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1. Lionel Barrymore Lionel Barrymore Actor, It's a Wonderful Life Famed actor, composer, artist, author and director. His talents extended to the authoring of the novel "Mr. Cartonwine: A Moral Tale" as well as his autobiography. In 1944, he joined ASCAP, and composed "Russian Dances", "Partita", "Ballet Viennois", "The Woodman and the Elves", "Behind the Horizon"...
2. Harry Carey Harry Carey Actor, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Born in New York City to a Judge of Special Sessions who was also president of a sewing machine company. Grew up on City Island, New York. Attended Hamilton Military Academy and turned down an appointment to West Point to attend New York University, where his law school classmates included future New York City mayor James J...
3. Finlay Currie Finlay Currie Actor, Ben-Hur Scottish-born Finlay Currie was a former church organist and choirmaster who made his stage debut at 20 years of age. It took him 34 more years before making his first film, but he worked steadily for another 30 years after that. Although he was a large, imposing figure, with a rich, deep voice and somewhat authoritarian demeanor...
4. Donald Meek Donald Meek Actor, Stagecoach On British and Australian stage before coming to the USA in 1912, he played more than 800 roles, starting with Sir Henry Irving at age 8. He first appeared in the US at Castle Square Theatre, Boston, in 1912, and made his New York debut in 1917 in "Going Up".
5. Basil Ruysdael Basil Ruysdael Actor, 101 Dalmatians
6. Ethel Griffies Ethel Griffies Actress, The Birds The daughter of actor-manager Samuel Rupert Woods and actress Lillie Roberts, Ethel Griffies began her own stage career at the age of 3. She was 21 when she finally made her London debut in 1899, and 46 when she made her first Broadway appearance in "Havoc" (1924). Discounting a tentative stab at filmmaking in 1917...
7. George M. Cohan George M. Cohan Soundtrack, Little Miss Sunshine At nine he joined his parents' vaudeville act, which included his sister Josephine, and the act thereafter was known as The Four Cohans. He wrote songs and sketches for his own act and those of others. He began producing and managing in partnership with Sam Harris from 1904 to 1920. He acted in...
8. Bill Robinson Bill Robinson Soundtrack, Stormy Weather According to one jazz dance source, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson was the chief instigator for getting tap dance "up on its toes." Early forms of tap, including the familiar "buck and wing", contained a flat-footed style, while Robinson performed on the balls of his feet with a shuffle-tap style that allowed him more improvisation. It obviously got him noticed and it certainly made him a legend...
9. Constance Collier Constance Collier Actress, Rope In a career that covered six decades, Constance Collier evolved into one of Broadway and London's finest tragediennes during the first half of the 1900s. While the regal, dark-featured beauty who bore classic Romanesque features enjoyed a transcontinental career like a number of her contemporaries, her theatre success did not encourage an enviable film career...
10. Taylor Holmes Taylor Holmes Actor, Sleeping Beauty Taylor Holmes, the American stage and film actor, was born on May 16, 1878, in Newark, New Jersey. He made his Broadway debut in February 1900 in the controversial play "Sapho", which was closed down by the New York Police Department for immorality after 29 performances. In the April 1900 trial, the play was adjudged not obscene, and it reopened and ran for an additional 55 performances...
11. Robert Warwick Robert Warwick Actor, Sullivan's Travels A prominent matinée stage and silent-film star with handsome features offset only slightly by a prominent proboscis, Robert Warwick was born and raised in Sacramento, California, as Robert Taylor Bien. The gift of music was instilled at an early age (he sang in his church choir) and he initially prepared for an operatic career...
12. Joseph Stalin Joseph Stalin Self, Universal Newsreel Joseph Stalin (a code name meaning "Man of Steel") was born Iosif (Joseph) Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili in 1879 in Gori, Georgia, the Transcaucasian part of the Russian Empire. His father was a cobbler named Vissarion Dzhugashvili, a drunkard who beat him badly and frequently and left the family when Joseph was young...
