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1. Lionel Barrymore Lionel Barrymore Actor, It's a Wonderful Life The legendary Lionel Barrymore, one of the great cinema character actors, was the oldest of the three Barrymmore siblings. Along with Ethel Barrymore and John Barrymore, he shares a prominent place in American acting in the first half of the 20th Century. In addition to winning a Best Actor Academy Award (for A Free Soul)...
2. Harry Carey Harry Carey Actor, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Harry Carey, the silent film star and later B-movie cowboy and A-list character actor, was--like Clint Eastwood's "Bronco Billy"--a self-made Westerner. Born on January 16, 1878, in Bronx, NY, Henry DeWitt Carey II was the son of a prominent lawyer who was the president of a sewing machine company...
3. 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...
4. 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...
5. 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".
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. 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...
8. 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...
9. Basil Ruysdael Basil Ruysdael Actor, 101 Dalmatians
10. 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...
11. 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...
12. Upton Sinclair Upton Sinclair Writer, There Will Be Blood
13. 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...
14. 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...
15. 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...
16. 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".
17. 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...
18. Ferenc Molnár Ferenc Molnár Writer, One, Two, Three
19. 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...
20. 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...
21. Blanche Friderici Blanche Friderici Actress, It Happened One Night
22. 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...
23. William C. de Mille William C. de Mille Writer, Captain Fury 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...
24. 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...
25. H.V. Kaltenborn H.V. Kaltenborn Self, Harbor Lights Hans V. Kaltenborn had some colorful experiences in 1933 at the advent of Hitler becoming Chancellor of Germany and the founding of Nazism there. Being of German descent he may have had a blind admiration for the discipline and precision of the Nazi German youth. He refused to believe reports that the S.A...
26. 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...
27. William Desmond William Desmond Actor, Society for Sale Raised in New York City, Dublin-born William Desmond began his show business career in vaudeville and on the stage. He had his own theatrical company by the time he made his film debut in Kilmeny. Starting out in dramatic parts, Desmond soon switched to westerns and action serials, and became a major western star...
28. Bobby Burns Bobby Burns Actor, Speed Kings
29. Georgia Burke Georgia Burke Actress, The Cool World
30. Murdock MacQuarrie Murdock MacQuarrie Actor, Modern Times
31. Bleuette Bernon Bleuette Bernon Actress, Joan of Arc
32. Jack Johnson Jack Johnson Self, As the World Rolls On Jack Johnson, one of the greatest professional boxers in history and the first African American to wear the world's heavyweight championship belt, is one of the seminal figures in sports and American social history as he was both a mirror on and lightning rod for racism. Many white Americans could not...
33. Harry C. Browne Harry C. Browne Actor, Closed Doors
34. 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.
35. Adrienne D'Ambricourt Adrienne D'Ambricourt Actress, Saratoga Trunk
36. Julia Dean Julia Dean Actress, The Curse of the Cat People
37. Julia Swayne Gordon Julia Swayne Gordon Actress, Wings US silent-screen star who would continue to play character and leading roles in early talkies.
38. Bob Perry Bob Perry Actor, The Long Voyage Home
39. Nora Cecil Nora Cecil Actress, I Married a Witch
40. Harry Bernard Harry Bernard Actor, Saps at Sea
41. Percy Parsons Percy Parsons Actor, The Citadel
42. 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")...
43. Georg H. Schnell Georg H. Schnell Actor, Nosferatu
44. 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...
45. Tom Santschi Tom Santschi Actor, The Abyss The pioneer film actor, director and writer was born Paul William Santschi. At an early age, William (or Bill as he was called) exhibited a keen interest in the performing arts. His love of acting manifested itself in his compulsion to entertain his relatives with improvisations and songs. At age ten or so after moving with his parents and sisters Florence and Minnie to Kokomo...
46. Jack Pratt Jack Pratt Actor, Roman Candles
47. James Oliver Curwood James Oliver Curwood Writer, The Bear
48. Carl Sandburg Carl Sandburg Self, Episode dated 13 May 1959
49. Frank LaRue Frank LaRue Actor, Boothill Brigade
50. Arthur Stuart Hull Arthur Stuart Hull Actor, The Palm Beach Story
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