Date of Death between 1951-01-01 and 1951-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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1. Robert Walker

Actor | Strangers on a Train

He possessed the same special brand of rebel/misfit sensitivity and charm that made superstars out of John Garfield and (later) James Dean and Montgomery Clift. In the war-torn 1940s, Robert Walker represented MGM's fresh, instinctive breed of up-and-coming talent. His boyish good looks combined ...

2. Mayo Methot

Actress | Virtue

Mayo Methot was born on March 3, 1904 in Portland, Oregon, USA. She was an actress, known for Virtue (1932), Jimmy the Gent (1934) and Counsellor-at-Law (1933). She was married to Humphrey Bogart, Percy Tredegar Morgan Jr. and John M. La Mond. She died on June 9, 1951 in Portland.

3. Jack Holt

Actor | Cat People

Staunch, granite-jawed American leading man of silent and early talkie films, much associated with Westerns. A native of New York City, Holt often claimed to have been born in Winchester, Virginia, where he grew up. The son of an Episcopal minister, he attended Trinity School in Manhattan, then the...

4. Fanny Brice

Actress | Be Yourself!

Fanny Brice was a popular and influential American comedienne, singer, theatre and film actress, who made many stage, radio and film appearances but is best remembered as the creator and star of the top-rated radio comedy series, The Baby Snooks Show. Thirteen years after her death, she was ...

5. Val Lewton

Producer | The Body Snatcher

Born in Russia in 1904, Lewton moved with his mother and sister to Berlin in 1906, then to USA in 1909. He wrote for newspapers, magazines, novels, pornography, etc.- often using pseudonyms to disguise their origin (the name Val Lewton was one such pseudonym, used first for some novels in the 1930'...

6. Warner Baxter

Actor | Penthouse

Warner Baxter claimed to have an early pre-disposition toward show business: "I discovered a boy a block away who would eat worms and swallow flies for a penny. For one-third of the profits, I exhibited him in a tent." When he was age 9, his widowed mother moved to San Francisco where, following ...

7. Stanley Ridges

Actor | To Be or Not to Be

Born in England in 1891, Stanley Ridges would become a protégé of Beatrice Lillie, a star of musical comedies, and spent a great many years learning and honing his craft on the stage. He eventually would make his way over to America, and become a romantic leading man on Broadway. His first film ...

8. Ivor Novello

Actor | The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

While his special gifts seemed to lie in music and composing, the dapper, multi-talented Welsh actor Ivor Novello (ne David Ivor Davies), with his leading-man good looks, had a strong affinity for the camera.

Born in Cardiff, Wales, in 1893, he was the son of a tax-collector father and a well-known ...

9. Maria Montez

Actress | Cobra Woman

In a world weary of war and dispirited by the ravages of the Great Depression, Hollywood at the turn of the 1940's concocted a wildly popular, effective lot of escapist fare (though often cheaply made) to regale the sick at heart worldwide. Universal Pictures, more often than not, led in producing ...

10. Oscar Micheaux

Writer | Within Our Gates

Oscar Micheaux, the first African-American to produce a feature-length film (The Homesteader (1919)) and a sound feature-length film (The Exile (1931)), is not only a major figure in American film for these milestones, but because his oeuvre is a window into the American history and psyche ...

11. Olive Tell

Actress | Lawful Larceny

Olive Tell was born in New York City sometime in 1894. She appeared in her first film when she was 23 years old in Her Sister (1917). Largely a character actress, Olive did appear in few films when compared to her contemporaries. Olive was one of a few character actresses to successfully make the ...

12. Edmund MacDonald

Actor | Detour

Edmund MacDonald was born on May 7, 1908 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Edmund Francis MacDonald. He was an actor, known for Detour (1945), Hangmen Also Die! (1943) and Flying Tigers (1942). He was married to Augusta. He died on September 2, 1951 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

13. J. Edward Bromberg

Actor | The Mark of Zorro

J. Edward Bromberg was a founding member of the legendary Group Theatre. His appearance being rather short and stocky, Bromberg from the start was known as a character actor who was very respected by his peers. He was primarily a stage actor but in the mid-thirties made his way into film where he ...

