Famous People Born In 1928

Discover the most famous people born in 1928. The list includes people like Andy Warhol, Fred Rogers, Stanley Kubrick, John Forbes Nash, Jr., Che Guevara and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, artists, composers and journalists born in 1928. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, France & Canada and many more countries.
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Fred Rogers
(Television Host and Creator of the Preschool Television Series 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood')
Fred Rogers
35
Listed In: TV Anchors
Birthdate: 20th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Latrobe, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: February 27, 2003

TV personality, musician, and author, Fred Rogers, is best remembered for hosting the preschool TV series, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, which ran for over 30 years, from 1968 to 2001. His work was widely lauded and he was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002. Besides his TV career, he was also an ordained Presbyterian minister.

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Shirley Temple
(Actress, 27th United States Ambassador to Czechoslovakia)
Shirley Temple
58
Birthdate: 23rd April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States
Died: February 10, 2014

After starting her film career at the age of three, Shirley Temple went on to become Hollywood's highest-grossing child actress from 1935 to 1938. She is the epitome of popular child stars who lose their charm as they grow up. Despite failing as an adult actress, she is ranked 18th in the greatest female screen legends of Classic Hollywood list.

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Andy Warhol
(Visual Artist & Film Director Who was a Leading Figure in the Visual Art Movement Known as Pop Art)
Andy Warhol
136
Birthdate: 6th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: February 22, 1987

Andy Warhol was an artist and filmmaker who played a key role in the visual art movement. Thanks to his extensive body of work, he has been the subject of various films, books, and retrospective exhibitions. Described as the bellwether of the art market, some of Warhol's works are among the most expensive paintings ever sold.

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Maya Angelou
(American Poet and Civil Rights Activist Known for Her Autobiography ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’)
Maya Angelou
62
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 4th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: May 28, 2014
Poet, author, and civil rights activist Maya Angelou was a champion for black feminism and is best remembered for her autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sing. The recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and over 50 honorary degrees was also a child sex abuse survivor.
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Che Guevara
(Revolutionary)
Che Guevara
207
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 14th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rosario, Argentina
Died: October 9, 1967

Argentine Marxist revolutionary, Che Guevara, was a major figure of the Cuban Revolution. A physician by profession, he developed radical views upon witnessing the injustices in the world and joined Fidel Castro’s revolutionary 26th of July Movement. Assassinated in 1967, he remains both a revered and reviled historical figure.

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Stanley Kubrick
(One of the Greatest Filmmakers in Cinematic History)
Stanley Kubrick
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Birthdate: 26th July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: March 7, 1999

Regarded as one of the greatest American filmmakers, Stanley Kubrick was the maker of acclaimed movies like Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Barry Lyndon. Stanley Kubrick was known for his exceptional visual style and artistic expression. He began his career as a magazine photographer and subsequently began directing short films. His first big break came with the hit movie Spartacus.

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James Garner
(Actor and Producer Best Known for His Role as ‘Bret Maverick’ in the Western ABC Series ‘Maverick’)
James Garner
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Birthdate: 7th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Norman, Oklahoma, United States
Died: July 19, 2014

James Garner was an American actor and producer. He is credited with mentoring fellow actor and producer Tom Selleck. He is also credited with helping celebrities like Steve McQueen and Clint Eastwood establish themselves in the film industry. He was also an avid golfer and racing enthusiast; he owned the American International Racers racing team for a couple of years.

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Noam Chomsky
(A Major Figure in Analytic Philosophy Who is Also Known as 'The Father of Modern Linguistics')
Noam Chomsky
73
Birthdate: 7th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Regarded by many as the father of modern linguistics, Noam Chomsky has authored over 100 books on varied topics, such as politics, linguistics, and war. A multi-talented personality, Noam Chomsky is considered a popular figure in analytic philosophy. Apart from influencing a wide array of academic fields, he has also contributed to the development of cognitivism.

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Adam West
(American Actor Who Portrayed 'Batman' in Several Movies and Television Shows)
Adam West
13
Birthdate: 19th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Walla Walla, Washington, United States
Died: June 9, 2017

Adam West was an actor best known for his portrayal of Batman in the 1960s live-action TV series of the same name. One of the first actors to play Batman, West is considered the most popular actor to play the iconic character. After his death, the Bat-Signal was projected on Los Angeles’ City Hall as a tribute to the actor.

