Date of Death between 1937-01-01 and 1937-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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1. Jean Harlow

Actress | Suzy

Harlean Carpenter, who later became Jean Harlow, was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 3, 1911. She was the daughter of a successful dentist and his wife. In 1927, at the age of 16, she ran away from home to marry a young businessman named Charles McGrew, who was 23. The couple pulled up ...

2. H.P. Lovecraft

Writer | Color Out of Space

Born in Providence, Lovecraft was a sickly child whose parents died insane. When he was 16, he wrote the astronomy column in the Providence Tribune. Between 1908 and 1923, he wrote short stories for Weird Tales magazine, among others. He died in Providence, in poverty, on March 15, 1937. His most ...

3. Ross Alexander

Actor | Captain Blood

The tragically brief life of fresh-faced, boyishly handsome Ross Alexander, who seemed to have everything going for him, plays these days like a bad Hollywood movie. Alexander was a charming, highly engaging young actor whose pleasant voice and breezy personality aided greatly in his transition ...

4. Colin Clive

Actor | Frankenstein

Who could forget Colin Clive's "It's Alive! It's Alive!" as he melted to the floor mumbling the same over and over in ecstasy after his success at animating the Monster in the first sound version of Frankenstein (1931). Film history - horror film history - but part of a short history for actor ...

5. Ted Healy

Actor | Mad Love

Ted Healy was was born Ernest Lea Nash and grew up as a very good friend of Moses "Moe" and Samuel "Shemp" Horwitz (later Moe and Shemp Howard). In the '20s he changed his name to Ted Healy and got Moe, Shemp, and a violinist named Larry Feinberg (later Larry Fine) to do vaudeville acts with him as...

6. Marie Prevost

Actress | The Racket

Popular star in Hollywood for two decades through 1936, Marie Prevost began as a Mack Sennett "Bathing Beauty" in 1917, later starring in dozens of light comedies. But not long into the sound era, she encountered problems with her burgeoning weight, to the jeopardy of her career. Her self-remedy ...

7. 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 ...

8. Martha Morris

Actress | Freaks

Martha Morris was born on October 20, 1902 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She was an actress, known for Freaks (1932). She died on April 5, 1937 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

9. George Gershwin

Soundtrack | Manhattan

He was born Jacob Gershowitz, 26 September 1898, in Brooklyn, New York, of Russian-Jewish immigrants. As a boy he could play popular and classical works on his brother Ira's piano by ear. In 1913 he quit school to study music and began composing for Tin Pan Alley; by 1919 he had his first hit "...

10. J.M. Barrie

Writer | Peter Pan

James Matthew "J. M." Barrie was a Scottish novelist and playwright. He had a distinguished career, but is primarily remembered for creating Peter Pan and his supporting characters. He used the character of Pan in the novel "The Little White Bird" (1902), the stage play "Peter Pan, or The Boy Who ...

11. Richard Boleslawski

Director | Theodora Goes Wild

Inventing a stage name "Boleslawski" (later spelled also "Boleslavsky"), young Pole Boleslaw Ryszard Srzednicki left his second home (Odessa, Russian Empire) to study theatre and train as an actor at the world-famous Moscow Art Theatre before and during WW I. He also acted in a few early Russian ...

12. Osgood Perkins

Actor | Scarface

Mostly remembered today as the father of Anthony Perkins, Osgood Perkins enjoyed a successful career on Broadway, appearing in 22 major productions from 1924-36, often produced by Brock Pemberton. The highlight of his stage career was starring in the hit "The Front Page" as Walter Burns at the ...

13. Helen Lowell

Actress | Maybe It's Love

Helen Lowell was born on June 2, 1866 in New York City, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for Maybe It's Love (1935), Party Wire (1935) and Snowed Under (1936). She died on June 28, 1937 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

14. Edith Wharton

Writer | The Age of Innocence

Edith Wharton (née Jones) was an American novelist and short story writer from New York City. She had insider knowledge of New York's upper class, which she realistically portrayed in her works. In 1921, Wharton became the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. She won the award for her...