14. Ralph Forbes

Actor | Twentieth Century

Ralph Forbes had other ideas than the family wish for him to seek a career in law or the navy. He became interested in acting and began stage work in England. By 1917, he had come to the US to get his feet wet in the film medium with his first silent that year. But he returned to the UK to work in ...

15. Edward Rigby

Actor | The Stars Look Down

Edward Rigby was born on February 5, 1879 in Ashford, Kent, England as Edward Coke. He was an actor, known for The Stars Look Down (1940), The Remarkable Mr. Kipps (1941) and Lorna Doone (1934). He was married to Phyllis [Muriel Mary] Austin (novelist). He died on April 5, 1951 in Richmond, Surrey,...

16. Joe King

Actor | Smashing the Money Ring

Joe King was born on February 9, 1883 in Austin, Texas, USA as Joseph Sayers King. He was an actor and director, known for Smashing the Money Ring (1939), Bullets or Ballots (1936) and Special Agent (1935). He was married to Hazel Buckham. He died on April 11, 1951 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, ...

17. William Randolph Hearst

Producer | Little Old New York

William Randolph Hearst was the greatest newspaper baron in the history of the United States and is the person whom Citizen Kane (1941), widely regarded as the greatest film ever made, is primarily based on. While there are many similarities between Charles Foster Kane, as limned by the great Orson...

18. Robert J. Flaherty

Director | Louisiana Story

Robert J. Flaherty was born on February 16, 1884 in Iron Mountain, Michigan, USA as Robert Joseph Flaherty. He was a director and writer, known for Louisiana Story (1948), Man of Aran (1934) and Elephant Boy (1937). He was married to Frances H. Flaherty. He died on July 23, 1951 in Brattleboro, ...

19. Tex Cooper

Actor | King of the Bullwhip

Tex Cooper was born as Judge Thomas Cooper in Denton, Texas, the son of Wilford Cooper and Lemon Pair. Tex had siblings Walter and George Cooper. His parents were farmers and hailed from Bradley County, Tennessee. Tex's trademark in the movies was his Buffalo Bill lookalike appearance. His ...

20. Larry Steers

Actor | The King of the Kongo

Larry Steers was born on February 14, 1888 in Indiana, USA as Lawrence Wells Steers. He was an actor, known for The King of the Kongo (1929), The Secret Garden (1919) and Clipped Wings (1937). He died on February 15, 1951 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

21. Edwin L. Marin

Director | Invisible Agent

Director Edwin L. Marin was born in Jersey City, NJ, in 1899. He traveled to Hollywood as a young man, and at age 20 got a job in the industry as an assistant cameraman. By 1932 he had crossed over to directing, first for low-budget studio Tiffany Pictures. However, he worked his way up the ...

22. Clifton Young

Actor | Dark Passage

Clifton "Bobby" Young gained notoriety as a child actor playing "Bonedust" during Our Gang's sound transition period. Of all the graduates of Our Gang (with the exception of Jackie Cooper and arguably Dickie Moore), Clifton had the greatest shot at adult stardom - at least as far as strong ...

23. Eddie Dunn

Actor | The Gay Falcon

Eddie Dunn was born on March 31, 1896 in Brooklyn [now in New York City], New York, USA as Edward Frank Dunn. He was an actor and director, known for The Gay Falcon (1941), The Great Dictator (1940) and I Shot Jesse James (1949). He died on May 5, 1951 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.

24. Barton Yarborough

Actor | I Love a Mystery

Born in Goldthwaite Texas, Barton Yarborough ran away from home as a youth to join vaudeville. In the 1920s he got involved in radio, and in 1932 began a long run as Cliff Barbour on the hugely famous drama "One Man's Family," which he appeared in until his death. Other outstanding radio roles came...

25. Charles Coleman

Actor | Poor Little Rich Girl

Charles Coleman was born on December 22, 1885 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Charles Pearce Coleman. He was an actor, known for Poor Little Rich Girl (1936), Bachelor Apartment (1931) and Becky Sharp (1935). He was married to Beatrice. He died on March 8, 1951 in Woodland Hills, Los ...

