Birth Date between 1887-01-01 and 1887-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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1. Boris Karloff

Actor | Bride of Frankenstein

Along with fellow actors Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi and Vincent Price, Boris Karloff is recognized as one of the true icons of horror cinema, and the actor most closely identified with the general public's perception of the "monster" from the classic Mary Shelley book, "Frankenstein". William Henry ...

2. Roland Young

Actor | Topper

Best remembered for the many meek characters he played -- think Cosmo Topper, of the screwball classic Topper (1937) -- this balding, short, yet distinguished actor was born in London, England, to an architect and his wife. Young was educated at Sherborne College and University College London and ...

3. William Frawley

Actor | I Love Lucy

William Frawley was born in Burlington, Iowa. As a boy he sang at St. Paul's Catholic Church and played at the Burlington Opera House. His first job was as a stenographer for the Union Pacific Railroad. He did vaudeville with his brother Paul, then joined pianist Franz Rath in an act they took to ...

4. Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle

Actor | The Butcher Boy

Roscoe Arbuckle, one of nine children, was the baby of the family who weighed a reported 16 pounds at birth. Born in Smith Center, Kansas, on March 24, 1887, his family moved to California when he was a year old. At age eight he appeared on the stage. His first part was with the Webster-Brown Stock...

5. Reginald Owen

Actor | Mary Poppins

Born August 5th, 1887 in England, Reginald Owen was among Hollywood's busier character actors, making more than 80 films. He was educated in England at Sir Herbert Tree's Academy of Dramatic Arts. Owen excelled and made his professional debut also in England at the age of 18. He came to New York in...

6. Raoul Walsh

Director | Sadie Thompson

Raoul Walsh's 52-year directorial career made him a Hollywood legend. Walsh was also an actor: He appeared in the first version of W. Somerset Maugham's "Rain" renamed Sadie Thompson (1928) opposite Gloria Swanson in the title role. He would have played the Cisco Kid in his own film In Old Arizona ...

7. Clive Brook

Actor | On Approval

Born in London, England to Charlotte Mary (opera singer) and George Alfred Brook. He was educated privately. Stage experience included: "Oliver Twist", "Voysey Inheritence", "If I were King", "Importance of Being Ernest", Fair and Warmer", "Over Sunday", "Clothes and the WOman", and many others. ...

8. James Finlayson

Actor | Pardon Us

Alongside Ben Turpin, diminutive Scots-born Jimmy Finlayson was, arguably, the most instantly recognisable of the many clowns of silent screen slapstick who made their living as comic foil to stars like Laurel & Hardy, or Harold Lloyd. The perpetually exasperated, squinting, bald-pated master of ...

9. Raymond Hatton

Actor | Male and Female

The son of a physician, Raymond Hatton entered films in 1909, eventually appearing in almost 500 other pictures. In early silents he formed a comedy team with big, burly Wallace Beery. He was best known as the tobacco-chewing, rip-snorting Rusty Joslin in the Three Mesquiteers series. He was also ...

10. Chico Marx

Actor | Duck Soup

As a kid trying to negotiate his way through various gang territories to a floating crap game or a new pool hall where he was not yet known as a hustler, Leonard (Chico) Marx learned to fake several accents. Because he later employed an Italian accent in the Marx Brothers' act, people assumed his ...

11. Cyril Delevanti

Actor | Soylent Green

Seasoned London-born character actor, who had a lengthy career in American films and on television. The son of an Anglo-Italian music professor, Cyril also had a secondary career in Hollywood as a respected drama coach, engaged by Douglas Fairbanks, James Craig, and others. He appears to have ...

12. Monte Blue

Actor | Key Largo

Stalwart, durable Monte Blue, a romantic leading man of the silent days, was born January 11, 1887, as Gerard Monte Blue (some sources indicate 1890, but his mother's application for his admission to the Soldier's and Sailor's Orphan's Home lists his birth date as January 11, 1887). Various sources...

