Author of The Day of the Locust and Miss Lonelyhearts, he was born this day in 1903. Since it's also the birthday of actor, Montgomery Clift, here is a clip showing his starring role in the 1958 film adaptation of Lonelyhearts. It's followed by the trailer for John Schlesinger's beautiful adaptation of The Day of the Locust.
Born this day in 1915, this "last of the great playwrights" is remembered nowadays for writing Death of a Salesman, The Crucible, and The Misfits. And also for marrying Marilyn Monroe. Here is a clip from Miller's Charlie Rose interview about why today's theater seems to lack the greatness of the past.
Before he was typecast as Virgil Tibbs in the TV version of In the Heat of the Night, Howard Rollins, Jr., born this day in 1950, gave us exquisite performances in A Soldier's Story and Ragtime. Here is a clip from the latter.