Date of Death between 1937-01-01 and 1937-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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1. Jean Harlow

Actress | Bombshell

Harlean Carpenter, who later became Jean Harlow, was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 3, 1911. She was the daughter of a successful dentist and his wife. In 1927, at the age of 16, she ran away from home to marry a young businessman named Charles McGrew, who was 23. The couple pulled up ...

2. H.P. Lovecraft

Writer | Re-Animator

Born in Providence, Lovecraft was a sickly child whose parents died insane. When he was 16, he wrote the astronomy column in the Providence Tribune. Between 1908 and 1923, he wrote short stories for Weird Tales magazine, among others. He died in Providence, in poverty, on March 15, 1937. His most ...

3. Colin Clive

Actor | Frankenstein

Who could forget Colin Clive's "It's Alive! It's Alive!" as he melted to the floor mumbling the same over and over in ecstasy after his success at animating the Monster in the first sound version of Frankenstein (1931). Film history - horror film history - but part of a short history for actor ...

4. Marie Prevost

Actress | The Racket

Popular star in Hollywood for two decades through 1936, Marie Prevost began as a Mack Sennett "Bathing Beauty" in 1917, later starring in dozens of light comedies. But not long into the sound era, she encountered problems with her burgeoning weight, to the jeopardy of her career. Her self-remedy ...

5. Osgood Perkins

Actor | Scarface

Mostly remembered today as the father of Anthony Perkins, Osgood Perkins enjoyed a successful career on Broadway, appearing in 22 major productions from 1924-36, often produced by Brock Pemberton. The highlight of his stage career was starring in the hit "The Front Page" as Walter Burns at the ...

6. Ross Alexander

Actor | Captain Blood

The tragically brief life of fresh-faced, boyishly handsome Ross Alexander, who seemed to have everything going for him, plays these days like a bad Hollywood movie. Alexander was a charming, highly engaging young actor whose pleasant voice and breezy personality aided greatly in his transition ...

7. J.M. Barrie

Writer | Peter Pan

J.M. Barrie was born on May 9, 1860 in Kirriemuir, Angus, Scotland as James Matthew Barrie. He was a writer and actor, known for Peter Pan (2003), Peter Pan (1953) and Hook (1991). He was married to Mary Ansell. He died on June 19, 1937 in London, England.

8. George Gershwin

Soundtrack | Manhattan

He was born Jacob Gershowitz, 26 September 1898, in Brooklyn, New York, of Russian-Jewish immigrants. As a boy he could play popular and classical works on his brother Ira's piano by ear. In 1913 he quit school to study music and began composing for Tin Pan Alley; by 1919 he had his first hit "...

9. Ted Healy

Actor | Mad Love

US vaudevillian who in 1923 founded a stage act known as "Ted Healy & His Stooges," the latter comprising one Moe Howard and his brother, Shemp Howard, whose roles were to act as foils, or stooges, for Healy's jokes. Joined later by Larry Fine, the Howards later went off on their own, eventually to...

10. Alfred Abel

Actor | Metropolis

This elegant actor of the golden age of German cinema appeared in several masterpieces, before the cameras of such inspired geniuses as Lang, Lubitsch and Murnau. Vocation had come rather late in his life, though. Abel was indeed already 33 when he made his first film. Beforehand, he had been a ...

11. Snitz Edwards

Actor | The Phantom of the Opera

Snitz Edwards was born Edward Neumann in Hungary. Married first wife in 1889 and was divorced some time later. Although he was almost 20 years older than his wife, Edwards married Eleanor Taylor, an actress from Boston, in 1906. They had three children, Cricket (b. 1906), Evelyn (b. 1914) and ...

12. DeWitt Jennings

Actor | Exit Smiling

DeWitt Jennings was born on June 21, 1871 in Cameron, Missouri, USA as DeWitt Clarke Jennings. He was an actor, known for Exit Smiling (1926), Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) and A Dog of Flanders (1935). He was married to Margaret Ethel Conroy. He died on March 1, 1937 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, ...

