Famous People Born In 1922

Discover the most famous people born in 1922. The list includes people like Christopher Lee, Judy Garland, Betty White, Stan Lee, Ava Gardner and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, physicists, soldiers and poets born in 1922. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Italy & France and many more countries.
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Stan Lee
(Primary Creative Leader of Marvel Comics and Characters such as 'Spider-Man', 'X-Men' and 'Iron Man')
Stan Lee
96
Birthdate: 28th December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: November 12, 2018

Stan Lee was one of the most popular comic book writers, thanks to his appearances in several Marvel movies. He is well-known as the co-creator of many famous superheroes, including Iron Man, Spider-Man, and the Hulk. He pioneered a naturalistic method to writing superhero comics and challenged the Comics Code Authority, which ultimately led to changes in its policies.

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Betty White
(Referred the 'First Lady of Television', She Holds the Record for the ‘Longest TV Career by a Female’)
Betty White
143
Birthdate: 17th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, United States
Died: December 31, 2021

Betty White, American actress and comedian, is considered as the pioneer of television and has had the longest television career of any entertainer, straddling more than 80 years. She’s known for her award-winning performances in shows like The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls and Hot in Cleveland

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Judy Garland
(Best Known for Her Portrayal of 'Dorothy Gale' in the Movie 'The Wizard of Oz')
Judy Garland
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 10th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Minnesota, United States
Died: June 22, 1969
American actress and singer, Judy Garland, was one of the most iconic artists of Hollywood's Golden Era. In a career that spanned forty five years, her exceptional talent shone brightly, especially in movies like The Wizard of Oz and A Star Is Born. The personal life of the superstar though, was full of struggles including drugs, alcohols and unsuccessful marriages.
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Doris Day
(One of the Biggest Film Stars of Golden Age of Hollywood )
Doris Day
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 3rd April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Died: May 13, 2019
Doris Day began her career singing with the Les Brown Band and as a solo artist. As an actor, she delivered many hits with Rock Hudson, including Pillow Talk, which earned her an Academy Award nomination. She is remembered as a legend from the Golden Age of Hollywood.
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Christopher Lee
(Actor and Singer Known for His Role as ‘Count Dracula’ in ‘Hammer Horror’ Films)
Christopher Lee
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 27th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Belgravia, London, United Kingdom
Died: June 7, 2015

Christopher Lee was one of the most respected actors of his generation. Such was his impact on the British and American film industries that David Cameron described him as a titan of the golden age of cinema following his death in 2015. Famous for his deep, strong voice, Christopher Lee was also a popular singer who worked with several metal bands.

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Bea Arthur
(Actress and Comedian Known for Her Popular Sitcoms: ‘All in the Family’, ‘Maude’ and ‘The Golden Girls’)
Bea Arthur
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 13th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, United States
Died: April 25, 2009

American actress Bea Arthur worked extensively in television and was hailed for her comic timing. All in the Family, Maude and The Golden Girls are some of her acclaimed series. In her long career, she also worked in films like Lovers and Other Strangers, History of the World 1 and For Better or Worse. She won many accolades, including two Emmy awards.

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Ava Gardner
(Actress)
Ava Gardner
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 24th December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Grabtown, North Carolina, United States
Died: January 25, 1990

Ava Gardner was one of the top stars of the 1950s. She was also considered one of the leading Hollywood actresses of her time. In 1999, she was ranked 25th in the greatest female screen legends list issued by The American Film Institute. A truly international figure, a statue of Gardner has been erected in Tossa de Mar, Spain.

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Kurt Vonnegut
(Writer Known For His Satirical and Darkly Humorous Novels)
Kurt Vonnegut
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 11th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Died: April 11, 2007

Science-fiction author Kurt Vonnegut is best remembered for the novel Slaughterhouse-Five, which became a New York Times bestseller. The Hugo Award-winner had also fought against the Germans in World War II and expressed his anti-war and atheist views through his works, which also include short stories, plays, and autobiographical works.  

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Yvonne De Carlo
(A Famous Hollywood Star in the 1940s & 1950s)
Yvonne De Carlo
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 1st September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada
Died: January 8, 2007

Canadian-American actress, dancer, and singer, Yvonne De Carlo, was an internationally known Hollywood film star in the 1940s and 1950s. Born to an ambitious mother, she was groomed for a career in the show business from her childhood. She began her career as a dancer and eventually started acting. She had an extensive career spanning over five decades.

