Birth Date between 1879-01-01 and 1879-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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1. Jane Darwell

Actress | The Grapes of Wrath

Missouri-born Jane Darwell was born Patti Woodard, the daughter of William Robert Woodard, president of the Louisville Southern Railroad, and Ellen (Booth) Woodard, in Palmyra, Missouri, where she grew up on a ranch . She nursed ambitions to be an opera singer, but put it off because of her ...

2. Max Schreck

Actor | Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens

Max Schreck was born in Berlin. He worked in an apprenticeship until his father's death before enrolling into a school for acting. He toured the country with his peers and was a member of several theaters until he became a part of Max Reinhardt's group of innovative German actors. He played mostly ...

3. Sydney Greenstreet

Actor | The Maltese Falcon

Sydney Greenstreet's father was a leather merchant with eight children. Sydney left home at age 18 to make his fortune as a Ceylon tea planter, but drought forced him out of business and back to England. He managed a brewery and, to escape boredom, took acting lessons. His stage debut was as a ...

4. Lucile Watson

Actress | Watch on the Rhine

Unsmiling character player Lucile Watson was one of Hollywood's most indomitable mothers of the 1930s and 1940s...and you can take that both ways. The archetypal matriarch who enhanced scores of plush, soapy, Victorian-styled drama, her prickly pears could be insufferable indeed and heaven help ...

5. Warner Oland

Actor | Charlie Chan in Paris

Warner Oland was born Johan Verner Olund in the small village of Nyby in Bjurholm parish in the county of Vasterbotten, Sweden, on October 3, 1879. Bjurholm is situated about 60 kilometers outside the town of Umea. His family emigrated to the US on October 15, 1892. His father Jonas was a ...

6. Ethel Barrymore

Actress | None But the Lonely Heart

Ethel Barrymore was the second of three children seemingly destined for the actor's life of their parents Maurice and Georgiana. Maurice Barrymore had emigrated from England in 1875, and after graduating from Cambridge in law had shocked his family by becoming an actor. Georgiana Drew of ...

7. Ernest Thesiger

Actor | Bride of Frankenstein

Although he made nearly 60 films in a 50-year acting career, it is for the two he made with director James Whale that Ernest Thesiger will be best remembered. Born Ernest Frederic Graham Thesiger in London on January 15, 1879, he was the grandson of the first Baron of Chelmsford. Educated at ...

8. Clem Bevans

Actor | Saboteur

Born in 1879, Clem Bevans spent most of his performing career on the stage. First appearing in 1900 in a vaudeville act with Grace Emmett as a boy and girl act, he would move on to burlesque and eventually make the move to Broadway and even opera productions. His first screen appearance did not ...

9. Victor Sjöström

Actor | Smultronstället

Victor Sjöström was born on September 20, 1879, and is the undisputed father of Swedish film, ranking as one of the masters of world cinema. His influence lives on in the work of Ingmar Bergman and all those directors, both Swedish and international, influenced by his work and the works of ...

10. Lewis Stone

Actor | The Mask of Fu Manchu

By the time that he was 20, Lewis Stone had turned prematurely grey. He enlisted to fight in the Spanish American War and when he returned, he returned to be a writer. This turned to acting and he began to appear in films during the middle teens. His career was again interrupted by war as he served...

11. 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 ...

12. Eily Malyon

Actress | The Little Princess

Eily Malyon was born on October 30, 1879 in Islington, London, England, UK. She was an actress, known for The Little Princess (1939), The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939) and Kind Lady (1935). She was previously married to J. Plumpton Wilson. She died on September 26, 1961 in South Pasadena, ...

13. Will Rogers

Actor | Steamboat Round the Bend

World-famous, widely popular American humorist of the vaudeville stage and of silent and sound films, Will Rogers graduated from military school, but his first real job was in the livestock business in Argentina, of all places. He transported pack animals across the South Atlantic from Buenos Aires...

14. Robert Greig

Actor | Sullivan's Travels

Robert Greig was born on December 27, 1879 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He was an actor and producer, known for Sullivan's Travels (1941), The Lady Eve (1941) and Animal Crackers (1930). He was previously married to Beatrice Denver Holloway. He died on June 27, 1958 in Los Angeles, California...

15. Alla Nazimova

Actress | Salomé

The grand, highly flamboyant Russian star Alla Nazimova of Hollywood silent films lived an equally grand, flamboyant life off-camera, though her legendary status has not held up as firmly as that of a Rudolph Valentino today.

Alla Nazimova was born Miriam Edez Adelaida Leventon in 1879, in Yalta, ...

16. Mary Young

Actress | The Lost Weekend

Mary Young was born on June 21, 1879 in New York City, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for The Lost Weekend (1945), Alias Jesse James (1959) and Blondie's Holiday (1947). She was previously married to John Craig. She died on June 23, 1971 in La Jolla, California, USA.

17. Samuel Goldwyn

Producer | The Best Years of Our Lives

Famed for his relentless ambition, bad temper and genius for publicity, Samuel Goldwyn became Hollywood's leading "independent" producer -- largely because none of his partners could tolerate him for long. Born Shmuel (or Schmuel) Gelbfisz, probably in 1879, in the Jewish section of Warsaw, he was ...

