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Elie Abel (October 17, 1920-July 22, 2004)

Elie Abel was a Canadian-American journalist, author and academic. He lived in Palo Alto, California, United States. Wikipedia
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Rockville, Maryland, USA

John Adams (physicist) (May 24, 1920-March 3, 1984)

Sir John Bertram Adams KBE, FRS was a British accelerator physicist and administrator. Wikipedia
Surrey, England
Richard Adams

Richard Adams (May 9, 1920-)

Richard George Adams is an English novelist who is known as the author of 'Watership Down'. He studied modern history at university before serving in the British Army during World War II. Afterward he completed his studies and then joined the British Civil Service. In 1974, two years after 'Watership Down' was published, Adams became a full-time... Wikipedia
Newbury, Berkshire

John Addison (March 16, 1920-December 7, 1998)

John Mervyn Addison was a British composer best known for his film scores. Wikipedia
Cobham, Surrey, England
Bennington, Vermont

Kenneth Allsop (January 29, 1920-May 23, 1973)

Kenneth Allsop was a British broadcaster, author and naturalist. He was married in St Peter's Church, Ealing in March 1942. Allsop was a regular reporter on the BBC current affairs programme 'Tonight' during the 1960s. He also was Rector of Edinburgh University and won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. In 1958 he wrote what is widely seen as being the... Wikipedia
Holbeck, Yorkshire, England
Bridport, Dorset England

Henri Amouroux (July 1, 1920-August 5, 2007)

Henri Amouroux was a French historian and journalist. Wikipedia

Nancy Andrews (actress) (December 16, 1920-July 29, 1989)

Nancy Andrews was an American stage and film actress and singer. Wikipedia
Minneapolis
New York City

Sam Angel (November 30, 1920-March 21, 2007)

Sam Angel was a poker player best known as a top Razz player and for his two wins at the World Series of Poker. Wikipedia
Alexander Arutiunian

Alexander Arutiunian (September 23, 1920-March 28, 2012)

Alexander Grigori Arutiunian, also known as Arutunian, Arutyunyan, Arutjunjan or Harutiunian, was a Soviet/Armenian composer and pianist, widely known for his 1950 trumpet concerto. A professor at Yerevan State Conservatory, he was recognized with many awards for his work, including the Stalin Prize in 1949 and People's Artist of the USSR in 1970,... Wikipedia
Yerevan
Yerevan
Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov (January 2, 1920-April 6, 1992)

Isaac Asimov was an American author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books. Asimov was prolific and wrote or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. His books have been published in 9 of the 10 major categories of the Dewey... Wikipedia
Petrovichi, Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (RSFSR)
New York, New York, U.S.
Pandurang Shastri Athavale

Pandurang Shastri Athavale (October 19, 1920-October 25, 2003)

Pandurang Shastri Athavale, also known as 'Dadaji', which literally translates as "elder brother" in Marathi, was an Indian philosopher, spiritual leader, social activist and Hinduism reformist, who founded the Swadhyaya Parivar in 1954. Swadhyaya is a self-study process based on the Bhagavad Gita which has spread across nearly 100,000 villages in... Wikipedia
Roha, Maharashtra, India
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Leyla Badirbeyli (January 8, 1920-November 23, 1999)

Leyla Aghalar gizi Badirbeyli and Leyla Badirbeyova – (after marriage – Javanshirova, Soviet and Azerbaijani actress of theatre and cinema, People's Artist of the Azerbaijan SSR, laureate of the State Stalin Prize of the second degree, member of the CPSU from 1945. She is buried in the Alley of Honor. Wikipedia
Baku, Azerbaijan
Baku, Azerbaijan
George Batchelor

George Batchelor (March 8, 1920-March 30, 2000)

George Keith Batchelor FRS was an Australian applied mathematician and fluid dynamicist. He was for many years the Professor of Applied Mathematics in the University of Cambridge, and was founding head of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. In 1956 he founded the influential 'Journal of Fluid Mechanics' which he edited... Wikipedia
Melbourne, Australia
Cambridge, England
Bill Bedford

Bill Bedford (November 18, 1920-October 20, 1996)

Alfred William "Bill" Bedford OBE AFC FRAeS was a British test pilot and pioneered the development of V/STOL aircraft. Wikipedia
Loughborough, England
Surrey, England
Richard E. Bellman

Richard E. Bellman (August 26, 1920-March 19, 1984)

Richard Ernest Bellman was an American applied mathematician, celebrated for his invention of dynamic programming in 1953, and important contributions in other fields of mathematics. Wikipedia
New York City, New York, U.S.
Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Baruj Benacerraf (October 29, 1920-August 2, 2011)

Baruj Benacerraf was a Venezuelan-born American immunologist, who shared the 1980 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the "discovery of the major histocompatibility complex genes which encode cell surface protein molecules important for the immune system's distinction between self and non-self". His colleagues and shared recipients were Jean... Wikipedia
Caracas, Venezuela
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, USA
Jens Bjørneboe

Jens Bjørneboe (October 9, 1920-May 9, 1976)

Jens Ingvald Bjørneboe was a Norwegian writer whose work spanned a number of literary formats. He was also a painter and a Waldorf school teacher. Bjørneboe was a harsh and eloquent critic of Norwegian society and Western civilization on the whole. He led a turbulent life and his uncompromising opinions cost him both an obscenity conviction as well... Wikipedia
Kristiansand, Norway
Veierland in Nøtterøy, Norway

