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
 
Humphrey BogartHumphrey Bogart
25 December 1899, American
Actor

Fred AstaireFred Astaire
10 May 1899, American
Dancer

Bertrand RussellBertrand Russell
18 May 1872, British, Welsh
Philosopher

Buster KeatonBuster Keaton
04 October 1895, American
 

James CagneyJames Cagney
17 July 1899, American
Actor, Dancer
George BurnsGeorge Burns
20 January 1896, American
 

Al JolsonAl Jolson
26 May 1886, American
Actor, Singer

John BarrymoreJohn Barrymore
15 February 1882, American
Actor
Bela LugosiBela Lugosi
20 October 1882, Hungarian
American actor

Harpo MarxHarpo Marx
23 November 1888, American
Comedian
Charles LaughtonCharles Laughton
01 July 1899, British, American
Actor

Jimmy DuranteJimmy Durante
10 February 1893, American
Actor, Comedian, Singer, Pianist

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

Lionel BarrymoreLionel Barrymore
28 April 1878, American
Actor

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

Chico MarxChico Marx
22 March 1887, American
American comedian

Fredric MarchFredric March
31 August 1897, American
Actor

Charles BoyerCharles Boyer
28 August 1899, French
Actor
Paul MuniPaul Muni
22 September 1895, American
Actor

Wallace BeeryWallace Beery
01 April 1885, American
Actor
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
Maurice ChevalierMaurice Chevalier
12 September 1888, French
Actor, Singer

Ronald ColmanRonald Colman
09 February 1891, British
Actor
Robert BenchleyRobert Benchley
15 October 1889, American
Humorist

Henry TraversHenry Travers
05 March 1874, British
Actor

Frank BorzageFrank Borzage
23 April 1894, American
Film Director, Actor
Hans AlbersHans Albers
22 September 1891, German
Actor

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William DieterleWilliam Dieterle
15 July 1893, German
Actor, Director
Robert Z. LeonardRobert Z. Leonard
07 October 1889, American
Film Director, Actor, Producer

Mark StrongMark Strong
21 January 1884, American
Actor

Tom DempseyTom Dempsey
20 January 1868, American
Actor

Roscoe ArbuckleRoscoe Arbuckle
24 March 1887, American
Actor
Edward BurnsEdward Burns
21 September 1879, American
Actor
Basil RathboneBasil Rathbone
13 June 1892, British, South African
Actor

Douglas Fairbanks Sr.Douglas Fairbanks
23 May 1883, American
Actor

Robert RyanRobert Ryan
16 April 1896, American
Actor

George OsborneGeorge Osborne
16 December 1848, Australian
Actor
Lyman Frank BaumL. Frank Baum
15 May 1856, American
Writer

Jack HaleyJack Haley
10 August 1897, American
Vaudevillian

Ed WynnEd Wynn
09 November 1886, American
Actor

Mark LesterMark Lester
12 October 1876, British
Actor

Sessue HayakawaSessue Hayakawa
10 June 1889, Japanese
Actor, Novelist, Screenwriter, Film director
Bert LahrBert Lahr
13 August 1895, American
Actor

Frank MorganFrank Morgan
01 June 1890, American
Actor
John RoganJohn Rogan
16 February 1868, American
Second tallest person in history

Georges MélièsGeorges Méliès
08 December 1861, French
Actor, Film director, Animator, Film editor,

Walter PidgeonWalter Pidgeon
23 September 1897, Canadian, American
Actor, Singer, Stage actor, Television actor,
George CrossGeorge Cross
1873 AD, Australian
Actor

Billy MitchellBilly Mitchell
28 July 1889, American
Actor
Bud AbbottBud Abbott
02 October 1897, American
Comedian

Lou HoltzLou Holtz
11 April 1893, American
Actor

Peter KürtenPeter Kürten
26 May 1883, German
Criminal, Serial killer

Teddy HartTeddy Hart
25 September 1897, American
Actor

Konstantin StanislavskiKonstantin Stanislavski
17 January 1863, Russian
Actor
Paul KrugerPaul Kruger
24 July 1895, American
Actor

Arnold RidleyArnold Ridley
07 January 1896, British
Actor

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

Warren HastingsWarren Hastings
27 July 1880, British
Actor
Tom MixTom Mix
06 January 1880, American
Actor

Raymond MasseyRaymond Massey
30 August 1896, Canadian, American
Actor
Bill JamesBill James
06 March 1886, British
Actor

Eddie CantorEddie Cantor
31 January 1892, American
comedian

John LaurieJohn Laurie
25 March 1897, Scottish
Actor
Sydney GreenstreetSydney Greenstreet
27 December 1879, British
Actor

José Raúl CapablancaJosé Raúl Capablanca
19 November 1888, Cuban
Chess Player
John DeanJohn Dean
02 September 1897, British
Actor

Ted HealyTed Healy
01 October 1896, American
Actor, Screenwriter, Stage actor

Fritz HaarmannFritz Haarmann
25 October 1879, German
Serial killer
Jesse E. JamesJesse E. James
31 August 1875, American
Lawyer, Actor

Cedric HardwickeCedric Hardwicke
19 February 1893, British
Actor
Max SchreckMax Schreck
06 September 1879, German
Actor

Hal RoachHal Roach
14 January 1892, American
Film producer, Actor, Film director, Screenwriter

Joe AllenJoe Allen
06 August 1888, American
Actor

Ivor NovelloIvor Novello
15 January 1893, British
Actor, Playwright, Composer, Writer, Screenwriter,
Paul LukasPaul Lukas
26 May 1894, Hungarian, American
Actor
Vincenzo PeruggiaVincenzo Peruggia
08 October 1881
Art thief, House painter, Glazier

Duke KahanamokuDuke Kahanamoku
24 August 1890, American
Swimmer, Surfer, Actor, Water polo player

Thomas H. InceThomas H. Ince
16 November 1880, British, American
Film Producer

Emil JanningsEmil Jannings
23 July 1884, Swiss, German
Actor
Ernst LubitschErnst Lubitsch
29 January 1892, German, American
Film director, Actor, Screenwriter, Film producer,

Ernst UdetErnst Udet
26 April 1896, German
Aviator, Officer, Actor

Cecil KellawayCecil Kellaway
22 August 1890, British
Screenwriter, Stage actor, Film actor, Television

Eva Le GallienneEva Le Gallienne
11 January 1899, British, American
Actress

Martin BeckMartin Beck
31 July 1868, Slovak, American
Theatre owner
Mack SennettMack Sennett
17 January 1880, Canadian, American
Actor

Arthur FreedArthur Freed
09 September 1894, American
Film producer, Composer, Screenwriter, Actor,
Anton WalbrookAnton Walbrook
19 November 1896, Austrian
Actor

Tod BrowningTod Browning
12 July 1880, American
Director
Warner OlandWarner Oland
03 October 1879, Swedish, American
Actor, Film actor
Isaac SingerIsaac Singer
27 October 1811, American
Actor, Inventor