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1. Billie Burke Billie Burke Actress, The Wizard of Oz Billie Burke was born Mary William Ethelbert Appleton Burke on August 7, 1885 in Washington, D.C. Her father was the internationally famous clown, Billy Burke, and she would spend most of her early years touring Europe before the family settled in London. In 1903, she appeared on the stage as an actress and came to America in 1907 to star opposite John Drew in "My Wife"...
2. Burt Mustin Burt Mustin Actor, Cat Ballou Burt Mustin was a salesman most of his life, but got his first taste of show business as the host of a weekly radio variety show on KDKA Pittsburgh in 1921. He appeared onstage in "Detective Story" at Sombrero Playhouse in Phoenix Arizona, and played the janitor in the movie version, (Detective Story)...
3. Emil Jannings Emil Jannings Actor, The Blue Angel His real name was Theodor Friedrich Emil Janenz, and in the early 1900s, he was already working in the theater under Max Reinhardt's company. Important movies where he defined himself as a convincing actor were Madame DuBarry and Quo Vadis?, followed by The Last Laugh(aka The Last Laugh) in 1924 and Jealousy (aka Variety) in 1925...
4. Mary Nash Mary Nash Actress, The Philadelphia Story When her Hollywood career began in 1934, Mary Nash was already a veteran performer, having appeared in vaudeville and on Broadway. Following a brief appearance as a dancer in 1904, she joined Ethel Barrymore in a 1905 off- Broadway production, 'Alice-Sit-by-the-Fire'. This was followed by 'Captain Jinks' and 'The Silver Box' with the same company...
5. Sig Ruman Sig Ruman Actor, Stalag 17 Wonderfully talented German-born actor, capable of tremendous comedic and dramatic performances, usually as some type of pompous bureaucrat or similarly arrogant individual. Ruman was born on October 11, 1884, in Hamburg, Germany, and actually studied electrotechnology in college before making the switch to acting...
6. C. Henry Gordon C. Henry Gordon Actor, Scarface Mellifluous-voiced Hollywood villain of the 30's.
7. Sophie Tucker Sophie Tucker Soundtrack, The Great Gatsby What becomes a legend most? For the beloved Russian-born entertainer Sophie Tucker, it was most definitely the live stage. The stage was her home. She fed off a live audience and it's what made her the sensation she was. Seeing her up close and personal was to get the very best of her. Movies and TV were too restrictive to capture the true essence of Sophie Tucker...
8. Charles Winninger Charles Winninger Actor, Nothing Sacred Short, chubby-framed, twinkle-eyed, ever-huggable Charles Winninger was a veteran vaudevillian by the time he arrived in talking films. Born in a trunk to show biz folk in Athens, Wisconsin, on May 26, 1884, he was initially christened Karl Winninger. He left school while quite young (age 8) to join and tour with his parent's vaudeville family act which was called Winninger Family Concert Co...
9. Louis B. Mayer Louis B. Mayer Miscellaneous Crew, Greed Mayer was born Lazar Mayer in the Ukraine and grew up in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada after his parents fled Russian oppression in 1886. He had a brutal childhood, raised in poverty and suffering physical and emotional abuse from his nearly-illiterate peddler father. In the early 1890s, he changed his name to Louis and fudged his birth date to reflect the more "patriotic" date of July 4...
10. Werner Krauss Werner Krauss Actor, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
11. Hugh Herbert Hugh Herbert Actor, The Great Waltz Shy, stammering and widely popular US screen comedian of the 30's and 40's whose trademark gesture could be seen in all his fingers fluttering together, usually accompanied by his other trademark - that "woo-woo!" exclamation.
12. Edgar Stehli Edgar Stehli Actor, Long Live Walter Jameson
13. Harrison Ford Harrison Ford Actor, Janice Meredith Silent screen leading man in films from 1915-1932. He left films in 1932 due to the arrival of sound. He was hit by a car on September 13, 1951, never fully recovered from his injuries and died on December 2, 1957.
14. Maria Franklin Gable Maria Franklin Gable Self, Starlit Days at the Lido
15. Harry Langdon Harry Langdon Writer, The Flying Deuces Langdon was 12 years old when he ran away to join the circus. Soon he was involved in medicine shows, circuses and Vaudeville where he spent the next 20 years developing an act called "Harry's New Car". With Vaudeville, he would play and perfect the act in town after tank town, year after year. By 1923...
16. Robert J. Flaherty Robert J. Flaherty Director, Nanook of the North
17. Josephine Dillon Josephine Dillon Actress, The Lady and the Monster
18. Bud Osborne Bud Osborne Actor, Bride of the Monster One of the finest teamsters in Hollywood screen history, Osborne handled the reins for horse-drawn coaches and wagons in countless westerns and historical photoplays from the early 20's through late 50's. And with his weathered, rumpled look, his Texas drawl and his nasal twang, he was often called upon to portray a seedy outlaw in any of those same westerns.
19. Eleanor Roosevelt Eleanor Roosevelt Self, The Frank Sinatra Timex Show: To the Ladies
20. Frank Hagney Frank Hagney Actor, It's a Wonderful Life
21. Laurette Taylor Laurette Taylor Actress, Peg o' My Heart
22. Kathleen Howard Kathleen Howard Actress, It's a Gift Former opera singer and magazine editor who played character roles in US films from the mid-30's through the 40's.
23. Georgia Simmons Georgia Simmons Actress,
24. Fred Kelsey Fred Kelsey Actor, Hans Christian Andersen
25. Owen Moore Owen Moore Actor, A Star Is Born Born in 1886, virile and dashing silent screen idol Owen Moore, equipped with incredibly handsome reddish and ruddy features, came to America with his family from Ireland at age 11. After some stage work, he entered films at the Biograph Studio in 1908 and appeared in many of D.W. Griffith's early productions...
