On This Day

Famous People Born in 1956 (Part 2)

Birthdays 201 - 400 of 711

  • Apr 15 Gregory J. Harbaugh, American astronaut (STS 39, 54, 71, 82), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Apr 15 Michael Cooper, American NBA star (LA Lakers), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 16 David M. Brown, U.S. Navy Captain and NASA astronaut, born in Arlington, Virginia (d. 2003)
  • Apr 16 Lise-Marie Morerod, Swiss skier, born in Les Diablerets, Vaud, Switzerland
  • Apr 17 Kaye Young, WBL forward (NY Stars, NJ Stars), born in Bunn, North Carolina
  • Apr 17 Pillow [Theresa Jean Bell], American bodybuilder (Gold Classic 1983)
  • Apr 18 David Edwards, American golfer (US Masters 1984 3rd; 4 PGA Tour titles), born in Neosho, Missouri
  • Apr 18 Eric Roberts, American actor (Pope of Greenwich Village, King of Gypsies), born in Biloxi, Mississippi
  • Apr 18 John James, American actor (Jeff Colby-Dynasty), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Apr 18 Melody Thomas Scott, American actress (Nikki-Young & Restless), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 18 Anna Kathryn Holbrook, American actress (Another World), born in Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Apr 18 Poonam Dhillon, Indian actress (Noorie), born in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
  • Apr 19 Sue Barker, British tennis player (French Open 1976), born in Paignton, England
  • Apr 20 Beatrice Ask, Swedish politician (Moderate Party), born in Sveg, Sweden
  • Apr 21 Rick DeMont, American 400m swimmer, drug disqualification (1972 Olympics)
  • Apr 21 Phillip Longman, American demographer

  • Apr 22 Catherine Mary Stewart, Edmonton, actress (Passion & Paradise)
  • Apr 25 Jaroslava Schallerová, Hungarian actress (Valerie and Her Week of Wonders), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • Apr 26 Koo Stark [Kathleen Dee-Anne], American photographer and actress (Emily), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 27 Dennie Shupryt-Knoop, American beach volleyballer (Olympics 1996), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 27 Bryan Harvey, American musician (House of Freaks), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 2006)
  • Apr 28 Jeremy John Beadle, British critic, writer and broadcaster, born in York, England (d. 1995)
  • Apr 28 Paul S Lockhart, Amarillo Tx, Major USAF/astronaut
  • Apr 28 Jimmy Barnes [James Swan], Australian singer-songwriter (For the Working Class Man), born in Glasgow
  • Apr 29 Ron Verlin, rocker (Shooting Star)
  • Apr 29 Ketil Stokkan, Norwegian singer
  • Apr 30 Jorge Chaminé, Portuguese baritone
  • Apr 30 Lars von Trier, Danish film director (Dancer in the Dark), born in Kongens Lyngby
  • May 1 Byron Stewart, Baxter Springs Ks, actor (Warren Coolidge-St Elsewhere)
  • May 2 David Rhodes, English guitarist (Random Hold), born in London
  • May 3 Marc Bellemare, French-Canadian lawyer and politician, born in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec

Person of interestAkio Toyoda

May 3 Akio Toyoda, Japanese president of Toyota Motor Corporation, born in Nagoya, Japan

President of Toyota Motor Corporation Akio Toyoda
President of Toyota Motor Corporation
Akio Toyoda
  • May 3 Gillian Rolton, Australian equestrian (Summer Olympics 1992, 1996- gold), born in Adelaide, South Australia (d. 2017)
  • May 4 Michael L. Gernhardt, American NASA astronaut (STS 69, 83, 94, sk 100), born in Mansfield, Ohio
  • May 4 Ulrike Meyfarth, German high jumper (Olympic gold 1972), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • May 4 David Guterson, American author (Snow Falling on Cedars), born in Seattle, Washington

