Mar 222018

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1931 – William Shatner

William Shatner OC is a Canadian actor, author, producer, and director. In his seven decades of television, Shatner became a cultural icon for his portrayal of James T. Kirk, captain of the USS Enterprise, in the Star Trek franchise. He has written a series of books chronicling his experiences playing Captain Kirk and being a part of Star Trek, and has co-written several novels set in the Star Trek universe. He has written a series of science fiction novels called TekWar that were adapted for television.

Shatner also played the eponymous veteran police sergeant in T.J. Hooker (1982–86) and hosted the reality-based television series Rescue 911 (1989–96), which won a People’s Choice Award for the Favorite New TV Dramatic Series. Shatner also appeared in seasons 4 and 5 of the NBC series 3rd Rock from the Sun as the “Big Giant Head” that the alien characters reported to. From 2004 until 2008, he starred as attorney Denny Crane in the final season of the legal drama The Practice and its spinoff series Boston Legal, a role that earned him two Emmy Awards. As of December 2017, he is in his second season of the comical NBC real-life travelogue with other male companions “of a certain age” in Better Late Than Never.

Shatner has also worked as a musician; an author; screenwriter and director; celebrity pitchman; and a passionate owner, trader, breeder, rider, and aficionado of horses.

Age 87

1980 – Kandyse McClure

Kandyse McClure is a South African-born Canadian actress. She has played Anastasia Dualla on the Sci Fi Channel’s television program Battlestar Galactica, and Dr. Clementine Chasseur on the Netflix original series Hemlock Grove.

Age 38

1986 – Amy Studt

Amy Jane Studt is an English singer, songwriter and musician. Growing up in a musical family she recorded her first demo, “A New Day Breaks” by age 14, which eventually got her signed to Polydor. Studt released her first single “Just a Little Girl” in July 2002, to international success. It was followed almost a year later by “Misfit”, which came to be her highest charting single. The same month her debut album False Smiles appeared. Late 2003 and early 2004 two more singles were released, “Under the Thumb” and “All I Wanna Do” respectively, but only to diminishing sales. That caused Polydor to drop Studt in February 2004.

From then until the end of 2006, Studt stayed out of the public eye. But in 2007 it was announced that she was working on a new album, now with the label 19 Entertainment. Some of her new material was published on MySpace. On 3 December 2007, “Furniture” was released as a digital single, and the album, My Paper Made Men, issued on 5 May 2008.

Age 32

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1945 – Jasper Carrott

Jasper Carrott, OBE (born Robert Norman Davis) is an English comedian, actor, television presenter, and personality.

Age 73

1947 – Jona Lewie

Jona Lewie (born John Lewis) is an English singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, best known for his 1980 UK hits “You’ll Always Find Me in the Kitchen at Parties” and “Stop the Cavalry”.

Age 71

1973 – Betsy Brandt

Betsy Ann Brandt is an American actress. She portrayed Marie Schrader in Breaking Bad and co-stars in the CBS sitcom Life in Pieces.

Age 45

1974 – Grace Park

Grace Park is an American-Canadian actress. She gained recognition as Sharon “Boomer” Valerii and Sharon “Athena” Agathon on Battlestar Galactica, as well as Shannon Ng in the Canadian television series teen soap Edgemont. Park starred as Officer Kono Kalakaua in the CBS television series Hawaii Five-0, from 2010 until 2017.

Age 44

1980 – Mercedes McNab

Mercedes Alicia McNab is a Canadian actress whose most known performances include Harmony Kendall on Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2001) and its spinoff Angel (2001–2004). She is also known for her role as pretentious Amanda Buckman in Addams Family Values (1993) and Misty in the horror films Hatchet (2007) and Hatchet 2 (2010).

Age 38

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1936 – Dean Stockwell

Robert Dean Stockwell is an American actor of film and television, with a career spanning over 70 years. His television roles include playing Rear Admiral Albert “Al” Calavicci in Quantum Leap (1989–1993) and Brother Cavil in the Sci Fi Channel revival of Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009). Following his roles on Quantum Leap and Battlestar Galactica, Stockwell has appeared at numerous science fiction conventions.

