Famous People Born in May 1937

  • May 1 Bo Nilsson, Swedish composer (Doppelspiel), born in Skellefteå, Sweden (d. 2018)
  • May 1 Roger Brown, College Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle (Maryland Eastern Shore; 6 x Pro-Bowl; Detroit Lions, LA Rams), born in Surry County, Virginia (d. 2021)
  • May 1 Una Stubbs, English actress (Till Death Us Do Part; Sherlock - "Mrs. Hudson"), born in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire (d. 2021)
  • May 2 Gisela Elsner, German writer (Die Riesenzwerge, Rowohlt), born in Nuremberg, Middle Franconia (d. 1992)
  • May 2 Lorenzo Music, American writer, actor and voice actor (Rhoda - "Carlton, the doorman"; Garfield), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2001)
  • May 2 Ted [Samuel Frederick] Dabney, American engineer, founder of Atari (Pong), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2018)
  • May 2 Torbjörn Hultcrantzn, Swedish jazz double player, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1994)
  • May 3 Hans Cieslarczyk, German soccer striker (7 caps; West Germany; Borussia Dortmund, Karlsruher SC) and manager (FC Augsburg), born in Herne, Germany (d. 2020)
  • May 3 Nélida Piñon, Brazilian writer (The Republic of Dreams), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • May 4 Dick Dale [Mansour], American surf guitarist ("Let's Go Tripping"; "Misirlou"; "Pipeline"), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • May 4 Hans Ulrich Lehmann, Swiss composer, born in Biel, Switzerland (d. 2013)
  • May 4 Mr. Fuji [Harry Masayoshi Fujiwara], American professional wrestler, born in Honolulu, Hawaii (d. 2016)
  • May 4 Ron Carter, American jazz double bassist and cellist (Ron Carter Meets Bach), born in Ferndale, Michigan
  • May 5 Delia Derbyshire, English musician and composer (Doctor Who theme; White Noise), born in Coventry, England (d. 2001)
  • May 5 Rob Van Gennep, Dutch publisher, born in Wassenaar, Netherlands (d. 1994)
  • May 6 Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, American boxer (famous murder conviction overturned after 19 years imprisonment), born in Clifton, New Jersey (d. 2014)
  • May 7 Aviard Gavrilovich Fastovets, Russian cosmonaut, born in Kovrov, Vladimir Oblast, Russia (d. 1991)
  • May 7 Claude Raymond, Quebec baseball player, born in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec
  • May 8 Carlos Gaviria Díaz, Colombian politician
  • May 8 Daniel Robberechts, Belgian writer (Labia Majora)
  • May 8 Dennis DeConcini, American politician (Sen-D-AZ, 1977-95), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • May 8 Michael Simmons, Air Marshal (British Ministry of Defense)
  • May 8 Mike Cuellar, Cuban baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1967, 70, 71, 74; World Series 1964, 70; AL Cy Young Award 1969; Baltimore Orioles), born in Santa Clara, Cuba (d. 2010)
  • May 8 Thomas Pynchon, American novelist (V, Gravity's Rainbow), born in Glen Cove, New York
  • May 9 Dave Prater, American soul singer (Sam & Dave - "Soul Man"), born in Ocilla, Georgia (d. 1988)
  • May 9 José Rafael Moneo, Spanish architect
  • May 9 Sonny Curtis, American guitarist and singer-songwriter (The Crickets - " I Fought The Law"; solo - "Love Is All Around"), born in Meadow, Texas

Arthur KopitArthur Kopit (1937-2021)

May 10 American playwright ('Wings', 'Nine'), born in NYC, New York

  • May 10 Jim Hickman, American baseball utility (MLB All Star 1970 Chicago Cubs; 1st NY Met to hit for cycle), born in Henning, Tennessee (d. 2016)
  • May 10 Mike Melvoin, American jazz and studio pianist, composer, and arranger, born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin (d. 2012)
  • May 10 Tamara Press, Soviet athlete (Olympic gold shot put 1960, 64; discus 1960, 64), born in Kharkiv, Ukraine (d. 2021)
  • May 11 David Allan, cricketer (West Indian wicketkeeper 1962-66)
  • May 12 Beryl Burton, British cyclist won record (7) women's cycling titles
  • May 12 George Carlin, American comedian (7 dirty words, AM & FM, Carwash), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2008)
  • May 12 Gerry Studds, American politician (Rep-D-MA, 1973-97), first openly gay member of US Congress, born in Mineola, New York (d. 2006)
  • May 13 John Cope, British politician (UK Paymaster General)
  • May 13 Judith Somogi, American conductor (Frankfurt Opera-1982), born in NYC, New York

Roch CarrierRoch Carrier (85 years old)

