My Favourite 100 Male Film Stars

A list of my favourite 100 male film stars of all time.
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Montgomery Clift
Edward Montgomery Clift (nicknamed 'Monty' his entire life) was born on October 17, 1920 in Omaha, Nebraska, just after his twin sister Roberta and eighteen months after his brother Brooks Clift. He was the son of Ethel "Sunny" Anderson (Fogg) and William Brooks Clift. His father made a lot of money in banking but was quite poor during the depression...
“ Greatest Performances: A Place In The Sun (1951), From Here To Eternity (1953), Judgement At Nuremberg (1961), Wild River (1960), The Search (1948), The Heiress (1949), I Confess (1953), Red River (1948), The Misfits (1961) ” - awoodbine
Steve McQueen
Steve McQueen was an American actor. Called "The King of Cool", his "anti-hero" persona, developed at the height of the counterculture of the 1960s, made him a top box-office draw of the 1960s and 1970s. McQueen received an Academy Award nomination for his role in The Sand Pebbles. His other popular films include The Cincinnati Kid...
“ Greatest Perfermances: Papillon (1974), The Great Escape (1963), Love With The Proper Stranger (1963), The Sand Pebbles (1966), Bullitt (1968), The Magnificent Seven (1960), The Reivers (1969), The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) ” - awoodbine
Van Heflin
Actor, Shane
Craggy-faced, dependable star character actor Van Heflin never quite made the Hollywood "A" list, but made up for what he lacked in appearance with hard work, charisma and solid acting performances. He was born Emmett Evan Heflin in Oklahoma in December 1910, the son of Fanny Bleecker (Shippey) and Emmett Evan Heflin...
“ Greatest Performances: 3:10 To Yuma (1957), The Prowler (1951), Act Of Violence (1948), The Raid (1954), Count Three And Pray (1955), Johnny Eager (1942), Possessed (1947), The Strange Love Of Martha Ivers (1946) ” - awoodbine
Humphrey Bogart
Actor, Casablanca
Humphrey DeForest Bogart was born in New York City, New York, to Maud Humphrey, a famed magazine illustrator and suffragette, and Belmont DeForest Bogart, a moderately wealthy surgeon (who was secretly addicted to opium). Bogart was educated at Trinity School, NYC, and was sent to Phillips Academy in Andover...
“ Greatest Performances: Casablanca (1942), The Maltese Falcon (1941), The Big Sleep (1946), Dead Reckoning (1947), In A Lonely Place (1950), The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre (1948), Passage To Marseille (1944), Across The Pacific (1942) ” - awoodbine
Cary Grant
Once told by an interviewer, "Everybody would like to be Cary Grant", Grant is said to have replied, "So would I." Cary Grant was born Archibald Alexander Leach in Horfield, Bristol, England, to Elsie Maria (Kingdon) and Elias James Leach, who worked in a factory. His early years in Bristol would have been an ordinary lower-middle-class childhood...
“ Greatest Performances: The Awful Truth (1947), Charade (1963), Penny Serenade (1941), North By Northwest (1959), The Bishop's Wife (1947), Bringing Up Baby (1938), An Affair To Remember (1957), My Favorite Wife (1940), Arsenic And Old Lace (1944), Topper (1937) ” - awoodbine
John Garfield
John Garfield was born Jacob Julius Garfinkle on the Lower East Side of New York City, to Hannah Basia (Margolis) and David Garfinkle, who were Jewish immigrants from Zhytomyr (now in Ukraine). Jules was raised by his father, a clothes presser and part-time cantor, after his mother's death in 1920, when he was 7...
“ Greatest Performances: Body And Soul (1947), Humoresque (1946), The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946), Four Daughters (1938), Force Of Evil (1948), The Fallen Sparrow (1943), Out Of The Fog (1941), He Ran All The Way (1951) ” - awoodbine
William Powell
William Powell was on the New York stage by 1912, but it would be ten years before his film career would begin. In 1924 he went to Paramount Pictures, where he was employed for the next seven years. During that time, he played in a number of interesting films, but stardom was elusive. He did finally attract attention with The Last Command as Leo...
“ Greatest Performances: The Thin Man (1934), After The Thin Man (1936), The Kennel Murder Case (1933), One Way Passage (1932), Jewel Robbery (1932), The Thin Man Goes Home (1944), The Ex-Mrs Bradford (1936), Crossroads (1942), Rendezvous (1935), Another Thin Man (1939), Shadow Of The Thin Man (1941) ” - awoodbine
Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon was born in Newton, Massachusetts, to Mildred Burgess LaRue (Noel) and John Uhler Lemmon, Jr., the president of a doughnut company. His ancestry included Irish (from his paternal grandmother) and English. Jack attended Ward Elementary near his Newton, MA home. At age 9 he was sent to Rivers Country Day School...
“ Greatest Performances: The Apartment (1960), Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), Avanti! (1972), Days Of Wine And Roses (1962), Some Like It Hot (1959), Irma La Douce (1963), The Odd Couple (1968), My Fellow Americans (1996) ” - awoodbine
Robert Redford
Charles Robert Redford, Jr. was born on August 18, 1936, in Santa Monica, California, to Martha (Hart), from Texas, and Charles Robert Redford, an accountant for Standard Oil, who was originally from Connecticut. He is of English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry. Robert's mother died in 1955, the year after he graduated from high school...
“ Greatest Performances: All The Presidents Men (1976), Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid (1969), The Way We Were (1973), The Sting (1973), The Chase (1966), Jeremiah Jonhson (1972), Three Days Of The Condor (1975), Spy Game (2001), Barefoot In The Park (1967), The Natural (1984) ” - awoodbine
Peter Lorre
Actor, Casablanca
As a youth Peter Lorre ran away from home, worked as a bank clerk and, after stage training in Vienna, made his acting debut in Zurich. He remained unknown, traveling for several years and acting in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, until Fritz Lang cast him as the psychopathic child killer in M...
“ Greatest Performances: The Maltese Falcon (1941), M (1931), The Mask Of Dimitrios (1944), The Big Circus (1959), Secret Agent (1936), The Verdict (1946), Mad Love (1935), Mr. Moto In Danger Island (1939), Mr. Moto Takes A Vacation (1939), Mr. Moto's Gamble (1938) ” - awoodbine
Robert Mitchum
Robert Mitchum was an underrated American leading man of enormous ability, who sublimated his talents beneath an air of disinterest. He was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to Ann Harriet (Gunderson), a Norwegian immigrant, and James Thomas Mitchum, a shipyard/railroad worker. His father died in a train accident when he was two...
“ Greatest Performances: Night Of The Hunter (1955), Cape Fear (1962), The Big Steal (1949), Macao (1952), The Longest Day (1962), Build My Gallows High (1947), El Dorado (1967), Five Card Stud (1968), The Enemy Below (1957) ” - awoodbine
Michael Caine
Michael Caine is an English actor and author. Renowned for his distinctive working class cockney accent, Caine has appeared in over 115 films and is regarded as a British film icon. He made his breakthrough in the 1960s with starring roles in a number of acclaimed British films, including Zulu (1964)...
