Famous Birthdays on April 6

RaphaelRaphael (1483-1520)

Italian painter and master builder (Sistine Madonna, School of Athens) [Julian calendar date], born in Urbino, Duchy of Urbino

  • 1613 Stjepan Gradić, Croatian philosopher and scientist (d. 1683)
  • 1631 Vincenzo De Grandis, Italian composer and priest, born in Ostra (d. 1708)
  • 1632 Maria Leopoldine of Austria, Holy Roman Empire Empress (d. 1649)
  • 1651 André Dacier, French classical scholar (d. 1722)
  • 1660 Johann Kuhnau, Bohemian composer (Biblical Sonatas), kapellmeister, novelist, and lawyer, born in Geising, Bohemia (now Germany) (d. 1722)
  • 1664 Arvid Horn, Swedish statesman (d. 1742)
  • 1671 Jean-Baptiste Rousseau, French playwright and poet (Sacred Odes & Songs), born in Paris, France (d. 1741)
  • 1672 Andre Cardinal Destouches, French composer (Les élémens), born in Paris, France (d. 1749)
  • 1708 Johann George Reutter, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1772)
  • 1752 Johann Friedrich Kranz, German composer, born in Weimar (d. 1810)
  • 1757 Alessandro Rolla, Italian violin and viola player and composer, teacher of Paganini, born in Pavia (d. 1841)
  • 1773 James Mill, Scottish philosopher and historian (History of British India), born in Angus, Scotland (d. 1836)
  • 1778 Joseph Funk, early American composer, born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania (d. 1862)
  • 1810 Philip Henry Gosse, English naturalist (created 1st public aquarium at London Zoo, coined term 'aquarium'), born in Worcester, England (d. 1888)
  • 1812 Aaron Bernstein, German Jewish writer (Young Germany), born in Danzig (d. 1884)
  • 1812 Alexander Herzen, Russian writer (d. 1870)
  • 1812 Gavril Yakimovich Lomakin, Russian composer and teacher, born in Borisk-ovka, Russia (d. 1885)
  • 1815 Friedrich Robert Volkmann, German composer, born in Lommatzsch, Saxony (d. 1883)
  • 1818 Aasmund Olavsson Vinje, Norwegian poet (d. 1870)
  • 1818 Francis Henry Brown, American teacher and composer (popular pre civil war composer), born in Newburyport, Massachusetts (d. 1891)
  • 1819 Johann Scheler, Belgian librarian and man of letters (d. 1890)
  • 1823 Joseph Medill, Canadian newspaper editor, owner and politician (co-owned Chicago Tribune, Mayor of Chicago 1871-73), born in Saint John, New Brunswick (d. 1899)
  • 1826 Gustave Moreau, French Symbolist artist, born in Paris, France (d. 1898)
  • 1828 Charles William Field, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1892)
  • 1830 James Augustine Healy, 1st African American Roman Catholic bishop (Diocese of Portland), born in Macon, Georgia (d. 1900)
  • 1833 Johan Hendrik Kern, Dutch linguist (Sanskrit, Old Javan), born in Purworejo, Dutch East Indies (d. 1917)
  • 1835 José Marraco y Ferrer, Catalan church musician and composer, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 1913)
  • 1841 Karl Binding, German jurist (d. 1920)
  • 1849 John William Waterhouse, British painter, born in Rome, Roman Republic (now Italy) (d. 1917)
  • 1851 Guillaume Bigourdan, French astronomer (d. 1932)
  • 1860 René Lalique, French jeweller (“the inventor of modern jewellery”) and glass designer, born in Aÿ-Champagne, France (d. 1945) [1]
  • 1866 Joseph Lincoln Steffens, American muckraker and investigative journalist (Shame of the Cities), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1936)
  • 1869 Louis Raemakers, Dutch cartoonist (WWI anti-German newspaper cartoons) and painter, born in Roermond, Netherlands (d. 1956)
  • 1871 Alexander of Wales, British Prince, son of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, born at Sandringham House, England (d. 1871 1 day later)
  • 1877 Ted Ray, British golfer (British Open 1912, US Open 1920), born in Jersey (d. 1943)
  • 1878 Carl Ehrenberg, German composer, kapellmeister, and pedagogue, born in Dresden, Germany (d. 1962)
  • 1878 Erich Mühsam, German author (d. 1934)
  • 1885 Carlos Salzedo, French-American piano prodigy, harpist, composer, educator (Curtis Institue; Juilliard), and new music advocate (co-founder of International Composers' Guild), born in Arcachon, France (d. 1961)
  • 1885 Jules Goux, French auto racer (first European to win Indianapolis 500 1913), born in Valentigney, France (d. 1965)
  • 1886 "Smokey" Joe Williams, American Baseball HOF pitcher (NgL, Mexico, Caribbean 1905-32; no-hitter 1919 NY Lincoln Giants), born in Seguin, Texas (d. 1951)
  • 1886 Osman Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VII, The Last Nizam of Hyderabad state (d. 1967)
  • 1888 Daniel Andersson, Swedish poet and writer (Svarta Ballader), born in Skattlösberg, Sweden (d. 1920)
  • 1889 Barry Macollum, Irish actor (The Trouble With Harry), born in Ireland (d. 1971)
  • 1890 André-Louis Danjon, French astronomer (invented Danjon astrolabe), born in Caen, France (d. 1967)

