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
“ Nick Charles: 6 ” - joe_538
Myrna Williams, later to become Myrna Loy, was born on August 2, 1905 in Radersburg, Montana. Her father was the youngest person ever elected to the Montana State legislature. Later on her family moved to Helena where she spent her youth. At the age of 13, Myrna's father died of influenza and the rest of the family moved to Los Angeles...
“ Nora Charles: 6 ” - joe_538
Born into a vaudeville family, O'Connor was the youthful figure cutting a rug in several Universal musicals of the 1940s. His best-known musical work is probably Singin' in the Rain
, in which he did an impressive dance that culminated in a series of backflips off the wall. O'Connor was also effective in comedic lead roles, particularly as the companion to Francis the Talking Mule in that film series.
“ Peter Stirling: 6 ” - joe_538
“ Chief Insp. Charles Dreyfus: 6 ” - joe_538
Widely regarded as the one of greatest stage and screen actors both in his native Great Britain and internationally, twice nominated for the Oscar and recipient of every major theatrical award in UK and US, Ian Murray McKellen was born on May 25, 1939 in Burnley, Lancashire, England, to Margery Lois (Sutcliffe) and Denis Murray McKellen...
“ Gandalf: 6 ” - joe_538
Nichelle Nichols was born Grace Nichols on December 28, 1932 in Robbins, Illinois. She began her show business career at age 16 as a singer with Duke Ellington
in a ballet she created for one of his compositions and later sang with his band. After switching to acting, she was twice nominated for the Sarah Siddons Award for best actress in "The Blacks" and "Kicks and Company"...
“ Lt. Uhura: 6 ” - joe_538
Maureen Paula O'Sullivan was born on May 17, 1911 in County Roscommon, Ireland, to Evangeline "Mary Eva" Lovatt (Frazer) and Charles Joseph O'Sullivan, an officer in the Connaught Rangers. She was of Irish, English, and Scottish descent. The future mother of Mia Farrow was educated in private Catholic girls schools in London...
“ Jane Porter: 6 ” - joe_538
American actor John Howard was usually a leading man in smaller-budgeted films and a second lead in larger pictures. He attended what is now Case Western Reserve University, where he was Phi Beta Kappa, and where he discovered a love for the theatre. He made his film debut in 1934 under his real name...
“ Bulldog Drummond: 6 ” - joe_538
Jackson DeForest Kelley was born on January 20, 1920 in Toccoa, Georgia, to Clora (Casey) and Ernest David Kelley. He graduated from high school at age 16 and went on to sing at the Baptist church where his father was a minister. At age 17, he made his first trip outside the state to visit an uncle in Long Beach...
“ Dr. "Bones" McCoy: 6 ” - joe_538
“ Charlie Chan: 6 ” - joe_538
“ R2-D2: 6 ” - joe_538
Physical Education major Gordon Weschkul left the University of Oregon after one term. He became an infantry drill instructor (rifle, pistol and bayonet; judo and hand-to-hand combat; close order drill), then a military policeman. After his honorable discharge in 1947, he was a fireman, cowboy, and farm machinery salesman...
“ Tarzan: 6 ” - joe_538
Tall, suave and sophisticated Cesar Romero actually had two claims to fame in Hollywood. To one generation, he was the distinguished Latin lover of numerous musicals and romantic comedies, and the rogue bandit The Cisco Kid in a string of low-budget westerns. However, to a younger generation weaned on television...
“ The Cisco Kid: 6 ” - joe_538
Christopher Robert Evans began his acting career in typical fashion: performing in school productions and community theater. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Lisa (Capuano), who worked at the Concord Youth Theater, and G. Robert Evans III, a dentist. His uncle is congressman Mike Capuano
“ Captain America: 6
(Captain America 1-3, Avengers 1 & 2, and Ant-Man) The cameo in Thor: The Dark World doesn't count because he was playing Loki disguised as Captain America ” - joe_538
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...
