Date of Death between 1946-01-01 and 1946-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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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.

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4. Lionel Atwill

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...

8. Henry Bergman

Actor | Modern Times

Henry Bergman was born on February 23, 1868 in San Francisco, California, USA. He was an actor and assistant director, known for Modern Times (1936), City Lights (1931) and The Gold Rush (1925). He died on October 22, 1946 in Hollywood, California.

9. George Arliss

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. ...

13. Roy William Neill

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.

15. Primula Rollo

Actress | English Without Tears

Primula Rollo was born on February 18, 1918 in London, England as Primula Susan Rollo. She was an actress, known for Her Man Gilbey (1944). She was married to David Niven. She died on May 21, 1946 in Beverly Hills, California, 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 ...

17. Charles Butterworth

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.

22. Ben Carter

Actor | Crash Dive

Ben Carter was born on February 10, 1911 in Fairfield, Iowa, USA. He is known for his work on Crash Dive (1943), Dark Alibi (1946) and The Scarlet Clue (1945). He died on December 12, 1946 in New York City, New York, 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.

29. Etta McDaniel

Actress | What a Man!

Etta McDaniel was born on December 1, 1890 in Wichita, Kansas, USA. She was an actress, known for What a Man! (1944), The Great Man's Lady (1942) and The Pittsburgh Kid (1941). She died on January 13, 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

Wunder des Fliegens: Der Film eines deutschen Fliegers

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 ...

34. Enid Stamp-Taylor

Actress | Easy Virtue

Enid Stamp-Taylor was born on June 12, 1904 in Monkseaton, England. She was an actress, known for Easy Virtue (1928), The Wicked Lady (1945) and Three Wise Brides (1941). She died on January 13, 1946 in London, England.

35. Raimu

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.

37. Wilhelm von Brincken

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, ...

44. Paul Porcasi

Actor | Morocco

Paul Porcasi was born on January 1, 1879 in Palermo, Sicily, Italy. He was an actor, known for Morocco (1930), Broadway (1929) and Red-Haired Alibi (1932). He died on August 8, 1946 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.

45. Patty S. Hill

Soundtrack | Paycheck

Kappa Delta Pi Laureate (1938)

46. Arthur Aylesworth

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.

49. Charles R. Bowers

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 ...


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