Famous Birthdays on May 15

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 241

  • 1565 Henrick de Keyser, architect/master builder of Amsterdam
  • 1567 Claudio Monteverdi, Italian composer and pioneer in development of opera (L'Orfeo, espro della Beata Vergine), baptised in Cremona, Italy (d. 1643)
  • 1608 René Goupil, French Catholic missionary (Canadian Martyrs) (d. 1642)
  • 1689 Mary Wortley Montagu, English essayist, feminist, eccentric (baptism 26 May)
  • 1720 Maximilian Hell, Slovakian astronomer (d. 1792)
  • 1749 Levi Lincoln, Sr., American revolutionary, statesman, politician, and acting Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1820)
  • 1754 Pierre Dutillieu, composer
  • 1759 Maria Theresia von Paradis, composer
  • 1764 Johann Nepomuk Kalcher, composer
  • 1773 Clemens L Metternich, Austrian prince
  • 1786 General Dimitris Plapoutas, a Revolutionary in the Greek War of Independence (d. 1864)
  • 1791 Baron Floris A van Hall, Dutch minister of Justice/Finance
  • 1795 Adolf B Marx, German music theorist
  • 1802 Isaac Ridgeway Trimble, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1888)
  • 1807 Luigi Ferdinando Casamorata, composer
  • 1808 Gottfried Herrmann, composer
  • 1808 Michael William Balfe, composer
  • 1810 Jacob Thompson, (Confederacy), (d. 1885)
  • 1813 Stephen Heller, Hungarian composer and pianist, born in Pest (d.1888)
  • 1817 Debendranath Tagore, Indian religious reformer (d. 1905)
  • 1819 Thomas Leonidas Crittenden, American lawyer, politician, and Major General (Union Army), born in Russellville, Kentucky (d. 1893)
  • 1830 Laurence Simmons Baker, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1907)
  • 1830 Martinus W van der Aa, author/Dutch head-editor (The Time)
  • 1841 Giovanni Bolzoni, composer
  • 1845 Ilya Mechnikov, Russian zoologist and bacteriologist known as the "father of natural immunity" (Nobel 1908), born in Ivanovka, Kharkov Governorate, Russian Empire
  • 1848 Viktor Vasnetsov, Russian painter (d. 1926)
  • 1851 Herbert Lawford, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1887), born in Bayswater, England (d. 1925)
  • 1855 Eduard von Keyserling, Baltic German writer (Dritte Stiege)
  • 1856 Lyman Frank Baum, NY, children's book author (The Wizard of Oz)
  • 1857 Williamina Fleming, Scottish-born astronomer (d. 1911)
  • 1859 Pierre Curie, French physicist (Nobel 1903) and husband of Marie Curie, born in Paris, France (d. 1906)
  • 1860 Ellen Louise Axson Wilson, 1st wife of US President Woodrow Wilson
  • 1862 Arthur Schnitzler, Austrian playwright/novelist (La Ronde)
  • 1865 Albert Verwey, Dutch poet/literature historian (Motion)
  • 1873 Nikolay Tcherepnin, Russian composer of ballets, born in St Petersburg, Russia [OS: 03/05]
  • 1878 Francisco Pujol, composer
  • 1880 Otto Dibelius, German theologist/bishop (Confessional Church)
  • 1883 Stanley Marchant, English composer, born in London (d. 1949)
  • 1888 Jean Wahl, French philosopher
  • 1889 Bessie Hillman, founder (Almalgamated Clothing Workers of America)
  • 1890 Katherine Anne Porter, American novelist (Ship of Fools)
  • 1891 Chief Nipo T Strongheart, US Native American actor (Pony Soldier), born in Yakima, Washington
  • 1891 David Vogel, Ukraine, author (Huwelijksleven)
  • 1891 Fritz Feigl, Austrian chemist (spot tests)
  • 1891 Mikhail Bulgakov, Russian playwright/novelist (Black Snow)
  • 1892 Jimmy Wilde, boxer (d. 1969)
  • 1893 Michel Gusikoff, composer
  • 1893 Stanley Lupino, English comic (Cheer Up, Over She Goes), born in London (d. 1942)
  • 1895 Charles Lamont, director (Abbott & Costello Go to Mars), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1895 William D. Byron, U.S. Congressman (d. 1941)
  • 1898 "Arletty" Arlette-léonie Bathiat, French actress (Maxime), born in Courbevoie, France (d. 1992)

