Famous People Born in December 1917

  • Dec 1 Marty Marion, baseball player (NL MVP 1944)
  • Dec 1 William Tracy, American actor (To the Shores of Tripoli, The Shop Around the Corner), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1967)
  • Dec 2 Ezra Stone [Chaim Feinstone], American director, actor and producer (My Living Doll, Henry Aldrich), born in New Bedford, Massachusetts (d. 1994)
  • Dec 2 Sylvia Syms, American jazz singer (Hello Dolly, Dream Girl, Them There Eyes), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1992)
  • Dec 5 Simone Gallimard, publisher
  • Dec 5 Ken Downing, English racing driver (d. 2004)
  • Dec 6 Kamal Jumblatt, leader of the Lebanese Druze (d. 1977)
  • Dec 6 Irv Robbins, Canadian-American entrepreneur (d. 2008)
  • Dec 8 Rufo I Wever, Aruban pianist/composer (Ca'i Organ)
  • Dec 9 James Angleton, head of counterintelligence for the CIA (d. 1987)
  • Dec 9 James Rainwater, American physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1986)
  • Dec 10 Sultan Yahya Petra, King of Malaysia (d. 1979)
  • Dec 11 Dámaso Pérez Prado, Cuban bandleader and musician, born in Matanzas, Cuba (d. 1989)
  • Dec 12 Edward Firth Henderson, arabist
  • Dec 13 Dave Street [Patrick Devlin], American actor and singer (Moonrise, I Surrender Dear, Broadway Open House), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1971)
  • Dec 13 John Hart, American actor (The Lone Ranger, The Adventures of Captain Africa), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2009)
  • Dec 14 Elyse Knox, actress (Hit the Ice, Black Gold), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Dec 14 Wilf Ferguson, cricket leg-spinner (West Indian of post-WWII years)
  • Dec 14 June Taylor, American choreographer (d. 2004)
  • Dec 15 Shan-ul-Haq Haqqee, linguist and writer of Pakistan (d. 2005)

Person of interestArthur C. Clarke

Dec 16 Arthur C. Clarke, English sci-fi author (2001: A Space Odyssey, Childhood's End), born in Minehead, England (d. 2008)

Sci-Fi Author Arthur C. Clarke
Sci-Fi Author
Arthur C. Clarke
  • Dec 16 Nabi Bux Khan Baloch, Sindhi scholar
  • Dec 17 Louis Salvador Palange, composer
  • Dec 18 Raiford "Ossie" Davis, American actor, director, author, and civil rights activist (Purlie Victorious, Do the Right Thing, Hot Stuff, Man Called Adam), born in Cogdell, Clinch County, Georgia (d. 2005)
  • Dec 19 Graham Sharp, British ice skater (d. 1995)
  • Dec 20 Audrey Totter, American actress (Carpetbaggers, Set-Up, The Unsuspected), born in Joliet, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • Dec 20 David Bohm, American-born physicist, philosopher, and neuropsychologist (d. 1992)
  • Dec 21 Alicia Alonso, ballerina (American Ballet Theatre), born in Havana, Cuba
  • Dec 21 Andre Eglevsky, choreographer (Limelight)
  • Dec 21 Sophie Masloff, American politician
  • Dec 22 Andrew Fielding Huxley, physiologist (Nobel 1963), born in London, England (d. 2012)
  • Dec 22 Gene Rayburn, TV game show host (Match Game), born in Christopher, Illinois
  • Dec 22 Piet De Somer, Belgian rector (U of Leuven)
  • Dec 24 Kim Jong-suk, Wife of Kim Il-sung, mother of Kim Jung-Il, "The Heroine of the Anti-Japanese Revolution" (d. 1949)
  • Dec 26 Rosemary Woods, Nixon's secretary, keep her away from your tapes
  • Dec 27 Earl of Inchcape, English large landowner/industrialist (P&O)
  • Dec 27 Onni Palaste, Finnish writer
  • Dec 28 Ellis Clarke, president Trinidad & Tobago (1976-87)

Person of interestTom Bradley

Dec 29 Tom Bradley, Mayor of Los Angeles (D-1973-93), born in Calvert, Texas (d. 1998)

American Politician Tom Bradley
American Politician
Tom Bradley
  • Dec 30 Nancy Coleman, actress (Edge of Darkness), born in Everett, Washington
  • Dec 30 Seymour Melman, American industrial engineer (d. 2004)
  • Dec 31 Joan McCracken, American actress, dancer and comedian (Claudie Story of a Marriage), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1961)