Zig Ziglar

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

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

Zora Neale Hurston

Born: January 7, 1891 Died: January 28, 1960

Zora Neale Hurston was an American author, anthropologist, and filmmaker. She portrayed racial struggles in the early-20th-century American South and published research on Haitian Vodou. The most popular of her four novels is Their Eyes Were Watching God, published in 1937.

Zac Brown

Born: 1978

Zac Brown is the founder, front man, and lead vocalist for the multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning, southern rock group Zac Brown Band.

Zac Efron

Born: October 18, 1987

Zachary David Alexander Efron is an American actor and singer. He began acting professionally in the early 2000s and rose to prominence in the late 2000s for his leading role as Troy Bolton in the High School Musical trilogy. During this time, he also starred in the musical film Hairspray and the comedy film 17 Again.

Zac Goldsmith

Born: January 20, 1975

Frank Zacharias Robin Goldsmith, Baron Goldsmith of Richmond Park, PC is a British politician and journalist who serves as Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Environment and International Development.

Zac Hanson

Born: October 22, 1985

Zachary Walker "Zac" Hanson was born on October 22, 1985 in Arlington, Virginia, and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is the youngest of the three brothers in Hanson, and was six when the band started in 1992. He plays drums, percussion, piano, guitar and also sings backup and lead vocals in the band. Zac, at age 12 years and 126 days, is the fourth-youngest Grammy nominee of all time. He holds the title of youngest songwriter nominated for a Grammy Award (same year).

Zac Posen

Born: October 24, 1980

Zachary E. Posen is an American fashion designer.

Zach Anner

Born: November 17, 1984

Zach Anner is an American comedian, actor, and writer with cerebral palsy who gained worldwide attention with the submission of a video to Oprah Winfrey's "Search for the Next TV Star" competition. He won his own TV show on OWN through Oprah's Your OWN Show: Oprah's Search for the Next TV Star.

Zach Braff

Born: April 6, 1975

Zachary Israel Braff is an American actor, director, screenwriter and producer. He is best known for his role as J. D. on the television series Scrubs, for which he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 2005 and for three Golden Globe Awards from 2005 to 2007.

Zach Cregger

Born: March 1, 1981

Zachary Michael Cregger is an American actor, writer, director, and producer. He first came to prominence as a member of the New York City-based comedy troupe The Whitest Kids U' Know. He later starred in the sitcoms Friends with Benefits and Guys with Kids.

Zach Ertz

Born: November 10, 1990

Zachary Adam Ertz is an American football tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Eagles in the second round of the 2013 NFL draft and later won Super Bowl LII with the team over the New England Patriots, when he scored the game winning touchdown.

Zach Galifianakis

Born: October 1, 1969

Zachary Knight Galifianakis is an American actor, comedian, and writer who came to prominence with his Comedy Central Presents special in 2001 and presented his own show called Late World with Zach on VH1 the following year.

Zach Galligan

Born: February 14, 1964

Zachary Wolfe Galligan is an American actor, best known for starring as Billy Peltzer in the comedy-horror films Gremlins and Gremlins 2: The New Batch.

Zach Gilford

Born: January 14, 1982

Zachary Michael "Zach" Gilford is an American actor best known for his role as Matt Saracen on the NBC sports drama Friday Night Lights.

Zach Johnson

Born: February 24, 197

Zachary Harris Johnson is an American professional golfer who has 12 victories on the PGA Tour, including two major championships, the 2007 Masters and the 2015 Open Championship.

Zach LaVine

Born: March 10, 1995

Zachary LaVine is an American professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association. He was selected in the first round of the 2014 NBA draft with the 13th overall pick by the Timberwolves. He is a two-time Slam Dunk Contest champion.

Zach McGowan

Born: May 5, 1981

Zachary Brendan McGowan is an American film and television actor and voice-over artist. He is known for his roles in television series Shameless as Jody, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Anton Ivanov/The Superior, Black Sails as Charles Vane, and The 100 as Roan.

Zach Roerig

Born: February 22, 1985

Zachary George Roerig is an American actor, known for his roles as Casey Hughes on As the World Turns, Hunter Atwood on One Life to Live and Matt Donovan on The Vampire Diaries.

Zach Wamp

Born: October 28, 1957

Zachary Paul Wamp is an American politician who was the U.S. Representative for Tennessee's 3rd congressional district from 1995 to 2011. He is a member of the Republican Party. The district is based in Chattanooga and includes large parts of East Tennessee, including Oak Ridge.

Zach Woodlee

Born: April 27, 1977

Zach Woodlee is an American choreographer and dancer. He was choreographer and co-producer of the TV series Glee. He has choreographed many other films such as Hairspray and Bedtime Stories.

