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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 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...
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. Aleister Crowley Aleister Crowley Writer, The Rite of Sol, a Rock Opera
10. Jim Colosimo Jim Colosimo Notorious Chicago gangster--and one of the last of the "Mustache Petes", a nickname given to the old-line Italian gangsters by the "Young Turks" trying to take over--Giacomo "Big Jim" Colosimo was born in Colosimi, Italy. His family emigrated to Chicago in 1895, where "Big Jim" got an early start in the criminal underworld...
11. Edgar Wallace Edgar Wallace Writer, King Kong
12. Lee Tung Foo Lee Tung Foo Actor, Across the Pacific
13. Lumsden Hare Lumsden Hare Actor, Rebecca
14. Harry Northrup Harry Northrup Actor, Ups and Downs
15. Maurice Ravel Maurice Ravel Soundtrack, The Dark Knight Rises
16. 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)...
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. 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.
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. 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...
21. Tiny Jones Tiny Jones Actress, Drums Along the Mohawk
22. 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...
23. 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'...
24. John Buchan John Buchan Writer, The 39 Steps
25. 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...
26. Horace B. Carpenter Horace B. Carpenter Actor, Maniac
27. Jesse James Jr. Jesse James Jr. Actor, Jesse James as the Outlaw
28. Gilbert Emery Gilbert Emery Actor, A Farewell to Arms
29. 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...
30. Mrs. Harry Houdini Mrs. Harry Houdini Actress, Religious Racketeers
31. George Guhl George Guhl Actor, Murder by Invitation
32. 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...
33. Russ Powell Russ Powell Actor, The Red Mill
34. Edward Fielding Edward Fielding Actor, Rebecca
35. 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...
36. Max Davidson Max Davidson Actor, Pass the Gravy
37. Ivan F. Simpson Ivan F. Simpson Actor, The Adventures of Robin Hood
38. 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...
39. Wilson Benge Wilson Benge Actor, Bulldog Drummond
40. 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...
41. Nora Bush Nora Bush Actress, Valley of Vengeance
42. 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...
43. 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'...
44. Roger Imhof Roger Imhof Actor, The Grapes of Wrath
45. Louise Carter Louise Carter Actress, I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
46. Valerie Bergere Valerie Bergere Actress, It's Love I'm After
47. Catherine Doucet Catherine Doucet Actress, These Three American character actress from the theatre, former school teacher. On the New York stage since 1906 with 'Brown of Harvard', co-starring Laura Hope Crews. She acted under her maiden name Catherine Calhoun until 1920, then adopted the surname of her husband, the actor Paul Doucet, appearing almost exclusively in comedy...
48. Ian Maclaren Ian Maclaren Actor, Cleopatra
49. Carl Froelich Carl Froelich Director, Mädchen in Uniform
50. Paul Rubens Paul Rubens Soundtrack, A Little of What You Fancy
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