Famous people born during WW2 - 1941 (ongoing)

For something interesting and a bit of light fun, I’ve compiled a list of people born in 1941 of varying fame, I’ll go through the rest of the list as the year goes on. If there are any mistakes or omissions (I tried to procure the easily recognizable ones) please give me a shout.

Spot any you like?

January '41

Hayao Miyazaki - Director (5th)
Graham Chapman - Actor, best known for Monty Python (8th) d. 1989
Joan Beaz - Singer-songwriter (9th)
Faye Dunaway - Actress (14th)
Don Van Vliet aka “Captain Beefheart” - Singer-songwriter (15th) d. 2010
Richie Havens - Singer-songwriter (21st) d. 2013
Neil Diamond - Singer-songwriter (24th)
Dick Cheney - 46th Vice President (30th)

February '41

Nick Nolte - Actor (8th)
Michael Apted - Director (10th)
Brian Holland - Songwriter, part of the Holland–Dozier–Holland team (15th)

March '41

Wolfgang Petersen - Director (14th)
Bernardo Bertolucci - Director (16th) d. 2018
Wilson Pickett - Singer (18th) d. 2006
Bruno Ganz - Actor and Director (22nd) d. 2019
Richard Dawkins - Biologist (26th)

April '41

Michael Moriarty - Actor (5th)
Pete Rose - MLB Player and Manager (14th)
Ryan O’Neal - Actor (20th)

May '41

Ritchie Valens - Singer (13th) d. 1959
Ronald Isley aka “Mr. Biggs” - Singer (21st)
Bob Dylan - Singer-songwriter (24th)
Aldrich Ames - CIA Officer and Spy for the Soviet Union (26th)
Bob Simon - CBS Correspondent (29th)

June '41

Charlie Watts - Musician (2nd)
Spalding Gray - Actor (5th) d. 2004
Robert Kraft - Owner of the New England Patriots (5th)
Roy Harper - Folk Musician (12th)
Harry Nilsson - Singer-songwriter (15th) d. 1994
Lamont Dozier - Songwriter, part of the Holland–Dozier–Holland team (16th)
Delia Smith - TV Chef (18th)
Stephen Frears - Director (20th)
Michael Lerner - Actor (22nd)
Robert Hunter - Lyricist and Musician (23rd) d. 2019
Krzysztof Kieślowski - Director (27th) d. 1996

July '41

Bill Oddie - Comedian (7th)
Joseph Whipp - Actor (12th)
Robert Forster - Actor (13th) d. 2019
George Clinton - Musician (22nd)
Richie Evans - NASCAR Champion (23rd) d. 1985
Emmett Till - American Lynching Victim (25th) d. 1955
Nate Thurmond - NBA All Star (25th) d. 2016
Manuel “Manny” Charlton - Musician (25th)
Peter Suschitzky - Cinematographer (25th)
David Warner - Actor (29th)
Paul Anka - Singer (30th)


August '41

Martha Stewart - Business Magnate and TV Personality (3rd)
David Crosby - Singer-songwriter, part of Crosby, Stills & Nash (14th)
Slobodan Milošević - Former President of Serbia and Yugoslavia (20th) d. 2006
Bill Parcells - NFL Coach Legend of the NY Giants, NY Jets, NE Patriots (22nd)
Michael Aldrich - Inventor of online shopping (22nd) d. 2014
Robin Leach - TV Show Host, notably Lifestyles of Rich & Famous (29th) d. 2018


September '41

Bernie Sanders - Politician and senator (Independent - VT), Former Mayor of Burlington (8th)
Otis Redding - Singer-songwriter and producer (9th) d. 1967
Dennis Ritchie - Computer scientist (9th) d. 2011
Stephen Jay Gould - Paleontologist and science writer (10th) d. 2002
Gunpei Yokoi - Video game designer, creator of the Game and Watch (10th) d. 1997
Linda McCartney (née Eastman) - Photographer and musician (Wings), First wife of Paul McCartney (24th) d. 1998
Frederick “Fred” West - Contractor and serial killer (29th) d. 1995


