Famous People Born in May 1939

  • May 1 Judy Collins, singer (Send in the Clowns, Clouds), born in Seattle, Washington

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May 1 Max Robinson, 1st African American network TV anchor (ABC), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1988)

1st African-American Network TV Anchor Max Robinson
1st African-American Network TV Anchor
Max Robinson
  • May 1 Ray Aranha, actor (Nick-Married People), born in Miami, Florida
  • May 2 Sumio Iijima, Japanese physicist
  • May 2 Gates Brown, Crestline, OH, MLB player (Detroit Lions), (d. 2013)
  • May 3 Jonathan David Harvey, English composer (Bhakti, Music of Stockhausen)
  • May 3 Jose Torres, American boxer (Olympics)
  • May 4 Amos Oz, Jerusalem, Israel, author (My Michael)
  • May 4 Paul Gleason, American actor (Breakfast Club, Die Hard), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 2006)
  • May 5 James R Jones, (Rep-D-OK, 1973- )
  • May 5 Cesare Fiorio, Italian sporting director of various Formula One teams
  • May 6 Anthony Blacker, master-general of Ordnance
  • May 6 Herbie Cox, rocker (Cleftones)
  • May 6 Zhanna Dmitriyevna Yerkina, Russian cosmonaut
  • May 7 Johnny Maestro, NY rock vocalist (Crests-16 Candles, Brooklyn Bridge)
  • May 7 Marco St John, actor (Rayford-Ball Four), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • May 7 Rudolphus FM "Ruud" Lubbers, director Dutch/CDA-premier (1982-94)
  • May 7 Volker Braun, German writer (Provocation for me), born in Dresden
  • May 7 Sidney Altman, Canadian molecular biologist, Nobel laureate
  • May 8 Otis Paul Drayton, Glen Cove NY, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1964)
  • May 9 Bruce Mather, composer
  • May 9 Herbert Hippauf, baseball player
  • May 9 Jim Dent, PGA golfer (1989 MONY Syracuse Senior), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • May 9 Kenneth Warby, fastest man on water at 300 knots (345 mph)
  • May 9 Ralph Boston, Laurel Miss, long jumper (Oly-gold/sil/brz-60, 64, 68)
  • May 9 Pierre Desproges, French humorist (d. 1988)
  • May 9 Ion Ţiriac, Romanian tennis manager
  • May 11 Milt Pappas, American baseball pitcher, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2016)
  • May 11 Carlos Lyra, Brazilian musician
  • May 12 Ronald Ziegler, White House press secretary for Nixon
  • May 12 Miltiadis Evert, Greek politician
  • May 12 Reg Gasnier, Australian rugby league footballer, born in Mortdale, New South Wales, (d. 2014)
  • May 13 Anthony Hide, racehorse trainer
  • May 13 Harvey Keitel, actor (Taxi Driver, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs)
  • May 13 Terry Dill, Forth Worth TX, PGA golfer (1992 Bank One Senior Classic)
  • May 13 William W Cobey Jr, (Rep-R-NC, 1985-87)
  • May 13 Hildrun Claus, German athlete
  • May 14 M N Fathulin, cosmonaut
  • May 15 Brian Hartley, mathematician
  • May 15 Dorothy Shirley, British athlete
  • May 17 Wim de Bie, CEO (Simplistic Covenant)
  • May 17 Gary Paulsen, American author
  • May 18 Patrick Cormack, British politician (C), born in Grimsby, Lincolnshire
  • May 18 Giovanni Falcone, Italian magistrate (d. 1992)
  • May 18 Gordon O'Connor, Canadian politician
  • May 18 Gary S. Paxton, Musician and songwriter (Monster Mash), born in Coffeyville, Kansas (d. 2016)
  • May 19 17th earl of Pembroke, English landowner/director (Emily)
  • May 19 Francis R Scobee, Wash, USAF/astronaut (STS 41C, 51L-Chal disaster)
  • May 19 James Fox, actor (The Servant), born in London, England
  • May 19 Nancy Kwan, actress (Flower Drum Song, World of Suzie Wong), born in Hong Kong
  • May 19 Richard Lowe Teitelbaum, composer
  • May 19 Tomasz Sikorski, composer
  • May 19 Livio Berruti, Italian athlete
  • May 21 Heinz Holliger, composer, oboist, & conductor
  • May 23 Ron Stevens, horse trainer
  • May 23 Michel Colombier, French composer and songwriter (d. 2004)
  • May 24 Gert Schutte, Dutch politician (GPV)
  • May 25 Dixie Carter, TN, actress (Designing Women, Edge of Night)

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May 25 Sir Ian McKellen, English film and theatre actor (Lord of the Rings, X-Men), born in Burnley Lancashire

  • May 26 Brent Musburger, sportscaster (CBS-TV)
  • May 26 Gerald Ronson, English multi-millionaire
  • May 26 Merab Kostava, Georgian anti-Soviet leader
  • May 27 Donald "Don" Williams, American country singer (I Believe in You), born in Floydada Texas (d. 2017)
  • May 27 Earl Cairns, CEO (S G Warburg & Co)
  • May 27 Jerry Mercer, rock drummer (April Wine Montreal Montreal)
  • May 27 Socratis Kokkalis, Greek businessman
  • May 29 Al Unser, auto racer (Indianapolis 500-1970, 71)
  • May 29 Martin Garrod, Commandant General Royal Marines
  • May 30 Michael J Pollard, actor (Bonny & Clyde, Roxanne), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • May 30 Dieter Quester, Austrian racing driver
  • May 31 Charles Drain, American soul singer, born in Eupora, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • May 31 Terry Waite, English Anglican Church envoy/Lebanese hostage, born in Bollington, Cheshire