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Joe Alaskey (May 26, 1949-)

Joseph Francis "Joe" Alaskey is an American actor, comedian and voice artist, credited as one of the successors of Mel Blanc in impersonating the voices of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester, Tweety and other characters from Warner Bros. cartoons, such as Plucky Duck on 'Tiny Toon Adventures' from 1990–95. Alaskey was born in Troy, New York. Wikipedia
Troy, New York, US

Jolene Anderson (May 26, 1980-)

Jolene Anderson is an Australian actress and singer. In 2014, she joins the cast of 'Home and Away' as newcomer Neive Devlin. Wikipedia
Kempsey, New South Wales, Australia

Simon Armitage (May 26, 1963-)

Simon Robert Armitage CBE is an English poet, playwright and novelist. On 19 June 2015, Armitage was elected Oxford Professor of Poetry, succeeding Geoffrey Hill. Wikipedia
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England

William Bolcom (May 26, 1938-)

William Elden Bolcom is an American composer and pianist. He has received the Pulitzer Prize, the National Medal of Arts, two Grammy Awards, the Detroit Music Award and was named 2007 Composer of the Year by Musical America. Bolcom taught composition at the University of Michigan from 1973–2008. He is married to mezzo-soprano Joan Morris. Wikipedia
Helena Bonham Carter

Helena Bonham Carter (May 26, 1966-)

Helena Bonham Carter is an English actress. She made her name as an actress in a television adaptation of K. M. Peyton's 'A Pattern of Roses', before her film debut as the titular character in 'Lady Jane'. She is known for her roles in films, such as 'A Room with a View', 'Fight Club', 'The King's Speech', and playing Bellatrix Lestrange in the... Wikipedia
Golders Green, London, England
Robert Copeland

Robert Copeland (May 26, 1981-)

Robert Copeland is a former Australian Football League footballer for the Brisbane Lions and current captain of Aspley Hornets in QAFL . He is a dual premiership winner and was delisted in 2008. Wikipedia
Adam Curtis

Adam Curtis (May 26, 1955-)

Kevin Adam Curtis, better known as Adam Curtis, is an English documentary filmmaker. Curtis says that his favourite theme is "power and how it works in society", and his works explore areas of sociology, philosophy and political history. He describes his work as journalism that happens to be expounded upon through the medium of film. His films have... Wikipedia
Dartford, Kent, England
Peter Cushing

Peter Cushing (May 26, 1913-August 11, 1994)

Peter Wilton Cushing, OBE was an English actor and a BAFTA TV Award Best Actor winner in 1956. He is mainly known for his many appearances in Hammer Films, in which he played the sinister scientist Baron Frankenstein, Sherlock Holmes and the vampire hunter Dr. Van Helsing, among many other roles. He appeared frequently opposite Christopher Lee, and... Wikipedia
Kenley, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
Canterbury, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Miles Davis

Miles Davis (May 26, 1926-September 28, 1991)

Miles Dewey Davis III was an American jazz musician, trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. Widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Miles Davis was, together with his musical groups, at the forefront of several major developments in jazz music, including bebop, cool jazz, hard bop, modal jazz, and jazz fusion. Wikipedia
Alton, Illinois
Santa Monica, California

Sven Delblanc (May 26, 1931-December 15, 1992)

Sven Delblanc, born May 26, 1931 in Swan River, Manitoba, Canada, died December 15, 1992 in Sunnersta, Gottsunda Parish, Uppsala, Sweden was a Swedish author and professor of literature. He is buried in Hammarby kyrkogård in Uppsala, Sweden. Wikipedia
Swan River, Manitoba, Canada
Sunnersta, Sweden
Diomedes Díaz

Diomedes Díaz (May 26, 1957-December 22, 2013)

Diomedes Díaz Maestre) was a Colombian vallenato singer, songwriter, and composer. His nickname, "El Cacique de la Junta", was given to him by another vallenato singer, Rafael Orozco Maestre, to honor Díaz's birthplace. Wikipedia
La Junta, San Juan del Cesar, La Guajira, Colombia
Valledupar, Cesar, Colombia

Roy Dotrice (May 26, 1923-)

