Famous People Born On May 8th

Individuals born on May 8th fall under the second sun sign of Taurus, the bull. They are ruled by the planet of Venus which exemplifies love and beauty. Such people are practical and grounded, as reflected by their element, the Earth. These individuals aren’t the ones for prevarication, as their natural instinct is to tell it like it is, no matter the consequences. They are sensible and intelligent, thriving on a carefully organized plan for the future. It's not unusual for individuals born under this date to have a five or ten year plan, so they can always be prepared for any eventuality. Their serious nature may make them appear outwardly dull, but they possess a knack to see the funny side of life.

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 1 David Attenborough

David Attenborough
Famous As: Broadcaster
Birth Year: 1926
Birthplace: Isleworth, England

Widely regarded as a national treasure in the United Kingdom, Sir David Attenborough is the only person to have received BAFTAs for TV shows meant for different television sets, such as black and white, color, 3D, HD, and 4K. In 2002, he was mentioned in BBC's 100 Greatest Britons list.

 2 Enrique Iglesias

Enrique Iglesias
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birth Year: 1975
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

One of the most popular Spanish singer-songwriters of all time, Enrique Iglesias is widely known as the King of Latin Pop. Having sold more than 180 million records worldwide, Enrique Iglesias is among the best-selling Latin music artists list. He often uses his popularity to help raise funds to benefit humanitarian organizations like the American Red Cross.

 3 Harry S. Truman

Harry S. Truman
Famous As: 33rd President of the United States (1945 – 53)
Birth Year: 1884
Birthplace: Lamar, Missouri, United States
Died: December 26, 1972

Harry Truman was the US president from 1945 to 1953 and his administration successfully guided the US economy through the post-war challenges. He established the Truman Doctrine to contain Soviet geopolitical expansion during the Cold War. He authorised the first and only use of nuclear weapons during a war when he sanctioned bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945.

 4 Stephen Amell

Stephen Amell
Famous As: Actor
Birth Year: 1981
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Stephen Amell is a Canadian actor who contributed to the commencement of the popular American media franchise The Arrowverse by portraying Oliver Queen / Green Arrow on the superhero television series Arrow. Also a well-known philanthropist, Stephen Amell has hosted several fundraising campaigns to benefit charity organizations, such as Fuck Cancer, Stand For The Silent, and Paws and Stripes.

 5 Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert
Famous As: Actress
Birth Year: 1964
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Melissa Gilbert is an actress and politician. She played an important and influential role in the American film and TV industry while serving as the president of the Screen Actors Guild between 2001 and 2005. Also a writer, Melissa Gilbert has published an autobiography, cookbook, and short story for children.

 6 Ricky Nelson

Ricky Nelson
Famous As: Musician
Birth Year: 1940
Birthplace: Teaneck, New Jersey, United States
Died: December 31, 1985

Ricky Nelson was an American pop pioneer, rock & roll star, and singer-songwriter. After establishing himself as a top teen idol during the 1950s, Ricky Nelson went on to release several chartbusting songs. He achieved great popularity and was ranked 91st on Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list.

 7 Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson
Famous As: Singer
Birth Year: 1911
Birthplace: Hazlehurst, Mississippi, United States
Died: August 16, 1938

Singer and guitarist Robert Johnson is remembered as a Delta blues legend. Lack of proper documentation of his early life led to various legends surrounding him, such as one that claimed he had made a deal with the Devil to excel in music. He also inspired an award-winning biography. 

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 8 Don Rickles

Don Rickles
Famous As: Stand-up Comedian
Birth Year: 1926
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States
Died: April 6, 2017

Don Rickles was an American actor, author, and stand-up comedian. Nicknamed The Merchant of Venom, Don Rickles specialized in insult comedy. Apart from appearing in several talk and variety shows as a guest, Rickles had his own sitcom titled The Don Rickles Show. After his death, many celebrities including Tom Hanks, Martin Scorsese, and Robert De Niro paid their tributes.

