Famous People Born On May 21st

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People born on May 21st fall under the sun sign Gemini. Problem solvers by nature, these individuals have an innate sense of communication and are great at it. They are intellectual and have a charming disposition but can be impatient and restless too. Since this date falls on the first day of the Gemini cycle, these individuals may also possess some traits of Taurus as well. Either way, they are intense and passionate about seeking knowledge.

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 1 
The Notorious B.I.G.
(One of the Greatest Rappers of All Time)
The Notorious B.I.G.
78
Birth Year: 1972
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: March 9, 1997

The Notorious B.I.G. was a rapper and songwriter and is considered one of the best ever. His debut album Ready to Die in 1994 was critically acclaimed. He was murdered in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles in September 1996. His album Life After Death was released two weeks after his death. 

 2 
Jeffrey Dahmer
(American Serial Killer and Sex Offender)
Jeffrey Dahmer
293
Birth Year: 1960
Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Died: November 28, 1994

One of the most notorious serial killers ever convicted in America, Jeffrey Dahmer terrorized the Milwaukee region in the 1980s. He targeted young men and boys, who he would lure to his house on some pretext before torturing and killing them. Finally arrested and imprisoned in the early 1990s, he was killed by a fellow inmate in 1994.

 3 
Plato
(Greek Philosopher and Founder of Platonist School)
Plato
16
Birth Year: 0428
Birthplace: Classical Athens, Greece
Died: 0348 AD

Plato was one of the most important Ancient Greek philosophers, who contributed greatly to the fields of mathematics, metaphysics, politics, art, and poetry. Along with his famous student Aristotle and equally famous teacher Socrates, Plato is considered one of the founders of spirituality and Western religion. Platonism remains one of his important contributions.

 4 
Mr. T
(Actor)
Mr. T
18
Birth Year: 1952
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Mr. T is best known as A. Baracus from The A-Team and Clubber Lang from Rocky III. Fans love his signature hairstyle and his gold jewelry, which he stopped wearing after Hurricane Katrina. His catchphrase “I pity the fool!" inspired a reality show. He has previously been a celebrity bodyguard.
 5 
Philip II of Spain
(King of Spain (1556 - 1598), King of Portugal (1580 - 1598))
Philip II of Spain
24
Birth Year: 1527
Birthplace: Valladolid, Spain
Died: September 13, 1598
Philip II, son of Charles V, was a 16-th century king of Spain and Portugal. Also known as Philip the Prudent, he became the king of Ireland and England through his marriage to Mary I. Following Mary’s death, he attempted to overthrow Elizabeth I with his armada invasions, but failed.
 6 
Chris Benoit
(Canadian Professional Wrestler Known for Winning 22 Championships Under WWF/WWE, WCW, NJPW, and ECW)
Chris Benoit
31
Birth Year: 1967
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Died: June 25, 2007

Often regarded as one of the best wrestlers of all time, Chris Benoit was known for putting his body on the line to create a greater impact than most of his fellow wrestlers. One of his popular moves, a diving headbutt, was cited as one of the reasons for his deteriorating mental health that eventually resulted in his suicide.

 7 
Fairuza Balk
(American Actress Best Known for Her Portrayals of Distinctive 'Goth-Girl' Characters, Often With a Dark Edge)
Fairuza Balk
23
Birth Year: 1974
Birthplace: Point Reyes, California, United States

Actress and musician Fairuza Balk is best known for her performance in the film Gas Food Lodging. Being the daughter of a musician and dancer, she was introduced to the performing arts early on. She started working as a teenager and became a successful actress. As a musician, she is involved with the band Armed Love Militia.

 8 
Raymond Burr
7
Birth Year: 1917
Birthplace: New Westminster, Canada
Died: September 12, 1993
 9 
Josh Allen
(American football player)
Josh Allen
21
Birth Year: 1996
Birthplace: Firebaugh, California, United States
 10 
Taylor Sheridan
(Best Known for Writing the Screenplay for 'Sicario' and 'Hell or High Water')
Taylor Sheridan
17
Birth Year: 1970
Birthplace: Cranfills Gap, Texas, United States
Screenwriter/director Taylor Sheridan is best known for his Academy Award-nominated original screenplay in Hell or High Water. He also gained fame as an actor, playing David Hale in the Sons of Anarchy and Danny Boyd in Veronica Mars. He has also written Sicario and written and directed Wind River.
 11 
Nick Cassavetes
(Actor & Director)
Nick Cassavetes
6
Birth Year: 1959
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Nicholas Cassavetes, son of actor Gena Rowlands and actor-director John Cassavetes, had initially tried his luck in basketball, but his sports career ended due to an injury. He later appeared in films such as Face/Off and The Astronaut's Wife. He also directed films such as The Notebook.

