Date of Death between 1937-01-01 and 1937-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
1. Jean Harlow
Actress | Bombshell
Harlean Carpenter, who later became Jean Harlow, was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 3, 1911. She was the daughter of a successful dentist and his wife. In 1927, at the age of 16, she ran away from home to marry a young businessman named Charles McGrew, who was 23. The couple pulled up ...
Writer | Re-Animator
Born in Providence, Lovecraft was a sickly child whose parents died insane. When he was 16, he wrote the astronomy column in the Providence Tribune. Between 1908 and 1923, he wrote short stories for Weird Tales magazine, among others. He died in Providence, in poverty, on March 15, 1937. His most ...
Actor | Captain Blood
The tragically brief life of fresh-faced, boyishly handsome Ross Alexander, who seemed to have everything going for him, plays these days like a bad Hollywood movie. Alexander was a charming, highly engaging young actor whose pleasant voice and breezy personality aided greatly in his transition ...
4. Colin Clive
Actor | Frankenstein
Who could forget Colin Clive's "It's Alive! It's Alive!" as he melted to the floor mumbling the same over and over in ecstasy after his success at animating the Monster in the first sound version of Frankenstein (1931). Film history - horror film history - but part of a short history for actor ...
Actor | Scarface
Mostly remembered today as the father of Anthony Perkins, Osgood Perkins enjoyed a successful career on Broadway, appearing in 22 major productions from 1924-36, often produced by Brock Pemberton. The highlight of his stage career was starring in the hit "The Front Page" as Walter Burns at the ...
Actress | The Racket
Popular star in Hollywood for two decades through 1936, Marie Prevost began as a Mack Sennett "Bathing Beauty" in 1917, later starring in dozens of light comedies. But not long into the sound era, she encountered problems with her burgeoning weight, to the jeopardy of her career. Her self-remedy ...
7. Alfred Abel
Actor | Metropolis
This elegant actor of the golden age of German cinema appeared in several masterpieces, before the cameras of such inspired geniuses as Lang, Lubitsch and Murnau. Vocation had come rather late in his life, though. Abel was indeed already 33 when he made his first film. Beforehand, he had been a ...
8. Ted Healy
Actor | Mad Love
US vaudevillian who in 1923 founded a stage act known as "Ted Healy & His Stooges," the latter comprising one Moe Howard and his brother, Shemp Howard, whose roles were to act as foils, or stooges, for Healy's jokes. Joined later by Larry Fine, the Howards later went off on their own, eventually to...
10. George Gershwin
Soundtrack | Manhattan
He was born Jacob Gershowitz, 26 September 1898, in Brooklyn, New York, of Russian-Jewish immigrants. As a boy he could play popular and classical works on his brother Ira's piano by ear. In 1913 he quit school to study music and began composing for Tin Pan Alley; by 1919 he had his first hit "...
11. Snitz Edwards
Actor | The Phantom of the Opera
Snitz Edwards was born Edward Neumann in Hungary. Married first wife in 1889 and was divorced some time later. Although he was almost 20 years older than his wife, Edwards married Eleanor Taylor, an actress from Boston, in 1906. They had three children, Cricket (b. 1906), Evelyn (b. 1914) and ...
13. Ralph Ince
Director | Lincoln, the Lover
The youngest of three filmmaking brothers (the others were John Ince and Thomas H. Ince), Ralph Ince's career mirrored that of his brother John: he went from acting in silents to directing, and with the advent of sound he turned character actor. Unlike John, however, he would eventually resume ...
Director | Theodora Goes Wild
Inventing a stage name "Boleslawski" (later spelled also "Boleslavsky"), young Pole Boleslaw Ryszard Srzednicki left his second home (Odessa, Russian Empire) to study theatre and train as an actor at the world-famous Moscow Art Theatre before and during WW I. He also acted in a few early Russian ...
15. Charles Sellon
Actor | The Monster
Charles Sellon was born on August 24, 1870 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He was an actor, known for The Monster (1925), Make Me a Star (1932) and Bright Eyes (1934). He was married to Florence E. Willis. He died on June 26, 1937 in La Crescenta, California, USA.
