Date of Death between 1950-01-01 and 1950-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
1. Alan Hale
Actor | The Adventures of Robin Hood
Alan Hale decided on a film career after his attempt at becoming an opera singer didn't pan out. He quickly became much in demand as a supporting actor, starred in several films for Cecil B. DeMille and directed others for him. With the advent of sound Hale played leads in a few films, but soon ...
Actor | The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
For many years Walter Huston had two passions: his career as an engineer and his vocation for the stage. In 1909 he dedicated himself to the theatre, and made his debut on Broadway in 1924. In 1929 he journeyed to Hollywood, where his talent and ability made him one of the most respected actors in ...
3. Al Jolson
Actor | The Jazz Singer
Al Jolson was known in the industry as "The World's Greatest Entertainer," for well over 40 years. After his death his influence continued unabated with such performers as Sammy Davis Jr., Elvis Presley, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Jackie Wilson and Jerry Lee Lewis all mentioning him as an ...
Actor | The Last Command
His real name was Theodor Friedrich Emil Janenz, and in the early 1900s, he was already working in the theater under Max Reinhardt's company. Important movies where he defined himself as a convincing actor were Madame DuBarry (1919) and Quo Vadis? (1924), followed by The Last Laugh (1924)(aka The ...
Writer | Nineteen Eighty-Four
Born the son of an Opium Agent in Bengal, Eric Blair was educated in England (Eton 1921). The joined the British Imperial Police in Burma, serving until 1927. He then travelled around England and Europe, doing various odd jobs to support his writing. By 1935 he had adopted the 'pen-name' of 'George...
Actress | Girls' Dormitory
An American actress most frequently seen in bit parts in comedy shorts, mostly at Columbia Pictures, particularly those of The Three Stooges, Symona Boniface entered the theatre as a playwright and actress, and produced plays as well. After the stock market crash of 1929 she began taking bit parts ...
8. Sara Allgood
Actress | How Green Was My Valley
Dublin-born Sara Allgood started her acting career in her native country with the famed Abbey Theatre. From there she traveled to the English stage, where she played for many years before making her film debut in 1918. Her warm, open Irish face meant that she spent a lot of time playing Irish ...
Actor | A Midsummer Night's Dream
Dewey Robinson was born on August 17, 1898 in New Haven, Connecticut, USA. He was an actor, known for A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935), 6 Hours to Live (1932) and The Big Broadcast (1932). He was married to Louise Arlene Woolner. He died on December 11, 1950 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Writer | My Fair Lady
The Anglo-Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925, acquired a reputation as the greatest dramatist in the English language during the first half of the 20th Century for the plays he had written at the height of his creativity from "Mrs. ...
Writer | John Carter
His father had been a major in the Union army during the Civil War. Edgar Rice Burroughs attended the Brown School then, due to a diphtheria epidemic, Miss Coolie's Maplehurst School for Girls, then the Harvard School, Phillips Andover and the Michigan Military Academy. He was a mediocre student ...
13. John M. Stahl
Director | Leave Her to Heaven
John Stahl was the final executive in charge of Tiffany Pictures (located on the Talisman lot, later owned by Monogram Pictures), once a big fish in the pond of "Poverty Row", which in those days also included Columbia Pictures. With a B-movie history dating back to the silent era and after making ...
14. Hobart Cavanaugh
Actor | A Letter to Three Wives
Worried-looking, balding, moustachioed and usually bespectacled small part character actor, prolific during the 1930s and 40s. Hobart Cavanaugh played downtrodden or henpecked little men -- the perennial victim, forever nervous or bewildered -- to absolute perfection. He was most at home as clerks,...
15. Joe Yule
Actor | Jiggs and Maggie Out West
Joe Yule was born on April 30, 1892 in Glasgow, Scotland as Ninnian Joseph Ewell. He was an actor, known for Jiggs and Maggie Out West (1950), Jiggs and Maggie in Court (1948) and Bringing Up Father (1946). He was married to Leota Hullinger and Nell Ruth Waite "Nellie W." Carter. He died on March ...
16. Pedro de Cordoba
Actor | My Favorite Wife
Although many people are under the impression that Pedro de Cordoba was Mexican, his mother was French and his father was Cuban, and he was born in New York City. De Cordoba's career began in silent films, where he established himself as a solid character actor, and his career carried over into ...
