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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. 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...
3. Walter Huston Walter Huston Actor, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre Walter Huston, who was born Toronto, Ontario, established himself as one of the great actors of the English-speaking stage and cinema. He established himself as a well-respected and much-sought-after character lead beginning with the early talkies and continuing through the 1930s & '40s. Huston originally studied engineering before seeking a life in the theater...
4. 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...
5. 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)...
6. 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...
7. 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...
8. 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...
9. 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...
10. Francis X. Bushman Francis X. Bushman Actor, Sabrina
11. Eddie Collins Eddie Collins Actor, Drums Along the Mohawk Vaudeville-veteran comic who appeared in US films only from 1938.
12. 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...
13. Coco Chanel Coco Chanel Costume Designer, The Rules of the Game
14. Vasiliki Maliaros Vasiliki Maliaros Actress, The Exorcist
15. Dell Henderson Dell Henderson Actor, The Genius 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.
16. Ralph Morgan Ralph Morgan Actor, The Life of Emile Zola Hollywood character actor, often as smooth villain, for two decades from 1931.
17. Joseph Crehan Joseph Crehan Actor, The Roaring Twenties
18. 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)...
19. 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...
20. 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...
21. Benito Mussolini Benito Mussolini Self, Cavalcade of Faith
22. Max Fleischer Max Fleischer Producer, Gulliver's Travels
23. Stanley Fields Stanley Fields Actor, Way Out West Former boxer who worked in vaudeville, Fields found work as an American character actor.
24. Virginia Brissac Virginia Brissac Actress, Rebel Without a Cause
25. Ned Sparks Ned Sparks Actor, 42nd Street Ned Sparks proved himself a top character support whose style would be imitated for decades to come. Although less remembered now, he was an inimitable cinematic player back in 1930s Hollywood. The nasal-toned, deadpan comedian Sparks was born Edward A. Sparkman in Guelph, Canada, and was raised for a time in St...
26. Sam Hardy Sam Hardy Actor, King Kong
27. Percy Marmont Percy Marmont Actor, The Girl Was Young Tall, debonair British matinée idol Percy Marmont first acted on stage in 1900. As a romantic lead from 1916, he made his screen debut while touring South Africa with a theatrical troupe in De Voortrekkers. From there, the players went on to Australia (where Marmont made a second film, The Monk and the Woman) and then to the U.S....
28. 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...
29. Mauritz Stiller Mauritz Stiller Director, Gösta Berlings saga
30. Edward Peil Sr. Edward Peil Sr. Actor, Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl
31. 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...
32. 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...
33. Theodor Loos Theodor Loos Actor, Metropolis
34. Guy Usher Guy Usher Actor, The Devil Bat
35. 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...
36. Arthur Aylesworth Arthur Aylesworth Actor, Drums Along the Mohawk
37. Joe King Joe King Actor, Shifting Sands
38. Kahlil Gibran Kahlil Gibran Writer, The Prophet Khalil Gibran (Full Arabic name : Gibran Khalil Gibran) is a Lebanese poet, painter, writer, philosopher, theologian and visual artist, born in Bsharri, Lebanon. He left Lebanon with his mother on June 25, 1895. Where he died after a successful writing career. Gibran was honored in Lebanon, among other countries, like the Khalil Gebran park in Bucharest, Romania..
39. 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...
40. 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...
41. 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...
42. Jules Berry Jules Berry Actor, Daybreak
43. Muriel George Muriel George Actress, Last Holiday
44. Sax Rohmer Sax Rohmer Writer, The Mask of Fu Manchu
45. Claire Meade Claire Meade Actress, Daughter of Don Q
46. Ford Sterling Ford Sterling Actor, Tango Tangles
47. Earl Dwire Earl Dwire Actor, Blue Steel
48. Edwin Carewe Edwin Carewe Director, Evangeline Married petite actress Mary Akin when she was just 17 and he was 38. He was already married once - in 1905 but the records of that union are lost - and divorced. Carewe and Akin had two children during their first marriage, daughter Sally Ann (b. 1925) and son William (b. 1927). A third child with Mary, Carol Lee (b. 1932), happened during their second marriage.
49. Tony Gaudio Tony Gaudio Cinematographer, The Adventures of Robin Hood Tony Gaudio was born Gaetano Antonio Gaudio on November 20, 1883, in Cosenza, Italy, to a professional photographer. After attended art school in Rome, he became an assistant to his father and elder brother, who were portrait photographers. Eventually he segued into cinema, starting with "Napoleon Crossing the Alps" in 1903...
50. Mary Alden Mary Alden Actress, The Birth of a Nation Mary Maguire Alden was born in New York City on June 18, 1883. She appeared in her first film when she was 31 years old in the production of The Second Mrs. Roebuck. From that point on, Mary was kept very busy in the studios in New York. When the film companies moved west, Mary went with them. She continued her torrid pace in filmmaking...
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