Date of Death between 1946-01-01 and 1946-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
1. W.C. Fields
Actor | It's a Gift
William Claude Dukenfield was the eldest of five children born to Cockney immigrant James Dukenfield and Philadelphia native Kate Felton. He went to school for four years, then quit to work with his father selling vegetables from a horse cart. At eleven, after many fights with his alcoholic father ...
2. Mae Busch
Actress | Sons of the Desert
Mae Busch can certainly claim career versatility, having successfully played Erich von Stroheim's mistress, Lon Chaney's girlfriend, Charley Chase's sister, James Finlayson's ex-wife and Oliver Hardy's wife! She was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1891; her parents were in the theater and when she...
3. Rondo Hatton
Actor | House of Horrors
Was an only child, Rondo Hatton was born to Stewart and Emily Hatton in Hagerstown, Maryland. The family moved to Tampa, Florida, in 1912, when he was a high-school senior, and his father joined a family-owned business there. Rondo was apparently popular and a good athlete, especially in football.
Actor | Captain Blood
Lionel Atwill was born into a wealthy family and was educated at London's prestigious Mercer School to become an architect, but his interest turned to the stage. He worked his way progressively into the craft and debuted at age 20 at the Garrick Theatre in London. He acted and improved regularly ...
5. H.G. Wells
Writer | The War of the Worlds
Writer, born in Bromley, Kent. He was apprenticed to a draper, tried teaching, studied biology in London, then made his mark in journalism and literature. He played a vital part in disseminating the progressive ideas which characterized the first part of the 20th-c. He achieved fame with scientific...
6. Donald Meek
Actor | Stagecoach
One Hollywood stalwart whose screen incarnations more than lived up to his name was bald-domed character actor Donald Meek, forever typecast as mousy, timorous or browbeaten Casper Milquetoasts. He stood at 5 ft. 6 in. in his boots and weighed a mere 81 pounds. However, the little Glaswegian's ...
7. Rags Ragland
Actor | Whistling in Brooklyn
Rags Ragland was a boxer, then a burlesque comedian and then a Broadway performer before ending up in Hollywood to repeat his stage role as the boisterous sailor in Panama Hattie (1942), in which Ann Sothern played on film the part that had been played on Broadway by Ethel Merman. Ragland, typecast...
Actor | Disraeli
One of the oldest actors on the screen in the 1920s and 1930s, George Arliss starred on the London stage from an early age. He came to the United States and starred in several films, but it was his role as British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli in Disraeli (1929) that brought him his greatest ...
10. Noah Beery
Actor | Zorro Rides Again
Respected character actor of the silent and early sound period, specializing in cruel villains. The son of Kansas City policeman Noah Webster Beery and Frances Margaret Fitzgerald Beery, Noah Nicholas Beery and his younger brother Wallace Beery both left home in their teens, each seeking a career ...
11. Maria Falconetti
Actress | La passion de Jeanne d'Arc
Maria Falconetti was born on July 21, 1892 in Pantin, Seine [now Seine-Saint-Denis], France as Renee Jeanne Falconetti. She was an actress, known for The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928), La comtesse de Somerive (1917) and Le clown (1917). She died on December 12, 1946 in Buenos Aires, Federal ...
12. 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. ...
Director | Sherlock Holmes Faces Death
Roy William Neill was born on September 4, 1887 in ship off Ireland as Roland de Gostrie. He was a director and producer, known for Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (1943), Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943) and The Scarlet Claw (1944). He was married to Betty MacLaglen. He died on December 14, 1946...
14. Pete the Dog
Actor | Buster Minds the Baby
Pete the Dog was born as Pal. He was known for Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pryde (1925), Bear Shooters (1930), The First Seven Years (1930), and Dog Heaven(1930). He of course is best known for playing Spanky's dog in The Little Rascalls. He died on January 28, 1946 in Los Angeles, Californians, USA.
16. William S. Hart
Actor | The Money Corral
A storybook hero, the original screen cowboy, ever forthright and honest, even when (as was often the case) he played a villain, William S. Hart lived for a while in the Dakota Territory, then worked as a postal clerk in New York City. In 1888 he began to study acting. In 1899 he created the role ...
Actor | This Is the Army
Charles Butterworth was, before he came to Hollywood in 1930, a stage attraction on Broadway. In the '30s, he had his big successes as the hero's no-nonsense best friend. He made a practice of ad-libbing dry quips and bons mots during shooting, and screenwriters took advantage of this by writing ...
