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1. D.W. Griffith D.W. Griffith Director, The Birth of a Nation David Wark Griffith was born in rural Kentucky to Jacob "Roaring Jake" Griffith, a former Confederate Army colonel and Civil War hero. Young Griffith grew up with his father's romantic war stories and melodramatic nineteenth-century literature that were to eventually mold his black-and-white view of human existence and history...
2. H.B. Warner H.B. Warner Actor, It's a Wonderful Life Henry Byron Warner was the definitive cinematic Jesus Christ in Cecil B. DeMille's The King of Kings. He was born into a prominent theatrical family on October 26, 1875 in London. His father was Charles Warner, and his grandfather was James Warner, both prominent English actors. He replaced J.B. Warner as Jesus in The King of Kings when J.B...
3. Elizabeth Patterson Elizabeth Patterson Actress, Pal Joey A dainty but nevertheless feisty character actress, southern-bred Elizabeth Patterson started her career over her strict parent's objections and became a member of Chicago's Ben Greet Players, performing Shakespeare at the turn of the century. This followed college at Martin College where she studied music...
4. Edgar Rice Burroughs Edgar Rice Burroughs Writer, Tarzan His father had been a major in the Union army during the Civil War. Edgar Rice Burroughs attended the Brown School then, due to a diphtheria epidemic, Miss Coolie's Maplehurst School for Girls, then the Harvard School, Phillips Andover and the Michigan Military Academy. He was a mediocre student and flunked his examination for West Point...
5. Samuel S. Hinds Samuel S. Hinds Actor, It's a Wonderful Life Samuel S. Hinds, a Harvard graduate, was a lawyer in Hollywood until the stock market crash of 1929, in which he lost most of his money. Hinds, who had an interest in theater acting, decided to embark on a career in acting, albeit it age 54. The tall, dignified-looking Hinds appeared in over 200 films...
6. Lee Tung Foo Lee Tung Foo Actor, Across the Pacific
7. Frank Reicher Frank Reicher Actor, King Kong Though most famous as Capt. Englehorn, the ship captain who carried the expedition to an island to capture the great ape in King Kong--and its sequel, The Son of Kong--Frank Reicher had a long history as a stage actor and director, and film director, prior to his "Kong" appearances, and in fact has more than 200 film roles to his credit...
8. J. Farrell MacDonald J. Farrell MacDonald Actor, Sunrise
9. Edgar Wallace Edgar Wallace Writer, King Kong
10. Spencer Charters Spencer Charters Actor, High Sierra Spencer Charters was a burly, moon faced man who got his start in the theater where he basically stayed until 1930. Thereafter, he quickly launched a career as a character actor in movies. His specialty was a lower-to-middle-class worker, and he portrayed many types, including judges, doctors, clerks...
11. Aleister Crowley Aleister Crowley Writer, Aleister Crowley: The Wickedest Man in the World
12. Maurice Ravel Maurice Ravel Soundtrack, The Dark Knight Rises
13. Maude Eburne Maude Eburne Actress, To Be or Not to Be Eburne started on the stage in Ontario and New York, later appearing on Broadway in 1914, playing a cockney maid. She played comic servants on stage until 1930 then moved to films in 1931. On screen, she played a variety of roles from maids to aristocrats to pipe-smoking harridans. Eburne retired from the screen in 1951.
14. Arthur Wontner Arthur Wontner Actor, Genevieve Arthur Wontner (1875-1960), the critics' choice. "No better "Sherlock Holmes" than Arthur Wontner is likely to be seen and heard in pictures, in our time... The keen, worn, kindly face and quiet prescient smile are out of the very pages of the book", Vincent Starrett's 'The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes'...
15. William V. Mong William V. Mong Actor, The Grudge
16. Francis Pierlot Francis Pierlot Actor, Cyrano de Bergerac Minor film player Francis Pierlot came to Hollywood in 1939 at the age of 63 with the notion that he would retire rather quickly. Instead he played a steady stream of small character roles in a film career that spanned well over a decade. Born July 15, 1875 in France, Pierlot came to the United States when he was still a child and was raised in Boston...
17. Lumsden Hare Lumsden Hare Actor, Rebecca
18. Jeanne Louise Calment Jeanne Louise Calment Self, Vincent et moi Jeanne Louise Calment had the longest confirmed human life span in history, living to the age of 122 years, 164 days (44724 days total). She lived in Arles, France, for her entire life, and outlived both her daughter and grandson. She became especially well known from the age of 113, when the centenary of Vincent van Gogh's visit brought reporters to Arles...
19. Helen Westley Helen Westley Actress, Heidi Although she could on a rare occasion display a bit of kindness, or at least some kind of grouchy benevolence, Helen Westley had few peers on stage or film when it came to outright unpleasantness. A stern, indomitable presence, her characters offered unsolicited advice to anyone and everyone within arm's reach...
20. Louis J. Gasnier Louis J. Gasnier Director, Reefer Madness French-born Louis J. Gasnier was a stage actor/director/producer in Paris when he was hired by Pathe to direct comedy shorts. After discovering and showcasing comedian Max Linder, Gasnier was sent by Pathe to the U.S. in 1912 to run its operation there. He helped to make Pathe a major player in the U.S...