May 13 Canadian novelist (The Hockey Sweater), born in Sainte-Justine, Quebec

  • May 13 Roger Zelazny, American poet and sci-fi author (Chronicles of Amber), born in Euclid, Ohio (d. 1995)
  • May 13 Teddy Randazzo, American pop singer-songwriter (I'm on the Outside Looking In), born in NYC, New York (d. 2003)
  • May 13 Trevor Baylis, English inventor of the wind-up radio, born in Kilburn, London (d. 2018)
  • May 13 Zohra Lampert, American actress (Doctor's Hospital, Girl With Something Extra), born in NYC, New York
  • May 14 Dick Howser, American baseball shortstop (MLB All Star All-Star 1961, 61²; KC A's) and manager (World Series 1977, 78 NY Yankees; KC Royals 1985), born in Miami, Florida (d. 1987)
  • May 14 Eric Herfst, Dutch cabaret performer/actor (Floris)
  • May 14 Peter Williams, British organist and musicologist, born in Wolverhampton, England (d. 2016)
  • May 14 Vic Flick, British studio guitarist ("James Bond Theme"; George Martin Orchestra; John Barry Seven), film score composer and arranger, born in Worcester Park, Surrey, England
  • May 15 (Trinidad) "Trini" Lopez, American singer and guitarist ("If I Had A Hammer"; "Lemon Tree"), and actor (The Dirty Dozen), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2020)
  • May 15 Joe Tait, American sports broadcaster (Cleveland Cavaliers [radio], Cleveland Indians [TV & radio]), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2021)
  • May 15 Karin Krog, Norwegian jazz singer and composer, born in Oslo, Norway

Madeleine AlbrightMadeleine Albright (1937-2022)

May 15 American diplomat (UN Delegate, 1993-97), and 1st female US Secretary of State (1997-2001), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia

  • May 16 James Hunt Jr, American politician (Governor of North Carolina 1993-2001), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • May 16 Yvonne Craig, actress (Batgirl-Batman, Kissin Cousin), born in Taylorville, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • May 17 Hazel R. O'Leary, United States Secretary of Energy

Brooks RobinsonBrooks Robinson (85 years old)

May 18 American Baseball Hall of Fame third baseman (18 x MLB All Star; World Series 1966, 70 [MVP]; 16 × Gold Glove Award; Baltimore Orioles), born in Little Rock, Arkansas

  • May 18 Jacques Santer, Luxembourg politician (President of the European Commission 1995-99), born in Wasserbillig, Lexembourg
  • May 19 Pat Roach, English actor and wrestler (d. 2004)
  • May 19 Sanne Sannes, Dutch photographer
  • May 20 Dave Hill, American golfer (13 PGA Tour titles), born in Jackson, Michigan (d. 2011)
  • May 22 Viktor Ponedelnik, Russian soccer striker (29 caps Soviet Union; FC SKA Rostov-on-Don), born in Rostov-on-Don, Russia (d. 2020)
  • May 25 Mark Shields, American political journalist and commentator (PBS NewsHour, 1988-2020; CNN Capitol Gang, 1998-2005), born in Weymouth, Massachusetts (d. 2022)
  • May 26 Monkey Punch [Kazuhiko Kato], Japanese manga cartoonist (Lupin III), born in Hamanaka, Hokkaido, Empire of Japan (d. 2019)
  • May 26 Yehuda Yannay, Romanian composer, born in Timișoara, Romania
  • May 27 Allan Carr, American producer and director (Grease, Happiest Millionaire), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • May 27 Andrei Bitov, Russian writer (Pushkin House), born in Leningrad, Russia (d. 2018)
  • May 29 Alwin Schockemöhle, German equestrian rider (Olympic gold team jumping 1960, individual jumping 1976), born in Meppen, Province of Hanover, Germany
  • May 29 Charles W. Pickering, American judge (Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi), born in Laurel, Mississippi
  • May 29 Harry Statham, American basketball coach (McKendree Uni; 1,122 wins in 52 seasons), born in Brookport, Illinois
  • May 29 Hibari Misora [Kazue Katō], Japanese pop singer ("Kawa no nagare no yō ni" - Like the Flow of the River), and actress born in Yokohama, Japan (d. 1988)
  • May 29 Irmin Schmidt, German keyboardist and rocker (Can), born in Berlin, Germany
  • May 29 Peter Kolman, Austrian composer, born in Bratislava, Slovakia
  • May 30 Arthur C. Jacobs, Scottish poet, born in Glasgow (d. 1994)
  • May 30 George Zweig, Russian-American physicist (Quark model), born in Moscow, Soviet Union
  • May 31 Bob Ferry, American basketball forward (St. Louis Hawks, Detroit Pistons, Baltimore Bullets) and executive (GM Washington Bullets; NBA Exec of the Year 1979, 82), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2021)

About May 1937

How Old? 85 years old
Generation: Silent Generation
Leap Year: No

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