Famous People Born in January 1921

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