Birthdays in Film & Television in 1897

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  • Jan 1 Walter Greaza, American actor (Treasury Man, Martin Kane Private Eye), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1973)
  • Jan 2 Jim Londos, Greek wrestler (d. 1975)
  • Jan 3 Marion Davies [Marion Cecelia Douras], American actress (Operator 13), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1961)
  • Jan 3 Pola Negri, [Barbara A Chalupiec], Polish-American stage actress (Madame Dubarry), born in Lipno, Kingdom of Poland, Russian Empire (d. 1987)
  • Jan 5 Jack Wagner, American actor (The Razor's Edge, Under Two Flags, Jive Junction), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1965)
  • Jan 6 Billy Greene, American actor (Single Room Furnished, One Man's Family), born in NYC, New York (d. 1973)
  • Jan 17 Nils Asther, Swedish actor (Bluebeard, Night Monster), born in Malmö, Sweden (d. 1981)
  • Jan 21 J. Carrol Naish, American actor (Charlie Chan-Adv of Charlie Chan), born in NYC, New York (d. 1973)
  • Jan 23 Sir William Samuel Stephenson, Canadian soldier, W.W.II codename, Intrepid. Inspiration for James Bond. (d. 1989)
  • Feb 12 Vola Vale [Smith], American actress, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1970)
  • Feb 19 Alma Rubens, American actress (Humoresque), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1931)
  • Feb 21 Celia Lovsky, Austrian-American actress (Soylent Green, T'Pau-Star Trek), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1979)
  • Mar 16 Conrad Nagel, American actor (All That Heaven Allows, Celebrity Time), born in Keokuk, Iowa (d. 1970)
  • Mar 19 Betty Compson, American actress (Big City, Docks Of New York), born in Beaver, Utah (d. 1974)
  • Mar 25 John Laurie, Scottish actor (Hamet, The 39 Steps, Jericho, Island of Desire), born in Dumfries, Dumfriesshire, Scotland (d. 1980)
  • Apr 4 Pierre Fresnay, French actor (Monsieur Vincent, Grand Illusion), born in Paris, France (d. 1975)
  • Apr 7 Walter Winchell, Harlem newscaster/columnist (Untouchables), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 14 Olga Chekhova, Russian-German actress (Italian Strawhat, Cry of the Children), born in Aleksandropol, Erivan Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1980)
  • Apr 14 Claire Windsor, American actress (The Blot), born in Cawker City, Kansas (d. 1972)
  • Apr 15 Pedro Regas, Greek stage actor (Only Angels Have Wings, Pat Paulsen's Half a Comedy Hour), born in Goranoi, Greece (d. 1974)
  • Apr 19 Vivienne Segal, American Broadway actress (Pal Joey), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1992)
  • Apr 20 Gregory Ratoff, Russian producer, director and actor (Exodus, Skyscraper Souls, Corsican Brothers), born in Samara, Russian Empire (d. 1960)
  • Apr 23 John Wengraf, Austrian actor (12 to the Moon, Pride & Passion), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1974)
  • Apr 25 Paula Trueman, American actress (Dirty Dancing), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • Apr 26 Douglas Sirk, German American film director (All That Heaven Allows), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1987)
  • Apr 30 Humberto Mauro, Brazillina director and screenwriter (d. 1983)

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May 18 Frank Capra, Italian-American film director (Its a Wonderful Life, It Happened One Night), born in Bisacquino, Italy (d. 1991)

Film Director Frank Capra
Film Director
Frank Capra
  • May 18 Jack Raine, British actor (Quartet), born in London, England (d. 1979)
  • May 28 Henry Kendall, British director and actor (Amazing Quest, Shadow, Rich & Strange), born in London, England (d. 1962)
  • May 31 Margalo Gillmore, British actress (Skirts Ahoy, High Society), born in London, England (d. 1986)
  • Jun 16 Elaine Hammerstein, American actress (The Midnight Express), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1948)
  • Jun 18 Henry Wadsworth, American actor (The Thin Man, Applause, Fast & Loose), born in in Maysville, Kentucky (d. 1974)

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Jun 19 Moe Howard [Moses Horowitz], American actor and comedian (The 3 Stooges), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1975)

