Famous People Born in December 1925

  • Dec 1 Harold Strachan, South African writer, anti-apartheid activist, and explosives expert, born in Pretoria, Union of South Africa (d. 2020)
  • Dec 1 Jaime Mendoza-Nava, Bolivian-American composer and conductor, born in La Paz, Bolizia (d. 2005)
  • Dec 1 Jordan Klein, American cameraman and director (Thunderball), born in Miami, Florida
  • Dec 1 Martin Rodbell, American biochemist (1994 Nobel Prize for medicine or Physiology for discovery of G-proteins), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1998)
  • Dec 2 Julie Harris, American actress (The Bell Jar: I Am A Camera; East of Eden), born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • Dec 3 Ferlin Husky, American country singer (Born to Lose; Gone), born in Desloge, Missouri (d. 2011)
  • Dec 3 Ken Funston, South African cricket batsman (18 Tests, top score 92), born in Pretoria, Transvaal, South Africa (d. 2005)
  • Dec 4 Albert Bandura, Canadian-American psychologist, born in Alberta, Canada
  • Dec 4 Maurice Binder, American photographer and film title designer (James Bond Movies), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)

Anastasio Somoza DebayleAnastasio Somoza Debayle (1925-1980)

Dec 5 President of Nicaragua (1967-72 and 1974-79), born in León, Nicaragua

  • Dec 5 Glen "Frosty" Little, American circus clown (Ringling Brothers, 1968-91), and instructor (Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, 1980-87), born in Genoa, Nebraska (d. 2010)
  • Dec 6 Andy Robustelli, American NFL defensive end (LA Rams, NY Giants), born in Stamford, Connecticut (d. 2011)
  • Dec 8 Carmen Martín Gaite, Spanish author, born in Salamanca, Spain (d. 2000)
  • Dec 8 Jimmy Smith, American jazz musician and organist (Walk on the Wild Side), born in Norristown, Pennsylvania (d. 2005)

Sammy Davis Jr.Sammy Davis Jr. (1925-1990)

Dec 8 American vaudeville, stage, and screen singer ("The Candy Man"), dancer, actor (Ocean's 11), and Rat Pack member, born in NYC, New York

  • Dec 10 Carolyn Ashley Kizer, American writer (Yin, Pulitzer 1985), born in Spokane, Washington, (d. 2014)
  • Dec 10 Jean Byron [Imogene Audette Burkhart], American actress (The Patty Duke Show), born in Paducah, Kentucky (d. 2006)
  • Dec 11 Paul Greengard, American neuroscientist (Nobel 2000), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 12 (Michael) "Dodo" Marmarosa, American big band and bebop jazz pianist, composer, and arranger (Artie Shaw), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2002)
  • Dec 12 Ahmad Shamlou, Iranian poet (The Book of Alley), born in Tehran, Iran (d. 2000)
  • Dec 12 Cora Lee Johnson, American social activist for rural poor, born in Georgia (d. 2021)
  • Dec 12 Dattu Phadkar, Indian cricketer (pace bowling all-rounder for India), born in Kolhapur, India (d. 1985)
  • Dec 12 Ghulam Guard, Indian cricketer (lefty pace bowler in 2 Tests for India 1959), born in Surat, Gujarat (d. 1978)
  • Dec 12 Vladimir Shainsky, Soviet and Russian composer, born in Kyiv, Ukraine (d. 2017)
  • Dec 13 Albert Paulsen, Ecuadorian-American actor (One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Doctors' Hospital), born in Guayaquil, Ecuador (d. 2004)

Dick Van DykeDick Van Dyke (97 years old)

Dec 13 American Emmy, Tony, and Grammy Award-winning actor, singer, and dancer (The Dick Van Dyke Show - "Rob Petrie": Bye Bye Birdie; Mary Poppins; The Comic; Diagnosis: Murder), born in West Plains, Missouri

