Date of Death between 1942-01-01 and 1942-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
Actress | My Man Godfrey
Carole Lombard was born Jane Alice Peters in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on October 6, 1908. Her parents divorced in 1916 and her mother took the family on a trip out West. While there they decided to settle down in the Los Angeles area. After being spotted playing baseball in the street with the ...
Actor | Twentieth Century
John Barrymore was born John Sidney Blyth on February 15, 1882 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An American stage and screen actor whose rise to superstardom and subsequent decline is one of the legendary tragedies of Hollywood. A member of the most famous generation of the most famous theatrical ...
She was born Edna May Nutter, a child of solid New England stock, on 9th November 1883 in Malden, Massachusetts. The daughter of Ida May and Charles Edward Nutter, Edna was a descendant of the 2nd American president John Adams and his son, the 6th American president John Quincy Adams. In addition, ...
Writer | Emily of New Moon
Lucy Maud Montgomery was a Canadian author with roots in Scotland. She lost her mother at an early age, and was raised by her maternal grandparents. She began to keep a diary and discovered at the age of 10 that she could write poetry. After college she became a teacher but kept writing. In 1908 ...
5. Sidney Fox
Actress | Midnight
This tiny (4' 11"), appealing, coquettish-looking Hollywood actress had only a few active years in early talkies before her career took a bad hit. A few years after that she joined other shattered 1930s hopefuls (Peg Entwistle, Gwili Andre, Peggy Shannon) as tragic symbols of unrequited stardom.
6. May Robson
Actress | Bringing Up Baby
Born Mary Jeanette Robison. She was the youngest daughter of Henry Robison of Penrith, Cumberland, England and Julia Schelesinger of Liverpool, Lancashire, England. Her father died in 1860 and her mother remarried. In 1866/67 they were living in St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and moved ...
Actress | Show Boat
Although she could on a rare occasion display a bit of kindness, or at least some kind of grouchy benevolence, Helen Westley had few peers on stage or film when it came to outright unpleasantness. A stern, indomitable presence, her characters offered unsolicited advice to anyone and everyone within...
Actor | Men Must Fight
A future in movies for this fair-haired, fresh-faced young adult of the 1930s was by no means certain at the time of his untimely death in a mid-air plane collision. Hints of the All-American leading man promise Phillips Holmes managed to convey during the early to mid decade, particularly in the ...
10. Stefan Zweig
Writer | The Grand Budapest Hotel
Stefan Zweig was born on November 28, 1881 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary. He was a writer, known for The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948) and Crepúsculo. He was married to Charlotte E. Altmann and Friderike Maria Burger von Winternitz. He died on February 22, ...
11. Buck Jones
Actor | For the Service
Buck Jones was one of the greatest of the "B" western stars. Although born in Indiana, Jones reportedly (but disputedly) grew up on a ranch near Red Rock in Indian Territory (now Oklahoma), and there learned the riding and shooting skills that would stand him in good stead as a hero of Westerns. He...
12. George M. Cohan
Soundtrack | The Phantom President
American composer, librettist, actor, dancer, author, director, and producer on the stage. Started his career in his family vaudeville shows, came to Broadway at the beginning of the 20th century. Was the composer of the American battle hymn of World War 1, 'Over There' Received the Congressional ...
14. J. Walter Ruben
Writer | The Bad Man of Brimstone
J. Walter Ruben was born on August 14, 1899 in New York City, New York, USA as Jacob Walter Ruben. He was a writer and director, known for The Bad Man of Brimstone (1937), The Phantom of Crestwood (1932) and The Roadhouse Murder (1932). He was married to Virginia Bruce and Jane. He died on August ...
15. Jeanette Loff
Actress | Flirtation
Jeanette Loff was born Janette Lov in Orofino, Idaho, on October 9, 1906. Her father Maurice was a successful violinist from Denmark who moved their family to Canada when Jeanette was a child. She loved to sing and she studied music at the Ellison-White Conservatory in Portland, Oregon. At age ...
17. Charlotte Burton
Actress | Her Younger Sister
Charlotte Burton was born on May 30, 1881 in San Francisco, California, USA. She was an actress, known for Her Younger Sister (1914), Polly of the Storm Country (1920) and The Diamond from the Sky (1915). She was married to Darrell Stuart and William Russell. She died on March 28, 1942 in Los ...
