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1. Max Schreck Max Schreck Actor, Nosferatu Max Schreck was born in Berlin. He worked in an apprenticeship until his father's death before enrolling into a school for acting. He toured the country with his peers and was a member of several theaters until he became a part of Max Reinhardt's group of innovative German actors. He played mostly out of the norm characters...
2. Sydney Greenstreet Sydney Greenstreet Actor, Casablanca Sydney Greenstreet's father was a leather merchant with eight children. Sydney left home at age 18 to make his fortune as a Ceylon tea planter, but drought forced him out of business and back to England. He managed a brewery and, to escape boredom, took acting lessons. His stage debut was as a murderer in a 1902 production of "Sherlock Holmes"...
3. Jane Darwell Jane Darwell Actress, The Grapes of Wrath Missouri-born Jane Darwell was the daughter of a railroad president and grew up on a ranch in Missouri. She nursed ambitions to be an opera singer, but put it off because of her father's disapproval (she eventually changed her name to Darwell from the family name of Woodward so as not to "sully" the family name)...
4. Ethel Barrymore Ethel Barrymore Actress, Portrait of Jennie Ethel Barrymore was the second of three children seemingly destined for the actor's life of their parents Maurice and Georgiana. Maurice Barrymore had emigrated from England in 1875, and after graduating from Cambridge in law had shocked his family by becoming an actor. Georgiana Drew of Philadelphia acted in her parents' stage company...
5. Albert Einstein Albert Einstein Self, World Leaders on Peace and Democracy Son of Hermann and Pauline Einstein. His father was a featherbed salesman. Albert began reading and studying science at a young age, and he graduated from a Swiss high school when he was 17. He then attended a Swiss Polytechnic, where he met his first wife. He graduated in 1900, and became a Swiss citizen in 1901...
6. Lewis Stone Lewis Stone Actor, The Lost World By the time that he was 20, Lewis Stone had turned prematurely grey. He enlisted to fight in the Spanish American War and when he returned, he returned to be a writer. This turned to acting and he began to appear in films during the middle teens. His career was again interrupted by war as he served in the cavalry during World War I...
7. Victor Sjöström Victor Sjöström Director, The Phantom Carriage Victor Sjöström who was born on September 20, 1879, undisputedly is the father of Swedish film and ranks as one of the masters of world cinema. His influence lives on in the work of Ingmar Bergman and all those directors, both Swedish and international, influenced by his work and the works of directors whom he himself influenced...
8. Ernest Thesiger Ernest Thesiger Actor, The Bride of Frankenstein Although he made nearly 60 films in a 50-year acting career, it is for the two he made with director James Whale that Ernest Thesiger will be best remembered. Born Ernest Graham Thesiger in London on January 15, 1879, he was the grandson of the first Baron of Chelmsford. Educated at Marlbrough college and the Slade...
9. Warner Oland Warner Oland Actor, The Jazz Singer Warner Oland was born Johan Verner Olund in the small village of Nyby in Bjurholm parish in the county of Vasterbotten, Sweden, on October 3, 1879. Bjurholm is situated about 60 kilometers outside the town of Umea. His family emigrated to the US on October 15, 1892. His father Jonas was a shopkeeper and his mother was Maria Johanna (nee Forsberg)...
10. Will Rogers Will Rogers Actor, Judge Priest World-famous, widely popular American humorist of the vaudeville stage and of silent and sound films, Will Rogers graduated from military school, but his first real job was in the livestock business in Argentina, of all places. He transported pack animals across the South Atlantic from Buenos Aires to South Africa for use in the Boer War (1899-1902)...
11. Lucile Watson Lucile Watson Actress, Waterloo Bridge Unsmiling character player Lucile Watson was one of Hollywood's most indomitable mothers of the 1930s and 1940s...and you can take that both ways. The archetypal matriarch who enhanced scores of plush, soapy, Victorian-styled drama, her prickly pears could be insufferable indeed and heaven help anyone who gathered up the courage to take them on...