13. Gertrude Astor

Actress | The Cat and the Canary

The first actress to sign a contract with Universal in 1915, Gertrude Astor (born in Ohio as Gertrude Irene Astor) began her career playing trombone and saxophone on a riverboat. Towering over most of her leading men at 5'11", she often played golddiggers, rich socialites or a leading lady's best ...

14. John Hamilton

Actor | The Maltese Falcon

Burly, stentorian-voiced John Hamilton, worked on Broadway and in touring theatrical companies for many years prior to his 1930 film debut. He was in the original Broadway company of "Seventh Heaven" and would appear in the film remake (Seventh Heaven (1937)) in 1937. For Warner Bros, he starred ...

15. Hank Mann

Actor | Modern Times

Hank Mann was born on May 28, 1887 in New York City, New York, USA as David William Lieberman. He was an actor and director, known for Modern Times (1936), The Great Dictator (1940) and City Lights (1931). He was married to Dolly Myers Robinson, Rae Max and Estelle. He died on November 25, 1971 in ...

16. Harry Tenbrook

Actor | A Slight Case of Murder

Harry Tenbrook was born on October 9, 1887 in Oslo, Norway as Henry Olaf Hansen. He was an actor, known for A Slight Case of Murder (1938), They Were Expendable (1945) and The Land of Might (1912). He died on September 14, 1960 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

17. John Wray

Actor | All Quiet on the Western Front

John Wray was born on February 13, 1887 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as John Griffith Malloy. He was an actor and writer, known for All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), The Death Kiss (1932) and Doctor X (1932). He was married to Florence Miller. He died on April 5, 1940 in Los Angeles, ...

18. 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, ...

19. Charles Dingle

Actor | The Little Foxes

Charles Dingle was born on December 28, 1887 in Wabash, Indiana, USA. He was an actor, known for The Little Foxes (1941), The Song of Bernadette (1943) and The Wife of Monte Cristo (1946). He was married to Dorothea White (actress). He died on January 19, 1956 in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA.

20. Jim Thorpe

Writer | Jim Thorpe -- All-American

Renowned Native American athlete who excelled in the 1912 Olympic games in Stockholm but was later stripped of his Olympic medals for having previously received monetary compensation for engaging in professional sport. He later showed up on movie screens as a bit player in westerns. He was ...

21. Lil Dagover

Actress | Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari

A prominent German film actress born on 30 September 1887 at Madiven, Java, the daughter of a forest ranger in the service of the Dutch authorities. Sent at the age of ten to Baden-Baden to study, she later entered the cinema thanks to her marriage in 1917 to the actor Fritz Dagover who was 25 ...

22. Walter Connolly

Actor | It Happened One Night

The name may have been forgotten, especially today (seven decades later), but the portly, apoplectic, exasperated figure on the 1930s screen wasn't. While his film career, save a couple of silents, lasted a paltry seven years (1932-1939), character actor Walter Connolly certainly ran the distance. ...

23. Elisabeth Risdon

Actress | High Sierra

Elisabeth Risdon was born on April 26, 1887 in London, England as Daisy Cartwright Risdon. She was an actress, known for High Sierra (1941), Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940) and Make Way for Tomorrow (1937). She was married to Brandon Evans and George Loane Tucker. She died on December 20, 1958 in ...

24. Antonio Moreno

Actor | Creature from the Black Lagoon

A serious rival to Rudolph Valentino as the smouldering 'Latin Lover' type was black-haired Spanish-born Antonio Moreno. One of the most prominent screen stars of the 1920's, he was equally adept at romance, melodrama or comedy and appeared opposite most of the legendary movie queens of the era, ...

25. Alvin C. York

Writer | Sergeant York

Alvin Cullum York was born in rural Pall Mall, Tennessee. Raised in the mountains, he learned to shoot guns when he was just a boy, becoming an expert with both a pistol and rifle before his teens. Under the influence of his high school girlfriend--and his future wife--Gracie Williams, he also ...

26. Raymond Walburn

Actor | The Count of Monte Cristo

Stalwart character Raymond Walburn is one of those actors whose name may have slipped through the memory cracks over time, but whose valued contribution to 30s and 40s comedy films certainly warrants a reminder. Somewhat reminiscent of the "Mr. Monopoly" character, Walburn was the archetypal ...

