List of famous actors of the 19th century who mesmerized us with their amazing talent.

The Industrial Revolution of the 1800 witnessed a huge surge in the demand for art and entertainment. Theatre gradually became a dominant force in the world of entertainment as more and more people embarked to make a career in acting. Interestingly, acting style in the early 19th century was prone to exaggerated movement, gestures, grandiose effects, spectacular drama, physical comedy and gags and outlandish costumes. It was from the middle of the 19th century, theatre began to take on a new respectability and draw in more middle class audiences. Pictorial drama was most sought after for its great use of properties, carefully studied costume detail and a fashionable interest in archaeology and history. In America, theatre was fuelled by the spirit of nationalism. Probably this explains as to why most of the American theatre of the era revolved around themes of patriotism, optimism and idealism. Furthermore, it was in the mid-19th century that theatres worldwide became sharply influenced by the classic English tradition, as Shakespearean play and other Standard English plays dominated the scene. The century marked the rise of some of the most famed and respected actors including George Burns, Groucho Marx, Boris Karloff, Fred Astaire and so on. With this section, find out some of the most famous actors of the 19th century.
Charlie ChaplinCharlie Chaplin

16 April 1889

25 December 1977

Walworth, London

British

Aries

Bertrand RussellBertrand Russell

18 May 1872

02 February 1970

Trellech, Monmouthshire, UK

British,Welsh

Taurus

Humphrey BogartHumphrey Bogart

25 December 1899

14 January 1957

New York City

American

Capricorn

Fred AstaireFred Astaire

10 May 1899

22 June 1987

Omaha

American

Taurus

Buster KeatonBuster Keaton

04 October 1895

01 February 1966

Piqua, Kansas, USA

American

Libra

Bela LugosiBela Lugosi

20 October 1882

16 August 1956

Lugos, Austria-Hungary

Hungarian

Libra

James CagneyJames Cagney

17 July 1899

30 March 1986

New York City

American

Cancer

George BurnsGeorge Burns

20 January 1896

09 March 1996

New York City

American

Capricorn

Will RogersWill Rogers

04 November 1879

15 August 1935

Oologah, Indian Territory (now Oklahoma)

American

Scorpio

Jimmy DuranteJimmy Durante

10 February 1893

29 January 1980

Brooklyn

American

Aquarius

Charles LaughtonCharles Laughton

01 July 1899

15 December 1962

Scarborough, North Yorkshire

American

Cancer

Lionel BarrymoreLionel Barrymore

28 April 1878

15 November 1954

Philadelphia

American

Taurus

Harpo MarxHarpo Marx

23 November 1888

28 September 1964

New York City, United States

American

Sagittarius

W. C. FieldsW. C. Fields

29 January 1880

25 December 1946

Darby

American

Aquarius

Jean RenoirJean Renoir

15 September 1894

12 February 1979

Paris, France

French,American

Virgo

Charles BoyerCharles Boyer

28 August 1899

26 August 1978

Figeac, France

French

Virgo

Fredric MarchFredric March

31 August 1897

14 April 1975

Racine

American

Virgo

Chico MarxChico Marx

22 March 1887

11 October 1961

New York City, New York

American

Aries

Maurice ChevalierMaurice Chevalier

12 September 1888

01 January 1972

Paris, France

French

Virgo

Ronald ColmanRonald Colman

09 February 1891

19 May 1958

Richmond, London

British

Aquarius

Wallace BeeryWallace Beery

01 April 1885

15 April 1949

Clay County

American

Aries

Walter Thomas HustonWalter Huston

05 April 1883

07 April 1950

Toronto, Canada

American

Aries

George M. CohanGeorge M. Cohan

03 July 1878

05 November 1942

Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.

American

Cancer

Paul MuniPaul Muni

22 September 1895

25 August 1967

Lviv

American

Virgo

William Desmond TaylorWilliam Desmond Taylor

26 April 1872

01 February 1922

Carlow

Irish,American

Taurus

Robert BenchleyRobert Benchley

15 October 1889

21 September 1945

American

Libra

Frank BorzageFrank Borzage

23 April 1894

19 June 1962

Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.

