Famous People Born In 1940

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Discover the most famous people born in 1940. The list includes people like John Lennon, Bruce Lee, James Brolin, Al Pacino, Chuck Norris and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, journalists, composers and blues musicians born in 1940. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Germany & Italy and many more countries.
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 1 
Bruce Lee
(The Most Influential Martial Artist of All Time)
Bruce Lee
89
Birthdate: 27th November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: July 20, 1973
 2 
John Lennon
(The Founder, Co-Songwriter, Co-Lead Vocalist & Rhythm Guitarist of 'The Beatles')
John Lennon
130
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 9th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
Died: December 8, 1980
 3 
Pele
(One of the Greatest Football Players of All Time)
Pele
49
Listed In: Football Players
Birthdate: 23rd October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tres Coracoes, Brazil
Died: December 29, 2022
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Al Pacino
(One of the Few Actors To Achieve the 'Triple Crown of Acting' )
Al Pacino
57
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 25th April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: East Harlem, New York, United States
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Chuck Norris
(Martial Artist and Actor Best Known for His Action Movies)
Chuck Norris
44
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: 10th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ryan, Oklahoma, United States
 6 
Patrick Stewart
22
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 13th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mirfield, Yorkshire, England
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Richard Pryor
(Greatest Stand-Up Comedian of All-Time)
Richard Pryor
22
Birthdate: 1st December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Peoria, Illinois, United States
Died: December 10, 2005
 8 
Ringo Starr
(The Drummer of the Rock Band 'The Beatles')
Ringo Starr
62
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 7th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dingle, Liverpool, England
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Alex Trebek
(Game Show Host & Television Personality)
Alex Trebek
39
Listed In: Game Show Hosts
Birthdate: 22nd July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Greater Sudbury, Canada
Died: November 8, 2020
 10 
Raquel Welch
(Actress)
Raquel Welch
18
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 5th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
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Tom Jones
(Singer)
Tom Jones
17
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 7th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Treforest, Pontypridd, Glamorgan, Wales
 12 
James Caan
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Sonny Corleone’ in the Film ‘The Godfather’)
James Caan
18
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 26th March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
Died: July 6, 2022
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Frank Vincent Zappa
(One of the Most Innovative and Stylistically Diverse Musicians of His Generation)
Frank Vincent Zappa
24
Listed In: Guitarists
Birthdate: 21st December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: December 4, 1993
 14 
Ricky Nelson
(Musician)
Ricky Nelson
22
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 8th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Teaneck, New Jersey, United States
Died: December 31, 1985
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John Hurt
(Actor)
John Hurt
16
Birthdate: 22nd January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England, UK
Died: January 27, 2017
 16 
Jack Nicklaus
(One of the Greatest Golfers of All Time)
Jack Nicklaus
19
Listed In: Golfers
Birthdate: 21st January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
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Dionne Warwick
(One of the Most-Charted Vocalists of All Time)
Dionne Warwick
15
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 12th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: City of Orange, New Jersey, United States
 18 
Smokey Robinson
(Ffounder and Front Man of the Motown Vocal Group 'The Miracles')
Smokey Robinson
15
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 19th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
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Carlos Slim
(Mexican Businessman and Owner of the Global Conglomerate Company 'Grupo Carso')
Carlos Slim
26
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: 28th January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
 20 
Martin Sheen
(Best Known for His Role in the Film 'Apocalypse Now' and TV Series 'The West Wing')
Martin Sheen
49
Birthdate: 3rd August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, United States
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Sam Waterston
(Best Known for His Iconic Role as ‘Jack McCoy’ on the NBC TV Series “Law & Order”)
Sam Waterston
7
Birthdate: 15th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
 22 
John Mahoney
(Known for Playing 'Martin Crane' on the NBC Sitcom 'Frasier')
John Mahoney
8
Birthdate: 20th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Blackpool, Lancashire, England
Died: February 4, 2018
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James Brolin
13
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 18th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Westwood, California, United States
 24 
Katharine Ross
(Actress and Author Known for Her Films: ‘The Stepford Wives’ and ‘Voyage of the Damned’)
Katharine Ross
15
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 29th January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
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Vicente Fernández
(Singer, actor, and movie producer whose career has spanned more than fifty years and resulted in seven Latin Grammy Awards.)
