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
 
Vinayak Damodar SavarkarVinayak Damodar Savarkar
28 May 1883, Indian
Independence Activist, Reformer

Humphrey BogartHumphrey Bogart
25 December 1899, American
Actor

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

Buster KeatonBuster Keaton
04 October 1895, American
 

Fred AstaireFred Astaire
10 May 1899, American
Dancer
Bertrand RussellBertrand Russell
18 May 1872, British, Welsh
Philosopher

Bela LugosiBela Lugosi
20 October 1882, Hungarian
American actor

Buffalo BillBuffalo Bill
26 February 1846, American
Hunter

Mae WestMae West
17 August 1893, American
Actress
John BarrymoreJohn Barrymore
15 February 1882, American
Actor

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

Jack BennyJack Benny
14 February 1894, American
Comedian, Vaudevillian
Paul MuniPaul Muni
22 September 1895, American
Actor

Irene DunneIrene Dunne
20 December 1898, American
Actress

Cecil Blount DeMilleCecil B. DeMille
12 August 1881, American
Film Director, Producer
Charles LaughtonCharles Laughton
01 July 1899, British, American
Actor

Will RogersWill Rogers
04 November 1879, American
Vaudeville Performer, Humorist
Jimmy DuranteJimmy Durante
10 February 1893, American
Actor, Comedian, Singer, Pianist

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

Harpo MarxHarpo Marx
23 November 1888, American
Comedian

Walter Thomas HustonWalter Huston
05 April 1883, American
Actor
Sarah BernhardtSarah Bernhardt
22 October 1844, French
Actress
Hattie McDanielHattie McDaniel
10 June 1895, American
Actress

D. W. GriffithD. W. Griffith
22 January 1875, American
American director

W. C. FieldsW. C. Fields
29 January 1880, American
 

Jean CocteauJean Cocteau
05 July 1889, French
Novelist, Poet, Artist & Filmmaker
Frank CapraFrank Capra
18 May 1897, Italian, American
Film Director

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

Lionel BarrymoreLionel Barrymore
28 April 1878, American
Actor

Chico MarxChico Marx
22 March 1887, American
American comedian

Fredric MarchFredric March
31 August 1897, American
Actor
Howard HawksHoward Hawks
30 May 1896, American
Director

Kathrine NarducciKathrine Narducci
22 November 1965, American
Actress
Charles BoyerCharles Boyer
28 August 1899, French
Actor

Harry WarnerHarry Warner
12 December 1881, American
Executive

Ruth ChattertonRuth Chatterton
24 December 1892, American
Actress
Shirley BoothShirley Booth
30 August 1898, American
Actress

Antonin ArtaudAntonin Artaud
04 September 1896, French
Dramatist, Poet, Essayist, Actor, & Theatre
Wallace BeeryWallace Beery
01 April 1885, American
Actor

Jean RenoirJean Renoir
15 September 1894, French, American
Film Director, Actor, Producer

Maurice ChevalierMaurice Chevalier
12 September 1888, French
Actor, Singer

Samuel GoldwynSamuel Goldwyn
17 August 1879, American
Film Producer

George CukorGeorge Cukor
07 July 1899, American
Film Director
Victor FlemingVictor Fleming
23 February 1889, American
Film Director

Ronald ColmanRonald Colman
09 February 1891, British
Actor

George M. CohanGeorge M. Cohan
03 July 1878, American
American playwright

Ethel BarrymoreEthel Barrymore
15 August 1879, American
Actress
Michael CurtizMichael Curtiz
24 December 1886, American
Film Director

William Desmond TaylorWilliam Desmond Taylor
26 April 1872, Irish, American
Actor, Director
Josef von SternbergJosef von Sternberg
29 May 1894, American
Film Director

Marie DresslerMarie Dressler
09 November 1868, Canadian, American
Actress

Fred AllenFred Allen
31 May 1894, American
American comedian
King VidorKing Vidor
08 February 1894, American
Film Director and Producer

Bessie Love Bessie Love
10 September 1898, American
Actress
William A. WellmanWilliam A. Wellman
29 February 1896, American
Director

Robert BenchleyRobert Benchley
15 October 1889, American
Humorist

Henry TraversHenry Travers
05 March 1874, British
Actor
Henry HathawayHenry Hathaway
13 March 1898, American
Film Director

Anna HeldAnna Held
08 March 1872, French
Actress, Singer
James Wong Howe James Wong Howe
28 August 1899, Chinese
Cinematographer

Leo McCareyLeo McCarey
03 October 1898, American
Film Director

Anita LoosAnita Loos
26 April 1889, American
Screenwriter

Pearl WhitePearl White
04 March 1889, American
Actress
Jeanne Eagels Jeanne Eagels
26 June 1890, American
Actress
Lynn Fontanne Lynn Fontanne
06 December 1887, British, American
Actress

Frank BorzageFrank Borzage
23 April 1894, American
Film Director, Actor

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

W. S. Van DykeW. S. Van Dyke
21 March 1889, American
Film Director
Corrine GriffithCorinne Griffith
21 November 1894, American
Actress

Hans AlbersHans Albers
22 September 1891, German
Actor

Elisabeth Bergner Elisabeth Bergner
22 August 1897, British
Actress

William DieterleWilliam Dieterle
15 July 1893, German
Actor, Director

Allan DwanAllan Dwan
03 April 1885, American
Director
Norman TaurogNorman Taurog
23 February 1899, American
Film Director

Betty CompsonBetty Compson
19 March 1897, American
Actress
Gregory La CavaGregory La Cava
10 March 1892, American
Film 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
Playwright
Joseph SmithJoseph Smith
23 December 1805, American
Religious Leader

Anna AndersonAnna Anderson
16 December 1896, Polish
Impostor

John DeanJohn Dean
02 September 1897, British
Actor

Victoria CrossVictoria Cross
01 October 1868, British
Writer
Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich of RussiaGrand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich of Russia
11 May 1857, Russian
Politician, Military personnel

Alexander PushkinAlexander Pushkin
06 June 1799, Russian
Poet
Clementine ChurchillClementine Churchill
01 April 1885, British
Wife of Winston Churchill

Josephine EarpJosephine Earp
1861 AD, American
actor
Jack HaleyJack Haley
10 August 1897, American
Vaudevillian

Robert StroudRobert Stroud
08 January 1890, American
Writer
Lou HoltzLou Holtz
11 April 1893, American
Actor