People from showbusiness born before 1920 that are still alive

by newt_jorden | created - 13 Jun 2014 | updated - 05 May 2015 | Public

If i forgot anyone, please let me know

R.I.P. Carla Laemmle, October 20, 1909 - June 12, 2014 Eli Wallach, December 7, 1915 - June 24, 2014 Louis Zamperini, January 26, 1917 - July 2, 2014 Zohra Segal, April 27, 1912 - July 10, 2014 Don Pardo, February 22, 1918 - August 18, 2014 Don Keefer, August 18, 1916 - September 7, 2014 Renée Asherson, May 19, 1915 - October 30, 2014 Phil Stern, September 3, 1919 - December 13, 2014 Arthur Gardner, June 7, 1910 - December 19, 2014 Luise Rainer, January 12, 1910 - December 30, 2014 Robert Boon, October 26, 1916 - January 13, 2015 Ed Sabol, September 11, 1916 - February 9, 2015 Movita, April 12, 1916 - February 12, 2015 Richard L. Bare, August 12, 1913 - March 28, 2015 Manoel de Oliveira, December 11, 1908 - April 2, 2015 Jayne Meadows, September 27, 1919 - April 26, 2015 Patachou, June 10, 1918 - April 30, 2015 Ellen Albertini Dow, November 16, 1913 - May 4, 2015

1. Lupita Tovar

Actress | María

Born in Oaxaca, Mexico, Lupita Tovar appeared first in silent Fox films before making the move to Universal and co-starring in the Spanish-language version of 1930's "The Cat Creeps" (La voluntad del muerto (1930)). For the same producer, Czech-born Paul Kohner, she appeared as Eva Seward (the ...

July 27, 1910

2. Yutaka Sada

Actor | Yôjinbô

Yutaka Sada was born on March 30, 1911 in Tokyo, Japan. He was an actor, known for Yojimbo (1961), Sanjuro (1962) and High and Low (1963). He died in 2017.

March 30, 1911

3. Urho Harkola

Actor | Huijarien huvittavat huiputtajat

Urho Harkola was born on September 13, 1911 in Tampere, Finland as Urho Fredrik Helin. He is an actor, known for Huijarien huvittavat huiputtajat (1945), Pikku Pietarin piha (1960) and Katariina kaunis leski (1961).

September 13, 1911

4. Wolfgang Suschitzky

Cinematographer | Get Carter

Wolfgang Suschitzky was born on August 29, 1912 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary. He is known for his work on Get Carter (1971), Ulysses (1967) and Worzel Gummidge (1979). He was married to Beatrice Cunningham, Ilona Suschitzky and Helena "Puck" Voute. He died on October 7, 2016 in London, England.

August 29, 1912

5. Connie Sawyer

Actress | Dumb and Dumber

Connie Sawyer was born on November 27, 1912 in Pueblo, Colorado, USA as Rosie Cohen. She was an actress, known for Dumb and Dumber (1994), Pineapple Express (2008) and Out of Sight (1998). She was married to Marshall Schacker. She died on January 21, 2018 in Woodland Hills, California, USA.

November 27, 1912

6. Douglas Slocombe

Cinematographer | Raiders of the Lost Ark

London-born Douglas Slocombe has long been regarded as one of the film industry's premiere cinematographers, but he began his career as a photojournalist for Life magazine and the Paris-Match newspaper before World War II. During the war he became a newsreel cameraman, and at war's end he went to ...

February 10, 1913

7. Elmo Williams

Editor | High Noon

Elmo Williams was born James Elmo Williams in Lone Wolf, Oklahoma. Orphaned at 16, he attended schools in Oklahoma and New Mexico before moving to Los Angeles. In 1933 he struck up a relationship with film editor Merrill G. White, who hired Williams as his assistant on a business trip to England. ...

