Date of Death between 1955-01-01 and 1955-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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1. James Dean

Actor | East of Eden

James Byron Dean was born February 8, 1931 in Marion, Indiana, to Mildred Marie (Wilson) and Winton A. Dean, a farmer turned dental technician. His mother died when Dean was nine, and he was subsequently raised on a farm by his aunt and uncle in Fairmount, Indiana. After grade school, he moved to ...

2. Shemp Howard

Actor | Scrambled Brains

Shemp Howard was born Samuel Horwitz in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He was also the brother of fellow stooges Moe Howard and Curly Howard. Larry Fine was not related to any of the other stooges.

When not working with The Three Stooges, Shemp made a lot of feature film appearances, such as The Bank Dick...

3. Theda Bara

Actress | A Fool There Was

Theda Bara was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, as Theodosia Goodman, on July 29, 1885. She was the daughter of a local tailor and his wife. As a teenager Theda was interested in the theatrical arts and once she finished high school, she dyed her blond hair black and went in pursuit of her dream. By 1908 ...

4. Carmen Miranda

Actress | The Gang's All Here

Carmen Miranda was born Maria do Carmo Miranda da Cunha on February 9, 1909, near Porto, Portugal, in the town of Marco de Canavezes. Not long after her birth her family moved to Brazil, where her father was involved in the produce business. The family settled in the then-capital city of Rio de ...

5. Paul Harvey

Actor | Spellbound

Paul Harvey was born on September 10, 1882 in Sandwich, Illinois, USA as Roy Paul Harvey. He was an actor, known for Spellbound (1945), Calamity Jane (1953) and High Sierra (1941). He was married to Ottye Henrietta Cramer (actress) and Merle Stanton. He died on December 15, 1955 in Los Angeles, ...

6. 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...

7. S.Z. Sakall

Actor | Casablanca

Hungarian-born S.Z. Sakall was a veteran of German, Hungarian and British films when he left Europe because of the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi movement. In Hollywood from shortly after the outbreak of World War II, Sakall began appearing in comedies and musicals, often playing a lovable if ...

8. James Millican

Actor | Winchester '73

James Millican was born on February 17, 1910 in Palisades, New Jersey, USA as James Andrew Millican. He is known for his work on Winchester '73 (1950), I Was a Communist for the F.B.I. (1951) and I Died a Thousand Times (1955). He was married to Dorothy Eleanor Gumbrell. He died on November 24, ...

9. Suzan Ball

Actress | City Beneath the Sea

Suzan Ball, a second cousin of Lucille Ball, was born on March 3, 1934, in Jamestown, New York. She came to Hollywood with her family in 1941. She sang with the Mel Baker Orchestra from 1948-1953. Her first part in Hollywood was as a harem girl in Aladdin and His Lamp (1952) at Monogram. She got an ...

10. Ona Munson

Actress | Gone with the Wind

Ona Munson was born Owena Elizabeth Wolcott on June 16, 1903 in Portland, Oregon. She took singing and dancing lessons when she was a child. At the age of fourteen, Ona moved to New York City with her mother. She began her career performing in vaudeville. In 1919 she made her Broadway debut in ...

11. Tom Powers

Actor | Double Indemnity

After attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Kentucky-born Tom Powers signed with Vitagraph Pictures at 21 years of age, in 1911. He stayed there for two years, then shortly thereafter traveled to England, appearing there in both stage productions and films. When he returned to the US he ...

12. John Hodiak

Actor | Battleground

Pittsburgh-born John Hodiak was one of several up-and-coming male talents who managed to take advantage of the dearth of WWII-era superstars (MGM's Clark Gable, Van Johnson, Robert Taylor and James Stewart, among others) who were off serving their country. John's early death at age 41, however, ...

13. Robert Francis

Actor | The Caine Mutiny

Relatively new to Hollywood, Robert Francis, 25, was a rising young actor on the verge of film stardom, when on 31 July, 1955, he, along with a friend, actress Ann Russell, were both killed instantly, after private plane owned by Joe Kirkwood Jr. which he was piloting, crashed. The plane had just ...

