Famous People Born In 1917

Discover the most famous people born in 1917. The list includes people like Indira Gandhi, Louis Zamperini, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Ferdinand Marcos, Desi Arnaz and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, journalists, novelists and actresses born in 1917. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Germany & France and many more countries.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 
John F. Kennedy
(35th President of the United States (1961 - 1963))

John F. Kennedy
82
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 29th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts, United States
Died: November 22, 1963

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Dean Martin
(One of the Most Popular and Enduring American Entertainers of the Mid-20th Century)

Dean Martin
24
Birthdate: 7th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Steubenville, Ohio, United States
Died: December 25, 1995

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Desi Arnaz
(Actor)

Desi Arnaz
18
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 2nd March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Died: December 2, 1986
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Louis Zamperini
(Prisoner of War Survivor)

Louis Zamperini
2
Birthdate: 26th January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Olean, New York
Died: July 2, 2014
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Ella Fitzgerald
(Jazz Singer)

Ella Fitzgerald
23
Listed In: Jazz Singers
Birthdate: 25th April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Newport News, Virginia, United States
Died: June 15, 1996

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Ferdinand Marcos
(Former President of the Philippines)

Ferdinand Marcos
42
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 11th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sarrat, Ilocos Norte, Philippine Islands
Died: September 28, 1989
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Indira Gandhi
(3rd Prime Minister of India)

Indira Gandhi
43
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 19th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died: October 31, 1984
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 8 
Robert Mitchum
(One of the Greatest Male Stars of Classic American Cinema)

Robert Mitchum
16
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 6th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
Died: July 1, 1997
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 9 
Jack Kirby
(Co-Creator of The Superhero 'Captain America' in 1940 with Joe Simon)

Jack Kirby
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 28th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: February 6, 1994

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Zsa Zsa Gabor
(Socialite, Actress)

Zsa Zsa Gabor
14
Birthdate: 6th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: December 18, 2016
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Ernest Borgnine
7
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 24th January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hamden, Connecticut, United States
Died: July 8, 2012

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Raymond Burr
2
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 21st May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New Westminster, Canada
Died: September 12, 1993
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Joan Fontaine
(Actress)

Joan Fontaine
4
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 22nd October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Died: December 15, 2013

 14 
Allen Ludden
(Game Show Host)

Allen Ludden
16
Listed In: Game Show Hosts
Birthdate: 5th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Died: June 9, 1981
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Lena Horne
(Actress and Dancer Known for Her One-Woman Show 'Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music')

Lena Horne
5
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 30th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bedford-Stuyvesant, New York, United States
Died: May 9, 2010

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Jane Wyman
(Actress, Singer)

Jane Wyman
3
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 5th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Saint Joseph, Missouri, United States
Died: September 10, 2007
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 17 
Gene Rayburn
(Radio & Television Personality)

Gene Rayburn
0
Birthdate: 22nd December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Christopher, Illinois, United States
Died: November 29, 1999

 18 
Henry Ford II
(Business Person)

Henry Ford II
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 4th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: September 29, 1987
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Dizzy Gillespie
(One of the Greatest Jazz Trumpeters of All Time)

Dizzy Gillespie
4
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 21st October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cheraw, South Carolina, United States
Died: January 6, 1993

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Susan Hayward
(Actress, Model)

Susan Hayward
12
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 30th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: March 14, 1975
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Thelonious Monk
(Jazz Pianist & Composer)

Thelonious Monk
4
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 10th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rocky Mount, North Carolina, United States
Died: February 17, 1982

 22 
Phyllis Diller
(Comedian, Actress)

Phyllis Diller
2
Birthdate: 17th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lima, Ohio, United States
Died: August 20, 2012
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Sir Arthur Charles Clarke
4
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 16th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Minehead, Somerset, England
Died: March 19, 2008

 24 
Óscar Romero
(Prelate of the Catholic Church in El Salvador)

