Famous Film & Theater Personalities Of The 19th Century
The 19th century, especially the later part, saw the development of several exciting aspects in the theater industry. A wide range of movements—Romanticism, melodrama, Naturalism, and Realism, among others—swept across Europe and the US. Playwright Alexandre Dumas and dramatist Augustin Eugène Scribe were among the pioneers who greatly influenced theatrical productions in the 19th century. English stage actor Henry Irving was a prominent figure in European theater and became the first actor to be awarded a knighthood, indicating full acceptance into the higher circles of British society. Several innovations were introduced in theatrical productions during this era, and William Charles Macready was one of the main innovators. The later part of the 19th century saw the development of photography and films, with the inventor Thomas Edison playing a major role in the progress of early cinema. An associate of Edison, Alfred Clark was the first to make moving pictures with innovations like continuity, plot, trained actors and special effects in the later years of the century. Another film pioneer, William Kennedy-Laurie Dickson—also associated with Edison—devised an early motion picture camera. This section provides you information about the life and works of Famous Film & Theater Personalities of the 19th Century.
Charlie ChaplinCharlie Chaplin
16 April 1889, British
Hattie McDanielHattie McDaniel
10 June 1895, American

Humphrey BogartHumphrey Bogart
25 December 1899, American

Alfred HitchcockAlfred Hitchcock
13 August 1899, British
Film Director and Producer

Fred AstaireFred Astaire
10 May 1899, American

Mae WestMae West
17 August 1893, American
Vinayak Damodar SavarkarVinayak Damodar Savarkar
28 May 1883, Indian
Independence Activist, Reformer

Bertrand RussellBertrand Russell
18 May 1872, British, Welsh

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

George BurnsGeorge Burns
20 January 1896, American
Al JolsonAl Jolson
26 May 1886, American
Actor, Singer

Gloria SwansonGloria Swanson
27 March 1899, American

Mary PickfordMary Pickford
08 April 1892, Canadian, American
Actress, Producer, Screenwriter

John FordJohn Ford
01 February 1894, American
Film Director & Producer

George CukorGeorge Cukor
07 July 1899, American
Film Director
Cecil Blount DeMilleCecil B. DeMille
12 August 1881, American
Film Director, Producer

John BarrymoreJohn Barrymore
15 February 1882, American

Bela LugosiBela Lugosi
20 October 1882, Hungarian
American actor

Buffalo BillBuffalo Bill
26 February 1846, American
D. W. GriffithD. W. Griffith
22 January 1875, American
American director

Jack BennyJack Benny
14 February 1894, American
Comedian, Vaudevillian
Harpo MarxHarpo Marx
23 November 1888, American

Irene DunneIrene Dunne
20 December 1898, American

Charles LaughtonCharles Laughton
01 July 1899, British, American
Jimmy DuranteJimmy Durante
10 February 1893, American
Actor, Comedian, Singer, Pianist

Will RogersWill Rogers
04 November 1879, American
Vaudeville Performer, Humorist
Kathrine NarducciKathrine Narducci
22 November 1965, American

Lionel BarrymoreLionel Barrymore
28 April 1878, American

Frank CapraFrank Capra
18 May 1897, Italian, American
Film Director
Sarah BernhardtSarah Bernhardt
22 October 1844, French

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Jean CocteauJean Cocteau
05 July 1889, French
Novelist, Poet, Artist & Filmmaker
W. C. FieldsW. C. Fields
29 January 1880, American

Howard HawksHoward Hawks
30 May 1896, American

Walter Thomas HustonWalter Huston
05 April 1883, American

Chico MarxChico Marx
22 March 1887, American
American comedian
Michael CurtizMichael Curtiz
24 December 1886, American
Film Director
Fredric MarchFredric March
31 August 1897, American

Dadasaheb PhalkeDadasaheb Phalke
30 April 1870, Indian
Father of Indian Cinema

Charles BoyerCharles Boyer
28 August 1899, French

Samuel GoldwynSamuel Goldwyn
17 August 1879, American
Film Producer
Paul MuniPaul Muni
22 September 1895, American

Harry WarnerHarry Warner
12 December 1881, American

Shirley BoothShirley Booth
30 August 1898, American

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

Ethel BarrymoreEthel Barrymore
15 August 1879, American
George M. CohanGeorge M. Cohan
03 July 1878, American
American playwright

Victor FlemingVictor Fleming
23 February 1889, American
Film Director

Alla NazimovaAlla Nazimova
03 June 1879, American, Russian
Maurice ChevalierMaurice Chevalier
12 September 1888, French
Actor, Singer

Antonin ArtaudAntonin Artaud
04 September 1896, French
Dramatist, Poet, Essayist, Actor, & Theatre
King VidorKing Vidor
08 February 1894, American
Film Director and Producer

Ronald ColmanRonald Colman
09 February 1891, British

Fred AllenFred Allen
31 May 1894, American
American comedian

Marie DresslerMarie Dressler
09 November 1868, Canadian, American

Josef von SternbergJosef von Sternberg
29 May 1894, American
Film Director
Ruth ChattertonRuth Chatterton
24 December 1892, American

Anna HeldAnna Held
08 March 1872, French
Actress, Singer

Grace MooreGrace Moore
05 December 1898, American
Opera Singer & Actress

Robert BenchleyRobert Benchley
15 October 1889, American
Henry HathawayHenry Hathaway
13 March 1898, American
Film Director

Henry TraversHenry Travers
05 March 1874, British
James Wong Howe James Wong Howe
28 August 1899, Chinese

William A. WellmanWilliam A. Wellman
29 February 1896, American

Bessie Love Bessie Love
10 September 1898, American
Anita LoosAnita Loos
26 April 1889, American

Jeanne Eagels Jeanne Eagels
26 June 1890, American
Leo McCareyLeo McCarey
03 October 1898, American
Film Director

W. S. Van DykeW. S. Van Dyke
21 March 1889, American
Film Director

Frank BorzageFrank Borzage
23 April 1894, American
Film Director, Actor
Lynn Fontanne Lynn Fontanne
06 December 1887, British, American

Pearl WhitePearl White
04 March 1889, American
Elisabeth Bergner Elisabeth Bergner
22 August 1897, British

Allan DwanAllan Dwan
03 April 1885, American

Gregory La CavaGregory La Cava
10 March 1892, American
Film Director

Corrine GriffithCorinne Griffith
21 November 1894, American
Norman TaurogNorman Taurog
23 February 1899, American
Film Director
Hans AlbersHans Albers
22 September 1891, German

Betty CompsonBetty Compson
19 March 1897, American

William DieterleWilliam Dieterle
15 July 1893, German
Actor, Director

Walter LangWalter Lang
10 August 1896, American
Film Director
Robert Z. LeonardRobert Z. Leonard
07 October 1889, American
Film Director, Actor, Producer

Wesley RugglesWesley Ruggles
11 June 1889, American
Film Director

Jafar JabbarlyJafar Jabbarly
20 March 1899, Azerbaijani

George Smith Patton, Jr.George S. Patton
11 November 1885, American

Molly MaloneMolly Malone
07 December 1888, American
Mark StrongMark Strong
21 January 1884, American

Jesse JamesJesse James
19 April 1969, American
Reality Television Star
Tom DempseyTom Dempsey
20 January 1868, American

Clementine ChurchillClementine Churchill
01 April 1885, British
Wife of Winston Churchill
Kate JacksonKate Jackson
1868 AD, American
Roscoe ArbuckleRoscoe Arbuckle
24 March 1887, American