Famous Births and Deaths on this day in history
1936 – Brian Blessed
Brian Blessed OBE is an English actor, writer, and presenter. He is known for his booming voice and his roles in I, Claudius, Blackadder, and Flash Gordon.
1954 – Scott Bakula
Scott Stewart Bakula is an American actor and director best known for his lead roles in two science-fiction television series: as Sam Beckett on Quantum Leap (for which he received four Emmy Award nominations and a Golden Globe Award), and as Captain Jonathan Archer on Star Trek: Enterprise.
Bakula starred on the comedy-drama series Men of a Certain Age, and guest-starred in seasons two and three of NBC’s Chuck as the title character’s father Stephen J. Bartowski. He guest starred on HBO’s Looking as entrepreneur Lynn. In 2014, he began playing Special Agent Dwayne Cassius “King” Pride on NCIS: New Orleans.
1976 – Mike Panopoulos
Michael Panopoulos, also written Michalis Panopoulos, is an Australian-Greek association football player. He has currently retired from playing, but now coaches the Altona City U12/U13 boys team and also the state of Victoria.
Panopoulos played 58 times for Portsmouth scoring 6 goals between 1999 – 2001
1979 – Brandon Routh
Brandon James Routh is an American actor and former fashion model. He grew up in Iowa before moving to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career, and subsequently appeared on multiple television series throughout the early 2000s. In 2006, he gained greater recognition for his role as the titular superhero of the 2006 film Superman Returns. He also had a recurring role in the TV series Chuck, as Daniel Shaw. Following this, he had notable supporting roles in the films Zack and Miri Make a Porno and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. In 2014, he began a recurring role on Arrow as Ray Palmer/Atom which spun off into a guest role on The Flash and a starring role on Legends of Tomorrow.
1979 – Chris O’Dowd
Christopher O’Dowd is an Irish actor, best known for comedic roles such as Roy Trenneman in the Channel 4 comedy The IT Crowd. O’Dowd created and starred in the Sky 1 television series Moone Boy, which aired between 2012 and 2015. He had a recurring role on the comedy-drama series Girls.
O’Dowd is also known for his film roles, most notably Bridesmaids (2011), This Is 40 (2012), The Sapphires (2012), Thor: The Dark World (2013), Calvary (2014), and St. Vincent (2014). He made his Broadway debut in the play adaptation of Of Mice and Men in 2014, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award.
1994 – Jodelle Ferland
Jodelle Micah Ferland is a Canadian actress. She is known for her portrayals of Mary Jensen in the 2004 ABC television series Kingdom Hospital, Bree Tanner in the 2010 film The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, and Five in the 2015 Syfy television series Dark Matter. She is also known by her roles in multiple horror or horror-related films, such as Sharon/Alessa in Silent Hill, Lillith Sullivan in Case 39, Jenny in The Tall Man, Patience Buckner in The Cabin in the Woods, and Agatha Prenderghast in ParaNorman.