Famous 19th Century Comedians

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Will Rogers
(Vaudeville Performer, Humorist)
Will Rogers
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Birthdate: November 4, 1879
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Oologah, Indian Territory (now Oklahoma)
Died: August 15, 1935
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Jack Haley
(Vaudevillian)
Jack Haley
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Birthdate: August 10, 1897
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Died: June 6, 1979
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Bud Abbott
(Comedian)
Bud Abbott
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Birthdate: October 2, 1897
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Asbury Park, New Jersey, United States
Died: April 24, 1974
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Ed Wynn
(Actor)
Ed Wynn
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Birthdate: November 9, 1886
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: June 19, 1966
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Bert Lahr
(Actor)
Bert Lahr
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Birthdate: August 13, 1895
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: December 4, 1967
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Chico Marx
(American comedian)
Chico Marx
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Birthdate: March 22, 1887
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Died: October 11, 1961
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Eddie Cantor
(comedian)
Eddie Cantor
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Birthdate: January 31, 1892
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: October 10, 1964
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Fred Allen
(American comedian)
Fred Allen
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Birthdate: May 31, 1894
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Died: March 17, 1956
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Sophie Tucker
(American Comedian, Actress, Singer, and Radio Personality)
Sophie Tucker
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Birthdate: January 13, 1886
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tul'chyn, Ukraine
Died: February 9, 1966
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Ted Healy
(American Vaudeville Performer, Actor and Comedian)
Ted Healy
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Birthdate: October 1, 1896
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kaufman, Texas, United States
Died: December 21, 1937
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Marie Dressler
(Actress, Comedian and Early Silent Film and Depression-Era Film Star)
Marie Dressler
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Birthdate: November 9, 1868
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cobourg, Canada
Died: July 28, 1934

Marie Dressler was a Canadian comedian and actress. A major film star during the Depression-era, Dressler received the 1931 Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Min Divot in the 1930 American comedy-drama film, Min and Bill. Her life and career inspired a play titled Queen Marie, which was written by Shirley Barrie.

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Gracie Fields
(Actress, Singer who was highest paid film star in the world in 1937)
Gracie Fields
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Birthdate: January 9, 1898
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rochdale, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
Died: September 27, 1979
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Dan Leno
(Comedian)
Dan Leno
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Birthdate: December 20, 1860
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Somers Town, London England
Died: October 31, 1904
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Harry Langdon
(Comedian)
Harry Langdon
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Birthdate: June 15, 1884
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Died: December 22, 1944
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Señor Wences
(Ventriloquist)
Señor Wences
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Birthdate: April 17, 1896
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Salamanca, Spain
Died: April 20, 1999
 16 
Al Shean
(German Comedian and Vaudeville Performer)
Al Shean
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Birthdate: May 12, 1868
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kingdom of Prussia
Died: August 12, 1949
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Beatrice Lillie
(Actress)
Beatrice Lillie
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Birthdate: May 29, 1894
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: January 20, 1989
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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Max Linder
(French Comedian and the World's First Movie Star)
Max Linder
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Birthdate: December 16, 1883
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cavernes, Saint-Loubès, Gironde, French Third Republic
Died: November 1, 1925

French comedian, filmmaker, and screenwriter of the silent-film era, Gabriel Leuvielle, better known as Max Linder, is remembered as the world’s first movie star. He is known to have influenced Charlie Chaplin. He also created his iconic character Max, beginning with The Skater's Debut, and played it in several comedies later.

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Georgiana Barrymore
(Actress)
Georgiana Barrymore
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Birthdate: July 11, 1856
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died: July 2, 1893
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Patricia Collinge
(Actress)
Patricia Collinge
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Birthdate: September 20, 1892
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: April 10, 1974

Though trained in dance and the piano, Patricia Collinge later found her calling in acting. The Irish-American actor is best remembered for her iconic roles such as Lavinia Penniman in The Heiress. Her performance as Aunt Birdie in the film The Little Foxes later got her nominated for an Academy Award.

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Lotta Crabtree
(American Actress, Entertainer, Comedian, and Philanthropist)
Lotta Crabtree
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Birthdate: November 7, 1847
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: September 25, 1924

Lotta Crabtree was an entertainer, actress, and comedian who became one of the most beloved and wealthiest American entertainers during the late-19th century. She was also a well-known philanthropist; she left an estate worth $4 million for a charitable trust as part of her will. Dubbed The Nation's Darling, Lotta Crabtree's life and career inspired the 1951 film Golden Girl. 

