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