Edward Blishen (April 29, 1920-December 13, 1996)

Edward Blishen was an English author and broadcaster. He may be known best for the first of two children's novels based on Greek mythology, written with Leon Garfield, illustrated by Charles Keeping, and published by Longman in 1970. For 'The God Beneath the Sea' Blishen and Garfield won the 1970 Carnegie Medal from the Library Association,... Wikipedia
Hertfordshire, England
Nicolaas Bloembergen

Nicolaas Bloembergen (March 11, 1920-)

Nicolaas Bloembergen is a Dutch-American physicist and Nobel laureate. Wikipedia
Dordrecht, Netherlands
Sergei Bondarchuk

Sergei Bondarchuk (September 25, 1920-October 20, 1994)

Sergei Fedorovich Bondarchuk was a Soviet film director, screenwriter and actor. Wikipedia
Belozerka, Ukraine, USSR
Moscow, Russia
Arthur Boyd

Arthur Boyd (July 24, 1920-April 24, 1999)

Arthur Merric Bloomfield Boyd was a leading Australian painter of the late 20th century. Boyd's work ranges from impressionist renderings of Australian landscape to starkly expressionist figuration, and many canvases feature both. Several famous works set Biblical stories against the Australian landscape, such as 'The Expulsion', now at Art Gallery... Wikipedia
Murrumbeena, Victoria
Melbourne, Victoria
Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury (August 22, 1920-June 5, 2012)

Ray Douglas Bradbury was an American fantasy, science fiction, horror and mystery fiction author. Best known for his dystopian novel 'Fahrenheit 451' and for the science fiction and horror stories gathered together as 'The Martian Chronicles' and 'The Illustrated Man', Bradbury was one of the most celebrated 20th-century American genre writers. He... Wikipedia
Waukegan, Illinois, United States
Los Angeles, California, United States

Oscar Brand (February 7, 1920-)

Oscar Brand is a folk singer, songwriter, and author. In his career, spanning over 60 years, he has composed at least 300 songs and released nearly 100 albums, among them Canadian and American patriotic songs. Brand's music runs the gamut from novelty songs to serious social commentary and spans a number of genres. Wikipedia
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
David Brinkley

David Brinkley (July 10, 1920-June 11, 2003)

David McClure Brinkley was an American newscaster for NBC and ABC in a career lasting from 1943 to 1997. Wikipedia
Wilmington, North Carolina
Houston, Texas, United States
Vlastimil Brodský

Vlastimil Brodský (December 15, 1920-April 20, 2002)

Vlastimil Brodský was a respected Czech actor. He appeared in more than one hundred films, and is considered a key figure in the postwar development of Czech cinema. Wikipedia
Hrušov, Czech Republic
Slunečná, Czech Republic
John Brooks (writer)

John Brooks (writer) (<a href="/born/year/1920" title="Celebrities Born in 1920">1920</a>-1993)

John Brooks was a writer and longtime contributor to 'The New Yorker' magazine, where he worked for many years as a staff writer, specializing in financial topics. Brooks was also the author of several books, both fiction and non-fiction, the best known of which was an examination of the financial shenanigans of the 1960s Wall Street bull market. Wikipedia
Dave Brubeck

Dave Brubeck (December 6, 1920-December 5, 2012)

David Warren "Dave" Brubeck was an American jazz pianist and composer, considered to be one of the foremost exponents of cool jazz. He wrote a number of jazz standards, including "In Your Own Sweet Way" and "The Duke". Brubeck's style ranged from refined to bombastic, reflecting his mother's attempts at classical training and his improvisational... Wikipedia
Concord, California, United States
Norwalk, Connecticut, United States
Yul Brynner

Yul Brynner (July 11, 1920-October 10, 1985)

Yul Brynner was a Russian-born United States-based film and stage actor. Wikipedia
Vladivostok, Russia
New York, New York, US

Gesualdo Bufalino (November 15, 1920-June 14, 1996)

Gesualdo Bufalino, was an Italian writer. Wikipedia
Alberto Calderón

Alberto Calderón (September 14, 1920-April 16, 1998)

Alberto Pedro Calderón was one of the leading mathematicians of the 20th century. He was born in Mendoza, Argentina. His name is associated with the University of Buenos Aires, but first and foremost with the University of Chicago, where Calderón and his mentor, the distinguished analyst Antoni Zygmund, started one of the longest and most... Wikipedia
Mendoza, Argentina
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Paul Celan

Paul Celan (November 23, 1920-April 20, 1970)

Paul Celan was a German language poet and translator. He was born as Paul Antschel to a Jewish family in Cernăuți, in the then Kingdom of Romania, and adopted the pseudonym "Paul Celan".. He became one of the major German-language poets of the post-World War II era. Wikipedia
Czernowitz, Romania
Paris, France
Owen Chamberlain

Owen Chamberlain (July 10, 1920-February 28, 2006)

Owen Chamberlain was an American physicist, and Nobel laureate in physics for his discovery, with collaborator Emilio Segrè, of antiprotons, a sub-atomic antiparticle. Wikipedia
San Francisco, California, USA
Berkeley, California, USA
Edmonde Charles-Roux

Edmonde Charles-Roux (April 17, 1920-)

Edmonde Charles-Roux is a French writer. Wikipedia

Ray W. Clough (July 23, 1920-)

Ray William Clough, was Byron L. and Elvira E. Nishkian Professor of Structural Engineering in the department of Civil Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley and one of the founders of the Finite Element Method. His article in 1956 was one of the first applications of this computational method. He coined the term “finite elements” in... Wikipedia

