May 23 Birthdays
Mitch Albom (May 23, 1958-)Mitchell David "Mitch" Albom is an American best-selling author, journalist, screenwriter, dramatist, radio and television broadcaster, and musician. His books have sold over 35 million copies worldwide. Having achieved national recognition for sports writing in the earlier part of his career, he is perhaps best known for the inspirational stories... Wikipedia
Passaic, New Jersey, United States
John Bardeen (May 23, 1908-January 30, 1991)John Bardeen was an American physicist and electrical engineer, the only person to have won the Nobel Prize in Physics twice: first in 1956 with William Shockley and Walter Brattain for the invention of the transistor; and again in 1972 with Leon N Cooper and John Robert Schrieffer for a fundamental theory of conventional superconductivity known as... Wikipedia
Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Walter Jackson Bate (May 23, 1918-July 26, 1999)Walter Jackson Bate was an American literary critic and biographer. He is known for Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography-winning biographies of Samuel Johnson and John Keats. 'Samuel Johnson' also won the 1978 U.S. National Book Award in Biography. Wikipedia
Steve Billirakis (May 23, 1986-)Steve Billirakis is an American professional poker player. Wikipedia
Drew Carey (May 23, 1958-)Drew Allison Carey is an American actor, comedian, sports executive, and game show host. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and making a name for himself in stand-up comedy, Carey eventually gained popularity starring on his own sitcom, 'The Drew Carey Show', and serving as host of the U.S. version of the improv comedy show 'Whose Line Is It... Wikipedia
Rosemary Clooney (May 23, 1928-June 29, 2002)Rosemary Clooney was an American cabaret singer and actress. She came to prominence in the early 1950s with the novelty hit "Come On-a My House", which was followed by other pop numbers such as "Botch-a-Me", "Mambo Italiano", "Tenderly", "Half as Much", "Hey There" and "This Ole House", although she had success as a jazz vocalist. Clooney's career... Wikipedia
Maysville, Kentucky, United States
Beverly Hills, California, United States
Joan Collins (May 23, 1933-)Dame Joan Henrietta Collins, DBE is an English actress, author and columnist. Born in Paddington, west London and brought up in Maida Vale, Collins grew up during the Second World War. After making her stage debut in 'A Doll's House' at the age of 9, she was trained as an actress at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. After eighteen months... Wikipedia
Paddington, London, England, UK
Susan Cooper (May 23, 1935-)Susan Mary Cooper is an English-born American author of children's books. She is best known for 'The Dark is Rising', a contemporary fantasy series set in England and Wales, which incorporates British mythology, such as the Arthurian legends, and Welsh folk heroes. For that work, in 2012 she won the lifetime Margaret Edwards Award from the American... Wikipedia
Burnham, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Anne-Marie David (May 23, 1952-)Anne-Marie David is a French singer. She represented two different countries at the Eurovision Song Contest. Wikipedia
Arles, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Mary Fickett (May 23, 1928-September 8, 2011)Mary Fickett was an American actress, best known for her roles in the American television dramas, 'The Nurses, ' The Edge of Night' — as Sally Smith, and as Dr. Katherine Lovell — and as Ruth Parker Brent Martin #1 on 'All My Children'. Wikipedia
Bronxville, New York, U.S.
Callao, Virginia, U.S.
Margaret Fuller (May 23, 1810-July 19, 1850)Sarah Margaret Fuller Ossoli, commonly known as Margaret Fuller, was an American journalist, critic, and women's rights advocate associated with the American transcendentalism movement. She was the first full-time American female book reviewer in journalism. Her book 'Woman in the Nineteenth Century' is considered the first major feminist work in... Wikipedia
Off Fire Island, New York
Betty Garrett (May 23, 1919-February 12, 2011)Betty Garrett was an American actress, comedienne, singer and dancer who originally performed on Broadway before being signed to a film contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. While there, she appeared in several musical films before returning to Broadway and making guest appearances on several television series. Wikipedia
St. Joseph, Missouri, U.S.
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Sergio George (May 23, 1961-)Sergio George is an American pianist arranger and record producer, known for working with many famous performers of salsa music, although he has worked in other genres of the music industry as well. He has worked with some of Latin music's most popular artists including Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, Tito Nieves, Víctor Manuelle, Frankie Negrón,... Wikipedia
East Harlem, New York City, New York, U.S.