April 30, 1913

8. Mary Carlisle

Actress | Tip-Off Girls

She was the standard prototype of the porcelain-pretty collegiate and starry-eyed romantic interest in a host of Depression-era films and although her name may not ring a bell to most, Mary Carlisle enjoyed a fairly solid decade in the cinematic limelight. The Boston-born blue-eyed blonde was ...

February 3, 1914

9. Olaf Pooley

Actor | Star Trek: Voyager

He was born in Parkstone, Dorset, England. His father was English and his mother was Danish. Olaf was a student of architecture at the Architectural Association, London, and of painting at the Chelsea School of Art. In Paris, he studied under the tutelage of Marcel Grommaire, at the Acedemie ...

March 13, 1914

10. Shep Houghton

Actor | Dragnet

Born George Shephard Houghton on June 4, 1914, in Salt Lake City, Utah, Shep is the youngest of two sons born to George Henry Houghton and Mabell Viola Shephard. Far from being born into show business, his father was an insurance company representative who moved his family to Hollywood for business...

June 4, 1914

11. Gisèle Casadesus

Actress | Les aventures de Casanova

Gisèle Casadesus was born on June 14, 1914 in Paris, France as Gisèle Tatiana Casadesus. She was an actress, known for Loves of Casanova (1947), Paméla (1945) and Sous le figuier (2012). She was married to Lucien Pascal. She died on September 24, 2017 in Paris.

June 14, 1914

12. Irwin Corey

Actor | The Curse of the Jade Scorpion

Professor Irwin Corey, "The World's Foremost Authority," was born on July 29, 1914, in Brooklyn, New York. He and his five siblings were wards of the Brooklyn Hebrew Orphan Asylum, and during the Great Depression, he worked for the Civilian Conservation Corp. Possessing brawn as well as brains, ...

Juy 29, 1914

13. Norman Lloyd

Actor | Dead Poets Society

Norman Lloyd was born Norman Perlmutter in Jersey City, New Jersey, to Sadie (Horowitz), a housewife and singer, and Max Perlmutter, a furniture store manager. His family was Jewish (from Hungary and Russia). He began his acting career in the theater, first "treading the boards" at Eva Le Gallienne...

November 8, 1914

14. Meg Mundy

Actress | Fatal Attraction

Meg Mundy was born on January 4, 1915 in London, England as Margaret Ane Mary Mundy. She was an actress, known for Fatal Attraction (1987), The Doctors (1963) and Ordinary People (1980). She was married to Konstantinos "Dino" Yannopoulos and Marc Daniels. She died on January 12, 2016 in The Bronx, ...

January 4, 1915

15. Leslie H. Martinson

Director | Batman: The Movie

Leslie H. Martinson was born on January 16, 1915 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Herbert Leslie Martinson. He is known for his work on Batman: The Movie (1966), The Six Million Dollar Man (1974) and Hot Rod Girl (1956). He was married to Connie Martinson. He died on September 3, 2016 in Los ...

January 16, 1915

16. Wally Cassell

Actor | White Heat

Wally Cassell was born on March 3, 1912 in Agrigento, Sicily, Italy as Oswaldo Castellano. He was an actor, known for White Heat (1949), Story of G.I. Joe (1945) and Law and Order (1953). He was married to Marcy McGuire. He died on April 2, 2015 in Palm Desert, California, USA.

March 3, 1915

17. Patricia Morison

Actress | Dressed to Kill

Woefully misused while in her prime screen years at Paramount during the late '30s and '40s, Patricia Morison, lovely and exotic with Rapunzel-like long, dark hair, nevertheless became a star in her own right -- as a supremely talented diva on the singing stage. Born on March 19, 1915, in New York ...

March 19, 1915

18. Pierre Chevalier

Director | The Panther Squad

Pierre Chevalier was born on March 23, 1915 in Orbec, Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France. He was a director and assistant director, known for The Panther Squad (1984), Pigalle carrefour des illusions (1973) and La maison des filles perdues (1974). He was married to Brigitte Leleu, Dominique Lubin ...

