On This Day

Famous People Born in 1937

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 659

  • Jan 1 Adam Wiśniewski-Snerg, Polish author (d. 1995)
  • Jan 2 Marianne McDonald, classicist/philanthropist
  • Jan 3 Glen Larson, American television producer & writer (Battlestar Galactica, Magnum PI, & Knight Rider), born in Long Beach, CA, (d. 2014)
  • Jan 4 Dyan Cannon [Samile Diane Friesen], American actress, director and producer (Heaven Can Wait), born in Tacoma, Washington

Person of interestGrace Bumbry

Jan 4 Grace Bumbry, mezzo-soprano (Venus in Tannhäuser), born in St. Louis, Missouri

Opera Singer Grace Bumbry
Opera Singer
Grace Bumbry
  • Jan 4 R Surendranath, cricketer (Indian pace bowler in 11 Tests early 60s)
  • Jan 6 Doris Troy [Doris Elaine Higginsen], US R&B singer and songwriter (Just One Look), born in the Bronx, New York (d. 2004)
  • Jan 6 Lou Holtz, American football coach (NJ Jets), born in Follansbee, West Virginia
  • Jan 6 Paolo Conte, Italian singer, born in Asti, Italy
  • Jan 8 Robert Moran, American composer, born in Denver, Colorado
  • Jan 8 Shirley Bassey, Welsh singer (Goldfinger, Moonraker), born in Tiger Bay, United Kingdom
  • Jan 9 Klaus Schlesinger, German writer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2001)
  • Jan 10 Thomas Penfield Jackson, American judge, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2013)
  • Jan 12 Liliana Cavani, Italian director (Berlin Affair), born in Carpi, Italy
  • Jan 12 Marie Dubois, French actress (Wise Guys, Jules & Jim), born in Paris, France (d. 2014)
  • Jan 12 Vicente Sardinero, Spanish baritone, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2002)

  • Jan 14 Billie Jo Spears, American country singer, born in Beaumont, Texas (d. 2011)
  • Jan 14 Ken Higgs, English cricketer (effective England pace-bowler in 15 Tests 1965-68), born in Kidsgrove, United Kingdom (d. 2016)
  • Jan 14 Erland Kops, Danish badminton player, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2017)
  • Jan 14 Shoban Babu, Indian actor, born in Nandigama, India (d. 2008)
  • Jan 15 Margaret O'Brien, American actress (Jane Eyre, Meet Me in St Louis), born in San Diego, California
  • Jan 16 Bob Bogle, American bassist & guitarist (Ventures-Batman Theme), born in Wagoner, Oklahoma (d. 2009)
  • Jan 16 Conny Vandenbos, Dutch singer (My rose, my little rose), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 2002)
  • Jan 16 Lorraine Bayly, Australian actress, born in Narrandera, Australia
  • Jan 16 Luiz Bueno, Brazilian racing driver, born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 2011)
  • Jan 18 Yukio Endo, Japanese gymnast (4 Olympic gold 1960, 64), born in Akita, Japan (d. 2009)
  • Jan 18 John Hume, Northern Irish politician (jointly awarded Nobel Peace Prize for Good Friday Agreement), born in Derry, Northern Ireland (d. 2020)
  • Jan 20 Dorothy Provine, American actress (Good Neighbor Sam, Darn Cat), born in Deadwood, South Dakota
  • Jan 21 Prince Max, Duke in Bavaria
  • Jan 22 Joseph Wambaugh, American police writer ("The Onion Fields"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 22 Edén Pastora, Nicaraguan rebel leader
  • Jan 25 Don Maynard, American football wide receiver (NY Jets: 633 receptions, 11,834 yards, 88 TDs), born in Crosbyton, Texas
  • Jan 25 Kathleen Tynan Halton, Canadian-British journalist & author, born in Canada (d. 1995)
  • Jan 25 Ange-Félix Patassé, President of the Central African Republic, born in Paoua, Central African Republic (d. 2011)
  • Jan 26 Gerrit Gerritse, Dutch politician (CDA)
  • Jan 26 Joseph Saidu Momoh, gen/president (Sierra Leone)

