Date of Death between 1948-01-01 and 1948-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
Actor | It's a Wonderful Life
Samuel S. Hinds, a Harvard graduate, was a lawyer in Hollywood until the stock market crash of 1929, in which he lost most of his money. Hinds, who had an interest in theater acting, decided to embark on a career in acting, albeit it age 54. The tall, dignified-looking Hinds appeared in over 200 ...
Actress | I Wake Up Screaming
Carole Landis was born on New Year's Day in 1919 in Fairchild, Wisconsin, as Frances Lillian Mary Ridste. Her father, a railroad mechanic, was of Norwegian descent and her mother was Polish. Her father walked out, leaving Carole, her mother and an older brother and sister to fend for themselves.
Actor | Rebecca
Movie roles are sometimes based upon what the audience expects to see. If the role called for the tall stereotypical Englishmen with the stiff upper lip and stern determination, that man would be C. Aubrey Smith, graduate of Cambridge University, a leading Freemason and a test cricketer for England...
Director | The Birth of a Nation
David Wark Griffith was born in rural Kentucky to Jacob "Roaring Jake" Griffith, a former Confederate Army colonel and Civil War veteran. Young Griffith grew up with his father's romantic war stories and melodramatic nineteenth-century literature that were to eventually shape his movies. In 1897 ...
Actor | Duck Soup
Edgar Kennedy, who was born on April 26, 1890, near Monterey, California, hit the road as a young man and traveled across the country, working in a succession of jobs. He became a professional boxer, claiming to have gone 14 rounds against The Manassas Mauler, Jack Dempsey.
In addition to his ...
Director | Aleksandr Nevskiy
The son of an affluent architect, Eisenstein attended the Institute of Civil Engineering in Petrograd as a young man. With the fall of the tsar in 1917, he worked as an engineer for the Red Army. In the following years, Eisenstein joined up with the Moscow Proletkult Theater as a set designer and ...
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi) was born on October 2, 1869, into a Hindu Modh family in Porbanadar, Gujarat, India. His father, named Karamchand Gandhi, was the Chief Minister (diwan) of the city of Porbanadar. His mother, named Putlibai, was the fourth wife; the previous three wives ...
Actor | Employees' Entrance
Warren William, the stalwart leading man of pre-Production Code talkies, was born Warren William Krech on December 2, 1894 in Aitkin, Minnesota, the son of a newspaper publisher. William originally planned to become a journalist, but he had a change of heart, and instead went to the American ...
9. Paul Wegener
Actor | Der Golem
Paul Wegener was born in Arnoldsdorf, West Prussia, part of the German Empire. His birthplace is currently part of Poland, under the name "Jarantowice". Wegener's family included a number of scientists, the most notable being his cousin Alfred Wegener (1880-1930). Alfred is remembered as the ...
Actor | My Son Is a Criminal
Lawyer who abandoned his profession to take up the actor's calling - although lawyer and actor are essentially kindred spirits, each deriving his livelihood from the art of pretending. Robertson acted in Hollywood films from 1930 until the year he died, typically portraying men of authority such as...
11. James Baskett
Actor | Song of the South
James Baskett was born on February 16, 1904 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. He was an actor, known for Song of the South (1946), Policy Man (1938) and Revenge of the Zombies (1943). He was married to Margaret. He died on July 9, 1948 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
12. May Whitty
Actress | Night Must Fall
Born Mary Whitty on June 19, 1865 to a Liverpool newspaper editor and his wife, she became known as May Whitty to the world.
She first stepped on the London stage in 1882. She worked as an understudy at the St. James Theatre, and then, began playing leading roles when she joined a traveling stock ...
13. Elissa Landi
Actress | The Count of Monte Cristo
Elissa Landi was born in Venice, Italy, on December 6, 1904. From an early age, Elissa wanted to be an actress and a writer. Her acting career started at the Oxford Repertory Company and on London's West End performing with actors such as Laurence Olivier and John Gielgud. She played Desdemona in ...
14. Babe Ruth
Actor | Speedy
Most of Babe Ruth's records have been broken. In 1961, not only did Roger Maris break The Babe's 34-year-old record for most home runs in a season with 61* (2001), but Maris' teammate on the '61 Yankees, pitcher 'Whitey Ford' broke The Babe's 43-year-old record for most scoreless innings pitched in...
15. Warren Hymer
Actor | The Lady and the Mob
Warren Hymer was born on February 25, 1906 in New York City, New York, USA as Edgar Warren Hymer. He was an actor, known for The Lady and the Mob (1939), One Way Passage (1932) and 20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932). He was married to Beau Williams and Virginia Meyer. He died on March 25, 1948 in Los...
16. Mary Nolan
Actress | Desert Nights
Blonde and utterly beautiful, Mary Nolan had the requisite figure and prettiness to rise up fast in the Hollywood ranks. Her downfall, however, would be just as fast and not at all pretty. She was born Mary Imogene Robertson in 1905 and began her show-business career as a teenage model. Showman ...
