Date of Death between 1959-01-01 and 1959-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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1. Errol Flynn

Actor | The Adventures of Robin Hood

Errol Flynn was born to parents Theodore Flynn, a respected biologist, and Marrelle Young, an adventurous young woman. Young Flynn was a rambunctious child who could be counted on to find trouble. Errol managed to have himself thrown out of every school he was enrolled in. In his late teens he set ...

2. Victor McLaglen

Actor | The Quiet Man

Rambunctious British leading man (contrary to popular belief, he was of Scottish ancestry, not Irish) and later character actor primarily in American films, Victor McLaglen was a vital presence in a number of great motion pictures, especially those of director John Ford. McLaglen (pronounced ...

3. Olin Howland

Actor | Them!

Olin Howland had a career in movies which stretched from the 20s, up through the time he passed away, in the late 50s. After a few attempts at films in the silent era, Olin began to appear regularly in the sound pictures of the 1930s. His roles were usually in mysteries and dramas, and he became a ...

4. George Reeves

Actor | Adventures of Superman

George Reeves was born George Keefer Brewer in Woolstock, Iowa, to Helen Roberta (Lescher) and Donald C. Brewer. He was of German, English, and Scottish descent. Following his parents' divorce and his mother's remarriage to Frank J. Bessolo, Reeves was raised in Pasadena, California, and educated at...

5. Lou Costello

Actor | Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein

Lou Costello was born Louis Francis Cristillo in Paterson, New Jersey, to Helen (Rege) and Sebastiano Cristillo. His father was from Calabria, Italy, and his mother was an American of Italian, French, and Irish ancestry. Raised in Paterson, Costello dropped out of high school and headed west to ...

6. Una O'Connor

Actress | Bride of Frankenstein

Delightful character actress who held her own against such acting heavyweights as Charles Laughton, Boris Karloff, Tyrone Power, Barbara Stanwyck, and Sydney Greenstreet. Often cast by studio heads as comic relief thanks to her thick Irish accent and rubber-faced expressions, most notably in ...

7. Cecil B. DeMille

Producer | The Ten Commandments

His parents Henry C. DeMille and Beatrice DeMille were playwrights. His father died when he was 12, and his mother supported the family by opening a school for girls and a theatrical company. Too young to enlist in the Spanish-American War, Cecil followed his brother William C. de Mille to the New ...

8. Edmund Gwenn

Actor | Miracle on 34th Street

There are very few character actors from the 1930s, '40s or '50s who rose to the rank of stardom. Only a rare man or woman reached the level of renown and admiration, and had enough audience appeal, to be the first name in a cast's billing, a name that got marquee posting. Charles Coburn comes to ...

9. Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer

Actor | Feed 'em and Weep

Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer was born on August 7, 1927 in Paris, Illinois, USA as Carl Dean Switzer. He was an actor, known for Feed 'em and Weep (1938), Rushin' Ballet (1937) and Johnny Doughboy (1942). He was married to Dian Collingwood. He died on January 21, 1959 in Mission Hills, California, USA.

10. Wayne Morris

Actor | Paths of Glory

American actor who had early success as a sunny juvenile, but whose career declined following World War II, in which he was a highly-decorated hero. A native of Los Angeles, Morris played football at Los Angeles Junior College, then worked as a forest ranger. Returning to school, he studied acting ...

11. Ethel Barrymore

Actress | None But the Lonely Heart

Ethel Barrymore was the second of three children seemingly destined for the actor's life of their parents Maurice and Georgiana. Maurice Barrymore had emigrated from England in 1875, and after graduating from Cambridge in law had shocked his family by becoming an actor. Georgiana Drew of ...

12. Grant Withers

Actor | Fort Apache

Appeared in over 200 films. He had worked as a salesman and newspaper reporter before breaking into movies near the end of the silent era. Tall and tough, his starring roles in major pictures soon gave way to supporting parts, mainly as a villain, in B movies and serials. His elopement to Yuma, ...

