Birth Date between 1899-01-01 and 1899-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
Director | Psycho
Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born in Leytonstone, Essex, England. He was the son of Emma Jane (Whelan; 1863 - 1942) and East End greengrocer William Hitchcock (1862 - 1914). His parents were both of half English and half Irish ancestry. He had two older siblings, William Hitchcock (born 1890) and ...
Actor | Casablanca
Humphrey DeForest Bogart was born in New York City, New York, to Maud Humphrey, a famed magazine illustrator and suffragette, and Belmont DeForest Bogart, a moderately wealthy surgeon (who was secretly addicted to opium). Bogart was educated at Trinity School, NYC, and was sent to Phillips Academy ...
Actress | Sunset Blvd.
Gloria Swanson went to public schools in Chicago; Key West, Florida; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Her film debut was as an extra in The Fable of Elvira and Farina and the Meal Ticket (1915). From the following year on, she had leading roles in pictures for Keystone, then a year with Triangle, and, in...
4. James Cagney
Actor | Angels with Dirty Faces
One of Hollywood's preeminent male stars of all time, James Cagney was also an accomplished dancer and easily played light comedy. James Francis Cagney was born on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City, to Carolyn (Nelson) and James Francis Cagney, Sr., who was a bartender and amateur ...
5. Fred Astaire
Soundtrack | Funny Face
Fred Astaire was born in Omaha, Nebraska, to Johanna (Geilus) and Fritz Austerlitz, a brewer. Fred entered show business at age 5. He was successful both in vaudeville and on Broadway in partnership with his sister, Adele Astaire. After Adele retired to marry in 1932, Astaire headed to Hollywood. ...
Actor | Witness for the Prosecution
Charles Laughton was born in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England, to Eliza (Conlon) and Robert Laughton, hotel keepers of Irish and English descent, respectively. He was educated at Stonyhurst (a highly esteemed Jesuit college in England) and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (received gold medal). ...
Actor | Batman: The Movie
Neil Hamilton's show business career began when he secured a job as a shirt model in magazine ads. He became interested in acting and joined several stock companies. He got his first film role in 1918, but received his big break from D.W. Griffith in The White Rose (1923).
After performing in ...
Actor | Gilda
George Macready--the name probably doesn't ring any bells for most but the voice would be unmistakable. He attended and graduated from Brown University and had a short stint as a New York newspaperman, but became interested in acting on the advice of colorful Polish émigré classical stage director ...
9. Dwight Frye
Actor | Dracula
An extremely versatile character actor and originator of several memorable characterizations in the horror film genre, Dwight Frye had a notable theatrical career in the 1920s, moving from juvenile parts to leads before entering film. A favorite actor of Broadway theatrical producer-director Brock ...
10. Glenn Strange
At various times in his life a rancher, deputy sheriff and rodeo performer, this huge, towering (6' 5") beast of a man was born George Glenn Strange in Weed, New Mexico, on August 16, 1899, but grew up a real-life cowboy in Cross Cut, Texas. He taught himself (by ear) the fiddle and guitar at a ...
11. Charles Boyer
Actor | Conquest
Charles Boyer studied philosophy before he went to the theater where he gave his debut in 1920. Although he had at first no intentions to pursue a career at the movies (his first movie was L'homme du large (1920) by Marcel L'Herbier) he used his chance in Hollywood after several filming stations ...
12. Jay C. Flippen
Actor | The Killing
Jay C. Flippen could probably be characterized these days as one of those craggy, distinctive faces you know but whose name escapes you while viewing scores of old '50s and '60s movies and TV. Playing both sides of the law throughout his career, his distinctive bulldog mug, beetle brows, bulky ...
13. John Qualen
Actor | Casablanca
One of the best and most familiar character actors of the first four decades of sound films, although few who knew his face also knew his name, John Qualen was born in Canada to Norwegian parents. His father was a minister. The family moved to the United States and Qualen (whose real name was ...
14. George Cukor
Director | My Fair Lady
George Cukor was an American film director of Hungarian-Jewish descent, better known for directing comedies and literary adaptations. He once won the Academy Award for Best Director, and was nominated other four times for the same Award.
In 1899, George Dewey Cukor was born on the Lower East Side of...
15. Gale Sondergaard
Actress | The Mark of Zorro
Sly, manipulative, dangerously cunning and sinister were the key words that best described the roles that Gale Sondergaard played in motion pictures, making her one of the most talented character actresses ever seen on the screen. She was educated at the University of Minnesota and later married ...
16. Hoagy Carmichael
Soundtrack | To Have and Have Not
Award-winning songwriter ("Stardust", "Ole Buttermilk Sky", "Georgia on My Mind"), composer, pianist, actor and singer, educated at Indiana University (LL.B). He played piano in the college bands, and later gave up a law practice for a career in songwriting. He joined ASCAP in 1931, and his chief ...
17. Madge Blake
Actress | Batman: The Movie
Spouse: James Lincoln Blake (1 Child)
During World War II, she and her husband, James Lincoln Blake, worked in Utah on construction of the detonator for the atomic bomb and performed such jobs as testing equipment destined for the Manhattan Project. The couple received a citation for their work from...