14. Nana Bryant

Actress | Harvey

Nana Bryant was born on November 23, 1888 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA as Nana Irene Bryant. She was an actress, known for Harvey (1950), Theodora Goes Wild (1936) and Brewster's Millions (1945). She was married to Cliff Thompson and Phineas T. MacLean (Ted). She died on December 24, 1955 in Los ...

15. Rudolf Klein-Rogge

Actor | Metropolis

During the heyday of German silent cinema, Rudolf Klein-Rogge was the prototype for the master criminal, the irredeemable arch villain or mad scientist. Born in Cologne, he served as a cadet in a Prussian military academy before finishing his matriculation. He then began to attend acting classes ...

16. Miroslava

Actress | La muerte enamorada

Born in the pre-war Prague, young Miroslava Sternova (or simply Miroslava, as she was known in her film career) was brought to Mexico by her parents in the late 30s, leaving her childhood, her native Czechoslovakia and her beloved grandma. After winning a beauty contest in Mexico City, Miroslava ...

17. Skelton Knaggs

Actor | Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome

Skelton Knaggs was a diminutive, emaciated-looking actor who more or less picked up where the late Dwight Frye left off in the early forties, and created a marvelous gallery of eccentric or sinister background characters in various movies. Two of his most memorable roles: as the constantly ...

18. 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,...

19. Betty Ann Davies

Actress | It Always Rains on Sunday

Betty Ann Davies was born on December 24, 1910 in London, England. She was an actress, known for It Always Rains on Sunday (1947), The Man in Black (1949) and She Knew What She Wanted (1936). She was married to Alexander Blackford. She died on May 14, 1955 in Manchester, England.

20. Albert Einstein

Self | Champagne for Caesar

Albert Einstein was born in Ulm, Kingdom of Württemberg, to a German Jewish family. He was the son of Pauline (Koch) and Hermann Einstein, a featherbed salesman. Albert began reading and studying science at a young age, and he graduated from a Swiss high school when he was 17. He then attended a ...

21. Peter Martyn

Actor | Folly to Be Wise

Peter Martyn was born on October 19, 1925 in London, England. He was an actor, known for Folly to Be Wise (1952), Child's Play (1954) and Mr. Lord Says No (1952). He died on February 15, 1955 in London.

22. Michael Chekhov

Actor | Spellbound

Michael Chekhov was a Russian actor in the Moscow Art Theatre who emigrated to America and made a career in Hollywood, earning himself an Oscar nomination.

He was born Mikhail Aleksandrovich Chekhov in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1891. His mother, Natalya Golden, was Jewish, and his father, Aleksandr ...

23. Lloyd Bacon

Director | Wonder Bar

One of the workhorses in Warner Brothers' stable of directors in the 1930s, Lloyd Bacon didn't have a career as loaded with classic films as many of his more famous contemporaries. What few "classics" he had his hand in (42nd Street (1933), Footlight Parade (1933)) are so overshadowed by the ...

24. Janet Beecher

Actress | The Lady Eve

Janet Beecher, daughter of the German vice-consul in Chicago, studied acting at the Art Students League in New York. For almost three decades she made a name for herself as a leading actress in plays on the Broadway stage, beginning with a bit part in 'The Two Orphans' in 1903. Her hits included '...

25. Walter Hampden

Actor | Sabrina

Walter Hampden was one of the great American stage actors and the only performer, aside from Maurice Evans, to play Hamlet three times on Broadway in the post-World War I-era. Born Walter Hampden Dougherty on June 30, 1879, in Brooklyn, New York, he learned his craft in London, where he made his ...

26. Robert E. Sherwood

Writer | The Best Years of Our Lives

Robert E. Sherwood, a brilliant multifaceted writer, was born to Arthur Murray and Rosina Emmet Sherwood, educated at the Milton Academy (Massachusetts) and Harvard, and was wounded while serving with the Canadian Black Watch in WWI. His literary career started with jobs as movie critic at Vanity ...

