Famous People Born in 1912

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 514

Person of interestKim Philby

Jan 1 Kim Philby, British spy and Soviet mole who was a member of the "Cambridge Five", born in Ambala, Punjab, India (d. 1988)

  • Jan 1 Victor Reuther, American labor leader, born in Wheeling, West Virginia
  • Jan 1 Boris Vladimirovich Gnedenko, Russian mathematician (d. 1995)
  • Jan 2 Andre Ameller, composer
  • Jan 2 Barbara Pentland, Winnipeg Canada, composer
  • Jan 2 Renato Guttuso, Italian painter (Flight from Etna, Crucifixion)
  • Jan 3 Robert Flemyng, British actor (The Deadly Affair, Funny Face), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1995)
  • Jan 3 Renaude Lapointe, Canadian journalist and senator (d. 2002)
  • Jan 3 Armand Lohikoski, Finnish director (d. 2005)
  • Jan 5 Frank Pace Jr., US Secretary of Army (1950-53), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1988)
  • Jan 6 Jacques Cesar Ellul, French philosopher & sociologist, born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1994)
  • Jan 6 Danny Thomas, American comedian (Danny Thomas Show), born in Deerfield, Michigan (d. 1991)
  • Jan 7 Charles Addams, cartoonist (New Yorker, Addams Family)
  • Jan 7 Günter Wand, German conductor, composer (d. 2002)

Person of interestJosé Ferrer

Jan 8 José Ferrer, Puerto Rican actor and director (Blood Tide, Dune), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico (d. 1992)

  • Jan 8 Rudolf G Escher, Dutch composer (True Face of Peace)

  • Jan 9 Ralph Tubbs, British architect, born in Hadley Wood, United Kingdom (d. 1996)
  • Jan 10 Maria Mandel, Camp leader at Auschwitz, born in Münzkirchen, Austria (d. 1948)
  • Jan 11 Donald "Red" Barry, American actor (Adventures of Red Ryder, Jesse James' Women), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1980)
  • Jan 11 Roger Lewis, aviation exec (Lockheed, Curtiss Wright, Pan Am)
  • Jan 11 Lynwood Thomas "Schoolboy" Rowe, American baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers), born in Waco, Texas (d. 1961)
  • Jan 15 Michel Debré, French politician, born in Paris, France (d. 1996)
  • Jan 16 Franz Tumler, Austrian author/novelist (Cloak, Aufruf)
  • Jan 17 Orest Alexandrovich Evlahkov, composer
  • Jan 18 Charles Moeller, Belgian theologist (Humanism et saintete)
  • Jan 18 William Sansom, English writer (Loving Eye)
  • Jan 18 Wilhelm Herz, German motorcycle racer (first to 200mph), born in Lampertheim, Germany (d. 1998)
  • Jan 19 Francis David Charteris, earl of Wemyss & March/Scottish landowner
  • Jan 19 Jean G H "Sjeng" Tans, Dutch soc dem chairman (1965-69)
  • Jan 19 Leonid V Kantorovich, economist (Nobel), born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • Jan 20 Christopher Casson, Irish-English actor (Zardoz, Educating Rita, The Riordans), born in Manchester, Lancashire, England
  • Jan 20 Walter Briggs Jr., American sports executive, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1970)
  • Jan 21 Konrad Bloch, German biochemist (studied cholesterol-Nobel 1964)
  • Jan 24 Ken Weekes, cricketer (WI batsman v England 1939, 137 at The Oval)
  • Jan 25 Lucius E. Burch Jr., American attorney, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1996)
  • Jan 26 Cora Baird, American puppeteer (Kukla, Fran & Ollie), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 27 Arne Næss, Norwegian philosopher
  • Jan 27 E. R. Braithwaite, diplomat and writer (To Sir with Love), born in Georgetown, British Guiana (d. 2016)

Person of interestJackson Pollock

Jan 28 Jackson Pollock, American expressionist painter (Lavender Mist), born in Cody, Wyoming (d. 1956)

  • Jan 28 William "Bill" Henson, English diplomat (Prague 1939)
  • Jan 29 Jacob "Jaap" Balk, journalist (AH, Onder de Keizerskroon)

