Feb 202018
 

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1950 – Peter Marinello

Peter Marinello is a former Scottish football player.

Marinello started his career at Hibernian, and could play either as a centre forward or right winger. He was regarded as being talented enough there that he was dubbed “the next George Best” by the British press.

Marinello played 110 times for Portsmouth scoring 10 goals between 1973 – 1975

Age 68


1953 – David Kemp

David Michael Kemp is an English former professional footballer and manager. And is currently Assistant Manager at Middlesbrough FC.

Kemp began his career with Harrow Borough, subsequently playing for Maidenhead United and Slough Town before joining Crystal Palace in April 1975. He moved to Portsmouth in November 1976 and was their leading goalscorer in both the 1976–77 and 1977–78 seasons, despite not playing a full season for the club. A hugely popular player whilst at the club he even featured in Roy of the Rovers magazine photographed alongside his fictional goalscoring counterpart

During the time he played for Pompey, a song was sung in his honour, to the tune of Lily The Pink. It is a song that is still sung today (2017). Kemp’s reputation as a fans’ favourite was further enhanced when he was inducted into the Portsmouth Hall of Fame in April, 2016

He moved to Carlisle United in March 1978, moving to Plymouth Argyle in September 1979 for a then club record fee of £75,000. He had loan spells with Gillingham (December 1981) and Brentford (March 1982) before joining NASL side Edmonton Drillers in June 1982. He spent the 1983 NASL season with Seattle Sounders and also played for San José Earthquakes before leaving the sinking ship of the NASL in 1984 for the Oklahoma City Stampede of the short-lived United Soccer League (he accrued the 2nd-highest points total in the league).

Kemp played 74 times for Portsmouth scoring 38 goals between 1976 – 1978

Age 65


1954 – Anthony Stewart Head

Anthony Stewart Head is an English actor and musician. He rose to fame in the UK following his role in the Gold Blend couple television advertisements for Nescafé Gold Blend, and is known for his roles as Rupert Giles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Uther Pendragon in Merlin, the Prime Minister in Little Britain, and as Herc Shipwright in BBC Radio 4’s Cabin Pressure.

Age 64


1964 – Rodney Rowland

Rodney G. Rowland is an American actor. He is credited as Rod Rowland in more recent productions, given his predilection to being called Rod. Rowland’s most noted appearances to date were as 1st Lieutenant Cooper Hawkes in 1995’s Space: Above and Beyond and P. Wiley in The 6th Day, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Age 54


1978 – Lauren Ambrose

Lauren Ambrose (born Lauren Anne D’Ambruoso) is an American actress and singer. She is known for her television roles as Claire Fisher in Six Feet Under (2001–2005), for which she won two Screen Actors Guild Awards; and as Jilly Kitzinger in Torchwood: Miracle Day (2011). Her film credits include Can’t Hardly Wait (1998), Psycho Beach Party (2000) and Where the Wild Things Are (2009).

She is the lead singer of the ragtime band Lauren Ambrose and the Leisure Class.

Age 40


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1944 – Roger Lloyd-Pack

Roger Lloyd-Pack was an English actor. He was best known for the role of Trigger in Only Fools and Horses from 1981 to 2003. He had a supporting role of Owen Newitt in The Vicar of Dibley from 1994 to 2007, and as Tom in The Old Guys with Clive Swift. He was also well known for his appearance as Barty Crouch, Sr. in the film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and his appearances in Doctor Who as John Lumic in the episodes “Rise of the Cybermen” and “The Age of Steel”. He was sometimes credited without the hyphen in his surname.

Died: 15 January 2014

Aged 69


1955 – Ethan Phillips

Ethan Phillips is an American actor and playwright. He is best known for his television roles as Neelix on Star Trek: Voyager and PR man Pete Downey on Benson.

Age 63


1974 – Seth Green

Seth Benjamin Green (born Seth Benjamin Gesshel-Green) is an American actor, voice artist, comedian, producer, writer and director. Green is the creator, executive producer, writer, director and is the most-frequent voice on Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken. He directed many of the Robot Chicken specials including Robot Chicken: Star Wars and DC Comics Special. His feature films include Airborne, The Italian Job, Party Monster, Can’t Hardly Wait, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, Without a Paddle and the Austin Powers series. Green is also known for his role as Chris Griffin on Fox’s Family Guy and previously as Daniel “Oz” Osbourne in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Greg the Bunny. He voices Lieutenant Gibbs in Titan Maximum and Jeff “Joker” Moreau in the Mass Effect video game series. Green has appeared in movies such as Rat Race, America’s Sweethearts, Old Dogs, as a child in Woody Allen’s Radio Days and in the horror films Idle Hands and Stephen King’s It.

