The Famous Birthdays: Celebrity birthdays and famous people biographies
Famous people born in 1917
John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963)

American politician, 35th President of the United States
Indira Gandhi

Indira Gandhi (1917 - 1984)

Indian politician
Dean Martin

Dean Martin (1917 - 1995)

American singer, actor, and producer
Zsa Zsa Gabor

Zsa Zsa Gabor (1917 - 2016)

Hungarian-American actress
Desi Arnaz

Desi Arnaz (1917 - 1986)

Cuban-American actor, singer, and producer
Ferdinand Marcos

Ferdinand Marcos (1917 - 1989)

Filipino politician
Robert Mitchum

Robert Mitchum (1917 - 1997)

American actor and singer
Joan Fontaine

Joan Fontaine (1917 - 2013)

Japanese-American actress
Lena Horne

Lena Horne (1917 - 2010)

American singer, dancer, and actress
Thelonious Monk

Thelonious Monk (1917 - 1982)

American pianist and composer
M. G. Ramachandran

M. G. Ramachandran (1917 - 1987)

Indian actor, director and politician
Phyllis Diller

Phyllis Diller (1917 - 2012)

American actress and comedian
Jack Kirby

Jack Kirby (1917 - 1994)

American writer and illustrator
Dizzy Gillespie

Dizzy Gillespie (1917 - 1993)

American trumpet player, bandleader, and composer
Park Chung-hee

Park Chung-hee (1917 - 1979)

Korean general and politician, 3rd President of South Korea
Óscar Romero

Óscar Romero (1917 - 1980)

Salvadoran archbishop
Jane Wyman

Jane Wyman (1917 - 2007)

American actress
Stéphane Hessel

Stéphane Hessel (1917 - 2013)

French diplomat and activist
John Lee Hooker

John Lee Hooker (1917 - 2001)

American singer-songwriter and guitarist
Buddy Rich

Buddy Rich (1917 - 1987)

American drummer, bandleader, and actor
Susan Hayward

Susan Hayward (1917 - 1975)

American actress
Robert Byrd

Robert Byrd (1917 - 2010)

American politician
Mel Ferrer

Mel Ferrer (1917 - 2008)

Cuban-American actor, director, and producer
Ossie Davis

Ossie Davis (1917 - 2005)

American actor and activist
Man o' War

Man o' War (1917 - 1947)

American thoroughbred racehorse
Andrew Wyeth

Andrew Wyeth (1917 - 2009)

American painter
Henry Ford II

Henry Ford II (1917 - 1987)

American businessman
Allen Ludden

Allen Ludden (1917 - 1981)

American game show host
Jacob Lawrence

Jacob Lawrence (1917 - 2000)

American painter
Eric Hobsbawm

Eric Hobsbawm (1917 - 2012)

Egyptian-English historian and author (b. 2012)
June Foray

June Foray (1917 - 2017)

American voice actress
Celeste Holm

Celeste Holm (1917 - 2012)

American actress
Red Auerbach

Red Auerbach (1917 - 2006)

American basketball coach
June Allyson

June Allyson (1917 - 2006)

American actress
Pedro Infante

Pedro Infante (1917 - 1957)

Mexican actor and singer
Herbert Lom

Herbert Lom (1917 - 2012)

Czech-English actor
Rochus Misch

Rochus Misch (1917 - 2013)

German SS officer
Irving Penn

Irving Penn (1917 - 2009)

American photographer
John Connally

John Connally (1917 - 1993)

American politician, 61st United States Secretary of Treasury
Kirk Kerkorian

Kirk Kerkorian (1917 - 2015)

American businessman, founder of the Tracinda Corporation