On This Day

Famous Birthdays on December 13

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 214

  • 1521 Pope Sixtus V [Felice Piergentile], Pope of the Catholic Church (1585-90), born in Grottammare, Papal States (d. 1590)
  • 1533 Erik XIV, King of Sweden (1560-69), born in Stockholm (d. 1577)

Person of interestHenry IV of France

1553 Henry IV, 1st Bourbon King of Navarra (1572-1610) and France (1589-1610), born in Pau, Navarre (d. 1610)

  • 1585 William Drummond of Hawthornden, Scottish poet, born in Hawthornden Castle, Midlothian, Scotland (d. 1649)
  • 1640 Robert Plot, English naturalist, born in Borden, Kent (d. 1696)
  • 1662 Francesco Bianchini, Italian philosopher and scientist, born in Verona, Italy (d. 1729)
  • 1678 Yongzheng, 4th Emperor of the Qing Dynasty, born in Yonghe Palace, Forbidden City, China (d. 1735)
  • 1720 Carlo Gozzi, Italian dramatist, born in Venice (d. 1804)
  • 1724 Franz Aepinus, German physician and physicist, born in Rostock, Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (d. 1802)
  • 1732 Jean-Claude Trial, French composer, born in Avignon, France (d. 1771)
  • 1740 Franz Xaver Schnitzer, German composer, born in Bad Wurzach, Germany (d. 1785)
  • 1770 John Clarke-Whitfeld, English organist and composer, born in Gloucester, England (d. 1836)
  • 1784 Archduke Louis of Austria, 14th child of Holy Roman Emperor Leopold II and Feldmarschal-Leutnant of Austrian Imperial Army, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1864)
  • 1797 Heinrich Heine, German poet and lyricist (Schubert, Liszt), born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 1856)
  • 1804 Joseph Howe, Canadian politician (3rd Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia (d. 1873)
  • 1810 Clark Mills, American sculptor (Freedom, Armed Liberty) (d. 1883)

  • 1816 Clement Claiborne Clay, American politician (U.S. Senator from Alabama), born in Huntsville, Alabama (d. 1882)

Person of interestWerner von Siemens

1816 [Ernst] Werner von Siemens, German inventor (siemens electrical conductance unit) and industrialist (Siemens corporation), born in Lenthe, German Confederation (d. 1892)

Industrialist and Inventor Werner von Siemens
Industrialist and Inventor
Werner von Siemens

Person of interestMary Todd Lincoln

1818 Mary Todd Lincoln, American wife of Abraham Lincoln and US First Lady (1861-65), born in Lexington, Kentucky (d. 1882)

First Lady of the United States Mary Todd Lincoln
First Lady of the United States
Mary Todd Lincoln
  • 1819 Edwin George Monk, English church organist and composer, born in Frome, Somerset (d. 1900)
  • 1835 Phillips Brooks, American Episcopal bishop and composer (Little Town of Bethlehem), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1893)
  • 1836 Franz von Lenbach, German painter, born in Schrobenhausen, Bavaria (d. 1904)
  • 1838 Marie-Alexis Castillon de Saint-Victor, French composer, born in Chartres, France (d. 1873)
  • 1843 George Stephănescu, Romanian composer, born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 1925)
  • 1850 G. F. Grace, English cricketer and brother of W. G. Grace), born in Downend, Bristol (d. 1880)
  • 1850 Iver Holter, Norwegian composer, born in Gausdal, Norway (d. 1941)
  • 1853 Joseph Sickman Corsen, Curacao musician, composer and screenwriter, born in Curacao (d. 1911)
  • 1856 Svetozar Boroević, Austro-Hungarian field marshal, born in Umetić, Croatian Military Frontier, Austrian Empire (d. 1920)
  • 1858 Jakab Gyula Major, Hungarian pianist and composer, born in Kosice, Czech Republic (d. 1925)
  • 1860 Lucien Guitry, French actor (La Dame aux camélias), born in Paris, France (d. 1925)
  • 1863 Johannes Weiss, German New Testament scholar, born in Kiel, Germany (d. 1914)
  • 1864 Emil Seidel, German-American politician (36th Mayor of Milwaukee), born in Ashland, Pennsylvania (d. 1947)
  • 1865 Gustav Luders, German-American composer, born in Bremen, Germany (d. 1913)
  • 1867 Kristian Birkeland, Norwegian explorer and scientist (nominated 7 times for Nobel Prize), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1917)
  • 1870 Edward LeSaint, American actor and director (Modern Times, The Dumb Messenger), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1940)
  • 1871 Herman Theodoor Colenbrander, Dutch historian, born in Drachten, Netherlands (d. 1945)