13. James A. Marcus

Actor | Sadie Thompson

James A. Marcus was born on January 21, 1867 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for Sadie Thompson (1928), The Eagle (1925) and Oliver Twist (1922). He was married to Lillian Hathaway. He died on October 15, 1937 in Hollywood, California, USA.

14. Maurice Ravel

Soundtrack | Basic

Maurice Ravel was born on March 7, 1875 in Ciboure, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France as Joseph-Maurice Ravel. He died on December 28, 1937 in Paris, France.

15. Rosa Valetti

Actress | M - Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder

Rosa Valetti was born the daughter of industrialist Felix Vallentin, and was the sister of Hermann Vallentin. She first appeared on the Berlin stage and later also in Paris, Bruxelles and Vienna. During the first WW she worked for Ludwig Roth, her first husband, at the Residenz-Theater in Berlin. ...

16. Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart was born on July 24, 1897 in Atchison, Kansas, USA as Amelia Mary Earhart. She was married to George Palmer Putnam. She died on July 2, 1937.

17. Renate Müller

Actress | Walzerkrieg

Highly popular German star Renate Muller was the toast of late 20s Berlin along with the legendary Marlene Dietrich. Unlike Dietrich, however, she suffered at the hands of the Nazis and died under mysterious circumstances. Renate was born in Munich on April 26, 1906, the daughter of a newspaper ...

18. Guy Standing

Actor | Death Takes a Holiday

Guy Standing was born on September 1, 1873 in London, England. He was an actor, known for Death Takes a Holiday (1934), Bulldog Drummond Escapes (1937) and The Witching Hour (1934). He was married to Dorothy Hammond, Blanche Burton and Isabelle Urquhart. He died on February 24, 1937 in Hollywood ...

19. Edith Wharton

Writer | The Age of Innocence

Moved with her husband to Paris, France, where she lived until her death.

20. William Gillette

Writer | Sherlock Holmes

Handsome American actor, playwright and stage director/producer William Gillette was born in Hartford, CT, in 1853. His father Francis was a former United States Senator and crusader for women's suffrage and the abolition of slavery; his mother Elisabeth Daggett Hooker is a descendant of Rev. ...

21. Ralph Lewis

Actor | The Birth of a Nation

Ralph Lewis was born on October 28, 1872 in Englewood, Illinois, USA as Ralph Percy Lewis. He was an actor, known for The Birth of a Nation (1915), Casey Jones (1927) and Dante's Inferno (1924). He was married to Vera Lewis. He died on December 4, 1937 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

22. Bessie Smith

Soundtrack | Angel Heart

Bessie Smith was born on April 15, 1894 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA as Elizabeth Smith. She was married to Jack Gee. She died on September 26, 1937 in Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA.

23. Arthur Edmund Carewe

Actor | The Cat and the Canary

Arthur Edmund Carewe was born on December 30, 1884 in Trapzon (Trebizond), Turkey as Hovsep Hovsepian. He was an actor, known for The Cat and the Canary (1927), God's Gift to Women (1931) and The Phantom of the Opera (1925). He was married to Irene Pavlowska. He died on April 22, 1937 in Santa ...

24. John D. Rockefeller

Self | Freakonomics

John D. Rockefeller was born on July 8, 1839 in Richford, New York, USA as John Davison Rockefeller. He was married to Laura Celesdia Spelman. He died on May 23, 1937 in Ormond, Florida, USA.

25. Richard Boleslawski

Director | Theodora Goes Wild

Inventing a stage name "Boleslawski" (later spelled also "Boleslavsky"), young Pole Boleslaw Ryszard Srzednicki left his second home (Odessa, Russian Empire) to study theatre and train as an actor at the world-famous Moscow Art Theatre before and during WW I. He also acted in a few early Russian ...

