Actors and Actresses Born in 1939

  • Jan 1 Michèle Mercier, French actress (Angelique, Marquise des Anges.), born in Nice, France
  • Jan 9 Susannah York, English actress (They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, Superman), born in London, England
  • Jan 10 Sal Mineo, American actor (Exodus, Rebel Without a Cause), born in NYC, New York (d. 1976)
  • Jan 17 Maury Povich, TV host (Current Affair, Maury)/Mr Connie Chung
  • Jan 22 Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba [Sadaho Maeda], Japanese martial artist and actor (The Street Fighter; Kill Bill: Volume 1), born in Fukuoka, Japan (d. 2021)
  • Jan 25 Angela Thorne, British stage and screen actress (To The Manor Born; Three Up, Two Down), born in Karachi, British India (now Pakistan)
  • Jan 31 Claude Gauthier, Canadian folk singer-songwriter, and actor, born in Lac-Saguay, Quebec
  • Feb 5 Jane Bryant Quinn, newscaster/financial writer (Everyone's Money Book), born in Niagara Falls, New York
  • Feb 6 Mike Farrell, American actor (M*A*S*H;, 1975-83 - B.J."; Providence), producer (Patch Adams), and human rights activist, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Feb 9 Janet Suzman, South African actress (Dry White Season, Nuns on the Run)
  • Feb 10 Peter Purves, English television presenter and actor (Doctor Who, Blue Peter), born in Preston, Lancashire
  • Feb 12 John D Hancock, American actor and director (Black Marble, Traxx, Houston Knights), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Feb 14 Michael Rudman, English theater director and producer (Donkeys' Years)
  • Feb 17 Mary Ann Mobley, American model and actress (Miss America-1959, Diff'rent Strokes), Biloxi Mississippi (d. 2014)
  • Feb 18 Petronella CM "Carletta" Banning, actress (Potasch & Perlemoer)
  • Feb 19 Gwen Taylor, British actress (Life of Brian, Sob Sisters, Screaming)
  • Feb 20 (Roy George) Elroy Josephs, Jamaican-British jazz dance teacher, and actor, born in Jamaica (d. 1997)
  • Feb 21 Richard Beymer, American stage actor and singer (West Side Story; Diary of Anne Frank), born in Avoca, Iowa
  • Feb 25 Marisa Mell, Graz Austria, actress (Masquerade, Casanova '70)
  • Feb 26 Josephine Tewson, British actress (Keeping Up Appearances; Last Of The Summer Wine, 2003-10), born in Hampstead, England (d. 2022)
  • Mar 2 Barbara Luna, American actress (5 Weeks in a Balloon, Gentle Savage), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 4 Carlos Vereza, Brazilian actor, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Mar 5 Charles Fuller, American Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright (A Soldier's Play; Zooman and the Sign; The Brownsville Raid), and screenwriter (A Soldier's Story; A Gathering of Old Men), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d.2022) [1]
  • Mar 5 Norman Seeff, South African-American photographer, filmmaker, and album cover artist (Joni Mitchell; Captain & Tenille; Fleetwood Mac), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Mar 5 Samantha Eggar, English actress (Collector, Dr Doolittle) [or May 3], born in London, England
  • Mar 6 David Spielberg, Weslaco Tx, actor (Jessica Novak, The Practice)

Jim BoutonJim Bouton (1939-2019)

Mar 8 American Baseball Pitcher, author and broadcaster (NY Yankees, MLB All Star 1968, "Ball Four"), born in Newark, New Jersey

  • Mar 9 John Howard Davies, British child actor (Oliver Twist), and television comedy producer and director (Monty Python's Flying Circus; Fawlty Towers; The Good Life), born in Paddington, England (d. 2011)
  • Mar 14 Bertrand Blier, French novelist and director (Going Places), born in Paris, France
  • Mar 14 Raymond J. Barry, American actor (Steel City), born in Hempstead, New York
  • Mar 21 Kathleen Widdoes, actress (Without a Trace), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Mar 23 Bert Berdis, American comedian (Tim Conway Show), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 24 [Lilian] Lynda Baron, British actress, comedian, and singer (Open All Hours - "Nurse Gladys"; Come Inside - "Auntie Mabel"), born Urmston, Lancashire, England
  • Mar 26 Phillip R. Allen, American stage and screen actor (Hardy Boys Mysteries - "Harry"; Star Trek III - "Captain Esteban"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • Apr 1 Ali MacGraw, American actress (Love Story, Goodbye Columbus), born in Pound Ridge, New York
  • Apr 3 Catalino "Lino" Brocka, Filipino film director (Macho Dancer, Jaguar), born in Pilar, Sorsogon, Philippines (d. 1991)
  • Apr 3 François de Roubaix, French film score composer, born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France (d. 1975)
  • Apr 5 David Winters, American choreographer and director (Steve Allen Comedy Hour), born in London, England
  • Apr 7 David Frost, Tenterdon England, TV host (That Was the Week That Was), (d. 2013)

