The Men Of Cult Horror, Cult Action, Cult Musical, Cult Science Fiction, Cult Main Stream And Cult Exploitation Films.

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Joe Dallesandro
Actor, The Limey
Joe Dallesandro's still hangin' . . . after battles with drug addiction and alcohol, brushes with the law, three broken marriages and numerous love affairs, plus the suicide of his only sibling Bob. One of the most beautifully photographed wild guys to come out of the Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey "Factory" era...
“ --Flesh-- --Trash-- --Heat-- --Blood For Dracula--
--Flesh For Frankenstein-- --Garden Of Death--
--Lonesome Cowboys-- --Beefcake-- --Cry Baby--
--Black Moon-- --The Savage Three-- Madness--
--The Cotton Club-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Sid Haig
Tall, bald and nearly always bearded, Sid Haig has provided hulking menace to many a low-budget exploitation film and high-priced action film. Sid Haig was born Sidney Eddie Mosesian on July 14, 1939 in Fresno, California, a screaming ball of hair. His parents, Roxy (Mooradian) and Haig Mosesian, an electrician...
“ --Spider Baby-- --THX 1138-- --The Big Doll House--
---Black Mama White Mama-- --Savage Sisters-- --Warlords--
--Galaxy Of Terror-- -Blood Bath-- --The Woman Hunt--
--Jackie Brown-- House Of 1000 Corpses-- --The Devils Rejects--
--C. C. And Company-- --Kill Bill Vol. 2-- --Beyond Atlantis--
--Pit Stop-- --Night Of The Living Dead 3D-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Bruce Campbell
In 1979 with his Detroit friends, Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell raised $350,000 for a low-budget film, The Evil Dead, in which he starred and co-executive produced. Completed piecemeal over four years, the film first gained notoriety in England where it became the best-selling video of 1983...
“ --The Evil Dead-- --Crime Wave-- --Evil Dead II--
--Maniac Cop-- --Maniac Cop II--
--Mindwarp-- --Lunatics: A Love Story--
--Wax Work II: Lost In Time-- --Army Of Darkness--
--Bubba Ho-Tep-- --The Man With The Screaming Brain--
--My Name Is Bruce-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Fred Williamson
Former Oakland Raiders/Kansas City Chiefs football star who rose to prominence as one of the first African-American male action stars of the "blaxploitation" genre of the early 1970s, who has since gone on to a long and illustrious career as an actor, director, writer, and producer! Burly, yet handsome 6' 3" Williamson first came to attention in the TV series Julia playing love interest...
“ --M*A*S*H-- --Legend Of *beep* Charlie-- --Hammer--
--Black Caesar-- --One Down, Two To Go-- --Hell Up In Harlem--
--The Soul On *beep* Charlie-- --The Inglorious Bastards--
--That Man Bolt-- --Crazy Joe-- --Black Eye-- --The Hard Way--
--Boss *beep* --Buck Town-- --Mean Johnny Barrows--
--Take A Hard Ride-- --From Dusk Till Dawn-- --
--Original Gangstas-- Zombie Apocalypse-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Richard O'Brien
Born in Cheltenham, England, Richard Smith's family moved to Tauranga, New Zealand, in 1951 when his father, an accountant, decided to become a sheep farmer. Watching horror and science-fiction double features in nearby Hamilton, Smith added an interest in acting to his love of rock and roll. He moved back to England in 1964...
“ --Rocky Horror Picture Show-- --Shock Treatment--
--Flash Gordon-- --Jubilee-- --Dark City--
--The Mumbo Jumbo-- --Elvira's Haunted Hills-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Christopher Lee
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...
“ --Horror Of Dracula-- --The Mummy--
--The Brides Of Fu Manchu-- --The Gorgon--
--The Satanic Rites Of Dracula-- --To The Devil A Daughter--
--The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring--
--The Torture Chamber Of Dr. Sadism-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Jeffrey Combs
Jeffrey Combs was born on September 9th, 1954 in Oxnard, California. He grew up in Lompoc, California with a plethora of siblings both older and younger. He attended the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Santa Maria, and the Professional Actor's Training Program at the University of Washington in Seattle...
“ --Frightmare-- --Re-Animator-- --Bride Of Re-Animator--
--From Beyond-- --Cellar Dweller-- --Doctor Mordrid--
--Castle Freak-- -The Frighteners-- --Cyber Stalker--
--House On Haunted Hill-- --Beyond Re-Animator--
--Night Of The Living Dead 3D: Re-Animation-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Bruce Lee
Bruce Lee remains the greatest icon of martial arts cinema and a key figure of modern popular media. Had it not been for Bruce Lee and his movies in the early 1970s, it's arguable whether or not the martial arts film genre would have ever penetrated and influenced mainstream North American and European cinema and audiences the way it has over the past four decades...
“ --Enter The Dragon-- --Fists Of Fury--
--The Way Of The Dragon-- --Marlowe--
--The Chinese Connection-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Bud Cort
Actor, Dogma
Bud Cort, American actor/comedian, was born Walter Edward Cox in New Rochelle, New York. The second of five children, he grew up in Rye, New York, the son of Joseph P. Cox, an orchestra leader, pianist, and owner of a successful men's clothing store in Rye, and Alma M. Court a former newspaper and Life magazine reporter and an executive asst...
“ --Harold And Maude-- --M*A*S*H-- --Brewster McCloud--
--The Strawberry Statement-- --Gasssssss--
--Why Shoot The Teacher-- --Die Laughing-- --Son Of Hitler--
--Invaders From Mars-- --Out Of The Dark-- --Ted and Venus--
--Dogma-- --Pollock-- --The Life Aquatic-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
David Carradine
David Carradine was born in Hollywood, California, the eldest son of legendary character actor John Carradine, and his wife, Ardanelle Abigail (McCool). He presided over an acting family that included brothers Keith Carradine and Robert Carradine as well as his daughters Calista Carradine and Kansas Carradine, and nieces Ever Carradine and Martha Plimpton...
“ --Death Race 2000-- --Deathsport-- --Cannonball--
--Boxcar Bertha-- --Thunder And Lighting-- --Circle Of Iron--
--Q The Winged Serpent-- --Safari 3000-- --Warlords--
--Sonny Boy-- --Crime Zone-- --Evil Toons-- --Kill Bill-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
James Dean
James Byron Dean was born February 8, 1931 in Marion, Indiana, to Mildred Marie (Wilson) and Winton A. Dean, a farmer turned dental technician. His mother died when Dean was nine, and he was subsequently raised on a farm by his aunt and uncle in Fairmount, Indiana. After grade school, he moved to New York to pursue his dream of acting...
