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

Lionel BarrymoreLionel Barrymore
28 April 1878, American

Buster KeatonBuster Keaton
04 October 1895, American
James CagneyJames Cagney
17 July 1899, American
Actor, Dancer

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

Bela LugosiBela Lugosi
20 October 1882, Hungarian
American actor
Charles LaughtonCharles Laughton
01 July 1899, British, American

Al JolsonAl Jolson
26 May 1886, American
Actor, Singer

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

Harpo MarxHarpo Marx
23 November 1888, American

W. C. FieldsW. C. Fields
29 January 1880, American
Henry TraversHenry Travers
05 March 1874, British

Paul MuniPaul Muni
22 September 1895, American

Charles BoyerCharles Boyer
28 August 1899, French

Walter Thomas HustonWalter Huston
05 April 1883, American
George M. CohanGeorge M. Cohan
03 July 1878, American
American playwright

Fredric MarchFredric March
31 August 1897, American
Maurice ChevalierMaurice Chevalier
12 September 1888, French
Actor, Singer

Chico MarxChico Marx
22 March 1887, American
American comedian

Ronald ColmanRonald Colman
09 February 1891, British
Wallace BeeryWallace Beery
01 April 1885, American

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

Robert BenchleyRobert Benchley
15 October 1889, American

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

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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

Roscoe ArbuckleRoscoe Arbuckle
24 March 1887, American

Lou HoltzLou Holtz
11 April 1893, American

Jack HaleyJack Haley
10 August 1897, American
John DeanJohn Dean
02 September 1897, British
Ed WynnEd Wynn
09 November 1886, American

Basil RathboneBasil Rathbone
13 June 1892, British, South African

Frank MorganFrank Morgan
01 June 1890, American

John RoganJohn Rogan
16 February 1868, American
Second tallest person in history
Bert LahrBert Lahr
13 August 1895, American

Sydney GreenstreetSydney Greenstreet
27 December 1879, British

Bud AbbottBud Abbott
02 October 1897, American

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
Arnold RidleyArnold Ridley
07 January 1896, British

Teddy HartTeddy Hart
25 September 1897, American
Peter KürtenPeter Kürten
26 May 1883, German
Criminal, Serial killer

Walter PidgeonWalter Pidgeon
23 September 1897, Canadian, American
Actor, Singer, Stage actor, Television actor,

Joe AllenJoe Allen
06 August 1888, American
Eddie CantorEddie Cantor
31 January 1892, American

Ivor NovelloIvor Novello
15 January 1893, British
Actor, Playwright, Composer, Writer, Screenwriter,
Hal RoachHal Roach
14 January 1892, American
Film producer, Actor, Film director, Screenwriter

Max SchreckMax Schreck
06 September 1879, German

Tom MixTom Mix
06 January 1880, American

Dan LenoDan Leno
20 December 1860, British

Raymond MasseyRaymond Massey
30 August 1896, Canadian, American
John LaurieJohn Laurie
25 March 1897, Scottish

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

Tom DempseyTom Dempsey
20 January 1868, American

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

Duke KahanamokuDuke Kahanamoku
24 August 1890, American
Swimmer, Surfer, Actor, Water polo player
Fritz HaarmannFritz Haarmann
25 October 1879, German
Serial killer

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

Jesse E. JamesJesse E. James
31 August 1875, American
Lawyer, Actor
Ernst LubitschErnst Lubitsch
29 January 1892, German, American
Film director, Actor, Screenwriter, Film producer,

Vincenzo PeruggiaVincenzo Peruggia
08 October 1881
Art thief, House painter, Glazier
Emil JanningsEmil Jannings
23 July 1884, Swiss, German

Mack SennettMack Sennett
17 January 1880, Canadian, American

Joseph SchildkrautJoseph Schildkraut
22 March 1896, Austrian, American
Screenwriter, Stage actor, Film actor
James J. CorbettJames J. Corbett
01 September 1866, American

Paul LukasPaul Lukas
26 May 1891, Hungarian, American
actor, screenwriter, film actor
Ira AldridgeIra Aldridge
24 July 1807, American

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

Cedric HardwickeCedric Hardwicke
19 February 1893, British

Thomas H. InceThomas H. Ince
16 November 1880, British, American
Film Producer
George AbbottGeorge Abbott
25 June 1887, American
Actor, Film director, Playwright, Screenwriter,
Warner OlandWarner Oland
03 October 1879, Swedish, American
Actor, Film actor

Isaac SingerIsaac Singer
27 October 1811, American
Actor, Inventor

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

Tod BrowningTod Browning
12 July 1880, American
Jean HersholtJean Hersholt
12 July 1886, Danish, American
Film actor, Actor, Linguist, Writer, Translator

Bill PickettBill Pickett
05 December 1870, American

Bert WilliamsBert Williams
12 November 1874, American
Actor, Screenwriter, Stage actor

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

Henri Désiré LandruHenri Désiré Landru
12 April 1869, French
Serial killer, Subdeacon, Accountant, Q3053339,
S. Z. SakallS. Z. Sakall
02 February 1883, Hungarian
actor, screenwriter, writer, stage actor

Oswald ChambersOswald Chambers
24 July 1874, British
Author, Theologian
Cecil KellawayCecil Kellaway
22 August 1890, British
Screenwriter, Stage actor, Film actor, Television

Wyndham LewisWyndham Lewis
18 November 1882, British
Painter, Writer, Journalist, Editor, Novelist
Walter LantzWalter Lantz
27 April 1899, American
William S. HartWilliam S. Hart
06 December 1864, American