Famous People Born in 1920

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  • Jan 1 Roger Peacock, English writer (Thursday is Missing), born in Liverpool (d. 1996)
  • Jan 1 Virgilio Savona, Italian singer (Quartetto Cetra)
  • Jan 2 Duke of Devonshire, English large landowner/art collector

Person of interestIsaac Asimov

Jan 2 Isaac Asimov, Russian scientist and sci-fi writer (I Robot, Foundation Trilogy), born in Petrovichi, Russia (d. 1992)

Author, Biochemistry Professor Isaac Asimov
Author, Biochemistry Professor
Isaac Asimov
  • Jan 2 Penelope Jessel, politcal activist
  • Jan 2 Peter Harrison Swan, bomber pilot/stockbroker
  • Jan 3 Renato Carosone, Italian musician (d. 2001)
  • Jan 4 William Egan Colby, CIA director (Nixon)
  • Jan 4 Rosalie Crutchley, British actress (Armchair Theatre: Black Limelight, Four Weddings and a Funeral), born in London, England (d. 1997)
  • Jan 5 Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Brescia Italy, pianist
  • Jan 5 Mohammad Aslam Khokhar, cricket (Pak bat scored 16 & 18 in only test)
  • Jan 6 Earl Kim, Korean-American composer, born in Dinuba, California (d. 1998)
  • Jan 6 Early Wynn, Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (9-time All Star), born in Hartford, Alabama (d. 1999)
  • Jan 6 Doris Stokes, British psychic medium (d. 1987)
  • Jan 6 John Maynard Smith, English biologist (d. 2004)
  • Jan 7 Albert Meltzer, anarchist
  • Jan 7 Aubrey Brabazon, jockey/trainer
  • Jan 7 Lionel Alexander Bethune [Alastair] Pilkington, British engineer/Industrialist (float glass), born in Calcutta, India (d. 1995)
  • Jan 7 Vincent Gardenia, Italian-American actor (Bang the Drum Slowly, Moonstruck, Little Shop of Horrors), born in Naples, Italy (d. 1992)
  • Jan 8 Hendrikus J Wittebold, civil servant/resistance fighter
  • Jan 8 Douglas Wilmer, British actor (Sherlock Holmes, Octopussy, El Cid), born in London (d. 2016)
  • Jan 9 Chan Canasta, Polish-British magician (d. 1999)
  • Jan 9 Clive Dunn, British actor (Dad's Army, The Avengers), born in Brixton, London (d. 2012)
  • Jan 9 Hakim Mohammed Said, Pakistani scholar
  • Jan 10 Georges Marchal, French actor (Evil Eden, Gina, Milky Way, La mort en ce jardin), born in Nancy, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France (d. 1997)
  • Jan 10 Max Patkin, American baseball player (d. 1999)
  • Jan 11 John Powell, campaigner
  • Jan 12 James Farmer, Marshall, Tex, civil rights leader
  • Jan 12 Prof Jerzy Zubrzycki, Polish-born Australian sociologist
  • Jan 14 Bertus de Harder, Dutch soccer star (Bordeaux)
  • Jan 14 Donald Beard, cricketer (NZ pace bowler in the 1950's)
  • Jan 14 George Herman, newsman (CBS-TV)
  • Jan 15 John J "Cardinal" O'Connor, Roman Catholic Archbishop of NY, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 15 John Junor, British editor in chief (Sunday Express)
  • Jan 15 Steve Gromek, American baseball player (d. 2002)
  • Jan 16 Edgeworth Blair "Elliott" Reid, American actor (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • Jan 17 George Handy [George Joseph Hendleman], American jazz musician (Handyland, U.S.A.), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)
  • Jan 17 Nora Kaye, American prima ballerina, born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 18 Constance Moore, American singer and actress (Buck Rogers, Show Business, Atlantic City), born in Sioux City, Iowa (d. 2005)
