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1. Ed Wynn Ed Wynn Actor, Alice in Wonderland An old-fashioned comedian, who, by recommendation by his son Keenan Wynn, became one of the world's most beloved clowns, and one of the best actors of his time. He was born on November 9, 1886. He performed in the Ziegfeld Follies, and later had a son Keenan in 1916. He later wrote his own shows...
2. Edward Everett Horton Edward Everett Horton Actor, Arsenic and Old Lace It seemed like Edward Everett Horton appeared in just about every Hollywood comedy made in the 1930s. He was always the perfect counterpart to the great gentlemen and protagonists of the films. Like many of his contemporaries, Horton came to the movies from the theatre, where he debuted in 1906. He made his film debut in 1922...
3. Charles Ruggles Charles Ruggles Actor, Bringing Up Baby Charles Ruggles had one of the longest careers in Hollywood, lasting more than 50 years and encompassing more than 100 films. He made his film debut in 1914 in The Patchwork Girl of Oz and worked steadily after that. He was memorably paired with Mary Boland in a series of comedies in the early 1930s, and was one of the standouts in the all-star comedy If I Had a Million...
4. Spring Byington Spring Byington Actress, Meet John Doe The possessor of one of Hollywood's gentlest faces and warmest voices, and about as sweet as Tupelo honey both on-and-off camera, character actress Spring Byington was seldom called upon to play callous or unsympathetic (she did once play a half-crazed housekeeper in Dragonwyck). Although playing the part of Mrs...
5. Leo G. Carroll Leo G. Carroll Actor, North by Northwest One of the most indispensable of character actors, Leo G. Carroll was already involved in the business of acting as a schoolboy in Gilbert & Sullivan productions. Aged 16, he portrayed an old man in 'Liberty Hall'. In spite of the fact, that he came from a military family, and , perhaps, because of his experience during World War I...
6. Al Jolson Al Jolson Soundtrack, The Aviator Al Jolson was known in the industry as "The World's Greatest Entertainer," for well over 40 years. After his death his influence continued unabated with such performers as Sammy Davis Jr., Elvis Presley, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Jackie Wilson and Jerry Lee Lewis all mentioning him as an inspiration...
7. Victor McLaglen Victor McLaglen Actor, The Quiet Man Rambunctious British leading man (contrary to popular belief, he was of Scottish ancestry, not Irish) and later character actor primarily in American films, Victor McLaglen was a vital presence in a number of great motion pictures, especially those of director John Ford. McLaglen (pronounced Muh-clog-len...
8. Michael Curtiz Michael Curtiz Director, Casablanca American director of Hungarian origin, Oscar-winner. He received his diploma from the School for Dramatic Arts in 1906. He then went to live in Pécs, then Szeged. He made his first film in 1912. The next year he went on a study tour to Denmark to study the newest achievements of the new art in the studios of the then flourishing Nordisk company...
9. Ralph Moody Ralph Moody Actor, Road to Bali
10. Dooley Wilson Dooley Wilson Actor, Casablanca "You must remember this, a kiss is still a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh; the fundamental things apply, as time goes by...". Anyone unfamiliar with this legendary movie lyric must either live in a well-insulated modern world or perhaps on Mars. The gentleman who crooned this tune for the morose Humphrey Bogart...
11. Philip Merivale Philip Merivale Actor, The Stranger
12. Dick Elliott Dick Elliott Actor, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington In the thirties, forties, and especially the 1950's, if a director wanted a short, fat actor to play a windy storekeeper or a raucous conventioneer, he might well cast Dick Elliott. He was one of those actors who, whenever he appeared on screen, often for less than a minute, the audience would think, "Oh, it's that guy." Yet few would ever know his name...
13. Sam McDaniel Sam McDaniel Actor, Captains Courageous
14. Nella Walker Nella Walker Actress, Sabrina
15. Jean Hersholt Jean Hersholt Actor, Grand Hotel If ever there was a Great Dane in Hollywood it was Jean Hersholt - and one of its great hearts as well. He was from a well-known Danish stage and entertainment family that had toured throughout Europe performing with young Jean as an essential cast member. He graduated from the Copenhagen Art School...
16. George Zucco George Zucco Actor, Dead Men Walk At 22, George Zucco decided to begin his stage career in earnest in the Canadian provinces in 1908. In the course of the following decade, he also performed in an American vaudeville tour with his young wife, Frances, in a routine called "The Suffragette." As World War I grew in scale, Zucco returned to England to join the army...
