Date of Death between 1944-01-01 and 1944-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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1. Laird Cregar

Actor | I Wake Up Screaming

Seemingly suave, cultivated actor by nature, definitely huge in both talent and girth, and capable of playing much older than he was, Hollywood of the early '40s tragically lost Laird Cregar before it could fully comprehend on how to best utilize his obvious gifts. He was born Samuel Laird Cregar ...

2. Lupe Velez

Actress | The Girl from Mexico

Lupe Velez was born on July 18, 1908, in San Luis de Potosi, Mexico, as Maria Guadalupe Villalobos Velez. She was sent to Texas at the age of 13 to live in a convent. She later admitted that she wasn't much of a student because she was so rambunctious. She had planned to become a champion ...

3. Mildred Harris

Actress | The Doctor and the Woman

Mildred Harris was born on November 29, 1901 in Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA. She was an actress, known for The Doctor and the Woman (1918), For Husbands Only (1918) and The Price of a Good Time (1917). She was married to William P. Fleckenstein, Everett Terrence McGovern and Charles Chaplin. She died on...

4. Harry Langdon

Actor | Tramp, Tramp, Tramp

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 ...

5. Bud Jamison

Actor | Their First Tintype

Bud Jamison was born on February 15, 1895 in Vallejo, California, USA as William Edward Jaimison. He was an actor, known for Their First Tintype (1920), Captain Caution (1940) and The Shadow (1937). He was married to Georgia Kathleen Holland. He died on September 30, 1944 in Hollywood, Los Angeles,...

6. Glenn Miller

Soundtrack | The Shape of Water

Alton Glenn Miller was born on March 1, 1904, in Clarinda, Iowa; the son of Lewis Elmer and Mattie Lou Cavender Miller. He started his music studies when his father gave him a mandolin. He soon traded the mandolin for an old horn. In 1916 he switched to trombone. In 1923, he enrolled in the ...

7. Jessie Ralph

Actress | The Personal History, Adventures, Experience, & Observation of David Copperfield the Younger

Jessie Ralph was a sailor's daughter, who first came to the stage at the age of 16, performing with a stock company in either Boston, Massachusetts, or Providence, Rhode Island (accounts differ). The year was 1880, and it took Jessie another 26 years to make her debut on the Great White Way in "The...

8. Merna Kennedy

Actress | The Circus

Merna Kennedy was born on September 7, 1908 in Kankakee, Illinois, USA as Merna Kahler. She was an actress, known for The Circus (1928), The Big Chance (1933) and I Like It That Way (1934). She was married to Forrest Brayton and Busby Berkeley. She died on December 20, 1944 in Los Angeles, ...

9. Richard Fiske

Actor | Across the Sierras

Richard Fiske was born on November 20, 1915 in Shelton, Washington, USA as Thomas Richard Potts. He was an actor, known for Across the Sierras (1941), North from the Lone Star (1941) and The Officer and the Lady (1941). He was married to Marjorie Jean MacGregor. He died on August 10, 1944 in La ...

10. Dick Purcell

Actor | Captain America

Dick Purcell was born on August 6, 1905 in Greenwich, Connecticut, USA. He was an actor, known for Captain America (1944), Heroes in Blue (1939) and The Daredevil Drivers (1938). He was married to Ethelind Terry. He died on April 10, 1944 in Hollywood, California, USA.

11. Charles King

Actor | The Broadway Melody

Charles King was born on October 31, 1889 in New York City, New York, USA as Charles Joseph King. He was an actor, known for The Broadway Melody (1929), Chasing Rainbows (1930) and The Five O'Clock Girl (1928). He was married to Lila Rhodes. He died on January 11, 1944 in London, England.

12. Richard Bennett

Actor | The Magnificent Ambersons

Richard Bennett was born on May 21, 1870 in Deer Creek, Indiana, USA as Clarence Charles William Henry Richard Bennett. He was an actor and writer, known for The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), Damaged Goods (1914) and The End of the Road (1919). He was married to Aimee Raisch Hastings, Adrienne ...