“ The Cisco Kid: 6 ” - joe_538
This athletically built, dark-haired American actor/screenwriter/director may never be mentioned by old-school film critics in the same breath as, say, Richard Burton
or Alec Guinness
; however, movie fans worldwide have been flocking to see Stallone's films for over 30 years, making "Sly" one of Hollywood's biggest-ever box office draws...
“ Rocky Balboa: 7 ” - joe_538
“ Nick Fury: 7
(Iron Man 1 & 2, Avengers 1 & 2, Captain America 1 & 2, Thor) ” - joe_538
“ Lum Edwards: 7 ” - joe_538
“ Abner Peabody: 7 ” - joe_538
Sir Patrick Stewart was born in Mirfield, Yorkshire, England, to Gladys (Barrowclough), a textile worker and weaver, and Alfred Stewart, who was in the army. He was a member of various local drama groups from about age 12. He left school at age 15 to work as a junior reporter on a local paper; he quit when his editor told him he was spending too much time at the theatre and not enough working...
“ Professor X: 7
(X-Men, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Logan) ” - joe_538
“ Eric Von Zipper: 7, counting his cameo in Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine. ” - joe_538
William Shatner has notched up an impressive 50-plus years in front of the camera, most recently displaying comedic talent, and being instantly recognizable to several generations of cult television fans as the square-jawed Captain James T. Kirk, commander of the starship U.S.S. Enterprise. Shatner was born in Côte Saint-Luc...
“ Captain Kirk: 7 ” - joe_538
“ James Bond: 7 ” - joe_538
will perhaps always be remembered as the man who replaced Sean Connery
in the James Bond series, arguably something he never lived down. Roger George Moore was born on October 14, 1927 in Stockwell, London, England, the son of Lillian (Pope) and George Alfred Moore, a policeman. He first wanted to be an artist...
“ James Bond: 7 ” - joe_538
Veteran character actor Robert Englund was born in Glendale, California, to Janis (MacDonald) and John Kent Englund, an aeronautics engineer. He has Swedish, Danish, Scottish, and English ancestry. Since 1973, Englund has appeared in over 75 feature films and starred in four TV series. He has starred alongside Oscar-winners Henry Fonda...
“ Freddy Krueger: 7, Wes Craven's New Nightmare doesn't count. ” - joe_538
“ Scotty: 7 ” - joe_538
Walter was educated at Grinnel College, Iowa the UCLA graduating with a degree in psychology. During high school he acted in 'Peer Gynt' and The Devil's Disciple' and during the Summer holidays from college he performed in Summer Stock in Vermont. After graduating he enrolled in New York's Neighbourhood...
“ Chekov: 7 ” - joe_538
Peter Wilton Cushing was born on May 26, 1913 in Kenley, Surrey, England, to Nellie Maria (King) and George Edward Cushing, a quantity surveyor. He and his older brother David were raised first in Dulwich Village, a south London suburb, and then later back in Surrey. At an early age, Cushing was attracted to acting...
“ Baron Frankenstein: 7, counting the cameo in One More Time. ” - joe_538
Judi Dench was born in York, England, to Eleanora Olive (Jones), who was from Dublin, Ireland, and Reginald Arthur Dench, a doctor from Dorset, England. She attended Mount School in York, and studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She has performed with Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre...
“ M: 7 ” - joe_538
“ Godzilla: 7 ” - joe_538
Most western action film heroes begin and end their career in the saddle. Not so for cowboy idol Allan "Rocky" Lane, who started as a leading man in major studio dramas, only to segue into "B" serials and sagebrush sagas in later life. The Indiana native was born in 1909 (some sources claim 1904). He studied at Notre Dame University where he excelled as a varsity letter athlete in football...
