Date of Death between 1938-01-01 and 1938-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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1. Georges Méliès

Director | À la conquête du pôle

Georges Méliès was a French illusionist and film director famous for leading many technical and narrative developments in the earliest days of cinema.

Méliès was an especially prolific innovator in the use of special effects, popularizing such techniques as substitution splices, multiple exposures, ...

2. Warner Oland

Actor | Charlie Chan's Secret

Warner Oland was born Johan Verner Olund in the small village of Nyby in Bjurholm parish in the county of Vasterbotten, Sweden, on October 3, 1879. Bjurholm is situated about 60 kilometers outside the town of Umea. His family emigrated to the US on October 15, 1892. His father Jonas was a ...

3. Robert Wiene

Director | Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari

Robert Wiene was born on April 24, 1873 in Breslau, Silesia, Germany. He was a writer and director, known for The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), The Hands of Orlac (1924) and L'autre (1930). He died on July 17, 1938 in Paris, France.

4. Florence Lawrence

Actress | Not Like Other Girls

Florence Lawrence was the first film player whose name was used to promote her films and the studio (Independent Moving Pictures Company [IMP]) for which she worked. Before her, actors and actresses worked anonymously, partly out of fear that stage managers would refuse to hire them if they were ...

5. Oscar Apfel

Director | The Squaw Man

Entering the film industry almost at its beginning, Oscar Apfel began his career in 1911 as a director. He hit the big leagues in 1914 when he was given many prestigious assignments for Paramount Pictures, often in collaboration with Cecil B. DeMille. In 1916, he switched to Fox, and then ...

6. Gösta Ekman

Actor | Faust: Eine deutsche Volkssage

Generally spoken of as Swedish theater's most legendary stage actor, Gösta Ekman enjoyed a prolific stage career during his short life, becoming the first real star of Swedish theater. His boyish good looks attracted both sexes, helping to create a massive cult following and elevating him to the ...

7. Pauline Frederick

Actress | Bonds of Love

Pauline Frederick was born Pauline Beatrice Libby in Boston, Massachusetts on August 12, 1883. She was fascinated with show business from an early age and throughout her childhood, she was bred for a career in music. It has been said she had a terrific soprano voice, but Pauline also dabbled a bit ...

8. Pearl White

Actress | The Perils of Pauline

Born on her father's farm in Green Ridge, Missouri, the youngest of five children. Moved with her family to Springfield, Missouri, where she grew up. Joined the Diemer Theatre Company during her second year of high school, and went on the road with a touring stock company at age 18, in 1907. Signed...

9. Al Ernest Garcia

Actor | Modern Times

Al Ernest Garcia was born on March 11, 1887 in San Francisco, California, USA as Allan Ernest Garcia. He was an actor and casting director, known for Modern Times (1936), The Circus (1928) and City Lights (1931). He was married to Ruth Garcia. He died on September 4, 1938 in Los Angeles, California.

10. Konstantin Stanislavski

Na dne

Konstantin Stanislavski was a wealthy Russian businessman turned director who founded the Moscow Art Theatre, and originated the Stanislavski's System of acting which was spread over the world by his students, such as Michael Chekhov, Aleksei Dikij, Stella Adler, Viktor Tourjansky, and Richard ...

11. Fred Kohler

Actor | Carnival Boat

Prolific "heavy" in American films of the silent and early talkie eras. A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Kohler left home as a teenager, working various jobs while trying to establish a career in vaudeville. During this time, according to his son, actor Fred Kohler Jr., Kohler worked in a mine ...

12. Myrtle Stedman

Actress | The Silver Horde

Born in Chicago in 1885, silent screen actress Myrtle Stedman's (née Lincoln) musical talents developed quite early, finding herself on stage at age 12 singing light opera in the chorus. She had progressed to singing leads in shows by the time she decided to abandon her music career altogether for ...

13. Valerie Bergere

Actress | It's Love I'm After

Valerie Bergere was born on February 2, 1875 in Metz, Lorraine, Germany. She was an actress, known for It's Love I'm After (1937), The Wild Girl (1917) and Pure Feud (1934). She was married to Herbert Warren. She died on September 16, 1938 in Hollywood, California, USA.

14. Robert Woolsey

Actor | So This Is Africa

At the age of 7, his father died, leaving his mother and her six children in poverty, of the children, 4 died in early years. To earn some money to support the family, Robert took odd jobs, before becoming a jockey. This career ended when the horse, Pink Star, the future Kentucky Derby winner of ...

