Date of Death between 1939-01-01 and 1939-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)

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1. Douglas Fairbanks

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 ...

4. Herbert Mundin

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 ...

6. Jameson Thomas

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...

9. Ivan Mozzhukhin

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 ...

18. Gus Leonard

Actor | Wurra-Wurra

Gus Leonard was born on February 4, 1859 in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France. He was an actor, known for Wurra-Wurra (1916), Her Reputation (1923) and Coney Island (1928). He died on March 27, 1939 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

19. Claude Gillingwater

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.

22. Caryll Ann Ekelund

The Blue Bird

Caryll Ann Ekelund was born on May 6, 1935 in Cottonwood, California, USA. She was an actress, known for The Blue Bird (1940). She died on November 3, 1939 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

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, ...

24. Jack Duffy

Actor | The Stage Hand

Jack Duffy was born on September 4, 1882 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA. He was an actor, known for The Stage Hand (1920), The Adventures of Peg o' the Ring (1916) and The Gold Racket (1937). He died on July 23, 1939 in Hollywood, California, USA.

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, ...

28. Clare Greet

Actress | Mrs. Dane's Defence

Clare Greet was born on June 14, 1871 in Leicestershire, England, UK. She was an actress and producer, known for Mrs. Dane's Defence (1933), Lord Camber's Ladies (1932) and Love at the Wheel (1921). She died on February 14, 1939 in London, England, UK.

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.

30. Polaire

Actress | Soeurette

Polaire was born on May 17, 1874 in Agha, Alger, France. She was an actress, known for The Sparrow (1914), Le dernier pardon (1913) and Zouza (1911). She died on October 14, 1939 in Champigny-sur-Marne, Val-de-Marne, France.

31. Agostino Borgato

Actor | Il ponte dei sospiri

Agostino Borgato was born on June 30, 1871 in Venice, Italy. He was an actor and director, known for Il ponte dei sospiri (1921), Supremo olocausto (1918) and Il cuore di Musette (1919). He died on March 14, 1939 in Hollywood, California, USA.

32. Monte Vandergrift

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.

36. Frank McGlynn Jr.

Actor | Bar 20 Rides Again

Frank McGlynn Jr. was born on July 9, 1904 in Marin County, California, USA. He was an actor, known for Bar 20 Rides Again (1935), Hop-a-Long Cassidy (1935) and Custer's Last Stand (1936). He died on March 29, 1939 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

37. James P. Burtis

Actor | The Return of Jimmy Valentine

James P. Burtis was born on May 12, 1893 in Emporia, Kansas, USA. He was an actor, known for The Return of Jimmy Valentine (1936), Mister Dynamite (1935) and The Mystery Man (1935). He died on July 24, 1939 in 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...

39. Lotte Lorring

Actress | Kaiserwalzer

Lotte Lorring was born on December 6, 1893 in Berlin, Germany. She was an actress, known for The Emperor's Waltz (1933), Johannisnacht (1933) and Karriere (1930). She died on March 20, 1939 in Berlin, Germany.

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.

41. William Butler Yeats

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...

46. Tasaburo Matsumoto

Actor | Ranma

Tasaburo Matsumoto was born on November 22, 1899 in Tokyo, Japan. He was an actor, known for Ranma (1927), Tsumi no onna (1927) and Kôhan to Sôshichi (1927). He died on September 8, 1939.

47. George Nichols Jr.

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.

48. Chief Standing Bear

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.

50. Emilia Unda

Actress | Mädchen in Uniform

Emilia Unda was born on January 29, 1879 in Riga, Russian Empire [now Latvia]. She was an actress, known for Mädchen in Uniform (1931), Freie Liebe (1919) and Baby (1932). She died on December 7, 1939 in Berlin, Germany.

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