Famous People Born In 1941

Discover the most famous people born in 1941. The list includes people like Bernie Sanders, Bob Dylan, Hayao Miyazaki, Richard Dawkins, Charlie Watts and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, directors, lawyers and guitarists born in 1941. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & Italy and many more countries.
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Bob Dylan
(One of the Greatest Songwriters of All Time)
Bob Dylan
107
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 24th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Duluth, Minnesota, United States

Singer-songwriter and author, Bob Dylan, is widely regarded as one of the greatest songwriters of all time. Active in the music industry for almost six decades, he is a major pop culture icon who introduced a range of political, social, and literary influences to pop music. He is a Nobel laureate and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Hayao Miyazaki
(One of the Most Accomplished Filmmakers in the History of Animation)
Hayao Miyazaki
58
Birthdate: 5th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bunkyo City, Tokyo, Japan

Considered one of the most prominent filmmakers in the history of animated films, Hayao Miyazaki is a Japanese animator and manga artist. A co-founder of Studio Ghibli, Miyazaki has gained worldwide acclaim as a maker of animated films and a masterful storyteller. Miyazaki has served as an inspiration to several world-renowned animators and directors, including James Cameron and Wes Anderson.

 3 
Ritchie Valens
(A 'Rock and Roll' Pioneer and a Forefather of the 'Chicano Rock' Movement)
Ritchie Valens
35
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 13th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: February 3, 1959

Widely regarded as the pioneer of Latin rock and Chicano rock, Ritchie Valens was an American guitarist and singer-songwriter. Since his untimely death at the age of 17, Ritchie Valens has inspired several musicians and bands like Carlos Santana, Los Lonely Boys, and Los Lobos. Valens also inspired Robert Quine, Jimi Hendrix, Keith O'Conner Murphy, and Chris Montez among others.

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Ann-Margret
(Actress & Singer)
Ann-Margret
45
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 28th April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Valsjöbyn, Sweden

Swedish-American actress and singer Ann-Margret was initially described as a female version of Elvis Presley due to her vibrant contralto voice. The winner of five Golden Globe Awards, Ann-Margret had a major impact as an actress throughout the 1960s. Her affair with Elvis Presley was depicted in the 2005 miniseries Elvis in which she is portrayed by Rose McGowan.

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Neil Diamond
(Singer-songwriter Known for the Hit Song 'Sweet Caroline')
Neil Diamond
25
Birthdate: 24th January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Neil Diamond has sold more than 125 million records and has had 10 Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary chart-topping singles. The Lifetime Achievement Grammy-winner was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His song Sweet Caroline was preserved in the National Recording Registry for being culturally relevant.
 6 
Otis Redding
(Singer-songwriter)
Otis Redding
42
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 9th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dawson, Georgia, United States
Died: December 10, 1967
The King of Soul Otis Redding, who had performed with the Pinetoppers, among others, is remembered for his track (Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay, released after his death in a plane crash. It became the first posthumous Billboard R&B- and Hot 100-topping record. He also won two posthumous Grammys
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Alex Ferguson
(One of the Greatest Football Managers of All Time)
Alex Ferguson
59
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 31st December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Alex Ferguson is known for his 26-year tenure as the manager of the football club Manchester United, from 1986 to 2013. He won 38 trophies with the club, including 13 Premier League titles. The first English Football Hall of Fame inductee, Ferguson has also received the knighthood
 8 
Martha Stewart
(Businesswoman)
Martha Stewart
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Birthdate: 3rd August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey, United States

The founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Martha Stewart has found success with several business ventures. She is also the publisher of a magazine called Martha Stewart Living and has written many bestselling books. Although she was convicted of charges pertaining to the ImClone stock trading case, she made a comeback and became chairwoman of her company.

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Paul Simon
(American Singer-Songwriter)
Paul Simon
33
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 13th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States

One half of the popular musical duo Simon & Garfunkel, Paul Simon is a singer-songwriter, musician, and actor. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest guitarists and songwriters of all time. His career, which has spanned more than 60 years, has been so influential that Time named him among the 100 People Who Shaped the World in 2006.

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Paul Anka
(Known for His Signature Hit Songs "Diana", "Lonely Boy", "Put Your Head on My Shoulder")
Paul Anka
13
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 30th July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada

Paul Anka is a Canadian-American actor and singer-songwriter. As a songwriter, he has contributed to the success of popular musicians, such as Tom Jones, Frank Sinatra, and Michael Jackson. He has also contributed to the theme of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Also known for his business ventures, Anka is credited with opening the popular restaurant and club, Jubilation.

