Famous People Born in 1940

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

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Jan 19 Mary Mills, Laurel Mississippi, LPGA golfer

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

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

  • Jan 21 Marquis of Tavistock, English large landowner/multi-millionaire
  • Jan 22 Addie "Micki" Harris, singer (Shirelles-Soldier Boy), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • Jan 22 John Hurt, England, actor (Elephant Man, Alien, Midnight Express)
  • Jan 22 Tilo Medek, German composer
  • Jan 22 George Seifert, American football coach
  • Jan 23 Johnny Russell, country singer
  • Jan 24 Flip Buurmeijer, Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • Jan 27 Brian T O'Leary, astronaut, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jan 27 James Cromwell, American actor (Babe, The Green Mile), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 28 Carlos Slim Helú, Mexican businessman
  • Jan 29 Katharine Ross, American actress
  • Jan 29 Kunimitsu Takahashi, Japanese motorcycle racer and racing driver
  • Jan 30 David Johnson, composer
  • Jan 31 Stuart Margolin, Davenport Iowa, actor (Love American Style)
  • Feb 1 Bibi Besch, actress (Star Trek 2, Beast Within), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Feb 1 Herve Filion, sulky driver (1969 Canadian Sports Hall of Fame)
  • Feb 2 Alan "Tea" Caddy, rock guitarist (Tornados-Globetrotter)
  • Feb 2 Thomas M[ichael] Disch, US, sci-fi author (Genocides, 102 H-Bombs)
  • Feb 2 David Jason, English actor
  • Feb 2 Wayne Fontes, American football coach
  • Feb 2 Alan Caddy, English musician (The Tornados), born in London (d. 2000)

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Feb 3 Fran Tarkenton, NFL QB (NY Giants, Minnesota Vikings), born in Richmond, Virginia

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

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

Actor & Director George Romero
Actor & Director
George Romero
  • Feb 5 H R Giger, Swiss artist & special effects designer (Alien), born in Zürich, (d. 2014)
  • Feb 6 Jimmy Tarbuck, English comic/golfer
  • Feb 6 Tom Brokaw, American news anchor (NBC Nightly News 1982-2004), born in Webster, South Dakota
  • Feb 7 Gary Bond, England, actor (Outback, Zulu, Anne of Thousand Days)
  • Feb 8 Averil Cameron, British(?) historian
  • Feb 8 Talib Rasul Hakim, composer
  • Feb 8 Ted Koppel, Lancashire England, American journalist (ABC Nightline)
  • Feb 9 Brian Bennett, rock drummer (Shadows), born in London, England
  • Feb 10 Hamish Imlach, folk singer/comic
  • Feb 10 Mary Rand-Bignal-Toomey, England, long jumper (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • Feb 10 Peter Middleton, CEO (Lloyd's)
  • Feb 10 Jimmy Merchant, American rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & Teenagers-Why Do Fools), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 11 Calvin Fowler, Pitts, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1968)
  • Feb 12 Hank Brown, (Rep-R-CO, 1981-88)
  • Feb 12 Richard Lynch, American actor (Xaviar-Battlestar Galactica), (d. 2012)
  • Feb 14 Porpoise, 1st born in captivity in US (Marineland, Fla)
  • Feb 15 John Hadl, American football player
  • Feb 15 Hamzah Haz, Indonesian politician
  • Feb 16 Karoli Ruth Needles, painter
  • Feb 17 Dennis Gamsy, cricketer (South African bat in 2 Tests v Australia 1970)
  • Feb 19 Smokey Robinson, American R&B and soul singer-songwriter (The Miracles-Tears of a Clown)
  • Feb 19 Bobby Rogers, US vocalist (Miracles-You Really Got a Hold on Me), (d. 2013)
  • Feb 19 Carlin Glynn, US actress (Continental Divide)
  • Feb 19 William "Smokey" Robinson, Det, vocalist (& Miracles-Being With You)
  • Feb 19 Saparmurat Niyazov, President of Turkmenistan (d. 2006)
  • Feb 20 Barbara Laine Ellis, singer
  • Feb 20 Christoph Eschenbach, Breslau, Germany, pianist/conductor
  • Feb 20 Jimmy Greaves, British broadcaster/soccer player
  • Feb 20 RA Weiss, director (Institute of Cancer Research)
  • Feb 20 V Payne, British headmistress (Malvern Girls' College)
  • Feb 21 John Lewis, (Rep-D-Georgia)
  • Feb 21 Peter McEnery, England, actor (Game is Over, Moonspinners)
  • Feb 21 Peter Gethin, British racing driver
  • Feb 22 Chet Walker, NBA all-star forward (Chicago Bulls)
  • Feb 22 Johnson P Mlambo, South African leader (Pan-African Congress)
  • Feb 22 Julian Chagrin, mime/actor (Golddiggers), born in London, England
  • Feb 22 Billy Name [William Linich Jr], photographer (Andy Warhol's factory), born in Poughkeepsie, New York (d. 2016)
  • Feb 23 Jermyn P Brooks, CEO (Price Waterhouse Europe)
  • Feb 23 Peter Fonda, actor (Easy Rider, Lilith, Wild Angels, Trip)
  • Feb 24 Jimmy Ellis, WBA heavyweight boxing champ (1968-70), born in Louisville, Kentucky, (d. 2014)
  • Feb 24 Theo Bosch, Dutch humanist/architect (Nieuwmarkt, Amsterdam)
  • Feb 24 Pete Duel, American actor (d. 1971)
  • Feb 24 Denis Law, Scottish footballer (Manchester United, Manchester City), born in Aberdeen, Scotland
  • Feb 25 Billy Packer, Wellsville NY, basketball sportscaster (CBS)
  • Feb 25 George Paul, CEO (Norwich Union Insurance Group)
  • Feb 25 Hector MacKenzie, trade unionist
  • Feb 25 Jud Taylor, actor (Dr Gerson-Dr Kildare)
  • Feb 25 Ron Santo, shortstop (Cubs, 1st baseball player to veto his trade)
  • Feb 27 Barbara Kelly, CEO (Scottish Consumer Council)
  • Feb 27 Howard Hesseman, Salem Or, actor (Dr Johnny Fever-WKRP, Head of Class)
  • Feb 27 Bill Hunter, Australian actor
  • Feb 28 Joe South, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Games People Play), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2012)

