Mar 072018

On This Day



1958 – Rik Mayall

Richard Michael “Rik” Mayall was an English comedian, actor and writer. Mayall formed a close partnership with Ade Edmondson while they were students at Manchester University, and became a pioneer of alternative comedy in the 1980s. Mayall starred in numerous cult classic sitcoms throughout his career, including The Young Ones, The Comic Strip Presents…, Blackadder, Filthy Rich & Catflap, The New Statesman, and Bottom. Mayall also starred in the comedy films Drop Dead Fred and Guest House Paradiso, and won a Primetime Emmy Award for his voice-over work in The Willows in Winter. His comedic style was described as energetic “post-punk”.

Died: 09 June 2014

Aged 56

1970 – Rachel Weisz

Rachel Hannah Weisz is an Academy Award winning British actress.

Age 48

1975 – T.J. Thyne

Thomas Joseph “T.J.” Thyne is an American actor, best known for his role on Bones as Dr. Jack Hodgins, an entomologist.

Age 43

1995 – Haley Lu Richardson

Haley Lu Richardson is an American actress. Her credits include the roles of Krista in The Edge of Seventeen and Claire Benoit in Split.

Age 23


2000 – Charles Gray

Born: 29 August 1928

Charles Gray was an English actor who was well known for roles including the arch-villain Blofeld in the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever, Dikko Henderson in a previous Bond film You Only Live Twice, Sherlock Holmes’s brother Mycroft Holmes in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and as the Criminologist in The Rocky Horror Picture Show in 1975.

Died Aged 71

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1926 – Kenneth Williams

Kenneth Charles Williams was an English actor, best known for his comedy roles and in later life as a raconteur and diarist. He was one of the main ensemble in 26 of the 31 Carry On films, and appeared in many British television programmes and radio comedies, including series with Tony Hancock and Kenneth Horne.

Williams grew up in Central London to a working class family. He served in the Royal Engineers during World War II, where he first became interested in becoming an entertainer. After a short spell in repertory theatre as a serious actor, he turned to comedy and achieved national fame in Hancock’s Half Hour, appearing throughout the radio series’ run. He sustained continued success throughout the 1960s and ’70s with his regular appearances in Carry On films, and subsequently kept himself in the public eye with chat shows and other television work.

Though Williams was fondly regarded in the entertainment industry, he suffered from depression and found it hard to come to terms with his homosexuality, leading to his death in 1988 after an overdose. He kept a series of diaries throughout his life that achieved posthumous acclaim.

Died: 15 April 1988

Aged 62

1944 – Tucker Smallwood

Tucker Smallwood is an American actor, author and vocalist. Best known for his role in Space: Above and Beyond

Age 74

1953 – Nigel Planer

Nigel George Planer is an English actor, comedian, novelist and playwright who is best known for his role as Neil in the cult BBC comedy The Young Ones and as Ralph Filthy in Filthy Rich & Catflap. He has appeared in many West End musicals, including original casts of Evita, Chicago, We Will Rock You, Wicked, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He has also appeared in Hairspray. He won a BRIT award in 1984 and has been nominated for Olivier, TMA, What’s On Stage, and BAFTA awards.

Age 65

1959 – Kyle MacLachlan

Kyle Merritt MacLachlan is an American actor. MacLachlan is best known for his role as Dale Cooper in Twin Peaks (1990–1991; 2017) and its film prequel Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992), as well as roles in two of David Lynch’s films: Paul Atreides in Dune (1984) and Jeffrey Beaumont in Blue Velvet (1986). MacLachlan’s other film roles include Lloyd Gallagher in The Hidden (1987), Ray Manzarek in The Doors (1991), Clifford Vandercave in The Flintstones (1994), Zack Carey in Showgirls (1995), and the voice of Riley’s dad in Inside Out (2015).

He has had prominent roles in television shows including appearing as Trey MacDougal in Sex and the City (2000–2002), Orson Hodge in Desperate Housewives (2006–2012), The Captain in How I Met Your Mother (2010–2014), the Mayor of Portland in Portlandia (2011–2017) and Calvin Zabo in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2014–2015).

MacLachlan has won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama (1990), and was nominated in the same category in 2017, for playing the role of Dale Cooper in Twin Peaks. He has also been nominated for two Emmy Awards for Twin Peaks.

Age 59

1967 – Paul Cook

Paul Anthony Cook is an English professional football manager and former player who is the manager of League One club Wigan Athletic.

