Date of Death between 1961-01-01 and 1961-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
1. Gary Cooper
Actor | High Noon
Born to Alice Cooper and Charles Cooper (not in film business). Gary attended school at Dunstable school England, Helena Montana and Iowa College, Grinnell, Iowa. His first stage experience was during high school and college. Afterwards, he worked as an extra for one year before getting a part in a...
Actress | Piccadilly
Anna May Wong, the first Chinese-American movie star, was born Wong Liu Tsong on January 3, 1905, in Los Angeles, California, to laundryman Wong Sam Sing and his wife, Lee Gon Toy. A third-generation American, she managed to have a substantial acting career during a deeply racist time when the ...
Actor | Broken Arrow
Jeff was born in Brooklyn and attended Erasmus High School. After high school, he took a drama course and worked in stock companies for two years. His next role would be that of an officer in World War II. After he was discharged from the service, he became busy acting in radio drama's and comedies...
Actor | The More the Merrier
A cigar-smoking, monocled, swag-bellied character actor known for his Old South manners and charm. In 1918 he and his first wife formed the Coburn Players and appeared on Broadway in many plays. With her death in 1937, he accepted a Hollywood contract and began making films at the age of sixty.
5. Gail Russell
Actress | The Uninvited
Gail Russell was born in Chicago, Illinois, on September 21, 1924. She remained in the Windy City, going to school until her parents moved to California when she was 14. She was an above-average student in school and upon graduation from Santa Monica High School was signed by Paramount Studios.
Actress | Not So Dumb
Marion Cecelia Douras was born in the borough of Brooklyn, New York on January 3, 1897. She had been bitten by the show biz bug early as she watched her sisters perform in local stage productions. She wanted to do the same. As Marion got older, she tried out for various school plays and did fairly ...
Actor | The Quiet Man
One of Hollywood's finest character actors and most accomplished scene stealers, Barry Fitzgerald was born William Joseph Shields in 1888 in Dublin, Ireland. Educated to enter the banking business, the diminutive Irishman with the irresistible brogue was bitten by the acting bug in the 1920s and ...
8. Frank Fay
Actor | Nothing Sacred
Frank Fay was born on November 17, 1891 in San Francisco, California, USA as Francis Anthony Donner. He was an actor, known for Nothing Sacred (1937), God's Gift to Women (1931) and The Matrimonial Bed (1930). He was married to Barbara Stanwyck, Gladys Buchanan, Betty Kean and Frances White. He ...
9. Dick Elliott
Actor | Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
In the thirties, forties, and especially the 1950's, if a director wanted a short, fat actor to play a windy storekeeper or a raucous conventioneer, he might well cast Dick Elliott. He was one of those actors who, whenever he appeared on screen, often for less than a minute, the audience would ...
10. Ernest Thesiger
Actor | Bride of Frankenstein
Although he made nearly 60 films in a 50-year acting career, it is for the two he made with director James Whale that Ernest Thesiger will be best remembered. Born Ernest Frederic Graham Thesiger in London on January 15, 1879, he was the grandson of the first Baron of Chelmsford. Educated at ...
11. Chico Marx
Actor | A Night at the Opera
As a kid trying to negotiate his way through various gang territories to a floating crap game or a new pool hall where he was not yet known as a hustler, Leonard (Chico) Marx learned to fake several accents. Because he later employed an Italian accent in the Marx Brothers' act, people assumed his ...
12. Leo Carrillo
Actor | 20 Mule Team
Leo Carrillo was born on August 6, 1881 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He was an actor, known for 20 Mule Team (1940), The Guilty Generation (1931) and Lasca of the Rio Grande (1931). He was married to Edith Shakespear Haeselbarth. He died on September 10, 1961 in Santa Monica, California.
13. Ernest Hemingway
Writer | To Have and Have Not
Ernest Hemingway was an American writer who won the Pulitzer Prize (1953) and the Nobel Prize in Literature (1954) for his novel The Old Man and the Sea, which was made into a 1958 film The Old Man and the Sea (1958).
He was born into the hands of his physician father. He was the second of six ...
14. Joan Davis
Actress | Hold That Ghost
Widely popular comedienne appeared in some movies and on radio in the 40s and on early television. She starred in the popular television series, I Married Joan (1952), with Jim Backus as her husband and her real-life daughter, Beverly Wills as her sister.
Joan died of a sudden heart attack in 1961. ...
15. Vivienne Osborne
Actress | Dragonwyck
Vivienne Osborne was born on December 10, 1896 in Des Moines, Iowa, USA as Vera Vivienne Spragg. She was an actress, known for Dragonwyck (1946), Two Seconds (1932) and Tomorrow at Seven (1933). She was married to Francis Worthington Hine. She died on June 10, 1961 in Malibu, California, USA.
16. Douglas Walton
Actor | Bride of Frankenstein
Douglas Walton was from over-the-border Ontario, and like so many Canadian actors the logical course was Chicago and then New York. Being of slight frame and a boyish face with a tuft of blond hair completing that latter effect, Walton looked the part of ineffectual, effeminate, snobbish ...
