Famous Birthdays on November 23

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 233

  • 912 Otto I, the Great, German king, Holy Roman emperor (962-73)
  • 1221 Alfonso X (the Wise), king of Castile & Leon (1252-84)
  • 1402 Jean de Dunois, French soldier (d. 1468)
  • 1417 William FitzAlan, 16th Earl of Arundel, English politician (d. 1487)
  • 1553 Prospero Alpini, Italian botanist/physician (De Medocoma Aegyptorum)
  • 1632 Jean Mabillon, French palaeographer and diplomat (d. 1707)
  • 1641 Anthonie Heinsius, Dutch statesman (d. 1720)
  • 1669 Johann K Amman, Swiss/Dutch deaf-mute teacher (Surdus Loquens)
  • 1690 Ernst J earl van Biron, Russian duke of Koerland/regent of Ivan VI
  • 1705 Thomas Birch, English historian (d. 1766)
  • 1715 Pierre Charles Le Monnier, French astronomer (d. 1799)
  • 1719 Spranger Barry, Irish Shakespearean actor, born in Skinner's Row, Dublin (d. 1777)
  • 1748 Etienne Joseph Floquet, composer
  • 1749 Edward Rutledge, (Gov-SC)/attorney/signer (Declaration of Independence)
  • 1760 Gracchus Babeuf, French utopian socialist (Tribun du Peuple)
  • 1765 Thomas Attwood, composer

  • 1785 Joannes P Roothaan, 1st Dutch general of the Jesuits (1829-53)
  • 1794 Joan F Van Oordt, vicar (Groninger direction)
  • 1797 Gabor Matray, composer
  • 1800 Michail P Pogodin, Russian historian/author (Povesti)

Person of interestFranklin Pierce

1804 Franklin Pierce, 14th US President (Democrat: 1853-57), born in Hillsborough, New Hampshire (d. 1869)

14th US President Franklin Pierce
14th US President
Franklin Pierce
  • 1809 Horatio Phillips Van Cleve, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Princeton, New Jersey (d. 1891)
  • 1815 William Dennison, postmaster/general (Union), (d. 1882)
  • 1819 Benjamin Mayberry Prentiss, American politician and Major General (Union Army), born in Belleville, Virginia (d. 1901)
  • 1819 Josiah Dwight Whitney, Northampton Massachusetts, American Geologist who led the California Geological Survey (Mount Whitney and Whitney Glacier are named for him)
  • 1820 John Willis Ellis, Governor (Confederacy) (d. 1861)
  • 1820 Isaac Todhunter, British mathematician (d. 1884)
  • 1821 Charles Meryon, British/French etcher
  • 1830 Kaspar CE Ritter von Zumbusch, German/Austria sculptor

Person of interestJohannes van der Waals

1837 Johannes van der Waals, Dutch physicist (Nobel 1910, Liquid and Gas States), born in Leiden, Netherlands (d. 1923)

Physicist/Nobel Laureate Johannes van der Waals
Physicist/Nobel Laureate
Johannes van der Waals
  • 1842 James Lillywhite Jr, cricketer (1st England Test captain)
  • 1843 Josef Sucher, composer
  • 1855 Frank Friday Fletcher, American Naval Admiral (Medal of Order for Battle of Veracruz), born in Oskaloosa, Iowa (d. 1928)
  • 1858 Frank Hearne, cricketer (brother of George and Alec, England and South Africa)

Person of interestBilly the Kid

1859 Billy the Kid [William H Bonney], American frontier outlaw, born in NYC, New York (d. 1881)

Frontier Outlaw Billy the Kid
Frontier Outlaw
Billy the Kid
  • 1860 Karl Branting, Swedish statesman/diplomat (Nobel Peace Prize 1921)
  • 1861 Konstantin Korovin, Russian painter (d. 1939)
  • 1862 Alberto Williams, composer (Etrerno Reposo), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1862 Theo van Rysselberghe, Belgian painter (pointillism)
  • 1864 Henry Bourne Joy, American automobile executive (d. 1936)
  • 1869 Valdemar Poulsen, Danish engineer who invented devices for radio broadcasting, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1942)