13. Kurt Gerron

Actor | Der blaue Engel

Gerron fled to France (because he was Jewish), then settled in Amsterdam in 1933. He was arrested by the SS in 1943 and was sent to Theresienstadt in 1944 to direct a staged documentary intended to persuade world public opinion that Jews were well treated in concentration camps. He made a film ...

14. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Writer | Le Petit Prince

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was born into a family of old provincial nobility. Failing his final exams at a preparatory school, he entered the École des Beaux-Arts to study architecture. In 1921, he began military service in the 2nd Regiment of Chasseurs, and sent to Strasbourg for pilot training. The...

15. Edwin Stanley

Actor | Conflict

Edwin Stanley was a bespectacled, white haired, distinguished-looking actor who was trained in live theater and who, except a few silent pictures, stayed in that medium until he reached the age of 51. In 1932, he made his screen debut in talking pictures in "Virtue". Thereafter, Stanley appeared in...

16. Alan Dinehart

Actor | Supernatural

Tall, heavy-set character actor Alan Dinehart dropped out of school to join a repertory company. He had extensive stage experience (including some 27 appearances on Broadway) and, by the time he was signed by Fox in 1931, he had worked not only as an actor but as a stage manager and writer. On ...

17. Mary Lou Cook

Actress | Melody Lane

Mary Lou Cook was born on December 12, 1908 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Mary Dunckley. She was an actress, known for Melody Lane (1941), Moonlight in Hawaii (1941) and A Night at Earl Carroll's (1940). She was married to Elisha Cook Jr.. She died on May 27, 1944 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

18. Henrietta Crosman

Actress | Charlie Chan's Secret

Henrietta Crosman was born on September 2, 1861 in Wheeling, West Virginia, USA as Henrietta Foster Crosman. She was an actress, known for Charlie Chan's Secret (1936), The Right to Live (1935) and The Royal Family of Broadway (1930). She was married to Maurice Campbell and Sedley Brown. She died ...

19. Ann Brody

Actress | High Gear

Ann Brody was born on August 29, 1884 in Poland as Ann Brody Goldstein. She was an actress, known for High Gear (1933), Playing Around (1930) and A Fool and His Money (1920). She died on July 16, 1944 in New York City, New York, USA.

20. Lina Cavalieri

Actress | Manon Lescaut

Lina Cavalieri was born on December 25, 1874 in Viterbo, Lazio, Italy as Natalina Cavalieri. She was an actress, known for Manon Lescaut (1914), The Eternal Temptress (1917) and The Two Brides (1919). She was married to Lucien Muratore, Aleksandr Beriatinskij, Giovanni Campari and Robert W. Chanler...

21. Robert Frazer

Actor | Two-Gun Caballero

Robert Frazer was born on June 29, 1891 in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA as Robert William Browne. He was an actor, known for Two-Gun Caballero (1931), The Vampire Bat (1933) and The Fighting Parson (1933). He was married to Mildred Bright. He died on August 17, 1944 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

22. John Dilson

Actor | The Man with Nine Lives

John Dilson was born on February 18, 1891 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as John H. Dilson. He was an actor, known for The Man with Nine Lives (1940), King of the Royal Mounted (1940) and Drums of Fu Manchu (1940). He died on June 1, 1944 in Ventura, California, USA.

23. Max Brand

Writer | The Champion of Lost Causes

"Max Brand" was the most famous of his five pseudonyms.

24. Harry Beresford

Actor | Seven Keys to Baldpate

Harry Beresford was born on November 4, 1863 in London, England as Henry William Walter Horseley Beresford. He was an actor and writer, known for Seven Keys to Baldpate (1935), David Copperfield (1935) and Anna Karenina (1935). He was married to Edith Wylie (actress). He died on October 4, 1944 in ...

25. Otto Hoffman

Actor | The Terror

Gangly and rugged stage and screen character star Otto Hoffman was born in New York in 1879. Began as a stage performer in the 1890's. Made his movie debut under the direction of Stuart Paton in The White Terror (1915) starring Hobart Henley for the IMP Film Company. Otto directed only one film, ...

