Birth Date between 1888-01-01 and 1888-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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1. Gladys Cooper

Actress | My Fair Lady

Gladys Cooper was the daughter of journalist William Frederick Cooper and his wife Mabel Barnett. As a child she was very striking and was used as a photographic model beginning at six years old. She wanted to become an actress and started on that road in 1905 after being discovered by Seymour ...

2. Harpo Marx

Actor | A Night at the Opera

With poofy, curly red hair, a top hat and a horn, the lovable mute was the favorite of the Marx Brothers. Though chasing women was a favorite routine of his in the movies, Harpo was a devoted father and husband. He adopted the mute routine in vaudeville and carried it over to the films. Harpo was ...

3. Maurice Chevalier

Actor | Gigi

Maurice Chevalier's first working job was as an acrobat, until a serious accident ended that career. He turned his talents to singing and acting, and made several short films in France. During World War I he enlisted in the French army. He was wounded in battle, captured and placed in a POW camp by...

4. Barry Fitzgerald

Actor | The Quiet Man

One of Hollywood's finest character actors and most accomplished scene stealers, Barry Fitzgerald was born William Joseph Shields in 1888 in Dublin, Ireland. Educated to enter the banking business, the diminutive Irishman with the irresistible brogue was bitten by the acting bug in the 1920s and ...

5. F.W. Murnau

Director | Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

F.W. Murnau was a German film director. He was greatly influenced by Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Shakespeare and Ibsen plays he had seen at the age of 12, and became a friend of director Max Reinhardt. During World War I he served as a company commander at the eastern front and was in the German air ...

6. Paul Cavanagh

Actor | Tarzan and His Mate

Cambridge-educated Paul Cavanagh appeared in pictures as the epitome of the debonair, well-dressed Englishman. The former barrister and Royal Canadian Mountie turned to acting in 1924 and had a starring role on Broadway in 'Scotland Yard' (1929). His film career began in 1928 and lasted just over ...

7. Hank Patterson

Actor | Green Acres

Hank Patterson was born in Springville, Alabama to Green and Mary Newton Patterson. Hank's great-grandfather, James Pearson, was an original settler of St. Clair County, AL as was his mother's great-grandfather, Thomas Newton. Between 1894 & 1897, the family left AL to live in Taylor, Texas, where ...

8. Cathleen Nesbitt

Actress | An Affair to Remember

Genteel Cathleen Nesbitt was a grand dame of the theatre on both sides of the Atlantic in a career spanning seven decades. Among almost 300 roles on stage, she excelled at comic portrayals of sophisticated socialites and elegant mothers. Hollywood used her, whenever a gentler, sweeter version of ...

9. Rafaela Ottiano

Actress | Curly Top

Rafaela Ottiano was born on March 4, 1888 in Venice, Italy. She was an actress, known for Curly Top (1935), Grand Hotel (1932) and The Adventures of Martin Eden (1942). She died on August 15, 1942 in East Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

10. Porter Hall

Actor | Double Indemnity

For over two decades, Porter Hall made a career out of playing villains and pompous, unpleasant people. His movie career was not a mirror of his real life, however. Mr. Hall was well known as a generous and outgoing person who was well-liked by almost everybody he knew. It is ironic that the role ...

11. Raymond Chandler

Writer | Double Indemnity

An American novelist, writer of crime fiction featuring the private detective Philip Marlowe, Raymond (Thornton) Chandler was born in Chicago of an American father and an Anglo-Irish mother. He moved to England when his parents divorced. He attended Dulwich College and studied languages in France ...

12. Percy Kilbride

Actor | Ma and Pa Kettle Back on the Farm

He had a long career in theater before making movies, playing hundreds of roles, mostly rustic bumpkins, in stage and stock. His film career included two isolated early films: White Woman (1933) and Soak the Rich (1936). It began in earnest with the part of Orion Peabody in the Spencer Tracy-...

13. Max Steiner

Composer | The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Austrian composer Max Steiner achieved legendary status as the creator of hundreds of classic American film scores. He was born Maximilian Raoul Walter Steiner in Vienna, Austria, the son of Marie Mizzi (Hasiba) and Gabor Steiner, an impresario, and the grandson of actor and theater director and ...