13. Katie Johnson Katie Johnson Actress, The Ladykillers British character actress, on stage from 1894. Her many notable theatrical appearances include "Little Lord Fauntleroy" at the Prince's Theatre in Bristol, and, as Lady McClean, in "Escape Me Never" at the Apollo in London (1933) - a part she subsequently took to Broadway two years later. Until well into her seventies...
14. Ethel Wales Ethel Wales Actress, The Rag Man
15. Roy Atwell Roy Atwell Actor, Blamed for a Blonde Actor, comedian, and composer, educated at the Sargent School of Acting. His Broadway stage appearances included "The Little Missus", "The Mimic World", "The Firefly", and "How's Your Health?". He was a member of the Fortune Gallo Opera Company, and joined ASCAP in 1957. He composed the popular song "Some Little Bug is Going to Bite You".
16. Henry B. Walthall Henry B. Walthall Actor, The Birth of a Nation Henry B. Walthall was a respected stage actor who became a favorite of pioneering film director D.W. Griffith. Born in 1878 in Alabama, Walthall embarked on a law career but quit law school in 1898 to enlist in the US Army in order to fight in the Spanish-American War. Returning from the war he decided to take up an acting career instead of the law...
17. Franklyn Farnum Franklyn Farnum Actor, Sunset Blvd. Boston-born Franklyn Farnum was on the vaudeville stage at the age of 12 and was featured in a number of theatre and musical productions by the time he entered silent films near the age of 40. He appeared to be at his most comfortable in the saddle, his career dominated mostly by westerns. Some of his more famous films include the serial Vanishing Trails and features The Clock...
18. Upton Sinclair Upton Sinclair Writer, There Will Be Blood
19. Oscar Apfel Oscar Apfel Director, The Squaw Man Entering the film industry almost at its beginning, Oscar Apfel began his career in 1911 as a director. He hit the big leagues in 1914 when he was given many prestigious assignments for Paramount Pictures, often in collaboration with Cecil B. DeMille. In 1916, he switched to Fox, and then freelanced for many smaller studios...
20. Harry Bernard Harry Bernard Actor, Saps at Sea
21. Pancho Villa Pancho Villa Self, Life of Villa Francisco "Pancho" Villa was born Doroteo Arango to rural peasant parents in San Juan del Rio, Mexico, on June 5, 1878. He later took several aliases, the most popular and well-known being "Pancho Villa". Raised in poverty in Durango, he turned to cattle rustling and robbery as a young man. The turning point in his life...
22. Blanche Friderici Blanche Friderici Actress, It Happened One Night
23. Mike Donlin Mike Donlin Actor, The General A famous, yet controversial major league baseball player, "Turkey Mike," as Donlin was known because of his unique strut, played on seven teams in a 12-year career, mostly in the National League, from 1899-1914. His career reached its peak in 1905-06, when he was the star outfielder for the champion New York Giants...
24. Louise Dresser Louise Dresser Actress, The Scarlet Empress This knowing, plump-framed, strong-willed actress went on to play the gamut of emotions, from downtrodden, drunken ex-stars to self-controlled dowager empresses, in both silent pictures and early talkies. Grandly supporting the huge stars of her day including Rudolph Valentino and Will Rogers), she actually started out as a celebrated singer from the vaudeville and Broadway stages...
25. Ernest Torrence Ernest Torrence Actor, Steamboat Bill, Jr. He was the man you loved to hiss. This towering (6' 4"), highly imposing character star with cold, hollow, beady eyes and a huge, protruding snout would go on to become one of the silent screen's finest arch villains. Born Ernest Thayson Torrence-Thompson on June 26, 1878, in Edinburgh, Scotland, he was...