  • Jan 19 Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, Peruvian diplomat, 5th Secretary-General of the United Nations (1982-91) and Prime Minister of Peru (2000-01), born in Lima
  • Jan 20 DeForest Kelley, American actor, screenwriter, poet and singer (Star Trek), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1999)
  • Jan 20 Peter Clemoes, anglo-Saxon scholar
  • Jan 20 Richard John Copeland Atkinson, archaeologist
  • Jan 20 Sam M Gibbons, (Rep-D-FL, 1963- )
  • Jan 20 Michael Higgins, American actor (Angel Heart, 1918, Wanda, Black Stallion), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2008)
  • Jan 20 Thorleif Schjelderup, Norwegian author and ski jumper (d. 2006)

Person of interestFederico Fellini

Jan 20 Federico Fellini, Italian film director and scriptwriter (8 1/2, La Dolce Vita), born in Rimini, Italy (d. 1993)

Film director, Scriptwriter Federico Fellini
Film director, Scriptwriter
Federico Fellini
  • Jan 21 Donald Cuthbert Coleman, British economic historian (d. 1995)
  • Jan 21 Errol Walton Barrow, PM of Barbados (DLP) (1966-76, 1986-87)
  • Jan 21 Torsten Nilsson, composer
  • Jan 22 George Breakston, French-American producer, actor and director (Jungle Stampede, It Happened One Night), born in Paris, France (d. 1973)

  • Jan 22 Piet Van Lishout, Flemish writer (Eva & I)
  • Jan 22 William Warfield, singer (Show Boat)
  • Jan 23 Erbet Pawel, biographer (Kafka)
  • Jan 24 Don Saddler, Van Nuys California, dancer (Holiday Hotel)
  • Jan 24 Jerry Maren [Gerard Marenghi], American actor (The Wizard of Oz, Mayor McCheese), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 98)
  • Jan 26 Derek Bond, British actor (Nicholas Nickelby, Armchair Theatre), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2006)
  • Jan 26 John Logan Gorlay, journalist
  • Jan 27 Helmut Zacharias, German violinist (d. 2002)
  • Jan 27 John Box, British film production designer and art director (d. 2005)
  • Jan 28 James Whyte, Moderator (General Assembly of Church of Scotland)
  • Jan 29 Alec Coppen, psychiatrist
  • Jan 29 José Luis de Villalonga, Spanish aristocrat (d. 2007)
  • Jan 30 George Skibine, Russ/US dancer/choreographer (Tragedy in Verona)
  • Jan 30 Patrick Heron, British abstract painter, born in Leeds, South Yorkshire (d. 1999)
  • Jan 30 Carwood Lipton, American WWII veteran (d. 2001)
  • Jan 31 Robert Hersant, press baron
  • Jan 31 Stewart L Udall, St Johns Ariz, US Secretary of Interior (1961-69)
  • Jan 31 Bert Williams, English footballer (Wolverhampton, 30 caps), born in Bradley, Staffordshire (d. 2014)
  • Feb 1 Kenneth Bond, former vice-chairman
  • Feb 2 An Wang, founder (Wang Labs, Wang Computers)
  • Feb 3 Margaret "Bibi" Osterwald, American actress (As Good as It Gets, Bridget Loves Bernie), born in New Brunswick, New Jersey (d. 2002)
  • Feb 3 Henry Heimlich, Surgeon and inventor of the Heimlich maneuver, born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 2016)
  • Feb 3 Stan Ockers, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1955, 56)
  • Feb 3 Tony Gaze, Australian racing driver
  • Feb 3 George A. Miller, Charleston, West Virginia, cognitive psychologist (the magical number seven), (d. 2012)
  • Feb 4 Derek Worlock, English Roman Catholic Archbishop Liverpool, born in London (d. 1996)
  • Feb 5 Frank Muir, British comedian (d. 1998)
  • Feb 6 James H Scheuer, (Rep-D-NY, 1965-73, 75- )
