Famous People Born in 1917

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 500

  • Jan 1st Jule Gregory Charney, American meteorologist (d. 1981)
  • Jan 1st Albert Mol, Dutch actor (d. 2004)
  • Jan 2nd Vera Zorina, German dancer (d. 2003)
  • Jan 3rd Vernon Walters, US permanent rep to the UN, born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 3rd Roger W. Straus, Jr., American publisher (d. 2004)
  • Jan 4th Maurice Wohl, English broker/multi-millionaire
  • Jan 5th Reginald Smith Brindle, composer
  • Jan 5th Wieland Wagner, German opera director
  • Jan 5th Jane Wyman, St. Joseph, Missouri, American actress (Magnificent Obsession) and 1st wife of Ronald Reagan (d. 2007)
  • Jan 5th Francis L. Kellogg, U.S. diplomat and prominent socialite (d. 2006)
  • Jan 6th Guillermo Rosario, Dutch Antilles, writer (E rais ku no ke muri)
  • Jan 6th Koo Chen-fu, Chinese negotiator (d. 2005)
  • Jan 7th Ulysses Sipmson Kay, composer
  • Jan 8th Peter Taylor, US writer
  • Jan 8th Stanley Prager, comedian (College Bowl), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 9th Herbert Lom, Czech, actor (Pink Panther Strikes Again, Dorian Gray)
  • Jan 10th Jerry Wexler, music producer (Aretha Franklin/Bob Dylan)
  • Jan 12th Walter Hendl, West New York NJ, conductor
  • Jan 12th Jimmy Skinner, Canadian hockey coach (d. 2007)
  • Jan 12th Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Indian spiritualist (d. 2008)
  • Jan 13th Felix Guerro Diaz, composer
  • Jan 16th Buddy Lester, actor (Nick-Phil Silvers Show), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 16th Carl Karcher, founded the Carl's Jr. hamburger chain (d. 2008)
  • Jan 17th Maruthur Gopalan Ramachandran, (MGR), Indian film star, politician
  • Jan 17th Oskar Morawetz, Svetla Czechoslovakia, composer
  • Jan 17th Ulyses Simpson Kay, composer
  • Jan 17th Ramón Cardemil, Chilean huaso (d. 2007)
  • Jan 18th Oscar Lewenstein, impressario
  • Jan 18th Wang Yung-ching, Taiwanese businessman
  • Jan 19th John Raitt, Bonnie Raitt's father/singer/actor (Pajama Game)
  • Jan 19th Rudolf Maros, composer
  • Jan 21st Rohan Butler, historian
  • Jan 22nd Albert "Pud" Brown, clarinetist/saxophonist
  • Jan 22nd Herwig Hensen, [Flor Mielants], Flemish poet/playwright
  • Jan 24th Ernest Borgnine, Hamden Ct, actor (Ice Station Zebra, McHale, Marty), (d. 2012)
  • Jan 25th Ilya Prigogine, Russian scientist Nobel Laureate (d. 2003)
  • Jan 25th Jânio Quadros, Brazilian politician (d. 1992)
  • Jan 27th Dunboyne, Lord
  • Jan 27th Merrivale, Lord
  • Jan 29th John Raitt, Santa Ana California, actor/singer (Chevy Show, Pajama Game)
  • Jan 30th Paul Frère, Belgian racing driver and motorsport journalist d. 2008)
  • Jan 31st Erich Geiringer, general practitioner campaigner
  • Jan 31st Jose Maceda, composer
  • Feb 4th Aga Yahya Khan, Pakistan military/politician
  • Feb 6th Zsa Zsa Gabor, [Zsa Sari], Budapest, actress (Queen of Outer Space)
  • Feb 6th Arthur Gold, pianist, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Feb 6th Liberato Firmino Sifonia, composer
  • Feb 11th Richard Jock Kinneir, graphic designer

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Feb 11th Sidney Sheldon, novelist (1947 Academy Award, 1959 Tony, Bloodline)

