Date of Death between 1951-01-01 and 1951-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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1. Robert Walker

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 ...

4. Oscar Micheaux

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, ...

8. Warner Baxter

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'...

10. William Randolph Hearst

Zander the Great

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.

17. Nora Cecil

Actress | Seven Days Leave

Nora Cecil was born on September 26, 1878 in London, England, UK. She was an actress, known for Seven Days Leave (1930), Street Scene (1931) and Midnight Faces (1926). She died on May 1, 1951 in 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.

19. Johnny Arthur

Actor | The Ghost Walks

American actor who specialized in timid or whiny characters. He appeared on the stage in England and in the USA, and performed in musical comedy. He began his film work in silents and often worked in the films of Hal Roach.

20. Johnny Mitchell

Actor | Pillow to Post

Johnny Mitchell was born on December 13, 1918 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for Pillow to Post (1945), Laugh Your Blues Away (1942) and Sunday Punch (1942). He died on January 19, 1951 in New York City, New York, USA.

21. John Berkes

Actor | Ace in the Hole

John Berkes was born on June 13, 1895 in Trenton, New Jersey, USA. He was an actor, known for Ace in the Hole (1951), The Egg and I (1947) and Bowery at Midnight (1942). He died on July 5, 1951 in Hollywood, California, 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 ...

23. J. Edward Bromberg

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 ...

26. Robert J. Flaherty

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 ...

28. Monte Collins

Actor | Campus Sleuth

Monte Collins was born on December 3, 1898 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for Campus Sleuth (1948), The Green Promise (1949) and Tangier (1946). He died on June 1, 1951 in North Hollywood, California, USA.

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 ...

35. Garry Owen

Actor | Arsenic and Old Lace

Garry Owen was born on February 18, 1902 in Brookhaven, Mississippi, USA. He was an actor, known for Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), The Case of the Black Cat (1936) and Hold Your Man (1933). He died on June 1, 1951 in Hollywood, California, USA.

36. Barton Yarborough

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...

37. Frank McGlynn Sr.

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.

38. Edmund MacDonald

Actor | Detour

Edmund MacDonald was born on May 7, 1908 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He was an actor, known for Detour (1945), Hangmen Also Die! (1943) and Great Guns (1941). He was previously married to Augusta. He died on September 2, 1951 in Los Angeles, California, 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.

45. Ivan F. Simpson

Actor | The Adventures of Robin Hood

Ivan F. Simpson was born on February 4, 1875 in Glasgow, Scotland, UK. He was an actor, known for The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Maid of Salem (1937) and Captain Blood (1935). He died on October 12, 1951 in New York City, New York, 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 ...

48. Jyotiprasad Agarwala

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.

49. Eleonora von Mendelssohn

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...


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