March 23, 1915

19. James Edmond

Actor | Black Christmas

James Edmond was born on February 7, 1924 in Walkerton, Ontario, Canada. He was an actor, known for Black Christmas (1974), ABC Weekend Specials (1977) and Devil Girl from Mars (1954). He was married to Shirley Faessler. He died on November 4, 2000 in Paris, Ontario.

February 9, 1916

20. Beverly Cleary

Writer | Ramona and Beezus

Beverly Cleary was born on April 12, 1916 in McMinnville, Oregon, USA as Beverly Atlee Bunn. She is a writer, known for Ramona and Beezus (2010), ABC Weekend Specials (1977) and Ramona (1988). She was previously married to Clarence Cleary.

April 12, 1916

21. Kevin O'Morrison

Actor | Sleepless in Seattle

Kevin O'Morrison was born on May 25, 1916 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Funny Farm (1988) and Dear Ruth (1947). He was married to Linda Soma. He died on December 11, 2016 in Lynnwood, Washington, USA.

May 25, 1916

22. Olivia de Havilland

Actress | The Heiress

Olivia Mary de Havilland was born July 1, 1916, in Tokyo, Japan, to British parents Lilian Augusta (Ruse), a former actress, and Walter Augustus de Havilland, an English professor and patent attorney. Her sister, Joan, later to become famous as Joan Fontaine, was born the following year. Her ...

July 1, 1916

23. Jean Rouverol

Actress | It's a Gift

Jean Rouverol was born on July 8, 1916 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. She was an actress and writer, known for It's a Gift (1934), Bar 20 Rides Again (1935) and Guiding Light (1952). She was married to Hugo Butler. She died on March 24, 2017 in Wingdale, New York, USA.

July 8, 1916

24. Kirk Douglas

Actor | Spartacus

Cleft-chinned, steely-eyed and virile star of international cinema who rose from being "the ragman's son" (the name of his best-selling 1988 autobiography) to become a bona fide superstar, Kirk Douglas, also known as Issur Danielovitch Demsky, was born on December 9, 1916 in Amsterdam, New York. ...

December 9, 1916

25. Edward Burnham

Actor | To Sir, with Love

Edward Burnham was born on December 25, 1916 in Lincolnshire, England as Edward Noel Burnham. He was an actor and director, known for To Sir, with Love (1967), Quatermass and the Pit (1958) and Doctor Who (1963). He was married to Lucille. He died on June 30, 2015 in the UK.

December 25, 1916

26. Elisa Stella

Actress | La mujer de Judas

Venezuelan veteran actress Elisa Stella was born in 1916. She spent many years working in theatre and made her film debut in 1971 and TV debut in 1975. Through the years she gave some of the finest performances in series such as Mi Gorda Bella (as Dona Elena), Soberana (as Inginia Dominguez) and La...


27. Shannon Bolin

Actress | Damn Yankees

Shannon Bolin was born on January 1, 1917 in Spencer, South Dakota, USA as Shannon Ione Bolin. She was an actress, known for Damn Yankees (1958), The Children (1980) and If Ever I See You Again (1978). She was married to Milton Kaye. She died on March 25, 2016 in New York City, New York, USA.

January 1, 1917

28. Elaine Riley

Actress | The Devil's Playground

Elaine was born in East Liverpool, Ohio, to the engineer Allen B. Riley (owner of the local Riley Electrical Company) and his wife Pearl, on January 15 1917. Like other aspiring starlets, she took the route to Hollywood via beauty contests. She was elected 'Miss Chic' at the Cleveland exposition ...

January 15, 1917

29. Zsa Zsa Gabor

Actress | A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

Undoubtedly the woman who had come to epitomize what we recognize today as "celebrity", Zsa Zsa Gabor, is better known for her many marriages, personal appearances, her "dahlink" catchphrase, her actions, life gossip, and quotations on men, rather than her film career.

Zsa Zsa Gabor was born Sári ...

