Ernie Kovacs (January 23, 1919 – January 13, 1962) was an American comedian, actor, and writer. While Kovacs and wife, Edie Adams, received Emmy nominations for best performances in a comedy series during 1957, his talent was not recognized formally until after his death. The 1962 Emmy for Outstanding Electronic Camera Work and the Directors’ Guild award came a short time after his fatal automobile accident. A quarter century later, he was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame. Born Ernest Edward Kovacs in Trenton, New Jersey. (d. 1962)
Bob Paisley OBE (23 January 1919 – 14 February 1996) was an English footballer and manager who spent almost fifty years with Liverpool as a wing half, physiotherapist, coach and manager. Due to his achievements as Liverpool manager, Paisley is one of the most successful English football managers of all time. Born Robert Paisley in Hetton-le-Hole, County Durham, England. (d. 1996)
Geena Davis (born January 21, 1956) is an American actress, film producer, writer, voice actress, former fashion model, and former archer. She is known for her roles in The Fly (1986), Beetlejuice (1988), Thelma & Louise (1991), A League of Their Own (1992), The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996), Stuart Little (1999), and The Accidental Tourist, for which she won the 1988 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. In 2005, Davis won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama for her role in Commander in Chief. Born Virginia Elizabeth Davis in Wareham, Massachusetts.
Robby Benson (born January 21, 1956) is an American actor, voice actor, director, singer and educator. He was the voice of The Beast in the Disney animated film Beauty and the Beast and its numerous sequels and spin-offs, and directed several episodes of the popular sitcom Friends. Born Robin David Segal in Dallas, Texas.
Plácido Domingo KBE (born 21 January 1941) is a Spanish tenor, conductor and arts administrator. He has recorded over a hundred complete operas and is well known for his versatility, regularly performing in Italian, French, German, Spanish, English and Russian in the most prestigious opera houses in the world. Although primarily a lirico-spinto tenor for most of his career, especially popular for his Cavaradossi, Hoffmann, Don José, and Canio, he quickly moved into more dramatic roles, becoming the most acclaimed Otello of his generation. In the early 2010s, he transitioned from the tenor repertory into almost exclusively baritone parts, most notably Simon Boccanegra. He has performed 147 different roles. Born José Plácido Domingo Embil in Madrid, Spain.
Richie Havens (January 21, 1941 – April 22, 2013) was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. His music encompassed elements of folk, soul, and rhythm and blues. He is best known for his intense and rhythmic guitar style (often in open tunings), soulful covers of pop and folk songs, and his opening performance at the 1969 Woodstock Festival. Born Richard Pierce Havens in Brooklyn, New York. (d. 2013)
Heather Small (born 20 January 1965) is an English soul singer, best known for being the lead singer in the band M People. Her debut solo album was Proud, which was released in 2000. Born Heather Smalls in West London, England.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, GCVO (born 20 January 1965), is the wife of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex. Married in 1999, she worked in public relations until 2002 and now assists her husband in his various activities. The Earl and Countess have two children: James, Viscount Severn, and Lady Louise Windsor, who are respectively tenth and eleventh in line to the British throne. Born Sophie Helen Rhys-Jones in Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, England.
Linda Hayden (born 19 January 1953) is an English film and television actress. She is best known for her roles in 1970s British horror films and sex comedies. Born Linda M Higginson in Stanmore, Middlesex, England.
Desi Arnaz Jr
Desi Arnaz Jr. (born January 19, 1953) is an American actor and musician. He is the son of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. From 1968 to 1974, Desi Arnaz and his sister Lucie played opposite their mother in Here’s Lucy as her children. Born Desiderio Alberto Arnaz IV in Los Angeles, California.
Jean Stapleton (born Jeanne Murray; January 19, 1923 – May 31, 2013) was an American character actress of stage, television, and film. Stapleton is best known for having portrayed Edith Bunker, the long-suffering, yet devoted wife of Archie Bunker, on the 1970s sitcom All in the Family. Stapleton was a three-time recipient of the Prime Time Emmy Award for leading actress in a comedy series and won two Golden Globes in the same category. Born Jeanne Murray in Manhattan, New York City. (d. 2013)
Markus Wolf (19 January 1923 – 9 November 2006) was head of the Main Directorate for Reconnaissance (Hauptverwaltung Aufklärung), the foreign intelligence division of East Germany’s Ministry for State Security (MfS, commonly known as the Stasi). He was the Stasi’s number two for 34 years, which spanned most of the Cold War. He is often regarded as one of the greatest spymasters of all time. Born Markus Johannes Wolf in Hechingen. (d. 2006)
Bobby Goldsboro (born January 18, 1941) is an American pop and country singer-songwriter. He had a string of pop and country hits in the 1960s and 1970s, including his signature No. 1 hit “Honey”, which sold over one million copies in the United States. Born Robert Charles Goldsboro in Marianna, Florida.
