Date of Death between 1948-01-01 and 1948-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
Actress | I Wake Up Screaming
Carole Landis was born on New Year's Day in 1919 in Fairchild, Wisconsin, as Frances Lillian Mary Ridste. Her father, a railroad mechanic, was of Norwegian descent and her mother was Polish. Her father walked out, leaving Carole, her mother and an older brother and sister to fend for themselves.
2. May Whitty
Actress | Night Must Fall
Born Mary Whitty on June 19, 1865 to a Liverpool newspaper editor and his wife, she became known as May Whitty to the world.
She first stepped on the London stage in 1882. She worked as an understudy at the St. James Theatre, and then, began playing leading roles when she joined a traveling stock ...
Director | The Birth of a Nation
David Wark Griffith was born in rural Kentucky to Jacob "Roaring Jake" Griffith, a former Confederate Army colonel and Civil War veteran. Young Griffith grew up with his father's romantic war stories and melodramatic nineteenth-century literature that were to eventually shape his movies. In 1897 ...
Actor | Rebecca
Movie roles are sometimes based upon what the audience expects to see. If the role called for the tall stereotypical Englishmen with the stiff upper lip and stern determination, that man would be C. Aubrey Smith, graduate of Cambridge University, a leading Freemason and a test cricketer for England...
Director | Oktyabr
The son of an affluent architect, Eisenstein attended the Institute of Civil Engineering in Petrograd as a young man. With the fall of the tsar in 1917, he worked as an engineer for the Red Army. In the following years, Eisenstein joined up with the Moscow Proletkult Theater as a set designer and ...
Actor | Employees' Entrance
Warren William, the stalwart leading man of pre-Production Code talkies, was born Warren William Krech on December 2, 1894 in Aitkin, Minnesota, the son of a newspaper publisher. William originally planned to become a journalist, but he had a change of heart, and instead went to the American ...
7. Gregg Toland
Cinematographer | Citizen Kane
Born in Illinois in 1904, the only child of Jennie and Frank Toland, Gregg and his mother moved to California several years after his parents divorced in 1910. Through Jennie's work as a housekeeper for several people in the movie business, Gregg may had gotten a $12-a-week job at age 15 as an ...
Actor | It's a Wonderful Life
Samuel S. Hinds, a Harvard graduate, was a lawyer in Hollywood until the stock market crash of 1929, in which he lost most of his money. Hinds, who had an interest in theater acting, decided to embark on a career in acting, albeit it age 54. The tall, dignified-looking Hinds appeared in over 200 ...
Actor | Song of the South
James Baskett was born on February 16, 1904 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. He was an actor, known for Song of the South (1946), Revenge of the Zombies (1943) and Policy Man (1938). He was married to Margaret. He died on July 9, 1948 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
10. Hay Petrie
Actor | Great Expectations
Diminutive Scots character actor of quirky personality and gift of gab. As a drama student at St. Andrews, he first performed in productions staged by the university's dramatic society. He served with the Royal Scots during World War I, then forged a career playing comic roles on the Shakespearean ...
11. Gustav Diessl
Actor | Abwege
Gustav Diessl was an Austrian artist, film and stage actor. He studied art, painting and sculpture in Vienna. From 1921 he worked in Berlin as an actor for G.W. Pabst in his silent film, "Abgründe" (1928). In 1929 he played in White Hell of Pitz Palu (1929) ("The White Hell of Pitz Palu"). After ...
12. Elissa Landi
Actress | The Count of Monte Cristo
Elissa Landi was born in Venice, Italy, on December 6, 1904. From an early age, Elissa wanted to be an actress and a writer. Her acting career started at the Oxford Repertory Company and on London's West End performing with actors such as Laurence Olivier and John Gielgud. She played Desdemona in ...
13. Babe Ruth
Actor | Speedy
Most of Babe Ruth's records have been broken. In 1961, not only did Roger Maris break The Babe's 34-year-old record for most home runs in a season with 61* (2001), but Maris' teammate on the '61 Yankees, pitcher Whitey Ford broke the Babe's 43-year-old record for most scoreless innings pitched in a...
14. Cy Schindell
Actor | The Face Behind the Mask
Cy Schindell was born on March 4, 1907 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Seymour Schindell. He was an actor, known for The Face Behind the Mask (1941), The Devil Commands (1941) and Two-Fisted Gentleman (1936). He died on August 24, 1948 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
15. Mary Nolan
Actress | Desert Nights
Blonde and utterly beautiful, Mary Nolan had the requisite figure and prettiness to rise up fast in the Hollywood ranks. Her downfall, however, would be just as fast and not at all pretty. She was born Mary Imogene Robertson in 1905 and began her show-business career as a teenage model. Showman ...
16. Warren Hymer
Actor | Bluebeard's Eighth Wife
Warren Hymer was born on February 25, 1906 in New York City, New York, USA as Edgar Warren Hymer. He was an actor, known for Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938), The Lady and the Mob (1939) and Meet John Doe (1941). He was married to Beau Williams and Virginia Meyer. He died on March 25, 1948 in Los ...
