Famous People Born In 1930

Discover the most famous people born in 1930. The list includes people like Sean Connery, Warren Buffett, Clint Eastwood, Neil Armstrong, George Soros and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, directors, jazz musicians and poets born in 1930. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, France & Australia and many more countries.
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Neil Armstrong
(The First Person to Walk on the Moon)
Neil Armstrong
119
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: 5th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wapakoneta, Ohio, United States
Died: August 25, 2012

The first person to walk on the Moon, Neil Armstrong was an astronaut and aeronautical engineer. Prior to his trip to the Moon, he became NASA's first civilian astronaut to fly in space. After resigning from NASA, he taught in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. He was a Presidential Medal of Freedom awardee.

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Sean Connery
(The First Actor to Portray Fictional British Secret Agent James Bond on Film)
Sean Connery
102
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 25th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: October 31, 2020

The first person to play James Bond on screen, Scottish actor Sean Connery went on to star in seven films of the franchise. The role catapulted him to international fame, but this charismatic actor was not restricted to his iconic role. He also tasted critical and commercial success in other productions including Murder on the Orient Express and The Untouchables

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Clint Eastwood
(Among the World's Best Known and Most Successful Movie Stars)
Clint Eastwood
140
Birthdate: 31st May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
The quintessential Western man in the Hollywood movies, Clint Eastwood is regarded as the cultural icon of masculinity. Eastwood’s brilliant portrayal of tough, rugged, ruthless guy in the Western movies endeared him to the masses and brought him international fame.
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Warren Buffett
(Chairman & CEO of Berkshire Hathaway)
Warren Buffett
85
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 30th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States

American investor, business tycoon and philanthropist Warren Buffett is considered one of the most successful investors in the world by the media. The chairman and largest shareholder of the firm, Berkshire Hathaway, he is often called as the ‘Oracle’ or ‘Sage’ of Omaha. Notably, he has pledged to give away a sizable portion of his wealth to philanthropic causes.

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Ray Charles
(Singer-songwriter)
Ray Charles
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Birthdate: 23rd September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Albany, Georgia, United States
Died: June 10, 2004

Ray Charles went on to become a great singer-songwriter, composer, and pianist, despite suffering blindness due to glaucoma early in his life. One of the most respected and decorated musicians of all time, Ray Charles has been named in lists, such as 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. He pioneered the soul music genre, which remains his greatest contribution.

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Buzz Aldrin
(American Astronaut, Fighter Pilot and the Second Person to Set Foot on the Moon)
Buzz Aldrin
37
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 20th January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Glen Ridge, New Jersey, United States
Buzz Aldrin became the second person to set foot on the Moon, as the pilot of NASA’s Apollo 11 mission, 19 minutes after Neil Armstrong stepped on the Moon, on July 21, 1969. Aldrin has also been a U.S. Air Force officer and flew fighter jets in the Korean War.
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Steven McQueen
38
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 24th March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Beech Grove, Indiana, United States
Died: November 7, 1980

Dubbed the King of Cool, Steve McQueen was an American actor known for his antihero persona. He was one of the most bankable stars during the 1960s and 1970s. Renowned for performing many of his own stunts, McQueen remains a popular star. In the 2019 film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Steve McQueen was played by Damian Lewis.

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Richard Harris
(One of Ireland's Greatest Film Actors)
Richard Harris
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Birthdate: 1st October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Limerick, Ireland
Died: October 25, 2002

A multitalented personality, Richard Harris was an Irish actor, singer, director and writer. He began as a stage actor and later moved to films. His famous films include This Sporting Life, Camelot, A Man Called Horse, Gladiator and the first two Harry Potter films. He released numerous musical albums, published a poetry book and ventured into film direction with Bloomfield.

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Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
(Sibling of Queen Elizabeth II)
Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
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Birthdate: 21st August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Glamis, Scotland
Died: February 9, 2002

A rebellion at heart with a colourful personality, Princess Margaret Rose Windsor, Countess of Snowdon could not be more different from her reserved elder sister, Queen Elizabeth II. Known for her lavish lifestyle filled with parties and drinks and glamour, this fiercely independent Royal’s life was rocked with scandals and unfulfilled romances.

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Gene Hackman
(Best Known for His Role as Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle in the Film 'The French Connection’)
Gene Hackman
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Birthdate: 30th January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: San Bernardino, California, United States

For someone who was voted by his acting school peers as 'The Least Likely To Succeed', Gene Hackman went on to have a remarkable acting career spanning around half a century with multiple prestigious awards. His notable films include Bonnie and Clyde, The French Connection, Unforgiven, Mississippi Burning and The Royal Tenenbaums. Apart from acting, Gene Hackman is also a novelist and has written six books.

