Famous People Born in 1903

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 399

  • Jan 2 Anton van Duinkerken, [Willem JMA Asselbergs], literary
  • Jan 3 Charles Foulkes, Canadian general
  • Jan 4 Joris Diels, Flemish actor and director (It's a Cruel World, Haagsche Comedy), born in Antwerpen, Belgium (d. 1992)
  • Jan 5 Leighton Lucas, composer
  • Jan 5 Harold Gatty, Australian aviator, navigator with Wiley Post (d. 1957)
  • Jan 6 Boris Blacher, Newchwang China, German composer (Orchester-Ornament)
  • Jan 6 Francis L Sullivan, British actor (Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, Missing Rembrandt), born in London, England (d. 1956)
  • Jan 6 Maurice Abravanel, Saloniki Greece, conductor/composer
  • Jan 6 Stanley Smith, American actor (Honey, King of Jazz, Soup to Nuts), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1974)
  • Jan 7 Alan Napier, British actor (The Sword in the Stone, Batman), born in Birmingham, England
  • Jan 7 Albrecht Haushofer, writer
  • Jan 7 Shalva Azmayparashvili, composer
  • Jan 7 Vladimir Alexandrovich Vlasov, composer
  • Jan 8 Gene Roth [Eugene Stutenroth], American actor (She Demons, Tormented, The Spider), born in Redfield, South Dakota (d. 1976)
  • Jan 9 Hem Vejakorn, Thai illustrator (d. 1969)
  • Jan 10 Barbara Hepworth, British abstract sculptor and actress (Rescued by Rover), born in Wakefield, West Riding of Yorkshire (d. 1975)
  • Jan 10 Jean Morel, Abbeville France, conductor
  • Jan 10 Voldemar Väli, Estonian wrestler (d. 1997)
  • Jan 10 Violet Wilkey, American actress, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1976)
  • Jan 11 Alan Paton, South African writer (Cry, the Beloved Country)
  • Jan 12 Igor V Kurtshatov, Russian nuclear physicist - helped develop 1st Soviet nuclear weapon
  • Jan 15 Paul A. Dever, 58th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1958)
  • Jan 17 Warren Hull, American actor (Strike it Rich, Who in the World), born in Gasport, New York (d. 1974)
  • Jan 17 Jyoti Prasad Agarwala, Assamese poet, playwright, filmmaker (d. 1953)
  • Jan 18 Berthold Goldschmidt, German/British (opera)composer (Beatrice Cenci)
  • Jan 19 Alfred Lane Beit, connoisseur
  • Jan 20 Leon Ames, American actor (Mister Ed, Father of the Bride), born in Portland, Indiana (d. 1993)
  • Jan 20 Sybil Marion Rosenfeld, theatre historian
  • Jan 22 Robin Humphrey Milford, composer
  • Jan 22 Fritz Houtermans, Polish physicist (d. 1966)
  • Jan 23 Jorge Eliécer Gaitán, Colombian politician (d. 1948)
  • Jan 24 Robert Gwathmey, artist (Arts & Letters)
  • Jan 27 John Eccles, British physiologist/neurologist
  • Jan 27 Otto P. Weyland, American military figure (d. 1979)
  • Jan 28 Dame Kathleen Lonsdale, crystallographer (1st woman in Royal Society)
  • Jan 29 Cornelis H Edelman, Dutch geologist
  • Jan 30 G Evelyn Hutchinson, British zoologist (Treatise on Limnology)
  • Jan 31 Gardner Cowles, Iowa, publisher/founder (Look Magazine)
  • Feb 1 Georg Rendl, Austria miner/beekeeper/writer (The Bees Novel)
  • Feb 2 Frank McGrath, American actor (The Reluctant Astronaut, Wagon Train), born in Mound City, Missouri (d. 1967)
  • Feb 3 Priaulx Rainier, composer
  • Feb 3 Walter Linck, Swiss sculptor
  • Feb 4 Alexander Oppenheim, mathematician
  • Feb 4 Edwin Denby, Tientsin China, US dance critic/poet (Snoring in N)
  • Feb 4 Frank Howley, Brigadier General (Answers for Americans), born in Hampton, New York
  • Feb 4 Siro Cisilino, composer
  • Feb 5 Ivan Galamian, Tabriz Persia, violinist
  • Feb 5 Joan Whitney Payson, owner (NY Mets & horse stables)
  • Feb 5 Nathaniel Owings, architect (Oak Ridge, TN; Sears), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Feb 6 John Dunning, cricketer (NZ medium-fast bowler of 30's)
  • Feb 6 Pieter G Buckinx, Flemish writer (Temptation of Poverty)

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Feb 8 Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia's founding father, 1st Prime Minister of Malaya (1957-63) and Malaysia (1963-70), born in Alor Star, Kedah (d. 1990)

