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1. Lon Chaney Lon Chaney Actor, The Phantom of the Opera Although his parents were deaf-mutes, Leonidas Chaney became an actor and also owner of a theatre company (together with his brother John). He made his debut at the movies in 1912, and his filmography is vast. Lon Chaney was especially famous for his horror parts in movies like e.g. Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame...
2. Walter Huston Walter Huston Actor, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre For many years Walter Huston had two passions: his career as an engineer and his vocation for the stage. In 1909 he dedicated himself to the theatre, and made his debut on Broadway in 1924. In 1929 he journeyed to Hollywood, where his talent and ability made him one of the most respected actors in the industry. He won a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.
3. Estelle Winwood Estelle Winwood Actress, The Producers When Estelle saw the girl on a white horse at the circus, she then decided that she wanted to be an actress. And she was from the age of 5, to the disapproval of her father. Her mother had her train with the Liverpool Repertory Company, and Estelle performed in many plays and many roles in the West End...
4. Douglas Fairbanks Douglas Fairbanks Actor, The Thief of Bagdad Douglas Fairbanks was raised by his southern mother who had separated from his father, an attorney, when he was five. He began amateur theater at age 12 and continued while attending the Colorado School of Mines. In 1900 they moved to New York. He attended Harvard, traveled to Europe, worked on a cattle freighter...
5. S.Z. Sakall S.Z. Sakall Actor, Casablanca Hungarian-born S.Z. Sakall was a veteran of German, Hungarian and British films when he left Europe because of the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi movement. In Hollywood from shortly after the outbreak of World War II, Sakall began appearing in comedies and musicals, often playing a lovable if somewhat excitable and/or befuddled uncle...
6. Marion Lorne Marion Lorne Actress, The Graduate Forever embraced as the mumbling, bumbling Aunt Clara on the Bewitched television series, endearing character actress Marion Lorne had a five-decade-long career on the stage before ever becoming a familiar TV household name. Born Marion Lorne MacDougall on August 12, 1883 (other sources list 1885 and 1888)...
7. Edna May Oliver Edna May Oliver Actress, David Copperfield She was born Edna May Nutter, a child of solid New England stock, on 9th November 1883 in Malden, Massachusetts. The daughter of Ida May and Charles Edward Nutter, Edna was a descendant of the 6th American president John Quincy Adams. Miss Oliver took an early interest in the stage, and she would quit school at the age of 14 to pursue her ambitions in the theater...
8. Franz Kafka Franz Kafka Writer, The Trial Franz Kafka was born into a German-speaking Jewish family in Prague, Austrian Empire, in 1883. His father, Hermann Kafka, was a business owner and a domestic tyrant, frequently abusing his son. Kafka later admitted to his father, "My writing was all about you...". He believed that his father broke his will and caused insecurity and guilt...
9. Francis X. Bushman Francis X. Bushman Actor, Sabrina
10. Sam Wood Sam Wood Director, A Night at the Opera After a two-year apprenticeship under Cecil B. DeMille as assistant director, Samuel Grosvenor Wood had the good fortune to have assigned to him two of the biggest stars at Paramount during their heyday: Wallace Reid, between 1919 and 1920; and Gloria Swanson, from 1921 to 1923. By the time his seven-year contract with Paramount expired...
11. Vasiliki Maliaros Vasiliki Maliaros Actress, The Exorcist
12. Harry Depp Harry Depp Actor, Why Be Jealous?
13. Eddie Collins Eddie Collins Actor, Drums Along the Mohawk Vaudeville-veteran comic who appeared in US films only from 1938.
14. E.E. Clive E.E. Clive Actor, The Bride of Frankenstein Edward E. Clive was a Welsh-born actor/manager, initially, it seemed, slated for a medical career. After four years, he suddenly elected to abandon his studies at the University of Wales. For the next ten years, he trod the boards in diverse theatrical productions across Britain, becoming adept at a variety of regional dialects...
15. Coco Chanel Coco Chanel Costume Designer, The Rules of the Game
16. Ralph Morgan Ralph Morgan Actor, The Life of Emile Zola Hollywood character actor, often as smooth villain, for two decades from 1931.
17. Ludwig Stössel Ludwig Stössel Actor, The Pride of the Yankees Born in Austria in 1883, Ludwig Stossel was an established theater presence (from age 17) in both his homeland and in Germany for decades, performing at one time or another for both Max Reinhardt and Otto Preminger. He made a handful of German silents beginning in 1926 and had moved with ease into sound pictures...
18. Joseph Crehan Joseph Crehan Actor, The Roaring Twenties
19. Max Linder Max Linder Actor, Seven Years Bad Luck Although all too frequently neglected by fans of silent comedy, Max Linder is in many ways as important a figure as Charles Chaplin, Buster Keaton, or Harold Lloyd not least because he predated (and influenced) them all by several years, and was largely responsible for the creation of the classic style of silent slapstick comedy...
20. Nikos Kazantzakis Nikos Kazantzakis Writer, The Last Temptation of Christ Nikos Kazantzakis was born in Heraklion, Crete (Greece). He studied Law in Athens and in Paris, but soon he studied philosophy and literature. He travelled almost everywhere; he learnt many foreign languages and left his scientific research for Nitsche. At philosophy: "Ascetics" (Salvatores Dei, 1927)...
