Date of Death between 1942-01-01 and 1942-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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1. Carole Lombard

Actress | My Man Godfrey

Carole Lombard was born Jane Alice Peters in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on October 6, 1908. Her parents divorced in 1916 and her mother took the family on a trip out West. While there they decided to settle down in the Los Angeles area. After being spotted playing baseball in the street with the ...

2. John Barrymore

Actor | Twentieth Century

John Barrymore was born John Sidney Blyth on February 15, 1882 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An American stage and screen actor whose rise to superstardom and subsequent decline is one of the legendary tragedies of Hollywood. A member of the most famous generation of the most famous theatrical ...

3. Helen Westley

Actress | Show Boat

Although she could on a rare occasion display a bit of kindness, or at least some kind of grouchy benevolence, Helen Westley had few peers on stage or film when it came to outright unpleasantness. A stern, indomitable presence, her characters offered unsolicited advice to anyone and everyone within...

4. Buck Jones

Actor | For the Service

Buck Jones was one of the greatest of the "B" western stars. Although born in Indiana, Jones reportedly (but disputedly) grew up on a ranch near Red Rock in Indian Territory (now Oklahoma), and there learned the riding and shooting skills that would stand him in good stead as a hero of Westerns. He...

5. Edna May Oliver

Actress | The Personal History, Adventures, Experience, & Observation of David Copperfield the Younger

She was born Edna May Nutter, a child of solid New England stock, on 9th November 1883 in Malden, Massachusetts. The daughter of Ida May and Charles Edward Nutter, Edna was a descendant of the 2nd American president John Adams and his son, the 6th American president John Quincy Adams. In addition, ...

6. Phillips Holmes

Actor | Men Must Fight

A future in movies for this fair-haired, fresh-faced young adult of the 1930s was by no means certain at the time of his untimely death in a mid-air plane collision. Hints of the All-American leading man promise Phillips Holmes managed to convey during the early to mid decade, particularly in the ...

7. Laura Hope Crews

Actress | Gone with the Wind

Laura Hope Crews was born on December 12, 1879 in San Francisco, California, USA. She is known for her work on Gone with the Wind (1939), The Blue Bird (1940) and The Age of Innocence (1934). She died on November 13, 1942 in New York City, New York, USA.

8. May Robson

Actress | Bringing Up Baby

Born Mary Jeanette Robison. She was the youngest daughter of Henry Robison of Penrith, Cumberland, England and Julia Schelesinger of Liverpool, Lancashire, England. Her father died in 1860 and her mother remarried. In 1866/67 they were living in St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and moved ...

9. Sidney Fox

Actress | Midnight

This tiny (4' 11"), appealing, coquettish-looking Hollywood actress had only a few active years in early talkies before her career took a bad hit. A few years after that she joined other shattered 1930s hopefuls (Peg Entwistle, Gwili Andre, Peggy Shannon) as tragic symbols of unrequited stardom.

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10. 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), The Adventures of Martin Eden (1942) and The Devil-Doll (1936). She died on August 15, 1942 in East Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

11. Charles Urban

Producer | Britain Prepared

Charles Urban was born on April 14, 1867 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA as Carl Urban. He was a producer and director, known for Britain Prepared (1915), The Tempest (1905) and Combatting the Elements (1921). He was married to Ada Aline Jones and Julia Avery. He died on August 29, 1942 in Brighton, East ...

12. Stefan Zweig

Writer | The Grand Budapest Hotel

Stefan Zweig was born on November 28, 1881 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary. He was a writer, known for The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), Marie Antoinette (1938) and Crepúsculo. He was married to Charlotte E. Altmann and Friderike Maria Burger von Winternitz. He died on February 22, 1942 in ...

