Famous People Born In 1925

Discover the most famous people born in 1925. The list includes people like Yogi Berra, Margaret Thatcher, Malcolm X, Paul Newman, Idi Amin and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, novelists, composers and journalists born in 1925. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, France & India and many more countries.
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Malcolm X
(Major Figure of American Civil Rights Movement)
Malcolm X
175
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 19th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Died: February 21, 1965

An African-American leader of the civil rights movement, Malcolm X was a vocal spokesman of the Nation of Islam and called upon the blacks to protect themselves from the white, even if it meant adopting violence. His radical views and preaching later evolved and he accepted the possibility of peaceful resolution of racial issues in America.

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Robert F. Kennedy
(United States Senator, Brother of President John F. Kennedy)
Robert F. Kennedy
50
Birthdate: 20th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts
Died: June 6, 1968

Robert F Kennedy, the brother of the 35th US president John F Kennedy, was a politician who served as US Attorney General and as US Senator. He was known as a civil rights and human rights activist and fought against organised crime and the Mafia. He opposed America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. He was assassinated by a 24-year-old Palestinian.

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Dick Van Dyke
(Actor, Singer and Comedian Best Known for His TV Sitcom 'The Dick Van Dyke Show')
Dick Van Dyke
39
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 13th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: West Plains, Missouri, United States

Richard Van Dyke is an actor, writer, singer and dancer. He became famous after working on radio and Broadway and later for his role in the television sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show. He tasted more success after starring in musical films such Bye Bye Birdie and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.  He has received many awards including Emmy, Tony and Grammy.

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Paul Newman
(One of the Most Influential Actors of 20th-Century)
Paul Newman
109
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 26th January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Shaker Heights, Ohio, United States
Died: September 26, 2008

One of the most celebrated actors of the 1960s and 1970s, Paul Newman was a multi-faceted man. Apart from winning acting accolades, such as the Academy Award, he had also won many championships as a driver as part of the Sports Car Club of America. Also known for his philanthropy and political activism, Newman founded many nonprofit organizations.

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Angela Lansbury
(Actress and Singer Whose Career Spanned Over 80 Years)
Angela Lansbury
96
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 16th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England
Died: October 11, 2022

Angela Lansbury played a key role in shaping the Golden Age of Hollywood. Recognized as one of the few stars still alive from the Golden Age of Hollywood cinema, Angela Lansbury has received accolades, such as an Honorary Oscar. In 2014, Queen Elizabeth II appointed her a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

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Sammy Davis Jr.
(Singer, Dancer and Actor Known for His Song ‘The Candy Man’)
Sammy Davis Jr.
30
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 8th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Died: May 16, 1990

Nicknamed “Mister Show Business,” posthumous Grammy-winner Samuel Davis Jr. was a multifaceted performer who excelled in dancing, singing, and acting. From delivering vaudeville performances as a child, Samuel graduated to creating Billboard charters and performing with Frank Sinatra as part of the Rat Pack. Sadly, he died in debt.

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B.B. King
(Singer-songwriter)
B.B. King
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Birthdate: 16th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Berclair, Mississippi
Died: May 14, 2015
Known as “The King of the Blues,” legendary musician B. B. King introduced a signature style of soloing using string bending and vibrato. His song The Thrill is Gone won him a Grammy Hall of Fame Award. He was featured on Rolling Stone’s “100 greatest guitarists of all time” list.
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Johnny Carson
(Comedian and Producer Best Known as the Host of ‘The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson’)
Johnny Carson
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Birthdate: 23rd October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Corning, Iowa, United States
Died: January 23, 2005

Six-time Emmy Award-winner Johnny Carson was known for hosting NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. After serving in World War II, Carson started hosting radio shows and then graduated to TV. He also won the Presidential Medal of Freedom and is said to have inspired David Letterman.

