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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. 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...
4. 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 Variety (aka Variety) in 1925...
5. 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...
6. Janet Beecher Janet Beecher Actress, The Lady Eve Janet Beecher, daughter of the German vice-consul in Chicago, studied acting at the Art Students League in New York. For almost three decades she made a name for herself as a leading actress in plays on the Broadway stage, beginning with a bit part in 'The Two Orphans' in 1903. Her hits included 'The Lottery Man' (1909-10)...
7. Harry Langdon Harry Langdon Writer, The Flying Deuces There was a fourth major silent movie comedian in the 1920s, who many feel ranks up there with Charles Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd, but who now is sadly forgotten. His name was Harry Langdon and he was born on June 15, 1884, in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to a self-employed painter, William...
8. Hugh Herbert Hugh Herbert Actor, The Great Waltz Former stage actor and playwright - he wrote over 150 plays and vaudeville sketches - Hugh Herbert went in the early 30s to Hollywood as comedian. In the 30s he worked mostly for Warner, impersonating often eccentric millionaires, tycoons and dimwitted professors, in a few movies he collaborated on the screenplays, e.g. on "Hit Parade of 1941".
9. Forrester Harvey Forrester Harvey Actor, Rebecca
10. Louis B. Mayer Louis B. Mayer Miscellaneous Crew, Greed Born Lazar Meir sometime between 1880-1886 (his actual birth date is unknown), he overcame a particularly brutal poverty-stricken childhood at the hands of his near-illiterate father, who moved his family to Eastern Canada to avoid Jewish persecution. The only regular trade his father undertook was as a scrap metal dealer...
11. John Halliday John Halliday Actor, The Philadelphia Story Fought with the British Army during the Boer War, then dug for gold nuggets in Nevada. Switched to acting, first in Gilbert & Sullivan plays, then on Broadway from 1912 to 1936 (last in 'Tovarich' as Prince Alexandrovitch). Though Brooklyn-born, he usually sported an upper-crust British accent. Incisive and dapper actor with a penchant for sophisticated comedy...
12. 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...
13. Robert J. Flaherty Robert J. Flaherty Director, Nanook of the North
14. Fred Kelsey Fred Kelsey Actor, Hans Christian Andersen
15. Harrison Ford Harrison Ford Actor, A Pair of Silk Stockings 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.
16. Bud Osborne Bud Osborne Actor, Bride of the Monster Bud Osborne's almost 50-year career in films began--as far as is known--in 1912 with, naturally, a western. Originally from Texas, Osborne worked for "Wild West" shows where he was noted for his astonishing prowess in handling six-horse wagons and stagecoaches, a talent that carried over into films...
17. C. Henry Gordon C. Henry Gordon Actor, Scarface Although he occasionally played honest police officials or army officers, New York-born C. Henry Gordon excelled at playing oily, duplicitous villains, whether gangsters, businessmen or evil rulers. Among the many evildoers he portrayed, his most memorable would have to be the murderous Surat Khan, who massacred prisoners...
18. Werner Krauss Werner Krauss Actor, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
19. Harry Antrim Harry Antrim Actor, The Heiress
20. Joe Smith Joe Smith Self, The Belle of 14th Street
21. Sophie Tucker Sophie Tucker Actress, 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...
22. 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...
23. Oscar Micheaux Oscar Micheaux Writer, Within Our Gates Oscar Micheaux, the first African-American to produce a feature-length film (The Homesteader) and a sound feature-length film (The Exile), is not only a major figure in American film for these milestones, but because his oeuvre is a window into the American history and psyche regarding race and its deleterious effects on individuals and society...
24. Texas Guinan Texas Guinan Actress, The Gun Woman It's hard to be very specific about any dates or events early in the life of Texas Guinan. She loved publicity and frequently improvised facts about herself when she felt they made better stories than the truth. She was born in Waco, Texas, but likely not on a ranch as she often claimed. She was active in vaudeville and theater...
25. Edward Keane Edward Keane Actor, It's a Wonderful Life
26. Edgar Stehli Edgar Stehli Actor, Seconds
27. J.M. Kerrigan J.M. Kerrigan Actor, Gone with the Wind
28. 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...
29. Richard Tucker Richard Tucker Actor, Wings
30. 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)...
31. Evelyn Nesbit Evelyn Nesbit Actress, Thou Shalt Not 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...
32. Griff Barnett Griff Barnett Actor, Criss Cross
33. Maria Franklin Gable Maria Franklin Gable Self, Starlit Days at the Lido
34. Forbes Murray Forbes Murray Actor, A Chump at Oxford
35. Alec Craig Alec Craig Actor, National Velvet
36. Carlyle Blackwell Carlyle Blackwell Actor, The Ocean Waif Carlyle Blackwell was a popular American matinée idol and occasional director of the silent cinema. Debonair and darkly handsome, he made his debut with Vitagraph in Uncle Tom's Cabin and was seldom out of work as a romantic lead, progressing from one- and two-reelers to feature films by 1914. He was Kalem's number one star until 1915...
37. Frank Hagney Frank Hagney Actor, It's a Wonderful Life
38. Maurice Cass Maurice Cass Actor, Rocky Jones, Space Ranger Maurice Cass was born on October 12, 1884, in Vilnius, Lithuania (then Vilno, Russian Empire). He emigrated to the USA, and in his pursuit of an acting career, he began as announcer and comedian in New York. Cass had a pleasant face, a small body and a big voice. With his nearsightedness and his inevitable pince-nez adding weight to his intelligent face...
39. Harry S. Truman Harry S. Truman Self, Universal Newsreel
40. Bernhard Goetzke Bernhard Goetzke Actor, Der müde Tod
41. Josephine Dillon Josephine Dillon Actress, The Lady and the Monster
42. Paul Stanton Paul Stanton Actor, Across the Pacific
43. Torben Meyer Torben Meyer Actor, Judgment at Nuremberg
44. Bob Burns Bob Burns Actor, Sagebrush Trail
45. Kathleen Howard Kathleen Howard Actress, It's a Gift
46. Lyda Borelli Lyda Borelli Actress, Satan's Rhapsody
47. Charity Grace Charity Grace Actress, Alfred Hitchcock Presents
48. 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...
49. Sam Ash Sam Ash Actor, Unmasked
50. William Austin William Austin Actor, It
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