 12 
Gotye
(Founding Member of The Melbourne Indie-Pop Trio 'The Basics')
Gotye
14
Birth Year: 1980
Birthplace: Bruges, Belgium
Belgian-born Australian singer Gotye initially formed the indie-pop group The Basics. The three-time Grammy-winning artist has also had a successful solo career and is best known for his Billboard-topping track Somebody That I Used to Know, which made him the fifth Australian artist to top the Billboard charts.
 13 
Albrecht Durer
(German High Renaissance Painter Best Known for His Work ‘Meisterstiche’)
Albrecht Durer
7
Birth Year: 1471
Birthplace: Nuremberg, Germany
Died: April 6, 1528

Albrecht Durer was a German painter, theorist, and printmaker of the German Renaissance. During his 20s, Durer established his reputation as a popular printmaker across Europe, thanks to his high-quality woodcut prints. His popularity enabled him to work with major Italian artists like Leonardo da Vinci, Giovanni Bellini, and Raphael. Albrecht Durer also influenced generations of artists, especially in printmaking.

 14 
Noel Fielding
(Comedian)
Noel Fielding
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Birth Year: 1973
Birthplace: City of Westminster, London, England

Well-known for his use of black comedy and surreal humor, Noel Fielding is an English comedian, musician, writer, and actor. He co-created a television program called The Mighty Boosh, which has gained a cult fan following. Also an artist, Noel Fielding has exhibited many of his paintings in London.

 15 
Lisa Edelstein
13
Birth Year: 1966
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
 16 
Mario Mandžukić
(Croatian Footballer Who Played as a Striker)
Mario Mandžukić
6
Birth Year: 1986
Birthplace: Slavonski Brod, Croatia

Mario Mandžukić is a Croatian former footballer who played as a striker for the Croatia national team from 2007 to 2018. In 2018, he helped his team win the silver medal at the World Cup. As a player, he became renowned for his aerial prowess and aggressiveness. In 2012 and 2013, Mario Mandžukić was adjudged Croatian Footballer of the Year.                

 17 
Judge Reinhold
(Known for His Roles in the Films: ‘Ruthless People’, ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’, ‘Stripes’ and ‘Gremlins’)
Judge Reinhold
7
Birth Year: 1957
Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, United States
More than seventy-five film and television roles, over two decades of relationship with international audiences across all generations, Judge Reinhold is well-known for his multi-faceted personality. His career gained momentum when he appeared in Beverly Hill Cop. He earned a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for his performance in Seinfeld.
 18 
Alexander Pope
(One of the Most Prominent English Poets of the Early 18th Century)
Alexander Pope
1
Birth Year: 1688
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
Died: May 30, 1744

Alexander Pope was a satirist and poet whose works produced during the Augustan period made him one of the greatest artistic exponents of that period. Widely regarded as one of the most important English poets of the 18th century, Alexander Pope is best remembered for writing discursive poetry and heroic couplets.

 19 
Al Franken
(Former United States Senator from Minnesota (2009 - 2018))
Al Franken
10
Birth Year: 1951
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States

Al Franken served as the U.S. senator from Minnesota, from 2009 to 2018. He has also gained fame as a Saturday Night Live writer, has authored several bestsellers, has hosted The Al Franken Show on radio, and has starred in screen projects such as Stuart Saves His Family.

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Armand Hammer
(Business people)
Armand Hammer
3
Birth Year: 1898
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: December 10, 1990
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Tom Daley
(Diver)
Tom Daley
20
Birth Year: 1994
Birthplace: Plymouth, England
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Josh Hamilton
(Baseball Player)
Josh Hamilton
3
Birth Year: 1981
Birthplace: Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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Bruce Buffer
(Announcer, Kickboxer)
Bruce Buffer
4
Birth Year: 1957
Birthplace: Tulsa

Known for his popular catchphrase “It's time!," Bruce Buffer, the well-known MMA ring announcer, initially worked in the telemarketing industry. He and his half-brother, announcer Michael Buffer, whom Bruce had no clue about till he was an adult, now run The Buffer Partnership, a company to grow their brand value.

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Ricky Williams
(American Football Players)
Ricky Williams
4
Birth Year: 1977
Birthplace: San Diego, California, USA
 25 
Robert Montgomery
(American actor)
Robert Montgomery
0
Birth Year: 1904
Birthplace: Beacon, New York
Died: September 27, 1981

Robert Montgomery was an American actor, producer, and director. Renowned for his versatility, Montgomery received two nominations for the prestigious Academy Award under the Best Actor category. Robert Montgomery was awarded a couple of stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to the film and TV industries.