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Peter Sellers
(English Actor and Comedian Known for His Role as ‘Inspector Jacques Clouseau’ in ‘The Pink Panther’ Film Series)
Peter Sellers
12
Birthdate: 8th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Portsmouth, England
Died: July 24, 1980
Best known for his Academy Award-nominated roles in Dr. Strangelove and Being There, and as Clouseau from the Pink Panther series, Peter Sellers was admired for his impeccable comic skills. He initially toured around Europe as a drummer and also participated in radio shows such as The Goon Show
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Rock Hudson
(One of the Most Popular Movie Stars of His Time)
Rock Hudson
19
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 17th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Winnetka, Illinois, United States
Died: October 2, 1985

Considered a heartthrob and one of the most popular movie stars of all time, some of Rock Hudson’s successful movies are the Magnificent Obsession, Giant, Written on the Wind, Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back, Come September and Send Me No Flowers. He also acted in television. It was speculated that he was a homosexual. He died due to AIDS-related illness.

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Jack Lemmon
16
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 8th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Newton, Massachusetts, United States
Died: June 27, 2001
John Lemmon is best remembered for his Academy Award-winning roles in Mister Roberts and Save the Tiger, and his Emmy-winning performance in Tuesdays with Morrie. His narration in Harry S Truman: A Journey to Independence earned him a Grammy nomination. He collaborated with Walter Matthau in many projects.
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Richard Burton
(One of the Most Acclaimed Actors of His Generation)
Richard Burton
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 10th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pontrhydyfen, Wales
Died: August 5, 1984
Richard Burton is remembered for his tumultuous affair with Elizabeth Taylor, whom he married and divorced twice. The Burton-Taylor duo is also known for their hits Cleopatra and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? A seasoned Shakespearean actor, Burton was known for his baritone voice. He became an alcoholic later.
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Lee Van Cleef
(American Actor, Best Known for His Role in the Film ‘For a Few Dollars More’)
Lee Van Cleef
20
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 9th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Somerville, New Jersey, United States
Died: December 16, 1989

Lee Van Cleef was an American actor popular for playing important roles in many Spaghetti Westerns. Since his physical appearance often overshadowed his acting skills, Lee Van Cleef is regarded by some as the unsung hero of the Western films of the 1950s. Ironically, his appearance served as an inspiration for characters in the Metal Gear Solid video game series.

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Yogi Berra
(One of the Greatest Catchers in Baseball History)
Yogi Berra
17
Listed In: Baseball Players
Birthdate: 12th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: September 22, 2015
Baseball catcher Yogi Berra is remembered for his long-running association with the MLB team New York Yankees. The 18-time All Star had won 10 World Series championships, too. He also won the American League MVP thrice. He was famous for his malapropisms such as “It ain't over 'til it's over.”
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Barbara Bush
(Former First Lady of the United States as the Wife of President George H. W. Bush)
Barbara Bush
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Listed In: First Ladies
Birthdate: 8th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: April 17, 2018

The first lady of the United States from 1989 to 1993, Barbara Bush was the wife of the 41st US President George H. W. Bush. She was also the mother of  George W. Bush, the 43rd president of US. As the first lady, she focused on family literacy and was the founder of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.

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Doris Roberts
(American Actress Who Had a Long Career Spanning Seven Decades)
Doris Roberts
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 4th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: April 17, 2016

Five-time Emmy Award-winning actor Doris Roberts is best remembered as Marie Barone from the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond and as Mildred Krebs from Remington Steele. She also appeared on various talk/game shows and in films such as The Honeymoon Killers. She was a prominent animal rights activist, too.

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Tony Curtis
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 3rd June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, United States
Died: September 29, 2010

Tony Curtis was an American actor who achieved the height of his fame in the 1950s and 1960s in a career spanning six decades. Also a well-known philanthropist, Tony Curtis helped fund the rebuilding of the Great Synagogue in Hungary. In 1998, he founded a non-profit organization called Emanuel Foundation for Hungarian Culture, which works towards the restoration of synagogues.

