Date of Death between 1956-01-01 and 1956-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
1. Bela Lugosi
Actor | Dracula
Bela Lugosi was born Béla Ferenc Dezsö Blaskó on October 20, 1882, Lugos, Hungary, Austria-Hungary (now Lugoj, Romania), to Paula de Vojnich and István Blaskó, a banker. He was the youngest of four children. During WWI, he volunteered and was commissioned as an infantry lieutenant, and was wounded ...
Actor | Around the World in 80 Days
Robert Newton was one of the great character actors -- and great characters -- of the British cinema, best remembered today for playing Long John Silver in Treasure Island (1950) and its sequel for Walt Disney in the 1950s. His portrayal of Long John Silver and of Blackbeard, the Pirate (1952) ...
Actor | The Wizard of Oz
This old codger film favorite, born in 1869 (some reports say 1875), got into the entertainment field at an early age, first as a circus performer (aerialist and trapeze artist). When acting sparked his interest, he worked in a series of stock companies while writing stage plays that he himself ...
Actor | Duck Soup
Tall, distinguished, aristocratic Louis Calhern seemed to be the poster boy for old-money, upper-crust urban society, but he was actually born Carl Vogt, to middle-class parents in New York City. His family moved to St. Louis when he was a child, and it was while playing football in high school ...
Director | Saikaku ichidai onna
Coming from a lower class family Mizoguchi entered the production company Nikkatsu as an actor specialized in female roles. Later he became an assistant director and made his first film in 1922. Although he filmed almost 90 movies in the silent era, only his last 12 productions are really known ...
Actor | Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Edward Arnold was born as Gunther Edward Arnold Schneider in 1890, on the Lower East Side of New York City, the son of German immigrants, Elizabeth (Ohse) and Carl Schneider. Arnold began his acting career on the New York stage and became a film actor in 1916. A burly man with a commanding style ...
7. Guy Kibbee
Actor | Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Beginning his show business career at age 13 as an entertainer on Mississippi riverboats, Guy Kibbee graduated to the legitimate stage and spent many years in the theater. In the 1930s he was signed by Warner Brothers, and became part of what was known as "the Warner Brothers Stock Company", a ...
Actor | Tomorrow at Seven
Stephenson was a firm, dignified, worldly presence in Hollywood's classic history-based films of the 30s and 40s. The tall British character actor Henry Stephenson could be both imposing and benevolent in his patrician portrayals, usually expounding words of wisdom or offering gentlemanly aid. He ...
9. Paul Kelly
Actor | Crossfire
In retrospect, actor Paul Kelly may have had more high drama in his off-camera life than he did in his rich stage and screen life. How many Broadway and/or Hollywood actors have survived career-wise after serving a prison term for manslaughter? Kelly, whose drive, ambition and talent were ...
10. Mitchell Lewis
Actor | Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
Mitchell Lewis was born on June 26, 1880 in Syracuse, New York, USA as Mitchell Joseph Lewis. He was an actor, known for Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925), A Tale of Two Cities (1935) and Beau Bandit (1930). He was married to Nan Frances Ryan and Rosabel Morrison. He died on August 24, 1956 in ...
11. Jean Hersholt
Actor | Greed
If ever there was a Great Dane in Hollywood it was Jean Hersholt - and one of its great hearts as well. He was from a well-known Danish stage and entertainment family that had toured throughout Europe performing with young Jean as an essential cast member. He graduated from the Copenhagen Art ...
12. Anne Crawford
Actress | Knights of the Round Table
Anne Crawford was born on November 22, 1920 in Haifa, Palestine as Imelda Anne Crawford. She was an actress, known for Knights of the Round Table (1953), Daughter of Darkness (1948) and Caravan (1946). She was married to Wallace Douglas and James Hartley. She died on October 17, 1956 in London, ...
Actor | Great Expectations
Francis L. Sullivan was born on January 6, 1903 in London, England as Francis Loftus Sullivan. He was an actor, known for Great Expectations (1946), Night and the City (1950) and Oliver Twist (1948). He died on November 19, 1956 in New York City, New York, USA.
14. Christian Rub
Actor | You Can't Take It with You
Christian Rub was born on April 13, 1886 in Graz, Styria, Austria. He was an actor, known for You Can't Take It with You (1938), Peter Ibbetson (1935) and Girls' Dormitory (1936). He was married to Amy. He died on April 14, 1956 in Santa Barbara, California, USA.
15. Ralph Morgan
Actor | Strange Interlude
Ralph Morgan was born on July 6, 1883 in New York City, New York, USA as Raphael Kuhner Wuppermann. He was an actor, known for Strange Interlude (1932), Magnificent Obsession (1935) and Barefoot Boy (1938). He was married to Grace Arnold. He died on June 11, 1956 in New York City.
