Famous People Born In 1938

Discover the most famous people born in 1938. The list includes people like John Eleuthère du Pont, Jon Voight, Natalie Wood, Kenny Rogers, Ted Turner and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, lawyers, composers and journalists born in 1938. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, India & France and many more countries.
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Christopher Lloyd
28
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 22nd October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stamford, Connecticut, United States

Christopher Lloyd's popularity as an actor increased after he played Dr. Brown in one of the most popular film trilogies of all time - Back to the Future. The trilogy, which revolves around a time travel device, was responsible for stirring the imagination of many. With four failed marriages, Christopher might've hoped for a time machine in real life!

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Kenny Rogers
(Best-Selling Country Music Artists of All Time)
Kenny Rogers
28
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 21st August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
Died: March 20, 2020

Kenny Rogers was an American singer-songwriter. He is among the best-selling musicians of all-time list, having sold over 100 million records. His songs and albums remain influential among country music lovers. A multi-talented personality, Rogers was also successful as an actor and entrepreneur; he was the co-founder of the Kenny Rogers Roasters chain of restaurants.

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Phil Knight
(Co-founder of Nike, Inc.)
Phil Knight
65
Birthdate: 24th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Portland
Business tycoon Phil Knight co-founded Nike, Inc. and also served as its chairman and CEO. Forbes named him the world’s 26th-richest person in 2020. He is a qualified accountant and once owned a running team. He has launched a non-profit and owns a stop-motion production company, too.
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Brian Dennehy
14
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 9th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
Died: April 15, 2020

Brian Dennehy was a prolific stage actor with two Tony Awards under his belt. He is credited with exploring playwright Eugene O'Neill’s works and bringing his popular characters to life at Chicago's Goodman Theatre. Also an acclaimed television and film actor, Brian Dennehy appeared in more than 180 films and several TV series.

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Evel Knievel
(American Stunt Performer Known for His Motorcycle Kumps)
Evel Knievel
25
Listed In: Entertainers
Birthdate: 17th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Butte, Montana, United States
Died: November 30, 2007

Evel Knievel was an entertainer and stunt performer. He attempted more than 75 ramp-to-ramp motorcycle jumps in his career, a feat that gained him much popularity. In 1999, he was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame. He was known to be a man of values and actively preached anti-drug messages to youngsters. He also campaigned for motorcycle helmet safety. 

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Diana Rigg
(British Actress Known for Her Roles in 'The Avengers', 'Game of Thrones', 'Medea')
Diana Rigg
20
Birthdate: 20th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Doncaster, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Died: September 10, 2020

English actress Diana Rigg had a wide-ranging career in films, television and theatre that spanned over six decades. Memorable roles of Diana include Emma Peel in television series The Avengers, which made her a sex-symbol; Mrs. Danvers in television drama Rebecca that won her an Emmy Award; and title role in the play Medea that won her a Tony Award.

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Dawn Wells
(Actress)
Dawn Wells
18
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 18th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Reno, Nevada, United States
Died: December 30, 2020

Actress Dawn Wells is best remembered for her role as Mary Ann Summers in the CBS sitcom Gilligan's Island. She studied theater arts and design at the University of Washington and made her TV debut soon after. Venturing into films as well, she went on to build a successful acting career. Besides acting, she was involved in many charitable endeavors.

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Jerry West
(American Basketball Executive and Former Player)
Jerry West
14
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: 28th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chelyan, West Virginia, United States

Basketball player Jerry West, also known as Mr. Clutch, for his ability to snatch games in clutch situations, is known for his stint with the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA. He was part of the US squads that won an Olympic gold in 1960 and a Pan American Games gold in 1959.

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Etta James
(Singer-Songwriter Know for Hits Such as "The Wallflower", "At Last", "Tell Mama")
Etta James
36
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 25th January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: January 20, 2012

Etta James was an American singer whose powerful, deep voice bridged the gap between rock and roll and rhythm and blues. Her ability to perform in various genres earned her a spot in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Singers of All Time list. Her work has influenced several musicians, including Christina Aguilera, Diana Ross, Janis Joplin, Adele, and Rita Ora.

