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1. Otto Kruger Otto Kruger Actor, High Noon The grandnephew of South African pioneer and former president Paul Krüger, Otto Kruger trained for a musical career from childhood, but after enrolling in Columbia University he switched his career choice to acting. Making his Broadway debut in 1915, at 30, he shortly became a matinée idol of the day...
2. Hedda Hopper Hedda Hopper Actress, Sunset Blvd. Her father was a butcher. In 1913 she met and married matinée idol DeWolf Hopper Sr. and in 1915 they moved to Hollywood, where both began active film careers. He became a star with Triangle Company, she began in vamp parts and turned to supporting roles. After her divorce she appeared in dozens of films...
3. Erich von Stroheim Erich von Stroheim Actor, Sunset Blvd. After spending some time working in his father's hat factory he emigrated to America around 1909. Working in various jobs he arrived in Hollywood in 1914 and got work in D.W. Griffiths' company as a bit player. America's entry into WW1 enabled him to play sadistic monocled German officers but these roles dried up when the war ended...
4. Rudolf Klein-Rogge Rudolf Klein-Rogge Actor, Metropolis During the heyday of German silent cinema, Rudolf Klein-Rogge was the prototype for the master criminal, the irredeemable arch villain or mad scientist. Born in Cologne, he served as a cadet in a Prussian military academy before finishing his matriculation. He then began to attend acting classes and studying art history in Berlin and Bonn...
5. Wallace Beery Wallace Beery Actor, Grand Hotel In 1902, 16-year-old Wallace Beery joined the Ringling Brothers Circus as an assistant to the elephant trainer. He left two years later after a leopard clawed his arm. Beery next went to New York, where he found work in musical variety shows. He became a leading man in musicals and appeared on Broadway and in traveling stock companies...
6. Lionel Atwill Lionel Atwill Actor, Captain Blood Lionel Atwill was born into a wealthy family and was educated at London's prestigious Mercer School to become an architect, but his interest turned to the stage. He worked his way progressively into the craft and debuted at age 20 at the Garrick Theatre in London. He acted and improved regularly thereafter...
7. George 'Gabby' Hayes George 'Gabby' Hayes Actor, Blue Steel American character actor, the most famous of Western-movie sidekicks of the 1930s and 1940s. He was born May 7, 1885, the third of seven children, in the Hayes Hotel (owned by his father) in the tiny hamlet of Stannards, New York, on the outskirts of Wellsville, New York. Hayes was the son of hotelier and oil-production manager Clark Hayes...
8. Theda Bara Theda Bara Actress, Cleopatra According to the studio biography Theda Bara (anagram of "Arab Death") was born in the Sahara to a French artiste and his Egyptian concubine and possessed supernatural powers. In fact, her father was a Cincinnati tailor. By 1908 she appeared in Broadway's "The Devil" named Theodosia de Coppett...
9. Georg Wilhelm Pabst Georg Wilhelm Pabst Director, Pandora's Box Georg Wilhelm Pabst is considered by many to be the greatest director of German cinema, in his era. He was especially appreciated by actors and actresses for the humane way in which he treated them. This was in contrast to some of his contemporaries, such as Arnold Fanck, who have been characterized as martinets.
10. Allan Dwan Allan Dwan Director, Sands of Iwo Jima
11. Esther Dale Esther Dale Actress, The Awful Truth Esther Dale was born on November 10, 1885 in Beaufort, South Carolina. She attended Leland and Gray Seminary in Townsend, Vermont, and then studied music in Berlin, Germany, and had a successful career as a lieder singer. Later, she became an actress in summer stock. She had the title role on Broadway of Carrie Nation in 1933...
12. Robert Emmett O'Connor Robert Emmett O'Connor Actor, A Night at the Opera Stalwart Irish-American character actor Robert Emmet O'Connor, who was born on March 18, 1885, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He made his bones performing in circuses and in vaudeville. He made his Broadway debut in the musical "Fritz in Tammany Hall" at the Herald Square Theatre on October 16, 1905, ultimately...
13. Albert Sharpe Albert Sharpe Actor, Darby O'Gill and the Little People
14. Sacha Guitry Sacha Guitry Writer, Faisons un rêve... French actor, dramatist and director, Sacha Guitry was born in 1885 in Saint-Petersburg where his father, actor Lucien Guitry, was under contract with the city's French theater. Early on, Sacha knew he was going to be an artist. Therefore, his studies were mediocre. His acting debuts were not too encouraging either...
15. George Cleveland George Cleveland Actor, Blue Steel Round-faced and twinkling, George Cleveland had a 58-year career of stage, vaudeville, motion picture, radio and television acting. His first film was Mystery Liner with Noah Beery and he went on to appear in 150 others. However, he is best remembered as Gramps on the original Lassie TV series.
16. E. Mason Hopper E. Mason Hopper Director, Their Own Desire
17. Roland West Roland West Director, Alibi Roland West was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and became an actor in the theater and on the vaudeville stage. He got his start in the film industry in New York City around 1915, forming several production companies to shoot films there. He later worked as general manager of production for producer Joseph M. Schenck...
18. Jerome Kern Jerome Kern Soundtrack, L.A. Confidential Jerome David Kern was born in 1885. He began his stage career grafting American songs (for which he wrote the music) into imported European operettas. His breakthrough came with the song "They Didn't Believe Me", written (with lyrics by Edward Laska) for a show called "The Girl from Utah". It established him as a major American composer in 1914...
