Birthdays in Film & Television in 1878

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  • Jan 16 Harry Carey [Henry DeWitt Carey II], American actor (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Red River), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1947)
  • Jan 17 Oscar Apfel, American actor (The Squaw Man, Inspiration, Before Dawn), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1938)
  • Jan 20 Finlay Currie, Scottish actor (Quo Vadis, Ivanhoe, Avengers), born in Edinburgh (d. 1968)
  • Jan 21 Egon Friedell, Austrian journalist, actor and writer (Kleine Portratgalerie, Der Partylowe), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1938)
  • Jan 22 Constance Collier, British actress and writer (Rope, Stage Door, Whirlpool), born in Windsor, England (d. 1955)
  • Mar 16 Henry B Walthall, American actor (The Birth of a Nation, Klondike), born in Shelby City, Alabama (d. 1936)
  • Apr 26 Ethel Griffies, British actress (Billy Liar, The Birds, We Live Again), born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England (d. 1975)
  • Apr 27 Frank Gotch, American professional wrestler, born in Humboldt, Iowa (d. 1917)

Person of interestLionel Barrymore

Apr 28 Lionel Barrymore [Blythe], American actor (Free Soul, Dr Kildare), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1954)

  • May 16 Taylor Holmes, American actor (Sleeping Beauty, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1959)
  • May 25 Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, American actor and tap dancer (Stormy Weather, Little Colonel), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1949)
  • Jun 5 William Franklin "Frank" Smith, American actor (Cowboy & Bandit, Scarlet Car, Frontier Days), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1961)
  • Jun 26 Ernest Torrence, Scottish actor (I Cover the Waterfront, Hunchback of Notre Dame), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1933)

Person of interestGeorge M. Cohan

Jul 3 George M. Cohan, American father of musical comedy (Phantom President, Give My Regards to Broadway), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1942)

Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer George M. Cohan
Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer
George M. Cohan
  • Oct 5 Louise Dresser [Kerlin], American actress (Maid of Salem), born in Evansville, Indiana (d. 1965)
  • Oct 9 Robert Warwick, American actor (Falcon's Adventure), born in Sacramento, California (d. 1964)