Date of Death between 1948-01-01 and 1948-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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1. Samuel S. Hinds

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 ...

2. Carole Landis

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.

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3. C. Aubrey Smith

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...

4. D.W. Griffith

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 ...

5. Edgar Kennedy

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 ...

6. Sergei M. Eisenstein

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 ...

7. Mohandas K. Gandhi

Mera Gaon Mera Desh

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 ...

8. Warren William

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 ...

10. Willard Robertson

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 ...

23. Charles C. Wilson

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

The Artist

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 ...

25. Billy 'Froggy' Laughlin

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, ...

31. Buster Brodie

Actor | All Aboard

Buster Brodie was born on October 11, 1885 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He was an actor, known for All Aboard (1927), Crazy Knights (1944) and There It Is (1928). He died on April 9, 1948 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.

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, ...

38. R.E. 'Tex' Madsen

Actor | The Sideshow

R.E. 'Tex' Madsen was born on April 19, 1897 in Norfolk, Nebraska, USA as Ralph E Madsen. He was an actor, known for The Sideshow (1928), 3-Ring Marriage (1928) and The Mighty Barnum (1934). He died on November 26, 1948 in Norfolk.

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 ...

40. William Nicholas Selig

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.

43. Venita Varden

The Great Ziegfeld

Venita Varden was an actress, known for The Great Ziegfeld (1936). She was married to Jack Oakie. She died on June 17, 1948 in Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania, USA.

44. Dick Powell

Actor | The Cloud Rider

Dick Powell was born on November 28, 1901 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He was an actor, known for The Cloud Rider (1925) and The Air Hawk (1924). He died on September 26, 1948 in Hales Corners, Wisconsin, 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

Gone with the Wind

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, ...


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