27. Robert Riskin

Writer | It Happened One Night

Robert Riskin was born on March 30, 1897 in New York City, New York, USA as Reuben Robert Riskin. He was a writer and producer, known for It Happened One Night (1934), Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) and You Can't Take It with You (1938). He was married to Fay Wray. He died on September 20, 1955 in ...

28. Sybille Schmitz

Actress | Vampyr

The enigmatic actress remains one of the most interesting figures in German film. Although she achieved stardom early in her career, the tragic Sybille Schmitz could never fit in with her surroundings. Too "alien looking" for Hollywood, Schmitz never migrated to America like her more glamorous ...

29. Robert Kent

Actor | Who's Guilty?

A former professional prizefighter, Robert Kent entered films after gaining experience on the legitimate stage. His career consisted mostly of playing leads in "B" pictures. His "biggest" picture was probably The Country Girl (1954), in which he was billed eighth, but he specialized in westerns, ...

30. Chief Thundercloud

Actor | Rustlers of Red Dog

Victor Daniels was given the title of "Chief" in an honorary capacity and identified himself as Cherokee although is background is vague. His application for a social security number lists his birth date as April 12, 1899, and his birthplace as Arizona. Thundercloud was the first of nine children ...

31. Tom Dugan

Actor | Lights of New York

Prolific Irish character actor Thomas J. Dugan was born in Dublin on New Year's Day 1889. At a young age, his family moved to Philadelphia, where Dugan attended high school. He had a good tenor voice so, after leaving school, he decided to pursue a career in show business. Before appearing on stage...

32. Lynne Carver

Actress | Dulcy

Lynne Carver was born on September 13, 1916 in Douglas, Arizona, USA as Virginia Reid Sampson. She was an actress, known for Dulcy (1940), Man from Cheyenne (1942) and Calling Dr. Kildare (1939). She was married to William J. Mullaney, John Burt, Nicholas Nayfack and R. C. McClung. She died on ...

33. Elspeth Dudgeon

Actress | The Old Dark House

Elspeth Dudgeon was born on December 4, 1871 in London, England. She was an actress, known for The Old Dark House (1932), Sh! The Octopus (1937) and Becky Sharp (1935). She died on December 11, 1955 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

34. Abigail Adams

Actress | Moonlight Masquerade

Abigail Adams was born Margaret Thomas Adams on January 11, 1922. During her freshman year at the University of North Carolina she was discovered by modeling agent Harry Conover. She dropped out of school and moved to New York City to be a model. Abigail made her film debut in the 1942 comedy ...

35. Dorothy Vaughan

Actress | Trail to San Antone

If Dorothy Vaughan appeared in 143 movies or episodes of TV series, it was certainly not by accident. Actually the reason why this lively stout lady was in such demand is that she was the spitting image of the woman next door, of the hospital nurse who took care of your son after he broke his arm ...

36. Harry Hayden

Actor | Hail the Conquering Hero

Harry Hayden was born on November 8, 1882 in Nova Scotia, Canada. He was an actor, known for Hail the Conquering Hero (1944), Two Sisters from Boston (1946) and The Velvet Touch (1948). He was married to Lela Bliss. He died on July 24, 1955 in West Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA.

37. Olaf Hytten

Actor | The Good Earth

Olaf Hytten was born on March 3, 1888 in Glasgow, Scotland. He was an actor, known for The Good Earth (1937), The Moonstone (1934) and Drums of Fu Manchu (1940). He died on March 11, 1955 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

38. Ib Schønberg

Actor | Ta', hvad du vil ha'

Ib Schønberg was born on October 23, 1902 in Copenhagen, Denmark as Ib Christian Albert von Cotta Schønberg. He was an actor, known for Take What You Want (1947), Cafe Paradise (1950) and For frihed og ret (1949). He was married to Inger Lisbeth Hammer. He died on September 24, 1955 in Skodsborg, ...

