Birth Date between 1874-01-01 and 1874-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
Actor | It's a Wonderful Life
British-born Henry Travers was a veteran of the English stage before emigrating to the U.S. in 1917. He gained more stage experience there on Broadway working with the Theatre Guild, and began his long film career with Reunion in Vienna (1933). Travers' kindly, grandfatherly demeanor became ...
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...
Actor | The Man from Beyond
The great American escape artist and magician Houdini (immortalized by a memorable performance by Tony Curtis in the eponymous 1953 film) was born Erich Weiss on March 24, 1874 in Budapest, Hungary, though he often gave his birthplace as Appleton, Wisconsin, where he was raised. One of five ...
4. Sidney Toler
The son of Colonel H.G. Toler, breeder of trotting horses, Sidney Toler acted on stage by the time he was seven years old. He was an established star of the theater by the 1890s, long before his career in motion pictures began. He was also active as a playwright and had a good enough voice to be ...
Writer | Matinee Theatre
Born in Blenheim Palace, the residence of his grandfather, the 7th Duke of Marlborough. His father was the Duke's third son, Lord Randolph Churchill. His mother, Jennie Jerome, was the daughter of an American financier.
After passing through famous English public schools such as Harrow, he went on ...
Writer | Quartet
Popular British novelist, playwright, short-story writer and the highest-paid author in the world in the 1930s, Somerset Maugham graduated in 1897 from St. Thomas' Medical School and qualified as a doctor, but abandoned medicine after the success of his first novels and plays. During World War I he...
7. Paul Wegener
Actor | Der Golem
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 ...
8. Helen Haye
Actress | The Case of the Frightened Lady
Helen Haye was born on August 28, 1874 in Assam Province, British India as Helen Mary Haye. She was an actress, known for The Frightened Lady (1940), The 39 Steps (1935) and The Skin Game (1931). She was married to Ernest Attenborough. She died on September 1, 1957 in London, England.
9. Emma Dunn
Actress | Dr. Kildare Goes Home
Emma Dunn was a much noted stage actress before turning to films. She worked with such theatre luminaries as Richard Mansfield, Frances Starr, James Ellison and Blanche Yurka. She appeared in 3 productions under the direction of the legendary David Belasco. Miss Dunn also authored 2 books regarding...
10. Clarence Kolb
Actor | His Girl Friday
Contrary to his familiar image, Clarence Kolb started out as one half of a vaudeville comedy act, Kolb and Dill. He made a few shorts in 1916 and a feature in 1917, but went back to vaudeville and the stage immediately thereafter, and did not return to films until the late 1930s. His stern, ...
12. Mary Carr
Actress | Lights of New York
American character actress famed for roles as mothers. Born in a Philadelphia suburb as Mary Kennevan, she became a schoolteacher, but soon gave it up for work as an actress in touring companies. She married actor William Carr and toured extensively with his company. After the turn of the century, ...
13. Grant Mitchell
Actor | Arsenic and Old Lace
You would think stage and film veteran Grant Mitchell was born to play stern authoritarians; his father after all was General John Grant Mitchell. But Mitchell would actually be better known for his portrayals of harangued husbands, bemused dads and bilious executives in 30s and 40s films. Born in ...
14. Frank Shannon
Actor | Flash Gordon
Frank Shannon was born on July 27, 1874 in Ireland as Frank Connolly Shannon. He was an actor and writer, known for Flash Gordon (1936), Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940) and Blondes at Work (1938). He was married to Molly Nicholson. He died on February 1, 1959 in Hollywood, California, USA.
15. 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 ...
16. Robert Frost
Writer | Telefon
Robert Lee Frost, arguably the greatest American poet of the 20th century, was born in San Francisco, California, on March 26, 1874. His father, William Prescott Frost Jr., was from a Lawrence, Massachusetts, family of Republicans, and his mother, Isabelle Moodie Frost, was an immigrant from ...
17. Henry Kolker
Actor | Holiday
Stalwart character actor Henry Kolker appeared on the Broadway stage from 1904, comedy being his forte early on. Later, as a leading man in romantic dramas, he partnered famous stars like Alla Nazimova. Moving on to films in 1914 as actor/director, he became noted in particular for directing ...