Malaysia's Founding Father Tunku Abdul Rahman
Malaysia's Founding Father
Tunku Abdul Rahman
  • Feb 8 Greta Keller, Austrian-born cabaret singer and actress, born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1977)
  • Feb 9 Georg Trexler, composer
  • Feb 10 Matvey Isaakovich Blanter, composer
  • Feb 10 Waldemar Hoven, German physician (d. 1948)
  • Feb 10 Matthias Sindelar, Austrian footballer (d. 1939)
  • Feb 11 Hans Redlich, composer
  • Feb 11 Rex Lease, American actor (Fast Bullets, Sunny Skies, Custer's Last Stand), born in Central City, West Virginia (d. 1966)
  • Feb 12 Chick Hafey, baseball player (d. 1973)
  • Feb 12 Joseph F. Biroc, American cinematographer (d. 1996)
  • Feb 13 Georges Simenon, Belgian mystery writer (Snow Was Black)
  • Feb 14 Stuart "Stu" Erwin, American actor (The Stu Erwin Show), born in in Squaw Valley, California (d. 1967)
  • Feb 16 Edgar Bergen, ventriloquist (Charlie McCarthy), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 16 George-Henri Lévesque, Quebec priest and sociologist (d. 2000)
  • Feb 17 Johannes Linthorst Homan, director of the queen in Groningen
  • Feb 18 Nikolaj V Podgorny, pres USSR (1965-77)
  • Feb 19 Sadiq Hidajat, Persian writer (Blind Person Owl), (d. 1951)
  • Feb 19 Kay Boyle, St. Paul, Minnesota, American novelist (Plagued by Nightingales)
  • Feb 20 Ella Maillart, explorer
  • Feb 20 Karel Janeček, Czech composer, born in Czestochowa (d. 1974)
  • Feb 20 Pierre Charles, Belgian heavyweight boxer
  • Feb 21 Eric Fogg, English composer, born in Manchester (d. 1939)
  • Feb 21 Raymond Queneau, [M Presle], French author (Un Enfant a Dit)
  • Feb 21 Thomas Yawkey, baseball owner (Boston Red Sox)
  • Feb 21 Fairfax M. Cone, American advertising executive (d. 1977)
  • Feb 21 Anaïs Nin, French writer (d. 1977)
  • Feb 22 Morley Callaghan, Canadian author (Toronto Star, Native Argosy)
  • Feb 22 Ain-Ervin Mere, Estonian Nazi (d. 1969)
  • Feb 22 Robert Weede, American baritone (d. 1972)
  • Feb 23 Grigori V Aleksandrov, Russian director (Veselye Rebjata)
  • Feb 25 King Clancy, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1986)
  • Feb 26 Giulio Natta, Italian chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1979)
  • Feb 27 Reginald Gardiner, British actor (The Flying Deuces, The Great Dictator), born in London, England (d. 1980)
  • Feb 27 Grethe Weiser, German actress (The Great Love), born in Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany (d. 1970)
  • Feb 28 Vincente Minnelli, director (An American in Paris, Gigi), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1986)
  • Mar 3 Gilbert Adrian, [Greenberg], Naugatuck CT, costume designer
  • Mar 3 Rabbe A Enckell, Fins author/poet (Lutad about Brunnen)
  • Mar 4 Harold Berens, comedian
  • Mar 4 William C. Boyd, American immunochemist (d. 1983)
  • Mar 4 John Scarne, American magician (d. 1985)
  • Mar 5 Lowell Peters, Cleveland Tn, vocalist (Southernaires)
  • Mar 6 Elizabeth Becker-Pinkston, American platform diver (Olympic gold 1924 and 1928), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1989)
  • Mar 6 Empress Kōjun of Japan (d. 2000)
  • Mar 10 Leon Bismarck "Bix" Beiderbecke, Davenport, Iowa, American jazz cornetist, considered one of the most influential jazz soloists of the 1920s
  • Mar 11 Dorothy Schiff, publisher (NY Post)
  • Mar 11 George Dickinson, cricketer (bowled for NZ in their 1st 3 Tests)
  • Mar 11 Lawrence Welk, Strasburg ND, orchestra leader (Lawrence Welk Show)
  • Mar 11 Ronald Syme, New Zealand classicist and historian, born in Eltham, New Zealand (d. 1989)
  • Mar 11 J. Franklin Hyde, American inventor (created silica), born in Solvay, New York (d. 1999)
  • Mar 14 Molla Mustafa Barzani, Iran, Kurd leader (KDP)
  • Mar 14 Adolph Gottlieb American painter (d. 1974)
  • Mar 16 Mike Mansfield, (Sen-D-Mont) majority whip
  • Mar 16 Morgan Conway, American actor (Dick Tracy, Brother Orchid), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1981)
  • Mar 16 Nikolai Lopatnikoff, Revel Estonia, composer (Variaioni Concertanto)
  • Mar 19 Benjamin M Telders, president of Dutch Liberal States Party
  • Mar 19 James Bullock, colliery manager
