Famous People Born in May 1940

  • 1st Elsa Peretti, Italian jewelry designer
  • 2nd Bryan Davis, cricketer (bro of Charlie WI batsman v Australia 1965)
  • 2nd Sari van Heemskerck Pillis-Duvekot, Dutch MP (VVD)
  • 3rd Konrad "Conny" Plank, German record producer and musician
  • 3rd Clemens Westerhof, Dutch football manager
  • 3rd David Koch, American businesman and philanthropist (Koch Industries), - 6th= richest person in the world (2015), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 4th Dick Curl, Chester Pa, offensive coordinator coach (Barcelona Dragons)
  • 4th Robin Cook, American novelist
  • 5th Lance Henriksen, actor (Aliens, Pumpkinhead, Knights, Hard Target)
  • 6th Henry Habibe, Arubian poet (Kerensentenchi)
  • 6th Murray Sidlin, American conductor (National Symphony 1973-77), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 7th Armando Krieger, composer
  • 7th John Irvin, actor (Moment in Time)
  • 7th Angela Carter, English novelist and journalist (d. 1992)
  • 7th Jim Connors, American Radio personality (d. 1987)
  • 8th James Blyth, CEO (Boots)

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8th Peter Benchley, novelist (Jaws, The Deep), born in NYC, New York (d. 2006)

Jaws Novelist Peter Benchley
Jaws Novelist
Peter Benchley
  • 8th Ricky Nelson, NJ, rock star (Hello Mary Lou, It's Late, Garden Party)
  • 8th Irwin Cotler, Canadian politician
  • 8th Toni Tennille, American singer
  • 9th Dick Morrissey, saxophonist
  • 9th James L Brooks, producer/director (Broadcast News, Taxi, Critic)
  • 10th Wayne Dyer, American psychologist and author (Universe Within You) (d. 2015)
  • 10th Arthur Alexander, US singer/songwriter (Lonely Just Like Me)
  • 10th Taurean Blacque, Newark New Jersey, actor (Neal Washington-Hill Street Blues)
  • 10th William Cash, MP
  • 10th Wayne A. Downing, retired United States Army general
  • 11th Ronald Anthony Pellegrino, composer
  • 11th Juan Downey, Chilean video artist (d. 1993)
  • 13th Bruce Chatwin, England, writer (On the Black Hill)
  • 13th Richard Brooks, singer (Impressions)
  • 14th Chay Blyth, English sailor (Alone in Order to the World)
  • 14th Troy Shondell, American singer
  • 14th 'H'. Jones, British Soldier (VC recipient) (d. 1982)
  • 15th Beth Stone, LPGA golfer
  • 15th Mireille Darc, Toulon France, actor (Week End, Hurried Man)
  • 15th Paul Rudd, actor (Conn Yankee in King Arthur's Court), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 16th Gareth Roberts, chancellor (Sheffield University)
  • 17th Alan Kay, American computer scientist
  • 18th A Marshall Stoneham, FRS, physicist
  • 18th Pat Trimborn, cricket pace bowler (South African in 4 Tests 1966-70)
  • 19th Carlos Diegues, actor (Xica)
  • 19th Frank Lorenzo, airline executive (Continental, Texas Air, Eastern)
  • 19th Joan Staley, playmate (Nov, 1958)
  • 19th Mickey Newbury, rocker
  • 19th Jan Janssen, Dutch cyclist
  • 20th Sadaharu Oh, of Yomiuri Giants (Japan), hit 868 career HR
  • 20th Shorty Long, soul singer/pianist (Here Comes the Judge)
  • 20th Stan Mikita, NHL center (led NHL in scoring 4 times)

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21st Tony Sheridan, Norwich, Norfolk, singer-songwriter and guitarist, (d. 2013)

Singer-Songwriter and and Guitarist Tony Sheridan
Singer-Songwriter and and Guitarist
Tony Sheridan
  • 22nd Bernard Shaw, news correspondant (CBS, CNN)
  • 22nd Erapalli Prasanna, cricketer (one of India's big four spinners)
  • 22nd Michael Sarrazin, actor (Seduction, They Shoot Horses Don't They)
  • 24th Gary Burghoff, Bristol CT, actor (Radar-M*A*S*H)
  • 24th Joseph Brodsky, USSR, author (Less than 1, Nobel 1987)
  • 26th Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, French Canadian politician
  • 26th Levon Helm, Elaine Arkansas, American musician (The Band), (d. 2012)
  • 27th Rene Koering, composer
  • 28th Betty Shabazz, educator/talk show hostess/widow (Malcolm X)
  • 28th Hans Dulfer, tenor saxophonist/director (Paradiso)
  • 28th Thomas E Petri, (Rep-R-WI, 1979- )
  • 28th Maeve Binchy [Snell], Dalkey, Ireland, novelist (Light a Penny Candle), (d. 2012)
  • 29th Farooq Leghari, President of Pakistan
  • 30th David Ackroyd, Orange NJ, actor (I Come in Peace, Memories of Me)
  • 31st Augie Mayer, rocker (Sir Douglas Quintet)
  • 31st Elfi Mikesch, cinematographer (Erotique, Out of America, Malina)
  • 31st Gilbert Shelton, American underground comics illustrator