Birth Date between 1888-01-01 and 1888-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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1. Maurice Chevalier

Soundtrack | The Love Parade

Maurice Chevalier's first working job was as an acrobat, until a serious accident ended that career. He turned his talents to singing and acting, and made several short films in France. During World War I he enlisted in the French army. He was wounded in battle, captured and placed in a POW camp by...

2. Gladys Cooper

Actress | My Fair Lady

Gladys Cooper was the daughter of journalist William Frederick Cooper and his wife Mabel Barnett. As a child she was very striking and was used as a photographic model beginning at six years old. She wanted to become an actress and started on that road in 1905 after being discovered by Seymour ...

3. Hank Patterson

Actor | Green Acres

Hank Patterson was born in Springville, Alabama to Green and Mary Newton Patterson. Hank's great-grandfather, James Pearson, was an original settler of St. Clair County, AL as was his mother's great-grandfather, Thomas Newton. Between 1894 & 1897, the family left AL to live in Taylor, Texas, where ...

4. F.W. Murnau

Director | Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

F.W. Murnau was a German film director. He was greatly influenced by Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Shakespeare and Ibsen plays he had seen at the age of 12, and became a friend of director Max Reinhardt. During World War I he served as a company commander at the eastern front and was in the German air ...

5. Harpo Marx

Actor | A Night at the Opera

With the big, poofy, curly red hair, a top hat, and a horn, the lovable mute was the favorite of the Marx Brothers. Though chasing woman was a favorite routine of his in the movies, Harpo was a devoted father and husband. He adopted the mute routine in vaudeville and carried it over to the films. ...

6. Nana Bryant

Actress | Harvey

Nana Bryant was born on November 23, 1888 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA as Nana Irene Bryant. She was an actress, known for Harvey (1950), Theodora Goes Wild (1936) and Brewster's Millions (1945). She was married to Cliff Thompson and Phineas T. MacLean (Ted). She died on December 24, 1955 in Los ...

7. Barry Fitzgerald

Actor | The Quiet Man

One of Hollywood's finest character actors and most accomplished scene stealers, Barry Fitzgerald was born William Joseph Shields in 1888 in Dublin, Ireland. Educated to enter the banking business, the diminutive Irishman with the irresistible brogue was bitten by the acting bug in the 1920s and ...

8. Anna Q. Nilsson

Actress | Sunset Blvd.

Anna Quirentia Nilsson, popularly known as "Anna Q", who was born on March 30th, 1888, in Ystad, Sweden, emigrated to the United States in 1905. The 5'7" Nilsson used her blonde beauty to become a famous model for well-known fashion photographers and fine artists. In 1907 she was chosen the most ...

9. Paul Hurst

Actor | Gone with the Wind

American character actor of prodigious output who also directed and wrote silent films, Paul Hurst spent much of his early work in low-budget western. A native of Traver, California (in the San Joaquin Valley), Hurst had a first-hand knowledge of Western lore, growing up surrounded by the ...

10. Edith Evans

Actress | Tom Jones

Edith Evans was the greatest actress on the English stage in the 20th century, treading the boards for over half-a-century. She made her professional stage debut in 1912 and excelled in both classic and modern roles in the West End of London and on Broadway, as well as the Shakespeare Memorial ...

11. Cecil Cunningham

Actress | The Awful Truth

Cecil Cunningham was born on August 2, 1888 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Edna Cecil Cunningham. She was an actress, known for The Awful Truth (1937), Playboy of Paris (1930) and Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise) (1931). She was married to Jean C. Havez. She died on April 17, 1959 in Los Angeles, ...

12. Cathleen Nesbitt

Actress | An Affair to Remember

Genteel Cathleen Nesbitt was a grand dame of the theatre on both sides of the Atlantic in a career spanning seven decades. Among almost 300 roles on stage, she excelled at comic portrayals of sophisticated socialites and elegant mothers. Hollywood used her, whenever a gentler, sweeter version of ...

13. Porter Hall

Actor | Double Indemnity

For over two decades, Porter Hall made a career out of playing villains and pompous, unpleasant people. His movie career was not a mirror of his real life, however. Mr. Hall was well known as a generous and outgoing person who was well-liked by almost everybody he knew. It is ironic that the role ...