Denys Coop (July 20, 1920-August 16, 1981)

Denys Coop BSC was a British cinematographer. He is sometimes credited as Denys N. Coop. Wikipedia

Alexander Lamb Cullen (April 30, 1920-December 28, 2013)

Alexander Lamb Cullen, OBE FREng FRS was a British electrical engineer. Wikipedia
London, United Kingdom
Miguel Delibes

Miguel Delibes (October 17, 1920-March 12, 2010)

Miguel Delibes Setién was a Spanish novelist, journalist and newspaper editor associated with the Generation of '36 movement. From 1975 until his death, he was a member of the Royal Spanish Academy, where he occupied chair "e". He studied commerce and law and began his career as a columnist and later journalist at the 'El Norte de Castilla'. He... Wikipedia
Valladolid, Castile and Leon, Spain
Valladolid, Castile and Leon, Spain
I. A. L. Diamond

I. A. L. Diamond (June 27, 1920-April 21, 1988)

I.A.L. Diamond was a comedy and drama writer in Hollywood from the 1940s through the 1980s. He wrote eleven screenplays with Billy Wilder for Wilder's films. Wikipedia
Ungheni, Iaşi, Romania
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles
Richard Farnsworth

Richard Farnsworth (September 1, 1920-October 6, 2000)

Richard W. Farnsworth was an American actor and stuntman. His film career began in 1937; however, he achieved his greatest success for his performances in 'The Grey Fox' and 'The Straight Story', for which he received a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actor. Wikipedia
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Lincoln, New Mexico, U.S.
Eileen Farrell

Eileen Farrell (February 13, 1920-March 23, 2002)

Eileen Farrell was an American soprano who had a nearly 60-year-long career performing both classical and popular music in concerts, theatres, on radio and television, and on disc. While she was active as an opera singer, her concert engagements far outnumbered her theatrical appearances. Her career was mainly based in the United States, although... Wikipedia
Willimantic, Connecticut
Park Ridge, New Jersey

Henry Farrell (September 27, 1920-March 29, 2006)

Henry Farrell was an American novelist and screenwriter, best known as the author of the renowned gothic horror story 'What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?', which was made into a film starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. He was born Charles Farrell Myers in California, and grew up in Chowchilla, California. Under the name "Charles H Myer", he wrote... Wikipedia
Madera County, California, U.S.
Pacific Palisades, California, U.S.
Federico Fellini

Federico Fellini (January 20, 1920-October 31, 1993)

Federico Fellini was an Italian film director and scriptwriter. Known for his distinct style that blends fantasy and baroque images with earthiness, he is considered one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers of the 20th century. Wikipedia
Rimini, Italy
Rome, Italy

Benjamin B. Ferencz (March 11, 1920-)

Benjamin Berell Ferencz is a Hungarian-born American lawyer. He was an investigator of Nazi war crimes after World War II and the Chief Prosecutor for the United States Army at the Einsatzgruppen Trial, one of the twelve military trials held by the U.S. authorities at Nuremberg, Germany. Later, he became an advocate of the establishment of an... Wikipedia
Edmond H. Fischer

Edmond H. Fischer (April 6, 1920-)

Edmond Henri Fischer is a Swiss American biochemist. He and his collaborator Edwin G. Krebs were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1992 for describing how reversible phosphorylation works as a switch to activate proteins and regulate various cellular processes. From 2007 until 2014, he was the Honorary President of the World... Wikipedia
Shanghai, China
Sid Fleischman

Sid Fleischman (March 16, 1920-March 17, 2010)

Albert Sidney Fleischman, or Sid Fleischman, was an American author of children's books, screenplays, novels for adults, and nonfiction books about magic. His works for children are known for their humor, imagery, zesty plotting, and exploration of the byways of American history. He won the Newbery Medal in 1987 for 'The Whipping Boy' and the... Wikipedia
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
Santa Monica, California, United States
Dick Francis

Dick Francis (October 31, 1920-February 14, 2010)

Richard Stanley "Dick" Francis CBE FRSL was a British steeplechase jockey and crime writer, whose novels centre on horse racing in England. Wikipedia
Lawrenny, South Wales
Grand Cayman, Caribbean
Gemini Ganesan

Gemini Ganesan (November 17, 1920-March 22, 2005)

Ramaswamy Ganesan, better known by his stage name Gemini Ganesan, was an Indian film actor who worked mainly in Tamil cinema. He was nicknamed "Kadhal Mannan" for the romantic roles he played in films. Ganesan was one among the "three biggest names of Tamil cinema", the other two being M. G. Ramachandran and Sivaji Ganesan. While Sivaji Ganesan... Wikipedia
Pudukottai, India
Tamil Nadu, India
Vincent Gardenia

Vincent Gardenia (January 7, 1920-December 9, 1992)

Vincent Gardenia was an Italian-American stage, film, and television actor. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor two times for 'Bang the Drum Slowly' and 'Moonstruck'. He also portrayed Det. Frank Ochoa in 'Death Wish' and its 1982 sequel and Mr. Mushnik in the 1986 musical film version of 'Little Shop of Horrors'. Wikipedia
Naples, Italy
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Lewis Gilbert (March 6, 1920-)

