Births & Deaths

Oct 272017
 

Famous Births and Deaths on this day in history

            


Births


1939 – John Cleese

John Marwood Cleese is an English actor, voice actor, screenwriter, producer, and comedian. He achieved success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and as a scriptwriter and performer on The Frost Report. In the late 1960s, he co-founded Monty Python, the comedy troupe responsible for the sketch show Monty Python’s Flying Circus and the four Monty Python films: And Now for Something Completely Different, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life.

Age 78


1953 – Robert Picardo

Robert Picardo is an American actor. He is known for his portrayals of Dr. Dick Richards on ABC’s China Beach; the Emergency Medical Hologram (EMH), also known as The Doctor, on Star Trek: Voyager; the Cowboy in Innerspace, Coach Cutlip on The Wonder Years (where he received an Emmy nomination); Ben Wheeler in Wagons East; and as Richard Woolsey in the Stargate television franchise. Picardo is also a member of the Board of Directors of The Planetary Society.

Age 64


1984 – Emilie Ullerup

Emilie Ullerup is a Danish actress. She is best known for playing Ashley Magnus on the television series Sanctuary.

Age 33


1997 – Eden Taylor-Draper

Eden Elenor Taylor-Draper is an English actress. She plays Belle Dingle in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale, a role she took over from Emily Mather in 2005.

Age 20


Deaths



1988 – Charles Hawtrey

Born: 30 November 1914

George Frederick Joffre Hartree, known as Charles Hawtrey, was an English comedy actor and musician.

Beginning at an early age as a boy soprano, he made several records before moving on to the radio. His later career encompassed the theatre (as both actor and director), the cinema (where he regularly appeared supporting Will Hay in the 1930s and 1940s in films such as The Ghost of St. Michael’s), through the Carry On films, and television.

Died Aged 73


On This Day

Oct 262017
 

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1963 – Tom Cavanagh

Thomas Patrick Cavanagh is a Canadian actor and director best known for a variety of roles on American television, including starring roles in Ed (2000–2004), Love Monkey (2006) and Trust Me (2009), and recurring roles on Providence and Scrubs. Since 2014, Cavanagh has served as a series regular on The Flash, portraying various versions of Harrison Wells.

Age 54


1965 – Kelly Rowan

Kelly Rowan is a Canadian film and television actress and former fashion model. She is best known for portraying Kirsten Cohen in the American television series The O.C.

Age 52


1984 – Sasha Cohen

Alexandra Pauline “Sasha” Cohen is an American figure skater. She is the 2006 Olympic silver medalist, a three-time World Championship medalist, the 2003 Grand Prix Final Champion, and the 2006 U.S. Champion.

Age 33


1996 – Brandon Haunstrup

Brandon Neil Haunstrup is an English professional footballer who plays for Portsmouth as a defender.

Age 21


2000 – Ellery Sprayberry

Ellery Sprayberry is an American actress and voice over artist best known for Wakefield, Baskets, The Bronze, and The Young and the Restless.

Age 17


On This Day

Oct 252017
 

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1976 – Deon Burton

Deon John Burton is a former professional footballer who played as a striker. His numerous clubs in English football included Portsmouth, Derby County and Sheffield Wednesday. He represented Jamaica internationally, including at the 1998 World Cup, and was named Jamaican Sportsman of the Year in 1997.

Burton played 87 times for Portsmouth scoring 17 goals between 1994 – 2004

Age 41


1979 – Sarah Thompson

Sarah Thompson Kane is an American actress best known for her role as Eve in Angel (2003–2004) and Rose in 7th Heaven (2005–2006).

Age 38


Deaths



1993 – Vincent Price

Born: 27 May 1911

Vincent Leonard Price Jr. was an American actor, well known for his distinctive voice and performances in horror films. His career spanned other genres, including film noir, drama, mystery, thriller, and comedy. He appeared on stage, television, radio, and more than one hundred films. He has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: one for motion pictures, and one for television. Born and raised in the Saint Louis, Missouri area, he has a star on the Saint Louis Walk of Fame.

Died Aged 82


On This Day

Oct 232017
 

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1959 – Sam Raimi

Samuel M “Sam” Raimi is an American film director, producer, screenwriter and actor, famous for creating the cult horror Evil Dead series, as well as directing the original Spider-Man trilogy (2002–07), the 1990 superhero film Darkman and the “I Will Rip Your Soul Out” scene from the 2013 remake of Evil Dead. His most recent film is the 2013 Disney fantasy film Oz the Great and Powerful.

