Famous Leapers

Famous Leap Day Babies of History from 1468 to 1992

1468

Pope Paul III last Renaissance pope (1534-1549)

1692

John Byrom, English poet, hymnist, and inventor of a system of shorthand. (d. 1763)

1692

Edward Cave, England, printer (Gentlemen's Magazine)

1696

Esprit Joseph Antoine Blanchard, composer

1712

General Montcalm - Hero of the French & Indian war

1728

Robert Bage, English writer (Criticism by Peter Faulkner)

1736

Ann Lee, Shaker movement, Manchester England, Founded the Shaker movement and brought it to America in 1776. (d. 1784)

1756

Christian F. Hansen - Danish architect

1784

Franz KL von Klenze, German architect (Hermitage, St-Petersburg)

1792

Karl Baer - Embryologist, found mammals develop from eggs

1792

Gioacchino Rossini - Italian composer (The Barber of Seville, William Tell)  (d.1868).

1792

Karl Ernst von Baler, Russia, Naturalist (discovered human ovum)

1796

[Lambert] Adolphe J Quetelet, Belgian Astronomer / Meteorology

1808

Charles Pritchard - British Astronomer

1812

Hermann Hirschboch, German composer

1820

Adolf Schimon, composer

1828

Antonio Guzman Blanco, president Venezuela

1828

John Phillip Holland, Ireland - Designed and built the first submarine for U.S. Navy (d.1914) Some lists show him born February 29 in 1828, others in 1840.

1844

French Ensor Chadwick - Naval officer at battle of Santiago de Cuba.

1852

Frank Gavan Duffy, Australian judge (d. 1936)

1856

Sedley Brown - Twin brother of J. Edwin Brown, American playwright, author, stage director, actor

1856

J. Edwin Brown - Twin brother of Sedley Brown, USA, Actor

1860

Herman Hollerith - American statistician. Inventor of the 1st Electric Tabulating Machine. (d. 1929)

1864

Jan Svatopluk - Czech poet

1864

Albert Patry - Elbing, East Prussia, Germany [now Elblag, Poland], Actor

1864

Alice Davenport - USA, silent screen comedic actress

1884

Alfred Sendrey, composer

1876

John Harwood - UK, Actor

1888

John Costigan, American regionalist printmaker, and a cousin of the noted American showman,
George M. Cohan, whose parents brought the young Costigan to New York City and were
instrumental in starting him on a career in the visual arts. 

1892

Augusta Christine Savage - Augusta Christine Fells - American sculptor and educator who battled racism to secure a place for African American women in the art world. She became the first Black member of the National Association of Women Painters and Sculptures in 1934.

1896

Ranchhodji Mararji Desai - 6th Prime Minister of India from March 24, 1977 to July 15 1979. At 83,
he was the oldest Prime Minister of India. (d. 1995)

1896

 Wladimir Rudolfovich Vogel, composer

1896

Omer C F L Tulippe, Belgian geographer

1896

Stanley Swash, CEO (Woolworths)

1896

William A. Wellman - American Film Director, (first picture to win an Oscar (1928) "WINGS") (d. 1975)

1896

Archie Ricks - Actor, Second Unit Director or Assistant Director,  Director

1904

Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Gerald Hubert Irvin John Kenneth Lloyd
Martin Nero Oliver Paul Quincy Randolph Sherman Thomas Uncas Victor William
Xerxes Yancy Zeus Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenberdorft Sr., Germany; had a Christian
name for every letter in the alphabet, shortened it to Mr Wolfe Plus 585 Sr. The world's
longest name officially used by a person.

1904

John "Pepper" Martin - Feisty 3rd baseman for St. Louis 'Gashouse Gang'.
(NL stolen base leader 1933, 34, 36) (d. 1965)

1904

Alan Richardson, composer

1904

Rukmini Devi Arundale, Indian dancer and founder of Kalakshetra (d. 1986)

1904

Jimmy Dorsey (James Francis Dorsey) - Legendary saxophonist, conductor, songwriter and composer.
He formed an orchestra with his brother, Tommy Dorsey, lasting from 1933 to 1935, and then led his
own orchestra, rejoining Tommy's orchestra in 1953 and taking over the orchestra at Tommy's death.
(d. 1957)

1908

Alf Gover, English cricketer (bowled in 4 Tests for England/famous coach) (d. 2001)

1908

Balthus (Balthasar Klossowski) - French-Polish painter, considered one of the 20th century's greatest
realist painters. (d. 2001)

1908

Masahiro Makino - Japan - Film director

1908

Bernard C. Boyd - Glassmaker and Chemist. Founded Boyd Glass with his son.

1908

Dee Alexander Brown II - He became known to the larger public as a novelist and historian. His great novel "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" is still perhaps the best historical portrayal of the violent relationship between Native Americans and the expansionist Americans with their roots in the Old World.

