Famous People Born in October 1917

  • Oct 1 Ren√© A de Rooy, Suriname/Antillian poet (Juancho Picaflor)
  • Oct 2 Francis Jackson, organist & master of Music/York minister
  • Oct 2 William Marshall, band leader (Pennsylvanians), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 2 Charles Drake, American actor (d. 1994)
  • Oct 2 Christian de Duve, Thames Ditton,¬†Surrey, cytologist and biochemist (Nobel, 1974), (d. 2013)
  • Oct 4 Albert de Klerk, Dutch composer/conductor
  • Oct 4 Jan Murray, comedian (Treasure Hunt, Who Killed Teddy Bear), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Oct 5 Robert Adams, English sculptor
  • Oct 7 Helmut Dantine, actor (Shadow of the Cloak), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Oct 7 June Allyson, actress (Till the Clouds Roll By, Vegas), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Oct 8 Danny Murtaugh, baseball manager (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • Oct 8 Hans Poser, German composer, born in Tannenbergsthal (d. 1970)
  • Oct 8 Billy Conn, American boxer (d. 1993)
  • Oct 8 Walter Lord, American author (d. 2002)
  • Oct 9 Kusuo Kitamura, Japan, 1500m freestyle swimmer (Olympic-gold-1932)
  • Oct 10 Ilona Ference, actress (Quatermass II, Star of My Night)
  • Oct 10 Thelonious Monk, Rocky Mount North Carolina, American jazz pianist and composer
  • Oct 11 Franz Alphons Wolpert, composer
  • Oct 12 Hans Bentz van den Berg, Dutch actor (Last Train)
  • Oct 13 Burr Tillstrom, puppeteer (Kukla, Fran & Ollie), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 15 Arthur Schlesinger Jr, Ohio, historian (1946 Pulitzer-Age of Jackson)
  • Oct 15 Jan Miner, actress (Crime Photographer), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Oct 16 Alice Pearce, American actress (d. 1966)
  • Oct 17 Marsha Hunt, actress (Jennifer-Peck's Bad Girl, Jigsaw), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 17 Martin Donnelly, cricketer (brilliant lefty bat for NZ post-war)
  • Oct 17 Sumner Locke Elliott, Australian-born American novelist (d. 1991)
  • Oct 20 Efrain Jonckheer, premier Dutch Antilles
  • Oct 20 Jean-Pierre Melville, director (A Cop), born in Paris, France
  • Oct 20 Ken Cranston, cricketer (England all-rounder captained once in 1948)
  • Oct 21 Dizzy Gillespie, [John B], jazz trumpeter, a creator of modern jazz

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Oct 22 Joan Fontaine, British-American actress (Gunga Din, Ivanhoe, Rebecca), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 2013)

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  • Oct 23 Robert Bray, Kalispell Mont, actor (Corey-Lassie, Stagecoach West)
  • Oct 24 Marshall Goldberg, NFL halfback (Chicago Cardinals)
  • Oct 25 Lee MacPhail, American baseball manager and league executive
  • Oct 26 Felix the Cat, cartoon character
  • Oct 26 Mario Biaggi, American politician (Rep-D&R-NY, 1969-88), born in New York (d. 2015)
  • Oct 27 Jack Plimsoll, cricketer (South African lefty quick, 3-143 in only Test 1947)
  • Oct 27 Oliver Tambo, co-founder (African National Congress)
  • Oct 27 Augustine Harris, British Bishop of Middlesbrough (d. 2007)
  • Oct 28 Jack Soo, American actor (d. 1979)
  • Oct 29 Eddie Constantine, US/French actor (Lucky Jo, It Lives Again)
  • Oct 29 Henry Carlsson, Sweden, soccer (Olympic-gold-1948)
  • Oct 30 Bobby Bragan, American baseball player
  • Oct 30 Nikolai Vasilievich Ogarkov, Soviet field marshal (d. 1994)
  • Oct 31 Erik Routley, composer
  • Oct 31 William H. McNeill, Canadian-born historian (Rise of the West), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2016)
  • Oct 31 Thomas Hill, Canadian actor