dead by 40

by adrian-dahl | created - 22 Jan 2012 | updated - 10 months ago | Public

stars who died way too young

101. Marilyn Miller

Actress | Her Majesty, Love

"Look for the Silver Lining" became the appropriate signature song for one of Broadways's most popular musical stage stars of the 1920s, Marilyn Miller, for she embodied a vibrant, child-like optimism in her very best "happily ever after" showcases. Such happiness, however, did not extend into her ...

102. Arnold Gray

Actor | Bird of Paradise

Arnold Gray was born on April 20, 1899 in Toledo, Ohio, USA as Arnold R. Samberg. He was an actor, known for Bird of Paradise (1932), The Flame of the Yukon (1926) and The Dentist (1932). He was married to Josefina Ramos. He died on May 3, 1936 in Alpine, California, USA.

103. Norman 'Chubby' Chaney

Actor | Love Business

Norman 'Chubby' Chaney was born on October 18, 1914 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as Norman Myers Chaney. He was an actor, known for Love Business (1931), Pups Is Pups (1930) and Shivering Shakespeare (1930). He died on May 29, 1936 in Baltimore.

104. James Murray

Actor | The Crowd

Sometimes the early tragic death of a Hollywood actor can lead to immortality, as in the cases of icons James Dean and Marilyn Monroe--and, to a somewhat lesser extent, little Bobby Driscoll, who died a Skid Row bum in the streets, a victim of drug addiction. Not so for actor James Murray, whose ...

105. June Caprice

Actress | A Child of the Wild

June Caprice was a character actress in the silent film era. She broke into film with Fox Film Corporation, where she was directed by Harry F. Millarde in eight productions. The two began a personal relationship, married, and had a daughter, June Millarde. During the 1920s she appeared on calendars...

106. John Bowers

Actor | Lorna Doone

Began working in films from 1916, becoming a a star within five years of his debut. His frequent co-star was was Marguerite de la Motte, whom he later married. The advent of sound effectively ended his career. Shortly after attending a party, the distraught 50-year-old Bowers committed suicide by ...

107. Lottie Pickford

Actress | Fanchon, the Cricket

Lottie Pickford was born on June 9, 1895 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as Charlotte Smith. She was an actress, known for Fanchon, the Cricket (1915), White Roses (1910) and Happy Jack, a Hero (1910). She was married to John William Lock, Russel O. Gillard, Allan Forrest and Alfred Rupp. She died on ...

108. Ross Alexander

Actor | Captain Blood

The tragically brief life of fresh-faced, boyishly handsome Ross Alexander, who seemed to have everything going for him, plays these days like a bad Hollywood movie. Alexander was a charming, highly engaging young actor whose pleasant voice and breezy personality aided greatly in his transition ...

109. Marie Prevost

Actress | The Racket

Popular star in Hollywood for two decades through 1936, Marie Prevost began as a Mack Sennett "Bathing Beauty" in 1917, later starring in dozens of light comedies. But not long into the sound era, she encountered problems with her burgeoning weight, to the jeopardy of her career. Her self-remedy ...

110. Frank Vosper

Writer | Love from a Stranger

Frank Vosper was born on December 15, 1899 in Hampstead, London, England as Frank Permian Vosper. He was an actor and writer, known for A Night of Terror (1937), Shadows on the Stairs (1941) and Love from a Stranger (1947). He died on March 6, 1937.

111. Jean Harlow

Actress | Bombshell

Harlean Carpenter, who later became Jean Harlow, was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 3, 1911. She was the daughter of a successful dentist and his wife. In 1927, at the age of 16, she ran away from home to marry a young businessman named Charles McGrew, who was 23. The couple pulled up ...

112. Colin Clive

Actor | Frankenstein

Who could forget Colin Clive's "It's Alive! It's Alive!" as he melted to the floor mumbling the same over and over in ecstasy after his success at animating the Monster in the first sound version of Frankenstein (1931). Film history - horror film history - but part of a short history for actor ...

