Famous People Born in 1921

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 580

  • Jan 1 Alain Mimoun O'Kacha, Algerian/French cross country (Olympic gold 1956), (d. 2013)
  • Jan 1 Ismail al-Faruqi, Palestinian philosopher (d. 1986)
  • Jan 2 Glen Harmon, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2007)
  • Jan 3 John Russell, American actor (Pale Rider, Rio Bravo), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1991)
  • Jan 5 Jean BMRLAAM d'Aviano, grand duke of Luxembourg (1964- )
  • Jan 5 Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Konolfingen, Bern, Swiss playwright and novelist (The Physicists, The Visit)
  • Jan 6 Cary Middlecoff, American golfer (1956 Vardon Trophy, 1955 Byron Nelson Award), born in Halls, Tennessee (d. 1998)
  • Jan 6 Lou Harris, pollster (Lou Harris Poll)
  • Jan 7 John Lanigan, Australian operatic tenor (Covent Garden), born in Seddon, Victoria (d. 1996)
  • Jan 8 Herta Bothe, Nazi concentration camp guard
  • Jan 9 Seymour Barab, composer
  • Jan 9 Lister Sinclair, Canadian broadcaster and playwright (d. 2006)
  • Jan 10 Rodger Ward, American race car driver (d. 2004)
  • Jan 11 Kathleen Byron, British actress (Abdication, Profile, Saving Private Ryan), born in London, England (d. 2009)
  • Jan 11 Gory Guerrero, professional wrestler (d. 1990)
  • Jan 12 John Henry Davis Jr, weightlifter (Olym-gold-1948, 52), born in Smithtown, New York

  • Jan 12 Leo Smit, pianist/composer, born in Philadelphi, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 13 Dachine Rainer, British writer (d. 2000)
  • Jan 14 Charles Gaupp, German/Dutch painter
  • Jan 14 Mark Lawrence, American pianist (Alice Pearce), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 14 Murray Bookchin, American libertarian socialist (d. 2006)
  • Jan 14 Ken Sailors, professional basketball player (popularized and may have invented the jump shot), born in Bushnell, Nebraska (d. 2016)
  • Jan 15 Frank Thornton, British actor (Are You Being Served?, Last of the Summer Wine), born in Dulwich, London (d. 2013)
  • Jan 16 Francesco Scavullo, American celebrity photographer, born in Staten Island, New York (d. 2004)
  • Jan 17 Dehl Berti, Chiricahua Apache actor (Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Guns of Paradise), born in Pueblo, Colorado (d. 1991)
  • Jan 17 Antonio Prohias, Cuban cartoonist (d. 1998)
  • Jan 18 Bruce Woodcock, English boxer (European Heavyweight Champion), born in Doncaster (d. 1997)
  • Jan 18 Robert Glaser, educational psychologist (National Assessment of Educational Progress), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 2012)
  • Jan 18 Yoichiro Nambu, Japanese-born American Physicist (Nobel Prize 2008), born in Tokyo (d. 2015)
  • Jan 19 Patricia Highsmith, [Plangman], US/Swiss writer (Strangers on a Train)
  • Jan 19 "Billy Batts" Devino, American gangster (d. 1970)
  • Jan 20 Bernt Engelmann, German writer
  • Jan 20 Telmo Zarraonaindía, Spanish footballer (d. 2006)
  • Jan 21 Barney Clark, 1st to receive a permanent artificial heart
  • Jan 21 John Doucette, American actor (The Lone Ranger, Lock Up, Big Town), born in Brockton, Plymouth County Massachusetts (d. 1994)
  • Jan 21 Todor Popov, Bulgarian composer, born in Dryanovo (d. 2000)
  • Jan 21 Howard Unruh, American mass murderer
  • Jan 22 Andre Hodeir, composer
  • Jan 22 Andy Ganteaume, cricketer (WI batsman, 112 in his sole Test innings 1948), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad (d. 2016)
  • Jan 24 Bernard J. Dwyer, American politician (Rep-D-NJ, 1981- 93), born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey (d. 1998)
  • Jan 25 Alfred Reed, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)

