Famous People Born in 1940

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  • Jan 1st Jack Kiefer, Columbia PA, PGA golfer (1994 Ralphs Senior Classic)
  • Jan 1st Laszlo Sary, composer
  • Jan 1st Richard Henry Orton, composer
  • Jan 2nd S. R. S. Varadhan, Indian-American mathematician
  • Jan 3rd Thelma Schoonmaker, actress/editor (Casino, Cape Fear, Good Fellas)
  • Jan 4th Anthony Skooter Teague, Texas, actor (How to Succeed in Business)
  • Jan 4th Brian Josephson, British physicist (Nobel 1973)
  • Jan 4th Helmut Jahn, German architect
  • Jan 4th Gao Xingjian, Chinese-born French novelist and dramatist, Nobel laureate
  • Jan 5th Dany Saval, actress (Boeing Boeing, Moon Pilot), born in Oakland, California
  • Jan 5th Michael O'Donoghue, Sauquoit, New York, American writer and performer (Saturday Night Live, Scrooged)
  • Jan 5th Yuri Ershov, Russian mathematician
  • Jan 5th Athol Guy, Australian singer, member of The Seekers
  • Jan 5th General Sir Michael Rose, UK military officer, prominent in Bosnia
  • Jan 6th Ed Zschau, (Rep-R-CA, 1983- )
  • Jan 6th Van McCoy, American musician (d. 1979)
  • Jan 6th Penny Lernoux, American journalist (d. 1989)
  • Jan 7th William Elgin Swinton, child psychiatrist
  • Jan 8th Anthony Gaurdine, (Little Anthony & Imperials-Goin Out of My Head)
  • Jan 8th Cristy Lane, US, country/gospel singer
  • Jan 8th Little Anthony [Gourdine], rocker (& Imperials)
  • Jan 9th Barbara Buczek, composer
  • Jan 9th Jimmy Boyd, McComb Mo, singer/actor (Howard-Bachelor Father)
  • Jan 9th Al Downing, American singer (d. 2005)
  • Jan 9th Ruth Dreifuss, Swiss politician
  • Jan 10th Harry Gant, NASCAR driver
  • Jan 10th Ntare VI of Ankole, Omugabe of Nkole
  • Jan 10th Guy Chevrette, Quebec politician
  • Jan 11th Mark DeVoto, composer
  • Jan 12th Dick Motz, cricketer (1st NZer to take 100 Test wickets)
  • Jan 13th Edmund White, American author
  • Jan 14th Julian Bond, American civil rights leader and politician (D-Ga), born in Nashville Tennessee (d. 2015)
  • Jan 17th H Kipchoge "Kip" Keino, Kenya, 1500m runner (Olympic-gold-1968, 72)
  • Jan 17th Oswald Mbuyiseni Mtshali, South African poet (Fireflames)
  • Jan 18th Pedro Rodriguez, Mexican racing driver (d. 1971)
  • Jan 19th Barend J du Plessis, South African minister of Finance (1984- )

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Jan 19th Mary Mills, Laurel Mississippi, LPGA golfer

LPGA Golfer Mary Mills
LPGA Golfer
Mary Mills
  • Jan 19th Paolo Borsellino, Italian magistrate (d. 1992)
  • Jan 19th Mike Reid, English comedian (d. 2007)
  • Jan 20th Carol Heiss Jenkins, figure skater (Oly-gold/silver-56, 60), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 20th Jorge Peixinho, composer
  • Jan 20th Krishnam Raju, Indian actor and politician

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Jan 21st Jack Nicklaus, Columbus Ohio, golfer (Player of Yr 1967,72,73,75,76)