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Cass Elliot
(American Singer Who was a Member of the Folk-Rock Band 'The Mamas & the Papas')
Cass Elliot
30
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 19th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: July 29, 1974

Cass Elliot was a popular American singer and actress. As part of the famous folk-rock vocal group The Mamas and the Papas, Cass Elliot played an important role in influencing the counterculture of the 1960s and its music scene. She had a great impact on the American entertainment industry of the 1960s.

 12 
Art Garfunkel
(Best Known for His Partnership with Paul Simon in the Folk Rock Duo 'Simon & Garfunkel')
Art Garfunkel
32
Birthdate: 5th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Forest Hills, New York, United States
Eight-time Grammy winner Art Garfunkel is part of the folk-rock duo Simon & Garfunkel, along with Paul Simon. He has had a successful solo career, too. One of Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singers of All Time, he also earned a Golden Globe nomination for playing Sandy in Carnal Knowledge.
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Linda McCartney
(American Photographer, Musician, Animal Rights Activist and Vegetarian Cook Book Author)
Linda McCartney
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Birthdate: 4th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Scarsdale, New York, United States
Died: April 17, 1998
Linda McCartney, the first wife of Paul McCartney, formed the band Wings with her husband, after the Beatles disbanded. An animal rights activist, she wrote several vegetarian cookbooks, apart from launching Linda McCartney Foods. She was also a skilled photographer and published a photo book. She died of breast cancer.  
 14 
Faye Dunaway
(One of the Most Beautiful and Greatest Actresses of Her Generation)
Faye Dunaway
17
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 14th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bascom, Florida, United States

Faye Dunaway is an American actress best known for her portrayal of Diana Christensen in the 1976 satirical black comedy-drama film Network, for which she won an Academy Award for Best Actress. Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful and greatest actresses of her generation, Faye Dunaway is also considered a symbol of the New Hollywood.

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Bernie Sanders
(United States Senator from Vermont)
Bernie Sanders
66
Birthdate: 8th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

The current junior US Senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders is the longest-serving nonpartisan politician in the history of the United States Congress. Sanders is an ardent advocate of progressive policies and is well-known for his opposition to neoliberalism and economic inequality. He also supports paid parental leave, universal and single-payer healthcare, and labor rights.

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Richard Dawkins
(British Evolutionary Biologist Who Contends that a Supernatural Creator Almost Certainly Does Not Exist)
Richard Dawkins
10
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 26th March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya

Richard Dawkins is a British ethologist, author, and evolutionary biologist. He first achieved popularity after publishing his book, The Selfish Gene, which is credited with popularizing the gene selection theory. The book is also credited with introducing the term meme. In 2006, he established the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science to promote secularism and scientific literacy.

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Joan Chandos Baez
(Best Known for Her Songs "Diamonds & Rust," "We Shall Overcome" and "Joe Hill")
Joan Chandos Baez
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 9th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Staten Island, New York, United States

Singer, songwriter, musician, and activist Joan Baez has been active in the music world for over six decades. She emerged as a major musical figure in the counterculture era of the 1960s. Her music encompasses various genres like pop, folk-rock, country, and gospel music. She is involved in civil rights, human rights, and environmental activism as well.

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Beau Bridges
(American Emmy and Golden Golde Award Winning Actor and Director)
Beau Bridges
3
Birthdate: 9th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

The son of Lloyd Bridges, Beau Bridges followed in the footsteps of his father to become an actor. An award-winning performer, Beau Bridges was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for contributing immensely to the American TV industry. Also a US Coast Guard veteran, Bridges received the prestigious Lone Sailor Award in 2011.

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Nick Nolte
(American Actor Best Known for His Films: ‘The Prince of Tides’, ‘Affliction’ and ‘Warrior')
Nick Nolte
18
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 8th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States

Nick Nolte, once a model, was named People’s Sexiest Man Alive in 1992. He is known for his Golden Globe-winning and Academy Award-nominated role in The Prince of Tides. Fans adored him as Kuiil in The Mandalorian and in the films Affliction and Warrior. He has struggled with substance abuse.

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Jessica Walter
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Lucille Bluth’ in the TV Series ‘Arrested Development’)
Jessica Walter
16
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 31st January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: March 24, 2021
Jessica Walter is best known for her Satellite Award-winning performance as Lucille Bluth in Arrested Development and her Emmy-winning titular role in the series Amy Prentiss. Fans also loved her in the movies Play Misty For Me and Grand Prix. She has also voiced characters in Archer and Dinosaurs.
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Robert Forster
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Max Cherry’ in the Film ‘Jackie Brown’)
Robert Forster
5
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 13th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States
Died: October 11, 2019

A prominent actor who was active in the entertainment industry for five decades, Robert Forster was known for his versatility. As a college student, he initially planned to study law but eventually changed his mind and ventured into acting. Dedicated to his profession with a passion, he continued working even after being diagnosed with cancer.

