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

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