Date of Death between 1958-01-01 and 1958-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
1. Robert Donat
Actor | The 39 Steps
Robert Donat's pleasant voice and somewhat neutral English accent were carefully honed as a boy because he had a stammer and took elocution lessons starting at age 11 to overcome the impediment. It was not too surprising that freedom from such a vocal embarrassment was encouragement to act. His ...
2. Tyrone Power
Actor | Witness for the Prosecution
Tyrone Power was one of the great romantic swashbuckling stars of the mid-twentieth century, and the third Tyrone Power of four in a famed acting dynasty reaching back to the eighteenth century. His great-grandfather was the first Tyrone Power (1795-1841), a famed Irish comedian. His father, known ...
Actor | Random Harvest
British leading man of primarily American films, one of the great stars of the Golden Age. Raised in Ealing, the son of a successful silk merchant, he attended boarding school in Sussex, where he first discovered amateur theatre. He intended to attend Cambridge and become an engineer, but his ...
4. H.B. Warner
Actor | It's a Wonderful Life
Henry Byron Warner was the definitive cinematic Jesus Christ in Cecil B. DeMille's The King of Kings (1927). He was born into a prominent theatrical family on October 26, 1875 in London. His father was Charles Warner, and his grandfather was James Warner, both prominent English actors. He replaced ...
5. Mike Todd
Producer | Around the World in 80 Days
Film producer Michael Todd was one of the major contributors to technical innovation in the film industry in the 1950s. Having worked with Fred Waller and Cinerama, he got tired of the three-panel format, left the company and tried to find the process for making "Cinerama coming from one hole". He ...
Actor | Hail the Conquering Hero
Franklin Pangborn - a name more befitting a fictionalized bank president rather than a great comedic actor - was a singular character actor but little is known of his early years. He spent some time in developing acting talent prior to appearing on Broadway by March of 1911, and would do six plays ...
Actress | A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate
Edna Purviance began working as a stenographer in San Francisco. Charles Chaplin invited her to join him at Essanay Studio in 1915, the year of her film debut in Chaplin's His Night Out. Over the next seven years she appeared as his leading lady in over 20 Chaplin films made by Essanay, Mutual, and...
Actor | The Maltese Falcon
Burly, stentorian-voiced John Hamilton, worked on Broadway and in touring theatrical companies for many years prior to his 1930 film debut. He was in the original Broadway company of "Seventh Heaven" and would appear in the film remake (Seventh Heaven (1937)) in 1937. For Warner Bros, he starred ...
Actor | The Cockleshell Heroes
Patric Doonan was born on April 19, 1926 in Alvaston, Derby, England as George W. Doonan. He was an actor, known for The Cockleshell Heroes (1955), Crest of the Wave (1954) and The Blue Lamp (1950). He was married to Aud Johansen. He died on March 10, 1958 in Chelsea, London, England.
Actress | Millie
Helen Twelvetrees was born Helen Marie Jurgens in Brooklyn, New York on December 25, 1908. Her interest in the theatricals was apparent at an early age. After graduating from high school. Helen embarked on a stage career. She participated in a number of plays in New York City, but gravitated toward...
12. Bonar Colleano
Actor | Eight Iron Men
Bonar Colleano was born in New York City. His name was Bonar Sullivan, but he took on his family's stage name when he joined the Colleano family acrobatic circus act at 5, then at 12 moved to England. Bonar's mother, part of the Colleano family act in her role as a comely contortionist met his ...
13. Thurston Hall
Actor | You Can't Cheat an Honest Man
Movies, especially comedies, have always needed big, blustery, booming authoritarian types for the lead to play off of (or against), and one of the best was Thurston Hall, most famous for his role of Mr. Schuyler in the Topper (1953) series of the early 1950s. Hall was a tall, distinguished, ...
14. Barbara Bennett
Actress | Black Jack
Barbara Bennett was born on August 13, 1906 in Palisades, New Jersey, USA as Barbara Jane Bennett. She was an actress, known for Black Jack (1927), Syncopation (1929) and Love Among the Millionaires (1930). She was married to Laurent Surprenant, Jack Randall and Morton Downey. She died on August 8,...