26. Forrester Harvey Forrester Harvey Actor, Rebecca
27. Harry Antrim Harry Antrim Actor, The Heiress
28. Erich Ponto Erich Ponto Actor, The Third Man
29. Louis Ralph Louis Ralph Actor, Spies
30. William Austin William Austin Actor, It
31. J.M. Kerrigan J.M. Kerrigan Actor, Gone with the Wind Elfin character player who, sometimes ornery, sometimes self-righteous and usually puffin' away on his pipe, would likely elude the mischief he made for others! (Rather like his countryman Barry Fitzgerald, with a bit more shiftiness - a bit more of a mean streak perhaps.)
32. Godfrey Tearle Godfrey Tearle Actor, The 39 Steps Godfrey Seymour Tearle was born in 1884, the son of British actor/manager George (Osmond) Tearle and American actress Marianne Conway (her second marriage). His father and uncle were first-generation acting Tearles, and his mother also came from a family of actors. It seems that Godfrey's destiny was set at birth...
33. Evelyn Nesbit Evelyn Nesbit Actress, The Hidden Woman Ms. Nesbit, artists' model and chorus girl, was at the heart of what at the time was known as the Crime of the Century. Her abusive husband, Pittsburgh million-heir Harry Thaw, murdered 52-year old architect and socialite Stanford White (of the firm McKim, Mead, and White), who had taken advantage of...
34. Oscar Micheaux Oscar Micheaux Writer, Body and Soul Oscar Micheaux, the first African-American to produce a feature-length film (The Homesteader in 1919) and a sound feature-length film (The Exile in 1931), is not a major figure in American film just for these milestones, but because his oeuvre is a window onto the American psyche as regards race and its deleterious effects on individuals and society...
35. Lew Cody Lew Cody Actor, Don't Change Your Husband This dark-haired, suave American-born matinée idol of French ancestry abandoned a medical career after receiving favorable reviews for his performance in a school play at McGill Medical College in Montreal. He went on to study drama at the Stanhope Wheatcroft School of Acting in New York, then toured...
36. James Cruze James Cruze Actor, The Covered Wagon Coming from a Mormon family in Utah, James Cruze was reportedly part Ute Indian. He worked as a fisherman to pay his way through drama school. Among his former wives were actresses Betty Compson (also from Utah) and Marguerite Snow. He was also married to Alberta McCoy (died on July 7, 1960), who is interred in the Columbarium at Hollywood Forever Cemetery (unmarked)...
37. William Russell William Russell Actor, Robin Hood Silent-film star William Russell was born in the Bronx, New York, in the late 1880s (various sources give it as , 1884, 1886 and 1889). His mother, Clara, was a highly regarded stage actress. Russell studied law at Fordham University (and, some sources say, Harvard University). He started a law practice in Pittsburgh...
38. Jean Cadell Jean Cadell Actress, Pygmalion Yet another underrated performer from the Golden Age of British films was Scottish-born character actress Jean Cadell. Jean commenced her professional stage career in 1906 with "The Inspector General" at the old Scala Theatre in the London borough of Camden. Via a stint with the Glasgow Repertory, she then made her way to Broadway (1911) and London (1912)...
39. Harry S. Truman Harry S. Truman Self, Universal Newsreel
40. Sam Ash Sam Ash Actor, Unmasked
41. Bernhard Goetzke Bernhard Goetzke Actor, Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler
42. Torben Meyer Torben Meyer Actor, Judgment at Nuremberg
43. Leon Schlesinger Leon Schlesinger Producer, Porky in Wackyland Leon Schlesinger occupies an odd niche in Hollywood history. He was every bit a studio mogul but occupied a narrow, if extremely lucrative corner of the industry, an animation company. He might have shared this corner with Walt Disney but the two men couldn't have been more different in their professional outlook...
44. Harrison Greene Harrison Greene Actor, The Vampire Bat This burly stage comedian first appeared on film in "Men Call It Love" in 1931. Harrison went on to become a notable character actor with a knack for foreign accents. Notable appearances included two Three Stooges comedies. Harrison played the roles of A. Mouser in the Three Stooges' Ants in the Pantry (1936) and Bustoff the wrestler in another Stooge opus, Grips Grunts and Groans (1937)...
45. Stuart Holmes Stuart Holmes Actor, The Man Who Laughs Stuart Holmes, born Joseph Liebchen, was a silent screen leading man (from 1909) who starred in Fox's first feature film, Life's Shop Window, filmed on Staten Island for $4,500. Being of somewhat menacing demeanour, the cold-eyed, moustachioed Holmes quickly discovered his penchant for playing dastardly villains of French...
46. Richard Tucker Richard Tucker Actor, Wings
47. Mimi Aguglia Mimi Aguglia Actress, The Outlaw "The whole world's a stage and all the men and women are mere players " is one of Shakespeare's most famous quotes. And it seemed written specially for Mimi Aguglia, for if she was not a "mere" player a player she was in the theatre and, later, in the movies. And wasn't she the daughter of an actress (Giuseppina Aguglia) before becoming the mother of another one (Argentina Brunetti)...
48. George McKay George McKay Actor, Babes in Arms McKay started his career as a bareback rider with a circus and later toured vaudeville with Gus Edwards' troupe. He also appeared for three years in the Ziegfeld Follies (1913-15). In 1933, he signed with Columbia Pictures and played numerous supporting and bit roles.
49. Griff Barnett Griff Barnett Actor, Criss Cross
50. Forbes Murray Forbes Murray Actor, A Chump at Oxford
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