Famous Birthdays on May 5

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 220

  • 867 Uda, 59th Emperor of Japan, born in Kyōto, Japan (d. 931)
  • 1210 Afonso III, King of Portugal (1248-79), born in Coimbra, Kingdom of Portugal (d. 1279)
  • 1352 Rupert, King of Germany (1400-10), born in Amberg, Germany (d. 1410)
  • 1479 Guru Amar Das, third Sikh Guru, born in Amritsar, Punjab, India (d. 1574)
  • 1546 Thomas Cecil, 1st Earl of Exeter, English politician, born in St Mary the Great, Cambridge, England (d. 1623)
  • 1557 Emanuel Philibert de Lalaing, Baron of Montigny and Marquis of Renty, born in Valenciennes, France (d. 1590)
  • 1635 Philippe Quinault, French playwright (L'amant indiscreet), born in Paris (d. 1688)
  • 1657 Jacques Danican Philidor, French composer (d. 1708)
  • 1680 Giuseppe Porsile, Neapolitan composer, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1750)
  • 1715 Daniel Dal Barba, Italian composer, born in Verona, Italy (d. 1801)
  • 1741 John Archer, American Congressman who received the 1st medical diploma issued on US continent (1768), born near Churchville, Maryland (d. 1810)

Person of interestLeopold II

1747 Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany (1765-90) and Holy Roman Emperor (1790-92), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1792)

Holy Roman Emperor Leopold II
Holy Roman Emperor
Leopold II
  • 1749 Jean-Frédéric Edelmann, French composer, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1794)
  • 1764 Robert Craufurd, British general, born in Newark Castle, Ayrshire (d. 1812)
  • 1800 Louis Christophe François Hachette, French publisher (Librairie Hachette), born in Rethel, Ardennes, France (d. 1864)
  • 1804 Jacob Kats, Flemish writer (Earthly Paradise), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1886)

  • 1813 Søren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1855)
  • 1815 Eugène Marin Labiche, French playwright (The Italian Straw Hat), born in Paris (d. 1888)
  • 1817 George Washington Julian, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana, born in Centerville, Indiana (d. 1899)

Person of interestKarl Marx

1818 Karl Marx, German philosopher (Communist Manifesto, Das Kapital), born in Trier, Prussia (d. 1883)

Communist Philosopher Karl Marx
Communist Philosopher
Karl Marx
  • 1819 Stanisław Moniuszko, Polish composer, born in Ubiel, Belarus (d. 1872)
  • 1823 James Allen Hardie, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in NYC, New York (d. 1876)
  • 1826 Eugénie de Montijo, Empress of France (1853-71), born in Granada, Kingdom of Spain (d. 1920)
  • 1830 John Batterson Stetson, American hat manufacturer, born in Orange, New Jersey (d. 1906)
  • 1832 Hubert Howe Bancroft, American historian, ethnologist (History of Pacific States), born in Granville, Ohio (d. 1918)
  • 1833 Ferdinand von Richthofen, German geographer and explorer, born in Carlsruhe, Prussian Silesia (d. 1905)
  • 1834 Viktor Hartmann, Russian architect and painter, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1873)
  • 1842 Johann Nepomuk Fuchs, Austrian composer, born in Frauental, Styria, Austria (d. 1899)
  • 1846 Federico Chueca, Spanish composer, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1908)
  • 1846 Henryk Sienkiewicz, Polish author (Quo Vadis, Nobel 1905), born in Wola Okrzejska, Poland (d. 1916)
  • 1848 Adalbert von Goldschmidt, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1906)
  • 1849 Hambletonian, greatest standardbred horse, born in Chester, New York
  • 1854 Antonio Smareglia, Italian composer, born in Pula, Austria-Hungary (d. 1929)
  • 1862 Max Elskamp, Belgian author and poet (Lesson Joies Blondes, Maya), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1931)
  • 1863 Frederik August Stoett, Dutch linguist (Dutch Proverbs), born in Leeuwarden, Netherlands (d. 1936)
  • 1865 Felicjan Szopski, Polish composer, born in Krzeszowice, Poland (d. 1939)
  • 1865 Nellie Bly [Elizabeth Cochran Seaman], American journalist and writer (Ten Days in a Mad House), born in Cochran’s Mills, Pennsylvania (d. 1922)
  • 1866 Thomas B. Thrige, Danish industrialist, born in Odense, Denmark (d. 1938)
  • 1867 T. Tertius Noble, English composer, born in Bath, England (d. 1953)
  • 1869 Hans Pfitzner, German composer (Palestrina), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1949)
  • 1871 Alberto Cametti, Italian composer, born in Rome (d. 1935)

