dead by 40

by adrian-dahl | created - 22 Jan 2012 | updated - 11 months ago | Public

stars who died way too young

1. Mace Greenleaf

Actor | Falling Leaves

Mace Greenleaf began as a stage actor starring and supporting in many popular plays, perhaps his best known roles was as Herbert, the King's Forrester in 'The Prisoner of Zenda' in the 1890's and in 1898 played Mr. Hunston in Sir Arthur Wing Pinero's play 'Trelawny of the Wells' at the Lyceum ...

2. Vedah Bertram

Actress | A Ranch Widower's Daughters

Vedah Bertram born Adele Buck in Massachusetts into a prominent Boston family, her father Jerome Buck, a wealthy newspaper publisher. Film cowboy star G.M. Anderson saw her photograph in a Boston society column, he decided to contact her and asked her to be his co-star in his Broncho Billy western ...

3. Florence Barker

Actress | Choosing a Husband

Florence Barker was born on November 22, 1891 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She was an actress and writer, known for Choosing a Husband (1909), Faithful (1910) and The Gold Seekers (1910). She died on February 15, 1913 in Los Angeles.

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4. Joseph Graybill

Actor | White Roses

Joseph Graybill was born on April 14, 1887 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA as Harold Joseph Graybill. He was an actor, known for White Roses (1910), The Primal Call (1911) and Winning Back His Love (1910). He died on August 3, 1913 in New York City, New York, USA.

5. Elmer Booth

Writer | His Auto's Maiden Trip

Elmer Booth was born on December 9, 1882 in Los Angeles, California, USA as William Elmer Boothe. He was an actor and writer, known for His Auto's Maiden Trip (1912), Abe Gets Even with Father (1911) and Her Mother Interferes (1911). He was married to Irene Outtrim. He died on June 16, 1915 in Los ...

6. Arthur V. Johnson

Actor | The Beloved Adventurer

Arthur V. Johnson was born on February 2, 1876 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA as Arthur Vaughen Johnson. He was an actor and director, known for The Beloved Adventurer (1914), Annie Rowley's Fortune (1913) and The Guerrilla (1908). He was married to Maude Webb. He died on January 17, 1916 in Philadelphia...

7. Page Peters

Actor | The Call of the Cumberlands

Page Peters was born in 1889. He was an actor, known for The Call of the Cumberlands (1916), The Gentleman from Indiana (1915) and The Unafraid (1915). He died on June 22, 1916 in Hermosa Beach, California, USA.

8. Sydney Ayres

Director | Beyond the City

Handsome, dark wavy-haired leading man who appeared on the New York stage, starred in early silent films (1-3 reelers) as well as directed and wrote scenarios. Worked for various studios including Edison, American, Powers, Rex, Big U (Universal), Laemmle, Nestor and Selig. Still working until the ...

9. Fred Mace

Director | Without Hope

Mace was a dentist from Erie, Pennsylvania who at one point did some stage stock work for Mack Sennett. Heading west, he worked for Carl Laemmle and Thomas H. Ince before settling back with Sennett. After achieving success as the Chief of the Keystone Kops, he quit Sennett and opened his own ...

10. Fatty Voss

Actor | Fatty's Feature Fillum

Fatty Voss was born on October 12, 1886 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Frank Voss. He was an actor and director, known for Fatty's Feature Fillum (1917), Shot in a Bar Room (1915) and The Child Needs a Mother (1915). He died on April 22, 1917 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

11. Florence La Badie

Actress | The Million Dollar Mystery

Early information on Florence La Badie is sketchy. She is thought to have been born in New York City in 1888, and was either taken away from or given up for adoption by her birth mother. Florence was adopted by a married couple named LaBadie, who legally gave the child their last name. Her adoptive...

12. Jack Standing

Actor | The Perils of Pauline

Jack Standing was born on February 10, 1886 in London, England. He was an actor, known for The Perils of Pauline (1914), Blindness of Devotion (1915) and Civilization's Child (1916). He died on October 25, 1917 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

13. Eric Campbell

Actor | The Vagabond

Campbell was born in Sale, Cheshire on 26th April 1880 and began acting as a boy. He married fellow music hall performer Fanny Gertrude Robotham on March 30, 1901 and was later hired by English music hall impresario Fred Karno for his "Fun Factory" comedy troupes that featured other comics like a ...

