Melody is a genealogist who enjoys learning the history of people and places.
10 Famous Halloween Birthdays
I set out to compile a list of famous people born on Halloween, and I thought I would find a slew of horror story writers, but I was wrong!
Stephen King was not born on Halloween, nor was Edgar Allan Poe. Instead, I found many talented people from various fields were born on this auspicious day.
I was expecting to find people who seemed like they were Halloween babies, but looking at this list, it doesn't appear these folks were affected at all. No werewolves among them!
My list of ten famous people born on Halloween includes poets, singers, and even an astronaut! So, if your birthday falls on Halloween, you will find you share your day with some pretty darn talented people.
1. John Keats
John Keats was born in 1785 to Thomas and Frances Jennings Keats. His father died when he was eight years old from injuries incurred after falling off a horse. His mother died of tuberculosis when he was 14.
He completed an apprenticeship in medicine, Keats was employed at Guy's Hospital in London in 1815. During his time in medical school, he began writing. His first known poem was written in 1814 and was titled "An Imitation of Spenser."
Keats moved back home with his brothers in 1817. His brother, Tom, contracted tuberculosis and died in 1818. Keats then moved to Wentworth Place and began focusing on writing. His poem "Ode to a Nightingale" was written at Wentworth Place.
Keats contracted tuberculosis and died at the age of 25 in 1821. But, he left behind an entire body of work known to be some of the best poetry ever written.
Keat's poem "Bright Star"
This video is a rendition of Keat's poem "Bright Star." Follow along and see the legacy he left behind.
2. Boston Custer
Brother of the Famous General Custer
Boston Custer was born in New Rumley, Ohio, in 1848 to Emanuel Henry and Maria Ward Fitzpatrick. His main claim to fame is he was the brother of General Armstrong Custer.
Because of poor health, he could not join the military. However, that didn't stop him from serving as a foraging master in contracting. He later joined the 7th Cavalry Regiment, which was run by his brother.
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Boston was at Little Big Horn alongside his brothers Armstrong and Tom and his nephew, Henry Armstrong Reed, during that fateful day. He died at Little Big Horn at the age of 27.
3. Juliette Gordon Low
Founder of the Girl Scouts
Juliette Magill Kinzie Gordon was born in Savannah, GA, in 1860 to William Gordon and Eleanor "Ellena" Kinzie. During the Civil War, she lived with her maternal grandparents in Chicago, IL. After the war, Gordon attended a boarding school. In 1886, she married William Mackay Low.
Low had two experiences that left her almost completed deaf. One was an experimental treatment for an ear infection. The other was a grain of rice thrown at her wedding that punctured her eardrum and became infected.
Low and her husband filed for divorce in 1901. However, her husband had a stroke in 1905, and the divorce proceedings had not been finalized at the time of his death. Low had no children from this marriage.
In 1911, Juliette and her sister, Agnes, organized the Girl Guides in the United Kingdom. In 1912, she shifted attention to the United States. The Girl Scouts were officially formed in Savannah, GA, in 1913.
Low was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1923. She continued to work with the Girl Scouts until she died in 1927 at the age of 66.
4. Ethel Waters
Ethel Howard Water was born into poverty in 1896 in Chester, PA. According to the 1900 Census, she lived in Chester with her parents, Norman and Louisa. However, her birth father is unknown since her mother was a survivor of sexual assault.
She moved around the area of Chester as a child, never knowing one place as home. Waters was married at the young age of 13 to a man who abused her, but she left him and supported herself working as a maid.
Waters began performing in 1913, but it wasn't until the 1920s that she attained success. Waters got her first recording contract in 1921, and she was part of the Harlem Renaissance.
Additionally, Waters added movies to her repertoire in the 1930s. She was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Award in 1941 for her role in the film Pinky. She later went on to television. Her career spanned several decades but waned by the late 1950s. She is probably best known for the song "Stormy Weather."
She died at the age of 80 in Chatsworth, California, in 1977.
A Tribute to Ethel Waters
Ever heard an Ethel Waters song? In this tribute, Ethel sings "Sweet Georgia Brown." She was a beautiful woman with a beautiful voice.
5. Dale Evans
Singer and Actress
Frances Octavia Smith was born in 1912 in Uvalde, Texas, to Walter Hillman Smith and Betty Sue Woods.
She eloped at the age of 14 to Thomas Fox. They had one child together before divorcing in 1929. She then married August Wayne Johns and divorced in 1935. Her third marriage was to Robert Dale Butts, and they also divorced.
The fourth time was the charm when she met Leonard Franklin Slye, also known as Roy Rogers, and married in 1937. They eventually had one child together.
In the early 1930s, she began her singing career under the stage name Dale Evans. She sang jazz, big band, and swing. She was later picked up by 20th Century Fox, where they made her live a deception for several years. For example, Fox promoted her son as her brother.
By the late 1940s, she turned to country and western music. She also acted in several movies. She and Roy teamed up for television in 1951. The Roy Rogers Show ran from 1951 to 1957. The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Variety Show aired in 1961 but only lasted 3 months.
In the 1970s, she shifted to Christian music and made several solo albums. Evans wrote the song "Happy Trails," which is synonymous with their TV show. Evans was even inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame in 1976.
She died in 2001 at the age of 89.
6. Michael Collins
Michael Collins was born in Rome, Italy, in 1930. His father, James Lawton Collins, was a US Army Major General. His family moved around depending on where his father was stationed. In 1957 his father married Patricia Finnegan in 1957, and they went on to have three children.
Collin later enlisted in the armed services after World War II. He graduated from West Point in 1952 then signed up for the Air Force after graduation. At Edwards Air Force Base, he was an experimental flight tester.
