Zarin Mehta

Born: October 28, 1938

Zarin Mehta is the former president and executive director of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

Zayn Malik

Born: January 12, 1993

Zain Javadd Malik, known mononymously as Zayn, is an English singer and songwriter. Born and raised in Bradford, West Yorkshire, Malik auditioned as a solo contestant for the British music competition The X Factor in 2010.


Born: January 12, 1980

Xavier Lamar Dotson, professionally known as Zaytoven, is an American record producer of trap, DJ, and keyboardist from Atlanta, Georgia. He has released collaborative projects with artists including Usher, Future, Gucci Mane, and Lecrae.

Zazie Beetz

Born: 1 June 1991

Zazie Olivia Beetz is a German-American actress. She stars in the FX comedy-drama series Atlanta, for which she received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. She also appeared in the Netflix anthology series Easy.

Zbigniew Brzezinski

Born: March 28, 1928 Died: May 26, 2017

Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski was a Polish-American diplomat and political scientist. He served as a counselor to President Lyndon B. Johnson from 1966 to 1968 and was President Jimmy Carter's National Security Advisor from 1977 to 1981.

Ze Frank

Born: March 31, 1972

Hosea Jan "Ze" Frank is an American online performance artist, composer, humorist and public speaker based in Los Angeles.

Zebulon Pike

Born: January 5, 1779 Died: April 27, 1813

Zebulon Montgomery Pike was an American brigadier general and explorer for whom Pikes Peak in Colorado was named.


Born: September 2, 1989

Anton Zaslavski, known professionally as Zedd, is a Russian-German DJ, record producer, singer and songwriter. He primarily produces and performs electro house music, but has diversified his genre and musical style, drawing influences from progressive house, dubstep, and classical music.

Zelda Fitzgerald

Born: July 24, 1900 Died: March 10, 1948

Zelda Fitzgerald was an American novelist, socialite, and painter. Born in Montgomery, Alabama, she was noted for her beauty and high spirits, and was dubbed by her husband as "the first American Flapper". She and her husband, F. Scott Fitzgerald, became emblems of the Jazz Age, for which they are still celebrated.

Zelda Williams

Born: July 31, 1989

Zelda Rae Williams is an American actress, director, producer, and writer. She is the daughter of actor and comedian Robin Williams and film producer Marsha Garces Williams.

Zeljko Ivanek

Born: August 15, 1957

Željko Ivanek is a Slovenian-American actor, known for his role as Ray Fiske on Damages, for which he won a Primetime Emmy Award.

Zell Miller

Born: February 24, 1932 Died: March 23, 2018

Zell Bryan Miller was an American author and politician from the U.S. state of Georgia. A Democrat, Miller served as lieutenant governor from 1975 to 1991, 79th Governor of Georgia from 1991 to 1999, and as U.S. Senator from 2000 to 2005.


Born: September 1, 1996

Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman, known mononymously as Zendaya, is an American actress and singer. She began her career as a child model and backup dancer, before gaining prominence for her role as Rocky Blue on the Disney Channel sitcom Shake It Up.

Zeresenay Alemseged

Born: June 4, 1969

Zeresenay Alemseged is an Ethiopian paleoanthropologist and was Chair of the Anthropology Department at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, United States. He recently joined the faculty of the University of Chicago.

Zev Yaroslavsky

Born: December 21, 1948

Zev Yaroslavsky is a politician from Los Angeles County, California. He was a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors from District 3, which includes the San Fernando Valley, the Westside of Los Angeles and coastal areas between Venice and the Ventura County line.

Zhang Jindong

Born: March 28, 1963

Zhang Jindong is a Chinese billionaire entrepreneur. He is one of the founders and the current largest shareholder of the, headquartered in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province.

Zhang Xin

Born: August 24, 1965

Zhang Xin is a Chinese billionaire businesswoman, having primarily earned her fortune in the real estate industry. With her husband Pan Shiyi, she is the co-founder and CEO of SOHO China.

Zhang Yimou

Born: April 2, 1950

Zhang Yimou is a Chinese film director, producer, writer and actor, and former cinematographer. He is part of the Fifth Generation of Chinese filmmakers, having made his directorial debut in 1987 with Red Sorghum.