  • Feb 7 Oscar Brand, Canadian-born American folk vocalist (Draw Me a Laugh), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2016)
  • Feb 8 Buddy Blattner, baseball player
  • Feb 10 Alexander Comfort, English poet/writer (Wreath for the Living)
  • Feb 10 J Heslop-Harrison, botanist
  • Feb 11 Billy Halop [William Halop Cohen], American actor (Angels with Dirty Faces, All in the Family), born in NYC, New York (d. 1976)
  • Feb 11 Daniel F[rancis] Galouye, American sci-fi author (Dark Universe, Last Leap)
  • Feb 11 Farouk I, Cairo, last King of Egypt (1936-52)
  • Feb 11 Paul Peter Piech, artist
  • Feb 12 William Roscoe Estep, Baptist historian and professor (d. 2000)
  • Feb 12 Pran Krishan Sikand, Indian actor often cast as the villain in Hindi cinema (Khandaan, Be-Imaan), born in New Delhi (d. 2013)
  • Feb 12 Robert "Bob" Shad [Abraham Shadrinsky], American record producer and record label owner (Big Brother and the Holding Company), born in NYC, New York (d. 1985)
  • Feb 13 Boudleaux Bryant, American country music and pop songwriter (Rocky Top, Love Hurts, Bye Bye Love), born in Shellman, Georgia (d. 1987)
  • Feb 13 Eileen Farrell, opera soprano (Interrupted Melody), born in Willimantic, Connecticut
  • Feb 14 Arnold Elton, consultant surgeon
  • Feb 15 Ingmar Milveden, Swedish composer (d. 2007)
  • Feb 15 Piet van Aken, Flemish writer (Devil Sails to US, Niggers)
  • Feb 15 Richard O'Brien, CEO (Manpower Services Commission)
  • Feb 15 Endicott Peabody, 62nd Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1997)
  • Feb 16 Hubert van Herreweghen, Flemish writer/journalist
  • Feb 16 Lee Russell, vocalist (Vincent Lopez), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Feb 16 Anna Mae Hays [McCabe], American military officer and US military's 1st female General, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2018)
  • Feb 17 Colin Franklin, doctor
  • Feb 17 Paul Fetler, American composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 17 Trevor Oswald Ling, religious studies professor
  • Feb 18 Bill Cullen, Pitts, TV game show host (over 20 different games)
  • Feb 18 Jack Palance [Vladimir Palahniuk], American actor (City Slickers, Contempt, Batman), born in Lattimer Mines, Pennsylvania (d. 2006)
  • Feb 19 Frances K Bairstow, educator/labor relations consultant
  • Feb 19 George Rose, British actor and singer (Beacon Hill, Holocaust), born in Bicester, Oxfordshire, England (d. 1988)
  • Feb 19 C. Z. Guest, American socialite (d. 2003)
  • Feb 19 Jaan Kross, Estonian writer (d. 2007)
  • Feb 20 Armin Schibler, Dutch Swiss composer (Devil in the Winter Palace)
  • Feb 20 Evgeny Dragunov, Russian weapons designer (d. 1991)
  • Feb 22 Bettina Vernon-Warren, dancer
  • Feb 22 Del Wood [Adelaide Hazelwood], American country musician, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1989)
  • Feb 23 David Wright, South African-British poet (Deafness: A Personal Account), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 1994)
  • Feb 23 Hall Overton, Bangor Michigan, composer (Enchanted Pear Tree)
  • Feb 23 John St Aubyn, 4th Baron St Levan, English peer (St Michael's Mount), born in London (d. 2013)
  • Feb 23 Paul Gérin-Lajoie, French Canadian politician
  • Feb 24 Frank Rogers, CEO (NPA Telegraph)
  • Feb 25 Sun Myung Moon, South Korean evangelist (Unification Church), born in Chongju, Japanese Korea (d. 2012)
  • Feb 25 Antony Duff, British diplomat, Head of MI5, advocate for the homeless (d. 2000)
