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1. Bela Lugosi Bela Lugosi Actor, Dracula It's ironic that Martin Landau won an Oscar for impersonating Bela Lugosi (in Ed Wood) when Lugosi himself never came within a mile of one, but that's just the latest of many sad ironies surrounding Lugosi's career. Bela Lugosi was born Be'la Ferenc Dezso Blasko on October 20, 1882, Lugos...
2. John Barrymore John Barrymore Actor, Grand Hotel American stage and screen actor whose rise to superstardom and subsequent decline is one of the legendary tragedies of Hollywood. A member of the most famous generation of the most famous theatrical family in America, he was also its most acclaimed star. His father was Maurice Blyth (or Blythe; family spellings vary)...
3. James Gleason James Gleason Actor, The Night of the Hunter James Gleason was born in New York City to William Gleason and Mina Crolius, who were both in the theatre. He was married to Lucile Gleason (born Lucile Webster), and had a son, Russell Gleason. As a young man James fought in the Spanish-American War. After the war he joined the stock company at the Liberty Theater in Oakland...
4. Donald Crisp Donald Crisp Actor, How Green Was My Valley Donald Crisp was born George William Crisp at the family home in Bow, London. Donald's parents were James Crisp and Elizabeth Crisp, his birth was registered by his mother on 4th September 1882. Donald's sisters were Elizabeth, Ann, Alice (known as Louisa) and Eliza and his brothers were James, John and Mark...
5. Guy Kibbee Guy Kibbee Actor, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Beginning his show business career at age 13 as an entertainer on Mississippi riverboats, Guy Kibbee graduated to the legitimate stage and spent many years in the theater. In the 1930s he was signed by Warner Brothers, and became part of what was known as "the Warner Brothers Stock Company", a cadre of seasoned character actors and actresses who enlivened many a Warners musical or gangster film...
6. Leopold Stokowski Leopold Stokowski Soundtrack, Fantasia Flamboyant, latterly white-maned, U.S. conductor known best for his popularization of classical music. (He is also known for teaching 'Mickey Mouse' a few things about music in Walt Disney's Fantasia, in which Stokowski was featured with the Philadelphia Orchestra). He was a pioneer in the use of hi-fi sound and bringing great music to the screen.
7. Joseph Sweeney Joseph Sweeney Actor, 12 Angry Men
8. Margaret Dumont Margaret Dumont Actress, Duck Soup Margaret Dumont would probably consider it a tragedy that she is best-known for her performances as the ultimate straight woman in seven of the Marx Brothers' films (including most of their best). By all accounts she never understood their jokes (offscreen and on), which is of course a major reason why she's so funny...
9. Sybil Thorndike Sybil Thorndike Actress, The Prince and the Showgirl This distinguished theatrical tragedienne will be remembered forever if only for the fact George Bernard Shaw wrote his classic "Saint Joan" work specifically for her. Her over six-decade career allowed for a gallery of sterling, masterful portrayals, both classic and contemporary, performing all over the world including Australia...
10. Franklin D. Roosevelt Franklin D. Roosevelt Self, United We Stand Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born on January 30, 1882, in Hyde Park, New York, to James and Sara Roosevelt. His father was 54 at the time of FDR's birth and already had a grown son, nicknamed "Rosy". Sarah was only 27 when FDR was born. Growing up, FDR had a happy but sheltered childhood. His family was very wealthy and FDR had a very privileged upbringing...
11. Paul Harvey Paul Harvey Actor, Spellbound
12. Noah Beery Noah Beery Actor, She Done Him Wrong Respected character actor of the silent and early sound period, specializing in cruel villains. The son of Kansas City policeman Noah Webster Beery and Frances Margaret Fitzgerald Beery, Noah Nicholas Beery and his younger brother Wallace Beery both left home in their teens, each seeking a career as a performer...
13. Thurston Hall Thurston Hall Actor, Theodora Goes Wild Movies, especially comedies, have always needed big, blustery, booming authoritarian types for the lead to play off of (or against), and one of the best was Thurston Hall, most famous for his role of Mr. Schuyler in the Topper series of the early 1950s. Hall was a tall, distinguished, imposing-looking man...