Zhang Yin

Born: 1957

Zhang Yin (Chinese: 张茵; born 1957 in Shaoguan, Guangdong with family roots in Heilongjiang), also known as Cheung Yan according to the Cantonese pronunciation of her name, is a Chinese entrepreneur and one of the richest persons in greater China.

Zhang Zhidong

Born: September 4, 1837 Died: October 5, 1909

Zhang Zhidong was a Chinese official who lived during the late Qing dynasty. Along with Zeng Guofan, Li Hongzhang and Zuo Zongtang, Zhang Zhidong was one of the four most famous officials of the late Qing dynasty.

Zhang Ziyi

Born: February 9, 1979

Zhang Ziyi is a Chinese actress and model. Her first major role was in The Road Home. She later gained international recognition for her role in Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, which was nominated for 10 Academy Awards.

Zhou Qunfei

Born: 1970

Zhou Qunfei is a Chinese entrepreneur who founded the major touchscreen maker Lens Technology. After the public listing of her company on the Shenzhen ChiNext market in March 2015, her net worth reached US$10 billion, making her the richest woman in China.

Zhou Xun

Born: October 18, 1974

Zhou Xun is a Chinese actress and singer. She is regarded as one of the Four Dan Actresses of China. She gained international fame for her roles in Suzhou River and Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress.

Zhou Yongkang

Born: December 3, 1942

Zhou Yongkang is a former senior leader of the Communist Party of China. He was a member of the 17th Politburo Standing Committee, China's highest decision-making body, and the Secretary of the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission between 2007 and 2012, making him one of the most powerful leaders in China.

Zhu Rongji

Born: October 23, 1928

Zhu Rongji is a retired Chinese politician who served as Mayor and Party chief in Shanghai from 1988 to 1991 and as First Vice Premier and then Premier of the People's Republic of China from March 1998 to March 2003.

Zhu Zhu

Born: July 19, 1984

Zhu Zhu is a Chinese actress and singer. She rose to fame as a VJ on MTV China.


Born: c. 369 BC Died: c. 286 BC

Zhuang Zhou, commonly known as Zhuangzi, was an influential Chinese philosopher who lived around the 4th century BC during the Warring States period, a period corresponding to the summit of Chinese philosophy, the Hundred Schools of Thought.

Ziad Doueiri

Born: 1963

Ziad Doueiri is a Lebanese cinematographer, film director and writer. He is best known for his award-winning films West Beirut and The Insult, a film nominated at the 90th Academy Awards representing Lebanon.

Ziaur Rahman

Born: January 19, 1936 Died: May 30, 1981

Ziaur Rahman, Hilal e Jurat, Bir Uttom was the President of Bangladesh. He was an army officer turned statesmen who, as a serving Major, announced Declaration of the Independence of Bangladesh on behalf of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on 27 March 1971. He became President of Bangladesh on 21 April 1977.

Zig Ziglar

Born: November 6, 1926 Died: November 28, 2012

Hilary Hinton "Zig" Ziglar was an American author, salesman, and motivational speaker.

Ziggy Marley

Born: October 17, 1968

David Nesta "Ziggy" Marley is a Jamaican musician and leader of the band Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, and the son of reggae icon Bob Marley and Rita Marley.

Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Born: May 11, 1927 Died: October 8, 2014

Zilpha Keatley Snyder was an American author of books for children and young adults. Three of Snyder's works were named Newbery Honor books: The Egypt Game, The Headless Cupid and The Witches of Worm. She was most famous for writing adventure stories and fantasies.

Zinedine Zidane

Born: June 23, 1972

Zinedine Yazid Zidane, popularly known in French as Zizou, is a French former professional football player who played as an attacking midfielder. He is the current manager of La Liga club Real Madrid.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Born: October 3, 1981

Zlatan Ibrahimović is a Swedish professional footballer who plays as a striker for Serie A club A.C. Milan. Ibrahimović is widely regarded as one of the best strikers of his generation. He is one of the most decorated active footballers in the world, having won 31 trophies in his career.

