Famous People Born In 1932

Discover the most famous people born in 1932. The list includes people like Debbie Reynolds, Johnny Cash, Elizabeth Taylor, John Williams, Sylvia Plath and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, novelists, artists and composers born in 1932. This list includes people from United States, France, United Kingdom & Canada and many more countries.
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Johnny Cash
(One of the Best-Selling Music Artists of All Time)
Johnny Cash
105
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 26th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kingsland, Arkansas, United States
Died: September 12, 2003

Johnny Cash, the American singer, songwriter and actor, was known for sorrow, moral suffering and redemption themes in his music. His genre was country, rock and roll, blues, folk and gospel sounds and he is one of the best-selling artists of all time. Cash had issues with drinking and drug abuse. Later he was diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disease.

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Loretta Lynn
(Country Singer-Songwriter Known for Her Hits ‘You Ain't Woman Enough' and 'Fist City')
Loretta Lynn
54
Listed In: Country Singers
Birthdate: 14th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, United States
Died: October 4, 2022

Loretta Lynn is an American singer known for her groundbreaking contribution to country music. In a career spanning six decades, she has released multiple gold albums and has won Grammy Award thrice. Apart from being the most decorated female country singer, Loretta is also the only female Academy of Country Music (ACM) Artist of the Decade (the 1970s).

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Elizabeth Taylor
(One of the Best Actresses of Classic Hollywood Cinema)
Elizabeth Taylor
73
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 27th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hampstead, London, England
Died: March 23, 2011

Considered an incandescent beauty, Elizabeth Taylor was a very popular and successful actor and her legacy is an everlasting one. She shone in movies like A Place in the Sun, Giant, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Cleopatra, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Butterfield 8 in the 1950s and 60s. Recipient of two Oscars, she married eight times.

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John Williams
(One of the Greatest Film Composers of All Time)
John Williams
34
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 8th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Floral Park, New York, United States

John Williams is an American composer, pianist, trombonist, and conductor. Widely considered the greatest film composer ever, John Williams has played a significant role in the American film industry by composing music for films, such as the Jurassic Park films, Star Wars saga, the Indiana Jones films, and Schindler's List. He has also influenced several other composers like Marcus Paus.

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Debbie Reynolds
(One of the Most Popular American Actresses of the 20th Century)
Debbie Reynolds
49
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 1st April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: El Paso, Texas, United States
Died: December 28, 2016

Debbie Reynolds was a famous American actress and singer whose career spanned nearly seven decades. Also a well-known humanitarian, Debbie served as president of a charitable organization called The Thalians. Debbie was also a businesswoman; the Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio, which she founded in 1979, still operates today. She also owned a hotel and casino in Las Vegas.

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Pat Morita
(Actor and Comedian Known for His Role as ‘Miyagi’ in ‘The Karate Kid’ Film Series)
Pat Morita
19
Birthdate: 28th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Isleton, California, United States
Died: November 24, 2005

American actor, voice actor, and comedian, Pat Morita first gained recognition with drama series Happy Days, though it was his inspiring performance as Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid film series that really skyrocketed his fame. The Asian-American actor was also known for his TV movie Amos and animated movie Mulan and Mulan II where he voiced the Chinese Emperor.

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Little Richard
(Known for His Hit Single 'Long Tall Sally' & Regarded as the 'Architect of Rock and Roll')
Little Richard
40
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 5th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Macon, Georgia, United States
Died: May 9, 2020
The Architect of Rock and Roll Little Richard is best known for his track Tutti Frutti, which was included in the National Recording Registry. His music was characterized by energetic piano and back beats. His songs broke all racial barriers and were equally appreciated by white and black listeners.
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Sylvia Plath
(Famous for Her Books 'The Bell Jar' and 'Ariel')
Sylvia Plath
59
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 27th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: February 11, 1963

Sylvia Plath was an American short-story writer, novelist, and poet. Plath is credited with popularizing confessional poetry and won a posthumous Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. Sylvia Plath achieved popularity and critical acclaim despite suffering from clinical depression for the most part of her adult life. Her story inspired the 2003 film Sylvia in which she was portrayed by Gwyneth Paltrow.

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Patsy Cline
(One of the Most Influential Vocalists of the 20th Century)
Patsy Cline
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Listed In: Country Singers
Birthdate: 8th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Winchester, Virginia, United States
Died: March 5, 1963

Patsy Cline was an American singer widely regarded as one of 20th century's most influential, celebrated, and respected vocalists. Her singing style helped influence several artists and musical genres. She also helped define the Nashville Sound style associated with country music. She has been a major influence on artists, such as Loretta Lynn, Reba McEntire, Linda Ronstadt, and Dottie West.

