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 | Pardon Us

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. James Whale

Director | The Invisible Man

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 ...

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. 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 ...

6. Pedro Infante

Actor | Tizoc (Amor indio)

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 ...

7. 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 ...

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. 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 ...

10. Norma Talmadge

Actress | Camille

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...

11. 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 ...

12. 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 ...

13. 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.

14. 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 ...

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. Russell Hicks

Actor | The Blue Bird

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, ...

17. 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 ...

18. 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 ...

19. 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.

20. 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) ...

21. Louis B. Mayer

Producer | The Great Secret

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 ...

22. 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, ...

23. 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 ...

24. 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 ...

25. 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 ...

26. 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 ...

27. 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 ...

28. 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...

29. William Eythe

Actor | The Ox-Bow Incident

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 ...

30. 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, ...

31. Frederick Burton

Actor | One Way Passage

Frederick Burton was born on October 20, 1871 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA as Frederick Wishard Burton. He was an actor, known for One Way Passage (1932), The Big Trail (1930) and The Fighting Blade (1923). He was married to Jessie Perine Lawrie and Lora Osgood. He died on October 23, 1957 in ...

32. Louise Carter

Actress | Broken Lullaby

Louise Carter was born on March 17, 1875 in Denison, Iowa, USA. She was an actress, known for Broken Lullaby (1932), Madame Butterfly (1932) and Unmarried (1939). She died on November 10, 1957 in Hollywood, California, USA.

33. Al Bridge

Actor | The Miracle of Morgan's Creek

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, ...

34. Jack Buchanan

Actor | The Sky's the Limit

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. 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.

36. 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 ...

37. 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 ...

38. Peggy Hopkins Joyce

Actress | International House

Peggy Hopkins Joyce was born on May 26, 1893 in Berkley, Virginia, USA as Marguerite Upton. She was an actress, known for International House (1933), The Skyrocket (1926) and Dimples (1916). She was married to Andrew Meyer, Anthony Easton, Gustave Morner, J. Stanley Joyce, Sherburne Philbrick ...

39. Billy Bevan

Actor | Another Dawn

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 ...

40. 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 ...

41. 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...

42. Laika

Laika, a mixed-breed mongrel, was the first living creature to have orbited the Earth and the first living creature ever to have died in space. She was a stray dog found on the streets of Moscow at an estimated three years of age and recruited by the Soviet space program to serve as the subject of ...

43. 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 ...

44. 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.

45. 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.

46. Ezio Pinza

Soundtrack | The Blues Brothers

Ezio Pinza was born on May 18, 1892 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Fortunato Pinza. He was married to Doris Leak and Augusta Casinelli. He died on May 9, 1957 in Stamford, Connecticut, USA.

47. 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 ...

48. Erich Wolfgang Korngold

Composer | The Adventures of Robin Hood

Erich Wolfgang Korngold was the son of a well-known music critic. A child prodigy, he accompanied his father in playing four-handed piano arrangements by the age of five. By the age of eleven he drew his first plaudits from enthusiastic Viennese audiences (including the emperor Franz Josef) with ...

49. 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...

50. 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 Television Spy (1939). He was married to Sherma and Lillian Vaughan. He died on January 31, 1957 in Pacoima, ...


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