Famous People Born In 1912

Discover the most famous people born in 1912. The list includes people like Alan Turing, Eva Braun, Jackson Pollock, Milton Friedman, Wernher Von Braun and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include journalists, political leaders, soldiers and philosophers born in 1912. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Germany & Austria and many more countries.
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Alan Turing
(English Mathematician Who is Considered as the Father of Theoretical Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence)
Alan Turing
127
Birthdate: 23rd June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Maida Vale, London, England
Died: June 7, 1954

Regarded as the father of computer science and artificial intelligence, Alan Turing was a distinguished mathematician and logician. During WWII, he successfully broke the challenging German Enigma machine codes thereby reducing the duration of war by a couple of years. The scientist, who was convicted for being gay, has been an inspiration for numerous films, plays and novels.

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Julia Child
(American Chef, Author and Television Personality)
Julia Child
19
Listed In: Food Experts
Birthdate: 15th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pasadena, California, United States
Died: August 13, 2004
Julia Child gained fame with her culinary show The French Chef and her cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking. She also founded The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and Culinary Arts. She received several Emmys and the Peabody Award for her work, and had a rose named after her.
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Jackson Pollock
(American Abstract Expressionist Artist Known for His ‘Drip Technique’ Work)
Jackson Pollock
42
Birthdate: 28th January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cody, Wyoming, United States
Died: August 11, 1956
Abstract Expressionist artist Jackson Pollock pioneered the drip technique or action painting, which involved moving his whole body to paint on a horizontal surface. Unfortunately, he struggled with alcoholism and died in a car accident, while drunk driving. He inspired a Pulitzer Prize-winning biography and the 2000 film Pollock.
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Danny Thomas
(Creator & Star of the Highly Successful Sitcom 'The Danny Thomas Show')
Danny Thomas
4
Birthdate: 6th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Deerfield, Michigan, United States
Died: February 6, 1991

Danny Thomas was an American nightclub comedian, actor, singer, and producer. He is credited with creating one of the most successful sitcoms in the history of American TV, Danny Thomas Show. Also a well-known philanthropist, Danny Thomas founded the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, a nonprofit medical corporation that focuses on children's catastrophic diseases, such as leukemia and other cancers.

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Eugene Curran Kelly
(Actor, Dancer, Singer, Filmmaker, and Choreographer)
Eugene Curran Kelly
21
Birthdate: 23rd August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: February 2, 1996

Actor, dancer, singer, and filmmaker, Gene Kelly, was one of the most popular Hollywood figures in the 1940s and 1950s. Among his other achievements, he is credited to have popularized the genre of musical films in Hollywood. As a filmmaker, he often experimented with camera techniques and special effects. He received an Academy Honorary Award in 1952.

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Woody Guthrie
(Singer-songwriter)
Woody Guthrie
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 14th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Okemah, Oklahoma, United States
Died: October 3, 1967
Legendary folk singer Woody Guthrie is best remembered for his songs such as This Land Is Your Land and Cocaine Blues, and the concept album Dust Bowl Ballads. He inspired artists such as Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, and performed with a guitar labeled “This machine kills fascists.”
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José Ferrer
(Actor and Director Best Known for His Films: ‘Moulin Rouge’, ‘The Caine Mutiny’ and ‘Lawrence of Arabia’)
José Ferrer
12
Birthdate: 8th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Died: January 26, 1992

José Ferrer was a Puerto Rican actor and director who established himself in the American theatre and film industry. He received an Academy Award for his performance in Cyrano de Bergerac, becoming the first Hispanic actor and the first Puerto Rican-born actor to win the award. In 1985, he became the first actor to receive the National Medal of Arts.

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Milton Friedman
(American Economist & Nobel Prize Winner in Economic Sciences Who Extolled the Virtues of a Free Market Economic System)
Milton Friedman
19
Listed In: Economists
Birthdate: 31st July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: November 16, 2006

Milton Friedman was an American economist. Widely regarded as one of the most influential economists of the 20th century, Friedman was honored with the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1976. One of the most influential personalities of the Chicago school of economics, Friedman mentored people like Gary Becker and Thomas Sowell who went on to become leading economists.

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Wernher Von Braun
(Known as Father of Rocket Science)
Wernher Von Braun
24
Birthdate: 23rd March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Wyrzysk, Poland
Died: June 16, 1977

German-born American aerospace engineer and space architect, Wernher Von Braun, worked in Nazi Germany's rocket development program as a young man. After World War II, he moved to the United States where he became a pioneer of rocket and space technology in the nation. In his later career, he became director of the newly formed Marshall Space Flight Center.

