On this date- December 16

Today Lesley Stahl is 80, Jon Tenney, Shane Black, and Sam Robards are 60, and Krysten Ritter is 40. Today is also the birthday of Liv Ullmann, J.B. Smoove, Miranda Otto, Billy Gibbons, Anna Popplewell, Benjamin Bratt, Joyce Bulifant, Stephan James, Theo James, Xander Berkeley, James Mangold, Paul and Peter Allen Vogt, Jeff Kanew, Flo Rida, and the late Ludwig van Beethoven, Jane Austen, Philip K. Dick, Arthur C. Clarke, Noël Coward, Bill Hicks, who would be 60, Ben Cross, Max Linder, Steven Bochco, Patti Deutsch, Margaret Mead, N!xau, and Robert Kerman. Thelma Todd died 86 years ago in 1935 at age 29. Harland Sanders died 41 years ago in 1980 at age 90. Lee Van Cleef died 32 years ago in 1989 at age 64. John Spencer died sixteen years ago in 2005 at age 58.

On this date- December 15

Today Walon Green is 85, Reginald Hudlin is 60, and Michelle Dockery is 40. Today is also the birthday of Don Johnson, Adam Brody, Charlie Cox, Ralph Ineson, Alex Cox, Julie Taymor, P.J. Byrne, Camilla Luddington, Maude Apatow, John Lee Hancock, and the late Tim Conway, Jeff Chandler, Kasey Rogers, Jack Gwillim, Gordon Douglas, and Jean Paul Getty. Fats Waller died 78 years ago in 1943 at age 39. Glenn Miller died 77 years ago in 1944 at age 40. Charles Laughton died 59 years ago in 1962 at age 63. Walt Disney died 55 years ago in 1966 at age 65. Chill Wills died 43 years ago in 1978 at age 76. Blake Edwards died eleven years ago in 2010 at age 88. Christopher Hitchens died ten years ago in 2011 at age 62. Joan Fontaine died eight years ago in 2013 at age 96.

On this date- December 14

Today Jane Birkin and Lynne Marie Stewart are 75, Celia Weston is 70, and Michaela Watkins is 50. Today is also the birthday of Dee Wallace, Miranda Hart, Hal Williams, Vanessa Hudgens, Natascha McElhone, Tammy Blanchard, Lucrecia Martel, Ted Raimi, Dino Stamatopoulos, James Comey, and the late Patty Duke, Lee Remick, Frances Bavier, Morey Amsterdam, King George VI, Raj Kapoor, Lewis Arquette, George Furth, Lillian Randolph, Dan Dailey, and Shirley Jackson. Dinah Washington died 58 years ago in 1963 at age 39. William Bendix died 57 years ago in 1964 at age 58. Myrna Loy died 28 years ago in 1993 at age 88. Norman Fell died 23 years ago in 1998 at age 74. Peter O’Toole died eight years ago in 2013 at age 81. Anna Karina died two years ago in 2019 at age 79.

On this date- December 13

Today Dick Van Dyke is 96, and Amy Lee is 40. Today is also the birthday of Steve Buscemi, Jamie Foxx, Taylor Swift, Tony Curran, Wendie Malick, Lou Adler, Emma Corrin, Ted Nugent, Tatsuya Nakadai, NeNe Leakes, Katherine Schwarzenegger, Rusty Cundieff, and the late Christopher Plummer, Robert Prosky, Van Heflin, Curd Jürgens, John Hart, Mark Stevens, Don Taylor, Larry Parks, Darlene Cates, and Richard D. Zanuck. Tim Moore died 63 years ago in 1958 at age 71. Spencer Williams died 52 years ago in 1969 at age 76. Alan Thicke died five years ago in 2016 at age 69.

On this date- December 12

Today Bob Barker is 98, and Lucas Hedges is 25. Today is also the birthday of Jennifer Connelly, Bill Nighy, Regina Hall, Mayim Bialik, Dionne Warwick, Connie Francis, Gianni Russo, Mädchen Amick, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Sheree J. Wilson, Sarah Douglas, Maren Ade, Brandon Maggart, Steve Binder, and the late Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, Yasujirô Ozu, who died on his birthday 58 years ago in 1963 at age 60, Buck Jones, Ed Koch, and Anne V. Coates. Douglas Fairbanks died 82 years ago in 1939 at age 56. Tallulah Bankhead died 53 years ago in 1968 at age 66. Jack Cassidy died 45 years ago in 1976 at age 49. Anne Baxter died 36 years ago in 1985 at age 62. Joseph Heller died 22 years ago in 1999 at age 76. Peter Boyle died fifteen years ago in 2006 at age 71. Ike Turner died fourteen years ago in 2007 at age 76. Van Johnson died thirteen years ago in 2008 at age 92. Tom Laughlin died eight years ago in 2013 at age 82. Danny Aiello died two years ago in 2019 at age 86. John le Carré and Ann Reinking died one year ago in 2020. Le Carré was 89, and Reinking was 71.

