Famous People Born in 1909

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 489

  • Jan 1 Barry Goldwater, (Sen-R-Az, 1953-65, 69- )/Presidential candidate (R) 1964)
  • Jan 1 Dattaram Hindlekar, Indian cricketer (Indian batsman and wicket-keeper 1936-46), born in Bombay, India (d. 1949)
  • Jan 1 Dana Andrews, American actor (Battle of the Bulge, Laura), born in Covington County, Mississippi (d. 1992)
  • Jan 1 Stepan Bandera, Ukrainian nationalist leader (d. 1959)
  • Jan 2 Rene Etiemble, French literature historian (Parlez-vous Franglais)
  • Jan 3 Victor Borge [Borge Rosenbaum], Danish-American comedian and pianist, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2000)
  • Jan 4 Cilly Aussem, German tennis player (Wimbledon 1931), born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1963)
  • Jan 5 Simon Harcourt Nowell-Smith, bibliophile
  • Jan 5 Stephen Cole Kleene, mathematician (Regular Expressions)
  • Jan 6 Johannes H Moesman, Dutch surrealist painter (Rumor)
  • Jan 6 Keith Davis, voice tutor/author
  • Jan 8 Bruce Mitchell, South African cricket opening batsman (42 Tests), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 1995)
  • Jan 8 Willy Millowitsch, German actor (National Lampoon's European Vacation), born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1999)
  • Jan 8 Evelyn Wood, American educator (d. 1995)
  • Jan 9 Herva Nelli, Italian-born American soprano, born in Florence (d. 1994)
  • Jan 10 Grace Mitchell, educator
  • Jan 10 Rudolf Kubin, composer
  • Jan 11 Gunnar Johnsen Berg, composer
  • Jan 11 Marguerite Kelsey, English model/painter (Haunting)
  • Jan 12 Mauritz Hugo, Swedish actor (Atomic Blonde, Death Valley Gunfighter), born in Ostergotland, Sweden (d. 1974)
  • Jan 13 Danny Barker, jazz guitarist
  • Jan 13 Marinus van der Lubbe, Dutch communist
  • Jan 14 Joseph Walton Losey, Wisconsin, director (Damned, Accident)
  • Jan 15 Elie Siegmeister, American composer (Plough & the Stars), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 15 Enrique Sasal y Chapi, composer
  • Jan 15 Gene Krupa, American jazz and big band drummer (Benny Goodman, Sing Sing Sing), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1973)
  • Jan 15 Jean Bugatti, German-born automobile designer (d. 1939)
  • Jan 19 Hans Hotter, German bass-baritone (d. 2003)
  • Jan 21 Todor Skalovski, composer
  • Jan 22 Ann Sothern [Harriette Arlene Lake], American actress (Lady in a Cage), born in Valley City, North Dakota (d. 2001)
  • Jan 22 Lev D Landau, Russian physicist (Nobel 1962)
  • Jan 22 U Thant, Burma, Burmese politician and 3rd Secretary-General of the United Nations (1961-72), born in Pantanaw, Myanmar
  • Jan 22 Porfirio Rubirosa, Dominican diplomat and international playboy (d. 1965)
  • Jan 23 Norman Fulton, composer
  • Jan 24 Ann Todd, English actress (The Paradine Case, Taste of Fear), born in Hartford, England (d. 1993)
  • Jan 24 Tiny Winters, musician
  • Jan 28 Lionel KP "Buster" Crabb, British diver (WW II-George Medal)
  • Jan 29 Alan Marshal, Australian actor (White Cliffs of Dover, Lydia), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1961)
  • Jan 29 George Thomas, 1st Viscount Tonypandy, British politician (Speaker of the House of Commons), born in Port Talbot, Wales (d. 1997)
  • Jan 30 Mihaly Hajou, composer
  • Jan 30 Saul David Alinsky, radical writer (John L Lewis), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 31 Foley Newns, British colonial administrator
  • Jan 31 Miron Grindea, literary editor
  • Feb 1 Douglas Hall, Governor (Somaliland Protectorate)
  • Feb 1 George Beverly Shea, American gospel singer, born in Winchester, Ontario
  • Feb 2 Frank Albertson, American actor (Psycho, It's a Wonderful Life, Alice Adams), born in Fergus Falls, Minnesota (d. 1964)
  • Feb 3 M Vasalis [Margaretha Droogleever Fortuyn-Leenmans], poet (Phoenix)
  • Feb 3 Simone Weil, social philosopher/Resistance fighter (WWII), born in Paris, France
  • Feb 3 Andre Cayatte, French filmmaker, born in Carcassonne (d. 1989)
  • Feb 4 Kenneth W Howell, English Anglican bishop (Chile/Bolivia/Peru)
  • Feb 4 Robert Coote, British actor (The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Scaramouche), born in London, England (d. 1982)

