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1. William Powell William Powell Actor, The Thin Man William Powell was on the New York stage by 1912, but it would be ten years before his film career would begin. In 1924 he went to Paramount Pictures, where he was employed for the next seven years. During that time, he played in a number of interesting films, but stardom was elusive. He did finally attract attention with The Last Command as Leo...
2. Mary Pickford Mary Pickford Actress, Coquette Mary Pickford began in the theater at age seven. Then known as "Baby Gladys Smith", she toured with her family in a number of theater companies. In 1907, she adopted a family name Pickford and joined the David Belasco troupe, appearing in the long-running The Warrens of Virginia". She began in films in 1909 with the 'American Mutoscope & Biograph [us]'...
3. Thomas Mitchell Thomas Mitchell Actor, Gone with the Wind Certainly there have been many phrases coined about Thomas Mitchell as one of the most recognizable and exemplary character actors of Hollywood's golden years, but behind that elfish demeanor was a talent to fit many hats. He was a first-generation American of Irish immigrants who settled in New Jersey...
4. Basil Rathbone Basil Rathbone Actor, The Adventures of Robin Hood Basil Rathbone was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1892, but three years later his family was forced to flee the country because his father was accused by the Boers of being a British spy at a time when Dutch-British conflicts were leading to the Boer War. The Rathbones escaped to England, where Basil and his two younger siblings...
5. Joe E. Brown Joe E. Brown Actor, Some Like It Hot Joe E. Brown happily claimed that he was the only youngster in show business who ran way from home to join the circus with the blessings of his parents. In 1902, the ten-year-old Brown joined a circus tumbling act called the Five Marvellous Ashtons, which toured various circuses and vaudeville theaters...
6. William Demarest William Demarest Actor, Sullivan's Travels Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, William Demarest was a prolific actor in movies and TV, making more than 140 films. Demarest started his acting career in vaudeville and made his way to Broadway. His most famous role was in My Three Sons, replacing a very sick William Frawley. Demarest was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting role in the real-life biography...
7. Oliver Hardy Oliver Hardy Actor, The Flying Deuces Although his parents were never in show business, as a young boy Oliver Hardy was a gifted singer and, by age eight, was performing with minstrel shows. In 1910 he ran a movie theatre, which he preferred to studying law. In 1913 he became a comedy actor with the Lubin Company in Florida and began appearing in a long series of shorts; his debut film was Outwitting Dad...
8. Hattie McDaniel Hattie McDaniel Actress, Gone with the Wind After working as early as the 1910s as a band vocalist, Hattie McDaniel debuted as a maid in The Golden West. Her maid-mammy characters became steadily more assertive, showing up first in Judge Priest and becoming pronounced in Alice Adams. In this one, directed by George Stevens and aided and abetted by star Katharine Hepburn...
9. Alan Hale Alan Hale Actor, It Happened One Night Alan Hale decided on a film career after his attempt at becoming an opera singer didn't pan out. He quickly became much in demand as a supporting actor, starred in several films for Cecil B. DeMille and directed others for him. With the advent of sound Hale played leads in a few films, but soon settled down into a career as one of the busiest character actors in the business...
10. Ernst Lubitsch Ernst Lubitsch Director, To Be or Not to Be From Ernst Lubitsch's experiences in Sophien Gymnasium (high school) theater, he decided to leave school at the age of 16 and pursue a career on the stage. He had to compromise with his father and keep the account books for the family tailor business while he acted in cabarets and music halls at night...
11. J.R.R. Tolkien J.R.R. Tolkien Writer, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring English writer, scholar and philologist, Tolkien's father was a bank manager in South Africa. When his father died in 1896 his mother took him and his younger brother to his father's native village of Sarehole, near Birmingham, England. The landscapes and Nordic mythology of the Midlands may have been...
12. John Litel John Litel Actor, Jezebel John Litel's tough, no-nonsense demeanor on screen was not entirely due to his skill as an actor--when World War I broke out he enlisted in the French army, not wanting to wait until the US entered, and was twice decorated for bravery. Returning to the US after the war, he enrolled in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and toured with various stage companies...
13. Peggy Wood Peggy Wood Actress, The Sound of Music Above all else, singer/actress Peggy Wood has endeared herself to both TV and film audiences with one single role in each medium. She made warm, lasting impressions as the benevolent, strong-willed Scandinanvian matriarch Marta Hansen in the series drama Mama, and as the knowing Mother Abbess...
