Date of Death between 1952-01-01 and 1952-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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1. John Garfield

Actor | Four Daughters

John Garfield was born Jacob Julius Garfinkle on the Lower East Side of New York City, to Hannah Basia (Margolis) and David Garfinkle, who were Jewish immigrants from Zhytomyr (now in Ukraine). Jules was raised by his father, a clothes presser and part-time cantor, after his mother's death in 1920,...

2. Hattie McDaniel

Actress | Gone with the Wind

After working as early as the 1910s as a band vocalist, Hattie McDaniel debuted as a maid in The Golden West (1932). Her maid-mammy characters became steadily more assertive, showing up first in Judge Priest (1934) and becoming pronounced in Alice Adams (1935). In this one, directed by George ...

3. Curly Howard

Actor | No Dough Boys

Jerome "Curly" Howard, the rotund, bald Stooge with the high voice was the most popular member of The Three Stooges. His first stage experience was as a comedic conductor for the Orville Knapp Band in 1928. Curly joined The Three Stooges in 1932, replacing his brother Shemp Howard. He made more ...

4. Dixie Lee

Actress | Love in Bloom

Dixie Lee was born on November 4, 1911 in Harriman, Tennessee, USA as Wilma Winifred Wyatt. She was an actress, known for Love in Bloom (1935), Redheads on Parade (1935) and Night Life in Reno (1931). She was married to Bing Crosby. She died on November 1, 1952 in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, ...

5. Mala

Actor | Robinson Crusoe of Clipper Island

Ray Mala hailed from Alaska, and portrayed Inuits and also Hawaiian characters in films. He appeared in more than 25 movies, such as Eskimo (1933), Last of the Pagans (1935)--based on the book "Typee" by Herman Melville-- The Great Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (1938), from which a 29-cent postal ...

6. Susan Peters

Actress | Random Harvest

War-era MGM had a lovely, luminous star in the making with Susan Peters. She possessed a creative talent and innate sensitivity that would surely have reigned as a leading Hollywood player for years to come had not a tragic and cruel twist of fate taken everything away from her.

She was born Suzanne...

7. Edward Ellis

Actor | The Thin Man

Character actor in films, often portraying strident types, he is best remembered cast as "The Thin Man" (actually, "Wynant") of the hit 1934 MGM film. He Ellis was active on Broadway as an actor, producer and playwright from 1905-32 (see "Other Works"). He died in Beverly Hills, CA at age 81 in ...

8. Hugh Herbert

Actor | Sh! The Octopus

Former stage actor and playwright - he wrote over 150 plays and vaudeville sketches - Hugh Herbert went in the early 30s to Hollywood as comedian. In the 30s he worked mostly for Warner, impersonating often eccentric millionaires, tycoons and dimwitted professors, in a few movies he collaborated on...

9. Eva Perón

Actress | La cabalgata del circo

Eva María Duarte was born into a small poor village, Los Toldos. When she was still a child she always knew she wanted to break out and get more than the others from her life. She wanted to become an actress. At the age of 15, she seduced the singer Agustín Magaldi to take her with him on his ...

10. Leslie Banks

Actor | The Man Who Knew Too Much

Leslie Banks was born on June 9, 1890 in West Derby, England as Leslie James Banks. He was an actor, known for The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934), The Most Dangerous Game (1932) and Haunted Honeymoon (1940). He was married to Gwendoline Haldane Unwin. He died on April 21, 1952 in London, England.

11. Canada Lee

Actor | Lifeboat

Lee played Danny (opposite of Hilda Simms, who played Anna) in Anna Lucasta on Broadway in 1944. Anna Lucasta was the first non-black written play performed by an all black cast on Broadway. He became an actor after careers as a jockey, boxer and musician. Lee was a civil rights activist, following...

12. Richard Rober

Actor | Port of New York

Richard Rober was born on May 14, 1910 in Rochester, New York, USA as Richard Steven Rauber. He was an actor, known for Port of New York (1949), The File on Thelma Jordon (1950) and Jet Pilot (1957). He was married to Mary Hay Barthelmess. He died on May 26, 1952 in Santa Monica, California, USA.

