They died young

by runefromnorway | created - 27 Jun 2017 | updated - 13 Sep 2017 | Public

1. John Keats

Writer | La Belle Dame Sans Merci by John Keats

He is buried in Rome's Protestant cemetery, only a few yards from the tomb of his colleague Percy Bysshe Shelley, under the epitaph he chose for himself-- "Here lies one whose name was writ in water."

Died of tuberculosis in Rome, Italy.

1795-1821 (25 years old)

2. Alexander Pushkin

Soundtrack | Florence Foster Jenkins

Born to noble parents (his father Sergei was a retired major, and his mother, Nadezhda, was the granddaughter of an ennobled Ethiopian general) on the 26th of May, 1799 in Moscow, Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin became involved with a liberal underground revolutionary group that saw him exiled to the ...

Died in a duel in St. Petersburg, Russia.

1799-1837 (37 years old)

Died in Paris, France.

1809-1849 (39 years old)

4. Nikolay Gogol

Writer | The Inspector General

Nikolai (Mykola) Gogol was a Russian humorist, dramatist, and novelist of Ukrainian origin. His ancestors were bearing the name of Gogol-Janovsky and claimed belonging to the upper class Polish Szlachta. Gogol's father, a Ukrainian writer living on his old family estate, had five other children. He...

Died of self-inflicted starvation in Moscow, Russia.

1809-1852 (42 years old)

5. Charlotte Brontë

Writer | Jane Eyre

Charlotte was born 1816, the third of the six children of Patrick Brontë, an Anglican clergyman, and his wife Maria Branwell Brontë. After their mother's death in 1821, Charlotte and her sisters, Maria and Elizabeth, were sent to Cowan Bridge Clergy Daughters' School, which Charlotte would later ...

Died of pneumonia in Haworth, England.

1816-1855 (38 years old)

Died of cancer in Prague, Austria [now Czech Republic].

1820-1862 (41 years old)

7. Ethelbert Nevin

Soundtrack | Smile

Pictured on the 10¢ US postage stamp in the Famous Americans/Composers series, issued 10 June 1940.

Died in New Haven, Connecticut.

1862-1901 (38 years old)

8. Creston Clarke

Actor | The Battle of Ballots

Creston Clarke was born on August 20, 1865 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He was an actor, known for The Battle of Ballots (1915). He was married to Adelaide Prince. He died on March 21, 1910 in Asheville, North Carolina, USA.

Died of tuberculosis in Asheville, North Carolina.

1865-1910 (44 years old)

9. Mace Greenleaf

Actor | Falling Leaves

Mace Greenleaf began as a stage actor starring and supporting in many popular plays, perhaps his best known roles was as Herbert, the King's Forrester in 'The Prisoner of Zenda' in the 1890's and in 1898 played Mr. Hunston in Sir Arthur Wing Pinero's play 'Trelawny of the Wells' at the Lyceum ...

Died of typhoid pneumonia in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1872-1912 (39 years old)

10. Florence Barker

Actress | Choosing a Husband

Florence Barker was born on November 22, 1891 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She was an actress and writer, known for Choosing a Husband (1909), Faithful (1910) and The Gold Seekers (1910). She died on February 15, 1913 in Los Angeles.

Died of pneumonia in Los Angeles, California.

1891-1913 (21 years old)

11. John R. Cumpson

Actor | Mr. Bumptious, Detective

John R Cumpson was born in Buffalo, New York, one of the youngest in a large family. His father was a blacksmith. In 1887, John R Cumpson was listed in a Buffalo City Directory as a bank clerk, and in the 1890 census as a bookkeeper. He apparently soon set aside ledgers and took up a career in ...

Died of pneumonia and diabetes in New York, New York.

1866-1913 (46 years old)

12. Arthur V. Johnson

Actor | The Beloved Adventurer

Arthur V. Johnson was born on February 2, 1876 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA as Arthur Vaughen Johnson. He was an actor and director, known for The Beloved Adventurer (1914), Annie Rowley's Fortune (1913) and The Adventures of Dollie (1908). He was married to Maude Webb. He died on January 17, 1916 in ...

Died of tuberculosis in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1876-1916 (39 years old)

13. Fred Mace

Director | Without Hope

Mace was a dentist from Erie, Pennsylvania who at one point did some stage stock work for Mack Sennett. Heading west, he worked for Carl Laemmle and Thomas H. Ince before settling back with Sennett. After achieving success as the Chief of the Keystone Kops, he quit Sennett and opened his own ...

Died of a stroke in New York, New York.

1878-1917 (38 years old)

14. Valdemar Psilander

Actor | Elskovsleg

Young Danish Valdemar tried to make a success in the theatre when he first appeared on Casino Teater in 1901. He never succeeded on the stage - his voice didn't sound right! But notices were otherwise kind to him.

Psilander was good-looking, charming and exuding a certain joie-de-vivre. He soon ...

Died of brain hemorrhage in Copenhagen, Denmark.

