Birth Date between 1887-01-01 and 1887-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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1. Boris Karloff

Actor | Bride of Frankenstein

Along with fellow actors Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi and Vincent Price, Boris Karloff is recognized as one of the true icons of horror cinema, and the actor most closely identified with the general public's perception of the "monster" from the classic Mary Shelley book, "Frankenstein". William Henry ...

2. William Frawley

Actor | I Love Lucy

William Frawley was born in Burlington, Iowa. As a boy he sang at St. Paul's Catholic Church and played at the Burlington Opera House. His first job was as a stenographer for the Union Pacific Railroad. He did vaudeville with his brother Paul, then joined pianist Franz Rath in an act they took to ...

3. Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle

Actor | Coney Island

Roscoe Arbuckle, one of nine children, was the baby of the family who weighed a reported 16 pounds at birth. Born in Smith Center, Kansas, on March 24, 1887, his family moved to California when he was a year old. At age eight he appeared on the stage. His first part was with the Webster-Brown Stock...

4. John Hamilton

Actor | The Maltese Falcon

Burly, stentorian-voiced John Hamilton, worked on Broadway and in touring theatrical companies for many years prior to his 1930 film debut. He was in the original Broadway company of "Seventh Heaven" and would appear in the film remake (Seventh Heaven (1937)) in 1937. For Warner Bros, he starred ...

5. Raoul Walsh

Director | Sadie Thompson

Raoul Walsh's 52-year directorial career made him a Hollywood legend. Walsh was also an actor: He appeared in the first version of W. Somerset Maugham's "Rain" renamed Sadie Thompson (1928) opposite Gloria Swanson in the title role. He would have played the Cisco Kid in his own film In Old Arizona ...

6. Reginald Owen

Actor | Mary Poppins

Born August 5th, 1887 in England, Reginald Owen was among Hollywood's busier character actors, making more than 80 films. He was educated in England at Sir Herbert Tree's Academy of Dramatic Arts. Owen excelled and made his professional debut also in England at the age of 18. He came to New York in...

7. Eric Blore

Actor | Top Hat

Born in London, Eric Blore came out of college and started his working life as an insurance agent. But while touring in Australia he took an interest in the stage and theater. He gave up his insurance job and turned to acting after returning to England. With his elfish long, straight nose, ...

8. James Finlayson

Actor | Way Out West

Alongside Ben Turpin, diminutive Scots-born Jimmy Finlayson was, arguably, the most instantly recognisable of the many clowns of silent screen slapstick who made their living as comic foil to stars like Laurel & Hardy, or Harold Lloyd. The perpetually exasperated, squinting, bald-pated master of ...

9. Gertrude Astor

Actress | The Cat and the Canary

The first actress to sign a contract with Universal in 1915, Gertrude Astor (born in Ohio as Gertrude Irene Astor) began her career playing trombone and saxophone on a riverboat. Towering over most of her leading men at 5'11", she often played golddiggers, rich socialites or a leading lady's best ...

10. Chico Marx

Actor | A Night at the Opera

As a kid trying to negotiate his way through various gang territories to a floating crap game or a new pool hall where he was not yet known as a hustler, Leonard (Chico) Marx learned to fake several accents. Because he later employed an Italian accent in the Marx Brothers' act, people assumed his ...

11. Raymond Hatton

Actor | Below the Border

The son of a physician, Raymond Hatton entered films in 1909, eventually appearing in almost 500 other pictures. In early silents he formed a comedy team with big, burly Wallace Beery. He was best known as the tobacco-chewing, rip-snorting Rusty Joslin in the Three Mesquiteers series. He was also ...

12. Roland Young

Actor | Topper

Fondly remembered for his many deceptively meek, erudite characters played on film -- think Cosmo Topper, of the screwball classic Topper (1937) -- this short (5'6"), balding, highly distinguished actor was born in London, England on November 11,1887, to an architect and his wife. Young was ...

