Famous People Who Died At 94

The list of famous people who died at 94 includes R. K. Narayan, George Bernard Shaw, Nancy Reagan, Milton Friedman, C. Rajagopalachari. Famous personalities featured on this list, include political leaders, novelists, philosophers and journalists and from other domains of life. This list of celebrities who died at 94 includes people from United States, United Kingdom, France & Germany and many more countries.
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Sidney Poitier
(Director and the First African-American to Win an Academy Award for Best Actor)
Sidney Poitier
31
Birthdate: February 20, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States
Died: January 6, 2022

Sidney Poitier was a Bahamian-American actor who became the first Afro-Bahamian and Black male actor to receive an Oscar for Best Actor in 1964. In 2009, he was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His life and work inspired a couple of documentary films, including the 2008 film Sidney Poitier, an Outsider in Hollywood.

 2 
Cloris Leachman
(Actress and Comedienne Known for Role as ‘Phyllis Lindstrom’ in the TV Sitcom ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’)
Cloris Leachman
14
Birthdate: April 30, 1926
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Died: January 27, 2021

Cloris Leachman is an actress and comedian. One of the most decorated American actresses of all time, Cloris Leachman has won several prestigious awards in an illustrious career spanning more than seven decades; she is the most awarded actress in the history of Emmy Awards, along with Julia Louis-Dreyfus. She has also received an Oscar and a Golden Globe Award.

 3 
Nancy Reagan
(Former First Lady of the United States)
Nancy Reagan
25
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 6, 1921
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Midtown Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Died: March 6, 2016

Nancy Reagan was an American actress who also served as the first lady of the US between 1981 and 1989. One of her major initiatives as the first lady was her role in founding a drug awareness campaign called Just Say No. She had a strong influence on President Ronald Reagan, having an impact on many of his diplomatic decisions.

 4 
Burt Bacharach
(One of the Most Influential Composers of Pop Music in the 20th Century)
Burt Bacharach
12
Birthdate: May 12, 1928
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Died: February 8, 2023
Legendary musician and songwriter Burt Bacharach teamed up with lyricist Hal David and created many popular songs from the 1950s to the 1980s, including countless Billboard charters. He has won six Grammys and three Academy Awards for his tracks, and most of his songs were sung by Dionne Warwick. 
 5 
George Bernard Shaw
(Irish playwright Who Won the 1925 Nobel Prize in Literature)
George Bernard Shaw
27
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 26, 1856
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Portobello, Dublin, Ireland
Died: November 2, 1950

Nobel Prize-winning playwright and author George Bernard Shaw was best known for his realism and his support for women’s rights and socialism. His ideas gave rise to the word “Shavian.” His drama Pygmalion inspired the musical My Fair Lady. His other notable works include Candida and Man and Superman.

 6 
Barbara Hale
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Della Street’ in the TV Series ‘Perry Mason’)
Barbara Hale
11
Birthdate: April 18, 1922
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: DeKalb, Illinois, United States
Died: January 26, 2017

Barbara Hale was an American actress best remembered for playing Della Street in the popular legal drama TV series, Perry Mason, for which she received an Emmy Award in 1959. In 2001, Hale was honored with a Golden Boot Award for her contributions to Western cinema.

 7 
Abe Vigoda
(Best Known for His Role in The Film ‘The Godfather’)
Abe Vigoda
4
Birthdate: February 24, 1921
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: January 26, 2016

Abe Vigoda was an American actor, best known for playing Salvatore Tessio in the 1972 crime film The Godfather. He also played important roles in TV series, such as Barney Miller. Apart from acting, Abe Vigoda also enjoyed playing handball, which he played often in his youth.

 8 
Lee Iacocca
(Businessman)
Lee Iacocca
5
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: October 15, 1924
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died: July 2, 2019

Automobile executive Lee Iacocca became known for developing the Ford Mustang and Pinto cars while working for the Ford Motor Company in the 1960s. In his later career, he served as the president, CEO, and chairman of Chrysler. Revered for his brilliant leadership skills, he was named the 18th-greatest American CEO of all time by Portfolio Magazine. 