Collin was accepted into the NASA astronaut program in 1963 and joined the Gemini program and the Apollo program. It was with Apollo 10 that he went to the moon on July 29th, 1969.
Collins left NASA in 1974 and became the director of the National Air and Space Museum.
Collins has been awarded many honors throughout his life, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969.
7. Dan Rather
Dan Rather was born in Wharton County, Texas, in 1931 to Daniel Rather, Sr., and Byrl Veda Page. His family moved to Houston when he was a child, and he graduated from Sam Houston State University with a B.S. in Journalism.
Rather went on to attend the United College of Law briefly. He then enlisted with the Marine Corp in 1954 but did not get through recruitment training due to a childhood bout of rheumatic fever.
Rather's journalism career started in 1950 with the Associated Press. He was then a reporter for radio and newspapers. He also worked as a play-by-play announcer for a Triple-A baseball team.
He joined CBS in 1961, and from there, he covered everything from the JFK Assassination to the Vietnam War to the Bush Presidency. He worked on CBS News, 60 Minutes, CBS Evening News, and many other news format shows. We've all seen the footage of Rather on the floor of the 1968 Democratic Convention.
He has won seven Peabody awards.
In 1957, he married Jean, and they have a son and a daughter.
8. Michael Landon
Eugene Maurice Orowitz was born in Forest Hills, NY, in 1936 to Eli Maurice Orowitz and Peggy O'Neill, who were both in the entertainment business.
The family moved to New Jersey when he was four, and he attended school and synagogue in the Collingswood area. His childhood had its stressful moments as his Mother dealt with mental illness.
He attended the University of Southern California on an athletic scholarship. However, his athletic career was cut short due to injury.
Eugene changed his name to Michael Landon when he began his acting and singing career. He eventually landed the role of Little Joe Cartwright on Bonanza in 1959. A few years later, he was writing and directing the show, as well as acting. The show aired until 1973.
He then took on the role of Charles Ingalls in Little House on the Prairie, based on the books written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The show was retooled in 1982, and while he did not star in it, he was still deeply involved as the executive producer. He also wrote and directed episodes. The series came to an end in 1983.
Between all the work, he married three times and had nine children. His wives were Dodie Levy-Fraser, Lynn Noe, and Cindy Clerico.
In April of 1991, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. A month later, he went on The Tonight Show to talk about his cancer and raise awareness.
He died on July 1st, 1991.
9. Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson was born in 1961 in Pukerua Bay, New Zealand, to William and Joan Jackson. He was always interested in filmmaking and dabbled in it a bit as a youth.
He left school at 16 and went to work as a lithographer for a newspaper. He saved his money to buy film equipment, and soon he was making short films. He never had a formal education in filmmaking. Instead, he learned on his own, building on what worked and learning from his mistakes.
He made a few films in the 1980s. In 1992, he earned acclaim for Heavenly Creatures. From there, he worked on other projects, but Lord of the Rings in 1997 brought Jackson his due. The second movie in the trilogy, Return of the King, won 11 Oscars. The conclusion to the trilogy was Fellowship of the Rings. By then, the trilogy had made many fans the world over.
Jackson has directed other films since the Tolkien trilogy. He has also worked on video games as a writer, designer, and producer.
To date, Jackson has directed 15 films.
10. Willow Smith
Willow Camille Reign Smith was born in 2000 in Los Angeles, California, to Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, who are also entertainers.
Willow began her acting career at the age of 7. She appeared in I Am Legend and even won a Young Artist Award for her role in Kit Kittridge: an American Girl.
She is probably best known for her hit song "Whip My Hair." The song made it to number eleven on Billboards Hot 100 Music List, and it went Platinum in the US. The song "21st Century Nation" followed. She has a recording contract with Roc Nation.
In 2008 and 2009, she won the Young Artist Awards. In 2010, she won an NAACP Image Award.
Willow Smith Whips Her Hair
If you've been alive the last few years, then you're sure to have heard this song. This is the video of Willow Smith's hit "Whip My Hair."
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Melody Lassalle (author) from California on October 31, 2014:
Jeff, I had no idea who he was, so I did a search. Given the photos, I think you're right. He would fit the scary category for sure!
Jeff on October 31, 2014:
Jimmy Savile was born on Hallowe'en - he was pretty damn scary!
Melody Lassalle (author) from California on September 10, 2014:
I tried to find a shady character, really I did! Michael Landon is so much apart of American TV history, an American icon if there ever was one.
GrammieOlivia on September 09, 2014:
Interesting lens for sure, I thought there might be one or two "shady" characters in there, but not one! Right on, I went with Michael Landon, known him from both Bonanza and Little House.
StarPartner on November 01, 2013:
Somewhat. Both my wife n I have Halloween Birthdays. We've known some but not all of the notables. ðâ¤ï¸ð ð
Eugene Samuel Monaco from Lakewood New York on September 13, 2013:
Great job on all of the research for this Thanks
Susanna Duffy from Melbourne Australia on July 27, 2013:
Dale Evans was pretty scary
SteveKaye on May 03, 2013:
Amazing! I was born in August, after they moved Halloween to the end of October. I think. At least that's what they told me.
webscribbler on April 21, 2013:
Fun idea for an article. Thank you for introducing me to a few of these folks.
anonymous on October 11, 2011:
I didn't realize Michael Landon was born on Halloween. I loved him as Charles Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie!
Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on September 24, 2011:
Great idea, thanks for sharing with us.
I Pick Michael Landon, because I used to love watching him acting as Little Joe Cartwright on Bonanza.
Have a nice day.