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Famous People Born in 1940

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  • Jan 1 Laszlo Sary, Hungarian composer, born in Győrasszonyfa
  • Jan 1 Richard Henry Orton, composer
  • Jan 2 S. R. S. Varadhan, Indian-American mathematician
  • Jan 3 Thelma Schoonmaker, actress/editor (Casino, Cape Fear, Good Fellas)
  • Jan 4 Anthony Skooter Teague, Texas, actor (How to Succeed in Business)
  • Jan 4 Brian Josephson, British physicist (Nobel 1973)
  • Jan 4 Helmut Jahn, German architect
  • Jan 4 Gao Xingjian, Chinese-born French novelist and dramatist, Nobel laureate
  • Jan 5 Michael O'Donoghue, American writer and performer (Saturday Night Live, Scrooged), born in Sauquoit, New York (d. 1994)
  • Jan 5 Yuri Ershov, Russian mathematician, born in Novosibirsk, Russia
  • Jan 5 Athol Guy, Australian singer (The Seekers), born in Colac, Australia
  • Jan 5 Michael Rose, British army officer, born in British India
  • Jan 6 Ed Zschau, American politician (Rep-R-CA, 1983- ), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Jan 6 Van McCoy, American musician and songwriter (The Hustle), born in Englewood, New Jersey (d. 1979)
  • Jan 6 Laudir de Oliveira, Brazilian percussionist (Chicago), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 2017)
  • Jan 6 Penny Lernoux, American journalist, born in California (d. 1989)

  • Jan 7 William Elgin Swinton, child psychiatrist
  • Jan 8 Cristy Lane, American country music & gospel singer, born in Peoria, Illinois
  • Jan 9 Barbara Buczek, Polish composer, born in Kraków, Poland (d. 1993)
  • Jan 9 Jimmy Boyd, American singer & actor (Howard-Bachelor Father), born in Jayess, Mississippi (d. 2009)
  • Jan 9 Al Downing, American singer, born in Oklahoma, United States (d. 2005)
  • Jan 9 Ruth Dreifuss, Swiss politician, born in St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • Jan 10 Harry Gant, American race car driver, born in Taylorsville, North Carolina
  • Jan 10 Ntare VI of Ankole, Omugabe of Nkole
  • Jan 10 Guy Chevrette, Quebec politician, born in Québec, Canada
  • Jan 11 Mark DeVoto, America Musicologist and composer, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Jan 12 Dick Motz, New Zealand cricketer (1st NZer to take 100 Test wickets), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 2007)
  • Jan 13 Edmund White, American author
  • Jan 14 Julian Bond, American civil rights leader & politician (D-Ga), born in Nashville Tennessee (d. 2015)
  • Jan 17 Kipchoge "Kip" Keino, Kenyan athlete (Olympic gold 1,500m 1968, 3k steeplechase 1972), born in Kipsamo, Kenya
  • Jan 17 Oswald Mbuyiseni Mtshali, South African poet (Fireflames)
  • Jan 18 Pedro Rodriguez, Mexican racing driver (d. 1971)
  • Jan 19 Barend J du Plessis, South African minister of Finance (1984- )

Person of interestMary Mills

Jan 19 Mary Mills, American golfer (US Open 1963, PGA 1964, 73), born in Laurel, Mississippi

LPGA Golfer Mary Mills
LPGA Golfer
Mary Mills
  • Jan 19 Paolo Borsellino, Italian magistrate (d. 1992)
  • Jan 19 Mike Reid, English comedian (d. 2007)

  • Jan 20 Carol Heiss Jenkins, American figure skater (Olympic gold/silver-56, 60), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 20 Jorge Peixinho, Portuguese composer & conductor, born in Montijo, Portugal
  • Jan 20 Krishnam Raju, Indian actor & politician, born in Mogalthur, India

Person of interestJack Nicklaus

Jan 21 Jack Nicklaus, American golfer (18 major titles, 73 PGA Tour titles), born in Columbus, Ohio

