On This Day

Famous People Born in 1921 (Part 3)

Birthdays 401 - 577 of 577

  • Aug 20 Jack Wilson, Australian cricket spin bowler (1 Test; 43 wickets on England Tour 1956), born in Albert Park, Victoria (d. 1985)
  • Aug 22 James Menter, British physicist and principal (Queen Mary College), born in Teynham, Kent (d. 2006)
  • Aug 23 Sam Cook, English cricketer (England slow left-armer in only Test), born in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, England (d. 1996)
  • Aug 23 Kenneth Arrow, American economist, (Nobel Prize 1972), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • Aug 24 Sam Tingle, Zimbabwean racing driver, born in Manchester, England (d. 2008)
  • Aug 25 Brian Moore, Irish novelist (Catholics, Doctor's Wife), born in Belfast, Ireland (d. 1999)
  • Aug 25 Monty Hall, Canadian-American TV game show host (Let's Make a Deal), born in Winnipeg Canada (d. 2017)
  • Aug 25 Bryce Mackasey, Canadian politician, born in Quebec, Canada (d. 1999)

Person of interestBen Bradlee

Aug 26 Ben Bradlee, American editor, journalist, executive (Washington Post), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2014)

Journalist Ben Bradlee
Journalist
Ben Bradlee
  • Aug 26 David Begelman, film producer
  • Aug 26 Naomi Parker Fraley, American who inspired "Rosie the Riveter" poster, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2018)
  • Aug 27 Georg Alexander, Duke of Mecklenburg, head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, born in Nice, France (d. 1996)
  • Aug 27 Leo Penn, American actor and film director, born in Lawrence, Massachusetts (d. 1998)
  • Aug 28 Johan "Joop" Doderer, Dutch actor (Swiebertje, My Fair Lady), born in Velsen, Netherlands (d. 2005)
  • Aug 28 Nancy Kulp, American actress (The Beverly Hillbillies, The Aristocats, Shane), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1991)
  • Aug 28 Fernando Fernán Gómez, Spanish actor, director, academic and playwright (All About My Mother), born in Lima, Peru (d. 2007)

  • Aug 30 Angelo Dundee, American boxing trainer and cornerman (Muhammad Ali 1960–81 & 15 other world boxing champions), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • Aug 31 Raymond Williams, Welsh academic and novelist (Second Generation), born in Llanfihangel Crucorney, Wales (d. 1988)
  • Sep 1 Matt Higgins Doran, American composer, born in Covington, Kentucky
  • Sep 1 Willem Frederik Hermans, Dutch writer (Mandarins on Sulfuric Acid)
  • Sep 3 Harry Landers [Sorokin], American actor (Star Trek, Ben Casey, Drive a Crooked Road), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • Sep 3 Marguerite Higgins, American reporter and war correspondent, Pulitzer prize winner (d. 1966)
  • Sep 3 Thurston Dart, English harpsichordist and conductor, born in Surbiton, London (d. 1971)
  • Sep 5 Jack Valenti, American political advisor and film executive, born in Houston, Texas (d. 2007)
  • Sep 6 Carmen Laforet, Spanish author, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2004)
  • Sep 6 Norman Joseph Woodland, American inventor (barcode), born in Atlantic City, New Jersey (d. 2012)
  • Sep 7 Arthur Ferrante, American pianist and composer (Ferrante & Teicher - Exodus), born in NYC, New York (d. 2009)
  • Sep 7 Josep Lluís Núñez, Spanish President of FC Barcelona (1978 - 2000), born in Guriezo, Cantabria, Spain
  • Sep 8 Hans Ulrich Engelmann, German composer (Ophelia), born in Darmstadt, Germany (d. 2011)
  • Sep 8 Harry Secombe, Welsh actor, comedian, singer and goon (The Goon Show, Oliver!), born in Swansea, Wales (d. 2001)
  • Sep 9 Andrzej Dobrowolski, Polish classical and experimental composer, born in Lwów, Poland (now Ukraine) (d. 1990)
  • Sep 10 Cornelis A H Wagtho, student/resistance fighter
  • Sep 11 Edwin Richfield, British actor (Interpol Calling, The Avengers), born in London England (d. 1990)
  • Sep 12 Frank McGee, American news anchor (NBC Evening News), born in Monroe, Louisiana (d. 1974)
  • Sep 12 Stanislaw Lem, Polish sci-fi author (Solaris, Invincible), born in Lwów, Second Polish Republic (d. 2006)
  • Sep 14 Hughes Rudd, American news anchor (CBS Morning News), born in Waco, Texas (d. 1992)