Age 58


1970 – Grant Imahara

Grant Masaru Imahara is an American electrical engineer, roboticist, and television host. He is best known for his work on the television series MythBusters, in which he designed and built numerous robots that were needed for the show, and specialized in operating the various computers and electronics that were utilized to test myths.

Age 47


1986 – Emilia Clarke

Emilia Isabelle Euphemia Rose Clarke is an English actress. Clarke rose to prominence in 2011 for her breakthrough role as Daenerys Targaryen in the HBO series Game of Thrones (2011–present), a performance that has gained her both critical and popular acclaim. She has been nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2013, 2015–2016), four Screen Actors Guild Awards (2012, 2014–2016), and two Critics Choice Television Awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2013, 2016), among other numerous accolades.

Age 31


1993 – Taylor Spreitler

Taylor Danielle Spreitler is an American actress. She portrayed the role of Mia McCormick on Days of Our Lives and Lennox Scanlon on Melissa & Joey.

Age 24


On This Day   .   Taylor Spreitler

Oct 222017
 

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1938 – Derek Jacobi

Sir Derek George Jacobi, CBE is an English actor and stage director.

A “forceful, commanding stage presence”, Jacobi has enjoyed a successful stage career, appearing in such stage productions as Hamlet, Uncle Vanya, and Oedipus the King. He has twice been awarded a Laurence Olivier Award, first for his performance of the eponymous hero in Cyrano de Bergerac in 1983 and the second for his Malvolio in Twelfth Night in 2009. He also received a Tony Award for his performance in Much Ado About Nothing in 1984 and a Primetime Emmy Award in 1988 for The Tenth Man. His stage work includes playing Octavius Caesar, Edward II, Richard III and Thomas Becket.

Age 79


1971 – Adrian Whitbread

Adrian Richard Whitbread is an English manager and former professional footballer.

He played for Leyton Orient, Swindon Town, West Ham United, Portsmouth and Reading before retiring from playing due to a persistent knee injury. After his playing career ended, Whitbread became a coach. He had spells as assistant manager at Barnet, Brentford, Milton Keynes Dons and Leicester City. He has also coached overseas for Puerto Rico Islanders and Carolina Railhawks where he was head coach and for Antigua Barracuda FC, the Bahrain FA U23 Squad and Olympic team. Whitbread has frequently worked under the managership of Martin Allen as he is in his current first-team coach role at Barnet.

Whitbread played 158 times for Portsmouth scoring 3 goals between 1995 – 2000

Age 46


1992 – Caolan Lavery

Caolan Owen Lavery is a Canadian-born Northern Irish professional footballer who plays as a forward for Sheffield United. He has played in the English Football League for Sheffield Wednesday, and on loan at Southend United, Plymouth Argyle and Chesterfield. He has represented both Canada and Northern Ireland at youth international level, and is one of only a small number of footballers to have played for both Sheffield clubs.

Lavery played 13 times for Portsmouth scoring 4 goals between 2015 – 2016

Age 25


1992 – Carrie Hope Fletcher

   

Carrie Hope Fletcher is an English singer, songwriter, actress (primarily in musical theatre), author and vlogger from Harrow.

As a child, Fletcher played small roles on television and appeared in musical theatre in London’s West End. In 2011, she started a YouTube channel called Carrie Hope Fletcher (formerly ItsWayPastMyBedTime), which features music and vlogs. As of September 2017, she has over 648,000 subscribers.

Fletcher played Éponine in Les Misérables in the West End until 13 February 2016. In 2015 she published a book called: All I Know Now: Wonderings and Reflections on Growing Up Gracefully, which was a Number 1 bestseller in the UK. Her debut novel On the Other Side was released on 14 July 2016. Her second novel All That She Can See was released on the 13th July 2017.

Age 25


Deaths



1992 – Cleavon Little

Born: 01 June 1939

Cleavon Jake Little was an American stage, film, and television actor. He began his career in the late 1960s on the stage. In 1970, he starred in the Broadway production of Purlie, for which he earned both a Drama Desk Award and a Tony Award. His first leading television role was that of the irreverent Dr. Jerry Noland on the ABC sitcom Temperatures Rising (1972–1974). Shortly before the program’s conclusion, Little gave what has become his signature performance, portraying Sheriff Bart in the Mel Brooks comedy film Blazing Saddles (1974).