18. Slim Summerville
Actor | All Quiet on the Western Front
Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1892, rustic-looking George "Slim" Summerville possessed one of those malleable mugs that made you laugh even before he opened his mouth. Young Slim ran away from home as a youth and lived a rather wanderlust life until a chance meeting with Mack Sennett through ...
19. Joe Keaton
Actor | Sherlock Jr.
Joe Keaton and wife Myra were grade-Z vaudeville performers in the early 1900s. Their son Buster joined the act when he was only a few months old. The act was a rough-and-tumble one, with Buster being thrown around on stage most of the time. As the years went by, Joe Keaton became an alcoholic, ...
20. Heinrich George
Actor | Metropolis
Heinrich George was born on October 9, 1893 in Stettin, Pomerania, Germany as Georg August Friedrich Hermann Schulz. He was an actor and producer, known for Metropolis (1927), Kolberg (1945) and Die Degenhardts (1944). He was married to Berta Drews. He died on September 25, 1946 in Soviet Special ...
21. Philip Merivale
Actor | The Stranger
Philip Merivale was born on November 2, 1886 in Rehutia, Manickpur, India. He was an actor and writer, known for The Stranger (1946), Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941) and This Above All (1942). He was married to Gladys Cooper and Viva Birkett. He died on March 12, 1946 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
23. Dorothy Gibson
Actress | Saved from the Titanic
Dorothy Winnifred Brown was born at the home of her parents, Pauline Caroline Boesen Brown and John Brown on May 17, 1889 at 320 Willow Avenue in Hoboken, New Jersey. John Brown died while she was an infant and Leonard Gibson became her stepfather four years later. She had two siblings but both ...
24. Kate Bruce
Actress | The White Rose
A D.W. Griffith favorite matriarchal figure often playing mother characters. Kate Bruce appeared 292 times on the screen from 1908 to 1930, in movies including Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916), The Idol Dancer (1920), Way Down East (1920), The Eternal Mother (1912), and ...
25. John St. Polis
Actor | The Phantom of the Opera
John St. Polis was born on November 24, 1873 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA as John Marie Sainpolis. He was an actor, known for The Phantom of the Opera (1925), The Great Lover (1920) and The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921). He was married to Angela M. Grimaldi and Rachel Amelia Ryan. He ...
26. Fern Emmett
Actress | The Ridin' Fool
Fern Emmett was born on March 22, 1896 in Oakland, California, USA. She was an actress, known for The Ridin' Fool (1931), Cinderella Swings It (1943) and Scattergood Baines (1941). She was married to Henry Roquemore. She died on September 3, 1946 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.
27. Harry Semels
Actor | Les Misérables
One of the industry's most versatile character actors, in his almost 30-year career Harry Semels appeared in hundreds of films. Adept at playing everything from Spanish waiters to German soldiers to Italian villagers--and even a haughty District Attorney from time to time--his stocky build and ...
28. Lillian Harmer
Actress | Alice in Wonderland
Lillian Harmer was born on September 8, 1883 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She was an actress, known for Alice in Wonderland (1933), Huckleberry Finn (1931) and 3 Kids and a Queen (1935). She was married to Frederick A. Kaeber. She died on May 15, 1946 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
30. Ferdinand Marian
Actor | Jud Süß
Ferdinand Marian was born on August 14, 1902 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary as Ferdinand Heinrich Johann Haschkowitz. He was an actor, known for Jud Süß (1940), Uncle Kruger (1941) and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1943). He was married to Maria Byk and Irene Saager. He died on August ...
31. Bud Geary
Actor | Robin Hood
Born Sigsbee Maine Geary in Salt Lake City, Utah, on February 15, 1898, ace stuntman Bud Geary began appearing in films in 1920, and it wasn't long before the strapping (6'1"), athletic young man was strutting his stuff with such action players as Douglas Fairbanks in Robin Hood (1922) (in which ...
32. Mary Alden
Actress | The Earth Woman
Mary Maguire Alden was born in New York City on June 18, 1883. She appeared in her first film when she was 31 years old in the production of The Second Mrs. Roebuck (1914). From that point on, Mary was kept very busy in the studios in New York. When the film companies moved west, Mary went with ...
33. Hermann Göring
Hermann Göring was born on January 12, 1893, in Rosenheim, Bavaria, the son of a prominent judge. He entered the German Royal Military Academy at Gross Lichterfeide outside Berlin in his teens and graduated in 1911. At the beginning of World War I he saw service as an infantry lieutenant but soon ...