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Feb 28 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 29 Gretchen Christopher, British(?) pop singer
  • Feb 29 Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople
  • Mar 1 David Broome, Show Jumper (world champ-1970)
  • Mar 1 Ralph Towner, rocker (Oregon)
  • Mar 1 Robert Grossman, American illustrator
  • Mar 2 Frederik van Zyl Slabbert, chairman (South African Prog Fed Party, 1979-86)
  • Mar 2 Tony Croatto, Italian-born composer (d. 2005)
  • Mar 3 Germán Castro Caycedo, Colombian writer and journalist
  • Mar 3 Owen Spencer-Thomas, English broadcaster, journalist and Anglican clergyman
  • Mar 4 Kas Garas, Kaunas Lithuania, actor (Hamlyn-Strange Report)
  • Mar 4 Volodymyr Morozov, Ukrainian flatwater canoer
  • Mar 5 Mary Rose Oakar, (Rep)
  • Mar 5 Malcolm Hebden, English actor
  • Mar 6 Joanna Miles, Nice France, actress (Cross Creek, Delta County USA)
  • Mar 6 Willie Stargell, outfielder/1st baseman (Pirates, 1971 NL HR leader)
  • Mar 7 Daniel J Travanti, actor (Frank Furillo-Hill St Blues), born in Kenosha, Wisconsin
  • Mar 7 Harald Gerlach, writer
  • Mar 7 Rudi [Rudolf] Dutschke, German student leader (Glasnost Berlin)
  • Mar 7 Viktor Petrovich Savinykh, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz T-4, T-13, TM-5)
  • Mar 8 Leslie Isben Rogge, one of FBI's most wanted
  • Mar 8 Susan Clark, actress (Night Moves, Webster), born in Sarnia, Ontario
  • Mar 8 Theo Laseroms, [The Tank], Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • Mar 9 Raul Julia, PR, actor (Addams Family, Kiss of the Spider Woman)

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Mar 10 Chuck Norris [Carlos Ray], American martial arts actor (Missing in Action), born in Ryan, Oklahoma

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

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

NBA Forward Jerry Lucas
NBA Forward
Jerry Lucas
  • Mar 30 Norman Gifford, cricketer (respected England slow left-armer 1964-73)
  • Mar 31 Barney Frank, (Rep-D-MA, 1981- )
  • Mar 31 Jim Criner, WLAF head coach (Scottish Claymores)
  • Mar 31 Patrick J Leahy, (Sen-D-VT, 1975- )
  • Apr 1 Wangari Maathai, Kenyan environmentalist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
  • Apr 2 Penelope Keith, British actress (Norman Conquests, Priest of Love)
  • Apr 2 Peter Haining, writer/editor (Anatomy of Witchcraft)