In the 1980s, Little continued to appear in stage productions, films, and in guest spots on television series. In 1989, he won a Primetime Emmy Award for his appearance on the NBC sitcom Dear John. He later starred on the Fox sitcom True Colors (1991–1992).

Died Aged 53


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Oct 202017
 

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1941 – Anneke Wills

Anneke Wills (born Anna Katarina Willys) is an English actress, best known for her role as the Doctor Who companion Polly in the long-running BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who.

Age 76


1971 – Dannii Minogue

Dannii Minogue is an Australian singer, dancer, songwriter, model, fashion designer, and actress. Dannii rose to prominence in the early 1980s for her roles in the Australian television talent show Young Talent Time with another known fellow Australian Tina Arena and the soap opera Home and Away, before beginning her career as a pop singer in the early 1990s. Minogue achieved early success with hits such as “Love and Kisses”, “This is It”, “Jump to the Beat” and “Baby Love”, though by the release of her second album, her popularity as a singer had declined, leading her to make a name for herself with award-winning performances in musicals with Grease and also in Notre Dame De Paris, as well as other acting credits in The Vagina Monologues and as Lady Macbeth. The late 1990s saw a brief return to music after Minogue reinvented herself as a dance artist with “All I Wanna Do”, her first number one UK Club hit.

Age 46


1980 – Niall Matter

Niall Matter is a Canadian actor.

Following recovery from a serious accident sustained whilst working on Canadian oil rigs, Matter chose to pursue a full-time acting career. He received his first significant break in 2007, with a main role in teen drama The Best Years. Later in the same year, he joined the cast of Eureka as bad-boy genius Zane Donovan. In 2009 he had a small supporting role in Zack Snyder’s film Watchmen. He went on to star as Evan Cross in the short-lived 2012 series Primeval: New World. His career subsequently moved away from science fiction, seeing him star in several television movies, as well as joining Canadian series such as Remedy, Arctic Air and When Calls the Heart.

Age 37


1983 – Alona Tal

Alona Tal is an Israeli singer and actress. She is known for her roles in Veronica Mars as cheerleader Meg Manning and Supernatural as Jo Harvelle.

Age 34


On This Day

Oct 192017
 

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1957 – Karl Wallinger

Karl Edmond De Vere Wallinger is a Welsh musician, songwriter and record producer. He is best known for leading the band World Party and for his mid-1980s stint in The Waterboys. He also wrote and originally released the song “She’s the One”, which was later covered by Robbie Williams and became a hit single.

Wallinger is a multi-instrumentalist, enabling him to demo and record the bulk of World Party material as a one-man band. He plays the guitar left-handed.

Age 60


1961 – Kevin O’Callaghan

Kevin O’Callaghan is a former Irish footballer, who played as a left winger.

O’Callaghan played 105 times for Portsmouth scoring 20 goals between 1985 – 1987

Age 56


1982 – Gillian Jacobs

Gillian MacLaren Jacobs is an American actress. She is known for portraying Britta Perry on the NBC/Yahoo! Screen comedy series Community and stars as Mickey Dobbs on the Netflix series Love. Jacobs has also had a recurring role as Mimi-Rose Howard on the HBO series Girls and has appeared in films such as Gardens of the Night (2008), The Lookalike (2014), Life Partners (2014), Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015), Don’t Think Twice (2016) and Brother Nature (2016).

Age 35


1993 – Hunter King

    

Hunter Haley King (born October 19, 1993) is an American actress. She is known for portraying Adriana Masters on Hollywood Heights and Summer Newman on The Young and the Restless. Earlier in her career she was credited as Haley King, but she has since been credited as Hunter King.

Age 24


On This Day   .   Hunter King

Oct 182017
 

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1947 – Joe Morton

Joseph Thomas “Joe” Morton, Jr. is an American stage, television, and film actor. He worked with film director John Sayles in The Brother from Another Planet (1984), City of Hope (1991) and Lone Star (1996). Other films he appeared in include Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Of Mice and Men (1992), Speed (1994), Apt Pupil (1998), What Lies Beneath (2000), Ali (2001), Paycheck (2003), Stealth (2005) and American Gangster (2007).

In 2014, Morton won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Eli Pope, Olivia Pope’s father, in Scandal, and is known for playing the role of Henry Deacon on the popular TV series Eureka.

Age 70


1998 – Emily Robinson

    

Emily Robinson is an American actress.

