Birth Date between 1885-01-01 and 1885-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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1. Wallace Beery

Actor | Dinner at Eight

In 1902, 16-year-old Wallace Beery joined the Ringling Brothers Circus as an assistant to the elephant trainer. He left two years later after a leopard clawed his arm. Beery next went to New York, where he found work in musical variety shows. He became a leading man in musicals and appeared on ...

2. George 'Gabby' Hayes

Actor | Call of the Prairie

American character actor, the most famous of Western-movie sidekicks of the 1930s and 1940s. He was born May 7, 1885, the third of seven children, in the Hayes Hotel (owned by his father) in the tiny hamlet of Stannards, New York, on the outskirts of Wellsville, New York. Hayes was the son of ...

3. Theda Bara

Actress | A Fool There Was

Theda Bara was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, as Theodosia Goodman, on July 29, 1885. She was the daughter of a local tailor and his wife. As a teenager Theda was interested in the theatrical arts and once she finished high school, she dyed her blond hair black and went in pursuit of her dream. By 1908 ...

4. Erich von Stroheim

Actor | Sunset Blvd.

Erich von Stroheim was born Erich Oswald Stroheim in 1885, in Vienna, Austria, to Johanna (Bondy), from Prague, and Benno Stroheim, a hatter from Gleiwitz, Germany (now Gliwice, Poland). His family was Jewish.

After spending some time working in his father's hat factory, he emigrated to America ...

5. Hedda Hopper

Actress | Sunset Blvd.

Her father was a butcher. In 1913 she met and married matinée idol DeWolf Hopper Sr. and in 1915 they moved to Hollywood, where both began active film careers. He became a star with Triangle Company, she began in vamp parts and turned to supporting roles. After her divorce she appeared in dozens of...

6. Lionel Atwill

Actor | To Be or Not to Be

Lionel Atwill was born into a wealthy family and was educated at London's prestigious Mercer School to become an architect, but his interest turned to the stage. He worked his way progressively into the craft and debuted at age 20 at the Garrick Theatre in London. He acted and improved regularly ...

7. Otto Kruger

Actor | High Noon

The grandnephew of South African pioneer and former president Paul Krüger, Otto Kruger trained for a musical career from childhood, but after enrolling in Columbia University he switched his career choice to acting. Making his Broadway debut in 1915, at 30, he shortly became a matinée idol of the ...

8. Jerome Kern

Soundtrack | Till the Clouds Roll By

Jerome David Kern was born in 1885. He began his stage career grafting American songs (for which he wrote the music) into imported European operettas. His breakthrough came with the song "They Didn't Believe Me", written (with lyrics by Edward Laska) for a show called "The Girl from Utah". It ...

9. Esther Dale

Actress | Ten Gentlemen from West Point

Esther Dale was born on November 10, 1885 in Beaufort, South Carolina. She attended Leland and Gray Seminary in Townsend, Vermont, and then studied music in Berlin, Germany, and had a successful career as a lieder singer. Later, she became an actress in summer stock. She had the title role on ...

10. Tom Kennedy

Actor | The Adventurous Blonde

Once a boxer, brawny character actor Tom Kennedy began his film career early in the silent era. He frequently played big, dumb, likable, working-class types, such as in The Case of the Stuttering Bishop (1937). He also worked with W.C. Fields, The Marx Brothers, and Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in ...

11. Albert Sharpe

Actor | Darby O'Gill and the Little People

Albert Sharpe was born on April 15, 1885 in Belfast, Ireland [now Northern Ireland], UK. He was an actor, known for Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959), Royal Wedding (1951) and Brigadoon (1954). He died on February 13, 1970 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

12. Erskine Sanford

Actor | Citizen Kane

Erskine Sanford was born on November 19, 1885 in Trinidad, Colorado, USA. He was an actor, known for Citizen Kane (1941), The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) and The Lady from Shanghai (1947). He died on July 7, 1969 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

14. George S. Patton

Self | Nazi Concentration Camps

George S. Patton III was a highly successful and highly controversial general who held Corps- and Army-level commands during World War II. Because of his great competence as a battlefield commander, Patton might have led the American troops during the invasion of Normandy; however, his impolitic ...