  • Sep 15 Jan Frank Fischer, composer
  • Sep 15 Norma MacMillan, Canadian voice actress (Casper the Ghost), born in Vancouver (d. 2001)
  • Sep 16 Fritz Geissler, German composer, born in Wurzen, Saxony (d. 1984)
  • Sep 16 John Hendricks, American lyricist and singer (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross), born in Newark, Ohio (d. 2017)
  • Sep 16 William Johnston, Chaplain to Queen of Scotland, born in Edinburgh (d. 2005)
  • Sep 17 Virgilio Barco Vargas, President of Colombia (1986-90), born in Cúcuta, Colombia
  • Sep 19 Billy Ward, American singer and songwriter (Billy Ward and his Dominoes), born in Savannah, Georgia (d. 2002)
  • Sep 19 Paulo Freire, Brazilian educator and philosopher, born in Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil (d. 1997)
  • Sep 19 Joan Tozzer, American figure skater, born in Dedham, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • Sep 20 Melvin "Slappy" White, American comedian and actor, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1995)
  • Sep 24 Jim McKay, American sportscaster (ABC's Wide World of Sports), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • Sep 24 Leonard Lopes-Salzedo, British composer, born in London, England
  • Sep 25 Remy C. van de Kerckhove, Flemish poet, born in Mechelen, Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1958)

Person of interestRobert Muldoon

Sep 25 Robert Muldoon, New Zealand politician (Prime Minister, 1975-1984), born in Auckland (d. 1992)

New Zealand Prime Minister Robert Muldoon
New Zealand Prime Minister
Robert Muldoon
  • Sep 27 Dennis Nineham, British theologian, (d. 2016)
  • Sep 28 Ilhan Usmanbas, composer
  • Sep 29 Miklos Jancso, Vac Hungry, director (Muzsika, Aube, Pacifist)
  • Sep 30 Deborah Kerr, American actress (The King & I, Night of Iguana), born in Helensburg Scotland (d. 2007)
  • Sep 30 Eileen Zhang Ailing Chang, writer
  • Oct 1 James Whitmore, American actor (The Shawshank Redemption, Give 'em Hell Harry), born in White Plains, New York (d. 2009)
  • Oct 2 Albert Scott Crossfield, American test pilot (XS-1), born in Berkeley, California (d. 2006)
  • Oct 2 Robert Runcie, Archbishop of Canterbury, born in Liverpool, England (d. 2000)
  • Oct 3 Ray Lindwall, Australian cricket fast bowler (61 Tests, 228 wickets @ 23.03), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1996)
  • Oct 5 Bill Willis, American NFL guard (Cleveland Browns), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 2007)
  • Oct 6 Yevgeniy Landis, Russian mathematician (d. 1997)
  • Oct 7 John Arthur Giles Gere, English art historian (Pre-Raphaelite painter)
  • Oct 8 Abraham Sarmiento, Sr., Filipino Supreme Court jurist (1987-91), born in Santa Cruz, Ilocos Sur, Philippine (d. 2010)
  • Oct 9 Michel Boisrond, French film director and screenwriter, born in Châteauneuf-en-Thymerais, France (d. 2002)
  • Oct 10 Boy Trip, Dutch minister, born in Amersfoort, Netherlands (d. 1990)
  • Oct 12 Jaroslav Drobný, Czech ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1948) and tennis player (Wimbledon 1954; French Open 1951-52), born in Prague, Czech Republic (d. 2001)
  • Oct 12 Les Horvath, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback and halfback (Heisman Trophy 1944; first Ohio State player to win the award; National C'ship 1942), born in South Bend, Indiana (d. 1995)
  • Oct 13 Harper MacKay, American orchestra leader (NBC Follies), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1995)
  • Oct 13 Yves Montand [Ivo Livi], Italian-French actor and singer (Z, Napoleon, Grand Prix), born in Monsummano Terme, Italy (d. 1991)
  • Oct 15 Angelica Rozeanu, Romanian table tennis player (World Champ 1950-55), born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 2006)
  • Oct 15 Gul Mahomed, Pakistani cricketer (Indian & Pakistani batsman), born in Lahore, Punjab, British India (d. 1992)
  • Oct 16 Michael Conrad, American actor (Delvecchio, Hill St Blues), born in NYC, New York (d. 1983)
  • Oct 16 Matt Batts, MLB catcher (Red Sox), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 2013)
  • Oct 17 George Mackey Brown, poet
  • Oct 17 Maria Gorokhovskaya, Russian gymnast (Olympic Champion 1952), born in Yevpatoria, Soviet Union
  • Oct 17 Pricilla Lanford Buckly, editor/columnist (National Review)
  • Oct 17 Tom Poston, American actor (Newhart, Mork & Mindy, Steve Allen Show, Newhart), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 2007)
  • Oct 18 Jesse Helms, (Sen-D/R-North Carolina, 1973- )
  • Oct 19 George Nader, American actor (Robot Monster, Away All Boats), born in Pasadena, California (d. 2002)
  • Oct 19 Gunnar Nordahl, Swedish soccer striker (33 caps; AC Milan; Olympic gold 1948), born in Hörnefors, Sweden (d. 1995)
  • Oct 20 Hans Warren, Dutch writer/poet/critic (Secret Diary)
  • Oct 20 Pierre Laporte, Canadian journalist/statesman (Revolution Script)
  • Oct 21 Jarmil Burghauser, composer
  • Oct 21 Malcolm Arnold, Northampton England, composer (Bridge over River Kwai)
  • Oct 22 Georges Brassens, French poet/cabaret singer
  • Oct 22 Alexander Kronrod, Russian mathematician (d. 1986)
  • Oct 23 Tom Manders, Dutch cabaret artist (Dorus)
  • Oct 25 Brian Malzard Foss, British psychologist, born in Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire (d. 1997)
  • Oct 25 Michael I, King of Romania (1927-30, 1940-47), born in Peleș Castle, Sinaia, Romania (d. 2017)
  • Oct 26 George Forrest, Northern Irish politician (d. 1968)
  • Oct 27 Anestis Logothetis, Austrian composer, born in Burgas, Bulgaria (d. 1994)