  • May 4 Ken Oberkfell, American baseball player, born in Highland, Illinois
  • May 4 Sharon Jones, American soul singer (Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings), born in Augusta, Georgia (d. 2016)
  • May 5 Dick Kemper, Dutch rock vocalist and bassist (Vandenberg), born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • May 6 Tim Simpson, American golfer (4 PGA Tour titles, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • May 7 Jan Peter Balkenende, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (2002-10), born in Biezelinge, Netherlands
  • May 7 Anne Dudley, British classical and film composer (The Full Monty), born in Beckenham, Kent
  • May 7 Jean Lapierre, Canadian politician and television host, born in Bassin, Quebec, Canada (d. 2016)
  • May 8 Jeff Madrigali, soling sailor (Olymp-bronze-96), born in Walnut Creek, California
  • May 9 Wendy Crewson, Canadian actress (Saving Hope), born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • May 10 Vladislav Listyev, Russian television anchor and journalist (d. 1995)
  • May 11 Theresa Burke, Canadian journalist
  • May 11 Alex Lester, British broadcaster
  • May 12 Bernie Federko, Canadian ice hockey player
  • May 12 Glenn Robbins, Australian comedian

Person of interestHomer Simpson

May 12 Homer Simpson, fictional character from the long running television show "The Simpsons", born in Springfield

Fictional TV Character Homer Simpson
Fictional TV Character
Homer Simpson
  • May 13 Aleksandr Yuriyevich Kaleri, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-14)
  • May 13 Ravi Shankar [Sri Sri], Indian spiritual leader and founder of the Art of Living Foundation, born in Papanasam, India
  • May 13 Richard Madeley, British TV presenter, journalist, columnist and novelist (Richard & Judy, The Wright Stuff), born in Romford, Essex
  • May 14 Gillian [Marucha] Bradshaw, American sci-fi author (Hawk of May)
  • May 14 Steve Hogarth, Kendal England, vocals (Marillion-Clutching at Straws)
  • May 15 Alice Miller, American golfer (Nabisco Dinah Shore 1985), born in Marysville, CA
  • May 15 Dan Patrick, American sportscaster
  • May 17 Bob Saget, comedian (Full House, America's Funniest Home Video), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • May 17 Sue Carpenter, TV presenter/journalist
  • May 17 Sugar Ray [Charles] Leonard, American boxer (Olympic gold 1976), born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina
  • May 17 Dave Sim, Canadian cartoonist
  • May 18 Naomichi 'Joe' Ozaki, Japanese golfer (32 Japan Tour titles), born in Tekushima, Japan
  • May 19 Althea Gwyn, WBL center (NY Stars)
  • May 19 Martyn Ware, rocker (Heaven 17-Electric Dreams)
  • May 19 Steve Ford, actor (Young & Restless)/son of President Gerald Ford
  • May 20 Andrew Hilditch, cricketer (Australian opening bat 1979-85)
  • May 20 Tomas Smid, Czech, tennis star
  • May 20 Ingvar Ambjørnsen, Norwegian author (Elling tetralogy, Brødre i blodet), born in Tønsberg, Norway
  • May 20 Dean Butler, American actor
  • May 20 William Michaelian, American novelist and poet
  • May 20 John Carney, American politician, Governor of Delaware (2017-), born in Willington, Delaware
  • May 22 Douglas Heyes Jr., American actor (Captains & Kings, Aspen), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 22 Natasha Shneider, Russian musician (Eleven), born in Riga, Latvia (d. 2008)
  • May 22 Lucie Brock-Broido, American poet and academic (Noctuary), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • May 23 Ursula Plassnik, Austrian politician and Minister of Foreign Affairs (2004-8), born in Klagenfurt, Austria
  • May 23 Mark Shaw, New Zealand rugby union flanker (30 caps; Manawatu, Hawke's Bay), born in Palmerston North, New Zealand
  • May 23 Buck Showalter, American baseball manager (AL Manager of the Year 1994, 2004, 14; NY Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks, Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles) and analyst (ESPN, YES network), born in DeFuniak Springs, Florida
  • May 24 Helen Terry, British rocker (Now You're Mine), born in England
  • May 24 Michael Jackson, Northern Irish clergyman (Archbishop of Dublin), born in Lurgan, County Armagh, Northern Ireland
  • May 25 Tatsutoshi Goto, Japanese professional wrestler (WAR/NJPW), born in Tokoname, Aichi, Japan
  • May 25 Lincoln Barrington "Sugar" Minott, Jamaican singer (The African Brothers), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2010)
  • May 25 David P. Sartor, American music composer, born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • May 25 Larry Hogan, American politician, Governor of Maryland (2015-), born in Washington, D.C.
  • May 26 Frédéric Dutoit, French politician
  • May 27 Lisa Niemi, actress (Dirty Dancing, Will Rodgers Follies), born in Houston, Texas
  • May 27 Nick Lowery, NFL kicker (NY Jets)
  • May 27 Cynthia McFadden, American television anchor
  • May 28 Germaine Montenesdro, 2nd victim of NYC's Zodiac killer (survives)
  • May 28 Jeff Dujon, cricket wicket-keeper (WI 1981-91, their most successful)
  • May 28 Mark Alexander Lees, rowing Coach

