Gay Actors Who Have Passedby dmclaughlinabq | created - 22 May 2013 | updated - 3 days ago | Public
Actor | Fright Night
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 (1938), playing Peter Osborne, the younger brother of ...
--How Green Was My Valley-- --Cleopatra-- --Lord Love A Duck-- --Planet Of The Apes--
2. James Coco
Actor | Murder by Death
Born in New York City of humble means, character player James Coco was the son of Feliche, an Italian shoemaker, and Ida (Detestes) Coco. Shining shoes as a youngster with his father, his interest in acting occurred early on as a child. At age 17 he toured with a children's theatre troupe for three...
--Man Of La Mancha-- --The Wild Party--- --Murder By Death-- --Only When I Laugh--
3. Sal Mineo
Actor | Rebel Without a Cause
Salvatore (Sal) Mineo Jr. was born to Josephine and Sal Sr. (a casket maker), who emigrated to the U.S. from Sicily. His siblings were Michael, Victor and Sarina. Sal was thrown out of parochial school and, by age eight, was a member of a street gang in a tough Bronx neighborhood. His mother ...
--Rebel Without A Cause-- --Giant-- --Exodus-- --The Gene Krupa Story--
4. Hayden Rorke
Actor | When Worlds Collide
Hayden Rorke was best known as the ever suspicious "Dr. Alfred E. Bellows" on the 1960s TV series, I Dream of Jeannie (1965). Born in Brooklyn, New York, Rorke was educated at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and he began his stage career in the 1930s with the Hampden Theatrical Company. A ...
--I Dream Of Jeannie-- --The Unsinkable Molly Brown-- --Pillow Talk-- --Midnight Lace--
Actor | The Rose
Michael Greer was an actor and comedian. His most famous role was as Queenie, the prison drag queen in Sal Mineo's stage and the Harvey Hart film versions of "Fortune and Men's Eyes" (Fortune and Men's Eyes (1971)), which dealt with sex in prison. Mr. Greer appeared as Don Johnson's friend in the ...
--Fortune In Men's Eyes-- --The Gay Deceivers-- --The Magic Garden Of Stanley Sweetheart-- --Messiah Of Evil-- --The Rose--
6. Jack Larson
Actor | Superman Returns
Jack Edward Larson was born in Los Angeles, California, to Anita (Calicoff) and George E. Larson. He was raised in Pasadena, and attended Pasadena Junior College (by coincidence, exactly as did his Adventures of Superman (1952) co-star George Reeves). He was a contract player at Warner Bros. ...
--The Adventures of Superman-- --Kid Monk Baroni-- --Man Crazy-- --Bob's New Suite--
Actor | The Terminator
Signifying intelligence, eloquence, versatility and quiet intensity, one of the more important, critically acclaimed black actors to gain a Hollywood foothold in the 1970s was Paul Winfield. Born in 1939 in Los Angeles, he lived there in his early years before moving with his family to Los Angeles'...
--Sounder-- --Mike's Murder-- --The Terminator-- --Conrack--
8. Charles Gray
Actor | Diamonds Are Forever
The son of a surveyor, Charles Gray grew up in Queens Park, London, and went to school in his home town of Bournemouth. As a young actor, he received his vocal training from the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon and at the Old Vic, having long abandoned his first job as clerk for a ...
--Rocky Horror Picture Show-- --Shock Treatment-- --Diamonds Are Forever-- --The Mirror Crack'd--
9. Van Johnson
Actor | In the Good Old Summertime
Van Johnson was the well-mannered nice guy on screen you wanted your daughter to marry. This fair, freckled and invariably friendly-looking MGM song-and-dance star of the 40s emerged a box office favorite (1944-1946) and second only to heartthrob Frank Sinatra during what gossipmonger Hedda Hopper ...
--The Cane Mutiny-- --Brigadoon-- --The Last Time I Saw Paris-- --The End Of The Affair--
10. Taylor Negron
Actor | The Last Boy Scout
Taylor Negron was born Brad Stephen Negron in Glendale, California, to Lucy (Rosario) and Conrad Negron, who was mayor of Indian Wells, CA. His parents were both of Puerto Rican descent. Negron attended UCLA, studied acting with Lee Strasberg, and studied comedy at a private seminar taught by ...
--Nothing But Trouble-- --Easy Money-- -- The Fluffer-- --The Last Boy Scout--
11. Kerwin Mathews
Actor | The 7th Voyage of Sinbad
Before there was a George Lucas and Harrison Ford running around creating special-effects excitement, there was a virile, boyishly handsome actor named Kerwin Mathews who was entertaining audiences battling a variety of creatures courtesy of pioneer special effects guru Ray Harryhausen. ...
--7th Voyage Of Sinbad-- --Jack The Giant Killer-- --3 Worlds Of Gulliver-- --The Devil At 4 O'Clock--
12. Richard Warwick
Actor | Romeo and Juliet
Richard Warwick was born on April 29, 1945 in Kent, England as Richard Carey Winter. He was an actor, known for Romeo and Juliet (1968), Sebastiane (1976) and The Bed Sitting Room (1969). He died on December 16, 1997 in St John's Wood, London, England.
