Dec 182017

Famous Births and Deaths on this day in history



1959 – Kevin Dillon

Kevin Paul Dillon is an English former professional footballer born in Sunderland. He played in the Football League for Birmingham City, Portsmouth, Newcastle United and Reading, and was capped once for England under-21. He was first-team manager of League Two club Aldershot Town from November 2009 to January 2011.

Dillon played 258 times for Portsmouth scoring 59 goals between 1983 – 1989

Age 57

1969 – Justin Edinburgh

Justin Charles Edinburgh is a former English professional football manager and former player. He was most recently the manager of League One club Northampton Town.

Edinburgh played 38 times for Portsmouth scoring 1 goal between 2000 – 2001

Age 48

1978 – Katie Holmes

Kate Noelle Holmes is an American actress. She first achieved fame for her role as Joey Potter on The WB television teen drama Dawson’s Creek from 1998 to 2003. She appeared in the 1998 thriller Disturbing Behaviour, which won her an MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance.

Other film roles include Ang Lee’s The Ice Storm (1997), the comedy-drama Wonder Boys (2000), the thriller Abandon (2002), the dark comedy Pieces of April (2003), Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins (2005), in which she portrayed Rachel Dawes, the comedy satire Thank You for Smoking (2006) and the horror film Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (2011). She has also played on Broadway in a production of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, and had numerous guest roles on television programs such as How I Met Your Mother. In 2011, she starred as Jacqueline Kennedy in The Kennedys miniseries, a role she reprised in the 2017 miniseries The Kennedys: After Camelot. Recent film roles include Pam Schoenberg in the drama Woman in Gold (2015), bipolar poet Carla in the independent comedy-drama Touched with Fire (2015) and Bobbie Jo Logan Chapman in Steven Soderbergh’s critically-acclaimed comedy Logan Lucky (2017).

Age 39

1989 – Ashley Benson


Ashley Victoria Benson is an American actress, known for portraying the role of Hanna Marin in the teen mystery-drama television series Pretty Little Liars (2010–2017). She began her career portraying the role of Abigail Deveraux on NBC’s soap opera Days of Our Lives (2004–2007). She starred in the films Bring It On: In It to Win It (2007), Christmas Cupid (2010), Spring Breakers (2013), Ratter (2015) and Chronically Metropolitan (2016).

Age 28

1989 – Emily Atack

Emily Jane Atack is an English actress, best known for her role as Charlotte Hinchcliffe in the award-winning E4 series The Inbetweeners. In recent years she has starred films such as the remake of Dad’s Army opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones and Bill Nighy and will co-star alongside Jennifer Saunders in Disney’s live action picture, Patrick in 2018. She starred alongside Harvey Kietel and Gabriel Byrne in British film Lies We Tell. She has also starred in television programmes such as Rock and Chips (BBC), Little Crackers (Sky One), The Keith Lemon Sketch Show (ITV2) and The Tracey Ullman Show (BBC).

Age 28

1992 – Bridget Mendler


Bridgit Claire Mendler is an American actress, singer, and songwriter. Mendler has a degree in Anthropology from the University of Southern California. In 2004, she began her career in the animated Indian film The Legend of Buddha, later starring in the films Alice Upside Down, The Clique and Labor Pains as a teenager. In 2009, Mendler signed with Disney Channel and played Juliet van Heusen on Wizards of Waverly Place. Following the positive reception to her character, she landed the role of Teddy Duncan on the Disney series Good Luck Charlie, which ran from April 2010 to February 2014. Mendler also notably starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie Lemonade Mouth in 2011.

Age 25


2008 – Majel Barrett

Born: 23 February 1932

Majel Barrett-Roddenberry was an American actress and producer. She is best known for her roles as Nurse Christine Chapel in the original Star Trek series and Lwaxana Troi on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, as well as for being the voice of most onboard computer interfaces throughout the series. She became the second wife of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry.

Died Aged 76

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