Famous People Born in 1903

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  • Jan 2 Anton van Duinkerken, [Willem JMA Asselbergs], literary
  • Jan 3 Charles Foulkes, Canada, general
  • Jan 4 Joris Diels, Flemish actor/director (Haagsche Comedy)
  • Jan 5 Leighton Lucas, composer
  • Jan 5 Harold Gatty, Australian aviator, navigator with Wiley Post (d. 1957)
  • Jan 6 Boris Blacher, Newchwang China, German composer (Orchester-Ornament)
  • Jan 6 Francis L Sullivan, actor (Missing Rembrandt), born in London, England
  • Jan 6 Maurice Abravanel, Saloniki Greece, conductor/composer
  • Jan 6 Stanley Smith, actor (Honey, King of Jazz, Soup to Nuts), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Jan 7 Alan Napier, actor (Alfred-Batman), born in Birmingham, England
  • Jan 7 Albrecht Haushofer, writer
  • Jan 7 Shalva Azmayparashvili, composer
  • Jan 7 Vladimir Alexandrovich Vlasov, composer
  • Jan 8 Gene Roth, [Eugene Stutenroth], SD, actor (She Demons, Spider)
  • Jan 9 Hem Vejakorn, Thai illustrator (d. 1969)
  • Jan 10 Barbara Hepworth, English abstract sculptor/actress (Rescued by Rover)
  • Jan 10 Jean Morel, Abbeville France, conductor
  • Jan 10 Voldemar Väli, Estonian wrestler (d. 1997)
  • Jan 10 Violet Wilkey, American actress (d. 1976)
  • Jan 11 Alan Paton, South Africa, writer (Cry, the Beloved Country)
  • Jan 12 Igor V Kurtshatov, Russian nuclear physicist - helped develop 1st Soviet nuclear weapon
  • Jan 14 Veronica Turleigh, County Donegal Ireland, actress (Promoter)
  • Jan 15 Paul A. Dever, 58th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1958)
  • Jan 17 Warren Hull, Gasport NY, actor (Strike it Rich, Who in the World)
  • Jan 17 Jyoti Prasad Agarwala, Assamese poet, playwright, filmmaker (d. 1953)
  • Jan 18 Berthold Goldschmidt, German/British (opera)composer (Beatrice Cenci)
  • Jan 19 Alfred Lane Beit, connoisseur
  • Jan 20 Leon Ames, Portland Indiana, actor (Mr Ed, Father of the Bride)
  • Jan 20 Sybil Marion Rosenfeld, theatre historian
  • Jan 22 Robin Humphrey Milford, composer
  • Jan 22 Fritz Houtermans, Polish physicist (d. 1966)
  • Jan 23 Jorge Eliécer Gaitán, Colombian politician (d. 1948)
  • Jan 24 Robert Gwathmey, artist (Arts & Letters)
  • Jan 27 John Eccles, British physiologist/neurologist
  • Jan 27 Otto P. Weyland, American military figure (d. 1979)
  • Jan 28 Dame Kathleen Lonsdale, crystallographer (1st woman in Royal Society)
  • Jan 29 Cornelis H Edelman, Dutch geologist
  • Jan 30 G Evelyn Hutchinson, British zoologist (Treatise on Limnology)
  • Jan 31 Gardner Cowles, Iowa, publisher/founder (Look Magazine)
  • Jan 31 Tallulah Bankhead, Huntsville Ala, actress (Lifeboat, Die Die Darling)
  • Feb 1 Georg Rendl, Austria miner/beekeeper/writer (The Bees Novel)
  • Feb 2 Frank McGrath, Mound City Mo, actor (Wagon Train)
  • Feb 3 Priaulx Rainier, composer
  • Feb 3 Walter Linck, Swiss sculptor
  • Feb 4 Alexander Oppenheim, mathematician
  • Feb 4 Berend van den Amstel, [Bernard CED Hattink], actor (Beatrice)
  • Feb 4 Edwin Denby, Tientsin China, US dance critic/poet (Snoring in N)
  • Feb 4 Frank Howley, Hampton NY, Brigadier General (Answers for Americans)
  • Feb 4 Siro Cisilino, composer
  • Feb 5 Ivan Galamian, Tabriz Persia, violinist
  • Feb 5 Joan Whitney Payson, owner (NY Mets & horse stables)
  • Feb 5 Nathaniel Owings, architect (Oak Ridge, TN; Sears), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Feb 6 John Dunning, cricketer (NZ medium-fast bowler of 30's)
  • Feb 6 Pieter G Buckinx, Flemish writer (Temptation of Poverty)