--If...-- --Sebastiane-- --The Breaking Of Bumbo-- --The Lost Language Of Cranes--
Actor | The Cowboys
He was a master class in cerebral eloquence and audience command...and although his dominant playing card in the realm of acting was quite serious and stately, nobody cut a more delightfully dry edge in sitcoms than this gentleman, whose calm yet blistering put-downs often eluded his lesser victims.
--The Cowboys-- --Black Like Me-- --The Liberation of L.B. Jones-- --Topaz--
Actor | Hail the Conquering Hero
Franklin Pangborn - a name more befitting a fictionalized bank president rather than a great comedic actor - was a singular character actor but little is known of his early years. He spent some time in developing acting talent prior to appearing on Broadway by March of 1911, and would do six plays ...
--Stage Door-- --Now Voyager-- --Sullivan's Travels-- --Hail The Conquering Hero--
15. Farley Granger
Actor | Strangers on a Train
Farley Earle Granger was born in 1925 in San Jose, California, to Eva (Hopkins) and Farley Earle Granger, who owned an automobile dealership. Right out of high school, he was brought to the attention of movie producer Samuel Goldwyn, who cast him in a small role in The North Star (1943). He followed...
--Strangers On A Train-- --They Live By Night-- --Hans Christian Anderson-- --Rope--
16. Paul Lynde
Actor | Bye Bye Birdie
Paul Lynde was born in 1926 in Mount Vernon, Ohio (one of six children and the middle of four boys). His father was a local police officer and the sheriff of the Mount Vernon Jail for two years. Lynde got his inspiration to become an actor at the age of four or five after his mother took him to see...
--Bewitched-- --Bye Bye Birdie-- --Under The Yum Yum Tree-- --The Glass Bottom Boat--
17. Lenny Baker
Actor | Next Stop, Greenwich Village
Actor Leonard Joel "Lenny" Baker was born on January 17, 1945 in Boston, Massachusetts. The son of Bertha and William Baker, Lenny graduated from Brookline High School in Brookline, Massachusetts in 1962 and attended Boston University, where he received his Bachelor's Degree. Baker began his acting...
--Next Stop Greenwich Village-- --The Paper Chase-- --The Hospital-- --Malatesta's Carnival Of Blood-- --A.W.O.L.--
18. Raymond Burr
Actor | Godzilla, King of the Monsters!
Born Raymond William Stacy Burr on 21 May 1917 in New Westminster, British Columbia, Burr spent most of his early life traveling. As a youngster, his father moved his family to China, where the elder Burr worked as a trade agent. When the family returned to Canada, Raymond's parents separated. He ...
--Perry Mason-- --Ironside-- --Rear Window-- --Godzilla, King Of The Monsters--
19. Denholm Elliott
Actor | A Room with a View
Much-loved character actor who specialised in playing slightly sleazy/slightly eccentric and often flawed upper middle class English gentlemen. His career spanned nearly 40 years, becoming a well-known face both in Britain and in the States.
--Raiders Of The Last Ark-- --Room With A View-- --Maurice-- --September--
Actor | Arsenic and Old Lace
It seemed like Edward Everett Horton appeared in just about every Hollywood comedy made in the 1930s. He was always the perfect counterpart to the great gentlemen and protagonists of the films. Horton was born in Brooklyn, New York City, to Isabella S. (Diack) and Edward Everett Horton, a ...
--Arsenic And Old Lace-- --The Devil Is A Woman-- --Top Hat-- --Lost Horizon--
Actor | Millennium
Charles Nelson Reilly was born to Charles Joseph Reilly and Signe Elvera Nelson. His father was Irish-American and Catholic, his mother was Swedish-American and Lutheran. As a child he amused himself with improvised puppet theater performances.
He had a traumatic experience in 1944, when present for...
--The Ghost And Mrs. Muir-- --Lidsville-- --The Life Of Reilly-- --Cannonball Run II--
22. Rock Hudson
Actor | Giant
Rock Hudson was born Roy Harold Scherer, Jr. in Winnetka, Illinois, to Katherine (Wood), a telephone operator, and Roy Harold Scherer, an auto mechanic. He was of German, Swiss-German, English, and Irish descent. His parents divorced when he was eight years old. He failed to obtain parts in school ...
--Giant-- --Pillow Talk-- --Mc Millan & Wife-- --All That Heaven Allows--
23. Charles Laughton
Actor | Witness for the Prosecution
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 ...
--The Old Dark House-- --Island Of Lost Souls-- --Mutiny On The Bounty-- --Witness For The Prosecution--
24. Michael Redgrave
Actor | The Lady Vanishes
Sir Michael Redgrave was of the generation of English actors that gave the world the legendary John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson and Laurence Olivier, Britain three fabled "Theatrical Knights" back in the days when a knighthood for thespian was far more rare than it is today. A superb actor, Redgrave ...