  • 1882 Sylvia Pankhurst, English feminist and suffragette, born in Old Trafford, Manchester, England (d. 1960)
  • 1883 Charles "Chief" Bender, American MLB pitcher and only American Indian in baseball's Hall of Fame (Philadelphia Athletics), born in Crow Wing County, Minnesota (d. 1954)
  • 1883 Léopold Samuel, Belgian composer, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1975)
  • 1883 Petar Konjović, Serbian composer, born in Čurug, Serbia (d. 1970)
  • 1883 Archibald Wavell, 1st Earl Wavell, British general, born in Colchester, Essex, England (d. 1950)
  • 1885 Henri Velge, 1st chairman (Belgian Council of State) (d. 1951)
  • 1886 Manuel Borguno, Spanish composer and pedagogue, born in Rubí (d. 1973)
  • 1887 Estelle Hemsley, American actress (Take a Giant Step), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1968)
  • 1887 Geoffrey Fisher, Baron Fisher of Lambeth, Archbishop of Canterbury (1945-61), born in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England (d. 1972)
  • 1889 Herbie Taylor, South African cricketer (prolific South African pre- & post-WWI), born in Durban, Colony of Natal (d. 1973)
  • 1890 Christopher Morley, American author (Kitty Foil), born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania (d. 1957)
  • 1894 Kit Guard, Danish actor (El Diablo Rides, Kid Courageous), born in Hals, Denmark (d. 1961)
  • 1899 Freeman Gosden, American writer and actor (The Amos 'n' Andy Show, Calvin and the Colonel), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1982)
  • 1900 Charles Jewtraw, American 500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1924), born in Clinton County, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1900 Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt, German composer and conductor (Hassan gewinnt), born in Berlin (d. 1973)
  • 1900 Mervyn A. Ellison, British astronomer (spectrohelioscope), born in Fethard-on-Sea, County Wexford, Ireland (d. 1963)
  • 1901 Blind Willie McTell, American ragtime singer and guitarist, born in Thomson, Georgia (d. 1959)
  • 1903 James Beard, American culinary expert and author (Delights & Prejudices), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1985)
  • 1904 Gordon Richards, British jockey (winner of 4,870 races), born in Donnington Wood, Telford (d. 1986)
  • 1905 Arnold Meijer, Dutch leader of fascist Dutch National & Black Front, born in Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands (d. 1965)
  • 1905 Robert Houben, Belgian politician (Minister of Public health 1958), born in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium (d. 1992)
  • 1906 Frances "Fran" Lee, American actress (Reckless Rosie), born in Eagle Grove, Iowa (d. 2000)
  • 1906 Ursula Jeans, British actress (Cavalcade, Over the Moon, I Lived With You), born in Simla, British India (d. 1973)
  • 1907 Benny Baker, American actor (18 Again, Sting II, Thunderbirds), born in St Joseph, Missouri (d. 1994)
  • 1907 Kenneth Muir, English scholar, born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1907 Yoritsune Matsudaira, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo (d. 2001)
  • 1908 Jacques Massu, French general who led Battle of Algiers, born in Châlons-sur-Marne (d. 2002)
  • 1908 Kurt Böhme, German bass, born in Dresden, Germany (d. 1989)
  • 1909 Miklós Radnóti, Hungarian poet (Clouded Sky), born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1944)
  • 1910 William I Martin, US pilot/vice-admiral (WWII)
  • 1911 Gilles Grangier, French film director (Archimède le clochard), born in Paris (d. 1996)
  • 1911 Norman Oldfield, English cricketer (Engl batsman one Test v WI 1939, 80 & 19), born in Dukinfield, Cheshire, England (d. 1996)
  • 1911 Philip Manson-Bahr, English zoologist and specialist in tropical medicine, born in Wavertree, Liverpool, England (d. 1996)
  • 1912 Fenton Morley, British parish priest who chaired the Church of England Morley Commission, born in Wales (d. 1995)
  • 1914 Tyrone Power, American actor (The Mark of Zorro, Alexander's Ragtime Band), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1958)
  • 1915 Alice Faye [Leppert], American actress and singer (Hello Frisco, Hello, Fallen Angel, Stowaway), born in NYC, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1915 Richard Rovere, American political journalist (Goldwater Caper), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 1979)
  • 1916 Zail Singh, Indian politician (7th President of India 1982-87), born in Sandhwan, British India (d. 1994)
  • 1917 Ron Saggers, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (effective NSW & Aussie late 40's), born in Marrickville, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1987)
  • 1918 Erbie Bowser, American blues and jazz pianist, born in Davila, Texas (d. 1995)
  • 1919 Tony Canadeo, American NFL hall of fame halfback (Green Bay Packers), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • 1919 Georgios Papadopoulos, Greek dictator (head of the military coup d'état that took place in Greece on 21 April 1967), born in Elaiohori, Greece (d. 1999)
  • 1920 Hidalgo Moya, American architect and designer (Skylon), born in Los Gatos, California (d. 1994)
  • 1921 Sonja Oosterman, Dutch singer (Marketensters) (d. 2008)

