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1. W.C. Fields W.C. Fields Actor, The Bank Dick William Claude Dukenfield was the eldest of five children born to Cockney immigrant James Dukenfield and Philadelphia native Kate Felton. He went to school for four years, then quit to work with his father selling vegetables from a horse cart. At eleven, after many fights with his alcoholic father (who hit him on the head with a shovel)...
2. Una O'Connor Una O'Connor Actress, Witness for the Prosecution Delightful character actress who held her own against such acting heavyweights as Charles Laughton, Boris Karloff, Tyrone Power, Barbara Stanwyck, and Sydney Greenstreet. Often cast by studio heads as comic relief thanks to her thick Irish accent and rubber-faced expressions, most notably in Universal's horror classics...
3. Tom Mix Tom Mix Actor, Local Color on the A-1 Ranch The son of a lumberman, Tom Mix joined the army as a young man and was an artillery sergeant during the Philippine campaign from 1898 to 1901, though he never saw action. In fact, Mix deserted from the army and carefully kept the facts about his military service a closely guarded secret. About 1903 he was drum major with the Oklahoma Cavalry Band...
4. Tod Browning Tod Browning Director, Dracula Belonging to a well-situated family, Charles Browning fell in love at the age of 16 with a dancer of a circus. Following her began his itinerary of being clown, jockey and director of a variety theater which ended when he met D.W. Griffith and became an actor. He made his debut in Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages...
5. Helen Keller Helen Keller Writer, Patience Helen Keller contracted a virulent childhood disease which resulted in complete loss of sight and hearing at nineteen months. Her parents futilely sought help for her, as did family friend Alexander Graham Bell. Finally, when Keller was seven, Annie Sullivan, a young teacher, was hired by the family...
6. John Halliday John Halliday Actor, The Philadelphia Story Fought with the British Army during the Boer War, then dug for gold nuggets in Nevada. Switched to acting, first in Gilbert & Sullivan plays, then on Broadway from 1912 to 1936 (last in 'Tovarich' as Prince Alexandrovitch). Though Brooklyn-born, he usually sported an upper-crust British accent. Incisive and dapper actor with a penchant for sophisticated comedy...
7. Mary Boland Mary Boland Actress, The Women Lively, buxom character actress Mary Boland made a name for herself playing vacuous or pixillated motherly types during the 1930's. One of her most memorable performances was as the addle-brained Mrs. Rimplegar of Three Cornered Moon, who gives away her family fortune to a swindler because he seemed like 'such a nice young man'...
8. Mack Sennett Mack Sennett Producer, Tillie's Punctured Romance His parents were Irish immigrants. When he was 17 his parents moved the family to East Berlin, Connecticut, and he became a laborer at American Iron Works, a job he continued when they moved to Northampton, Massachusetts. He happened to meet Marie Dressler in 1902, and through her went to New York to try for a career on the stage...
9. André Berley André Berley Actor, The Passion of Joan of Arc
10. Frank Orth Frank Orth Actor, His Girl Friday Orth started his career in vaudeville in 1897. He married Ann Codee who would be his wife for fifty years until her death in 1961. Together they were billed as Codee and Orth. He entered movies by making the first foreign language film shorts in sound for Warner Bros. in 1928. That started him on a long career of small parts...
11. Montagu Love Montagu Love Actor, The Adventures of Robin Hood Montague Love - certainly an intriguing name - but his own - started his working life as a newspaper man in London. His primary expertise centered on being a field illustrator and cartoonist who covered the Boer War (1899-1902). His realistic battle sketches gained him popularity among readers, but he was bound for a different career...
12. Howard C. Hickman Howard C. Hickman Actor, Gone with the Wind
13. Louis Wolheim Louis Wolheim Actor, All Quiet on the Western Front It was Lionel Barrymore who gave Louis Wolheim (Cornell '07) his start as an actor. Wolheim had had his face more or less smashed in and his nose nicely fractured while playing on a scrub Cornell football team. Later as a Cornell Instructor he found life none too easy. He had worked off and on as an extra in the Wharton studio but never received much attention...
14. Mabel Paige Mabel Paige Actress, Johnny Belinda Rubbery-lipped, silver-haired character actress in dozens of Hollywood films of the 40's and 50's.
15. Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson Director, Broncho Billy's Sentence American actor-director-writer-producer Gilbert M. Anderson, father of the movie cowboy and the first Western star, was born Maxwell Henry Aronson in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. His parents, Esther (Ash) and Henry Aronson, were from New York. His father was from a German Jewish family, and his mother was the daughter of Russian Jewish parents...
16. Eric Campbell Eric Campbell Actor, The Immigrant Campbell was born in Sale, Cheshire on 26th April 1880 and began acting as a boy. He married fellow music hall performer Fanny Gertrude Robotham on March 30, 1901 and was later hired by English music hall impresario Fred Karno for his "Fun Factory" comedy troupes that featured other comics like a young Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel...
