Date of Death between 1951-01-01 and 1951-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
Actor | Strangers on a Train
He possessed the same special brand of rebel/misfit sensitivity and charm that made superstars out of John Garfield and (later) James Dean and Montgomery Clift. In the war-torn 1940s, Robert Walker represented MGM's fresh, instinctive breed of up-and-coming talent. His boyish good looks combined ...
2. Ralph Forbes
Actor | Twentieth Century
Ralph Forbes had other ideas than the family wish for him to seek a career in law or the navy. He became interested in acting and began stage work in England. By 1917, he had come to the US to get his feet wet in the film medium with his first silent that year. But he returned to the UK to work in ...
3. Maria Montez
Actress | Arabian Nights
In a world weary of war and dispirited by the ravages of the Great Depression, Hollywood at the turn of the 1940's concocted a wildly popular, effective lot of escapist fare (though often cheaply made) to regale the sick at heart worldwide. Universal Pictures, more often than not, led in producing ...
Writer | Within Our Gates
Oscar Micheaux, the first African-American to produce a feature-length film (The Homesteader (1919)) and a sound feature-length film (The Exile (1931)), is not only a major figure in American film for these milestones, but because his oeuvre is a window into the American history and psyche ...
5. Fanny Brice
Actress | Be Yourself!
Fanny Brice was a popular and influential American comedienne, singer, theatre and film actress, who made many stage, radio and film appearances but is best remembered as the creator and star of the top-rated radio comedy series, The Baby Snooks Show. Thirteen years after her death, she was ...
6. Ivor Novello
Writer | Downhill
While his special gifts seemed to lie in music and composing, the dapper, multi-talented Welsh actor Ivor Novello (ne David Ivor Davies), with his leading-man good looks, had a strong affinity for the camera.
Born in Cardiff, Wales, in 1893, he was the son of a tax-collector father and a well-known ...
7. Mayo Methot
Actress | Jimmy the Gent
Mayo Methot was born on March 3, 1904 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She was an actress, known for Jimmy the Gent (1934), Virtue (1932) and Counsellor at Law (1933). She was previously married to Humphrey Bogart, Percy Tredegar Morgan Jr. and John M. La Mond. She died on June 9, 1951 in Portland, ...
Actor | Penthouse
Warner Baxter claimed to have an early pre-disposition toward show business: "I discovered a boy a block away who would eat worms and swallow flies for a penny. For one-third of the profits, I exhibited him in a tent." When he was age 9, his widowed mother moved to San Francisco where, following ...
9. Val Lewton
Producer | The Body Snatcher
Born in Russia in 1904, Lewton moved with his mother and sister to Berlin in 1906, then to USA in 1909. He wrote for newspapers, magazines, novels, pornography, etc.- often using pseudonyms to disguise their origin (the name Val Lewton was one such pseudonym, used first for some novels in the 1930'...
William Randolph Hearst was the greatest newspaper baron in the history of the United States and is the person whom Citizen Kane (1941), widely regarded as the greatest film ever made, is primarily based on. While there are many similarities between Charles Foster Kane, as limned by the great Orson...
11. Ferike Boros
Actress | The Light That Failed
Ferike Boros was born on August 2, 1880 in Nagyvárad, Austria-Hungary [now Oradea, Romania]. She was an actress, known for The Light That Failed (1939), Once Upon a Honeymoon (1942) and Bachelor Mother (1939). She died on January 16, 1951 in Hollywood, California, USA.
12. Jack Holt
Actor | San Francisco
Staunch, granite-jawed American leading man of silent and early talkie films, much associated with Westerns. A native of New York City, Holt often claimed to have been born in Winchester, Virginia, where he grew up. The son of an Episcopal minister, he attended Trinity School in Manhattan, then the...
13. Clifton Young
Actor | Dark Passage
Clifton "Bobby" Young gained notoriety as a child actor playing "Bonedust" during Our Gang's sound transition period. Of all the graduates of Our Gang (with the exception of Jackie Cooper and, arguably, Dickie Moore), Clifton had the greatest shot at adult stardom - at least as far as strong ...
14. Edwin L. Marin
Director | Invisible Agent
Director Edwin L. Marin was born in Jersey City, NJ, in 1899. He traveled to Hollywood as a young man, and at age 20 got a job in the industry as an assistant cameraman. By 1932 he had crossed over to directing, first for low-budget studio Tiffany Pictures. However, he worked his way up the ...
