On This Day

Famous People Born in 1911

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 501

Hank Greenberg

Jan 1 Hank Greenberg, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (5 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1935, 45; AL MVP 1935, 40; Detroit Tigers), born in NYC, NY (d. 1986)

  • Jan 3 John Sturges, American director (Old Man & Sea, Magnificent 7)
  • Jan 5 Jean-Pierre Aumont, French actor (Lili, Cat & Mouse, Happy Hooker), born in Paris, France (d. 2001)
  • Jan 6 Eduardo Frei Montalva, Chilean political leader (President 1964-70), born in Santiago, Chile (d. 1982)
  • Jan 6 Joey Adams [Joseph Abramowitz], American comedian, actor and columnist (ABC's Back That Fact), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1999)
  • Jan 6 Nikolai Afanasyevich Kryuchkov, Soviet film actor (Telegram, Town People), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1994)
  • Jan 6 Yannis Papaioannou, Greek composer & teacher, born in Kavala, Greece (d. 1989)
  • Jan 6 Billy Sands, American actor (Phil Silvers Show, McHale's Navy), born in Bergen, New York (d. 1984)
  • Jan 6 Ivan Barrow, Jamaican cricket wicketkeeper (11 Tests; first West Indian Test century-maker in England), born in Morant Bay, Jamaica (d. 1979)
  • Jan 7 Mervyn Waite, Australian cricketer (S Australian all-rounder) and footballer, born in Kent Town, Australia (d. 1985)
  • Jan 7 (Thelma) "Butterfly" McQueen, American actress (Gone With The Wind; Flame of Barbary Coast), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 1995)
  • Jan 8 Andrej Ocenas, composer
  • Jan 8 "Gypsy" Rose Lee [Hovick], American burlesque actress (Gypsy), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1970)
  • Jan 9 Richard Selwyn Francis Schiling, British professor of occupational health, born in Kessingland, Suffolk (d. 1997)
  • Jan 9 Stafford WIlliam Somerfield, British newspaper editor, born in Barnstaple, Somerfield (d. 1995)
  • Jan 10 Tjalie Robinson [Jan Boon], Dutch East Indies writer and journalist (Tong Tong), born in Nijmegen, Netherlands (d. 1974)
  • Jan 11 Nora Heysen, Australian artist (d. 2003)
  • Jan 11 Zenko Suzuki, Prime Minister of Japan (d. 2004)
  • Jan 13 Johannes Bjelke-Petersen, Australian politician, Premier of Queensland (1968-87), born in Dannevirke, New Zealand (d. 2005)
  • Jan 14 George Amadee Tremblay, Canadian pianist & composer, born in Ottawa, Canada (d. 1982)
  • Jan 14 Helmut Degen, German composer, born in Aglasterhausen, Germany (d. 1995)
  • Jan 14 Anatoly Rybakov, Russian writer, born in Chernihiv, Ukraine (d. 1998)
  • Jan 15 Cy Feuer, Broadway producer (Feuer & Martin-Chorus Line), born in NYC, New York (d. 2006)
  • Jan 15 Wim Kan, Dutch cabaret artist, born in South Holland, Netherlands (d. 1983)
  • Jan 16 Gilbert Gadoffre, French scholar
  • Jan 16 Roger Lapébie, French cyclist (d. 1996)
  • Jan 17 Hermann Pfrogner, Austrian musicologist (Zerrissene Orpheus)
  • Jan 18 Gabor Darvas, Hungarian composer, born in Satu Mare, Romania (d. 1985)
  • Jan 18 Danny Kaye [David Daniel Kaminski], American comedian and actor (Danny Kaye Show, White Christmas), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1987)
  • Jan 18 Charles Delaunay, French writer, magazine publisher (Le Jazz Hot), jazz musiclogist (Hot Discography), record label founder, and music promoter, born in Vineuil-Saint-Firmin, France (d. 1988)
  • Jan 21 Stanley William Reed, cineaste
  • Jan 22 Bruno Kreisky, Austrian politician (Chancellor, 1970-83; Foreign Minister, 1959-66), born in Margareten, Vienna, Austria (d. 1990)
  • Jan 22 Roberto Garcia Morillo, Argentine composer and music critic, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2003)
  • Jan 22 Suzanne Danco, Belgian operatic soprano singer, born in Brussels (d. 2000)
  • Jan 23 Dan Smith, English singer-songwriter, born in London, United Kingdom
  • Jan 24 C. L. Moore, American science fiction & fantasy writer (Judgment Night), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1987)
  • Jan 26 Norbert Schultze, German composer, primarily of film scores, born in Brunswick, Saxony, Germany (d. 2002)
  • Jan 26 Polykarp Kusch, American nuclear physicist: Nobel 1955
  • Jan 27 Benay Venuta [Benvenuta Rose Crooke], American actress, singer and dancer (Annie Get Your Gun, Call Me Mister), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1995)
  • Jan 28 Johan van Hulst, Dutch teacher who helped save 600 children from the Nazis, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 2018)
  • Jan 29 George Burns, British major-general
  • Jan 29 Peter von Siemens, German industrialist (d. 1986)
  • Jan 30 Alexander George Ogston, British biochemist, and educator (professor at Australian National University, 1959-70; president of Trinity College - Oxford, 1970-78), born in Bombay, British India (d. 1996)
  • Jan 30 Hugh Marlowe [Hipple], American actor (All About Eve; Ellery Queen), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1982)
  • Jan 30 Roy Eldridge, American jazz trumpet player (Gene Krupa, Artie Shaw), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1989)
  • Jan 31 Christina Foyle, book seller
  • Jan 31 Eddie Byrne, British actor (Star Wars, Island of Terror), born in Birmingham, England (d. 1981)
  • Feb 2 Jean-Jacques Grunenwald, French organist/composer
  • Feb 2 Johan J "Jussi" Bjorling, Swedish tenor
  • Feb 3 Jehan [Ariste] Alain, French organist/composer
  • Feb 3 Jesse Thomas, blues singer
  • Feb 3 Tom Creavy, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1931), born in Tuckahoe, New York (d. 1979)
  • Feb 6 Dooley Briscoe MC, South African cricket batsman (2 Tests; Transvaal) and soldier (Military Cross 1941), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 1941)