14. Monty Woolley

Actor | The Man Who Came to Dinner

Large and hearty Monty Woolley was born to privilege on August 17, 1888, the son of a hotel proprietor who owned the Marie Antoinette Hotel on Broadway. A part of Manhattan's elite social circle at a young age, he studied at both Yale (Master's degree) and Harvard and returned to Yale as an English...

15. Florence Bates

Actress | Rebecca

The American character actress, Florence Rabe, was the daughter of an antique store owner. She gained a degree in Mathematics from the University of Texas in 1906 and went on to a career in teaching and social work. She changed course after being persuaded by a friend to study law, and, passing her...

16. Paul Hurst

Actor | Gone with the Wind

An American character actor of prodigious output who also directed and wrote silent films, Paul Hurst spent much of his early work in low-budget westerns. A native of Traver, California (in the San Joaquin Valley), Hurst had first-hand knowledge of western lore, growing up surrounded by the ...

17. Edith Evans

Actress | The Whisperers

Edith Evans was the greatest actress on the English stage in the 20th century, treading the boards for over half-a-century. She made her professional stage debut in 1912 and excelled in both classic and modern roles in the West End of London and on Broadway, as well as the Shakespeare Memorial ...

18. Nana Bryant

Actress | Harvey

Nana Bryant was born on November 23, 1888 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA as Nana Irene Bryant. She was an actress, known for Harvey (1950), Brewster's Millions (1945) and Theodora Goes Wild (1936). She was married to F Clifford Earl Thompson and Phineas Gourley McLean (Ted MacLean). She died on December ...

19. Esther Minciotti

Actress | The Wrong Man

Esther Minciotti was born on May 20, 1888 in Provincia di Torino, Piemonte, Italy as Esther Cunico. She was an actress, known for The Wrong Man (1956), Marty (1955) and Playhouse 90 (1956). She was married to Silvio Minciotti. She died on April 15, 1962 in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York City, ...

20. Jack Holt

Actor | San Francisco

Staunch, granite-jawed American leading man of silent and early talkie films, much associated with Westerns. A native of New York City, Holt often claimed to have been born in Winchester, Virginia, where he grew up. The son of an Episcopal minister, he attended Trinity School in Manhattan, then the...

21. Miles Malleson

Actor | Kind Hearts and Coronets

Actor, playwright and screenwriter Miles Malleson's list of credits reads like a history of British cinema in the first half of the 20th century. Born in Croydon in Surrey, he attended Brighton College in Sussex before studying at Cambridge University with the intention of becoming a schoolmaster. ...

22. Anna Q. Nilsson

Actress | Sunset Blvd.

Anna Quirentia Nilsson, popularly known as "Anna Q", who was born on March 30th, 1888, in Ystad, Sweden, emigrated to the United States in 1905. The 5'7" Nilsson used her blonde beauty to become a famous model for well-known fashion photographers and fine artists. In 1907 she was chosen the most ...

23. Irving Berlin

Soundtrack | Alexander's Ragtime Band

Irving Berlin was born Israel Isidor Baline on May 11, 1888 in Mogilev, Belarus, Russian Empire. Towering composer, songwriter, ("God Bless America", "Always", "Blue Skies", "White Christmas") author and publisher, he came to the United States at age 5 and was educated in New York's public schools....

24. Will Hay

Actor | Oh, Mr. Porter!

William Thompson Hay was probably one of the most versatile of entertainers. He was not only a character comedian of the first rank, but was also an astronomer of high repute - he discovered the spot on the planet Saturn in 1933 - and a fully qualified air pilot; he was once an engineer. Born in ...

25. Ian Fleming

Actor | The Sleeping Cardinal

Ian Fleming was born on September 10, 1888 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia as Ian MacFarlane. He was an actor, known for Sherlock Holmes' Fatal Hour (1931), The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes (1935) and Lucky Girl (1932). He died on January 1, 1969 in London, England.