  • Jan 30 Barbara Tuchman, American historian/author (Pulitzer, Guns of August)
  • Jan 30 Jadwiga Wajsowna-Marcinkiewicz, discus thrower (Olympic bronze 1932)
  • Jan 30 Francis Schaeffer, American Evangelical theologian and pastor (d. 1984)
  • Feb 2 Burton Lane, Broadway composer (Finian's Rainbow)
  • Feb 2 Stefan Schnabel, German actor (Anna, Dracula's Widow, Firefox), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1999)
  • Feb 2 Millvina Dean, last living survivour of the RMS Titanic.
  • Feb 3 Jacques Soustelle, French minister of information

Person of interestByron Nelson

Feb 4 Byron Nelson, American golfer (winner 5 major titles; record 19 tournaments 1945), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2006)

Golfer Byron Nelson
Golfer
Byron Nelson
  • Feb 4 Erich Leinsdorf, Austrian-born American conductor, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1993)
  • Feb 4 James Craig [Meador], American actor (Devil & Daniel Webster, Cyclops), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1985)
  • Feb 4 Ola Skjåk Bræk, Norwegian politician (d. 1999)
  • Feb 4 Louis-Albert Cardinal Vachon, archbishop of Quebec (d. 2006)
  • Feb 5 Willard Parker, American actor (Kiss Me Kate, What A Woman), born in NYC, New York (d. 1996)
  • Feb 5 Zoltan Pongracz, composer
  • Feb 6 Eva Braun, German mistress and wife of Adolf Hitler, born in Munich, Germany (d. 1945)
  • Feb 7 Derek Farr, British actor (8 O'Clock Walk, Doctor at Large), born in London, England (d. 1986)
  • Feb 7 Russell Drysdale, Australian Artist {d. 1981}
  • Feb 8 Simon Jurovsky, composer
  • Feb 9 Hubert William Dean, air armaments specialist
  • Feb 10 Lord Orr-Ewing [Charles Ian], great-grandson of Sir Archibald Orr-Ewing, Bt
  • Feb 11 Roy Fuller, Failsworth, Lancashire, English poet/novelist (Lost Season)
  • Feb 11 Rudolf Firkusny, Napajedla Czechoslovakia, pianist (Julliard)
  • Feb 12 Eddie J Bush, golf professional
  • Feb 12 Ernest Clark, British actor (Ghandi, The Dam Busters, Doctor in the House), born in London, England (d. 1994)
  • Feb 12 R. F. Delderfield, English author (d. 1972)
  • Feb 13 Jose de Capriles, American fencer (Olympic-1936, 48, 52)
  • Feb 13 Margaretta Scott, British actress (Crescendo, Where's Charley, Counterblast), born in Westminster, London (d. 2005)
  • Feb 14 Edmund George Love, American teacher/historian/author (A Small Bequest)=
  • Feb 14 Juan Pujol Garcia, [Garbo/Arabel], Spanish British/German double agent
  • Feb 14 Oliver Wendell Harrington, cartoonist
  • Feb 14 Tibor Sekelj, Croatian explorer (d. 1988)
  • Feb 15 George Mikes, Hungarian British writer (How to Be an Alien)
  • Feb 16 Arthur Crook, British editor (Times Literary Supplement)
  • Feb 16 Bob Tadema Sporry, Dutch (female) author
  • Feb 16 Del Sharbutt, Cleburne Tx, TV announcer (Your Hit Parade)
  • Feb 16 Machito [Francisco "Frank" Grillo], Latin jazz musician and creator of Cubop and salsa music (Afro-Cubans), born in Havana, Cuba - NB: birth date and location disputed (d. 1984)
  • Feb 16 Maitland Mackie, Lord Lt (Aberdeenshire)
  • Feb 17 Alice "Andre" Norton, American sci-fi author (The Time Traders, The Zero Stone), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2005)
  • Feb 18 Dane Clark, American actor (Wire Service, Bold Venture, Perry Mason), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1998)
  • Feb 19 Adolf Rudnicki, Polish writer (Niekochana)
  • Feb 19 Peter Francis de Sautoy, publisher
  • Feb 19 Saul Chaplin, American composer (d. 1997)
  • Feb 20 Pierre Boulle, French author (d. 1994)
  • Feb 21 Arline Judge, American actress (Girls in Chains, Mad Wednesday, Age of Consent), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut (d. 1974)
  • Feb 21 Nikita Magaloff, Russian/Swiss pianist (Arkadia 598-Schubert)
  • Feb 21 Patrick Murphy, English multi-millionaire
  • Feb 24 Julius Kowalski, composer
  • Feb 25 Richard Wattis, British actor (Hobson's Choice, Prince & Showgirl, The Man Who Knew Too Much), born Wednesbury, Staffordshire, England (d. 1975)
  • Feb 27 Lawrence Durrell, Indian-British writer (Private Country, Alexandria Quartet), born in Jalandhar, Punjab, British India (d. 1990)
  • Feb 27 Kusumagraj, Indian writer (d. 1999)
  • Feb 28 Helmut Coing, German lawyer/director (Max-Planck-institute)
  • Feb 28 Clara Petacci, Italian mistress of Benito Mussolini (d. 1945)
  • Mar 1 Gerald Emmett Cardinal Carter, archbishop of Toronto (d. 2003)
  • Mar 2 Arthur Beaumont C Langton, cricketer (South African pace bowler of 1930's)
  • Mar 3 Joe Stydahar, NFL tackle (Chicago Bears)
  • Mar 4 Afro, [Basaldella], Italian painter
  • Mar 4 Carl Marzani, Italian-born American leftwing political activist, publisher and documentarian, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1994)
  • Mar 6 Madge Adam, astronomer
  • Mar 8 Preston Smith, 40th Governor of Texas, born in Williamson County, Texas (d. 2003)
  • Mar 9 Alan David Melville, polymath
  • Mar 11 Robert Clifford Latham, pepys Scholar
  • Mar 11 Xavier Montsalvatge, Spanish composer (El gato con botas)
  • Mar 12 James McKay, lord provost of Edinburgh
  • Mar 12 Kylie Tennant, novelist (Battlers, Lost Haven)
  • Mar 12 Paul Weston [Wetstein], American pianist and orchestra leader (Jim Nabors Hour, Crescent City Suite), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1996)
  • Mar 12 Irving Layton, Canadian poet (d. 2006)
  • Mar 13 Ernst Hess, Swiss composer, born in Schaffhausen (d. 1968)
  • Mar 13 Igor Youskevitch, Russian-Ukrainian ballet dancer, born in Pyriatyn, Poltava Oblast, Ukraine (d. 1994)
  • Mar 13 James Friell, Scottish political cartoonist (Daily Worker), born in Glasgow (d. 1997)
  • Mar 14 Les Brown, American big band leader (His Band of Renown - "Sentimental Journey"), born in Reinerton, Pennsylvania (d. 2001)