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Gordon Lightfoot
(Singer, Songwriter)
Gordon Lightfoot
19
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 17th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Orillia
Canadian folk-rock sensation Gordon Meredith Lightfoot Jr. is best known for his chart-topping tracks such as If You Could Read My Mind and Ribbon of Darkness. He set the tone for the folk-pop genre in the 1960s and 1970s. The 16-time Juno-winner has earned the Governor General's Performing Arts Award.
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Tommy Chong
(Known for His Role in TV Series ‘That '70s Show’ and Part of the Comedy Duo 'Cheech & Chong')
Tommy Chong
24
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 24th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Edmonton, Canada
Tommy Chong is best known for his marijuana-themed comedy albums and films of the Cheech & Chong series, in collaboration with Cheech Marin. He was seen as Leo on That '70s Show. He supports legalization of cannabis and is a NORML board member. He has faced many legal issues, too.
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Bill Withers
(American singer-songwriter)
Bill Withers
7
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 4th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Slab Fork, West Virginia, U.S.
Died: March 30, 2020

Soul and R&B legend Bill Withers is best remembered for hits such as Ain't No Sunshine and Lean on Me. The three-time Grammy Award-winner also inspired the documentary Still Bill. A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Bill moved on to other jobs after his 15-year music career. 

 

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Jon Voight
(Best Known for His Performance in the Films: 'Midnight Cowboy', 'Coming Home' and 'The Champ')
Jon Voight
25
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 29th December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Yonkers, New York, United States

A veteran actor who has been active in Hollywood for almost six decades, Jon Voight is the recipient of one Academy Award and four Golden Globe Awards. Coming to prominence in the late 1960s with several critically acclaimed roles, he went through a lean phase before resurrecting his career. He was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2019.

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Elliott Gould
(Best Known for His Role in the Film ‘M*A*S*H’)
Elliott Gould
18
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 29th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

Elliott Gould is best known for his Academy Award-nominated role in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice and his perfomances in Robert Altman films such as M*A*S*H, Nashville, and The Long Goodbye. Fans also loved him as Jack Geller in Friends and as Reuben Tishkoff in the Ocean's franchise.

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Sherman Hemsley
(Actor)
Sherman Hemsley
9
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 1st February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: July 24, 2012
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Oliver Reed
18
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 13th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wimbledon, London, England
Died: May 2, 1999

Oliver Reed was an English actor who was considered one of the most bankable actors at the peak of his career. Characterized by his hellraiser lifestyle and macho image, Reed's problem with alcohol addiction was highly publicized and overshadowed his acting achievements. He often got into trouble because of his drinking habit and was once arrested for disturbing the peace.

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Connie Stevens
(Actress and Singer)
Connie Stevens
16
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 8th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Connie Stevens is best known for her roles in films such as Rock-A-Bye Baby and The Party Crashers. She also gained fame with her performance as "Cricket" Blake in the series Hawaiian Eye and released Billboard-charting singles such as Sixteen Reasons. She was the secretary-treasurer of the Screen Actors Guild.
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Fela Kuti
(Multi-Instrumentalist & the Creator of ‘Afro-beat’, a Genre that Fuses West African Music with American Funk & Jazz)
Fela Kuti
27
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 15th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Abeokuta, Nigeria
Died: August 2, 1997
Political activist and Afrobeat inventor Fela Kuti initially performed with his band Koola Lobitos and later renamed it Nigeria '70. He was inspired by the Black Power movement, which also gradually transformed his musical style. He married 27 women in 1978, to mark the anniversary of the Kalakuta Republic attack.
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Oscar Robertson
(Former Basketball player who played point guard and was a 12-time All-Star)
Oscar Robertson
10
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: 24th November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Charlotte, Tennessee, United States
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Rudolf Nureyev
(Choreographer & One of the Greatest Male Ballet Dancers of His Generation)
Rudolf Nureyev
17
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: 17th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Irkutsk, Russia
Died: January 6, 1993

Born into a Tatar Muslim family, Rudolf Nureyev grew up to gain fans both for his exceptional ballet skills and for his sharp cheek bones. One of the greatest male ballet dancers ever, he gained fame performing with stars such as Margot Fonteynhe. A closeted homosexual, he died of AIDS.

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Kofi Annan
(Former UN Secretary General)
Kofi Annan
32
Listed In: Diplomats
Birthdate: 8th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kumasi, Ghana
Died: August 18, 2018

Ghanaian diplomat Kofi Annan served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1997 to 2006. He was the founder and chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation and a co-recipient of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize. During his stint with the UN, he launched the UN Global Compact and worked to combat HIV/AIDS. 

