Famous People Born in December 1940

  • Dec 1 Matthias Habich, German actor (Straight to the Heart, Downfall), born in Danzig, Germany
  • Dec 1 Mike Denness, English cricket batsman and captain (28 Tests, top score 188), born in Bellshill, Lanarkshire, Scotland (d. 2013)

Richard PryorRichard Pryor (1940-2005)

Dec 1 American Emmy and 5X Grammy Award-winning comedian (Live on the Sunset Strip), actor (Silver Streak; Stir Crazy), and screenwriter (Blazing Saddles), born in Peoria, Illinois

  • Dec 1 Ron Finn, Canadian NHL linesman (2,373 regular season games, 2 x All-Star games, Rendez-vous '87 and 4 x Canada Cups), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Dec 2 Constance "Connie" Booth, American writer, actress, comedienne and psychotherapist (Fawlty Towers, Monty Python and the Holy Grail), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Dec 2 Gerry Cheevers, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame goalie and broadcaster (longest undefeated streak-32 games 1972; Boston Bruins), born in St. Catharines, Ontario
  • Dec 2 Willie Brown, American Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback, coach and executive (Super Bowl 1976, 80, 84; Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders), born in Yazoo City, Mississippi (d. 2019)
  • Dec 3 Jeffrey R. Holland, American religious leader
  • Dec 3 Kishin Shinoyama, Japanese photographer, including album cover art (Saori Minami; John Lennon and Yoko Ono - Double Fantasy), born in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Dec 4 Freddy Cannon [Picariello], American rocker ("Palisades Park"), born in Revere, Massachusetts [some sources give year as 1936]
  • Dec 4 Gary Gilmore, American murderer, born in McCamey, Texas (d. 1977)
  • Dec 5 Adrian Street, Welsh professional wrestler, born in Brynmawr, Brecknockshire, Wales
  • Dec 5 Peter Pohl, Swedish writer, born in Hamburg, Germany
  • Dec 6 Jay Leonhart, American session and touring jazz and pop double bassist and songwriter (The Bass Lesson), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Dec 6 Lawrence Bergman, Canadian politician, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Dec 7 Kumar Shahani, Indian writer and director (Kasbam Tarang, Maya Darpan), born in Larkana, Sindh
  • Dec 7 Stan Boardman, English comedian, born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England
  • Dec 8 Brant Alyea, American baseball player
  • Dec 8 Jenny Linden, English actress (Hedda, Dr Who & the Daleks), born in Worthing, Sussex, England
  • Dec 9 Sammy Strain, American pop and R&B singer (Little Anthony & The Imperials, 1958–72; 1992–2005 - "Hurt So Bad"; The O'Jays, 1975–1992 - "Use Ta Be My Girl" ), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 10 William Fred Dempster, crew member (Biosphere 2), born in Berkeley, California
  • Dec 11 Donna Mills, American actress (Knots Landing, Incident), born in Chicago, Illinois

Dionne WarwickDionne Warwick (82 years old)

Dec 12 American singer ("I Say a Little Prayer"; "Do You Know The Way to San Jose; "That's What Friends Are For"), born in East Orange, New Jersey

  • Dec 12 Sharad Pawar, Indian politician (founded Nationalist Congress Party in 1999), born in Baramati, Bombay Presidency, British India
  • Dec 12 Shirley Englehorn, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 1970), born in Caldwell, Idaho (d. 2022)
  • Dec 13 Edith Clever, German actress (Parsifal, L'Adolescente), born in Wuppertal, Germany
  • Dec 13 Steve Harmon, American actor (Ens Pulver-Mr Roberts), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 14 Lex Gold, Scottish footballer, born in Lanark, Scotland
  • Dec 15 Nick Buoniconti, American NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins) and sportscaster (NBC), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • Dec 16 Dimitri van Toren, Dutch singer-songwriter, born in Breda, Netherlands (d. 2015)
  • Dec 17 Kåre Valebrokk, Norwegian journalist
  • Dec 18 Bramwell Morrison, Canadian member of children's music group Sharon, Lois & Bram, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Dec 19 Phil Ochs, American anti-war folk singer (Joe Hill; The War is Over; I Ain't Marchin' Anymore), born in El Paso, Texas (d. 1976)
  • Dec 20 Larry Willis, American jazz pianist and composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2019)

