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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.

Zodiac signs for May are Taurus and Gemini . The modern birthstone for May is Emerald while the mystical gemstone (based on Tibetan origin) is Sapphire.

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May 1

  • 1905
    Henry Koster, German-American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1988)  
  • 1925
    Chuck Bednarik, American lieutenant and football player (d. 2015)  
  • 1931
    Naim Attallah, Palestinian author and publisher  
  • 1960
    Steve Cauthen, American jockey and sportscaster  
  • 1968
    Johnny Colt, American bass player (The Black Crowes, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Train, and Rock Star Supernova)  

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May 2

  • 1879
    James F. Byrnes, American stenographer and politician, 49th United States Secretary of State (d. 1972)
  • 1927
    Ray Barrett, Australian actor and singer (d. 2009)  
  • 1929
    Eddie Garcia, Filipino actor and director  
  • 1939
    Sumio Iijima, Japanese physicist and engineer  
  • 1959
    Tony Wakeford, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Sol Invictus, Death in June, Crisis, and Above the Ruins)  

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May 3

  • 1905
    Werner Fenchel, German-Danish mathematician and academic (d. 1988)  
  • 1933
    Brother Stair, American minister and radio host  
  • 1959
    David Ball, English keyboard player and producer (Soft Cell and The Grid)  
  • 1971
    Douglas Carswell, English politician  
  • 2006
    Mutya Orquia, Filipina actress  

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May 4

  • 1929
    Manuel Contreras, Chilean general (d. 2015)  
  • 1930
    Roberta Peters, American soprano  
  • 1931
    Jan Pesman, Dutch speed skater (d. 2014)  
  • 1959
    Valdemaras Chomičius, Lithuanian basketball player and coach  
  • 1990
    Irina Falconi, American tennis player  

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May 5

  • 1818
    Karl Marx, German philosopher, sociologist, and journalist (d. 1883)
  • 1866
    Thomas B. Thrige, Danish businessman (d. 1938)
  • 1926
    Ann B. Davis, American actress and singer (d. 2014)  
  • 1965
    Leslie Law, English horse rider  
  • 1970
    Kyan Douglas, American television host and author  

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May 6

  • 1895
    Júlio César de Mello e Souza, Brazilian mathematician and author (d. 1974)
  • 1923
    Harry Watson, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 2002)  
  • 1947
    Alan Dale, New Zealand actor  
  • 1964
    Dana Hill, American actress and singer (d. 1996)  
  • 1986
    Gintarė Vostrecovaitė, Lithuanian figure skater  

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May 7

  • 1836
    Joseph Gurney Cannon, American lawyer and politician, 40th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (d. 1926)
  • 1932
    Jordi Bonet, Spanish-Canadian painter and sculptor (d. 1979)  
  • 1964
    Denis Mandarino, Brazilian guitarist, composer, and painter  
  • 1987
    Serge Gakpé, Togolese footballer  
  • 1989
    Raina, South Korean singer, dancer, model and rapper (After School and Orange Caramel)  

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May 8

  • 1958
    Simone Kleinsma, Dutch actress and singer  
  • 1964
    Nathalie Roy, Canadian lawyer and politician  
  • 1973
    Jesús Arellano, Mexican footballer  
  • 1982
    Adrian Gonzalez, American baseball player  
  • 1988
    Tanel Kurbas, Estonian basketball player  

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May 9

  • 1950
    Matthew Kelly, English actor and presenter  
  • 1955
    Kevin Peter Hall, American actor (d. 1991)  
  • 1968
    David Benoit, American basketball player  
  • 1969
    Hudson Leick, American actress  
  • 1975
    Brian Deegan, American motocross rider  

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May 10

  • 1788
    Augustin-Jean Fresnel, French physicist and engineer (d. 1827)
  • 1879
    Symon Petliura, Ukrainian journalist and politician (d. 1926)
  • 1894
    Elvira Popescu, Romanian-French actress and director (d. 1993)
  • 1987
    Anej Lovrečič, Slovenian footballer  
  • 1995
    Yoan Garneau, Canadian singer-songwriter  