Age 44


1976 – Abi Titmuss

Abigail Evelyn “Abi” Titmuss, also known professionally as Abigail Evelyn, is an English actress, television personality, poker player, and former glamour model.

Age 42


1997 – Anton Walkes

Anton Charles Walkes is an English footballer who plays for Portsmouth, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur. Walkes usually plays as a right back.

Age 21


1997 – Kathryn Newton

    

Kathryn Newton is an American actress best known for her role as Louise Brooks in the CBS television series Gary Unmarried as well as for her role as Alex Nelson in the 2012 feature film Paranormal Activity 4, which earned her the 2013 Young Artist Award for Best Leading Young Actress in a Feature Film. She is also known for portraying the older version of Claire Novak in the CW series Supernatural.

Age 21


On This Day   .   Kathryn Newton

Feb 052018
 

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1948 – Christopher Guest

Christopher Haden-Guest, 5th Baron Haden-Guest, usually simply known as Christopher Guest, is an American screenwriter, composer, musician, director, actor, and comedian who holds dual British and American citizenship. Guest is most widely known in Hollywood for having written, directed and starred in his series of comedy films shot in mock-documentary (mockumentary) style. Many scenes and character backgrounds in Guest’s films are written and directed, although actors have no rehearsal time and the ensemble improvise scenes while filming them. The series of films began with This Is Spinal Tap (directed by Rob Reiner), and continued with Waiting for Guffman, Best In Show, A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration, and Mascots.

He holds a hereditary British peerage as the 5th Baron Haden-Guest, and has publicly expressed a desire to see the House of Lords reformed as a democratically elected chamber. Though he was initially active in the Lords, his career there was cut short by the House of Lords Act 1999, which removed the right of most hereditary peers to a seat in the parliament. When using his title, he is normally styled as Lord Haden-Guest. Guest is married to the actress and author Jamie Lee Curtis.

Age 70


1951 – Robin Sachs

Robin David Sachs was an English actor and voice actor. He is known for his voice over work in video games, movies and TV shows. He is also known for voicing Zaeed Massani in the Mass Effect franchise, Admiral Saul Karath in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Sergeant Roderick in SpongeBob SquarePants and Xoloti in Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom.

Died: 01 February 2013

Aged 61


1960 – Micky Hazard

Micky Hazard, sometimes spelled Mickey, is an English former professional footballer, best remembered for his time at Tottenham Hotspur.

Hazard played 8 times for Portsmouth scoring 1 goal in 1990

Age 58


1976 – John Aloisi

John Aloisi is a retired Australian association football player and the manager of A-League club Brisbane Roar. In a professional career that spanned 20 seasons, with league totals of 459 games and 127 goals, he was the first Australian ever to play and score in La Liga, the Premier League and Serie A.

He returned to Australia in 2007, with four seasons in the A-League. Aloisi was an integral member of the Australia national team for more than a decade, and represented the nation at the 2006 World Cup, being an essential figure in the qualifying stages. He also appeared for the Socceroos in two Confederations Cups. A former striker, Aloisi was described as a goal poacher who was able to “hold the ball up well and create opportunities for his teammates.”

Aloisi played 66 times for Portsmouth scoring 29 goals between 1997 – 1998

Age 42


1981 – Nora Zehetner

Nora Angela Zehetner is an American film and television actress.

At the age of 18 Zehetner started an acting career, something she had been interested in since she was 8, and moved to Los Angeles. She appeared in Tart (2001), American Pie 2 (2001), R.S.V.P. (2002), May (2002), and The Song of Rose (2003), as well as in other films and several TV series and commercials. Zehetner is best known for her role as Laynie Hart on the WB’s show Everwood.

In Brick, which won the Special Jury Prize for Originality of Vision at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, Zehetner plays the femme fatale Laura. The soundtrack CD of this film, released by Lakeshore Records on March 21, 2006, features Zehetner’s full, unedited performance “The Sun Whose Rays Are All Ablaze”.

Age 37


1986 – Manuel Fernandes

Manuel Henrique Tavares Fernandes is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Russian club FC Lokomotiv Moscow as a midfielder.

He started his professional career with Benfica at only 18, then went on to compete in England and Spain, mainly at the service of Everton and Valencia. He signed with Beşiktaş in January 2011, spending the following three-and-a-half seasons with the club.