  • Jan 21st Marquis of Tavistock, English large landowner/multi-millionaire
  • Jan 22nd Addie "Micki" Harris, Passaic NJ, singer (Shirelles-Soldier Boy)
  • Jan 22nd John Hurt, England, actor (Elephant Man, Alien, Midnight Express)
  • Jan 22nd Tilo Medek, German composer
  • Jan 22nd George Seifert, American football coach
  • Jan 23rd Johnny Russell, country singer
  • Jan 24th Flip Buurmeijer, Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • Jan 27th Brian T O'Leary, astronaut, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jan 27th James Cromwell, American actor (Babe, The Green Mile), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 28th Carlos Slim Helú, Mexican businessman
  • Jan 29th Katharine Ross, American actress
  • Jan 29th Kunimitsu Takahashi, Japanese motorcycle racer and racing driver
  • Jan 30th David Johnson, composer
  • Jan 31st Stuart Margolin, Davenport Iowa, actor (Love American Style)
  • Feb 1st Bibi Besch, actress (Star Trek 2, Beast Within), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Feb 1st Herve Filion, sulky driver (1969 Canadian Sports Hall of Fame)
  • Feb 2nd Alan "Tea" Caddy, rock guitarist (Tornados-Globetrotter)
  • Feb 2nd Thomas M[ichael] Disch, US, sci-fi author (Genocides, 102 H-Bombs)
  • Feb 2nd David Jason, English actor
  • Feb 2nd Wayne Fontes, American football coach

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Feb 3rd Fran Tarkenton, Richmond Va, NFL QB (NY Giants, Minnesota Vikings)

Quarterback Fran Tarkenton
Quarterback
Fran Tarkenton
  • Feb 3rd Jim Hartz, newscaster (NBC-TV, Innovations)
  • Feb 4th John Schuck, American actor (McMillan & Wife, Holmes & Yoyo), born in Boston, Massachusetts

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Feb 4th George A Romero, actor/director (Creepshow, Martin, 2 Evil Eyes)

Actor & Director George Romero
Actor & Director
George Romero
  • Feb 5th H R Giger, Swiss artist & special effects designer (Alien), born in Zürich, (d. 2014)
  • Feb 6th Jimmy Tarbuck, English comic/golfer
  • Feb 6th Tom Brokaw, Yankton SD, news anchor (NBC Nightly News 1982- )
  • Feb 7th Gary Bond, England, actor (Outback, Zulu, Anne of Thousand Days)
  • Feb 8th Averil Cameron, British(?) historian
  • Feb 8th Talib Rasul Hakim, composer
  • Feb 8th Ted Koppel, Lancashire England, American journalist (ABC Nightline)
  • Feb 9th Brian Bennett, rock drummer (Shadows), born in London, England
  • Feb 10th Hamish Imlach, folk singer/comic
  • Feb 10th Mary Rand-Bignal-Toomey, England, long jumper (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • Feb 10th Peter Middleton, CEO (Lloyd's)
  • Feb 10th Jimmy Merchant, American rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & Teenagers-Why Do Fools), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 11th Calvin Fowler, Pitts, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1968)
  • Feb 12th Hank Brown, (Rep-R-CO, 1981-88)
  • Feb 12th Richard Lynch, American actor (Xaviar-Battlestar Galactica), (d. 2012)
  • Feb 14th Porpoise, 1st born in captivity in US (Marineland, Fla)
  • Feb 15th John Hadl, American football player
  • Feb 15th Hamzah Haz, Indonesian politician
  • Feb 16th Karoli Ruth Needles, painter
  • Feb 17th Dennis Gamsy, cricketer (South African bat in 2 Tests v Australia 1970)
  • Feb 19th Smokey Robinson, American R&B and soul singer-songwriter (The Miracles-Tears of a Clown)
  • Feb 19th Bobby Rogers, US vocalist (Miracles-You Really Got a Hold on Me), (d. 2013)
  • Feb 19th Carlin Glynn, US actress (Continental Divide)
  • Feb 19th William "Smokey" Robinson, Det, vocalist (& Miracles-Being With You)
  • Feb 19th Saparmurat Niyazov, President of Turkmenistan (d. 2006)
  • Feb 20th Barbara Laine Ellis, singer
  • Feb 20th Christoph Eschenbach, Breslau, Germany, pianist/conductor
  • Feb 20th Jimmy Greaves, British broadcaster/soccer player
  • Feb 20th RA Weiss, director (Institute of Cancer Research)
  • Feb 20th V Payne, British headmistress (Malvern Girls' College)
  • Feb 21st John Lewis, (Rep-D-Georgia)
  • Feb 21st Peter McEnery, England, actor (Game is Over, Moonspinners)
  • Feb 21st Peter Gethin, British racing driver
  • Feb 22nd Chet Walker, NBA all-star forward (Chicago Bulls)
  • Feb 22nd Johnson P Mlambo, South African leader (Pan-African Congress)
  • Feb 22nd Julian Chagrin, mime/actor (Golddiggers), born in London, England
  • Feb 22nd Billy Name, American photographer
  • Feb 23rd Jermyn P Brooks, CEO (Price Waterhouse Europe)
  • Feb 23rd Peter Fonda, actor (Easy Rider, Lilith, Wild Angels, Trip)
  • Feb 24th Jimmy Ellis, WBA heavyweight boxing champ (1968-70), born in Louisville, Kentucky, (d. 2014)
  • Feb 24th Theo Bosch, Dutch humanist/architect (Nieuwmarkt, Amsterdam)
  • Feb 24th Pete Duel, American actor (d. 1971)
  • Feb 24th Denis Law, Scottish footballer (Manchester United, Manchester City), born in Aberdeen, Scotland
  • Feb 25th Billy Packer, Wellsville NY, basketball sportscaster (CBS)
  • Feb 25th George Paul, CEO (Norwich Union Insurance Group)
  • Feb 25th Hector MacKenzie, trade unionist
  • Feb 25th Jud Taylor, actor (Dr Gerson-Dr Kildare)
  • Feb 25th Ron Santo, shortstop (Cubs, 1st baseball player to veto his trade)
  • Feb 27th Barbara Kelly, CEO (Scottish Consumer Council)
  • Feb 27th Howard Hesseman, Salem Or, actor (Dr Johnny Fever-WKRP, Head of Class)
  • Feb 27th Bill Hunter, Australian actor
  • Feb 28th Joe South, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Games People Play), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2012)

