Date of Death between 1956-01-01 and 1956-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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1. Bela Lugosi

Actor | Dracula

Bela Lugosi was born Béla Ferenc Dezsö Blaskó on October 20, 1882, Lugos, Hungary, Austria-Hungary (now Lugoj, Romania), to Paula de Vojnich and István Blaskó, a banker. He was the youngest of four children. During WWI, he volunteered and was commissioned as an infantry lieutenant, and was wounded ...

2. Margaret Wycherly

Actress | White Heat

Margaret Wycherly was born in London, England on October 26, 1881. She was predominately a stage actress, continuing stage work even after performing in films. Her first film role came when she appeared in The Fight (1915) at 34 years old. It was not until 1929 that audiences got another glimpse of...

3. Robert Newton

Actor | Around the World in 80 Days

Robert Newton was one of the great character actors -- and great characters -- of the British cinema, best remembered today for playing Long John Silver in Treasure Island (1950) and its sequel in 1954. His portrayal of Long John Silver and of Blackbeard, the Pirate (1952) created a persona that ...

4. Kenji Mizoguchi

Director | Ugetsu monogatari

Coming from a lower class family Mizoguchi entered the production company Nikkatsu as an actor specialized in female roles. Later he became an assistant director and made his first film in 1922. Although he filmed almost 90 movies in the silent era, only his last 12 productions are really known ...

5. Guy Kibbee

Actor | Captain January

Beginning his show business career at age 13 as an entertainer on Mississippi riverboats, Guy Kibbee graduated to the legitimate stage and spent many years in the theater. In the 1930s he was signed by Warner Brothers, and became part of what was known as "the Warner Brothers Stock Company", a ...

6. Edward Arnold

Actor | You Can't Take It with You

Edward Arnold was born as Gunther Edward Arnold Schneider in 1890, on the Lower East Side of New York City, the son of German immigrants, Elizabeth (Ohse) and Carl Schneider. Arnold began his acting career on the New York stage and became a film actor in 1916. A burly man with a commanding style ...

7. George Bancroft

Actor | Stagecoach

George Bancroft was raised in Philadelphia and attended high school at Tomes Institute (Philadelphia). He won an impressive appointment to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis and graduated as a commissioned officer. He served in the Navy for the prescribed period of required service but no...

8. Charley Grapewin

Actor | The Wizard of Oz

This old codger film favorite, born in 1869 (some reports say 1875), got into the entertainment field at an early age, first as a circus performer (aerialist and trapeze artist). When acting sparked his interest, he worked in a series of stock companies while writing stage plays that he himself ...

9. A.A. Milne

Writer | Christopher Robin

Alan Alexander Milne (signing with the initials A. A. ) was an English novelist, short story writer, poet, and playwright from London. He is primarily remembered for creating Winnie-the-Pooh and his supporting characters. He set their stories in the "Hundred Acre Wood", a fictionalized version of ...

10. Paul Kelly

Actor | Flying Tigers

Lean, red/auburn-haired, athletically-inclined Paul Michael Kelly grew up on the tough streets of Brooklyn, New York. Born August 9, 1899, the ninth of ten children in a Roman Catholic family of Irish descent. The siblings' father, Michael, owned a bar called Kelly's Cafe. He died while Paul was ...

11. Louis Calhern

Actor | Duck Soup

Tall, distinguished, aristocratic Louis Calhern seemed to be the poster boy for old-money, upper-crust urban society, but he was actually born Carl Vogt, to middle-class parents in New York City. His family moved to St. Louis when he was a child, and it was while playing football in high school ...

12. Anne Crawford

Actress | The Peterville Diamond

Anne Crawford was born on November 22, 1920 in Haifa, Palestine [now Israel]. She was an actress, known for The Peterville Diamond (1943), Knights of the Round Table (1953) and The Hundred Pound Window (1944). She was previously married to Wallace Douglas and James Hartley. She died on October 17, ...

