Famous People Born in 1923

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 601

  • Jan 1 Chalmers Goodlin, US test pilot (XS-1)
  • Jan 1 Milt [Bags] Jackson, American jazz vibraphonist (Modern Jazz Quartet), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1999)
  • Jan 1 Barbara Baxley, American actress and singer (Norma Rae, Countdown), born in Stockton, California (d. 1990)
  • Jan 1 Daniel Gorenstein, American mathematician (d. 1992)
  • Jan 3 Dragutin Gostuski, composer
  • Jan 3 Charles 'Bud' Tingwell, Australian actor, pilot and radio announcer, born in Coogee, New South Wales, Australia (d. 2009)
  • Jan 4 Flavio Testi, composer
  • Jan 5 Robert L Bernstein, American publisher (Random House), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 5 Sam [Samuel] Phillips, Florence Alabama, record producer and founder of Sun Records (launched Elvis Presley's career)
  • Jan 5 Sam Phillips, American record producer and founder of Sun Records and Sun Studios, born in Florence, Alabama (d. 2003)
  • Jan 6 Leah Chase, American master chef, in the creole tradition, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Jan 6 Jacobo Timerman, Argentine writer (d. 1999)
  • Jan 7 Charles Russell Woolen, composer
  • Jan 7 Hugh Kenner, Canadian literary critic (d. 2003)
  • Jan 8 Giorgio Tozzi, basso, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 8 Iva Michiels, [Rik Ceuppens], Flemish writer (Ksiega Alfa)
  • Jan 8 Johnny Wardle, cricketer (Yorkshire & England left-arm bowler of 50's)
  • Jan 8 Joseph Wiezenbaum, artificial intelligence pioneer
  • Jan 8 Larry Storch, American comedian (F Troop, Larry Storch Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 8 Joseph Weizenbaum, German-American author and computer scientist (d. 2008)
  • Jan 10 Ingeborg Drewitz, writer
  • Jan 11 Carroll Shelby, American race car driver, automobile designer and businessman, (d. 2012)
  • Jan 12 Ira Hayes, American soldier (d. 1955)
  • Jan 13 Danil Shafran, cellist
  • Jan 13 Jack Watling, British actor (Nanny, Adventure for 2, Naked Heart), born in London, England (d. 2001)
  • Jan 15 Lee Teng-hui, president of ROC (Taiwan), head of KMT (1988- )
  • Jan 15 Ivor Cutler, Scottish poet (d. 2006)
  • Jan 16 Martin Stokken, Norwegian nordic relay (Olympic silver 1952)
  • Jan 16 Roy Lanham, Western guitar player (Sons of the Pioneers), born in Corbin Kentucky
  • Jan 16 Willem Aantjes, Dutch politicial leader (CDA)
  • Jan 16 Gene Feist, American actor, playwright, producer and co-founder of Roundabout Theater Company, born in New York (d. 2014)
  • Jan 16 Anthony Hecht, American poet (d. 2004)
  • Jan 17 Onno Molenkamp, Dutch actor (Lifespan, Broken Mirrors, The Lift), born in Fort de Kock, Dutch East Indies (d. 1990)
  • Jan 17 Carol Raye [Kathleen Corkery], British-born Australian actress (Number 96, Blankety Blanks), born in London, England
  • Jan 19 Jean Stapleton, American actress (Damn Yankees, Klute, All in the Family), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • Jan 19 Markus Wolf, German spy (d. 2006)
  • Jan 20 Nora Brockstedt, Norwegian singer
  • Jan 20 Slim Whitman, American country singer (Rose Marie), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2013)
  • Jan 21 Judith Merril, [Josephine Juliet Grossman], sci-fi writer
  • Jan 21 Lola Flores, Spanish singer, dancer and actress (Kuma Ching, Faraona), born in Cadiz, Spain (d. 1995)
  • Jan 22 Diana Douglas, Bermudian-born American actress (The Indian Fighter), born in Devonshire Bermuda (d. 2015)
  • Jan 22 Friedrich Zehm, composer
  • Jan 22 Leslie Bassett, classical composer (Variations for Orchestra - Pulitzer Prize 1966), born in Hanford, California (d. 2016)
  • Jan 23 Florence Halop, American actress (Night Court, St Elsewhere), born in Jamaica, Queens, New York (d. 1986)
  • Jan 23 Horace Ashenfelter, American 3000m steeplechase (Olympic gold 1952)
  • Jan 23 Walter M[ichael] Miller Jr, American sci-fi author (Hugo, View from Stars)
  • Jan 24 Simeon ten Holt, composer
  • Jan 25 Eva Zeller, German writer, born in Eberswalde, Brandenburg
  • Jan 25 Rusty Draper, American country and pop singer (d. 2003)
  • Jan 25 Shirley Mason, American psychiatric patient (Commonly known as "Sybil") (d. 1998)
  • Jan 26 Anne Jeffreys [Annie Carmichael], American singer and actress (Dick Tracy, Topper, General Hospital), born in Goldsboro, North Carolina (d. 2017)

