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

Fred AstaireFred Astaire

10 May 1899

American

Bertrand RussellBertrand Russell

18 May 1872

British,Welsh

Buster KeatonBuster Keaton

04 October 1895

American

Al JolsonAl Jolson

26 May 1886

American

John BarrymoreJohn Barrymore

15 February 1882

American

James CagneyJames Cagney

17 July 1899

American

Fredric MarchFredric March

31 August 1897

American

George BurnsGeorge Burns

20 January 1896

American

Bela LugosiBela Lugosi

20 October 1882

Hungarian

Charles LaughtonCharles Laughton

01 July 1899

British,American

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Lionel BarrymoreLionel Barrymore

28 April 1878

American

Will RogersWill Rogers

04 November 1879

American

Jimmy DuranteJimmy Durante

10 February 1893

American

Harpo MarxHarpo Marx

23 November 1888

American

W. C. FieldsW. C. Fields

29 January 1880

American

Wallace BeeryWallace Beery

01 April 1885

American

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George M. CohanGeorge M. Cohan

03 July 1878

American

Chico MarxChico Marx

22 March 1887

American

Ronald ColmanRonald Colman

09 February 1891

British

Charles BoyerCharles Boyer

28 August 1899

French

Walter Thomas HustonWalter Huston

05 April 1883

American

Paul MuniPaul Muni

22 September 1895

American

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Maurice ChevalierMaurice Chevalier

12 September 1888

French

Jean RenoirJean Renoir

15 September 1894

French,American

William Desmond TaylorWilliam Desmond Taylor

26 April 1872

Irish,American

Robert BenchleyRobert Benchley

15 October 1889

American

Frank BorzageFrank Borzage

23 April 1894

American

William DieterleWilliam Dieterle

15 July 1893

German

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Hans AlbersHans Albers

22 September 1891

German

Robert Z. LeonardRobert Z. Leonard

07 October 1889

American

Noël CowardNoël Coward

16 December 1899

British

Georges MélièsGeorges Méliès

08 December 1861

French

Peter KürtenPeter Kürten

26 May 1883

German

Walter PidgeonWalter Pidgeon

23 September 1897

Canadian,American

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Victor McLaglenVictor McLaglen

10 December 1886

British,American

Sessue HayakawaSessue Hayakawa

10 June 1889

Japanese

Hal RoachHal Roach

14 January 1892

American

Fritz HaarmannFritz Haarmann

25 October 1879

German

José Raúl CapablancaJosé Raúl Capablanca

19 November 1888

Cuban

Max SchreckMax Schreck

06 September 1879

German

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Grigory ZinovievGrigory Zinoviev

23 September 1883

Ukrainian

Duke KahanamokuDuke Kahanamoku

24 August 1890

American

Ivor NovelloIvor Novello

15 January 1893

British

Jesse E. JamesJesse E. James

31 August 1875

American

Ted HealyTed Healy

01 October 1896

American

Ernst UdetErnst Udet

26 April 1896

German

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Bert WilliamsBert Williams

12 November 1874

American

Emil JanningsEmil Jannings

23 July 1884

Swiss,German

Vincenzo PeruggiaVincenzo Peruggia

08 October 1881

Ernst LubitschErnst Lubitsch

29 January 1892

German,American

Henri Désiré LandruHenri Désiré Landru

12 April 1869

French

Isaac SingerIsaac Singer

27 October 1811

American

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Warner OlandWarner Oland

03 October 1879

Swedish,American

Jean HersholtJean Hersholt

12 July 1886

Danish,American

Paul LukasPaul Lukas

26 May 1891

Hungarian,American

Oswald ChambersOswald Chambers

24 July 1874

British

Wyndham LewisWyndham Lewis

18 November 1882

British

Karl DenkeKarl Denke

12 August 1860

German

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Arthur FreedArthur Freed

09 September 1894

American

Agustín LaraAgustín Lara

30 October 1897

Mexican

George AbbottGeorge Abbott

25 June 1887

American

Nils AstherNils Asther

17 January 1897

Danish,Swedish

Bharatendu HarishchandraBharatendu Harishchandra

09 September 1850

Indian

Cecil KellawayCecil Kellaway

22 August 1890

British

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Andy ClydeAndy Clyde

25 March 1892

British

Joseph SchildkrautJoseph Schildkraut

22 March 1896

Austrian,American

Anton WalbrookAnton Walbrook

19 November 1896

Austrian

George ArlissGeorge Arliss

10 April 1868

British

Sig RumanSig Ruman

11 October 1884

German,American

Eleonora DuseEleonora Duse

03 October 1858

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S. Z. SakallS. Z. Sakall

02 February 1883

Hungarian

Ezio PinzaEzio Pinza

18 May 1892

Italian

Antonio MorenoAntonio Moreno

26 September 1887

Spanish,American

Frank WedekindFrank Wedekind

24 July 1864

German

Edward Gordon CraigEdward Gordon Craig

16 January 1872

Irish,British

Sergey NechayevSergey Nechayev

20 September 1847

Russian

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Charles BeckerCharles Becker

24 November 1887

German

William Kennedy DicksonWilliam Kennedy Dickson

03 August 1860

British

René ClairRené Clair

11 November 1898

French