Birth Date between 1886-01-01 and 1886-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
Director | Casablanca
Curtiz began acting in and then directing films in his native Hungary in 1912. After WWI, he continued his filmmaking career in Austria and Germany and into the early 1920s when he directed films in other countries in Europe. Moving to the US in 1926, he started making films in Hollywood for Warner...
2. Ed Wynn
Actor | Alice in Wonderland
An old-fashioned comedian, who, by recommendation by his son Keenan Wynn, became one of the world's most beloved clowns, and one of the best actors of his time. He was born on November 9, 1886. He performed in the Ziegfeld Follies, and later had a son Keenan in 1916. He later wrote his own shows, ...
Actress | You Can't Take It with You
The possessor of one of Hollywood's gentlest faces and warmest voices, and about as sweet as Tupelo honey both on-and-off camera, character actress Spring Byington was seldom called upon to play callous or unsympathetic (she did once play a half-crazed housekeeper in Dragonwyck (1946)). Although ...
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 ...
Actor | Ruggles of Red Gap
Charles Ruggles had one of the longest careers in Hollywood, lasting more than 50 years and encompassing more than 100 films. He made his film debut in 1914 in The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914) and worked steadily after that. He was memorably paired with Mary Boland in a series of comedies in the ...
Actor | North by Northwest
One of the most indispensable of character actors, Leo G. Carroll was already involved in the business of acting as a schoolboy in Gilbert & Sullivan productions. Aged 16, he portrayed an old man in 'Liberty Hall'. In spite of the fact, that he came from a military family, and , perhaps, because of...
7. Al Jolson
Actor | The Jazz Singer
Al Jolson was known in the industry as "The World's Greatest Entertainer," for well over 40 years. After his death his influence continued unabated with such performers as Sammy Davis Jr., Elvis Presley, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Jackie Wilson and Jerry Lee Lewis all mentioning him as an ...
Actor | Arsenic and Old Lace
It seemed like Edward Everett Horton appeared in just about every Hollywood comedy made in the 1930s. He was always the perfect counterpart to the great gentlemen and protagonists of the films. Horton was born in Brooklyn, New York City, to Isabella S. (Diack) and Edward Everett Horton, a ...
9. Ralph Moody
Actor | Road to Bali
Ralph Moody was born on November 5, 1886 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Ralph Roy Moody, the oldest son of Franklin Jerome Moody and Ida M. Hicklin. His introduction to show business was first as an actor on the stage in pre-radio days and then as a radio personality. His first acting role was in ...
10. Dick Elliott
Actor | Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
In the thirties, forties, and especially the 1950's, if a director wanted a short, fat actor to play a windy storekeeper or a raucous conventioneer, he might well cast Dick Elliott. He was one of those actors who, whenever he appeared on screen, often for less than a minute, the audience would ...
11. Olin Howland
Actor | Them!
Olin Howland had a career in movies that stretched from the 20s through the 50s. After a few attempts at films in the silent era, Olin began appearing regularly in the sound pictures of the 30s. His roles were usually in mysteries and dramas, and he became a Western character actor in the 40s with ...
12. Dooley Wilson
Actor | Casablanca
"You must remember this, a kiss is still a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh; the fundamental things apply, as time goes by...". Anyone unfamiliar with this legendary movie lyric must either live in a well-insulated modern world or perhaps on Mars. The gentleman who crooned this tune for the morose ...
13. Christian Rub
Actor | You Can't Take It with You
Christian Rub was born on April 13, 1886 in Passau, Bavaria, Germany. He was an actor, known for You Can't Take It with You (1938), Girls' Dormitory (1936) and We're Only Human (1935). He was married to Amy. He died on April 14, 1956 in Santa Barbara, California, USA.
14. George Zucco
Actor | The Cat and the Canary
At 22, George Zucco decided to begin his stage career in earnest in the Canadian provinces in 1908. In the course of the following decade, he also performed in an American vaudeville tour with his young wife, Frances, in a routine called "The Suffragette." As World War I grew in scale, Zucco ...
15. Jean Hersholt
Actor | Greed
If ever there was a Great Dane in Hollywood it was Jean Hersholt - and one of its great hearts as well. He was from a well-known Danish stage and entertainment family that had toured throughout Europe performing with young Jean as an essential cast member. He graduated from the Copenhagen Art ...
16. John Cromwell
Director | The Prisoner of Zenda
Actor / director John Cromwell was born December 23, 1887, in Toledo, OH. He made his Broadway debut on October 14, 1912, in Marian De Forest's adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women" at the Playhouse Theatre. The show was a hit, running for a total of 184 performances. Cromwell appeared ...
17. Ouida Bergère
Actress | Mates and Mis-Mates
Diminutive red-headed actress, playwright and screenwriter. Her marriage to star actor Basil Rathbone was one of the most enduring in show business, lasting from 1926 until his death in 1967. The Rathbones were legendary in the 1930's for giving the most lavish Hollywood parties at their luxurious ...
