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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 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 The Bronx, New York, Henry DeWitt Carey II was the son of a prominent lawyer who was the president of a sewing machine company...
3. 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...
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. 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...
6. Bill Robinson Bill Robinson Soundtrack, Stormy Weather Bill Robinson quit school at age seven and began work as a professional dancer the following year. Bojangles (the name referred to his happy-go-lucky ebullience) starred in vaudeville, musical stage and movies. He invented the stair tap routine and was considered one of the world's greatest tap dancers...
7. 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...
8. 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...
9. 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...
10. 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...
11. 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".
12. Upton Sinclair Upton Sinclair Writer, There Will Be Blood
13. T.D. Crittenden T.D. Crittenden Actor, The Old Nest
14. Basil Ruysdael Basil Ruysdael Actor, 101 Dalmatians
15. 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...
16. 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...
17. George M. Cohan George M. Cohan Soundtrack, Little Miss Sunshine Composer, librettist, actor, dancer, dramatist, author, director, and producer born in Providence, Rhode Island. He began in vaudeville as a child in his family's act, the Four Cohans, and was writing for the act by the age of 15. As an actor he is remembered in such roles as the father in O'Neill's Ah...
18. 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...
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. 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. 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")...
23. Ferenc Molnár Ferenc Molnár Writer, One, Two, Three
24. 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...
25. Blanche Friderici Blanche Friderici Actress, It Happened One Night
26. Bobby Burns Bobby Burns Actor, Speed Kings
27. Nora Cecil Nora Cecil Actress, I Married a Witch
28. 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...
29. Wallace Worsley Wallace Worsley Director, The Hunchback of Notre Dame
30. Harry Bernard Harry Bernard Actor, Saps at Sea
31. Julia Swayne Gordon Julia Swayne Gordon Actress, Wings US silent-screen star who would continue to play character and leading roles in early talkies.
32. 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...
33. Carl Sandburg Carl Sandburg Writer, Lincoln
34. John S. Robertson John S. Robertson Director, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
35. Mike Donovan Mike Donovan Actor, Dead Man's Coat
36. Lord Dunsany Lord Dunsany Writer, Dean Spanley
37. 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...
38. 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...
39. 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"...
40. 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.
41. Harry C. Browne Harry C. Browne Actor, Closed Doors
42. William Desmond William Desmond Actor, The Phantom of the West 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...
43. Arthur Stuart Hull Arthur Stuart Hull Actor, The Palm Beach Story
44. Georg H. Schnell Georg H. Schnell Actor, Nosferatu
45. 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.
46. Ferdinand P. Earle Ferdinand P. Earle Art Department, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
47. H.V. Kaltenborn H.V. Kaltenborn Self, Episode dated 30 March 1953 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...
48. Fred Mace Fred Mace Actor, Bangville Police Mace was a dentist from Erie, Pennsylvania who at one point did some stage stock work for Mack Sennett. Heading west, he worked for Carl Laemmle and Thomas H. Ince before settling back with Sennett. After achieving success as the Chief of the Keystone Kops, he quit Sennett and opened his own company...
49. Ethel Wales Ethel Wales Actress, The Rag Man
50. Adrienne D'Ambricourt Adrienne D'Ambricourt Actress, Saratoga Trunk
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