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1. Sidney Toler Sidney Toler Actor, Charlie Chan in the Secret Service The son of Colonel H.G. Toler, breeder of trotting horses, Sidney Toler acted on stage by the time he was seven years old. He was an established star of the theater by the 1890's, long before his career in motion pictures. He was also active as a playwright and had a good enough voice to be cast as a lead baritone with an operatic stock company at the Orpheum Theatre in New York...
2. Henry Travers Henry Travers Actor, It's a Wonderful Life British-born Henry Travers was a veteran of the English stage before emigrating to the U.S. in 1917. He gained more stage experience there on Broadway working with the Theatre Guild, and began his long film career with Reunion in Vienna. Travers' kindly, grandfatherly demeanor became familiar to filmgoers over the next 25 years...
3. Harry Houdini Harry Houdini Actor, Haldane of the Secret Service The great American escape artist and magician Houdini (immortalized by a memorable performance by Tony Curtis in the eponymous 1953 film) was born Erich Weiss on March 24, 1874 in Budapest, Hungary, though he often gave his birthplace as Appleton, Wisconsin, where he was raised. One of five brothers and one daughter born to rabbi Samuel Weiss and his wife Cecilia...
4. Winston Churchill Winston Churchill Writer, Young Winston Born in Blenheim Palace, the residence of his grandfather, the 7th Duke of Marlborough. His father was the Duke's third son, Lord Randolph Churchill. His mother, Jennie Jerome, was the daughter of an American financier. After passing through famous English public schools such as Harrow, he went on to fulfill his ambition for a life in the army...
5. Grant Mitchell Grant Mitchell Actor, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington You would think stage and film veteran Grant Mitchell was born to play stern authoritarians; his father after all was General John Grant Mitchell. But Mitchell would actually be better known for his portrayals of harangued husbands, bemused dads and bilious executives in 30s and 40s films. Born in Columbus...
6. Charles Middleton Charles Middleton Actor, Duck Soup Charles Middleton was born on October 3, 1874 in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. He was the son of a millionaire and did not have to work, but apparently went into acting because he needed to find a way to express himself. He worked in a traveling circus, in vaudeville, and acted in live theatre before he turned to motion pictures in 1920...
7. Clarence Kolb Clarence Kolb Actor, His Girl Friday Contrary to his familiar image, Clarence Kolb started out as one half of a vaudeville comedy act, Kolb and Dill. He made a few shorts in 1916 and a feature in 1917, but went back to vaudeville and the stage immediately thereafter, and did not return to films until the late 1930s. His stern, authoritarian looks and booming voice fit the irascible...
8. Emma Dunn Emma Dunn Actress, The Great Dictator Emma Dunn was a much noted stage actress before turning to films. She worked with such theatre luminaries as Richard Mansfield, Frances Starr, James Ellison and Blanche Yurka. She appeared in 3 productions under the direction of the legendary David Belasco. Miss Dunn also authored 2 books regarding diction and voice quality.
9. Gustav Holst Gustav Holst Soundtrack, Invictus
10. W. Somerset Maugham W. Somerset Maugham Writer, The Painted Veil Popular British novelist, playwright, short-story writer and the highest-paid author in the world in the 1930s, Somerset Maugham graduated in 1897 from St. Thomas' Medical School and qualified as a doctor, but abandoned medicine after the success of his first novels and plays. During World War I he worked as a secret agent and in 1928 settled in Cap Ferrat in France...
11. George Irving George Irving Actor, Bringing Up Baby
12. Henry Kolker Henry Kolker Actor, Holiday Stalwart character actor Henry Kolker appeared on the Broadway stage from 1904, comedy being his forte early on. Later, as a leading man in romantic dramas, he partnered famous stars like Alla Nazimova. Moving on to films in 1914 as actor/director, he became noted in particular for directing Disraeli...
13. Paul Wegener Paul Wegener Actor, The Golem
14. Robert Frost Robert Frost Writer, Fireflies in the Garden Robert Lee Frost, arguably the greatest American poet of the 20th century, was born in San Francisco, California, on March 26, 1874. His father, William Prescott Frost Jr., was from a Lawrence, Massachusetts, family of Republicans, and his mother, Isabelle Moodie Frost, was an immigrant from Scotland...
15. Helen Haye Helen Haye Actress, The 39 Steps
16. Mary Carr Mary Carr Actress, The Wizard of Oz American character actress famed for roles as mothers. Born in a Philadelphia suburb as Mary Kennevan, she became a schoolteacher, but soon gave it up for work as an actress in touring companies. She married actor William Carr and toured extensively with his company. After the turn of the century...
17. Peter Robinson Peter Robinson Actor, Freaks Peter Robinson was born the son of Norwegian immigrants. He stated that during his childhood, he had a normal appearance until his early teens when his weight began to drop rapidly. He first went on exhibition in 1895, working at Coney Island and later Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Robinson was married twice...
18. Fred Niblo Fred Niblo Director, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ Fred Niblo entered films in 1917, after two decades as a touring actor in vaudeville and one-time manager of the Four Cohans (he married Josephine Cohan, the sister of George M. Cohan). He appeared in two early Australian silent films in 1916, which effectively marked his screen debut. After that, he worked for Thomas H. Ince from 1917...