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Feb 28th Mario Andretti, Italian American race-car driver (1969 Indianapolis 500, 1978 Formula One World Champion)

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti
  • Feb 29th Gretchen Christopher, British(?) pop singer
  • Feb 29th Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople
  • Mar 1st David Broome, Show Jumper (world champ-1970)
  • Mar 1st Ralph Towner, rocker (Oregon)
  • Mar 1st Robert Grossman, American illustrator
  • Mar 2nd Frederik van Zyl Slabbert, chairman (S Afr Prog Fed Party, 1979-86)
  • Mar 2nd Tony Croatto, Italian-born composer (d. 2005)
  • Mar 3rd Germán Castro Caycedo, Colombian writer and journalist
  • Mar 3rd Owen Spencer-Thomas, English broadcaster, journalist and Anglican clergyman
  • Mar 4th Kas Garas, Kaunas Lithuania, actor (Hamlyn-Strange Report)
  • Mar 4th Volodymyr Morozov, Ukrainian flatwater canoer
  • Mar 5th Mary Rose Oakar, (Rep)
  • Mar 5th Malcolm Hebden, English actor
  • Mar 6th Joanna Miles, Nice France, actress (Cross Creek, Delta County USA)
  • Mar 6th Willie Stargell, outfielder/1st baseman (Pirates, 1971 NL HR leader)
  • Mar 7th Daniel J Travanti, Kenosha Wisc, actor (Frank Furillo-Hill St Blues)
  • Mar 7th Harald Gerlach, writer
  • Mar 7th Rudi [Rudolf] Dutschke, German student leader (Glasnost Berlin)
  • Mar 7th Viktor Petrovich Savinykh, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz T-4, T-13, TM-5)
  • Mar 8th Leslie Isben Rogge, one of FBI's most wanted
  • Mar 8th Susan Clark, Sarnia Ontario, actress (Night Moves, Webster)
  • Mar 8th Theo Laseroms, [The Tank], Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • Mar 9th Raul Julia, PR, actor (Addams Family, Kiss of the Spider Woman)

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Mar 10th Chuck Norris, [Carlos Ray], OK, martial arts actor (Missing in Action)

