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Yasushi Akimoto

Yasushi Akimoto (May 2, 1958-)

Yasushi Akimoto is a Japanese record producer, lyricist and television writer, best known for creating and producing some of Japan's top idol groups, Onyanko Club and the AKB48 franchise. Akimoto became a television writer in high school, he has produced many television programs, such as 'Utaban'. Wikipedia
Meguro, Tokyo, Japan
Lily Allen

Lily Allen (May 2, 1985-)

Lily Rose Beatrice Cooper, known professionally as Lily Allen, is an English singer, songwriter, actress, and television presenter. She is the daughter of Keith Allen and film producer Alison Owen. Allen left school when she was 15 and concentrated on improving her performing and compositional skills. In 2005, she made some of her recordings public... Wikipedia
Hammersmith, London, England
Christine Baranski

Christine Baranski (May 2, 1952-)

Christine Jane Baranski is an American stage and screen actress. She won Tony Awards for her work in the original Broadway productions of 'The Real Thing' in 1984 and 'Rumors' in 1989, both for Best Featured Actress in a Play. She went on to win the 1995 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Maryanne... Wikipedia
Buffalo, New York, U.S.

Ray Barrett (May 2, 1927-September 8, 2009)

Raymond Charles "Ray" Barrett was an Australian actor. During the 1960s, he was a leading actor on British television, where he was best known for his appearances in 'The Troubleshooters'. From the 1970s, he appeared in lead and character roles in a number of Australian films and TV series. Wikipedia
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
William Bayliss

William Bayliss (May 2, 1860-August 27, 1924)

Sir William Maddock Bayliss was an English physiologist. Wikipedia
Wednesbury, Staffordshire, England
London, England
David Beckham

David Beckham (May 2, 1975-)

David Robert Joseph Beckham is an English former professional footballer. He played for Manchester United, Preston North End, Real Madrid, Milan, LA Galaxy, Paris Saint-Germain, and the England national team for which he holds the appearance record for an outfield player. He was the first English player to win league titles in four countries,... Wikipedia
Leytonstone, London, England
Roscoe Lee Browne

Roscoe Lee Browne (May 2, 1922-April 11, 2007)

Roscoe Lee Browne was an American actor and director, known for his rich voice and dignified bearing. Wikipedia
Woodbury, New Jersey, U.S.
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Stephen Daldry

Stephen Daldry (May 2, 1960-)

Stephen David Daldry, CBE is an English director and producer of both film and theatre. He has won the Tony Award for his work on Broadway, and has directed several feature films that have been nominated for Best Director and/or Best Picture at the Academy Awards. These films are 'Billy Elliot', 'The Hours', 'The Reader' and 'Extremely Loud and... Wikipedia
Dorset, England, UK
Valery Gergiev

Valery Gergiev (May 2, 1953-)

Valery Abisalovich Gergiev is a Russian conductor and opera company director. He is general director and artistic director of the Mariinsky Theatre, principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and artistic director of the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg. Wikipedia
Moscow
Elliot Goldenthal

Elliot Goldenthal (May 2, 1954-)

Elliot Goldenthal is an American composer of contemporary classical music. He was a student of Aaron Copland and John Corigliano, and is best known for his distinctive style and ability to blend various musical styles and techniques in original and inventive ways. He is also a film-music composer, and won the Academy Award for Best Original Score... Wikipedia
Brooklyn, New York

Michael Grandage (May 2, 1962-)

Michael Grandage CBE is a British theatre director and producer. He is currently Artistic Director of the Michael Grandage Company. From 2002 to 2012 he was Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse in London. Wikipedia
Yorkshire, England
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (May 2, 1973-)

Florian Maria Georg Christian Graf Henckel von Donnersmarck is a German film director, best known for writing and directing the 2006 Oscar-winning film 'The Lives of Others' and 2010's 'The Tourist', starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. Wikipedia
Cologne, West Germany (now Cologne, Germany)

Joe "Mr Piano" Henderson (May 2, 1920-May 4, 1980)

Joe "Mr Piano" Henderson was a British pianist, most noteworthy during the 1950s. Wikipedia
Glasglow, Scotland
William Hutt (actor)

William Hutt (actor) (May 2, 1920-June 27, 2007)

William Ian DeWitt Hutt was a Canadian actor of stage, television and film. Hutt's distinguished career spanned more than fifty years and won him many accolades and awards. While his base throughout his career remained at the Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario, he appeared on the stage in London, New York and across Canada. Wikipedia
Toronto, Ontario
Stratford, Ontario
Bianca Jagger

Bianca Jagger (May 2, 1945-)

