Famous People Born in 1956

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  • Jan 1 Abdalla Hamdok, Sudanese politician (Prime Minister of Sudan 2021-22), born in Al Dibaibat, Sudan
  • Jan 1 Anatoli Borisovich Polonsky, Russian lt-colonel/cosmonaut
  • Jan 1 Andy Gill, British guitarist and record producer (Gang of Four - "Damaged Goods"), born in Manchester, England (d. 2020)

Christine LagardeChristine Lagarde (66 years old)

Jan 1 French lawyer and politician, 1st female head of the IMF, born in Paris

  • Jan 1 Kôji Yakusho [Hashimoto], Japanese actor (Shall We Dance?), born in Isahaya, Nagasaki, Japan
  • Jan 1 Mark R. Hughes, American entrepreneur (founder and CEO of Herbalife International), born in La Mirada, California Ltd, d. 2000)
  • Jan 1 Martin Plaza [Murphy], Australian new wave singer-songwriter (Mental As Anything - "Live It Up"; solo - "Concrete and Clay"), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Jan 1 Mike Mitchell, American basketball small forward (NBA All Star 1981; Italian League top scorer 1998), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2011)
  • Jan 1 Sergei Vasiliyevich Avdeyev, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-15, SK:TM-28)
  • Jan 1 Sergio Victor Palma, Argentine boxer (WBA Super Bantamweight champion 1980-82), born in La Tigra, Argentina (d. 2021)
  • Jan 2 Lynda Barry, American cartoonist

Mel GibsonMel Gibson (66 years old)

Jan 3 American actor (Mad Max, Mrs Soffel, Lethal Weapon) and filmmaker, born in Peekskill, New York