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May 11

  • 1752
    Johann Friedrich Blumenbach, German physician, physiologist, and anthropologist (d. 1840)
  • 1869
    Archibald Warden, English tennis player (d. 1943)
  • 1921
    Robin Barbour, Scottish author and Church of Scotland minister (d. 2014)  
  • 1948
    Shigeru Izumiya, Japanese singer, actor, and poet  
  • 1978
    Perttu Kivilaakso, Finnish cellist and composer (Apocalyptica)  

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May 12

  • 1895
    William Giauque, Canadian-American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1982)
  • 1940
    Norman Whitfield, American songwriter and producer (d. 2008)  
  • 1967
    Joe McKinney, Irish actor  
  • 1971
    Kristin Asbjørnsen, Norwegian singer (Dadafon, Krøyt, Kvitretten)  
  • 1984
    Tommaso Reato, Italian rugby player  

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May 13

  • 1912
    Judah Nadich, American colonel and rabbi (d. 2007)  
  • 1937
    Trevor Baylis, English inventor, invented the wind-up radio  
  • 1943
    Anthony Clarke, Baron Clarke of Stone-cum-Ebony, English lawyer and judge  
  • 1946
    Waneta Hoyt, American murderer (d. 1998)  
  • 1979
    Vyacheslav Shevchuk, Ukrainian footballer  

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May 14

  • 1925
    Ninian Sanderson, Scottish racing driver (d. 1985)  
  • 1940
    H. Jones, English colonel, Victoria Cross recipient (d. 1982)  
  • 1952
    Donald R. McMonagle, American colonel, pilot, and astronaut  
  • 1961
    Tim Roth, English actor and director  
  • 1989
    Alina Talay, Belarusian hurdler  

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May 15

  • 1915
    Henrik Sandberg, Danish production manager and producer (d. 1993)  
  • 1936
    Paul Zindel, American author, playwright, and educator (d. 2003)  
  • 1942
    K. T. Oslin, American singer-songwriter and actress  
  • 1973
    Emilia Tsoulfa, Greek sailor  
  • 1974
    Matthew Sadler, English chess player and author  

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May 16

  • 1905
    Henry Fonda, American actor, singer, and producer (d. 1982)  
  • 1914
    Edward T. Hall, American anthropologist and author (d. 2009)  
  • 1960
    S. Shanmuganathan, Sri Lankan commander and politician (d. 1998)  
  • 1984
    Rick Rypien, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2011)  
  • 1985
    Kazuhito Tanaka, Japanese gymnast  

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May 17

  • 1921
    Dennis Brain, English horn player and composer (d. 1957)  
  • 1944
    Paul Crossley, English pianist  
  • 1981
    Shiri Maimon, Israeli singer and actress  
  • 1983
    DJ Yonny, American DJ and producer  
  • 1989
    Tessa Virtue, Canadian ice dancer  

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May 18

  • 1941
    Miriam Margolyes, English-Australian actress and singer  
  • 1973
    The Blue Meanie, American wrestler and actor  
  • 1978
    Marcus Giles, American baseball player  
  • 1984
    Ivet Lalova, Bulgarian sprinter  
  • 1985
    Francesca Battistelli, American singer-songwriter  

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May 19

  • 1932
    Paul Erdman, American economist and author (d. 2007)  
  • 1953
    Dawud M. Mu'Min, American murderer (d. 1997)  
  • 1953
    Patrick Hodge, Lord Hodge, Scottish lawyer and judge  
  • 1965
    Maile Flanagan, American actress, producer, and screenwriter  
  • 1977
    Kelly Sheridan, Canadian voice actress and singer  

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May 20

  • 1942
    Lynn Davies, Welsh sprinter and long jumper  
  • 1966
    Mindy Cohn, American actress  
  • 1971
    Šárka Kašpárková, Czech triple jumper and coach  
  • 1984
    Augusto Midana, Bissau-Guinean wrestler  
  • 1986
    Yon González, Spanish actor  

