Date of Death between 1939-01-01 and 1939-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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1. Douglas Fairbanks

Actor | Robin Hood

Douglas Fairbanks was born Douglas Elton Thomas Ullman in Denver, Colorado, to Ella Adelaide (nee Marsh) and Hezekiah Charles Ullman, an attorney and native of Pennsylvania, who was a captain for the Union forces during the Civil War. Fairbanks' paternal grandparents were German Jewish immigrants, ...

2. Alice Brady

Actress | My Man Godfrey

Alice Brady was born in New York City on November 2, 1892. She was interested in the stage from childhood, as her father was famed Broadway producer William A. Brady. After a few stage productions, Alice was discovered by movie producers in New York, since this was the film capital at the time. Her...

3. Beryl Mercer

Actress | The Little Princess

Too short to be a leading lady, Beryl Mercer had a very active and productive career playing motherly characters. She played opposite great leading men, such as Colin Clive, Robert Montgomery, James Cagney, Gary Cooper, Leslie Howard, Spencer Tracy, and Randolph Scott. She also played Queen ...

4. Carl Laemmle

Frankenstein

The roots of Universal Pictures can rightfully be traced back to 1906 when Carl Laemmle returned home to Chicago after a stint as a bookkeeper in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and opened up a chain of nickelodeons. This in turn led to the ambitious 39-year-old organizing a film exchange network he boldly ...

5. 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 ...

6. Claude Gillingwater

Actor | A Tale of Two Cities

A man so disagreeable on celluloid, Claude Gillingwater's characters seemed to subsist on a steady diet of persimmons. Fondly recalled as the cranky old skinflint whose seemingly cold heart could only be warmed by the actions of a cute little tyke, the tall and rangy Gillingwater invariably played ...

7. Lois Weber

Director | Suspense

Lois Weber, who had been a street-corner evangelist before entering motion pictures in 1905, became the first American woman movie director of note, and a major one at that. Herbert Blaché, the husband of Frenchwoman Alice Guy, the first woman to direct a motion picture (and arguably, the first ...

8. 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 ...

9. Tom Ricketts

Director | The Secretary of Frivolous Affairs

Born in London, England, in 1853, prolific actor/director (300+ credits) Tom Ricketts is mostly forgotten today, but his chief claim to fame is that he directed the first motion picture shot in Hollywood.

Ricketts began his show-business career as an actor on the London stage, and gained a ...

10. John Harron

Actor | White Zombie

Actor John (Johnnie) Harron was born in New York City on March 31, 1903, a younger brother of silent screen star Robert Harron. John got his first taste of the movie business with an unbilled bit in one of his brother's many classic films, Hearts of the World (1918). After all the tabloid hoopla of...

11. Caryll Ann Ekelund

The Blue Bird

Caryll Ann Ekelund was born on May 6, 1935 in Cottonwood, California, USA. She was an actress, known for The Blue Bird (1940). She died on November 3, 1939 in Los Angeles, California.

12. Sigmund Freud

Writer | The Ego and the Id

Austrian neurologist and 'father of psychoanalysis'. Freud was born to Jacob Freud, a Jewish wool merchant, and Amalia (neé Nathansohn). The family settled in Vienna when Freud was young. In 1873 he started medicine at the University of Vienna, at which time he adopted the shortened form of his ...

13. Owen Moore

Actor | Betty in Search of a Thrill

Born in 1884, virile and dashing silent screen idol Owen Moore, equipped with incredibly handsome reddish and ruddy features, came to America with his family from Ireland at the age of 11. After some stage work, he entered films at the Biograph Studio in 1908 and appeared in many of D.W. Griffith's...

14. Ford Sterling

Actor | Yankee Doodle in Berlin

Ford Sterling was born on November 3, 1883 in La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA as George Ford Stich. He was an actor and director, known for Yankee Doodle in Berlin (1919), Stage Struck (1925) and He Who Gets Slapped (1924). He was married to Teddy Sampson. He died on October 13, 1939 in Los Angeles, ...

15. Jameson Thomas

Actor | It Happened One Night

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 ...

16. Zane Grey

Writer | The Last Duane

Born Pearl Zane Gray on January 31, 1872, in Zanesville, Ohio--a town founded by his mother's family--famed western novelist Zane Grey was an athlete and outdoorsman from an early age, with his main interests being fishing and baseball. He attended the University of Pennsylvania on a baseball ...

17. Marie Hemingway

Actress | The Second Mrs. Tanqueray

Marie Hemingway was born on March 3, 1889 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England as Marie Foster Hemingway. She was an actress, known for The Second Mrs. Tanqueray (1916), A Master of Men (1917) and Follow the Lady (1933). She was married to Claude Rains. She died on June 7, 1939 in Sandgate, Kent, England.

