Famous People Born in 1917 (Part 3)

Birthdays 401 - 522 of 522

  • Oct 5 Lew Worsham, American golfer (US Open 1947; Ryder Cup 1947), born in Pittsylvania County, Virginia (d. 1990)
  • Oct 5 Robert Adams, English sculptor and designer, born in Far Cotton, Northampton (d. 1984)

Fannie Lou HamerFannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977)

Oct 6 American civil rights activist (Freedom Summer, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee), born in Montgomery County, Mississippi

  • Oct 7 June Allyson, actress (Till the Clouds Roll By, Vegas), born in The Bronx, New York

Billy ConnBilly Conn (1917-1993)

Oct 8 American boxer, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Oct 8 Danny Murtaugh, American baseball infielder and manager (World Series 1960, 71; Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Chester, Pennsylvania (d. 1976)
  • Oct 8 Hans Poser, German composer, born in Tannenbergsthal (d. 1970)
  • Oct 8 Walter Lord, American author (A Night to Remember), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2002)
  • Oct 9 Kusuo Kitamura, Japanese 1500m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1932), born in Kōchi, Japan (d. 1996)
  • Oct 10 Ilona Ference, American actress (Quatermass II, Star of My Night), born in Bar Harbor, Maine (d. 1996)
  • Oct 10 Thelonious Monk, American jazz pianist and composer ("Straight, No Chaser"; "'Round Midnight"; "Brilliant Corners"), born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina (d. 1982)
  • Oct 11 Franz Alphons Wolpert, German composer, born in Wiesentheid, Germany (d. 1978)
  • Oct 12 Hans Bentz van den Berg, Dutch actor (Last Train), born in Blaricum, Netherlands (d. 1976)
  • Oct 13 Burr Tillstrom, American puppeteer (Kukla, Fran & Ollie), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1985)
  • Oct 15 Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr, American historian (1946 Pulitzer-Age of Jackson), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 2007)
  • Oct 15 Jan Miner, American actress (Crime Photographer), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2004)
  • Oct 15 Paul Tanner, American trombonist (Glenn Miller Orchestra), developer and player of the Electro-Theremin (The Beach Boys - "Good Vibrations"; "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times"), and educator (UCLA), born in Skunk Hollow, Kentucky (d. 2013)
  • Oct 16 Alice Pearce, American comedienne and actress (On the Town, Bewitched), born in NYC, New York (d. 1966)
  • Oct 17 Marsha Hunt, American actress (Born to the West; Cry 'Havoc'; Johnny Got His Gun), and human rights and peace activist, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2022)
  • Oct 17 Martin Donnelly, cricketer (brilliant lefty bat for NZ post-war)
  • Oct 17 Sumner Locke Elliott, Australian-born American novelist (d. 1991)
  • Oct 20 Efrain Jonckheer, Premier of the Dutch Antilles, born in Curaçao (d. 1987)
  • Oct 20 Jean-Pierre Melville, French director (A Cop), born in Paris, France
  • Oct 20 Ken Cranston, English cricketer (England all-rounder captained once in 1948)
  • Oct 21 John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie, American jazz trumpeter, a creator of bebop & modern jazz (A Night In Tunisia), born in Cheraw, South Carolina (d. 1993)

Joan FontaineJoan Fontaine (1917-2013)

Oct 22 British-American Academy Award-winning actress (Gunga Din; Ivanhoe; Rebecca), born in Tokyo, Japan

  • Oct 23 Robert Bray, American actor (Corey-Lassie, Stagecoach West), born in Kalispell, Montana (d. 1983)
  • Oct 24 Marshall Goldberg, American College Football HOF back (Uni of Pittsburgh; All Pro, Pro Bowl 1941; Chicago Cardinals), born in Elkins, West Virginia (d. 2006)
  • Oct 25 Lee MacPhail, American Baseball Hall of Fame executive (AL President 1974-83; Baltimore Orioles, NY Yankees), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2012)
  • Oct 26 Mario Biaggi, American politician (Rep-D&R-NY, 1969-88), born in New York (d. 2015)
  • Oct 27 Augustine Harris, British Bishop of Middlesbrough, born in West Derby, Liverpool (d. 2007)
  • Oct 27 Carl "Bama" Warwick, American jazz trumpeter (Dizzy Gillespie; John Kirby; Woody Herman; Buddy Rich), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2003)
  • Oct 27 Jack Plimsoll, South African cricket fast bowler (1 Test, BB 3-143; manager RSA team to England 1965), born in Kalk Bay, South Africa (d. 1999)

