Famous People Born In 1927

Discover the most famous people born in 1927. The list includes people like Janet Leigh, Roger Moore, Jerry Stiller, Cesar Chavez, Sidney Poitier and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, poets, journalists and jazz musicians born in 1927. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Germany & France and many more countries.
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Sidney Poitier
(Director and the First African-American to Win an Academy Award for Best Actor)
Sidney Poitier
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Birthdate: 20th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States
Died: January 6, 2022

Sidney Poitier was a Bahamian-American actor who became the first Afro-Bahamian and Black male actor to receive an Oscar for Best Actor in 1964. In 2009, he was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His life and work inspired a couple of documentary films, including the 2008 film Sidney Poitier, an Outsider in Hollywood.

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Roger Moore
(Famous for His Portrayal as the Fictional British Secret Agent 'James Bond' in Seven Films)
Roger Moore
35
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 14th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stockwell, London, England
Died: May 23, 2017

Widely regarded as one of the most popular actors to play the iconic secret agent James Bond in films, Roger Moore was more than just an actor. He was also well-known for his humanitarian work, so much so that he was knighted in 2003 by Queen Elizabeth II for services to charity.

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Peter Falk
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Lieutenant Columbo’ in the TV Series ‘Columbo’)
Peter Falk
15
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 16th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
Died: June 23, 2011
Best known for his Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning performance in Columbo, Peter Falk was one of TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time. He also held art exhibitions and loved chess. He suffered from Alzheimer's disease before death. His plight inspired the passage of the Peter Falk's Law.
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Cesar Chavez
(American Labour Leader, Civil Rights Activist and Co-Founder of the ‘National Farm Workers Association’)
Cesar Chavez
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Birthdate: 31st March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Yuma, Arizona, United States
Died: April 23, 1993
Cesar Chavez became a Latin American civil rights icon owing to his efforts to secure rights for farmworkers. He co-founded the National Farm Workers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers union. He was inspired by Gandhian non-violent protests and organized the Delano grape strike, among other protests.
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Jerry Stiller
(Known for His Role on the Sitcom 'Seinfeld' and the Comedy Series ‘The King of Queens’)
Jerry Stiller
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Birthdate: 8th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, United States
Died: May 11, 2020

Veteran actor Jerry Stiller had an extensive six-decade-long career in the entertainment industry. He began performing comedy with his wife, Anne Meara, in the 1960s and soon started acting in films and TV shows as well. His son, Ben Stiller, is also an actor, and the two had appeared in many films together.

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez
(Nobel Prize Winner in Literature)
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
43
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 6th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Aracataca, Colombia
Died: April 17, 2014

Nobel Prize-winning Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, also known as “Gabo,” is remembered as one of the most prominent figures of the magic realism literary style. His novels One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera have achieved cult status. He previously worked as a journalist.

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Coretta Scott King
(Civil-Rights Activist and the Wife of Martin Luther King Jr)
Coretta Scott King
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Birthdate: 27th April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Heiberger, Alabama, United States
Died: January 30, 2006

The American civil rights activist was an ideal foil for her famous husband Martin Luther King Jr. in promoting racial equality. The author and singer led the Women's Movement and fought for the rights of the LGBT community. She was also known for mobilising African-Americans during the 1960 US presidential election. She founded the King Centre, a not-for-profit organization.

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Eartha Kitt
(Singer with a Distinctive Voice Known for her Hits "Let's Do It", and "C'est si bon")
Eartha Kitt
45
Birthdate: 17th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: North, South Carolina, United States
Died: December 25, 2008

Eartha Kitt was an American actress, comedian, dancer, and singer-songwriter. Renowned for her distinctive singing style, Kitt recorded several chartbusting songs during the 1950s. Also a well-known activist, Eartha Kitt established a non-profit organization called the Kittsville Youth Foundation, which helped underprivileged youths in Los Angeles. She was also an ardent advocate for same-sex marriage and LGBT rights.