  • Feb 25 Hayes Gordon, American stage director and actor (Sky Pirates, Dark Room), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1999)
  • Feb 25 Gérard Bessette, Canadian author (d. 2005)
  • Feb 26 A W [Rie] Kuiper-Mastenbroek, Neth, swimmer (Olympics 3 gold-1936)
  • Feb 26 Antony Kearey, TV producer
  • Feb 26 Tony Randall [Leonard Rosenberg], American actor (Felix-Odd Couple), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2004)
  • Feb 26 Danny Gardella, American baseball player (d. 2005)
  • Feb 26 Lucjan Wolanowski, Polish journalist, writer and traveller (d. 2006)
  • Feb 26 Azzedine Alaïa, Tunisian-born fashion designer, born in Tunis, Tunisia
  • Feb 27 David Vere Bendall, former diplomat
  • Feb 27 Jose Melis, orchestra leader (Jack Paar Program), born in Havana, Cuba
  • Feb 27 Reg Simpson, cricketer (prolific England opener 1948-55), (d. 2013)
  • Feb 27 Robert L. "Bob" Talley, American jazz and blues pianist and composer (Blues Alley All Star Band), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1995)
  • Feb 28 Edward Kassner, music publisher
  • Feb 28 Jim Olin, (Rep-D-VA, 1983- )
  • Feb 28 Marjorie M Sweeting, English geomorphologist
  • Feb 29 Arthur Franz, American actor (The Caine Mutiny, Invaders From Mars, Young Lions), born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey
  • Feb 29 James Mitchell, American dancer and actor (All My Children, Bloomer Girl), born in Sacramento, California (d. 2010)
  • Feb 29 Louise Wood, director of Girl Scouts of USA (1961-72)
  • Feb 29 Michèle Morgan, French actress (Passage to Marseille), born in Neuilly-sur-Seine (d. 2016)
  • Feb 29 Ivan Petrov, Russian operatic bass (d. 2003)
  • Mar 1 Alfred Grant Goodman, composer
  • Mar 1 Howard Nemerov, American 3rd US poet laureate/novelist (Blue Swallows)
  • Mar 1 Max Bentley, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1984)
  • Mar 2 Enrique Franco, composer
  • Mar 3 James Doohan, Canadian actor (Star Trek), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2005)
  • Mar 3 Julius Boros, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1968, US Open 1952, 63), born in Fairfield, Connecticut (d. 1994)
  • Mar 4 Marcella Grady Jennings, rancher
  • Mar 4 Jean Lecanuet, French politician (d. 1993)
  • Mar 4 Alan MacNaughtan, Scottish actor (To Serve Them All My Days), born in Bearsden, Dumbartonshire, Scotland (d. 2002)
  • Mar 5 Delbert L. Latta, American politician (Rep-R-OH, 1959-89 ), born in Weston, Ohio (d. 2016)
  • Mar 5 Leontine Tg Kelly, 1st African American female bishop (Methodist)
  • Mar 5 Virginia Christine [Ricketts], American actress (Mrs Olson, Tales of Wells Fargo), born in Stanton, Iowa (d. 1996)
  • Mar 5 José Aboulker, Jewish Communist
  • Mar 6 Lewis Gilbert, British director, producer and screenwriter (You Only Live Twice, Sink the Bismarck!), born in London, England (d. 2018)
  • Mar 7 Willie Watson, cricketer (England batsman & soccer international)
  • Mar 8 Eileen Herlie [Herlihy], Scottish-American actress (All My Children, The Angel with the Trumpet), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2008)
  • Mar 8 James Daniel "Danny" Turner, saxophonist
  • Mar 8 Eva Dahlbeck, Swedish actress (Brink of Life, Dreams, A Lesson in Love), born in Saltsjö-Duvnäs, Stockholms län, Sweden (d. 2008)
  • Mar 10 Kenneth "Jethro" Burns, US country singer (Homer & Jethro)