--Dead Of Night-- --The Lady Vanishes-- --The Importance Of Being Earnest-- --The Go-Between--
25. John Gielgud
Actor | Arthur
Born in London, England, John Gielgud trained at Lady Benson's Acting School and RADA, London. Best known for his Shakespearean roles in the theater, he first played Hamlet at the age of 26. He worked under the tutelage of Lilian Bayliss with friend and fellow performer Laurence Olivier and other ...
--Julius Caesar-- --Becket-- --Arthur-- --Prospero's Books--
26. Dick Sargent
Actor | Bewitched
Sargent was a trim, handsome man with a longish chin. He played a variety of gawky businessmen roles in feature films before finding a niche in tv history as the second Darrin on "Bewitched". Shortly before his death, Sargent publicly proclaimed he was gay, and became what he called "a retroactive ...
--Bewitched-- --Operation Petticoat-- --That Touch Of Mink-- --The Ghost And Mr Chicken--
27. Alec McCowen
Actor | Never Say Never Again
Alec McCowen was born Alexander Duncan McCowan on May 26, 1925 in Tunbridge Wells, England. After studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he made his professional debut in 1942. He established his reputation in classical stage roles, appearing in the ensemble of Laurence Olivier's famed ...
--Never Say Never Again-- --Gangs Of New York-- --Personal Services-- --Travels With My Aunt-- --The Hawaiians--
28. Ben Piazza
Actor | The Blues Brothers
Ben Piazza was born on July 30, 1933 in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA as Benito Daniel Piazza. He was an actor, known for The Blues Brothers (1980), Guilty by Suspicion (1991) and The Hanging Tree (1959). He was married to Dolores Dorn. He died on September 7, 1991 in Sherman Oaks, California, USA.
--The Bad News Bears-- --The Candy Snatchers-- --Tell Me That You Love Me Junie Moon-- --Waltz Across Texas--
29. Jonathan Frid
Actor | House of Dark Shadows
Jonathan Frid's career in drama began when he first "offered his soul" to the theater as a young boy at a preparatory school in Ontario, Canada. Following his graduation from McMaster University, he attended London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and later earned a Master's Degree in Directing ...
--House Of Dark Shadows-- --Night Of Dark Shadows-- --Seizure-- --The Devil's Daughter-- --Dark Shadows: Series--
30. Maurice Evans
Actor | Planet of the Apes
A grand, robust, highly theatrical British classical actor, Maurice Evans was the son of a justice of the peace who enjoyed amateur playwriting on the side. In fact, his father adapted several adaptations of Thomas Hardy's novels and Evans would often appear in them. Early interest also came in ...
--Bewitched-- --Rosemary's Baby-- --Planet Of The Apes-- --Gilbert And Sullivan--
31. Victor Buono
Actor | What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Larger than life, Laughtonesque, and with an eloquent, king-sized appetite for maniacal merriment, a good portion of the work of actor Victor Buono was squandered on hokey villainy on both film and television. Ostensibly perceived as bizarre or demented, seldom did Hollywood give this cultivated ...
--What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?-- --Robin And The 7 Hoods-- --Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte-- --The Man From Atlantis--
32. Dirk Bogarde
Actor | The Servant
Sir Dirk Bogarde, distinguished film actor and writer, was born Derek Jules Gaspard Ulric Niven van den Bogaerde on March 28, 1921, to Ulric van den Bogaerde, the art editor of "The Times" (London) newspaper, and actress Margaret Niven in the London suburb of Hampstead. He was one of three children...
--Victim-- --The Damned-- --Death In Venice-- --Our Mothers House--
Actor | Hairspray
Originally born Harris Glen Milstead just after the end of WWII, Baltimore's most outrageous resident eventually became the international icon of bad taste cinema, as the always shocking and highly entertaining transvestite performer, Divine.
Milstead met maverick film director & good friend, John ...
--Pink Flamingos-- --Female Trouble-- --Polyester-- --Hairspray--
34. John Dall
Actor | Rope
John Dall was born John Dall Thompson (some sources state John Jenner Thompson) on May 26, 1918. He made his Broadway debut in Norman Krasna's comedy "Dear Ruth," directed by Moss Hart, in 1944. The show was a hit, running for over a year and a half and 680 performances.
He next appeared on Broadway...
--Gun Crazy-- --Rope-- --Spartacus-- --Atlantis, The Lost City--
35. George Nader
Actor | Robot Monster
Born in Pasadena, California, George Nader became interested in acting while still in school and appeared in several productions at the Pasadena Playhouse. This led to several small parts in movies before earning the lead role in the infamous 3D thriller Robot Monster (1953). The movie was bad but ...
--Robot Monster-- --Sins Of Jezebel-- --The Second Greatest Sex-- --Four Girls In Town--
36. John Inman
Actor | Are You Being Served?
John Inman was born on June 28, 1935 in Preston, Lancashire, England as Frederick John Inman. He was an actor, known for Are You Being Served? (1977), Are You Being Served? (1972) and The Tall Guy (1989). He was married to Ron Lynch. He died on March 8, 2007 in Paddington, London, England.
--Are You Being Served-- --The Mumbo Jumbo-- --The Tall Man-- --Odd Man Out--
37. Cesar Romero
Actor | Batman: The Movie
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...