Óscar Romero
28
Listed In: Priests
Birthdate: 15th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ciudad Barrios, El Salvador
Died: March 24, 1980
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Mel Ferrer
(Actor & Director Known for His Films: 'Scaramouche', 'Lili' and 'Knights of the Round Table')

Mel Ferrer
5
Birthdate: 25th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Long Branch, New Jersey, United States
Died: June 2, 2008

 26 
Buddy Rich
(Musician)

Buddy Rich
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 30th September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Died: April 2, 1987
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I. M. Pei
(Architect)

I. M. Pei
15
Birthdate: 26th April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Guangzhou, China
Died: May 16, 2019

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Richard Boone
0
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 18th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: January 10, 1981
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June Allyson
(Actress)

June Allyson
2
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 7th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, USA
Died: July 8, 2006

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David Tomlinson
2
Birthdate: 7th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England, UK
Died: June 24, 2000

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Isabel Sanford
1
Birthdate: 29th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Died: July 9, 2004

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Katharine Graham
(Publisher)

Katharine Graham
2
Birthdate: 16th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City
Died: July 17, 2001

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Dabbs Greer
4
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 2nd April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Fairview, Missouri, United States
Died: April 28, 2007

 34 
John Lee Hooker
(Guitarist, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Musician, Composer)

John Lee Hooker
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 22nd August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Coahoma County
Died: June 21, 2001

 35 
Ossie Davis
(Former actor who appeared in films with wife Ruby Dee)

Ossie Davis
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 18th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cogdell, Georgia, United States
Died: February 4, 2005

 36 
Edith Bouvier Beale
(Former Model and socialite best known for her participation in the 1975 documentary film Grey Gardens by Albert and David Maysles)

Edith Bouvier Beale
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 7th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: January 14, 2002

 37 
Vera Lynn
(Singer, Entertainer whose musical recordings, performances were very popular during the Second World War)

Vera Lynn
3
Listed In: Folk Singers
Birthdate: 20th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Essex, England, United Kingdom
Died: June 18, 2020

 38 
June Foray
(Former Voice actress who Provided the voice of Rocket J. Squirrel in the animated series Rocky and Bullwinkle from 1959 to 1964)

June Foray
1
Birthdate: 18th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
Died: July 25, 2017

Andrew Wyeth
1
Birthdate: 12th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania,, United States
Died: January 16, 2009

 40 
Pedro Infante
(Actor, Singer, Film actor, Carpenter)

Pedro Infante
2
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 18th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mazatlán
Died: April 15, 1957

 41 
Jack Soo
(Actor)

Jack Soo
0
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 28th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Oakland, California, USA
Died: January 11, 1979

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Byron White
(American Football Player and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (1962 - 1993))

Byron White
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: 8th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
Died: April 15, 2002

 43 
Fannie Lou Hamer
(Civil Rights Activist)

Fannie Lou Hamer
4
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 6th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Montgomery County, Mississippi, United States
Died: March 14, 1977

 44 
Sidney Sheldon
(Writer, Screenwriter, Novelist, Playwright, Film director, Actor, Television producer, Author)

Sidney Sheldon
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 11th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: January 30, 2007

 45 
Celeste Holm
(Actress)

Celeste Holm
5
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 29th April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: July 15, 2012

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Kenneth Erwin Hagin
11
Listed In: Preachers
Birthdate: 20th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: McKinney, Texas, United States
Died: September 19, 2003

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Anthony Provenzano
4
Listed In: Gangsters
Birthdate: 7th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lower East Side, New York, United States
Died: December 12, 1988

 48 
John Franzese
(Crime Boss)

John Franzese
3
Listed In: Gangsters
Birthdate: 6th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Naples, Italy
Died: February 24, 2020

 49 
Red Auerbach
(Basketball coach)

Red Auerbach
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: 20th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: October 28, 2006

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Oliver Tambo
(Politician)

Oliver Tambo
0
Birthdate: 27th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mbizana Local Municipality
Died: April 24, 1993