Francis Ford CoppolaFrancis Ford Coppola (83 years old)

Apr 7 American director (The Godfather, Apocalypse Now), born in Detroit, Michigan

  • Apr 9 Michael Learned, American actress (Olivia in The Waltons, Nurse), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 11 Louise Lasser, American actress (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman - "Mary Hartman"), born in NYC, New York

Alan AyckbournAlan Ayckbourn (83 years old)

Apr 12 English playwright and director, born in London, England

  • Apr 13 Paul Sorvino, American stage and screen actor (Goodfellas; Law and Order, 1991-92; Dick Tracy, That's Life), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2022)
  • Apr 16 Boris Dvornik, Croatian actor, born in Split, Kingdom of Yugoslavia (d. 2008)
  • Apr 16 Donald MacCormick, British broadcaster, born in Scotland (d. 2009)
  • Apr 19 Ellen Weston, American actress (Betty-SWAT), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 20 Peter S. Beagle, American novelist and screenwriter (The Last Unicorn), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 22 Jason Miller, American actor and writer (Exorcist, Light of Day), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania (d. 2001)
  • Apr 23 David Birney, American stage and screen actor (Bridget Loves Bernie; St Elsewhere, 1982-83), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2022)
  • Apr 23 Lee Majors [Harvey Lee Yeary], American film and TV actor ($6,000,000 Man, The Fall Guy), born in Wyandotte, Michigan
  • Apr 27 Judy Carne, English comedienne and actress (Laugh-In, Love on a Rooftop), born in Northampton, England (d. 2015)

Max RobinsonMax Robinson (1939-1988)

May 1 1st African American network TV anchor (ABC), born in Richmond, Virginia

  • May 1 Ray Aranha, actor (Nick-Married People), born in Miami, Florida
  • May 4 Paul Gleason, American actor (Breakfast Club, Die Hard), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 2006)
  • May 6 Chet Allen, American child actor (Amahl and the Night Visitors), born in Chickasha Oklahoma (d. 1984)
  • May 7 Marco St John, American actor (Rayford-Ball Four), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • May 9 Pierre Desproges, French humorist (d. 1988)
  • May 13 Harvey Keitel, American actor (Taxi Driver, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs), born in New York City
  • May 19 Henry Herbert, 17th earl of Pembroke, English peer and director (Emily) (d. 2003)
  • May 19 James Fox, English actor (The Servant), born in London, England
  • May 19 Nancy Kwan, Hong Kong-born American actress (Flower Drum Song, World of Suzie Wong), born in Hong Kong
  • May 25 Dixie Carter, American actress (Designing Women, Edge of Night), born in McLemoresville, Tennessee (d. 2010)

Ian McKellenIan McKellen (83 years old)

May 25 English film and theatre actor (Lord of the Rings; X-Men), born in Burnley Lancashire

  • May 26 Brent Musburger, American sportscaster (CBS Sports, The NFL Today; ESPN, ABC; VSiN; radio play-by-play Las Vegas Raiders), born in Portland, Oregon
  • May 30 Michael J Pollard [Pollack], American character actor (Bonnie & Clyde; Roxanne), born in Passaic, New Jersey (d. 2019)
  • Jun 1 Cleavon Little, actor (Blazing Saddles, Toy Soldiers), born in Chickasha Oklahoma (d. 1992)
  • Jun 3 Steve Dalkowski, American baseball player and inspiration for Bull Durham film, born in New Britain, Connecticut (d. 2020)
  • Jun 8 Bernie Casey, American actor (Boxcar Bertha, Rent-a-Cop), born in Wyco, West Virginia (d. 2017)
  • Jun 9 Dick Vitale, American basketball sportscaster (ESPN), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • Jun 10 Alexandra Stewart, Canadian actress (In Praise of Older Women), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jun 11 Christina Crawford, American actress and author (Mommie Dearest), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 27 R. D. Burman, Indian film score composer (1942: A Love Story), born in Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India (d. 1994)
  • Jun 30 John Fortune [John C. Wood], English satirist and comedian (Bremner, Bird and Fortune), born in Bristol, England (d. 2013)
  • Jul 1 Frank Parker, American actor (Days of our Lives, Never Too Young), born in Darby, Pennsylvania (2018)
  • Jul 1 Karen Black, American actress (5 Easy Pieces, Pyx), born in Park Ridge, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • Jul 4 Ed Bernard, American actor (Joe-Police Woman, Jim-White Shadow), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 6 Renton Laidlaw, Scottish golf broadcaster and journalist (President Association of Golf Writers 1995-2015; BBC Radio), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 2021)
  • Jul 10 Lawrence Pressman, American actor (Man From Atlantis, Hellstrom Chronicle), born in Cynthiana, Kentucky
  • Jul 12 Phillip Adams, Australian humanist and broadcaster (Late Night Live), born in Maryborough, Victoria
  • Jul 14 Sid Haig [Sidney Mosesian], American actor (House of 1000 Corpses, Jason of Star Command), born in Fresno, California
  • Jul 15 Patrick Wayne, actor (Rounder, Shirley, Beyond Atlantis), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 16 Corin Redgrave, British actor (Excalibur, A Man For All Seasons), born in London (d. 2010)
  • Jul 16 Mary Parkinson, British broadcaster, born in Doncaster, West Riding
  • Jul 17 Andrée Champagne, French Canadian actress and politician, born in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec
  • Jul 22 Gila Almagor, Israeli actress
  • Jul 27 Irv Cross, American football cornerback (Pro Bowl 1964, 65; Philadelphia Eagles) and broadcaster (CBS), born in Hammond, Indiana (d. 2021)
  • Jul 27 James Victor, Dominican-American actor (Boulevard Night, Streets of LA), born in Santiago Province, Dominican Republic (d. 2016)