Fernandes represented the Portugal under-21 team in two European Championships. He made his debut with the full side in 2005.

Fernandes played 12 times for Portsmouth scoring 1 goal in 2006

Age 32


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1921 – Peter Sallis

Peter John Sallis, OBE was an English actor, known for his work on British television. He was the voice of Wallace in the Academy Award-honored Wallace and Gromit films and played Norman “Cleggy” Clegg in Last of the Summer Wine from its 1973 inception until its final episode in 2010, making him the only actor to appear in all 295 episodes.

Although Sallis was born and brought up in London, his two best remembered roles required him to adopt the accent and mannerisms of a Northerner. He also voiced Rat in The Wind in the Willows, appeared in Danger Man in the episode “Find and Destroy” (1961) as Gordon, appeared in the BBC Doctor Who serial “The Ice Warriors” (1967), playing renegade scientist Elric Penley, and appeared in an episode of The Persuaders! (“The Long Goodbye”, 1971). Other appearances include The Curse of the Werewolf (1961), and Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970). He retired from acting in 2010 and died in 2017, aged 96.

Died: 02 June 2017

Aged 96


1942 – Terry Jones

Terence Graham Parry Jones is a Welsh actor, writer, comedian, screenwriter and film director. He was a member of the Monty Python comedy troupe.

Age 76


1946 – Elisabeth Sladen

Elisabeth Clara Heath-Sladen was an English actress best known for her role as Sarah Jane Smith in the British television series Doctor Who. She was a regular cast member from 1973 to 1976, alongside both Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker, and reprised the role many times in subsequent decades, both on Doctor Who and its spin-offs, K-9 and Company and The Sarah Jane Adventures.

Sladen was interested in ballet and theatre from childhood, and began to appear on stage in the mid-1960s, although more often as a stage manager at this time. She moved to London in 1970 and an appearance in the police drama Z-Cars led to her being selected for a part in Doctor Who. She stayed as a regular cast member alongside Pertwee and Baker until 1976. She subsequently starred in other roles on both television and radio, before semi-retiring to bring up a family in the mid-1980s.

She returned to the public eye in the 2000s with more Doctor Who related appearances, which culminated in taking a regular lead role in The Sarah Jane Adventures. The show earned the Royal Television Society 2010 award for Best Children’s Drama. She also made regular guest appearances on the main television series, and provided voice-over commentaries for its releases to DVD.

Her death made national and international news headlines, and major television stations and newspapers paid her tribute.

Died: 19 April 2011

Aged 65


1959 – Dave Bamber

John David “Dave” Bamber is an English former professional footballer.

Bamber played 4 times for Portsmouth in 1985

Age 59


1965 – Sherilyn Fenn

Sherilyn Fenn is an American actress. She came to attention for her performance as Audrey Horne on the 1990 cult TV series Twin Peaks (1990–1991, 2017) for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy Award. She is also known for her roles in Wild at Heart (1990), Of Mice and Men (1992), Boxing Helena (1993) and the television sitcom Rude Awakening (1998–2001).

Age 53


1993 – Nicke Kabamba

Nicke Kabamba is an English footballer who plays as a striker for Aldershot Town on loan from Portsmouth.

Age 25


Deaths



2013 – Robin Sachs

Born: 05 February 1951

Robin David Sachs was an English actor and voice actor. He is known for his voice over work in video games, movies and TV shows. He is also known for voicing Zaeed Massani in the Mass Effect franchise, Admiral Saul Karath in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Sergeant Roderick in SpongeBob SquarePants and Xoloti in Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom.

Died Aged 61


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Jan 302018
 

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1951 – Bobby Stokes

Bobby Stokes was an English footballer, well known for scoring the winning goal in the 83rd minute of the FA Cup Final for Southampton F.C. against Manchester United in 1976.

Stokes played 29 times for Portsmouth scoring 3 goals between 1977 – 1978

Died: 30 May 1995

Aged 44


1963 – Daphne Ashbrook

Daphne Lee Ashbrook is an American actress.

Known for both her comic timing and deep emotional portrayals, she has appeared in many television and film roles including Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (as the titular character in “Melora”) and the Doctor Who telemovie, in which she played the role of Doctor Grace Holloway. Her portrayal as Grace in Doctor Who caused consternation among some of that show’s fans because she was the first character to romantically kiss the Doctor, setting a precedent for the more sexually charged nature of the new Doctor Who series that began in 2005.