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Casey Kasem
(First Actor to Voice Norville "Shaggy" Rogers in the 'Scooby-Doo' Franchise )
Casey Kasem
13
Birthdate: 27th April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: June 15, 2014
Legendary RJ and voice actor Casey Kasem is remembered as the host of several hit radio countdown shows, most notably American Top 40. He had also voiced countless characters in animated children’s programs, such as Shaggy in the Scooby-Doo franchise. He was a vegan and took interest in American politics.
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Roy Scheider
(One of the Most Unique and Distinguished of all Hollywood Actors)
Roy Scheider
10
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 10th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: City of Orange, New Jersey, United States
Died: February 10, 2008
Roy Scheider is best remembered as Martin Brody from Jaws and its sequel. Fans also loved him in his Oscar-nominated roles in The French Connection and All That Jazz, and as Nathan Bridger in the sci-fi series seaQuest DSV. He had been an amateur boxer and an air force captain. 
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Omar Sharif
20
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 10th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: July 10, 2015
Egyptian actor Omar Sharif shot to fame with the iconic film Lawrence of Arabia, which won him two Golden Globes and an Academy Award nomination. He is also remembered for his role in Doctor Zhivago. He was one of the world’s top 50 contract bridge players and spoke six languages.
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Richard Dawson
(Actor, Comedian and Game Show Host)
Richard Dawson
5
Birthdate: 20th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gosport, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom
Died: June 2, 2012

English-American actor and comedian, Richard Dawson, is best known for playing Corporal Peter Newkirk in the TV series Hogan's Heroes. He grew up during World War II and had a difficult childhood. As a young man, he began his career as a stand-up comedian and started getting acting roles as well. He also gained fame as a game show host.

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Peter O'Toole
(Stage and Film Actor)
Peter O'Toole
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 2nd August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Leeds, England
Died: December 14, 2013

Peter O'Toole was a British actor who became popular as a Shakespearean actor with the English Stage Company and at the Bristol Old Vic. O'Toole, who holds the record for receiving the most number of Oscar nominations for acting without a win, has appeared on several greatest actors list in England and Ireland.

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Sonny Liston
(Professional Boxer)
Sonny Liston
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Listed In: Boxers
Birthdate: 8th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sand Slough, Arkansas, United States
Died: December 30, 1970
Renowned as the Big Bear, Sonny Liston became the world heavyweight champion in 1962. Known for his intimidating appearance, formidable punching power, toughness, and long reach, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Widely regarded as unbeatable, he lost the WBC title to Muhammad Ali, in 1964.
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Dian Fossey
(Zoologist, Conservationist)
Dian Fossey
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 16th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: December 26, 1985
Zoologist, primatologist, and conservationist Dian Fossey conducted research on mountain gorillas in Rwanda from 1966 until she was murdered in 1985. She was part of the Trimates assigned to study apes by paleoanthropologist Louis Leakey. She wrote Gorillas in the Mist, which was later turned into a film.
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Nichelle Nichols
(Actress)
Nichelle Nichols
13
Birthdate: 28th December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Robbins, Illinois, United States
Died: July 30, 2022
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Anthony Perkins
(Film actor, Film director)
Anthony Perkins
7
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 4th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, United States
Died: September 12, 1992
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Donna Douglas
(Best Know for Her Role as 'Elly May Clampett' in the TV Series 'The Beverly Hillbillies')
Donna Douglas
12
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 26th September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pride, Louisiana, United States
Died: January 1, 2015
Donna Douglas is best known as Elly May Clampett from the sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies. After retiring from acting, she juggled with a number of careers, becoming a real-estate agent, a motivational speaker, and a gospel singer. She has also written a Bible-themed children’s book and a cookbook.
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Tiny Tim
(Singer)
Tiny Tim
14
Birthdate: 12th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: November 30, 1996

Folk singer and ukulele artist Herbert Butros Khaury, better known as Tiny Tim, is remembered for his hits such as Tiptoe Through the Tulips. His album For All My Little Friends was nominated for a Grammy Award. He earned a star outside the Minneapolis nightclub First Avenue.

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Robert Reed
(Actor)
Robert Reed
14
Birthdate: 19th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Highland Park, Illinois, United States
Died: May 12, 1992
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Ellen Burstyn
(American Actress, Known for Her Portrayals of Complicated Women in Dramas)
Ellen Burstyn
18
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 7th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Ellen Burstyn is an American actress who is renowned for portraying complicated women on films, TV series, and stage plays, Burstyn has won various awards and achievements, including the Triple Crown of Acting. An inspiration to aspiring actresses, Burstyn was made a Michigan Women's Hall of Fame inductee in 1997. In 2013, she was made an American Theatre Hall of Fame inductee.

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Petula Clark
(One of the Longest Serving British Singers With a Career Spanning More than Seven Decades)
Petula Clark
8
Birthdate: 15th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ewell, Surrey, England

Petula Clark is an English singer, composer, and actress. She achieved immense popularity in the USA, for which she is often referred to as the First Lady of the British Invasion. Over the years, Petula Clark has sold over 68 million records worldwide. Some of her best known songs include Downtown, I Couldn't Live Without Your Love, and My Love.