1884-1917 (32 years old)

15. J. Frank Burke

Actor | The Iced Bullet

J. Frank Burke was born on April 22, 1867 in Hartland, Vermont, USA as John Franklin Burke. He was an actor, known for The Iced Bullet (1917), Madcap Madge (1917) and The Italian (1915). He died on January 23, 1918 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Died of arteriosclerosis in Los Angeles, California.

1867-1918 (50 years old)

16. Joseph Kaufman

Director | A Woman Went Forth

Joseph Kaufman was born in 1882 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. He was a director and actor, known for A Woman Went Forth (1915), The Traveling Salesman (1916) and Shirley Kaye (1917). He was married to Ethel Clayton. He died on February 1, 1918 in New York City, New York, USA.

Died of influenza in New York, New York.

1882-1918 (36 years old)

17. Vernon Castle

Actor | The Whirl of Life

Vernon Castle and his wife Irene Castle were the best known ballroom dancers of the early 20th Century. Beginning about 1914 they operated several clubs and studios in the New York City area, toured the country dancing, and were able to charge as much as a thousand dollars an hour for lessons.

From ...

Died in a plane crash in Fort Worth, Texas.

1887-1918 (30 years old)

18. Thomas V. Emory

Actor | The Price He Paid

Thomas V. Emory was born in 1883. He was an actor, known for The Price He Paid (1914). He died on March 18, 1921 in New York City, New York, USA.

Died of pneumonia in New York, New York.

1883-1921 (38 years old)

19. Florence Deshon

Actress | Twins of Suffering Creek

Florence Deshon born to Samuel and Florence C. Danks of Austrian and English descent. She began as a stage actress and appeared opposite Mary Boland in 'My Lady's Dress and in the comedy 'Seven Chances' prior to making her screen debut in 1915's 'The Beloved Vagabond' directed by Edward Jose for ...

Died of illuminant-gas poisoning in New York, New York.

1893-1922 (28 years old)

20. Bert Williams

Actor | A Natural Born Gambler

One of the first black superstars of popular entertainment, Egbert Austin Williams, although born in the Bahamas, was raised largely in California. Nursing show business aspirations early on, he teamed with boyhood friend George Walker to form a highly successful vaudeville act, which continued ...

Died of pneumonia and heart disease in New York, New York.

1874-1922 (47 years old)

21. Jaroslav Hasek

Writer | Svejk

Czech author Jaroslav Hasek was born in 1883 in Prague, Bohemia (now Czech Republic), which at the time was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. His father was an alcoholic schoolteacher who was constantly moving the family in search of better paying jobs, and died when Jaroslav was 13. The ...

Died of heart failure in Lipnice nad Sázavou, Czechoslovakia [now Czech Republic].

1883-1923 (39 years old)

22. Ethel Lloyd

Actress | A Florida Enchantment

Ethel Lloyd was born on March 23, 1886 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for A Florida Enchantment (1914), The Ransom (1916) and Mother's Roses (1915). She was married to Lloyd Hamilton. She died on January 12, 1923 in Brooklyn.

Died in Brooklyn, New York.

1886-1923 (36 years old)

23. Wallace Reid

Actor | Carmen

The son of writer-theater producer-director-actor Hal Reid, Wallace was on stage by the age of four in the act with his parents. He spent most of his early years, not on the stage, but in private schools where he excelled in music and athletics. In 1910, his father went to the Chicago studio of "...

Died of influenza in Los Angeles, California.

1891-1923 (31 years old)

24. Sidney Mason

Actor | The Good-Bad Wife

Sidney Mason was born on September 26, 1886 in Paterson, New Jersey, USA as Louis Hellthal. He was an actor, known for The Good-Bad Wife (1920), Orphan Sally (1922) and The Seven Sisters (1915). He was married to Marie Mason (née Van). He died on March 1, 1923 in New York City, New York, USA.

Died in New York, New York.

1886-1923 (37 years old)

25. Lillian Drew

Actress | Ruggles of Red Gap

The beautiful Lillian Drew was born in Chicago in 1886. Lillian became a highly popular musical comedy theatre star from the mid 1900's, often appearing with her husband actor E.H. Calvert. Later Lillian a gorgeous brunette starred in more than 90 drama and comedy films and became known as Lily of ...

Died of veronal poisoning in Chicago, Illinois.

1883-1924 (41 years old)

26. Billy Armstrong

Actor | Up in Alf's Place

Billy Armstrong was born on January 14, 1891 in Bristol, England. He was an actor and director, known for Up in Alf's Place (1919), Trouble Bubbles (1920) and The Bank (1915). He was married to Marion Parker. He died on March 1, 1924 in Sunland, California, USA.

Died of tuberculosis in Sunland, California.

1891-1924 (33 years old)

27. Pell Trenton

Actor | Fair and Warmer

Pell Trenton was born on August 29, 1883 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for Fair and Warmer (1919), The Joyous Liar (1919) and The Adventurer (1917). He died on March 3, 1924 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Died of pulmonary tuberculosis in Los Angeles, California.