  • Mar 15 Duncan Stuart Wilson-MacDonald, fighter pilot

Person of interestLightnin Hopkins

Mar 15 Lightnin' [Sam] Hopkins, American blues musician (Ball of Twine), born in Centerville, Texas (d. 1982)

Blues Singer Lightnin Hopkins
Blues Singer
Lightnin Hopkins
  • Mar 15 Louis Paul Boon, Flemish writer (Kapellekensbaan)
  • Mar 16 Patricia Nixon, [Thelma Catherine], Ely Nevada, 1st lady (1968-74)
  • Mar 19 Adolf Galland, fighter Pilot
  • Mar 19 Russ Case, Hamburg Iowa, orchestra leader (Julius La Rosa Show)
  • Mar 21 Peter Bull, British actor and author (The African Queen, Tom Jones, Dr Strangelove), born in London, England (d. 1984)
  • Mar 22 Henri Rousselot, admiral
  • Mar 22 Lord Alport [Cuthbert Alport], politician, cabinet minister, and life peer
  • Mar 22 Wilfrid Brambell, Irish actor (Hard Day's Night, Steptoe and Son), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1985)
  • Mar 22 Karl Malden [Mladen George Sekulovich], American actor (Streets of San Francisco, American Express, A Streetcar Named Desire), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2009)
  • Mar 23 Alfred Schwarzmann, German gymnast (Olympic-2 golds-1936)

Person of interestWernher von Braun

Mar 23 Wernher von Braun, German rocket scientist (I Aim at the Stars), born in Wirsitz, Germany (now Wyrzysk, Poland) (d. 1977)

Rocket Scientist Wernher von Braun
Rocket Scientist
Wernher von Braun

Person of interestDorothy Height

Mar 24 Dorothy Height, American civil rights and women's rights activist (National Council of Negro Women), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 2010)

Women's and Civil Rights Activist Dorothy Height
Women's and Civil Rights Activist
Dorothy Height
  • Mar 25 Jean Vilar, French stage and film actor and director (Théâtre National Populaire), born in Sète, France (d. 1971)

Person of interestJames Callaghan

Mar 27 James Callaghan, British Prime Minister (Labour: 1976-79), born in Portsmouth, England (d. 2005)