14. Raymond Chandler

Writer | Double Indemnity

An American novelist, writer of crime fiction featuring the private detective Philip Marlowe, Raymond (Thornton) Chandler was born in Chicago of an American father and an Anglo-Irish mother. He moved to England when his parents divorced. He attended Dulwich College and studied languages in France ...

15. Monty Woolley

Actor | The Man Who Came to Dinner

Large and hearty Monty Woolley was born to privilege on August 17, 1888, the son of a hotel proprietor who owned the Marie Antoinette Hotel on Broadway. A part of Manhattan's elite social circle at a young age, he studied at both Yale (Master's degree) and Harvard and returned to Yale as an English...

16. Jack Holt

Actor | Cat People

Staunch, granite-jawed American leading man of silent and early talkie films, much associated with Westerns. A native of New York City, Holt often claimed to have been born in Winchester, Virginia, where he grew up. The son of an Episcopal minister, he attended Trinity School in Manhattan, then the...

17. Rafaela Ottiano

Actress | Curly Top

Rafaela Ottiano was born on March 4, 1888 in Venice, Italy. She was an actress, known for Curly Top (1935), The Devil-Doll (1936) and The Adventures of Martin Eden (1942). She died on August 15, 1942 in East Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

18. Esther Minciotti

Actress | Marty

Esther Minciotti was born on May 20, 1888 in Provincia di Torino, Piemonte, Italy as Esther Cunico. She was an actress, known for Marty (1955), The Wrong Man (1956) and Playhouse 90 (1956). She was married to Silvio Minciotti. She died on April 15, 1962 in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York City, ...

19. Paul Cavanagh

Actor | Tarzan and His Mate

Cambridge-educated Paul Cavanagh appeared in pictures as the epitome of the debonair, well-dressed Englishman. The former barrister and Royal Canadian Mountie turned to acting in 1924 and had a starring role on Broadway in 'Scotland Yard' (1929). His film career began in 1928 and lasted just over ...

20. Max Steiner

Composer | The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Austrian composer who achieved legendary status as the creator of hundreds of classic American film scores. As a child he was astonishingly musically gifted, composing complex works as a teenager and completing the course of study at Vienna's Hochschule fuer Musik und Darstellende Kunst in only one...

21. Lee 'Lasses' White

Soundtrack | Mars Attacks!

Lee 'Lasses' White was born on August 28, 1888 in Wills Point, Texas, USA as Lee Roy White. He was an actor, known for Mars Attacks! (1996), Song of the Range (1944) and Six-Gun Serenade (1947). He died on December 16, 1949 in Hollywood, California, USA.

22. Percy Kilbride

Actor | The Egg and I

He had a long career in theater before making movies, playing hundreds of roles, mostly rustic bumpkins, in stage and stock. His film career included two isolated early films: White Woman (1933) and Soak the Rich (1936). It began in earnest with the part of Orion Peabody in the Spencer Tracy-...

23. Miles Mander

Director | The Flying Doctor

This versatile artist, who had spent his 20's in New Zealand farming sheep, became novelist, playwright and film exhibitor on his return to Britain in 1918. Eventually he would observe success with The First Born (1928), which he directed and acted in and which was based on his own novel and play. ...

24. Ian Fleming

Actor | The Sleeping Cardinal

Ian Fleming was born on September 10, 1888 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia as Ian MacFarlane. He was an actor, known for Sherlock Holmes' Fatal Hour (1931), The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes (1935) and Sherlock Holmes and the Missing Rembrandt (1932). He died on January 1, 1969 in London, England.

25. Frances Marion

Writer | The Big House

The most renowned female screenwriter of the 20th century, and one of the most respected scripters of any gender, Frances Marion was born in San Francisco. She modeled and acted and had some success as a commercial artist. She entered into journalism and served in Europe as a combat correspondent ...