  • Dec 14 Sam Jones, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1955, 59; no-hitter 1955; Chicago Cubs), born in Stewartsville, Ohio (d. 1971)
  • Dec 15 (Josie) "Kasey" Rogers, American actress (Strangers On A Train; Bewitched - "Louise Tate"), born in Morehouse, Missouri (d. 2006)
  • Dec 15 Jack Rothstein, British concert violinist (London Czech Trio), conductor (Viennese Orchestra of London), and session player (The Beatles - "I Am the Walrus"; "Within You Without You"; Paul McCartney - “Here Today”), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 2001)
  • Dec 15 Sam Pollock, Canadian NHL hockey general manager, 9X Stanley Cups (Montreal Canadiens, 1964-78), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2007)
  • Dec 17 Rijk de Gooyer, Dutch actor, comedian and singer (Black Rider; Rififi in Amsterdam), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 2011)
  • Dec 18 Peggy Cummins [Augusta Fuller], Welsh-born Irish actress (Gun Crazy, Curse of the Demon), born in Prestatyn, Denbighshire, Wales (d. 2017)
  • Dec 19 Robert Sherman, American Grammy and Academy Award-winning songwriter, with his brother, Robert (Mary Poppins; The Jungle Book; "You're Sixteen"), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • Dec 19 Tankred Dorst, German playwright, born in Oberlind
  • Dec 20 Benito Lorenzi, Italian footballer, born in Buggiano, Italy (d. 2007)
  • Dec 20 Bob de Moor, Belgian comics creator & artist (Kuifje, Lion of Flanders), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1992)
  • Dec 20 Vlastimir Nikolovski, Macedonian composer, born in Prileb, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (now North Macedonia) (d. 2001)
  • Dec 22 Lewis Glucksman, American financier, born in Manhattan, New York City (d. 2006)
  • Dec 22 Thomas Christian David, Austrian flutist, conductor, choral director, and composer, born in Wels, Austria (d. 2006)
  • Dec 23 Harry Guardino, American actor (Monty Nash; Perry Mason; Hill Street Blues), born in NYC, New York (d. 1995)
  • Dec 23 Henry Charles Gordon, American engineer and astronaut (Dynasoar), born in Valparaiso, Indiana (d. 1996)
  • Dec 24 Claude Frank, German-American concert pianist and pedagogue, born in Nuremberg, Germany (d. 2014)
  • Dec 24 Mohammed Rafi, Indian actor and playback singer, born in Kotla Sultan Singh, India (d. 1980)
  • Dec 24 Yafa Yarkoni, Israeli singer ("Road to Jerusalem"; "Don't Say Goodbye, Say I Will See You"), born in Mandatory Palestine (d. 2012)
  • Dec 25 Carlos Castaneda, Peruvian-born American author and mystic (Eagle's Gift, Fire From Within), born in Cajamarca (d. 1998)
  • Dec 25 Christmas F Tinto, South African ANC'er/UDF-leader
  • Dec 25 Ossi Reichert, German alpine skier (Olympic gold women's giant slalom 1956; silver slalom 1952), born in Gunzesried, Germany (d. 2006)
  • Dec 26 Baron Baker, Jamaician-born British activist, born in Port Antonia
  • Dec 27 Allan Blank, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • Dec 27 Michel Piccoli, actor (Topaz, Peril, May Fools), born in Paris, France
  • Dec 28 Bill [William] Westwood, British bishop of Peterborough
  • Dec 28 Hildegard Knef, German actress, singer, and writer (Touch of Class, Mozambique), born in Ulm, Germany (d. 2002)
  • Dec 29 Dina Merrill, American actress (Operation Petticoat; Butterfield 8), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • Dec 29 Pete Dye, American golf course designer (TPC at Sawgrass, Crooked Stick, Oakwood CC), born in Urbana, Ohio (d. 2020)
  • Dec 31 Jaap Schröder, Dutch violinist, conductor (Academy of Ancient Music), musicologist, and pedagogue, born in Amsterdam (d. 2020)

About December 1925

How Old? 97 years old
Generation: Greatest Generation
Leap Year: No

Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Signs: Sagittarius (Nov 22 - Dec 21), Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 19)