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Feb 8 Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia's founding father, 1st Prime Minister of Malaya (1957-63) and Malaysia (1963-70), born in Alor Star, Kedah (d. 1990)

Malaysia's Founding Father Tunku Abdul Rahman
Malaysia's Founding Father
Tunku Abdul Rahman
  • Feb 8 Greta Keller, Austrian-born cabaret singer and actress (d. 1977)
  • Feb 9 Georg Trexler, composer
  • Feb 10 Matvey Isaakovich Blanter, composer
  • Feb 10 Waldemar Hoven, German physician (d. 1948)
  • Feb 10 Matthias Sindelar, Austrian footballer (d. 1939)
  • Feb 11 Hans Redlich, composer
  • Feb 11 Rex Lease, WV, actor (Fast Bullets, Sunny Skies, Custer's Last Stand)
  • Feb 12 Chick Hafey, baseball player (d. 1973)
  • Feb 12 Joseph F. Biroc, American cinematographer (d. 1996)
  • Feb 13 Georges Simenon, Belgium, mystery writer (Snow Was Black)
  • Feb 16 Edgar Bergen, ventriloquist (Charlie McCarthy), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 16 George-Henri Lévesque, Quebec priest and sociologist (d. 2000)
  • Feb 17 Johannes Linthorst Homan, director of the queen in Groningen
  • Feb 18 Nikolaj V Podgorny, pres USSR (1965-77)
  • Feb 19 Sadiq Hidajat, Persian writer (Blind Person Owl), (d. 1951)
  • Feb 19 Kay Boyle, St. Paul, Minnesota, American novelist (Plagued by Nightingales)
  • Feb 20 Ella Maillart, explorer
  • Feb 20 Karel Janacek, composer
  • Feb 20 Pierre Charles, Belgian heavyweight boxer
  • Feb 21 Eric Fogg, English composer, born in Manchester (d. 1939)
  • Feb 21 Madeleine Renaud, actress (Helene, Longest Day), born in Paris, France
  • Feb 21 Raymond Queneau, [M Presle], French author (Un Enfant a Dit)
  • Feb 21 Thomas Yawkey, baseball owner (Boston Red Sox)
  • Feb 21 Fairfax M. Cone, American advertising executive (d. 1977)
  • Feb 21 Anaïs Nin, French writer (d. 1977)
  • Feb 22 Morley Callaghan, Canada, author (Toronto Star, Native Argosy)
  • Feb 22 Ain-Ervin Mere, Estonian Nazi (d. 1969)
  • Feb 22 Robert Weede, American baritone (d. 1972)
  • Feb 23 Grigori V Aleksandrov, Russian director (Veselye Rebjata)
  • Feb 25 King Clancy, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1986)
  • Feb 26 Giulio Natta, Italian chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1979)
  • Feb 27 Reginald Gardiner, Wimbledon England, actor (Great Dictator)
  • Feb 27 Grethe Weiser, German actress (d. 1970)
  • Feb 28 Vincente Minnelli, American film director (d. 1986)
  • Mar 3 Gilbert Adrian, [Greenberg], Naugatuck CT, costume designer
  • Mar 3 Rabbe A Enckell, Fins author/poet (Lutad about Brunnen)
  • Mar 4 Harold Berens, comedian
  • Mar 4 William C. Boyd, American immunochemist (d. 1983)
  • Mar 4 John Scarne, American magician (d. 1985)
  • Mar 5 Lowell Peters, Cleveland Tn, vocalist (Southernaires)
  • Mar 6 Elizabeth Pinkston Becker, US, platform diver (Olympic-gold-1928)
  • Mar 6 Empress Kōjun of Japan (d. 2000)
  • Mar 10 Leon Bismarck "Bix" Beiderbecke, Davenport, Iowa, American jazz cornetist, considered one of the most influential jazz soloists of the 1920s
  • Mar 11 Dorothy Schiff, publisher (NY Post)
  • Mar 11 George Dickinson, cricketer (bowled for NZ in their 1st 3 Tests)
  • Mar 11 Lawrence Welk, Strasburg ND, orchestra leader (Lawrence Welk Show)
  • Mar 11 Ronald Syme, New Zealand classicist and historian (d. 1989)
  • Mar 14 Molla Mustafa Barzani, Iran, Kurd leader (KDP)
  • Mar 14 Adolph Gottlieb American painter (d. 1974)
  • Mar 16 Mike Mansfield, (Sen-D-Mont) majority whip
  • Mar 16 Morgan Conway, actor (Dick Tracy)
