Famous People Born in May 1931

  • May 2 Phil Bruns, American actor and writer (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman - "George Shumway"), born in Pipestone, Minnesota (d. 2012)
  • May 2 Richard "Groove" Holmes, American jazz organist ("Misty"), born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 1991)
  • May 3 Joe Layton, American director and choreographer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1994)
  • May 3 Thomas Sutherland, American hostage (Lebanon) and academic, born in Falkirk, Scotland (d. 2016)
  • May 4 Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Russian conductor (Bolshoi Theatre, 1951-61; USSR State Radio, 1961-74; USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony, 1983-91), born in Moscow, Russia, USSR (d. 2018)
  • May 4 Thomas Stuttaford, British doctor and medical columnist (The Times), born in Norfolk, England
  • May 5 Greg [Michel Régnier], Belgian comic-book writer (Achille Talon), born in Ixelles, Belgium (d. 1999)
  • May 6 Hasaan Ibn Ali [William Henry Langford, Jr], American jazz pianist and composer (Max Roach Trio), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1980)
  • May 6 Marvin Leath, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas's 11th district), born in Henderson, Texas (d. 2000)

Willie MaysWillie Mays (91 years old)

May 6 American Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder (24 x MLB All Star; 12 x Gold Glove Award; 660 career HRs, NL MVP 1954, 65; SF Giants, NY Mets), born in Westfield, Alabama

  • May 7 Gene Wolfe, American sci-fi author (Soldier of Arete), born in NYC, New York
  • May 7 Nel Ginjaar-Maas, Dutch under-secretary of Education (VVD), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2012)
  • May 7 Teresa Brewer, American pop and jazz singer ("Put Another Nickel In"), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 2007)
  • May 8 Charles M. Wilson, Canadian organist and composer (The Angels Of The Earth), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2019)
  • May 9 Alistair MacFarlane, Engineer and principal (Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland)
  • May 9 Vance DeVoe Brand, American USN officer and aviator, and NASA astronaut (Apollo 18; STS-5, -41-B & -35), born in Longmont, Colorado
  • May 10 Ettore Scola, Italian director and screenwriter (A Special Day), born in Trevico, Campania (d. 2016)
  • May 10 Lord Michael Mustill, of Pateley Bridge, Lord Justice of Appeal
  • May 10 Yūzō Toyama, Japanese composer and conductor, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • May 11 Stephen Smalley, rev/dean (Chester)
  • May 12 Johan Fleerackers, Flemish vice-president of Dutch One
  • May 13 Eileen Diss, British theatrical designer (August, Secret Places, Betrayal), born in London, England

Jim JonesJim Jones (1931-1978)

May 13 American pastor and leader of the Peoples Temple cult (Jonestown Massacre), born in Randolph County, Indiana