  • Jan 27 John Ogdon, pianist/composer, born in Manchester, England
  • Jan 28 Ken Hill, English playwright and director, born in Birmingham, England (d. 1995)
  • Jan 28 Bette Howland [Lee Sotonoff], American writer and literary critic (Blue in Chicago, The iron year), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • Jan 29 Bobby Scott, American composer, arranger and jazz singer (He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother), born in Mt Pleasant, New York (d. 1990)
  • Jan 30 Boris Spassky, Russian chess player (world champion 1969-72, born in Leningrad, Russia
  • Jan 30 Vanessa Redgrave, British actress (Blow-Up, Julia, Orient Express), born in London, England
  • Jan 30 Ed Hansen, American film director & editor, born in Minnesota, United States (d. 2005)
  • Jan 31 Philip Glass, American minimalist composer (Einstein on the Beach), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jan 31 Steve Karmen, American jingle writer (I Love NY, This Bud's for You), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jan 31 Suzanne Pleshette, American actress (Birds, Emily-Bob Newhart Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 31 Regimantas Adomaitis, Lithuanian actor
  • Jan 31 Andrée Boucher, Canadian politician (mayor of Quebec City), born in Sainte-Foy, Quebec (d. 2007)
  • Feb 1 Don Everly, American singer and half of the rock and roll duo "The Everly Brothers" (Bye Bye Love, Wake Up Little Susie), born in Brownie, Kentucky
  • Feb 1 Ray Sawyer, American singer (Dr Hook), born in Chickasaw, Alabama (d. 2018)
  • Feb 1 Garrett Morris, actor (SNL, Martin, Carwash), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Feb 2 Martina Arroyo, American opera soprano (NY Met), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 2 Tom Smothers, American comedian and folk singer (The Smothers Brothers Show, Serial), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 2 Don Buford, All-Star MLB outfielder
  • Feb 2 Remak Ramsay, American actor
  • Feb 4 Collin Wilcox, Highlands NC, actor (To Kill a Mocking Bird)
  • Feb 4 John Devitt, Australian swimmer (2 Olympic gold 1956, 1960), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Feb 4 Magnar Solberg, Norwegian 20K biathlete (Olympic gold 1968, 72)
  • Feb 4 David Newman, American filmmaker (d. 2003)
  • Feb 4 Bill Ham [Billy Mack Ham], American music impresario and manager (ZZ Top), born in Waxahachie, Texas (d. 2016)
  • Feb 5 Cocky van Oost [Kommertje van Vliet], Dutch dancer (Sylphides)
  • Feb 5 Gaston Roelants, Belgian world cross-country champion
  • Feb 5 Stuart Damon, American actor (Alan Quartermaine-General Hospital), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 5 Wang Xuan, Chinese scientist (d. 2006)
  • Feb 8 Joe Raposa, American composer and songwriter (Sesame Street), born in Fall River Massachusetts (d. 1989)
  • Feb 8 Manfred Krug, German actor (Boxer), born in Duisburg, Germany (d. 2016)
  • Feb 8 David Montgomery, American born photographer known for his images of the 1960s, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 9 Brian Wenham, media consultant/journalist
  • Feb 9 Johnny Sayles, American vocalist (You Made Me Wiggle)
  • Feb 9 Clete Boyer, American baseball player (d. 2007)
  • Feb 10 Lord Justice Rose, former judge on the Court of Appeal of England and Wales
  • Feb 10 Yuriy Poyarkov, USSR, volleyball player (Olympic 2 gold/1 silver-1964-72)
  • Feb 11 Bill Lawry, cricketer (dour Australian lefty opener, Can talk a bit)
  • Feb 11 Lodewijk Boer, Dutch violinist/playwright (The Family)
  • Feb 11 Marilyn Butler, Rector (Exeter College-Oxford)
  • Feb 11 Peter Lashley, cricketer (4 Tests for West Indies 1960-66)
  • Feb 11 Eddie Shack, Canadian ice hockey left wing (NHL All Star 1962, 63, 64; Stanley Cup 1962, 63, 64, 67; Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Sudbury, Ontario (d. 2020)
  • Feb 12 Charles Dumas, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1956; first to clear 7 foot mark), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2004)
  • Feb 13 Sigmund Jaehn, German cosmonaut (Soyuz 31/29), born in Muldenhammer, Germany
  • Feb 13 Ali El-Maak, Sudanese writer, born in Omdurman, Sudan (d. 1992)
  • Feb 14 John MacGregor, British MP
  • Feb 14 Magic Sam, rocker (Chicago Bluesman)
  • Feb 15 Terry Everett, (Rep-R-Alabama)
  • Feb 15 Zoltan Pesko, composer
  • Feb 15 Gregory Mcdonald, American author
  • Feb 16 Paul Bailey, English novelist and biographer, born in London
  • Feb 16 Valentin Vasilyevich Bondarenko, cosmonaut
  • Feb 17 Mickey McGill, American vocalist (Dells-Love is Blue)
  • Feb 18 Jeff Farrell, American swimmer (Olympics 2 gold-1960)
  • Feb 18 Alan Johnson, American 3-time Emmy Award winning choreographer (Springtime for Hitler, West Side Story), born in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • Feb 19 Norman O'Neill, cricketer (great Aussie bat of 60's Brilliant field)

