April 12: Celebrities

Births

Hardy_KrügerToday is German actor Hardy Krüger’s 90th birthday

Hardy Krüger is a German actor who appeared in more than 60 films since 1944. Extremely popular in his own country, Krüger is also known for his appearances in international films like Hatari!, The Flight of the Phoenix and Barry Lyndon.

Today would have been TV presenter Jeremy Beadle’s 70th birthday

Jeremy_BeadleJeremy Beadle (April 12, 1948 – January 30, 2008) was an English television presenter, radio presenter, writer and producer. During the 1980s he was a regular face on British television. Beadle began supplying odd facts and questions to radio and television game shows, such as Celebrity Squares. Beadle then went on to become nationally famous as one of the presenters of LWT‘s Game for a Laugh, the first show made by ITV to beat the BBC‘s shows in the Saturday night ratings battle. This was followed by a hidden-camera style practical joke show, Beadle’s About (1986–1996), which became the world’s longest continuously running hidden-camera show. From 1990 to 1997, Beadle presented You’ve Been Framed!, a family show featuring humorous clips from viewers’ home video recordings

Also born today…

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Anne Miller (1923, died 2004)

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Oliver Postgate (1925, died 2008)

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Elspet Gray (1929, died 2013)

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Montserrat Caballé (1933)

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Charles Napier 1936, died 2011

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Alan Ayckbourn (1939)

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Herbie Hancock (1940)

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Bobby Moore (1941, died 1993)

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Dan Lauria (1947)

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David Letterman (1947)

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Tom Clancy (1947, died 2013)

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David Cassidy (1950, died 2017)

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Pat Travers (1954)

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Andy Garcia (1956)

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Howard Stableford (1959)

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Shannen Doherty (1971)

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Claire Danes (1979)

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Paul Nicholls (1979)

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Brian McFadden (1980)

Deaths

Today in 1983, Mexican actress, Dolores del Rio, died

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Today in 1983, Mexican actress, Dolores del Rio, who rose to fame in Hollywood in the 1920s and 1930s, died. She was the first major female Latin American crossover star in Hollywood. During the late 1920s, she came to be considered a sort of feminine version of Rudolph Valentino, a “female Latin Lover”. With the advent of sound, she acted in films that included Flying Down to Rio (1933) with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and Orson WellesJourney into Fear (1943). In the early 1940s, when her Hollywood career began to decline, del Río returned to Mexico and joined the Mexican film industry, which at that time was at its peak. In 1960, del Río returned to Hollywood after 18 years when she was hired to play the role of mother of Elvis Presley‘s character in the film Flaming Star.

In 1981 del Río was diagnosed with Hepatitis B following a contaminated injection of vitamins. The following year the hepatitis led to cirrhosis and she died from liver disease at the age of 78.

Today in 1989, boxer Sugar Ray Robinson died

Sugar_Ray_Robinson_1947Today in 1989, American professional boxer Sugar Ray Robinson, who competed from 1940 to 1965, died. Widely considered the greatest pound-for-pound boxer of all time, Robinson’s performances in the welterweight and middleweight divisions prompted sportswriters to create “pound for pound” rankings, where they compared fighters regardless of weight. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.

Robinson was 85–0 as an amateur with 69 of those victories coming by way of knockout, 40 in the first round. He turned professional in 1940 at the age of 19 and by 1951 had a professional record of 128–1–2 with 84 knockouts. From 1943 to 1951 Robinson went on a 91 fight unbeaten streak, the third longest in professional boxing history. Robinson held the world welterweight title from 1946 to 1951, and won the world middleweight title in the latter year. He retired in 1952, only to come back two and a half years later and regain the middleweight title in 1955. He then became the first boxer in history to win a divisional world championship five times (a feat he accomplished by defeating Carmen Basilio in 1958 to regain the middleweight championship). Robinson was named “fighter of the year” twice: first for his performances in 1942, then nine years and over 90 fights later, for his efforts in 1951.

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