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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. 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. 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...
4. 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...
5. 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...
6. 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...
7. Gustav Holst Gustav Holst Soundtrack, Invictus
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. 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...
10. 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...
11. Paul Wegener Paul Wegener Actor, The Golem
12. 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...
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. Nance O'Neil Nance O'Neil Actress, Cimarron
16. 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...
17. 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...
18. Frank Shannon Frank Shannon Actor, Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe
19. G.K. Chesterton G.K. Chesterton Writer, The Detective 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...
20. Helen Haye Helen Haye Actress, The 39 Steps
21. Charles Waldron Charles Waldron Actor, The Big Sleep
22. Arnold Schönberg Arnold Schönberg Soundtrack, Tom at the Farm 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...
23. 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...
24. Bert Williams Bert Williams Actor, 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...
25. 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...
26. 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...
27. Lucy Maud Montgomery Lucy Maud Montgomery Writer, Anne of Avonlea 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...
28. 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...
29. Tom Murray Tom Murray Actor, The Gold Rush
30. Vincent Scotto Vincent Scotto Soundtrack, EuroTrip
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. Dorothea Wolbert Dorothea Wolbert Actress, A Model Made
33. Lloyd Ingraham Lloyd Ingraham Actor, Scaramouche
34. 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...
35. Frank Conlan Frank Conlan Actor, The Devil and Daniel Webster
36. Constance Adams Constance Adams Actress, Where the Trail Divides
37. George Periolat George Periolat Actor, The Mark of Zorro
38. Harry Stubbs Harry Stubbs Actor, The Invisible Man
39. 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...
40. E. Alyn Warren E. Alyn Warren Actor, The Mysterious Mr. Wong
41. Lottie Williams Lottie Williams Actress, Dark Victory
42. Emma Gramatica Emma Gramatica Actress, Miracle in Milan
43. Charles Paton Charles Paton Actor, Blackmail
44. Soledad Jiménez Soledad Jiménez Actress, Kid Galahad
45. Edmund Mortimer Edmund Mortimer Actor, The Devil Bat
46. Nino Cochise Nino Cochise Actor, Natas: The Reflection
47. Chief Many Treaties Chief Many Treaties Actor, The Law Rides Again
48. Franklin Dyall Franklin Dyall Actor, The Private Life of Henry VIII.
49. Rosa Albach-Retty Rosa Albach-Retty Actress, Maria Theresia
50. John Emerson John Emerson Writer, Wild and Woolly
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