Famous People Born in 1956

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 708

  • Jan 1 Anatoli Borisovich Polonsky, Russia, lt-colonel/cosmonaut
  • Jan 1 Sergei Vasiliyevich Avdeyev, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-15, SK:TM-28)
  • Jan 1 Mark R. Hughes, American entrepreneur (d. 2000)
  • Jan 1 Kôji Yakusho, Japanese actor
  • Jan 2 Lynda Barry, American cartoonist

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Jan 3 Mel Gibson, Peekskill NY, actor (Mad Max, Mrs Soffel, Lethal Weapon)

Actor and Film Director Mel Gibson
Actor and Film Director
Mel Gibson
  • Jan 3 Willy T. Ribbs, American race car driver, San Jose California
  • Jan 4 Ann Magnuson, Charleston WV, actress (Anything But Love, Hunger)
  • Jan 4 Barney Sumner, rock guitarist/vocalist (New Order-Blue Monday)
  • Jan 4 Bernard Albrecht, English pop guitarist (Joy Division)
  • Jan 4 Nels Cline, American guitarist and composer
  • Jan 5 Chen Kenichi, Japanese-born chef
  • Jan 7 Robin Walton, Boise ID, LPGA golfer (1995 GHP Heartland Classic-15th)
  • Jan 7 Rosalyn Bryant, 4x400m runner (Olympic-silver-1976), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 7 David Caruso, American actor (NYPD Blue, Michael Hayes), born in Forest Hills, New York
  • Jan 9 David Smith, cricketer (England lefty batsman in 2 Tests v WI 1986)
  • Jan 9 Kimberly Beck Hilton, actress (Kim-Peyton Place), born in Glendale, California
  • Jan 9 Imelda Staunton, British actress
  • Jan 9 Mike Walczewski, American Public Address Announcer at Madison Square Garden
  • Jan 10 Shawn Colvin, American singer
  • Jan 10 Antonio Muñoz Molina, Spanish writer
  • Jan 11 Kuniaki Kobayashi, wrestler (WAR/NJPW)
  • Jan 11 Robert Earl Keen, American singer
  • Jan 13 Janet Hubert-Whitten, actress (Vivian Banks-Fresh Prince of Bel Air)
  • Jan 13 Jay McInerney, writer (Bright Lights, Big City)
  • Jan 13 Malcolm Foster, rock bassist (Pretenders-Mystery Achievement)
  • Jan 14 Étienne Daho, French singer and songwriter
  • Jan 14 Ben Heppner, Canadian singer
  • Jan 15 Paul Parker, cricketer (one Test England v Australia 1981)
  • Jan 15 Vera Sosulya, USSR, toboggan (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • Jan 15 Mayawati, Indian politician
  • Jan 16 Wayne Daniel, cricketer (WI fast bowler 1976-84)
  • Jan 16 Jennifer Dale, Canadian actress
  • Jan 16 Martin Jol, Dutch football manager
  • Jan 16 Ivan Safronov, Russian journalist (d. 2007)
  • Jan 17 Mitch Vogel, American actor (Jamie-Bonanza), born in Alhambra, California
  • Jan 17 Paul Young, rock vocalist/keyboardist (Every Time You Go Away)
  • Jan 18 Mark Collie, Waynesboro Tn, country singer (Another Old Soldier)
  • Jan 19 Carman Licciardello, American Christian singer

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Jan 20 Bill Maher, New York New York, American comedian and political commentator (Real Time with Bill Maher, Politically Incorrect)