  • Jan 25 Russell Reading Braddon, Australian author
  • Jan 26 Akio Morita, Kasugaya Japan, CEO (Sony)
  • Jan 26 Frantisek Chaun, composer
  • Jan 26 Johannes Driessler, composer
  • Jan 26 Eddie Barclay, French producer (Barclay Records) (d. 2005)
  • Jan 27 Donna Reed, Denison Iowa, (From Here to Eternity, Wonderful Life)
  • Jan 28 Alfred Marks, British actor and comedian (Desert Mice, Scream & Scream Again), born in Holborn, London (d. 1996)
  • Jan 29 Anthony George, American aactor (Untouchables, Checkmate), born in Endicott, New York (d. 2005)
  • Jan 30 Bernie Leighton, orchestra leader (Chance of a Lifetime), born in West Haven, Connecticut
  • Jan 31 Carol Channing, American actress (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Hello Dolly), singer and comedian, born in Seattle, Washington
  • Jan 31 John Agar, American actor (Sands of Iwo Jima, Fort Apache), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2002)
  • Jan 31 Mario Lanza [Alfredo Arnold Cocozza], Italian-American actor and singer (Great Caruso, Toast of New Orleans), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1959)
  • Jan 31 E. Fay Jones, American architect (d. 2004)
  • Feb 1 Peter Sallis, British actor (Wallace and Gromit, Last of the Summer Wine), born in Twickenham, England (d. 2017)

Person of interestBetty Friedan

Feb 4 Betty Friedan, American feminist and writer (Feminine Mystique), born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 2006)

  • Feb 5 John M Pritchard, conductor, born in London, England
  • Feb 5 Ken Adam, British film production designer (James Bond sets), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2016)
  • Feb 6 Bob Scott [Robert], Rugby player (All Black, 1946-54), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2012)
  • Feb 7 Athol Rowan, cricketer (brother of Eric, South African off-spinner)
  • Feb 7 Bryan Woods, soldier/clerk

Person of interestLana Turner

Feb 8 Lana Turner, American actress (Survivors, Falcon Crest, The Postman Always Rings Twice), born in Wallace, Idaho (d. 1995)

Actress Lana Turner
Actress
Lana Turner
  • Feb 8 Hoot Evers, baseball player
  • Feb 9 B M Ducat-Amos, Air Commandant/director (RAF Nursing Service)
  • Feb 9 Charles Montgomery Monteith, publisher
  • Feb 10 Adrian Cruft, composer
  • Feb 11 Lloyd Bentsen, (Sen-D-TX, 1971- )/1989 Dem VP nominee)
  • Feb 11 Edward Seidensticker, American scholar (d. 2007)
  • Feb 13 Henk van Galen Last, Dutch journalist
  • Feb 13 Zao-Wou-Ki, Chinese/French painter and graphic artist
  • Feb 14 Albert Sloman, Vice-Chancellor (Essex U)
  • Feb 14 Hugh Downs, TV journalist (20/20, Concentration), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Feb 14 Jeanne Demessieux, composer
  • Feb 14 Piet Kraak, Dutch soccer player
  • Feb 14 Skeezix, of "Gasoline Alley" discovered on Wallets' doorstep
  • Feb 15 Radha Krishna Choudhary, Indian historian and writer (d. 1985)
  • Feb 16 Jean Behra, auto racer

Person of interestVera-Ellen

Feb 16 Vera-Ellen [Westmeier Rohe], American actress and dancer (Big Leaguer, On the Town), born in Norwood, Ohio (d. 1981)

Actress Vera-Ellen
Actress
Vera-Ellen
  • Feb 16 Araucaria, British crossword compiler
  • Feb 16 Esther Bubley, Phillips, Wisconsin, American photographer

Person of interestHua Guofeng

Feb 16 Hua Guofeng, Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (1976-81) and Premier of the People's Republic of China (1976-80), born in Jiaocheng County, Shanxi (d. 2008)