15. Will Fyffe

Actor | Owd Bob

Will Fyffe was born on February 16, 1885 in Dundee, Scotland. He was an actor, known for To the Victor (1938), The Mysterious Mr. Reeder (1939) and The Missing People (1939). He was married to Emmeline Eugenie Pooley and Lily Ann Bolton Wilcock. He died on December 14, 1947 in St. Andrews, Fife, ...

16. Georg Wilhelm Pabst

Director | Komödianten

Georg Wilhelm Pabst is considered by many to be the greatest director of German cinema, in his era. He was especially appreciated by actors and actresses for the humane way in which he treated them. This was in contrast to some of his contemporaries, such as Arnold Fanck, who have been ...

17. Ernie Adams

Actor | The Pride of the Yankees

Ernie Adams was born on June 18, 1885 in San Francisco, California, USA as Ernest Stephens Dumarais. He was an actor, known for The Pride of the Yankees (1942), The Man with Nine Lives (1940) and Invisible Ghost (1941). He was married to Berdonna Gilbert, Mamie Silver, Margaret Adams and Shirley ...

18. Tod Slaughter

Actor | Crimes at the Dark House

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 ...

19. Allan Dwan

Director | Bound in Morocco

Allan Dwan was born on April 3, 1885 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as Joseph Aloysius Dwan. He was a director and writer, known for Bound in Morocco (1918), A Perfect Crime (1921) and Panthea (1917). He was married to Marie Shelton and Pauline Bush. He died on December 28, 1981 in Woodland Hills, Los...

20. Rudolf Klein-Rogge

Actor | Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler

During the heyday of German silent cinema, Rudolf Klein-Rogge was the prototype for the master criminal, the irredeemable arch villain or mad scientist. Born in Cologne, he served as a cadet in a Prussian military academy before finishing his matriculation. He then began to attend acting classes ...

21. Charles 'Chic' Sale

Actor | Rocky Mountain Mystery

Charles "Chic" Sale was primarily a stage comedian who, although he infrequently appeared on Broadway from 1902-30 and appeared in a handful of silent films, spent the majority of his career treading the boards of vaudeville as a comedian, usually in the persona of "Lem Putt," a carpenter from ...

22. George Cleveland

Actor | Drums of Fu Manchu

Round-faced and twinkling, George Cleveland had a 58-year career of stage, vaudeville, motion picture, radio and television acting. His first film was Mystery Liner (1934) with Noah Beery and he went on to appear in 150 others. However, he is best remembered as Gramps on the original Lassie (1954) ...

23. Leo Delaney

Actor | As You Like It

Leo Delaney was born on March 15, 1885 in Swanton, Vermont, USA. He was an actor, known for As You Like It (1912), The Great Victory, Wilson or the Kaiser? The Fall of the Hohenzollerns (1919) and A Tin-Type Romance (1910). He died on February 4, 1920 in New York City, New York, USA.

24. Pierre Labry

Actor | Fantômas

Pierre Labry was born on December 14, 1885 in Paris, France as Pierre Honoré Labry. He was an actor, known for Fantômas (1947), My Crimes After Mein Kampf (1940) and Carnival in Flanders (1935). He died on June 23, 1948 in Paris.

25. Gordon Harker

Actor | Rome Express

Gordon Harker born in 1885 in London into a well-known family of theatrical artists, he first appeared on stage in 1903. Lugubrious, shifty cockney character who starred and supported in over 60 films his first film role as Major Kent in Harold M. Shaw 'General John Regan' starring Milton Rosmer ...