  • 1875 Anatoly Lunacharsky, Russian Marxist revolutionary, author and literary critic, born in Poltava, Russian Empire (d. 1933)
  • 1876 Manuel de Falla, Spanish composer (d. 1946)
  • 1878 Ernest J King, US fleet admiral/Chief of Naval Operations (WWII)
  • 1878 Holcombe Ward, tennis champ (US Open-1904)
  • 1878 André Caplet, French composer and conductor (Conte Fantastic, Le miroir de Jesus), born on a boat sailing between Le Havre (Seine-Maritime) and Honfleur (Calvados) in France (d. 1925)
  • 1882 Johan C T Kikkert, Dutch painter/etcher/critic
  • 1883 Herman Baccaert, Flemish philological/writer (Along the water front)
  • 1883 Jose Clemente Orozco, Mexican painter (Epic of Culture in New World)
  • 1887 Boris Karloff [William H Pratt], British actor (The Mummy, Frankenstein), born in Camberwell, London, England (d. 1969)
  • 1887 Paul Malengreau, composer
  • 1887 Eduardo Corrochio, Spanish-born dancer (d. 1943)
  • 1887 Henry Moseley, English physicist (d. 1915)
  • 1888 Harpo Marx [Adolph], American actor and comedian (Marx brothers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1964)
  • 1888 Nana Bryant, American actress (Ladies of the Chorus), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1955)
  • 1889 Harry Sunderland, Australian rugby league identity (d. 1964)
  • 1890 El Lissitzky, Russian artist and architect (d. 1941)
  • 1892 Erté, French artist (d. 1990)
  • 1893 Jimmy Blanckenberg, cricket pace bowler (took 60 wickets for South Africa)
  • 1894 Ture Persson, Swedish sprinter (Olympic silver 1912)
  • 1896 Joris Vriamont, Flemish author/music publisher
  • 1896 Klement Gottwald, premier/president of Czechoslovakia (1946-53)
  • 1896 Ruth Etting, American dancer, singer and actress (Roman scandals), born in David City, Nebraska (d. 1978)
  • 1897 Nirad C. Chaudhuri, Indian writer (d. 1999)
  • 1897 Karl Gebhardt, Nazi doctor (d. 1948)
  • 1899 Norman Hunter, English children's writer (Professor Branestawm), born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1902 Aaron Bank, American OSS officer and founder of the US Army Special Forces (d. 2004)
  • 1906 Mervyn Roberts, composer
  • 1907 Lars Leksell, Swedish physician (d. 1986)
  • 1908 Leendert P J Braat, Dutch sculptor/screenwriter
  • 1908 Nelson S. Bond, American sci-fi writer (d. 2006)
  • 1909 Nigel Tranter, author/historian (River Realm, Robert the Bruce)
  • 1910 Hal Schumacher, baseball player
  • 1911 Peter Saunders, English theater producer (Legend of the Werewolf)
  • 1912 Det Glynn, teacher/anti-apartheid activist
  • 1912 George O'Hanlon, American actor (Calvin-Life of Riley, George Jetson), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1914 [Arthur] Wilson "Bob" Tucker, American sci-fi author (Time Masters)
  • 1914 Roger Avon, British actor (Doctor Who, Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.), born in Jarrow, Tyne and Wear, England (d. 1998)
  • 1915 Ellen Drew [Esther Loretta Ray], American actress (Isle of Dead, Christmas in July), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2003)
  • 1915 John Dehner [Forkum], American actor (The Right Stuff, Big Hawaii, Bare Essence), born in Staten Island, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1915 Julio Cesar Mendez Montenegro, politician
  • 1916 Michael Gough, English actor (Hammer Horror Films, Search for the Nile), born in Kuala Lumpur, British Malaya (d. 2011)
  • 1917 Hugh Joseph Charles James L'Etang, medical writer
  • 1919 Claudio Santoro, composer
  • 1919 Peter Strawson, English philosopher
  • 1920 Chalmers P Wylie, (Rep-R-OH, 1967- )
  • 1920 Herman Nieland, Dutch organist/pianist/composer (Te Deum Laudamus)
  • 1920 Paul Celan, [Antschell], German/Romanian poet (Collected Prose)
  • 1921 Hein Roethof, Dutch journalist and politician (PvdA)
  • 1921 Ferdinando "Fred" Buscaglione, Italian singer and actor, born in Turin, Italy (d. 1960)
  • 1922 Manuel Fraga Iribarne, president of Spanish Galicia
  • 1923 Angelo John Novarese, record company founder
  • 1923 Guy Molinari, (Rep-R-NY, 1981- )
  • 1923 Nadia Gray [Nadia Kujnir-Herescu], Romanian actress (Naked Runner, Maniac, Candide), born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 1994)
  • 1923 Daniel Brewster, American democrat (d. 2007)
  • 1923 Billy Haughton, American harness driver and trainer (d. 1986)
  • 1924 Colin Turnbull, anthropologist
  • 1924 Paul Richards, American actor (Kiss Daddy Goodnight, Breaking Point), born in Los Angeles California (d. 1974)
  • 1924 Paula Raymond, American actress and model (The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2003)
  • 1925 Johnny Mandel, American songwriter
  • 1926 Christopher Logue, British poet/stage writer (Trials)
  • 1926 R. L. Burnside, American blues musician (Deep Blues), born in Harmontown, Mississippi (d. 2005)
  • 1926 Sathya Sai Baba, Indian guru and philosopher
  • 1927 Guy Davenport, American author, artist, and scholar (d. 2005)
  • 1928 Jakob Jez, Slovenian composer, born in Boštanj
  • 1928 Jerry Bock, Broadway composer (Fiddler on the Roof), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1929 Maurice Flitcroft, British golfer and audacious hoaxer, born in Manchester, England (d. 2007)
  • 1929 Hal Lindsey, American evangelist and Christian writer
  • 1930 Jack McKeon, baseball player
  • 1930 Robert Easton [Burke], American actor referred to as "The Man of a Thousand Voices" (Someone Up There Likes Me), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2011)
  • 1930 William E Brock, (Sen-D)/US Secretary of Labor (1985-87)

