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
Alfred HitchcockAlfred Hitchcock
13 August 1899, British, American
Film Director

Fred AstaireFred Astaire
10 May 1899, American

Bertrand RussellBertrand Russell
18 May 1872, British, Welsh

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

Mae WestMae West
17 August 1893, American
Buster KeatonBuster Keaton
04 October 1895, American
Actor, Director

Buffalo BillBuffalo Bill
26 February 1846, American

James CagneyJames Cagney
17 July 1899, American
Actor, Dancer
John BarrymoreJohn Barrymore
15 February 1882, American

George BurnsGeorge Burns
20 January 1896, American
Bela LugosiBela Lugosi
20 October 1882, Hungarian
American actor

Cecil Blount DeMilleCecil B. DeMille
12 August 1881, American
Film Director, Producer

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

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

Hattie McDanielHattie McDaniel
10 June 1895, American
Gloria SwansonGloria Swanson
27 March 1899, American

Al JolsonAl Jolson
26 May 1886, American
Actor, Singer

Jack BennyJack Benny
14 February 1894, American
Comedian, Vaudevillian

Charles LaughtonCharles Laughton
01 July 1899, British, American
Irene DunneIrene Dunne
20 December 1898, American

Will RogersWill Rogers
04 November 1879, American
Vaudeville Performer, Humorist
Harpo MarxHarpo Marx
23 November 1888, American

Jimmy DuranteJimmy Durante
10 February 1893, American
Actor, Comedian, Singer, Pianist

Lionel BarrymoreLionel Barrymore
28 April 1878, American
D. W. GriffithD. W. Griffith
22 January 1875, American
American director

Sarah BernhardtSarah Bernhardt
22 October 1844, French
Howard HawksHoward Hawks
30 May 1896, American

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

Frank CapraFrank Capra
18 May 1897, Italian, American
Film Director
W. C. FieldsW. C. Fields
29 January 1880, American

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Fredric MarchFredric March
31 August 1897, American
Jean CocteauJean Cocteau
05 July 1889, French
Novelist, Poet, Artist & Filmmaker

Shirley BoothShirley Booth
30 August 1898, American

Kathrine NarducciKathrine Narducci
22 November 1965, American

Walter Thomas HustonWalter Huston
05 April 1883, American
Chico MarxChico Marx
22 March 1887, American
American comedian
Maurice ChevalierMaurice Chevalier
12 September 1888, French
Actor, Singer

Charles BoyerCharles Boyer
28 August 1899, French

Antonin ArtaudAntonin Artaud
04 September 1896, French
Dramatist, Poet, Essayist, Actor, & Theatre

Wallace BeeryWallace Beery
01 April 1885, American
George CukorGeorge Cukor
07 July 1899, American
Film Director

Ronald ColmanRonald Colman
09 February 1891, British

Paul MuniPaul Muni
22 September 1895, American

Harry WarnerHarry Warner
12 December 1881, American

Ethel BarrymoreEthel Barrymore
15 August 1879, American
Alla NazimovaAlla Nazimova
03 June 1879, American, Russian

Jean RenoirJean Renoir
15 September 1894, French, American
Film Director, Actor, Producer
Samuel GoldwynSamuel Goldwyn
17 August 1879, American
Film Producer

Michael CurtizMichael Curtiz
24 December 1886, American
Film Director

William Desmond TaylorWilliam Desmond Taylor
26 April 1872, Irish, American
Actor, Director
Victor FlemingVictor Fleming
23 February 1889, American
Film Director

George M. CohanGeorge M. Cohan
03 July 1878, American
American playwright
Fred AllenFred Allen
31 May 1894, American
American comedian

Henry HathawayHenry Hathaway
13 March 1898, American
Film Director

King VidorKing Vidor
08 February 1894, American
Film Director and Producer

Robert BenchleyRobert Benchley
15 October 1889, American

Henry TraversHenry Travers
05 March 1874, British
Josef von SternbergJosef von Sternberg
29 May 1894, American
Film Director

Marie DresslerMarie Dressler
09 November 1868, Canadian, American

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

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

Bessie Love Bessie Love
10 September 1898, American
Pearl WhitePearl White
04 March 1889, American

Jeanne Eagels Jeanne Eagels
26 June 1890, American

Anita LoosAnita Loos
26 April 1889, American
Ruth ChattertonRuth Chatterton
24 December 1892, American

Frank BorzageFrank Borzage
23 April 1894, American
Film Director, Actor
Leo McCareyLeo McCarey
03 October 1898, American
Film Director

Lynn Fontanne Lynn Fontanne
06 December 1887, British, American

W. S. Van DykeW. S. Van Dyke
21 March 1889, American
Film Director
Grace MooreGrace Moore
05 December 1898, American
Opera Singer & Actress

Betty CompsonBetty Compson
19 March 1897, American
Norman TaurogNorman Taurog
23 February 1899, American
Film Director

William DieterleWilliam Dieterle
15 July 1893, German
Actor, Director

Hans AlbersHans Albers
22 September 1891, German

Elisabeth Bergner Elisabeth Bergner
22 August 1897, British
Allan DwanAllan Dwan
03 April 1885, American
Corrine GriffithCorinne Griffith
21 November 1894, American

Walter LangWalter Lang
10 August 1896, American
Film Director

Gregory La CavaGregory La Cava
10 March 1892, 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

Jesse JamesJesse James
19 April 1969, American
Reality Television Star

L. Frank BaumL. Frank Baum
15 May 1856, American

Theodore Roosevelt Jr.Theodore Roosevelt Jr.
13 September 1887, American
Military Leader
Matthew LewisMatthew Lewis
27 June 1989, British

Douglas Fairbanks Sr.Douglas Fairbanks
23 May 1883, American
Jack HaleyJack Haley
10 August 1897, American

Josephine EarpJosephine Earp
1861 AD, American
Roscoe ArbuckleRoscoe Arbuckle
24 March 1887, American
Duke of WindsorDuke of Windsor
23 June 1894, British
Former King of the United Kingdom