Lewis Gilbert is a British film director, producer and screenwriter, who has directed more than 40 films during six decades; among them such varied titles as 'Reach for the Sky', 'Sink the Bismarck!', 'Alfie', 'Educating Rita' and 'Shirley Valentine', as well as three James Bond films: 'You Only Live Twice', 'The Spy Who Loved Me' and 'Moonraker'. Wikipedia
London, England, UK

Hubert Giraud (March 3, 1920-)

Hubert Yves Adrian Giraud is a French composer and lyricist. Wikipedia
Marseille, France

Maurice Richlin (February 23, 1920-November 13, 1990)

Maurice Richlin was an American screenwriter. Wikipedia
Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Tonino Guerra

Tonino Guerra (March 16, 1920-March 21, 2012)

Antonio "Tonino" Guerra was an Italian concentration camp survivor, poet, writer and screenwriter who collaborated with some of the most prominent film directors of the world. Wikipedia
Santarcangelo di Romagna, Italy
Santarcangelo di Romagna, Italy
Ray Harryhausen

Ray Harryhausen (June 29, 1920-May 7, 2013)

Raymond Frederick "Ray" Harryhausen was an American visual effects creator, writer, and producer who created a form of stop-motion model animation known as "Dynamation." Wikipedia
Los Angeles, California, United States
London, England, United Kingdom
John Harsanyi

John Harsanyi (May 29, 1920-August 9, 2000)

John Charles Harsanyi was a Hungarian-American economist and Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences winner. Wikipedia
Budapest, Hungary
Berkeley, California, USA

Gwen Harwood (June 8, 1920-December 9, 1995)

Gwen Harwood AO, née Gwendoline Nessie Foster, was an Australian poet and librettist. Gwen Harwood is regarded as one of Australia's finest poets, publishing over 420 works, including 386 poems and 13 librettos. She won numerous poetry awards and prizes. Her work is commonly studied in schools and university courses. Wikipedia
Taringa, Queensland, Australia
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Chushiro Hayashi (July 25, 1920-February 28, 2010)

Chushiro Hayashi was a Japanese astrophysicist. Hayashi tracks on the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram are named after him. Wikipedia
Kyoto, Japan

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
Frank Herbert

Frank Herbert (October 8, 1920-February 11, 1986)

Franklin Patrick Herbert, Jr. was an American science fiction writer best known for the novel 'Dune' and its five sequels. Though he became famous for science fiction, he was also a newspaper journalist, photographer, short story writer, book reviewer, ecological consultant and lecturer. Wikipedia
Tacoma, Washington, USA
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Jack Heslop-Harrison (February 10, 1920-May 7, 1998)

John "Jack" Heslop-Harrison FRS FAAAS was a British soldier and botanist. Wikipedia
Middlesbrough, England, UK
Red Holzman

Red Holzman (August 10, 1920-November 13, 1998)

William "Red" Holzman was an NBA basketball player and coach probably best known as the head coach of the New York Knicks from 1967 to 1982. Holzman helped lead the Knicks to two NBA Championships in 1970 and 1973, and was elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1985. In 1996, Holzman was named one of Top 10 Coaches in NBA History. Wikipedia
Brooklyn, New York
New Hyde Park, New York
Irving Howe

Irving Howe (June 11, 1920-May 5, 1993)

Irving Howe was a Jewish American literary and social critic and a prominent figure of the Democratic Socialists of America. Wikipedia
The Bronx, New York, USA
Manhattan, New York, USA
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
François Jacob

François Jacob (June 17, 1920-April 19, 2013)

François Jacob was a French biologist who, together with Jacques Monod, originated the idea that control of enzyme levels in all cells occurs through regulation of transcription. He shared the 1965 Nobel Prize in Medicine with Jacques Monod and André Lwoff. Wikipedia
Nancy, Meurthe-et-Moselle
Paris, France
P. D. James

P. D. James (August 3, 1920-August 27 AD)

Phyllis Dorothy James, Baroness James of Holland Park, known as P. D. James, was an English crime writer. She rose to fame for her series of detective novels starring police commander and poet Adam Dalgliesh. Wikipedia
Oxford, England, United Kingdom
Oxford, England, United Kingdom
Patricia Jessel

Patricia Jessel (October 15, 1920-June 10, 1968)

Patricia Helen Jessel was an English actress of stage, film and TV. Wikipedia
Hong Kong, British Crown Colony
London, England, UK
Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II (May 18, 1920-April 2, 2005)

Pope John Paul II born Karol Józef Wojtyła Charles Joseph Wojtyła served as Pope from 1978 to 2005. He was elected by the second Papal conclave of 1978, which was called after Pope John Paul I, who was elected in August after the death of Pope Paul VI, died after thirty-three days. Then-Cardinal Wojtyła was elected on the third day of the conclave... Wikipedia
Wadowice, Poland
Apostolic Palace, Vatican City

Maria Karnilova (August 3, 1920-April 20, 2001)

Maria Karnilova was an American actress. She was briefly known professionally as Maria Karniloff. Wikipedia
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Hank Ketcham

Hank Ketcham (March 14, 1920-June 1, 2001)

Henry King Ketcham, better known as Hank Ketcham, was an American cartoonist who created the 'Dennis the Menace' comic strip, writing and drawing it from 1951 to 1994, when he retired from drawing the daily cartoon and took up painting full-time in his home studio. In 1953, he received the Reuben Award for the strip, which continues today in the... Wikipedia
Seattle, Washington, United States
Pebble Beach, California, United States

Karen Khachaturian (September 19, 1920-July 19, 2011)

Karen Surenovich Khachaturian was a Soviet and Russian composer of Armenian ethnicity and the nephew of composer Aram Khachaturian. Wikipedia
Moscow, Russia
Moscow, Russia

Lawrence Klein (September 14, 1920-October 20, 2013)

Lawrence Robert Klein was an American economist. For his work in creating computer models to forecast economic trends in the field of econometrics in the Department of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, he was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1980 specifically "for the creation of econometric models and their... Wikipedia
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Daniel E. Koshland, Jr.

