Famous Births and Deaths on this day in history
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
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
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
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
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).
1999 – Kiernan Shipka
Kiernan Brennan Shipka is an American actress. She is known for playing Sally Draper on the AMC series Mad Men.
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.