1883-1924 (40 years old)

28. Barney Bernard

Actor | Potash and Perlmutter

Barney Bernard was born on August 17, 1876 in Rochester, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for Potash and Perlmutter (1923), Phantom Fortunes (1916) and A Prince in a Pawnshop (1916). He was married to Rose Francis. He died on March 21, 1924 in New York City, New York.

Died of bronchial pneumonia in New York, New York.

1876-1924 (47 years old)

29. Shorty Hamilton

Actor | Denny from Ireland

Shorty Hamilton was born on September 9, 1879 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as John H. Hamilton. He was an actor, known for Denny from Ireland (1918), It Happened Out West (1923) and The Snail (1918). He was married to Ethel Spurgint (actress). He died on March 7, 1925 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Died in a car crash in Los Angeles, California.

1879-1925 (45 years old)

30. Lucille Ricksen

Actress | Judgment of the Storm

Lucille Ricksen was born Ingeborg Erickson on August 22, 1910, in Chicago, Illinois. She worked a child model and made her film debut at the age of five. Her parents separated and her mother took her to Hollywood in 1920. Ten year old Lucille was offered a contract with Samuel Goldwyn and starred ...

Died of tuberculosis in Los Angeles, California.

1910-1925 (14 years old)

31. Dan Russell

Actor | Two Gun Trixie

Dan Russell was born on August 24, 1875 in Birmingham, England. He was an actor and director, known for Two Gun Trixie (1919), A Scandal at Sea (1915) and Blue Blood But Black Skin (1916). He died on March 19, 1925 in Dallas, Texas, USA.

Died in Dallas, Texas.

1875-1925 (49 years old)

32. Barbara La Marr

Actress | The Three Musketeers

Reatha Watson (Barbara La Marr) is possibly most famous as supposedly being one of the first drug-related deaths in Hollywood, but while she had a serious drinking problem she in fact died of tuberculosis with complications of nephritis. She is notable for other reasons, among them her successes as...

Died of tuberculosis and nephritis in Altadena, California.

1896-1926 (29 years old)

33. Cécile Guyon

Actress | Sapho

Cécile Guyon was born on December 4, 1890 in Paris, France as Cécile Annette Guyon. She was an actress, known for Sapho (1912), Les filles du saltimbanque (1912) and L'enfant prodigue (1916). She was married to Henri Bosc. She died on January 29, 1927 in Paris.

Died in Paris, France.

1890-1927 (36 years old)

34. Emily Stevens

Actress | A Man's World

Emily Stevens was born in New York, New York on February 27, 1882. Her father was Robert E. Stevens, a stage director and who later co-directed a film in 1919 called OUT OF THE FOG. Emily, herself, began her career as a stage actress and at the age of 33 appeared for the first on celluloid in the ...

Died of an overdose of sedatives in New York, New York.

1882-1928 (45 years old)

35. Claude France

Actress | Le père Goriot

Claude France was born on March 9, 1893 in Emden, Germany as Jane Joséphine Anna Françoise Wittig. She was an actress, known for Father Goriot (1921), The Gay Cavalier (1925) and The Duke's Motto (1925). She died on January 3, 1928 in Paris, France.

Died of a suicide by gas inhalation in Paris, France.

1893-1928 (34 years old)

36. Marc McDermott

Actor | He Who Gets Slapped

Marc McDermott was born Marcus McDermott in Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia, on July 24, 1881. His father Patrick McDermott and mother Annie Massey McDermott were born in Ireland, and Marc later became an English citizen when he moved to London. His older brother Patrick was born in Ireland, ...

Died of cirrhosis of the liver in Glendale, California.

1881-1929 (47 years old)

37. Casson Ferguson

Actor | Grumpy

Casson Ferguson was born on May 29, 1891 in Alexandria, Louisiana, USA as Casson Michel Ferguson. He was an actor, known for Grumpy (1923), Secret Service (1919) and Her Reputation (1923). He was married to Inez Geraldine Griffin and Catherine Mallon. He died on February 12, 1929 in Los Angeles, ...

Died of pneumonia in Los Angeles, California.

1891-1929 (37 years old)

38. William Russell

Actor | The Roof Tree

Silent-film star William Russell was born in the Bronx, New York, in the late 1880s (various sources give it as 1884, 1886 and 1889). His mother, Clara, was a highly regarded stage actress. Russell studied law at Fordham University (and, some sources say, Harvard University). He started a law ...

Died of pneumonia in Beverly Hills, California.

1884-1929 (44 years old)

39. Emilio Ghione

Actor | Il castello di bronzo

Emilio Ghione was born on July 30, 1879 in Turin, Piedmont, Italy as Emilio Luigi Carlo giuseppe Maria Ghione. He was an actor and director, known for Il castello di bronzo (1920), I topi grigi (1918) and Za-la-Mort (1915). He died on January 7, 1930 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

Died of tuberculosis in Rome, Italy.

1879-1930 (50 years old)

40. Dorothy Seastrom

Actress | Fifth Avenue Models

Dorothy Seastrom was born on March 16, 1903 in Texas, USA as Dorothy Susan Seastrunk. She was an actress, known for Fifth Avenue Models (1925), Pretty Ladies (1925) and It Must Be Love (1926). She was married to Francis Corby. She died on January 31, 1930 in Dallas, Texas.

