Birthday Quiz 18 December

Something a little different today.  It’s my birthday and I am a bit busy, so it’s shorter than usual. I have always had a very good birthday as my parents went to great lengths to ensure it wasn’t swallowed up by the Christmas Festivities. So here is a non-Christmas short quiz based on my birthday, because I’m indulging myself for a day.  As usual the answers are in the first comment below. There are no picture clues today, so just some reflections from yesterday.

bright day with trees reflected in still water of Meanwood Beck.
Local reflections.
  1. Born on 18 December – which film director became a household name after a hit movie in 1975 based on a novel of the same name by Peter Benchley? 
  2. Born on 18 December  – who is the co-principal songwriter with The Rolling Stones, responsible for, in my opinion, the best intro to any pop-song – Sympathy for the Devil? 
  3. Born on the 18 December – born in 1878, the second leader of the Soviet Union till his death in 1953? 
  4. Born on the 18 December 1963 a global superstar who’s career began as a cowboy hitchiker in Thelma and Louise in 1991? 
  5. Died on the 18 December 2006 an animator, director and producer, responsible for Yogi Bear, Top Cat, The Flintstones among many others?  

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