Date of Death between 1953-01-01 and 1953-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
Writer | Citizen Kane
Herman J. Mankiewicz, now known primarily as the man who co-wrote Citizen Kane (1941) with Hollywood's greatest wunderkind, Orson Welles, was one of the highest-paid screenwriters in Hollywood and the head of Paramount's screen-writing department in the late 1920s and early '30s. He reached the ...
Actor | Casablanca
"You must remember this, a kiss is still a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh; the fundamental things apply, as time goes by...". . The gentleman who crooned this now legendary tune for the morose Humphrey Bogart and moist-eyed Ingrid Bergman at Rick's Cafe Americain amid the bleak WWII backdrop was none ...
3. Nigel Bruce
Actor | Rebecca
Nigel was, from the beginning, typecast as bumbling English aristocrats, military types or drawing room society snobs and, within the narrow parameters of his range, he was very, very good at playing these parts. Nigel Bruce was born in Mexico, where his father, Sir William W. Bruce, worked as an ...
Actor | Singin' in the Rain
Millard Mitchell was born to American parents in Havana, Cuba. He was a popular stage and radio actor in the 1930's in New York, where he also filmed his first cinema appearances (industrial short features). His first Hollywood role was in Mr. and Mrs. North (1942). After World War II, Mitchell ...
5. Lewis Stone
Actor | The Sin of Madelon Claudet
By the time that he was 20, Lewis Stone had turned prematurely grey. He enlisted to fight in the Spanish American War and when he returned, he returned to be a writer. This turned to acting and he began to appear in films during the middle teens. His career was again interrupted by war as he served...
6. Francis Ford
Actor | Crimson Shoals
Elder brother of the director John Ford and himself a screen director (and John's erstwhile mentor) until the advent of sound. He had also acted in his own films and those of other directors, but turned to acting exclusively circa 1929. As actor, he would provide convincing portrayals of men of ...
8. Paul Hurst
Actor | Gone with the Wind
American character actor of prodigious output who also directed and wrote silent films, Paul Hurst spent much of his early work in low-budget western. A native of Traver, California (in the San Joaquin Valley), Hurst had a first-hand knowledge of Western lore, growing up surrounded by the ...
Actor | Way Out West
Alongside Ben Turpin, diminutive Scots-born Jimmy Finlayson was, arguably, the most instantly recognisable of the many clowns of silent screen slapstick who made their living as comic foil to stars like Laurel & Hardy, or Harold Lloyd. The perpetually exasperated, squinting, bald-pated master of ...
10. Roland Young
Actor | Topper
Best remembered for the many meek characters he played -- think Cosmo Topper, of the screwball classic Topper (1937) -- this balding, short, yet distinguished actor was born in London, England, to an architect and his wife. Young was educated at Sherborne College and University College London and ...
11. Cy Kendall
Actor | Blonde for a Day
Cy Kendall was born on March 10, 1898 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Cyrus Willard Kendall. He was an actor, known for Blonde for a Day (1946), Alias Boston Blackie (1942) and Pacific Liner (1939). He was married to Margaret. He died on July 22, 1953 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.
12. Porter Hall
Actor | Double Indemnity
For over two decades, Porter Hall made a career out of playing villains and pompous, unpleasant people. His movie career was not a mirror of his real life, however. Mr. Hall was well known as a generous and outgoing person who was well-liked by almost everybody he knew. It is ironic that the role ...
13. Hank Williams
Soundtrack | The Last Picture Show
Hank Williams was born in September 1923 in a small Alabama farming community about 70 miles south of Montgomery. His father was a railroad engineer who was also a victim of shell shock after a year of fighting in France in 1918 during World War I and spent many years in veterans hospitals. Hank's ...
14. Joseph Stalin
Actor | Ostrov myortvykh
Joseph Stalin (a code name meaning "Man of Steel") was born Iosif (Joseph) Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili in 1879 in Gori, Georgia, the Transcaucasian part of the Russian Empire. His father was a cobbler named Vissarion Dzhugashvili, a drunkard who beat him badly and frequently and left the family ...
16. Alan Curtis
Actor | Phantom Lady
Attractive Hollywood leading man (and sometime villain) from the late 30s until his death following surgery, Alan Curtis (Harry Ueberroth) was born 24 July 1909 in Chicago, Illinois. He grew up in that area and in the early 1930s became a model, appearing in many magazine and newspaper ...