--Batman: TV Series-- --The Little Princess-- -- The Thin Man-- --Passport To Danger--
38. Richard Deacon
Actor | The Birds
Richard Deacon was the bald, bespectacled character actor most famous for playing television producer Mel Cooley on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961) from 1961 to 1966. In the first season of that show he also continued to appear on the series he was already appearing on, Leave It to Beaver (1957), ...
--The Dick Van Dyke Show-- --Leave It To Beaver-- -- The Mothers-In-Law-- --A Nice Little Bank That Should Be Robbed--
39. Dennis Price
Actor | Kind Hearts and Coronets
This urbane, sourly handsome British actor was born to privilege and most of his roles would follow suit. Born Dennistoun John Franklyn Rose-Price in Berkshire in 1915, Dennis Price, the son of a brigadier-general, was expected to abide by his family wishes and make a career for himself in the army...
--Victim-- --Vampyros Lesbos-- --Tunes Of Glory-- --Kind Hearts And Coronets--
40. Graham Chapman
Writer | Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Graham Chapman was born on January 8, 1941 in Leicester, England while a German air raid was in progress. Graham's father was a chief police inspector and probably inspired the constables Graham often portrayed later in comedy sketches. Graham studied medicine in college and earned an M.D., but he ...
--Monty Python's Flying Circus-- --Month Python And The Holy Grail-- --The Odd Job-- --The Meaning Of Life--
41. Anthony Perkins
Actor | Psycho
Anthony Perkins was born April 4, 1932 in New York City to Janet Esselstyn (Rane) and Osgood Perkins, an actor of both stage and film. His paternal great-grandfather was noted engraver Andrew Varick Stout Anthony.
Perkins attended the Brooks School, the Browne & Nichols School, Columbia University ...
--Psycho-- --Desire Under The Elms-- --The Matchmaker-- --Crimes Of Passion--
42. Michael Jeter
Actor | The Green Mile
Michael Jeter was born on August 26, 1952 in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, USA. He was an actor, known for The Green Mile (1999), Open Range (2003) and Jurassic Park III (2001). He was married to Sean Blue. He died on March 30, 2003 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
--Evening Shade-- --Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas-- --Mouse Hunt--- --Sister Act II: Back In The Habit--
Actor | The Producers
Christopher Hewett was born on April 5, 1921 in Worthing, Sussex, England. He was an actor, known for The Producers (1967), Mr. Belvedere (1985) and Fantasy Island (1977). He died on August 3, 2001 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
--Mr. Belvedere-- --The Producers-- --Fantasy Island-- --Ratboy--
44. Nigel Hawthorne
Actor | The Madness of King George
Born in Coventry, England on 5 April 1929. Raised in South Africa. Returned to the UK in the 1950s. Extensive theatre work in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. His portrayal of "Sir Humphrey Appleby" in the BBC comedy Yes Minister (1980) won him international acclaim in the 1980s. In 1992, he was awarded...
--The Madness Of King George-- --Yes Minister-- --Demolition Man-- --Amistad--
45. Noël Coward
Writer | In Which We Serve
Noel Coward virtually invented the concept of Englishness for the 20th century. An astounding polymath - dramatist, actor, writer, composer, lyricist, painter, and wit -- he was defined by his Englishness as much as he defined it. He was indeed the first Brit pop star, the first ambassador of "cool...
--Boom-- --The Italian Job-- --Around The World In 80 Days-- --Our Man In Havana--
46. Merritt Butrick
Actor | Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan
Merritt Butrick was born on September 3, 1959 in Gainesville, Florida, USA. He was an actor, known for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) and Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). He died on March 17, 1989 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
--Square Pegs-- --Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan-- --Zapped-- --Shy People--
47. Louis Edmonds
Actor | House of Dark Shadows
Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he studied at Louisiana State University and the Carnegie Institute Of Technology. During WWII, he served in the Navy. His career was started in New York, acting in regional and Off-Broadway Theatre until his Broadway debut in the musical, "Candide" in 1956. Edmonds ...
--Dark Shadows-- --House Of Dark Shadows-- --All My Children-- --Come Spy With Me--
48. Jean Marais
Actor | La belle et la bête
Jean Marais was a popular French cinema actor and director who played over 100 roles in film and on television, and was also known for his many talents as a writer, painter and sculptor.
He was born Jean Alfred Villain-Marais on December 11, 1913, in Cherbourg, France. His father practiced ...
--Beauty And The Beast-- --Orpheus-- --Stealing Beauty-- --Fantomas--
49. Robert Reed
Actor | The Brady Bunch
Robert Reed was born on October 19, 1932 in Highland Park, Illinois, USA as John Robert Rietz Jr. He was an actor, known for The Brady Bunch (1969), Rich Man, Poor Man (1976) and The Brady Bunch Variety Hour (1976). He was married to Marilyn Rosenberger. He died on May 12, 1992 in Pasadena, ...
