Born in 1929

Jan 1 Larry L. King an American playwright, journalist, and novelist, best remembered for his 1978 Tony Award-nominated play The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, which became a long-running production on Broadway and was later turned into a feature film starring Burt Reynolds, Charles Durning and Dolly Parton.
Jan 1 Raymond Chow a Hong Kong film producer, and presenter. He is responsible for successfully launching martial arts and the Hong Kong cinema onto the international stage. As the founder of Golden Harvest, he would produce some of the biggest stars to ever grace the screen including Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Tsui Hark and countless others. In the company 50% with Bruce Lee for the Concord Production Inc
Jan 1 Zbigniew Nienacki a pen name of Polish writer, Zbigniew Tomasz Nowicki.
Jan 1 Metin Erksan a Turkish film director and art historian.
Jan 1 S. Shamsuddin a Singaporean actor and comedian, who appeared in Malayan films during the 1950s and 1960s.
Jan 1 Joseph Lombardo an imprisoned American mafioso and a high-ranking member of the Chicago Outfit crime organization. He is currently alleged to either be the Consigliere or Boss of the Outfit
Jan 1 Haruo Nakajima a Japanese actor, best known for portraying Godzilla from the 1950s through the early 1970s.
Jan 2 Charles Beaumont a prolific American author of speculative fiction, including short stories in the horror and science fiction subgenres. He is remembered as a writer of classic Twilight Zone episodes, such as "The Howling Man", "Miniature", "Printer's Devil", and "Number Twelve Looks Just Like You", but also penned the screenplays for several films, among them 7 Faces of Lao, The Intruder and The Masque of the Red Death. Novelist Dean Koontz has said, "Charles Beaumont was one of the seminal influences on writers of the fantastic and macabre." Beaumont is also the subject of a documentary, Charles Beaumont: The Short Life of Twilight Zone's Magic Man, by Jason V Brock
Jan 2 Lehri (actor) a leading comedian and actor in Urdu film industry of Pakistan.
Jan 2 Boris Tishin a boxer from the Soviet Union.
Jan 3 Gordon Moore an American businessman and co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of Intel Corporation and the author of Moore's Law.
Jan 3 Ernst Mahle a Brazilian composer and orchestra conductor.
Jan 3 Sergio Leone an Italian film director, producer and screenwriter most associated with the "Spaghetti Western" genre.
Jan 4 Günter Schabowski a former official of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany , the ruling party during most of the existence of the German Democratic Republic. Schabowski gained worldwide fame in November 1989 when he improvised a slightly mistaken answer to a press conference question, raising popular expectations so rapidly that massive crowds gathered the same night at the Berlin Wall, forcing its opening after 28 years; soon after, the entire inner German border was opened
Jan 5 Aulis Rytkönen a Finnish footballer. He became the country's first professional player when he signed for France's Toulouse FC in 1952
Jan 5 Peter-Lukas Graf a flautist.
Jan 5 Walter Brandmüller a cardinal of the Catholic Church and president Emeritus of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences.
Jan 5 Tabby Thomas an American blues musician. He sang and played the piano and guitar, and specialized in a substyle of blues indigenous to southern Louisiana called swamp blues
Jan 5 Wilbert Harrison an American rhythm and blues singer, pianist, guitarist and harmonica player.
Jan 5 Russ Manning an American comic book artist who created the series Magnus, Robot Fighter and illustrated such newspaper comic strips as Tarzan and Star Wars. He was inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2006
Jan 6 Babrak Karmal an Afghan politician and statesman during the Cold War. Karmal was born in Kamari and educated at Kabul University. When the People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan was formed, Karmal became one of its leading members, having been introduced to Marxism by Mir Akbar Khyber during his imprisonment for activities deemed too radical by the government. He eventually became the leader of the Parcham faction. When the PDPA split in 1967, the Parcham-faction established a Parcham PDPA, while their ideological nemeses, the Khalqs, established a Khalqist PDPA. Under Karmal's leadership, the Parchamite PDPA participated in Mohammad Daoud Khan's rise to power, and his subsequent regime. While relations were good at the beginning, Daoud began a major purge of leftist influence in the mid-1970s. This in turn led to the reformation of the PDPA in 1977. The PDPA took power in the 1978 Saur Revolution
Jan 6 Anne Rogers Clark an American dog breeder and trainer and one of the few people licensed to judge all 165 breeds and varieties recognized by the American Kennel Club.
Jan 7 Robert Juniper an Australian artist, art teacher, illustrator, painter, printmaker and sculptor.
Jan 7 Ken Henry (speed skater) a speed skater from the United States.
Jan 7 Massimo Pupillo an Italian film director.
Jan 7 Terry Moore (actress) an American film and television actress.
Jan 8 Saeed Jaffrey an Indian-born British actor, who has appeared in numerous British movies. He was born in Malerkotla, Punjab. His film credits include The Man Who Would Be King , Shatranj Ke Khiladi , Gandhi , A Passage to India , The Far Pavilions , and My Beautiful Laundrette. He has also appeared in many Bollywood films in the 1980s and 1990s. For television he has starred in Gangsters , The Jewel in the Crown , Tandoori Nights and Little Napoleons. He also appeared as Ravi Desai on Coronation Street as the father of Vikram Desai, the cousin of Dev Alahan and in Minder as Mr Mukerjee in Series 1 episode The Bengal Tiger
Jan 8 Wolfgang Peters a German football player.