13. Eric Blore

Actor | Top Hat

Born in London, Eric Blore came out of college and started his working life as an insurance agent. But while touring in Australia he took an interest in the stage and theater. He gave up his insurance job and turned to acting after returning to England. With his elfish long, straight nose, ...

14. James Gleason

Actor | Here Comes Mr. Jordan

James Gleason was born in New York City to William Gleason and Mina Crolius, who were both in the theatre. He was married to Lucile Gleason (born Lucile Webster), and had a son, Russell Gleason. As a young man James fought in the Spanish-American War. After the war he joined the stock company at ...

15. Preston Sturges

Writer | The Great McGinty

Preston Sturges' own life is as unlikely as some of the plots of his best work. He was born into a wealthy family. As a boy he helped out on stage productions for his mother's friend, Isadora Duncan (the scarf that strangled her was made by his mother's company, Maison Desti). He served in the U.S....

16. Paul Douglas

Actor | Executive Suite

A rare breed this guy. Paul Douglas became an unlikely middle-aged cinema star by simply capitalizing on his big, burly, brash and boorish appeal to the nth degree. The 5'11", 200 lb. actor was a bold, unabashed risk taker. He forsook an extremely successful career as one of the country's top radio...

17. Kay Kendall

Actress | Les Girls

Kay Kendall was born on May 21, 1926 in Withernsea, Yorkshire, England as Justine Kay Kendall-McCarthy. She was an actress, known for Les Girls (1957), The Reluctant Debutante (1958) and Simon and Laura (1955). She was married to Rex Harrison. She died on September 6, 1959 in London, England.

18. Russell Simpson

Actor | The Grapes of Wrath

His grim, beady-eyed, sharp-nosed, weatherbeaten face was always familiar despite the small roles he appeared in. Every once in a while character actor Russell Simpson would stand out in a small scene, but his main purpose seemed to be adding rustic authenticity to his westerns or small-town dramas...

19. Mario Lanza

Actor | The Great Caruso

Mario Lanza's life, sadly, has all the markings of an epic Shakespearean tragedy. The story is truly incredible: a wild, incendiary Philadelphia kid who can sing better than Enrico Caruso sets out to become the greatest dramatic opera singer who ever lived, is detoured by MGM honcho Louis B. Mayer ...

20. Billie Holiday

Soundtrack | Minority Report

Billie Holiday was a true artist of her day and rose as a social phenomenon in the 1950s. Her soulful, unique singing voice and her ability to boldly turn any material that she confronted into her own music made her a superstar of her time. Today, Holiday is remembered for her masterpieces, ...

21. Max Baer

Actor | The Prizefighter and the Lady

Max Baer is arguably best known today for siring Max Baer Jr., the actor who played Jethro Bodine on the classic TV series The Beverly Hillbillies (1962). However, old-timers, followers of the sweet science and viewers of the film Cinderella Man (2005) all know that Max Sr. was boxing's heavyweight...

22. Helen Parrish

Actress | Three Smart Girls Grow Up

The daughter of stage actress Laura R. Parrish, lovely slim-eyed brunette Helen Parrish was born on March 12, 1923 (references sometimes vary between 1922 and 1924), in Columbus, Georgia. She started out in movies at the ripe old age of four playing Babe Ruth's daughter in the silent movie Babe ...

23. William Bishop

Actor | Black Eagle

William attended grammar and high schools in New York and New Jersey. Upon graduation, he enrolled at West Virginia University where he planned to study law and played football and tennis. One summer, his uncle got him a job at the Suffern County (in New York) Theatre. He worked with actors ...

24. 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 ...

25. Charles Vidor

Director | Gilda

Hungarian-born Karoly Vidor spent the First World War as a lieutenant in the Austro-Hungarian infantry. Following the armistice, he made his way to Berlin and worked for the German film company Ufa, as editor and assistant director. In 1924, he emigrated to the U.S. and, for several years, earned ...

