Birth Date between 1886-01-01 and 1886-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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1. Ed Wynn

Actor | Alice in Wonderland

An old-fashioned comedian, who, by recommendation by his son Keenan Wynn, became one of the world's most beloved clowns, and one of the best actors of his time. He was born on November 9, 1886. He performed in the Ziegfeld Follies, and later had a son Keenan in 1916. He later wrote his own shows, ...

2. Victor McLaglen

Actor | The Quiet Man

Rambunctious British leading man (contrary to popular belief, he was of Scottish ancestry, not Irish) and later character actor primarily in American films, Victor McLaglen was a vital presence in a number of great motion pictures, especially those of director John Ford. McLaglen (pronounced ...

3. George Zucco

Actor | The Cat and the Canary

At 22, George Zucco decided to begin his stage career in earnest in the Canadian provinces in 1908. In the course of the following decade, he also performed in an American vaudeville tour with his young wife, Frances, in a routine called "The Suffragette." As World War I grew in scale, Zucco ...

4. Charles Ruggles

Actor | Ruggles of Red Gap

Charles Ruggles had one of the longest careers in Hollywood, lasting more than 50 years and encompassing more than 100 films. He made his film debut in 1914 in The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914) and worked steadily after that. He was memorably paired with Mary Boland in a series of comedies in the ...

5. Leo G. Carroll

Actor | North by Northwest

One of the most indispensable of character actors, Leo G. Carroll was already involved in the business of acting as a schoolboy in Gilbert & Sullivan productions. Aged 16, he portrayed an old man in 'Liberty Hall'. In spite of the fact, that he came from a military family, and , perhaps, because of...

6. Michael Curtiz

Director | Casablanca

Curtiz began acting in and then directing films in his native Hungary in 1912. After WWI, he continued his filmmaking career in Austria and Germany and into the early 1920s when he directed films in other countries in Europe. Moving to the US in 1926, he started making films in Hollywood for Warner...

7. Spring Byington

Actress | You Can't Take It with You

The possessor of one of Hollywood's gentlest faces and warmest voices, and about as sweet as Tupelo honey both on-and-off camera, character actress Spring Byington was seldom called upon to play callous or unsympathetic (she did once play a half-crazed housekeeper in Dragonwyck (1946)). Although ...

8. Al Jolson

Actor | The Jazz Singer

Al Jolson was known in the industry as "The World's Greatest Entertainer," for well over 40 years. After his death his influence continued unabated with such performers as Sammy Davis Jr., Elvis Presley, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Jackie Wilson and Jerry Lee Lewis all mentioning him as an ...

9. Dick Elliott

Actor | Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

In the thirties, forties, and especially the 1950's, if a director wanted a short, fat actor to play a windy storekeeper or a raucous conventioneer, he might well cast Dick Elliott. He was one of those actors who, whenever he appeared on screen, often for less than a minute, the audience would ...

10. Edward Everett Horton

Actor | Arsenic and Old Lace

It seemed like Edward Everett Horton appeared in just about every Hollywood comedy made in the 1930s. He was always the perfect counterpart to the great gentlemen and protagonists of the films. Horton was born in Brooklyn, New York City, to Isabella S. (Diack) and Edward Everett Horton, a ...

11. Ralph Moody

Actor | Road to Bali

Ralph Moody was born on November 5, 1886 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Ralph Roy Moody, the oldest son of Franklin Jerome Moody and Ida M. Hicklin. His introduction to show business was first as an actor on the stage in pre-radio days and then as a radio personality. His first acting role was in ...

12. Chester Conklin

Actor | Modern Times

Iowa-born Chester Conklin was raised in a coal-mining area by a devoutly religious father who hoped that his son would go into the ministry. However, Chester got the performing bug one day when he gave a recitation at a community singing festival and won first prize. Knowing his father would never ...

