Date of Death between 1952-01-01 and 1952-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
Actress | Gone with the Wind
After working as early as the 1910s as a band vocalist, Hattie McDaniel debuted as a maid in The Golden West (1932). Her maid-mammy characters became steadily more assertive, showing up first in Judge Priest (1934) and becoming pronounced in Alice Adams (1935). In this one, directed by George ...
2. Curly Howard
Actor | Oily to Bed, Oily to Rise
Jerome "Curly" Howard, the rotund, bald Stooge with the high voice was the most popular member of The Three Stooges. His first stage experience was as a comedic conductor for the Orville Knapp Band in 1928. Curly joined The Three Stooges in 1932, replacing his brother Shemp Howard. He made more ...
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,...
4. 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...
5. 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, ...
Actor | Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
J. Farrell MacDonald was born on April 14, 1875 in Waterbury, Connecticut, USA as Joseph Farrell MacDonald. He was an actor and director, known for Sunrise (1927), Meet John Doe (1941) and The Last Alarm (1940). He was married to Edith Bostwick. He died on August 2, 1952 in Hollywood, California, ...
Actor | The Lady Vanishes
Though thoroughly British, actor Basil Radford actually began his film career in a couple of US films. Born in Chester, England, he made his stage debut in 1922 and continued to focus on the theatre until director Alfred Hitchcock memorably teamed Radford with actor Naunton Wayne in one of his ...
8. Eva Perón
Actress | La cabalgata del circo
Eva María Duarte was born into a small poor village, Los Toldos. When she was still a child she always knew she wanted to break out and get more than the others from her life. She wanted to become an actress. At the age of 15, she seduced the singer Agustín Magaldi to take her with him on his ...
9. Hugh Herbert
Actor | Sh! The Octopus
Former stage actor and playwright - he wrote over 150 plays and vaudeville sketches - Hugh Herbert went in the early 30s to Hollywood as comedian. In the 30s he worked mostly for Warner, impersonating often eccentric millionaires, tycoons and dimwitted professors, in a few movies he collaborated on...
10. Leslie Banks
Actor | The Man Who Knew Too Much
Leslie Banks was born on June 9, 1890 in West Derby, England as Leslie James Banks. He was an actor, known for The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934), The Most Dangerous Game (1932) and Haunted Honeymoon (1940). He was married to Gwendoline Haldane Unwin. He died on April 21, 1952 in London, England.
11. 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 (1950) and Jet Pilot (1957). He was married to Mary Hay Barthelmess. He died on May 26, 1952 in Santa Monica, California, USA.
12. Canada Lee
Actor | Lifeboat
Lee played Danny (opposite of Hilda Simms, who played Anna) in Anna Lucasta on Broadway in 1944. Anna Lucasta was the first non-black written play performed by an all black cast on Broadway. He became an actor after careers as a jockey, boxer and musician. Lee was a civil rights activist, following...
13. Elmo Lincoln
Actor | Tarzan of the Apes
He was the first Tarzan. A former Arkansas peace officer, Elmo Linkenhelt worked in D.W. Griffith's "The Battle of Elderbush Gulch" (1912). In a fight scene his shirt was partially torn off, displaying his powerful chest. Griffith noticed, called him over, and told him "That's quite a chest you ...
14. Edward Ellis
Actor | The Thin Man
Character actor in films, often portraying strident types, he is best remembered cast as "The Thin Man" (actually, "Wynant") of the hit 1934 MGM film. He Ellis was active on Broadway as an actor, producer and playwright from 1905-32 (see "Other Works"). He died in Beverly Hills, CA at age 81 in ...
15. Polly Moran
Actress | Chasing Rainbows
She was one rowdy, no-holds-barred entertainer. Comedienne Polly Moran was considered second only to perhaps Louise Fazenda as Mack Sennett's funniest lady during her silent-era heyday. Born in 1883, Polly was made for vaudeville, touring all over the world, notably Europe. Sennett snapped her up ...
16. Duke York
Actor | Flash Gordon
Duke York Jr. has a long resume as one of Hollywood's best stunt men. He is still often seen on TV today although audiences may not recognize him. He is most often seen today as the various "monsters" that confronted The Three Stooges during the 1940s, and as King Kala (wearing a bald cap) in the ...
Actress | Lord Camber's Ladies
Gertrude Lawrence was born on July 4, 1898 in London, England as Gertrude Alexandria Dagmar Lawrence-Klasen. She was an actress, known for Lord Camber's Ladies (1932), Rembrandt (1936) and The Glass Menagerie (1950). She was married to Richard Aldrich and Francis Gordon-Howley. She died on ...
