Date of Death between 1956-01-01 and 1956-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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1. Bela Lugosi

Actor | Dracula

Bela Lugosi was born Béla Ferenc Dezsö Blaskó on October 20, 1882, Lugos, Hungary, Austria-Hungary (now Lugoj, Romania), to Paula de Vojnich and István Blaskó, a banker. He was the youngest of four children. During WWI, he volunteered and was commissioned as an infantry lieutenant, and was wounded ...

2. Robert Newton

Actor | Around the World in 80 Days

Robert Newton was one of the great character actors -- and great characters -- of the British cinema, best remembered today for playing Long John Silver in Treasure Island (1950) and its sequel for Walt Disney in the 1950s. His portrayal of Long John Silver and of Blackbeard, the Pirate (1952) ...

3. Charley Grapewin

Actor | The Wizard of Oz

This old codger film favorite, born in 1869 (some reports say 1875), got into the entertainment field at an early age, first as a circus performer (aerialist and trapeze artist). When acting sparked his interest, he worked in a series of stock companies while writing stage plays that he himself ...

4. Jean Hersholt

Actor | Greed

If ever there was a Great Dane in Hollywood it was Jean Hersholt - and one of its great hearts as well. He was from a well-known Danish stage and entertainment family that had toured throughout Europe performing with young Jean as an essential cast member. He graduated from the Copenhagen Art ...

5. Paul Kelly

Actor | Crossfire

In retrospect, actor Paul Kelly may have had more high drama in his off-camera life than he did in his rich stage and screen life. How many Broadway and/or Hollywood actors have survived career-wise after serving a prison term for manslaughter? Kelly, whose drive, ambition and talent were ...

6. George Bancroft

Actor | Stagecoach

George Bancroft was raised in Philadelphia and attended high school at Tomes Institute (Philadelphia). He won an impressive appointment to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis and graduated as a commissioned officer. He served in the Navy for the prescribed period of required service but no...

7. Edward Arnold

Actor | Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Edward Arnold was born as Gunther Edward Arnold Schneider in 1890, on the Lower East Side of New York City, the son of German immigrants, Elizabeth (Ohse) and Carl Schneider. Arnold began his acting career on the New York stage and became a film actor in 1916. A burly man with a commanding style ...

8. Kenji Mizoguchi

Director | Saikaku ichidai onna

Coming from a lower class family Mizoguchi entered the production company Nikkatsu as an actor specialized in female roles. Later he became an assistant director and made his first film in 1922. Although he filmed almost 90 movies in the silent era, only his last 12 productions are really known ...

9. Louis Calhern

Actor | Duck Soup

Tall, distinguished, aristocratic Louis Calhern seemed to be the poster boy for old-money, upper-crust urban society, but he was actually born Carl Vogt, to middle-class parents in New York City. His family moved to St. Louis when he was a child, and it was while playing football in high school ...

10. Francis L. Sullivan

Actor | Great Expectations

Francis L. Sullivan was born on January 6, 1903 in London, England as Francis Loftus Sullivan. He was an actor, known for Great Expectations (1946), De schuimers van de nacht (1950) and Oliver Twist (1948). He was married to Frances Joan Perkins (designer). He died on November 19, 1956 in New York ...

11. Guy Kibbee

Actor | Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Beginning his show business career at age 13 as an entertainer on Mississippi riverboats, Guy Kibbee graduated to the legitimate stage and spent many years in the theater. In the 1930s he was signed by Warner Brothers, and became part of what was known as "the Warner Brothers Stock Company", a ...

12. Tommy Dorsey

Soundtrack | The Human Stain

Tommy Dorsey was born on November 19, 1905 in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, USA as Thomas Francis Dorsey. He was married to Jane Karl New, Patricia Dane and Mildred A Kraft. He died on November 26, 1956 in Greenwich, Connecticut, USA.

13. Holmes Herbert

Actor | Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Holmes Herbert was a tall, intense English actor who made his first films after coming to America. He began in silent movies as a leading man but eventually was relegated to less important roles as a character actor when sound came in. He played in several of the Universal "Sherlock Holmes" movies,...