Political Commentator and Comedian Bill Maher
Political Commentator and Comedian
Bill Maher
  • Jan 20 John McNally, Naha Okinawa, US rapid fire pistol (Oly-84, 88, 92, 96)
  • Jan 20 John Phillips Naber, Evanston Ill, swimmer (Olympic-4 gold/silver-76)
  • Jan 20 Maria Larsson, Swedish politician
  • Jan 21 Robby Benson, American actor (One on One, Running Brave, Chosen), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jan 21 Bob Brill, drummer (Berlin-You Take My Breath Away), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 22 Becky Pearson, LPGA golfer
  • Jan 22 Steve Riley, American drummer
  • Jan 24 Hanne Krogh, Norwegian singer (Bobbysocks)
  • Jan 24 Lounès Matoub, a famous Berber Kabyle singer (d. 1998)
  • Jan 25 Andy Cox, rock guitarist (Fine Young Cannibals-She Drives Me Crazy)
  • Jan 26 Lisa Boray, [Schulte Nordholt], Dutch singer (Lovers Until the End)
  • Jan 26 Simon Howard, English large landowner (Castle Howard)
  • Jan 27 Mimi Rogers, actress (Paper Dolls, The Rousters), born in Coral Gables, Florida
  • Jan 27 Fred Quillan, Portland Oregon, WLAF offensive coach (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Jan 28 Peter Schilling, Stuttgart Germany, rocker
  • Jan 30 Jeremy Gittins, English actor
  • Jan 30 Keiichi Tsuchiya, Japanese racing driver
  • Jan 31 Johnny Rotten, [John Lydon], rocker (Sex Pistols-God Save the Queen)
  • Jan 31 Lloyd Cole, English rocker (Lloyd Cole and the Commotions), born in Buxton, Derbyshire
  • Jan 31 Trevor A Manuel, South African UDF/ANC-leader
  • Feb 1 Brahmanandam, Indian film actor
  • Feb 1 Exene Cervenka, American musician
  • Feb 1 Mike Kitchen, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
  • Feb 3 Nathan Lane, Jersey NJ, actor (One of the Boys, Frankie & Johnnie)
  • Feb 3 Pamela Cossey, England, model/sister of transsexual Tula
  • Feb 3 John Jefferson, American football player
  • Feb 3 Lee Ranaldo, American musician (Sonic Youth)
  • Feb 5 Hector Rebaque, Mexican racing driver
  • Feb 5 Betty Ong, flight attendant that died on September 11, 2001, on American Airlines Flight 11
  • Feb 6 Jon Walmsley, Lancashire England, actor (Jason-Waltons)
  • Feb 6 Linda Grovenor, actress (Die Laughing, Wheels of Fire), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Feb 7 Emo Philips, American comedian
  • Feb 7 Mark St. John, American musician (Kiss) (d. 2007)
  • Feb 8 Dave Meros, American bassist (Spock's Beard)
  • Feb 9 Philip Jackson Ford Jr, NC, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • Feb 11 Kathleen Beller, actress (Ft Apache the Bronx, Touched), born in Queens, New York
  • Feb 11 H.R. [Paul D. Hudson], singer (Bad Brains), born in London, England
  • Feb 11 Didier Lockwood, French violinist
  • Feb 12 Ad P Melkert, Dutch minister of Social Affairs (1994- )
  • Feb 13 Liam Brady, British soccer player
  • Feb 13 Peter Hook, English rock bassist (New Order-Round & Round, Run)
  • Feb 13 Richard Eden, actor (Brick-Santa Barbara, Solar Crisis, Robocop)
  • Feb 13 Yiannis Kouros, Greek-Australian runner
  • Feb 13 Princess Alia bint Al Hussein, Jordanian Royal Family member
  • Feb 14 Dave Dravecky, pitcher (SF Giants), had arm amputated
  • Feb 14 Howard Edward Davis Jr., boxer (Olympic-silver-1976), born in Glen Cove, New York (d. 2015)
  • Feb 14 Ken Wahl, actor (Wanderers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 15 Desmond Haynes, cricket (WI opener-greatest batsman in 1-day history)
  • Feb 15 Hilda Beatriz "Hildita" Guevara, Cuba, daughter of "Che" Guevara
  • Feb 15 Hitoshi Ogawa, Japanese racing driver (d. 1992)
  • Feb 17 Richard Karn, American actor
  • Feb 18 Ted Gärdestad, Swedish singer (d. 1997)
  • Feb 19 Dave Wakeling, rock singer/guitarist
  • Feb 19 George David Low, astronaut (STS 32, STS 43), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Feb 19 Peter Holsapple, rocker (Continental Drifters)
  • Feb 19 Steve Randell, Tasmanian cricket Test umpire (international panel)
  • Feb 19 Roderick MacKinnon, American biologist, Nobel laureate
  • Feb 20 Charles Cummins, Clintwood Va, 3rd of 5 siblings born on 2/20
  • Feb 20 Charlie Adler, American voice actor
  • Feb 21 Woody Brown, actor (Cliff-Facts of Life), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Feb 22 Amy Alcott, LPGA golfer (1983 Nabisco Dinah Shore), born in Kansas City, Missouri

