Date of Death between 1949-01-01 and 1949-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
Soundtrack | The Shape of Water
Bill Robinson quit school at age seven and began work as a professional dancer the following year. Bojangles (the name referred to his happy-go-lucky ebullience) starred in vaudeville, musical stage and movies. He invented the stair tap routine and was considered one of the world's greatest tap ...
2. Frank Morgan
Actor | The Wizard of Oz
Jovial, somewhat flamboyant Frank Morgan (born Francis Wuppermann) will forever be remembered as the title character in The Wizard of Oz (1939), but he was a veteran and respected actor long before he played that part, and turned in outstanding performances both before and after that film. One of ...
Actor | The Shop Around the Corner
With his lanky frame, big nose, toothbrush moustache and horn-rimmed glasses he looked like someone had decided to cross Groucho Marx with Albert Einstein. The perennial scene-stealer Felix Bressart had two distinct careers as a comic actor: an earlier one, on stage and screen in his native Germany...
Actress | Dodsworth
The daughter of a lawyer, Ouspenskaya studied singing at the Warsaw Conservatory and acting at Adasheff's School of the Drama in Moscow. She received her practical training as an actress touring in the Russian provinces. She later joined the Moscow Art Theatre. It was here that she first worked ...
Actor | Gone with the Wind
Character fame on film came quite late for long-time stage actor Harry Davenport at age 70, but he made up for lost time in very quick fashion with well over a hundred film roles registered from the advent of sound to the time of his death in 1949. Beloved for his twinkle-eyed avuncular and/or ...
Actor | Dinner at Eight
In 1902, 16-year-old Wallace Beery joined the Ringling Brothers Circus as an assistant to the elephant trainer. He left two years later after a leopard clawed his arm. Beery next went to New York, where he found work in musical variety shows. He became a leading man in musicals and appeared on ...
Director | Gone with the Wind
Victor Fleming entered the film business as a stuntman in 1910, mainly doing stunt driving - which came easy to him, as he had been a mechanic and professional race-car driver. He became interested in working on the other side of the camera, and eventually got a job as a cameraman on many of the ...
Actor | Duck Soup
Charles Middleton was born on October 3, 1874 in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. He was the son of a millionaire and did not have to work, but apparently went into acting because he needed to find a way to express himself. He worked in a traveling circus, in vaudeville, and acted in live theatre before he...
9. Oscar Polk
Actor | Gone with the Wind
Oscar Polk was born on December 25, 1899 in Marianna, Arkansas, USA. He was an actor, known for Gone with the Wind (1939), The Green Pastures (1936) and Reap the Wild Wind (1942). He was married to Ivy V. Polk. He died on January 4, 1949 in New York City, New York, USA.
10. 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 at ...
11. Sam Wood
Director | Ivy
Following a two-year apprenticeship under Cecil B. DeMille as assistant director, Samuel Grosvenor Wood had the good fortune to have assigned to him two of the biggest stars at Paramount during their heyday: Wallace Reid (between 1919 and 1920) and Gloria Swanson (from 1921 to 1923). By the time ...
12. Richard Connell
Writer | Meet John Doe
Richard Connell was born In Dutchess County, New York in 1893. He began covering baseball games for his father's newspaper at age ten and was editing the paper at age sixteen. He served in World War I, and then lived in various European countries. After settling in Beverly Hills, California, ...
13. Richard Dix
Actor | Cimarron
Richard Dix was a major leading man at RKO Radio Pictures from 1929 through 1943. He was born Ernest Carlton Brimmer July 18, 1893, in St. Paul, Minnesota. There he was educated, and at the desires of his father, studied to be a surgeon. His obvious acting talent in his school dramatic club led him...
14. Howard Hickman
Actor | Gone with the Wind
Howard Hickman was born on February 9, 1880 in Columbia, Missouri, USA. He was an actor and director, known for Gone with the Wind (1939), Kitty Kelly, M.D. (1919) and Nobody's Kid (1921). He was married to Bessie Barriscale. He died on December 31, 1949 in San Anselmo, California, USA.
15. Craig Reynolds
Actor | Perils of Pauline
Craig Reynolds was born on July 15, 1907 in Anaheim, California, USA as Harold Hugh Enfield. He was an actor, known for Perils of Pauline (1933), Back in Circulation (1937) and Love Birds (1934). He was married to Barbara Pepper. He died on October 22, 1949 in Los Angeles, California.
16. Seymour Hicks
Actor | Busman's Honeymoon
Seymour Hicks was an extremely successful actor and theatrical impresario who flourished from the late 19th century into the 1930s. He was best remembered for his portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol".
Born on January 30, 1871 on the Isle of Jersey, he first trod the ...
17. Geneva Mitchell
Actress | The Crime Patrol
Geneva Mitchell was born on February 3, 1908 in Medaryville, Indiana, USA as Geneva Doris Mitchell. She was an actress, known for The Crime Patrol (1936), Good Sport (1931) and Morning Glory (1933). She was married to Daniel Sylvester Tuttle, Harry J. Bryant, Jack Hayes and Robert S. Savage. She ...
