Date of Death between 1957-01-01 and 1957-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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1. Humphrey Bogart

Actor | Casablanca

Humphrey DeForest Bogart was born in New York City, New York, to Maud Humphrey, a famed magazine illustrator and suffragette, and Belmont DeForest Bogart, a moderately wealthy surgeon (who was secretly addicted to opium). Bogart was educated at Trinity School, NYC, and was sent to Phillips Academy ...

2. Oliver Hardy

Actor | Sons of the Desert

Although his parents were never in show business, as a young boy Oliver Hardy was a gifted singer and, by age eight, was performing with minstrel shows. In 1910 he ran a movie theatre, which he preferred to studying law. In 1913 he became a comedy actor with the Lubin Company in Florida and began ...

3. Donald MacBride

Actor | The Seven Year Itch

Best known for his work in slapstick comedy and detective whodunits, character actor Donald MacBride lent his serious, craggy mug and determined professionalism to scores of 30s and 40s crimers. Born in Brooklyn, he first appeared on the vaudeville and Broadway stages as a teenage singer in such ...

4. Erich von Stroheim

Actor | Sunset Blvd.

Erich von Stroheim was born Erich Oswald Stroheim in 1885, in Vienna, Austria, to Johanna (Bondy), from Prague, and Benno Stroheim, a hatter from Gleiwitz, Germany (now Gliwice, Poland). His family was Jewish.

After spending some time working in his father's hat factory, he emigrated to America ...

5. James Whale

Director | Frankenstein

James Whale was an English film director, theatre director and actor. He is best remembered for his four classic horror films: Frankenstein (1931), The Old Dark House (1932), The Invisible Man (1933) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935). He also directed films in other genres, including what is ...

6. Gene Lockhart

Actor | His Girl Friday

Gene Lockhart was born on July 18, 1891, in London, Ontario, Canada, the son of John Coates Lockhart and Ellen Mary (Delany) Lockhart. His father had studied singing and young Gene displayed an early interest in drama and music. Shortly after the 7-year-old danced a Highland fling in a concert ...

7. Louis B. Mayer

He Who Gets Slapped

Mayer was born Lazar Meir in the Ukraine and grew up in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada after his parents fled Russian oppression in 1886. He had a brutal childhood, raised in poverty and suffering physical and emotional abuse from his nearly-illiterate peddler father. In the early 1890s, he ...

8. Max Ophüls

Director | La ronde

Director Max Ophüls was born Max Oppenheimer in Saarbrücken, Germany. He began his career as a stage actor and director in the golden twenties. He worked in cities such as Stuttgart, Dortmund, Wuppertal, Vienna, Frankfurt, Breslau and Berlin. In 1929 his son Marcel Ophüls was born in Frankfurt, ...

9. Katie Johnson

Actress | The Ladykillers

British character actress, on stage from 1894. Her many notable theatrical appearances include "Little Lord Fauntleroy" at the Prince's Theatre in Bristol, and, as Lady McClean, in "Escape Me Never" at the Apollo in London (1933) - a part she subsequently took to Broadway two years later. Until ...

10. Pedro Infante

Actor | Tizoc

Undoubtedly, Pedro Infante was, and still is, the idol of Mexico. Because of his movies (59 including 55 leading roles and four cameos), records (366 songs recorded between 1943 and 1956) and public appearances in Mexico and Latin America, Infante became a star and the most beloved human being in ...

11. Judy Tyler

Actress | Jailhouse Rock

Her father a trumpeter with bands such as Paul Whiteman and Benny Goodman, and her mother was a former Ziegfeld Follies dancer. Judy studied ballet, music, and acting, won a "Miss Stardust" beauty contest in 1949, danced with the Copacabana chorus line. and was making bit appearances on television ...

12. Märta Torén

Actress | Rogues' Regiment

From an early age her dream was to become an actress. Her first application for acting studies at The Royal Dramatic Theater in 1944 was unsuccessful. After additional dramatic coaching she was finally accepted in 1947. But screenwriter Edwin Blum arranged a screen test for RKO which eventually led...