  • Oct 27 Warren Allen Smith, American gay rights activist and writer, born in Minburn, Iowa (d. 2017)
  • Oct 28 Peggy Kirk, American golfer, (Titleholders Championship 1949), born in Findlay, Ohio (d. 2016)
  • Oct 29 Edward "Ed" Kemmer, American actor (Space Patrol, Lux Video Theatre), born in Reading, Pennsylvania (d. 2004)
  • Oct 29 Bill Mauldin, American cartoonist famous for his World War II cartoons depicting American soldiers (Pulitzer-1945, 59), born in Mountain Park, New Mexico (d. 2003)
  • Nov 1 Ilse Aichinger, Austrian writer (Die größere Hoffnung), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2016)
  • Nov 1 Jan Tausinger, Romanian-Czech violist and composer, born in Piatra Neamţ, Romania (d. 1980)
  • Nov 1 John W. Peterson, American songwriter, born in Lindsborg, Kansas (d. 2006)
  • Nov 2 Fernando Correia de Oliveira, Portuguese composer, born in Porto, Portugal (d. 2004)
  • Nov 2 William Donald Schaefer, American politician (Gov-D-Md), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2011)
  • Nov 2 Shepard Menken, American voice and character actor (The Wild Wild West), born in NYC, New York (d. 1999)
  • Nov 2 Bill Mosienko, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (fastest hat trick in NHL history, 21 seconds 1952; 5-time All Star), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 1994)

Person of interestCharles Bronson

Nov 3 Charles Bronson, American actor (Magnificent Seven, Death Wish, Dirty Dozen), born in Ehrenfeld, Pennsylvania (d. 2003)

