Date of Death between 1939-01-01 and 1939-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)

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1. Douglas Fairbanks

Actor | Robin Hood

Douglas Fairbanks was born Douglas Elton Thomas Ullman in Denver, Colorado, to Ella Adelaide (Marsh) and Hezekiah Charles Ullman, an attorney. His paternal grandparents were German Jewish immigrants, while his mother was from an Anglo family from the South. He was raised by his mother, who had ...

2. Claude Gillingwater

Actor | A Tale of Two Cities

A man so disagreeable on celluloid, Claude Gillingwater's characters seemed to subsist on a steady diet of persimmons. Fondly recalled as the cranky old skinflint whose seemingly cold heart could only be warmed by the actions of a cute little tyke, the tall and rangy Gillingwater invariably played ...

3. Alice Brady

Actress | In Old Chicago

Alice Brady was born in New York City on November 2, 1892. She was interested in the stage from childhood, as her father was famed Broadway producer William A. Brady. After a few stage productions, Alice was discovered by movie producers in New York, since this was the film capital at the time. Her...

4. Beryl Mercer

Actress | The Little Princess

Too short to be a leading lady, Beryl Mercer had a very active and productive career playing motherly characters. She had played opposite of great leading men like Colin Clive, Robert Montgomery, James Cagney, Gary Cooper, Leslie Howard, Spencer Tracy, and Randolph Scott. Beryl played Queen ...

5. Herbert Mundin

Actor | The Adventures of Robin Hood

Herbert Mundin was born on August 21, 1898 in St. Helens, Merseyside, England as Herbert Thomas Mundin. He was an actor, known for The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), David Copperfield (1935) and Chandu the Magician (1932). He was married to Ann Shaw and Hilda Frances Hoyes. He died on March 5, ...

6. Fay Templeton

Self | The March of Time

Fay Templeton was born on December 25, 1865 in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. She was married to William Patterson, Howell Osborne and Billy West. She died on October 3, 1939 in San Francisco, California, USA.

7. Zane Grey

Writer | The Last Duane

Born Pearl Zane Gray on January 31, 1872, in Zanesville, Ohio--a town founded by his mother's family--famed western novelist Zane Grey was an athlete and outdoorsman from an early age, with his main interests being fishing and baseball. He attended the University of Pennsylvania on a baseball ...

8. Lois Weber

Director | Suspense

Lois Weber, who had been a street-corner evangelist before entering motion pictures in 1905, became the first American woman movie director of note, and a major one at that. Herbert Blaché, the husband of Frenchwoman Alice Guy, the first woman to direct a motion picture (and arguably, the first ...

9. Owen Moore

Actor | Betty in Search of a Thrill

Born in 1886, virile and dashing silent screen idol Owen Moore, equipped with incredibly handsome reddish and ruddy features, came to America with his family from Ireland at age 11. After some stage work, he entered films at the Biograph Studio in 1908 and appeared in many of D.W. Griffith's early ...

10. Jameson Thomas

Actor | The Farmer's Wife

On the British stage from his teens, he first appeared as a half-breed boy in "The Squaw Man." His screen debut was in 1923 in the film "Chu Chin Chow." Dissatisfied with the British film industry, he moved to Hollywood and played a number of minor roles up to the time of his death. On the English ...

11. Ivan Mozzhukhin

Actor | L'angoissante aventure

Ivan Mozzhukhin was a legendary actor of Russian silent films, who escaped execution by the Soviet Red Army and had a stellar career in Europe.

He was born Ivan Ilyich Mozzhukhin on September 26, 1889, in the village of Kondol, Saratov province, Russia (now Penza province, Russia). His father was ...

12. Etienne Girardot

Actor | The Kennel Murder Case

Etienne Girardot was born on February 22, 1856 in London, England. He was an actor, known for The Kennel Murder Case (1933), The Whole Town's Talking (1935) and The Garden Murder Case (1936). He was married to Dr. Violetta Shelton. He died on November 10, 1939 in Hollywood, California, USA.

13. Carl Laemmle

Bride of Frankenstein

The roots of Universal Pictures can rightfully be traced back to 1906 when Carl Laemmle returned home to Chicago after a stint as a bookkeeper in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and opened up a chain of nickelodeons. This in turn led to the ambitious 39-year-old organizing a film exchange network he boldly ...

14. Tom Ricketts

Director | The Secretary of Frivolous Affairs

Born in London, England, in 1853, prolific actor/director (300+ credits) Tom Ricketts is mostly forgotten today, but his chief claim to fame is that he directed the first motion picture shot in Hollywood.

Ricketts began his show-business career as an actor on the London stage, and gained a ...

15. S.S. Van Dine

Writer | The Kennel Murder Case

Willard Huntington Wright was born to Archibald Davenport Wright and Annie Van Vranken Wright on October 15, 1887, in Charlottesville. He attended St. Vincent College, Pomona College, and Harvard University. He also studied art in Munich and Paris, an apprenticeship that led to a job as literary ...

