Actors and Actresses Born in 1921

  • Jan 3 John Russell, American actor (Pale Rider, Rio Bravo), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1991)
  • Jan 9 Lister Sinclair, Canadian broadcaster and playwright, born in Mumbai, India (d. 2006)
  • Jan 11 Gory Guerrero, professional wrestler (d. 1990)
  • Jan 11 Kathleen Byron, British actress (Abdication, Profile, Saving Private Ryan), born in London, England (d. 2009)
  • Jan 15 Frank Thornton, British actor (Are You Being Served?, Last of the Summer Wine), born in Dulwich, London (d. 2013)
  • Jan 17 Dehl Berti, Chiricahua Apache actor (Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Guns of Paradise), born in Pueblo, Colorado (d. 1991)
  • Jan 21 John Doucette, American actor (The Lone Ranger, Lock Up, Big Town), born in Brockton, Plymouth County Massachusetts (d. 1994)
  • Jan 27 Donna Reed, American actress (From Here to Eternity; It's a Wonderful Life; The Donna Reed Show), born in Denison, Iowa (d. 1986)
  • Jan 28 Alfred Marks, British actor and comedian (Desert Mice, Scream & Scream Again), born in Holborn, London (d. 1996)
  • Jan 29 Anthony George, American actor (Untouchables, Checkmate), born in Endicott, New York (d. 2005)
  • Jan 31 Carol Channing, American actress (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes; Hello Dolly), singer and comedian, born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2019)
  • Jan 31 John Agar, American actor (Sands of Iwo Jima, Fort Apache), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2002)
  • Jan 31 Mario Lanza [Alfredo Arnold Cocozza], Italian-American actor and singer (Great Caruso; Toast of New Orleans), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1959)
  • Feb 1 Peter Sallis, British actor (Wallace and Gromit, Last of the Summer Wine), born in Twickenham, England (d. 2017)
  • Feb 5 Ken Adam, British film production designer (James Bond sets), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2016)

Lana TurnerLana Turner (1921-1995)

Feb 8 American pin-up model and actress (Peyton Place; The Postman Always Rings Twice; Imitation of Life), born in Wallace, Idaho

  • Feb 9 B M Ducat-Amos, Air Commandant/director (RAF Nursing Service)
  • Feb 14 Hugh Downs, American TV journalist (20/20, Concentration), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 2020)

Vera-EllenVera-Ellen (1921-1981)

Feb 16 American actress and dancer (White Christmas; Big Leaguer; On the Town), born in Norwood, Ohio

  • Feb 22 Giulietta Masina, Italian actress (La Strada, Swindle, White Sheik) and wife of director Federico Fellini, born in San Giorgio di Piano, Italy (d. 1994)
  • Feb 24 Abe Vigoda, American actor (Barney Miller, The Godfather), born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)
  • Feb 24 Douglass Watson, American actor (Satan Murders, Another World), born in Jackson, Georgia (d. 1989)
  • Feb 26 Betty Hutton [Elizabeth June Thornburg], American actress, dancer, singer and comedian (Greatest Show on Earth), born in Battle Creek, Michigan (d. 2007)
  • Feb 27 Michael Fox, American actor (Perry Mason, Quincy, Dallas, Bold & the Beautiful), born in Yonkers, New York (d. 1996)
  • Mar 1 Jack Clayton, film director
  • Mar 2 Norman T. Hatch, American oscar-winning marine cinematographer during WWII (With the Marines at Tarawa), born in Boston (d. 2017)
  • Mar 2 Robert Simpson, British classical composer, and broadcaster (BBC), born in Leamington, Warwickshire, England (d. 1997)
  • Mar 3 Diana Barrymore, American actress (Nightmare, Lady Courageous, Fired Wife), born in NYC, New York (d. 1960)
  • Mar 4 Joan Greenwood, British actress and director (Kind Hearts and Coronets, Amorous Mr Prawn), born in London, England (d. 1987)
  • Mar 6 Ross Hunter, American film producer (Airport, Madame X, Pillow Talk), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1996) date of birth disputed)
  • Mar 8 Alan Hale, Jr., American actor (Skipper-Gilligan's Island), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1990)
  • Mar 9 Carl Betz, American actor (The Donna Reed Show; Love of Life), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1978)
  • Mar 9 Dimitris Horn, Greek actor (A Girl in Black), born in Athens, Greece (d. 1998)
  • Mar 10 Cecil "Cec" Linder, Polish-Canadian actor (Goldfinger, Quatermass and the Pit), born in Galicia, Poland (d. 1992)
  • Mar 12 Gordon MacRae, American singer and actor (Oklahoma!; Carousel), born in East Orange, New Jersey (d. 1986)
  • Mar 15 Madelyn Pugh, American television writer (I Love Lucy), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2011)
  • Mar 19 Robert McFerrin, Sr., American operatic baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1955-58; singing voice for Sidney Poitier in film "Porgy and Bess"), born in Marianna, Arkansas (d. 2006) [1]
  • Mar 19 Tommy Cooper, British comedian and magician (d. 1984)
  • Mar 21 Logan Ramsey, American actor (Head, Joy Sticks, Say Yes), born in Long Beach, California (d. 2000)
  • Mar 22 Saturnino "Nino" Manfredi, Italian actor (Between Miracles), born in Castro dei Volsci, Italy (d. 2004)
  • Mar 25 Nancy Kelly, American child actress and model (The Bad Seed, Double Exposure, Jesse James), born in Lowell, Massachusetts (d. 1995)