“ --Rebel Without A Cause--
--East Of Eden--
--Giant- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Jorge Rivero
Actor, Rio Lobo
Very handsome and muscular Mexican leading man of Spanish origin, on-screen from the mid-1960s. Ironically, in his debut film he played a masked wrestler and his face was never shown. Rivero soon became a sex symbol and a major box-office star, and was called by Hollywood to star with John Wayne in Howard Hawks's Rio Lobo...
“ --Conquest-- --Werewolf-- Soldier Blue-- Fist Fighter-- --Hit Man--
--Rio Lobo-- The Popcorn Chronicles-- --Killing Machine--
--Bordello-- --Manaos-- --The Last Hard Men--
--The Sins Of Adam And Eve-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
David Lochary
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 Lochary to Waters in the mid-1960s...
“ -- Eat Your Makeup-- --Mondo Trasho--
--The Diane Linkletter Story-- -- Multiple Maniacs--
-- Pink Flamingos-- --Female Trouble-- -- Lady Divine-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Danny Trejo
Actor, Machete
Danny Trejo was born Dan Trejo in Echo Park, Los Angeles, to Alice (Rivera) and Dan Trejo, a construction worker. A child drug addict and criminal, Trejo was in and out of jail for 11 years. While serving time in San Quentin, he won the lightweight and welterweight boxing titles. Imprisoned for armed robbery and drug offenses...
“ --Machete-- --Machete Kills-- --From Dusk Till Dawn--
--Once Upon A Time In Mexico-- --Anaconda-- --Desperado--
--The Devil's Rejects-- --Zombie Hunter-- --L.A. Slasher--
--Bad Asses-- --Desperado-- --Volcano Zombies--
--The Replacement Killers-- --From Dusk Till Dawn 2/3-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Peter Fonda
Actor, Easy Rider
Peter Henry Fonda was born in New York City, to legendary screen star Henry Fonda and New York socialite Frances Seymour Brokaw. He is the brother of actress Jane Fonda and the father of actress Bridget Fonda. His ancestry includes Dutch, English, Scottish, and distant French and Italian...
“ --The Wild Angles-- --The Trip-- --Spirits Of The Dead--
--Easy Rider-- --Dirty Mary And Crazy Larry--
--Race With The Devil--
--Future World-- --High Ballin'-- --Spasms-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Adam Roarke
Burly Brooklyn-born tough guy Adam Roarke made an infamous name for himself in 1960s biker flicks, usually donning a black leather jacket and a mean, mean scowl, typically the head of a bunch of hell-raisers. Nine of his more than 30 films would be in motorcycle movies, sometimes at odds with young rebel Jack Nicholson before his 'Easy Rider' fame...
“ --Hells Angels On Wheels-- --Psych-Out-- --Hell's Belles--
--Nam's Angels-- --Frogs-- --Dirty Mary And Crazy Larry--
--The Stunt Man-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Mike Henry
Mike Henry was born August 15th, 1936. He was an athletic professional football player at the time he entered the movies. He played for the Pittsburgh Steelers (1958-61) and the Los Angeles Rams (1962-64). During part of that time (1961-64) he was under contract with Warner Brothers and played a variety of bit parts (TV's Surfside 6...
“ --Tarzan And the Jungle Boy--
--Tarzan And The Great River--
--Tarzan And The Valley Of Gold--
--Smokey And The Bandit--
--Smokey And The Bandit II--
--Smokey And The Bandit Part 3--
--Adios Amigo--
--Number One--
--More Dead Than Alive--
--The Longest Yard-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Jim Brown
Often mentioned as the greatest player in NFL history, this ruggedly handsome African American fullback for the Cleveland Browns first appeared on movie screens in the western Rio Conchos, followed by a strong supporting role as convict commando "Jefferson" in the terrific WW2 action film The Dirty Dozen...
“ -- The Dirty Dozen-- --Black Gun-- --Slaughter--
-- Slaughter's Big Rip-Off-- --Riot-- --Three The Hard Way--
-- I Escaped From Devils Island-- --Fingers-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Peter Cushing
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...
“ --The Curse Of Frankenstein-- --The Horror Of Dracula--
--The Mummy-- --The Hell Fire Club-- --The Skull--
--Dr, Who And The Daleks--
--Frankenstein Created Woman---
--Scream And Scream Again-- --Asylum-- --MadHouse--
-- The Creeping Flesh-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Chief Dan George
Chief Dan George played old Moses Paul in 'Spirit of the Wind', a film made in 1979 by John Logue and Ralph Liddle that was never released in the US until recently. Chief Dan George's maturity as an actor in this film, his last, playing a scruffy, venerable trainer of sled-dogs, provided an aura of authenticity to the strenuous efforts of first-time actor Pius Savage to play George Attla...
“ --Little Big Man-- --Smith-- --Alien Thunder--The Bears And I--
--Harry And Tonto-- --Shadow Of The Hawk--
--The Outlaw Josey Wales-- --Americathon-- --Nothing Personal-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Steve Reeves
Though he did not possess a Herculean acting talent by any stretch, handsome bodybuilder Steve Reeves certainly had an enviable Herculean physique, and made plenty good use of it in Europe during the late 1950s and early 1960s portraying some of filmdom's most famous bronzed gods. Reeves was originally a Montana boy born on a cattle ranch in 1926...
“ --Jail Bate-- --Hercules-- --Hercules Unchained--
--Goliath And The Barbarians-- --Morgan The Pirate--
--The Trojan Horse-- --The Slave-- --The Giant Of Marathon-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Robert Walker Jr.
Actor, Easy Rider
Born at Queens Hospital on April 14, 1940. As the son of actors Robert Walker and Jennifer Jones, Robert Walker Jr. certainly had the right pedigree to make the grade in Hollywood. His parents separated when Robert was only three, and at age 9 his stepfather became the powerful film mogul David O. Selznick who by this time had already taken firm control of his mother's career...
“ --Beware! The Blob-- --The Demonsville Terror-- --Hex--
--Young Billy Young-- --The Happening-- -- The Savage Seven--
--Easy Rider-- --Evil Town-- --Killers Three--
--Olivia-- --The Ceremony-- --The Man From O.R.G.Y.--
--Angkor: Cambodia Express-- --Gone With The West-- --Eve-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Dennis Hopper
Actor, Speed
With an amazing cinematic career of more than five decades, Dennis Hopper was a multi-talented and unconventional actor/director, regarded by many as one of the true "enfants terribles" of Hollywood. Hopper was born on May 17, 1936 in Dodge City, Kansas, to Marjorie Mae (Davis) and James Millard Hopper...
“ --Rebel Without A Cause-- --Naked Tide-- --Queen Of Blood--
--The Trip-- --Easy Rider-- --Tracks-- --The American Friend--
--Blood Bath-- --Out Of The Blue-- --Red Rock West--
--The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2-- --The Keeper--
--Land Of The Dead-- --House Of 9-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
The Marx Brothers
Actor, Duck Soup
The Marx Brothers, Groucho, Chico, Harpo and Zeppo are a group of actors known for Duck Soup (1933), Animal Crackers (1930) Horse Feathers (1932) A Night in Casablanca (1946) A Day at the Races (1937) and A Night at the Opera (1935). They began their careers in Vaudeville, before becoming stars in the movies.