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Majel Barrett
(Actress)
Majel Barrett
8
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 23rd February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio
Died: December 18, 2008

Majel Barrett was an American actress best known for playing Christine Chapel in Star Trek: The Original Series. She also played important roles in the subsequent Star Trek series like The Next Generation. She became known as the First Lady of Star Trek due to her association with Star Trek and her marriage to the creator of Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry.

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Martin D. Ginsburg
(Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Husband)
Martin D. Ginsburg
17
Listed In: Lawyers
Birthdate: 10th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City
Died: June 27, 2010

Martin D. Ginsburg was one of the most successful tax attorneys and the husband of U.S Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Apart from serving as a lawyer, Martin also taught at several prestigious law schools, such as New York University Law School, Columbia Law School, and Harvard Law School. After representing business magnate Ross Perot in a case, the two became good friends.

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Dabney Coleman
11
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 3rd January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Austin, Texas, United States
Died: May 16, 2024
Dabney Coleman is best known for his roles in films such as The Towering Inferno and The Beverly Hillbillies. He also delivered an Emmy-nominated role in Buffalo Bill and award-winning roles in Sworn to Silence, The Slap Maxwell Story, and Boardwalk Empire. He is also a skilled tennis player.
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William Christopher
(Actor & Comedian Known for His Role in TV Series ‘M*A*S*H’)
William Christopher
7
Birthdate: 20th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois, United States
Died: December 31, 2016

William Christopher was an American comedian and actor remembered for playing important roles in popular TV series, such as M*A*S*H, AfterMASH, and Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Also known for his charity work, Christopher devoted his free time to the National Autistic Society, a British charity for autistic people. In 1985, he co-wrote Mixed Blessings, a memoir about raising his autistic son.

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John Drew Barrymore
13
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 4th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Died: November 29, 2004

John Drew Barrymore was an American actor who hailed from the famous Barrymore family of actors, which includes his daughter Drew Barrymore and his half-sister Diana Barrymore. For his contributions to the American television industry, John Drew Barrymore was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Piper Laurie
(Best Known for Her Roles in the Films: ‘The Hustler’, ‘Carrie’ and ‘Children of a Lesser God’)
Piper Laurie
8
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 22nd January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Actress Piper Laurie is best known for her role in the film The Hustler, for which she received an Academy Award nomination. In a career spanning seven decades, she has appeared in numerous award-winning films and TV shows. She is also a sculptor working in marble and clay. She is a recipient of  “The Spirit of Hope Award.”

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John Paul Getty Jr.
(Philanthropist)
John Paul Getty Jr.
6
Listed In: Philanthropists
Birthdate: 7th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Italy
Died: April 17, 2003
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Halston
(Fashion Designer)
Halston
14
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: 23rd April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Died: March 26, 1990

Designer Halston began his career designing hats for American milliner Lilly Daché. He is primarily remembered for pioneering cashmere, or Ultrasued, in the mid-1970s. Known for his party-loving personality, he popularized the halter dress for women. He was also known for his homosexual relationship with Victor Hugo.

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John Hillerman
(Best Known for His Role of 'Jonathan Quayle Higgins III' in the Series 'Magnum, P.I.')
John Hillerman
4
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 20th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Denison, Texas, United States
Died: November 9, 2017

After studying journalism, John Hillerman spent some time working as of the Air Force and then spent 15 years as a minor stage actor. Starting his Hollywood journey with small supporting roles, he later soared to fame as Jonathan Quayle Higgins III in the crime drama series Magnum, P.I.

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Lamar Hunt
(American Sports Executive and BusinessmanBusinessman)
Lamar Hunt
9
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: 2nd August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: El Dorado, Arkansas, United States
Died: December 13, 2006

Businessman Lamar Hunt was a major promoter of American football, soccer, tennis, basketball, and ice hockey in the United States. He was the principal founder of the Major League Soccer (MLS) and American Football League (AFL). He was also the co-founder of World Championship Tennis. In 1982, he was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame. 

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Umberto Eco
(Medievalist, Philosopher and Author of 'The Name of the Rose' and 'Foucault's Pendulum')
Umberto Eco
11
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 5th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Alessandria, Italy
Died: February 19, 2016

Italian novelist Umberto Eco is best remembered for his novels The Name of the Rose and Foucault's Pendulum. He also taught at the University of Bologna and had released quite a few children’s books and translations. He was also known for his work on semiotics and medieval studies.

