Famous People Born in January 1931

  • Jan 1 Carel Brons, Dutch composer, born in Groningen (d. 1983)
  • Jan 1 Siddig El Nigoumi, ceramicist
  • Jan 2 Frank Marocco, American jazz, pop, classical, and session accordionist, arranger and composer, born in Joliet, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • Jan 2 Robin Marlar, English cricket spin bowler (Cambridge University CC, Sussex CCC) and journalist (The Sunday Times; "The Story of Cricket"), born in Eastbourne, England (d. 2022)
  • Jan 2 Toshiki Kaifu, premier of Japan (1989-91)
  • Jan 4 Adi Lady Lala Mara, First Lady of Fiji (d. 2004)
  • Jan 4 Guido Messina, Italian road and track cyclist (World C'ship gold individual 4000m pursuit 1948, 53, 54, 55, 56; Olympic gold team 1952), born in Monreale, Italy (d. 2020)
  • Jan 4 Sir William Deane, Governor-General of Australia 1996-2001
  • Jan 5 Alfred Brendel, Austrian pianist, born in Loučná nad Desnou, Czech Republic
  • Jan 5 Alvin Ailey, African-American dancer and choreographer (American Dance Theater), born in Rogers, Texas (d. 1989)
  • Jan 5 Joan Coxsedge, Australian politician, born in Ballarat, Australia
  • Jan 5 John McVay, American football coach (NY Giants 1976-78) and executive (AD Uni of Dayton 1972, 73; GM SF 49ers 1998-99), born in Bellaire, Ohio (d. 2022)

Robert DuvallRobert Duvall (92 years old)

Jan 5 American award-winning actor and filmmaker (The Godfather; Apocalypse Now; M*A*S*H (film); Great Santini; Taxi Driver), born in San Diego, California

  • Jan 5 Walt Davis, American athlete (Olympic gold high jump 1952) and basketball center (NBA C'ship 1956, 58; Philadelphia Warriors, St. Louis Hawks), born in Beaumont, Texas (d. 2020)
  • Jan 6 E. L. Doctorow, American author (Ragtime; Billy Bathgate), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2015)
  • Jan 6 Graeme Hole, Australian cricket batsman (18 Tests, 6 x 50; NSW CA), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1990)
  • Jan 6 P J Kavanagh [Patrick Joeseph], British poet, actor and journalist (The Perfect Stranger), born in Worthing, Sussex (d. 2015)
  • Jan 7 Mack Mattingly, American diplomat and politician (Sen-R-Georgia, 1981-86), born in Anderson, Indiana
  • Jan 8 Bill Graham [Wulf Grajonca], German-American impresario and rock concert promoter (Fillmore; Winterland Ballroom; Live-Aid), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1991)
  • Jan 9 Algis Budrys, Lithuanian-American sci-fi author (Man of Earth), born in Kaliningrad, Russia (d. 2008)
  • Jan 10 Alex Boraine, South Africa politician, born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • Jan 10 Peter Barnes, English writer, born in Manchester, United Kingdom (d. 2004)
  • Jan 10 Ron Galella, American celebrity photographer (sued by Jackie O), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 11 Betty Churcher, director of the National Gallery of Australia
  • Jan 11 Ed Hall, American actor (Mannis, baby... I'm Back!, Medical Center), born in Roxbury, Massachusetts
  • Jan 13 Charles Nelson Reilly, American actor, comedian and gameshow panelist (Match Game, Ghost & Mrs Muir), born in NYC, New York (d. 2007)
  • Jan 13 Ian Hendry, British actor (The Avengers, The Lotus Eaters), born in Ipswich, Suffolk (d. 1984)

Rip TaylorRip Taylor (1931-2019)

Jan 13 American actor and comedian (Gong Show, $1.98 Beauty Show), born in Washington, D.C.

  • Jan 14 Caterina Valente, Italian singer, dancer, and actress (Bon soir, Kathrin!, The Entertainers), born in Paris, France
  • Jan 14 Frank Costigan, Australian lawyer, born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2009)
  • Jan 14 Juraj Pospíšil, Czech composer (November Triptych), and pedagogue (Bratislavia Conservatory, 1955-91), born in Olomouc, Czech Republic (d. 2007)
  • Jan 15 Derek Meddings, British special effects technician, born in St. Pancras, London (d. 1995)
  • Jan 15 Murad Kazhlayev, Soviet and Dagestani composer, born in Baku, Azerbaijan
  • Jan 15 Thomas Hoving, American news correspondent (20/20), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 16 Johannes Rau, German politician, born in Wuppertal, Germany (d. 2006)
  • Jan 16 Vladimír Škutina, Czechoslovakian writer and actor (Hvezda jede na jih), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 1995)
  • Jan 17 Don Zimmer, American baseball infielder (2 × All-Star, Chicago Cubs; World Series 1955, 59 LA Dodgers) and manager (NL Manager of the Year 1989 Chicago Cubs), born in Cincinnati, Ohio, (d. 2014)
  • Jan 17 Douglas Wilder, American lawyer and politician, Governor of Virginia (1990-94), 1st African American Governor since Reconstruction, born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Jan 17 Frederick A. Fox, American classical composer (Nightscenes; Shaking The Pumpkin),and educator (Indiana University, 1974-94), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2011)

