Famous People Born in 1917

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 495

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

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

Novelist Sidney Sheldon
Novelist
Sidney Sheldon
  • Feb 11 T. Nagi Reddy, Indian revolutionary (d. 1976)
  • Feb 12 Thomas K Scherman, conductor (Little Orch Society 1947-75), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 12 Raizo Matsuno, Japanese politician (d. 2006)
  • Feb 13 Polly Rose, actress (Myrtle-Love That Jill)
  • Feb 14 Herbert A Hauptman, x-ray crystallographer (Nobel 1985), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 17 Abdur Rahman Badawi, Egyptian philosopher (d. 2002)
  • Feb 17 Guillermo González Camarena, Mexican inventor (d. 1965)
  • Feb 19 Dick Emery, actor (Yellow Submarine, Loot, Baby Love), born in London, England
  • Feb 19 Carson McCullers, US, novelist (Heart Is a Lonely Hunter)
  • Feb 20 Frederick Page, CEO (British Aerospace Aircraft Group)
  • Feb 21 Victor G M Marijnen, Dutch premier (1963-65)
  • Feb 22 Harmen van Rossum, civil servant/resistance fighter (WW II)
  • Feb 22 Jack Robertson, cricketer (superb England batsman only played 11 Tests)
  • Feb 22 Jane Bowles, American writer, born in New York City (d. 1973)
  • Feb 23 Kenneth Tobey, actor (Chuck-Whirlybirds) [or Mar 23]
  • Feb 24 William Fairbank, physicist (superconductivity), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Feb 25 Alex Gordon, Welsh architect, born in Ayr, Scotland

