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Famous People Born in May 1936

  • May 2 Michael Rabin, American violinist (In Memorium), born in NYC, New York (d. 1972)
  • May 2 Quinn Redeker, American actor (Dan Raven, Young & Restless), born in Woodstock, Illinois
  • May 2 Engelbert Humperdinck [Arnold George Dorsey], British pop singer ("Release Me"; "After The Loving"), born in Madras, British India
  • May 3 José Torres, Puerto Rican boxer (world light-heavyweight champion), born in Ponce, Puerto Rico (d. 2009)
  • May 4 El Cordobés [Manuel Benítez Pérez], Spanish matador, born in Palma del Río, Andalusia, Spain
  • May 5 Patrick Gowers, British choral and film score composer (Viri Galilaei; Hamlet; Smiley's People), born in Islington, England (d. 2014)
  • May 6 Joanna Dunham, English actress (Possession, House the Dripped Blood), born in Luton, Bedfordshire (d. 2014)
  • May 6 Bernard Lemaire, French Canadian businessman (Cascades), born in Drummondville, Quebec
  • May 6 Pat Walsh, New Zealand rugby union utility back and selector (14 caps), born in Kaitaia, Far North District (d. 2007)
  • May 7 Cornelius Cardew, British composer (Scratch Orchestra), born in Winchcombe, Gloucestershire (d. 1981)
  • May 7 Jimmy Ruffin, American soul singer ("What Becomes of the Brokenhearted"), born in Collinsville, Mississippi (d. 2014)
  • May 8 Neville Purvis, British vice admiral (Chief of Fleet Support)
  • May 8 James R. Thompson, American politician (longest serving Governor of Illinois, 1977-91), born in Chicago Illinois (d. 2020)
  • May 9 Albert Finney, English actor (The Dresser, Under the Volcano), born in Salford, England (d. 2019)
  • May 9 Floyd Robinson, baseball player (White Sox, Reds, A's), born in Prescott, Arkansas

Person of interestGlenda Jackson

May 9 Glenda Jackson, English actress (Women in Love), born in Cheshire, England


  • May 9 Terry Downes, British middleweight boxing champion (1961-62), born in London, England (2017)
  • May 9 Terry Drinkwater, American TV newsman (CBS), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1989)
  • May 10 Anthony Mullens, British Lt-Gen (Deputy chief of defense)
  • May 10 Michael Stone, English broker/multi-millionaire (Man Group)
  • May 10 Trevor Clay, Gen-Sec (Royal College of Nursing)
  • May 10 Jayne Cortez, Fort Huachuca, Arizona, poet (I see Chano Pozo), (d. 2012)
  • May 11 Ulrich Berkes, German writer, born in Salle
  • May 11 Carla Bley [Lovella Borg], American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer (Escalator Over The Hill; Fictitious Sports), born in Oakland, California
  • May 12 Tom Snyder, American television and radio interviewer (The Tomorrow Show, 1973-82), and news anchor (NBC Weekend News), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2007)
  • May 12 Guillermo Endara, President of Panama (1989-94), born in Panama City, Panama (d. 2009)
  • May 12 Frank Stella, American artist, born in Malden, Massachusetts
  • May 12 Klaus Doldinger, German jazz saxophonist (Passport) and composer for film, born in Berlin, Germany
  • May 12 David Snell, British jazz harpist and conductor, born in Grantham, Lincolnshire, England
  • May 13 Alan Rayfield, governor (Long Latin Prison)
  • May 13 Rafael Campos, Santiago Dominican Republic, actor (Tonka)
  • May 14 Bobby Darin [Walden Robert Cassotto], American singer ("Mack the Knife"; "Splish-Splash"; "Beyond The Sea"), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1973)
  • May 14 Charlie Gracie [Graci], American rock pioneer, rhythm and blues singer, and guitarist ("Butterfly"; "Fabulous"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • May 15 Anna Maria Alberghetti, Italian-American Tony Award-winning stage singer and actress (Carnival), and film star (Cinderfella), born in Pesaro, Italy
  • May 15 Donald [Anthony] Moffitt, American sci-fi author (Jupiter Theft)
  • May 15 Jean Balissat, Swiss composer pedagogue and conductor (Kaleidoscope for trumpet and percussion), born in Lausanne, Switzerland (d. 2007)