  • Jan 21 Marquis of Tavistock, English large landowner/multi-millionaire
  • Jan 22 Addie "Micki" Harris, singer (Shirelles-Soldier Boy), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • Jan 22 John Hurt, English actor (Elephant Man, Alien, Midnight Express), born in Chesterfield (d. 2017)
  • Jan 22 Tilo Medek, German composer
  • Jan 22 George Seifert, American football coach
  • Jan 23 Johnny Russell, American country singer, born in Moorhead, Mississippi (d. 2001)
  • Jan 24 Flip Buurmeijer, Dutch politician (PvdA)
  • Jan 26 Harold Lederman, American boxing judge, analyst (HBO), born in NYC, NY (d. 2019)
  • Jan 27 Brian T O'Leary, astronaut, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jan 27 James Cromwell, American actor (Babe, The Green Mile), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestCarlos Slim

Jan 28 Carlos Slim, Mexican business magnate (América Móvil) once ranked as the richest person in the world, born in Mexico City, Mexico

Businessman Carlos Slim
Businessman
Carlos Slim
  • Jan 29 Katharine Ross, American actress (Graduate, Francesca-Colbys), born in Hollywood, California
  • Jan 29 Kunimitsu Takahashi, Japanese motorcycle racer and racing driver
  • Jan 30 David Johnson, American composer, born in Batavia, New York
  • Jan 31 Stuart Margolin, Davenport Iowa, actor (Love American Style)
  • Feb 1 Bibi Besch, actress (Star Trek 2, Beast Within), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Feb 1 Herve Filion, sulky driver (1969 Canadian Sports Hall of Fame)
  • Feb 2 Thomas M[ichael] Disch, American sci-fi author (Genocides, 102 H-Bombs)
  • Feb 2 David Jason, English actor
  • Feb 2 Wayne Fontes, American football coach
  • Feb 2 Alan Caddy, English musician (The Tornados), born in Chelsea, London (d. 2000)
  • Feb 2 Vsevolod Meyerhold [Karl Kasimir Theodor], Russian theatrical director and actor (Houligan), executed during the Great Purge at 65

Person of interestFran Tarkenton

Feb 3 Fran Tarkenton, NFL quarterback (NY Giants, Minnesota Vikings), born in Richmond, Virginia

NFL Quarterback Fran Tarkenton
NFL Quarterback
Fran Tarkenton
  • Feb 3 Jim Hartz, newscaster (NBC-TV, Innovations)
  • Feb 4 John Schuck, American actor (McMillan & Wife, Holmes & Yoyo), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Person of interestGeorge A. Romero

Feb 4 George A. Romero, American-Canadian director (Night of the Living Dead), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2017)

  • Feb 4 Theodore "Ted" Stanley, American anesthesiologist and medical entrepreneur (created the fentanyl lollipop), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2017)
  • Feb 5 H. R. Giger, Swiss artist and special effects designer (Alien), born in Zürich (d. 2014)
  • Feb 6 Jimmy Tarbuck, English comedian, born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • Feb 6 Tom Brokaw, American news anchor (NBC Nightly News 1982-2004), born in Webster, South Dakota
  • Feb 7 Gary Bond, England, actor (Outback, Zulu, Anne of Thousand Days)
  • Feb 8 Averil Cameron, British(?) historian
  • Feb 8 Talib Rasul Hakim, composer
  • Feb 8 Ted Koppel, Lancashire England, American journalist (ABC Nightline)
  • Feb 9 Brian Bennett, rock drummer (Shadows), born in London, England
  • Feb 9 J.M. Coetzee, South African novelist, born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • Feb 10 Hamish Imlach, folk singer/comic
  • Feb 10 Mary Rand, English field athlete (Olympic long jump gold 6.76m WR 1964), born in Wells, Somerset
  • Feb 10 Peter Middleton, CEO (Lloyd's)
  • Feb 10 Jimmy Merchant, American rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & Teenagers-Why Do Fools Fall In Love), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 11 Calvin Fowler, Pitts, basketball player (Olympic gold 1968)
  • Feb 12 Hank Brown, (Rep-R-CO, 1981-88)
  • Feb 12 Richard Lynch, American actor (Xaviar-Battlestar Galactica), (d. 2012)
  • Feb 14 Porpoise, 1st born in captivity in US (Marineland, Fla)
  • Feb 15 John Hadl, American football player
  • Feb 15 Hamzah Haz, Indonesian politician
  • Feb 16 Karoli Ruth Needles, painter
  • Feb 17 Dennis Gamsy, South African cricketer (South African bat in 2 Tests v Australia 1970), born in Glenwood, South Africa
  • Feb 18 Fabrizio de André, Italian singer-songwriter (Storia di un impiegato), born in Genoa, Italy (d. 1999)
  • Feb 19 Smokey [William] Robinson, American R&B and soul singer-songwriter (The Miracles), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Feb 19 Bobby Rogers, American vocalist (Miracles-You Really Got a Hold on Me), (d. 2013)