13. Basil Radford

Actor | The Lady Vanishes

Though thoroughly British, actor Basil Radford actually began his film career in a couple of US films. Born in Chester, England, he made his stage debut in 1922 and continued to focus on the theatre until director Alfred Hitchcock memorably teamed Radford with actor Naunton Wayne in one of his ...

14. Alison Skipworth

Actress | Six of a Kind

In her younger days, auburn-haired Alison Skipworth had been a celebrated patrician beauty. She was the favorite model of English artist Frank Markham Skipworth (1854-1929) who would later become her husband. A physician's daughter, Alison did not make her professional acting debut until the age of...

15. Ralph Byrd

Actor | Dick Tracy

Ralph Byrd had an 18 year career in Hollywood both as a leading man and as a character actor, though he is best remembered for his role as Chester Gould's comic strip detective, Dick Tracy, in several movie serials and on television (first for ABC and then in a syndicated series). During his film ...

16. Gertrude Lawrence

Actress | Lord Camber's Ladies

Gertrude Lawrence was born on July 4, 1898 in London, England as Gertrude Alexandria Dagmar Lawrence-Klasen. She was an actress, known for Lord Camber's Ladies (1932), Rembrandt (1936) and The Glass Menagerie (1950). She was married to Richard Aldrich and Francis Gordon-Howley. She died on ...

17. Elmo Lincoln

Actor | Tarzan of the Apes

He was the first Tarzan. A former Arkansas peace officer, Elmo Linkenhelt worked in D.W. Griffith's "The Battle of Elderbush Gulch" (1912). In a fight scene his shirt was partially torn off, displaying his powerful chest. Griffith noticed, called him over, and told him "That's quite a chest you ...

18. King George VI

Soundtrack | The Autobiography of a 'Jeep'

Albert Fredrick Arthur George was born on December 14, 1895 to the future King George V and Queen Mary who was born a Princess of Teck. It was the anniversary of the death of Queen Victoria's husband Albert the Prince Consort, his great-grandfather, so it was obvious that his name would start with ...

19. Albert Bassermann

Actor | Foreign Correspondent

Classically-trained actor, former chemist, whose formative years on the stage were spent in Bern (Switzerland) and, from 1909, the Deutsches Theater Berlin under Max Reinhardt's direction. Specialised in Shakespearean roles ('Richard III', 'Hamlet') and was a famous interpreter of the plays of ...

20. Gregory La Cava

Director | Stage Door

A former cartoonist, Gregory La Cava entered films during WWI as an animator for Walter Lantz on such animated films as "The Katzenjammer Kids" series. Hired by the Hearst Corp. as the editor-in-chief for its International Comic Films division, La Cava switched to live-action films in the 1920s and...

21. J. Farrell MacDonald

Actor | Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

J. Farrell MacDonald was born on April 14, 1875 in Waterbury, Connecticut, USA as Joseph Farrell MacDonald. He was an actor and director, known for Sunrise (1927), Show Boat (1936) and The Last Alarm (1940). He was married to Edith Bostwick. He died on August 2, 1952 in Hollywood, California, USA.

22. Roland West

Director | The Monster

Roland West was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and became an actor in the theater and on the vaudeville stage. He got his start in the film industry in New York City around 1915, forming several production companies to shoot films there. He later worked as general manager of production for producer ...

23. John Sheehan

Actor | The Criminal Code

John Sheehan was born on October 22, 1885 in Oakland, California, USA. He was an actor, known for The Criminal Code (1931), Hidden Enemy (1940) and Marked Woman (1937). He was married to Blanche Morris Roberts. He died on February 14, 1952 in Calabasas, California.

24. Walter Long

Actor | Pardon Us

Early in his career Walter Long was married to Luray Huntley, an actress for D.W. Griffith's stock company. Huntley and Long performed together in several of Griffith's films including Traffic in Souls (1913), Let Katie Do It (1916), and Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916). They...