14. William Courtleigh Jr.

Actor | The Better Man

William Courtleigh Jr. was born on June 28, 1892 in Buffalo, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for The Better Man (1914), Neal of the Navy (1915) and Out of the Drifts (1916). He was married to Ethel Fleming. He died on March 13, 1918 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

15. Lillian Cook

Actress | The Blue Bird

Lillian Cook was born on May 16, 1898 in Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA. She was an actress, known for The Blue Bird (1918), The Submarine Eye (1917) and Camille (1915). She died on March 14, 1918 in New York City, New York, USA.

16. William Hinckley

Actor | The Wayward Son

William Hinckley was born on September 11, 1894. He was an actor, known for The Wayward Son (1915), The Burned Hand (1915) and The Wolf Man (1915). He died on May 4, 1918 in New York City, New York, USA.

17. S. Rankin Drew

Director | Who's Your Neighbor?

Silent film actor and director, son of Sidney Drew and his first wife, Mrs. Sidney Drew, and first cousin of actors John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, and Ethel Barrymore. Although his famous parents had hoped for him to choose another career than the theatre and sent him to military school, the ...

18. Lillian Peacock

Actress | The Mechanical Man

While filming a comedy in 1918, Lillian fell while leaping from one running automobile to another. She suffered severe internal injuries but was able to appear before the cameras again later on. However, during a later filming, the injuries sustained in the previous accident, caused her to become ...

19. True Boardman

Actor | Tarzan of the Apes

True Boardman was born on April 21, 1880 in Oakland, California, USA as William True Boardman. He was an actor, known for Tarzan of the Apes (1918), The Further Adventures of Stingaree (1917) and The Doctor and the Woman (1918). He was married to Virginia True Boardman. He died on September 28, ...

20. Lawrence Peyton

Actor | Martin Eden

Lawrence Peyton born in Hartford, Kentucky in 1895. Handsome, wavy haired athletic star of many silent drama, comedy and westerns, first starred at the age of 18 in a short western 'The Range Deadline' made at the Nestor Film Company in 1913, followed with the Majestic Motion Picture Company in ...

21. Arthur Moon

Actor | A Lislebank

Arthur Moon was born on March 23, 1889 in Garden City, Kansas, USA as Arthur Morse Moon. He was an actor, known for A Lislebank (1917), Without Honor (1918) and The Mechanical Man (1915). He was married to Donna Drew. He died on October 17, 1918 in Helena, Montana, USA.

22. Harold Lockwood

Actor | The Promise

A former salesman and vaudeville and stage actor, Harold Lockwood was one of the earliest romantic stars of American films. He was paired with Mary Pickford, Kathlyn Williams and Dorothy Davenport, among others, but his most popular films had him as the lover of May Allison, and they became one of ...

23. Myrtle Gonzalez

Actress | The Level

Myrtle Gonzalez was born on September 28, 1891 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She was an actress, known for The Level (1914), Bill's Wife (1916) and The Little Sheriff (1914). She was married to Allen Watt and J. Parks Jones. She died on October 22, 1918 in Los Angeles.

24. Julian L'Estrange

Actor | Bella Donna

Julian L'Estrange was born on August 6, 1880 in Weston-super-Mare, England as Julian Boyle. He was an actor, known for Bella Donna (1915), The Girl with the Green Eyes (1916) and The Morals of Marcus (1915). He was married to Constance Collier. He died on October 22, 1918 in New York City, New York...

25. Charles Gunn

Actor | An Even Break

Charles Gunn was born on July 31, 1883 in Wisconsin, USA as Charles Edward Gunn. He was an actor, known for An Even Break (1917), Sherlock Holmes Solves the Sign of the Four (1913) and Framing Framers (1917). He was married to Nina. He died on December 6, 1918 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

26. George Gebhardt

Actor | The Puppet Crown

George Gebhardt was born on September 21, 1879 in Basel, Switzerland. He was an actor and director, known for The Puppet Crown (1915), The Chosen Prince, or The Friendship of David and Jonathan (1917) and A Woman's Way (1908). He was married to Mrs. George Gebhardt. He died on May 2, 1919 in ...