Oliver TamboOliver Tambo (1917-1993)

Oct 27 South African lawyer, anti-apartheid politician and co-founder (African National Congress), born in Nkantolo, Bizana, South Africa

  • Oct 28 Jack Soo [Goro Suzuki], Japanese-American actor (Flower Drum Song, Barney Miller), born in Oakland, California (d. 1979)
  • Oct 29 Henry Carlsson, Swedish soccer (Olympic gold 1948), born in Falköping, Västra Götalands län, Sweden (d. 1999)
  • Oct 30 Bobby Bragan, American baseball player, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2010)
  • Oct 30 Nikolai Ogarkov, Soviet field marshal, born in Molokovo, Tver, Russian Republic (d. 1994)
  • Oct 31 Erik Routley, British Congregational minister, composer and musicologist, born in England (d. 1982)
  • Oct 31 William H. McNeill, Canadian-born historian (Rise of the West), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2016)
  • Nov 1 Clarence E. Miller, American politician (Rep-R-OH, 1967-93), born in Lancaster, Ohio (d. 2011)
  • Nov 1 Joe Benner, American pistol shooter and coach (Olympic gold 1952; World C'ship gold 1949, 52, 54), born in Paragould, Arkansas (d. 1999)
  • Nov 1 Margaret Taylor-Burroughs, American visual artist and co-founder of DuSable Museum of African American History, born in St. Rose, Louisiana (d. 2010)
  • Nov 1 Pat Mullin, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1947-48; Detroit Tigers), born in Trotter, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)
  • Nov 1 Zenna Henderson, American sci-fi author (Anything Box), born in Tucson, Arizona (d. 1983)
  • Nov 2 Durward Knowles, Bahamas yachtsman (Olympic gold, Star class 1968), born in Nassau, Bahamas (d. 2018)
  • Nov 4 Leonardo Cimino, Italian-American actor (The Monster Squad, V, Dune, Waterworld, Hudson Hawk), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2012)
  • Nov 5 Banarsi Das Gupta, Indian 4th Chief Minister of Haryana (1975-77), born in Bhiwani, Punjab, British India (d. 2007)
  • Nov 5 Claus Adam, American composer and cellist (Juilliard Quartet), born in Sumatra, Indonesia (d. 1983)
  • Nov 5 Jacob Everaers, Dutch office clerk and resistance fighter, born in Tholen, Netherlands (d. 1944)
  • Nov 5 Jacqueline Auriol, French aviator, born in Challans, Vendée, France (d. 2000)
  • Nov 6 Edgar Whitcomb, American politician and Governor of Indiana (1969-73), born in Hayden, Indiana (d. 2016)
  • Nov 7 András Mihály, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest (d. 1993)
  • Nov 7 Howard Rumsey, American jazz musician (Lighthouse Cafe), born in Brawley, California (d. 2015)
  • Nov 8 Kamal Ranadive (née Samarth), Indian cancer researcher (Indian Women Scientists' Association; Indian Cancer Research Centre), born in Poona, Bombay presidency, British India (d. 2001)
  • Nov 11 Julien-François Zbinden, Swiss jazz pianist, and jazz and classical composer (Monophrases), born in Rolle, Switzerland (d. 2021)
  • Nov 11 Mack Reynolds, American sci-fi author (Earth War), born in Corcoran, California (d. 1983)
  • Nov 12 Jo Stafford, American pop singer (The Pied Pipers - "I'll Never Smile Again"; Tommy Dorsey - "Let's Just Pretend"; solo - "You Belong to Me"), born in Coalinga, California (d. 2008) [1]
  • Nov 12 Joseph Coors, American CEO (Adolph Coors Co Brewery), born in Golden, Colorado (d. 2003)
  • Nov 13 Robert Sterling, American actor (George Kirby-Adv of Topper), born in New Castle, Pennsylvania (d. 2006)
  • Nov 16 John Whiting, British actor, dramatist and critic (PT Raiders, The Devils, The Good Companions), born in Salisbury, England (d. 1963)
  • Nov 17 Jack Lescoulie, American TV host (Jackie Gleason Show), born in Sacramento, California (d. 1987)

