Living actors with credited roles in the 1930's or earlier

by Jacob191 | created - 21 Aug 2018 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

1. Cora Sue Collins

Actress | Black Moon

Cora Sue Collins was born April 19, 1927, in Beckley, West Virginia. She was a beautiful child actress who was in very much demand during the '30s. Her first film, at the age of five, was The Strange Case of Clara Deane (1932). She appeared in small roles throughout the early part of the decade. ...

25 roles:

The Unexpected Father (1932) The Strange Case of Clara Deane (1932) They Just Had to Get Married (1932) The Mysterious Rider (1933) Jennie Gerhardt (1933) Torch Singer (1933) The Sin of Nora Moran (1933) As the Earth Turns (1934) Black Moon (1934) The Scarlet Letter (1934) Evelyn Prentice (1934) The World Accuses (1934) Little Men (1934) Without Children (1935) Anna Karenina (1935) The Dark Angel (1935) Harmony Lane (1935) Two Sinners (1935) Mary Burns, Fugitive (1935) Magnificent Obsession (1935) The Harvester (1936) Devil's Squadron (1936) Three Married Men (1936) The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938) Stop, Look and Love (1939)

2. Jane Withers

Actress | Giant

During the early times of the Depression when life was more famine than feast, child stars became the blue plate special of the day, served up by Hollywood to help nourish a nation besieged with troubles. Following 20th Century-Fox monumental success with Shirley Temple in the early 1930s, every ...

21 roles:

Bright Eyes (1934) Ginger (1934) The Farmer Takes a Wife (1935) This Is the Life (1935) Paddy O'Day (1936) Gentle Julia (1936) Little Miss Nobody (1936) Pepper (1936) Can This Be Dixie? (1936) The Holy Terror (1937) Angel's Holiday (1937) Wild and Woolly (1937) 45 Fathers (1937) Checkers (1937) Rascals (1938) Keep Smiling (1938) Always in Trouble (1938) The Arizona Wildcat (1938) Boy Friend (1939) Chicken Wagon Family (1939) Pack Up Your Troubles (1939)

3. Marsha Hunt

Actress | Pride and Prejudice

Stardom somehow eluded this vastly gifted actress. Had it not perhaps been for her low-level profile compounded by her McCarthy-era blacklisting in the early 1950s, there is no telling what higher tier Marsha Hunt might have attained. Perhaps her work was not flashy enough, or too subdued, or ...

19 roles:

The Virginia Judge (1935) Desert Gold (1936) Gentle Julia (1936) The Arizona Raiders (1936) Hollywood Boulevard (1936) Easy to Take (1936) The Accusing Finger (1936) College Holiday (1936) Murder Goes to College (1937) Annapolis Salute (1937) Thunder Trail (1937) Born to the West (1937) Come On, Leathernecks! (1938) Long Shot (1939) Star Reporter (1939) The Hardys Ride High (1939) Winter Carnival (1939) These Glamour Girls (1939) Joe and Ethel Turp Call on the President (1939)

4. Olivia de Havilland

Actress | The Heiress

Olivia Mary de Havilland was born July 1, 1916, in Tokyo, Japan, to British parents Lilian Augusta (Ruse), a former actress, and Walter Augustus de Havilland, an English professor and patent attorney. Her sister, Joan, later to become famous as Joan Fontaine, was born the following year. Her ...

18 roles:

Alibi Ike (1935) The Irish in Us (1935) A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935) Captain Blood (1935) Anthony Adverse (1936) The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936) Call It a Day (1937) It's Love I'm After (1937) The Great Garrick (1937) Gold Is Where You Find It (1938) The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) Four's a Crowd (1938) Hard to Get (1938) Wings of the Navy (1939) Dodge City (1939) The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939) Raffles (1939) Gone with the Wind (1939)

5. Marilyn Knowlden

Actress | Show Boat

In 1931, a one-day effort by Marilyn Knowlden's attorney father led to an interview, a next-day screen test and a large part for four-year-old Marilyn in one of the early "talkies", Women Love Once (1931). A ten-year movie career followed, where she played the daughter of such stars as Claudette ...

17 roles:

Women Love Once (1931) The Cisco Kid (1931) Husband's Holiday (1931) The Conquerors (1932) As the Earth Turns (1934) David Copperfield (1935) Les Misérables (1935) Condemned to Live (1935) Show Boat (1936) Anthony Adverse (1936) Easy to Take (1936) Rainbow on the River (1936) Slave Ship (1937) Marie Antoinette (1938) Barefoot Boy (1938) Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) Hidden Power (1939)

6. Gene Reynolds

Producer | Lou Grant

Gene Reynolds was born on April 4, 1923 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA as Eugene Reynolds Blumenthal. He is a producer and director, known for Lou Grant (1977), M*A*S*H (1972) and Room 222 (1969). He has been married to Ann Sweeny since 1979. They have one child. He was previously married to Bonnie Jones.

