Birth Date between 1889-01-01 and 1889-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
Writer | The Great Dictator
Considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, Charlie Chaplin lived an interesting life both in his films and behind the camera. He is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular character, the Little Tramp; the man with the ...
2. Claude Rains
Actor | Casablanca
William Claude Rains, born in the Clapham area of London, was the son of the British stage actor Frederick Rains. The younger Rains followed, making his stage debut at the age of eleven in "Nell of Old Drury." Growing up in the world of theater, he saw not only acting up close but the down-to-earth...
3. Adolf Hitler
Writer | War Comes to America
Born the fourth of six children to Austrian customs officer Alois Hitler--who had been married twice before--and the former Klara Polzl, Adolf Hitler grew up in a small Austrian town in the late 19th century. He was a slow learner and did poorly in school. He was frequently beaten by his ...
4. Ray Collins
Actor | Citizen Kane
Ray Bidwell Collins was an American actor in film, stage, radio and television. One of his best remembered roles was that of Lt. Arthur Tragg in the long-running series Perry Mason (1957). Collins was born in Sacramento, California, to Lillie Bidwell and William C. Collins, a newspaper drama editor...
5. Beulah Bondi
Actress | It's a Wonderful Life
Character actress Beulah Bondi was a favorite of directors and audiences and is one of the reasons so many films from the 1930s and 1940s remain so enjoyable, as she was an integral part of many of the ensemble casts (a hallmark of the studio system) of major and/or great films, including The Trail...
Actor | The Letter
British stage actor James Stephenson made his film debut quite late in life, at the age of 49, in 1937, making four pictures that year. Warner Bros. got a glimpse of this distinguished gent and signed him to a contract where he indulged himself in urbane villainy. Proving a reliable support in such...
7. Clifton Webb
Actor | Laura
Already trained in dance and theater, he quit school at age 13 to study music and painting. By 19 he was a professional ballroom dancer in New York, and by his mid-twenties he was performing in musicals, dramas on Broadway and in London, and in silent movies. His first real success in film came in ...
Actor | The Adventures of Robin Hood
Gargantuan-bellied, frog-voiced character actor who was a staple in forties movies (under contract with Warner Brothers) including Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, My Man Godfrey, and Suspense. He's best remembered playing Friar Tuck opposite Error Flynn in The Adventures of Robin Hood. After World ...
Director | Gone with the Wind
Victor Fleming entered the film business as a stuntman in 1910, mainly doing stunt driving - which came easy to him, as he had been a mechanic and professional race-car driver. He became interested in working on the other side of the camera, and eventually got a job as a cameraman on many of the ...
Writer | Gertrud
The illegitimate son of a Danish farmer and his Swedish housekeeper, Carl Theodor Dreyer was born in Copenhagen on the 3th of February, 1889. He spent his early years in various foster homes before being adopted by the Dreyers at the age of two. Contrary to popular belief (perhaps nourished by the ...
11. Sessue Hayakawa
Actor | The Bridge on the River Kwai
Sessue Hayakawa was born in Chiba, Japan. His father was the provincial governor and his mother a member of an aristocratic family of the "samurai" class. The young Hayakawa wanted to follow in his father's footsteps and become a career officer in the Japanese navy, but he was turned down due to ...
12. Walter Baldwin
Actor | The Best Years of Our Lives
Walter Baldwin was born on January 2, 1889 in Lima, Ohio, USA. He was an actor, known for De beste jaren van ons leven (1946), Mourning Becomes Electra (1947) and Ride, Vaquero! (1953). He died on January 27, 1977 in Santa Monica, California, USA.
Actor | The Magnificent Seven
Familiar character actor of Russian heritage who played in scores of films, mostly in the U.S. He studied at the University of Moscow but left there to attend the Moscow Academy of Dramatic Art. He joined the world- renowned Moscow Art Theatre, where he worked for the next decade as an actor and ...