Jan 9 Dorothea Puente a convicted American serial killer. In the 1980s, Puente ran a boarding house in Sacramento, California, and cashed the Social Security checks of her elderly and mentally disabled boarders. Those who complained were killed and buried in her yard. Newspapers dubbed her death house landlady
Jan 9 Brian Friel an Irish dramatist, author and director of the Field Day Theatre Company. He is considered to be one of the greatest living English-language dramatists, hailed by the English-speaking world as an "Irish Chekhov" and "the universally accented voice of Ireland". Friel is best known for plays such as Philadelphia, Here I Come! and Dancing at Lughnasa but has written more than thirty plays in a six-decade spanning career that has seen him elected Saoi of Aosdána. His plays have been a regular feature on Broadway throughout this time
Jan 9 Heiner Müller a German dramatist, poet, writer, essayist and theatre director. Described as "the theatre's greatest living poet" since Samuel Beckett, Müller is arguably the most important German dramatist of the 20th century after Bertolt Brecht. His "enigmatic, fragmentary pieces" are a significant contribution to postmodern drama and postdramatic theatre
Jan 9 Ulu Grosbard a Belgian-born, naturalized American theatre and film director and film producer.
Jan 9 Tom Riley (Iowa politician) an American lawyer from Cedar Rapids, Iowa who served two terms in the Iowa House of Representatives and four in the Iowa Senate.
Jan 10 Gerald Deskin a clinical child psychologist, marriage and family therapist. He was credited with the founding of The Learning Center Foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to research and the diffusion of knowledge for assisting those with learning disabilities, especially dyslexia, in children. The Learning Center was founded in 1967 and continues to run as non-profit foundation in Encino, California. In its nearly four decades existence, The Learning Center has assisted many tens of thousands of children from the Los Angeles area
Jan 10 Tony Soper a British naturalist, author and broadcaster.
Jan 11 Rafael Eitan an Israeli general, former Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces and later a politician, a Knesset member government minister. Born in Afula during the Mandate era, Eitan was raised in Tel Adashim, where he spent most of his life
Jan 11 Wanda Wiłkomirska a Polish violinist and teacher. She is known for both the classical repertoire and for her interpretation of 20th-century music, having received two Polish State Awards for promoting Polish music to the world and also other awards for her contribution to music. She has given world premiere performances of numerous contemporary works including Tadeusz Baird and Krzysztof Penderecki. She now lives and teaches in Australia. Wiłkomirska performs on a violin crafted by Pietro Guarneri in 1734 in Venice
Jan 11 Dmitri Bruns an Estonian architect and architecture theorist.
Jan 12 Jaakko Hintikka a Finnish philosopher and logician.
Jan 12 Willie Francis best known for being the first recipient of a failed execution by electrocution in the United States. He was a black juvenile offender sentenced to death by electrocution by the state of Louisiana in 1945 for murdering Andrew Thomas, a Cajun pharmacy owner in Martinville who had once employed him
Jan 12 Guram Sagaradze (actor) a Georgian actor whose career spanned more than 60 years and was principally associated with the Rustaveli Theatre.
Jan 12 Alasdair MacIntyre a Scottish philosopher primarily known for his contribution to moral and political philosophy but known also for his work in history of philosophy and theology. He is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Contemporary Aristotelian Studies in Ethics and Politics at London Metropolitan University, and an Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. During his lengthy academic career, he also taught at Brandeis University, Duke University, Vanderbilt University, and Boston University. Macintyre's After Virtue is widely recognised as one of the most important works of Anglophone political philosophy in the 20th century
Jan 13 Gilles Ségal a French actor and playwright. He performed in more than sixty films since 1954. He was born in Fălticeni, Romania. Among his most notable roles is that of one of the heist participants in Jules Dassin's Topkapi
Jan 13 Viktor Fomin a Ukrainian and Soviet football player. Mater of Sports of the USSR. The first Ukrainian Player of the year
Jan 13 Villy Sørensen a Danish short-story writer, philosopher and literary critic of the Modernist tradition. His fiction was heavily influenced by his philosophical ideas, and he has been compared to Franz Kafka in this regard. He was the most influential and important Danish philosopher since Søren Kierkegaard
Jan 13 Marianna Nagy (figure skater) a Hungarian pair skater. She and partner and brother László Nagy were two time Olympic bronze medalists, two-time European champions , and three-time World bronze medalists. She was born in Szombathely
Jan 13 Juca a Portuguese football midfielder and coach.
Jan 13 Joe Pass an American virtuoso jazz guitarist of Sicilian descent. He is generally considered to be one of the greatest jazz guitarists of the 20th century. His extensive use of walking basslines, melodic counterpoint during improvisation, use of a chord-melody style of playing and outstanding knowledge of chord inversions and progressions opened up new possibilities for the jazz guitar and had a profound influence on later guitarists
Jan 13 David Cargo the 22nd Governor of New Mexico, having served between 1967 and 1971.
Jan 14 Billy Walker (musician) an American country music singer and guitarist best known for his 1962 hit, " Charlie's Shoes". Nicknamed The Tall Texan, Walker had more than 30 charted records during a nearly 60-year career; and was a longtime member of the Grand Ole Opry