--The Brady Bunch-- --Star!-- --Rich Man, Poor Man-- --The Boy In The Plastic Bubble--
Writer | Faustrecht der Freiheit
Above all, Rainer Werner Fassbinder was a rebel whose life and art was marked by gross contradiction. Openly homosexual, he married twice; one of his wives acted in his films and the other served as his editor. Accused variously by detractors of being anticommunist, male chauvinist, antiSemitic and...
--Fox And His Friends-- --Beware A Holy Whore-- --Haytabo-- --Shadows Of Angles--
51. David Lochary
Actor | Pink Flamingos
Divine's former best friend, with dyed silver hair, met the future Waters star in beauty school in Baltimore, Maryland. Divine later claimed that he had "never even heard the word 'drag' before David," and that Lochary did his makeup and wigs at parties (prior to Van Smith). Divine introduced ...
--Pink Flamingos-- --Female Trouble-- --Eat Your Makeup-- --Multiple Maniacs-- --Mondo Trasho--
Actor | The Loved One
Most remembered for his extravagant costumes and trademark candelabra placed on the lids of his flashy pianos, Liberace was loved by his audiences for his music talent and unique showmanship. He was born as Wladziu Valentino Liberace on May 16, 1919, into a musical family, in Wisconsin. His mother, ...
--The Loved One-- --Batman (TV Series)-- --South Sea Sinner-- --Sincerely Yours--
53. Montgomery Clift
Actor | From Here to Eternity
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 ...
--A Place In The Sun-- --The Misfits-- --Raintree County-- --Suddenly Last Summer--
54. Rod McKuen
Composer | The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Rod McKuen was born on April 29, 1933 in Oakland, California, USA as Rodney Marvin McKuen. He died on January 29, 2015 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California.
--Summer Love-- --Rock, Pretty Baby-- --Wild Heritage-- --The Boneyard Collection--
55. Glenn Shadix
Actor | The Nightmare Before Christmas
The late William G. "Glenn Shadix" Scott was born April 1952 in Bessemer, Alabama. He attended Birmingham-Southern College for two years. He lived in New York City prior to moving to Hollywood in the late-1970s. He made his film debut appearance in the poorly received remake of _The Postman Always ...
--Beetle Juice-- --Heathers-- --Sleepwalkers-- --Red Dirt--
56. Ian Charleson
Actor | Chariots of Fire
Being born and raised in Edinburgh, Charleson attended the Royal High School and then went on to attend Edinburgh University. He initially studied architecture but switched to an MA degree after cultivating an interest in acting. He won a place at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art after ...
--Chariots Of Fire-- --Jubilee-- --Opera-- --Greystoke: The Legend Of Tarzan, Lord Of The Jungle--
Actor | The Boys in the Band
Robert La Tourneaux was born on August 10, 1940 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Robert Earl LaTurno. He was an actor, known for The Boys in the Band (1970), Von Richthofen and Brown (1971) and The Doctors (1963). He died on June 3, 1986 in New York City, New York, USA.
--The Boys In The Band-- --Van Richthofen And Brown-- --Pilgrimage--
58. Taylor Mead
Actor | Coffee and Cigarettes
Taylor Mead was born on December 31, 1924 in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, USA. He was an actor and editor, known for Coffee and Cigarettes (2003), Midnight Cowboy (1969) and Tarzan and Jane Regained... Sort of (1964). He died on May 8, 2013 in Denver, Colorado, USA.
--Lonesome Cowboys-- --Union City-- --Last Supper-- --Coffee And Cigarettes--
59. William Haines
Actor | Show People
Born in Staunton, Virginia, William Haines ran off to live life on his own terms while still in his teens, moving to New York City and becoming friends with such later Hollywood luminaries as designer Orry-Kelly and Cary Grant. His film career started slowly, but by the end of the silent era he was...
--A Slave For Fashion-- --Fighting The Flames-- --The Thrill Hunter-- --Way Out West--
60. Kenneth Nelson
Actor | The Boys in the Band
Kenneth Nelson was born on March 24, 1930 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, USA. He was an actor, known for The Boys in the Band (1970), Hellraiser (1987) and Nightbreed (1990). He died on October 7, 1993 in London, England.
--The Boys In The Band-- --Hellraiser-- --The Brute-- --The Lonely Lady--
61. Casey Donovan
Actor | Ginger
Calvin Culver, better known by his adult film name Casey Donovan, was born November 2, 1943 in East Bloomfield, New York. He graduated from teachers' college in 1965 and worked as a teacher in Peekskill and New York City. When he was fired from his teaching job after an altercation with a student, ...
AKA Casey Donovan --Score-- --Gal Young Un-- --Fun And Games-- --Ginger--
62. John Megna
Actor | To Kill a Mockingbird
John Megna was born on November 9, 1952 in Queens, New York, USA as John Anthony Ingolia. He was an actor, known for To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), The Cannonball Run (1981) and Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964). He died on September 5, 1995 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
--To Kill a Mockingbird-- --Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte-- --The Boy In The Plastic Bubble-- --Star Trek: Miri
63. Joseph Maher
Actor | In & Out
Joseph Maher was born on December 29, 1933 in Westport, County Mayo, Ireland. He was an actor, known for In & Out (1997), Mars Attacks! (1996) and Heaven Can Wait (1978). He died on July 17, 1998 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
--For Pete's Sake-- --It Aint Easy-- --Heaven Can Wait-- --Those Lips, Those Eyes--
64. Paul Bartel
Actor | Eating Raoul
Paul Bartel was born in Brooklyn in 1938. He decided he wanted to direct animated movies when he was 11 and by 13 had spent a summer working at New York's UPA animation studio. He majored in theater arts at UCLA, and received a Fulbright scholarship to study film direction in Rome, producing a ...
