On This Day
1945 – Gareth Thomas
Gareth Daniel Thomas was a British actor. He was best known for his role as Roj Blake in the BBC science fiction television series Blake’s 7, but appeared in many other films and television programmes, including Shem in the ITV sci-fi series Star Maidens and Adam Brake in the fantasy series Children of the Stones.
Died: 13 April 2016
1950 – Michael Ironside
Frederick Reginald Ironside is a Canadian actor best known by his stage name Michael Ironside. He has worked as a voice actor, producer, film director, and screenwriter in movie and television series in various Canadian and American productions. He is best known for playing villains and “tough guy” heroes, though he has also portrayed sympathetic characters. Ironside is a method actor, who stays in character between filming scenes.
1980 – Christina Ricci
Christina Ricci is an American actress.
Ricci began her career appearing in commercials and received early recognition as a child star. Her debut performance in Mermaids (1990) was followed by a breakthrough role as Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family (1991) and its sequel Addams Family Values (1993) when she was eleven and thirteen years old, respectively. Following her success with the Addams Family films, she earned something of a “teen icon” status thanks to appearances in various big budget productions, notably Now and Then (1995) and Casper (1995), which were marketed for younger audiences, before making a successful transition into adult-oriented roles with the art-house drama The Ice Storm (1997), at the age of seventeen.
Ricci continued acting in small-scale independent films such as Buffalo ’66 (1998) and The Opposite of Sex (1998), for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress. She made a departure from independent cinema with Tim Burton’s big-budget Gothic horror Sleepy Hollow (1999) and later received praise for her performance in the drama Monster (2003), portraying the girlfriend of a notorious female serial killer. Although she has developed a reputation for being a prominent independent film actress, Ricci has appeared in many box office hits—to date, the films in which she has starred have amassed a gross in excess of $743 million.
Ricci has also acted in various television productions. In 2006, she was nominated for an Emmy Award for her role as a paramedic in the ABC drama Grey’s Anatomy. From 2011 to 2012, she starred as a stewardess in the short-lived series Pan Am. In 2014, she starred in the titular role of the Lifetime film Lizzie Borden Took an Ax, marking a return to the darker roles she had generated attention for earlier in her career. In 2015, she reprised the role in the limited series The Lizzie Borden Chronicles, chronicling the aftermath of the events that took place in the biopic.
Ricci married dolly grip James Heerdegen in October 2013 and gave birth to a son in August 2014. She is also the national spokesperson for the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN).
1980 – Enver Gjokaj
Enver Leif Gjokaj is an American film and television actor. He is known for his roles as Victor in Joss Whedon’s science fiction television series Dollhouse and as Agent Daniel Sousa on Agent Carter.
1980 – Sarah Lancaster
Sarah Lancaster is an American actress. She is known for her long-running roles as Rachel Meyers in the NBC series Saved by the Bell: The New Class and Ellie Bartowski in the NBC comedy-spy series Chuck, as well as playing Chloe Grefe in Lovers Lane , Madison Kellner on The WB’s Everwood and Marjorie in ABC’s TV series What About Brian.
1986 – Georgina Reilly
Georgina Reilly is a Canadian film and television actress, best known to date for her roles in the films Pontypool and This Movie Is Broken, the television series The L.A. Complex and Murdoch Mysteries, and the CBC Radio drama series Trust Inc.