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Famous People Born in May 1950

  • May 1 Marina Stepanova, Russian athlete (3-time 400m hurdles WR; first woman to run sub 53s; 52.94s 1986), born in St. Petersburg, Russia
  • May 1 Dann Florek, American actor (Law & Order), born in Flat Rock, Michigan
  • May 1 Danny McGrain, Scottish soccer right-back (62 caps; Celtic), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • May 2 Lou Gramm, American rocker (Foreigner-Want to Know What Love Is), born in Rochester, New York
  • May 2 Duncan Gay, Australian politician, Vice-President of the Executive Council (2014-17), born in Crookwell, New South Wales
  • May 2 Randy Colley (Moondog Rex), American pro wrestler (WWF Tag Team champion 1981), born in Alexander City, Alabama (d. 2019)
  • May 3 Mary Hopkin, Welsh folk singer (Those Were the Days), born in Pontardawe, Wales
  • May 4 Darryl Hunt, English pop bassist (Pogues-Pair of Brown Eyes), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • May 4 Hilly Hicks, American actor (Roll Out, Roots), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 4 René van Asten, Dutch actor (Herenstraat 10), born in Tilburg, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
  • May 5 Maggie MacNeal, Dutch singer (Mouth & MacNeal, I See a Star), born in Tilburg, Netherlands
  • May 5 Googoosh [Faegheh Atashin (فائقه آتشین)], Persian singer and actress, born in Sarcheshmeh Street, Tehran
  • May 6 Robbie McIntosh, Scottish drummer (Average White Band), born in Dundee (d. 1974)
  • May 7 Prairie Prince, American rocker (Tubes), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • May 7 Randall 'Tex' Cobb, American boxer and actor, born in Bridge City, Texas

Person of interestTim Russert

May 7 Tim Russert, American television journalist and host of NBC's Meet the Press, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2008)

Television Journalist Tim Russert
Television Journalist
Tim Russert

  • May 9 James A Butts, American triple jumper (Olympic silver 1976), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 9 Matthew Kelly, actor/TV host (Holding the Fort, Relative Strangers)
  • May 9 Tom Petersson, rock bassist (Cheap Trick), born in Rockford, Illinois
  • May 10 Sally James [Cann], British children's TV-show presenter (Tiswas), born in Chiswick, London
  • May 11 Dane Lorg, American baseball player (Philles, Cardinels), born in Eureka, California
  • May 11 Jeremy Paxman, English broadcaster (University Challenge, Newsnight), born in Leeds, England
  • May 11 John Kelly, American General, President Trump's Chief of Staff (2017-), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 12 Billy Squier, American rocker (Don't Say No), born in Wellesley, Massachusetts
  • May 12 Bruce Boxleitner, Elgin Ill, actor (Scarecrow & Mrs King, Babylon 5)
  • May 12 Gabriel Byrne, actor (Hello Again, Cool World), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • May 12 Jocko Marcellino, American rocker (Sha Na Na), born in Quincy, Massachusetts
  • May 12 Renate Stecher-Meissner, German sprinter (3-time Olympic gold 1972, 76), born in Süptitz, Germany
  • May 12 Shōzō Fujii, Japanese judoka (4x World Champion 1971-79)
  • May 13 Danny Kirwan, British musician, singer and songwriter (Fleetwood Mac- "Albatross"), born in London, England (d. 2018)

Person of interestStevie Wonder

May 13 Stevie Wonder [Stevland Hardaway Morris], American singer-songwriter (You are the Sunshine of My Life), born in Saginaw, Michigan

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Singer-Songwriter
Stevie Wonder
  • May 14 Mark Blum, American actor (Worth Winning, Blind Date, Presidio), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2020)
  • May 14 Jill Stein, American physician, activist and Green Party nominee for President (2016), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 15 Nicholas Hammond, American actor (The Amazing Spider-Man), born in Washington, D.C.
  • May 16 Jock Bartley, rocker (Firefall)
  • May 16 Johannes Bednorz, German superconductivity physicist (Nobel 1987)

  • May 16 Ray Condo, Canadian rockabilly musician
  • May 17 Alan Johnson, British politician (Home Secretary 2009-10), born in London
  • May 17 Howard Ashman, American playwright and lyricist (Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1991)
  • May 17 Janez Drnovšek, Slovenian politician
  • May 18 Rodney Milburn Jr, USA, hurdler (Olympic gold 1972)
  • May 18 Thomas Gottschalk, German radio and TV host (Telespiele), born in Bamberg, Germany
  • May 20 Yvon Lambert, French Canadian ice hockey player
  • May 20 Reinaldo Merlo, Argentine footballer
  • May 22 Bernie Taupin, British singer and lyricist (writes with Elton John), born in Sleaford, Lincolnshire
  • May 22 Alekos Alavanos, Greek politician (Member of the European Parliament for Greece), born in Athens, Greece
  • May 23 Linda Thompson, actress (Hee Haw), born in Memphis, Tennessee

Person of interestMartin McGuinness

May 23 Martin McGuinness, Irish Sinn Féin politician and IRA member, born in Derry, Northern Ireland (d. 2017)

Sinn Féin Leader Martin McGuinness
Sinn Féin Leader
Martin McGuinness
  • May 24 Jo Ann Washam, American golfer (3 LPGA Tour titles), born in Auburn, Washington
  • May 24 Larry Seidlin, American judge (judge during the infamous Anna Nicole Smith body custody hearing after her death), born in The Bronx, New York
  • May 25 Robert "Robby" Steinhardt, American rock violinist and singer (Kansas), born in Lawrence, Kansas
  • May 28 Ian Bradley, British writer and academic
  • May 28 Jim Harris, American professional wrestler
  • May 29 Rebbie [Maureen] Jackson, singer (R U Tuff Enuff), born in Gary, Indiana
  • May 29 Talat Ali, Pakistani cricket batsman (Pakistan 10 Tests), born in Lahore, Punjab
  • May 30 Bertrand Delanoë, French politician
  • May 30 Paresh Rawal, Indian Bollywood actor (Woh Chokri, Woh Chokri), born in Bombay, India
  • May 31 Edward Barker, cartoonist
  • May 31 Gregory Harrison, Catalina California, actor (Trapper John, Logan's Run)

About May 1950

How Old? 70 years old
Generation: Baby Boomer
Leap Year: No

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