27. Billy Bevan

Actor | Another Dawn

Billy Bevan's show-business career began in his native Australia, with the Pollard theatrical organization. The company had two theater troupes, one which toured Asia and the other traveling to North America. Bevan wound up in the latter, performing in skits and plays all over Canada and Alaska ...

28. Annette Kellerman

Actress | Venus of the South Seas

Annette Kellerman was born on July 6, 1887 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Annette Marie Sarah Kellerman. She is known for her work on Venus of the South Seas (1924), Jephtah's Daughter: A Biblical Tragedy (1909) and A Daughter of the Gods (1916). She was married to James R. Sullivan. She ...

29. Conrad Hilton

Self | Playhouse 90

Hotel magnate Conrad Nicholson Hilton was born on Christmas Day of 1887 in San Antonio, New Mexico. He was the son of Mary Genevive (Laufersweiler), who was of German descent, and August Halvorsen Hilton, a Norwegian immigrant, born in Hilton, Ullensaker, Akershus, Norway. His father ran a string ...

30. Jack Conway

Director | Viva Villa!

Born Hugh Ryan Conway of Irish ancestry, Jack Conway was one of a team of MGM contract directors (others included Sam Wood and Robert Z. Leonard), who forsook any pretense to a specific individual style in favor of working within the strictures set forth by studio management--as embodied by Irving ...

31. Hooper Atchley

Actor | Arizona Terror

Hooper Atchley was born on April 30, 1887 in Ebenezer, Tennessee, USA as Lemuel Hooper Atchley. He was an actor, known for Arizona Terror (1931), The Return of Jimmy Valentine (1936) and The Three Musketeers (1933). He was married to Violet Yahar. He died on November 16, 1943 in Hollywood, Los ...

32. Jimmy Aubrey

Actor | The Lion Man

Born in Bolton, Lancashire, Aubrey was the son of US born gymnast Robert Aubrey. Later a member of the Fred Karno variety troupe, he first traveled to New York in 1900, then settled permanently after emigrating from London, on August 29, 1908. An early understudy of Charlie Chaplin, he later ...

33. Lynn Fontanne

Actress | The Magnificent Yankee

Lynn Fontanne was born on December 6, 1887 in Woodford, Essex, England as Lillie Louise Fontanne. She was an actress, known for The Magnificent Yankee (1965), The Guardsman (1931) and Stage Door Canteen (1943). She was married to Alfred Lunt. She died on July 30, 1983 in Genesee Depot, Wisconsin, ...

34. Herbert Lomas

Actor | Lorna Doone

Herbert Lomas was born on January 17, 1887 in Burnley, Lancashire, England as Tom Herbert Lomas. He was an actor, known for Lorna Doone (1934), Ask a Policeman (1939) and The Sign of Four: Sherlock Holmes' Greatest Case (1932). He died on April 11, 1961 in Bovey Tracey, Devon, England.

35. Roy William Neill

Director | The Scarlet Claw

Roy William Neill was born on September 4, 1887 in ship off Ireland as Roland de Gostrie. He was a director and producer, known for The Scarlet Claw (1944), Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (1943) and Pursuit to Algiers (1945). He was married to Betty MacLaglen. He died on December 14, 1946 in London, ...

36. Lynne Overman

Actor | Union Pacific

Lynne Overman was born on September 19, 1887 in Maryville, Missouri, USA as Woodson Lynne Overman Woodson Lynne Overman. He was an actor, known for Union Pacific (1939), Reap the Wild Wind (1942) and Little Miss Marker (1934). He was married to Emily Helen Drange and Sylvia Antoinette Hazette. He ...

37. Jack Mulhall

Actor | The Three Musketeers

Jack Mulhall was born on October 7, 1887 in Wappingers Falls, New York, USA as John Joseph Francis Mulhall. He was an actor and producer, known for The Three Musketeers (1933), The Social Buccaneer (1923) and Dark Streets (1929). He was married to Evelyn Mulhall, Laura Bunton and Bertha Vuillot. He...