Zach Woods

Born: September 25, 1984

Zachary Woods is an American actor and comedian. He is best known for his run as a series regular for three seasons on the NBC sitcom The Office, playing the role of Gabe Lewis and his role as Jared Dunn on the HBO comedy series Silicon Valley.

Zachary Gordon

Born: February 15, 1998

Zachary Adam Gordon is an American actor. Beginning his professional acting career at the age of eight, Gordon is a three-time Young Artist Award Best Leading Young Actor nominee, best known for playing Greg Heffley in the first three films of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid film series.

Zachary Knighton

Born: October 25, 1978

Zachary Andrew Knighton is an American actor, most widely known for starring as Dave Rose on the ABC comedy series Happy Endings. Prior to that, he co-starred as Dr. Bryce Varley on ABC's science fiction series FlashForward.

Zachary Levi

Born: September 29, 1980

Zachary Levi Pugh is an American actor and singer. He received critical acclaim for starring as Chuck Bartowski in the series Chuck, and as the title character in Shazam!, as a part of the DC Extended Universe.

Zachary Quinto

Born: June 2, 1977

Zachary John Quinto is an American actor and film producer. He is known for his roles as Charlie Manx in NOS4A2, as Sylar on the science fiction drama series Heroes, Spock in the reboot Star Trek and ...

Zachary Taylor

Born: November 24, 1784 Died: July 9, 1850

Zachary Taylor was the 12th president of the United States, serving from March 1849 until his death in July 1850. Taylor previously was a career officer in the United States Army, rose to the rank of major general and became a national hero as a result of his victories in the Mexican–American War.

Zachery Ty Bryan

Born: October 9, 1981

Zachery Ty Bryan is an American actor and producer best known for his role as Brad Taylor on the American sitcom Home Improvement.

Zack de la Rocha

Born: January 12, 1970

Zacharias Manuel de la Rocha is an American musician, rapper, singer, songwriter, and activist. He is best known as the vocalist and lyricist of rock band Rage Against the Machine. With former Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore, de la Rocha also co-founded One Day as a Lion in 2008.

Zack Greinke

Born: October 21, 1983

Donald Zackary Greinke is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball. He previously played for the Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Zack Snyder

Born: March 1, 1966

Zachary Edward Snyder is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He made his feature film debut in 2004 with a remake of the 1978 horror film Dawn of the Dead.

Zack Space

Born: January 27, 1961

Zachary T. Space is an American politician and the former U.S. Representative for Ohio's 18th congressional district, serving from 2007 until 2011. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

Zack Wheat

Born: May 23, 1888 Died: March 11, 1972

Zachariah Davis "Zack" Wheat, nicknamed "Buck", was a Major League Baseball left fielder for Brooklyn in the National League. He was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1959. A consistent hitter throughout his 19-year career, he still holds many Dodger franchise records.

Zacky Vengeance

Born: December 11, 1981

Zacky Vengeance is the rhythm guitarist for Avenged Sevenfold. His real name is Zachary James Baker. He was born on December 11, 1981 in Olympia, Washington.

Zadie Smith

Born: October 25, 1975

Zadie Adeline Smith FRSL is an English novelist, essayist, and short-story writer. Her debut novel, White Teeth, immediately became a best-seller and won a number of awards. She has been a tenured professor in the Creative Writing faculty of New York University since September 2010.

Zaha Hadid

Born: October 31, 1950 Died: March 31, 2016

Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid DBE RA was an Iraqi–British architect. She was the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize, in 2004. She received the UK's most prestigious architectural award, the Stirling Prize, in 2010 and 2011.

Zahi Hawass

Born: May 28, 1947

Zahi Hawass is an Egyptian archaeologist, Egyptologist, and former Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs. He has also worked at archaeological sites in the Nile Delta, the Western Desert, and the Upper Nile Valley.

Zainab Salbi

Born: September 24, 1969

Zainab Salbi is a women's rights activist, writer, and public speaker. She is the Founder of Women for Women International, author of several books, and host of Through Her Eyes with Yahoo News and #Me Too, Now What? original series on PBS.

Zak Bagans

Born: April 5, 1977

Zachary Alexander Bagans is an American paranormal investigator, actor, television personality, museum operator, and author. He is the principal host of the Travel Channel series, Ghost Adventures. Bagans also has written several books on his experiences with the paranormal.

Zak Orth

Born: October 15, 1970

Zak Orth is an American actor known for his roles in Wet Hot American Summer, The Baxter, Melinda and Melinda, In and Out, Music and Lyrics, and NYC 22. He also starred in the NBC television drama Revolution as Aaron, and appeared as a man haunted by psychic visions in an episode of the Fox series Fringe.

Zakk Wylde

Born: January 14, 1967

Zachary Phillip Wylde is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and actor. He is best known for his tenure as the lead guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne and as the founder, lead guitarist, and lead singer of the heavy metal band Black Label Society.

