Birth Date between 1878-01-01 and 1878-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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1. Lionel Barrymore

Actor | Key Largo

Famed actor, composer, artist, author and director. His talents extended to the authoring of the novel "Mr. Cartonwine: A Moral Tale" as well as his autobiography. In 1944, he joined ASCAP, and composed "Russian Dances", "Partita", "Ballet Viennois", "The Woodman and the Elves", "Behind the Horizon...

2. Harry Carey

Actor | Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Born in New York City to a Judge of Special Sessions who was also president of a sewing machine company. Grew up on City Island, New York. Attended Hamilton Military Academy and turned down an appointment to West Point to attend New York Law School, where his law school classmates included future ...

3. Finlay Currie

Actor | Ben-Hur

Scottish-born Finlay Currie was a former church organist and choirmaster, who made his stage debut at 20 years of age. It took him 34 more years before making his first film, but he worked steadily for another 30 years after that. Although he was a large, imposing figure, with a rich, deep voice ...

4. Robert Warwick

Actor | In a Lonely Place

A prominent matinée stage and silent-film star with handsome features offset only slightly by a prominent proboscis, Robert Warwick was born and raised in Sacramento, California, as Robert Taylor Bien. The gift of music was instilled at an early age (he sang in his church choir) and he initially ...

5. Donald Meek

Actor | Stagecoach

On British and Australian stage before coming to the USA in 1912, he played more than 800 roles, starting with Sir Henry Irving at age 8. He first appeared in the US at Castle Square Theatre, Boston, in 1912, and made his New York debut in 1917 in "Going Up".

6. Ethel Griffies

Actress | The Birds

The daughter of actor-manager Samuel Rupert Woods and actress Lillie Roberts, Ethel Griffies began her own stage career at the age of 3. She was 21 when she finally made her London debut in 1899, and 46 when she made her first Broadway appearance in "Havoc" (1924). Discounting a tentative stab at ...

7. Bill Robinson

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 ...

8. Jack Johnson

Actor | The Black Thunderbolt

Jack Johnson, one of the greatest professional boxers in history and the first African American to wear the world's heavyweight championship belt, is one of the seminal figures in sports and American social history as he was both a mirror on and lightning rod for racism. Many white Americans could ...

9. Joseph Stalin

Actor | Ostrov myortvykh

Joseph Stalin (a code name meaning "Man of Steel") was born Iosif (Joseph) Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili in 1879 in Gori, Georgia, the Transcaucasian part of the Russian Empire. His father was a cobbler named Vissarion Dzhugashvili, a drunkard who beat him badly and frequently and left the family ...

10. Constance Collier

Actress | Rope

In a career that covered six decades, Constance Collier evolved into one of Broadway and London's finest tragediennes during the first half of the 1900s. While the regal, dark-featured beauty who bore classic Romanesque features enjoyed a transcontinental career like a number of her contemporaries,...

11. Katie Johnson

Actress | The Ladykillers

British character actress, on stage from 1894. Her many notable theatrical appearances include "Little Lord Fauntleroy" at the Prince's Theatre in Bristol, and, as Lady McClean, in "Escape Me Never" at the Apollo in London (1933) - a part she subsequently took to Broadway two years later. Until ...

12. Franklyn Farnum

Actor | Sunset Blvd.

Boston-born Franklyn Farnum was on the vaudeville stage at the age of 12 and was featured in a number of theatre and musical productions by the time he entered silent films near the age of 40. He appeared to be at his most comfortable in the saddle, his career dominated mostly by westerns. Some of ...

13. Ernest Torrence

Actor | Steamboat Bill, Jr.

He was the man you loved to hiss. This towering (6' 4"), highly imposing character star with cold, hollow, beady eyes and a huge, protruding snout would go on to become one of the silent screen's finest arch villains. Born Ernest Thayson Torrence-Thompson on June 26, 1878, in Edinburgh, Scotland, ...

14. Henry B. Walthall

Actor | The Birth of a Nation

Henry B. Walthall was a respected stage actor who became a favorite of pioneering film director D.W. Griffith. Born in 1878 in Alabama, Walthall embarked on a law career but quit law school in 1898 to enlist in the US Army in order to fight in the Spanish-American War. Returning from the war he ...

15. 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, ...

16. Basil Ruysdael

Actor | Broken Arrow

Basil Ruysdael was born on July 24, 1878 in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA as Basil Spaulding Millspaugh. He was an actor, known for Broken Arrow (1950), Pinky (1949) and Colorado Territory (1949). He was married to Kathleen Dobbyn, Rose Swettenham and Eleanor Mason Manierre. He died on October 10, ...

17. 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 ...