David Ruffin (January 18, 1941 – June 1, 1991) was an American soul singer and musician most famous for his work as one of the lead singers of The Temptations (1964-68). He was the lead voice on such famous songs as “My Girl” and “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”. Born Davis Eli Ruffin in Whynot, Mississippi. (d. 1991)
John Boorman (born 18 January 1933) is an English filmmaker who is best known for his feature films such as Point Blank, Deliverance, Zardoz, Excalibur, Hope and Glory, and Queen and Country. He has directed 22 films and received five Academy Award nominations. Born in Shepperton, Surrey, England.
Ray Dolby OBE (January 18, 1933 – September 12, 2013) was an American engineer and inventor of the noise reduction system known as Dolby NR. He helped develop the video tape recorder while at Ampex and was the founder of Dolby Laboratories. Born Ray Milton Dolby in Portland, Oregon. (d. 2013)
David Bellamy OBE (18 January 1933 – 11 December 2019) was an English author, broadcaster, environmental campaigner and botanist.During the early 1980s he was a popular presenter of television programmes, including Bellamy’s Backyard Safari. Born David James Bellamy in London, England. (d. 2019)
Ken Morley (born 17 January 1943) is an English actor and comedian. He is best known for playing the role of Reg Holdsworth in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street from 1989 to 1995 and as General Leopold von Flockenstuffen in the BBC sitcom ‘Allo ‘Allo! from 1988 to 1991. Born in Chorley, Lancashire, England.
Chris Montez (born January 17, 1943) is an American guitarist and vocalist, whose stylistic approach has ranged from rock & roll to pop standards and Latin music. His rock sound is exemplified in songs such as his 1962 hit “Let’s Dance”, which reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Born Ezekiel Christopher Montanez in Los Angeles, California.
Moira Shearer, Lady Kennedy (17 January 1926 – 31 January 2006), was an internationally renowned British ballet dancer and actress. She achieved international success with her first film role as Victoria Page in the Powell & Pressburger ballet-themed film The Red Shoes, (1948). Born Moira Shearer King in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland. (d. 2006)
Sir Clyde Walcott KA, GCM, OBE (17 January 1926 – 26 August 2006) was a West Indian cricketer. In the mid-1950s, Walcott was arguably the best batsman in the world. In later life, he had an active career as a cricket administrator, and was the first non-English and non-white chairman of the International Cricket Council. Born Clyde Leopold Walcott in Saint Michael, Barbados. (d. 2006)
Sir Trevor Nunn, CBE (born 14 January 1940) is an English theatre director. Nunn has been the Artistic Director for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre, and, currently, the Theatre Royal, Haymarket. He has directed dramas for the stage, like Macbeth, as well as opera and musicals, such as Cats (1981) and Les Misérables (1985). Nunn has been nominated for the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical, the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play, the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Director, and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical, winning the Tony Award (Musical) for Cats and Les Misérables and the Olivier Awards for productions of Summerfolk, The Merchant of Venice, Troilus and Cressida and Nicholas Nickleby. In 2008 The Telegraph named him among the most influential people in British culture. He has also directed works for film and television. Born Trevor Robert Nunn in Ipswich, Suffolk, England.
John Castle (born 14 January 1940) is an English actor. Castle has acted in theatre, film and television. He is known for his role as Agrippa Postumus in the BBC television adaptation of I, Claudius (1976) and for playing Geoffrey II, Duke of Brittany, in the film The Lion in Winter (1968). He also played Dr Carrasco as well as the prisoner called “The Duke” in the film Man of La Mancha (1972), and the villainous Paul McDagget in RoboCop 3 (1993). Born John Michael Frederick Castle in Croydon, Surrey, England.
Warren Mitchell (14 January 1926 – 14 November 2015) was an English actor. He was a BAFTA TV Award winner and twice a Laurence Olivier Award winner. In the 1950s, Mitchell appeared on the radio programme Educating Archie and television’s Hancock’s Half Hour. In the 1960s, he rose to prominence in the role of bigoted cockney Alf Garnett in the BBC television sitcom Till Death Us Do Part (1965-75), created by Johnny Speight, which won him a Best TV Actor BAFTA in 1967. He reprised the role in the TV sequels Till Death… (ATV, 1981) and In Sickness and in Health (BBC, 1985-92). Born Warren Misell in Stoke Newington, London, England. (d. 2015)
Tom Tryon (January 14, 1926 – September 4, 1991) was an American film and television actor, best known for playing the title role in the film The Cardinal (1963), and featured roles in the war films The Longest Day and In Harm’s Way. He later turned to the writing of prose fiction and screenplays, and wrote several science fiction, horror and mystery novels. Born Thomas Tryon in Hartford, Connecticut. (d. 1991)
Orlando Bloom (born 13 January 1977) is an English actor. After having his breakthrough as Legolas in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, he rose to fame by further appearing in epic fantasy, historical epic, and fantasy adventure films. His other roles include Legolas in The Hobbit trilogy, Will Turner in the Pirates of the Caribbean series, and Paris in Troy (2004). Born Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Bloom in Canterbury, Kent, England.
