Famous People Born in 1921

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 586

  • Jan 1 Alain Mimoun O'Kacha, Algerian/French cross country (Oly-gold-1956), (d. 2013)
  • Jan 1 Ismail al-Faruqi, Palestinian philosopher (d. 1986)
  • Jan 2 Glen Harmon, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2007)
  • Jan 3 John Russell, American actor (Pale Rider, Rio Bravo), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1991)
  • Jan 5 Jean BMRLAAM d'Aviano, grand duke of Luxembourg (1964- )
  • Jan 5 Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Konolfingen, Bern, Swiss playwright and novelist (The Physicists, The Visit)
  • Jan 6 Cary Middlecoff, golfer (1956 Vardon Trophy, 1955 Byron Nelson Award)
  • Jan 6 Lou Harris, pollster (Lou Harris Poll)
  • Jan 7 John Lanigan, Australian operatic tenor (Covent Garden), born in Seddon, Victoria (d. 1996)
  • Jan 8 Herta Bothe, Nazi concentration camp guard
  • Jan 9 Seymour Barab, composer
  • Jan 9 Lister Sinclair, Canadian broadcaster and playwright (d. 2006)
  • Jan 10 Rodger Ward, American race car driver (d. 2004)
  • Jan 11 Gory Guerrero, professional wrestler (d. 1990)
  • Jan 12 John Henry Davis Jr, Smithtown NY, weightlifter (Olym-gold-1948, 52)
  • Jan 12 Leo Smit, pianist/composer, born in Philadelphi, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 13 Dachine Rainer, British writer (d. 2000)
  • Jan 14 Charles Gaupp, German/Dutch painter
  • Jan 14 Mark Lawrence, pianist (Alice Pearce), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 14 Murray Bookchin, American libertarian socialist (d. 2006)
  • Jan 14 Ken Sailors, professional basketball player (popularized and may have invented the jump shot), born in Bushnell, Nebraska (d. 2016)
  • Jan 15 Frank Thornton, English actor
  • Jan 16 Francesco Scavullo, American photographer (d. 2004)
  • Jan 17 Dehl Berti, Pueblo Colo, actor (John Taylor-Guns of Paradise)
  • Jan 17 Antonio Prohias, Cuban cartoonist (d. 1998)
  • Jan 18 Bruce Woodcock, English boxer (European Heavyweight Champion), born in Doncaster (d. 1997)
  • Jan 18 Robert Glaser, Providence, Rhode Island, educational psychologist (National Assessment of Educational Progress), (d. 2012)
  • Jan 18 Yoichiro Nambu, Japanese-born American Physicist (Nobel Prize 2008), born in Tokyo (d. 2015)
  • Jan 19 Patricia Highsmith, [Plangman], US/Swiss writer (Strangers on a Train)
  • Jan 19 "Billy Batts" Devino, American gangster (d. 1970)
  • Jan 20 Bernt Engelmann, Germany, writer
  • Jan 20 Telmo Zarraonaindía, Spanish footballer (d. 2006)
  • Jan 21 Barney Clark, 1st to receive a permanent artificial heart
  • Jan 21 John Doucette, Brockton Mass, actor (Lock Up, Big Town)
  • Jan 21 Todor Popov, Bulgarian composer, born in Dryanovo (d. 2000)
  • Jan 21 Howard Unruh, American mass murderer
  • Jan 22 Andre Hodeir, composer
  • Jan 22 Andy Ganteaume, cricketer (WI batsman, 112 in his sole Test innings 1948), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad (d. 2016)
  • Jan 24 Bernard J Dwyer, (Rep-D-NJ, 1981- )
  • Jan 25 Alfred Reed, American composer, born in New York City (d. 2005)
  • Jan 25 Russell Reading Braddon, Australian author
  • Jan 26 Akio Morita, Kasugaya Japan, CEO (Sony)
  • Jan 26 Frantisek Chaun, composer
  • Jan 26 Johannes Driessler, composer
  • Jan 26 Eddie Barclay, French producer (Barclay Records) (d. 2005)
  • Jan 27 Donna Reed, Denison Iowa, (From Here to Eternity, Wonderful Life)
  • Jan 28 Alfred Marks, actor/comedian (Desert Mice, Scream & Scream Again)
  • Jan 29 Anthony George, American actor (d. 2005)
  • Jan 30 Bernie Leighton, West Haven Ct, orchestra leader (Chance of a Lifetime)
  • Jan 31 Carol Channing, American actress (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Hello Dolly), singer and comedian, born in Seattle, Washington
  • Jan 31 John Agar, actor (Fort Apache, Sands of Iwo Jima), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 31 Mario Lanza, actor/singer (Great Caruso, Toast of New Orleans), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 31 E. Fay Jones, American architect (d. 2004)
  • Feb 1 Peter Sallis, English actor (Last of the Summer Wine, Taste the Blood of Dracula), born in Twickenham, England

