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1. Jessica Tandy Jessica Tandy Actress, The Birds A beloved, twinkly blue-eyed doyenne of stage and screen, actress Jessica Tandy's career spanned nearly six and a half decades. In that course of time, she enjoyed an amazing film renaissance at age 80, something unheard of in a town that worships youth and nubile beauty. She was born Jessie Alice Tandy in London in 1909...
2. Elia Kazan Elia Kazan Director, On the Waterfront Known for his creative stage direction, Elia Kazan was born Elias Kazantzoglou on September 7, 1909 in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire (now Istanbul, Turkey). Noted for drawing out the best dramatic performances from his actors, he directed 21 actors to Oscar nominations, resulting in nine wins. He directed a string of successful films...
3. James Mason James Mason Actor, North by Northwest James Mason was a great English actor of British and American films. He was born in Yorkshire, and attended Marlborough and Cambridge, where he discovered acting on a lark, and abandoned a planned career as an architect. Following work in stock companies, he joined the Old Vic under the guidance of Sir Tyrone Guthrie and of Alexander Korda...
4. Errol Flynn Errol Flynn Actor, The Adventures of Robin Hood Errol Flynn (1909-1959) was an Australian-born film star who gained fame in Hollywood in the 1930s as the screen's premier swashbuckler. Tall, athletic and exceptionally handsome, Flynn personified the cavalier adventurer in a string of immensely popular films for Warner Brothers, most often co-starring...
5. Whit Bissell Whit Bissell Actor, The Magnificent Seven Whit Bissell came to Hollywood in the 1940s, and by the time he retired he had appeared in more than 200 movies and scores of TV series. He is best known for playing the evil scientist who turned Michael Landon into a half beast in the 1957 cult classic film I Was a Teenage Werewolf. Bissell specialized in playing doctors...
6. Jim Davis Jim Davis Actor, Dallas Tall, rangy Jim Davis spent much of his early career in westerns, mainly at Republic Pictures. The Missouri-born and -raised Davis' relaxed, easygoing manner and Southern drawl easily fit most moviegoers' image of the cowboy, and Republic put him in a ton of them over the years (the fact that, unlike a lot of movie cowboys...
7. Michael Rennie Michael Rennie Actor, The Day the Earth Stood Still The British actor Michael Rennie worked as a car salesman and factory manager before he turned to acting. A meeting with a Gaumont-British Studios casting director led to Rennie's first acting job - that of stand-in for Robert Young in Secret Agent directed by Alfred Hitchcock. He put his film career on hold for a few years to get some acting experience on the stage...
8. Vivian Vance Vivian Vance Actress, The Lucy Show She was born Vivian Roberta Jones, with a brother and four sisters. After the family moved from Cherryvale to Independence, Kansas, she studied drama under Anna Ingleman and William Inge. Their next move, to Albuquerque, New Mexico brought her to the Albuquerque Little Theatre, which provided her the money she needed to study under Eva Le Gallienne in New York...
9. John Ridgely John Ridgely Actor, The Big Sleep John Ridgely was a versatile character actor who made over 100 films at Warner Brothers during the 1930s and 1940s. Starting out in bit roles in such films as Dark Victory, They Died with Their Boots On and The Man Who Came to Dinner, Ridgely eventually graduated to larger roles in such classics as Howard Hawks' Air Force...
10. Robert Ryan Robert Ryan Actor, The Wild Bunch Distinguished U.S. actor and longtime civil rights campaigner Robert Bushnell Ryan was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Mable Arbutus (Bushnell), a secretary, and Timothy Aloysius Ryan, whose wealthy family owned a real estate firm. His father was of Irish ancestry, and his mother was of English and Irish descent...
11. Dana Andrews Dana Andrews Actor, Laura American leading man of the 1940s and 1950s, Dana Andrews, was born Carver Dana Andrews on a farm by Collins, Covington County, Mississippi. He was the son of Annis (Speed) and Charles Forrest Andrews, a Baptist minister. He was one of thirteen children, including actor Steve Forrest. Andrews studied business administration at Sam Houston State Teachers College in Texas...