American

Taurus

Hans AlbersHans Albers

22 September 1891

24 July 1960

Hamburg, Germany

German

Virgo

William DieterleWilliam Dieterle

15 July 1893

09 December 1972

Ludwigshafen, German Empire

German

Cancer

Robert Z. LeonardRobert Z. Leonard

07 October 1889

27 August 1968

Chicago, Illinois

American

Libra

Leslie HowardLeslie Howard

03 April 1893

01 June 1943

Forest Hill, London

British

Aries

Buffalo BillBuffalo Bill

26 February 1846

10 January 1917

Scott County

American

Pisces

Noël CowardNoël Coward

16 December 1899

26 March 1973

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

British

Sagittarius

Al JolsonAl Jolson

26 May 1886

23 October 1950

Lithuania

American

Gemini

Georges MélièsGeorges Méliès

08 December 1861

21 January 1938

Paris

French

Sagittarius

Walter PidgeonWalter Pidgeon

23 September 1897

25 September 1984

Saint John

Canadian,American

Virgo

Max SchreckMax Schreck

06 September 1879

20 February 1936

Berlin

German

Virgo

Josephine EarpJosephine Earp

1861 AD

19 December 1944

Brooklyn

American

Gracie AllenGracie Allen

26 July 1895

27 August 1964

San Francisco

American

Leo

Victor McLaglenVictor McLaglen

10 December 1886

07 November 1959

Royal Tunbridge Wells

British,American

Sagittarius

Lotte LenyaLotte Lenya

18 October 1898

27 November 1981

Vienna

Austrian

Libra

Grigory ZinovievGrigory Zinoviev

23 September 1883

25 August 1936

Kropyvnytskyi

Virgo

Sessue HayakawaSessue Hayakawa

10 June 1889

23 November 1973

Chiba

Japanese

Gemini

Duke KahanamokuDuke Kahanamoku

24 August 1890

22 January 1968

Honolulu

American

Virgo

Hal RoachHal Roach

14 January 1892

02 November 1992

New York City

American

Capricorn

Fritz HaarmannFritz Haarmann

25 October 1879

15 April 1925

Hanover

German

Scorpio

Ethel WatersEthel Waters

31 October 1896

01 September 1977

Chester County

American

Scorpio

Peter KürtenPeter Kürten

26 May 1883

02 July 1931

Mülheim

German

Gemini

Ted HealyTed Healy

01 October 1896

21 December 1937

Kaufman

American

Libra

Jenny LindJenny Lind

06 October 1820

02 November 1887

Stockholm

Swedish

Libra

Emmy GöringEmmy Göring

24 March 1893

08 June 1973

Hamburg

German

Aries

Ernst UdetErnst Udet

26 April 1896

17 November 1941

Frankfurt

German

Taurus

Ernst LubitschErnst Lubitsch

29 January 1892

30 November 1947

Berlin

German,American

Aquarius

Judith AndersonJudith Anderson

10 February 1897

03 January 1992

Adelaide

Australian

Aquarius

Ivor NovelloIvor Novello

15 January 1893

06 March 1951

Cardiff

British

Capricorn

Jesse E. JamesJesse E. James

31 August 1875

26 March 1951

Nashville

American

Virgo

Bert WilliamsBert Williams

12 November 1874

04 March 1922

Nassau

American

Scorpio

Isaac SingerIsaac Singer

27 October 1811

23 July 1875

New York

American

Scorpio

Emil JanningsEmil Jannings

23 July 1884

02 January 1950

Rorschach

German

Cancer

Gracie FieldsGracie Fields

09 January 1898

27 September 1979

Rochdale

British

Capricorn

Warner OlandWarner Oland

03 October 1879

06 August 1938

Västerbotten County

Swedish,American

Libra

Adele AstaireAdele Astaire

10 September 1896

25 January 1981

Omaha

American

Virgo

Paul MounetPaul Mounet

05 October 1847

10 February 1922

Bergerac

French

Libra