A 2004 trip to the United Kingdom was filmed for the 2005 documentary Daphne Ashbrook in the UK. This DVD documentary followed her work with Doctor Who, including her role as Perfection in the Big Finish Productions audio play The Next Life. She performed opposite Paul McGann for first time since the 1996 telemovie. In 2006, she played Charlotte Howell in the audio drama Dark Shadows: The Book of Temptation for the same company. She has been to the UK twice thus far for Doctor Who convention events. She was featured in extensive interviews on the Doctor Who podcast Doctor Who: DWO Whocast and Doctor Who podcast Doctor Who: Podshock. Additionally, she featured in other podcasts including “The Happiness Patrol”.

Age 55


1973 – Paige Moss

Paige Moss is an American stage, film and television actress

Moss has had numerous roles in film and on television since 1995, and is best known for her portrayal of Tara Marks, the crazy girl who tried to kill Kelly Taylor on Beverly Hills, 90210 in its 1996 season, and for her performance as the female werewolf Veruca in three episodes of the cult TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer in 1999. Creator and show runner, Joss Whedon, originally intended for Oz, Willow and Veruca to be involved in a love triangle spanning most of the fourth season. However, Seth Green’s abrupt decision to leave the show ultimately prevented these plans from coming to fruition. She is also known for her work as Maddy O’Neil in 20 episodes of the ABC show It’s All Relative from 2002 through 2004, and for voice roles in the animated series American Dragon: Jake Long (2007) and Random! Cartoons (2008).

Age 45


1974 – Olivia Colman

Sarah Caroline Olivia Colman is an English actress. She has won three BAFTA Awards, three BIFA Awards, one Golden Globe Award, and has been nominated twice for an Emmy Award.

Colman first came to prominence for her supporting role as Sophie Chapman in the Channel 4 comedy series Peep Show (2003–2015). Her other TV comedy roles include Green Wing (2004–2006), Beautiful People (2008–2009), Rev. (2010–2014) and Twenty Twelve (2011–2012). She also played various roles in That Mitchell and Webb Look (2006–2008), alongside her Peep Show co-stars David Mitchell and Robert Webb. Colman’s move to drama saw her receive critical acclaim for her performance in Paddy Considine’s film Tyrannosaur (2011). Her other film roles include PC Doris Thatcher in Hot Fuzz (2007), Carol Thatcher in The Iron Lady (2011), Queen Elizabeth in Hyde Park on Hudson (2012), Bethan Maguire in Locke (2013), Margaret Lea in The Thirteenth Tale (2013), and the Hotel Manager in The Lobster (2015). Colman will portray Queen Elizabeth II in the third and fourth season of the original Netflix series The Crown.

A three-time BAFTA TV Award winner, she won Best Female Comedy Performance for Twenty Twelve and Best Supporting Actress for Accused in 2013, before winning Best Actress in 2014 for her role as DS Ellie Miller in the ITV crime series Broadchurch. Colman was also nominated for the International Emmy Award for Best Actress for Broadchurch. For her performance in the AMC/BBC miniseries The Night Manager, she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film and was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.

Age 44


1981 – Peter Crouch

Peter James Crouch is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Stoke City. He was capped 42 times by the England national team between 2005 and 2010, scoring 22 goals for his country in that time, and appearing at two World Cups.

Crouch is one of 26 players to have scored 100 or more Premier League goals, holding the record for the most headed goals in Premier League history. In cumulative transfer fees, Crouch is the fifth most expensive British footballer of all-time.

Crouch began his career as a trainee with Tottenham Hotspur. He failed to make an appearance for Spurs and after loan spells at Dulwich Hamlet and Swedish club IFK Hässleholm he joined Queens Park Rangers. After QPR were relegated at the end of the 2000–01 season, Portsmouth acquired Crouch on a transfer deal worth £1.5 million. He had a strong first season at Fratton Park, and after scoring 19 goals for the club, he joined Aston Villa in March 2002 for £5 million. He had a relatively poor spell at Villa, however, and was loaned out to Norwich City in 2003 before making a move to Southampton, where he re-gained his form, which would ultimately prompt his joining of Liverpool in July 2005. At Liverpool, Crouch enjoyed considerable success, winning the FA Cup and FA Community Shield in 2006 and also gained a runners-up medal in the 2007 UEFA Champions League Final.

