Birth Date between 1886-01-01 and 1886-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
1. Ed Wynn
Actor | Alice in Wonderland
An old-fashioned comedian, who, by recommendation by his son Keenan Wynn, became one of the world's most beloved clowns, and one of the best actors of his time. He was born on November 9, 1886. He performed in the Ziegfeld Follies, and later had a son Keenan in 1916. He later wrote his own shows, ...
Director | Casablanca
Curtiz began acting in and then directing films in his native Hungary in 1912. After WWI, he continued his filmmaking career in Austria and Germany and into the early 1920s when he directed films in other countries in Europe. Moving to the US in 1926, he started making films in Hollywood for Warner...
Actor | Murder in the Private Car
Charles Ruggles had one of the longest careers in Hollywood, lasting more than 50 years and encompassing more than 100 films. He made his film debut in 1914 in The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914) and worked steadily after that. He was memorably paired with Mary Boland in a series of comedies in the ...
Actor | North by Northwest
One of the most indispensable of character actors, Leo G. Carroll was already involved in the business of acting as a schoolboy in Gilbert & Sullivan productions. Aged 16, he portrayed an old man in 'Liberty Hall'. In spite of the fact, that he came from a military family, and , perhaps, because of...
Actress | You Can't Take It with You
The possessor of one of Hollywood's gentlest faces and warmest voices, and about as sweet as Tupelo honey both on-and-off camera, character actress Spring Byington was seldom called upon to play callous or unsympathetic (she did once play a half-crazed housekeeper in Dragonwyck (1946)). Although ...
Actor | The Quiet Man
Rambunctious British leading man (contrary to popular belief, he was of Scottish ancestry, not Irish) and later character actor primarily in American films, Victor McLaglen was a vital presence in a number of great motion pictures, especially those of director John Ford. McLaglen (pronounced ...
Actor | Arsenic and Old Lace
It seemed like Edward Everett Horton appeared in just about every Hollywood comedy made in the 1930s. He was always the perfect counterpart to the great gentlemen and protagonists of the films. Horton was born in Brooklyn, New York City, to Isabella S. (Diack) and Edward Everett Horton, a ...
8. Al Jolson
Actor | The Jazz Singer
Al Jolson was known in the industry as "The World's Greatest Entertainer," for well over 40 years. After his death his influence continued unabated with such performers as Sammy Davis Jr., Elvis Presley, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Jackie Wilson and Jerry Lee Lewis all mentioning him as an ...
9. Hugh Lofting
Writer | Doctor Dolittle
English children's author and creator of Doctor Doolittle. He was educated at Mount St. Mary's College in Sheffield and received initial training as a civil engineer. He saw action with the Irish Guards in World War I, conceiving his famous character while in the trenches.
10. Ralph Moody
Actor | Get Smart
Ralph Moody was born on November 5, 1886 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Ralph Roy Moody, the oldest son of Franklin Jerome Moody and Ida M. Hicklin. His introduction to show business was first as an actor on the stage in pre-radio days and then as a radio personality. His first acting role was in ...
11. 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.
12. Dick Elliott
Actor | Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
In the thirties, forties, and especially the 1950's, if a director wanted a short, fat actor to play a windy storekeeper or a raucous conventioneer, he might well cast Dick Elliott. He was one of those actors who, whenever he appeared on screen, often for less than a minute, the audience would ...
13. George Zucco
Actor | The Mad Monster
At 22, George Zucco decided to begin his stage career in earnest in the Canadian provinces in 1908. In the course of the following decade, he also performed in an American vaudeville tour with his young wife, Frances, in a routine called "The Suffragette." As World War I grew in scale, Zucco ...
14. Bernard Gorcey
Actor | Spook Busters
Bernard Gorcey was born in Russia in 1888, of Swiss and Jewish descent. Around 1914, he married a Catholic, Irish lady, Josephine Condon (born 1901), and they came to the USA to work in Vaudeville. Bernard was 4' 10" and Josie was 4' 11" and weighed 95 pounds. Bernard kept active in show biz, while...
15. Olin Howland
Actor | Them!
Olin Howland had a career in movies that stretched from the 20s through the 50s. After a few attempts at films in the silent era, Olin began appearing regularly in the sound pictures of the 30s. His roles were usually in mysteries and dramas, and he became a Western character actor in the 40s with ...
16. Dooley Wilson
Actor | Casablanca
"You must remember this, a kiss is still a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh; the fundamental things apply, as time goes by...". . The gentleman who crooned this now legendary tune for the morose Humphrey Bogart and moist-eyed Ingrid Bergman at Rick's Cafe Americain amid the bleak WWII backdrop was none ...
17. John Cromwell
Director | The Prisoner of Zenda
Actor / director John Cromwell was born December 23, 1887, in Toledo, OH. He made his Broadway debut on October 14, 1912, in Marian De Forest's adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women" at the Playhouse Theatre. The show was a hit, running for a total of 184 performances. Cromwell appeared ...