17. Eily Malyon
Actress | The Little Princess
Eily Malyon was born on October 30, 1879 in London, England as Eily S. Lees-Craston. She was an actress, known for The Little Princess (1939), Untamed (1940) and Kind Lady (1935). She was married to J. Plumpton Wilson. She died on September 26, 1961 in South Pasadena, California, USA.
18. Joan McCracken
Actress | Good News
Joan McCracken was born on December 31, 1917 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She was an actress, known for Good News (1947), Claudia: The Story of a Marriage (1952) and Hollywood Canteen (1944). She was married to Bob Fosse and Jack Dunphy. She died on November 1, 1961 in New York City, New ...
19. John Cason
Actor | Sunset Carson Rides Again
John Cason was born on July 30, 1918 in Valley View, Texas, USA as John Lacy Cason. He is known for his work on Sunset Carson Rides Again (1948), Cowboy G-Men (1952) and Jungle Drums of Africa (1953). He died on July 7, 1961 in Santa Barbara, California, USA.
20. Belinda Lee
Actress | La lunga notte del '43
Green-eyed blonde bombshell Belinda Lee was born in Devon, England, to a hotel owner (Robert Esmond Lee) and florist (Stella Mary Graham) on June 15, 1935. Nicknamed Billie, she was an incredible beauty while still in her early teens attending the Rookesbury Park Prep School at Hampshire and St. ...
21. Maya Deren
Director | Meshes of the Afternoon
Maya Deren came to the USA in 1922 as Eleanora Derenkowsky. Together with her father, a psychiatrist, and her mother, an artist, she fled the pogroms against Russian Jews. She studied journalism and political science in at Syracuse University in New York, finishing her BA at NYU in June 1936 and ...
22. Paul Guilfoyle
Actor | The Grapes of Wrath
American character actor. Upon his entry into films in 1930, he was typecast as a weakling or criminal type. He received great acclaim for his role as Garth Esdras, the haunted and hunted accessory to murder in Winterset (1936). Memorable as the weaselly convict who tries to kill James Cagney at ...
23. Alan Marshal
Actor | House on Haunted Hill
Alan Marshal was born on January 29, 1909 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He was an actor, known for House on Haunted Hill (1959), The Garden of Allah (1936) and Conquest (1937). He was married to Mary Grace Borel. He died on July 13, 1961 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
24. Esperanza Baur
Actress | Jalisco nunca pierde
Esperanza Baur was born on July 17, 1920 in Mexico, D.F., Mexico as Esperanza Díaz Ceballos Baur. She was an actress, known for Jalisco nunca pierde (1937), La Valentina (1938) and Guadalajara (1943). She was married to John Wayne and Eugene Colley Morrison. She died on March 10, 1961 in Mexico D.F...
25. Franklyn Farnum
Actor | Sunset Blvd.
Boston-born Franklyn Farnum was on the vaudeville stage at the age of 12 and was featured in a number of theatre and musical productions by the time he entered silent films near the age of 40. He appeared to be at his most comfortable in the saddle, his career dominated mostly by westerns. Some of ...
26. 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 ...
27. Harry Tyler
Actor | The Grapes of Wrath
Harry Tyler was born on June 13, 1888 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for The Grapes of Wrath (1940), Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) and The Naked Street (1955). He was married to Gladys Crolius. He died on September 15, 1961 in Hollywood, California, USA.
29. Ruth Chatterton
Actress | Dodsworth
Beginning as a chorus girl at age 14, Ruth Chatterton became a Broadway star with "Daddy Long Legs" in 1914. She appeared in such shows as "Mary Rose" and "Come Out of the Kitchen" before moving to Hollywood in 1925. As her film career faded in the late 1930s, she returned to the stage in revivals,...
Actress | The Human Comedy
She survived the death of her husband in 1905, the San Francisco earthquake in 1906 and raising four children with no money. In 1926, when she was 64 she became one of the most mature freshman ever to enter the University of California. She graduated 6 years later with her B.A. degree. In 1940 she ...
31. Dashiell Hammett
Writer | The Maltese Falcon
Dashiell Hammett was born May 27, 1894, in St. Mary's County, Maryland, to Richard Hammett and Mary Bond. He joined the Baltimore branch of the Pinkerton Detective Agency in 1915. He enlisted in the US Army's Ambulance Corps in June 1918 and was posted to a camp 20 miles from Baltimore, where he ...
32. Moss Hart
Writer | A Star Is Born
Tony Award-winning American playwright/lyricist Moss Hart was born Oct. 24, 1904, in New York City to a poor Jewish family and raised in what he described as a "drab tenement" on 107th St. in the Bronx. He was educated in the city public school system. He showed a knack for writing at an early age-...
33. George Formby
Soundtrack | Boots! Boots!
Born George Hoy Booth in Wigan, Lancashire on 26 May 1904, he later took his father's stage name of George Formby. He briefly attended school where he failed to learn to read or write so was removed from formal education and sent to become a stable boy in Middleham, North Yorkshire, where he later ...