Ronald Reagan

Feb 6 Ronald Reagan, 40th US President (Republican: 1981-89) and actor (Bedtime for Bonzo), born in Tampico, Illinois (d. 2004)

  • Feb 8 Anne Aitken [nee Hopkins], American co-founder of Diamond Sangha, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 8 Elizabeth Bishop, American poet (North & South)/Pulitzer Prize (1956)
  • Feb 8 Henri Knap, Dutch resistance fighter/journalist/writer
  • Feb 9 Eustace Wenworth Roskill, law lord
  • Feb 9 William Darby, American WWII Army officer (d. 1945)
  • Feb 11 Alec Cairncross, chancellor (Glasgow U)
  • Feb 11 Ben Carter, American actor (Crash Dive, Dark Alibi, Maryland), born in Fairfield, Iowa (d. 1946)
  • Feb 11 Helen Hicks, American golfer (Western Open 1937, Titleholders Championship 1940), born in Cedarhurst, NY (d. 1974)
  • Feb 12 Charles Mathiesen, Norwegian 1500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1936)
  • Feb 12 Frank Hercules, Trinidadian-American novelist (On Leaving Paradise; Sunrise at Midnight), and teacher, born in Port of Spain, Trinidad (d. 1996)
  • Feb 12 Sylvstre A. Guzman Fernandez, president (Dominican Republic)
  • Feb 12 Stephen H. Sholes, American recording executive (d. 1968)
  • Feb 13 Jean Muir, American actress (Fugitive in the Sky, The Aldrich Family) and the 1st performer to be blacklisted for being an alleged communist sympathizer, born in Suffern, New York (d. 1996)
  • Feb 14 Willem J. Kolff, Dutch-American internist & inventor (Artificial Kidney)
  • Feb 15 Leonard Woodcock, labor leader (UAW)
  • Feb 16 Hal Porter, Australian writer (Tilted Cross, Paper Chase), born in Albert Park, Australia (d. 1984)
  • Feb 19 Merle Oberon, British actress (That Uncertain Feeling, Wuthering Heights), born in Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India (d. 1979)
  • Feb 19 Nikola Hercigonja, Croatian composer, born in Vinkovci (d. 2000)
  • Feb 19 Bill Bowerman, American track and field coach and co-founder of Nike, born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1999)
  • Feb 20 Margot Grahame [Margaret Clark], British actress (The Three Musketeers, Criminal Lawyer), born in Canterbury, England (d. 1982)
  • Feb 20 Robert McBride, American composer (Mexican Rhapsody), born in Tucson, Arizona (d. 2007)
  • Feb 22 Bill Baker, American baseball player (d. 2006)
  • Feb 23 G. Mennen Williams, American lawyer, politician (Governor of Michigan, 1949-61), diplomat, and jurist (Chief Justice of Michigan Supreme Court, 1983-86), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1988)
  • Feb 23 Walter Ernest Allen, writer/critic
  • Feb 24 Konrad Lechner, composer
  • Feb 26 Josef Smrkovsky, Czechoslovakia MP chairman
  • Feb 26 Tarō Okamoto, Japanese avant-garde artist (d. 1996)
  • Feb 28 Amir Hamzah, Indonesian poet (Njanji Sunji)
  • Mar 1 Harry Golombek, British chess grandmaster and author (3-time British champion), born in London, England (d. 1995)
  • Mar 2 William Hansen, American actor (1776, Pinky, Side Street, Homebodies), born in Washington, District of Columbia (d. 1975)
  • Mar 3 Francesco Siciliani, Italian opera impresario (La Scala; San Carlo; Le Fenice), and composer (Fragments From the Canticle of Canticles), born in Perugia, Italy (d. 1996)

Jean Harlow

Mar 3 Jean Harlow [Harlean Carpentier], American actress and 1930s' sex goddess (Dinner at 8, Bombshell), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1937)

