Famous People Born in December 1916

  • Dec 1 Wan Li, Chinese reform politician, born in Dongping County, Shandong province (d. 2015)
  • Dec 2 Charlie Ventura, American jazz tenor saxophonist (Bop for the people), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1992)
  • Dec 2 John Bentley, British actor (African Patrol, Crossroads), born in Birmingham, England (d. 2009)
  • Dec 4 Ely Jacques Kahn, Jr., American writer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • Dec 4 Lew Jenkins, American boxer (World Lightweight Champion 1940-41), born in Milburn, Texas (d. 1981)
  • Dec 5 Margaret Hayes, American actress (Blackboard Jungle, Robert Montgomery Presents), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1977)
  • Dec 6 Hugo Peretti, American songwriter and record producer ("Shout"; "Twistin' The Night Away"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)
  • Dec 7 Jean Carignan, French Canadian fiddler, born in Lévis, Quebec (d. 1988)
  • Dec 8 Richard Fleischer, American film director (Doctor Dolittle), born in NYC, New York (d. 2006)

Kirk DouglasKirk Douglas (1916-2020)

Dec 9 American actor (Spartacus, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral), born in Amsterdam, New York

  • Dec 9 Merrill Ellis, American classical and experimental music composer, and performer (Kaleidoscope; Mutations), born in Cleburne, Texas (d. 1981)
  • Dec 9 Wolfgang Hildesheimer, German-Swiss architect and writer (Mozart biog), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1991)
  • Dec 13 Mark Stevens, American actor (Big Town, Martin Kane, Private Eye), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1994)

Shirley JacksonShirley Jackson (1916-1965)

Dec 14 American writer (Road Through the Wall), born in San Francisco, California

  • Dec 15 (Edwin) "Buddy" Cole, American jazz and session pianist, Hammond organist, orchestra leader, and composer ("Truth Or Consequences"), born in Irving, Illinois (d. 1964)
  • Dec 15 Maurice Wilkins, New Zealand-born English physicist whose X-ray diffraction studies of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) with Rosalind Franklin, proved crucial to discovery of DNA’s molecular structure by James Watson and Francis Crick (Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, 1962), born in Pongaroa, New Zealand (d. 2004) [1] [2]
  • Dec 16 Theo Bitter, Dutch painter/set designer
  • Dec 16 Udom Patpongsiri, property developer
  • Dec 17 Antoine G T "Toon" Hermans, Dutch entertainer/poet (Kolderliedjes)
  • Dec 17 Penelope Fitzgerald, English writer (d. 2000)

Betty GrableBetty Grable (1916-1973)

Dec 18 American singer, dancer, pin-up girl and actress (I Wake Up Screaming, How to Marry a Millionaire, Gay Divorcee), born in St. Louis, Missouri

  • Dec 19 Adriaan van der Veen, Dutch writer (Sister at Sea)
  • Dec 19 Hal Hastings, American orchestra leader (Chevrolet on Broadway), born in NYC, New York (d. 1973)
  • Dec 19 Mervyn Wallace, cricketer (13 Tests for NZ, latterly as capt)
  • Dec 20 Michel Chartrand, French Canadian union activist, born in Outremont, Quebec
  • Dec 21 Eve Perrick, British journalist
  • Dec 21 John Boon, British publisher (Mills and Boon), born in King's Lynn, Norfolk (d. 1996)
  • Dec 23 Dino Risi, Italian film director and screenwriter (Scent of a Woman), born in Milan, Italy (d. 2008)
  • Dec 24 (Eduardo) "Lalo" Guerrero, American guitarist, Chicano singer-songwriter (Los Carlistas), and women's rights activist, born in Tucson, Arizona (d. 2005)
  • Dec 25 Daniel Devoto, Argentine folklorist, musicologist, and poet, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2001)
  • Dec 26 Helmut Eder, Austrian composer, born in Linz (d. 2005)
  • Dec 27 Werner Baumbach, German bomber pilot (d. 1953)
  • Dec 28 Nelly Adamson Landry, French tennis player (French C'ships 1948), born in Bruges, Belgium (d. 2010)
  • Dec 28 Noel Johnson, British actor (Frenzy, Frightmare, Royal Flash)
  • Dec 31 Suzy Delair, French actress (The Murderer Lives at Number 21; Utopia; White Paws), and singer, born in Paris, France (d. 2020)

About December 1916

How Old? 105 or 106 years old
Generation: Greatest Generation
Leap Year: Yes

Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Signs: Sagittarius (Nov 22 - Dec 21), Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 19)