Peter BogdanovichPeter Bogdanovich (1939-2022)

Jul 30 American film director and producer (The Last Picture Show; Paper Moon), born in Kingston, New York [1]

  • Jul 31 France Nuyen, Vietnamese-French actress (St Elsewhere, Diamond Head), born in Marseilles, France
  • Aug 2 Wes Craven, American film director (Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2015)
  • Aug 4 Frank Vincent, American actor (The Sopranos), born in North Adams, Massachusetts (d. 2017)
  • Aug 7 Anjanette Comer, American actress (Baby, Lepke), born in Dawson, Texas
  • Aug 7 Verna Bloom, American actress (After Hours, Badge 373), born in Lynn, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • Aug 10 Kate O'Mara, Leicaster England, actress (Caress Morell-Dynasty, AbFab)
  • Aug 12 George Hamilton, American actor (Love at First Bite), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Aug 16 Carol Shelley, actress (Gwendolyn Pidgeon-Odd Couple), born in London, England
  • Aug 17 Anthony Valentine, British actor (Colditz), born in Blackburn, Lancashire (d. 2015)
  • Aug 18 Harald Heide-Steen Jr., Norwegian actor and comedian, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2008)
  • Aug 18 Molly Bee, American actress (Pinky Lee Show), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 2009)
  • Aug 20 Fernando Poe Jr., Filipino actor and politician (2004 presidential candidate), born in Manila, Commonwealth of the Philippines (d. 2004)
  • Aug 21 Clarence Williams III, American actor (Mod Squad; 52 Pick Up; Purple Rain), born in NYC, New York (d. 2021)
  • Aug 22 Valerie Harper, American actress (The Mary Tyler Moore Show; Rhoda), born in Suffern, New York (d. 2019)
  • Aug 25 Liselot Beekmeyer, Dutch actress (Issue Blum), born in Schiedam, Netherlands
  • Aug 28 [Catherine] Cassie Mackin, American newswoman (NBC TV) and 1st woman to regularly anchor an evening network newscast alone, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1982)
  • Aug 29 Joel Schumacher, American film director (Lost Boys, Batman), born in New York City (d. 2020)
  • Aug 30 Elizabeth Ashley, American actress (Coma, Evening Shade), born in Ocala, Florida
  • Aug 30 John Peel, English DJ and Broadcaster (BBC Radio 1), born in Heswell, Merseyside (d. 2004)
  • Sep 1 Lily Tomlin, American Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award-winning comedienne, actress, and writer (Laugh-In; 9 to 5; The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe; All Of Me), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Sep 5 Donna Anderson [Knaflich], American actress (On the Beach), born in Gunnison, Gunnison County Colorado
  • Sep 5 George Lazenby, Australian actor (OHMSS-James Bond), born in Goulburn, Australia
  • Sep 10 Greg Mullavey, American actor (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman - "Tom Hartman"; Rituals - "Eddie Gallagher"), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Sep 13 Elaine Delmar (neé Hutchinson), British jazz and cabaret singer and stage actress, born in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, England [some sources cite birthday as 9/01]
  • Sep 13 Richard Kiel, American actor (So Fine, Jaws-Moonraker, Skidoo), born in Detroit, Michigan, (d. 2014)
  • Sep 17 Joseph Mosikili, American-born South African broadway actor and singer, born in Amarillo, Texas
  • Sep 17 Shelby Flint, American singer-songwriter ("Angel on My Shoulder"; "Cast Your Fate to the Wind"), born in North Hollywood, California
  • Sep 23 Janusz Gajos, Polish actor
  • Sep 25 Feroz Khan, Indian actor, producer and director (known as Clint Eastwood of Bollywood), born in Bangalore, Kingdom of Mysore, British India (d. 2009)
  • Sep 26 Ricky Tomlinson, English actor and comedian (Mike Bassett: England Manager), born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England
  • Sep 28 Rudolph Walker, Trinidadian-born British actor
  • Sep 29 Larry Linville, American actor (M*A*S*H, 1972-77 - "Major Frank Burns"), born in Ojai California (d. 2000)
  • Sep 29 Molly Haskell, American film critic, born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Sep 30 Len Cariou, Canadian actor (Sweeney Todd), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Oct 1 Geoffrey Whitehead, English actor
  • Oct 3 'Bullet' Bob Armstrong, American pro wrestler (WWE Hall of Fame), born in Marietta, Georgia (d. 2020)
  • Oct 5 Marie Laforêt, French singer and actress, born in Soulac-sur-Mer, Gironde France
  • Oct 6 Melvyn Bragg, British broadcaster (The South Bank Show, 1978–2010), born in Carlisle, England
  • Oct 7 Clive James, Australian television presenter, poet writer, born in Kogarah, Australia (d. 2019)
  • Oct 8 Paul Hogan, Australian actor (Crocodile Dundee, Lightning Jack), born in Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia
  • Oct 13 Melinda Dillon, American actress (Close Encounters, Slap Shot), born in Hope, Arkansas
  • Oct 22 Tony Roberts, actor (Annie Hall, Edge of Night, Lucie Arnaz Show), born in NYC, New York