25. Dick Curtis

Actor | Racing Luck

Tall, hulking character actor Dick Curtis spent years at Columbia Pictures menacing everyone from cowboy star Charles Starrett to the slapstick team of The Three Stooges. Curtis, unlike many movie villains, showed a genuine flair for comedy--especially physical comedy--in his many appearances in ...

26. William Pawley

Actor | The Grapes of Wrath

William Pawley was born on July 21, 1905 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. He was an actor, known for The Grapes of Wrath (1940), Robbers' Roost (1932) and Gabriel Over the White House (1933). He died on June 15, 1952 in New York City, New York, USA.

27. Jack Conway

Director | Viva Villa!

Born Hugh Ryan Conway of Irish ancestry, Jack Conway was one of a team of MGM contract directors (others included Sam Wood and Robert Z. Leonard), who forsook any pretense to a specific individual style in favor of working within the strictures set forth by studio management--as embodied by Irving ...

28. Duke York

Actor | Flash Gordon

Duke York Jr. has a long resume as one of Hollywood's best stunt men. He is still often seen on TV today although audiences may not recognize him. He is most often seen today as the various "monsters" that confronted The Three Stooges during the 1940s, and as King Kala (wearing a bald cap) in the ...

29. Polly Moran

Actress | Chasing Rainbows

She was one rowdy, no-holds-barred entertainer. Comedienne Polly Moran was considered second only to perhaps Louise Fazenda as Mack Sennett's funniest lady during her silent-era heyday. Born in 1883, Polly was made for vaudeville, touring all over the world, notably Europe. Sennett snapped her up ...

30. Lawrence Grant

Actor | The Count of Monte Cristo

As a young boy in England, Lawrence Grant became a great admirer of the Native American peoples. He devoured every book or article he could get his hands on relating to their culture and history. Years later Grant got the opportunity to spend some months living with several Native American tribes ...

31. Fannie Ward

Actress | The Cheat

Fannie Ward was a star of light comedies on Broadway and in vaudeville. Internationally famous, she was at the height of her career in the first decade of the 20th century. She debuted on Broadway at 19 in "Pippino" (1890). She went on to starring roles in "The Marriage of William Ashe", "Madam ...

32. Pierre Renoir

Actor | Les enfants du paradis

Pierre Renoir was born on March 21, 1885 in Paris, France. He was an actor, known for Children of Paradise (1945), Marion de Lorme (1918) and Le père Goriot (1945). He was married to Sergine, Vera. He died on March 11, 1952 in Paris.

33. Herbert Evans

Actor | The Third Degree

Herbert Evans was born on April 16, 1882 in London, England. He was an actor, known for The Third Degree (1919), The Hot Scots (1948) and Reunion in Vienna (1933). He died on February 10, 1952 in San Gabriel, California, USA.

34. Robert Strange

Actor | High Sierra

Robert Strange was born on November 26, 1881 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for High Sierra (1941), Adventures of Captain Marvel (1941) and Special Agent (1935). He died on February 22, 1952 in Hollywood, California, USA.

35. Henry Edwards

Director | Scrooge

Henry Edwards was born on September 18, 1882 in Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, England as Ethelbert Edwards. He was an actor and director, known for Scrooge (1935), A Welsh Singer (1915) and The Amazing Quest of Mr. Ernest Bliss (1920). He was married to Chrissie White. He died on November 2, 1952 in...

36. J.P. McGowan

Director | Hills of Missing Men

J.P. McGowan was born on February 24, 1880 in Terowie, South Australia, Australia as John Paterson McGowan. He was a director and actor, known for Hills of Missing Men (1922), The Hurricane Express (1932) and The Lost Express (1917). He was married to Mrs. Kaye Swart Northrop, Helen Holmes and ...

37. Charles K. French

Actor | A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate

Charles K. French was born on January 17, 1860 in Columbus, Ohio, USA as Charles Edward Krauss. He was an actor and director, known for A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate (1923), The Crimson Trail (1935) and Davy Crockett - In Hearts United (1909). He was married to Doris Herbert, Isabelle Gurton ...