14. Alexander Korda

Director | The Private Life of Don Juan

One of a large group of Hungarian refugees who found refuge in England in the 1930s, Sir Alexander Korda was the first British film producer to receive a knighthood. He was a major, if controversial, figure and acted as a guiding force behind the British film industry of the 1930s and continued to ...

15. Margaret Wycherly

Actress | Sergeant York

Margaret Wycherly was born in London, England on October 26, 1881. She was predominately a stage actress, continuing stage work even after performing in films. Her first film role came when she appeared in The Fight (1915) at 34 years old. It was not until 1929 that audiences got another glimpse of...

16. Henry Stephenson

Actor | Tomorrow at Seven

Stephenson was a firm, dignified, worldly presence in Hollywood's classic history-based films of the 30s and 40s. The tall British character actor Henry Stephenson could be both imposing and benevolent in his patrician portrayals, usually expounding words of wisdom or offering gentlemanly aid. He ...

17. Ralph Morgan

Actor | Strange Interlude

Ralph Morgan was born on July 6, 1883 in New York City, New York, USA as Raphael Kuhner Wuppermann. He was an actor, known for Strange Interlude (1932), Magnificent Obsession (1935) and Barefoot Boy (1938). He was married to Grace Arnold. He died on June 11, 1956 in New York City.

18. Christian Rub

Actor | You Can't Take It with You

Christian Rub was born on April 13, 1886 in Graz, Styria, Austria. He was an actor, known for You Can't Take It with You (1938), Peter Ibbetson (1935) and Girls' Dormitory (1936). He was married to Amy. He died on April 14, 1956 in Santa Barbara, California, USA.

19. Barry Norton

Actor | Drácula

Barry Norton was born on June 16, 1905 in Buenos Aires, Argentina as Alfredo Carlos Birabén. He was an actor, known for Drácula (1931), Lady for a Day (1933) and The Sea Fiend (1936). He died on August 24, 1956 in Hollywood, California, USA.

20. Fred Allen

Actor | It's in the Bag!

Fred Allen, the well-known comedian who went on to star in radio, television, and film, was born John Florence Sullivan in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1894 and educated at Boston University. His Broadway shows include "The Passing Show of 1922" and "The Greenwich Village Follies".

He produced, wrote...

21. Bertolt Brecht

Writer | Die Dreigroschenoper

Bertolt Brecht was born on 10 February 1898 in Augsburg, Germany and one of the country's most influential poets, playwrights and screenwriters. His most famous work was the musical "The Threepenny Opera" (with Kurt Weill), but his dramas such as "Mother Courage and Her Children" or "The Good ...

22. Mitchell Lewis

Actor | Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

Mitchell Lewis was born on June 26, 1880 in Syracuse, New York, USA as Mitchell Joseph Lewis. He was an actor, known for Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925), Beau Bandit (1930) and Waikiki Wedding (1937). He was married to Nan Frances Ryan and Rosabel Morrison. He died on August 24, 1956 in ...

23. Tim Ryan

Actor | From Here to Eternity

Tim Ryan was born on July 5, 1899 in Bayonne, New Jersey, USA as Timothy Thomas Ryan. He was an actor and writer, known for From Here to Eternity (1953), The Shanghai Chest (1948) and Detective Kitty O'Day (1944). He was married to Irene Ryan. He died on October 22, 1956 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, ...

24. Anne Crawford

Actress | Knights of the Round Table

Anne Crawford was born on November 22, 1920 in Haifa, Palestine as Imelda Anne Crawford. She was an actress, known for Knights of the Round Table (1953), Daughter of Darkness (1948) and Caravan (1946). She was married to Wallace Douglas and James Hartley. She died on October 17, 1956 in London, ...

25. Stanley Blystone

Actor | Modern Times

Stanley Blystone was born on August 1, 1894 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA as William Stanley Blystone. He was an actor, known for Modern Times (1936), Eyes of Texas (1948) and The Man from Death Valley (1931). He was married to Claire Siebrecht and Alma Tell. He died on July 16, 1956 in Hollywood, ...