27. Lamar Johnstone

Actor | The Ne'er Do Well

Lamar Johnstone was born on March 15, 1884 in Fairfax, Virginia, USA as Edward Lamar Johnstone. He was an actor, known for The Ne'er Do Well (1916), Robin Hood (1912) and The Double Cross (1912). He died on May 21, 1919 in Palm Springs, California, USA.

28. Clifford Bruce

Actor | The Royal Box

Clifford Bruce born in Toronto, Canada in 1885, a well-built touch performer who supported in many American silent drama, westerns and action-serial's, first with the Selig Film Company in 1913, followed by Fox studios and later the Metro Film Company in the late 1910's, he's perhaps best ...

29. Dee Lampton

Actor | Skinny's Shipwrecked Sand-Witch

Dee Lampton was born on October 6, 1898 in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. He was an actor, known for Skinny's Shipwrecked Sand-Witch (1917), Drama's Dreadful Deal (1917) and Schemer Skinny's Scandal (1917). He died on September 2, 1919 in New York City, New York, USA.

30. William Parsons

Producer | Tarzan of the Apes

William Parsons was born on August 14, 1878 in Middletown, New York, USA. He was an actor and producer, known for Tarzan of the Apes (1918), Lightning Bryce (1919) and The Romance of Tarzan (1918). He was married to Billie Rhodes. He died on September 28, 1919 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

31. William Stowell

Actor | Fighting Mad

William Stowell was born on March 13, 1885 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He was an actor, known for Fighting Mad (1917), The Flashlight (1917) and A Doll's House (1917). He died on November 24, 1919 in Elizabethville, Belgian Congo.

32. Hazel Neason

Actress | The Garden of Fate

Hazel Neason was born on August 16, 1891 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. She was an actress and writer, known for The Garden of Fate (1910), Ida's Christmas (1912) and The Girl Reporter's Big Scoop (1912). She was married to Albert E. Smith. She died on January 24, 1920 in New York City, New York...

33. Leo Delaney

Actor | As You Like It

Leo Delaney was born on March 15, 1885 in Swanton, Vermont, USA. He was an actor, known for As You Like It (1912), The Great Victory, Wilson or the Kaiser? The Fall of the Hohenzollerns (1919) and A Tin-Type Romance (1910). He died on February 4, 1920 in New York City, New York, USA.

34. Clarine Seymour

Actress | Scarlet Days

Clarine Seymour born to Albert and Florence Seymour in Brooklyn, New York in 1898. Her father ran a ribbon manufacturing business, in 1917 her father became so ill that he had no choice but to close his successful business and so Clarine secured work through the Thanhouser Film Company, which was ...

35. Suzanne Grandais

Actress | Graziella la gitane

Suzanne Grandais was born on June 14, 1893 in Paris, France as Suzanne Gueudret. She was an actress, known for Graziella, the Gypsy (1912), The Mystery of the Kador Cliffs (1912) and L'essor (1921). She died on August 28, 1920 in Vaudoy-en-Brie, Seine-et-Marne, France.

36. Robert Harron

Actor | Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages

Today screen actor Robert (Bobby) Harron is one of Hollywood's forgotten souls, although he was a huge celebrity in his time and graced some of the silent screen's most enduring masterpieces. A talented, charismatic star in his heyday, Bobby had everything going for him but died far too young to ...

37. Olive Thomas

Actress | Beatrice Fairfax

Oliva R. Duffy was born on October 20, 1894, in Charleroi, Pennsylvania, the eldest of three children, with two younger brothers. Olive or Ollie, as she was known to family and friends, did not have much of a childhood. Life in industrial Pittsburgh was depressing and grim with its smoky factories ...