Died of tuberculosis in Dallas, Texas.

1903-1930 (26 years old)

41. Mabel Normand

Actress | Mickey

Mabel Normand was one of the comedy greats of early film. In an era when women are deemed 'not funny enough' it seems film history has forgotten her contributions. Her films debuted the Keystone Cops, Charlie Chaplin's tramp and the pie in the face gag. She co-starred with both Chaplin and Roscoe "...

Died of tuberculosis in Monrovia, California.

1892-1930 (37 years old)

42. D.H. Lawrence

Writer | The Plainclothesman

David Herbert Lawrence was born in Nottinghamshire, England, 11 September 1885. His father was a coal miner, his mother a genteel woman who sought education and refinement for her son. Lawrence earned a university degree and taught school for a short time. While still a student he began to publish ...

Died of tuberculosis in Vence, France.

1885-1930 (44 years old)

43. Hjalmar Bergman

Writer | Norrtullsligan

Hjalmar Bergman was born on September 19, 1883 in Örebro, Örebro län, Sweden as Hjalmar Fredrik Elgérus Bergman. He was a writer, known for The Nurtull Gang (1923), Father and Son (1931) and The Hell Ship (1923). He was married to Stina Bergman. He died on January 1, 1931 in Berlin, Germany.

Died of a suicide by morphine overdose in Berlin, Germany.

1883-1931 (47 years old)

44. Art Acord

Actor | The Set-Up

Art Acord was born on April 17, 1890 in Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA as Arthemus Ward Acord. He is known for his work on The Set-Up (1926), Set Free (1927) and The White Horseman (1921). He was married to Louise Lorraine, Edna Nores and Edythe Sterling. He died on January 4, 1931 in Chihuahua, ...

Died of cyanide poisoning in Chihuahua, Mexico.

1890-1931 (40 years old)

45. Ethel Grey Terry

Actress | The Penalty

A graduate of the Notre Dame academy at Roxbury, Massachusetts, Ethel began her career as a classical dancer working under the direction of Belasco and the Shuberts. She began her career on the stage at two years of age, later being going to New York to pursue a career on the stage. On Broadway she...

Died of an illness in Hollywood, California.

1882-1931 (48 years old)

46. Alma Rubens

Actress | The Americano

Alma Rubens was born Alma Genevieve Reubens in San Francisco, California. She was interested in entertaining at an early age. Like most young girls, she enjoyed fantasy play acting and by the time she was 19 had become a full-fledged star. She didn't have to wait long like some of the starlets who ...

Died of pneumonia in Los Angeles, California.

1897-1931 (33 years old)

47. Louis Wolheim

Actor | All Quiet on the Western Front

It was Lionel Barrymore who gave Louis Wolheim (Cornell '07) his start as an actor. Wolheim had had his face more or less smashed in and his nose nicely fractured while playing on a scrub Cornell football team. Later as a Cornell Instructor he found life none too easy. He had worked off and on as ...

Died of stomach cancer in Los Angeles, California.

1880-1931 (50 years old)

48. Lupu Pick

Director | Das Panzergewölbe

Lupu Pick was born on January 2, 1886 in Iasi, Iasi, Romania as Lupu Ludwig Pick. He was an actor and director, known for The Armored Vault (1926), Tötet nicht mehr (1920) and Die tolle Heirat von Laló (1918). He was married to Edith Posca. He died on March 7, 1931 in Berlin, Germany.

Died of gastric poisoning in Berlin, Germany.

1886-1931 (45 years old)

49. F.W. Murnau

Director | Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

F.W. Murnau was a German film director. He was greatly influenced by Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Shakespeare and Ibsen plays he had seen at the age of 12, and became a friend of director Max Reinhardt. During World War I he served as a company commander at the eastern front and was in the German air ...

Died in a car crash in Santa Barbara, California.

1888-1931 (42 years old)

50. Louis John Bartels

Actor | Sin Takes a Holiday

Louis John Bartels was born on October 19, 1895 in Bunker Hill, Illinois, USA. He was an actor, known for Sin Takes a Holiday (1930), Nothing But the Truth (1929) and Broadway Nights (1927). He was married to Martha Wood. He died on March 4, 1932 in Hollywood, California, USA.

Died of a stomach disease in Hollywood, California.

1895-1932 (36 years old)

51. Jack Pickford

Actor | Brown of Harvard

Nepotism certainly has had its advantages in Hollywood, none more so than in the film career of Jack Pickford, whose famous older sis, "America's Sweetheart" Mary Pickford, saw to it that Jack had all the advantages her star weight could muster. Born in Toronto, Canada, in 1896, Jack was prompted ...

Died of progressive multiple neuritis in Paris, France.

1895-1933 (37 years old)

52. Barry Conners

Writer | Chandu the Magician

Barry Conners (1882-1933)--actor, playwright, attorney and screenwriter--was born and raised in Oil City, PA, the son of a country doctor. Although he later graduated from law school, he never established a practice. Instead, he joined the theater as an actor with an eye to learning stagecraft well...