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Celia Cruz
(One of the Most Popular Latin Artists of the 20th Century)
Celia Cruz
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Listed In: Pop Singers
Birthdate: 21st October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Died: July 16, 2003

Celia Cruz was a Cuban-American singer who achieved popularity in Cuba as a singer of guarachas during the 1950s. Widely regarded as one of the 20th century's most famous Latin artists, Cruz was nicknamed the Queen of Salsa. She is also revered for popularizing Latin music in the USA. Celia Cruz also won numerous awards, including two Grammy Awards. 

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John DeLorean
(Engineer Known for His Work at 'General Motors' & Founder of the 'DeLorean Motor Company')
John DeLorean
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Birthdate: 6th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: March 19, 2005

John DeLorean was an American inventor and engineer. Highly regarded for his work at General Motors, John DeLorean was an influential figure in the US automobile industry. He is credited with founding the popular American automobile manufacturer, The DeLorean Motor Company. DeLorean’s life inspired a couple of documentary films, including Framing John DeLorean where he was played by Alec Baldwin.

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Gerald Durrell
(Founder of the 'Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust' and the 'Jersey Zoo')
Gerald Durrell
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 7th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Jamshedpur, India
Died: January 30, 1995
Naturalist, author, TV presenter, and zookeeper Gerald Durrell, the youngest brother of author Lawrence Durrell, was the founder of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and the Jersey Zoo. His memoirs were made into the series My Family and Other Animals and The Durrells. He was also a skilled Illustrator.
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Margaret Thatcher
(The Longest-Serving British Prime Minister of the 20th Century)
Margaret Thatcher
130
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 13th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Grantham, Lincolnshire, England
Died: April 8, 2013

United Kingdom’s first female Prime Minister and also the longest serving Prime Minister in the 20th century, Margaret Thatcher served three consecutive terms in the office from 1979 till 1990. Her political views and leadership approach, known as Thatcherism, got her the nickname of Iron Lady. Though controversial, she prominently ranks high in the list of the best British Prime Ministers.

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Mahathir Mohamad
(4th and 7th Prime Minister of Malaysia)
Mahathir Mohamad
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 10th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Alor Setar, Malaysia

Mahathir Mohamad is a Malaysian statesman, doctor, and author. He twice served as the prime minister of Malaysia and is widely regarded as one of the most popular Malaysian prime ministers of all time. Under his premiership, Malaysia underwent a period of rapid economic growth and modernization. Mahathir Mohamad is also credited with establishing strong foreign relations with many countries.

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Hal Holbrook
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Birthdate: 17th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, U.S
Died: January 23, 2021

Actor, TV director, and writer, Hal Holbrook, has been active in the entertainment industry for seven decades. In his extensive career, he has appeared in hundreds of films, TV shows, and stage productions. He is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including five Primetime Emmy Awards. He was honored with the National Humanities Medal in 2003.

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George Kennedy
7
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 18th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: February 28, 2016

George Kennedy was an American actor who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Dragline in the 1967 prison drama film, Cool Hand Luke. A multi-talented person, George Kennedy was also an aviator and writer; he owned a Beechcraft Bonanza as well as a Cessna 210 and wrote three books, including his autobiography titled Trust Me.

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June Lockhart
(Best Known for Her Roles in TV Series ‘Lassie’ and ‘Lost in Space’)
June Lockhart
6
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 25th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

June Lockhart is best known for playing screen mothers Ruth Martin in Lassie and Maureen Robinson in Lost in Space. She also won a Tony for her role in the Broadway play For Love or Money. The two-time Emmy nominee was also popular as Dr. Janet Craig in Petticoat Junction.

