#656 Robert De Niro / John Humphrys – 17 August 1943

Robert De Niro


Robert De Niro (born August 17, 1943) is an American actor and producer who has starred in over 90 films. His first major film roles were in the sports drama Bang the Drum Slowly (1973) and Martin Scorsese’s crime film Mean Streets (1973). In 1974, after being turned down for the role of Sonny Corleone in the crime film The Godfather (1972), he was cast as the young Vito Corleone in The Godfather Part II (1974), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Jake LaMotta in the 1980 film Raging Bull.

John Humphrys


Desmond John Humphrys (born 17 August 1943) is an award-winning Welsh broadcaster. From 1981 to 1987 he was the main presenter for the Nine O’Clock News, the flagship BBC news television programme, and since 1987 he has been a presenter on the award-winning BBC Radio 4 programme, Today. Since 2003 he has been the host of the BBC Two television quiz show Mastermind.


Also born on this day:
Yukio Kasaya is a Japanese former ski jumper.
Dave “Snaker” Ray was an American blues singer and guitarist.
Ken Turner is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball.
Freeman Asmundson is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player.
Michael Shub is an American mathematician.
Boots Plata was a Filipino movie director and writer.

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