“ Red Ryder: 7 ” - joe_538
Born into a prominent Mormon family in Utah, Laraine Day's acting career began after her parents moved to Long Beach, California, where she joined the Long Beach Players. She appeared in her first film in 1937 in a bit part, then did leads in several George O'Brien
westerns. Signing a contract with MGM...
“ Nurse Mary Lamont: 7 ” - joe_538
English actor Warwick Davis was born in Epsom, Surrey, England, the son of Susan J. (Pain) and Ashley Davis, an insurance broker. Davis was born with the condition spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenital (SED), which caused his dwarfism. He was educated at City of London Freemen's School. When he was 11 years old...
“ Filius Flitwick: 7
The Leprechaun: 6 ” - joe_538
Rupert Alexander Lloyd Grint was born in Harlow, Essex, England, the elder son of Joanne (Parsons) and Nigel Grint, who dealt in memorabilia. The first of 5 children, Rupert has one brother and 3 sisters. His brother James was born when Rupert was a year old, Georgina and Samantha were born in 1993 and 1996 respectively, and last, but not least, Charlotte, who was born in 1999...
“ Ron Weasley: 8 ” - joe_538
Leonard Simon Nimoy was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Dora (Spinner) and Max Nimoy, who owned a barbershop. His parents were Ukrainian Jewish immigrants. Raised in a tenement and acting in community theaters since age eight, Nimoy did not make his Hollywood debut until he was 20, with a bit part in Queen for a Day
and another as a ballplayer in the perennial Rhubarb
“ Mr. Spock: 8 ” - joe_538
Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr. has evolved into one of the most respected actors in Hollywood. With an amazing list of credits to his name, he has managed to stay new and fresh even after over four decades in the business. Downey was born April 4, 1965 in Manhattan, New York, the son of writer, director and filmographer Robert Downey Sr.
and actress Elsie Downey
(née Elsie Ann Ford)...
“ Iron Man: 8
(Iron Man 1-3, Avengers 1 & 2, Incredible Hulk, Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man: Homecoming) ” - joe_538
Vin Diesel was born Mark Sinclair in Alameda County, California, along with his fraternal twin brother, Paul Vincent
. He was raised by his astrologer/psychologist mother, Delora Sherleen (Sinclair), and adoptive father, Irving H. Vincent, an acting instructor and theater manager, in an artist's housing project in New York City's Greenwich Village...
“ Dominic Toretto: 8
The Fast and the Furious, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, Los Bandoleros (Short Film), Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6, Furious 7, The Fate of the Furious ” - joe_538
Glenda Farrell began acting in the theater as a child. Her first major film role was in the gangster movie Little Caesar (1931) with Edward G. Robinson. In 1932, she became a Warner Bros. contract actor. She is perhaps best known for her role as Torchy Blane in the 1930s Warner Bros. film series, in which she appeared in seven Torchy Blane films...
“ Torchy Blane: 8 ” - joe_538
Lew Ayres was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and raised in San Diego, California. A college dropout, he was found by a talent scout in the Coconut Grove nightclub in Los Angeles and entered Hollywood as a bit player. He was leading man to Greta Garbo
in The Kiss
, but it was the role of Paul Baumer in All Quiet on the Western Front
that was his big break...
“ Dr. Kildare: 8 ” - joe_538
“ Danny Mitchell: 8 ” - joe_538
Together with Dolores del Rio
, Ramon Novarro
, Lupe Velez
and José Mojica
as among the few Mexican people who made history in the early years of Hollywood. Vélez career began in Mexico City, where she lived with her mother and sisters. In 1925, while working in a clothes store, Vélez caught the attention of three theatrical managers who were impressed by her beauty and grace...
“ Carmelita Lindsay: 8 ” - joe_538
To most audiences, Duncan Renaldo will always be identified as film and TV's "The Cisco Kid." However, this role occurred late in his career, which consisted of much more than just this western character. Not much is known about Renaldo's early life. In fact, his date and place of birth is still questioned...
