Birth Date between 1894-01-01 and 1894-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
Actor | To Have and Have Not
In many ways the most successful and familiar character actor of American sound films and the only actor to date to win three Oscars for Best Supporting Actor, Walter Brennan attended college in Cambridge, Massachusetts, studying engineering. While in school he became interested in acting and ...
2. John Ford
Director | The Quiet Man
John Ford came to Hollywood following one of his brothers, an actor. Asked what brought him to Hollywood, he replied "The train". He became one of the most respected directors in the business, in spite of being known for his westerns, which were not considered "serious" film. He won six Oscars, ...
3. Mae Marsh
Mae Marsh's father was an auditor for the railroad who died when she was four. Her family moved to San Francisco, where her stepfather was killed in the 1906 earthquake. Her great-aunt then took Mae and her sister to Los Angeles. With her show business background, Mae's aunt took them to the ...
4. Zasu Pitts
Actress | It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
Classic comedienne Zasu Pitts, of the timid, forlorn blue eyes and trademark woebegone vocal pattern and fidgety hands, was born to Rulandus and Nellie (Shay) Pitts, the third of four children on January 3, 1894. Her aged New York-native father, who lost a leg back in the Civil War era, had settled...
5. Percy Helton
Actor | The Set-Up
One of the most familiar faces and voices in Hollywood films of the 1950s. Percy Helton acted almost from infancy, appearing in his father's vaudeville act. The famed Broadway producer David Belasco cast Helton in a succession of child roles over several years, giving the boy an invaluable ...
Actor | Employees' Entrance
Warren William, the stalwart leading man of pre-Production Code talkies, was born Warren William Krech on December 2, 1894 in Aitkin, Minnesota, the son of a newspaper publisher. William originally planned to become a journalist, but he had a change of heart, and instead went to the American ...
7. Jean Renoir
Writer | La grande illusion
Son of the famous Impressionist painter Pierre Auguste, he had a happy childhood. Pierre Renoir was his brother, and Claude Renoir was his nephew. After the end of World War I, where he won the Croix de Guerre, he moved from scriptwriting to filmmaking. He married Catherine Hessling, for whom he ...
8. Jack Benny
Actor | The Jack Benny Program
The son of a saloonkeeper, Jack Benny (born Benny Kubelsky) began to study the violin at the age six, and his "ineptness" at it later become his trademark (in reality, he was a very accomplished player). When given the opportunity to play in live theatre professionally, Benny quit school and joined...
9. Rondo Hatton
Actor | House of Horrors
Was an only child, Rondo Hatton was born to Stewart and Emily Hatton in Hagerstown, Maryland. The family moved to Tampa, Florida, in 1912, when he was a high-school senior, and his father joined a family-owned business there. Rondo was apparently popular and a good athlete, especially in football.
10. William Fawcett
Actor | The Adventures of Sir Galahad
"Doc T". as he was known, was a Ph.D., and Professor of Theatre at Michigan State University in the early 1940's, just before World War II. He often spoke about leaving academia and actually trying his hand at the craft he taught. After the war, he got his chance and never looked back.
11. Will Wright
Actor | The Blue Dahlia
One of those familiar character actors who seems to have been born old, Will Wright specialized in playing crusty old codgers, rich skinflints, crooked small-town politicians and the like. A former newspaper reporter in San Francisco, he switched careers and entered vaudeville, then took to the ...
12. Billy Gilbert
Actor | His Girl Friday
The son of singers in the Metropolitan Opera, Billy Gilbert began performing in vaudeville at age 12. He developed a drawn-out, explosive sneezing routine that became his trademark (he was the model for, and voice of, Sneezy in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)). Gilbert's exquisite comic ...
13. Arthur Treacher
Actor | Mary Poppins
Born Arthur Veary Treacher in Brighton, East Sussex, England, he was the son of a lawyer. He established a stage career after returning from World War I, and by 1928, he had come to America as part of a musical-comedy revue called Great Temptations. When his film career began in the early 1930s, ...
14. Henry Daniell
Actor | The Great Dictator
London-born Henry Daniell began his career on the British stage, and continued it on the Broadway stage when he emigrated to the US. He entered films in 1929, and excelled at playing the suave, well-bred villain who could kill an enemy or start a war with a certain air of upper-class disdain, as if...
15. King Vidor
Director | Hallelujah
King Vidor was born on February 8, 1894 in Galveston, Texas, USA as King Wallis Vidor. He was a director and writer, known for Hallelujah (1929), The Crowd (1928) and Show People (1928). He was married to Vidor, Elizabeth Hill, Eleanor Boardman and Florence Vidor. He died on November 1, 1982 in ...
16. Fay Compton
Actress | The Haunting
Fay Compton was born on September 18, 1894 in West Kensington, London, England as Virginia Lilian Emmeline Mackenzie. She was an actress, known for The Haunting (1963), Othello (1951) and Laughter in Paradise (1951). She was married to Ralph Michael, Leon Quartermaine, Lauri de Frece and Harry ...
