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Famous People Born in May 1949

  • May 1 Douglas Barr, actor (Howie-Fall Guy), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • May 1 Tim Hodgkinson, English composer and musician (Henry Cow)
  • May 1 Paul Teutul, Sr., founder of Orange County Choppers
  • May 1 James "Jim" Clench, Canadian bassist and songwriter (April Wine and Bachman-Turner Overdrive), born in Canada (d. 2010)
  • May 2 Joey Phillips, percussionist (Atlantic Starr-Touch a 4 Leaf Clover)
  • May 2 Alan Titchmarsh, English gardener and broadcaster (Gardener's World), born in Iilkley, England
  • May 3 Albert Sacco Jr., American chemical engineer and astronaut (STS 73), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 3 Ron Wyden, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Oregon (1981-96), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • May 3 Ken Hom, Chinese-American chef, author and BBC TV presenter (OBE for "services to culinary arts" 2009), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • May 3 Leopoldo Luque, Argentine soccer striker (43 caps; River Plate), born in Santa Fe, Argentina (d. 2021)
  • May 4 Sybil Danning, Austrian-American actress (Chained Heat), born in Wels, Austria
  • May 4 Zal Cleminson, Scottis guitarist (Alex Harvey Band), born in Glasgow
  • May 4 John Force, American drag racer (16 NHRA Championships), born in Bell Gardens, California
  • May 4 Graham Swift, British author (Waterland, Last Orders), born in London
  • May 5 Anna Bergman, Swedish actress (Agent 69), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • May 6 David Leestma, American astronaut (STS 41-G, 28, 45), born in Muskegon, Michigan

  • May 7 Kathy Ahern, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 1972), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)
  • May 7 Stuart Marshall, British film director (Desire), born in Manchester (d.1993)

Person of interestBilly Joel

May 9 Billy Joel, American rock vocalist (Piano Man, Just the Way You Are), born in The Bronx, New York

Pianist, Songwriter and Composer Billy Joel
Pianist, Songwriter and Composer
Billy Joel
  • May 9 Oleg Yuriyevich Atkov, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz T-10)
  • May 10 Miuccia Prada, Italian fashion designer (Prada), born in Milan, Italy
  • May 10 Michael Larson, American "Press Your Luck" scandal big-winning contestant, born in Lebanon, Ohio (d. 1999)
  • May 13 Franklyn Ajaye, American comedian and actor (Car Wash, The Jazz Singer, Bridesmaids), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 13 Jane Glover, British conductor (London, Mozart Players, Music of the Baroque), born in Helmsley, England
  • May 13 Zoe Wanamaker, American actress (Raggedy Rawney), born in NYC, New York
  • May 14 Klaus-Peter Thaler, German cyclist, born in Eckmannshausen, West Germany
  • May 15 Eric J Beekes, actor/singer (Hunk)
  • May 15 Frank L Culbertson Jr, Cmdr USN/astro (STS-38), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • May 15 Wendy Pritchard, Australian women's field hockey team manager (Olympics 1996)
  • May 16 Rick Reuschel, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • May 17 Bill Bruford, English drummer (Yes, King Crimson, Genesis), born in Sevenoaks, Kent
  • May 17 Timothy Cordy, British director (Town/Country Planning Association)
  • May 17 Andrew Latimer, English musician (Camel), born in Guildford, England
  • May 18 Rick Wakeman, English, rock keyboardist (Yes), born in London
  • May 18 Stuart Gannes, writer (Fortune), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • May 18 William Wallace, Canadian musician (The Guess Who), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba

  • May 19 Dusty Hill, rocker (ZZ Top)
  • May 20 Nick Joe Rahall II, (Rep-D-WV, 1977- )
  • May 21 Andrew Neil, Scottish newspaper editor, (Sunday Times), born in Paisley, Scotland
  • May 21 Arno Hintjens, Belgian singer (T C Matic)
  • May 21 Rosalind Plowright, British soprano (Aida, Senta)
  • May 23 Alan GarcĂ­a, President of Peru (Peruvian Aprista Party: 1985-90, 2006-11), born in Lima, Peru (d. 2019)
  • May 24 Jim Broadbent, English actor (Iris), born in Lincoln, Lincolnshire

Person of interestRoger Deakins

May 24 Roger Deakins, English cinematographer (Blade Runner 2049), born in Torquay, Devon, England

Cinematographer Roger Deakins
Cinematographer
Roger Deakins
  • May 25 Jamaica Kincaid [Elaine Cynthia Potter Richardsonn], Antiguan-American journalist (NYer), born in St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda
  • May 25 Lalith Kaluperuma, Sri Lankan cricketer (two Tests for Sri Lanka 1982), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • May 26 Dan Pastorini, NFL quarterback (Houston Oilers, Raiders) [or Dec 25]
  • May 26 Dayle Haddon, Montreal Quebec Canada, actress (Bedroom Eyes)

Person of interestHank Williams Jr

May 26 Hank Williams Jr, country singer (Honky Tonk), born in Shreveport, Louisiana

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams Jr
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams Jr
  • May 26 Pam Grier, actress (Big Bird Cage, Tough Enough), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • May 26 Philip Michael Thomas, actor (Miami Vice), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • May 26 Ward Cunningham, American computer programmer and inventor
  • May 26 Jeremy Corbyn, British politician (Labour Party leader 2015-), born in Chippenham, England
  • May 28 Shelley Hamlin, American golfer (US Open runner-up 1973), born in San Mateo, California (d. 2018)
  • May 28 Sue Holderness, English actress (Marlene-Only Fools & Horses, Sandbaggers), born in London, England
  • May 28 Wendy O. Williams, American musician (The Plasmatics) (d. 1998)
  • May 28 Steve King, American politician (Rep (R) Iowa 2003-) rebuked for racist comments, born in Storm Lake, Iowa
  • May 29 Francis Rossi, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Status Quo), born in London, England
  • May 29 Brian Kidd, English soccer forward, coach, manager (England 2 caps, Manchester City), born in Manchester, England
  • May 30 Bob Willis, English cricket fast bowler and captain (90 Tests, 325 wickets; 64 ODIs), born in Sunderland, County Durham, England (d. 2019)
  • May 30 P.J. Carlesimo, American basketball coach
  • May 31 Steven Kampmann, actor (Kirk-Newhart), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • May 31 Tom Berenger, actor (Big Chill, Someone to Watch Over Me), born in Chicago, Illinois

About May 1949

How Old? 71 years old
Generation: Baby Boomer
Leap Year: No

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