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Carl Reiner
(A Legend of American Comedy)
Carl Reiner
7
Birthdate: 20th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: June 29, 2020
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Jack Kerouac
(Novelist and Poet Best Known for His Novels: ‘On the Road', ‘The Dharma Bums’ and ‘Big Sur’)
Jack Kerouac
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 12th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lowell, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 21, 1969
Jack Kerouac is remembered as a prominent figure of the Beat Generation. His works, consisting of several novels and poems, with their focus on spirituality, drugs, travel, sex, and jazz, paved the way for the hippie movement. He is best known for his pathbreaking novel On the Road
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Telly Savalas
5
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 21st January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Garden City, New York, United States
Died: January 22, 1994

Telly Savalas was an American singer and actor. He was characterized by his deep, resonant voice and bald head. In a career spanning 40 years, he is best known for her role in the film On Her Majesty's Secret Service   He is also considered  asone of the greatest TV stars ever. As a philhellene and philanthropist, Savalas supported various Hellenic causes.

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Redd Foxx
(Comedian)
Redd Foxx
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Birthdate: 9th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: October 11, 1991
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Charles M. Schulz
(Cartoonist)
Charles M. Schulz
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Listed In: Cartoonists
Birthdate: 26th November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Died: February 12, 2000

Charles M. Schulz was an American cartoonist. He is credited with creating the popular comic strip, Peanuts, which featured world-renowned characters like Snoopy and Charlie Brown. Considered one of the most influential cartoonists ever, Schulz's works have influenced other cartoonists like Dav Pilkey, Matt Groening, and Jim Davis. In 1996, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Robert Vaughn
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 22nd November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Charity Hospital in New York City
Died: November 11, 2016

Robert Vaughn was an American actor known for his contribution across all three major acting mediums. Vaughn also had political aspirations and was among the first Hollywood stars to openly criticize the war against Vietnam. A member of the Democratic Party, Robert Vaughn was credited with founding a group called Dissenting Democrats along with Carl Reiner and Dick Van Dyke.

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Jack Klugman
(Stage, Film and Television Actor)
Jack Klugman
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 27th April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: December 24, 2012

Jack Klugman was an American actor best known for playing Oscar Madison in the popular TV series The Odd Couple, for which he received a Golden Globe Award and two Primetime Emmy Awards. Apart from being an actor, Klugman was also a Thoroughbred racing fan and owned a Thoroughbred racehorse named Jaklin Klugman, which competed in the 1980 Kentucky Derby.

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Darren McGavin
5
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 7th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Spokane, Washington, United States
Died: February 25, 2006

Darren McGavin was an American actor whose journey from being a squatter in Tacoma to becoming a popular stage, film, TV actor was quite remarkable. He started his career as a set painter for Columbia Pictures before trying his hand at acting and eventually receiving a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for his work in the sitcom TV series, Murphy Brown.

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Barbara Hale
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Della Street’ in the TV Series ‘Perry Mason’)
Barbara Hale
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 18th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: DeKalb, Illinois, United States
Died: January 26, 2017

Barbara Hale was an American actress best remembered for playing Della Street in the popular legal drama TV series, Perry Mason, for which she received an Emmy Award in 1959. In 2001, Hale was honored with a Golden Boot Award for her contributions to Western cinema.

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Jason Robards
(Actor)
Jason Robards
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Birthdate: 26th July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: December 26, 2000
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Veronica Lake
(American Actress Known for Her Films: ‘Sullivan's Travels’ and ‘I Married a Witch’)
Veronica Lake
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 14th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: July 7, 1973
Veronica Lake is best remembered for playing the quintessential femme fatale in various film noirs, pairing up with Alan Ladd. She popularized the peek-a-boo hairstyle but changed it to encourage simpler hairstyles during World War II. She suffered from alcoholism and eventually died due to hepatitis and kidney ailments. 
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Norman Lear
(Writer and Producer Known for His Popular Sitcoms: ‘All in the Family’, ‘Sanford and Son’ and ‘The Jeffersons’)
Norman Lear
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Birthdate: 27th July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Died: December 5, 2023

TV writer and producer Norman Lear is best known for producing hit sitcoms such as All in the Family, One Day at a Time, The Jeffersons, and Sanford and Son. He is also part of the Malibu Mafia and a liberal activist. He also established People for the American Way.

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Rory Calhoun
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 8th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: April 28, 1999
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Denholm Elliott
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 31st May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ealing, London, England
Died: October 6, 1992

Veteran English actor, Denholm Elliott, had more than 125 film and TV credits to his name. He is best remembered for playing Mr. Emerson in the film, A Room with a View. A much-respected character actor, he received three British Academy Film Awards. He was secretly bisexual and had an open marriage to actress Susan Robinson.

