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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 a circus clown, and as a child she toured the United States and Europe with the circus (before motion pictures and after the stage, circuses were the biggest form of entertainment in the world)...
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. 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...
4. 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...
5. 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...
6. 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...
7. 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...
8. 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...
9. Harry Antrim Harry Antrim Actor, The Heiress
10. Griff Barnett Griff Barnett Actor, Criss Cross
11. Edgar Stehli Edgar Stehli Actor, Seconds
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. Werner Krauss Werner Krauss Actor, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
14. Georgia Simmons Georgia Simmons Actress,
15. Harry Langdon Harry Langdon Writer, The Flying Deuces Langdon first performed when he ran away from home at the age of 12-13 to join a travelling medicine show. In 1903 he scored a lasting success in vaudeville with an act called "Johnny's New Car" which he performed for twenty years. In 1923, he signed with Principal Pictures as a series star, but transferred to Keystone when Mack Sennett bought the contract...
16. 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.
17. Robert J. Flaherty Robert J. Flaherty Director, Nanook of the North
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. 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.
20. Maria Franklin Gable Maria Franklin Gable Self, Starlit Days at the Lido
21. Frank Hagney Frank Hagney Actor, It's a Wonderful Life
22. Josephine Dillon Josephine Dillon Actress, The Lady and the Monster
23. Eleanor Roosevelt Eleanor Roosevelt Self, The Frank Sinatra Timex Show: To the Ladies
24. 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...
25. 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...
26. 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...
27. 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)...
28. Bob Burns Bob Burns Actor, Sagebrush Trail
29. 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...
30. Charity Grace Charity Grace Actress, The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet
31. Jimmy Conlin Jimmy Conlin Actor, Anatomy of a Murder
32. J.M. Kerrigan J.M. Kerrigan Actor, Gone with the Wind
33. Torben Meyer Torben Meyer Actor, Judgment at Nuremberg
34. 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...
35. Forrester Harvey Forrester Harvey Actor, Rebecca
36. Alice Roosevelt Longworth Alice Roosevelt Longworth Self, Christening and Launching Kaiser Wilhelm's Yacht 'Meteor' Alice Lee Roosevelt was the daughter of Theodore Roosevelt, then a New York state assemblyman. Her mother died two days after her birth; Theodore remarried 'Edith Kermit Carow' and established a family seat in Oyster Bay, Long Island, where Alice grew up amid wealth, tradition, and politics. When her father suddenly became U.S...
37. Red Wing Red Wing Actress, White Fawn's Devotion: A Play Acted by a Tribe of Red Indians in America Red Wing was born on February 13, 1884 on the Winnebago Reservation, Nebraska, USA as Lillian St. Cyr. Her parents were Julia De Cora (Winnebago) and Mitchell St. Cyr (French Canadian and Sauk). She was graduated in 1902 from the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania. Red Wing was an actress famous for her starring role in Hollywood's first feature Western,The Squaw Man...
38. Harry S. Truman Harry S. Truman Self, Universal Newsreel
39. Arthur Edmund Carewe Arthur Edmund Carewe Actor, The Phantom of the Opera
40. Edward Keane Edward Keane Actor, It's a Wonderful Life
41. John Francis Dillon John Francis Dillon Director, Sally John started his career with Keystone in 1913 under the name `John Dillon,' working with Kalem, Farnum, Nestor, Universal, Keystone and Lubin Pictures. The latter part of his career was spent playing bit parts and second leads in B pictures.
42. 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...
43. Mimi Aguglia Mimi Aguglia Actress, The Outlaw Mimi Aguglia was born in Palermo, Sicily, on a theater stage in 1884, when her mother, Giuseppina Aguglia, a famous Sicilian actress, was playing Desdimona in William Shakespeare's "Othello". The newborn was named Giroloma in honor of her grandfather, but everyone called her by her nick name: Mimi. Before she was four years old...
44. Sigurd Wallén Sigurd Wallén Actor, Skipper Jansson
45. Richard Tucker Richard Tucker Actor, Wings
46. 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...
47. Kathleen Howard Kathleen Howard Actress, It's a Gift
48. Fred Kelsey Fred Kelsey Actor, Hans Christian Andersen
49. Gibb McLaughlin Gibb McLaughlin Actor, The Lavender Hill Mob
50. Hilda Barry Hilda Barry Actress, Poor Cow
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