1937: Edward Fox is an English stage, film and television actor who famously played the part of the professional assassin, known only as the “Jackal”, who is hired to assassinate the French president Charles de Gaulle in the summer of 1963, in the film The Day of the Jackal (1973). He also portrayed King Edward VIII in the British television drama series Edward & Mrs. Simpson (1978).
Fox has been married twice, to actresses Tracy Reed (1958–1961) and Joanna David (from July 2004, after a long-standing relationship). He has a daughter, Lucy, Viscountess Gormanston, by Reed, and two children, Emilia Fox and Freddie Fox, with David.
He is the elder brother and uncle, respectively, of actors James Fox and Laurence Fox.
Watch a tribute to Edward Fox on the aplantagereloaded YouTube Channel.
1942: American composer and conductor Bill Conti is best known for his film and TV scores, including Rocky (and four of its sequels), For Your Eyes Only, Dynasty, and The Right Stuff, which earned him an Academy Award for Best Original Score. He has served as musical director at the Academy Awards a record nineteen times. [Wikipedia]
Hear Bill Conti’s music on Spotify.
1947: Australian record producer and songwriter Mike Chapman was a major force in the British pop music industry in the 1970s. He created a string of hit singles for artists including The Sweet, Suzi Quatro, Smokie, Mud and Racey with business partner Nicky Chinn, creating a formularised sound that became identified with the “Chinnichap” brand. He later produced breakthrough albums for Blondie and The Knack. [Wikipedia]