Classic Film Club

Actor Birthdays

Actor Birthdays
Dan Duryea in Winchester '73 (1950)
(Dan Duryea in Winchester '73, 1950)

DAN DURYEA

  • born: January 23, 1907
  • in: White Plains, New York
  • died: June 7, 1968
  • in: Los Angeles, California

Mary Philips in Leave Her to Heaven (1945)
(Mary Philips in Leave Her to Heaven, 1945)

MARY PHILIPS


Franklin Pangborn (1940)
(Franklin Pangborn in Christmas in July, 1940)

FRANKLIN PANGBORN

  • born: January 23, 1889
  • in: Newark, New Jersey
  • died: July 20, 1958
  • in: Santa Monica, California

Mary Astor

Mary Astor
Mary Astor

Mary Astor: Biography

Mary Astor, born Lucile Langhanke in Quincy, Illinois in 1906, was an only child.   Her father was a high school German teacher.

She was home-schooled and won several beauty contests before becoming a model in New York City.

In 1922, at the age of 16, she appeared in her first credited role in a feature-length silent film for Selznick Pictures.   Astor went on to appear in more than 120 feature films through 1964 and received the Academy Award for Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in The Great Lie (1941).

She struggled with alcoholism for most of her life and was committed to a psychiatric hospital in the late 1940s.   After emerging, she converted to Roman Catholicism and began to appear as a television series guest star through the early 1960s.

Astor was married four times:

  1. Kenneth Hawks, film director, 1928-1930.   Widowed after her husband perished in a plane crash, she later suffered a nervous breakdown.
  2. Dr. Franklyn Thorpe, surgeon, 1931-1936, one child, divorced. Thorpe was one of her attending physicians after her mental collapse.   They later went through a bitter child custody battle.
  3. Manuel del Campo, insurance salesman, 1936-1941, one child, divorced.
  4. Thomas Wheelock, stockbroker, 1945-1955, divorced.   During this period, Astor was committed to an alcohol treatment center and attempted suicide several times.   She later recounted these events in two best-selling autobiographies.

She died of complications from emphysema in Los Angeles, in 1987, at the age of 81.

Mary Astor-films

Mary Astor-films

Don Q, Son of Zorro

  • Don Q, Son of Zorro movie poster
  • Don Q, Son of Zorro
  • 1925
  • Action
  • 1h.51m.

The Kennel Murder Case

  • The Kennel Murder Case movie poster
  • The Kennel Murder Case
  • 1933
  • Mystery
  • 1h.13m.

Dodsworth

  • Dodsworth movie poster
  • Dodsworth
  • 1936
  • Romance
  • 1h.41m.

The Prisoner of Zenda

  • The Prisoner of Zenda movie poster
  • The Prisoner of Zenda
  • 1937
  • Adventure
  • 1h.41m.

The Great Lie

  • The Great Lie movie poster
  • The Great Lie
  • 1941
  • Drama
  • 1h.48m.

The Maltese Falcon

  • The Maltese Falcon movie poster
  • The Maltese Falcon
  • 1941
  • Crime
  • 1h.40m.

The Palm Beach Story

  • The Palm Beach Story movie poster
  • The Palm Beach Story
  • 1942
  • Romantic Comedy
  • 1h.28m.

Meet Me in St. Louis

  • Meet Me in St. Louis movie poster
  • Meet Me in St. Louis
  • 1944
  • Rated G (TV)
  • Musical
  • 1h.53m.

Top Actors: 1932,1942,1952

1932

Marie Dressler

Marie Dressler

Janet Gaynor

Janet Gaynor

Joan Crawford

Joan Crawford

Charles Farrell

Charles Farrell

1942

Abbott & Costello

Abbott and Costello

Clark Gable

Clark Gable

Gary Cooper

Gary Cooper

Mickey Rooney

Mickey Rooney

1952

Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis

Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis (1955)

Gary Cooper

Gary Cooper (1952)

John Wayne

John Wayne

Bing Crosby

Bing Crosby (1944)

Best Actor Oscar Nominees: 2001

Best Actor Oscar Nominees of 2001

Russell Crowe in Gladiator

  • Russell Crowe

Julia Roberts in Erin Brockovich

  • Julia Roberts

Joan Allen in The Contender

  • Joan Allen

Juliet Binoche in Chocolat

  • Juliet Binoche

Ellen Burstyn in Requiem for a Dream

  • Ellen Burstyn

Tom Hanks in Cast Away

  • Tom Hanks

Laura Linney in You Can Count on Me

  • Laura Linney

Geoffrey Rush in Quills

  • Geoffrey Rush