26. Harry Tyler

Actor | The Grapes of Wrath

Harry Tyler was born on June 13, 1888 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for The Grapes of Wrath (1940), The Naked Street (1955) and Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955). He was married to Gladys Crolius. He died on September 15, 1961 in Hollywood, California, USA.

27. Victor Francen

Actor | Hold Back the Dawn

Victor Francen was born on August 5, 1888 in Tienen, Flanders, Belgium as Victor Franssen. He was an actor, known for Hold Back the Dawn (1941), I Accuse (1938) and Crépuscule d'épouvante (1921). He was married to Eleanor Kreutzer, Renée Corciade and Mary Marquet. He died on November ...

28. Irving Berlin

Soundtrack | Blue Skies

Irving Berlin was born Israel Isidor Baline on May 11, 1888 in Mogilev, Belarus, Russian Empire. Towering composer, songwriter, ("God Bless America", "Always", "Blue Skies", "White Christmas") author and publisher, he came to the United States at age 5 and was educated in New York's public schools....

29. Florence Bates

Actress | Rebecca

The American character actress, Florence Rabe, was the daughter of an antique store owner. She gained a degree in Mathematics from the University of Texas in 1906 and went on to a career in teaching and social work. She changed course after being persuaded by a friend to study law, and, passing her...

30. Bobby Watson

Actor | The Devil with Hitler

Bobby Watson's acting career began in the late 19th Century, in Springfield, Illinois. At age 10 he had the peanut concession on Saturday afternoons at Springfield's only dance hall, the Olympic Theatre. By age 12 he graduated to the evening concession, and joyously studied the travelling variety ...

31. Miles Malleson

Actor | Kind Hearts and Coronets

Actor, playwright and screenwriter Miles Malleson's list of credits reads like a history of British cinema in the first half of the 20th century. Born in Croydon in Surrey, he attended Brighton College in Sussex before studying at Cambridge University with the intention of becoming a schoolmaster. ...

32. Will Hay

Actor | Oh, Mr. Porter!

William Thompson Hay was probably one of the most versatile of entertainers. He was not only a character comedian of the first rank, but was also an astronomer of high repute - he discovered the spot on the planet Saturn in 1933 - and a fully qualified air pilot; he was once an engineer. Born at ...

33. T.S. Eliot

Apocalypse Now

T.S. Eliot ranks with William Butler Yeats as the greatest English language poet of the 20th Century and was certainly the most influential. He was born Thomas Stearns Eliot into the bosom of a respectable middle class family on September 26, 1888 in St. Louis, Missouri. The family had roots in New...

34. Eugene O'Neill

Writer | Kali bazrobidan

Eugene O'Neill, the winner of four Pulitzer Prizes for Drama and the 1936 Nobel Prize for Literature, is widely considered the greatest American playwright. No one, not Maxwell Anderson, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, nor Edward Albee, approaches O'Neill in terms of his artistic achievement or ...

35. Grace Hayle

Actress | The Great Dictator

Grace Hayle was born on July 24, 1888 in Newark, New Jersey, USA. She was an actress, known for The Great Dictator (1940), Tovarich (1937) and Espionage Agent (1939). She was married to Agar. She died on March 20, 1963 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

36. T.E. Lawrence

Writer | Lawrence of Arabia

T.E. Lawrence was born on August 16, 1888 in Tremadoc, Caernarvonshire, Wales as Thomas Edward Lawrence. He was a writer, known for Lawrence of Arabia (1962), With Lawrence in Arabia (1927) and T. E. Lawrence 1888-1935 (1962). He died on May 19, 1935 in Clouds Hill, Dorset, England.

37. Thea von Harbou

Writer | Metropolis

Thea von Harbou was born on December 27, 1888 in Tauperlitz, Döhlau, Bavaria, Germany as Thea Gabriele von Harbou. She was a writer and director, known for Metropolis (1927), M (1931) and Elisabeth und der Narr (1934). She was married to Fritz Lang and Rudolf Klein-Rogge. She died on July 1, 1954 ...

38. Almira Sessions

Actress | Sullivan's Travels

A member of a very socially prominent Washington family, Sessions played vaudeville, radio, television and film for sixty years. Sessions made her debut in 1909 in a comic opera. She has appeared over 500 times in movies and on television. Session sang comic songs in cabarets before going to New ...