James Earl JonesJames Earl Jones (92 years old)

Jan 17 American Tony, Emmy, Grammy, and Golden Globe winning actor (The Great White Hope; Star Wars - "voice of Darth Vader"; Field Of Dreams"), born in Arkabutla, Mississippi

  • Jan 19 Robert MacNeil, news anchor (NBC Weekend News, 1965-67), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jan 19 Ron Packard, American politician (Rep-R-CA, 1983-2001), born in Meridian, Idaho
  • Jan 20 Earl Grant, American pop pianist, organist, and singer ("Ebb Tide"; "Winter Wonderland"), born in Idabel, Oklahoma (d. 1970)
  • Jan 20 Hachidai Nakamura, Japanese jazz pianist and songwriter, born in Tsingtao, Republic of China to (d. 1992)
  • Jan 20 Sawako Ariyoshi, Japanese writer (Compound Pollution, Doctor's Wife), born in Wakayama, Japan (d. 1984)
  • Jan 22 Galina Zybina, USSR, discus thrower (15 world records between 1952-58)
  • Jan 22 Sam Cooke [Cook], American singer and entrepreneur described as "the inventor of soul music" ("You Send Me"; "A Change Is Gonna Come"), born in Clarksdale, Mississippi (d. 1964)
  • Jan 24 Ib Nørholm, Danish organist, composer (Aspects of Sand and Simplicity), choral conductor, and educator, born in Søborg, Gladsaxe (d. 2019) [1]
  • Jan 24 Maria Piątkowskacka, Polish athlete (WR 4 x 100m relay 1964), born in Goleni, Moldova (d. 2020)
  • Jan 25 Dean Jones, American actor (Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo, The Love Bug), born in Decatur, Alabama (d. 2015)
  • Jan 25 Harold Lloyd Jr., American actor, singer and son of famous silent film actor Harold Lloyd, Sr. (Frankenstein's Daughter), born in Beverly Hills, California (d. 1971)
  • Jan 25 Paavo Haavikko, Finnish poet & writer, born in Helsiniki, Finland (d. 2008)
  • Jan 25 Stig "Stikkan" Anderson, Swedish music entrepreneur and co-founder of Polar Music (ABBA), born in Hova, Sweden (d. 1997)
  • Jan 26 Mary Murphy, American actress (A Man Alone, Maggie-Investigators), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2011)
  • Jan 27 John Hopkins, English TV, film and stage writer (Z-Cars), born in London (d. 1998)
  • Jan 27 Mordecai Richler, Montreal author, (Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz)
  • Jan 27 Nigel Vinson, British Lord and inventor, born in Kent, England
  • Jan 27 Ronald "Buster" Edwards, British Great Train Robber turned flower-seller, born in London (d. 1994)
  • Jan 27 Rudi Maugeri, Canadian doo-wop vocalist (Crew Cuts - "Sh-Boom"), and broadcaster, born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2004)
  • Jan 28 Naci Erdem, Turkish soccer centre-back (31 caps; Fenerbahçe), born in İstanbul, Turkey (d. 2022)
  • Jan 28 Timothy Kitson, British politician
  • Jan 29 Leslie Bricusse, British stage and film composer and lyricist (Doctor Dolittle; Goodbye, Mr. Chips; "Goldfinger"; Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory - "The Candy Man"; "Pure Imagination"), born in Pinner, Middlesex, England (d. 2021)
  • Jan 30 Allan W. Eckert, American historian, naturalist, and author, born in Buffalo, New York
  • Jan 30 John Crosbie, Canadian politician, born in St. John's, Canada (d. 2020)
  • Jan 30 Shirley Hazzard, Australian-born author (Transit of Venus), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2016)
  • Jan 30 Stewart McKinney, American politician (Rep-R-CT, 1971-87), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1987)
  • Jan 31 Bill Watson, cricketer (NSW & Australian opening batsman mid-50s)
  • Jan 31 Christopher Chataway, British MP/athlete (world record 5k)

Ernie BanksErnie Banks (1931-2015)

Jan 31 American Baseball HOF shortstop, 1st baseman (14 x MLB All Star; NL MVP 1958, 59; Chicago Cubs), born in Dallas, Texas

  • Jan 31 Nicholas Gordon Lennox, diplomat

About January 1931

How Old? 92 years old
Generation: Silent Generation
Leap Year: No

Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Signs: Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 19), Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb 18)