  • Nov 4 Antonio Ruiz Soler, Spanish flamenco dancer and choreographer, born in Seville, Spain (d. 1996)
  • Nov 5 György Cziffra, Hungarian-French pianist (Chopin/Liszt), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1994)
  • Nov 5 Fawzia Fuad, Egyptian princess who became Queen of Iran as the first wife of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, born in Ras el-Tin Palace, Alexandria, Sultanate of Egypt (d. 2013)
  • Nov 6 Geoff Rabone, New Zealand cricket all-rounder, captain (NZ 12 Tests @ 31.22, 16 wickets), born in Gore, Southland (d. 2006)
  • Nov 6 James Jones, American novelist (Bad Blood, From Here to Eternity), born in Robinson, Illinois (d. 1977)
  • Nov 7 Jack Fleck, American golfer (US Open 1955), born in Bettendorf, Iowa (d. 2014)
  • Nov 8 Douglas Townsend, American composer, born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2012)
  • Nov 8 Gene Saks, American actor and director (One & Only, Prisoner of 2nd Ave), born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)
  • Nov 8 Jerome Hines [Heinz], American basso (I am The Way), born in Hollywood, California
  • Nov 9 Ivo Rudolph Jarosy, German-British film scholar and exhibitor, born in Berlin (d. 1996)
  • Nov 9 Silvio O Conte, American politician (Rep-R-MA, 1959-91), born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts (d. 1991)
  • Nov 9 Viktor Chukarin, Soviet gymnast (Olympic gold 1952, 56), born in Mariupol, Ukraine (d. 1984)
  • Nov 9 Pierrette Alarie, Canadian operatic soprano, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2011)
  • Nov 11 Terrel Bell, American politician (2nd United States Secretary of Education 1981-84), born in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho (d. 1996)
  • Nov 11 Ron Greenwood CBE, English soccer defender (Brentford) and manager (West Ham Utd 1961-74; FA Cup 1964, European Cup Winners' Cup 1965; England 1977-82), born in Worsthorne, England (d. 2006)
  • Nov 12 Robert Fleming, composer
  • Nov 13 Eddie Calhoun, American jazz bassist, born in Clarksdale, Mississippi (d. 1994)
  • Nov 13 Joonas Kokkonen, Finnish composer, born in Iisalmi, Finland (d. 1996)

  • Nov 13 Yoshiro Irino, Japanese composer, born in Vladivostok, Russia (d. 1980)
  • Nov 14 Brian Keith, American actor (Family Affair, Loneliest Runner, The Parent Trap), born in Bayonne, New Jersey (d. 1997)
  • Nov 17 Albert Bertelsen, Danish painter

Person of interestRoy Campanella

Nov 19 Roy Campanella, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (NL MVP 1951,53,55 Brooklyn Dodgers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella
  • Nov 19 Géza Anda, Hungarian-Swiss pianist (Mozart/Bartok), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1976)
  • Nov 19 Peter Ruckman, American Baptist minister and founder of Pensacola Bible Institute in Pensacola, Florida, born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 2016)
  • Nov 20 Phyllis Thaxter, American actress (Nora, Fort Worth), born in Portland, Maine (d. 2012)
  • Nov 20 Jim Garrison, American district attorney, politician and judge, born in Denison, Iowa (d. 1992)
  • Nov 20 Daniel "Dan" Frazer, American actor (Kojak, Take the Money and Run), born in NYC, New York (d. 2011)
  • Nov 21 Vivian Blaine, American actress (Guys & Dolls, Skirts Ahoy), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1995)

Person of interestRodney Dangerfield

Nov 22 Rodney Dangerfield, [John Cohen], comedian (Caddyshack), born in Babylon, New York

Comedian and Actor Rodney Dangerfield
Comedian and Actor
Rodney Dangerfield
  • Nov 22 Brian Cleeve, Irish broadcaster (d. 2003)
  • Nov 23 Hein Roethof, Dutch journalist and politician (PvdA)
  • Nov 23 Ferdinando "Fred" Buscaglione, Italian singer and actor, born in Turin, Italy (d. 1960)
  • Nov 24 John V Lindsay, (Mayor-R/D-NY, 1965-73)
  • Nov 25 Stanley Ho, Chinese casino tycoon who transformed Macao, born in Hong Kong (d. 2020)
  • Nov 26 Françoise Gilot, French painter, designer, and author (Life with Picasso), born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
  • Nov 26 Verghese Kurien, Indian engineer (billion-litre idea), born in Calicut, India (d. 2012)

Person of interestAlexander Dubček

Nov 27 Alexander Dubček, Czechoslovak politician who headed the Czech Communist Party and was deposed after a Soviet invasion, born in Uhrovec, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia)