19. Dustin Farnum Dustin Farnum Actor, The Squaw Man American leading man of silent pictures who specialized in Westerns. His mother and father were, respectively, a singer and an actor, and he and his younger brother William Farnum were introduced to the theatre at an early age. Raised in Maine, Dustin attended the East Maine Conference Seminary, but left school to go on the stage at the age of fifteen...
20. Lucy Maud Montgomery Lucy Maud Montgomery Writer, Green Gables Fables Lucy Maud Montgomery was a Canadian author with roots in Scotland. She lost her mother at an early age, and was raised by her maternal grandparents. She began to keep a diary and discovered at the age of 10 that she could write poetry. After college she became a teacher but kept writing. In 1908 her first novel...
21. Charles Waldron Charles Waldron Actor, The Big Sleep
22. Bert Williams Bert Williams Actor, A Natural Born Gambler Egbert Austin Williams, the legendary comedian, is considered by many to be the greatest vaudeville performer in the history of the American stage. His considerable success extended into the realm of musical comedy as well. Bert was born in Antigua in 1875. He had a natural sense of humor and was said to be at his best as a mimic...
23. Lloyd Ingraham Lloyd Ingraham Actor, Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages
24. G.K. Chesterton G.K. Chesterton Writer, Father Brown Gilbert Keith Chesterton was asked to write an article on art criticism in 1900 and, within 30 years, became a prolific author, playwright, poet and essayist with more than 4,000 total newspaper essays. His works were highly influential on the ideas of men such as C.S. Lewis, Michael Collins and Mohandas K. Gandhi...
25. Lillian Leighton Lillian Leighton Actress, Feet First
26. Paul Scardon Paul Scardon Actor, The Cabby and the Demon Born in Melbourne, Australia, Paul Scardon had extensive experience on the stage in his home country before coming to the US in 1905. He made films for Majestic and Reliance, among other studios, before joining Vitagraph in 1914. He appeared in several films there as an actor, but soon turned to directing...
27. Nance O'Neil Nance O'Neil Actress, Cimarron
28. Frank Shannon Frank Shannon Actor, Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe
29. Frank Brownlee Frank Brownlee Actor, Beyond the Great Wall
30. Tom Murray Tom Murray Actor, The Gold Rush
31. Carl Stockdale Carl Stockdale Actor, The Bank Stockdale, a very good friend of Mary Miles Minter's mother, Charlotte Shelby, claimed on the witness stand that he was with Mrs. Shelby when movie director William Desmond Taylor--Minter's lover--was murdered, therefore Charlotte could not have killed him. Stockdale said that he suspected Taylor's former chauffeur...
32. Arnold Schönberg Arnold Schönberg Soundtrack, Woman in Gold Arnold Schonberg was born in the Jewish ghetto of Vienna, in 1874. His parents were Ashkenazim, his mother, Pauline was from Prague, and his father, Samuel, was from Bratislava. His mother was a piano teacher, but he had little interest in early childhood. He took violin lessons when he was eight and began composing at the same time...
33. Gertrude Stein Gertrude Stein Writer, O Cinema Falado Gertrude Stein was the fifth child in the Daniel and Amelia Stein family. She grew up in a trilingual environment, spending her childhood in Vienna and Paris, then living in California. She graduated from Radcliffe College and went to the Medical School at Johns Hopkins University for 2 years. She continued her medical studies in Europe...
34. Constance Adams Constance Adams Actress, Where the Trail Divides
35. Edmund Mortimer Edmund Mortimer Actor, The Devil Bat
36. Nino Cochise Nino Cochise Actor, Natas: The Reflection
37. Soledad Jiménez Soledad Jiménez Actress, Kid Galahad
38. Augustus Phillips Augustus Phillips Actor, A Christmas Accident
39. Herbert Hoover Herbert Hoover Self, Amerikka auttaa Herbert Hoover was born on March 10, 1874 in West Branch, Iowa. His family were devout Quakers. At age eight, Hoover was orphaned and was sent to live with relatives. They showed him little affection, but taught him the importance of hard work and industry. In 1891, Hoover entered Stanford University's School of Engineering...
40. Alphonse Ethier Alphonse Ethier Actor, Baby Face
41. Mario Caserini Mario Caserini Director, The Last Days of Pompeii
42. Lillian Elliott Lillian Elliott Actress, Call of the Cuckoo
43. Harry Stubbs Harry Stubbs Actor, The Invisible Man
44. Ada Reeve Ada Reeve Actress, Night and the City
45. John Golden John Golden Soundtrack, Chaplin Founder of the Stage Door Canteen and the Stage Relief Fund, songwriter ("Poor Butterfly"), composer, author, stage actor and producer, educated at New York University. He was an ASCAP charter member and director (1914-1915) and its first treasurer. He worked as a reporter before becoming a playwright...
46. John Emerson John Emerson Writer, Wild and Woolly
47. Oscar Radin Oscar Radin Music Department, The Big Parade
48. E. Alyn Warren E. Alyn Warren Actor, The Mysterious Mr. Wong
49. J. Barney Sherry J. Barney Sherry Actor, Granddad
50. Charles Paton Charles Paton Actor, Blackmail
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