13. Lil Dagover

Actress | Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari

A prominent German film actress born on 30 September 1887 at Madiven, Java, the daughter of a forest ranger in the service of the Dutch authorities. Sent at the age of ten to Baden-Baden to study, she later entered the cinema thanks to her marriage in 1917 to the actor Fritz Dagover who was 25 ...

14. Elisabeth Risdon

Actress | Abe Lincoln in Illinois

Elisabeth Risdon was born on April 26, 1887 in London, England as Daisy Cartwright Risdon. She was an actress, known for Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940), High Sierra (1941) and Mexican Spitfire Sees a Ghost (1942). She was married to Brandon Evans and George Loane Tucker. She died on December 20, ...

15. Billy Bevan

Actor | Another Dawn

Billy Bevan's show-business career began in his native Australia, with the Pollard theatrical organization. The company had two theater troupes, one which toured Asia and the other traveling to North America. Bevan wound up in the latter, performing in skits and plays all over Canada and Alaska ...

16. Antonio Moreno

Actor | Creature from the Black Lagoon

A serious rival to Rudolph Valentino as the smouldering 'Latin Lover' type was black-haired Spanish-born Antonio Moreno. One of the most prominent screen stars of the 1920's, he was equally adept at romance, melodrama or comedy and appeared opposite most of the legendary movie queens of the era, ...

17. Clive Brook

Actor | On Approval

Born in London, England to Charlotte Mary (opera singer) and George Alfred Brook. He was educated privately. Stage experience included: "Oliver Twist", "Voysey Inheritence", "If I were King", "Importance of Being Ernest", Fair and Warmer", "Over Sunday", "Clothes and the WOman", and many others. ...

18. Ellinor Vanderveer

Actress | Into Her Kingdom

Ellinor Vanderveer was born on August 5, 1887 in New York City, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for Into Her Kingdom (1926), Washee Ironee (1934) and Maude Muller (1928). She died on May 27, 1976 in Loma Linda, California, USA.

19. Hank Mann

Actor | Modern Times

Hank Mann was born on May 28, 1887 in New York City, New York, USA as David William Lieberman. He was an actor and director, known for Modern Times (1936), The Great Dictator (1940) and City Lights (1931). He was married to Dolly Myers Robinson, Rae Max and Estelle. He died on November 25, 1971 in ...

20. Pierre Watkin

Actor | Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Pierre Watkin was one of a stable of tall, distinguished-looking and sophisticated character actors (such as Russell Hicks, Jonathan Hale, Selmer Jackson and Samuel S. Hinds) whom Hollywood kept steadily employed playing political leaders, army officers, lawyers, wealthy businessmen and the like. ...

21. Lynne Overman

Actor | Union Pacific

Lynne Overman was born on September 19, 1887 in Maryville, Missouri, USA as Woodson Lynne Overman Woodson Lynne Overman. He was an actor, known for Union Pacific (1939), Little Miss Marker (1934) and Reap the Wild Wind (1942). He was married to Emily Helen Drange and Sylvia Antoinette Hazette. He ...

22. Monte Blue

Actor | Key Largo

Stalwart, durable Monte Blue, a romantic leading man of the silent days, was born January 11, 1887, as Gerard Monte Blue (some sources indicate 1890, but his mother's application for his admission to the Soldier's and Sailor's Orphan's Home lists his birth date as January 11, 1887). Various sources...

23. Walter Connolly

Actor | It Happened One Night

The name may have been forgotten, especially today (seven decades later), but the portly, apoplectic, exasperated figure on the 1930s screen wasn't. While his film career, save a couple of silents, lasted a paltry seven years (1932-1939), character actor Walter Connolly certainly ran the distance. ...

24. George Abbott

Writer | Damn Yankees

Legendary Broadway writer/producer/director George Abbott was born in 1887 in Forestville, New York. His father was mayor of Salamanca, New York, for two terms. In 1898 his family moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Abbott attended Kearney Military Academy. The family returned to New York, where Abbott...