18. Henry King
Director | The Song of Bernadette
For more than three decades, Henry King was the most versatile and reliable (not to mention hard-working) contract director on the 20th Century-Fox lot. His tenure lasted from 1930 to 1961, spanning most of Hollywood's "golden" era. King was renowned as a specialist in literary adaptations (A Bell ...
19. Hobart Cavanaugh
Actor | A Letter to Three Wives
Worried-looking, balding, moustachioed and usually bespectacled small part character actor, prolific during the 1930s and 40s. Hobart Cavanaugh played downtrodden or henpecked little men -- the perennial victim, forever nervous or bewildered -- to absolute perfection. He was most at home as clerks,...
Actress | Not Like Other Girls
Florence Lawrence was the first film player whose name was used to promote her films and the studio (Independent Moving Pictures Company [IMP]) for which she worked. Before her, actors and actresses worked anonymously, partly out of fear that stage managers would refuse to hire them if they were ...
Actor | One Hundred and One Dalmatians
Frederick Worlock was born on December 14, 1886 in London, England. He was an actor, known for 101 Dalmatians (1961), Spartacus (1960) and Terror by Night (1946). He was married to Elsie Ferguson. He died on August 1, 1973 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.
22. Bernard Gorcey
Actor | Spook Busters
Bernard Gorcey was born in Russia in 1888, of Swiss and Jewish descent. Around 1914, he married a Catholic, Irish lady, Josephine Condon (born 1901), and they came to the USA to work in Vaudeville. Bernard was 4' 10" and Josie was 4' 11" and weighed 95 pounds. Bernard kept active in show biz, while...
23. Chester Conklin
Actor | Modern Times
Iowa-born Chester Conklin was raised in a coal-mining area by a devoutly religious father who hoped that his son would go into the ministry. However, Chester got the performing bug one day when he gave a recitation at a community singing festival and won first prize. Knowing his father would never ...
24. James Burke
Actor | The Maltese Falcon
James Burke was born on September 24, 1886 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for The Maltese Falcon (1941), Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise (1940) and At the Circus (1939). He was married to Eleanor Durkin. He died on May 23, 1968 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
25. Sam McDaniel
Actor | The Great Lie
Sam McDaniel was born on January 28, 1886 in Wichita, Kansas, USA as Samuel Rufus McDaniel. He was an actor, known for The Great Lie (1941), I Was Framed (1942) and Captains Courageous (1937). He died on September 24, 1962 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.
26. Lilian Fontaine
Actress | The Lost Weekend
Lilian Fontaine was born on June 11, 1886 in Reading, Berkshire, England as Lilian Augusta Ruse. She was an actress, known for The Lost Weekend (1945), The Locket (1946) and Ivy (1947). She was married to George Milan Fontaine and Walter Augustus de Havilland. She died on February 20, 1975 in Santa...
27. Nella Walker
Actress | Sabrina
Nella Walker was born on March 6, 1886 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She is known for her work on Sabrina (1954), Three Smart Girls Grow Up (1939) and Three Smart Girls (1936). She was married to Wilbur Mack. She died on March 22, 1971 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
28. Karl Dane
Actor | The Big Parade
Born Rasmus Karl Therkelsen Gottlieb in Copenhagen, Denmark, on October 12, 1886 the future Karl Dane had a rough childhood. His father was an alcoholic and spendthrift. At a young age his parents divorced. To escape his unhappy home he took a great interest in the arts, particularly puppeteering (...
29. Barnett Parker
Actor | Marie Antoinette
Within the British colony of expatriate actors in Hollywood during the 1930's, Barnett Parker was among the most stereotypical. Harrowgate College-educated, straight-backed, balding and well-intoned, Parker caricatured a multitude of unctuous, stiff-upper-lip butlers, man-servants or waiters, ...
30. Ronald Squire
Actor | My Cousin Rachel
Ronald Squire was born on March 25, 1886 in Tiverton, Devon, England as Ronald Squirl. He was an actor, known for My Cousin Rachel (1952), Man with a Million (1954) and While the Sun Shines (1947). He was married to Essyllt A. Williams and Muriel Martin-Harvey. He died on November 16, 1958 in ...
31. John M. Stahl
Director | Leave Her to Heaven
John Stahl was the final executive in charge of Tiffany Pictures (located on the Talisman lot, later owned by Monogram Pictures), once a big fish in the pond of "Poverty Row", which in those days also included Columbia Pictures. With a B-movie history dating back to the silent era and after making ...
32. Frank Lloyd
Director | Cavalcade
Frank Lloyd was an unpretentious, technically skilled director, who crafted several enduring Hollywood classics during the 1930's. He started out as a stage actor and singer in early 1900's London and was well-known as an imitator of Harry Lauder. After several years in music hall and with touring ...
In 1949, 16 years after his ground breaking work on "King Kong", Willis O'Brien worked as Chief Technician on another gorilla picture for Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Shoedsack called "Mighty Joe Young". A young Ray Harryhausen would animate most of the animation, but O'Brien did come up with the...