26. Jules Furthman

Writer | To Have and Have Not

Jules Furthman was a magazine and newspaper writer when he began writing for films in 1915. When the U.S. entered WWI Furthman used the name "Stephen Fox" for his screenplays because he thought his name sounded too German, but he reverted to his real name after the war. Furthman became one of the ...

27. Harry Tyler

Actor | The Grapes of Wrath

Harry Tyler was born on June 13, 1888 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for The Grapes of Wrath (1940), Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) and The Naked Street (1955). He was married to Gladys Crolius. He died on September 15, 1961 in Hollywood, California, USA.

28. Almira Sessions

Actress | Sullivan's Travels

A member of a very socially prominent Washington family, Sessions played vaudeville, radio, television and film for sixty years. Sessions made her debut in 1909 in a comic opera. She has appeared over 500 times in movies and on television. Session sang comic songs in cabarets before going to New ...

29. Eugene O'Neill

Writer | Ah, Wilderness!

Eugene O'Neill, the winner of four Pulitzer Prizes for Drama and the 1936 Nobel Prize for Literature, is widely considered the greatest American playwright. No one, not Maxwell Anderson, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, nor Edward Albee, approaches O'Neill in terms of his artistic achievement or ...

30. Frances Marion

Writer | The Big House

The most renowned female screenwriter of the 20th century, and one of the most respected scripters of any gender, Frances Marion was born in San Francisco. She modeled and acted and had some success as a commercial artist. She entered into journalism and served in Europe as a combat correspondent ...

31. Elisabeth Risdon

Actress | Abe Lincoln in Illinois

Elisabeth Risdon was born on April 26, 1888 in London, England as Daisy Cartwright Risdon. She was an actress, known for Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940), High Sierra (1941) and Mexican Spitfire (1940). She was married to Brandon Evans and George Loane Tucker. She died on December 20, 1958 in Santa ...

32. Grace Hayle

Actress | The Great Dictator

Grace Hayle was born on July 24, 1888 in Newark, New Jersey, USA. She was an actress, known for The Great Dictator (1940), Tovarich (1937) and Sing and Like It (1934). She was married to Agar. She died on March 20, 1963 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

33. Walter McGrail

Actor | Special Agent K-7

Walter McGrail was born on October 19, 1888 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Walter Bernard McGreal. He was an actor, known for Special Agent K-7 (1936), The American Beauty (1927) and The River of Romance (1929). He was married to Hazel Stuart Drew. He died on March 19, 1970 in San ...

34. Miles Mander

Director | The Flying Doctor

This versatile artist, who had spent his 20's in New Zealand farming sheep, became novelist, playwright and film exhibitor on his return to Britain in 1918. Eventually he would observe success with The First Born (1928), which he directed and acted in and which was based on his own novel and play. ...

35. Thea von Harbou

Writer | Metropolis

Thea von Harbou was born on December 27, 1888 in Tauperlitz, Döhlau, Bavaria, Germany as Thea Gabriele von Harbou. She was a writer and director, known for Metropolis (1927), Spies (1928) and M (1931). She was married to Fritz Lang and Rudolf Klein-Rogge. She died on July 1, 1954 in Berlin, Germany.

36. William B. Davidson

Actor | The Most Dangerous Game

William B. Davidson was born on June 16, 1888 in Dobbs Ferry, New York, USA as William Beatman Davidson. He was an actor, known for The Most Dangerous Game (1932), I'm No Angel (1933) and No Limit (1931). He was married to Helen Bolton and Mary Hellen Dorsey. He died on September 28, 1947 in Santa ...

37. Florence La Badie

Actress | The Million Dollar Mystery

Early information on Florence La Badie is sketchy. She is thought to have been born in New York City in 1888, and was either taken away from or given up for adoption by her birth mother. Florence was adopted by a married couple named LaBadie, who legally gave the child their last name. Her adoptive...

38. Wade Boteler

Actor | The Green Hornet

Wade Boteler was born on October 3, 1888 in Santa Ana, California, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for The Green Hornet (1940), The Green Hornet Strikes Again! (1940) and The Mandarin Mystery (1936). He was married to Ellen Evelyn James. He died on May 7, 1943 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, ...