12. Samuel Goldwyn Samuel Goldwyn Producer, The Best Years of Our Lives Famed for his relentless ambition, bad temper and genius for publicity, Samuel Goldwyn became Hollywood's leading "independent" producer -- largely because none of his partners could tolerate him for long. Born Shmuel (or Schmuel) Gelbfisz, probably in 1879, in the Jewish section of Warsaw, he was the eldest of six children of a struggling used-furniture dealer...
13. Sara Allgood Sara Allgood Actress, How Green Was My Valley Dublin-born Sara Allgood started her acting career in her native country with the famed Abbey Theatre. From there she traveled to he English stage, where she played for many years before making her film debut in 1918. Her warm, open Irish face meant that she spent a lot of time playing Irish mothers...
14. Alfred Abel Alfred Abel Actor, Metropolis This elegant actor of the golden age of German cinema appeared in several masterpieces, before the cameras of such inspired geniuses as Lang, Lubitsch and Murnau. Vocation had come rather late in his life, though. Abel was indeed already 33 when he made his first film. Beforehand, he had been a forester...
15. Clem Bevans Clem Bevans Actor, Saboteur Born in 1879, Clem Bevans spent most of his performing career on the stage. First appearing in 1900 in a vaudeville act with Grace Emmett as a boy and girl act, he would move on to burlesque and eventually make the move to Broadway and even opera productions. His first screen appearance did not come until 1935...
16. Walter Hampden Walter Hampden Actor, Sabrina Walter Hampden was one of the great American stage actors and the only performer, aside from Maurice Evans, to play Hamlet three times on Broadway in the post-World War I-era. Born Walter Hampden Dougherty on June 30, 1879, in Brooklyn, New York, he learned his craft in London, where he made his debut as a professional actor in 1901 with the Frank Benson Stock Company...
17. Walter Long Walter Long Actor, The Birth of a Nation Early in his career Walter Long was married to Luray Huntley, an actress for D.W. Griffith's stock company. Huntley and Long performed together in several of Griffith's films including Traffic in Souls, Let Katie Do It, and Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages. They remained married until her death in 1918 at age 28 due to the Spanish influenza epidemic.
18. Dudley Digges Dudley Digges Actor, Mutiny on the Bounty Character player of various types in US films from 1929 through the mid-40's.
19. Eily Malyon Eily Malyon Actress, Going My Way
20. Laura Hope Crews Laura Hope Crews Actress, Gone with the Wind
21. Leona Roberts Leona Roberts Actress, Gone with the Wind
22. King Baggot King Baggot Actor, I'll Fix It
23. E.M. Forster E.M. Forster Writer, A Passage to India
24. Mary Forbes Mary Forbes Actress, A Farewell to Arms
25. Benjamin Christensen Benjamin Christensen Director, Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages
26. Alla Nazimova Alla Nazimova Actress, Salome The grand, highly flamboyant Russian star Alla Nazimova of Hollywood silent films lived an equally grand, flamboyant life off-camera, though her legendary status has not held up as firmly as that of a Rudolph Valentino today. Born in Yalta, Crimea, in 1879, Mariam Edez Adelaida Leventon was the third child in an abusive...
27. George Rosener George Rosener Actor, The Doorway to Hell
28. Lionel Braham Lionel Braham Actor, A Christmas Carol
29. Harlan Briggs Harlan Briggs Actor, Dodsworth Veteran stage actor who became a Hollywood character player from the mid-30's until his death.
30. Houseley Stevenson Houseley Stevenson Actor, Dark Passage British-born American character actor. He labored in a San Francisco glass factory until his thirties, then embarked on an acting career. He became a respected teacher, director, and performer at famed Pasadena Community Playhouse in California. He appeared in numerous films in the Thirties and Forties...
31. Mary Young Mary Young Actress, The Lost Weekend
32. Lois Weber Lois Weber Director, Suspense Lois Weber, who had been a street-corner evangelist before entering motion pictures in 1905, became the first American woman movie director of note, and a major one at that. Herbert Blaché, the husband of Frenchwoman Alice Guy, the first woman to direct a motion picture (and arguably, the first director of either gender to helm a fictional narrative film)...