Age 82

1974 – Matt Lucas

Matthew Richard Lucas is an English comedian, screenwriter, actor and singer, best known for his work with David Walliams in the television show Little Britain, as well as for his portrayals of the scorekeeping baby Georgie Dawes in the comedy panel game Shooting Stars, both Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee in Alice in Wonderland and its sequel, Alice Through the Looking Glass, and Nardole in the tenth series of long-running British sci-fi drama Doctor Who.

Age 44

1975 – Jolene Blalock

Jolene Blalock is an American actress and model, best known for playing the Vulcan first officer T’Pol on the UPN science-fiction series Star Trek: Enterprise. She has also guest-starred on television series and films and has appeared in several feature films.

Age 43

1979 – Riki Lindhome

Erika “Riki” Lindhome is an American actress, comedian, and musician. She is best known for roles in television shows including Garfunkel and Oates, Gilmore Girls, House, The Big Bang Theory, and United States of Tara, and for the comedy music duo Garfunkel and Oates, which she formed with Kate Micucci. She also hosts the Nerdist podcast Making It. She currently stars alongside Natasha Leggero in the Comedy Central series Another Period.

Age 39

1980 – Jessica Boehrs

Jessica Boehrs is a German singer and actress. Boehrs started her singing career in 1996 in the band, JessVaness, and produced vocals for a Hands Up project Novaspace, which performed a few Top-10 hit-singles including “Time After Time”, “Guardian Angel”, and “Beds Are Burning”. She also appeared in EuroTrip (2004) as Mieke, the object of Scott Thomas’s European vacation quest. While Boehrs was with Novaspace, she sang on the albums Supernova and Cubes.

Age 38

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1918 – Roger Delgado

Roger Caesar Marius Bernard de Delgado Torres Castillo Roberto was a British actor, best known as the first actor to play the Master in Doctor Who.

Died: 18 June 1973

Age 55

1943 – Bobby Kellard

Robert Sydney William Kellard is an English former professional footballer. He represented England at youth level.

Kellard played 176 times for Portsmouth scoring 18 goals between 1966 – 1974

Age 75

1945 – Dirk Benedict

Dirk Benedict (born Dirk Niewoehner) is an American movie, television and stage actor and author. He is best known for playing the characters Lieutenant Templeton “Faceman” Peck in The A-Team television series and Lieutenant Starbuck in the original Battlestar Galactica film and television series. He is the author of Confessions of a Kamikaze Cowboy and And Then We Went Fishing.

Age 73

1973 – Tom Curtis

Thomas David Curtis is an English retired professional footballer who is currently academy manager at Bristol Rovers.

Curtis played 15 times for Portsmouth between 2000 – 2002

Age 45

1975 – Tara Blaise

Tara Blaise is an Irish female pop, folk, and rock singer. The eldest of six children, Blaise was born in London, but at the age of three moved with her family to Ireland and grew up in Aughrim County Wicklow.

Age 43

1978 – Jensen Ackles

Jensen Ross Ackles is an American actor and director. He is known for his roles in television as Dean Winchester on The CW horror fantasy series Supernatural, Eric Brady in Days of Our Lives, which earned him several Daytime Emmy Award nominations, as well as Alec/X5-494 in Dark Angel and Jason Teague in Smallville. He also starred as the lead in the box office success My Bloody Valentine 3D and portrayed Jason Todd in the popular animated film Batman: Under the Red Hood.

Age 40

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1926 – Leslie Nielsen

Leslie William Nielsen, OC was a Canadian actor, comedian, and producer. He appeared in more than 100 films and 150 television programs, portraying more than 220 characters.

Nielsen was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and later worked as a disc jockey before receiving a scholarship to study theatre at the Neighborhood Playhouse. Making his acting debut in 1950, appearing in 46 live television programs a year. Nielsen made his film debut in 1956, with supporting roles in several drama, western, and romance films produced between the 1950s and the 1970s.

Although his notable performances in the films Forbidden Planet and The Poseidon Adventure gave him standing as a serious actor, Nielsen later gained enduring recognition for his deadpan comedy roles during the 1980s, after being cast against type for the Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker comedy film Airplane!. In his comedy roles, Nielsen specialized in portraying characters oblivious to and complicit in their absurd surroundings. Nielsen’s performance in Airplane! marked his turning point, which make him “the [Laurence] Olivier of spoofs” according to film critic Roger Ebert, and leading to more further success in the genre with The Naked Gun film series, based on the earlier short-lived television series Police Squad!, in which Nielsen also starred. Nielsen received a variety of awards and was inducted into the Canada and Hollywood Walks of Fame.