113. Renate Müller

Actress | Walzerkrieg

Highly popular German star Renate Muller was the toast of late 20s Berlin along with the legendary Marlene Dietrich. Unlike Dietrich, however, she suffered at the hands of the Nazis and died under mysterious circumstances. Renate was born in Munich on April 26, 1906, the daughter of a newspaper ...

114. 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 ...

115. 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 ...

116. Herbert Mundin

Actor | The Adventures of Robin Hood

Herbert Mundin was born on August 21, 1898 in St. Helens, Merseyside, England as Herbert Thomas Mundin. He was an actor, known for The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), David Copperfield (1935) and Chandu the Magician (1932). He was married to Ann Shaw and Hilda Frances Hoyes. He died on March 5, ...

117. Aileen Marson

Actress | Someone at the Door

Aileen Marson was born on September 13, 1912 in Alexandria, Egypt. She was an actress, known for Someone at the Door (1936), A Song for You (1934) and Ten Minute Alibi (1935). She died on May 4, 1939 in London, England.

118. John Harron

Actor | White Zombie

Actor John (Johnnie) Harron was born in New York City on March 31, 1903, a younger brother of silent screen star Robert Harron. John got his first taste of the movie business with an unbilled bit in one of his brother's many classic films, Hearts of the World (1918). After all the tabloid hoopla of...

119. James Hall

Actor | Hell's Angels

James Hall was born on October 22, 1900 in Dallas, Texas, USA as James E. Brown. He was an actor, known for Hell's Angels (1930), The Canary Murder Case (1929) and Four Sons (1928). He was married to Irene Gardner. He died on June 7, 1940 in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA.

120. Mildred June

Actress | Dog Shy

Mildred June was born on December 23, 1905, in St Louis, Missouri. When she was a child her family moved to Kansas and eventually settled in California. She attended Hollywood high school and took dancing lessons. At the age of fifteen Mildred was discovered by producer Mack Sennett. She became one...

121. Joe Penner

Actor | New Faces of 1937

Mostly forgotten today, radio comic Joe Penner was a major craze back in Depression-era 1933 and 1934. There was no heavy social significance to his work and certainly no subtlety -- just alot of slapstick silliness that helped audiences forget their troubles and get happy. People today equate ...

122. Peggy Shannon

Actress | Deluge

Peggy Shannon was born Winona Sammon on January 10, 1907, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. She attended Catholic school where she became friends with child actress Madge Evans. While visiting her aunt in New York sixteen year old Peggy was discovered by producer Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.. He hired her as a ...

123. Helen Morgan

Actress | Show Boat

Before the tragic legacies of songbird icons Édith Piaf, Billie Holiday and Judy Garland took hold, there was the one...the original...lady who sang the blues and started the whole "bawl" rolling. Like her successors, Helen Morgan lived the sad songs she sang...and more.

She started her life ...

124. Carole Lombard

Actress | My Man Godfrey

Carole Lombard was born Jane Alice Peters in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on October 6, 1908. Her parents divorced in 1916 and her mother took the family on a trip out West. While there they decided to settle down in the Los Angeles area. After being spotted playing baseball in the street with the ...

125. Virginia Lee Corbin

Actress | Bare Knees

Virginia Lee Corbin was born on December 5, 1910 in Prescott, Arizona, USA as Virginia LaVerne Corbin. She is known for her work on Bare Knees (1928), Hands Up! (1926) and The Forbidden Room (1919). She was married to Charles Jacobson and Theodore Elwood Krol. She died on June 5, 1942 in Winfield, ...

126. Jeanette Loff

Actress | Flirtation

Jeanette Loff was born Janette Lov in Orofino, Idaho, on October 9, 1906. Her father Maurice was a successful violinist from Denmark who moved their family to Canada when Jeanette was a child. She loved to sing and she studied music at the Ellison-White Conservatory in Portland, Oregon. At age ...