15. Carrie Daumery

Actress | The Conquering Power

Carrie Daumery was born on March 25, 1863 in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands. She was an actress, known for The Conquering Power (1921), Lady Windermere's Fan (1925) and Cameo Kirby (1930). She died on July 1, 1938 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

16. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

Actor | Bir millet uyaniyor

Mustafa was born in 1881 in Salonica, then an Ottoman Turkish city, in modern day Greece. His father, Ali Riza, a customs official-turned-lumber merchant, died when Mustafa was still a boy. His mother, Zubeyde, a devout and strong-willed woman, raised him and his younger sister by herself. First ...

17. Robert Johnson

Soundtrack | The Skeleton Key

Robert Johnson was born on May 8, 1911 in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, USA as Robert Leroy Johnson. He was married to Calleta "Callie" Craft and Virginia Travis. He died on August 13, 1938 in Greenwood, Mississippi.

18. Robert McWade

Actor | The Kennel Murder Case

Robert McWade was born on January 25, 1872 in Buffalo, New York, USA as Robert McWade Jr. He was an actor, known for The Kennel Murder Case (1933), The Big Cage (1933) and Cappy Ricks Returns (1935). He was married to Almina Lee. He died on January 19, 1938 in Culver City, California, USA.

19. Émile Cohl

Director | L'agent de poche

Pioneering animator Emile Cohl was born Emile Eugène Jean Louis Courtet in Paris, France, in 1857. He began his career as a caricaturist, cartoonist and writer in his 20s, and in 1908 he was hired by the Gaumont film company as a writer. He soon also became a director, turning out comedies and ...

20. Mathilde Comont

Actress | La Bohème

Mathilde Comont was born on September 9, 1886 in Bordeaux, France. She was an actress, known for La Bohème (1926), Paris at Midnight (1926) and Poor Little Rich Girl (1936). She died on June 21, 1938 in Hollywood, California, USA.

21. Matthew Betz

Actor | The Big Chance

Matthew Betz was born on September 13, 1881 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Matthew Von Betz. He was an actor and director, known for The Big Chance (1933), The Crimson City (1928) and The Western Code (1932). He was married to Lulu Slipp. He died on January 26, 1938 in Sawtelle, Los Angeles, ...

23. Conway Tearle

Actor | Romeo and Juliet

This West Point-educated actor was a tall, dark and handsome American co-star who romanced some of the most illustrious femme stars ever to appear on the silent silver screen. Conway Tearle was born in New York City on May 17, 1878 to a family of entertainers. Christened Frederick Levy, his father,...

24. Maurice Black

Actor | Bonnie Scotland

Maurice Black was born on January 14, 1891 in Queens, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for Bonnie Scotland (1935), Little Caesar (1931) and The Front Page (1931). He was married to Edythe Raynore. He died on January 18, 1938 in Hollywood, California, USA.

25. John Aasen

Actor | Why Worry?

Like Charles Chaplin's sidekick, Eric Campbell, Harold Lloyd needed his own giant when casting Why Worry? (1923) in 1922. Lloyd first had his eyes on George Auger (Cardiff Giant) who worked at Ringling Brothers sideshow as a giant. But Auger died before the film started and a search went out for a ...

26. Sadao Yamanaka

Writer | Kuchibue o fuku bushi

He completed 23 films in seven years.

27. Harry Myers

Actor | City Lights

Harry Myers was born on September 5, 1882 in New Haven, Connecticut, USA as Harry Clifford Myers. He was an actor and director, known for City Lights (1931), The Catch of the Season (1914) and The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1922). He was married to Rosemary Theby and Nellie Campbell. He died on...

28. Richard A. Whiting

Soundtrack | Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Richard A. Whiting was born in Peoria Illinois to a very musical family. After attending Harvard Military Academy Whiting went on to have a long song writing career. In the teens and early 20's Whiting wrote such hits as "Ain't We Got Fun?," "Till We Meet Again," "The Japanese Sandman," "Sleepy ...

29. Lyda Roberti

Actress | Nobody's Baby

Lyda's father was German clown Roberti, her mother a Polish trick rider. As a child performer, she toured Europe and Asia with the Circus in which she was born, leaving it (and her reportedly abusive father) in Shanghai, China. In this truly international city, Lyda became a child cafe entertainer ...

30. May Wallace

Actress | The Cup of Life

May Wallace was born on August 23, 1877 in Russiaville, Indiana, USA as May Maddox. She was an actress, known for The Cup of Life (1921), The Million Dollar Mystery (1914) and Smashing the Spy Ring (1938). She was married to Thomas W. Maddox. She died on December 11, 1938 in Los Angeles, California...

31. Karel Capek

Writer | Krakatit

Karel Capek, born January 9, 1890, in Male Svatonovice, Austria-Hungary (today Czech Republic) was a writer, playwright, novelist, journalist, children's author, biographer, essayist, illustrator, photographer and translator. For most people he is best known for the science fiction play "R.U.R. (...