17. Henry King Henry King Director, Twelve O'Clock High For more than three decades, Henry King was the most versatile and reliable, as well as hard-working, contract director on the 20th Century Fox lot. His tenure lasted from 1930 to 1961, spanning most of Hollywood's 'golden' era. King was renowned as a specialist in literary adaptations (eg A Bell for Adano...
18. Frederick Worlock Frederick Worlock Actor, 101 Dalmatians
19. Florence Lawrence Florence Lawrence Actress, Lady Helen's Escapade Florence Lawrence was the first film player whose name was used to promote her films and the studio (Independent Moving Pictures Company [IMP]) for which she worked. Before her, actors and actresses worked anonymously, partly out of fear that stage managers would refuse to hire them if they were found...
20. Olin Howland Olin Howland Actor, Gone with the Wind Olin Howland had a career in movies that stretched from the 20s through the 50s. After a few attempts at films in the silent era, Olin began appearing regularly in the sound pictures of the 30s. His roles were usually in mysteries and dramas, and he became a Western character actor in the 40s with Republic. He also worked in television from 1956-58 in the adventure Circus Boy.
21. Willard Robertson Willard Robertson Actor, The Ox-Bow Incident Lawyer who abandoned his profession to take up the actor's calling - although lawyer and actor are essentially kindred spirits, each deriving his livelihood from the art of pretending. Robertson acted in Hollywood films from 1930 until the year he died, typically portraying men of authority such as doctors, elected officials, military officers and - yes - lawyers.
22. Thomas E. Jackson Thomas E. Jackson Actor, The Woman in the Window Thomas Edward Jackson (1886-1967) started his career on Broadway in juvenile parts on Broadway from 1899-1903. He took a nearly decade long break from the Great White Way, returning there in earnest in 1917 through the end of 1928. Thomas gained experience as a theatrical director and producer at the end of his Broadway career...
23. Christian Rub Christian Rub Actor, You Can't Take It with You Character actor in Hollywood for two decades from the early 30's.
24. Edwin Maxwell Edwin Maxwell Actor, His Girl Friday
25. James Burke James Burke Actor, The Maltese Falcon
26. Lillian Fontaine Lillian Fontaine Actress, The Lost Weekend
27. Ouida Bergère Ouida Bergère Writer, The Hillcrest Mystery Diminutive red-headed actress, playwright and screenwriter. Her marriage to star actor Basil Rathbone was one of the most enduring in show business, lasting from 1926 until his death in 1967. The Rathbones were legendary in the 1930's for giving the most lavish Hollywood parties at their luxurious mansion in the Los Feliz Hills...
28. Diego Rivera Diego Rivera Self, Exotic Mexico Diego Rivera was a revolutionary Mexican artist and controversial politician, whose actions fluctuated from supporting Joseph Stalin and Soviet communism to dealing with Henry Ford and other tycoons promoting Pan-Americanism. He was born Diego Maria de la Concepcion Juan Nepomuciento Estanislao de la Rivera y Barrientos Acosta y Rodriguez on December 8...
29. Fred Quimby Fred Quimby Producer, The Cat Concerto
30. Bernard Gorcey Bernard Gorcey Actor, The Great Dictator Bernard Gorcey was born in Russia in 1888, of Swiss and Jewish descent. Around 1914, he married a Catholic, Irish lady, Josephine Condon (born 1901), and they came to the USA to work in Vaudeville. Bernard was 4' 10" and Josie was 4' 11" and weighed 95 pounds. Bernard kept active in show biz, while Josie would stay home to have and raise their kids...
31. Chester Conklin Chester Conklin Actor, Modern Times Iowa-born Chester Conklin was raised in a coal-mining area by a devoutly religious father who hoped that his son would go into the ministry. However, Chester got the performing bug one day when he gave a recitation at a community singing festival and won first prize. Knowing his father would never approve of his desire to become a comedian...
32. Frank Lloyd Frank Lloyd Director, Mutiny on the Bounty Frank Lloyd was an unpretentious, technically skilled director, who crafted several enduring Hollywood classics during the 1930's. He started out as a stage actor and singer in early 1900's London and was well-known as an imitator of Harry Lauder. After several years in music hall and with touring repertory companies...
