Famous People Born in April 1917

  • Apr 1 Johnny Andrews, American singer and host (Songs at Twilight), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Apr 1 Leon Janney (Ramon), American actor (Charly, Stolen Paradise, Hawk), born in Ogden, Utah (d. 1980)
  • Apr 2 Lou Monte {Scaglione], Italian-American novelty song singer-songwriter (Peppino the Italian Mouse; Dominick the Donkey), born in Manhattan, NYC (d. 1989)
  • Apr 2 Robert "Dabbs" Greer, American actor (Gunsmoke, The Green Mile, Little House on Prairie), born in Fairview, Missouri (d. 2007)
  • Apr 3 Bill Finegan, American pianist and big band arranger (Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey), composer and bandleader (Sauter-Finegan Orchestra), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2008)
  • Apr 3 Tibor Andrasovan, Slovak composer, born in Slovenská Lupca, Zólyom, Austria-Hungary (d. 2001)
  • Apr 4 Joseph Ortiz, French-Algerian extremist and rebel (barricade uprising), born in Guyotville, Algeria (d. 1995)
  • Apr 5 Richard Yardumian, American composer (Come Creator Spirit), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1985)
  • Apr 5 Robert Bloch, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Psycho), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1994)
  • Apr 6 "Big" Walter Horton, American blues harmonica player ("Everybody's Fishin'"), born in Horn Lake, Mississippi (d. 1981)
  • Apr 6 Julian Faber, CEO (Willis Faber)
  • Apr 6 Leonora Carrington, Clayton-le-Woods UK, British-Mexican Surrealist artist
  • Apr 7 R G Armstrong [Robert Golden], American actor (Predator, Dick Tracey, T.H.E. Cat), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2012)
  • Apr 9 Brad Dexter [Boris Milanovich], American actor (Macao, The Magnificent Seven), born in Goldfield, Nevada (d. 2002)
  • Apr 9 Johannes Bobrowski, German poet and writer, born in Tilsit, East Prussia (d. 1965)
  • Apr 9 Vincent O'Brien, Irish racehorse trainer (6 x Epsom Derby; 2 x British champion trainer; only British Triple Crown winner, Nijinsky 1970), born in Churchtown, Ireland (d. 2009)
  • Apr 10 Robert B. Woodward, American organic chemist (Nobel 1965), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1979)
  • Apr 11 Danny Gallivan, Canadian radio and television sportscaster, born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada (d. 1993)
  • Apr 11 David Westheimer, American novelist (Von Ryan's Express), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2005)
  • Apr 12 Helen Forrest [Fogel], American big band pop and swing singer (Artie Shaw; Benny Goodman; Harry James), born in Atlantic City, New Jersey (d. 1999)
  • Apr 12 M Marie Wadlow, American softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1957), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1979)
  • Apr 12 Vinoo Mankad, Indian cricketer (India's greatest all-rounder to his time), born in Jamnagar, Bombay Presidency, British India (d. 1978)
  • Apr 14 Marvin Miller, American Baseball HOF executive (Executive Director MLB Players Association 1966-82), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • Apr 14 Valerie Hobson, British actress (Great Expectations), born in Larne, County Antrim, Ireland (d. 1998)
  • Apr 15 Hans Conried, American actor (Peter Pan; Bullwinkle Show; Make Room for Daddy - "Uncle Tonoose"; The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1982)
  • Apr 15 Pietro Grossi, Italian composer, and electronic music pioneer, born in Venice, Italy (d. 2002)
  • Apr 16 Barry Nelson, American actor, first actor to play James Bond, born in San Francisco, California (d. 2007)
  • Apr 16 Charlotte Salomon, German-Jewish artist, born in Berlin, Germany
  • Apr 17 Bill Clements, American politician, Governor of Texas (1987-91), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2011)
  • Apr 18 Frederica of Hanover, Queen Consort of Greece, born in Blankenburg am Harz, Duchy of Brunswick (d. 1981)
  • Apr 18 Ty LaForest, Canadian baseball player, born in Edmundston, New Brunswick (d. 1947)
  • Apr 19 Johnny Hoes, Dutch musician and producer (Wished I'd stayed with my Mom), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2011)
  • Apr 21 Emanuel Vardi, Jerusalem Israel, violist, SD Symph 1978-82)
  • Apr 22 Leo Abse, Welsh politician and biographer, born in Cardiff (d. 2008)
  • Apr 22 Sidney Nolan, Australian painter and illustrator (Ned Kelly), born in Carlton, Victoria, Australia (d. 1992)
  • Apr 22 Yvette Chauviré, French ballerina, born in Paris (d. 2016)
  • Apr 23 Jacob Kistemaker, Dutch nuclear physicist (ultra centrifuge), born in Kolhorn, Netherlands (d. 2010)

Ella FitzgeraldElla Fitzgerald (1917-1996)

Apr 25 American jazz, swing, pop, and blues singer, known as "The First Lady of Song" (Verve "Songbook" series), born in Newport News, Virginia [1]

  • Apr 25 Red Flaherty, American baseball umpire (World Series 1955, 58, 65, 70; MLB All Star games 1956, 61, 69), born in Maynard, Massachusetts (d. 1999)
  • Apr 26 Earl Colbert, American character actor, born near his mother (d. 1992)

I. M. PeiI. M. Pei (1917-2019)

Apr 26 Chinese-American modernist architect (Louvre Pyramid) who won the 1961 Brunner Prize, born in Kwangchou, Canton, China

  • Apr 26 Sal Maglie, American baseball pitcher (World Series 1954; MLB All Star 1951, 52; NY Giants; no-hitter 1956 Cleveland Indians), born in Niagara Falls, New York (d. 1992)
  • Apr 28 Joop Waasdorp, Dutch writer (Naked Life), born in Amsterdam (d. 1988)
  • Apr 28 Robert Anderson, American writer (Tea & Sympathy, I Never Sang for My Father), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2009)
  • Apr 28 Robert Cornthwaite, American actor (Thing, War of the Worlds, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?), born in St. Helens, Oregon (d. 2006)
  • Apr 29 Celeste Holm, American actress (Gentleman's Agreement, All About Eve), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • Apr 29 Maya Deren (born Eleanora Derenkowskaia), American filmmaker, born in Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Apr 30 Bea Wain, American singer and radio host ("Deep Purple"; "Heart and Soul"), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2017)

About April 1917

How Old? 105 years old
Generation: Greatest Generation
Leap Year: No

Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Signs: Aries (Mar 21 - Apr 19), Taurus (Apr 20 - May 20)