  • Jan 3 Willy T. Ribbs, American auto racer (first African-American to drive in Indianapolis 500), born in San Jose, California
  • Jan 4 Ann Magnuson, actress (Anything But Love, Hunger), born in Charleston, West Virginia
  • Jan 4 Bernard Sumner [Albrecht], English rock guitarist, vocalist (Joy Division and New Order), born in Salford, England
  • Jan 4 Nels Cline, American guitarist and composer
  • Jan 5 Chen Kenichi [Ken'ichi Azuma], Japanese celebrity chef, "The Szechuan Sage" (Iron Chef Chinese), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Jan 7 David Caruso, American actor (NYPD Blue, Michael Hayes), born in Forest Hills, New York
  • Jan 7 Rosalyn Bryant, American 4x400m runner (Olympic silver 1976), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 8 Archie Roach, Aboriginal Australian blues singer-songwriter (Took The Children Away), born in the Framlingham Aboriginal Reserve, Australia (d. 2022)
  • Jan 9 David Smith, English cricketer (England lefty batsman in 2 Tests v WI 1986), born in Balham, London
  • Jan 9 Imelda Staunton, British actress (Finding Your Feet, Maleficent), born in Archway, London
  • Jan 9 Kimberly Beck Hilton, American actress (Kim-Peyton Place), born in Glendale, California
  • Jan 9 Mike Walczewski, American public address announcer
  • Jan 10 Antonio Muñoz Molina, Spanish writer (Royal Spanish Academy), born in Úbeda, Jaén, Spain
  • Jan 10 Don Letts, British film director & musician (Big Audio Dynamite), born in London, United Kingdom
  • Jan 10 Shawn Colvin, American country folk singer-songwriter ("Sunny Came Home"), born in Vermillion, South Dakota
  • Jan 11 Big Bank Hank [Henry Lee Jackson] American rapper (The Sugarhill Gang - "Rapper's Delight"), born in The Bronx, New York City (d. 2014)
  • Jan 11 Kuniaki Kobayashi, wrestler (WAR/NJPW)
  • Jan 11 Robert Earl Keen, American singer-songwriter ("What I Really Mean"), born in Houston, Texas
  • Jan 13 Janet Hubert-Whitten, actress (Vivian Banks-Fresh Prince of Bel Air)
  • Jan 13 Malcolm Foster, British rock bassist (Pretenders, 1984-89; Simple Minds, 1989-95), born in Hereford, England
  • Jan 14 Ben Heppner, Canadian tenor, and broadcaster, born in Murrayville, British Columbia
  • Jan 14 Étienne Daho, French singer-songwriter, born in Oran, Algeria
  • Jan 15 Mayawati, Indian politician, born in New Delhi, India
  • Jan 15 Paul Parker, English cricketer (one Test England v Australia 1981), born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
  • Jan 15 Vera Sosulya, Soviet tobogganist (Olympic gold 1980)
  • Jan 16 Ivan Safronov, Russian journalist, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2007)
  • Jan 16 Jennifer Dale, Canadian actress, born in Toronto, Canada
  • Jan 16 Martin Jol, Dutch football manager, born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • Jan 16 Saadeddine Othmani, Moroccan politician and Prime Minister of Morocco (2017-present), born in Inezgane, Morocco
  • Jan 16 Wayne Daniel, West Indies cricketer (WI fast bowler 1976-84), born in Saint Philip, Barbados
  • Jan 17 Cristina [Monet Zilkha], American dance-pop singer songwriter (Sleep It Off), born in New York City (d. 2020)
  • Jan 17 Faouzi Mansouri, Algerian soccer defender (13 caps; Montpellier, FC Mulhouse), born in Djerba, Tunisia (d. 2022)
  • Jan 17 Mitch Vogel, American actor (Jamie-Bonanza), born in Alhambra, California
  • Jan 17 Paul Young, British rock and blue-eyed soul vocalist ("Every Time You Go Away"; Band-Aid - "Do They Know It's Christmas?"), born in Luton, England
  • Jan 18 George Mark Collie, American country singer ("Another Old Soldier"), born in Waynesboro Tennessee
  • Jan 18 Tom Bailey, English rock vocalist & keyboardist (Thompson Twins - "Hold Me Now", "Doctor! Doctor!"), born in Halifax, West Yorkshire
  • Jan 19 Carman Licciardello, American Christian music singer, born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • Jan 19 Parthenon Huxley [Richard Miller], American rock guitarist, singer- songwriter and producer (ELO II; The Orchestra; P. Hux), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Jan 20 Adrian Vernon Fish, British classical composer, born in Bristol, England

Bill MaherBill Maher (66 years old)

Jan 20 American comedian & political commentator (Real Time with Bill Maher, Politically Incorrect), born in NYC, New York

  • Jan 20 John Phillips Naber, American swimmer (Olympic-4 gold/silver-76), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • Jan 20 Maria Larsson, Swedish politician, born in Långasjö, Sweden
  • Jan 21 Bob Brill, American drummer (Berlin - "You Take My Breath Away"), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 21 Geena Davis, American actress (Beetlejuice, Fly), born in Wareham, Massachusetts
  • Jan 21 Robby Benson, American actor (One on One, Running Brave, Chosen), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jan 22 Steve Riley, American rock drummer (L.A. Guns; W.A.S.P.), born in Revere, Massachusetts
  • Jan 23 Larysa Kuzmenko, Canadian concert pianist, and composer, of Ukrainian heritage (Memoriam for the Victims of Chornobyl; Golden Harvest), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jan 23 Lazar Ristovski, Serbian keyboardist (Smak and Bijelo Dugme), born in Novi Pazar, Yugoslavia (d. 2007)
  • Jan 24 Hanne Krogh, Norwegian singer (Bobbysocks), born in Oslo, Norway
  • Jan 24 Lounès Matoub, Kabylian singer-songwriter, guitar and mandole player, and Berber rights activist, born in of Taourirt Moussa, Algeria (d. 1998)
  • Jan 25 Andy Cox, British guitarist (Fine Young Cannibals - "She Drives Me Crazy"), born in Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Jan 26 Lisa Boray [Schulte Nordholt], Dutch jazz singer ("Lovers Until the End"), born in Breda, Netherlands
  • Jan 27 Mimi Rogers [Miriam Spickler], American actress (The Rapture; Paper Dolls; Weapons of Mass Distraction), and producer, born in Coral Gables, Florida
  • Jan 28 [Pierre] "Peter" Schilling, German synthpop musician ("Major Tom (Coming Home)"), born in Stuttgart, Germany
  • Jan 30 Jeremy Gittins, English actor, born in Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Jan 30 Keiichi Tsuchiya, Japanese racing driver, born in Tomi, Japan

