Birth Date between 1889-01-01 and 1889-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
Writer | The Great Dictator
Considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, Charlie Chaplin lived an interesting life both in his films and behind the camera. He is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular character, the Little Tramp; the man with the ...
2. Claude Rains
Actor | Casablanca
William Claude Rains, born in the Clapham area of London, was the son of the British stage actor Frederick Rains. The younger Rains followed, making his stage debut at the age of eleven in "Nell of Old Drury." Growing up in the world of theater, he saw not only acting up close but the down-to-earth...
3. Ray Collins
Actor | Citizen Kane
Ray Bidwell Collins was an American actor in film, stage, radio and television. One of his best remembered roles was that of Lt. Arthur Tragg in the long-running series Perry Mason (1957). Collins was born in Sacramento, California, to Lillie Bidwell and William C. Collins, a newspaper drama editor...
4. Adolf Hitler
Writer | War Comes to America
Born the fourth of six children to Austrian customs officer Alois Hitler--who had been married twice before--and the former Klara Polzl, Adolf Hitler grew up in a small Austrian town in the late 19th century. He was a slow learner and did poorly in school. He was frequently beaten by his ...
5. Beulah Bondi
Actress | It's a Wonderful Life
Character actress Beulah Bondi was a favorite of directors and audiences and is one of the reasons so many films from the 1930s and 1940s remain so enjoyable, as she was an integral part of many of the ensemble casts (a hallmark of the studio system) of major and/or great films, including The Trail...
6. Clifton Webb
Actor | Laura
Already trained in dance and theater, he quit school at age 13 to study music and painting. By 19 he was a professional ballroom dancer in New York, and by his mid-twenties he was performing in musicals, dramas on Broadway and in London, and in silent movies. His first real success in film came in ...
Actor | The Bridge on the River Kwai
Sessue Hayakawa was born in Chiba, Japan. His father was the provincial governor and his mother a member of an aristocratic family of the "samurai" class. The young Hayakawa wanted to follow in his father's footsteps and become a career officer in the Japanese navy, but he was turned down due to ...
8. James Whale
Director | The Invisible Man
James Whale was an English film director, theatre director and actor. He is best remembered for his four classic horror films: Frankenstein (1931), The Old Dark House (1932), The Invisible Man (1933) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935). He also directed films in other genres, including what is ...
Actor | The Longest Day
Paul Hartmann was born on January 8, 1889 in Fürth, Bavaria, Germany as Paul Wilhelm Constantin Hartmann. He was an actor, known for The Longest Day (1962), Bismarck (1940) and The Tunnel (1933). He was married to Elfriede Lieberum. He died on June 30, 1977 in Munich, Bavaria, West Germany.
10. Victor Fleming
Director | Gone with the Wind
Victor Fleming entered the film business as a stuntman in 1910, mainly doing stunt driving - which came easy to him, as he had been a mechanic and professional race-car driver. He became interested in working on the other side of the camera, and eventually got a job as a cameraman on many of the ...
11. Minor Watson
Actor | Beyond the Forest
Minor Watson was a jovial, grandfatherly actor specializing in playing warm-hearted doctors, affable small-town businessmen, concerned army officers and other such characters. Watson wasn't as prolific as many other actors of his type; while he made slightly more than 100 films, his colleagues such...
Director | Ordet
The illegitimate son of a Danish farmer and his Swedish housekeeper, Carl Theodor Dreyer was born in Copenhagen on the 3th of February, 1889. He spent his early years in various foster homes before being adopted by the Dreyers at the age of two. Contrary to popular belief (perhaps nourished by the ...
13. Eugene Pallette
Actor | The Adventures of Robin Hood
This eminently recognisable, bulbous, beetle-browed character actor left Culver Military Academy and began acting in repertory companies before becoming a Hollywood extra and stunt man. Eugene's father had also been a thesp at one time but eventually ended his career as an insurance salesman. In ...
14. Martha Wentworth
Actress | One Hundred and One Dalmatians
Martha Wentworth was born on June 2, 1889 in New York City, New York, USA as Verna Martha Wentworth. She was an actress, known for One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961), The Sword in the Stone (1963) and The Stranger (1946). She was married to Albert Stuart Otto. She died on March 8, 1974 in ...
Actor | Hail the Conquering Hero
Franklin Pangborn - a name more befitting a fictionalized bank president rather than a great comedic actor - was a singular character actor but little is known of his early years. He spent some time in developing acting talent prior to appearing on Broadway by March of 1911, and would do six plays ...
Actor | The Ten Commandments
Distinguished character villain Douglass (R.) Dumbrille, whose distinctive stern features, beady eyes, tidy mustache, prominent hook nose and suave, cultivated presence graced scores of talking films, was born on October 13, 1889, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He was first employed as a bank clerk ...
17. Pierre Watkin
Actor | Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Pierre Watkin was one of a stable of tall, distinguished-looking and sophisticated character actors (such as Russell Hicks, Jonathan Hale, Selmer Jackson and Samuel S. Hinds) whom Hollywood kept steadily employed playing political leaders, army officers, lawyers, wealthy businessmen and the like. ...