  • Feb 5 Grazyna Bacewicz, composer
  • Feb 6 Israel Citkowitz, composer
  • Feb 7 Joseph "Poeske" Scherens, Flem cyclist (champ sprinter 1932-37) [OS]
  • Feb 7 Hélder Câmara, Roman catholic archbishop (d. 1999)
  • Feb 9 Carmen Miranda, Portuguese vocalist and actress (Copacabana, Date With Judy), born in Marco de Canavezes, Portugal (d. 1955)
  • Feb 9 Dean Rusk, US Secretary of State (1961-69)
  • Feb 9 Harald Genzmer, composer
  • Feb 9 Heather Angel, British actress (Informer, Last of Mohicans), born in Oxford, England (d. 1986)
  • Feb 9 John Eustace Theodore Brancker, lawyer/parliamentarian
  • Feb 10 George Douglass Milne, British peer, soldier and artist, born at Lichfield (d. 2005)
  • Feb 11 Joseph L Mankiewicz, Wilkes-Barre PA, film writer/director (Sleuth)
  • Feb 11 Max Baer, American heavyweight boxing champion (1934-35), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1959)
  • Feb 12 Barry Wood, vocalist (Your Hit Parade), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Feb 14 A Moses Klein, poet (Hath Not a Jew...), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Feb 15 Harold Beeley, British diplomat
  • Feb 15 Miep Gies, Dutch biographer of Anne Frank
  • Feb 16 Hugh Beaumont, American actor (The Mole People, Leave it to Beaver), born in Lawrence, Kansas (d. 1982)
  • Feb 16 Jeffrey Lynn [Ragnar Godfrey Lind], American actor (Four Daughters, Roaring Twenties), born in Auburn, Massachusetts (d. 1995)
  • Feb 16 Richard McDonald, American fast food pioneer (d. 1998)
  • Feb 17 Joseph "Poeske" Scherens, Belgian cyclist (champ sprinter 1932-37)[NS]
  • Feb 17 Marjorie Lawrence, Australia, soprano (Venus-Tannhäuser)
  • Feb 18 Matti Jarvinen, Finland, javelin thrower (Olympic gold 1932)
  • Feb 18 Wallace Stegner, novelist/critic (Pulitzer-1971-Angle of Repose)
  • Feb 19 Charlie Walker, South Aust cricket wicket-keeper (toured but no Tests)
  • Feb 21 George G F van Renesse, Dutch pianist/music director
  • Feb 21 Hans Erni, Swiss painter and sculptor, born in Lucerne, Switzerland (d. 2015)
  • Feb 21 Helen O Dickens, [Henderson], US physician/gynaecologist
  • Feb 22 Roderick Barclay, diplomat
  • Feb 23 Frank Ward, cricketer (Australian leggie late 30s)
  • Feb 24 August William Derleth, Sauk City Wisc, writer (Judge Peck Mysteries)
  • Feb 24 Jean Yves Morvan Marin, broadcaster
  • Feb 24 Max Black, Dutch/British/US philosopher (analytical philosophy)
  • Feb 24 Michael Francis Morris Lindsay, orientalist
  • Feb 25 Edgar Pangborn, American sci-fi author (Judgment of Eve, Davy)
  • Feb 25 John Evan "Jasper" Weston-Davies [pen name Berkley Mather], English writer, born in Gloucester (d. 1996)
  • Feb 25 Geoffrey Dummer, electronics engineer, first to build integrated circuit / microchip, born in Hull England (d. 2002)
  • Feb 26 Phyllis Fanny Primrose-Pechey Cradock, TV Chef
  • Feb 26 King Talal of Jordan (d. 1972)
  • Feb 27 Elisabeth Welch, singer (Song of Freedom, Over the Moon)
  • Feb 28 Olan Soule, American actor (My 3 Sons, Captain Midnight, Arnie), born in La Harpe, Illinois (d. 1994)
  • Feb 28 Stephen Spender, English poet and critic (Vienna, Edge of Darkness), born in London (d. 1995)
  • Mar 1 Lois Moran, American actress (Waterfront), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1990)
  • Mar 1 Richard de Guide, composer
  • Mar 1 Robert Selby Taylor, bishop
  • Mar 2 Hanoch Jacoby, composer
  • Mar 2 Jan Fabricius, Dutch playwright
  • Mar 2 Mel Ott, American baseball player, 1st NLer to hit 500 home runs, hall of famer (NY Giants) (d. 1958)
  • Mar 3 Jay Morris Arena, inventor/pediatrician
  • Mar 3 Kenton Kilmer, American writer, born in Morristown, New Jersey (d. 1995)
  • Mar 4 Harry B Helmsley, American billionaire builder (Empire State Building), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 5 Sutan Sjahrir, premier of Indonesia (1945-47)
  • Mar 6 Dave Clark, music promoter/songwriter
  • Mar 6 Obafemi Awolowo, Nigerian statesman and nationalist, born in Ikenne, British Nigeria (d. 1987)
  • Mar 7 Greta Schoon, German poet, born in Spetzerfehn (d. 1991)
  • Mar 7 Leo Malet, French crime novelist
  • Mar 8 Anthony Donato, composer
  • Mar 8 Hugh Murphy, English multi-millionaire
  • Mar 9 Derk Bodde, American sinologist and historian of China, born in Marshfield, Massachusetts (d. 2003)
  • Mar 10 Gerard Croiset, Dutch paragnost
  • Mar 11 Ljubica Maric, composer
  • Mar 13 Gilbert Inglefield, British architect and Mayor of London (1967-68) (d. 1991)
  • Mar 14 Andre Pieyre de Mandiargues, French writer (Margin)
  • Mar 17 Patrick Reilly, Ootacamund, India, British diplomat
  • Mar 18 Ernest Gallo, American winemaker (d. 2007)
  • Mar 19 Louis Hayward, British-American actor (Lone Wolf, Survivors), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 1985)
  • Mar 19 Attilio Demaria, Argentinian footballer (d. 1990)
  • Mar 22 Gabrielle Roy, French-Canadian novelist (Tin Flute)
  • Mar 22 Jack Popplewell, British composer and playwright (If I Should Fall In Love Again), born in Leeds, England (d. 1996)

