List of famous film & theater personalities of the 19th century who dazzled on the big screen and entertained us with their talent.

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

25 December 1977

Walworth, London

British

Aries

Alfred HitchcockAlfred Hitchcock

13 August 1899

29 April 1980

Leytonstone, England

British

Leo

Bertrand RussellBertrand Russell

18 May 1872

02 February 1970

Trellech, Monmouthshire, UK

British,Welsh

Taurus

Humphrey BogartHumphrey Bogart

25 December 1899

14 January 1957

New York City

American

Capricorn

Fred AstaireFred Astaire

10 May 1899

22 June 1987

Omaha

American

Taurus

Buster KeatonBuster Keaton

04 October 1895

01 February 1966

Piqua, Kansas, USA

American

Libra

Bela LugosiBela Lugosi

20 October 1882

16 August 1956

Lugos, Austria-Hungary

Hungarian

Libra

Mae WestMae West

17 August 1893

22 November 1980

Bushwick

American

Leo

James CagneyJames Cagney

17 July 1899

30 March 1986

New York City

American

Cancer

Mary PickfordMary Pickford

08 April 1892

29 May 1979

Toronto

Canadian,American

Aries

John FordJohn Ford

01 February 1894

31 August 1973

Cape Elizabeth

Irish,American

Aquarius

Gloria SwansonGloria Swanson

27 March 1899

04 April 1983

Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

American

Aries

D. W. GriffithD. W. Griffith

22 January 1875

23 July 1948

Crestwood

American

Aquarius

Jack BennyJack Benny

14 February 1894

26 December 1974

Chicago, Illinois, U.S

American

Aquarius

George BurnsGeorge Burns

20 January 1896

09 March 1996

New York City

American

Capricorn

Cecil Blount DeMilleCecil B. DeMille

12 August 1881

21 January 1959

Ashfield, Massachusetts, U.S.

American

Leo

Will RogersWill Rogers

04 November 1879

15 August 1935

Oologah, Indian Territory (now Oklahoma)

American

Scorpio

Jimmy DuranteJimmy Durante

10 February 1893

29 January 1980

Brooklyn

American

Aquarius

Charles LaughtonCharles Laughton

01 July 1899

15 December 1962

Scarborough, North Yorkshire

American

Cancer

Jean CocteauJean Cocteau

05 July 1889

11 October 1963

Maisons-Laffitte

French

Cancer

Frank CapraFrank Capra

18 May 1897

03 September 1991

Bisacquino, Sicily, Italy

Italian,American

Taurus

Sarah BernhardtSarah Bernhardt

22 October 1844

26 March 1923

Paris, France

French

Libra

Lionel BarrymoreLionel Barrymore

28 April 1878

15 November 1954

Philadelphia

American

Taurus

Harpo MarxHarpo Marx

23 November 1888

28 September 1964

New York City, United States

American

Sagittarius

Hattie McDanielHattie McDaniel

10 June 1895

26 October 1952

Wichita

American

Gemini

Antonin ArtaudAntonin Artaud

04 September 1896

04 March 1948

Marseille, France

French

Virgo

W. C. FieldsW. C. Fields

29 January 1880

25 December 1946

Darby

American

Aquarius

Irene DunneIrene Dunne

20 December 1898

04 December 1990

Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.

American

Sagittarius

Jean RenoirJean Renoir

15 September 1894

12 February 1979

Paris, France

French,American

Virgo

Howard HawksHoward Hawks

30 May 1896

26 December 1977

Goshen, Indiana, U.S.

American

Gemini

George M. CohanGeorge M. Cohan

03 July 1878

05 November 1942

Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.

American

Cancer

Shirley BoothShirley Booth

30 August 1898

16 October 1992

Brooklyn, New York

American

Virgo

Ethel BarrymoreEthel Barrymore

15 August 1879

18 June 1959

Philadelphia

American

Leo

Charles BoyerCharles Boyer

28 August 1899

26 August 1978

Figeac, France

French

Virgo

Samuel GoldwynSamuel Goldwyn

17 August 1879

31 January 1974

Warsaw

American

Leo

Fredric MarchFredric March

31 August 1897

14 April 1975

Racine

American

Virgo

Ronald ColmanRonald Colman

09 February 1891

19 May 1958

Richmond, London

British

Aquarius

Chico MarxChico Marx

22 March 1887

11 October 1961

New York City, New York

American

Aries

Maurice ChevalierMaurice Chevalier

12 September 1888

01 January 1972

Paris, France

French

Virgo

Wallace BeeryWallace Beery

01 April 1885

15 April 1949

Clay County

American

Aries

George CukorGeorge Cukor

07 July 1899

24 January 1983

Manhattan, New York, U.S.

American

Cancer

Fred AllenFred Allen

31 May 1894

17 March 1956

Cambridge, Massachusetts

American

Gemini

Walter Thomas HustonWalter Huston

05 April 1883

07 April 1950

Toronto, Canada

American

Aries

Paul MuniPaul Muni

22 September 1895

25 August 1967

Lviv

American

Virgo

Dadasaheb PhalkeDadasaheb Phalke

30 April 1870

16 February 1944

Tryambakeshwar, Bombay Presidency

Indian

Taurus

Michael CurtizMichael Curtiz

24 December 1886

10 April 1962

Budapest, Austria-Hungary (now Hungary)

American

Capricorn

Victor FlemingVictor Fleming

23 February 1889

06 January 1949

La Cañada Flintridge, California, United States

American

Pisces

King VidorKing Vidor

08 February 1894

01 November 1982

Galveston, Texas, U.S.

