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Who Shares A Birthday With Shakespeare?

In tribute to Shakespeare’s birthday (23rd April 1564) we’ve pulled together a list of other famous people who shared a birthday with the Bard:

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Giants of Western Culture

  • J.M.W. Turner, 1775,  was an English painter.  Known as the ‘Painter of Light’, Turner was perhaps the greatest landscape painter of the 19th century and his watercolours, oil paintings and engravings are now regarded as a predecessor to Impressionism.
  • Ruggiero Giacomo Maria Giuseppe Emmanuele Raffaele Domenico Vincenzo Francesco Donato Leoncavallo, 1857, was an Italian opera composer, pianist and librettist. His two-act work  Pagliacci  is one of the most popular works in the repertory.
  • Max Karl Ernst Ludwig Planck, 1858, was a German scientist and theoretical physicist who brought about a new field in the study of physics in the late 19th century with his quantum theory of physics, for which he won a Nobel Prize in 1918.
  • Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev, 1891, was the most prolific Russian composer of the twentieth century. He was awarded the Anton Rubinstein Prize at the time of graduation for being the best student pianist. He is most famous for his work on the children’s story, ’Peter and the Wolf ’
  • Vladimir Nabokov, 1899, was a Russian-American novelist who achieved world fame when he began writing in English. ‘Lolita’, is his most famous novel and one of America’s most famous 20th century novels.

Stars of stage and screen

  • Janet Blair, 1921 – Actor (My Sister Eileen, The Fabulous Dorseys )
  • Shirley Temple, 1928 – Actor, famous as a child star in the 1930s
  • Lee Majors, 1940 – Actor ( The Six Million Dollar Man, Big Valley, The Bionic Woman )
  • Sandra Dee , 1942 –  Actor (Gidget )
  • Joyce DeWitt 1949 –  Actor (Three’s Company)
  • James Russo 1953 – Actor, (Django Unchained)
  • Michael Moore 1954 – Director, (Bowling for Colombine)
  • Judy Davis 1955 – Actor, (My Brilliant Career, Husbands and Wives, Marie Antoinette)
  • Jan Hooks 1957 – Actor (Designing Women, Saturday Night Live, Batman Returns )
  • George Lopez 1961 – Actor, (George Lopez)
  • John Cena, 1977 – Actor, (The Marine)
  • Dev Patel 1977 – Actor (Slumdog Millionaire)
  • Kal Penn 1977 – Actor (House M.D.)
  • Jaime King, 1979 – Actor (Pearl Harbor, Sin City, White Chick)
  • Rachel Skarsten, 1985 – Actor (Fifty Shades of Grey)
  • Cleo Demetriou, 2001, Cypriot actor, (Matilda the Musical, Les Miserables)
  • Camryn Walling, 1990 – Actor (The Agency)

Musicians

  • Roy Orbison, 1938 – Rock singer
  • Ray Peterson, 1939 – Singer
  • Narada Michael Walden, 1952 – Musician, songwriter
  • Steve Clark, 1960 – Musician (Def Leppard)
  • Stan Frazier, 1968 – Musician (Sugar Ray)
  • Tim Womack, 1968 – Musician (Sons of the Desert)
  • Christopher French, 1982 – Rock singer (Automatic Annie)
  • Taio Cruz, 1985 – Rapper
  • Snootie Wild, 1985 – Rapper
  • Caleb Johnson, 1991 – Metal singer (Elijah Hooker) Winner of American Idol

 

Writers

  • Ngaio Marsh, 1895 – New Zealand novelist specializing in crime fiction
  • James P Donleavy, 1926 – American novelist (The Ginger Man, Onion Eaters)
  • Victoria Glendinning, 1937 – English author and critic
  • Pierre Labrie, 1972 – Canadian poet and playwright

 

Sportsmen & women

  • Bud Wilkinson, 1916 – Football player
  • Don Massengale, 1937 – Golfer
  • Tony Esposito, 1943 – Canadian-American ice hockey player, coach, and manager
  • Gail Goodrich, 1943 – American basketball player and coach
  • Marty Fleckman, 1944 – Golfer
  • Andrew Gee, 1970 – Australian rugby player and manager
  • Michael Kerr, 1974 – New Zealand rugby player
  • Bobby Shaw, 1975 –American football player
  • Andruw Jones, 1977 – Baseball player
  • Sean Henn, 1981 –  American baseball player
  • Daniela Hantuchova, 1983 – Slovakian tennis player
  • Emily Fox, 1987 – American basketball player and cup stacker
  • Steph Houghton,1988 – English footballer
  • Lenka Wienerova,1988 –Slovak tennis player
  • Nicole Vaidisova, 1989 – Czech tennis player
  • Nathan Baker, 1991 – English footballer

Politicians

  • William Penn, 1621 – English admiral and politician
  • James Buchanan, 1791 –  American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 15th President of the United States.
  • Lester B. Pearson, 1897 – Canadian politician, 14th Prime Minister of Canada, Nobel Prize laureate.
  • Bernadette Devlin, 1947 – Irish civil rights leader

That it! Know of anyone else we should have on this list of people who share a birthday with Shakespeare?

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