  • 1871 Russell W. Porter, American artist and explorer (Alaska), born in Springfield, Vermont (d. 1949)
  • 1871 Emily Carr, Canadian painter, born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (d. 1945)
  • 1874 Ludwig Curtius, German archaeologist (Die antike Kunst), born in Augsburg, Germany (d. 1954)
  • 1877 Mykola Leontovych, Ukrainian composer, born in Selevyntsi, Podolia, Russian Empire (d. 1921)
  • 1883 Belle da Costa Greene, American librarian, bibliographer and archivist, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1950)
  • 1886 Lambertus Johannes van Apeldoorn, Dutch lawyer (martial law), born in IJlst, Netherlands (d. 1979)
  • 1887 Alvin York, American World War I soldier who led a famed attack on a German machine gun nest (Medal of Honor), born in Pall Mall, Tennessee (d. 1964)
  • 1887 George Pólya, Hungarian mathematician, born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1985)
  • 1890 Marc Connelly, American playwright (One Minute Please), born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania (d. 1980)
  • 1892 Brand Dirck Ochse, Dutch filmmaker and co-founder (Polygoon), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1958)
  • 1897 Drew Pearson, American newscaster (Drew Pearson), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 1969)
  • 1898 Daniel Lazarus, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1964)
  • 1899 Harold Guinzburg, American publisher (founder of Literary Guild), born in NYC, New York (d. 1961)
  • 1899 Yusef Greiss, Egyptian composer, born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 1961)
  • 1900 Jonel Perlea, Romanian composer, born in Ograda, Romania (d. 1970)
  • 1900 Norman Foster, American actor (Skyscraper Souls), born in Richmond, Indiana (d. 1976)
  • 1902 Paul Kurzbach, German composer, born in Hohndorf, Germany (d. 1997)
  • 1902 Talcott Parsons, American sociologist, born in Colorado Springs, Colorado (d. 1979)
  • 1903 Carlos Montoya, American flamenco guitarist (Suite Flamenco 1966), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1993)
  • 1903 Yevgeny Petrov [Yevgeny Petrovich Kataev], Soviet writer, born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 1942)
  • 1903 John Piper, British writer (US Churches in WWI) and official war painter, born in Epsom, Surrey, England (d. 1992)
  • 1906 Ingemar Liljefors, Swedish composer, born in Gothenburg, Sweden (d. 1981)
  • 1906 Laurens Jan van der Post, South African-born writer, soldier, explorer and conservationist, born in Philippolis (d. 1996)
  • 1908 Victor Babin, Russian composer, born in Moscow (d. 1972)
  • 1910 Lillian Roth [Rutstein], American singer and actress (Animal Crackers), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1980)
  • 1910 Van Heflin [Emmett Evan Heflin Jr], American actor (Great Adventure, Madame Bovary), born in Walters, Oklahoma (d. 1971)
  • 1910 Charles Alfred Coulson, British chemist (theoretical), born in Dudley, England (d. 1974)

Person of interestKenneth Patchen

1911 Kenneth Patchen, American poet and novelist (Cloth of the Tempest), born in Niles, Ohio (d. 1972)

Poet and Novelist Kenneth Patchen
Poet and Novelist
Kenneth Patchen
  • 1911 Trygve Haavelmo, Norwegian economist and 1989 Nobel laureate for his contributions to econometrics, born in Skedsmo, Norway (d. 1999)