  • Mar 3 Hugues Lapointe, Canadian politician and Lieutenant governor of Quebec (d. 1982)
  • Mar 6 Charles Frank, physicist
  • Mar 6 Roland Leich, American composer, chiefly of art songs, vocal, and choral music, and educator (Carnegie Institute, 1946-76), born in Evansville, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • Mar 7 Stefan Kisielewski, Polish composer, writer and politician, born in Warsaw (d. 1991)
  • Mar 7 Louis Cottrell Jr., Creole-American jazz clarinetist and tenor saxophonist (Heritage Hall Jazz Band), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1978)
  • Mar 8 Alan Hovhaness, Armenian-American composer (Lousadzak, Ukiyo), born in Somerville, Massachusetts (d. 2000)
  • Mar 8 Elsie Giorgi, American-Italian physician and humanitarian, born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1998)
  • Mar 9 Ramon Campbell Batista, Chilean physician, composer, and ethno-musicologist (traditional music of the Rapanui people), born in Quilpué, Chile (d. 2000)
  • Mar 10 Warner Anderson, American actor (The Bubble, Destination Moon, Peyton Place), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1976)
  • Mar 11 Alan Gifford [John Lennox], American actor (Time Lock, 2001: A Space Odyssey), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1989)
  • Mar 11 Sir Fitzroy Maclean, Scottish diplomat soldier politician, author and an inspiration for Ian Fleming's James Bond, born in Cairo
  • Mar 12 Gustavo Diaz Ordaz, president of Mexico
  • Mar 13 José Ardévol, Spanish-Cuban composer, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 1981)
  • Mar 13 L. Ron Hubbard, American sci-fi writer (Death Quest) and founder of the Scientology cult, born in Tilden, Nebraska (d. 1986)
  • Mar 14 Pete Piute [Morris Kaufman], American comedian (Village Barn), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 14 Joe Mooney, American jazz and pop accordionist, organist, and vocalist, born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 1975)
  • Mar 16 Dr. Josef Mengele, German, accused Nazi war criminal (d. 1979)
  • Mar 16 Pierre Harmel, Belgian politician
  • Mar 17 Raffaele d'Alessandro, Swiss pianist, organist, and composer, born in St. Gallen, Switzerland (d. 1959)
  • Mar 17 Patrick Maitland, 17th Earl of Lauderdale, Scottish Unionist politician
  • Mar 18 (Lester) "Smiley" Burnette [Burnett], American country music performer, singer-songwriter ("Ridin' Down the Canyon (To Watch the Sun Go Down)"), and actor (Petticoat Junction - "Charlie"), born in Summum, Illinois (d. 1967)
  • Mar 19 Kenneth Robinson, politician/businessman
  • Mar 20 Mieke Verstraete [Maria Augustina De Graef], Belgian-Dutch actress (Pleasantly Settled), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1990)
  • Mar 20 Alfonso García Robles, Mexican diplomat and Nobel laureate (d. 1991)
  • Mar 21 John Paxton, screenwriter (On The Beach, Kotch, Farewell My Lovely)
  • Mar 23 Augustus John "Gus" Risman, rugby league player
  • Mar 23 Charles Joseph A Russhon, USAF lt col/liaison (James Bond films)
  • Mar 23 Denis Wright, diplomat
  • Mar 23 Edward Warner, diplomat
  • Mar 23 Dick Chapman, American golfer (1940 US amateur, 1951 British amateur), born in Greenwich, Connecticut (d. 1978)
  • Mar 24 Herman W "Fritz" Liebert, US OSSer/librarian (Yale curator)
  • Mar 24 Jane Beverly Drew, English modernist architect, born in Croydon (d. 1996)

Joseph Barbera

Mar 24 Joseph Barbera, American animator (Hanna-Barbera - Tom and Jerry), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2006)

  • Mar 25 Willy Anthoons, Flemish sculptor (Mystic verheffing)

Jack Ruby

Mar 25 Jack Ruby [Jacob Rubenstein], American nightclub owner who murdered assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1967)

  • Mar 26 Bernard Katz, German-born Australian biophysicist (Nobel Prize 1970), born in Leipzig, German Empire

Tennessee Williams

Mar 26 Tennessee Williams, American playwright (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), born in Columbus, Mississippi (d. 1983)