“ Greatest Performances: Get Carter (1971), Sleuth (1972), The Prestige (2006), The Ipcress File (1965), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988), Educating Rita (1983), Deathtrap (1982), Billion Dollar Brain (1967), Dressed To Kill (1980), Batman The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Children Of Men (2006), The Italian Job (1969) ” - awoodbine
Dana Andrews
American leading man of the 1940s and 1950s, Dana Andrews, was born Carver Dana Andrews on a farm by Collins, Covington County, Mississippi. He was the son of Annis (Speed) and Charles Forrest Andrews, a Baptist minister. He was one of thirteen children, including actor Steve Forrest. Andrews studied business administration at Sam Houston State Teachers College in Texas...
“ Greatest Performances: Where The Sidewalk Ends (1950), Laura (1944), Beyond A Reasonable Doubt (1956), The Best Years Of Our Lives (1946), The Ox-Bow Incident (1943), Fallen Angel (1945), While The City Sleeps (1956), Boomerang! (1947) ” - awoodbine
Fredric March
Fredric March began a career in banking but in 1920 found himself cast as an extra in films being produced in New York. He starred on the Broadway stage first in 1926 and would return there between screen appearances later on. He won plaudits (and an Academy Award nomination) for his send-up of John Barrymore in The Royal Family of Broadway...
“ Greatest Performances: Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde (1931), Seven Days In May (1964), Les Miserables (1935), Inherit The Wind (1960), The Dark Angel (1935), The Desperate Hours (1955), The Best Years Of Our Lives (1946) ” - awoodbine
Robert Shaw
Actor, Jaws
Robert Archibald Shaw was born on August 9, 1927 in Westhoughton, Lancashire, England, the eldest son of Doreen Nora (Avery), a nurse, and Thomas Archibald Shaw, a doctor. His paternal grandfather was Scottish, from Argyll. Shaw's mother, who was born in Piggs Peak, Swaziland, met his father while she was a nurse at a hospital in Truro...
“ Greatest Performances: Jaws (1975), A Man For All Seasons (1966), The Sting (1973), The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three (1974), Battle Of The Bulge (1965), From Russia With Love (1963), Robin And Marian (1976), Battle Of Britain (1969) ” - awoodbine
Basil Rathbone
Basil Rathbone was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1892, but three years later his family was forced to flee the country because his father was accused by the Boers of being a British spy at a time when Dutch-British conflicts were leading to the Boer War. The Rathbones escaped to England, where Basil and his two younger siblings...
“ Greatest Performances: The Adventures Of Robin Hood (1938), The Scarlet Claw (1944), The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes (1939), The Mark Of Zorro (1940), The House Of Fear (1945), Son Of Frankenstein (1939), The Dawn Patrol (1938) ” - awoodbine
Al Pacino
Al Pacino received his first Best Actor Oscar nomination for Serpico (1973); he was also nominated for The Godfather Part II, Dog Day Afternoon (1975) and ...And Justice for All (1979) and won the award in 1993 for his performance as a blind Lieutenant Colonel in Scent of a Woman (1992). For his performances in The Godfather...
“ Greatest Performances: The Godfather Part II (1974), The Godfather (1972), Serpico (1973), Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), Heat (1995), Dick Tracy (1990), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Scarecrow (1973), The Insider (1999) ” - awoodbine
Robert De Niro
Actor, Goodfellas
Robert De Niro, thought of as one of the greatest actors of all time, was born in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York City, to artists Virginia (Admiral) and Robert De Niro Sr. His paternal grandfather was of Italian descent, and his other ancestry is Irish, German, Dutch, English, and French. He was trained at the Stella Adler Conservatory and the American Workshop...
“ Greatest Performances: Heat (1995), The Godfather Part II (1974), Midnight Run (1998), Taxi Driver (1978), Once Upon A Time In America (1984), Ronin (1998), Silver Linings Playbook (2012), The Untouchables (1987), Goodfellas (1990), Bang The Drum Slowly (1973) ” - awoodbine
Kirk Douglas
Actor, Spartacus
Kirk Douglas is an American actor, producer, director, and author. After an impoverished childhood with immigrant parents and six sisters, he had his film debut in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946) with Barbara Stanwyck. Douglas soon developed into a leading box-office star throughout the 1950s and 1960s...
“ Greatest Performances: Lonely Are The Brave (1962), Lust For Life (1956), Champion (1949), The List Of Adrian Messenger (1963), Seven Days In May (1964), In Harm's Way (1965), Gunfight At The OK Corral (1956), Build My Gallows High (1947), The Bad And The Beautiful (1952), The Strange Love Of Martha Ivers (1946) ” - awoodbine
Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster, one of five children, was born in Manhattan, to Elizabeth (Roberts) and James Henry Lancaster, a postal worker. All of his grandparents were immigrants from Northern Ireland. He was a tough street kid who took an early interest in gymnastics. He joined the circus as an acrobat and worked there until he was injured...
“ Greatest Performances: Atlantic City (1980), From Here To Eternity (1953), Sweet Smell Of Success (1957), Trapeze (1956), The Killers (1946), Seven Days In May (1964), The Professionals (1966), Field Of Dreams (1989), The Leopard (1963), The Train (1964), Vera Cruz (1954) ” - awoodbine
Gilbert Roland
Luis Antonio Damaso de Alonso, later known as Gilbert Roland, was born in 1905 in Mexico. Following his parents to the USA, he did not become the bullfighter he had dreamed of being but became an actor instead. His Mexican roots, his half macho half romantic ways, his handsome virile figure helped him land roles in movies from the early twenties to 1982...
“ Greatest Performances: The Big Circus (1959), The Furies (1950), Bandido (1956), The French Line (1954), The Bad And The Beautiful (1952) ” - awoodbine
Zachary Scott
American leading man of suave or sinister roles. A collateral relative of George Washington and William Barclay 'Bat' Masterson, Scott was the son of a wealthy surgeon. Intending to follow his father into medicine, Scott studied at the University of Texas, but found he preferred the theater. He dropped out of college and signed on as a cabin boy on a freighter bound for England...
“ Greatest Performances: The Mask Of Dimitrios (1944), The Young One (1960), Mildred Pierce (1945), Ruthless (1948), Flamingo Road (1949), Lightning Strikes Twice (1951) ” - awoodbine
Lee Marvin
Actor, M Squad
Prematurely white-haired character star who began as a supporting player of generally vicious demeanor, then metamorphosed into a star of both action and drama projects, Lee Marvin was born in New York City to Lamont Waltman Marvin, an advertising executive, and his wife Courtenay Washington Davidge...
