Birth Date between 1888-01-01 and 1888-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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1. Gladys Cooper

Actress | My Fair Lady

Gladys Cooper was the daughter of journalist William Frederick Cooper and his wife Mabel Barnett. As a child she was very striking and was used as a photographic model beginning at six years old. She wanted to become an actress and started on that road in 1905 after being discovered by Seymour ...

2. Harpo Marx

Actor | A Night at the Opera

With the big, poofy, curly red hair, a top hat, and a horn, the lovable mute was the favorite of the Marx Brothers. Though chasing woman was a favorite routine of his in the movies, Harpo was a devoted father and husband. He adopted the mute routine in vaudeville and carried it over to the films. ...

3. F.W. Murnau

Director | Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

F.W. Murnau was a German film director. He was greatly influenced by Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Shakespeare and Ibsen plays he had seen at the age of 12, and became a friend of director Max Reinhardt. During World War I he served as a company commander at the eastern front and was in the German air ...

4. Maurice Chevalier

Soundtrack | The Love Parade

Maurice Chevalier's first working job was as an acrobat, until a serious accident ended that career. He turned his talents to singing and acting, and made several short films in France. During World War I he enlisted in the French army. He was wounded in battle, captured and placed in a POW camp by...

5. Barry Fitzgerald

Actor | The Quiet Man

One of Hollywood's finest character actors and most accomplished scene stealers, Barry Fitzgerald was born William Joseph Shields in 1888 in Dublin, Ireland. Educated to enter the banking business, the diminutive Irishman with the irresistible brogue was bitten by the acting bug in the 1920s and ...

6. Hank Patterson

Actor | Green Acres

Hank Patterson was born in Springville, Alabama to Green and Mary Newton Patterson. Hank's great-grandfather, James Pearson, was an original settler of St. Clair County, AL as was his mother's great-grandfather, Thomas Newton. Between 1894 & 1897, the family left AL to live in Taylor, Texas, where ...

7. Paul Hurst

Actor | Gone with the Wind

American character actor of prodigious output who also directed and wrote silent films, Paul Hurst spent much of his early work in low-budget western. A native of Traver, California (in the San Joaquin Valley), Hurst had a first-hand knowledge of Western lore, growing up surrounded by the ...

8. Jack Holt

Actor | Cat People

Staunch, granite-jawed American leading man of silent and early talkie films, much associated with Westerns. A native of New York City, Holt often claimed to have been born in Winchester, Virginia, where he grew up. The son of an Episcopal minister, he attended Trinity School in Manhattan, then the...

9. Anna Q. Nilsson

Actress | Sunset Blvd.

Anna Quirentia Nilsson, popularly known as "Anna Q", who was born on March 30th, 1888, in Ystad, Sweden, emigrated to the United States in 1905. The 5'7" Nilsson used her blonde beauty to become a famous model for well-known fashion photographers and fine artists. In 1907 she was chosen the most ...

10. Robert Woolsey

Actor | So This Is Africa

At the age of 7, his father died, leaving his mother and her six children in poverty, of the children, 4 died in early years. To earn some money to support the family, Robert took odd jobs, before becoming a jockey. This career ended when the horse, Pink Star, the future Kentucky Derby winner of ...

11. Monty Woolley

Actor | The Man Who Came to Dinner

Large and hearty Monty Woolley was born to privilege on August 17, 1888, the son of a hotel proprietor who owned the Marie Antoinette Hotel on Broadway. A part of Manhattan's elite social circle at a young age, he studied at both Yale (Master's degree) and Harvard and returned to Yale as an English...

12. Cathleen Nesbitt

Actress | An Affair to Remember

Diminutive, genteel Cathleen Nesbitt was a grand dame of the theatre on both sides of the Atlantic in a career spanning seven decades. Among almost 300 roles on stage, she excelled at comic portrayals of sophisticated socialites and elegant mothers. Hollywood used her, whenever a gentler, sweeter ...