16. George Bancroft
Actor | Stagecoach
George Bancroft was raised in Philadelphia and attended high school at Tomes Institute (Philadelphia). He won an impressive appointment to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis and graduated as a commissioned officer. He served in the Navy for the prescribed period of required service but no...
17. Alexander Korda
Director | The Private Life of Don Juan
One of a large group of Hungarian refugees who found refuge in England in the 1930s, Sir Alexander Korda was the first British film producer to receive a knighthood. He was a major, if controversial, figure and acted as a guiding force behind the British film industry of the 1930s and continued to ...
18. Holmes Herbert
Actor | Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Holmes Herbert was a tall, intense English actor who made his first films after coming to America. He began in silent movies as a leading man but eventually was relegated to less important roles as a character actor when sound came in. He played in several of the Universal "Sherlock Holmes" movies,...
19. Fred Allen
Actor | It's in the Bag!
Fred Allen, the well-known comedian who went on to star in radio, television, and film, was born John Florence Sullivan in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1894 and educated at Boston University. His Broadway shows include "The Passing Show of 1922" and "The Greenwich Village Follies".
He produced, wrote...
20. Stanley Blystone
Actor | Modern Times
Stanley Blystone was born on August 1, 1894 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA as William Stanley Blystone. He was an actor, known for Modern Times (1936), Eyes of Texas (1948) and The Roy Rogers Show (1951). He was married to Claire Siebrecht and Alma Tell. He died on July 16, 1956 in Hollywood, ...
Actress | Sergeant York
Margaret Wycherly was born in London, England on October 26, 1881. She was predominately a stage actress, continuing stage work even after performing in films. Her first film role came when she appeared in The Fight (1915) at 34 years old. It was not until 1929 that audiences got another glimpse of...
Writer | The Scoundrel
"Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers out there are starving!" When Patrick Dennis's fictional Auntie Mame uttered this pithy observation, she could have been speaking of Charles MacArthur. Charlie never shied away from the feast, and he certainly never went hungry. Arriving in November 1895 in...
25. A.A. Milne
One of his Winnie the Pooh stories is about the depressed donkey Eeyore thinking his friends have forgotten his birthday, when in fact they have been planning a surprise party. In 1963, several English Department students at the University of Texas at Austin decided to celebrate the character's ...
26. Eddie Acuff
Actor | The Case of the Velvet Claws
Eddie Acuff is one of those wonderful supporting actors who peopled the fascinating world of Hollywood's A, B or Z movies. In a career spanning eighteen years he appeared in an amazing almost 300 movies and one TV episode! His appearances could be invisible (when deleted), hardly visible (he ...
27. Chester Clute
Actor | Arsenic and Old Lace
Chester Clute was born on February 18, 1891 in Orange, New Jersey, USA as Chester Lamont Clute. He was an actor, known for Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), There Goes My Girl (1937) and Anchors Aweigh (1945). He was married to Eleanor Hicks. He died on April 2, 1956 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, ...
28. Bob Burns
Actor | Radio City Revels
After growing up in a small Arkansas town, Bob Burns qualified as a civil engineer, but also worked as a salesman, farmed peanuts, and in World War I was a Marine sergeant and champion rifleman. His great interest from boyhood was music, and from 1911 his main career was in entertainment. He played...
30. Lloyd Ingraham
Lloyd Ingraham was born on November 30, 1874 in Rochelle, Illinois, USA as Lloyd Chauncey Ingraham. He was an actor and director, known for Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916), At the Sign of the Jack O'Lantern (1922) and Don Mike (1927). He was married to Maude May Plopper. He ...
31. Tim Ryan
Actor | From Here to Eternity
Tim Ryan was born on July 5, 1899 in Bayonne, New Jersey, USA as Timothy Thomas Ryan. He was an actor and writer, known for From Here to Eternity (1953), The Shanghai Chest (1948) and Detective Kitty O'Day (1944). He was married to Irene Ryan. He died on October 22, 1956 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, ...
32. Eddie Garr
Actor | Ladies of the Chorus
Eddie Garr was born on April 15, 1900 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Edward Leo Gonnoud. He was an actor, known for Ladies of the Chorus (1948), That's My Story! (1937) and Obey the Law (1933). He was married to Phyllis Garr. He died on September 3, 1956 in Burbank, California, USA.
33. Victor Young
Composer | The Quiet Man
Violinist and conductor Victor Young was a prolific composer and arranger, who worked on more than 300 film scores over a period of twenty years. He came from an impoverished, but musical background and was trained on the violin at the Warsaw Imperial Conservatory, later studying piano in Paris ...