13. Ralph Morgan

Actor | Strange Interlude

Ralph Morgan was born on July 6, 1883 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for Strange Interlude (1932), Rasputin and the Empress (1932) and The Power and the Glory (1933). He was previously married to Grace Arnold. He died on June 11, 1956 in New York City, New York, USA.

14. Holmes Herbert

Actor | Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Holmes Herbert was a tall, intense English actor who made his first films after coming to America. He began in silent movies as a leading man but eventually was relegated to less important roles as a character actor when sound came in. He played in several of the Universal "Sherlock Holmes" movies,...

15. Christian Rub

Actor | You Can't Take It with You

Christian Rub was born on April 13, 1886 in Graz, Styria, Austria. He was an actor, known for You Can't Take It with You (1938), Peter Ibbetson (1935) and Girls' Dormitory (1936). He was previously married to Amy. He died on April 14, 1956 in Santa Barbara, California, USA.

16. Francis L. Sullivan

Actor | Great Expectations

Francis L. Sullivan was born on January 6, 1903 in London, England, UK. He was an actor, known for Great Expectations (1946), Night and the City (1950) and Oliver Twist (1948). He was previously married to Frances Joan Perkins (designer). He died on November 19, 1956 in New York City, New York, USA.

17. Henry Stephenson

Actor | Captain Blood

Stephenson was a firm, dignified, worldly presence in Hollywood's classic history-based films of the 30s and 40s. The tall British character actor Henry Stephenson could be both imposing and benevolent in his patrician portrayals, usually expounding words of wisdom or offering gentlemanly aid. He ...

18. Fred Allen

Actor | It's in the Bag!

Fred Allen, the well-known comedian who went on to star in radio, television, and film, was born John Florence Sullivan in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1894 and educated at Boston University. His Broadway shows include "The Passing Show of 1922" and "The Greenwich Village Follies".

He produced, wrote...

19. Jean Hersholt

Actor | The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg

If ever there was a Great Dane in Hollywood it was Jean Hersholt - and one of its great hearts as well. He was from a well-known Danish stage and entertainment family that had toured throughout Europe performing with young Jean as an essential cast member. He graduated from the Copenhagen Art ...

20. Stanley Blystone

Actor | Modern Times

Stanley Blystone was born on August 1, 1894 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA. He was an actor, known for Modern Times (1936), Eyes of Texas (1948) and Hold 'Em Jail (1932). He was previously married to Alma Tell and Claire Siebrecht. He died on July 16, 1956 in Hollywood, California, USA.

21. Tommy Dorsey

Soundtrack | Ship Ahoy

Tommy Dorsey was born on November 19, 1905 in Mahanoy Plane, Pennsylvania, USA. He was a musician and a bandleader, whose music appeared in such films as Annie Hall (1977), Ship Ahoy (1942) and The Human Stain (2003). He also occasionally appeared as himself, frequently with his band, in a variety ...

22. Tod Slaughter

Actor | Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Tod Slaughter took to the stage in 1905 and made a name for himself as the star villain of numerous Victorian melodramas which he toured around England. Many of these were filmed cheaply in the 30s and 40s by quota-quickie tzar George King. His ham performances are perfectly suited to the material ...

23. Alexander Korda

Director | The Private Life of Don Juan

One of a large group of Hungarian refugees who found refuge in England in the 1930s, Sir Alexander Korda was the first British film producer to receive a knighthood. He was a major, if controversial, figure and acted as a guiding force behind the British film industry of the 1930s and continued to ...

24. Bertolt Brecht

Writer | Die Dreigroschenoper

Bertolt Brecht was born on 10 February 1898 in Augsburg, Germany and one of the country's most influential poets, playwrights and screenwriters. His most famous work was the musical "The Threepenny Opera" (with Kurt Weill), but his dramas such as "Mother Courage and Her Children" or "The Good ...

25. Vera Lewis

Actress | Betty in Search of a Thrill

Vera Lewis was born on June 10, 1873 in New York City, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for Betty in Search of a Thrill (1915), Four Daughters (1938) and The Roaring Twenties (1939). She was previously married to Ralph Lewis. She died on February 8, 1956 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, ...