18. Nora Cecil

Actress | Street Scene

Nora Cecil was born on September 26, 1878 in London, England. She was an actress, known for Street Scene (1931), Midnight Faces (1926) and His Majesty, Bunker Bean (1925). She died on May 1, 1951 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

19. John Ince

Director | The Great Jewel Robbery

Actor/director John Ince was born in 1878 in New York City to a pair of vaudeville performers. His two younger brothers, Ralph Ince and Thomas H. Ince, were also in "show business", with Thomas being the most well-known of the three, having been a pioneering producer/director who built the first ...

20. Ethel Wales

Actress | The Monster

Ethel Wales was born on April 4, 1878 in Passaic, New Jersey, USA. She was an actress, known for The Monster (1925), Klondike (1932) and Tom Sawyer (1930). She was married to John W. Stockton and Wellington Wales. She died on February 15, 1952 in Hollywood, California, USA.

21. Roy Atwell

Writer | Here Comes the Bride

Actor, comedian, and composer, educated at the Sargent School of Acting. His Broadway stage appearances included "The Little Missus", "The Mimic World", "The Firefly", and "How's Your Health?". He was a member of the Fortune Gallo Opera Company, and joined ASCAP in 1957. He composed the popular ...

22. William Desmond

Actor | Around the World in Eighteen Days

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 ...

23. Blanche Friderici

Actress | It Happened One Night

Blanche Friderici was born on January 21, 1878 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for It Happened One Night (1934), Sadie Thompson (1928) and A Farewell to Arms (1932). She was married to Donald Campbell. She died on December 23, 1933 in Visalia, California, USA.

24. Upton Sinclair

Writer | There Will Be Blood

Upton Sinclair was born on September 20, 1878 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as Upton Beall Sinclair. He was a writer and producer, known for There Will Be Blood (2007), The Wet Parade (1932) and The Money Changers (1920). He was married to Mary Elizabeth Hard Willis, Mary Craig Sinclair and Meta ...

25. Julia Swayne Gordon

Actress | My Lady's Slipper

Julia Swayne Gordon was born on October 29, 1878 in Columbus, Ohio, USA as Sarah Victoria Swayne. She was an actress, known for My Lady's Slipper (1916), The Painted World (1914) and The Painted World (1919). She died on May 28, 1933 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

26. Bobby Burns

Actor | Love and Lather

Bobby Burns was born on September 1, 1878 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Robert Paul Burns. He was an actor and director, known for Love and Lather (1916), In the Ring (1916) and Watch Your Watch (1916). He died on January 16, 1966 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

27. Pancho Villa

Producer | Life of Villa

Francisco "Pancho" Villa was born Doroteo Arango to rural peasant parents in San Juan del Rio, Mexico, on June 5, 1878. He later took several aliases, the most popular and well-known being "Pancho Villa". Raised in poverty in Durango, he turned to cattle rustling and robbery as a young man. The ...

28. Louise Dresser

Actress | The Eagle

This knowing, plump-framed, strong-willed actress went on to play the gamut of emotions, from downtrodden, drunken ex-stars to self-controlled dowager empresses, in both silent pictures and early talkies. Grandly supporting the huge stars of her day (including Rudolph Valentino and Will Rogers), ...

29. Tom Santschi

Actor | King of the Wild

American leading man and character actor of the silent period. Born in Crystal City, Missouri(though a number of popular reference works list Switzerland and Kokomo, Indiana). He is listed in the 1880 census as living in Kokomo at the age of two years. This means his date of birth must have been ...

30. Purnell Pratt

Actor | The Mystery Squadron

Purnell Pratt was born on October 20, 1878 in Bethel, Illinois, USA as Purnell Bush Pratt. He was an actor, known for The Mystery Squadron (1933), Crimson Romance (1934) and Bachelor Apartment (1931). He was married to Julia C. Price. He died on July 25, 1941 in Hollywood, California, USA.

31. Ruth Cherrington

Actress | The Cheer Leader

"Ruth Cherrington" changed her name from Bertha M. Ebert Miller to her stage name mentioned above. She began her film career with M-G-M Studios in New Jersey and she ended her career in Los Angeles, California, playing character actress and bit part roles until 1947. It has been stated by her ...

32. Richard Garrick

Actor | A Streetcar Named Desire

Performed on Broadway; active from 1907-47. Garrick made his stage debut in the moderately successful production of "The Boys of Company B" (in which Mack Sennett appeared in one of his 2 stage roles). He appeared in the original 1947 production of "A Streetcar Named Desire" (in the role of the "...

33. 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, ...

34. Mike Donlin

Actor | The General

A famous, yet controversial major league baseball player, "Turkey Mike," as Donlin was known because of his unique strut, played on seven teams in a 12-year career, mostly in the National League, from 1899-1914. His career reached its peak in 1905-06, when he was the star outfielder for the ...