25. Gaston Modot

Actor | La grande illusion

Gaston Modot was born on December 31, 1887 in Paris, France as Gaston Victor Modot. He was an actor and writer, known for La Grande Illusion (1937), The Rules of the Game (1939) and Children of Paradise (1945). He died on February 19, 1970 in Le Raincy, Seine-Saint-Denis, France.

26. Jack Tornek

Actor | A Five Foot Ruler

Jack Tornek was born on January 2, 1887 in Minsk, Russian Empire [now Belarus] as Issy Targownik. He is known for his work on A Five Foot Ruler (1917), Bombs and Banknotes (1917) and Schlitz Playhouse (1951). He died on February 18, 1974 in Los Angeles County, California, USA.

27. Jim Thorpe

Actor | Trailin' West

Jim Thorpe was born on May 22, 1887 in Prague, Indian Territory [now Oklahoma], USA as James Francis Thorpe. He is known for his work on Trailin' West (1936), Jim Thorpe -- All-American (1951) and Off His Base (1932). He was married to Patricia Gladys Evelyn Woodbury, Freeda Verona Kirkpatrick and ...

28. Peter Malberg

Actor | Ingen tid til kærtegn

Peter Malberg was born on September 21, 1887 in Aarhus, Denmark. He was an actor, known for Be Dear to Me (1957), Vor fælles Ven (1921) and David Copperfield (1922). He died on June 23, 1965 in Denmark.

29. 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 ...

30. Blanche Yurka

Actress | A Tale of Two Cities

This imposing-looking stage star of early 20th century Broadway was born Blanche Jurka to Bohemian immigrants on June 18, 1887 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Some references claim that she was brought to the United States as an infant and then raised in St. Paul. Her Czech parents saw a blossoming singing...

31. Sigmund Romberg

Soundtrack | Money Talks

Sigmund Romberg was born on July 29, 1887 in Nagykanizsa, Austria-Hungary [now Hungary]. He is known for his work on Money Talks (1997), U-571 (2000) and Aloha (2015). He was married to Lillian Harris. He died on November 9, 1951 in New York City, New York, USA.

32. John Wray

Actor | All Quiet on the Western Front

John Wray was an American character actor from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was primarily active during the 1930s.

Wray's real name was "John Griffith Malloy". He had a notable theatrical career, and appeared regularly in Broadway. In the late 1920s, there was a transition from silent films to ...

33. Harry Tenbrook

Actor | They Were Expendable

Harry Tenbrook was born on October 9, 1887 in Oslo, Norway as Henry Olaf Hansen. He was an actor, known for They Were Expendable (1945), A Slight Case of Murder (1938) and The Land of Might (1912). He died on September 14, 1960 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

34. Leonard Carey

Actor | Rebecca

Leonard Carey was born on February 25, 1887 in London, England. He was an actor, known for Rebecca (1940), Bombshell (1933) and The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt (1939). He died on September 11, 1977 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

35. Hooper Atchley

Actor | Arizona Terror

Hooper Atchley was born on April 30, 1887 in Ebenezer, Tennessee, USA as Lemuel Hooper Atchley. He was an actor, known for Arizona Terror (1931), The Return of Jimmy Valentine (1936) and The Three Musketeers (1933). He was married to Violet Yahar. He died on November 16, 1943 in Hollywood, Los ...

36. Roy William Neill

Director | Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man

Roy William Neill was born on September 4, 1887 in ship off Ireland as Roland de Gostrie. He was a director and producer, known for Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943), The Scarlet Claw (1944) and Murder Will Out (1939). He was married to Betty MacLaglen. He died on December 14, 1946 in London, ...

37. Earle Foxe

Actor | Hangman's House

Earle Foxe was born to Charles Aldrich Fox, originally of Flint, Michigan. His half sister was Ethel May Fox, born to Charles Aldrich Fox and Katie Eldridge. Ethel was a music teacher and quite active in musical productions in Detroit, Michigan. Earle was always very private about his own early ...