17. Gregg Toland
Cinematographer | Citizen Kane
Born in Illinois in 1904, the only child of Jennie and Frank Toland, Gregg and his mother moved to California several years after his parents divorced in 1910. Through Jennie's work as a housekeeper for several people in the movie business, Gregg may had gotten a $12-a-week job at age 15 as an ...
18. Leo White
Actor | Blood and Sand
Leo White started in comedy on the boards of English music hall in the late 1890's. He accompanied theatrical producer Daniel Frohman (later a partner of Adolph Zukor in Famous Players Lasky) to Hollywood in 1910. From 1914, he appeared in Essanay comedies and filmed the 'Sweedie' series with ...
19. Cy Schindell
Actor | The Face Behind the Mask
Cy Schindell was born on March 4, 1907 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Seymour Schindell. He was an actor, known for The Face Behind the Mask (1941), The Devil Commands (1941) and Two-Fisted Gentleman (1936). He died on August 24, 1948 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
20. Nigel De Brulier
Actor | Adventures of Captain Marvel
British-born Nigel De Brulier's long career began in silent films, but unlike many performers of that era, he managed to successfully transition into sound films. His authoritarian and somewhat regal bearing was perfect for the many bishops, cardinals, knights and other authority figures he often ...
21. David Leland
Actor | The Hour Before the Dawn
Italian-born child actor who appeared in several Hollywood films in the 1940's.
His father Louis Leland (1879-1963) was born in Rome to an American father and Italian mother;his mother Helena Leland (1901/02-1989) was born in London.
He moved to the US in the early 1940's and appeared in several ...
22. Bill Cody
Actor | Frontier Days
"B"-picture cowboy star Bill Cody was born William Joseph Cody, Jr., on January 5, 1891, in St. Paul, Minnesota (some sources list his place of birth as Manitoba, Canada). He was no relation to William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody. He was educated at Saint Thomas Military Academy in Minneapolis ...
Actor | It Happened One Night
Charles C. Wilson was born on July 29, 1894 in New York City, New York, USA as Charles Cahill Wilson. He was an actor and director, known for It Happened One Night (1934), Blazing Across the Pecos (1948) and The Return of Doctor X (1939). He died on January 7, 1948 in Los Angeles County, California...
24. Fred Niblo
Fred Niblo entered films in 1917 after two decades as a touring actor in vaudeville and one-time manager of 'The Four Cohans' (he married Josephine Cohan, the sister of George M. Cohan). He made his film debut with two early Australian silent films in 1916. He worked for Thomas H. Ince from 1917 as ...
Actor | Robot Wrecks
His mother enrolled him in a dramatic class to overcome his self-consciousness. His gravel voice was exploited by an MGM talent scout. After his test and positive public reaction he was signed to a term contract to Our Gang. His favorite sport was bicycling. After Our Gang was over, Froggy was ...
26. Edwin Maxwell
Actor | His Girl Friday
Edwin Maxwell was born on February 9, 1886 in Dublin, Ireland. He is known for his work on His Girl Friday (1940), Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) and Scarface (1932). He was married to Betty Alden. He died on August 13, 1948 in Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA.
27. Gustav Diessl
Actor | Abwege
Gustav Diessl was an Austrian artist, film and stage actor. He studied art, painting and sculpture in Vienna. From 1921 he worked in Berlin as an actor for G.W. Pabst in his silent film, "Abgründe" (1928). In 1929 he played in White Hell of Pitz Palu (1929) ("The White Hell of Pitz Palu"). After ...
28. Louis Lumière
Producer | La Mi-Carême, Char et batailles de confettis
Although no one will ever come up with a definitive answer as to who invented the cinema (probably because no one single person was responsible), Louis Lumière has one of the strongest claims to the title - for it was he (with his brother Auguste) who invented the cinematographe : a machine that ...
29. Ray Mayer
Actor | Seven Keys to Baldpate
Ray Mayer was born on April 24, 1901 in Lexington, Nebraska, USA as Raymond Maher. He was an actor, known for Seven Keys to Baldpate (1935), Make Way for Tomorrow (1937) and The Arizonian (1935). He was married to Edith Evans. He died on November 22, 1948 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
30. Jacques Feyder
Director | La kermesse héroïque
Jacques Feyder was born on July 21, 1885 in Ixelles, Brabant, Belgium as Jacques Léon Louis Frédérix. He was a director and writer, known for Carnival in Flanders (1935), Pension Mimosas (1935) and Le grand jeu (1934). He was married to Françoise Rosay. He died on May 24, 1948 in Rive-de-Prangins, ...
32. Charles D. Brown
Actor | The Big Sleep
Charles D. Brown was born on July 1, 1887 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA. He was an actor and director, known for The Big Sleep (1946), The Grapes of Wrath (1940) and Speed to Burn (1938). He was married to Nellie V. Tallman (actress). He died on November 25, 1948 in Hollywood, California, USA.