After scoring 42 goals in three seasons at Anfield, Portsmouth re-acquired him for £11 million, where he forged an effective partnership with fellow England international Jermain Defoe. He spent just one season in his second spell at Portsmouth and left for Tottenham Hotspur, where he again linked up with Defoe and Harry Redknapp. He scored a vital goal for Tottenham against Manchester City which earned the club a place in the UEFA Champions League. He scored seven goals in ten European matches for Spurs in 2010–11, but was unable to replicate this form in the Premier League. He joined Stoke City on 31 August 2011 for a club record fee of £10 million. In his first season with Stoke, he scored 14 goals and won the club’s Player of the Year award. He scored eight in 2012–13 and then hit ten in both the 2013–14 and 2014–15 seasons.

Crouch played 88 times for Portsmouth scoring 35 goals between 2001 – 2009

Age 37


1995 – Danielle Campbell

Danielle Campbell is an American actress. She is known for film and television work including the lead roles of Jessica Olson in the Disney Channel Original Movie StarStruck and Simone Daniels in the Disney film Prom. She is best known for her lead role as Davina Claire on the television series The Originals.

Age 23


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1972 – Marc Blucas

Marcus Paul “Marc” Blucas is an American actor, known for playing Riley Finn in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Matthew Donnelly in Necessary Roughness and recently, abolitionist John Hawkes in Underground.

Age 46


1986 – Rachel Riley

   

Rachel Annabelle Riley is an English television presenter and mathematician who currently co-presents the Channel 4 daytime puzzle show Countdown and its comedy spin-off 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

Age 32


1988 – Simon Ferry

Simon William Ferry is a Scottish professional footballer, who currently plays for Peterhead.

Ferry played 22 times for Portsmouth scoring 1 goal between 2013 – 2014

Age 30


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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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1950 – Billy Rafferty

William Henry “Billy” Rafferty is a retired Scottish footballer who played as a forward. He appeared in the Football League for Coventry City, Blackpool, Plymouth Argyle, Carlisle United, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Newcastle United, Portsmouth and Bournemouth, scoring 145 goals in 468 matches. He finished his career in Portugal with spells at Louletano and Farense.

Rafferty played 112 times for Portsmouth scoring 45 goals between 1980 – 1983

Age 67


1969 – Meredith Monroe

Meredith Monroe is an American actress best known for portraying Andie McPhee on Dawson’s Creek from 1998 to 2000, and her recurring role as Haley Hotchner on Criminal Minds.

Age 48


1980 – Eliza Dushku

    

Eliza Patricia Dushku is an Albanian-Danish-American actress and model known for her television roles, including starring as Faith on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spinoff series Angel. She starred in two Fox series, Tru Calling and Dollhouse. She is also known for her roles in films, including True Lies, The New Guy, Bring It On, Wrong Turn and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, as well as her voice work on video games.

Age 37


1982 – Kristin Kruek

Kristin Laura Kreuk is a Canadian actress. She is known for the roles of Lana Lang in the superhero television series Smallville and Laurel Yeung in the Canadian teen drama Edgemont. She has also starred in movies such as Snow White: The Fairest of Them All (2001), Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009), and Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy (2011).

Age 35


On This Day   .   Eliza Dushku

Dec 192017
 

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1923 – Gordon Jackson

Gordon Cameron Jackson, OBE was a Scottish Emmy Award-winning actor best remembered for his roles as the butler Angus Hudson in Upstairs, Downstairs and as George Cowley, the head of CI5, in The Professionals. He also portrayed Flt. Lt. Andrew MacDonald, “Intelligence”, in The Great Escape.

Died: 15 January 1990

Aged 66


1961 – Matthew Waterhouse

Matthew Waterhouse is an English actor and writer best known for his role as Adric in the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who from 1980 to 1982.

Age 56


1968 – Ken Marino

Kenneth Joseph “Ken” Marino is an American actor, comedian, director, and screenwriter. He was a cast member on MTV’s The State and has starred in shows such as Party Down, Marry Me, Burning Love, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Childrens Hospital.

Age 49


1969 – David Hillier

David Hillier is an English former professional footballer. He played as a midfielder from 1988 until 2003, notably in the Premier League for Arsenal. He also played in the Football League for Portsmouth, Bristol Rovers and Barnet. He also earnt 1 cap for the England U21 side.