15. David Torrence
Actor | Mutiny on the Bounty
David Torrence was the second child born out of eleven children to Henry Torrance Thomson and Janet Bryce. Davis given name was 'David Bryce Thomson." Born on Jan 17,1863 in Edinbough,Scotland. David's brother was character star 'Ernest Torrence' who was 15 years younger than David. Ernest was the ...
16. Eddie Dunn
Actor | The Gay Falcon
Eddie Dunn was born on March 31, 1896 in Brooklyn [now in New York City], New York, USA. He was an actor and director, known for The Gay Falcon (1941), The Great Dictator (1940) and A Fig Leaf for Eve (1944). He died on May 5, 1951 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
18. Lewis Howard
Actor | Song of My Heart
Lewis Howard was born on January 16, 1919 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for Song of My Heart (1948), It's a Date (1940) and I'm Nobody's Sweetheart Now (1940). He was previously married to Betty Buehler. He died on September 29, 1951 in New York, New York, USA.
22. Olga Roderick
Actress | Freaks
Olga Roderick, Madame Olga, was born Jane Barnell in Wilmington, NC on January 3, 1871 (or February 28, 1877, depending on the source). Her father was a Russian Jew and her mother Catawba Indian. According to historians, she was growing hair by the age of two and was bearded at four. Her deformity ...
Actor | Son of Dracula
J. Edward Bromberg was a founding member of the legendary Group Theatre. His appearance being rather short and stocky, Bromberg from the start was known as a character actor who was very respected by his peers. He was primarily a stage actor but in the mid-thirties made his way into film where he ...
24. Mady Christians
Actress | Heidi
Mady Christians was born in Vienna, Austria. Destined to be in films in both Germany and the US, she started out as a stage actress but soon found new challenges in the world of cinema. Her first film was at the age of 24 when she appeared in Audrey (1916). She remained in German films for the next...
25. Stanley Ridges
Actor | To Be or Not to Be
Born in England in 1891, Stanley Ridges would become a protégé of Beatrice Lillie, a star of musical comedies, and spent a great many years learning and honing his craft on the stage. He eventually would make his way over to America, and become a romantic leading man on Broadway. His first film ...
Director | Louisiana Story
Robert J. Flaherty was born on February 16, 1884 in Iron Mountain, Michigan, USA. He was a director and writer, known for Louisiana Story (1948), Man of Aran (1934) and Elephant Boy (1937). He was previously married to Frances H. Flaherty. He died on July 23, 1951 in Brattleboro, Vermont, USA.
27. Jack Luden
Actor | Stagecoach Days
Jack Luden's story is one of the saddest in Hollywood. He was born as Jacob Benson Luden in Reading, Pennsylvania, with a silver spoon in his mouth; his uncle was the millionaire founder of Luden's Cough Drops and he attended the finest schools on the east coast. But he was restless, possessing an ...
29. S. Sylvan Simon
Producer | Born Yesterday
Director S. Sylvan Simon worked as a drama coach, radio executive and stage director before joining Warner Brothers in 1935. He then moved to MGM as director and assistant director in 1937. His sudden death at the age of 41 shocked all who knew him and he was mourned throughout the film industry.
30. Richard Hart
Actor | Green Dolphin Street
While he had a short life and very short film career, sleekly handsome actor Richard Hart, with his dark and virile looks, demonstrated much promise in those few years, especially on Broadway and in TV's "Golden Age." It all ended quickly, however, with his sudden demise at age 35.
He was born ...
31. Louis Jouvet
Actor | Un carnet de bal
Louis Jouvet was a living glory of the French theatre where he debuted in 1910. In his life he has worked as pharmacist, manager of a theatre, actor and theatre teacher. He debuted at the movies in 1932 and his best films were of the Golden Age of French cinema called the "poetical realism", e.g. "...
32. 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.
33. Charles Coleman
Actor | Poor Little Rich Girl
Charles Coleman was born on December 22, 1885 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He was an actor, known for Poor Little Rich Girl (1936), It Started with Eve (1941) and Becky Sharp (1935). He was previously married to Beatrice. He died on March 8, 1951 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California...