“ --Duck Soup-- --The Cocoanuts-- --Animal Crackers--
--Monkey Business-- --Horse Feathers-- --Room Service--
--A Day At The Races-- --A Night At The Opera-- --Go West--
--The Big Store-- --A night In Casablanca-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
George Reeves
George Reeves was born George Keefer Brewer in Woolstock, Iowa, to Helen Roberta (Lescher) and Donald C. Brewer. He was of German, English, and Scottish descent. Reeves was raised in Pasadena, California, and educated at Pasadena Junior College. He was a skilled amateur boxer and musician. He interned as an actor at the famed Pasadena Playhouse...
“ --Gone With The Wind-- --Rancho Notorious--
--The Adventures Of Superman (TV Series)--
--So Proudly We Hail-- --The Mutineers-- --Tear Gas Squad--
--Jungle Goddess-- --Special Agent-- --Jungle Jim--
--Superman And The Mole People-- --Bugles In The Afternoon-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
John Carradine
John Carradine, the son of a reporter/artist and a surgeon, grew up in Poughkeepsie, New York. He attended Christ Church School and Graphic Art School, studying sculpture, and afterward roamed the South selling sketches. He made his acting debut in "Camille" in a New Orleans theatre in 1925. Arriving in Los Angeles in 1927...
“ --Voodoo Man-- --Captive Wild Woman--
--The Hound Of The Baskerville (1939)-- --The Mummy's Ghost--
--Revenge Of The Zombies (1943)-- --House Of Frankenstein --
--Johnny Guitar-- --The Unearthly--
--Sex Kittens Go To College--
--The Wizard Of Mars-- --Billy Kid vs Dracula--
--Hillbilly's In A Haunted House-- --Astro Zombies--
--Boxcar Bertha-- --Big Foot-- --The Howling-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Malcolm McDowell
Malcolm John Taylor was born on June 13, 1943 in Leeds, England, to working-class parents Edna (McDowell), a hotelier, and Charles Taylor, a publican. His father was an alcoholic. Malcolm hated his parents' ways. His father was keen to send his son to private school to give him a good start in life...
“ --If...-- --A Clockwork Orange-- --O Lucky Man!-- --
--The Royal Flash-- --Caligula-- --Cat People-- --Get Crazy--
--Britannia Hospital-- --Moon 44-- --Class Of 1999--
--Tank Girl-- --Disturbed--
--Halloween (2007)-- --Zombex-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Richard Roundtree
Actor, Se7en
Richard Roundtree's iconic career began while attending Southern Illinois University where he was on a football scholarship. After being spotted Richard signed with Johnson Publications to model in their Ebony Fashion Fair, touring 79 cities in 90 days. But rather than returning to school, Roundtree headed off to his home state of New York to begin acting lessons...
“ --Shaft-- --Shaft's Big Score-- --Earthquake--
--Shaft In Africa-- --Portrait Of A Hitman-- --An Eye For An Eye--
--Q The Winged Serpent-- --Maniac Cop-- --Getting Even--
--Angle III: The Final Chapter-- --Original Gangstas-- --Seven-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
John Agar
John Agar was born in Chicago, the eldest of four children. In World War II, Sgt. John Agar was a United States Army Air Force physical instructor. His 1945 marriage at the Wilshire Memorial Church to "America's Sweetheart" Shirley Temple put him in the public eye for the first time, and a movie contract with independent producer David O. Selznick quickly ensued...
“ --Tarantula-- --The Mole People--
--Daughter Of Dr Jekyll-- --The Brain From Planet Arous--
--Curse Of The Swamp Creature-- --Hand Of Death--
--Zontar: The Thing From Venus--
--Women Of The Prehistoric Planet-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Nick Adams
Nick Adams, best known to audiences as Johnny Yuma of the TV series The Rebel, played leads and supporting parts in many films of the 1950s, often cast in the same "troubled young man" mold as his good friend, James Dean. He was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in Twilight of Honor He died in 1968 due to an overdose of drugs he was taking for a nervous disorder.
“ -- Rebel Without A Cause-- --Invasion Of The Astro-Zombie--
-- Mission Mars-- --Sing Boy Sing-- -- Pillow Talk--
-- Frankenstein Conquers The World-- --Die Monster Die--
-- Monster Of Terror-- --Young Dillinger-- --No Time For Sargeants-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
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...
“ --Frankenstein-- --Bride Of Frankenstein--
--The Old Dark House--
--The Mummy-- --The Black Cat-- --Corridors Of Blood--
--The Raven-- --The Terror-- --Black Sabbath--
--Did Monster Die-- --Curse Of The Crimson Alter--
--Island Of The Snake People-- --Alien Terror-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Grant Williams
As a child, Williams acted in summer stock productions. After graduation from high school he joined the Air Force for a four-year stint. Then, returning to New York, he took acting classes with Lee Strasberg. A few minor Broadway roles followed as did parts on some live TV dramas. One of these parts caught the eye of a talent agent and Williams signed with Universal in 1956...
“ -- The Incredible Shrinking Man-- --The Monolith Monsters--
--The Leech Woman-- --Susan Slade-- --Brain Of Blood--
--Doomsday Machine-- --The Couch-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Buster Crabbe
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)...
“ --Flash Gordon (1936)-- --Flash Gordon's Trip To Mars--
--Flash Gordon Conquers The Universe-- --Tarzan The Fearless--
--Buck Rogers-- --Billy The Kids Smoking Gun--
--The Kid Rides Again-- --Pirates Of The High Sea--
--Tip-Off Girls-- --Alien Dead-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Richard Carlson
The son of an attorney, Richard Carlson had an introspective quality to his performances and looked every inch the academic he first aspired to be. Following his graduation from the University of Minnesota with a Master's Degree in English, the tall, dark-haired youth had a brief stint as a drama teacher at his alma mater...
“ --It Came From Outer Space--
--Creature From The Black Lagoon--
--Magnetic Monster-- --Riders To The Sky-- --Tormented--
--Amazing Mr. X-- --The Power-- --Change Of Habit--
--The Valley Of Gwangi-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Dick Miller
A native of the Bronx, New York, Richard "Dick" Miller served in the U.S. Navy for a few years and earned a prize title as a middleweight boxer. He settled in Los Angeles in the mid-1950s, where he was noticed by producer/director Roger Corman, who cast him in most of his low-budget films, usually playing unlikeable sorts...