--Eating Raoul-- --Rock 'n Roll High School-- --Heart Like A Wheel-- --Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss--
65. Gore Vidal
Actor | Gattaca
Gore Vidal was born Eugene Louis Vidal in 1925 in West Point, New York, to Nina (Gore) and West Point aeronautics instructor and aviation pioneer Eugene Luther Vidal. The Vidals endured a rocky marriage divorcing ten years after Gore's birth. Young Gore spent much of his childhood with his blind ...
--Bob Roberts-- --Gattaca-- --Shadow Conspiracy-- --Igby Goes Down--
66. Henry Brandon
Actor | The Searchers
German-born Henry Brandon was a character actor in American films, most often seen in villainous roles. His parents emigrated to the US shortly after his birth. His early interest in acting led him to study at the acclaimed Pasadena Community Playhouse. He landed the lead villain role in the Stan ...
--War Of The Worlds-- --The Searchers-- --Assault On Precinct 13-- --Silent Fear--
67. Billy De Wolfe
Actor | Tea for Two
Most certainly egged on by the dandified antics of an Edward Everett Horton, Eric Blore and/or Franklin Pangborn, burlesque clown Billy DeWolfe in turn gave obvious inspiration to such effete cutups as Paul Lynde and Charles Nelson Reilly. Billy's life was one hundred percent show business from ...
--The Doris Day Show-- --Billie-- --Lullaby Of Broadway-- --Call Me Madam--
68. Leonard Frey
Actor | Fiddler on the Roof
Leonard Frey originally wanted to become an artist, but in college he became interested in acting. He made his stage debut in an off-Broadway production of "Little Mary Sunshine" and his film debut as a celebrant in Passages from James Joyce's Finnegans Wake (1966), but he first rose to prominence ...
--The Boys In The Band-- --Fiddler On The Roof-- --Tell Me That You Love Me Junie Moon-- --Tattoo--
69. Ron Palillo
At 14, Ron Palillo started his own summer theater in Cheshire, Connecticut. His parents,Gabriel and Carmel Palillo,were surprised when the summer theater actually made money. After graduating from high school, Ron went to the University of Connecticut at Storrs, where he majored in drama. He ...
--Welcome Back Kotter-- --Skate Town U.S.A.-- --Hellgate-- --Jason Lives: Friday The 13th Part VI--
70. Paul Shenar
Actor | Scarface
Attractive, dark-featured character actor with a voice like thunder, and eyes like a wolf, who was featured in less than sympathetic roles throughout his career. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Albert Paul Shenar attended the University of Wisconsin. Soon after graduation, he relocated to ...
--Scarface-- --Deadly Force-- --Dream Lover-- --The Big Blue--
71. 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 ...
--Laura-- --Cheaper By The Dozen-- --Titanic-- --Three Coins In A Fountain--
72. Victor Spinetti
Actor | A Hard Day's Night
Comic eccentric and gifted raconteur, Victor Spinetti was born in Wales on September 2, 1929, the son of Giuseppe Spinetti and Lily (Watson) Spinetti. He was educated at Monmouth School. Initially interested in a teaching degree, he turned to acting instead and studied for the stage at the College ...
--The Taming Of The Shrew-- --Start The Revolution Without Me-- --Under Milk Wood-- --The Little Prince--
73. Allen Ginsberg
Soundtrack | Tonite Let's All Make Love in London
Louis Ginsberg, the moderate Jewish Socialist and his wife Naomi, who was a radical Communist and irrepressible nudist are the parents of Irwin Allen Ginsberg, the poet and man of many other things eg. actor. Poems he written eg. Howl, Six gallery, Sunflower Sutra ... His themes: drugs, against ...
--Chappaqua-- --Renaldo And Clare-- --Herostratus-- --Pull My Daisy--
74. Dack Rambo
Actor | Gunsmoke
Dack (given name Norman) and identical twin brother, Dirk Rambo (Orman), were born in sunny California in 1941. Dack's noticeable difference was a mole on his left cheek. Both happened upon an acting career, at age 21, after being discovered by Loretta Young for her TV show, while sitting in a ...
--Dallas (TV Series) --Guns Of Will Sonnett (TV Series) --Dirty Sally (TV Series) --Which Way To The Front--
Writer | Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma
Pier Paolo Pasolini achieved fame and notoriety long before he entered the film industry. A published poet at 19, he had already written numerous novels and essays before his first screenplay in 1954. His first film Accattone (1961) was based on his own novel and its violent depiction of the life ...