15. Priscilla Lawson
Actress | Flash Gordon
A voluptuous, rather severe-looking beauty, dark-haired Priscilla Lawson was a professional model in her early twenties when she was crowned "Miss Miami Beach" in 1935. The attention helped her to win a contract with Universal Pictures and she soon began appearing in films. Confined mostly to small...
16. Philip Van Zandt
Actor | Citizen Kane
Philip Van Zandt was born on October 4, 1904 in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands as Philip Pinheiro. He was an actor, known for Citizen Kane (1941), His Kind of Woman (1951) and House of Frankenstein (1944). He died on February 15, 1958 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
17. Tala Birell
Actress | Air Hawks
Star of stage in Europe, she became just another "Another Garbo," like Anna Sten and others, whose importation to 1930's Hollywood led to movie stardom nary a whit. Her most often-seen performance is her brief role as the governess to the Empress's very young son in "The Song of Bernadette", who ...
18. Estelle Taylor
Actress | Street Scene
A former typist, Estelle Taylor married a banker at age 14 and, after leaving him, moved to New York to study dramatic acting. She also modeled for artists and appeared in the chorus of a couple of Broadway shows. In the early 1920s she came to Hollywood and was noted as one of the film colony's ...
19. Tom Pittman
Actor | Tombstone Territory
Tom Pittman was born on March 16, 1932 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA as Jerry Lee Alten. He was an actor, known for Tombstone Territory (1957), Apache Territory (1958) and High School Big Shot (1959). He died on October 31, 1958 in Benedict Canyon, Beverly Crest, Los Angeles, California, USA.
21. Jack Norton
Actor | The Sin of Harold Diddlebock
Pencil-mustachioed character actor in Hollywood films of the '30s and '40s, cast perennially as a reeling, incoherent, comic drunk, often clad in evening clothes and satin high hat. In an effort to make his characterizations convincing, he often followed drunks and watched their movements closely ...
22. Elisabeth Risdon
Actress | Abe Lincoln in Illinois
Elisabeth Risdon was born on April 26, 1887 in London, England as Daisy Cartwright Risdon. She was an actress, known for Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940), High Sierra (1941) and Make Way for Tomorrow (1937). She was married to Brandon Evans and George Loane Tucker. She died on December 20, 1958 in ...
23. Marshall Neilan
Actor | Daddy-Long-Legs
In the early days of silent pictures, Marshall Neilan was a top director for Goldwyn Pictures. He had also directed a small number of Louis B. Mayer's independently produced melodramas, but there was a mutual dislike between the two men. During the festivities inaugurating the merger of Metro and ...
26. Bill Goodwin
Actor | Spellbound
Bill Goodwin was born on July 28, 1910 in San Francisco, California, USA as William Nettles Goodwin. He was an actor, known for Spellbound (1945), Tea for Two (1950) and The Atomic Kid (1954). He was married to Philippa Hilber. He died on May 9, 1958 in Palm Springs, California.
29. Gordon Griffith
Actor | Huckleberry Finn
Who was the first screen Tarzan? The standard answer is Elmo Lincoln star of the first Tarzan movie (1918). But the first third of that movie shows Tarzan as a boy, frolicking in the nude with real chimps (unlike the grown-up Lincoln who cavorted clothed with athletes wearing monkey suits). The ...
30. Harry Cohn
He was crude, uneducated, foul and, even on his best behavior, abrasive. No major studio executive of the so-called "Golden Age" was more loathed (although at times the dictatorial Samuel Goldwyn and the hard-nosed Jack L. Warner came close) than Harry Cohn.
Born in the middle of 5 children to ...
31. Evelyn Varden
Actress | The Night of the Hunter
Evelyn Varden was born on June 12, 1893 in Adair, Oklahoma, USA. She was an actress, known for The Night of the Hunter (1955), The Bad Seed (1956) and Pinky (1949). She was married to William J. Quinn. She died on July 11, 1958 in New York City, New York, USA.
32. Boots Mallory
Actress | The Big Race
Patricia Boots Mallory was raised in Mobile, Alabama. She was discovered by Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., where she got her start in show biz. A tall, thin, natural blond teenager, she caught his keen eye. Her career began in the era of early talkies after the silent movie era. When Boots' younger sister, ...