Person of interestArchie Moore

1913 Archie Moore, American light-heavyweight boxing champion (1952-60), born in Benoit, Mississippi, (d. 1998)

Boxing Champion Archie Moore
Boxing Champion
Archie Moore
  • 1913 Jimmy Carroll, American pianist (Most Important People), born in NYC, New York (d. 1972)
  • 1913 John Wyndham Pope-Hennessy, English art historian and director of British Museum (1974-76), born in London (d. 1994)
  • 1914 Alan Bullock, British historian and author (Hitler: A Study in Tyranny), born in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England (d. 2004)
  • 1914 George "Tiger" Haynes, American jazz musician (The Three Flames) and actor (In the Heat of the Night, The Wiz), born in Frederiksted, St. Croix (d. 1994)
  • 1914 Larry Parks [Samuel Lawrence Parks], American actor (The Jolson Story, Love Is Better Than Ever), born in Olathe, Kansas (d. 1975)
  • 1915 Balthazar Johannes Vorster, Prime Minister of South Africa (1966-77), born in Uitenhage, Eastern Cape, South Africa (d. 1983)
  • 1915 Ross MacDonald [Kenneth Millar], American-Canadian detective novelist (Goodbye Look), born in Los Gatos, California (d. 1983)
  • 1915 Curd Jürgens [Curt Jurgens], German-born Austrian actor (Enemy Below, Longest Day), born in Solln, Munich, Bavaria, Germany (d. 1982)
  • 1915 Yitzhak Zuckerman [Itzhak Zuckerman], Vilnius, Lithuania, Jewish resistance hero in World War II and one of the few survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
  • 1916 Mark Stevens, American actor (Big Town, Martin Kane, Private Eye), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1994)
  • 1917 Dave Street [Patrick Devlin], American actor and singer (Moonrise, I Surrender Dear, Broadway Open House), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1971)
  • 1917 John Hart, American actor (The Lone Ranger, The Adventures of Captain Africa), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2009)
  • 1918 Bill Vukovich, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1953-4), born in Fresno, California (d. 1955)
  • 1919 Hans-Joachim Marseille, German flying ace of World War II (d. 1942)
  • 1920 Donald "Don" Taylor, American director and actor (Father's Little Dividend, Escape from the Planet of the Apes), born in Freeport, Pennsylvania (d. 1998)
  • 1920 Frits Noske, Dutch musicologist (Signifier & the Signified), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1993)
  • 1920 Kaysone Phomvihane, President of Laos (Pathet Lao) (1991-92), born in Na Seng village, Khanthabouli district (d. 1992)
  • 1920 George P. Shultz, American economist, businessman and 60th Secretary of State (1982-89), born in NYC, New York
  • 1921 Jackie Pung, American golfer (5 LPGA titles), born in Honolulu, Hawaii (d. 2017)
  • 1922 José Sarria, American political activist, drag queen and 1st openly gay candidate for public office in the US (1961), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2013)
  • 1923 Fred van der Spek, Dutch 2nd chamber member (PSP), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 2017)
  • 1923 Antoni Tapies, Spanish painter, sculptor and theorist (Dau al Set), born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2012)
  • 1923 Frankie Fraser, English gangster who spent 42 years in jail, born in London, England (d. 2012)
  • 1924 Larry Doby, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (1st African-American in AL, Cleveland Indians), born in Camden, South Carolina (d. 2003)
  • 1925 Dick Van Dyke, American actor (Rob Petrie-Dick Van Dyke Show), born in West Plains, Missouri

  • 1925 Albert Paulsen, Ecuadorian-American actor (One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Doctors' Hospital), born in Guayaquil, Ecuador (d. 2004)
  • 1926 Carl Erskine, American baseball player (Bkln Dodgers), born in Anderson, Indiana
  • 1926 George Rhoden, Jamaican athlete (2 Olympic Golds 1952) born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1927 Geneviève Page [Bonjean], French actress (Madame Anais-Belle de Jour, Day & the Hour), born in Paris, France
  • 1928 W Gordon Smith, Scottish playwright, born in Edinburgh (d. 1996)
  • 1928 Jack Tramiel, American Businessman (Amiga, Commodore 64), born in Łódź, Poland (d. 2012)

Person of interestChristopher Plummer

1929 Christopher Plummer, Canadian actor (Sound of Music, Doll's House), born in Toronto, Ontario

  • 1930 Robert Prosky, Polish-American actor and comedian (Christine, Thief), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • 1933 Lou Adler, American music executive, director, producer, and co-owner of the famous Roxy Theatre, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • 1934 Richard Darryl Zanuck, American Academy Award winning film producer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)
  • 1935 Tom Wakefield, British writer, born in Staffordshire, England (d. 1996)
  • 1935 Joe Christopher, American baseball player, born in Frederiksted, U.S. Virgin Islands
  • 1935 Lindy McDaniel, American baseball player, born in Hollis, Oklahoma
  • 1936 Karim Aga Khan, Imam of Nizari-Ismaili Shia Islam, born in Geneva, Switzerland
  • 1936 J. C. Martin, American baseball player, born in Axton, Virginia
  • 1937 Rob Houwer, Dutch director and producer and actor (OK, Professor Columbus), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1938 Alvin Curran, American composer, born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1938 Tom Shaw, American golfer (The Tradition 1993), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1938 Tony Gomez, British rocker (Foundations), born in Colombo, Ceylon (d. 2015)
  • 1940 Edith Clever, German actress (Parsifal, L'Adolescente), born in Wuppertal, Germany
  • 1940 Steve Harmon, American actor (Ens Pulver-Mr Roberts), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1941 Robert Covington, American drummer and singer, born in Yazoo City, Mississippi (d. 1996)
  • 1941 Anouska Hempel, British actress (Tiffany Jones), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1941 John Davidson, American TV host (Hollywood Squares, That's Incredible), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1942 Anna Eshoo, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California), born in New Britain, Connecticut
  • 1943 Arturo Ripstein, Mexican film director (El Lugar Sin Limites, Foxtrot), born in Mexico City
  • 1943 Ferguson Jenkins, Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher and coach (NL Cy Young Award 1971; MLB All-Star 1967, 71-72; Chicago Cubs; 3,000+ career strikeouts), born in Chatham, Ontario
  • 1943 Margaret "Marti" Webb, British actress and singer (Evita, Tell Me on a Sunday), born in Hampstead, London
  • 1945 Kathy Garver, American actress (Cissy in Family Affair), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1945 Brian McGuire, Australian racing driver, born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 1977)