  • Jan 29 Paddy Chayevsky, [Sydney], American dramatist (Marty, Hospital) (d. 1981)
  • Jan 31 Eddie Ryder, American actor (General Hospital, Up Yours), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)

Person of interestNorman Mailer

Jan 31 Norman Mailer, American novelist (Naked & the Dead, The Executioner's Song), born in NYC, New York (d. 2007)

Novelist Norman Mailer
Novelist
Norman Mailer
  • Feb 2 Al "Red" Schoendienst, baseball manager/2nd baseman (St Louis Cards)
  • Feb 2 Bonita Granville, American actress and producer (These Three, Hitler's Children, Lone Ranger), born in NYC, New York (d. 1988)
  • Feb 2 James Dickey, American poet, novelist and lecturer (Deliverance, Buckdancer's Choice), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1997)
  • Feb 2 Liz Smith [Mary Elizabeth], American journalist and gossip columnist known as "The Grand Dame of Dish" (WNBC, NY Daily News), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2017)
  • Feb 2 Peter Fowler, physicist
  • Feb 3 Alys Robi, Quebec singer
  • Feb 4 Conrad Bain, Canadian actor (Maude, Diff'rent Strokes), born in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada (d. 2013)
  • Feb 5 Stephen J Cannell, TV producer/writer
  • Feb 5 Claude King, American country music singer (Wolverton Mountain), born in Keithville, Louisiana (d. 2013)
  • Feb 5 Doris Bohrer [Sharrar], American WWII spy, born in Basin, Wyoming (d. 2016)
  • Feb 6 Maurice Le Roux, composer
  • Feb 7 George Lascelles, English Earl of Harewood, Director of the Royal Opera House, born in London (d. 2011)
  • Feb 7 Keefe Brasselle [John Brasselli], American actor (The Eddie Cantor Story, Be Our Guest), born in Elyria, Ohio (d. 1981)
  • Feb 7 Martha Holmes, American photographer (d. 2006)
  • Feb 8 Andrew MacElhone, bar owner

Person of interestBrendan Behan

Feb 9 Brendan Behan, Irish author and poet (Borstal Boy, The Hostage), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1964)

