Famous Birthdays on April 21

  • 1488 Ulrich von Hutten, German knight, scholar and poet (led Imperial Knights against Roman Catholic Church), born in Schlüchtern, Hesse (d. 1523)
  • 1546 Arcangelo Crivelli, Italian composer, born in Bergamo, Republic of Venice (now Italy) (d. 1617)
  • 1555 Ludovico Carracci, Italian painter, born in Bologna, Papal States (now Italy) (d. 1619)
  • 1619 Jan van Riebeeck, Dutch colonial administrator and founder of Cape Colony (Cape Town), born in Culemborg (d. 1677)
  • 1651 Joseph Vaz, Oratorian priest and missionary in Ceylon, born in Benaulim, Goa, Portuguese India (d. 1711)
  • 1652 Michel Rolle, French mathematician (Rolle's theorem), born in Ambert, Basse-Auvergne (d. 1719)
  • 1671 John Law, Scottish economist and author (Money and Trade Considered), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1729)
  • 1672 Johann Philipp Käfer, German composer, born in Schney, Lichtenfels, Germany (d. 1728)
  • 1673 Wilhelmine Amalia of Brunswick-Lüneburg, Holy Roman Empire Empress, born in Hanover, Germany (d. 1742)
  • 1713 Louis de Noailles, Marshal of France, born in Versailles, France (d. 1793)

Catherine the Great (1729-1796)

German-born Empress of Russia (1762-96) who expanded the Russian empire, born in Stettin, Kingdom of Prussia

  • 1749 Johann Michael Malzat, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1787)
  • 1774 Jean-Baptiste Biot, French physicist (Biot-Savart law), born in Paris (d. 1862)
  • 1775 Alexander Anderson, American engraver and illustrator (Shakespeare), born in NYC, New York (d. 1870)
  • 1779 William Knyvett, British singer and composer, born in Westminster, London (d. 1856)
  • 1795 Vincenzo Pallotti, Italian saint (founder of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate), born in Rome (d. 1850)
  • 1803 Levin Minn Powell, American Commander (Union Navy), born in Winchester, Winchester City, Virginia (d. 1885)
  • 1806 Peter van Schendel, Dutch-Belgian painter (Monsieur Chandelle), born in Terheijden, Netherlands (d. 1870)
  • 1809 Robert M. T. Hunter, American lawyer and politician (2nd Confederate States Secretary of State), born in Loretto, Virginia (d. 1887)
  • 1810 John Putnam Chapin, American politician (10th Mayor of Chicago (1846-47), born in Bradford, Vermont (d. 1864)
  • 1811 Alson Sherman, American politician (8th Mayor of Chicago 1844-45), born in Barre, Vermont (d. 1903)
  • 1814 Angela Burdett-Coutts, English philanthropist extrordinaire and "the richest heiress in England", born in London (d. 1906)
  • 1814 Béni Egressy, Hungarian composer, librettist, and actor, born in Kazincbarcika, Hungary (d. 1851)

Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855)

English novelist (Jane Eyre), born in Thornton, West Yorkshire, England

  • 1816 Louis Wigfall, American politician (Confederate States Senator from Texas 1862-85), born in Edgefield, South Carolina (d. 1874)
  • 1822 Hannibal Goodwin, Episcopal priest who patented a method for making film used in Thomas Edison's Kinetoscope, born in Taughannock, New York (d. 1900)
  • 1824 Anselmo Clavé, Spanish politician and composer, born in Barcelona (d. 1874)
  • 1828 Hippolyte Taine, French philosopher and historian (Voyage in Italy), born in Vouziers, Ardennes, France (d. 1893)
  • 1834 William Rufus Terrill, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Covington City, Virginia (d. 1862)
  • 1837 Fredrik Bajer, Danish politician, feminist and pacifist politician (Nobel 1908), born in Næstved, Denmark (d. 1922)

John Muir (1838-1914)

Scottish naturalist and discoverer (glaciers in High Seirras), born in Dunbar

  • 1844 Ted Barratt, English cricket spin bowler (10-43 in tour match vs Australia 1878; MCC, Surrey CCC), born in Stockton-on-Tees, England (d. 1891)
  • 1849 Oskar Hertwig, German embryologist (discovered fertilization), born in Friedberg, Germany (d. 1922)
  • 1851 Charles Barrois, French geologist and palaeontologist, born in Lille, France (d. 1939)
  • 1853 Charles Malherbe, French violinist and composer, born in Paris (d. 1911)
  • 1854 Eusapia Palladino, Italian spiritual medium, born in Minervino Murge, Apulia (d. 1918)
  • 1854 William Stang, German Roman Catholic Bishop, born in Bad Schönborn, Germany (d. 1907)
  • 1854 Władysław Rzepko, Polish composer, born in Piórków, Poland (d. 1932)

