All-Time Legendsby TheDeadGodfather | created - 08 Jun 2016 | updated - 21 Jun 2016 | Public
Stars of the 20's to the 70's
Art_department | La vita di Leonardo da Vinci
The archetypal "Renaissance Man," Leonardo da Vinci was one of the greatest scientific minds as well as one of the greatest visual artists the human race has ever produced. The illegitimate son of a wealthy Florentine notary, Piero da Vinci, and a peasant woman named Caterina, Leonardo was born in ...
Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci April 15, 1452 in Vinci, Republic of Florence [now Tuscany, Italy] - May 2, 1519 (age 67) in Amboise, Kingdom of France [now Indre-et-Loire, France]
Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino April 6, 1483 in Urbino, Duchy of Urbino [now Marche, Italy] - April 6, 1520 (age 37) in Rome, Lazio, Italy
Henry Tudor June 28, 1491 in Greenwich, London, Kingdom of England [now England] - January 28, 1547 (age 55) in London, Kingdom of England [now England] (complications of gout) 6' 2"
Writer | M the Movie
William Shakespeare's birthdate is assumed from his baptism on April 25. His father John was the son of a farmer who became a successful tradesman; his mother Mary Arden was gentry. He studied Latin works at Stratford Grammar School, leaving at about age 15. About this time his father suffered an ...
April 23, 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, Kingdom of England [now England] - April 23, 1616 (age 52) in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, Kingdom of England [now England]
Art_department | Five Revolutionary Painters
Rembrandt van Rijn was born on July 15, 1606 in Leiden, Dutch Republic as Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn. He is known for his work on Five Revolutionary Painters (1959), Rembrandt (1962) and Rembrandt (1976). He was married to Saskia van Uylenburgh. He died on October 4, 1669 in Amsterdam, Dutch ...
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn July 15, 1606 in Leiden, Dutch Republic [now Zuid-Holland, Netherlands] - October 4, 1669 (age 63) in Amsterdam, Dutch Republic [now Noord-Holland, Netherlands]
Soundtrack | Autómata
Born February 23 1685 in Halle, Germany, he was christened "Georg Friederich Händel" but always signed his name "Georg Friedrich Händel". His father intended for him to go into law, but Händel studied music clandestinely and was eventually allowed to study under an organist. He achieved some sucess...
Georg Friederich Händel February 23, 1685 in Halle an der Saale, Duchy of Magdeburg, Brandenburg-Prussia, Holy Roman Empire [now Saxony-Anhalt, Germany] - April 14, 1759 (age 74) in London, England
Soundtrack | Minority Report
Johann Sebastian Bach was born on March 21, 1685, in Eisenach, Thuringia, Germany, into a large and distinguished family of professional musicians. His father, named Johann Ambrosius Bach, was a violinist and trumpeter, employed by the city of Eisenach. His uncles were church organists, court ...
March 21, 1685 in Eisenach, Saxe-Eisenach, Holy Roman Empire [now Thuringia, Germany] - July 28, 1750 (age 65) in Leipzig, Saxony, Holy Roman Empire [now Germany] (stroke and high fever) 5' 11"
George Washington was born on February 22, 1732 in Westmoreland County, Virginia, British America. He was married to Martha Dandridge. He died on December 14, 1799 in Mount Vernon, Virginia, USA.
February 22, 1732 in Westmoreland County, Virginia, British America [now USA] - December 14, 1799 (age 67) in Mount Vernon, Virginia 6' 3"
9. John Adams
Writer | Biography
John Adams was born on October 30, 1735 in Braintree, Massachusetts, USA. He was a writer, known for Biography (1987). He was married to Abigail Smith. He died on July 4, 1826 in Quincy, Massachusetts.
October 30, 1735 in Braintree, Massachusetts - July 4, 1826 (age 90) in Quincy, Massachusetts 5' 7"
10. Marquis de Sade
Writer | Sinfonía erótica
Born a rich nobleman, Marquis being his title rather than his birth name, De Sade gradually became a decadent libertine among the French society of Louis XVI. A liberally educated iconoclast, he wrote prose and verse, and specialized in testing the limits of decency, breaking tabboos and shocking ...
Count Donatien-Alphonse-François de Sade June 2, 1740 in Paris, France - December 2, 1814 (age 74) in Charenton, France 5' 2"
11. Thomas Jefferson
Writer | Hamilton/Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13, 1743 in Shadwell, Goochland County [now Albemarle County], Virginia, USA. He was a writer, known for Hamilton/Jefferson, Biography (1987) and Rome: Power & Glory (1999). He was married to Martha Wayles Skelton. He died on July 4, 1826.
April 13, 1743 in Shadwell, Goochland County [now Albemarle County], Virginia - July 4, 1826 (age 83) in Monticello estate, near Charlottesville, Virginia (chronic diarrhea) 6' 2½"
12. James Madison
James Madison was born on March 16, 1751 in Belle Grove, Port Conway, Virginia, USA as James Madison Jr. He was married to Dolley Payne Todd. He died on June 28, 1836 in Montpelier, Orange, Virginia.
March 16, 1751 in Belle Grove, Port Conway, Virginia - June 28, 1836 (age 85) in Montpelier, Orange, Virginia 5' 4"
13. William Bligh
Writer | Biography
Captain (later Vice Admiral) William Bligh will be remembered as the infamous captain of the HMS Bounty. He went to sea at the age of 15 as sailing master to the famous explorer Captain James Cook on his 2nd voyage round the world (1772-4) aboard the HMS Resolution. It was he who discovered ...
September 9, 1754 in Plymouth, Devon, England - December 7, 1817 (age 63) in London, England
Soundtrack | Amadeus
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart grew up in Salzburg under the regulation of his strict father Leopold who also was a famous composer of his time. His abilities in music were obvious even when Mozart was still young so that in 1762 at the age of six, his father took him with his elder sister on a concert ...
Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart January 27, 1756 in Salzburg, Salzburg, Holy Roman Empire [now Austria] - December 5, 1791 (age 35) in Vienna, Austria, Habsburg Monarchy, Holy Roman Empire [now Austria] (renal failure) 5' 4"
15. William Blake
Soundtrack | La grande bellezza
William Blake was born on November 28, 1757 in London, England. He died on August 12, 1827 in London.
November 28, 1757 in London, England - August 12, 1827 (age 69) in London, England
April 28, 1758 in Westmoreland County, Virginia - July 4, 1831 (age 73) in New York City (pulmonary tuberculosis) 6'
17. Andrew Jackson
Writer | Biography
Andrew Jackson was born on March 15, 1767 in Lancaster County, South Carolina, USA. He was a writer, known for Biography (1987). He was married to Rachel Donelson. He died on June 8, 1845 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
March 15, 1767 in Lancaster County, South Carolina - June 8, 1845 (age 78) in Nashville, Tennessee (heart failure) 6' 1"
Writer | Le mémorial de Sainte-Hélène
Sold the Louisiana Purchase to Thomas Jefferson for $11,250,000 ($0.05 per acre) plus the United States assumed claims of its citizens against France for up to $3,750,000.
Napoleone di Buonaparte August 15, 1769 in Ajaccio, Corsica, France - May 5, 1821 (age 51) in Longwood, Saint Helena Island 5' 6½"
Soundtrack | Total Recall
Beethoven was the child of a Flamian musician family and became a member of the electoral orchestra of Bonn in 1783. In 1787 he studied at Mozart's in Vienna and in 1792 he moved all to Vienna becoming a student of Franz Joseph Haydn. The Vienna High Society loved him as a piano player as well as ...
December 16, 1770 in Bonn, Electorate of Cologne, Holy Roman Empire [now Northrhine-Westphalia, Germany] - March 26, 1827 (age 56) in Vienna, Austrian Empire [now Austria] 5' 3¾"
20. Jane Austen
Writer | Sense and Sensibility
Jane Austen was born on December 16th, 1775, to the local rector, Rev. George Austen (1731-1805), and Cassandra Leigh (1739-1827). She was the seventh of eight children. She had one older sister, Cassandra. In 1783 she went to Southampton to be taught by a relative, Mrs. Cawley, but was brought ...
December 16, 1775 in Steventon, Hampshire, England - July 18, 1817 (age 41) in Winchester, Hampshire, England (Addison's disease)
21. Lord Byron
Writer | Don Juan DeMarco
Lord Byron seemed destined from birth to tragedy. His father was the handsome but feckless Captain John "Mad Jack" Byron and his mother the Scottish heiress Catherine Gordon, the only child of the Laird of Gight.
Captain Byron abandoned his wife and child leaving Catherine to bring up young Byron on...
George Gordon Byron January 22, 1788 in London, England - April 19, 1824 (age 36) in Missolonghi, Greece (malaria) 5' 8½"
22. Franz Schubert
Soundtrack | Minority Report
Schubert was musically educated at the "Hofkapelle" in Vienna where he sang as a boy but then had to quit in order to help his father at school. Four years later, he became an independent composer and was destined to live in poverty from then onwards. Having an introverted personality, Schubert ...
Franz Peter Schubert January 31, 1797 in Lichtental, Austria - November 19, 1828 (age 31) in Vienna, Austria (typhus and syphilis) 5' 1½"
23. Mary Shelley
Writer | Young Frankenstein
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (née Godwin; 30 August 1797 - 1 February 1851) was an English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer, best known for her Gothic novel "Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus" (1818). She also edited and promoted the works of her...
Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin August 30, 1797 in London, England - February 1, 1851 (age 53) in London, England (brain tumor)
24. Victor Hugo
Writer | Les Misérables
Although Hugo was fascinated by poems from childhood on, he spent some time on the polytechnic university of Paris until he dedicated all his work to literature. He was one of the few authors who were allowed to reach popularity during lifetime and one of the leaders of French romance.
After the ...
Victor Marie Hugo February 26, 1802 in Besançon, Doubs, France - May 22, 1885 (age 83) in Paris, France (pneumonia) 5' 10"
Writer | The Red Shoes
H.C. Andersen was born in 1805. His father (Hans Andersen) was a poor shoemaker and his mother a washerwoman. The family did not have a permanent address until 1807. The family lived for the first time together at Munkemøllestræde. The father worked as an independent shoemaker, with a workshop in ...
April 2, 1805 in Odense, Denmark - August 4, 1875 (age 70) in Copenhagen, Denmark (liver cancer) 6' 0¾"
26. Abraham Lincoln
Writer | Lincoln's Gettysburg Address
Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809 in Nolin Creek, Hardin County [now LaRue County], Kentucky, USA. He was a writer, known for Lincoln's Gettysburg Address (1912), Atlanta Symphony Golden Anniversary (1995) and Biography of the Millennium: 100 People - 1000 Years (1999). He was married ...
February 12, 1809 in Nolin Creek, Hardin County [now LaRue County], Kentucky - April 15, 1865 (age 56) in Washington, D.C. (assassination) 6' 4"
27. Frédéric Chopin
Soundtrack | Paycheck
Frédéric François Chopin was born Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin, on March 1, 1810, in Zelazowa Wola, Masovia region, Duchy of Warsaw, Poland. His father, named Mikolaj (Nicolas) Chopin, was a Frenchman who came to Poland from Lorraine, and eventually became professor at Warsaw Lyceum. His mother, ...
Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin March 1, 1810 in Zelazowa Wola, Poland, Russian Empire [now in Mazowieckie, Poland] - October 17, 1849 (age 39) in Paris, France (Pulmonary Tuberculosis)
28. Charles Dickens
Writer | Great Expectations
Charles Dickens' father was a clerk at the Naval Pay Office, and because of this the family had to move from place to place: Plymouth, London, Chatham. It was a large family and despite hard work, his father couldn't earn enough money. In 1823 he was arrested for debt and Charles had to start ...
Charles John Huffam Dickens February 7, 1812 in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England - June 9, 1870 (age 58) in Gad's Hill, Rochester, Kent, England (cerebral hemorrhage)
29. Charlotte Brontë
Writer | Jane Eyre
Charlotte was born 1816, the third of the six children of Patrick Brontë, an Anglican clergyman, and his wife Maria Branwell Brontë. After their mother's death in 1821, Charlotte and her sisters, Maria and Elizabeth, were sent to Cowan Bridge Clergy Daughters' School, which Charlotte would later ...
April 21, 1816 in Thornton, Yorkshire, England - March 31, 1855 (age 38) in Haworth, Yorkshire, England (pneumonia)
Writer | The Double
Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky was born on November 11, 1821, in Moscow, Russia. He was the second of seven children of Mikhail Andreevich and Maria Dostoevsky. His father, a doctor, was a member of the Russian nobility, owned serfs and had a considerable estate near Moscow where he lived with his ...
Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoyevsky October 30, 1821 in Moscow, Russian Empire [now Russia] - February 9, 1881 (age 59) in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire [now Russia] (lung hemorrhage, complications from emphysema and epileptic seizures.)
31. Johann Strauss
Soundtrack | 2001: A Space Odyssey
Johann Strauss (or Johann Strauss son), one of Austrian music's most famous names who studied music secretly against his father's will, later became the leader of his father's band and the indisputable "waltz king"; his waltz 'On the Beautiful Blue Danube', is the main theme in Stanley Kubrick's ...
October 25, 1825 in Sankt Ulrich, Austrian Empire [now Vienna, Austria] - June 3, 1899 (age 73) in Vienna, Austria-Hungary [now Austria] (pneumonia)
32. Leo Tolstoy
Writer | Anna Karenina
Count Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy was born on September 9, 1828, in his ancestral estate Yasnaya Polyana, South of Moscow, Russia. He was the fourth of five children in a wealthy family of Russian landed Gentry. His parents died when he was a child, and he was brought up by his elder brothers and ...
Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy August 28, 1828 in Yasnaya Polyana, Tula Governorate, Russian Empire [now Tula Oblast, Russia] - November 20, 1910 (age 82) in Astapovo, Tambov Governorate, Russian Empire [now Lev Tolstoy, Lipetsk Oblast, Russia] (heart failure)
33. Lewis Carroll
Writer | Alice in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll was the pen name of Charles L. Dodgson, author of the children's classics "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking-Glass."
Born on January 27, 1832 in Daresbury, Cheshire, England, Charles Dodgson wrote and created games as a child. At age 20 he received a ...
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson January 27, 1832 in Daresbury, Cheshire, England - January 14, 1898 (age 65) in Guildford, Surrey, England (pneumonia) 6'
34. Johannes Brahms
Soundtrack | Grosse Pointe Blank
German Romantic composer Johannes Brahms was born in Hamburg in 1833 and died in Vienna, Austria in 1897. A perfectionist, he often compared himself unfavorably to composers such as Beethoven and ended up destroying many compositions without their ever being heard. While basically conservative, he ...
May 7, 1833 in Hamburg, Germany - April 3, 1897 (age 63) in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (complications from a cold)
35. Mark Twain
Writer | Lionizing Murderers
Mark Twain, born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Florida, Missouri in 1835, grew up in Hannibal. He was a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River. Throughout his career, Twain served as a writer, lecturer, reporter, editor, printer, and prospector. Twain took his pen name from an alert cry used on his...
Samuel Langhorne Clemens November 30, 1835 in Florida, Missouri - April 21, 1910 (age 74) in Redding, Connecticut (angina pectoris) 5' 8½"
Soundtrack | Minority Report
Pyotr (Peter) Ilyich Tchaikovsky was born on May 7, 1840, in Votkinsk, Vyatka region, Russia. He was the second of six children (five brothers and one sister). His father, named Ilya Chaikovsky, was a mining business executive in Votkinsk. His father's ancestors were from Ukraine and Poland. His ...
May 7, 1840 in Votkinsk, Vyatka Governorate, Russian Empire [now Votkinsk, Udmurt Republic, Russia] - November 6, 1893 (age 53) in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire [now Russia] (cholera)
37. Antonín Dvorák
Soundtrack | Arrival
Antonin Dvorak was a son of butcher, but he did not follow his father's trade. While assisting his father part-time, he studied music, and graduated from the Prague Organ School in 1859. He also was an accomplished violinist and violist, and joined the Bohemian Theatre Orchestra, which was under ...
Antonín Leopold Dvorák September 8, 1841 in Nelahozeves, Bohemia, Austria [now Czech Republic] - May 1, 1904 (age 62) in Prague, Bohemia, Austria [now Czech Republic] (arteriosclerosis) 5' 11"
38. Edvard Grieg
Soundtrack | Soylent Green
Edvard Hagerup Grieg (Greig) was born on on June 15, 1843, in Bergen, Norway. His father, named Alexander Greig (originally McGregor), was English consul of Scottish origin. His mother, named Gesine Hagerup, was an educated pianist. Grieg grew up among three sisters and an elder brother. He began ...