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

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

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

Actor Desi Arnaz
Actor
Desi Arnaz
  • Mar 2 Jim Konstanty, baseball player (NL MVP 1950)
  • Mar 2 John Gardner, composer
  • Mar 2 David Goodis, American writer (d. 1967)
  • Mar 3 Bert van Aerschot, Flemish writer (Elevator, Women)
  • Mar 3 Sameera Moussa, Egyptian nuclear scientist (d. 1952)
  • Mar 4 Clyde McCullough, American baseball player (d. 1982)
  • Mar 6 J A Mommersteeg, Dutch asst sect of Defense (KVP)
  • Mar 6 Roy Scott, cricketer (one Test NZ v England 1947, 18, 1-74)
  • Mar 6 Will Eisner, American illustrator and cartoonist (d. 2005)
  • Mar 6 Frankie Howerd, English comedian (d. 1992)
  • Mar 7 Davis Roberts, actor (Mr Johnson-Boone), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Mar 7 Janet Collins, ballerina
  • Mar 7 Robert Erickson, composer
  • Mar 8 A Marja, [ATE Mooy], Dutch literary (Shreds on the River)
  • Mar 9 Dante B Fascell, (Rep-D-FL, 1955- )
  • Mar 10 Frank Perconte, American sergeant from Easy Company during WWII.
  • Mar 11 Robert L Carter, Caryville, Florida, American civil rights activist and judge (Brown v. Board of Education, NAACP v. Alabama) (d. 2012)
  • Mar 12 Googie Withers, Karachi India, actress (1 of Our Aircraft is Missing)
  • Mar 12 Tom Normanton, British MP
  • Mar 13 Ina Ray Hutton, orchestra leader (Ina Ray Hutton Show), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 13 Maria Vlamynck, Flemish author
  • Mar 13 Tessie O'Shea, England, actress (Entertainers)
  • Mar 14 Macha Louis Rosenthal, critic/poet
  • Mar 16 Samael Aun Weor, Colombian writer (d. 1977)
  • Mar 17 Arthur Basil Cotle, medievalist
  • Mar 17 Brian Boydell, composer
  • Mar 19 Dino Lipatti, composer
  • Mar 19 Laszlo Szabo, Hungarian chess player (d. 1998)
  • Mar 20 Dolf Verspoor, literary/interpreter (M Nijhoff Prize 1958)
  • Mar 20 Peter Caddy, founder (Findhorn Community)
  • Mar 20 Vera Lynn, singer (Anniversary Waltz)
  • Mar 21 Frank Hardy, Australian author (d. 1994)
  • Mar 22 Charles Pick, British publisher (William Heinemann), (d. 2000)
  • Mar 22 Virginia Grey, LA, actress (Another Thin Man, Idiot's Delight, Idaho)
  • Mar 23 H C Allen, American historian
  • Mar 23 Johnny Guarnieri, jazz pianist (Morey Amsterdam Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 23 Kenneth Tobey, actor (The Thing, Strange Invaders) [or Feb 23]
  • Mar 23 Patricia Burke, Milan Italy, actress (Forbidden)
  • Mar 24 John Kendrew, British molecular biologist, Nobel laureate (d. 1997)
  • Mar 24 Constantine Andreou, Greek-Brazilian artist (d. 2007)
  • Mar 26 Jean Graham Hall, circuit court judge (England)
  • Mar 26 Rufus Thomas, Miss, singer (Walking the Dog)
  • Mar 27 Cyrus Vance, US Secretary of State (1977-80), born in Clarksburg, West Virginia (d. 2002)
  • Mar 27 Harry West, Unionist party leader (Unionist)
  • Mar 29 Arthur Knight, CEO (Courtaulds)
  • Mar 29 Man o' War, American thoroughbred racehorse (winner of 20 out of 21 races & $249,465) (d. 1947)
  • Mar 30 Els Aarne, Estonian composer, born in Makiivka, Russian Empire (d. 1995)
  • Mar 30 Herbert Anderson, actor (Henry-Dennis The Menace)
  • Mar 30 Rudolf Bruci, composer
  • Apr 1 Johnny Andrews, singer/host (Songs at Twilight), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Apr 1 Leon Janney, Ogden Ut, actor (Hawk)
  • Apr 2 Dabbs Greer, Fairview Mo, actor (Gunsmoke, Little House on Prairie)
  • Apr 2 Lou Monte, NJ, singer (Peppino the Italian Mouse)
  • Apr 3 Bill Finegan, (Sauter-Finegan Band, Sat Night Revue), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Apr 3 Tibor Andrasovan, composer
  • Apr 4 Joseph Ortiz, French-Algerian extremist (barricade uprising)
  • Apr 5 Richard Yardumian, composer (Come Creator Spirit), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 5 Robert [Albert] Bloch, US, sci-fi author (Hugo, Psycho)
  • Apr 6 Julian Faber, CEO (Willis Faber)
  • Apr 6 Shakey, [Walter Horton], Miss, harmonicist (Everybody's Fishin')
  • Apr 6 Leonora Carrington, Clayton-le-Woods UK, British-Mexican Surrealist artist
  • Apr 7 R G Armstrong, actor (T.H.E. Cat), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2012)
  • Apr 9 Johannes Bobrowski, writer
  • Apr 9 Vincent O'Brien, racehorse trainer
  • Apr 9 Brad Dexter, American actor (d. 2002)
  • Apr 10 Robert Burns Woodward, organic chemist (Nobel 1965)
  • Apr 11 Danny Gallivan, Canadian radio and television sportscaster (d. 1993)
  • Apr 11 David Westheimer, American novelist (d. 2005)
  • Apr 12 M Marie Widlow, softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1957), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Apr 12 Vinoo Mankad, cricketer (India's greatest all-rounder to his time)
  • Apr 12 Helen Forrest, American singer (d. 1999)
  • Apr 13 Howard Keel, Ill, actor/singer and president of the Screen Actors Guild (7 Brides for 7 Brothers, Kiss Me Kate)
  • Apr 14 Valerie Hobson, North Ireland, actress (Great Expectations)
  • Apr 14 Marvin Miller, American labor activist, (d. 2012)
  • Apr 15 Hans Conried, Balt Md, actor (Bullwinkle Show, Make Room for Daddy)
  • Apr 15 Pietro Grossi, composer
  • Apr 16 Barry Nelson, American actor, first actor to play James Bond, born in San Francisco, California (d. 2007)
  • Apr 16 Charlotte Salomon, German-Jewish artist, born in Berlin, Germany
  • Apr 17 Bill Clements, American politician
  • Apr 18 Louise Frederika, Queen of Greece
  • Apr 18 Ty LaForest, Canadian baseball player (d. 1947)
  • Apr 19 Johnny Hoes, Dutch musician/producer (Wished I'd stayed with my Mom)
  • Apr 21 Emanuel Vardi, Jerusalem Israel, violist, SD Symph 1978-82)
  • Apr 22 Leo Abse, Welsh politician and biographer, born in Cardiff (d. 2008)
  • Apr 22 Sidney Nolan, Australia, painter/illustrator (Ned Kelly)
  • Apr 22 Yvette Chauviré, French ballerina, born in Paris (d. 2016)
  • Apr 23 Jacob Kistemaker, nuclear physicist (ultra centrifuge)
  • Apr 23 Dorian Leigh, American supermodel (d. 2008)

