Mar 012018

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1918 – Roger Delgado

Roger Caesar Marius Bernard de Delgado Torres Castillo Roberto was a British actor, best known as the first actor to play the Master in Doctor Who.

Delgado worked extensively on the British stage, and on TV, film and radio. He appeared in the 1955 BBC Television Service serial Quatermass II, the 1956 Powell and Pressburger wartime drama Battle of the River Plate, and came to wide popular attention in Britain when he played the duplicitous Spanish envoy Mendoza in the ITC Entertainment series Sir Francis Drake from 1961 to 1962, after which he was in much demand. An in-joke in the 1971 Doctor Who story Colony in Space refers to that role, when the Brigadier tells the Doctor not to worry as the suspected sighting of the Master “was only the Spanish Ambassador”. Delgado was frequently cast as a villain, appearing in many noted British action-adventure TV series by ITC, including Danger Man (1961), The Saint (1962 and 1966), The Champions (1969), and Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1969).

Died: 18 June 1973

Age 55

1943 – Bobby Kellard

Robert Sydney William Kellard is an English former professional footballer. He represented England at youth level.

Kellard played 176 times for Portsmouth scoring 18 goals between 1966 – 1974

Age 75

1945 – Dirk Benedict

Dirk Benedict (born Dirk Niewoehner) is an American movie, television and stage actor and author. He is best known for playing the characters Lieutenant Templeton “Faceman” Peck in The A-Team television series and Lieutenant Starbuck in the original Battlestar Galactica film and television series. He is the author of Confessions of a Kamikaze Cowboy and And Then We Went Fishing.

Age 73

1973 – Tom Curtis

Thomas David Curtis is an English retired professional footballer who is currently academy manager at Bristol Rovers.

Curtis has previously played for several Football League clubs, and is perhaps best remembered for his seven-year spell at Chesterfield, where he played more than 250 games and was part of the Spireites’ memorable cup run of 1996–97, where they reached the semi-finals, with Curtis scoring the winner from the penalty spot in Chesterfield’s upset victory against Nottingham Forest. Curtis was signed by Chesterfield manager John Duncan at a time when the young footballer was undertaking a university course. Between the player and his manager, a situation was settled upon whereby Tom could continue his education whilst training with the Spireites part-time. His other clubs include Mansfield Town, Chester City (both in a Player/Coach role), Notts County and Portsmouth.

Curtis played 15 times for Portsmouth between 2000 – 2002

Age 45

1975 – Tara Blaise

Tara Blaise is an Irish female pop, folk, and rock singer. The eldest of six children, Blaise was born in London, but at the age of three moved with her family to Ireland and grew up in Aughrim County Wicklow.

Age 43

1978 – Jensen Ackles

Jensen Ross Ackles is an American actor and director. He is known for his roles in television as Dean Winchester on The CW horror fantasy series Supernatural, Eric Brady in Days of Our Lives, which earned him several Daytime Emmy Award nominations, as well as Alec/X5-494 in Dark Angel and Jason Teague in Smallville. He also starred as the lead in the box office success My Bloody Valentine 3D and portrayed Jason Todd in the popular animated film Batman: Under the Red Hood.

Ackles currently stars as Dean Winchester on the CW series Supernatural.

Age 40

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