Edvard Hagerup Grieg June 15, 1843 in Bergen, Norway - September 4, 1907 (age 64) in Bergen, Norway (heart failure)
39. Thomas A. Edison
Director | The Trick Cyclist
Thomas A. Edison was born on February 11, 1847 in Milan, Ohio, USA as Thomas Alva Edison. He was a producer and director, known for The Trick Cyclist (1901), The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914) and Bicycle Trick Riding, No. 2 (1899). He was married to Mina Miller and Mary Stilwell. He died on October ...
Thomas Alva Edison February 11, 1847 in Milan, Ohio - October 18, 1931 (age 84) in West Orange, New Jersey (complications of diabetes) 5' 10"
40. Bram Stoker
Writer | Dracula
Bram Stoker was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1847, and gained fame for his novel "Dracula" about an aristocratic vampire in Transylvania. The sequel, "Dracula's Guest," was not published for 17 years after the publication of "Dracula," two years after Stoker's death. Stoker also wrote "The Mystery ...
Abraham Stoker November 8, 1847 in Dublin, Ireland - April 20, 1912 (age 64) in London, England (paralysis progressiva due to syphilis) 6' 2"
Writer | Treasure Planet
Robert Louis Stevenson was born on November 13, 1850 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was a writer, known for Treasure Planet (2002), The Body Snatcher (1945) and Jekyll & Hyde. He was married to Fanny Osbourne. He died on December 3, 1894 in Vailima, Samoa.
November 13, 1850 in Edinburgh, Scotland - December 3, 1894 (age 44) in Vailima, Samoa (cerebral hemorrhage)
42. Oscar Wilde
Writer | The Picture of Dorian Gray
A gifted poet, playwright and wit, Oscar Wilde was a phenomenon in 19th-century England. He was illustrious for preaching the importance of style in life and art, and of attacking Victorian narrow-mindedness.
Wilde was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1854. He studied at Trinity College in Dublin before ...
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde October 16, 1854 in Dublin, Ireland - November 30, 1900 (age 46) in Paris, France (acute meningitis, following an ear infection) 6' 3"
43. L. Frank Baum
Writer | The Wizard of Oz
L. Frank Baum became a success with his 1883 production of "The Maid of Arran" in 1882. He was a dreamer, had a printing press and an amateur newspaper, "The Rose Lawn Home Journal" and published a coin and stamp collecting guide. He failed at almost everything through poor business sense. He had ...
Lyman Frank Baum May 15, 1856 in Chittenango, New York - May 6, 1919 (age 62) in Hollywood, California (stroke) 6' 1"
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. ...
July 26, 1856 in Dublin, Ireland - November 2, 1950 (age 94) in Ayot St. Lawrence, Hertfordshire, England (injuries received after falling from a ladder) 6' 2"
Writer | Arena
Theodore Roosevelt was born on October 27, 1858 in New York City, New York, USA as Theodore Roosevelt Jr. He was a writer and producer, known for Arena (2016), Simple Gifts (1977) and Womanhood, the Glory of the Nation (1917). He was married to Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt and Alice Hathaway Lee. ...
Theodore Roosevelt Jr. October 27, 1858 in New York City - January 6, 1919 (age 60) in Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York (coronary embolism) 5' 10"
46. Giacomo Puccini
Soundtrack | The Island
Italian composer, one of the greatest exponents of operatic realism, who virtually brought the history of Italian opera to an end. His mature operas include "La Bohème" (1896), "Tosca" (1900), "Madama Butterfly" (1904), and "Turandot" left incomplete.
Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini December 22, 1858 in Lucca, Tuscany, Italy - November 29, 1924 (age 65) in Brussels, Belgium (throat cancer)
Writer | Sherlock Holmes
Arthur Conan Doyle was born on May 22, 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland as Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle. He was a writer and producer, known for Sherlock Holmes (2009), Sherlock (2010) and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984). He was married to Jean Leckie and Louisa Hawkins. He died on July 7, 1930 ...
Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle May 22, 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland - July 7, 1930 (age 71) in Crowborough, Sussex, England (heart disease) 6' 1"
48. Anton Chekhov
Writer | Kis Uykusu
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov was born in 1860, the third of six children to a family of a grocer, in Taganrog, Russia, a southern seaport and resort on the Azov Sea. His father, a 3rd-rank Member of the Merchant's Guild, was a religious fanatic and a tyrant who used his children as slaves. Young Chekhov...
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov January 29, 1860 in Taganrog, Russian Empire [now Rostov Oblast, Russia] - July 15, 1904 (age 44) in Badenweiler, Baden, Germany (complications of lung tuberculosis)
Producer | Little Old New York
William Randolph Hearst was the greatest newspaper baron in the history of the United States and is the person whom Citizen Kane (1941), widely regarded as the greatest film ever made, is primarily based on. While there are many similarities between Charles Foster Kane, as limned by the great Orson...
April 29, 1863 in San Francisco, California - August 14, 1951 (age 88) in Beverly Hills, California (heart attack) 6' 3"
50. Rudyard Kipling
Writer | The Man Who Would Be King
Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay, Maharashtra, India, the son of John Lockwood Kipling, a museum director and author and illustrator. This was at the height of the "British Raj", so he was brought up by Indian nurses ("ayahs"), who taught him something of the beliefs and tongues of India. He was ...
Joseph Rudyard Kipling December 30, 1865 in Bombay, Maharashtra, India - January 18, 1936 (age 70) in London, England (cerebral hemorrhage)
51. H.G. Wells
Writer | The War of the Worlds
Writer, born in Bromley, Kent. He was apprenticed to a draper, tried teaching, studied biology in London, then made his mark in journalism and literature. He played a vital part in disseminating the progressive ideas which characterized the first part of the 20th-c. He achieved fame with scientific...