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Farah Pahlavi
(Queen Consort of the Shah of Iran)
Farah Pahlavi
37
Birthdate: 14th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

Farah Pahlavi was the Shahbanu of Iran from 1961 to 1979, as the wife of Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. Though she was not allowed to hold a political role, she worked for many charities and helped found Iran's first American-style university. She has continued her involvement in charity work even after her husband’s death in 1980. 

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Terence Stamp
(Best Known for His Films: ‘The Collector’, ‘Billy Budd’ and ‘The Limey’)
Terence Stamp
7
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 22nd July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Stepney, London, England,

Terence Stamp is best known for his Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning performance in the titular role in Billy Budd, his debut movie. He later won hearts with his roles in films such as The Collector and the Superman franchise. He has also narrated the documentary Jazz Britannia for BBC.

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Derek Jacobi
(Actor who has enjoyed a successful and distinguished stage career, appearing in various stage productions of William Shakespeare)
Derek Jacobi
4
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 22nd October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Leytonstone, London, United Kingdom
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Wolfman Jack
(Radio personality, Disc jockey)
Wolfman Jack
1
Birthdate: 21st January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: July 1, 1995
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Rod Laver
(Australian Former World No. 1 Tennis Player)
Rod Laver
23
Listed In: Tennis Players
Birthdate: 9th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rockhampton, Australia

Australian former tennis player Rod Laver is widely regarded to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time. He was ranked world No. 1 in nine different years. He holds 200 singles titles--the most in tennis history. He excelled on a variety of court surfaces: grass, clay, hard, carpet, and wood/parquet. The Laver Cup Tournament is named after him.

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Peter Jennings
(One of the Most Prominent Television Journalists and the Anchor of 'ABC World News Tonight’)
Peter Jennings
13
Birthdate: 29th July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: August 7, 2005

Canadian-American journalist Peter Jennings is best remembered for his stint on ABC World News Tonight, as its sole anchor. A high-school drop-out, Jennings became one of the U.S.’s Big Three news anchors, along with Tom Brokaw and Dan Rather. He was known for his meticulous coverage of breaking news stories.

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Stella Stevens
(American Actress Known for Her Films: ‘Girls! Girls! Girls!’, ‘The Nutty Professor’ & ‘The Courtship of Eddie’s Father’)
Stella Stevens
9
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 1st October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Yazoo City, Mississippi, United States

Stella Stevens is an American actress best known for playing important roles in popular films, such as Girls! Girls! Girls! and The Nutty Professor. Renowned for her good looks, Stevens was one of the world's most photographed women during the 1960s. She also appeared in Playboy pictorials and was adjudged Playmate of the Month in January 1960.

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Madge Sinclair
8
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 28th April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica
Died: December 20, 1995

The Kingston-born American actress, who began her career with the New York Shakespearean Festival, acted in a number films and television series and won Primetime Emmy Award for her role in the crime drama Gabriel's Fire. Madge Sinclair was also a voice artist in the famous animated film The Lion King, released a year before she succumbed to leukaemia.

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Judy Blume
(Writer, novelist, children's writer)
Judy Blume
3
Birthdate: 12th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States
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Fred Trump Jr.
(Aircraft pilot)
Fred Trump Jr.
5
Listed In: Pilots
Birthdate: 14th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States
Died: September 26, 1981
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Claudia Cardinale
(Italian Actress Who Acted in Italian, French and English Films in the 1960s and 1970s)
Claudia Cardinale
28
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 15th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: La Goulette, Tunisia

Claudia Cardinale is a Tunisian-born Italian actress who played important roles in some of the most popular Italian and French movies of the 1960s and 1970s. After achieving immense popularity as an actress in Italy, Cardinale starred in the 1963 American comedy film The Pink Panther, which increased her popularity. Claudia Cardinale was also renowned for her beauty.