16. Edith Wharton
Writer | The Age of Innocence
Edith Wharton was born on January 24, 1862 in New York City, New York, USA as Edith Newbold Jones. She was a writer, known for The Age of Innocence (1993), The House of Mirth (2000) and Lights Out (1946). She was married to Edward Robbins Wharton. She died on August 11, 1937 in ...
18. Guy Standing
Actor | Death Takes a Holiday
Guy Standing was born on September 1, 1873 in London, England. He was an actor, known for Death Takes a Holiday (1934), Bulldog Drummond Escapes (1937) and The Witching Hour (1934). He was married to Dorothy Hammond, Blanche Burton and Isabelle Urquhart. He died on February 24, 1937 in Hollywood ...
Self | Freakonomics
John Davison Rockefeller is an American business magnate and philanthropist. He is widely considered the wealthiest American of all time, and the richest person in modern history.
Rockefeller was born into a large family in upstate New York that moved several times before eventually settling in ...
20. Monroe Owsley
Actor | Indiscreet
Largely forgotten today, actor Monroe Owsley was born in Atlanta around the turn of the century and raised by his mother, stage actress Gertrude Owsley. His own theater career started up as a teen and he eventually hit Broadway in the mid 1920s, migrating to films around the advent of sound. His ...
Actor | The Phantom of the Opera
Arthur Edmund Carewe was born on December 30, 1884 in Trapzon (Trebizond), Turkey as Hovsep Hovsepian. He was an actor, known for The Phantom of the Opera (1925), The Cat and the Canary (1927) and God's Gift to Women (1931). He was married to Irene Pavlowska. He died on April 22, 1937 in Santa ...
22. DeWitt Jennings
Actor | Exit Smiling
DeWitt Jennings was born on June 21, 1871 in Cameron, Missouri, USA as DeWitt Clarke Jennings. He was an actor, known for Exit Smiling (1926), Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) and A Dog of Flanders (1935). He was married to Margaret Ethel Conroy. He died on March 1, 1937 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, ...
24. William Gillette
Writer | Sherlock Holmes
Handsome American actor, playwright and stage director/producer William Gillette was born in Hartford, CT, in 1853. His father Francis was a former United States Senator and crusader for women's suffrage and the abolition of slavery; his mother Elisabeth Daggett Hooker is a descendant of Rev. ...
25. Lucy Beaumont
Actress | The Greater Glory
Lucy Beaumont was born in 1869 in Islington, Middlesex, England as Lucy Emily Pinkstone. She was an actress, known for The Greater Glory (1926), The Last of the Duanes (1924) and Movie Crazy (1932). She was married to Arthur Douglas Vigors Harris and William Alfred Beaumont. She died on April 24, ...
26. T. Roy Barnes
Actor | It's a Gift
T. Roy Barnes was born on August 11, 1880 in Lincolnshire, England. He was an actor, known for It's a Gift (1934), Seven Chances (1925) and Scratch My Back (1920). He was married to Bessie Crawford (actress), Blanche Berner and Mamie McNab. He died on March 30, 1937 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, ...
27. Renate Müller
Actress | Walzerkrieg
Highly popular German star Renate Muller was the toast of late 20s Berlin along with the legendary Marlene Dietrich. Unlike Dietrich, however, she suffered at the hands of the Nazis and died under mysterious circumstances. Renate was born in Munich on April 26, 1906, the daughter of a newspaper ...
28. Bobby Dunn
Actor | His Busted Trust
Bobby Dunn was born on August 28, 1890 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA as Robert V. Dunn. He is known for his work on His Busted Trust (1916), Trails of Danger (1930) and The Thrill Hunter (1926). He died on March 24, 1937 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
30. Marvel Rea
Actress | Hungry Lions and Tender Hearts
Marvel Rea was born Marvel Luciel Rea on November 9, 1901, in Ainsworth, Nebraska. Her family moved to California when she was a child. Marvel grew into a beautiful teenager and in 1917 she became a Mack Sennett bathing beauty. The following year she married banker Henry Page Wells. Unfortunately ...
33. Katherine Grant
Actress | Wild Papa
Katherine Grant was born on May 1, 1904 in Los Angeles, California. Her parents divorced and her father passed away in 1921. At the age of eighteen she won the Miss Los Angeles beauty contest and competed in the Miss America pageant. Katherine worked as a professional dancer and to make extra money...