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Apr 25 Ella Fitzgerald, American jazz singer (Is it live or Memorex), born in Newport News, Virginia (d. 1996)

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald
  • Apr 26 I[eoh] M[ing] Pei, Canton, China, architect (1961 Brunner Prize)
  • Apr 26 Sal "The Barber" Maglie, pitcher (NY Giants, 8th best won-lost pct)
  • Apr 28 Joop Waasdorp, Dutch writer (Naked Life)
  • Apr 28 Robert Woodruff Anderson, New York, writer (Tea & Sympathy, Never Sang for My Father)
  • Apr 28 Robert Cornthwaite, St Helen Oregon, actor (Thing, War of the Worlds)
  • Apr 29 Celeste Holm, American actress (Gentleman's Agreement, All About Eve), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • Apr 29 Maya Deren (born Eleanora Derenkowskaia), Kiev Ukraine, American filmmaker
  • Apr 30 Bea Wain, US singer/radio host (Lucky Strike Hit Parade)
  • May 1 Danielle Darrieux, France, actress (Alexander the Great, Mayerling)
  • May 1 John Beradino, actor (Steve Hardy-General Hospital), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 1 Louis G "Lo" van Hensbergen, actor/author (Amsterdam Affair)
  • May 1 Ahron Soloveichik, Orthodox Jewish rabbi, born in Khislavichi, Russia (d. 2001)
  • May 2 Albert Castelyns, Belgian water polo player and bobsledder
  • May 3 James Penberthy, composer
  • May 3 Betty Comden, American lyricist, (d. 2006)
  • May 3 Kiro Gligorov, Macedonia, President of the Republic of Macedonia 1991-1999 (d. 2012)
  • May 4 Edward Toner Cone, composer
  • May 5 Ron Saggers, cricket wicket-keeper (effective NSW & Aussie late 40's)
  • May 6 Kal Mann, American lyricist (d. 2001)
  • May 7 David Tomlinson, Scotland, actor (Mary Poppins, Helter Skelter)
  • May 7 William Geoffrey Biddle, bomb disposal expert
  • May 9 George Fleming, cyclist
  • May 9 John Arnatt, actor (Circumstantial Evidence)
  • May 11 Hon Montague Woodhouse, Greek resistance organiser
  • May 12 Andre A Rieu, Dutch conductor
  • May 13 Paul Osmond, British senior civil servant
  • May 13 Wilhelmus C Wijen, [Broeder Pius], social worker (Curacao)
  • May 14 Herta Ryder, literary agent
  • May 14 Lou Harrison, Portland, Oregon, American composer (Rapunzel)
  • May 15 Hugh Edward Lance Falkus, filmmaker/naturalist
  • May 16 George Gaynes, actor (Tootsie, Police Academy), born in Helsinki Finland (d. 2016)
  • May 16 Geraint Jones, conductor/organist
  • May 18 Charles Wintour, journalist
  • May 18 James Donald, Aberdeen Scotland, actor (Bridge on River Kwai, Vikings)
  • May 20 Enyss Djemil, composer
  • May 20 Richard Charles Cobb, historian
  • May 20 Guy Favreau, French Canadian lawyer (d. 1967)
  • May 20 Bergur Sigurbjörnsson, Icelandic politician (d. 2005)