14. George Bancroft George Bancroft Actor, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town George Bancroft was raised in Philadelphia and attended high school at Tomes Institute (Philadelphia). He won an impressive appointment to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis and graduated as a commissioned officer. He served in the Navy for the prescribed period of required service but no more...
15. Thomas H. Ince Thomas H. Ince Producer, The Coward Thomas H. Ince was born into a family of stage actors. He appeared on the stage at age six and then worked with a number of stock companies. He made his Broadway debut when he was 15. Vaudeville offered work for him, but the work was inconsistent, so he was a lifeguard, a promoter and part-time actor...
16. Virginia Woolf Virginia Woolf Writer, Orlando London-born Virginia Woolf came from a wealthy family and, unlike her brothers, received her education at home, an unusual step for the times. Her parents had both had children from previous marriages, so she grew up with a variety of siblings, stepbrothers and stepsisters. Her father was a well-respected editor and author and the former son-in-law of William Makepeace Thackeray...
17. Dorothy Phillips Dorothy Phillips Actress, The Heart of Humanity A former stage actress, Dorothy Phillips was married to actor/director/producer Allen Holubar. They were known as two of the screen's most prominent players--her the star, he the director/producer. Dorothy was well known in Hollywood as one of the most warm-hearted, approachable stars in the business...
18. Mary Gordon Mary Gordon Actress, Bride of Frankenstein Short, plump, kind-faced character actress in US films, best remembered for her lilting Scots accent, her top-knotted silver hair and her dangling earrings.
19. Charles Trowbridge Charles Trowbridge Actor, Sergeant York This veteran character and his younger brother, western actor Jack Rockwell, were born to American parents south of the border in Vera Cruz, Mexico in 1882. Charles Trowbridge was educated in Napa, California and Hawaii, then studied for his degree at Stanford University. He forsook a thriving career as an architect in his twenties for stage acting...
20. Edward Van Sloan Edward Van Sloan Actor, Frankenstein US character actor; he of the close-cropped gray hair, thick spectacles and clipped, ominous tones who would serve most memorably as the nemesis of evil-doers and monsters in 30's and 40's horror movies and suspensers, antagonizing first the likes of Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff and then, years later, Erich von Stroheim.
21. Silvio Minciotti Silvio Minciotti Actor, Kiss Me Deadly
22. Holmes Herbert Holmes Herbert Actor, The Invisible Man Holmes Herbert was born Horace Edward Jenner in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire in 1882. He was hooked on show business from an early age, joining a circus before turning to the theatre. He emigrated to America before the First World War and worked on Broadway. In 1918, he followed the trail to Hollywood where his good looks and intensity made the 6ft tall actor into something of a matinee idol...
23. Sam Flint Sam Flint Actor, Winds of the Wasteland
24. Charles Judels Charles Judels Actor, The Great Ziegfeld Charles Judels or Charles Judel was born in Amsterdam in 1882. starred on vaudeville in the early 1900s, made his Broadway stage debut in 'The Ziegfeld Follies of 1912'. highly talented chubby man who appeared in more than 130 American comedy and drama movies, an expert with dialects served him well throughout his career...
25. Harry Myers Harry Myers Actor, City Lights
26. George Siegmann George Siegmann Actor, The Birth of a Nation
27. Harry Hayden Harry Hayden Actor, Till the Clouds Roll By Bespectacled, thick-set US light player often cast as officious or snooping types like hotel managers and bankers.
28. A.A. Milne A.A. Milne Writer, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
29. James Joyce James Joyce Writer, The Dead Joyce was born at 41 Brighton Square, Rathgar, Dublin, on 2 February 1882. His father invested unwisely, and the family's fortunes declined steadily. Joyce graduated from University College, Dublin, in 1902; he briefly studied medicine in Paris, but his mother's impending death brought him back to Dublin...
30. Vernon Steele Vernon Steele Actor, Captain Blood
31. Edmund Breon Edmund Breon Actor, Gaslight Character actor in UK and US films of the 30's and 40's.
32. Ida Moore Ida Moore Actress, Johnny Belinda
33. Fritz Leiber Fritz Leiber Actor, The Story of Louis Pasteur Shakespearean stage actor; later a film player for three decades until his death.