 9 
Milton Friedman
(American Economist & Nobel Prize Winner in Economic Sciences Who Extolled the Virtues of a Free Market Economic System)
Milton Friedman
19
Birthdate: July 31, 1912
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: November 16, 2006

Milton Friedman was an American economist. Widely regarded as one of the most influential economists of the 20th century, Friedman was honored with the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1976. One of the most influential personalities of the Chicago school of economics, Friedman mentored people like Gary Becker and Thomas Sowell who went on to become leading economists.

 10 
Lady Bird Johnson
(Former First Lady of the United States as the Wife of President Lyndon B. Johnson)
Lady Bird Johnson
15
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 22, 1912
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Karnack, Texas, United States
Died: July 11, 2007

Lady Bird Johnson was an American socialite who served as the First Lady of the US from 1963 to 1969. As First Lady, Johnson was responsible for the passage of the Highway Beautification Act, which was nicknamed Lady Bird's Bill. She was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal in 1977 and 1988, respectively.

 11 
Elia Kazan
(One of the Most Honored and Influential Directors in Broadway and Hollywood History)
Elia Kazan
8
Birthdate: September 7, 1909
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fener, Turkey
Died: September 28, 2003

Elia Kazan was an American actor, screenwriter, director, and producer. Widely regarded as one of the most influential and celebrated directors in Hollywood and Broadway history, Kazan played a key role in launching the careers of actors like Marlon Brando, Warren Beatty, and James Dean. His work has also influenced other prominent filmmakers like Martin Scorsese.

 12 
Mikhail Kalashnikov
(Inventor of 'AK-47' Assault Rifle, PK Machine Gun and 'RPK Light Machine Gun')
Mikhail Kalashnikov
17
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 10, 1919
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kur'ya, Russia
Died: December 23, 2013
Russian military leader Mikhail Kalashnikov is remembered for inventing the AK-47 assault rifle, along with other weapons such as the AKM, the AK-74, the PK machine gun, and the RPK light machine gun. He was named the Hero of the Russian Federation and received the Order of Military Merit.
 13 
Barbara Billingsley
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘June Cleaver’ in the TV Series ‘Leave It to Beaver’)
Barbara Billingsley
4
Birthdate: December 22, 1915
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: October 16, 2010
Barbara Billingsley gained recognition with TV series such as The Brothers and then soared to fame with the role of June Cleaver in Leave It to Beaver and its sequel, The New Leave It to Beaver. She also voiced Nanny in the animated series Muppet Babies.
 14 
Vin Scully
(One of the Greatest Baseball Broadcaster of All Time)
Vin Scully
3
Birthdate: November 29, 1927
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
Died: August 2, 2022
Vincent Edward Scully, or Vin Scully, is best remembered for his 67-season stint of calling games with the MLB team Los Angeles Dodgers, making him the longest-tenured broadcaster of a single team in the history of sports. He  also served as the lead play-by-play announcer for NBC
 15 
Honor Blackman
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Pussy Galore’ in the Film ‘Goldfinger’)
Honor Blackman
14
Birthdate: August 22, 1925
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
Died: April 5, 2020
Honor Blackman became one of the oldest actors to play the "Bond Girl," with the role of Pussy Galore in Goldfinger. Fans also loved her as Cathy Gale in the series The Avengers and as Laura West in The Upper Hand. Blackman was also active in British politics.
 16 
Charles Aznavour
(One of the Greatest Songwriters in the History of Music and an Icon of 20th-Century Pop Culture.)
Charles Aznavour
16
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 22, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 1, 2018