  • 1946 Radim Hladík, Czech guitarist (The Blue Effect), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2016)
  • 1947 Les Joslin, Australian cricketer (Test as batsman for Australia 1968, made 7 & 2), born in Yarraville, Victoria
  • 1947 Darlene Cates, American actress (What's Eating Gilbert Grape), born in Borger, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1948 Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, American guitarist (Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1948 Lillian Board, British 400m athlete (Olympic silver 1968), born in Durban, South Africa (d. 1970)
  • 1948 Ted Nugent, American guitarist (Cat Scratch Fever, Damn Yankees), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1948 Davy O'List, English rocker (Roxy Music), born in Chiswick, London
  • 1948 Brian Wilson, British Labour politician, born in Dunoon, Scotland
  • 1949 Nana Alexandria, Georgian International Woman's Chess Grandmaster (1976), born in Poti, Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic, Soviet Union
  • 1949 R. A. MacAvoy, American sci-fi author (Damiano's Lute, Raphael), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1949 Randy Owen, American country music star (Alabama-Mt Music), born in Fort Payne, Alabama
  • 1949 Tom Verlaine, American rock vocalist (Television), born in Denville, New Jersey
  • 1949 Paula Wilcox, English actress (Man About the House), born in Manchester, Lancashire, England
  • 1949 Robert Lindsey, English actor (My Family, Citizen Smith), born in Ilkeston, England
  • 1950 Heather North, American actress (Barefoot Executive), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1950 Wendie Malick, American actress (Just Shoot Me), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1952 John Francome, English jockey, born in Swindon, Wiltshire, England
  • 1952 Sylvester Ritter (Junkyard Dog), American professional wrestler, born in Wadesboro, North Carolina (d. 1998)
  • 1953 Thomas E. Sanders, American aerial cameraman (Living Daylights), born in San Pedro, California (d. 2017)
  • 1953 Zoltán Magyar, Hungarian side horse gymnast (Olympic gold 1976, 80), born in Budapest, Hungary

Person of interestBen Bernanke

1953 Ben Bernanke, American economist and Chairman of the Federal Reserve (2006-14), born in Augusta, Georgia

Economist and Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke
Economist and Chairman of the Federal Reserve
Ben Bernanke
  • 1953 Bill Castro, Dominican baseball player, born in Santiago, Dominican Republic
  • 1953 Bob Gainey, Canadian NHL player & hockey bureaucrat, born in Peterborough, Canada
  • 1954 John Anderson, American country singer and actor (I've Got a Feelin', Money in the Bank), born in Apopka, Florida
  • 1954 Steve Forbert, American musician (Romeo's Tune), born in Meridian, Mississippi
  • 1954 Tamora Pierce, American author of fantasy fiction (The Song of the Lioness), born in South Connellsville, Fayette County, Pennsylvania
  • 1956 Dale Berra, American baseball infeilder (Pittsburgh Pirates, NY Yankees), born in Ridgewood, New Jersey
  • 1956 Phil Hubbard, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1976), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1956 Majida El Roumi, Lebanese singer, born in Kfarshima, Lebanon
  • 1957 Steve Buscemi, American actor (Fargo), born in NYC, New York

