Birth Date between 1896-01-01 and 1896-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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1. Ian Wolfe

Actor | THX 1138

Respected character actor whose on-screen work included everything from Shakespeare to Dick Tracy (1990) (his last film). After a long apprenticeship in the theatre, the 38-year-old Wolfe finally debuted in films in The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934), recreating his Broadway role. He then toiled...

2. Ruth Gordon

Actress | Rosemary's Baby

When Ruth Gordon convinced her father, a sea captain, to let her pursue acting she came to New York and studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She acted in a few silents made at Fort Lee, New Jersey, in 1915. She made her Broadway debut in "Peter Pan" as Nibs the same year. The next 20 ...

3. Howard Hawks

Director | Rio Bravo

What do the classic films Scarface (1932), Twentieth Century (1934), Bringing Up Baby (1938), Only Angels Have Wings (1939), His Girl Friday (1940), Sergeant York (1941), To Have and Have Not (1944), The Big Sleep (1946), Red River (1948) Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) and Rio Bravo (1959) have in...

4. George Burns

Actor | Oh, God!

George Burns was born on January 20, 1896 in New York City, New York, USA as Nathan Birnbaum. He was an actor and producer, known for Oh, God! (1977), The Sunshine Boys (1975) and Going in Style (1979). He was married to Gracie Allen and Hannah Siegel. He died on March 9, 1996 in Beverly Hills, Los...

5. Raymond Massey

Actor | Arsenic and Old Lace

Educated at the University of Toronto & Balliol College, Oxford, he joined the Canadian Field Artillery in World War I, served in France & was wounded. His first appearance was in a stage production in Siberia, during its occupation by American Forces in 1918. Raymond returned to Canada & the farm ...

6. Arnold Ridley

Actor | Dad's Army

Having sustained injuries during World War I , the young Arnold Ridley was forced to give up a budding acting career and turn to writing. He hit the jackpot with 'The Ghost Train' which was a great West End success and has been filmed several times. This was followed by a number of other plays ...

7. Joseph Schildkraut

Actor | The Diary of Anne Frank

An imposing Austrian import-turned-matinée idol on the silent screen, Hollywood actor Joseph Schildkraut went on to conquer talking films as well -- with Oscar-winning results. Inclined towards smooth, cunning villainy, his Oscar came instead for his sympathetic portrayal of Captain Alfred Dreyfus ...

8. William A. Wellman

Director | A Star Is Born

William Wellman, the Oscar-winning screenwriter-director of the original A Star Is Born (1937), was called "Wild Bill" during his World War I service as an aviator, a nickname that persisted in Hollywood due to his larger-than-life personality and lifestyle.

A leap-year baby born in 1896 on the 29th...

9. J. Carrol Naish

Actor | Sahara

One of the most versatile character actors in the business, Joseph Patrick Carrol Naish (pronounced Nash) was born of Irish descent in New York City. His illustrious ancestors hailed from county Limerick and were listed in Burke's Peerage. He had a Catholic education at St. Cecilia's Academy, but ...

10. Ethel Waters

Actress | Cabin in the Sky

The child of a teenage rape victim, Ethel Waters grew up in the slums of Philadelphia and neighboring cities, seldom living anywhere for more than a few weeks at a time. "No one raised me, " she recollected, "I just ran wild." She excelled not only at looking after herself, but also at singing and ...

11. Kathryn Givney

Actress | A Place in the Sun

Kathryn Givney was born on October 27, 1896 in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, USA as Kathryn Givney Connolly. She was an actress, known for A Place in the Sun (1951), My Friend Irma (1949) and Daddy Long Legs (1955). She was married to Francis A Connolly. She died on March 16, 1978 in Hollywood, ...

12. Hope Summers

Actress | Rosemary's Baby

Hope Summers could portray a friendly neighbor or companion as she did for Frances Bavier's Aunt Bee character on many episodes of The Andy Griffith Show (1960) or a seemingly amiable satanist in Rosemary's Baby (1968).

Born in Mattoon, Illinois, she developed an early interest in the theater. ...