13. Lotte Lehmann

Soundtrack | The Day of the Locust

Lotte Lehmann was born on February 27, 1888 in Perleberg, Germany. She was an actress, known for The Day of the Locust (1975), Big City (1948) and Wäsche - Waschen - Wohlergehen (1932). She was married to Otto Krause-Jakobowitz. She died on August 26, 1976 in Santa Barbara, California, USA.

14. Porter Hall

Actor | Double Indemnity

For over two decades, Porter Hall made a career out of playing villains and pompous, unpleasant people. His movie career was not a mirror of his real life, however. Mr. Hall was well known as a generous and outgoing person who was well-liked by almost everybody he knew. It is ironic that the role ...

15. Raymond Chandler

Writer | Double Indemnity

An American novelist, writer of crime fiction featuring the private detective Philip Marlowe, Raymond (Thornton) Chandler was born in Chicago of an American father and an Anglo-Irish mother. He moved to England when his parents divorced. He attended Dulwich College and studied languages in France ...

16. Will Hay

Actor | Oh, Mr. Porter!

William Thompson Hay was probably one of the most versatile of entertainers. He was not only a character comedian of the first rank, but was also an astronomer of high repute - he discovered the spot on the planet Saturn in 1933 - and a fully qualified air pilot; he was once an engineer. Born at ...

17. Max Steiner

Composer | The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Austrian composer who achieved legendary status as the creator of hundreds of classic American film scores. As a child he was astonishingly musically gifted, composing complex works as a teenager and completing the course of study at Vienna's Hochschule fuer Musik und Darstellende Kunst in only one...

18. Florence Bates

Actress | Rebecca

The American character actress, Florence Rabe, was the daughter of an antique store owner. She gained a degree in Mathematics from the University of Texas in 1906 and went on to a career in teaching and social work. She changed course after being persuaded by a friend to study law, and, passing her...

19. Edith Evans

Actress | Tom Jones

Edith Evans was the greatest actress on the English stage in the 20th century, treading the boards for over half-a-century. She made her professional stage debut in 1912 and excelled in both classic and modern roles in the West End of London and on Broadway, as well as the Shakespeare Memorial ...

20. Percy Kilbride

Actor | Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair

He had a long career in theater before making movies, playing hundreds of roles, mostly rustic bumpkins, in stage and stock. His film career included two isolated early films: White Woman (1933) and Soak the Rich (1936). It began in earnest with the part of Orion Peabody in the Spencer Tracy-...

21. Miles Malleson

Actor | Kind Hearts and Coronets

Actor, playwright and screenwriter Miles Malleson's list of credits reads like a history of British cinema in the first half of the 20th century. Born in Croydon in Surrey, he attended Brighton College in Sussex before studying at Cambridge University with the intention of becoming a schoolmaster. ...

22. Henry Armetta

Actor | Speed to Burn

Sicilian-born character actor who appeared in scores of American films, usually as an exuberant and demonstrative Italian. As a teenager in 1902, Armetta stowed away on a boat bound for New York. There he did menial jobs until landing a position as a valet and presser at the Lambs Club, the New ...

23. Irving Berlin

Soundtrack | Blue Skies

Irving Berlin was born Israel Isidor Baline on May 11, 1888 in Mogilev, Belarus, Russian Empire. Towering composer, songwriter, ("God Bless America", "Always", "Blue Skies", "White Christmas") author and publisher, he came to the United States at age 5 and was educated in New York's public schools....

24. Nana Bryant

Actress | Harvey

Nana Bryant was born on November 23, 1888 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA as Nana Irene Bryant. She was an actress, known for Harvey (1950), Theodora Goes Wild (1936) and Brewster's Millions (1945). She was married to Cliff Thompson and Phineas T. MacLean (Ted). She died on December 24, 1955 in Los ...

25. Lucile Gleason

Actress | The Clock

Lucile Gleason was born on February 6, 1888 in Pasadena, California, USA as Lucile Webster. She is known for her work on The Clock (1945), I Like It That Way (1934) and The Higgins Family (1938). She was married to James Gleason. She died on May 18, 1947 in Brentwood, California.

26. Victor Francen

Actor | J'accuse!