17. Munshi Premchand Munshi Premchand Writer, The Chess Players He is one of the greatest Hindi writers. His stories gives the correct picture of village realities. He used his stories to great effect for social reforms. He married a child widow Shivarani Devi when widow marriages were considered as a sin in Indian society. He also wrote varios novels voicing for these social reforms...
18. Mitchell Lewis Mitchell Lewis Actor, Meet John Doe
19. Jean d'Yd Jean d'Yd Actor, The Passion of Joan of Arc
20. Harcourt Williams Harcourt Williams Actor, Roman Holiday
21. Damon Runyon Damon Runyon Writer, Guys and Dolls Born out of wedlock in Manhattan, Kansas, but grew up in Denver. A close friend of fellow New York sportswriter--and former western gunfighter--William Barclay 'Bat' Masterson, who knew the Runyan family in Denver. In the late teens and early 1920s both Ed Sullivan and Walter Winchell worked as Runyon's leg men. Buried in New York's Woodlawn Cemetery.
22. Scotty Mattraw Scotty Mattraw Actor, In Old Chicago
23. Rosalind Ivan Rosalind Ivan Actress, Scarlet Street Character actress in some 14 US films from 1944 to 1954.
24. Hans Moser Hans Moser Actor, Der Herr im Haus
25. Harry Baur Harry Baur Actor, Les Misérables
26. T. Roy Barnes T. Roy Barnes Actor, Seven Chances
27. Tom Wilson Tom Wilson Actor, Shoulder Arms
28. Edie Martin Edie Martin Actress, The Lavender Hill Mob
29. Ted Billings Ted Billings Actor, Bride of Frankenstein
30. Percy Waram Percy Waram Actor, A Face in the Crowd
31. Robert Stolz Robert Stolz Composer, It Happened Tomorrow
32. Robert McKenzie Robert McKenzie Actor, The Sign of the Cucumber A small man with a big belly, McKenzie entered films in 1915 and spent most of his career in B-Westerns, usually as a gold-watch-chained banker.
33. Douglas MacArthur Douglas MacArthur Self, Universal Newsreel
34. May Beatty May Beatty Actress, Pride and Prejudice
35. Auriol Lee Auriol Lee Actress, Suspicion
36. Ferike Boros Ferike Boros Actress, Bachelor Mother Character actress in 30's and 40's US films.
37. Herbert Brenon Herbert Brenon Director, Laugh, Clown, Laugh
38. Egon Brecher Egon Brecher Actor, The Black Cat Brecher was a 1900 graduate of the University of Heidelberg in Germany and then toured Austria and Germany acting on the stage. He also served as the chief director of the Stadts Theatre in Vienna before going to the U.S. in 1921. He became a naturalized American citizen on 9 May, 1927, along with his wife Essie and 8-year-old daughter Suse...
39. Herbert J. Yates Herbert J. Yates Miscellaneous Crew, The Quiet Man Herbert J. Yates, the cigar-chomping force behind Republic Pictures, spent his early adulthood as a salesman for the American Tobacco Co. (and later, at age 23, for Liggett & Meyers as an account executive). At the beginning of World War I, Yates saw an opportunity to apply his hard-nosed business skills in the burgeoning film processing business...
40. Manuel Noriega Manuel Noriega Actor, Mexican Bus Ride
41. Florence Auer Florence Auer Actress, The Bishop's Wife
42. Wyndham Standing Wyndham Standing Actor, Imitation of Life
43. Joseph E. Bernard Joseph E. Bernard Actor, Pat and Mike
44. John Turnbull John Turnbull Actor, The Happiest Days of Your Life
45. Jesse L. Lasky Jesse L. Lasky Miscellaneous Crew, Wings Lasky, one of the first pioneers of the Hollywood film industry and its first genuine 'mogul', was not only a consummate showman and entrepreneur, but a jack-of-all-trades. Born in San Francisco in September 1880, the son of a shoe salesman, he attended high school in San Jose and held down his first job at seventeen as a reporter for the San Francisco Post...
46. Douglas Wood Douglas Wood Actor, The Prisoner of Shark Island
47. Jack Curtis Jack Curtis Actor, Harvey Jack was born in San Francisco in 1880 in to the well-known Curtis family. Chris Curtis was himself well-known in the financial circles. His uncle William was a lawyer in New York City in the early 1900s. Jack and Lil met on a ship heading to Hong Kong in 1904 and were married sometime in 1904. Both had toured with Vaudeville companies...
48. Julius Tannen Julius Tannen Actor, The Miracle of Morgan's Creek Julius Tannen was one of the first vaudeville stand-up comedians. He never used props, sets, costumes or stooges. He just put on his hat, walked on stage, took it off, and did his monologue, then put his hat on again and walked off. This was rather revolutionary in his day and Tannen paved the way for many stand-ups to come...
49. Lajos Biró Lajos Biró Writer, The Thief of Bagdad
50. Joe May Joe May Director, The Invisible Man Returns A businessman and operetta director, Joe May, one of the founders of the German cinema, started directing films in 1911 and started his own production company a few years later. He gave famous German director Fritz Lang his start in films, employing him as a screenwriter in his early films. After the Nazi takeover...
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