17. Jorge Negrete
Actor | El rebelde (Romance de antaño)
Jorge Alberto Negrete Moreno was born in Guanajuato, Mexico, on November 1911, and had five brothers. His father was a General, and when he retired the family moved to Mexico city, where he worked as a teacher amongst others at the Humboldt German school, thus allowing Jorge and brother David to ...
18. Eugene O'Neill
Writer | Kali bazrobidan
Eugene O'Neill, the winner of four Pulitzer Prizes for Drama and the 1936 Nobel Prize for Literature, is widely considered the greatest American playwright. No one, not Maxwell Anderson, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, nor Edward Albee, approaches O'Neill in terms of his artistic achievement or ...
Actor | The Flame Fighter
Herbert Rawlinson was born on November 15, 1885 in Brighton, East Sussex, England as Herbert Banemann Rawlinson. He was an actor and producer, known for The Flame Fighter (1925), The Carter Case (1919) and The Victor (1923). He was married to Loraine Abigail Long, Roberta Arnold and Josephine Norman...
20. Jim Thorpe
Actor | Trailin' West
Renowned Native American athlete who excelled in the 1912 Olympic games in Stockholm but was later stripped of his Olympic medals for having previously received monetary compensation for engaging in professional sport. He later showed up on movie screens as a bit player in westerns. He was ...
21. Queen Mary
Queen Mary was born Victoria Mary Augusta Louise Olga Pauline Claudine Agnes Mary in Kensington Palace on May 26, 1867 to Duke Francis and Duchess Mary of Teck. Young Mary was the great-granddaughter of George III and a second cousin to Queen Victoria.
She and her family lived a quiet life in ...
22. George Barnes
Cinematographer | Rebecca
Veteran cinematographer George S. Barnes had a well-earned reputation for reliability and a knack for combining artistry with economic efficiency. As a result, he was seldom out of work.
Having started as a still photographer for Thomas H. Ince in 1918, Barnes quickly rose through the ranks to ...
23. Lee Phelps
Actor | Anna Christie
Lee Phelps was born on May 15, 1893 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Napoleon Bonaparte Kukuck. He was an actor, known for Anna Christie (1930), Desperadoes of the West (1950) and Scouts to the Rescue (1939). He was married to Mary Warren. He died on March 19, 1953 in Culver City, Los Angeles,...
24. Jean Adair
Actress | Arsenic and Old Lace
Slight, birdlike Jean Adair came to the screen after playing a succession of crotchety or maternal roles on the stage. She was born Violet McNaughton in Ontario, Canada, and absolved her acting studies in Chicago. After extensive touring with local stock companies and a few seasons on the ...
Actor | Dark Passage
British-born American character actor. He labored in a San Francisco glass factory until his thirties, then embarked on an acting career. He became a respected teacher, director, and performer at famed Pasadena Community Playhouse in California. He appeared in numerous films in the Thirties and ...
27. Sergei Prokofiev
Soundtrack | Red Heat
Prokofiev was a multi-talented man and an innovative composer. He learned piano from his mother and chess from his father. He always had a chess set on his piano, and was able to play against the chess champions of his time. He studied music with Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, graduated with highest ...
28. Morgan Wallace
Actor | One Exciting Night
Morgan Wallace was born on July 26, 1881 in Lompoc, California, USA. He was an actor and director, known for One Exciting Night (1922), Safe in Hell (1931) and Dream Street (1921). He was married to Louise Chapman Wallace. He died on December 12, 1953 in Tarzana, California.
29. 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.
30. Arthur Hoyt
Actor | It Happened One Night
Extremely prolific actor/director of the silent screen, on Broadway from 1905. Hoyt joined the acting fraternity through the recommendations of an uncle, who worked as dramatic editor for a Cleveland tabloid. Signed by theatrical producer George C. Tyler (1868-1946), he began on stage (earning $10 ...
31. Chris-Pin Martin
Actor | King of the Bandits
Chris-Pin Martin was born on November 19, 1893 in Tucson, Arizona, USA as Ysabel Ponciana Chris-Pin Martin Piaz. He was an actor, known for King of the Bandits (1947), Undercover Man (1942) and Under Strange Flags (1937). He died on June 27, 1953 in Montebello, California, USA.
