Famous People Born In 1903

Discover the most famous people born in 1903. The list includes people like George Orwell, Bing Crosby, Eliot Ness, John von Neumann, John Dillinger and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, novelists, journalists and artists born in 1903. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Germany & Austria and many more countries.
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George Orwell
(Known for His Novels “Animal Farm” and “Nineteen Eighty-Four”)
George Orwell
61
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 25th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Motihari, Bihar, India
Died: January 21, 1950

The king of dystopia and satire, George Orwell, the pen name adopted by Eric Arthur Blair, was a well-known novelist and critic of the 20th century. A man with a strong mind of his own, Orwell never backed down from stating his views on the socio-political climate he lived in, which he expressed profusely through his influential essays and novels.

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Bing Crosby
(Actor and One of the Most Popular and Influential Musical Artists of the 20th Century)
Bing Crosby
52
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 3rd May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tacoma, Washington, United States
Died: October 14, 1977

Bing Crosby was an American singer, actor, and comedian. Widely regarded as the first multimedia star, Bing was a leader in motion picture grosses, radio ratings, and record sales from 1930 to 1954. His intimate singing style influenced several popular singers, such as Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, John Lennon, and Elvis Presley among others.

 3 
Bob Hope
(Stand-Up Comedian Known for His One-Liners and Rapid-Fire Delivery of Jokes)
Bob Hope
18
Birthdate: 29th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Eltham, London, England
Died: July 27, 2003
Bob Hope began his career with vaudeville and Broadway, before plunging into radio and films. He is remembered for his comedy timing and trademark self-deprecating humor. He hosted the Academy Awards 19 times and authored 14 books, apart from performing for the U.S. military in 57 USO tours.
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Lou Gehrig
(One of the Most Durable Players in American Professional Baseball and One of its Great Hitters)
Lou Gehrig
17
Listed In: Baseball Players
Birthdate: 19th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Yorkville, New York, United States
Died: June 2, 1941

Lou Gehrig was an American baseball player. Nicknamed The Iron Horse for his durability and prowess as a hitter, Lou Gehrig played for the New York Yankees of the Major League Baseball (MLB). His life and career inspired the 1942 film The Pride of the Yankees in which he was portrayed by actor Gary Cooper.

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John von Neumann
(Great Mathematician Who Was Equally at Home in Pure and Applied Mathematics)
John von Neumann
18
Birthdate: 28th December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: February 8, 1957
Hungarian-American scientist John von Neumann contributed to the development of game theory and the concept of self-replication. His work covered vast areas including math, economics, physics, and computer science. His research on nuclear physics led him to be part of the advisory committee of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission.
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Curly Howard
(Comedian, Actor and Member of the Comedy Trio ‘The Three Stooges’)
Curly Howard
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Birthdate: 22nd October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bensonhurst, New York, United States
Died: January 18, 1952

Born Jerome Lester Horwitz and nick named Curly by his brothers, Curly Howard is an American vaudevillian actor who was known for his comic skills, childlike mannerism and exaggerated walk. His performance as a member of The Three Stooges was particularly popular among children in 1930s and early 1940s. He was forced to retire early from his career because of stroke.

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Eliot Ness
(American Prohibition Agent Known for His Efforts to Bring Down Al Capone)
Eliot Ness
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Birthdate: 19th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: May 16, 1957
Eliot Ness led the group of American law-enforcement agents known as The Untouchables. He is remembered for enforcing the Prohibition in the U.S. and is considered responsible for bringing crime lord Al Capone to justice. He co-authored the book The Untouchables, which led to many screen adaptations.
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Lawrence Welk
(Accordionist, Bandleader, and Television Impresario)
Lawrence Welk
14
Birthdate: 11th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Strasburg, North Dakota
Died: May 17, 1992

Lawrence Welk was an American accordionist and bandleader. From 1951 to 1982, Welk hosted the popular musical variety show, The Lawrence Welk Show. Also known for his entrepreneurship skills, Welk had investments in music publishing and real estate. He also owned a club and restaurant. In 1994, he was made an inductee of the International Polka Music Hall of Fame.

