Famous People Who Died In 1953

Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 1953. This list includes people like Joseph Stalin, Mary of Teck, Lavrentiy Beria, Hank Williams, Jim Thorpe and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, artists, poets and physicists who died in 1953. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Germany & France and many more countries.
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Hank Williams
(One of the Most Significant and Influential Singers and Songwriters of the 20th Century)
Hank Williams
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 17, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mount Olive, Alabama, United States
Died: January 1

Musician Hank Williams is widely considered one of the most influential and significant American singer-songwriters of the 20th century. Hank Williams influenced several singers, such as Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash, and Charley Pride to name a few. Since his untimely death at the age of 29, many artists have released tribute albums honoring Hank Williams.  

 2 
Jim Thorpe
(American Athlete and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Jim Thorpe
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 28, 1887
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lincoln County, Oklahoma, United States
Died: March 28

Jim Thorpe was an American athlete who was counted among the most versatile athletes of the modern era. Jim Thorpe won two gold medals at the 1912 Olympics and became the first Native American to give the United States an Olympic gold. He also played American football, professional baseball, and basketball. He was memorialized in the 1951 film Jim Thorpe – All-American.

 3 
Guccio Gucci
(Italian Businessman)
Guccio Gucci
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: March 26, 1881
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Florence
Died: January 2
Son of an Italian leather-goods maker, Guccio Gucci was initially reluctant to join his family business and worked in hotels instead. Changing his mind later, he opened the first Gucci shop in Florence in 1921. The year of his death, 1953, saw the opening of the first Gucci store abroad.
 4 
Sergei Prokofiev
(Composer and pianist)
Sergei Prokofiev
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 23, 1891
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Krasne, Ukraine
Died: March 5

Sergei Prokofiev was a Russian Soviet pianist, composer, and conductor. Renowned for creating masterpieces across various genres, Prokofiev is widely considered one of the 20th century's major composers. Many other composers like Arthur Honegger have called Prokofiev the greatest contemporary musician of all time. An open pianists' competition, which is held every year in Ukraine, is named after Sergei Prokofiev.

 5 
Eugene O'Neill
(American Playwright and Winner of the 1936 Nobel Prize in Literature)
Eugene O'Neill
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 16, 1888
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: November 27

Eugene O'Neill was an American playwright whose works earned him several prestigious awards, including four Pulitzer Prizes for Drama and the 1936 Nobel Prize in Literature. His play Long Day's Journey into Night is frequently named among the 20th century's finest American plays. In the 1981 film Reds, Eugene O'Neill is played by actor Jack Nicholson.

 6 
Dylan Thomas
(Poet & Writer)
Dylan Thomas
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 27, 1914
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Swansea
Died: November 9

Dylan Thomas was a Welsh writer and poet who published popular poems, such as Do not go gentle into that good night, which was popularized in the 2014 movie, Interstellar, where Michael Caine's character recites the poem throughout the film. Dylan Thomas achieved tremendous popularity during his lifetime and remains popular after his untimely death at the age of 39.

 7 
Joseph Stalin
(Soviet Political Leader & Dictator Who Led the Soviet Union from 1922 Until His Death in 1953)
Joseph Stalin
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 18, 1878
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gori, Georgia
Died: March 5

Controversial Russian dictator, Joseph Stalin, ruled the Soviet Union for around 25 years from 1929 to 1953 and is credited for making it a prominent industrial and military power of the world. During the Second World War, his army defeated the Nazis too. However, his regime was also one of terror and brutality where numerous Soviet citizens lost their lives.

 8 
Edwin Powell Hubble
(American Astronomer Who is Regarded as the Leading Observational Cosmologist of the 20th Century)
Edwin Powell Hubble
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: November 20, 1889
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Marshfield, Missouri, United States
Died: September 28

While the Hubble Telescope, named after Edwin Powell Hubble, reminds one of his contribution to astronomy, he failed to get a Nobel Prize, as back in his time, the Nobel Committee didn’t recognize astrophysics as a valid science. He is best remembered for his work on galaxies and extragalactic astronomy.

