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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. 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...
4. 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...
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. 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...
7. Edgar Wallace Edgar Wallace Writer, King Kong
8. 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...
9. J. Farrell MacDonald J. Farrell MacDonald Actor, Sunrise
10. 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.
11. 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...
12. Maurice Ravel Maurice Ravel Soundtrack, The Dark Knight Rises
13. 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...
14. Aleister Crowley Aleister Crowley Writer, The Rite of Sol, a Rock Opera
15. Lumsden Hare Lumsden Hare Actor, Rebecca
16. Dorothy Vernon Dorothy Vernon Actress, The Dentist Titian haired, full figured, voluptuous Dorothy Vernon had a career that spanned from the early days of moving pictures through the boxed screen known as television. Rather it was a comedy, a western, a musical or whatever was needed, Dorothy did it all. Her unforgettable glow and her almost heavenly serene appearance was the focal point of many western square dances...
17. Edgar Selwyn Edgar Selwyn Writer, The Girl in the Show What a life! Edgar Selwyn was born Edgar Simon on October 20, 1875, in Cincinnati, Ohio. As a child he and his family lived in Toronto, Canada, before moving to Selma, Alabama, where his parents died. He moved to Chicago at the age of 17 to seek his fortune, but Fortuna would not let the young man take her as his mistress...
18. Wilson Benge Wilson Benge Actor, Bulldog Drummond
19. 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'...
20. 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)...
21. Aldrich Bowker Aldrich Bowker Actor, Ball of Fire
22. Ivan F. Simpson Ivan F. Simpson Actor, The Adventures of Robin Hood
23. 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...
24. 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...
25. Lee Tung Foo Lee Tung Foo Actor, Across the Pacific
26. J. Stuart Blackton J. Stuart Blackton Director, Winsor McCay, the Famous Cartoonist of the N.Y. Herald and His Moving Comics J. Stuart Blackton came to the US with his family from Sheffield, England, in 1885 at age 10, settling in New York. He became friends with Albert E. Smith - who later became his business partner and headed Vitagraph Studios - in 1894 and they started a short-lived vaudeville act together. Blackton went to work as a reporter for the "New York Evening World" newspaper...
27. Tiny Jones Tiny Jones Actress, Drums Along the Mohawk
28. 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...
29. Roger Imhof Roger Imhof Actor, The Grapes of Wrath
30. John Buchan John Buchan Writer, The 39 Steps
31. Gilbert Emery Gilbert Emery Actor, A Farewell to Arms
32. 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...
33. Sam De Grasse Sam De Grasse Actor, Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages Actor Samuel Alfred DeGrasse (June 12, 1875 - November 29, 1953) was born into a French Canadian family. He is the son of Lange DeGrasse and Ellen Comeaux of Bathurst, New Brunswick. Sam is the younger brother of Director Joseph DeGrasse. There were 11 siblings. Sam immigrated to the USA around 1880 as a young child...
34. Claude King Claude King Actor, Arrowsmith
35. Louise Carter Louise Carter Actress, I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
36. Mrs. Harry Houdini Mrs. Harry Houdini Actress, Religious Racketeers
37. William V. Mong William V. Mong Actor, The Grudge
38. Horace B. Carpenter Horace B. Carpenter Actor, Maniac
39. Edward Fielding Edward Fielding Actor, Rebecca
40. Carl Froelich Carl Froelich Director, Mädchen in Uniform
41. Nora Bush Nora Bush Actress, Valley of Vengeance
42. Mistinguett Mistinguett Actress, L'épouvante
43. Albert Schweitzer Albert Schweitzer Self, Albert Schweitzer Albert Schweitzer was born on January 14, 1875, in Kaysersberg, near Strasbourg, Elsass-Lothringen, Germany (now in Alsace, France). His father and both grandfathers were pastors and organists. His family had been devoted to education, religion and music for generations. Schweitzer took music lessons from his grandfather...
44. Russ Powell Russ Powell Actor, The Red Mill
45. Carl Gustav Jung Carl Gustav Jung Self, Approaches to the Psychology of Personality: Film No. 7 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)...
46. Jesse James Jr. Jesse James Jr. Actor, Jesse James as the Outlaw
47. Max Davidson Max Davidson Actor, Pass the Gravy
48. Paul Rubens Paul Rubens Soundtrack, A Little of What You Fancy
49. Phillips Smalley Phillips Smalley Director, Suspense
50. George Guhl George Guhl Actor, Murder by Invitation
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