14. Margaret Rutherford Margaret Rutherford Actress, Murder at the Gallop One is always at pains to locate a reference to Margaret Rutherford which does not characterize her as either jut-chinned, eccentric or both. But such, taken together, made for the charm of the woman. The combination of those most mundane of attributes has led some to suggest that she was made for the role of Agatha Christie's indomitable sleuth...
15. Zara Cully Zara Cully Actress, The Jeffersons
16. Richard Hale Richard Hale Actor, To Kill a Mockingbird
17. Alice Brady Alice Brady Actress, My Man Godfrey Alice Brady was born in New York City on November 2, 1892. She was interested in the stage from childhood, as her father was famed Broadway producer William A. Brady. After a few stage productions, Alice was discovered by movie producers in New York, since this was the film capital at the time. Her first film was at the age of 22 when she starred in As Ye Sow...
18. Osgood Perkins Osgood Perkins Actor, Scarface Mostly remembered today as the father of Anthony Perkins, Osgood Perkins enjoyed a successful career on Broadway, appearing in 22 major productions from 1924-36, often produced by Brock Pemberton. The highlight of his stage career was starring in the hit "The Front Page" as Walter Burns at the Times Square Theatre in 1928...
19. Leila Bennett Leila Bennett Actress, Fury
20. Ruth Chatterton Ruth Chatterton Actress, Dodsworth Ruth Chatterton was born in New York City on Christmas Eve, 1893. Aspiring to be an actress early during her girlhood, she was active in various school productions. The result of her amateur stage plays left no doubt in her mind that acting was to be a way of life for her. While on a school vacation in Washington...
21. Slim Summerville Slim Summerville Actor, All Quiet on the Western Front Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1892, rustic-looking George "Slim" Summerville possessed one of those malleable mugs that made you laugh even before he opened his mouth. Young Slim ran away from home as a youth and lived a rather wanderlust life until a chance meeting with Mack Sennett through his comedian friend Edgar Kennedy changed everything...
22. Eddie Cantor Eddie Cantor Soundtrack, Cinderella Man Singer, songwriter ("Merrily We Roll Along"), comedian, author and actor, educated in public schools. He made his first public appearance in Vaudeville in 1907 at New York's Clinton Music Hall, then became a member of the Gus Edwards Gang, later touring vaudeville with Lila Lee as the team Cantor & Lee...
23. Jack L. Warner Jack L. Warner Producer, Casablanca With his brothers Harry M. Warner, Albert Warner, and Sam Warner, he founded Warner Bros. Pictures Inc. in 1923. They released the first motion picture with synchronized sound, The Jazz Singer with Al Jolson. In the 1930s they gave employment to a parade of stars, including Bette Davis...
24. Andy Clyde Andy Clyde Actor, Leather Burners Andy Clyde's more than 40-year film career started on the vaudeville stages and music halls in his native Scotland in the 1920s. He made his way to Hollywood and began as an extra in Mack Sennett comedies, but he was soon moved up to featured player, usually the sidekick or second banana to the lead...
25. Minna Gombell Minna Gombell Actress, The Thin Man A doctor's daughter, Minna Gombell had a successful career on the stage from 1912 to the end of the 1920's, appearing often in comedic roles, almost always in leads. She had a reputation as a fast learner, capable of reading and comprehending a script in a matter of hours. This ability served her well as an understudy early in her career...
26. Hoot Gibson Hoot Gibson Actor, Action A pioneering cowboy star of silent and early talking Westerns, Hoot Gibson was one of the 1920s' most popular children's matinée heroes. In his real life, however, he had a rather painful rags-to-riches-and-back-to-rags career, a problem that seemed to plague a number of big stars who fell victim to their high profile and wound up living too high on the hog...
27. Maria Falconetti Maria Falconetti Actress, The Passion of Joan of Arc
28. Hal Roach Hal Roach Producer, The Little Rascals Hal Roach was born in 1892 in Elmira, New York. After working as a mule skinner, wrangler and gold prospector, among other things, he wound up in Hollywood and began picking up jobs as an extra in comedies, where he met comedian Harold Lloyd in 1913 in San Diego. By all accounts, including his own...
29. Pinto Colvig Pinto Colvig Actor, Mickey and the Beanstalk Pinto Colvig was the quintessential clown whose own identity was always hidden but whose innate warm-hearted character always came through his many talents. His humor tickled the funny bone and touched the heart. Incredibly gifted in music, art and mime, he spoke to different generations in different roles: as a child clown playing a squeaky clarinet...