34. Erville Alderson Erville Alderson Actor, Sergeant York A character actor whose film career spanned from Hollywood's Silent Era until the 1950s. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, on September 11, 1882, Erville would start his film career in 1918 at the age of 36 in Her Man. Film pioneer D.W. Griffith utilized Erville in many of his films, including 1924's America and Isn't Life Wonderful...
35. Carlo Battisti Carlo Battisti Actor, Umberto D.
36. Wallis Clark Wallis Clark Actor, Penny Serenade
37. Igor Stravinsky Igor Stravinsky Soundtrack, Rise of the Guardians Igor Stravinsky's father was a singer at the opera, and thus Stravinsky became a student of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov after a short stint as a law student. Very much influenced by Russian composers, only his sponsor Sergei Diaghilev in Paris was able to convince him to try new styles of ballet, e.g. "Le sacre du printemps"...
38. Arturo Soto Rangel Arturo Soto Rangel Actor, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
39. Richard LeGrand Richard LeGrand Actor, Gildersleeve's Ghost
40. Eric Wilton Eric Wilton Actor, Johnny Apollo Tall, slim, silver-haired, distinguished-looking character actor who made his screen debut at age 47 and appeared in almost 200 movies. Wilton was perfectly cast as a butler, and he played this role more than any other over the next 25 years and almost 200 movies. Usually uncredited, he also was well cast as a court official...
41. Granville Bates Granville Bates Actor, My Favorite Wife Balding, worried-looking character actor of the 1930's with a strong line in lawyers, judges, sheriffs, mayors and storekeepers. Could play choleric or obtuse. Had a career in dramatic plays on Broadway from 1925 to 1935. In films from 1929. Well-received performance in The Great Man Votes as a corrupt...
42. Edward Earle Edward Earle Actor, The Wind Canadian native Edward Earle was born in Toronto on July 16, 1882, and was raised and schooled there. His stage career took form in Canada with an early emphasis on musical comedy, and he later toured in vaudeville and stock in association with Belasco, DeWolf Hopper Sr., Marie Cahill and the Schuberts...
43. Felix Locher Felix Locher Actor, The Silence Character actor Felix Locher (pronounced Lo-Shay) didn't begin acting until he was 73 years old. The father of actor Jon Hall (born Charles Felix Locher), he was visiting his son who was preparing for his part in the film Hell Ship Mutiny when he was spotted by the director who convinced him to play the part of the elderly Tahitian chief...
44. Albert Austin Albert Austin Actor, The Immigrant British-born supporting actor, primarily in the films of Charles Chaplin, for whom Austin also worked as an assistant director and co-writer. His career paralleled that of Chaplin, but dwindled prior to the coming of sound. His brother, William Austin, had a lengthy Hollywood career as a character actor.
45. Henry Edwards Henry Edwards Director, Scrooge
46. Marjorie Wood Marjorie Wood Actress, Pride and Prejudice
47. Wladyslaw Starewicz Wladyslaw Starewicz Director, The Revenge of a Kinematograph Cameraman Although his name nowadays means very little except to animation buffs (and even they have to be pretty well informed), Wladyslaw Starewicz ranks alongside Walt Disney, as one of the great animation pioneers, and his career started nearly a decade before Disney's. He became an animator by accident - fascinated by insects...
48. Germaine Dulac Germaine Dulac Director, The Smiling Madame Beudet The daughter of a cavalry captain, she was raised by a grandmother in Paris, where she studied various forms of art with an emphasis on music and the opera. In 1905 she married engineer-novelist Marie-Louis Albert-Dulac and under his influence veered toward journalism. As one of the leading radical feminists of her day...
49. Johnny Torrio Johnny Torrio Uncategorised Prohibition-era gang boss Johnny Torrio was born Giovanni Torrio in Irsina, Italy. When Johnny was two years old his father died, and his mother left Italy for New York City. Torrio got his start in the criminal underworld at an early age, working as a bouncer in several Manhattan dives. He eventually joined a street gang and within a short time was the gang's leader...
50. Richard Hageman Richard Hageman Music Department, Stagecoach Composer, songwriter, conductor and pianist, educated at the Brussels Conservatory (Mus. D.) and the Royal Conservatory of Amsterdam, on scholarships. He was a concert pianist at six and accompanist for the Royal Opera Company in Amsterdam, assuming the conductorship in 1899. Coming to the USA with Yvette Guilbert...
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