  • Feb 20 David Ackles, Illinois, vocalist/songwriter (American Gothic)
  • Feb 20 Nancy Wilson, American jazz vocalist (Feel Like Making Love), born in Chillicothe, Ohio (d. 2018)
  • Feb 20 Robert Huber, biochemist (Nobel 1988), born in Munich. Germany
  • Feb 20 Roger Penske, auto racer
  • Feb 21 Gary Lockwood, Van Nuys Cal, actor (2001, Survival Zone, Lieutenant)
  • Feb 21 Ron Clarke, Australian runner (set 17 world records) and mayor, born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 2015)
  • Feb 21 Harald V, King of Norway (1991-present), born in Akershus, Norway
  • Feb 22 Dubravko Detoni, Croatian composer, born in Križevci, Croatia
  • Feb 22 Joanna Russ, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Female Man, Alyx), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 22 Noel Murphy, Irish rugby union player, born in County Cork, Ireland
  • Feb 22 Samuel Whitbread, English brewer & multi-millionaire
  • Feb 22 Tommy Aaron, American golfer (US Masters 1973), born in Gainesville, Georgia
  • Feb 23 David Ward, president (Law Society)
  • Feb 23 Lord Tugendhat, British politician (Conservative party)
  • Feb 23 Tom Osborne, college football coach
  • Feb 24 Jerry Wiggin, British MP (cash for amendments scandal), born in Worcestershire (d. 2015)
  • Feb 25 Basia Johnson, maid (inherited Johnson & Johnson fortune)
  • Feb 25 Bob Schieffer, newscaster (CBS Weekend News), born in Austin, Texas
  • Feb 25 Tom Courtenay, England, actor (Dresser, Doctor Zhivago, To Catch a Spy)
  • Feb 26 Hagood Hardy, Canadian musician and composer (d. 1997)
  • Feb 27 Barbara Babcock, American actress (Dr Quinn, Dallas, Hill St Blues), born in Fort Riley, Kansas
  • Feb 27 Donald MacKay, CEO (Scottish Enterprise), born in Griffith, Australia (d. 1977)
  • Feb 27 L. Jay Silvester, American discus thrower (Olympic silver 1972), born in Tremonton, Utah
  • Mar 1 Jed Allan, actor (Days of our Lives, CC-Santa Barbara), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Mar 2 Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Algerian politician, President of Algeria (1999-2019), born in Oujda, Morocco
  • Mar 2 Denny Crum, American College Basketball & Basketball Hall of Fame coach (University of Louisville 1971-2001; NCAA C'ship 1980, 86; 6 x Final Fours), born in San Fernando, California
  • Mar 3 Bobby Driscoll, American actor (d. 1968)
  • Mar 4 Graeme Dowling, cricketer (New Zealand, 239 v India 1968)
  • Mar 4 Yuri Aleksandrovich Senkevich, Russian cosmonaut
  • Mar 4 [Bernard Barney Jean] Wilen, musician

  • Mar 4 Leslie Gelb, American foreign policy advisor
  • Mar 5 Stephen Fitz-Simon, entrepreneur
  • Mar 5 Olusẹgun Ọbasanjọ, President of Nigeria
  • Mar 6 Doug Dillard, American country rock musician (The Dillards, Gene Clark, Dillard & Clark) and actor (Clem-Popeye), born in East St. Louis, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • Mar 6 Ivan Boesky, stockbroker inside trading, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Mar 6 Paul Mefano, French composer, born in Basra, Iraq