Cook played as a central midfielder during a playing career that spanned 23 years from 1983 until 2006, notably in the Premier League for Coventry City. He also played in the Football League for Wigan Athletic, Norwich City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Tranmere Rovers, Stockport County and Burnley. He also played Non-league football for Marine and Accrington Stanley. He moved into management in 2006 with Southport and later Sligo Rovers. In February 2012, he returned to English management with Accrington before moving to Chesterfield in October of the same year. In May 2015, he was appointed manager of League Two outfit Portsmouth after a release clause was met in his Chesterfield contract. In May 2017, he was appointed manager of League One club Wigan Athletic.

Cook was Portsmouth manager between 2015 – 2017

Age 51

1968 – Jeri Ryan

Jeri Lynn Ryan (born Jeri Lynn Zimmermann) is an American actress best known for her role as the Borg Seven of Nine on Star Trek: Voyager, for which she was nominated four times for a Saturn Award and won in 2001.

Ryan is also known for her role as Veronica “Ronnie” Cooke on Boston Public (2001–2004). She was a regular on the science fiction series Dark Skies (1997) and the legal drama series Shark (2006–2008). In 2009 she guest starred on the series Leverage as Tara Cole. From 2011 to 2013, she starred as Dr. Kate Murphy in the ABC drama series Body of Proof. In 2016, she began appearing as Veronica Allen on the Amazon Prime series Bosch.

Age 50

1969 – Shaka Hislop

Neil Shaka Hislop CM is a retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper. The majority of his career was spent in the top division in England where he was a part of the Newcastle United team which finished second in the Premier League for two successive seasons under Kevin Keegan’s first tenure. Before this, he played for Reading where he was on the losing side in the 1st Division play-offs despite finishing second overall (which became an automatic promotion slot the following season). He later played for West Ham United on two separate occasions (receiving an FA Cup Runner-up medal during his second term in 2006) and also for Portsmouth (where he won the 1st Division in 2002/03).

Hislop was eligible to play for both England and Trinidad and Tobago. He initially played for the England U-21 team and was on the bench for a full International against Chile, but in the end opted to play for Trinidad and Tobago. A dispute with the national team ruled him out of contention for several years, but he returned to play and starred in the country’s first ever World Cup appearance in 2006.

Hislop is now working for sports news and broadcasting service ESPN where he is most often seen as a commentator on ESPN FC. He also regularly provides commentary on Eredivisie, Serie A, and Mexican Liga MX matches. He had also briefly worked as a goalkeeping coach for the football team at Quinnipiac University.

Hislop played 100 times for Portsmouth between 2002 – 2005

Age 49

1975 – Drew Barrymore

Drew Blythe Barrymore is an American actress, author, director, model and producer. She is a member of the Barrymore family of American stage and film actors, and a granddaughter of actor John Barrymore. Beginning as a child actress on television, she soon transitioned to feature films, including her biggest box office success, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982).

Following a highly publicized, turbulent childhood marked by drug and alcohol abuse with two stints in rehab, she released her autobiography, Little Girl Lost (1991). Barrymore appeared in a string of successful films, including Poison Ivy (1992), Scream (1996), and Ever After (1998). She is also known for co-starring with Adam Sandler in The Wedding Singer (1998), 50 First Dates (2004) and Blended (2014).

In 1995, she and Nancy Juvonen formed a joint production company, Flower Films,[5] and it went on to produce several films in which Barrymore also starred, such as Never Been Kissed (1999), Charlie’s Angels (2000), Donnie Darko (2001) and her directorial debut Whip It! (2009). Barrymore won a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Golden Globe Award for her performance in Grey Gardens (2009). She currently stars in the Netflix series Santa Clarita Diet (2017).

Age 43

1982 – Dichen Lachman

Dichen Lachman is a Nepali-born Australian actress and producer of German and Tibetan descent. She appeared in the soap opera Neighbours as Katya Kinski and in Joss Whedon’s science fiction drama television series Dollhouse as Sierra. Lachman portrayed Suren in the American remake of Being Human as a main character during the show’s second season. Lachman has also starred in the 2014 film Lust for Love and had a recurring role in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Jiaying, Skye’s Inhuman, ageless mother.

Age 36

1990 – Damien McCrory

Damien Paul McCrory is an Irish professional footballer who plays as a defender for EFL League One side Portsmouth, on loan from EFL Championship club Burton Albion.

First signing professional forms with Plymouth Argyle in 2008, he spent the next two years on loan at Port Vale and Grimsby Town, before joining Dagenham & Redbridge in 2010. He played for the “Daggers” in their victory in the 2010 League Two play-off final. He also won international caps for his country at under-18 and under-19 levels. In June 2012, he signed a two-year deal with Burton Albion. He helped Burton to the League Two title in 2014–15 and then to promotion out of League One in 2015–16. He joined Portsmouth on loan in August 2017.