Indira GandhiIndira Gandhi (1917-1984)

Nov 19 4th Prime Minister of India (1966-77, 1980-84), born in Allahabad India

  • Nov 20 Bobby Locke, South African golfer (British Open 1949-50, 52, 57), born in Germiston, South Africa (d. 1987)
  • Nov 20 Max Georg Baumann, German composer (Libertas Cruciata), born in Kronbacher, Germany (d. 1999)
  • Nov 20 Pam Henning [Cornelia Catharina Pamela Ingenegeren], Indonesian-Dutch cabaret dancer and actress, born in Batavia, Dutch East Indies (d. 2008)
  • Nov 20 Ram Gopal, Indian-English dancer (Blue Peter, Purple Plain), born in Bangalore, India (d. 2003)
  • Nov 20 Robert Byrd, US Senator (Democrat-WV, 1959-2010), majority leader and once the longest-serving Senator in history, born in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina (d. 2010)
  • Nov 21 Sem Presser, Dutch press photographer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1986)
  • Nov 22 Bridget Bate Tichenor (born Bridget Pamela Arkwright Bate), Mexican surrealist painter, born in Paris, France (d. 1990)
  • Nov 22 Jean-Etienne Marie, French composer of microtonal music and electroacoustics, born in Pont-l'Évêque, France (d. 1989)
  • Nov 23 Hugh Joseph Charles James L'Etang, British medical writer (d. 1996)
  • Nov 24 Richard Bilderback Hervig, American composer, born in story City, Iowa (d. 2010)
  • Nov 24 Rita Corita [Hendrika Sturm], Dutch pop singer ("Koffie, koffie, lekker bakkie koffie - Coffee, coffee, nice cup of coffee"), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1998)
  • Nov 26 Adele Jergens, American actress (Dark Past, Fuller Brush Man), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2002)
  • Nov 26 Nesuhi Ertegün, Turkish–American jazz record producer & executive (Atlantic Records; Warner Music), born in Istanbul, Ottoman Empire (now Turkey) (d. 1989)
  • Nov 27 Buffalo Bob Smith [Robert Emil Schmidt], American TV host (Howdy Doody), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1998)
  • Nov 27 Tiny Rowland [Roland Fuhrop], German-British businessman and corporate raider (Observer, tried to take over Harrods), born in Calcutta, British India (d. 1998)
  • Nov 28 Kees Schilperoort, Dutch radio and TV host, born in Apeldoorn, Gelderland, Netherlands (d. 1999)
  • Nov 29 Merle Travis, American country singer, guitarist and songwriter ("16 Tons"), born in Rosewood, Kentucky (d. 1983)
  • Dec 1 Geraldine McCullough, American painter and sculptor (Phoenix), born in Maywood, Illinois (d. 2008)
  • Dec 1 Marty Marion, American baseball shortstop and manager (MLB All-Star 1943–50; NL MVP 1944; St. Louis Cardinals), born in Richburg, South Carolina (d. 2011)
  • 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, French editor and publisher (d. 1995)
  • Dec 6 Irv Robbins, Canadian-American entrepreneur (co-founded the Baskin-Robbins ice cream parlor chain), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2008)
  • Dec 6 Kamal Jumblatt, Lebanese politician and founder of the Progressive Socialist Party, born in Moukhtara, Chouf, Mutasarrifate of Mount Lebanon, Ottoman Empire (d. 1977)
  • Dec 8 Ian Johnson, Australian cricket spin bowler and captain (45 Tests; 109 wickets), born in North Melbourne, Victoria (d. 1998)
  • Dec 8 Rufo I Wever, Aruban pianist and composer (Ca'i Organ), born in Oranjestad, Aruba (d. 1977)
  • Dec 9 James Angleton, Head of counterintelligence for the CIA (1954-75), born in Boise, Idaho (d. 1987)
  • Dec 9 James Rainwater, American physicist (Nobel 1975-determining the asymmetrical shapes of certain atomic nuclei), born in Council, Idaho (d. 1986)
  • Dec 10 Sultan Yahya Petra, 6th Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia (1975-79), born in Kota Bharu, Kelantan (d. 1979)
  • Dec 11 [Dámaso] Pérez Prado, Cuban bandleader and musician, born in Matanzas, Cuba (d. 1989)
  • Dec 12 Edward Firth Henderson, British diplomat and arabist, born in Bristol (d. 1995)
  • 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, American actress (Hit the Ice, Black Gold), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2012)
  • Dec 14 June Taylor, American choreographer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • Dec 14 Wilf Ferguson, West Indian cricket leg-spinner (West Indian of post-WWII years), born in Longdenville, Trinidad (d. 1961)
  • Dec 15 Shan-ul-Haq Haqqee, Pakistani Urdu linguist and writer, born in Delhi, British India (d. 2005)