Herbert George Wells September 21, 1866 in Bromley, Kent, England - August 13, 1946 (age 79) in London, England
52. Henry Travers
Actor | It's a Wonderful Life
British-born Henry Travers was a veteran of the English stage before emigrating to the U.S. in 1917. He gained more stage experience there on Broadway working with the Theatre Guild, and began his long film career with Reunion in Vienna (1933). Travers' kindly, grandfatherly demeanor became ...
Travers John Heagerty March 5, 1874 in Prudhoe, Northumberland, England - October 18, 1965 (age 91) in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California (arteriosclerosis) 5' 4½"
53. Harry Houdini
Actor | The Man from Beyond
The great American escape artist and magician Houdini (immortalized by a memorable performance by Tony Curtis in the eponymous 1953 film) was born Erich Weiss on March 24, 1874 in Budapest, Hungary, though he often gave his birthplace as Appleton, Wisconsin, where he was raised. One of five ...
Erich Weiss March 24, 1874 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary [now Hungary] - October 31, 1926 (age 52) in Detroit, Michigan (peritonitis) 5' 7"
54. Robert Frost
Writer | Telefon
Robert Lee Frost, arguably the greatest American poet of the 20th century, was born in San Francisco, California, on March 26, 1874. His father, William Prescott Frost Jr., was from a Lawrence, Massachusetts, family of Republicans, and his mother, Isabelle Moodie Frost, was an immigrant from ...
Robert Lee Frost March 26, 1874 in San Francisco, California - January 29, 1963 (age 88) in Boston, Massachusetts
Writer | Matinee Theatre
Born in Blenheim Palace, the residence of his grandfather, the 7th Duke of Marlborough. His father was the Duke's third son, Lord Randolph Churchill. His mother, Jennie Jerome, was the daughter of an American financier.
After passing through famous English public schools such as Harrow, he went on ...
Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill November 30, 1874 in Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England - January 24, 1965 (age 90) in Hyde Park Gate, London, England (following a stroke) 5' 8"
56. D.W. Griffith
Director | The Birth of a Nation
David Wark Griffith was born in rural Kentucky to Jacob "Roaring Jake" Griffith, a former Confederate Army colonel and Civil War veteran. Young Griffith grew up with his father's romantic war stories and melodramatic nineteenth-century literature that were to eventually shape his movies. In 1897 ...
David Llewelyn Wark Griffith January 22, 1875 in LaGrange, Kentucky - July 23, 1948 (age 73) in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California (cerebral hemorrhage) 5' 11"
57. Charles Coburn
Actor | The More the Merrier
A cigar-smoking, monocled, swag-bellied character actor known for his Old South manners and charm. In 1918 he and his first wife formed the Coburn Players and appeared on Broadway in many plays. With her death in 1937, he accepted a Hollywood contract and began making films at the age of sixty.
Charles Douville Coburn June 19, 1877 in Savannah, Georgia - August 30, 1961 (age 84) in New York City (heart attack) 6'
58. Edmund Gwenn
Actor | Miracle on 34th Street
There are very few character actors from the 1930s, '40s or '50s who rose to the rank of stardom. Only a rare man or woman reached the level of renown and admiration, and had enough audience appeal, to be the first name in a cast's billing, a name that got marquee posting. Charles Coburn comes to ...
Edmund John Kellaway September 26, 1877 in Wandsworth, London, England - September 6, 1959 (age 81) in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California (pneumonia and complications from a stroke) 5' 5"
59. Lionel Barrymore
Actor | Key Largo
Famed actor, composer, artist, author and director. His talents extended to the authoring of the novel "Mr. Cartonwine: A Moral Tale" as well as his autobiography. In 1944, he joined ASCAP, and composed "Russian Dances", "Partita", "Ballet Viennois", "The Woodman and the Elves", "Behind the Horizon...
Lionel Herbert Blythe April 28, 1878 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - November 15, 1954 (age 76) in Van Nuys, California (heart attack) 5' 11"
60. George M. Cohan
Soundtrack | The Phantom President
American composer, librettist, actor, dancer, author, director, and producer on the stage. Started his career in his family vaudeville shows, came to Broadway at the beginning of the 20th century. Was the composer of the American battle hymn of World War 1, 'Over There' Received the Congressional ...
George Michael Cohan July 3, 1878 in Providence, Rhode Island - November 5, 1942 (age 64) in New York City (cancer)
61. Joseph Stalin
Actor | Ostrov myortvykh
Joseph Stalin (a code name meaning "Man of Steel") was born Iosif (Joseph) Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili in 1878 in Gori, Georgia, the Transcaucasian part of the Russian Empire. His father was a cobbler named Vissarion Dzhugashvili, a drunkard who beat him badly and frequently and left the family ...
Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili December 18, 1878 in Gori, Tiflis Governorate, Russian Empire [now Republic of Georgia] - March 5, 1953 (age 74) in Moscow, Russian SFSR, USSR [now Russia] (cerebral hemorrhage) 5' 6"
62. E.M. Forster
Writer | Howards End
E.M. Forster was born on January 1, 1879 in London, England as Edward Morgan Forster. He was a writer, known for Howards End (1992), A Room with a View (1985) and The Machine Stops (2009). He died on June 7, 1970 in Coventry, Warwickshire, England.
Edward Morgan Forster January 1, 1879 in London, England - June 7, 1970 (age 91) in Coventry, Warwickshire, England
63. Albert Einstein
Self | Champagne for Caesar
Albert Einstein was born in Ulm, Kingdom of Württemberg, to a German Jewish family. He was the son of Pauline (Koch) and Hermann Einstein, a featherbed salesman. Albert began reading and studying science at a young age, and he graduated from a Swiss high school when he was 17. He then attended a ...
