Famous Birthdays on November 15

  • 1316 Jean I, King of France and Navarre, (Nov 15-19, 1316), born in Paris (d. 1316 - he lived only 5 days)
  • 1397 Nicholas V [Tommaso Parentucelli], Italian Pope (1447-55), born in Sarzana, Republic of Genoa (d. 1455)
  • 1498 Eleanor of Austria, Queen of Portugal and France, born in Leuven, Belgium (d. 1558)
  • 1556 Jacques Davy Duperron, French Roman Catholic cardinal, born in Saint-Lô, Normandy, France (d. 1618)
  • 1559 Albert VII, Archduke of Austria and cardinal-archbishop of Toledo, born in Wiener Neustadt, Austria (d. 1621)
  • 1604 Davis Mell, British violinist, composer, and clockmaker, born in Wilton, England (d. 1662)
  • 1607 Madeleine de Scudéry, French novelist (Artamène ou le grand Cyrus), born in Le Havre, Normandy, France (d. 1701)
  • 1619 Philips Koninck, Dutch landscape painter, born in Amsterdam (d. 1688)
  • 1640 Nicolaus Adam Strungk, German composer, born in Braunschweig, Duchy of Brunswick-Lüneburg (now Germany) (d. 1700)
  • 1660 Hermann von der Hardt, German historian, born in Melle, Westphalia (d. 1746)
  • 1661 Christoph von Graffenried, British peer from Switzerland who founded New Bern, Carolina, born in Worb Castle, Bern, Switzerland (d. 1743)
  • 1688 Louis Bertrand Castel, French mathematician, born in Montpellier, France (d. 1757)
  • 1692 Eusebius Amort, German Roman Catholic theologian, born in Bibermuehle, Bavaria (d. 1775)
  • 1696 Gerhardus Havingha, Dutch organist and composer, born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1753)
  • 1705 Louis-Gabriel Guillemain, French composer and violinist, born in Paris (d. 1770)

William Pitt the ElderWilliam Pitt the Elder (1708-1778)

British Prime Minister (Whig, 1756-61, 66-68) known as the `Great Commoner', born in London

William HerschelWilliam Herschel (1738-1822)

German-British astronomer (discovered Uranus), born in Hanover, Brunswick-Lüneburg, Holy Roman Empire

  • 1741 Johann Kaspar Lavater, Swiss writer, philosopher and founder of physiognomics, born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1801)
  • 1746 Joseph Quesnel, French Canadian composer and playwright (Colas et Colinette), born in Saint-Malo, France (d. 1809)
  • 1755 Jan Blanken, Dutch hydraulic engineer, born in Bergambacht, Netherlands (d. 1838)
  • 1757 Heinrich Christian Friedrich Schumacher, Danish surgeon, botanist and professor of anatomy (research work in malacology), born in Glückstadt, Holstein, Germany (d. 1830)
  • 1774 William Horsley, English musician and composer, born in London (d. 1858)
  • 1775 Georges-Julien Sieber, French music publisher and composer, born in Paris (d. 1847)
  • 1784 Jérôme Bonaparte, King of Westphalia (1807-13), born in Ajaccio, Corsica (d. 1860)
  • 1793 Michel Chasles, French mathematician (geometry), born in Épernon, France (d. 1880)
  • 1800 George Rodwell, English composer, born in London (d. 1852)
  • 1814 Pleasant Adam Hackleman, American lawyer, politician and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Franklin County, Indiana (d. 1862)
  • 1815 John Banvard, American artist who painted worlds largest painting (3 mile canvas), born in NYC, New York (d. 1892)
  • 1816 Joseph Bennett Plummer, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Barre, Massachusetts (d. 1862)
  • 1829 Petrus Abraham Samuel van Limburg Brouwer, Dutch politician and critic (Akbar), born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1873)
  • 1836 Pierce M. B. Young, American Major General (Confederate Army), born in Spartanburg, South Carolina (d. 1896)
  • 1840 Aleksey Apukhtin, Russian poet and friend of Tsjaikovski, born in Bolkhov, Russian Empire (d. 1893) [NS=11/27]
  • 1859 Christopher Hornsrud, Prime Minister of Norway (3 weeks), born in Skotselv, Øvre Eiker, Norway (d. 1960)
  • 1862 Adolf Bartels, German journalist and poet, born in Wesselburen, Holstein, Germany (d. 1945)

Gerhart HauptmannGerhart Hauptmann (1862-1946)

