1899 births

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List of famous people who were born in 1899
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  1. Humphrey Bogart
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    Humphrey Bogart

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    Humphrey DeForest Bogart (/ˈbɡɑːrt/; December 25, 1899 – January 14, 1957) was an American screen actor whose performances in iconic 1940s films noir such as The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, and The Big Sleep earned him the legacy of cultural icon.


  2. James Cagney
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    James Cagney

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    James Francis Cagney, Jr. (July 17, 1899 – March 30, 1986) was an American actor and dancer, both on stage and in film, though he had his greatest impact in film. Known for his consistently energetic performances, distinctive vocal style, and deadpan comic timing, he won acclaim and major awards for a wide variety of performances. He is best remembered for playing multifaceted tough guys in movies such as The Public Enemy (1931), Taxi! (1932), Angels with Dirty Faces (1938), and White Heat (1949) and was even typecast or limited by this view earlier in his career. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked him eighth among its list of greatest male stars of Classic Hollywood Cinema. Orson Welles said of Cagney, "[he was] maybe the greatest actor who ever appeared in front of a camera", and Stanley Kubrick considered him to be one of the best actors of all time.


  3. Fred Astaire
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    Fred Astaire

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    Fred Astaire (born Frederick Austerlitz; May 10, 1899 – June 22, 1987) was an American dancer, singer, actor, choreographer, musician, and television presenter.


  4. Gloria Swanson
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    Gloria Swanson

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    Gloria May Josephine Swanson (/ˈswɑːnsən/; March 27, 1899 – April 4, 1983) was an American actress, singer, and producer best known for her role as Norma Desmond, a reclusive silent film star, in the critically acclaimed 1950 film Sunset Boulevard.


  5. Ernest Hemingway
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    Ernest Hemingway

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    Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was an American novelist, short story writer, and journalist. His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations. Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. He published seven novels, six short story collections, and two non-fiction works. Additional works, including three novels, four short story collections, and three non-fiction works, were published posthumously. Many of his works are considered classics of American literature.


  6. Pola Negri
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    Pola Negri

    24,404 views

    Pola Negri (born Barbara Apolonia Chałupiec, sometimes spelled Chalupec or Chałupec; 3 January 1897 – 1 August 1987) was a Polish stage and film actress who achieved worldwide fame during the silent and golden eras of Hollywood and European film for her tragedienne and femme fatale roles.


  7. Alfred Hitchcock
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    Alfred Hitchcock

    22,826 views

    Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, KBE (13 August 1899 – 29 April 1980) was an English film director and producer, often nicknamed "The Master of Suspense". He pioneered many elements of the suspense and psychological thriller genres. He had a successful career in British cinema with both silent films and early talkies and became renowned as England's best director. Hitchcock moved to Hollywood in 1939 and became a US citizen in 1955.


  8. Al Capone
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    Al Capone

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    Alphonse Gabriel "Al" Capone (/æl kəˈpn/; January 17, 1899 – January 25, 1947) was an American gangster who attained fame during the Prohibition era as the co-founder and boss of the Chicago Outfit. His seven-year reign as crime boss ended when he was 33 years old.


  9. Ramon Novarro
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    Ramon Novarro

    15,865 views

    Jose Ramón Gil Samaniego, best known as Ramón Novarro (February 6, 1899 – October 30, 1968), was a Mexican-American film, stage and television actor who began his career in silent films in 1917 and eventually became a leading man and one of the top box office attractions of the 1920s and early 1930s. Novarro was promoted by MGM as a "Latin lover" and became known as a sex symbol after the death of Rudolph Valentino.


  10. Duke Ellington
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    Duke Ellington

    15,639 views

    Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974) was an American composer, pianist and bandleader of a jazz orchestra. He led his orchestra from 1923 until his death, his career spanning over 50 years.


  11. Madge Bellamy
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    Madge Bellamy

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    Madge Bellamy (June 30, 1899 – January 24, 1990) was an American stage and film actress who was a popular leading lady in the 1920s and early 1930s. Her career declined in the sound era, and ended following a romantic scandal in the 1940s.