19. Arthur Lucan Arthur Lucan Actor, Vampire Over London Arthur Towle was in show business from 1900 when he left school until his dying day. He started as an "Irish" character comedian in British music halls; touring Ireland with this act in 1913, he met and married Kitty McShane (she was 15, he 26). They gradually evolved the act of "Old Mother Riley and her Daughter" (Arthur...
20. Syd Chaplin Syd Chaplin Actor, Shoulder Arms
21. Aubrey Mather Aubrey Mather Actor, The House of Fear Bald-pated character actor in theatre from 1905, then in UK films of the 30's and US films of the 40's and 50's, often portraying - yes! - the butler.
22. Jacques Feyder Jacques Feyder Director, Carnival in Flanders
23. Karen Blixen Karen Blixen Writer, Out of Africa
24. George S. Patton George S. Patton Self, Nazi Concentration Camps George S. Patton III was a highly successful and highly controversial general who held Corps- and Army-level commands during World War II. Because of his great competence as a battlefield commander, Patton might have led the American troops during the invasion of Normandy; however, his impolitic ways...
25. Tom Kennedy Tom Kennedy Actor, Monkey Business Once a boxer, brawny character actor Tom Kennedy began his film career early in the silent era. He frequently played big, dumb, likable, working-class types, such as in The Case of the Stuttering Bishop. He also worked with W.C. Fields, The Marx Brothers, and Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in a career that lasted until his death at the age of 80.
26. Gordon Harker Gordon Harker Actor, The Farmer's Wife Gordon Harker born in 1885 in London into a well-known family of theatrical artists, he first appeared on stage in 1903. Lugubrious, shifty cockney character who starred and supported in over 60 films his first film role as Major Kent in Harold M. Shaw 'General John Regan' starring Milton Rosmer for...
27. Moore Marriott Moore Marriott Actor, Oh, Mr. Porter! Largely forgotten today, comic actor Moore Marriott reigned supreme for a time in the 1930s alongside Will Hay and Graham Moffatt in British film farce. The trio came about by happenstance, but it was their audiences who insisted they reappear together again and again. Born in 1885, Marriott started off on the stage as a youngster with his theatrical family...
28. Sinclair Lewis Sinclair Lewis Writer, Elmer Gantry Sinclair Lewis, the first American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, was a colossus of American letters in the first half of the last century. Arguably, he is the first major "modern" writer of the 20th century, as there is American literature before "Main Street" (1920) and after that seminal novel...
29. Deems Taylor Deems Taylor Self, Fantasia
30. D.H. Lawrence D.H. Lawrence Writer, Women in Love David Herbert Lawrence was born in Nottinghamshire, England, 11 September 1885. His father was a coal miner, his mother a genteel woman who sought education and refinement for her son. Lawrence earned a university degree and taught school for a short time. While still a student he began to publish his poems and short stories...
31. Herbert Stothart Herbert Stothart Soundtrack, The Wizard of Oz Of Scottish and German ancestry, Herbert Stothart was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1885. At first, he was slated for a career as a teacher of history. However, he became enamored with music while singing in a school choir, and again, later, while attending the University of Wisconsin. There, he...
32. Pierre Renoir Pierre Renoir Actor, Children of Paradise
33. John Sheehan John Sheehan Actor, Trimmed in Furs
34. I.A.R. Wylie I.A.R. Wylie Writer, Vivacious Lady
35. Paul Leni Paul Leni Director, The Man Who Laughs
36. Helen Dickson Helen Dickson Actress, Ricky Loses His Voice
37. Erskine Sanford Erskine Sanford Actor, Citizen Kane
38. Roland Pertwee Roland Pertwee Writer, Dinner at the Ritz Actor/writer Roland Pertwee was born in Brighton, England, in 1885. He began his career in the arts as a painter, and received a scholarship to attend the Royal Academy School of Art. His career as a painter didn't last long, however; after several individuals who commissioned him to paint their portraits were so unsatisfied with his work that they refused to pay for it...
39. William Edmunds William Edmunds Actor, It's a Wonderful Life Despite his Anglicized name, Edmunds was usually cast as dark or Latin types: Spaniards, Mexicans, Frenchmen, Gypsies, Arabs, Polynesians, and other exotic nationalities and functioned as a sort of poor-man's 'J. Carroll Naish'. Born in Italy in 1891, Edmunds is especially remembered for his Italian roles: A Bell for Adano, The Lost Moment, and, most notably, Mr. Martini in It's a Wonderful Life.
40. Julio Villarreal Julio Villarreal Actor, Twilight
41. Buster Brodie Buster Brodie Actor, There It Is
42. Charles Carson Charles Carson Actor, The Dam Busters
43. Hanna Ralph Hanna Ralph Actress, Die Nibelungen: Siegfried
44. Raymond Bond Raymond Bond Actor, A Foreign Affair
45. Andrew Tombes Andrew Tombes Actor, Meet John Doe Bald-headed character player in US films for two decades from 1934, often portraying genial individuals but just as often weak-willed, shady types.
46. Charles Coleman Charles Coleman Actor, The Gay Divorcee Tall, portly, balding, silver-haired actor who portrayed, almost exclusively, butler or manservant.
47. Tod Slaughter Tod Slaughter Actor, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Tod Slaughter took to the stage in 1905 and made a name for himself as the star villain of numerous Victorian melodramas which he toured around England. Many of these were filmed cheaply in the 30s and 40s by quota-quickie tzar George King. His ham performances are perfectly suited to the material...
48. Ernie Adams Ernie Adams Actor, The Pride of the Yankees
49. Juan Espantaleón Juan Espantaleón Actor, The Prodigal Woman
50. David Clyde David Clyde Actor, The Scarlet Claw
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