  • Mar 10th David Rabe, Dubuque Iowa, playwright (Streamers)
  • Mar 10th Dean Torrence, LA Cal, surf music singer (Jan & Dean-Little Old Lady)
  • Mar 10th Francis Schwartz, composer
  • Mar 11th Alberto Cortez, Argentinian singer
  • Mar 12th Al Jarreau, Milwaukee WI, jazz singer (Moonlighting)
  • Mar 12th Albert Johanneson, soccer star
  • Mar 12th M.A. Numminen, Finnish singer and writer
  • Mar 14th Eleanor Fount, English actress (Women in Love, Bedazzled)
  • Mar 14th Rita Tushingham, actress (Green Eyes, Doctor Zhivago), born in Liverpool, England
  • Mar 15th Phil Lesh, [Chapman], California, rock bassist (Grass Roots, Grateful Dead)
  • Mar 15th Frank Dobson, British politician
  • Mar 15th Margo Coleman, American advice columnist
  • Mar 16th Bernardo Bertolucci, Parma Italy, director (Last Tango in Paris, The Last Emperor)
  • Mar 16th Chuck Woolery, Ky, TV game show host (Love Connection)
  • Mar 16th Jan P Pronk, Dutch politician (PvdA)
  • Mar 16th Jan Schaefer, Dutch asst secretary of state (PvdA)
  • Mar 16th Keith Rowe, English guitarist (AMM) and painter
  • Mar 17th Vito Picone, rocker (Elegants)
  • Mar 17th Mark White, American politician
  • Mar 18th Kathy Hutchinson, race horse trainer
  • Mar 20th Mickey Preger, horse trainer
  • Mar 20th Gianpiero Moretti, Milan, Italy, steering wheel designer (Momo), (d. 2012)
  • Mar 21st Solomon Burke, American singer
  • Mar 22nd William Ritchie, vice-chancellor (Lancaster U)
  • Mar 22nd Haing S. Ngor, Cambodian/American actor (d. 1996)
  • Mar 22nd Jorge Ben Jor, Brazilian musician
  • Mar 23rd Brian Hastings, cricketer (NZ batsman in 70's)
  • Mar 23rd Luis Gasca, rocker
  • Mar 23rd Tariq Yunus, actor (Bollywood, Ashanti, Deceivers)
  • Mar 24th Bob Mackie, Monterey Parks California, designer (Streisand, Cher)
  • Mar 24th Don Jardine, Canadian professional wrestler (d. 2006)
  • Mar 25th Anita Bryant, Barnsdall Oklahoma, singer (George Gobel Show) and anti-homosexuality campaigner
  • Mar 26th James Caan, American actor (Misery, The Godfather), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Mar 26th Bill Ind, Bishop-designate (Truro)
  • Mar 26th Braulio Baeza, jockey (National Horse Racing Hall of Famer)
  • Mar 26th Nancy Pelosi, (Rep-D-California)
  • Mar 26th Rod Lauren, rocker (If I Had a Girl)
  • Mar 26th Servaes [J S] Huys, Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • Mar 27th Austin Pendleton, Warren OH, actor (Short Circuit, Simon, Hello Again)
  • Mar 27th June Wilkinson, Eastbourne England, actress (Absolutely Glamarous)
  • Mar 27th Janis Martin, American singer (d. 2007)
  • Mar 28th J Michael Plumb, Islip NY, equestrian (Oly-2 gold/4 silver-1976,84)
  • Mar 28th Kevin Loughery, NBA star/coach (Balt, Phila)
  • Mar 28th Tony Barber, Australian television personality
  • Mar 29th Raymond Davis, US rock vocalist (Funkadelic-Knee Deep)
  • Mar 29th Astrud Gilberto, Brazil, singer (Girl From Ipanema)

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Mar 30th Jerry Lucas, Middletown Ohio, NBA center (Oly-gold-60, NY Knicks)

NBA Forward Jerry Lucas
NBA Forward
Jerry Lucas
  • Mar 30th Norman Gifford, cricketer (respected England slow left-armer 1964-73)
  • Mar 31st Barney Frank, (Rep-D-MA, 1981- )
  • Mar 31st Jim Criner, WLAF head coach (Scottish Claymores)
  • Mar 31st Patrick J Leahy, (Sen-D-VT, 1975- )
  • Apr 1st Wangari Maathai, Kenyan environmentalist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
  • Apr 2nd Penelope Keith, British actress (Norman Conquests, Priest of Love)
  • Apr 2nd Peter Haining, writer/editor (Anatomy of Witchcraft)
  • Apr 3rd Lino Brocka, San Jose Philippines, director (Macho Dancer, Jaguar)
  • Apr 3rd R S Burman, CEO (Association of British Chambers of Commerce)