“ Greatest Performances: The Dirty Dozen (1967), Point Blank (1967), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), The Killers (1964), Bad Day At Black Rock (1954), Emperor Of The North (1973), The Big Heat (1953) ” - awoodbine
John Mills
Actor, Gandhi
Sir John Mills, one of the most popular and beloved English actors, was born Lewis Ernest Watts Mills on February 22, 1908, at the Watts Naval Training College in North Elmham, Norfolk, England. The young Mills grew up in Felixstowe, Suffolk, where his father was a mathematics teacher and his mother was a theater box-office manager...
“ Greatest Performances: The Way To The Stars (1945), Tunes Of Glory (1960), Morning Departure (1950), The October Man (1947), The Long Memory (1953), In Which We Serve (1942), Ryan's Daughter (1970) ” - awoodbine
Bob Hope
Comedian Bob Hope was born Leslie Townes Hope in Eltham, London, England, the fifth of seven sons of Avis (Townes), light opera singer, and William Henry Hope, a stonemason from Weston-super-Mare, Somerset. His maternal grandmother was Welsh. Hope moved to Bristol before emigrating with his parents to the US in 1908...
“ Greatest Performances: The Cat And The Canary (1939), The Ghost Breakers (1940), The Seven Little Foys (1955), The Paleface (1948), My Favorite Blonde (1942), Road To Morocco (1942), Son Of Paleface (1952) ” - awoodbine
Robert Ryan
Distinguished U.S. actor and longtime civil rights campaigner Robert Bushnell Ryan was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Mable Arbutus (Bushnell), a secretary, and Timothy Aloysius Ryan, whose wealthy family owned a real estate firm. His father was of Irish ancestry, and his mother was of English and Irish descent...
“ Greatest Performances: Bad Day At Black Rock (1955), The Naked Spur (1953), Act Of Violence (1948), Berlin Express (1948), Crossfire (1947), The Iceman Cometh (1973), The Proud Ones (1956), The Set Up (1949) ” - awoodbine
James Garner
Amiable and handsome James Garner had obtained success in both films and television, often playing variations of the charming anti-hero/con-man persona he first developed in Maverick, the offbeat western TV series that shot him to stardom in the late 1950s. James Garner was born James Scott Bumgarner in Norman...
“ Greatest Performances: The Great Escape (1963), Grand Prix (1966), Victor Victoria (1982), Move Over Darling (1963), The Thrill Of It All (1963), My Fellow Americans (1996) ” - awoodbine
Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness de Cuffe was born on April 2, 1914 in Marylebone, London, England, and was raised by his mother, Agnes Cuffe. While working in advertising, he studied at the Fay Compton Studio of Dramatic Art, debuting on stage in 1934 and played classic theater with the Old Vic from 1936. In 1941...
“ Greatest Performances: The Ladykillers (1955), Father Brown (1954), Tunes Of Glory (1960), The Lavender Hill Mob (1951), The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957), Murder By Death (1976), Lawrence Of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965) ” - awoodbine
Claude Rains
Actor, Casablanca
William Claude Rains, born in the Camberwell area of London, was the son of the British stage actor Frederick Rains. The younger Rains followed, making his stage debut at the age of eleven in "Nell of Old Drury." Growing up in the world of theater, he saw not only acting up close but the down-to-earth business end as well...
“ Greatest Performances: Casablanca (1942), The Invisible Man (1934), Notorious (1946), The Adventures Of Robin Hood (1938), The Unsuspected (1947), They Won't Forget (1937), Passage To Marseille (1944) ” - awoodbine
Gene Wilder
Gene Wilder was born Jerome Silberman in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Jeanne (Baer) and William J. Silberman, who manufactured miniature whiskey and beer bottles. His father was a Russian Jewish immigrant, while his Illinois-born mother was of Russian Jewish descent. Wilder caught his first big break playing...
“ Greatest Performances: Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory (1971), Blazing Saddles (1974), The Producers (1967), Silver Streak (1977), Stir Crazy (1980), Young Frankenstein (1974), ” - awoodbine
Alastair Sim
He came to acting late being 30 when he started acting on the London stage and 35 when he made his film debut. In the late 30's he was inclined towards the sinister with such films as 'The Terror'(38) although he also appeared in the Crazy Gang's 'Alf's Button Afloat' (38) and with Jesse Matthews in 'Climbing High'(39)...
“ Greatest Performances: Green For Danger (1946), Scrooge (1951), An Inspector Calls (1954), The Happiest Days Of Your Life (1950), The Belles Of St. Trinian's (1954), Hue And Cry (1947), London Belongs To Me (1948) ” - awoodbine
Ethan Hawke
Actor, Gattaca
Ethan Green Hawke was born on November 6, 1970 in Austin, Texas, to Leslie Carole (Green), a charity worker, and James Steven Hawke, an insurance actuary. His parents were students at the University of Texas at the time but divorced when Ethan was 5 years old. His mother raised him alone for the next five years...
“ Greatest Performances: Gattaca (1997), Before Sunrise (1995), Before Sunset (2004), Before The Devil Knows You're Dead (2007), Lord Of War (2005), Reality Bites (1994), Training Day (2001), Dead Poets Society (1989), Before Midnight (2013) ” - awoodbine
Arthur Kennedy
Arthur Kennedy, one of the premier character actors in American film from the late 1940s through the early 1960s, achieved fame in the role of Biff in Elia Kazan's historic production of Arthur Miller's Pultizer-Prize winning play "Death of a Salesman." Although he was not selected to recreate the role on screen...
“ Greatest Performances: City For Conquest (1940), Lawrence Of Arabia (1962), Desperate Journey (1942), Bend Of The River (1952), Murder She Said (1961), Air Force (1943), Champion (1949), Day Of The Evil Gun (1968), Boomerang! (1947) ” - awoodbine
Douglass Montgomery
Montgomery, on stage by his teens, was scouted by MGM. The studio changed his name to Kent Douglass and cast him in dashing or romantic roles opposite some of MGM's powerhouse actresses, such as Joan Crawford (in Paid ) and Katharine Hepburn (in Little Women, in which he played the role of Laurie)...
“ Greatest Performances: The Way To The Stars (1945), The Cat And The Canary (1939), Little Man What Now (1934), Little Women (1933) ” - awoodbine
Matt Damon
Matthew Paige Damon was born on October 8, 1970, in Boston, Massachusetts, to Kent Damon, a stockbroker, realtor and tax preparer, and Nancy Carlsson-Paige, an early childhood education professor at Lesley University. Matt has an older brother named Kyle who is now a sculptor. His father is of English and Scottish descent...
“ Greatest Performances: The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), The Bourne Supremacy (2004), The Bourne Identity (2002), The Departed (2006), We Bought A Zoo (2011), Saving Private Ryan (1998) ” - awoodbine
Bruce Willis
Actor and musician Bruce Willis is well known for playing wisecracking or hard-edged characters, often in spectacular action films. Collectively, he has appeared in films that have grossed in excess of $2.5 billion USD, placing him in the top ten stars in terms of box office receipts. Walter Bruce Willis was born on March 19...