33. Willis H. O'Brien Willis H. O'Brien Special Effects, The Dinosaur and the Missing Link: A Prehistoric Tragedy In 1949, 16 years after his ground breaking work on "King Kong", Willis O'Brien worked as Chief Technician on another gorilla picture for Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Shoedsack called "Mighty Joe Young". A young Ray Harryhausen would animate most of the animation, but O'Brien did come up with the designs for the film...
34. Heinie Conklin Heinie Conklin Actor, Riders of Destiny
35. Karl Dane Karl Dane Actor, The Big Parade Born Rasmus Karl Therkelsen Gottlieb in Copenhagen, Denmark, on October 12, 1886 the future Karl Dane had a rough childhood. His father was an alcoholic and spendthrift. At a young age his parents divorced. To escape his unhappy home he took a great interest in the arts, particularly puppeteering (something popular in Denmark at the time). Dane apprenticed as a machinist during his teenage years...
36. Tyler Brooke Tyler Brooke Actor, The Divorcee
37. Luis Alberni Luis Alberni Actor, The Lady Eve Spanish character actor Luis Alberni was born on the date of October 4, 1886 in Cataluna Barcelona, Spain. His mother's maiden name was Malo, and father's surname Alberni. Luis attended the University of Madrid and majored in drama, it was around this time that he began to get involved in acting in Europe...
38. Tammany Young Tammany Young Actor, It's a Gift
39. Ronald Squire Ronald Squire Actor, Around the World in Eighty Days
40. Leopoldine Konstantin Leopoldine Konstantin Actress, Notorious
41. Harry Welchman Harry Welchman Actor, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
42. Michael Mark Michael Mark Actor, The Wasp Woman
43. Reinhold Schünzel Reinhold Schünzel Actor, Notorious The son of a German father and a Jewish mother, Reinhold Schuenzel was born in St. Pauli, the best known, but also the poorest, part of Hamburg. His father started off as an actor, but economic circumstances forced him to turn towards commerce. For a while, Reinhold followed in his footsteps, undertook business studies and then began his professional career in the publishing business...
44. Frank Nitti Frank Nitti Uncategorised Although Frank Nitti has gotten the reputation over the years as the right-hand man of gangster Al Capone and a feared killer in his own right, this has actually proven not to be the case. Although Nitti and Capone were as youths in New York City both members of the Five Points Gang--one of the...
45. Barnett Parker Barnett Parker Actor, Marie Antoinette Within the British colony of expatriate actors in Hollywood during the 1930's, Barnett Parker was among the most stereotypical. Harrowgate College-educated, straight-backed, balding and well-intoned, Parker caricatured a multitude of unctuous, stiff-upper-lip butlers, man-servants or waiters, though his performances could...
46. John M. Stahl John M. Stahl Director, Leave Her to Heaven John Stahl was the final executive in charge of Tiffany Pictures (located on the Talisman lot, later owned by Monogram Pictures), once a big fish in the pond of "Poverty Row", which in those days also included Columbia Pictures. With a B-movie history dating back to the silent era and after making 70 talkies...
47. Crane Wilbur Crane Wilbur Writer, He Walked by Night Actor, screenwriter and director Crane Wilbur was born Erwin Crane Wilbur on November 17, 1886, in Athens, New York. The nephew of the great stage actor Tyrone Power Sr., Wilbur first took to the boards as an actor, making his Broadway debut as Erwin Crane Wilbur on June 3, 1903, in a trilogy of William Butler Yeats plays...
48. Hobart Cavanaugh Hobart Cavanaugh Actor, Captain Blood Worried-looking, balding, moustachioed and usually bespectacled small part character actor, prolific during the 1930s and 40s. Hobart Cavanaugh played downtrodden or henpecked little men -- the perennial victim, forever nervous or bewildered -- to absolute perfection. He was most at home as clerks, mailmen...
49. Carter DeHaven Carter DeHaven Actor, The Great Dictator Starting out his entertainment career in vaudeville and on the stage, Carter DeHaven entered films while still a teenager and soon achieved fame appearing in productions with his wife, Flora Parker DeHaven. During his long film career he also produced and directed several movies, and Charles Chaplin chose him to be his assistant during the filming of Modern Times...
50. Harry Lachman Harry Lachman Director, Our Relations Harry Lachman was born in LaSalle, Illinois, and became a magazine illustrator in Chicago, drawing covers for "Colliers," "The Saturday Evening Post," "Leslie's" and "Cosmopolitan." He moved to Paris in 1911 and his works are hung in several European museums as well as the Chicago Art Institute. He...
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