38. Virginia Rappe

Actress | Paradise Garden

An actress best known for her death, her controversial demise occurred the day after being discovered in a hotel bedroom during a party that involved a large amount of alcohol consumption. Actor Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle was the last person seen with Rappe before she was found seriously injured. ...

39. B. Reeves Eason Jr.

Actor | The Big Adventure

Master Breezy Reeves Jr born Reeves Barnes Easton also billed as Breezy Eason Jr was born in California in 1914, son of actor/film director B. (William)Reeves Eason and actress Jimsy Mayo. Handsome, cute blonde boy who starred in mostly westerns from the age of two, known as 'Universal's Littlest ...

40. Florence Deshon

Actress | Twins of Suffering Creek

Florence Deshon born to Samuel and Florence C. Danks of Austrian and English descent. She began as a stage actress and appeared opposite Mary Boland in 'My Lady's Dress and in the comedy 'Seven Chances' prior to making her screen debut in 1915's 'The Beloved Vagabond' directed by Edward Jose for ...

41. Bobby Connelly

Actor | Humoresque

Bobby Connelly was born on April 4, 1909 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Robert Joseph Connelly. He was an actor, known for Humoresque (1920), The Faith of Sonny Jim (1915) and Sonny Jim and the Valentine (1915). He died on July 5, 1922 in Lynbrook, Long Island, New York.

42. Wallace Reid

Actor | Carmen

The son of writer-theater producer-director-actor Hal Reid, Wallace was on stage by the age of four in the act with his parents. He spent most of his early years, not on the stage, but in private schools where he excelled in music and athletics. In 1910, his father went to the Chicago studio of "...

43. Sidney Mason

Actor | The Good-Bad Wife

Sidney Mason was born on September 26, 1886 in Paterson, New Jersey, USA as Louis Hellthal. He was an actor, known for The Good-Bad Wife (1920), The Forbidden Path (1918) and Orphan Sally (1922). He was married to Marie Mason (née Van). He died on March 1, 1923 in New York City, New York, USA.

44. Joseph McDermott

Actor | Mister Paganini

Joseph McDermott was born in December 1878 in Dubuque, Iowa, USA. He was an actor, known for Mister Paganini (1915), Fate (1913) and Perils of the Yukon (1922). He died on March 6, 1923 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

45. Evelyn Nelson

Actress | Peaceful Peters

Evelyn Nelson was born Doris Evelyn Nelson in Chloride, Arizona. When she was a child her family moved to California. Evelyn started her career dancing in the Bull's Eye Follies. She made her film debut in the 1920 comedy short Springtime. Over the next two years she appeared in more than a dozen ...

46. Martha Mansfield

Actress | Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Stunning silent screen actress Martha Mansfield was a musical comedy star in New York City by the time she entered films in 1916 for Max Linder. Before long she advanced to second leads in features, including the role of Millicent Carew in the John Barrymore starrer Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920), ...

47. Jean Sothern

Actress | A Mute Appeal

Jean Sothern was born on December 5, 1893 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA as Jean Brannen. She was an actress, known for A Mute Appeal (1917), The Cloud (1917) and A Mother's Ordeal (1917). She died on April 14, 1964 in Lancaster.

48. Lillian Drew

Actress | Ruggles of Red Gap

The beautiful Lillian Drew was born in Chicago in 1886. Lillian became a highly popular musical comedy theatre star from the mid 1900's, often appearing with her husband actor E.H. Calvert. Later Lillian a gorgeous brunette starred in more than 90 drama and comedy films and became known as Lily of ...

49. Kamuela C. Searle

Actor | The Sea Wolf

Samuel Cooper Seale was born to John Cooper and Sara Yates Seale in Waiohinu, Kau, Hawaii. He met Cecil B. DeMille on the beach at Waikiki in 1915, and took his advice to go to Hollywood where he appeared in at least two of DeMille's movies. He enlisted in the Army with the outbreak of World War I ...

50. Billy Armstrong

Actor | Up in Alf's Place

Billy Armstrong was born on January 14, 1891 in Bristol, England. He was an actor and director, known for Up in Alf's Place (1919), Trouble Bubbles (1920) and The Bank (1915). He was married to Marion Parker. He died on March 1, 1924 in Sunland, California, USA.

