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1. 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...
2. 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...
3. 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...
4. 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...
5. Winston Churchill Winston Churchill Writer, Young Winston Born in Blenheim Palace, England. Mother's name was Lady Randolph Churchill who had American lineage. On his father's side he was grandson of the 7th Duke of Marlborough, his ancestry extending into the aristocracy. After passing through famous English public schools such as Harrow, he went on to fulfil his ambition for a life in the army...
6. Gustav Holst Gustav Holst Soundtrack, Invictus
7. 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...
8. 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...
9. 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.
10. Paul Wegener Paul Wegener Actor, The Golem
11. George Irving George Irving Actor, Bringing Up Baby George Irving was born in New York City in 1874. Beginning his film career in 1914, he was initially an Actor-director, until he switched exclusively to acting in the mid-20s and became a character actor until the later 40s. He died from a heart attack in Hollywood in 1961.
12. 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...
13. 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...
14. Peter Robinson Peter Robinson Actor, Freaks Peter Robinson was born in April 6, 1874 in Springfield, Massachusetts, 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...
15. 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...
16. Alphonse Ethier Alphonse Ethier Actor, Baby Face
17. 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...
18. Helen Haye Helen Haye Actress, The 39 Steps
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, Anne of Green Gables 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. 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...
22. Frank Shannon Frank Shannon Actor, Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe
23. G.K. Chesterton G.K. Chesterton Writer, The Detective Prolific English poet, novelist, essayist G (ilbert) K(eith) Chesterton was born in London on 29 May 1874. He was traditional, extolling the virtues of the 'little man', and the romantic, pre-modern past. He rejected the experimental in art as well as life, and distrusted the state and the modern world...
24. Soledad Jiménez Soledad Jiménez Actress, Kid Galahad
25. Charles Waldron Charles Waldron Actor, The Big Sleep
26. Bert Williams Bert Williams Director, A Natural Born Gambler One of the first black superstars of popular entertainment, Egbert Austin Williams, although born in the Bahamas, was raised largely in California. Nursing show business aspirations early on, he teamed with boyhood friend George Walker to form a highly successful vaudeville act, which continued until the ravages of syphilis brought about Walker's retirement and premature death in 1909...
27. Lew Payton Lew Payton Actor, Jezebel
28. Tom Murray Tom Murray Actor, The Gold Rush
29. Lloyd Ingraham Lloyd Ingraham Actor, Scaramouche
30. 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...
31. Herbert Bunston Herbert Bunston Actor, Dracula At age 23, the year 1897, Herbert began a long experience of his career towards acting on the British Theater. During that time the theater was still owned by the eminent Thomas Alva Edison. As a classically trained British actor he began by acting in small parts on screen and off. Fans will probably remember his most as the ineffectual Dr...
32. Harry Stubbs Harry Stubbs Actor, The Invisible Man
33. Laurence Hanray Laurence Hanray Actor, The Private Life of Henry VIII.
34. 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...
35. Edmund Mortimer Edmund Mortimer Actor, The Devil Bat
36. Daisy Belmore Daisy Belmore Actress, Seven Days Leave
37. 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...
38. Nance O'Neil Nance O'Neil Actress, Cimarron
39. Albert Capellani Albert Capellani Director, Aladdin and His Wonder Lamp
40. Dorothea Wolbert Dorothea Wolbert Actress, A Model Made
41. Jack Dean Jack Dean Actor, The Cheat
42. Constance Adams Constance Adams Actress, Where the Trail Divides
43. Vsevolod Meyerhold Vsevolod Meyerhold Actor, The Picture of Dorian Grey Vsevolod Meyerhold was born Karl Theodor Kazimir Emil Meyerhold in 1874, in Penza, Russia, into the Russian-German family of Emil Meyerhold. He converted to Orthodox Christianity on his 21st birthday and took the name of Vsevolod in memory of the Russian writer Vsevolod Garshin. After conversion Meyerhold married Olga Mikhailovna (nee Munt) and the couple had three daughters...
44. Lottie Williams Lottie Williams Actress, Dark Victory
45. Emma Gramatica Emma Gramatica Actress, Miracle in Milan
46. Rosa Albach-Retty Rosa Albach-Retty Actress, Maria Theresia
47. Mario Caserini Mario Caserini Director, The Last Days of Pompeii
48. Charles Paton Charles Paton Actor, Blackmail
49. Frederick S. Armitage Frederick S. Armitage Cinematographer, The Ghost Train
50. Owen Davis Owen Davis Writer, Jezebel
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