Died in a house fire in Hollywood, California.

1883-1933 (49 years old)

53. Bruto Castellani

Actor | La Sacra Bibbia

Castellani appears mostly in historical films and always plays good characters, except in "Ben-Hur" 1925 film, which comes across in the Golthar pirate clothes. He began his career in 1911 with the short films "Santa Cecilia" and "La sposa del Nilo", playing the title role. In 1913 we see him in ...

Died of diabetes in Rome, Italy.

1888-1933 (45 years old)

54. Charles Perley

Actor | The Chosen Prince, or The Friendship of David and Jonathan

Charles Perley was born on August 14, 1885 in Riverside, California, USA as Charles Gilbert Perley. He was an actor, known for The Chosen Prince, or The Friendship of David and Jonathan (1917), The Celebrated Case (1912) and The Woman in White (1912). He was married to Louise Hall and Hazel H ...

Died of a heart attack in Santa Ana, California.

1885-1933 (47 years old)

55. Walter Hiers

Actor | Seventeen

Walter Hiers was born on July 18, 1893 in Cordele, Georgia, USA. He was an actor, known for Seventeen (1916), The Conquest of Canaan (1916) and So Long Letty (1920). He was married to Adah Lavinia McWilliams. He died on February 27, 1933 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Died of pneumonia in Los Angeles, California.

1893-1933 (39 years old)

56. Einar Rinne

Actor | Noidan kirot

Einar Rinne was born on January 31, 1890 in Asikkala, Finland. He was an actor, known for Noidan kirot (1927), Työn sankarilaulu (1929) and Lumisten metsien mies (1928). He was married to Eine Laine. He died on March 31, 1933 in Helsinki, Finland.

Died in Helsinki, Finland.

1890-1933 (43 years old)

57. Sunny Jim McKeen

Actor | Baby Talks

Young "Sunny Jim" McKeen was featured in 39 "Newlyweds and Their Baby" shorts in the late 1920s, then went on to make a series of six sound shorts on his own. A very blond little boy, he was a contemporary of the child actors such as Allen 'Farina' Hoskins and Jackie Cooper, Davey Lee and Shirley ...

Died of blood poisoning in Los Angeles, California.

1924-1933 (8 years old)

58. Lilyan Tashman

Actress | The Matrimonial Bed

Lilyan Tashman was born on October 23, 1896, in Brooklyn, New York, to Rose (Cook) and Morris Tashman. Her parents were Jewish immigrants, her father from Bialystok, Poland, and her mother from Germany. After toying with some stage work, she made her film debut with Experience (1921). That was her ...

Died after cancer surgery in New York, New York.

1896-1934 (37 years old)

59. Lloyd Hamilton

Actor | A Self-Made Failure

Being one of numerous important comedians during the silent era whose popularity has turned into almost complete obscurity, Lloyd Hamilton has nevertheless earned a reputation as an original talent among film historians and enthusiasts. Born into a conservative middle-class family in California, ...

Died after surgery in Hollywood, California.

1891-1935 (43 years old)

60. William 'Stage' Boyd

Actor | The Midnight Warning

William 'Stage' Boyd was born on December 18, 1889 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for The Midnight Warning (1932), The Locked Door (1929) and The Spoilers (1930). He was married to Clara Joel and Margaret Christiansen. He died on March 20, 1935 in Los Angeles, California, ...

Died of a liver ailment in Los Angeles, California.

1889-1935 (45 years old)

61. John Gilbert

Actor | Flesh and the Devil

John Gilbert was born into a show-business family - his father was a comic with the Pringle Stock Company. By 1915 John was an extra with Thomas H. Ince's company and a lead player by 1917. In those days he was assistant director, actor or screenwriter. He also tried his hand at directing. By 1919 ...

Died of heart failure in Los Angeles, California.

1899-1936 (36 years old)

62. James Bradbury Jr.

Actor | The Last of the Duanes

James Bradbury Jr. was born on October 5, 1894 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for The Last of the Duanes (1930), Song of the Eagle (1933) and Gorilla Ship (1932). He died on January 21, 1936 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Died of a suicide in Los Angeles, California.

1894-1936 (41 years old)

63. Zula Pogorzelska

Actress | Sto metrów milosci

Zula Pogorzelska was born in 1896 in Yevpatoria, Taurida Governorate, Russian Empire as Zofia Pogorzelska. She was an actress, known for Sto metrów milosci (1932), Niebezpieczny romans (1930) and Romeo i Julcia (1933). She was married to Konrad Tom. She died on February 10, 1936 in Wilno, ...

Died of a spine disease in Wilno, Poland [now Vilnius, Lithuania].

1896-1936 (40 years old)

64. Marilyn Miller

Actress | Her Majesty, Love

"Look for the Silver Lining" became the appropriate signature song for one of Broadways's most popular musical stage stars of the 1920s, Marilyn Miller, for she embodied a vibrant, child-like optimism in her very best "happily ever after" showcases. Such happiness, however, did not extend into her ...