Novelist Sidney Sheldon
Sidney Sheldon
  • Feb 11th T. Nagi Reddy, Indian revolutionary (d. 1976)
  • Feb 12th Thomas K Scherman, conductor (Little Orch Society 1947-75), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 12th Raizo Matsuno, Japanese politician (d. 2006)
  • Feb 13th Polly Rose, actress (Myrtle-Love That Jill)
  • Feb 14th Herbert A Hauptman, x-ray crystallographer (Nobel 1985), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 17th Abdur Rahman Badawi, Egyptian philosopher (d. 2002)
  • Feb 17th Guillermo González Camarena, Mexican inventor (d. 1965)
  • Feb 19th Dick Emery, actor (Yellow Submarine, Loot, Baby Love), born in London, England
  • Feb 19th Carson McCullers, US, novelist (Heart Is a Lonely Hunter)
  • Feb 20th Frederick Page, CEO (British Aerospace Aircraft Group)
  • Feb 21st Victor G M Marijnen, Dutch premier (1963-65)
  • Feb 22nd Harmen van Rossum, civil servant/resistance fighter (WW II)
  • Feb 22nd Jack Robertson, cricketer (superb England batsman only played 11 Tests)
  • Feb 22nd Jane Bowles, writer
  • Feb 23rd Kenneth Tobey, actor (Chuck-Whirlybirds) [or Mar 23]
  • Feb 24th William Fairbank, Minneapolis, physicist (superconductivity)
  • Feb 25th Alex Gordon, architect

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Feb 25th [John] Anthony Burgess [Wilson], essayist/novelist (A Clockwork Orange), born in Harpurhey, Lancashire (d. 1993)

Novelist Anthony Burgess
Anthony Burgess
  • Feb 25th Asta E R Elstak, Suriname/Dutch social worker
  • Feb 26th Robert Taft Jr, (Sen-R-Oh)
  • Feb 27th John Connally, (Gov-D/R-Texas), shot in Kennedy motorcade
  • Feb 28th Hans Deutgen, Sweden, world champion archer
  • Feb 28th John B Connally, (Gov/Sen-D/R-Tx), took a bullet with JFK
  • Mar 1st Dinah Shore, Winchester Tenn, singer (See the USA in a Chevrolet)
  • Mar 1st Robert Lowell, American poet/pacifist (Lord Weary's Castle, Near the Ocean), born in Boston, Massachusetts

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Mar 2nd Desi Arnaz, Cuban-American actor (I Love Lucy), born in Santiago Cuba (d. 1986)