Zal Batmanglij

Born: April 28, 1981

Zal Batmanglij is an American film director and screenwriter. He directed and co-wrote the 2011 film Sound of My Voice and the 2013 film The East, both of which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, as well as the Netflix series The OA, which debuted in 2016.

Zalmay Khalilzad

Born: March 22, 1951

Zalmay Mamozy Khalilzad is an Afghan-American diplomat, who has served as the Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation at the State Department since September 2018.

Zana Marjanovic

Born: May 31, 1983

Zana Marjanović is a Bosnian actress. In 2010, she was cast as a lead in Angelina Jolie's directorial debut In the Land of Blood and Honey. Zana studied acting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo.

Zane Grey

Born: January 31, 1872 Died: October 23, 1939

Pearl Zane Grey was an American author and dentist best known for his popular adventure novels and stories associated with the Western genre in literature and the arts; he idealized the American frontier. Riders of the Purple Sage was his best-selling book.

Zanny Minton Beddoes

Born: 1967

Susan "Zanny" Minton Beddoes is a British journalist. She is the editor-in-chief of The Economist, the first woman to hold the position. She began working for the weekly magazine-format newspaper in 1994 as its emerging markets correspondent.

Zara Cox

Zara Larsson

Born: December 16, 1997

Zara Maria Larsson is a Swedish singer and songwriter. At the age of 10, she achieved national fame in Sweden for winning the 2008 season of the talent show Talang, the Swedish version of British TV's Got Talent.

Zara Phillips

Born: May 15, 1981

Zara Anne Elizabeth Tindall MBE is a member of the British royal family, an equestrian and Olympian. She is the daughter of Princess Anne and Mark Phillips and the eldest granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II. Tindall won the Eventing World Championship in Aachen in 2006.

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 Suning.com, 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.

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.

Zoketsu Norman Fischer

Born: 1946

Zoketsu Norman Fischer is an American poet, writer, and Soto Zen priest, teaching and practicing in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki. He is a Dharma heir of Sojun Mel Weitsman, from whom he received Dharma transmission in 1988.

Zola Budd

Born: May 26, 1966

Zola Pieterse is a middle-distance and long-distance runner. She competed at the 1984 Olympic Games for Great Britain and the 1992 Olympic Games for South Africa, both times in the 3000 metres. In 1984 and 1985, she broke the world record in the women's 5000 metres.

Zola Jesus

Born: April 11, 1989

Nicole Hummel, known professionally as Zola Jesus and also as Nika Danilova, is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. She has released four EPs and five full-length albums that combine electronic, industrial, classical, and goth.

Zoltan Kodaly

Born: December 16, 1882 Died: March 6, 1967

Zoltán Kodály was a Hungarian composer, ethnomusicologist, pedagogue, linguist, and philosopher. He is well known internationally as the creator of the Kodály Method.

Zong Qinghou

Born: October 1945

Zong Qinghou is a Chinese billionaire businessman, and the founder, chairman and CEO of the Hangzhou Wahaha Group, the leading beverage company in China. He was ranked as China's richest man in 2012 and second-richest in 2013, according to the China Rich List, published by Hurun Report.

Zooey Deschanel

Born: January 17, 1980

Zooey Claire Deschanel is an American actress, model, and singer-songwriter. She made her film debut in Mumford and next obtained a supporting role in Cameron Crowe's film Almost Famous.

Zosia Mamet

Born: February 2, 1988

Zosia Russell Mamet is an American actress and musician, who has appeared in television series including Mad Men, United States of Tara and Parenthood and as Shoshanna Shapiro on the HBO original series Girls.

Zsa Zsa Gabor

Born: February 6, 1917 Died: December 18, 2016

Zsa Zsa Gabor was a Hungarian-American actress and socialite. Her sisters were actresses Eva and Magda Gabor. Gabor began her stage career in Vienna and was crowned Miss Hungary in 1936. She emigrated from Hungary to the United States in 1941.

Zubin Mehta

Born: April 29, 1936

Zubin Mehta is an Indian conductor of Western and Eastern classical music. He was the music director of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and is Conductor Emeritus of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Mehta's father was the founder of the Bombay Symphony Orchestra, and Mehta received his early musical education from him.

Zuleikha Robinson

Born: June 29, 1977

Zuleikha Robinson is a British actress. She has appeared in the films Hidalgo, The Merchant of Venice and The Namesake. Robinson later was a regular cast member on the ABC series Lost, Showtime's political thriller Homeland and the Fox drama The Following.

Zygmunt Bauman

Born: November 19, 1925 Died: January 9, 2017

Zygmunt Bauman was a Polish-British sociologist and philosopher. He was driven out of the Polish People's Republic during the 1968 Polish political crisis and forced to give up his Polish citizenship. He emigrated to Israel; three years later he moved to the United Kingdom.