17. Bull Montana
Actor | Victory
Bull Montana was born on May 16, 1887 in Voghera, Lombardy, Italy as Luigi Montagna. He was an actor, known for Victory (1919), Laughing at Danger (1924) and When the Clouds Roll by (1919). He was married to Mary Mathews. He died on January 24, 1950 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
18. Jim Corey
Actor | Gold Mine in the Sky
Jim Corey was born on March 22, 1889 in Buffalo, New York, USA as Arthur Harrison Corey. He is known for his work on Gold Mine in the Sky (1938), The Border Legion (1924) and The Master Key (1914). He was married to Sylvia Frey. He died on March 26, 1950 in Burbank, California, USA.
19. Zeffie Tilbury
Actress | The Grapes of Wrath
Zeffie Tilbury was born on November 20, 1863 in London, England as Zeffie Agnes Lydia Tilbury. She was an actress, known for The Grapes of Wrath (1940), Mystery of Edwin Drood (1935) and Camille (1921). She was married to L. E. Woodthorpe and Arthur Frederick Lewis. She died on July 24, 1950 in Los...
20. Steve Clemente
Actor | King Kong
Steve Clemente was born on November 22, 1882 in Tonichi, Sonora, Mexico as Steve Clemento Morro. He is known for his work on King Kong (1933), The Most Dangerous Game (1932) and Clancy of the Mounted (1933). He was married to Cuca. He died on May 7, 1950 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
21. Rex Ingram
Director | The Great Problem
Renowned director Rex Ingram started his film career as a set designer and painter. His directorial debut was The Great Problem (1916). A true master of the medium, Ingram despised the business haggling required in the Hollywood system. He was also unhappy with the level of writing he found in ...
Actress | The Mark of Zorro
Marguerite de la Motte was trained as a dancer, reputedly by the great ballerina Anna Pavlova, and entered films in 1918. She played opposite Douglas Fairbanks in many of his productions. Like many performers of the silent era, however, she was not able to sustain her career with the coming of ...
23. Monty Banks
Actor | Horse Shoes
Monty Banks was a short, stocky but somehow debonair Italian-born comic actor, later also writer and director. In the US from 1914, he first appeared on stage in musical comedy and cabaret. By 1917 he was working as a dancer in New York's Dominguez Cafe. After this he turned to films, acting and ...
24. Douglas Gilmore
Actor | The Girl Habit
Douglas Gilmore was born on June 25, 1903 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Harris Augustin Gilmore. He was an actor, known for The Girl Habit (1931), Cameo Kirby (1930) and The Naughty Flirt (1930). He was married to Ruth Mix, Gladys Frazin and Kay Kenny. He died on July 26, 1950 in New York City, ...
Actor | Monkey Business
Rockliffe Fellowes was born on March 17, 1884 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada as Rockliffe St. Patrick Fellowes. He was an actor, known for Monkey Business (1931), The Understanding Heart (1927) and The Crystal Cup (1927). He was married to Lucile Watson. He died on January 28, 1950 in Los Angeles, ...
27. Harry Stubbs
Actor | The Invisible Man
Harry Stubbs was born on December 7, 1874 in Southampton, Hampshire, England as Harry Oakes Stubbs. He was an actor, known for The Invisible Man (1933), The Locked Door (1929) and Alibi (1929). He was married to Susan. He died on March 9, 1950 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.
28. Jane Cowl
Actress | Garden of Lies
Jane Cowl was born in Boston, Massachusetts on December 14, 1884. Jane was one of the fine stage actresses of her time, who eventually found her way onto the silver screen in 1915 in Garden of Lies (1915). She appeared (and became a playwright) on Broadway from 1903-47; acted in The Spreading Dawn ...
Director | Fires Were Started
Humphrey Jennings, born in 1907, was a writer, set designer, painter, editor and, perhaps most famously, a director of ground-breaking documentary films for the renowned GPO film unit: Listen to Britain (1942), Fires Were Started (1943) and A Diary for Timothy (1945), films that changed the face of...
30. Maurice Costello
Actor | The Man Who Couldn't Beat God
Maurice Costello was born on February 22, 1877 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He was an actor and director, known for The Man Who Couldn't Beat God (1915), The Golden Pathway (1913) and Iron and Steel (1914). He was married to Ruth Reeves and Mae Costello. He died on October 28, 1950 in ...
