Famous People Born in May 1940

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

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

Jaws Novelist Peter Benchley
Jaws Novelist
Peter Benchley
  • May 8 Ricky Nelson, NJ, rock star (Hello Mary Lou, It's Late, Garden Party)
  • May 8 Irwin Cotler, Canadian politician
  • May 8 Toni Tennille, American singer
  • May 9 Dick Morrissey, saxophonist
  • May 9 James L Brooks, producer/director (Broadcast News, Taxi, Critic)
  • May 10 Wayne Dyer, American psychologist and author (Universe Within You) (d. 2015)
  • May 10 Arthur Alexander, US singer/songwriter (Lonely Just Like Me)
  • May 10 Taurean Blacque, actor (Neal Washington-Hill Street Blues), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • May 10 Bill Cash, British politician (C, born in London
  • May 10 Wayne A. Downing, retired United States Army general
  • May 11 Ronald Anthony Pellegrino, composer
  • May 11 Juan Downey, Chilean video artist (d. 1993)
  • May 12 Norman Whitfield, American songwriter and producer for Motown (I Heard It Through the Grapevine), born in New York City
  • May 13 Bruce Chatwin, England, writer (On the Black Hill)
  • May 13 Richard Brooks, singer (Impressions)
  • May 14 Chay Blyth, English sailor (Alone in Order to the World)
  • May 14 Troy Shondell, American singer
  • May 14 'H'. Jones, British Soldier (VC recipient) (d. 1982)
  • May 15 Beth Stone, LPGA golfer
  • May 15 Paul Rudd, actor (Conn Yankee in King Arthur's Court), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 16 Gareth Roberts, chancellor (Sheffield University)
  • May 17 Alan Kay, American computer scientist
  • May 18 A Marshall Stoneham, FRS, physicist
  • May 18 Pat Trimborn, cricket pace bowler (South African in 4 Tests 1966-70)
  • May 19 Carlos Diegues, actor (Xica)
  • May 19 Frank Lorenzo, airline executive (Continental, Texas Air, Eastern)
  • May 19 Joan Staley, playmate (Nov, 1958)
  • May 19 Mickey Newbury, rocker
  • May 19 Jan Janssen, Dutch cyclist
  • May 20 Sadaharu Oh, of Yomiuri Giants (Japan), hit 868 career HR
  • May 20 Shorty Long, soul singer/pianist (Here Comes the Judge)
  • May 20 Stan Mikita, NHL center (led NHL in scoring 4 times)

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May 21 Tony Sheridan, English singer-songwriter and guitarist, born in Norwich, England (d. 2013)

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