Johnston Forbes-Robertson (1853-1937) was an English actor and theatrical impresario that George Bernard Shaw and other critics considered to be the finest Hamlet (1913) of his generation. Forbes-Robertson had trained to be an artist and was not overly fond of acting, but he took to the boards to ...
35. Ilya Ilf
Writer | Sovershenno seryozno
Ilya Ilf was born Ilya Arnoldovich Fayzilberg on October 15, 1897, in Odessa, Russian Empire (now Odesa, Ukraine). His father, named Arnold Fayzilberg, was a clerk at a bank. In 1913, he graduated from a Technical School. He worked as a clerk, a telephone technician, and had various industrial jobs...
36. Ralph Lewis
Actor | The Birth of a Nation
Ralph Lewis was born on October 28, 1872 in Englewood, Illinois, USA as Ralph Percy Lewis. He was an actor, known for The Birth of a Nation (1915), Casey Jones (1927) and The Wolf Man (1915). He was married to Vera Lewis. He died on December 4, 1937 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
37. Ruth Roland
Actress | The Avenging Arrow
Ruth Roland was, along with Pearl White, the queen of the early movie serials. She came from a show-business family, her father being a San Francisco theater manager and her mother a professional singer. Ruth made her acting debut at age 3-1/2, and soon became a professional actress and singer. Her...
38. Lige Conley
Actor | Casey Jones, Jr.
Lige Conley was born on December 5, 1897 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Elijah Crommie. He was an actor and writer, known for Casey Jones, Jr. (1923), King of the Kitchen (1926) and Sally, Irene and Mary (1938). He died on December 11, 1937 in Hollywood, California, USA.
39. Helen Burgess
Actress | The Plainsman
Young and full of promise, Paramount contract player Helen Burgess possessed a lovely, sweet-faced quality, but made only four films during her lifetime. Born April 26, 1916, the rather demure Portland, Oregon beauty was given an auspicious debut in Cecil B. DeMille's epic bio-western The Plainsman...
41. Nikolay Batalov
Actor | Aelita
Nikolai Petrovich Batalov was born on December 6, 1899, in Moscow, Russia, into the family of a clerk. From 1910-1915 he studied at the Moscow Mercantile School named after the Czar Aleksander III. His interest in theatre and literature was supported by his grandmother, who encouraged his voracious...
42. Eddie Shubert
Actor | The Case of the Velvet Claws
Eddie Shubert was born on July 11, 1898 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. He was an actor, known for The Case of the Velvet Claws (1936), The Goose and the Gander (1935) and The Payoff (1935). He died on January 23, 1937 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
44. Harry McCoy
Writer | The Girl from Everywhere
Harry McCoy was born on December 10, 1889 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for The Girl from Everywhere (1927), Present Arms (1927) and Oh Boy (1927). He died on September 1, 1937 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
45. Mary Blackford
Actress | The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi
Mary Blackford was born on July 22, 1914 in Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA as Mary Bernice Blackford. She was an actress, known for The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi (1933), Love Time (1934) and Merrily Yours (1933). She died on September 25, 1937 in Santa Monica, California, USA.
Actor | The Mark of Zorro
Charles Hill Mailes was born on May 25, 1870 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He was an actor, known for The Mark of Zorro (1920), Money Madness (1917) and Murder by Television (1935). He was married to Claire McDowell. He died on February 17, 1937 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
49. Lady Tree
Actress | The Girl from Maxim's
Lady Tree was born on October 5, 1858 in Bexley, Kent, England as Ellen Holt. She was an actress, known for The Girl from Maxim's (1933), Wedding Rehearsal (1932) and Still Waters Run Deep (1916). She was married to Herbert Beerbohm Tree. She died on August 7, 1937 in London, England.
50. Emmett J. Flynn
Director | Shame
Emmett J. Flynn was born on November 9, 1892 in Denver, Colorado, USA. He was a director and writer, known for Shame (1921), The Palace of Pleasure (1926) and The Lincoln Highwayman (1919). He was married to Nita Flynn, Margaret Shelby and Genevieve Flynn. He died on June 4, 1937 in Hollywood, ...