Leader of Czechoslovakia Alexander Dubček
Leader of Czechoslovakia
Alexander Dubček
  • Nov 27 Ole Sarvig, Danish writer/critic (Limbo, Glem Ikke)
  • Nov 29 Dagmar [Virginia Ruth Egnor], American actress, model, and television personality (Broadway's Open House), born in Yawkey, West Virginia (d. 2001)
  • Dec 1 Ralph Manza, American actor (Banacek, Mama Malone, Newhart), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2000)
  • Dec 2 Isabella Karle, American scientist who was instrumental in developing techniques to extract plutonium chloride, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2017)
  • Dec 3 Hans G. Kresse, Dutch cartoonist (known for the comic strip Eric de Noorman), born in the Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • Dec 3 Phyllis Curtin, American soprano (NYC Opera), born in Clarksburg, West Virginia (d. 2016)
  • Dec 4 Deanna Durbin [Edna Mae Durbin], Canadian actress and vocalist (Every Sunday, Three Smart Girls, 100 Men & a Girl), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2013)
  • Dec 5 Alvin "Alvy" Moore, American comic actor (Green Acres, Scream, Intruder), born in Vincennes, Indiana (d. 1997)
  • Dec 5 George Henderson, Scottish priest (Bishop of Argyll and the Isles from 1977-92), born in Oban, Scotland (d. 1996)
  • Dec 5 Peter Hansen, American actor (General Hospital, The War of the Roses), born in Oakland, California (d. 2017)

Person of interestOtto Graham

Dec 6 Otto Graham, American NFL Quarterback (Cleveland Browns), born in Waukegan, Illinois (d. 2003)

NFL Quarterback Otto Graham
NFL Quarterback
Otto Graham

  • Dec 6 Piero Piccioni, Italian musician, conductor and composer, born in Turin, Piedmont, Italy (d. 2004)
  • Dec 7 Arne Dørumsgaard, Norwegian composer, born in Fredrikstad, Norway (d. 2006)
  • Dec 7 Pramukh Swami Maharaj, Indian Hindu spiritual leader (BAPS), born in Chansad, Gujarat (d. 2016)
  • Dec 8 Terence Morgan, British actor (Sir Francis Drake, Curse of the Mummy's Tomb), born in London, England (d. 2005)
  • Dec 8 Terence Weil, British cellist (Melos Ensemble), born in London (d. 1995)
  • Dec 11 Maila Nurmi [Syrjäniemi], Finnish-American actress (The Vampira Show), born in Gloucester, Massachusetts or Petsamo, Finland (d. 2008)
  • Dec 13 Jackie Pung, American golfer (5 LPGA titles), born in Honolulu, Hawaii (d. 2017)
  • Dec 19 Ludvík Podéšť, Czech composer, born in Dubňany (d. 1968)
  • Dec 21 Alicia Alonso, Cuban ballerina, founder of the National Ballet of Cuba, born in Havana, Cuba (d. 2019)
  • Dec 21 James Tye, British safety expert
  • Dec 21 Joan Dickson, British cellist and teacher, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1994)
  • Dec 22 Hawkshaw Hawkins, American country singer (Ozark Jubilee), born in Huntington, West Virginia
  • Dec 22 Robert Frank Kurka, American composer, born in Cicero, Illinois (d. 1957)
  • Dec 23 Gerald S O'Loughlin, American actor and director (Storefront Lawyer, Rookies, Wheels), born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)
  • Dec 24 Bill Dudley, NFL halfback (Pittsburgh, Detroit, Washington), born in Bluefield, Virginia
  • Dec 24 Gerard Thomas Victory, Irish composer, born in Dublin, Republic of Ireland (d. 1995)
  • Dec 25 Zaib-un-Nissa Hamidullah, Pakistani journalist (d. 2000)

Person of interestSteve Allen

Dec 26 Steve Allen, American comedian, composer, actor and TV host (Tonight Show, Steve Allen Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 2000)

TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen
  • Dec 26 John Severin, Jersey City, New Jersey, comic book artist (Hulk, Mad Magazine), (d. 2012)
  • Dec 28 Eddy Doorenbos, Dutch vocalist/pianist/guitarist
  • Dec 28 Johnny Otis [Ioannis Alexandres Veliotes], US R&B musician, producer, and talent scout ("godfather of rhythm and blues"), born in Vallejo California (d. 2012)
  • Dec 29 Dobrica Cosic, Serbian writer and President 1992-93), born in Velika Drenova, Kingdom of Yugoslavia (d. 2014)
  • Dec 29 Robert C. Baker, American inventor & professor (invented the chicken nugget), born in Newark, New York (d. 2006)
  • Dec 30 Michael Hollings, British Catholic priest/crusader, born in Camberley, London (d. 1997)
  • Dec 30 Rashid Karami, Lebanon, 10 time PM: 1955..87 of Lebanon
  • Dec 31 Lynn Compton, American jurist (Sirhan Sirhan prosecutor) and commissioned officer (Easy Company, 101st Airborne), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)