  • 1899 Jean-Etienne Valluy, French general (d. 1970)
  • 1901 Xavier Herbert, Australian author (d. 1984)
  • 1901 Luis Monti, Argentine-Italian footballer (d. 1983)
  • 1902 Richard J Daley, American politician (38th Mayor-Chicago-D:1955-76), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1976)
  • 1902 Anny Ondra, Czech actress (Blackmail, Manxman), born in Tarnów, Galicia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1987)
  • 1903 Maria Reiche, German-born mathematician and archaeologist (d. 1998)
  • 1904 Clifton Fadiman, American TV host (Information Please, Quiz Kids), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1904 Gustav-Adolf Boltenstein, Swedish equestrian dressage (Olympic gold 1952, 56)
  • 1905 Joseph Cotten, American actor (Citizen Kane, The Third Man, Airport 77, Hearse), born in Petersburg, Virginia (d. 1994)
  • 1907 Josef Alexander, composer
  • 1907 Phillip Piratin, communist
  • 1907 Sukhdev Thapar, Indian freedom fighter (d. 1931)
  • 1908 Lars-Eric Vilner Larsson, Akarp Sweden, composer (Linden)
  • 1909 James Mason, British actor (Lolita, North by Northwest, Bloodline, Boys From Brazil), born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire (d. 1984)
  • 1909 Rodolfo Cornejo, composer
  • 1910 Constance Cummings, American soprano and actress (John & Julie, 7 Sinners, Glamour), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2005)
  • 1911 Leo Fuchs, Polish-born Jewish American actor (The Six Million Dollar Man, Avalon), born in Lemberg, Galicia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1994)
  • 1911 Max Frisch, Swiss architect/writer (Stiller, Biedermann)
  • 1911 Herta Oberheuser, Nazi doctor (d. 1978)
  • 1912 Alexis Kagame, Rwanda, priest/writer
  • 1912 Alexis Nihon, Bahamas, wrestler (Olympics 1968)
  • 1912 Arthur Victor Berger, American composer (Ideas of Order), born in NYC, New York
  • 1914 Jack Pepys, immunologist
  • 1914 Pierre Froidebise, composer
  • 1914 Turk Broda, ice hockey goaltender (d. 1972)
  • 1915 Maurice B Latey, commentator (BBC World Service)
  • 1915 Paul A Samuelson, economist (1970 Nobel, 1947 John Bates Clark Medal)
  • 1915 Gus Viseur, French button accordionist (d. 1974)
  • 1916 Bill Williams, American actor (Starlit Time, Date With the Angels), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1917 Hugh Edward Lance Falkus, filmmaker/naturalist
  • 1918 Eddy Arnold, Henderson TN, country singer (Cattle Call, Anytime)
  • 1918 Joseph Wiseman, Canadian actor (Dr No, Viva Zapata, Les Miserables), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2009)
  • 1919 Charles Palmer, cricketer (one Test 1955, later MCC president)
  • 1920 Hugh Henry Home Popham, aviator/writer/poet
  • 1922 Enrico Berlinguer, Italian communist/Secretary-General (CPI) [or May 25]
  • 1922 Jakucho Setouchi, Japanese writer and Buddhist nun
  • 1923 Richard Avedon, American photographer (1957 ASMP award)
  • 1923 John Lanchbery, English composer (d. 2003)
  • 1923 Johnny Walker [Badruddin Jamaluddin Kazi], Indian actor (Madhumati, Chachi 420), born in Indore, British India (d. 2003)
  • 1924 Andrea Gyarmati, Hungary water polo player (Olympics, 1948-60), (d. 2013)
  • 1924 Don Kenyon, cricketer (England batsman in 8 Tests 1951-55)
  • 1924 Jaime Garcia Terre, poet/essayist
  • 1924 Ursula Thiess [Schmidt], German actress (Monsoon, Bengal Brigade, Americano), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 2010)
  • 1924 Maria Koepcke, German ornithologist (d. 1971)
  • 1925 Andrey Yakoulevich Eshpay, composer
  • 1925 Emmanuel Ghent, composer
  • 1925 Jos Jacobs, Flemish director (Madonna of Nedermunster)
  • 1925 Mary Lyon, English geneticist (X-chromosome inactivation), born in Norwich, Norfolk (d. 2014)
  • 1926 Anthony Shaffer, Engish playwright (Sleuth), twin brother to Peter, born in Liverpool (d. 2001)
  • 1926 [Jean-Josephat] Clermont Pépin, Canadian pianist and composer (Implosion Symphony), born in Saint-Georges, Quebec (d. 2006)
  • 1926 Peter Shaffer, English playwright (Equus, Amadeus), twin brother to Anthony, born in Liverpool (d. 2016)