26. Monroe Owsley

Actor | Indiscreet

Largely forgotten today, actor Monroe Owsley was born in Atlanta around the turn of the century and raised by his mother, stage actress Gertrude Owsley. His own theater career started up as a teen and he eventually hit Broadway in the mid 1920s, migrating to films around the advent of sound. His ...

27. Ralph Ince

Director | Lincoln, the Lover

The youngest of three filmmaking brothers (the others were John Ince and Thomas H. Ince), Ralph Ince's career mirrored that of his brother John: he went from acting in silents to directing, and with the advent of sound he turned character actor. Unlike John, however, he would eventually resume ...

28. Martin E. Johnson

Producer | Jungle Adventures

Martin E. Johnson was born on October 9, 1884 in Rockford, Illinois, USA. He was a producer and director, known for Jungle Adventures (1921), Cannibals of the South Seas (1912) and Baboona (1935). He was married to Osa Johnson. He died on January 13, 1937 in Newhall, California, USA.

29. Lady Tree

Actress | The Girl from Maxim's

Lady Tree was born on October 5, 1858 in Bexley, Kent, England as Ellen Holt. She was an actress, known for The Girl from Maxim's (1933), Wedding Rehearsal (1932) and Still Waters Run Deep (1916). She was married to Herbert Beerbohm Tree. She died on August 7, 1937 in London, England.

30. Ruth Roland

Actress | The Avenging Arrow

Ruth Roland was, along with Pearl White, the queen of the early movie serials. She came from a show-business family, her father being a San Francisco theater manager and her mother a professional singer. Ruth made her acting debut at age 3-1/2, and soon became a professional actress and singer. Her...

31. Robert Bolder

Actor | Fools for Luck

Robert Bolder was born on July 20, 1859 in London, England as Robert Joseph Edney. He was an actor, known for Fools for Luck (1917), On Trial (1917) and Burning Daylight (1920). He died on December 10, 1937 in Beverly Hills, California, USA.

32. Charles Sellon

Actor | The Monster

Charles Sellon was born on August 24, 1870 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He was an actor, known for The Monster (1925), Make Me a Star (1932) and Bright Eyes (1934). He was married to Florence E. Willis. He died on June 26, 1937 in La Crescenta, California, USA.

33. Lucy Beaumont

Actress | The Greater Glory

Lucy Beaumont was born in 1869 in Islington, Middlesex, England as Lucy Emily Pinkstone. She was an actress, known for The Greater Glory (1926), The Last of the Duanes (1924) and His Double Life (1933). She was married to Arthur Douglas Vigors Harris and William Alfred Beaumont. She died on April ...

34. Emmett Dalton

Writer | When the Daltons Rode

Emmett Dalton was the youngest of the three Dalton brothers, part of a bandit gang notorious for robbing trains and banks in the Midwest during the late 1890s (interestingly, the brothers started their life of crime with a failed attempt at breaking into the safe on a Southern Pacific Railroad ...

35. Frank Vosper

Writer | Love from a Stranger

Frank Vosper was born on December 15, 1899 in Hampstead, London, England as Frank Permian Vosper. He was an actor and writer, known for A Night of Terror (1937), Shadows on the Stairs (1941) and Love from a Stranger (1947). He died on March 6, 1937.

36. Austin Webb

Actor | Wolves of Kultur

Austin Webb was born in 1879 in Guysville, Ohio, USA. He was an actor, known for Wolves of Kultur (1918), Coax Me (1919) and The Master of the House (1915). He died on December 8, 1937 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

37. T. Roy Barnes

Actor | It's a Gift

T. Roy Barnes was born on August 11, 1880 in Lincolnshire, England. He was an actor, known for It's a Gift (1934), Seven Chances (1925) and So Long Letty (1920). He was married to Bessie Crawford (actress), Blanche Berner and Mamie McNab. He died on March 30, 1937 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, ...

38. Martha Morris

Actress | Freaks

Martha Morris was born on October 20, 1902 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She was an actress, known for Freaks (1932). She died on April 5, 1937 in Chicago.