German author (Before Dawn - Nobel 1912), born in Obersalzbrunn, Silesia, Prussia

  • 1868 Ferruccio Giannini, Italian-American operatic tenor (one of the first to be recorded), teacher, and impresario (Verdi Opera House, Philadelphia), born in Barga, Italy (d. 1948)
  • 1871 Erich Tschermak von Seysenegg, Austrian botanist who was one of three scientists (also Hugo de Vries and Carl Correns) who independently rediscovered Gregor Mendel's work on the laws of genetics, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1962)
  • 1872 Robert de Flers, French author and playwright (Habit Vert), born in Pont-l'Évêque, France (d. 1927)

August KroghAugust Krogh (1874-1949)

Danish zoophysiologist (arterioles and capillaries, Nobel 1920), born in Grenaa, Jutland, Denmark

  • 1874 Dimitrios Golemis, Greek athlete (d. 1941)
  • 1875 Birsa Munda, Indian tribal freedom fighter, religious leader and folk hero of the Munda tribe who led an uprising in Bengal against the British Raj, born in Ulihatu, Bengal Presidency, British India (d. 1900)
  • 1879 Lewis Stone, American actor (The Lost World, Prisoner of Zenda), born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1953)
  • 1881 Franklin P. Adams, American columnist (Information Please), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1960)
  • 1882 Felix Frankfurter, American jurist and Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1939-62), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1965)
  • 1886 René Guénon, French-Egyptian author (d. 1951)

Georgia O’KeeffeGeorgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986)

American sculptor and painter (Cow's Skull, Flowers), born in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin

  • 1887 Hitoshi Ashida, Japanese politician (Prime Minister of Japan 1948), born in Fukuchiyama, Japan (d. 1959)
  • 1887 Marianne Moore, American poet (Pulitzer 1951, Collected Poems), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1972)
  • 1887 René Maran, French author (Batouala, 1st black writer to win Prix Goncourt), born in Martinique (d. 1960)
  • 1888 James Morrison, American actor (Wine of Youth, Little Detectives), born in Mattoon, Illinois (d. 1974)
  • 1889 Manuel II, last king of Portugal (1908-10), born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1932)
  • 1890 Richmal Crompton, British author (d. 1969)

Erwin RommelErwin Rommel (1891-1944)

German World War II Field Marshal (North African campaign, Battle of Normandy) known as the Desert Fox, born in Heidenheim, Württemberg, Germany