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Fats Waller
(Jazz Pianist)
Fats Waller
6
Birth Year: 1904
Birthplace: New York City
Died: December 15, 1943
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Richard Hatch
2
Birth Year: 1945
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States
Died: February 7, 2017
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Aung La Nsang
(Mixed martial artist)
Aung La Nsang
7
Birth Year: 1985
Birthplace: Myitkyina, Kachin, Burma
 29 
Leo Sayer
(singer-songwriter)
Leo Sayer
1
Birth Year: 1948
Birthplace: Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, England
 30 
Ronald Isley
(Recording artist)
Ronald Isley
2
Birth Year: 1941
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
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Kevin Quinn
7
Birth Year: 1997
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
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Henri Rousseau
0
Birth Year: 1844
Birthplace: Laval, France
Died: September 2, 1910
 33 
Anthony Mundine
(Australian Former Professional Boxer and Rugby League Footballer)
Anthony Mundine
6
Birth Year: 1975
Birthplace: Newtown, Australia

Anthony Mundine is an Australian former rugby league footballer and former professional boxer. He competed from 2000 to 2021 as a boxer and held championship titles, such as the WBA super-middleweight title, the IBO middleweight title, and the WBA interim super-welterweight title. Before becoming a boxer, Mundine was a popular figure in the National Rugby League (NRL). 

 34 
Andrei Sakharov
(Soviet Nuclear Physicist, Dissident and Winner of the 1975 Nobel Prize for Peace)
Andrei Sakharov
2
Birth Year: 1921
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: December 14, 1989

Andrei Sakharov was a Russian dissident and nuclear physicist best remembered for designing RDS-37, Soviet Union's first two-stage hydrogen bomb. Also an activist for peace and human rights, Andrei Sakharov was honored with the Nobel Peace Prize in 1975. The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, which is awarded by the European Parliament, is named in his honor.

 35 
Bobby Cox
(Baseball Player, Manager)
Bobby Cox
2
Birth Year: 1941
Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
 36 
Ara Parseghian
(American Football Player, Coach)
Ara Parseghian
6
Birth Year: 1923
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States
Died: August 2, 2017
 37 
Anjulie Persaud
(Canadian Singer and Songwriter Best Known for Her Self-Titled Studio Album 'Anjulie')
Anjulie Persaud
3
Birth Year: 1983
Birthplace: Oakville, Canada

Anjulie Persaud is a Canadian songwriter and singer best known for her collaboration with popular artists like Nicki Minaj, Diplo, Kelly Clarkson, Benny Benassi, and Zedd among others. Anjulie's music has been featured on popular networks, such as HBO, MTV, and NBC. In 2013, she received the Juno Award for Dance Recording of the Year.

 38 
Lázaro Cárdenas
(President of Mexico)
Lázaro Cárdenas
0
Birth Year: 1895
Birthplace: Jiquilpan, Mexico
Died: October 19, 1970

Lázaro Cárdenas had a difficult childhood and supported his family doing odd jobs after his father’s death. He rose to be the president of Mexico and was known for his efforts to implement the objectives of the Mexican Revolution, such as nationalization of industries and making loans available to farmers.

 39 
Romain Gary
(French Diplomat & Novelist)
Romain Gary
6
Birth Year: 1914
Birthplace: Vilnius, Republic Of Lithuania
Died: December 2, 1980

Romain Gary was a French novelist, diplomat, and film director of Jewish origin. He also served as an aviator during World War II. One of France’s most popular and prolific writers, he is the only author to have won the Prix Goncourt twice. He had a troubled personal life and died of suicide in 1980.

 40 
Édouard-Henri Avril
(French Painter, Commercial Artist and Illustrator of Erotic Literature)
Édouard-Henri Avril
2
Birth Year: 1849
Birthplace: Algiers, French Algeria
Died: July 28, 1928

Before he revolutionized 19th-century erotica as Paul Avril, Édouard-Henri Avril was a soldier. An injury sustained in the Franco-Prussian War cut short his military life, and he was pushed into Paris sex salons to study art. His most notable works, such as the illustrations for Fanny Hill, were largely banned.

 41 
Kota Ibushi
(Japanese Professional Wrestler and Martial Artist)
Kota Ibushi
2
Birth Year: 1982
Birthplace: Aira, Kagoshima, Japan

Japanese martial artist and wrestler Kota Ibushi stunned his fans when he rejected an offer from All Elite Wrestling, choosing to remain with New Japan Pro-Wrestling instead, as he did not wish to move to the U.S. for good. The IWGP World Heavyweight Champion had initially ditched karate for wrestling.