Loie FullerLoie Fuller

15 January 1862

01 January 1928

Illinois

American

Capricorn

Vincenzo PeruggiaVincenzo Peruggia

08 October 1881

08 October 1925

Dumenza

Libra

Eleonora DuseEleonora Duse

03 October 1858

21 April 1924

Vigevano

Libra

Frank WedekindFrank Wedekind

24 July 1864

09 March 1918

Hanover

German

Leo

Henri Désiré LandruHenri Désiré Landru

12 April 1869

25 February 1922

Paris

French

Aries

Arthur FreedArthur Freed

09 September 1894

12 April 1973

Charleston

American

Virgo

Paul LukasPaul Lukas

26 May 1891

15 August 1971

Budapest

Hungarian,American

Gemini

Elinor GlynElinor Glyn

17 October 1864

23 September 1943

Saint Helier

British

Libra

Jean HersholtJean Hersholt

12 July 1886

02 June 1956

Copenhagen

Danish,American

Cancer

Oswald ChambersOswald Chambers

24 July 1874

15 November 1917

Aberdeen

British

Leo

Alice Guy-BlachéAlice Guy-Blaché

01 July 1873

24 March 1968

Saint-Mandé

French

Cancer

Edward Gordon CraigEdward Gordon Craig

16 January 1872

29 July 1966

Stevenage

Irish,British

Capricorn

Anton WalbrookAnton Walbrook

19 November 1896

09 August 1967

Vienna

Austrian

Scorpio

Agustín LaraAgustín Lara

30 October 1897

06 November 1970

Tlatlauquitepec Municipality

Mexican

Scorpio

Olga BaclanovaOlga Baclanova

19 August 1900

06 September 1974

Moscow

Russian

Leo

Claus SchillingClaus Schilling

05 July 1871

28 May 1946

Munich

German

Cancer

Abel GanceAbel Gance

25 October 1889

10 November 1981

Paris

French

Scorpio

Cecil KellawayCecil Kellaway

22 August 1890

28 February 1973

Cape Town

British

Leo

George AbbottGeorge Abbott

25 June 1887

31 January 1995

New York

American

Cancer

Elsie de WolfeElsie de Wolfe

20 December 1865

12 July 1950

New York City

American

Sagittarius

Karl DenkeKarl Denke

12 August 1860

22 December 1924

Kingdom of Prussia

German

Leo

René ClairRené Clair

11 November 1898

15 March 1981

Paris

French

Scorpio

Mary GardenMary Garden

20 February 1874

03 January 1967

Aberdeen

American

Pisces

Bharatendu HarishchandraBharatendu Harishchandra

09 September 1850

06 January 1885

Varanasi

Indian

Virgo

Joseph SchildkrautJoseph Schildkraut

22 March 1896

21 January 1964

Vienna

Austrian,American

Aries

Oskar HomolkaOskar Homolka

12 August 1898

29 January 1978

Vienna

Austrian,American

Leo

Anita BerberAnita Berber

10 June 1899

10 November 1928

Leipzig

German

Gemini

Sergey NechayevSergey Nechayev

20 September 1847

03 December 1882

Ivanovo

Russian

Virgo

Thakur AnukulchandraThakur Anukulchandra

14 September 1888

27 January 1969

Hemayetpur

Bangladeshi

Virgo

Andy ClydeAndy Clyde

25 March 1892

18 May 1967

Blairgowrie and Rattray

British

Aries

William Kennedy DicksonWilliam Kennedy Dickson

03 August 1860

28 September 1935

France

British

Leo

S. Z. SakallS. Z. Sakall

02 February 1883

12 February 1955

Budapest

Hungarian

Aquarius

Lina CavalieriLina Cavalieri

25 December 1874

07 February 1944

Viterbo

Capricorn

Beniamino GigliBeniamino Gigli

20 March 1890

30 November 1957

Recanati

Italian

Pisces

Sig RumanSig Ruman

11 October 1884

14 February 1967

Hamburg

German,American

Libra

Sacha GuitrySacha Guitry

21 February 1885

24 July 1957

Saint Petersburg

French

Pisces

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