On This Day

Famous People Born in May 1953

  • May 1 Elquemedo Willett, West Indian cricket spin bowler (5 Tests, 11 wickets), born in Charlestown, Nevis
  • May 1 Felix Hanemann, American rocker (Zebra), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • May 1 Glen Ballard, American songwriter and record producer (Alanis Morissette, Michael Jackson), born in Natchez, Mississippi
  • May 2 Jamaal Wilkes, American NBA forward (Golden State-Rookie of Yr 1975), born in Berkeley, California
  • May 2 Valery Gergiev, Russian conductor (Mariinsky Orchestra, 1988 -present; Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, 1995-2008), born in Moscow, USSR
  • May 3 Bruce Hall, American rock bassist (Reo Speedwagon), born in Champaign, Illinois
  • May 6 Lynn Whitfield, American actress (Josephine Baker; Equal Justice), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Person of interestTony Blair

May 6 Tony Blair, British Prime Minister (Labour: 1997-2007), born in Edinburgh, Scotland

British Prime Minister Tony Blair
British Prime Minister
Tony Blair
  • May 6 Michelle Courchesne, Quebec politician
  • May 6 Graeme Souness, Scottish footballer/manager
  • May 7 Pat McInally, American National Football League player, born in Villa Park, California
  • May 7 Ian McKay, British soldier (VC recipient), born in Wortley, South Yorkshire, England (d. 1982)
  • May 8 Billy Burnette, American rock guitarist (Fleetwood Mac, 1987-95), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • May 8 Alex Van Halen, Dutch-American rock drummer (Van Halen - "Hot For Teacher"), born in Amsterdam The Netherlands,
  • May 8 Andreas P. Nielsen, Danish author and composer, born in Kolding, Denmark (d. 2011)
  • May 9 Gregory Beecroft, Chorpus Christi TX, actor (Guiding Light)
  • May 9 Ron Jackson, baseball player
  • May 9 Scott McInnis, (Rep-R-Colorado)
  • May 10 Lawrence Lau, actor (Jamie Frame-Another World)
  • May 10 Steve Thomas, rocker (Shooting Star)
  • May 10 John Diamond, English journalist, born in London, England (d. 2001)
  • May 10 Tito Santana, Mexican-American professional wrestler
  • May 10 Alex Foster, American jazz and session saxophonist (SNL Band; Mingus Big Band), born in Oakland, California
  • May 11 Boyd Gaines, American actor (Mark-One Day at a Time, Sure Thing), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • May 11 David Gest, American television producer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • May 12 Phil Beer, English multi-instrumentalist and composer (Show of Hands), born in Exminster, Devon
  • May 14 Tom Cochrane, Canadian rock vocalist and guitarist (Red Rider - "Lunatic Fringe"), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • May 14 Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia

Person of interestGeorge Brett

May 15 George Brett, American Baseball Hall of Fame 3rd baseman (13 x MLB All Star; World Series 1985; AL MVP 1980; KC Royals), born in Glen Dale, West Virginia

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • May 15 Mike Oldfield, British musician and composer (Tubular Bells), born in Reading, Berkshire

Person of interestPierce Brosnan

May 16 Pierce Brosnan, Irish actor (Remington Steele, Golden Eye), born in Drogheda, Ireland

