Famous People Born in May 1911

  • May 2 Lillian Rambach, teacher violinist
  • May 3 John Rhea "Yank" Lawson, American jazz trumpeter (Dogtown Blues, Stormy Weather), born in Trenton, Missouri (d. 1995)
  • May 5 Giles Grangier, film director
  • May 5 Norman Oldfield, cricketer (Engl batsman one Test v WI 1939, 80 & 19)
  • May 5 Phillip Edmund Clinton Manson-Bahr, specialist in tropical medicine
  • May 7 IshirĊ Honda, Japanese film director and producer (Godzilla), born in Yamagata, Japan (d. 1993)

Person of interestRobert Johnson

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

Singer and guitarist Robert Johnson
Singer and guitarist
Robert Johnson
  • May 8 Wilhelm F de Gaay Fortman, Dutch lawyer/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 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)
  • May 16 Olaff J de Landell, [JB Wemmerslager van Sparwoude], writer
  • May 17 Knut Anders Haukfield, SOE Operative
  • May 17 Maureen O'Sullivan, Irish actress (Tarzan, Pride & Prejudice, Hannah and Her Sisters), born in Boyle, County Roscommon, Ireland (d. 1998)
  • May 17 Lisa Fonssagrives, Swedish-born supermodel (d. 1992)
  • May 18 Joe Turner, KC, blues singer (Corrine Corrina, Shake Rattle & Roll)
  • May 18 Michael Berry, Baron Hartwell, British newspaper proprietor and journalist (d. 2001)
  • May 18 Sigrid Gurie, Norwegian American actress (Algiers, Sofia, Refugee), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1969)
  • May 20 Annie M G Schmidt, writer (Fam Doorsnee, Jip & Janneke)
  • May 20 Gardner Fox, American sci-fi author (Atom, Hawkman, Zatanna), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 22 Anatol Rapoport, Russ/US mathem/biologist (game theory)
  • May 23 Boris Kremenliev, composer
  • May 23 Melvin M Payne, president (National Geographic Society)

Person of interestBetty Nuthall

May 23 Betty Nuthall, English tennis player (1930 U.S. Open champion), born in Surbiton, England (d. 1983)

Tennis Player Betty Nuthall
Tennis Player
Betty Nuthall
  • May 24 Barbara West, English survivor of the Titanic sinking (d. 2007)
  • May 26 Ben Alexander, American actor (Dragnet, All Quiet on the Western Front), born in Goldfield, Nevada (d. 1969)
  • May 27 Hubert Humphrey, (Sen-D-Minn) 38th VP (1965-69), 1968 Presidential candidate
  • May 27 Torolf Elster, Norwegian journalist/writer (Frihet och demokrati)
  • May 27 Vincent Price, American actor (House on Haunted Hill, Fly, Laura), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1993)
  • May 27 Teddy Kollek, Austrian-born Israeli politician (d. 2007)
  • May 28 Bob Crisp, cricketer (South African pace bowler of 1930s)
  • May 28 Jean-Pierre Levy, resistance leader
  • May 28 Dame Thora Hird, British actress, comedian, presenter and writer (Last of the Summer Wine, The Love Match), born in Morecambe, Lancashire (d. 2003)
  • May 29 James Marjoribanks, British ambassador
  • May 29 Louis Wain, agricultural scientist
  • May 30 Douglas Fowley, American actor (Singin' in the Rain, Pistols 'n' Petticoats), born in NYC, New York (d. 1998)
  • May 31 Edward Adamson, art therapist/collector