26. Lee Powell

Actor | The Fighting Devil Dogs

Lee Powell was born on May 15, 1908 in Long Beach, California, USA as Lee Berrien Powell. He was an actor, known for The Fighting Devil Dogs (1938), Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940) and Texas Man Hunt (1942). He was married to Norma Rogers. He died on July 30, 1944 in Tinian, Northern ...

27. Josefine Dora

Actress | Arme Eva Maria

Josefine Dora was born on November 13, 1867 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary as Isidora Emilie Friese. She was an actress, known for Arme Eva Maria (1916), Homeland (1939) and Sein schwierigster Fall (1915). She was married to Georg Worlitsch, Richard Schultz and Arthur Weinschenk. She died on May 28, ...

28. G.W. Bitzer

Cinematographer | Logging in Maine

G.W. Bitzer was born on April 21, 1872 in Roxbury, Massachusetts, USA as Johann Gottlob Wilhelm Bitzer. He was a cinematographer and director, known for Logging in Maine (1906), Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916) and Levi & Cohen, the Irish Comedians (1903). He was married ...

29. William Collier Sr.

Actor | Cain and Mabel

William Collier Sr. was born on November 12, 1864 in New York City, New York, USA as William Morenus. He was an actor and writer, known for Cain and Mabel (1936), A Successful Failure (1934) and Madison Square Garden (1932). He was married to Paula Marr (actress) and Louise Allen. He died on ...

30. Edmund Mortimer

Director | The Man from Red Gulch

Edmund Mortimer was born on August 21, 1874 in New York City, New York, USA as Edmund Mortimer Olson. He was an actor and director, known for The Man from Red Gulch (1925), The Broad Road (1923) and The Exiles (1923). He was married to Louise Bates. He died on May 21, 1944 in Los Angeles, ...

31. T. Hayes Hunter

Director | The Ghoul

Former stage manager, in films from the early 1910's with Biograph and Kalem. Directed many melodramas and thrillers in the 1920's, before moving to Britain in 1927. Best known for the Boris Karloff horror The Ghoul (1933). Retired from films a year later.

32. Roy Emerton

Actor | Time Flies

Roy Emerton was a big, brawny character actor whose scarred face and resounding deep voice made him a natural for menacing roles. One of his best and most typical was as the evil Boss McGinty in The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes (1935).

33. Dhundiraj Govind Phalke

Director | Lanka Dahan

Dadasaaheb Phalke was born in 1870 in Trymbakeshwar in Nasik. He was born to a Sanskrit scholar, he studied at J.J. college of Art in Bombay and at Kala Bhavan, Baroda. He then studied architecture and became landscape painter of academic nature studies. He worked in a photographic studio and at ...

34. Nat Carr

Actor | The Talk of Hollywood

Nat Carr was born on August 12, 1886 in Poltava, Russian Empire as Nathan C. Carr. He was an actor and writer, known for The Talk of Hollywood (1929), Bank Alarm (1937) and On Trial (1939). He was married to Gertrude Viola White. He died on July 6, 1944 in Hollywood, California, USA.

35. Archibald Nettlefold

Producer | The Last Hour

Founded Archibald Nettleford Productions, active from 1926-28.

36. Robert Fiske

Actor | The Green Archer

Robert Fiske was born on October 20, 1889 in Griggsville, Missouri, USA. He was an actor, known for The Green Archer (1940), The Texas Kid (1943) and Religious Racketeers (1938). He died on September 12, 1944 in Sunland, California, USA.

37. Erwin Rommel

Self | Deutsche Soldaten in Afrika

Erwin Rommel, aka "The Desert Fox", was one of Adolf Hitler's most able generals during WWII. He joined the German army in 1910 and won awards for bravery in WW I. He was in the 7th Tank Division at the outbreak of WW II and headed the push to the English Channel. Promoted to the rank of lieutenant...