26. Gérard Philipe

Actor | Le rouge et le noir

In 1940 Gerard left school and his parents wanted him be a lawyer. But soon his mother noticed that he was only interested in acting, although his father was against the idea. After timely intervention from Marc Allégret, who decided he showed some promise, Gerard's debut was in Claude Dauphin's ...

27. Buddy Holly

Soundtrack | Mr. Nobody

Buddy Holly was born on September 7, 1936 in Lubbock, Texas, USA as Charles Hardin Holley. He was married to Maria Elena Santiago. He died on February 3, 1959 in Clear Lake, Iowa, USA.

28. Benjamin Christensen

Director | Hævnens Nat

Benjamin Christensen was born on September 28, 1879 in Viborg, Denmark. He was a director and writer, known for Blind Justice (1916), Seven Footprints to Satan (1929) and The Devil's Circus (1926). He was married to Karen Winther, Sigrid Stahl and Ellen Arctander. He died on April 2, 1959 in ...

29. Helen Broderick

Actress | Swing Time

Helen Broderick was a deliciously funny character comedienne with vaudeville and stage experience, a close friend of Jeanne Eagels. The story goes that, at the age of 14, she ran away from home because her mother (who featured in operatic comedy) was totally obsessed by the theatre. Ironically, all...

30. Ritchie Valens

Soundtrack | Grease

Ritchie, the 'California Kid' was from a family of poverty stricken fruit pickers and was the first rock star to originate from the West Coast and one of the innovators of 'Latino rock. In an eight month career he scored three hits with 'Come On Let's Go', 'Donna' and 'La Bamba' before being killed...

31. Lock Martin

Actor | The Day the Earth Stood Still

One of the tallest actors ever, he held various odd jobs before his debut on the silver screen. He worked for Spike Jones and his City Slickers, Ardens Dairy (in California,) as a Cowboy for Public Relations and at Knotts Berry Farm, (in California) also as a Cowboy. It was while he was working as ...

32. Charles Halton

Actor | To Be or Not to Be

A respected stage actor -- he trained at the New York Academy of Dramatic Arts -- since the 1920s, birdlike Charles Halton's thinning hair, rimless glasses and officious manner were familiar to generations of moviegoers. Whether playing the neighborhood busybody, a stern government bureaucrat or ...

33. John Merton

Actor | The Ten Commandments

John Merton was born on February 18, 1901 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Myrtland Vivian LaVarre. He was an actor, known for The Ten Commandments (1956), Radar Patrol vs. Spy King (1949) and Drums of Fu Manchu (1940). He was married to Ellen Margaret Curtan and Esther Swarts. He died ...

34. Harold Huber

Actor | The Thin Man

Harold Huber was born on December 5, 1909 in New York City, New York, USA as Harold Joseph Huberman. He was an actor and producer, known for The Thin Man (1934), Charlie Chan on Broadway (1937) and The Lady and the Mob (1939). He was married to Ethel Silverberg. He died on September 29, 1959 in New...

35. Taylor Holmes

Actor | Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Taylor Holmes, the American stage and film actor, was born on May 16, 1878, in Newark, New Jersey. He made his Broadway debut in February 1900 in the controversial play "Sapho", which was closed down by the New York Police Department for immorality after 29 performances. In the April 1900 trial, ...

36. Werner Krauss

Actor | Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari

Werner Krauss was born on June 23, 1884 in Gestungshausen, Sonnefeld, Bavaria, Germany. He was an actor, known for The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), Paracelsus (1943) and Robert Koch: The Battle Against Death (1939). He was married to Liselotte Graf, Maria Bard and Paula Saenger. He died on ...

37. Jack Lomas

Actor | April in Paris

Jack Lomas was born on March 23, 1911 in New York City, New York, USA as Jack Milton Lomas. He was an actor, known for April in Paris (1952), Cattle Empire (1958) and The Night Runner (1957). He was married to Frances M. Heldorn, Josephine H. Gill and Eleanor H. Wallis. He died on May 12, 1959 in ...