American

Aquarius

William Desmond TaylorWilliam Desmond Taylor

26 April 1872

01 February 1922

Carlow

Irish,American

Taurus

Harry WarnerHarry Warner

12 December 1881

27 December 1958

Krasnosielc

American

Sagittarius

Josef von SternbergJosef von Sternberg

29 May 1894

22 December 1969

Vienna, Austria

American

Gemini

Marie DresslerMarie Dressler

09 November 1868

28 July 1934

Cobourg, Ontario, Canada

Canadian,American

Scorpio

Robert BenchleyRobert Benchley

15 October 1889

21 September 1945

American

Libra

Anna HeldAnna Held

08 March 1872

12 August 1918

Warsaw, Poland

French

Pisces

Allan DwanAllan Dwan

03 April 1885

28 December 1981

Toronto

American

Aries

Bessie Love Bessie Love

10 September 1898

26 April 1986

Midland, Texas, United States

American

Virgo

Grace MooreGrace Moore

05 December 1898

26 January 1947

Cocke County, Tennessee, U.S.

American

Sagittarius

Anita LoosAnita Loos

26 April 1889

18 August 1981

Mount Shasta

American

Taurus

Henry HathawayHenry Hathaway

13 March 1898

11 February 1985

Sacramento, California, United States

American

Pisces

Leo McCareyLeo McCarey

03 October 1898

05 July 1969

Los Angeles, California, U.S.

American

Libra

William A. WellmanWilliam A. Wellman

29 February 1896

09 December 1975

Brookline, Massachusetts, U.S.

American

Pisces

James Wong Howe James Wong Howe

28 August 1899

12 July 1976

Taishan, Guangdong, China

Chinese

Virgo

Pearl WhitePearl White

04 March 1889

04 August 1938

Green Ridge

American

Pisces

Ruth ChattertonRuth Chatterton

24 December 1892

24 November 1961

New York City, New York, United States

American

Capricorn

Lynn Fontanne Lynn Fontanne

06 December 1887

30 July 1983

Woodford, London, England, UK

British,American

Sagittarius

Jeanne Eagels Jeanne Eagels

26 June 1890

03 October 1929

Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.

American

Cancer

Frank BorzageFrank Borzage

23 April 1894

19 June 1962

Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.

American

Taurus

Norman TaurogNorman Taurog

23 February 1899

07 April 1981

Chicago, Illinois, United States

American

Pisces

Betty CompsonBetty Compson

19 March 1897

18 April 1974

Utah, United States

American

Pisces

Hans AlbersHans Albers

22 September 1891

24 July 1960

Hamburg, Germany

German

Virgo

William DieterleWilliam Dieterle

15 July 1893

09 December 1972

Ludwigshafen, German Empire

German

Cancer

W. S. Van DykeW. S. Van Dyke

21 March 1889

05 February 1943

San Diego, California, U.S.

American

Aries

Corrine GriffithCorinne Griffith

21 November 1894

13 July 1979

Texarkana, Texas, U.S.

American

Scorpio

Elisabeth Bergner Elisabeth Bergner

22 August 1897

12 May 1986

Drohobych, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now Drohobych, Ukraine)

British

Leo

Gregory La CavaGregory La Cava

10 March 1892

01 March 1952

Towanda, Pennsylvania

American

Pisces

Walter LangWalter Lang

10 August 1896

07 February 1972

Memphis, Tennessee

American

Leo

Robert Z. LeonardRobert Z. Leonard

07 October 1889

27 August 1968

Chicago, Illinois

American

Libra

Wesley RugglesWesley Ruggles

11 June 1889

08 January 1972

Los Angeles, California, U.S.

American

Gemini

Jafar JabbarlyJafar Jabbarly

20 March 1899

31 December 1934

Xızı

Azerbaijani

Pisces

Maria GorettiMaria Goretti

16 October 1890

06 July 1902

Corinaldo

Libra

Buffalo BillBuffalo Bill

26 February 1846

10 January 1917

Scott County

American

Pisces

Noël CowardNoël Coward

16 December 1899

26 March 1973

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

British

Sagittarius

Stan LaurelStan Laurel

16 June 1890

23 February 1965

Ulverston

British

Gemini

Al JolsonAl Jolson

26 May 1886

23 October 1950

Lithuania

American

Gemini

Georges MélièsGeorges Méliès

08 December 1861

21 January 1938

Paris

French

Sagittarius

Walter PidgeonWalter Pidgeon

23 September 1897

25 September 1984

Saint John

Canadian,American

Virgo

Max SchreckMax Schreck

06 September 1879

20 February 1936

Berlin

German

Virgo

Josephine EarpJosephine Earp

1861 AD

19 December 1944

Brooklyn

American

F. W. MurnauF. W. Murnau

28 December 1888

11 March 1931

Bielefeld

German

Capricorn

Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of RussiaGrand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia

15 November 1895

17 July 1918

Tsarskoye Selo

Russian

Scorpio

Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of RussiaGrand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia

10 June 1897

17 July 1918

Petergof

Russian

Gemini

Gracie AllenGracie Allen

26 July 1895

27 August 1964

San Francisco

American

Leo

Victor McLaglenVictor McLaglen

10 December 1886

07 November 1959

Royal Tunbridge Wells

British,American

Sagittarius

Lotte LenyaLotte Lenya

18 October 1898

27 November 1981

Vienna

Austrian

Libra

Alla NazimovaAlla Nazimova

03 June 1879

13 July 1945

Yalta

American

Gemini

Grigory ZinovievGrigory Zinoviev

23 September 1883

25 August 1936

Kropyvnytskyi

Virgo

Louis Le PrinceLouis Le Prince

28 August 1841

Metz

French

Virgo

Sessue HayakawaSessue Hayakawa

10 June 1889

23 November 1973

Chiba

Japanese

Gemini

Duke KahanamokuDuke Kahanamoku

24 August 1890

22 January 1968

Honolulu

American

Virgo

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