Famous People Born in May 1939

Famous Birthdays

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

Person of interestMax Robinson

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 1 Frank Beard, American golfer (11 PGA Tour titles; US Open 1965, 75 3rd), born in Dallas, Texas
  • May 2 Sumio Iijima, Japanese physicist, born in Koshigaya, Saitama, Japan
  • May 2 Gates Brown, American MLB player (Detroit Tigers: 1963-75), born in Crestline, Ohio (d. 2013)
  • May 3 Jonathan Harvey, English composer (Bhakti, Music of Stockhausen), born in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham (d. 2012)
  • May 4 Amos Oz, Israeli author (My Michael), born in Jerusalem
  • May 4 Paul Gleason, American actor (Breakfast Club, Die Hard), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 2006)
  • May 5 James R. Jones, American lawyer and politician (U.S. Ambassador to Mexico), born in Muskogee, Oklahoma
  • May 5 Cesare Fiorio, Italian sporting director of various Formula One teams, born in Turin, Italy
  • May 6 Anthony Blacker, Master-General of Ordnance
  • May 6 Herbie Cox, American rocker (Cleftones), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • May 6 Zhanna Yorkina, Russian cosmonaut, born in Soltsy, Russia (d. 2015)
  • May 6 Chet Allen, American child actor (Amahl and the Night Visitors), born in Chickasha Oklahoma (d. 1984)
  • May 7 Johnny Maestro, American rock vocalist (Crests-16 Candles, Brooklyn Bridge), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2010)

  • May 7 Marco St John, American actor (Rayford-Ball Four), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • May 7 Ruud Lubbers, Dutch politician, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1982-94), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2018)
  • May 7 Volker Braun, German writer (Provocation for me), born in Dresden, Germany
  • May 7 Sidney Altman, Canadian-American molecular biologist (Nobel 1989), born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • 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 Kenneth Warby, fastest man on water at 300 knots (345 mph)
  • May 9 Ralph Boston, Laurel Miss, long jumper (Olympic 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, (3-time MLB All Star), 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 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 15 Dudley Wysong, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1966 runner-up), born in McKinney, Texas (d. 1998)
  • 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 [Larry Wayne Stevens], American musician and songwriter (Monster Mash, Alley Oop), 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, Hong Kong-born American 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 19 Sonny Fortune [Cornelius Fortune], American jazz saxophonist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • 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), born in Nieuwpoort, Netherlands
  • May 25 Dixie Carter, American actress (Designing Women, Edge of Night), born in McLemoresville, Tennessee (d. 2010)

Person of interestIan McKellen

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 Socratis Kokkalis, Greek businessman
  • May 27 Leo LeBlanc, American country musician and pianist who was legally blind, born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1995)
  • May 29 Al Unser, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1970-71, 78, 87), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 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

About May 1939

How Old? 80 years old
Generation: Traditionalist or Silent Generation
Leap Year: No

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