  • Feb 19 Carlin Glynn, American actress (Continental Divide)
  • Feb 19 Saparmurat Niyazov, President of Turkmenistan (d. 2006)
  • Feb 20 Barbara Ellis, American rocker (Fleetwoods), born in Olympia, Washington
  • Feb 20 Christoph Eschenbach, German-born pianist and conductor, born in Breslau, Germany
  • Feb 20 Jimmy Greaves, British broadcaster/soccer player
  • Feb 20 RA Weiss, director (Institute of Cancer Research)
  • Feb 20 V Payne, British headmistress (Malvern Girls' College)
  • Feb 21 John Lewis, American politician (Rep-D-Georgia) and prominent civil rights leader (Big Six), born in Troy, Alabama
  • Feb 21 Peter McEnery, England, actor (Game is Over, Moonspinners)
  • Feb 21 Peter Gethin, British racing driver
  • Feb 22 Chet Walker, American NBA all-star forward (Chicago Bulls), born in Bethlehem, Mississippi
  • Feb 22 Johnson Mlambo, South African leader (Pan-African Congress), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Feb 22 Julian Chagrin, English mime & actor (Golddiggers), born in London, England
  • Feb 22 Billy Name [William Linich Jr.], American photographer (Andy Warhol's factory), born in Poughkeepsie, New York (d. 2016)
  • Feb 23 Jermyn P Brooks, CEO (Price Waterhouse Europe)
  • Feb 23 Peter Fonda, American actor (Easy Rider, Lilith, Wild Angels, Trip), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 24 Jimmy Ellis, WBA heavyweight boxing champ (1968-70), born in Louisville, Kentucky, (d. 2014)
  • Feb 24 Theo Bosch, Dutch humanist/architect (Nieuwmarkt, Amsterdam)
  • Feb 24 Pete Duel, American actor (d. 1971)
  • Feb 24 Denis Law, Scottish footballer (Manchester United, Manchester City), born in Aberdeen, Scotland
  • Feb 25 Billy Packer, Wellsville NY, basketball sportscaster (CBS)
  • Feb 25 George Paul, CEO (Norwich Union Insurance Group)
  • Feb 25 Hector MacKenzie, trade unionist
  • Feb 25 Jud Taylor, actor (Dr Gerson-Dr Kildare)
  • Feb 25 Ron Santo, American Baseball Hall of Fame third baseman (9-time MLB All Star; 5-time Gold Glove; Chicago Cubs), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2010)
  • Feb 27 Dame Barbara Kelly, Scottish civic activist & former CEO (Crichton Foundation, Scottish Consumer Council), born in Dumfries and Galloway, United Kingdom
  • Feb 27 Howard Hesseman, American actor (Dr Johnny Fever-WKRP, Head of Class), born in Salem, Oregon
  • Feb 27 Bill Hunter, Australian actor, born in Ballarat, Australia (d. 2011)
  • Feb 28 Joe South, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Games People Play), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2012)

Person of interestMario Andretti

Feb 28 Mario Andretti, Italian American race-car driver (1969 Indianapolis 500, 1978 Formula One World Champion), born in Montona, Italy