21. Max Fleischer Max Fleischer Producer, Gulliver's Travels
22. Mauritz Stiller Mauritz Stiller Director, Gösta Berlings saga
23. Virginia Brissac Virginia Brissac Actress, Rebel Without a Cause
24. Mary Alden Mary Alden Actress, The Birth of a Nation A graduate of New York's Art Students League, Mary Alden appeared in Broadway plays and other legitimate theater for several years before entering films. Probably her most memorable part was as Lydia Brown, the mulatto housekeeper of the villain Stoneman, in D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation.
25. Forrest Taylor Forrest Taylor Actor, Riders of Destiny Minor American character actor Forrest Taylor was a veteran of the stage by the time he started appearing as a silent lead in both short and feature-length films. He went on to appear in hundreds of secondary "B" movies, although his name does not appear in a large percentage of them. Taylor was born Edwin Forrest Taylor in Bloomington...
26. Polly Moran Polly Moran Actress, Adam's Rib She was one rowdy, no-holds-barred entertainer. Comedienne Polly Moran was considered second only to perhaps Louise Fazenda as Mack Sennett's funniest lady during her silent-era heyday. Born in 1883, Polly was made for vaudeville, touring all over the world, notably Europe. Sennett snapped her up...
27. Ned Sparks Ned Sparks Actor, 42nd Street Cigar-chewing character comedian, often given to sarcasm, in Hollywood films from the early 20's to late 40's.
28. Leonard Mudie Leonard Mudie Actor, The Mummy Leonard Mudie was a stalwart acting veteran who made nearly 150 appearances before the camera. He was from the Midlands of England and began on stage in 1908 at the Gaiety Theater (1884-1959) in Manchester. This was the first regional repertory theater in England and well noted for the spectrum of plays produced and the patronage of new plays by local writers...
29. Theodor Loos Theodor Loos Actor, Metropolis
30. Benito Mussolini Benito Mussolini Self, Cavalcade of Faith
31. Pauline Frederick Pauline Frederick Actress, Smouldering Fires Pauline Frederick was born Pauline Beatrice Libby in Boston, Massachusetts on August 12, 1883. She was fascinated with show business from an early age and throughout her childhood, she was bred for a career in music. It has been said she had a terrific soprano voice, but Pauline also dabbled a bit in acting...
32. Elsa Janssen Elsa Janssen Actress, The Pride of the Yankees
33. Stanley Fields Stanley Fields Actor, Way Out West Former boxer who worked in vaudeville, Fields found work as an American character actor.
34. Raimu Raimu Actor, The Baker's Wife Orson Welles once called beloved, down-to-earth French character star Raimu (born Jules Auguste Cesar Muraire) "the greatest actor who ever lived." It is hard to argue the compliment of one genius to another. Raimu was born in Toulon, France on December 17, 1883 of very humble means. He began his career at age 16 as a music hall extra by imitating famous French comic idols...
35. Leah Baird Leah Baird Actress, Is Divorce a Failure? Leah Baird first made a name for herself in summer stock and traveling stock companies. After playing several leads in the William F. Brady troupe opposite Douglas Fairbanks Vitagraph signed her to a contract. Her peak years in film were from 1916-1918 at which time she was a very popular player. However...
36. Sam Hardy Sam Hardy Actor, King Kong
37. Marguerite Clark Marguerite Clark Actress, Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch In the 1910s, waifs and child-women like Mary Pickford, Lillian Gish and Mary Miles Minter were dominant forces at America's box offices. Audiences welcomed Marguerite Clark into this group, especially those who preferred her dark brown hair and large brown eyes to the blonde-haired, blue-eyed looks of Pickford...
38. Florenz Ames Florenz Ames Actor, Viva Zapata! A relative newcomer to television at a time when most people would be looking toward retirement, Florenz Ames started out as a song and dance man in vaudeville, often performing on smaller stages with his wife Alice "Adelaide" Winthrop; as "Ames and Winthrop" they appeared in a revue called "Alice in Blunderland" with Winthrop in the title role and Ames playing the other roles...
39. Theodore Flynn Theodore Flynn Self, Cruise of the Zaca
40. Dell Henderson Dell Henderson Actor, Show People Former stage actor became a director of US film melodramas and actioners from 1913 through 1927, after which he resumed acting. He acted in films from the late 1910's through mid-40's, playing character roles with the advent of sound.
41. Adrienne Morrison Adrienne Morrison Actress, The Valley of Decision
42. Maude Fealy Maude Fealy Actress, The Ten Commandments Actress/dramatic teacher Maude Fealy, the daughter of actress Margaret Fealy, was born in Memphis, Tennessee, on March 3, 1881. Maude made her acting debut at three years of age in one of her mother's productions, "Faust". She was quite successful over the next few years, appearing in productions all over the US and Canada...
43. Johnny Arthur Johnny Arthur Actor, My Stars American actor who specialized in timid or whiny characters. He appeared on the stage in England and in the USA, and performed in musical comedy. He began his film work in silents and often worked in the films of Hal Roach.
44. Earl Dwire Earl Dwire Actor, Blue Steel
45. Glen Cavender Glen Cavender Actor, The General
46. Robert Emmett Keane Robert Emmett Keane Actor, Boys Town Robert Emmett Keane was one of Hollywood's more overworked character players to be found near the bottom of the credit list. An ex-vaudevillian, he appeared on Broadway from as early as 1914 and at the London Hippodrome two years later, invariably specialising in musicals and comedies. Keane did not enter films until 1929...
47. Sylvie Sylvie Actress, The Little World of Don Camillo
48. Hale Hamilton Hale Hamilton Actor, I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
49. Hazel Boyne Hazel Boyne Actress, Men Are Messy
50. Joe King Joe King Actor, Shifting Sands
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