Comedian Moe Howard
Comedian
Moe Howard
  • Jun 22 Edmund A. Chester, American broadcaster and journalist (d. 1973)
  • Jun 25 Basil Radford, British actor (The Lady Vanishes, Whiskey Galore, Night Train), born in Chester England (d. 1952)
  • Jun 26 Viola Dana, American actress (Willow Tree, 40 Winks, Silent Lover), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1987)
  • Jul 7 Anna Luther, American silent screen actress (Sinners in Silk), born in New Jersey (d. 1960)
  • Jul 28 Emmy Arbous [Emilia J Henke], Dutch actress (Little Rascal), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1954)
  • Aug 4 Joseph Calleia, Maltese-American actor (Jungle Book, Gilda, Touch of Evil), born in Mdina, Malta (d. 1975)

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Aug 10 Jack Haley [John Joseph], American actor (The Wizard of Oz, Ford Star Revue), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1878)

Actor Jack Haley
Actor
Jack Haley
  • Aug 22 Elizabeth Bergner, Austrian actress (Catherine the Great), born in Drohobycz, Galicia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1986)
  • Aug 28 Morris Ankrum, American actor (Kronos, Half Human, Earth vs Flying Saucers), born in Danville, Illinois (d. 1964)

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Aug 31 Fredric March, American actor (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Best Years of Our Lives), born in Racine, Wisconsin (d. 1975)

  • Sep 3 Cecil Parker, British actor (The Lady Vanishes, Indiscreet, Tale of 2 Cities), born in Hastings, East Sussex, England (d. 1971)
  • Sep 5 Doris Kenyon, American silent screen actress (Alexander Hamilton), born in Syracuse, New York (d. 1979)
  • Sep 5 Luella Gear, American actress (Joe & Mabel), born in NYC, New York (d. 1980)
  • Sep 5 Morris Carnovsky, American actor (Dead Reckoning), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1992)
  • Sep 10 Hilde Hildebrand [Emma Minna Hildebrand], German actress (Port of Freedom), born in Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany (d. 1976)
  • Sep 20 Kermit Maynard, American cowboy actor (Valley of Terror, Saturday Roundup), born in Vevay, Indiana (d. 1971)
  • Sep 23 Walter Pidgeon, Canadian actor (Mrs Miniver, Madame Curie), born in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada (d. 1984)
  • Sep 25 Teddy Hart, American actor (After the Thin Man, 3 Men on a Horse), born in NYC, New York (d. 1971)
  • Sep 26 Wilhelmina J "Willy" Haak, Dutch actress and acting teacher (GoetheJane Eyre), born in Batavia, Dutch East Indies (d. 1968)
  • Oct 6 Jerome Cowan, American actor (Blondie, Tab Hunter Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 1972)
  • Oct 8 Rouben Mamoulian, American movie director and author (The Mark of Zorro, Applause), born in Tbilisi, Georgia (d. 1987)
  • Oct 28 Edith Head, Hollywood costume designer (8 Oscars), born in San Bernardino, California (d. 1981)
  • Oct 29 Hope Emerson, American actress (I Married Joan, Peter Gunn), born in Hawarden, Iowa (d. 1960)
  • Nov 2 Dennis King, English actor (Devil's Brother), born in Coventry, Warwickshire, England (d. 1971)
  • Nov 13 Gertrude Olmstead, American silent film actress, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1975)
  • Nov 17 Eddie Baker, American actor (A Man About Town, Collars and Cuffs), born in Davis, West Virginia (d. 1968)
  • Nov 17 Frank Fay, American vaudeville comedian and actor (God's Gift to Women, Love Nest), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1961)
  • Nov 17 Sara Haden, American actress (A Family Affair), born in Galveston, Texas (d. 1981)
  • Dec 1 Cyril Ritchard, Australian actor (Peter Pan, Hans Brinker), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1977)
  • Dec 5 Nunnally Johnson, American screenwriter and producer (d. 1977)
  • Dec 9 Hermione Ferdinanda Gingold, British actress (Gigi, Music Man), born in London, England (d. 1987)
  • Dec 13 Drew Pearson, newscaster (Drew Pearson), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • Dec 23 Julien Carette, French actor (Sylvia & the Phantom), born in Paris, France (d. 1966)
  • Dec 31 Rhys Williams, Welsh actor (How Green Was My Valley, Nightmare, Okinawa, Cross My Heart), born in Clydach, Swansea, Wales (d. 1969)