Simone SignoretSimone Signoret (1921-1985)

Mar 25 French actress (Casque d'Or, Room at the Top), born in Wiesbaden, Germany

  • Mar 28 Dirk Bogarde [Derek van den Bogaerde] British writer and actor (Death in Venice, Servant), born in London, England (d. 1999)
  • Apr 1 Steve Race, British composer, jazz pianist and radio and television presenter (BBC's "My Music", 1967-94), born in Lincoln, England (d. 2009)
  • Apr 3 Robert Karvelas, American actor (Get Smart), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)
  • Apr 5 Christopher Hewett, British actor (Mr. Belvedere; The Producers) and theater director, born in Worthing, Sussex, England (d. 2001)
  • Apr 9 Frankie Thomas, American actor and author (Tom Corbett Space Cadet), born in NYC, New York (d. 2006)
  • Apr 10 Chuck Connors, American author, actor (The Rifleman, Branded, Cowboy in Africa), professional basketball and baseball player, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1992)
  • Apr 16 Peter Ustinov, British actor, author, journalist, comedian and broadcaster (Death on Nile, Logan's Run, Billy Budd), born in London, England (d. 2004)
  • Apr 20 Janine Sutto, French Canadian actress and comedian (Guide de la petite vengeance), born in Paris, France (d. 2017)
  • Apr 21 Jack Fletcher, American actor (Calucci's Department, Once Upon a Mattress), born in Forest Hills, New York (d. 1990)
  • Apr 23 Janet Blair [Martha Janet Lafferty], American singer and actress (Leave it to the Girls, Smith Family), born in Altoona, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • Apr 28 Rowland Evans, American news reporter (CNN-Evans & Novak), born in Whitemarsh, Pennsylvania (d. 2001)
  • Apr 29 Tommy Noonan, American actor, screenwriter and producer (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Promises Promises), born in Bellingham, Washington (d. 1968)
  • May 3 Joe Ames, American singer and actor (The Ames Brothers Show), born in Malden, Massachusetts (d. 2007)
  • May 4 Virginia "Patsy" Garrett, American singer (Fred Waring's Pleasure Time), and actress (Nanny & the Professor), born in Atlantic City, New Jersey (d. 2015)
  • May 6 Alan Dewitt, American actor (It's About Time), born in Canton, Ohio (d. 1976)
  • May 7 Gale Robbins [Betty Gale Murphy], American singer and actress (Fuller Brush Girl; Mr Hex), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1980)
  • May 14 Arve Opsahl, Norwegian actor and stand-up comedian (Mot i brøstet, Olsen-banden), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2007)
  • May 16 Harry Carey Jr, American actor (Back to the Future Part III, Gremlins), born in Saugus, California (d. 2012)
  • May 19 Daniel Gélin, French actor (Obsession, The Man Who Knew Too Much), born in Angers, Maine-et-Loire (d. 2002)
  • May 23 Humphrey Lyttelton, British jazz trumpeter and bandleader ("Bad Penny Blues"), and broadcaster (BBC2 - Best Of Jazz, 1967-2007; BBC4 - I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, 1972-2008), born in Eton, Buckinghamshire (d. 2008)
  • May 23 James [Benjamin] Blish, US/UK, sci-fi author (Hugo, Star Trek Reader)
  • May 23 Loren Tindall, American actor (Meet Me on Broadway, Girl of Limberlost), born in Hastings, Oklahoma (d. 1973)
  • May 23 Montague Modlyn, broadcaster
  • May 31 Alida Valli [Baroness Alida von Marckenstein-Frauenberg], Italian actress (The Paradine Case, The Third Man), born in Rome, Italy (d. 2006)
  • May 31 Howard Reig, American radio and television announcer
  • Jun 1 Nelson Riddle, American Grammy Award-winning bandleader, conductor, and orchestrator for Capitol and Reprise Records (Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Dean Martin, Rosemary Clooney, Linda Ronstadt), born in Oradell, New Jersey (d. 1985)
  • Jun 8 Alexis Smith, Canadian actress and singer (The Age of Innocence, Follies), born in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada (d. 1993)
  • Jun 8 Sheila Ryan, American actress (Big Fix, Mule Train, Ringside, Caged Fury), born in Topeka, Kansas (d. 1975)
  • Jun 12 James Archibald Houston, Canadian author and filmmaker (Tikta'Liktak), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2005)
  • Jun 18 Wesley Lau, American actor (Lt Anderson-Perry Mason), born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin (d. 1984)
  • Jun 19 Louis Jourdan [Louis Robert Gendre], French actor (The Paradine Case, Count Dracula, Gigi, Octopussy), born in Marseille, France (d. 2015)
  • Jun 21 Jane Russell, American actress and leading sex symbol in 1940s-50s (The Outlaw), born in Bemidji, Minnesota (d. 2011)
  • Jun 21 Jean Kent [Joan Summerfield], British actress (Caravan, Bond Street), born in London, England (d. 2013)
  • Jun 21 Joan Tetzel, American actress (Hell Below Zero, Joy in the Morning), born in NYC, New York (d. 1977)

Judy HollidayJudy Holliday (1921-1965)

Jun 21 American comedienne and actress (Born Yesterday, Adam's Rib), born in NYC, New York

