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1. 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)...
2. 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"...
3. 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...
4. 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...
5. 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...
6. 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...
7. 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...
8. J.M. Kerrigan J.M. Kerrigan Actor, Gone with the Wind
9. Edgar Stehli Edgar Stehli Actor, Seconds
10. 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".
11. 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...
12. 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...
13. 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...
14. 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.
15. Werner Krauss Werner Krauss Actor, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
16. Forrester Harvey Forrester Harvey Actor, Rebecca
17. 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...
18. 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...
19. 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...
20. 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...
21. Roy Gordon Roy Gordon Actor, Foreign Correspondent Roy Wells Gordon was the third of four sons born to John W. Gordon and Nancy Ellen Wells Gordon. He was born October 18, 1884 in Beaver Village, Pike County, Ohio. The family soon moved to Portsmouth, Ohio, where Roy grew up. He was always interested in the theater and acting, and decided to make it his profession...
22. 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...
23. Jimmy Conlin Jimmy Conlin Actor, Anatomy of a Murder
24. Frank Hagney Frank Hagney Actor, It's a Wonderful Life
25. Torben Meyer Torben Meyer Actor, Judgment at Nuremberg
26. Richard Tucker Richard Tucker Actor, Wings
27. Robert J. Flaherty Robert J. Flaherty Director, Nanook of the North
28. Bob Burns Bob Burns Actor, Sagebrush Trail
29. Laurette Taylor Laurette Taylor Actress, Peg o' My Heart
30. Oscar Micheaux Oscar Micheaux Writer, Within Our Gates 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...
31. Harry Antrim Harry Antrim Actor, The Heiress
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. Georgia Simmons Georgia Simmons Actress,
34. Forbes Murray Forbes Murray Actor, A Chump at Oxford
35. Nicholas Joy Nicholas Joy Actor, Gentleman's Agreement
36. Maria Franklin Gable Maria Franklin Gable Self, Starlit Days at the Lido
37. Kathleen Howard Kathleen Howard Actress, It's a Gift
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. Josephine Dillon Josephine Dillon Actress, The Lady and the Monster
40. John Butler John Butler Actor, Money to Loan
41. Paul Stanton Paul Stanton Actor, Across the Pacific
42. Owen McGiveney Owen McGiveney Actor, Brigadoon
43. 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...
44. Fred Kelsey Fred Kelsey Actor, Hans Christian Andersen
45. Erich Ponto Erich Ponto Actor, The Third Man
46. 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)...
47. Edward Keane Edward Keane Actor, It's a Wonderful Life
48. Eleanor Roosevelt Eleanor Roosevelt Self, The Frank Sinatra Timex Show: To the Ladies
49. James C. Morton James C. Morton Actor, The Devil's Brother
50. Sam Ash Sam Ash Actor, Unmasked
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