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1. Edward G. Robinson Edward G. Robinson Actor, Double Indemnity Edward G. Robinson arrived in the United States at age ten, and his family moved into New York's Lower East Side. He took up acting while attending City College, abandoning plans to become a rabbi or lawyer. The American Academy of Dramatic Arts awarded him a scholarship, and he began work in stock...
2. Lillian Gish Lillian Gish Actress, The Night of the Hunter Lillian Gish was born into a broken family where her restless father James Lee Gish was frequently absent. Mary Robinson McConnell a.k.a. Mary Gish, her mother, had entered into acting to make money to support the family. As soon as Lillian and her sister Dorothy were old enough, they became part of the act...
3. Mae West Mae West Soundtrack, I'm No Angel Mary Jane West was born in Brooklyn, New York, on August 17, 1893, to parents involved in prizefighting and vaudeville. Mae herself worked on the stage and in vaudeville from the time she was five years old. She never was academically inclined because she was too busy performing. She studied dance as a child...
4. Conrad Veidt Conrad Veidt Actor, Casablanca Conrad Veidt attended the Sophiengymnasium (secondary school) in the Schoeneberg district of Berlin, and graduated without a diploma in 1912, last in his class of 13. Conrad liked animals, theater, cinema, fast cars, pastries, thunderstorms, gardening, swimming and golfing. He disliked heights, flying...
5. Leslie Howard Leslie Howard Actor, Gone with the Wind Leslie Howard Stainer was born in London, to Lilian (Blumberg) and Ferdinand "Frank" Steiner. His father was a Hungarian Jewish immigrant, and his English mother was of German Jewish, and mostly English, descent. Leslie went to Dulwich College. After school, he worked as a bank clerk until the outbreak of World War I...
6. Richard Dix Richard Dix Actor, Cimarron Richard Dix was a major leading man at RKO Radio Pictures from 1929 through 1943. He was born Ernest Carlton Brimmer July 18, 1893, in St. Paul, Minnesota. There he was educated, and at the desires of his father, studied to be a surgeon. His obvious acting talent in his school dramatic club led him to leading roles in most of the school plays...
7. Harold Lloyd Harold Lloyd Actor, Safety Last! Harold Clayton Lloyd was born in Burchard, Nebraska on the 20th of April 1893. When Harold was 12 he joined the theatre usually just performing with his high school. Harold's father (nick-named 'Foxy') was not successful at business and Harold's mother regretted marrying him. Later, actor John Lane Connor asked Lloyd to go to Los Angeles with him...
8. Jimmy Durante Jimmy Durante Soundtrack, The Notebook Comedian, composer, actor, singer and songwriter ("Inka Dinka Doo") Jimmy Durante was educated in New York public schools. He began his career as a Coney Island pianist, and organized a five-piece band in 1916. He opened the Club Durant with Eddie Jackson and Lou Clayton, with whom he later formed a comedy trio for vaudeville and on television...
9. Cecil Kellaway Cecil Kellaway Actor, Harvey Cecil Kellaway was nominated for two Oscars for Best Supporting Actor for The Luck of the Irish and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. Cecil was originally offered the role of Santa Claus in Miracle on 34th Street, but he turned it down, telling his son, "Americans don't go for whimsy." His works also include some television. He played Santa Claus on an episode of Bewitched and also appeared in Twilight Zone.
10. Cedric Hardwicke Cedric Hardwicke Actor, Rope Sir Cedric Hardwicke, one of the great character actors in the first decades of the talking picture, was born in Lye, England on February 19, 1893. Hardwicke attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and made his stage debut in 1912. His career was interrupted by military service in World War I, but he returned to the stage in 1922 with the Birmingham Repertory Theatre...
11. Fay Bainter Fay Bainter Actress, Woman of the Year Fay Bainter's career began as a child performer in 1898. For some time, she was a member of the traveling cast of the Morosco Stock Company in Los Angeles. In 1912, she made her Broadway debut in 'The Rose of Panama', but this and her subsequent play 'The Bridal Path' (1913), were conspicuous failures...
12. Carl Benton Reid Carl Benton Reid Actor, In a Lonely Place Carl Benton Reid was a drama graduate from Carnegie Tech who had several years of stage experience performing at the Cleveland PLayhouse in the 1920's, where he met his future wife, stage actress Hazel Harrison. After moving to New York, he became a noted actor on the Broadway stage with some impressive credits to his name...
