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1. Buster Keaton Buster Keaton Actor, The General When, at six months, he tumbled down a flight of stairs unharmed, he was given the name "Buster" by Harry Houdini who, along with W.C. Fields, Bill Robinson ("Bojangles"), Eddie Cantor and Al Jolson shared headlines with "The Three Keatons": Buster, his father Joe Keaton and mother Myra Keaton...
2. Rudolph Valentino Rudolph Valentino Actor, The Eagle Alla Nazimova's friend,Natacha Rambova (nee Winifred Hudnut) became romantically involved with Rudy and they lived together in her bungalow, from 1921 (during the filming of Camille) until they eloped to Mexico 13 May, 1922 in the belief his divorce from Jean Acker was official. After their re-marriage...
3. Louis Calhern Louis Calhern Actor, Notorious Tall, distinguished, aristocratic Louis Calhern seemed to be the poster boy for old-money, upper-crust urban society, but he was actually born Carl Vogt, to middle-class parents in New York City. His family moved to St. Louis when he was a child, and it was while playing football in high school there that he was spotted by a representative of a touring acting troupe and hired as an actor...
4. 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...
5. Bert Lahr Bert Lahr Actor, The Wizard of Oz Fittingly known to be a "Leo" for his horoscope, Bert Lahr is always remembered as the Cowardly Lion in (and the farmer "Zeke") The Wizard of Oz. But during his acting career, he has been known for being in burlesque, vaudeville, and Broadway. Dropped out of high school at the age of fifteen for a juvenile vaudeville act...
6. Gracie Allen Gracie Allen Actress, The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
7. William Boyd William Boyd Actor, Hopalong Cassidy The son of a day laborer, William Boyd moved with his family to Tulsa, Oklahoma, when he was seven. His parents died while he was in his early teens, forcing him to quit school and take such jobs as a grocery clerk, surveyor and oil field worker. He went to Hollywood in 1919, already gray-haired. His first role was as an extra in Cecil B. DeMille's Why Change Your Wife?...
8. Paul Muni Paul Muni Actor, Scarface Paul Muni was born Sept. 22, 1895, in Lemberg, Austro-Hungarian Empire, to Salli and Phillip Weisenfreund, who were both professionals. His family was Jewish, and spoke Yiddish. Paul was educated in New York and Cleveland public schools. He was described as 5 feet 10 inches, with black hair and eyes...
9. Bud Abbott Bud Abbott Actor, The Abbott and Costello Show Long acknowledged as one of the best "straight men" in the business, Bud Abbott was born William Alexander Abbott in Asbury Park, New Jersey, to Rae (Fisher) and Harry Abbott, who had both worked for the Barnum and Bailey Circus. He himself worked in carnivals while still a child and dropped out of school in 1909...
10. Shemp Howard Shemp Howard Actor, Brideless Groom Shemp Howard was born Samuel Horwitz in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He was also the brother of fellow stooges Moe Howard and Curly Howard. Larry Fine was not related to any of the other stooges. When not working with The Three Stooges, Shemp made a lot of feature film appearances, such as The Bank Dick with W.C. Fields...
11. Sidney Blackmer Sidney Blackmer Actor, Rosemary's Baby Sidney Blackmer, the Tony-award winning actor who played Teddy Roosevelt in seven movies, is best remembered by today's movie audiences for his turn as the warlock/coven-leader Roman Castevet in Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby. Born and raised in Salisbury, North Carolina, where he made his debut on July 13...
12. Nigel Bruce Nigel Bruce Actor, Rebecca Nigel was, from the beginning, typecast as bumbling English aristocrats, military types or drawing room society snobs and, within the narrow parameters of his range, he was very, very good at playing these parts. Nigel Bruce was born in Mexico, where his father, Sir William W. Bruce, worked as an engineer...
13. Marie Blake Marie Blake Actress, The Addams Family Edith MacDonald was the second daughter of Daniel and Anne MacDonald; her father was a contractor and politician. Early on, her older sister Elsie, younger sister Jeanette MacDonald, and she were given theatrical training. Blossom and Jeanette played Philadelphia vaudeville houses while still youngsters...
14. Roscoe Ates Roscoe Ates Actor, Freaks
15. Edna Purviance Edna Purviance Actress, The Kid Edna Purviance began working as a stenographer in San Francisco. Charles Chaplin invited her to join him at Essanay Studio in 1915, the year of her film debut in Chaplin's His Night Out. Over the next seven years she appeared as his leading lady in over 20 Chaplin films made by Essanay, Mutual, and First National...
16. Ruth McDevitt Ruth McDevitt Actress, The Birds Delightfully daffy and an apple dumpling of a darling, wizened character actress Ruth McDevitt was born Ruth Shoecraft in Michigan but raised in Ohio where her father served as a county sheriff. She attended the American Academy of Dramatic Art with designs of becoming an actress but married a Florida widower soon after and put full focus on being a wife...
17. Cliff Edwards Cliff Edwards Actor, His Girl Friday Becoming popular with playing the ukulele, his unique singing and supplying the voice of animated movies, Cliff Edwards was one of the most popular singers in America. Born in Hannibal, Missouri, Edwards left school at the age of 14, moved to St. Louis, and started to work as a singer in saloons. Edwards then taught himself to play the ukulele...