Zoe Bell

Born: November 17, 1978

Zoë E. Bell is a New Zealand stuntwoman and actress. Some of her most notable stunt work includes doubling for Lucy Lawless in Xena: Warrior Princess and for Uma Thurman in Kill Bill. As an actress, she has appeared on television and in feature films; she has starred in the web series Angel of Death.

Zoe Cassavetes

Born: June 29, 1970

Zoe Rowlands Cassavetes is an American film director, screenwriter, and actress. She is the daughter of filmmaker John Cassavetes and actress Gena Rowlands. She is best known for her 2007 film Broken English.

Zoe Foster Blake

Born: July 28, 1980

Zoë Foster is an Australian author, columnist, magazine editor, and cosmetics entrepreneur.

Zoe Kazan

Born: September 9, 1983

Zoe Swicord Kazan is an American actress, playwright, and screenwriter. Kazan made her acting debut in Swordswallowers and Thin Men and later appeared in films such as The Savages, Revolutionary Road and It's Complicated. She starred in Happy. Thank You. More. Please., Meek's Cutoff, Ruby Sparks, and What If.

Zoe Kravitz

Born: December 1, 1988

Zoë Isabella Kravitz is an American actress, singer, and model. The daughter of actor-musician Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet, Kravitz achieved recognition for her portrayal of Angel Salvadore ...

Zoe Lister-Jones

Born: September 1, 1982

Zoe Lister-Jones is an American actress, producer, director and writer who co-starred in the CBS sitcom Life in Pieces. She is also known for her work on the television shows Delocated, Whitney, and New Girl.

Zoe Lofgren

Born: December 21, 1947

Susan Ellen "Zoe" Lofgren is an American politician serving as a U.S. Representative from California. A member of the Democratic Party, Lofgren is in her 13th term as a congresswoman, having been first elected in 1994.

Zoe McLellan

Born: November 6, 1974

Zoe McLellan is an American television actress, known for her roles as Petty Officer Jennifer Coates in the procedural series JAG, as Lisa George in the comedy-drama soap Dirty Sexy Money, as Meredith Brody in the series NCIS: New Orleans and as Kendra Daynes in season two of the political drama Designated Survivor.

Zoe Perry

Born: September 26, 1983

Zoe Perry is an American actress. She is best known for portraying young Mary Cooper in Young Sheldon and for recurring roles on The Family and Scandal.

Zoe Quinn

Born: 1987

Zoë Tiberius Quinn is an American video game developer, programmer, writer, and artist. They developed the interactive fiction game Depression Quest, which was released in 2013. In 2014, a blog post by Quinn's ex-boyfriend sparked the Gamergate controversy, in which Quinn was subjected to extensive harassment.

Zoe Saldana

Born: June 19, 1978

Zoë Yadira Saldaña Nazario is an American actress. Following her performances with the theater group Faces, Saldana made her screen debut in a 1999 episode of Law & Order. Her film career began a year later with Center Stage, where she played a struggling ballet dancer.

Zoe Sugg

Born: March 28, 1990

Zoe Elizabeth Sugg is an English YouTuber, vlogger, businesswoman and author. She is also known by her YouTube username, Zoella.

Zoe Tapper

Born: October 26, 1981

Zoë Tapper is an English actress who first came to prominence playing Nell Gwynne in Richard Eyre's award-winning film Stage Beauty in 2004. She is known for portraying Anya Raczynski in Survivors and Mina Harker in Demons.

Zoe Wanamaker

Born: May 13, 1949

Zoë Wanamaker CBE is an American-born British actress who has worked extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. A nine-time Olivier Award nominee, she won for Once in a Lifetime and Electra.

Zoey Deutch

Born: November 10, 1994

Zoey Francis Thompson Deutch is an American actress and producer. She began her career with a starring role in the film Vampire Academy. She has since starred in Richard Linklater's Everybody Wants Some!!, Why Him?, Before I Fall, Flower, Set It Up, and Zombieland: Double Tap.

Zoey Tur

Born: June 8, 1960

Hanna Zoey Tur is an American broadcast reporter and commercial pilot who created Los Angeles News Service with fellow reporter and then–wife Marika Gerrard. Los Angeles News Service was the first to use an AStar helicopter in a major city to cover breaking news, and the first to televise a high-speed police chase.