12. Burl Ives Burl Ives Actor, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Burl Ives was one of six children born to a Scottish-Irish farming family. He first sang in public for a soldiers' reunion when he was age 4. In high school, he learned the banjo and played fullback, intending to become a football coach when he enrolled at Eastern Illinois State Teacher's College in 1927. He dropped out in 1930 and wandered, hitching rides, doing odd jobs, street singing...
13. Robert Helpmann 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 renowned as a dancer and choreographer...
14. Madge Evans Madge Evans Actress, Army Girl Lovely Madge Evans was the perennial nice girl in films of the 1930's. By then, she had been in front of the camera for many years, starting with Fairy Soap commercials at the age of two (she sat on a bar of soap holding a bunch of violets with the tag line reading "have you a little fairy in your home?")...
15. Eddie Mayehoff Eddie Mayehoff Actor, How to Murder Your Wife Baltimore-born Eddie Mayehoff started out as a salesman before finding out that comedy was his real forte. A jack of all trades, he went on to become a bandleader (he attended the Yale School of Music), a radio comedy writer and a television emcee at various stages of his longstanding career. As an actor...
16. Hugh Beaumont Hugh Beaumont Actor, The Blue Dahlia Beaumont began his career in show business by perfoming in theatres, nightclubs, and on the radio in 1931. He attended the University of Chattanooga, but left when his position on the football team was changed. He later attended the University of Southern California, and graduated with a Master of Theology degree in 1946...
17. Ann Sothern Ann Sothern Actress, Private Secretary Ann Sothern's film career started as an extra in 1927. Originally a redhead, for the comedy roles she began to get she bleached her hair blond. After working at MGM and on Broadway, Ann was signed by Columbia Pictures for Let's Fall in Love. The next year she would work with Eddie Cantor in his hit Kid Millions...
18. Frances Dee Frances Dee Actress, I Walked with a Zombie Brunette Frances Dee was born in Los Angeles, where her Army officer father was stationed, and grew up in Chicago after her father was transferred there. In 1929, he was re-assigned to L.A., and, as a lark, Dee began working in motion pictures as an extra. Her debut was in Words and Music with Lois Moran...
19. Karen Morley Karen Morley Actress, Scarface Born Mildred Linton in Ottumwa, Iowa on December 12, 1909, Karen Morley was adopted by a well-to-do family who moved to Los Angeles in the mid-1920s. She enrolled at Hollywood High School and studied for a career in medicine at UCLA, but a class in theater changed her career ambitions. After studying at Pasadena Playhouse...
20. Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Producer, Rheingold Theatre Although he appeared in approximately 100 movies or TV shows, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. never really intended to take up acting as a career. However, the environment he was born into and the circumstances naturally led him to be a thespian. Noblesse oblige. He was born Douglas Elton Fairbanks, Jr. in New York City...
21. Frank Albertson Frank Albertson Actor, Psycho Frank Albertson entered the film industry in 1922 as a prop boy, but soon graduated into acting. He was a prolific and reliable character actor who occasionally played the lead in a "B" picture, but was used mainly as a supporting actor in scores of films, often cast as a wisecracking cab driver, a cop or a reporter.
22. Joseph L. Mankiewicz Joseph L. Mankiewicz Writer, All About Eve Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on February 11, 1909, Joseph Leo Mankiewicz first worked for the movies as a translator of intertitles, employed by Paramount in Berlin, the UFA's American distributor at the time (1928). He became a dialoguist, then a screenwriter on numerous Paramount productions in Hollywood...
23. Everett Sloane Everett Sloane Actor, Citizen Kane Everett Sloane, the actor most known for playing Mr. Bernstein in Orson Welles classic Citizen Kane as a member of Welles' Mercury Players, was born in New York, New York on October 1, 1909. Sloane was bitten by the acting bug quite early, and first went on-stage when he was seven years old. After high school...