 42 
Leon Schuster
(Actor, Film director)
Leon Schuster
1
Birth Year: 1951
Birthplace: Vereeniging, South Africa

Leon Schuster is a South African filmmaker, actor, comedian, singer, and presenter. Over the years, Schuster's films have been targeted for issues related to racism. In 2020, more than six of his movies were removed from the South African streaming service Showmax for being racially insensitive as he had used blackface in his movies for comedic effect.

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Jonathan Hyde
4
Birth Year: 1948
Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia
 44 
Mary Robinson
(7th President of Ireland (1990 - 1997))
Mary Robinson
2
Birth Year: 1944
Birthplace: Ballina, Ireland

A seasoned lawyer and a Harvard and Trinity College alumna, politician Mary Robinson has also taught law at Trinity. The Labour Party member later rose to be Ireland’s first female president. She was also a founding member of the global group of peacekeepers and leaders The Elders.

 45 
Olivia Olson
(Actress)
Olivia Olson
7
Birth Year: 1992
Birthplace: Los Angeles

Olivia Olson is an American singer-songwriter and actress. She made her film debut at the age of 10, playing Joanna Anderson in the film, Love Actually, in which she was seen singing All I Want for Christmas Is You; her skills as a singer was praised and Olson landed several voice roles in TV series, such as Phineas and Ferb.

 46 
Dennis Day
(Singer, Radio, Television, and Film Personality)
Dennis Day
0
Birth Year: 1916
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
Died: June 22, 1988
 47 
Marcel Breuer
(Architect & Furniture Designer)
Marcel Breuer
3
Birth Year: 1902
Birthplace: Pécs, Austria-Hungary
Died: July 1, 1981
Hungarian architect and furniture designer Marcel Breuer was a major figure of the International Style of design. His innovative designs made use of new technology and materials, such as steel furniture resembling the designs of bicycle handle bars, also known as the Wassily chair. He inspired the documentary Breuer's Bohemia.
 48 
Mary Anning
(Paleontologist)
Mary Anning
15
Birth Year: 1799
Birthplace: Lyme Regis, Dorset, England
Died: March 9, 1847

English paleontologist Mary Anning is best known for the fossil collections she made in Jurassic marine fossil beds. She made major contributions to studies related to prehistoric life and the history of the Earth. As a woman in 19th-century Britain, she could not fully participate in the scientific community despite her brilliance. She gained fame after her death.

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Julie Vega
(Model, Singer, Actor)
Julie Vega
5
Birth Year: 1968
Birthplace: Quezon City
Died: May 6, 1985
 50 
Elizabeth Fry
(English Prison Reformer Who Played a Major Role in the' Gaol Ac't, Which Necessitated Sex-Segregation of Prisons)
Elizabeth Fry
0
Birth Year: 1780
Birthplace: Norwich
Died: October 12, 1845

Elizabeth Fry was an English social reformer, prison reformer, Quaker, and philanthropist. Nicknamed the Angel of Prisons, Fry played a major role in the Gaol Act, which necessitated sex-segregation of prisons. The act also mandated the appointment of female warders for female inmates.

Personality Traits & Characteristics of Famous People Born on May 21

Personality
People born on May 21 are never content with standing still. They are always looking to push forward and learning something new. This trait leads them to wanting to know about everything without ever becoming an expert in one thing. These people are also known to be great communicators and are driven to be ahead of everyone else.

Health
People born on May 21st have their own share of health problems. This usually arises due to poor diet and lack of exercise. These individuals should avoid binging on processed food and indulge in sensible eating instead of dieting to reduce weight.

Finance
People born on May 21 are known to be entrepreneurs. However, as successful as they are at making money, they aren’t smart enough to save the same. Their drive and passion will lead to poor decisions that can quickly lead to the loss of their hard earned money. Their inability to be patient causes them to frequently lose a lot of money.

Career
With their talent for being social, they are best in field of sales and marketing. Additionally, their passion makes them perfect candidates to run their own business. Naturally, they would also be gifted journalists, translators, writers, tour guides, and teachers. Any job with an emphasis on communication is suitable for someone born on May 21.

Relationships, Marriage & Children
One skill that May 21st individuals have is being able to attract their mates. They bring an irresistible passion to their relationships, but they have problems staying committed to them. When they do get married, their divorce rate is high. Other than their restlessness, they will often have trouble staying married, because of their inability to stabilize their financial situation. People born on this day are great with children, because they are a lot of fun and will know how to communicate well with kids. However, their instability will cause them to seek a babysitter or a nanny to help them deal with the hardships of taking care of a child.

Lucky Colors: Yellow
Lucky Numbers: 3, 8
Lucky Days (of the week): Wednesday
Lucky Days (of the month): 3, 21, 30