Famous People Born In 1916

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Discover the most famous people born in 1916. The list includes people like Kirk Douglas, Roald Dahl, Maria Altmann, Gregory Peck, Olivia de Havilland and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include novelists, political leaders, journalists and soldiers born in 1916. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Italy & Germany and many more countries.
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 1 
Roald Dahl
(One of the World's Greatest Authors)
Roald Dahl
53
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 13th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales
Died: November 23, 1990
 2 
Gregory Peck
(One of the Reigning Actors of Classic Hollywood Cinema)
Gregory Peck
20
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 5th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: La Jolla, California, United States
Died: June 12, 2003
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Kirk Douglas
(17th-greatest male star of Classic Hollywood cinema)
Kirk Douglas
25
Birthdate: 9th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Amsterdam, New York, United States
Died: February 5, 2020
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Olivia de Havilland
(One of the Leading Actresses of Golden Age of Hollywood )
Olivia de Havilland
24
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 1st July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Died: July 26, 2020
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Glenn Ford
(One of the Most Prominent Actors During Hollywood's Golden Age)
Glenn Ford
10
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 1st May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Quebec, Canada
Died: August 30, 2006
 6 
Dinah Shore
(Singer and Actress Who was the Top Charting Female Vocalist of the 1940s)
Dinah Shore
6
Birthdate: 29th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Winchester, Tennessee, United States
Died: February 24, 1994
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Jackie Gleason
(Actor and Comedian Known for His Series 'The Jackie Gleason Show' and 'The Honeymooners')
Jackie Gleason
9
Birthdate: 26th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bushwick, New York, United States
Died: June 24, 1987
 8 
Shirley Jackson
10
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 14th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: September 8, 1965
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Betty Grable
(Actress and Dancer Best Known for Her Films: ‘Mother Wore Tights’ and ‘How to Marry a Millionaire’)
Betty Grable
4
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 18th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: July 2, 1973
 10 
Walter Cronkite
(Broadcaster)
Walter Cronkite
5
Listed In: Journalists
Birthdate: 4th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saint Joseph, Missouri, United States
Died: July 17, 2009
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Lyudmila Pavlichenko
(One of the Most Successful Female Snipers in Recorded History)
Lyudmila Pavlichenko
17
Listed In: Soldiers
Birthdate: 12th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bila Tserkva, Ukraine
Died: October 27, 1974
 12 
James Herriot
29
Birthdate: 3rd October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sunderland, County Durham, England
Died: February 23, 1995
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John Basilone
(United States Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant)
John Basilone
2
Listed In: Soldiers
Birthdate: 4th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States
Died: February 19, 1945
 14 
Beverly Cleary
4
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 12th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: McMinnville, Oregon, United States
Died: March 25, 2021
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Ferruccio Lamborghini
(Founder of Automobili Lamborghini)
Ferruccio Lamborghini
4
Birthdate: 28th April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Renazzo di Cento, Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Died: February 20, 1993
 16 
Van Johnson
(American Singer, Dancer, Theatre and Radio Actor)
Van Johnson
4
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 25th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Died: December 12, 2008
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Ken Curtis
(Singer)
Ken Curtis
10
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 2nd July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lamar, Colorado, United States
Died: April 28, 1991
 18 
Francis Crick
(Co-discoverer of the Structure of the DNA Molecule, Nobel Prize Winner)
Francis Crick
5
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 8th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Weston Favell, Northamptonshire, England
Died: July 28, 2004
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Harold Wilson
(Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1964-1970, 1974-1976))
Harold Wilson
9
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 11th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Huddersfield, England, United Kingdom
Died: May 24, 1995
 20 
Sterling Hayden
(Actor, Author, Sailor and an Office of Strategic Services' Agent During World War II)
Sterling Hayden
5
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 26th March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montclair, New Jersey, United States
Died: May 23, 1986
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Keenan Wynn
(American Character Actor)
Keenan Wynn
5
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 27th July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: October 14, 1986
 22 
Peter Finch
