Famous People Born in 1931

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  • Jan 1 Carel Brons, Dutch composer, born in Groningen (d. 1983)
  • Jan 1 Siddig El Nigoumi, ceramicist
  • Jan 2 Toshiki Kaifu, premier of Japan (1989-91)
  • Jan 4 Adi Lady Lala Mara, First Lady of Fiji (d. 2004)
  • Jan 4 Sir William Deane, Governor-General of Australia 1996-2001
  • Jan 5 Alfred Brendel, Wiesenberg Moravia, Austrian pianist
  • Jan 5 Alvin Ailey, choreographer (American Dance Theater)

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Jan 5 Robert Duvall, actor (Great Santini, Taxi Driver), born in San Diego, California

  • Jan 5 Walter Davis, US, running high jumper (Olympic-gold-1952)
  • Jan 5 Joan Coxsedge, Australian politician
  • Jan 6 Gerard van Muiden, Dutch MP (CDA)
  • Jan 6 Graeme Hole, cricketer (Australian batsman of the fifties)
  • Jan 6 E. L. Doctorow, American author (Ragtime, Billy Bathgate), born in The Bronx, New York (d.2015)
  • Jan 6 P J [Patrick Joeseph] Kavanagh, poet, actor and journalist (The Perfect Stranger), born in Worthing, Sussex (d. 2015)
  • Jan 7 Mack Mattingly, (Sen-R-GA, 1981-86)
  • Jan 8 Bill Graham, German American rock promoter (Fillmore), born in Germany (d. 1991)
  • Jan 8 May Wynn, [Donna Lee Hickey], American actress (Caine Mutiny, Noah's Ark), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 9 Algi[rda]s [Jonas] Budrys, Prussia, sci-fi author (Man of Earth)
  • Jan 9 Geoffrey Wragg, British(?) reorganizer
  • Jan 10 Alexander L "Alex" Boraine, South Africa vicar/MP
  • Jan 10 Ron Galella, celebrity photographer (sued by Jackie O)
  • Jan 10 Peter Barnes, English writer (d. 2004)
  • Jan 11 Ed Hall, Roxbury Mass, actor (Dr Bicker-Medical Center)
  • Jan 11 Betty Churcher, director of the National Gallery of Australia
  • Jan 13 Charles Nelson Reilly, American actor (Match Game, Ghost & Mrs Muir), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 13 Ian Hendry, English actor (d. 1984)
  • Jan 14 Juraj Pospisil, composer
  • Jan 14 Frank Costigan, Australian lawyer
  • Jan 15 Derek Meddings, special effects technician
  • Jan 15 Murad Kazhlayev, composer
  • Jan 15 Thomas Hoving, American news correspondent (20/20), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 16 Vladimir Skutina, writer playwright/journalist
  • Jan 16 Johannes Rau, German politician (d. 2006)
  • Jan 17 Frederick Alfred Fox, composer
  • Jan 17 James Earl Jones, Miss, actor (Darth Vader, Exorcist II, Soul Man)
  • Jan 17 Douglas Wilder, American politician, Governor of Virginia (1990-94), 1st African American Governor since Reconstruction, born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Jan 17 Don Zimmer, American baseball coach, born in Cincinnati, Ohio, (d. 2014)
  • Jan 19 Robert MacNeil, news anchor (NBC Weekend News, 1965-67), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jan 19 Ron Packard, (Rep-R-CA, 1983- )
  • Jan 20 Sawako Ariyoshi, Japanese writer (Compound Pollution, Doctor's Wife)
  • Jan 20 Thomas Roy Garrett, museum curator
  • Jan 20 Hachidai Nakamura, Japanese songwriter and pianist (d. 1992)
  • Jan 20 Earl Grant, Idabel, Oklahoma, American musician and singer (Ebb Tide, Winter Wonderland)
  • Jan 22 Galina Zybina, USSR, discus thrower (15 world records between 1952-58)
  • Jan 22 Sam Cooke, soul singer (You Send Me), born in Clarksdale Mississippi (d. 1964)
  • Jan 24 Ib Norholm, Danish composer and organist, born in Søborg, Gladsaxe
  • Jan 25 Dean Jones, actor (Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo, The Love Bug), born in Decatur, Alabama (d. 2015)
  • Jan 25 Harold Lloyd Jr, actor (Frankenstein's Daughter)
  • Jan 25 Paavo J Haavikko, finnish writer/poet/husband of Marja-Liisa Vartio
  • Jan 25 Stikkan, Stig Anderson, music entrepreneur
  • Jan 26 Mary Murphy, actress (A Man Alone, Maggie-Investigators), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 27 John Hopkins, English TV, film and stage writer (Z-Cars), born in London (d. 1998)
  • Jan 27 Mordecai Richler, Montreal author, (Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz)
  • Jan 27 Rudi Maugeri, singer (The Crew Cuts), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2004)
  • Jan 27 Nigel Vinson, British Lord and inventor, born in Kent, England
  • Jan 27 Ronald "Buster" Edwards, British Great Train Robber turned flower-seller, born in London (d. 1994)
  • Jan 28 Timothy Kitson, former MP
  • Jan 29 Leslie Bricuse, English/US composer (Stop the world I want to get off)
  • Jan 30 Jack Bowman, Chief Constable (Tayside)
  • Jan 30 Shirley Hazzard, Australian-born author (Transit of Venus), born in Sydney (d. 2016)
  • Jan 30 Stewart B McKinney, (Rep-R-CT, 1971- )
  • Jan 30 John Crosbie, Canadian politician
  • Jan 30 Allan W. Eckert, American historian, naturalist, and author
  • Jan 31 Bill Watson, cricketer (NSW & Australian opening batsman mid-50s)
  • Jan 31 Christopher Chataway, British MP/athlete (world record 5k)

