Is December 31st your birthday? Was someone special to you born on December 31st? With whom will you choose to celebrate this excellent occasion?
If today is your birthday, then you are in excellent company.
December 31st was the birth date of several notable (or even notorious) individuals. Here they are:
December 31st Birthdays: Famous Artists
Taylor Edwin Hackford, American film director (Against All Odds, An Officer and a Gentleman, La Bamba, Bukowski, Devil’s Advocate, Everybody’s All-American, Dolores Claiborne, The Idolmaker, The Long Walk Home, Proof of Life, Ray, Teenage Father, When We Were Kings and White Nights) and Academy Award winner (1978), was born on December 31, 1944. Taylor Hackford married actress Helen Mirren.
French Modernist painter Henri Matisse (The Blue Nude, La Desserte,Lady in Blue, Mademoiselle Landsberg, The Moorish Screen, The Open Windo, The Piano Lesson, Purple Robe and Anemones, The Rumanian Blouse and Variation on a Still-Life) was born on December 31, 1869. (CTRL-click here to view samples of Henri Matisse’s artwork online in a new window.)
Ernest John Moeran, British classical composer, was born on December 31, 1894.
American film director Roy Rowland (The 5000 Fingers of Doctor T, The Girl Hunters, Meet Me in Las Vegas and Rogue Cop) was born on December 31, 1910.
Julius Kerwin (Jule) Styne, British-American composer (Bells Are Ringing, Do Re Mi, Funny Girl, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Gypsy, Hallelujah Baby, High Button Shoes, Peter Pan and Sugar) and Academy Award winner (1954), was born on December 31, 1905.
December 31st Birthdays: Famous Athletes
Victoria Draves, American diver and Olympic gold medalist (1948), was born on December 31, 1924.
Atje Keulen-Deelstra, Dutch world champion speed skater, was born on December 31, 1938.
American professional football player (Golden) John Richards (Dallas Cowboys) was born on December 31, 1950.
December 31st Birthdays: Famous Authors and Journalists
Dutch poet and author Jacob Israel de Haan (Jewish Song and Pipelines) was born on December 31, 1881.
Bob Shaw, British science fiction author (Orbitsville, Ragged Astronauts and Vertigo), was born on December 31, 1931.
American science fiction writer Connie Willis (Bellwether, The Doomsday Book, Fire Watch, Just Like the Ones We Used to Know, Lincoln’s Dreams, Passage and To Say Nothing of the Dog) was born on December 31, 1945.
December 31st Birthdays: Famous Business Leaders
Diane von Furstenberg, Belgian fashion designer, was born on December 31, 1946.
Canadian-American beautician, cosmetics entrepreneur and horse breeder Florence Nightingale (Elizabeth Arden) Graham was born on December 31, 1878.
December 31st Birthdays: Famous Performers
British actor Ronald Adam (Phantom Shot) was born on December 31, 1896.
Elvie Rex Allen, American cowboy, rodeo star, country music singer and actor (Frontier Doctor), was born on December 31, 1922.
Jane Badler, American actress (Easy Kill, Fine Gold and V), was born on December 31, 1953.
American model and actress Paula Barbieri (The Dangerous and Night Eyes) was born on December 31, 1966.
Ross Barbour, American singer (The Four Freshmen), was born on December 31, 1928.
Krishna (Ben Kingsley) Bhanji, British actor (Betrayal, Bugsy, Death and the Maiden, Gandhi, The House of Sand and Fog, Joseph, Maurice, Moses, Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story, Oliver Twist, Rules of Engagement, Schindler’s List, Searching for Bobby Fischer, Sexy Beastand Sneakers) and Academy Award winner (1982), was born on December 31, 1943.
American actor Pat Brady (The Roy Rodgers Show) was born on December 31, 1914.
American contemporary Christian guitarist, singer and songwriter Tyler Burkum (Audio Adrenaline) was born on December 31, 1980.
Mary Martha Byrne, American actress (As the World Turns), was born on December 31, 1969.
Nicaraguan model and actress Barbara Carrera (Centennial, Condorman, Dallas, Embryo, The Island of Dr. Moreau, Lone Wolf McQuade, Loverboy, Masada, Never Say Never Again, Point of Impact and Sawbones) was born on December 31, 1946.
Rosalind Cash, American actress (The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension, Amazing Grace, Go Tell It on a Mountain, The Offspring, The Omega Man, Tales from the Hood, Uptown Saturday Night and Wrong Is Right), was born on December 31, 1938.
Barbara Apolonia (Pola Negri) Chalupiec, Polish silent film actress (The Beast,Madame Dubarry, Mysteries of Warsa, Street Ruffian’s Lover and The Wife), was born on December 31, 1894.
American actor (The Hardy Boys, My Three Sons, Margie, Mickey Mouse Club, My Three Sons, Patton, The Shaggy Dog and Spin and Marty) and author (American Grand Prix Racing: A Century of Drivers and Cars, The Language of Sport and The Photographic Dictionary of Soccer) Tim Considine was born on December 31, 1940.
Canadian rock guitarist and singer Burton Cummings, Jr. (The Guess Who), was born on December 31, 1947.
Joe Dallesandro, American actor (Frankenstein, Heat and Trash), was born on December 31, 1948.
French actress Suzy Delair (Utopia and White Paws) was born on December 31, 1916.
American country music and pop guitarist and singer (“Annie’s Song,” “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” “Rocky Mountain High,” “Sunshine on My Shoulders,” “Take Me Home Country Roads” and “Thank God I’m a Country Boy”) and actor (Foxfire and Oh God) John (Denver) Henry Deutschendorf was born on December 31, 1943.