  • May 16 David Maclean, British minister of state
  • May 16 Richard Page, American singer and bassist (Mr Mister- "Broken Wings"; "Kyrie"), born in Keokuk, Iowa
  • May 16 Rick Rhoden, American MLB pitcher (NY Yankees), born in Boynton Beach, Florida
  • May 17 George Johnson, rocker (Brothers Johnson), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 17 Kathleen Sullivan, American newscaster (ABC-TV, CBS Morning Show), born in Pasadena, California
  • May 17 Nicholas Bacon, premier baronet of England
  • May 17 Yoko Shimada, Kumamota Japan, author (Kir Royal)/actress (Shogun)
  • May 18 Helen Chadwick, English artist, born in Croydon, England (d. 1996)
  • May 18 (Feliciano) "Butch" Tavares, American R&B singer (Tavares - "Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel"), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • May 19 Henry Lascelles, English grandson of princess Mary
  • May 19 Shavarsh Karapetyan, Soviet Armenian finswimmer
  • May 19 Victoria Wood, British comedian and actress (Dinner Ladies), born in Bury, Lancashire (d. 2016)
  • May 19 Dawud M. Mu'Min, American convicted murderer (d. 1997)
  • May 19 Roddy Lorimer, Scottish session and touring trumpeter and flugelhorn player (Waterboys; Blur; Pete Townshend; Spiritualized; Dr. John), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • May 20 Robert Doyle, Australian politician
  • May 22 Stuart Elliott, British rock session drummer (Kate Bush; Alan Parsons Project; Al Stewart) born in London, England
  • May 22 John Edward Stevens, American bank robber (FBI Most Wanted List), born in NYC, New York
  • May 22 Doris Barnett, German politician, born in Ludwigshafen am Rhein, West Germany
  • May 22 Cha Bum-Kun, South Korean footballer and manager, born in Hwaseong, South Korea
  • May 22 Paul Mariner, English soccer striker (35 caps; Plymouth Argyle, Ipswich Town, Arsenal, Portsmouth) and coach (Plymouth Argyle, Toronto FC), born in Farnworth, England (d. 2021)
  • May 23 Agathe Uwilingiyimana, Prime Minister of Rwanda (1993-94) and one of the 1st female political figures in Africa, born in Nyaruhengeri, Rwanda (d. 1994)
  • May 23 Rick Fenn, British rock guitarist (10cc - "I'm Not In Love"; "The Things We Do for Love"), born in Oxford, England
  • May 24 Alfred Molina, British actor (Spider Man 2, Frida, Chocolat), born in London, England
  • May 24 Nell Campbell [Laura], Australian actress (Rocky Horror), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • May 24 Mark Rivera, American saxophonist, musical director (Billy Joel; Ringo Starr), and corporate entertainment provider born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 25 D. A. Weibring Jr, American golfer (Senior Players C'ship 2008), born in Quincy Illinois
  • May 25 Jane Priest, Prince Charles' lover, born in Perth, Australia
  • May 25 Rich Alves, American country guitarist (Pirates of Mississippi - "Feed Jake"), born in Pleasanton, California
  • May 25 Eve Ensler, American playwright (The Vagina Monologues), born in NYC, New York
  • May 25 Daniel Passarella, Argentine footballer, born in Chacabuco, Argentina
  • May 25 Stan Sakai, Japanese-American cartoonist (Usagi Yojimbo), born in Kyoto, Japan
  • May 25 Gaetano Scirea, Italian soccer defender (78 caps, FIFA World Cup 1982; Juventus 377 games), born in Cernusco sul Naviglio, Italy (d. 1989)
  • May 26 Michael Portillo, British politician
  • May 26 Dan Roundfield, American basketball forward (3-time NBA All Star), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2012)
  • May 28 Arto Lindsay, American guitarist, composer (Lounge Lizards; Ambitious Lovers), and producer (Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa, Lucas Santtana), born in Richmond, Virginia

Person of interestDanny Elfman

May 29 Danny Elfman, American singer-songwriter (Oingo Boingo - "Weird Science"), and Emmy and Grammy Award-winning composer (The Simspons Theme; Good Will Hunting; Tim Burton films), born in Los Angeles, California

Composer Danny Elfman
Composer
Danny Elfman
  • May 29 Ranjy Nanan, West Indian cricket spin bowler (WI 1 Test; Trinidad & Tobago), born in Preysal, Trinidad
  • May 29 Rick Henderson, American singer (Mason Dixon - "Karen Comes Around"), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • May 29 Karla DeVito, American stage and screen actress and singer, born in Mokena, Illionis
  • May 29 Big Daddy Graham [Edward Gudonis], American comedian, writer, actor, recording artist, and radio personality, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2021)
  • May 30 Colm Meaney, actor (Star Trek Deep Space 9)
  • May 31 Pirkka-Pekka Petelius, Finnish actor

About May 1953

How Old? 68 years old
Generation: Baby Boomer
Leap Year: No

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