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1. Edmund Gwenn Edmund Gwenn Actor, The Trouble with Harry There are very few character actors from the 1930s, '40s or '50s who rose to the rank of stardom. Only a rare man or woman reached the level of renown and admiration, and had enough audience appeal, to be the first name in a cast's billing, a name that got marquee posting. Charles Coburn comes to mind, but there aren't many others. However, one who made it was Edmund Gwenn...
2. Charles Coburn Charles Coburn Actor, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes A cigar-smoking, monocled, swag-bellied character actor known for his Old South manners and charm. In 1918 he and his first wife formed the Coburn Players and appeared on Broadway in many plays. With her death in 1937, he accepted a Hollywood contract and began making films at the age of sixty.
3. Russell Simpson Russell Simpson Actor, The Grapes of Wrath His grim, beady-eyed, sharp-nosed, weatherbeaten face was always familiar despite the small roles he appeared in. Every once in a while character actor Russell Simpson would stand out in a small scene, but his main purpose seemed to be adding rustic authenticity to his westerns or small-town dramas...
4. Josephine Hull Josephine Hull Actress, Harvey Josephine Sherwood changed her name after marrying stage actor Shelly Hull in 1910. She studied drama at Radcliffe College, much to the dismay of her parents and first worked on the stage in a stock company in Boston. Her husband died in 1919, aged 35, of Spanish influenza. Josephine left the stage for three years and never re-married...
5. Claire McDowell Claire McDowell Actress, The Big Parade
6. O.P. Heggie O.P. Heggie Actor, Bride of Frankenstein Hollywood character actor of the late 20s and earlier 30s remembered for his role as the blind hermit who befriends the Creature, portrayed so memorably by Boris Karloff, with wine and tobacco in 'Bride of Frankenstein' (1935).
7. Chief John Big Tree Chief John Big Tree Actor, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
8. Sam Harris Sam Harris Actor, The Spirit of Gallipoli
9. Halliwell Hobbes Halliwell Hobbes Actor, Gaslight Born at Shakespeare's birthplace, Stratford-on-Avon, Halliwell Hobbes could perhaps not aspire to anything else but to be an actor. He made his stage debut in 1898 playing Shakespearean repertory with the famous acting company of Sir Frank Benson throughout England. Among others he played opposite Mrs...
10. Isadora Duncan Isadora Duncan Writer, Isadora Isadora Duncan was an American dancer and innovative educator known for interdisciplinary and cross-cultural projects, and a hectic marriage to the famous Russian poet Sergei Esenin. She was born Isador 'Dora' Angela Duncan on May 26, 1877, in San Francisco, California. Her father, Joseph Duncan...
11. Maurice Costello Maurice Costello Actor, Fellow Voyagers
12. Gibson Gowland Gibson Gowland Actor, The Phantom of the Opera
13. Hermann Hesse Hermann Hesse Writer, Siddhartha
14. François Lallement François Lallement Actor, A Trip to the Moon
15. Olga Roderick Olga Roderick Actress, Freaks Olga Roderick, Madame Olga, was born Jane Barnell in Wilmington, NC on January 3, 1871 (or February 28, 1877, depending on the source). Her father was a Russian Jew and her mother Catawba Indian. According to historians, she was growing hair by the age of two and was bearded at four. Her deformity caused her mother to believe that Jane was bewitched...
16. Karl Von Cosel Karl Von Cosel Uncategorised Born Karl Tanzler in Dresden, Germany he abandoned his wife and children in 1927 to move to Key West, Florida, where he changed his name to Carl Von Cosel and added "Count" to his title. He also claimed to have had 19 different degrees though none were substantiated. Von Cosel worked for several years...
17. Robert Homans Robert Homans Actor, The Grapes of Wrath Dour-faced US character player in films for more than two decades from 1923, often in portrayals of peace officers such as judges and lawmen. Even at his most elderly, he could frequently be seen as a white-haired, uniformed policeman - often affecting an Irish accent to boot.
18. Charles R. Bowers Charles R. Bowers Director, Now You Tell One Charley Bowers led an extraordinary life even prior to getting involved with motion pictures. Supposedly kidnapped by circus performers at age six, he became an accomplished tightrope walker before returning home two years later. He did all types of work over the years, including circus jobs, theatrical work...
19. May Wallace May Wallace Actress, County Hospital
20. George Melford George Melford Director, Drácula Hollywood director from the early 1910's through late 1930's, he was thereafter a character actor through the 1940's and 50's.
21. Nigel De Brulier Nigel De Brulier Actor, The Hunchback of Notre Dame Character actor in Hollywood silents and talkies.
22. Fanny Schreck Fanny Schreck Actress, Der Herr im Haus
23. Bruno Eichgrün Bruno Eichgrün Actor, Erzgauner
24. Barlowe Borland Barlowe Borland Actor, The Hound of the Baskervilles
25. Sidney Bracey Sidney Bracey Actor, The Cameraman Supporting player in US films from 1920 until his death.
26. Frank Austin Frank Austin Actor, Almost Human
27. Norman Macowan Norman Macowan Actor, The City of the Dead
28. Florence Gill Florence Gill Actress, The Reluctant Dragon
29. Eduardo Arozamena Eduardo Arozamena Actor, Drácula
30. Lloyd C. Douglas Lloyd C. Douglas Writer, The Robe
31. Bodil Rosing Bodil Rosing Actress, Sunrise
32. Ludwig Hartau Ludwig Hartau Actor, Anna Boleyn
33. Myra Keaton Myra Keaton Actress, Love Nest on Wheels
34. J. Searle Dawley J. Searle Dawley Director, Frankenstein J. Searle Dawley, the man who considered himself "the first motion picture director", was born James Searle Dawley on May 13, 1877, in Del Norte, Colorado. He was educated in Denver, and after graduating in 1895, became an actor with Louis Morrison's stock theatrical company. The tour he was hired for was canceled...
35. Alfred Machin Alfred Machin Director, La chasse à la girafe en Ouganda Alfred Machin started his film work as camera man for Pathe at the beginning of 20 Century. During 1907 and 1909 he was in Africa, shooting documentary shorts. In 1910 he worked at the Pathe studio in Nizza, in 1911 he was one of the founding directors of the Pathe-filiale in Amsterdam, in 1913 he was the same in Brussel...
36. Svend Gade Svend Gade Director, Watch Your Wife A former stage actor and director in his native Denmark, Sven Gade began making films there in 1916. He traveled to Germany a few years later to direct a film version of Hamlet (Hamlet), then journeyed to Hollywood the next year. He designed sets for other directors' films and directed several of his own...
37. Marcel Lévesque Marcel Lévesque Actor, Les vampires
38. Lionel Pape Lionel Pape Actor, The Philadelphia Story
39. René Navarre René Navarre Actor, Fantomas
40. Norman Trevor Norman Trevor Actor, Dancing Mothers
41. Giuseppe Becce Giuseppe Becce Composer, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
42. William Hope Hodgson William Hope Hodgson Writer, Matango
43. Chance Ward Chance Ward Director, Cooky's Adventure
44. J.A. Campbell J.A. Campbell Writer, The Queen Mother
45. Mary Jerrold Mary Jerrold Actress, The Queen of Spades British actress played mainly sweet old ladies
46. A.B. DeComathiere A.B. DeComathiere Actor, The Black King
47. Morris Harvey Morris Harvey Actor, Scrooge
48. Alfred G. Vanderbilt Alfred G. Vanderbilt Self, Coaching for a Record
49. Fritz Alberti Fritz Alberti Actor, The Man Who Cheated Life
50. Ida Perry Ida Perry Actress, False Pearls
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