51. J.B. Warner

Actor | Big Stakes

James Byron Warner was the younger brother of H.B. Warner and the son of Charles Warner, a prominent English stage actor, whose own father James Warner, whom J.B. was named after, was also a famous actor.

Born in Nebraska in 1895, the handsome J.B. joined the Warner family profession, though--unlike...

52. Lucille Ricksen

Actress | The Judgment of the Storm

Lucille Ricksen was born Ingeborg Erickson on August 22, 1910, in Chicago, Illinois. She worked a child model and made her film debut at the age of five. Her parents separated and her mother took her to Hollywood in 1920. Ten year old Lucille was offered a contract with Samuel Goldwyn and starred ...

53. David Powell

Actor | Missing Millions

David Powell was born on December 17, 1883 in Glasgow, Scotland. He was an actor, known for Missing Millions (1922), Fine Feathers (1915) and The Dawn of a Tomorrow (1915). He died on April 16, 1925 in New York City, New York, USA.

54. Max Linder

Actor | Seven Years Bad Luck

Although all too frequently neglected by fans of silent comedy, Max Linder is in many ways as important a figure as Charles Chaplin, Buster Keaton or Harold Lloyd, not least because he predated (and influenced) them all by several years and was largely responsible for the creation of the classic ...

55. Lester Cuneo

Actor | Western Grit

A stage actor since his early teenage years, Lester Cuneo made his first film, a comedy short, in 1910. It was quite successful, and he soon began appearing in a series of comedy shorts, which he also directed. Tiring of comedies, he decided to make himself a cowboy star and turned to making ...

56. Mrs. Sidney Drew

Actress | The Charming Mrs. Chase

Lucille McVey was a writer at Vitagraph when she met Sidney Drew shortly after his wife's death. They married almost immediately although he was more than twice her age. She scripted and he directed a number of domestic comedies, said to be more subtle and wholesome than those previously filmed. ...

57. Marguerite Marsh

Actress | Runaway June

Marguerite Marsh was born on April 18, 1888 in Lawrence, Kansas, USA as Marguerite Loveridge Marsh. She was an actress, known for Runaway June (1915), The Master Mystery (1918) and Boomerang Bill (1922). She was married to Donald Loveridge. She died on December 8, 1925 in New York City, New York, ...

58. Lottie Lyell

Actress | The Sentimental Bloke

Lottie Lyell has been called Australia's first movie star - which makes it all the more tragic that little of her work survives. That which does provides ample proof of her prodigious and versatile talent. The actress called the `gladsome centaur' by one critic (for her formidable talent as a ...

59. Mary Thurman

Actress | A Bride for a Knight

Mary Thurman was born Mary Christiansen on April 27, 1895, in Richfield, Utah. She was one of seven children raised in the Mormon faith. Sadly her father passed away when she was nine. Mary attended the University of Utah and got a job as a teacher. In 1915 she took a trip to Hollywood. A talent ...

60. Barbara La Marr

Actress | The Three Musketeers

Reatha Watson (Barbara La Marr) is possibly most famous as supposedly being one of the first drug-related deaths in Hollywood, but while she had a serious drinking problem she in fact died of tuberculosis with complications of nephritis. She is notable for other reasons, among them her successes as...

61. J. Herbert Frank

Actor | Up and at 'Em

J. Herbert Frank was born on May 12, 1885 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for Up and at 'Em (1922), Scandal (1917) and Destruction (1915). He died on March 7, 1926 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

62. Willard Louis

Actor | Beau Brummel

Willard Louis was born on April 19, 1882 in San Francisco, California, USA. He was an actor, known for Beau Brummel (1924), Babbitt (1924) and The Scarlet Pimpernel (1917). He was married to Maude Louis. He died on July 22, 1926 in Glendale, California.

63. Joe Moore

Actor | The Golden Web

Joe Moore was born on November 22, 1894 in County Meath, Ireland as Joseph Moore. He was an actor, known for The Golden Web (1926), Love's Battle (1920) and Arrest Norma MacGregor (1921). He was married to Grace Cunard. He died on August 22, 1926 in Santa Monica, California, USA.