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Janet Leigh
(Actress and Singer Known for Her Films: ‘The Romance of Rosy Ridge’, ‘Act of Violence’ and ‘Psycho’)
Janet Leigh
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 6th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Merced, California, United States
Died: October 3, 2004
Best known for her Golden Globe-winning performance as Marion Crane in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, Janet Leigh was helped by Norma Shearer to secure a contract with MGM. She has also appeared on radio shows and in Broadway productions. She has written four books, including a best-selling memoir and two novels.
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George C. Scott
(Actor, Director, and Producer Known for His Film ‘Anatomy of a Murder’)
George C. Scott
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Birthdate: 18th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wise, Virginia, United States
Died: September 22, 1999
George C. Scott won the Academy Award for the film Patton but also became the first actor to reject the award, as he believed no two actors or performances could be compared. Fans also loved him for his roles in A Christmas Carol, Dr. Strangelove, and Anatomy of a Murder.
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Bhumibol Adulyadej
(Former King of Thailand (1946 - 2016))
Bhumibol Adulyadej
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Listed In: Emperors & Kings
Birthdate: 5th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 13, 2016

Bhumibol Adulyadej of the Chakri dynasty reigned as the ninth monarch of Thailand. Reigning from 1946 until his death in 2016, Adulyadej is the second-longest reigning monarch in the history. During his reign, Bhumibol Adulyadej retained enormous constitutional powers and was extremely popular among his subjects, with some even seeing him as close to divine.

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Vladimir Komarov
(First Cosmonaut to Fly into Space Twice and the First Human to Die in a Space Flight)
Vladimir Komarov
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 16th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: April 24, 1967

Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov was the first from his country to fly into space twice. He died when his Soyuz 1 capsule crashed while re-entering the Earth, due to a parachute failure, on April 24, 1967, which made him the first human to die in a space flight.

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Andy Williams
(American Singer, Actor and Record producer)
Andy Williams
10
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 3rd December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Wall Lake, Iowa, United States
Died: September 25, 2012
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Bob Fosse
(American Choreographer and Director Known for His Works ‘The Pajama Game’ and ‘Damn Yankees’)
Bob Fosse
16
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: 23rd June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: September 23, 1987
Legendary dancer, choreographer, and director Bob Fosse is best remembered for his Academy Award-winning direction in the musical film Cabaret. Renowned for his signature “jazz hands” style, he also earned the Palme D'Or for All That Jazz and nine Tony Awards for various stage productions, eight of them for choreography. 
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Clint Walker
(Actor)
Clint Walker
11
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 30th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hartford, Illinois, USA
Died: May 21, 2018
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Harvey Korman
(Actor and Comedian Known for His Sketch Comedy Series 'The Carol Burnett Show')
Harvey Korman
7
Birthdate: 15th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: May 29, 2008

Harvey Korman gained recognition with his acts on The Danny Kaye Show. He then soared to fame with the sketch comedy series The Carol Burnett Show, partnering with Tim Conway and winning four Emmys. He has also been part of The Flintstones franchise and several Mel Brooks comedies.

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Ferenc Puskás
(One of the Greatest Football Players of All Time)
Ferenc Puskás
20
Listed In: Football Players
Birthdate: 1st April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: November 17, 2006
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McLean Stevenson
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Lieutenant Colonel Henry Blake’ in the TV Series ‘M*A*S*H’)
McLean Stevenson
12
Birthdate: 14th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Normal, Illinois, United States
Died: February 15, 1996

Comedian McLean Stevenson is best remembered for his Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-nominated role of Henry Blake in the series M*A*S*H. He also appeared on Match Game and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and gained fame as Larry Alder in Hello, Larry. He also appeared in Condo and Dirty Dancing.

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Rosalynn Carter
(Former First Lady, Activist)
Rosalynn Carter
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Listed In: First Ladies
Birthdate: 18th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Plains, Georgia
Died: November 19, 2023

Rosalynn Carter, served as the U.S. First Lady from 1977 to 1981, as the wife of former U.S. president Jimmy Carter. She promoted human rights, peace, and mental health awareness. She was also an envoy to Latin America and launched Every Child By Two, a childhood immunization awareness program.