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Feb 4 Betty Friedan, American feminist and writer (Feminine Mystique), born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 2006)

  • Feb 5 John M Pritchard, conductor, born in London, England
  • Feb 5 Ken Adam, British film production designer (James Bond sets), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2016)
  • Feb 6 Bob Scott [Robert], Ruby player (All Black, 1946-54), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2012)
  • Feb 7 Athol Rowan, cricketer (brother of Eric, South African off-spinner)
  • Feb 7 Bryan Woods, soldier/clerk
  • Feb 8 Hoot Evers, baseball player
  • Feb 9 B M Ducat-Amos, Air Commandant/director (RAF Nursing Service)
  • Feb 9 Charles Montgomery Monteith, publisher
  • Feb 10 Adrian Cruft, composer
  • Feb 11 Lloyd Bentsen, (Sen-D-TX, 1971- )/1989 Dem VP nominee)
  • Feb 11 Edward Seidensticker, American scholar (d. 2007)
  • Feb 13 Henk van Galen Last, Dutch journalist
  • Feb 13 Zao-Wou-Ki, Chinese/French painter/graphic artist
  • Feb 14 Albert Sloman, Vice-Chancellor (Essex U)
  • Feb 14 Hugh Downs, TV journalist (20/20, Concentration), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Feb 14 Jeanne Demessieux, composer
  • Feb 14 Piet Kraak, Dutch soccer player
  • Feb 14 Skeezix, of "Gasoline Alley" discovered on Wallets' doorstep
  • Feb 15 Radha Krishna Choudhary, Indian historian and writer (d. 1985)
  • Feb 16 Jean Behra, auto racer

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Feb 16 Vera-Ellen [Westmeier Rohe], American actress/dancer (Wonder Man), born in Norwood, Ohio

Actress Vera-Ellen
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  • Feb 16 Araucaria, British crossword compiler
  • Feb 16 Esther Bubley, Phillips, Wisconsin, American photographer

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Feb 16 Hua Guofeng, Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (1976-81) and Premier of the People's Republic of China (1976-80), born in Jiaocheng County, Shanxi (d. 2008)

