Tod Browning


Birthday July 12, 1880

Birth Sign Cancer

Birthplace Louisville, KY

DEATH DATE Oct 6, 1962 (82)

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Director of the 1931 horror classic Dracula along with The Unholy Three and several other popular horror films.

Before Fame

He ran away from home to join a carnival at age 16, where he went from a barker to the main attraction as The Hypnotic Living Corpse.


His freak show act was shut down, and he went into vaudeville and two-reelers for DW Griffith. He then moved into directing.

Family Life

He was born in Louisville, Kentucky. His father was the nephew of baseball star Pete Browning.

Associated With

He was mentioned by David Bowie in the title song of his horror-apocalyptic album Diamond Dogs.