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, British
Fred AstaireFred Astaire
10 May 1899, American

Lionel BarrymoreLionel Barrymore
28 April 1878, American

Buster KeatonBuster Keaton
04 October 1895, American

Bertrand RussellBertrand Russell
18 May 1872, British, Welsh

Bela LugosiBela Lugosi
20 October 1882, Hungarian
American actor
Jimmy DuranteJimmy Durante
10 February 1893, American
Actor, Comedian, Singer, Pianist

George BurnsGeorge Burns
20 January 1896, American

John BarrymoreJohn Barrymore
15 February 1882, American
James CagneyJames Cagney
17 July 1899, American
Actor, Dancer

Henry TraversHenry Travers
05 March 1874, British
Al JolsonAl Jolson
26 May 1886, American
Actor, Singer

Charles LaughtonCharles Laughton
01 July 1899, British, American

Harpo MarxHarpo Marx
23 November 1888, American

Will RogersWill Rogers
04 November 1879, American
Vaudeville Performer, Humorist

Walter Thomas HustonWalter Huston
05 April 1883, American
W. C. FieldsW. C. Fields
29 January 1880, American

Chico MarxChico Marx
22 March 1887, American
American comedian

Fredric MarchFredric March
31 August 1897, American

Ronald ColmanRonald Colman
09 February 1891, British
Charles BoyerCharles Boyer
28 August 1899, French

Wallace BeeryWallace Beery
01 April 1885, American
Paul MuniPaul Muni
22 September 1895, American

Maurice ChevalierMaurice Chevalier
12 September 1888, French
Actor, Singer

Jean RenoirJean Renoir
15 September 1894, French, American
Film Director, Actor, Producer
William Desmond TaylorWilliam Desmond Taylor
26 April 1872, Irish, American
Actor, Director

George M. CohanGeorge M. Cohan
03 July 1878, American
American playwright
Robert BenchleyRobert Benchley
15 October 1889, American

Frank BorzageFrank Borzage
23 April 1894, American
Film Director, Actor

William DieterleWilliam Dieterle
15 July 1893, German
Actor, Director
Hans AlbersHans Albers
22 September 1891, German

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Robert Z. LeonardRobert Z. Leonard
07 October 1889, American
Film Director, Actor, Producer
José Raúl CapablancaJosé Raúl Capablanca
19 November 1888, Cuban
Chess Player

Matthew LewisMatthew Lewis
27 June 1989, British

Edward BurnsEdward Burns
21 September 1879, American

Jack HaleyJack Haley
10 August 1897, American
Bill JamesBill James
06 March 1886, British
Frank MorganFrank Morgan
01 June 1890, American

Basil RathboneBasil Rathbone
13 June 1892, British, South African

Roscoe ArbuckleRoscoe Arbuckle
24 March 1887, American

Bert LahrBert Lahr
13 August 1895, American
L. Frank BaumL. Frank Baum
15 May 1856, American

Douglas Fairbanks Sr.Douglas Fairbanks
23 May 1883, American

Ed WynnEd Wynn
09 November 1886, American

Bud AbbottBud Abbott
02 October 1897, American

Georges MélièsGeorges Méliès
08 December 1861, French
Actor, Film director, Animator, Film editor,
John RoganJohn Rogan
16 February 1868, American
Second tallest person in history

Robert RyanRobert Ryan
16 April 1896, American
Sydney GreenstreetSydney Greenstreet
27 December 1879, British

Richard MansfieldRichard Mansfield
24 May 1857, German, British

Konstantin StanislavskiKonstantin Stanislavski
17 January 1863, Russian
Peter KürtenPeter Kürten
26 May 1883, German
Criminal, Serial killer

Sessue HayakawaSessue Hayakawa
10 June 1889, Japanese
Actor, Novelist, Screenwriter, Film director
Walter PidgeonWalter Pidgeon
23 September 1897, Canadian, American
Actor, Singer, Stage actor, Television actor,

Victor McLaglenVictor McLaglen
10 December 1886, British, American
Actor, Boxer

Raymond MasseyRaymond Massey
30 August 1896, Canadian, American

Max SchreckMax Schreck
06 September 1879, German

Harry CareyHarry Carey
16 January 1878, American
Arnold RidleyArnold Ridley
07 January 1896, British

Tom MixTom Mix
06 January 1880, American

Tom DempseyTom Dempsey
20 January 1868, American

Barry FitzgeraldBarry Fitzgerald
10 March 1888, Irish
Hal RoachHal Roach
14 January 1892, American
Film producer, Actor, Film director, Screenwriter

Eddie CantorEddie Cantor
31 January 1892, American
John LaurieJohn Laurie
25 March 1897, Scottish

Barry WardBarry Ward
Film actor

Fritz HaarmannFritz Haarmann
25 October 1879, German
Serial killer
Ivor NovelloIvor Novello
15 January 1893, British
Actor, Playwright, Composer, Writer, Screenwriter,

Ted HealyTed Healy
01 October 1896, American
Actor, Screenwriter, Stage actor
Cedric HardwickeCedric Hardwicke
19 February 1893, British

Jesse E. JamesJesse E. James
31 August 1875, American
Lawyer, Actor

John GilbertJohn Gilbert
10 July 1897, American
Ernst LubitschErnst Lubitsch
29 January 1892, German, American
Film director, Actor, Screenwriter, Film producer,

Cecil KellawayCecil Kellaway
22 August 1890, British
Screenwriter, Stage actor, Film actor, Television
Thomas H. InceThomas H. Ince
16 November 1880, British, American
Film Producer

Joseph SchildkrautJoseph Schildkraut
22 March 1896, Austrian, American
Screenwriter, Stage actor, Film actor

Tod BrowningTod Browning
12 July 1880, American

Warner OlandWarner Oland
03 October 1879, Swedish, American
Actor, Film actor
Sir Henry IrvingSir Henry Irving
06 February 1838, British
Duke KahanamokuDuke Kahanamoku
24 August 1890, American
Swimmer, Surfer, Actor, Water polo player

Vincenzo PeruggiaVincenzo Peruggia
08 October 1881
Art thief, House painter, Glazier

Donald CrispDonald Crisp
27 July 1882, British

Mack SennettMack Sennett
17 January 1880, Canadian, American
Emil JanningsEmil Jannings
23 July 1884, Austrian, German

Isaac SingerIsaac Singer
27 October 1811, American
Actor, Inventor

Jean HersholtJean Hersholt
12 July 1886, Danish, American
Film actor, Actor, Linguist, Writer, Translator

Arthur FreedArthur Freed
09 September 1894, American
Film producer, Composer, Screenwriter, Actor,

James FinlaysonJames Finlayson
27 August 1887, Scottish
actor, comedian, stage actor
Eva Le GallienneEva Le Gallienne
11 January 1899, British, American

Paul LukasPaul Lukas
26 May 1894, Hungarian, American
Arthur ShieldsArthur Shields
15 February 1896, Irish

John LoderJohn Loder
03 January 1898, British
actor, film actor
Karl DenkeKarl Denke
12 August 1860, German
criminal, murderer, serial killer
Henri Désiré LandruHenri Désiré Landru
12 April 1869, French
Serial killer, Subdeacon, Accountant, Q3053339,