Daniel E. Koshland, Jr. (March 30, 1920-July 23, 2007)

Daniel Edward Koshland, Jr. was an American biochemist. He reorganized the study of biology at the University of California, Berkeley, and was the editor of the leading US science journal, 'Science', from 1985 to 1995. He was a Member of the United States National Academy of Sciences. Wikipedia
New York City
Walnut Creek, California
Ryogo Kubo

Ryogo Kubo (February 15, 1920-March 31, 1995)

Ryogo Kubo was a Japanese mathematical physicist, best known for his works in statistical physics and non-equilibrium statistical mechanics. Wikipedia
Tokyo
Japan

John La Montaine (March 17, 1920-April 29, 2013)

John Maynard La Montaine, also later LaMontaine was an American pianist and composer, born in Oak Park, Illinois, who won the 1959 Pulitzer Prize for Music for his Piano Concerto No. 1 "In Time of War", which was premiered by Jorge Bolet. Wikipedia
Chicago, Illinois
Hollywood, California
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
Bob Lemon

Bob Lemon (October 22, 1920-January 11, 2000)

Robert Granville "Bob" Lemon was an American right-handed pitcher and manager in Major League Baseball. Lemon was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame as a player in 1976. Wikipedia
San Bernardino, California, United States
Long Beach, California, United States

Clément Lépidis (<a href="/born/year/1920" title="Celebrities Born in 1920">1920</a>-1997)

Clément Lépidis was a French novelist of Greek descent. He was born Kleanthis Tsélébidis into a Greek Orthodox family that had settled in Paris, having fled the massacre of the Greek population in Anatolia carried out by the Young Turks during the Greek-Turkish war. Wikipedia
Paris
Viveca Lindfors

Viveca Lindfors (December 29, 1920-October 25, 1995)

Elsa Viveca Torstensdotter Lindfors, better known under her professional name of Viveca Lindfors, was a Swedish stage and film actress. Wikipedia
Uppsala, Sweden
Uppsala, Sweden
Väinö Linna

Väinö Linna (December 20, 1920-April 21, 1992)

Väinö Linna was a Finnish author. He gained literary fame with his third novel, 'Tuntematon sotilas', and consolidated his position with the trilogy 'Täällä Pohjantähden alla'. Wikipedia
Urjala, Finland
Tampere, Finland
Chiara Lubich

Chiara Lubich (January 22, 1920-March 14, 2008)

Chiara Lubich was an Italian Catholic activist and leader and founder of the Focolare Movement. Wikipedia
Trento, Italy
Rocca di Papa, Italy
Leo McKern

Leo McKern (March 16, 1920-July 23, 2002)

Reginald "Leo" McKern, AO was an Australian actor who appeared in numerous British and Australian television programmes and films, and in more than 200 stage roles. Notable roles he portrayed include Clang in 'Help!', Thomas Cromwell in 'A Man for All Seasons', Tom Ryan in 'Ryan's Daughter', Paddy Button in 'The Blue Lagoon', Dr. Grogan in 'The... Wikipedia
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Bath, Somerset, England, United Kingdom
Delbert Mann

Delbert Mann (January 30, 1920-November 11, 2007)

Delbert Martin Mann, Jr. was an American television and film director. He won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the Academy Award for Best Director for the film 'Marty'. It was the first Best Picture winner to be based on a television program, being adapted from a 1953 teleplay of the same name which he had also directed. Mann is also... Wikipedia
Lawrence, Kansas, USA
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Walter Matthau

Walter Matthau (October 1, 1920-July 1, 2000)

Walter Matthau was an American actor best known for his role as Oscar Madison in 'The Odd Couple' and his frequent collaborations with 'Odd Couple' star Jack Lemmon, as well as his role as Coach Buttermaker in the 1976 comedy 'The Bad News Bears'. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the 1966 Billy Wilder film... Wikipedia
New York City, New York, U.S.
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
John Maynard Smith

John Maynard Smith (January 6, 1920-April 19, 2004)

John Maynard Smith was a British theoretical evolutionary biologist and geneticist. Originally an aeronautical engineer during the Second World War, he took a second degree in genetics under the well-known biologist J. B. S. Haldane. Maynard Smith was instrumental in the application of game theory to evolution and theorised on other problems such... Wikipedia
London, England
Lewes, East Sussex, England

James B. McClatchy (December 17, 1920-May 26, 2006)

James B. McClatchy was a journalist and publisher. He was a journalist at McClatchy Company newspapers including 'The Fresno Bee' and 'The Sacramento Bee'. He was publisher of The McClatchy Company from 1987 to 2005, having been chairman since 1980. Wikipedia
Ian McHarg

Ian McHarg (November 20, 1920-March 5, 2001)

Ian L. McHarg was a Scottish landscape architect and a renowned writer on regional planning using natural systems. He was the founder of the department of landscape architecture at the University of Pennsylvania in the United States. His 1969 book 'Design with Nature' pioneered the concept of ecological planning. It continues to be one of the most... Wikipedia
Clydebank, Scotland
Toshiro Mifune