18. James Cruze
Actor | The Covered Wagon
Coming from a Mormon family in Utah, James Cruze was reportedly part Ute Indian. He worked as a fisherman to pay his way through drama school. Among his former wives were actresses Betty Compson (also from Utah) and Marguerite Snow. He was also married to Alberta McCoy (died on July 7, 1960), who ...
20. Ed Brady
Actor | The Son of Kong
Ed Brady was born on December 6, 1889 in New York City, New York, USA as Edwin J. Brady. He was an actor, known for Son of Kong (1933), Law of the West (1932) and Fires of Rebellion (1917). He was married to Lillian West. He died on March 31, 1942 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Actress | Bare Knees
Virginia Lee Corbin was born on December 5, 1910 in Prescott, Arizona, USA as Virginia LaVerne Corbin. She is known for her work on Bare Knees (1928), Hands Up! (1926) and The Forbidden Room (1919). She was married to Charles Jacobson and Theodore Elwood Krol. She died on June 5, 1942 in Winfield, ...
22. Charles Urban
Producer | Britain Prepared
Charles Urban was born on April 14, 1867 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA as Carl Urban. He was a producer and director, known for Britain Prepared (1915), The Tempest (1905) and Combatting the Elements (1921). He was married to Ada Aline Jones and Julia Avery. He died on August 29, 1942 in Brighton, East ...
23. Richard Tucker
Actor | The Squall
Richard Tucker was born on June 4, 1884 in Brooklyn [now in New York City], New York, USA. He was an actor, known for The Squall (1929), Flash Gordon (1936) and The Crimson City (1928). He was married to Ruth Mitchell and Mabel Reed. He died on December 5, 1942 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, ...
24. James C. Morton
Director | A Daughter of Uncle Sam
James C. Morton was born on August 25, 1884 in Helena, Montana, USA as James Carmody Lankton. He was an actor and director, known for A Daughter of Uncle Sam (1918), Lucky Devils (1941) and The Devil's Brother (1933). He died on October 24, 1942 in Reseda, California, USA.
25. Sidney Bracey
Actor | The Monster Walks
Sidney Bracey was born on December 18, 1877 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia as Sidney Alfred Dunn. He was an actor and director, known for The Monster Walks (1932), Show People (1928) and The Million Dollar Mystery (1914). He was married to Evelyn Foshay. He died on August 5, 1942 in Hollywood, ...
26. Frank Churchill
Composer | Dumbo
Academy Award-winning composer and songwriter ("Whistle While You Work", "Some Day My Prince Will Come"), and pianist, educated at the University of California. He was a pianist in film theatres, and then came to Hollywood under contract to Walt Disney. Joining ASCAP in 1938, his chief musical ...
27. Germaine Dulac
Director | La souriante Madame Beudet
The daughter of a cavalry captain, she was raised by a grandmother in Paris, where she studied various forms of art with an emphasis on music and the opera. In 1905 she married engineer-novelist Marie-Louis Albert-Dulac and under his influence veered toward journalism. As one of the leading radical...
29. Irène Némirovsky
Writer | Suite Française
She was born in 1903 into a Ukrainian Jewish family, and emigrated to Paris as a young woman. She wrote nine books between 1929 and 1937, one of which was made into a movie ("David Golder", 1930). She became well-known in France, but did not become a French citizen. She converted to Catholicism in ...
Self | Triumph des Willens
Reinhard Heydrich began his career as an officer in the post-World War I German navy. He was dishonorably discharged after becoming involved in an illicit love affair. The young woman became pregnant, but instead of marrying her, Heydrich met and soon got engaged to Lina von Osten. In 1930 Heydrich...
32. John Gottowt
John Gottowt was born on June 15, 1881 in Lemberg, Galicia, Austria-Hungary as Isidor Gesang. He was an actor and director, known for Nosferatu (1922), Das schwarze Los (1913) and The Student of Prague (1913). He died on August 27, 1942 in Wieliczka, Malopolskie, Poland.
33. Hale Hamilton
Actor | The Girl from Missouri
Hale Hamilton was born on February 28, 1883 in Fort Madison, Iowa, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for The Girl from Missouri (1934), The Great Lover (1931) and The Great Gatsby (1926). He was married to Grace La Rue, Myrtle Tannehill and Minnie Dorothy Pepper (aka Jane Oaker). He died on ...