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Hal Moore
(Former lieutenant colonel in command of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, at the Battle of Ia Drang in 1965, during the American War in Vietnam)
Hal Moore
10
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 13th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bardstown, Kentucky, United States
Died: February 10, 2017
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Har Gobind Khorana
(Indian American Biochemist Who was One of the Recipients of the 1968 Nobel Prize in Medicine)
Har Gobind Khorana
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Listed In: Biochemists
Birthdate: 9th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Punjab, India
Died: November 9, 2011

Born into a poor family in British India, Har Gobind Khorana studied on scholarships and later bagged a seat at the University of Liverpool and thus moved to England. The renowned biochemist ended up winning the Nobel Prize for his research on how nucleotides in nucleic acids control protein synthesis.

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Blake Edwards
(American Film Director, Producer and Screenwriter)
Blake Edwards
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Birthdate: 26th July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Died: December 15, 2010
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Charles Mingus
(One of The Greatest Jazz Musicians & Composers in History)
Charles Mingus
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 22nd April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nogales, Arizona, United States
Died: January 5, 1979
Jazz double bassist and pianist Charles Mingus is remembered for his stints with artists such as Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Dannie Richmond, and Herbie Hancock, and was named to the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame. His scores and recordings are preserved in the Library of Congress.
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Sid Caesar
(Actor, Comedian and Writer Known for His TV Series: ‘Your Show of Shows’ and ‘Caesar's Hour’)
Sid Caesar
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Birthdate: 8th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Yonkers, New York, United States
Died: February 12, 2014
Sid Caesar is remembered as a pioneer of live TV shows. He soared to fame with the Emmy-winning series Your Show of Shows and Caesar's Hour. He played Coach Calhoun in the Grease franchise. He was known for his signature sketch-comedy style, which relied heavily on body language and accents. 
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Cyd Charisse
(American Actress and Dancer)
Cyd Charisse
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 8th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Amarillo, Texas, United States
Died: June 17, 2008

Cyd Charisse was an American dancer and actress best remembered for playing important roles in films that highlighted her dancing skills, although she stopped dancing in films later in her career. In 2006, Cyd Charisse was honored with the prestigious National Medal of the Arts and Humanities.

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Audrey Meadows
(American Actress Known for Her Role in the Sitcom 'The Honeymooners')
Audrey Meadows
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 8th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: February 3, 1996

Audrey Meadows was an American actress best remembered for her portrayal of Alice Kramden in the popular television sitcom, The Honeymooners. Also a banker, Audrey Meadows was the first woman to serve as the director of the First National Bank of Denver, a position which she held for 11 years.

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Michael Ansara
(Stage, Screen, and Voice Actor)
Michael Ansara
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Birthdate: 15th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Syria
Died: July 31, 2013
Michael Ansara is best remembered as Cochise from the series Broken Arrow and Kane from Buck Rogers. Fans also loved him as Commander Kang in the series Star Trek and as the voice of Mr. Freeze in Batman: The Animated Series TV franchise. He was once married to Barbara Eden.
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Jake LaMotta
(American Professional Boxer Who Was World Middleweight Champion Between 1949 and 1951)
Jake LaMotta
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Listed In: Boxers
Birthdate: 10th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: September 19, 2017
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Jackie Cooper
(Actor, Director, Producer and the First Child Actor to Receive an Oscar Nomination)
Jackie Cooper
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 15th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: May 3, 2011

Jackie Cooper was an American actor, television producer, and director. He was the youngest and the first child actor to receive an Academy Award nomination. After receiving the nomination at the age of nine, Cooper remained the youngest Academy Award nominee for nearly 50 years. He later established himself as a successful actor in Hollywood.

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Yitzhak Rabin
(5th Prime Minister of Israel)
Yitzhak Rabin
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1st March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine
Died: November 4, 1995

Israeli politician, statesman, and general, Yitzhak Rabin, served two stints as the prime minister of Israel. As a young man, he joined the military and served for nearly three decades. He had an extensive political career as well and played a key role in embracing the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. He was assassinated in November 1995.