 9 Sonny Liston

Sonny Liston
Famous As: Professional Boxer
Birth Year: 1932
Birthplace: Sand Slough, Arkansas, United States
Died: December 30, 1970
Renowned as the Big Bear, Sonny Liston became the world heavyweight champion in 1962. Known for his intimidating appearance, formidable punching power, toughness, and long reach, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Widely regarded as unbeatable, he lost the WBC title to Muhammad Ali, in 1964.

 10 Nyle DiMarco

Nyle DiMarco
Famous As: Model, Actor
Birth Year: 1989
Birthplace: Queens, New York

 11 Olivia Culpo

Olivia Culpo
Famous As: Social media personality
Birth Year: 1992
Birthplace: Cranston, Rhode Island, United States

Olivia Culpo is an American social media personality and fashion influencer. She gained international recognition after winning the Miss Universe beauty pageant in 2012. As a fashion influencer, she has collaborated with many fashion and beauty brands, such as Kipling and L'Oréal. She also owns a restaurant in Rhode Island.

 12 Kemba Walker

Kemba Walker
Famous As: Basketball player
Birth Year: 1990
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, USA

 13 Aneurin Barnard

Aneurin Barnard
Famous As: Actor
Birth Year: 1987
Birthplace: Ogwr, Mid Glamorgan, Wales
Born to a factory worker and a coal miner, Aneurin Barnard began gaining recognition with roles in series such as Jacob's Ladder. His performance as Melchior Gabor in the musical Spring Awakening won him the Laurence Olivier Award. His portrayal of Richard III in The White Queen was also appreciated.

 14 Matthew Davis

Matthew Davis
Famous As: Actor
Birth Year: 1978
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

 15 Phillis Wheatley

Phillis Wheatley
Famous As: Writer
Birth Year: 1753
Birthplace: West Africa
Died: December 5, 1784

 16 Alex van Halen

Alex van Halen
Famous As: Musician
Birth Year: 1953
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Alex Van Halen is an American musician known for his drumming skills. He is credited with co-founding the now-defunct band, Van Halen. The band's self-titled debut album influenced several musicians in hard rock at the time of its release in 1978. Alex is also credited with coining the term brown sound, which was usually associated with his late-brother Eddie's guitar.

 17 Bill Cowher

Bill Cowher
Famous As: American Football Player, Coach
Birth Year: 1957
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Former American football linebacker, coach, and sports analyst Bill Cowher served as a head coach in the National Football League (NFL) for 15 seasons. He spent the majority of his coaching career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Under him, the Steelers won several championships including one Super Bowl. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2020.

 18 6ix9ine

Famous As: Rapper
Birth Year: 1996
Birthplace: Bushwick, New York, United States

A man whose music has been marked by an aggressive style of rapping, 6ix9ine is a figure who is as controversial as he is popular. Making waves in the music scene with his debut album in 2018, the upcoming rapper became involved in a string of sexual offenses and other felonies. Despite his legal issues, he continues to be popular.

 19 Friedrich von Hayek

Friedrich von Hayek
Famous As: Economist
Birth Year: 1899
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: March 23, 1992

A winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, Friedrich von Hayek, was an advocate of classical liberalism. The Austrian-British economist, who was also a political philosopher, co-founded the Mont Pelerin Society. He worked at the London School of Economics, the University of Chicago and the University of Freiburg and authored the popular book, The Road to Serfdom.

 20 Thomas Pynchon

Thomas Pynchon
Famous As: Writer, Novelist, Essayist, Science fiction writer
Birth Year: 1937
Birthplace: Glen Cove

Thomas Pynchon initially joined Cornell to study engineering physics, but changed his major to English after a brief stint with the U.S. Army. A master of black humor, he soared to fame with novels such as The Crying of Lot 49 and Inherent Vice. He is media-shy and is rarely photographed.

