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

David BenioffDavid Benioff

25 September 1970

American

Humphrey BogartHumphrey Bogart

25 December 1899

American

Alfred HitchcockAlfred Hitchcock

13 August 1899

British

Fred AstaireFred Astaire

10 May 1899

American

Bertrand RussellBertrand Russell

18 May 1872

British,Welsh

Buster KeatonBuster Keaton

04 October 1895

American

Al JolsonAl Jolson

26 May 1886

American

John BarrymoreJohn Barrymore

15 February 1882

American

James CagneyJames Cagney

17 July 1899

American

Buffalo BillBuffalo Bill

26 February 1846

American

Mae WestMae West

17 August 1893

American

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Fredric MarchFredric March

31 August 1897

American

George BurnsGeorge Burns

20 January 1896

American

Hattie McDanielHattie McDaniel

10 June 1895

American

Mary PickfordMary Pickford

08 April 1892

Canadian,American

Jack BennyJack Benny

14 February 1894

American

Gloria SwansonGloria Swanson

27 March 1899

American

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John FordJohn Ford

01 February 1894

American

Bela LugosiBela Lugosi

20 October 1882

Hungarian

Cecil Blount DeMilleCecil B. DeMille

12 August 1881

American

Charles LaughtonCharles Laughton

01 July 1899

British,American

Lionel BarrymoreLionel Barrymore

28 April 1878

American

Will RogersWill Rogers

04 November 1879

American

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Jimmy DuranteJimmy Durante

10 February 1893

American

D. W. GriffithD. W. Griffith

22 January 1875

American

Harpo MarxHarpo Marx

23 November 1888

American

Irene DunneIrene Dunne

20 December 1898

American

Sarah BernhardtSarah Bernhardt

22 October 1844

French

W. C. FieldsW. C. Fields

29 January 1880

American

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Frank CapraFrank Capra

18 May 1897

Italian,American

Jean CocteauJean Cocteau

05 July 1889

French

Wallace BeeryWallace Beery

01 April 1885

American

Shirley BoothShirley Booth

30 August 1898

American

George M. CohanGeorge M. Cohan

03 July 1878

American

Howard HawksHoward Hawks

30 May 1896

American

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Chico MarxChico Marx

22 March 1887

American

Ronald ColmanRonald Colman

09 February 1891

British

Charles BoyerCharles Boyer

28 August 1899

French

Kathrine NarducciKathrine Narducci

22 November 1965

American

Dadasaheb PhalkeDadasaheb Phalke

30 April 1870

Indian

Ethel BarrymoreEthel Barrymore

15 August 1879

American

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Walter Thomas HustonWalter Huston

05 April 1883

American

Antonin ArtaudAntonin Artaud

04 September 1896

French

Harry WarnerHarry Warner

12 December 1881

American

Paul MuniPaul Muni

22 September 1895

American

George CukorGeorge Cukor

07 July 1899

American

Maurice ChevalierMaurice Chevalier

12 September 1888

French

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Jean RenoirJean Renoir

15 September 1894

French,American

Samuel GoldwynSamuel Goldwyn

17 August 1879

American

Michael CurtizMichael Curtiz

24 December 1886

American

William A. WellmanWilliam A. Wellman

29 February 1896

American

Victor FlemingVictor Fleming

23 February 1889

American

Fred AllenFred Allen

31 May 1894

American

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William Desmond TaylorWilliam Desmond Taylor

26 April 1872

Irish,American

Marie DresslerMarie Dressler

09 November 1868

Canadian,American

King VidorKing Vidor

08 February 1894

American

Betty CompsonBetty Compson

19 March 1897

American

Pearl WhitePearl White

04 March 1889

American

Bessie Love Bessie Love

10 September 1898

American

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Josef von SternbergJosef von Sternberg

29 May 1894

American

Anna HeldAnna Held

08 March 1872

French

Henry HathawayHenry Hathaway

13 March 1898

American

Robert BenchleyRobert Benchley

15 October 1889

American

Anita LoosAnita Loos

26 April 1889

American

Ruth ChattertonRuth Chatterton

24 December 1892

American

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James Wong Howe James Wong Howe

28 August 1899

Chinese

Leo McCareyLeo McCarey

03 October 1898

American

Grace MooreGrace Moore

05 December 1898

American

Jeanne Eagels Jeanne Eagels

26 June 1890

American

W. S. Van DykeW. S. Van Dyke

21 March 1889

American

Corrine GriffithCorinne Griffith

21 November 1894

American

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Lynn Fontanne Lynn Fontanne

06 December 1887

British,American

Frank BorzageFrank Borzage

23 April 1894

American

Norman TaurogNorman Taurog

23 February 1899

American

William DieterleWilliam Dieterle

15 July 1893

German

Hans AlbersHans Albers

22 September 1891

German

Allan DwanAllan Dwan

03 April 1885

American

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Elisabeth Bergner Elisabeth Bergner

22 August 1897

British

Walter LangWalter Lang

10 August 1896

American

Gregory La CavaGregory La Cava

10 March 1892

American