Date of Death between 1939-01-01 and 1939-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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1. Douglas Fairbanks

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, ...

2. Alice Brady

Actress | My Man Godfrey

Alice Brady was born in New York City on November 2, 1892. She was interested in the stage from childhood, as her father was famed Broadway producer William A. Brady. After a few stage productions, Alice was discovered by movie producers in New York, since this was the film capital at the time. Her...

3. Claude Gillingwater

Actor | A Tale of Two Cities

A man so disagreeable on celluloid, Claude Gillingwater's characters seemed to subsist on a steady diet of persimmons. Fondly recalled as the cranky old skinflint whose seemingly cold heart could only be warmed by the actions of a cute little tyke, the tall and rangy Gillingwater invariably played ...

4. Beryl Mercer

Actress | The Little Princess

Too short to be a leading lady, Beryl Mercer had a very active and productive career playing motherly characters. She played opposite great leading men, such as Colin Clive, Robert Montgomery, James Cagney, Gary Cooper, Leslie Howard, Spencer Tracy, and Randolph Scott. She also played Queen ...

5. Lois Weber

Director | Suspense

Lois Weber, who had been a street-corner evangelist before entering motion pictures in 1905, became the first American woman movie director of note, and a major one at that. Herbert Blaché, the husband of Frenchwoman Alice Guy, the first woman to direct a motion picture (and arguably, the first ...

6. 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, ...

7. Carl Laemmle

Bride of Frankenstein

The roots of Universal Pictures can rightfully be traced back to 1906 when Carl Laemmle returned home to Chicago after a stint as a bookkeeper in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and opened up a chain of nickelodeons. This in turn led to the ambitious 39-year-old organizing a film exchange network he boldly ...

8. Owen Moore

Actor | Betty in Search of a Thrill

Born in 1886, virile and dashing silent screen idol Owen Moore, equipped with incredibly handsome reddish and ruddy features, came to America with his family from Ireland at age 11. After some stage work, he entered films at the Biograph Studio in 1908 and appeared in many of D.W. Griffith's early ...

9. Tom Ricketts

Director | The Secretary of Frivolous Affairs

Born in London, England, in 1853, prolific actor/director (300+ credits) Tom Ricketts is mostly forgotten today, but his chief claim to fame is that he directed the first motion picture shot in Hollywood.

Ricketts began his show-business career as an actor on the London stage, and gained a ...

10. George Fawcett

Actor | Burn 'Em Up Barnes

A grand, stoic presence of the silent screen, George Fawcett was an immensely popular stage thespian both here and in London at the turn of the century. During his heyday his eloquence rivaled that of both Lionel Barrymore and John Barrymore. A graduate of the University of Virginia, he was a ...

11. Etienne Girardot

Actor | The Kennel Murder Case

Etienne Girardot was born on February 22, 1856 in London, England. He was an actor, known for The Kennel Murder Case (1933), The Garden Murder Case (1936) and The Whole Town's Talking (1935). He was married to Dr. Violetta Shelton. He died on November 10, 1939 in Hollywood, California, USA.

12. Phillips Smalley

Director | The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

Phillips Smalley was born on August 7, 1875 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Phillips Wendell Smalley. He was a director and actor, known for The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1917), The Merchant of Venice (1914) and Eyes That See Not (1912). He was married to Phyllis Lorraine Ephlin and Lois Weber. He ...

13. Jameson Thomas

Actor | The Farmer's Wife

On the British stage from his teens, he first appeared as a half-breed boy in "The Squaw Man." His screen debut was in 1923 in the film "Chu Chin Chow." Dissatisfied with the British film industry, he moved to Hollywood and played a number of minor roles up to the time of his death. On the English ...

14. Ford Sterling

Actor | Yankee Doodle in Berlin

Ford Sterling was born on November 3, 1883 in La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA as George Ford Stich. He was an actor and director, known for Yankee Doodle in Berlin (1919), The Show-Off (1926) and Wild Oranges (1924). He was married to Teddy Sampson. He died on October 13, 1939 in Los Angeles, California,...

15. Marie Hemingway

Actress | The Second Mrs. Tanqueray

Marie Hemingway was born on March 3, 1889 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England as Marie Foster Hemingway. She was an actress, known for The Second Mrs. Tanqueray (1916), A Master of Men (1917) and Follow the Lady (1933). She was married to Claude Rains. She died on June 7, 1939 in Sandgate, Kent, England.

16. Mary Foy

Actress | The White Rose

Mary Foy was born on August 9, 1872 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA as Lena Mary Hank. She was an actress, known for The White Rose (1923), The Headless Horseman (1922) and Sally in Our Alley (1916). She was married to Patrick Foy. She died in 1939 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

17. Sigmund Freud

Writer | The Ego and the Id

Austrian neurologist and 'father of psychoanalysis'. Freud was born to Jacob Freud, a Jewish wool merchant, and Amalia (neé Nathansohn). The family settled in Vienna when Freud was young. In 1873 he started medicine at the University of Vienna, at which time he adopted the shortened form of his ...