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Lady Bird Johnson
(Former First Lady of the United States as the Wife of President Lyndon B. Johnson)
Lady Bird Johnson
15
Listed In: First Ladies
Birthdate: 22nd December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Karnack, Texas, United States
Died: July 11, 2007

Lady Bird Johnson was an American socialite who served as the First Lady of the US from 1963 to 1969. As First Lady, Johnson was responsible for the passage of the Highway Beautification Act, which was nicknamed Lady Bird's Bill. She was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal in 1977 and 1988, respectively.

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Perry Como
(Singer)
Perry Como
11
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 18th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: May 13, 2001
 12 
Herbert Sobel
(U.S. Army Officer)
Herbert Sobel
12
Listed In: Military Leaders
Birthdate: 26th January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: September 30, 1987

Herbert Sobel was an American military man who commanded Easy Company during World War II. Although he played a key role during the war, Sobel was despised by his soldiers due to his arrogance. In the 2001 war drama miniseries Band of Brothers, Herbert Sobel was portrayed by David Schwimmer.

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Karl Malden
1
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 22nd March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: July 1, 2009

Karl Malden is best remembered for his Academy Award-winning role of Harold Mitchell in A Streetcar Named Desire. He also won a BAFTA for the film Baby Doll and an Emmy for Fatal Vision. Fans also loved him as Mike Stone in The Streets of San Francisco and its spin-off.

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Pat Nixon
(First Lady of the United States from 1969 to 1974 as the Wife of President Richard Nixon)
Pat Nixon
9
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 16th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ely, Nevada, United States
Died: June 22, 1993

Pat Nixon was an American educator who served as the First Lady of the US from 1969 to 1974 during which she promoted several charitable causes. She is also one of the most traveled First Lady in the history of the United States, accompanying her husband Richard Nixon on his trips to the Soviet Union and China among other countries.

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John Cage
(Composer, Writer)
John Cage
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 5th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: August 12, 1992
John Cage was one of the most influential avant-garde composers of the post-World War II era. He pioneered many innovative techniques in music, such as the prepared piano and electroacoustic music. His composition 4′33″ involved musicians sitting silently, without playing any instrument, while the audience heard environmental sounds. 
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Ben Hogan
(American Professional Golfer Who is One of the Greatest Players in the History of the Game)
Ben Hogan
2
Listed In: Golfers
Birthdate: 13th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Stephenville, Texas, United States
Died: July 25, 1997

Ben Hogan was a professional golfer who is considered to be one of the greatest players in the history of the game. He won nine career professional major championships, tying with Gary Player for fourth all-time. He had a deep influence on golf swing theory. Famous for his legendary ball-striking ability, he also possessed fierce determination and an iron will.  

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Chuck Jones
(Animator, Filmmaker, Cartoonist, Author, Artist, & Screenwriter)
Chuck Jones
8
Birthdate: 21st September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Spokane, Washington, United States
Died: February 22, 2002

Chuck Jones was an American animator, painter, and voice actor. Jones is best remembered for his work on Merrie Melodies and Looney Tunes. He is credited with founding Chuck Jones Enterprises where he produced and directed the film adaptation of The Phantom Tollbooth. During the course of his career, Chuck Jones received three Academy Awards and the Edward MacDowell Medal.

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Jay Silverheels
(Actor and Athlete Known for His Role as ‘Tonto’ in the TV Series ‘The Lone Ranger’)
Jay Silverheels
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: 26th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brantford, Canada
Died: March 5, 1980

Indigenous Canadian actor Jay Silverheels gained international popularity for playing Tonto, the Native American companion of the protagonist in the American western TV series The Lone Ranger. As a young man, he excelled in athletics and became a lacrosse player. He later quit sports to pursue acting. He bred and raced Standardbred horses as a hobby. 

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Nancy Wake
(British Agent who Led the Maquis Groups of the French Resistance - One of the Most Decorated Servicewomen During WW II)
Nancy Wake
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Birthdate: 30th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand
Died: August 7, 2011

Initially a journalist, Nancy Wake earned the nickname The White Mouse for her skilful spying on Germans. Working under the alias Helene for the SOE, the stiletto-wearing socialite earned respect for her 500 km bicycle ride to report a situation to London, while being chased by the Nazis.

