Famous people born in WW2 - 1942

January '42

Dennis Hastert - Politician and Former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives [1999-2007] (2nd)

John Thaw - Actor [Inspector Morse, The Sweeney] (3rd) d. 2002

Charlie Rose - Talk show host and Journalist (5th)

Stephen Hawking - Theoretical physicist, Cosmologist and author [A Brief History of Time] (8th) d. 2018

Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay] - Boxer, World Heavyweight Champion [1964-67, 1974-78] (17th) d. 2016

Daniela Bianchi - Actress [From Russia with Love] (31st)

Derek Jarman - Director [Jubilee, The Last of England, Wittgenstein]. Music videos [Pet Shop Boys, The Smiths] (31st) d. 1994


February '42

Terry Jones - Actor, comedian, writer, member of the Monty Python comedy troupe (1st) d. 2020

Gareth Hunt - Actor [The New Avengers, Upstairs, Downstairs] (7th) d. 2007

Carole King - Songwriter [“Take Good Care of My Baby”, “The Loco-Motion”, “Chains”, “I’m Into Something Good”, “Don’t Bring Me Down”] (9th)

Peter Tork - Keyboardist and bass player of the Monkees (13th) d. 2019

Mitch McConnell - Republican Senator of Kentucky [1985-] and Former Majority Leader [2015-2021] (20th)

Brian Jones - Founder and multi-instrumentalist of the Rolling Stones (28th) d. 1969


March '42

John Irving - Novelist and screenwriter [The World According to Garp, The Cider House Rules, A Prayer for Owen Meany, A Widow for One Year.] (2nd)

Lou Reed - Singer-songwriter and poet, singer/guitarist of the Velvet Underground [“Walk on the Wild Side”, “Perfect Day”] (2nd) d. 2013

Michael Eisner - Businessman and former CEO of the Walt Disney Company [1985-2004] (7th)

John Cale - Musician and record producer [Music for a New Society], founding member of the Velvet Underground (9th)

Ratko Mladić - Bosnian-Serb colonel-general and Former Chief of General Staff of the Army of Republika Srpska, Convicted war criminal (12th)

Scatman John [John Paul Larkin] - Musician and singer [“Scatman’s World”], Meme legend (13th) d. 1999

John Wayne Gacy [aka the Killer Clown] - Serial killer, sex offender (17th) d. 1994

Ali Abdullah Saleh - First President of Yemen [1990-2012] (21st) d. 2017

Richard O’Brien - Actor [The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Shock Treatment] and game show host [The Crystal Maze] (25th)

Aretha Franklin - Soul singer [“I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)”, “Respect”, “Chain of Fools”, “Think”, “A Rose Is Still a Rose”], The Queen of Soul (25th) d. 2018

John Sulston - Biologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine laureate [2002] (27th) d. 2018

Michael York - Actor [Romeo and Juliet, Cabaret, The Three Musketeers, Logan’s Run, Austin Powers]. (27th)

Daniel Dennett - Philosopher, writer, and cognitive scientist. One of the Four Horsemen of New Atheism (28th)

Neil Kinnock - British Labour MP for Bedwellty and Islwyn [1970-1995], Leader of the Opposition [1983-1992], and Vice-President of the European Commission [1999-2004] (28th)

Mike Newell - Director and producer [Dance with a Stranger, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Donnie Brasco, Mona Lisa Smile, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Great Expectations.] (28th)

Scott Wilson - Actor [In the Heat of the Night, In Cold Blood, The Great Gatsby '74, Dead Man Walking, Pearl Harbor.] (29th) d. 2018


April '42

Samuel R. Delany - Sci-Fi author and literary critic [Babel-17, The Einstein Intersection, Nova, Dhalgren, the Return to Nevèrÿon series, Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders, and Times Square Red, Times Square Blue.] (1st)

Leon Russell - Musician and songwriter [“Delta Lady”, “A Song for You”, “This Masquerade”.] (2nd) d. 2016

Peter Greenaway - Director [The Draughtsman’s Contract, A Zed & Two Noughts, Drowning by Numbers.] (5th)