16. John Harron

Actor | White Zombie

Actor John (Johnnie) Harron was born in New York City on March 31, 1903, a younger brother of silent screen star Robert Harron. John got his first taste of the movie business with an unbilled bit in one of his brother's many classic films, Hearts of the World (1918). After all the tabloid hoopla of...

17. Ford Sterling

Actor | Yankee Doodle in Berlin

Ford Sterling was born on November 3, 1883 in La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA as George Ford Stich. He was an actor and director, known for Yankee Doodle in Berlin (1919), He Who Gets Slapped (1924) and The Show-Off (1926). He was married to Teddy Sampson. He died on October 13, 1939 in Los Angeles, ...

18. Sigmund Freud

Writer | The Ego and the Id

Austrian neurologist and 'father of psychoanalysis'. Freud was born to Jacob Freud, a Jewish wool merchant, and Amalia (neé Nathansohn). The family settled in Vienna when Freud was young. In 1873 he started medicine at the University of Vienna, at which time he adopted the shortened form of his ...

19. George Fawcett

Actor | Flesh and the Devil

A grand, stoic presence of the silent screen, George Fawcett was an immensely popular stage thespian both here and in London at the turn of the century. During his heyday his eloquence rivaled that of both Lionel Barrymore and John Barrymore. A graduate of the University of Virginia, he was a ...

20. Gus Leonard

Actor | Wurra-Wurra

Gus Leonard was born on February 4, 1859 in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France as Amédée Théodore Gaston Lerond. He was an actor, known for Wurra-Wurra (1916), Mush and Milk (1933) and Coney Island (1928). He died on March 27, 1939 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

21. Charles Mintz

Producer | Holiday Land

Charles Mintz was born on November 5, 1889 in Pennsylvania, USA. He was a producer, known for Holiday Land (1934), The Little Match Girl (1937) and Fantasy (1927). He was married to M.J. Winkler. He died on December 30, 1939 in Beverly Hills, California, USA.

22. Alice Belcher

Actress | Mistaken Orders

Alice Belcher was born on April 12, 1880 in New York, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for Mistaken Orders (1925), Second Hand Rose (1922) and Pals First (1926). She was married to Harold Christie. She died on May 9, 1939 in Hollywood, California, USA.

23. Caryll Ann Ekelund

The Blue Bird

Caryll Ann Ekelund was born on May 6, 1935 in Cottonwood, California, USA. She was an actress, known for The Blue Bird (1940). She died on November 3, 1939 in Los Angeles, California.

24. Marie Hemingway

Actress | The Second Mrs. Tanqueray

Marie Hemingway was born on March 3, 1889 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England as Marie Foster Hemingway. She was an actress, known for The Second Mrs. Tanqueray (1916), A Master of Men (1917) and Follow the Lady (1933). She was married to Claude Rains. She died on June 7, 1939 in Sandgate, Kent, England.

26. James Parrott

Director | Pardon Us

Hal Roach hired him in the early 20's as a comedian called Paul Parrott but his talent was as a film director. He was also a good writer turning out many scripts for Laurel and Hardy and directed 22 of their films, more than any other of their directors. His first film with them was the 1927 silent...

27. William Butler Yeats

Writer | Dancing at Lughnasa

Had a lifelong interest in the occult and mysticism.

28. Aggie Herring

Actress | Among Those Present

Aggie Herring was born on February 4, 1876 in San Francisco, California, USA. She was an actress, known for Among Those Present (1921), Oliver Twist (1922) and A Blind Bargain (1922). She was married to Jess Herring. She died on October 28, 1939 in Santa Monica, California.

29. James P. Burtis

Actor | The Return of Jimmy Valentine

James P. Burtis was born on May 12, 1893 in Emporia, Kansas, USA. He was an actor, known for The Return of Jimmy Valentine (1936), The Hurricane Express (1932) and The Mystery Man (1935). He died on July 24, 1939 in California, USA.

30. Bernard Jukes

Actor | The Sap from Syracuse

Bernard Jukes was born on April 23, 1899 in Gravesend, Kent, England as Bernard St. George Clare Jukes. He was an actor, known for The Sap from Syracuse (1930) and The Torso Murder Mystery (1939). He was married to Elsie Wagstaff. He died on December 29, 1939 in Loughborough, Leicestershire, ...

31. Frank McGlynn Jr.

Actor | Hop-a-Long Cassidy

Frank McGlynn Jr. was born on July 9, 1904 in Marin County, California, USA. He was an actor, known for Hop-a-Long Cassidy (1935), Bar 20 Rides Again (1935) and Custer's Last Stand (1936). He died on March 29, 1939 in Los Angeles, California.

32. Robert Gleckler

Actor | The Glass Key

Robert Gleckler was born on January 11, 1887 in Pierre, South Dakota, USA. He was an actor, known for The Glass Key (1935), Dante's Inferno (1935) and I'd Give My Life (1936). He was married to Adelaide Kendall and Norma Phillips. He died on February 25, 1939 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

33. Clare Greet

Actress | Mrs. Dane's Defence

Clare Greet was born on June 14, 1871 in Leicestershire, England as Clara Greet. She was an actress and producer, known for Mrs. Dane's Defence (1933), Murder! (1930) and The Manxman (1929). She died on February 14, 1939 in London, England.