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Stacy Keach
8
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 2nd June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Savannah, Georgia, United States

Stacy Keach is an American actor best known for playing the popular fictional detective Mike Hammer in several stand-alone television films and television series. Renowned for his soothing voice, Stacy Keach has also gained popularity as a voice actor and narrator. Also known for his contributions to theatre, Stacy Keach was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 2015.

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Pete Rose
(Baseball Outfielder, Infielder, Manager)
Pete Rose
25
Listed In: Baseball Players
Birthdate: 14th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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Charlie Watts
(Drummer)
Charlie Watts
24
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 2nd June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kingsbury, London, England
Died: August 24, 2021

English drummer, Charlie Watts, was best known as a member of the band Rolling Stones. He was associated with the group for almost 60 years. He began his career as a graphic designer for an advertising company and played with bands in his leisure time. He eventually started drumming full time with Rolling Stones.

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David Crosby
(American singer)
David Crosby
8
Birthdate: 14th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: January 18, 2023
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David Ruffin
(American Soul Singer and Musician)
David Ruffin
13
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 18th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Whynot, Mississippi, United States
Died: June 1, 1991
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Richard Benjamin Harrison
(Businessman, TV Personality)
Richard Benjamin Harrison
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Birthdate: 4th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Danville, Virginia, United States
Died: June 25, 2018

Businessman Richard Benjamin Harrison became famous as a reality TV personality when he started appearing in the History Channel series Pawn Stars as the co-owner of the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop. His already successful business started thriving following the show’s success. He was nominated for the 2012 Time 100 list.

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Harry Nilsson
(Former Singer-songwriter known for Everybody's Talkin' and Without You, both of which won Grammy Awards)
Harry Nilsson
8
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 15th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: January 15, 1994
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Robert Kraft
(Businessman, Chairman and CEO of the 'Kraft Group')
Robert Kraft
23
Listed In: CEOs
Birthdate: 5th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts, United States

Robert Kraft is an American businessman and the chief executive officer and chairman of the popular diversified holding company, The Kraft Group. A sports enthusiast, Kraft owns the Gillette Stadium, NFL's New England Patriots, and MLS' New England Revolution. Also a well-known philanthropist, Robert Kraft has donated millions of dollars to various causes, such as healthcare, education, and youth sports.   

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Franco Nero
(Actor Best Known for His Role in the Spaghetti Western Film 'Django')
Franco Nero
5
Birthdate: 23rd November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Parma, Italy

Italian actor Franco Nero became internationally famous with his role in the film Django. He acts in films and TV productions both in Italy and abroad. He has more than 200 leading and supporting roles in movies and TV series to his credit. He is the father of popular screenwriter and director Carlo Gabriel Nero.

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Maurice White
10
Listed In: Record Producers
Birthdate: 19th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Died: February 4, 2016
 32 
Graham Chapman
(British Actor, Writer and Member of the Surreal Comedy Group ‘Monty Python’)
Graham Chapman
10
Birthdate: 8th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Leicester, England, United Kingdom
Died: October 4, 1989

Graham Chapman was an English comedian, author, actor, and writer. An important member of the popular comedy group Monty Python, Chapman was also a patron of the Dangerous Sports Club. An openly gay comedian, Chapman supported gay rights throughout his life. In September 2012, a blue plaque was unveiled at The Angel pub in North London to commemorate Graham Chapman.

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Mike Love
(Singer-Songwriter and Co-Founder of the Rock Band 'The Beach Boys')
Mike Love
4
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 15th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: California, United States

Mike Love is an American singer-songwriter. He is credited with co-founding the popular rock band, The Beach Boys. Over the years, Love has contributed to the success of the band as one of their main vocalists and lyricists. Although his lyrics reflected the youth culture throughout the 1960s, they started accommodating themes like meditation after he started practicing Transcendental Meditation.

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Ryan O'Neal
(Actor and Former Boxer)
Ryan O'Neal
16
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 20th April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: December 8, 2023
Ryan O'Neal trained to be a boxer but stepped into showbiz with the role of Rodney Harrington in the soap Peyton Place. He made waves with his Academy Award- and Golden Globe-nominated role in Love Story. He also starred in Barry Lyndon, A Bridge Too Far, and the series Bones.
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Dame Vivienne Westwood
(British fashion designer)
Dame Vivienne Westwood
12
Birthdate: 8th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tintwistle

British fashion designer, Dame Vivienne Westwood, is credited for bringing modern punk and new wave fashions into the mainstream. She attended a course on jewelry at the University of Westminster but left before graduating. She worked as a teacher for a while before turning to fashion designing. She eventually opened four boutiques in London.