33. Dale Fuller
Actress | The Cossacks
Dale Fuller was born on June 17, 1885 in Santa Ana, California, USA as Marie Dale Phillipps. She was an actress, known for The Cossacks (1928), Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) and Lady of the Night (1925). She died on October 14, 1948 in Pomona, California.
34. Eddy Chandler
Actor | High Speed
Character actor who made his film debut on the East Coast in October 1911. After serving in WWI, Chandler continued with his film and stage career becoming one of the most prolific (if more often than not uncredited) bit actors in the industry. Also appeared in vaudeville as a comedian and singer; ...
35. Antonin Artaud
Actor | La passion de Jeanne d'Arc
Antonin Artaud was born on September 4, 1896 in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France as Antoine Marie Joseph Artaud. He was an actor and writer, known for The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928), Napoléon Bonaparte (1935) and Lucrezia Borgia (1935). He died on March 4, 1948 in Ivry-sur-Seine, ...
36. Nora Lane
Actress | The Western Code
Nora Bennett Schilling was born in Chester, Illinois. She grew up and went to school near St. Louis. After modeling for a time, she went to visit a friend in California and was noticed by someone in the film industry. She successfully passed her screen test and began playing small parts in silent ...
37. Patricia Farr
Actress | Tailspin Tommy
Patricia Farr was born on January 15, 1913 in San Francisco, California, USA as Arleine Rutledge Farr. She was an actress, known for Tailspin Tommy (1934), This Gun for Hire (1942) and Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941). She was married to Walton Robert Mayo. She died on February 23, 1948 in Burbank, ...
39. Edythe Chapman
Actress | Beyond the Rocks
Edythe Chapman was born in Rochester, New York on October 8, 1863. A stage actress who came upon movies late in life, she nonetheless made 97 motion pictures. She was 51 years old when she played in _Richelieu (1914)_. Edythe was one of the busier actresses in the early silent era appearing in as ...
Producer | The Millionaire Baby
Born into a large Bohemian-Polish family in Chicago on March 14, 1864, William N. Selig was one of the true pioneers of the motion picture industry. Though not widely remembered today, his Selig Polyscope Co. was responsible for many landmark events in early cinema. Among these were construction of...
41. Leo F. Forbstein
Music Department | The Adventures of Robin Hood
Leo Forbstein began as a violin player at the age of 4. While conducting at the Royal Theater in St. Joseph, Mo., he pioneered and introduced the synchronization of the orchestra with the silent action on the movie screen.
He moved to Hollywood in the mid 1920s where he directed a symphony orchestra...
42. Lew Davis
Actor | Soul Mates
Lew Davis was born on July 16, 1884 in Buffalo, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for Soul Mates (1916), The Little Red Schoolhouse (1936) and Love Comes to Mooneyville (1936). He was married to Kathryn West. He died on January 13, 1948 in Inglewood, California, USA.
45. Beryl Wallace
Actress | The Woman of the Town
Voluptuous Beryl Wallace was born in Brooklyn, New York, the eldest of nine children of working class Austrian-Jewish émigrés. With her knockout looks and obvious shapeliness, the "Big Apple" beauty naturally gravitated toward an entertainment career and first turned to dancing. She was only a ...
46. Hay Petrie
Actor | Great Expectations
Diminutive Scots character actor of quirky personality and gift of gab. As a drama student at St. Andrews, he first performed in productions staged by the university's dramatic society. He served with the Royal Scots during World War I, then forged a career playing comic roles on the Shakespearean ...
47. Mary Eaton
Actress | Glorifying the American Girl
Born in January, 1901, Mary Eaton was one of 'The Seven Little Eatons' famous in the '20s and '30s. In fact, she received the greatest fame of her fellow performing brothers Joseph Eaton and Charles Eaton and sisters Pearl Eaton and Doris Eaton. Sister Evelyn was a stage manager and brother Robert ...
48. Eugene Joseff
Founder and president of Joseff-Hollywood, producer of costume jewelry and Precision Metal Products, a maker of aircraft and missile parts. After his death, both businesses were run by his widow, Joan Joseff until her death. To date both companies are run by third generation, Michele, Jeff and ...
49. Aubrey Mallalieu
Actor | Busman's Honeymoon
Aubrey Mallalieu was born on June 8, 1873 in West Derby, Liverpool, Lancashire, England as George William Mallalieu. He was an actor, known for Haunted Honeymoon (1940), Chamber of Horrors (1940) and The Stars Look Down (1940). He was married to Winifred A. Chadwick. He died on May 28, 1948 in ...
50. William Burress
Actor | The Scarlet Pimpernel
William Burress was born on August 19, 1867 in Newcomerstown, Ohio, USA as William Rosenberry Burris. He was an actor, known for The Scarlet Pimpernel (1917), Kultur (1918) and The World Changes (1933). He was married to Carrie May O'Brien. He died on October 30, 1948 in Los Angeles, California, ...