  • 1931 Yevgeni Grischin, USSR, 500m/1500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1956, 60)
  • 1931 Gloria Lynne, American Jazz vocalist (Dell Tones), born in Harlem, New York City (d. 2013)
  • 1932 Michael Knight, air chief marshall/British leader (NATO)
  • 1932 Michel David-Weill, French investment banker
  • 1933 Hayes Jenkins, American figure skater (Olympic gold 1956)
  • 1933 Krzysztof Penderecki, Debica Poland, composer ("Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima")
  • 1933 Ali Shariati, Iranian sociologist and revolutionary

Person of interestLew Hoad

1934 Lewis "Lew" Hoad, Australian tennis player (4-time Grand Slam winner)), born in Sydney, NSW (d. 1994)

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Lew Hoad
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Lew Hoad
  • 1934 Michael Wayne, producer (McQ, Chisum, Green Berets, McLintock)
  • 1934 Rita Rossi Colwell, oceanographer
  • 1934 Robert Towne, producer/screenwriter (Chinatown)
  • 1935 Dean A Gallo, (Rep-R-NJ, 1985- )
  • 1935 Ken Eastwood, cricketer (opened for Aust v Eng SCG 1971)
  • 1935 Vladislav Nikolayevich Volkov, cosmonaut (Soyuz 7, 11), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1936 Robert Barnard, British mystery writer
  • 1938 Herbert Achternbusch, actor (Hedes, Mix Wix, Wohin), born in Munich. Germany
  • 1938 Esko Nikkari, Finnish actor
  • 1939 Betty Everett, US singer (Getting Mighty Crowded)
  • 1940 Luis Tiant, Cuban MLB pitcher (3-time All Star 1968, 74, 76), born in Marianao, Cuba
  • 1941 Alan Mullery, English soccer player
  • 1941 Franco Nero, Italian actor
  • 1942 Susan Anspach, American actress (Grace-Yellow Rose, Hair, Five Easy Pieces, Play It Again Sam), born in NYC, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1943 Andrew Goodman, civil rights worker, murdered in 1964
  • 1943 Sue Nicholls, British actress
  • 1944 Joe Eszterhas, screenwriter (Basic Instinct, Showgirls)
  • 1944 Jose Torikens, Dutch journalist (Parool, NRC)
  • 1945 Assaf Dayan, Israel, actor (Operation Thunderbolt)
  • 1945 Steve Landesberg, comedian and actor (Barney Miller), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1945 Dennis Nilsen, Scottish serial killer
  • 1945 Jerry Harris, American sculptor
  • 1946 Bobby L Rush, (Rep-D-Illinois)
  • 1946 Diana Quick, English actress (Brideshead, Big Sleep, Odd Job), born in London
  • 1946 Hans Hoekman, Dutch radio play actor
  • 1946 Giorgos Koudas, Greek footballer
  • 1947 Geoffery Michael Roberts, vintner
  • 1948 Bruce Vilanch, American comedy writer
  • 1949 Gayl Jones, US author/poet (Corregidora, Song for Anninho)
  • 1950 Cecil Hooker, rocker (Snuff)
  • 1950 Charles "Chuck" Schumer, American politician (Rep-D-NY, 1981-1999, Sen-D-NY, 1999 -), born in NYC, New York
  • 1951 Bernd Landvoigt, German DR, coxless pairs (Olympic gold 1976)