Person of interestArthur Leonard Schawlow

1921 Arthur Leonard Schawlow, American physicist, shared the 1981 Nobel Prize in Physics for his pioneering work with lasers, born in Mount Vernon, New York (d. 1999)

  • 1922 J. D. "Jay" Miller, American record producer, born in Iota, Louisiana (d. 1996)
  • 1922 Monica Lewis, American jazz singer and film actress (Box Office, Affair with a Stranger), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • 1923 Godfrey Quigley, Irish actor (Barry Lyndon, Educating Rita, Rooney), born in Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine (d. 1994)
  • 1923 Richard Wollheim, British philosopher (deeply engaged with issues that were central to the visual arts), born in London (d. 2003)
  • 1924 Leopoldo Torre Nilsson, Argentine film director (Monday's Child), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1978)
  • 1924 Theo Olof, German-Dutch violinist and concert master, born in Bonn, Germany (d. 2012)
  • 1925 Leo Ryan, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California), born in Lincoln, Nebraska (d. 1978)
  • 1925 Mykola Plaviuk, Ukranian president (1978-81), born in Rusiv, Ukraine (d. 2012)
  • 1925 Bob Cerv, American baseball player (Yankees), born in Weston, Nebraska (d. 2017)
  • 1926 Ann B Davis, American actress (Bob Cummings Show, Alice-Brady Bunch), born in Schenectady NY, (d. 2014)
  • 1927 Charles Rosen, American pianist and musicologist (Sonata Forms), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1927 Patricia "Pat" Carroll, American comedienne and actress (Ursula- The Little Mermaid, Make Room for Daddy), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1927 Sid O'Linn, South African cricketer (soccer for South Africa 1947, cricket 1960), born in Oudtshoorn, Cape Province (d. 2016)
  • 1928 Pierre Schoendoerffer, French Academy Award winning director and screen writer (The Anderson Platoon), born in Chamalieres, France (d. 2012)
  • 1928 Marshall Grant, American bassist (Johnny Cash's Tennessee Two), born in Bryson City, North Carolina (d. 2011)
  • 1929 John S Ragin, American actor (Dr Astin-Quincy ME), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2013)
  • 1930 Michael J. Adams, USAF pilot (X-15), born in Sacramento, California (d. 1967)
  • 1931 Greg [Michel Régnier], Belgian comic-book writer (Achille Talon), born in Ixelles, Belgium (d. 1999)
  • 1932 Aurel Stroe, Romanian composer, born in Bucharest (d. 2008)
  • 1932 Will Hutchins, American actor (Sugarfoot, Hey Landlord), born in Atwater, California
  • 1933 Collie Smith, West Indies cricket all-rounder (26 Tests, HS 168), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1959)
  • 1934 Ace Cannon, American saxophonist (Tuff Sax), born in Grenada, Mississippi (d. 2018)
  • 1935 Douglas Marland, American soap opera writer (Gen Hospital), born in West Sand Lake, New York (d. 1993)
  • 1935 Edward "Kidd" Jordan, American jazz saxophonist and music educator, born in Crowley, New Orleans
  • 1936 Patrick Gowers, British film scores composer (Hamlet), born in Islington, England (d. 2014)

