Date of Death between 1947-01-01 and 1947-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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1. Ernst Lubitsch

Director | To Be or Not to Be

From Ernst Lubitsch's experiences in Sophien Gymnasium (high school) theater, he decided to leave school at the age of 16 and pursue a career on the stage. He had to compromise with his father and keep the account books for the family tailor business while he acted in cabarets and music halls at ...

2. Harry Carey

Actor | Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Born in New York City to a Judge of Special Sessions who was also president of a sewing machine company. Grew up on City Island, New York. Attended Hamilton Military Academy and turned down an appointment to West Point to attend New York Law School, where his law school classmates included future ...

3. Sidney Toler

Actor | Charlie Chan in the Secret Service

The son of Colonel H.G. Toler, breeder of trotting horses, Sidney Toler acted on stage by the time he was seven years old. He was an established star of the theater by the 1890s, long before his career in motion pictures began. He was also active as a playwright and had a good enough voice to be ...

4. Al Capone

Infamous Chicago gangster Al Capone was born in the tough Williamsburgh section of Brooklyn, NY, the fourth of nine children of Italian immigrants from Naples. Capone was a born sociopath. In the sixth grade he beat up a teacher and promptly quit school. He picked up his education from the streets,...

5. Victor Potel

Actor | The Miracle of Morgan's Creek

Victor Potel was born in Lafayette, Indiana, in 1889. His first film was in 1910, for Essanay Film Manufacturing Company in Chicago. Potel worked for Essanay in most of the Broncho Billy series, as well as playing a character called "Slippery Sam" in almost 80 movies as well as Universal Pictures' ...

6. Adrienne Ames

Actress | The Death Kiss

Born in Fort Worth, TX, in 1907, Adrienne Ames hit Hollywood in the late 1920s. Although her career only lasted about ten years, she crammed a lot of living into it--high-profile marriages (and divorces) and her reputation as a clothes horse and glamour queen par excellence far outshone her ...

7. Henry Kolker

Actor | Holiday

Stalwart character actor Henry Kolker appeared on the Broadway stage from 1904, comedy being his forte early on. Later, as a leading man in romantic dramas, he partnered famous stars like Alla Nazimova. Moving on to films in 1914 as actor/director, he became noted in particular for directing ...

8. Olive Borden

Actress | Half Marriage

Considered one of the most beautiful actresses of the silent era, Borden was a 'Mack Sennet' bathing beauty at 15 and reached the peak of her career in 1926 when she made 11 films for Fox Studios and was earning $1,500 a week. Refusing to take a salary cut, Borden abruptly left Fox in 1928 and made...

9. J. Warren Kerrigan

Actor | Captain Blood

Very popular American star of silent films who left the business at the height of his career. While barely in his teens, he worked as a warehouse clerk until a chance arrived to appear in a vaudeville production. He continued to act in traveling stock productions, though he took a brief time away ...

10. William Moulton Marston

Writer | Wonder Woman

Dr. William Moulton Marston was a man who managed to combine interests of several dissimilar fields into an idea that has lasted for decades. Marston was born and raised in Massachusetts. He earned a law degree in 1918 and got a Ph.D in Psychology from Harvard University in 1921. Long interested in...

11. Elizabeth Short

Elizabeth Short was born July 29th, 1924, in Medford, Massachusetts, to Phoebe and Cleo Short. When she was five her father disappeared. His car was later found near a lake later, apparently abandoned, which led to the belief that he had committed suicide. However, he later appeared at home and ...

12. Ernie Adams

Actor | The Man with Nine Lives

Ernie Adams was born on June 18, 1885 in San Francisco, California, USA as Ernest Stephens Dumarais. He was an actor and writer, known for The Man with Nine Lives (1940), The Pride of the Yankees (1942) and Invisible Ghost (1941). He was married to Berdonna Gilbert, Mamie Silver, Margaret and ...

13. Jack Rockwell

Actor | The Lawless Frontier

John Rockwell was the brother of film character actor Charles Trowbridge. He was a film actor for Columbia Studios and acted in film "westerns", predominately, but also worked for 'Republic Pictures Studios' for many years.

