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

Will RogersWill Rogers
04 November 1879, American
Vaudeville Performer, Humorist

Humphrey BogartHumphrey Bogart
25 December 1899, American
Actor

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

Fred AstaireFred Astaire
10 May 1899, American
Dancer
Buster KeatonBuster Keaton
04 October 1895, American
 

Bertrand RussellBertrand Russell
18 May 1872, British, Welsh
Philosopher

Lionel BarrymoreLionel Barrymore
28 April 1878, American
Actor

James CagneyJames Cagney
17 July 1899, American
Actor, Dancer
Bela LugosiBela Lugosi
20 October 1882, Hungarian
American actor

Jimmy DuranteJimmy Durante
10 February 1893, American
Actor, Comedian, Singer, Pianist
Buffalo BillBuffalo Bill
26 February 1846, American
Hunter

Mae WestMae West
17 August 1893, American
Actress

John BarrymoreJohn Barrymore
15 February 1882, American
Actor
Frank CapraFrank Capra
18 May 1897, Italian, American
Film Director

George BurnsGeorge Burns
20 January 1896, American
 
John FordJohn Ford
01 February 1894, American
Film Director & Producer

Al JolsonAl Jolson
26 May 1886, American
Actor, Singer

Mary PickfordMary Pickford
08 April 1892, Canadian, American
Actress, Producer, Screenwriter
Jack BennyJack Benny
14 February 1894, American
Comedian, Vaudevillian

Gloria SwansonGloria Swanson
27 March 1899, American
 
Charles LaughtonCharles Laughton
01 July 1899, British, American
Actor

Paul MuniPaul Muni
22 September 1895, American
Actor

Hattie McDanielHattie McDaniel
10 June 1895, American
Actress

Harpo MarxHarpo Marx
23 November 1888, American
Comedian
Cecil Blount DeMilleCecil B. DeMille
12 August 1881, American
Film Director, Producer
D. W. GriffithD. W. Griffith
22 January 1875, American
American director

Sarah BernhardtSarah Bernhardt
22 October 1844, French
Actress

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

Walter Thomas HustonWalter Huston
05 April 1883, American
Actor
Shirley BoothShirley Booth
30 August 1898, American
Actress

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Jean CocteauJean Cocteau
05 July 1889, French
Novelist, Poet, Artist & Filmmaker

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

Chico MarxChico Marx
22 March 1887, American
American comedian

Irene DunneIrene Dunne
20 December 1898, American
Actress
Fredric MarchFredric March
31 August 1897, American
Actor

George M. CohanGeorge M. Cohan
03 July 1878, American
American playwright
Kathrine NarducciKathrine Narducci
22 November 1965, American
Actress

Howard HawksHoward Hawks
30 May 1896, American
Director

Maurice ChevalierMaurice Chevalier
12 September 1888, French
Actor, Singer
Charles BoyerCharles Boyer
28 August 1899, French
Actor

Harry WarnerHarry Warner
12 December 1881, American
Executive
Wallace BeeryWallace Beery
01 April 1885, American
Actor

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

George CukorGeorge Cukor
07 July 1899, American
Film Director

Ethel BarrymoreEthel Barrymore
15 August 1879, American
Actress

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

Victor FlemingVictor Fleming
23 February 1889, American
Film Director

Ronald ColmanRonald Colman
09 February 1891, British
Actor

Michael CurtizMichael Curtiz
24 December 1886, American
Film Director
Josef von SternbergJosef von Sternberg
29 May 1894, American
Film Director

William Desmond TaylorWilliam Desmond Taylor
26 April 1872, Irish, American
Actor, Director
King VidorKing Vidor
08 February 1894, American
Film Director and Producer

Fred AllenFred Allen
31 May 1894, American
American comedian

Ruth ChattertonRuth Chatterton
24 December 1892, American
Actress
Robert BenchleyRobert Benchley
15 October 1889, American
Humorist

Marie DresslerMarie Dressler
09 November 1868, Canadian, American
Actress
Anna HeldAnna Held
08 March 1872, French
Actress, Singer

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

James Wong Howe James Wong Howe
28 August 1899, Chinese
Cinematographer
Bessie Love Bessie Love
10 September 1898, American
Actress

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

Leo McCareyLeo McCarey
03 October 1898, American
Film Director

Jeanne Eagels Jeanne Eagels
26 June 1890, American
Actress

Anita LoosAnita Loos
26 April 1889, American
Screenwriter
Lynn Fontanne Lynn Fontanne
06 December 1887, British, American
Actress
W. S. Van DykeW. S. Van Dyke
21 March 1889, American
Film Director

Corrine GriffithCorinne Griffith
21 November 1894, American
Actress

Pearl WhitePearl White
04 March 1889, American
Actress

Grace MooreGrace Moore
05 December 1898, American
Opera Singer & Actress
Frank BorzageFrank Borzage
23 April 1894, American
Film Director, Actor

Norman TaurogNorman Taurog
23 February 1899, American
Film Director

Hans AlbersHans Albers
22 September 1891, German
Actor

Allan DwanAllan Dwan
03 April 1885, American
Director

William DieterleWilliam Dieterle
15 July 1893, German
Actor, Director
Betty CompsonBetty Compson
19 March 1897, American
Actress

Elisabeth Bergner Elisabeth Bergner
22 August 1897, British
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
Jesse JamesJesse James
19 April 1969, American
Reality Television Star

Anna AndersonAnna Anderson
16 December 1896, Polish
Impostor

John DeanJohn Dean
02 September 1897, British
Actor

Victoria CrossVictoria Cross
01 October 1868, British
Writer
Roscoe ArbuckleRoscoe Arbuckle
24 March 1887, American
Actor

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

Jack HaleyJack Haley
10 August 1897, American
Vaudevillian
Robert StroudRobert Stroud
08 January 1890, American
Writer

Lou HoltzLou Holtz
11 April 1893, American
Actor
Vita Sackville-WestVita Sackville-West
09 March 1892, British
Writer