  • 1891 W. Averell Harriman, American politician (Gov-D-NY) and ambassador to USSR (1943-46), born in New York City (d. 1986)
  • 1895 Antoni Słonimski, Polish writer (d. 1976)
  • 1895 Olga Nikolaevna, eldest daughter of the last Russian Tsar, Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna, born in Alexander Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1918)
  • 1897 Aneurin Bevan, British politician (d. 1960)
  • 1897 Sacheverell Sitwell, English author (People's Palace), born in Scarborough, England (d. 1988)
  • 1898 Willy Alfredo [Willem Jue], Dutch entertainer and poet (Fish-Trap) (d. 1976)
  • 1899 Avdy Andresson, Estonian statesman (d. 1990)
  • 1903 Stewie Dempster, New Zealand cricket batsman (10 Tests, 2 x 100s; Wellington CA, Leicestershire CCC, Warwickshire CCC), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 1974)
  • 1904 Tilly Losch, Austrian dancer and actress (Duel in the Sun, Garden of Allah), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1975) [birth date disputed]
  • 1905 Annunzio Mantovani, Italian orchestra leader (Mantovani), born in Venice, Italy (d. 1980)
  • 1906 Curtis LeMay, American air force general (WWII) and VP candidate, born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1990)
  • 1907 Claus von Stauffenberg, German antifascist colonel (attempted to assassinate Hitler), born in Jettingen, Germany (d. 1944)
  • 1913 Arthur Haulot, Belgian journalist (d. 2005)
  • 1914 Jorge Bolet, Cuban-born American pianist known for his performances of the work of Franz Liszt, born in Havana, Cuba (d. 1990)
  • 1915 Bea Barrett, American golfer (Western Open 1938), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2002)
  • 1916 Ruth Nita Barrow, 1st female Governor-General of Barbados (1990-95), born in Saint Lucy, Barbados (d. 1995)
  • 1919 Carol Bruce [Shirley Levy], American actress (Behind the Eight Ball; WKRP in Cincinnati - "Mother Carlson"), born in Great Neck, Long Island (d. 2007)
  • 1919 Joseph Wapner, American judge (People's Court), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2017)
  • 1920 Jerome Richardson, American jazz saxophonist, flute, clarinet, and piccolo player (Quincy Jones; Charles Mingus; Earl Hines), born in Oakland, California (d. 2000)
  • 1920 Wayne Thiebaud, American painter
  • 1922 Francesco Rosi, director (Lucky Luciano), born in Naples, Italy
  • 1922 Giorgio Manganelli, writer
  • 1922 Paul Acket, Dutch publisher (Music Express) and impresario (North Sea Jazz Festival), born in Semarang, Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) (d. 1992)
  • 1923 Peter Hammond, British actor and director (The Buccaneers, King of the Castle), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • 1925 Howard Baker, (Sen-R-Tenn), presidential chief of staff
  • 1925 Jurriaan Andriessen, Dutch pianist and composer (Berkshire Symphonies; Les Cloches des Clochards), born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1996)
  • 1925 Yuli Daniel, Russian writer (d. 1988)
  • 1927 Gregor Mackenzie, British politician (d. 1992)
  • 1928 C. W. McCall [William Dale Fries, Jr.], American country singer (Convoy), born in Audubon, Iowa (d. 2022)
  • 1928 John Orchard, British actor (Capone, M*A*S*H), born in Kennington, London (d. 1995)
  • 1928 Seldon Powell, American jazz tenor saxophonist and flautist, born in Lawrenceville, Virginia (d. 1997)
  • 1928 William Heirens, serial killer (Lipstick Killer), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1929 Ed Asner, American Emmy Award-winning actor (The Mary Tyler Moore Show - "Mr. Grant"; Lou Grant; Roots; Up), and activist, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2021)
  • 1930 J.G. Ballard, British novelist (Empire of the Sun; Crash), born in 1930 Shanghai International Settlement, Republic of China (d. 2009)