Barry Levinson - Director and film producer [Diner, The Natural, Good Morning Vietnam, Rain Man, Bugsy, Wag the Dog.] (6th)

Bill Conti - Composer [Rocky, For Your Eyes Only, The Right Stuff, The Karate Kid, Dynasty.] (13th)

Barbra Streisand - Singer [“The Way We Were”, “Evergreen”, “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)”] and actress [Funny Girl, A Star is Born ‘76, Yentl]


May '42

Tammy Wynette - Country singer-songwriter [“I Don’t Wanna Play House”, “D-I-V-O-R-C-E”, “Stand by Your Man”, “We’re Gonna Hold On”, 'Til I Can Make It on My Own”, “Justified and Ancient”], First Lady of Country Music. (5th) d. 1998

Ian Dury - Rock singer [Ian Dury and the Blockheads, “Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick”, “Reasons to Be Cheerful”]. (12th) d. 2000

Ted Kaczynski [aka the Unabomber] - Domestic terrorist and anarcho-primitivist, math prodigy. (22nd)


June ‘42

Curtis Mayfield - Singer-songwriter, guitarist and record producer (3rd) d. 1999

Muammar Gaddafi - Revolutionary Chairman of the Libyan Arab Republic [1969 - 1977] and “Brotherly Leader” of the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya [1977 - 2011] (7th) d. 2011

Paul McCartney - Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and member of the Beatles (18th)

Roger Ebert - Film critic, journalist and screenwriter [Beyond the Valley of the Dolls] (18th) d. 2013

Brian Wilson - Musician, record producer and co-founder of the Beach Boys (20th)

Chris Hani - Leader of the South African Communist Party [1991-1993] (28th) d. 1993


Oh hi Ebert! You might have to wait another four years for your friend :slight_smile:


July '42

Richard Roundtree - Actor and former model [Shaft '71, Inchon, Q, Se7en, Speed Racer '08] (9th)

Tim Rowett - Youtube personality and toy collector, presenter of Grand Illusions. (12th)

Harrison Ford - Actor and pilot [Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Blade Runner, The Fugitive.] (13th)

Myra Hindley - One of the Moors murderers. (23rd) d. 2002

Chris Sarandon - Actor [Dog Day Afternoon, Fright Night '85, The Princess Bride, Child’s Play, The Nightmare Before Christmas.] (24th)


(sings) SHAFT! :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:

Couldn’t resist.


Can you dig it? I can dig it!


August '42

Jerry Garcia - Singer-songwriter and guitarist for the Grateful Dead (1st) d. 1995

Isabel Allende - Author [The House of the Spirits, City of the Beasts] (2nd)

David Lange - 32nd Prime Minister of New Zealand [1984-1989] (4th) d. 2005

Prince Michael of Kent - First Cousin of Queen Elizabeth II (4th)

Tobin Bell - Actor [Mississippi Burning, Saw] (7th)

Fred Thompson - Actor [The Hunt for Red October, Die Hard 2, In the Line of Fire, Days of Thunder] and Republican Senator for Tennessee [1994-2003] (19th) d. 2015

Isaac Hayes - Musician and composer [Shaft '71] (20th) d. 2008


September '42

Al Jardine - Guitarist and singer for the Beach Boys (3rd)

Ray Floyd - Golfer, 4-time major title winner [1969, 1976, 1982, 1986] (4th)

Werner Herzog - Director [Aguirre – the Wrath of God, Stroszek, Fitzcarraldo] (5th)

Emmerson Mnangagwa - 3rd President of Zimbabwe [2017-] (15th)

Gerry Marsden - Singer-songwriter, musician, TV personality and actor [Ferry Cross the Mersey], Leader of Gerry and the Pacemakers (24th) d. 2021

Dith Pran - Photojournalist and refugee of the Cambodian genocide, subject of The Killing Fields (27th) d. 2008

Ian McShane - Actor [Villain, Deadwood, Kung Fu Panda, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, John Wick] (29th)


October ‘42

Britt Ekland (Britt-Marie Eklund) - Singer and actress [The Night They Raided Minsky’s, Get Carter ‘71, The Wicker Man ‘73, The Man with the Golden Gun, Scandal] (6th)

