Birth Date between 1878-01-01 and 1878-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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1. Lionel Barrymore

Actor | Key Largo

Famed actor, composer, artist, author and director. His talents extended to the authoring of the novel "Mr. Cartonwine: A Moral Tale" as well as his autobiography. In 1944, he joined ASCAP, and composed "Russian Dances", "Partita", "Ballet Viennois", "The Woodman and the Elves", "Behind the Horizon...

2. Harry Carey

Actor | Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Born in New York City to a Judge of Special Sessions who was also president of a sewing machine company. Grew up on City Island, New York. Attended Hamilton Military Academy and turned down an appointment to West Point to attend New York Law School, where his law school classmates included future ...

3. Robert Warwick

Actor | In a Lonely Place

A prominent matinée stage and silent-film star with handsome features offset only slightly by a prominent proboscis, Robert Warwick was born and raised in Sacramento, California, as Robert Taylor Bien. The gift of music was instilled at an early age (he sang in his church choir) and he initially ...

4. Finlay Currie

Actor | Ben-Hur

Scottish-born Finlay Currie was a former church organist and choirmaster, who made his stage debut at 20 years of age. It took him 34 more years before making his first film, but he worked steadily for another 30 years after that. Although he was a large, imposing figure, with a rich, deep voice ...

5. Donald Meek

Actor | Stagecoach

One Hollywood stalwart whose screen incarnations more than lived up to his name was bald-domed character actor Donald Meek, forever typecast as mousy, timorous or browbeaten Casper Milquetoasts. He stood at 5 ft. 6 in. in his boots and weighed a mere 81 pounds. However, the little Glaswegian's ...

6. Bill Robinson

Soundtrack | The Shape of Water

Bill Robinson quit school at age seven and began work as a professional dancer the following year. Bojangles (the name referred to his happy-go-lucky ebullience) starred in vaudeville, musical stage and movies. He invented the stair tap routine and was considered one of the world's greatest tap ...

7. Taylor Holmes

Actor | Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Taylor Holmes, the American stage and film actor, was born on May 16, 1878, in Newark, New Jersey. He made his Broadway debut in February 1900 in the controversial play "Sapho", which was closed down by the New York Police Department for immorality after 29 performances. In the April 1900 trial, ...

8. Katie Johnson

Actress | The Ladykillers

British character actress, on stage from 1894. Her many notable theatrical appearances include "Little Lord Fauntleroy" at the Prince's Theatre in Bristol, and, as Lady McClean, in "Escape Me Never" at the Apollo in London (1933) - a part she subsequently took to Broadway two years later. Until ...

9. Constance Collier

Actress | Rope

In a career that covered six decades, Constance Collier evolved into one of Broadway and London's finest tragediennes during the first half of the 1900s. While the regal, dark-featured beauty who bore classic Romanesque features enjoyed a transcontinental career like a number of her contemporaries,...

10. Ethel Griffies

Actress | The Birds

The daughter of actor-manager Samuel Rupert Woods and actress Lillie Roberts, Ethel Griffies began her own stage career at the age of 3. She was 21 when she finally made her London debut in 1899, and 46 when she made her first Broadway appearance in "Havoc" (1924). Discounting a tentative stab at ...

11. Joseph Stalin

Actor | Ostrov myortvykh

Joseph Stalin (a code name meaning "Man of Steel") was born Iosif (Joseph) Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili in 1878 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 ...

12. Conway Tearle

Actor | Romeo and Juliet

This West Point-educated actor was a tall, dark and handsome American co-star who romanced some of the most illustrious femme stars ever to appear on the silent silver screen. Conway Tearle was born in New York City on May 17, 1878 to a family of entertainers. Christened Frederick Levy, his father,...

13. Franklyn Farnum

Actor | Sunset Blvd.

Boston-born Franklyn Farnum was on the vaudeville stage at the age of 12 and was featured in a number of theatre and musical productions by the time he entered silent films near the age of 40. He appeared to be at his most comfortable in the saddle, his career dominated mostly by westerns. Some of ...