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Jan 31 Ernie Banks, "Mr Cub" Chicago Cubs, Hall-of-Famer (short stop/1st baseman), born in Dallas, Texas

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • Jan 31 Jean Burroughs, educationalist
  • Jan 31 Nicholas Gordon Lennox, diplomat

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Feb 1 Boris Yeltsin, Russian politician and President of Russian Federation (1991-1999), born in Butka, Sverdlovsk, (d. 2007)

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin
  • Feb 1 Madeline Berthod, Switzerland, downhill skier (Olympic-gold-1956)
  • Feb 1 Mark Richmond, CEO (Science & Engineering Research Council)
  • Feb 1 [ABM] Ton Frinking, Dutch MP (CDA)
  • Feb 2 Dries van Agt, Dutch Prime Minister (CDA, 1977-82), born in Geldrop, Netherlands
  • Feb 2 Les Dawson, British comedian (d. 1993)
  • Feb 2 Judith Viorst, American author
  • Feb 4 Isabel Martínez de Perón, [Maria Martinez], wife of Juan Perón and President of Argentina (1974-76), born in La Rioja, Argentina
  • Feb 6 Fred Trueman, English cricketer ("Fiery Fred",307 wickets for England)
  • Feb 6 Rip Torn, Tx, actor (Coma, Summer Rental, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof)
  • Feb 6 Mamie Van Doren, American actress (Teacher's Pet, The Navy vs. the Night Monsters), born in Rowena, South Dakota

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Feb 8 James Dean, American stage and film actor (Giant, Rebel Without a Cause), born in Marion, Indiana (d. 1955)