18. Ralph Byrd
Actor | Dick Tracy
Handsome, hairy-chested Ralph Byrd had an 18 year career in Hollywood both as a leading man and as a character actor, though he is best remembered for his role as Chester Gould's comic strip detective, Dick Tracy, in several movie serials and on television (first for ABC and then in a syndicated ...
19. King George VI
Soundtrack | The Autobiography of a 'Jeep'
Albert Fredrick Arthur George was born on December 14, 1895 to the future King George V and Queen Mary who was born a Princess of Teck. It was the anniversary of the death of Queen Victoria's husband Albert the Prince Consort, his great-grandfather, so it was obvious that his name would start with ...
20. Walter Long
Actor | Pardon Us
Early in his career Walter Long was married to Luray Huntley, an actress for D.W. Griffith's stock company. Huntley and Long performed together in several of Griffith's films, including Traffic in Souls (1913), Let Katie Do It (1916), and Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916). ...
21. Alison Skipworth
Actress | Six of a Kind
In her younger days, auburn-haired Alison Skipworth had been a celebrated patrician beauty. She was the favorite model of English artist Frank Markham Skipworth (1854-1929) who would later become her husband. A physician's daughter, Alison did not make her professional acting debut until the age of...
22. Roland West
Director | The Monster
Roland West was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and became an actor in the theater and on the vaudeville stage. He got his start in the film industry in New York City around 1915, forming several production companies to shoot films there. He later worked as general manager of production for producer ...
Actor | Foreign Correspondent
Classically-trained actor, former chemist, whose formative years on the stage were spent in Bern (Switzerland) and, from 1909, the Deutsches Theater Berlin under Max Reinhardt's direction. Specialised in Shakespearean roles ('Richard III', 'Hamlet') and was a famous interpreter of the plays of ...
24. Dick Curtis
Actor | Racing Luck
Tall, hulking character actor Dick Curtis spent years at Columbia Pictures menacing everyone from cowboy star Charles Starrett to the slapstick team of The Three Stooges. Curtis, unlike many movie villains, showed a genuine flair for comedy--especially physical comedy--in his many appearances in ...
Ray Mala hailed from Alaska, and portrayed Inuits and also Hawaiian characters in films. He appeared in more than 25 movies, such as Eskimo (1933), Last of the Pagans (1935)--based on the book "Typee" by Herman Melville-- The Great Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (1938), from which a 29-cent postal ...
26. Jack Conway
Director | Viva Villa!
Born Hugh Ryan Conway of Irish ancestry, Jack Conway was one of a team of MGM contract directors (others included Sam Wood and Robert Z. Leonard), who forsook any pretense to a specific individual style in favor of working within the strictures set forth by studio management--as embodied by Irving ...
27. Gregory La Cava
Director | Stage Door
A former cartoonist, Gregory La Cava entered films during WWI as an animator for Walter Lantz on such animated films as "The Katzenjammer Kids" series. Hired by the Hearst Corp. as the editor-in-chief for its International Comic Films division, La Cava switched to live-action films in the 1920s and...
29. Eddie Laughton
Actor | Girls of the Road
Eddie Laughton was born on June 20, 1903 in Sheffield, Yorkshire [now South Yorkshire], England as Edgar Hugh Loughton. He was an actor, known for Girls of the Road (1940), Highway Patrol (1938) and My Son Is a Criminal (1939). He was married to Mary Eaton, Dorothea M. Appel and Lytha M. Pratt ...
30. Fannie Ward
Actress | The Cheat
Fannie Ward was a star of light comedies on Broadway and in vaudeville. Internationally famous, she was at the height of her career in the first decade of the 20th century. She debuted on Broadway at 19 in "Pippino" (1890). She went on to starring roles in "The Marriage of William Ashe", "Madam ...
31. George Magrill
Actor | Snowed In
George Magrill was born on January 5, 1900 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. He is known for his work on Snowed In (1926), Red Barry (1938) and The Three Musketeers (1933). He was married to Ramona Oliver. He died on May 31, 1952 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
32. Ethel Wales
Actress | The Monster
Ethel Wales was born on April 4, 1878 in Passaic, New Jersey, USA. She was an actress, known for The Monster (1925), Klondike (1932) and Tom Sawyer (1930). She was married to John W. Stockton and Wellington Wales. She died on February 15, 1952 in Hollywood, California, USA.