  • Mar 26 T. Hee, American animator (Dance of the Hours - Fantasia), born in Oklahoma (d. 1988)
  • Mar 28 Myfanwy Piper, British librettist and art critic, born in London (d. 1997)
  • Mar 28 J. L. Austin, British philosopher of language, born in Lancaster (d. 1960)
  • Mar 29 Philip Ahn, American actor (Kung Fu, Thoroughly Modern Millie), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1978)
  • Mar 29 Brigitte Horney, German actress (Das Erbe der Guldenburgs), born in Dahlem, Germany (d. 1988)
  • Mar 30 Dennis Gomm, British composer and pianist, born in England (d. 1995)
  • Mar 31 Elisabeth Grümmer, German soprano (d. 1986)
  • Apr 1 Gunther Rennert, opera director and producer, born in Essen, Germany
  • Apr 1 Joe Fortenberry, American basketball forward (captain Olympic gold 1936), born in Leo, Texas (d. 1993)
  • Apr 2 Charles "Honi" Coles, American actor and tap dancer (Tito Suarez-Dirty Dancing), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1992)
  • Apr 3 Watkins Shaw, British musicologist, born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England (d. 1996)
  • Apr 3 Michael Woodruff, English surgeon and scientist (organ transplantation), born in Mill Hill, London (d. 2001)
  • Apr 3 W. R. Lee, English language teacher and internationalist, born in Hillingdon, Middlesex (d. 1996)
  • Apr 3 Stanislawa Walasiewicz [Stella Walsh], Polish-American athlete (Olympic gold 100m 1932), born in Wierzchownia, Poland (d. 1980)
  • Apr 5 Goddard Lieberson, English composer and record label executive (President of Columbia Records, 1957-71 & 73-75), born in Hanley, Staffordshire, England (d. 1977)
  • Apr 5 Gordon Jones, American character actor (The Green Hornet, Flying Tigers, Abbott & Costello), born in Alden, Iowa (d. 1963)
  • Apr 5 Johnny Revolta, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1935; 18 PGA Tour titles), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1991)
  • Apr 6 Phyllis Tate, English composer, born in Buckinghamshire (d. 1987)
  • Apr 7 Kenneth Oakley, Amersham Buckinghamshire, English Anthropologist, Palaeontologist, and Geologist whose method for the relative dating of fossils using fluorine content was instrumental in exposing the Piltdown Man hoax
  • Apr 8 Douglas Hyde, England political journalist, born in Worthing, England (d. 1996)
  • Apr 8 Emil Mihai Cioran, Romanian born writer and aphorist, born in Resinár, Kingdom of Hungary (d. 1995)
  • Apr 8 Melvin Calvin, US chemist (photosynthesis, Nobel 1961)
  • Apr 9 Richard Arthur de Yarburgh-Bateson, 6th Lord Deramore, British architect, born in London (d. 2006)
  • Apr 10 Maurice Schumann, French Minister of Foreign Affairs (1969-73), born in Paris (d. 1998)
  • Apr 10 Martin Denny, American musician (Exotica), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • Apr 12 Darrell A. Amyx, American classical archaeologist (Greek Ceramics), born in Exeter, California (d. 1997)
  • Apr 12 Geoff Chubb, South African cricket fast bowler (5 Tests, 21 wickets; Border), born in East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa (d. 1982)
  • Apr 12 Mahmoud Younis, Suez Canal nationalization engineer, born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 1976)
  • Apr 13 Nino Sanzogno, Italian conductor (La Fenice) and composer, born in Venice (d. 1983)
  • Apr 13 Ico Hitrec, Croatian footballer, born in Zagreb, Austria-Hungary (d. 1946)
  • Apr 13 Jean-Louis Lévesque, Canadian entrepreneur and philanthropist, born in Nouvelle, Quebec, Canada (d. 1994)
