Gene Hackman — I love this man. Total baked potato. When he was 13, out on the street playing ball with a friend, his dad drove by, gave a casual wave, and thus left the family for good. He saw his father again but still gets choked up, recalling that wave. "It's only been 65 years," he joked. "Makes you a better actor."
Rabindranath Tagore (7 May 1861–7 August 1941), Bengali polymath who reshaped his region's literature and music. Author of Gitanjali and its "profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse", he became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. Tagore modernised Bengali art by spurning rigid classical forms and resisting linguistic strictures. He was highly influential in introducing the best of Indian culture to the West and vice versa.