15. Adele Sandrock

Actress | Helena

Adele Sandrock was born on August 19, 1863 in Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands. She was an actress, known for Helen of Troy (1924), Op hoop van zegen (1924) and Das schöne Abenteuer (1932). She died on August 30, 1937 in Berlin, Germany.

16. Bessie Smith

Soundtrack | Angel Heart

Bessie Smith was born on April 15, 1894 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA. She was an actress, known for Angel Heart (1987), Water for Elephants (2011) and Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004). She was previously married to Jack Gee. She died on September 26, 1937 in Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA.

17. Maurice Ravel

Soundtrack | Rashômon

Maurice Ravel was born on March 7, 1875 in Ciboure, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France. He was a composer, known for Rashomon (1950), Basic (2003) and Stalker (1979). He died on December 28, 1937 in Paris, France.

18. Amelia Earhart

Writer | Xavier Riddle and the Secret Movie: I am Madam President!

Amelia Earhart was born on July 24, 1897 in Atchison, Kansas, USA. She was a writer, known for Xavier Riddle and the Secret Movie: I am Madam President! (2020). She was previously married to George Palmer Putnam. She died on July 2, 1937 in Pacific Ocean.

19. Renate Müller

Actress | Walzerkrieg

Highly popular German star Renate Muller was the toast of late 20s Berlin along with the legendary Marlene Dietrich. Unlike Dietrich, however, she suffered at the hands of the Nazis and died under mysterious circumstances.

Renate was born in Munich on April 26, 1906, the daughter of a newspaper ...

20. Lady Tree

Actress | The Girl from Maxim's

Lady Tree was born on October 5, 1858 in Bexley, Kent, England, UK. She was an actress, known for The Girl from Maxim's (1933), Wedding Rehearsal (1932) and Still Waters Run Deep (1916). She was previously married to Herbert Beerbohm Tree. She died on August 7, 1937 in London, England, UK.

21. Charles Sellon

Actor | Make Me a Star

Charles Sellon was born on August 24, 1870 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He was an actor, known for Make Me a Star (1932), The Monster (1925) and Bright Eyes (1934). He was previously married to Florence E. Willis. He died on June 26, 1937 in La Crescenta, California, USA.

22. Monroe Owsley

Actor | Indiscreet

Largely forgotten today, glossy, beak-nosed, oval-faced actor Monroe Owsley, whose unappetizing film career lasted less than a decade, was born in Atlanta, Georgia near the turn of the century on August 11, 1900, and raised by his mother, stage actress Gertrude Owsley (1872-1936). A younger sister,...

23. Guy Standing

Actor | Death Takes a Holiday

Guy Standing was born on September 1, 1873 in London, England, UK. He was an actor, known for Death Takes a Holiday (1934), The Eagle and the Hawk (1933) and Bulldog Drummond Escapes (1937). He was previously married to Dorothy Hammond, Blanche Burton and Isabelle Urquhart. He died on February 24, ...

24. Frank Vosper

Writer | Shadows on the Stairs

Frank Vosper was born on December 15, 1899 in Hampstead, London, England, UK. He was an actor and writer, known for Shadows on the Stairs (1941), A Night of Terror (1937) and Love from a Stranger (1947). He died on March 6, 1937 in at sea.

25. Snitz Edwards

Actor | The Phantom of the Opera

Snitz Edwards was born Edward Neumann in Hungary. Married first wife in 1889 and was divorced some time later. Although he was almost 20 years older than his wife, Edwards married Eleanor Taylor, an actress from Boston, in 1906. They had three children, Cricket (b. 1906), Evelyn (b. 1914) and ...