Charles Aznavour was a French-Armenian actor, singer, diplomat, and lyricist. One of France's most famous singers, Aznavour was called the Frank Sinatra of France. One of the best-selling musicians of his generation, Aznavour sold 200 million records. In 1998, CNN named him the Entertainer of the Century. In 2017, he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 17 
Les Paul
(Jazz Guitarist: One of the Pioneers of the Solid-body Electric Guitar)
Les Paul
7
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 9, 1915
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Waukesha, Wisconsin, United States
Died: August 12, 2009

Jazz and country guitarist Les Paul developed his version of the solid-body electric guitar, which he named the Log. He is also credited with pioneering innovations such as multitrack recording, the eight-track tape recorder, and overdubbing. He won the Special Merit/Technical Grammy Award for his achievements.

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Rose Marie
(Actress)
Rose Marie
2
Birthdate: August 15, 1923
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: December 28, 2017
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Hal Moore
(Former lieutenant colonel in command of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, at the Battle of Ia Drang in 1965, during the American War in Vietnam)
Hal Moore
10
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 13, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bardstown, Kentucky, United States
Died: February 10, 2017
 20 
Pete Seeger
(American Folk Singer Best-Known for His Songs: ‘Where Have All the Flowers Gone?’ & ‘Turn! Turn! Turn!’)
Pete Seeger
11
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 3, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, United States
Died: January 27, 2014

Pete Seeger was an American social activist and folk singer. Seeger believed that the power of music could bring about a social change, an ideology that reflected on his works. Through his music, Seeger expressed his support towards counterculture, civil rights, environmental rights, international disarmament, and workers rights.

 21 
Frank Capra
(One of America's Most Influential Directors During the 1930s)
Frank Capra
13
Birthdate: May 18, 1897
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bisacquino, Italy
Died: September 3, 1991
Frank Capra was a filmmaker and writer responsible for making several American award-winning films of the 1930s and 1940s. After being born into a poor Italian family, Capra went on to become one of Hollywood's most influential directors of the 1930s; his rags-to-riches story continues to inspire many, with historians labeling him the American Dream personified.
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George H. W. Bush
(President of the United States (1989-93))
George H. W. Bush
175
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 12, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Milton, Massachusetts, United States
Died: November 30, 2018

The 41st president of the U.S, George H.W. Bush also twice served as the vice president of the country and held various other important political positions before assuming the presidency. During his presidency, he led successful military operation against Panama and Iraq which made him popular, but domestic issues prevented him from winning a second term at the office.

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Astrid Lindgren
(Swedish Writer Known for Her Children's Books: ‘Pippi Longstocking’ and ‘The Six Bullerby Children’)
Astrid Lindgren
6
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 14, 1907
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vimmerby, Sweden
Died: January 28, 2002

Astrid Lindgren was a Swedish writer remembered for authoring children's book series and children's fantasy novels. In 1967, the Astrid Lindgren Prize was established in her honor. Lindgren was honored with the Right Livelihood Award in 1994 for her work as a children's writer. In 2017, it was revealed that Lindgren is the 18th most translated author in the world. 

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Artie Shaw
(Musician)
Artie Shaw
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 23, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: December 30, 2004
 25 
Shirley Booth
(American Actress and One of the Few Performers to Achieve the Triple Crown of Acting)
Shirley Booth
10
Birthdate: August 30, 1898
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: October 16, 1992

Shirley Booth is best remembered for her Academy Award-winning role in Come Back, Little Sheba and was one of only 24 people to earn the Triple Crown of Acting, namely the Academy, the Primetime Emmy, and the Tony awards. She also appeared in a TV production of The Glass Menagerie.