17. Leo White
Actor | Blood and Sand
Leo White started in comedy on the boards of English music hall in the late 1890's. He accompanied theatrical producer Daniel Frohman (later a partner of Adolph Zukor in Famous Players Lasky) to Hollywood in 1910. From 1914, he appeared in Essanay comedies and filmed the 'Sweedie' series with ...
18. Edgar Kennedy
Actor | Duck Soup
Edgar Kennedy, who was born on April 26, 1890, near Monterey, California, hit the road as a young man and traveled across the country, working in a succession of jobs. He became a professional boxer, claiming to have gone 14 rounds against The Manassas Mauler, Jack Dempsey.
In addition to his ...
19. Nigel De Brulier
Actor | Adventures of Captain Marvel
British-born Nigel De Brulier's long career began in silent films, but unlike many performers of that era, he managed to successfully transition into sound films. His authoritarian and somewhat regal bearing was perfect for the many bishops, cardinals, knights and other authority figures he often ...
20. Paul Wegener
Actor | Der Student von Prag
Paul Wegener was born in Arnoldsdorf, West Prussia, part of the German Empire. His birthplace is currently part of Poland, under the name "Jarantowice". Wegener's family included a number of scientists, the most notable being his cousin Alfred Wegener (1880-1930). Alfred is remembered as the ...
21. Louis Lumière
Producer | La Mi-Carême, Char et batailles de confettis
Although no one will ever come up with a definitive answer as to who invented the cinema (probably because no one single person was responsible), Louis Lumière has one of the strongest claims to the title - for it was he (with his brother Auguste) who invented the cinematographe : a machine that ...
22. Nora Lane
Actress | The Western Code
Nora Bennett Schilling was born in Chester, Illinois. She grew up and went to school near St. Louis. After modeling for a time, she went to visit a friend in California and was noticed by someone in the film industry. She successfully passed her screen test and began playing small parts in silent ...
23. Eddy Chandler
Actor | The Desert Trail
Character actor who made his film debut on the East Coast in October 1911. After serving in WWI, Chandler continued with his film and stage career becoming one of the most prolific (if more often than not uncredited) bit actors in the industry. Also appeared in vaudeville as a comedian and singer; ...
Actor | It Happened One Night
Charles C. Wilson was born on July 29, 1894 in New York City, New York, USA as Charles Cahill Wilson. He was an actor and director, known for It Happened One Night (1934), Blazing Across the Pecos (1948) and The Case of the Stuttering Bishop (1937). He died on January 7, 1948 in Los Angeles County,...
25. Jacques Feyder
Director | Pension Mimosas
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 Pension Mimosas (1935), Carnival in Flanders (1935) and Le grand jeu (1934). He was married to Françoise Rosay. He died on May 24, 1948 in Rive-de-Prangins, ...
Actor | Rover's Big Chance
His mother enrolled him in a dramatic class to overcome his self-consciousness. His gravel voice was exploited by an MGM talent scout. After his test and positive public reaction he was signed to a term contract to Our Gang. His favorite sport was bicycling. After Our Gang was over, Froggy was ...
27. Antonin Artaud
Actor | La passion de Jeanne d'Arc
Antonin Artaud was born on September 4, 1896 in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France as Antoine Marie Joseph Artaud. He was an actor and writer, known for The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928), Graziella (1926) and Lucrezia Borgia (1935). He died on March 4, 1948 in Ivry-sur-Seine, Val-de-Marne, France.
29. Edwin Maxwell
Actor | The Shop Around the Corner
Edwin Maxwell was born on February 9, 1886 in Dublin, Ireland. He is known for his work on The Shop Around the Corner (1940), His Girl Friday (1940) and Scarface (1932). He was married to Betty Alden. He died on August 13, 1948 in Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA.
30. Mary Eaton
Actress | Glorifying the American Girl
Born in January, 1901, Mary Eaton was one of 'The Seven Little Eatons' famous in the '20s and '30s. In fact, she received the greatest fame of her fellow performing brothers Joseph Eaton and Charles Eaton and sisters Pearl Eaton and Doris Eaton. Sister Evelyn was a stage manager and brother Robert ...
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi) was born on October 2, 1869, into a Hindu Modh family in Porbanadar, Gujarat, India. His father, named Karamchand Gandhi, was the Chief Minister (diwan) of the city of Porbanadar. His mother, named Putlibai, was the fourth wife; the previous three wives ...
32. Barlowe Borland
Actor | The Hound of the Baskervilles
Barlowe Borland was born on August 6, 1877 in Greenock, Scotland as Frank Barlowe Borland. He was an actor, known for The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939), The Little Minister (1934) and A Tale of Two Cities (1935). He was married to Francesca Redding. He died on August 31, 1948 in Woodland Hills, ...
33. Patricia Farr
Actress | Tailspin Tommy
Patricia Farr was born on January 15, 1913 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA as Arleine Rutledge Farr. She was an actress, known for Tailspin Tommy (1934), This Gun for Hire (1942) and Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941). She was married to Walton Robert Mayo. She died on February 23, 1948 in Burbank, ...