13. Abraham Sofaer

Actor | The Naked Jungle

Born on October 1, 1896, in Rangoon, Burma, to Burmese-Jewish parents, distinguished veteran character actor Abraham Sofaer was a one-time schoolteacher in both Rangoon and London. He switched gears to acting after a short time and made his stage debut as a walk-on in William Shakespeare's "The ...

14. Ruth Donnelly

Actress | Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Feisty, ebullient character comedienne who, for three decades, enlivened Hollywood films with her drollery and quick-fire repartee. The daughter of a newspaper editor and music critic, Ruth made her stage debut in the chorus of the touring production 'The Quaker Girl' in 1913. Four years later, she...

15. Marjorie Bennett

Actress | What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

Marjorie Bennett was born on January 15, 1896 in York, Australia. She was an actress, known for What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), 101 Dalmatians (1961) and Mary Poppins (1964). She died on June 14, 1982 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.

16. Lilia Skala

Actress | Lilies of the Field

Born and raised in Vienna, Austria, Lilia Skala would become a star on two continents. In pre-World War II Austria she starred in famed Max Reinhardt's stage troupe, and in post-war America she would become a notable matronly, award-worthy character star on Broadway and in films. Forced to flee her...

17. Jessie Royce Landis

Actress | North by Northwest

Jessie Royce Landis was called "an international star" in her New York Times obituary. She was 20 when she made her stage debut at the Playhouse in Chicago as the young countess in "The Highwayman". Soon she was on Broadway. In 1950 she went to London for "Larger Than Life", a dramatization of W. ...

18. Alan Mowbray

Actor | The Man Who Knew Too Much

Alan Mowbray, the American film actor who was one of the founding members of the Screen Actors Guild, was born Ernest Allen on August 18, 1896, in London, England, to a non-theatrical family. He served in the British army during World War I and received the Military Medal and the French Croix De ...

19. Olive Carey

Actress | The Searchers

Olive Carey was born Olive Fuller Golden on January 31, 1896. Olive was 18 when she appeared in her first motion picture, a silent entitled, Tess of the Storm Country (1914). After she made A Knight of the Range (1916), she retired from films. In 1916, she married actor Harry Carey who was eighteen...

20. Tonio Selwart

Actor | Wilson

Tonio Selwart was born on June 9, 1896 in Wartenberg, Bavaria, Germany as Anton Th. Selmair. He was an actor, known for Wilson (1944), The Hitler Gang (1944) and The Other Side of the Wind (2018). He died on November 2, 2002 in New York, USA.

21. Julien Duvivier

Writer | Pépé le Moko

Revered by such legendary fellow directors as Ingmar Bergman and Jean Renoir, Julien Duvivier is one of the greatest figures in the history of French cinema and of world cinema in general. He is perhaps the most neglected of the "Big Five" of classic French cinema (the other four being Jean Renoir,...

22. Barbara La Marr

Actress | The Three Musketeers

Reatha Watson (Barbara La Marr) is possibly most famous as supposedly being one of the first drug-related deaths in Hollywood, but while she had a serious drinking problem she in fact died of tuberculosis with complications of nephritis. She is notable for other reasons, among them her successes as...

23. Leo McCarey

Director | Going My Way

Leo McCarey was born on October 3, 1896 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Thomas Leo McCarey. He was a director and writer, known for Going My Way (1944), An Affair to Remember (1957) and Love Affair (1939). He was married to Stella Martin. He died on July 5, 1969 in Santa Monica, California.

24. Anton Walbrook

Actor | The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

This dark, debonair, dashing and extremely distinguished Austrian actor was christened Adolf Wohlbrück in Vienna, the scion of a family of circus clowns. He broke away easily from generations of tradition as the circus life had no appeal whatsoever to Walbrook.

Trained by the legendary director Max ...

25. Vivienne Osborne

Actress | Dragonwyck

Vivienne Osborne was born on December 10, 1896 in Des Moines, Iowa, USA as Vera Vivienne Spragg. She was an actress, known for Dragonwyck (1946), Two Seconds (1932) and Tomorrow at Seven (1933). She was married to Francis Worthington Hine. She died on June 10, 1961 in Malibu, California, USA.