127. Phillips Holmes

Actor | Men Must Fight

A future in movies for this fair-haired, fresh-faced young adult of the 1930s was by no means certain at the time of his untimely death in a mid-air plane collision. Hints of the All-American leading man promise Phillips Holmes managed to convey during the early to mid decade, particularly in the ...

128. Sidney Fox

Actress | Midnight

This tiny (4' 11"), appealing, coquettish-looking Hollywood actress had only a few active years in early talkies before her career took a bad hit. A few years after that she joined other shattered 1930s hopefuls (Peg Entwistle, Gwili Andre, Peggy Shannon) as tragic symbols of unrequited stardom.

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129. Dick Purcell

Actor | Captain America

Dick Purcell was born on August 6, 1905 in Greenwich, Connecticut, USA. He was an actor, known for Captain America (1944), Heroes in Blue (1939) and The Daredevil Drivers (1938). He was married to Ethelind Terry. He died on April 10, 1944 in Hollywood, California, USA.

130. Lee Powell

Actor | The Fighting Devil Dogs

Lee Powell was born on May 15, 1908 in Long Beach, California, USA as Lee Berrien Powell. He was an actor, known for The Fighting Devil Dogs (1938), Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940) and Texas Man Hunt (1942). He was married to Norma Rogers. He died on July 30, 1944 in Tinian, Northern ...

131. Douglas McPhail

Actor | Babes in Arms

Although his career was short-lived, McPhail was fortunate enough to have appeared in some of the finest musicals and operettas of the late 30s. Jeanette MacDonald took an early interest in this handsome baritone, when he performed in the chorus of San Francisco and other of her pictures. The ...

132. Laird Cregar

Actor | I Wake Up Screaming

Seemingly suave, cultivated actor by nature, definitely huge in both talent and girth, and capable of playing much older than he was, Hollywood of the early '40s tragically lost Laird Cregar before it could fully comprehend on how to best utilize his obvious gifts. He was born Samuel Laird Cregar ...

133. Lupe Velez

Actress | The Girl from Mexico

Lupe Velez was born on July 18, 1908, in San Luis de Potosi, Mexico, as Maria Guadalupe Villalobos Velez. She was sent to Texas at the age of 13 to live in a convent. She later admitted that she wasn't much of a student because she was so rambunctious. She had planned to become a champion ...

134. Merna Kennedy

Actress | The Circus

Merna Kennedy was born on September 7, 1908 in Kankakee, Illinois, USA as Merna Kahler. She was an actress, known for The Circus (1928), The Big Chance (1933) and I Like It That Way (1934). She was married to Forrest Brayton and Busby Berkeley. She died on December 20, 1944 in Los Angeles, ...

135. Jimmy Butler

Actor | Battle of Greed

Jimmy Butler was born on February 20, 1921 in Akron, Ohio, USA. He was an actor, known for Battle of Greed (1937), Tough As They Come (1942) and The Awakening of Jim Burke (1935). He died on February 18, 1945 in France.

136. Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins

Actor | Love Business

Robert E. Hutchins was born March 29th, 1925, in Tacoma, Washington. He was born to James Hutchins and Olga Hutchins (nee Roe). Robert was a very outgoing boy with a charming personality, because friends persuaded James and Olga to go to a Hollywood photographer and get his picture taken. The ...

137. Gloria Dickson

Actress | They Won't Forget

Gloria Dickson was born Thais Alalia Dickerson on August 13, 1917, in Pocotello, Idaho. After her father died her mother took Gloria and her sister to California. During high school she started acting in local theater productions. When she was nineteen a Warner Brothers talent scout saw one of her ...

138. Jack Randall

Actor | Riders of the Dawn

Romantic leading man and singing cowboy star whose career was far eclipsed by that of his brother Robert Livingston. He acted and sang on Broadway prior to entering films, then appeared in a number of non-Western films before signing with Monogram Pictures in 1937 as a singing cowboy. Unfortunately...