18. Zane Grey

Writer | The Last Duane

Born Pearl Zane Gray on January 31, 1872, in Zanesville, Ohio--a town founded by his mother's family--famed western novelist Zane Grey was an athlete and outdoorsman from an early age, with his main interests being fishing and baseball. He attended the University of Pennsylvania on a baseball ...

19. Jack Duffy

Actor | The Stage Hand

Jack Duffy was born on September 4, 1882 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA. He was an actor, known for The Stage Hand (1920), Love Takes Flight (1937) and The Adventures of Peg o' the Ring (1916). He died on July 23, 1939 in Hollywood, California, USA.

20. Caryll Ann Ekelund

The Blue Bird

Caryll Ann Ekelund was born on May 6, 1935 in Cottonwood, California, USA. She was an actress, known for The Blue Bird (1940). She died on November 3, 1939 in Los Angeles, California.

21. James Parrott

Director | Sous les verrous

Hal Roach hired him in the early 20's as a comedian called Paul Parrott but his talent was as a film director. He was also a good writer turning out many scripts for Laurel and Hardy and directed 22 of their films, more than any other of their directors. His first film with them was the silent ...

22. Clare Greet

Actress | Lord Camber's Ladies

Clare Greet was born on June 14, 1871 in Leicestershire, England as Clara Greet. She was an actress and producer, known for Lord Camber's Ladies (1932), Mrs. Dane's Defence (1933) and Love at the Wheel (1921). She died on February 14, 1939 in London, England.

24. 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...

25. Helen Ware

Actress | The Virginian

Helen Ware was born on October 15, 1877 in San Francisco, California, USA as Helen Remer. She was an actress, known for The Virginian (1929), The Garden of Allah (1916) and Flaming Gold (1932). She was married to Frederick Burt. She died on January 25, 1939 in Carmel, California.

26. Gus Leonard

Actor | Wurra-Wurra

Gus Leonard was born on February 4, 1859 in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France as Amédée Théodore Gaston Lerond. He was an actor, known for Wurra-Wurra (1916), Mush and Milk (1933) and Coney Island (1928). He died on March 27, 1939 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

27. Gladys Frazin

Actress | The Winning Oar

Gladys Frazin was born on June 21, 1900 in Chicago, Illinois. She began her career on the New York stage. In 1918 she married theatrical agent Leo Lowenstein. Their son, Leo Jr, was born two years later. Gladys starred on Broadway in The Masked Woman and toured the country in White Cargo. She ...

28. Hayes Robinson

Actor | Shameful Behavior?

Hayes Robinson was born on April 11, 1893 in Galveston, Texas, USA as Hayes E. Robertson. He was an actor, known for Shameful Behavior? (1926), I Spy (1955) and Wild Beauty (1927). He died on February 25, 1939 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

29. Bobby Vernon

Actor | Bulldog Drummond

Bobby Vernon was born in the U.S. in 1897, was trained in Vaudeville and became a talented comic in the silent era. He began working in 1913, appearing in Lon Chaney's Almost an Actress (1913) and later worked for Mack Sennett, who teamed him up with young Gloria Swanson in 9 comedies between 1916 ...

30. Frank McGlynn Jr.

Actor | Bar 20 Rides Again

Frank McGlynn Jr. was born on July 9, 1904 in Marin County, California, USA. He was an actor, known for Bar 20 Rides Again (1935), Hop-a-Long Cassidy (1935) and Custer's Last Stand (1936). He died on March 29, 1939 in Los Angeles, California.

31. Anna Murdock

Actress | Please Help Emily

Anna Murdock was born on November 10, 1890 in Port Washington, Long Island, New York, USA as Irene Ann Coleman. She was an actress, known for Please Help Emily (1917), My Wife (1918) and The Impostor (1918). She was married to Leone Colleoni (hotelier), Hallam Keep Williams and Harry Carson Powers ...

32. William Butler Yeats

Writer | Dancing at Lughnasa

William Butler Yeats was born on June 13, 1865 in Sandymount, County Dublin, Ireland, UK. He was a writer, known for Dancing at Lughnasa (1998), Colette (2018) and Words Upon the Window Pane (1994). He was married to Georgiana Hyde-Lees. He died on January 28, 1939 in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France.

33. Ivan Mozzhukhin

Actor | L'angoissante aventure

Ivan Mozzhukhin was a legendary actor of Russian silent films, who escaped execution by the Soviet Red Army and had a stellar career in Europe.