26. Arthur Shields

Actor | The Quiet Man

Though not as well known as his nearly decade-older brother Barry Fitzgerald, Shields was a talented actor with well over twice the film roles in his career. Fitzgerald was already a well established player at the renowned Dublin Abbey Theater when Shields, also bitten by the acting bug, joined in ...

27. F. Scott Fitzgerald

Writer | The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

"There are no second acts in American lives," wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald, who himself went from being the high priest of the Jazz Age to a down-and-out alcoholic within the space of 20 years, but not before giving the world several literary masterpieces, the most famous of which is "The Great Gatsby...

28. Juano Hernandez

Actor | Kiss Me Deadly

He was the son of a Puerto Rican seaman. He was self-educated and spent much of his childhood in Brazil singing on the streets to raise money for food. He became an actor after having been a circus performer, radio actor, and vaudeville performer. He worked in the chorus of the 1927 stage ...

29. Dorothy Stickney

Actress | I Never Sang for My Father

Dorothy, who was born in Dickinson, North Dakota, studied acting in Minneapolis. After several years in summer stock and vaudeville, she made her debut on Broadway in 1926 in "The Squall," and achieved notoriety in a Her father, Victor Hugo Stickney, was a doctor who made house calls on horseback; ...

30. Doris Lloyd

Actress | The Time Machine

Doris Lloyd was born on July 3, 1896 in Liverpool, England as Hessy Doris Lloyd. She was an actress, known for The Time Machine (1960), Alice in Wonderland (1951) and Waterloo Bridge (1931). She died on May 21, 1968 in Santa Barbara, California, USA.

31. Virginia Valli

Actress | Night Life in Reno

Virginia got her start with a Milwaukee stock company and also did some film work with Essanay Studios in 1917 Chicago. Back in the theater, it would be 3 more years before she was brought out to Hollywood to act as leading lady to Bert Lytell. Virginia would continue to appear in films throughout ...

32. Larry Keating

Actor | When Worlds Collide

Larry Keating was born on June 13, 1896 in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA as Lawrence Keating. He was an actor, known for When Worlds Collide (1951), The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (1950) and Mister Ed (1958). He was married to Ruth Elizabeth Evans, Consuelo Heidner and Mary Rowe. He died on ...

33. Natalie Talmadge

Actress | Passion Flower

Natalie Talmadge was the middle daughter of the original "stage mother", Margaret Talmadge (Peg). Her two sisters, Constance Talmadge (the comedienne) and Norma Talmadge (the tragedian) were also in the movies, and had their own production companies, bankrolled by Norma's husband in the 1920s, ...

34. Bill Walker

Actor | ...tick... tick... tick...

Bill Walker was born on July 1, 1896 in Pendleton, Indiana, USA as William Franklin Walker. He is known for his work on ...tick... tick... tick... (1970), Our Man Flint (1966) and Big Jake (1971). He was married to Peggy Cartwright. He died on January 27, 1992 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, ...

35. Dziga Vertov

Director | Chelovek s kino-apparatom

Born in Bialystok, Poland, studied music and enrolled in St. Petersburg Neurological Institute in 1916. Worked on first Soviet newsreel, Kinonedelia (1918-1919), then on subsequent newsreel series (inc. Kinopravda, 1922-1925).

36. Edith Bouvier Beale

Self | Grey Gardens

Edith Bouvier Beale was born on October 5, 1896 in New Jersey, USA as Edith Ewing Bouvier. She was married to Phelan Beale. She died on February 5, 1977 in Southampton, New York, USA.

37. Jack Howarth

Actor | Hobson's Choice

Jack Howarth was born on February 19, 1896 in Rochdale, Lancashire, England as John Aubrey Conway Howarth. He was an actor, known for Hobson's Choice (1954), Coronation Street (1960) and Champion Road (1958). He was married to Betty Murgatroyd. He died on March 31, 1984 in Llandudno, Wales.

38. Charles Wagenheim

Actor | Foreign Correspondent

Initially drawn to an acting career to counterbalance an acute case of shyness, diminutive character actor Charles Wagenheim's career comprised hundreds upon hundreds of minor but atmospheric parts on stage, film and TV. Born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1896, he was the son of immigrant parents. ...