Victor Francen was born on August 5, 1888 in Tienen, Flanders, Belgium as Victor Franssen. He was an actor, known for Ik beschuldig (1938), Hold Back the Dawn (1941) and Crépuscule d'épouvante (1921). He was married to Eleanor Kreutzer, Renée Corciade and Mary Marquet. He died on ...

27. Ian Fleming

Actor | The Sleeping Cardinal

Ian Fleming was born on September 10, 1888 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia as Ian MacFarlane. He was an actor, known for The Sleeping Cardinal (1931), The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes (1935) and The Missing Rembrandt (1932). He died on January 1, 1969 in London, England.

28. George Chesebro

Actor | Wolfblood

George Chesebro was an American character actor who, after a few leading roles in silent films, became an omnipresent bit player in "B" westerns. A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Chesebro became involved in traveling stock theater productions before the age of 20, and by 1911 was a seasoned ...

29. Frances Marion

Writer | The Big House

The most renowned female screenwriter of the 20th century, and one of the most respected scripters of any gender, Frances Marion was born in San Francisco. She modeled and acted and had some success as a commercial artist. She entered into journalism and served in Europe as a combat correspondent ...

30. George Relph

Actor | Ben-Hur

George Relph was born on January 27, 1888 in Cullercoats, North Tyneside, England as George Walton Relph. He was an actor, known for Ben Hur (1959), The Ballet Girl (1916) and The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1947). He was married to Mercia Swinburne and Deborah Nanson. He died on ...

31. Almira Sessions

Actress | Sullivan's Travels

A member of a very socially prominent Washington family, Sessions played vaudeville, radio, television and film for sixty years. Sessions made her debut in 1909 in a comic opera. She has appeared over 500 times in movies and on television. Session sang comic songs in cabarets before going to New ...

32. Paul Cavanagh

Actor | Tarzan and His Mate

Cambridge-educated Paul Cavanagh appeared in pictures as the epitome of the debonair, well-dressed Englishman. The former barrister and Royal Canadian Mountie turned to acting in 1924 and had a starring role on Broadway in 'Scotland Yard' (1929). His film career began in 1928 and lasted just over ...

33. Eugene O'Neill

Writer | Kali bazrobidan

Eugene O'Neill, the winner of four Pulitzer Prizes for Drama and the 1936 Nobel Prize for Literature, is widely considered the greatest American playwright. No one, not Maxwell Anderson, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, nor Edward Albee, approaches O'Neill in terms of his artistic achievement or ...

34. Thea von Harbou

Writer | Metropolis

Thea von Harbou was born on December 27, 1888 in Tauperlitz, Döhlau, Bavaria, Germany as Thea Gabriele von Harbou. She was a writer and director, known for Metropolis (1927), M - Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder (1931) and De tijger van Eschnapur (1959). She was married to Fritz Lang and Rudolf ...

35. T.E. Lawrence

Writer | Lawrence of Arabia

T.E. Lawrence was born on August 16, 1888 in Tremadoc, Caernarvonshire, Wales as Thomas Edward Lawrence. He was a writer, known for Lawrence of Arabia (1962), With Lawrence in Arabia (1927) and T. E. Lawrence 1888-1935 (1962). He died on May 19, 1935 in Clouds Hill, Dorset, England.

36. Florence La Badie

Actress | The Million Dollar Mystery

Early information on Florence La Badie is sketchy. She is thought to have been born in New York City in 1888, and was either taken away from or given up for adoption by her birth mother. Florence was adopted by a married couple named LaBadie, who legally gave the child their last name. Her adoptive...

37. Harry Tyler

Actor | The Grapes of Wrath

Harry Tyler was born on June 13, 1888 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for The Grapes of Wrath (1940), Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) and The Naked Street (1955). He was married to Gladys Crolius. He died on September 15, 1961 in Hollywood, California, USA.

38. Cecil Cunningham

Actress | The Awful Truth

Cecil Cunningham was born on August 2, 1888 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Edna Cecil Cunningham. She was an actress, known for Die verduivelde waarheid (1937), Playboy of Paris (1930) and Cowboy Serenade (1942). She was married to Jean C. Havez. She died on April 17, 1959 in Los Angeles, ...