18. Alfred Abel

Actor | Metropolis

This elegant actor of the golden age of German cinema appeared in several masterpieces, before the cameras of such inspired geniuses as Lang, Lubitsch and Murnau. Vocation had come rather late in his life, though. Abel was indeed already 33 when he made his first film. Beforehand, he had been a ...

19. 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 ...

20. Laura Hope Crews

Actress | Gone with the Wind

Laura Hope Crews was born on December 12, 1879 in San Francisco, California, USA. She was an actress, known for Gone with the Wind (1939), The Silver Cord (1933) and Camille (1936). She died on November 13, 1942 in New York City, New York, USA.

21. 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 ...

22. E.M. Forster

Writer | Howards End

E.M. Forster was born on January 1, 1879 in London, England, UK. He was a writer, known for Howards End (1992), A Room with a View (1985) and The Machine Stops (2009). He died on June 7, 1970 in Coventry, Warwickshire, England, UK.

23. Houseley Stevenson

Actor | Dark Passage

British-born American character actor. He labored in a San Francisco glass factory until his thirties, then embarked on an acting career. He became a respected teacher, director, and performer at famed Pasadena Community Playhouse in California. He appeared in numerous films in the Thirties and ...

24. Walter Long

Actor | Pardon Us

Early in his career Walter Long was married to Luray Huntley, an actress for D.W. Griffith's stock company. Huntley and Long performed together in several of Griffith's films, including Traffic in Souls (1913), Let Katie Do It (1916), and Intolerance (1916). They remained married until her death in...

25. Kathryn Sheldon

Actress | I'm from the City

Kathryn Sheldon was born on September 22, 1879 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. She was an actress, known for I'm from the City (1938), Miss V from Moscow (1942) and Girls of the Big House (1945). She died on December 25, 1975 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

26. Benjamin Christensen

Director | Hævnens nat

Benjamin Christensen was born on September 28, 1879 in Viborg, Denmark. He was a director and writer, known for Blind Justice (1916), Häxan (1922) and The Devil's Circus (1926). He was previously married to Karen Winther, Sigrid Stahl and Ellen Arctander. He died on April 2, 1959 in Copenhagen...

27. Harry A. Pollard

Director | The Quest

Harry A. Pollard was born on January 23, 1879 in Republic City, Kansas, USA. He was a director and actor, known for The Quest (1915), Tonight at Twelve (1929) and Sporting Youth (1924). He was previously married to Margarita Fischer. He died on July 6, 1934 in Pasadena, California, USA.

28. David Landau

Actor | Horse Feathers

Very busy Hollywood character actor who didn't hit his stride on screen until he was in his 50s but who nonetheless appeared in 33 films between 1931 and 1934. Many of his performances were somewhat wooden, although that suited the characters he portrayed. Landau was best known for his deep, ...

29. Edward Rigby

Actor | The Stars Look Down

Edward Rigby was born on February 5, 1879 in Ashford, Kent, England, UK. He was an actor, known for The Stars Look Down (1940), Young and Innocent (1937) and The Happiest Days of Your Life (1950). He was previously married to Phyllis [Muriel Mary] Austin (novelist). He died on April 5, 1951 in ...

30. Rupert Julian

Actor | The Kaiser, the Beast of Berlin

Coming to the US at the age of 34, New Zealand-born Rupert Julian started his career as a stage and screen actor touring Australia and New Zealand. Having made his name (and a cool million for Universal) as a dead ringer for Kaiser Wilhelm II in the 1918 film The Kaiser, the Beast of Berlin (1918), ...

31. Dudley Digges

Actor | The Emperor Jones

Dudley Digges was born on June 9, 1879 in Dublin, Ireland, UK [now Republic of Ireland]. He was an actor, known for The Emperor Jones (1933), The Invisible Man (1933) and The Hatchet Man (1932). He was previously married to Mary Roden Quinn. He died on October 24, 1947 in New York City, New York, ...

32. Leona Roberts

Actress | Gone with the Wind

Leona Roberts was born on July 26, 1879 in Monroe Center, Ohio, USA. She was an actress, known for Gone with the Wind (1939), Bringing Up Baby (1938) and The Blue Bird (1940). She was previously married to Walter Beck and Charles James Hutchinson. She died on January 29, 1954 in Santa Monica, ...

33. King Baggot

Actor | Jim Webb, Senator

St. Louis-born King Baggot traveled to New York City with the express intent of crashing Broadway, but began his film career in nearby Fort Lee, NJ, in 1909. It didn't take long before he graduated from actor to writer and director--at times performing all three functions; in Shadows (1914) he not ...

34. Harlan Briggs

Actor | Dodsworth

Harlan Briggs was born on August 17, 1879 in Blissfield, Michigan, USA. He was an actor, known for Dodsworth (1936), My Pal Trigger (1946) and The Bank Dick (1940). He was previously married to Merle Ione Weeks, Viola Marguerite Scott and Mary E. Brockway. He died on January 26, 1952 in Woodland ...