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Christiaan Barnard
(Cardiac Surgeon)
Christiaan Barnard
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: 8th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Beaufort West, South Africa
Died: September 2, 2001
Born to a preacher father of modest means, Christiaan Barnard completed his medical school on scholarships. In December 1967, he revolutionized medical science by performing the first human heart transplant by transplanting 25-year-old accident victim Denise Darvall’s heart into 53-year-old chronic heart patient grocer Louis Washkansky.
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Barbara Bel Geddes
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 31st October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: August 8, 2005
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Patrick Macnee
(Former Actor in role of secret agent John Steed in the British television series The Avengers)
Patrick Macnee
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 5th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paddington, London, United Kingdom
Died: June 25, 2015
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Eleanor Parker
(American Actress Known for Her Films: ‘Caged’, ‘Detective Story’ and ‘Interrupted Melody’)
Eleanor Parker
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 26th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cedarville, Ohio, United States
Died: December 9, 2013
Eleanor Parker, best known as Baroness Elsa von Schraeder from The Sound of Music, had also delivered Academy Award-nominated performances in the films Caged, Detective Story, and Interrupted Melody. She had also been part of stage productions such as Applause and the Broadway version of All About Eve.
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Pier Paolo Pasolini
(Italian Filmmaker Known for His Radical Methods, Overtly Political and Often Scandalous Content)
Pier Paolo Pasolini
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Birthdate: 5th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: November 2, 1975

Noted film director and actor Pier Paolo Pasolini had already gained fame as a poet and author before stepping into the entertainment industry. The openly gay filmmaker was known for his usage of non-professional actors and themes of sexuality. His brutal murder remains to be a controversial topic.

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Hiroo Onoda
(Imperial Japanese Army Intelligence Officer Who Fought in World War II)
Hiroo Onoda
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 19th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kainan, Wakayama, Japan
Died: January 16, 2014
Hiroo Onoda was a Japanese intelligence officer who had served in World War II and was the penultimate Japanese soldier to surrender. He hid in the Philippines for 29 years, unable to figure out the war had ended, until he was officially relieved from duty. He later wrote an autobiography.
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Ruby Dee
(Actress and Civil Rights Activist Known for Her Pioneering Work in African American Theatre and Films)
Ruby Dee
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 27th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: June 11, 2014

Ruby Dee was an American actress, playwright, screenwriter, poet, civil rights activist, and journalist. She is best remembered for playing Mahalee Lucas in the 2007 film American Gangster, which earned her the Screen Actors Guild Award for Supporting Role. Dee also won a Grammy and Emmy during her career. She was also a recipient of the National Medal of Arts.

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Philip Larkin
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 9th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Radford, Coventry, United Kingdom
Died: December 2, 1985
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Nancy Walker
(Actress)
Nancy Walker
4
Birthdate: 10th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: March 25, 1992
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Norodom Sihanouk
(Former Ruler of Cambodia)
Norodom Sihanouk
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Listed In: Emperors & Kings
Birthdate: 31st October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Royal Palace, Phnom Penh
Died: October 15, 2012
Apart from taking over as the king of Cambodia at 18, Norodom Sihanouk had also been the country’s prime minister later. A multidimensional personality and a Khmer Rouge supporter, he had also composed a number of patriotic tracks and experimented with filmmaking, infusing Western elements into his work.
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Dick Martin
(American comedian)
Dick Martin
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Listed In: Comedians
Birthdate: 30th January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Battle Creek, Michigan, United States
Died: May 24, 2008
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Royal Dano
(Actor)
Royal Dano
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 16th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: May 15, 1994
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Guy Madison
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Birthdate: 19th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Pumpkin Center, California, United States
Died: February 6, 1996
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Pierre Cardin
(Italian-French Fashion Designer Known for His Avant-Garde Style and Space Age Designs)
Pierre Cardin
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Birthdate: 2nd July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Biagio di Callalta, Italy
Died: December 29, 2020

Italian-born French fashion designer Pierre Cardin revolutionized unisex fashion with his geometric designs. His wine merchant father wanted him to study architecture, but Cardin deviated to fashion instead, starting his career as a men’s tailor. He introduced the Space Age look and also licensed his name out to other products.

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Yma Súmac
(American-Peruvian soprano)
Yma Súmac
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Listed In: Soprano Singers
Birthdate: 10th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cajamarca, Peru
Died: November 1, 2008
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Erich Hartmann
(Aviator, Officer)
Erich Hartmann
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 19th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Weissach
Died: September 20, 1993

Remembered as the most successful fighter pilot in the history of aerial warfare, Erich Hartmann completed 1,400 missions in his Messerschmitt Bf 109 and shot down 352 Allied planes. Known for his dogfighting strategy, he inspired the popular biography The Blond Knight of Germany and became a flight instructor post-retirement.