Actor | The Abysmal Brute
Charles K. French was born on January 17, 1860 in Columbus, Ohio, USA as Charles Edward Krauss. He was an actor and director, known for The Abysmal Brute (1923), The Last Warning (1928) and The Crimson Trail (1935). He was married to Doris Herbert, Isabelle Gurton and Helen French. He died on ...
Writer | Casablanca
Is the grandfather of Anya Epstein and her brother, Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein (the youngest GM in baseball history, who built the 2004 team than won the first Red Sox World Series victory since 1918, reversing the so-called "curse of the Bambino").
36. George Reed
Actor | Huckleberry Finn
George Reed was born on November 27, 1866 in Macon, Georgia, USA as George Henry Reed. He was an actor, known for Huckleberry Finn (1920), The River of Romance (1929) and The Jungle Goddess (1922). He died on November 6, 1952 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.
37. Bruce Mitchell
Director | Three Miles Up
Bruce Mitchell was born on November 16, 1880 in Freeport, Illinois, USA as James Bruce Mitchell. He was an actor and director, known for Three Miles Up (1927), Speed Madness (1925) and Sheer Luck (1931). He died on September 26, 1952 in Hollywood, California, USA.
Actor | The Gates of Eden
Augustus Phillips was born on August 1, 1874 in Rensselaer, Indiana, USA. He was an actor, known for The Gates of Eden (1916), The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere (1914) and The Birth of the Star Spangled Banner (1914). He was married to Mildred Manning. He died on September 16, 1952 in Milford, ...
40. Harlan Briggs
Actor | Dodsworth
Harlan Briggs was born on August 17, 1879 in Blissfield, Michigan, USA as Harlan Paul Briggs. He is known for his work on Dodsworth (1936), My Pal Trigger (1946) and The Bank Dick (1940). He was married to Merle Ione Weeks, Viola Marguerite Scott and Mary E. Brockway. He died on January 26, 1952 in...
41. Vincent Scotto
Soundtrack | Wonder Woman
Vincent Scotto was born on April 21, 1874 in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France. He was a composer, known for Wonder Woman (2017), The Quiet American (2002) and From Paris with Love (2010). He was married to Marguerite Monier. He died on November 15, 1952 in Paris, France.
42. J.P. McGowan
Director | Hills of Missing Men
J.P. McGowan was born on February 24, 1880 in Terowie, South Australia, Australia as John Paterson McGowan. He was a director and actor, known for Hills of Missing Men (1922), The Hurricane Express (1932) and The Lost Express (1917). He was married to Mrs. Kaye Swart Northrop, Helen Holmes and ...
43. John Sheehan
Actor | The Criminal Code
John Sheehan was born on October 22, 1885 in Oakland, California, USA. He was an actor, known for The Criminal Code (1930), Hidden Enemy (1940) and Island Captives (1937). He was married to Blanche Morris Roberts. He died on February 14, 1952 in Calabasas, California.
45. Edward Biby
Assistant Director | A Love Riot
Edward Biby was born on August 8, 1886 in Pinckneyville, Illinois, USA. He was an actor and assistant director, known for A Love Riot (1916), Her Marble Heart (1916) and Racketeer Round-up (1934). He died on October 3, 1952 in Ventura, California, USA.
46. Alice Fleming
Actress | The Conquest of Canaan
Alice Fleming was born on August 9, 1882 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for The Conquest of Canaan (1921), Tucson Raiders (1944) and Silas Marner (1922). She was married to William Day. She died on December 6, 1952 in New York City, New York.
48. Knut Hamsun
Writer | Poslední radost
Norwegian novelist Knut Hamsun was born to a poor family and sent to live with an uncle, a commercial fisherman. He grew up without any formal schooling. Hamsun left Norway for the U.S. twice: once in 1882, and again in 1886. Each time he stayed in the U.S. for two years, holding various jobs ...
49. William Fox
Producer | 7th Heaven
Starting at the age 8 he had a series of jobs before starting his own business in 1900, which was sold to buy a Brooklyn nickelodeon in 1904. As the new owner with an empty house, Fox hired a coin manipulator and a barker to attract patrons into the dark 146-seat theatre. Once audiences adequately ...
50. Olin Francis
Actor | Lightning Range
Olin Francis was born on September 13, 1891 in Mooreville, Mississippi, USA as Olin Caldwell Francis. He was an actor, known for Lightning Range (1933), Pioneers of the West (1927) and Two Gun Justice (1938). He died on June 30, 1952 in Hollywood, California, USA.