Arthur C. ClarkeArthur C. Clarke (1917-2008)

Dec 16 English sci-fi author (2001: A Space Odyssey, Childhood's End), born in Minehead, England

  • Dec 16 Nabi Bux Khan Baloch, Pakistani Sindhi scholar (compiled first Sindhi-English dictionary), born in Jaffer Khan Laghari, Sinjhoro, British India (d. 2011) [1]
  • Dec 17 Louis Palange, American arranger, classical music and film score composer (Hollywood Panorama; King Dinosaur), and conductor, born in Oakland, California (d. 1979)
  • Dec 18 Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, American blues, jazz, and R&B alto saxophonist, born in Houston, Texas (d. 1988)
  • 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 figure skater (World C'ship, European C'ship 1939), born in London, England (d. 1995)
  • Dec 20 Audrey Totter, American actress (Carpetbaggers, Set-Up, The Unsuspected), born in Joliet, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • Dec 20 David Bohm, American physicist, philosopher, and neuropsychologist, born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (d. 1992)
  • Dec 21 Andre Eglevsky, Russian-born ballet dancer & teacher (Limelight), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1977)
  • Dec 21 Diana Athill, English writer and editor (Stet), born in London, England (d. 2019)
  • Dec 21 Sophie Masloff, American politician, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2014)
  • Dec 22 Andrew Fielding Huxley, English physiologist (Nobel 1963), born in London, England (d. 2012)
  • Dec 22 Gene Rayburn [Jeljenić], American radio performer and TV game show host (Match Game), born in Christopher, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • Dec 22 Piet De Somer, Belgian physician & biologist (U of Leuven), born in Belgium (d. 1985)
  • Dec 24 Kim Jong-suk, Wife of Kim Il-sung, mother of Kim Jung-Il, "The Heroine of the Anti-Japanese Revolution", born in Osan-dong, Japanese Korea (d. 1949)
  • Dec 26 Rose Mary Woods, American secretary to Richard Nixon (claimed to have erased part of Watergate tapes by accident), born in Sebring, Ohio (d. 2005)
  • Dec 27 Onni Palaste, Finnish writer, born in Kiuruvesi, Finland (d. 2009)
  • Dec 28 Ellis Clarke, First President of Trinidad & Tobago (1976-87), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (d. 2010)

Tom BradleyTom Bradley (1917-1998)

Dec 29 American politician and Mayor of Los Angeles (Democrat: 1973-93), born in Calvert, Texas

  • 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)