38. Conrad Hilton

Self | Playhouse 90

Hotel magnate Conrad Nicholson Hilton was born on Christmas Day of 1887 in San Antonio, New Mexico. He was the son of Mary Genevive (Laufersweiler), who was of German descent, and August Halvorsen Hilton, a Norwegian immigrant, born in Hilton, Ullensaker, Akershus, Norway. His father ran a string ...

39. Ray C. Smallwood

Director | My Old Kentucky Home

Ray C. Smallwood was born on July 19, 1887 in New York City, New York, USA. He is known for his work on My Old Kentucky Home (1922), Camille (1921) and Queen of the Moulin Rouge (1922). He was married to Ethel Grandin. He died on February 23, 1964 in Hollywood, California, USA.

40. Jack Mulhall

Actor | The Three Musketeers

Jack Mulhall was born on October 7, 1887 in Wappingers Falls, New York, USA as John Joseph Francis Mulhall. He was an actor and producer, known for The Three Musketeers (1933), Dark Streets (1929) and The Mystery Squadron (1933). He was married to Evelyn Mulhall, Laura Bunton and Bertha Vuillot. He...

41. Louis Jouvet

Actor | Un carnet de bal

Louis Jouvet was a living glory of the French theatre where he debuted in 1910. In his life he has worked as pharmacist, manager of a theatre, actor and theatre teacher. He debuted at the movies in 1932 and his best films were of the Golden Age of French cinema called the "poetical realism", e.g. "...

42. Raymond Walburn

Actor | Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

Stalwart character Raymond Walburn is one of those actors whose name may have slipped through the memory cracks over time, but whose valued contribution to 30s and 40s comedy films certainly warrants a reminder. Somewhat reminiscent of the "Mr. Monopoly" character, Walburn was the archetypal ...

43. Ivor Barnard

Actor | Beat the Devil

Ivor Barnard was born on June 13, 1887 in London, England. He was an actor, known for Beat the Devil (1953), Great Expectations (1946) and The Good Companions (1933). He was married to Estelle Van Geuns. He died on June 30, 1953 in London.

44. June Mathis

Writer | The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

June Mathis was born June Beulah Hughes in 1887 in Leadville, Colorado. Her father died at a young age and her mother married William Mathis. She grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, which she would proudly consider her hometown for the rest of her life.

At the age of 13 she pursued a career in ...

45. 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 ...

46. Oliver Wallace

Composer | Dumbo

Oliver Wallace was born on August 6, 1887 in London, England as Oliver George Wallace. He is known for his work on Dumbo (1941), Cinderella (1950) and Alice in Wonderland (1951). He was married to Claire Burch Wallace. He died on September 15, 1963 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

47. Jimmy Aubrey

Actor | The Lion Man

Born in Bolton, Lancashire, Aubrey was the son of US born gymnast Robert Aubrey. Later a member of the Fred Karno variety troupe, he first traveled to New York in 1900, then settled permanently after emigrating from London, on August 29, 1908. An early understudy of Charlie Chaplin, he later ...

48. Nora Nicholson

Actress | A Town Like Alice

Nora Nicholson was born on December 7, 1887 in Leamington, Warwickshire, England as Nora Miranda Marguerite Nicholson. She was an actress, known for A Town Like Alice (1956), Secret Agent (1964) and The Forsyte Saga (1967). She died on September 18, 1973 in London, England.

49. Annette Kellerman

Actress | Venus of the South Seas

Annette Kellerman was born on July 6, 1887 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Annette Marie Sarah Kellerman. She is known for her work on Venus of the South Seas (1924), Jephtah's Daughter: A Biblical Tragedy (1909) and Queen of the Sea (1918). She was married to James R. Sullivan. She died ...

50. Chris Willow Bird

Actor | The White Scar

Chris Willow Bird was born on February 20, 1887 in New Mexico, USA. He was an actor, known for The White Scar (1915) and Where the North Begins (1947). He died on December 16, 1968 in Los Angeles, California, USA.


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