Date of Death between 1952-01-01 and 1952-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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1. Hattie McDaniel

Actress | Gone with the Wind

After working as early as the 1910s as a band vocalist, Hattie McDaniel debuted as a maid in The Golden West (1932). Her maid-mammy characters became steadily more assertive, showing up first in Judge Priest (1934) and becoming pronounced in Alice Adams (1935). In this one, directed by George ...

2. John Garfield

Actor | Four Daughters

John Garfield was born Jacob Julius Garfinkle on the Lower East Side of New York City, to Hannah Basia (Margolis) and David Garfinkle, who were Jewish immigrants from Zhytomyr (now in Ukraine). Jules was raised by his father, a clothes presser and part-time cantor, after his mother's death in 1920,...

3. Curly Howard

Actor | No Dough Boys

Jerome "Curly" Howard, the rotund, bald Stooge with the high voice was the most popular member of The Three Stooges. His first stage experience was as a comedic conductor for the Orville Knapp Band in 1928. Curly joined The Three Stooges in 1932, replacing his brother Shemp Howard. He made more ...

4. Susan Peters

Actress | Random Harvest

War-era MGM had a lovely, luminous star in the making with Susan Peters. She possessed a creative talent and innate sensitivity that would surely have reigned as a leading Hollywood player for years to come had not a tragic and cruel twist of fate taken everything away from her.

She was born Suzanne...

5. Elmo Lincoln

Actor | Tarzan of the Apes

He was the first Tarzan. A former Arkansas peace officer, Elmo Linkenhelt worked in D.W. Griffith's "The Battle of Elderbush Gulch" (1912). In a fight scene his shirt was partially torn off, displaying his powerful chest. Griffith noticed, called him over, and told him "That's quite a chest you ...

6. Dick Curtis

Actor | Racing Luck

Tall, hulking character actor Dick Curtis spent years at Columbia Pictures menacing everyone from cowboy star Charles Starrett to the slapstick team of The Three Stooges. Curtis, unlike many movie villains, showed a genuine flair for comedy--especially physical comedy--in his many appearances in ...

7. J. Farrell MacDonald

Actor | Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

J. Farrell MacDonald was born on April 14, 1875 in Waterbury, Connecticut, USA. He was an actor and director, known for Sunrise (1927), My Darling Clementine (1946) and The Last Alarm (1940). He was previously married to Edith Bostwick. He died on August 2, 1952 in Hollywood, California, USA.

8. Polly Moran

Actress | Chasing Rainbows

She was one rowdy, no-holds-barred entertainer. Comedienne Polly Moran was considered second only to perhaps Louise Fazenda as Mack Sennett's funniest lady during her silent-era heyday. Born in 1883, Polly was made for vaudeville, touring all over the world, notably Europe. Sennett snapped her up ...

9. Ralph Byrd

Actor | SOS Coast Guard

Handsome, hairy-chested Ralph Byrd had an 18 year career in Hollywood both as a leading man and as a character actor, though he is best remembered for his role as Chester Gould's comic strip detective, Dick Tracy, in several movie serials and on television (first for ABC and then in a syndicated ...

10. Leslie Banks

Actor | The Most Dangerous Game

English actor Leslie Banks' film career would be negligible compared to his prestigious theatrical one if it were not for four exceptions. Hitchcock, for one, gave him the occasion to shine in two of his films, in a sympathetic role in "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (1934) and in an outright ...

11. Jack Conway

Director | Viva Villa!

Born Hugh Ryan Conway of Irish ancestry, Jack Conway was one of a team of MGM contract directors (others included Sam Wood and Robert Z. Leonard), who forsook any pretense to a specific individual style in favor of working within the strictures set forth by studio management--as embodied by Irving ...

12. Dixie Lee

Actress | Redheads on Parade

Dixie Lee was born on November 4, 1909 in Harriman, Tennessee, USA. She was an actress, known for Redheads on Parade (1935), Love in Bloom (1935) and Night Life in Reno (1931). She was previously married to Bing Crosby. She died on November 1, 1952 in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

13. Richard Rober

Actor | The File on Thelma Jordon

Richard Rober was born on May 14, 1910 in Rochester, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for The File on Thelma Jordon (1949), Kid Monk Baroni (1952) and Port of New York (1949). He was previously married to Mary Hay Barthelmess. He died on May 26, 1952 in Santa Monica, California, USA.