Not a famous person but my aunt was born dec 7,1941


October '41

Vyacheslav Vedenin - Soviet cross-country skier (1st)
Ron Meagher - Rock bassist [The Beau Brummels] (2nd)
Zareh Baronian - Theologian (2nd) d. 2017
Chubby Checker [Ernest Evans] - Singer-songwriter and dancer [“The Twist”, “Limbo Rock”] (3rd)
Anne Rice - Author [Interview with the Vampire] (4th)
Elizabeth Eckford - One of the Little Rock Nine (4th)
Roy Blount Jr. - Writer and humorist (4th)
Ricardo Hoffmann - Marathon swimmer [299 miles] (5th)
Eduardo Duhalde - President of Argentina [2002-03] (5th)
Martin Murray - Rocker [Honeycombs] (7th)
Boris Gaganelov - Soccer defender [51 caps; CSKA Sofia 350 games] (7th) d. 2020
Jesse Jackson - Clergyman and Democratic presidential candidate [1984, 88] (8th)
Trent Lott - Politician [Rep-R-MS, 1973-1989, Senator-R-MS 1989-2007] (9th)
Brian Lamb - Founder of C-SPAN (9th)
Chucho Valdés [Jesús Valdés Rodríguez] - Musician [Orquesta Cubana de Música Moderna] (9th)
Ken Saro-Wiwa - Writer and environmentalist (10th) d. 1995
Laurence Henry Tribe - Harvard Law professor (10th)
Peter Coyote [Robert Peter Cohon] - Actor [E.T, Patch Adams] (10th)
Lester Bowie - Jazz trumpeter (11th) d. 1999
Charles Shyer - Film director [Private Benjamin, Baby Boom, The Parent Trap] (11th)
Craig Washington - Politician [Rep-D-Texas] (12th)
Michael Mansfield - Barrister (12th)
Paul Simon - Singer-songwriter and actor [“Mother and Child Reunion”, “Kodachrome”, “Slip Slidin’ Away”, One Trick Pony] (13th)
Neil Aspinall - Music Executive for the Beatles [Apple Corps] (13th) d. 2008
John Snow - Cricketer (13th)
Jim Courter - Politician [Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey] (14th)
Art Shamsky - Baseball player (14th)
Alexander Burdonsky - Theater director and Joseph Stalin’s grandson (14th) d. 2017
Derek David Bourgeois - Composer, conductor and educator [National Youth Chamber Orchestra] (16th) d. 2017
Erkki Jokinen - Classical composer (16th)
Tim McCarver - Baseball catcher and Sportscaster [Phils/Mets] (16th)
Alan Howard - Rock bassist [Brian Poole & The Tremeloes] (17th)
Earl Thomas Conley - Country singer [Too Many Times] (17th) d. 2019
James Seals - Singer [Seals & Crofts-Summer Breeze] (17th)
Simon Ward - Actor [Young Winston, Aces High, Zulu Dawn, Supergirl] (19th) d. 2012
Helen Reddy - Rock Vocalist [“I Am Woman”; “You And Me Against The World”] (25th) d. 2020


November '41

Bruce Welch - Guitarist, songwriter, and producer [The Shadows] (2nd)

Art Garfunkel - Musician and Actor [Simon and Garfunkel, “Bright Eyes”, Catch-22, Carnal Knowledge] (5th)

Tom Fogerty - Musician and rhythm guitarist [Creedence Clearwater Revival] (9th) d. 1990

John Geoghegan - U.S Army infantry lieutenant and Silver Star recipient (10th) d. 1965

Harold Eugene “Gene” Clark - Singer-songwriter [The Byrds, “I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better”, “She Don’t Care About Time”, “Eight Miles High”] (17th) d. 1991

David Hemmings - Actor (Blow Up, Barbarella), Co-founder of Hemdale Film Corporation (18th) d. 2003

Pete Best - Musician and ex-drummer of the Beatles (24th)

Eddie Rabbitt - Country singer and songwriter [“Suspicions”, “I Love a Rainy Night”, Every Which Way but Loose".] Wrote for Elvis Presley and Ronnie Milsap. (27th) d. 1998


December '41

Marty Riessen - Tennis player [9 Grand Slam double titles] (4th)

Richard Speck - Mass murderer (6th) d. 1991

Melba Pattillo Beals - Journalist, member of the Little Rock Nine (7th)

Geoff Hurst - Footballer [Ex-cricketer] (8th)

Beau Bridges - Actor [The Incident, The Landlord, The Fifth Musketeer, Hotel New Hampshire, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Max Payne] (9th)

Dan Hicks - Singer-songwriter [Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks] (9th) d. 2016

Kyu Sakamoto - Singer and actor [“Sukiyaki”] (10th) d. 1985

Maurice White - Singer-songwriter [Earth, Wind and Fire] (19th) d. 2016

Ray Thomas - Flautist, singer-songwriter [The Moody Blues] (29th) d. 2018

Sir Alex Ferguson Football manager [Manchester United 1986-2013] (31st)