38. Charlie Hall

Actor | A Chump at Oxford

Born in Birmingham, England, Charlie Hall was a member of the famed Fred Karno vaudeville troupe, which gave the world Charles Chaplin and Stan Laurel. Hall arrived in the U.S. in the early 1920s, after Chaplin and Laurel, and entered films playing a foil for many of the era's top comics. He is ...

39. Edmund Goulding

Director | Grand Hotel

London-born Edmund Goulding was an actor/playwright/director on the London stage, and entered the British army when WWI broke out. Mustered out of the service because of wounds suffered in battle, he emigrated to the U.S. in 1921. He obtained assignments as a screenwriter in Hollywood, wrote a ...

40. Everley Gregg

Actress | Brief Encounter

Thin-lipped, dark-haired British character actress who had a penchant for playing nosy neighbours, snivelling sycophants and acidulous spinsters. She was born Eileen Russell-Gregg, trained at RADA and was primarily active on London's West End stage in plays like "Grand Hotel" (1931) and "The ...

41. Adrian

Costume Department | Rope

Adrian Adolph Greenburg, born in Naugatuck, Connecticut, March 3, 1903, to Gilbert and Helena (Pollack) Greenburg. He began his professional career while still attending the New York School for Fine and Applied Arts by contributing to the costumes for "George White's Scandals" in 1921. He is ...

42. 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 Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise) (1931). She was married to Jean C. Havez. She died on April 17, 1959 in Los Angeles, ...

43. Henri Vidal

Actor | Pensione Edelweiss

Henri Vidal was born on November 26, 1919 in Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dôme, France as Henri Lucien Raymond Vidal. He was an actor, known for Pensione Edelweiss (1959), Action immédiate (1957) and Fabiola (1949). He was married to Michèle Morgan and Michèle Cordoue. He died on December 10, ...

44. Philip Tonge

Actor | Witness for the Prosecution

Philip Tonge was born on April 26, 1897 in England as Philip Asheton Tonge. He was an actor, known for Witness for the Prosecution (1957), Miracle on 34th Street (1947) and Invisible Invaders (1959). He died on January 28, 1959 in Hollywood, California, USA.

45. Edward Keane

Actor | A Night at the Opera

Edward Keane was born on May 28, 1884 in New York City, New York, USA as Edward Kelley. He was an actor, known for A Night at the Opera (1935), It's a Wonderful Life (1946) and Captain America (1944). He was married to Helen. He died on October 12, 1959 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

46. Chester Gan

Actor | Across the Pacific

Chester Gan was born on July 4, 1908 in San Francisco, California, USA. He was an actor, known for Across the Pacific (1942), Victory (1940) and Burma Convoy (1941). He died on June 29, 1959 in San Francisco.

47. Gilda Gray

Actress | Piccadilly

The creator of 'the Shimmy' was a voluptuous blonde dancer with mischievous eyes, born Marianna Michalska in Kracow, Poland. Her parents died tragically and she was eventually adopted from an orphanage. Her foster-parents took her to the U.S. in 1909, where she commenced her career singing in her ...

48. G. Pat Collins

Actor | The Racket

G. Pat Collins was born on December 16, 1895 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as George Percy Collins. He is known for his work on The Racket (1928), All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) and Mister Dynamite (1935). He was married to Billie Rhodes. He died on August 5, 1959 in Los Angeles, California, ...

49. Brick Sullivan

Actor | Canon City

Brick Sullivan was born on July 28, 1899 in Beresford, South Dakota, USA as John Lambertson Scroggs. He is known for his work on Canon City (1948), Adventures of Superman (1952) and The 20th Century-Fox Hour (1955). He died on September 4, 1959 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

50. Jane Winton

Actress | Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

Statuesque, gorgeous Jane Winton was billed as the "Green-eyed Goddess of Hollywood". The former Ziegfeld Follies dancer appeared in a good number of films from 1925--if not as the nominal star then, at least, very high up the list of credits. Her aloof beauty was tailor-made for playing patrician ...


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