McCrory played 3 times for Portsmouth in 2017

Age 28



2011 – Nicholas Courtney

Born: 16 December 1929

William Nicholas Stone Courtney was a British actor, most famous for playing Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart in the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who.

Director Douglas Camfield originally considered Courtney for the role of Richard the Lionheart in the Doctor Who serial The Crusade (1965), a role that ultimately went to Julian Glover. Camfield made sure to keep Courtney in mind for future casting, however. Courtney would make his first appearance in the series, when Camfield cast him in the 1965 serial The Daleks’ Master Plan, where he played Space Security Agent Bret Vyon opposite William Hartnell as the Doctor.

Camfield liked Courtney’s performance, and when the director was assigned the 1968 serial The Web of Fear, he cast Courtney as Captain Knight. However, when David Langton gave up the role of Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart to work elsewhere, Camfield recast Captain Knight and gave the part to Courtney instead. The Lethbridge-Stewart character returned in the next season in “The Invasion”, promoted to the rank of brigadier, and in charge of British contingent of UNIT. The organisation had been charged with protecting the Earth from alien invasion. Years later actor and writer Ian Marter (who played UNIT medical officer Harry Sullivan alongside Tom Baker) named a Russian military base used in The Invasion, but unnamed on screen, “Nykortny” in his novelisation of the story.

Courtney has played Lethbridge-Stewart, either on television or in spin-off audio plays, alongside every subsequent Doctor up to and including Paul McGann, as well as substitute First Doctor Richard Hurndall. He did not act in the revived series, although he did so in the spin-off, The Sarah Jane Adventures and appeared in archival footage in Doctor Who proper. While he has acted with Tenth Doctor actor David Tennant in the Big Finish audio dramas Sympathy for the Devil and UNIT: The Wasting, Tennant was playing a different character, Colonel Ross Brimmicombe-Wood, on both occasions.

Following Courtney’s death, Lethbridge-Stewart was written out as having died roughly concurrently with him. Gone but far from forgotten, the Brigadier cast a long shadow across the series’s golden anniversary episode, “The Day of the Doctor”, being referred no fewer than five times and quoted once; and, with a prominent close-up of his archival portrait, Courtney is the only individual to appear in all the Doctor Who anniversary stories prior to “The Day of the Doctor”.

Died Aged 81

2018 – Billy Wilson

Born: 10 July 1946

Billy Wilson was an English footballer who played professionally in England for 15 years before retiring to run The Pompey public house just outside Fratton Park. Born in Seaton Delaval Wilson was a tough tackling left back who made nearly 250 league appearances for the Ewood Park club. An ever-present during their 1967-68 and 69-70 campaigns he was part of a close knit defence that lived far more modest lives than today’s top stars .

In January 1972 he moved to Portsmouth F.C for £25,000 and promptly scored his first league goal. He was to be a regular for four seasons until he lost his place to Keith Viney during the 1976/77 campaign, after which he was very much more of a squad player.

Wilson played 219 times for Portsmouth scoring 6 goals between 1972 – 1979

Died Aged 71

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1950 – Christopher Ryan

Christopher Ryan (born Christopher Papazoglou) is an English actor. Ryan played Mike in the BBC comedy series The Young Ones.

Age 68

1977 – Michael Brown

Michael Robert Brown is an English former professional footballer and football manager.

A former England under-21 international midfielder, his hard-tackling style sometimes caused him to take criticism from others in the game. He began his career with Manchester City having come through their youth ranks, and was named as the club’s Player of the Year in 1998, before featuring in their Second Division play-off final victory in 1999. He also spent time on loan at Hartlepool United, Portsmouth and Sheffield United, before he was sold to Sheffield United for a £400,000 fee in January 2000. He scored 36 goals in 174 appearances during a four-year stay in Sheffield, being named as the club’s Player of the Year in 2002 and named on the PFA Team of the Year the following year.

He moved back to the Premier League with Tottenham Hotspur for a £500,000 fee in January 2004. After two years with Spurs he moved on to Fulham for an 18-month stay. He was transferred to Wigan Athletic in July 2007, where he would spend two seasons before making the move to Portsmouth in August 2009. He played for the club in their 2010 FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea, but could not prevent them from being relegated out of the top-flight that same year. He joined Leeds United in July 2011, and went on to spend the next three years at Elland Road. He signed with Port Vale in July 2014, and also took on a coaching role with the “Valiants”, before becoming assistant manager to Bruno Ribeiro in June 2016. He was promoted to caretaker manager following Ribeiro’s resignation in December 2016, but could not prevent relegation out of EFL League One at the end of the 2016–17 season, after which he was confirmed as the club’s permanent manager. With the club lying bottom of the English Football League, he was sacked in September 2017.