14. Alison Skipworth

Actress | Raffles

In her younger days, auburn-haired Alison Skipworth had been a celebrated patrician beauty. She was the favorite model of English artist Frank Markham Skipworth (1854-1929) who would later become her husband. A physician's daughter, Alison did not make her professional acting debut until the age of...

15. Basil Radford

Actor | The Lady Vanishes

Veddy, veddy British stage and film actor Basil Radford (once dubbed "The Eternal Englishman") would actually become best remembered for his droll work in a couple of US films. Specializing in playing stuffy, mustachioed, well bred gents, he was a delightful presence in light, sophisticated ...

16. Gertrude Lawrence

Actress | Mimi

Gertrude Lawrence was born on July 4, 1898 in London, England, UK. She was an actress, known for Mimi (1935), Rembrandt (1936) and The Glass Menagerie (1950). She was previously married to Richard Aldrich and Francis Gordon-Howley. She died on September 6, 1952 in New York City, New York, USA.

17. Gregory La Cava

Director | Stage Door

A former cartoonist, Gregory La Cava entered films during WWI as an animator for Walter Lantz on such animated films as "The Katzenjammer Kids" series. Hired by the Hearst Corp. as the editor-in-chief for its International Comic Films division, La Cava switched to live-action films in the 1920s and...

18. Hugh Herbert

Actor | Sh! The Octopus

Former stage actor and playwright - he wrote over 150 plays and vaudeville sketches - Hugh Herbert went, in the early 1930s to Hollywood, as a comedian. In the 1930s he worked mostly for Warner Bros., impersonating often eccentric millionaires, tycoons and dimwitted professors. In a few movies he ...

19. Walter Long

Actor | Pardon Us

Early in his career Walter Long was married to Luray Huntley, an actress for D.W. Griffith's stock company. Huntley and Long performed together in several of Griffith's films, including Traffic in Souls (1913), Let Katie Do It (1916), and Intolerance (1916). They remained married until her death in...

20. Edward Ellis

Actor | The Thin Man

Character actor in films, often portraying strident types, he is best remembered cast as "The Thin Man" (actually, "Wynant") of the hit 1934 MGM film. He Ellis was active on Broadway as an actor, producer and playwright from 1905-32 (see "Other Works"). He died in Beverly Hills, CA at age 81 in ...

21. Duke York

Actor | Flash Gordon

Duke York Jr. has a long resume as one of Hollywood's best stunt men. He is still often seen on TV today although audiences may not recognize him. He is most often seen today as the various "monsters" that confronted The Three Stooges during the 1940s, and as King Kala (wearing a bald cap) in the ...

22. Fannie Ward

Actress | The Cheat

Fannie Ward was a star of light comedies on Broadway and in vaudeville. Internationally famous, she was at the height of her career in the first decade of the 20th century. She debuted on Broadway at 19 in "Pippino" (1890). She went on to starring roles in "The Marriage of William Ashe", "Madam ...

23. Albert Bassermann

Actor | Foreign Correspondent

Classically-trained actor, former chemist, whose formative years on the stage were spent in Bern (Switzerland) and, from 1909, the Deutsches Theater Berlin under Max Reinhardt's direction. Specialised in Shakespearean roles ('Richard III', 'Hamlet') and was a famous interpreter of the plays of ...

24. Tiny Jones

Actress | Manhattan Moon

Tiny Jones was born on November 25, 1875 in Cardiff, Wales, UK. She was an actress, known for Manhattan Moon (1935), Drums Along the Mohawk (1939) and The Man from Blankley's (1930). She died on March 21, 1952 in Hollywood, California, USA.

25. Canada Lee

Actor | Lifeboat

Lee played Danny (opposite of Hilda Simms, who played Anna) in Anna Lucasta on Broadway in 1944. Anna Lucasta was the first non-black written play performed by an all black cast on Broadway. He became an actor after careers as a jockey, boxer and musician. Lee was a civil rights activist, following...