Anthony FokkerAnthony Fokker (1890-1939)

Dutch aviation pioneer and aircraft manufacturer (Eindecker monoplanes, Fokker Triplane), born in Blitar, East Java, Dutch East Indies

Donald Wills DouglasDonald Wills Douglas (1892-1981)

American aircraft industrialist (McDonnell Douglas) and aviation pioneer (Douglas DC-3), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • 1892 Lowell Thomas, American newscaster (High Adventure), born in Woodington, Ohio (d. 1981)
  • 1892 Mateusz Gliński, Polish conductor, musicologist (Scriabin, Chopin), composer, and pedagogue (Winsdor University), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1976)
  • 1894 Gertrude Baines, American supercentenarian who was the oldest person in the world and the last person known to be born in 1894, born in Shellman, Georgia (d. 2009)
  • 1898 Bobby Gilbert, American actor (Some Like It Hot, The Rebel Set), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1973)
  • 1898 Pete DePaolo, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1925; first driver to average > 100mph at Indy, recording 101.13mph), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1980)
  • 1900 Andres Sas, Belgian Peruvian composer, born in Paris (d. 1967)
  • 1900 Leo Robin, American songwriter ("Thanks For The Memory"; "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1984)
  • 1901 Pier Giorgio Frassati, Italian Catholic (d. 1925)
  • 1901 Willem Pelemans, Flemish composer, and music critic, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1991) [some sources give birthdate as April 8]
  • 1902 Gertrude Short, American actress (Stella Dallas, Blonde Venus), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1968)
  • 1902 James "Rosy" McHargue, American jazz clarinetist, and vocalist (Ted Weems Orchestra; The Wolverines), born in Danville, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • 1902 Veniamin Kaverin, Russian writer (d. 1989)
  • 1903 Harold Edgerton, American electrical engineer and photographer who created high-speed photography techniques, born in Fremont, Nebraska (d. 1990)

Mickey CochraneMickey Cochrane (1903-1962)

American Baseball HOF catcher (MLB All-Star 1934, 35; World Series 1929, 30, 35; AL MVP 1928, 34; Philadelphia A's, Detroit Tigers) and manager (Detroit Tigers 1934–38), born in Bridgewater, Massachusetts

  • 1904 Kurt Georg Kiesinger, German politician and author (Chancellor of West Germany 1966-69, born in Ebingen, Kingdom of Württemberg (d. 1988)
  • 1904 William Challee, American stage and screen actor (Desperate; Five Easy Pieces; Moonchild), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1989)
  • 1906 Virginia Hall [Goillot], American spy with British Special Operations during WWII (1940-1966), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1982)
  • 1908 Ernie Lombardi, American Baseball HOF catcher (8 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1940; NL MVP 1938; Cincinnati Reds, Boston Braves, NY Giants), born in Oakland, California (d. 1977)
  • 1908 Vano Muradeli, Soviet Georgian composer (The Great Friendship; Our Leader), and pedagogue, born in Gori, Georgia, Imperial Russia (d. 1970)
  • 1909 Hermann Lang, German race car driver (d. 1987)
  • 1909 William M. Branham, American evangelist (d. 1965)
  • 1910 Desmond Dreyer, British admiral (battle of the River Plate), born in Cheriton, England (d. 2003) [1]
  • 1911 Phyllis Tate, English composer, born in Buckinghamshire (d. 1987)
  • 1917 Leonora Carrington, British-Mexican Surrealist artist, born in Clayton-le-Woods, England (d. 2011)
  • 1918 Alfredo Ovando Candía, Bolivian president (d. 1982)
  • 1918 Joan Bernard, English educator (Principal Trevelyan College, Durham) and army officer (WWII Auxiliary Territorial Service), (d. 2012)
  • 1918 Karen [Ingeborg Klinkerfuss], German actress (Sky Murder, All Through the Night, Madame X), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1967)
  • 1919 Paula Kelly, American big band singer (The Modernaires), born in Grove City, Pennsylvania, (d. 1992) [1]
  • 1920 Bernard Carter, British painter and etcher
  • 1921 "Big" Walter [Horton], American blues harmonica player (Everybody's Fishin'), born in Horn Lake, Mississippi (d. 1981) [some sources cite year as far back as 1917]
  • 1921 Andrew Imbrie, American contemporary classical composer, and pianist, born in New York City (d. 2007)
  • 1921 Franta Belsky, Czecg-British sculptor, born in Brno, Czechia (d. 2000)
  • 1921 Lord Moore of Wolvercote [Philip Brian Cecil Moore], Private Secretary to the Sovereign (UK)
  • 1922 Dorothy Donegan, American boogie-woogie, swing jazz, and classical pianist, and vocalist, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1998)
  • 1924 Charlie Rouse, American hard bop tenor saxophonist (Thelonious Monk Quartet; Sphere), born in Washington, DC (d. 1988)
  • 1925 Arthur D Larsen, tennis champ (US Open-1950)
  • 1925 John Knox, British supreme court justice
  • 1925 Marcus Worsley, Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, (d. 2012)
  • 1926 Gil Kane, Latvian-born cartoonist (d. 2000)