34. Bobby Vernon

Actor | Bulldog Drummond

Bobby Vernon was born in the U.S. in 1897, was trained in Vaudeville and became a talented comic in the silent era. He began working in 1913, appearing in Lon Chaney's Almost an Actress (1913) and later worked for Mack Sennett, who teamed him up with young Gloria Swanson in 9 comedies between 1916 ...

35. Joseph Belmont

Director | Prejudice

Joseph Belmont was born on August 18, 1874 in Port Huron, Michigan, USA. He was an actor and director, known for Prejudice (1922), The Hired Girl (1915) and The Black Sheep (1915). He died on May 16, 1939 in California, USA.

36. Jessalyn Van Trump

Actress | The Girl in the Rain

Beautiful dark haired star Jessalyn Van Trump born in Ohio in 1887. began in drama theatre from the early 1900's. Starred and supported in more than 110 silent drama and westerns, making her film debut as Alice in 'Alice's Sacrifice' for the Lubin Film Co in 1911, then Jessalyn starred opposite the...

37. Helen Ware

Actress | The Virginian

Helen Ware was born on October 15, 1877 in San Francisco, California, USA as Helen Remer. She was an actress, known for The Virginian (1929), The Garden of Allah (1916) and Flaming Gold (1932). She was married to Frederick Burt. She died on January 25, 1939 in Carmel, California.

38. Phillips Smalley

Director | The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

Phillips Smalley was born on August 7, 1875 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Phillips Wendell Smalley. He was a director and actor, known for The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1917), The Merchant of Venice (1914) and Eyes That See Not (1912). He was married to Phyllis Lorraine Ephlin and Lois Weber. He ...

39. Morton Selten

Actor | Shipyard Sally

Morton Selten was born on January 6, 1860 in Marlborough, England as Morton Richard Stubbs. He was an actor, known for Shipyard Sally (1939), Fire Over England (1937) and Ten Minute Alibi (1935). He was married to Kate Pattison (actress) and Dora B. Pennell. He died on July 27, 1939 in London, ...

40. A.W. Baskcomb

Actor | The Lodger

Archie Baskcomb is chiefly remembered for his creation of the part of "Slightly" in the very first stage production of J.M.Barrie's PETER PAN in 1904. He created a major character out of an underwritten part and went on to play it for seven years.

41. Monte Vandergrift

Actor | California Straight Ahead!

Monte Vandergrift was born on January 12, 1893 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He was an actor, known for California Straight Ahead! (1937), The Phantom Creeps (1939) and Trapped in Tia Juana (1932). He was married to Norma Leslie. He died on July 29, 1939 in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, ...

43. Sirkka Sari

Actress | Niskavuoren naiset

Sirkka Sari was born on May 1, 1920 in Raivola, Finland as Sirkka Linnéa Jahnsson. She was an actress, known for Women of Niskavuori (1938), Rikas tyttö (1939) and Sysmäläinen (1938). She died on July 30, 1939 in Aulanko, Finland.

44. Margaret Shelby

Actress | Clothes Make the Woman

Margaret Shelby was born on June 16, 1900 in San Antonio, Texas, USA as Margaret Reilly. She was an actress, known for Clothes Make the Woman (1928), Wives and Other Wives (1918) and The Intrusion of Isabel (1919). She was married to Emmett J. Flynn. She died on December 21, 1939 in Los Angeles, ...

45. Jack Duffy

Actor | The Stage Hand

Jack Duffy was born on September 4, 1882 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA. He was an actor, known for The Stage Hand (1920), Love Takes Flight (1937) and The Adventures of Peg o' the Ring (1916). He died on July 23, 1939 in Hollywood, California, USA.

47. George Nichols Jr.

Director | The Marines Fly High

George Nichols Jr. was born on May 5, 1897 in San Francisco, California, USA as George Alberti Nicholls. He was an editor and director, known for The Marines Fly High (1940), Army Girl (1938) and Chatterbox (1936). He died on November 13, 1939 in Los Angeles, California.

48. Edwin Greenwood

Writer | Young and Innocent

Edwin Greenwood was born on August 27, 1895 in Fulham, London, England as Theodore Edwin Greenwood. He was a director and writer, known for Young and Innocent (1937), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) and What Money Can Buy (1928). He was married to Mollie Jones. He died on September 17, 1939 in ...

49. Bob Pender

Writer | Hands Up!; or, Captured by Highwaymen

Bob Pender was born on December 14, 1871 in Bury, Lancashire, England as Robert Lomas. He was an actor and writer, known for Hands Up!; or, Captured by Highwaymen (1904), The Silent Service (1957) and The Travelling Stiltwalkers (1910). He died on November 7, 1939 in Rochford, Essex, England.

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