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Thomas Sowell
(Economist)
Thomas Sowell
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Listed In: Economists
Birthdate: 30th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Gastonia, North Carolina

One of the few personalities known for his disdain of self-promotion, Thomas Sowell is an important American social theorist and economist. Over the years, he has played a prominent role working as a faculty member of many prestigious universities, such as the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Cornell University

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Shel Silverstein
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Birthdate: 25th September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: May 10, 1999

Shel Silverstein was an American writer, playwright, songwriter, and cartoonist. Renowned for his children's books, songs, and cartoons, Silverstein's works have been translated into over 30 languages. The recipient of many prestigious awards, such as Grammy Awards, Shel Silverstein was posthumously inducted into the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame.

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John Astin
(Actor and Director Known for His Role as ‘Gomez Addams’ in the TV Series ‘The Addams Family’)
John Astin
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 30th March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
John Astin is best known as Gomez Addams from the 1960s’ series The Addams Family. He was a known face in movies of the horror-comedy/parody genre, such as the Killer Tomatoes films. Some of his other notable films were West Side Story, Freaky Friday, and National Lampoon's European Vacation.
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Michael Collins
(NASA Astronaut, Command Module Pilot for Apollo 11 (the spaceflight that landed the first humans on the Moon))
Michael Collins
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Listed In: Astronauts
Birthdate: 31st October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rome, Kingdom of Italy
Died: April 28, 2021

Michael Collins is an American astronaut who became the fourth person to perform a spacewalk. He is also the second person to orbit the Moon alone. Collins is best known for flying the Apollo 11 command module Columbia while Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong landed on the Moon. In 1969, Michael Collins was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Tippi Hedren
(Famous for Her Roles in the Alfred Hitchcock Movies ‘The Birds’ and ‘Marnie')
Tippi Hedren
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 19th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New Ulm, Minnesota, United States

Known as a typical Hitchcock Blonde, Tippi Hedren soared to fame with her roles in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds and Marnie. An animal rights activist, too, she set up the Roar Foundation and the Shambala Preserve, after witnessing the plight of the animals that are used for shoots.

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Sandra Day O’Connor
(The First Female Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States)
Sandra Day O’Connor
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Listed In: Judges
Birthdate: 26th March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: El Paso, Texas, United States
Died: December 1, 2023

Sandra Day O’Connor is a retired attorney who became the first woman to serve as the associate justice of the Supreme Court of the US when she took office in 1981. While serving as the associate justice, O’Connor was considered one of the most powerful women in the world. In 2009, she was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom

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Joanne Woodward
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 27th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Thomasville, Georgia, U.S.

Joanne Woodward is best remembered for her Academy Award-winning performance as three characters in The Three Faces of Eve, and for her multiple award-winning TV projects. The first entertainer to get a Hollywood Walk of Fame “star,” she was also in the news for her marriage to Paul Newman.

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Ted Hughes
(Poet and Children's Writer)
Ted Hughes
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 17th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mytholmroyd
Died: October 28, 1998
Poet and children’s author Ted Hughes is best remembered for his iconic poems The Hawk in the Rain, Birthday Letters, and Crow. He was married to poet Sylvia Plath, who eventually committed suicide at 30. Most people blamed him for mistreating Plath and indirectly causing her death.   
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Carolyn Jones
(Actress)
Carolyn Jones
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 8th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Amarillo, Texas, United States
Died: August 3, 1983

Carolyn Jones was an American actress who contributed to the success of several films in the 1950s. She was also an influential figure in American television throughout the 1950s and 1960s. During the later stages of her acting career, Jones suffered from colon cancer but decided not to reveal about her condition to colleagues and continued acting through the pain.

