Famous People Born in 1906

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 486

  • Jan 1 Frank Stack, Canadian speed skater (Olympic bronze 1932)
  • Jan 1 Giovanni D'Anzi, Italian songwriter (d. 1974)
  • Jan 3 Roman Brandstaetter, writer
  • Jan 5 Kathleen Kenyon, 1st person to place date on remains of Jericho
  • Jan 6 Benedict Vilakazi, South Africa, poet/educator (Zulu-English Dictionary)
  • Jan 6 Jaap Wagemaker, [Adrian B], Dutch sculptor
  • Jan 8 Jan A H J S Bruins Slot, Dutch founder illegal Trouw/MP (ARP)
  • Jan 8 Serge Poliakoff, Russian/French painter/guitarist
  • Jan 11 Albert Hofmann, Swiss chemist (discovered LSD)
  • Jan 11 Johannes Paul Thilman, composer
  • Jan 11 Robert Nesbitt, impresario
  • Jan 12 Tex Ritter, Texas, country singer (5 Star Jubilee, Wayward Wind)
  • Jan 12 Daniil Kharms, Russian playwright (d. 1942)
  • Jan 13 Maxime Jacob, composer
  • Jan 13 Zhou Youguang [Zhou Yaoping], Chinese language scholar (father of pinyin), born in Changzhou (d. 2017)
  • Jan 14 Walter Knape, composer
  • Jan 14 William Bendix, American actor (Lifeboat, Babe Ruth Story, Life of Riley), born in NYC, New York (d. 1964)
  • Jan 15 Aristotle Onassis, Greece, rich shipping magnate
  • Jan 15 Rezso Kokai, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest (d. 1962)
  • Jan 16 Clement Greenberg, art critic
  • Jan 16 Diana Wynyard, British actress (Cavalcade), born in London, England (d. 1964)
  • Jan 18 Hans Aeschbacher, Swiss sculptor (Venus de Six-Tours)
  • Jan 19 Ish Kabbible, [Merwyn Bogue], Penns, comedian (Kay Kyser's Kollege)
  • Jan 19 Lanny Ross, radio singer (Show Boat, The Swift Show), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Jan 19 Lilian Harvey, Briths actress (Invitation to the Waltz), born in London, England (d. 1968)
  • Jan 21 Fred Fehl, Austrian/US Broadway photographer
  • Jan 21 John Putz, British journalist (Guardian) (d. 1995)
  • Jan 21 Igor Moiseyev, Russian choreographer (d. 2007)
  • Jan 22 Robert E[rvin] Howard, American sci-fi author (Conan the Conqueror)
  • Jan 22 Willa B Brown (Coffey), US African American air pioneer (NAAA)
  • Jan 22 Joe Gladwin, British actor (Nearest and Dearest, No Hard Feelings), born in Salford, Lancashire, England (d. 1987)
  • Jan 24 Norman Cook, British museum curator (d. 1994)
  • Jan 27 Radames Gnattali, composer
  • Jan 28 Harry van Kruiningen, [Henri A Janssen], painter/graphic artist
  • Jan 28 Henry Foley, cricketer (batted in New Zealand's 1st Test 1930)
  • Jan 29 Franciscus Hin, Holland, yachtsman (Olympic gold 1920)
  • Jan 29 Joe Primeau, NHL center
  • Jan 30 Greta Nissen, Norwegian-born American actress (Ambassador Bill), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1988)
  • Jan 31 Benjamin Frankel, composer
  • Jan 31 R W Bonham, founder (International Braille Chess Association)
  • Feb 1 Hildegarde, Adell Wisc, night club vocalist (I'll Be Seeing You)
  • Feb 1 Pierre Cardevielle, French composer/conductor (Amants Captifs)
  • Feb 1 Helen Chandler, American actress (Christopher Strong, Dracula), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1965)
  • Feb 3 George Adamson [Baba ya Simba - "Father of Lions"], British conservationist (Born Free), born in Etawah, India (d. 1989)
  • Feb 3 Ludvig Nielsen, composer
  • Feb 4 Clyde William Tombaugh, American astronomer (discovered Pluto)
  • Feb 4 Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German theologist (Confessing Church)
  • Feb 4 Primo Carnera, Italian boxer (champ-1933)
  • Feb 5 John Carradine, American actor (The Grapes of Wrath, Stagecoach, Howling), born in Greenwich Village, New York (d. 1988)
  • Feb 7 Henry P'u-i, last emperor of China, puppet emperor of Manchukuo
  • Feb 7 Oleg Antonov, Soviet aircraft designer (d. 1984)