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Iron Eyes Cody
6
Birthdate: April 3, 1904
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kaplan, Louisiana, United States
Died: January 4, 1999
 27 
Patty Andrews
(Singer)
Patty Andrews
12
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 16, 1918
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mound, Minnesota, United States
Died: January 13, 2013
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Michael Gough
(Actor)
Michael Gough
5
Birthdate: November 23, 1916
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur
Died: March 27, 2011
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Doris Lessing
(Novelist)
Doris Lessing
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 22, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kermanshah, Iran
Died: November 17, 2013
 30 
Liliane Bettencourt
(Principal Shareholder of ‘L'Oréal’ and the Richest Woman of the World at the Time of Her Death)
Liliane Bettencourt
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 21, 1922
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 20, 2017
Former L'Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt was the world’s richest woman at the time of her death. She had apparently gifted celebrity photographer François-Marie Banier cash and gifts worth a billion euros, leading her daughter to file a case against Banier later. Bettencourt was also involved in medical and cultural philanthropy.
 31 
Juliana of the Netherlands
(Queen of the Netherlands from 1948 to 1980)
Juliana of the Netherlands
1
Birthdate: April 30, 1909
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands
Died: March 20, 2004

Juliana of the Netherlands was the Queen of the Netherlands from 1948 to 1980, during which she remained a popular member of the Dutch royal family. Her reign witnessed the decolonization and independence of Suriname and the Dutch East Indies (present-day Indonesia). Several important places, including the Princess Juliana International Airport, are named after her.

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R. K. Narayan
(Indian Author Known for His known for His Work Set in the Fictional South Indian Town of Malgudi)
R. K. Narayan
113
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 10, 1906
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Died: May 13, 2001

Remembered as one of the greatest authors of Indian literature in English, R. K. Narayan created the iconic character Swami and related his experiences set in the fictional town of Malgudi. The Sahitya Akademi and Padma Vibhushan winner was also the brother of cartoonist R.K. Laxman.

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P. D. James
(Writer)
P. D. James
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 3, 1920
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Oxford, England
Died: November 27, 2014
 34 
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
(American Aviator and Writer Who Became the First Woman to Receive a U.S. Glider Pilot License)
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
5
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 22, 1906
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Englewood, New Jersey
Died: February 7, 2001

Anne Morrow Lindbergh was an American aviator and writer. She is best remembered for her exploratory flights along with her husband and pioneer aviator, Charles Lindbergh. Anne was the first woman to earn a US glider pilot license in 1930. In 1996, Anne Morrow Lindbergh was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.

 35 
Louis de Broglie
(Physicist)
Louis de Broglie
5
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 15, 1892
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dieppe
Died: March 19, 1987

Louis de Broglie was a French aristocrat and physicist who made important contributions to quantum theory. His de Broglie hypothesis, which suggests that all matter has wave properties, is one of the most important features in the theory of quantum mechanics. In 1929, de Broglie was honored with the Nobel Prize for Physics for his work.

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Steven Hill
(Actor)
Steven Hill
6
Birthdate: February 24, 1922
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, USA
Died: August 23, 2016
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 37 
Samuel Goldwyn
(Film Producer)
Samuel Goldwyn
3
Birthdate: August 17, 1879
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Warsaw
Died: January 31, 1974
 38 
Michelangelo Antonioni
(Italian Director & Screenwriter Known for His Trilogy 'L'Avventura', 'La Notte' and 'L'Eclisse')
Michelangelo Antonioni
4
Birthdate: September 29, 1912
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ferrara, Italy
Died: July 30, 2007

Michelangelo Antonioni was an Italian screenwriter, film director, editor, short story author, and painter. Renowned for making films with striking visual composition and elusive plots, Antonioni's work has influenced art cinema of the subsequent generation. Over the course of his career, Antonioni won many prestigious awards, including an honorary Academy Award, Palme d'Or, the Golden Bear, and the Golden Lion.

 39 
Benjamin Spock
(Pediatrician Whose 1946 Book 'Baby and Child Care' Revolutionized Parental Upbringing)
Benjamin Spock
3
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 2, 1903
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Died: March 15, 1998

American paediatrician Benjamin Spock was the first paediatrician who studied psychoanalysis to comprehend needs of children and family dynamics. He penned Baby and Child Care, a best-seller book of the twentieth-century. His concepts of child-rearing influenced generations of parents. Spock was also an Olympic gold-medallist in rowing and ran during the 1972 United States presidential election as People's Party nominee.