Ian PaisleyIan Paisley (1926-2014)

First Minister of Northern Ireland (Democratic Unionist Party: 2007-08), loyalist politician and Protestant religious leader, born in Armagh, Northern Ireland

  • 1927 David Ingram, Vice-Chancellor (University of Kent at Canterbury)
  • 1927 Gerry Mulligan, American saxophonist and orchestra leader (Jazz On A Summer Day), born in Queens, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1928 Bob Efford, British jazz and session baritone saxophonist and reed player, born in London (d. 2019)

James WatsonJames Watson (95 years old)

1928 American molecular biologist who co-discovered DNA's structure, with Francis Crick (Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, 1962), geneticist and zoologist, born in Chicago, Illinois [1] [2]

  • 1928 Will Gaines, American-British tap dancer, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2014)
  • 1929 André Previn, German-American conductor (London Symphony), film score composer (My Fair Lady), and jazz pianist, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2019)
  • 1929 Art Taylor, American jazz drummer (Bud Powell, Red Garland, John Coltrane, Donald Byrd), bandleader (Taylor's Wailers), and writer (Notes and Tones), born in New York City (d. 1995)
  • 1929 Edison Vasalievich Denisov, Russian avant-garde composer (Sun of the Incas), born in Tomsk, Siberia (d. 1996)
  • 1929 Joi Lansing [Joyce Brown], American model, film and television actress (Touch Of Evil; Bob Cummings Show), and nightclub singer, born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 1972)
  • 1929 Li Yuan-chia, Chinese artist (Ton Fan group), born in Guangxi, China (d. 1994)
  • 1929 Willis Hall, British writer
  • 1930 David Sexton, English football manager, born in Islington, London (d. 2012)
  • 1931 Ivan Dixon, American actor, director and civil rights activist (Car Wash, Hogan's Heroes, The Final War of Olly Winter), born in NYC, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1931 Joan Carlyle, British soprano
  • 1933 Dudley Sutton, British stage and screen actor (Leather Boys; Brimstone & Treacle; Lovejoy - "Tinker Dill"), born in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England (d. 2018)
  • 1933 Eduardo Malapit, American Democratic politician (d. 2007)
  • 1933 Roy Goode, British lawyer
  • 1934 Anton Geesink, Dutch judoka (first non-Japanese world champion, Olympic gold 1964), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 2010)
  • 1934 Guy Peellaert, Belgian graphic artist, photographer (Rock Dreams), movie poster and album cover designer (David Bowie -"Diamond Dogs'; Rolling Stones - "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll"), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 2008)
  • 1934 Horace Tapscott, American jazz pianist and composer (Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra, 1961-98), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1999)
  • 1934 Reijo Jyrkiainen, Finnish composer, born in Suistamo, Finland
  • 1935 James Graham, 8th Duke of Montrose, Southern Rhodesia-born hereditary peer of the Peerage of Scotland
  • 1935 John Pepper Clark, Nigeria, writer (Horn, Song of a Goat)
  • 1935 Luis del Sol, Spanish soccer midfielder (16 caps; Betis, Real Madrid, Juventus, Roma) and manager (Betis), born in Arcos de Jalón, Spain (d. 2021)
  • 1936 Manfred Schoof, German free jazz trumpeter and composer (Globe United Orchestra), and educator, born in Magdeburg, Germany

