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 ...
Actor | The Adventures of Robin Hood
Herbert Mundin was born on August 21, 1898 in St. Helens, Merseyside, England, UK. He was an actor, known for The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), David Copperfield (1935) and Mutiny on the Bounty (1935). He was previously married to Ann Shaw and Hilda Frances Hoyes. He died on March 5, 1939 in Van...
5. 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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
8. 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...
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 ...
10. 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 ...
11. Etienne Girardot
Actor | The Kennel Murder Case
Etienne Girardot was born on February 22, 1856 in London, England, UK. He was an actor, known for The Kennel Murder Case (1933), The Garden Murder Case (1936) and The Dragon Murder Case (1934). He was previously married to Dr. Violetta Shelton. He died on November 10, 1939 in Hollywood, California,...
12. Sidney Howard
Writer | Gone with the Wind
Sidney Howard was born on June 26, 1891 in Oakland, California, USA. He was a writer, known for Gone with the Wind (1939), Dodsworth (1936) and Arrowsmith (1931). He was previously married to Leopoldine Blaine Damrosch and Clare Eames. He died on August 23, 1939 in Tyringham, Massachusetts, USA.
13. S.S. Van Dine
Writer | Philo Vance Returns
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 ...
14. Tom Ricketts
Director | Life's Blind Alley
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 ...
15. Margaret Shelby
Actress | Jenny Be Good
Margaret Shelby was born on June 16, 1900 in San Antonio, Texas, USA. She was an actress, known for Jenny Be Good (1920), Wives and Other Wives (1918) and The Intrusion of Isabel (1919). She was previously married to Emmett J. Flynn. She died on December 21, 1939 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
16. 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 ...
17. 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 ...
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 ...
20. Bobby Vernon
Director | For the Love of Fanny
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 ...
21. Marie Hemingway
Actress | The Second Mrs. Tanqueray
Marie Hemingway was born on March 3, 1889 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England, UK. She was an actress, known for The Second Mrs. Tanqueray (1916), A Master of Men (1917) and Follow the Lady (1933). She was previously married to Claude Rains. She died on June 7, 1939 in Sandgate, Kent, England, UK.
23. Morton Selten
Actor | The Thief of Bagdad
Morton Selten was born on January 6, 1860 in Marlborough, England, UK. He was an actor, known for The Thief of Bagdad (1940), The Divorce of Lady X (1938) and Shipyard Sally (1939). He was previously married to Dora Blanche Pennell and Kate Pattison (actress). He died on July 27, 1939 in London, ...
25. Ford Sterling
Actor | He Who Gets Slapped
Ford Sterling was born on November 3, 1883 in La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA. He was an actor and director, known for He Who Gets Slapped (1924), Yankee Doodle in Berlin (1919) and Stage Struck (1925). He was previously married to Teddy Sampson. He died on October 13, 1939 in Los Angeles, California, ...
26. James Parrott
Director | Sous les verrous
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 ...
27. Phillips Smalley
Director | The Hand That Rocks the Cradle
Phillips Smalley was born on August 7, 1875 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. 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 previously married to Phyllis Lorraine Ephlin and Lois Weber. He died on May 2, ...
29. 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 previously married to Harold Christie. She died on May 9, 1939 in Hollywood, California, USA.
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 Moon's Our Home (1936). He was previously married to Norma Leslie. He died on July 29, 1939 in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, ...
33. 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...
34. 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 previously married to Adelaide Kendall and Norma Phillips. He died on February 25, 1939 in Los Angeles, California, ...
35. Helen Ware
Actress | The Virginian
Helen Ware was born on October 15, 1877 in San Francisco, California, USA. She was an actress, known for The Virginian (1929), Flaming Gold (1932) and The Garden of Allah (1916). She was previously married to Frederick Burt. She died on January 25, 1939 in Carmel, California, USA.
38. Hugo Riesenfeld
Music Department | Make a Wish
From 1917-1925 Hugo Riesenfeld was the manager of the Rivoli, Rialto and Criterion Theatres in New York City. A conductor and violinist, Riesenfeld was educated at the Conservatory of Music in Vienna and the University of Vienna. He then conducted with the Imperial Opera House in Vienna. In 1907 he...
40. Charles Mintz
Producer | Holiday Land
Charles Mintz was born on November 5, 1889 in York, Pennsylvania, USA. He was a producer, known for Holiday Land (1934), The Little Match Girl (1937) and The Elegy (1927). He was previously married to M.J. Winkler. He died on December 30, 1939 in Beverly Hills, California, USA.
Writer | Dancing at Lughnasa
William Butler Yeats was born on June 13, 1865 in Sandymount, County Dublin, Ireland, UK [now Republic of Ireland]. He was a writer, known for Dancing at Lughnasa (1998), Valentines. A Bouquet of Letters and Poetry of Lovers (1994) and Echoes. He was previously married to Georgiana Hyde-Lees. He ...
42. Maurice Renard
Writer | Orlacs Hände
Maurice Renard was born on February 28, 1875 in Châlons-sur-Marne, Marne, France [now Châlons-en-Champagne]. He was a writer, known for The Hands of Orlac (1924), Mad Love (1935) and The Hands of Orlac (1960). He died on November 18, 1939 in Rochefort, Charente-Maritime, France.
43. Sydney Jarvis
Soundtrack | Loose Ankles
Sydney Jarvis was born on January 11, 1878 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He was an actor, known for Loose Ankles (1930), Climbing the Golden Stairs (1929) and Casey at the Bat (1927). He was previously married to Virginia Dare. He died on June 6, 1939 in Hollywood, California, USA.
44. Aggie Herring
Actress | Oliver Twist
Aggie Herring was born on February 4, 1876 in San Francisco, California, USA. She was an actress, known for Oliver Twist (1922), A Blind Bargain (1922) and Pampered Youth (1925). She was previously married to Jess Herring. She died on October 28, 1939 in Santa Monica, California, USA.
45. Joseph Roth
Writer | Flight Without End
Prolific journalist and novelist whose work describes the conflicting epoch between WWI and II. Known for his existential, sober and precise prose, in which poetry is many times subdued to the subtext, without losing its eloquence.
The Sunday Times has described Roth as an author 'whose major novels...
Director | The Marines Fly High
George Nichols Jr. was born on May 5, 1897 in San Francisco, California, USA. He was an editor and director, known for The Marines Fly High (1940), High School (1940) and Army Girl (1938). He died on November 13, 1939 in Los Angeles, 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 ...
49. Otto Rahn
Otto Rahn was born on February 18, 1904 in Michelstadt, Hesse, Germany. He died on March 13, 1939 in Kufstein, Tyrol, Austria.