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Feb 24 Eddie Murray, 1st baseman (Orioles, Dodgers, Cleve Indians), born in Los Angeles, California

MLB First Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB First Baseman
Eddie Murray
  • Feb 24 Paula Zahn, Napperville Ill, news anchor (ABC, CBS This Morning)
  • Feb 24 Judith Butler, American philosopher
  • Feb 25 Davie Cooper, soccer star
  • Feb 26 Keisuke Kuwata, Japanese singer
  • Feb 28 Jimmy Nicholl, Canadian-born Northern Irish footballer
  • Feb 28 Mike Tenay, American wrestling commentator
  • Feb 29 Randy Jackson, rocker (Zebra-I Don't Know, I Don't Care)
  • Feb 29 Jonathan Coleman, Anglo-Australian entertainer
  • Feb 29 Bob Speller, Canadian politician
  • Feb 29 Aileen Wuornos, American serial killer (d. 2002)
  • Feb 29 J. Randy Taraborrelli, American celebrity journalist
  • Mar 1 Balwinder Singh Sandhu, cricketer (Sikh pace bowler 1983 World Cup)
  • Mar 1 Mark Todd, UK, NZ equestrian 3 day event (Olympics-96)
  • Mar 1 Timothy Daly, Sufferin NY, actor (Joe-Wings, Diner, Made in Heaven)
  • Mar 2 John Cowsill, rock drummer (The Cowsills - We Can Fly), born in Newport, Rhode Island
  • Mar 2 Mark Evans, Australian rock bassist (AC/DC), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Mar 3 Jim Barton, American sailor (1996 Olympics bronze in Soling class), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Mar 3 John F Reid, cricketer (New Zealand batsman of 70's/80's)
  • Mar 3 Zbigniew Boniek, Polish footballer
  • Mar 4 Kermit Driscoll, American jazz bassist
  • Mar 5 Mark Handley, writer (Nell)
  • Mar 5 Adriana Barraza, Mexican actress
  • Mar 5 Teena Marie, American singer
  • Mar 6 Peter Roebuck, cricketer (Somerset opening batsman & SMH writer)

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Mar 7 Bryan Cranston, American actor (Breaking Bad, Malcolm in the Middle), born in Canoga Park, California