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Minnie Pearl
(Comedian)
Minnie Pearl
5
Birthdate: 25th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Centerville, Tennessee, USA
Died: March 4, 1996
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Eleanor Powell
(Dancer, Actress)
Eleanor Powell
8
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 21st November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
Died: February 11, 1982
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Pappy Boyington
10
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 4th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States
Died: January 11, 1988
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Barbara Hutton
(Socialites)
Barbara Hutton
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 14th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: May 11, 1979
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Tip O'Neill
(The 47th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (1977 to 1987))
Tip O'Neill
4
Birthdate: 9th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Died: January 5, 1994
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Dale Evans
(Actress)
Dale Evans
3
Birthdate: 31st October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Uvalde, Texas, United States
Died: February 7, 2001
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Doris Duke
(Correspondent)
Doris Duke
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 22nd November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: October 28, 1993
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Otto von Habsburg
(Last Crown Prince of Austria-Hungary and Former Member of the European Parliament)
Otto von Habsburg
7
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 20th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Reichenau an der Rax, Austria
Died: July 4, 2011

Otto von Habsburg was the son of Charles I, the last emperor of Austria. A staunch opponent of Nazism, he called for the unification and integration of Europe. He had been a European Parliament member and spearheaded the Pan-European Picnic at the Austrian-Hungarian border during the 1989 revolution.

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Sam Snead
(The First Golfer to Win the Grand Slam of Golf)
Sam Snead
3
Listed In: Golfers
Birthdate: 27th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ashwood, Virginia, United States
Died: May 23, 2002

Known to fans as The Slammer, American golfer Sam Snead ruled the PGA scene for decades and won more than 185 tournaments throughout his career. His record of 82 PGA tour victories remains unbroken. Cartoonist and golf lover Charles M. Schulz mentioned Snead often in his Peanuts strip.

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Raoul Wallenberg
(Humanitarian)
Raoul Wallenberg
4
Listed In: Diplomats
Birthdate: 4th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lidingö, Sweden
Died: January 17, 1945

Swedish architect Raoul Wallenberg went down in history as a savior for Jews during the Nazi regime. He not only issued provisional Swedish passports, or Schutzpass, to protect Jews, but also set up safe houses for them. He disappeared amid mysterious circumstances. Many believe he died in a Soviet prison.

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Gordon Parks
(Photographer)
Gordon Parks
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Listed In: Directors
Birthdate: 30th November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Fort Scott, Kansas, United States
Died: March 7, 2006

Gordon Parks was a writer, photographer, musician, and film director. He was the first Black American to direct and produce major motion pictures pertaining to the experience of slaves and African-Americans. He is credited with co-creating a new film genre called blaxploitation and his works have influenced filmmakers like Spike Lee. He is also credited with co-founding Essence magazine.

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Foster Brooks
(Actor)
Foster Brooks
10
Birthdate: 11th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Died: December 20, 2001
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Art Linkletter
(Genial host of TV's House Party from 1943 to 1967)
Art Linkletter
1
Birthdate: 17th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Moose Jaw, Canada
Died: May 26, 2010
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Michelangelo Antonioni
(Italian Director & Screenwriter Known for His Trilogy 'L'Avventura', 'La Notte' and 'L'Eclisse')
Michelangelo Antonioni
4
Birthdate: 29th September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ferrara, Italy
Died: July 30, 2007

Michelangelo Antonioni was an Italian screenwriter, film director, editor, short story author, and painter. Renowned for making films with striking visual composition and elusive plots, Antonioni's work has influenced art cinema of the subsequent generation. Over the course of his career, Antonioni won many prestigious awards, including an honorary Academy Award, Palme d'Or, the Golden Bear, and the Golden Lion.

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Carlo Ponti
(Former movie producer known for his work on the 1965 classic film Doctor Zhivago)
Carlo Ponti
2
Birthdate: 11th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Magenta, Italy
Died: January 10, 2007
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Heinrich Harrer
(Mountaineer)
Heinrich Harrer
5
Listed In: Mountaineers
Birthdate: 6th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hüttenberg, Austria
Died: January 7, 2006

Austrian mountaineer, sportsman, geographer, and author Heinrich Harrer was part of the climbing team that made the first ascent of the North Face of the Eiger. He took part in expeditions to Alaska, the Andes, and the Mountains of the Moon in central Africa in his later years. As a writer, he published Seven Years in Tibet. 