“ --A bucket Of Blood-- --The Trip-- --Piranha-- --The Terror--
--Little Shop Of Horror-- --Student Teachers-- --Big Bad Mama--
--Space Raiders-- --Not Of This Earth-- --Gremlins--
--Gremlins II: The New Batch-- --Evil Toons-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Elisha Cook Jr.
He debuted on stage at age 14 and worked in vaudeville, stock companies and Broadway. His only film appearance prior to 1936 was re-playing his stage role, the romantic juvenile lead, in Her Unborn Child. After more work on Broadway, he settled in Hollywood in 1936. From then on, he played type-cast small-time gangsters...
“ --The Killing-- --Voodoo Island-- --The House On Haunted Hill--
--One-Eyed Jacks-- --Black Zoo-- --The Haunted Palace--
--The Great Bank Robbery-- --Blacula-- --Rosemary"s Baby--
--Messiah Of Evil-- --Electra Glide In Blue-- --Carny-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Bela Lugosi
Actor, Dracula
Bela Lugosi was born Béla Ferenc Dezsö Blaskó on October 20, 1882, Lugos, Hungary, Austria-Hungary (now Lugoj, Romania), to Paula de Vojnich and István Blaskó, a banker. He was the youngest of four children. During WWI, he volunteered and was commissioned as an infantry lieutenant, and was wounded three times...
“ -- Dracula-- -- White Zombie-- -- The Black Cat--
-- Island Of Lost Souls-- -- The Return Of Chandu--
-- Mark Of The Vampire-- -- Glen Or Glenda--
-- Plan 9 From Outer Space-- --The Devil Bat--
--Bride Of The Monster-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Franco Nero
Blue-eyed and well-built Italian actor in international cinema, Franco Nero, was a painting photographer when he was discovered as an actor by director John Huston. He has since appeared in more than 200 movies around the world, working with Europe's top directors, such as Luis Buñuel, Rainer Werner Fassbinder...
“ --Django (1966)-- --War Of The Planets-- --Hitch Hike--
--Submission-- --Querelle-- --Enter The Ninja--
--Force 10 From Navarone-- --Blue Eyed Bandit--
--Death Rite-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Antonio Fargas
A tall, lanky and twinkle-eyed African-American actor with wonderful onscreen charisma, Antonio Fargas has been appearing on stage and screen for nearly 40 years. His film debut was in Shirley Clarke's The Cool World, a gritty, uncompromising tale about African-American youth growing up in Harlem...
“ --Putney Swoope-- --Cisco Pike-- --Across 110th Street--
--Cleopatra Jones-- --Busting-- --Foxy Brown--
--Cornbread, Earl And Me-- --Next Stop Greenwich Village--
--Pretty Baby-- --Crimewave-- --Street Walkin'-- --Whore--
-- Car Wash-- --Gator King-- --Sucker Punch-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Charles Napier
Lively character actor who usually plays bodybuilding military types and menacing bad guys. Charles Napier's roles have changed little since his debut in Russ Meyer's Cherry, Harry & Raquel!. Napier went on appearing in other Meyer movies, including the homicidal Harry Sledge in Supervixens and also became a regular playing smaller roles for Jonathan Demme...
“ --Cherry, Harry & Raquel!-- --Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls--
--Supervixens-- --Thunder And Lighting-- --Handle With Care--
--Rambo: First Blood Part II-- --The Night Stalker-- --Deep Space--
--Maniac Cop 2-- --Original Gangstas-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Tab Hunter
Dreamy Tab Hunter stands out in film history as one of the hottest teen idols of the 1950s era. With blond, tanned, surfer-boy good looks, he was artificially groomed and nicknamed "The Sigh Guy" by the Hollywood studio system, yet managed to continue his career long after his "golden boy" prime. Hunter was born Arthur Kelm on July 11...
“ --Damn Yankees-- --The Loved One-- --Ride The Wild Surf--
--City In The Sea-- --Birds Do It-- --Operation Bikini--
--Polyester-- --Grease 2-- --Lust In The Dust--
--Grotesque-- --Out Of The Dark-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Ron O'Neal
Actor, Super Fly
Forever tagged as the super baaaaaaad "Super Fly," actor Ron O'Neal has spent his entire post 70s career trying to break the chains of a stereotype that made him his fortune. Of tough, humble beginnings, Ron was the son of a wannabe jazz musician who became a factory worker in order to support the family...
“ --Super Fly-- --Super Fly TNT-- --The Master Gun Fighter--
--Brothers-- --A Force Of One-- --When A Stranger Calls--
--The Final Countdown-- --Red Dawn-- --Zombie Death House--
--Original Gangstas-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Rory Calhoun
Actor, The Texan
Rory Calhoun was born Francis Timothy McCown in Los Angeles, the son of Elizabeth Cuthbert and James McCown. Rory starred in over 80 films and 1,000 television episodes. Before becoming an actor he worked as a boxer, a lumberjack, a truck driver and a cowpuncher. Tall and handsome, he benefited from a screen test at 20th Century-Fox...
“ --Night Of The Lepus-- --Mule Feathers-- --Motel Hell--
--Angel-- --Avenging Angel-- --Hell Comes To Frog Town--
--Love And The Midnight Auto Supply-- --Revenge Of Big Foot--
--Smokey And The Judge-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
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...
“ --House Of Wax-- --The Mad Magician--
--The Fly-- --The Tingler-- --The Return Of The Fly--
--The House Of Usher-- --The Ten Commandments--
--The Raven-- --Dr. Goldfoot And The Girl Bombs--
--Scream And Scream Again-- --Theater Of Blood--
--The Abominable Dr. Phibes-- --Madhouse--
--Edward Sissorhands-- --Master Of The World-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Bruce Dern
Actor, Nebraska
Bruce Dern was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Jean (MacLeish) and John Dern, an attorney and utility chief. His paternal grandfather, George Henry Dern, served as Governor of Utah (1925-1933) and then U.S. Secretary of War (1933-1936). His ancestry includes German, English, Scottish, and Dutch. Bruce Dern had established himself as the movies' premier heavy...
“ --Hush, Hush...Sweet Charlotte-- --The Wild Angles--
--The Trip-- --The St. Valentine's Day Massacre-- --Psych-Out--
--Cycle Savages-- --Bloody Mama-- --Silent Running--
--The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant-- --Black Sunday--
--Smile-- --The Driver-- --Tattoo-- --Coffin Baby-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Tor Johnson
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...
“ --Bride Of The Monster-- --Plan 9 From Outer Space--
--Night Of The Ghouls-- --The Beast Of Yacca Flats--
--The Black Sleep-- --The Unearthly-- --The Black Sleep-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --Dolemite-- --The Human Tornado-- --Monkey Hustle--
--Petey Wheatstraw The Devils Son-In-Law-- --Disco Godfather--
--Prank-- --The Dolemite Explosion-- --The Watermelon Heist-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
William Marshall
Actor, Blacula
Dynamic African American leading man and characters actor William Marshall trained in Grand Opera, Broadway and Shakespeare. In films from the 50s and 60s including: Lydia Bailey, Something of Value, To Trap a Spy and finally known for being in The Boston Strangler with Tony Curtis. Marshall really didn't hit it big until the "blaxplotation" era of the 70s...