Actor James Dean
Actor
James Dean
  • Feb 9 Robert Morris, American sculptor and painter, born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Feb 9 Xavier Benguerel, composer
  • Feb 9 Josef Masopust, Czech footballer
  • Feb 10 Gerhard Rosenfeld, composer
  • Feb 10 Makoto Shinohara, composer
  • Feb 10 Thomas Bernhard, writer
  • Feb 10 Doug Young, American voice actor
  • Feb 11 Larry Merchant, author/boxing commentator (Showtime)
  • Feb 12 Constance A Morella, (Rep-R-Maryland)
  • Feb 12 Janwillem van de Wetering, Dutch author
  • Feb 14 Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion, NHL right wing (Canadiens, Rangers)
  • Feb 14 Phyllis McGuire, vocalist (McGuire Sisters), born in Middletown, Ohio
  • Feb 14 Brian Kelly, American actor (d. 2005)
  • Feb 15 W K Reid, British ombudsman
  • Feb 15 [Patricia] Claire Bloom, actress (Charly, Look Back in Anger), born in London, England
  • Feb 15 Geoff Edwards, American television game show host, (d. 2014)
  • Feb 16 Alfred Kolleritsch, Austrian writer, born in Eichfeld
  • Feb 16 Gamini Goonesena, cricket leg-spinner (all-rounder for Ceylon, Notts)
  • Feb 16 George E Sangmeister, (Rep-D-Illinois)
  • Feb 16 Ken Takakura, [Goichi Oda], Kita Japan, actor (Story of Antarctic)
  • Feb 16 Bobby Collins, Govanhill, Scotland, footballer (Celtic, 31 caps), (d. 2014)
  • Feb 17 Buddy Ryan, NFL coach (Philadelphia Eagles, Phoenix Cardinals), born in Frederick, Oklahoma (d. 2016)
  • Feb 18 Dieter Schonbach, composer
  • Feb 18 Johnny Hart, cartoonist (B.C., Wizard of Id), born in Endicott, New York (d. 2007)
  • Feb 18 Maxwell Thurman, US General
  • Feb 18 Swraj Paul, Indian/British industrial/multi-millionaire (Caparo)
  • Feb 18 Toni Morrison, Ohio, novelist (Tar Baby, Beloved, Song of Solomon)
  • Feb 18 Bob St. Clair "The Geek", American football player, born in San Francisco, California
  • Feb 23 Tom Wesselmann, American collage artist and sculptor (Great American Nudes) (d. 2004)
  • Feb 24 Brian Close, cricketer (played for England between 1949 & 1976), born in Rawden, West Riding (d. 2015)
  • Feb 24 Inge Bernstein, British judge
  • Feb 24 Lev Vasilyevich Vorobyov, Russia, cosmonaut
  • Feb 24 Maezumi Hakuyu Taizan Koun, teacher Rinzai/Soto lines of Zen Buddhism
  • Feb 24 Marta Marzotto, Italian countess and designer, born in Reggio Emilia (d. 2016)
  • Feb 24 Dominic Chianese, American actor
  • Feb 25 Christopher George, actor (Rat Patrol, Immortal), born in Royal Oak, Michigan (d. 1983)
  • Feb 25 Edward Kellett-Bowman, British MEP
  • Feb 25 J R Stephenson, Lt-col/secretary (MCC)
  • Feb 26 Francisco Kroepfl, composer
  • Feb 26 Robert D Novak, news reporter (CNN-Evans & Novak), born in Joliet, Illinois
  • Feb 26 Ally MacLeod, Scottish footballer and manager (d. 2004)
  • Feb 27 Andrew Sloan, Chief Constable (Strathcourt)
  • Feb 28 Gavin MacLeod, actor (Murray-Mary Tyler Moore, Love Boat), born in Mt Kisco, New York
  • Feb 28 Gustav Thoni, Italy, skiier (World Cup-1971, 72, 73, 75)
  • Feb 28 Jack Thieuloy, French writer, born in Beaucaire (d. 1996)
  • Feb 28 Iajuddin Ahmed, Bikrampur, British Raj, President (Bangladesh, 2002-2009), (d. 2012)
  • Mar 2 Duane Graveline, doctor and astronaut, born in Newport Vermont (d. 2016)

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Mar 2 Mikhail Gorbachev, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1985-91), born in Stavropol, Russia

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
  • Mar 2 Tom Wolfe, journalist and author (Right Stuff), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Mar 3 Henk Knol, Dutch 2nd chamber member (PvdA)
  • Mar 3 Piet [van] Bambergen, Dutch cabaretier (Mounties, Sherlock Jones)
  • Mar 4 Han Jansen, Dutch painter
  • Mar 4 Wally Bruner, American journalist and television host (d. 1997)
  • Mar 4 Bob Johnson, American ice hockey coach (d. 1991)
  • Mar 4 Alice Rivlin, American economist
  • Mar 5 Anthony Headges, composer
  • Mar 5 Barry Tuckwell, Australian horn player (London Symph Orch 1955-68), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Mar 5 Fred Othon Aristidès, French comics artist
  • Mar 6 Carmen Delavallade, US dancer/singer/actress (Aida)
  • Mar 6 David Haddon Whitaker, British publisher (Whitaker's Almanack)
  • Mar 6 John Smith, actor (Cimarron City, Laramie, 7 Angry Men), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 6 Hal Needham, American stuntman, (d. 2013)
  • Mar 6 Ed Whitlock, British-born runner, oldest person to run marathon under 4 hrs (at 85), born in London (d. 2017)
  • Mar 7 C W Stubblefield, music promoter
  • Mar 7 Cornelis T "Cor" van de Molen, director Social Businesses of Press
  • Mar 8 John McPhee, author (Back to ----)
  • Mar 8 Neil Adcock, cricketer (South African pace bowler, 104 wkts 1953-62), (d. 2013)
  • Mar 8 Neil Postman, American cultural critic (d. 2003)
  • Mar 9 Thore Skogman, Swedish entertainer (d. 2007)
  • Mar 10 Georges Dor, Quebec author, playwright, singer and songwriter (d. 2001)
  • Mar 11 Peter Walters, CEO (Midland Bank)

