Celebrities born in 1940
  • Pele

    Born Edson Arantes do Nascimento, he scored 1,281 goals in 1,363 matches, and was voted Football Player of the Century by the IFFHS in 1999. He is considered by many to be the greatest soccer player of all-time.

    Pele

  • Bruce Lee

    Joe Lewis quote, If Bruce Lee wasn't the greatest martial artist of all time, then certainly he is the number one candidate suffices Bruce Lee's contribution as a martial artist to the world. A film actor and instructor of the combat practices, he gained a worldwide status in a short span of life and soon became one of the most influential martial artists of all time. Born in an affluent family, Lee gained entry into films long before he realized the same and soon became a famous child actor. Acting and martial arts went hand in hand as he turned to a martial art instructor. However, it was his relocation to Hong Kong and association with films that elevated the popularity of both him as an actor and martial arts as a combat practice. His films created box office records, eventually changing the way martial arts and films related to it were looked upon by the world. Lee is accredited with the formulation of Jeet Kune Do, (The Way of the Intercepting Fist), a new form of martial art which was quite different from the traditional and rigid form in matters of practicality, flexibility, speed, and efficiency. A further reading will brief you about his life and profile in detail.

    Bruce Lee

  • John Lennon

    John Lennon, one of the founding members of the rock band, The Beatles, was a legendary musician and songwriter. Hailing from Liverpool, England, he went on to achieve great fame and success not just in his native country, but throughout the world. The Beatles, which also had <a title='Paul McCartney' href='/famous/paul-mcCartney.htm'>Paul McCartney</a>, <a title='George Harrison' href='/famous/george-harrison.htm'>George Harrison</a> and Ringo Starr in its line-up, became the greatest and most influential band of the rock era, and also the most commercially successful one. Already a well-known musician by the time he formed the Beatles, Lennon was catapulted to even greater heights of stardom as a member of this band. To become a famous musician was a dream Lennon held close to his heart from his childhood which was marred by domestic instabilities. His parents broke up when he was very young and he lost his mother as a teenager. The painful experiences of his early life made their way into his poignant and evocative lyrics which have entertained generations of music lovers. He found great success with The Beatles and after its disbanding went on to enjoy a thriving solo career. Rebellious by nature, he was a pacifist at heart and was also actively involved in political and peace activism. His life was tragically cut short by a deranged man who shot him to death when he was just 40.

    John Lennon

  • Chuck Norris

    Carlos Ray Chuck Norris is a martial art expert who has appeared in a number of action films and television roles. He is most famous for being a martial artist and for founding his own school of martial arts, Chun Kuk Do. For this highly respected individual, who grew up as a mediocre and shy child who was not in the least athletically inclined, name and fame seemed to be a farfetched dream. While serving in the United States Air Force as an Air Policeman he was stationed at the Osan Air Base in South Korea where his interest in martial arts began. He began training in Tang Soo Do and earned black belts in that art which paved the way for him to become a martial artist. He went on to open a chain of Karate schools after his discharge from the Air Force and founded his own martial arts school, the Chun Kuk Do. In his illustrious career as a martial artist, he has scored victories over renowned experts like Skipper Mullins, Victor Moore and Steve Sanders. He not only won the Professional Middleweight Karate champion title, but also held it for six consecutive years. In addition to being a martial artist and an actor, Norris is also a well known author of Christian books.

    Chuck Norris

  • Ringo Starr

    Ringo Starr is a famous English musician, songwriter and singer, best-known as the drummer of the famous band, ˜The Beatles'. Though he suffered from illnesses for most part of his childhood, his poor medical condition inspired him to create a mark in the world of ˜rock and roll'. When ˜The Beatles' was formed, he was a member of another band called ˜Rory Storm and the Hurricanes'. After receiving moderate acclaim with that group, he joined ˜The Beatles', replacing Pete Best “ it was a move that changed his life for good! With his inclusion in the group, the band peaked with their albums on most international music charts and although his contribution to music with the band was not lauded as expected, he at least became a well-recognized figure on his own. Apart from music, this famous personality has been featured in a number of documentaries, television shows and has also hosted the television series, ˜Thomas & Friends'. He is also the founder of a supergroup called ˜Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band'.

    Ringo Starr

  • Tom Jones

    One of the most well-known singers of today's generation, Tom Jones is a Welsh singer who has been entertaining the audiences since the 1960s. A musical genius, he has sung and excelled in several genres of music which include pop, rock, R&B, show tunes, country, dance, soul and gospel. Many of his albums and songs have been immensely successful and have sold millions of copies. As he rose to stardom, he was offered several films, which, he declined and went on to say that I've been asked to do things “ films and that “ in the past, but they were always too cheesy, and always musicals. Today, his success is nearly unparalleled, while, keeping in mind the fact that he is 73 and is still able to perform in the same manner as he used to during his younger days. Even after winning several awards and being bestowed with the most prestigious of honors including knighthood by the Queen, Jones shows no signs of slowing down. His enthusiasm and the burning passion for music are ceaseless! He is an artiste at heart and continues to perform at several important and prestigious events, all over the world. Learn more about his life and career in the article below.