Died of an infection after sinus surgery in New York, New York.

1898-1936 (37 years old)

65. Ross Alexander

Actor | Captain Blood

The tragically brief life of fresh-faced, boyishly handsome Ross Alexander, who seemed to have everything going for him, plays these days like a bad Hollywood movie. Alexander was a charming, highly engaging young actor whose pleasant voice and breezy personality aided greatly in his transition ...

Died of suicide by gunshot in Los Angeles, California.

1907-1937 (29 years old)

66. Richard Boleslawski

Director | Theodora Goes Wild

Inventing a stage name "Boleslawski" (later spelled also "Boleslavsky"), young Pole Boleslaw Ryszard Srzednicki left his second home (Odessa, Russian Empire) to study theatre and train as an actor at the world-famous Moscow Art Theatre before and during WW I. He also acted in a few early Russian ...

Died of a heart attack in Hollywood, California.

1889-1937 (47 years old)

67. Marie Prevost

Actress | The Racket

Popular star in Hollywood for two decades through 1936, Marie Prevost began as a Mack Sennett "Bathing Beauty" in 1917, later starring in dozens of light comedies. But not long into the sound era, she encountered problems with her burgeoning weight, to the jeopardy of her career. Her self-remedy ...

Died of extreme malnutrition and alcoholism in Hollywood, California.

1898-1937 (38 years old)

68. Antonio Gil Varela 'Varillas'

Actor | La reina mora

Antonio Gil Varela 'Varillas' was born on November 14, 1895 in Madrid, Spain. He was an actor and director, known for La reina mora (1937), La reina mora (1923) and Nobleza de corazones (1925). He died on January 26, 1937.

1895-1937 (41 years old)

69. Frank Vosper

Writer | Love from a Stranger

Frank Vosper was born on December 15, 1899 in Hampstead, London, England as Frank Permian Vosper. He was an actor and writer, known for A Night of Terror (1937), Shadows on the Stairs (1941) and Love from a Stranger (1947). He died on March 6, 1937.

Died of drowning in the North Atlantic Ocean.

1899-1937 (37 years old)

70. H.P. Lovecraft

Writer | Re-Animator

Born in Providence, Lovecraft was a sickly child whose parents died insane. When he was 16, he wrote the astronomy column in the Providence Tribune. Between 1908 and 1923, he wrote short stories for Weird Tales magazine, among others. He died in Providence, in poverty, on March 15, 1937. His most ...

Died of intestinal cancer in Providence, Rhode Island.

1890-1937 (46 years old)

71. Katherine Grant

Actress | The Wolf of Placer

Katherine Grant was born on May 1, 1904 in Los Angeles, California. Her parents divorced and her father passed away in 1921. At the age of eighteen she won the Miss Los Angeles beauty contest and competed in the Miss America pageant. Katherine worked as a professional dancer and to make extra money...

Died of pulmonary tuberculosis in San Bernardino, California.

1904-1937 (32 years old)

72. Ralph Ince

Director | Lincoln, the Lover

The youngest of three filmmaking brothers (the others were John Ince and Thomas H. Ince), Ralph Ince's career mirrored that of his brother John: he went from acting in silents to directing, and with the advent of sound he turned character actor. Unlike John, however, he would eventually resume ...

Died in a traffic collision in London, England.

1887-1937 (50 years old)

73. Gösta Ekman

Actor | Faust: Eine deutsche Volkssage

Generally spoken of as Swedish theater's most legendary stage actor, Gösta Ekman enjoyed a prolific stage career during his short life, becoming the first real star of Swedish theater. His boyish good looks attracted both sexes, helping to create a massive cult following and elevating him to the ...

Died of pneumonia and uremia in Stockholm, Sweden.

1890-1938 (47 years old)

74. Lyda Roberti

Actress | Nobody's Baby

Lyda's father was German clown Roberti, her mother a Polish trick rider. As a child performer, she toured Europe and Asia with the Circus in which she was born, leaving it (and her reportedly abusive father) in Shanghai, China. In this truly international city, Lyda became a child cafe entertainer ...

Died of a heart attack in Los Angeles, California.

1906-1938 (31 years old)

75. Jameson Thomas

Actor | The Farmer's Wife

On the British stage from his teens, he first appeared as a half-breed boy in "The Squaw Man." His screen debut was in 1923 in the film "Chu Chin Chow." Dissatisfied with the British film industry, he moved to Hollywood and played a number of minor roles up to the time of his death. On the English ...

Died of tuberculosis in Sierra Madre, California.

1888-1939 (50 years old)

76. Ivan Mozzhukhin

Actor | L'angoissante aventure

Ivan Mozzhukhin was a legendary actor of Russian silent films, who escaped execution by the Soviet Red Army and had a stellar career in Europe.

He was born Ivan Ilyich Mozzhukhin on September 26, 1889, in the village of Kondol, Saratov province, Russia (now Penza province, Russia). His father was ...

Died of tuberculosis in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France.