  • Jun 22 Joseph Papp, American stage producer/director (Pirates of Penzance), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 27 Muriel Pavlow, British actress (Murder, She Said, Reach for the Sky), born in Lewisham, London (d. 2019)
  • Jul 2 Maria Britneva, Russian actress (A Room with a View, Maurice), born in Petrograd, Russia (d. 1994)
  • Jul 3 Susan Peters [Suzanne Carnahan], American actress (Random Harvest, Young Ideas), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 1952)
  • Jul 10 Jean "Jeff" Donnell, American actress (Gidget Goes to Rome, Hoedown, 9 Girls), born in Windham, Maine (d. 1988)
  • Jul 11 Ilse Werner [Ilse Charlotte Still], Dutch-German actress (Fernsehsender Paul Nipkow), born in Batavia, Dutch East Indies (d. 2005)
  • Jul 13 Ernest Gold [Goldner], Austrian-born American film composer (Exodus), born in Vienna (d. 1999)
  • Jul 13 Git Gay [Birgit Carp], Swedish revue director, actress and singer (Git Gay Show, Ge mig en lektion i kärlek), born in Karlshamn, Sweden (d. 2007)
  • Jul 17 Acquanetta [Mildred Davenport], American actress nicknamed "The Venezuelan Volcano" (Tarzan & Leopard Woman), born in Newberry, South Carolina (d. 2004)
  • Jul 17 František Zvarík, Slovakian stage actor (Slovak National Theatre), born in Vrútky, Slovakia (d. 2008)
  • Jul 21 Billy Taylor, American jazz pianist (Birdland), orchestra leader (David Frost Show), and broadcaster (NPR), born in Greenville, North Carolina (d. 2010) [1]
  • Jul 23 Calvert DeForest, American comedian (Larry "Bud" Melman), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • Jul 23 Heinz Bennent, German actor (Possession, The Serpent's Egg), born in Stolberg, Germany (d. 2011)
  • Jul 26 Jean Shepherd, American writer and actor (A Christmas Story), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • Jul 27 Émile Genest, French Canadian actor (The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Les Plouffe), born in Quebec City, Canada (d. 2003)
  • Jul 29 Richard Egan, American actor (Empire, Redigo, Pollyanna), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1987)
  • Jul 30 George Lampe, Dutch painter and director (Free Academy), born in Schiedam, Netherlands (d. 1982)
  • Aug 2 Alan Whicker, British journalist and TV broadcaster (Whicker's World), born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 2013)
  • Aug 3 Marilyn Maxwell, American actress and entertainer (Champion, The Lemon Drop Kid, East of Sumatra), born in Clarinda, Iowa (d. 1972)
  • Aug 8 Esther Williams, American swimmer and actress (Dangerous When Wet), born in Inglewood California (d. 2013)
  • Aug 19 Gene Roddenberry, American creator of Star Trek, born in El Paso, Texas (d. 1991)
  • Aug 25 Monty Hall, Canadian-American TV game show host (Let's Make a Deal), born in Winnipeg Canada (d. 2017)
  • Aug 26 David Begelman, American film producer who embezzled Columbia Pictures, born in New York City (d. 1995)
  • Aug 27 Leo Penn, American actor and film director, born in Lawrence, Massachusetts (d. 1998)
