Birth Date between 1885-01-01 and 1885-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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1. Lionel Atwill

Actor | Mystery of the Wax Museum

Lionel Atwill was born into a wealthy family and was educated at London's prestigious Mercer School to become an architect, but his interest turned to the stage. He worked his way progressively into the craft and debuted at age 20 at the Garrick Theatre in London. He acted and improved regularly ...

2. Erich von Stroheim

Actor | Sunset Blvd.

Erich von Stroheim was born Erich Oswald Stroheim in 1885, in Vienna, Austria, to Johanna (Bondy), from Prague, and Benno Stroheim, a hatter from Gleiwitz, Germany (now Gliwice, Poland). His family was Jewish.

After spending some time working in his father's hat factory, he emigrated to America ...

3. Hedda Hopper

Actress | Sunset Blvd.

Her father was a butcher. In 1913 she met and married matinée idol DeWolf Hopper Sr. and in 1915 they moved to Hollywood, where both began active film careers. He became a star with Triangle Company, she began in vamp parts and turned to supporting roles. After her divorce she appeared in dozens of...

4. George 'Gabby' Hayes

Actor | Lights of Old Santa Fe

American character actor, the most famous of Western-movie sidekicks of the 1930s and 1940s. He was born May 7, 1885, the third of seven children, in the Hayes Hotel (owned by his father) in the tiny hamlet of Stannards, New York, on the outskirts of Wellsville, New York. Hayes was the son of ...

5. Theda Bara

Actress | A Fool There Was

Theda Bara was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, as Theodosia Goodman, on July 29, 1885. She was the daughter of a local tailor and his wife. As a teenager Theda was interested in the theatrical arts and once she finished high school, she dyed her blond hair black and went in pursuit of her dream. By 1908 ...

6. Wallace Beery

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 ...

7. Otto Kruger

Actor | High Noon

The grandnephew of South African pioneer and former president Paul Krüger, Otto Kruger trained for a musical career from childhood, but after enrolling in Columbia University he switched his career choice to acting. Making his Broadway debut in 1915, at 30, he shortly became a matinée idol of the ...

8. Georg Wilhelm Pabst

Director | Komödianten

Georg Wilhelm Pabst is considered by many to be the greatest director of German cinema, in his era. He was especially appreciated by actors and actresses for the humane way in which he treated them. This was in contrast to some of his contemporaries, such as Arnold Fanck, who have been ...

9. Rudolf Klein-Rogge

Actor | Metropolis

During the heyday of German silent cinema, Rudolf Klein-Rogge was the prototype for the master criminal, the irredeemable arch villain or mad scientist. Born in Cologne, he served as a cadet in a Prussian military academy before finishing his matriculation. He then began to attend acting classes ...

10. Allan Dwan

Director | A Perfect Crime

Allan Dwan was born on April 3, 1885 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as Joseph Aloysius Dwan. He was a director and writer, known for A Perfect Crime (1921), Bound in Morocco (1918) and A Broken Doll (1921). He was married to Marie Shelton and Pauline Bush. He died on December 28, 1981 in Woodland ...

11. George Cleveland

Actor | Flash Gordon

Round-faced and twinkling, George Cleveland had a 58-year career of stage, vaudeville, motion picture, radio and television acting. His first film was Mystery Liner (1934) with Noah Beery and he went on to appear in 150 others. However, he is best remembered as Gramps on the original Lassie (1954) ...

12. Gordon Harker

Actor | The Farmer's Wife

Gordon Harker born in 1885 in London into a well-known family of theatrical artists, he first appeared on stage in 1903. Lugubrious, shifty cockney character who starred and supported in over 60 films his first film role as Major Kent in Harold M. Shaw 'General John Regan' starring Milton Rosmer ...

13. 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...

14. Syd Chaplin

Actor | King, Queen and Joker

Syd Chaplin was born on March 16, 1885 in London, England as Sydney Hawkes. He was an actor and director, known for King, Queen and Joker (1921), The Better 'Ole (1926) and Gussle Rivals Jonah (1915). He was married to Gypsy and Minnie Chaplin. He died on April 15, 1965 in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, ...

15. George S. Patton

Self | Nazi Concentration Camps

George S. Patton III was a highly successful and highly controversial general who held Corps- and Army-level commands during World War II. Because of his great competence as a battlefield commander, Patton might have led the American troops during the invasion of Normandy; however, his impolitic ...

16. Albert Sharpe

Actor | Darby O'Gill and the Little People

Albert Sharpe was born on April 15, 1885 in Belfast, Ireland [now Northern Ireland], UK. He was an actor, known for Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959), Royal Wedding (1951) and Brigadoon (1954). He died on February 13, 1970 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

17. Tom Kennedy

Actor | The Adventurous Blonde

Once a boxer, brawny character actor Tom Kennedy began his film career early in the silent era. He frequently played big, dumb, likable, working-class types, such as in The Case of the Stuttering Bishop (1937). He also worked with W.C. Fields, The Marx Brothers, and Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in ...