  • May 13 Sydney Lipworth, South African born lawyer and businessman (head of UK Monopolies & Mergers Commission), bon in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • May 14 Alvin Lucier, American composer of experimental music (I Am Sitting In A Room; Music On A Long Thin Wire), born in Nashua, New Hampshire
  • May 15 F Korthals Altes, Dutch minister of Justice (VVD)
  • May 15 James Mitchell, American session baritone saxophone (The Memphis Horns; Stax Records), born in Memphis, Tennesee (d. 2000)
  • May 15 Ken Venturi, American golfer, broadcaster (US Open 1964), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2013)
  • May 16 Denise Filiatrault, French Canadian actress and director (The Plouffe Family), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • May 16 Donald James Martino, composer (Noturnno-Pulitzer 1974), born in Plainfield, New Jersey
  • May 16 Hana Brady, Jewish Czech Holocaust victim (Hanna's Suitcase), born in Prague (d. 1944)
  • May 16 Jack Dodson, American actor (Howard Sprage- "The Andy Griffith Show"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1994)
  • May 16 Lowell P Weicker, American politician (Sen-R-CT, (1971-88), Governor of Connecticut), born in Paris, France
  • May 16 Natwar Singh, Indian politician
  • May 16 Peter Levi, poet/writer
  • May 17 Marshall Applewhite, American cult leader (Heaven's Gate), born in Spur, Texas (d. 1997)
  • May 17 Stan Albeck, American basketball coach (Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, New Jersey Nets, Chicago Bulls), born in Chenoa, Illinois (d. 2021)
  • May 17 [Walter] Dewey Redman, American jazz saxophonist, born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2006)
  • May 18 Don Martin, American cartoonist "Mad's Maddest Artist", born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 2000)
  • May 18 Robert Morse, American Tony and Emmy Award-winning stage and screen singer and actor (Mad Men; How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying), born in Newton, Massachusetts (d. 2022)
  • May 19 Bob Anderson, British racing driver (d. 1967)
  • May 19 Eric Davidson, comedy scriptwriter
  • May 19 Eric Tappy, Swiss tenor
  • May 19 Ruben Radica, composer
  • May 19 Trevor Peacock, British stage and screen actor (The Vicar of Dibley - "Jim Trott"), screenwriter, and songwriter ("Mrs. Brown, You've Got A Lovely Daughter"), born in Edmonton, Middlesex, England (d. 2021)
  • May 20 Chiharu Igaya, Japan, slalom (Olympic silver 1956)
  • May 20 Ken Boyer, American baseball player (d. 1982)
  • May 21 Desmond Wilcox, English broadcaster (BBC, ITV), born in Welwyn Garden City, England (d. 2000)
  • May 21 George Vassiliou, Cypriot politician, President of Cyprus (1988-93), born in Famagusta, Cyprus
  • May 23 Barbara Barrie [Berman], American actress and author (Breaking Away, Barney Miller), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 24 Aili Jõgi, Estonian freedom fighter, born in Tallinn, Estonia (d. 2017)
  • May 24 Donald Phelps, American actor (Ghost Ship), born in Indiana (d. 1993)
  • May 24 Michael Lonsdale, French actor (The Day of the Jackal, Moonraker), born in Paris, France (d. 2020)
  • May 25 John Gabriel [Jack Monkarsh], American stage and screen actor (Ryan's Hope), singer, lyricist, and producer, born in Niagara Falls, New York (d. 2021)
  • May 26 Jim Frey, American MLB manager (Kansas City Royals, American League C'ship 1980; Chicago Cubs), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2020)
  • May 27 Florence Sharples, director (British YWCA)
  • May 27 James Wilson, criminologist ('Zero Tolerance' policing), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • May 27 John Chapple, British chief of General Staff
  • May 27 Kenny Price, American country singer ("Walking on New Grass"; "Happy Tracks"), born in Florence, Kentucky (d. 1987)
  • May 27 Věroslav Neumann, Czech composer and music educator, born in Citoliby, Czechoslovakia (d. 2006)
  • May 28 Carroll Baker, American actress (Andy Warhol's Bad, Babydoll, Harlow), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • May 28 Peter Talbot Westergaard, American composer and educator, born in Champaign, Illinois (d. 2019)
  • May 28 Raymond Miquel, chairman (Scottish Sports Council)
  • May 28 Stephen Birmingham, American author (Real Lace: America's Irish Rich), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2015)
  • May 31 Huby Heard, American singer-songwriter (The God Squad), born in Hamilton, Ohio (d. 2004)
  • May 31 John Robert Schrieffer, American physicist (Nobel Prize for Physics 1972 for BCS theory), born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 2019)
  • May 31 Shirley Verrett, American mezzo-soprano (Cassandra-Les Troyens), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • May 31 Steve Horn, American politician (Rep-R-California 1993-2003), born in San Juan Bautista, California (d. 2011)

About May 1931

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

Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Signs: Taurus (Apr 20 - May 20), Gemini (May 21 - Jun 20)