13. Christian Rub

Actor | You Can't Take It with You

Christian Rub was born on April 13, 1886 in Passau, Bavaria, Germany. He was an actor, known for You Can't Take It with You (1938), Girls' Dormitory (1936) and We're Only Human (1935). He was married to Amy. He died on April 14, 1956 in Santa Barbara, California, USA.

14. Jean Hersholt

Actor | Greed

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 ...

15. Dooley Wilson

Actor | Casablanca

"You must remember this, a kiss is still a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh; the fundamental things apply, as time goes by...". Anyone unfamiliar with this legendary movie lyric must either live in a well-insulated modern world or perhaps on Mars. The gentleman who crooned this tune for the morose ...

16. Bernard Gorcey

Actor | Spook Busters

Bernard Gorcey was born in Russia in 1888, of Swiss and Jewish descent. Around 1914, he married a Catholic, Irish lady, Josephine Condon (born 1901), and they came to the USA to work in Vaudeville. Bernard was 4' 10" and Josie was 4' 11" and weighed 95 pounds. Bernard kept active in show biz, while...

17. James Burke

Actor | The Maltese Falcon

James Burke was born on September 24, 1886 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for The Maltese Falcon (1941), Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise (1940) and At the Circus (1939). He was married to Eleanor Durkin. He died on May 23, 1968 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

18. John Cromwell

Director | The Prisoner of Zenda

Actor / director John Cromwell was born December 23, 1887, in Toledo, OH. He made his Broadway debut on October 14, 1912, in Marian De Forest's adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women" at the Playhouse Theatre. The show was a hit, running for a total of 184 performances. Cromwell appeared ...

19. Olin Howland

Actor | Them!

Olin Howland had a career in movies that stretched from the 20s through the 50s. After a few attempts at films in the silent era, Olin began appearing regularly in the sound pictures of the 30s. His roles were usually in mysteries and dramas, and he became a Western character actor in the 40s with ...

20. Karl Dane

Actor | The Big Parade

Born Rasmus Karl Therkelsen Gottlieb in Copenhagen, Denmark, on October 12, 1886 the future Karl Dane had a rough childhood. His father was an alcoholic and spendthrift. At a young age his parents divorced. To escape his unhappy home he took a great interest in the arts, particularly puppeteering (...

21. Henry King

Director | The Song of Bernadette

For more than three decades, Henry King was the most versatile and reliable (not to mention hard-working) contract director on the 20th Century-Fox lot. His tenure lasted from 1930 to 1961, spanning most of Hollywood's "golden" era. King was renowned as a specialist in literary adaptations (A Bell ...

22. Florence Lawrence

Actress | Not Like Other Girls

Florence Lawrence was the first film player whose name was used to promote her films and the studio (Independent Moving Pictures Company [IMP]) for which she worked. Before her, actors and actresses worked anonymously, partly out of fear that stage managers would refuse to hire them if they were ...

23. Nella Walker

Actress | Sabrina

Nella Walker was born on March 6, 1886 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She is known for her work on Sabrina (1954), Three Smart Girls Grow Up (1939) and Three Smart Girls (1936). She was married to Wilbur Mack. She died on March 22, 1971 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

24. Frederick Worlock

Actor | One Hundred and One Dalmatians

Frederick Worlock was born on December 14, 1886 in London, England. He was an actor, known for 101 Dalmatians (1961), Spartacus (1960) and Terror by Night (1946). He was married to Elsie Ferguson. He died on August 1, 1973 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

25. Willis H. O'Brien

King Kong

In 1949, 16 years after his ground breaking work on "King Kong", Willis O'Brien worked as Chief Technician on another gorilla picture for Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Shoedsack called "Mighty Joe Young". A young Ray Harryhausen would animate most of the animation, but O'Brien did come up with the...

26. Jack Kenny

Actor | Beauty and Bullets

Jack Kenny was born on November 16, 1886 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as John Kenny. He was an actor, known for Beauty and Bullets (1928), Northern Code (1925) and Not Quite Decent (1929). He died on May 26, 1964 in Hollywood, California, USA.