139. Russell Gleason

Actor | All Quiet on the Western Front

Russell Gleason was born on February 6, 1907 in Portland, Oregon, USA. He was an actor, known for All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), Fury Below (1936) and The Jones Family in Borrowing Trouble (1937). He was married to Cynthia Lindsay. He died on December 26, 1945 in New York City, New York, ...

140. Donald Douglas

Actor | Powder River Gunfire

Donald Douglas is an actor, known for Powder River Gunfire (1948), The Reckoning (1970) and Fright (1956).

141. Enid Stamp-Taylor

Actress | Easy Virtue

Enid Stamp-Taylor was born on June 12, 1904 in Monkseaton, England. She was an actress, known for Easy Virtue (1928), The Wicked Lady (1945) and Three Wise Brides (1941). She died on January 13, 1946 in London, England.

142. Rags Ragland

Actor | Whistling in Brooklyn

Rags Ragland was a boxer, then a burlesque comedian and then a Broadway performer before ending up in Hollywood to repeat his stage role as the boisterous sailor in Panama Hattie (1942), in which Ann Sothern played on film the part that had been played on Broadway by Ethel Merman. Ragland, typecast...

143. Adrienne Ames

Actress | The Death Kiss

Born in Fort Worth, TX, in 1907, Adrienne Ames hit Hollywood in the late 1920s. Although her career only lasted about ten years, she crammed a lot of living into it--high-profile marriages (and divorces) and her reputation as a clothes horse and glamour queen par excellence far outshone her ...

144. Olive Borden

Actress | Half Marriage

Considered one of the most beautiful actresses of the silent era, Borden was a 'Mack Sennet' bathing beauty at 15 and reached the peak of her career in 1926 when she made 11 films for Fox Studios and was earning $1,500 a week. Refusing to take a salary cut, Borden abruptly left Fox in 1928 and made...

145. Gloria Grey

Actress | Blake of Scotland Yard

Gloria Grey was born on October 23, 1909 in Portland, Oregon, USA as Marie Draga. She was an actress, known for Blake of Scotland Yard (1927), A Girl of the Limberlost (1924) and Bag and Baggage (1923). She was married to Ramon Romero. She died on November 22, 1947 in Hollywood, California, USA.

146. Carole Landis

Actress | I Wake Up Screaming

Carole Landis was born on New Year's Day in 1919 in Fairchild, Wisconsin, as Frances Lillian Mary Ridste. Her father, a railroad mechanic, was of Norwegian descent and her mother was Polish. Her father walked out, leaving Carole, her mother and an older brother and sister to fend for themselves.

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147. Billy 'Froggy' Laughlin

Actor | Robot Wrecks

His mother enrolled him in a dramatic class to overcome his self-consciousness. His gravel voice was exploited by an MGM talent scout. After his test and positive public reaction he was signed to a term contract to Our Gang. His favorite sport was bicycling. After Our Gang was over, Froggy was ...

148. William Wright

Actor | A Man's World

Handsome actor William Wright's mid-film 1940s career was pushed with a wave of Columbia Studio publicity promoting him as World War II's answer to Clark Gable. The push ultimately did not work and Wright's rather obscure career faded within a decade.

The Utah-born actor moved to California after ...

149. Jean Gillie

Actress | Decoy

British actress Jean Gillie met husband Jack Bernhard while he was stationed in Britain during the war. When they came to Hollywood, he produced and directed Decoy in May 1946 as a vehicle to showcase her talents to American audiences, while Gillie was simultaneously at work in The Macomber Affair ...

150. Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart

Actor | Heldorado

Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart was born on May 23, 1910 in Covington, Nebraska, USA as Malcolm George McTaggart. He was an actor, known for Heldorado (1946), Last Frontier Uprising (1947) and Flying Tigers (1942). He was married to Elrene Catherine Stein and Pamela Blake. He died on May 29, 1949 in ...