Director | The Devil Is a Woman
Josef von Sternberg split his childhood between Vienna and New York City. His father, a former soldier in the Austro-Hungarian army, could not support his family in either city; Sternberg remembered him only as "an enormously strong man who often used his strength on me." Forced by poverty to drop ...
18. Norma Talmadge
Actress | Camille
Norma Talmadge was born on May 26, 1895, in Jersey City, New Jersey. The daughter of an unemployed alcoholic and his wife, Norma did not have the idyllic childhood that most of us yearn for. Her father left the family on Christmas Day and his wife and three daughters had to fend for themselves. Her...
19. Dimitri Tiomkin
Music Department | High Noon
Dimitri Tiomkin was a Russian Jewish composer who emigrated to America and became one of the most distinguished and best-loved music writers of Hollywood. He won a hallowed place in the pantheon of the most successful and productive composers in American film history, earning himself four Oscars ...
20. Billy Bletcher
Actor | The Lost City
Billy Bletcher, standing 5' 2", was known as the little guy with the big voice, who, ironically, started his film career during the silent era.
Billy's show business career began in 1913 at the age of 19 in vaudeville, and within a year, he went to work for Vitagraph Studios in Brooklyn where he ...
21. Lois Wilson
Actress | Ransom
A schoolteacher who became a stage actress (briefly), Lois Wilson entered films in 1916 at Paramount (her sisters, Diana Kane and Connie Lewis, also worked as actresses). Wilson played leading roles well into the sound era, and after she retired from the screen she worked sporadically in television...
22. Ben Hecht
Writer | Notorious
Ben Hecht, one of Hollywood's and Broadway's greatest writers, won an Oscar for best original story for Underworld (1927) at the first Academy Awards in 1929 and had a hand in the writing of many classic films. He was nominated five more times for the best writing Oscar, winning (along with writing...
23. Olive Thomas
Actress | Beatrice Fairfax
Oliveretta Elaine Duffy was born on October 20, 1894, in Charleroi, Pennsylvania. Olive, as she was known to family and friends, did not have much of a childhood. Life in industrial Pittsburgh was depressing and grim with its smoky factories and hard living. She married Bernard Krug Thomas at the ...
24. Frank Borzage
Director | No Greater Glory
Frank Borzage was born on April 23, 1894 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. He was an actor and director, known for No Greater Glory (1934), 7th Heaven (1927) and Bad Girl (1931). He was married to Juanita Scott, Edna Skelton and Rena Rogers. He died on June 19, 1962 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, ...
25. Enid Markey
Actress | Tarzan of the Apes
Enid Markey was born on February 22, 1894 in Dillon, Colorado, USA as Enid Virginia Markey. She was an actress, known for Tarzan of the Apes (1918), The Romance of Tarzan (1918) and Sink or Swim (1920). She was married to George W. Cobb. She died on November 15, 1981 in Bay Shore, Long Island, New ...
26. Minerva Urecal
Actress | The Ape Man
A stage actress, Urecal made her screen debut in 1934. For the remainder of her career and two hundred plus movies, she played cleaning women, landladies, shopkeepers and the like. She was known as a Marjorie Main type actress and later went on to a career in television playing in such shows as "...
27. Nita Naldi
Actress | Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Nonna Dooley, the future silent screen star, began her career as a showgirl in a Shubert revue in the Winter Garden, later went on to the famed Ziegfeld Follies.
After a successful career on the stage with the Follies, Nita decided to try her hand with films in Hollywood. Her rise to fame was very ...
Actress | Sweethearts
Kathleen Lockhart was born on August 9, 1894 in Southsea, Hampshire, England as Kathleen Arthur. She was an actress, known for Sweethearts (1938), Roughly Speaking (1945) and Penrod's Double Trouble (1938). She was married to Gene Lockhart. She died on February 17, 1978 in Los Angeles, California, ...
29. Beatrice Lillie
Actress | Thoroughly Modern Millie
Dubbed "the funniest woman in the world", comedienne Beatrice Lillie was born the daughter of a Canadian government official and grew up in Toronto. She sang in a family trio act with her mother, Lucy, and her piano-playing older sister, Muriel. Times were hard and the ambitious mother eventually ...
30. Dashiell Hammett
Writer | The Maltese Falcon
Dashiell Hammett was born May 27, 1894, in St. Mary's County, Maryland, to Richard Hammett and Mary Bond. He joined the Baltimore branch of the Pinkerton Detective Agency in 1915. He enlisted in the US Army's Ambulance Corps in June 1918 and was posted to a camp 20 miles from Baltimore, where he ...
31. Tay Garnett
Director | China Seas
Following his service as a naval aviator in WW I, Tay Garnett entered films in 1920 as a screenwriter. After a stint as a gag writer for Mack Sennett and Hal Roach he joined Pathe, then the distributor for both competing comedy producers, and in 1928 began directing for that company. Garnett ...