Died: 28 November 2010

Aged 84

1970 – Carl Tiler

Carl Tiler is an English former footballer who played as a central defender. He made more than 250 appearances in the Football League and Premier League, representing nine different clubs.

Tiler played 20 times for Portsmouth scoring 1 goal between 2001 – 2002

Age 48

1982 – Natalie Dormer

Natalie Dormer is an English actress. Born and brought up in Berkshire, she was educated at Chiltern Edge Secondary School and Reading Blue Coat School, and trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Her first professional acting role was in the Shakespeare comedy The Comedy of Errors in 2003. She made her screen debut in Lasse Hallstrom’s romantic film Casanova (2005), followed by a small part in the dramedy Distant Shores (2005). She received widespread praise for her portrayal of Anne Boleyn on the Showtime series The Tudors (2007–08), and was nominated for two Gemini Awards for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Drama Series.

She made her stage debut at the Young Vic in 2010 in the play Sweet Nothings, and portrayed Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, Duchess of York in Madonna’s film W.E. (2011) and Private Lorraine in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011). In 2012, her lead performance in After Miss Julie at the Young Vic attracted widespread critical acclaim. Dormer gained international attention with her performance of Margaery Tyrell on the HBO series Game of Thrones (2012–2016), for which she was nominated for two Screen Actors Guild Awards (2014–2015). She is also known for playing Irene Adler/Moriarty on the CBS series Elementary (2013–15), Cressida in the science-fiction adventure films The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014) and Part 2 (2015), and Sara Price/Jess Price in The Forest (2016).

Age 36

1983 – Nicki Clyne

Nicki Clyne is a Canadian actress. She played Cally Henderson Tyrol on the Sci-Fi Channel television program Battlestar Galactica.

Age 35

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1960 – James Spader

James Todd Spader is an American actor. He is best known for portraying eccentric characters in films such as the drama Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989), the action science fiction film Stargate (1994), the controversial psychological thriller Crash (1996), the erotic romance Secretary (2002), and the superhero film Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).

His best-known television roles are those of attorney Alan Shore in The Practice and its spin-off Boston Legal (for which he won three Emmy Awards), and Robert California in the comedy-mockumentary The Office. He currently stars as high-profile criminal-turned-FBI-informant Raymond “Red” Reddington in the NBC crime drama The Blacklist, for which he has earned two Golden Globe Award nominations.

Age 58

1967 – David Nykl

David Nykl (born 7 February 1967) is a Czech Canadian actor of film, television, commercials and theater. He is best known for portraying Dr. Radek Zelenka in the SyFy television series Stargate Atlantis, and Anatoly Knyazev in DC’s comics’ popular series Arrow.

Age 51

1970 – Shaun Murray

Shaun Murray is an English former professional footballer who played in midfield. He made half of his appearances at Bradford City.

Murray played 45 times for Portsmouth scoring 2 goals between 1990 – 1993

Age 48

1979 – Cerena Vincent

Cerina Vincent is an American actress and writer best known for playing Maya the Yellow Galaxy Ranger in the television series Power Rangers Lost Galaxy, as well as her film appearances in Not Another Teen Movie, Cabin Fever, It Waits, and Everybody Wants to Be Italian. She has written three books with Jodi Lipper, and writes a regular column for The Huffington Post.

Age 39

1985 – Tina Majorino

Tina Marie Majorino is an American film and television actress. She started her career as a child actor, starring in films such as Andre, When a Man Loves a Woman, Corrina, Corrina, and Waterworld.

Despite her early success, she took a sabbatical from 1999 to 2004. She returned for one of her best known roles to date, the character Deb in the 2004 film Napoleon Dynamite. Since her return to acting, she has been in television series such as Veronica Mars, Big Love, True Blood and Grey’s Anatomy. She returned to the role of Mac in the Veronica Mars movie, and has played the part of Maggie Harris on TNT’s Legends TV series.