Actor | My Son Is a Criminal
Lawyer who abandoned his profession to take up the actor's calling - although lawyer and actor are essentially kindred spirits, each deriving his livelihood from the art of pretending. Robertson acted in Hollywood films from 1930 until the year he died, typically portraying men of authority such as...
35. King Baggot
Actor | Jim Webb, Senator
St. Louis-born King Baggot traveled to New York City with the express intent of crashing Broadway, but began his film career in nearby Fort Lee, NJ, in 1909. It didn't take long before he graduated from actor to writer and director--at times performing all three functions; in Shadows (1914) he not ...
36. Charles D. Brown
Actor | The Big Sleep
Charles D. Brown was born on July 1, 1887 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA. He was an actor and director, known for The Big Sleep (1946), The Grapes of Wrath (1940) and Speed to Burn (1938). He was married to Nellie V. Tallman (actress). He died on November 25, 1948 in Hollywood, California, USA.
37. Beryl Wallace
Actress | The Woman of the Town
Voluptuous Beryl Wallace was born in Brooklyn, New York, the eldest of nine children of working class Austrian-Jewish émigrés. With her knockout looks and obvious shapeliness, the "Big Apple" beauty naturally gravitated toward an entertainment career and first turned to dancing. She was only a ...
38. Warner Richmond
Actor | The Heart of Maryland
Werner Paul Raetzmann was one of seven children born to a German-born father and Wisconsin-born mother. He and one brother decided to change their last name to Richmond. Living in rural Wisconsin, he became an expert horseman as a young man, and this skill would later earn him roles in western ...
39. Edythe Chapman
Actress | Bound in Morocco
Edythe Chapman was born in Rochester, New York on October 8, 1863. A stage actress who came upon movies late in life, she nonetheless made 97 motion pictures. She was 51 years old when she played in _Richelieu (1914)_. Edythe was one of the busier actresses in the early silent era appearing in as ...
40. Jack Kirk
Actor | Zorro's Black Whip
Jack Kirk was born on February 19, 1895 in Nickerson, Kansas, USA as John Asbury Kirkhuff. He is known for his work on Zorro's Black Whip (1944), Trail of Kit Carson (1945) and Code of the Prairie (1944). He was married to Ethel Mason. He died on September 13, 1948 in Ketchikan, Alaska, USA.
41. Dale Fuller
Actress | Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
Dale Fuller was born on June 17, 1885 in Santa Ana, California, USA as Marie Dale Phillipps. She was an actress, known for Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925), The Cossacks (1928) and Lady of the Night (1925). She died on October 14, 1948 in Pomona, California.
42. Fred Niblo
Fred Niblo entered films in 1917 after two decades as a touring actor in vaudeville and one-time manager of 'The Four Cohans' (he married Josephine Cohan, the sister of George M. Cohan). He made his film debut with two early Australian silent films in 1916. He worked for Thomas H. Ince from 1917 as ...
43. Eugene Joseff
Founder and president of Joseff-Hollywood, producer of costume jewelry and Precision Metal Products, a maker of aircraft and missile parts. After his death, both businesses were run by his widow, Joan Joseff until her death. To date both companies are run by third generation, Michele, Jeff and ...
44. Zelda Fitzgerald
Self | The Twentieth Century
Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald was born in Montgomery, Alabama. She was strikingly beautiful and intelligent, but wild and impatient with learning. In the summer of 1918, shortly after graduating from high school, she met an Army lieutenant and aspiring novelist named F. Scott Fitzgerald at a dance at the ...
Actor | Flaming Frontiers
Chief Many Treaties was born on April 11, 1874 in Montana, USA as William Malcolm Hazlett. He was an actor, known for Flaming Frontiers (1938), Rustlers of Red Dog (1935) and The Deerslayer (1943). He died on February 29, 1948 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
47. Karl Hackett
Actor | Perils of the West
Karl Hackett was born on September 5, 1893 in Carthage, Missouri, USA as Carl Ellsworth Germain. He was an actor, known for Perils of the West (1922), Death Rides the Plains (1943) and Thundering Trails (1943). He was married to Ruby Burnette Moore. He died on October 24, 1948 in Los Angeles, ...
48. George Sorel
Actor | Navy Secrets
George Sorel was born on March 24, 1901 in Odessa, Kherson Governorate, Russian Empire as George Spanover. He was an actor, known for Navy Secrets (1939), Northwest Outpost (1947) and The Cobra Strikes (1948). He died on January 19, 1948 in Hollywood, California, USA.
49. Frank Cellier
Actor | The 39 Steps
Born Francois Cellier, he was the son of a conductor by the same name. On stage from 1903, Frank was a classically-trained actor who acted in both Shakespearean and modern plays. According to contemporary reviews, he essayed a particularly noteworthy Macbeth in 1923. He was also fond of playing ...
50. Richard Tauber
Actor | Blossom Time
Second only to the great Caruso, Austrian opera singer Richard Tauber is revered as one of the world's finest Mozartian tenors to come out of early to mid-20th century Europe. He was born in 1891 of modest means in Linz, Austria, the illegitimate son of soubrette Elisabeth Seiffert, who sang ...