  • May 15 Paul Zindel, playwright (Effects of Gamma Rays on Marigolds)
  • May 15 Wavy Gravy, American clown and activist
  • May 15 Ralph Steadman, British cartoonist
  • May 16 Philippe de Montebello, art exhibitionist (Treasures of Tut), born in Paris, France
  • May 16 Roy Hudd, British comedian (Blood Beast Terror, Vampire Beast Craves Blood), born in Croydon, Surrey, England (d. 2020)
  • May 16 Karl Lehmann, German Catholic cardinal

Person of interestDennis Hopper

May 17 Dennis Hopper, American actor (True Grit, Blue Velvet, Easy Rider), born in Dodge City, Kansas (d. 2010)

Actor and Director Dennis Hopper
Actor and Director
Dennis Hopper
  • May 17 Lars Gustafsson, writer
  • May 17 Philippe Boesmans, Belgian pianist, and composer (Upon La-Mi; Reigen), born in Tongeren, Belgium
  • May 19 Elisabeth Schwartz, Austrian pairs figure skater (Olympic gold 1956)
  • May 20 Anthony Zerbe, Cal, actor (Harry-O, Centennial, They Call Me Mr Tibbs)
  • May 21 Ama Samy, Indian Jesuit priest, Zen teacher and disciple of Yamada Koun, born in Burma
  • May 21 Dipak Nandy, Indian born British academic and founder of the Runnymead Trust. born in Calcutta, India
  • May 21 Abdul Taib Mahmud, 4th Chief Minister of Sarawak (1981-2014) and 7th Governor of Sarawak (2014-), born in Miri, Kingdom of Sarawak
  • May 22 George H. Heilmeier, American engineer (helped invent LCD displays), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2014)
  • May 22 M. Scott Peck, American psychiatrist and writer (The Road Less Traveled), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • May 22 Toshiaki Tsushima, Japanese film score composer, born in Okayama Prefecture, Japan (d. 2013)
  • May 23 Charles Kimbrough, actor (Murphy Brown)
  • May 23 Douglas John Gorman, businessman
  • May 23 Robert Sangster, horse owner/trainer

  • May 23 Ingeborg Hallstein, German opera singer
  • May 24 Harold Budd, American avant-garde ambient pianist and composer (The Pavilion of Dreams), born in Los Angeles (d. 2020) [1]
  • May 25 Rusi Surti, Indian cricketer (Indian slow lefty, hat-trick for Qld 1969), born in Surat, Gujarat, India (d. 2013)
  • May 25 Tom T. Hall, American country singer and writer ("Harper Valley PTA"), born in Olive Hill, Kentucky
  • May 27 Benjamin Bathurst, vice chief of British Defense Staff
  • May 27 Lord Holme, president British Liberal Party
  • May 27 Louis Gossett Jr, American actor (Officer & Gentleman, Deep), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 27 Marcel Masse, Canadian politician
  • May 28 Maki Ishii, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo (d. 2003)
  • May 28 Claude Forget, French-Canadian politician
  • May 28 Frank Orr, Canadian sports author and journalist (Hockey Hall of Fame; Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award; Toronto Star), born in Hillsburgh, Ontario (d. 2021)
  • May 29 Arlene McQuade, American actress (Rosalie-Goldbergs), born in NYC, New York
  • May 30 Keir Dullea, actor (2001, 2010, David & Lisa), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • May 30 Roy Harford, Fulham UK, British-born NZ cricketer
  • May 30 Ruta Lee, actress (Operation Eichmann, Marjorie Morningstar)
  • May 31 Zevulun Hammer, Israeli politician, minister and Deputy Prime Minister of Israel (1996-98), born in Haifa, Mandatory Palestine (d. 1998)

About May 1936

How Old? 85 years old
Generation: Silent Generation
Leap Year: Yes

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