  • 1930 Olene Walker, politician (R), 1st female Governor of Utah (2003-2005), born in Ogden, Utah (d. 2015)
  • 1930 Robert Cohen, French boxer (NYSAC, NBA, The Ring bantamweight titles 1954-56), born in Bône, Algeria (d. 2022)
  • 1930 Whitman Mayo, American actor (Grady Wilson-"Sanford & Son"), born in NYC, New York (d. 2001)
  • 1931 John Kerr, American actor (South Pacific, Peyton Place, Pit & Pendulum), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1931 Mwai Kibaki, Kenyan politician, President of Kenya (2002-13), born in Gatuyaini, Kenya (d. 2022)
  • 1931 Pascal Lissouba, Congo politician
  • 1932 Clyde McPhatter, American R&B and doo-wop tenor vocalist, arranger and songwriter (The Dominos, 1950-53 - "Sixty Minute Man"; The Drifters, 1953-55 -"Honey Love"; solo - "Treasure My Love"), born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 1972)
  • 1932 Petula Clark, British pop singer-songwriter (Downtown; My Love; Don't Sleep in the Subway, and actress, born in Epsom, England
  • 1933 Barbara Carson, actress (Comedy Tonight, Carter Country), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1933 Jack Burns, comedian (Burns & Schreiber), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1934 (Charles) Felton Jarvis, American record producer (Elvis Presley, 1966-77; Charley Pride; Willie Nelson), and singer, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1981)
  • 1934 Joanna Barnes, actress (Parent Trap, Spartacus, Goodbye Charlie), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1934 Peter Dickinson, English composer, born in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire
  • 1935 Ariston Muguranayanga Chambati, politician/businessman
  • 1935 Jerry Douglas, American director and writer (Grabby Awards Hall of Fame), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1935 Pete Welding, American music writer (Down Beat), musicologist (Testament Records), and jazz and blues record producer (Doug Quattlebaum), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1995)
  • 1936 Wolf Biermann, German singer-songwriter and East German dissident, born in Hamburg
  • 1937 Jimmy Ellis, American soul singer (The Trammps - "Disco Inferno"), born in Rock Hill, South Carolina (d. 2012)
  • 1937 William "Little Willie" John, American R&B singer ("Fever"; "Leave My Kitten Alone"), born in Cullendale, Arkansas (d. 1968)
  • 1939 Erik Hansen, Danish canoeist (Olympic gold K-1 1000m 1960; World C'ship gold 1963), born in Randers, Denmark (d. 2014)
  • 1939 Thalmus Rasulala [Jack Crowder], actor (Blacula, Roots), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1939 Yaphet Kotto, African-American stage and screen actor (Live And Let Die; Alien; Homicide: Life on the Street), born in Harlem, New York City (d. 2021) [1]
  • 1940 Roberto Cavalli, Italian luxury fashion designer and inventor, born in Florence, Italy
  • 1940 Sam Waterston, American actor (Capricorn One, Heaven's Gate), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1940 Ulf Pilgaard, Danish actor
  • 1941 Adnan Al Sharqi, Lebanese soccer manager (Lebanon 1974–76, 1987–93, 2006–08; Ansar 11 x league titles), born in Beirut, Lebanon (d. 2021)
  • 1941 Daniel Manus Pinkwater, American sci-fi author (Magic Moscow)
  • 1941 Heathcote Williams [John Henly Heathcote Williams], British poet, actor and political activist, born in Helsby, Cheshire (d. 2017)
  • 1941 Jim Dickinson, American record producer (Mud Boy), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 2009)
  • 1942 Daniel Barenboim, Argentine-Israeli-Palestinian-Spanish concert pianist and conductor (Orchestre de Paris, 1975-89; Chicago Symphony, 1991-2006; Staatskapelle and Berlin Opera, 1992-present), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1943 Roger Donaldson, director (Cocktail, Cadillac Man, White Sands)