151. Don Stannard

Actor | Dick Barton: Special Agent

Don Stannard was born in 1916 in Westcliffe-on-Sea, Essex, England as Donald Gordon Stannard. He was an actor, known for Dick Barton, Detective (1948), Dick Barton at Bay (1950) and Dick Barton Strikes Back (1949). He died on July 9, 1949 in Cookham Dean, Berkshire, England.

152. 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.

153. Richard Hart

Actor | Green Dolphin Street

While he had a short life and very short film career, sleekly handsome actor Richard Hart, with his dark and virile looks, demonstrated much promise in those few years, especially on Broadway and in TV's "Golden Age." It all ended quickly, however, with his sudden demise at age 35.

He was born ...

154. Robert Walker

Actor | Strangers on a Train

He possessed the same special brand of rebel/misfit sensitivity and charm that made superstars out of John Garfield and (later) James Dean and Montgomery Clift. In the war-torn 1940s, Robert Walker represented MGM's fresh, instinctive breed of up-and-coming talent. His boyish good looks combined ...

155. Maria Montez

Actress | Cobra Woman

In a world weary of war and dispirited by the ravages of the Great Depression, Hollywood at the turn of the 1940's concocted a wildly popular, effective lot of escapist fare (though often cheaply made) to regale the sick at heart worldwide. Universal Pictures, more often than not, led in producing ...

156. Clifton Young

Actor | Dark Passage

Clifton "Bobby" Young gained notoriety as a child actor playing "Bonedust" during Our Gang's sound transition period. Of all the graduates of Our Gang (with the exception of Jackie Cooper and arguably Dickie Moore), Clifton had the greatest shot at adult stardom - at least as far as strong ...

157. John Garfield

Actor | Four Daughters

John Garfield was born Jacob Julius Garfinkle on the Lower East Side of New York City, to Hannah Basia (Margolis) and David Garfinkle, who were Jewish immigrants from Zhytomyr (now in Ukraine). Jules was raised by his father, a clothes presser and part-time cantor, after his mother's death in 1920,...

158. Richard Rober

Actor | Port of New York

Richard Rober was born on May 14, 1910 in Rochester, New York, USA as Richard Steven Rauber. He was an actor, known for Port of New York (1949), The File on Thelma Jordon (1949) and Kid Monk Baroni (1952). He was married to Mary Hay Barthelmess. He died on May 26, 1952 in Santa Monica, California, ...

159. Susan Peters

Actress | Random Harvest

War-era MGM had a lovely, luminous star in the making with Susan Peters. She possessed a creative talent and innate sensitivity that would surely have reigned as a leading Hollywood player for years to come had not a tragic and cruel twist of fate taken everything away from her.

She was born Suzanne...

160. Dixie Lee

Actress | Love in Bloom

Dixie Lee was born on November 4, 1911 in Harriman, Tennessee, USA as Wilma Winifred Wyatt. She was an actress, known for Love in Bloom (1935), Redheads on Parade (1935) and Night Life in Reno (1931). She was married to Bing Crosby. She died on November 1, 1952 in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, ...

161. James Cardwell

Actor | Canyon Passage

Eager young James (aka Jimmy) Cardwell had an auspicious beginning and showed great promise in 1940s films. Dark-haired and thick-browed with an earnest, boyish look and set-jawed handsomeness that could remind someone of a John Garfield type, he couldn't have started off much better than by ...

162. Joan Dowling

Actress | Murder Without Crime

Joan Dowling had a passion for acting and as an aspiring young actress she would take roles in plays, pantomimes and other works simply to be on the stage. Her first recognised role was at the tender age of 14 and she signed her first film contract at 17. She had natural talent and did not have any...

163. Abigail Adams

Actress | Moonlight Masquerade

Abigail Adams was born Margaret Thomas Adams on January 11, 1922. During her freshman year at the University of North Carolina she was discovered by modeling agent Harry Conover. She dropped out of school and moved to New York City to be a model. Abigail made her film debut in the 1942 comedy ...