26. Rosa Valetti

Actress | M - Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder

Rosa Valetti was born Rosa Alice Vallentin, the daughter of industrialist Felix Vallentin and his wife, Bertha. Her brother was actor Hermann Vallentin, who emigrated to Mandatory Palestine. She first appeared on the Berlin stage and later also in Paris, Brussells and Vienna. During the First World...

27. Arthur Edmund Carewe

Actor | The Cat and the Canary

Arthur Edmund Carewe was born on December 30, 1884 in Trapzon (Trebizond), Turkey. He was an actor, known for The Cat and the Canary (1927), Doctor X (1932) and The Phantom of the Opera (1925). He was previously married to Irene Pavlowska. He died on April 22, 1937 in Santa Monica, California, USA.

28. Lucy Beaumont

Actress | The Greater Glory

Lucy Beaumont was born in 1869 in Islington, Middlesex, England, UK. She was an actress, known for The Greater Glory (1926), His Double Life (1933) and The Beloved Rogue (1927). She was previously married to Arthur Douglas Vigors Harris and William Alfred Beaumont. She died on April 24, 1937 in New...

29. Ralph Lewis

Actor | The Birth of a Nation

Ralph Lewis was born on October 28, 1872 in Englewood, Illinois, USA. He was an actor, known for The Birth of a Nation (1915), Casey Jones (1927) and Dante's Inferno (1924). He was previously married to Vera Lewis. He died on December 4, 1937 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

30. DeWitt Jennings

Actor | Exit Smiling

DeWitt Jennings was born on June 21, 1871 in Cameron, Missouri, USA. He was an actor, known for Exit Smiling (1926), Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) and Seven Keys to Baldpate (1929). He was previously married to Margaret Ethel Conroy. He died on March 1, 1937 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.

31. John D. Rockefeller

Self | Freakonomics

John D. Rockefeller was born on July 8, 1839 in Richford, New York, USA. He was previously married to Laura Celesdia Spelman. He died on May 23, 1937 in Ormond, Florida, USA.

32. Ralph Ince

Director | Lincoln, the Lover

The youngest of three filmmaking brothers (the others were John Ince and Thomas H. Ince), Ralph Ince's career mirrored that of his brother John: he went from acting in silents to directing, and with the advent of sound he turned character actor. Unlike John, however, he would eventually resume ...

33. Marvel Rea

Actress | Friend Husband

Marvel Rea was born Marvel Luciel Rea on November 9, 1901, in Ainsworth, Nebraska. Her family moved to California when she was a child. Marvel grew into a beautiful teenager and in 1917 she became a Mack Sennett bathing beauty. The following year she married banker Henry Page Wells. Unfortunately ...

34. Bobby Dunn

Actor | His Busted Trust

Bobby Dunn was born on August 28, 1890 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. He was an actor, known for His Busted Trust (1916), The Thrill Hunter (1926) and Our Alley (1923). He died on March 24, 1937 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.

35. Emmett Dalton

Writer | Beyond the Law

Emmett Dalton was the youngest of the three Dalton brothers, part of a bandit gang notorious for robbing trains and banks in the Midwest during the late 1890s (interestingly, the brothers started their life of crime with a failed attempt at breaking into the safe on a Southern Pacific Railroad ...

36. Percy Williams

Actor | London After Midnight

Percy Williams was born on December 20, 1860 in Ludlow, Shropshire, England, UK. He was an actor, known for London After Midnight (1927), Black Oxen (1923) and Children of Divorce (1927). He was previously married to Ida ?. He died on September 29, 1937 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

37. William Gillette

Writer | Sherlock Holmes

Handsome American actor, playwright and stage director/producer William Gillette was born in Hartford, CT, in 1853. His father Francis was a former United States Senator and crusader for women's suffrage and the abolition of slavery; his mother Elisabeth Daggett Hooker is a descendant of Rev. ...