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Rosemary Clooney
(Actress and Singer)
Rosemary Clooney
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Birthdate: 23rd May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Maysville, Kentucky, United States
Died: June 29, 2002
Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award-winner Rosemary Clooney, aunt of George Clooney, was known for her roles in movies such as White Christmas and for her hit jazz/pop tracks such as This Ole House. She chaired a foundation for the brain-injured, in memory of her sister, and also authored two autobiographies. 
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James Coburn
(Film and TV Actor)
James Coburn
13
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 31st August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Laurel, Nebraska, United States
Died: November 18, 2002

James Coburn was an American actor who played the quintessential tough guy roles in action and Western films throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s. He was characterized by his lanky physique and toothy grin. A martial arts student, Coburn was a close friend of Bruce Lee; he was one of the pallbearers at Bruce Lee's funeral in 1973.

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Jim Lovell
(One of the First Three Astronauts to Fly to and Orbit the Moon)
Jim Lovell
9
Listed In: Astronauts
Birthdate: 25th March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Retired American astronaut Jim Lovell commanded the iconic Apollo 13 mission and was one of the first three human beings to fly to the Moon, orbit it, and get back to Earth. He had also been a US Navy captain. Following his retirement, Lovell launched a restaurant in Lake Forest.

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Ennio Morricone
(One of the Greatest Film Composers of All Time)
Ennio Morricone
10
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 10th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: July 6, 2020

Regarded as one of the world’s greatest film composers, Ennio Morricone was an Italian composer, orchestrator and conductor who scored music for over 500 films in his career spanning seven decades. Morricone covered a wide range of music styles and is best known for scores in the Dollar Trilogy and Once Upon a Time in the West.

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George Peppard
(Actor)
George Peppard
7
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 1st October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: May 8, 1994
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Burt Bacharach
(One of the Most Influential Composers of Pop Music in the 20th Century)
Burt Bacharach
12
Birthdate: 12th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Died: February 8, 2023
Legendary musician and songwriter Burt Bacharach teamed up with lyricist Hal David and created many popular songs from the 1950s to the 1980s, including countless Billboard charters. He has won six Grammys and three Academy Awards for his tracks, and most of his songs were sung by Dionne Warwick. 
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Elie Wiesel
( Author, Holocaust Survivor, Political Activist and Winner of 1986 Nobel Peace Prize)
Elie Wiesel
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 30th September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sighetu Marmației, Romania
Died: July 2, 2016

Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist Elie Wiesel is best remembered for his book Night, which relates his traumatic experience as a Jewish prisoner in the Nazi concentration camps. After surviving the Holocaust, he became a journalist and a human rights activist, and also helped in establishing the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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Roddy McDowall
(Best Known for Portraying ‘Cornelius’ and ‘Caesar’ in the Original ‘Planet of the Apes’ Film Series)
Roddy McDowall
6
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 17th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Herne Hill, London, England
Died: October 3, 1998
Roddy McDowall is best remembered as Cornelius and Caesar from the original Planet of the Apes movie series and as Galen from the 1974 spin-off series. His portrayal of Octavian in Cleopatra earned him a Golden Globe nomination. He was also a talented photographer and was associated with several boards.
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Dick York
(Best Known for His Role ‘Darrin Stephens’ on the ABC Sitcom ‘Bewitched’)
Dick York
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 4th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
Died: February 20, 1992

Actor Dick York is best remembered for his role as Darrin Stephens in the ABC fantasy sitcom Bewitched. He began his career as a teenager by starring in a radio show. He became immensely popular as a radio actor and ventured into films and TV shows as well. In his later years, he founded a charity to help the homeless.