Irish Poet and Playwright Brendan Behan
Irish Poet and Playwright
Brendan Behan
  • Feb 9 Norman E Shumway, Mich, pioneer cardiac transplant surgeon
  • Feb 10 Cesare Siepi, basso (NY Metropolitan Opera), born in Milan, Italy
  • Feb 11 Baroness Sharples, made a life peer after the assassination of her husband (Sir Richard Sharples)
  • Feb 11 Ronald Arculus, British diplomat
  • Feb 12 Franco Zeffirelli, Italian director (Romeo & Juliet), born in Florence
  • Feb 12 James Abdnor, (Sen-R-SD, 1981-87), (d. 2012)
  • Feb 12 Mel Powell, American composer (Pulitzer Prize Music 1990), born in NYC, New York (d. 1998)
  • Feb 12 Chaskel Besser, Orthodox rabbi
  • Feb 12 James Chichester-Clark, Irish politician, Prime Minister of Northern Ireland (1969-71), born in Moyola Park, Londonderry (d. 2002)
  • Feb 13 Chuck Yeager, American test pilot who was the 1st man to break the sound barrier, born in Myra, West Virginia
  • Feb 13 Michael Anthony Bilandic, American politician (d. 2002)
  • Feb 13 Yfrah Neaman, Lebanese violinist (d. 2003)
  • Feb 14 Derrick Holden-Brown, CEO (Allied-Lyons)
  • Feb 14 Jay Herbert, golfer (1960 PGA winner)
  • Feb 15 Justice Drake, British justice
  • Feb 15 Keene Curtis, American character actor (The Rothschilds, Cheers, Amanda's), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2002)
  • Feb 15 Yelena Bonner, soviet disident/wife of Andre Sakharov, born in Moscow, Russia
  • Feb 17 Alden Winship Clausen, Hamilton Ill, banker (President of World Bank)
  • Feb 18 Allan Melvin, American character actor (Brady Bunch, All in Family), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2008)
  • Feb 19 Donald Lybbert, composer
  • Feb 20 Forbes Burnham, premier Guyana (1964-85)
  • Feb 21 Zvi Zeitlin, violinist/prof (Eastman School), born in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia
  • Feb 23 Gery Florizoone, Flemish poet
  • Feb 23 Dante Lavelli, AAFC/NFL end wide receiver (Cleveland Browns)
  • Feb 23 Rafael Addiego Bruno, Uruguayan politician
  • Feb 24 David Soyer, American cellist
  • Feb 25 Roger Parker, Lord Justice of Appeal
  • Feb 27 Dexter Gordon, American jazz tenor saxophonist and actor (Round Midnight, The Other Side of Round Midnight), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1990)
  • Feb 27 Viktor Kalabis, composer
  • Feb 28 Charles Durning, American actor (Fury, Sting, Tootsie), born in Highland Falls, New York (d. 2012)
  • Mar 1 Duncan White, Ceylon, 400m hurdler (Olympic silver 1948)
  • Mar 1 Kuczka Péter, Hungarian writer and editor (d. 1999)
  • Mar 2 Robert H Michel, (Rep-R-IL, 1957- )
  • Mar 2 Orrin Keepnews, American jazz producer and record label executive, born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 3 Doc Watson, American bluegrass musician, (d. 2012)
  • Mar 3 Barney Martin, American actor, comedy writer and NYPD detective (Seinfeld), born in Queens, New York (d. 2005)
  • Mar 4 Patrick Moore, England, astronomer/writer (A-Z of Astronomy), (d. 2012)
  • Mar 4 Piero J d'Inzeo, French equestrian show jumper (Olymp-gold-1952, 64)
  • Mar 6 Ed McMahon, American TV host (Johnny Carson Show, Star Search), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Mar 6 Erhard Karkoschka, composer
  • Mar 6 Raymond "Bill" Hoffenberg, college president (Wolfson at Oxford)
  • Mar 6 John "Wes" Montgomery, American musician and composer, considered one of the world's greatest jazz guitarists, born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1968)
  • Mar 7 Bobo Holloman, American MLB pitcher (no-hitter on debut), born in Thomaston, Georgia (d. 1987)
  • Mar 8 Juan M G "Wancho" Evertsz, premier of Dutch Antilles (NVP, 1973-77)
  • Mar 8 Sembene Ousmane, Senegalese author/novelist/director (Doctor Noir)
  • Mar 9 James L. Buckley, American politician, Senator from New York (1971-77), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 9 André Courrèges, French fashion designer, born in Pau, French Basque country (d. 2016)
  • Mar 9 Walter Kohn, Austrian-born American scientist (Nobel Prize Chemistry 1998), born in Vienna (d. 2016)
  • Mar 11 A Louise Brough Clapp, Oklahoma, tennis player (4 time Wimbledon champ)
  • Mar 11 Alexander Xaver Gwerder, Swiss writer, born in Thalwil, Zurich (d. 1952)
  • Mar 11 Ad[rianus C] de Besten, Dutch literary (River Basin)