  12. Colleen Moore
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    Colleen Moore

    12,622 views

    Colleen Moore (August 19, 1899 – January 25, 1988) was an American film actress who began her career during the silent film era. Moore became one of the most fashionable stars of the era and helped popularize the bobbed haircut. After her film career she became a partner in the investment firm Merrill Lynch.


  13. George Brent
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    George Brent

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    George Brent (15 March 1904 – 26 May 1979) was an Irish-born American stage, film, and television actor in American cinema.


  14. John Gilbert
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    John Gilbert

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    John Gilbert (July 10, 1897 – January 9, 1936) was an American actor, screenwriter and director.


  15. Charles Boyer
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    Charles Boyer

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    Charles Boyer (28 August 1899 – 26 August 1978) was a French actor who appeared in more than 80 films between 1920 and 1976. After receiving an education in drama, Boyer started on the stage, but he found his success in American movies during the 1930s. His memorable performances were among the era's most highly praised, in romantic dramas such as The Garden of Allah (1936), Algiers (1938), and Love Affair (1939), as well as the mystery-thriller Gaslight (1944). He received four Academy Award nominations for Best Actor.


  16. Alice Terry
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    Alice Terry

    8,043 views

    Alice Frances Taeffe, known professionally as Alice Terry (July 24, 1900 – December 22, 1987), was an American film actress and director. She began her career during the silent film era, appearing in thirty-nine films between 1916 and 1933. While Terry's trademark look was her blonde hair, she was actually a brunette, and put on her first blonde wig in Hearts Are Trumps (1920) to look different than Francelia Billington, the other actress in the film. Terry played several different characters in the 1916 anti-war film Civilization, co-directed by Thomas H. Ince and Reginald Barker. Alice wore the blonde wig again in her most acclaimed role as "Marguerite" in film The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921), and kept the wig for any future roles. In 1925 her husband Rex Ingram co-directed Ben-Hur, filming parts of it in Italy. The two decided to move to the French Riviera, where they set up a small studio in Nice and made several films on location in North Africa, Spain, and Italy for MGM and others. In 1933, Terry made her last film appearance in Baroud, which she also co-directed with husband.


  17. Phyllis Haver
    #17

    Phyllis Haver

    7,480 views

    Phyllis Haver (January 6, 1899 – November 19, 1960) was an American actress of the silent film era.


  18. Jobyna Ralston
    #18

    Jobyna Ralston

    6,935 views

    Jobyna Ralston (November 21, 1899 – January 22, 1967) was an American stage and film actress.


  19. Carmel Myers
    #19

    Carmel Myers

    6,156 views

    Carmel Myers (April 4, 1899 – November 9, 1980) was an American actress who achieved her greatest successe in silent film.


  20. Paul Kelly
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    Paul Kelly

    5,157 views

    Paul Michael Kelly (August 9, 1899 – November 6, 1956) was an American stage, film and television actor. His career survived a manslaughter conviction, tied to a sex scandal, that caused him to spend time in prison in the late 1920s.


  21. Noël Coward
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    Noël Coward

    5,919 views

    Sir Noël Peirce Coward (16 December 1899 – 26 March 1973) was an English playwright, composer, director, actor and singer, known for his wit, flamboyance, and what Time magazine called "a sense of personal style, a combination of cheek and chic, pose and poise".


  22. Gale Sondergaard
    #22

    Gale Sondergaard

    6,025 views

    Gale Sondergaard (February 15, 1899 – August 14, 1985) was an American actress.


  23. Lya De Putti
    #23

    Lya De Putti

    4,626 views

    Lya De Putti (January 10, 1897 – November 27, 1931) was a Hungarian film actress of the silent era, noted for her portrayal of vamp characters.


  24. Lillian Disney
    #24

    Lillian Disney

    5,390 views

    Lillian Marie Disney (née Bounds; February 15, 1899 – December 16, 1997) was an ink artist who was married to Walt Disney from 1925 until his death in 1966.


  25. Hoagy Carmichael
    #25

    Hoagy Carmichael

    5,423 views


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