Max Weber (1864-1920)

German sociologist, economist and historian (Ancient Judaism), born in Erfurt, Province of Saxony, Prussia

  • 1868 Robert Herrick, American novelist (Common lot), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1938)
  • 1870 Edwin S. Porter, American film pioneer and producer (Jack and the Beanstalk), born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania (d. 1941)
  • 1871 Leo Blech, German composer and conductor, born in Aachen, Rhenish Prussia (d. 1958)
  • 1871 Vojtěch Říhovský, Czech composer, born in Dub nad Moravou, Czechia (d. 1950)
  • 1872 Billy Bitzer, American cinematography pioneer, born in Roxbury, Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1944)
  • 1878 Albert Weisgerber, German painter and graphic artist, born in Sankt Ingbert, Germany (d. 1915)
  • 1879 Kartini, Indonesian national heroine, born in Jepara, Central Java, Dutch East Indies (d. 1904)
  • 1881 Jules-Marie Canneel, Flemish painter and caricaturist (Rocks of Oran), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1953)
  • 1882 Percy Williams Bridgman, American physicist (Nobel 1946 - physics of high pressure), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1961)
  • 1886 Charles "Charlie" Naughton, Scottish actor (Frozen Limits), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1976)

Joe McCarthy (1887-1978)

American Baseball Hall of Fame manager (Chicago Cubs; New York Yankees - World Series 1932, 36–39, 41, 43; Boston Red Sox),born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • 1887 Lillian Walker {Wolke] American silent era actress and film producer (An Embarrassment of Riches), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1975)
  • 1889 Efrem Zimbalist Sr, Russian-American violinist, composer, and educator (Curtis Institute, 1928-68), born in Rostov on Don, Russia (d. 1985)
  • 1889 Paul Karrer, Swiss organic chemist (Nobel 1937), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1971)
  • 1891 František Suchý, Czech composer and folk song collector, born in Březové Hory, Bohemia, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1973)
  • 1892 Jaroslav Kvapil, Czech composer, born in Fryšták, Czech Republic (d. 1959)
  • 1896 Henry de Montherlant, French novelist and stage author (La Reine Morte), born in Paris (d. 1972)
  • 1898 Steve Owen, American Pro Football Hall of Fame tackle (NY Giants) and coach (NFL C'ship 1927, 34, 38; NY Giants), born in Cleo Springs, Oklahoma (d. 1964)
  • 1899 Clement D'Hooghe, Belgian composer, born in Temse, Belgium (d. 1951)
  • 1899 Randall Thompson, American composer (Trip to Nahant), born in NYC, New York (d. 1984)
  • 1901 Julián Bautista, Spanish orchestral and film score composer, and conductor, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1961)
  • 1902 Ben Stroman, Dutch writer (Jomtof & Blue Beard), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1985)
  • 1903 Hans Hedtoft, 14th Prime Minister of Denmark (1947-50, 53-55), born in Århus, Denmark (d. 1955)
  • 1904 Gijs van Hall, Dutch politician and Mayor of Amsterdam (1957-67), born in Amsterdam (d. 1977)
  • 1905 Edmund Gerald "Pat" Brown, American politician and Governor of California (D: 1959-67), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1996)
  • 1906 Tom Burns, British-Chilean publisher and editor, born in Chile (d. 1995)
  • 1907 Antoni Szałowski, Polish-French composer (The Resurrection of Lazarus; 2 Pieces for Ondes Martenot), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1973)
  • 1907 Beatrice Kay, American singer and actress (Sister Sue-Calvin & Col), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)
  • 1908 Louis Hostin, French weightlifter (Olympic gold 1932, 36), born in Saint-Étienne, France (d. 1998)
  • 1909 Rollo May, American psychologist (Love & Will), born in Ada, Ohio (d. 1994)
  • 1911 Ivan Combe, American inventor of personal care products (Clearasil), born in Fremont, Iowa (d. 2000)
  • 1911 Leonard Warren [Warenoff], American baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1939-60) who died on stage, born in The Bronx, New York City (d. 1960)
  • 1912 Eve Arnold, photojournalist (Marilyn Monroe) (d. 2012), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1912 Feike Asma, Dutch organist and conductor, born in Den Helder, Amsterdam (d. 1984)
  • 1912 Marcel Camus, French film director (Orfeu Negro), born in Chappes, France (d. 1982)
  • 1913 Choh Hao Li, Chinese-American bio-chemist (isolated growth hormones), born in Guangzhou, China (d. 1987)
  • 1913 Kai-Uwe von Hassel, German politician (President of Bundestag 1969-72), born in Gare, German East Africa (d. 1997)
  • 1913 Norman Parkinson, English fashion photographer (Harper's Bazaar), born in London (d. 1990)
  • 1914 Norman Panama, American screenwriter (d. 2003)
  • 1915 Andor Kovach, Romanian composer (Médée), born in Transylvania, Hungary, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 2005)