34. Tex Cooper
Actor | King of the Bullwhip
Tex Cooper was born as Judge Thomas Cooper in Denton, Texas, the son of Wilford Cooper and Lemon Pair. Tex had siblings Walter and George Cooper. His parents were farmers and hailed from Bradley County, Tennessee. Tex's trademark in the movies was his Buffalo Bill lookalike appearance. His ...
Actor | I Love a Mystery
Born in Goldthwaite Texas, Barton Yarborough ran away from home as a youth to join vaudeville. In the 1920s he got involved in radio, and in 1932 began a long run as Cliff Barbour on the hugely famous drama "One Man's Family," which he appeared in until his death. Other outstanding radio roles came...
Actor | Captain Blood
Frank McGlynn Sr. was born on October 26, 1866 in San Francisco, California, USA. He was an actor and director, known for Captain Blood (1935), Little Miss Marker (1934) and The Littlest Rebel (1935). He was previously married to Rose O'Byrne. He died on May 18, 1951 in Newburgh, New York, USA.
39. Weldon Heyburn
Actor | Chandu the Magician
Weldon Heyburn was born on September 19, 1903 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. He was an actor, known for Chandu the Magician (1932), Fugitive at Large (1939) and The 13th Man (1937). He was previously married to Virginia Frances Maggard, Jane Eichelberger, Greta Nissen and Phyllis Connard...
40. Richard Wallace
Director | Kick In
Richard Wallace was born in Sacramento, California, in 1894. At 14 years of age he got a job as a theater projectionist, a job he held for four years. He later traveled to Los Angeles to get into the film industry, and wound up as an editor for such studios as Triangle and Robertson-Cole. His ...
41. Leon Errol
Actor | Mexican Spitfire
Leon Errol was born on July 3, 1881 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He was an actor and writer, known for Mexican Spitfire (1940), The Girl from Mexico (1939) and Mexican Spitfire's Elephant (1942). He was previously married to Stella Bertha Nelson (aka Stella Chatelaine, dancer). He died on...
42. Marie Ault
Actress | The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog
Marie Ault was born on September 2, 1870 in Wigan, Lancashire, England, UK. She was an actress, known for The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927), Fanny Hawthorne (1927) and Major Barbara (1941). She was previously married to James Alexander Paterson. She died on May 9, 1951 in London, England...
43. Larry Steers
Actor | The King of the Kongo
Larry Steers was born on February 14, 1888 in Indiana, USA. He was an actor, known for The King of the Kongo (1929), The Secret Garden (1919) and Clipped Wings (1937). He was previously married to Harriette Mathews. He died on February 15, 1951 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.
44. Joe King
Actor | Smashing the Money Ring
Joe King was born on February 9, 1883 in Austin, Texas, USA. He was an actor and director, known for Smashing the Money Ring (1939), Special Agent (1935) and Her Bitter Cup (1916). He was previously married to Hazel Buckham. He died on April 11, 1951 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.
46. Gibson Gowland
Actor | Greed
Gibson Gowland was born on January 4, 1877 in Spennymoor, Durham, England, UK. He was an actor, known for Greed (1924), Blind Husbands (1919) and The Phantom of the Opera (1925). He was previously married to Rachelle Marie Gertrude Dervaes (pianist/actress) and Sylvia Andrew. He died on September 9...
47. 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 ...
Director | Joymati
Jyotiprasad Agarwala was born on June 17, 1903 in Tezpur, Assam, British India. Jyotiprasad was a director and composer, known for Joymati (1935) and Indramalati (1939). Jyotiprasad was previously married to Devajani Bhuyan. Jyotiprasad died on January 17, 1951 in Tezpur, Assam, India.
Actress | Black Hand
Eleonora von Mendelssohn was born on January 12, 1900 in Berlin, Germany. She was an actress, known for Black Hand (1950). She was previously married to Martin Kosleck, Rudolf Forster, Emmerich von Jeszenesky (Hungarian aristocrat) and Edwin Fischer (Swiss pianist). She died on January 24, 1951 in ...
50. Sinclair Lewis
Writer | Elmer Gantry
Sinclair Lewis, the first American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, was a colossus of American letters in the first half of the last century. Arguably, he is the first major "modern" writer of the 20th century, as there is American literature before "Main Street" (1920) and after that seminal...