“ Greatest Performances: Die Hard (1988), Lucky Number Slevin (2006), Die Hard 2 (1990), Looper (2012), Red (2010), The Sixth Sense (1999), Sin City (2005), Pulp Fiction (1994) ” - awoodbine
James Cagney
Actor, White Heat
One of Hollywood's preeminent male stars of all time (eclipsed, perhaps, only by "King" Clark Gable and arguably by Gary Cooper or Spencer Tracy), and the cinema's quintessential "tough guy", James Cagney was also an accomplished--if rather stiff--hoofer and easily played light comedy. James Francis Cagney was born on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City...
“ Greatest Performances: White Heat (1949), The Public Enemy (1931), Angels With Dirty Faces (1938), Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), City For Conquest (1940), The Roaring Twenties (1939), Each Dawn I Die (1938), Man Of A Thousand Faces (1957), G Men (1935) ” - awoodbine
Peter Sellers
Often credited as the greatest comedian of all time, Peter Sellers was born to a well-off English acting family in 1925. His mother and father worked in an acting company run by his grandmother. As a child, Sellers was spoiled, as his parents' first child had died at birth. He enlisted in the Royal Air Force and served during World War II...
“ Greatest Performances: Dr Strangelove (1964), A Shot In The Dark (1964), I'm All Right Jack (1959), The Pink Panther (1963), The Ladykillers (1955), The Return Of The Pink Panther (1975), What's New Pussycat (1965) ” - awoodbine
Stanley Baker
Actor, Zulu
Stanley Baker was unusual star material to emerge during the Fifties - when impossibly handsome and engagingly romantic leading men were almost de rigueur. Baker was forged from a rougher mould. His was good-looking, but his features were angular, taut, austere and unwelcoming. His screen persona was taciturn...
“ Greatest Performances: Hell Drivers (1957), The Guns Of Navarone (1961), Zulu (1964), The Criminal (1960), Hell Is A City (1960) ” - awoodbine
Laurence Harvey
Laurence Harvey was a British movie star who helped usher in the 1960s with his indelible portrait of a ruthless social climber, and became one of the decade's cultural icons for his appearances in socially themed motion pictures. Harvey was born Zvi Mosheh Skikne on October 1, 1928 in Joniskis, Lithuania...
“ Greatest Performances: The Manchurian Candidate (1962), Room At The Top (1959), The Wonderful World Of The Brothers Grimm (1962), The Silent Enemy (1958), Expresso Bongo (1959), The Good Die Young (1954) ” - awoodbine
George Sanders
George Sanders was born of English parents in St. Petersburg, Russia. He worked in a Birmingham textile mill, in the tobacco business and as a writer in advertising. He entered show business in London as a chorus boy, going from there to cabaret, radio and theatrical understudy. His film debut, in 1936...
“ Greatest Performances: All About Eve (1950), Foreign Correspondent (1940), The Falcon Takes Over (1942), Journey To Italy (1954), Witness To Murder (1954), A Shot In The Dark (1964), The Saint Strikes Back (1939), Uncle Harry (1945) ” - awoodbine
Tom Cruise
Actor, Top Gun
In 1976, if you had told 14 year old Franciscan seminary student Thomas Cruise Mapother IV that one day in the not too distant future he would be considered one of the top 100 movie stars of all time, he would have probably grinned and told you that his ambition was to become a priest. Nonetheless, this sensitive...
“ Greatest Performances: Rain Man (1988), Magnolia (1999), Minority Report (2002), Collateral (2004), A Few Good Men (1992), Valkyrie (2008), Born On The Fourth Of July (1989), Mission: Impossible (1996), Jack Reacher (2012) ” - awoodbine
Edward G. Robinson
Edward G. Robinson arrived in the United States at age ten, and his family moved into New York's Lower East Side. He took up acting while attending City College, abandoning plans to become a rabbi or lawyer. The American Academy of Dramatic Arts awarded him a scholarship, and he began work in stock...
“ Greatest Performances: Key Largo (1948), The Cincinnati Kid (1965), Little Caesar (1931), The Woman In The Window (1944), Double Indemnity (1944), The Sea Wolf (1941), The Stranger (1946), Scarlet Street (1945), The Prize (1963) ” - awoodbine
Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp is perhaps one of the most versatile actors of his day and age in Hollywood. He was born John Christopher Depp II in Owensboro, Kentucky, on June 9, 1963, to Betty Sue (Wells), who worked as a waitress, and John Christopher Depp, a civil engineer. Depp was raised in Florida. He dropped out of school when he was 15...
“ Greatest Performances: Sleepy Hollow (1999), Finding Neverland (2004), Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl (2003), Public Enemies (2009), Donnie Brasco (1997) ” - awoodbine
Sydney Greenstreet
Actor, Casablanca
Sydney Greenstreet's father was a leather merchant with eight children. Sydney left home at age 18 to make his fortune as a Ceylon tea planter, but drought forced him out of business and back to England. He managed a brewery and, to escape boredom, took acting lessons. His stage debut was as a murderer in a 1902 production of "Sherlock Holmes"...
“ Greatest Performances: The Verdict (1946), The Maltese Falcon (1941), Across The Pacific (1942), Flamingo Road (1949), Background To Danger (1943), Passage To Marseille (1944) ” - awoodbine
Dan Duryea
Dan Duryea was definitely the man you went to the movies for and loved to hate. His sniveling, deliberately taunting demeanor and snarling flat, nasal tones set the actor apart from other similar slimeballs of the 1940s and 1950s. From his very first picture, the highly acclaimed The Little Foxes, in which he portrayed the snotty...
“ Greatest Performances: Along Came Jones (1945), Winchester 73 (1950), Scarlet Street (1945), The Woman In The Window (1944), Black Angel (1946), Night Passage (1957), The Flight Of The Phoenix (1965) ” - awoodbine
Clifton Webb
Actor, Laura
Already trained in dance and theater, he quit school at age 13 to study music and painting. By 19 he was a professional ballroom dancer in New York, and by his mid-twenties he was performing in musicals, dramas on Broadway and in London, and in silent movies. His first real success in film came in middle age as the classy villain Waldo Lydecker in Laura...
“ Greatest Performances: Laura (1944), The Dark Corner (1946), Woman's World (1954), Titanic (1953), The Man Who Never Was (1956), Showboat (1952), Sitting Pretty (1948) ” - awoodbine
Stephen Boyd
Actor, Ben-Hur
Stephen Boyd was born William Millar on July 4, 1931, at Glengormley, Northern Ireland, one of nine children of Martha Boyd and Canadian truck driver James Alexander Millar, who worked for Fleming's on Tomb Street in Belfast. He attended Glengormley & Ballyrobert primary school and then moved on to Ballyclare High School and studied bookkeeping at Hughes Commercial Academy...
“ Greatest Performances: The Man Who Never Was (1956), Ben Hur (1959), Fantastic Voyage (1966), The Third Secret (1964), The Bravados (1958), The Squeeze (1977) ” - awoodbine
Charles Laughton
Actor, Spartacus
Charles Laughton was born in Scarborough, North Riding of Yorkshire, England, to Eliza (Conlon) and Robert Laughton, hotel keepers of Irish and English descent. He was educated at Stonyhurst, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (received gold medal). His first appearance on stage was in 1926. Laughton formed own film company...
