Date of Death between 1947-01-01 and 1947-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
1. 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 ...
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 ...
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. Pearl Argyle
Actress | Royal Cavalcade
Pearl Argyle was born on November 7, 1910 in Johannesburg, South Africa as Pearl Wellman. She was an actress, known for Regal Cavalcade (1935), Chu Chin Chow (1934) and Things to Come (1936). She was married to Curtis Bernhardt. She died on January 29, 1947 in New York City, New York, USA.
5. 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,...
6. 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 ...
7. 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...
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 ...
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 ...
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. 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 ...
12. 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 ...
13. 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.
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. 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, ...
16. 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 Lover (1931). He was married to Carla Lichtenstein. He died on January 9, 1947 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
17. 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.
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 ...
19. 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 ...
20. Theodore Lorch
Actor | The Last of the Mohicans
Theodore Lorch was born on September 29, 1873 in Springfield, Illinois, USA as Theodore Andrew Lorch. He was an actor, known for The Last of the Mohicans (1920), Half-Wits Holiday (1947) and Flash Gordon (1936). He was married to Diana Christiansen, Cecil and Mary. He died on November 12, 1947 in ...
21. 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 ...
24. Dudley Digges
Actor | The Invisible Man
Dudley Digges was born on June 9, 1879 in Dublin, Ireland, UK. He is known for his work on The Invisible Man (1933), The Emperor Jones (1933) and Raffles (1939). He was married to Mary Roden Quinn. He died on October 24, 1947 in New York City, New York, USA.
25. 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 ...
26. Ossi Oswalda
Actress | Das Mädel mit der Maske
Ossi Oswalda was born Oswalda Staglich on February 2, 1899 in Berlin, Germany. She trained to be a ballerina and worked in chorus lines when she was a teenager. Director Ernst Lubitsch discovered her and cast her in his 1916 film The Shoe Palace. Over the next five years she appeared in many of ...
28. LeRoy Mason
Actor | Daughter of Don Q
LeRoy Mason was born on July 2, 1903 in Larimore, North Dakota, USA as LeRoy Franklin Mason. He was an actor, known for Daughter of Don Q (1946), The Painted Stallion (1937) and Federal Operator 99 (1945). He was married to Bernice and Rita Carewe. He died on October 13, 1947 in Los Angeles, ...
30. 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 ...
33. 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.
34. 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.
38. 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.
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 ...
43. 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 ...
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. ...
45. Eric Mayne
Actor | The Conquering Power
Dublin-born Eric Mayne was educated at Westminster and Durham in England and spent almost thirty years on the stage in both London and his native Ireland. He had a penchant for Shakespearean roles and in later years lectured in Shakespeare at the Los Angeles University College.
Mayne, with his ...
46. 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.
47. Marcel Varnel
Director | Chandu the Magician
French-born Marcel Varnel began his film career not in France but in Hollywood, as a 30-year-old in 1924. He left Hollywood for Great Britain in the mid-'30s and began turning out a series of low-budget comedies for Will Hay and George Formby, among others. While his films were for the most part ...
48. 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. 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 '...
50. 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' ...