Anthony Quinn (1915-2001)

Mexican-American actor (Zorba the Greek, Lawrence of Arabia, Lust for Life), born in Chihuahua, Mexico

  • 1915 Emanuel Vardi, Israeli-American viola virtuoso and conductor (South Dakota Symphony 1978-82), born in Mutasarrifate of Jerusalem, Ottoman Empire (now Jerusalem, Israel) (d. 2011) [1]
  • 1915 Werner Groebli, Swiss ice skating clown, (Frick in ice skating act Frick & Frack), born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 2008) [1]
  • 1916 Sidney Clute, American actor (Lou Grant; Cagney & Lacey), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1985)
  • 1919 Don Cornell [Luigi Varlaro], American pop singer (Sammy Kaye Orchestra - "Room Full of Roses; solo - "Hold My Hand"), born in The Bronx, New York City (d. 2004)
  • 1919 Frank Essed, Surinamese politician and forestry scientist (Operation Grasshopper), born in Paramaribo, Suriname (d. 1988)
  • 1919 John Goddard, West Indian cricket all-rounder and captain (27 Tests @ 30.67; 33 wickets; Barbados), born in St Michael, Barbados (d. 1987)
  • 1919 Roger Doucet, French Canadian tenor, noted for his bilingual rendition of national anthem "O Canada" at Montreal sporting events, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1981)
  • 1920 Bruno Maderna, Italian conductor, and avant garde composer (Quadrivium; Satyricon), born in Venice, Kingdom of Italy (d. 1973)
  • 1920 Christopher Dark [Alfred Francis DeLeo], American character actor, (World Without End; The Time Tunnel), born in NYC, New York (d. 1971)
  • 1920 Edmund Adamkiewicz, German soccer forward (2 caps; Hamburger SV, Eintracht Frankfurt), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1991)
  • 1921 Jack Fletcher, American actor (Calucci's Department, Once Upon a Mattress), born in Forest Hills, New York (d. 1990)
  • 1922 Allan Watkins, Welsh cricket all-rounder, (15 Tests, England @ 40.15, 11 wickets; Glamorgan), born in Usk, Wales (d. 2011)
  • 1923 John Mortimer, English barrister and writer
  • 1924 Daniel Melnick, American televsion and film producer (Get Smart; Ages of Man; Roxanne), and studio executive, born in NYC, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1924 Ira Louvin [Loudermilk], American country singer and mandolin player (Louvin Brothers), born in Section, Alabama (d. 1965)
  • 1926 Arthur Rowley, English soccer forward (most goals in English league football, 434 from 619 games; Leicester City, Shrewsbury Town), born in Wolverhampton, England (d. 2002)

Elizabeth II (1926-2022)

Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (country's longest reigning monarch 1952-2022), born in London

  • 1926 Herbert Schlosser, American television executive (NBC - hired Johnny Carson; championed Laugh-In; conceptualized Saturday Night Live), born in Atlantic City, New Jersey (d. 2021),
  • 1927 Gerald Flood, British actor (Doctor Who, Patton), born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England (d. 1989)
  • 1927 Robert Brustein, American dean, Yale School of Drama), born in NYC, New York
  • 1930 Don Tyson, American businessman, founder of Tyson Foods, born in Olathe, Kansas (d. 2011)
  • 1930 Silvana Mangano, Italian actress (Death in Venice, Barabbas), born in Rome, Italy (d. 1989)
  • 1931 Morgan Wootten, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (46 seasons DeMatha Catholic HS, Hyattsville, Maryland; National C'ships 1962, 65, 68, 78, 84), born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 2020)

Angela Mortimer (91 years old)