  • Mar 10 Alfred Peet, Dutch-American entrepreneur and the founder of Peet's Coffee & Tea (d. 2007)
  • Mar 10 Boris Vian, French writer and musician (d. 1959)
  • Mar 11 D J Enright, England, poet/novelist (Some Men are Brothers)
  • Mar 11 Henry Marking, CEO (British Airways)
  • Mar 11 Kenneth Dover, chancellor (St Andrews University)
  • Mar 13 Frans van der Elst, Belgian attorney and MP (Volksunie), born in Neder-Over-Heembeek, Belgium (d. 1997)
  • Mar 13 Ralph J Roberts, American businessman and founder of Comcast, born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)
  • Mar 14 Dorothy Tyler-Odam, Great Britain, high jumper (Olympic silver 36, 48)
  • Mar 14 Hank Ketcham, cartoonist (Dennis the Menace)
  • Mar 15 Ranganandhan Francis, India, field hockey (Olympic gold 1948, 52, 56)
  • Mar 15 Lawrence Sanders, American novelist (d. 1998)
  • Mar 15 E. Donnall Thomas, American physician, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • Mar 16 John Addison, Surrey England, composer (Tom Jones-Acad Award)
  • Mar 16 Reginald "Leo" McKern, Australian actor (Blue Lagoon, Help, Mouse that Roared), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 2001)
  • Mar 16 Percy Mansell, cricketer (leg-spin all-rounder in 13 Tests for South Africa)
  • Mar 16 Traudl Junge, German secretary to Adolf Hitler, born in Munich (d. 2002)
  • Mar 16 Dorothea Binz, Nazi war criminal (d. 1947)
  • Mar 16 Sid Fleischman, American author
  • Mar 17 John La Montaine, composer (Pulitzer 1959), born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • Mar 18 Eric Halsall, sheepdog trial commentator
  • Mar 19 Tige Andrews, American character actor (Mod Squad, The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • Mar 19 Kjell Aukrust, Norwegian author (d. 2002)
  • Mar 20 Douglas G Chapman, biomathematical statistician
  • Mar 21 Bruno Maderna, composer [or Apr 21]
  • Mar 21 Georg Ots, Estonian singer (d. 1975)
  • Mar 21 Manolis Chiotis, Greek bouzouki virtuoso and song writer (d. 1970)
  • Mar 22 Werner Klemperer, German-American actor (Judgment at Nuremberg, Hogan's Heroes), born in Cologne, Germany (d. 2000)
  • Mar 22 Fanny Waterman, concert pianist & teacher
  • Mar 22 Ross Martin [Martin Rosenblatt], Polish-American actor (Mr Lucky, The Wild Wild West), born in Gródek, Lwowskie, Poland (d. 1981)
  • Mar 22 James Brown, American actor (Objective, Burma!, Rin Tin Tin), born in Desdemona, Texas (d. 1992)
  • Mar 23 Alexander Grigori Harut'unyan, composer
  • Mar 23 Geoffrey Bush, British organist/pianist/composer/educator, born in London (d. 1998)
  • Mar 23 Jimmy Edwards, British comedy writer and actor (Take It From Here, Whack-O!), born in Barnes, Surrey, England (d. 1988)
  • Mar 23 Neal Smith, American politician (Rep-D-IA, 1959- )
  • Mar 23 Tetsuharu Kawakami, Japanese baseball player and coach
  • Mar 24 Gene Nelson [Leander Berg], American screenwriter, director and actor (Tea For 2, Oklahoma), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1996)
  • Mar 25 Patrick Troughton, English actor (second Doctor in Doctor Who), born in Mill Hill (d. 1987)
  • Mar 25 Arthur Wint, Jamaican runner (d. 1992)
  • Mar 26 George E Brown Jr, (Rep-D-CA, 1963-71, 73- )
  • Mar 26 Sergio Livingstone, football player and journalist (52 caps), born in Santiago, Chile (d. 2012)
  • Mar 27 Richard Hayman, American orchestra leader (Vaughn Monroe Show), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 2014)