  • Mar 8 John Kapelos, Canadian actor
  • Mar 8 Laurie Cunningham, English former footballer (d. 1989)
  • Mar 9 Shashi Tharoor, Indian author & United Nations Under-Secretary General
  • Mar 9 Mark Dantonio, Michigan State University American football coach
  • Mar 9 David Willetts, UK Shadow Secretary for Education (Conservative)
  • Mar 10 Janet Anderson, West Sunbury PA, LPGA golfer (1982 US Women's Open)
  • Mar 10 Mitchell Lichtenstein, American actor; son of Roy Lichtenstein
  • Mar 11 Curtis L Brown Jr, NC, astronaut (STS 47, STS 66, 77, 85, sk:95)
  • Mar 11 D. J. MacHale, American author and television writer
  • Mar 11 Rob Paulsen, American voice actor
  • Mar 12 Dale Murphy, Portland Ore, slugger (Atlanta Braves, 2 time NL MVP)
  • Mar 13 Dana Delany, actress (Colleen McMurphy-China Beach, Exit to Eden), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 14 Natalya Dmitriyevna Kuleshova, Russia, cosmonaut
  • Mar 14 Tessa Sanderson, British javelin thrower (Oly-gold-84), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Mar 14 Colin Ayre, British football player
  • Mar 15 Clay Matthews, NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Mar 16 Ozzie Newsome, NFL tight end (Cleveland Browns)
  • Mar 17 Will Rigby, rock percussionist (Amy Rigby Diary of a Mad Housewife)
  • Mar 17 Patrick McDonnell, American cartoonist
  • Mar 18 "The Model" Rick Martel, [Richard Vignault], wrestler (WWF/AWA)
  • Mar 18 Ingamar Stenmark, Sweden, slalom (Olympic-2 gold-1980)
  • Mar 18 Deborah Jeane Palfrey, American escort owner, born in Charleroi, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • Mar 19 Alina Castro, Havanna Cuba, daughter of Fidel
  • Mar 19 Yegor Gaidar, Russian politician and economist.
  • Mar 20 Phillip Oppenhein, British MP
  • Mar 21 Ingrid Kristiansen, Norway, marathoner (Olympic-4th-1984, Bost-86, 89)
  • Mar 22 Lena Olin, actress (Enemies A Love Story), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Mar 22 Lyndsay Stephen, Donnybrook WA, Australian golfer
  • Mar 22 Generosa Ammon, widow of Ted Ammon (d. 2003)
  • Mar 23 Andrew Mitchell, British MP
  • Mar 23 Laura Thorne, chef (named one of 10 best American chefs)
  • Mar 23 José Manuel Barroso, Portuguese politician, president of the European Commission
  • Mar 24 Ijaz Faqih, cricketer (Pakistan off-spin all-rounder in 5 Tests 80-88)
  • Mar 25 Sonia M Lannaman, England, 4X100m relayer (Olympic-bronze-1980)
  • Mar 25 Matthew Garber, English actor (d. 1977)
  • Mar 26 Charly McClain, Jackson Tn, country singer (Radio Heart)
  • Mar 26 Tatyana Kochergina, USSR, team handball (Olympic-gold-1976, 80)
  • Mar 27 Brian Kelly, CFL wide receiver (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Mar 27 Thomas Wassberg, Sweden, 15K/50K cross country skier (Oly-gold-1980)
  • Mar 28 Asoka De Silva, cricket leg-spinner (Sri Lanka in 10 Tests 1985-91)
  • Mar 28 Evelin Jahl, German DR, discus thrower (Olympic-2 gold-1976)
  • Mar 28 T A Sekar, Indian cricket pace-bowler (2 Tests 1982-83 little impact)
  • Mar 28 April Margera, Bam Margera's mother
  • Mar 29 Kurt Thomas, US, gymnist (Olympics), actor (Gymkata)
  • Mar 29 Lisa J Allen, TV reporter/lawyer
  • Mar 29 Sue Fogleman, LPGA golfer
  • Mar 30 Bill Butler, Scottish politician
  • Mar 31 Bruce Sinofsky, American documentary film director (Brothers Keeper), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • Apr 1 Peter O'Toole, Irish pop bassist (Hothouse Flowers-People)
  • Apr 2 Farrukh Zaman, lefty cricket spinner (bowled 10 overs Pak v NZ 1976)
  • Apr 3 Miguel Bose, Panama, spanish singer/actor (El Avaro, Queen Margot)
  • Apr 3 Boris Miljkovic, Serbian director
  • Apr 4 Evelyn Hart, prima ballerina (Royal Winnipeg Ballet)
  • Apr 4 Lamen Khalifa Fhimah, Suk Giuma Libya, bomber (Pan Am Flight 103)
  • Apr 4 Tom Herr, American baseball player
  • Apr 4 David E. Kelley, American writer and TV producer
  • Apr 5 Diamond Dallas Page, American professional wrestler
  • Apr 6 Dilip Vengsarkar, cricketer (prolific Indian batsman 1976-92)
  • Apr 6 Mudassar Nazar, cricketer (son of Nazar Mohammad Pakistani bat)
  • Apr 7 Gail Lee Hirata, LPGA golfer
  • Apr 7 Annika Billström, Swedish politician
  • Apr 7 Christopher Darden, American O.J. Simpson prosecutor
  • Apr 8 Christine Boisson, French actress
  • Apr 8 Jim Piddock, English actor, writer and producer
  • Apr 9 Miguel Ángel Russo, Argentine footballer
  • Apr 12 Alexander Briley, vocalist (YMCA-Village People)
  • Apr 12 Andy Garcia, Cuba, actor (Stand & Deliver, 8 Million Ways to Die)
  • Apr 12 Doris EHP Baaten, Dutch actress (Sesame Street, Fien)
  • Apr 12 Herbert Grönemeyer, German singer
  • Apr 12 Walter Salles, Brazilian filmmaker (The Motorcycle Diaries), born in Rio de Janeiro
  • Apr 13 Michael Nikolay, German DR, gymnist (Olympics)
  • Apr 13 Peter 'Possum' Bourne, New Zealand rally driver (d. 2003)
  • Apr 15 Gregory J Harbaugh, astronaut (STS 39, 54, 71, 82), born in Cleveland, Ohio