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Famous May Birthdays

The following 7,600 famous people including celebrities were born in the month of May. A random sample was chosen for each day. Click the    after the name to explore the birth date info. You might also want to browse the filtered celebrity birthdays in May.

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May 1

  • 1901
    Heinz Eric Roemheld, American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1985)  
  • 1907
    Oliver Hill, American lawyer (d. 2007)  
  • 1910
    J. Allen Hynek, American astronomer and ufologist (d. 1986)  
  • 1978
    John Linehan, American basketball player  
  • 1990
    Diego Contento, German footballer  

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May 2

  • 1830
    Otto Staudinger, German entomologist and author (d. 1900)
  • 1890
    E. E. Smith, American engineer and author (d. 1965)
  • 1924
    Hugh Cortazzi, English soldier, historian, and diplomat, British Ambassador to Japan  
  • 1950
    Duncan Gay, Australian businessman and politician  
  • 1966
    Belinda Stronach, Canadian businesswoman, philanthropist, and politician  

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May 3

  • 1859
    Andy Adams, American author (d. 1935)
  • 1867
    J. T. Hearne, English cricketer (d. 1944)
  • 1940
    David H. Koch, American engineer, businessman, and philanthropist  
  • 1965
    John Jensen, Danish footballer and coach  
  • 1977
    Tyronn Lue, American basketball player and coach  

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May 4

  • 1923
    Ed Cassidy, American drummer (Spirit and Rising Sons) (d. 2012)  
  • 1947
    Trivimi Velliste, Estonian politician, 17th Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs  
  • 1949
    John Force, American race car driver  
  • 1961
    Mary Elizabeth McDonough, American actress  
  • 1964
    Mónica Bardem, Spanish actress  

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May 5

  • 1843
    William George Beers, Canadian dentist and patriot (d. 1900)
  • 1931
    Greg, Belgian author and illustrator (d. 1999)  
  • 1964
    Don Payne, American screenwriter and producer (d. 2013)  
  • 1976
    Anastasios Pantos, Greek footballer  
  • 1999
    Nathan Chen, American figure skater  

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May 6

  • 1911
    Frank Nelson, American actor (d. 1986)  
  • 1915
    Theodore H. White, American historian, journalist, and author (d. 1986)  
  • 1959
    Charles Hendry, English politician  
  • 1981
    Matt Drake, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Evile)  
  • 1986
    Gintarė Vostrecovaitė, Lithuanian figure skater  

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May 7

  • 1840
    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Russian composer and educator (d. 1893)
  • 1860
    Tom Norman, English businessman (d. 1930)
  • 1889
    Viktor Puskar, Estonian colonel (d. 1943)
  • 1922
    Joe O'Donnell, American photographer and journalist (d. 2007)  
  • 1944
    Eva Norvind, Norwegian-Mexican actress, director, and producer (d. 2006)  

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May 8

  • 1893
    Edd Roush, American baseball player and coach (d. 1988)
  • 1906
    Esther Hoffe, Israeli mistress of Max Brod (d. 2007)  
  • 1937
    Carlos Gaviria Díaz, Colombian lawyer and politician (d. 2015)  
  • 1944
    Bill Legend, English drummer (T. Rex and Bill Legend's T. Rex)  
  • 1948
    Stephen Stohn, American-Canadian lawyer and producer  

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May 9

  • 1923
    Johnny Grant, American radio host and producer (d. 2008)  
  • 1958
    Graham Smith, Canadian swimmer  
  • 1977
    Iñigo Landaluze, Spanish cyclist  
  • 1984
    Prince Fielder, American baseball player  
  • 1992
    Chris Gutierrez, American-Filipino actor  

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May 10

  • 1916
    Milton Babbitt, American composer and educator (d. 2011)  
  • 1948
    Meg Foster, American actress  
  • 1956
    Vladislav Listyev, Russian journalist (d. 1995)  
  • 1961
    Johanna ter Steege, Dutch actress  
  • 1979
    Lee Hyori, South Korean singer, dancer, and actress (Fin.K.L)  