14. James Whale
Director | The Invisible Man
James Whale was an English film director, theatre director and actor. He is best remembered for his four classic horror films: Frankenstein (1931), In de macht van het monster (1932), The Invisible Man (1933) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935). He also directed films in other genres, including what ...
15. Merie Earle
Actress | Fatso
Merie Earle was born on May 13, 1889 in Morrow, Ohio, USA as Goldie Merie Ireland. She was an actress, known for Fatso (1980), The Bob Newhart Show (1972) and The Waltons (1971). She was married to Lawrence Nathan Earls. She died on November 4, 1984 in Glendale, California, USA.
Actor | Hail the Conquering Hero
Franklin Pangborn - a name more befitting a fictionalized bank president rather than a great comedic actor - was a singular character actor but little is known of his early years. He spent some time in developing acting talent prior to appearing on Broadway by March of 1911, and would do six plays ...
17. Jean Cocteau
Writer | La belle et la bête
Jean Cocteau was one of the most multi-talented artists of the 20th century. In addition to being a director, he was a poet, novelist, painter, playwright, set designer, and actor. He began writing at 10 and was a published poet by age 16. He collaborated with the "Russian Ballet" company of Sergei...
Actor | Foreign Correspondent
Eduardo Ciannelli was born on the beautiful island of Ischia in the Bay of Naples, which is renowned for its thermal baths. His father, a physician, owned a health spa there and Eduardo briefly followed the same career path and studied medicine at the University of Naples, graduating as a fully ...
19. Eddy Waller
Actor | Code of the Silver Sage
Eddy Waller worked in vaudeville and the theater before he entered movies in 1936. Within a few years he was being cast in character parts. In the 1940s he would be a mainstay in the westerns of Republic Pictures and would work with just about every cowboy actor from Tim Holt to Rocky Lane. With ...
20. Martha Wentworth
Actress | One Hundred and One Dalmatians
Martha Wentworth was born on June 2, 1889 in New York City, New York, USA as Verna Martha Wentworth. She was an actress, known for One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961), The Sword in the Stone (1963) and The Stranger (1946). She died on March 8, 1974 in Sherman Oaks, California, USA.
21. Moroni Olsen
Actor | Notorious
Even his more courteous, somewhat friendlier types gave one pause for concern. The tall, beefy, balding, icy-eyed character actor Moroni Olsen was one of Hollywood's more popular and imposing performers of film during the late 1930s, 1940s and early 1950s.
The versatile player was born Moroni Olsen ...
22. Ernest Truex
Actor | His Girl Friday
The ultimate milquetoast and ineffectual boss in comedy outings, meek character actor Ernest Truex was a small (5'3"), adenoidal, very well-dressed fellow, a popular avuncular type in later years who enjoyed a seven-decade-long career. He was born September 19, 1889, in Kansas City, Missouri, the ...
23. Clarence Muse
Actor | Shadow of a Doubt
Clarence Muse was born on October 14, 1889 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as Clarence Edouard Muse. He was an actor, known for Shadow of a Doubt (1943), Casino (1995) and Broken Strings (1942). He was married to Irene Ena Kellman, Willabelle Burch West and Ophelia Belle Labertier. He died on October ...
24. Felix Aylmer
Actor | Hamlet
British character actor Felix Aylmer was educated at Oxford and later studied drama, making his stage debut at the London Coliseum in 1911. During World War I he served in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and resumed his stage career after the war ended. He entered films in 1930 and stayed in them...
25. Paul Hartmann
Actor | The Longest Day
Paul Hartmann was born on January 8, 1889 in Fürth, Bavaria, Germany as Paul Wilhelm Constantin Hartmann. He was an actor, known for The Longest Day (1962), Bismarck (1940) and Der Tunnel (1933). He was married to Elfriede Lieberum. He died on June 30, 1977 in Munich, Bavaria, West Germany.