Brown played 61 times for Portsmouth scoring 5 goals between 1999 – 2010

Age 41

1978 – Jason Roberts

Jason Andre Davis Roberts MBE is a Grenadian former professional footballer who is now employed by BBC Sport as a football pundit.

Born in Park Royal, London, Roberts was playing football from an early age, and spent time in the youth academies at several professional clubs, but was not retained. After a spell in non-league football with Hayes, he joined Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1997. He failed to make a first-team appearance for Wolves, and had loan spells at Torquay United and Bristol City before signing for Bristol Rovers in 1998. He quickly established himself in the first team, scoring 38 goals in his two seasons at the club.

After the club failed to gain promotion, Roberts handed in a transfer request and was sold to West Bromwich Albion in July 2000. His goals helped the team reach the First Division play-offs in his first season at the club. West Brom then won promotion to the Premier League in the following season. Roberts scored three goals in his first Premier League season as the club were relegated back down to the First Division. He was loaned out to Portsmouth at the start of the 2003–04 season, and was then sold to Wigan Athletic in January 2004. Roberts went on to score 21 goals in Wigan’s promotion-winning campaign in the 2004–05 season, and won the club’s Player of the Year award at the end of the season. His goals in the following season helped the club finish tenth in its inaugural Premier League campaign, as well as taking the team to the 2006 Football League Cup Final at the Millennium Stadium – the club’s first ever major cup final.

After failing to agree a new contract with the club, he was sold to Blackburn Rovers in 2006, where he played European football for the first time. He made over 150 appearances for Blackburn, scoring 28 goals. In 2007, he established the Jason Roberts Foundation, and was awarded an MBE for services to sport in 2010 New Year Honours – Grenada. In 2011, he began working as a presenter for BBC Radio 5 Live’s 6-0-6 programme. In January 2012. he signed for Reading on an eighteen-month contract and helped them to promotion from the Football League Championship as champions.

On 20 March 2014, he announced his immediate retirement from the game due to persistent injuries.

Roberts played 12 times for Portsmouth scoring 4 goals between 2003 – 2004

Age 40

1980 – Stathis Tavlaridis

Efstathios Tavlaridis, commonly known as Stathis Tavlaridis, is a Greek football defender. Tavlaridis has earned the nickname “Taureau” in France which means “The Bull” due to his aggressive style of play.

Tavalaridis played 5 times for Portsmouth in 2003

Age 38

1985 – Claudia Kim

Kim Soo-hyun, also known as Claudia Kim, is a South Korean actress and model.

Age 33


2017 – John Hurt

Born: 22 January 1940

Sir John Vincent Hurt, CBE was an English actor whose screen and stage career spanned more than 50 years. Hurt was regarded as one of Britain’s finest actors; director David Lynch described him as “simply the greatest actor in the world”.

Hurt came to prominence for his role as Richard Rich in the film A Man for All Seasons (1966) and gained BAFTA Award nominations for his portrayals of Timothy Evans in 10 Rillington Place (1971) and Quentin Crisp in television film The Naked Civil Servant (1975) – winning his first BAFTA for the latter. He played Caligula in the BBC TV series I, Claudius (1976). Hurt’s performance in the prison drama Midnight Express (1978) brought him international renown and earned Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards, along with an Academy Award nomination. His BAFTA-nominated portrayal of astronaut Kane, in science-fiction horror Alien (1979), yielded a scene which has been named by several publications as one of the most memorable in cinematic history.

Hurt earned his third competitive BAFTA, along with his second Oscar and Golden Globe nominations, as Joseph Merrick in David Lynch’s biopic The Elephant Man (1980). Other significant roles during the 1980s included Bob Champion in biopic Champions (1984), Mr. Braddock in the Stephen Frears drama The Hit (1984), Winston Smith in Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) and Stephen Ward in the drama depicting the Profumo affair, Scandal (1989). Hurt was again BAFTA-nominated for his work in Irish drama The Field (1990) and played the primary villain, James Graham, in the epic adventure Rob Roy (1995). His later films include the Harry Potter film series (2001–11), the Hellboy films (2004 and 2008), supernatural thriller The Skeleton Key (2005), western The Proposition (2005), political thriller V for Vendetta (2006), sci-fi adventure Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) and the Cold War espionage film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011). Hurt reprised his role as Quentin Crisp in An Englishman in New York (2009), which brought his seventh BAFTA nomination and he portrayed the War Doctor in BBC TV series Doctor Who in 2013.