He died at Glendale Sanitarium Hospital from 'hyperstatic shock' and '...

14. John Halliday

Actor | The Philadelphia Story

Fought with the British Army during the Boer War, then dug for gold nuggets in Nevada. Switched to acting, first in Gilbert & Sullivan plays, then on Broadway from 1912 to 1936 (last in 'Tovarich' as Prince Alexandrovitch). Though Brooklyn-born, he usually sported an upper-crust British accent. ...

15. Louis Adlon

Actor | Adventures of the Flying Cadets

Louis Adlon was born on October 7, 1907 in Berlin, Germany. He was an actor, known for Adventures of the Flying Cadets (1943), Iceland (1942) and Hostages (1943). He was married to Rose Davies. He died on March 31, 1947 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

16. Robert Homans

Actor | The Grapes of Wrath

Dour-faced US character player in films for more than two decades from 1923, often in portrayals of peace officers such as judges and lawmen. Even at his most elderly, he could frequently be seen as a white-haired, uniformed policeman - often affecting an Irish accent to boot.

17. Aleister Crowley

Writer | In Search of the Great Beast 666

Aleister Crowley was born on October 12, 1875 in Leamington, Warwickshire, England as Edward Alexander Crowley. He was a writer and actor, known for In Search of the Great Beast 666 (2007), The Mysteries of Myra (1916) and The Rite of Luna: A Rock Opera (2006). He was married to Maria Teresa ...

18. Nelson McDowell

Actor | The Last of the Mohicans

Nelson McDowell was born on August 14, 1870 in Greenville, Missouri, USA. He was an actor, known for The Last of the Mohicans (1920), The Last of the Mohicans (1932) and Oliver Twist (1933). He was married to Lottie Green and Sophia. He died on November 3, 1947 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California...

19. Robert Kalloch

Costume Designer | His Girl Friday

Bespectacled, academic-looking costume designer, who did his best work during the heyday of Columbia screwball comedy (1932-40). Particularly memorable and evocative examples of his creative flair are Claudette Colbert's outfits for It Happened One Night (1934), Irene Dunne's in The Awful Truth (...

20. Herman Bing

Actor | Hide-Out

Herman Bing was born on March 30, 1889 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He was an actor and assistant director, known for Hide-Out (1934), Sweethearts (1938) and The Great Waltz (1938). He was married to Carla Lichtenstein. He died on January 9, 1947 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

21. Bugsy Siegel

Bugsy Siegel (born Benjamin Siegelbaum) came out of the tough Williamsburgh section of Brooklyn, and was involved in criminal activities from an early age. As a teenager he struck up a friendship with another local gangster, Meyer Lansky, that would last the rest of their lives, and in fact one of ...

22. Arthur Loft

Actor | Charlie Chan in the Secret Service

Arthur Loft was born on May 25, 1897 in Denver, Colorado, USA as Hans Peter Loft. He was an actor, known for Charlie Chan in the Secret Service (1944), Street of Chance (1942) and Should a Girl Marry? (1939). He was married to Daisy Loft. He died on January 1, 1947 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

23. Grace Moore

Actress | One Night of Love

Grace Moore, the internationally famous star of the Metropolitan Opera, Broadway, motion pictures, radio and recordings, was born December 5, 1898, in Del Río near Newport, Tennessee. Her family moved to Jellico when she was a young girl. She attended Jellico High School where she was captain of ...

24. Frank Wead

Writer | Test Pilot

Frank Wilber "Spig" Wead was a US Navy aviator turned screenwriter who helped promote United States Naval aviation from its inception through World War II.

Before and after World War I he was an early proponent of pushing the Navy into air racing and speed competitions. This competition, mainly ...

25. Vera West

Costume Designer | Shadow of a Doubt

Found drowned in her swimming pool a day after her 47th birthday. She left behind a note explaining she had been blackmailed for over 20 years and she felt this was the only way out. Who the blackmailer was, and why she was being blackmailed, are unknown, and some believe her death was not a ...