38. Paul Terry

Producer | The Bull Fight

A somewhat unsung legend in the animation biz, Paul Terry--born in San Mateo, CA, and raised in San Francisco--attended Polytechnic High and began as a cartoonist in newspapers (The San Francisco Bulletin, The San Francisco Call-Examiner) between 1904 and 1914. After having drawn comics for King ...

39. Blanche Yurka

Actress | The Song of Bernadette

This imposing-looking stage star of early 20th century Broadway was born Blanche Jurka to Bohemian immigrants on June 18, 1887 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Some references claim that she was brought to the United States as an infant and then raised in St. Paul. Her Czech parents saw a blossoming singing...

40. Tim Moore

Actor | The Amos 'n Andy Show

Although Tim Moore will forever be known as "The Kingfish" in the pioneering series The Amos 'n Andy Show (1951), he was actually far better known for his career on the stage and as a comedian in vaudeville than he was for his film and television work. In fact, he had only made (as far as is known)...

41. Jack Tornek

Actor | North of the Rockies

Jack Tornek was born on January 2, 1887 in Minsk, Russian Empire as Issy Targownik. He is known for his work on North of the Rockies (1942), Bombs and Banknotes (1917) and Schlitz Playhouse (1951). He died on February 18, 1974 in Los Angeles County, California, USA.

42. Frank Moran

Actor | Sullivan's Travels

Frank Moran was born on March 18, 1887 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. He is known for his work on Sullivan's Travels (1941), No More Women (1934) and Captain Fury (1939). He died on December 14, 1967 in Hollywood, California, USA.

43. Ralph Ince

Director | Lincoln, the Lover

The youngest of three filmmaking brothers (the others were John Ince and Thomas H. Ince), Ralph Ince's career mirrored that of his brother John: he went from acting in silents to directing, and with the advent of sound he turned character actor. Unlike John, however, he would eventually resume ...

44. Fred Kohler

Actor | Carnival Boat

Prolific "heavy" in American films of the silent and early talkie eras. A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Kohler left home as a teenager, working various jobs while trying to establish a career in vaudeville. During this time, according to his son, actor Fred Kohler Jr., Kohler worked in a mine ...

45. Al Ernest Garcia

Actor | Modern Times

Al Ernest Garcia was born on March 11, 1887 in San Francisco, California, USA as Allan Ernest Garcia. He was an actor and casting director, known for Modern Times (1936), The Circus (1928) and City Lights (1931). He was married to Ruth Garcia. He died on September 4, 1938 in Los Angeles, California.

46. George Abbott

Writer | The Pajama Game

Legendary Broadway writer/producer/director George Abbott was born in 1887 in Forestville, New York. His father was mayor of Salamanca, New York, for two terms. In 1898 his family moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Abbott attended Kearney Military Academy. The family returned to New York, where Abbott...

47. Oliver Wallace

Composer | Dumbo

Oliver Wallace was born on August 6, 1887 in London, England as Oliver George Wallace. He is known for his work on Dumbo (1941), Cinderella (1950) and Alice in Wonderland (1951). He died on September 15, 1963 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

48. Ivor Barnard

Actor | Beat the Devil

Ivor Barnard was born on June 13, 1887 in London, England. He was an actor, known for Beat the Devil (1953), Great Expectations (1946) and The Good Companions (1933). He was married to Estelle Van Geuns. He died on June 30, 1953 in London.

49. Harry Semels

Actor | Les Misérables

One of the industry's most versatile character actors, in his almost 30-year career Harry Semels appeared in hundreds of films. Adept at playing everything from Spanish waiters to German soldiers to Italian villagers--and even a haughty District Attorney from time to time--his stocky build and ...

50. Charles Irwin

Actor | The Big Wheel

Charles Irwin was born on January 31, 1887 in Curragh, Ireland. He was an actor and writer, known for The Big Wheel (1949), Bomba, the Jungle Boy (1949) and Hell Below (1933). He was married to Kathryn Florence "Kitty" Henry Jolly. He died on January 12, 1969 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, ...


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