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

Bertrand RussellBertrand Russell
18 May 1872, British, Welsh

Buster KeatonBuster Keaton
04 October 1895, American

George BurnsGeorge Burns
20 January 1896, American

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

Bela LugosiBela Lugosi
20 October 1882, Hungarian
American actor

Al JolsonAl Jolson
26 May 1886, American
Actor, Singer
Will RogersWill Rogers
04 November 1879, American
Vaudeville Performer, Humorist

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

Lionel BarrymoreLionel Barrymore
28 April 1878, American

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

Chico MarxChico Marx
22 March 1887, American
American comedian

W. C. FieldsW. C. Fields
29 January 1880, American
Fredric MarchFredric March
31 August 1897, American

Wallace BeeryWallace Beery
01 April 1885, American

Walter Thomas HustonWalter Huston
05 April 1883, American

Charles BoyerCharles Boyer
28 August 1899, French
Maurice ChevalierMaurice Chevalier
12 September 1888, French
Actor, Singer

Ronald ColmanRonald Colman
09 February 1891, British
Jean RenoirJean Renoir
15 September 1894, French, American
Film Director, Actor, Producer

Paul MuniPaul Muni
22 September 1895, American

William Desmond TaylorWilliam Desmond Taylor
26 April 1872, Irish, American
Actor, Director
George M. CohanGeorge M. Cohan
03 July 1878, American
American playwright

Henry TraversHenry Travers
05 March 1874, British
Robert BenchleyRobert Benchley
15 October 1889, American

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
Matthew LewisMatthew Lewis
27 June 1989, British

Roscoe ArbuckleRoscoe Arbuckle
24 March 1887, American

Douglas Fairbanks Sr.Douglas Fairbanks
23 May 1883, American

Basil RathboneBasil Rathbone
13 June 1892, British, South African
José Raúl CapablancaJosé Raúl Capablanca
19 November 1888, Cuban
Chess Player
L. Frank BaumL. Frank Baum
15 May 1856, American

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,

Arnold RidleyArnold Ridley
07 January 1896, British
Ed WynnEd Wynn
09 November 1886, American

Sydney GreenstreetSydney Greenstreet
27 December 1879, British

Jack HaleyJack Haley
10 August 1897, American

Konstantin StanislavskiKonstantin Stanislavski
17 January 1863, Russian

Bud AbbottBud Abbott
02 October 1897, American
Walter PidgeonWalter Pidgeon
23 September 1897, Canadian, American
Actor, Singer, Stage actor, Television actor,

Raymond MasseyRaymond Massey
30 August 1896, Canadian, American
Frank MorganFrank Morgan
01 June 1890, American

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

Victor McLaglenVictor McLaglen
10 December 1886, British, American
Actor, Boxer
Bert LahrBert Lahr
13 August 1895, American

Sessue HayakawaSessue Hayakawa
10 June 1889, Japanese
Actor, Novelist, Screenwriter, Film director
John LaurieJohn Laurie
25 March 1897, Scottish

Harry CareyHarry Carey
16 January 1878, American

Eddie CantorEddie Cantor
31 January 1892, American

Tom MixTom Mix
06 January 1880, American

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

John GilbertJohn Gilbert
10 July 1897, American

Max SchreckMax Schreck
06 September 1879, German

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

Donald CrispDonald Crisp
27 July 1882, British
Ted HealyTed Healy
01 October 1896, American
Actor, Screenwriter, Stage actor

Cedric HardwickeCedric Hardwicke
19 February 1893, British

Ivor NovelloIvor Novello
15 January 1893, British
Actor, Playwright, Composer, Writer, Screenwriter,
Duke KahanamokuDuke Kahanamoku
24 August 1890, American
Swimmer, Surfer, Actor, Water polo player

John LoderJohn Loder
03 January 1898, British
actor, film actor
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

Warner OlandWarner Oland
03 October 1879, Swedish, American
Actor, Film actor
Thomas H. InceThomas H. Ince
16 November 1880, British, American
Film Producer

Ira AldridgeIra Aldridge
24 July 1807, American
Chōjun MiyagiChōjun Miyagi
25 April 1888, Japanese

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

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

Barry WardBarry Ward
Film actor
Mack SennettMack Sennett
17 January 1880, Canadian, American
Emil JanningsEmil Jannings
23 July 1884, Austrian, German

S. Z. SakallS. Z. Sakall
02 February 1883, Hungarian, American

Sir Henry IrvingSir Henry Irving
06 February 1838, British

Isaac SingerIsaac Singer
27 October 1811, American
Actor, Inventor
Arthur ShieldsArthur Shields
15 February 1896, Irish

Dan LenoDan Leno
20 December 1860, British

Paul LukasPaul Lukas
26 May 1894, Hungarian, American

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

Henri Désiré LandruHenri Désiré Landru
12 April 1869, French
Serial killer, Subdeacon, Accountant, Q3053339,
Karl DenkeKarl Denke
12 August 1860, German
criminal, murderer, serial killer

Bill PickettBill Pickett
05 December 1870, American
Oswald ChambersOswald Chambers
24 July 1874, British
Author, Theologian

James FinlaysonJames Finlayson
27 August 1887, Scottish
actor, comedian, stage actor
Wyndham LewisWyndham Lewis
18 November 1882, British
Painter, Writer, Journalist, Editor, Novelist
Thakur AnukulchandraThakur Anukulchandra
14 September 1888, Bangladeshi