1908

Edward B. Taylor - Photographer - documented Dayton, Ohio's African American culture in photographs for nearly 40 years. He was Dayton's first Black commercial photographer.

1908

Renee Evans - Film actress and Mother of stage actress 'Diane Alban'

1912

Gaetano Amata - Italy - Film Writer, Director, Assistant Director, Production Manager, Producer

1912

Mary McAdoo - USA, She was named the "Most Outstanding Female Personality"
by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 1955.

1916

Leonard S. Shoen - Entrepreneur, founded U-Haul Rental System.

1916

Dinah Shore (Frances Rose Shore) - USA, Actress, Singer, Talk Show Host.
Some sources list her birth date as March 1, 1917

1920

Kosti Klemela - Finland - Actor

1920

Don Ornitz - Photographer and Miscellaneous Crew

1920

Alberto Ribeiro - Portugal - Composer, Actor, Miscellaneous Crew, Producer, Director,

1920

Arthur Franz, USA, Actor, (That Champion Season, Invaders From Mars, Young Lions) 

1920

Louise Wood, director of Girl Scouts of USA (1961-72)

1920

James Mitchell, USA, Actor (Palmer-All My Children)

1920

Howard Nemerov, American poet (d. 1991)

1920

Michelle Morgan - French Actress ("Symphonie Pastorale") France

1924

William D. Hathaway - U.S. Senator (R) from Maine (1973-1979).

1924

Otto Hutter, Physiologist

1924

Carlos Humberto Romero, President of El Salvador

1924

David Beattie, British governor-general of NZ

1924

Al Rosen - Ballplayer, slugging Cleveland 3rd baseman.

1928

Joss Ackland - British actor

1928

Alan Loveday, British(?) violinist

1928

McHenry Boatwright - Opera Singer, American baritone.

1928

Tempest Storm (born Annie Blanche Banks), American actress and star of burlesque. She took the
name Tempest Storm as her stage name around 1950, legally changing her name in 1957.

1932

Newel Kay Brown - Wrote the children's song, "I Hope They Call Me On A Mission," which every child in the world-wide Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often called Mormon) has sung since 1970.

1932

Jaguar, Brazilian cartoonist

1932

Gavin Stevens, cricket (Australian bat on 59-60 India/Pakistan tour)

1932

Masten Gregory, American F1 Driver

1932

Gene Golub, American mathematician (d. 2007)

1936

Erik Häkkinen - Producer, Director, Writer, Editor, Actor, Cinematographer

1936

Alwin Schockemohle, Germany, equestrian jumper (Olympic-gold-1976)

1936

Alex Rocco, American Actor

1936

Jack Lousma - Astronaut; was a crew member of the Skylab 3 flight in 1973
and Columbia Space Shuttle in 1982.

1936

Henri "The Pocket Rocket" Richard - NHL Hall of Fame Center, Montreal Canadians.

1936

Sharon Webb - Science Fiction Novelist (Earthchild)

1940

Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople

1940

Gretchen Christopher - Multi-Million-Seller Gold Record Artist, BMI "Million Airs" Songwriter (nearly 3 million US Radio broadcasts of "Come Softly To Me"), Female Lead Vocalist/Arranger, Dancer/Choreographer and Founder of "The Fleetwoods", first group in the history of Rock & Roll to have multiple #1 Records top Billboard's Hot 100 in a single year (1959). Inducted into (4) Halls of Fame (1988-2008).  Leap Year Autobiographical Solo CD, Gretchen's SWEET SIXTEEN (Suite 16) among Billboard Critics' Picks for 10 Best Albums of 2007, including "Sweet Sixteen" (Leap Year Love Song) at www.GretchenChristopher.com. Gretchen Christopher is Member #1004 in the Honor Society of Leap Day Babies.

1940

Billy Turner - Thoroughbred horse trainer, "Seattle Slew".

1940

Sanda Aronson - New York, USA - started the Disabled Artists' Network in April, 1985 - Sanda Aronson is sui generis as an artist in that she is both a romantic (she generates the astonishment evoked by the great collagists who marry the disparate to create a new language) and a fiercely political artist/activist.  She is fluent in many mediums but her underlying message is love of beauty and love of humanity. www.artistlightbox.com/sandaaronson

1944

David Briggs, record producer

1944

Ene Ergma, Estonian polotician

1944

Dennis Farina, USA, Actor (d. 2013)

1944

Phyllis Frelich - deaf American actress, Member of National Theatre of the Deaf, Devil's Lake ND, (Love is Never Silent)

1944

Sharon Hugueny - Actress

1944

John Niland - NFL guard for Dallas Cowboys.

1944

Paolo Eleuteri Serpieri, Italian illustrator

1948

Willi Smith - Fashion designer.