 9 
Herman J. Mankiewicz
(American Screenwriter Best Known for His Academy Award Winning Film 'Citizen Kane')
Herman J. Mankiewicz
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Birthdate: November 7, 1897
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: March 5
Herman J. Mankiewicz is remembered for co-writing the screenplay for the film Citizen Kane. He had also worked for the Chicago Tribune and The New York Times. He came to be known for his signature witty humor, known as "Mankiewicz humor” and inspired the 2020 Netflix biopic Mank
 10 
Robert A. Taft
(Politician)
Robert A. Taft
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 8, 1889
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Died: July 31
 11 
Carol II of Romania
(King of Romania from 1930 to 1940)
Carol II of Romania
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Birthdate: October 15, 1893
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Peleș Castle, Sinaia, Romania
Died: April 4

Carol II of Romania reigned as king of Romania from 1930 to 1940. He played a major role in establishing a royal dictatorship in Romania by abolishing the political parties and removing the 1923 constitution. He replaced the political parties with the National Renaissance Front, a single monopoly party of government. 

 12 
Jorge Negrete
(Actor, Singer, Film actor)
Jorge Negrete
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 30, 1911
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Guanajuato
Died: December 5

Jorge Negrete was a Mexican actor and singer. One of the most popular actors of his generation, Negrete helped create the charro film genre. He is credited with co-founding the Mexican Actors Association, where he served as one of its most important leaders. Such is his popularity that fans still pay tribute on his death anniversary by visiting his tomb.

 13 
Maude Adams
(Actress)
Maude Adams
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Birthdate: November 11, 1872
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Died: July 17
 14 
Robert Andrews Millikan
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 22, 1868
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Morrison
Died: December 19

Nobel Prize-winning experimental physicist Robert Andrews Millikan had begun his career as a faculty member at the University of Chicago and penned countless physics books. He later devoted himself to his research on elementary electronic charge and the photoelectric effect. His famous oil-drop experiment is known to all physics enthusiasts.

 15 
Jonathan M. Wainwright
(General)
Jonathan M. Wainwright
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 23, 1883
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Walla Walla, Washington, United States
Died: September 2
 16 
James Finlayson
(Scottish Actor and Comedian)
James Finlayson
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Birthdate: August 27, 1887
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Larbert, Stirlingshire, Scotland
Died: October 9
 17 
Hilaire Belloc
(Poet and Author Best Known for His Humorous Poem ‘Cautionary Tales for Children’)
Hilaire Belloc
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 27, 1870
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: La Celle-Saint-Cloud, France
Died: July 16
British-French writer Hilaire Belloc is one of the most controversial figures of England from the 20th century, owing to the accusations of anti-semitism and marked Catholic influence in his works. Remembered for his Cautionary Tales for Children, he continued to move from place to place, thus depleting his finances.
 18 
Ivan Bunin
(The First Russian Writer to Receive the Nobel Prize for Literature)
Ivan Bunin
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 22, 1870
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Voronezh, Russia
Died: November 8

Ivan Bunin was a Russian writer whose stories and poems are regarded as one of the richest collection of works in the Russian language. In 1933, Ivan Bunin became the first Russian writer to be honored with the prestigious Nobel Prize for Literature. Subsequently, he donated 100,000 francs to a charity fund.

 19 
Syama Prasad Mookerjee
(Indian Politician)
Syama Prasad Mookerjee
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 6, 1901
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Calcutta, India
Died: June 23
 20 
Ibn Saud
(King of Saudi Arabia from 1932 to 1953)
Ibn Saud
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Birthdate: January 15, 1875
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Died: November 9

Ibn Saud, or King Abdulaziz, was the founder and first monarch of Saudi Arabia. He oversaw the discovery of petroleum and the subsequent oil production in his country. He annexed the kingdoms of central and northern Arabia and ruled for over 20 years. He sired countless children, including 45 sons.

 21 
Millard Mitchell
(American Character Actor)
Millard Mitchell
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Birthdate: August 14, 1903
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Died: October 13
 22 
Mary Anderson
(inventor)
Mary Anderson
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Birthdate: February 19, 1866
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Greene County
Died: June 27

Mary Anderson was a real estate developer, rancher, and inventor. She is best known for inventing the windshield wiper blade. She received her first patent for an automatic car window cleaning device controlled from inside the car in 1903. She was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2011, more than half a century after her death.  

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Hugh Grosvenor, 2nd Duke of Westminster
Hugh Grosvenor, 2nd Duke of Westminster
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 19, 1879
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cheshire
Died: July 19
 24 
Maud Gonne
(English-born Irish Republican Revolutionary, Suffragette & Actress)
Maud Gonne
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 21, 1866
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tongham, England
Died: April 27

Maud Gonne not just co-founded the Sinn Féin party but also participated in the theater movement of W.B Yeats, who made her his muse and proposed to her many times, only to be rejected. An Irish nationalist, she also formed the Daughters of Ireland and acted in Yeats’s first play Cathleen ni Houlihan.

 25 
James Jackson Jeffries
(Boxer)
James Jackson Jeffries
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 15, 1875
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Carroll, Ohio, United States
Died: March 3
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Derek Bentley
(Epileptic British Man Convicted and Hanged for the Murder of a Policeman, at the Age of 19)
Derek Bentley
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Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: June 30, 1933
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Southwark, London, England
Died: January 28

Derek Bentley was 19 when he was hanged for murdering a policeman during a burglary attempt. An illiterate, he had the mental age of 11 and also suffered from epilepsy. The controversial case led to a 45-long battle for a posthumous pardon, which was granted, and then a reversal of the murder charge.

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Étienne Balsan
(horsebreeder, jockey)
Étienne Balsan
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 11, 1880
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris
Died: 1953 AD
 28 
Alice Prin
(Model)
Alice Prin
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: October 2, 1901
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chatillon-sur-Seine, France
Died: March 23
 29 
Tazio Nuvolari
(Former Italian Racing Driver)
Tazio Nuvolari
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 16, 1892
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Castel d’Ario, Italy
Died: August 11

Tazio Nuvolari was an Italian racing driver who raced motorcycles before focusing on sports cars. Nicknamed The Flying Mantuan, Nuvolari won 150 races including 24 Grands Prix, two Mille Miglias, five Coppa Cianos, two RAC Tourist Trophies, and two Targa Florios. Widely regarded as one of the greatest racing drivers of all time, Nuvolari also won a European Drivers' Championship.

 30 
Julia de Burgos
(Writer)
Julia de Burgos
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 17, 1914
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Carolina, Puerto Rico
Died: July 6
 31 
Bill Tilden
(American Tennis Player Who was the World No. 1 Amateur for Six Consecutive Years, From 1920 to 1925)
Bill Tilden
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 10, 1893
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: June 5
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 32 
René Fonck
(French Aviator Who Shot Down 75 Planes during World War I)
René Fonck
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 27, 1894
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saulcy-sur-Meurthe, France
Died: June 18

French aviator René Fonck is remembered for shooting down 75 planes during World War I and was considered one of the Allied Ace of Aces. He not only received the Médaille Militaire but was also made Chevalier of the Legion d’Honneur. He later became a demonstration and racing pilot and a military aviation inspector.

 33 
Francis Picabia
(French Avant-Garde Painter and Poet Who was One of the Early Major Figures of the 'Dada Movement')
Francis Picabia
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Birthdate: January 22, 1879
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: November 30
Francis Picabia was a French avant-garde painter, typographist, and poet. He is best remembered for his highly abstract planar compositions, which are rich in contrasts. One of the most influential figures of the Dada movement, Francis Picabia helped popularize Dadaism in France and in the United States of America. 
 34 
Richard von Mises
(Austrian Scientist and Mathematician)
Richard von Mises
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: April 19, 1883
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lviv, Ukraine
Died: July 14

Richard von Mises was an Austrian Jewish scientist and mathematician. He is known for his work on solid mechanics, aerodynamics, aeronautics, fluid mechanics, and probability theory. He was the Gordon McKay Professor of Aerodynamics and Applied Mathematics at Harvard University. He is the one who proposed the now-famous "birthday problem" in probability theory. He was married to mathematician Hilda Geiringer.  

 35 
Julian Tuwim
(Polish Poet and Co-Founder of 'Skamander', An Experimental Poetry Group)
Julian Tuwim
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 13, 1894
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Łódź, Poland
Died: December 27

Julian Tuwim was a Polish poet who co-founded a group of experimental poets called Skamander along with his contemporaries like Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz and Antoni Słonimski. A popular and influential figure in Polish literature, Tuwim was also admired for his immense contribution to children's literature. In 1935, Julian Tuwim was honored with the Polish Academy of Literature's prestigious Golden Laurel award.