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Richard Mulligan
5
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 13th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
Died: September 26, 2000
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Dave Thomas
(Founder and CEO of Wendy's)
Dave Thomas
12
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: 2nd July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Died: January 8, 2002
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Susan Oliver
(American Actress and Aviator)
Susan Oliver
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 13th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: May 10, 1990

Susan Oliver was an American actress, aviator, and television director. She achieved popularity after appearing in popular TV series like Star Trek. Susan Oliver also achieved fame as an aviator; in 1967, she became only the fourth woman to fly a single-engined airplane solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

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Joel Grey
(Actor, Singer, Dancer)
Joel Grey
6
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 11th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Joel Grey is an American actor, dancer, singer, photographer, and director. He is best known for his portrayal of the Master of Ceremonies in the popular musical Cabaret, for which he won the 1967 Tony Award. He then reprised his role in the 1972 film adaptation, winning an Academy Award and a British Academy Film Award for his performance.

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Rosey Grier
(Actor, American Football Player)
Rosey Grier
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: 14th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cuthbert, Georgia, United States
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Dhirubhai Ambani
(Indian Business Tycoon Who Founded Reliance Industries)
Dhirubhai Ambani
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: 28th December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Junagadh
Died: July 6, 2002

Dhirubhai Ambani was an Indian business tycoon. He is credited with founding Reliance Industries, which is currently the largest company in the country in terms of revenue. Dhirubhai Ambani's life and career inspired the 2007 drama film Guru, in which his character was portrayed by Abhishek Bachchan.

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Eileen Brennan
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Captain Doreen Lewis’ in the Film ‘Private Benjamin’)
Eileen Brennan
3
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 3rd September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: July 28, 2013

Eileen Brennan was an American actress who was active in Hollywood for six decades. She appeared in numerous stage productions, films, and TV shows. Beginning her career while attending university, she first appeared in stage productions. Eventually, she started acting in films and TV shows as well. She usually played sympathetic, supporting characters. She received one Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.

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Miriam Makeba
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Birthdate: 4th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
Died: November 10, 2008

Miriam Makeba was a South African singer, actress, songwriter, civil rights activist, and United Nations goodwill ambassador. One of the first African musicians to make an impact on the international stage, Makeba is credited with popularizing Afropop genres. She also advocated against apartheid through music and played a major role in the civil rights movement.

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Carl Perkins
(Singer-songwriter)
Carl Perkins
4
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 9th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tiptonville, Tennessee, United States
Died: January 19, 1998
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Manmohan Singh
(Former Prime Minister of India)
Manmohan Singh
11
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 26th September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gah, Punjab, British India (present-day Punjab, Pakistan)

The 13th Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh became the first Sikh in office when he took office in 2004. A prominent economist and academic, he held several key posts in the Government of India in the 1970s and 1980s. Known for his humility, he  has been described by the media as "one of the world's most revered leaders."

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V. S. Naipaul
(Trinidadian-Born British Writer Who Won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2001)
V. S. Naipaul
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 17th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Trinidad and Tobago
Died: August 11, 2018

Born to Indian descendants in Trinidad, V. S. Naipaul grew up to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. The author of iconic novels such as Half a Life and A House for Mr. Biswas, Naipaul was also knighted. His realistic depiction of developing countries and their miseries won hearts worldwide.

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Andrei Tarkovsky
(One of the Greatest and Most Influential Filmmakers in Soviet and World Cinema)
Andrei Tarkovsky
9
Birthdate: 4th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Zavrazh'ye, Russia
Died: December 29, 1986

Andrei Tarkovsky was a Soviet and Russian writer, theatre director, filmmaker, and film theorist. Renowned for making movies that explored metaphysical and spiritual themes, Tarkovsky is often regarded as one of the most influential and greatest directors in the history of world cinema. The recipient of many prestigious awards, Andrei Tarkovsky's work continues to influence several filmmakers around the world.

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John Updike
(Poet, Novelist)
John Updike
6
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 18th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Reading, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: January 27, 2009
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Milkha Singh
(Indian Track and Field Sprinter)
Milkha Singh
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Listed In: Athletes
Birthdate: 20th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Govindpura, Pakistan
Died: June 18, 2021

Indian track and field legend Milkha Singh, also known as "The Flying Sikh,” was orphaned during the Partition of India. The former army man won four Asian Games gold medals. He also competed in the 1956, 1960, and 1964 Summer Olympics, finishing fourth in the 400-meter event in 1960.

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John Vernon
(Canadian Actor Best Known for His Films: ‘Animal House’, ‘Dirty Harry’ and ‘The Outlaw Josey Wales’)
John Vernon
3
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 24th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Zehner, Saskatchewan, Canada
Died: February 1, 2005

Born to Polish immigrants, Canadian actor John Vernon made waves in Hollywood with his roles of figures of authority, such as doctors and academics, in films. Known for films such as Animal House and Dirty Harry, he had also lent his voice to many series and video games.

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Sheree North
(Actress)
Sheree North
5
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 17th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: November 4, 2005