  • Feb 8 Artur Balsam, Polish/US pianist (Begeleidde Menuhin, Milstein)
  • Feb 8 Chester F Carlson, inventor (photocopy)
  • Feb 8 Henry Roth, American writer (Call it Sleep), born in Tysmenitz, Austria-Hungary (d. 1995)
  • Feb 9 Gwen Catley, British(?) soprano
  • Feb 9 André Kostolany, stock market expert and speculator (d. 1999)
  • Feb 10 Erik Rhodes [Ernest Sharpe], American actor (Top Hat, Night at the Ritz), born in El Reno, Indian Territory (d. 1990)
  • Feb 10 Henry Phelps Brown, British historian and economist, born in Calne (d. 1994)
  • Feb 10 John "Cat" Thompson, basketball hall of famer (elected 1962)
  • Feb 10 Lon Chaney Jr, American actor (Hawkeye, Pistols 'n' Petticoats), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1973)
  • Feb 10 Walraven (Wally) van Hall, Dutch banker/resisted Nazis
  • Feb 11 Anita Garvin, American actress (Swiss Miss, Blotto, Charlatan, Hats Off), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • Feb 11 Denis Barnett, British air chief marshal
  • Feb 13 Agostinho da Silva, Portuguese philosopher (d. 1994)
  • Feb 15 Stephen Brown, CEO (Stone-Platt Industries)
  • Feb 16 Vera Menchik, Russian 1st official women's world chess champion (1927), born in Moscow (d. 1944)
  • Feb 17 Galo Plaza Lasso, President of Ecuador (1948-52), head of OAS (1968-75)
  • Feb 17 Ramon Tapales, composer
  • Feb 18 Hans Asperger, Austrian pediatrician (d. 1980)
  • Feb 19 Grace Mary Williams, composer
  • Feb 19 Hendrik W C Spruit, Dutch conductor
  • Feb 22 Edmund von Borck, composer
  • Feb 22 Gale Gordon, American actor and comedian (Our Miss Brooks, Here's Lucy), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1995)
  • Feb 24 Alexis Curvers, Belgian author (Tempo di Roma, Bourg-le-Rond)
  • Feb 25 Boris Papandopulo, composer
  • Feb 25 Domingo Ortega, Spanish bullfighter
  • Feb 25 Howard Zahniser, Father of Wilderness Act
  • Feb 25 Warren Hymer, American actor (Girl From Havana, Meet the Mob), born in NYC, New York (d. 1948)
  • Feb 26 Madeleine Carroll, British actress (39 Steps, Secret Agent), born in West Bromwich, West Midlands, England (d. 1987)
  • Feb 26 Nikos Ghika, Greek artist, born in Athens (d. 1994)
  • Feb 27 Alexander Matheson, NZ cricket pace bowler (2 Tests 1930-31)
  • Feb 27 H Algernon F "Algy" Rumbold, English diplomat (South Africa/Tibet)

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Feb 28 Bugsy Siegel, American gangster who created casinos in Las Vegas, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1947)

Mobster Bugsy Siegel
Mobster
Bugsy Siegel
  • Mar 3 Artur Lundkvist, Swedish writer/Swedish Academy (Agadir)
  • Mar 3 Donald Novis, British singer and actor (Monte Carlo, The Singing Plumber), born in Hastings, East Sussex, England (d. 1966)
  • Mar 3 Krishnarao Shiva Shelvankar, journalist/diplomat
  • Mar 4 Meindert DeJong American author (d. 1991)
  • Mar 4 Georges Ronsse, Belgian national cyclo-cross and world champion road cyclist (d. 1969)
  • Mar 4 Charles Rudolph Walgreen, Jr., American businessman (d. 2007)
  • Mar 6 Bob Wills [James Robert Wills], American actor (Lone Prairie, Tornado in the Saddle), born in Limestone County, Texas (d. 1975)

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Mar 6 Lou Costello, American comedian and actor (The Abbott and Costello Show), born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 1959)

Comedian and Actor Lou Costello
Comedian and Actor
Lou Costello
  • Mar 7 Alejandro Garcia Caturla, composer
  • Mar 7 Hans Lachman, composer
  • Mar 11 Aasan Ferit Alnar, composer
  • Mar 14 Ulvi Cemal Erkin, composer
  • Mar 16 Francisco Ayala, writer
  • Mar 16 Henny Youngman, American comedian and violinist (Take my wife ... please), born in London, England (d. 1998)
  • Mar 17 Brigitte Helm [Gisele Eve von Kuenheim], German actress (Gloria, Gold, Metropolis), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1996)
  • Mar 17 Michael O'Shea, American actor (It's a Great Life, Lady of Burlesque), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1973)
  • Mar 17 Tamara Geva, Russian-born dancer and actress, born in St. Petersburg (d. 1997)
  • Mar 18 Roy L Johnson, US admiral (WW II-Pacific Ocean)