  • 1937 Rob Van Gennep, Dutch publisher, born in Wassenaar, Netherlands (d. 1994)
  • 1937 Delia Derbyshire, English musician and composer (Doctor Who theme, White Noise), born in Coventry, England (d. 2001)
  • 1938 Jerzy Skolimowski, Polish film director (Hands Up, Deep End), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 1938 Johnnie Taylor, American R&B and multi-genre singer (Disco Lady, I Believe in You), born in Crawfordsville, Arkansas (d. 2000)
  • 1938 Michael Murphy, American ctor (McCabe & Mrs Miller, Unmarried Woman), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1939 James R. Jones, American lawyer and politician (U.S. Ambassador to Mexico), born in Muskogee, Oklahoma
  • 1939 Cesare Fiorio, Italian sporting director of various Formula One teams, born in Turin, Italy
  • 1940 Lance Henriksen, American actor (Aliens, Pumpkinhead, Knights, Hard Target), born in Manhattan, New York
  • 1941 Alexander Ragulin, Russian ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72), born in Moscow (d. 2004)
  • 1942 Amy Hill, American comedian and actress (Grandma-Seinfeld, Pauly Shore), born in Deadwood, South Dakota

Person of interestTammy Wynette

1942 Tammy Wynette [Virginia Pugh], American country singer (Stand by your Man), born in Itawamba County, Mississippi (d. 1998)

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette
  • 1942 Marc Alaimo, American actor (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Person of interestMichael Palin

1943 Michael Palin, English comedian (Monty Python, Fish Called Wanda), born in Sheffield, Yorkshire

Comedian and Actor Michael Palin
Comedian and Actor
Michael Palin
  • 1943 Andy Roxburgh, Scottish football player, coach and manager, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1943 Raphael [Miguel Rafael Martos Sánchez], Spanish singer, born in Linares
  • 1944 Jean-Pierre Léaud, French actor (Detective), born in Paris, France
  • 1944 John Rhys-Davies, Welsh actor (Sir Edward-Quest, Sliders), born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
  • 1944 Bo Larsson, Swedish football striker, born in Malmö, Sweden
  • 1944 Roger Rees, Welsh Tony winning stage and screen actor (Cheers), born in Aberystwyth (d. 2015)
  • 1945 Jiří Svoboda, Czech director and politician (2nd Chairman of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia), born in Kladno, Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia
  • 1945 Kurtis "Kurt" Loder, American film critic, TV personality and columnist (Rolling Stone, New York, Time), born in Ocean City, New Jersey
  • 1948 Bill Ward, English heavy metal drummer (Black Sabbath), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1948 Frank Esler-Smith, English-Australian rock keyboardist (Air Supply), born in London (d. 1991)
  • 1949 Anna Bergman, Swedish actress (Agent 69), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1950 Maggie MacNeal, Dutch singer (Mouth & MacNeal, I See a Star), born in Tilburg, Netherlands
  • 1950 Googoosh [Faegheh Atashin (فائقه آتشین)], Persian singer and actress, born in Sarcheshmeh Street, Tehran
  • 1951 Rex Goh, Singaporean-Australian rock guitarist (Air Supply), born in Singapore
  • 1952 Louis Cortelezzi, rock saxophonist (Mink DeVille)
  • 1952 Campbell McComas, Australian impersonator and broadcaster, born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2005)
  • 1954 Angelo Kimball, American rock guitarist (Face To Face), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1954 Dave Spector, American television personality and commentator, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1955 Melinda Culea, American actress (A-Team, Brotherly Love), born in Western Springs, Illinois
  • 1955 Robert Feld, National Scrabble Champion (1990), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1956 Dick Kemper, Dutch rock vocalist and bassist (Vandenberg), born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • 1957 Richard E. Grant, Swazi-English actor (Posse, Bram Stoker's Dracula), born in Mbabane, British Swaziland
  • 1957 Lisa Eilbacher, Saudi-American actress (Beverly Hills Cop), born in Dharan, Saudi Arabia
  • 1957 Peter Howitt, British actor and film director (Laws of Attraction), born in Manchester, Lancashire, England
  • 1958 Ron Arad, Israeli Air Force weapon systems officer (WSO) who is officially classified as missing in action since October 1986, born in Hod HaSharon, Israel
  • 1959 Ian McCulloch English rock vocalist (Echo & Bunnymen - Heaven Up Here), born in Liverpool
  • 1959 Brian Phelps, American disk jockey and actor (Mark & Brian), born in Cambridge, Illinois