38. T. Roy Barnes

Actor | It's a Gift

T. Roy Barnes was born on August 11, 1880 in Lincolnshire, England, UK. He was an actor, known for It's a Gift (1934), Scratch My Back (1920) and Aloha (1931). He was previously married to Blanche Berner, Mamie McNab and Bessie Crawford (actress). He died on March 30, 1937 in Hollywood, Los Angeles...

39. Bleuette Bernon

Actress | Le royaume des fées

Bleuette Bernon was born on June 6, 1878 in Paris, France. She was an actress, known for The Kingdom of the Fairies (1903), Bluebeard (1901) and Cinderella (1899). She died on June 15, 1937 in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, Val-de-Marne, France.

40. E.M. Asher

Producer | Frankenstein

E.M. Asher was born on September 1, 1887 in Susanville, California, USA. She was a producer and production manager, known for Frankenstein (1931), Dracula (1931) and Mister Dynamite (1935). She was previously married to Lillian Bonner and Margaret. She died on October 29, 1937 in Los Angeles, ...

41. James A. Marcus

Actor | Sadie Thompson

James A. Marcus was born on January 21, 1867 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for Sadie Thompson (1928), The Eagle (1925) and Oliver Twist (1922). He was previously married to Lillian Hathaway. He died on October 15, 1937 in Hollywood, California, USA.

42. Robert Bolder

Actor | Grumpy

Robert Bolder was born on July 20, 1859 in London, England, UK. He was an actor, known for Grumpy (1930), Fools for Luck (1917) and On Trial (1917). He died on December 10, 1937 in Beverly Hills, California, USA.

43. Ruth Roland

Actress | The Haunted Valley

Ruth Roland was, along with Pearl White, the queen of the early movie serials. She came from a show-business family, her father being a San Francisco theater manager and her mother a professional singer. Ruth made her acting debut at age 3-1/2, and soon became a professional actress and singer. Her...

44. William Dewhurst

Actor | Sabotage

William Dewhurst was born on January 23, 1888 in Manchester, Lancashire, England, UK. He was an actor, known for Sabotage (1936), Non-Stop New York (1937) and Sailing Along (1938). He died on October 26, 1937 in London, England, UK.

45. Yevgeni Zamyatin

Writer | Dom v sugrobakh

Yevgeni Ivanovich Zamyatin was born on February 1, 1884, in Lebedyan, Tambov Province, Russia. His father, named Ivan Dmitrievich Zamyatin, was a Russian Orthodox priest and a schoolmaster. His mother, named Maria Aleksandrovna (nee Platonova), was a pianist. Young Zamyatin grew up at the family ...

46. Richard Powell

Actor | If You Could Only Cook

Richard Powell was born on December 31, 1896 in Peoria, Illinois, USA. He was an actor, known for If You Could Only Cook (1935), Treasure Island (1934) and Another Dawn (1937). He died on January 1, 1937 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

47. Dal Clawson

Cinematographer | The Corsican Brothers

Dal Clawson was born on October 4, 1885 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. He was a cinematographer, known for The Corsican Brothers (1920), Captain Courtesy (1915) and The Rosary (1915). He was previously married to Charlotte Mary Schurer, Irene Marie Boylan and Hazel Olivette Hansen. He died on July ...

48. Lawrence Fisher

Lawrence Fisher was born on April 19, 1891 in New York City, New York, USA. He died on December 6, 1937.

49. Eddie Shubert

Actor | The Case of the Velvet Claws

Eddie Shubert was born on July 11, 1898 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. He was an actor, known for The Case of the Velvet Claws (1936), The Case of the Howling Dog (1934) and Don't Bet on Blondes (1935). He died on January 23, 1937 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

50. Herman C. McNeile

Writer | Some Girls Do

Herman C. McNeile was born on September 28, 1888 in Bodmin, Cornwall, England, UK. He was a writer, known for Some Girls Do (1969), Bulldog Drummond (1922) and Bulldog Drummond's Peril (1938). He was previously married to Violet Baird Douglas. He died on August 14, 1937 in Pulborough, West Sussex, ...


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