Date of Death between 1961-01-01 and 1961-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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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...

2. Anna May Wong

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 ...

3. Jeff Chandler

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...

4. Charles Coburn

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.

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6. Marion Davies

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 ...

7. Barry Fitzgerald

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.

28. Clem Fuller

Actor | Peter Gunn

Clem Fuller was born on July 6, 1908 in Los Angeles County, California, USA as Clement D. Fuller. He is known for his work on Peter Gunn (1958), The Sundowners (1950) and The Great Sioux Uprising (1953). He died on May 24, 1961 in Hollywood, California.

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,...

30. Adeline De Walt Reynolds

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 ...

34. Violet Kemble Cooper

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.

36. Dorothy Burgess

Actress | Taxi

Dorothy Burgess was born on March 4, 1905 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She was an actress, known for Taxi (1931), Black Moon (1934) and Hold Your Man (1933). She died on August 20, 1961 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles.

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.

39. John Eldredge

Actor | High Sierra

John Eldredge was born on August 30, 1904 in San Francisco, California, USA. He was an actor, known for High Sierra (1941), The Master Key (1945) and Charlie Chan at the Olympics (1937). He died on September 23, 1961 in Laguna Beach, California.

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 ...

50. George S. Kaufman

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"...


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