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May 21

  • 1775
    Lucien Bonaparte, French soldier and politician (d. 1840)
  • 1959
    Nick Cassavetes, American actor, director, and screenwriter  
  • 1963
    David Lonsdale, English actor  
  • 1963
    Kevin Shields, American-Irish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (My Bloody Valentine, The Complex, and Primal Scream)  
  • 1978
    Jamaal Magloire, Canadian basketball player and coach  

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May 22

  • 1848
    Hermann Schubert, German mathematician and academic (d. 1911)
  • 1849
    Aston Webb, English architect and academic, designed the Victoria Memorial and The Mall (d. 1930)
  • 1917
    Nathan Davis, American actor (d. 2008)  
  • 1968
    Simon Rumley, English director and screenwriter  
  • 1981
    Jana Hlaváčková, Czech tennis player  

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May 23

  • 1883
    Douglas Fairbanks, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1939)
  • 1921
    James Blish, American author and critic (d. 1975)  
  • 1943
    General Johnson, American singer-songwriter and producer (Chairmen of the Board and The Showmen) (d. 2010)  
  • 1958
    Frank Jelinski, German race car driver  
  • 1977
    Ilia Kulik, Russian figure skater  

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May 24

  • 1899
    Suzanne Lenglen, French tennis player (d. 1938)
  • 1933
    Jane Byrne, American lawyer and politician, 50th Mayor of Chicago (d. 2014)  
  • 1966
    Russell Kun, Nauruan lawyer and politician  
  • 1976
    Catherine Cox, New Zealand-Australian netball player  
  • 1989
    Adel Taarabt, Moroccan footballer  

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May 25

  • 1931
    Irwin Winkler, American director and producer  
  • 1944
    Digby Anderson, English journalist and philosopher  
  • 1976
    Miguel Zepeda, Mexican footballer  
  • 1982
    Ezekiel Kemboi, Kenyan runner  
  • 1986
    Geraint Thomas, Welsh cyclist  

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May 26

  • 1799
    August Kopisch, German poet and painter (d. 1853)
  • 1913
    Josef Manger, German weightlifter (d. 1991)  
  • 1944
    Phil Edmonston, American-Canadian journalist and politician  
  • 1953
    Michael Portillo, English journalist and politician, Secretary of State for Defence  
  • 1968
    Simon Diamond, American baseball player and wrestler  

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May 27

  • 1876
    William Stanier, English engineer (d. 1965)
  • 1899
    Johannes Türn, Estonian chess and draughts player (d. 1993)
  • 1943
    Cilla Black, English singer and actress (d. 2015)  
  • 1971
    Kaur Kender, Estonian author  
  • 1978
    Adin Brown, American soccer player  

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May 28

  • 1933
    John Karlen, American actor  
  • 1936
    Betty Shabazz, American educator and activist (d. 1997)  
  • 1944
    Gary Stewart, American singer-songwriter (d. 2003)  
  • 1945
    Jean Perrault, Canadian politician, Mayor of Sherbrooke  
  • 1982
    Desiree del Valle, Filipino actress  

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May 29

  • 1954
    Jerry Moran, American lawyer and politician  
  • 1958
    Karen Maruyama, American actress and director  
  • 1967
    Steven Levitt, American economist, author, and academic  
  • 1971
    Rob Womack, English shot putter and discus thrower  
  • 1977
    António Lebo Lebo, Angolan footballer  

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May 30

  • 1623
    John Egerton, 2nd Earl of Bridgewater, English politician, Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire (d. 1686)
  • 1875
    Giovanni Gentile, Italian philosopher and academic (d. 1944)
  • 1899
    Irving Thalberg, American screenwriter and producer (d. 1936)
  • 1953
    Colm Meaney, Irish actor  
  • 1971
    Paul Grayson, English rugby player and coach  

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May 31

  • 1914
    Akira Ifukube, Japanese composer and educator (d. 2006)  
  • 1919
    Robie Macauley, American editor, novelist and critic (d. 1995)  
  • 1950
    Gregory Harrison, American actor, director, and producer  
  • 1954
    Vicki Sue Robinson, American actress and singer (d. 2000)  
  • 1959
    Phil Wilson, English politician  

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