14. Richard Garrick

Actor | A Streetcar Named Desire

Performed on Broadway; active from 1907-47. Garrick made his stage debut in the moderately successful production of "The Boys of Company B" (in which Mack Sennett appeared in one of his 2 stage roles). He appeared in the original 1947 production of "A Streetcar Named Desire" (in the role of the "...

15. Henry B. Walthall

Actor | Chandu the Magician

Henry B. Walthall was a respected stage actor who became a favorite of pioneering film director D.W. Griffith. Born in 1878 in Alabama, Walthall embarked on a law career but quit law school in 1898 to enlist in the US Army in order to fight in the Spanish-American War. Returning from the war he ...

16. Basil Ruysdael

Actor | Broken Arrow

Basil Ruysdael was born on July 24, 1878 in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA as Basil Spaulding Millspaugh. He was an actor, known for Broken Arrow (1950), Colorado Territory (1949) and Pinky (1949). He was married to Kathleen Dobbyn, Rose Swettenham and Eleanor Mason Manierre. He died on October 10, ...

17. Adrienne D'Ambricourt

Actress | The Eagle and the Hawk

Adrienne D'Ambricourt was born on June 2, 1878 in Paris, France as Adrienne DuNontier. She was an actress, known for The Eagle and the Hawk (1933), Bulldog Drummond's Bride (1939) and It Happened in New York (1935). She died on December 6, 1957 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.

18. Louise Dresser

Actress | The Scarlet Empress

This knowing, plump-framed, strong-willed actress went on to play the gamut of emotions, from downtrodden, drunken ex-stars to self-controlled dowager empresses, in both silent pictures and early talkies. Grandly supporting the huge stars of her day (including Rudolph Valentino and Will Rogers), ...

19. Frank LaRue

Actor | The Shadow

Frank LaRue was born on December 5, 1878 in Ridgeway, Ohio, USA as Frank Herman LaRue. He was an actor, known for The Shadow (1940), The Cyclone Kid (1942) and The Gunman from Bodie (1941). He was married to Florence Ronette Smith, Stella, Elsie May Payne and Alice Clark. He died on September 26, ...

20. Harry C. Browne

Actor | Scandal

Harry C. Browne was born on August 18, 1878 in North Adams, Massachusetts, USA. He was an actor, known for Scandal (1917), The Heart of Jennifer (1915) and The Eagle's Mate (1914). He died on November 15, 1954.

21. Roy Atwell

Writer | Here Comes the Bride

Actor, comedian, and composer, educated at the Sargent School of Acting. His Broadway stage appearances included "The Little Missus", "The Mimic World", "The Firefly", and "How's Your Health?". He was a member of the Fortune Gallo Opera Company, and joined ASCAP in 1957. He composed the popular ...

22. Nora Cecil

Actress | Street Scene

Nora Cecil was born on September 26, 1878 in London, England. She was an actress, known for Street Scene (1931), Midnight Faces (1926) and His Majesty, Bunker Bean (1925). She died on May 1, 1951 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

23. Purnell Pratt

Actor | The Mystery Squadron

Purnell Pratt was born on October 20, 1878 in Bethel, Illinois, USA as Purnell Bush Pratt. He was an actor, known for The Mystery Squadron (1933), Crimson Romance (1934) and Bachelor Apartment (1931). He was married to Julia C. Price. He died on July 25, 1941 in Hollywood, California, USA.

24. Ernest Torrence

Actor | Steamboat Bill, Jr.

He was the man you loved to hiss. This towering (6' 4"), highly imposing character star with cold, hollow, beady eyes and a huge, protruding snout would go on to become one of the silent screen's finest arch villains. Born Ernest Thayson Torrence-Thompson on June 26, 1878, in Edinburgh, Scotland, ...

25. Blanche Friderici

Actress | It Happened One Night

Blanche Friderici was born on January 21, 1878 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for It Happened One Night (1934), Sadie Thompson (1928) and Secrets (1933). She was married to Donald Campbell. She died on December 23, 1933 in Visalia, California, USA.