John LydonJohn Lydon (66 years old)

Jan 31 English singer-songwriter & musician (Sex Pistols - God Save the Queen), born in Holloway, United Kingdom

  • Jan 31 Trevor Manuel, South African politician, born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • Feb 1 Brahmanandam, Indian film actor & comedian, born in Sattenapalle, India
  • Feb 1 Exene Cervenka, American musician, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 1 Mike Kitchen, Canadian ice hockey defenceman (NJ Devils) and coach (St. Louis Blues 2003-07), born in Newmarket, Canada
  • Feb 3 John Jefferson, American football player
  • Feb 3 Lee Ranaldo, American musician (Sonic Youth)

Nathan LaneNathan Lane (66 years old)

Feb 3 American actor (One of the Boys, Frankie & Johnnie), born in Jersey City, New Jersey

  • Feb 3 Pamela Cossey, England, model/sister of transsexual Tula
  • Feb 5 Betty Ong, flight attendant that died on September 11, 2001, on American Airlines Flight 11
  • Feb 5 Hector Rebaque, Mexican racing driver, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Feb 5 Vincent "Vinnie" Colaiuta, American touring and session rock and jazz drummer (Frank Zappa, 1979-83; Joni Mitchell, 1982-91; Sting, 1993-2003), born in Brownsville, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 6 Jon Walmsley, British actor (Jason in The Waltons), born in Lancashire, England
  • Feb 6 Linda Grovenor, American actress (Die Laughing, Wheels of Fire), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Feb 7 Emo Philips, American comedian
  • Feb 7 Mark St. John [Norton], American rock guitarist (KISS, April- November, 1984), born in Hollywood, California (d. 2007)
  • Feb 8 Dave Meros, American progressive rock bassist (Spock's Beard), born in Salinas, California
  • Feb 9 Philip Jackson Ford Jr, NC, basketball player (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Feb 10 Kenny Leon, American stage director, producer and actor (A Raisin in the Sun - Tony Award for Best Direction), born in Tallahassee, Florida
  • Feb 11 Catherine Hickland, American actress (One Life to Live), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Feb 11 David Uosikkinen, American drummer (The Hooters - "All You Zombies"; "And We Danced"), born in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 11 Didier Lockwood, French violinist, born in Calais, France (d. 2018)
  • Feb 11 H.R. [Paul D. Hudson], British-American singer (Bad Brains), born in London, England
  • Feb 11 Raoul Björkenheim, American avant-garde jazz guitarist, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 12 Ad P Melkert, Dutch minister of Social Affairs (1994- ), born in Gouda, Netherlands

Arsenio HallArsenio Hall (66 years old)

Feb 12 Anerican comedian (Alan Thicke, Arsenio, Coming to America), born in Cleveland, Ohio