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Florence Mills
(Singer)
Florence Mills
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Birthdate: January 25, 1896
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: November 1, 1927
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Eddie Foy Sr.
(Actor)
Eddie Foy Sr.
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Birthdate: March 9, 1856
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: February 16, 1928
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Nora Bayes
(Singer)
Nora Bayes
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Birthdate: October 3, 1880
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: March 19, 1928
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Finley Peter Dunne
(Author, Screenwriter, Writer, Journalist)
Finley Peter Dunne
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Birthdate: July 10, 1867
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: April 24, 1936
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Vic Oliver
(Actor)
Vic Oliver
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Birthdate: July 8, 1898
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: August 15, 1964
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George Grossmith
(Comedian)
George Grossmith
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Birthdate: December 9, 1847
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Islington, London, England
Died: March 1, 1912
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Aristide Bruant
(French Cabaret Singer, Nightclub Owner, and Comedian)
Aristide Bruant
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Birthdate: May 6, 1851
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Courtenay, France
Died: February 11, 1925
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Karl Valentin
(Bavarian Comedian)
Karl Valentin
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Birthdate: June 4, 1882
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Died: February 9, 1948
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Sir George Robey
(British comedian)
Sir George Robey
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Birthdate: September 20, 1869
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Herue Hill, England
Died: November 29, 1954
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Tyrone Power
(Actor)
Tyrone Power
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Birthdate: November 20, 1797
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kilmacthomas, Ireland
Died: March 17, 1841

Tyrone Power was a patriarch of one of the most well-known Irish acting families and the great-grandfather of romantic matinee idol Tyrone Power III. He ran away to take up acting at age 14 and later popularized the stage Irishman stock character with his performance as Looney Mactwolter in The Wag of Windsor.

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Alphonse Allais
(Writer, Poet, Journalist, Screenwriter, Painter, Science fiction writer, Composer, Comedian)
Alphonse Allais
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Birthdate: October 20, 1854
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Honfleur
Died: October 28, 1905

French writer Alphonse Allais, also a journalist and humorist, wrote many collections of whimsical writings. He is known for writing the earliest example of a completely silent musical composition. The small house where he was born was later turned into a museum named Alphonse Allais Museum. The Académie Alphonse-Allais has been awarding an annual prize in his honor since 1954.

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Dražen Ričl
(Musician)
Dražen Ričl
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Birthdate: March 12, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Died: October 1, 1986
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Lou Holtz
(Actor)
Lou Holtz
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Birthdate: April 11, 1893
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: September 22, 1980
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Goodman Ace
(Humorist)
Goodman Ace
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Birthdate: January 15, 1899
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Died: March 25, 1982
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Albert Chevalier
(Comedian)
Albert Chevalier
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Birthdate: March 21, 1861
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Royal Crescent, London
Died: July 10, 1923
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Ada Rehan
(American Actress and Comedian Who Typified the ‘Personality’ Style of Acting in the Nineteenth Century)
Ada Rehan
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Birthdate: June 12, 1857
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Limerick, Ireland
Died: January 8, 1916

Ada Rehan became a sensation in 19th-century America with her performances in Shakespearean and European comedies. She was part of the Big Four that performed under theater manager Augustin Daly and worked him for 2 decades. Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew remains one of her best-known roles.

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Joe Weber
(Vaudeville)
Joe Weber
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Birthdate: August 11, 1867
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City, United States
Died: May 10, 1942

Joe Weber was a vaudeville performer who formed the popular comedy duo of Weber and Fields along with his colleague Lew Fields. Joe Weber and Lew Fields managed to achieve popularity despite having personal differences in real life. The backstage hostility portrayed in Neil Simon's film and play The Sunshine Boys is possibly based on Weber and Fields.

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Alojzy Fortunat Żółkowski
(Actor)
Alojzy Fortunat Żółkowski
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Birthdate: November 2, 1777
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: near Nowogrodek, Poland
Died: September 11, 1822
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Carlos Arniches
(Dramatist)
Carlos Arniches
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Birthdate: October 11, 1866
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Alicante, Spain
Died: April 16, 1943
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Weiss Ferdl
(German Actor, Author, and Humorous Folksinger)
Weiss Ferdl
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Birthdate: June 28, 1883
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Altötting, Germany
Died: June 19, 1949
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Paul Beckers
(German Comedian and Actor)
Paul Beckers
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Birthdate: November 1, 1878
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Magdeburg, Germany
Died: April 27, 1965
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Sulev Nõmmik
(Director)
Sulev Nõmmik
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Birthdate: January 11, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Estonia
Died: June 28, 1992
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Joseph Albert Alexandre Glatigny
(French Poet, Playwright, and Comedian)
Joseph Albert Alexandre Glatigny
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Birthdate: May 21, 1839
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lillebonne, France
Died: April 16, 1873
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Max Pallenberg
(Austrian Singer, Comedian, and Actor)
Max Pallenberg
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Birthdate: December 18, 1877
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: June 26, 1934