Famous 20th Century Playback Singers

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 1 Teri Hatcher

Teri Hatcher.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 8, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Palo Alto, California
Teri Hatcher is best known for her Golden Globe- and SAG Award-winning performance as Susan Mayer in Desperate Housewives. She also voiced Dottie in the Planes movies and was seen as Lois Lane in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and as Paris Carver in Tomorrow Never Dies.

 2 Lata Mangeshkar

Lata Mangeshkar.
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Birthdate: September 28, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Indore

One of the most respected and best-known playback singers in India, Lata Mangeshkar is popularly known as the Nightingale of India. Such has had a long career of more than 60 years and have been honoured with India's highest civilian award Bharat Ratna..

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 3 Carroll O’Connor

Carroll O’Connor.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 2, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States
Died: June 21, 2001

Carroll O'Connor was an American actor, director, and producer. In a TV career that spanned 40 years, O'Connor popularized several fictional characters, including Archie Bunker from the sitcom All in the Family, for which he received four Emmy Awards. In 1996, he was ranked 38th on the 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time list published by TV Guide.

 4 Kishore Kumar

Kishore Kumar.
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Famous As: Indian playback singer
Birthdate: August 4, 1929
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Khandwas, India
Died: October 13, 1987

A man of many talents, Kishore Kumar was an Indian actor, filmmaker, writer, music director, lyricist, and playback singer. One of the most popular Indian singers of his generation, Kishore Kumar sang in different genres and multiple Indian languages. In 1997, the Kishore Kumar Award was initiated for his contributions to Hindi cinema. Despite marrying four times, he remained a loner.

 5 Kristy McNichol

Kristy McNichol.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 11, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Kristy McNichol is a retired American comedian, singer, and actress. After being born into a middle-class family, McNichol started acting at a young age and went on to become one of the most popular teen stars of her generation. After her retirement, Kristy McNichol devoted her time to charity work and taught acting in Los Angeles.

 6 Carice van Houten

Carice van Houten.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 5, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Leiderdorp, Netherlands
Carice van Houten is best known for her Emmy-nominated performance as Melisandre in the series Game of Thrones. She has previously amazed audiences with her Golden Calf-winning roles in Black Book, The Happy Housewife, and Black Butterflies. She is also known for her pop-rock album See You on the Ice.

 7 Meena Kumari

Meena Kumari
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bombay, Bombay Presidency, India
Died: March 31, 1972

Known as Hindi cinema’s “Tragedy Queen,” Meena Kumari is remembered for her stellar performances in films such as Pakeezah and Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam. The four-time Filmfare-winning actor sank into alcoholism after her separation from her abusive husband, director Kamal Amrohi, and died of liver cirrhosis.

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 8 Savitri

Savitri
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 6, 1936
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chirravuru, Guntur district, Madras Presidency
Died: December 26, 1981

 9 Dennis Weaver

Dennis Weaver.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 4, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Joplin, Missouri, United States
Died: February 24, 2006
Dennis Weaver is best known as Chester Goode/Proudfoot from Gunsmoke and as Deputy Marshal Sam McCloud from McCloud. He initially ran track and field, but his failure to qualify for the U.S. Olympic decathlon team made him join films. He had also been the president of the Screen Actors Guild.

 10 Holly Robinson Peete

Holly Robinson Peete
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 18, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

 11 Ashok Kumar

Ashok Kumar
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 13, 1911
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bhagalpur, Bengal Presidency, British India
Died: December 10, 2001

 12 Bryan Greenberg

Bryan Greenberg.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 24, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska
Bryan Greenberg is best known as Ben Epstein from How to Make It in America and Jake Jagielski from One Tree Hill. His other notable projects include the series October Road and the movie Bride Wars. He had started with children's theater and had then moved on to commercials.

 13 Steve Kazee

Steve Kazee.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 30, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ashland, Kentucky

Steve Kazee is an American singer and actor. Best known for his work in theatre, Steve Kazee received a Tony Award in 2012 under the Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical category for his performance in the musical, Once. For his work in Once, Steve Kazee also won the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.

 14 K. S. Chithra

K. S. Chithra
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Famous As: Playback singer
Birthdate: July 27, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Thiruvananthapuram

 15 Maxwell Caulfield

Maxwell Caulfield.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 23, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Duffield, Derbyshire
Maxwell Caulfield is best known for his roles in movies such as Grease 2 and The Supernaturals. Fans also loved him as Mark Wylde in the soap Emmerdale and as Miles Colby in Dynasty and its spin-off, The Colbys. He also voiced James Bond in a video game.

 16 Asha Bhosle

Asha Bhosle.
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Famous As: Indian playback singer
Birthdate: September 8, 1933
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sangli, Maharashtra
Legendary Indian playback singer Asha Bhosle holds the Guinness record for the most recorded artist. The Padma Vibhushan-winning singer had initially started singing along with sister Lata Mangeshkar, another iconic singer, to make ends meet. Bhosle, a versatile artist, has sung in 20 languages and experimented with almost all genres.

 17 Jeremy Northam

Jeremy Northam.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 1, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cambridge

Jeremy Northam is an English actor whose early career is defined by his performance at the Royal National Theatre; he won the Olivier Award for his work in The Voysey Inheritance in 1990. He then went on to establish himself in the film and TV industry before working on several audiobooks for Harper Audio, Macmillan, Naxos Audiobooks, and CSA Word.