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Robert Wagner
(Best Known For His Role in the TV Series ‘It Takes a Thief’, ‘Switch’ and ‘Hart to Hart’)
Robert Wagner
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 10th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Best known as Jonathan Hart from the series Hart to Hart, Robert Wagner was scouted while dining at a restaurant. He played memorable roles in projects such as the Austin Powers trilogy and Two and a Half Men. He had multiple affairs, too, which he revealed later, in his autobiography.
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Harvey Milk
(American Politician and First Openly Gay Man to be Elected to a Public Office in California)
Harvey Milk
35
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 22nd May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Woodmere, New York, United States
Died: November 27, 1978
LGBT rights activist Harvey Milk became California’s first openly gay elected official when he became a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1978. Milk and San Francisco mayor George Moscone were later assassinated by politician Dan White. Milk's story later inspired the 2008 biopic Milk.
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Chinua Achebe
(Nigerian novelist)
Chinua Achebe
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 16th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ogidi, Nigeria Protectorate
Died: March 21, 2013

Chinua Achebe was a Nigerian poet, novelist, professor, and critic. Often described as Africa's greatest storyteller, Achebe is widely regarded as the father of modern African writing. He was the recipient of several awards and honors, including the Man Booker International Prize 2007. His novel Things Fall Apart is one of the most read books in Africa.

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The Big Bopper
(Singer, Musician, Disc jockey, Songwriter)
The Big Bopper
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Listed In: Rock And Roll
Birthdate: 24th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Port Arthur
Died: February 3, 1959
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Robert Loggia
(Actor and Director)
Robert Loggia
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Birthdate: 3rd January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Staten Island, New York, United States
Died: December 4, 2015
Robert Loggia is best known for his Academy Award-nominated role of Sam Ransom in Jagged Edge and his Saturn Award-winning role in Big. He also appeared in series such as Malcolm in the Middle and The Sopranos. His humanitarian work earned him the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
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Don Shula
(Football coach)
Don Shula
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: 4th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Grand River, Ohio, United States
Died: May 4, 2020
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Robert Culp
(Known for His Role as 'Kelly Robinson' in TV series 'I Spy')
Robert Culp
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Birthdate: 16th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States
Died: March 24, 2010
Robert Culp is best remembered as Kelly Robinson from the series I Spy and as Texas Ranger Hoby Gilman from Trackdown. Fans also loved him as Bill Maxwell in The Greatest American Hero and as Warren Whelan in Everybody Loves Raymond. He had also appeared in films and written scripts.
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Anne Francis
(Best Known for Roles in the Film ‘Forbidden Planet, and TV Series ‘Honey West’)
Anne Francis
5
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 16th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ossining, New York, United States
Died: January 2, 2011
Anne Francis is best remembered as her Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-nominated titular role in the series Honey West, which was the first series with a woman detective’s name as its title. A Broadway performer since the age of 11, Francis also gained fame with the sci-fi film Forbidden Planet.
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Gena Rowlands
(Retired American Actress)
Gena Rowlands
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 19th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cambria, Wisconsin, United States

Gena Rowlands had an expansive screen and stage career spanning over six-decades. Her remarkable performances won her several accolades including four Emmy and two Golden Globe awards and an Honorary Academy Award. Two of her memorable performances includes in films A Woman Under the Influence and Gloria, both written-directed by her late-husband John Cassavetes and earned her Academy Award nominations.   

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Frank Gifford
(American Football Player, Actor and TV Sports Commentator)
Frank Gifford
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Birthdate: 16th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States
Died: August 9, 2015
American football player Frank Gifford is remembered for his 12-year stint with the NFL team New York Giants. The NFL MVP-winning footballer was named to eight Pro Bowls. Following his retirement, he gained fame as a sportscaster on shows such as ABC's Monday Night Football and also won two Emmys.
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Roy E. Disney
(Producer)
Roy E. Disney
10
Birthdate: 10th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Died: December 16, 2009
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Ben Gazzara
(Actor, Director)
Ben Gazzara
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Birthdate: 28th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: February 3, 2012
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Dick Sargent
(American Actor)
Dick Sargent
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 19th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, United States
Died: July 8, 1994
 33 
Edward Woodward
(Actor and Singer Known for His Role as ‘David Callan in the TV Series ‘Callan’)
Edward Woodward
9
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 1st June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Croydon, Surrey, England
Died: November 16, 2009

Edward Woodward was an English singer and actor. After starting his career as a stage actor, Woodward achieved popularity in 1967 when he started playing the title role in the popular television series Callan, for which he won the British Academy Television Award in 1970. In 1986, he won the Golden Globe Award for his performance in the movie The Equalizer.

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Vic Tayback
3
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 6th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: May 25, 1990
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Jean-Luc Godard
(Film Director and a Pioneer of the 1960s 'French New Wave' Film Movement)
Jean-Luc Godard
10
Birthdate: 3rd December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 13, 2022

The Paris-born French-Swiss director and screenwriter had the reputation of adding new dimensions to filmmaking with his experimentation, a trend which came to be known as the French New Wave. The director of acclaimed films like Breathless, My Life to Live and Pierrot le Fou, Jean-Luc Godard was married to actress Anna Karina. He is regarded as an all-time great director.