35. Otto Hoffman

Actor | The Terror

Gangly and rugged stage and screen character star Otto Hoffman was born in New York in 1879. Began as a stage performer in the 1890's. Made his movie debut under the direction of Stuart Paton in The White Terror (1915) starring Hobart Henley for the IMP Film Company. Otto directed only one film, ...

36. Georg John

Actor | M - Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder

Georg John was born on July 23, 1879 in Schmiegel, Poland. He was an actor, known for M (1931), Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler (1922) and Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild's Revenge (1924). He died on November 18, 1941 in Lódz, Lódzkie, Poland.

37. Martha Mattox

Actress | The Cat and the Canary

Martha Mattox was born on June 19, 1879 in Natchez, Mississippi, USA. She was an actress, known for The Cat and the Canary (1927), Huckleberry Finn (1920) and Christine of the Big Tops (1926). She died on May 2, 1933 in Sidney, New York, USA.

38. Romeo Bosetti

Director | Le cambriolé récalcitrant

Romeo Bosetti was born on January 18, 1879 in Chiari, Lombardy, Italy. He was a director and actor, known for Le cambriolé récalcitrant (1911), Fidèle jusqu'à la mort (1911) and Il ne faut pas courir deux lièvres à la fois (1914). He died on October 27, ...

39. Lew Kelly

Actor | The Lady in Scarlet

Lew Kelly was born on August 24, 1879 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. He was an actor, known for The Lady in Scarlet (1935), Winds of the Wasteland (1936) and Three Texas Steers (1939). He died on June 10, 1944 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

40. Charles de Rochefort

Director | Parada Paramount

Charles de Rochefort was born on July 7, 1879 in Port-Vendres, Pyrénées-Orientales, France. He was an actor and director, known for Parada Paramount (1930), L'Arlésienne (1922) and Madame Sans-Gêne (1925). He was previously married to Mary Grant and Therese Forgerot . He died on ...

41. William Fox

Producer | 7th Heaven

Starting at the age 8 he had a series of jobs before starting his own business in 1900, which was sold to buy a Brooklyn nickelodeon in 1904. As the new owner with an empty house, Fox hired a coin manipulator and a barker to attract patrons into the dark 146-seat theatre. Once audiences adequately ...

42. Brandon Beach

Actor | Under Western Stars

Brandon Beach was born on October 18, 1879 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. He was an actor, known for Under Western Stars (1938), Whirlybirds (1957) and This Theatre and You (1949). He died on November 22, 1974 in Costa Mesa, California, USA.

43. Robert Elliott

Actor | The Maltese Falcon

Robert Elliott was born on October 9, 1879 in Columbus, Ohio, USA. He was an actor, known for The Maltese Falcon (1931), Gone with the Wind (1939) and Romance of the Underworld (1928). He was previously married to Ruth Thorp. He died on November 15, 1951 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

44. Thomas Meighan

Actor | The Racket

This once popular silent screen star and older matinee idol for Paramount Studios is all but forgotten today; however, Thomas "Tommy" Meighan was one of the rulers of the Hollywood roost, between the years 1915 and 1928.

He was born in Pittsburgh, his father a president of a major manufacturing ...

45. Grace George

Actress | Johnny Come Lately

Grace George was born on December 25, 1879 in New York City, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for Johnny Come Lately (1943) and Tainted Money (1915). She was previously married to William A. Brady. She died on May 19, 1961 in New York City, New York, USA.

46. William Duncan

Actor | The Steel Trail

William Duncan was born on December 16, 1879 in Dundee, Tayside, Scotland, UK. He was an actor and director, known for The Steel Trail (1923), A Matrimonial Deluge (1913) and The Gunfighter's Son (1913). He was previously married to Edith Johnson. He died on February 8, 1961 in Hollywood, ...

47. Stanislaus Zbyszko

Actor | Night and the City

Stanislaus Zbyszko was born on April 1, 1879 in Jodlowa, Galicia, Austria-Hungary [now Jodlowa, Podkarpackie, Poland]. He was an actor, known for Night and the City (1950), Madison Square Garden (1932) and Gotch-Zbyszko World's Championship Wrestling Match (1910). He was previously married to Anna....

48. Elliott Dexter

Actor | The Witching Hour

Elliott Dexter was born on December 21, 1879 in Galveston, Texas, USA. He was an actor, known for The Witching Hour (1921), Woman and Wife (1918) and Daphne and the Pirate (1916). He was previously married to Mrs. Nina Chisholm Untermyer (socialite) and Marie Doro. He died on June 23, 1941 in ...

49. Frederick Culley

Actor | The Four Feathers

Frederick Culley was born on March 9, 1879 in Plymouth, Devon, England, UK. He was an actor, known for The Four Feathers (1939), The Rebel Son (1938) and The Conquest of the Air (1931). He died on November 3, 1942 in London, England, UK.

50. Matheson Lang

Actor | Carnival

Matheson Lang was born on May 15, 1879 in Montréal, Québec, Canada. He was an actor and writer, known for Carnival (1921), Drake the Pirate (1935) and The Scarlet Daredevil (1928). He was previously married to Nellie Hutin Britton. He died on April 11, 1948 in Bridgetown, Barbados.


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