18. S.S. Van Dine

Writer | The President's Mystery

Willard Huntington Wright was born to Archibald Davenport Wright and Annie Van Vranken Wright on October 15, 1887, in Charlottesville. He attended St. Vincent College, Pomona College, and Harvard University. He also studied art in Munich and Paris, an apprenticeship that led to a job as literary ...

19. George Nichols Jr.

Director | The Marines Fly High

George Nichols Jr. was born on May 5, 1897 in San Francisco, California, USA as George Alberti Nicholls. He was an editor and director, known for The Marines Fly High (1940), Army Girl (1938) and The Big Game (1936). He died on November 13, 1939 in Los Angeles, California.

20. James Parrott

Director | Pardon Us

Hal Roach hired him in the early 20's as a comedian called Paul Parrott but his talent was as a film director. He was also a good writer turning out many scripts for Laurel and Hardy and directed 22 of their films, more than any other of their directors. His first film with them was the silent ...

21. Sidney Howard

Writer | Gone with the Wind

The musical, "The Most Happy Fella" at the Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre in Chicago, Illinois was nominated for a 2017 Non-Equity Joseph Jefferson Award for Musical Production.

22. Jack Duffy

Actor | The Stage Hand

Jack Duffy was born on September 4, 1882 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA. He was an actor, known for The Stage Hand (1920), Texas Terror (1935) and The Adventures of Peg o' the Ring (1916). He died on July 23, 1939 in Hollywood, California, USA.

23. Clare Greet

Actress | Mrs. Dane's Defence

Clare Greet was born on June 14, 1871 in Leicestershire, England as Clara Greet. She was an actress and producer, known for Mrs. Dane's Defence (1933), Lord Camber's Ladies (1932) and Love at the Wheel (1921). She died on February 14, 1939 in London, England.

24. Etienne Girardot

Actor | The Kennel Murder Case

Etienne Girardot was born on February 22, 1856 in London, England. He was an actor, known for The Kennel Murder Case (1933), The Garden Murder Case (1936) and The Dragon Murder Case (1934). He was married to Dr. Violetta Shelton. He died on November 10, 1939 in Hollywood, California, USA.

25. Bobby Vernon

Actor | Bulldog Drummond

Bobby Vernon was born in the U.S. in 1897, was trained in Vaudeville and became a talented comic in the silent era. He began working in 1913, appearing in Lon Chaney's Almost an Actress (1913) and later worked for Mack Sennett, who teamed him up with young Gloria Swanson in 9 comedies between 1916 ...

26. Monte Vandergrift

Actor | California Straight Ahead!

Monte Vandergrift was born on January 12, 1893 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He was an actor, known for California Straight Ahead! (1937), Television Spy (1939) and The Phantom Creeps (1939). He was married to Norma Leslie. He died on July 29, 1939 in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, ...

27. Chick Webb

Soundtrack | When Harry Met Sally...

Chick Webb was born on February 10, 1905 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as William Henry Webb. He was married to Sallye. He died on June 16, 1939 in Baltimore.

28. Beatrice Vitoldi

Actress | Bronenosets Potemkin

Beatrice Vitoldi was born on December 15, 1895 in Salerno, Italy. She was an actress, known for Battleship Potemkin (1925). She died in November 1939 in Moscow, Russia.

29. Mary Foy

Actress | The House of Mystery

Mary Foy was born on August 9, 1872 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA as Lena Mary Hank. She was an actress, known for The House of Mystery (1934), The White Rose (1923) and Slightly Married (1932). She was married to Patrick Foy. She died in 1939 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

30. 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), Westward Ho (1935) and Hop-a-Long Cassidy (1935). He died on March 29, 1939 in Los Angeles, California.

31. Polaire

Actress | Maciste all'inferno

Polaire was born on May 17, 1874 in Agha, Alger, France as Émilie Marie Bouchaud. She was an actress, known for Maciste in Hell (1925), The Sparrow (1914) and Monsieur Lecoq (1914). She died on October 14, 1939 in Champigny-sur-Marne, Val-de-Marne, France.

32. James P. Burtis

Actor | The Return of Jimmy Valentine

James P. Burtis was born on May 12, 1893 in Emporia, Kansas, USA. He was an actor, known for The Return of Jimmy Valentine (1936), The Hurricane Express (1932) and The Mystery Man (1935). He died on July 24, 1939 in California, USA.

33. Alice Belcher

Actress | Mistaken Orders

Alice Belcher was born on April 12, 1880 in New York, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for Mistaken Orders (1925), Second Hand Rose (1922) and Pals First (1926). She was married to Harold Christie. She died on May 9, 1939 in Hollywood, California, USA.

34. Gus Leonard

Actor | Wurra-Wurra

Gus Leonard was born on February 4, 1859 in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France as Amédée Théodore Gaston Lerond. He was an actor, known for Wurra-Wurra (1916), Her Reputation (1923) and Mush and Milk (1933). He died on March 27, 1939 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

35. Charles Mintz

Producer | Holiday Land

Charles Mintz was born on November 5, 1889 in York, Pennsylvania, USA as Charles Bear Mintz. He was a producer, known for Holiday Land (1934), The Little Match Girl (1937) and Fantasy (1927). He was married to M.J. Winkler. He died on December 30, 1939 in Beverly Hills, California, USA.