--The Canterbury Tales-- --Il Gobbo-- --The Decameron-- --S.P.Q.R.--
76. Rudolf Nureyev
Actor | Valentino
He was an ethnic Tatar. He was educated at the Leningrad Ballet School and starred with Kirov Ballet. His first film was a USSR short Le Corsaire (1958). While performing in Paris in 1961 he defected to the West. He then performed internationally, becoming an Austrian citizen in 1982. The English/...
--Valentino-- --Exposed-- --Nijinsky: Unfinished Project-- --Coup de Foudre--
77. Ramon Novarro
Actor | Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
Ramon Novarro was born José Ramón Gil Samaniego on February 6, 1899 in Durango, Mexico, to Leonor (Gavilan) and Dr. Mariano N. Samaniego Siqueiros, a prosperous dentist. Ramon and his family moved to Los Angeles in 1913, as refugees from the Mexican Revolution. After stints as a ballet dancer, ...
--Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ (1925)-- --Mata Hari-- --Across to Singapore-- --Heller In Pink Tights--
78. Jackie Curtis
Actor | Women in Revolt
Jackie's friendship and professional association with Andy Warhol began in the mid-1960s. He appeared in director Paul Morrissey's Women in Revolt (1971) with Candy Darling and Holly Woodlawn and Flesh (1968) with Joe Dallesandro and Candy Darling, presented by Andy Warhol. For these unique films, ...
--WR: Mysteries Of The Organism-- --Flesh-- --Women In Revolt-- --Underground U.S.A.--
79. Robert Drivas
Actor | Cool Hand Luke
Actor-turned-director Robert Drivas showed dark, brooding power and strong potential on the 60s stage, film and TV but, in the long run, did not achieve the kind of success he deserved. Born on November 21, 1935, the Coral Gables, Florida native initially studied his craft at the Universities of ...
--Cool Hand Luke-- --The Illustrated Man-- --Road Movie-- --Where It's At--
80. James Mitchell
Actor | All My Children
James Mitchell was born on February 29, 1920 in Sacramento, California, USA. He was an actor, known for All My Children (1970), Colorado Territory (1949) and The Toast of New Orleans (1950). He died on January 22, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
--The Band Wagon-- --The Peacmaker-- --The Turning Point-- --All My Children--
81. Gene Anthony Ray
Actor | Fame
Born on May 24, 1962, in Harlem. Attended Julia Richmond High School, where he performed in a dance class, and later auditioned for Louis Falco, the choreographer for the film, Fame (1980). Actually attended New York's "High School of the Performing Arts" for a year, before being kicked out. He was...
--Fame-- --Fame (TV Series)-- --Out-Of-Sync-- --Eddie--
82. Tom Tryon
Actor | The Cardinal
Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Tom Tryon--son of clothier Arthur Lane Tryon and not, as is commonly believed--actor Glenn Tryon--grew up in Wethersfield, Connecticut. In 1943 he enlisted in the US Navy and served in the South Pacific until 1946. After his discharge he joined the Cape Playhouse in ...
--The Cardinal-- --I Married A Monster From Outer Space-- --In Harms Way-- --Three Violent People--
83. Tucker Smith
Actor | West Side Story
Tucker Smith was born on April 24, 1936 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Thomas William Smith. He was an actor, known for West Side Story (1961), To Be or Not to Be (1983) and At Long Last Love (1975). He died on December 22, 1988 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
--West Side Story-- --Hearts Of The West-- --To Be Or Not To Be-- --At Long Last Love--
84. Alan Sues
Actor | Laugh-In
Most will remember Sues as 'Uncle Al the Kiddies Pal' from "Rowan and Martin's Laugh In". He was born Alan Grigsby Sues on March 7, 1926 in Ross, California.
--Rowan And Martins Laugh-In-- --Oh Heavenly Dog-- --Snowballing-- --Beanes Of Boston--
Actor | Ragtime
Howard E. Rollins Jr. was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1950. He was the youngest of four children born to Howard E. Rollins Sr. (steelworker) and Ruth R. Rollins (domestic worker). Rollins graduated from Towson State College, where he studied theater. His first break into acting came when a ...
--In The Heat Of The Night (TV Series) --On The Block-- --A Soldiers Story-- --Ragtime--
86. Harry Andrews
Actor | The Hill
British character actor Harry Andrews had the sort of massive granite face and square jaw that would stamp that career, but he set himself apart with brilliant stage and screen work. He had graduated from Wrekin College in Shropshire and then moved on to the stage, appearing with Liverpool ...
----The Battle Of Britain-- --The Ruling Class-- --Equus-- --Superman--
87. Monty Woolley
Actor | The Man Who Came to Dinner
Large and hearty Monty Woolley was born to privilege on August 17, 1888, the son of a hotel proprietor who owned the Marie Antoinette Hotel on Broadway. A part of Manhattan's elite social circle at a young age, he studied at both Yale (Master's degree) and Harvard and returned to Yale as an English...