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Ward Bond
(Actor)
Ward Bond
10
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 9th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Benkelman, Nebraska, USA
Died: November 5, 1960
 10 
Vincente Minnelli
(Film director)
Vincente Minnelli
6
Listed In: Directors
Birthdate: 28th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: July 25, 1986
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Mark Rothko
(American Painter Known or His Abstract Expressionism and Color Field Paintings)
Mark Rothko
11
Birthdate: 25th September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Daugavpils, Latvia
Died: February 25, 1970

Considered part of the New York school of painters of the 1940s, Mark Rothko was best known for his signature color field paintings, consisting of vertically set rectangular patches of color. A significant figure of the Abstract Expressionist movement, he also experimented with murals and mythological themes.

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Olav V of Norway
(Former King of Norway (1957 - 1991))
Olav V of Norway
7
Listed In: Emperors & Kings
Birthdate: 2nd July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sandringham, Norfolk, England
Died: January 17, 1991

Olav V of Norway served as the king of Norway from 1957 to 1991. Olav became heir apparent to the throne in 1905 when his father was crowned king of Norway. His leadership skills during World War II earned him the position of Norwegian Chief of Defence in 1944. Nicknamed The People's King, Olav was popular for his down-to-earth style.

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Claudette Colbert
(One of the Greatest Female Stars of Classic Hollywood Cinema)
Claudette Colbert
4
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 13th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saint-Mandé, France
Died: July 30, 1996

Claudette Colbert was an American actress best remembered for her performance in the 1934 romantic-comedy film It Happened One Night, which earned her the Academy Award for Best Actress. A versatile actress, Colbert achieved immense popularity in the 1930s and 1940s, during which she was one of the highest-paid stars. Colbert also received a Golden Globe Award during her career.

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Edgar Buchanan
8
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 20th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Humansville, Missouri, United States
Died: April 4, 1979
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Anais Nin
(French-Born American Novelist, Diarist and Short Story Writer)
Anais Nin
14
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 21st February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine, Paris, France
Died: January 14, 1977

French-Cuban-American diarist, essayist, and novelist Anais Nin wrote several volumes of journals, erotica, novels, critical studies, essays, and short stories. Her journals and diaries are among her most studied works. She had a deep interest in psychoanalysis and studied it extensively with René Allendy and Otto Rank. Critics consider her one of the finest writers of female erotica.

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Tunku Abdul Rahman
(1st Prime Minister of Malaysia)
Tunku Abdul Rahman
9
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 8th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Alor Setar, Malaysia
Died: December 6, 1990
Tunku Abdul Rahman was a Malaysian statesman who served as the first prime minister of Malaysia from 1957 to 1970. Before becoming the Malaysian prime minister, Tunku played an important role in the independence process that came to an end in 1957. Tunku Abdul Rahman is widely regarded as Malaysia's founding father for his role in the formation of Malaysia.
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The French Angel
(French Professional Wrestler)
The French Angel
5
Birthdate: 23rd October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ural Mountains, Russia
Died: September 4, 1954

Maurice Tillet was a Russian professional wrestler. A two-time AWA World Heavyweight Champion, Tillet was a very successful and popular wrestler at that time. He even appeared as The Swedish Angel in the 1949 American fantasy film Mighty Joe Young. Maurice Tillet was posthumously inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2012.

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Melvin Purvis
(FBI agent)
Melvin Purvis
12
Birthdate: 24th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Timmonsville, South Carolina, USA
Died: February 29, 1960
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Evelyn Waugh
(One of the Great Prose Stylists of the English Language in the 20th Century)
Evelyn Waugh
5
Listed In: Novelists
Birthdate: 28th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: West Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Died: April 10, 1966

Arthur Evelyn St. John Waugh was an English author, known for his novels, biographies, and travelogues. Hailed as the most brilliant satirical novelist of his day, he wrote mostly satires before WWII. But during the war, his writings took a serious turn; he published Brideshead Revisited in 1945, a book that continues to appear on the best books list till now.