13 roles:

Sins of Man (1936) Thank You, Jeeves! (1936) The Californian (1937) Thunder Trail (1937) In Old Chicago (1938) Of Human Hearts (1938) Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938) The Crowd Roars (1938) Boys Town (1938) The Spirit of Culver (1939) The Flying Irishman (1939) They Shall Have Music (1939) Bad Little Angel (1939)

7. Baby Peggy

Actress | Captain January

Silent moppet star Jackie Coogan, immortalized as Charles Chaplin's The Kid (1921), had only one screen rival during the early 1920s, and that was none other than Baby Peggy. She was "discovered" while visiting the Century Studios lot on Sunset Boulevard with her mother when she was a mere 19 ...

10 roles:

Penrod (1922) Fools First (1922) Hollywood (1923) The Darling of New York (1923) The Law Forbids (1924) Captain January (1924) The Family Secret (1924) Helen's Babies (1924) April Fool (1926) 8 Girls in a Boat (1934)

8. Petra Unkel

Actress | Sensation in San Remo

Petra Unkel was born on March 3, 1925 in Hungary. She is an actress, known for Sensation in San Remo (1951), Salzburg Stories (1957) and Love's Carnival (1955).

8 roles:

Melodie der Liebe (1932) Ja, treu ist die Soldatenliebe (1932) Moral und Liebe (1933) Pappi (1934) Aufforderung zum Tanz (1934) Liselotte von der Pfalz (1935) Die Heilige und ihr Narr (1935) Blinde Passagiere (1936)

9. Martin Spellman

Actor | Beau Geste

Martin Spellman was born in 1925 in Des Moines, Iowa. His family moved to California and at the age of 9 he first entered the MGM Studios as a newsboy. He became such a familiar figure at the Studios that for Christmas 1937, they decided to give him a very special Christmas present. He was invited ...

8 roles:

Boys Town (1938) Sharpshooters (1938) Santa Fe Stampede (1938) I Am a Criminal (1938) Let Us Live (1939) Streets of New York (1939) Law of the Wolf (1939) Beau Geste (1939)

10. Terry Kilburn

Actor | Goodbye, Mr. Chips

Terry Kilburn was born on November 25, 1926 in West Ham, London, England as Terence E. Kilburn. He is an actor, known for Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939), Lolita (1962) and Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back (1947).

8 roles:

No Greater Glory (1934) Lord Jeff (1938) A Christmas Carol (1938) Sweethearts (1938) Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever (1939) They Shall Have Music (1939) The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939)

11. Johnny Russell

Actor | The Blue Bird

Johnny Russell was born on January 25, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as John Russell Countryman. He is an actor, known for The Blue Bird (1940), Jesse James (1939) and Always Goodbye (1938).

8 roles:

The Frame-Up (1937) The Duke Comes Back (1937) Always Goodbye (1938) Prison Break (1938) Five of a Kind (1938) Jesse James (1939) The Man Who Dared (1939) Sabotage (1939)

12. Connie Meiling

Actress | Svensson ordnar allt!

Connie Meiling was born on November 29, 1930 in Denmark. She is an actress, known for Svensson ordnar allt! (1938), Der var engang en Vicevært (1937) and Snushanerne (1936).

7 roles:

Kidnapped (1935) Snushanerne (1936) Panserbasse (1936) Inkognito (1937) Der var engang en Vicevært (1937) Svensson ordnar allt! (1938) Den mandlige husassistent (1938)

13. Don Marion

Actor | Percy

Born in the film capital of the world near the end of World War I, he made his film debut under the name John Henry Jr. in a Valentine's Day film short. During the 1920s he was considered to be one of the most popular film stars of the decade, alongside Mickey Rooney, Peggy Montgomery, and the many...

5 roles:

Down on the Farm (1920) Married Life (1920) Bow Wow (1922) Percy (1925) The Golden Princess (1925)

14. Billy Watson

Actor | Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Billy Watson was born on December 25, 1923 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is an actor, known for Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), In Old Chicago (1938) and The Winning Ticket (1935).

5 roles:

The Little Minister (1934) The Winning Ticket (1935) In Old Chicago (1938) Kidnapped (1938) Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

15. Rex Downing

Actor | Wuthering Heights

Rex Downing was born on April 21, 1925 in San Francisco, California, USA. He is an actor, known for Wuthering Heights (1939), Blood and Sand (1941) and The Escape (1939).

5 roles:

Branded a Coward (1935) Black Bandit (1938) Wuthering Heights (1939) Mandrake, the Magician (1939) Nurse Edith Cavell (1939)

16. Ann E. Todd

Actress | The Blue Bird

Ann E. Todd was born Ann Todd Phillips on August 26, 1931, in Denver, Colorado. Both of her parents had extensive careers in music; her father, Burrill Phillips, was an accomplished composer and pianist. Ann also had one brother, Stephen, who was born in 1937 (and died in 1986). Ann was adopted and...