Person of interestClyde Barrow

Mar 24 Clyde Barrow, American bank robber (of Bonnie & Clyde fame), born in Ellis County, Texas (d. 1934)

Bank Robber Clyde Barrow
Bank Robber
Clyde Barrow
  • Mar 24 Thomas "Tommy" Trinder, British radio comedian and actor (Save a Little Sunshine, Phoenix), born in Streatham, London, England (d. 1989)
  • Mar 25 Dutch (Emil) Leonard, baseball pitcher (Boston Red Sox, 1.01 ERA 1914)
  • Mar 25 Jay Blackton, American conductor/arranger (Guys & Dolls), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 26 Chips Rafferty [John William Pilbean Goffage], Australian actor (Wake in Fright, Desert Rats), born in Broken Hill, New South Wales (d. 1971)
  • Mar 26 Chris[tiaan R] Reumer, Dutch opera singer
  • Mar 27 Ben Webster, American tenor saxophonist, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1973)
  • Mar 27 Golo Mann, German-American historian (Antisemitism), born in Munich (d. 1994)
  • Mar 28 Nelson Algren, American novelist (Man with the Golden Arm), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1981)
  • Mar 29 Aubrey "Moon" Mullican, American hillbilly pianist (7 Nights of Rock), born in Polk County, Texas (d. 1967)
  • Mar 29 Yvonne Waegemans, Flemish writer (Gnome Patjoepelke)
  • Mar 30 Ernst Gombrich, OM/FBA/director (Warburg Institute)
  • Mar 31 Pieter Jongeling, Dutch author (under Piet Prins) and politician
  • Mar 31 Robert Brasillach, French author/nazi collaborator
  • Apr 1 Abner Biberman, American director and actor (His Girl Friday, The Leopard Man), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1977)
  • Apr 1 Eddie Duchin, Mass, society pianist/bandleader (Eddie Duchin Orchestra)
  • Apr 2 Jean Kurt Forest, German composer, born in Darmstadt, Germany (d. 1975)
  • Apr 5 Alberto Romero "Cubby" Broccoli, American film producer (James Bond), born in NYC, New York (d. 1996)
  • Apr 5 Gerald Bond, South African cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1938, 0 & 0-16), born in Cape Town (d. 1965)
  • Apr 6 Hermann Lang, German race car driver (d. 1987)
  • Apr 6 William M. Branham, American evangelist (d. 1965)
  • Apr 7 Robert Charroux, French writer (d. 1978)
  • Apr 8 George Dixon, trumpet/sax
  • Apr 8 Olavi Pesonen, composer
  • Apr 8 William James Millar Mackenzie, political scientist
  • Apr 8 John Fante, Italian-American author and screenwriter (Wait Until Spring, Bandini, Ask the Dust, Full of Life), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1983)
  • Apr 9 Domenico Enrici, Roman Catholic Curia Archbishop, born in Cervasca, Italy (d. 1997)
  • Apr 9 Ivan Ivonovich Dzerzhinsky, Russian composer, born in Tambov, Dzerzhinsky (d. 1978)
