These black and white photos of 1940s movie stars prove it: the '40s were a great decade for film. Famous 1940s actors, such as Jimmy Stewart and Liz Taylor, lit up the silver screen throughout the decade. Alfred Hitchcock was really coming into his own as the master of suspense, and Frank Capra gave moviegoers a holiday film that would be loved decades after its initial release. The movie stars of the 1940s had versatile talents and were able to thrive in the captivating roles of the day.
Who is the most popular movie star of the 1940s? John Wayne tops this list. Known for his calm confidence in the face of great obstacles, John Wayne is one of the best Western actors to ever hit the silver screen. Other great 1940s celebrities include James Stewart, Cary Grant, and Humphrey Bogart.
The 1940s also featured great actresses like Katharine Hepburn and Ingrid Bergman, who starred in one of the most popular films of the 1940s and beyond, when she appeared alongside Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca in 1942. Rita Hayworth was also one of the popular old movie stars of the '40s. She appeared in Gilda in 1946 and Cover Girl in 1944.
Scroll on below to learn a bit about the old time actors of the 1940s.