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1. 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)...
2. 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...
3. 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...
4. 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...
5. Joseph Sweeney Joseph Sweeney Actor, 12 Angry Men
6. 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...
7. 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...
8. Paul Harvey Paul Harvey Actor, Spellbound
9. 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...
10. Leopold Stokowski Leopold Stokowski Soundtrack, Fantasia Leopold Stokowski, the most flamboyant conductor of the 20th century, was as famous for his flashy effects as for his music-making. Although always acclaimed as technically a great conductor, he was, until recently, looked down on by intellectuals and ultraserious critics as a conductor who often cheapened the music for popular acceptance...
11. 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...
12. 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...
13. George Siegmann George Siegmann Actor, The Birth of a Nation
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. 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...
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. 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...
19. Mary Gordon Mary Gordon Actress, The Bride of Frankenstein Scots actress, long in the United States, who specialized in housekeepers and mothers, most notably the housekeeper Mrs. Hudson in the Sherlock Holmes series of movies of the Thirties and Forties. She was born Mary Gilmour, the daughter of a Glasgow wire weaver. She worked as a dressmaker before finding work on the stage...
20. Geraldine Farrar Geraldine Farrar Actress, Carmen Famed singer and author Geraldine Farrar was educated in public schools and then became a music student of Mrs. J.H. Long, Trabadello, Emma Thursby, Lilli Lehman and Graziani. Her 1901 debut was at the Royal Opera House in Berlin, in the role of Marguerite in "Faust". From 1906 to 1922 she was a member of the Metropolitan Opera in New York...
21. 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...
22. 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...
23. 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...
24. Sam Flint Sam Flint Actor, Winds of the Wasteland
25. 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...
26. Silvio Minciotti Silvio Minciotti Actor, Kiss Me Deadly
27. 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...
28. 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...
29. A.A. Milne A.A. Milne Writer, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
30. Arturo Soto Rangel Arturo Soto Rangel Actor, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
31. Fritz Leiber Fritz Leiber Actor, The Story of Louis Pasteur Shakespearean stage actor; later a film player for three decades until his death.
32. Ida Moore Ida Moore Actress, Johnny Belinda
33. 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"...
34. 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...
35. Vernon Steele Vernon Steele Actor, Captain Blood
36. Wladyslaw Starewicz Wladyslaw Starewicz Director, The Revenge of a Kinematograph Cameraman Wladyslaw Starewicz, a grand master of animation, was one of the directors of Lovno Museum of Natural History and graduate of the St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts. He began making puppet films about 1911 (see 'Mest finematograficheskogo operatou'), emigrated to France in 1920 and continued to develop there his technique for plastic animation with the help of his two daughters...
37. 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...
38. Marjorie Wood Marjorie Wood Actress, Pride and Prejudice
39. Wallis Clark Wallis Clark Actor, Penny Serenade
40. Charles Brabin Charles Brabin Director, The Mask of Fu Manchu
41. Edmund Breon Edmund Breon Actor, Gaslight Character actor in UK and US films of the 30's and 40's.
42. Herbert Evans Herbert Evans Actor, All for a Husband
43. 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...
44. Carlo Battisti Carlo Battisti Actor, Umberto D.
45. B. Traven B. Traven Writer, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
46. 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...
47. Ethel Clayton Ethel Clayton Actress, Beyond Silent-screen actress Ethel Clayton was a convent-educated girl from Champaign, IL, who sought work as a stage actress after finishing her education. She secured small parts here and there, but hit the big time when she went to work for the Frawley Organization, which had several touring stock companies...
48. Milton Sills Milton Sills Actor, The Sea Hawk Son of stock broker and mineral dealer William Henry and banking heiress Josephine Antoinette Troost Sills, Milton Sills started out as a philosophy professor before joining Donald Robertson's stock company in 1906. By 1908, he was starring on Broadway. His film career commenced in 1914, and he became a steady box office draw until his sudden death in 1930.
49. 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.
50. 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...
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