  • Mar 11 Morschi Mirando, [Thomas Weiss], German/Dutch gypsy artist
  • Mar 12 Helen Parrish, American actress (Hour Glass, Three Smart Girls Grow Up), born in Columbus, Georgia (d. 1959)
  • Mar 12 Hjalmar Andersen, Norwegian 1500, 5K, 10K speed skater (Olympic gold 1952), (d. 2013)
  • Mar 12 Norbert Brainin, violinist
  • Mar 12 Walter M Schirra Jr, Capt USN/ast (Mer 8, Gem 6, Ap 7), born in Hackensack, New York
  • Mar 12 Mae Young, American professional wrestler
  • Mar 13 William F. Bolger, 65th Postmaster General of the United States, born in Waterbury, Connecticut (d. 1989)
  • Mar 15 George Vogel, race horse trainer
  • Mar 15 Laurence A Tisch, American CEO (Loews Corp), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 16 George Bean, cricketer (92 runs in 3 Tests for Eng v Aust)
  • Mar 18 Andy Granatelli, American motorsports entrepreneur
  • Mar 19 Janine Dacosta, French pianist
  • Mar 19 Henry Morgentaler, Canadian gynecologist
  • Mar 20 Shaukat Siddiqui, Pakistani Author, Journalist and Political Activist (d. 2006)
  • Mar 21 Mort Lindsey, orchestra leader (Merv Griffin Show), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Mar 21 Shri Mataji Nirmala Srivastava, Founder of Sahaja Yoga
  • Mar 22 Bryan Clieve Roberts, lawyer/civil servant
  • Mar 22 Cor N van Dis Jr, Dutch politician (SGP, 1971-94)
  • Mar 22 Marcel Marceau, Strasbourg France, mime (Barbarella, Silent Movie)
  • Mar 23 Arnie Weinmeister, AAFC, NFL def tackle (NY Yankees, Giants)
  • Mar 24 Edna Jo Hunter, expert on military families & prisoners of war
  • Mar 24 Murray Hamilton, American character actor (Rich Man Poor Man, Anatomy of a Murder), born in Washington, North Carolina (d. 1986)
  • Mar 25 Lee Hale, choral director (The Entertainers), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • Mar 25 Bonnie Guitar, American singer
  • Mar 25 Wim van Est, Dutch cyclist (3 x stage winner Tour de France), born in Fijnaart, Netherlands (d. 2003)
  • Mar 26 Bob Elliott, American comedian (Bob & Ray, Get a Life), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2016)
  • Mar 26 Clifton Williams, American composer (The Ramparts, Sinfonians), born in Traskwood, Arkansas (d. 1976)
  • Mar 26 Elizabeth Jane Howard, British novelist (After Julius), (d. 2014)
  • Mar 26 Gert Bastian, German politician (d. 1992)
  • Mar 27 Louis Simpson, Jamaican-American poet (Good News of Death), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2012)
  • Mar 27 Shūsaku Endō, Japanese writer (Sea & Poison, Silence), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1996)
  • Mar 27 Victor Hochhauser, British impresario (Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra), born in Košice, Czechoslovakia
  • Mar 29 Julia Montgomery Walsh, American businesswoman and stockbroker, born in Akron, Ohio (d. 2003)
  • Mar 29 Geoff Duke, English motorcycle racer (world 500cc champion 1951, 1953-55), born St. Helens, England (d.2015)
  • Mar 30 Herbert Asmodi, writer
  • Mar 30 Milton Acorn, Canadian poet (d. 1986)
  • Mar 31 Donald Argee Barksdale, Berkley Cal, basketballer (Olympic gold 1948)
  • Mar 31 Lawrie Miller, NZ cricketer (opening bat in 13 Tests)
  • Apr 1 Robert "Bobby" Jordan, American actor (Dead End Kids, Kid Dynamite, Flying Wild), born in Harrison, New York (d. 1965)
  • Apr 2 Hugh Overton, British diplomat
  • Apr 2 Jacob "Jaap" Firet, Dutch theologist (Agogisch Moment)
  • Apr 2 Clifford Scott Green, American Federal Judge, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • Apr 2 Gloria Henry, American actress (Dennis the Menace), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Apr 3 Jan Sterling [Jane Adriance], American actress (Ace in the Hole, The High and the Mighty), born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)
  • Apr 3 John Smith, English large landowner and financier, born in London (d. 1994)
  • Apr 4 Manon Alving, Dutch actress (The Assault, Short American), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 2010)
  • Apr 4 Peter Vaughan, British actor (Porridge, Game of Thrones), born in Wem, Shropshire, England (d. 2016)
  • Apr 5 Ernest Mandel, Belgian philosopher and economist (Marxist), born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1995)
  • Apr 5 Michael V Gazzo, American playwright and actor (The Godfather Part II, Fear City), born in Hillside, New Jersey (d. 1995)