“ --Blacula-- --Scream Blacula Scream-- --Abby-- --Honky--
--The Great Skycopter Rescue-- --Sorceress-- --Zig Zag--
--The Hell With Heros-- --Amazon Women On The Moon--
--Dinosaur Valley Girls-- --Skullduggery-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Tim Curry
Timothy James Curry was born on April 19, 1946 in Grappenhall, Cheshire, England. His mother, Maura Patricia (Langmead), was a school secretary, and his father, James Curry, was a Methodist Royal Navy chaplain. Curry studied Drama and English at Birmingham University, from which he graduated with Combined Honors...
“ -- The Rocky Horror Picture Show-- --The Shout-- --Legend--
--The Shadow-- --Congo-- --Ritual-- --Annie--
--Time Square-- --The Ploughman's Lunch-- --Pass The Ammo--
--Clue-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
William Finley
Marvelously quirky, distinctive and versatile character actor William Franklin Finley was born on September 20, 1940 in New York City. Finley attended Columbia University, where he first met future filmmaker Brian De Palma. The lanky 6'4" Finley first began acting on the New York stage. He made his film debut in De Palma's odd short movie Woton's Wake...
“ --Phantom Of The Paradise-- --Sisters-- --Eaten Alive--
--The Funhouse-- --Silent Rage-- --The Fury-- --Night Terrors--
--Simon-- --The Wedding Party-- --Murder a la Mode--
--Dionysus-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Billy Barty
Actor, Willow
Billy Barty was born William John Bertanzetti on October 25, 1924 in Millsboro, Pennsylvania. He began performing at age three and began making pictures in 1927. He played Mickey Rooney's little brother in the "Mickey McGuire" comedy shorts series. He was equally adept in both comedy and drama, and generally gives an added zest to any production he is associated with...
“ --Willow-- -- Legend-- --Under The Rainbow-- --Foul Play--
--The Amazing Dobermans-- --Night Patrol-- --The Godmothers--
--W.C. Fields And Me-- --UHF-- --Harum Scarum--
--Skate Town U.S.A.-- --Rumpelstiltskin--
--The Day Of The Locust-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Jack Nance
Actor, Eraserhead
Born in Boston of Irish ancestry and raised in Dallas, Jack Nance traveled throughout the country doing children's theater. For eight years, he performed with the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Later, he became involved with avant-garde theater. He first met David Lynch in the early 1970s in Philadelphia while he was performing in a local theater...
“ --Eraserhead-- --Blue Velvet-- --Dune-- --Lost Highway--
--Wild At Heart-- --Ghoulies-- --Meatballs 4-- --Love & A .45--
--Breaker! Breaker!-- --Voodoo-- --Little Witches-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Paul Bartel
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 short that was presented at the 1962 Venice Fiom Festival...
“ --Eating Raoul-- --Hollywood Boulevard-- --Chopping Mall--
--Rock 'n' Roll High School-- --Killer Party--
--Utterly Without Redeeming Social Value-- --Caddyshack II--
-- Scenes From The Class Struggle In Beverly Hills--
--Hi Mom-- --The Usual Suspects-- --The Pope Must Die-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Martin Kove
Martin Kove was born on March 6, 1947 in Brooklyn, New York. Strong-featured, narrow-eyed actor who has portrayed a mixed bag of both good guys and bad guys! First turned up on screen in several minor roles, and got himself noticed as the villainous Nero the Hero in the low-budget road race Death Race 2000...
“ --Women In Revolt-- --Savages--
--The Last House On The Left--
--The Groove Tube-- --Death Race 2000-- --The White Buffalo--
--Laboratory-- --Bloodtide-- --Rambo: First Blood Part II--
--Karate Kid-- --Karate Kid Part II-- --Karate Kid III--
--Lighting In A Bottle-- --Future Shock-- --Steel Justice-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Woody Strode
Played college football and broke color barrier at the same time as Kenny Washington. Met his wife, a Hawaiian princess and stand-in for the swim sequences for Dorothy Lamour. Woody played for the Los Angeles Rams after their move from Cleveland. He was also a professional wrestler, wrestling the likes of Gorgeous George...
“ --Spartacus-- --The Last Voyage-- --The Ten Commandments--
--Tarzan's Three Challenges-- --Genghis Khan-- --Black Jesus--
--Once Upon A Time In The West-- --Che-- --The Revengers-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Gordon Scott
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 The Magnificent-- -- Tarzan's Fight For Life--
--Duel Of The Titans-- -- Hercules and The Princess Of Troy--
--Goliath And The Vampires-- -- Danger Death Ray-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Andrew Prine
Actor, Gettysburg
Appearing on Broadway, Andrew Prine soared to recognition in the leading role of the Pulitzer Prize winning play, Look Homeward Angel, and in his film role in the Academy award winner, The Miracle Worker. He has worked with Hollywood legends such as John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, William Holden, Glenn Ford...
“ --Simon, King Of The Witches--
--The Centerfold Girls-- --Nightmare Circus-- --Grizzly--
--The Town That Dreaded Sundown-- --The Evil--
--Amityville Horror II: The Possession-- --Eliminators--
--Hannah: Queen Of The Vampires-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Ben Johnson
Born in Oklahoma, Ben Johnson was a ranch hand and rodeo performer when, in 1940, Howard Hughes hired him to take a load of horses to California. He decided to stick around (the pay was good), and for some years was a stunt man, horse wrangler, and double for such stars as John Wayne, Gary Cooper and James Stewart...
“ --One-Eyed Jack-- --The Wild Bunch-- --Hang 'Em High--
--The Getaway-- --The Last Picture Show-- --Dillinger--
--The Sugarland Express-- --Terror Train-- --Tex--
--Red Dawn-- --Cherry 2000-- --The Town That Dreaded Sundown--
--Shane-- --She Wore A Yellow Ribbon-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Gerrit Graham
Gerrit Graham was born on November 27, 1949 in New York City. He grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, Chicago, Illinois and Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Gerrit made his acting debut at age eight in a Detroit Art Institute stage production of "Winnie the Pooh." Graham was the president of the dramatic association...
“ --Greetings-- --Phantom Of The Paradise-- --Pretty Baby--
--Chopping Mall-- --It's Alive: Island Of The Alive--
--Demon Seed-- --Child's Play II-- --TerrorVision--
--Used Cars-- --C.H.U.D. II: Bud The Chud-- --Martians Go Home--
--Stick It To Detroit-- --Home Movies-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Geoffrey Lewis
Talented and highly capable character actor Geoffrey Lewis, with rustic (sometimes sour-faced) looks, grew up in Rhode Island but was moved out to California at the age of ten. Lewis was very keen on the dramatic arts at high school, but often preferred to put on his own one-man shows rather than participate in larger school productions...
