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