Randy Graff (May 23, 1955-)Randy Graff is an American actress. Wikipedia
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Marvelous Marvin Hagler (May 23, 1954-)Marvelous Marvin Hagler is an American former professional boxer who was Undisputed World Middleweight Champion from 1980 to 1987. Hagler made twelve undisputed title defenses and holds the highest KO% of all middleweight champions at 78%. At six years and seven months, his reign as undisputed middleweight champion is the second longest of the last... Wikipedia
Newark, New Jersey, United States
Adriaan Roland Holst (May 23, 1888-August 5, 1976)Adriaan Roland Holst was a Dutch writer, nicknamed the "Prince of Dutch Poets". He was the second winner, in 1948, of the Constantijn Huygens Prize. Holst was the nephew of painter Richard Roland Holst and writer Henriette Roland Holst. His extensive oeuvre is characterized by its own solemn style and rich symbolism. Wikipedia
Pat Hurst (May 23, 1969-)Pat Hurst is an American professional golfer who plays on the LPGA Tour. Wikipedia
San Leandro, California, U.S.
Bjørn Johansen (musician) (May 23, 1940-May 6, 2002)Bjørn John Johansen was a Norwegian jazz musician, known from a number of recordings and international cooperation. He has been one of the most influential Norwegian saxophonists of all time and has been the inspiration for a generations of musicians, among them Jan Garbarek. Wikipedia
Lawrence Kaplow (May 23, 1962-)Lawrence Kaplow is an American television writer and producer most notable for his work on the FOX series 'House'. He won the 2005 Writers Guild of America Award for "Outstanding Television Script, Episodic Drama" for the 'House' episode "Autopsy". Wikipedia
Stephan W. Koch (May 23, 1953-)Stephan W. Koch is a German theoretical physicist. He is professor at the University of Marburg and works on condensed-matter theory, many-body effects, and laser theory. He is best known for his seminal contributions to the optical and electronic properties of semiconductors, semiconductor quantum optics, and semiconductor laser designs. Major... Wikipedia
Pär Lagerkvist (May 23, 1891-July 11, 1974)Pär Fabian Lagerkvist was a Swedish author who received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1951. Wikipedia
Joshua Lederberg (May 23, 1925-February 2, 2008)Joshua Lederberg, ForMemRS was an American molecular biologist known for his work in microbial genetics, artificial intelligence, and the United States space program. He was just 33 years old when he won the 1958 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering that bacteria can mate and exchange genes. He shared the prize with Edward L. Tatum... Wikipedia
Montclair, New Jersey, USA
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, New York City, USA
Martin McGuinness (May 23, 1950-)James Martin Pacelli McGuinness is an Irish republican Sinn Féin politician who has been the deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland since 2007. He was also Sinn Féin's unsuccessful candidate for President of Ireland in the 2011 election. Wikipedia
Derry, Northern Ireland
Lena Meyer-Landrut (May 23, 1991-)Lena Johanna Therese Meyer-Landrut, known professionally as Lena, is a German singer-songwriter. She represented Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 in Oslo and won the contest with the song "Satellite". With her three entries from the German national final 'Unser Star für Oslo', Meyer-Landrut set an all-time chart record in her home... Wikipedia
Chris Parry (lighting designer) (May 23, 1952-January 16, 2007)Chris Parry was a theatrical lighting designer. He worked on several Broadway and West End productions and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Lighting Design three times, winning for 'The Who's Tommy'. He also won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lighting Design three times. Wikipedia
Philip Selway (May 23, 1967-)Philip James "Phil" Selway is an English musician, singer, and songwriter best known as the drummer of English rock group Radiohead. In addition to drums, he provides backing vocals, along with occasional guitar and lead vocals, for 7 Worlds Collide. Selway is well known for his precision and proficiency in various styles and unusual time... Wikipedia
Artie Shaw (May 23, 1910-December 30, 2004)Artie Shaw was an American clarinetist, composer, and bandleader. Also an author, Shaw wrote both fiction and non-fiction. Wikipedia
New York City
Thousand Oaks, California
Linda Thompson (actress) (May 23, 1950-)Linda Diane Thompson is an American songwriter/lyricist, and former actress and beauty pageant winner. She was married to then Olympic decathlon champion Bruce Jenner, and David Foster, musician, record producer, composer, songwriter, and arranger. Wikipedia
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Guinevere Turner (May 23, 1968-)Guinevere Jane Turner is an American actress and screenwriter. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts. She is best known as the screenwriter of such films as 'American Psycho' and 'The Notorious Bettie Page' and for playing the lead role of the dominatrix Tanya Cheex in 'Preaching to the Perverted'. Wikipedia
Boston, Massachusetts, US
Arthur Smith Woodward (May 23, 1864-September 2, 1944)Sir Arthur Smith Woodward, FRS was an English palaeontologist, known as a world expert in fossil fish. He also described the Piltdown Man fossils, which were later determined to be fraudulent. He is not related to Henry Woodward, whom he replaced as curator of the Geology Department of the British Museum of Natural History. Wikipedia
Haywards Heath, Sussex