“ --Dillinger-- --My Name Is Nobody-- --Macon County Line--
--Thunderbolt And Lightfoot-- --Smile-- --Lucky Lady--
--The Great Waldo Pepper-- --Bronco Billy-- --Disturbed--
--Every Which Way You Can-- --Every Which Way But Loose--
--Night Of The Comet-- --Lust In The Dust-- --Salem's Lot--
--Lawnmower Man-- --The Devil's Rejects-- --Out Of The Dark-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Jonathan Frid
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 from the Yale School of Drama...
“ --House Of Dark Shadows--
--Night Of Dark Shadows--
--The Devils Daughter-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Lex Barker
Actor, Winnetou
Barker was a direct descendant of the founder of Rhode Island, Roger Williams, and of Sir 'William Henry Crichlow', historical governor general of Barbados. He excelled in football and track at Fessenden School and Phillips-Exeter Academy. He went to Princeton but left to become an actor. A year later he was spotted in summer stock and received a contract offer from 20th Century Fox...
“ --Tarzan And The Slave Girl-- --Tarzan And The She Devil--
--Tarzan's Savage Fury-- The Pirate And The Slave Girl--
--The Invisible Dr. Mabuse-- --The Deerslayer-- --War Drums--
--La Dolce Vita-- --Female Fiends-- --Black Devils Of Kali--
--The Price Of Fear-- --The Girl In Black Stockings-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
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...
“ --The Cool One-- --Lord Love A Duck-- --Planet Of The Apes--
--It-- Class Of 1984-- --Escape From The Planet Of The Apes--
--Fright Night-- --Pretty Maids All In A Row--
--Angel Angel Down We Go--
--Conquest Of The Planet of The Apes--
--Battle For The Planet Of The Apes-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --Danger Diabolik-- --Barbarella-- --Skidoo--
--The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad-- -- Eyes Behind The Wall--
--Attack Force Z-- --Hijacked To Hell-- --Space Mutiny--
--Death Rides A Horse-- --The Love Machine-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Udo Kier
Actor, Downsizing
Udo Kier was born October 14, 1944 in Cologne, Germany, during World War II. His entrance was just as dramatic as some of his roles. On the evening of his birth Udo's mother requested extra time with her new baby. The nurses had gathered all of the other babies and returned them to the nursery when the hospital was bombed...
“ -- Blood For Dracula-- --Flesh For Frankenstein--
--Spermula-- --Suspiria-- --Trama-- --The Story Of O--
-- Island Of The Blood Plantation-- --My Own Private Idaho--
-- Johnny Mnemonic-- --Blade-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --Bonnie And Clyde-- --The Wild Bunch-- --The Getaway--
--Junior Bonner-- --Moonshine County Express-- --Gator--
--Thunder Ball And Light Foot-- --Poor Pretty Eddie--
--Creature From Black Lake-- --Doc Hooker' Bunch--
--A Man Called Horse-- --Soggy Botton U.S.A. ” - dmclaughlinabq
David Hemmings
Actor, Gladiator
David Hemmings, one of the great English cinema icons of the 1960s, was born in Guildford, Surrey, on November 18, 1941, to a cookie merchant and his wife. He was educated at Glyn College, Epsom, but while still a child, Hemmings made his first forays into the world of entertainment. An accomplished singer...
“ -- Blow-up-- --Barbarella-- -- Deep Red-- --Sing And Swing--
-- The Girl Getters-- --Eye Of The Devil-- --Only When I Larf--
--The Love Machine-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --Curse Of The Werewolf-- --Paranoiac--
--Women In Love-- --The Devils-- --Tommy--
-- Burnt Offerings-- --The Brood-- -- Spasma--
-- Dr. Heckyl And Mr. Hype-- --The Shuttered Room--
--The Royal Flash-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
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 and Rollins College...
“ --Psycho-- -- Pretty Poison-- --The Black Hole-- --Psycho II--
--A Demon In My View-- --Mahogany-- --Play It As It Lays--
-- Crimes Of Passion-- --Edge Of Sanity--
--Psycho III-- --Psycho IV: The Beginning-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --Guns Of The Magnificent Seven-- --Boxcar Bertha-- --Gargoyles--
--Black Gun-- --Cleopatra Jones-- --Dr Black, Mr Hyde--
--The Man Who Fell To Earth-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Slim Pickens
Slim Pickens spent the early part of his career as a real cowboy and the latter part playing cowboys, and he is best remembered for a single "cowboy" image: that of bomber pilot Maj. "King" Kong waving his cowboy hat rodeo-style as he rides a nuclear bomb onto its target in the great black comedy Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb...
“ --Dr Stranglove-- --Blazzing Saddles-- --The Getaway--
--Rancho Delux-- --Ballad Of Cable Hogue-- --J.C.--
--Poor Pretty Eddie-- --Hawmps-- --White Buffalo--
--The Howling-- --Pink Motel-- --The Flim Flam Man--
--The Swarm-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
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...
“ --I'm Alright Jack-- --Lolita-- --The Pink Panther--
--Dr. Strangelove...-- --The World Of Henry Orient-- The Party--
--After The Fox-- --Casino Royale-- --Murder By Death--
--The Pink Panther Strikes Again-- -- Being There-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Paul Reubens
Paul Reubens was born Paul Rubenfeld on August 27, 1952 in Peekskill, New York, to Judy (Rosen), a teacher, and Milton Rubenfeld, a car salesman who had flown for the air forces of the U.S., U.K., and Israel, becoming one of the latter country's pioneering pilots. Paul grew up in Sarasota, Florida, where his parents owned a lamp store...
“ --Pee Wee's Big Adventure-- -- Big Top Pee Wee--
-- Back To The Beach-- --Buffy The Vampire Slayer-- --Matilda--
--Mystery Man-- --Blow-- --Pandemonium-- --
--Dunston Checks In-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Kerwin Mathews
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. Harryhausen's...
“ --The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad-- --The 3 Worlds Of Gulliver--
--Jack The Giant Killer-- --The Devil At 4 O' Clock--
--Maniac-- --Man On A String-- --Panic In Bangkok-
--Battle Beneath The Earth-- --Octaman--
--The Boy Who Cried Werewolf-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
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...
“ -- Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory--
-- The Producers-- --Blazing Saddles-- --Young Frankenstein--
--Quackser Fortune Has A Cousin In The Bronx--
--Start The Revolution Without Me-- -- Haunted Honeymoon--
-- Every Thing You Ever Wanted To Know About Sex...--
--Bonnie And Clyde-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
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...