  • Feb 12 Brian Robertson, Scottish rock guitarist (Thin Lizzy), born in Clarkston, Scotland
  • Feb 13 Liam Brady, Irish footballer, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Feb 13 Peter Hook, English rock bassist (New Order - "Round & Round"; "Run"), born in Salford, United Kingdom
  • Feb 13 Princess Alia bint Al Hussein, Jordanian Royal Family member, born in Amman, Jordan
  • Feb 13 Richard Eden, Canadian actor (Brick-Santa Barbara, Solar Crisis, Robocop), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Feb 13 Yiannis Kouros, Greek-Australian runner, born in Tripoli, Greece
  • Feb 14 Dave Dravecky, American pitcher & amputee (SF Giants), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Feb 14 Howard Edward Davis Jr., American boxer (Olympic silver 1976), born in Glen Cove, New York (d. 2015)
  • Feb 15 Desmond Haynes, West Indian cricket batsman and administrator (116 Tests; 7,487 runs @ 42.29; 238 ODIs; Director WI Cricket Board), born in Saint James, Barbados
  • Feb 15 Hilda Beatriz "Hildita" Guevara, Cuba, daughter of "Che" Guevara
  • Feb 15 Hitoshi Ogawa, Japanese racing driver (d. 1992)
  • Feb 17 Richard Karn [Wilson], American actor (Home Improvement) and TV game show host (Family Feud), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Feb 18 Ted Gärdestad, Swedish singer, born in Sollentuna Municipality, Sweden (d. 1997)
  • Feb 19 Dave Wakeling, British Rock singer-songwriter and guitarist (The English Beat; General Public), born in Birmingham, England
  • Feb 19 George David Low, American astronaut (STS 32, STS 43), born in Cleveland, Ohio

Jeffrey Robert ImmeltJeffrey Robert Immelt (66 years old)

Feb 19 American chairman of General Electric, born in Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Feb 19 Kathleen Beller, American actress (Promises in the Dark, Dynasty, The Betsy), born in Westchester, New York
  • Feb 19 Peter Holsapple, American rock-pop singer-songwriter (The dB's; Continental Drifters), born in Greenwich, Connecticut
  • Feb 19 Roderick MacKinnon, American biologist (2003 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for work on ion channels), born in Burlington, Massachusetts
  • Feb 19 Steve Randell, Tasmanian cricket Test umpire (international panel)
  • Feb 20 Charles Cummins, Clintwood Va, 3rd of 5 siblings born on 2/20
  • Feb 20 Charlie Adler, American voice actor (Tiny Toon Adventures) ,born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • Feb 21 Woody Brown, American actor (Cliff-Facts of Life), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Feb 22 Amy Alcott, American golfer (5-time major title winner; US Open 1980), born in Kansas City, Missouri

Eddie MurrayEddie Murray (66 years old)

Feb 24 American MLB Hall of Fame 1st baseman, 8x All-star, 3x Golden Glove (Baltimore Orioles, 1977-88 & 96; L.A. Dodgers, 1989-91 & 97, and three other teams), born in Los Angeles, California

  • Feb 24 Judith Butler, American philosopher, and gender theorist, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Feb 24 Paula Zahn, American journalist and news anchor (ABC, CBS This Morning, Fox, CNN, PBS), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Feb 25 Davie Cooper, soccer star
  • Feb 26 Keisuke Kuwata, Japanese pop singer,songwriter and film score composer, born in Chigasaki, Japan
  • Feb 28 Jimmy Nicholl, Canadian-born Northern Irish footballer
  • Feb 28 Mike Tenay, American wrestling commentator
  • Feb 29 (Jonathan) "Jono" Coleman, British-Australian television and radio, writer, and comedian, born in Hackney, England (d. 2021)
  • Feb 29 Aileen Wuornos, American serial killer whose life portrayed in film "Monsters", born in Troy, Michigan (d. 2002)
  • Feb 29 J. Randy Taraborrelli, American celebrity journalist
  • Feb 29 Jonathan Coleman, Anglo-Australian entertainer
  • Mar 1 Jan Van der Roost, Belgian composer (Chemical Suite for Trombone Quartet), born in Duffel, Belgium
  • Mar 1 Mark Todd, New Zealand equestrian rider (Olympic gold individual eventing 1984, 88), born in Cambridge, New Zealand
  • Mar 1 Timothy Daly, American actor (Joe-Wings, Diner, Made in Heaven), born in Sufferin, New York
  • Mar 2 Eusebio Pedroza, Panamanian boxer (WBA featherweight champion 1978-85), born in Panama City, Panama (d. 2019)
  • Mar 2 Gary Pearce, English rugby union prop (36 caps; Northampton Saints), born in Dinton, England
  • Mar 2 John Cowsill, American rock drummer (The Cowsills - "We Can Fly"; Beach Boys, 2000-present), born in Newport, Rhode Island
  • Mar 2 Mark Evans, Australian rock bassist (AC/DC), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Mar 3 John F Reid, New Zealand cricket batsman (19 Tests, 1296 runs @ 46.28, 6 x 100s), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2020)
  • Mar 3 Stephanie McCallum, Australian concert pianist and educator, born in Sydney
  • Mar 3 Zbigniew Boniek, Polish footballer
  • Mar 4 Kermit Driscoll, American jazz bassist (Bill Frissell), born in Kearney, Nebraska
  • Mar 5 Adriana Barraza, Mexican actress
  • Mar 5 Mark Handley, writer (Nell)
  • Mar 5 Teena Marie, American singer
  • Mar 6 Peter Roebuck, English cricketer and journalist, born in Oddington, Oxfordshire, England (d. 2011)