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Edgar Bergen
(Best known for his proficiency in ventriloquism and his characters Charlie McCarthy)
Edgar Bergen
3
Birthdate: 16th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: September 30, 1978
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Vladimir Horowitz
(Russian-Born American Virtuoso Pianist)
Vladimir Horowitz
12
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 1st October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
Died: November 5, 1989
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Jeanette MacDonald
(Actress and Singer Known for Her Musical Films: ‘Maytime’, 'Naughty Marietta' and 'The Love Parade')
Jeanette MacDonald
4
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 18th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: January 14, 1965

Jeanette MacDonald was an American actress and singer best remembered for her performances in the musical films of the 1930s. Renowned for her singing skills, MacDonald appeared in opera and concerts. One of the 20th century's most influential sopranos, Jeanette MacDonald is credited with inspiring a generation of singers and introducing opera to film-going audiences.

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K. Kamaraj
(Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu (1954-63))
K. Kamaraj
68
Birthdate: 15th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu, India
Died: October 2, 1975
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Roy Acuff
(Known as the 'King of Country Music' and a Member of the 'Grand Ole Opry')
Roy Acuff
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 15th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Maynardville, Tennessee, United States
Died: November 23, 1992

Popularly known as The King of Country Music, Roy Acuff was also a talented fiddler. Initially a budding baseball player, he ditched his sports career due to repeated injuries and focused on music instead. He was part of the radio broadcast Grand Ole Opry and later won a Grammy Lifetime Award.

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Benjamin Spock
(Pediatrician Whose 1946 Book 'Baby and Child Care' Revolutionized Parental Upbringing)
Benjamin Spock
3
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 2nd May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Died: March 15, 1998

American paediatrician Benjamin Spock was the first paediatrician who studied psychoanalysis to comprehend needs of children and family dynamics. He penned Baby and Child Care, a best-seller book of the twentieth-century. His concepts of child-rearing influenced generations of parents. Spock was also an Olympic gold-medallist in rowing and ran during the 1972 United States presidential election as People's Party nominee.

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Theodor W. Adorno
(German Philosopher, Sociologist, Psychologist and Composer)
Theodor W. Adorno
5
Birthdate: 11th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
Died: August 6, 1969

One of the most prominent intellectuals of the 20th century, Theodor Adorno was a pioneer of the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory and despised the culture industry. Born to a singer mother, the German sociologist grew up amid music and could even play Beethoven on the piano by 12.

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Elisha Cook Jr.
(Actor)
Elisha Cook Jr.
3
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 26th December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: May 18, 1995
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Aram Khachaturian
(Armenian Composer and Conductor)
Aram Khachaturian
13
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 6th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgia
Died: May 1, 1978
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Arthur Godfrey
(One of the Biggest Radio & TV Personalities in America in the 1950s)
Arthur Godfrey
2
Birthdate: 31st August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: March 16, 1983

Arthur Godfrey was an American entertainer and television and radio broadcaster. In the early and mid-1950s, Godfrey was seen on television and heard on the radio up to six days a week. His career inspired two films, namely The Great Man and A Face in the Crowd. Arthur Godfrey was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 1987.

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Countee Cullen
(American poet)
Countee Cullen
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Listed In: Poets
Birthdate: 30th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: January 9, 1946
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Konrad Lorenz
(Austrian Zoologist, Ethologist, Ornithologist and Winner of 1973 Nobel Prize in Medicine)
Konrad Lorenz
2
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 7th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: February 21, 1989

Nobel Prize-winning Austrian zoologist Konrad Lorenz is remembered as a pioneer of ethology. The son of a surgeon father and a physician mother, Lorenz was a qualified physician himself. A university degree awarded to him was rescinded posthumously due to his association with the Nazi party

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Empress Kōjun
(Consort)
Empress Kōjun
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Birthdate: 6th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Died: June 16, 2000

Empress Kōjun was an Empress consort of Japan. As the wife of Emperor Shōwa, Kōjun was one of the most important members of the Imperial House of Japan. She reigned as empress consort from 1926 to 1989, becoming the longest-serving empress consort in the history of Japan. Kōjun performed her ceremonial duties and accompanied Emperor Shōwa on his foreign tours.