“ -- Out Of The Past-- --Night Of The Hunter-- --Thunder Road--
-- Cape Fear-- --Secret Ceremony-- --The Big Sleep--
--Cape Fear (1991)-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Paul Winfield
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' Watts district...
“ --Damnation Alley-- --Star Trek: The Wrath Of Kahn--
--White Dog-- --Mike's Murder-- --The Terminator--
-- The Serpent And The Rainbow-- --The Legend Of Gator Face--
-- Mars Attacks-- --R.P.M. ” - dmclaughlinabq
Brad Dourif
Character actor Brad Dourif was born Bradford Claude Dourif on March 18, 1950 in Huntington, West Virginia. He is the son of Joan Mavis Felton (Bradford) and Jean Henri Dourif, a French-born art collector who owned and operated a dye factory. His father died when Dourif was three years old, after which his mother married Bill Campbell...
“ --One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest-- --Eyes Of Laura Mars--
--Wise Blood-- --Dune-- --Blue Velvet-- --Child's Play--
--Sonny Boy-- --The Exorcist III-- --Body Parts-- --Critters 4--
--Death Machine-- --Soulkeeper-- --Vlad--
--The Lord Of The Rings: The two Towers-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Ron Perlman
Actor, Hellboy
Ron Perlman is a classically-trained actor who has appeared in countless stage plays, feature films and television productions. Ronald N. Perlman was born April 13, 1950 in Washington Heights, Manhattan, New York. His mother, Dorothy (Rosen), is retired from the City Clerk's Office. His father, Bertram "Bert" Perlman...
“ --Quest For Fire-- --Ice Pirates-- --The Name Of The Rose--
--Sleep Walkers-- --Cronos-- --City Of Lost Children--
--Island Of Dr. Moreau-- --Alien: Resurrection-- --Happy Texas--
--Blade II-- --Hell Boy-- --Hell Boy II : The Golden Army--
--Rats-- --3,2,1... Frankie Go Boom-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Michael Ironside
Michael Ironside has made a strong and indelible impression with his often incredibly intense and explosive portrayals of fearsome villains throughout the years. He was born as Frederick Reginald Ironside on February 12, 1950 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Ironside was a successful arm wrestler in his teenage years...
“ --Scanners-- --Visiting Hours-- --Watchers--
--Space Hunters: Adventures In The Forbidden Zone--
--Prom Night II-- --Total Recall-- --Mutants-- --Black Ice--
--The Alphabet Killer-- --Conducting Unbecoming--
--Forced To Kill-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Harvey Keitel
American actor and producer Harvey Keitel was born on May 13, 1939 in Brooklyn, New York City. An Oscar and Golden Globe Award nominee, he has appeared in films such as Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets and Taxi Driver, Ridley Scott's The Duellists and Thelma & Louise, Peter Yates' Mother, Jugs & Speed...
“ --Who's That Knocking At My Door-- --Mean Streets--
--Taxi Driver-- --Blue Collar-- --Fingers-- --Saturn 3--
--Two Evil Eyes-- --Reservoir Dogs-- --The Bad Lieutenant--
--Pulp Fiction-- --Smoke-- --From Dusk Till Dawn--
--Moonrise Kingdom-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Peter Weller
Actor, RoboCop
Peter Frederick Weller was born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, to Dorothy Jean (Davidson) and Frederick Bradford Weller, a federal judge and career helicopter pilot for the United States Army. He traveled extensively as his father literally flew around the world. Before he was out of his teens, he had attended high schools in Heidelberg...
“ --The Adventures Of Buckaroo Bonzai ...-- --Robo Cop--
--Robo Cop 2-- --Leviathan-- --Cat Chaser-- --Naked Lunch--
--Screamers-- --The Order-- --Prey-- --Star Trek Into Darkness-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Colin Clive
Who could forget Colin Clive's "It's Alive! It's Alive!" as he melted to the floor mumbling the same over and over in ecstasy after his success at animating the Monster in the first sound version of Frankenstein. Film history - horror film history - but part of a short history for actor Colin Clive - he died at 37 years of age...
“ -- Frankenstein--
--Bride Of Frankenstein--
-- Mad Love-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Michael Gough
Actor, Batman
Tony Award-winning English actor Michael Gough, best known for playing the butler Alfred Pennyworth in the first four Batman (1989, 1992, 1995 & 1997) movies and for playing the arch-criminal Dr. Clement Armstrong in The Avengers episode "The Cybernauts", was an accomplished performer on both stage and screen...
“ --Horror Of Dracula-- --Horror Of The Black Museum--
--Konga-- --The Phantom Of The Opera-- --Black Zoo--
--Dr. Terror's House Of Horror-- --The Skull-- --Berserk--
--The Curse Of The Crimson Alter-- --Trog-- --Evil Heritage--
--Batman (1989)-- --Batman Returns-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Robert Forster
Robert Forster was born Robert Wallace Foster, Jr. in Rochester, New York, to Grace Dorothy (Montanarella) and Robert Wallace Foster, Sr., who worked as an elephant trainer and baking supply company executive. He is of English, Irish, and Italian descent. Forster first become interested in acting while attending Rochester's Madison High School...
“ --Medium Cool-- --Reflections In A Golden Eye--
--Pieces Of Dreams-- --Cover Me Babe-- --The Don Is Dead--
--Stunts-- --Avalanche-- --The Black Hole-- --Alligator--
--Vigilante-- --Satan's Princess-- --Original Gangstas--
--Jackie Brown-- --Psycho-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
John Saxon
John Saxon has appeared in nearly 200 roles in the movies and on television in a more-than half-century-long career that has stretched over seven decades since he made his big screen debut in 1954 in uncredited small roles in It Should Happen to You and George Cukor's A Star Is Born. Born Carmine Orrico on August 5...
“ --Queen Of Blood-- --Blood Beast From Outer Space--
-- The Evil Eye-- --Enter The Dragon-- --Black Christmas--
-- The Bees-- --Blood Beach-- --Battle Beyond The Stars--
--Moonshine County Express-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Lon Chaney
Although his parents were deaf-mutes, Leonidas Chaney became an actor and also owner of a theatre company (together with his brother John). He made his debut at the movies in 1912, and his filmography is vast. Lon Chaney was especially famous for his horror parts in movies like e.g. Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame...
“ --The Phantom Of The Opera--
--The Unholy Three-- --The Unknown-- --While The City Sleeps--
--London After Dark-- --The Monster-- --The Shock--
--While Paris Sleeps-- --The Hunchback Of Notre Dame-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
David Bowie
Actor, Labyrinth
David Bowie is widely regarded as one of the most influential writers of music. Born David Jones, he changed his name to Bowie in the 1960s, to avoid confusion with the then well-known Davy Jones (lead singer of The Monkees). The 1960s were not a happy period for Bowie, who remained a struggling artist...