26. Ben Webster

Actor | The Gay Lord Quex

Ben Webster was born on June 2, 1864 in London, England. He was an actor, known for The Gay Lord Quex (1917), The Profligate (1917) and 12.10 (1919). He was married to May Whitty. He died on February 26, 1947 in Hollywood, California, USA.

27. William B. Davidson

Actor | I'm No Angel

William B. Davidson was born on June 16, 1888 in Dobbs Ferry, New York, USA as William Beatman Davidson. He was an actor, known for I'm No Angel (1933), The Most Dangerous Game (1932) and The Menace (1932). He was married to Helen Bolton and Mary Hellen Dorsey. He died on September 28, 1947 in ...

28. George Carney

Actor | 'I Know Where I'm Going!'

George Carney was born on November 21, 1880 in Barton Regis, Gloucestershire, England as Arthur George Thomas Carney. He was an actor and director, known for 'I Know Where I'm Going!' (1945), Brighton Rock (1948) and Lancashire Luck (1937). He died on December 9, 1947 in Hampstead, London, England.

29. Mark Hellinger

Producer | The Killers

Mark Hellinger made his name as a New York theater critic and as one of the first of the nationally known "Broadway columnists", a craft which his friend Walter Winchell was the most famous practitioner. Born on March 21, 1903, Hellinger was the embodiment of the hard-boiled, hard-living, ...

30. Bartolomeo Pagano

Actor | La trilogia di Maciste

Strongman who won role of Maciste in Cabiria (1914), and took the character's name as his own stage name in a series of films for the next 14 years. After Pagano's death, the character of Maciste was played by several other actors.

31. Brandon Hurst

Actor | Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Brandon Hurst was born on November 30, 1866 in London, England. He was an actor, known for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) and The Man Who Laughs (1928). He died on July 15, 1947 in Hollywood, California, USA.

32. Lucile Gleason

Actress | The Clock

Lucile Gleason was born on February 6, 1888 in Pasadena, California, USA as Lucile Webster. She is known for her work on The Clock (1945), I Like It That Way (1934) and The Higgins Family (1938). She was married to James Gleason. She died on May 18, 1947 in Brentwood, California.

33. J.C. Nugent

Writer | Local Boy Makes Good

J.C. Nugent was born on April 6, 1868 in Niles, Ohio, USA as John Charles Nugent. He was an actor and writer, known for Local Boy Makes Good (1931), The Rounder (1930) and Love in Bloom (1935). He was married to Grace Mary Fertig. He died on April 21, 1947 in New York City, New York, USA.

34. Jack 'Tiny' Lipson

Actor | Flash Gordon

Jack 'Tiny' Lipson was born on January 17, 1901 in Denver, Colorado, USA. He was an actor, known for Flash Gordon (1936), Flying Fists (1937) and One Man Justice (1937). He died on November 28, 1947 in Madera County, California, USA.

35. Charles R. Moore

Actor | The Little Foxes

Charles R. Moore was born on April 23, 1893 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Charles Randolph Moore. He was an actor, known for The Little Foxes (1941), The Trial of Mary Dugan (1929) and Queen of the Mob (1940). He died on July 20, 1947 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

36. Walter Walker

Actor | The Count of Monte Cristo

Walter Walker was born on March 13, 1864 in New York, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for The Count of Monte Cristo (1934), Everybody's Old Man (1936) and The Common Law (1931). He died on December 4, 1947 in Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii, USA.

37. John Kelly

Actor | Bringing Up Baby

John Kelly was born on June 29, 1901 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as John F. Kelly. He is known for his work on Bringing Up Baby (1938), Three Sons o' Guns (1941) and My Gal Sal (1942). He died on December 9, 1947 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

38. Arthur Rankin

Actor | The Great Adventure

Arthur Rankin was born on August 30, 1895 in New York City, New York, USA as Arthur Gibbs. He was an actor, known for The Great Adventure (1921), To Have and to Hold (1922) and The Truth About Husbands (1920). He was married to Marian Mansfield and Mignon Audrey Klemm. He died on March 23, 1947 in ...

