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Earliest Birthdate of an Actor on Film

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This is a question that has been banging around in my head for a long time. I have no idea how to find the answer (translated - I'm way too lazy to find the answer).

What is the earliest date of birth (by year) of a person (actor or not) to appear in a film? Example: I noted that the actor that played Uncle Henry in the Wizard of Oz was born in 1869.

I've always been fancinated by our connections to the past. I would bet there was some 70/80 year old actor that appeared in a silent film in 1912. Imagine he or she would have been born in 1832 if 80 years old. To think that I can watch a person born in 1832 on film today is amazing to me. It might be even earlier too. I just don't really know how to research this easily.

Any ideas? You guys are always a great source for this sort of information.

Thanks, Ron

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a very interesting subject...

the oldest film that I could think of is A Trip to the Moon (1902) which stars Georges Méliès (b. 1861), who was also the director, but I couldn't find the birthdates if all actors from it :P

on a similar line, do you know the earliest birthdate of a person on a photograph?

I know that eg Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's (!) wife Constanze(1762 – 1842) can be seen on one

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I've always been fancinated by our connections to the past.

Must be why you and I get along so well. I find history incredibly fascinating. :)

This is really an intriguing question. I will have to look into some things - and into Martin's query, as well. Now that you guys have posed the questions, I will probably think about them until they're answered, as well. :laughing:

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Must be why you and I get along so well. I find history incredibly fascinating. :)

This is really an intriguing question. I will have to look into some things - and into Martin's query, as well. Now that you guys have posed the questions, I will probably think about them until they're answered, as well. :laughing:

You'll note I was "fancinated", but also "fascinated"...I thought we got along so well because we are both good lookers.

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Born:Frederick Barkham Warde

February 23, 1851 in Wardington, Oxfordshire, England, UK

Died:February 7, 1935 (age 83) in Brooklyn, New York, USA

So, I Googled movies of 1912 and randomly selected The Life and Death of King Richard III. Was directed to IMDb and I clicked on the above actor. He was born in 1851! Imagine what he saw between 1851 and 1935.

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Born:Frederick Barkham Warde

February 23, 1851 in Wardington, Oxfordshire, England, UK

Died:February 7, 1935 (age 83) in Brooklyn, New York, USA

So, I Googled movies of 1912 and randomly selected The Life and Death of King Richard III. Was directed to IMDb and I clicked on the above actor. He was born in 1851! Imagine what he saw between 1851 and 1935.

Not nearly as much incremental progress as someone born 1960 and living until now.

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I was just thinking about the same thing RonJon and before coming here I had done some research and came across an actor who appeared in an early film version of Oliver Twist.

No photo available. Represent Hudson Liston? Add or change photos at IMDbPro

Hudson Liston (1841–1929)

Hudson Liston was born in 1841 in Belfast, Ireland, UK. He was an actor, known for Leave It to Cissy (1916), Oliver Twist (1912) and Love's Pilgrimage to America (1916). He was married to Millie Liston. He died on September 15, 1929 in Amityville, Long Island, New York, USA.  See full bio »

Born:

 1841  in Belfast, Ireland, UK

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Though not a movie (in the true sense) "Roundhay Garden Scene" which is the oldest piece of surviving film has Sarah and Joseph Whitley, Both of whom are listed as being born in 1816/1817. For the oldest person ever to be still photographed, my money has to go with "Conrad Heyer". He was over a hundred when he was photographed in 1852 (born in 1749). He was a Revolutionary war veteran. (Isn't THAT awesome!)

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