 36 
Ernest Augustus, Duke of Brunswick
(Duke)
Ernest Augustus, Duke of Brunswick
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 17, 1887
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Penzing, Vienna, Austria
Died: January 30
 37 
Vera Mukhina
(Russian Painter and Sculptor)
Vera Mukhina
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Birthdate: July 1, 1889
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Died: October 6

Considered the most popular female Soviet sculptor, Vera Mukhina earned the nickname of the queen of Soviet sculpture. After a plastic surgery following a sledging accident as a young girl, she focused on studying sculpting. The five-time Stalin Prize winner is remembered for her works such as Peasant Woman.

 38 
Rudolph Schindler
(One of the Seminal Master Architects Who Defined Modern Architecture in Southern California)
Rudolph Schindler
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Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: September 10, 1887
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: August 22

Born to a craftsman in Austria, Rudolph Schindler grew up to a master architect. He also introduced his signature form of modern architecture, known as space architecture, and his own adaptation of the wood frame, the Schindler Frame. He built most of his masterpieces in Southern California, primarily in Los Angeles.

 39 
Johan Laidoner
(Estonian Statesman and General Who was the Commander of the Defence Forces During the Estonian War of Independence)
Johan Laidoner
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 12, 1884
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Viljandi County, Estonia
Died: March 13

Johan Laidoner was an Estonian statesman and general. He is best remembered for his service as the Commander of the Defence Forces during the Estonian War of Independence. He was also one of the most influential and important Estonian politicians during the interwar period. 

 40 
Kid Nichols
(Baseball manager)
Kid Nichols
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 14, 1869
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Died: April 11
 41 
Emmerich Kalman
Emmerich Kalman
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 24, 1882
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Siófok
Died: October 30

Hungarian composer Emmerich Kalman is best remembered for his operettas and was a leading figure in the development of the Viennese operetta. He initially worked as a lawyer’s assistant and a music critic for Pesti Napló to fund his music studies. One of his best-known works remains The Gay Hussars.

 42 
Ruth Crawford Seeger
(Composer)
Ruth Crawford Seeger
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 3, 1901
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: East Liverpool, Ohio, United States
Died: November 18
 43 
Prince Oscar Bernadotte
(Prince)
Prince Oscar Bernadotte
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 15, 1859
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: October 4
 44 
Emil August Fieldorf
(Military officer)
Emil August Fieldorf
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 20, 1895
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kraków, Poland
Died: February 24
 45 
Iuliu Maniu
(32nd Prime Minister of Romania Who was Later Convicted of Treason and Given Life Imprisonment)
Iuliu Maniu
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: January 8, 1873
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Badacin, Romania
Died: February 5

Iuliu Maniu held office as 32nd Prime Minister of Romania. He served as President of Romanian National Party and thereafter co-founded National Peasants' Party and served as its President for around five years. He was later arrested as a result of the Tămădău affair, convicted of treason and sentenced to life-imprisonment at hard-labour. He died in prison after six years.

 46 
John Marin
(painter, architect)
John Marin
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 23, 1870
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rutherford
Died: October 2
 47 
Abdullah Yusuf Ali
(Indian-British Barrister)
Abdullah Yusuf Ali
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Birthdate: April 14, 1872
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mumbai, India
Died: December 10
 48 
Vsevolod Pudovkin
(Russian and Soviet Actor, Film Director, and Screenwriter)
Vsevolod Pudovkin
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Birthdate: February 28, 1893
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Penza, Russia
Died: June 30

Vsevolod Pudovkin was a Russian and Soviet actor, film director, and screenwriter. He is credited with playing an important role in the development of the Soviet montage theory, the most important contribution of Soviet film theorists to world cinema. The theory of montage is an approach to making films that depends heavily on editing.   

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Porter Hall
(Actor Known for Playing Villains or Comedic Incompetent Characters in the 1930s and 1940s)
Porter Hall
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Birthdate: September 19, 1888
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Died: October 6

Porter Hall was an American actor who achieved prominence during the 1930s and 1940s. He is best remembered for playing supporting roles in popular films like The Thin Man and Double Indemnity.

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Ernst Zermelo
(Former Mathematician, Logician known for his role in developing Zermelo–Fraenkel axiomatic set theory and his proof of the well-ordering theorem)
Ernst Zermelo
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: July 27, 1871
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: May 21