39. Edith Evanson

Actress | Rope

During the Golden Age of Hollywood there were an array of character actors who came out and perfected their craft alongside some of the era's most popular stars. Within that category is one Edith Evanson.

She was born on April 28, 1898 in Tacoma, Washington, the daughter of a Protestant minister. In...

40. Charles Butterworth

Actor | This Is the Army

Charles Butterworth was, before he came to Hollywood in 1930, a stage attraction on Broadway. In the '30s, he had his big successes as the hero's no-nonsense best friend. He made a practice of ad-libbing dry quips and bons mots during shooting, and screenwriters took advantage of this by writing ...

41. Blanche Sweet

Actress | The Unpardonable Sin

Born into a family of show people, Blanche first appeared on the stage when she was 18 months old. Blanche was a dancer by the time she was four and a talented actress by 1909 when she started work at Biograph with D.W. Griffith. At 14, she was two years younger than Mary Pickford, but her maturity...

42. Mary MacLaren

Actress | The Three Musketeers

Mary MacLaren was born on January 19, 1896 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA as Mary MacDonald. She is known for her work on The Three Musketeers (1921), Shoes (1916) and Creaking Stairs (1919). She was married to Robert S. Coleman and Colonel George Herbert Young. She died on November 9, 1985 in ...

43. William Cameron Menzies

Production Designer | Gone with the Wind

William Cameron Menzies was educated at Yale University, the University of Edinburgh and at the Art Students League in New York. He entered the film industry in 1919, after serving with the U.S. Expeditionary Forces in World War I. His initial assignments were in film design and special effects, as...

44. Heather Thatcher

Actress | Beau Geste

Heather Thatcher was born on September 3, 1896 in London, England as Heather Mary Thatcher. She is known for her work on Beau Geste (1939), Gaslight (1944) and Anna Karenina (1948). She died in January 1987 in Hillingdon, Hillingdon, London.

45. Ted Healy

Actor | Mad Love

US vaudevillian who in 1923 founded a stage act known as "Ted Healy & His Stooges," the latter comprising one Moe Howard and his brother, Shemp Howard, whose roles were to act as foils, or stooges, for Healy's jokes. Joined later by Larry Fine, the Howards later went off on their own, eventually to...

46. Richard Thorpe

Director | Knights of the Round Table

After working in vaudeville, on the stage and in early movies, Richard Thorpe launched his directing career in 1923. After directing dozens of low-budget comedies and westerns, his talents were recognized in the mid-'30s when he went to work for MGM. Studio chief Louis B. Mayer valued efficiency in...

47. Melville Cooper

Actor | The Adventures of Robin Hood

Born George Melville Cooper on October 15, 1896, in Birmingham England, he was the son of non-professionals W.C.J. and Frances (Brennan) Cooper, and attended various English public schools, including King Edward's School in Birmingham. Attracted to the stage as a teenager, he made his debut at ...

48. Milton Kibbee

Actor | The Mad Doctor of Market Street

Milton Kibbee was born on January 27, 1896 in Roswell, New Mexico, USA as Milton Bryan Kibbee. He was an actor, known for The Mad Doctor of Market Street (1942), Billy the Kid's Smoking Guns (1942) and Junior Prom (1946). He was married to Lois H. Wilson. He died on April 17, 1970 in Simi Valley, ...

49. Adele Astaire

Writer | Round the Film Studios

Adele and her brother Fred were the toast of Broadway in the 1920s and early thirties with such shows as Lady be Good and Funny Face. Many thought Adele was the greater entertainer of the pair, comparing her to Fanny Brice and Imogene Coca. Fred was far more serious about his craft and would ...

50. Gladys Hulette

Actress | Tol'able David

The daughter of an opera star turned actress, Gladys Hulette began her career as a three-year old on the stage. On Broadway from 1906, she played juvenile leads in "The Kreutzer Sonata" and "A Doll's House". She was also Tyltyl in "The Blue Bird". A genuine pioneer of the movies, Gladys first ...


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