13. George Cleveland

Actor | Flash Gordon

Round-faced and twinkling, George Cleveland had a 58-year career of stage, vaudeville, motion picture, radio and television acting. His first film was Mystery Liner (1934) with Noah Beery and he went on to appear in 150 others. However, he is best remembered as Gramps on the original Lassie (1954) ...

14. Norma Talmadge

Actress | Smilin' Through

Norma Talmadge was born on May 26, 1895, in Jersey City, New Jersey. The daughter of an unemployed alcoholic and his wife, Norma did not have the idyllic childhood that most of us yearn for. Her father left the family on Christmas Day and his wife and three daughters had to fend for themselves. Her...

15. Josephine Hull

Actress | Harvey

Josephine Sherwood changed her name after marrying stage actor Shelly Hull in 1910. She studied drama at Radcliffe College -- much to the dismay of her parents -- and first worked on the stage in a stock company in Boston. Her husband died in 1919, aged 35, of Spanish influenza. Josephine left the ...

16. Ned Sparks

Actor | 42nd Street

Ned Sparks proved himself a top character support whose style would be imitated for decades to come. Although less remembered now, he was an inimitable cinematic player back in 1930s Hollywood. The nasal-toned, deadpan comedian Sparks was born Edward A. Sparkman in Guelph, Canada, and was raised ...

17. Helen Haye

Actress | The Case of the Frightened Lady

Helen Haye was born on August 28, 1874 in Assam Province, British India as Helen Mary Haye. She was an actress, known for The Frightened Lady (1940), The 39 Steps (1935) and The Skin Game (1931). She was married to Ernest Attenborough. She died on September 1, 1957 in London, England.

18. Sheila Terry

Actress | Go-Get-'Em, Haines

Sheila Terry was born on March 5, 1907 in Warroad, Minnesota, USA as Kathleen Eleanor Mulheron. She was an actress, known for Go-Get-'Em, Haines (1936), The Silk Express (1933) and Bars of Hate (1935). She was married to William Adam Magee Jr. and Laurence Erastus Clark. She died on January 19, ...

19. Alfonso Bedoya

Actor | The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Mexican character actor who achieved his greatest success in U.S. films. He was born in a tiny village in Mexico of Yaqui heritage and he had a nomadic upbringing, living in numerous places throughout the country including, for a time, Mexico City. He received a private education in Houston, Texas ...

20. Charles King

Actor | The Adventures of Sir Galahad

In films since childhood (as a teenager he appeared in The Birth of a Nation (1915)), Charles King played a variety of roles in silent films, and even made a series of comedy shorts for Universal in the 1920s. However, it was as a villain in sound westerns that King achieved his greatest fame. In ...

21. Grant Mitchell

Actor | Arsenic and Old Lace

You would think stage and film veteran Grant Mitchell was born to play stern authoritarians; his father after all was General John Grant Mitchell. But Mitchell would actually be better known for his portrayals of harangued husbands, bemused dads and bilious executives in 30s and 40s films. Born in ...

22. Harrison Ford

Actor | The Nervous Wreck

Silent screen leading man in films from 1915-1932. He left films in 1932 due to the arrival of sound. He was hit by a car on September 13, 1951, never fully recovered from his injuries and died on December 2, 1957.

23. Frank Fenton

Actor | Tripoli

Frank Fenton was born on April 9, 1906 in Hartford, Connecticut, USA. He was an actor, known for Tripoli (1950), Prairie Roundup (1951) and Fury at Gunsight Pass (1956). He was married to Queena Bilotti. He died on July 24, 1957 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

24. Peter Freuchen

Writer | Eskimo

Peter Freuchen was born on February 20, 1886 in Nykøbing Falster, Denmark as Lorentz Peter Elfred Freuchen. He was an actor and writer, known for Eskimo (1933), Midnattssolens son (1939) and Den store Grønlandsfilm (1922). He was married to Dagmar Cohn, Magdalene Vang Lauridsen and Navarana ...

25. Fred F. Sears

Director | The Giant Claw

A graduate of Boston College, Fred F. Sears got his show-business start in regional theater, where he was an actor, director and producer. He started "little theater" groups and was a drama instructor at Southwestern University when Columbia Pictures hired him as a dialogue director. He also worked...