26. Virginia Engels

Actress | Obliging Young Lady

Engels was "Miss Los Angeles" of 1940. She had a tumultuous personal life. She was arrested for drunk driving in 1950. Her first of two marriages ended in divorce and the second ended with the 1954 stabbing death of her husband during a fight. She was tried for his murder, testifying that he often ...

27. Lloyd Ingraham

Actor | Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages

Lloyd Ingraham was born on November 30, 1874 in Rochelle, Illinois, USA. He was an actor and director, known for Intolerance (1916), At the Sign of the Jack O'Lantern (1922) and Don Mike (1927). He was previously married to Maude May Plopper. He died on April 4, 1956 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles,...

28. Mitchell Lewis

Actor | Ben-Hur A Tale of the Christ

Mitchell Lewis was born on June 26, 1880 in Syracuse, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925), Salomé (1922) and Life's Greatest Problem (1918). He was previously married to Rosabel Morrison and Nan Frances Ryan. He died on August 24, 1956 in Woodland ...

29. Charles Dingle

Actor | The Little Foxes

Charles Dingle was born on December 28, 1887 in Wabash, Indiana, USA. He was an actor, known for The Little Foxes (1941), The Wife of Monte Cristo (1946) and The Song of Bernadette (1943). He was previously married to Dorothea White (actress). He died on January 19, 1956 in Worcester, Massachusetts...

30. Victor Young

Composer | Around the World in 80 Days

Violinist and conductor Victor Young was a prolific composer and arranger, who worked on more than 300 film scores over a period of twenty years. He came from an impoverished, but musical background and was trained on the violin at the Warsaw Imperial Conservatory, later studying piano in Paris ...

31. B.A. Rolfe

Producer | Love Without Question

B.A. Rolfe was born on October 24, 1879 in Brasher Falls, New York, USA. He was a producer and director, known for Love Without Question (1920), The Master Mystery (1918) and Wings of Pride (1920). He was previously married to Edna Britton. He died on April 23, 1956 in Walpole, Massachusetts, USA.

32. Dell Henderson

Actor | Show People

Dell Henderson was born on July 5, 1883 in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada. He was an actor and director, known for Show People (1928), The Servant Question (1920) and The Dead Line (1920). He was previously married to Florence Lee. He died on December 2, 1956 in Hollywood, California, USA.

33. Tim Ryan

Actor | From Here to Eternity

Tim Ryan was born on July 5, 1899 in Bayonne, New Jersey, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for From Here to Eternity (1953), The Mystery of the 13th Guest (1943) and Detective Kitty O'Day (1944). He was previously married to Irene Ryan. He died on October 22, 1956 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, ...

34. Aleksandr Dovzhenko

Writer | Zemlya

Aleksandr Dovzhenko was born on September 10, 1894 in Vyunishche, Sosnitsa Ueyzd, Chernigov Governorate, Russian Empire [now Sosnitsa, Sosnitsa Raion, Chernigov Oblast, Ukraine]. He was a writer and director, known for Earth (1930), Life in Bloom (1949) and Shors (1939). He was previously married ...

35. Eddie Acuff

Actor | The Case of the Velvet Claws

Eddie Acuff is one of those wonderful supporting actors who peopled the fascinating world of Hollywood's A, B or Z movies. In a career spanning eighteen years he appeared in an amazing almost 300 movies and one TV episode! His appearances could be invisible (when deleted), hardly visible (he ...

36. Charles MacArthur

Writer | The Scoundrel

"Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers out there are starving!" When Patrick Dennis's fictional Auntie Mame uttered this pithy observation, she could have been speaking of Charles MacArthur. Charlie never shied away from the feast, and he certainly never went hungry. Arriving in November 1895 in...