18. Roland West

Director | The Monster

Roland West was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and became an actor in the theater and on the vaudeville stage. He got his start in the film industry in New York City around 1915, forming several production companies to shoot films there. He later worked as general manager of production for producer ...

19. Esther Dale

Actress | Ten Gentlemen from West Point

Esther Dale was born on November 10, 1885 in Beaufort, South Carolina. She attended Leland and Gray Seminary in Townsend, Vermont, and then studied music in Berlin, Germany, and had a successful career as a lieder singer. Later, she became an actress in summer stock. She had the title role on ...

20. Aubrey Mather

Actor | Jane Eyre

Aubrey Mather was born on December 17, 1885 in Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire, England. He was an actor, known for Jane Eyre (1943), The Importance of Being Earnest (1952) and Heaven Can Wait (1943). He died on January 16, 1958 in London, England.

21. Karen Blixen

Writer | Out of Africa

Karen Blixen was born on April 17, 1885 in Rungsted, Denmark as Karen Christentze Dinesen. She was a writer, known for Out of Africa (1985), Babette's Feast (1987) and The Heroine (1967). She was married to Bror Frederik von Blixen-Finecke. She died on September 7, 1962 in Rungsted.

22. Sacha Guitry

Writer | Les perles de la couronne

French actor, dramatist and director, Sacha Guitry was born in 1885 in Saint-Petersburg where his father, actor Lucien Guitry, was under contract with the city's French theater. Early on, Sacha knew he was going to be an artist. Therefore, his studies were mediocre.

His acting debuts were not too ...

23. Andrew Tombes

Actor | Phantom Lady

You'd think with a last name like that, character player Andrew Tombes was doomed to play gravediggers in horrors or coroners in crime drama. Not usually, and when he did, it was often played for laughs. Born June 29, 1885 in Ohio, he was an athletic sort who played a lively, talented game of ...

24. Leona Anderson

Actress | House on Haunted Hill

The twice-married singer and actress was the youngest of the seven children born to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Aronson of Arkansas and Missouri. Leona was the only one of the seven born away from Arkansas. Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson, nee Maxwell Henry Aronson, was her much older and bigger brother...

25. John Bowers

Actor | Empty Hearts

Began working in films from 1916, becoming a a star within five years of his debut. His frequent co-star was was Marguerite de la Motte, whom he later married. The advent of sound effectively ended his career. Shortly after attending a party, the distraught 50-year-old Bowers committed suicide by ...

26. Erskine Sanford

Actor | Citizen Kane

Erskine Sanford was born on November 19, 1885 in Trinidad, Colorado, USA. He was an actor, known for Citizen Kane (1941), The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) and The Best Years of Our Lives (1946). He died on July 7, 1969 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

27. Florence Turner

Actress | A Welsh Singer

Widely publicized as "The Vitagraph Girl," dark-haired silent film actress Florence Turner was one of the screen's first celebrities to be called by the term "movie star." Born in New York City in 1885, she was pushed into the business at age 3 by an overzealous stage mother, performing on the ...

28. Herbert Rawlinson

Actor | The Flame Fighter

Herbert Rawlinson was born on November 15, 1885 in Brighton, East Sussex, England as Herbert Banemann Rawlinson. He was an actor and producer, known for The Flame Fighter (1925), The Carter Case (1919) and The Victor (1923). He was married to Loraine Abigail Long, Roberta Arnold and Josephine Norman...

29. Robert Emmett O'Connor

Actor | A Night at the Opera

Stalwart Irish-American character actor Robert Emmet O'Connor, who was born on March 18, 1885, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He made his bones performing in circuses and in vaudeville. He made his Broadway debut in the musical "Fritz in Tammany Hall" at the Herald Square Theatre on October 16, 1905, ...

30. Ernie Adams

Actor | The Man with Nine Lives

Ernie Adams was born on June 18, 1885 in San Francisco, California, USA as Ernest Stephens Dumarais. He was an actor and writer, known for The Man with Nine Lives (1940), Invisible Ghost (1941) and The Pride of the Yankees (1942). He was married to Berdonna Gilbert, Mamie Silver, Margaret and ...

31. David Clyde

Actor | Bulldog Drummond's Peril

David Clyde was born on March 27, 1885 in Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Scotland. He was an actor, known for Bulldog Drummond's Peril (1938), Eight Bells (1935) and The Girl from Mandalay (1936). He was married to Fay Holden. He died on May 17, 1945 in San Fernando Valley, California, USA.

32. 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...

33. Charles Rosher

Cinematographer | Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

Among the foremost technical innovators in his field, a charter member of the American Society of Cinematographers, English-born Charles Rosher had initially aimed for a diplomatic career. Fortunately, he chose a different career option and attended lessons in photography at the London Polytechnic ...

34. Buster Brodie

Actor | All Aboard

Buster Brodie was born on October 11, 1885 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He was an actor, known for All Aboard (1927), Crazy Knights (1944) and There It Is (1928). He died on April 9, 1948 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.