39. Victor Francen

Actor | Hold Back the Dawn

Victor Francen was born on August 5, 1888 in Tienen, Flanders, Belgium as Victor Franssen. He was an actor, known for Hold Back the Dawn (1941), Hell and High Water (1954) and I Accuse (1938). He was married to Eleanor Kreutzer, Renée Corciade and Mary Marquet. He died on November 18, 1977 in ...

40. Cecil Cunningham

Actress | The Awful Truth

Cecil Cunningham was born on August 2, 1888 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Edna Cecil Cunningham. She was an actress, known for The Awful Truth (1937), Playboy of Paris (1930) and Daughter of Shanghai (1937). She was married to Jean C. Havez. She died on April 17, 1959 in Los Angeles, California, ...

41. Mary Fuller

Actress | The Huntress of Men

Mary Fuller's entrance into motion pictures was quite accidental. She was with a theatrical troupe that was on its way to tour the South in 1908 when, during a short stopover in New York City, the company broke up. Stranded, Mary made her way to the Vitagraph film studio looking for a job and, with...

42. Selmer Jackson

Actor | The Grapes of Wrath

Selmer Jackson was born on May 7, 1888 in Lake Mills, Iowa, USA as Selmer Adolph Jackson. He was an actor, known for The Grapes of Wrath (1940), Left Over Ladies (1931) and Undercover Agent (1939). He was married to Estil S. Jackson. He died on March 30, 1971 in Burbank, California, USA.

43. Matt Moore

Actor | Rain

Matt Moore was born on January 8, 1888 in County Meath, Ireland as Matthew Moore. He was an actor and director, known for Rain (1932), The Unholy Three (1925) and The Squealer (1930). He died on January 20, 1960 in Hollywood, California, USA.

44. Claud Allister

Actor | Bulldog Drummond at Bay

Claud Allister was born on October 3, 1888 in London, England as William Claud Michel Palmer. He was an actor, known for Bulldog Drummond at Bay (1937), The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949) and Bulldog Drummond (1929). He was married to Gwen Dowling, Daisy Isabel Douglas Overend (aka ...

45. Maureen Delaney

Actress | The Holly and the Ivy

Maureen Delaney was born on December 1, 1888 in Kilkenny, Ireland as Maureen Barry O'Delany. She was an actress, known for The Holly and the Ivy (1952), The Doctor's Dilemma (1958) and The Third Key (1956). She was married to Peter O'Neill. She died on March 27, 1961 in London, England.

46. Leo D. Maloney

Actor | The Blind Trail

Actor/producer/director Leo Maloney was owner of the Leo Maloney Studio located in the San Bernardino Mountains of southern California. Several early westerns were filmed at the studio, which overlooked orange groves and included a small city that housed 35 people who lived there year-round. The ...

47. Irving Cummings

Director | Curly Top

New York-born Irving Cummings began his career as an actor on the Broadway stage in his late teens, and appeared with the legendary Lillian Russell's company. He entered films in 1909 as an actor, and became a very popular leading man in the early 1920s. He began directing at around that time, ...

48. Edward H. Griffith

Director | Virginia

Born in Virginia and educated in Europe, Edward H. Griffith started out as a newspaper reporter, then switched to magazine writing. He took to the Broadway stage, and entered films as an actor/writer for the Edison Co. in 1915. He soon began directing two-reelers, graduating to features in 1917. ...

49. Jameson Thomas

Actor | It Happened One Night

On the British stage from his teens, he first appeared as a half-breed boy in "The Squaw Man." His screen debut was in 1923 in the film "Chu Chin Chow." Dissatisfied with the British film industry, he moved to Hollywood and played a number of minor roles up to the time of his death. On the English ...

50. Olaf Hytten

Actor | The Good Earth

Olaf Hytten was born on March 3, 1888 in Glasgow, Scotland. He was an actor, known for The Good Earth (1937), Drums of Fu Manchu (1940) and Kidnapped (1948). He died on March 11, 1955 in Los Angeles, California, USA.


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