26. Mike Donlin

Actor | The General

A famous, yet controversial major league baseball player, "Turkey Mike," as Donlin was known because of his unique strut, played on seven teams in a 12-year career, mostly in the National League, from 1899-1914. His career reached its peak in 1905-06, when he was the star outfielder for the ...

27. Upton Sinclair

Writer | There Will Be Blood

Upton Sinclair was born on September 20, 1878 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as Upton Beall Sinclair. He was a writer and producer, known for There Will Be Blood (2007), The Wet Parade (1932) and The Money Changers (1920). He was married to Mary Elizabeth Hard Willis, Mary Craig Sinclair and Meta ...

28. Oscar Apfel

Director | The Squaw Man

Entering the film industry almost at its beginning, Oscar Apfel began his career in 1911 as a director. He hit the big leagues in 1914 when he was given many prestigious assignments for Paramount Pictures, often in collaboration with Cecil B. DeMille. In 1916, he switched to Fox, and then ...

29. George M. Cohan

Soundtrack | The Phantom President

American composer, librettist, actor, dancer, author, director, and producer on the stage. Started his career in his family vaudeville shows, came to Broadway at the beginning of the 20th century. Was the composer of the American battle hymn of World War 1, 'Over There' Received the Congressional ...

30. William Desmond

Actor | Around the World in Eighteen Days

Born in the upstate New York town of Horseheads in 1878, William Desmond began his show business career in vaudeville and on the stage. He had his own theatrical company by the time he made his film debut in Kilmeny (1915). Starting out in dramatic parts, Desmond soon switched to westerns and ...

31. Bobby Burns

Actor | Love and Lather

Bobby Burns was born on September 1, 1878 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Robert Paul Burns. He was an actor and director, known for Love and Lather (1916), In the Ring (1916) and Watch Your Watch (1916). He died on January 16, 1966 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

32. John Ince

Director | The Great Jewel Robbery

Actor/director John Ince was born in 1878 in New York City to a pair of vaudeville performers. His two younger brothers, Ralph Ince and Thomas H. Ince, were also in show business, with Thomas being the most well-known of the three, having been a pioneering producer/director who built the first ...

33. Georg H. Schnell

Actor | Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens

Georg H. Schnell was born on April 11, 1878 in Chih-fou, China as Georg Heinrich. He was an actor, known for Nosferatu (1922), Die rollende Kugel (1919) and Marie Antoinette - Das Leben einer Königin (1922). He died on March 31, 1951 in West Berlin, West Germany.

34. Guy Oliver

Actor | The Covered Wagon

Guy Oliver was born on September 25, 1878 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as George Guy Oliver. He was an actor and director, known for The Covered Wagon (1923), What Every Woman Knows (1921) and The Little Minister (1921). He was married to Elinor. He died on September 1, 1932 in Hollywood, California, ...

35. Harry Bernard

Actor | The Shadow

Harry Bernard was born on January 13, 1878 in San Francisco, California, USA. He was an actor, known for The Shadow (1937), Saps at Sea (1940) and Bedtime Worries (1933). He died on November 4, 1940 in Hollywood, California.

36. Edward Clark

Writer | Sally in Our Alley

Edward Clark AKA E.A. Clarke was a prolific actor of the silent and sound era, but NOT the same person as the similarly named songwriter ("Heart of My Heart"), composer, author, director and producer, who came to the USA in 1891, was a vaudeville comedian, composed the Broadway stage score and ...

37. Tom Santschi

Actor | King of the Wild

American leading man and character actor of the silent period. Born in Crystal City, Missouri(though a number of popular reference works list Switzerland and Kokomo, Indiana). He is listed in the 1880 census as living in Kokomo at the age of two years. This means his date of birth must have been ...

38. Ethel Wales

Actress | The Monster

Ethel Wales was born on April 4, 1878 in Passaic, New Jersey, USA. She was an actress, known for The Monster (1925), Klondike (1932) and Tom Sawyer (1930). She was married to John W. Stockton and Wellington Wales. She died on February 15, 1952 in Hollywood, California, USA.