64. Rudolph Valentino

Actor | The Sheik

Hollywood's original Latin Lover, a term that was invented for Rudolph Valentino by Hollywood moguls. Alla Nazimova's friend,Natacha Rambova (nee Winifred Hudnut) became romantically involved with Rudy and they lived together in her bungalow, from 1921 (during the filming of Camille) until they ...

65. Eddie Lyons

Actor | Everything But the Truth

Eddie Lyons was born on November 25, 1886 in Beardstown, Illinois, USA. He was an actor and director, known for Everything But the Truth (1920), Almost Welcome (1918) and All Bound Around (1919). He was married to Virginia Kirtley. He died on August 30, 1926 in Pasadena, California, USA.

66. Tom Forman

Director | The Broken Wing

Tom Forman was born on February 22, 1893 in Mitchell County, Texas, USA. He was an actor and director, known for The Broken Wing (1923), The Fighting Adventurer (1924) and To Have and to Hold (1916). He was married to Mary Mersch. He died on November 7, 1926 in Venice, California, USA.

67. Charles Emmett Mack

Actor | Dream Street

Charles Emmett Mack was born on November 25, 1895 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA as Charles Stewert McNerney. He was an actor, known for Dream Street (1921), Old San Francisco (1927) and The First Auto (1927). He was married to Marianne Lovera (actress). He died on March 17, 1927 in Riverside, ...

68. Einar Hanson

Actor | Barbed Wire

Einar Hanson was born on June 16, 1899 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden. He was an actor, known for Barbed Wire (1927), Livet på landet (1924) and Skeppargatan 40 (1925). He died on June 3, 1927 in Santa Monica, California, USA.

69. Robert McKim

Actor | The Bat

Married to actresses Dorcas Matthews and Ottie Ardine, George got his start at 14 years of age, as a singing and dancing waiter in Chicago. McKim began a long career on the stage with the Alcazar stock company in San Francisco. In vaudeville, he teamed for many years with Johnny Cantwell. He later ...

70. Earl Metcalfe

Actor | Ignorance

Earl Metcalfe was born on March 11, 1889 in Newport, Kentucky, USA as Earl Keeney Metcalf. He was an actor and director, known for Ignorance (1916), A Girl's Bravery (1912) and And the Parrot Said...? (1915). He died on January 26, 1928 in Burbank, California, USA.

71. Clara Williams

Actress | The Market of Vain Desire

Clara Williams was born on May 3, 1888 in Seattle, Washington, USA. She was an actress, known for The Market of Vain Desire (1916), A Cowboy's Vindication (1910) and The Pony Express Rider (1910). She was married to Reginald Barker and Franklyn Hall. She died on May 8, 1928 in Los Angeles, ...

72. Ward Crane

Actor | Sherlock Jr.

American actor of silent films. A native of Albany, New York, the son of a railroad engineer, he began a career in government, serving as confidential stenographer and then secretary to Governor William Sulzer of New York. Sulzer's impeachment and removal from office left Crane without a job, and ...

73. Larry Semon

Director | The Show

Slapstick comedian known for his charming, white-painted face and clownish smile, mugged his way to being a very highly paid and popular actor. His career was marred by personal problems, and his fortune was lost to high spending. By the time he died, he'd already been hospitalized for a nervous ...

74. Fred Thomson

Actor | A Regular Scout

All but forgotten today, Fred Thomson was a silent movie westerner who at one time rivaled 1920s heroes Tom Mix and Hoot Gibson in popularity. Unlike the early, myth-inducing demise of a Rudolph Valentino or Jean Harlow, Fred's untimely death of tetanus prevented the actor, who was at one time ...

75. Gladys Brockwell

Actress | Oliver Twist

The daughter of actress Billie Brockwell, Brockwell first appeared on the stage at the age of three. She made her screen debut in Philadelphia for the Lubin Company in 1913, later working with D.W. Griffith. Joining Fox Studios, Brockwell was one of the busiest actresses in town and easily made the...