  • Mar 20 Edgar Buchanan, American actor (Petticoat Junction), born in Humansville, Missouri (d. 1979)
  • Mar 20 Vincent Richards, hall of fame tennis pro (elected 1961)
  • Mar 22 James S Russell, US pilot/admiral (WW II Pacific Ocean)
  • Mar 22 Jochen Klepper, writer
  • Mar 24 Adolph F J Butenandt, German bio-chemist (Nobel 1939)
  • Mar 24 Patrick Ludlow, British actor (Naughty Husbands, Evergreen and Modesty Blaise), born in Kensington, London, England (d. 1996)
  • Mar 24 Malcolm Muggeridge, English writer (Observer of Life)
  • Mar 25 Frankie Carle, orchestra leader (Golden Touch), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Mar 25 Gertrude "Binnie" Barnes, actress (Last of the Mohicans, 3 Musketeers), born in London, England (d. 1998)
  • Mar 25 Nahum Norbert Glatzer, Jewish-American scholar (d. 1990)
  • Mar 27 Walt Kiesling, NFL guard/coach (HOF)
  • Mar 28 Rudolf Serkin, Eger Bohemia, pianist (Marlboro Sch of Music)
  • Mar 28 Charles Starrett, American actor (The Mask of Fu Manchu, Bonanza Town), born in Athol, Massachusetts (d. 1986)
  • Mar 29 Arthur Negus, English antiques expert and broadcaster (Antiques Roadshow), born in Reading (d. 1985)
  • Mar 30 Sol C Siegel, American producer (High Society, Gentlemen prefer blondes)
  • Mar 30 Joy Ridderhof, American missionary (d. 1984)
  • Apr 2 Lionel Chevrier, Canadian politician (d. 1987)
  • Apr 3 Peter Huchel, German poet, born near Berlin (d. 1981)
  • Apr 5 Thomas Baron Pitfield, composer
  • Apr 6 Harold Edgerton, foremost high-speed photographer
  • Apr 6 Mickey Cochrane, baseball hall of fame catcher (.320 avg)
  • Apr 7 Willi Forst, Austrian actor and director (Bel Amis, Operette, Vienna Blood), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1980)
  • Apr 9 Gregory Pincus, American biologist and inventor (birth control pill), born in Woodbine, New Jersey (d. 1903)
  • Apr 9 Ward Bond, American actor (Wagon Train, It's a Wonderful Life), born in Benkelman, Nebraska (d. 1960)
  • Apr 9 Willem Pee, Belgian linguist
  • Apr 10 Clare Boothe Luce, US ambassador (to Vatican)
  • Apr 10 Nick Stuart, Romania, bandleader
  • Apr 12 Jan Tinbergen, Dutch economist/UN advisor (Nobel 1969)
  • Apr 13 Rex Evans, British actor (Frankenstein meets the Wolfman, Zara, Matchmaker), born in Southport, Sefton, England (d. 1969)
  • Apr 15 Erich Arendt, writer [or Apr 16]
  • Apr 15 John Williams, British actor (Family Affair, Dial M for Murder), born in Chalfont St. Giles, Buckinghamshire, England (d. 1983)
  • Apr 17 Gregor Piatigorsky, Ekaterinoslav Russia, cellist (or 4/20)
  • Apr 17 Nicolas Nabokov, Near Lubcha Minsk Russia, composer (Holy Devil)
  • Apr 17 Louis Jean Heydt, American actor (Waterfront, Gone with the Wind, The Great McGinty), born in Montclair, New Jersey (d. 1960)
  • Apr 17 Morgan Taylor, American athlete (d. 1975)
  • Apr 18 Leonid Kinskey, Russian actor (Casablanca, Duck Soup), born in St Petersburg, Russia (d. 1998)
  • Apr 18 Yury Sergeyevich Milyutin, composer
  • Apr 19 Eliot Ness, US Federal agent "The Untouchables" (put away Al Capone), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1957)
  • Apr 20 Dagmar Edqvist, Swedish author (Kamrathustru-Wife & Comrade)
  • Apr 21 Hans Hedtoft, premier Denmark (1947..55)
  • Apr 23 Guy Simonds, youngest general officer in the Canadian army (d 1974)
  • Apr 24 Jose A Primo de Rivera y Saenz de Heredia, founder (Spanish Falange)
  • Apr 24 Mike Michalske, NFL guard (NY Yankees, Green Bay Packers)
  • Apr 24 Siegfried F Nadel, Austrian/British anthropologist (Black Byzantium)
  • Apr 25 Camilla Horn, German actress (Rebus, Vertigine, Polterabend, Matinee Idol), born in Frankfurt am Main, Hesse, Germany (d. 1996)
  • Apr 25 Carl Gustav Sparre Olsen, composer
  • Apr 25 Andrey Nikolayevich Kolmogorov, Russian mathematician (d. 1987)
  • Apr 26 Geoffrey Worthington, Air vice-marshall
  • Apr 26 Niven Busch, US screenwriter (Postman Always Rings Twice)
  • Apr 27 Frank Belknap Long, American writer (Rim of the Unknown), born in Harlem, Manhattan (d. 1994)
  • Apr 27 Hans Walter Kosterliz, biochemist
  • Apr 29 Frank Parker, American singer (Arthur Godfrey Show, Masquerade Party), born in NYC, New York (d. 1999)
  • Apr 30 Gunther AR Raphael, German composer (Symphony Breve)

