Date of Death between 1940-01-01 and 1940-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
1. Tom Mix
Actor | Destry Rides Again
The son of a lumberman, Tom Mix joined the army as a young man and was an artillery sergeant during the Philippine campaign from 1898 to 1901, though he never saw action. In fact, Mix deserted from the army and carefully kept the facts about his military service a closely guarded secret. About 1903...
2. Ben Turpin
Actor | Yankee Doodle in Berlin
First of all, the cross-eyed comedian of silent days was not born that way. Supposedly his right eye slipped out of alignment while playing the role of the similarly afflicted Happy Hooligan in vaudeville and it never adjusted. Ironically, it was this disability that would enhance his comic value ...
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...
Actor | Blackmail
Donald Calthrop was born on April 11, 1888 in London, England as Donald Esme Clayton Calthrop. He was an actor, known for Blackmail (1929), The Phantom Light (1935) and The Man Who Lived Again (1936). He was married to Margaret Helen Ledward. He died on July 15, 1940 in London.
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. ...
Actress | Babes in Toyland
Florence Roberts was born on March 16, 1861 in Frederick, Maryland, USA. She was an actress, known for March of the Wooden Soldiers (1934), Les Misérables (1935) and Off to the Races (1937). She was married to Walter Gale (actor). She died on June 6, 1940 in Hollywood, California, USA.
Director | Violent Is the Word for Curly
While Charley Chase is far from being as famous as "The Big Three" (Charles Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd) today, he's highly respected as one of the "greats" by fans of silent comedy.
Chase (real name Charles Parrott) was born in Maryland, USA, in 1893. After a brief career in vaudeville,...
8. Otis Harlan
Actor | Show Boat
Otis Harlan was born on December 29, 1865 in Zanesville, Ohio, USA. He was an actor, known for Show Boat (1929), A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935) and Nine and Three-Fifths Seconds (1925). He was married to Nellie Harvey. He died on January 21, 1940 in Martinsville, Indiana, USA.
9. 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, ...
10. Wilfred Lucas
Actor | Modern Times
The youngest of three sons, he was born in Toronto, Canada and was educated at McGill University then In 1904 he moved to New York where he appeared in a number of plays on Broadway including The Blue Grass Handicap, The Superstition of Sue and successful The Chorus Lady after which he was invited ...
11. E.E. Clive
Actor | Bride of Frankenstein
Edward E. Clive was a Welsh-born actor/manager, initially, it seemed, slated for a medical career. After four years, he suddenly elected to abandon his studies at the University of Wales. For the next ten years, he trod the boards in diverse theatrical productions across Britain, becoming adept at ...
12. James Hall
Actor | Hell's Angels
James Hall was born on October 22, 1900 in Dallas, Texas, USA as James E. Brown. He was an actor, known for Hell's Angels (1930), The Canary Murder Case (1929) and Four Sons (1928). He was married to Irene Gardner. He died on June 7, 1940 in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA.
13. Berton Churchill
Actor | Stagecoach
Berton Churchill was born on December 9, 1876 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He was an actor, known for Stagecoach (1939), The County Chairman (1935) and Sweethearts (1938). He was married to Harriet Gardner. He died on October 10, 1940 in New York City, New York, USA.
14. Agnes Ayres
Actress | The Sheik
Extremely popular silent star of the 1920s. Her popularity was enhanced when she co-starred with Rudolph Valentino in The Sheik (1921) and The Son of the Sheik (1926). She made her screen debut at Essanay Studios in 1915. While she was popular in the 1920s (thanks to the patronage of her lover, ...
15. C. Henry Gordon
Actor | The Charge of the Light Brigade
Although he occasionally played honest police officials or army officers, New York-born C. Henry Gordon excelled at playing oily, duplicitous villains, whether gangsters, businessmen or evil rulers. Among the many evildoers he portrayed, his most memorable would have to be the murderous Surat Khan,...
16. Walter Miller
Actor | King of the Wild
Walter Miller was born on March 9, 1892 in Dayton, Ohio, USA as William Corwin Miller. He was an actor, known for King of the Wild (1931), Queen of the Northwoods (1929) and The Last of the Mohicans (1932). He was married to Eileen Schofield and Lillian Louise Coffin. He died on March 30, 1940 in ...
17. Eddie Collins
Actor | The Blue Bird
Eddie Collins was born on January 30, 1883 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA as Edward Bernard Collins. He was an actor, known for The Blue Bird (1940), Charlie Chan in Honolulu (1938) and In Old Chicago (1938). He was married to Florence Wilmot (actress). He died on September 2, 1940 in Arcadia, ...