  • May 28 Markus Höttinger, Austrian racing driver (d. 1980)
  • May 29 LaToya Jackson, American singer and model (If You Feel the Funk), posed for Playboy, born in Gary, Indiana
  • May 29 Larry Blackmon, rocker (Cameo-Alligator Woman)
  • May 30 Jonathan Idema, Poughkeepsie, New York, torturer, kidnapper and con artist (d. 2012)
  • May 30 David-Maria Sassoli, Italian politician and journalist, European President (2019-), born in Florence, Italy
  • May 31 Bart van Poppel, Dutch bassist/guitarist/singer (Tambourine)
  • May 31 Yoshiko Sakakibara, Chiba Japan, actress (Sailor Moon, Vampire Hunter)
  • May 31 Fritz Hilpert, German musician and sound engineer (Kraftwerk)
  • Jun 1 Lisa Hartman Black, American singer and actress (Tabitha, Knots Landing), born in Houston, Texas
  • Jun 1 Robin Mattson, actress (Janet Green-All My Children), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 2 Mark L Polansky, pilot/astronaut, born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • Jun 2 Mani Ratnam, Indian film director, screenwriter and producer
  • Jun 2 Malcolm Garrett, English graphic designer
  • Jun 3 Danny Wilde, rocker (Rembrandts)
  • Jun 3 Suren Nalbandyan, USSR, lightweight (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Jun 3 George Burley, Scottish football player and manager
  • Jun 4 John Treacy, Irish marathoner (Olympic silver 1984), born in Villierstown, County Waterford
  • Jun 4 Terry Kennedy, American baseball player, born in Euclid, Ohio
  • Jun 4 Martin Adams, English darts player (BDO World Champion 2007, 10-11), born in Sutton, Surrey, England
  • Jun 4 Keith David, American actor (Platoon, There's Something About Mary), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 4 John Hockenberry, American journalist (HEAT with John Hockenberry), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Jun 5 Kenny G [Gorelick], American jazz saxophonist (Duotones, Breathless), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Jun 5 Richard A Searfoss, Mount Clemons Mich, Astronaut (STS 58, 76, sk 90)
  • Jun 5 Richard Butler, English singer (Psychedelic Furs)
  • Jun 6 Andy Pycroft, cricketer (Zimbabwe Test batsman)

Person of interestBjörn Borg

Jun 6 Björn Borg, Swedish tennis player (11-time Grand Slam winner), born in Stockholm, Sweden

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • Jun 6 Jay C Buckey, American physician/astronaut (STS 58 alt, sk: 90), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 6 Marilyn Jones, American actress (Carey-King's Crossing), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 7 Robert Dover, American equestrian dressage (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jun 9 Patricia Cornwell, American author (Kay Scarpetta crime novels), born in Miami, Florida

  • Jun 10 Georg Borwin, Duke of Mecklenburg, head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
  • Jun 10 E. V. V. Satyanarayana, Indian Telugu film director, screenwriter and producer, born in Dommeru Village, India (d. 2011)

Person of interestRay Nagin

Jun 11 [Clarence] Ray Nagin, American politician (Mayor of New Orleans, 2002-2010), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

