Date of Death between 1938-01-01 and 1938-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
1. Warner Oland
Actor | Charlie Chan's Secret
Warner Oland was born Johan Verner Olund in the small village of Nyby in Bjurholm parish in the county of Vasterbotten, Sweden, on October 3, 1879. Bjurholm is situated about 60 kilometers outside the town of Umea. His family emigrated to the US on October 15, 1892. His father Jonas was a ...
Director | Le royaume des fées
Georges Méliès was a French illusionist and film director famous for leading many technical and narrative developments in the earliest days of cinema.
Méliès was an especially prolific innovator in the use of special effects, popularizing such techniques as substitution splices, multiple exposures, ...
3. Pearl White
Actress | The Perils of Pauline
Born on her father's farm in Green Ridge, Missouri, the youngest of five children. Moved with her family to Springfield, Missouri, where she grew up. Joined the Diemer Theatre Company during her second year of high school, and went on the road with a touring stock company at age 18, in 1907. Signed...
5. Harry Myers
Actor | City Lights
Harry Myers was born on September 5, 1882 in New Haven, Connecticut, USA. He was an actor and director, known for City Lights (1931), The Catch of the Season (1914) and The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1922). He was married to Rosemary Theby and Nellie Campbell. He died on December 25, 1938 in ...
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 ...
7. Lyda Roberti
Actress | Nobody's Baby
Lyda's father was German clown Roberti, her mother a Polish trick rider. As a child performer, she toured Europe and Asia with the Circus in which she was born, leaving it (and her reportedly abusive father) in Shanghai, China. In this truly international city, Lyda became a child cafe entertainer ...
8. Gösta Ekman
Actor | Faust: Eine deutsche Volkssage
Generally spoken of as Swedish theater's most legendary stage actor, Gösta Ekman enjoyed a prolific stage career during his short life, becoming the first real star of Swedish theater. His boyish good looks attracted both sexes, helping to create a massive cult following and elevating him to the ...
Konstantin Stanislavski was a wealthy Russian businessman turned director who founded the Moscow Art Theatre, and originated the Stanislavski's System of acting which was spread over the world by his students, such as Michael Chekhov, Aleksei Dikij, Stella Adler, Viktor Tourjansky, and Richard ...
Actress | Bonds of Love
Pauline Frederick was born Pauline Beatrice Libby in Boston, Massachusetts on August 12, 1883. She was fascinated with show business from an early age and throughout her childhood, she was bred for a career in music. It has been said she had a terrific soprano voice, but Pauline also dabbled a bit ...
11. Al Ernest Garcia
Actor | Modern Times
Al Ernest Garcia was born on March 11, 1887 in San Francisco, California, USA as Allan Ernest Garcia. He was an actor and casting director, known for Modern Times (1936), The Circus (1928) and City Lights (1931). He was married to Ruth Garcia. He died on September 4, 1938 in Los Angeles, California.
12. Fred Kohler
Actor | Carnival Boat
Prolific "heavy" in American films of the silent and early talkie eras. A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Kohler left home as a teenager, working various jobs while trying to establish a career in vaudeville. During this time, according to his son, actor Fred Kohler Jr., Kohler worked in a mine ...
13. Harvey Clark
Actor | The Silver Treasure
Harvey Clark was born on October 4, 1885 in Chelsea, Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Harvey Thornton Clark. He was an actor, known for The Silver Treasure (1926), Seven Keys to Baldpate (1929) and Picture Brides (1934). He died on July 19, 1938 in Hollywood, California, USA.
14. Robert Woolsey
Actor | So This Is Africa
At the age of 7, his father died, leaving his mother and her six children in poverty, of the children, 4 died in early years. To earn some money to support the family, Robert took odd jobs, before becoming a jockey. This career ended when the horse, Pink Star, the future Kentucky Derby winner of ...
15. Conway Tearle
Actor | Romeo and Juliet
This West Point-educated actor was a tall, dark and handsome American co-star who romanced some of the most illustrious femme stars ever to appear on the silent silver screen. Conway Tearle was born in New York City on May 17, 1878 to a family of entertainers. Christened Frederick Levy, his father,...
16. Matthew Betz
Actor | The Big Chance
Matthew Betz was born on September 13, 1881 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Matthew Von Betz. He was an actor and director, known for The Big Chance (1933), Soul of the Slums (1931) and The Big House (1930). He was married to Lulu Slipp. He died on January 26, 1938 in Sawtelle, Los Angeles, ...
17. Oscar Apfel
Director | The Squaw Man
Entering the film industry almost at its beginning, Oscar Apfel began his career in 1911 as a director. He hit the big leagues in 1914 when he was given many prestigious assignments for Paramount Pictures, often in collaboration with Cecil B. DeMille. In 1916, he switched to Fox, and then ...
18. Karel Capek
Writer | Krakatit
Karel Capek, born January 9, 1890, in Male Svatonovice, Austria-Hungary (today Czech Republic) was a writer, playwright, novelist, journalist, children's author, biographer, essayist, illustrator, photographer and translator. For most people he is best known for the science fiction play "R.U.R. (...
Actor | Stop, Look and Listen
William Gillespie was born on January 24, 1894 in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. He was an actor, known for Stop, Look and Listen (1926), Her Dangerous Path (1923) and The Valley of Bravery (1926). He was married to Ann Monahan. He died on June 23, 1938 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
20. Carrie Daumery
Actress | The Conquering Power
Carrie Daumery was born on March 25, 1863 in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands. She was an actress, known for The Conquering Power (1921), Cameo Kirby (1930) and Lady Windermere's Fan (1925). She died on July 1, 1938 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
22. Maurice Black
Actor | Bonnie Scotland
Maurice Black was born on January 14, 1891 in Queens, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for Bonnie Scotland (1935), Little Caesar (1931) and The Front Page (1931). He was married to Edythe Raynore. He died on January 18, 1938 in Hollywood, California, USA.