18. Jean Cocteau
Writer | La belle et la bête
Jean Cocteau was one of the most multi-talented artists of the 20th century. In addition to being a director, he was a poet, novelist, painter, playwright, set designer, and actor. He began writing at 10 and was a published poet by age 16. He collaborated with the "Russian Ballet" company of Sergei...
19. Felix Aylmer
Actor | Hamlet
British character actor Felix Aylmer was educated at Oxford and later studied drama, making his stage debut at the London Coliseum in 1911. During World War I he served in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and resumed his stage career after the war ended. He entered films in 1930 and stayed in them...
20. Clarence Muse
Actor | Shadow of a Doubt
Clarence Muse was born on October 14, 1889 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as Clarence Edouard Muse. He was an actor, known for Shadow of a Doubt (1943), Casino (1995) and Broken Strings (1942). He was married to Irene Ena Kellman, Willabelle Burch West and Ophelia Belle Labertier. He died on October ...
21. Merie Earle
Actress | Fatso
Merie Earle was born on May 13, 1889 in Morrow, Ohio, USA as Goldie Merie Ireland. She was an actress, known for Fatso (1980), Crazy Mama (1975) and The Bob Newhart Show (1972). She was married to Lawrence Nathan Earls. She died on November 4, 1984 in Glendale, California, USA.
22. Warner Baxter
Actor | Penthouse
Warner Baxter claimed to have an early pre-disposition toward show business: "I discovered a boy a block away who would eat worms and swallow flies for a penny. For one-third of the profits, I exhibited him in a tent." When he was age 9, his widowed mother moved to San Francisco where, following ...
Actor | The Magnificent Seven
Familiar character actor of Russian heritage who played in scores of films, mostly in the U.S. He studied at the University of Moscow but left there to attend the Moscow Academy of Dramatic Art. He joined the world- renowned Moscow Art Theatre, where he worked for the next decade as an actor and ...
24. Walter Baldwin
Actor | The Best Years of Our Lives
Walter Baldwin was born on January 2, 1889 in Lima, Ohio, USA. He was an actor, known for The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), Mourning Becomes Electra (1947) and Ride, Vaquero! (1953). He died on January 27, 1977 in Santa Monica, California, USA.
25. Cliff Clark
Actor | The Falcon Strikes Back
Cliff Clark was born on June 10, 1889 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for The Falcon Strikes Back (1943), The Falcon's Brother (1942) and The Falcon and the Co-eds (1943). He was married to Stella Delauries. He died on February 8, 1953 in Hollywood, California, USA.
26. Elmo Lincoln
Actor | Tarzan of the Apes
He was the first Tarzan. A former Arkansas peace officer, Elmo Linkenhelt worked in D.W. Griffith's "The Battle of Elderbush Gulch" (1912). In a fight scene his shirt was partially torn off, displaying his powerful chest. Griffith noticed, called him over, and told him "That's quite a chest you ...
27. Moroni Olsen
Actor | Notorious
Even his more courteous, somewhat friendlier types gave one pause for concern. The tall, beefy, balding, icy-eyed character actor Moroni Olsen was one of Hollywood's more popular and imposing performers of film during the late 1930s, 1940s and early 1950s.
The versatile player was born Moroni Olsen ...
28. Eddy Waller
Actor | Desperadoes of Dodge City
Eddy Waller worked in vaudeville and the theater before he entered movies in 1936. Within a few years he was being cast in character parts. In the 1940s he would be a mainstay in the westerns of Republic Pictures and would work with just about every cowboy actor from Tim Holt to Rocky Lane. With ...
29. 'Snub' Pollard
Actor | Rollin' Plains
The slight frame (5' 6"), pale, serious countenance, and dark, droopy mustache are unmistakable, definitive identification badges in recalling silent comedian Harry "Snub" Pollard. Born in Australia as Harry Fraser, he joined a vaudeville troupe, which toured the United States around 1910. The ...
30. W.S. Van Dyke
Director | The Thin Man
For the better part of his career, Woodbridge Strong Van Dyke lived up to his sobriquet "One-Take Woody" by steadfastly adhering to his credo of shooting each scene as quickly and efficiently as possible. Over his 25-year career, he economically directed over 90 diverse entertainments, which not ...
31. Marjorie Rambeau
Actress | Tobacco Road
Born July 15, 1889 in San Francisco, unappreciated character player Marjorie Rambeau worked on the stage from the age of 12. In the 1910s and 1920s, she became a prominent Broadway lead, noted for her serene beauty, elegant poise and touching theatrics. Around the same time she made a few silent ...
32. Robert Benchley
Actor | Foreign Correspondent
Although by his own account Benchley was not quite a writer and not quite an actor, he managed to become one of the best-known humorists and comedians of his time. As a Harvard undergraduate, Benchley gave his first comic performance, impersonating a befuddled after-dinner speaker. The act made him...