Paramount Leader of China Hua Guofeng
Paramount Leader of China
Hua Guofeng
  • Feb 19 Andries Treurnicht, [Dr No], founder (South African Conservative Party)
  • Feb 19 Claude Rene Georges Pascal, composer
  • Feb 20 Joseph Albert Walker, test pilot (X-15), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Feb 20 Mervin Shiner, American country singer, born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 20 Ruth Gipps, British(?) conductor/composer
  • Feb 20 Joseph A. Walker, WWII and NASA test pilot (1st spaceplane flights to edge of outerspace), born in Washington, Pennsylvania (d. 1966)
  • Feb 22 Giulietta Masina, Italy, actress, (La Strada, Swindle, White Sheik) wife of Federico Fellini
  • Feb 22 Jean-Bedel Bokassa, dictator
  • Feb 22 Wayne Booth, American literary critic (d. 2005)
  • Feb 22 David Greene, British television director (d. 2003)
  • Feb 24 Abe Vigoda, American actor (Barney Miller, The Godfather), born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)
  • Feb 24 Douglass Watson, Jackson GA, actor (Satan Murders, Another World)
  • Feb 24 Ingvar Lidholm, composer
  • Feb 24 Ludvig Aschkenazy, writer
  • Feb 24 Gaston Reiff, Belgian athlete (b. 1992)
  • Feb 25 Andy Pafko, Boyceville, Wisconsin, MLB player (Chicago Cubs), (d. 2013)
  • Feb 26 Betty Hutton, Battle Creek Mich, actress (Greatest Show on Earth)
  • Feb 27 Andras Szollosy, composer
  • Feb 27 Michael Fox, US, actor (Quincy, Dallas, Bold & the Beautiful)
  • Feb 28 John Bouber, [Blom], actor/author (Fool of Heideloo)
  • Feb 28 Vladimir Sommer, composer
  • Feb 28 Pierre Clostermann, French World War II pilot (d. 2006)
  • Mar 1 Jack Clayton, film director
  • Mar 1 Richard Wilbur, 2nd US Poet Laureate (Ceremony, Walking to Sleep)
  • Mar 1 Terrence "Cardinal" Cooke, (NY)
  • Mar 2 Robert Wilfred Levick Simpson, composer
  • Mar 3 Diana Barrymore, American actress (Nightmare, Lady Courageous, Fired Wife), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 4 Halim El-Dabh, composer
  • Mar 4 Joan Greenwood, actress/director (Amorous Mr Prawn), born in London, England
  • Mar 4 Dinny Pails, Australian tennis player
  • Mar 5 Berkley Bedell, (Rep-D-IA, 1975- )
  • Mar 5 Elmer Valo, American baseball player (d. 1998)
  • Mar 6 Julius Rudel, conductor (NYC Opera 1957), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Mar 6 Oliver Wright, British Ambassador (To US)
  • Mar 6 Ross Hunter, producer (Airport, Madame X, Pillow Talk), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Mar 8 Cyd Charisse, [Tula Finklea], Amarillo Tx, dancer/actress (Singing in the Rain)
  • Mar 8 Egbert George "Pete" Pitterson, trumpeter
  • Mar 8 Alan Hale, Jr., American actor (d. 1990)
  • Mar 9 Dimitris Horn, Greek actor (d. 1998)
  • Mar 10 Cec Linder, Galica Poland, actor (Goldfinger)
  • Mar 10 Paul Coates, American columnist (Tonight! America After Dark), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 11 Astor Piazzolla, Argentina composer (Tango Nuevo)
  • Mar 11 F[rancis] M[arion] Busby Jr, US, sci-fi author (Star Rebel)
  • Mar 11 Frank Harary, American mathematician (d. 2005)
  • Mar 12 Giovanni Agnelli, Italian CEO (Fiat Automakers)
  • Mar 12 Gordon MacRae, singer/actor (Oklahoma, Carousel), born in East Orange, New Jersey
  • Mar 12 Max de Metz, Dutch publisher/translator
  • Mar 12 Ralph Shapey, composer (Fantasy, Rituals), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 12 Ülo Jõgi, Estonian freedom fighter (d. 2007)
  • Mar 13 Allan Jaffee, comic strip cartoonist/illustrator (MAD Magazine)
  • Mar 13 Cyril Poole, cricketer (England batsman against India 1951-52)
  • Mar 14 Lis Hartel, Denmark, equestrian dressage (Olympic-silver-1952, 56)
  • Mar 14 S. Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A
  • Mar 15 Stafford Smythe, Canadian hockey executive (d. 1971)
  • Mar 15 Madelyn Pugh, American television writer
  • Mar 16 Anne Truitt (born Anne Dean), Baltimore USA, American artist
  • Mar 16 Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia (1982-2005), born in Riyadh, Sultanate of Nejd (d. 2005)
  • Mar 17 Mick Harvey, cricketer (in Newcastle Brother of Neil Test umpire)
  • Mar 19 Tommy Cooper, British comedian and magician (d. 1984)
  • Mar 20 Amadou-Mahtar M'Bow, Senegal, director general (UNESCO)
  • Mar 20 Primoz Ramovs, composer
  • Mar 21 Joe Sutter, American engineer and head of the Boeing 747 program, born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2016)
  • Mar 21 Antony Hopkins, composer
  • Mar 21 Arthur Grumiaux, Belgian violinist
  • Mar 21 Logan Ramsey, actor (Head, Joy Sticks, Say Yes), born in Long Beach, California
  • Mar 22 Wilhelmus Norbert Schmelzer, Netherland, foreign minister (KVP)
  • Mar 22 Nino Manfredi, Italian actor (d. 2004)
  • Mar 23 Donald Malcome Campbell, Surrey UK, boat racer (1955 speed records)
  • Mar 23 Ian Todd, pres (Royal College of Surgeons)
  • Mar 23 Wolfgang Altendorfer, writer
  • Mar 24 Wilson Harris, Guayanese author
  • Mar 25 Nancy Kelly, Lowell Mass, actress (Double Exposure, Jesse James)