Roy Dotrice, OBE is a British actor known for his Tony Award-winning Broadway performance in the revival of 'A Moon for the Misbegotten'. Film audiences know him best for his role as Leopold Mozart in the Oscar winning film 'Amadeus'. Wikipedia
Guernsey, Channel Islands

Samuil Feinberg (May 26, 1890-October 22, 1962)

Samuil Yevgenyevich Feinberg was a Russian and Soviet composer and pianist. Raised in Moscow, he entered the Moscow Conservatory and studied under Alexander Goldenweiser. He is most remembered today for his complete recording of Bach's 'The Well-Tempered Clavier' and many transcriptions. Feinberg was awarded the Stalin Prize in 1946. He also... Wikipedia

Ludo Graham (May 26, 1961-)

Ludo Graham is a British television producer and director. Wikipedia
Levon Helm

Levon Helm (May 26, 1940-April 19, 2012)

Mark Lavon "Levon" Helm was an American rock and Americana musician and actor who achieved fame as the drummer and regular lead vocalist for the Band. Helm was known for his deeply soulful, country-accented voice, multi-instrumental ability, and creative drumming style highlighted on many of the Band's recordings, such as "The Weight", "Up on... Wikipedia
Marvell, Arkansas, United States
New York City, United States

Ron Holgate (May 26, 1937-)

Ronald "Ron" Holgate is an American actor and opera singer. He won the Tony Award for Best Supporting Actor as Richard Henry Lee in the original Broadway production of '1776', a role he reprised in 1972 for the film. Wikipedia
Aberdeen, South Dakota, U.S.
Alan Hollinghurst

Alan Hollinghurst (May 26, 1954-)

Alan James Hollinghurst FRSL is an English novelist, poet, short story writer and translator. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 1989 Somerset Maugham Award, the 1994 James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the 2004 Booker Prize. Wikipedia
Stroud, Gloucestershire, England

Kerry Ingram (May 26, 1999-)

Kerry Danielle Ingram is a British child actress best known for her role as Shireen Baratheon in the HBO series 'Game of Thrones' and Matilda Wormwood in 'Matilda the Musical' Before being cast in Matilda, Ingram played a workhouse child in 'Oliver!' at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. From November 2010 to January 2011 she played the title role in... Wikipedia
Berkshire, England, UK
János Kádár

János Kádár (May 26, 1912-July 6, 1989)

János Kádár was a Hungarian communist leader and the General Secretary of the Hungarian Socialist Workers' Party, presiding over the country from 1956 until his retirement in 1988. His 32-year term as General Secretary covered most of the period the People's Republic of Hungary existed. Kádár's regime continued until Mikhail Gorbachev became... Wikipedia
Fiume, Hungary
Budapest, Hungary
Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz (May 26, 1964-)

Leonard Albert "Lenny" Kravitz is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actor and arranger, whose "retro" style incorporates elements of rock, blues, soul, R&B, funk, jazz, reggae, hard rock, psychedelic, pop, folk and ballads. In addition to singing lead and backing vocals, Kravitz often played all the guitar,... Wikipedia
New York City, United States
Peggy Lee

Peggy Lee (May 26, 1920-January 21, 2002)

Peggy Lee was an American jazz and popular music singer, songwriter, composer and actress, in a career spanning six decades. From her beginning as a vocalist on local radio to singing with Benny Goodman's big band, she forged a sophisticated persona, evolving into a multi-faceted artist and performer. She wrote music for films, acted, and created... Wikipedia
Jamestown, North Dakota
Bel-Air, Los Angeles, California
Merethe Lindstrøm

Merethe Lindstrøm (May 26, 1963-)

Merethe Lindstrøm is a Norwegian author. Wikipedia
Paul Lukas

Paul Lukas (May 26, 1891-August 15, 1971)

Paul Lukas was an Hungarian-born American actor. He won the Oscar for Best Actor for his performance in the film 'Watch on the Rhine'. Wikipedia
Budapest, Hungary
Tangier, Morocco
Frankie Manning

Frankie Manning (May 26, 1914-April 27, 2009)