“ Greatest Performances: The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (1939), Witness For The Prosecution (1957), This Land Is Mine (1943), Les Miserables (1935), Mutiny On The Bounty (1935), The Big Clock (1948) ” - awoodbine
Lionel Atwill
Lionel Atwill was born into a wealthy family and was educated at London's prestigious Mercer School to become an architect, but his interest turned to the stage. He worked his way progressively into the craft and debuted at age 20 at the Garrick Theatre in London. He acted and improved regularly thereafter...
“ Greatest Performances: Son Of Frankenstein (1939), Mystery Of The Wax Museum (1933), Murders In The Zoo (1933), Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise (1940), Sherlock Holmes And The Secret Weapon (1942), Doctor X (1932), Secret Of The Blue Room (1933) ” - awoodbine
Richard Conte
Richard Conte was born Nicholas Richard Conte on March 24, 1910, in Jersey City, New Jersey, the son of an Italian-American barber. The young Conte held a variety of jobs before becoming a professional actor, including truck driver, Wall Street clerk and singing waiter at a Connecticut resort. The gig as a singing waiter led to theatrical work in New York...
“ Greatest Performances: 13 Rue Madeleine (1946), Call Northside 777 (1948), Cry Of The City (1948), The Brothers Rico (1957), The Big Combo (1955), House Of Strangers (1949), Thieves' Highway (1949) ” - awoodbine
Robert Walker
He possessed the same special brand of rebel/misfit sensitivity and charm that made superstars out of John Garfield and (later) James Dean and Montgomery Clift. In the war-torn 1940s, Robert Walker represented MGM's fresh, instinctive breed of up-and-coming talent. His boyish good looks combined with an attractive vulnerability came across the screen with such beauty...
“ Greatest Performances: Strangers On A Train (1951), The Clock (1945), One Touch Of Venus (1948), Since You Went Away (1944), Till The Clouds Roll By (1946) ” - awoodbine
John Wayne
John Wayne was born Marion Robert Morrison in Iowa, to Mary Alberta (Brown) and Clyde Leonard Morrison, a pharmacist. He was of English, Ulster-Scots, and Irish ancestry. Clyde developed a lung condition that required him to move his family from Iowa to the warmer climate of southern California, where they tried ranching in the Mojave Desert...
“ Greatest Performances: Red River (1948), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), The Shootist (1976), The Searchers (1956), Stagecoach (1939), The Longest Day (1962), The Spoilers (1942), El Dorado (1967), The Cowboys (1972), Rio Bravo (1959), True Grit (1969), Trouble Along The Way (1953) ” - awoodbine
Dick Powell
In the 1930s , Dick Powell was the juvenile lead in the Warner backstage musicals opposite such rising stars as Ruby Keeler and Joan Blondell. After his career in musicals, he was cast in private-eye roles and became a producer and director for both TV and movies.
“ Greatest Performances: Murder My Sweet (1944), Johnny O'Clock (1947), The Tall Target (1951), Cornered (1945), The Bad And The Beautiful (1952), Station West (1948) ” - awoodbine
James Coburn
Lanky, charismatic and versatile actor with an amazing grin that put everyone at ease, James Coburn studied acting at UCLA, and then moved to New York to study under noted acting coach Stella Adler. After being noticed in several stage productions, Coburn appeared in a handful of minor westerns before being cast as the knife-throwing...
“ Greatest Performances: The Magnificent Seven (1960), The Last Of Sheila (1973), Charade (1963), The Great Escape (1963), Cross Of Iron (1977), Pat Garrett And Billy The Kid (1973) ” - awoodbine
Charles Bronson
The archetypal screen tough guy with weatherbeaten features--one film critic described his rugged looks as "a Clark Gable who had been left out in the sun too long"--Charles Bronson was born Charles Buchinsky, one of 15 children of struggling parents in Pennsylvania. His mother, Mary (Valinsky)...
“ Greatest Performances: The Great Escape (1963), Once Upon A Time In The West (1968), The Magnificent Seven (1960), Breakheart Pass (1975), The Dirty Dozen (1967), Death Wish (1974), The Mechanic (1972) ” - awoodbine
David Niven
David Niven was named after the Saint's Day on which he was born, St. David, patron Saint of Wales. He attended Stowe School and Sandhurst Military Academy and served for two years in Malta with the Highland Light Infantry. At the outbreak of World War II, although a top-line star, he re-joined the army (Rifle Brigade)...
“ Greatest Performances: Enchantment (1948), The Bishop's Wife (1947), A Matter Of Life And Death (1946), Separate Tables (1958), Murder By Death (1978), Around The World In Eighty Days (1956), The Dawn Patrol (1938), Paper Tiger (1975) ” - awoodbine
Will Smith
Willard Carroll "Will" Smith, Jr. (born September 25, 1968) is an American actor, comedian, producer, rapper, and songwriter. He has enjoyed success in television, film, and music. In April 2007, Newsweek called him "the most powerful actor in Hollywood". Smith has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards, two Academy Awards, and has won four Grammy Awards...
“ Greatest Performances: Enemy Of The State (1998), I Am Legend (2007), I Robot (2004), Men In Black (1997), Ali (2001) ” - awoodbine
Actor, Robin Hood
One of Britain's most beloved eccentric comedians, the irrepressible, gap-toothed Terry-Thomas was born Thomas Terry Hoar Stevens in Lichfield Grove, Finchley. He was the son of Ellen Elizabeth (Hoar) and Ernest Frederick Stevens, a fairly well-to-do London businessman. He was afforded a private education at Ardingly College in Sussex...
“ Greatest Performances: Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines (1965), I'm All Right Jack (1959), Too Many Crooks (1959), Tom Thumb (1958), Carlton-Browne Of The F.O. (1959), The Naked Truth (1957), It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963), How To Murder Your Wife (1965) ” - awoodbine
Sidney James
The star of the Carry On series of films, Sid James originally came to prominence as sidekick to the ground breaking British comedy actor Tony Hancock, on both radio and then television. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa and named Solomon Joel Cohen, James arrived in England in 1946, second wife in tow...
“ Greatest Performances: Carry On Up The Khyber (1968), Carry On Cleo (1964), The Lavender Hill Mob (1951), Trapeze (1956), Father Brown (1954), What A Carve Up! (1961), Carry On Cruising (1962), Carry On Constable (1960) ” - awoodbine
James Stewart
James Stewart was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning one in competition for The Philadelphia Story (1940) and receiving an Academy Lifetime Achievement award. Stewart was named the third greatest male screen legend of the Golden Age Hollywood by the American Film Institute. He was a major Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract star...