33. Ernest Truex
Actor | His Girl Friday
The ultimate milquetoast and ineffectual boss in comedy outings, meek character actor Ernest Truex was a small (5'3"), adenoidal, very well-dressed fellow, a popular avuncular type in later years who enjoyed a seven-decade-long career. He was born September 19, 1889, in Kansas City, Missouri, the ...
Actor | Foreign Correspondent
Eduardo Ciannelli was born on the beautiful island of Ischia in the Bay of Naples, which is renowned for its thermal baths. His father, a physician, owned a health spa there and Eduardo briefly followed the same career path and studied medicine at the University of Naples, graduating as a fully ...
35. Robert Barrat
Actor | Go West
Robert Barrat pursued a stage career on Broadway from 1918 to 1932. He did sample a scant three silent movies starting in 1915, but returned to stage work. Barrat had a distinguished enough visage but also a well knit physique that would foretell a busy career in films with many featured character ...
36. Walter Catlett
Actor | Bringing Up Baby
Walter Catlett carved out a career for himself playing excitable, officious blowhards, and few actors did it better. A San Francisco native, he started out in vaudeville - with a detour for a while in opera - before breaking into films in the mid-1920s. Two of his best remembered roles were as the ...
38. Harry Woods
Actor | The Viking
Harry Woods was born on May 5, 1889 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA as Harry Lewis Woods. He was an actor, known for The Viking (1928), Colorado Territory (1949) and Monkey Business (1931). He was married to Helen P. Hookenberry. He died on December 28, 1968 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
39. Isabel Randolph
Actress | The Missing Corpse
Isabel Randolph was born on December 4, 1889 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She was an actress, known for The Missing Corpse (1945), The Shanghai Story (1954) and The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (1950). She died on January 11, 1973 in Burbank, California, USA.
41. Pearl White
Actress | The Perils of Pauline
Born on her father's farm in Green Ridge, Missouri, the youngest of five children. Moved with her family to Springfield, Missouri, where she grew up. Joined the Diemer Theatre Company during her second year of high school, and went on the road with a touring stock company at age 18, in 1907. Signed...
42. Creighton Hale
Actor | The Cat and the Canary
Creighton Hale was born on May 24, 1889 in County Cork, Ireland as Patrick Fitzgerald. He was an actor, known for The Cat and the Canary (1927), The Circle (1925) and Riley of the Rainbow Division (1928). He was married to Victoire Lowe and Kathleen Bering. He died on August 9, 1965 in South ...
43. Frank M. Thomas
Actor | Behind the Headlines
Frank M. Thomas was born on July 13, 1889 in St. Joseph, Missouri, USA. He was an actor, known for Behind the Headlines (1937), The Shadow (1954) and Criminal Lawyer (1937). He was married to Mona Bruns. He died on November 25, 1989 in Tujunga, California, USA.
44. Abel Gance
Writer | La dame aux camélias
Born an illegitimate son of a wealthy physician, Abel Flamant, and a working class mother, Francoise Perethon. He was raised by his mother and her boyfriend, who later became her husband, Adolphe Gance. Pressured by his parents, he began his working career as a lawyer's clerk in hopes of achieving ...
45. Edith Bratt
Edith Tolkien was the wife and muse of novelist J. R. R. Tolkien and the inspiration for his fictional characters Lúthien Tinúviel and Arwen Evenstar.
Edith Tolkien died on 29 November 1971 at the age of 82, and was buried in Wolvercote Cemetery, Oxford. Tolkien was buried with her when he died ...
46. Donald MacBride
Actor | The Seven Year Itch
Best known for his work in slapstick comedy and detective whodunits, character actor Donald MacBride lent his serious, craggy mug and determined professionalism to scores of 30s and 40s crimers. Born in Brooklyn, he first appeared on the vaudeville and Broadway stages as a teenage singer in such ...
Writer | Perry Mason
Erle Stanley Gardner, the prolific pulp fiction writer best known for creating the fictional lawyer Perry Mason; Della Street, Mason's secretary; private detective Paul Drake, Mason's favorite investigator; and Hamilton Burger, the district attorney with the worst won-lost record in the history of ...
48. George Walsh
Actor | A Manhattan Knight
George Walsh was born on March 16, 1889 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor and assistant director, known for A Manhattan Knight (1920), With Stanley in Africa (1922) and American Pluck (1925). He was married to Seena Owen. He died on June 13, 1981 in Pomona, California, USA.
49. Tom London
Actor | Trail of Kit Carson
A character actor and veteran of hundreds of Hollywood westerns, Tom London seemed to be born in the saddle. As a trick rider he performed riding specialties in a number of films. His career started in the teens and through the 1920s he alternated between good guy and bad. He made appearances in ...
50. Ottola Nesmith
Actress | Becky Sharp
Ottola Nesmith was born on December 12, 1889 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. She was an actress, known for Becky Sharp (1935), Television Spy (1939) and Four Star Playhouse (1952). She was married to Leon D'Usseau. She died on February 7, 1972 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.