164. Robert Francis

Actor | The Caine Mutiny

Relatively new to Hollywood, Robert Francis, 25, was a rising young actor on the verge of film stardom, when on 31 July, 1955, he, along with a friend, actress Ann Russell, were both killed instantly, after private plane owned by Joe Kirkwood Jr. which he was piloting, crashed. The plane had just ...

165. Suzan Ball

Actress | City Beneath the Sea

Suzan Ball, a second cousin of Lucille Ball, was born on March 3, 1934, in Jamestown, New York. She came to Hollywood with her family in 1941. She sang with the Mel Baker Orchestra from 1948-1953. Her first part in Hollywood was as a harem girl in Aladdin and His Lamp (1952) at Monogram. She got an ...

166. James Dean

Actor | East of Eden

James Byron Dean was born February 8, 1931 in Marion, Indiana, to Mildred Marie (Wilson) and Winton A. Dean, a farmer turned dental technician. His mother died when Dean was nine, and he was subsequently raised on a farm by his aunt and uncle in Fairmount, Indiana. After grade school, he moved to ...

167. John Hodiak

Actor | Battleground

Pittsburgh-born John Hodiak was one of several up-and-coming male talents who managed to take advantage of the dearth of WWII-era superstars (MGM's Clark Gable, Van Johnson, Robert Taylor and James Stewart, among others) who were off serving their country. John's early death at age 41, however, ...

168. Anne Crawford

Actress | Knights of the Round Table

Anne Crawford was born on November 22, 1920 in Haifa, Palestine as Imelda Anne Crawford. She was an actress, known for Knights of the Round Table (1953), Caravan (1946) and The Peterville Diamond (1943). She was married to Wallace Douglas and James Hartley. She died on October 17, 1956 in London, ...

169. 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 ...

170. 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...

171. 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 ...

172. Simone Silva

Soundtrack | The Gelignite Gang

Simone Silva was born to French-Italian parents in Cairo as Simone de Bouillard. She was known mainly in England, where the great majority of her films were produced, as an actress of B-movies, who usually played supporting roles and bit parts.This mostly forgotten actress in some ways was more ...

173. Patric Doonan

Actor | The Cockleshell Heroes

Patric Doonan was born on April 19, 1926 in Alvaston, Derby, England as George W. Doonan. He was an actor, known for The Cockleshell Heroes (1955), Crest of the Wave (1954) and The Blue Lamp (1950). He was married to Aud Johansen. He died on March 10, 1958 in Chelsea, London, England.

174. Bonar Colleano

Actor | Is Your Honeymoon Really Necessary

Bonar Colleano was born in New York City. His name was Bonar Sullivan, but he took on his family's stage name when he joined the Colleano family acrobatic circus act at 5, then at 12 moved to England. Bonar's mother, part of the Colleano family act in her role as a comely contortionist met his ...

175. Tom Pittman

Actor | Tombstone Territory

Tom Pittman was born on March 16, 1932 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA as Jerry Lee Alten. He was an actor, known for Tombstone Territory (1957), Apache Territory (1958) and Suspicion (1957). He died on October 31, 1958 in Benedict Canyon, Beverly Crest, Los Angeles, California, USA.

176. Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer

Actor | Night 'n' Gales

Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer was born on August 7, 1927 in Paris, Illinois, USA as Carl Dean Switzer. He was an actor, known for Night 'n' Gales (1937), Rushin' Ballet (1937) and Feed 'em and Weep (1938). He was married to Dian Collingwood. He died on January 21, 1959 in Mission Hills, California, USA.

177. Ray McDonald

Actor | Born to Sing

Indefatigable Ray McDonald was born to dance and dance he did. A New York City native born June 27, 1921, Ray was still in grade school when he and older sister (by three years) Grace McDonald formed a popular vaudeville tap dancing act. By the age of 16 Ray had made it to Broadway in the musical "...