21. Tiny Jones Tiny Jones Actress, Drums Along the Mohawk
22. Thomas Mann Thomas Mann Writer, Death in Venice Thomas Mann was probably Germany's most influential author of the 20th century, receiving the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1929. Born on 6 June 1875 in Lübeck, his family moved to Munich in 1893, where he lived until 1933 and wrote some of his most successful novels like "Buddenbrocks" (1901), "Death in Venice" (1912) or "The Magic Mountain" (1924)...
23. Sam De Grasse Sam De Grasse Actor, Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages Born in Canada, Sam De Grasse entered films in 1912 and specialized in playing thoroughly disreputable, nasty, slimy bad guys. Douglas Fairbanks was so impressed with De Grasse's villainy that he used the actor in several of his more memorable productions. He wasn't the only member of the De Grasse family in films...
24. Ivan F. Simpson Ivan F. Simpson Actor, The Adventures of Robin Hood
25. J. Stuart Blackton J. Stuart Blackton Director, Winsor McCay, the Famous Cartoonist of the N.Y. Herald and His Moving Comics In the US from the age of 10, he first worked as a journalist-illustrator for the New York World. Interviewing Thomas A. Edison, he so impressed the inventor with his drawings that Edison suggested he allow some of them to be photographed by the Kinetograph camera. The result was a short film, Edison Drawn by 'World' Artist...
26. Frank Craven Frank Craven Actor, Our Town Frank Craven, the actor, director, playwright and producer who achieved theatrical immortality as The Stage Manager in the original 1938 Broadway production and 1940 movie version of Thornton Wilder's classic Our Town, was born into a theatrical family on August 24, 1875 in Boston, Massachusetts...
27. Harriet Quimby Harriet Quimby Writer, The Broken Cross Harriet Quimby was born in Arcadia, Michigan. She was an actress, model, magazine writer, screenwriter, and the first woman to ever cross the English Channel in 1912. She also was the first woman who gained a pilot license issued by "Aero Club of America" in 1911. Harriet Quimby had a great impact on the roles of women in aviation even she got the age of 37...
28. Gilbert Emery Gilbert Emery Actor, A Farewell to Arms
29. John Buchan John Buchan Writer, The 39 Steps
30. Wilson Benge Wilson Benge Actor, Bulldog Drummond
31. Aldrich Bowker Aldrich Bowker Actor, Ball of Fire
32. Olof Winnerstrand Olof Winnerstrand Actor, Torment
33. Horace B. Carpenter Horace B. Carpenter Actor, Maniac
34. Dorothy Vernon Dorothy Vernon Actress, The Dentist What a busy lady Dorothy Vernon was! Born in 1875, she acted, in the theater first, in the movies afterward, until 1957. When she died in 1970, thirteen years later, she could leave our world with a justified feeling of a job well done. Dorothy Vernon, not to be confused with two other British actresses of the same name...
35. Nora Bush Nora Bush Actress, Valley of Vengeance
36. Carl Gustav Jung Carl Gustav Jung Self, Jung Speaks of Freud Carl Gustav Jung was born in Kessewil, Switzerland, on July 26, 1875. His father Paul was a rural preacher, and began to teach his son Latin when Carl was six years old, stoking his interest in language and literature (Jung was later able to read most European languages and several ancient ones, such as Sanskrit)...
37. Edward Fielding Edward Fielding Actor, Rebecca
38. George Formby Sr. George Formby Sr. Actor, No Fool Like an Old Fool George Formby was born James Booth in 1875 in Ashton Under Lyne, Lancashire. He began his career, as a singer, in 1899 as one half of the Brothers Glenray. Three years later when his voice was changing, he added comedy to the act. While waiting for a train to an engagement, he noticed a passing freight with a number of cars labelled Formby...
39. Ian Maclaren Ian Maclaren Actor, Cleopatra
40. Rafael Sabatini Rafael Sabatini Writer, Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini was born near the Adriatic seaport of Ancona, Italy to Anna Trafford, an Englishwoman, and Italian Vincenzo Sabatini, both of whom were well known opera singers. With their careers still in full swing and included much traveling, so baby Rafael was sent to her parents near Liverpool for a stable home life...
41. Max Davidson Max Davidson Actor, Pass the Gravy
42. Claude King Claude King Actor, Arrowsmith
43. Roger Imhof Roger Imhof Actor, The Grapes of Wrath
44. Jesse James Jr. Jesse James Jr. Actor, Jesse James as the Outlaw
45. Louise Carter Louise Carter Actress, I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
46. Jim Corbett Jim Corbett Writer, India: Kingdom of the Tiger British hunter who spent most of his adult life in India. He was born in a hill station in India, the second youngest of thirteen children. One of his older stepsisters had survived the siege of Agra during the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857. His father died when he was 4, while serving at the 'volatile' Afghan border...
47. James J. Jeffries James J. Jeffries Self, Jeffries-Sharkey Contest James J. Jeffries was the heavyweight champion of the world from 1899 to 1905 but he is best known to history for coming out of retirement to take on Jack Johnson, the first African American heavyweight champion in history, in what was called "The Fight of the Century". That fight ensured Jeffries'...
48. Phillips Smalley Phillips Smalley Director, Suspense
49. Paul Rubens Paul Rubens Soundtrack, A Little of What You Fancy
50. Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Rilke Writer, Ana Rainer Maria Rilke was born in Prague on the 4th of December 1878 as the son of a military man working with railroads. After he visited a military Upper School he tried to avoid the army and did the preparations for the final exams and the final exams in private. He went to university to study literature and art...
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