Famous Births and Deaths on this day in history
1946 – Norman Lovett
Norman Lovett is an English stand-up comedian and actor, best known for the role of Holly in Red Dwarf during the first, second, seventh (as a guest star) and eighth series. His comedy has a quiet, dead-pan surrealism, and in 2000 he made a successful stand up tour, co-headlining with Chris Barrie, who played Rimmer in Red Dwarf. Lovett was born in Windsor, Berkshire.
1950 – John Candy
John Franklin Candy (Died: March 4, 1994) was a Canadian actor and comedian known mainly for his work in Hollywood films. Candy rose to fame as a member of the Toronto branch of the Second City and its related Second City Television series, and through his appearances in such comedy films as Stripes, Splash, Cool Runnings, Summer Rental, The Great Outdoors, Spaceballs, and Uncle Buck, as well as more dramatic roles in Only the Lonely and JFK. One of his most renowned onscreen performances was as Del Griffith, the loquacious, on-the-move shower-curtain ring salesman in the John Hughes comedy Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
While filming the Western parody Wagons East!, Candy died of a heart attack in Durango, Mexico, on March 4, 1994, aged 43. His final two films, Wagons East! and Canadian Bacon, are dedicated to his memory.
Died Aged 43
1975 – Julia Lee
Julia Lee Stander is an American actress. Her roles include Anne Steele in Angel (2001–2004) and the title character in the cult comedy film Ophelia Learns to Swim (2001). She has also appeared in Charmed.
In 2006, Disneyland refurbished its Haunted Mansion attraction. For this project, Lee became the body of the character, Constance Hatchaway (voice by Kat Cressida). In 2007, Lee and Cressida’s version of Constance was also installed in Walt Disney World’s Mansion.
1979 – Erica Cerra
Erica Cerra is a Canadian actress, best known for her portrayal of Deputy Jo Lupo on the Syfy series Eureka, and artificial intelligence A.L.I.E. and her creator Becca on The 100.
1979 – Ricardo Fuller
Ricardo Dwayne Fuller is a retired Jamaican professional footballer who played as a striker.
Fuller started his football career with Jamaican side Tivoli Gardens, before he moved to England with Crystal Palace in February 2001. He returned to Jamaica and then went on loan to Hearts, before joining Preston North End. He scored 27 goals in 58 League game at Preston, which prompted Portsmouth to pay £1million for his services. Fuller failed to make an impact at Portsmouth and joined rivals Southampton in 2005 before Stoke City signed him for £500,000 in August 2006.
Fuller played 37 times for Portsmouth scoring 1 goal between 2004 – 2005
1980 – Eddie Kaye Thomas
Eddie Kaye Thomas is an actor who rose to prominence as Paul Finch in the American Pie film series. He is also known for his roles as Andy Rosenberg in the Harold & Kumar series and as Jeff Woodcock in ‘Til Death. He is currently starring in the CBS show Scorpion as Dr. Tobias “Toby” Curtis.
1980 – Samaire Armstrong
Samaire Rhys Armstrong is an American actress, fashion designer and model. She is known for her roles in Stay Alive, The O.C., It’s a Boy Girl Thing, and as Juliet Darling in the ABC television series, Dirty Sexy Money. She has most recently appeared on television as Elaine Richards in the ABC fantasy-drama Resurrection. She has also appeared in music videos for “Penny & Me” by Hanson and “Bad Day” by Daniel Powter.
1992 – Vanessa Marano
Vanessa Nicole Marano is an American actress. She has starred in television movies and had recurring roles in such series as Without a Trace, Gilmore Girls, Ghost Whisperer, Scoundrels, Grey’s Anatomy and The Young and the Restless. From 2011-2017, she starred as Bay Kennish on the Freeform television series Switched at Birth.
1995 – Tareiq Holmes-Dennis
Tareiq Marcus Holmes-Dennis is an English professional footballer who plays as a defender for Portsmouth on loan from Premier League club Huddersfield Town.