33. Robert Greig
Actor | Sullivan's Travels
Robert Greig was born on December 27, 1879 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He was an actor, known for Sullivan's Travels (1941), The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) and Animal Crackers (1930). He was married to Beatrice Denver Holloway. He died on June 27, 1958 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
34. Emmett Lynn
Soundtrack | The Fighting Frontiersman
Lynn was one of the old grubby prospector sidekicks who supplied the comic relief in a number of Republic Westerns through the forties and early fifties. He also appeared with the Three Stooges in 'The Yokes on Me (1944)'. His last two films were of a religious nature with 'A Man Called Peter (1955...
35. Walter Kingsford
Actor | The Story of Louis Pasteur
Walter Kingsford was born on September 20, 1881 in Redhill, Surrey, England as Walter Stephen Thomas Kingsford Pearce. He was an actor, known for The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936), Dr. Kildare Goes Home (1940) and The Man in the Iron Mask (1939). He was married to Alison Bradshaw and Winifred ...
36. Ed Hinton
Actor | Captain Midnight
Character actor, Edgar Latimer Hinton, Jr. was one of three persons killed when a single engine amphibious plane hit a cliff and plunged into Toyon Bay, Santa Catalina Island. The plane took off from the bay, circled once, and hit a 40-foot cliff in front of the exclusive Toyon Bay Boat Club. ...
37. Jane Wolfe
Actress | Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
A Pennsylvania Dutch girl who moved to New York in the late 19th century to pursue a theatrical career, she became one of early silent pictures' better known character actresses. Between 1910 and 1920 she appeared in over 90 films, but then her acting career all but ended, and she devoted the rest ...
38. Vivien Oakland
Actress | The Florodora Girl
This vivacious, platinum-blonde leading lady of silent screen comedy was a former Ziegfeld Girl (under her birth name 'Anderson'). The daughter of Norwegian immigrants, she appeared in vaudeville from early childhood and began in films in 1915. Two years later she made her debut on Broadway. From ...
40. Frank Jaquet
Actor | D.O.A.
Frank Garnier Jaquet was born on March 16, 1885, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of the editor of the Milwaukee "Sentinel."
His first appearance on stage was as Little Lord Fauntleroy in a children's play. However, the real beginning of his acting career was rather odd. Jessie Pringle was heading a...
41. Tim Moore
Actor | Boy! What a Girl!
Although Tim Moore will forever be known as "The Kingfish" in the pioneering series The Amos 'n Andy Show (1951), he was actually far better known for his career on the stage and as a comedian in vaudeville than he was for his film and television work. In fact, he had only made (as far as is known)...
44. Sam Zimbalist
Producer | Ben-Hur
Sam Zimbalist was born on March 31, 1904 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a producer and editor, known for Ben-Hur (1959), King Solomon's Mines (1950) and Quo Vadis (1951). He was married to Mary Taylor and Margaret C. Donovan. He died on November 4, 1958 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.
Actor | Lassie Come Home
Pal the dog ( a Rough Collie) was born on June 8, 1940 in North Hollywood, California, USA. He is best known and remembered for Lassie Come Home, (1943) and Courage of Lassie (1946), The Painted Hills (1951). Though he was a male, he received notoriety for playing the famous character Lassie. He ...
48. Hedwig Bleibtreu
Actress | The Third Man
Hedwig Bleibtreu was born on December 23, 1868 in Linz, Upper Austria, Austria-Hungary. She was an actress, known for The Third Man (1949), Pygmalion (1935) and Der Spieler (1938). She was married to Peter Petersen and Alexander Roempler. She died on January 24, 1958 in Vienna, Austria.
Writer | Allá en el Rancho Grande
Director of two classic films of Mexican Cinema, Compadre Mendoza, El (1933) and ¡Vámonos con Pancho Villa! (1935), De Fuentes began his career as second assistant director in Santa (1931), the first "talkie" produced in Mexico. His technical abilities promoted him to direct Anónimo, El (1932). De ...
50. Paul Panzer
Actor | The Black Book
Born in Germany in 1872, Paul Panzer spent several years on the stage before entering the film industry with Edison in 1905. He later went to Vitagraph, one of the first actors to work at that studio, but left them in 1911. He directed one film, The Life of Buffalo Bill (1912), with the real ...