1932 British tennis player (French C'ships 1955, Australian C'ships 1958, Wimbledon 1961), born in Plymouth, England

  • 1932 Elaine May, American comedienne, writer and actress (New Leaf, Primary Colors), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1932 Slide Hampton [Locksley Wellington Hampton], American jazz trombonist, composer and arranger, born in Jeanette, Pennsylvania (d. 2021)
  • 1933 Ian Carr, Scottish jazz musician (Nucleus), born in Dumfries, Scotland (d. 2009)
  • 1934 Martin Horton, cricketer, England off-spin all rounder, 2 Tests 1959)
  • 1935 Charles Grodin, American stage and screen actor (Heartbreak Kid; Midnight Run; Ishtar: Beethoven series), writer, and talk show host, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2021) [1]
  • 1935 Pat Rebillot, American jazz and session pianist, arranger, and composer (Herbie Mann), born in Louisville, Ohio
  • 1935 Robin Dixon, England, 2 man bobsled (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1935 Thomas Kean, American politician
  • 1936 Anthony Joseph Gnazzo, American electronic composer (First Things First), born in Plainville, Connecticut

Bob Cleary (1936-2015)

American US Hockey HOF center (Olympic gold 1960; Harvard University), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts

  • 1936 James Dobson, American evangelist
  • 1937 Charles Lee Herron, Ky, FBI most wanted fugitive (Jan 1 1986)
  • 1937 David Lucas, American rock and roll composer, music producer and singer, born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1937 Gary Peters, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1964, 67; AL Rookie of the Year 1963; AL wins leader 1964; Chicago WS, Boston Red Sox), born in Grove City, Pennsylvania (d. 2023)
  • 1939 Helen Prejean, American writer
  • 1939 John McCabe, British composer and pianist, born in Liverpool, England (d. 2015)
  • 1940 Souleymane Cisse, director (Waati, Yeelen, Finye, Baara)
  • 1941 David Lyle Boren, American politician, Governor and Senator from Oklahoma, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1941 [Alfred] "Pee Wee" Ellis, American jazz, funk, and rock saxophonist, arranger (James Brown; Van Morrison; Gotham; Maceo Parker), and songwriter ("The Chicken; "Cold Sweat"), born in Bradenton, Florida (d. 2021)
  • 1942 Bobby McClure, American gospel (The Soul Stirrers) and soul singer ("Don't Mess Up A Good Thing"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1992)
  • 1943 Hannes Viljoen, South African rugby union winger (3 caps; Natal), born in Elliot, South Africa (d. 2021)
  • 1944 Adrian Hurley, Australian basketball coach
  • 1945 Diana Darvey [Rollof], British actress, singer and dancer (The Benny Hill Show), born in Cheadle, Cheshire, England (d. 2000)
  • 1946 Claire Denis, French film director (Chocolat, Beau Travail), born in Paris, France
  • 1946 Doug MacLeod, American blues musician (Blues Music Awards' Acoustic Artist of the Year, 2014, 2016 and 2017), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946 S Venkataraghavan, cricket (Indian off-spinner, Test ump, ICC referee)
  • 1947 Alan Warner, rocker (Foundations)

Iggy Pop (76 years old)

1947 American singer and lyricist known as "The Godfather of Punk" (The Stooges - "I Wanna Be Your Dog"; solo - "Lust For Life"), born in Muskegon, Michigan

  • 1947 John Weider, bassist (Family-Family Entertainment)
  • 1948 Gary Condit, American politician (Rep-D-California 1989-2003, affair with Chandra Levy), born in Salina, Oklahoma
  • 1948 Max Wyndham, 2nd Baron Egremont, English peer and author
  • 1948 Paul Davis, American country-rock-pop singer-songwriter and piano player ("I Go Crazy"; "65 Love Affair"), born in Meridian, Mississippi (d. 2008)
  • 1949 Patti LuPone, American stage and screen Tony Award-winning actress and Grammy Award-winning singer (Evita; Life Goes On), born in Northport, Long Island, New York
  • 1951 Aleksandr Ivanovich Laveykin, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-2)
  • 1951 Michael Hartley Freedman, American mathematician
  • 1951 Nicoel Barclay, rocker
  • 1951 Robert Gotobed, English drummer (Wire)
  • 1951 Tony Danza, American boxer and actor (Taxi,- "Tony"; The Tony Danza Show - "Tony"; Who's the Boss - "Tony"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1953 Ed Fiori, American golfer (4 PGA Tour titles), born in Lynwood, California
  • 1954 Dale Eggeling, American golfer (3 LPGA titles), born in Statesboro, Georgia
  • 1954 Ebiet G. Ade, Indonesian singer
  • 1954 James Morrison [Paige], American actor (24, Twin Peaks), born in Bountiful, Utah
  • 1955 David Van Tieghem, American experimental percussionist, theatrical composer, and sound designer (Laurie Anderson; Talking Heads), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1956 Phillip Longman, American demographer
  • 1956 Rick DeMont, American 400m swimmer, drug disqualification (1972 Olympics)
  • 1957 Edward Leslie, American professional wrestler
  • 1957 Jesse Orosco, pitcher (NY Mets, Orioles, Dodgers), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1958 Andie MacDowell [Rosalie Anderson], American actress (Sex, Lies and Videotape, Green Card), born in Gaffney, South Carolina
  • 1958 Michael Zarnock, American author and columnist
  • 1958 Mike Barson, rock keyboardist (Madness)
  • 1958 Yoshito Usui, Japanese manga artist
  • 1959 Jerry Only [Gerald Caiafa Jr], American musician (Misfits), born in Lodi, New Jersey
  • 1959 Michael Timmins, Canadian musician (Cowboy Junkies), born in Montreal