  • Mar 16 Nikolai Lopatnikoff, Revel Estonia, composer (Variaioni Concertanto)
  • Mar 19 Benjamin M Telders, president of Dutch Liberal States Party
  • Mar 19 James Bullock, colliery manager
  • Mar 20 Vincent Richards, hall of fame tennis pro (elected 1961)
  • Mar 22 James S Russell, US pilot/admiral (WW II Pacific Ocean)
  • Mar 22 Jochen Klepper, writer
  • Mar 24 Adolph F J Butenandt, German bio-chemist (Nobel 1939)
  • Mar 24 John Patrick Sutton Ludlow, actor (Agatha)
  • Mar 24 Malcolm Muggeridge, English writer (Observer of Life)
  • Mar 25 Frankie Carle, Providence RI, orchestra leader (Golden Touch)
  • Mar 25 Binnie Barnes, actress (Last of the Mohicans, 3 Musketeers), born in London, England (d. 1998)
  • Mar 25 Nahum Norbert Glatzer, Jewish-American scholar (d. 1990)
  • Mar 27 Walt Kiesling, NFL guard/coach (HOF)
  • Mar 28 Rudolf Serkin, Eger Bohemia, pianist (Marlboro Sch of Music)
  • Mar 28 Charles Starrett, American actor (d. 1986)
  • Mar 30 Sol C Siegel, US, producer (High Society, Gentlemen prefer blondes)
  • Mar 30 Joy Ridderhof, American missionary (d. 1984)
  • Apr 2 Lionel Chevrier, Canadian politician (d. 1987)
  • Apr 3 Peter Huchel, German poet, born near Berlin (d. 1981)
  • Apr 5 Thomas Baron Pitfield, composer
  • Apr 6 Harold Edgerton, foremost high-speed photographer
  • Apr 6 Mickey Cochrane, baseball hall of fame catcher (.320 avg)
  • Apr 8 Ilka Chase, actress (Masquerade Party, Trials of O'Brien), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 9 Gregory Pincus, inventor (birth control pill) [or Nov 9]
  • Apr 9 Ward Bond, actor (Seth-Wagon Trains), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Apr 9 Willem Pee, Belgian linguist
  • Apr 10 Clare Boothe Luce, US ambassador (to Vatican)
  • Apr 10 Nick Stuart, Romania, bandleader
  • Apr 12 Jan Tinbergen, Dutch economist/UN advisor (Nobel 1969)
  • Apr 13 Rex Evans, actor (Frankenstein meets the Wolfman, Zara, Matchmaker)
  • Apr 15 Erich Arendt, writer [or Apr 16]
  • Apr 15 John Williams, England, actor (Niles-Family Affair, Dial M for Murder)
  • Apr 17 Gregor Piatigorsky, Ekaterinoslav Russia, cellist (or 4/20)
  • Apr 17 Nicolas Nabokov, Near Lubcha Minsk Russia, composer (Holy Devil)
  • Apr 17 Morgan Taylor, American athlete (d. 1975)
  • Apr 18 Leonid Kinskey, St Petersburg Russia, actor (Casablanca)
  • Apr 18 Yury Sergeyevich Milyutin, composer
  • Apr 19 Eliot Ness, US Federal agent "The Untouchables" (put away Al Capone), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1957)
  • Apr 20 Dagmar Edqvist, Swedish author (Kamrathustru-Wife & Comrade)
  • Apr 21 Hans Hedtoft, premier Denmark (1947..55)
  • Apr 23 Guy Simonds, youngest general officer in the Canadian army (d 1974)
  • Apr 24 Jose A Primo de Rivera y Saenz de Heredia, founder (Spanish Falange)
  • Apr 24 Mike Michalske, NFL guard (NY Yankees, Green Bay Packers)
  • Apr 24 Siegfried F Nadel, Austrian/British anthropologist (Black Byzantium)
  • Apr 25 Camilla Horn, actress (Rebus, Vertigine, Polterabend, Matinee Idol)
  • Apr 25 Carl Gustav Sparre Olsen, composer
  • Apr 25 Andrey Nikolayevich Kolmogorov, Russian mathematician (d. 1987)
  • Apr 26 Geoffrey Worthington, Air vice-marshall
  • Apr 26 Niven Busch, US screenwriter (Postman Always Rings Twice)
  • Apr 27 Frank Belknap Long, American writer (Rim of the Unknown)
  • Apr 27 Hans Walter Kosterliz, biochemist
  • Apr 29 Frank Parker, singer (Arthur Godfrey Show, Masquerade Party), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 30 Gunther AR Raphael, German composer (Symphony Breve)

