Famous People Born in 1921

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 585

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

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Feb 4th Betty Friedan, Peoria, Illinois, American feminist writer and feminist (Feminine Mystique)

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

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

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  • Feb 16th Araucaria, British crossword compiler
  • Feb 16th Esther Bubley, Phillips, Wisconsin, American photographer
  • Feb 18th Barbara Hale, actress (Della Street-Perry Mason)
  • Feb 19th Andries Treurnicht, [Dr No], founder (S Afr Conservative Party)
  • Feb 19th Claude Rene Georges Pascal, composer
  • Feb 20th Joseph Albert Walker, test pilot (X-15), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Feb 20th Mervin Shiner, American country singer, born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 20th Ruth Gipps, British(?) conductor/composer
  • Feb 20th Joseph A. Walker, WWII and NASA test pilot (1st spaceplane flights to edge of outerspace), born in Washington, Pennsylvania (d. 1966)
  • Feb 22nd Giulietta Masina, Italy, actress, (La Strada, Swindle, White Sheik) wife of Federico Fellini
  • Feb 22nd Jean-Bedel Bokassa, dictator
  • Feb 22nd Wayne Booth, American literary critic (d. 2005)
  • Feb 22nd David Greene, British television director (d. 2003)
  • Feb 24th Abe Vigoda, actor (Barney Miller, The Godfather), born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)
  • Feb 24th Douglass Watson, Jackson GA, actor (Satan Murders, Another World)
  • Feb 24th Ingvar Lidholm, composer
  • Feb 24th Ludvig Aschkenazy, writer
  • Feb 24th Gaston Reiff, Belgian athlete (b. 1992)
  • Feb 25th Andy Pafko, Boyceville, Wisconsin, MLB player (Chicago Cubs), (d. 2013)
  • Feb 26th Betty Hutton, Battle Creek Mich, actress (Greatest Show on Earth)
  • Feb 27th Andras Szollosy, composer
  • Feb 27th Michael Fox, US, actor (Quincy, Dallas, Bold & the Beautiful)
  • Feb 28th John Bouber, [Blom], actor/author (Fool of Heideloo)
  • Feb 28th Vladimir Sommer, composer
  • Feb 28th Pierre Clostermann, French World War II pilot (d. 2006)
  • Mar 1st Jack Clayton, film director
  • Mar 1st Richard Wilbur, 2nd US Poet Laureate (Ceremony, Walking to Sleep)
  • Mar 1st Terrence "Cardinal" Cooke, (NY)
  • Mar 2nd Robert Wilfred Levick Simpson, composer
  • Mar 3rd Diana Barrymore, actress (Nightmare, Lady Courageous, Fired Wife), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 4th Halim El-Dabh, composer
  • Mar 4th Joan Greenwood, actress/director (Amorous Mr Prawn), born in London, England
  • Mar 4th Dinny Pails, Australian tennis player
  • Mar 5th Berkley Bedell, (Rep-D-IA, 1975- )
  • Mar 5th Elmer Valo, American baseball player (d. 1998)
  • Mar 6th Julius Rudel, conductor (NYC Opera 1957), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Mar 6th Oliver Wright, British Ambassador (To US)
  • Mar 6th Ross Hunter, producer (Airport, Madame X, Pillow Talk), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Mar 8th Cyd Charisse, [Tula Finklea], Amarillo Tx, dancer/actress (Singing in the Rain)
  • Mar 8th Egbert George "Pete" Pitterson, trumpeter
  • Mar 8th Alan Hale, Jr., American actor (d. 1990)
  • Mar 9th Dimitris Horn, Greek actor (d. 1998)
  • Mar 10th Cec Linder, Galica Poland, actor (Goldfinger)
  • Mar 10th Paul Coates, columnist (Tonight! America After Dark), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 11th Astor Piazzolla, Argentina composer (Tango Nuevo)
  • Mar 11th F[rancis] M[arion] Busby Jr, US, sci-fi author (Star Rebel)
  • Mar 11th Frank Harary, American mathematician (d. 2005)
  • Mar 12th Giovanni Agnelli, Italian CEO (Fiat Automakers)
  • Mar 12th Gordon MacRae, singer/actor (Oklahoma, Carousel), born in East Orange, New Jersey
  • Mar 12th Max de Metz, Dutch publisher/translator
  • Mar 12th Ralph Shapey, Phila, composer (Fantasy, Rituals)
  • Mar 12th Ülo Jõgi, Estonian freedom fighter (d. 2007)
  • Mar 13th Allan Jaffee, comic strip cartoonist/illustrator (MAD Magazine)
  • Mar 13th Cyril Poole, cricketer (England batsman against India 1951-52)
  • Mar 14th Lis Hartel, Denmark, equestrian dressage (Olympic-silver-1952, 56)
  • Mar 14th S. Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A
  • Mar 15th Stafford Smythe, Canadian hockey executive (d. 1971)
  • Mar 15th Madelyn Pugh, American television writer
  • Mar 16th Anne Truitt (born Anne Dean), Baltimore USA, American artist