18. G.K. Chesterton
Writer | Father Brown
Prolific English poet, novelist, essayist G (ilbert) K(eith) Chesterton was born in London on 29 May 1874. He was traditional, extolling the virtues of the 'little man', and the romantic, pre-modern past. He rejected the experimental in art as well as life, and distrusted the state and the modern ...
19. Nance O'Neil
Actress | Kreutzer Sonata
Nance O'Neil was born on October 8, 1874 in Oakland, California, USA as Gertrude Lamson. She was an actress, known for Kreutzer Sonata (1915), Hedda Gabler (1917) and Cimarron (1931). She was married to Alfred Hickman. She died on February 7, 1965 in Englewood, New Jersey, USA.
21. George Irving
Actor | Bringing Up Baby
George Irving was born on October 5, 1874 in New York City, New York, USA as George Henry Irving Jr. He was an actor and director, known for Bringing Up Baby (1938), Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman (1917) and The Landloper (1918). He was married to Mary Katherine Gilman. He died on September 11, ...
22. Lloyd Ingraham
Lloyd Ingraham was born on November 30, 1874 in Rochelle, Illinois, USA as Lloyd Chauncey Ingraham. He was an actor and director, known for Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916), At the Sign of the Jack O'Lantern (1922) and Don Mike (1927). He was married to Maude May Plopper. He ...
23. Lina Cavalieri
Actress | Manon Lescaut
Lina Cavalieri was born on December 25, 1874 in Viterbo, Lazio, Italy as Natalina Cavalieri. She was an actress, known for Manon Lescaut (1914), The Two Brides (1919) and The Eternal Temptress (1917). She was married to Lucien Muratore, Aleksandr Beriatinskij, Giovanni Campari and Robert W. Chanler...
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 ...
25. Charles Waldron
Actor | The Big Sleep
Charles Waldron was born on December 23, 1874 in Waterford, New York, USA as Charles Dieudonnee Waldron. He was an actor, known for The Big Sleep (1946), Mademoiselle Fifi (1944) and The Real Glory (1939). He was married to May King. He died on March 4, 1946 in Hollywood, California, USA.
26. Lillian Leighton
Actress | Castles for Two
Lillian Leighton was born on May 17, 1874 in Auroraville, Wisconsin, USA as Lillian Brown Leighton. She was an actress and writer, known for Castles for Two (1917), Parisian Love (1925) and Secret Service (1919). She died on March 19, 1956 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.
27. Bert Williams
Actor | A Natural Born Gambler
One of the first black superstars of popular entertainment, Egbert Austin Williams, although born in the Bahamas, was raised largely in California. Nursing show business aspirations early on, he teamed with boyhood friend George Walker to form a highly successful vaudeville act, which continued ...
Actor | The Gates of Eden
Augustus Phillips was born on August 1, 1874 in Rensselaer, Indiana, USA. He was an actor, known for The Gates of Eden (1916), The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere (1914) and The Birth of the Star Spangled Banner (1914). He was married to Mildred Manning. He died on September 16, 1952 in Milford, ...
29. Peter Robinson
Actor | Freaks
Peter Robinson was born the son of Norwegian immigrants. He stated that during his childhood, he had a normal appearance until his early teens when his weight began to drop rapidly. He first went on exhibition in 1895, working at Coney Island and later Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
30. Dustin Farnum
Actor | The Squaw Man
American leading man of silent pictures who specialized in Westerns. His mother and father were, respectively, a singer and an actor, and he and his younger brother William Farnum were introduced to the theatre at an early age. Raised in Maine, Dustin attended the East Maine Conference Seminary, ...
31. Carl Stockdale
Actor | Monte Carlo Nights
Stockdale, a very good friend of Mary Miles Minter's mother, Charlotte Shelby, claimed on the witness stand that he was with Mrs. Shelby when movie director William Desmond Taylor--Minter's lover--was murdered, therefore Charlotte could not have killed him. Stockdale said that he suspected Taylor's...