British Prime Minister James Callaghan
British Prime Minister
James Callaghan
  • Mar 27 Reuel Lahmer, composer, born in Maple, Ontario
  • Mar 27 Robert Watson Hughes, Scottish-Australian composer, born in Levan, Inverclyde, Scotland (d. 2007)
  • Mar 28 A. Bertram Chandler, Anglo-Australian mariner and sci-fi author (Empress of Outer Space), born in Aldershot, England (d. 1984)
  • Mar 28 Marina Raskova, Russian navigator, born in Moscow (d. 1943)
  • Mar 29 Hanna Reitsch, German aviator and test pilot, born in Hirschberg, Silesia (d. 1979)
  • Mar 30 Andrew Rodger Waterson, scholar/naturalist
  • Mar 30 Jack Cowie, cricketer (successful NZ fast bowler either side of WWII)
  • Mar 31 Wilhelmus Berkelmans, civil servant/resistance fighter
  • Apr 2 Herbert Mills, American singer, (The Mills Brothers), born in Piqua, Ohio (d. 1989)
  • Apr 3 Addeke H Boerma, Dutch economist and general manager (FAO) (d. 1992)
  • Apr 3 Bert Bakker, Dutch publisher (Free Netherlands), born in Huizum, Netherlands (d. 1969)
  • Apr 5 John Le Mesurier, British actor (The Italian Job, Jabberwocky, Dad's Army), born in Bedford, England (d. 1983)
  • Apr 6 Endre Szekely, composer
  • Apr 7 John Adrian Hope, politician/businessman
  • Apr 8 Sonja Henie, Norwegian figure skater (Olympic gold 1928, 32, 36), actress (My Lucky Star), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1969)
  • Apr 8 Alois Brunner, Austrian Nazi
  • Apr 9 Wilson Charles Geoffrey Baldwin, hero, born in Tendring, Essex (d. 1994)
  • Apr 9 Lew Kopelew, Russian author, born in Kiev, Russian Empire (d. 1997)
  • Apr 10 Clarke Hinkle, American NFL fullback (Green Bay Packers), born in Toronto, Ohio (d. 1988)
  • Apr 10 Roy Hofheinz, American judge and engineer (Houston Astrodome), born in Beaumont, Texas (d. 1982)
  • Apr 11 John Larkin, American actor (Saints & Sinners, The Satan Bug, 12 O'Clock High), born in Oakland, California (d. 1965)
  • Apr 12 Eric Feldary, Hungarian actor (Hold Back the Dawn, 16 Fathoms Deep), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1968)
  • Apr 12 Georges Franju, French director (Judex, L'homme sans visage), born in Fougères, Ille-et-Vilaine, France (d. 1987)
  • Apr 12 Harold Maguire, British air marshal, born in Kilkishen, Ireland (d. 2001)

  • Apr 12 Walter "Walt" Gorney, American character actor (Friday the 13th, Trading Places), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2004)
  • Apr 13 Roy Winsor, American producer (Search for Tomorrow, Love of Life), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1987)
  • Apr 14 Belinda Quirey, dance historian and teacher (d. 1996)
  • Apr 14 Piet van Egmond, Dutch organist and conductor (Neth Chamber Orchestra), born in Amsterdam (d. 1982)
  • Apr 14 Robert Doisneau, French photographer (The Kiss), born in Gentilly, Val-de-Marne, France (d. 1994)

Person of interestKim Il-sung

Apr 15 Kim Il-sung, Founder, dictator and Supreme Leader of North-Korea (1948-94), born in Mangyongdae, Japanese Korea (d. 1994)