32. Corinne Griffith
Actress | The Divine Lady
Corinne Griffith was a popular star of the silent movies. She started her film career at Vitagraph in 1916 and later moved to First National, where she became one of that studio's biggest stars. At the height of her popularity she was known as the "Orchid Lady of the Screen." Black Oxen (1923) was ...
34. Moms Mabley
Actress | Boarding House Blues
One the most successful entertainers of the Black vaudeville stage, also known as the Chitlin Circuit, was Jackie "Moms" Mabley, born Loretta Mary Aiken in 1894. At the apex of her long career, she was earning $10,000 a week at Harlem's Apollo Theatre. Mabley focused on conventional topics such as ...
35. Basil Sydney
Actor | Salome
The son of a stage manager, Basil Sydney entered the acting profession in 1909. His burgeoning career was interrupted by the outbreak of World War I, during which he saw action with the Norfolk Regiment in the British Army. In the early 1920's, Basil established himself as a matinée idol on the ...
36. Estelle Taylor
Actress | Street Scene
A former typist, Estelle Taylor married a banker at age 14 and, after leaving him, moved to New York to study dramatic acting. She also modeled for artists and appeared in the chorus of a couple of Broadway shows. In the early 1920s she came to Hollywood and was noted as one of the film colony's ...
37. Fred Allen
Actor | It's in the Bag!
Fred Allen, the well-known comedian who went on to star in radio, television, and film, was born John Florence Sullivan in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1894 and educated at Boston University. His Broadway shows include "The Passing Show of 1922" and "The Greenwich Village Follies".
He produced, wrote...
38. Al Kikume
Actor | Mandrake, the Magician
Al Kikume was born on October 9, 1894 in Kaimuki District, Honolulu, Hawaii as Elmer Kikume Gozier. He was an actor, known for Mandrake, the Magician (1939), The Mad Doctor of Market Street (1942) and The Hurricane (1937). He was married to Virgil Smith. He died on March 27, 1972 in Los Angeles, ...
39. Gladys Spencer
Actress | BBC Sunday-Night Theatre
Gladys Spencer was born on November 27, 1894 in Ivanhoe, Virginia, USA as Gladys Amelie Spencer. She was an actress, known for BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (1950), Doctor Who (1963) and BBC Play of the Month (1965). She died on December 10, 1992 in Westminster, London, England.
Actress | The Squaw Man
Winifred Kingston was born on November 11, 1894 in England. She was an actress, known for The Squaw Man (1914), The Virginian (1914) and The Scarlet Pimpernel (1917). She was married to Runyon Carmen R. and Dustin Farnum. She died on February 3, 1967 in La Jolla, California, USA.
41. Aldous Huxley
Writer | Brave New World
Aldous Leonard Huxley was born on July 26, 1894, at Laleham in Godalming, Surrey, England. He was the third of four children. His brother Julian Huxley was a biologist known for his theories of evolution. His grandfather, named Thomas Henry Huxley, was a naturalist known as "Darwin's Bulldog." His ...
42. Symona Boniface
Actress | Girls' Dormitory
An American actress most frequently seen in bit parts in comedy shorts, mostly at Columbia Pictures, particularly those of The Three Stooges, Symona Boniface entered the theatre as a playwright and actress, and produced plays as well. After the stock market crash of 1929 she began taking bit parts ...
43. Charles Meredith
Actor | Rocky Jones, Space Ranger
Actor Charles Meredith had the requisite good looks to become a popular silent film leading man. Tall, dark and exceedingly good-looking with distinctive high-parted hair, he played opposite Blanche Sweet, Mary Miles Minter, Florence Vidor, Katherine MacDonald, and other top stars of the day in ...
46. Olive Blakeney
Actress | The Strange Woman
Brown-haired, articulate American character actress who became a prolific performer on both sides of the Atlantic. Schooled in her native Kentucky she subsequently attended drama classes. Having relocated to London, she soon found steady employment in repertory theatre and eventually made her ...
47. Bobby Barber
Actor | Adventures of Superman
Bobby Barber was born on December 18, 1894 in New York City, New York, USA. He is known for his work on Adventures of Superman (1952), The Abbott and Costello Show (1952) and Time to Expire (1929). He was married to Maxine. He died on May 24, 1976 in Seal Beach, California, USA.
49. Arthur Freed
Producer | An American in Paris
Producer, songwriter and author, brother to Ralph Freed, Walter and Ruth Freed. He was educated at the Phillips Exeter Academy, and became associated with Gus Edwards musical acts. He performed in vaudeville with Louis Silvers, with whom he wrote revues for New York restaurants. During World War I,...
50. Martin Garralaga
Actor | The Gay Cavalier
Martin Garralaga was born on November 10, 1894 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain as Norman Garralaag. He was an actor, known for The Gay Cavalier (1946), The Cisco Kid in Old New Mexico (1945) and La llama sagrada (1931). He died on June 12, 1981 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.