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Marty Robbins
(One of the Most Popular and Successful Country and Western Music Performers from the Late 1940s to the Early 1980s)
Marty Robbins
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 26th September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Glendale, Arizona, United States
Died: December 8, 1982
Singer, actor, and multi-instrumentalist Marty Robbins was also a NASCAR driver. He played the guitar since his U.S. Navy days. Famous for his country and Western tracks such as Singing the Blues and El Paso, he also won two Grammys and appeared in films such as Honkytonk Man.
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Medgar Evers
(American Civil Rights Activist Who Was Assassinated by a White Supremacist)
Medgar Evers
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Birthdate: 2nd July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Decatur, Mississippi, United States
Died: June 12, 1963
American civil rights activist Medgar Evers was the NAACP field secretary of Mississippi state. He has also served the U.S. Army during World War II. He worked toward securing voting rights for all and to end racial segregation. He was assassinated by Byron De La Beckwith in 1963. 
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Jonathan Winters
(Actor and Comedian Known for His Films: ‘It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World’ and ‘The Loved One’)
Jonathan Winters
12
Birthdate: 11th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, United States
Died: April 11, 2013

Two-time Grammy-winning artist and comedian Jonathan Winters is best remembered for his comedy albums such as Crank(y) Calls. He won an Emmy for playing Gunny Davis in the sitcom Davis Rules and voiced Papa Smurf in The Smurfs franchise. He also wrote a bestselling short-story anthology and held painting exhibitions.

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Merv Griffin
(Host of 'The Merv Griffin Show' and Creator of the Games Shows 'Jeopardy!' and 'Wheel of Fortune')
Merv Griffin
7
Birthdate: 6th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Mateo, California, United States
Died: August 12, 2007

Merv Griffin was an American media mogul and television show host best known for hosting, The Merv Griffin Show, from 1965 to 1986. He is also credited with creating famous game shows, such as Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy, through his TV production companies. For his contribution to TV, Merv Griffin was inducted posthumously into the Television Hall of Fame.

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Gwen Verdon
(Actress and Dancer Known for Her Work in the Musicals: ‘Damn Yankees’, ‘Sweet Charity’, and ‘Chicago’)
Gwen Verdon
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 13th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Culver City, California, United States
Died: October 18, 2000

Four-time Tony-winning actor Gwen Verdon is remembered for her SAG-nominated performance in Marvin’s Room. She was known for her signature red hair and her love for cats. She was nominated for Emmys for the series Magnum, P.I., Dream On, and Homicide: Life on the Street. She inspired the series Fosse/Verdon.

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Rod Steiger
(One of Hollywood's Most Charismatic and Dynamic Stars)
Rod Steiger
6
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 14th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Westhampton, New York, United States
Died: July 9, 2002

Rod Steiger was an American actor. Regarded as one of Hollywood's most dynamic and charismatic stars, Steiger often played offbeat, volatile, and crazed characters. A well-known method actor, Rod Steiger received the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of police chief Bill Gillespie in the 1967 mystery drama film, In the Heat of the Night.

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Honor Blackman
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Pussy Galore’ in the Film ‘Goldfinger’)
Honor Blackman
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 22nd August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
Died: April 5, 2020
Honor Blackman became one of the oldest actors to play the "Bond Girl," with the role of Pussy Galore in Goldfinger. Fans also loved her as Cathy Gale in the series The Avengers and as Laura West in The Upper Hand. Blackman was also active in British politics.
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Oona O'Neill
(Actor)
Oona O'Neill
7
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 14th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Warwick Parish, Bermuda
Died: September 27, 1991
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Donald O'Connor
(Actor)
Donald O'Connor
4
Birthdate: 28th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died: September 27, 2003
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William F. Buckley, Jr.
(Editor)
William F. Buckley, Jr.
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 24th November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: February 27, 2008
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Gore Vidal
(American Writer Known for His Novels: ‘The City and the Pillar’, ‘Julian’, ‘Myra Breckinridge’ and ‘Burr’)
Gore Vidal
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Listed In: Essayists
Birthdate: 3rd October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: West Point, New York, United States
Died: July 31, 2012

Gore Vidal was an American intellectual and writer. He served as a major inspiration to gays, lesbians, and bisexuals as he was openly bisexual and often incorporated LGBT characters in his novels, which was very unusual at the time. He was also known for his debates with William F. Buckley Jr., which inspired the 2015 documentary film Best of Enemies.