“ The Cisco Kid: 8 ” - joe_538
“ Pa Kettle: 8 ” - joe_538
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
“ Mr. Moto: 8 ” - joe_538
“ Ulysses S. Grant: 8
Union Pacific (1939), Geronimo (1939), Colorado (1940), They Died with Their Boots On (1941), The Adventures of Mark Twain (1944), Silver River (1948), Red Desert (1949), and San Antone (1953) ” - joe_538
“ Matt Lindsay: 9 ” - joe_538
Daniel Jacob Radcliffe was born on July 23, 1989 in Fulham, London, England, to casting agent Marcia Gresham
(née Jacobson) and literary agent Alan Radcliffe
. His father is from a Northern Irish Protestant background, while his mother was born in South Africa, to a Jewish family (from Lithuania, Poland...
“ Harry Potter: 9 ” - joe_538
Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson was born in Paris, France, to English parents, Jacqueline Luesby and Chris Watson, both lawyers. She moved to Oxfordshire when she was five, where she attended the Dragon School. From the age of six, Emma knew that she wanted to be an actress and, for a number of years, she trained at the Oxford branch of Stagecoach Theatre Arts...
“ Hermione Granger: 9 ” - joe_538
Hugh Michael Jackman is an Australian actor, singer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer and producer. Jackman has won international recognition for his roles in major films, notably as superhero, period, and romance characters. He is best known for his long-running role as Wolverine in the X-Men film series...
“ Wolverine: 9
X-Men 1-3, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Wolverine, Logan, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse. ” - joe_538
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...
“ The Lone Wolf: 9 ” - joe_538
James Albert Varney, Jr. was born in Lexington, Kentucky, to Nancy Louise (Howard) and James Albert Varney, Sr. He became interested in theater as a teenager, winning state titles in drama competitions while a student at Lafayette High School in Lexington, Kentucky. At age 15 he played Ebeneezer Scrooge in a local children's theater production of "A Christmas Carol"...
“ Ernest P. Worrell: 9 ” - joe_538
Born to a large Irish Catholic family (the fifth of nine children) and raised in New York City, Lydon overcame a birth defect and alcoholic father to begin a Broadway career in 1937, acting opposite Van Heflin
, Sidney Lumet
and Uta Hagen
in separate productions. After a number of films with Paramount and RKO...
“ Henry Aldrich: 9 ” - joe_538
Initially not a science fiction fan, theatre actor Anthony Daniels was persuaded by his agent to meet George Lucas
for the casting of C-3PO in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
. He went on to perform the character, both his voice and body in the suit, for all the episodic Star Wars films produced. Additionally, he...
“ C-3PO: 10
Episodes I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, The Clone Wars, The Lego Movie, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. ” - joe_538
Ann Sothern, born Harriet Lake on January 22,1909 in Valley City, North Dakota, and her film career started as an extra-bit part in the film Broadway Nights
in 1927. She would work as an extra for the next six years. It barely paid the bills. Finally, Ann got her break with Columbia Pictures when they signed her to a contract in 1934...
“ Maisie: 10 ” - joe_538
A talented singer as a child, Peary later went into radio in 1925. By 1929, he had his own radio show and got his big break in 1935 when he was cast in the Fibber McGee and Molly Show as Throckmorton Gildersleeve. In 1939, Peary was making a personal appearance in a theatre promoting the Fibber McGee and Mollie Show and casually did what would be his trademark giggle...
“ The Great Gildersleeve: 10 ” - joe_538
Tom Conway played "The Falcon" in ten of that series' entries. He starred in three Val Lewton
horror classics. He appeared in comedies, musicals, two Tarzan films and even science fiction films. He was early television's Detective Mark Saber, but Conway will probably be best remembered as George Sanders
“ Tom "The Falcon" Lawrence: 10 ” - joe_538
Her father was a minister, and when she joined a local stock company as a youngster she changed her name to avoid embarrassing her family. She worked in vaudeville and debuted on Broadway in 1916. Her film debut was in A House Divided
. She repeated her stage role in Dead End
as Baby Face Martin (Humphrey Bogart
“ Ma Kettle: 10 ” - joe_538
Best remembered as 'M' in the James Bond films, Bernard Lee was a popular character player in British films throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Born into a theatrical family, he made his stage debut at age six and later attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He first appeared on the West End stage in London in 1928...