Josephine Victoria “Joy” Behar (née Occhiuto) - Comedian, television host, actress, and writer [The View] (7th)

Amitabh Bachchan (Srivastava) - Actor, film producer, and television host [Deewaar, Sholay, Shahenshah, The Great Gatsby (2013)], “the Angry Young Man of Bollywood Cinema” (11th)

Jerry Jones - Businessman and Manager/Owner of the Dallas Cowboys (13th)

Judith Sheindlin (née Blum) - Former cosmetics firm lawyer and Manhattan family court judge, television personality [Judge Judy, Judy Justice] (21st)

Michael Crichton - Author and filmmaker [The Andromeda Strain, Westworld, Congo, Jurassic Park, The 13th Warrior] (23rd) d. 2008

Bob Hoskins - Actor [The Long Good Friday, Mona Lisa, Brazil, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Super Mario Bros] (26th) d. 2014

Bob Ross - Painter, art instructor, and television host [The Joy of Painting]. Pop culture icon (29th) d. 1995

David Ogden Stiers - Actor and Conductor [M•A•S•H, Beauty and the Beast, Spirited Away, Lilo & Stitch] (31st) d. 2018


November ‘42

Larry Flynt - Publisher and pornographer. Founder of Hustler magazine and free speech activist. Subject of The People vs. Larry Flynt. (1st) d. 2021

Marcia Wallace - Actress and Comedian [The Bob Newhart Show, Full House, The Simpsons] (1st) d. 2013

Jean Shrimpton - World’s first supermodel and Actress [Privilege] (7th)

Johnny Rivers - Singer-songwriter and record producer [“Poor Side of Town”] (7th)

Robert F. Engle - Economist and statistician, Nobel laureate for Economics [2003] (10th)

Daniel Barenboim - Pianist and conductor, General music director of the Berlin State Opera and the Staatskapelle Berlin. Co-founder of the West–Eastern Divan Orchestra. (15th)

Martin Scorsese - Producer and film director [Raging Bull, GoodFellas, Casino, The Departed] (17th)

Kang Kek Iew - Director of the S-21 prison camp & Leader of Santebal, convicted war criminal of the Cambodian genocide (17th) d. 2020

Linda Evans - Actress [The Big Valley, Dynasty] (18th)

Calvin Klein - Fashion designer, co-founder of the Calvin Klein brand. (19th)

Joe Biden - 46th President of the United States, 47th Vice President of the United States (20th)

Billy Connolly - Comedian, actor and musician [Mrs Brown, The Boondock Saints, Brave] (24th)

Rosa von Praunheim - Film director, author, painter and LGBT activist, pioneer of Queer Cinema (25th)

James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix - Singer-songwriter, guitarist and leader of the Jimi Hendrix Experience [“Purple Haze”, “All Along the Watchtower”] (27th) d. 1970


December '42

John Crowley - Fantasy, sci-fi and historical fiction author [Little – Big, Ægypt series] (1st)

Gemma Jones - Film and stage actress [Sense and Sensibility, Bridget Jones series, Harry Potter series] (4th)

Peter Handke - Novelist and playwright [Offending the Audience, Kaspar, The Wrong Move, Wings of Desire] (6th)

Harry Chapin - Singer-songwriter, folk artist (7th) d. 1981

Joe McGinniss - Writer and novelist [The Selling of the President 1968, Fatal Vision] (9th) d. 2014

Kathleen Blanco - 54th Governor of Louisiana (15th) d. 2019

Muhammadu Buhari - 7th and 15th President of Nigeria (17th)

Paul Butterfield - Harmonica player, singer and band leader (17th) d. 1987

Gene Okerlund - Professional wrestling interviewer and announcer (19th) d. 2019

Hu Jintao - General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party [2002-2012] (21st)

Gray Davis - 37th Governor of California (26th)

Rajesh Khanna - Actor, “First Superstar of Bollywood” (29th) d. 2012

Michael Nesmith - Member of the Monkees, singer-songwriter and actor (30th) d. 2021


Andy Summers - Guitarist and member of the Police (31st)