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Paula Prentiss
4
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 4th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, United States
 34 
Buck Taylor
11
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 13th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
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Eddie Cochran
(guitarist,singer, singer-songwriter, composer)
Eddie Cochran
6
Birthdate: 3rd October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Albert Lea
Died: April 17, 1960
 36 
Nico
(Singer Know for Her Song 'The Velvet Underground's' debut album 'The Velvet Underground & Nico')
Nico
23
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 16th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cologne, Germany
Died: July 18, 1988

Nico was a German musician, singer, and songwriter. Her work continues to serve as an inspiration to several musicians like Björk, Morrissey, and the English rock band The Cure. In 2017, Susanna Nicchiarelli directed Nico's biographical film titled Nico, 1988. Also an actress, Nico appeared in many films, including Andy Warhol's experimental underground film Chelsea Girls.

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James Harris Simons
(Mathematicians & Hedge Fund Manager)
James Harris Simons
1
Listed In: Mathematicians
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Newton

The son of a shoe factory owner, mathematician-turned-hedge-fund-manager James Harris Simons studied math at MIT and helped the U.S. break codes during the Vietnam War. He later founded his own hedge fund firm, Renaissance Technologies. He supports autism research and funds Math for America. In 2021, he was America’s 23rd-richest person.

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Bob Eubanks
7
Birthdate: 8th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Flint, Michigan, United States
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Liv Ullmann
(One of the Greatest European Actresses of All Time)
Liv Ullmann
10
Birthdate: 16th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

Norwegian actress-film director Liv Ullmann is counted among the greatest European actresses. She is best-known for her roles in films like The Emigrants and Face to Face, both of which earned her Oscar nomination, and the former won her a Golden Globe She received an Honorary Academy Award. Her second directorial feature-film Faithless was nominated for Palme d'Or in 2000.

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Frank Langella
(Stage and Film Actor)
Frank Langella
9
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 1st January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bayonne, New Jersey, United States

Frank Langella is an actor most revered in the American theatre industry where he has won four Tony Awards. He then replicated his success in the film and TV industry, appearing in popular movies and TV series. His memoir, Dropped Names, attracted critical appreciation, with some even calling it a celebration of sluttiness as a noble way of life.

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Ben E. King
(Singer, Record producer)
Ben E. King
6
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 28th September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Henderson, North Carolina, United States
Died: April 30, 2015
 42 
J.J. Cale
(Guitarist, Singer Known for songs After Midnight, Cocaine, Clyde, and Call Me the Breeze)
J.J. Cale
8
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 5th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Died: July 26, 2013
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Dieter Dengler
(Second Captured U.S. Airman to Escape Enemy Captivity During the Vietnam War)
Dieter Dengler
9
Listed In: Aviators
Birthdate: 22nd May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wildberg, Germany
Died: February 7, 2001

Dieter Dengler was a German-born American aviator who served the US Navy during the Vietnam War. He was caught and tortured by the enemies for over six months, after which Dengler escaped from captivity, becoming only the second U.S. airman to escape captivity during the war. The experience was documented by Dieter Dengler in his book, Escape From Laos.

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Hoyt Axton
(Singer-songwriter)
Hoyt Axton
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 25th March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Duncan, Oklahoma, United States
Died: October 26, 1999
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Stephen Breyer
(Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1994 to 2022)
Stephen Breyer
7
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: 15th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States

Stephen Breyer is an American lawyer, legal scholar, and jurist. Since August 1994, Breyer has been serving as an associate justice of the US Supreme Court after being nominated by President Bill Clinton in May 1994. He is also credited with writing several influential textbooks while working as a lecturer and law professor at Harvard Law School in the 1960s. 

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Ronny Cox
(Actor)
Ronny Cox
5
Birthdate: 23rd July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cloudcroft, New Mexico, United States
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Terry Wogan
(Radio and Television Broadcaster Known for His Radio Show ‘Wake Up to Wogan’ and Game Show ‘Blankety Blank’)
Terry Wogan
4
Birthdate: 3rd August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Limerick, Ireland
Died: January 31, 2016

Irish radio and TV broadcaster, Terry Wogan, is remembered for his long career with BBC. For over 15 years, his weekday breakfast program, Wake Up to Wogan, drew in millions of listeners. At the peak of his career, he was probably the most listened-to radio broadcaster in Europe.  He was inducted into the Radio Academy Hall of Fame in 2009.

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Richard Beymer
7
Birthdate: 20th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Avoca, Iowa, United States
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Joyce Carol Oates
4
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 16th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lockport, New York, United States
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Fred Williamson
(Actor)
Fred Williamson
5
Birthdate: 5th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, USA