Billy Dee WilliamsBilly Dee Williams (86 years old)

1937 Harlem actor (Chiefs, Empire Strikes Back), born in NYC, New York

Merle HaggardMerle Haggard (1937-2016)

American country singer-songwriter ("Mama Tried"; "If We Make It Through December"; "Okie from Muskogee"), born in Oildale, California

  • 1937 Tom Veivers, cricketer (Australian off-spinner in the 60's)
  • 1938 Frances Schreuder, American socialite convicted of murder, born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2004)
  • 1938 Paul Daniels, British magician (The Paul Daniels Magic Show), born in South Bank, Yorkshire (d. 2016)
  • 1938 Roy Thinnes, actor (Invaders, Falcon Crest, Gen Hospital), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1939 André Ouellet, French Canadian politician
  • 1939 Beverly "Guitar" Watkins, American blues guitarist, and singer, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2019)
  • 1939 Eugeniusz Faber, Polish soccer forward (36 caps; Ruch Chorzów, Lens), born in Chorzów, Poland (d. 2021)
  • 1940 Donald Myrick, American saxophonist ("If Leaving Me Is Easy"; "One More Night"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1993)
  • 1940 Homero Aridjis, Mexican poet (La Tumba de Filidor)
  • 1941 (William) Louis Shelton, American session guitarist and music producer, born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1941 Gheorghe Zamfir, Romanian pan lute player, born in Găești, Romania
  • 1941 Hans W Geissendorfer, Augsburg Germany, director (Sternsteinhof)
  • 1942 Anita Pallenberg, Italian model and actress credited as the muse of the Rolling Stones, born in Rome, Italy (d. 2017)

Barry LevinsonBarry Levinson (81 years old)

1942 American Academy Award-winning film director, and screenwriter (Diner; Rain Man; Good Morning, Vietnam), born in Baltimore, Maryland

  • 1942 Phil Austin, American comedian (Firesign Theater)
  • 1943 Harry Conroy, trade unionist
  • 1943 Joaquin Agostinho, Portuguese cyclist
  • 1943 Roger Cook, investigative journalist/broadcaster
  • 1943 Susan Tolsky, American actress (Madame's Place; Here Come The Brides), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2022)
  • 1944 Felicity Palmer, British mezzo-soprano
  • 1944 John Huarte, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1964, Notre Dame; Super Bowl 1970, KC Chiefs), born in Anaheim, California
  • 1944 John Stax [Fullagar], British rock bassist, and harmonica player (Pretty Things, 1963-67 - "Don't Bring Me Down"; "Cry To Me"), born in Crayford, Kent, England
  • 1945 Neal Boortz, American radio host (The Neal Boortz Show), born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
  • 1945 Rodney Bickerstaffe, English trade unionist (National Union of Public Employees), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • 1946 Danny Kortchmar, American session guitarist, producer and songwriter (James Taylor, Carole King, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, Don Henley), born in New York City
  • 1947 John Ratzenberger, American actor (Cheers -"Cliff Clavin"; Toy Story; Ghandi), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • 1947 Rosemary Ann Butler, American session singer (Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Warren Zevon, Neil Young, Neil Diamond, Jackson Browne), born in California
  • 1947 Tony Cooner, British drummer (Hot Chocolate - "You Sexy Thing"), born in Romford, England
  • 1948 Patrika Darbo, American actress
  • 1949 Jane Actman, American actress (Barbara-Paul Lynde Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1949 Mary Maples Dunn, American college president (Smith College), born in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin (d. 2017)
  • 1950 Dennis E. Eckart, American politician (Rep-D-OH, 1981-93), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1951 Bert Blyleven, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (World Series 1979, 87 Minnesota Twins; MLB All-Star 1973, 85), born in Zeist, Netherlands
  • 1951 Ralph Cooper, Australian drummer (Air Supply - "All Out of Love")
  • 1952 Judith McConnell, actress (Sophia Capwell-Santa Barbara)

Marilu HennerMarilu Henner (71 years old)

1952 American stage and screen actress (Taxi - "Elaine"; The Man Who Loved Women; Evening Shade), born in Chicago, Illinois