34. Carmen Laroux
Actress | Cavalier of the West
Carmen Laroux was born on September 4, 1909 in Durango, Mexico. She was an actress, known for Cavalier of the West (1931), Island Captives (1937) and Two-Gun Caballero (1931). She was married to Elmer Ellsworth. She died on August 24, 1942 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
35. Carola Neher
Actress | Die 3 Groschen-Oper
An ardent supporter of the KPD, the German communist party, Neher left Germany shortly after the Nazi took over and emigrated to Prague, then to Moscow where she appeared on the stage as a cabaret artiste. In the spring of 1936, Anatol Becker, Neher's husband -also an ardent communist, was arrested...
37. James W. Horne
Director | The Green Archer
He worked at a number of studios in the early 1920s and directed Buster Keaton's successful 'College' in 1927 before arriving at Hal Roach studios in 1928 where the following year he directed Laurel and Hardy's 'Big Business'and the following year their sound film 'Chickens Come Home' In 1931 he ...
38. Tina Modotti
Actress | I Can Explain
Tina Modotti was born on August 16, 1896 in Udine, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy as Assunta Adelaide Luigia Modotti Mondini. She was an actress, known for I Can Explain (1922), The Tiger's Coat (1920) and Riding with Death (1921). She died on January 6, 1942 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico.
39. Joseph Schmidt
Actor | A Star Fell from Heaven
Educated in Czernowitz, his musical education began in a synagogue choir. In 1924 he moved to Berlin to continue his musical studies. His opera debut was in Berlin in 1929, his film career began in 1931 with "Liebesexpress". His most famous movie was the 1933 film "Ein Lied geht um die Welt." He ...
40. William Humphrey
Director | Atonement
William Humphrey was born William Jonathan Humphrey on January 2nd, 1875 in Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts, USA. He entered films in 1909 as an actor, in 1910 as a director, and in 1917 as a screenwriter. He directed films and wrote screenplays until 1922. As an actor, he appeared in 124 films from ...
41. Helen Troy
Actress | Human Cargo
Helen Troy was born on December 23, 1903 in San Francisco, California, USA. She was an actress, known for Human Cargo (1936), Everybody Sing (1938) and Song and Dance Man (1936). She was married to Alton Edward. Horton. She died on November 1, 1942 in Santa Monica, California.
42. Effie Ellsler
Actress | Daddy Long Legs
Effie Ellsler was born on September 17, 1855 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA as Effie Elizabeth Ellsler. She was an actress, known for Daddy Long Legs (1931), The Actress (1928) and The Lady of Scandal (1930). She was married to Frank Weston. She died on October 8, 1942 in Hollywood, California, USA.
43. Karin Swanström
Actress | Kalle Utter
Karin Swanström was born on June 13, 1873 in Norrköping, Östergötlands län, Sweden. She is known for her work on Kalle Utter (1925), Flygande holländaren (1925) and The Saga of Gösta Berling (1924). She was married to Stellan Claësson. She died on July 5, 1942 in Stockholm, Stockholms län...
44. Rob Wagner
Director | Fair Week
Rob Wagner moved to Santa Barbara from Detroit in 1906. He settled in Los Angeles about 1909. His first scenario for a film, "The Artist's Sons," was produced by Selig Studios in 1911. Between 1915 and 1918 he wrote a series of articles on the film industry for the Saturday Evening Post. Wagner was...
Actor | Charlie Chan at the Olympics
First a cabaret artist in his native country (Holland), Frederick Vogeding made a few silent films in Germany first, then back in Holland before moving to the USA in 1920. In the States he made few films during the silent era but was active in the theater, including on Broadway. His real ...
48. Charles Murphy
Actor | The Jungle Stockade
Charles Murphy was born on December 12, 1881 in Independence, Missouri, USA as Charles Bernard Murphy. He is known for his work on The Jungle Stockade (1915), The Great Circus Mystery (1925) and Spell of the Circus (1931). He was married to Lillian L. Myrick. He died on June 11, 1942 in Bakersfield...
Actor | The Three Must-Get-Theres
John J. Richardson was born on November 1, 1888 in London, England as Harold Jack Joseph Richardson. He was an actor, known for The Three Must-Get-Theres (1922), Melting Millions (1927) and A Small Town Idol (1921). He was married to Mabel Richardson. He died on January 24, 1942 in Los Angeles, ...
50. Ashton Dearholt
Actor | Tarzan and the Green Goddess
Ashton Dearholt worked with Universal on a number of melodramas during the 1910s but usually worked outside the studio system, producing a series of "Pinto Pete" westerns during the 1920s in which he starred himself. He occasionally acted under the name Richard Holt.
Dearholt is best known to ...