Mayor of New Orleans Ray Nagin
Mayor of New Orleans
Ray Nagin

Person of interestJoe Montana

Jun 11 Joe Montana, NFL quarterback (San Francisco 49ers), born in New Eagle, Pennsylvania

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana
  • Jun 11 Jamaaladeen Tacuma [Rudy McDaniel], American jazz bassist (Ornette Coleman), born in Hempstead, New York
  • Jun 12 Terry Alderman, Australian cricketer (prolific Australian medium-pacer 1981-91), born in Subiaco, Perth, Australia
  • Jun 14 Fred Funk, American golfer (The Tradition 2008, 10; US Senior Open 2009), born in Takoma Park, Maryland
  • Jun 14 Sam Irvin, American director and producer (Guilty as Charged), born in Asheville, North Carolina
  • Jun 14 King Diamond [Kim Petersen], Danish heavy metal musician (Merciful Fate, King Diamond), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Jun 15 Ava Cadell, actress (Do or Die), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Jun 15 Lance Parrish 'Big Wheel', American baseball player, born in Clairton, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 17 Nick Cook, English cricketer (left arm slow bowler in 15 Tests 1983-89), born in Leicester
  • Jun 18 Brian Benben, American, actor (Dream On, Gangster Chronicles), born in Winchester, Virginia
  • Jun 19 Doug Stone, American singer
  • Jun 20 Peter Reid, English former footballer
  • Jun 21 Mikhail Burtsev, Soviet sabre fencer (Olympic gold 1976, 1980), born in Moscow (d. 2015)
  • Jun 21 Rick Sutcliffe, American baseball pitcher (LA Dodgers, Chicago Cubs), born in Independence, Missouri
  • Jun 22 Derek Forbes, rocker (Simple Minds-Water Front)
  • Jun 22 Green [Gartside], rock vocalist (Scritti Politti-Flesh & Blood)
  • Jun 22 Tim Russ, actor (Tuvoc-Star Trek Voyager), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jun 22 Alfons De Wolf, Belgian cyclist
  • Jun 22 Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Pakistani Politician and Foreign Minister
  • Jun 23 Tony Hill, American football player
  • Jun 23 Randy Jackson, American bassist, singer, and record producer (American Idol judge), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Jun 24 Joe Penny, English actor (Gangster Wars, Riptide, Jake & the Fatman), born in London, England
  • Jun 25 Boris Trajkovski, 2nd President of the Republic of Macedonia, born in Monospitovo, Strumica, SR Macedonia, Yugoslavia (d. 2004)
  • Jun 25 Anthony Bourdain, American-French celebrity chef, author, and TV personality considered one of the most influential chefs in the world (No Reservations, Parts Unknown), born in NYC, New York (d. 2018)
  • Jun 25 Bongiwe (Bongi) Dhlomo-Mautloa, South African artist, born in Vryheid, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • Jun 26 Azhar Cachalia, Scottish-South African leader (United Democratic Front), born in Scotland
  • Jun 26 Bernard A. Harris Jr., African American astronaut (STS 55, 63), born in Temple, Texas

Person of interestChris Isaak

Jun 26 Chris Isaak, American rock singer-songwriter (Wicked Game), born in Stockton, California