26. Viola Roache

Actress | Harriet Craig

Viola Roache was born on October 3, 1885 in Norfolk, England as Viola Frankham Roach. She was an actress, known for Harriet Craig (1950), Studio One (1948) and Goodbye, My Fancy (1951). She was married to Lionel Bevans. She died on May 17, 1961 in Hollywood, California, USA.

27. Moore Marriott

Actor | Oh, Mr. Porter!

Largely forgotten today, comic actor Moore Marriott reigned supreme for a time in the 1930s alongside Will Hay and Graham Moffatt in British film farce. The trio came about by happenstance, but it was their audiences who insisted they reappear together again and again.

Born in 1885, Marriott started...

28. Sacha Guitry

Writer | Les perles de la couronne

French actor, dramatist and director, Sacha Guitry was born in 1885 in Saint-Petersburg where his father, actor Lucien Guitry, was under contract with the city's French theater. Early on, Sacha knew he was going to be an artist. Therefore, his studies were mediocre.

His acting debuts were not too ...

29. Edwin Jerome

Actor | Perry Mason

Edwin Jerome was born on December 30, 1885 in New York City, New York, USA as Edwin Jerome Rath. He is known for his work on Perry Mason (1957), Tales of Tomorrow (1951) and Lights Out (1946). He was married to Helene Funk. He died on September 10, 1959 in Pasadena, California, USA.

30. Iris Hoey

Actress | Tense Moments with Great Authors

Iris Hoey was born on July 17, 1885 in Bloomsbury, London, England as Iris Wilhelmina Winifred Hasbach. She was an actress, known for Tense Moments with Great Authors (1922), Just William (1940) and Those Were the Days (1934). She was married to Cyril Raymond and Max Leeds. She died on May 13, 1979...

31. Charles Evans

Actor | Demetrius and the Gladiators

Charles Evans was born on April 25, 1885 in London, Middlesex, England as Charles Warwick Evans. He was an actor, known for Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954), Cyborg 2087 (1966) and Queen Esther (1948). He died on March 2, 1974 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

32. Syd Chaplin

Actor | King, Queen and Joker

Syd Chaplin was born on March 16, 1885 in London, England as Sydney Hawkes. He was an actor and director, known for King, Queen and Joker (1921), The Better 'Ole (1926) and A Lover's Lost Control (1915). He was married to Gypsy and Minnie Chaplin. He died on April 15, 1965 in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes,...

33. Paul Leni

Director | The Man Who Laughs

Paul Leni was born on July 8, 1885 in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany as Paul Josef Levi. He was an art director and director, known for The Man Who Laughs (1928), Das Rätsel von Bangalor (1918) and The Last Warning (1928). He died on September 2, 1929 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

34. David Clyde

Actor | Suzy

David Clyde was born on March 27, 1885 in Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Scotland. He was an actor, known for Suzy (1936), Bulldog Drummond's Peril (1938) and Bulldog Drummond Escapes (1937). He was married to Fay Holden. He died on May 17, 1945 in San Fernando Valley, California, USA.

35. Jacques Feyder

Director | La kermesse héroïque

Jacques Feyder was born on July 21, 1885 in Ixelles, Brabant, Belgium as Jacques Léon Louis Frédérix. He was a director and writer, known for Carnival in Flanders (1935), Pension Mimosas (1935) and Fahrendes Volk (1938). He was married to Françoise Rosay. He died on May 24, 1948 in Rive-de-Prangins...

36. Carl M. Leviness

Assistant Director | Jess

Carl Leviness is a perfect example of somebody who appeared as an extra in films because they loved doing so. The distinguished looking Leviness started appearing in stage productions in the early 1900s. He eventually got a job at the Thanhouser Company as an actor in many of its' silent films in ...

37. Robert Emmett O'Connor

Actor | A Night at the Opera

Stalwart Irish-American character actor Robert Emmett O'Connor was born on March 18, 1885, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He made his bones performing in circuses and in vaudeville. He made his Broadway debut in the musical "Fritz in Tammany Hall" at the Herald Square Theatre on October 16, 1905, ...