Person of interestValentina Tereshkova

Mar 6 Valentina Tereshkova, Soviet cosmonaut and 1st woman in space (Vostok 6), born in Maslennikovo, Russia

1st Woman in Space Valentina Tereshkova
1st Woman in Space
Valentina Tereshkova
  • Mar 6 Ben Keith [Bennett Keith Schaeufele], American musician and record producer (Neil Young, Great Speckled Bird), born in Fort Riley, Kansas (d. 2010)
  • Mar 7 Anne Kristen, Scottish actress (Coronation St, Sunset Song), (d. 1996)
  • Mar 7 Don Bonker, American politician (Rep-D-WA, 1975-89), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Mar 8 Juvénal Hayarimana, president of Rwanda (1973-94)
  • Mar 8 Pamela McEvoy-Johnston, psychotherapist-board member (WIC)
  • Mar 8 Raynoma Singleton [Gordy], music producer and singer-songwriter (Motown), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2016)
  • Mar 8 Richard Farina, American writer and folk rocker (Reflections in a Crystal Wind)

Person of interestJuvénal Habyarimana

Mar 8 Juvénal Habyarimana, Rwandan General, Dictator and President of Rwanda (1973-94) who was assassinated at the start of the Rwandan genocide, born in Ruanda-Urundi, Belgian Colonial Empire (d. 1994)

Dictator and President of Rwanda Juvénal Habyarimana
Dictator and President of Rwanda
Juvénal Habyarimana
  • Mar 9 Grahame Chevalier, South African cricketer (one Test for South Africa 1970, 0 & 0*, 5-100), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 2017)
  • Mar 9 Bernard Landry, Premier of Quebec (2001-2003), born in Saint-Jacques, Quebec, Canada
  • Mar 9 Brian Redman, English racing driver, born in Colne, Lancashire
  • Mar 10 Oscar Abrams, community organizer
  • Mar 10 Joe Viterelli, American actor (d. 2004)
  • Mar 11 John Ward, NZ cricket wicket-keeper (8 Tests 1964-68)
  • Mar 11 Carlos Larrañaga, Spanish actor
  • Mar 11 Milan Vukcevich, Yugoslavian chemist and a grandmaster of chess problem composition, born in Belgrade, Serbia (d. 2003)
  • Mar 12 Elizabeth Vaughan, Welsh opera soprano (Victor-Victoria, born in Llanfyllin
  • Mar 13 Fofó Iosefa Fiti Sunia, Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives from American Samoa, born in Fagasá, Pago Pago
  • Mar 13 Terence "Terry" Cox, British musician (Pentangle, Duffy's Nucleus, Humblebums), born in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
  • Mar 14 Peter van der Merwe, cricketer (South African captain of mid-1960's)
  • Mar 14 Arturo Chaires, Mexican soccer defender (22 caps; C.D. Guadalajara), born in Guadalajara, Mexico (d. 2020)
  • Mar 15 Valentin Rasputin, Russian writer (To Live and Remember), born in Atalanka, Soviet Union (d. 2015)
  • Mar 15 Dick Bass, American NFL running back (Pro Bowl 1962, 63, 66; LA Rams), born in Georgetown, Mississippi (d. 2006)

