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1. Marilyn Monroe Marilyn Monroe Soundtrack, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926 in Los Angeles, California. Her mother was a film-cutter at RKO Studios who, widowed and mentally ill, abandoned her to sequence of foster homes. She was almost smothered to death at two, nearly raped at six. At nine, the LA Orphans' Home paid her a nickel a month for kitchen work while taking back a penny every Sunday for church...
2. Cloris Leachman Cloris Leachman Actress, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid The record-breaking actress set a record when at age 82, she appeared on Dancing with the Stars. Cloris Leachman was born on April 30, 1926 in Des Moines, Iowa to Berkeley Claiborne "Buck" Leachman and the former Cloris Wallace. Her father's family owned a lumber company. After graduating from high school...
3. Mel Brooks Mel Brooks Actor, The Producers Melvin James Kaminsky was born on June 28th, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York, to Russian Jewish immigrants. His father died when Mel was twelve years old, and he has said that his angry humor stems from that event. As a young boy, he learned how to play the drums. After brief education, he served in WWII...
4. Leslie Nielsen Leslie Nielsen Actor, The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! Leslie William Nielsen was raised in Tulita (formerly Fort Norman), Northwest Territories. His father was a Danish-born Mountie and a strict disciplinarian. His mother was Welsh. Leslie studied at the Academy of Radio Arts in Toronto before moving on to New York's Neighborhood Playhouse. His acting...
5. Harry Dean Stanton Harry Dean Stanton Actor, Alien Prolific character actor with a drooping, weather-beaten appearance and superb acting talent that have been his ticket to appearing in over 100 films, and 50 TV episodes. Born in West Irvine, Kentucky, Stanton served as a cook in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and was on board an LST during the Battle of Okinawa...
6. Jerry Lewis Jerry Lewis Actor, The Nutty Professor Jerry Lewis (born March 16, 1926) is an American comedian, actor, singer, film producer, screenwriter and film director. He is known for his slapstick humor in film, television, stage and radio. He was originally paired up with Dean Martin in 1946, forming the famed comedy team of Martin and Lewis. In addition to the duo's popular nightclub work...
7. John Derek John Derek Actor, The Ten Commandments
8. Fred Gwynne Fred Gwynne Actor, Pet Sematary Fred Gwynne was an enormously talented character actor most famous for starring in the television situation comedies Car 54, Where Are You? (as Officer Francis Muldoon) and The Munsters (as the Frankenstein clone Herman Munster). He was very tall and had a resonant, baritone voice that he put to good use in Broadway musicals...
9. Andy Griffith Andy Griffith Actor, A Face in the Crowd Andy Griffith is best known for his starring roles in two very popular television series, The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock. Griffith earned a degree in music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In the 1950s, he became a regular on The Ed Sullivan Show and The Steve Allen Plymouth Show. He was featured in the Broadway play "No Time for Sergeants" (1955) for which he received a Tony nomination...
10. Don Rickles Don Rickles Actor, Toy Story After the Golden Era of Hollywood ended, Don Rickles is one man still living to tell his tales. One of the most respected talents in entertainment, Rickles got his start in the night clubs, toiling for over 20 years, until 1958, when Don made his film debut in Run Silent Run Deep. The movie was a big hit...
11. Julie London Julie London Actress, Man of the West Julie London was an actress & sultry singer who starred in a number of movies in the 1940s & '50s before beginning a popular singing career, but is probably best remembered for her role as Nurse Dixie McCall on Emergency! in the '70s. Known for her wonderful sex appeal throughout her career, even well up into her late 40s, she had a career most people can only dream of...
12. Richard Crenna Richard Crenna Actor, First Blood Richard Donald Crenna was born and bred in Los Angeles, where he began his career when he was eleven years old, playing the dimmer half of two youngsters called Herman and Sam in the Los Angeles radio show "Boy Scout Jamboree". He stayed with the series on and off for seventeen years, doing hundreds...