“ Greatest Performances: It's A Wonderful Life (1946), Rear Window(1954), The Naked Spur (1953), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), After The Thin Man (1936), Vertigo (1958), Destry Rides Again (1939), The Flight Of The Phoenix (1965), The Greatest Show On Earth (1952) ” - awoodbine
Laird Cregar
Seemingly suave, cultivated actor by nature, definitely huge in both talent and girth, and capable of playing much older than he was, Hollywood of the early '40s tragically lost Laird Cregar before it could fully comprehend on how to best utilize his obvious gifts. He was born Samuel Laird Cregar in a well-to-do section of Philadelphia...
“ Greatest Performances: I Wake Up Screaming (1941), Hangover Square (1945), The Lodger (1944), This Gun For Hire (1942) ” - awoodbine
Gene Hackman
Actor, Unforgiven
Eugene Allen Hackman was born in San Bernardino, California, the son of Anna Lyda Elizabeth (Gray) and Eugene Ezra Hackman, who operated a newspaper printing press. He is of Pennsylvania Dutch (German), English, and Scottish ancestry, partly by way of Canada, where his mother was born. After several moves...
“ Greatest Performances: Mississippi Burning (1988), The Poseidon Adventure (1972), Night Moves (1975), Unforgiven (1992), Enemy Of The State (1998), Scarecrow (1973), Superman (1978), Bonnie And Clyde (1967) ” - awoodbine
Jeffrey Hunter
He made his Hollywood debut in Fourteen Hours (1950). Hunter and fellow actor Dale Robertson were partners in an organization called World Wide Adventures, Inc. The company specialized in documentary travel such as The Living Swamp filmed in Georgia. He died in 1969 after brain surgery following a stroke and accidental fall.
“ Greatest Performances: The Longest Day (1962), Single-Handed (1953), The Searchers (1956), Gun For A Coward (1957), The Proud Ones (1956) ” - awoodbine
Dean Martin
If there had to be an image for cool, the man to fit it would be Dean Martin. Martin was born Dino Paul Crocetti in Steubenville, Ohio, to Angela (Barra) and Gaetano Alfonso Crocetti, a barber. His father was an Italian immigrant, and his mother was of Italian descent. He spoke only Italian until age five...
“ Greatest Performances: Rio Bravo (1959), The Young Lions (1958), Five Card Stud (1968), The Sons Of Katie Elder (1965), Scared Stiff (1953), The Silencers (1966) ” - awoodbine
Alain Delon
Alain Fabien Maurice Marcel Delon was born in Sceaux, Hauts-de-Seine, France, to Édith (Arnold) and Fabien Delon. His father was of French and Corsican Italian descent, and his mother was of French and German ancestry. His parents divorced early on, and Delon had a stormy childhood, being frequently expelled from school...
“ Greatest Performances: Le Cercle Rouge (1970), The Leopard (1963), Borsalino (1970), The Yellow Rolls Royce (1964), Swann In Love (1984), Le Samourai (1967) ” - awoodbine
Warren William
Warren William, the stalwart leading man of pre-Production Code talkies, was born Warren William Krech on December 2, 1894 in Aitkin, Minnesota, the son of a newspaper publisher. William originally planned to become a journalist, but he had a change of heart, and instead went to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and trained to become an actor...
“ Greatest Performances: The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt (1939), Passport To Suez (1943), Arsene Lupin Returns (1938), Lady For A Day (1933) ” - awoodbine
Kenneth More
Affable, bright and breezy Kenneth More epitomised the traditional English virtues of fortitude and fun. At the height of his fame in the 1950s he was Britain's most popular film star and had appeared in a string of box office hits including Genevieve, Doctor in the House, Reach for the Sky and A Night to Remember...
“ Greatest Performances: Doctor In The House (1954), Genevieve (1953), North West Frontier (1959), A Night To Remember (1958), Reach For The Sky (1956) ” - awoodbine
Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey Fowler (born July 26, 1959), better known by his stage name Kevin Spacey, is an American actor of screen and stage, film director, producer, singer and comedian. He began his career as a stage actor during the 1980s before obtaining supporting roles in film and television. He gained critical...
“ Greatest Performances: The Usual Suspects (1995), The Negotiator(1998), American Beauty (1999), Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), L.A.Confidential (1997), Se7en (1995), Margin Call (2011), Horrible Bosses (2011) ” - awoodbine
Charles Coburn
A cigar-smoking, monocled, swag-bellied character actor known for his Old South manners and charm. In 1918 he and his first wife formed the Coburn Players and appeared on Broadway in many plays. With her death in 1937, he accepted a Hollywood contract and began making films at the age of sixty.
“ Greatest Performances: The Devil And Miss Jones (1941), Has Anybody Seen My Gal (1952), The More The Merrier (1943), Monkey Business (1952), Trouble Along The Way (1953), Kings Row (1941), In This Our Life (1942) ” - awoodbine
Ernest Borgnine
Ernest Borgnine was born Ermes Effron Borgnino on January 24, 1917 in Hamden, Connecticut. His parents were Anna (Boselli), who had emigrated from Carpi (MO), Italy, and Camillo Borgnino, who had emigrated from Ottiglio (AL), Italy. As an only child, Ernest enjoyed most sports, especially boxing, but took no real interest in acting...
“ Greatest Performances: Marty (1955), Bad Day At Black Rock (1955), The Poseidon Adventure (1972), From Here To Eternity (1953), The Dirty Dozen (1967), Emperor Of The North (1973), Gattaca (1997), Red (2010), The Flight Of The Phoenix (1965) ” - awoodbine
Lee Van Cleef
One of the great movie villains, Clarence Leroy Van Cleef, Jr. was born in Somerville, New Jersey, to Marion Lavinia (Van Fleet) and Clarence LeRoy Van Cleef, Sr. His parents were both of Dutch ancestry. Van Cleef started out as an accountant. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard minesweepers and subchasers during World War II...
“ Greatest Performances: For A Few Dollars More (1965), The Good The Bad And The Ugly (1966), High Noon (1952), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), Escape From New York (1981) ” - awoodbine
Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson, an American actor, producer, screen-writer and director, is a three-time Academy Award winner and twelve-time nominee. Nicholson is also notable for being one of two actors - the other being Michael Caine - who have received Oscar nods in every decade from sixties through the naughts...
“ Greatest Performances: Chinatown (1974), One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975), A Few Good Men (1992), Terms Of Endearment (1983), As Good As It Gets (1997), The Departed (2006), The Pledge (2001) ” - awoodbine
Christian Bale
Christian Charles Philip Bale was born in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK on January 30, 1974, to English parents Jennifer "Jenny" (James) and David Charles Howard Bale. His mother was a circus performer and his father, who was born in South Africa, was a commercial pilot. The family lived in different countries throughout Bale's childhood...
“ Greatest Performances: The Prestige (2006), American Psycho (2000), The Machinist (2004), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Little Women (1994), Empire Of The Sun (1987) ” - awoodbine
Sidney Toler
The son of Colonel H.G. Toler, breeder of trotting horses, Sidney Toler acted on stage by the time he was seven years old. He was an established star of the theater by the 1890's, long before his career in motion pictures. He was also active as a playwright and had a good enough voice to be cast as a lead baritone with an operatic stock company at the Orpheum Theatre in New York...