February 6, 1917

30. Vera Lynn

Soundtrack | Hellboy

Vera Lynn was born on March 20, 1917 in East Ham, London, England as Vera Margaret Welch. She was previously married to Harry Lewis.

March 20, 1917

31. Danielle Darrieux

Actress | 8 femmes

Danielle Darrieux was born in 1917 in Bordeaux, France, to Marie-Louise (Witkowski) and Germain Jean Darrieux, a physician. She was raised in Paris. She was only fourteen when she auditioned for a secondary role in Le bal (1931): she got the part, and the producer offered her a five-year contract. ...

May 1, 1917

32. George Gaynes

Actor | Tootsie

George Gaynes was born in Helsinki in May, 1917, which was then the capital of the Grand Duchy of Finland. The Grand Duchy was part of the Russian Empire, which was in a state of collapse at the time of Gaynes' birth. The Emperor Nicholas II of Russia had abdicated the throne on March 15, two ...

May 16, 1917

33. Lee Miller

Actor | Please Murder Me!

Lee Miller was born on March 21, 1918 in Hollywood, California, USA as Harlan Leroy Miller. He was an actor, known for Please Murder Me! (1956), Perry Mason (1957) and Vacation Playhouse (1963). He was married to Bertha Elizabeth McClean. He died on July 26, 2002 in Los Angeles, California.

May 18, 1917

34. Harvey Pierce

Actor | Deadtime Stories

Harvey Pierce was born on June 24, 1917 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for Deadtime Stories (1986). He died on March 22, 2017 in Larchmont, New York.

June 24, 1917

35. William Woodson

Actor | Escape from the Planet of the Apes

He was the narrator of the famous TV series The Invaders, an American science fiction television program created by Larry Cohen that aired on ABC for two seasons, from January 10, 1967 to March 26, 1968. Dominic Frontiere, who had provided scores for Twelve O'Clock High and The Outer Limits, ...

July 16, 1917

36. Lorna Gray

Actress | Daughter of Don Q

Born Virginia Pound, Lorna Gray was "discovered" by an agent while modeling in a fashion show. She was given a screen test, and Columbia was impressed enough to sign her to a contract (it was at this time that she was given the name "Lorna Gray", which she kept until 1945, when she changed it to "...

July 26, 1917

37. Earl Cameron

Actor | Inception

Earl Cameron was born on August 8, 1917 in Pembroke, Bermuda. He is an actor, known for Inception (2010), Thunderball (1965) and The Interpreter (2005). He has been married to Barbara Cameron since September 20, 1994. He was previously married to Audrey Cameron.

August 8, 1917

38. June Foray

Actress | Mulan

Legendary voice actress June Foray was born June Lucille Forer on September 18, 1917 in Springfield, Massachusetts, to Ida (Robinson) and Maurice Forer was of Russian descent and her mother Ida Robinson was of French Canadian And Native American descent.

She started in the voice field at the age of ...

September 18, 1917

39. Mary Brodel

Actress | Sunset Murder Case

Mary Brodel was born on September 27, 1916 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. She was an actress, known for Sunset Murder Case (1938), Down the Wyoming Trail (1939) and Signing Off (1936). She died on June 3, 2015.

September 27, 1917

40. Prince C. Spencer

Actor | Harlem Nights

Prince C. Spencer was born on October 3, 1917 in Jenkinsville, South Carolina, USA. He was an actor, known for Harlem Nights (1989), Sanford and Son (1972) and The Royal Family (1991). He was married to Gerri. He died on October 29, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

October 3, 1917

41. Marsha Hunt

Actress | Pride and Prejudice

Stardom somehow eluded this vastly gifted actress. Had it not perhaps been for her low-level profile compounded by her McCarthy-era blacklisting in the early 1950s, there is no telling what higher tier Marsha Hunt might have attained. Perhaps her work was not flashy enough, or too subdued, or ...