13. Heinrich George Heinrich George Actor, Metropolis
14. Betty Blythe Betty Blythe Actress, She Brunette, buxom matinee idol Betty Blythe capitalised on the 'roaring 20's' infatuation with exotic screen sirens to achieve a brief period of stardom. She was notoriously one of the first actresses to ever appear nude (or in various stages of undress) on screen. It wasn't that Betty couldn't act, as well - in fact...
15. Irving Bacon Irving Bacon Actor, Gone with the Wind A minor character actor who appeared in literally hundreds of films, actor Irving Bacon could always be counted on for expressing bug-eyed bewilderment or cautious frustration in small-town settings with his revolving door of friendly, servile parts - mailmen, milkmen, clerks, chauffeurs, cab drivers...
16. Phyllis Povah Phyllis Povah Actress, The Women One of the capable actresses of the inter-war period in the twentieth century, Phyllis Povah earned national recognition in the early 1920s. A native of Detroit who learned her craft playing in productions at the University of Michigan in 1914-1916, secured her first professional role as a replacement in a production of "Seeing Things" playing in Baltimore in 1920...
17. Olga Baclanova Olga Baclanova Actress, Freaks Born Olga Vladimirovna Baklanova, one of six children of Vladimir Baklanoff and his wife Alexandra, later billed as the Russian Tigress in her early talking films, was born August 19, 1893. She graduated from the Cherniavsky Institute in Moscow prior to her selection in 1912 at age 19 to apprentice at the Moscow Art Theatre...
18. Ivor Novello Ivor Novello Soundtrack, Atonement While his special gifts seemed to lie in music and composing, the dapper, multi-talented Welsh actor Ivor Novello (ne David Ivor Davies), with his leading-man good looks, had a strong affinity for the camera. Born in Cardiff, Wales, in 1893, he was the son of a tax-collector father and a well-known singing teacher mother...
19. Alexander Korda Alexander Korda Director, That Hamilton Woman One of a large group of Hungarian refugees who found refuge in England in the 1930s, Sir Alexander Korda was the first British film producer to receive a knighthood. He was a major, if controversial, figure and acted as a guiding force behind the British film industry of the 1930s and continued to influence British films until his death in 1956...
20. John Brahm John Brahm Director, Time Enough at Last The son of comedian and theatre director Ludwig Brahm, Hans followed in his father's footsteps and began his career on the stages of Vienna, Berlin and Paris. Again, like his father, he graduated to directing and had his first fling with the film business as a dialogue director for a Franco/German co-production...
21. Merian C. Cooper Merian C. Cooper Thanks, King Kong In 1920, Merian C. Cooper was a member of volunteer of the American Kosciuszko Squadron that supported the Polish army in the war with Soviet Russia, where he met best friend and producing partner Ernest B. Schoedsack. On 26 July 1920, his plane was shot down, and he spent nearly nine months in the Soviet prisoner-of-war camp...
22. Gino Corrado Gino Corrado Actor, Paradise Canyon
23. Julia Faye Julia Faye Actress, The Ten Commandments Julia Faye's career is inextricably linked to director Cecil B. DeMille. He was her mentor, while she was for many years his mistress (a liaison which was tolerated by De Mille's long-suffering wife Constance Adams). Julia was born in Richmond, Virginia, of French-American parentage. She had a Southern drawl which she never lost...
24. William Dieterle William Dieterle Director, The Life of Emile Zola Born in Ludwigshafen, Germany, Wilhelm Dieterle was the youngest of nine children of parents Jacob and Berthe Dieterle. They lived in poverty, and when he was old enough to work, young Wilhelm earned money as a carpenter and a scrap dealer. He dreamed of better things, though, and theater caught his eye as a teen...
25. Evelyn Varden Evelyn Varden Actress, The Night of the Hunter
26. Spencer Williams Spencer Williams Actor, The Blood of Jesus American actor, writer, director, and producer whose early pioneering work in African-American or "race" films was eclipsed in fame by his role as one of the title characters in the equally pioneering and also controversial 1950s sitcom The Amos 'n Andy Show. A native of Vidalia, Louisiana, Williams broke into the theatre as a call boy for theatrical producer Oscar Hammerstein I...
27. Vera Brittain Vera Brittain Writer, Testament of Youth
28. Leatrice Joy Leatrice Joy Actress, The Ace of Hearts Making her film debut as an extra in 1917, Leatrice Joy soon graduated to playing opposite comics Billy West and Oliver Hardy. Director Cecil B. DeMille took her under his wing and starred her in several of his films. Often playing career girls dressed in mannish suits, or sophisticated society girls...