39. Katherine Grant

Actress | Wild Papa

Katherine Grant was born on May 1, 1904 in Los Angeles, California. Her parents divorced and her father passed away in 1921. At the age of eighteen she won the Miss Los Angeles beauty contest and competed in the Miss America pageant. Katherine worked as a professional dancer and to make extra money...

40. Marvel Rea

Actress | Hungry Lions and Tender Hearts

Marvel Rea was born Marvel Luciel Rea on November 9, 1901, in Ainsworth, Nebraska. Her family moved to California when she was a child. Marvel grew into a beautiful teenager and in 1917 she became a Mack Sennett bathing beauty. The following year she married banker Henry Page Wells. Unfortunately ...

41. Harry McCoy

Writer | The Girl from Everywhere

Harry McCoy was born on December 10, 1889 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for The Girl from Everywhere (1927), Call It Luck (1934) and Present Arms (1927). He died on September 1, 1937 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.

42. Helen Burgess

Actress | The Plainsman

Young and full of promise, Paramount contract player Helen Burgess possessed a lovely, sweet-faced quality, but made only four films during her lifetime. Born April 26, 1916, the rather demure Portland, Oregon beauty was given an auspicious debut in Cecil B. DeMille's epic bio-western The Plainsman...

43. Mrs. Leslie Carter

Actress | DuBarry

Mrs. Leslie Carter was born on June 10, 1862 in Lexington, Kentucky, USA as Caroline Louise Dudley. She was an actress and writer, known for DuBarry (1915), The Heart of Maryland (1915) and The Lifeguardsman (1916). She was married to Louis Payne and Leslie Carter. She died on November 13, 1937 in ...

44. Charles Hill Mailes

Actor | The Mark of Zorro

Charles Hill Mailes was born on May 25, 1870 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He was an actor, known for The Mark of Zorro (1920), Money Madness (1917) and The Hungarian Nabob (1915). He was married to Claire McDowell. He died on February 17, 1937 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

45. H.M. Walker

Writer | Safety Last!

H.M. Walker was born on June 27, 1878 in West Middlebury, Ohio, USA as Harley M. Walker. He is known for his work on Safety Last! (1923), They Just Had to Get Married (1932) and Pardon Us (1931). He was married to Virginia Grose. He died on June 23, 1937 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

46. William Dewhurst

Actor | Sabotage

William Dewhurst was born on January 23, 1888 in Manchester, Lancashire, England as William Henry Dewhurst. He was an actor, known for Sabotage (1936), Non-Stop New York (1937) and Sailing Along (1938). He died on October 26, 1937 in London, England.

47. Nikolay Batalov

Actor | Aelita

Nikolai Petrovich Batalov was born on December 6, 1899, in Moscow, Russia, into the family of a clerk. From 1910-1915 he studied at the Moscow Mercantile School named after the Czar Aleksander III. His interest in theatre and literature was supported by his grandmother, who encouraged his voracious...

48. Frank Alexander

Actor | The Wizard of Oz

Frank "Fatty" Alexander was an obese comedian who appeared in silent one- and two-reel slapstick comedies as a side-kick before co-starring with two other heavyweights, Hilliard Karr and 'Kewpie Ross' in F.B.O.'s low-budget "Ton of Fun" series at the end of the silent era. Born in Olympia, ...

49. Percy Williams

Actor | Black Oxen

Percy Williams was born on December 20, 1860 in Ludlow, Shropshire, England as Percy Garnett Williams. He was an actor, known for Black Oxen (1923), London After Midnight (1927) and Oh Kay! (1928). He died on September 29, 1937 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

50. Clifford Smith

Director | Western Hearts

Clifford Smith was born on August 22, 1894 in Richmond, Indiana, USA. He was a director and actor, known for Western Hearts (1921), The Adventures of Frank Merriwell (1936) and The Scrappin' Kid (1926). He died on September 17, 1937 in Los Angeles, California, USA.


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