Bryan CranstonBryan Cranston (66 years old)

Mar 7 American actor (Breaking Bad, Malcolm in the Middle), born in Canoga Park, California

  • Mar 8 David Malpass, American economist (President of the World Bank 2019-), born in Petoskey, Michigan
  • Mar 8 John Kapelos, Canadian actor
  • Mar 8 Laurie Cunningham, English former footballer (d. 1989)
  • Mar 9 David Willetts, English Conservative Party politician, born in Birmingham, England
  • Mar 9 Mark Dantonio, American football coach for Michigan State University, born in El Paso, Texas
  • Mar 9 Shashi Tharoor, Indian politician and diplomat (United Nations Under-Secretary General), born in London
  • Mar 10 Janet Alex-Anderson, American golfer (US Open 1982), born in West Sunbury, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 10 Mitchell Lichtenstein, American actor; son of Roy Lichtenstein
  • Mar 11 Curtis L Brown Jr, NC, astronaut (STS 47, STS 66, 77, 85, sk:95)
  • Mar 11 D. J. MacHale, American author and television writer
  • Mar 11 Rob Paulsen, American voice actor (Pinky and The Brain), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Mar 12 Dale Murphy, American baseball slugger (NL MVP 1982–83; Silver Slugger Award 1982–85; Gold Glove Award 1982–86; 7 x MLB All-Star; NL HR leader 1984, 85; NL; Atlanta Braves), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Mar 12 Lesley Manville, British stage and screen actress (Mum; Phantom Thread; The Crown; Mrs. Harris Goes To Paris), born in Brighton, England
  • Mar 12 Steve Harris, English hard rock bassist (Iron Maiden - "Gypsy's Kiss"), born in London, England
  • Mar 13 Dana Delany, American actress (Colleen McMurphy-China Beach, Exit to Eden), born in NYC, New York

Jamie DimonJamie Dimon (66 years old)

Mar 13 American business executive and CEO of JPMorgan Chase, born in NYC, New York