18. Chester Conklin
Actor | Modern Times
Iowa-born Chester Conklin was raised in a coal-mining area by a devoutly religious father who hoped that his son would go into the ministry. However, Chester got the performing bug one day when he gave a recitation at a community singing festival and won first prize. Knowing his father would never ...
19. Henry King
Director | The Song of Bernadette
For more than three decades, Henry King was the most versatile and reliable (not to mention hard-working) contract director on the 20th Century-Fox lot. His tenure lasted from 1930 to 1961, spanning most of Hollywood's "golden" era. King was renowned as a specialist in literary adaptations (A Bell ...
20. Guy Kibbee
Actor | Captain January
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 ...
21. Hobart Cavanaugh
Actor | A Letter to Three Wives
Worried-looking, balding, moustachioed and usually bespectacled small part character actor, prolific during the 1930s and 40s. Hobart Cavanaugh played downtrodden or henpecked little men -- the perennial victim, forever nervous or bewildered -- to absolute perfection. He was most at home as clerks,...
22. Frank Mayo
Actor | Souls for Sale
Frank Mayo was born on June 28, 1886 in New York City, New York, USA as Frank Lorimer Mayo. He was an actor and director, known for Souls for Sale (1923), Wild Oranges (1924) and Then Came the Woman (1926). He was married to Dagmar Godowsky and Joyce Eleanor. He died on July 9, 1963 in Laguna Beach...
Actor | One Hundred and One Dalmatians
Frederick Worlock was born on December 14, 1886 in London, England. He was an actor, known for One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961), Spartacus (1960) and Dressed to Kill (1946). He was married to Elsie Ferguson. He died on August 1, 1973 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.
24. 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 ...
25. John M. Stahl
Director | Leave Her to Heaven
John Stahl was the final executive in charge of Tiffany Pictures (located on the Talisman lot, later owned by Monogram Pictures), once a big fish in the pond of "Poverty Row", which in those days also included Columbia Pictures. With a B-movie history dating back to the silent era and after making ...
26. Frank Lloyd
Director | Mutiny on the Bounty
Frank Lloyd was an unpretentious, technically skilled director, who crafted several enduring Hollywood classics during the 1930's. He started out as a stage actor and singer in early 1900's London and was well-known as an imitator of Harry Lauder. After several years in music hall and with touring ...
27. Sam McDaniel
Actor | The Great Lie
Sam McDaniel was born on January 28, 1886 in Wichita, Kansas, USA as Samuel Rufus McDaniel. He was an actor, known for The Great Lie (1941), I Was Framed (1942) and Captains Courageous (1937). He died on September 24, 1962 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Actress | Not Like Other Girls
Florence Lawrence was the first film player whose name was used to promote her films and the studio (Independent Moving Pictures Company [IMP]) for which she worked. Before her, actors and actresses worked anonymously, partly out of fear that stage managers would refuse to hire them if they were ...
29. Jack Kenny
Actor | Northern Code
Jack Kenny was born on November 16, 1886 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as John Kenny. He was an actor, known for Northern Code (1925), Not Quite Decent (1929) and Hidden Loot (1925). He was married to Bryna Davis. He died on May 26, 1964 in Hollywood, California, USA.
30. Lars Hanson
Actor | Gösta Berlings saga
Lars Hanson was born on July 26, 1886 in Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden. He was an actor, known for The Saga of Gösta Berling (1924), Captain Salvation (1927) and The Flame of Life (1919). He was married to Karin Molander. He died on April 8, 1965 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden.
32. James Burke
Actor | The Maltese Falcon
James Burke was born on September 24, 1886 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for The Maltese Falcon (1941), Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise (1940) and At the Circus (1939). He was married to Eleanor Durkin. He died on May 23, 1968 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Actor | My Son Is a Criminal
Lawyer who abandoned his profession to take up the actor's calling - although lawyer and actor are essentially kindred spirits, each deriving his livelihood from the art of pretending. Robertson acted in Hollywood films from 1930 until the year he died, typically portraying men of authority such as...
In 1949, 16 years after his ground breaking work on "King Kong", Willis O'Brien worked as Chief Technician on another gorilla picture for Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Shoedsack called "Mighty Joe Young". A young Ray Harryhausen would animate most of the animation, but O'Brien did come up with the...
35. Heinie Conklin
Actor | Hard Boiled
Heinie Conklin was born on July 16, 1886 in San Francisco, California, USA as Charles John Conklin. He was an actor, known for Hard Boiled (1926), Ham and Eggs at the Front (1927) and When Damon Fell for Pythias (1917). He was married to Irene Blake. He died on July 30, 1959 in Hollywood, Los ...