Frankie Manning was an American dancer, instructor and choreographer. Manning is considered one of the founding fathers of Lindy Hop. Wikipedia
Jacksonville, Florida, USA

Gordon McCallum (May 26, 1919-September 10, 1989)

Gordon McCallum was an American-born English sound engineer. He won an Academy Award for Best Sound and was nominated for three more in the same category. He worked on over 300 films between 1944 and 1985. Wikipedia
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Dorset, England

Alec McCowen (May 26, 1925-)

Alexander Duncan "Alec" McCowen CBE is an English actor. He is known for his work in numerous film and stage productions. Wikipedia
Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England
Lyudmila Petrushevskaya

Lyudmila Petrushevskaya (May 26, 1938-)

Lyudmila Stefanovna Petrushevskaya is a Russian writer, novelist and playwright. Wikipedia
Moscow, Russia
Nicola Piovani

Nicola Piovani (May 26, 1946-)

Nicola Piovani is a light-classical musician, theater and film score composer, and winner of the 1998 Best Original Dramatic Score Oscar for the score of the Roberto Benigni film 'La Vita è bella', better known to English-speaking audiences as 'Life Is Beautiful'. Wikipedia
Sally Ride

Sally Ride (May 26, 1951-July 23, 2012)

Sally Kristen Ride was an American physicist and astronaut. Born in Los Angeles, she joined NASA in 1978 and became the first American woman in space in 1983. She remains the youngest American astronaut to have traveled to space, having done so at the age of 32. After flying twice on the Orbiter 'Challenger', she left NASA in 1987. She worked for... Wikipedia
Encino, Los Angeles, California, United States
La Jolla, California, United States

Mauri Rose (May 26, 1906-January 1, 1981)

Maurice "Mauri" Rose was an American racecar driver. Wikipedia
Columbus, Ohio
Royal Oak, Michigan
Tarsem Singh

Tarsem Singh (May 26, 1961-)

Tarsem Singh Dhandwar, known professionally as Tarsem, is an Indian-American director who has worked on films, music videos, and commercials. Wikipedia
Jalandhar, India
Matt Stone

Matt Stone (May 26, 1971-)

Matthew Richard "Matt" Stone is an American actor, animator, screenwriter, television director, producer, singer, and songwriter. He is best known for being the co-creator of 'South Park' along with his creative partner Trey Parker, as well as co-writing the 2011 multi-Tony Award winning musical 'The Book of Mormon'. Wikipedia
Houston, Texas, United States
Teresa Stratas

Teresa Stratas (May 26, 1938-)

Teresa Stratas, OC, is a retired Canadian operatic soprano of Greek descent. She is especially well known for her award-winning recording of Alban Berg's 'Lulu'. Wikipedia
Herb Trimpe

Herb Trimpe (May 26, 1939-April 13, 2015)

Herbert William "Herb" Trimpe was an American comic book artist and occasional writer, best known as the seminal 1970s artist on 'The Incredible Hulk' and as the first artist to draw for publication the character Wolverine, who later became a breakout star of the X-Men. Wikipedia
Peekskill, New York
Glenn Turner

Glenn Turner (May 26, 1947-)

Glenn Maitland Turner played cricket for New Zealand and was one of the country's best and most prolific batsmen. He is the current head of the New Zealand Cricket selection panel. Wikipedia
Dunedin, Otago
John Wayne

John Wayne (May 26, 1907-June 11, 1979)

Marion Mitchell Morrison, better known by his stage name John Wayne, was an American film actor, director, and producer. An Academy Award-winner, Wayne was among the top box office draws for three decades. An enduring American icon, for several generations of Americans he epitomized rugged masculinity and is famous for his demeanor, including his... Wikipedia
Winterset, Iowa, United States
Los Angeles, United States
Hank Williams, Jr.

Hank Williams, Jr. (May 26, 1949-)

Randall Hank Williams, better known as Hank Williams, Jr. and Bocephus, is an American singer-songwriter and musician. His musical style is often considered a blend of Southern rock, blues, and traditional country. He is the son of legendary country music singer Hank Williams and the father of Hank Williams III, Holly Williams, Hilary Williams,... Wikipedia
Shreveport, Louisiana, USA