Writer | The Dawn Patrol
John Monk Saunders was born on November 22, 1895 in Hinckley, Minnesota, USA. He was a writer and director, known for The Dawn Patrol (1930), Devil Dogs of the Air (1935) and The Docks of New York (1928). He was married to Fay Wray and Avis Bissell (Hughes). He died on March 11, 1940 in Ft. Myers, ...
19. Josef Swickard
Actor | You Can't Take It with You
A veteran stage and screen actor, Swickard was the brother of actor Charles Swickard. He entered films in 1912 and was playing supporting roles for Mack Sennett by 1914. He remained with Sennett until 1917 when he started numerous aristocratic roles in films. His career in sound films was somewhat ...
20. Earl Dwire
Actor | Riders of the Dawn
Earl Dwire was born on October 3, 1883 in Missouri, USA as Earl Dean Dwire. He was an actor, known for Riders of the Dawn (1937), Hittin' the Trail (1937) and The Mystery of the Hooded Horsemen (1937). He was married to Elizabeth Alice Maddeaux and Ruth. He died on January 16, 1940 in Los Angeles, ...
21. Charles Ogle
Actor | Treasure Island
The son of a minister from Ohio, Charles Stanton Ogle became a prolific character actor from stage and screen. Mostly cast in commanding roles in silents. Per haps most memorable as the screen's very first Frankenstein monster in Thomas Alva Edison's silent version Frankenstein (1910).
22. Robert Wadlow
Robert Pershing Wadlow was born on February 22, 1918 in Alton, Illinois. His height of 8' 11.1" qualifies him as the tallest person in history, as recorded in the Guinness Book of Records. Robert was the first born of Addie and Harold Wadlow. He had two sisters, Helen and Betty, and two brothers, ...
24. Granville Bates
Actor | Of Mice and Men
Balding, worried-looking character actor of the 1930's who had a strong line in lawyers, judges, sheriffs, mayors and storekeepers. He was especially effective at playing choleric or obtuse. Bates had a career in dramatic plays on Broadway spanning the years from 1925 to 1935. He began in films ...
Director | The Devil to Pay!
American director of French-Dutch ancestry, born in Paris. He studied the fine arts in Paris before resettling in America. As a set designer for stage productions, he was able to break into films in 1908 doing the same work. He dabbled in screen writing and then began directing, at first ...
26. Flora Finch
Actress | The Cat and the Canary
Flora Finch was born in London, England, on June 17, 1867. After spending time on the legitimate stage, she began to make films, and was one of the early comedy stars of the silent-film era. Her first film was Mrs. Jones Entertains (1909). After making nine more films she began appearing with ...
27. Edward LeSaint
Actor | Modern Times
Edward LeSaint was born on December 13, 1870 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. He was an actor and director, known for Modern Times (1936), Merely Mary Ann (1920) and The Girl of My Heart (1920). He was married to Stella Razeto. He died on September 10, 1940 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Actor | The Great Dictator
Maurice Moscovitch was born on November 23, 1871 in Odessa, Kherson Governorate, Russian Empire as Morris Maaskov. He was an actor, known for The Great Dictator (1940), Make Way for Tomorrow (1937) and In Name Only (1939). He died on June 18, 1940 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
29. George Regas
Actor | The Mark of Zorro
Brother of actor Pedro Regas, George was a stage actor in Athens before coming to the U.S. as "Romeo" in a Grecian version of "Romeo and Juliet", which he performed in New York. Regas played character parts in numerous films, many of them uncredited. Regas often played Latinos, Native Americans or ...
Writer | Ivan Vasilevich menyaet professiyu
Mikhail A. Bulgakov was a Russian writer and medical doctor known for big screen adaptations of his books, such as Beg (1971) and Master i Margarita (1994).
He was born Mikhail Afanasievich Bulgakov on May 15, 1891, in Kiev, Russia (now Kiev, Ukraine). He was the first of six children in the family ...
31. Dorothy Mackaye
Writer | Ladies They Talk About
Dorothy Mackaye was born on May 8, 1899 in Denver, Colorado, USA as Dorothy A. McKay. She was a writer and actress, known for Ladies They Talk About (1933) and Lady Gangster (1942). She was married to Paul Kelly and Ray Raymond. She died on January 5, 1940 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
32. John Buchan
Writer | The 39 Steps
John Buchan was born on August 26, 1875 in Perth, Perthshire, Scotland as John Norman Stuart Buchan. He was a writer, known for The 39 Steps (1935), The 39 Steps (1959) and Huntingtower (1927). He was married to Susan Charlotte Grosvenor. He died on February 11, 1940 in Montréal, Québec, Canada.
33. Billy Franey
Actor | When Damon Fell for Pythias
William 'Billy' Franey was a leading comic character actor of dishevelled appearance and fuzzy moustache, usually in a suit a couple of sizes too big. His screen career began around 1913, with leads in the 'Joker' comedy series released by Universal. He was co-starred with Louise Fazenda (until her...