76. Jeanne Eagels

Actress | The Letter

Jeanne Eagels, one of the most intriguing stars of late silent films and the early talkies, was born Amelia Jean Eagles on June 26, 1890 in Kansas City, Missouri, to Edward and Julia Sullivan Eagles. Young Jean was part of an impoverished family of eight, with three brothers and two sisters. She ...

77. Mabel Normand

Actress | Mickey

Mabel Normand was one of the comedy greats of early film. In an era when women are deemed 'not funny enough' it seems film history has forgotten her contributions. Her films debuted the Keystone Cops, Charlie Chaplin's tramp and the pie in the face gag. She co-starred with both Chaplin and Roscoe "...

78. Diane Ellis

Actress | Chain Lightning

Diane Ellis was born on December 20, 1909 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She was an actress, known for Chain Lightning (1927), The Cradle Snatchers (1927) and High Voltage (1929). She was married to Stephen Caldwell Millet, Jr. She died on December 15, 1930 in Madras, India.

79. Art Acord

Actor | The Set-Up

Art Acord was born on April 17, 1890 in Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA as Arthemus Ward Acord. He is known for his work on The Set-Up (1926), Set Free (1927) and The White Horseman (1921). He was married to Louise Lorraine, Edna Nores and Edythe Sterling. He died on January 4, 1931 in Chihuahua, ...

80. Alma Rubens

Actress | Show Boat

Alma Rubens was born Alma Genevieve Reubens in San Francisco, California. She was interested in entertaining at an early age. Like most young girls, she enjoyed fantasy play acting and by the time she was 19 had become a full-fledged star. She didn't have to wait long like some of the starlets who ...

81. Dick Hatton

Actor | Two Fisted Justice

Dick Hatton was born on November 11, 1888 in Lexington, Kentucky, USA as Clarence Eli Hatton. He was an actor and director, known for Two Fisted Justice (1924), Speeding Hoofs (1927) and The Seventh Sheriff (1923). He died on July 9, 1931 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

82. Robert Williams

Actor | Platinum Blonde

It's fair to say that if 'Frank Capra (I)' hadn't cast Robert "Bobby" Williams in his 1931 film Platinum Blonde (1931) the actor would be entirely forgotten today. When the movie was made available on video in the 1980s the promotional copy on the video box emphasized the names most buffs would ...

83. Lya De Putti

Actress | Manon Lescaut

The daughter of a Hungarian baron and countess, Lya De Putti went on to perform classical ballet in Berlin, Germany, after a brief stint in Hungarian vaudeville. She later made several films at the German UFA studios, most notably Variety (1925), before going to Hollywood in 1926. While in America ...

84. Norma Phillips

Actress | Our Mutual Girl

Norma Phillips was born in 1893 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. She was an actress, known for Our Mutual Girl (1914), Runaway June (1915) and Forget-Me-Not (1917). She was married to Robert Gleckler. She died on November 12, 1931 in New York City, New York, USA.

85. Peg Entwistle

Actress | Thirteen Women

Peg Entwistle's name as her birth occurred, was Lillian Millicent Entwistle, on Wednesday, July 1st, 1908 in Port Talbot, Wales, United Kingdom. Growing up, she was interested in the stage and when she became older she worked primarily as a stage actress. Peg wanted to have a shot at Hollywood. She...

86. Belle Bennett

Actress | Flesh and Spirit

Belle Bennett was born on April 22, 1891 in Milaca, Minnesota, USA as Ara Belle Bennett. She was an actress, known for Flesh and Spirit (1922), The Iron Mask (1929) and Recaptured Love (1930). She was married to Fred Windemere, Jack Geller and Howard Ralph Macy. She died on November 4, 1932 in Los ...

87. Jack Pickford

Actor | Brown of Harvard

Nepotism certainly has had its advantages in Hollywood, none more so than in the film career of Jack Pickford, whose famous older sis, "America's Sweetheart" Mary Pickford, saw to it that Jack had all the advantages her star weight could muster. Born in Toronto, Canada, in 1896, Jack was prompted ...