 40 
Carlo Ponti
(Former movie producer known for his work on the 1965 classic film Doctor Zhivago)
Carlo Ponti
2
Birthdate: December 11, 1912
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Magenta, Italy
Died: January 10, 2007
 41 
Ara Parseghian
(American Football Coach)
Ara Parseghian
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 21, 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States
Died: August 2, 2017
 42 
Valéry Giscard d'Estaing
(President of France (1974 - 1981))
Valéry Giscard d'Estaing
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 2, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Koblenz, Germany
Died: December 2, 2020

Valéry Giscard d'Estaing was a seasoned French politician who served as President of France. During his presidency, Giscard d'Estaing promoted nuclear power and liberalisation of trade, pushed for development of projects like TGV, and took a more liberal attitude on social issues like divorce, abortion and contraception. He emerged as the longest-lived president in the history of France.

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David Unaipon
(Preacher)
David Unaipon
21
Birthdate: September 28, 1872
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: South Australia
Died: February 7, 1967

David Unaipon was an Aboriginal Australian preacher, author, and inventor. He is best remembered for his significant contribution to Australian society, which helped break several stereotypes about Aboriginal Australians. Apart from establishing a couple of awards in his honor, the Australian government has also featured Unaipon on the Australian fifty-dollar note.

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C. Rajagopalachari
(Indian Independence Activist and the Last Governor-General of India)
C. Rajagopalachari
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 9, 1878
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Thorapalli, Tamil Nadu, India
Died: December 25, 1972

Bharat Ratna-winner C. Rajagopalachari, nicknamed Rajaji or C.R., was the last Governor-General of India and the first Indian to hold the post. He had also served as an INC leader, the Governor of West Bengal, and the Premier of the Madras Presidency. He launched the Swatantra Party and propagated peace.

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Naguib Mahfouz
(Novelist)
Naguib Mahfouz
11
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 11, 1911
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt
Died: August 30, 2006

Nobel Prize-winning Egyptian author Naguib Mahfouz had previously worked in the Egyptian civil service. Initially a short story writer, he later wrote novels such as Al-Thulāthiyyah, or The Cairo Trilogy. His novel Children of the Alley was banned for its religious references and led him to be stabbed by Islamists.

 46 
Sherwood Schwartz
(Television producer)
Sherwood Schwartz
0
Birthdate: November 14, 1916
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Passaic, New Jersey, United States
Died: July 12, 2011
 47 
Milan Kundera
(Czech Writer Best Known for His Novel 'The Unbearable Lightness of Being')
Milan Kundera
7
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 1, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brno, Czechia
Died: July 11, 2023

Milan Kundera is a Czech writer who became a naturalized French citizen in 1981 after going into exile in France in 1975. Although his Czechoslovak citizenship was revoked four years after going into exile, he received Czech citizenship in 2019, thanks to his achievements as a writer. He is the recipient of several prestigious awards, such as the Jerusalem Prize.

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Sammy Baugh
(American Professional Football Player Who Played as Quarterback and Coach)
Sammy Baugh
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 17, 1914
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Temple, Texas, United States
Died: December 17, 2008
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Lionel Hampton
(Bandleader)
Lionel Hampton
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 20, 1908
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: August 31, 2002
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Andres Segovia
(Spanish Guitarist Known for His Expressive Performances, Broad Tonal Palette, and Distinct Musical Personality)
Andres Segovia
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 21, 1893
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Linares, Spain
Died: June 2, 1987
Classical guitarist Andres Segovia is remembered for revolutionizing the use of the guitar in concerts. As a child, he had also learned the piano and the cello. He was mostly self-taught due to the lack of quality guitar teachers. He earned 10 honorary doctorates and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.