  • Mar 16th Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia (1982-2005), born in Riyadh, Sultanate of Nejd (d. 2005)
  • Mar 17th Mick Harvey, cricketer (in Newcastle Brother of Neil Test umpire)
  • Mar 19th Tommy Cooper, British comedian and magician (d. 1984)
  • Mar 20th Amadou-Mahtar M'Bow, Senegal, director general (UNESCO)
  • Mar 20th Primoz Ramovs, composer
  • Mar 21st Antony Hopkins, composer
  • Mar 21st Arthur Grumiaux, Belgian violinist
  • Mar 21st Logan Ramsey, actor (Head, Joy Sticks, Say Yes), born in Long Beach, California
  • Mar 22nd Wilhelmus Norbert Schmelzer, Netherland, foreign minister (KVP)
  • Mar 22nd Nino Manfredi, Italian actor (d. 2004)
  • Mar 23rd Donald Malcome Campbell, Surrey UK, boat racer (1955 speed records)
  • Mar 23rd Ian Todd, pres (Royal College of Surgeons)
  • Mar 23rd Wolfgang Altendorfer, writer
  • Mar 24th Wilson Harris, Guayanese author
  • Mar 25th Nancy Kelly, Lowell Mass, actress (Double Exposure, Jesse James)
  • Mar 25th Simone Signoret, Weisbaden Germany, (Casque d'Or, Room at the Top)
  • Mar 25th Alexandra of Greece and Denmark, Queen of Yugoslavia (d. 1993)
  • Mar 26th George Jefferson, CEO (British Telecom)
  • Mar 26th Joe Loco, [Jose Esteves, Jr], musician
  • Mar 26th Peter Horsley, CEO (Osprey Aviation)
  • Mar 27th Tom Bevill, (Rep-D-AL, 1967- )
  • Mar 27th Harold Nicholas, American dancer (d. 2000)
  • Mar 28th Dirk Bogarde (born Derek van den Bogaerde) actor (Death in Venice, Servant), born in London, England
  • Mar 29th Hugh Neill, Lord-Lieutenant (South Yorkshire)
  • Mar 29th Sam Loxton, cricketer (flamboyant Australian batsman of late 40's)
  • Mar 30th Countess of Sutherland, English great land owner/multi-millionaire
  • Mar 30th Kan Ishii, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo (d. 2009)
  • Mar 30th Oto Ferenczy, composer
  • Apr 1st Douglas Allenbrook, composer
  • Apr 1st William L Bergsma, composer (Fortunate Island), born in Oakland, California
  • Apr 1st Ken Reardon, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Apr 3rd Harry Landers, actor (Ted Hoffman-Ben Casey), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 3rd Robert Karvelas, American actor (d. 1991)
  • Apr 4th Willem J "Wim" the Villiers, S Afr minister of Administration
  • Apr 5th Lady Fisher, founder (British Women Caring Trust)
  • Apr 5th Les Jackson, cricket bowler (England twice, 1949 & 1961)
  • Apr 5th Robert Q Lewis, TV host (Masquerade Party, Robert Q Lewis Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 6th Andrew Welsh Imbrie, composer
  • Apr 6th Franta Belsky, British sculptor
  • Apr 6th Lord Moore of Wolvercote [Philip Brian Cecil Moore], Private Secretary to the Sovereign (UK)
  • Apr 8th Alfie Bass, actor (Moonraker, Are You Being Served), born in London, England
  • Apr 8th Jan Novák, Czech classical composer, born in Nová Říše, Morovia (d. 1984)
  • Apr 8th Virginia O'Brien, actress/singer (Gus, Ziegfeld Follies), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 9th Frankie Thomas, actor (Tom Corbett Space Cadet), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 9th Jean-Marie Balestre, French motorsports official (FIA) (d. 2008)
  • Apr 9th Yitzhak Navon, President of Israel (1978-83), born in Jerusalem, British Mandate of Palestine,(d. 2015)
  • Apr 10th Chuck Connors, American actor (Rifleman, Branded, Cowboy in Africa), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 10th Peter Herbert Penwarden, priest
  • Apr 10th Sheb Wooley, Erick Oklahoma, vocalist (Purple People Eater, Hee Haw)
  • Apr 11th Jeff Stollmeyer, cricketer (WI batsman pre/post-war)
  • Apr 11th Virginia O'Brien, actress (Francis in the Navy), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 11th Martin Buckmaster, 3rd Viscount Buckmaster, British diplomat
  • Apr 11th Jim Hearn, American baseball player (d. 1998)
  • Apr 12th A W Mabbs, archivist
  • Apr 13th Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza, industrialist
  • Apr 13th Carlo Prosperi, composer
  • Apr 13th James Wilson, British Lt-General
  • Apr 13th Maxwell Henley Harris, Australian poet/publisher (Gift of Blood)
  • Apr 14th Thomas Schelling, American economist, Nobel laureate
  • Apr 15th Georgi Timofeyevich Beregovoi, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 3)
  • Apr 15th Norman Ewart Thurston, musician
  • Apr 16th Peter Ustinov, actor (Death on Nile, Logan's Run, Billy Budd), born in London, England
  • Apr 17th Donald Barron, CEO (Midland Bank)
  • Apr 18th Barbara Hale, Dekalb Ill, actress (Della Street-Perry Mason)
  • Apr 19th Glyn England, CEO (CEGB, Windcluster Ltd)