) was a Jamaican reggae singer, producer and sound-system operator. Born Kingston, Jamaica in Lincoln Barrington Minott. (d. 2010)

1957

 Bill Fellows
Bill Fellows( born 25th May 1957) is a British TV and film actor. Born in Middlesbrough, Teeside, England.

1958

 Paul Weller
Paul Weller (born 25 May 1958) is an English singer-songwriter and musician. Starting out with the band The Jam (1976–82), Weller branched out to a more soulful style with The Style Council (1983–89), before establishing himself as a successful solo artist in 1991. Born John William Weller in Woking, Surrey, England.

1959

 Julian Clary
Julian Clary (born 25 May 1959) is an English comedian and novelist. Openly gay, Clary began appearing on television in the mid 1980s and became known for his deliberately stereotypical camp style. Born Julian Peter McDonald Clary in Surbiton, Surrey, England.
 Cathryn Harrison
Cathryn Mary Lee Harrison (born 25 May 1959) is an English actress. She is the daughter of the actor and singer Noel Harrison and also the granddaughter of actor Sir Rex Harrison. She has worked in British television and radio dramas including Portrait of a Marriage (1990) in which she played Violet Trefusis, Vita Sackville West’s lesbian lover. Born in London.

1960

 Anthea Turner
Anthea Turner (born 25 May 1960) is an English television presenter and media personality. Turner presented the children’s television show Blue Peter from 27 June 1992 to 29 June 1994. Born Anthea Millicent Turner in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England.

1963

 Mike Myers
Mike Myers (born May 25, 1963) is a Canadian actor, comedian, screenwriter, and film producer, known for his run as a featured performer on Saturday Night Live from 1989 to 1995, and for playing the title roles in the Wayne’s World, Austin Powers, and Shrek films. Born Michael John Myers in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada.

1969

 Anne Heche
Anne Heche (born May 25, 1969) is an American actress. Her film credits include Six Days Seven Nights, Return to Paradise, and I Know What You Did Last Summer. Born Anne Celeste Heche in Aurora, Ohio.

1970

 Octavia Spencer
Octavia Spencer (born May 25, 1970) is an American actress and author. She is best known for her role as Minny Jackson in the 2011 film The Help, for which she won the BAFTA, Golden Globe, SAG, Critics’ Choice, and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Born Octavia Lenora Spencer in Montgomery, Alabama.

1976

 Cillian Murphy
Cillian Murphy (born 25 May 1976) is an Irish actor of stage and screen. Murphy played the lead in the BBC gangster series Peaky Blinders and the lead role in Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or-winning film The Wind That Shakes the Barley. Born in Douglas, County Cork, Ireland.

1979

 Jonny Wilkinson
Jonny Wilkinson OBE (born 25 May 1979), known as Jonny Wilkinson, is a former rugby union player who represented England and the British and Irish Lions. Born Frimley, Surrey, England in Jonathan Peter Wilkinson.

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