26. Eddie Acuff

Actor | The Case of the Velvet Claws

Eddie Acuff is one of those wonderful supporting actors who peopled the fascinating world of Hollywood's A, B or Z movies. In a career spanning eighteen years he appeared in an amazing almost 300 movies and one TV episode! His appearances could be invisible (when deleted), hardly visible (he ...

27. Marion Leonard

Actress | What Avails the Crown

Marion Leonard was born on June 9, 1881 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. She was an actress and writer, known for What Avails the Crown (1912), The Seed of the Fathers (1913) and In Little Italy (1909). She was married to Stanner E.V. Taylor. She died on January 9, 1956 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, ...

28. James Adamson

Actor | Jungle Siren

James Adamson was born on June 12, 1896 in Toledo, Ohio, USA as William James Adamson. He was an actor, known for Jungle Siren (1942), Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) and Lord of the Jungle (1955). He died on January 29, 1956 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

29. A.A. Milne

Writer | Christopher Robin

Son C.R. Milne passed away in 1996.

30. Aleksandr Dovzhenko

Writer | Michurin

Aleksandr Dovzhenko was born on September 10, 1894 in Vyunishche, Sosnitsa Ueyzd, Chernigov Governorate, Russian Empire as Aleksandr Petrovich Dovzhenko. He was a writer and director, known for Michurin (1949), Zemlya (1930) and Shchors (1939). He was married to Yuliya Solntseva. He died on ...

31. Charles MacArthur

Writer | The Scoundrel

"Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers out there are starving!" When Patrick Dennis's fictional Auntie Mame uttered this pithy observation, she could have been speaking of Charles MacArthur. Charlie never shied away from the feast, and he certainly never went hungry. Arriving in November 1895 in...

32. Vera Lewis

Actress | Betty in Search of a Thrill

Vera Lewis was born on June 10, 1873 in New York City, New York, USA as Vera Mackey. She was an actress, known for Betty in Search of a Thrill (1915), Four Daughters (1938) and Lombardi, Ltd. (1919). She was married to Ralph Lewis. She died on February 8, 1956 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, ...

33. Victor Young

Composer | The Quiet Man

Violinist and conductor Victor Young was a prolific composer and arranger, who worked on more than 300 film scores over a period of twenty years. He came from an impoverished, but musical background and was trained on the violin at the Warsaw Imperial Conservatory, later studying piano in Paris ...

34. John Elliott

Actor | Roarin' Guns

John Hugh Elliott was born July 5th 1876 to Sarah E. Norris (07/04/1845-02/21/1897) and Jehue S. Elliott (9/21/1845-8/18/1916) in Keosauqua. He had three sisters, Elizabeth (3/7/1869-01/18/1916), Fanny (10/31/1871-02/24/1897), and Nina (03/15/1887-05/26/1958). In Febuary 1897, Typhoid Fever hit the...

35. Bob Burns

Actor | Radio City Revels

After growing up in a small Arkansas town, Bob Burns qualified as a civil engineer, but also worked as a salesman, farmed peanuts, and in World War I was a Marine sergeant and champion rifleman. His great interest from boyhood was music, and from 1911 his main career was in entertainment. He played...

36. Dell Henderson

Actor | Show People

Dell Henderson was born on July 5, 1883 in St Thomas, Ontario, Canada as George Delbert Henderson. He was an actor and director, known for Show People (1928), The Servant Question (1920) and The Dead Line (1920). He was married to Florence Lee. He died on December 2, 1956 in Hollywood, California, ...

37. Charley Rogers

Director | The Devil's Brother

Charley was a long time friend of Stan Laurel and both worked on the Music Hall stages of England and Scotland before moving to America. His ability to write comedy took him to the Hal Roach Studios in 1928. While he appeared in bit parts in many films his main ability was in writing and directing....

38. Charles Dingle

Actor | The Little Foxes

Charles Dingle was born on December 28, 1887 in Wabash, Indiana, USA. He was an actor, known for The Little Foxes (1941), The Wife of Monte Cristo (1946) and Het lied van Bernadette (1943). He was married to Dorothea White (actress). He died on January 19, 1956 in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA.