 21 Ronnie Lott

Ronnie Lott
Famous As: American Football Player
Birth Year: 1959
Birthplace: Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

 22 Elyes Gabel

Elyes Gabel
Famous As: Actor
Birth Year: 1983
Birthplace: London, England, UK

 23 David Keith

David Keith
Famous As: Actor
Birth Year: 1954
Birthplace: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

 24 Jodhi May

Jodhi May
Famous As: Actress
Birth Year: 1975
Birthplace: Camden, London, England

 25 Buakaw Banchamek

Buakaw Banchamek
Famous As: Boxer
Birth Year: 1982
Birthplace: Ban Song Nong County, Samrong Thap, Surin, Thailand

 26 Sid James

Sid James
Famous As: Actor
Birth Year: 1913
Birthplace: Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa
Died: April 26, 1976

Sid James was an actor best remembered for playing multiple characters in the popular Carry On series. James has been the subject of many tribute shows including BBC's 2013 show The Many Faces of Sid James. In 1998, actor Geoffrey Hutchings played Sid James in a play titled Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick which was premiered at the National Theatre.

 27 Raoul Trujillo

Raoul Trujillo
Famous As: Choreographer
Birth Year: 1955
Birthplace: Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

 28 Fulton J. Sheen

Fulton J. Sheen
Famous As: Archbishop
Birth Year: 1895
Birthplace: El Paso, Illinois
Died: December 9, 1979

Catholic bishop Fulton J. Sheen was also a prominent radio and TV personality. Known for his stint on the NBC radio show The Catholic Hour, he also hosted the popular TV programs Life Is Worth Living and The Bishop Fulton Sheen Show. He also wrote extensively on communism, love, and peace.

 29 Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla

Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla
Famous As: Priest
Birth Year: 1753
Birthplace: Pénjamo, Mexico
Died: July 30, 1811

Spanish priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla is remembered as the father of Mexican independence. During the 1808 French invasion of Spain, the Mexicans demanded independence from Spanish rule. Hidalgo’s subsequent call for revolt against the Spanish is remembered as the Cry of Dolores. He was executed by a firing squad.

 30 Lovie Smith

Lovie Smith
Famous As: American Football Player
Birth Year: 1958
Birthplace: Gladewater, Texas, USA

 31 Mark Noble

Mark Noble
Famous As: Football player
Birth Year: 1987
Birthplace: Canning Town, England

 32 James Mitchum

James Mitchum
Famous As: Actor
Birth Year: 1941
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

 33 Nora Arnezeder

Nora Arnezeder
Famous As: Actress
Birth Year: 1989
Birthplace: Paris, France

Nora Arnezeder is a French singer and actress best known for her portrayal of the title role in the internationally praised 2013 French costume drama film, Angélique. A trained singer and dancer, Arnezeder has also played main roles in web TV series, such as the American science fiction drama series, Origin.

 34 Keith Jarrett

Keith Jarrett
Famous As: Pianist, Composer, Jazz musician, Saxophonist, Songwriter, Musician
Birth Year: 1945
Birthplace: Allentown

 35 Hiromu Arakawa

Hiromu Arakawa
Famous As: Manga Artist
Birth Year: 1973
Birthplace: Makubetsu, Hokkaido, Japan
Raised on a farm, Hiromu Arakawa realized her potential as a manga artist early in life and thus went to Tokyo to try her luck. The Shogakugan Manga Award-winning artist is now known for her internationally renowned Fullmetal Alchemist manga series, which has given birth to an entire franchise.

 36 Tom of Finland

Tom of Finland
Famous As: Painter, Illustrator
Birth Year: 1920
Birthplace: Kaarina
Died: November 7, 1991

 37 Henry Dunant

Henry Dunant
Famous As: Co-Founder of the Red Cross
Birth Year: 1828
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: October 30, 1910

Henry Dunant was a Swiss businessman, social activist, and humanitarian. He is credited with co-founding and promoting the Red Cross. In 1901, he became the first Swiss Nobel laureate when he was honored with the Nobel Peace Prize. Dunant is also credited with founding the Swiss branch of YMCA. His life inspired the 1948 historical drama film, Man to Men.