--The Man Who Came to Dinner-- --Night And Day-- --The Bishop's Wife-- --Holy Matrimony--
88. Craig Slocum
Actor | Dark Shadows
Craig Slocum was born on November 14, 1934 in New York City, New York, USA as Warren Stanley Slocum. He was an actor, known for Dark Shadows (1966) and Riot in Juvenile Prison (1959). He died on September 12, 1978 in New York City.
--Dark Shadows-- --Riot In Juvenile Prison-- --The Young Captives-- --Unwed Mother--
89. Richard Haydn
Actor | The Sound of Music
Inimitable London-born character actor, noted for his put-on nasal delivery and pompous, fussy manner. Richard Haydn had a laborious start to his show business career, selling tickets in the box office of London's Daly Theatre. This was followed by an unsuccessful stint with a comedy act in musical...
--The Sound Of Music-- --Young Frankenstein-- --Mutiny On The Bounty-- --Please Don't Eat The Daisies--
90. George Grizzard
Actor | Flags of Our Fathers
In retrospect, he was considered an actor's actor to be sure. Renowned theater performer George Grizzard would make his biggest impact under the Tony-winning Broadway lights in a career spanning over five decades. Born an only child on April 1, 1928, in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, George Cooper...
--Advise And Consent-- --Seems Like Old Times-- --Bachelor Party-- --Happy Birthday, Wanda June-- --Comes A Horseman--
91. Robert Helpmann
Actor | Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Son of James Murray Helpmann & Mary (nee Gardiner), he was educated at Prince Alfred's College, Adelaide, South Australia. He first danced solo at the Theatre Royal, Adelaide in The Ugly Duckling in 1922. He went on to become the pricipal dancer at Sadlers Wells ballet from 1933 to 1950. World ...
--Chitty Chitty Bang Bang-- --Henry V-- --The Red Shoes-- --Iron Petticoat--
92. Leslie Cheung
Actor | Ah fei zing zyun
Leslie Cheung was the youngest of 10 children. His father was tailor to the late William Holden. Leslie's parents divorced when he was young, and he claims this is one reason for his disinterest in marriage. Following graduation from secondary school, he studied at Leeds University in Great Britain...
--Farewell My Concubine-- --Happy Together-- --A Better Tomorrow-- --Days Of Being Wild--
Director | Églantine
One of the most popular and respected actors to come from the French "New Wave" film movement, Jean-Claude Brialy was born to a military family, which included one brother, in French colonial Algeria on March 30, 1933. Residing in various places while his father, a colonel with the French Army, ...
--Claire's Knee-- --The Bride Wore Black--
94. Stanley Kamel
Actor | Domino
Stanley Kamel was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey on January 1, 1943 and was raised in South River, New Jersey. He attended school at Rutgers Prepatory School in Somerset, New Jersey and graduated from Boston University School of Fine Arts in 1965. Kamel got his start in acting with bit parts ...
--Inland Empire-- --Domino-- --Monk: TV Series--
95. Robert Arthur
Actor | Ace in the Hole
American actor, primarily of youthful secondary roles. He studied at the University of Washington. He maintained a concurrent career as a radio announcer.
--12 O'Clock High-- --Yellow Sky-- --Green Grass Of Wyoming-- --Ace In The Hole--
96. Joel Crothers
Actor | Dark Shadows
Joel Crothers was born on January 28, 1941 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA as Joel Anthony Crothers. He was an actor, known for Dark Shadows (1966), The Edge of Night (1956) and Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955). He died on November 6, 1985 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
--Dark Shadows: TV soap-- --The Edge Of Night-- --Santa Barbara-- --First Ladies Diaries--
97. Ernest Thesiger
Actor | Bride of Frankenstein
Although he made nearly 60 films in a 50-year acting career, it is for the two he made with director James Whale that Ernest Thesiger will be best remembered. Born Ernest Frederic Graham Thesiger in London on January 15, 1879, he was the grandson of the first Baron of Chelmsford. Educated at ...
--The Bride Of Frankenstein-- --Sons And Lovers-- --The Man In The White Suite-- --They Drive By Night--
98. Ray Stricklyn
Actor | Young Jesse James
Born in Houston, Texas just prior to the beginning of the Great Depression, Ray Stricklyn felt the urge to perform from his earliest years. From stage roles in his hometown, to parts in regional theater and Broadway, Ray made the jump from the stage to acting on both the large and small screens ...
--The Lost World-- --Young Jesse James-- --The Return Of Dracula-- --The Catered Affair--
99. Roger Rees
Actor | The Prestige
Like a number of British actors of the same generation (John Hurt and Alan Rickman, to name two), Roger Rees originally trained for the visual arts. He was born on May 5 1944 in Aberystwyth, Wales, and acted in church and Boy Scouts stage productions while growing up in South London, but studied ...
--Cheers: TV Series-- --The Prestige-- --The Scorpion King--
100. Richard Cromwell
Actor | Men of the Hour
With smooth, boyish good looks, Richard Cromwell had the makings of a Hollywood star while talking movies were in their infancy. Falling far short of that goal, some of which was his own doing, he is hardly remembered today. The equivalent back then in fresh-faced, fair-haired appeal to 60s Dr. ...
--Emma-- --Young Mr. Lincoln-- --Jezebel--