18. Akim Tamiroff
Actor | Touch of Evil
Though born in Russia and having a Russian-sounding name, Akim Tamiroff is actually of Armenian descent. At 19 he decided to pursue acting as a career and was chosen from among 500 applicants to the Moscow Art Theater School. There he studied under the great Konstantin Stanislavski, and launched a ...
19. Benny Rubin
Actor | I Love Lucy
Benny Rubin was born on February 2, 1899 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for I Love Lucy (1951), The Girl Friend (1935) and On Again-Off Again (1937). He was married to Beatrice Dallinger and Mary Bolt. He died on July 15, 1986 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
20. George O'Brien
Actor | Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
George was the son of the San Francisco Chief of Police who became a college athlete. He was the Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the Pacific Fleet during World War I. In the early 1920s, George wound up in Hollywood where he worked as a stuntman and part time actor. In 1924, Director John Ford ...
21. Noël Coward
Writer | In Which We Serve
Noel Coward virtually invented the concept of Englishness for the 20th century. An astounding polymath - dramatist, actor, writer, composer, lyricist, painter, and wit -- he was defined by his Englishness as much as he defined it. He was indeed the first Brit pop star, the first ambassador of "cool...
22. Aline MacMahon
Actress | Kind Lady
Aline MacMahon was born of Irish/Russian ancestry on May 3 1899, the daughter of William Marcus MacMahon and Jennie Simon MacMahon. Her father went on to become editor-in-chief of Munsey's Magazine, while her mother pursued a theatrical acting career from middle-age and lived to the ripe old age of...
23. Evelyn Brent
Actress | The Silver Horde
Petite, sultry leading lady of the 1920's and 30's, who was born and schooled in Tampa, Florida, until the age of ten when she lost her mother. She moved to New York with her dad and started modelling while still in her teens. Her original intention was to go into the teaching profession. Instead, ...
24. Chief Dan George
Actor | Little Big Man
Actor, author, and musician Chief Dan George was born in present-day North Vancouver as Geswanouth Slahoot (later anglicized as 'Dan Slaholt'), the son of a tribal chief on Burrard Indian Reserve Nº. 3. He is the only Aboriginal actor in Canadian history to date with the right to use the title "...
25. Pat O'Brien
Actor | Some Like It Hot
Although he came to be called "Hollywood's Irishman in Residence"--and, along with good friends James Cagney, Allen Jenkins, Frank McHugh and a few others were called "The Irish Mafia"--and he often played Irish immigrants, Pat O'Brien was US-born and -bred. As a young boy the devoutly Roman ...
26. Paul Kelly
Actor | Crossfire
In retrospect, actor Paul Kelly may have had more high drama in his off-camera life than he did in his rich stage and screen life. How many Broadway and/or Hollywood actors have survived career-wise after serving a prison term for manslaughter? Kelly, whose drive, ambition and talent were ...
27. Byron Foulger
Actor | The Man with Nine Lives
One of those wonderfully busy character actors whose face is familiar if not his name, mild-mannered actor Byron Foulger began performing with community theater, and stock and repertory companies after graduating from the University of Utah. He met his future wife, character actress Dorothy Adams, ...
28. Edward L. Cahn
Director | Flesh and the Spur
Edward L. Cahn was an American second-feature director of Polish ancestry. His brother Philip Cahn worked in the industry as editor. Edward worked in films from 1917 as a production assistant. He later joined his brother in the cutting room of Universal, eventually becoming one of the studio's top ...
29. Richard Arlen
Actor | Island of Lost Souls
During World War I, Richard Arlen served in the Royal Canadian Flying Corps as a pilot, but he never saw combat. After the war he drifted round and eventually wound up in Los Angeles, where he got a job as a motorcycle messenger at a film laboratory. When he crashed into the gates of Paramount ...
30. Mervyn Johns
Actor | Dead of Night
Mervyn Johns was born on February 18, 1899 in Pembroke, Wales as David Mervyn Johns. He was an actor, known for Dead of Night (1945), A Christmas Carol (1951) and The Master of Ballantrae (1953). He was married to Diana Churchill and Alice Maud Steele Wareham. He died on September 6, 1992 in ...
31. Ernest Hemingway
Writer | To Have and Have Not
Ernest Hemingway was an American writer who won the Pulitzer Prize (1953) and the Nobel Prize in Literature (1954) for his novel The Old Man and the Sea, which was made into a 1958 film The Old Man and the Sea (1958).
He was born into the hands of his physician father. He was the second of six ...
32. Alma Reville
Writer | Suspicion
Alma Reville was born on August 14, 1899 in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England as Alma Lucy Reville. She is known for her work on Suspicion (1941), Shadow of a Doubt (1943) and The 39 Steps (1935). She was married to Alfred Hitchcock. She died on July 6, 1982 in Bel Air, Los Angeles, California, ...