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Mar 19 Adolf Eichmann, German Nazi officer (SS-Obersturmbannführer, Holocaust organizer), born in Solingen, German Empire (d. 1962)

SS officer Adolf Eichmann
SS officer
Adolf Eichmann
  • Mar 19 Normand Lockwood, composer
  • Mar 20 Abraham Beame, (Mayor-D-NYC), NYC's 1st Jewish mayor
  • Mar 20 Oswald "Ozzie" Nelson, American actor (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 1975)
  • Mar 20 Pavel P Parenago, Russian astronomer
  • Mar 21 John D. Rockefeller III, billionaire philanthropist (oil)
  • Mar 21 Jim Thompson, American designer and businessman
  • Mar 23 George Posford, composer
  • Mar 24 John Cameron Swayze, news correspondent/spokesman (Timex) [OS]
  • Mar 24 Klavdiya Shulzhenko, Soviet singer (d. 1984)
  • Mar 25 Alan J P Taylor, British historian (English history 1914-1915)
  • Mar 25 Howard Pyle, (Gov-R-Az, 1951-55)
  • Mar 25 Jean Sablon, French singer-songwriter, born in Nogent-sur-Marne, near Paris (d. 1994)
  • Mar 26 Rafael Mendez, Mexican trumpetist (d. 1981)
  • Mar 27 Pee Wee Russell, American musician (d. 1969)
  • Mar 28 Joseph Wright, Canadian oarsman (Olympic gold 1928)
  • Mar 28 Robert Allen [Irvine Theodore Baehr], American actor (The Awful Truth, Crime and Punishment), born in Mount Vernon, New York (d. 1998)
  • Mar 29 E Power Biggs, Westcliff-on-Sea England, organist/composer (CBS)
  • Mar 31 Lauri Saikkola, composer
  • Apr 1 Ned Glass, Polish-American actor (Sol-Julia, Uncle Moe-Bridget Loves Bernie), born in Poland (d. 1984)
  • Apr 1 Sigve Lie, Norwegian sailor (Olympic gold 1948, 52)
  • Apr 3 Kathleen Tillotson, Emeritus Professor of English (Bedford College)
  • Apr 4 Beatrice "Bea" Benaderet, American actress (Kate-Petticoat Junction), born in NYC, New York (d. 1968)
  • Apr 4 John Cameron Swayze, Wichita Ks, newscaster (Timex, Hindenberg) [NS]
  • Apr 5 Arthur Guy Clutton-Brock, English agronomist
  • Apr 5 Grady Sutton, American actor (Pruitts of South Hampton, The Bank Dick), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 1995)
  • Apr 5 Lord Buckley, American monologist (d. 1960)
  • Apr 6 Virginia Hall [Goillot], American spy with British Special Operations during WWII (1940-1966), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1982)
  • Apr 8 Charles J B Jonckheere, Flemish poet/writer (Mirror of the Sea)
  • Apr 8 Raoul Jobin, French Canadian tenor (d. 1974)
  • Apr 9 Antal Dorati, conductor (Dresden Opera 1928-29, born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Apr 9 Todd Naylor "Hugh" Gaitskell, MP (Labour)
  • Apr 9 Rafaela Aparicio [Rafaela Díaz Valiente], Spanish actress, born in Málaga, Spain (d. 1996)
  • Apr 10 Fud Livingston, composer
  • Apr 10 Kathleen Major, principal (St Hilda's College, England)
  • Apr 11 Dale Messick [Dalia Messick], American cartoonist (Brenda Starr), born in South Bend, Indiana (d. 2005)
  • Apr 13 Bud Freeman, American jazz musician and tenor saxophonist (Eel), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1991)

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Apr 13 Samuel Beckett, Irish novelist and playwright (Waiting for Godot, Nobel 1969), born in Foxrock, Ireland (d. 1989)

Playwright, novelist, and poet Samuel Beckett
Playwright, novelist, and poet
Samuel Beckett

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Apr 14 Faisal, King of Saudi Arabia (1964-75), born in Riyadh, Emirate of Nejd and Hasa (d. 1975)

  • Apr 14 Hunter Johnson, American composer, born near Benson, North Carolina (d. 1998)
  • Apr 15 A J "Sandy" Bell, South African cricket fast bowler (16 Tests 1929-35)
  • Apr 15 Susan Walker, vice CEO (WRVS)
  • Apr 16 Bep [Elisa H] Bakhuis, Dutch soccer star/writer
  • Apr 16 Cobina W "Coby" Molenaar, Dutch peace activist
  • Apr 16 Marion Lloyd Vince, American fencer (National champ 1928, 31), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 17 M Rooi, editor-in-chief (New Rotterdam Daily)
  • Apr 17 Sidney R. Garfield, American physician (d. 1984)
  • Apr 18 Clara Eggink, [Ebbele], Dutch poetess (Life with JC Bloem)
  • Apr 18 Edgar Unsworth, Justice of Appeals (Gibralter)
  • Apr 21 Tom Burns, British-Chilean publisher and editor, born in Chile (d. 1995)
  • Apr 22 Eric William Fenby, composer/president (Delius Society)

