A list in progress as I come across them. No real order. Please feel free to give additional names. [some powers-that-be have added headshots -- not all neccessarily great ones but somethin at least -- after the list was originally started]
Chubby and engaging character actor Britt Leach was born on July 18, 1938 in Gadsden, Alabama. Leach was often cast as no-nonsense police officers, scruffy everyday blue collar working class types, and crude hillbillies in both movies and TV shows alike. Britt graduated from the McCallie prep school in 1956...
Beloved round and roly-poly British character player Mona Washbourne was a natural symbol for the working-class as much of her early career was in playing midwives, barmaids, nannies, landladies and factory workers. Born November 27, 1903, in Birmingham, England, the daughter of Arthur Edmund Washbourne and his wife Kate (Robinson)...
“ "Mrs. Pearce!" ” - GrandMoffZ
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...
“ Employee' Entrance, the first Perry Mason ” - GrandMoffZ
The favorite leading man of star actress Bette Davis
, was born George Brendan Nolan, near Dublin, and became an orphan at the tender age of eleven. For a while, he stayed with an aunt in New York, but returned to Ireland to study at the University of Dublin. After leaving university in 1919, George became a courier for Sinn Fein leader Michael Collins...
“ Dark Victory amongst others alongside Bette Davis. so handsome, how can he be on this list? ” - GrandMoffZ
Barbara Harris began acting while still a teenager in Chicago, playing small parts in the Playwrights Theatre Club (whose other players included such youngsters as Edward Asner
, Mike Nichols
and Elaine May
). She was also in "The Compass Players", the first ongoing improvisational theater troupe in America...
“ Freaky Friday, A Thousand Clowns, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels ” - GrandMoffZ
Blue-eyed brunette Meg Foster was born in Reading, Pennsylvania on May 10, 1948 to David and Nancy. She has four siblings and grew up in Rowayton, Connecticut. Foster studied acting at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse. Foster's first role came about in 1969, when she appeared in an episode of NET Playhouse
“ They Live, Leviathan, Masters of the Universe ” - GrandMoffZ
Clint Walker was born Norman Eugene Walker in Hartford, southwestern Illinois, to Gladys Huldah (Schwanda), a Czech immigrant, and Paul Arnold Walker, who was from Arkansas. Walker almost single-handedly started the western craze on TV in the 1950s as Cheyenne Bodie in Cheyenne
. Growing up in the Depression era meant taking work wherever you could get it...
“ Cheyenne, Dirty Dozen, More Dead Than Alive ” - GrandMoffZ
Gregory Walcott grew up in North Carolina and went into the Army just after the end of World War II. After leaving the service, he grew restless on the East Coast and, with $100 in his pocket, thumbed his way west to pursue an acting career. An agent who spotted him in a little theater play helped Walcott land his debut movie role in Red Skies of Montana
“ Plan 9, Ed Wood, A Man from the East, numerous television appearances ” - GrandMoffZ
Tor was a big guy, with a big heart. Tor Johnson was born October 19, 1903, in Sweden. Most of his adult life, he was a professional wrestler. Tor started appearing (uncredited, or bit parts) in movies as early as 1934. He was in 31 movies, usually as "Weightlifter" or "Strongman." Later, he got larger roles with character names...
The sexy Barbara Shelley was born Barbara Kowin on February, 13, 1932 in London, England. With her beautiful looks and stature, she worked as a model during her salad days. Her film career began in Italy in the mid-1950s in such tempting fare as New Moon
and Nero's Mistress
, but when this seemed like she was going to remain in the minor ranks...
“ Hammer horror queen ” - GrandMoffZ
“ Flash Gordon, The Devil Rides Out (aka The Devil's Bride), The Four Musketeers, also a professional opera singer ” - GrandMoffZ
Harry Carey Jr.
Harry Carey Jr.. was born on May 16, 1921, at the ranch of his parents, actors Olive Carey
and Harry Carey
. His father gave him the nickname "Dobe" shortly after his birth because the baby's red hair reminded him of the adobe soil at the ranch. Dobe went to school in the Newhall Public Schools, and then went to the Black Foxe Military Institute in Hollywood...
Raye Birk was born in Flint, Michigan in 1943. He grew up there and graduated from Southwestern High school in 1961. He attended Northwestern University in Evanston Illinois and graduated with a degree in theater in 1965. He received an MFA in theater from the University of Minnesota in 1967. He then taught acting and performed at Southern Methodist University in Dallas from 1967 to 1970...
Diminutive American actor Billy Curtis avoided the usual onus of freak-show employment as a youth, opting for a mainstream job as a shoe clerk. Encouraged by stock company actress Shirley Booth
to take a little person role in a stage production, Curtis soon became a professional actor, with numerous Broadway musical productions to his credit...
Tall, rangy Jim Davis spent much of his early career in westerns, mainly at Republic Pictures. The Missouri-born and -raised Davis' relaxed, easygoing manner and Southern drawl easily fit most moviegoers' image of the cowboy, and Republic put him in a ton of them over the years (the fact that, unlike a lot of movie cowboys...
“ Jock Ewing... ” - GrandMoffZ
Kay Walsh graced the British Cinema of the 1930s and 1940s as a leading lady, before maturing into character roles. She was born Kathleen Walsh in London, England of Irish parentage. She and her sister Peggy were raised in Pimlico by their grandmother. She began her career as a dancer in the chorus of several Andre Charlot revues, before performing solo in New York and Berlin...