North Korean founder and dictator Kim Il-sung
North Korean founder and dictator
Kim Il-sung
  • Apr 16 David Langton [Basil Muir Langton-Dodds], Scottish actor (The Avengers, Quintet, St Joan, Abandon Ship), born in Motherwell, Scotland (d. 1994)
  • Apr 16 John Halas, Hungarian-American cartoonist and animator (Animal Farm), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1995)
  • Apr 16 Garth Williams, American illustrator (Charlotte's Web), born in NYC, New York (d. 1996)
  • Apr 16 Catherine Scorsese [Cappa], Italian-American actress (The King of Comedy, Goodfellas, Cape Fear), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)
  • Apr 17 Isador Caplan, British lawyer and Aldeburgh Festival pioneer, born in Blackpool, England (d. 1995)
  • Apr 18 Wendy Barrie, British-American TV hostess (Wendy Barrie Show), born in Hong Kong (d. 1978)
  • Apr 19 Glenn T. Seaborg, American chemist (AEC, Plutonium, Nobel 1951), born in Ishpeming, Michigan (d. 1999)
  • Apr 19 William Murray, British teacher and educationalist, born in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland (d. 1995)
  • Apr 20 David Townsend, English cricketer (3 Tests Eng v WI 1935), born in Norton, County Durham (d. 1997)
  • Apr 20 Ed Jones, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Tennessee, born in Yorkville, Tennessee (d. 1999)
  • Apr 20 Frederick Craig Riddle, British violist, born in Liverpool (d. 1995)
  • Apr 20 Soewarsih Djojopoespito, Indonesian writer (Toe the Line), born in Bogor, Indonesia (d. 1977)
  • Apr 21 Feike Asma, Dutch organist and conductor, born in Den Helder, Amsterdam (d. 1984)
  • Apr 21 Marcel Camus, French film director (Orfeu Negro), born in Chappes, France (d. 1982)
  • Apr 21 Eve Arnold, photojournalist (Marilyn Monroe) (d. 2012), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 22 Miguel Querol Gavalda, Spanish musicologist and composer, born in Ulldecona, Spain (d. 2002)
  • Apr 22 Kathleen Ferrier, English contralto singer (Orfeo Ed Evridice), born in Higher Walton, Lancashire (d. 1953)
  • Apr 25 Gladys Presley, mother of Elvis, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1958)
  • Apr 26 A. E. van Vogt, Canadian sci-fi author (Wizard of Linn), born in Gretna, Manitoba, Canada (d. 2000)
  • Apr 27 Franz Weyergans, Belgian writer and translator (Les Gens Heureux), born in Seraing, Belgium (d. 1974)
  • Apr 27 Frederick R. Weisman, philanthropist, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1994)
  • Apr 27 Renato Rascel [Ranucci], Italian actor (7 Hills of Rome, Secrets of Santa Vittoria), born in Turin, Piedmont, Italy (d. 1991)
  • Apr 28 Odette Hallowes, British classified agent in France (WWII), born in Amiens, France (d. 1995)
  • Apr 29 Italo Valenti, Italian sculptor, born in Milan (d. 1995)
  • Apr 29 Richard Carlson, American actor (All I Desire, Flat Top, Valley of Gwangi), born in Albert Lea, Minnesota (d. 1977)
  • Apr 29 Terence de Vere White, Irish novelist (An Affair with the Moon), born in Dublin (d. 1994)
  • Apr 30 Manuel Gutiérrez Mellado, Deputy Prime Minister of Spain (1976-81) and Minister of Defense (1977-79), born in Madrid (d. 1995)
  • May 1 Anna Pollak, English mezzo-soprano, born in Manchester (d. 1996)
  • May 1 Felipe Padilla de León, Filipino composer, born in General Tinio, Nueva Ecija, Philippine Islands (d. 1992)
  • May 1 Otto Kretschmer, German U-Boat commander, born in Heidau, Neisse, Province of Silesia, Prussia, German Empire (d. 1998)
  • May 2 Axel Springer, German newspaper magnate (Bild Zeitung), born in Altona, Hamburg, German Empire (d. 1985)
  • May 2 Marten Toonder, Dutch comic writer and cartoonist (Tom Puss), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2005)
  • May 2 Nigel Patrick, British actor and director (Sapphire, Prize of Gold), born in London, England (d. 1981)
  • May 3 Virgil Fox, American organist, born in Princeton, Illinois (d. 1980)
  • May 4 Lou Brown, American orchestra leader (Jerry Lewis Show), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • May 5 Fenton Morley, British parish priest who chaired the Church of England Morley Commission, born in Wales (d. 1995)
  • May 6 B. Roest Crollius, Dutch painter and writer (Chronicle Sins of Youth), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 2000)
  • May 6 William "Bill" Quinn, American actor (Star Trek, The Birds, Rifleman, All in the Family), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • May 6 Hugh Martell, British Vice Admiral, born in Penzance, Cornwall, England (d. 1998)
  • May 7 Paul Brenneker, Neth/Antillian photographer and folklorist, born in Venlo, Netherlands (d. 1996)
  • May 8 George Woodcock, author
  • May 8 Gertrud Fussenegger, [Dorn], Austrian writer (Mohrenlegende)
  • May 9 Pedro Armendáriz, Mexican actor (From Russia With Love, Fort Apache), born in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico (d. 1963)