26. King George VI

Soundtrack | The Autobiography of a 'Jeep'

Albert Fredrick Arthur George was born on December 14, 1895 to the future King George V and Queen Mary who was born a Princess of Teck. It was the anniversary of the death of Queen Victoria's husband Albert the Prince Consort, his great-grandfather, so it was obvious that his name would start with ...

27. Eva Perón

Actress | La cabalgata del circo

Eva María Duarte was born into a small poor village, Los Toldos. When she was still a child she always knew she wanted to break out and get more than the others from her life. She wanted to become an actress. At the age of 15, she seduced the singer Agustín Magaldi to take her with him on his ...

28. Edward Biby

Assistant Director | Her Marble Heart

Edward Biby was born on August 8, 1886 in Pinckneyville, Illinois, USA. He was an actor and assistant director, known for Her Marble Heart (1916), A Love Riot (1916) and Racketeer Round-up (1934). He died on October 3, 1952 in Ventura, California, USA.

29. Roland West

Director | Alibi

Roland West was born in Cleveland, OH, and became an actor in the theater and on the vaudeville stage. He got his start in the film industry in New York City around 1915, forming several production companies to shoot films there. He later worked as general manager of production for producer Joseph ...

30. Charles K. French

Actor | The Abysmal Brute

Charles K. French was born on January 17, 1860 in Columbus, Ohio, USA. He was an actor and director, known for The Abysmal Brute (1923), The Last Warning (1928) and Hands Up! (1926). He was previously married to Doris Herbert, Isabelle Gurton and Helen French. He died on August 2, 1952 in Hollywood...

31. Philip G. Epstein

Writer | Casablanca

Philip G. Epstein was born on August 22, 1909 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a writer and producer, known for Casablanca (1942), Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) and Mr. Skeffington (1944). He was previously married to Lillian Targan. He died on February 7, 1952 in Hollywood, California, USA.

32. Harlan Briggs

Actor | Dodsworth

Harlan Briggs was born on August 17, 1879 in Blissfield, Michigan, USA. He was an actor, known for Dodsworth (1936), My Pal Trigger (1946) and The Bank Dick (1940). He was previously married to Merle Ione Weeks, Viola Marguerite Scott and Mary E. Brockway. He died on January 26, 1952 in Woodland ...

33. Herbert Evans

Actor | The Third Degree

Herbert Evans was born on April 16, 1882 in London, England, UK. He was an actor, known for The Third Degree (1919), Reunion in Vienna (1933) and Slightly Married (1932). He was previously married to Etta Maud Bignell. He died on February 10, 1952 in San Gabriel, California, USA.

34. Sam Lufkin

Actor | Scotty of the Scouts

Sam Lufkin was born on May 8, 1891 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. He was an actor, known for Scotty of the Scouts (1926), The Mystery Man (1935) and Her Dangerous Path (1923). He was previously married to Maude Lee Bailey. He died on February 19, 1952 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.

35. George Magrill

Actor | The Three Musketeers

George Magrill was born on January 5, 1900 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for The Three Musketeers (1933), Snowed In (1926) and Danger Island (1931). He was previously married to Ramona Oliver. He died on May 31, 1952 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

36. George Reed

Actor | Huckleberry Finn

George Reed was born on November 27, 1866 in Macon, Georgia, USA. He was an actor, known for Huckleberry Finn (1920), The River of Romance (1929) and Going Places (1938). He was previously married to Julia Ridley. He died on November 6, 1952 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

37. Mimi Forsythe

Actress | Sensations of 1945

Mimi Forsythe was born on December 13, 1921 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She was an actress, known for Sensations of 1945 (1944) and Three Russian Girls (1943). She was previously married to James Parnell Turner, Warren Leslie McCanless and Benedict Bogeaus. She died on August 17, 1952 in Hollywood, ...

38. Rebecca Weintraub

Actress | Tevya

Rebecca Weintraub was born in 1873 in Odessa, Kherson Governorate, Russian Empire [now Ukraine]. She was an actress, known for Tevya (1939), Two Sisters (1938) and Uncle Moses (1932). She was previously married to Sigmund Weintraub. She died on July 30, 1952 in New York City, New York, USA.

