Famous People Born On May 21st

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.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 The Notorious B.I.G.

The Notorious B.I.G.
Famous As: One of the Greatest Rappers of All Time
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

Jeffrey Dahmer
Famous As: Serial Killer, Sex Offender
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

Famous As: Philosopher
Birth Year: 0428
Birthplace: Classical Athens, Greece
Died: 0348 BC

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

Mr. T
Famous As: Actor
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

Philip II of Spain
Famous As: King of Spain (1556-1598)
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

Chris Benoit
Famous As: Professional wrestler
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

Fairuza Balk
Famous As: Actress
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.

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 8 Albrecht Durer

Albrecht Durer
Famous As: Painter
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.

 9 Gotye

Famous As: Multi-instrumentalist
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.

 10 Noel Fielding

Noel Fielding
Famous As: Comedian
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.

 11 Raymond Burr

Raymond Burr
Famous As: Actor
Birth Year: 1917
Birthplace: New Westminster, Canada
Died: September 12, 1993

 12 Lisa Edelstein

Lisa Edelstein
Famous As: Actress
Birth Year: 1966
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

 13 Josh Allen

Josh Allen
Famous As: American football player
Birth Year: 1996
Birthplace: Firebaugh, California, United States

 14 Taylor Sheridan

Taylor Sheridan
Famous As: Screenwriter
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.

 15 Al Franken

Al Franken
Famous As: United States Senator from Minnesota (2009-2018)
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.

 16 Judge Reinhold

Judge Reinhold
Famous As: Actor
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.

 17 Mary Anning

Mary Anning
Famous As: Paleontologist
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.

 18 Mario Mandžukić

Mario Mandžukić
Famous As: Football player
Birth Year: 1986
Birthplace: Slavonski Brod, Croatia

 19 Alexander Pope

Alexander Pope
Famous As: Poet
Birth Year: 1688
Birthplace: London, England
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.

 20 Nick Cassavetes

Nick Cassavetes
Famous As: Actor
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.

 21 Ricky Williams

Ricky Williams
Famous As: American Football Players
Birth Year: 1977
Birthplace: San Diego, California, USA

 22 Josh Hamilton

Josh Hamilton
Famous As: Baseball Player
Birth Year: 1981
Birthplace: Raleigh, North Carolina, United States

 23 Angelo Bruno

Angelo Bruno
Famous As: Gangster
Birth Year: 1910
Birthplace: Villalba, Sicily, Italy
Died: March 21, 1980

Sicilian-American mobster Angelo Bruno led the Philadelphia crime family for 20 years. He was known as The Gentle Don or The Docile Don due to his dislike for violence. He was killed by a shotgun blast in his car, and his murder caused a mob war for 4 years.

 24 Armand Hammer

Armand Hammer
Famous As: Business people
Birth Year: 1898
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: December 10, 1990

 25 Bruce Buffer

Bruce Buffer
Famous As: Announcer, Kickboxer
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.

 26 Fats Waller

Fats Waller
Famous As: Jazz Pianist
Birth Year: 1904
Birthplace: New York City
Died: December 15, 1943

 27 Aung La Nsang

Aung La Nsang
Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birth Year: 1985
Birthplace: Myitkyina, Kachin, Burma

 28 Loretta Lynch

Loretta Lynch
Famous As: Former Attorney General of the United States
Birth Year: 1959
Birthplace: Greensboro, North Carolina, United States

 29 Jonathan Hyde

Jonathan Hyde
Famous As: Actor
Birth Year: 1948
Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia

 30 Kevin Quinn

Kevin Quinn
Famous As: Actor
Birth Year: 1997
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 31 Olivia Olson

Olivia Olson
Famous As: Actress
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.

 32 Richard Hatch

Richard Hatch
Famous As: Actor
Birth Year: 1945
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States
Died: February 7, 2017

 33 Anthony Mundine

Anthony Mundine
Famous As: Professional Boxer
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 Robert Montgomery

Robert Montgomery
Famous As: American actor
Birth Year: 1904
Birthplace: Beacon, New York
Died: September 27, 1981

 35 Anjulie Persaud

Anjulie Persaud
Famous As: Singer
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.

 36 Henri Rousseau

Henri Rousseau
Famous As: Painter
Birth Year: 1844
Birthplace: Laval, France
Died: September 2, 1910

 37 Romain Gary

Romain Gary
Famous As: Novelist
Birth Year: 1914
Birthplace: Vilnius, 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.

 38 Andrei Sakharov

Andrei Sakharov
Famous As: Nuclear physicist
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.

 39 Ara Parseghian

Ara Parseghian
Famous As: American Football Player, Coach
Birth Year: 1923
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States
Died: August 2, 2017

 40 Eston Hemings

Eston Hemings
Famous As: Slave
Birth Year: 1808
Birthplace: Monticello, Virginia, United States
Died: January 3, 1856

 41 Édouard-Henri Avril

Édouard-Henri Avril
Famous As: Painter
Birth Year: 1849
Birthplace: Algiers [El Djazaïr], 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.

 42 Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson
Famous As: Politician
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.

 43 Bobby Cox

Bobby Cox
Famous As: Baseball Player, Manager
Birth Year: 1941
Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

 44 Ronald Isley

Ronald Isley
Famous As: Recording artist
Birth Year: 1941
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

 45 Kota Ibushi

Kota Ibushi
Famous As: Professional wrestler
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.

 46 Lázaro Cárdenas

Lázaro Cárdenas
Famous As: President of Mexico
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.

 47 Marcel Breuer

Marcel Breuer
Famous As: Architect & Furniture Designer
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 Leon Schuster

Leon Schuster
Famous As: Actor, Film director
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.

 49 Kayla Itsines

Kayla Itsines
Famous As: Instagram Star, Personal Fitness Trainer
Birth Year: 1991
Birthplace: Adelaide, South Australia

Australian fitness trainer Kayla Itsines had initially wished to become a beauty therapist but later deviated to fitness. She has not only released best-selling fitness books, but has also launched the fitness app Sweat with Kayla and several Bikini Body Guides, replete with high-intensity workouts and diet plans.

 50 Tom Daley

Tom Daley
Famous As: Diver
Birth Year: 1994
Birthplace: Plymouth, England

Personality Traits & Characteristics of Famous People Born on May 21

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.

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.

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.

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