26. Billy Franey
Actor | When Damon Fell for Pythias
William 'Billy' Franey was a leading comic character actor of dishevelled appearance and fuzzy moustache, usually in a suit a couple of sizes too big. His screen career began around 1913, with leads in the 'Joker' comedy series released by Universal. He was co-starred with Louise Fazenda (until her...
27. W.S. Van Dyke
Director | The Thin Man
For the better part of his career, Woodbridge Strong Van Dyke lived up to his sobriquet "One-Take Woody" by steadfastly adhering to his credo of shooting each scene as quickly and efficiently as possible. Over his 25-year career, he economically directed over 90 diverse entertainments, which not ...
28. Warner Baxter
Actor | Penthouse
Warner Baxter claimed to have an early pre-disposition toward show business: "I discovered a boy a block away who would eat worms and swallow flies for a penny. For one-third of the profits, I exhibited him in a tent." When he was age 9, his widowed mother moved to San Francisco where, following ...
29. Minor Watson
Actor | Beyond the Forest
Minor Watson was a jovial, grandfatherly actor specializing in playing warm-hearted doctors, affable small-town businessmen, concerned army officers and other such characters. Watson wasn't as prolific as many other actors of his type; while he made slightly more than 100 films, his colleagues such...
30. Walter Catlett
Actor | Bringing Up Baby
Walter Catlett carved out a career for himself playing excitable, officious blowhards, and few actors did it better. A San Francisco native, he started out in vaudeville - with a detour for a while in opera - before breaking into films in the mid-1920s. Two of his best remembered roles were as the ...
31. Donald MacBride
Actor | The Seven Year Itch
Best known for his work in slapstick comedy and detective whodunits, character actor Donald MacBride lent his serious, craggy mug and determined professionalism to scores of 30s and 40s crimers. Born in Brooklyn, he first appeared on the vaudeville and Broadway stages as a teenage singer in such ...
Actor | The Ten Commandments
Distinguished character villain Douglass (R.) Dumbrille, whose distinctive stern features, beady eyes, tidy mustache, prominent hook nose and suave, cultivated presence graced scores of talking films, was born on October 13, 1889, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He was first employed as a bank clerk ...
33. Richard Cramer
Actor | Captain of the Guard
Richard Cramer was born on July 3, 1889 in Bryan, Ohio, USA as Richard Earl Cramer. He was an actor, known for Captain of the Guard (1930), Saps at Sea (1940) and Hell-Bent for Frisco (1931). He was married to Hilda. He died on August 9, 1960 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
34. Robert Benchley
Actor | Foreign Correspondent
Although by his own account Benchley was not quite a writer and not quite an actor, he managed to become one of the best-known humorists and comedians of his time. As a Harvard undergraduate, Benchley gave his first comic performance, impersonating a befuddled after-dinner speaker. The act made him...
35. Isabel Randolph
Actress | The Missing Corpse
Isabel Randolph was born on December 4, 1889 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She was an actress, known for The Missing Corpse (1945), The Shanghai Story (1954) and The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (1950). She died on January 11, 1973 in Burbank, California, USA.
36. Mae Murray
Actress | Peacock Alley
Dubbed "The Girl with the Bee Stung Lips", silent-era screen star Mae Murray began her career on stage partnered with ballroom dancing extraordinaire Vernon Castle in the 1906 Broadway show "About Town." Born the daughter of émigrés, she began studying dance at a young age. Two years later she ...
Director | The Great Ziegfeld
Chicago-born Robert Z. Leonard studied law at the University of Colorado, but the legal profession proved not to be his forte and he dropped out in favor of a career in the theatre. When his family moved to Hollywood in 1907 Leonard sought work in the fledgling film industry, starting as an actor ...
38. Nolan Leary
Actor | Strangler of the Swamp
Nolan Leary was born on April 26, 1889 in Rock Island, Illinois, USA as George Nolan Leary. He was an actor and writer, known for Strangler of the Swamp (1946), The Tiger Woman (1944) and Make Way for Tomorrow (1937). He was married to Helen Leary. He died on December 12, 1987 in Los Angeles, ...