35. Helen Dickson

Actress | Honolulu Lu

Helen Dickson was born on July 20, 1885 in Wakefield, Massachusetts, USA. She was an actress, known for Honolulu Lu (1941), It's a Great Life (1954) and Mr. Wright Goes Wrong (1946). She was married to Lawrence A. Williams. She died on November 17, 1983 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

36. William Edmunds

Actor | It's a Wonderful Life

Despite his Anglicized name, Edmunds was usually cast as dark or Latin types: Spaniards, Mexicans, Frenchmen, Gypsies, Arabs, Polynesians, and other exotic nationalities and functioned as a sort of poor-man's 'J. Carroll Naish'. Born in Italy in 1891, Edmunds is especially remembered for his ...

37. Paul Henckels

Actor | Schneider Wibbel

Distinctive German star character actor, specialising in quaint or dyed-in-the-wool eccentrics, grumpy civil servants, pedantic school principals, doctors, head waiters and stuffy accountants. He studied under Louise Dumont and Gustav Lindemann and cut his acting teeth at the Düsseldorfer ...

38. John Sheehan

Actor | The Criminal Code

John Sheehan was born on October 22, 1885 in Oakland, California, USA. He was an actor, known for The Criminal Code (1931), Hidden Enemy (1940) and Marked Woman (1937). He was married to Blanche Morris Roberts. He died on February 14, 1952 in Calabasas, California.

39. D.H. Lawrence

Writer | BBC Sunday-Night Theatre

David Herbert Lawrence was born in Nottinghamshire, England, 11 September 1885. His father was a coal miner, his mother a genteel woman who sought education and refinement for her son. Lawrence earned a university degree and taught school for a short time. While still a student he began to publish ...

40. Charles Carson

Actor | Secret Agent

Charles Carson was born on August 16, 1885 in London, England. He was an actor, known for Secret Agent (1936), Dark Journey (1937) and Forever Yours (1936). He was married to Bertha Kathleen Elmes. He died on August 5, 1977 in London.

41. Paul Leni

Director | The Man Who Laughs

Paul Leni was born on July 8, 1885 in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany as Paul Josef Levi. He was an art director and director, known for The Man Who Laughs (1928), The Cat and the Canary (1927) and Das Rätsel von Bangalor (1918). He died on September 2, 1929 in Los Angeles, California, ...

42. Jerome Kern

Soundtrack | Till the Clouds Roll By

Jerome David Kern was born in 1885. He began his stage career grafting American songs (for which he wrote the music) into imported European operettas. His breakthrough came with the song "They Didn't Believe Me", written (with lyrics by Edward Laska) for a show called "The Girl from Utah". It ...

43. Jacques Feyder

Director | La kermesse héroïque

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 Carnival in Flanders (1935), Pension Mimosas (1935) and Le grand jeu (1934). He was married to Françoise Rosay. He died on May 24, 1948 in Rive-de-Prangins, ...

44. Pierre Renoir

Actor | Les enfants du paradis

Pierre Renoir was born on March 21, 1885 in Paris, France. He was an actor, known for Children of Paradise (1945), Marion de Lorme (1918) and Le père Goriot (1945). He was married to Sergine, Vera. He died on March 11, 1952 in Paris.

45. Charles Coleman

Actor | Poor Little Rich Girl

Charles Coleman was born on December 22, 1885 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Charles Pearce Coleman. He was an actor, known for Poor Little Rich Girl (1936), Bachelor Apartment (1931) and Becky Sharp (1935). He was married to Beatrice. He died on March 8, 1951 in Woodland Hills, Los ...

46. 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), Twentieth Century (1934) and The Cossacks (1928). She died on October 14, 1948 in Pomona, California.

47. Oscar Smith

Actor | College Scandal

Oscar Smith was born on October 28, 1885 in Topeka, Kansas, USA. He was an actor, known for College Scandal (1935), Man Power (1927) and Close Harmony (1929). He died on March 18, 1956 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

48. Hanna Ralph

Actress | Helena

Born in Bad Kissingen, Germany, in 1885, Hanna Ralph made her stage debut in 1913 and her film debut in 1917. She was quite active in silent films, and worked for such directors as Fritz Lang and F.W. Murnau, and at one point was married to Emil Jannings (they later divorced). She made her final ...

49. Arthur Lucan

Actor | Mother Riley Meets the Vampire

Arthur Towle was in show business from 1900 when he left school until his dying day. He started as an "Irish" character comedian in British music halls; touring Ireland with this act in 1913, he met and married Kitty McShane (she was 15, he 26). They gradually evolved the act of "Old Mother Riley ...

50. Forrest Stanley

Actor | When Knighthood Was in Flower

Forrest Stanley was born on August 21, 1885 in Birmingham, England. He was an actor and writer, known for When Knighthood Was in Flower (1922), The Cat and the Canary (1927) and Beauty's Worth (1922). He was married to Marion Hutchins. He died on August 27, 1969 in Los Angeles, California, USA.


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