37. Florence Wix

Actress | Secrets

Florence Wix was born on May 16, 1883 in Hertfordshire, England, UK. She was an actress, known for Secrets (1924), The Buccaneer (1938) and She Goes to War (1929). She died on November 23, 1956 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

38. Kathleen Howard

Actress | It's a Gift

Kathleen Howard was born on July 27, 1884 in Clifton, Ontario, Canada. She was an actress and writer, known for It's a Gift (1934), Ball of Fire (1941) and Death Takes a Holiday (1934). She was previously married to Edward Kellogg Baird (lawyer). She died on August 15, 1956 in Hollywood, California...

39. Frederick Valk

Actor | Dead of Night

Frederick Valk was born on June 10, 1895 in Hamburg, Germany. He was an actor, known for Dead of Night (1945), Night Train to Munich (1940) and Thunder Rock (1942). He was previously married to Diana Mary Quirk. He died on July 23, 1956 in London, England, UK.

40. Jackson Pollock

Art Department | American Gothic

Jackson Pollock was born on January 28, 1912 in Cody, Wyoming, USA. He is known for American Gothic (2016), Works of Calder (1950) and The New York School (1972). He was previously married to Lee Krasner. He died on August 11, 1956 in Springs, New York, USA.

41. Marion Leonard

Actress | What Avails the Crown

Marion Leonard was born on June 9, 1881 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. She was an actress and writer, known for What Avails the Crown (1912), The Seed of the Fathers (1913) and The Voice of the Millions (1912). She was previously married to Stanner E.V. Taylor. She died on January 9, 1956 in Woodland ...

42. Nanette Bordeaux

Actress | Women in Bondage

Nanette Bordeaux was born on April 3, 1911 in St. George, Québec, Canada. She was an actress, known for Women in Bondage (1943), My Little Margie (1952) and Pest Man Wins (1951). She died on September 20, 1956 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

43. Barry Norton

Actor | The Wizard

Barry Norton was born on June 16, 1905 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was an actor, known for The Wizard (1927), The Sea Fiend (1936) and Dishonored (1931). He died on August 24, 1956 in Hollywood, California, USA.

44. Charley Rogers

Writer | Saps at Sea

Charley was a long time friend of Stan Laurel and both worked on the Music Hall stages of England and Scotland before moving to America. His ability to write comedy took him to the Hal Roach studio in 1928. While he appeared in bit parts in many films his main ability was in writing and directing. ...

45. Eddie Garr

Actor | That's My Story!

Eddie Garr was born on April 15, 1900 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He was an actor, known for That's My Story! (1937), Obey the Law (1933) and Ladies of the Chorus (1948). He was previously married to Phyllis Garr. He died on September 3, 1956 in Burbank, California, USA.

46. Miguel Inclán

Actor | Los olvidados

Miguel Inclan was a popular villain of Mexican cinema from the 1930s into the 1950s, although he also had some sympathetic roles, notably as the kindly policeman in Salón México (1949) and several appearances as Benito Juárez. Inclán came from a theatrical family and started out ...

47. Norman Kerry

Actor | The Unknown

Norman Kerry was born on June 16, 1894 in Rochester, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for The Unknown (1927), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) and The Irresistible Lover (1927). He was previously married to Kay English, Helen Mary Wells and Rosina Tripp. He died on January 12, 1956 in Los ...

48. Jack Curtis

Actor | Captain Blood

Jack was born in San Francisco in 1880 in to the well-known Curtis family. Chris Curtis was himself well-known in the financial circles. His uncle William was a lawyer in New York City in the early 1900s. Jack and Lil met on a ship heading to Hong Kong in 1904 and were married sometime in 1904. ...

49. Chester Clute

Actor | Arsenic and Old Lace

Chester Clute was born on February 18, 1891 in Orange, New Jersey, USA. He was an actor, known for Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), Too Many Girls (1940) and Just Off Broadway (1942). He was previously married to Eleanor Hicks. He died on April 2, 1956 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

50. André Charlot

Director | Elstree Calling

André Charlot was born on July 26, 1882 in Paris, France. He was an actor and director, known for Elstree Calling (1930), Le jugement de minuit (1933) and The New Waiter (1930). He was previously married to Florence Gladman (performer, producer). He died on May 20, 1956 in Woodland Hills, Los ...


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