Famous 19th Century Comedians

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 1 Buster Keaton

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Famous As: Actor, Director
Birthdate: October 4, 1895
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Piqua, Kansas, United States
Died: February 1, 1966

Buster Keaton was an American comedian, filmmaker, actor, and stunt performer. Regarded as one of the greatest actor-directors of all time, Keaton was renowned for his physical comedy. Counted among the greatest stars of classic Hollywood cinema by the American Film Institute, Buster Keaton's films remain highly regarded. His 1926 film The General was admired by actors like Orson Welles.

 2 George Burns

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Birthdate: January 20, 1896
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City
Died: March 9, 1996

George Burns was an American actor, comedian, singer, and writer. Characterized by his cigar-smoke punctuation and arched eyebrow, which remained relevant for more than 75 years, Burns was one of the few entertainers to have achieved an equal amount of success in film, television, vaudeville, and radio. He has three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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 3 Will Rogers

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Famous As: Vaudeville Performer, Humorist
Birthdate: November 4, 1879
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Oologah, Indian Territory (now Oklahoma)
Died: August 15, 1935

 4 Jack Benny

Jack Benny
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Famous As: Comedian, Vaudevillian
Birthdate: February 14, 1894
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S
Died: December 26, 1974
Benjamin Kubelsky, better known as Jack Benny, was an American vaudeville violinist who later soared to fame with the radio/TV comedy show The Jack Benny Program. He became famous for his signature expression “Well!” He also appeared in films such as The Hollywood Revue of 1929 and Mr. Broadway.

 5 Al Jolson

Al Jolson
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Famous As: Actor, Singer
Birthdate: May 26, 1886
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Seredžius
Died: October 23, 1950

Singer, comedian, and actor Al Jolson was dubbed "The World's Greatest Entertainer" at the peak of his career. Known for his brash and extroverted performances, he is credited to have played a major role in defining the modern musical. He was the first star to entertain troops overseas during World War II and was posthumously awarded the Medal for Merit.

 6 Jimmy Durante

Jimmy Durante
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Famous As: Actor, Comedian, Singer, Pianist
Birthdate: February 10, 1893
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: January 29, 1980

Jimmy Durante was an American comedian, actor, singer, and pianist. Widely regarded as one of America's most popular and familiar personalities of all time, Durante was often characterized by his Lower East Side accent, gravelly speech, and a prominent nose. Also known for his charitable work, Durante worked closely with Fraternal Order of Eagles, which raises money for abused children.

 7 Jack Haley

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Famous As: Vaudevillian
Birthdate: August 10, 1897
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Died: June 6, 1979
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 8 W. C. Fields

W. C. Fields
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Birthdate: January 29, 1880
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Darby
Died: December 25, 1946

 9 Ed Wynn

Ed Wynn
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 9, 1886
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: June 19, 1966

 10 Bud Abbott

Bud Abbott
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: October 2, 1897
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Asbury Park, New Jersey, United States
Died: April 24, 1974

 11 Bert Lahr

Bert Lahr
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 13, 1895
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: December 4, 1967

 12 Chico Marx

Chico Marx
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Famous As: American comedian
Birthdate: March 22, 1887
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Died: October 11, 1961

 13 Eddie Cantor

Eddie Cantor
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Famous As: comedian
Birthdate: January 31, 1892
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: October 10, 1964

 14 Gracie Fields

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Famous As: Actor, Comedian, Singer
Birthdate: January 9, 1898
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rochdale
Died: September 27, 1979

 15 Fred Allen

Fred Allen
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Famous As: American comedian
Birthdate: May 31, 1894
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Died: March 17, 1956

 16 Sophie Tucker

Sophie Tucker
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 13, 1886
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tul'chyn, Ukraine
Died: February 9, 1966

 17 Dan Leno

Dan Leno
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: December 20, 1860
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Somers Town, London England
Died: October 31, 1904

 18 Gertrude Lawrence

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 4, 1898
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Newington, London, United Kingdom
Died: September 6, 1952

Gertrude Lawrence was an English actress, singer, and dancer. She also performed musical comedy in the West End of London and on Broadway in New York. She was introduced to the entertainment world as a child and grew up to become a famous multi-faceted performer. She won several awards. In her later years, she taught acting. 