39. Joseph P. Kennedy

One Minute to Play

Patriarch of a famous political family, Kennedy had a brief Hollywood career: He was one of the first financiers to play a leading role in the movie industry. Although he grew up in modest East Boston, where his father was a barkeeper and politician, Kennedy was educated with the Establishment's ...

40. Anita Loos

Writer | Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

While she is now best known for her book "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," Anita Loos was one of Hollywood's foremost early screenwriters. She began writing screen scenarios for the 'Biograph Company' at an early age (though not 12, as she later claimed), and the first to be produced, The New York Hat (...

41. Miles Mander

Director | The Flying Doctor

This versatile artist, who had spent his 20's in New Zealand farming sheep, became novelist, playwright and film exhibitor on his return to Britain in 1918. Eventually he would observe success with The First Born (1928), which he directed and acted in and which was based on his own novel and play. ...

42. Eddie Borden

Actor | Jungle Bride

Eddie Borden was born on May 1, 1888 in Deer Lodge, Tennessee, USA. He was an actor, known for Jungle Bride (1933), Boemelstudenten (1939) and The Dove (1927). He died on July 1, 1955 in Hollywood, California, USA.

43. Mae Laurel

Actress | Wide Open Spaces

Mae Laurel was born on May 24, 1888 in Australia as Mae Charlotte Dahlberg. She was an actress, known for Wide Open Spaces (1924), Nuts in May (1917) and Huns and Hyphens (1918). She died in 1969 in New York, USA.

44. Selmer Jackson

Actor | The Grapes of Wrath

Selmer Jackson was born on May 7, 1888 in Lake Mills, Iowa, USA as Selmer Adolph Jackson. He was an actor, known for The Grapes of Wrath (1940), Left Over Ladies (1931) and Undercover Agent (1939). He was married to Estil S. Jackson. He died on March 30, 1971 in Burbank, California, USA.

45. Wade Boteler

Actor | The Green Hornet

Wade Boteler was born on October 3, 1888 in Santa Ana, California, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for The Green Hornet (1940), The Green Hornet Strikes Again! (1940) and The Mandarin Mystery (1936). He was married to Ellen Evelyn James. He died on May 7, 1943 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, ...

46. William B. Davidson

Actor | I'm No Angel

William B. Davidson was born on June 16, 1888 in Dobbs Ferry, New York, USA as William Beatman Davidson. He was an actor, known for I'm No Angel (1933), The Most Dangerous Game (1932) and The Menace (1932). He was married to Helen Bolton and Mary Hellen Dorsey. He died on September 28, 1947 in ...

47. George Sowards

Actor | Borrowed Trouble

George Sowards was born on November 27, 1888 in Denver, Missouri, USA as George Albert Sowards. He is known for his work on Borrowed Trouble (1948), Outlawed (1921) and Back Fire (1922). He was married to Edna E. Zilke. He died on December 20, 1975 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

48. Claud Allister

Actor | Bulldog Drummond at Bay

Claud Allister was born on October 3, 1888 in London, England as William Claud Michel Palmer. He was an actor, known for Bulldog Drummond at Bay (1937), The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949) and Bulldog Drummond (1929). He was married to Gwen Dowling, Daisy Isabel Douglas Overend (aka ...

49. Robert Walker

Actor | The Man from New Mexico

Robert Walker was born on June 18, 1888 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA as Robert Donald Walker. He was an actor and writer, known for The Man from New Mexico (1932), The Vanishing Legion (1931) and Gunsmoke Ranch (1937). He was married to Vera, Cora J. and Ruth R. He died on March 4, 1954 in Los ...

50. Konstantin Shayne

Actor | The Stranger

The brother of actress Tamara Shayne, he was to join the Moscow Arts Theatre, but World War I intervened, and then he fought with General Wrangell and the White Armies. Although he received few significant roles, he was outstanding in None But the Lonely Heart (1944) as Ike Weber and in The Stranger...


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