March 14, 1879 in Ulm, Baden-Württemberg, Germany - April 18, 1955 (age 76) in Princeton, New Jersey (abdominal aortic aneurysm) 5' 9"
64. Ethel Barrymore
Actress | None But the Lonely Heart
Ethel Barrymore was the second of three children seemingly destined for the actor's life of their parents Maurice and Georgiana. Maurice Barrymore had emigrated from England in 1875, and after graduating from Cambridge in law had shocked his family by becoming an actor. Georgiana Drew of ...
Ethel Mae Blythe August 15, 1879 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania June 18, 1959 (age 79) in Beverly Hills, California (heart condition) 5' 7"
65. Samuel Goldwyn
Producer | The Best Years of Our Lives
Famed for his relentless ambition, bad temper and genius for publicity, Samuel Goldwyn became Hollywood's leading "independent" producer -- largely because none of his partners could tolerate him for long. Born Shmuel (or Schmuel) Gelbfisz, probably in 1879, in the Jewish section of Warsaw, he was ...
Schmuel Gelbfisz August 17, 1879 in Warsaw, Poland, Russian Empire [now Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland] - January 31, 1974 (age 94) in Los Angeles, California (heart failure)
66. Max Schreck
Max Schreck was born in Berlin. He worked in an apprenticeship until his father's death before enrolling into a school for acting. He toured the country with his peers and was a member of several theaters until he became a part of Max Reinhardt's group of innovative German actors. He played mostly ...
Maximilian Schreck September 6, 1879 in Berlin, Germany - February 20, 1936 (age 56) in Munich, Bavaria, Germany (heart attack) 6' 3"
67. Jane Darwell
Actress | The Grapes of Wrath
Missouri-born Jane Darwell was born Patti Woodard, the daughter of William Robert Woodard, president of the Louisville Southern Railroad, and Ellen (Booth) Woodard, in Palmyra, Missouri, where she grew up on a ranch . She nursed ambitions to be an opera singer, but put it off because of her ...
Patti Mary Woodward October 15, 1879 in Palmyra, Missouri - August 13, 1967 (age 87) in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California (heart attack) 5' 6"
Actor | The Maltese Falcon
Sydney Greenstreet's father was a leather merchant with eight children. Sydney left home at age 18 to make his fortune as a Ceylon tea planter, but drought forced him out of business and back to England. He managed a brewery and, to escape boredom, took acting lessons. His stage debut was as a ...
Sydney Hughes Greenstreet December 27, 1879 in Sandwich, Kent, England - January 18, 1954 (age 74) in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California (effects of diabetes and nephritis) 5' 9"
69. Mack Sennett
Producer | The Good-Bye Kiss
Mack Sennett was born Michael Sinnott on January 17, 1880 in Danville, Quebec, Canada, to Irish immigrant farmers. When he was 17, his parents moved the family to East Berlin, Connecticut, and he became a laborer at American Iron Works, a job he continued when they moved to Northampton, ...
Michael Sinnott January 17, 1880 in Richmond, Québec, Canada - November 5, 1960 (age 80) in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California 6' 2"
70. W.C. Fields
Actor | It's a Gift
William Claude Dukenfield was the eldest of five children born to Cockney immigrant James Dukenfield and Philadelphia native Kate Felton. He went to school for four years, then quit to work with his father selling vegetables from a horse cart. At eleven, after many fights with his alcoholic father ...
William Claude Dukenfield January 29, 1880 in Darby, Pennsylvania - December 25, 1946 (age 66) in Pasadena, California (stomach hemorrhage) 5' 7"
71. Helen Keller
Writer | Whirlpool
Helen Keller contracted a virulent childhood disease which resulted in complete loss of sight and hearing at nineteen months. Her parents futilely sought help for her, as did family friend Alexander Graham Bell. Finally, when Keller was seven, Annie Sullivan, a young teacher, was hired by the ...
Helen Adams Keller June 27, 1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama - June 1, 1968 (age 87) in Easton, Connecticut 5' 7"
72. Tod Browning
Director | Dracula
Belonging to a well-situated family, Charles Browning fell in love at the age of 16 with a dancer of a circus. Following her began his itinerary of being clown, jockey and director of a variety theater which ended when he met D.W. Griffith and became an actor. He made his debut in Intolerance: ...
Charles Albert Browning July 12, 1880 in Louisville, Kentucky - October 6, 1962 (age 82) in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California (cancer)
73. Cecil B. DeMille
Producer | The Ten Commandments
His parents Henry C. DeMille and Beatrice DeMille were playwrights. His father died when he was 12, and his mother supported the family by opening a school for girls and a theatrical company. Too young to enlist in the Spanish-American War, Cecil followed his brother William C. de Mille to the New ...
Cecil Blount DeMille August 12, 1881 in Ashfield, Massachusetts - January 21, 1959 (age 77) in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California (heart ailment) 5' 10"
74. Pablo Picasso
Art_department | Something's Gotta Give
Pablo Picasso, one of the most recognized figures of 20th century art, who co-created such styles as Cubism and Surrealism, was also among most innovative, influential, and prolific artists of all time.
He was born Pablo Ruiz Picasso on October 6, 1881, in Malaga, Spain. He was the first child of ...
Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso October 25, 1881 in Málaga, Andalucía, Spain - April 8, 1973 (age 91) in Mougins, Alpes-Maritimes, France (lung and heart failure) 5' 4"
Writer | The President's Mystery
Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born on January 30, 1882, in Hyde Park, New York, to James and Sara Roosevelt. His father was 54 at the time of FDR's birth and already had a grown son, nicknamed "Rosy". Sarah was only 27 when FDR was born. Growing up, FDR had a happy but sheltered childhood. His ...