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May 2 Benjamin Spock, American pediatrician (Common Sense Book of Baby Care), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1998)

Pediatrician Benjamin Spock
Pediatrician
Benjamin Spock
  • May 2 Oivin Fjeldstad, composer

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May 3 Bing Crosby, American actor and singer (White Christmas, Going My Way), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 1977)

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • May 4 Luther Adler, actor (Dr Bernard Altman-Psychiatrist), born in NYC, New York
  • May 5 James Beard, US, culinary expert/author (Delights & Prejudices)
  • May 6 Toots Shor, New York restaurateur (d. 1977)
  • May 7 Basil Nield, judge/politician
  • May 8 Fernandel, [Fernand JD Contandin], French actor (Paris Holiday)
  • May 8 Joseph Desire Fernandel, Marseilles France, comedian (Grand Chef)
  • May 9 Walter Dehmel, German writer, born in Berlin (d. 1960)
  • May 10 Kay Petre, early racing driver
  • May 10 Otto Bradfisch, Nazi leader (d. 1994)
  • May 11 Charlie Gehringer, Detroit Tigers' 2nd baseman (1924-42)
  • May 12 Lennox R F Berkeley, British composer (Castaway)
  • May 12 Wilfrid Hyde-White, England, actor (My Fair Lady, Peyton Place)
  • May 13 Alfred Pugsley, civil engineer
  • May 13 Paul Page, actor (Girl From Havana, Moth), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • May 14 Billie Dove, American actress (d. 1997)
  • May 15 Anny Ondra, Czechoslovakia, actress (Blackmail, Manxman)
  • May 15 Maria Reiche, German-born mathematician and archaeologist (d. 1998)
  • May 17 Douglas Packard, British Lt General

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May 17 James "Cool Papa" Bell, American baseball center fielder in Negro league baseball, considered by many to have been one of the fastest men ever to play the game, born in Starkville, Mississippi (d. 1991)

Baseball player Cool Papa Bell
Baseball player
Cool Papa Bell
  • May 18 George E Stone, Lodz Poland, actor (Viva Villa, Last Mile)
  • May 20 Jerzy Fitelberg, composer
  • May 21 Ali Sastroamidjojo, Indonesian attorney/minister/premier (1953..7)
  • May 21 Manly Wade Wellman, Angola, sci-fi author (After Dark, Devil's Planet)
  • May 21 Pedro Aramburu, president Argentina
  • May 22 Yves Rocard, French physicist (d. 1992)
  • May 23 Walter Reisch, US, screenwriter (Ninotchka, Gaslight, Titanic)
  • May 24 Aram Katchaturian, Armenian composer, (Earth)
  • May 24 Hilding Hallnas, composer
  • May 26 Estes Kefauver, (Sen-D-Tn)
  • May 28 Gaston Duribreux, Flemish writer (Golden Sail)

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May 29 Bob Hope [Leslie Townes Hope], British born American entertainer, born in London, England (d. 2003)

Entertainer Bob Hope
Entertainer
Bob Hope
  • May 30 Countee Cullen, Balt Md, African American poet of the Harlem Renaissance (Black Christ & Other Poems)
  • May 30 Ray Howard-Jones, artist
  • Jun 1 Percy William Whitlock, composer
  • Jun 1 Blessed Vasyl Velychkovsky C.Ss.R Bishop and Martyr (d. 1973)
  • Jun 3 Eddie Acuff, American actor (Guns of the Pecos, Phantom Creeps, Outer Gate), (d. 1956)
  • Jun 6 Aram Il'yich Khachaturian, Tiflis Georgia, musician/composer (Gayane)
  • Jun 8 Gerrit C Berkouwer, Dutch theologist (Dogmatic Studies)