 19 Cicely Courtneidge

Cicely Courtneidge
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 1, 1893
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died: April 26, 1980

 20 Beatrice Lillie

Beatrice Lillie
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 29, 1894
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: January 20, 1989

 21 Harry Langdon

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: June 15, 1884
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Died: December 22, 1944

 22 Al Shean

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: May 12, 1868
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kingdom of Prussia
Died: August 12, 1949

 23 Señor Wences

Señor Wences
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Famous As: Ventriloquist
Birthdate: April 17, 1896
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Salamanca, Spain
Died: April 20, 1999

 24 Georgiana Barrymore

Georgiana Barrymore
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 11, 1856
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died: July 2, 1893

 25 Max Linder

Max Linder
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 16, 1883
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cavernes, Saint-Loubès, Gironde, French Third Republic
Died: November 1, 1925

 26 Patricia Collinge

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 20, 1892
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: April 10, 1974

 27 Eddie Foy Sr.

Eddie Foy Sr.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 9, 1856
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: February 16, 1928

 28 Florence Mills

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 25, 1896
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: November 1, 1927

 29 Nora Bayes

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 3, 1880
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: March 19, 1928

 30 Vic Oliver

Vic Oliver
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 8, 1898
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: August 15, 1964

 31 Finley Peter Dunne

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Famous As: Author, Screenwriter, Writer, Journalist
Birthdate: July 10, 1867
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: April 24, 1936

 32 Lotta Crabtree

Lotta Crabtree
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Famous As: Actress
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. 

 33 George Grossmith

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: December 9, 1847
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Islington, London, England
Died: March 1, 1912

 34 Sir George Robey

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Famous As: British comedian
Birthdate: September 20, 1869
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Herue Hill, England
Died: November 29, 1954

 35 Karl Valentin

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: June 4, 1882
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Died: February 9, 1948

 36 Aristide Bruant

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 6, 1851
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Courtenay, France
Died: February 11, 1925

 37 Alphonse Allais

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Famous As: Writer, Poet, Journalist, Screenwriter, Painter, Science fiction writer, Composer, Comedian
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.

 38 Grock

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Famous As: Clown
Birthdate: January 10, 1880
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Loveresse, Switzerland
Died: July 14, 1959

 39 Dražen Ričl

Dražen Ričl
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: March 12, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Died: October 1, 1986

 40 Goodman Ace

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Famous As: Humorist
Birthdate: January 15, 1899
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Died: March 25, 1982

 41 Lou Holtz

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 11, 1893
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: September 22, 1980

 42 Tyrone Power

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 20, 1797
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kilmacthomas, Ireland
Died: March 17, 1841

 43 Albert Chevalier

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: March 21, 1861
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Royal Crescent, London
Died: July 10, 1923

 44 Ada Rehan

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 22, 1859
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Limerick, Ireland
Died: January 9, 1916

 45 Joe Weber

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Famous As: Vaudeville
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.

 46 Sulev Nõmmik

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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: January 11, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Estonia
Died: June 28, 1992

 47 Carlos Arniches

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Famous As: Dramatist
Birthdate: October 11, 1866
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Alicante, Spain
Died: April 16, 1943

 48 Weiss Ferdl

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Famous As: Film actor
Birthdate: June 28, 1883
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Altötting, Germany
Died: June 19, 1949

 49 Alojzy Fortunat Żółkowski

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 2, 1777
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: near Nowogrodek, Poland
Died: September 11, 1822

 50 Joseph Albert Alexandre Glatigny

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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: May 21, 1839
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lillebonne, France
Died: April 16, 1873