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Gina Lollobrigida
(Italian Actress and Photojournalist Who was One of the Highest-Profile European Actresses of the 1950s and 1960s)
Gina Lollobrigida
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 4th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Subiaco, Italy

Gina Lollobrigida is an Italian actress and photojournalist counted amongst the highest-profile European actresses of the 1950s and 1960s. Considered a  sex symbol in her youth, she had a successful career both in the film and TV industries. She later built a second career as a photojournalist. She is a recipient of the NIAF Lifetime Achievement Award.  

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Vin Scully
(One of the Greatest Baseball Broadcaster of All Time)
Vin Scully
3
Listed In: Sportscasters
Birthdate: 29th November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
Died: August 2, 2022
Vincent Edward Scully, or Vin Scully, is best remembered for his 67-season stint of calling games with the MLB team Los Angeles Dodgers, making him the longest-tenured broadcaster of a single team in the history of sports. He  also served as the lead play-by-play announcer for NBC
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Jack Cassidy
(Actor)
Jack Cassidy
5
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 5th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Richmond Hill, New York, USA
Died: December 12, 1976
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Harry Belafonte
(Singer, Actor)
Harry Belafonte
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 1st March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, United States
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Tom Bosley
(Actor)
Tom Bosley
3
Birthdate: 1st October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: October 19, 2010
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Margaret Keane
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Listed In: Artists
Birthdate: 15th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee
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Robert Guillaume
(Actor)
Robert Guillaume
6
Birthdate: 30th November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Died: October 24, 2017
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William Daniels
(Actor)
William Daniels
3
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 31st March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA
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Neil Simon
(Playwright & Screenwriter)
Neil Simon
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 4th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York
Died: August 26, 2018
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Bob Keeshan
(Actor, TV Producer)
Bob Keeshan
5
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 27th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lynbrook, New York
Died: January 23, 2004
Bob Keeshan created and played the titular role in the children's program Captain Kangaroo, which was the longest-running national children's TV program. He was also seen as Clarabell the Clown on Howdy Doody. He had won five Emmys and three Peabody Awards, and was a Clown Hall of Fame inductee.
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Gordon Cooper
(Officer, Astronaut, Test pilot, Aerospace engineer, Engineer, Aviator)
Gordon Cooper
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 6th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Shawnee
Died: October 4, 2004

Part of the seven Project Mercury astronauts, Gordon Cooper manned a 34-hour space mission, becoming the first American to stay for a day in space. As part of the Gemini 5 mission, he and his co-pilot proved it was possible for astronauts to survive a mission to the Moon and back.

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Tommy Lasorda
(Professional Baseball Pitcher and Manager)
Tommy Lasorda
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: 22nd September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Norristown, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: January 7, 2021

Tommy Lasorda was a popular baseball player who later also served as a manager of the MLB team LA Dodgers. His coaching career saw him win two World Series for the Dodgers. He also led the American baseball team to a gold medal win at the Sydney Games.

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Steve Ditko
(American Comics Artist and Comic Writer Best Known for Being Co-creator of Marvel Superhero 'Spider-Man')
Steve Ditko
3
Birthdate: 2nd November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Johnstown, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: June 29, 2018

Steve Ditko was a writer and comics artist. He is credited with co-creating popular Marvel Comics superheroes like Doctor Strange and Spider-Man. Ditko is also credited with co-creating Captain Atom, a character that appears in DC Comics. Ditko received several awards including many Alley Awards. In 1994, he was inducted into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame.

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George Blanda
(American Professional Football Player Who Played as a Quarterback and Kicker)
George Blanda
4
Birthdate: 17th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Youngwood, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: September 27, 2010

Famous for the age-defying longevity of his American football career, George Blanda set several records before retiring at the age of 48. The quarterback and placekicker who played mainly for Chicago Bears, Houston Oilers and Oakland Raiders teams, retired with 943 extra points from 26 seasons. He scored a record-setting 42 interceptions thrown in a single season in 1962.