34. Leon Trotsky
Self | The Assassination of Trotsky
Communist leader. He was chief theorist, a leader in both the 1905 and 1917 Russian Revolutions alongside V.I. Lenin. As commissar for foreign affairs, Trotsky arranged the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk with Germany. He next became head of the Red Army during the Russian Civil War, which resulted in the ...
35. Lila Leslie
Actress | The Third Degree
Lila Leslie was born on January 1, 1890 in Glasgow, Scotland. She was an actress, known for The Third Degree (1913), A Little Brother of the Rich (1919) and The Hottentot (1922). She was married to Joseph W. Smiley. She died on September 8, 1940 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
36. William V. Mong
Actor | Fighting Joe
William V. Mong was born on June 25, 1875 in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for Fighting Joe (1916), The Chosen Prince, or The Friendship of David and Jonathan (1917) and All the Brothers Were Valiant (1923). He was married to Esme Isabel Haigh Warde, Mildred ...
37. Earl Askam
Actor | Flash Gordon
Earl Askam was born on May 10, 1891 in Seattle, Washington, USA as Earl Leslie Rengstorff Askam. He was an actor, known for Flash Gordon (1936), Madam Satan (1930) and Silver Spurs (1936). He was married to Wally Ella. He died on April 3, 1940 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
38. Marguerite Clark
Actress | Scrambled Wives
In the 1910s, waifs and child-women like Mary Pickford, Lillian Gish and Mary Miles Minter were dominant forces at America's box offices. Audiences welcomed Marguerite Clark into this group, especially those who preferred her dark brown hair and large brown eyes to the blonde-haired, blue-eyed ...
39. John Hyams
Actor | Cameo Kirby
John Hyams was born on July 6, 1869 in Syracuse, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for Cameo Kirby (1930), Women Won't Tell (1932) and Broadway Scandals (1929). He was married to Leila McIntyre. He died on December 9, 1940 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
41. Helene Chadwick
Actress | The Glorious Fool
Helene Chadwick came from a very wealthy family in upstate New York (the town, Chadwick, was named after them), where her father owned a silk mill and her mother was an opera singer. On a visit to New York she was persuaded by an artist friend to pose for one of his paintings. A film producer saw ...
42. La Jana
Actress | Der Biberpelz
La Jana was the stage name of the brunette Viennese-born actress and exotic dancer Henriette 'Henny' Hiebel. She was trained as a ballerina for ten years and first performed at the Frankfurt Kinderoper at the age of eight. Of boyishly slim build, she appeared on stage in cabaret in 1921. Soon after...
43. Gene Morgan
Actor | Tangled Destinies
Gene Morgan was born on March 12, 1892 in Racine, Wisconsin, USA as Eugene Joseph Emery Kenney. He was an actor, known for Tangled Destinies (1932), Roaming Lady (1936) and Murder in Greenwich Village (1937). He was married to Rachel Laretta Hart. He died on August 15, 1940 in Santa Monica, ...
Actress | La madrina del diablo
María Fernanda Ibáñez was born on January 15, 1920 in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico as Fernanda Mercedes Ibañez García. She was an actress, known for La madrina del diablo (1937), Dos cadetes (1938) and These Men (1937). She died on October 17, 1940 in Ciudad Valles, San Luis Potosi, Mexico.
45. Charles Richman
Actor | The Man from Home
Charles Richman was born on January 12, 1865 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for The Man from Home (1914), The Battle Cry of Peace (1915) and The Glass Key (1935). He was married to Jane Grey. He died on December 1, 1940 in The Bronx, New York, USA.
47. Selma Lagerlöf
Writer | Körkarlen
Lagerlöf made her debut in 1891 with The Gösta Berling saga, a story about her own region, Värmland and her home, the country manor Mårbacka. With her novel she starts the wave of romantic nationalist literature in Sweden of the 1890s. Her novel Jerusalem (1901-02) is about religious emigrants from...
48. Landers Stevens
Actor | Frozen Justice
Landers Stevens was born on February 17, 1877 in San Francisco, California, USA as John Landers Stevens. He was an actor, known for Frozen Justice (1929), Wild Honey (1922) and Bill Cracks Down (1937). He was married to Georgie Cooper and Fannie Gillette. He died on December 19, 1940 in Hollywood, ...
Actor | Portret Doryana Greya
Vsevolod Meyerhold was born Karl Theodor Kazimir Emil Meyerhold in 1874, in Penza, Russia, into the Russian-German family of Emil Meyerhold. He converted to Orthodox Christianity on his 21st birthday and took the name of Vsevolod in memory of the Russian writer Vsevolod Garshin. After conversion ...