F. Murray AbrahamF. Murray Abraham (83 years old)

Oct 24 American actor (All the President's Men and Amadeus), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Oct 25 Robin Spry, Canadian filmmaker and producer (Action: The October Crisis of 1970), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2005)

John CleeseJohn Cleese (83 years old)

Oct 27 English actor and comedian (Monty Python), born in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset

  • Oct 28 Jane Alexander, American actress (Betsy, Kramer vs Kramer), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Oct 31 Ron Rifkin, American actor (Arvin Sloane-Alias, L.A. Confidential), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 31 Tom O'Connor, British comedian and TV game show host, born in Bootle, Lancashire, England (d. 2021)
  • Nov 2 Richard Serra, American sculptor and video artist, born in San Francisco, California
  • Nov 9 Marco Bellocchio, Italian film director (The Conviction), born in Bobbio, Italy
  • Nov 10 Russell Means, Native American activist, actor, writer, and musician, born in Porcupine, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota (d. 2012)
  • Nov 11 Denise Alexander, American actress (Mary McKinnon-Another World, Lesley Webber-General Hospital), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 15 Thalmus Rasulala [Jack Crowder], actor (Blacula, Roots), born in Miami, Florida
  • Nov 15 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]
  • Nov 16 Henrik Otto Donner, Finnish trumpeter, and avant garde and film score composer, born in Tampere, Finland (d. 2013)
  • Nov 18 Brenda Vaccaro, American actress (Cactus Flower, Sara, Paper Dolls), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Nov 19 Garrick Utley, American newscaster (1st Tuesday, NBC Weekend), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 20 Dick Smothers, American comedian and folk singer (The Smothers Brothers Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 21 Rick Lenz, actor (Hec Ramsey, Scandalous John), born in Springfield, Illinois
  • Nov 22 Allen Garfield, actor (Candidate, Beverly Hills Cop II), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Nov 25 Rosanna Schiaffino, actress (Minotaur, Mazzabubu), born in Genoa, Italy
  • Nov 29 Peter Bergman, American comedian, (d. 2012)
  • Dec 5 Horst Bastian, German writer and screenwriter, born in Exin (d. 1986)
  • Dec 14 Marilyn Cooper, American actress (Broadway Bound, Survivors), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 17 Novella Nelson, American actress (Antwone Fisher, Purlie, Chiefs), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2017)
  • Dec 18 Henrica M. L. "Wiesje" Backer, Dutch dancer, actress and playwright
  • Dec 20 Kathryn Joosten, American actress (Desperate Housewives), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • Dec 27 John Amos, American actor (Good Times; Roots; Coming to America; The West Wing), born in Newark, New Jersey

About 1939

Chinese Zodiac: Tiger (Jan 31, 1938 - Feb 18, 1939),
Rabbit (Feb 19, 1939 - Feb 7, 1940)