Frank ZappaFrank Zappa (1940-1993)

Dec 21 American rock guitarist, composer, (Mothers of Invention - "Peaches en Regalia"; "Baby Snakes"), activist, and filmmaker (200 Motels), born in Baltimore, Maryland

  • Dec 21 Kálmán Sóvári, Hungarian soccer defender (17 caps; Újpesti Dózsa, VM Egyetértés), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2020)
  • Dec 21 Paul [Ray Hildebrand], American singer (Paul & Paula), born in Joshua, Texas
  • Dec 21 Tony Rivers [Thompson], British pop singer and vocal arranger (Harmony Grass; Cliff Richard), born in Shildon, England
  • Dec 23 Eugene Record, American musician (Chi Lites - "Give It Away"; "Have You Seen Her"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2005)
  • Dec 23 Jorma Kaukonen, American rock guitarist (Jefferson Airplane; Hot Tuna), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Dec 23 Robert Labine, French Canadian politician, born in Québec, Canada

Anthony FauciAnthony Fauci (82 years old)

Dec 24 American Immunologist (White House COVID-19 taskforce), born in Brooklyn, New York City

  • Dec 24 Paul Tagliabue, NFL commissioner (1989- ), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Dec 24 Sharon Farrell, American actress (Lori-Hawaii 5-0, Young & Restless), born in Sioux City, Iowa
  • Dec 25 Frans Moor, Dutch politician (PvdA)
  • Dec 25 Pete Brown, British musician and lyricist (Cream - "I Feel Free"; "White Room"; "Sunshine of Your Love"), born in Ashtead, Surrey, England
  • Dec 26 Edward C. Prescott, American economist, Nobel laureate
  • Dec 26 Ray Sadecki, American MLB player (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Kansas City, KS, (d. 2014)
  • Dec 27 David Shepherd, English cricket umpire (92 Tests 1985–2005; 172 ODIs 1983–2005), born in Bideford, England (d. 2009)
  • Dec 27 Jerry Lambert, jockey (rode Native Diver)
  • Dec 28 Alvin Singleton, American composer ("After Fallen Crumbs"; "Shadows"), born in Brooklyn, New York City
  • Dec 28 Lonnie Liston Smith, American jazz piano and keyboard player (Cosmic Echoes; Magic Lady), born in Richmond, Virginia,
  • Dec 28 Neon Park [Martin Muller], American illustrator of album covers (Little Feat; Frank Zappa), born in Berkeley, California (d. 1993)
  • Dec 29 Brigitte Kronauer, German author (The Scheik of Aachen), born in Essen, Germany
  • Dec 29 Peter Koelewijn, Dutch rock musician and songwriter ("Get Off That Roof"), born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Dec 30 Fred Hansen, American pole vaulter (Olympic gold 1964), born in Cuero, Texas
  • Dec 30 James Burrows, AmericanTV producer and director (The Mary Tyler Moore Show; Cheers), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 30 Jerry Granelli, American-Canadian jazz drummer (Vince Guaraldi Trio; Mose Allison), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2021)
  • Dec 31 Bobby Notkoff, American rock and blues violinist (Crazy Horse; The Rockets), born in New York City (d. 2018) [1]
  • Dec 31 Mani Neumeier, German musician (Guru Guru), born in Munich, Germany
  • Dec 31 Oleg Anatolyevich Yakovlev, Russian cosmonaut, born in Leningrad
  • Dec 31 Tim Considine, American actor (Spin & Marty; My Three Sons, 1960-65 - "Mike"), and photographer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2022)

About December 1940

How Old? 82 years old
Generation: Silent Generation
Leap Year: Yes

Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Signs: Sagittarius (Nov 22 - Dec 21), Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 19)