31. Eleanor Counts
Actress | Border Buckaroos
Eleanor Counts was born in 1912 in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA as Maud Eleanor Counts. She was an actress, known for Border Buckaroos (1943), Henry and Dizzy (1942) and So's Your Aunt Emma! (1942). She died on September 12, 1950 in New York City, New York, USA.
33. Thor Modéen
Actor | Pensionat Paradiset
Thor Modéen is the great Swedish comedian of the 1930s and 1940s, both in the movies and at the theatre. His presence in a movie usually meant that it was rescued from disaster at the box-offices, even if he only appeared in a small role. He usually played cigar-smoking wholesalers, carefree ...
34. Frank Graham
Actor | The Three Caballeros
Frank Graham was born on November 22, 1914 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for The Three Caballeros (1944), Cosmo Jones in the Crime Smasher (1943) and Northwest Hounded Police (1946). He died on September 2, 1950 in Hollywood, California, USA.
35. Christy Cabanne
Director | The Great Secret
Christy Cabanne was, along with Sam Newfield and William Beaudine, one of the most prolific directors in the history of American films.
Cabanne spent several years in the navy, leaving the service in 1908. He decided on a career in the theater, and became a director as well as an actor. Although ...
38. Friedrich Feher
Director | The Robber Symphony
Friedrich Feher was born on March 16, 1889 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary as Friedrich Weiss. He was a director and actor, known for The Robber Symphony (1937), The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) and Emilia Galotti (1913). He was married to Magda Sonja. He died on September 30, 1950 in Stuttgart, ...
39. Georges Metaxa
Actor | Hi Diddle Diddle
His obituary in the The Monroe News-Star:
Georges Metaxa, d. 8 Dec. 1950, Monroe, Louisiana. Georges Metaxa Hollywood star dies suddenly in Monroe. The body of Georges Metaxa, 51, prominent actor and comedy singer of Hollywood who died suddenly in a local hotel over the weekend, was sent by Hixson ...
40. Buddy G. DeSylva
Soundtrack | L.A. Confidential
Prolific songwriter ("April Showers", "Button Up Your Overcoat", "Look for the Silver Lining", "California, Here I Come"), composer, producer, publisher and author, educated at USC. He wrote songs for the Broadway musicals "Sinbad", "Sally", "The Perfect Fool", "The French Doll", and the 1918 and ...
41. Max Davidson
Actor | A Daughter of the Poor
Max Davidson was born on May 23, 1875 in Berlin, Germany. He was an actor, known for A Daughter of the Poor (1917), Don Quixote (1915) and The Rag Man (1925). He was married to Alice Marti. He died on September 4, 1950 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.
43. Mickey Bennett
Actor | A Boy of the Streets
Mickey Bennett was born on January 28, 1915 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. He was an actor, known for A Boy of the Streets (1927), It's the Old Army Game (1926) and Marriage Morals (1923). He died on September 6, 1950 in Hollywood, California, USA.
44. Douglas Gerrard
Actor | Polly Put the Kettle On
Douglas Gerrard was born on August 12, 1891 in Dublin, Ireland as Douglas Gerrard McMurrough Kavanagh. He was an actor and director, known for Polly Put the Kettle On (1917), The Hottentot (1929) and The Sealed Envelope (1919). He died on June 5, 1950 in Hollywood, California, USA.
45. Helen Holmes
Actress | The Railroad Raiders
Though the circumstances of Helen Holmes' birth are somewhat hazy (sources place it in either Chicago or Louisville, KY, in mid-June or early July of 1893), what isn't hazy is that she was, with Pearl White, the queen of the railroad serials of the mid-teens and early '20s. Holmes always played a ...
46. Vaslav Nijinsky
Writer | Nijinsky
Vaslav Nijinsky was one of the most important male dancers of all time. He was born Vaslav Fomich Nijinsky on December 28, 1889, while his parents were on tour in Kiev, Russian Empire (now Kiev, Ukraine). His father, Foma Lavrentevich Nijinsky, and his mother, Eleonora Bereda, were of ...
Self | Congress Session in Bombay
Known as the "Iron Man of India", Vallabhbhai Patel was born in Gujarat. He was the fourth of the six children of his father, Jhaveribhai. Patel is credited for being almost single-handedly responsible for unifying India on the eve of independence. He completed his matriculation at the age of 22 ...
Actor | The Purple Monster Strikes
George M. Carleton was born on October 28, 1885 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for The Purple Monster Strikes (1945), Just Off Broadway (1942) and That's My Gal (1947). He died on September 23, 1950 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.