“ M: 11 ” - joe_538
Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee was perhaps the only actor of his generation to have starred in so many films and cult saga. Although most notable for personifying bloodsucking vampire, Dracula, on screen, he portrayed other varied characters on screen, most of which were villains, whether it be Francisco Scaramanga in the James Bond film...
“ Dracula: 11, counting The Magic Christian
Fu Manchu: 5 ” - joe_538
Joe Kirkwood Jr.
Best remembered as strapping comic strip boxer Joe Palooka on screen in the late 1940s and early 1950s, fair-haired, amiable-looking, exceedingly athletic Joe Kirkwood, Jr. may have been the son of renowned professional golfer and trick artist Joe Kirkwood, but he was actually born Reginald Thomas Kirkwood on May 30...
“ Joe Palooka: 11 ” - joe_538
Considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, Charlie Chaplin lived an interesting life both in his films and behind the camera. He is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular character, the Little Tramp; the man with the toothbrush mustache, bowler hat, bamboo cane, and a funny walk...
“ The Little Tramp: 12 or more, it's a matter of opinion. ” - joe_538
The legendary Lionel Barrymore, one of the great cinema character actors, was the oldest of the three Barrymmore siblings. Along with Ethel Barrymore
and John Barrymore
, he shares a prominent place in American acting in the first half of the 20th Century. In addition to winning a Best Actor Academy Award (for A Free Soul
“ Dr. Gillespie: 12 ” - joe_538
Ann Rutherford was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The daughter of a former Metropolitan Opera singer, John Rutherford, and her actress mother, Lillian Mansfield, was destined for show business. Not long after her birth, her family moved to California, where she made her stage debut in 1925...
“ Polly Benedict: 12 ” - joe_538
Canadian-born Cecilia Parker, daughter of a British army officer, moved with her family to Hollywood when she was a child. After graduation from high school she got a job as an extra. She did extra work for about a year before she was noticed by Fox executives, who signed her to a contract in 1931. Her career went along steadily if not spectacularly until 1937...
“ Marian Hardy: 12 ” - joe_538
Keye Luke was born in Canton, China. He grew up in Seattle, Washington, and entered the film business as a commercial artist and a designer of movie posters. He was hired as a technical advisor on several Asian-themed films, and made his film debut in The Painted Veil
. It seemed that he appeared in almost every film that called for Chinese characters...
“ Lee Chan (Number One Son): 12 ” - joe_538
His father was the actor Reginald Sheffield
who began as a child star and later turned to character acting. Johnny appeared at age seven on Broadway in the original cast of "On Borrowed Time". When Maureen O'Sullivan
wanted out of her Jane role in the Johnny Weissmuller
Tarzan series, it was decided that she and Tarzan would adopt a son (they had to adopt...
“ Bomba: 12
Boy: 8 ” - joe_538
Johnny Weissmuller was born as Peter Johann Weißmüller in Freidorf, today a district of the city of Timisoara in Romania, then a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Weissmuller would later claim to have been born in Windber, Pennsylvania, probably to ensure his eligibility to compete as part of the US Olympic team...
“ Jungle Jim: 13
Tarzan: 12 ” - joe_538
“ Godzilla: 13 ” - joe_538
Lois Maxwell has lived in Canada having moved from England. While still acting in the Bond films during the 80s Lois also became a regular columnist for the Toronto Sun newspaper. She purchased a cottage in northern Ontario and would often share stories about her experiences on the movie set, her co-stars...