38. George Reed

Actor | Huckleberry Finn

George Reed was born on November 27, 1866 in Macon, Georgia, USA as George Henry Reed. He was an actor, known for Huckleberry Finn (1920), The River of Romance (1929) and The Jungle Goddess (1922). He died on November 6, 1952 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

39. Hugh Prosser

Actor | The Adventures of Sir Galahad

Hugh Prosser was born on November 6, 1900 in Illinois, USA. He was an actor, known for The Adventures of Sir Galahad (1949), Mysterious Island (1951) and Daredevils of the Clouds (1948). He died on November 8, 1952 in Gallup, New Mexico, USA.

40. George Magrill

Actor | Snowed In

George Magrill was born on January 5, 1900 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. He is known for his work on Snowed In (1926), The Three Musketeers (1933) and Danger Island (1931). He was married to Ramona Oliver. He died on May 31, 1952 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

41. Scott Sunderland

Actor | Goodbye, Mr. Chips

Scott Sunderland was born on September 19, 1883 in Rock Ferry, Cheshire, England as Harry Scott Sunderland. He was an actor, known for Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) and Pygmalion (1938). He died on December 12, 1952 in Malvern, Worcestershire, England.

42. Percy Walsh

Actor | The Case of Gabriel Perry

Percy Walsh was born on April 24, 1888 in Luton, Bedfordshire, England. He was an actor, known for The Case of Gabriel Perry (1935), Oh, Mr. Porter! (1937) and Me and Marlborough (1935). He died on January 19, 1952 in London, England.

43. William Fox

Producer | 7th Heaven

Starting at the age 8 he had a series of jobs before starting his own business in 1900, which was sold to buy a Brooklyn nickelodeon in 1904. As the new owner with an empty house, Fox hired a coin manipulator and a barker to attract patrons into the dark 146-seat theatre. Once audiences adequately ...

44. Knut Hamsun

Writer | Poslední radost

Norwegian novelist Knut Hamsun was born to a poor family and sent to live with an uncle, a commercial fisherman. He grew up without any formal schooling. Hamsun left Norway for the U.S. twice: once in 1882, and again in 1886. Each time he stayed in the U.S. for two years, holding various jobs ...

45. Leo Willis

Actor | A Hero of the Big Snows

Leo Willis was born on January 5, 1890 in Wapanucka, Oklahoma, USA. He was an actor, known for A Hero of the Big Snows (1926), All the Brothers Were Valiant (1923) and The Timber Queen (1922). He died on April 10, 1952 in Monterey County, California, USA.

46. Julia Dean

Actress | The Emperor Waltz

Julia Dean was born on May 12, 1878 in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. She was an actress, known for The Emperor Waltz (1948), Judge Not; or The Woman of Mona Diggings (1915) and Ruling Passions (1918). She was married to Orme Caldara. She died on October 17, 1952 in Hollywood, California, USA.

47. Philip G. Epstein

Writer | Casablanca

Epstein and brother Julius J. Epstein became the first twins to be awarded Oscars when they won in the writing category for Casablanca (1942).

48. Ferenc Molnár

Writer | Carousel

Ferenc Molnár was born on January 12, 1878 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary as Ferenc Neumann. He is known for his work on Carousel, Tales of Manhattan (1942) and I'll Be Yours (1947). He was married to Lili Darvas, Sári Fedák and Margit Vészi. He died on April 1, 1952 in New York City, New York, USA.

49. Augustus Phillips

Actor | The Gates of Eden

Augustus Phillips was born on August 1, 1874 in Rensselaer, Indiana, USA. He was an actor, known for The Gates of Eden (1916), The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere (1914) and The Birth of the Star Spangled Banner (1914). He was married to Mildred Manning. He died on September 16, 1952 in Milford, ...

50. Eddie Laughton

Actor | Highway Patrol

Eddie Laughton was born on June 20, 1903 in Sheffield, Yorkshire [now South Yorkshire], England as Edgar Hugh Loughton. He was an actor, known for Highway Patrol (1938), Girls of the Road (1940) and My Son Is a Criminal (1939). He was married to Mary Eaton, Dorothea M. Appel and Lytha M. Pratt ...


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