Actor | La femme du boulanger
Orson Welles once called beloved, down-to-earth French character star Raimu (born Jules Auguste Cesar Muraire) "the greatest actor who ever lived." It is hard to argue the compliment of one genius to another. Raimu was born in Toulon, France on December 17, 1883 of very humble means. He began his ...
36. Charles Waldron
Actor | The Big Sleep
Charles Waldron was born on December 23, 1874 in Waterford, New York, USA as Charles Dieudonnee Waldron. He was an actor, known for The Big Sleep (1946), Mademoiselle Fifi (1944) and The Real Glory (1939). He was married to May King. He died on March 4, 1946 in Hollywood, California, USA.
Actor | The Prisoner of Zenda
Wilhelm von Brincken was born on May 27, 1881 in Flensburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany as Wilhelm Vaughn. He was an actor and art director, known for The Prisoner of Zenda (1937), Thank You, Mr. Moto (1937) and Hidden Enemy (1940). He was married to Milo Abercrombie (San Francisco socialite). He ...
38. Justus D. Barnes
Actor | The Declaration of Independence
Justus D. Barnes was born on October 2, 1862 in Little Falls, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for The Declaration of Independence (1911), A Beauty Parlor Graduate (1913) and The Star of Bethlehem (1912). He died on February 6, 1946 in Weedsport, New York.
39. Henry Lehrman
Producer | Why Sailors Go Wrong
Austrian-born Henry Lehrman entered the film industry in 1909 while working as a trolley conductor. Legend has it that he cornered director D.W. Griffith and claimed to be an agent for the French-based Pathe company, sent by them to work with Griffith. By the time Griffith found out that Lehrman's ...
40. Walter James
Actor | The Monster
Walter James was born on June 3, 1882 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for The Monster (1925), Battling Butler (1926) and Street Scene (1931). He was married to Ida James (c.1880-1930). He died on June 27, 1946 in Gardena, California, USA.
41. Florence Turner
Actress | A Welsh Singer
Widely publicized as "The Vitagraph Girl," dark-haired silent film actress Florence Turner was one of the screen's first celebrities to be called by the term "movie star." Born in New York City in 1885, she was pushed into the business at age 3 by an overzealous stage mother, performing on the ...
42. Laurette Taylor
Actress | Peg o' My Heart
Laurette Taylor was born on April 1, 1884 in New York City, New York, USA as Helen Loretta Cooney. She was an actress, known for Peg o' My Heart (1922), Happiness (1924) and One Night in Rome (1924). She was married to J. Hartley Manners and Charles A. Taylor. She died on December 7, 1946 in New ...
43. George Larkin
Actor | The Lurking Peril
George Larkin was born on November 11, 1887 in New York City, New York, USA as George Alan Larkin. He was an actor and writer, known for The Lurking Peril (1919), The Apache Dancer (1923) and The Way of the Transgressor (1923). He was married to Ollie Kirby and Dolly Larkin. He died on March 27, ...
Actor | King of the Underworld
Arthur Aylesworth was born on August 12, 1881 in Apponaugh, Rhode Island, USA as Arthur Preston Aylesworth. He was an actor, known for King of the Underworld (1939), Brigham Young (1940) and The Plot Thickens (1936). He was married to Elizabeth and Sadie Harris. He died on June 26, 1946 in Los ...
47. Egon Brecher
Actor | Boulder Dam
Brecher was a 1900 graduate of the University of Heidelberg in Germany and then toured Austria and Germany acting on the stage. He also served as the chief director of the Stadts Theatre in Vienna before going to the U.S. in 1921. He became a naturalized American citizen on 9 May, 1927, along with ...
48. Charles Brinley
Actor | In the Days of Daniel Boone
Charles Brinley was born on November 15, 1880 in Yuma, Arizona, USA. He was an actor, known for In the Days of Daniel Boone (1923), Moran of the Lady Letty (1922) and At Shiloh (1913). He died on February 17, 1946 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Director | The Valiant Rider
Charley Bowers led an extraordinary life even prior to getting involved with motion pictures. Supposedly kidnapped by circus performers at age six, he became an accomplished tightrope walker before returning home two years later. He did all types of work over the years, including circus jobs, ...
50. Gertrude Stein
Writer | Quest for Love
Gertrude Stein was the fifth child in the Daniel and Amelia Stein family. She grew up in a trilingual environment, spending her childhood in Vienna and Paris, then living in California. She graduated from Radcliffe College and went to the Medical School at Johns Hopkins University for 2 years. She ...