39. Harry C. Bradley

Actor | House of Mystery

Harry C. Bradley was born on April 15, 1869 in San Francisco, California, USA as Harry Bradley Cockrill. He was an actor, known for House of Mystery (1934), Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940) and Riding on Air (1937). He was married to Lurelle Lancing Waters. He died on October 18, 1947 in ...

40. Harold De Becker

Actor | The Right of Way

Harold De Becker was born on June 8, 1889 in London, England. He was an actor, known for The Right of Way (1915), Nightmare (1942) and Eagle Squadron (1942). He died on July 23, 1947 in Hollywood, California, USA.

41. Dudley Digges

Actor | The Emperor Jones

Dudley Digges was born on June 9, 1879 in Dublin, Ireland, UK. He is known for his work on The Emperor Jones (1933), Raffles (1939) and The Maltese Falcon (1931). He was married to Mary Roden Quinn. He died on October 24, 1947 in New York City, New York, USA.

42. George Lessey

Director | The Corsican Brothers

George Lessey was born on June 8, 1875 in Amherst, Massachusetts, USA as George Alanson Lessey. He was an actor and director, known for The Corsican Brothers (1915), The Evil Dead (1922) and His Own Story (1916). He was married to May Abbey. He died on June 3, 1947 in Westbrook, Connecticut, USA.

43. Ferdinand Zecca

Director | La lutte pour la vie

Was a cafe concert entertainer before Charles Pathe noticed him during the Universal Exhibition, where Zecca had been assigned to Pathe's stand. After a few daysPathe asked Zecca if he would like to work in cinematography. Zecca immediately accepted the offer and rapidly became Pathe's right hand ...

44. Henry Ford

Self | Til Vesterheimen

Henry Ford was born on July 30, 1863 in Dearborn Township, Wayne County, Michigan, USA. He was an actor, known for Til Vesterheimen (1939), Mutual Weekly, No. 44 (1915) and Pathé News, No. 86 (1915). He was married to Clara Jane Bryant. He died on April 7, 1947 in Dearborn, Michigan.

45. Betty Ross Clarke

Actress | If I Were King

This brown-haired, grey-eyed ingénue of the early 20's made her way to the screen via touring stock companies immediately upon completing her education. She was a vaudeville dancer, then had a small role on Broadway in 1917. Eventually, she would come to greater prominence on the London stage. ...

46. Kathryn Carver

Actress | Serenade

Kathryn Carver was born on August 24, 1899 in New York City, New York, USA as Catherine Drum. She was an actress, known for Serenade (1927), No Defense (1929) and His Private Life (1928). She was married to Paul Vincent Hall, Adolphe Menjou and Ira L. Hill. She died on July 17, 1947 in Elmhurst, ...

47. Gus Wickie

Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor

Gus Wickie was born on May 7, 1885 in Germany as August Wicke. He was an actor, known for Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor (1936), The 'Hyp-Nut-Tist' (1935) and I Wanna Be a Life Guard (1936). He died on May 7, 1947 in Belleville, New Jersey, USA.

48. Harry Holman

Actor | The Dark Horse

Harry Holman was born on March 15, 1872 in Conway, Missouri, USA as Harry James Holman. He was an actor and writer, known for The Dark Horse (1932), Oliver Twist (1933) and Doctor X (1932). He died on May 3, 1947 in Hollywood, California, USA.

49. Winter Hall

Actor | Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

Winter Hall was born on June 21, 1872 in Christchurch, New Zealand as Winter Amos Hall. He was an actor, known for Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925), What Every Woman Knows (1921) and The Right to Happiness (1919). He was married to Katherine Young (concert pianist). He died on February 10, 1947...

50. John Ince

Director | The Great Jewel Robbery

Actor/director John Ince was born in 1878 in New York City to a pair of vaudeville performers. His two younger brothers, Ralph Ince and Thomas H. Ince, were also in show business, with Thomas being the most well-known of the three, having been a pioneering producer/director who built the first ...


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