  • 1929 Jack Flavell, cricketer (England pace bowler in 4 Tests 1961-64)
  • 1929 David Healy, American-born actor (Supergirl, Doomsday Gun, Patton), born in NYC, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1929 Frank Evans Heart, American computer engineer (worked on first routing computer for ARPANET, the Internet's predecessor), born in the Bronx, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1930 Jasper Johns, painter/sculptor (Green Target), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1931 F Korthals Altes, Dutch minister of Justice (VVD)
  • 1931 Ken Venturi, American golfer, (d. 2013)
  • 1932 John Glen, Thames England, actor (Spy Who Loves Me, Backfire)
  • 1934 David Robin Francis Guy Greville, 8th Duke of Warwick
  • 1935 Ted Dexter, cricketer (in Milan Superb England batsman of 60's)
  • 1935 Gordon Mills, British songwriter (Tom Jones - "Its not Unusual"), born in Madras, India (d. 1986)
  • 1936 Anna Maria Alberghetti, Italian singer/actress (Cinderfella)
  • 1936 Donald [Anthony] Moffitt, American sci-fi author (Jupiter Theft)
  • 1936 Jean Balissat, composer
  • 1936 Paul Zindel, playwright (Effects of Gamma Rays on Marigolds)
  • 1936 Wavy Gravy, American clown and activist
  • 1936 Ralph Steadman, British cartoonist
  • 1937 Trini Lopez [Trinidad Lopez], American singer and guitarist (If I Had a Hammer), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1937 Madeleine Albright, American politician and diplomat and 1st female U.S. Secretary of State (1997-2001), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1938 Lenny Welch, Asbury Park NJ, (Breaking up is Hard to Do)
  • 1938 Mireille Darc, French actress (Week End, Hurried Man), born in Toulon
  • 1939 Brian Hartley, mathematician
  • 1939 Dorothy Shirley, British athlete
  • 1940 Beth Stone, LPGA golfer
  • 1940 Paul Rudd, actor (Conn Yankee in King Arthur's Court), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1940 Roger Ailes, American TV executive and CEO of Fox News (1996-2016), born in Warren, Ohio (d. 2017)
  • 1941 Cyril Cooray, cricketer (Sri Lankan Test umpire on intl panel)
  • 1941 K T Oslin, Crossett Ar, country singer (80's Ladies)
  • 1941 Lainie Kazan, singer/actress (Lust in the Dust, Beaches), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1941 Richard Edward Wilson, composer
  • 1942 Anthony Wayne England, PhD/astronaut (STS 51-F), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1942 Doug Lowe, 35th Premier of Tasmania
  • 1943 Harve Brosten, comedy writer/producer/director (All in the Family)
  • 1944 Gunilla Hutton, Goteborg Sweden, actress (Petticoat Junction)
  • 1944 Miruts Yifter 'Yifter the Shifter', Ethiopian runner (Olympic golds 1980), born in Adigrat (d. 2016)
  • 1944 Ian "Tich" Amey, British rock musician (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich), born in Salisbury Wiltshire
  • 1944 Bill Alter, Missouri State Senator
  • 1945 Lasse Berghagen, Swedish singer
  • 1945 Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza, heir to the Portuguese crown
  • 1947 Graham Goble, Adelaide, Australia, rock guitarist (Little River Band)
  • 1948 Brian Eno, Woodbridge England, rock keyboardist/singer (On Land)
  • 1949 Eric J Beekes, actor/singer (Hunk)
  • 1949 Frank L Culbertson Jr, Cmdr USN/astro (STS-38), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1949 Wendy Pritchard, Australian women's field hockey team manager (Olympics 1996)
  • 1950 Nicholas Hammond, American actor (The Amazing Spider-Man), born in Washington D.C.
  • 1951 Dennis Frederiksen, rocker (Toto-Roseanna, Africa), (d. 2014)
  • 1951 Frank Wilczek, American Physicist (2004 Nobel Prize), born in Mineola, New York
  • 1952 Chazz Palminteri, American actor (The Usual Suspects, Bronx Tale), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1952 Rick Waits, baseball pitcher (Rangers, Indians, Twins)
  • 1952 David Brandon, American businessman (Toys "R" Us, Domino's Pizza), born in Dearborn, Michigan