    Tom Jones

  • Al Pacino

    Al Pacino, a name which has long been associated with cold-blooded murder and villainous roles in some of the most historic movies of Hollywood, is an epoch-making star who took acting to a whole new level. He is often been counted among one of the most legendary villains of Hollywood, known for his extremely riveting portrayals of antagonists. But then, playing negative roles are not his only forte as his acting abilities know no boundaries. He is a resourceful actor who fits into the shoes of any character he is assigned to play. Be it a romantic or a comic role, he does it all with finesse. A brilliant actor with a unique style, Pacino, has set landmarks with almost every film he has worked in. Charming and appealing, young Pacino was not one of those actors, who believed good-looks were only associated with protagonists. He chose to play characters, who were handsome, attractive and charismatic, but evil. He belongs to the generation of actors who challenged the conventions and changed the face of modern day cinema through their sheer brilliance and hard work. If you wish to know more about this immensely talented actor scroll down.

    Al Pacino

  • Alex Trebek

    George Alexander Alex Trebek is the host of the highly popular game show ˜Jeopardy!' that he has been hosting since 1984. ˜Jeopardy!' is a television game show in which the contestants are presented with general knowledge clues for which they have to form the questions. Trebek was selected to host its syndicated version and proved to be a very capable host. Prior to hosting this game show, he had hosted several other shows like ˜Pitfall' and ˜The Wizard of Odds'. As a college student he decided to study philosophy though he realized over the duration of his course that he wanted to pursue a career in journalism. He began his professional life as a newscaster and broadcaster for CBC where he specialized in national news. Even though very successful as a newscaster he eventually shifted over to hosting game shows. A native of Canada, he hosted the Canadian quiz show ˜Reach for the Top' for seven years before moving to the U.S. to further his career. One of his initial jobs in the U.S. was to host the new game show, ˜The Wizard of Odds'. He reached the heights of success when chosen to host the syndicated version of the game show ˜Jeopardy!' for which he has won several Daytime Emmy Awards.

    Alex Trebek

  • Michael Gambon

    Sir Michael John Gambon (CBE) is an Irish-born British actor, renowned for his film and stage performances. Son of an Irish immigrant, he grew up in North London, UK. While learning tool-making, he also acquired a degree in dramatic art and began his stage career with small roles in Irish theater. He worked in different theater companies, performed lead parts in Shakespearean plays, and concurrently played roles in films and TV. With plays like ˜The Life of Galileo,' ˜King Lear,' and ˜Skylight,' he soon established himself as a thespian. His screen appearances earned him fame and several awards as well. He is known worldwide for his role of ˜Albus Dumbledore, the Principal of Hogwart' in the ˜Harry Potter' films series. He is passionate about mechanical things like guns, watches, and cars, and has a collection of over 800 antique guns. He was married to Anne Miller and they have a son, but the couple later separated. He is currently in a relationship with Philippa Hart and they have 2 sons.

    Michael Gambon

  • Vicente Fernandez

    Singer, actor, and movie producer whose career has spanned more than fifty years and resulted in seven Latin Grammy Awards.

    Vicente Fernandez

  • Patrick Stewart

    Patrick Stewart is a prolific actor who has made a name for himself through his work on the stage, sitcoms and the Broadway. Though he proved his might as an actor in television serials and films, he always harboured a great deal of passion towards the Shakespearean theater, where he spent most of his career. He was relentless in achieving his success as an actor and the mockery he faced from the people for being bald did not discourage him in his pursuit. His role as ˜Captain Jean-Luc Picard' in ˜Star Trek: The Next Generation' lasted for seven seasons. His later role as ˜Professor Charles Xavier' in the ˜X-Men' took his career to great heights. He is a versatile actor who has played many roles and has won the Emmy Award apart from winning many other awards. He is the recipient of the ˜Officer of the Order of the British Empire', the highest honor received by an actor from Queen Elizabeth II. He is the patron of ˜Refuge' a UK based charitable organization for abused women. Stewart's lucid and commanding voice earned him popularity even in the field of voice acting, especially as the voice of ˜Emperor Uriel Septim VII' in ˜The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion', a video game.

    Patrick Stewart

  • John Hurt

    John Hurt was a talented English actor, who gave the British entertainment industry some of the most unforgettable movies and television shows. With a career spanning more than six decades, Hurt first came into prominence for his supporting role in ˜A Man for All Seasons'. Though one may think of him as a child prodigy, it would be surprising to know that Hurt as a young boy wasn't allowed to watch films or pursue acting as a career. However, destiny steered Hurt towards his passion and he made the most of it. Hurt jumped to fame with the TV series, ˜The Naked Civil Servant' as Quentin Crisp. His portrayal of the role of Quentin Crisp earned him a lot of praise. In 1978, Hurt starred in the Alan Parker's American-British prison drama, ˜Midnight Express'. In it, he impersonated the role of a tortured Turkish prison inmate who befriends Brad Davis. The film garnered huge accolades, both commercially and critically. It also earned him his first BAFTA and Golden Globe apart from an Academy Award nomination. In the decades to follow, Hurt delivered some incredible performances. In addition to acting, he also lent his voice to television shows and films.

    John Hurt