Famous People Born in May 1940

  • May 1 Elsa Peretti, Italian jewelry designer
  • May 2 Bryan Davis, West Indian cricketer (bro of Charlie WI batsman v Australia 1965), born in Belmont, Port of Spain, Trinidad
  • May 2 Sari van Heemskerck Pillis-Duvekot, Dutch governor and politician (VVD), born in Goes, Netherlands
  • May 3 Conny Plank, German record producer and musician, born in Hütschenhausen, Germany (d. 1987)
  • May 3 Clemens Westerhof, Dutch football manager, born in Beek, Netherlands
  • May 3 David Koch, American businesman and philanthropist (Koch Industries billionaire), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • May 4 Dick Curl, American offensive coordinator coach (Barcelona Dragons), born in Chester, Pennsylvania
  • May 4 Robin Cook, American physician and novelist, born in NYC, New York
  • May 5 Lance Henriksen, actor (Aliens, Pumpkinhead, Knights, Hard Target)
  • May 6 Henry Habibe, Arubian poet (Kerensentenchi)
  • May 6 Murray Sidlin, American conductor (National Symphony 1973-77), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • May 7 Armando Krieger, Argentine composer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • May 7 John Irvin, English actor (Moment in Time), born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland
  • May 7 Angela Carter, English novelist (Magic Toyshop) and journalist, born in Eastbourne, England (d. 1992)
  • May 7 Jim Connors, American Radio personality, born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island (d. 1987)
  • May 8 James Blyth, CEO (Boots)

Person of interestPeter Benchley

May 8 Peter Benchley, American novelist (Jaws, The Deep), born in NYC, New York (d. 2006)

Jaws Novelist Peter Benchley
Jaws Novelist
Peter Benchley
  • May 8 Ricky Nelson, NJ, rock star (Hello Mary Lou, It's Late, Garden Party)
  • May 8 Cathryn "Toni" Tennille, American singer-songwriter, keyboardist (Captain & Tennille) and female Beach Boy, born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • May 8 Irwin Cotler, Canadian politician
  • May 9 Dick Morrissey, saxophonist
  • May 9 James L Brooks, producer/director (Broadcast News, Taxi, Critic)
  • May 10 Wayne Dyer, American psychologist and author (Universe Within You) (d. 2015)
  • May 10 Arthur Alexander, US singer/songwriter (Lonely Just Like Me)
  • May 10 Taurean Blacque, actor (Neal Washington-Hill Street Blues), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • May 10 Bill Cash, British politician (C, born in London
  • May 10 Wayne A. Downing, retired United States Army general
  • May 11 Ronald Anthony Pellegrino, composer
  • May 11 Juan Downey, Chilean video artist (d. 1993)
  • May 12 Norman Whitfield, American songwriter and producer for Motown (I Heard It Through the Grapevine), born in New York City
  • May 13 Bruce Chatwin, England, writer (On the Black Hill)
  • May 13 Richard Brooks, singer (Impressions)
  • May 14 Chay Blyth, English sailor (Alone in Order to the World)
  • May 14 Troy Shondell, American singer
  • May 14 'H'. Jones, British Soldier (VC recipient) (d. 1982)
  • May 14 Tommy Lawrence, Scottish football player and goalkeeper (Liverpool, Tranmere Rovers), born in Dailly, Scotland (d. 2018)
  • May 15 Beth Stone, LPGA golfer
  • May 15 Paul Rudd, actor (Conn Yankee in King Arthur's Court), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 15 Roger Ailes, American TV executive and CEO of Fox News (1996-2016), born in Warren, Ohio (d. 2017)
  • May 16 Gareth Roberts, chancellor (Sheffield University)

Person of interestAlan Kay

May 17 Alan Kay, American computer scientist (GUI design and object-oriented programming), born in Springfield, Massachusetts

Computer Scientist Alan Kay
Computer Scientist
Alan Kay
  • May 18 A Marshall Stoneham, FRS, physicist
  • May 18 Pat Trimborn, cricket pace bowler (South African in 4 Tests 1966-70)
  • May 19 Carlos Diegues, actor (Xica)
  • May 19 Frank Lorenzo, airline executive (Continental, Texas Air, Eastern)
  • May 19 Joan Staley, playmate (Nov, 1958)
  • May 19 Mickey Newbury, rocker
  • May 19 Jan Janssen, Dutch cyclist
  • May 20 Sadaharu Oh, of Yomiuri Giants (Japan), hit 868 career HR
  • May 20 Shorty Long [Frederick Earl Long], American soul singer/pianist (Here Comes the Judge), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1969)
  • May 20 Stan Mikita, NHL center (led NHL in scoring 4 times)

Person of interestTony Sheridan

May 21 Tony Sheridan, English singer-songwriter and guitarist who collaborated with The Beatles, born in Norwich, England (d. 2013)

Singer-Songwriter and and Guitarist Tony Sheridan
Singer-Songwriter and and Guitarist
Tony Sheridan
  • May 22 Bernard Shaw, news correspondant (CBS, CNN)
  • May 22 Erapalli Prasanna, cricketer (one of India's big four spinners)
  • May 22 Michael Sarrazin, actor (Seduction, They Shoot Horses Don't They)
  • May 24 Joseph Brodsky, USSR, author (Less than 1, Nobel 1987)
  • May 26 Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, French Canadian politician
  • May 26 Levon Helm, Elaine Arkansas, American musician (The Band), (d. 2012)
  • May 27 Rene Koering, composer

Person of interestBetty Shabazz

May 28 Betty Shabazz, American educator and civil rights activist who was the widow of Malcolm X, born in Pinehurst, Georgia (d. 1997)

Civil Rights Activist Betty Shabazz
Civil Rights Activist
Betty Shabazz
  • May 28 Hans Dulfer, tenor saxophonist/director (Paradiso)
  • May 28 Thomas E Petri, (Rep-R-WI, 1979- )
  • May 28 Maeve Binchy [Snell], Irish novelist (Light a Penny Candle), born in Dalkey, Ireland (d. 2012)
  • May 29 Farooq Leghari, President of Pakistan
  • May 30 David Ackroyd, actor (I Come in Peace, Memories of Me), born in Orange, New Jersey
  • May 31 August "Augie" Meyers, American singer-songwriter, producer, and record label owner (Sir Douglas Quintet, Texas Tornados) born in San Antonio, Texas
  • May 31 Elfi Mikesch, cinematographer (Erotique, Out of America, Malina)
  • May 31 Gilbert Shelton, American underground comics illustrator