34. Bertolt Brecht
Writer | Die Dreigroschenoper
Bertolt Brecht was born on 10 February 1898 in Augsburg, Germany and one of the country's most influential poets, playwrights and screenwriters. His most famous work was the musical "The Threepenny Opera" (with Kurt Weill), but his dramas such as "Mother Courage and Her Children" or "The Good ...
36. Kathleen Howard
Actress | It's a Gift
Kathleen Howard was born on July 27, 1884 in Clifton, Ontario, Canada. She was an actress, known for It's a Gift (1934), Ball of Fire (1941) and Death Takes a Holiday (1934). She was married to Edward Kellogg Baird (lawyer). She died on April 15, 1956 in Hollywood, California, USA.
37. Marie Doro
Actress | The White Pearl
Classical stage and movie actress Marie Doro was a direct descendant of American political leader Patrick Henry. She was born Marie Katherine Steward in Pennsylvania in 1882. She began as a chorus girl in musical comedy under the management of impresario Charles Frohman, who took her to Broadway. ...
38. Roy Kellino
Director | Four Star Playhouse
Roy Kellino was born on April 22, 1912 in London, England as Philip Roy Gislingham. He was a director and cinematographer, known for Four Star Playhouse (1952), _Schlitz Playhouse (1951) (TV Series)_, and Charade (1954). He was married firstly to Pamela Ostrer (later known as Pamela Mason), and ...
39. Charles Dingle
Actor | The Little Foxes
Charles Dingle was born on December 28, 1887 in Wabash, Indiana, USA. He was an actor, known for The Little Foxes (1941), The Song of Bernadette (1943) and The Wife of Monte Cristo (1946). He was married to Dorothea White (actress). He died on January 19, 1956 in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA.
Writer | Zemlya
Aleksandr Dovzhenko was born on September 10, 1894 in Vyunishche, Sosnitsa Ueyzd, Chernigov Governorate, Russian Empire as Aleksandr Petrovich Dovzhenko. He was a writer and director, known for Zemlya (1930), Life in Bloom (1949) and Shors (1939). He was married to Yuliya Solntseva. He died on ...
42. Eliot Makeham
Actor | Dark Journey
Eliot Makeham was born on December 22, 1881 in Edmonton, Middlesex, England as Harold Elliott Makeham. He was an actor, known for Dark Journey (1937), Lorna Doone (1934) and Vacation from Marriage (1945). He was married to Betty Shale and Johanna Geertruida De Vries. He died on February 8, 1956 in ...
43. Dell Henderson
Actor | Show People
Dell Henderson was born on July 5, 1883 in St Thomas, Ontario, Canada as George Delbert Henderson. He was an actor and director, known for Show People (1928), The Servant Question (1920) and Outcast (1917). He was married to Florence Lee. He died on December 2, 1956 in Hollywood, California, USA.
45. Louise Carver
Actress | The Big Trail
Louise Carver was born on June 9, 1869 in Davenport, Iowa, USA as Mary Louise Steiger. She was an actress and writer, known for The Big Trail (1930), The Man from Blankley's (1930) and Romeo and Juliet (1908). She was married to Tom Murray. She died on June 18, 1956 in Hollywood, California, USA.
46. Tod Slaughter
Actor | Crimes at the Dark House
Tod Slaughter took to the stage in 1905 and made a name for himself as the star villain of numerous Victorian melodramas which he toured around England. Many of these were filmed cheaply in the 30s and 40s by quota-quickie tzar George King. His ham performances are perfectly suited to the material ...
Writer | Varieté
German film director E.A. Dupont was an influential critic and newspaper columnist before breaking into the film industry. He wrote several screenplays and worked as a story editor for Richard Oswald before turning to directing in 1917. Over the next eight years Dupont became a respected exponent ...
49. Jehanne d'Alcy
Actress | La colonne de feu
Jehanne d'Alcy was born on March 20, 1865 in Vaujours, Seine-et-Oise [now Seine-Saint-Denis], France as Charlotte Lucie Marie Adèle Stephanie Adrienne Faës. She was an actress and costume designer, known for Haggard's She: The Pillar of Fire (1899), Cinderella (1899) and Cleopatra's Tomb (1899). ...
50. Miguel Inclán
Actor | Fort Apache
Miguel Inclan was a popular villain of Mexican cinema from the 1930s into the 1950s, although he also had some sympathetic roles, notably as the kindly policeman in Salón México (1949) and several appearances as Benito Juárez. Inclán came from a theatrical family and started out ...