1889-1939 (49 years old)

77. Herbert Mundin

Actor | The Adventures of Robin Hood

Herbert Mundin was born on August 21, 1898 in St. Helens, Merseyside, England as Herbert Thomas Mundin. He was an actor, known for The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), David Copperfield (1935) and Another Dawn (1937). He was married to Ann Shaw and Hilda Frances Hoyes. He died on March 5, 1939 in ...

Died in a car crash in Van Nuys, California.

1898-1939 (40 years old)

78. Lawrence Anderson

Actor | His Lordship

Lawrence Anderson was born in 1893 in Hampstead, London, England. He was an actor, known for Man of Affairs (1936), Nell Gwyn (1934) and The Fire Raisers (1934). He was married to Beatrice Anderson. He died on March 28, 1939 in London.

Died in London, England.

1893-1939 (46 years old)

79. Frank McGlynn Jr.

Actor | Bar 20 Rides Again

Frank McGlynn Jr. was born on July 9, 1904 in Marin County, California, USA. He was an actor, known for Bar 20 Rides Again (1935), Hop-a-Long Cassidy (1935) and Westward Ho (1935). He died on March 29, 1939 in Los Angeles, California.

Died of tuberculosis in Los Angeles, California.

1904-1939 (34 years old)

80. John Graham Spacey

Actor | Thank You, Jeeves!

John Graham Spacey was born on August 8, 1897 in Derbyshire, England. He was an actor, known for Thank You, Jeeves! (1936), Four Men and a Prayer (1938) and Who Killed Gail Preston? (1938). He died on January 2, 1940 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Died of a heart attack in Los Angeles, California.

1897-1940 (42 years old)

81. Mikhail A. Bulgakov

Writer | Ivan Vasilevich menyaet professiyu

Mikhail A. Bulgakov was a Russian writer and medical doctor known for big screen adaptations of his books, such as Beg (1971) and Master i Margarita (2006).

He was born Mikhail Afanasievich Bulgakov on May 15, 1891, in Kiev, Russia (now Kiev, Ukraine). He was the first of six children in the family ...

Died of hypertensive nepropathy in Moscow, Soviet Union [now Russia].

1891-1940 (48 years old)

82. La Jana

Actress | Der Biberpelz

La Jana was the stage name of the brunette Viennese-born actress and exotic dancer Henriette 'Henny' Hiebel. She was trained as a ballerina for ten years and first performed at the Frankfurt Kinderoper at the age of eight. Of boyishly slim build, she appeared on stage in cabaret in 1921. Soon after...

Died of pneumonia in Berlin, Germany.

1905-1940 (35 years old)

83. Walter Miller

Actor | King of the Wild

Walter Miller was born on March 9, 1892 in Dayton, Ohio, USA as William Corwin Miller. He was an actor, known for King of the Wild (1931), The Last of the Mohicans (1932) and Queen of the Northwoods (1929). He was married to Eileen Schofield and Lillian Louise Coffin. He died on March 30, 1940 in ...

Died of a heart attack in Hollywood, California.

1892-1940 (48 years old)

84. Rudi Godden

Actor | Die lustigen Vagabunden

Rudi Godden was born on April 18, 1907 in Berlin, Germany as Rudi Lissbauer. He was an actor, known for Die lustigen Vagabunden (1940), The Stars Shine (1938) and Polterabend (1940). He was married to Gerty Godden. He died on January 4, 1941 in Berlin.

Died of blood poisoning in Berlin, Germany.

1907-1941 (33 years old)

85. Mary McIvor

Actress | In His Brother's Place

Mary McIvor born Mary Ellsworth McIvor in Barnesville, Ohio in 1904. Vaudeville performer, beautiful, lovely young brunette star who appeared mainly in westerns from 1917 at the age of 13, first starring role as Lady Maryska in 'Paddy O'Hara' directed by Walter Edwards and starring her future ...

Died of a heart attack in Hollywood, California.

1904-1941 (36 years old)

86. Igo Sym

Actor | Erzherzog Johann

Igo Sym was born in Innsbruck, Austria in 1896. Before working as an actor he served from 1918-1921 in the Polish army. After working in silent films he was engaged by the theater in Warsaw, where he often appeared with his "Singing Saw".

When in 1939 the Germans ran over Poland, Sym started to ...

Died of execution by gunshot in Warsaw, Poland.

1896-1941 (44 years old)

87. Casper Reardon

Actor | You're a Sweetheart

Casper Reardon was born to a vaudeville family in Little Falls, New York. At the age of five he trouped with his parents. His father, who was of Irish descent, presented him with a small Irish harp on his eighth birthday. His début as soloist was with the Philadelphia Orchestra, under the direction...

Died of a kidney disease in New York, New York.

1907-1941 (33 years old)

88. Eddie Conrad

Actor | Foreign Correspondent

Eddie Conrad was born on October 27, 1892 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for Foreign Correspondent (1940), Lucky Partners (1940) and Man from Montreal (1939). He died on April 1, 1941 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Died in Los Angeles, California.