Paramount Leader of China Hua Guofeng
Paramount Leader of China
Hua Guofeng
  • Feb 19 Andries Treurnicht, [Dr No], founder (South African Conservative Party)
  • Feb 19 Claude Rene Georges Pascal, composer
  • Feb 20 Mervin Shiner, American country singer, born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 20 Ruth Gipps, British prolific conductor and composer, born in Bexhill-on-Sea, England (d. 1999)
  • Feb 20 Joseph A. Walker, American experimental physicist, WWII and NASA test pilot (1st spaceplane flights to edge of outerspace), born in Washington, Pennsylvania (d. 1966)
  • Feb 22 Giulietta Masina, Italian actress, (La Strada, Swindle, White Sheik) and wife of director Federico Fellini, born in San Giorgio di Piano, Italy (d. 1994)

Person of interestJean-Bédel Bokassa

Feb 22 Jean-Bédel Bokassa, President (1966-1976) and later Emperor (1976-1979) of the Central African Republic, born in Bobangui, then French Equatorial Guinea (d. 1996)

  • Feb 22 Wayne Booth, American literary critic (d. 2005)
  • Feb 22 David Greene, British television director (d. 2003)
  • Feb 24 Abe Vigoda, American actor (Barney Miller, The Godfather), born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)
  • Feb 24 Douglass Watson, American actor (Satan Murders, Another World), born in Jackson, Georgia (d. 1989)
  • Feb 24 Ingvar Lidholm, Swedish composer (Toccata e Canto), born in Jönköping, Sweden (d. 2017)
  • Feb 24 Ludvig Aschkenazy, writer
  • Feb 24 Gaston Reiff, Belgian athlete (b. 1992)
  • Feb 25 Andy Pafko, Boyceville, Wisconsin, MLB player (Chicago Cubs), (d. 2013)
  • Feb 26 Betty Hutton [Elizabeth June Thornburg], American actress, dancer, singer and comedian (Greatest Show on Earth), born in Battle Creek, Michigan (d. 2007)
  • Feb 27 Andras Szollosy, composer
  • Feb 27 Michael Fox, American actor (Perry Mason, Quincy, Dallas, Bold & the Beautiful), born in Yonkers, New York (d. 1996)
  • Feb 28 Vladimir Sommer, composer
  • Feb 28 Pierre Clostermann, French World War II pilot (d. 2006)
  • Mar 1 Jack Clayton, film director
  • Mar 1 Richard Wilbur, 2nd US Poet Laureate (Ceremony, Walking to Sleep)
  • Mar 1 Terrence "Cardinal" Cooke, (NY)
  • Mar 2 Robert Wilfred Levick Simpson, composer
  • Mar 2 Norman T. Hatch, American oscar-winning marine cinematographer during WWII (With the Marines at Tarawa), born in Boston (d. 2017)
  • Mar 3 Diana Barrymore, American actress (Nightmare, Lady Courageous, Fired Wife), born in NYC, New York (d. 1960)
  • Mar 4 Halim El-Dabh, Egyptian-American composer (Martha Graham Ballets), born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 2017)
  • Mar 4 Joan Greenwood, British actress and director (Kind Hearts and Coronets, Amorous Mr Prawn), born in London, England (d. 1987)
  • Mar 4 Dinny Pails, Australian tennis player
  • Mar 5 Berkley Bedell, (Rep-D-IA, 1975- )