Actor | The Glass Key
The son of a rancher-turned-politician, Guinn Williams was given the nickname "Big Boy" (and he was, too - 6' 2" of mostly solid muscle from years of working on ranches and playing semi-pro and pro baseball) by Will Rogers, with whom he made one of his first films, in 1919. Although his father ...
34. Colleen Moore
Actress | Why Be Good?
Colleen Moore was born Kathleen Morrison in Port Huron, Michigan. Her father was an irrigation engineer and his job was good enough to provide the family a middle-class environment. She was educated in parochial schools and studied at the famed Detroit Conservatory. Colleen's family moved to ...
36. Al Capone
Infamous Chicago gangster Al Capone was born in the tough Williamsburgh section of Brooklyn, NY, the fourth of nine children of Italian immigrants from Naples. Capone was a born sociopath. In the sixth grade he beat up a teacher and promptly quit school. He picked up his education from the streets,...
37. Ramon Novarro
Actor | Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
Ramon Novarro was born José Ramón Gil Samaniego on February 6, 1899 in Durango, Mexico, to Leonor (Gavilan) and Dr. Mariano N. Samaniego Siqueiros, a prosperous dentist. Ramon and his family moved to Los Angeles in 1913, as refugees from the Mexican Revolution. After stints as a ballet dancer, ...
38. Herbie Faye
Actor | Thoroughly Modern Millie
Herbie Faye was born on February 2, 1899 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967), The New Phil Silvers Show (1963) and The Harder They Fall (1956). He was married to Mary Lou. He died on June 28, 1980 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
39. Stringer Davis
Actor | Murder She Said
Stringer Davis was born on June 4, 1899 in Birkenhead, Cheshire, England as James Buckley Stringer Davis. He was an actor, known for Murder She Said (1961), Murder Most Foul (1964) and Murder at the Gallop (1963). He was married to Margaret Rutherford. He died on August 29, 1973 in Chalfont St. ...
40. Tim Ryan
Actor | From Here to Eternity
Tim Ryan was born on July 5, 1899 in Bayonne, New Jersey, USA as Timothy Thomas Ryan. He was an actor and writer, known for From Here to Eternity (1953), Shanghai Chest (1948) and Detective Kitty O'Day (1944). He was married to Irene Ryan. He died on October 22, 1956 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, ...
41. Lane Chandler
Actor | Samson and Delilah
American actor who had a brief flirtation with stardom before settling into character roles and bit parts. Born in rural South Dakota (according to government records, though some sources say Walsh County, North Dakota) as Robert C. Oakes, the son of a horse rancher, he moved with his family to ...
42. Ida Kitaeva
Self | One Moment Please
Ida Kitaeva was born on January 26, 1899 in Chita, Russian Empire as Udiph Kitaevich. She was an actress, known for One Moment Please (1956) and This Is Your Life (1950). She was married to Stan Laurel and Raphael. She died on January 26, 1980 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
43. Renie Riano
Actress | Pajama Party
As the daughter of British stage actress Irene Riano (1871-1940), character player Renie Riano had all the earmarks of a show biz career. She loved an audience, she loved singing, and she loved to make people laugh. She began things off toplining in vaudeville shows and music halls as "Baby Irene" ...
44. Joseph Hamilton
Actor | Git!
Joseph Hamilton was born on January 1, 1899 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Joseph Henry Hamilton. He was an actor, known for Git! (1965), The Twilight Zone (1959) and Bat Masterson (1958). He was married to Ruth Green. He died on February 20, 1965 in Orange, California, USA.
45. James Wong Howe
Cinematographer | Seconds
Master cinematographer James Wong Howe, whose career stretched from silent pictures through the mid-'70s, was born Wong Tung Jim in Canton (now Guangzhou), China, on August 28, 1899, the son of Wong How. His father emigrated to America the year James was born, settling in Pasco, Washington, where ...
46. Virginia Sale
Actress | Topper
Virginia Sale was born on May 20, 1899 in Urbana, Illinois, USA. She was an actress, known for Topper (1937), I Like It That Way (1934) and Registered Nurse (1934). She was married to Sam Wren. She died on August 23, 1992 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.
47. Guy Wilkerson
Actor | Captain Midnight
Guy Wilkerson was born on December 21, 1899 in Whitewright, Texas, USA as Guy Owen Wilkerson. He was an actor, known for Captain Midnight (1942), Return of the Rangers (1943) and Trail of Terror (1943). He died on July 15, 1971 in Hollywood, California, USA.
49. Irving Thalberg
Writer | The Trap
Irving Grant Thalberg was born in New York City, to Henrietta (Haymann) and William Thalberg, who were of German Jewish descent. He had a bad heart, having contracted rheumatic fever as a teenager and was plagued with other ailments all of his life. He was quite intelligent with a thirst for ...
50. John Warburton
Actor | East of Sumatra
John Warburton was born on June 18, 1899 in Maghull, Liverpool, England. He was an actor, known for East of Sumatra (1953), Secret File: Hollywood (1962) and Headline Hunters (1955). He was married to Lucille Morrison. He died on October 27, 1981 in Sherman Oaks, California, USA.