October 17, 1917

42. Fay McKenzie

Actress | The Party

Fay Eunice McKenzie was born February 19, 1918 into a show business family where she was the youngest of two sisters and an actress cousin, and made her screen debut at only ten weeks old in "Station Content" (1918) in which she was carried in the arms of Gloria Swanson. Her parents, Eva & Bob "...

February 19, 1918

43. Murray Westgate

Actor | Happy Birthday to Me

Murray Westgate was born on April 16, 1918 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada as Arthur Murray Westgate. He was an actor, known for Happy Birthday to Me (1981), Blue City Slammers (1988) and Countdown to Looking Glass (1984). He was married to Alice Hill. He died on August 27, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario...

April 16, 1918

44. Ivy Bethune

Actress | Back to the Future

Ivy Bethune was born on June 1, 1918 in Sevastopol, Russia as Ivy Vigder. She is an actress, known for Back to the Future (1985), Get Smart (2008) and Will to Die (1971). She was previously married to Stuart Lancaster and William Charles Bethune.

June 1, 1918

45. Marjorie Lord

Actress | The Adventures of Smilin' Jack

Poised and lovely Marjorie Lord started her long and varied career on the Broadway stage and in "B" films as a sweet-natured ingénue.

Lord was born Marjorie F. Wollenberg in 1918 in San Francisco, California, to Lillian Rosalie (Edgar) and George Charles Wollenberg. Her family transported themselves...

July 26, 1918

46. Rosanna Carter

Actress | I'll Fly Away

Rosanna Carter was born on September 20, 1918 in Rolle Town, Bahamas. She was an actress, known for I'll Fly Away (1991), Night of the Juggler (1980) and The Brother from Another Planet (1984). She died on December 30, 2016 in Pompano Beach, Florida, USA.

September 20, 1918

47. John Zacherle

Actor | Joe Bob's Drive-In Theater

John Zacherle (later known as John Zacherley) was born September 26, 1918 in Philadelphia, PA, the youngest of four children. He went to high school in the Germantown area, then enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania, receiving a Bachelor's Degree. During World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. ...

September 26, 1918

48. Baby Peggy

Actress | Captain January

Silent moppet star Jackie Coogan, immortalized as Charles Chaplin's The Kid (1921), had only one screen rival during the early 1920s, and that was none other than Baby Peggy. She was "discovered" while visiting the Century Studios lot on Sunset Boulevard with her mother when she was a mere 19 ...

October 29, 1918

49. Jack H. Harris

Producer | The Blob

A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Jack H. Harris first entered show business by way of vaudeville, singing and dancing with Cliff Edwards' (aka "Ukeleke Ike") Kiddie Revue at age six. Working his way up from an early job as a theater usher, Harris went into publicity and learned distribution, ...

November 28, 1918

50. Dorothy Morrison

Actress | Hearts in Dixie

Dorothy Morrison was born on January 3, 1919 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She was an actress, known for Hearts in Dixie (1929), Sleepless Hollow (1936) and The Champeen (1923). She died on October 18, 2017 in the USA.

January 3, 1919

51. Patricia Laffan

Actress | Quo Vadis

A statuesque and striking actress with vaguely reptilian aspects, at once sinister and alluring; a smile never more than a whisker away from a sneer and a commanding, imperious presence suggesting innate superiority. Difficult to cast, Patricia Laffan seemed destined to portray the villainous or ...

March 19, 1919

52. Joachim Tomaschewsky

Actor | The Reader

Joachim Tomaschewsky was born on April 1, 1919 in Chemnitz, Saxony, Germany. He was an actor, known for The Reader (2008), Archiv des Todes (1980) and Märkische Chronik (1983). He was married to Gisela Morgen. He died on February 8, 2019 in Potsdam, Germany.

March 31, 1919

53. Caren Marsh

Actress | Secrets of a Sorority Girl

She began her career as a radio actress and professional dancer in 1937 shortly after her graduation from Hollywood High School. In 1939 she was signed under contract to MGM Studios and appeared as a dance stand in for Judy Garland in 'The Wizard of Oz' (1939). She later became a free lance actress...