13. Arthur Housman

Actor | Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

Arthur Housman was born on October 10, 1889 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for Sunrise (1927), The Girl of the Golden West (1930) and The Bat (1926). He died on April 8, 1942 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

14. Margaret Moffatt

Actress | My Gal Sal

Margaret Moffatt was born on October 11, 1879 in York, Ontario, Canada as Christina Burry. She was an actress, known for My Gal Sal (1942) and Ringside Maisie (1941). She was married to Sewell Collins. She died on February 19, 1942 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

15. Germaine Dulac

Director | La souriante Madame Beudet

The daughter of a cavalry captain, she was raised by a grandmother in Paris, where she studied various forms of art with an emphasis on music and the opera. In 1905 she married engineer-novelist Marie-Louis Albert-Dulac and under his influence veered toward journalism. As one of the leading radical...

16. George M. Cohan

Soundtrack | The Phantom President

American composer, librettist, actor, dancer, author, director, and producer on the stage. Started his career in his family vaudeville shows, came to Broadway at the beginning of the 20th century. Was the composer of the American battle hymn of World War 1, 'Over There' Received the Congressional ...

17. Eric Abrahamsson

Actor | Lärarinna på vift

Eric Abrahamsson was born on April 13, 1890 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden as Karl Erik Abrahamsson. He was an actor, known for Lärarinna på vift (1941), Landstormens lilla Lotta (1939) and Flickan från varuhuset (1933). He was married to Lili Ziedner. He died on November 3, ...

18. Lucy Maud Montgomery

Writer | Road to Avonlea

Lucy Maud Montgomery was a Canadian author with roots in Scotland. She lost her mother at an early age, and was raised by her maternal grandparents. She began to keep a diary and discovered at the age of 10 that she could write poetry. After college she became a teacher but kept writing. In 1908 ...

19. Murdock MacQuarrie

Actor | Modern Times

Murdock MacQuarrie was born on August 25, 1878 in San Francisco, California, USA as Murdock J. MacQuarrie. He was an actor and director, known for Modern Times (1936), The Star Gazer (1914) and The Old Bell-Ringer (1914). He was married to Claire M. He died on August 22, 1942 in Los Angeles, ...

20. J. Walter Ruben

Writer | The Bad Man of Brimstone

J. Walter Ruben was born on August 14, 1899 in New York City, New York, USA as Jacob Walter Ruben. He was a writer and director, known for The Bad Man of Brimstone (1937), The Roadhouse Murder (1932) and The Phantom of Crestwood (1932). He was married to Virginia Bruce and Jane. He died on August ...

21. Reinhard Heydrich

Self | Triumph des Willens

Reinhard Heydrich began his career as an officer in the post-World War I German navy. He was dishonorably discharged after becoming involved in an illicit love affair. The young woman became pregnant, but instead of marrying her, Heydrich met and soon got engaged to Lina von Osten. In 1930 Heydrich...

22. Richard Tucker

Actor | The Squall

Richard Tucker was born on June 4, 1884 in Brooklyn [now in New York City], New York, USA. He was an actor, known for The Squall (1929), Flash Gordon (1936) and The Crimson City (1928). He was married to Ruth Mitchell and Mabel Reed. He died on December 5, 1942 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, ...

23. Anne Sutherland

Actress | Kreutzer Sonata

Anne Sutherland was born on March 1, 1866 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Anne Bland Sutherland. She was an actress, known for Kreutzer Sonata (1915), A Woman's Resurrection (1915) and Motherhood (1917). She was married to Charles Herbert Harding (comm. traveler) and Richard Field ...

24. Raphael

Self | Vitaphone Capers

Raphael was born on May 10, 1886 in Tambouf, Russia as Raphael Sonnenberg. He was married to Ida Kitaeva. He died on November 21, 1942 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

25. Jack Barty

Actor | The Sea Fiend

Jack Barty was born on December 31, 1888 in London, England as John Bartholomew. He was an actor and writer, known for The Sea Fiend (1936), Take a Chance (1937) and In Town Tonight (1935). He died on November 25, 1942 in Streatham, London.