“ --The Man Who Fell to Earth-- --The Hunger-- --Just A Gigolo--
--Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence-- --Labyrinth--
--Absolute Beginners-- --The Prestige-- --Exhuming Mr, Rice-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --Shaft-- --Shaft's Big Score-- --Cornbread, Earl And Me--
--The Hot Rock-- --Amityville Horror II: The Possession--
--Certain Fury-- --The Ninth Configuration-- --Rollerball--
--Firestarter-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Frankie Avalon
Actor, Grease
One of a spate of teen idols to come out of Philadelphia in the 1950s and 1960s, Frankie Avalon--unlike many of the others--actually had a musical background, having been taught to play the trumpet at a very young age by his father. As a youth Avalon performed in local clubs and theaters. He won a local TV talent contest playing a trumpet solo...
“ --Panic In The Year Zero--
--Beach Party-- --Muscle Beach Party-- --Bikini Beach--
--Beach Blanket Bingo-- --Fireball 500-- --Ski Party--
--Horror House-- --Grease-- --Back To The Beach--
--Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Klaus Kinski
Klaus Kinski was born Nikolaus Günther Nakszynski in Zoppot, Free City of Danzig (now Sopot, Poland), to Susanne (Lutze), a nurse, and Bruno Nakszynski, a pharmacist. He grew up in Berlin, was drafted into the German army in 1944 and captured by British forces in Holland. After the war he began acting on the stage...
“ --Count Dracula-- --Nosferatu The Vampire-- --Android--
--Shoot The Living Pray For The Dead-- --Creature--
--Jack The Ripper-- --Schizoid-- --Aguirre: The Wrath Of God-- --Crawlspace-- --For A few Dollars More-- --Vampire In Venice--
--Fruits Of Passion-- --Lifespan-- --Love Of The Monster--
--The Hand That Feeds The Dead-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Don Knotts
Don Knotts, the legendary television character actor, was born Jesse Donald Knotts on July 21, 1924 in Morgantown, West Virginia, to William Jesse Knotts and the former Elsie L. Moore. He was the youngest of four sons in a family that had been in America since the 17th century. His first stint as an entertainer was as a ventriloquist...
“ --No Time For Sergeants-- --The Ghost And Mr. Chicken--
--The Reluctant Astronaut-- --The Shakiest Gun In The West--
--The Love God?-- --How To Frame A Figg--
--The Private Eyes-- --Hot Lead Cold Feet-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Will Sampson
A Native American actor of the Creek Nation, Sampson's "big break" came from his memorable role in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest opposite Jack Nicholson. He was also starred opposite Clint Eastwood in the western The Outlaw Josey Wales. He had supporting roles in Orca, The White Buffalo and Fish Hawk. In 1986...
“ --One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest--
--Buffalo Bill And The Indians Or Sitting Bull's History Lesson--
--Orca-- --Insignificance-- --Firewalker--
--Poltergeist II: The Other Side-- --The Outlaw Josey Wales-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Donald Pleasence
Actor, Halloween
Balding, quietly-spoken, of slight build and possessed of piercing blue eyes -- often peering out from behind round, steel-rimmed glasses -- Donald Pleasence had the necessary physical attributes which make a great screen villain. In the course of his lengthy career, he relished playing the obsessed...
“ --The Great Escape-- --Fantastic Voyage-- --THX 1138--
--Raw Meat-- --From Beyond The Grave-- --Halloween--
--Dracula (1979)-- Halloween II-- --Alone In The Dark--
--Warriors Of The Lost World-- --Phenomena--
--Halloween 5-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
James Franciscus
James Grover Franciscus graduated magna cum laude from Yale University in 1957 with a B.A. in English and theater. His father, John Allen Franciscus, was a pilot killed in action during WWII. His mother was named Loraine (nee Grover) and he had one sibling, a brother named John. Mr. Franciscus is best known for his work in television...
“ --Beneath The Planet Of The Apes-- --The Cat 'o Nine Tails--
--Valley Of Gwangi-- --Killer Fish-- --Good Guys Wear Black--
--The Last Shark-- --City On Fire-- --The Amazing Dobermans--
--Nightkill-- --Butterfly-- --The Great Sex Wars-- --Morooned-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Terence Hill
Actor, Don Matteo
Terence Hill was born as Mario Girotti on March 29, 1939 in Venice, Italy to a chemist. His mother was German, and as a child the family lived near Dresden, Saxony, Germany where they survived the Allied bombings of World War II. Italian film-maker Dino Risi discovered him at a swimming meet and he made his first film at the age of 12...
“ --My Name Is Trinity-- --My Name Is Nobody-- --Super Fuzz--
--Trinity Is Still My Name-- --Mr Billion-- --The Hassled Hooker--
--All The Way Boys-- --Watch Out, We're Mad-- Crime Busters--
--A Genius, Two Friends And An Idiot-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --Alien-- --The Thomas Crown Affair-- --Across 110th Street--
--Live And Let Die-- --Friday Foster-- --Hustle--
--Blue Collar-- --The Running Man-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Joe Don Baker
Actor, GoldenEye
Tall, broad shouldered character actor with Texan drawl first appeared in support in several Western vehicles both on TV and the cinema in the mid 1960s. Got himself noticed playing Steve McQueen's younger brother in Junior Bonner, and then scored the lead role of Buford Pusser (!) in the unexpected hit Walking Tall...
“ --Walking Tall-- --Checkered Flag Or Crash-- --Framed--
--The Pack-- --Wacko-- --Cape Fear-- --Joysticks--
--Getting Even-- --The Shadow Of Chikara-- --The Outfit--
--Mitchell-- --Golden Needle-- --Golden Eye--
--Tomorrow Never Dies-- --The Living Daylights-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Ray Milland
Ray Milland became one of Paramount's most bankable and durable stars, under contract from 1934 to 1948, yet little in his early life suggested a career as a motion picture actor. Milland was born Alfred Reginald Jones in the Welsh town of Neath, Glamorgan, to Elizabeth Annie (Truscott) and Alfred Jones...
“ --The Thing with Two Heads--
--X: The Man With X-Ray Eyes--
--Panic In Year Zero--
--Premature Burial--
--Terror In The Wax Museum--
--House In Nightmare Park--
--The Attic--
--The Uncanny--
--Escape To Witch Mountain-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Bruce Abbott
While still in his teens, Bruce Abbott discovered the thrill and fulfillment of acting, and followed his dreams to Hollywood. Over the past 20 years, he's made a name for himself as a Dark Prince, excelling in roles that show the duality of human nature in such films as Re-Animator and Summer Heat and the TV series, Dark Justice.
“ --Bad Dreams--
--Inter Zone--
--Bride Of Re-Animator--
--The Demolitionist--
--Adult Film: A Hollywood Tale--
--Eagles In The Chicken Coop-- ” - dmclaughlinabq