36. John Davidson
Actor | Adventures of Captain Marvel
John Davidson was born on December 25, 1886 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for Adventures of Captain Marvel (1941), Dick Tracy vs. Crime, Inc. (1941) and Perils of Pauline (1933). He died on January 16, 1968 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
37. Edwin Maxwell
Actor | The Shop Around the Corner
Edwin Maxwell was born on February 9, 1886 in Dublin, Ireland. He is known for his work on The Shop Around the Corner (1940), His Girl Friday (1940) and Scarface (1932). He was married to Betty Alden. He died on August 13, 1948 in Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA.
38. Philip Merivale
Actor | The Stranger
Philip Merivale was born on November 2, 1886 in Rehutia, Manickpur, India. He was an actor and writer, known for The Stranger (1946), Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941) and This Above All (1942). He was married to Gladys Cooper and Viva Birkett. He died on March 12, 1946 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
39. Luis Alberni
Actor | The Count of Monte Cristo
Spanish character actor Luis Alberni was born on the date of October 4, 1886 in Cataluna Barcelona, Spain. His mother's maiden name was Malo, and father Judge John Alberni. Luis attended the University of Madrid and majored in Law. Bored with the prospects of long winded trials, he ran away from ...
40. Ouida Bergère
Actress | Mates and Mis-Mates
Diminutive red-headed actress, playwright and screenwriter. Her marriage to star actor Basil Rathbone was one of the most enduring in show business, lasting from 1926 until his death in 1967. The Rathbones were legendary in the 1930's for giving the most lavish Hollywood parties at their luxurious ...
41. Belle Montrose
Actress | The Absent Minded Professor
Belle Montrose was born on April 23, 1886 in Illinois, USA as Isabelle Donohue. She was an actress, known for The Absent Minded Professor (1961), The Hathaways (1961) and The New Steve Allen Show (1961). She was married to Carroll Allen. She died on October 26, 1964 in Hollywood, California, USA.
42. Karl Dane
Actor | The Big Parade
Born Rasmus Karl Therkelsen Gottlieb in Copenhagen, Denmark, on October 12, 1886 the future Karl Dane had a rough childhood. His father was an alcoholic and spendthrift. At a young age his parents divorced. To escape his unhappy home he took a great interest in the arts, particularly puppeteering (...
43. Ronald Squire
Actor | My Cousin Rachel
Ronald Squire was born on March 25, 1886 in Tiverton, Devon, England as Ronald Lancelot Squirl. He was an actor, known for My Cousin Rachel (1952), Man with a Million (1954) and While the Sun Shines (1947). He was married to Esyllt A. Williams and Muriel Martin-Harvey. He died on November 16, 1958 ...
Actor | Notorious
The son of a German father and a Jewish mother, Schünzel was born in St. Pauli -- the best known, but also the poorest part of Hamburg. His father started off as an actor but economic circumstances forced him to turn towards commerce. For a while, the son followed in his footsteps. He undertook ...
45. Gerald Hamer
Actor | Bulldog Drummond's Bride
Gerald Hamer (born Geoffrey Earl Watton) the Anglo-American movie and television character actor, was born in Llandudno , Wales in November 1886 to parents John Watton and Evelyn Clara Earl. Hamer learned his craft on stage in the United Kingdom, appearing as a professional from 1916 in Shakespeare...
Actor | Little Caesar
Thomas Edward Jackson (1886-1967) began his acting career with juvenile parts on Broadway from 1899-1903. As a tough kid living in New York's lower east side, Jackson would become a boxer and serve in WW1. He returned to the theatre in 1917 and worked steadily through the end of 1928.
Jackson would ...
Actress | Notorious
Leopoldine Konstantin was born on March 12, 1886 in Brünn, Moravia, Austria-Hungary as Leopoldine Eugenie Amelie Konstantin. She was an actress, known for Notorious (1946), Lola Montez (1918) and Die Insel der Seligen (1913). She was married to Geza Herczeg and Alexander Strakosch. She died on ...
48. Frank Nitti
Actor | Nana Roxie's Revenge
Although Frank Nitti has gotten the reputation over the years as the right-hand man of gangster Al Capone and a feared killer in his own right, this has actually proven not to be the case. Although Nitti and Capone were as youths in New York City both members of the Five Points Gang--one of the ...
49. Nella Walker
Actress | Sabrina
Nella Walker was born on March 6, 1886 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She is known for her work on Sabrina (1954), Seven Keys to Baldpate (1929) and Three Smart Girls Grow Up (1939). She was married to Wilbur Mack. She died on March 22, 1971 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
50. Crane Wilbur
Writer | Canon City
Actor, screenwriter and director Crane Wilbur was born Erwin Crane Wilbur on November 17, 1886, in Athens, NY. The nephew of the great stage actor Tyrone Power Sr., Wilbur first took to the boards as an actor, making his Broadway debut billed as Erwin Crane Wilbur on June 3, 1903, in a trilogy of ...