18. Fritz Leiber
Actor | Monsieur Verdoux
Fritz Leiber was born on January 31, 1882 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Fritz Reuter Leiber. He was an actor, known for Monsieur Verdoux (1947), Bagdad (1949) and The Queen of Sheba (1921). He was married to Virginia Bronson. He died on October 14, 1949 in Pacific Palisades, California, USA.
Writer | Gone with the Wind
Margaret Mitchell was born on November 8, 1900 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as Margaret Munnerlyn Mitchell. She is known for her work on Gone with the Wind (1939), Luan shi yao ji (1956) and E o Vento Levou (1956). She was married to John R. Marsh and Berrien Kinnard "Red" Upshaw. She died on August 16...
20. Richard Strauss
Soundtrack | 2001: A Space Odyssey
Richard Strauss was a German composer best known for symphonic poem 'Also sprach Zarathustra' (Thus Spoke Zarathustra, 1896) used as the music score in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) by director Stanley Kubrik.
He was born Richard Georg Strauss on June 11, 1864, in Munich, Bavaria (now Germany). His ...
22. Moore Marriott
Actor | Ask a Policeman
Largely forgotten today, comic actor Moore Marriott reigned supreme for a time in the 1930s alongside Will Hay and Graham Moffatt in British film farce. The trio came about by happenstance, but it was their audiences who insisted they reappear together again and again.
Born in 1885, Marriott started...
24. Jean Gillie
Actress | Decoy
British actress Jean Gillie met husband Jack Bernhard while he was stationed in Britain during the war. When they came to Hollywood, he produced and directed Decoy in May 1946 as a vehicle to showcase her talents to American audiences, while Gillie was simultaneously at work in The Macomber Affair ...
25. William Wright
Actor | A Man's World
Handsome actor William Wright's mid-film 1940s career was pushed with a wave of Columbia Studio publicity promoting him as World War II's answer to Clark Gable. The push ultimately did not work and Wright's rather obscure career faded within a decade.
The Utah-born actor moved to California after ...
26. Roman Bohnen
Actor | The Best Years of Our Lives
Roman Bohnen, known as "Bud" to his family and friends was not only an excellent film actor but also a stage actor of note. As a member of the prestigious Group Theatre from 1934-40, he appeared in such classic productions as "Waiting for Lefty", "Golden Boy", "Awake and Sing" and "The Gentle ...
27. Elmer Clifton
Director | The Secret of Treasure Island
He acted on the stage from 1907 and worked with D.W. Griffith in various capacities between 1913-22, including appearances in The Birth of a Nation (1915) and Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916). He became a director in 1917, with his best-known production probably being the ...
28. Leyland Hodgson
Actor | The Ghost of Frankenstein
Leyland Hodgson was born on October 5, 1892 in London, England. He was an actor, known for The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942), The Invisible Man's Revenge (1944) and Susannah of the Mounties (1939). He died on March 16, 1949 in Hollywood, California, USA.
29. Wheeler Oakman
Actor | The Western Code
Born in Washington, DC, in 1890, screen villain "par excellance" Wheeler Oakman got into films in 1912. He specialized in playing villains, but he wasn't just a one-note, mustache-twirling "bad guy"--a tall, solidly-built, distinguished-looking, almost patrician man, he could effectively play ...
Actor | Billy the Kid Trapped
Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart was born on May 23, 1910 in Covington, Nebraska, USA as Malcolm George McTaggart. He was an actor, known for Billy the Kid Trapped (1942), Heldorado (1946) and Last Frontier Uprising (1947). He was married to Elrene Catherine Stein and Pamela Blake. He died on May 29, 1949 ...
31. Tom Walls
Actor | A Cup of Kindness
Comedy farceur Tom Walls is indelibly associated with the popular Aldwych Theatre farces of the 1920s and 1930s. Born in 1883, this English gent was a former constable and jockey before making his stage debut in 1905. As the star and producer of a succession of witty spoofs typically denigrating ...
33. Buddy Clark
Soundtrack | Wake Up and Live
Buddy Clark grew up in the Westend of Boston. As a youngster, he expressed strong interests in sports, body building, exercising, and one of his big dreams was to become a professional baseball player. Buddy even had plans to become a lawyer. He attended Northeastern Law School in Boston, however ...
Director | Riders of the Dawn
Robert N. Bradbury was born on March 23, 1886 in Walla Walla, Washington, USA as Ronald Bradbury. He was a director and writer, known for Riders of the Dawn (1937), The Lucky Texan (1934) and Western Justice (1934). He was married to Nola Bradbury. He died on November 24, 1949 in Glendale, ...
35. William Desmond
Born in the upstate New York town of Horseheads in 1878, William Desmond began his show business career in vaudeville and on the stage. He had his own theatrical company by the time he made his film debut in Kilmeny (1915). Starting out in dramatic parts, Desmond soon switched to westerns and ...