39. Louise Glaum

Actress | Sweetheart of the Doomed

Louise Glaum was born on September 10, 1888 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. She was an actress and producer, known for Sweetheart of the Doomed (1917), Sex (1920) and Honor Thy Name (1916). She was married to Zachary M. Harris and Harry J. Edwards. She died on November 25, 1970 in Los Angeles, ...

40. Konstantin Shayne

Actor | The Stranger

The brother of actress Tamara Shayne, he was to join the Moscow Arts Theatre, but World War I intervened, and then he fought with General Wrangell and the White Armies. Although he received few significant roles, he was outstanding in None But the Lonely Heart (1944) as Ike Weber and in The Stranger...

41. Lowell Sherman

Actor | Bachelor Apartment

Lowell Sherman was one of the early cinema's first major stars who successfully made the transition from actor to director. Born in either 1885 or 1888, his parents were John Wm. Sherman, a theatrical producer (1855-1924), and Julia Gray Sherman, an actress and daughter of actress Kate Gray.

In 1905...

42. Henry Armetta

Actor | Speed to Burn

Sicilian-born character actor who appeared in scores of American films, usually as an exuberant and demonstrative Italian. As a teenager in 1902, Armetta stowed away on a boat bound for New York. There he did menial jobs until landing a position as a valet and presser at the Lambs Club, the New ...

43. Larry Steers

Actor | The King of the Kongo

Larry Steers was born on February 14, 1888 in Indiana, USA as Lawrence Wells Steers. He was an actor, known for The King of the Kongo (1929), The Secret Garden (1919) and Clipped Wings (1937). He died on February 15, 1951 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

44. Jameson Thomas

Actor | The Farmer's Wife

On the British stage from his teens, he first appeared as a half-breed boy in "The Squaw Man." His screen debut was in 1923 in the film "Chu Chin Chow." Dissatisfied with the British film industry, he moved to Hollywood and played a number of minor roles up to the time of his death. On the English ...

45. Irving Cummings

Director | Curly Top

New York-born Irving Cummings began his career as an actor on the Broadway stage in his late teens, and appeared with the legendary Lillian Russell's company. He entered films in 1909 as an actor, and became a very popular leading man in the early 1920s. He began directing at around that time, ...

46. Selmer Jackson

Actor | The Grapes of Wrath

Selmer Jackson was born on May 7, 1888 in Lake Mills, Iowa, USA as Selmer Adolph Jackson. He was an actor, known for The Grapes of Wrath (1940), Left Over Ladies (1931) and Undercover Agent (1939). He was married to Estil S. Jackson. He died on March 30, 1971 in Burbank, California, USA.

47. Mary Fuller

Actress | The House of the Seven Gables

Mary Fuller's entrance into motion pictures was quite accidental. She was with a theatrical troupe that was on its way to tour the South in 1908 when, during a short stopover in New York City, the company broke up. Stranded, Mary made her way to the Vitagraph film studio looking for a job and, with...

48. George Sowards

Actor | Borrowed Trouble

George Sowards was born on November 27, 1888 in Denver, Missouri, USA as George Albert Sowards. He is known for his work on Borrowed Trouble (1948), Outlawed (1921) and Back Fire (1922). He was married to Edna E. Zilke. He died on December 20, 1975 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

49. Alice Howell

Actress | Cinderella Cinders

Alice Howell was born on May 5, 1888 in New York City, New York, USA as Alice Florence Clark. She was an actress, known for Cinderella Cinders (1920), The Pride of the Force (1925) and Wandering Daughters (1923). She was married to Richard Smith and Benjamin Vincent Shevlin. She died on April 12, ...

50. George Meader

Actor | On the Town

Before his movie career, George Meader was a leading character tenor at the Metropolitan Opera, NY, from 1921-35. His debut was in DIE TOTE STADT (THE DEAD CITY) by Korngold, who also moved on to Hollywood as a composer. Among his many roles, Meader sang the major tenor roles in operas by Richard ...


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