36. Chief Standing Bear

Actor | Bolshevism on Trial

Luther Standing Bear, born Plenty Kill, was a Oglala Lakota Native American writer and actor, and on of the first students of the controversial Carlisle Indian Industrial School, in Pennsylvania. He began his entertainment career as an interpreter, dancer, and horseback rider with Buffalo Bill's ...

37. Phillips Smalley

Director | The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

Phillips Smalley was born on August 7, 1875 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Phillips Wendell Smalley. He was a director and actor, known for The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1917), The Merchant of Venice (1914) and Captain Courtesy (1915). He was married to Phyllis Lorraine Ephlin and Lois Weber. He ...

39. William Butler Yeats

Writer | Dancing at Lughnasa

William Butler Yeats was born on June 13, 1865 in Sandymount, County Dublin, Ireland, UK [now Republic of Ireland]. He is known for his work on Dancing at Lughnasa (1998), Valentines. A Bouquet of Letters and Poetry of Lovers (1994) and Echoes. He was married to Georgiana Hyde-Lees. He died on ...

40. Morton Selten

Actor | The Divorce of Lady X

Morton Selten was born on January 6, 1860 in Marlborough, England as Morton Richard Selten Stubbs. He was an actor, known for The Divorce of Lady X (1938), Shipyard Sally (1939) and The Thief of Bagdad (1940). He was married to Dora Blanche Pennell and Kate Pattison (actress). He died on July 27, ...

41. Sirkka Sari

Actress | Niskavuoren naiset

Sirkka Sari was born on May 1, 1920 in Raivola, Finland as Sirkka Linnéa Jahnsson. She was an actress, known for Women of Niskavuori (1938), Rikas tyttö (1939) and Sysmäläinen (1938). She died on July 30, 1939 in Aulanko, Finland.

42. Agostino Borgato

Actor | Il ponte dei sospiri

Agostino Borgato was born on June 30, 1871 in Venice, Italy. He was an actor and director, known for Il ponte dei sospiri (1921), S.M il Danaro (1919) and Supremo olocausto (1918). He died on March 14, 1939 in Hollywood, California, USA.

43. Ma Rainey

Soundtrack | Repo Man

Blues musician, with such songs as "Slave to the Blues," "Jelly Bean Blues," "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" , and "Bo Weevil Blues." She was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

44. Raymond Brown

Actor | Allan Quatermain

Raymond Brown was born on August 16, 1874 in Champaign, Illinois, USA. He was an actor, known for Allan Quatermain (1919), The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936) and Beyond the Law (1934). He died on July 29, 1939 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

45. Walter C. Kelly

Actor | Tugboat Princess

Walter C. Kelly was born on October 29, 1873 in Mineville, New York, USA as Walter Charles Kelly. He was an actor and writer, known for Tugboat Princess (1936), The Virginia Judge (1935) and Seas Beneath (1931). He died on January 6, 1939 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

46. Carlos De Valdez

Actor | Lancer Spy

Carlos De Valdez was born on March 19, 1894 in Arica, Peru. He was an actor, known for Lancer Spy (1937), Little Man, What Now? (1934) and The Prescott Kid (1934). He died on October 30, 1939 in Encino, California, USA.

47. Robert Gleckler

Actor | The Glass Key

Robert Gleckler was born on January 11, 1887 in Pierre, South Dakota, USA. He was an actor, known for The Glass Key (1935), Dante's Inferno (1935) and I'd Give My Life (1936). He was married to Adelaide Kendall and Norma Phillips. He died on February 25, 1939 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

48. Helen Ware

Actress | The Virginian

Helen Ware was born on October 15, 1877 in San Francisco, California, USA as Helen Remer. She was an actress, known for The Virginian (1929), Flaming Gold (1932) and The Garden of Allah (1916). She was married to Frederick Burt. She died on January 25, 1939 in Carmel, California.

49. George Fawcett

Actor | Burn 'Em Up Barnes

A grand, stoic presence of the silent screen, George Fawcett was an immensely popular stage thespian both here and in London at the turn of the century. During his heyday his eloquence rivaled that of both Lionel Barrymore and John Barrymore.

Born on August 25, 1860, in Alexandria Virginia, Fawcett ...

50. Jessalyn Van Trump

Actress | The Girl in the Rain

Beautiful dark haired star Jessalyn Van Trump born in Ohio in 1887. began in drama theatre from the early 1900's. Starred and supported in more than 110 silent drama and westerns, making her film debut as Alice in 'Alice's Sacrifice' for the Lubin Film Co in 1911, then Jessalyn starred opposite the...


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