Actor Desi Arnaz
Desi Arnaz
  • Mar 2nd Jim Konstanty, baseball player (NL MVP 1950)
  • Mar 2nd John Gardner, composer
  • Mar 2nd David Goodis, American writer (d. 1967)
  • Mar 3rd Bert van Aerschot, Flemish writer (Elevator, Women)
  • Mar 3rd Sameera Moussa, Egyptian nuclear scientist (d. 1952)
  • Mar 4th Clyde McCullough, American baseball player (d. 1982)
  • Mar 5th Joseph Stone, lawyer
  • Mar 6th J A Mommersteeg, Dutch asst sect of Defense (KVP)
  • Mar 6th Roy Scott, cricketer (one Test NZ v England 1947, 18, 1-74)
  • Mar 6th Will Eisner, American illustrator and cartoonist (d. 2005)
  • Mar 6th Frankie Howerd, English comedian (d. 1992)
  • Mar 7th Davis Roberts, Mobile Ala, actor (Mr Johnson-Boone)
  • Mar 7th Janet Collins, ballerina
  • Mar 7th Robert Erickson, composer
  • Mar 8th A Marja, [ATE Mooy], Dutch literary (Shreds on the River)
  • Mar 9th Dante B Fascell, (Rep-D-FL, 1955- )
  • Mar 10th Frank Perconte, American sergeant from Easy Company during WWII.
  • Mar 11th Robert L Carter, Caryville, Florida, American civil rights activist and judge (Brown v. Board of Education, NAACP v. Alabama) (d. 2012)
  • Mar 12th Googie Withers, Karachi India, actress (1 of Our Aircraft is Missing)
  • Mar 12th Tom Normanton, British MP
  • Mar 13th Ina Ray Hutton, orchestra leader (Ina Ray Hutton Show), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 13th Maria Vlamynck, Flemish author
  • Mar 13th Tessie O'Shea, England, actress (Entertainers)
  • Mar 14th Macha Louis Rosenthal, critic/poet
  • Mar 16th Samael Aun Weor, Colombian writer (d. 1977)
  • Mar 17th Arthur Basil Cotle, medievalist
  • Mar 17th Brian Boydell, composer
  • Mar 19th Dino Lipatti, composer
  • Mar 19th Laszlo Szabo, Hungarian chess player (d. 1998)
  • Mar 20th Dolf Verspoor, literary/interpreter (M Nijhoff Prize 1958)
  • Mar 20th Peter Caddy, founder (Findhorn Community)
  • Mar 20th Vera Lynn, singer (Anniversary Waltz)
  • Mar 21st Frank Hardy, Australian author (d. 1994)
  • Mar 22nd C S Pick, publisher
  • Mar 22nd Virginia Grey, LA, actress (Another Thin Man, Idiot's Delight, Idaho)
  • Mar 23rd H C Allen, American historian
  • Mar 23rd Johnny Guarnieri, jazz pianist (Morey Amsterdam Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 23rd Kenneth Tobey, actor (The Thing, Strange Invaders) [or Feb 23]
  • Mar 23rd Patricia Burke, Milan Italy, actress (Forbidden)
  • Mar 24th John Kendrew, British molecular biologist, Nobel laureate (d. 1997)
  • Mar 24th Constantine Andreou, Greek-Brazilian artist (d. 2007)
  • Mar 26th Jean Graham Hall, circuit court judge (England)
  • Mar 26th Rufus Thomas, Miss, singer (Walking the Dog)
  • Mar 27th Cyrus R Vance, US Secretary of State (1977-80)
  • Mar 27th Harry West, Unionist party leader (Unionist)
  • Mar 29th Arthur Knight, CEO (Courtaulds)
  • Mar 29th Man o' War, American thoroughbred racehorse (winner of 20 out of 21 races & $249,465) (d. 1947)
  • Mar 30th Els Aarne, composer
  • Mar 30th Herbert Anderson, actor (Henry-Dennis The Menace)
  • Mar 30th Rudolf Bruci, composer
  • Apr 1st Johnny Andrews, singer/host (Songs at Twilight), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Apr 1st Leon Janney, Ogden Ut, actor (Hawk)
  • Apr 2nd Dabbs Greer, Fairview Mo, actor (Gunsmoke, Little House on Prairie)
  • Apr 2nd Lou Monte, NJ, singer (Peppino the Italian Mouse)
  • Apr 3rd Bill Finegan, Newark NJ, (Sauter-Finegan Band, Sat Night Revue)
  • Apr 3rd Tibor Andrasovan, composer
  • Apr 4th Joseph Ortiz, French-Algerian extremist (barricade uprising)
  • Apr 5th Richard Yardumian, composer (Come Creator Spirit), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 5th Robert [Albert] Bloch, US, sci-fi author (Hugo, Psycho)
  • Apr 6th Julian Faber, CEO (Willis Faber)
  • Apr 6th Shakey, [Walter Horton], Miss, harmonicist (Everybody's Fishin')
  • Apr 6th Leonora Carrington, Clayton-le-Woods UK, British-Mexican Surrealist artist
  • Apr 7th R G Armstrong, Birmingham Ala, actor (T.H.E. Cat), (d. 2012)
  • Apr 9th Johannes Bobrowski, writer
  • Apr 9th Vincent O'Brien, racehorse trainer
  • Apr 9th Brad Dexter, American actor (d. 2002)
  • Apr 10th Robert Burns Woodward, organic chemist (Nobel 1965)
  • Apr 11th Danny Gallivan, Canadian radio and television sportscaster (d. 1993)
  • Apr 11th David Westheimer, American novelist (d. 2005)
  • Apr 12th M Marie Widlow, St Louis Mo, softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1957)
  • Apr 12th Vinoo Mankad, cricketer (India's greatest all-rounder to his time)
  • Apr 12th Helen Forrest, American singer (d. 1999)
  • Apr 13th Howard Keel, Ill, actor/singer and president of the Screen Actors Guild (7 Brides for 7 Brothers, Kiss Me Kate)
  • Apr 14th Valerie Hobson, North Ireland, actress (Great Expectations)
  • Apr 14th Marvin Miller, American labor activist, (d. 2012)
  • Apr 15th Hans Conried, Balt Md, actor (Bullwinkle Show, Make Room for Daddy)
  • Apr 15th Pietro Grossi, composer
  • Apr 16th Barry Nelson, American actor (d. 2007)
  • Apr 16th Charlotte Salomon, German-Jewish artist, born in Berlin, Germany
  • Apr 17th Bill Clements, American politician
  • Apr 18th Louise Frederika, Queen of Greece
  • Apr 18th Ty LaForest, Canadian baseball player (d. 1947)
  • Apr 19th Johnny Hoes, Dutch musician/producer (Wished I'd stayed with my Mom)
  • Apr 21st Emanuel Vardi, Jerusalem Israel, violist, SD Symph 1978-82)
  • Apr 22nd Leo Abse, biographer/MP
  • Apr 22nd Sidney Nolan, Australia, painter/illustrator (Ned Kelly)
  • Apr 23rd Jacob Kistemaker, nuclear physicist (ultra centrifuge)
  • Apr 23rd Dorian Leigh, American supermodel (d. 2008)
  • Apr 24th Len Creed, bookmaker