Bianca Jagger is a Nicaraguan-born social and human rights advocate and a former actress. Jagger currently serves as a Council of Europe Goodwill Ambassador, Founder and Chair of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation, Member of the Executive Director's Leadership Council of Amnesty International USA, and a Trustee of the Amazon Charitable... Wikipedia
Managua, Nicaragua
Tamara Jenkins

Tamara Jenkins (May 2, 1962-)

Tamara Jenkins is an American screenwriter, film director, and occasional actress. She is best known for her two feature films, 'Slums of Beverly Hills' and 'The Savages'. Wikipedia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Yoram Kaniuk

Yoram Kaniuk (May 2, 1930-June 8, 2013)

Yoram Kaniuk was an Israeli writer, painter, journalist, and theater critic. Wikipedia

Leonid Lukov (May 2, 1909-April 24, 1963)

Leonid Lukov was a Soviet film director and screenwriter. He directed 25 films between 1930 and 1963. Leonid Lukov was awarded the Stalin Prize twice: in 1941 and 1952. Wikipedia
Mariupol, Russian Empire (now Ukraine)
Leningrad, Soviet Union (now St. Petersburg, Russia)
Katie Noonan

Katie Noonan (May 2, 1977-)

Katie Anne Noonan is an Australian singer-songwriter. In addition to a successful solo career encompassing opera, jazz, pop, rock and dance, she sings in the groups 'george' and Elixir; performs with her mother Maggie Noonan; and, as of 2010, plays with her band The Captains. Wikipedia
Satyajit Ray

Satyajit Ray (May 2, 1921-April 23, 1992)

Satyajit Ray was an Indian filmmaker. He is considered one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century. Ray was born in the city of Calcutta into a Bengali family prominent in the world of arts and literature. Starting his career as a commercial artist, Ray was drawn into independent filmmaking after meeting French filmmaker Jean Renoir and... Wikipedia
Calcutta, India
Calcutta
Brad Richards

Brad Richards (May 2, 1980-)

Bradley Glenn Richards is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre currently playing for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League. Richards was drafted in the third round, 64th overall, by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft and has previously played for the Lightning, New York Rangers, Dallas Stars, and Chicago... Wikipedia
Murray Harbour, PE, CAN
Bruce Robinson

Bruce Robinson (May 2, 1946-)

Bruce Robinson is an English director, screenwriter, novelist and actor. He is arguably most famous for writing and directing the cult classic 'Withnail and I', a film with comic and tragic elements set in London in the 1960s, which drew on his experiences as 'a chronic alcoholic and resting actor, living in squalor' in Camden Town. Wikipedia
North London, England
Benjamin Spock

Benjamin Spock (May 2, 1903-March 15, 1998)

Benjamin McLane Spock was an American pediatrician whose book 'Baby and Child Care', published in 1946, is one of the biggest best-sellers of all time. Throughout its first 52 years, 'Baby and Child Care' was the second-best-selling book, next to the Bible. Its message to mothers is that "you know more than you think you do." Wikipedia
New Haven, Connecticut, United States
La Jolla, California, United States
David Suchet

David Suchet (May 2, 1946-)

David Suchet, CBE is an English actor, known for his work on British stage and television. He played Edward Teller in the TV serial 'Oppenheimer' and received the RTS and BPG awards for his performance as Augustus Melmotte in the 2001 British serial 'The Way We Live Now'. For his role as Agatha Christie's detective Hercule Poirot in 'Agatha... Wikipedia
London, England, UK
D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson

D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson (May 2, 1860-June 21, 1948)

Sir D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson CB FRS FRSE was a Scottish biologist, mathematician and classics scholar. He was a pioneer of mathematical biology, travelled on collecting expeditions to the Bering Straits and held the position of Professor of Natural History at St Andrews for 31 years. Wikipedia
Edinburgh
St Andrews

Maria Sole Tognazzi (May 2, 1971-)

Maria Sole Tognazzi is an Italian film director. Wikipedia
Rome
Mirzo Tursunzoda

Mirzo Tursunzoda (May 2, 1911-September 24, 1977)

Mirzo Tursunzoda - was an important poet and a prominent politic figure. Today Tursunzoda has been elevated to the level of a national hero of Tajikistan. Tursunzoda's face appears on the front of the one Somoni note. The town of Tursunzoda is named in his honor. He was awarded the Stalin prize. * Tajik banknotes - includes picture of one Somoni... Wikipedia
Karatag, Tajikistan
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Robert W. Wood

Robert W. Wood (May 2, 1868-August 11, 1955)

Robert Williams Wood was an American physicist and inventor. He is often cited as being a pivotal contributor to the field of optics and a pioneer of infrared and ultraviolet photography. Wood's patents and theoretical work shed much light on the nature and physics of ultra-violet radiation and made possible the myriad uses of uv-fluorescence which... Wikipedia
Concord, Massachusetts
Amityville, New York