On this date- December 11

Today Rita Moreno is 90, and Hailee Steinfeld is 25. Today is also the birthday of Jean-Louis Trintignant, Teri Garr, Donna Mills, Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), Mo’Nique, John Kerry, Nikki Sixx, Max Martini, Xosha Roquemore, Lynda Day George, Brenda Lee, Rider Strong, Jon Brion, Tom Shadyac, Margaret Hoover, and the late Jean Marais, Maila Nurmi (aka Vampira), Ron Carey, Liz Smith, who would be 100, Gilbert Roland, Marie Windsor, Betsy Blair, Elizabeth Baur, Dilip Kumar, Manoel de Oliveira, and Carlo Ponti. Sam Cooke and Percy Kilbride died 57 years ago in 1964. Cooke was 33. Kilbride was 76. Bettie Page died thirteen years ago in 2008 at age 85. Ravi Shankar died nine years ago in 2012 at age 92. Kim Ki-duk died one year ago in 2020 at age 59.

On this date- December 10

Today Fionnula Flanagan is 80, and Nia Peeples is 60. Today is also the birthday of Kenneth Branagh, Michael Snow, Raven-Symoné, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Xavier Samuel, Patrick John Flueger, Susan Dey, Bobby Flay, and the late Emily Dickinson, Dorothy Lamour, Michael Clarke Duncan, Dan Blocker, Tommy Kirk, Mako, Barbara Nichols, Harold Gould, Douglas Kenney, Tommy Rettig, Ray Collins, Una Merkel, Victor McLaglen, John Colicos, and Greg Giraldo. Otis Redding died 54 years ago in 1967 at age 26. Ed Wood died 43 years ago in 1978 at age 54. Richard Pryor died sixteen years ago in 2005 at age 65.

On this date- December 9

Today Beau Bridges is 80. Today is also the birthday of Judi Dench, John Malkovich, Felicity Huffman, Donny Osmond, Simon Helberg, Toby Huss, Michael Nouri, Michael Dorn, Mario Cantone, Kurt Angle, Waris Hussein, Kirsten Gillibrand, and the late Kirk Douglas, John Cassavetes, Redd Foxx, Broderick Crawford, Margaret Hamilton, Buck Henry, Hermione Gingold, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Dalton Trumbo, Dick Van Patten, Emmett Kelly, Neil Innes, John Paragon, and John Milton. Joey Forman died 39 years ago in 1982 at age 53. Mike Mazurki died 31 years ago in 1990 at age 82. Vincent Gardenia died 29 years ago in 1992 at age 72. Jenni Rivera died nine years ago in 2012 at age 43.

On this date- December 8

Today Ann Coulter is 60. Today is also the birthday of Kim Basinger, Teri Hatcher, Matthias Schoenaerts, Sinéad O’Connor, Nicki Minaj, Wendell Pierce, AnnaSophia Robb, David Harewood, Ian Somerhalder, Dominic Monaghan, Nancy Meyers, Rick Baker, Deborra-Lee Furness, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Junkie XL (Tom Holkenborg), Tyler Mane, Juliette Danielle, and the late Sammy Davis Jr., Maximilian Schell, Jim Morrison, Gregg Allman, David Carradine, Flip Wilson, Sam Kinison, Georges Méliès, Lee J. Cobb, Mary, Queen of Scots, James MacArthur, Frank Faylen, John Qualen, James Thurber, Jean Porter, Dewey Martin, Richard Fleischer, and Ernest Lehman. Gladys George died 67 years ago in 1954 at age 54. John Lennon died 41 years ago in 1980 at age 40. Slim Pickens died 38 years ago in 1983 at age 64. Martin Ritt died 31 years ago in 1990 at age 76. Robert Prosky died thirteen years ago in 2008 at age 77. Rene Auberjonois and Caroll Spinney died two years ago in 2019. Auberjonois was 79. Spinney was 85.

On this date- December 7

Today is the birthday of Ellen Burstyn, Tom Waits, Jeffrey Wright, Noam Chomsky, Nicholas Hoult, Jack Huston, Jennifer Carpenter, Mark Duplass, Shiri Appleby, James Keach, Emily Browning, C. Thomas Howell, Mark Rolston, Caleb Landry Jones, Kristofer Hivju, Patrick Fabian, Kenneth Colley, Jeff Nichols, Clive Russell, Priscilla Barnes, Abdellatif Kechiche, Larry Bird, Aaron Carter, Chris Crocker, and the late Eli Wallach, Ted Knight, Louis Prima, Patrice O’Neal, Leigh Brackett, Hurd Hatfield, Fay Bainter, Rod Cameron, Johnny Duncan, and Gordon Parks Jr. Joan Bennett died 31 years ago in 1990 at age 80. Harry Morgan died ten years ago in 2011 at age 96.