With a distinctive rich voice, Hurt enjoyed a successful voice acting career in films such as Watership Down (1978), the animated The Lord of the Rings (1978), The Plague Dogs (1982), The Black Cauldron (1985) and Dogville (2003), as well as the BBC TV series Merlin (2008–2012). In 2012, he was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement BAFTA Award, in recognition of his “outstanding contribution to cinema”. He was knighted in 2015 for his services to drama.

Died Aged 77

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1957 – Ade Edmondson

Adrian Charles “Ade” Edmondson is an English comedian, actor, writer, musician, television presenter and director. He came to prominence in the early 1980s and was part of the alternative comedy boom. He is probably best known for his comedic roles in the television series The Young Ones (1982–84) and Bottom (1991–95), which he wrote together with his long-time collaborative partner Rik Mayall. Edmondson also appeared in The Comic Strip Presents… series of films throughout the 1980s and 1990s. For one episode of this he created the spoof heavy metal band Bad News, and for another he played his nihilistic alter-ego Eddie Monsoon, an offensive South African television star.

He played the lead role in The Comic Strip’s 1985 feature film, The Supergrass. In the 2000s, Edmondson appeared in numerous TV programmes in more serious drama roles including Jonathan Creek, Holby City, Miss Austen Regrets, as himself on Hell’s Kitchen and created the sitcom Teenage Kicks. Since 2006 Edmondson has concentrated increasingly on music instead of acting, forming a band, The Bad Shepherds, and performing and writing for the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band. In 2011 he presented a series of shows for ITV: The Dales, which focused on people working in the Yorkshire Dales, and Ade in Britain in which he undertook a tour of numerous places in Britain. The series was so popular that a second series aired in spring 2012.

Edmondson has been married to fellow comedian Jennifer Saunders since 1985 and they have three daughters and three grandchildren. Edmonson is also a gifted amateur chef, and was a finalist in the 2009 season of Hell’s Kitchen, and was the champion of Celebrity Masterchef in 2013.

Age 61

1969 – Stephanie Romanov

Stephanie A. Romanov is an American model and actress, best known for playing Lilah Morgan on Angel.

Age 49

1975 – Lucy Montgomery

Lucy Montgomery is an English comedian, actress and writer, best known for her radio and television work.

Age 43

1986 – Mischa Barton


Mischa Anne Barton is a British-American film, television, and stage actress, and occasional fashion model. She began her acting career on the stage, appearing in Tony Kushner’s Slavs! and took the lead in James Lapine’s Twelve Dreams at New York City’s Lincoln Center. She made her screen debut with a guest appearance on the American soap opera All My Children (1996). She then voiced a character on the Nickelodeon cartoon series KaBlam! (1996–97). Her first major film role was as the protagonist of Lawn Dogs (1997), an acclaimed drama co-starring Sam Rockwell. She continued acting, appearing in major box office pictures such as the romantic comedy, Notting Hill (1999) and M. Night Shyamalan’s psychological thriller, The Sixth Sense (1999). She also starred in the critically acclaimed indie crime drama Pups (1999).

Barton later appeared in the independent drama, Lost and Delirious (2001) and guest-starred as Evan Rachel Wood’s girlfriend on ABC’s Once and Again (2001–02). She is known for her role as Marissa Cooper in the Fox television series The O.C. (2003–07), for which she received two Teen Choice Awards. The role catapulted Barton into mainstream fame, and Entertainment Weekly named her the “It Girl” of 2003.

Barton has since appeared in the comedy remake St Trinian’s (2007), the Richard Attenborough-directed drama Closing the Ring (2007) and Assassination of a High School President (2008). She returned to television, starring in the short-lived Ashton Kutcher-produced CW series, The Beautiful Life: TBL (2009). In 2012, she returned to the stage, performing in the Irish production of Steel Magnolias.

Age 32

1989 – Adam McGurk

Adam Michael McGurk is a Northern Irish professional footballer who plays for Morecambe as a forward.

McGurk started his career in the Aston Villa youth academy in 2004, but failed to break into the first team, and joined Hednesford Town on a free transfer in March 2010. Having made twelve appearances for Hednesford, he signed for Tranmere Rovers in August 2010, making 79 league appearances in three years, before being released by the club in July 2013. He joined Morecambe on a free transfer on 31 August 2017.

McGurk played 36 times for Portsmouth scoring 6 goals between 2015 – 2016

Age 29

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