Classic Film Club

Actor Birthdays

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


  • 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)


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


  • 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 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


Marie Dressler

Marie Dressler

Janet Gaynor

Janet Gaynor

Joan Crawford

Joan Crawford

Charles Farrell

Charles Farrell


Abbott & Costello

Abbott and Costello

Clark Gable

Clark Gable

Gary Cooper

Gary Cooper

Mickey Rooney

Mickey Rooney


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