26. Monte Collins

Actor | Campus Sleuth

Monte Collins was born on December 3, 1898 in New York City, New York, USA as Monty Francis Collins Jr. He was an actor and writer, known for Campus Sleuth (1948), The Green Promise (1949) and Tangier (1946). He died on June 1, 1951 in North Hollywood, California, USA.

27. Robert Elliott

Actor | The Maltese Falcon

Robert Elliott was born on October 9, 1879 in Columbus, Ohio, USA as Richard Robert Elliott. He was an actor, known for The Maltese Falcon (1931), Gone with the Wind (1939) and The Finger Points (1931). He was married to Ruth Thorp. He died on November 15, 1951 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

28. Lewis Howard

Actor | Song of My Heart

Lewis Howard was born on January 16, 1919 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for Song of My Heart (1948), I'm Nobody's Sweetheart Now (1940) and Hellzapoppin' (1941). He died on September 29, 1951 in New York, New York.

29. Leon Errol

Actor | Higher and Higher

Leon Errol was born on July 3, 1881 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Leonce Errol Simms. He was an actor, known for Higher and Higher (1943), The Girl from Mexico (1939) and The Invisible Man's Revenge (1944). He was married to Stella Bertha Nelson (aka Stella Chatelaine, dancer). He died ...

30. Louis Jouvet

Actor | Drôle de drame

Louis Jouvet was a living glory of the French theatre where he debuted in 1910. In his life he has worked as pharmacist, manager of a theatre, actor and theatre teacher. He debuted at the movies in 1932 and his best films were of the Golden Age of French cinema called the "poetical realism", e.g. "...

31. Mady Christians

Actress | Heidi

Mady Christians was born in Vienna, Austria. Destined to be in films in both Germany and the US, she started out as a stage actress but soon found new challenges in the world of cinema. Her first film was at the age of 24 when she appeared in Audrey (1916). She remained in German films for the next...

32. Frank McGlynn Sr.

Actor | Little Miss Marker

Frank McGlynn Sr. was born on October 26, 1866 in San Francisco, California, USA. He was an actor and director, known for Little Miss Marker (1934), The Littlest Rebel (1935) and The Prisoner of Shark Island (1936). He was married to Rose O'Byrne. He died on May 18, 1951 in Newburgh, New York, USA.

33. Johnny Arthur

Actor | The Monster

American actor who specialized in timid or whiny characters. He appeared on the stage in England and in the USA, and performed in musical comedy. He began his film work in silents and often worked in the films of Hal Roach.

34. S. Sylvan Simon

Director | The Fuller Brush Man

Director S. Sylvan Simon worked as a drama coach, radio executive and stage director before joining Warner Brothers in 1935. He then moved to MGM as director and assistant director in 1937. His sudden death at the age of 41 shocked all who knew him and he was mourned throughout the film industry.

35. Francis Lister

Actor | Mutiny on the Bounty

Francis Lister was born on April 2, 1899 in London, England. He was an actor, known for Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), The Wicked Lady (1945) and Comin' Thro the Rye (1923). He was married to Margot Grahame and Nora Swinburne. He died on October 28, 1951 in London.

36. Gibson Gowland

Actor | Greed

Gibson Gowland was born on January 4, 1877 in Spennymoor, Durham, England. He was an actor, known for Greed (1924), The Phantom of the Opera (1925) and Blind Husbands (1919). He was married to Beatrice Bird (English actress) and Sylvia Andrew. He died on September 9, 1951 in London, England.

37. Richard Hart

Actor | Green Dolphin Street

While he had a short life and very short film career, sleekly handsome actor Richard Hart, with his dark and virile looks, demonstrated much promise in those few years, especially on Broadway and in TV's "Golden Age." It all ended quickly, however, with his sudden demise at age 35.

He was born ...