27. Sam McDaniel

Actor | I Was Framed

Sam McDaniel was born on January 28, 1886 in Wichita, Kansas, USA as Samuel Rufus McDaniel. He was an actor, known for I Was Framed (1942), All Through the Night (1942) and The Great Lie (1941). He died on September 24, 1962 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

28. Heinie Conklin

Actor | Ham and Eggs at the Front

Heinie Conklin was born on July 16, 1886 in San Francisco, California, USA as Charles John Conklin. He was an actor, known for Ham and Eggs at the Front (1927), Hard Boiled (1926) and Uncle Tom Without a Cabin (1919). He was married to Irene Blake. He died on July 30, 1959 in Hollywood, Los Angeles...

29. Margarita Fischer

Actress | The Legend of Black Rock

Margarita Fischer was born on February 12, 1886 in Missouri Valley, Iowa, USA as Margarita Ficher. She was an actress and writer, known for The Legend of Black Rock (1914), A Midsummer's Love Tangle (1914) and Sally Scraggs: Housemaid (1913). She was married to Harry A. Pollard. She died on March ...

30. Hobart Cavanaugh

Actor | A Letter to Three Wives

Worried-looking, balding, moustachioed and usually bespectacled small part character actor, prolific during the 1930s and 40s. Hobart Cavanaugh played downtrodden or henpecked little men -- the perennial victim, forever nervous or bewildered -- to absolute perfection. He was most at home as clerks,...

31. Ouida Bergère

Actress | Mates and Mis-Mates

Diminutive red-headed actress, playwright and screenwriter. Her marriage to star actor Basil Rathbone was one of the most enduring in show business, lasting from 1926 until his death in 1967. The Rathbones were legendary in the 1930's for giving the most lavish Hollywood parties at their luxurious ...

32. John M. Stahl

Director | Leave Her to Heaven

John Stahl was the final executive in charge of Tiffany Pictures (located on the Talisman lot, later owned by Monogram Pictures), once a big fish in the pond of "Poverty Row", which in those days also included Columbia Pictures. With a B-movie history dating back to the silent era and after making ...

33. Gerald Hamer

Actor | Bulldog Drummond's Bride

Gerald Hamer (born Geoffrey Earl Watton) the Anglo-American movie and television character actor, was born in Llandudno , Wales in November 1886 to parents John Watton and Evelyn Clara Earl. Hamer learned his craft on stage in the United Kingdom, appearing as a professional from 1916 in Shakespeare...

34. José Isbert

Actor | El cochecito

He debuted in theater when he was 19 years old and later he worked in the company of the Lara theater where he played as a first actor during 16 years. He participated in a short in 1912 but his cinematographic career mostly began on the 30s, working more in cinema than in theater in the 40s and ...

35. Frank Lloyd

Director | Cavalcade

Frank Lloyd was an unpretentious, technically skilled director, who crafted several enduring Hollywood classics during the 1930's. He started out as a stage actor and singer in early 1900's London and was well-known as an imitator of Harry Lauder. After several years in music hall and with touring ...

36. Barnett Parker

Actor | Marie Antoinette

Within the British colony of expatriate actors in Hollywood during the 1930's, Barnett Parker was among the most stereotypical. Harrowgate College-educated, straight-backed, balding and well-intoned, Parker caricatured a multitude of unctuous, stiff-upper-lip butlers, man-servants or waiters, ...

37. Jeanie Macpherson

Writer | Male and Female

Born in Boston to Evangeline Tomlinson and John Sinclair Macpherson. Jeanie Macperson was educated at Madame de Facq's school in Paris, the Kenwood Institute in Chicago and took dancing lessons from Theodore Kosloff. Her stage experience began when she got the lead in a school play and was awarded ...

38. Fred Quimby

Producer | The Cat Concerto

Won 4 consecutive Oscars between 1944-1947, in the category Best Short Subject, Cartoons.