Robert Smith (64 years old)

1959 British rock singer, songwriter and guitarist (The Cure - "Friday I'm In Love"), born in Blackpool, England

  • 1959 Tim Jacobus, American artist (Goosebumps)
  • 1960 Julius Korir, Kenya, 3K steeplechaser (Olympic gold 1984)
  • 1962 Les Lancaster, American baseball player
  • 1962 Sergei Viktorovich Zalyotin, Russian major/cosmonaut
  • 1963 John Cameron Mitchell, American actor (Misplaced, Band of the Hand), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1963 Ken Caminiti, MLB third baseman, 1987-2001, (Houston Astros, San Diego Padres, and 3 other teams; NL MVP- 1996), born in Hanford, California (d. 2004)
  • 1963 Roy Dupuis, Canadian actor
  • 1963 Steve Shapiro, American jazz and session musician vibraphonist, and music producer, born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1964 Ludmila Engquist, Swedish athlete (Olympic gold 100m hurdles 1996; World C'ship gold 1991 [rep. USSR], 97), born in Tambov Oblast, Russia
  • 1965 Ed Belfour, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender (Olympic gold 2001, Vezina Trophy 1991, 93), born in Carman, Manitoba
  • 1965 Fiona Kelleghan, American academic and critic
  • 1965 Gary Grant, NBA guard (NY Knicks)
  • 1966 Judy Diduck, ice hockey defenseman (Canada, Olympics 1998)
  • 1967 Michael Franti, American musician (The Beatnigs, Spearhead), born in Oakland, California
  • 1968 Peter van Foxes, soccer player (Ajax)
  • 1969 Conrad Clarks, NFL center (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1969 Robin Meade, American reporter
  • 1970 Glen Hansard, Irish singer-songwriter and actor (Falling Slowly), born in Ballymum
  • 1970 Israel Stanley, NFL/WLAF defensive end (New Orleans Saints, Rhein Fire)
  • 1970 Nicole Sullivan, American actress and comedienne (MADtv, The King of Queens), born in Manhattan, New York
  • 1970 Rob Riggle, American comedian and actor (Modern Family; The Daily Show, 2006-08; SNL, 2005-05), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1971 Alexander Kravchenko, Russian professional poker player
  • 1971 Hasan Akbar, American convicted murderer
  • 1971 Samantha Druce, British swimmer, youngest woman to swim English Channel
  • 1971 Tony Mcgee, NFL tight end (Cin Bengals)
  • 1972 Gwendal Peizerat, French ice dancer
  • 1972 Severina [Vuckovic], Croatian pop singer and actress (Moja Stikla), born in Split, SFR Yugoslavia
  • 1972 Tia Jackson, WNBA forward (Phoenix Mercury)
  • 1973 Jonathan Nsenga, Belgian athlete
  • 1974 Michael Leonhart, American jazz and session trumpeter (Steely Dan; Yoko Ono; Rufus Wainwright), born in New York City
  • 1975 Danyon Loader, New Zealand 200m and 400m swimmer (2 Olympic gold medals 1996), born in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 1976 Rommel Adducul, Filipino basketball player, born in Tuguegarao, Cagayan, Philippines
  • 1977 Doseone [Adam Drucker], American rapper (co-founder of Anticon), born in Napa, Idaho
  • 1978 Avi Phillips, Ontario, actor (Maniac Mansion)
  • 1978 Branden Steineckert, American drummer (Rancid), (The Used)
  • 1978 Jacob Burns, Australian footballer
  • 1978 Jukka Nevalainen, Finnish drummer (Nightwish)

James McAvoy (44 years old)

1979 Scottish actor (X-Men: First Class), born in Glasgow, Scotland

  • 1980 Jeff Keppinger, American baseball player
  • 1980 Tony Romo, American football player
  • 1980 Vincent Lecavalier, Canadian hockey player
  • 1981 Stephanie Larimore, American model