30. Patricia Collinge Patricia Collinge Actress, Shadow of a Doubt Irish-born stage actress, in London from 1904, on Broadway from 1908. After appearing as a flower girl in 'The Queen of the Moulin Rouge', she became a celebrated theatrical star of many classic plays by George Bernard Shaw, Henrik Ibsen, J.M. Barrie and others. From 1947 to 1948, she starred as Lavinia Penniman in 'The Heiress' at the Biltmore Theatre...
31. Jason Robards Sr. Jason Robards Sr. Actor, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House Famed American stage actor. Trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Art. Appeared in many films, initially as a leading man, then in character roles and occasional bits. Consistently billed as Jason Robards, as his more famous son, Jason Robards, did not come into fame until the end of the elder Robards' career...
32. Don Barclay Don Barclay Actor, Cinderella
33. Anthony Jochim Anthony Jochim Actor, The Girl on the Bridge
34. Gummo Marx Gummo Marx Self, America After Dark
35. Charles Vanel Charles Vanel Actor, The Wages of Fear
36. John Miljan John Miljan Actor, The Ten Commandments Smooth-talking, oily villain in Hollywood films for three and a half decades from 1923.
37. Esther Howard Esther Howard Actress, Detour Switching from Broadway to Hollywood in 1931, actress Esther Howard was an expert at portraying blowsy old crones, man-hungry spinsters and oversexed dowagers. Utilizing her wide, expressive eyes and versatile voice for both broad comedy and tense drama, Howard was equally at home portraying slatternly toss-pot Mrs...
38. Kathleen Harrison Kathleen Harrison Actress, A Christmas Carol Although British actress Kathleen Harrison was born in 1892 in the Lancashire town of Blackburn, she was fondly known for her cockney characters throughout her career. Trained for the stage at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art she first married and lived overseas in Argentina for nearly eight years...
39. James M. Cain James M. Cain Writer, Double Indemnity James M. Cain was a 'Film Noir' author. His father was a professor, and president, of 'Washington College'. His mother was an opera singer in Maryland. James graduated from the same college in 1910, and became a writer for 'Baltimore American', then 'Baltimore Sun' [still being published] by 1914. He was drafted in 1916...
40. Frank Puglia Frank Puglia Actor, Jungle Book Puglia started his career at age 15 when he joined a traveling operetta company. Frank appeared in Italian opera from the age of 13. He came to the U.S. in 1907 and worked in a laundry before joining an Italian language theatre group in New York. In 1921, while appearing on stage, he was spotted by D.W. Griffith and was hired immediately...
41. William Beaudine William Beaudine Director, The Ape Man William "One-Shot" Beaudine, the director of nearly 350 known films (nearly one for every day of the year; some listings of his work put his output at 500 movies and hundreds of TV episodes) and scores of television episodes, enjoyed a directing career that stretched across seven decades from the 'Teens to the '70s (he also was a screenwriter...
42. Mady Christians Mady Christians Actress, Letter from an Unknown Woman Mady Christians was born in Vienna, Austria. Destined to be in films in both Germany and the United States, Mady started out as a stage actress, but she soon found new challenges with the world of cinema. Her first film was at the tender age of 16 when she appeared in AUDREY in 1916. She remained in...
43. Greta Schröder Greta Schröder Actress, Nosferatu
44. Kathryn Card Kathryn Card Actress, The Unsinkable Molly Brown
45. Josephine Brown Josephine Brown Actress, The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone
46. Gregory La Cava Gregory La Cava Director, My Man Godfrey A former cartoonist, Gregory La Cava entered films during WWI as an animator for Walter Lantz on such animated films as "The Katzenjammer Kids" series. Hired by the Hearst Corp. as the editor-in-chief for its International Comic Films division, La Cava switched to live-action films in the 1920s and began directing two-reel shorts...
47. Henry Victor Henry Victor Actor, Freaks Actor, reared in Germany, who commuted seemingly biennially between the UK and the US to make pictures. Long a leading man in UK silents, his Germanic accent caused him to prefer, with the advent of sound, to play character roles, often as a villain of the Nazi persuasion.
48. George Barnes George Barnes Cinematographer, Rebecca Veteran cinematographer George S. Barnes had a well-earned reputation for reliability and a knack for combining artistry with economic efficiency. As a result, he was seldom out of work. Having started as a still photographer for Thomas H. Ince in 1918, Barnes quickly rose through the ranks to director of photography...
49. Frank Baker Frank Baker Actor, A Chump at Oxford
50. George Cooper George Cooper Actor, Lilac Time
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