36. Robert McKenzie
Director | Hell's Border
Robert McKenzie was born on September 22, 1880 in Ballymena, County Antrim, Ireland [now Ballymena District, Northern Ireland], UK as Robert B. McKenzie. He was an actor and writer, known for Hell's Border (1922), The White Outlaw (1929) and A Western Demon (1922). He was married to Eva McKenzie. ...
37. Owen Davis Jr.
Actor | All Quiet on the Western Front
Owen Davis Jr. was born on October 6, 1907 in New York City, New York, USA as Owen Gould Davis Jr. He was an actor and producer, known for All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), Bunker Bean (1936) and The Plot Thickens (1936). He was married to Laina Muroni. He died on May 21, 1949 in Long Island ...
38. Herbert Stothart
Music Department | The Wizard of Oz
Of Scottish and German ancestry, Herbert Stothart was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1885. At first, he was slated for a career as a teacher of history. However, he became enamored with music while singing in a school choir, and again, later, while attending the University of Wisconsin. There, he...
39. Leon Schlesinger
Producer | Somewhere in Sonora
Leon Schlesinger occupies an odd niche in Hollywood history. He was every bit a studio mogul but occupied a narrow, if extremely lucrative corner of the industry, an animation company. He might have shared this corner with Walt Disney but the two men couldn't have been more different in their ...
40. Nora Gregor
Actress | -But the Flesh Is Weak
Nora Gregor was an operetta diva, stage and film actress. She made her debut in Graz, Austria, and from there went to the Volksbühne an das Raimund-Theater in Vienna. She also worked at the Reinhardt Bühne in Berlin. From 1930 to 1933 she lived in Hollywood and also in Berlin. She made her first ...
Actor | Air Hawks
Robert Middlemass was born on September 3, 1883 in New Britain, Connecticut, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for Air Hawks (1935), Navy Blue and Gold (1937) and The Black Raven (1943). He was married to Mary Graham. He died on September 10, 1949 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
42. Jack Overman
Actor | Brute Force
Jack Overman was born on March 26, 1917 in New York, USA as Jack Benjamin Oberman. He was an actor, known for Brute Force (1947), Secret Agent X-9 (1945) and The Good Humor Man (1950). He was married to Norma. He died on December 24, 1949 in Burbank, California, USA.
43. Arthur Chesney
Actor | Hindle Wakes
Arthur Chesney was born on November 21, 1881 in Wandsworth, London, England as Arthur William Chesney Kellaway. He was an actor and writer, known for Fanny Hawthorne (1927), Sorrell and Son (1933) and Colonel Blood (1934). He was married to Estelle Winwood. He died on August 27, 1949 in London.
44. Al Shean
Actor | The Blue Bird
Al Shean was born on May 12, 1868 in Dornum, Lower Saxony, Germany as Abraham Elieser Adolph Schoenberg. He was an actor, known for The Blue Bird (1940), Live, Love and Learn (1937) and Atlantic City (1944). He was married to Johanna Davidson. He died on August 12, 1949 in New York City, New York, ...
45. Joseph Cawthorn
Actor | White Zombie
Cawthorn made his stage debut in 1872 at the age of four. At nine, he went to England and played in music halls for four years. In 1898, Cawthorn made his debut on Broadway and carried on a successful career for some twenty-five years. Moving to Hollywood in 1927, he began a career as a character ...
46. C.V. France
Actor | The Skin Game
C.V. France was born on June 30, 1868 in Bradford, Yorkshire, England as Charles Vernon France. He was an actor, known for The Skin Game (1931), Went the Day Well? (1942) and If I Were King (1938). He died on April 13, 1949 in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, England.
47. Neal Hart
Actor | Butterfly Range
Neal Hart was born on April 7, 1879 in Staten Island, New York, USA as Cornelius Augustus Hart Jr. He was an actor and director, known for Butterfly Range (1922), Lure of Gold (1922) and South of Northern Lights (1922). He was married to Lula Gertrude Pielstick. He died on April 2, 1949 in Woodland...
48. Morland Graham
Actor | The Scarlet Pimpernel
Morland Graham was born on August 8, 1891 in Patrick, Scotland as David Hugh Morland Graham. He was an actor and writer, known for The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934), The Ghost Train (1941) and Henry V (1944). He was married to Mrs. Elsie Press Cole. He died on April 8, 1949 in London, England.
49. John Tyrrell
Actor | The Shadow
John Tyrrell entered show business at the age of 16 as half of the vaudeville dance team of Tyrrell and Mack. The act became very successful, and for the next ten years they played engagements all over the country and secured billing as featured players in the famous revue "George White's Scandals....
50. Rex Beach
Writer | The Crimson Gardenia
Michigan-born Rex Beach was on his way to becoming a lawyer before the Alaska Gold Rush caught his attention and he headed there to make his fortune. Unfortunately, five years later he was still looking for it and, realizing that he wasn't going to find it in gold prospecting, he turned to writing....