  • 1951 David Rappaport, 3'11" actor (Wizard, Time Bandits), born in London, England
  • 1951 Jorg Landvoigt, German DR, coxless pairs (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1952 Francie Larrieu Smith, American 1.5/3/10K track runner (AAU 1 mile-1979)
  • 1952 Bill Troiano, musician
  • 1953 Martin Kent, cricketer (Queensland batsman played for Australia 1981)
  • 1953 Francis Cabrel, French singer
  • 1954 Bruce Hornsby, Williamsburg Va, rock vocalist
  • 1954 Ferry Hoogendijk, Dutch editor in chief (Elsevier Magazine)
  • 1954 Ken Schrom, baseball player
  • 1954 Glenn Brummer, American baseball player
  • 1955 Steven Brust, [Karl Zoltan], American sci-fi author (Yendi, Jhereg)
  • 1955 Ludovico Einaudi, Italian composer and pianist
  • 1955 Mary Landrieu, American politician, senior senator of Louisiana
  • 1956 Bruce Edgar, cricketer (NZ opener through the 80')
  • 1956 Shane Gould, Brisbane Queensland, swimmer (Olympic-3 gold-1972)
  • 1957 John "Jellybean" Benitez, music producer
  • 1958 David Wallace, actor (General Hospital, Babysitter, Humongus), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1958 Martin Snedden, cricketer (NZ medium-pacer of 80's)
  • 1959 Brook Jacoby, baseball player
  • 1959 Maxwell Caulfield, Derbyshire England, actor (Miles-The Colbys)
  • 1959 Dominique Dunne, American actress (d. 1982)
  • 1960 Jayananda Warnaweera, cricketer (Sri Lankan fastish off-spin bowler)
  • 1960 Robin Roberts, American television reporter
  • 1961 Merv Hughes, cricketer (Australian pace bowler 1985-94 Extrovert)
  • 1961 Keith Ablow, American psychiatrist and author
  • 1962 Andrea Blackwell, basketball forward (Olympics 1996), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1962 Nicolás Maduro, Venezuelan politician, President of Venezuela (2013-present), born in Caracas, Venezuela
  • 1963 Dale Sveum, baseball player
  • 1963 Joe Ahearne, British television director
  • 1963 Mamoru Takuma, Japanese mass murderer and rapist (d. 2004)
  • 1964 Boyd Kestner, actor (Outsiders)
  • 1964 John Williams, NFL linebacker/FB (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1964 Jose Gonzales, baseball player
  • 1964 Kapila Wijegunewardene, cricketer (Sri Lankan fast-medium bowler)
  • 1964 Frank Rutherford, Bahamian athlete
  • 1965 Michael Brainard, American actor (All My Children, Santa Barbara), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1965 Rodion Gataullin, Uzbekistan, pole vaulter (Olympic silver 1988)
  • 1965 Jennifer Michael Hecht, American poet and historian
  • 1966 Charlie Grover, musician (Sponge)
  • 1966 Jerry Kelly, PGA golfer (1993 Nike Cleveland Open-2nd), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1966 Vincent Cassel, French actor
  • 1967 Brian Glynn, Iserlohn Ger, NHL defenseman (Hartford Whalers)
  • 1967 Diane O'Grady, North Bay Ontario, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1967 Gary Kirsten, cricketer (South African lefty opening batsman 1993-), born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • 1967 Patrick Mameli, Dutch rock vocalist/guitarist (Pestilence), born in Holland, Netherlands
  • 1967 Salli Richardson, American actress (Posse), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1968 John O'Neill, American field hockey midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1968 Hamid Hassani, Iranian scholar and lexicographer, born in Saqqez, Iran
  • 1968 Kirsty Young, Scottish television journalist, born in East Kilbride, United Kingdom