24. John Beal John Beal Actor, The Firm John Beal was born James Andrew Bliedung on August 13, 1909, in Joplin, Missouri. The son of a department store owner and concert pianist, he began acting in school and church plays and decided to pursue it as a career following his B.S. degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania. The more...
25. Carmen Miranda Carmen Miranda Soundtrack, Radio Days Carmen Miranda was born Maria do Carmo Miranda da Cunha on February 9, 1909, near Porto, Portugal, in the town of Marco de Canavezes. Not long after her birth her family moved to Brazil, where her father was involved in the produce business. The family settled in the then-capital city of Rio de Janeiro...
26. Howard Da Silva Howard Da Silva Actor, The Lost Weekend Howard da Silva was one of 324 actors, writers and directors who fell victim to the Hollywood blacklisting of the early 1950s, and had his career halted in the blink of an eye. Originally was a steelworker before making his stage debut at age 20 in New York. He made a name for himself on Broadway before going to Hollywood...
27. Heather Angel Heather Angel Actress, Peter Pan Heather Grace Angel was born in Oxford, England, on February 9, 1909. She dabbled on the stage for a time before coming to California to try her luck on the screen. Heather was 20 years old when she landed a bit part for the 1929 film, Bulldog Drummond. Although she didn't know it at the time, she would become a staple of that particular series eight years hence...
28. Margaret Sullavan Margaret Sullavan Actress, The Shop Around the Corner Born in Norfolk, Virginia to wealthy stockbroker Cornelius Hancock Sullavan and heiress Garland Council Sullavan, Margaret Brooke overcame a muscle weakness in her childhood to go on to become a rebellious teenager at posh private schools. She went on to perform with the University Players at Harvard and made her Broadway debut in Hello...
29. Milton Frome Milton Frome Actor, Batman: The Movie
30. Max Baer Max Baer Actor, Africa Screams Max Baer was boxing's most colorful World Heavyweight Champion until Muhammad Ali arrived on the scene some 30 years later. A 6' 4" mountain of muscle and movie-star handsome, he could have been a movie-star instead of a boxer. But "Mad Cap" Maxie just loved to fight. And fight he did, racking up an impressive knockout streak in California...
31. Patricia Hayes Patricia Hayes Actress, A Fish Called Wanda
32. Irene Hervey Irene Hervey Actress, Play Misty for Me Attractive, blond, dimple-cheeked artist's daughter, Irene Hervey was trained at the MGM School of Acting before being signed as a contract player in 1933. Often on loan to other studios, she was assigned bit parts until meatier co-starring roles came along in The Girl Said No and Say It in French. While at MGM...
33. Helen Martin Helen Martin Actress, 227
34. Robert Beatty Robert Beatty Actor, 2001: A Space Odyssey Robert Beatty graduated with a B.A. from the University of Toronto and started in amateur dramatics with the Hamilton Player's Guild. For a while, he made a living as a cashier for a gas and fuel company. In order to further hone his acting skills, he made his way to London in 1936 (on the advice of Leslie Howard) to train for acting at RADA...
35. Ruby Keeler Ruby Keeler Soundtrack, The Wedding Planner Ruby Keeler started as a dancer on Broadway. After her marriage to Al Jolson she moved to Hollywood and become a star in Warners musicals opposite Dick Powell. After her divorce from Jolson she retired for almost 30 years, until she appeared in "No No Nanette" on Broadway in 1971 under the direction of Busby Berkeley.
36. Sydney Bromley Sydney Bromley Actor, The NeverEnding Story
37. Michael Todd Michael Todd Producer, Around the World in 80 Days Film producer Michael Todd was one of the major contributors to technical innovation in the film industry in the 1950s. Having worked with Fred Waller and Cinerama, he got tired of the three-panel format, left the company and tried to find the process for making "Cinerama coming from one hole". He joined forces with the American Optical Co...