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May 11

  • 1722
    Petrus Camper, Dutch physician, anatomist, and physiologist (d. 1789)
  • 1911
    Phil Silvers, American actor and singer (d. 1985)  
  • 1950
    Sadashiv Amrapurkar, Indian actor and singer (d. 2014)  
  • 1960
    Jürgen Schult, German discus thrower and trainer  
  • 1981
    Dusán Mukics, Slovene journalist, poet, and translator  

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May 12

  • 1401
    Emperor Shōkō of Japan (d. 1428)
  • 1938
    Paul Huxley, English painter and academic  
  • 1950
    Helena Kennedy, Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws, Scottish lawyer, academic, and politician  
  • 1981
    Erica Campbell, American model and actress  
  • 1981
    Kentaro Sato, Japanese-American composer and conductor  

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May 13

  • 1937
    John Cope, Baron Cope of Berkeley, English accountant and politician, Treasurer of the Household  
  • 1938
    Laurent Beaudoin, Canadian businessman  
  • 1942
    Roger Young, American director, producer, and screenwriter  
  • 1949
    Jane Glover, English conductor and scholar  
  • 1993
    Siim-Tanel Sammelselg, Estonian ski jumper  

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May 14

  • 1771
    Robert Owen, Welsh businessman and social reformer (d. 1858)
  • 1832
    Charles Peace, English criminal (d. 1879)
  • 1944
    Gene Cornish, Canadian-American guitarist (The Rascals and Fotomaker)  
  • 1963
    Pat Borders, American baseball player and coach  
  • 1980
    Hugo Southwell, English-Scottish rugby player  

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May 15

  • 1859
    Pierre Curie, French physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1906)
  • 1920
    Louis Siminovitch, Canadian biologist and academic  
  • 1923
    Richard Avedon, American sailor and photographer (d. 2004)  
  • 1957
    Juan José Ibarretxe, Spanish politician  
  • 1987
    Mark Fayne, American ice hockey player  

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May 16

  • 1819
    Johann Voldemar Jannsen, Estonian journalist and poet (d. 1890)
  • 1923
    Peter Underwood, English parapsychologist and author (d. 2014)  
  • 1945
    Marta Beatriz Roque, Cuban economist and activist  
  • 1964
    Boyd Tinsley, American singer-songwriter and violinist (Dave Matthews Band)  
  • 1969
    Tracey Gold, American actress  

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May 17

  • 1897
    Odd Hassel, Norwegian chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1981)
  • 1931
    Marshall Applewhite, American cult leader, founded Heaven's Gate (d. 1997)  
  • 1970
    Jordan Knight, American singer-songwriter (New Kids on the Block)  
  • 1981
    Shiri Maimon, Israeli singer and actress  
  • 1998
    Mio Tomonaga, Japanese singer (HKT48 and AKB48)  

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May 18

  • 1904
    Jacob K. Javits, American colonel and politician, 58th New York Attorney General (d. 1986)  
  • 1913
    Charles Trenet, French singer-songwriter (d. 2001)  
  • 1927
    Ray Nagel, American football player and coach (d. 2015)  
  • 1986
    Kevin Anderson, South African tennis player  
  • 1990
    Luke Kleintank, American actor  

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May 19

  • 1889
    Tản Đà, Vietnamese poet and author (d. 1939)
  • 1898
    Julius Evola, Italian philosopher and painter (d. 1974)
  • 1964
    Miloslav Mečíř, Slovak tennis player  
  • 1966
    Marc Bureau, Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster  
  • 1994
    Carlos Guzmán, Mexican footballer  

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May 20

  • 1830
    Hector Malot, French author (d. 1907)
  • 1915
    Peter Copley, English actor (d. 2008)  
  • 1922
    Peter Hughes, English actor  
  • 1938
    Marinella, Greek singer and actress  
  • 1950
    Reinaldo Merlo, Argentinian footballer and coach  

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May 21

  • 1863
    Archduke Eugen of Austria (d. 1954)
  • 1947
    Bill Champlin, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Chicago and Sons of Champlin)  
  • 1954
    Janice Karman, American voice actress, singer, and producer  
  • 1965
    Josh Richman, American actor and producer  
  • 1979
    Scott Smith, American mixed martial artist  