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Mar 11 Rupert Murdoch, Australian media mogul (NY Post, News of the World, FOX-TV), born in Melbourne, Victoria

Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch
Media Mogul
Rupert Murdoch
  • Mar 12 Geoffrey de Bellaigue, director (Royal Collection)
  • Mar 12 William "Buckwheat" Thomas, actor (Little Rascals)
  • Mar 12 Herbert Kelleher, Southwest Airlines co-founder
  • Mar 13 Marc Dessauvage, Flemish architect
  • Mar 13 Rosalind Elias, mezzo-soprano (Grimgerde-Die Walkuere), born in Lowell, Massachusetts
  • Mar 13 Wolfgang Kohlhaase, actor/director/writer (Solo Sunday), born in Berlin, Germany
  • Mar 14 Bob Goalby, golfer (British Open-1968, Canadian Open-1968, NZ-1970)
  • Mar 14 Phil Phillips [Baptiste], rock vocalist (Sea Of Love)
  • Mar 16 Betty Johnson, Guilford County NC, singer (Jack Paar Show, I Dreamed)
  • Mar 16 Don Richard Carpenter, novelist
  • Mar 17 Eunice Gayson, actress (Dr No, From Russia With Love), born in London, England
  • Mar 17 David Peakall, British scientist (d. 2001)
  • Mar 18 Howard Coble, American politician (Rep-R-NC, 1985-2015), born in Greensboro, North Carolina (d. 2015)
  • Mar 20 Antonio Tauriello, composer
  • Mar 20 David Montgomery, chairman (British Forestry Commission)
  • Mar 20 Hal Linden, [Harold Lipshitz], actor (Barney Miller, Blacke's Magic)
  • Mar 20 John Rae, British educator (Conscience & Politics)
  • Mar 21 Ivan William Hannaford, sociologist
  • Mar 22 Igor Hajek, translator/writer
  • Mar 22 Leslie Thomas, Welsh writer (The Virgin Soldiers), born in Newport (d. 2014)

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Mar 22 William Shatner, actor (Star Trek, T J Hooker), born in Montreal, Quebec

  • Mar 23 Norman F Lent, (Rep-R-NY, 1971- 93 ), (d. 2012)
  • Mar 23 Yevdokiya Mekshilo, Gorno-Altaysk, Russia, skier (Oly gld 1964), (d. 2013)
  • Mar 24 Thelma Kalama, US, 4 X 100m relay swimmer (Olympic-gold-1948)
  • Mar 25 Paul Motian, American jazz drummer and composer

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Mar 26 Leonard Nimoy, American actor (Spock-Star Trek, Mission Impossible), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2015)

  • Mar 27 Burt Collins, trumpeter
  • Mar 27 R P Bauman, CEO (British Aerospace)
  • Mar 27 Yoriaki Matsudaira, composer
  • Mar 29 Evelyn de Rothschild, English banker/multi-millionaire
  • Mar 29 James Weatherhead, moderator (General Assembly of Church of Scotland)
  • Mar 29 Lord Tebbit, British CH
  • Mar 29 Sylvia Law, British town planner
  • Mar 30 Aleksey Vasilyevich Sorokin, Russian cosmonaut
  • Mar 30 Harold Burrage, US singer/pianist (Hi Yo Silver)
  • Mar 30 Sandor Szokolay, composer
  • Mar 31 Miller Barber, PGA golfer (1968 Byron Nelson Classic), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Apr 1 George Baker, Bulgaria, actor (Goodbye Mr Chips, Curse of the Fly)
  • Apr 1 Rolf Hochhuth, German playwright (Deputy)
  • Apr 1 Ita Ever, Estonian actress
  • Apr 1 Charles Price, American Businessman and diplomat, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2012)
  • Apr 2 Imre Olsvik, Hungarian composer and ethnomusicologist, born in Budapest (d. 2014)
  • Apr 3 Johnny Nicholss, soccer star
  • Apr 4 Denis Frank Owen, Natural historian
  • Apr 4 Harold L Volkmer, (Rep-D-MO, 1977- )
  • Apr 4 Bobby Ray Inman, American admiral and intelligence director
  • Apr 5 Denis Lawton, director (London University Institute of Educ)
  • Apr 6 Ivan Dixon, American actor (Car Wash, Hogan's Heroes), born in NYC, New York