“ Greatest Performances: Charlie Chan At Treasure Island (1939), Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise (1940), A Night To Remember (1942), Charlie Chan At The Wax Museum (1940), Castle In The Desert (1942), Dead Men Tell (1941), Murder Over New York (1940) ” - awoodbine
Warner Oland
Warner Oland was born Johan Verner Olund in the small village of Nyby in Bjurholm parish in the county of Vasterbotten, Sweden, on October 3, 1879. Bjurholm is situated about 60 kilometers outside the town of Umea. His family emigrated to the US on October 15, 1892. His father Jonas was a shopkeeper and his mother was Maria Johanna (nee Forsberg)...
“ Greatest Performances: Charlie Chan In Paris (1935), Charlie Chan At The Opera (1936), Dishonored (1931), Charlie Chan In London (1934), Charlie Chan In Egypt (1935), The Black Camel (1931), Charlie Chan's Secret (1936), Charlie Chan On Broadway (1937) ” - awoodbine
Morgan Freeman
With an authoritative voice and calm demeanor, this ever popular American actor has grown into one of the most respected figures in modern US cinema. Morgan was born on June 1, 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee, to Mayme Edna (Revere), a teacher, and Morgan Porterfield Freeman, a barber. The young Freeman...
“ Greatest Performances: Se7en (1995), Lucky Number Slevin (2006), Red (2010), Unforgiven (1992), Million Dollar Baby (2004), Wanted (2008) ” - awoodbine
Lee J. Cobb
Lee J. Cobb, one of the premier character actors in American film for three decades in the post-World War II period, was born Leo Jacoby in New York City's Lower East Side on December 8, 1911. The son of a Jewish newspaper editor, young Leo was a child prodigy in music, mastering the violin and the harmonica...
“ Greatest Performances: Twelve Angry Men (1957), On The Waterfront (1954), Johnny O'Clock (1947), The Dark Past (1948), Sirocco (1951), Boomerang! (1947) ” - awoodbine
Louis Hayward
From his birthplace in South Africa, Louis Charles Hayward was brought to England and was educated there and on the Continent. He spent a short time managing a London nightclub, displayed some acting talent and decided on acting, and was quickly tapped by playwright Noël Coward, who became his patron...
“ Greatest Performances: The Duke Of West Point (1938), And Then There Were None (1945), The Saint In New York (1938), My Son My Son (1940), The Man In The Iron Mask (1939), Trouble For Two (1936) ” - awoodbine
“ Greatest Performances: Charade (1963), Lonely Are The Brave (1962), The Odd Couple (1968), The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three (1974), Mirage (1965), The Front Page (1974), The Sunshine Boys (1975) ” - awoodbine
Steve Martin
Writer, The Jerk
Steve Martin was born on August 14, 1945 in Waco, Texas, USA as Stephen Glenn Martin to Mary Lee (née Stewart; 1913-2002) and Glenn Vernon Martin (1914-1997), a real estate salesman and aspiring actor. He was raised in Inglewood and Garden Grove in California. In 1960, he got a job at the Magic shop of Disney's Fantasyland...
“ Greatest Performances: Planes Trains And Automobiles (1987), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988), Roxanne (1987), Leap Of Faith (1992), The Big Year (2011), The Man With Two Brains (1983), The Jerk (1979) ” - awoodbine
Jack Palance
Actor, Batman
Jack Palance exemplified evil incarnate on film -- portraying some of the most intensely despised villains witnessed in 50s westerns and melodrama. He received two Best Supporting Actor nominations early in his career, but it would take a grizzled, eccentric comic performance 40 years later for him to finally grab the coveted statuette...
“ Greatest Performances: Shane (1953), Sudden Fear (1952), City Slickers (1991), Attack (1956), The Big Knife (1955), Second Chance (1953), Batman (1989) ” - awoodbine
James Dean
James Dean was an American actor. He is a cultural icon of teenage disillusionment and social estrangement, as expressed in the title of his most celebrated film, Rebel Without a Cause (1955), in which he starred as troubled teenager Jim Stark. The other two roles that defined his stardom were loner Cal Trask in East of Eden (1955) and surly ranch hand Jett Rink in Giant (1956)...
“ Greatest Performances: East Of Eden (1955), Rebel Without A Cause (1955) ” - awoodbine
George Raft
George Raft was born and grew up in a poor family in Hell's Kitchen, at the time one of the roughest, meanest areas of New York City. He was born George Ranft, and was the son of Eva (Glockner) and Conrad Ranft, a department store deliveryman. His parents were both of German descent. In his youth, he showed a great interest in...
“ Greatest Performances: Each Dawn I Die (1938), The Bowery (1933), Nocturne (1946), They Drive By Night (1940), Some Like It Hot (1959), Scarface (1932), Red Light (1949), Johnny Angel (1945), Background To Danger (1943) ” - awoodbine
Tony Curtis
Tony Curtis was born Bernard Schwartz, the eldest of three children of Helen (Klein) and Emanuel Schwartz, Jewish immigrants from Hungary. Curtis himself admits that while he had almost no formal education, he was a student of the "school of hard knocks" and learned from a young age that the only person who ever had his back was himself...
“ Greatest Performances: Sweet Smell Of Success (1957), Some Like It Hot (1959), The Boston Strangler (1968), The Defiant Ones (1958), Trapeze (1956), Spartacus (1960) ” - awoodbine
Henry Fonda
Henry Jaynes Fonda was born in Grand Island, Nebraska, to Elma Herberta (Jaynes) and William Brace Fonda, who worked in advertising and printing. His recent ancestry included Dutch, English, and Scottish. Fonda started his acting debut with the Omaha Community Playhouse, a local amateur theater troupe directed by Dorothy Brando...
“ Greatest Performances: Once Upon A Time In The West (1968), Twelve Angry Men (1957), The Grapes Of Wrath (1940), My Darling Clementine (1946), The Mad Miss Manton (1938), The Ox-Bow Incident (1943), Fail-Safe (1964) ” - awoodbine
Adolphe Menjou
The words "suave" and "debonair" became synonymous with the name Adolphe Menjou in Hollywood, both on- and off-camera. The epitome of knavish, continental charm and sartorial opulence, Menjou, complete with trademark waxy black mustache, evolved into one of Hollywood's most distinguished of artists and fashion plates...
“ Greatest Performances: Roxie Hart (1942), Morocco (1930), The Tall Target (1951), Paths Of Glory (1957), Stage Door (1937), A Star Is Born (1937) ” - awoodbine
Boris Karloff
Along with fellow actors Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi and Vincent Price, Boris Karloff is recognized as one of the true icons of horror cinema, and the actor most closely identified with the general public's perception of the "monster" from the classic Mary Shelley book, "Frankenstein". William Henry Pratt was born on November 23...