 38 William Henry Vanderbilt

William Henry Vanderbilt
Famous As: Businessman
Birth Year: 1821
Birthplace: New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States
Died: December 8, 1885

 39 Benjamin Graham

Benjamin Graham
Famous As: Economist, Investor
Birth Year: 1894
Birthplace: London, England
Died: September 21, 1976

 40 Christian XXX

Christian XXX
Famous As: Actor
Birth Year: 1974
Birthplace: Burlington, Vermont, USA

 41 Anthony Field

Anthony Field
Famous As: Musician, best known as a leader of the children's group the Wiggles and a member of the 1980s and 1990s pop band the Cockroaches
Birth Year: 1963
Birthplace: Kellyville, Australia

 42 Jean Giraud

Jean Giraud
Famous As: Artist
Birth Year: 1938
Birthplace: Nogent-sur-Marne, France
Died: March 10, 2012

 43 Peter Benchley

Peter Benchley
Famous As: Writer
Birth Year: 1940
Birthplace: New York City, U.S.
Died: February 11, 2006

 44 Lex Barker

Lex Barker
Famous As: Actor
Birth Year: 1919
Birthplace: Rye, New York, United States
Died: May 11, 1973

 45 Andrea Barzagli

Andrea Barzagli
Famous As: Association football player
Birth Year: 1981
Birthplace: Fiesole

 46 Brad Culpepper

Brad Culpepper
Famous As: American Football player
Birth Year: 1969
Birthplace: Tallahassee, Florida, United States

 47 Roberto Rossellini

Roberto Rossellini
Famous As: Film director, Actor, Film producer, Playwright, Screenwriter, Racecar driver
Birth Year: 1906
Birthplace: Rome
Died: June 3, 1977

One of the pioneers of neo-realism, Italian filmmaker Roberto Rossellini was part of the French nouvelle vague movement. Born to the man who had set up Italy’s first cinema, Rossellini later grew up to make films such as Rome, Open City. He was also known for his scandalous affair with Ingrid Bergman.

 48 Candace Nelson

Candace Nelson
Famous As: Pastry Chef
Birth Year: 1974
Birthplace: Indonesia
Candace Nelson is a pastry chef and TV personality. She is credited with co-founding Sprinkles Cupcakes, one of the first cupcake bakeries in the world. Sprinkles currently has 24 locations across the USA and celebrities like Serena Williams, Tom Cruise, and Oprah Winfrey have publicly appreciated Sprinkles Cupcakes. Nelson also appears as a judge on TV shows like Cupcake Wars.

 49 Phyllida Law

Phyllida Law
Famous As: Actress
Birth Year: 1932
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland, UK

 50 Gregory Scarpa

Gregory Scarpa
Famous As: Criminal
Birth Year: 1928
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: June 4, 1994

Personality Traits & Characteristics of Famous People Born on May 8

The term "down to Earth," could certainly apply to individuals born on this date, due to their strong connections to the Earth element. Their practicality and single-minded, bullish nature makes them quite strong-willed and possibly even stubborn. Despite this stubborn streak, May 8th individuals can be very reserved in nature, preferring to use their gift of discipline to aid others. It's the stability of this star sign that makes these individuals the calm center of any storm. Their anger is slow to stir but once roused, they can be fiery and ferocious.

People born on May 8th strive to be constantly aware of their health. They exercise and eat well, reducing health problems as far as they're able to. They try to balance their environment to minimize any stress, thus further reducing stress related illnesses. They're the type of person who would work hard and play hard, taking to a sunny beach as quickly as they would to a boardroom. In all, these individuals lead a healthy life, avoiding instances of possible sickness by taking responsibility for their robust constitution.

The solid guidance of common-sense will ensure that people born on this date invest wisely and won't take any wild chances. Being an Earth sign, money means security, and they will devote a significant amount of energy to ensure that future material comforts are in their lives.

Individuals born on this date do well under pressure and often find careers in medicine and police-work. Their natural intelligence and stability make them dependable and a source of inspiration in leadership roles. They use their single-minded nature to pick a career path early in life.

Relationships, Marriage & Children
Charming and romantic, people having this birthdate seek partners with similar career choices to their own. Their need for structure leads to long-term relationships, although this can come later in life if their career interferes. With their strong sex drive, they dominate in the bedroom. They're passionate and patient. When they do have children, they make excellent teachers, passing on their life experiences. They will ensure their children learn self-reliance and the ability to think for themselves.

Lucky Colors: Gold, Brown, Yellow
Lucky Numbers: 3, 4
Lucky Days (of the week): Friday, Saturday
Lucky Days (of the month): 5, 16, 22