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti

  • Feb 29 Gretchen Christopher, British(?) pop singer
  • Feb 29 Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople
  • Mar 1 David Broome, Show Jumper (world champ-1970)
  • Mar 1 Ralph Towner, rocker (Oregon)
  • Mar 1 Robert Grossman, American illustrator, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2018)
  • Mar 2 Frederik van Zyl Slabbert, chairman (South African Prog Fed Party, 1979-86)
  • Mar 2 Tony Croatto, Italian-born composer (d. 2005)
  • Mar 3 Germán Castro Caycedo, Colombian writer and journalist
  • Mar 3 Owen Spencer-Thomas, English broadcaster, journalist and Anglican clergyman
  • Mar 4 Kas Garas, Kaunas Lithuania, actor (Hamlyn-Strange Report)
  • Mar 4 Volodymyr Morozov, Ukrainian flatwater canoer
  • Mar 5 Mary Rose Oakar, (Rep)
  • Mar 5 Malcolm Hebden, English actor
  • Mar 6 Joanna Miles, Nice France, actress (Cross Creek, Delta County USA)
  • Mar 6 Willie Stargell, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder/1st baseman (7-time All Star), born in Earlsboro, Oklahoma (d. 2001)
  • Mar 7 Daniel J Travanti, actor (Frank Furillo-Hill St Blues), born in Kenosha, Wisconsin
  • Mar 7 Harald Gerlach, writer
  • Mar 7 Rudi [Rudolf] Dutschke, German student leader (Glasnost Berlin)
  • Mar 7 Viktor Petrovich Savinykh, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz T-4, T-13, TM-5)
  • Mar 8 Leslie Isben Rogge, one of FBI's most wanted
  • Mar 8 Susan Clark, actress (Night Moves, Webster), born in Sarnia, Ontario
  • Mar 8 Theo Laseroms, [The Tank], Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • Mar 9 Raul Julia, Puerto Rican actor (Addams Family, Kiss of the Spider Woman), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico (d. 1994)

Person of interestChuck Norris

Mar 10 Chuck Norris [Carlos Ray], American martial arts actor (Missing in Action), born in Ryan, Oklahoma

  • Mar 10 David Rabe, Dubuque Iowa, playwright (Streamers)
  • Mar 10 Dean Torrence, surf music singer (Jan & Dean-Little Old Lady), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 10 Francis Schwartz, composer
  • Mar 11 Alberto Cortez, Argentinian singer
  • Mar 12 Al Jarreau, American jazz singer (Moonlighting), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2017)
  • Mar 12 Albert Johanneson, soccer star

  • Mar 12 M.A. Numminen, Finnish singer and writer
  • Mar 13 Candi [Canzetta Maria] Staton, American gospel singer (Young Hearts Run Free), born in Hanceville, Alabama
  • Mar 14 Eleanor Fount, English actress (Women in Love, Bedazzled)
  • Mar 15 Phil Lesh, [Chapman], American rock bassist (Grateful Dead), born in Berkeley, California
  • Mar 15 Frank Dobson, British politician
  • Mar 15 Margo Coleman, American advice columnist
  • Mar 16 Chuck Woolery, Ky, TV game show host (Love Connection)
  • Mar 16 Jan P. Pronk, Dutch politician (PvdA)
  • Mar 16 Jan Schaefer, Dutch asst secretary of state (PvdA)
  • Mar 16 Keith Rowe, English guitarist (AMM) and painter
  • Mar 17 Mark White, American politician, lawyer, and 43rd Governor of Texas (1983-7), born in Henderson, Texas (d. 2017)
  • Mar 18 Mark Medoff, American playwright, director, actor and professor (Children of a Lesser God), born in Mount Carmel, Illinois (d. 2019)
  • Mar 20 Vito Picone, rocker (Elegants) and actor, born in Staten Island, New York
  • Mar 20 Gianpiero Moretti, steering wheel designer (Momo), born in Milan, Italy (d. 2012)
  • Mar 21 Solomon Burke [McDonald], American soul singer (Cy to Me), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2010)
  • Mar 22 William Ritchie, vice-chancellor (Lancaster U)
  • Mar 22 Haing S Ngor, Cambodian-American obstetrician, author, refugee and actor (The Killing Fields), born in Samrong Yong, Cambodia (d. 1996)
  • Mar 22 Jorge Ben Jor, Brazilian musician
  • Mar 23 Brian Hastings, cricketer (NZ batsman in 70's)
  • Mar 23 Luis Gasca, American trumpeter, born in Houston, Texas
  • Mar 24 Robert "Bob" Mackie, American fashion designer (RuPaul, Tina Turner, Judy Garland, Carol Burnett, Streisand, Cher), born in Monterey Park, California
  • Mar 24 Don Jardine, Canadian professional wrestler (d. 2006)
  • Mar 25 Anita Bryant, Barnsdall Oklahoma, singer (George Gobel Show) and anti-homosexuality campaigner
  • Mar 26 James Caan, American actor (Misery, The Godfather), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Mar 26 Bill Ind, Bishop-designate (Truro)
  • Mar 26 Braulio Baeza, jockey (National Horse Racing Hall of Famer)