  • Apr 9 Robert Helpmann, Australian actor, choreographer and dancer (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Don Quixote), born in Mount Gambier, South Australia (d. 1986)
  • Apr 13 Eudora Welty, Jackson Ms, novelist (Optimist's Daughter-Pulitzer 1973)
  • Apr 13 Jan Veldkamp, Dutch geophysicist/director (KNMI)
  • Apr 13 Mervyn Hugh Cowie, willife conservationist
  • Apr 13 Stanislaw Marcin Ulam, Polish mathematician (d. 1984)
  • Apr 16 Herman Uyttersprot, Flemish literature historian
  • Apr 17 Alain Poher, French politician, born in Ablon-sur-Seine, France (d. 1996)
  • Apr 17 Humphrey Sims Moore, British pacifist and journalist (founder of Peace News), born in Samoa (d. 1995)
  • Apr 20 Guido Alberti, Italian film actor (Marco the Magnificent), born in Benevento, Italy (d. 1996)
  • Apr 21 Rollo May, American psychologist, Love & Will)
  • Apr 22 Ralph Byrd, American actor (Dick Tracy TV Show, SOS Coast Guard), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 1952)
  • Apr 22 Rita Levi-Montalcini, Italian neurologist, Nobel laureate, (d. 2012)
  • Apr 22 Indro Montanelli, Italian journalist and historian (d. 2001)
  • Apr 23 Thomas Padmore, British senior civil servant, born in Sheffield, England (d. 1996)
  • Apr 24 Bernhard Grzimek, German zoologist (West Germany), born in Neisse, Prussian Silesia, German Empire (d. 1987)
  • Apr 24 Irven Spence, American animator, born in Lincoln, Nebraska (d. 1995)
  • Apr 25 Jaroslav Doubrava, Czech composer, born in Chrudim, Czech Republic (d. 1960)
  • Apr 26 Richard Howorth, cricketer (English all-rounder, three county doubles)
  • Apr 27 Muriel C. Bradbrook, English writer (That Infidel Place), born in Birkenhead, England (d. 1993)
  • Apr 29 Daniel Raphael Mayer, journalist and resistance leader
  • Apr 29 Tom Ewell [Sam Yewell Tompkins], American actor (Tom Ewell Show, The Seven Year Itch), born in Owensboro, Kentucky (d. 1994)
  • Apr 30 Juliana, Queen of Netherlands (1948-80)
  • Apr 30 F. E. McWilliam [Frederick Edward], Northern-Irish surrealist sculptor (Four Seasons Group), born in Banbridge, County Down (d. 1992)
  • May 1 Ethel Jane Cain, British telephonist and original UK Speaking Clock voice, born in England (d. 1996)
  • May 1 George Melachrino, composer
  • May 1 Yiannis Ritsos, Greek poet and political activist, born in Monemvasia (d. 1990)
  • May 4 Howard Da Silva [Silverblatt], American actor (1776, The Lost Weekend, The Blue Dahlia), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1986)
  • May 4 Jeroom Verten [Jozef Frans Vermetten], Flemish playwright, born in Berchem, Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1958)
  • May 5 Miklos Radnoti, writer
  • May 6 Loyd Sigmon, American amateur ("ham") radio broadcastor (d. 2004)