35. Julia Dean

Actress | The Emperor Waltz

Julia Dean was born on May 12, 1878 in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. She was an actress, known for The Emperor Waltz (1948), Judge Not; or The Woman of Mona Diggings (1915) and Ruling Passions (1918). She was married to Orme Caldara. She died on October 17, 1952 in Hollywood, California, USA.

36. Conway Tearle

Actor | Romeo and Juliet

This West Point-educated actor was a tall, dark and handsome American co-star who romanced some of the most illustrious femme stars ever to appear on the silent silver screen. Conway Tearle was born in New York City on May 17, 1878 to a family of entertainers. Christened Frederick Levy, his father,...

38. Wedgwood Nowell

Actor | 813

Wedgwood Nowell was born on January 24, 1878 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA as Harry Hawkins Nowell. He was an actor and composer, known for 813 (1920), Calling Philo Vance (1940) and A Doll's House (1922). He was married to Irma Stowe and [Edna] Claire Colwell (actress). He died on June 17, ...

39. Mike Donovan

Actor | Lights Out

Mike Donovan was born on November 29, 1878 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He was an actor, known for Lights Out (1946), The Texas Terror (1925) and Bringing Up Father (1946). He died on November 10, 1960 in Los Angeles County, California, USA.

40. Billie Ritchie

Actor | After Her Millions

Billie Ritchie was born in Scotland in 1874 and joined the world-renowned Karno Fun Factory and Comedy Troupe traveling the world with Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel, among others. In 1914 he left Karno and began making silent films for director Henry "Pathe" Lehrman's L-Ko Comedy studios and then...

41. Harry Bernard

Actor | Saps at Sea

Harry Bernard was born on January 13, 1878 in San Francisco, California, USA. He was an actor, known for Saps at Sea (1940), The Shadow (1937) and Shiver My Timbers (1931). He died on November 4, 1940 in Hollywood, California.

42. Ferenc Molnár

Writer | Tales of Manhattan

Ferenc Molnár was born on January 12, 1878 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary as Ferenc Neumann. He is known for his work on Tales of Manhattan (1942), Carousel and Carousel (1956). He was married to Lili Darvas, Sári Fedák and Margit Vészi. He died on April 1, 1952 in New York City, New York, USA.

43. Bob Perry

Actor | The Long Voyage Home

Bob Perry was born on December 26, 1878 in New York City, New York, USA. He is known for his work on The Long Voyage Home (1940), The Light of Western Stars (1925) and The Thundering Herd (1925). He was married to Nita Primrose. He died on January 8, 1962 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

44. Oscar Apfel

Director | The Squaw Man

Entering the film industry almost at its beginning, Oscar Apfel began his career in 1911 as a director. He hit the big leagues in 1914 when he was given many prestigious assignments for Paramount Pictures, often in collaboration with Cecil B. DeMille. In 1916, he switched to Fox, and then ...

45. Bartolomeo Pagano

Actor | La trilogia di Maciste

Strongman who won role of Maciste in Cabiria (1914), and took the character's name as his own stage name in a series of films for the next 14 years. After Pagano's death, the character of Maciste was played by several other actors.

46. Bleuette Bernon

Actress | Le royaume des fées

Bleuette Bernon was born on June 6, 1878 in Paris, France as Léontine Ernestine Gauché. She is an actress, known for Fairyland: A Kingdom of Fairies (1903), Bluebeard (1901) and Cinderella (1899).

47. Adrienne D'Ambricourt

Actress | The Eagle and the Hawk

Adrienne D'Ambricourt was born on June 2, 1878 in Paris, France as Adrienne DuNontier. She was an actress, known for The Eagle and the Hawk (1933), Bulldog Drummond's Bride (1939) and Jenny Lind (1931). She died on December 6, 1957 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.

48. Georg H. Schnell

Actor | Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens

Georg H. Schnell was born on April 11, 1878 in Chih-fou, China as Georg Heinrich. He was an actor, known for Nosferatu (1922), Die rollende Kugel (1919) and Marie Antoinette - Das Leben einer Königin (1922). He died on March 31, 1951 in West Berlin, West Germany.

49. H.M. Walker

Writer | Pardon Us

H.M. Walker was born on June 27, 1878 in West Middlebury, Ohio, USA as Harley M. Walker. He is known for his work on Pardon Us (1931), Safety Last! (1923) and They Just Had to Get Married (1932). He was married to Virginia Grose. He died on June 23, 1937 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

50. Mabel Van Buren

Actress | The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Mabel Van Buren was born on July 17, 1878 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She was an actress, known for The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921), Brewster's Millions (1914) and Ramona (1916). She was married to James Gordon and Ernest Joy. She died on November 4, 1947 in Hollywood, California, USA.


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