“ Miss Moneypenny: 14 ” - joe_538
By the time that he was 20, Lewis Stone had turned prematurely grey. He enlisted to fight in the Spanish American War and when he returned, he returned to be a writer. This turned to acting and he began to appear in films during the middle teens. His career was again interrupted by war as he served in the cavalry during World War I...
“ Judge Hardy: 14 ” - joe_538
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...
“ Boston Blackie: 14 ” - joe_538
“ Mrs. Hardy: 15 ” - joe_538
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...
“ Sherlock Holmes: 15 ” - joe_538
Nigel was, from the beginning, typecast as bumbling English aristocrats, military types or drawing room society snobs and, within the narrow parameters of his range, he was very, very good at playing these parts. Nigel Bruce was born in Mexico, where his father, Sir William W. Bruce, worked as an engineer...
“ Dr. Watson: 15 ” - joe_538
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)...
“ Charlie Chan: 16 ” - joe_538
Born Gordon Nance in 1904 on a farm in Pattonsburg, Missouri -- a small town about 60 miles northeast of Kansas City -- the future "Wild Bill Elliott" grew up around horses. His father was a commissioner at the Kansas City Stockyards. and at age 16 Elliott won a first-place ribbon in that city's annual "American Royal Horse and Livestock Show." After a move to California...
“ Red Ryder: 16 ” - joe_538
Mickey Rooney was born Joe Yule Jr. on September 23, 1920 in Brooklyn, New York. He first took the stage as a toddler in his parents vaudeville act at 17 months old. He made his first film appearance in 1926. The following year, he played the lead character in the first Mickey McGuire short film. It was in this popular film series that he took the stage name Mickey Rooney...
“ Andy Hardy: 17 ” - joe_538
Desmond Llewelyn was born in South Wales in 1914, the son of a coal mining engineer. In high school, he worked as a stagehand in the school's productions and then picked up sporadic small parts. His family would not give up their effort to prevent him from a life on stage, so an uncle who was a high ranking police officer arranged for Llewelyn to take the department's physical exam...
“ Q: 17 ” - joe_538
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...
“ Charlie Chan: 22 ” - joe_538
“ Fu Manchu: 23
Dr. Sin Fang: 6 ” - joe_538
Buster Crabbe graduated from the University of Southern California. In 1931, while working on That's My Boy
for Columbia Pictures, he was tested by MGM for Tarzan and rejected. Paramount Pictures put him in King of the Jungle
as Kaspa, the Lion Man (after a book of that title but clearly a copy of the Tarzan stories)...
“ Billy Carson: 23
Billy the Kid: 13 ” - joe_538
American actor who began as a child in Our Gang comedies and reappeared as a powerful adult performer of leading and character roles. Born in New Jersey, the young Mickey Gubitosi won a role in MGM's Our Gang series at the age of 5. As one of the more prominent children in the Gang, he gained attention for his cute good looks and his lovable, if somewhat melancholy, personality...
“ Little Beaver: 23 ” - joe_538
“ Zatiochi: 27 ” - joe_538
George 'Gabby' Hayes
American character actor, the most famous of Western-movie sidekicks of the 1930s and 1940s. He was born May 7, 1885, the third of seven children, in the Hayes Hotel (owned by his father) in the tiny hamlet of Stannards, New York, on the outskirts of Wellsville, New York. Hayes was the son of hotelier and oil-production manager Clark Hayes...
“ Gabby Whittaker: 27 ” - joe_538
His parents were circus acrobats and he became part of their act. When they changed to vaudeville and wound up in California, he got a job in the movies. The founder of Universal Pictures, Carl Laemmle
changed his name to Lake. In silent films he played somewhat dimwitted youngsters, The long-running part of Dagwood in the "Blondie" series pretty much continued the the pattern into adult life...