39. John Turnbull

Actor | His Lordship

John Turnbull was born on November 5, 1880 in Dunbar, Scotland. He was an actor, known for His Lordship (1936), Detective Lloyd (1932) and Badger's Green (1934). He was married to Eve Marchew and Beatrice Alice Scott (actress). He died on February 22, 1956 in Marylebone, London, England.

40. Marie Doro

Actress | The White Pearl

Classical stage and movie actress Marie Doro was a direct descendant of American political leader Patrick Henry. She was born Marie Katherine Steward in Pennsylvania in 1882. She began as a chorus girl in musical comedy under the management of impresario Charles Frohman, who took her to Broadway. ...

41. Lloyd Ingraham

Actor | Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages

Lloyd Ingraham was born on November 30, 1874 in Rochelle, Illinois, USA as Lloyd Chauncey Ingraham. He was an actor and director, known for Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916), At the Sign of the Jack O'Lantern (1922) and Don Mike (1927). He was married to Maude May Plopper. He ...

42. Chester Clute

Actor | Arsenic and Old Lace

Chester Clute was born on February 18, 1891 in Orange, New Jersey, USA as Chester Lamont Clute. He was an actor, known for Arsenicum en oude kant (1944), Television Spy (1939) and The Antique Shop (1931). He was married to Eleanor Hicks. He died on April 2, 1956 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, ...

43. Sandra Hayden

Actress | Judge Roy Bean

Sandra Hayden was born on July 11, 1940 as Sandra Jane Lucid. She was an actress, known for Judge Roy Bean (1955). She died on September 22, 1956 in Van Nuys, California, USA.

44. Norman Kerry

Actor | The Unknown

Popular leading man or villain in the silent era. He often wore fancy wax mustaches. Made a sucessful transtion to sound. Retired from films in 1941 concluding a thirty five year career.

45. Jackson Pollock

Art Department | American Gothic

Jackson Pollock was born on January 28, 1912 in Cody, Wyoming, USA as Paul Jackson Pollock. He is known for his work on American Gothic (2016), Works of Calder (1950) and Jackson Pollock 51 (1951). He was married to Lee Krasner. He died on August 11, 1956 in Long Island, New York, USA.

46. Jack Curtis

Actor | Captain Blood

Jack was born in San Francisco in 1880 in to the well-known Curtis family. Chris Curtis was himself well-known in the financial circles. His uncle William was a lawyer in New York City in the early 1900s. Jack and Lil met on a ship heading to Hong Kong in 1904 and were married sometime in 1904. ...

47. Roy Kellino

Director | Four Star Playhouse

Roy Kellino was born on April 22, 1912 in London, England as Philip Roy Gislingham. He was a director and cinematographer, known for Four Star Playhouse (1952), _Schlitz Playhouse (1951) (TV Series)_, and Charade (1954). He was married firstly to Pamela Ostrer (later known as Pamela Mason), and ...

48. Eddie Garr

Actor | That's My Story!

Eddie Garr was born on April 15, 1900 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Edward Leo Gonnoud. He was an actor, known for That's My Story! (1937), Ladies of the Chorus (1948) and Obey the Law (1933). He was married to Phyllis Garr. He died on September 3, 1956 in Burbank, California, USA.

49. Kathleen Howard

Actress | It's a Gift

Kathleen Howard was born on July 27, 1884 in Clifton, Ontario, Canada. She was an actress, known for It's a Gift (1934), Death Takes a Holiday (1934) and Acht professoren en een meisje (1941). She was married to Edward Kellogg Baird (lawyer). She died on April 15, 1956 in Hollywood, California, USA.

50. Jehanne d'Alcy

Actress | La colonne de feu

Jehanne d'Alcy was born on March 20, 1865 in Vaujours, Seine-et-Oise [now Seine-Saint-Denis], France as Charlotte Lucie Marie Adèle Stephanie Adrienne Faës. She was an actress and costume designer, known for La colonne de feu (1899), Cendrillon (1899) and Cléopâtre (1899). She was ...


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