Donald (Don Diamont) Feinberg, American actor (Anger Management, Baywatch, The Bold and the Beautiful, Country Justice, Days of Our Lives, A Low Down Dirty Shame, OP Center and The Young and the Restless), was born on December 31, 1962.
LaDonna (Donna Summer) Gaines, American disco singer (“Bad Girls,” “Forgive Me,” “He’s a Rebel,” “Hot Stuff,” “I Feel Love,” “Last Dance,” “Love to Love You Baby,” “No More Tears – Enough is Enough,” “On the Radio” and “She Works Hard for the Money”), was born on December 31, 1948.
Ala Holmes Felious (Odetta) Gordon, American folk singer, songwriter (“Give Me Your Hand,” “Got to Be Me” and “Music”) and actress (The Crucible, The Medium and Sanctuary), was born on December 31, 1930.
Fermin Goytisolo, Spanish- American rocker (KC and the Sunshine Band), was born on December 31, 1951.
Tom Hamilton, American rock bassist (Aerosmith), was born on December 31, 1951.
Welsh-American actor (Amistad, Bobby, The Bounty, The Bunker,The Edge, The Elephant Man, Hannibal, Howards End, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Human Stain, The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case,The Lion in Winter, Magic, The Mask of Zorro, Meet Joe Black, Mission: Impossible II, Nixon, QB VII, Red Dragon, The Remains of the Day, Shadowlandsand Silence of the Lambs) and Academy Award winner (1991) Sir Anthony Hopkins was born on December 31, 1937.
Scott Ian, American heavy metal guitarist (Anthrax), was born on December 31, 1963.
American grunge-rock guitarist Ric Ivanisevich (Oleander) was born on December 31, 1962.
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Joanna Johnson, American actress (The Bold and the Beautiful and Hope and Faith), was born on December 31, 1961.
American jazz trumpeter and singer Robert Elliott (Jonah) Jones was born on December 31, 1908. Jonah Jones played with Cab Calloway, Dizzy Gillespie and other artists.
American actor Val Edward Kilmer (Alexander, Batman Forever, The Doors, Felon, Gore Vidal’s Billy the Kid, Heat, The Island of Dr. Moreau, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Knight Rider, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, Real Genius, The Saint, The Salton Sea, Spartan, Tombstone, Top Gun, Top Secret and Willow) was born on December 31, 1959.
Dick Kollmar, American actor (Broadway Spotlight and Guess What), was born on December 31, 1910.
Gong Li (Li Gong), Chinese actress (Farewell My Concubine, Memoirs of a Geisha, Miami Vice, Red Sorghum and The Story of Qiu Ju), was born on December 31, 1965.
American actor Tim Matheson (Bonanza, Fletch, Magnum Force, National Lampoon’s Animal House, Up the Creek, The Virginian and Yours Mine and Ours) was born on December 31, 1947.
Joan McCracken, American actress (Claudie The Story of a Marriage and Great Catherine), was born on December 31, 1922.
Joseph Mulrey (Joey) McIntyre, American rock singer (NKOTB – New Kids on the Block), was born on December 31, 1972.
British actress Sarah Miles (The Big Sleep, The Blow-Up, Dynasty, Hope and Glory, Queenie, Ryan’s Daughter, Ryan’s Hope, The Servant and Venom) was born on December 31, 1941.
Nathan Milstein, Russian-American violinist, was born on December 31, 1903.
Bebe Neuwirth, American actress (The Adventures of Pinocchio, The Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina, Cheers, Damn Yankees,Dash and Lilly, Frasier and Liberty Heights), was born on December 31, 1959.
Pete Qualfe, British rock bassist (The Kinks), was born on December 31, 1943.
American actor James Remar (48 Hrs., The Clan of the Cave Bear, Confessions of a Hit Man, The Cotton Club, Drugstore Cowboy, Fatal Instinct, Miracle on 34th Street, The Phantom, The Quest, Renaissance Man, Rent-A-Cop, The Surgeon and The Warriors) was born on December 31, 1953.
Jason Nelson Robards, American actor (Acapulco, The Gamblers and Lightnin’), was born on December 31, 1892. Jason Robards was the father of actor Jason Robards, Jr., and grandfather to actor Sam Robards.
Andy Summers, British rock guitarist and singer (The Police), was born on December 31, 1942.
American alternative rock guitarist and singer Paul Westerberg (The Replacements) was born on December 31, 1959.
Rhys Williams, Welsh actor (Cross My Heart, Nightmare and Okinawa), was born on December 31, 1897.
December 31st Birthdays: Famous Scientists
Robert G. Aitken, American astronomer, was born on December 31, 1864.
French explorer and navigator Jacques Cartier was born on December 31, 1491. Jacques Cartier discovered Canada’s St. Lawrence River.
Colin G. Fink, American electrochemist, was born on December 31, 1881.
December 31st Birthdays: Famous World (and Other) Leaders
French Premier and President Emile Loubet was born on December 31, 1838.
George Catlett Marshall, American Army General, statesman and Nobel Prize winner (1953), was born on December 31, 1880. George Marshall served as the U.S. Army Chief of Staff during World War II and authored The Marshall Plan for European Recovery after the war.
Guy Mollet, French Premier, was born on December 31, 1905.
Simon Wiesenthal, Polish-Austrian Nazi hunter, author (The Murderers Among Us) and philanthropist (The Wiesenthal Center), was born on December 31, 1908.
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Happy Birthday, December 31st.
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