“ Dagwood Bumstead: 28 ” - joe_538
Her father was Irish Philadelphian newspaperman, Benny McNulty. He was related to Jim Farley
Roosevelt's campaign managers and later Postmaster General. As a child, she sang songs at a silent movie theater. After the sixth grade she joined a touring vaudeville act called "The Kiddie Kabaret." Billed as Penny McNulty...
“ Blondie Bumstead: 28 ” - joe_538
Leo Gorcey's parents were actor Bernard Gorcey
(born 1888) who stood 4' 10", and Josephine Condon (born 1901), who stood 4' 11" and weighed 95 pounds; they worked in vaudeville in New York. In 1915, 14-year-old Josephine gave birth to Fred. In 1917, Leo was born, a large baby at 12 lb. 3 oz.; as an adult he would be 5' 6"...
“ Slip Mahoney: 41
Muggs: 21 ” - joe_538
“ Sherlock Holmes: 46
(And all within three years) ” - joe_538
The 14th of 16 children born to an air conditioning repairman, Henry Richard Hall (he got the name "Huntz" from a brother who said his large nose made him look German) was anything but the tough street kid he played in the East Side Kids/Bowery Boys films. He made his stage debut at the age of 1 in a play called "Thunder on the Left"; after graduating from a Catholic grammar school...
“ Sach: 47
Glimpy: 17 ” - joe_538
“ Cannonball: 52 ” - joe_538
While on the Darmouth College football team, Charles Starrett was hired to play a football extra in The Quarterback
. Impressed by the job, Starrett got the acting bug and next went into vaudeville, then regional stage work and finally to Broadway. Spotted by a Paramount talent scout, Starrett was signed to play the romantic lead in Fast and Loose
“ The Durango Kid: 61 ” - joe_538
In his later years, he was a part-time resident of Springfield, Missouri. In Springfield, he taped a radio program for RadiOzark Enterprises, and frequently appeared on the television program Jubilee USA. During one of his stays, he had his name legally changed to Smiley.
“ Frog Milhouse: 62 ” - joe_538
The son of a day laborer, William Boyd moved with his family to Tulsa, Oklahoma, when he was seven. His parents died while he was in his early teens, forcing him to quit school and take such jobs as a grocery clerk, surveyor and oil field worker. He went to Hollywood in 1919, already gray-haired. His first role was as an extra in Cecil B. DeMille
's Why Change Your Wife?
“ Hopalong Cassidy: 65 ” - joe_538
Roy Rogers (born Leonard Slye) moved to California in 1930, aged 18. He played in such musical groups as The Hollywood Hillbillies, Rocky Mountaineers, Texas Outlaws, and his own group, the International Cowboys. In 1934 he formed a group with Bob Nolan
called Sons of the Pioneers
. While in that group he was known as Leonard Slye...
“ Roy Rogers: 79 ” - joe_538
“ Fuzzy Jones: 85 ” - joe_538
Composer, songwriter ("Back in the Saddle Again","That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine"), actor, author and businessman, educated at Ravia (Oklahoma) High School. He was a telegrapher for the Frisco Railroad, and first appeared on radio in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Later he had his own radio show on CBS. In World War he was a flight officer for the United States Army Air Force...
“ Gene Autry: 87 (Not counting his deleted cameo from Alias Jesse James) ” - joe_538
Stan Laurel came from a theatrical family, his father was an actor and theatre manager, and he made his stage debut at the age of 16 at Pickard's Museum, Glasgow. He traveled with Fred Karno
's vaudeville company to the United States in 1910 and again in 1913. While with that company he was Charles Chaplin
“ Stan: 97 (Features and shorts) ” - joe_538
Although his parents were never in show business, as a young boy Oliver Hardy was a gifted singer and, by age eight, was performing with minstrel shows. In 1910 he ran a movie theatre, which he preferred to studying law. In 1913 he became a comedy actor with the Lubin Company in Florida and began appearing in a long series of shorts; his debut film was Outwitting Dad
“ Ollie: 98 (Features and shorts) ” - joe_538