34. Crane Wilbur
Writer | The Bat
Actor, screenwriter and director Crane Wilbur was born Erwin Crane Wilbur on November 17, 1886, in Athens, NY. The nephew of the great stage actor Tyrone Power Sr., Wilbur first took to the boards as an actor, making his Broadway debut billed as Erwin Crane Wilbur on June 3, 1903, in a trilogy of ...
35. Heinie Conklin
Actor | Ham and Eggs at the Front
Heinie Conklin was born on July 16, 1886 in San Francisco, California, USA as Charles John Conklin. He was an actor, known for Ham and Eggs at the Front (1927), Hard Boiled (1926) and Uncle Tom Without a Cabin (1919). He was married to Irene Blake. He died on July 30, 1959 in Hollywood, Los Angeles...
36. John Davidson
Actor | Adventures of Captain Marvel
John Davidson was born on December 25, 1886 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for Adventures of Captain Marvel (1941), Dick Tracy vs. Crime, Inc. (1941) and Perils of Pauline (1933). He died on January 16, 1968 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
37. Fred Quimby
Producer | The Cat Concerto
The MGM animation staff, especially Joseph Barbera and William Hanna, despised Quimby when he was head of the animation department. They felt he was a useless bore who had no love or talent in the medium but still fought with the artists continually over their creative ideas. The fact that he ...
38. Luis Alberni
Actor | The Count of Monte Cristo
Spanish character actor Luis Alberni was born on the date of October 4, 1886 in Cataluna Barcelona, Spain. His mother's maiden name was Malo, and father Judge John Alberni. Luis attended the University of Madrid and majored in Law. Bored with the prospects of long winded trials, he ran away from ...
Actor | Notorious
The son of a German father and a Jewish mother, Schünzel was born in St. Pauli -- the best known, but also the poorest part of Hamburg. His father started off as an actor but economic circumstances forced him to turn towards commerce. For a while, the son followed in his footsteps. He undertook ...
Actor | My Son Is a Criminal
Lawyer who abandoned his profession to take up the actor's calling - although lawyer and actor are essentially kindred spirits, each deriving his livelihood from the art of pretending. Robertson acted in Hollywood films from 1930 until the year he died, typically portraying men of authority such as...
42. Hal Price
Actor | Sin's Pay Day
Hal Price was born on June 24, 1886 in Wauseon, Ohio, USA as Harry Franklin Price. He was an actor, known for Sin's Pay Day (1932), Arizona Frontier (1940) and The Devil Bat (1940). He was married to DeSimone, Josephine, Coy Danz, Amy F. Goodrich and Eleanor May Fitzsimmons. He died on April 15, ...
43. Edwin Maxwell
Actor | His Girl Friday
Edwin Maxwell was born on February 9, 1886 in Dublin, Ireland. He is known for his work on His Girl Friday (1940), Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) and Scarface (1932). He was married to Betty Alden. He died on August 13, 1948 in Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA.
44. Alan Roscoe
Actor | The Last of the Mohicans
Born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1886 (some sources say 1887 or 1888, but U.S. Census records confirm 1886), he taught school. He became active in the theatre and was eventually signed by William Fox. Appearing in films for Fox as well as Samuel Goldwyn, Roscoe became best known as leading man ...
45. Gerald Hamer
Actor | Bulldog Drummond's Bride
Gerald Hamer (born Geoffrey Earl Watton) the Anglo-American movie and television character actor, was born in Llandudno , Wales in November 1886 to parents John Watton and Evelyn Clara Earl. Hamer learned his craft on stage in the United Kingdom, appearing as a professional from 1916 in Shakespeare...
46. Middleton Woods
Actor | The Curse of Frankenstein
Middleton Woods was born on September 20, 1886 in Shepherd's Bush, London, England as Frank Middleton Woods. He was an actor, known for The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), Whispering Smith Investigates (1952) and Dead Man's Evidence (1962). He died in 1974 in Canterbury, Kent, England.
48. Philip Merivale
Actor | The Stranger
Philip Merivale was born on November 2, 1886 in Rehutia, Manickpur, India. He was an actor and writer, known for The Stranger (1946), Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941) and This Land Is Mine (1943). He was married to Gladys Cooper and Viva Birkett. He died on March 12, 1946 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Actor | Little Caesar
Thomas Edward Jackson (1886-1967) started his career on Broadway in juvenile parts on Broadway from 1899-1903. He took a nearly decade long break from the Great White Way, returning there in earnest in 1917 through the end of 1928. Thomas gained experience as a theatrical director and producer at ...
50. Lars Hanson
Actor | Captain Salvation
Lars Hanson was born on July 26, 1886 in Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden. He was an actor, known for Captain Salvation (1927), The Wind (1928) and The Saga of Gösta Berling (1924). He was married to Karin Molander. He died on April 8, 1965 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden.