Birth Date between 1885-01-01 and 1885-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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1. Theda Bara

Actress | A Fool There Was

Theda Bara was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, as Theodosia Goodman, on July 29, 1885. She was the daughter of a local tailor and his wife. As a teenager Theda was interested in the theatrical arts and once she finished high school, she dyed her blond hair black and went in pursuit of her dream. By 1908 ...

2. Hedda Hopper

Actress | Sunset Blvd.

Her father was a butcher. In 1913 she met and married matinée idol DeWolf Hopper Sr. and in 1915 they moved to Hollywood, where both began active film careers. He became a star with Triangle Company, she began in vamp parts and turned to supporting roles. After her divorce she appeared in dozens of...

3. Erich von Stroheim

Actor | Sunset Blvd.

Erich von Stroheim was born Erich Oswald Stroheim in 1885, in Vienna, Austria, to Johanna (Bondy), from Prague, and Benno Stroheim, a hatter from Gleiwitz, Germany (now Gliwice, Poland). His family was Jewish.

After spending some time working in his father's hat factory, he emigrated to America ...

4. Otto Kruger

Actor | High Noon

The grandnephew of South African pioneer and former president Paul Krüger, Otto Kruger trained for a musical career from childhood, but after enrolling in Columbia University he switched his career choice to acting. Making his Broadway debut in 1915, at 30, he shortly became a matinée idol of the ...

5. Wallace Beery

Actor | Dinner at Eight

In 1902, 16-year-old Wallace Beery joined the Ringling Brothers Circus as an assistant to the elephant trainer. He left two years later after a leopard clawed his arm. Beery next went to New York, where he found work in musical variety shows. He became a leading man in musicals and appeared on ...

6. William Edmunds

Actor | It's a Wonderful Life

Despite his Anglicized name, Edmunds was usually cast as dark or Latin types: Spaniards, Mexicans, Frenchmen, Gypsies, Arabs, Polynesians, and other exotic nationalities and functioned as a sort of poor-man's 'J. Carroll Naish'. Born in Italy in 1891, Edmunds is especially remembered for his ...

7. George 'Gabby' Hayes

Actor | Lights of Old Santa Fe

American character actor, the most famous of Western-movie sidekicks of the 1930s and 1940s. He was born May 7, 1885, the third of seven children, in the Hayes Hotel (owned by his father) in the tiny hamlet of Stannards, New York, on the outskirts of Wellsville, New York. Hayes was the son of ...

8. Esther Dale

Actress | Ten Gentlemen from West Point

Esther Dale was born on November 10, 1885 in Beaufort, South Carolina. She attended Leland and Gray Seminary in Townsend, Vermont, and then studied music in Berlin, Germany, and had a successful career as a lieder singer. Later, she became an actress in summer stock. She had the title role on ...

9. Lionel Atwill

Actor | Captain Blood

Lionel Atwill was born into a wealthy family and was educated at London's prestigious Mercer School to become an architect, but his interest turned to the stage. He worked his way progressively into the craft and debuted at age 20 at the Garrick Theatre in London. He acted and improved regularly ...

10. Georg Wilhelm Pabst

Director | Komödianten

Georg Wilhelm Pabst is considered by many to be the greatest director of German cinema, in his era. He was especially appreciated by actors and actresses for the humane way in which he treated them. This was in contrast to some of his contemporaries, such as Arnold Fanck, who have been ...

11. Ray Gallagher

Actor | The Prisoner's Story

Ray Gallagher was born on April 17, 1885 in San Francisco, California, USA. He was an actor, known for The Prisoner's Story (1912), The Trail of '98 (1928) and Half a Bride (1928). He died on March 6, 1953 in Camarillo, California.

12. Buster Brodie

Actor | All Aboard

Buster Brodie was born on October 11, 1885 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He was an actor, known for All Aboard (1927), Crazy Knights (1944) and There It Is (1928). He died on April 9, 1948 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.

13. Ernie Adams

Actor | The Man with Nine Lives

Ernie Adams was born on June 18, 1885 in San Francisco, California, USA as Ernest Stephens Dumarais. He was an actor, known for The Man with Nine Lives (1940), The Pride of the Yankees (1942) and Invisible Ghost (1941). He was married to Berdonna Gilbert, Mamie Silver, Margaret and Shirley. He died...

14. Albert Sharpe

Actor | Darby O'Gill and the Little People

Albert Sharpe was born on April 15, 1885 in Belfast, Ireland [now Northern Ireland], UK. He was an actor, known for Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959), Royal Wedding (1951) and Brigadoon (1954). He died on February 13, 1970 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

15. George Cleveland

Actor | Drums of Fu Manchu

Round-faced and twinkling, George Cleveland had a 58-year career of stage, vaudeville, motion picture, radio and television acting. His first film was Mystery Liner (1934) with Noah Beery and he went on to appear in 150 others. However, he is best remembered as Gramps on the original Lassie (1954) ...

16. Tom Kennedy

Actor | The Adventurous Blonde

Once a boxer, brawny character actor Tom Kennedy began his film career early in the silent era. He frequently played big, dumb, likable, working-class types, such as in The Case of the Stuttering Bishop (1937). He also worked with W.C. Fields, The Marx Brothers, and Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in ...

17. Rudolf Klein-Rogge

Actor | Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler

During the heyday of German silent cinema, Rudolf Klein-Rogge was the prototype for the master criminal, the irredeemable arch villain or mad scientist. Born in Cologne, he served as a cadet in a Prussian military academy before finishing his matriculation. He then began to attend acting classes ...

18. Sacha Guitry

Writer | Les perles de la couronne

French actor, dramatist and director, Sacha Guitry was born in 1885 in Saint-Petersburg where his father, actor Lucien Guitry, was under contract with the city's French theater. Early on, Sacha knew he was going to be an artist. Therefore, his studies were mediocre.

His acting debuts were not too ...

19. Deems Taylor

Self | Fantasia

Deems Taylor was born on December 22, 1885 in New York City, New York, USA as Joseph Deems Taylor. He was an actor and writer, known for Fantasia (1940), Janice Meredith (1924) and The Hard-Boiled Canary (1941). He died on July 3, 1966 in New York City.

20. Allan Dwan

Director | Bound in Morocco

Allan Dwan was born on April 3, 1885 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as Joseph Aloysius Dwan. He was a director and writer, known for Bound in Morocco (1918), A Perfect Crime (1921) and A Broken Doll (1921). He was married to Marie Shelton and Pauline Bush. He died on December 28, 1981 in Woodland ...

21. Jerome Kern

Soundtrack | Till the Clouds Roll By

Jerome David Kern was born in 1885. He began his stage career grafting American songs (for which he wrote the music) into imported European operettas. His breakthrough came with the song "They Didn't Believe Me", written (with lyrics by Edward Laska) for a show called "The Girl from Utah". It ...

22. Erskine Sanford

Actor | Citizen Kane

Erskine Sanford was born on November 19, 1885 in Trinidad, Colorado, USA. He was an actor, known for Citizen Kane (1941), The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) and The Best Years of Our Lives (1946). He died on July 7, 1969 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

23. Moore Marriott

Actor | Oh, Mr. Porter!

Largely forgotten today, comic actor Moore Marriott reigned supreme for a time in the 1930s alongside Will Hay and Graham Moffatt in British film farce. The trio came about by happenstance, but it was their audiences who insisted they reappear together again and again.

Born in 1885, Marriott started...

24. Tod Slaughter

Actor | Crimes at the Dark House

Tod Slaughter took to the stage in 1905 and made a name for himself as the star villain of numerous Victorian melodramas which he toured around England. Many of these were filmed cheaply in the 30s and 40s by quota-quickie tzar George King. His ham performances are perfectly suited to the material ...

25. Princess Alice of Battenberg

Awarded the Royal Red Cross in 1913 by King George V for her work as a nurse during the Balkan Wars.

26. Syd Chaplin

Actor | King, Queen and Joker

Syd Chaplin was born on March 16, 1885 in London, England as Sydney Hawkes. He was an actor and director, known for King, Queen and Joker (1921), The Better 'Ole (1926) and A Lover's Lost Control (1915). He was married to Gypsy and Minnie Chaplin. He died on April 15, 1965 in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes,...

27. Harry Gribbon

Actor | Art Trouble

Harry Gribbon was born on June 9, 1885 in New York City, New York, USA as Harry Peter Gribbon. He was an actor and director, known for Art Trouble (1934), You Said a Mouthful (1932) and The Mysterious Island (1929). He was married to May Emory. He died on July 28, 1961 in Los Angeles, California, ...

28. Paul Leni

Director | The Man Who Laughs

Paul Leni was born on July 8, 1885 in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany as Paul Josef Levi. He was an art director and director, known for The Man Who Laughs (1928), Das Rätsel von Bangalor (1918) and Das Tagebuch des Dr. Hart (1918). He died on September 2, 1929 in Los Angeles, California...

29. Dale Fuller

Actress | Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

Dale Fuller was born on June 17, 1885 in Santa Ana, California, USA as Marie Dale Phillipps. She was an actress, known for Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925), The Cossacks (1928) and The Sacred Flame (1929). She died on October 14, 1948 in Pomona, California.

30. Leona Anderson

Actress | House on Haunted Hill

The twice-married singer and actress was the youngest of the seven children born to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Aronson of Arkansas and Missouri. Leona was the only one of the seven born away from Arkansas. Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson, nee Maxwell Henry Aronson, was her much older and bigger brother...

31. George S. Patton

Self | Nazi Concentration Camps

George S. Patton III was a highly successful and highly controversial general who held Corps- and Army-level commands during World War II. Because of his great competence as a battlefield commander, Patton might have led the American troops during the invasion of Normandy; however, his impolitic ...

32. Robert Emmett O'Connor

Actor | A Night at the Opera

Stalwart Irish-American character actor Robert Emmet O'Connor, who was born on March 18, 1885, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He made his bones performing in circuses and in vaudeville. He made his Broadway debut in the musical "Fritz in Tammany Hall" at the Herald Square Theatre on October 16, 1905, ...

33. Gene Gauntier

Actress | Evangeline

Gene Gauntier was born on May 17, 1885 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA as Genevieve Liggett. She was an actress and writer, known for Evangeline (1908), The Scarlet Letter (1908) and From the Manger to the Cross; or, Jesus of Nazareth (1912). She was married to J.J. Clark. She died on December 18, ...

34. Pierre Renoir

Actor | Les enfants du paradis

Pierre Renoir was born on March 21, 1885 in Paris, France. He was an actor, known for Children of Paradise (1945), Marion de Lorme (1918) and Night at the Crossroads (1932). He was married to Sergine, Vera. He died on March 11, 1952 in Paris.

35. Herbert Stothart

Music Department | The Wizard of Oz

Of Scottish and German ancestry, Herbert Stothart was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1885. At first, he was slated for a career as a teacher of history. However, he became enamored with music while singing in a school choir, and again, later, while attending the University of Wisconsin. There, he...

36. Maire O'Neill

Actress | Juno and the Paycock

Maire O'Neill was born on January 12, 1885 in Dublin, Ireland as Mary Allgood. She was an actress, known for Juno and the Paycock (1930), A Christmas Carol (1951) and Love on the Dole (1941). She was married to Arthur Sinclair and G.H. Mair. She died on November 2, 1952 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

37. Charles Coleman

Actor | It Started with Eve

Charles Coleman was born on December 22, 1885 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Charles Pearce Coleman. He was an actor, known for It Started with Eve (1941), Poor Little Rich Girl (1936) and Bachelor Apartment (1931). He was married to Beatrice. He died on March 8, 1951 in Woodland Hills, ...

38. Aubrey Mather

Actor | The Mighty McGurk

Aubrey Mather was born on December 17, 1885 in Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire, England. He was an actor, known for The Mighty McGurk (1947), The Secret of St. Ives (1949) and As You Like It (1936). He died on January 16, 1958 in London, England.