1892-1941 (48 years old)

89. Carole Lombard

Actress | To Be or Not to Be

Carole Lombard was born Jane Alice Peters in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on October 6, 1908. Her parents divorced in 1916 and her mother took the family on a trip out West. While there they decided to settle down in the Los Angeles area. After being spotted playing baseball in the street with the ...

Died in a plane crash at Table Rock Mountain, Nevada.

1908-1942 (33 years old)

90. Truman H. Talley

Editor | The Devil Tiger

Talley was a foreign correspondent at the Paris bureau of The New York Herald before he became a producer for Fox Movietone News in New York City. His son is Truman Macdonald Talley.

Talley's granddaughter, Melanie De Voe Talley Whatley, has a documentary production company in New York City called ...

Died in New York, New York.

1891-1942 (50 years old)

91. Nikoloz Shengelaia

Director | Narindjis veli

Nikoloz Shengelaia was born on August 19, 1903 in Obuji, Kutaisi Governorate, Russian Empire. He was a director and writer, known for The Golden Valley (1937), Caucasian Love (1928) and Giuli (1927). He was married to Nato Vachnadze. He died on January 4, 1943 in Nearby Tbilisi, Georgian SSR, USSR ...

Died in a car crash in Tbilisi, Soviet Union [now Georgia].

1903-1943 (39 years old)

92. Hugh O'Connell

Actor | That Certain Woman

Hugh O'Connell was born on August 4, 1898 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for That Certain Woman (1937), Broadway Thru a Keyhole (1933) and Lucky Partners (1940). He died on January 19, 1943 in Hollywood, California, USA.

Died of a heart attack in Hollywood, California.

1898-1943 (44 years old)

93. Witold Zacharewicz

Actor | Barbara Radziwillówna

Witold Zacharewicz was born on August 26, 1914 in Plock, Poland, Russian Empire. He was an actor, known for Love or a Kingdom (1936), Znachor (1937) and Pod Twoja obrone (1933). He died on February 16, 1943 in Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, Oswiecim, Malopolskie, Poland.

Died of experimental phenol injection in Auschwitz, Germany [now Oswiecim, Poland].

1914-1943 (28 years old)

94. Tamara

Actress | No, No, Nanette

Tamara [Drasin], a native of Sorochintzy, in the Ukraine. Attended elementary school and Hunter College in New York City. After appearing in a 1927 revue called "The New Yorkers" (not the Cole Porter show) she played many Russian Restaurants in Manhattan, notably the Gypsy Tavern and the Kretchma. ...

Died in a plane crash in Lisbon, Portugal.

1905-1943 (37 years old)

95. Stephen Haggard

Actor | Whom the Gods Love

Shot himself on a train between Cairo and Palestine. Haggard was overworked and felt that the Second World War had destroyed his acting career. He was on the edge of a nervous breakdown when after some months a married Egyptian woman with whom he had a romantic relationship decided to end it.

Died of suicide in Egypt.

1911-1943 (31 years old)

96. Conrad Veidt

Actor | Casablanca

Conrad Veidt attended the Sophiengymnasium (secondary school) in the Schoeneberg district of Berlin, and graduated without a diploma in 1912, last in his class of 13. Conrad liked animals, theater, cinema, fast cars, pastries, thunderstorms, gardening, swimming and golfing. He disliked heights, ...

Died of a heart attack in Hollywood, California.

1893-1943 (50 years old)

97. Tibor Halmay

Actor | Donaumelodien

Tibor Halmay was born on December 20, 1894 in Nagyszentmiklós, Austria-Hungary. He was an actor, known for Donaumelodien (1936), The Last Waltz (1934) and A Song, a Kiss, a Girl (1932). He died on February 3, 1944 in Budapest, Hungary.

Died during a bombing raid in Budapest, Hungary.

1894-1944 (49 years old)

98. Dick Purcell

Actor | Captain America

Dick Purcell was born on August 6, 1905 in Greenwich, Connecticut, USA. He was an actor, known for Captain America (1944), Phantom Killer (1942) and Heroes in Blue (1939). He was married to Ethelind Terry. He died on April 10, 1944 in Hollywood, California, USA.

Died of a heart attack in Hollywood, California.

1908-1944 (35 years old)

99. Hermann Braun

Actor | Verwandte sind auch Menschen

German actor Hermann Braun was born in New York in 1918, since his father "Kammersaenger" Carl Braun had an engagement at the Metropolitan Opera.

Back in Germany twelve years old Hermann was detected for his first part in a movie (1933 - Der Jaeger aus Kurpfalz) when he visited his father at the ...

Died of a war-related gunshot near Lodz, Poland.

1918-1945 (26 years old)

100. Anne Frank

Writer | Anne Frank Remembered

Born in Germany in 1929 and raised and raised in Germany and Amsterdam. In 1942, shortly after receiving a diary for her 13th birthday, she and her family were forced to go into hiding to escape Hitler's persecution of the Jews. Hiding with another family and a dentist in an annex behind the ...

Died of typhus in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, Germany.

1929-1945 (15 years old)

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