Famous People Born in August 1926

  • Aug 1 Burton Stein, American historian, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1996)
  • Aug 1 Karl Kohn, American composer, born in Vienna, Austria
  • Aug 2 Betsy Bloomingdale, American socialite and fashion leader, born in Beverly Hills, California (d. 2016)
  • Aug 2 Giancarlo Bergamini, Italian fencer (Olympic gold foil, team 1956; silver foil team 1952, individual 1956), born in Milan, Italy (d. 2020)
  • Aug 3 Gordon Scott [Werschkul], American actor (Tarzan series), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 2007)

Tony BennettTony Bennett (96 years old)

Aug 3 American Grammy and Emmy Award-winning pop and jazz singer ("I Left My Heart in San Francisco"; "Steppin' Out With My Baby"), and painter, born in Long Island City, Astoria, New York

  • Aug 5 Betsy Jolas, French-American composer, born in Paris, France
  • Aug 5 Jeri Southern [Genevieve Hering], American jazz singer ("You Better Go Now"; "Joey"), and pianist, born in Royal, Nebraska (d. 1991)
  • Aug 6 Christa Reinig, German poet and writer (Idleness is the Root of All Love, The Tightrope Walker), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2008)
  • Aug 6 Clem Labine, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1956, 57; World Series 1955, 59, 60; Brooklyn / LA Dodgers, Detroit Tigers), born in Lincoln, Rhode Island (d. 2007)
  • Aug 6 Frank Finlay, British actor (Robbery, Lifeforce), born in Farnworth Lancashire (d. 2016)
  • Aug 6 J[anet] O[pal] Jeppson [nee Janet Asimov], author (2nd Experiment)
  • Aug 6 Norman Wexler, American screenwriter (d. 1999)
  • Aug 7 Amo Houghton, American politician (Rep-R-New York), born in Corning, New York
  • Aug 7 John Woodcock, English cricket journalist ('The Times' 1954-88; Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1981-86; President Cricket Writers' Club 1986-2004), born in Longparish, England (d. 2021)
  • Aug 7 Stan Freberg, American satirist/ad executive/cartoon voice (Bertie), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 8 Richard Anderson, American actor (Oscar Goldman- The 6 Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman television series), born in Long Branch, New Jersey (d. 2017)
  • Aug 8 Urban "Urbie" Green, American jazz trombonist (Woody Herman; Buck Clayton; Hugo Montenegro), born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 2018)
  • Aug 9 Denis Atkinson, West Indian cricketer (WI all-rounder, 219 v Australia 1955), born in Rockley, Christ Church, Barbados (d. 2001)
  • Aug 9 Michiel de Ruyter, Dutch jazz historian (Mister Jazz), born in Amsterdam (d. 1994)
  • Aug 10 Benjamin Ward, 1st African American NYC Police Commissioner (1984-89), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2002)
  • Aug 10 Edwin James Nairn Carr, composer
  • Aug 10 Marie-Claire Alain, French organist/composer
  • Aug 10 Tom Danby, English dual-code international wing: rugby union (1 cap; Harlequin RFC) and rugby league (3 caps England, 3 caps GB; Salford RLFC), born in Trimdon district, County Durham, England (d. 2022)
  • Aug 11 Aaron Klug, Biochemist (Nobel prize for Chemistry 1982), born in Lithuanian (d. 2018)
  • Aug 11 Bernard Ashley, English businessperson, fashion designer and co-founder of Laura Ashley, born in London (d. 2009)
  • Aug 11 Claus Von Bulow, socialite accused of murdering his wife
  • Aug 11 J R S Fincham, geneticist
  • Aug 11 Johnny Van Derrick, British jazz violinist (Pink Panther Theme), born in Ealing, England (d. 1995)
  • Aug 12 Joe Jones, American R&B singer (d. 2005)
  • Aug 12 John Derek, American actor, director and photographer (Knock on Any Door, All the King's Men, Rogues of Sherwood Forest), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1998)
  • Aug 12 Wallace Markfield, American writer (d. 2002)

Fidel CastroFidel Castro (1926-2016)

Aug 13 Cuban revolutionary, Prime Minister (1959-76) and President (1976-2008), born in Birán, Holguin Province

  • Aug 14 Alice Adams, American author (Beautiful Girl), born in Fredericksburg, Virginia (d. 1999)
  • Aug 14 Buddy Greco, jazz singer (Away We Go, Broadway Open House), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2017)

René GoscinnyRené Goscinny (1926-1977)

Aug 14 French cartoonist (Asterix), born in Paris, France

  • Aug 15 Georgann Johnson, American actress (Marge-Mr Peepers, Star Trek, Midnight Cowboy), born in Decorah, Iowa (d. 2018)
  • Aug 15 Kostis Stephanopoulos, Greek conservative politician (President of Greece, 1995-2005), born in Patras, Greece (d. 2016)
  • Aug 15 Lewis T Preston, American banker (President of the World Bank 1991-95), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 15 Lyutsian Abramovich Prigozhn, Russian composer, born in Tashkent (d. 1994)
  • Aug 17 George Melly, English jazz and blues singer, born in Liverpool, England (d. 2007)
  • Aug 17 Hakon Barfod, Norwegian sailor (Olympic gold 1948, 52), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2013)
  • Aug 17 Jean Poiret [Jean-Gustave Poiré], French actor, director, and screenwriter (La Cage Aux Folles), born in Paris, France (d. 1992)

Jiang ZeminJiang Zemin (1926-2022)

Aug 17 General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (1989-2002) and President of the People's Republic of China (1993-2003), born in Yangzhou, Jiangsu

  • Aug 19 Arthur Rock, American venture capitalist (Apple Inc.), born in Rochester, New York
  • Aug 20 Frank Rosolino, American jazz trombonist (The Frank Rosolino Sextet), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1978)
  • Aug 20 Nobby Wirkowski, American-Canadian football player and coach (Toronto Argonauts), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2014)
  • Aug 21 Ben-Zion Orgad, Israeli composer, born in Gelsenkirchen, Germany (d. 2006)
  • Aug 22 Bob Flannigan, American barbershop-pop-jazz singer (The Four Freshmen), born in Greencastle, Indiana (d. 2011)
  • Aug 22 Marc Bohan, French fashion designer, born in Paris
  • Aug 23 Clifford Geertz, American anthropologist (symbolic anthropology), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2006)
  • Aug 24 Nancy Spero, American feminist artist, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2009)
  • Aug 27 Kristen Nygaard, Norwegian computer scientist, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2002)
  • Aug 27 Patricia "Pat" Coombs, British comedienne and actress (Carry On Again Doctor, Cranford), born in Camberwell, London (d. 2002)
  • Aug 29 Elizabeth "Betty" Lynn, American actress (The Andy Griffith Show), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Aug 29 María Dolores Pradera, Spanish melodic singer and actress, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2018)
  • Aug 30 Ernie Roth, American wrestling manager (ring name "The Grand Wizard of Wrestling"), born in Canton, Ohio (d. 1983)
  • Aug 30 Oļģerts Grāvītis, Latvian-Soviet composer, born in Alūksne, Latvia (d. 2015)
  • Aug 31 Georgiy Petrovich Katys, Russian cosmonaut (Voskhod 1 backup)
  • Aug 31 Jan de Koning, minister of Agriculture/Social Businesses (CDA)

About August 1926

How Old? 96 years old
Generation: Greatest Generation
Leap Year: No

Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Signs: Leo (Jul 23 - Aug 22), Virgo (Aug 23 - Sep 22)