Soundtrack | Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Richard A. Whiting was born in Peoria Illinois to a very musical family. After attending Harvard Military Academy Whiting went on to have a long song writing career. In the teens and early 20's Whiting wrote such hits as "Ain't We Got Fun?," "Till We Meet Again," "The Japanese Sandman," "Sleepy ...
Actor | Don Quixote
Feodor Chaliapin Sr. was born on February 13, 1873, in Omet Tawi, near Kazan, Russia. His childhood was full of suffering, hunger, and humiliation. From the age of 10-16, he was working jobs at river ports, restaurants, and tried acting on stage with various Russian provincial troupes. In 1890, ...
26. Con Conrad
Soundtrack | The Gay Divorcee
Academy Award-winning songwriter ("The Continental", 1934), composer, pianist and publisher, educated at military academy, then a pianist in film theatres, and later a vaudeville entertainer in the USA and Europe. He wrote the Broadway stage scores for "Moonlight", "Mercenary Mary", "Kitty's Kisses...
Mustafa was born in 1881 in Salonica, then an Ottoman Turkish city, in modern day Greece. His father, Ali Riza, a customs official-turned-lumber merchant, died when Mustafa was still a boy. His mother, Zubeyde, a devout and strong-willed woman, raised him and his younger sister by herself. First ...
29. Thelma Hill
Actress | Smile, Buttercup, Smile
Thelma Hill was born Thelma Floy Hillerman in Emporia, Kansas. Her family moved to Los Angeles, California during her early teen years. Living just blocks from the Mack Sennett studio, Thelma became one of the star struck, wide eyed girls who hung out near the studio peering through the gates. It ...
30. Émile Cohl
Director | L'agent de poche
Pioneering animator Emile Cohl was born Emile Eugène Jean Louis Courtet in Paris, France, in 1857. He began his career as a caricaturist, cartoonist and writer in his 20s, and in 1908 he was hired by the Gaumont film company as a writer. He soon also became a director, turning out comedies and ...
31. John G. Blystone
Director | Our Hospitality
John G. Blystone was born on December 2, 1892 in Rice Lake, Wisconsin, USA as John Gilman Blystone. He is known for his work on Our Hospitality (1923), The Lucky Horseshoe (1925) and The Big Party (1930). He was married to Gwendolyn Davis. He died on August 6, 1938 in Beverly Hills, California, USA.
33. Robert McWade
Actor | The Kennel Murder Case
Robert McWade was born on January 25, 1872 in Buffalo, New York, USA as Robert McWade Jr. He was an actor, known for The Kennel Murder Case (1933), The Big Cage (1933) and Cappy Ricks Returns (1935). He was married to Almina Lee. He died on January 19, 1938 in Culver City, California, USA.
36. John Aasen
Actor | Why Worry?
Like Charles Chaplin's sidekick, Eric Campbell, Harold Lloyd needed his own giant when casting Why Worry? (1923) in 1922. Lloyd first had his eyes on George Auger (Cardiff Giant) who worked at Ringling Brothers sideshow as a giant. But Auger died before the film started and a search went out for a ...
41. Dorothy Hale
Actress | The Rise of Catherine the Great
Dorothy Hale was born Dorothy Donovan in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. At the age of sixteen, She was sent to a convent. Then she attended a drama school. She was a good friend of Claire Booth Luce and even starred in a theatre production called "Abide By Me."
Dorothy was known for her incredible beauty...
Writer | Cabiria
Gabriele D'Annunzio was born on March 12, 1863 in Pescara, Abruzzi e Molise, Italy as Gaetano Rapagnetto d'Annunzio. He was a writer, known for Cabiria (1914), Samson and the Slave Queen (1963) and La luz, tríptico de la vida moderna (1917). He was married to Maria Hardouin di Gallese. He ...
43. May Wallace
Actress | Beginner's Luck
May Wallace was born on August 23, 1877 in Russiaville, Indiana, USA as May Maddox. She was an actress, known for Beginner's Luck (1935), The Million Dollar Mystery (1914) and The Reckless Age (1924). She was married to Thomas W. Maddox. She died on December 11, 1938 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
44. Myrtle Stedman
Actress | Hypocrites
Born in Chicago in 1885, silent screen actress Myrtle Stedman's (née Lincoln) musical talents developed quite early, finding herself on stage at age 12 singing light opera in the chorus. She had progressed to singing leads in shows by the time she decided to abandon her music career altogether for ...
46. Clarence Darrow
Actor | From Dusk to Dawn
Generally considered to be the most brilliant legal mind in the history of American jurisprudence, Clarence Seward Darrow was born in Kinsma, OH, in 1857, the son of a failed minister who became a furniture-store owner and an intellectual but religiously puritanical mother. In 1873 he attended ...
47. Otto Fries
Actor | Alexander's Ragtime Band
Fries starTed his career as a stage comic, entering films in the early 1910s. By the mid-1910s, Fries was with Keystone and played in films with Bronco Billy Anderson and Stan Laurel. He later went to work for Roach Films in supporting roles for Laurel & Hardy and Charley Chase and also played with...
48. Jean Hathaway
Actress | The Master Key
Jean Hathaway was born on June 15, 1876 in Hungary as Lillie de Fiennes. She was an actress and writer, known for The Master Key (1914), The Adventures of Peg o' the Ring (1916) and Lucille Love: The Girl of Mystery (1914). She was married to Rhody Hathaway. She died on August 23, 1938 in Los ...