  • Apr 15 Jacob Fresco, Dutch architect (Antilles Brewery/Autonomy Monument), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1990)
  • Apr 16 Christine McIntyre, American actress and singer (The Three Stooges, The Rangers' Round-Up), born in Nogales, Arizona (d. 1984)
  • Apr 16 William T. Stearn, British botanist, born in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire (d. 2001)
  • Apr 16 Guy Burgess, English-born Soviet spy, born in Devonport, England (d. 1963)
  • Apr 16 Alton Purnell, American Dixieland jazz pianist, and singer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1987)
  • Apr 17 Hervé Bazin, French writer (Head Against the Wall), born in Angers, Maine-et-Loire, France (d. 1996)
  • Apr 17 Mikhail Botvinnik, Russian World Chess Champion (1948-63), born in Repino, Russia (d. 1995)
  • Apr 18 Francis Johnson, British architect (country homes, churches, historic restorations), born in Bridlington, England (d. 1995)
  • Apr 18 George Huntington Hartford II, American heir (A&P), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 19 Francesco Maria Saraceni, Italian composer (d. 1961)
  • Apr 20 Kukrit Pramoj, Thai politician (13th Prime Minister of Thailand) and scholar, born in In Buri, Singburi, Siam (d. 1995)
  • Apr 21 Leonard Warren [Warenoff], American baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1939-60) who died on stage, born in The Bronx, New York City (d. 1960)
  • Apr 21 Ivan Combe, American inventor of personal care products (Clearasil), born in Fremont, Iowa (d. 2000)
  • Apr 22 Max Dupain, Australian photographer ("Sunbaker"), born in Ashfield, Australia (d. 1992)
  • Apr 23 Ronald Neame, British director (1st Monday in October; The Poseidon Adventure), born in London, England (d. 2010)
  • Apr 23 Simone Simon, French actress (All Money Can Buy, Ladies in Love), born in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France (d. 2005)
  • Apr 24 Jack E. Leonard, American comedian (Disorderly Orderly), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1973)
  • Apr 24 Karl Schiller, German economist and politician (Minister of Economics), born in Breslau, Silesia (d. 1994)
  • Apr 24 Robert Joseph Kane, President of US Olympic Committee (1977-80), born in Ithaca, New York (d. 1992)
  • Apr 26 Marianne Hoppe, German theater and film actress (Der Schimmelreiter), born in Rostock, Germany (d. 2002)
  • Apr 27 Colin Gordon, British actor (The Pink Panther, Casino Royale), born in Ceylon (d. 1972)
  • Apr 27 Georges Dargaud, French publisher (Astérix, Tintin), born in Paris (d. 1990)
  • Apr 28 Lee Falk, American comic strip writer (The Phantom), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1999)
  • Apr 30 Hans Studer, Swiss composer, born in Murii (d. 1984)
  • Apr 30 Luise Rinser, German writer (Prison Journal), born in Pitzling, Bavaria (d. 2002)
  • May 3 John Rhea "Yank" Lawson, American jazz trumpeter ("Dogtown Blues"; "Stormy Weather"), born in Trenton, Missouri (d. 1995)
  • May 5 Gilles Grangier, French film director (Archimède le clochard), born in Paris (d. 1996)
  • May 5 Norman Oldfield, English cricketer (Engl batsman one Test v WI 1939, 80 & 19), born in Dukinfield, Cheshire, England (d. 1996)
  • May 5 Philip Manson-Bahr, English zoologist and specialist in tropical medicine, born in Wavertree, Liverpool, England (d. 1996)
  • May 5 (Thaman) "Pete" Daily, American swing and dixieland jazz cornetist and valve trombonist (The Chicagoans), born in Portland, Indiana (d. 1981)
  • May 7 Ishirō Honda, Japanese film director and producer (Godzilla), born in Yamagata, Japan (d. 1993)