33. Robert Greig Robert Greig Actor, Sullivan's Travels
34. Rupert Julian Rupert Julian Director, The Phantom of the Opera Coming to the US at the age of 34, New Zealand-born Rupert Julian started his career as a stage and screen actor touring Australia and New Zealand. Having made his name (and a cool million for Universal) as a dead ringer for Kaiser Wilhelm II in the 1918 film The Kaiser, the Beast of Berlin, he turned director. His output...
35. Leon Trotsky Leon Trotsky Self, The Assassination of Trotsky Communist leader. He was chief theorist, a leader in both the 1905 and 1917 Russian Revolutions alongside V.I. Lenin. As commissar for foreign affairs, Trotsky arranged the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk with Germany. He next became head of the Red Army, killing over a million of White Army officers and Cossacks...
36. William Fox William Fox Miscellaneous Crew, Sunrise Starting at the age 8 he had a series of jobs before starting his own business in 1900, which was sold to buy a Brooklyn nickelodeon in 1904. As the new owner with an empty house, Fox hired a coin manipulator and a barker to attract patrons into the dark 146-seat theatre. Once audiences adequately understood what moving pictures were...
37. Roberto Roberti Roberto Roberti Director, Prisoner of the Owls; or, The Victims of Revenge
38. David Landau David Landau Actor, I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang Hollywood character actor who, having screen-debuted when already into his 50's, appeared in 32 (!) films between 1931 and 1934. His performances were more or less wooden, but his speaking voice - that bassissimo voice - could easily have crumbled the Walls of Jericho.
39. Thomas Meighan Thomas Meighan Actor, Male and Female Sadly, this once-popular silent screen star and older matinée idol for Paramount Studios, is all but forgotten today. Thomas "Tommy" Meighan was one of the rulers of the Hollywood roost, between the years 1915 and 1928. He was born in Pittsburgh, his father a president of a major manufacturing company...
40. Prudencia Grifell Prudencia Grifell Actress, Una mujer en la calle Prudencia Grifell, was a popular stage and film actress who began her career in Venezuela at the age of 10, where her parents, who were Spanish stage actors were appearing. She began by playing ingenous in Operettas and musical comedies, working throughout Latin America and her native Spain where she was very much in demand...
41. Charles Bryant Charles Bryant Actor, Stronger Than Death
42. J. Warren Kerrigan J. Warren Kerrigan Actor, The Covered Wagon Very popular American star of silent films who left the business at the height of his career. While barely in his teens, he worked as a warehouse clerk until a chance arrived to appear in a vaudeville production. He continued to act in traveling stock productions, though he took a brief time away from the stage to attend the University of Illinois...
43. Edward Rigby Edward Rigby Actor, The Girl Was Young
44. Robert Elliott Robert Elliott Actor, Gone with the Wind
45. George Westmore George Westmore Make-Up Department, The Nut A former Hairdresser (Winston Churchill was said to have thought of him highly as a barber), George Westmore emigrated with his family from England to the US in the early 20th century. Determined to make himself and his family a good living in his adopted country, Westmore also took up wig-making before gradually moving into Make-up...
46. DeWitt Jennings DeWitt Jennings Actor, Mutiny on the Bounty Portrayed figures of authority in Hollywood films from 1915 until the end of his days.
47. John Randolph Bray John Randolph Bray Producer, Colonel Heeza Liar at the Bat
48. Lew Kelly Lew Kelly Actor, Winds of the Wasteland
49. Sebastian Cristillo Sebastian Cristillo Producer, The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap
50. Otto Hoffman Otto Hoffman Actor, Abraham Lincoln Gangly and rugged stage and screen character star Otto Hoffman was born in New York in 1879. Began as a stage performer in the 1890's. Made his movie debut under the direction of Stuart Paton in 1915's 'The White Terror' starring Hobart Henley for the IMP Film Company. Otto directed only one film 'Secret of Black Mountain' made in 1917 starring Vola Vale...
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