  • 1961 Hiroshi Hase, Japanese wrestler (NJPW) and politician (Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology), born in Oyabe, Toyama, Japan
  • 1962 Jenifer McKitrick, American songwriter (Mine, Mine, Mine), born in Defiance, Ohio
  • 1963 Simon Rimmer, English chef and TV host (Something for the Weekend), born in Wallasey, Merseyside, England
  • 1963 Heidi Kozak, Danish-American actress (Slumber Party Massacre 2), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1963 James LaBrie, Canadian singer (Dream Theater), born in Penetanguishene, Ontario, Canada
  • 1964 Heike Henkel, German world record indoor high jumper (Olympic gold 1992), born in Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein
  • 1964 Lorraine McIntosh, Scottish pop singer (Deacon Blues) and actress, born in Cumnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland
  • 1964 Ulrich Wilson, Dutch soccer player (FC Volendam), born in Nieuw Nickerie, Suriname
  • 1965 Glenn Seton, Australian racing driver
  • 1966 Mike Stapleton, Canadian NHL center (Winnipeg Jets), born in Sarnia, Ontario
  • 1966 Shawn Drover, Canadian drummer (Megadeth), born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • 1967 Brad Baxter, American NFL fullback (NY Jets), born in Dothan, Alabama
  • 1967 Charles Nagy, American baseball pitcher (Cleveland Indians), born in Fairfield, Connecticut
  • 1967 Takehito Koyasu, Japanese seiyu (voice actor), born in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • 1967 Maro Mavri, Greek fashion model and actress, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1968 Tim Neilsen, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (South Australian 1991), born in Forest Gate, London, England
  • 1969 Bryan Ivie, American volleyball middle blocker (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in Torrance, California
  • 1970 LaPhonso Ellis, American NBA forward (Denver Nuggets), born in East St. Louis, Illinois
  • 1970 Kyan Douglas, American TV personality (Queer Eye), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1970 Juan Acevedo, Mexican baseball player (Colorado Rockies), born in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico
  • 1970 Naomi Klein, Canadian author (This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate) and activist, born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • 1970 Soheil Ayari, French-Iranian racer, born in Aix-les-Bains, Savoie, France
  • 1971 Harold Miner, American NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Inglewood, California
  • 1971 Ken Brown, American NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos), born in Wiesbaden, Germany
  • 1971 David Reilly, American singer (God Lives Underwater) (d. 2005)
  • 1972 Barrett Brooks, American NFL tackle (Philadelphia Eagles), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1972 Brigitta Boccoli, Italian actress (Manhattan Baby), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1972 Mikael Renberg, Swedish NHL right wing (Philadelphia Flyers, TB Lightning), born in Piteå, Sweden
  • 1972 Ronald Snook, Australian rower (Olympics bronze 1996), born in Dalwallinu, Western Australia
  • 1972 Rushia Brown, American WNBA forward & center (Cleveland Rockers), born in New York
  • 1972 Travis Jervey, American NFL running back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1972 Žigmund Pálffy, Slovak NHL right wing (NY Islanders), born in Skalica, Czechoslovakia
  • 1972 James Cracknell, British rowing champion (Olympic gold 2000, 04), born in Sutton, London
  • 1973 Muhsin Muhammad, American football wide receiver (Carolina Panthers), born in Lansing, Michigan
  • 1973 Tina Yothers, American actress (Jennifer-Family Ties), born in Whittier, California
  • 1974 Seiji Ara, Japanese racing driver (winner of the 24-hour Le Mans race 2004), born in Chiba, Japan
  • 1976 Sage Stallone, American actor (Rocky V) and the eldest son of Sylvester Stallone, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1976 Anastasios Pantos, Greek footballer, born in Korydallos, Greece
  • 1976 Juan Pablo Sorín, Argentine footballer (Argentine national team FIFA World Cups), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1977 Choi Kang-hee, South Korean actress (Sweet Buns), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 1978 Ola Gjeilo, Norwegian composer (Dreamweaver), born in Skui, Norway
  • 1978 Bruno Cheyrou, French footballer, born in Suresnes, France
  • 1978 Morgan Pehme, American filmmaker (Get Me Roger Stone), born in NYC, New York
  • 1978 Santiago Cabrera, Venezuelan-Chilean-British actor (Isaac Mendez - Heroes), born in Caracas, Venezuela
  • 1979 Vincent Kartheiser, American actor (Mad Men), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1980 Yossi Benayoun, Israeli footballer (Israel national team captain), born in Dimona, Israel
  • 1980 DerMarr Johnson, American basketball player, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1981 Danielle Christine Fishel, American actress (Topanga-Boy Meets World), born in Mesa, Arizona
  • 1981 Marcelle Bittar, Brazilian-Lebanese supermodel, born in Guarapuava, Paraná, Brazil