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Sonja Henie
(Norwegian Figure Skater, Actress and Three-Time Olympic Gold Medallist)
Sonja Henie
10
Birthdate: 8th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway
Died: October 12, 1969
Sonja Henie wasn’t just a 3-time Olympic champion in figure skating but also proved to be a Hollywood superstar, with hits such as Thin Ice and My Lucky Star. She debuted at the Olympics at age 11 and also won 10 World Championships consecutively. She was also proficient in tennis, swimming, and skiing.
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Georg Solti
(Hungarian-British Orchestral and Operatic Conductor Who has appeared With Opera Companies in Munich, Frankfurt and London)
Georg Solti
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 21st October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: September 5, 1997

Georg Solti was an operatic and orchestral conductor. He is best remembered for his association with opera companies in London, Frankfurt, and Munich. He also worked with the popular Chicago Symphony Orchestra where he served as a music director for a long time. Solti became the subject of a 1987 biographical TV documentary titled This Is Your Life.

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John Cheever
(Novelist & Short Story Writer)
John Cheever
4
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 27th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Quincy
Died: June 18, 1982
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Cornel Wilde
(Actor and Filmmaker Known for His Role in the Film 'A Song to Remember')
Cornel Wilde
2
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 13th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Prievidza, Slovakia
Died: October 16, 1989

Starting his career with Broadway, Cornel Wilde later gained fame for his Academy Award-nominated role of Frédéric Chopin in A Song to Remember. Though he had made it to the US Olympic fencing team in 1936 and had also joined Columbia University to become a physician, he decided to focus on acting instead.

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Adolf Galland
(Military Leader)
Adolf Galland
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Listed In: Military Leaders
Birthdate: 19th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Herten, Germany
Died: February 9, 1996

Adolf Galland was a German flying ace and Luftwaffe general who served during World War II in Europe. He flew as much as 705 combat missions and fought in the Defence of the Reich and on the Western Front. During the course of his illustrious career, Adolf Galland achieved 104 aerial victories against the Western Allies.

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Wendy Hiller
(Actress)
Wendy Hiller
1
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 15th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bramhall, Cheshire, England
Died: May 14, 2003
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John Payne
(Actor)
John Payne
2
Birthdate: 23rd May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Roanoke, Virginia
Died: December 6, 1989
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Charles Addams
(Former Cartoonist known for his darkly humorous and macabre characters)
Charles Addams
3
Birthdate: 7th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Westfield, New Jersey, United States
Died: September 29, 1988

Mostly known as a cartoonist for The New Yorker, Charles Addams was known for including dark humor in his works. Also known by his pseudonym, Chas Addams, he gained fame for his cartoons about a family of ghosts, which later inspired The Addams Family series of the 1960s.

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Jack Kent Cooke
(Businessman)
Jack Kent Cooke
1
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: 25th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Died: April 6, 1997
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Millvina Dean
(Cartographer)
Millvina Dean
10
Birthdate: 2nd February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London
Died: May 31, 2009
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Alfred Lennon
(Singer-songwriter)
Alfred Lennon
2
Birthdate: 14th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Liverpool
Died: April 1, 1976
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Saadat Hasan Manto
15
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 11th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Samrala
Died: January 18, 1955

Saadat Hasan Manto was a Pakistani playwright, writer, and author. Best remembered for his 22 collections of short stories, Manto was renowned for writing about the bitter truths of society. Not surprisingly, he was tried for obscenity on six occasions but was never convicted. Considered one of the 20th century's finest Urdu-language writers, Manto is the subject of two movies.

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John Le Mesurier
(English Actor)
John Le Mesurier
5
Birthdate: 5th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bedford, Bedfordshire, England, UK
Died: November 15, 1983
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Don Siegel
(Film director)
Don Siegel
3
Birthdate: 26th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Died: April 20, 1991
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Studs Terkel
(Journalist, Historian, Radio personality, Writer, Poet lawyer, Music journalist)
Studs Terkel
0
Birthdate: 16th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City
Died: October 31, 2008

Pulitzer Prize-winning American author Studs Terkel is remembered for his contribution to American history and for his book The Good War. Initially aspiring to be a lawyer, he later became a radio actor. He also interviewed people for his show Studs’s Place and published bestselling oral histories such as Division Street.