26. Ed Brady

Actor | The Son of Kong

Ed Brady was born on December 6, 1889 in New York City, New York, USA as Edwin J. Brady. He was an actor, known for The Son of Kong (1933), Law of the West (1932) and Fires of Rebellion (1917). He was married to Lillian West. He died on March 31, 1942 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

27. James W. Horne

Director | The Green Archer

He worked at a number of studios in the early 1920s and directed Buster Keaton's successful 'College' in 1927 before arriving at Hal Roach studios in 1928 where the following year he directed Laurel and Hardy's 'Big Business'and the following year their sound film 'Chickens Come Home' In 1931 he ...

28. Herbert Selpin

Director | Trenck, der Pandur

Herbert Selpin was born on May 29, 1902 in Berlin, Germany. He was a director and writer, known for Trenck, der Pandur (1940), Titanic (1943) and The Dream of the Rhine (1933). He was married to Anni Markart. He died on August 1, 1942 in Berlin.

29. James C. Morton

Director | A Daughter of Uncle Sam

James C. Morton was born on August 25, 1884 in Helena, Montana, USA as James Carmody Lankton. He was an actor and director, known for A Daughter of Uncle Sam (1918), Lucky Devils (1941) and The Devil's Brother (1933). He died on October 24, 1942 in Reseda, California, USA.

30. Ormi Hawley

Actress | Michael Strogoff

Ormi Hawley was born on February 21, 1889 in Holyoke, Massachusetts, USA as Ormetta Grace Hawley. She was an actress, known for Michael Strogoff (1914), His Mistake (1912) and The Shanghaied Baby (1915). She was married to Charles Fulcher. She died on June 3, 1942 in Rome, New York, USA.

31. Carmen Laroux

Actress | Cavalier of the West

Carmen Laroux was born on September 4, 1909 in Durango, Mexico. She was an actress, known for Cavalier of the West (1931), Island Captives (1937) and Two-Gun Caballero (1931). She was married to Elmer Ellsworth. She died on August 24, 1942 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

32. James Cruze

Actor | The Covered Wagon

Coming from a Mormon family in Utah, James Cruze was reportedly part Ute Indian. He worked as a fisherman to pay his way through drama school. Among his former wives were actresses Betty Compson (also from Utah) and Marguerite Snow. He was also married to Alberta McCoy (died on July 7, 1960), who ...

33. Stanley Lupino

Writer | Over She Goes

Stanley Lupino was born on May 15, 1893 in London, England. He was a writer and actor, known for Over She Goes (1937), Cheer Up (1936) and Honeymoon for Three (1935). He was married to Connie Emerald. He died on June 10, 1942 in London.

34. Sidney Bracey

Actor | The Monster Walks

Sidney Bracey was born on December 18, 1877 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia as Sidney Alfred Dunn. He was an actor and director, known for The Monster Walks (1932), Show People (1928) and The Million Dollar Mystery (1914). He was married to Evelyn Foshay. He died on August 5, 1942 in Hollywood, ...

35. Paul Gregory

Soundtrack | Magic in the Moonlight

Paul Gregory was born in 1904 in New York City, New York, USA. He died on July 19, 1942 in Manhattan, New York City.

36. Carl Schenstrøm

Actor | Ulvejægerne

Carl Schenstrøm was born on November 13, 1881 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He was an actor and director, known for Ulvejægerne (1926), Højt paa en kvist (1929) and The Lodgers of the seventh heaven (1923). He died on April 10, 1942 in Copenhagen.

37. Joseph Schmidt

Actor | A Star Fell from Heaven

Educated in Czernowitz, his musical education began in a synagogue choir. In 1924 he moved to Berlin to continue his musical studies. His opera debut was in Berlin in 1929, his film career began in 1931 with "Liebesexpress". His most famous movie was the 1933 film "Ein Lied geht um die Welt." He ...