32. Constance Adams
Actress | Where the Trail Divides
Constance Adams was born on April 27, 1874 in Orange, New Jersey, USA. She was an actress, known for Where the Trail Divides (1914) and Screen Snapshots, Series 4, No. 7 (1923). She was married to Cecil B. DeMille. She died on July 17, 1960 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
33. Herbert Bunston
Actor | Dracula
At age 23, the year 1897, Herbert began a long experience of his career towards acting on the British Theater. During that time the theater was still owned by the eminent Thomas Alva Edison. As a classically trained British actor he began by acting in small parts on screen and off. Fans will ...
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), The Deerslayer (1943) and Sundown Riders (1944). He died on February 29, 1948 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
36. Harry Stubbs
Actor | The Invisible Man
Harry Stubbs was born on December 7, 1874 in Southampton, Hampshire, England as Harry Oakes Stubbs. He was an actor, known for The Invisible Man (1933), The Locked Door (1929) and Alibi (1929). He was married to Susan. He died on March 9, 1950 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.
37. Edmund Mortimer
Director | The Broad Road
Edmund Mortimer was born on August 21, 1874 in New York City, New York, USA as Edmund Mortimer Olson. He was an actor and director, known for The Broad Road (1923), A Woman's Way (1928) and That French Lady (1924). He was married to Louise Bates. He died on May 21, 1944 in Los Angeles, California, ...
40. Max Adalbert
Actor | Der Hauptmann von Köpenick
Although somewhat forgotten these days, Max Adalbert was a great name of the German theater at he beginning of the twentieth century. Born Max Kampf in Danzig (now Gdansk in Poland) Max Adalbert worked in Lübeck, St. Gallen (Switzerland), Vienna and Berlin (Kleines Theater, Reinhardt-Bühnen). ...
41. Nino Cochise
Actor | Natas: The Reflection
Nino Cochise was born on February 20, 1874 in Chiricahua Apache Reservation, Arizona, USA as Ciyo Cochise. He was an actor, known for Natas: The Reflection (1986) and You Bet Your Life (1950). He was married to Minnie Cochise. He died on December 23, 1984 in Arizona.
43. J. Barney Sherry
Actor | A Little Brother of the Rich
J. Barney Sherry was born on March 4, 1874 in Germantown, Pennsylvania, USA as James Barney Sherry. He was an actor, known for A Little Brother of the Rich (1919), Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman (1905) and The Warrens of Virginia (1924). He died on February 22, 1944 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Self | South
The second in a family of ten, his father Henry farmed at Kilkea. His mother Henrietta was descended from the Fitzmaurices, a family which had been in Kerry since the Norman times in the 13th century. In 1880 when Ernest was six his father gave up farming and went to Trinity College Dublin, and ...
45. Herbert Hoover
Self | Public Be Damned
Herbert Hoover was born on March 10, 1874 in West Branch, Iowa. His family were devout Quakers. At age eight, Hoover was orphaned and was sent to live with relatives. They showed him little affection, but taught him the importance of hard work and industry. In 1891, Hoover entered Stanford ...
48. Robert Dinesen
Director | De fire djævle
Robert Dinesen was born on October 23, 1874 in Denmark. He was a director and actor, known for The Four Daredevils (1911), Malva (1924) and Wenn die Liebe nicht wär'! (1925). He was married to Johanne, Marie Dinesen and Margarete Schön. He died on March 8, 1972.
49. Jack Dean
Actor | The Cheat
Jack Dean was born on September 15, 1874 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA as John Wooster Dean. He was an actor, known for The Cheat (1915), Sealed Hearts (1919) and The Marriage of Kitty (1915). He was married to Fannie Ward. He died on June 23, 1950 in New York City, New York, USA.
50. Robert English
Actor | The Four Feathers
Robert English was born on December 2, 1874 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England as Ernest Robert Maling English. He was an actor, known for The Four Feathers (1921), A Lost Leader (1922) and Guy Fawkes (1923). He died on August 18, 1941 in Kensington, London, England.