He was born Ivan Ilyich Mozzhukhin on September 26, 1889, in the village of Kondol, Saratov province, Russia (now Penza province, Russia). His father was ...

34. James P. Burtis

Actor | The Return of Jimmy Valentine

James P. Burtis was born on May 12, 1893 in Emporia, Kansas, USA. He was an actor, known for The Return of Jimmy Valentine (1936), The Hurricane Express (1932) and The Mystery Man (1935). He died on July 24, 1939 in California, USA.

35. Sirkka Sari

Actress | Niskavuoren naiset

Sirkka Sari was born on May 1, 1920 in Raivola, Finland as Sirkka Linnéa Jahnsson. She was an actress, known for Women of Niskavuori (1938), Rikas tyttö (1939) and Sysmäläinen (1938). She died on July 30, 1939 in Aulanko, Finland.

36. Maude Truax

Actress | The Midnight Adventure

Maude Truax was born on November 7, 1884 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She was an actress, known for The Midnight Adventure (1928), Ten Modern Commandments (1927) and Dancing Man (1934). She was married to Hugh Boswell. She died on September 6, 1939 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

37. Mrs. Tom Ricketts

Actress | The House of a Thousand Scandals

Mrs. Tom Ricketts was born on September 7, 1868 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Josephine Ditt. She was an actress, known for The House of a Thousand Scandals (1915), The Secretary of Frivolous Affairs (1915) and Damaged Goods (1914). She was married to Tom Ricketts. She died on October 18, 1939 in ...

38. Ford Madox Ford

Writer | Parade's End

He had been caught in a gas attack in battle in France in World War I while serving as an officer in a Welsh infantry regiment. He was badly injured, resulting in his having breathing problems for the rest of his life. He was at a clinic in Deauville, France, for treatment in 1939 when he died.

39. Gordon Hamilton

Actor | Love Without Question

Gordon Hamilton was born on May 16, 1882 in Coytesville, New Jersey, USA as Gordon George Hamilton. He was an actor, known for Love Without Question (1920). He was married to Josephine. He died on January 16, 1939 in Fort Lee, New Jersey.

41. Sydney Jarvis

Actor | Climbing the Golden Stairs

Sydney Jarvis was born on January 11, 1878 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He was an actor, known for Climbing the Golden Stairs (1929), Loose Ankles (1930) and Footlights and Fools (1929). He was married to Virginia Dare. He died on June 6, 1939 in Hollywood, California, USA.

42. Alice Belcher

Actress | Mistaken Orders

Alice Belcher was born on April 12, 1880 in New York, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for Mistaken Orders (1925), Second Hand Rose (1922) and Pals First (1926). She was married to Harold Christie. She died on May 9, 1939 in Hollywood, California, USA.

43. Morton Selten

Actor | Shipyard Sally

Morton Selten was born on January 6, 1860 in Marlborough, England as Morton Richard Selten Stubbs. He was an actor, known for Shipyard Sally (1939), Ten Minute Alibi (1935) and Juggernaut (1936). He was married to Dora Blanche Pennell and Kate Pattison (actress). He died on July 27, 1939 in London,...

44. Monte Vandergrift

Actor | California Straight Ahead!

Monte Vandergrift was born on January 12, 1893 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He was an actor, known for California Straight Ahead! (1937), Television Spy (1939) and The Phantom Creeps (1939). He was married to Norma Leslie. He died on July 29, 1939 in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, ...

45. Charles Mintz

Producer | Holiday Land

Charles Mintz was born on November 5, 1889 in Pennsylvania, USA. He was a producer, known for Holiday Land (1934), The Little Match Girl (1937) and Fantasy (1927). He was married to M.J. Winkler. He died on December 30, 1939 in Beverly Hills, California, USA.

46. 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.

47. Jack Osterman

Actor | Wolves

Jack Osterman was born on April 8, 1902 in Toledo, Ohio, USA as Jack Rosenthal. He died on June 8, 1939 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA.

48. Robert Gleckler

Actor | The Glass Key

Robert Gleckler was born on January 11, 1887 in Pierre, South Dakota, USA. He was an actor, known for The Glass Key (1935), Dante's Inferno (1935) and I'd Give My Life (1936). He was married to Adelaide Kendall and Norma Phillips. He died on February 25, 1939 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

49. Ma Rainey

Soundtrack | Repo Man

Blues musician, with such songs as "Slave to the Blues," "Jelly Bean Blues," "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" , and "Bo Weevil Blues." She was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

50. Chester Withey

Director | The Devil's Needle

On 6 February of 1937, writer, actor and pioneer movie director, Chet Withey was critically injured in Santa Monica after stepping out from behind a trolley car and into the path of an oncoming automobile. Press reports at the time were pessimistic about his survival. Whether this accident was the ...


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