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Fats Domino
(Singer-Songwriter, Pianist)
Fats Domino
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 26th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: October 24, 2017
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John Forbes Nash Jr.
(Mathematician)
John Forbes Nash Jr.
41
Listed In: Mathematicians
Birthdate: 13th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bluefield, West Virginia, United States
Died: May 23, 2015
The inspiration behind the movie A Beautiful Mind, John F. Nash was a legendary mathematician whose work in the area of game theory earned him the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. In his later years, he was riddled with mental illness. He later died in a car crash.
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Dan Blocker
(Actor)
Dan Blocker
7
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 10th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: De Kalb, Texas, USA
Died: May 13, 1972
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Jimmy Dean
(Singer and Actor Best Known for His 1960s Hit ‘Big Bad John')
Jimmy Dean
5
Birthdate: 10th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Plainview, Texas, United States
Died: June 13, 2010
Jimmy Dean was an American television host, country music singer, businessman, and actor. He is credited with creating and popularizing a food company named Jimmy Dean Foods. He was posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, although he was still alive when he was nominated for the honor in 2010.
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Bob Crane
(Actor)
Bob Crane
10
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 13th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Waterbury, Connecticut, United States
Died: June 29, 1978
Bob Crane was a radio show host before soaring to fame with his portrayal of Colonel Robert Hogan in the two-time Emmy-nominated series Hogan's Heroes. In his later career, he hosted The Bob Crane Show and performed in dinner theater. He was a victim of an unsolved homicide in 1978.
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Martin Landau
8
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 20th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: July 15, 2017
Martin Landau is best known for his Academy Award-winning portrayal of Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood and his Golden Globe-winning role in Tucker: The Man and His Dream. He had initially been a cartoonist for the Daily News. Fans also loved him in the series Mission: Impossible and Space:1999.
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Pernell Roberts
(Actor, Activist, and Singer Best Known for His Roles as ‘Adam Cartwright’ in the TV Series ‘Bonanza’)
Pernell Roberts
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 18th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Waycross, Georgia, United States
Died: January 24, 2010
Pernell Roberts is best known as Adam Cartwright from the Western series Bonanza and Dr. John McIntyre from Trapper John, MD. He was also a prominent social activist and had participated in protests such as the Selma to Montgomery marches. He also narrated documentaries and experimented as a singer.
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Philip K. Dick
(American Science Fiction Writer)
Philip K. Dick
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 16th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: March 2, 1982

Philip K. Dick was an American writer who was known for his work that explores varied social and philosophical themes. Dick's novels have inspired films like Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, and The Adjustment Bureau. In 2005, his novel Ubik was included in Time magazine's list of 100 greatest novels published in English since 1923.

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Orson Bean
(Actor, Comedian, and Host of Game Shows and Talk Shows)
Orson Bean
6
Birthdate: 22nd July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Burlington, Vermont, United States
Died: February 7, 2020

Veteran actor, Orson Bean, was once considered a mainstay of Los Angeles’ small theater scene. Born in the late 1920s, he served in the army for a few years before beginning his career in entertainment. He appeared in numerous TV shows, plays, and films, making a name for himself as one of the finest actors of his generation.

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Ralph Waite
(American Actor Best Known for His Lead Role as ‘John Walton SR.’ in the TV Series ‘The Waltons’)
Ralph Waite
14
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 22nd June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: White Plains, New York, United States
Died: February 13, 2014
Ralph Waite is best remembered for his Emmy-nominated roles of John Walton Sr. in The Waltons and Slater in Roots. Fans also loved him in series such as NCIS and Bones, and in movies such as Cliffhanger. He was a U.S. Marine and also ran for Congress as a Democrat.
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Tom Lehrer
(American musician)
Tom Lehrer
10
Listed In: Mathematicians
Birthdate: 9th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, Manhattan

While he grew up to be a Harvard math professor, that didn’t stop Tom Lehrer from pursuing his childhood love for music. He gained fame as a satirical composer, with songs such as So Long, Mom, I’m Off to Drop the Bomb and That Was The Year That Was.

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Marion Ross
(Actress)
Marion Ross
10
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 25th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Watertown, Minnesota, United States
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James Watson
(Molecular Biologist Who Co-discovered the Double Helix Structure of DNA With Francis Crick)
James Watson
6
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 6th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

James Watson is a geneticist, molecular biologist, and zoologist. He is credited with co-authoring the academic paper that propounded the double helix structure of nucleic acids such as DNA for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1962. In 1977, he was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 1997, he was awarded the National Medal of Science.

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Gordie Howe
(Canadian Professional Ice Hockey Player)
Gordie Howe
5
Birthdate: 31st March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Floral, Saskatchewan, Canada
Died: June 10, 2016
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Patrick McGoohan
(Actor Known for His Roles as ‘Dr. Paul Ruth’ in Scanners (1981) & ‘King Edward I’ in Braveheart (1995))
Patrick McGoohan
4
Birthdate: 19th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Astoria, New York, United States
Died: January 13, 2009

Though born in the US, Patrick McGoohan moved to the US with his family as a child and later became one of Britain’s best-known actors. Fans loved him as John Drake in Danger Man and as Number Six in The Prisoner. He is also known for his Emmy-winning performance in the series Columbo.