39. James Agee

Writer | The African Queen

James Agee, Pulitzer Prize winning author, was born in Knoxville in 1909. The intense writer was to enjoy little real success in his lifetime, but after death won accolades. In 1958 he won the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for his uncompleted biographical novel A Death in the Family. Agee also wrote ...

40. Thomas Mann

Writer | Le mirage

Thomas Mann was probably Germany's most influential author of the 20th century, receiving the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1929. Born on 6 June 1875 in Lübeck, his family moved to Munich in 1893, where he lived until 1933 and wrote some of his most successful novels like "Buddenbrocks" (1901), "...

41. Stanley Price

Actor | The Invisible Monster

Prolific western utility player, in Hollywood from 1932. Noticeable for his dusky looks, hypnotic stare and crocodilian smile, Price was perhaps one of the busier small-part actors of the period, as attested by the fact, that -- in 1939 alone -- he worked for 52 weeks and earned $2700. He served in...

42. Clyde Bruckman

Writer | The General

Had been out of work and was pretty much broke when he killed himself. He borrowed Buster Keaton's gun and after eating a meal that he could not pay for, shot himself. There are two stories; One says it was in the restroom of the cafe on Santa Monica Blvd, and the other story states he did it in ...

43. Geoffrey Wilkinson

Actor | Treasure Island

Geoffrey Francis Murray Wilkinson 1889-1955 was born in Staines, Surrey to Henry and Amy Wilkinson. His father was a stockbroker. The 1891 census shows them living in Weir House at Cookham, Berkshire. The 1901 census shows the family living at 17 Durham Villas, Kensington, London.

As early as 1915 ...

44. Frank Darien

Actor | The Grapes of Wrath

Frank Darien was born on March 18, 1876 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA as Frank Guderian. He was an actor, known for The Grapes of Wrath (1940), The Whip Hand (1951) and Arkansas Judge (1941). He died on October 20, 1955 in Hollywood, California, USA.

45. Joaquín Pardavé

Actor | Los nietos de Don Venancio

Joaquín Pardavé was born into the theatrical milieu, the son of a pair of stage actors. He was a popular stage actor and appeared in several silent films and some early sound features, but achieved his greatest fame in the early 1940s in films like My Memories of Mexico (1944) and El baisano Jalil ...

46. Charlie Parker

Soundtrack | Se7en

Charles Christopher Parker Jr. was born on August 29, 1920, in a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri, to Charles Parker Sr. and his 18-year-old wife Addie. His father ran out on the family when Charlie was just a little boy. When he was 11 his mother bought him an alto saxophone for his birthday. By ...

47. Eva Moore

Actress | The Old Dark House

Eva Moore was born on February 9, 1870 in Brighton, East Sussex, England. She was an actress, known for The Old Dark House (1932), A Cup of Kindness (1934) and Scotland Yard Investigator (1945). She was married to H.V. Esmond. She died on April 27, 1955 in Maidenhead, Berkshire, England.

48. Nina Campana

Actress | Tortilla Flat

Nina Campana was born on December 23, 1897 as Esperanza Susanna de Ybarrondo in Los Angeles, California to parents Vicenta Botiller & Dr. Thomas de Ybarrondo. She was first married to opera singer Ettore Campana and then later on to Martin A. Wolfskill. Nina passed on June 21, 1950 at her home in ...

49. Charles Goldner

Actor | Brighton Rock

Charles Goldner was born on December 7, 1900 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary. He was an actor, known for Brighton Rock (1948), Third Time Lucky (1949) and The Laughing Lady (1946). He was married to Maureen Leslie. He died on April 15, 1955 in London, England.

50. Robert Wilcox

Actor | Mysterious Doctor Satan

His father was a physician in Rochester, New York, who died when Wilcox was 16. He attended the University of Southern California but soon dropped out. A talent scout spotted him in a summer-stock production of "The Petrified Forest" and a series of "B" movies followed. In 1937 he married Florence ...


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