Person of interestNguyen Van Thieu

Apr 5 Nguyen Van Thieu, South Vietnamese President (1965-75), born in Phan Rang, Vietnam (d. 2001)

Vietnamese Politican Nguyen Van Thieu
Vietnamese Politican
Nguyen Van Thieu
  • Apr 5 Stanley Orme, British Labour Party politician, born in Sale, Cheshire
  • Apr 8 Edward Mulhare, Irish actor (Knight Rider), born in Cork, Ireland (d. 1997)
  • Apr 8 Franco Corelli, Italian tenor (Don Jose-Carmen), born in Ancona, Italy (d. 2003)
  • Apr 8 George Fisher, American cartoonist (d. 2003)
  • Apr 9 Bruno Kiefer, German-born Brazilian composer, born in Baden-Baden, Germany (d. 2017)
  • Apr 9 Dann Cahn, American film editor (I Love Lucy, Beverly Hillbillies), born in Hollywood, California (d. 2012)
  • Apr 10 John Watkins, South African cricketer (South African all-rounder in 15 Tests 49-57), born in Durban, Natal, South Africa
  • Apr 12 Ann Miller, American actress and dancer (On the Town), born in Chireno, Texas (d. 2004)
  • Apr 13 Mari Blanchard, American actress and femme fatale (Kathy-Klondike), born in Long Beach, California (d. 1970)
  • Apr 13 Don Adams, American actor and comedian (Get Smart), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • Apr 14 William Darling, journalist
  • Apr 14 Roberto DeVicenzo, Argentine golfer
  • Apr 15 Douglas Wass, CEO (Equity & Law Life Assurance Company)

Person of interestHarry Reasoner

Apr 17 Harry Reasoner, American newscaster (60 Minutes, ABC, CBS), born in Dakota City, Iowa (d. 1991)

Journalist Harry Reasoner
Journalist
Harry Reasoner
  • Apr 17 Lindsay Anderson, British director (Thursday's Children), born in Bangalore, India (d. 1994)
  • Apr 17 Lloyd Biggle Jr., American sci-fi author (Silence is Deadly), born in Waterloo, Iowa (d. 2002)
  • Apr 17 Norman Potter, English cabinetmaker, designer and writer, born in London (d. 1995)
  • Apr 17 Solly Hemus, American baseball player, born in Phoenix, Arizona (d. 2017)
  • Apr 18 Beryl Platt [Baroness Platt of Writtle], British Engineer, politician and CEO (Equal Opportunities Comm)
  • Apr 18 Leif Panduro, Danish writer ('k Have varnish on traditions)
  • Apr 20 Tito Puente, American bandleader (Dance Mania), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2000)
  • Apr 20 Mother Angelica, Catholic American Franciscan nun, born in Canton, Ohio (d. 2016)
  • Apr 21 John Mortimer, English barrister and writer
  • Apr 22 Hugh Lloyd, British actor (Hugh and I, Punch & Judy Man), born in Chester, England (d. 2008)
  • Apr 22 Paula Fox, American writer for children (The Slave Dancer) and adults, born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • Apr 22 Peter Bowring, CEO (C T Bowring)
  • Apr 22 Avis Bunnage, British actress (Rising Damp, Coronation Street), born in Ardwick, Manchester, England (d. 1990)
  • Apr 22 Aaron Spelling, American television producer (Charlie's Angels), (d. 2006)

Person of interestBettie Page

Apr 22 Bettie Page, American pinup model considered the 'Queen of Pinups' and the 'Dark Angel', born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2008)

Queen of Pinups Bettie Page
Queen of Pinups
Bettie Page