Franklin Delano Roosevelt January 30, 1882 in Hyde Park, New York - April 12, 1945 (age 63) in Warm Springs, Georgia (cerebral hemorrhage) 6' 2"
76. John Barrymore
Actor | Twentieth Century
John Barrymore was born John Sidney Blyth on February 15, 1882 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An American stage and screen actor whose rise to superstardom and subsequent decline is one of the legendary tragedies of Hollywood. A member of the most famous generation of the most famous theatrical ...
John Sidney Blyth February 15, 1882 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - May 29, 1942 (age 60) in Los Angeles, California (pneumonia and cirrhosis of the liver) 5' 10"
Soundtrack | Fantasia
Flamboyant, latterly white-maned, U.S. conductor known best for his popularization of classical music. (He is also known for teaching 'Mickey Mouse' a few things about music in Walt Disney's Fantasia (1940), in which Stokowski was featured with the Philadelphia Orchestra). He was a pioneer in the ...
Leopold Anthony Stokowski April 18, 1882 in Marylebone, London, England - September 13, 1977 (age 95) in Nether Wallop, Hampshire, England (heart attack)
78. James Gleason
Actor | Arsenic and Old Lace
James Gleason was born in New York City to William Gleason and Mina Crolius, who were both in the theatre. He was married to Lucile Gleason (born Lucile Webster), and had a son, Russell Gleason. As a young man James fought in the Spanish-American War. After the war he joined the stock company at ...
James Austin Gleason May 23, 1882 in New York City - April 12, 1959 (age 76) in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California (asthma) 5' 8"
79. Donald Crisp
Actor | How Green Was My Valley
Donald Crisp was born George William Crisp at the family home in Bow, London. Donald's parents were James Crisp and Elizabeth Crisp, his birth was registered by his mother on 4th September 1882. Donald's sisters were Elizabeth, Ann, Alice (known as Louisa) and Eliza and his brothers were James, ...
George William Crisp July 27, 1882 in Bow, London, England - May 25, 1974 (age 91) in Van Nuys, California (complications from multiple strokes) 5' 8½"
80. Bela Lugosi
Actor | Dracula
Bela Lugosi was born Béla Ferenc Dezsö Blaskó on October 20, 1882, Lugos, Hungary, Austria-Hungary (now Lugoj, Romania), to Paula de Vojnich and István Blaskó, a banker. He was the youngest of four children. During WWI, he volunteered and was commissioned as an infantry lieutenant, and was wounded ...
Béla Ferenc Dezsõ Blaskó October 20, 1882 in Lugos, Kingdom of Hungary, Austria-Hungary [now Lugoj, Timis County, Romania] - August 16, 1956 (age 73) in Los Angeles, California (heart attack) 6' 1"
81. Estelle Winwood
Actress | The Producers
When Estelle saw the girl on a white horse at the circus, she then decided that she wanted to be an actress. And she was from the age of 5, to the disapproval of her father. Her mother had her train with the Liverpool Repertory Company, and Estelle performed in many plays and many roles in the West...
Estelle Ruth Winwood Goodwin January 24, 1883 in Lee, Kent, England - June 20, 1984 (age 101) in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California
82. Lon Chaney
Actor | The Phantom of the Opera
Although his parents were deaf-mutes, Leonidas Chaney became an actor and also owner of a theatre company (together with his brother John). He made his debut at the movies in 1912, and his filmography is vast. Lon Chaney was especially famous for his horror parts in movies like e.g. Quasimodo in ...
Leonidas Frank Chaney April 1, 1883 in Colorado Springs, Colorado - August 26, 1930 (age 47) in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California (throat hemorrhage) 5' 7"
83. Walter Huston
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 ...
Walter Thomas Huston April 5, 1883 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada - April 7, 1950 (age 67) in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California (aneurysm) 6'
Actor | Robin Hood
Douglas Fairbanks was born Douglas Elton Thomas Ullman in Denver, Colorado, to Ella Adelaide (nee Marsh) and Hezekiah Charles Ullman, an attorney and native of Pennsylvania, who was a captain for the Union forces during the Civil War. Fairbanks' paternal grandparents were German Jewish immigrants, ...
Douglas Elton Thomas Ullman May 23, 1883 in Denver, Colorado - December 12, 1939 (age 56) in Santa Monica, California (heart attack) 5' 7"
85. Franz Kafka
Writer | Le procès
Franz Kafka was born into a German-speaking Jewish family in Prague, Austrian Empire, in 1883. His father, Hermann Kafka, was a business owner and a domestic tyrant, frequently abusing his son. Kafka later admitted to his father, "My writing was all about you...". He believed that his father broke ...
July 3, 1883 in Prague, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary [now in Czech Republic] - June 3, 1924 (age 40) in Kierling, Austria (lung tuberculosis) 5' 11¾"
86. Marion Lorne
Actress | Strangers on a Train
Forever embraced as the mumbling, bumbling Aunt Clara on the Bewitched (1964) television series, endearing character actress Marion Lorne had a five-decade-long career on the stage before ever becoming a familiar TV household name.
Born Marion Lorne MacDougall on August 12, 1883 (other sources list ...
Marion Lorne MacDougall August 12, 1883 in West Pittston, Pennsylvania - May 9, 1968 (age 84) in New York City (heart attack)
87. Burt Mustin
Actor | The Lusty Men
Burt Mustin was a salesman most of his life, but got his first taste of show business as the host of a weekly radio variety show on KDKA Pittsburgh in 1921. He appeared onstage in "Detective Story" at Sombrero Playhouse in Phoenix Arizona, and played the janitor in the movie version, (Detective ...