Vicente Fernández
8
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 17th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Died: December 12, 2021
 26 
Frankie Avalon
(Actor and Singer Best Known for His 1959 Hit Songs ‘Venus’ and ‘Why’)
Frankie Avalon
7
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 18th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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Raul Julia
(Golden Globe- and Emmy-Winning Puerto Rican Actor)
Raul Julia
13
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 9th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Floral Park, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Died: October 24, 1994
 28 
James Cromwell
(Known for His Character Roles)
James Cromwell
9
Birthdate: 27th January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
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Michael Gambon
(Best Known for His Role as Professor ‘Albus Dumbledore’ in the ‘Harry Potter' Film Series)
Michael Gambon
25
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 19th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cabra, Ireland
 30 
Jill St. John
(American Former Actress Known for Her Role as ‘Tiffany Case’ in the Movie ‘Diamonds Are Forever’)
Jill St. John
7
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 19th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
 31 
Nancy Sinatra
(Actress and Singer Best Known for Her Song 'These Boots Are Made for Walkin')
Nancy Sinatra
20
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 8th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
 32 
Margrethe II of Denmark
(Queen of Denmark)
Margrethe II of Denmark
8
Birthdate: 16th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
 33 
Terry Gilliam
(Film director, Screenwriter, Actor, Animator, Film actor)
Terry Gilliam
14
Birthdate: 22nd November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Minneapolis
 34 
Cliff Richard
(One of the Best-Selling Music Artists of All Time)
Cliff Richard
9
Listed In: Pop Singers
Birthdate: 14th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lucknow, India
 35 
Levon Helm
(Singer, Musician, Autobiographer, Composer, Actor, Mandolinist, Drummer, Songwriter)
Levon Helm
7
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 26th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Elaine
Died: April 19, 2012
 36 
Wilma Rudolph
(Sprinter and First American Woman to Win Three Gold Medals at the Single Olympics)
Wilma Rudolph
14
Listed In: Athletes
Birthdate: 23rd June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Clarksville, Tennessee, United States
Died: November 12, 1994
 37 
Donna Mills
(Best Known for Her Role in the TV Series ‘The Secret Storm')
Donna Mills
3
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 11th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
 38 
George A. Romero
(Film Director Known for His Iconic Horror Films: ‘Night of the Living Dead’ and ‘Dawn of the Dead’)
George A. Romero
4
Birthdate: 4th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
Died: July 16, 2017
 39 
Brian De Palma
(Film director, Screenwriter)
Brian De Palma
4
Birthdate: 11th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
 40 
Rene Auberjonois
(Actor & Director Best Known for His Role of 'Odo' on 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine')
Rene Auberjonois
5
Birthdate: 1st June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: December 8, 2019
 41 
Giorgio Moroder
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 26th April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Urtijëi, South Tyrol
 42 
Merlin Olsen
(American Football Player)
Merlin Olsen
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: 15th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Logan, Utah, USA
Died: March 11, 2010
 43 
Wayne Dyer
(Self-Help Author and Motivational Speaker)
Wayne Dyer
7
Birthdate: 10th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Detroit
Died: August 29, 2015
 44 
Mario Andretti
(American Former Racing Driver and Winner of 1978 Formula One World Championship)
Mario Andretti
9
Listed In: Race Car Drivers
Birthdate: 28th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Motovun, Croatia
 45 
James Brady
(White House Press Secretary)
James Brady
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 29th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Centralia, Illinois, USA
Died: August 4, 2014
 46 
Tom Brokaw
(Journalist)
Tom Brokaw
8
Listed In: Journalists
Birthdate: 6th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Webster, South Dakota, United States
 47 
H. R. Giger
(Painter)
H. R. Giger
6
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 5th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chur
Died: May 12, 2014
 48 
Tony Mendez
(CIA Officer)
Tony Mendez
17
Birthdate: 15th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Eureka, Nevada, United States
Died: January 19, 2019
 49 
Herbie Hancock
(Singer-songwriter, Bandleader, Conductor, Jazz musician, Keyboardist, Actor, Musician, Pianist, Film score composer)
Herbie Hancock
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 12th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago
 50 
David Jason
(Best Known for His Role as Derek "Del Boy" Trotter in the BBC sitcom 'Only Fools and Horses')
David Jason
6
Birthdate: 2nd February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Edmonton, London, England