“ Greatest Performances: Frankenstein (1931), The Body Snatcher (1945), Bride Of Frankenstein (1935), The Black Cat (1934), Abbott And Costello Meet The Killer Boris Karloff (1949), Charlie Chan At The Opera (1936), The Old Dark House (1932), Son Of Frankenstein (1939) ” - awoodbine
Roddy McDowall
Roderick McDowall was born in London, the son of a Merchant Mariner father and a mother who had always wanted to be in movies. He was enrolled in elocution courses at age five and by ten had appeared in his first film, Murder in the Family, playing Peter Osborne, the younger brother of sisters played by Jessica Tandy and Glynis Johns...
“ Greatest Performances: Planet Of The Apes (1968), Fright Night (1985), Five Card Stud (1968), The Legend Of Hell House (1973), Lassie Come Home (1943), Midnight Lace (1960), Evil Under The Sun (1982) ” - awoodbine
Steve Cochran
Actor, White Heat
Husky, hirsute, darkly handsome Steve Cochran was all man -- and a slick ladies' guy to boot. They didn't come much rougher and tougher than he both off- and on-camera. Throughout post-WWII Hollywood and the 1950s, he played the swarthiest and sexiest of coldhearted villains, with mustache or without...
“ Greatest Performances: Come Next Spring (1956), White Heat (1949), Highway 301 (1950), Storm Warning (1951), The Chase (1946), The Deadly Companions (1961) ” - awoodbine
Gene Kelly
Eugene Curran Kelly was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the third son of Harriet Catherine (Curran) and James Patrick Joseph Kelly, a phonograph salesman. His father was of Irish descent and his mother was of Irish and German ancestry. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was the largest and most powerful studio in Hollywood when Gene Kelly arrived in town in 1941...
“ Greatest Performances: It's Always Fair Weather (1955), Singin' In The Rain (1952), The Three Musketeers (1948), On The Town (1949), Take Me Out To The Ball Game (1949), The Pirate (1948), Brigadoon (1954) ” - awoodbine
Vincent Price
Actor, writer, and gourmet, Vincent Leonard Price, Jr. was born in St Louis, Missouri, to Marguerite Cobb (Wilcox) and Vincent Leonard Price, Sr., president of the National Candy Company. He traveled through Europe, studied at Yale and became an actor. He made his screen debut in 1938, and after many minor roles...
“ Greatest Performances: Theatre Of Blood (1973), Witchfinder General (1968), Laura (1944), House On Haunted Hill (1959), The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971), The Fly (1958), Edward Scissorhands (1990), The Big Circus (1959) ” - awoodbine
Joel McCrea
One of the great stars of American Westerns, and a very popular leading man in non-Westerns as well. He was born and raised in the surroundings of Hollywood and as a boy became interested in the movies that were being made all around. He studied acting at Pomona College and got some stage experience at the Pasadena Community Playhouse...
“ Greatest Performances: Foreign Correspondent (1940), Ride The High Country (1962), Sullivan's Travels (1941), The More The Merrier (1943), Colorado Territory (1949) ” - awoodbine
Anthony Quinn
Anthony Quinn was born Antonio Rudolfo Oaxaca Quinn on April 21, 1915, in Chihuahua, Mexico, to Manuela (Oaxaca) and Francisco Quinn, who became an assistant cameraman at a Los Angeles (CA) film studio. His paternal grandfather was Irish, and the rest of his family was Mexican. After starting life in extremely modest circumstances in Mexico...
“ Greatest Performances: Lust For Life (1956), Zorba The Greek (1964), La Strada (1954), The Guns Of Navarone (1961), Lawrence Of Arabia (1962), The Black Orchid (1958), Last Train From Gun Hill (1959), The Shoes Of The Fisherman (1968) ” - awoodbine
Paul Lukas
Oscar-winning actor Paul Lukas was born in Hungary and graduated from the School for Dramatic Arts. In 1916 he went to Kosice (Kassa) to be an actor; in 1918 he became an actor specializing in comedy. For ten years he was the most popular character player and romantic lead of the company. In 1918 he began making in Budapest and in the 1920s he began appearing in films in Austria as well...
“ Greatest Performances: The Lady Vanishes (1938), Berlin Express (1948), Deadline At Dawn (1946), 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1954), The Ghost Breakers (1940), Uncertain Glory (1944), Experiment Perilous (1944), Secret Of The Blue Room (1933) ” - awoodbine
Chester Morris
The Academy Award-nominated film actor Chester Morris, who will forever be associated with the character Boston Blackie, was born John Chester Brooks Morris in on February 16 1901 in New York City, the son of actor William Morris and comedienne Etta Hawkins. Chester Morris made his Broadway debut as a teenager in 1918 in the play "The Copperhead," in support of the great Lionel Barrymore...
“ Greatest Performances: Five Came Back (1939), Blind Alley (1939), Meet Boston Blackie (1941), The Bat Whispers (1930), The Big House (1930) ” - awoodbine
Dick Van Dyke
Dick Van Dyke was born Richard Wayne Van Dyke in West Plains, Missouri, to Hazel Victoria (McCord), a stenographer, and Loren Wayne Van Dyke, a salesman. His younger brother is entertainer Jerry Van Dyke. His ancestry includes English, Scottish, German, Swiss-German, and Dutch. Although he'd had small roles beforehand...
“ Greatest Performances: Mary Poppins (1964), Dick Tracy (1990), Night At The Museum (2006), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), The Art Of Love (1965) ” - awoodbine
Omar Sharif
He began his career in his native country in the 1950s, but is best known for his appearances in both British and American productions. His films included Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965), and Funny Girl (1968). He was nominated for an Academy Award. He won three Golden Globe Awards and a César Award...
“ Greatest Performances: Doctor Zhivago (1965), Lawrence Of Arabia (1962), Night Of The Generals (1967), MacKenna's Gold (1969), The Yellow Rolls Royce (1964), Juggernaut (1974) ” - awoodbine
William Bendix
Popular American character actor William Bendix's burly physique and New York accent were equally suited to playing genial lugs and vicious thugs. Bendix was born in midtown Manhattan, the son of musician Oscar Bendix (not violinist/conductor Max Bendix, as is often reported). He made his film debut in 1911...
“ Greatest Performances: The Big Steal (1949), Macao (1952), The Dark Corner (1946), The Blue Dahlia (1946), Detective Story (1951), Who Done It (1942), The Glass Key (1942) ” - awoodbine
Fred MacMurray
Fred MacMurray was likely the most underrated actor of his generation. True, his earliest work is mostly dismissed as pedestrian, but no other actor working in the 1940s and 50s was able to score so supremely whenever cast against type. Frederick Martin MacMurray was born in Kankakee, Illinois, to Maleta Martin and Frederick MacMurray...
“ Greatest Performances: Murder He Says (1945), The Apartment (1960), Double Indemnity (1944), Above Suspicion (1943), Gun For A Coward (1957) ” - awoodbine