Age 33

1989 – Louisa Lytton

Louisa Claire Lytton is an English actress. She is known for her television roles as Ruby Allen in EastEnders (2005–06), and PC Beth Green in The Bill (2007–09). She also finished fourth in series 4 of Strictly Come Dancing in 2006 and represented the UK at the Eurovision Dance Contest 2008, finishing ninth. Her theatre credits include playing Betty Rizzo in the 2017 UK touring production of the musical Grease.

Age 29


2017 – Richard Hatch

Born: 21 May 1945

Richard Lawrence Hatch was an American actor, writer and producer. Hatch began his career as a stage actor, before moving on to television work in the 1970s. Hatch is best known for his role as Captain Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica television series.

Died Aged 71

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1908 – William Hartnell

William Henry Hartnell, also known as Billy Hartnell or Bill Hartnell, was an English actor. Hartnell played the first incarnation of the Doctor in Doctor Who, from 1963 to 1966. He was also well known for his role as Sergeant Grimshaw, the title character of the first Carry On film, Carry On Sergeant in 1958, and Company Sergeant Major Percy Bullimore in the sitcom The Army Game from 1957 until 1958, and again in 1960.

Died: 23 April 1975

Aged 67

1934 – Roy Kinnear

Roy Mitchell Kinnear was an English actor. He is known for his roles in films directed by Richard Lester; including Algernon in Help! (1965); Clapper in How I Won the War (1967); and Planchet in The Three Musketeers (1973), reprising the latter role in the 1974 and 1989 sequels. He is also known for playing Henry Salt in the 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

Kinnear made his stage debut in 1955, and came to prominence in the BBC satirical comedy series That Was the Week That Was in 1962. He went on to appear in numerous British television comedy programmes, including The Dick Emery Show (1979–81), and in the sitcoms Man About the House (1974–75), George and Mildred (1976–79) and Cowboys (1980–81).

Died: 20 September 1988

Aged 54

1941 – Graham Chapman

Graham Arthur Chapman was an English comedian, writer, actor, author, and one of the six members of the British surreal comedy group Monty Python. He played authority figures such as the Colonel and the lead role in two Python films, Holy Grail and Life of Brian.

Chapman was born in Leicester and was raised in Melton Mowbray. He enjoyed science, acting, and comedy, and after graduating from Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and St Bartholomew’s Medical College, he turned down a career as a doctor to be a comedian. Chapman eventually established a writing partnership with John Cleese, which reached its critical peak with Monty Python in the 1970s. Chapman subsequently left Britain for Los Angeles, where he attempted to be a success on American television, speaking on the college circuit and producing the pirate film Yellowbeard, before returning to Britain in the early 1980s.

In his personal life, Chapman was openly homosexual and a strong supporter of gay rights, and was in a relationship with David Sherlock. He was an alcoholic during his time at Cambridge and the Python years, quitting shortly before working on Life of Brian. Chapman died of tonsil and spinal cancer on 4 October 1989, on the eve of Monty Python’s 20th anniversary, and his life and legacy were commemorated at a private memorial service at St Bartholomew’s with the other five Pythons.

Died: 04 October 1989

Aged 48

1947 – David Bowie

David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie, was an English singer, songwriter and actor. He was a leading figure in popular music for over five decades, acclaimed by critics and other musicians for his innovative work. His career was marked by reinvention and visual presentation, his music and stagecraft significantly influencing popular music. During his lifetime, his record sales, estimated at 140 million albums worldwide, made him one of the world’s best-selling music artists. In the UK, he was awarded nine platinum album certifications, eleven gold and eight silver, releasing eleven number-one albums. In the US, he received five platinum and nine gold certifications. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

Born in Brixton, South London, Bowie developed an interest in music as a child, eventually studying art, music and design before embarking on a professional career as a musician in 1963. “Space Oddity” became his first top-five entry on the UK Singles Chart after its release in July 1969. After a period of experimentation, he re-emerged in 1972 during the glam rock era with his flamboyant and androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust. The character was spearheaded by the success of his single “Starman” and album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, which won him widespread popularity. In 1975, Bowie’s style shifted radically towards a sound he characterised as “plastic soul”, initially alienating many of his UK devotees but garnering him his first major US crossover success with the number-one single “Fame” and the album Young Americans. In 1976, Bowie starred in the cult film The Man Who Fell to Earth, directed by Nicolas Roeg, and released Station to Station. The following year, he further confounded musical expectations with the electronic-inflected album Low (1977), the first of three collaborations with Brian Eno that would come to be known as the “Berlin Trilogy”. “Heroes” (1977) and Lodger (1979) followed; each album reached the UK top five and received lasting critical praise.