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Howard Beale’ in the Film ‘Network’)
Peter Finch
2
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 28th September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: South Kensington, London, England
Died: January 14, 1977
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M. S. Subbulakshmi
(Carnatic Musician)
M. S. Subbulakshmi
23
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 16th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Madurai
Died: December 11, 2004
 24 
Claude Shannon
(Mathematician, Engineer & Cryptographer Known as a 'Father of Information Theory')
Claude Shannon
4
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: 30th April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Petoskey, Michigan, United States
Died: February 24, 2001
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Richard Proenneke
(Naturalist)
Richard Proenneke
3
Listed In: Naturalists
Birthdate: 4th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lee County, Iowa
Died: April 20, 2003
 26 
Hal Smith
(Actor)
Hal Smith
3
Birthdate: 24th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Petoskey, Michigan, United States
Died: January 28, 1994
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Michael Gough
2
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 23rd November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur
Died: March 27, 2011
 28 
Shelby Foote
(Writer)
Shelby Foote
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 17th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Greenville, Mississippi, United States
Died: June 27, 2005
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Maria Altmann
(Art Collector)
Maria Altmann
5
Listed In: Art Critics
Birthdate: 18th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: February 7, 2011
 30 
Dorothy McGuire
8
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 14th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Died: September 13, 2001
 31 
Jane Jacobs
(Journalist and Author Best Known for Her Book ‘The Death and Life of Great American Cities’)
Jane Jacobs
3
Listed In: Journalists
Birthdate: 4th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: April 25, 2006
 32 
Robert McNamara
(Former United States Secretary of Defense)
Robert McNamara
7
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 9th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Francisco, California
Died: July 6, 2009
 33 
Virginia Hill
(American Organized Crime Figure)
Virginia Hill
14
Listed In: Gangsters
Birthdate: 26th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lipscomb, Alabama, United States
Died: March 24, 1966
 34 
Martha Raye
(Actress)
Martha Raye
4
Birthdate: 27th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Butte, Montana, United States
Died: October 19, 1994
 35 
Tsutomu Yamaguchi
(Survivor of Hiroshima & Nagasaki)
Tsutomu Yamaguchi
2
Birthdate: 16th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Japan
Died: January 4, 2010
 36 
Mercedes McCambridge
0
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 16th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Joliet, Illinois, United States
Died: March 2, 2004
 37 
Sirimavo Bandaranaike
(Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (1960 - 1965, 1970 - 1977, 1994 - 2000))
Sirimavo Bandaranaike
17
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 17th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mahawalathenna, Sri Lanka
Died: October 10, 2000
 38 
Hans-Ulrich Rudel
3
Listed In: Soldiers
Birthdate: 2nd July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kondratów, Poland
Died: December 18, 1982
 39 
George Montgomery
(Best Known for His Work in Western Films)
George Montgomery
0
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 27th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brady, Montana, United States
Died: December 12, 2000
 40 
Movita Castaneda
2
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 12th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nogales, Arizona, USA
Died: February 12, 2015
 41 
Zail Singh
(President of India)
Zail Singh
8
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 5th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Faridkot, Punjab, India
Died: December 25, 1994
 42 
Harry James
(Musician)
Harry James
0
Listed In: Jazz Musicians
Birthdate: 15th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Albany, Georgia, United States
Died: July 5, 1983
 43 
Maxene Andrews
6
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 3rd January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Died: October 21, 1995
 44 
Yehudi Menuhin
(Volinist)
Yehudi Menuhin
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 22nd April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: March 12, 1999
 45 
C. Everett Koop
(13th Surgeon General of the United States (1982 - 1989))
C. Everett Koop
0
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: 14th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: February 25, 2013
 46 
Moondog
(Musician)
Moondog
1
Birthdate: 26th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Marysville,United States
Died: September 8, 1999
 47 
Dennis Day
(Singer, Radio, Television, and Film Personality)
Dennis Day
0
Birthdate: 21st May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
Died: June 22, 1988
 48 
Adriana Caselotti
(Actress, Singer)
Adriana Caselotti
3
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 16th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
Died: January 19, 1997
 49 
Sherwood Schwartz
(Television producer)
Sherwood Schwartz
0
Birthdate: 14th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Passaic, New Jersey, United States
Died: July 12, 2011
 50 
Rossano Brazzi
1
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 18th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: December 24, 1994