Person of interestEdwin Land

May 7 Edwin Land, American inventor of instant photography and co-founder of the Polaroid Corporation, born in Bridgeport, Connecticut (d. 1991)

Scientist and Inventor Edwin Land
Scientist and Inventor
Edwin Land
  • May 9 Don Messer, Canadian country musician (d. 1973)
  • May 10 Harold Collison, British trade unionist (agriculture workers), born in London (d. 1995)

Person of interestMaybelle Carter

May 10 Maybelle Carter, American country singer (Johnny Cash Show), born in Nickelsville, Virginia (d. 1978)

Country Singer Maybelle Carter
Country Singer
Maybelle Carter
  • May 11 Herbert Murrill, composer
  • May 11 René Bousquet, French Vichy-police chief (deported Jews), born in Montauban, Tarn-et-Garonne (d. 1993)
  • May 14 Vladimir Alatortsev, USSR, International Chess Master (1950)
  • May 15 James Mason, British actor (Lolita, North by Northwest, Bloodline, Boys From Brazil), born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire (d. 1984)
  • May 15 Rodolfo Cornejo, composer
  • May 16 Charles Wislon, principal (Glasgow University)
  • May 16 Margaret Sullavan, American actress (Three Comrades, The Shop Around the Corner), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 1960)
  • May 17 Edward Playfair, British senior civil servant
  • May 17 Magda Schneider, German actress (Eva, Going Gay, Be Mine Tonight), born in Bavaria, German (d. 1996)
  • May 18 Fred Perry, English tennis player/broadcaster (Wimbledon, 1934-36), born in Stockport, England (d. 1995)
  • May 19 Schlomo Joffe, composer
  • May 19 Nicholas Winton, English Humanitarian ('British Schindler' - saved 600 children from Nazis), born in London (d. 2015)
  • May 20 Edward Moss Hutchinson, educationalist
  • May 20 John Arkell, director of administration (BBC)
  • May 21 Guy de Rothschild, French banker
  • May 21 François-Albert Angers, Quebec economist (d. 2003)
  • May 23 Edwin Arrowsmith, diplomat
  • May 24 Guillermo Diaz-Plaja, Spanish literary/poet (Lorca)
  • May 24 Louis Fornberg, writer