 18 Mohammed Rafi

Mohammed Rafi.
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Birthdate: December 24, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Amritsar, Punjab, India
Died: July 31, 1980
Legendary Indian playback singer Mohammed Rafi was known for his versatility. The winner of one National Film Award and four Filmfare awards, Rafi often collaborated with ace composer S.D. Burman. He also received the Padma Shri and sang in countless Indian and foreign languages, including Arabic, Persian, and Dutch.

 19 Gemma Jones

Gemma Jones.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 4, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Marylebone, London

Gemma Jones is an English actress best known for playing Madam Poppy Pomfrey in the popular Harry Potter film series. A talented actress, Jones won the prestigious British Academy Television Award for playing Mary in the critically acclaimed television film, Marvellous.

 20 Sharon Leal

Sharon Leal.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tucson, Arizona
Sharon Leal is best known as Michelle Morris from Dreamgirls and as Dianne Brock from the Why Did I Get Married? franchise. Fans also loved her as Dahlia Crede in Guiding Light and as Marilyn Sudor in Boston Public. She has also been part of the Broadway rock musical Rent.

 21 Michael Paré

Michael Paré.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 9, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York

 22 Hope Davis

Hope Davis.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 23, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Englewood, New Jersey
Hope Davis is best known for her roles in films such as About Schmidt and Synecdoche, New York. She also delivered a Tony-winning performance in the Broadway play God of Carnage. Fans also loved her Emmy-nominated performances in the series In Treatment and the TV film The Special Relationship.

 23 Roger Bart

Roger Bart.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 29, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Norwalk, Connecticut

 24 Edgar Buchanan

Edgar Buchanan.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 20, 1903
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Humansville, Missouri
Died: April 4, 1979

 25 Darla Hood

Darla Hood.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 8, 1931
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Leedey, Oklahoma
Died: June 13, 1979

 26 Larry Storch

Larry Storch.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 8, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

 27 Liz Torres

Liz Torres
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 27, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

 28 Sheb Wooley

Sheb Wooley.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 10, 1921
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Erick, Oklahoma, United States
Died: September 16, 2003

 29 Forrest Tucker

Forrest Tucker.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 12, 1919
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Plainfield, Indiana, United States
Died: October 25, 1986

 30 Uttam Kumar

Uttam Kumar
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 3, 1926
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India
Died: July 24, 1980

 31 Dinesh Lal Yadav

Dinesh Lal Yadav
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 2, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ghazipur, Uttar Pradesh, India

 32 Jon Secada

Jon Secada
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 4, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

 33 Frank Bonner

Frank Bonner.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 28, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

 34 Alisha Chinai

Alisha Chinai
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Famous As: Playback singer, Singer
Birthdate: March 18, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ahmedabad

Known as the Queen of Indipop and India's Madonna, Alisha Chinai rocked the 1990s with her chartbusting hit Made in India. She also made headlines when she accused music director Anu Malik of sexual harassment. Kaate Nahin Katthe from the film Mr. India was one of her other big hits.

 35 Venkat Prabhu

Venkat Prabhu
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Famous As: Actor, Film director, Screenwriter, Playback singer
Birthdate: November 7, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chennai

 36 Harshdeep Kaur

Harshdeep Kaur
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Famous As: Singer, Playback singer
Birthdate: December 16, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Delhi

 37 Hemant Kumar

Hemant Kumar
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 16, 1920
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died: September 26, 1989

 38 Vijaya Kumaratunga

Vijaya Kumaratunga
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Famous As: Singer, Actor
Birthdate: October 9, 1945
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ja-Ela, Sri Lanka
Died: February 16, 1988

 39 Georges Guétary

Georges Guétary
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 8, 1915
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: September 13, 1997

 40 H. R. Jothipala

H. R. Jothipala
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 12, 1936
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dematagoda, Sri Lanka
Died: July 7, 1987

 41 Pasupuleti Kannamba

Pasupuleti Kannamba
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 5, 1911
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nandyal, Kurnool, Madras Presidency, British India
Died: May 7, 1964

 42 Milton Mallawarachchi

Milton Mallawarachchi
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 7, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kotte, Sri Lanka
Died: March 10, 1998

 43 Sotiria Bellou

Sotiria Bellou
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 22, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Drosia (Euboia), Greece
Died: August 27, 1997

 44 Gunadasa Kapuge

Gunadasa Kapuge
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 7, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Elpitiya, Sri Lanka
Died: April 3, 2003

 45 Freddie Silva

Freddie Silva
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Famous As: Actor, Singer
Birthdate: February 6, 1938
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Puwakaramba, Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
Died: October 29, 2001

 46 Emily Morris

Emily Morris.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 10, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia

 47 J. A. Milton Perera

J. A. Milton Perera
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Famous As: Playback singer
Birthdate: May 5, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Died: October 24, 1991

 48 Anjana Sowmya

Anjana Sowmya
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Famous As: Playback singer, Singer
Birthdate: September 29, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kakinada

 49 C. Ramachandra

C. Ramachandra
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Famous As: Playback singer
Birthdate: January 12, 1918
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Puntamba, Maharashtra, India
Died: January 5, 1982