39. Roland West

Director | The Monster

Roland West was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and became an actor in the theater and on the vaudeville stage. He got his start in the film industry in New York City around 1915, forming several production companies to shoot films there. He later worked as general manager of production for producer ...

40. Jacques Feyder

Director | Pension Mimosas

Jacques Feyder was born on July 21, 1885 in Ixelles, Brabant, Belgium as Jacques Léon Louis Frédérix. He was a director and writer, known for Pension Mimosas (1935), Carnival in Flanders (1935) and Le grand jeu (1934). He was married to Françoise Rosay. He died on May 24, 1948 in Rive-de-Prangins, ...

41. John Bowers

Actor | Lorna Doone

Began working in films from 1916, becoming a a star within five years of his debut. His frequent co-star was was Marguerite de la Motte, whom he later married. The advent of sound effectively ended his career. Shortly after attending a party, the distraught 50-year-old Bowers committed suicide by ...

42. Gordon Harker

Actor | Rome Express

Gordon Harker born in 1885 in London into a well-known family of theatrical artists, he first appeared on stage in 1903. Lugubrious, shifty cockney character who starred and supported in over 60 films his first film role as Major Kent in Harold M. Shaw 'General John Regan' starring Milton Rosmer ...

43. Arthur Lucan

Actor | Old Mother Riley's Circus

Arthur Towle was in show business from 1900 when he left school until his dying day. He started as an "Irish" character comedian in British music halls; touring Ireland with this act in 1913, he met and married Kitty McShane (she was 15, he 26). They gradually evolved the act of "Old Mother Riley ...

44. D.H. Lawrence

Writer | The Plainclothesman

David Herbert Lawrence was born in Nottinghamshire, England, 11 September 1885. His father was a coal miner, his mother a genteel woman who sought education and refinement for her son. Lawrence earned a university degree and taught school for a short time. While still a student he began to publish ...

45. Roland Pertwee

Writer | King Solomon's Mines

Actor/writer Roland Pertwee was born in Brighton, England, in 1885. He began his career in the arts as a painter, and received a scholarship to attend the Royal Academy School of Art. His career as a painter didn't last long, however; after several individuals who commissioned him to paint their ...

46. Forrest Stanley

Actor | When Knighthood Was in Flower

Forrest Stanley was born on August 21, 1885 in Birmingham, England. He was an actor and writer, known for When Knighthood Was in Flower (1922), Beauty's Worth (1922) and The Cat and the Canary (1927). He was married to Marion Hutchins. He died on August 27, 1969 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

47. David Clyde

Actor | Suzy

David Clyde was born on March 27, 1885 in Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Scotland. He was an actor, known for Suzy (1936), Bulldog Drummond's Peril (1938) and Eight Bells (1935). He was married to Fay Holden. He died on May 17, 1945 in San Fernando Valley, California, USA.

48. Florence Turner

Actress | A Welsh Singer

Widely publicized as "The Vitagraph Girl," dark-haired silent film actress Florence Turner was one of the screen's first celebrities to be called by the term "movie star." Born in New York City in 1885, she was pushed into the business at age 3 by an overzealous stage mother, performing on the ...

49. Bert Lytell

Actor | Alias the Lone Wolf

Bert Lytell was born on February 24, 1885 in New York City, New York, USA as Bertram Mortimer Lytell. He was an actor and writer, known for Alias the Lone Wolf (1927), Obey the Law (1926) and A Message from Mars (1921). He was married to Grace Menken, Claire Windsor and Evelyn Vaughn. He died on ...

50. Herbert Rawlinson

Actor | The Flame Fighter

Herbert Rawlinson was born on November 15, 1885 in Brighton, East Sussex, England as Herbert Banemann Rawlinson. He was an actor and producer, known for The Flame Fighter (1925), The Carter Case (1919) and King of the Royal Mounted (1940). He was married to Loraine Abigail Long, Roberta Arnold and ...


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