Burton Hill Mustin February 8, 1884 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - January 28, 1977 (age 92) in Glendale, California
88. Harry Langdon
Actor | The Chaser
Langdon first performed when he ran away from home at the age of 12-13 to join a travelling medicine show. In 1903 he scored a lasting success in vaudeville with an act called "Johnny's New Car" which he performed for twenty years. In 1923, he signed with Principal Pictures as a series star, but ...
June 15, 1884 in Council Bluffs, Iowa - December 22, 1944 (age 60) in Los Angeles, California (cerebral hemorrhage) 5' 7"
89. Emil Jannings
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 Passion (1919) and Quo Vadis? (1924), followed by The Last Laugh (1924)(aka The Last ...
Theodor Friedrich Emil Janenz July 23, 1884 in Rorschach, St. Gallen, Switzerland - January 2, 1950 (age 65) in Strobl, Salzburg, Austria (cancer) 6'
90. Billie Burke
Actress | The Wizard of Oz
Billie Burke was born Mary William Ethelbert Appleton Burke on August 7, 1885 in Washington, D.C. Her father was a circus clown, and as a child she toured the United States and Europe with the circus (before motion pictures and after the stage, circuses were the biggest form of entertainment in the...
Mary William Ethelbert Appleton Burke August 7, 1884 in Washington, District of Columbia - May 14, 1970 (age 85) in Los Angeles, California 5' 3"
91. Lionel Atwill
Actor | Captain Blood
Lionel Atwill was born into a wealthy family and was educated at London's prestigious Mercer School to become an architect, but his interest turned to the stage. He worked his way progressively into the craft and debuted at age 20 at the Garrick Theatre in London. He acted and improved regularly ...
Lionel Alfred William Atwill March 1, 1885 in Croydon, London, England - April 22, 1946 (age 61) in Pacific Palisades, California (pneumonia) 5' 10½"
92. Hedda Hopper
Actress | Sunset Blvd.
Her father was a butcher. In 1913 she met and married matinée idol DeWolf Hopper Sr. and in 1915 they moved to Hollywood, where both began active film careers. He became a star with Triangle Company, she began in vamp parts and turned to supporting roles. After her divorce she appeared in dozens of...
Elda Furry May 2, 1885 in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania - February 1, 1966 (age 80) in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California (double pneumonia) 5' 7"
Actor | Sunset Blvd.
Erich von Stroheim was born Erich Oswald Stroheim in 1885, in Vienna, Austria, to Johanna (Bondy), from Prague, and Benno Stroheim, a hatter from Gleiwitz, Germany (now Gliwice, Poland). His family was Jewish.
After spending some time working in his father's hat factory, he emigrated to America ...
Erich Oswald Stroheim September 22, 1885 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary [now Austria] - May 12, 1957 (age 71) in Maurepas, Yvelines, France (cancer) 5' 7"
94. George S. Patton
Self | Nazi Concentration Camps
George S. Patton III was a highly successful and highly controversial general who held Corps- and Army-level commands during World War II. Because of his great competence as a battlefield commander, Patton might have led the American troops during the invasion of Normandy; however, his impolitic ...
George Smith Patton Jr. November 11, 1885 in San Gabriel, California - December 21, 1945 (age 60) in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany (road accident) 6' 1½"
95. Charles Ruggles
Actor | Murder in the Private Car
Charles Ruggles had one of the longest careers in Hollywood, lasting more than 50 years and encompassing more than 100 films. He made his film debut in 1914 in The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914) and worked steadily after that. He was memorably paired with Mary Boland in a series of comedies in the ...
Charles Sherman Ruggles February 8, 1886 in Los Angeles, California - December 23, 1970 (age 84) in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California (cancer) 5' 8"
96. 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 ...
Asa Yoelson May 26, 1886 in Srednik, Kovno Governorate, Russian Empire [now Seredzius, Lithuania] - October 23, 1950 (age 64) in San Francisco, California (heart attack) 5' 8"
97. Leo G. Carroll
Actor | North by Northwest
One of the most indispensable of character actors, Leo G. Carroll was already involved in the business of acting as a schoolboy in Gilbert & Sullivan productions. Aged 16, he portrayed an old man in 'Liberty Hall'. In spite of the fact, that he came from a military family, and , perhaps, because of...
Leo Gratten Carroll October 25, 1886 in Weedon Bec, Northamptonshire, England - October 16, 1972 (age 85) in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California (pneumonia brought on by cancer) 5' 10"
98. Ed Wynn
Actor | Alice in Wonderland
An old-fashioned comedian, who, by recommendation by his son Keenan Wynn, became one of the world's most beloved clowns, and one of the best actors of his time. He was born on November 9, 1886. He performed in the Ziegfeld Follies, and later had a son Keenan in 1916. He later wrote his own shows, ...
Isaiah Edwin Leopold November 9, 1886 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - June 19, 1966 (age 79) in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California (esophageal cancer) 6'
99. Victor McLaglen
Actor | The Quiet Man
Rambunctious British leading man (contrary to popular belief, he was of Scottish ancestry, not Irish) and later character actor primarily in American films, Victor McLaglen was a vital presence in a number of great motion pictures, especially those of director John Ford. McLaglen (pronounced ...
Victor Andrew de Bier Everleigh McLaglen December 10, 1886 in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England - November 7, 1959 (age 72) in Newport Beach, California (heart attack) 6' 3"
100. Michael Curtiz
Director | Casablanca
Curtiz began acting in and then directing films in his native Hungary in 1912. After WWI, he continued his filmmaking career in Austria and Germany and into the early 1920s when he directed films in other countries in Europe. Moving to the US in 1926, he started making films in Hollywood for Warner...
Manó Kertész Kaminer December 24, 1886 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary [now Hungary] -April 10, 1962 (age 75) in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California (cancer) 5' 9"