38. Carl Mayer

Writer | Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari

Carl Meyer was the son of a stock speculator who committed suicide. He had to leave school at 15 to work as a secretary. Mayer moved away from Graz to Innsbruck and then Vienna, where he worked as a dramatist. Meanwhile, the events of the First World War turned him into a pacifist.

In 1917 he went ...

39. Maria Jacobini

Actress | Bohème - Künstlerliebe

Maria Jacobini was born on February 17, 1892 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. She was an actress and writer, known for La Boheme (1923), Joan of Arc (1913) and Maman Colibri (1929). She died on November 20, 1944 in Rome.

40. Walter C. Hackett

Writer | The White Sister

Managed the Duke of York , Whitehall, Vaudeville and Apollo Theatres in London.

41. Douglas McPhail

Actor | Babes in Arms

Although his career was short-lived, McPhail was fortunate enough to have appeared in some of the finest musicals and operettas of the late 30s. Jeanette MacDonald took an early interest in this handsome baritone, when he performed in the chorus of San Francisco and other of her pictures. The ...

42. Florence Foster Jenkins

Self | Astro Royal

Florence Foster Jenkins (born July 19, 1868 in Pennsylvania, U.S.; died November 26, 1944) was an American soprano who became famous because she was considered to be a poor singer. She sang somewhat out of tune, had a poor sense of rhythm and she was considered quite unmusical.

She was born Narcissa...

43. Lionel Pape

Actor | The Philadelphia Story

Lionel Pape was born on April 17, 1877 in Sussex, England as Edward Lionel Pape. He was an actor, known for The Philadelphia Story (1940), Raffles (1939) and The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939). He died on October 21, 1944 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

44. Guy Usher

Actor | The Case of the Black Cat

Guy Usher was born on May 9, 1883 in Mason City, Iowa, USA. He was an actor, known for The Case of the Black Cat (1936), Buck Rogers (1939) and The Spanish Cape Mystery (1935). He was married to Evelyn. He died on June 16, 1944 in San Diego, California, USA.

45. Herbie Kaye

Self | I'm Looking Out the Window

Herbie Kaye was born on November 5, 1904 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Herbert Kaumeyer. He was married to Dorothy Lamour. He died on May 11, 1944 in Dallas, Texas, USA.

46. Klaus Detlef Sierck

Actor | Sehnsucht nach Afrika

Klaus Detlef Sierck was born on March 30, 1925 in Berlin-Charlottenburg, Germany. He was an actor, known for Desire for Africa (1939), Covered Tracks (1938) and A Prussian Love Story (1938). He died on March 6, 1944 in Novoaleksandrovka, Kirovograd Oblast, Ukrainian SSR, USSR [now Novooleksandrivka...

47. Stuart Paton

Director | The Gray Ghost

Stuart Paton was born on July 23, 1883 in Glasgow, Scotland. He was a director and writer, known for The Gray Ghost (1917), Hell-Bent for Frisco (1931) and The Hope Diamond Mystery (1921). He was married to Ethel Patrick. He died on December 16, 1944 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

48. George Houston

Actor | The Lone Rider in Frontier Fury

This movie cowboy was actually born in New Jersey just before the turn of the 20th century, the son of a Protestant minister. He sang in his father's church choir, and after graduating high school he attended the private Blair Academy and then continued his musical training at New York's famous ...

49. George B. Seitz

Director | Ransom

Former playwright George B. Seitz left the theater for Hollywood in 1913, and before long he was turning out screenplays for action serials such as The Perils of Pauline (1914), The Exploits of Elaine (1914), and The Iron Claw (1916). In addition to writing and sometimes starring in these ...

50. Aimee Semple McPherson

The Voice of Hollywood No. 9

Aimee Semple McPherson was born Aimee Elizabeth Kennedy on her family's farm near Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada. She was raised a Methodist, her father James's faith. Her mother Mildred worked for the Salvation Army.

In December 1907, she decided to attend a local "tent revival" on a whim, and fell in ...


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