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Pete Best
(Drummer of the English Rock Band 'The Beatles')
Pete Best
2
Birthdate: 24th November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chennai

Pete Best is an English musician and drummer. Sometimes referred to as the Fifth Beatle, Best worked with the Beatles during the band's early years but was dismissed from the band in 1962. Pete Best has been depicted in many movies about the Beatles. In the 1979 film, Birth of the Beatles, Best was portrayed by Ryan Michael.

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Stokely Carmichael
(Key Leader of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States)
Stokely Carmichael
15
Birthdate: 29th January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Died: November 15, 1998

Stokely Carmichael was a significant part of the American civil rights movement and the worldwide Pan-African movement. He was associated with the Black Panther Party and the All-African People's Revolutionary Party. The Black Power movement leader later adopted the name Kwame Ture and traveled extensively through Africa.

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Juliet Mills
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Samantha Cady’ in TV Miniseries ‘QB VII’)
Juliet Mills
7
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 21st November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, England

Juliet Mills is a British-American actress who started her acting career as a child actress. The daughter of Mary Hayley Bell and Sir John Mills, Juliet Mills followed in the footsteps of her parents and established herself in the entertainment industry. In 1974, she received an Emmy Award for portraying Samantha Cady in an American television miniseries titled QB VII.

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Robert Pine
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Sgt. Joseph Getraer’ in the TV Series ‘CHiPs’)
Robert Pine
2
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 10th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Robert Pine is an American actor best known for playing Sgt. Joseph Getraer in the popular crime drama television series, CHiPs. Apart from acting, Robert Pine also enjoyed riding horses, which he learnt upon his arrival to Hollywood in 1964 as he was often cast in Western movies at that time.

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Nora Ephron
(Screenwriter, Producer, Director)
Nora Ephron
6
Birthdate: 19th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: June 26, 2012

Nora Ephron was an American writer, filmmaker, and journalist. She is known for writing films like Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally... The Nora Ephron Prize was created by the Tribeca Film Festival in her memory. Her life and work inspired the 2016 documentary film Everything Is Copy, which was directed by her son Jacob Bernstein.

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Aaron Neville
(Singer & Musician)
Aaron Neville
15
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 24th January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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Placido Domingo
(Spanish Opera Singer, Conductor and Part of 'The Three Tenors' Operatic Singing Group)
Placido Domingo
10
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 21st January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Spanish opera singer and conductor Plácido Domingo has performed in a variety of languages, such as English, Italian, French, Spanish, and German. The winner of nine Grammys and five Latin Grammys, he later performed as part of The Three Tenors, with legends Luciano Pavarotti and José Carreras, releasing bestselling albums.

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Chuck Woolery
(Game show host)
Chuck Woolery
10
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 16th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ashland, Kentucky, United States
 44 
Chubby Checker
(Singer)
Chubby Checker
2
Listed In: Rock And Roll
Birthdate: 3rd October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Andrews
 45 
Tom Fogerty
(Singer, Guitarist)
Tom Fogerty
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 9th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Berkeley
Died: September 6, 1990
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Anne Rice
(American Author Best Known for Her Series of Novels ‘The Vampire Chronicles’)
Anne Rice
16
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 4th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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Peter Coyote
(Actor, Screenwriter, Director)
Peter Coyote
9
Birthdate: 10th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States

Peter Coyote is known for his performances in movies such as E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Erin Brockovich, and A Walk to Remember. He became the first Academy Award announcer to appear on camera. He has delivered Emmy-winning narration in the documentary series The Pacific Century and The Roosevelts.

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Eddie Rabbitt
(Singer)
Eddie Rabbitt
8
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 27th November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Died: May 7, 1998
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Jesse Jackson
(United States Shadow Senator for the District of Columbia from 1991 to 1997)
Jesse Jackson
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 8th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Greenville, South Carolina, United States
Civil rights activist and politician Jesse Jackson, father of former U.S. representative Jesse Jackson Jr., is also a Baptist minister. He has been a shadow U.S. senator from the District of Columbia and established organizations that merged into the non-profit Rainbow/PUSH. He also hosted CNN’s Both Sides with Jesse Jackson.
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Dan Haggerty
(Actor best known for playing the title role in the film and television series The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams.)
Dan Haggerty
6
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 19th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pound, Wisconsin, United States
Died: January 15, 2016