Nov 102017
 

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1925 – Richard Burton

Richard Burton, CBE (born Richard Walter Jenkins Jr.; 10 November 1925 – 5 August 1984) was a Welsh actor who was noted for his mellifluous baritone voice. Burton established himself as a formidable Shakespearean actor in the 1950s, and he gave a memorable performance of Hamlet in 1964. He was called “the natural successor to Olivier” by critic and dramaturge Kenneth Tynan. An alcoholic, Burton’s failure to live up to those expectations disappointed critics and colleagues and fueled his legend as a great thespian wastrel.

Burton was nominated for an Academy Award seven times, but never won an Oscar. He was a recipient of BAFTAs, Golden Globes, and Tony Awards for Best Actor. In the mid-1960s, Burton ascended into the ranks of the top box office stars, and by the late 1960s was one of the highest-paid actors in the world, receiving fees of $1 million or more plus a share of the gross receipts. Burton remains closely associated in the public consciousness with his second wife, actress Elizabeth Taylor. The couple’s turbulent relationship was rarely out of the news.

Died: 5 August 1984

Aged 58


1959 – Billy Gilbert

William Albert “Billy” Gilbert is an English former footballer, born in Lewisham, London, who made more than 400 appearances in the Football League playing as a defender for Crystal Palace, Portsmouth, Colchester United and Maidstone United. He won 11 caps for England at under-21 level.

Gilbert played 167 times for Portsmouth between 1984 – 1989

Age 58


1964 – Guy Whittingham

Guy Whittingham is an English former professional footballer and a manager. He was caretaker manager of Football League Two side Portsmouth from November 2012 until April 2013 when he took the role on a permanent basis before being sacked by Portsmouth in November 2013. On the 13th December 2013, he was appointed assistant manager at Crawley Town.

As a player, he was a striker from 1988 until 2005, notably in the Premier League for Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday. Having started his career with non-league Yeovil Town he went on to play in the Football League for Portsmouth, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Watford, Peterborough United, Oxford United and Wycombe Wanderers. He amassed over 450 appearances throughout his career.

Whittingham played 226 times for Portsmouth scoring 115 goals between 1989 – 2000

Age 53


1973 – Patrik Berger

Patrik Berger is a retired Czech footballer who played as a midfielder. He started his career in his own country with Slavia Prague and spent a season in Germany playing for Borussia Dortmund. He moved to England in 1996, where he spent seven years with Liverpool, winning six trophies in his time there. This was followed by spells at Portsmouth, Aston Villa and Stoke City. He spent the last two years of his career back in his native Czech Republic playing for Sparta Prague.

Internationally, Berger played in two major tournaments for the Czech Republic. He played an important part in his nation’s Euro 1996 campaign, scoring in the final as the Czech Republic finished runners-up to Germany. He took a 17-month break from the national team between 1997 and 1998 after a dispute with manager Dušan Uhrin, returning to the setup following Uhrin’s departure from the post. His second and final major tournament was Euro 2000, but due to suspension and his country’s early exit, he only played one game. He retired from the national team in 2002 at the age of 28 with a total of 44 senior international caps and 18 goals.

Capable of occupying midfield and forward positions, Berger became noted for his powerful strikes, surging runs, and strong left foot. Berger was beset with injuries throughout his career and received specialist treatment in the United States. He retired on 6 January 2010 due to knee injuries.

Berger played 60 times for Portsmouth scoring 8 goals between 2003 – 2005

Age 44


1994 – Zoey Deutch

Zoey Francis Thompson Deutch is an American actress. She is known for portraying Rosemarie “Rose” Hathaway in Vampire Academy (2014), Beverly in the Richard Linklater film Everybody Wants Some!! (2016), Stephanie Fleming in Why Him? (2016), Samantha Kingston in Before I Fall (2017) and Erica Vandross in Flower (2017). Her other film roles include Beautiful Creatures (2013), Good Kids (2016) and Dirty Grandpa (2016).

Age 23


1999 – Kiernan Shipka

Kiernan Brennan Shipka is an American actress. She is known for playing Sally Draper on the AMC series Mad Men.

Age 18


2000 – Mackenzie Foy

Mackenzie Christine Foy is an American model and actress. She is known for appearing as Renesmee Cullen in the 2012 film The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, which earned her a Young Artist Award nomination as Best Supporting Young Actress in a Feature Film, and for her role as the young Murphy in the 2014 space epic Interstellar, for which she received critical acclaim, a Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor, and several other awards nominations. She is also known to play Cindy Perron in James Wan’s The Conjuring.

Age 17


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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


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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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