  • Mar 16 Constança Capdeville, Porteguese pianist and composer, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 1992)
  • Mar 16 David Del Tredici, American composer and pioneer of the Neo-Romantic movement (1980 Pulitzer), born in Cloverdale, California
  • Mar 16 Amos Tversky, Israeli cognitive and mathematical psychologist, born in Haifa, Mandatory Palestine (d. 1996)
  • Mar 17 Adam Wade, actor (Kiss Me Goodbye, Crazy Joe)
  • Mar 17 Galina Samsova, Russian ballerina, born in Stalingrad, Soviet Union
  • Mar 17 Frank Calabrese [Frankie Breeze], mafia hitman, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • Mar 18 Mark Donohue, auto racer (1972 Indianapolis 500)
  • Mar 18 Rudi Altig, German cyclist
  • Mar 19 Clarence "Frogman" Henry, American pianist and singer (Ain't Got No Home), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Mar 19 Egon Krenz, former East German folitician and last communist leader of East Germany (1989), born in Kolberg, Nazi Germany
  • Mar 20 Elizabeth Gille, writer translator/editor
  • Mar 20 Helmut Recknagel, German 90m ski jump (Olympic gold 1960)
  • Mar 20 Jerry Reed, American country music singer (When You're Hot, You're Hot) and actor (Bat 21, Smokey & the Bandit), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2008)
  • Mar 20 Joe Rivers, rocker (Johnnie & Joe)
  • Mar 20 Mark Saville, QC, British high court judge
  • Mar 21 Tom Flores, NFL quarterback and coach (Raiders), born in Fresno, California
  • Mar 22 Jon Hassell, American composer and trumpet player, born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Mar 22 Angelo Badalamenti, American film composer (Twin Peaks, The Straight Story, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 22 Armin Hary, German athlete (2 Olympic gold 100m, 4x100m relay 1960), born in Quierschied, Germany
  • Mar 23 Craig Breedlove, American auto racer (5-time world land speed record holder), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 23 Heinz Martin Lonquich, German composer
  • Mar 23 Robert Gallo, American physician
  • Mar 23 Tony Burton, actor (Rocky films) and boxer, born in Flint, Michigan (d. 2016)
  • Mar 23 Robert Cage, American blues guitarist (From Lake Mary), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2012)
  • Mar 24 Benjamin Luxon, Redruth England, baritone (Owen Wingrave)
  • Mar 24 Bill Tillman, basebal player
  • Mar 24 Billy Stewart, US R&B singer (I Do Love You)
  • Mar 24 Erskine Sandiford, Premier of Barbados, 1987-94)
  • Mar 25 Tom Monaghan, Ann Arbor Michigan, founder of Dominos pizza
  • Mar 26 Barbara Pearl Jones, 4X100m relayer (Olympic gold 1952, 60), born in Chicago, Illinois

  • Mar 26 Wayne Embry, American Basketball Hall of Fame center, executive (5-time NBA All Star), born in Springfield, Ohio
  • Mar 27 Johnny Copeland, American blues guitarist and singer (Lion's Den), born in Haynesville, Louisiana (d. 1997)
  • Mar 27 Thomas Aquinas Daly, American painter, born in Albany, New York
  • Mar 27 Francesco Janich, Italian soccer defender (6 caps; Bologna), born in Udine, Italy (d. 2019)
  • Mar 29 Billy Carter, brother of US President Jimmy Carter, born in Plains, Georgia (d. 1988)
  • Mar 29 Smarck Michel, Haitian Prime Minister (1994-95), born in Saint-Marc, Haiti (d. 2012)
  • Mar 30 J S Jennings, CEO (Shell Transport & Trading Co)
  • Mar 30 Jay W Macintosh, American actress (Sons & Daughters), born in Gainesville, Georgia
  • Mar 30 Lord MacLaurin of Knebworth [Ian MacLaurin], Blackheath, Kent, British businessman and chairman (Vodafone)

Person of interestWarren Beatty

Mar 30 Warren Beatty, American actor (Bonnie & Clyde, Shampoo, Dick Tracy), born in Richmond, Virginia

Actor and Filmmaker Warren Beatty
Actor and Filmmaker
Warren Beatty
  • Mar 31 Willem Duyn [Mouth], Dutch singer (Mouth & MacNeal)
  • Apr 2 Paul Kanjorski, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania, born in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 2 Dick Radatz, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1963, 64; AL saves leader 1962, 64; Boston Red Sox), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2005)
  • Apr 2 Theo Foley, Irish soccer defender (9 caps, Republic of Ireland; Burnley, Charlton Athletic) and manager (Northampton Town), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 2020)
  • Apr 3 Sandra Spuzich, American golfer (US Open 1966), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2015)
  • Apr 3 William Gaunt, English actor (Champions), born in Pudsey, Yorkshire
  • Apr 3 Louis Satterfield [also known as Lui-Lui, Ealee, and Sat], American trombone player (The Pharaohs, Earth, Wind & Fire, Phenix Horns), born in Shaw, Mississippi (d. 2004)
  • Apr 3 Petunia Pig, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Frank Tashlin (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Porky's Romance"
  • Apr 4 Ian St James, novelist (Balfour Conspiracy, Vengeance, Money Stones)

About 1937

Chinese Zodiac: Rat (Jan 1 - Feb 10), Ox (Feb 11 - Dec 31)