178. Helen Parrish

Actress | Three Smart Girls Grow Up

The daughter of stage and bit film actress Laura Parrish, she started in movies at the ripe old age of four, playing Babe Ruth's daughter in the silent Babe Comes Home (1927). She also was featured in "Our Gang" comedy shorts and sometimes played the lead character as a child opposite some of the ...

179. Kay Kendall

Actress | The Reluctant Debutante

Kay Kendall was born on May 21, 1926 in Withernsea, Yorkshire, England as Justine Kay Kendall-McCarthy. She was an actress, known for The Reluctant Debutante (1958), Les Girls (1957) and Simon and Laura (1955). She was married to Rex Harrison. She died on September 6, 1959 in London, England.

180. Mario Lanza

Actor | The Great Caruso

Mario Lanza's life, sadly, has all the markings of an epic Shakespearean tragedy. The story is truly incredible: a wild, incendiary Philadelphia kid who can sing better than Enrico Caruso sets out to become the greatest dramatic opera singer who ever lived, is detoured by MGM honcho Louis B. Mayer ...

181. Gérard Philipe

Actor | Le rouge et le noir

In 1940 Gerard left school and his parents wanted him be a lawyer. But soon his mother noticed that he was only interested in acting, although his father was against the idea. After timely intervention from Marc Allégret, who decided he showed some promise, Gerard's debut was in Claude Dauphin's ...

182. Henri Vidal

Actor | Pensione Edelweiss

Henri Vidal was born on November 26, 1919 in Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dôme, France as Henri Lucien Raymond Vidal. He was an actor, known for Pensione Edelweiss (1959), Action immédiate (1957) and Fabiola (1949). He was married to Michèle Morgan and Michèle Cordoue. He died on December 10, ...

183. Diana Barrymore

Actress | Between Us Girls

"Too Much, Too Soon" was the story of Diana's life, and the title of her autobiography. Her father was stage and screen legend John Barrymore; and her mother was Blanche Oelrichs (who wrote under the masculine pseudonym Michael Strange), who had just divorced Mr. Thomas and had 2 children (Leonard ...

184. John Charlesworth

Actor | Scrooge

John Charlesworth was born on November 12, 1935 in Hull, England. He was an actor, known for A Christmas Carol (1951), Tom Brown's Schooldays (1951) and The Children of the New Forest (1955). He died on April 2, 1960 in Birmingham, England.

185. Belinda Lee

Actress | La lunga notte del '43

Green-eyed blonde bombshell Belinda Lee was born in Devon, England, to a hotel owner (Robert Esmond Lee) and florist (Stella Mary Graham) on June 15, 1935. Nicknamed Billie, she was an incredible beauty while still in her early teens attending the Rookesbury Park Prep School at Hampshire and St. ...

186. Gail Russell

Actress | The Uninvited

Gail Russell was born in Chicago, Illinois, on September 21, 1924. She remained in the Windy City, going to school until her parents moved to California when she was 14. She was an above-average student in school and upon graduation from Santa Monica High School was signed by Paramount Studios.

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187. Marilyn Monroe

Actress | Some Like It Hot

Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, comedienne, singer, and model. She became one of the world's most enduring iconic figures and is remembered both for her winsome embodiment of the Hollywood sex symbol and her tragic personal and professional struggles within the film industry. Her life and ...

188. John 'Uh huh' Collum

Actor | Mush and Milk

John 'Uh huh' Collum was born on June 29, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as John Keith Collum. He was an actor, known for Mush and Milk (1933), The Pinch Singer (1936) and Reunion in Rhythm (1937). He died on August 28, 1962 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

189. Sabu

Actor | The Thief of Bagdad

Sabu Dastagir (or Selar Shaik Sabu, depending on your resource) was born on January 27, 1924, in the little town of Mysore, India, which is nestled in the jungles of Karapur. The son of an elephant driver (mahout) in service for the Maharajah of his town, the young stable boy learned responsibility...