5 roles:

Zaza (1938) The Zero Hour (1939) Stronger Than Desire (1939) Intermezzo: A Love Story (1939) Destry Rides Again (1939)

17. Glynis Johns

Actress | Mary Poppins

Husky voiced Glynis is the daughter of actor Mervyn Johns. Best known for her light comedy roles and often playful flirtation, Glynis was born in South Africa while her parents were on tour there (her mother was a concert pianist) but was always proud of her Welsh roots and took delight in playing ...

4 roles:

South Riding (1938) Murder in the Family (1938) Prison Without Bars (1938) On the Night of the Fire (1939)

18. Donnie Dunagan

Actor | Son of Frankenstein

Born in Depression-era Texas, Donnie Dunagan moved with his parents to Memphis as a young child. There, as a three-year-old, he was taught to tap dance by a neighbor and entered in a talent contest at the Orpheum Theatre. Donnie won the $100 prize and caught the attention of a movie talent scout in...

4 roles:

Mother Carey's Chickens (1938) Son of Frankenstein (1939) The Forgotten Woman (1939) Tower of London (1939)

19. Suzy Delair

Actress | L'assassin habite... au 21

Prototype of the sexy cheeky French lady, Suzy Delair was discovered by Henri-Georges Clouzot, who became her companion and gave her two memorable roles : Mila Malou, inspector Wens' unbearable girlfriend in two films, The Last One of the Six (1941), which he wrote, and The Murderer Lives at Number...

3 roles:

Un caprice de la Pompadour (1931) Touchons du bois (1933) L'or dans la rue (1934)

20. Jimmy Lydon

Actor | Strange Illusion

Born to a large Irish Catholic family (the fifth of nine children) and raised in New York City, Lydon overcame a birth defect and alcoholic father to begin a Broadway career in 1937, acting opposite Van Heflin, Sidney Lumet and Uta Hagen in separate productions. After a number of films with ...

3 roles:

Back Door to Heaven (1939) Two Thoroughbreds (1939) The Middleton Family at the New York World's Fair (1939)

21. Joan Howard

Actress | Swing Your Lady

Joan Howard was born on April 2, 1927 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. She is an actress and writer, known for Swing Your Lady (1938), Love in a Bungalow (1937) and Woman Doctor (1939). She was previously married to Norman Maurer.

3 roles:

Love in a Bungalow (1937) Swing Your Lady (1938) Woman Doctor (1939)

22. Mickey Kuhn

Actor | A Streetcar Named Desire

One of Hollywood's staple child actors during the 30s and 40s, Mickey Kuhn played alongside many a top Hollywood star from Leslie Howard and Conrad Nagel's son to playing Dick Tracy's ward. Once he reached the "awkward teens" stage, however, he found himself primarily unemployed or in unbilled ...

3 roles:

Juarez (1939) S.O.S. Tidal Wave (1939) Gone with the Wind (1939)

23. Marge Champion

Actress | The Party

One of the great dancer and choreographers in both movies and stage, Marge Champion is best known today as the former wife of Gower Champion, when they worked together as a highly successfully dancing team in the MGM musical years. After retiring from movies, Champion now works as a dance teacher ...

2 roles:

Honor of the West (1939) All Women Have Secrets (1939)

24. Micheline Presle

Actress | If a Man Answers

Dark-haired, Paris-born Micheline Presle (better known in the States as Micheline Prelle) was the daughter of a businessman and took acting classes as a teen. She was discovered by Georg Wilhelm Pabst and cast in Young Girls in Trouble (1939) (Young Girls in Distress) and Four Flights to Love (1940)...

2 roles:

Petite peste (1939) Jeunes filles en détresse (1939)

25. Pauline de Chalus

Actress | The Mill on the Floss

After appearing in two motion pictures, World War Two started in England, and teenage Pauline volunteered to drive a delivery truck that had been modified to become an ambulance. London was in flames with the nightly Blitz bombings, and with bombs dropping all around her, she bravely drove the ...

2 roles:

The Mill on the Floss (1936) Action for Slander (1937)

26. Hazel Ascot

Actress | Stepping Toes

Hazel Ascot was born on May 10, 1928 in Manchester, England. She is an actress, known for Stepping Toes (1938), Talking Feet (1937) and Movie Memories (1981).

2 roles:

Talking Feet (1937) Stepping Toes (1938)

27. Maria Riva

Actress | Scrooged

Maria Riva was born on December 13, 1924 in Berlin, Germany as Maria Elisabeth Sieber. She is an actress, known for Scrooged (1988), The Scarlet Empress (1934) and Suspense (1949).

1 role:

The Scarlet Empress (1934)

28. Mildred Kornman

Actress | Fish Hooky

Mildred Kornman was born on July 10, 1925 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Mildred Gene Kornman. She is an actress, known for Fish Hooky (1933), The Nickel-Hopper (1926) and Dog Heaven (1927).

29. Sidney Kibrick

Actor | Our Gang Follies of 1936

Sidney Kibrick was born on July 2, 1928 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. He is an actor, known for Our Gang Follies of 1936 (1935), The Pinch Singer (1936) and Beginner's Luck (1935).

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