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Apr 22 Eddie Albert [Heimberger], American actor (Roman Holiday, Green Acres), born in Rock Island, Illinois (d. 2005)

  • Apr 22 Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten, second in line to the Swedish throne (d. 1946)
  • Apr 23 Maria Arnoldo, [Adrianus Broeders], photographer/writer
  • Apr 24 William Joyce, Irish fascist (d. 1946)
  • Apr 25 Sally Salminen, writer
  • Apr 25 William J. Brennan, Jr, American Supreme Court judge (1956-90), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1997)
  • Apr 25 Zoltan Gardonyi, composer
  • Apr 26 Leopold Spinner, composer
  • Apr 27 Mark Alexander Abrams, market researcher
  • Apr 27 Yórgos Theotokás, Greek novelist (d. 1966)
  • Apr 28 Bartholomeus J "Bart" Bok, Dutch/US astronomer (Milky Way)
  • Apr 28 Pierre [Louis] Boileau, novelist (Vertigo), born in Paris, France
  • Apr 28 Kurt Gödel, Austrian mathematician (d. 1978)
  • Apr 28 Paul Sacher, Swiss conductor (d. 1999)
  • May 1 Horst Schumann, Nazi physician (d. 1983)
  • May 2 Aileen Riggin, springboard diver (Olympic gold 1920, 24), born in Newport, Rhode Island
  • May 2 Maurice Thiriet, composer
  • May 2 Philippe Halsman, American photographer (d. 1979)

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May 3 Mary Astor, American actress (Maltese Falcon, Dinky), born in Quincy, Illinois (d. 1987)

Actress Mary Astor
Actress
Mary Astor
  • May 4 Esmond Knight, British actor (Hamlet, Sleeping Murder), born in East Sheen, England (dd. 1987)
  • May 5 Ursula Jeans, British actress (I Lived With You, Over the Moon), born in Simla, British India (d. 1973)
  • May 5 Frances "Fran" Lee, American actress (Reckless Rosie), born in Eagle Grove, Iowa (d. 2000)
  • May 6 Andre Weil, [Bourbaki], French/American mathematician
  • May 6 Enrique Laguerre, Puerto Rican writer (d. 2005)
  • May 8 David Van Vactor, Plymouth Indiana, composer (Chaconne)
  • May 8 Roberto Rossellini, director (Open City), born in Rome, Italy
  • May 9 Eleanor Estes, author (Ginger Pye, Moffats)
  • May 11 Jacqueline Cochran, US pilot and 1st woman to break the sound barrier, born in Muscogee, Florida (d. 1980)
  • May 12 William M Ewing, US geologist/geophysicist
  • May 13 Thomas Mitchell, architect and engineer, born (d. 1996)
  • May 14 Hastings Kamuzu Banda, president of Malawi (1964-94)
  • May 14 James Flavin, American actor (King Kong, In Cold Blood, Man With a Camera), born in Portland, Maine (d. 1976)
  • May 16 Arturo Uslar Pietri, Venezuela, writer/minister (Lanzas Coloradas)
  • May 16 Ernie McCormick, cricketer (Australian quickie of late 30's)
  • May 16 Nicholas Beriozoff, ballet master
  • May 16 Alfred Pellan, French Canadian painter (d. 1988)
  • May 16 Margret Rey, author and illustrator (d. 1996)
  • May 17 Eric Mensforth, president (Westland Aircraft)
  • May 17 Horace McMahon, American actor (Detective Story, Martin Kane Private Eye), born in South Norwalk, Connecticut (dd. 1971)
  • May 17 Zinka Milanov, Croatian soprano (Ljublama Opera 1927, NY Metropolitan Opera), born in Zagreb, Croatia (d. 1989)
  • May 19 Bruce Bennett, American athlete and actor (Before I Hang, Sahara), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 2007)
  • May 20 Giuseppe Siri, Italian Catholic cardinal (d. 1989)
  • May 21 Keith Rigg, cricketer (Australian Test batsman in the thirties)
  • May 22 Harry Ritz, US comic (Ritz Brothers-Silent Movie)
  • May 23 Hellmuth Christian Wolff, composer
  • May 24 Edmund Sargant, solicitor
  • May 24 John Mayo, director-general (Help the Aged)
  • May 27 Robert Shone, director-general (NEDC)