  • Mar 14 Alexey Pajitnov, Russian video game designer and computer engineer (Tetris), born in Moscow, Soviet Union
  • Mar 14 Colin Ayre, British football player (Newcastle United), born in Ashington, Northumberland
  • Mar 14 Natalya Kuleshova, Russian cosmonaut, born in Moscow, Soviet Union
  • Mar 14 Patrick Leonard, American songwriter, film composer and music producer (Madonna), born in Crystal Falls, Michigan
  • Mar 14 Tessa Sanderson, British javelin thrower (Olympic gold. 1984), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Mar 15 Clay Matthews, NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Mar 16 Ozzie Newsome, NFL tight end (Cleveland Browns)
  • Mar 16 Vladimír Godár, Slovak contemporary classical music and film music composer, born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia)
  • Mar 17 Luca Francesconi, Italian classical and electronic music composer (Wanderer; Unexpected End of Formula), born in Milan, Italy
  • Mar 17 Patrick McDonnell, American cartoonist (Mutts), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey
  • Mar 17 Rory McGrath, British comedian, television personality, and writer (Who Dares Wins, They Think It's All Over), born in Redruth, Cornwall
  • Mar 17 Will Rigby, American rock drummer and percussionist (The dB's)
  • Mar 18 "The Model" Rick Martel [Richard Vignault], wrestler (WWF/AWA)
  • Mar 18 Deborah Jeane Palfrey, American escort owner, born in Charleroi, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • Mar 18 Ingemar Stenmark, Swedish alpine skier (2 Olympic gold 1980), born in Joesjö, Sweden
  • Mar 19 Alina Castro, Havanna Cuba, daughter of Fidel
  • Mar 19 Yegor Gaidar, Russian politician and economist.
  • Mar 20 Alphonso Martin, British reggae percussionist and vocalist (Steel Pulse, 1977-91 - "Prodigal Son"), born in Birmingham, England
  • Mar 20 Phillip Oppenheim, British MP (C), born in London, England
  • Mar 21 André Malherbe, Belgian motocross racer (FIM 500cc Motocross World Champion 1980, 81, 84), born in Huy, Belgium (d. 2022)
  • Mar 21 Ingrid Kristiansen, Norwegian long distance athlete (World C'ship gold 10,000m 1987; WR 5,000m, 10,000m, marathon; NYC 1989; Boston Marathon 1986, 89), born in Trondheim, Norway
  • Mar 21 László Tihanyi, Hungarian composer (Silence of the Winds; Two Imaginary Dialogues), and conductor (Ensemble Intermodulation), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Mar 22 Generosa Ammon, American widow of murdered multimillionaire Ted Ammon, suspect in his death, born in Laguna Beach, California (d. 2003)
  • Mar 22 Lena Olin, Swedish actress (Enemies A Love Story), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Mar 23 Andrew Mitchell, British MP
  • Mar 23 José Manuel Barroso, Portuguese politician, president of the European Commission
  • Mar 23 Laura Thorne, chef (named one of 10 best American chefs)
  • Mar 24 Ijaz Faqih, cricketer (Pakistan off-spin all-rounder in 5 Tests 80-88)
  • Mar 25 Matthew Garber, English child actor (Mary Poppins), born in London, England (d. 1977)
  • Mar 25 Sonia M Lannaman, England, 4X100m relayer (Olympic bronze 1980)
  • Mar 26 Charly McClain, American country singer (Radio Heart), born in Jackson, Tennessee
  • Mar 26 Tatyana Kochergina, Ukrainian handball player (Olympic gold 1976, 80 USSR), born in Ovidiopol, Ukraine
  • Mar 27 (Paul) "Wix" Wickens, British session and touring keyboard player (Paul McCartney; Nik Kershaw; Kevin Coyne), born in Brentwood, Essex, England
  • Mar 27 Brian Kelly, American CFL wide receiver (Edmonton Eskimos), born in Arcadia, California
  • Mar 27 Thomas Wassberg, Swedish cross country skier (4 Olympic gold 1980, 84, 88), born in Lennartsfors, Värmland, Sweden
  • Mar 28 April Margera, American TV personality, Bam Margera's mother, born in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 28 Asoka De Silva, Sri Lankan cricket leg-spinner (Sri Lanka in 10 Tests 1985-91), born in Kalutara, Sri Lanka
  • Mar 28 Evelin Jahl, German discus thrower (Olympic-2 gold-1976), born in Annaberg-Buchholz, Germany
  • Mar 28 T A Sekar, Indian cricket pace-bowler (2 Tests 1982-83 little impact), born in Chennai, India

About 1956

How Old? 65 or 66 years old
Generation: Baby Boomer

Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep (Jan 24, 1955 - Feb 11, 1956),
Monkey (Feb 12, 1956 - Jan 30, 1957)