26. Ray Bennett

Actor | The Lone Ranger

After spending his childhood in San Francisco, Bennett eventually moved to Los Angeles and was residing in Beverly Hills by 1930. From the onset, he had close ties to the acting profession, his mother (Ella Costillo Bennett) being a celebrated drama critic and author. His first acting was in stock ...

27. Cora Witherspoon

Actress | Piccadilly Jim

A delightfully irksome, viper-tongued presence who usually played older than she was, actress Cora Witherspoon began her five-decade career in New York playing an elderly lady in the 1910 production of "The Concert". She was 20 years old at the time. Born in 1890, the brown-haired, Louisiana-born ...

28. Russell Hicks

Actor | The Little Foxes

Tall, distinguished-looking Russell Hicks appeared in almost 300 films in his more than 40-year career (although his first known screen appearance was in 1915, he has screenwriting credits as early as 1913, so it's possible his screen debut was earlier than credited). His cultured bearing, ...

29. Al Bridge

Actor | Hail the Conquering Hero

American character actor, a fixture both in Westerns and in the comedies of Preston Sturges. Although frequently billed as "Alan" Bridge, he was born Alfred Morton Bridge in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1891 (not as "Alford" Bridge in 1890, as his tombstone erroneously states), he and his sister, ...

30. Bob Burns

Actor | Jus' Travlin'

Bob Burns was born on November 21, 1884 in Glendive, Montana, USA. He is known for his work on Jus' Travlin' (1925), Wanderer of the Wasteland (1935) and Border G-Man (1938). He was married to Julia Bearcroft. He died on March 14, 1957 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

31. Billy Bevan

Actor | A Tale of Two Cities

Billy Bevan's show-business career began in his native Australia, with the Pollard theatrical organization. The company had two theater troupes, one which toured Asia and the other traveling to North America. Bevan wound up in the latter, performing in skits and plays all over Canada and Alaska ...

32. Laura Ingalls Wilder

Writer | Little House on the Prairie

Born Laura Elizabeth Ingalls in Wisconsin in 1867, she spent her childhood as a "pioneer girl, " settling in Wisconsin (twice), Missouri, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota by the time she was twelve years old. Her family stayed in South Dakota, or Dakota Territory as it was known, and in ...

33. Sacha Guitry

Writer | Les perles de la couronne

French actor, dramatist and director, Sacha Guitry was born in 1885 in Saint-Petersburg where his father, actor Lucien Guitry, was under contract with the city's French theater. Early on, Sacha knew he was going to be an artist. Therefore, his studies were mediocre.

His acting debuts were not too ...

34. Jack Buchanan

Actor | As Long as They're Happy

Born in Scotland, Jack Buchanan made his stage acting debut in Britain in 1912, and on Broadway in 1924. Though he made his film debut in 1917 during the silent film era, Buchanan is probably best remembered for The Band Wagon (1953), co-starring with Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Nanette Fabray, ...

35. Edvard Persson

Actor | Baldevins bröllop

Edvard Persson began his career with small parts at the Folkets Hus theater in Malmö. At the age of 18 he joined a traveling theater company, Opera Comique. Soon enough he was given the leading roles in operas and operettas. The company traveled around Sweden with plays such as Värmlänningarna or ...

36. William Cameron Menzies

Production Designer | Gone with the Wind

William Cameron Menzies was educated at Yale University, the University of Edinburgh and at the Art Students League in New York. He entered the film industry in 1919, after serving with the U.S. Expeditionary Forces in World War I. His initial assignments were in film design and special effects, as...

37. Helene Costello

Actress | The Fatal Warning

Some of Helene Costello's films available on video are Her Crowning Glory (1911), Lulu's Doctor (1912) and Lights of New York (1928), the first all-talking feature. She worked for a time as a reader for 20th Century Fox in the early 1940s. Miss Costello died on January 26, 1957, in California's ...

38. William 'Bill' Phillips

Actor | Detective Story

William 'Bill' Phillips was born on June 1, 1908 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for Detective Story (1951), The Law vs. Billy the Kid (1954) and The Hidden Eye (1945). He was married to Eve Phillips. He died on June 27, 1957 in Los Angeles, California, ...