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Jim Nabors
(Actor)
Jim Nabors
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Birthdate: 12th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sylacauga, Alabama, United States
Died: November 30, 2017
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John Young
(American Astronaut and the Ninth Person to Walk on the Moon)
John Young
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 24th September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: January 5, 2018

John Young was an American naval officer, astronaut, aeronautical engineer, and test pilot. In 1972, he commanded the Apollo 16 mission and became only the ninth person to walk on the Moon. John Young was the recipient of several awards, including the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal. In 1982, he was made an inductee of the International Space Hall of Fame.

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Mobutu Sese Seko
(President of Zaire (1965 - 1997))
Mobutu Sese Seko
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 14th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lisala, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Died: September 7, 1997

Mobutu Sese Seko was a Congolese military officer and politician. From 1965 to 1997, Mobutu served as the president of Zaire. During his long reign as the president, Mobutu garnered notoriety for nepotism and corruption. His life and work inspired Belgian filmmaker, Thierry Michel, to make a three-part documentary titled Mobutu, King of Zaire.

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Jaime Escalante
(Bolivian-American Math Instructor)
Jaime Escalante
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Listed In: Educators
Birthdate: 31st December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: La Paz, Bolivia
Died: March 20, 2010

Jaime Escalante  was a Bolivian-American educator. He is best remembered for teaching calculus to students at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles from 1974 to 1991. He had an illustrious career and was a much-respected figure in teaching.  The film Stand and Deliver is based on his life. He received Presidential Medal for Excellence in Education in 1988. 

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Rod Taylor
(Australian Actor Known for His Films: ‘The Time Machine’, ‘One Hundred and One Dalmatians’ and ‘Inglourious Basterds’)
Rod Taylor
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 11th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lidcombe, Australia
Died: January 7, 2015
Australian actor Rod Taylor is best remembered for his roles in films such as Time Machine, The Birds, and Zabriskie Point. He also voiced Pongo in the 1961 film One Hundred and One Dalmatians and appeared on stage, too. His final film role was as Winston Churchill in Inglourious Basterds
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Harold Pinter
(Playwright, Screenwriter)
Harold Pinter
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 10th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Metropolitan Borough of Hackney
Died: December 24, 2008
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Pete Conrad
(NASA Astronaut Who Became the Third Person to Walk on the Moon)
Pete Conrad
5
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 2nd June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: July 8, 1999

Pete Conrad was an American aeronautical engineer, NASA astronaut, aviator, test pilot, and naval officer. He is credited with commanding the Apollo 12 mission, during which he became only the third person ever to walk on the Moon. Apart from winning awards like the Harmon Trophy, Pete Conrad was also inducted into several Astronaut and Aviation Halls of Fame.

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Maximilian Schell
(Actor Best Known for His Film "Judgment at Nuremberg")
Maximilian Schell
9
Birthdate: 8th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: February 1, 2014

Maximilian Schell was an Austrian-born Swiss actor who won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Hans Rolfe in the 1961 courtroom drama film, Judgment at Nuremberg. Remembered for his versatility, Schell received the Golden Globe Award for playing Vladimir Lenin in the 1992 TV film, Stalin. A multi-talented personality, Schell was also an accomplished conductor and pianist.

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Lois Smith
(Actress)
Lois Smith
2
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 3rd November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Topeka, Kansas, United States
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Katherine Jackson
(Musical Talent)
Katherine Jackson
10
Birthdate: 4th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Clayton, Alabama, United States
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Robert Prosky
(Actor)
Robert Prosky
7
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 13th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: December 8, 2008
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Ronnie Corbett
(Comedian, Author, Writer, Film actor, Stage actor, Cabaret artist, Aviator)
Ronnie Corbett
5
Birthdate: 4th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Edinburgh
Died: March 31, 2016
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Polly Bergen
(Actress)
Polly Bergen
6
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 14th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
Died: September 20, 2014
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Pat Summerall
(American Football Player)
Pat Summerall
6
Birthdate: 10th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lake City, Florida, United States
Died: April 16, 2013
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Don Ho
(Best known for theme song Tiny Bubbles)
Don Ho
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 13th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kaka'ako, Hawaii, United States
Died: April 14, 2007