Toshiro Mifune (April 1, 1920-December 24, 1997)

Toshiro Mifune was a Japanese actor who appeared in almost 170 feature films. He is best known for his 16-film collaboration with filmmaker Akira Kurosawa in such works as 'Rashomon', 'Seven Samurai', 'Throne of Blood', and 'Yojimbo'. He also portrayed Musashi Miyamoto in Hiroshi Inagaki's 'Samurai Trilogy, 'as well as Lord Toranaga in the NBC TV... Wikipedia
Qingdao, China
Mitaka, Japan
Charles Mitchel

Charles Mitchel (November 8, 1920-August 18, 1996)

Charles Gerald Mitchel was an Irish actor and broadcaster best known as a newsreader for the RTÉ News from 1961 until 1984. He was the first person to read the news on Telefís Éireann. Wikipedia
Dublin
Dublin
Peter D. Mitchell

Peter D. Mitchell (September 10, 1920-April 10, 1992)

Peter Dennis Mitchell, FRS was a British biochemist who was awarded the 1978 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his discovery of the chemiosmotic mechanism of ATP synthesis. Wikipedia
Mitcham, Surrey, England
Bodmin, Cornwall, England

Pierre Moinot (March 29, 1920-March 6, 2007)

Pierre Moinot was a French novelist. He was elected to the Académie française on 21 January 1982. Wikipedia
Fressines, France
Paris, France
Ricardo Montalbán

Ricardo Montalbán (November 25, 1920-January 14, 2009)

Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalbán y Merino, KSG, known professionally as Ricardo Montalbán, was a Mexican actor. His career spanned seven decades, during which he became known for many different roles. During the 1970s, he was a spokesman in automobile advertisements for Chrysler, including those in which he extolled the "soft Corinthian leather"... Wikipedia
Mexico City, Mexico
Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Elaine Morgan (writer) (November 7, 1920-July 12, 2013)

Elaine Morgan OBE FRSL was a Welsh writer for television and the author of several books on evolutionary anthropology, especially the aquatic ape hypothesis: 'The Descent of Woman', 'The Aquatic Ape', 'The Scars of Evolution', 'The Descent of the Child', 'The Aquatic Ape Hypothesis', and 'The Naked Darwinist', which discusses the reception of... Wikipedia
Hopkinstown, Wales
Stan Musial

Stan Musial (November 21, 1920-January 19, 2013)

Stanley Frank "Stan" Musial was an American professional baseball player who played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals. Nicknamed "Stan the Man", Musial was a record 24-time All-Star selection, and is widely considered to be one of the greatest hitters in baseball history. He compiled 3,630 hits. With 1,815 hits at home... Wikipedia
Donora, Pennsylvania, United States
Ladue, Missouri, United States
Gene Nelson

Gene Nelson (March 24, 1920-September 16, 1996)

Gene Nelson was an American dancer, actor, screenwriter, and director. Wikipedia
Astoria, Oregon, United States
Los Angeles, California, United States
Howard Nemerov

Howard Nemerov (February 29, 1920-July 5, 1991)

Howard Nemerov was an American poet. He was twice Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, from 1963 to 1964 and again from 1988 to 1990. For 'The Collected Poems of Howard Nemerov', he won the National Book Award for Poetry, Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and Bollingen Prize. Wikipedia
New York City, New York, USA
University City, Missouri, USA

Douglass North (November 5, 1920-)

Douglass Cecil North is an American economist known for his work in economic history. He is the co-recipient of the 1993 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. In the words of the Nobel Committee, North and Fogel were awarded the prize "for having renewed research in economic history by applying economic theory and quantitative methods in order... Wikipedia
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker (August 29, 1920-March 12, 1955)

Charles Parker, Jr., also known as "Yardbird" and "Bird", was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Wikipedia
Kansas City, Kansas, U.S.
New York City, New York, U.S.
Daniel Petrie

Daniel Petrie (November 26, 1920-August 22, 2004)

Daniel Mannix Petrie was a Canadian television and film director. Wikipedia
Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada
Los Angeles, California, U.S.

James Plunkett (May 21, 1920-May 28, 2003)

James Plunkett Kelly, or James Plunkett, was an Irish writer. He was educated at Synge Street CBS. Wikipedia
Dublin, Ireland
Dublin, Ireland
George Porter

George Porter (December 6, 1920-August 31, 2002)

George Hornidge Porter, Baron Porter of Luddenham, OM, FRS was a British chemist. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1967. Wikipedia
Stainforth
Mario Puzo

Mario Puzo (October 15, 1920-July 2, 1999)

Mario Gianluigi Puzo was an American author and screenwriter. He is known for his novels about the Mafia, including 'The Godfather', which was later co-adapted into a film by Francis Ford Coppola. He won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in both 1972 and 1974. Wikipedia
Manhattan, New York, United States
Manor Lane in West Bay Shore, New York, United States
C. R. Rao

C. R. Rao (September 10, 1920-)

Calyampudi Radhakrishna Rao, FRS known as C R Rao is an Indian-born, naturalized American, mathematician and statistician. He is currently professor emeritus at Penn State University and Research Professor at the University at Buffalo. Rao has been honoured by numerous colloquia, honorary degrees, and festschrifts and was awarded the US National... Wikipedia
Hadagali, Karnataka, India
Chuck Rayner

