Canadian actors who deceased in 1956

Here are 5 famous actors from Canada died in 1956:

Huntley Gordon

Huntley Gordon (October 8, 1887 Montreal-December 7, 1956 Van Nuys) a.k.a. Huntly Gordon was a Canadian actor.

He began his acting career in the silent film era, appearing in films such as "Going Straight" (1916) and "The Bride of Fear" (1919). He successfully transitioned to talking films and starred in many films throughout the 1920s and 1930s such as "Reckless Youth" (1922), "The Beloved Vagabond" (1923), and "Conquest" (1937). He was known for playing sophisticated and charming leading men. He also appeared on Broadway in the 1930s in plays such as "The Vinegar Tree" (1930) and "Madame Bovary" (1937). In the later years of his career, he appeared in small roles in films such as "A Star Is Born" (1937) and "Bewitched" (1945).

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Billy Bishop

Billy Bishop (February 8, 1894 Owen Sound-September 11, 1956 Palm Beach) also known as W.A. Bishop, William Avery "Billy" Bishop, William Avery Bishop, Billy, Bish, Air Marshal W.A. Bishop, Air Marshal Bishop or Billy Bishop was a Canadian soldier, flying ace and actor. He had two children, Arthur Bishop and Jackie Bishop.

During World War I, Billy Bishop flew with the Royal Flying Corps in France and became the top Canadian flying ace of the war, credited with 72 victories. He was known for his daring and courage in the air, and was awarded numerous honors for his service, including the Victoria Cross, the Distinguished Service Order and the Military Cross. Bishop would later serve as the Director of the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II, and was made an Air Marshal in 1944. In addition to his military career, Bishop pursued a successful acting career in the 1930s, appearing in several films and on stage. He also wrote a memoir, "Winged Warfare", which chronicled his experiences as a fighter pilot in World War I. Bishop's contributions to aviation and the military have made him one of Canada's most famous and celebrated figures.

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Sam Langford

Sam Langford (March 4, 1883 Weymouth Falls, Nova Scotia-January 12, 1956 Cambridge) also known as Samuel E. Langford, The Boston Tar Baby, Greatest Fighter Nobody Knows, "The Boston Bonecrusher,", The Boston Terror or Samuel "Sam" E. Langford was a Canadian actor and professional boxer.

He is considered to be one of the greatest boxers of all time, despite never having won a world title. Langford fought in multiple weight classes, ranging from lightweight to heavyweight, often against much larger opponents. He was known for his incredible punching power, speed, and defensive skills, as well as his fearless attitude in the ring. Langford was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990. In addition to his boxing career, he also worked as an actor and appeared in several films in the 1920s and 1930s.

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Dell Henderson

Dell Henderson (July 5, 1883 St. Thomas-December 2, 1956 Hollywood) also known as Del Henderson, George Delbert Henderson, Arthur Buchanan or George Delbert "Dell" Henderson was a Canadian actor, screenwriter and film director.

He began his career as an actor in the early days of silent films and went on to write and direct over 200 films in his career. Henderson is best known for his collaborations with comedy legend Harold Lloyd, directing several of Lloyd's most successful films including "Safety Last!" and "Girl Shy". He also directed other notable actors such as Mabel Normand, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle and W.C. Fields. In 1914, he co-founded the short-lived independent film company, the Comique Film Corporation, with Lloyd and producer J. A. Roach. Henderson retired from the film industry in 1940 and passed away in 1956 at the age of 73.

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Allen Kearns

Allen Kearns (August 14, 1894 Brockville-April 20, 1956 Albany) was a Canadian actor.

Kearns began his career in vaudeville and later transitioned to film in the 1920s. He appeared in many silent films including "The Three Musketeers" (1921) and "Why Girls Say No" (1927). Kearns also had success in the early days of sound films, with notable roles in "The Man Who Came Back" (1931) and "42nd Street" (1933).

In addition to his film work, Kearns was also a popular radio personality, hosting his own show called "Allen Kearns Sings" in the 1930s. He also made occasional appearances on television in the 1950s. Kearns was known for his smooth baritone voice and charm, and was a popular leading man of his time.

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