Hillier played 74 times for Portsmouth scoring 7 goals between 1996 – 1999

Age 48


1969 – Kristy Swanson

Kristen Noel “Kristy” Swanson is an American actress, best known for her portrayal of Buffy Summers in the 1992 cult film Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Swanson began her career appearing in several teen films, including Pretty in Pink (1986) and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986). Her first starring role was in Wes Craven’s horror film Deadly Friend (1986), followed by her portrayal of Catherine “Cathy” Dollanganger in the controversial film adaptation of V.C. Andrews’s Flowers in the Attic (1987).

Age 48


1972 – Alyssa Milano

Alyssa Jayne Milano is an American actress, activist, producer, and former singer. She is best known for her roles in Who’s the Boss?, Melrose Place, Charmed, My Name is Earl, Mistresses, and Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later.

Age 45


1979 – Tara Summers

Tara Summers is an English actress.

Summers was educated at Heathfield St Mary’s School, in Berkshire. She later attended Brown University, where she graduated with a B.A. in history in 2001. She has written and starred in a one-woman theatrical show, Gypsy of Chelsea. The play is the story of her childhood, charting her mother’s turbulent journey from cocaine addiction to recovery.

In 2007 and 2008, Summers starred as Katie Lloyd on Boston Legal.

Age 38


1993 – Hermione Corfield

    

Hermione Isla Conyngham Corfield is an English actress. She has appeared in such movies as Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015), Mr. Holmes (2015), Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016), xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017), and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017).

Age 24


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1971 – Kali Rocha

Kali Michele Rocha is an American actress. She is known for portraying Karen Rooney, the mother of four Rooney children and school’s vice principal, in the Disney Channel sitcom, Liv and Maddie. She has also co-written four episodes of the show.

Age 46


1976 – Amy Acker

    

Amy Louise Acker is an American actress. She played Winifred Burkle and Illyria on the TV series Angel and Kelly Peyton on Alias. Between 2012 and 2016, she played Root on Person of Interest, having become a series regular during the third season. As of 2017, she stars as Caitlin Strucker on The Gifted, a FOX television series based on Marvel Comics’ X-Men.

Age 41


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1960 – Kim Wilde

Kim Wilde is an English pop singer, author, DJ and television presenter who burst onto the music scene in 1981 with her debut single “Kids in America”, which reached number two in the UK. In 1983, she received the Brit Award for Best British Female. In 1986, she had a UK number two hit with her version of the Supremes’ song “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”, which also went on to be a major US hit, topping the charts there in 1987. Between 1981 and 1996, she had 25 singles reach the Top 50 of the UK singles chart. Her other hits include “Chequered Love” (1981), “You Came” (1988) and “Never Trust a Stranger” (1988). In 2003, she collaborated with Nena on the song “Anyplace, Anywhere, Anytime”, which topped the Dutch charts.

Age 57


1961 – Steven Moffat

Steven William Moffat, OBE is a Scottish television writer and producer, best known for his work as showrunner, writer and executive producer of British television series Doctor Who and Sherlock.

Moffat’s first television work was the teen drama series Press Gang. His first sitcom, Joking Apart, was inspired by the breakdown of his first marriage; conversely, his later sitcom Coupling was based upon the development of his relationship with television producer Sue Vertue. In between the two relationship-centred shows, he wrote Chalk, a sitcom set in a comprehensive school inspired by his own experience as an English teacher.

A lifelong fan of Doctor Who, Moffat’s first work on the series was the script of the parody episode The Curse of Fatal Death, which aired in 1999. When Doctor Who was revived in 2005, he wrote six episodes under executive producer Russell T Davies. Moffat was subsequently Doctor Who showrunner, lead writer and executive producer from 2009 until 2017. His first episode as executive producer, “The Eleventh Hour” aired in April 2010, and his final episode, “Twice Upon a Time” is scheduled to air at Christmas 2017. Sherlock, which Moffat co-created with Mark Gatiss, began airing in July 2010. Moffat also co-wrote the 2011 feature film The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn.

Moffat has won several awards, mainly for Doctor Who and Sherlock, including two Emmy Awards, five BAFTA Awards and four Hugo Awards.

Age 56


1969 – Dan Bakkedahl

Dan Bakkedahl is an American actor and improvisational comedian from Chicago’s Second City. He is best known for starring as Tim Hughes on the CBS sitcom Life in Pieces, as Steve Nugent in the FX comedy series Legit and as Congressman Roger Furlong on the HBO series Veep. Prior to that, he was a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart from 2005 to 2007.

Age 48


1970 – Elizabeth Anne Allen

Elizabeth Anne Allen is an American actress. Allen is best known for her recurring role as the witch Amy Madison on the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Age 47


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