Chuck Rayner (August 11, 1920-October 6, 2002)

Claude Earl "Charlie, Chuck" Rayner was a Canadian professional hockey goaltender who played 9 seasons in the National Hockey League for the New York Americans and New York Rangers. He is an Honoured Member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Wikipedia
Sutherland, SK, CAN
Beah Richards

Beah Richards (July 12, 1920-September 14, 2000)

Beah Richards was an American actress of stage, screen and television. She was a poet, playwright and author. During her career, Richards was nominated for a Tony and Academy Awards, and received two Primetime Emmy Awards for her performances on television. Wikipedia
Vicksburg, Mississippi, U.S.
Vicksburg, Mississippi, U.S.
Gianni Rodari

Gianni Rodari (October 23, 1920-April 14, 1980)

Gianni Rodari was an Italian writer and journalist, most famous for his children's books, notably 'Il romanzo di Cipollino'. For his lasting contribution as a children's writer he received the biennial Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1970 and many consider him Italy's most important twentieth-century children's author. His books have been... Wikipedia
Omegna, Novara, Italy
Rome, Italy
Mickey Rooney

Mickey Rooney (September 23, 1920-April 6, 2014)

Mickey Rooney was an American actor of film, television, Broadway, radio, and vaudeville. In a career that spanned nearly nine decades and continued until shortly before his death, he appeared in more than 300 films and was one of the last surviving stars of the silent film era. Wikipedia
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
George Rose (actor)

George Rose (actor) (February 19, 1920-May 5, 1988)

George Walter Rose was an English actor and singer in theatre and film. Wikipedia
Bicester, Oxfordshire, England
Sosúa, Dominican Republic
Colin Rowe

Colin Rowe (March 27, 1920-November 5, 1999)

Colin Rowe, was a British-born, American-naturalised architectural historian, critic, theoretician, and teacher; acknowledged as a major intellectual influence on world architecture and urbanism in the second half of the twentieth century and beyond, particularly in the fields of city planning, regeneration, and urban design. During his life he... Wikipedia
Franklin J. Schaffner

Franklin J. Schaffner (May 30, 1920-July 2, 1989)

Franklin James Schaffner was an American film director best known for such films as 'Planet of the Apes', 'Patton', 'Nicholas and Alexandra', 'Papillon', and 'The Boys from Brazil'. Wikipedia
Tokyo, Japan
Santa Monica, California, USA

Wolfdietrich Schnurre (August 22, 1920-June 9, 1989)

Wolfdietrich Schnurre was a German writer. Wikipedia
Rudolf Schulten

Rudolf Schulten (<a href="/born/year/1920" title="Celebrities Born in 1920">1920</a>-April 27, 1996)

Rudolf Schulten—professor at RWTH Aachen University—was the main developer of the pebble bed reactor design, which was originally invented by Farrington Daniels. Schulten's concept compacts silicon carbide-coated uranium granules into hard, billiard-ball-like graphite spheres to be used as fuel for a new high temperature, helium-cooled type of... Wikipedia
Südlohn
Aachen
Ronald Searle

Ronald Searle (March 3, 1920-December 30, 2011)

Ronald William Fordham Searle CBE, RDI was a British artist and satirical cartoonist. He is perhaps best remembered as the creator of St Trinian's School and for his collaboration with Geoffrey Willans on the Molesworth series. Wikipedia
Cambridge, England
Draguignan, Var (department), Provence, France
Ravi Shankar

Ravi Shankar (April 7, 1920-December 11, 2012)

Ravi Shankar, born Robindro Shaunkor Chowdhury, his name often preceded by the title Pandit, was an Indian musician who was one of the best-known exponents of the sitar in the second half of the 20th century as well as a composer of Hindustani classical music. Wikipedia
ballabgarh
San Diego
Isaac Stern

Isaac Stern (July 21, 1920-September 22, 2001)

Isaac Stern was an American violinist and conductor. Wikipedia
New York City, New York, USA
John Paul Stevens

John Paul Stevens (April 20, 1920-)

John Paul Stevens served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from December 19, 1975, until his retirement on June 29, 2010. At the time of his retirement, he was the oldest member of the Court and the third longest-serving justice in the history of the Supreme Court. He was nominated by President Gerald Ford to replace... Wikipedia
Chicago, Illinois

John Strauss (April 28, 1920-February 14, 2011)

John Leonard Strauss was an American television and film composer and music editor. Strauss co-wrote the theme song for the NBC television series, 'Car 54, Where Are You?', with Nat Hiken. He also won a Grammy Award for his work as the producer of the soundtrack for the 1984 film, 'Amadeus'. He was also frequently collaborated with director Woody... Wikipedia
New York City
Los Angeles

Rosemary Sutcliff (December 14, 1920-July 23, 1992)

Rosemary Sutcliff CBE was a British novelist best known for children's books, especially historical fiction and retellings of myths and legends. Although she was primarily a children's author, the quality and depth of her writing also appeals to adults. In a 1986 interview she said, "I would claim that my books are for children of all ages, from... Wikipedia
East Clandon, Surrey, England, UK
Chichester, West Sussex, England, UK
Percy Sutton

Percy Sutton (November 24, 1920-December 26, 2009)

Percy Ellis Sutton was a prominent black American political and business leader. A civil-rights activist and lawyer, he was also a Freedom Rider and the legal representative for Malcolm X. He was the highest-ranking African-American elected official in New York City when he was Manhattan borough president from 1966 to 1977, the longest tenure at... Wikipedia
San Antonio, Texas
New York City
Thomas Szasz

Thomas Szasz (April 15, 1920-September 8, 2012)

Thomas Stephen Szasz was a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and academic. He served for most of his career as professor of psychiatry at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York. A distinguished lifetime fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a life member of the American Psychoanalytic Association,... Wikipedia
Budapest, Kingdom of Hungary
Manlius, N.Y.

