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Famous People Born in December 1929

  • Dec 1 David Doyle, American actor (Charlie's Angels, Rugrats), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1997)
  • Dec 1 Alan Mouncer, film director and producer
  • Dec 1 Dick Shawn [Richard Schulefand], American character actor and comedian (Producers, Maid to Order, Angel), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1987)
  • Dec 1 Emily McLaughlin, American actress (Jessie Brewer- General Hospital), born in White Plains, New York (d. 1991)
  • Dec 1 Leon Biriotti, composer
  • Dec 2 Harvey Phillips, American tubist (NYC Ballet Orchestra), born in Aurora, Missouri (d. 2010)
  • Dec 2 Jaap Boersma, Dutch politician (Minister for Social Affairs (ARP)), born in Leeuwarden, Netherlands (d. 2012)
  • Dec 2 Lowell North, American yachtsman (Olympic Gold 1968) and sailmaker (North Sails), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • Dec 3 Clarence Ford, American jazz and R&B clarinet and saxophone player, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1994)
  • Dec 3 Paul Harris Turok, American composer, educator and music critic (Ragtime Caprice), born in New York (d. 2012)
  • Dec 3 Werner Rackwitz, German opera director and musicologist (Handel-Renaissance), born in Breslau, Weimar Republic (d. 2014)
  • Dec 6 Robert "King" Moody, American actor and comedian (Shtarker-Get Smart), born in NYC, New York (d. 2001)
  • Dec 6 Mark Kopytman, composer, born in Kamianets-Podilskyi, Soviet Union (d. 2011)
  • Dec 6 Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Austrian conductor (Early Music Movement), born in Berlin (d. 2016)
  • Dec 6 Frank Springer, American comics artist (The Adventures of Phoebe Zeit-Geist), born in Jamaica, Queens, New York (d. 2009)
  • Dec 6 Alain Tanner, Swiss film director, (Charles, Dead or Alive), born in Geneva, Switzerland

  • Dec 8 Goffredo Parise, Italian writer (Il padrone), born in Vicenza, Italy (d. 1986)
  • Dec 8 Ali Bongo [William Oliver Wallace], British comedy musician and magician (President of The Magic Circle - Shriek of Araby), born in England (d. 2009)

Person of interestBob Hawke

Dec 9 Bob Hawke, Australian politician and 23rd Prime Minister of Australia (Labor: 1983-91), born in Bordertown, South Australia (d. 2019)

23rd Prime Minister of Australia Bob Hawke
23rd Prime Minister of Australia
Bob Hawke
  • Dec 9 John Cassavetes, Greek-American actor, film director, and screenwriter (Dirty Dozen, Rosemary's Baby), born in NYC, New York (d. 1989)
  • Dec 9 Michel Fano, French composer, born in Paris
  • Dec 11 Subhash "Fergie" Gupte, Indian cricketer (brilliant Indian leg-spinner), born in Bombay, British India (d. 2002)
  • Dec 12 John Osborne, English playwright (Entertainer, Look Back in Anger, Luther), born in London (d. 1994)
  • Dec 12 Toshiko Akiyoshi, Japanese jazz pianist and composer, born in Liaoyang, Manchuria, Republic of China

Person of interestChristopher Plummer

Dec 13 Christopher Plummer, Canadian Emmy, Tony, and Oscar winning actor (Sound of Music; Cyrano; Beginners), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2021) [1]

  • Dec 14 Ron Nelson, American composer, born in Joliet, Illinois
  • Dec 15 Keith Andrew, English cricketer (England wicket-keeper in 2 Tests 1954-63), born in Greenacres, Oldham, England (d. 2010)
  • Dec 16 Doug Ford, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (successful NSW of 50's), born in Maryville, New South Wales
  • Dec 16 Ian Board, British barkeeper (the Colony Room), born in Devon (d.1994)
  • Dec 16 Nicholas Courtney, British actor (Doctor Who, Incendiary), born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 2011)

Person of interestWilliam Safire

Dec 17 William Safire, American political columnist (NY Times) and speech writer (Nixon), born in NYC, New York (d. 2009)

Political Columnist and Presidential Speechwriter William Safire
Political Columnist and Presidential Speechwriter
William Safire
  • Dec 18 Gino Cimoli, American baseball player
  • Dec 19 Herman T M Lauxtermann, Dutch 2nd chamber member (VVD)
  • Dec 19 Howard Sackler, American screenwriter (d. 1982)
  • Dec 20 Milan Panić, Serbian-American politician and humanitarian, born in Belgrade, Serbia
  • Dec 21 Jack Philip Cannon, British composer & teacher, born in Paris, France (d. 2017)

  • Dec 22 Wazir Mohammad, Indian cricketer (eldest of Pakistan's 4 Mohammed brothers), born in Junagadh, India
  • Dec 22 Leonard "Red" Balaban, American jazz tuba and sousaphone player, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2013) [1]
  • Dec 22 Dee Rowe, American college basketball coach (UConn Huskies men's team 1969-76; 103–78 [.569]), born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 2021)
  • Dec 23 Dick Weber, American ten-pin bowling pro (16, 300 games), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2005)
  • Dec 23 Chet Baker, American jazz trumpet player, born in Yale, Oklahoma (d. 1988)
  • Dec 23 Charles R. Bentley, American pioneer of polar science, born in Rochester, New York (d. 2017)
  • Dec 24 Noel DaCosta, Nigerian-Jamaican composer, born in Lagos, Nigeria (d. 2002)
  • Dec 25 Bill Horton, doo-wop singer (The Silhouettes-Get a Job), born in Hickory, North Carolina (d. 1995)
  • Dec 25 Chris Kenner, R&B singer (I Like it Like That), born in Kenner, Louisiana (d. 1976)
  • Dec 25 Stuart Hall, British radio and television presenter
  • Dec 25 China Machado, Chinese-born model, 1st non-Caucasian super model, born in Shanghai (d. 2016)
  • Dec 26 Régine, French singer and nightclub owner
  • Dec 28 Maarten Schmidt, Neth/US astronomer (quasars)
  • Dec 28 Owen Bieber, United Auto Workers president

Person of interestTerry Sawchuk

Dec 28 Terry Sawchuk, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender (4-time Vezina Trophy & Stanley Cup winner), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 1970)

NHL Legend Terry Sawchuk
NHL Legend
Terry Sawchuk
  • Dec 29 Matt "Guitar" Murphy, American blues guitarist (Blues Brothers band), born in Sunflower, Mississippi (d. 2018)
  • Dec 30 Bob Bouma, Dutch TV host (For a Postcard in the Front Row)
  • Dec 30 Rosalind Hurley, British physician, barrister, ethicist and writer (d. 2004)
  • Dec 31 Mies Bouman, Dutch television presenter (Open the Village), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 2018)
  • Dec 31 Peter May, English cricketer (dashing batsman of 50's), born in Reading (d. 1994)
  • Dec 31 Sidney Greenbaum, British scholar, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1996)

About December 1929

How Old? 91 years old
Generation: Silent Generation
Leap Year: No

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