Person of interestNancy Pelosi

Mar 26 Nancy Pelosi, American politician (Rep-D-California 1987-), 1st female Speaker of the House (2007-11, 2019-), born in Baltimore, Maryland

US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
US Speaker of the House
Nancy Pelosi
  • Mar 26 Rod Lauren, rocker (If I Had a Girl)
  • Mar 26 Servaes Huys, Dutch politician (PvdA)
  • Mar 27 Austin Pendleton, American actor (Short Circuit, Simon, Hello Again), born in Warren, Ohio

  • Mar 27 June Wilkinson, English actress (Absolutely Glamarous), born in Essex, England
  • Mar 27 Janis Martin, American rockabilly and country singer, born in Sutherlin, Virginia (d. 2007)
  • Mar 28 Michael Plumb, American equestrian (Olympic 2 gold/4 silver-1976,84), born in Islip, New York
  • Mar 28 Kevin Loughery, American NBA star and coach (Balt, Philadelphia), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 28 Tony Barber, English-Australian television personality, born in Oldham, Lancashire
  • Mar 29 Raymond Davis, American rock vocalist (Funkadelic-Knee Deep), born in Sumter, South Carolina (d. 2005)
  • Mar 29 Astrud Gilberto, Brazilian samba singer (Girl From Ipanema), born in Salvador, Brazil
  • Mar 29 Eden Kane [Richard Graham Sarstedt], British singer, born in New Delhi, India

Person of interestJerry Lucas

Mar 30 Jerry Lucas, NBA center (Olympic gold 1960, NY Knicks), born in Middletown, Ohio

NBA Forward Jerry Lucas
NBA Forward
Jerry Lucas
  • Mar 30 Norman Gifford, cricketer (respected England slow left-armer 1964-73)
  • Mar 30 Jim Criner, American college football coach (Boise State, Iowa State, Scottish Claymores), born in Lurton, Arkansas
  • Mar 31 Barney Frank, (Rep-D-MA, 1981- )
  • Mar 31 Patrick J Leahy, (Sen-D-VT, 1975- )

Person of interestWangari Maathai

Apr 1 Wangari Maathai, Kenyan environmentalist and political activist, founder of the Green Belt Movement, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (2004) and Indira Gandhi Peace Prize (2006), born in Ihithe village, Kenya (d. 2011)

Environmentalist Wangari Maathai
Environmentalist
Wangari Maathai
  • Apr 1 Annie Nightingale, English broadcaster, 1st BBC Radio 1 female presenter, born in London
  • Apr 2 Penelope Keith, British actress (Norman Conquests, Priest of Love), born in Sutton, Surrey, England
  • Apr 2 Peter Haining, British writer and editor (Anatomy of Witchcraft), born in Enfield, Middlesex (d. 2007)
  • Apr 3 R S Burman, CEO (Association of British Chambers of Commerce)
  • Apr 4 Bijan, Iranian mens apparel designer (Bijan), born in Tehran, Iran (d. 2011)

About 1940

Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit (Jan 1 - Feb 7), Dragon (Feb 8 - Dec 31)