13. Jeffrey Hunter Jeffrey Hunter Actor, The Searchers Jeffrey Hunter (born in Louisiana as Henry Herman McKinnies Jr.) was an only child. His parents met at the University of Arkansas, and when he was almost four his family moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In his teens he acted in productions of the North Shore Children's Theater, and from 1942 to 1944 performed in summer stock with the local Port Players...
14. James Best James Best Actor, The Killer Shrews American character actor and teacher. Born Jules Guy in Powderly, Kentucky, on July 26, 1926, he was orphaned at three and adopted by Armen and Essa Best, who re-named him James K. Best and raised him in Corydon, Indiana. Following high school he worked briefly as a metalworker before joining the Army during World War II in July 1944...
15. Roger Corman Roger Corman Producer, Death Race Roger William Corman was born April 5, 1926 in Detroit, Michigan. Initially following in his father's footsteps, Corman studied engineering at Stanford, but, while in school, he began to lose interest in the profession, and developed a growing interest in filmmaking. Upon graduation, he worked a total of three days as an engineer (at U.S...
16. Klaus Kinski Klaus Kinski Actor, Aguirre, the Wrath of God Klaus Kinski 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, quickly gaining a reputation for his ferocious talent and equally ferocious temper. He started acting in films shortly afterwards, showing an...
17. Ann B. Davis Ann B. Davis Actress, Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult Ann B. Davis made her debut in show business at age 6 earning $2.00 in a puppet show. At the University of Michigan, Anne planned to study medicine but got the acting bug from her brother who was the lead dancer in the national company of "Oklahoma" for over a year. Anne then spent six years in little theaters...
18. Patricia Neal Patricia Neal Actress, Breakfast at Tiffany's Patricia Neal, the Oscar- and Tony Award-winning actress, was born Patricia Louise Neal in Packard, Kentucky. Her father managed a coal mine and her mother was the daughter of the town doctor. She grew up in Knoxville, where she attended high school. She was first bit by the acting bug at the age of 10...
19. Peter Graves Peter Graves Actor, Airplane! Peter Graves was born Peter Duesler Arness on March 18, 1926 on Minneapolis, Minnesota. While growing up in Minnesota, he excelled at sports and music (as a saxophonist), and by age 16, he was a radio announcer at WMIN in Minneapolis. After two years in the United States Air Force, he studied drama at the University of Minnesota and then headed to Hollywood...
20. Hugh M. Hefner Hugh M. Hefner Self, The House Bunny
21. David Attenborough David Attenborough Self, Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life Born 8 May 1926, the younger brother of actor Lord Richard Attenborough. He never expressed a wish to act and, instead, studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, graduating in 1947, the year he began his two years National Service in the Royal Navy. In 1952, he joined BBC Television at Alexandra Palace and...
22. Paul Lynde Paul Lynde Self, The Paul Lynde Halloween Special 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 the original silent film Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ...
23. James Lipton James Lipton Writer, Guiding Light James Lipton is an actor, academic, author, choreographer, interviewer, scriptwriter, and is a producer for stage and television projects. He is most known for creating and hosting the noted and popular TV series Inside the Actors Studio, where successful and prominent actors discuss their craft for the benefit of acting students...
24. Bing Russell Bing Russell Actor, The Magnificent Seven Although best known as the deputy on Bonanza and Robert in The Magnificent Seven, Russell's notoriety on a national level was as the owner of the Portland Mavericks Baseball Club. Helming the only independent team in the class A Northwest League, Russell was an innovator. Before Bull Durham, there were the Mavericks...
25. Frank Finlay Frank Finlay Actor, The Pianist One of Britain's finest products of the stage, film and TV, actor Frank Finlay, he with the dark and handsomely serious-to-mordant looks, was born on August 6, 1926, in Farnworth, England, the son of Josiah, a butcher, and Margaret Finlay. Of English, Irish and Scottish descent, Frank attended St. Gregory...