Singer Chris Isaak
Singer
Chris Isaak
  • Jun 27 Jeff Odintz, American horse trainer, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 27 Brad Childress, American football coach, born in Aurora, Illinois
  • Jun 27 Ted Haggard, American evangelical preacher (New Life Church, Colorado), born in Yorktown, Indiana
  • Jun 28 Noel Mugavin, Australian rules football player, born in Koroit, Victoria
  • Jun 29 Pedro Guerrero, Dominican MLB player (LA Dodgers), born in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
  • Jun 29 Pedro Santana Lopes, 116th Prime Minister of Portugal (2004-05), born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • Jun 30 [Philip] Adrian Wright, British composer and keyboard player (Human League-Only Human), born in Wakefield, England
  • Jun 30 David Alan Grier, American actor and comedian (In Living Color, Boomerang), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jun 30 Ronald Winans, American gospel singer (Winans), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2005)
  • Jul 1 Lorna Patterson, American actress (Airplane, Pvt Benjamin), born in Whittier, California
  • Jul 1 Brian Sabean, American MLB executive (SF Giants World Series 2010, 12, 14), born in Concord, New Hampshire
  • Jul 1 Alan Ruck, American actor (Spin City), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jul 2 Jeffrey Cooper, rock guitarist (Midnight Star-No Parking)
  • Jul 2 Jerry Hall, American model, married to Mick Jagger and Rupert Murdoch (Batman, Freejack), born in Mesquite, Texas
  • Jul 2 Leslie Reid, equestrian dressage (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jul 3 Eddie Edwards, South African tennis star, born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Jul 3 Montel Williams, American TV talk show host (Montel), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jul 3 Vincent Margera "Don Vito", American reality TV Viva La Bam castmember, born in Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 5 James Lofton, American NFL wide receiver (Bills, Packers, Raiders), born in Fort Ord, California
  • Jul 5 Patricia "Patsy" Pease, American actress (Kimberly-Days of Our Lives), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Jul 6 John Jorgenson, American singer (Desert Rose Band-Love Reunited), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Jul 6 Matt Bahr, American NFL placekicker (NE Patriots, NY Giants), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 6 Casey Sander, American actor (Mike-The Big Bang Theory), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jul 7 Bill Lagattuta, American news correspondent (CBS, 48 Hours, Eye to Eye), born in New York City, New York
  • Jul 8 Millard Frank Hampton, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1976), born in Fresno, California
  • Jul 8 Russell Christian, rocker (Christians-Harvest the World)

Person of interestTom Hanks

Jul 9 Tom Hanks, American actor (Saving Private Ryan, Forrest Gump, Philadelphia), born in Concord, California

Actor Tom Hanks
Actor
Tom Hanks
  • Jul 10 Tom McClintock, American politician (U.S. House of Representatives from California), born in White Plains, New York
  • Jul 11 Sela Ward, Meridian Miss, actress (Hilary-Emerald Point NAS, Sisters)

  • Jul 12 Mel Harris [Mary Ellen], American actress (Hope-30 Something), born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 12 Mario Soto, Dominican baseball player
  • Jul 13 Bill Caudill, American MLB reliever (All Star 1984), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Jul 13 Mark "The Animal' Mendoza [Glickman], American bassist (Twisted Sister-We're Not Gonna Take It), born in Long Island, New York
  • Jul 13 Michael Spinks, American middleweight boxer (Olympic gold 1976), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Jul 14 Vladimir Kulich, Czech actor
  • Jul 14 Bob Birch, American musician (Elton John), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2012)
  • Jul 15 Joe Satriani, American rock guitarist, born in Westbury, New York
  • Jul 15 Kathy Kreiner, Canadian giant slalom (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Jul 15 Toshihiko Seko, Japanese runner (world record 25/30 km)
  • Jul 15 Ian Curtis, English rock vocalist (Joy Division-Transmission) (d. 1980)
  • Jul 16 Tony Kushner, American playwright and screenwriter (Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes), born in New York

Person of interestBryan Trottier

Jul 17 Bryan Trottier, American NHL Center (NY Islanders), born in Val Marie, Saskatchewan

NHL Star Bryan Trottier
NHL Star
Bryan Trottier
  • Jul 17 Robert Romanus, American actor, born in West Hartford, Connecticut
  • Jul 17 Julie Bishop, Australian Liberal Party politician and Minister for Foreign Affairs (2013-present), born in Lobethal, South Australia
  • Jul 18 Audrey Landers [Hamburg], American actress and singer (Dallas, Chorus Line), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 18 Razor Shines, American baseball player (Montreal Expos), born in Durham, North Carolina
  • Jul 19 Yoshiaki Yatsu, Japanese professional wrestler (NJPW/WCCW/WWF) and mixed martial artist, born in Oura, Gunma, Japan
  • Jul 19 Peter Barton, American actor (Powers of Matthew Star), born in Valley Stream, New York