32. Carl Stockdale
Actor | Stage to Chino
Stockdale, a very good friend of Mary Miles Minter's mother, Charlotte Shelby, claimed on the witness stand that he was with Mrs. Shelby when movie director William Desmond Taylor--Minter's lover--was murdered, therefore Charlotte could not have killed him. Stockdale said that he suspected Taylor's...
34. Lionel Belmore
Actor | Frankenstein
Lionel Belmore was born on May 12, 1867 in Wimbledon, London, England. He was an actor and director, known for Frankenstein (1931), Bardelys the Magnificent (1926) and The Vampire Bat (1933). He was married to Emmeline Florence Carder. He died on January 30, 1953 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, ...
36. Jean Epstein
Director | La chute de la maison Usher
Jean Epstein was born on March 25, 1897 in Warsaw, Poland, Russian Empire. He was a director and writer, known for The Fall of the House of Usher (1928), Mauprat (1926) and The Three-Sided Mirror (1927). He died on April 2, 1953 in Paris, France.
Director | Admiral Nakhimov
Vsevolod Pudovkin was born on February 28, 1893 in Penza, Russian Empire as Vsevolod Illarionovich Pudovkin. He was a director and actor, known for Admiral Nakhimov (1947), Zhukovsky (1950) and Minin i Pozharskiy (1939). He was married to Anna Zemtsova. He died on June 30, 1953 in Jurmala, Latvian ...
39. Marcel Herrand
Actor | Les enfants du paradis
Treading the boards since 1920, Marcel Herrand lent his natural elegance and his exceptional presence to plays by major playwrights such as Jules Romains, Oscar Wilde, Arthur Schnitzler, John Ford or Albert Camus, under the direction of such geniuses as Jacques Copeau, Charles Dullin, or Georges ...
40. Ivan Lebedeff
Actor | Bombshell
Lithuanian-born Ivan Lebedeff was educated at the University of St. Petersburg. He was slated for a diplomatic career in the Imperial Lyceum at Tsarskoye Selo - a natural progression, since his aristocratic father was a highly-placed advisor to Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. However, the outbreak of ...
41. William Farnum
Actor | Samson and Delilah
William Farnum was born the son of G.D. Farnum and Adela Le Gros, actors who trained their William and his two brothers, Dustin Farnum and Marshall Farnum, in their profession. William made his stage debut at the age of 10 in Richmond, Virginia, in a production of "Julius Caesar" starring Edwin ...
44. Godfrey Tearle
Actor | The 39 Steps
Godfrey Seymour Tearle was born in 1884, the son of British actor/manager George (Osmond) Tearle and American actress Marianne Conway (her second marriage). His father and uncle were first-generation acting Tearles, and his mother also came from a family of actors. It seems that Godfrey's destiny ...
45. John Reinhardt
Director | Chicago Calling
John Reinhardt was born on February 24, 1901 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary. He was a director and writer, known for Chicago Calling (1951), Sofia (1948) and Un capitan de Cosacos (1934). He was married to Elizabeth Reinhardt. He died on August 6, 1953 in Berlin, Germany.
46. Sam De Grasse
Actor | The Man Who Laughs
Born in Canada, Sam De Grasse entered films in 1912 and specialized in playing thoroughly disreputable, nasty, slimy bad guys. Douglas Fairbanks was so impressed with De Grasse's villainy that he used the actor in several of his more memorable productions. He wasn't the only member of the De Grasse ...
47. Maude Adams
Maude Adams was born Maude Ewing Kiskadden on November 11, 1872 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She preformed on stage from the age of an infant until her retirement from the stage at age 60. Maude Adams starred in over twenty-five plays on Broadway between 1888 and 1916. Her most famous role was "Peter" ...
48. Kernan Cripps
Actor | Federal Operator 99
Kernan Cripps was born on July 8, 1886 in New Haven, Connecticut, USA as John Kernan Cripps . He was an actor, known for Federal Operator 99 (1945), The Mystery Squadron (1933) and Daughter of Don Q (1946). He died on August 12, 1953 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
49. Jimmie Dundee
Actor | At War with the Army
Beefy, lantern-jawed Hollywood bit part actor and stuntman who had been a professional boxer in the early 1920's. Dundee was an expert in automobile and motorcycle crashes, high falls and work with explosives. He led a crack team of stuntmen at Paramount, collectively known as the 'Suicide Squad'. ...