26. Beverly Garland Beverly Garland Actress, Port Charles Born in Santa Cruz, California, Beverly Garland studied dramatics under Anita Arliss, the sister of renowned stage and screen star George Arliss. She acted in little theater in Glendale then in Phoenix after her family relocated to Arizona. Garland also worked in radio and appeared scantily clad in a few risqué shorts before making her feature film debut in a supporting part in D.O.A....
27. Charlotte Rae Charlotte Rae Actress, You Don't Mess with the Zohan This Milwaukee native was born in 1926, where she was raised on a farm, with her two sisters (Beverly, Mimi), with Charlotte being the second of her three. Rae wanted to be a dramatic actress, but eventually wound up being a comedienne, all because of her stand-up comedy routines. After graduating from high school...
28. Richard Anderson Richard Anderson Actor, Paths of Glory Richard Anderson appeared in high school plays, served a hitch in the Army and, upon his discharge, began doing summer stock, radio work, a movie bit part (a wounded soldier in Twelve O'Clock High) and all the other minor jobs required of your basic struggling actor. He did comedy scenes on a "screen test"-like TV series called Lights, Camera, Action! and impressed the right people at MGM...
29. Julie Adams Julie Adams Actress, General Hospital Born in Iowa, Betty May Adams grew up in Arkansas and made her acting debut in a third grade play, "Hansel and Gretel". When she grew up and decided to become an actress, she moved to California, where she worked three days a week as a secretary (to support herself) and spent the remainder of her time taking speech lessons and making the rounds at the various studios' casting departments...
30. Maria Schell Maria Schell Actress, Superman Maria Schell studied in a religious institution in Colmar (Haut-Rhin, France). She received a dramatic training in Zurich, Switzerland. To pay her studies, she was a secretary there. Besides being a film star; Maria appeared in plays in Zurich, Basel, in Vienna (Josefstad Theater), Berlin, Munich (Kammerspiel Theater)...
31. Richard Jaeckel Richard Jaeckel Actor, The Dirty Dozen Stocky tough-guy character actor Richard Jaeckel remains one of Hollywood's most prolific supporting stars. Born in Long Island, New York, on October 10, 1926, Jaeckel's family moved to Los Angeles when he was still in his teens. After graduation from Hollywood High School, Jaeckel was discovered by a casting director while working as a mailboy for 20th Century-Fox...
32. Diana Lynn Diana Lynn Actress, The Miracle of Morgan's Creek She was a child prodigy, pianist, at age 10, and her first movie role was one of the children in, "They Shall Have Music" (1939). You see her playing the piano. She made another movie using her 'real name' - Dolly in, "There's Magic in Music" (1941). She signed a long term contract with Paramount in 1942...
33. Claude Akins Claude Akins Actor, Battle for the Planet of the Apes Broad-shouldered and beefy Claude Akins had wavy black hair, a deep booming voice and was equally adept at playing sneering cowardly villains as he was at portraying hard-nosed cops. The son of a police officer, Akins never seemed short of work and appeared in nearly 100 films and 180+ TV episodes in a career spanning over 40 years...
34. Betsy Palmer Betsy Palmer Actress, Friday the 13th Betsy Palmer was born Pamela Betsy Hrunek on November 1, 1926 in East Chicago, Indiana. She is probably best known for playing Jason Voorhees' mother in the horror film Friday the 13th, but her career as an actress began many years before. Palmer was encouraged to play a young female officer co-starring with Jack Lemmon in Mister Roberts and in another war film the same year...
35. Mickey Hargitay Mickey Hargitay Actor, Bloody Pit of Horror
36. Stephen Lewis Stephen Lewis Actor, Holiday on the Buses
37. Queen Elizabeth II Queen Elizabeth II Self, London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony: Isles of Wonder Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born on April 21, 1926, in London England to the second son of George V -- Albert, Duke of York and the Duchess of York, the former Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. Her sister Princess Margaret was born 4 years later. In 1936, when she was 10, her uncle, King Edward VIII (aka Duke of Windsor)...