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Rosemary Harris
(English Actress Best Known for Her Film ‘Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead’)
Rosemary Harris
2
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 19th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ashby, United Kingdom

Rosemary Harris is an English actress known for playing Aunt May in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man film series. The winner of several awards, including a Golden Globe Award and Tony Award, Harris was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1986. In 1994, she received an Academy Award nomination for her performance in the 1994 film Tom & Viv.

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Robert Shaw
(British Actor Known for His Role as ‘Henry VIII' in the Drama Film ‘a Man for All Seasons')
Robert Shaw
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 9th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Westhoughton, Lancashire, England
Died: August 28, 1978
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Porter Wagoner
(Country Music Singer)
Porter Wagoner
6
Listed In: Country Singers
Birthdate: 12th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: West Plains, Missouri, United States
Died: October 28, 2007
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Don Shirley
(Classical and Jazz Pianist and Composer)
Don Shirley
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Listed In: Pianists
Birthdate: 29th January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pensacola, Florida, United States
Died: April 6, 2013

Don Shirley was an American jazz and classical pianist and composer. He is best remembered for his association with Cadence Records where he recorded many albums during the 1950s and 1960s. Apart from performing in numerous concert tours, Shirley also wrote organ symphonies and piano concerti. Shirley's friendship with his bodyguard Tony Lip was dramatized in the film Green Book.

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Althea Gibson
( The First African American to Win a Grand Slam Title )
Althea Gibson
26
Listed In: Tennis Players
Birthdate: 25th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Clarendon County, South Carolina, United States
Died: September 28, 2003
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Carl Switzer
(Actor, Singer)
Carl Switzer
5
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 7th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, Illinois, United States
Died: January 21, 1959
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Lois Maxwell
(Actress known for her portrayal of Miss Moneypenny in James Bond films)
Lois Maxwell
3
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 14th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Died: September 29, 2007
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Bill Daily
(Actor)
Bill Daily
2
Birthdate: 30th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Died: September 4, 2018
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Lois Nettleton
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Birthdate: 16th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, United States
Died: January 18, 2008
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Bernard Fox
(Actor)
Bernard Fox
5
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 11th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Port Talbot, England
Died: December 14, 2016
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Doc Severinsen
(Musician)
Doc Severinsen
3
Listed In: Jazz Musicians
Birthdate: 7th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Arlington, Oregon, USA
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Jim Elliot
(Missionary)
Jim Elliot
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Listed In: Priests
Birthdate: 8th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon
Died: January 8, 1956
 American Christian missionary Jim Elliot was one of five people killed during Operation Auca. He is still remembered for his selfless devotion to God and his zeal, tempered by love, to guide people. The Journals of Jim Elliot contains volumes of documents written over many years by Jim Elliot in which the missionary has detailed his mission work.
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Estelle Parsons
(Actress)
Estelle Parsons
5
Birthdate: 20th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA
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Nick Massi
(Bass Singer & Bass Guitarist for 'The Four Seasons')
Nick Massi
4
Birthdate: 19th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Died: December 24, 2000
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Barron Hilton
(Former Chairman, President and CEO of 'Hilton Hotels')
Barron Hilton
3
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: 23rd October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States
Died: September 19, 2019

The second son of Hilton Hotels founder Conrad Hilton, Barron Hilton was initially a skilled photographer and had even learned to fly planes. A sports enthusiast, he had also been the AFL president. A philanthropist, too, he left 97% of his wealth to his own charitable foundation.

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Jean Speegle Howard
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 31st January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Duncan, Oklahoma, United States
Died: September 2, 2000
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Robert Ludlum
(Author of 27 thriller novels, best known as the creator of Jason Bourne from the original The Bourne Trilogy series.)
Robert Ludlum
6
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 25th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, United States
Died: March 12, 2001