39. Eva Tanguay

Actress | The Wild Girl

Eva Tanguay was born in Marbleton, Québec, Canada, on August 1, 1878. A stage actress early on, Eva went into vaudeville as soon as she got the chance and performed there for years, becoming known as "The Girl Who Made Vaudeville Famous". She was a late comer to the world of movies; had she been ...

40. Ferenc Molnár

Writer | Carousel

Ferenc Molnár was born on January 12, 1878 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary as Ferenc Neumann. He is known for his work on Carousel, Tales of Manhattan (1942) and Double Wedding (1937). He was married to Lili Darvas, Sári Fedák and Margit Vészi. He died on April 1, 1952 in New York City, New York, USA.

41. H.V. Kaltenborn

Actor | Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Hans V. Kaltenborn had some colorful experiences in 1933 at the advent of Hitler becoming Chancellor of Germany and the founding of Nazism there. Being of German descent he may have had a blind admiration for the discipline and precision of the Nazi German youth. He refused to believe reports that ...

42. Julia Swayne Gordon

Actress | My Lady's Slipper

Julia Swayne Gordon was born on October 29, 1878 in Columbus, Ohio, USA as Sarah Victoria Swayne. She was an actress, known for My Lady's Slipper (1916), The Painted World (1914) and The Painted World (1919). She died on May 28, 1933 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

43. Jack Johnson

Actor | The Black Thunderbolt

Jack Johnson, one of the greatest professional boxers in history and the first African American to wear the world's heavyweight championship belt, is one of the seminal figures in sports and American social history as he was both a mirror on and lightning rod for racism. Many white Americans could ...

44. Julia Dean

Actress | The Emperor Waltz

Julia Dean was born on May 12, 1878 in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. She was an actress, known for The Emperor Waltz (1948), Judge Not; or The Woman of Mona Diggings (1915) and Ruling Passions (1918). She was married to Orme Caldara. She died on October 17, 1952 in Hollywood, California, USA.

45. Murdock MacQuarrie

Actor | Modern Times

Murdock MacQuarrie was born on August 25, 1878 in San Francisco, California, USA as Murdock J. MacQuarrie. He was an actor and director, known for Modern Times (1936), The Star Gazer (1914) and The Old Bell-Ringer (1914). He was married to Claire M. He died on August 22, 1942 in Los Angeles, ...

46. Johnny Butt

Actor | Trelawny of the Wells

Johnny Butt was born on April 3, 1878 in Shoreditch, London, England as George John Butt. He was an actor, known for Trelawny of the Wells (1916), A Sister to Assist 'Er (1930) and Three Men in a Boat (1920). He died in June 1931 in Lambeth, London.

47. Bleuette Bernon

Actress | Le royaume des fées

Bleuette Bernon was born on June 6, 1878 in Paris, France as Léontine Ernestine Gauché. She is an actress, known for Fairyland; or, the Kingdom of the Fairies (1903), Bluebeard (1901) and Cinderella (1899).

48. Pancho Villa

Producer | Life of Villa

Francisco "Pancho" Villa was born Doroteo Arango to rural peasant parents in San Juan del Rio, Mexico, on June 5, 1878. He later took several aliases, the most popular and well-known being "Pancho Villa". Raised in poverty in Durango, he turned to cattle rustling and robbery as a young man. The ...

49. Shôzô Makino

Director | Ijin musume to bushi

Called the "father of Japanese film," Shozo Makino was a director during the pioneer days of Japanese film, and was also a producer and business executive. Makino was born in Kyoto on September 22, 1878. His mother ran a theater, and his association with movies began when the motion picture fan, ...

50. John S. Robertson

Director | The Girl of Today

John S. Robertson was born on June 14, 1878 in London, Ontario, Canada as John Stuart Robertson. He was a director and actor, known for The Girl of Today (1918), The Fighting Blade (1923) and The Road to Romance (1927). He was married to Josephine Lovett. He died on November 5, 1964 in Escondido, ...


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