38. Virginia Lee Corbin

Actress | Bare Knees

Virginia Lee Corbin was born on December 5, 1910 in Prescott, Arizona, USA as Virginia LaVerne Corbin. She is known for her work on Bare Knees (1928), Hands Up! (1926) and The Forbidden Room (1919). She was married to Charles Jacobson and Theodore Elwood Krol. She died on June 5, 1942 in Winfield, ...

39. Frank Churchill

Composer | Dumbo

Academy Award-winning composer and songwriter ("Whistle While You Work", "Some Day My Prince Will Come"), and pianist, educated at the University of California. He was a pianist in film theatres, and then came to Hollywood under contract to Walt Disney. Joining ASCAP in 1938, his chief musical ...

40. Robert J. Horner

Producer | The Kid from Arizona

Robert J. Horner was a prolific, if spectacularly untalented, producer/director in the late 1920s and early 1930s. He had only one eye and no legs (accounts differ as to whether he was born that way or lost them in a traffic accident in his youth), but that didn't stop him from producing quite a ...

41. Hale Hamilton

Actor | The Girl from Missouri

Hale Hamilton was born on February 28, 1883 in Fort Madison, Iowa, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for The Girl from Missouri (1934), The Great Lover (1931) and The Great Gatsby (1926). He was married to Grace La Rue, Myrtle Tannehill and Minnie Dorothy Pepper (aka Jane Oaker). He died on ...

42. Irène Némirovsky

Writer | Suite Française

She was born in 1903 into a Ukrainian Jewish family, and emigrated to Paris as a young woman. She wrote nine books between 1929 and 1937, one of which was made into a movie ("David Golder", 1930). She became well-known in France, but did not become a French citizen. She converted to Catholicism in ...

43. Vera Voronina

Actress | Huntingtower

Vera Voronina was born in 1904 in Odessa, Russian Empire. She was an actress, known for Huntingtower (1927), Aufruhr des Blutes (1929) and The Whirlwind of Youth (1927). She was married to Nikolaus Awramow. She died in 1942.

44. Cyril Gardner

Director | Reckless Living

Film actor/editor/writer/director Cyril Gardner began acting in films at the age of 13. His real name was Cyril Gottlieb, but like many actors of German ancestry he found it prudent to change his name after America entered World War 1. He gave outstanding performances in such films as Thomas Ince's...

45. Otis Skinner

Actor | Kismet

Otis Skinner was born on June 28, 1858 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA as Otis Augustus Skinner. He was an actor, known for Kismet (1930), Kismet (1920) and Tom's Little Star (1919). He was married to Maud Durbin. He died on January 4, 1942 in New York City, New York, USA.

46. André Heuzé

Writer | De film... en aiguilles

André Heuzé was born on December 5, 1880 in Paris, France as André Léon Louis Heuzé. He was a writer and director, known for De film... en aiguilles (1913), The Struggle for Life (1907) and The Wig Chase (1906). He died on August 16, 1942 in France.

48. Frederick Vogeding

Actor | Charlie Chan at the Olympics

First a cabaret artist in his native country (Holland), Frederick Vogeding made a few silent films in Germany first, then back in Holland before moving to the USA in 1920. In the States he made few films during the silent era but was active in the theater, including on Broadway. His real ...

49. John Gottowt

Actor | Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens

John Gottowt was born on June 15, 1881 in Lemberg, Galicia, Austria-Hungary as Isidor Gesang. He was an actor and director, known for Nosferatu (1922), Das schwarze Los (1913) and The Student of Prague (1913). He died on August 27, 1942 in Wieliczka, Malopolskie, Poland.

50. Ashton Dearholt

Actor | The New Adventures of Tarzan

Ashton Dearholt worked with Universal on a number of melodramas during the 1910s but usually worked outside the studio system, producing a series of "Pinto Pete" westerns during the 1920s in which he starred himself. He occasionally acted under the name Richard Holt.

Dearholt is best known to ...


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