38. Robert Clary Robert Clary Actor, The Hindenburg Born in France, Robert Clary early suffered the pangs of war, being interned in a Nazi concentration camp as a child. After WWII he became a singing star in France, and in 1949 came to the United States to promote his career. He appeared on The Ed Wynn Show; still learning English he performed in a French language comedy skit...
39. Tony Bennett Tony Bennett Self, Bruce Almighty Tony Bennett, one of the legends of jazz and popular music who served during the Second World War and then developed a career spanning over half a century, is now giving another concert tour across the United States and Europe. He was born Anthony (Antonio) Dominick Benedetto on August 3, 1926, in Astoria...
40. Earle Hyman Earle Hyman Actor, The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus Earle Hyman is a distinguished African American actor who had a 46-year-long career on Broadway, where he was nominated for a Tony Award. Hyman also was nominated for an Emmy Award as Outstanding Guest Performer in a Comedy Series for his appearance on The Cosby Show playing Bill Cosby's father Russell Huxtable...
41. Norman Jewison Norman Jewison Producer, The Hurricane Jewison got his BA at Victoria College, University of Toronto, and after moving to London, where he wrote scripts and acted for the BBC, he returned to Toronto and directed TV shows for the CBC (1952-1958), then musicals and variety in New York, before embarking on a film career. In 1986 he established the Canadian Centre for Advanced Film Studies in Toronto.
42. Betty Lynn Betty Lynn Actress, Cheaper by the Dozen Missouri born-and-bred Betty Ann Lynn was born in Kansas City. Her name is as light, breezy and innocent as the characters she played on film and TV. She is pleasantly remembered for playing TV's sweet-as-apple-pie "Thelma Lou" who had the tough end of the bargain as the ever-patient girlfriend of Don Knotts' neurotic "Barney Fife" character on The Andy Griffith Show...
43. Richard Matheson Richard Matheson Writer, Twilight Zone: The Movie Born in New Jersey and raised in Brooklyn, Richard Burton Matheson first became a published author while still a child, when his stories and poems ran in the "Brooklyn Eagle". A lifelong reader of fantasy tales, he made his professional writing bow in 1950 when his short story "Born of Man and Woman"...
44. Lenny Montana Lenny Montana Actor, The Godfather Tall and solidly built, this Italian-American professional wrestler turned actor was born Lenny Passaforo in Brooklyn, New York, and is best remembered for his first on-screen role as the not too bright but ever loyal bodyguard Luca Brasi in The Godfather. Montana didn't get a lot of screen time before...
45. Fritz Weaver Fritz Weaver Actor, All My Children Fritz Weaver, the American actor, was born on January 19, 1926, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He served in Civilian Public Service as a conscientious objector during World War II, breaking into acting in the early 1950s. He made his Broadway debut in October 1955 in "The Chalk Garden," which garnered five Tony Award nominations...
46. Christine White Christine White Actress, Magnum Force
47. Jean Peters Jean Peters Actress, Viva Zapata! Green-eyed beauty Jean Elizabeth Peters flashed across the screen as a bright star during her relatively brief tenure in Hollywood. After just seven years under contract to 20th Century Fox (1947 to 1954), she joined in the reclusive lifestyle of her eccentric billionaire husband, Howard Hughes, and all but vanished from public view...
48. Irene Papas Irene Papas Actress, Z
49. Tom Tryon 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 Dennis...
50. Lionel Jeffries Lionel Jeffries Actor, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang With his firm jawline and bristling mustache, Lionel Jeffries played a nice line of English eccentrics. This belied his RADA training. Following military service in WWII, he played his major roles - everything from Grandpa Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to the Marquis of Queensberry in The Trials of Oscar Wilde - in the 1960s...
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