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1. Bela Lugosi Bela Lugosi Actor, Dracula Born Be'la Ferenc Dezso Blasko on October 20, 1882, Lugos, Hungary, Austria-Hungary (now Lugoj, Romania) . The youngest of four children. During WWI, volunteered and was commissioned as an infantry lieutenant. Wounded three times. Married Ilona Szmik (1917 - 1920) Arrived in New York City in December...
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. Joseph Sweeney Joseph Sweeney Actor, 12 Angry Men
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. 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...
7. 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...
8. 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...
9. 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...
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. 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...
14. 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.
15. 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...
16. 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.
17. 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...
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. 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...
20. Ida Moore Ida Moore Actress, Johnny Belinda
21. 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.
22. 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.
23. Harry Myers Harry Myers Actor, City Lights
24. Charles Eggleston Charles Eggleston Actor, Abraham Lincoln
25. Charles Judels Charles Judels Actor, The Doorway to Hell 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...
26. Sam Flint Sam Flint Actor, Winds of the Wasteland
27. A.A. Milne A.A. Milne Writer, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
28. 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...
29. 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...
30. 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...
31. 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...
32. 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"...
33. 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...
34. 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.
35. 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...
36. Dorothy Phillips Dorothy Phillips Actress, The Heart of Humanity A former stage actress, Dorothy 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. After the advent of sound...
37. William Stack William Stack Actor, Mary of Scotland William Stack has been often mistaken as British in the scant bio information available on him - he could imitate many a British accent. He was actually born in Oregon. But like many Americans who wished to become serious stage actors and seeing New York as overly competitive, he went to London as a young man...
38. Lester Crawford Lester Crawford Actor, Cold Turkey
39. 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...
40. Jim Farley Jim Farley Actor, The General
41. Carlo Battisti Carlo Battisti Actor, Umberto D.
42. Robert F. McGowan Robert F. McGowan Director, The Little Rascals Robert F. McGowan started life in Denver, Colorado, intent on becoming the next Thomas A. Edison, but when inventing failed to bring fortune and/or fame, he became a fireman. He worked for the Denver Fire Department until he suffered a serious on-the-job injury at age 30 that nearly cost him a leg. During the first decade of the century in Denver...
43. George Siegmann George Siegmann Actor, The Birth of a Nation
44. Marjorie Wood Marjorie Wood Actress, Pride and Prejudice
45. Arturo Soto Rangel Arturo Soto Rangel Actor, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
46. Herbert Evans Herbert Evans Actor, All for a Husband
47. Vernon Steele Vernon Steele Actor, Captain Blood
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. Wallis Clark Wallis Clark Actor, Penny Serenade
50. Fritz Leiber Fritz Leiber Actor, The Story of Louis Pasteur Shakespearean stage actor; later a film player for three decades until his death.
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