William Ash (born 13 January 1977) is a British actor. He is known for roles in the television dramas Where the Heart Is (1997-98), Clocking Off (2001-02), and Waterloo Road (2009-11). Born in Chadderton, Oldham, England.
Jeff Bezos (born January 12, 1964) is an American technology and retail entrepreneur and investor who is best known as the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Amazon.com, which is the world’s largest online shopping retailer. Born Jeffrey Preston Jorgensen in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Clare Holman (born 12 January 1964) is an English actress. She portrayed forensic pathologist Dr. Laura Hobson in the television series Inspector Morse and Lewis from 1995 to 2015. Born Clare Margaret Holman in London, England.
Kirstie Alley (born January 12, 1951) is an American actress, comedian and spokesmodel. Her big break came in 1982 playing Lieutenant JG Saavik in the science fiction film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Alley is best known for her role as Rebecca Howe in the NBC sitcom Cheers, in which she starred from 1987 to 1993, winning the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy in 1991. Born Kirstie Louise Alley in Wichita, Kansas.
Rush Limbaugh (born January 12, 1951) is an American radio talk show host and conservative political commentator. Limbaugh has been noted for making controversial race-related statements, is critical of feminism, and supports capital punishment. Born Rush Hudson Limbaugh III in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
Arthur Scargill (born 11 January 1938) is a British trade unionist. He was President of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) from 1982 to 2002. He led an unofficial strike in 1969, and played a key organising role during the strikes of 1972 and 1974, the latter of which helped in the downfall of Edward Heath’s Conservative government. He led the union through the 1984-85 miners’ strike, a major event in the history of the British labour movement. It turned into a confrontation with the Conservative government of Margaret Thatcher in which the miners’ union was heavily suppressed. Born in Worsbrough Dale, West Yorkshire, England.
Gavin Millar (born 11 January 1938) is a Scottish film director, critic and television presenter. Millar was a film critic for The Listener from 1970 to 1984. On television, he wrote, produced and presented Arena Cinema for the BBC from 1976 to 1980, and wrote and presented numerous other cinema and visual arts documentaries. In 1980, he directed Dennis Potter’s Cream in My Coffee for London Weekend Television, which received a BAFTA nomination. His first feature film as director was 1985’s Dreamchild. His 1994 television film Pat and Margaret, featuring Victoria Wood, received a further BAFTA nomination, and Housewife, 49 (2006), a later collaboration with Wood, won the 2007 award. Born in Clydebank, Scotland.
Caroline Langrishe (born 10 January 1958 in London) is an English actress. Langrishe is perhaps best known for her role as Charlotte Cavendish in the BBC series Lovejoy in which she starred for two series in 1993-1994. Onstage, she played in Kenneth Branagh’s production of Twelfth Night. Born in London, England.
Eddie Cheever Jr. (born January 10, 1958) is an American former racing driver who raced for almost 30 years in Formula One, sports cars, CART, and the Indy Racing League. Cheever participated in 143 Formula One World Championship races and started 132, more than any other American, driving for nine different teams from 1978 through 1989. In 1997, he formed his own IRL team and won the 1998 Indianapolis 500 as both owner and driver. Born Edward McKay Cheever Jr in Phoenix, Arizona.
Scott McKenzie (January 10, 1939 – August 18, 2012) was an American singer and songwriter. He was best known for his 1967 hit single and generational anthem, “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)”. Born Philip Wallach Blondheim III in Jacksonville, Florida. (d. 2012)
Sal Mineo (January 10, 1939 – February 12, 1976), was an American film and theatre actor, known for his performance as John “Plato” Crawford opposite James Dean in the film Rebel Without a Cause (1955). He was twice nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, for his roles in Rebel Without a Cause and Exodus (1960). Born Salvatore Mineo Jr in The Bronx, New York. (d. 1976)
Philippa Gregory (born 9 January 1954) is an English historical novelist who has been publishing since 1987. The best known of her works is The Other Boleyn Girl (2001), which in 2002 won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award from the Romantic Novelists’ Association and has been adapted into two separate films. Born in Nairobi, British Kenya.
Fiona Mollison (born 9 January 1954) is a British television and theatre actress. She appeared in 22 episodes of Strangers as WDC Vanessa Bennett. Mollison also has appeared on episodes of On the Up, As Time Goes By, Hollyoaks, Hazell, Boon, Minder, The Bill, Inspector Morse, Trial & Retribution, and Midsomer Murders. Born in Java, Indonesia.
Wilbur Smith (born 9 January 1933) is a South African novelist specialising in historical fiction about the international involvement in Southern Africa across four centuries, seen from the viewpoints of both black and white families. As of 2014 his 35 published novels had sold more than 120 million copies, 24 million of them in Italy. Born Wilbur Addison Smith in Broken Hill, Northern Rhodesia.
Ann Firbank (born 9 January 1933) is a veteran actress of film, television, and stage whose career extends from 1956. One of Firbank’s more notable roles is her 1971 portrayal of Anne Elliot in the serial Persuasion, an adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel of the same name. Born in Secunderabad, Andhra, India.