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

James CagneyJames Cagney
17 July 1899, American
Actor, Dancer
Bela LugosiBela Lugosi
20 October 1882, Hungarian
American actor

John BarrymoreJohn Barrymore
15 February 1882, American

George BurnsGeorge Burns
20 January 1896, American

Al JolsonAl Jolson
26 May 1886, American
Actor, Singer
Charles LaughtonCharles Laughton
01 July 1899, British, American

Will RogersWill Rogers
04 November 1879, American
Vaudeville Performer, Humorist
George M. CohanGeorge M. Cohan
03 July 1878, American
American playwright

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

Harpo MarxHarpo Marx
23 November 1888, American
Walter Thomas HustonWalter Huston
05 April 1883, American

W. C. FieldsW. C. Fields
29 January 1880, American
Lionel BarrymoreLionel Barrymore
28 April 1878, American

Charles BoyerCharles Boyer
28 August 1899, French

Fredric MarchFredric March
31 August 1897, American
Chico MarxChico Marx
22 March 1887, American
American comedian

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

Ronald ColmanRonald Colman
09 February 1891, British
William Desmond TaylorWilliam Desmond Taylor
26 April 1872, Irish, American
Actor, Director
Robert BenchleyRobert Benchley
15 October 1889, American

Henry TraversHenry Travers
05 March 1874, British

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

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

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Robert Z. LeonardRobert Z. Leonard
07 October 1889, American
Film Director, Actor, Producer

John DeanJohn Dean
02 September 1897, British

Jack HaleyJack Haley
10 August 1897, American

Lou HoltzLou Holtz
11 April 1893, American
Bert LahrBert Lahr
13 August 1895, American

Frank MorganFrank Morgan
01 June 1890, American
Basil RathboneBasil Rathbone
13 June 1892, British, South African

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,
Sessue HayakawaSessue Hayakawa
10 June 1889, Japanese
Actor, Novelist, Screenwriter, Film director

Peter KürtenPeter Kürten
26 May 1883, German
Criminal, Serial killer
Walter PidgeonWalter Pidgeon
23 September 1897, Canadian, American
Actor, Singer, Stage actor, Television actor,

Tom MixTom Mix
06 January 1880, American

Arnold RidleyArnold Ridley
07 January 1896, British

Teddy HartTeddy Hart
25 September 1897, American

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

John LaurieJohn Laurie
25 March 1897, Scottish
Paul LukasPaul Lukas
26 May 1891, Hungarian, American
actor, screenwriter, film actor

Eddie CantorEddie Cantor
31 January 1892, American
Duke KahanamokuDuke Kahanamoku
24 August 1890, American
Swimmer, Surfer, Actor, Water polo player

Fritz HaarmannFritz Haarmann
25 October 1879, German
Serial killer

Ivor NovelloIvor Novello
15 January 1893, British
Actor, Playwright, Composer, Writer, Screenwriter,
Joe AllenJoe Allen
06 August 1888, American

Grigory ZinovievGrigory Zinoviev
23 September 1883, Ukrainian
Actor, Politician
José Raúl CapablancaJosé Raúl Capablanca
19 November 1888, Cuban
Chess Player

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

Ted HealyTed Healy
01 October 1896, American
Actor, Screenwriter, Stage actor
Vincenzo PeruggiaVincenzo Peruggia
08 October 1881
Art thief, House painter, Glazier

Emil JanningsEmil Jannings
23 July 1884, Swiss, German
Jean HersholtJean Hersholt
12 July 1886, Danish, American
Film actor, Actor, Linguist, Writer, Translator

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

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

Tom DempseyTom Dempsey
20 January 1868, American
George ArlissGeorge Arliss
10 April 1868, British
Writer, Playwright, Film director, Autobiographer,
Ernst LubitschErnst Lubitsch
29 January 1892, German, American
Film director, Actor, Screenwriter, Film producer,

Frank BonnerFrank Bonner
16 August 1877, American

Isaac SingerIsaac Singer
27 October 1811, American
Actor, Inventor

Oswald ChambersOswald Chambers
24 July 1874, British
Author, Theologian
Warner OlandWarner Oland
03 October 1879, Swedish, American
Actor, Film actor

Bharatendu HarishchandraBharatendu Harishchandra
09 September 1850, Indian
Actor, Journalist, Writer, Poet

S. Z. SakallS. Z. Sakall
02 February 1883, Hungarian
actor, screenwriter, writer, stage actor

Agustín LaraAgustín Lara
30 October 1897, Mexican
Composer, Singer, Actor, Songwriter

Henri Désiré LandruHenri Désiré Landru
12 April 1869, French
Serial killer, Subdeacon, Accountant, Q3053339,
Eleonora DuseEleonora Duse
03 October 1858
Actor, Screenwriter, Stage actor

Anton WalbrookAnton Walbrook
19 November 1896, Austrian
Karl DenkeKarl Denke
12 August 1860, German
criminal, murderer, serial killer

Wyndham LewisWyndham Lewis
18 November 1882, British
Painter, Writer, Journalist, Editor, Novelist

George AbbottGeorge Abbott
25 June 1887, American
Actor, Film director, Playwright, Screenwriter,
Bert WilliamsBert Williams
12 November 1874, American
Actor, Screenwriter, Stage actor

Joseph SchildkrautJoseph Schildkraut
22 March 1896, Austrian, American
Screenwriter, Stage actor, Film actor
Arthur FreedArthur Freed
09 September 1894, American
Film producer, Composer, Screenwriter, Actor,

Andy ClydeAndy Clyde
25 March 1892, British
Stage actor, Film actor

Sig RumanSig Ruman
11 October 1884, German, American

Nils AstherNils Asther
17 January 1897, Danish, Swedish
Stage actor, Film actor
Ezio PinzaEzio Pinza
18 May 1892, Italian
Singer, Actor, Opera singer

Frank WedekindFrank Wedekind
24 July 1864, German
Playwright, Writer, Journalist, Screenwriter,
Chōjun MiyagiChōjun Miyagi
25 April 1888, Japanese

Beniamino GigliBeniamino Gigli
20 March 1890, Italian
Actor, Opera singer, Singer
Antonio MorenoAntonio Moreno
26 September 1887, Spanish, American
Actor, Film director, Film actor

Sergey NechayevSergey Nechayev
20 September 1847, Russian
writer, militant
René ClairRené Clair
11 November 1898, French
Screenwriter, Actor, Film director, Film producer,