Actress | Our Betters
Violet Kemble Cooper was born on December 12, 1886 in London, England. She was an actress and writer, known for Our Betters (1933), David Copperfield (1935) and Romeo and Juliet (1936). She was married to Walter Ferris. She died on August 17, 1961 in Hollywood, California, USA.
35. Jack Livesey
Actor | Murder at the Windmill
Jack Livesey was born on June 11, 1901 in Barry, South Wales, UK. He was an actor, known for Mystery at the Burlesque (1949), Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) and Rembrandt (1936). He was married to Eileen Livesey. He died on October 12, 1961 in Burbank, California, USA.
37. Henry O'Neill
Actor | The Story of Louis Pasteur
Suave, well-mannered, silvery-haired character actor Henry O'Neill played top supports in hundreds of films, often as a benign, wise, sensible father, judge, doctor, executive or lawyer. Most of his uppercrust career was split between two studios: Warner Bros in the 1930s and MGM in the 1940s. ...
38. Wally Brown
Actor | Notorious
Wally Brown was born on October 8, 1904 in Malden, Massachusetts, USA as Wallace Edgar Brown. He was an actor, known for Notorious (1946), Zombies on Broadway (1945) and Seven Days Ashore (1944). He was married to Mildred. He died on November 13, 1961 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
40. Donald Cook
Actor | Baby Face
Donald Cook was born on September 26, 1901 in Portland, Oregon, USA. He was an actor, known for Baby Face (1933), Show Boat (1936) and The Public Enemy (1931). He was married to Princess Gioia Tasca di Cuto. He died on October 1, 1961 in New Haven, Connecticut, USA.
41. Billy House
Actor | The Stranger
Billy House was born on May 7, 1889 in Mankato, Minnesota, USA as William House Comstock. He was an actor and writer, known for The Stranger (1946), Bedlam (1946) and The Egg and I (1947). He was married to Harriet Budzik and Esther Trowbridge. He died on September 23, 1961 in Woodland Hills, Los ...
42. Ann Codee
Actress | Come Live with Me
Ann Codee was born on March 5, 1890 in Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium as Anna Maria Van Huffelen. She was an actress, known for Come Live with Me (1941), Captain Caution (1940) and Kiss Me Kate (1953). She was married to Frank Orth. She died on May 18, 1961 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
43. Ben Corbett
Actor | 45 Calibre Echo
Ben Corbett was born on February 6, 1892 in Hudson, Illinois, USA as Benjamin Corbett. He is known for his work on 45 Calibre Echo (1932), Code of the Cactus (1939) and The Fighting Renegade (1939). He was married to Edna May Haynes and Helen. He died on May 19, 1961 in Woodland Hills, California, ...
44. Zoltan Korda
Director | Cry, the Beloved Country
A one time Hungarian cavalry officer, Zoltan Korda started working in films as a cameraman then an editor before becoming a director with London Films run by his brother Alexander Korda. Zoltan had strong liberal/socialist ideals and often clashed with Alexander, who, despite their both being born ...
45. Fred Kruger
Actor | The Twilight Zone
Fred Kruger was born on September 23, 1913 in Shelton, Connecticut, USA as Fredrik H. Kruger. He was an actor, known for The Twilight Zone (1959), Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) and Girls on the Loose (1958). He died on December 5, 1961 in Hollywood, California, USA.
46. Nita Naldi
Actress | Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Nonna Dooley, the future silent screen star, began her career as a showgirl in a Shubert revue in the Winter Garden, later went on to the famed Ziegfeld Follies.
After a successful career on the stage with the Follies, Nita decided to try her hand with films in Hollywood. Her rise to fame was very ...
47. Fred Kelsey
Actor | The Lone Wolf Strikes
Fred Kelsey was born on August 20, 1884 in Sandusky, Ohio, USA as Frederick Alvin Kelsey. He was an actor and director, known for The Lone Wolf Strikes (1940), On Trial (1928) and Mesa of Lost Women (1953). He was married to Katharine Miller. He died on September 2, 1961 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, ...
48. Roy Del Ruth
Director | It Happened on Fifth Avenue
Roy Del Ruth was born on Oct. 18, 1895, in Philadelphia, PA. He began his Hollywood career as a writer for Mack Sennett in 1915. He began directing in 1919 for Sennett with the two-reeler Hungry Lions and Tender Hearts (1920). In the early 1920s he moved over to features with such efforts as Asleep...
49. Anita Stewart
Actress | The Lodge in the Wilderness
Anita Stewart was born on February 7, 1895 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Anna M. Stewart. She was an actress and producer, known for The Lodge in the Wilderness (1926), A Midnight Romance (1919) and Her Kingdom of Dreams (1919). She was married to George Peabody Converse and Rudolph ...
Writer | A Night at the Opera
American playwright of acerbic wit. Twice won the Pulitzer Prize, and is best known for his collaborative authorship of "Once in a Lifetime," with Moss Hart (1930); "Of Thee I Sing," with Morrie Ryskind and Ira Gershwin (1931); "Dinner at Eight," with Edna Ferber (1932); "You Can't Take It with You"...