  • 1952 Stephen Barber, American musician, arranger, and composer, born in Abilene, Texas
  • 1952 Udo Dirkshneider, heavy metal rocker (Accept - "Balls to the Wall"; Udo)
  • 1953 Christopher Franke, German musician and composer (Tangerine Dream), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1953 Janet Lynn, ice skater (Olympic bronze 1972)
  • 1953 Patrick Doyle, Scottish film composer (Artemis Fowl; Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire; Thor), born in Uddingston, Scotland
  • 1954 Judi Bowker, Shawford England, actress (Clash of the Titans)
  • 1955 Keith Hunter Jesperson, Canadian-born serial killer
  • 1955 Michael Rooker, American actor (Guardians of the Galaxy), born in Jasper, Alabama
  • 1956 Dilip Vengsarkar, cricketer (prolific Indian batsman 1976-92)
  • 1956 Hal Willner, American music producer (Lost In The Stars: The Music of Kurt Weill; Stay Awake: Various Interpretations of Music from Vintage Disney Films; The Carl Stalling Project), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)
  • 1956 Mudassar Nazar, Pakistan cricket all-rounder (76 Tests, 10 x 100s, HS 231, 66 wickets; Lahore CA, UBL), born in Lahore, Pakistan
  • 1957 Maurizio Damilano, Italian race walker (Olympic gold 20k 1980; World C'ship gold 20k 1987, 91), born in Scarnafigi, Italy
  • 1957 Paolo Nespoli, Italian astronaut
  • 1959 Dianne Brill, Tampa, fashion designer/party girl (Queen of the Night)
  • 1960 John Pizzarelli, American jazz guitarist, vocalist, and record producer, born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • 1960 Warren Haynes, American rock and blues guitarist (The Allman Brothers Band), born in Asheville, North Carolina
  • 1961 Gene Eugene [Andrusco], Canadian-American actor, singer-songwriter (Adam Again; Lost Dogs), and record producer, born in Fort Frances, Ontario (d. 2000)
  • 1961 Rory Bremner, impressionist
  • 1962 Pol Medina Jr., Filipino cartoonist (Pugad Baboy), born in Phillippines
  • 1963 Rafael Correa, Ecuadorian politician and 43rd President of Ecuador (2007-2017), born in Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • 1963 Shaun Toub, Persian-American actor (Iron Man; Homeland), born in Tehran, Imperial State of Iran
  • 1964 Amy Jo Ellis, American country-folk singer-songwriter ("Welcome The Day"), born in Modjeska Canyon, California
  • 1964 Johnny Dee [DiTeodoro], American heavy metal drummer (Britny Fox - "Boys in Heat"; "King Kobra"), born in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania
  • 1964 Phil Gayle, British news presenter (DW News, The Big Breakfast), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1964 Tim Walz, American politician (Rep-DFL-Minnesota 2007-19), Governor of Minnesota (2019-), born in West Point, Nebraska
  • 1965 Black Francis [Charles Thompson IV], American singer and songwriter (Pixies; Frank Black), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1965 Gerald Diduck, Edmonton, NHL defenseman (Hartford Whalers)
  • 1965 Lieve Slegers, Belgian athlete
  • 1965 Rica Reinisch, German DR, 100m/200m backstroke (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1966 Young Man Kang, South Korean film director
  • 1967 Derrick Fenner, American football running back (NFL rushing TD co-leader 1990 Seattle Seahawks, Cincinnati Bengals, Oakland Raiders), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1968 Vanessa Lann, American composer (Dancing to an Orange Drummer), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1969 Andy Harmon, NFL defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1969 Ari Meyers, American actress (Emma McArdle-Kate & Allie), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1969 Bret Boone, infielder (Cincinnati Reds), born in El Cajon, California
  • 1969 Jack Canfora, American playwright

Paul RuddPaul Rudd (54 years old)

1969 American actor (Clueless, The 40-Year-Old Virgin), born in Passaic, New Jersey

  • 1970 Huang Xiaomin, Chinese swimmer
  • 1970 Olaf Kolzig, German NHL goalie and coach (Germany, Washington Capitals), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1970 Oliver Miller, NBA forward/center (Toronto Raptors)
  • 1971 Lou Merloni, American baseball player
  • 1972 Hurvin McCormack, NFL defensive tackle (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1972 Jason Hervey, actor (Wayne Arnold-Wonder Years)
  • 1973 Donnie Edwards, linebacker (KC Chiefs)
  • 1973 Gina Yashere, English comedian
  • 1973 Randall Godfrey, linebacker (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1973 Rie Miyazawa, Japanese actress/singer
  • 1973 Sun Wen, Chinese footballer
  • 1974 Robert Kovač, Croatian footballer
  • 1975 Dannon Phillip Pampolina, rapper and drummer (Party)