Anni-Frid LyngstadAnni-Frid Lyngstad (77 years old)

1945 Norwegian-born Swedish singer-songwriter (ABBA - "Fernando"), born in Bjørkåsen, Norway

  • 1945 Bob Gunton, American actor
  • 1946 Janet Lennon, American pop singer (Lennon Sisters), born in Culver City, California
  • 1947 William B. Richardson, American politician (Governor of New Mexico 2003-11, Rep-D-New Mexico, 1983-97), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1948 Roy P. Dyson, American politician (Rep-D-MD, 1981-2015), born in Great Mills, Maryland
  • 1949 Steve Fossen, American bass guitar player (Heart, 1973-82), born in Kenmore, Washington
  • 1950 Mac Maurice Wilkins, discus thrower (1st to break 70m)
  • 1951 Beverly D'Angelo, American actress (National Lampoon's Vacation), born in Columbus, Ohio

Randy SavageRandy Savage (1952-2011)

American pro wrestler (WWF/SMW/ICW; WWE Hall of Fame), born in Sarasota, Florida

  • 1952 Zoltán Buday, Hungarian born actor
  • 1953 Alexander O'Neal, American R&B singer-songwriter ("Criticize"), born in Natchez, Mississippi
  • 1953 Yuri Viktorovich Prikhodko, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1954 Ab Bryant, Canadian rock bassist (Chilliwack, 1978-81 - "My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone)"), born in Canada
  • 1954 Aleksander Kwaśniewski, Polish, politician (President of Poland, 1995-2005), born in Białogard, Poland
  • 1954 Mitch Easter, American record producer (REM), and rock musician, born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 1954 Tony Thompson, American session and touring drummer (Chic; LaBelle; The Power Station), born in New York City (d. 2003)
  • 1955 Georgie Born, English academic, anthropologist and musician (Henry Cow), born in Wheatley, England
  • 1955 Henry Corra, American documentarian
  • 1955 Ildikó Enyedi, Hungarian film director and screenwriter (On Body and Soul), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1955 Joe Leeway, British instrumentalist and songwriter (Thompson Twins), born in Islington, London, England
  • 1955 Oliver Conant, American actor (Summer of '42), born in NYC, New York
  • 1956 Brian Douglas Wells, American criminal (d. 2003)
  • 1956 Zlatko Kranjčar, Croatian soccer striker (2 caps; Dinamo Zagreb, Rapid Wien) and manager (Croatia, Montenegro, Dinamo Zagreb), born in Zagreb, Croatia (d. 2021)
  • 1957 Kevin Eubanks, American jazz bandleader and composer (The Tonight Show), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1957 Ray McKinnon, American film actor/director
  • 1958 Marty Davis, American tennis star, born in San Jose, California
  • 1960 Dann Huff, American songwriter, session musician, producer (Michael Jackson), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1961 Ian Reid, Australian educator
  • 1963 Jay Bennett, American multi-instrumentalist, producer, and singer-songwriter (Wilco, 1994-2001), born in Rolling Meadows, Illinois (d. 2009)
  • 1963 Michele McAnany, female infielder (Colorado Silver Bullets), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1965 Stefan Pfeiffer, German swimmer
  • 1966 Rachel True, American actress
  • 1967 E-40 [Earl Stevens], American rapper, born in Vallejo, California
  • 1967 François Ozon, French film director (8 Women), born in Paris, France
  • 1967 Greg Anthony, NBA guard (Vancouver Grizzlies, Seattle Supersonics)
  • 1967 Gustavo Poyet, Uruguayan footballer
  • 1967 Laura Garrone, Italian tennis star
  • 1967 Michiyoshi Ohara, wrestler (WAR/NJPW)
  • 1968 James Brady, columnist (NY Post), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1968 Jennifer Charles [Zipken], American singer-songwriter, guitarist and poet (Elysian Fields), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1968 Ol' Dirty Bastard [Russell Jones], American rapper (Wu Tang Clan), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1969 Helen Kelesi, Canadian tennis star
  • 1969 Peter Martin, cricketer (Lancashire & England pace bowler 1995)
  • 1969 Shane Mack, American politician
  • 1970 Jack Ingram, American singer and songwriter
  • 1970 Lesley Reddon, ice hockey goalie (Canada, Olympics 1998)
  • 1970 Patrick Mboma, Cameroonian footballer
  • 1971 Jay Harrington, American actor
  • 1971 Natalia Medvedeva, tennis star (1993 Prague Essen), born in Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 1971 Sandra Kim [Caldarone], French singer (J'aime la Vie)
  • 1972 Christian van der Weerden, Dutch soccer player (NEC, Vitesse)
  • 1972 Greg Bloedorn, NFL center (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1972 Jonny Lee Miller, English actor (Trainspotting, Elementary), born in London
  • 1973 Jason Dunn, tight end (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1973 Sydney Tamiia Poitier, American actress
  • 1974 Chad Kroeger, Canadian singer, guitarist, and songwriter (Nickelback "How You Remind Me"; "Photograph"), born in Hanna, Alberta
  • 1974 Fred Brock, wide receiver (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1975 Scott Henshall, British fashion designer
  • 1976 Brandon DiCamillo, American comedian
  • 1976 Virginie Ledoyen, French actress, born in Aubervilliers, France
  • 1977 Logan Whitehurst, American musician, singer-songwriter (Tin Drum; The Velvet Teen), graphic artist, and album cover artist, born in Los Banos, California (d. 2006)
  • 1977 Peter Mark Andrew Phillips, British son of Princess Anne, then 9th in succession to British throne
  • 1979 Brett Lancaster, Australian cyclist
  • 1979 Josemi, Spanish footballer
  • 1980 Brett "Ace" Young, American pop singer (American Idol), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1981 Drew Hodgdon, American NFL football player, 2005-07 (Houston Texans), born in Palo Alto, California

Lorena OchoaLorena Ochoa (41 years old)

1981 Mexican golfer (British Open 2007, ANA Inspiration 2008), born in Guadalajara, Mexico

  • 1982 D. J. Fitzpatrick, National Football League kicker
  • 1982 Joe Kowalewski, American football player
  • 1982 Lofa Tatupu, National Football League
  • 1983 DJ Skee, American DJ/Personality
  • 1983 Fernando Verdasco, Spanish tennis player
  • 1983 Laura Smet, French actress (Les corps impatients, The Bridesmaid), born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
  • 1985 Jeffree Star [Jeffrey Steininger Jr.], American internet personality, entrepreneur (Jeffree Star Cosmetics), and singer-songwriter ("Lollipop Luxury"), born in Los Angeles County, California
  • 1985 Lily Aldridge, American model (Victoria's Secret), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1986 Sania Mirza, Indian tennis player, born in Mumbai, India
  • 1986 Winston Duke, Tobagonian actor (Black Panther films; Us), born in Argyle, Tobago
  • 1987 Ian Hecox, Member of Smosh
  • 1988 B.o.B [Bobby Simmons], American rapper and record producer ("Nothin' on You"; "Airplanes"), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 1990 Kanata Hongō, Japanese actor (Nana 2, Himitsu no Hanazono), born in Sendai, Miyagi, Japan

Shailene WoodleyShailene Woodley (31 years old)

1991 American actress (The Fault in Our Stars), born in San Bernardino County, California

Paulo DybalaPaulo Dybala (29 years old)

1993 Argentine football striker (Juventus, Roma), born in Laguna Larga, Córdoba, Argentina