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Patrice Lumumba
(1st Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Patrice Lumumba
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 2nd July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sankuru, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Died: January 17, 1961
Congolese politician Patrice Lumumba was the first prime minister of the Republic of the Congo. He was an MNC leader and played a major role in turning Congo from a Belgian colony to an independent country. He was executed on the orders of Mobutu Sese Seko, following the Congo Crisis.
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Robert Altman
(Filmmaker of the 'New Hollywood Era' Known for His Films: 'M*A*S*H’,’ McCabe & Mrs. Miller’ & ‘The Long Goodbye’)
Robert Altman
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Birthdate: 20th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Died: November 20, 2006
Five-time Academy Award-nominated director Robert Altman is remembered for his non-conformist filmmaking style and for his use of satire and humor. He relied on ensemble casts. Some of his most notable films were M*A*S*H, Nashville, and Gosford Park. He was part of the U.S. Air Force during World War II.
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Mike Connors
(Actor)
Mike Connors
4
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 15th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Fresno, California, United States
Died: January 26, 2017
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Mel Tormé
(Actor, Singer, Composer, Novelist, Songwriter, Autobiographer, Jazz musician, Television actor, Writer)
Mel Tormé
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 13th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: June 5, 1999
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Lee Grant
(Actress and Director Best Known for Her Role as Shoplifter in the Film ‘Detective Story’)
Lee Grant
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Birthdate: 6th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Lee Grant is best known for her Academy Award-winning role in Shampoo and her Academy Award-nominated roles in Detective Story, Voyage of the Damned, and The Landlord. She has also won Emmys for the soap Peyton Palace and the TV movie The Neon Ceiling. She has directed many documentaries, too.
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Lenny Bruce
(American Stand-Up Comedian and Social Critic)
Lenny Bruce
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Birthdate: 13th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mineola, New York, United States
Died: August 3, 1966

Regarded as one of the best American stand-up comedians of all time, Lenny Bruce was renowned for his critical form of comedy. His conviction for obscenity played a major role in redefining freedom of speech in the US. He is also credited with inspiring several comedians of the counterculture era. His life and career have inspired several works of art.

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Eric Fleming
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 4th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Santa Paula, California, United States
Died: September 28, 1966
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Oscar Peterson
(Jazz Pianist)
Oscar Peterson
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 15th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montreal
Died: December 23, 2007
Seven-time Grammy-winning jazz pianist Oscar Peterson had initially wished to be a trumpeter but switched to the piano because of a lung ailment. He was the first living person, apart from a king, to get a commemorative Canadian stamp. He used a signature handkerchief between performances.
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Albert Bandura
(One of the Most Influential Psychologists of All Time)
Albert Bandura
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Listed In: Psychologists
Birthdate: 4th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mundare, Canada
Died: July 26, 2021

Albert Bandura is a Canadian-American psychologist who has made significant contributions to several fields of psychology, such as personality psychology, therapy, and social cognitive theory. Regarded as the greatest living psychologist, Bandura is also counted among the most influential psychologists ever. He has been honored with over 16 honorary degrees. In 2016, Albert Bandura received the National Medal of Science.

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Jiro Ono
(Japanese Chef and Owner of Sukiyabashi Jiro)
Jiro Ono
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Listed In: Chefs
Birthdate: 27th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Japan

Jiro Ono, the star chef of Japan, is known as a sushi master. His exclusive Tokyo-based restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro has only 10 seats, leaving some people on the wait-list for 2 years before they can dine there. He inspired the Netflix documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi.

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Elaine Stritch
(Actress)
Elaine Stritch
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 2nd February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: July 17, 2014
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Hugh O'Brian
(American actor)
Hugh O'Brian
4
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 19th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States
Died: September 5, 2016
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Arlene Dahl
(Actress)
Arlene Dahl
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Birthdate: 11th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
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Dominick Dunne
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Listed In: Journalists
Birthdate: 29th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Died: August 26, 2009