Person of interestGeorge Brett

1953 George Brett, American Baseball Hall of Fame 3rd baseman (13-time All Star), born in Glen Dale, West Virginia

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • 1953 Mike Oldfield, British musician and composer (Tubular Bells) born in Reading, Berkshire
  • 1954 Bob Beauchemin, Winnipeg Canada, golfer (West Coast Open-1982, 83)
  • 1954 Robert P. Harrison, American thinker
  • 1955 Lee Horsley, American actor (Nero Wolfe, Matt Houston), born in Muleshoe, Texas
  • 1956 Alice Miller, Marysville CA, LPGA golfer (1985 Nabisco Dinah Shore)
  • 1956 Dan Patrick, American sportscaster
  • 1957 Juan José Ibarretxe, Basque Lehendakari (Prime Minister)
  • 1957 Kevin Von Erich, American professional wrestler
  • 1958 Ron Simmons, American professional wrestler
  • 1959 Andrew Eldritch, rocker (Sisters of Mercy-Walk Away, Black Planet)
  • 1959 Kaokor Galaxy, Thai boxer
  • 1960 Rob Bowman, American film director
  • 1961 Anne Kelly, LPGA golfer
  • 1961 Katrin Cartlidge, British actress (d. 2002)
  • 1961 Melle Mel [Melvin Glover], American rapper (Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1963 George Heidweiler, Suriname, Dutch painter
  • 1963 Grant Herslov, actor (Wayne-Spencer, Under One Roof), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1964 Pierre Trentin, French 1K time trials (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1965 Dan Stryzinski, NFL punter (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1965 Jeff Rochlin, American actor (Cutting Class, Splitz, Taps), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1965 Raí, Brazilian footballer
  • 1966 Paul Ysebaert, Sarnia, NHL left wing (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • 1967 John Smoltz, pitcher (Atlanta Braves, 1996 Cy Young), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1967 Madhuri Dixit, Indian actress
  • 1968 James "Jim" Neil, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1968 Leroy Hoard, NFL running back (Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1968 Todd Porter, NJ, actor (Hamilton-Whiz Kids)
  • 1968 Cecilia Malmström, Swedish politician
  • 1968 Seth Putnam, American musician

Person of interestEmmitt Smith

1969 Emmitt Smith, American NFL Running Back (Dallas Cowboys, 3-time NFL rushing leader), born in Pensacola, Florida

American Football Player Emmitt Smith
American Football Player
Emmitt Smith
  • 1969 Holly McPeak, Manhattan Beach CA, beach volleyballer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1969 Hideki Irabu, Japanese baseball player
  • 1969 Asalah Nasri, Syrian singer
  • 1970 Artie Smith, NFL defensive end (Cin Bengals)
  • 1970 Cory Philpot, CFL running back (BC Lions)
  • 1970 Desmond Howard, NFL receiver (Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders)
  • 1970 Frank de Boer, Dutch soccer star (Ajax)
  • 1970 Keith Tower, NBA center (LA Clippers)
  • 1970 Prince Be [Attrell Cordes], American rapper (PM Dawn), born in Jersey City (d. 2016)
  • 1970 Rod Smith, Texarkana, Arkansas, American NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1970 Ronald de Boer, Dutch soccer player (Ajax)
  • 1970 Tony Brown, NFL cornerback (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1970 Martin Rossiter, Welsh Musician
  • 1971 Scott Shipley, Bremerton Wash, slalom single kayaker (Olympic 6th 1996)
  • 1971 Phil Pfister, American strength athlete
  • 1972 David Charvet, actor (Melrose Place)
  • 1972 Patrick Pothuizen, soccer player (Vitesse)
  • 1972 Tirrell Greene, WLAF guard (Frankfurt Galaxy)