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May 2 Benjamin Spock, American pediatrician (Common Sense Book of Baby Care), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1998)

Pediatrician Benjamin Spock
Pediatrician
Benjamin Spock
  • May 2 Oivin Fjeldstad, composer

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May 3 Bing Crosby [Harry Lillis Crosby], American actor and singer (White Christmas, Going My Way), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 1977)

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • May 4 Luther Adler, American actor (D.O.A., The Desert Fox), born in NYC, New York (d. 1984)
  • May 5 James Beard, American culinary expert/author (Delights & Prejudices)
  • May 6 Toots Shor, New York restaurateur (d. 1977)
  • May 7 Basil Nield, judge/politician
  • May 8 Fernandel [Fernand Contandin], French actor (The Little World of Don Camillo), born in in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France (d. 1971)
  • May 9 Walter Dehmel, German writer, born in Berlin (d. 1960)
  • May 10 Kay Petre, early racing driver
  • May 10 Otto Bradfisch, Nazi leader (d. 1994)
  • May 11 Charlie Gehringer, Detroit Tigers' 2nd baseman (1924-42)
  • May 12 Lennox R F Berkeley, British composer (Castaway)
  • May 12 Wilfrid Hyde-White, British actor (My Fair Lady, Peyton Place), born in Gloucestershire, England (d. 1991)
  • May 13 Alfred Pugsley, civil engineer
  • May 13 Paul Page, American actor (Girl From Havana, Moth), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1974)
  • May 14 Billie Dove [Lilian Bohny], American actress (Black Pirate, Stolen Bride), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)
  • May 15 Maria Reiche, German-born mathematician and archaeologist (d. 1998)
  • May 17 Douglas Packard, British Lt General

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May 17 James "Cool Papa" Bell, American baseball center fielder in Negro league baseball, considered by many to have been one of the fastest men ever to play the game, born in Starkville, Mississippi (d. 1991)

Baseball player Cool Papa Bell
Baseball player
Cool Papa Bell
  • May 18 George E Stone, Polish actor (Viva Villa, Last Mile, 5 Star Final, Front Page), born in Łódź, Poland (d. 1967)
  • May 20 Jerzy Fitelberg, composer
  • May 21 Ali Sastroamidjojo, Indonesian attorney/minister/premier (1953..7)
  • May 21 Manly Wade Wellman, Angola, sci-fi author (After Dark, Devil's Planet)
  • May 21 Pedro Aramburu, president Argentina
  • May 22 Yves Rocard, French physicist (d. 1992)
  • May 23 Walter Reisch, American screenwriter (Ninotchka, Gaslight, Titanic)
  • May 24 Hilding Hallnas, composer
  • May 26 Estes Kefauver, (Sen-D-Tn)
  • May 28 Gaston Duribreux, Flemish writer (Golden Sail)

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May 29 Bob Hope [Leslie Townes Hope], British born American entertainer, born in London, England (d. 2003)

Entertainer Bob Hope
Entertainer
Bob Hope
  • May 30 Countee Cullen, African American poet of the Harlem Renaissance (Black Christ & Other Poems), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • May 30 Ray Howard-Jones, artist
  • Jun 1 Percy Whitlock, English composer and organist, born in Chatham (d. 1946)
  • Jun 1 Blessed Vasyl Velychkovsky C.Ss.R Bishop and Martyr (d. 1973)
  • Jun 3 Eddie Acuff, American actor (Guns of the Pecos, Phantom Creeps, Outer Gate), (d. 1956)
  • Jun 6 Aram Khachaturian, Soviet composer, (Gayane, Sabre Dance), born in Tbilisi, Georgia (d. 1978)
  • Jun 8 Gerrit C Berkouwer, Dutch theologist (Dogmatic Studies)
  • Jun 8 Ralph Webster Yarborough, politician
  • Jun 8 Ronald Shiner, British actor (Dry Rot, Carry on Admiral, Keep it Clean, Aunt Clara), born in London, England (d. 1966)