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May 22

  • 1871
    Harold Nelson, English illustrator and engraver (d. 1948)
  • 1890
    Per Collinder, Swedish astronomer and author, founded Collinder catalog (d. 1975)
  • 1935
    Leonardo Del Vecchio, Italian businessman, founded Luxottica  
  • 1952
    Bernhard Brinkmann, German lawyer and politician  
  • 1970
    Zoltan Lunka, German boxer  

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May 23

  • 1883
    Ferenc Talányi, Slovenian journalist and painter (d. 1959)
  • 1891
    Pär Lagerkvist, Swedish author and poet, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1974)
  • 1919
    Avraham Drori, Polish-Israeli soldier and politician (d. 1964)  
  • 1938
    Peter Preston, English journalist and author  
  • 1983
    Alex Shelley, American wrestler and singer  

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May 24

  • 1868
    Charlie Taylor, American engineer and mechanic (d. 1956)
  • 1879
    H. B. Reese, American candy maker, created Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (d. 1956)
  • 1983
    Pedram Javaheri, Iranian-American meteorologist and journalist  
  • 1985
    Tim Bridgman, English race car driver  
  • 1990
    Joey Logano, American race car driver  

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May 25

  • 1852
    William Muldoon, American wrestler and trainer (d. 1933)
  • 1898
    Bennett Cerf, American publisher, co-founded Random House (d. 1971)
  • 1916
    Giuseppe Tosi, Italian discus thrower (d. 1981)  
  • 1956
    Sugar Minott, Jamaican singer and producer (d. 2010)  
  • 1976
    Tarik Glenn, American football player  

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May 26

  • 1650
    John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, English general and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire (d. 1722)
  • 1915
    Vernon Alley, American bassist (d. 2004)  
  • 1944
    Jan Kinder, Norwegian ice hockey player (d. 2013)  
  • 1951
    Ramón Calderón, Spanish lawyer and businessman  
  • 1969
    John Baird, Canadian politician, 10th Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs  

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May 27

  • 1867
    Arnold Bennett, English author and playwright (d. 1931)
  • 1897
    Dink Templeton, American rugby player and coach (d. 1962)
  • 1924
    Ernest Ingenito, American murderer (d. 1995)  
  • 1986
    Conor Cummins, Manx motorcycle racer  
  • 1989
    Igor Morozov, Estonian footballer  

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May 28

  • 1676
    Jacopo Riccati, Italian mathematician and academic (d. 1754)
  • 1909
    Red Horner, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2005)  
  • 1944
    Rita MacNeil, Canadian singer and actress (d. 2013)  
  • 1970
    Jimi Goodwin, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Doves and Sub Sub)  
  • 1998
    Riho Sayashi, Japanese singer and actress (Morning Musume)  

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May 29

  • 1594
    Gottfried Heinrich Graf zu Pappenheim, Bavarian field marshal (d. 1632)
  • 1955
    Mike Porcaro, American bass player (Toto) (d. 2015)  
  • 1971
    Rob Womack, English shot putter and discus thrower  
  • 1978
    Adam Rickitt, English actor and singer (5th Story)  
  • 1982
    Kim Tae-kyun, South Korean baseball player  

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May 30

  • 1871
    Olga Engl, Austrian-German actress (d. 1946)
  • 1875
    Giovanni Gentile, Italian philosopher and academic (d. 1944)
  • 1918
    Pita Amor, Mexican poet and author (d. 2000)  
  • 1932
    Ray Cooney, English actor and playwright  
  • 1951
    Zdravko Čolić, Bosnian-Serbian singer-songwriter (Ambasadori and Korni Grupa)  

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May 31

  • 1469
    Manuel I of Portugal (d. 1521)
  • 1892
    Gregor Strasser, German lieutenant and politician (d. 1934)
  • 1923
    Ellsworth Kelly, American painter and sculptor  
  • 1987
    Meredith Hagner, American actress  
  • 1989
    Bas Dost, Dutch footballer  

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