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Ethel Kennedy
(Wife of Robert Francis Kennedy)
Ethel Kennedy
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Listed In: Family Members
Birthdate: 11th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Ethel Kennedy, widow of Robert F. Kennedy, vowed not to remarry after the assassination of her husband in 1968. She established the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She inspired the documentary Ethel, directed by her daughter Rory.
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Clu Gulager
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 16th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Holdenville, Oklahoma, United States
Died: August 5, 2022
Clu Gulager is best known as Billy The Kid from the series The Tall Man. He has also appeared in several horror films, such as The Feast franchise, A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2, and The Return of the Living Dead, and directed a Palme d'Or-nominated short film.
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Bo Diddley
(American Guitarist and Singer)
Bo Diddley
4
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 30th December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: McComb, Mississippi, United States
Died: June 2, 2008
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Dick Van Patten
1
Birthdate: 9th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kew Gardens, New York, United States
Died: June 23, 2015
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Ruth Westheimer
(German-American Sex Therapist, Media Personality and Holocaust Survivor)
Ruth Westheimer
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 4th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
German-American sex therapist Ruth Westheimer, also known as Dr. Ruth, soared to fame with the radio show Sexually Speaking and later hosted many sexuality-related shows and wrote many books, too. She is also an ethnographer and a Holocaust survivor. Her life inspired the documentary Ask Dr. Ruth.
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Warren Oates
6
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 5th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Depoy, Kentucky, United States
Died: April 3, 1982
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Li Ka-shing
(Hong Kong Business Magnate and One of the Most Influential Entrepreneurs in Asia)
Li Ka-shing
4
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: 29th July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chaozhou, Guangdong, China
Li Ka-shing, also known as Superman, remains Hong Kong’s richest man, in spite of a drop in his net worth due to the Hong Kong riots and the coronavirus pandemic. The business tycoon is known for his association with Hutchison and for his investments in the video-conferencing platform Zoom.
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Bruce Forsyth
(Television presenter, Actor, Comedian, Singer)
Bruce Forsyth
6
Birthdate: 22nd February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Edmonton
Died: August 18, 2017
Bruce Forsyth soared to fame with the show Sunday Night at the London Palladium and later hosted shows such as The Price Is Right and The Generation Game. He also co-hosted Strictly Come Dancing. Forsyth holds a Guinness record for being the longest-tenured male entertainer on TV. 
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Bernard Cribbins
(English Actor and Singer )
Bernard Cribbins
2
Birthdate: 29th December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Oldham, Lancashire, England
Died: July 28, 2022
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Rance Howard
(Actor)
Rance Howard
8
Birthdate: 17th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Duncan, Oklahoma, USA
Died: November 25, 2017
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James Randi
(Canadian-American Stage Magician Who Extensively Challenged Paranormal and Pseudoscientific Claims)
James Randi
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Listed In: Magicians
Birthdate: 7th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: October 20, 2020

World renowned stage magician James Randi, better known by his stage name, The Amazing Randi, had been drawn to magic while recovering from a bicycle accident. He later dropped out of high school to become a road magician. He is also fond of debunking theories of paranormal activity.

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Billy Martin
(Baseball player)
Billy Martin
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: 16th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States
Died: December 25, 1989
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Jeanne Moreau
(Actress)
Jeanne Moreau
7
Birthdate: 23rd January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 31, 2017
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Laurence Harvey
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 1st October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Joniškis
Died: November 25, 1973
Born in Lithuania, Laurence Harvey spent his childhood in South Africa, before moving to Britain. He dropped his original name, Larry Skikne, while making his film debut with House of Darkness. Known for his portrayal of intriguing and complex characters, he also won hearts with his baritone voice.
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Tommy DeVito
(Founding member, vocalist, and lead guitarist of rock band the Four Seasons)
Tommy DeVito
4
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 19th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Belleville, New Jersey, United States
Died: September 21, 2020
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Pilar Pallete
(Peruvian Actress and Third Wife of the Popular American Actor John Wayne)
Pilar Pallete
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 3rd September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paita District, Peru

Pilar Pallete is a Peruvian actress whose professional career has been greatly overshadowed by her personal life, including her high-profile marriage to legendary American actor John Wayne. Through her marriage with John Wayne, Pallete was blessed with many grandchildren, including actress and musician Jennifer Wayne of Runaway June fame.

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Vic Damone
(Singer)
Vic Damone
7
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 12th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Died: February 11, 2018