38. Karen Blixen

Writer | Out of Africa

Karen Blixen was born on April 17, 1885 in Rungsted, Denmark as Karen Christentze Dinesen. She was a writer, known for Out of Africa (1985), Ringen and Babette's Feast (1987). She was married to Bror Frederik von Blixen-Finecke. She died on September 7, 1962 in Rungsted.

39. Leona Anderson

Actress | House on Haunted Hill

The twice-married singer and actress was the youngest of the seven children born to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Aronson of Arkansas and Missouri. Leona was the only one of the seven born away from Arkansas. Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson, nee Maxwell Henry Aronson, was her much older and bigger brother...

40. Roland West

Director | Nobody

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 ...

41. William Edmunds

Actor | It's a Wonderful Life

Despite his Anglicized name, Edmunds was usually cast as dark or Latin types: Spaniards, Mexicans, Frenchmen, Gypsies, Arabs, Polynesians, and other exotic nationalities and functioned as a sort of poor-man's 'J. Carroll Naish'. Born in Italy in 1891, Edmunds is especially remembered for his ...

42. Aubrey Mather

Actor | The Mighty McGurk

Aubrey Mather was born on December 17, 1885 in Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire, England. He was an actor, known for The Mighty McGurk (1947), The Secret of St. Ives (1949) and As You Like It (1936). He died on January 16, 1958 in London, England.

43. Charles Coleman

Actor | It Started with Eve

Charles Coleman was born on December 22, 1885 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Charles Pearce Coleman. He was an actor, known for It Started with Eve (1941), Poor Little Rich Girl (1936) and Michael Shayne: Private Detective (1940). He was married to Beatrice. He died on March 8, 1951 in ...

44. George Fitzmaurice

Director | The Devil to Pay!

American director of French-Dutch ancestry, born in Paris. He studied the fine arts in Paris before resettling in America. As a set designer for stage productions, he was able to break into films in 1908 doing the same work. He dabbled in screen writing and then began directing, at first ...

45. D.H. Lawrence

Writer | The Plainclothesman

David Herbert Lawrence was born in Nottinghamshire, England, 11 September 1885. His father was a coal miner, his mother a genteel woman who sought education and refinement for her son. Lawrence earned a university degree and taught school for a short time. While still a student he began to publish ...

46. Frank Jaquet

Actor | D.O.A.

Frank Garnier Jaquet was born on March 16, 1885, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of the editor of the Milwaukee "Sentinel."

His first appearance on stage was as Little Lord Fauntleroy in a children's play. However, the real beginning of his acting career was rather odd. Jessie Pringle was heading a...

47. Buster Brodie

Actor | All Aboard

Buster Brodie was born on October 11, 1885 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He was an actor, known for All Aboard (1927), Crazy Knights (1944) and Say Ah-h! (1928). He died on April 9, 1948 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.

48. Harry Burns

Actor | Tortilla Flat

Harry Burns was born in 1885 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He was an actor and director, known for Tortilla Flat (1942), Down in Jungle Town (1924) and A White Wing Monkey (1924). He was married to Dorothy Vernon. He died on July 9, 1948 in Santa Monica, California, USA.

49. Deems Taylor

Self | Fantasia

Deems Taylor was born on December 22, 1885 in New York City, New York, USA as Joseph Deems Taylor. He was an actor and writer, known for Fantasia (1940), Janice Meredith (1924) and The Hard-Boiled Canary (1941). He died on July 3, 1966 in New York City.

50. Helen Dickson

Actress | Honolulu Lu

Helen Dickson was born on July 20, 1885 in Wakefield, Massachusetts, USA. She was an actress, known for Honolulu Lu (1941), It's a Great Life (1954) and Mr. Wright Goes Wrong (1946). She was married to Lawrence A. Williams. She died on November 17, 1983 in Los Angeles, California, USA.


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