Top Actors of the 1930s

Apart from marking the beginning of the Great Depression, 1930 was also the start of a great decade for the American film industry as it was part of the Golden Age of Hollywood. The decade witnessed the rise of numerous Hollywood stars like Cary Grant, who went on to dominate the industry for the next 30 years. Check out the list of top actors of 1930s

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Also Known As: William Clark Gable
Birthday: 01 February 1901
Born In: Cadiz, Ohio, United States
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died On: 16 August 1960

Popularly known as The King of Hollywood, Clark Gable appeared as a leading man for 30 years in an acting career that spanned 37 years. One of the most bankable Hollywood stars in the history of American cinema, Clark Gable was named in the greatest male star of classic American cinema list published by the American Film Institute.


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Also Known As: James Maitland Stewart
Birthday: 20 May 1908
Born In: Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died On: 02 July 1997

Best known for his everyman screen persona, James Stewart was ranked third in the greatest American male actors list published by the American Film Institute (AFI) in 1999. During his 55-year acting career, he displayed strong morality both on and off the screen, as a result of which he epitomized the ideal American man of the 20th century.


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Also Known As: Archibald Alec Leach
Birthday: 18 January 1904
Born In: Horfield, Bristol, England
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died On: 29 November 1986
Height: 6′2″

Considered one of the greatest actors ever, Cary Grant’s good looks, popular appeal and a knack for romantic comedy made him an enduring Hollywood star from the 1930s to the 1960s. Penny Serenade, An Affair to Remember, To Catch a Thief, North by Northwest and Charade are some of his classic films. He was bestowed an honorary Oscar in 1970.


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Also Known As: Henry Jaynes Fonda
Birthday: 16 May 1905
Born In: Grand Island, Nebraska, United States
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died On: 12 August 1982
Height: 6′2″
Hollywood legend Henry Fonda, father of Peter and Jane Fonda, is best remembered for his Academy Award-winning role as Norman Thayer Jr. in On Golden Pond. He began his career with Broadway plays and then appeared in classics such as The Grapes of Wrath and 12 Angry Men

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Also Known As: Frank James Cooper
Birthday: 07 May 1901
Born In: Helena, Montana, United States
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died On: 13 May 1961
Height: 6′3″

Gary Cooper was one of the most popular and versatile American actors of all time. Known for his understated acting style, Cooper won the adulation of critics, fans, and fellow movie stars. A major movie star throughout the golden age of cinema, Cooper was ranked 11th on the 25 greatest male stars of classic Hollywood cinema list published by AFI.