39. Larry Semon
Director | The Show
Slapstick comedian known for his charming, white-painted face and clownish smile, mugged his way to being a very highly paid and popular actor. His career was marred by personal problems, and his fortune was lost to high spending. By the time he died, he'd already been hospitalized for a nervous ...
40. Joseph Egger
Actor | Per qualche dollaro in più
Joseph Egger was born on February 22, 1889 in Donawitz, Styria, Austria-Hungary. He was an actor, known for Per qualche dollaro in più (1965), Voor een handvol dollars (1964) and Die Fledermaus (1946). He died on August 29, 1966 in Gablitz, Lower Austria, Austria.
41. Robert Barrat
Actor | Go West
Robert Barrat pursued a stage career on Broadway from 1918 to 1932. He did sample a scant three silent movies starting in 1915, but returned to stage work. Barrat had a distinguished enough visage but also a well knit physique that would foretell a busy career in films with many featured character ...
42. Elmo Lincoln
Actor | Tarzan of the Apes
He was the first Tarzan. A former Arkansas peace officer, Elmo Linkenhelt worked in D.W. Griffith's "The Battle of Elderbush Gulch" (1912). In a fight scene his shirt was partially torn off, displaying his powerful chest. Griffith noticed, called him over, and told him "That's quite a chest you ...
43. Ottola Nesmith
Actress | Becky Sharp
Ottola Nesmith was born on December 12, 1889 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. She was an actress, known for Becky Sharp (1935), Four Star Playhouse (1952) and Television Spy (1939). She was married to Leon D'Usseau. She died on February 7, 1972 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
44. Billy House
Actor | The Stranger
Billy House was born on May 7, 1889 in Mankato, Minnesota, USA as William H. Comstock. He was an actor and writer, known for The Stranger (1946), Bedlam (1946) and Where Danger Lives (1950). He was married to Harriet Budzik. He died on September 23, 1961 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, ...
45. Harry Woods
Actor | The Viking
Harry Woods was born on May 5, 1889 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA as Harry Lewis Woods. He was an actor, known for The Viking (1928), Colorado Territory (1949) and Monkey Business (1931). He was married to Helen P. Hookenberry. He died on December 28, 1968 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
46. Athene Seyler
Actress | Night of the Demon
Athene Seyler was born on May 31, 1889 in Hackney, London, England. She was an actress, known for Night of the Demon (1957), The Franchise Affair (1951) and Blossom Time (1934). She was married to Nicholas Hannen and James Bury Sterndale-Bennett. She died on September 12, 1990 in Hammersmith, ...
Writer | Perry Mason
Erle Stanley Gardner, the prolific pulp fiction writer best known for creating the fictional lawyer Perry Mason; Della Street, Mason's secretary; private detective Paul Drake, Mason's favorite investigator; and Hamilton Burger, the district attorney with the worst won-lost record in the history of ...
48. William Keighley
Director | The Adventures of Robin Hood
William Keighley's professional career spanned three distinct mediums: the theatre, motion pictures and, finally, radio. Initially trained as a stage actor and Broadway director, he arrived in Hollywood shortly after the advent of sound, landing a job with Warner Brothers (where he spent most of ...
49. Marjorie Rambeau
Actress | Tugboat Annie Sails Again
Born July 15, 1889 in San Francisco, unappreciated character player Marjorie Rambeau worked on the stage from the age of 12. In the 1910s and 1920s, she became a prominent Broadway lead, noted for her serene beauty, elegant poise and touching theatrics. Around the same time she made a few silent ...
50. Abel Gance
Writer | La dame aux camélias
Born an illegitimate son of a wealthy physician, Abel Flamant, and a working class mother, Francoise Perethon. He was raised by his mother and her boyfriend, who later became her husband, Adolphe Gance. Pressured by his parents, he began his working career as a lawyer's clerk in hopes of achieving ...