29. Charley Chase Charley Chase Actor, On the Wrong Trek While Charley Chase is far from being as famous as "The Big Three" (Charles Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd) today, he's highly respected as one of the "greats" by fans of silent comedy. Chase (real name Charles Parrott) was born in Maryland, USA, in 1893. After a brief career in vaudeville...
30. Edgar Dearing Edgar Dearing Actor, The Bishop's Wife
31. Gertrude Temple Gertrude Temple Actress, Ali Baba Goes to Town Gertrude Amelia Krieger was born on July 15, 1893, in Chicago, Illinois. In 1903, her father, German-born Julius Otto Krieger, relocated the family to Los Angeles, California. Because her parents worked long hours and her father died when she was 15, Gertrude spent much of her childhood caring for her younger brother...
32. Charles Stevens Charles Stevens Actor, The Black Pirate
33. Howard Smith Howard Smith Actor, Kiss of Death
34. Kynaston Reeves Kynaston Reeves Actor, Fiend Without a Face
35. Cedric Gibbons Cedric Gibbons Art Director, The Wizard of Oz After graduating from New York's Art Students League he worked for his architect father, then started film work at Edison Studios in 1915 assisting Hugo Ballin. In 1918 he moved to Goldwyn as art director and, in 1924, began his 32 year stint as supervising art director for some 1500 MGM films, with direct responsibility in well over 150 of those...
36. Vsevolod Pudovkin Vsevolod Pudovkin Director, Storm Over Asia
37. Isobel Elsom Isobel Elsom Actress, My Fair Lady The epitome of opulent, grande dame haughtiness, British character actress Isobel Elsom began on the stage in 1911 and went on to grace a number of silent and sound pictures in England, marrying and divorcing director Maurice Elvey in the interim. In the late 30s she settled in America and earned major Broadway success with the play "Ladies in Retirement," which she also took to film in 1941...
38. Tito Vuolo Tito Vuolo Actor, The Killing Short, squat, voluble and Italian-born, Tito Vuolo could not avoid being typecast as the jolly Italian in office. In the nineteen fifties and sixties, Tito Vuolo portrayed dozens of Italian barbers, pizza makers, vendors, grocers, waiters, hotel or restaurant proprietors. He played them well but he was at his best when he was not restricted to stereotypes...
39. Al St. John Al St. John Actor, Riders of Destiny Silent-film comic who appeared in dozens of Mack Sennett's early Keystone comedies and would eventually create and star in his own vehicles for other studios. With the advent of sound, he became a character actor in westerns and later the bewhiskered sidekick of B-western heroes like Buster Crabbe, Robert Livingston and Lash La Rue.
40. Otto Wernicke Otto Wernicke Actor, M
41. Dorothy Parker Dorothy Parker Writer, A Star Is Born Dorothy Rothschild was born on August 22, l893 into a family of comfortable financial means. Raised by her father and Stepmother after her mother's death, she was given an excellent education for the times. Highly intelligent, she pursued a career after her formal education and proved herself to be one of the early feminists...
42. George Selk George Selk Actor, Narcotics
43. Earle Hodgins Earle Hodgins Actor, Paradise Canyon
44. Barry Jones Barry Jones Actor, Brigadoon
45. Jesslyn Fax Jesslyn Fax Actress, Rear Window
46. Ernest B. Schoedsack Ernest B. Schoedsack Director, The Most Dangerous Game
47. William M. Marston William M. Marston Writer, Justice League Dr. William Moulton Marston was a man who managed to combine intersts several dissimilar fields into an idea that has lasted for decades. Marston was born and raised in Massachusetts. He earned a law degree in 1918 and got a Ph.D in Psychology from Harvard University in 1921. Long interested in finding a scientific way to prove a person's innocence...
48. Robert Harron Robert Harron Actor, The Birth of a Nation Today screen actor Robert (Bobby) Harron is one of Hollywood's forgotten souls, although he was a huge celebrity in his time and graced some of the silent screen's most enduring masterpieces. A talented, charismatic star in his heyday, Bobby had everything going for him but died far too young to make the longstanding impression he certainly deserved...
49. Roy O. Disney Roy O. Disney Camera and Electrical Department, Alice's Spooky Adventure
50. Frank McClure Frank McClure Actor, Citizen Kane
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