39. Pierre Renoir

Actor | Les enfants du paradis

Pierre Renoir was born on March 21, 1885 in Paris, France. He was an actor, known for Children of Paradise (1945), Marion de Lorme (1918) and Night at the Crossroads (1932). He was previously married to Sergine, Vera. He died on March 11, 1952 in Paris, France.

40. Charles de Rochefort

Director | Parada Paramount

Charles de Rochefort was born on July 7, 1879 in Port-Vendres, Pyrénées-Orientales, France. He was an actor and director, known for Parada Paramount (1930), L'Arlésienne (1922) and Madame Sans-Gêne (1925). He was previously married to Mary Grant and Therese Forgerot . He died on ...

41. Eddie Laughton

Actor | Highway Patrol

Eddie Laughton was born on June 20, 1903 in Sheffield, Yorkshire [now South Yorkshire], England, UK. He was an actor, known for Highway Patrol (1938), Girls of the Road (1940) and My Son Is a Criminal (1939). He was previously married to Dorothea M. Appel, Mary Eaton and Lytha M. Pratt McPhail. He ...

42. John Sheehan

Actor | The Criminal Code

John Sheehan was born on October 22, 1885 in Oakland, California, USA. He was an actor, known for The Criminal Code (1930), Ticket to Paradise (1936) and Hidden Enemy (1940). He was previously married to Blanche Morris Roberts. He died on February 14, 1952 in Calabasas, California, USA.

43. Charles A. Post

Actor | Wild Oranges

Charles A. Post was born on November 3, 1897 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. He was an actor and production manager, known for Wild Oranges (1924), The Tender Hour (1927) and Todd of the Times (1919). He died on December 20, 1952 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

44. Julia Dean

Actress | The Emperor Waltz

Julia Dean was born on May 12, 1878 in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. She was an actress, known for The Emperor Waltz (1948), The Curse of the Cat People (1944) and Magic Town (1947). She was previously married to Orme Caldara. She died on October 17, 1952 in Hollywood, California, USA.

45. Henry Edwards

Actor | A Welsh Singer

Henry Edwards was born on September 18, 1882 in Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, England, UK. He was an actor and director, known for A Welsh Singer (1915), Scrooge (1935) and The Amazing Quest of Mr. Ernest Bliss (1920). He was previously married to Chrissie White. He died on November 2, 1952 in ...

46. Knut Hamsun

Writer | Poslední radost

Norwegian novelist Knut Hamsun was born to a poor family and sent to live with an uncle, a commercial fisherman. He grew up without any formal schooling. Hamsun left Norway for the U.S. twice: once in 1882, and again in 1886. Each time he stayed in the U.S. for two years, holding various jobs ...

47. Ray Taylor

Director | Detective Lloyd

One of the more prolific American directors, Ray Taylor was a Midwesterner who began his show-business career as an actor and stage manager in regional theater, a career that was interrupted by army service in World War I. After his discharge he ventured to Hollywood, where he got a job with Fox ...

48. Ethel Wales

Actress | The Monster

Ethel Wales was born on April 4, 1878 in Passaic, New Jersey, USA. She was an actress, known for The Monster (1925), Klondike (1932) and Don't (1925). She was previously married to John W. Stockton and Wellington Wales. She died on February 15, 1952 in Hollywood, California, USA.

49. Beulah Hall Jones

Actress | Drums Along the Mohawk

Beulah Hall Jones was born on July 28, 1899 in San Antonio, Texas, USA. She was an actress, known for Drums Along the Mohawk (1939), Cameo Kirby (1930) and The Realization of a Negro's Ambition (1916). She was previously married to Emitt Emanuel Wyndon and Dr. E.E. Wyndon. She died on October 8, ...

50. Mala

Actor | Robinson Crusoe of Clipper Island

Ray Mala hailed from Alaska, and portrayed Inuits and also Hawaiian characters in films. He appeared in more than 25 movies, such as Eskimo (1933), Last of the Pagans (1935)--based on the book "Typee" by Herman Melville-- The Great Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (1938), from which a 29-cent postal ...


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