190. Kate Manx

Actress | Hero's Island

Kate Manx was born on October 19, 1930 in Akron, Ohio, USA as Kathrynne B. Mylroie. She was an actress, known for Hero's Island (1962), Private Property (1960) and Stoney Burke (1962). She was married to Leslie Stevens and Anthony Brady Farrell. She died on November 15, 1964 in Torrance, California...

191. Gene Anderson

Actress | The Gay Cavalier

Gene Anderson was born on March 28, 1931 in London, England as Jean Anderson. She was an actress, known for The Gay Cavalier (1957), The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961) and A Mask for Alexis (1959). She was married to Edward Judd. She died on May 5, 1965 in London.

192. Milos Milos

Actor | Incubus

Milos Milos was born on July 1, 1941 in Knjazevac, Serbia, Yugoslavia as Milos Milosevic. He was an actor, known for Incubus (1966) and The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! (1966). He was married to Cynthia Bouron. He died on January 31, 1966 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

193. Estelita Rodriguez

Actress | Rio Bravo

Estelita Rodriguez was born on July 2, 1928 in Guanajay, Cuba. She was an actress, known for Rio Bravo (1959), The Golden Stallion (1949) and Belle of Old Mexico (1950). She was married to Dr. Ricardo A. Pego, Ismael Alfonso Halfss, aka Henry Half, Grant Withers and Chu Chu Martinez. She died on ...

194. Zbigniew Cybulski

Actor | Popiól i diament

Won international fame with the leading role of Maciek Chelmicki in Andrzej Wajda's Ashes and Diamonds (1958). He created a character which was imitated not only in Poland; often compared with James Dean.

Graduated from the Higher State School of Acting in Cracow; also studied journalism. From 1953 ...

195. Dirk Rambo

Actor | The New Loretta Young Show

Dirk Rambo was born on November 13, 1941 in Delano, California, USA as Orman Ray Rambo. He was an actor, known for The New Loretta Young Show (1962), The Virginian (1962) and Dragnet 1967 (1967). He died on February 5, 1967 in Hollywood, California.

196. Nicole Berger

Actress | Charlotte et Véronique, ou Tous les garçons s'appellent Patrick

Nicole Berger was born on June 12, 1934 in Paris, France as Nicole Gouspeyre. She was an actress, known for All the Boys Are Called Patrick (1959), The Game of Love (1954) and Shoot the Piano Player (1960). She died on April 13, 1967 in Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France.

197. Barbara Payton

Actress | Bride of the Gorilla

One of the saddest tales ever to come out of Hollywood has to be that of Barbara Payton. A blue-eyed, peroxide blonde sexpot who had a lot going for her, her life eventually disintegrated, mostly by her own doing. Things started out well enough for Barbara Lee Redfield, born on November 26, 1927, ...

198. Françoise Dorléac

Actress | L'homme de Rio

The radiant Francoise Dorleac is better remembered today as the elder, ill-fated sister of French film star Catherine Deneuve. The Paris-born actress, however, was actually the first to become a star and had quite a formidable career of her own in the 1960s until it was cut short. Born into a ...

199. Jayne Mansfield

Actress | The Girl Can't Help It

One of the leading sex symbols of the 1950s and 1960s, film actress Jayne Mansfield was born Vera Jayne Palmer on April 19, 1933 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, the only child of Vera J. (nee Palmer; later Peers) and Herbert W. Palmer. Her parents were well-to-do, with her father a successful attorney ...

200. June Thorburn

Actress | The Pickwick Papers

June Thorburn was born on June 8, 1931 in Karachi, India. She was an actress, known for The Pickwick Papers (1952), Orders Are Orders (1954) and Fast and Loose (1954). She was married to Morten Smith-Petersen and Aldon Richard Bryse-Harvey. She died on November 4, 1967 in West Sussex, England.



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