38. Billy Curtis Billy Curtis Actor, High Plains Drifter Diminutive American actor Billy Curtis avoided the usual onus of freak-show employment as a youth, opting for a mainstream job as a shoe clerk. Encouraged by stock company actress Shirley Booth to take a little person role in a stage production, Curtis soon became a professional actor, with numerous Broadway musical productions to his credit...
39. Albert R. Broccoli Albert R. Broccoli Producer, Goldfinger Albert Romolo Broccoli was born in Astoria, Queens (New York City) on April 5th, 1909. His mother and father, Cristina and Giovanni Broccoli, raised young Albert in New York on the family farm. The family was in the vegetable business, and Albert claimed one of his uncles brought the first broccoli seeds into the United States in the 1870's...
40. André Morell André Morell Actor, The Bridge on the River Kwai
41. Ann Todd Ann Todd Actress, The Paradine Case Ann Todd was a beautiful English actress best known as Gregory Peck's wife in Alfred Hitchcock's The Paradine Case. Her third husband was the legendary director David Lean, for whom she appeared in three films, The Passionate Friends, Madeleine, and Breaking the Sound Barrier.
42. Harriet Nelson Harriet Nelson Actress, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet Harriet Nelson will always have a secure place alongside Barbara Billingsley and Jane Wyatt in the "TV's Golden Age Mom Hall of Fame." For fourteen years, she, husband Ozzie Nelson, and their two boys, David Nelson and Ricky Nelson, were the quintessential role models of the '50s ideal nuclear family...
43. Olan Soule Olan Soule Actor, The Towering Inferno Olan Soule was born in La Harpe, Illinois and began his acting career in 1926 on radio, performing for 11 years in the daytime soap opera "Bachelor's Children". A versatile actor with a "chameleon-like" voice, Soule played the male lead characters in plays presented on the evening radio show "First Nighter" for 9 years beginning in 1943...
44. Anne Seymour Anne Seymour Actress, General Hospital The daughter of a copper expert (William Stanley Eckert) and an actress and museum curator (May Davenport), character actress Anne Seymour was born on September 11, 1909 in New York City. She was the seventh generation of a theatrical family that could be tracked back to Ireland in 1740. Her great-uncle...
45. Ben Maddow Ben Maddow Writer, The Asphalt Jungle
46. Jeffrey Lynn Jeffrey Lynn Actor, The Roaring Twenties
47. Tom Ewell Tom Ewell Actor, The Seven Year Itch Beleaguered character actor Tom Ewell, the unlikely film and TV star with the trademark lumpy figure and droopy, lugubrious mug, was born Samuel Yewell Tompkins on April 29, 1909, in Kentucky. His family tried to steer him towards a law career but he chose the path of acting instead after becoming involved in college productions at the University of Wisconsin...
48. Dave Willock Dave Willock Actor, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? For over five decades veteran character actor Dave Willock could be spotted as your friendly neighbor, buddy or unassuming blue-collar in hundreds of assorted films--both comedy and drama. Tall and lanky marked with a slightly long, gaunt puss, flat vocal pattern and jug-like ears, he was for the most part an amiable guy who blended in unobtrusively as a benign servile -- cabbie...
49. Joseph Losey Joseph Losey Director, The Servant Belonging to an important family clan in Wisconsin, Joseph Losey studied philosophy but was always interested in theater and thus worked together with Bertolt Brecht. After directing some shorts for MGM, he made his first important film, The Boy with Green Hair, for RKO. While he was filming The Prowler in Italy he was summoned to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee...
50. Ed Herlihy Ed Herlihy Actor, The King of Comedy Herlihy was a (non-buffoon) equivalent of Ed McMahon on "The Tonight Show" before Johnny Carson came along in 1962, bringing McMahon with him. Before there was Carson, Herlihy was the announcer during 'Jack Paar's tenure as Tonight Show host, having replaced Hugh Downs when the latter went over to host NBC's "Today" A handsome man...
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