38. Jules Berry

Actor | Aventure à Paris

Jules Berry was born on February 9, 1883 in Poitiers, Vienne, France as Jules Peaufichet. He was an actor, known for Aventure à Paris (1936), L'homme de Londres (1943) and Balthazar (1937). He was married to Josseline Gaël. He died on April 23, 1951 in Paris, France.

39. Phil Rosen

Director | Hold the Press

Phil started working with Edison in 1912 as cinematographer where he filmed "Miracle Man". He then became a director and worked for Universal, Hodkinson, Paramount, MGM and FBO.

40. Bert Van Tuyle

Director | Something New

Bert Van Tuyle was born on January 11, 1878 in New York, USA. He was a director and actor, known for Something New (1920), The Grub Stake (1923) and The Girl from God's Country (1921). He was married to Nell Shipman. He died on June 13, 1951 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

41. Michael Visaroff

Actor | Don Ricardo Returns

A graduate of the Principal Dramatic School in Russia, Visaroff began his career on the stage and made the transition to movies in 1925. He played a number of 'noble' people in films - counts, etc. At the time of his death from pneumonia, he was in the midst of rehearsals for a play.

42. Garry Owen

Actor | Arsenic and Old Lace

Garry Owen was born on February 18, 1902 in Brookhaven, Mississippi, USA. He was an actor, known for Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), Hold Your Man (1933) and The Case of the Black Cat (1936). He died on June 1, 1951 in Hollywood, California, USA.

43. Bill Patton

Actor | The Last Chance

Bill Patton was born on June 2, 1894 in Amarillo, Texas, USA as William P. Patton. He is known for his work on The Last Chance (1926), Fangs of Fate (1925) and Beyond the Trail (1926). He was married to Birdie and Emily. He died on December 12, 1951 in Gardena, California, USA.

44. Ivan F. Simpson

Actor | The Adventures of Robin Hood

Ivan F. Simpson was born on February 4, 1875 in Glasgow, Scotland as Ivan Freebody Simpson. He is known for his work on The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Maid of Salem (1937) and This Land Is Mine (1943). He died on October 12, 1951 in New York City, New York, USA.

45. Weldon Heyburn

Actor | Chandu the Magician

Weldon Heyburn was born on September 19, 1903 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Weldon Heyburn Franks. He was an actor, known for Chandu the Magician (1932), Fugitive at Large (1939) and Bordertown Trail (1944). He was married to Virginia Frances Maggard, Jane Eichelberger, Greta Nissen ...

46. Nora Cecil

Actress | Street Scene

Nora Cecil was born on September 26, 1878 in London, England. She was an actress, known for Street Scene (1931), Midnight Faces (1926) and His Majesty, Bunker Bean (1925). She died on May 1, 1951 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

47. Rita Daniel

Actress | Candida

Rita Daniel was born on December 27, 1901 in Chiswick, London, England as Marguerite Mildred Daniel. She was an actress, known for Candida (1939), The Middle Watch (1948) and The Director (1949). She was married to Torin Thatcher. She died on July 14, 1951 in Lambeth, London.

48. Fanny Schreck

Actress | Der Jäger von Fall

Fanny Schreck was born on July 15, 1877 in Ulm, Baden-Württemberg, Germany as Franziska Ott. She was an actress, known for The Hunter of Fall (1936), Die Talfahrt des Severin Hoyey (1922) and Matrimonial Strike (1935). She was married to Max Schreck. She died on December 11, 1951 in Söflingen, Ulm.

49. Sam Ash

Soundtrack | Stage Mother

Sam Ash was born on August 28, 1884 in Campbell County, Kentucky, USA. He was an actor, known for Stage Mother (1933), Mandrake, the Magician (1939) and Kiss and Make-Up (1934). He died on October 20, 1951 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.

50. David Torrence

Actor | Mutiny on the Bounty

David Torrence was the second child born out of eleven children to Henry Torrance Thomson and Janet Bryce. Davis given name was 'David Bryce Thomson." Born on Jan 17,1863 in Edinbough,Scotland. David's brother was character star 'Ernest Torrence' who was 15 years younger than David. Ernest was the ...


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