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Bix Beiderbecke
(Musician)
Bix Beiderbecke
4
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 10th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Davenport, Iowa, United States
Died: August 6, 1931
 34 
Barbara Hepworth
(English Artist and Sculptor Whose Work Exemplifies Modernism)
Barbara Hepworth
5
Listed In: Sculptors
Birthdate: 10th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wakefield, England, United Kingdom
Died: May 20, 1975
English sculptor Barbara Hepworth, CBE and DBE, was a prominent figure in Modern Art. A Royal College of Art alumna, she used bronze, marble, and wood to create masterpieces such as Single Form and Family of Man, which adorn various venues. She died in a fire at her studio.
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Red Grange
(American football halfback)
Red Grange
2
Birthdate: 13th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Forksville, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: January 28, 1991
 36 
Yasujirō Ozu
(Japanese Film Director and Screenwriter)
Yasujirō Ozu
2
Birthdate: 12th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Died: December 12, 1963

Yasujiro Ozu often ran away from school to watch movies at a local theater and later began his career as a camera assistant. He directed both silent films and talkies, including the masterpiece Tokyo Story, and is best remembered for his signature static camera effect and the use of the color red.

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Amy Johnson
(Aviator)
Amy Johnson
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1st July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
Died: January 5, 1941
 38 
Georges Simenon
(One of the Most Widely Published Authors of the 20th Century)
Georges Simenon
4
Listed In: Novelists
Birthdate: 13th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Liège, Belgium
Died: September 4, 1989

Georges Simenon was a Belgian writer who published nearly 500 novels during his illustrious career that spanned several years. Simenon is credited with creating one of the most popular fictional detectives of all time, Jules Maigret. A self-proclaimed Casanova, Simenon claimed in 1977 to have had sex with 10,000 women since his 13th birthday.

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Ella Baker
(American activist)
Ella Baker
8
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 13th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Died: December 13, 1986
 40 
Graham Sutherland
(Painter, Artist)
Graham Sutherland
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Listed In: Artists
Birthdate: 24th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Streatham
Died: February 17, 1980
 41 
Al Hirschfeld
(Caricaturist, Artist, Postage stamp designer)
Al Hirschfeld
1
Listed In: Artists
Birthdate: 21st June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: St. Louis
Died: January 20, 2003
 42 
Habib Bourguiba
(Politician, Lawyer)
Habib Bourguiba
7
Birthdate: 3rd August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Monastir
Died: April 6, 2000
 43 
Earl Hines
(Jazz musician)
Earl Hines
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 28th December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Duquesne, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: April 22, 1983
 44 
Ruth Graves Wakefield
(American Chef Best Known as the Inventor of the Toll House Cookie, the First Chocolate Chip Cookie)
Ruth Graves Wakefield
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Birthdate: 17th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: East Walpole, Massachusetts, United States
Died: January 10, 1977
 45 
John Wyndham
(Science-Fiction Writer Best Known for His Novels: 'The Day of the Triffids' and 'The Midwich Cuckoos')
John Wyndham
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 10th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dorridge, Warwickshire, England
Died: March 11, 1969

John Wyndham was an English writer best remembered for writing science fiction stories set in post-apocalyptic landscapes, such as The Day of the Triffids. His books have inspired other works of art like movies and radio. John Wyndham’s 1957 science fiction novel The Midwich Cuckoos was filmed twice under the title Village of the Damned.

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Cool Papa Bell
(Former Baseball center fielder in Negro league baseball from 1922 to 1946)
Cool Papa Bell
2
Listed In: Baseball Players
Birthdate: 17th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Starkville, Mississippi, United States
Died: March 7, 1991
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James Beard
(American Chef, Cookbook Author and Television Personality)
James Beard
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 5th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States
Died: January 23, 1985
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Sadegh Hedayat
(Iranian Writer Best Known for His Novel 'The Blind Owl')
Sadegh Hedayat
10
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 17th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran
Died: April 9, 1951

Sadegh Hedayat was an Iranian translator and writer best remembered for his book The Blind Owl, which inspired the 1987 French film La Chouette aveugle. Hedayat was one of the earliest writers from Iran to make literary modernism an important aspect of his work and career. Sadegh Hedayat's life and career have inspired several documentary films like From No. 37.

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Preston Tucker
(Entrepreneur)
Preston Tucker
2
Birthdate: 21st September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Capac, Michigan, United States
Died: December 26, 1956
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Clare Boothe Luce
(Author, Politician)
Clare Boothe Luce
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 10th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: October 9, 1987