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Mar 25 Simone Signoret, French actress (Casque d'Or, Room at the Top), born in Wiesbaden, Germany (d. 1985)

  • Mar 25 Alexandra of Greece and Denmark, Queen of Yugoslavia (d. 1993)
  • Mar 26 George Jefferson, CEO (British Telecom)
  • Mar 26 Joe Loco, [Jose Esteves, Jr], musician
  • Mar 26 Peter Horsley, CEO (Osprey Aviation)
  • Mar 27 Tom Bevill, (Rep-D-AL, 1967- )
  • Mar 27 Harold Nicholas, American dancer (d. 2000)
  • Mar 28 Dirk Bogarde (born Derek van den Bogaerde) actor (Death in Venice, Servant), born in London, England
  • Mar 29 Hugh Neill, Lord-Lieutenant (South Yorkshire)
  • Mar 29 Sam Loxton, cricketer (flamboyant Australian batsman of late 40's)
  • Mar 30 Countess of Sutherland, English great land owner/multi-millionaire
  • Mar 30 Kan Ishii, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo (d. 2009)
  • Mar 30 Oto Ferenczy, composer
  • Apr 1 Douglas Allenbrook, composer
  • Apr 1 William L Bergsma, composer (Fortunate Island), born in Oakland, California
  • Apr 1 Ken Reardon, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Apr 3 Harry Landers, American actor (Ted Hoffman-Ben Casey), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 3 Robert Karvelas, American actor (d. 1991)
  • Apr 4 Willem J "Wim" the Villiers, South African minister of Administration
  • Apr 5 Lady Fisher, founder (British Women Caring Trust)
  • Apr 5 Les Jackson, cricket bowler (England twice, 1949 & 1961)
  • Apr 5 Robert Q Lewis, American TV host (Masquerade Party, Robert Q Lewis Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 6 Andrew Welsh Imbrie, composer
  • Apr 6 Franta Belsky, British sculptor
  • Apr 6 Lord Moore of Wolvercote [Philip Brian Cecil Moore], Private Secretary to the Sovereign (UK)
  • Apr 8 Alfie Bass, actor (Moonraker, Are You Being Served), born in London, England
  • Apr 8 Jan Novák, Czech classical composer, born in Nová Říše, Morovia (d. 1984)
  • Apr 8 Virginia O'Brien, actress/singer (Gus, Ziegfeld Follies), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 9 Frankie Thomas, American actor (Tom Corbett Space Cadet), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 9 Jean-Marie Balestre, French motorsports official (FIA) (d. 2008)
  • Apr 9 Yitzhak Navon, President of Israel (1978-83), born in Jerusalem, British Mandate of Palestine,(d. 2015)
  • Apr 10 Chuck Connors, American actor (Rifleman, Branded, Cowboy in Africa), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 10 Peter Herbert Penwarden, priest
  • Apr 10 Sheb Wooley, Erick Oklahoma, vocalist (Purple People Eater, Hee Haw)
  • Apr 11 Jeff Stollmeyer, cricketer (WI batsman pre/post-war)
  • Apr 11 Virginia O'Brien, actress (Francis in the Navy), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 11 Martin Buckmaster, 3rd Viscount Buckmaster, British diplomat
  • Apr 11 Jim Hearn, American baseball player (d. 1998)
  • Apr 12 Alfred Mabbs, British archivist (Public Records Office), born in London (d. 2009)
  • Apr 13 Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza, industrialist
  • Apr 13 Carlo Prosperi, composer
  • Apr 13 James Wilson, British Lt-General
  • Apr 13 Maxwell Henley Harris, Australian poet/publisher (Gift of Blood)
  • Apr 14 Thomas Schelling, American economist, (Nobel Prize 2005 - game-theory analysis), born in Oakland, California (d. 2016)
  • Apr 15 Georgi Timofeyevich Beregovoi, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 3)
  • Apr 15 Norman Ewart Thurston, musician
  • Apr 16 Peter Ustinov, actor (Death on Nile, Logan's Run, Billy Budd), born in London, England
  • Apr 17 Donald Barron, CEO (Midland Bank)
  • Apr 19 Glyn England, CEO (CEGB, Windcluster Ltd)