  • Mar 5 Elmer Valo, American baseball player (d. 1998)
  • Mar 6 Julius Rudel, conductor (NYC Opera 1957), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Mar 6 Oliver Wright, British Ambassador (To US)
  • Mar 6 Ross Hunter, American film producer (Airport, Madame X, Pillow Talk), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1996) date of birth disputed)
  • Mar 8 Egbert George "Pete" Pitterson, trumpeter
  • Mar 8 Alan Hale, Jr., American actor (Skipper-Gilligan's Island), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1990)
  • Mar 9 Carl Betz, American actor (The Donna Reed Show, Love of Life), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1978)
  • Mar 9 Dimitris Horn, Greek actor (A Girl in Black), born in Athens, Greece (d. 1998)
  • Mar 10 Cecil "Cec" Linder, Polish-Canadian actor (Goldfinger, Quatermass and the Pit), born in Galicia, Poland (d. 1992)
  • Mar 10 Paul Coates, American columnist (Tonight! America After Dark), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 11 Astor Piazzolla, Argentina composer (Tango Nuevo)
  • Mar 11 F[rancis] M[arion] Busby Jr, American sci-fi author (Star Rebel)
  • Mar 11 Frank Harary, American mathematician (d. 2005)
  • Mar 12 Gordon MacRae, American singer and actor (Oklahoma!, Carousel), born in East Orange, New Jersey (d. 1986)
  • Mar 12 Max de Metz, Dutch publisher/translator
  • Mar 12 Ralph Shapey, composer (Fantasy, Rituals), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 12 Ülo Jõgi, Estonian freedom fighter (d. 2007)
  • Mar 13 Al Jaffee, American comic strip cartoonist and illustrator (MAD Magazine), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • Mar 13 Cyril Poole, English cricketer (Notts 1946-62, England 1951-52 in 3 Tests), born in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England (d. 1996)
  • Mar 14 Lis Hartel, Danish equestrian dressage (Olympic silver 1952, 56)
  • Mar 14 S. Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A
  • Mar 15 Stafford Smythe, Canadian hockey executive (d. 1971)
  • Mar 15 Madelyn Pugh, American television writer
  • Mar 16 Anne Truitt (born Anne Dean), Baltimore USA, American artist
  • Mar 16 Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia (1982-2005), born in Riyadh, Sultanate of Nejd (d. 2005)
  • Mar 17 Mick Harvey, cricketer (in Newcastle Brother of Neil Test umpire)
  • Mar 17 Donald Barron, Scottish accountant and CEO (Midland Bank), born in Gorebridge, Midlothian, Scotland (d. 2015)
  • Mar 19 Tommy Cooper, British comedian and magician (d. 1984)
  • Mar 20 Amadou-Mahtar M'Bow, Senegal, director general (UNESCO)
  • Mar 20 Primoz Ramovs, composer
  • Mar 21 Joe Sutter, American engineer and head of the Boeing 747 program, born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2016)
  • Mar 21 Antony Hopkins, composer
  • Mar 21 Arthur Grumiaux, Belgian violinist
  • Mar 21 Logan Ramsey, American actor (Head, Joy Sticks, Say Yes), born in Long Beach, California (d. 2000)
  • Mar 21 Abdul Salam Arif, Iraqi politician and President of Iraq (1963-66), born in Baghdad, Mandatory Iraq (d. 1966)
  • Mar 22 Wilhelmus Norbert Schmelzer, Netherland, foreign minister (KVP)
  • Mar 22 Saturnino "Nino" Manfredi, Italian actor (Between Miracles), born in Castro dei Volsci, Italy (d. 2004)
  • Mar 23 Donald Campbell, English boat and land racer (set world land and water records in 1964), born in Kingston upon Thames, England (d. 1967)
  • Mar 23 Ian Todd, pres (Royal College of Surgeons)
  • Mar 23 Wolfgang Altendorfer, writer

  • Mar 24 Sir Wilson Harris, Guyanese author (Palace of the Peacock, Jonestown, The Ghost of Memory), born in New Amsterdam, British Guiana (d. 2018)
  • Mar 25 Nancy Kelly, American child actress and model (The Bad Seed, Double Exposure, Jesse James), born in Lowell, Massachusetts (d. 1995)

Person of interestSimone Signoret

Mar 25 Simone Signoret, French actress (Casque d'Or, Room at the Top), born in Wiesbaden, Germany (d. 1985)