Rosa Tamarkina (<a href="/born/year/1920" title="Celebrities Born in 1920">1920</a>-1950)

Rosa Tamarkina was a Soviet pianist who won second prize in the third International Frédéric Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. Wikipedia
Clark Terry

Clark Terry (December 14, 1920-February 21, 2015)

Clark Terry was an American swing and bebop trumpeter, a pioneer of the flugelhorn in jazz, composer, educator, and NEA Jazz Masters inductee. Wikipedia
St. Louis, Missouri, US
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Helen Thomas

Helen Thomas (August 4, 1920-July 20, 2013)

Helen Amelia Thomas was an American author and news service reporter, member of the White House press corps and opinion columnist. She worked for the United Press and post-1958 successor United Press International for 57 years, first as a correspondent, and later as White House bureau manager. She was a columnist for Hearst Newspapers from 2000 to... Wikipedia
Winchester, Kentucky, U.S.
Washington, D.C., U.S.

Robert Townsend (author) (July 30, 1920-January 12, 1998)

Robert Chase Townsend was an American business executive and author who is noted for transforming Avis into a rental car giant. Wikipedia
Washington, D.C.
Anguilla
Russell E. Train

Russell E. Train (June 4, 1920-September 17, 2012)

Russell Errol Train was the second Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, from September 1973 to January 1977, and the Founder Chairman Emeritus of World Wildlife Fund. As head of the EPA under U.S. Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, Train is generally credited with helping to place the issue of the environment on the... Wikipedia
Jamestown, Rhode Island, U.S.
Bozman, Maryland, U.S.

Elleston Trevor (February 17, 1920-July 21, 1995)

Elleston Trevor was a British novelist and playwright who wrote under several pseudonyms. Born Trevor Dudley-Smith, he eventually changed his name to Elleston Trevor. Trevor worked in many genres, but is principally remembered for his 1964 adventure story 'The Flight of the Phoenix', written as Elleston Trevor, and for a series of Cold War... Wikipedia

Val Valentin (March 24, 1920-March 24, 1999)

Luis Pastor "Val" Valentin was an internationally renowned recording engineer with six decades of work in the music industry. Much of his work has been done for MGM Records and its associated labels, including Verve Records. His large discography includes legendary Jazz albums such as 'Ella and Louis', 'Night Train, and 'Getz/Gilberto'. Wikipedia
Puerto Rico
Reno, Nevada
Henri Verneuil

Henri Verneuil (October 15, 1920-January 11, 2002)

Henri Verneuil, born Ashot Malakian, was a French-Armenian playwright and filmmaker, who made a successful career in France. He was nominated for Oscar and Palme d'Or awards, and won Locarno International Film Festival, Edgar Allan Poe Awards, French Legion of Honor, Golden Globe Award, French National Academy of Cinema and Honorary Cesar awards. Wikipedia
Rodosto, Turkey
Bagnolet, Seine-Saint-Denis
Anne-Cath. Vestly

Anne-Cath. Vestly (February 15, 1920-December 15, 2008)

Anne-Cath. Vestly was a Norwegian author of children’s literature whose stature in Norwegian society can somewhat be compared to Sweden's famous children's book author Astrid Lindgren among Swedish people. Wikipedia
Rena, Norway
Mjøndalen, Norway
William Warfield

William Warfield (January 22, 1920-August 26, 2002)

William Caesar Warfield, was an American concert bass-baritone singer and actor. One of his earliest professional engagements was in Marc Blitzstein's Broadway opera, Regina. His breakthrough came when he gave his recital debut in New York's Town Hall in 1950. He went on to produce a highly acclaimed album of selections from Porgy and Bess with... Wikipedia
West Helena, Arkansas, U.S.
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Jack Webb

Jack Webb (April 20, 1920-December 23, 1982)

John Randolph "Jack" Webb, also known by the pen name John Randolph, was an American actor, television producer, director, and screenwriter, who is most famous for his role as Sergeant Joe Friday in the radio and television series, 'Dragnet.' He was also the founder of his own production company, Mark VII Limited. Wikipedia
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
West Hollywood, U.S.
Shelley Winters

Shelley Winters (August 18, 1920-January 14, 2006)

Shelley Winters was an American actress who appeared in dozens of films, as well as on stage and television; her career spanned over 50 years until her death in 2006. Winters won Academy Awards for 'The Diary of Anne Frank' and 'A Patch of Blue', and received nominations for 'A Place in the Sun' and 'The Poseidon Adventure'. She also appeared in... Wikipedia
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Beverly Hills, California, United States
Early Wynn

Early Wynn (January 6, 1920-April 4, 1999)

Early Wynn Jr., nicknamed "Gus", was a Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher. During a 25-year baseball career, he pitched for the Washington Senators, Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972. Wikipedia
Hartford, Alabama
Venice, Florida
Shōtarō Yasuoka

Shōtarō Yasuoka (May 30, 1920-January 26, 2013)

Shōtarō Yasuoka was a Japanese writer. Wikipedia
Kōchi, Japan
Tokyo, Japan

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