In 2010, she made her off-Broadway debut in Horton Foote’s epic, Orphans’ Home Cycle at the Signature Theatre in New York, directed by Michael Wilson. She played the roles of Lily Dale, Molly and Irma Sue. The Wall Street Journal called the plays, which were performed in repertory, “the most significant theatrical event of the season, the kind of show you tell your grandchildren you saw.” A special Drama Desk Award was presented to the cast, creative team and producers.

Age 19


On This Day   .   Emily Robinson

Oct 172017
 

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1947 – Michael McKean

Michael John McKean is an American actor, comedian, and musician, known for a variety of roles played since the 1970s. He first came to national attention playing annoying neighbour Lenny Kosnowski on the sitcom Laverne & Shirley. In the mid-1990s he was a repertory cast member of Saturday Night Live. He has played roles in several Christopher Guest ensemble films, particularly as David St. Hubbins, lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the fictional rock band Spinal Tap in This Is Spinal Tap. He co-wrote the song “A Mighty Wind” (from the film of the same name), which won a Grammy Award, as well as “A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow” from the same film, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Song. He plays Chuck McGill, brother of the protagonist of the AMC drama Better Call Saul.

Age 70


1978 – Erin Karpluk

Erin Karpluk is a Canadian actress. She is known for her portrayal of Erica Strange on the Canadian television series Being Erica.

Age 39


1991 – Michael Smith

Michael John Smith is an English footballer who plays as a striker for Bury.

Smith played 37 times for Portsmouth scoring goals 10 between 2016 – 2017

Age 26


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Oct 162017
 

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1973 – David Unsworth

David Gerald Unsworth is an English former professional footballer and the current manager of Everton U23. As a player, Unsworth played as a centre-back or left-back from 1991 until 2009.

Unsworth is best remembered for his time at Everton during the 1990s, where he was part of their FA Cup winning team of 1995 and commonly known as “Rhino”. He earned one full England cap in 1995. He also played in the Premier League for West Ham United, Portsmouth, Sheffield United and Wigan Athletic, and in the Football League for Ipswich Town, Burnley and Huddersfield Town. After retiring, he moved into coaching with Preston North End where he was twice appointed caretaker manager.

He returned to Everton in September 2013 as assistant to Everton U21s head coach Alan Stubbs. In 2014, he succeeded Stubbs as head coach of the U21 team.

Unsworth played 19 times for Portsmouth scoring 2 goals between 2004 – 2005

Age 44


On This Day

Oct 152017
 

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1961 – Steve Wigley

Steve Wigley is an English football coach and former player for Nottingham Forest, Sheffield United, Birmingham City, Portsmouth and Exeter City. He made 340 appearances in the Football League. He is the former manager of Southampton and the former assistant/caretaker manager for Bristol City.

Wigley played 139 times for Portsmouth scoring 12 goals between 1989 – 1992

Age 56


1971 – Andy Cole

Andrew Alexander Cole is an English former professional footballer. As a player, he was a striker from 1988 to 2008. He is most notably remembered for his time in the Premier League, with Manchester United, where he spent six years of his career and winning numerous trophies in the process.

He also played in the top division of English football for Arsenal, Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers, Fulham, Manchester City, Portsmouth and Sunderland, as well as in the Football League for Bristol City, Birmingham City, Burnley and Nottingham Forest. He is the third highest goalscorer in Premier League history, with 187 goals.

Cole has the distinction of being one of the few players in England to have swept all possible honours in the English game, including the PFA Young Player of the Year award, as well as the coveted UEFA Champions League title. Cole was also capped fifteen times for England between 1995 and 2001, scoring once against Albania in a World Cup qualifier.

Cole played 22 times for Portsmouth scoring 4 goals between 2006 – 2007

Age 46


1999 – Bailee Madison

    

Bailee Madison is an American actress. She is known for her role as May Belle Aarons, the younger sister of Jess Aarons in Bridge to Terabithia (2007) and Maryalice in Merry Christmas Drake & Josh. She is also known for playing Maxine, Alex and Justin’s brother Max turned into a girl in Wizards of Waverly Place She is also known as the younger version of Snow White in the ABC fantasy drama Once Upon a Time and as Grace Russell on the Hallmark Channel series Good Witch. Other notable works of hers include the horror film Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, Maggie in Just Go with It and Harper Simmons in Parental Guidance.

Age 18


On This Day   .   Bailee Madison