After uneven commercial success in the late 1970s, Bowie had UK number ones with the 1980 single “Ashes to Ashes”, its parent album Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps), and “Under Pressure”, a 1981 collaboration with Queen. He then reached his commercial peak in 1983 with Let’s Dance, with its title track topping both UK and US charts. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Bowie continued to experiment with musical styles, including industrial and jungle. He also continued acting; his roles included Major Celliers in Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983), the Goblin King Jareth in Labyrinth (1986), Pontius Pilate in The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), and Nikola Tesla in The Prestige (2006), among other film and television appearances and cameos. He stopped concert touring after 2004 and his last live performance was at a charity event in 2006. In 2013, Bowie returned from a decade-long recording hiatus with the release of The Next Day. He remained musically active until he died of liver cancer two days after the release of his final album, Blackstar (2016).

Died: 10 January 2016

Aged 69

1948 – Norman Piper

Norman Piper is an English former footballer who played professionally in England for 13 years before finishing his career in the United States,

Piper was one of that generation who bridged the gap between terminological eras, beginning his career as a wing half and ending it as a midfielder despite playing a similar role throughout. Born in North Tawton, Devon on 8 January 1948 he joined Plymouth Argyle as an apprentice and signed professional terms in February 1965. Already an England Youth international, Piper made his debut for the Under 23 side in 1970 against Bulgaria, the year he left The Pilgrims- for whom he scored 35 goals in 221 appearances. That summer Piper had signed for Portsmouth, becoming their record signing at £50,000.

Piper served Pompey with great distinction during the clubs increasingly tenuous hold on Division Two status, but eventually lost form after relegation to the third. He was dropped in February 1978, being replaced by his namesake Steve Piper. His contract, along with that of Bobby Stokes was terminated the following month and a move to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers soon followed. In 1979, Piper was the first player signed by the expansion Wichita Wings of Major Indoor Soccer League. He played for the Wings until 1982 when he was sent to the Pittsburgh Spirit.

Following his retirement from playing, he became and assistant coach with the Wichita Wings. He was fired on 30 January 1988. In 1989, he was hired to coach the Wichita Blue in the Heartland Soccer League. In 1990, the Blue moved to the Lone Star Soccer Alliance. He was fired mid-season. He coached the men’s soccer team at Bethel College (Kansas) from 1988 to 1990. He now is a coach for a small travel soccer team in Southern California known as TVSA Hawks

Piper played 358 times for Portsmouth scoring 60 goals between 1970 – 1978

Age 70

1965 – Michelle Forbes

Michelle Renee Forbes Guajardo is an American actress who has appeared on television and in independent films in both the UK and US. Forbes first gained attention from her dual role in daytime soap opera Guiding Light, for which she received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination. She is also a Saturn Award winner with three nominations.

Although she has appeared in significant roles in movies such as Escape from L.A., Kalifornia and Swimming with Sharks, Forbes is known for her recurring appearances on genre and drama shows such as Ensign Ro Laren in Star Trek: The Next Generation and her regular role as Dr. Julianna Cox on Homicide: Life on the Street during the 1990s, while building her career with recurring roles throughout the 2000s in Battlestar Galactica, 24, In Treatment, Durham County, Prison Break and her series regular role as Maryann Forrester on True Blood.

She starred in the 2011–2012 AMC television series The Killing, for which she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination on July 14, 2011.

Age 53

1977 – Amber Benson

Amber Nicole Benson is an American actress, writer, director, and producer. She is best known for her role as Tara Maclay on the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but has also directed, produced and starred in her own films Chance (2002) and Lovers, Liars & Lunatics (2006). She also co-directed the film Drones with fellow Buffy cast member Adam Busch.

Age 41

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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


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

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