1948

Yuri Pimenov, USSR, coxless pair rowers (Olympic-silver-1976)

1948

Patricia [Anne] McKillip, US, sci-fi author (Fool's Run)

1948

Nikolai Pimenov, USSR, coxless pair rowers (Olympic-silver-1976)

1948

Gérard Darmon - Actor, France

1952

Bart Stupak, American polotician (Rep-D-Michigan)

1952

Raisa Smetanina, USSR, cross country skier (Olympic-gold-1976, 80, 92)

1952

Raul Gonzalez, Mexican 50K speed walker (world record)

1952

Tim[othy] Powers, US, sci-fi author (Epitaph in Rust, Night Moves)

1952

Randy Jackson, rocker (Zebra - I Don't Know, I Don't Care)

1952

Sharon Dahlonega Raiford Bush - Born in Greensboro, North Carolina. She became America's first
African-American weather anchor when Detroit, Michigan's WGPR-TV hit the airwaves in 1975;
WGPR-TV was the nation's first black-owned and operated television station.

1956

Peter Brouwer (LDB # 1 in the Honor Society of Leap Day Babies) - Founded Leap Year Babies Honor
Society (in 1997) and combined efforts with Raenell to become the Honor Society of Leap Year Day Babies.

1956

Jonathan Coleman, Anglo-Australian radio and television personality

1956

Mike Compton, American mandolinist and former member of the Nashville Bluegrass Band

1956

Neil Rosenthal (LDB # 57 in the Honor Society of Leap Day Babies) - Poet published by The National
Library of Poetry.

1956

Bob Speller, Canadian politician - his father-in-law is also a Leap Day Baby

1956

J. Randy Taraborrelli, American celebritiy journalist

1960

Raenell Dawn (LDB # 39 in the Honor Society of Leap Day Babies) - Founded Leap Year Babies Limited
(in 1987) and merged with Peter in 1997 to become the Honor Society of Leap Year Day Babies.

1960

Dan Daoust - NHL center for Toronto Maple Leafs.

1960

Heidi Henriksen - The 1st of 3 siblings born on consecutive Leap Days.

1960

Ian McKenzie Anderson, British musician and record producer

1960

Anthony Robbins - American Motivational Speaker 

1960

Khaled, Algerian raï musician

1964

James Robert Bruce Ogilvy, the only son of Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy
and the late Sir Angus Ogilvy. He is second cousin to Queen Elizabeth II.

1964

Lyndon Byers, Canadian hockey player

1964

Olav Henriksen - The 2nd of 3 siblings born on consecutive Leap Days.

1964

James RB Ogilvy, son of English princess Alexandra

1964

Antonella Ponziani - Actress, Director, Italy

1964

Henrik Sundstrom, Sweden, tennis star

1964

Mervyn Warren - Five-time Grammy Award winner (as of 2004), original member of the vocal group "Take 6"

1964

Jahred Shane, Afro-Brazilian rapper/singer of (həd) p.e.

1968

Suanne Braun, South African-born actress

1968

Chucky Brown, NBA forward (Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks)

1968

Cary Conklin, NFL quarterback (SF 49ers)

1968

Gareth Farr - Composer and Percussionist, born in Wellington, New Zealand

1968

Pete Fenson, American curler

1968

Naoko Iijima, Japanese actress

1968

Leif-Martin Henriksen - The 3rd of 3 siblings born on consecutive Leap Days.

1968

Gonzalo Lira, Chilean-American novelist and filmmaker

1968

Bryce Paup, American football player, NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills)

1972

Cyrus Beasley, Rowe NY, rower (Olympics-1996)

1972

Fabien Bownes, NFL wide receiver (Chic Bears)

1972

Chris Devine, Allentown Pa, diver (Olympics-96)

1972

Mark Farraway, CFL offensive linebacker (Edmonton Eskimos)

1972

Antonio Sabato, Jr. - Italian-born actor

1972

Dave Williams, American singer (Drowning Pool) (d. 2002)

1972

Saul Williams -  Rap Poet, Actor, USA - Member, Honor Society of Leap Year Day Babies

1972

Pedro Zamora, Cuban-born American AIDS activist (d. 1994)

1976

David Kendall Sr. - Actor, USA

1976

Bryan Gillooly, Auburn NY, diver (Olympics-96)

1976

Ja Rule - American Rapper and Actor

1976

Sugar Sammy - Canadian Comedian

1980

Eric Benz - Actor, Germany

1980

Simon Gagne, Canadian Hockey player, NHL player (Philly Flyers) who has been an all-star

1980

Taylor Twellman, American soccer player

1984

Darren Ambrose, English footballer

1984

Cam Ward, Canadian hockey player

1984

Adam Sinclair, Indian Hockey player

1988

Scott Golbourne, English footballer

1992

Caitlin E.J. Meyer - Actress