Famous People Born in January 1956

  • 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 1 Christine Lagarde, French lawyer and politician, 1st female head of the IMF, born in Paris
  • Jan 2 Lynda Barry, American cartoonist

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 3 Mel Gibson, American actor (Mad Max, Mrs Soffel, Lethal Weapon) and filmmaker, born in Peekskill, New York

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, English rock guitarist, vocalist (New Order-Blue Monday), born in Salford
  • 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 country folk singer-songwriter (Sunny Came Home), born in Vermillion, South Dakota
  • 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 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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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, American 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