  • Aug 28 Fernando Fernán Gómez, Spanish actor, director, academic and playwright (All About My Mother), born in Lima, Peru (d. 2007)
  • Aug 28 Johan "Joop" Doderer, Dutch actor (Swiebertje; My Fair Lady), born in Velsen, Netherlands (d. 2005)
  • Aug 28 Nancy Kulp, American actress (The Beverly Hillbillies, The Aristocats, Shane), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1991)
  • Sep 3 Harry Landers [Sorokin], American actor (Star Trek, Ben Casey, Drive a Crooked Road), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • Sep 5 Jack Valenti, American political advisor and film executive, born in Houston, Texas (d. 2007)
  • Sep 8 Harry Secombe, Welsh actor, comedian, singer and goon (The Goon Show; Oliver!), born in Swansea, Wales (d. 2001)
  • Sep 11 Edwin Richfield, British actor (Interpol Calling, The Avengers), born in London England (d. 1990)
  • Sep 12 Frank McGee, American news anchor (NBC Evening News), born in Monroe, Louisiana (d. 1974)
  • Sep 14 Hughes Rudd, American news anchor (CBS Morning News), born in Waco, Texas (d. 1992)
  • Sep 15 Norma MacMillan, Canadian voice actress (Casper the Ghost), born in Vancouver (d. 2001)
  • Sep 20 Melvin "Slappy" White, American comedian and actor, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1995)
  • Sep 24 Jim McKay, American sportscaster (ABC's Wide World of Sports), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • Sep 24 Leonard Salzedo, British orchestral, ballet, and film composer (The Witch Boy; Requiem Sine Voxibus, Hammer Films), born in London, England (d. 2000)
  • Sep 30 Deborah Kerr, American actress (The King & I, Night of Iguana), born in Helensburg Scotland (d. 2007)
  • Oct 1 James Whitmore, American actor (The Shawshank Redemption, Give 'em Hell Harry), born in White Plains, New York (d. 2009)
  • Oct 9 Michel Boisrond, French film director and screenwriter, born in Châteauneuf-en-Thymerais, France (d. 2002)
  • Oct 13 Harper MacKay, American orchestra leader (NBC Follies), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1995)
  • Oct 13 Yves Montand [Ivo Livi], Italian-French actor and singer (Z, Napoleon, Grand Prix), born in Monsummano Terme, Italy (d. 1991)
  • Oct 16 Michael Conrad, American Emmy Award-winning actor (Hill Street Blues - "Sgt. Phil Esterhaus"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1983)
  • Oct 17 Tom Poston, American actor (Newhart, Mork & Mindy, Steve Allen Show, Newhart), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 2007)
  • Oct 19 George Nader, American actor (Robot Monster, Away All Boats), born in Pasadena, California (d. 2002)
  • Oct 21 Sir Malcolm Arnold, British trumpeter, and classical and film score composer (The Bridge On The River Kwai), born in Northampton, England (d. 2006)
  • Oct 29 Edward "Ed" Kemmer, American actor (Space Patrol, Lux Video Theatre), born in Reading, Pennsylvania (d. 2004)
  • Nov 2 Shepard Menken, American voice and character actor (The Wild Wild West), born in NYC, New York (d. 1999)