26. Julia Dean Julia Dean Actress, The Curse of the Cat People
27. Nora Cecil Nora Cecil Actress, The Thin Man Goes Home
28. Rachel Crothers Rachel Crothers Writer, Splendor
29. Harry C. Browne Harry C. Browne Actor, Closed Doors
30. Conway Tearle Conway Tearle Actor, The Hurricane Express This West Point-educated actor was a tall, dark and handsome American co-star who romanced some of the most illustrious femme stars ever to appear on the silent silver screen. Conway Tearle was born in New York City on May 17, 1878 to a family of entertainers. Christened Frederick Levy, his father, Jules...
31. Fred Burns Fred Burns Actor, Doctor Jim Supporting actor in silent and early-sound-era westerns
32. Edward Clark Edward Clark Actor, The Iron Hand Prolific actor, songwriter ("Heart of My Heart"), composer, author, director and producer. He came to the USA in 1891, and was a vaudeville comedian. He composed the Broadway stage score and libretto for "Little Miss Charity", and directed "You're in Love" and "Oh, What a Girl". He wrote the librettos for "Honey Girl" and "Paradise Alley"...
33. William C. de Mille William C. de Mille Director, One More American William Churchill de Mille, the older brother of Hollywood legend Cecil B. DeMille (W.C. retained the family spelling of his name) and father of Tony Award-winning choreographer Agnes de Mille, was born in Washington, North Carolina, on July 25, 1878. His father, Henry C. DeMille, was a playwright who had six plays produced on Broadway from 1887 to 1890...
34. Bob Perry Bob Perry Actor, The Long Voyage Home
35. Richard Garrick Richard Garrick Actor, A Streetcar Named Desire Performed on Broadway; active from 1907-47. Garrick made his stage debut in the moderately successful production of "The Boys of Company B" (in which Mack Sennett appeared in one of his 2 stage roles). He appeared in the original 1947 production of "A Streetcar Named Desire" (in the role of the "Strange Man")...
36. Frank LaRue Frank LaRue Actor, Boothill Brigade
37. Edna Phillips Edna Phillips Actress, A Regular Fellow
38. Tom Santschi Tom Santschi Actor, The Abyss American leading man and character actor of the silent period. Born in Crystal City, Missouri(though a number of popular reference works list Switzerland and Kokomo, Indiana). He is listed in the 1880 census as living in Kokomo at the age of two years. This means his date of birth must have been 1878...
39. Julia Swayne Gordon Julia Swayne Gordon Actress, Wings US silent-screen star who would continue to play character and leading roles in early talkies.
40. Charles McNaughton Charles McNaughton Actor, Treasure Island
41. John Ince John Ince Actor, Hour of Reckoning Eldest of the brothers Ince (see also Thomas H. Ince and Ralph Ince), he was first a silent-screen actor and then a director. With the arrival of sound, he ceased directing and became a character actor.
42. Lord Dunsany Lord Dunsany Writer, Dean Spanley
43. Elsa Bassermann Elsa Bassermann Actress, Madame Curie
44. Guy Oliver Guy Oliver Actor, The Raven
45. Ferenc Molnár Ferenc Molnár Writer, One, Two, Three
46. Carl Sandburg Carl Sandburg Writer, Lincoln
47. Shôzô Makino Shôzô Makino Director, Jiraiya the Hero Called the "father of Japanese film," Shozo Makino was a director during the pioneer days of Japanese film, and was also a producer and business executive. Makino was born in Kyoto on September 22, 1878. His mother ran a theater, and his association with movies began when the motion picture fan, Naganosuke Yokota...
48. A.C. Abadie A.C. Abadie Cinematographer, Annual Baby Parade, 1904, Asbury Park, N.J.
49. Bartolomeo Pagano Bartolomeo Pagano Actor, Maciste in Hell Strongman who won role of Maciste in Cabiria (1914), and took the character's name as his own stage name in a series of films for the next 14 years. After Pagano's death, the character of Maciste was played by several other actors.
50. John S. Robertson John S. Robertson Director, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
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