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1. 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...
2. 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...
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. Lionel Atwill Lionel Atwill Actor, Captain Blood On October 14, 1942, Lionel Atwill was sentenced to five years' probation on a perjury conviction stemming from his grand jury testimony the previous year on a morals charge stemming from his showing pornographic movies to party goers at his home during his 1940 Christmas party. Atwill, the victim of an attempted shakedown...
5. 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...
6. 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...
7. 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...
8. Allan Dwan Allan Dwan Director, Sands of Iwo Jima
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. 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...
11. 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...
12. 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.
13. Albert Sharpe Albert Sharpe Actor, Darby O'Gill and the Little People
14. George S. Patton George S. Patton Uncategorised 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...
15. 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...
16. 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...
17. 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...
18. 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.
19. Jacques Feyder Jacques Feyder Director, Carnival in Flanders
20. Charles 'Chic' Sale Charles 'Chic' Sale Actor, Rocky Mountain Mystery Charles "Chic" Sale was primarily a stage comedian who, although he infrequently appeared on Broadway from 1902-30 and appeared in a handful of silent films, spent the majority of his career treading the boards of vaudeville as a comedian, usually in the persona of "Lem Putt," a carpenter from Urbana...
21. 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...
22. Ernie Adams Ernie Adams Actor, The Pride of the Yankees
23. Nellie V. Nichols Nellie V. Nichols Actress, Our Daily Bread
24. 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...
25. Karen Blixen Karen Blixen Writer, Out of Africa
26. 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...
27. Syd Chaplin Syd Chaplin Actor, Shoulder Arms
28. 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...
29. Paul Leni Paul Leni Director, The Man Who Laughs
30. 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...
31. Tod Slaughter Tod Slaughter Actor, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street The last of the British barnstormers was born Norman Carter Slaughter in Newcastle. He first took to the boards in 1905, and was soon managing his own company. After war service he picked up his stage career, though it was some 15 years before he got in front of the camera His first film set the tone for his career...
32. Erskine Sanford Erskine Sanford Actor, Citizen Kane
33. 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...
34. 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.
35. 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.
36. Buster Brodie Buster Brodie Actor, There It Is
37. Marshall Bradford Marshall Bradford Actor, The Fast and the Furious
38. Charles Coleman Charles Coleman Actor, The Gay Divorcee Tall, portly, balding, silver-haired actor who portrayed, almost exclusively, butler or manservant.
39. 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...
40. Pierre Renoir Pierre Renoir Actor, Children of Paradise
41. George Fitzmaurice George Fitzmaurice Director, The Son of the Sheik American director of French-Dutch ancestry, born in Paris. He studied the fine arts in Paris before resettling in America. As a set designer for stage productions, he was able to break into films in 1908 doing the same work. He dabbled in screen writing and then began directing, at first sporadically...
42. Maire O'Neill Maire O'Neill Actress, The Shame of Mary Boyle
43. Andrew Tombes Andrew Tombes Actor, Meet John Doe You'd think with a last name like that, character player Andrew Tombes was doomed to play gravediggers in horrors or coroners in crime drama. Not usually, and when he did, it was often played for laughs. Born June 29, 1885 in Ohio, he was an athletic sort who played a lively, talented game of college baseball at Phillips-Exeter Academy but the dreams of entertaining quickly took over...
44. Leona Anderson Leona Anderson Actress, House on Haunted Hill The twice-married singer and actress was the youngest of the seven children born to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Aronson of Arkansas and Missouri. Leona was the only one of the seven born away from Arkansas. "Bronco Billy,'' nee Gilbert Maxell Aronson, was her much older and bigger brother. She ran away from Denver and school to come to California where he was making movies...
45. Frank Jaquet Frank Jaquet Actor, Ace in the Hole A short, extremely fat, jut-jawed character actor who usually played pompous windbags and slimey villains.
46. Deems Taylor Deems Taylor Self, Fantasia
47. Steve Clemente Steve Clemente Actor, King Kong
48. Herbert Rawlinson Herbert Rawlinson Actor, Dark Victory Leading man in Hollywood silents. In sound films thereafter, he was a character player until the year he died.
49. Hans Dreier Hans Dreier Art Director, Sunset Blvd. The extraordinarily prolific and eclectic art director Hans Dreier studied at Munich University, majoring in engineering and architecture. Following military service during the First World War, he spent time working as a supervising architect in the Cameroons and South Africa. From 1919 to 1923, he joined Germany's pre-eminent film company...
50. Pauline Neff Pauline Neff Actress, The Man from Mexico
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