Robert Johnson

May 8 Robert Johnson, American blues singer-songwriter, and guitarist (King of Delta Blues Singers), born in Hazlehurst, Mississippi (d. 1938)

  • May 8 Wilhelm F. de Gaay Fortman, Dutch lawyer and foreign minister
  • May 9 Harry Simeone, choral director (Kate Smith Show), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • May 10 Bel Kaufman, American author (Up the Down Staircase), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2014)
  • May 10 Alexander Goode, American US Navy chaplain and rabbi (The Four Chaplains), born in Brooklyn, NYC (d. 1943) [1]
  • May 11 Edgar Beck, president (John Mowlem)
  • May 11 Roy James Alfred Kaulback, soldier
  • May 11 Mitchell Sharp, Canadian politician (d. 2004)
  • May 13 Maxine Sullivan [Marietta Williams], American jazz vocalist and performer (Going Places), born in Homestead, Pennsylvania (d. 1987)
  • May 13 Robert Middleton, American film and TV actor (Barney-Monroes), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1977)
  • May 14 Hans Vogt, German composer, born in Danzig (d. 1992)
  • May 14 J Borremans, Belgian politician (communist)/MP
  • May 15 Leo Fuchs, Polish-born Jewish American actor (The Six Million Dollar Man, Avalon), born in Lemberg, Galicia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1994)
  • May 15 Max Frisch, Swiss architect/writer (Stiller, Biedermann)
  • May 15 Herta Oberheuser, Nazi doctor (d. 1978)

About 1911

Chinese Zodiac: Dog (Jan 1 - Jan 29), Pig (Jan 30 - Dec 31)