32. Clarence Darrow

Actor | From Dusk to Dawn

Generally considered to be the most brilliant legal mind in the history of American jurisprudence, Clarence Seward Darrow was born in Kinsma, OH, in 1857, the son of a failed minister who became a furniture-store owner and an intellectual but religiously puritanical mother. In 1873 he attended ...

34. Gabriele D'Annunzio

Writer | Zorro contro Maciste

Gabriele D'Annunzio was born on March 12, 1863 in Pescara, Abruzzi e Molise, Italy as Gaetano Rapagnetto d'Annunzio. He was a writer, known for Samson and the Slave Queen (1963), La luz, tríptico de la vida moderna (1917) and La crociata degli innocenti (1917). He was married to Maria ...

35. Queen Marie of Romania

Writer | Le lys de la vie

Queen Marie of Romania was born Princess Marie of England on October 29, 1875. She was the daughter of Queen Victoria's son Albert and his wife Marie who was the daughter of Czar Alexander II of Russia.

She spent much of her early life in England, but her father was a navy man so she moved from ...

36. Owen Wister

Writer | The Virginian

Owen Wister was an American writer and historian. He is best remembered for writing The Virginian and a biography of Ulysses S. Grant. In 1898, Wister married Mary Channing, his cousin. The couple had six children. Channing died during childbirth in 1913. Their daughter, Marina Wister, married ...

37. Harvey Clark

Actor | Law for Tombstone

Harvey Clark was born on October 4, 1885 in Chelsea, Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Harvey Thornton Clark. He was an actor, known for Law for Tombstone (1937), Seven Keys to Baldpate (1929) and The Silver Treasure (1926). He died on July 19, 1938 in Hollywood, California, USA.

38. Feodor Chaliapin Sr.

Actor | Don Quixote

Feodor Chaliapin Sr. was born on February 13, 1873, in Omet Tawi, near Kazan, Russia. His childhood was full of suffering, hunger, and humiliation. From the age of 10-16, he was working jobs at river ports, restaurants, and tried acting on stage with various Russian provincial troupes. In 1890, ...

39. Dorothy Hale

Actress | The Rise of Catherine the Great

Dorothy Hale was born Dorothy Donovan in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. At the age of sixteen, She was sent to a convent. Then she attended a drama school. She was a good friend of Claire Booth Luce and even starred in a theatre production called "Abide By Me."

Dorothy was known for her incredible beauty...

40. Thelma Hill

Actress | Smile, Buttercup, Smile

Thelma Hill was born Thelma Floy Hillerman in Emporia, Kansas. Her family moved to Los Angeles, California during her early teen years. Living just blocks from the Mack Sennett studio, Thelma became one of the star struck, wide eyed girls who hung out near the studio peering through the gates. It ...

42. May Irwin

Actress | The Kiss

Born in Whitby, Ontario, May Irwin started her performing career at a young age, when she began a singing act with her younger sister Flora in 1874. The act was popular, and Irwin began working as an actress when she was 21 years old. She found success and was appearing in a Broadway show called "...

43. E.C. Segar

Writer | Popeye

Creator of the comic strip "Thimble Theatre," which in 1929 introduced one of the most popular and beloved comic characters ever: a certain sailor named Popeye.

44. Flora Disney

Flora Disney was born on April 22, 1868 in Steuben, Ohio, USA as Flora Call. She was married to Elias Disney. She died on November 26, 1938 in North Hollywood, California, USA.

46. Jack Dougherty

Actor | The Runaway Express

Jack Dougherty was born on November 16, 1895 in Bowling Green, Missouri, USA as Virgil Jack Daugherty. He was an actor, known for The Runaway Express (1926), The Radio Detective (1926) and Haunted Island (1928). He was married to Virginia Brown Faire and Barbara La Marr. He died on May 16, 1938 in ...

47. James Donlan

Actor | College Humor

James Donlan was born on July 23, 1888 in San Francisco, California, USA. He was an actor, known for College Humor (1933), The Bishop Murder Case (1929) and The Whole Town's Talking (1935). He died on June 7, 1938 in Hollywood, California.

48. Claudia Coleman

Actress | Test Pilot

Claudia Coleman was born on July 7, 1886 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. She was an actress, known for Test Pilot (1938), Frisco Kid (1935) and Navy Born (1936). She died on August 17, 1938 in Hollywood, California, USA.

49. Amadee J. Van Beuren

Producer | Stung

Was at one time president of animation studio Aesop's Fables Pictures. In 1928 he purchased it from its owners and renamed it Van Beuren Productions.

50. Frank Hawks

Actor | The Mysterious Pilot

Frank Monroe Hawks was born March 28, 1897, in Marshalltown, Iowa. He was an early aviation enthusiast and racing pilot. He served in the U.S. Army Air Service in WWI, attaining the rank of captain, and was a flight instructor at Love Field in Dallas, Texas. After the war, he was a professional ...


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