Celebrities Born in the Year of the Monkey

February 8, 2016 Updated: February 8, 2016

According to the Chinese zodiac, people born in the Year of the Monkey are usually good-looking, clever and smart, and have a charming personality. They are hardworking and able to easily adapt to different working environments. They love to talk and can be pleasant to have a conversation with. And that is just the beginning.

Depending on their birth year, those born in the Year of the Monkey have additional personality traits associated with one of five elements: metal, wood, water, fire, and earth. So there are five types of Monkeys, with different characteristics.

The Earth Monkey, birth years 1908 and 1968, tend to be direct, optimistic, and brave.

The Metal Monkey, birth years 1920 and 1980, are intelligent, quick-witted, and self-assured, but also easily annoyed and stubborn.

The Water Monkey, birth years 1932 and 1992, are smart, perceptive, and arrogant.

The Wood Monkey, birth years 1944 and 2004, are usually helpful and compassionate, have strong self-esteem, and can be stubborn.

The Fire Monkey, birth years 1956 and 2016, are ambitious and daring, but irritable. They have good social relationships and are very popular among their friends and partners. Once settled, they usually have a harmonious family life.

People with the Monkey sign are generally clever, lively, witty, confident, haughty, and stubborn. Among them, there are many talented and famous people.

Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519)

Among his many talents, Italian painter, sculptor, architect, engineer and scholar Leonardo da Vinci is notable as an inventor and credited for such inventions as the helicopter and the parachute. He has been called the father of architecture and is considered one of the greatest painters in history and recognized as a veritable genius.

George Gordon Byron (1788–1824)

English poet Lord Byron’s best-known works are lengthy narratives and short lyrics, although he also wrote notable satire. He is considered one of the greatest British poets of all time. His works are enduringly popular and influential.

Charles Dickens (1812–1870)

Perhaps the greatest novelist of the Victorian era, English writer and social critic Charles Dickens created unforgettable fictional characters like Tiny Tim from “A Christmas Carol” and the orphan Oliver Twist. His works were immensely popular during his lifetime and continue to be well after. He is recognized as a literary genius.

Elizabeth Taylor (1932–2011)

A British-American actress, businesswoman, and humanitarian, Elizabeth Taylor started her career in the early 1940s and quickly became one of the most iconic women of the silver screen. Along with her screen success, as an activist and entrepreneur, she was a well-known public figure up until her death. In 1999, she was named the seventh “greatest female screen legend.”

Tom Hanks (1956)

An American actor and filmmaker, Tom Hanks has been nominated for many awards, most notably winning several for his roles in the films “Philadelphia” and “Forrest Gump.” He has also earned acclaim as a writer, producer, and director for the big screen and television.

Céline Dion (1968)

Canadian singer/songwriter, Céline Dion started her career as a teen, singing first in French and later in English, and quickly gained international appeal. She eventually became one of the most successful pop music artists, and perhaps the most celebrated female pop artist in the world.

Other famous figures born in the Year of the Monkey include Annie Oakley, Kim Cattrell, Will Smith, Michael Douglas, Halle Berry, Christina Aguilera, Diana Ross, Harry S. Truman, Alice Walker, Owen Wilson, Daniel Craig, Mick Jagger, Julius Caesar, Bette Davis, Eleanor Roosevelt, Betsy Ross, Cuba Gooding Jr., Mitchel Musso, Gisele Bundchen, Nick Carter, Patricia Arquette, Alyson Stoner, Christina Ricci, Cole Sprouse, Demi Lovato, Dylan Sprouse, Nick Jonas, and Selena Gomez.