  • 1957 Morris Day, American singer (The Time), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1957 Jean-Marie Messier, French businessman, born in Grenoble, France
  • 1958 Clark Brandon, American actor (Fast Food), born in NYC, New York
  • 1958 Dana Strum, American rock bassist (Slaughter-Stick it Live), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1958 Lynn-Holly Johnson, American actress (Ice Castles), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1959 John Whitaker, American actor (Family Affair, Snowball Expr), born in Van Nuys, California
  • 1959 Marianne Gravatte, American model and Playboy playmate (Oct, 1982, 1983 Playmate of the Year), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1959 Boris Zhukov [Jim Harrell], American professional wrestler, born in Roanoke, Virginia
  • 1960 Richard Dent, American football defensive end (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1960 Venkatesh Daggubati, Indian actor, born in Karamchedu, Andhra Pradesh, India
  • 1961 Gary Zimmerman, American NFL tackle (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Fullerton, California
  • 1961 Harry Gregson-Williams, English composer, born in Chichester, England
  • 1961 Irene Sáez, Venezuelan beauty queen crowned Miss Universe 1981 and politician, born in Chacao, Miranda, Venezuela
  • 1962 Karen Witter, American actress (Tina on One Life to Live) and Playboy playmate (Mar, 1982), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1962 Kendra Slawinski, English netball player
  • 1964 Lucky Peterson [Judge Kenneth Peterson], American musician (The Son of a Bluesman), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1965 Stacy Sunny, female infielder (Colo Silver Bullets), born in San Bernardino, California
  • 1965 Marko Mäetamm, Estonian artist, born in Viljandi, Estonia
  • 1966 Ross Burden, New Zealand celebrity chef, born in Napier, New Zealand (d. 2014)
  • 1966 Don Roff, American writer and filmmaker, born in Walla Walla, Washington

Person of interestJamie Foxx

1967 Jamie Foxx, American actor (Ray, In Living Color) comedian and musician, born in Terrell, Texas

Actor and Singer-Songwriter Jamie Foxx
Actor and Singer-Songwriter
Jamie Foxx
  • 1967 Jenn Thompson, American actor (Dee-Harper Valley PTA), born in NYC, New York
  • 1967 Mike Mordecai, American baseball infielder (Atlanta Braves), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1967 Scott Zolak, American NFL quarterback (NE Patriots), born in Monongahela, Pennsylvania
  • 1967 Bo Pelini, American football coach, born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1968 Carlos Hasselbaink, Dutch soccer player (VVV/FC Utrecht/Haarlem), born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • 1968 Shaun Stafford, American tennis star (1992 Taipei), born in Ocala, Florida
  • 1969 Sergei Fedorov, Russian NHL forward (Detroit, Olympic silver 1998), born in Pskov, Russia
  • 1969 Tony Curran, Scottish actor (Gladiator, Underworld: Evolution), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1969 Murat Nasyrov, Russian singer and composer, born in Almaty, Kaszakhstan (d. 2007)

  • 1970 Basit Ali, Pakistani cricketer (exciting Pakistani batsman 1993-), born in Karachi, Sindh
  • 1970 Tonja Yevette Buford-Bailey, American 400m hurdler (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1971 Miguel Angel Martinez Soto, mariachi
  • 1971 Mike Pelton, American NFL defensive tackle (Indianapolis Colts), born in Goshen, Alabama
  • 1972 Craig Sauer, American NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons), born in Sartell, Minnesota
  • 1973 Christie Clark, American actress (Carrie Brady-Days of Our Life), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1973 Shandon Anderson, American NBA forward (Utah Jazz), born in Atlanta, Goergia
  • 1974 Sara Cox, English TV and radio presenter (The Radio 1 Breakfast Show), born in Bolton, Greater Manchester, England
  • 1974 Nicholas McCarthy, German-English guitarist (Franz Ferdinand), born in Blackpool, England
  • 1975 Matt LeCroy, American baseball catcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Belton, South Carolina
  • 1975 Tom DeLonge, American guitarist (blink-182, Angels & Airwaves), born in Poway, California
  • 1976 Radosław Sobolewski, Polish footballer, born in Białystok, Poland
  • 1976 Søren Friis, Danish footballer (AC Horsens)
  • 1976 Josh Fogg, American baseball player, born in Lynn, Massachusetts
  • 1977 Sascha Kindred, British Paralympic swimmer, born in Münster, Germany
  • 1977 Peter Stringer, Irish rugby union footballer, born in Cork, Ireland
  • 1978 Ryo Kawakita, Japanese guitarist (Maximum the Hormone), born in Tokyo
  • 1978 B.J. Penn, American mixed martial artist, born in Kailua, Hawaii
  • 1981 Chelsea Hertford, American actress (Major Dad)