Author of The Day of the Locust and Miss Lonelyhearts, he was born this day in 1903. It's also the birthday of actor, Montgomery Clift, who starred in the 1958 film adaptation of Lonelyhearts.
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.