Charles BronsonCharles Bronson (1921-2003)

Nov 3 American actor (Magnificent Seven, Death Wish, The Dirty Dozen), born in Ehrenfeld, Pennsylvania [1]

  • Nov 8 Gene Saks, American actor and director (One & Only, Prisoner of 2nd Ave), born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)
  • Nov 9 Ivo Rudolph Jarosy, German-British film scholar and exhibitor, born in Berlin (d. 1996)
  • Nov 14 Brian Keith, American actor (Family Affair, Loneliest Runner, The Parent Trap), born in Bayonne, New Jersey (d. 1997)
  • Nov 19 (Emmanuel) "Emil" Braginsky, Soviet Russian screenwriter (The Irony of Fate), born in Moscow, USSR (d. 1998)
  • Nov 20 Daniel "Dan" Frazer, American actor (Kojak, Take the Money and Run), born in NYC, New York (d. 2011)
  • Nov 20 Phyllis Thaxter, American actress (Nora, Fort Worth), born in Portland, Maine (d. 2012)
  • Nov 21 Vivian Blaine, American actress (Guys & Dolls, Skirts Ahoy), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1995)
  • Nov 22 Brian Cleeve, Irish broadcaster (d. 2003)

Rodney DangerfieldRodney Dangerfield (1921-2004)

Nov 22 American comedian and actor (Caddyshack), born in Babylon, New York

  • Nov 23 Ferdinando "Fred" Buscaglione, Italian singer and actor, born in Turin, Italy (d. 1960)
  • Nov 29 Dagmar [Virginia Ruth Egnor], American actress, model, and television personality (Broadway's Open House), born in Yawkey, West Virginia (d. 2001)
  • Dec 1 Ralph Manza, American actor (Banacek, Mama Malone, Newhart), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2000)
  • Dec 4 (Edna Mae) "Deanna" Durbin, Canadian actress and vocalist (Every Sunday; Three Smart Girls; 100 Men & a Girl), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2013)
  • Dec 5 Alvin "Alvy" Moore, American comic actor (Green Acres, Scream, Intruder), born in Vincennes, Indiana (d. 1997)
  • Dec 5 Peter Hansen, American actor (General Hospital, The War of the Roses), born in Oakland, California (d. 2017)
  • Dec 8 Terence Morgan, British actor (Sir Francis Drake, Curse of the Mummy's Tomb), born in London, England (d. 2005)
  • Dec 11 Maila Nurmi [Syrjäniemi], Finnish-American actress (The Vampira Show), born in Gloucester, Massachusetts or Petsamo, Finland (d. 2008)
  • Dec 23 Gerald S O'Loughlin, American actor and director (Storefront Lawyer, Rookies, Wheels), born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)

Steve AllenSteve Allen (1921-2000)

Dec 26 American comedian, composer, writer and TV host (Tonight Show, Steve Allen Show), born in NYC, New York


About 1921

Chinese Zodiac: Monkey (Feb 20, 1920 - Feb 7, 1921),
Rooster (Feb 8, 1921 - Jan 27, 1922)