39. Violet Kemble Cooper

Actress | The Personal History, Adventures, Experience, & Observation of David Copperfield the Younger

Violet Kemble Cooper was born on December 12, 1886 in London, England. She was an actress and writer, known for David Copperfield (1935), Our Betters (1933) and The Invisible Ray (1936). She was married to Walter Ferris. She died on August 17, 1961 in Hollywood, California, USA.

40. Crane Wilbur

Writer | The Bat

Actor, screenwriter and director Crane Wilbur was born Erwin Crane Wilbur on November 17, 1886, in Athens, NY. The nephew of the great stage actor Tyrone Power Sr., Wilbur first took to the boards as an actor, making his Broadway debut billed as Erwin Crane Wilbur on June 3, 1903, in a trilogy of ...

41. Willard Robertson

Actor | My Son Is a Criminal

Lawyer who abandoned his profession to take up the actor's calling - although lawyer and actor are essentially kindred spirits, each deriving his livelihood from the art of pretending. Robertson acted in Hollywood films from 1930 until the year he died, typically portraying men of authority such as...

42. Warner Richmond

Soundtrack | Scarface

Werner Paul Raetzmann was one of seven children born to a German-born father and Wisconsin-born mother. He and one brother decided to change their last name to Richmond. Living in rural Wisconsin, he became an expert horseman as a young man, and this skill would later earn him roles in western ...

43. Edwin Maxwell

Actor | His Girl Friday

Edwin Maxwell was born on February 9, 1886 in Dublin, Ireland. He is known for his work on His Girl Friday (1940), Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) and Scarface (1932). He was married to Betty Alden. He died on August 13, 1948 in Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA.

44. Lilian Fontaine

Actress | The Lost Weekend

Lilian Fontaine was born on June 11, 1886 in Reading, Berkshire, England as Lilian Augusta Ruse. She was an actress, known for The Lost Weekend (1945), The Locket (1946) and Ivy (1947). She was married to George Milan Fontaine and Walter Augustus de Havilland. She died on February 20, 1975 in Santa...

45. Philip Merivale

Actor | The Stranger

Philip Merivale was born on November 2, 1886 in Rehutia, Manickpur, India. He was an actor and writer, known for The Stranger (1946), Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941) and This Land Is Mine (1943). He was married to Gladys Cooper and Viva Birkett. He died on March 12, 1946 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

46. Frank Nitti

Soundtrack | American Dictators

Although Frank Nitti has gotten the reputation over the years as the right-hand man of gangster Al Capone and a feared killer in his own right, this has actually proven not to be the case. Although Nitti and Capone were as youths in New York City both members of the Five Points Gang--one of the ...

47. Reinhold Schünzel

Actor | Notorious

The son of a German father and a Jewish mother, Schünzel was born in St. Pauli -- the best known, but also the poorest part of Hamburg. His father started off as an actor but economic circumstances forced him to turn towards commerce. For a while, the son followed in his footsteps. He undertook ...

48. Leopoldine Konstantin

Actress | Notorious

Leopoldine Konstantin was born on March 12, 1886 in Brünn, Moravia, Austria-Hungary as Leopoldine Eugenie Amelie Konstantin. She was an actress, known for Notorious (1946), Lola Montez (1918) and Die Insel der Seligen (1913). She was married to Geza Herczeg and Alexander Strakosch. She died on ...

49. Lars Hanson

Actor | Captain Salvation

Lars Hanson was born on July 26, 1886 in Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden. He was an actor, known for Captain Salvation (1927), The Saga of Gösta Berling (1924) and The Wind (1928). He was married to Karin Molander. He died on April 8, 1965 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden.

50. Michael Mark

Actor | Son of Frankenstein

Michael Mark was born on March 15, 1886 in Mogilev, Russian Empire as Morris Schulman. He is known for his work on Son of Frankenstein (1939), The Great Flamarion (1945) and The Wasp Woman (1959). He died on February 3, 1975 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.


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