  • Mar 25 Alexandra of Greece and Denmark, Queen of Yugoslavia (d. 1993)
  • Mar 26 George Jefferson, CEO (British Telecom)
  • Mar 26 Joe Loco, [Jose Esteves, Jr], musician
  • Mar 26 Peter Horsley, CEO (Osprey Aviation)
  • Mar 27 Tom Bevill, American Democratic fifteen-term U.S. congressman, born in Townley, Alabama (d. 2005)
  • Mar 27 Harold Nicholas, American dancer known as one of the world's greatest dancers (Nicholas Brothers), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (d. 2000)
  • Mar 28 Dirk Bogarde [Derek van den Bogaerde] British writer and actor (Death in Venice, Servant), born in London, England (d. 1999)
  • Mar 29 Hugh Neill, British businessman and Army officer, Lord-Lieutenant (South Yorkshire), born in Sheffield, Yorkshire
  • Mar 29 Sam Loxton, Australian cricketer (flamboyant Australian batsman of late 40's), born in Albert Park, Melbourne (d. 2011)
  • Mar 30 Countess of Sutherland, English great land owner/multi-millionaire
  • Mar 30 Kan Ishii, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo (d. 2009)
  • Mar 30 Oto Ferenczy, composer
  • Apr 1 Douglas Allenbrook, composer
  • Apr 1 William L Bergsma, American composer (Fortunate Island), born in Oakland, California
  • Apr 1 Ken Reardon, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Apr 3 Robert Karvelas, American actor (Get Smart), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)
  • Apr 4 Willem J "Wim" the Villiers, South African minister of Administration
  • Apr 5 Patricia Ford, Lady Fisher, Irish politician and founder (British Women Caring Trust), born in Donaghadee, County Down, Ireland (d. 1995)
  • Apr 5 Les Jackson, English cricket bowler (England twice, 1949 & 1961), born in Whitwell, Derbyshire, England (d. 2007)
  • Apr 5 Robert Q. Lewis, American TV host (Masquerade Party, Robert Q Lewis Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)
  • Apr 6 Andrew Welsh Imbrie, composer
  • Apr 6 Franta Belsky, British sculptor
  • Apr 6 Lord Moore of Wolvercote [Philip Brian Cecil Moore], Private Secretary to the Sovereign (UK)
  • Apr 8 Jan Novák, Czech classical composer, born in Nová Říše, Morovia (d. 1984)
  • Apr 9 Frankie Thomas, American actor and author (Tom Corbett Space Cadet), born in NYC, New York (d. 2006)
  • Apr 9 Jean-Marie Balestre, French president of motor sport's FIA, born in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France (d. 2008)
  • Apr 9 Yitzhak Navon, President of Israel (1978-83), born in Jerusalem, British Mandate of Palestine (d. 2015)
  • Apr 10 Chuck Connors, American author, actor (The Rifleman, Branded, Cowboy in Africa), professional basketball and baseball player, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1992)
  • Apr 10 Peter Herbert Penwarden, English priest, born in Walthamstow, England (d. 1995)
  • Apr 10 Sheb Wooley, American vocalist (Purple People Eater, Hee Haw), born in Erick, Oklahoma (d. 2003)
  • Apr 11 Jeff Stollmeyer, Trinidad and Tobago cricketer (WI batsman pre/post-war), born in Santa Cruz, Trinidad (d. 1989)
  • Apr 11 Martin Buckmaster, 3rd Viscount Buckmaster, British diplomat
  • Apr 11 Jim Hearn, American baseball player, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1998)
  • Apr 12 Alfred Mabbs, British archivist (Public Records Office), born in London (d. 2009)
  • Apr 13 Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza, industrialist
  • Apr 13 Carlo Prosperi, composer
  • Apr 13 James Wilson, British Lt-General
  • Apr 13 Maxwell Henley Harris, Australian poet/publisher (Gift of Blood)
  • Apr 14 Thomas Schelling, American economist, (Nobel Prize 2005 - game-theory analysis), born in Oakland, California (d. 2016)
  • Apr 15 Georgi Timofeyevich Beregovoi, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 3)
  • Apr 15 Norman Ewart Thurston, musician
  • Apr 16 Peter Ustinov, British actor, author, journalist, comedian and broadcaster (Death on Nile, Logan's Run, Billy Budd), born in London, England (d. 2004)
  • Apr 19 Glyn England, CEO (CEGB, Windcluster Ltd)
  • Apr 19 Will Ogdon, American composer, born in Redlands, California (d. 2013)
  • Apr 20 Donald Gunn MacRae, sociologist, born in Glasgow (d. 1997)
  • Apr 20 Janine Sutto, French-Canadian actress and comedian (Guide de la petite vengeance), born in Paris, France (d. 2017)