39. Ezio Pinza

Soundtrack | The Blues Brothers

Ezio Pinza was born on May 18, 1892 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Fortunato Pinza. He was an actor, known for The Blues Brothers (1980), Mr. Imperium (1951) and Tonight We Sing (1953). He was married to Doris Leak and Augusta Casinelli. He died on May 9, 1957 in Stamford, Connecticut, USA.

40. Dorothy Sebastian

Actress | Ship of Wanted Men

The daughter of a clergyman and a mother, who was an accomplished painter of portraits and landscapes, Stella Dorothy Sabiston spent her formative years in her home state of Alabama. She had three siblings, all of whom died relatively young. She attended the University of Alabama, but always ...

41. William Eythe

Actor | The House on 92nd Street

He had the requisite charm and dark, thick-browed good-looks of a Tyrone Power that often spelled "film stardom" but it was not to be in the case of actor William Eythe. Spotted for Hollywood while performing on Broadway, he made nary a dent when he finally transferred his skills to film and is ...

42. John Brown

Actor | Robot Monster

John Brown was born on April 4, 1904 in Hull, Yorkshire, England. He was an actor, known for Robot Monster (1953), Strangers on a Train (1951) and The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (1950). He died on May 16, 1957 in West Hollywood, California, USA.

43. Erville Alderson

Actor | The Scarlet Empress

A character actor whose film career spanned from Hollywood's Silent Era until the 1950s. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, on September 11, 1882, Erville would start his film career in 1918 at the age of 36 in Her Man (1918). Film pioneer D.W. Griffith utilized Erville in many of his films, including ...

44. Archie Twitchell

Actor | Mickey the Kid

Archie Twitchell was born on November 28, 1906 in Pendleton, Oregon, USA as Archie Raymond Twitchell. He was an actor, known for Mickey the Kid (1939), Mysterious Doctor Satan (1940) and Black Angel (1946). He was married to Sherma and Lillian Vaughan. He died on January 31, 1957 in Pacoima, ...

45. Hilda Vaughn

Actress | Dinner at Eight

Thin and tart-tongued, Baltimore-born theater actress Hilda Vaughn, had a decade of intense activity at the beginning of the sound period, mainly at MGM. Although she always played a pleb (a maid, a charwoman, a governess, a saleswoman, a slavey, ...) and never a patrician, the characters she ...

46. Eliot Ness

Writer | The Untouchables

Eliot Ness was born in 1903 to Pete and Emma Ness. Pete was a baker. Eliot wrote the book "The Untouchables", but died just before it was published.

47. Benkt-Åke Benktsson

Actor | Skåningar

Benkt-Åke Benktsson was born on January 6, 1907 in Halmstad, Hallands län, Sweden as Bengt-Åke Bengtson. He was an actor and director, known for Skåningar (1944), Pippi Långstrump (1949) and Vi som går scenvägen (1938). He died on January 8, 1957 in Malmö, Skåne län, Sweden.

48. Mabel Terry-Lewis

Actress | The Scarlet Pimpernel

Mabel Terry-Lewis was born on October 28, 1872 in London, England as Mabel Gwynedd Terry-Lewis. She was an actress, known for The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934), Jamaica Inn (1939) and Caste (1930). She was married to Ralph Cecil Batley. She died on November 28, 1957 in London.

49. Gus Schilling

Actor | Citizen Kane

Gus Schilling was born on June 20, 1908 in New York City, New York, USA as August Eugene Schilling. He was an actor, known for Citizen Kane (1941), The Lady from Shanghai (1947) and Macbeth (1948). He was married to Betty Rowland. He died on June 16, 1957 in Hollywood, California, USA.

50. Jimmy Dorsey

Actor | I Dood It

Legendary saxophonist, conductor, songwriter and composer ("I'm Glad There Is You" and "Contrasts" [his theme]), educated in public schools and a cornet student of his father. Through the 1920s he was a saxophonist in orchestras including those of Paul Whiteman, Red Nichols, and the California ...


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