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Apr 25th Ella Fitzgerald, Newport News VA, jazz singer (Is it live or Memorex)

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald
  • Apr 26th I[eoh] M[ing] Pei, Canton, China, architect (1961 Brunner Prize)
  • Apr 26th Sal "The Barber" Maglie, pitcher (NY Giants, 8th best won-lost pct)
  • Apr 28th Joop Waasdorp, Dutch writer (Naked Life)
  • Apr 28th Robert Woodruff Anderson, New York, writer (Tea & Sympathy, Never Sang for My Father)
  • Apr 28th Robert Cornthwaite, St Helen Oregon, actor (Thing, War of the Worlds)
  • Apr 29th Celeste Holm, American actress (Gentleman's Agreement, All About Eve), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • Apr 29th Maya Deren (born Eleanora Derenkowskaia), Kiev Ukraine, American filmmaker
  • Apr 30th Bea Wain, US singer/radio host (Lucky Strike Hit Parade)
  • May 1st Danielle Darrieux, France, actress (Alexander the Great, Mayerling)
  • May 1st John Beradino, actor (Steve Hardy-General Hospital), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 1st Louis G "Lo" van Hensbergen, actor/author (Amsterdam Affair)
  • May 1st Ahron Soloveichik, Orthodox Jewish rabbi, born in Khislavichi, Russia (d. 2001)
  • May 2nd Albert Castelyns, Belgian water polo player and bobsledder
  • May 3rd James Penberthy, composer
  • May 3rd Betty Comden, American lyricist, (d. 2006)
  • May 3rd Kiro Gligorov, Macedonia, President of the Republic of Macedonia 1991-1999 (d. 2012)
  • May 4th Edward Toner Cone, composer
  • May 5th Ron Saggers, cricket wicket-keeper (effective NSW & Aussie late 40's)
  • May 6th Kal Mann, American lyricist (d. 2001)
  • May 7th David Tomlinson, Scotland, actor (Mary Poppins, Helter Skelter)
  • May 7th William Geoffrey Biddle, bomb disposal expert
  • May 9th George Fleming, cyclist
  • May 9th John Arnatt, actor (Circumstantial Evidence)
  • May 11th Hon Montague Woodhouse, Greek resistance organiser
  • May 12th Andre A Rieu, Dutch conductor
  • May 13th Paul Osmond, British senior civil servant
  • May 13th Wilhelmus C Wijen, [Broeder Pius], social worker (Curacao)
  • May 14th Herta Ryder, literary agent
  • May 14th Lou Harrison, Portland, Oregon, American composer (Rapunzel)
  • May 15th Hugh Edward Lance Falkus, filmmaker/naturalist
  • May 16th George Gaynes, Helsinki Finland, actor (Henry-Punky Brewster)
  • May 16th Geraint Jones, conductor/organist
  • May 18th Charles Wintour, journalist
  • May 18th James Donald, Aberdeen Scotland, actor (Bridge on River Kwai, Vikings)
  • May 20th Enyss Djemil, composer