April 6, 1919

54. Al Molinaro

Actor | Get Smart

Albert was born on June 24, 1919 to Raffaele Molinaro and Teresa Marrone. His father was born in Calabria, Italy and immigrated to the US when he was 15 years old and worked as a water boy with a railroad crew going west from New York. He ended up in Kenosha Wisconsin where he met and married ...

June 24, 1919

55. Nehemiah Persoff

Actor | An American Tail

Born in 1919 (some sources say 1920) in Jerusalem, Nehemiah Persoff immigrated with his family to America in 1929.

Following schooling at the Hebrew Technical Institute of New York, he found a job as a subway electrician doing signal maintenance until an interest in the theater altered the direction...

August 2, 1919

56. Grace Albertson

Actress | Arson Squad

Grace Albertson was born on August 4, 1919 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA as Mary Grace Gillern. She is an actress, known for Arson Squad (1945), Unmasked (1950) and Mannix (1967). She was previously married to Robert E. Meredith and Frank Albertson.

August 4, 1919

57. Philip Perlman

Actor | Throw Momma from the Train

Philip Perlman was born on August 15, 1919 in Poland. He is known for his work on Throw Momma from the Train (1987), Out of Sight (1998) and The War of the Roses (1989). He was married to Adele Perlman. He died on April 29, 2015 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

August 15, 1919

58. Walter Bernstein

Writer | The Front

Blacklisted writer in the 50s, a victim of the HUAC (House Un-American Activities Committee), he still continued to write under pseudonyms as did many other blacklisted writers such as Ring Lardner Jr. and Dalton Trumbo, and his biggest contribution during that time was probably his writing work ...

August 20, 1919

59. Marge Champion

Actress | The Party

One of the great dancer and choreographers in both movies and stage, Marge Champion is best known today as the former wife of Gower Champion, when they worked together as a highly successfully dancing team in the MGM musical years. After retiring from movies, Champion now works as a dance teacher ...

September 2, 1919

60. Rico Alaniz

Actor | The Magnificent Seven

Rico Alaniz was born on October 25, 1919 in Juarez, Mexico as Americo Zorilla Alaniz. He was an actor, known for The Magnificent Seven (1960), War of the Colossal Beast (1958) and Wolf Larsen (1958). He died on March 9, 2015 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

October 25, 1919

61. Nova Pilbeam

Actress | Young and Innocent

Nova Pilbeam was a famous child actress on stage and screen in the UK. Her biggest sucesses were her two movies directed by Alfred Hitchcock, "The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) and "Young and Innocent". She married director Pen Tennyson in 1939 and retired in the 40s.

November 15, 1919

62. Joseph Wapner

Actor | Sliders

Joseph Wapner was born on November 15, 1919 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Joseph Albert Wapner. He was an actor, known for Sliders (1995), The People's Court (1981) and The People Next Door (1989). He was married to Mildred (Mickey) Nebenzahl. He died on February 26, 2017 in Los Angeles.

November 15, 1919

63. Alan Young

Actor | The Time Machine

Alan Young was born in Northern England in 1919, but his Scots father moved the family to Edinburgh, Scotland, when Young was a toddler and then to Canada when Young was about 6 years old. As a boy, he suffered from severe asthma, which kept him bedridden for long periods of time but encouraged his...

November 19, 1919

64. Louise Watson

Actress | Bingles

Louise Watson was born on November 22, 1919 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Mamie Louise Watson. She was an actress, known for Bingles (1992), Blue Heelers (1994) and Angel Baby (1995). She died on June 5, 2018 in Burbank, California.

November 22, 1919

65. Betty Brodel

Actress | Swing Hostess

Betty Brodel was born on November 25, 1919. She is an actress, known for Swing Hostess (1944), Too Young to Know (1945) and Signing Off (1936).

November 25, 1919

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