88. Renée Adorée

Actress | The Big Parade

Renee Adoree was born Jeanne de la Fontein in Lille in Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France, on September 30, 1898. She had what one could call a normal childhood. Her background is, perhaps, one of the most difficult to find information on any actress in existence. What we do know that her interest in ...

89. Lillian Hall-Davis

Actress | The Ring

Lilian Hall Davis was born June 23, 1898, in Mile End, London, England, the daughter of a London cab driver. For publicity purposes, she changed the spelling of her name to to the tonier Lillian Hall-Davis and reported her birthplace as the more fashionable Hampstead, London. She began acting in ...

90. Hugh Trevor

Actor | The Royal Bed

Educated at Collegiate Prepitory-Columbia Extension Institute, Hugh Trevor-Thomas was planning an altogether different future for himself until following the advice of his distant relative, producer William Le Baron. He left New York where he had successfully begun his own insurance company (Thomas...

91. Lilyan Tashman

Actress | The Matrimonial Bed

Lilyan Tashman was born on October 23, 1896, in Brooklyn, New York, to Rose (Cook) and Morris Tashman. Her parents were Jewish immigrants, her father from Bialystok, Poland, and her mother from Germany. After toying with some stage work, she made her film debut with Experience (1921). That was her ...

92. Dorothy Dell

Actress | Little Miss Marker

Dorothy Dell was born to Elbert and Lillan Goff in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on January 30, 1915. She won the most beautiful baby in Hattiesburg beauty contest when she was thirteen months old. She lived in New Orleans from the age of ten. She attended the Sophie Wright High School for girls. ...

93. Russ Columbo

Soundtrack | Raging Bull

Russ Columbo was born on January 14, 1908 in Camden, New Jersey, USA as Ruggiero Eugenio di Rodolfo Colombo. He died on September 2, 1934 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

94. Francelia Billington

Actress | Blind Husbands

Francelia Billington was born in Dallas, TX, and raised on a ranch. She became an expert horseman, and was on stage from an early age. The pretty young Texan made the journey to Hollywood and became a star of westerns and melodramas, first working with the Kalem Film Co. in 1912 and then moving on ...

95. Junior Durkin

Actor | Tom Sawyer

Quiet, benign, blue-eyed, rangy-framed child/teen actor Junior Durkin, who was an absolute natural on film and possessed major "down home" appeal, showed strong promise in just the few 1930s films he appeared in. A fatal roadster accident quickly ended the dreams of this young "Henry Fonda" type ...

96. Marjorie White

Actress | Sunnyside Up

Pretty-as-a-picture Marjorie White was a charming comedienne, and although she was never the star, she stole many scenes from stars. She co-starred with some of the leading comediennes of the day, such as Wheeler and Woolsey, the Three Stooges, and Joe E. Brown, and brought smiles to the faces of ...

97. Edith Roberts

Actress | Speed Mad

Edith Roberts was born in New York City on September 17, 1899. She was a starstruck 19-year-old when she made her debut in The Deciding Kiss (1918). Although she didn't get the acclaim that her more successful counterparts did, she remained very busy throughout the decade and into the 1920s. After ...

98. Gordon Westcott

Actor | The World Changes

Gordon Westcott was born on November 6, 1903 in St. George, Utah, USA as Myrthus Hickman. He was an actor, known for The World Changes (1933), Registered Nurse (1934) and Footlight Parade (1933). He was married to Hazel Beth McArthur and Margaret Cardon. He died on October 30, 1935 in Hollywood, ...

99. Thelma Todd

Actress | Horse Feathers

Thelma Todd was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, an industrial city near the New Hampshire state line. She was a lovely child with good academic tendencies, so much so that she decided early on to become a schoolteacher. After high school she went on to college but at her mother's insistence ...

100. John Gilbert

Actor | Flesh and the Devil

John Gilbert was born into a show-business family - his father was a comic with the Pringle Stock Company. By 1915 John was an extra with Thomas H. Ince's company and a lead player by 1917. In those days he was assistant director, actor or screenwriter. He also tried his hand at directing. By 1919 ...

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