18. Jack Dempsey Jack Dempsey Self, Requiem for a Heavyweight Jack Dempsey's life story could have been a Hollywood script. Born to a dirt-poor farming family, young Dempsey took up boxing with his older brother. Turning professional under the name Kid Blackie, Dempsey fought in saloons, coal-mining towns, back allies, lumberjack camps, and numerous hick and tank towns around the United States...
19. Yakima Canutt Yakima Canutt Stunts, Gone with the Wind Starting out as a rodeo cowboy and then becoming a stuntman in silent westerns, Yakima Canutt later doubled for such stars as Clark Gable and John Wayne, among others, in such dangerous activities as jumping off the top of a cliff on horseback, leaping from a stagecoach onto its runaway team...
20. Michel Simon Michel Simon Actor, L'Atalante The son of a sausage-maker, Michel Simon was conscripted into the Swiss Army at the start of World War I, but was thrown out through a combination of tuberculosis and general insubordination. He was variously a boxer, photographer, general handyman and right-wing anarchist, finally becoming a stage actor in Geneva in 1920...
21. Ken Maynard Ken Maynard Actor, Mystery Mountain Studio publicity incorrectly puts his birthplace at Mission, Texas. Ken was a trick rider with the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show and later with Ringling Brothers and was also a champion rodeo rider. His movie debut, The Man Who Won, was the first of many for this early cowboy movie superstar. He was famous for the stunts he could enact with his horse Tarzan...
22. Jack Warner Jack Warner Actor, Dixon of Dock Green Jack Warner started acting with the Sutton Amateur Dramatics Club after the end of World War I. From 1935, performed in cabaret at the London West End as half of the double act of Warner & Darnell. In addition to starring as Dixon of Dock Green, which ran for over 20 years, he achieved lasting popularity on screen in the role of Joe Huggett...
23. Babe Ruth Babe Ruth Actor, The Pride of the Yankees Most of Babe Ruth's records have been broken. In 1961, not only did Roger Maris break The Babe's 34-year-old record for most home runs in a season with 61*, but Maris' teammate on the '61 Yankees, pitcher 'Whitey Ford' broke The Babe's 43-year-old record for most scoreless innings pitched in a World Series when the Yankees dispatched the Reds that year in the post-season...
24. Richard Barthelmess Richard Barthelmess Actor, Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl Richard Barthelmess was born into a theatrical family in which his mother was an actress. While attending Trinity College in Connecticut, he began appearing in stage productions. While on vacation in 1916, a friend of his mother, actress Alla Nazimova, offered him a part in War Brides, and Richard never returned to college...
25. Rex Ingram Rex Ingram Actor, The Thief of Bagdad A Corsicana native, Rex (Clifford) Ingram was the son of Mack and Mamie Ingram. He graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in medicine before launching a brilliant acting career which spanned 50 years. Ingram made his screen debut during the silent era in Tarzan of the Apes . He won widespread acclaim for his portrayal of De Lawd in The Green Pastures ...
26. Fortunio Bonanova Fortunio Bonanova Actor, Citizen Kane Spanish-born Josep Lluis Moll studied music in Madrid and at the Paris Conservatoire. Having changed his name to Fortunio Bonanova (which, at the time, would have sounded more becoming of a budding musical star), he went on to make his international opera debut as a baritone in 1922. A protégé of the famous Russian bass Feodor Chaliapin Sr....
27. Tom Fadden Tom Fadden Actor, Invasion of the Body Snatchers Wavy-haired, emaciated-looking Tom Fadden enjoyed a prolific screen career as a small part supporting actor, with more than a few memorable, scene -stealing moments to his credit. From the time he began with a stock company in Omaha in 1915, he remained continuously employed right up until his death in 1980...
28. Lucien Littlefield Lucien Littlefield Actor, Sons of the Desert
29. Jack Pennick Jack Pennick Actor, Fort Apache Jack Pennick was an American film actor, a familiar face, primarily in the movies of John Ford. He was born in Portland, Oregon, the son of gold miner Albert R. and Bessie (Murray) Pennick. After himself working as a gold miner, Pennick joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served, with the Pekin Legation Guard...
30. Lewis Milestone Lewis Milestone Director, All Quiet on the Western Front Lewis Milestone, a clothing manufacturer's son, was born in Bessarabia (now Moldova), raised in Odessa (Ukraine) and educated in Belgium and Berlin (where he studied engineering). He was fluent in both German and Russian and an avid reader. Milestone had an affinity for the theatre from an early age...
31. Busby Berkeley Busby Berkeley Miscellaneous Crew, Gold Diggers of 1935 Busby Berkeley was one of the greatest choreographers of the US movie musical. He started his career in the US Army in 1918, as a lieutenant in the artillery conducting and directing parades. After the World War I cease-fire he was ordered to stage camp shows for the soldiers. Back in the US he became a stage actor and assistant director in smaller acting troupes...
32. Edward Brophy Edward Brophy Actor, The Thin Man Edward S. Brophy was born on February 27, 1895 in New York City and educated at the University of Virginia. He became a bit and small-part in the movies starting in 1919, but switched to behind-the-scenes work for job security, though he continued appearing in small parts. While serving as a property master for Buster Keaton's production unit at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer...
33. Moyna MacGill Moyna MacGill Actress, The Picture of Dorian Gray
34. Nat Pendleton Nat Pendleton Actor, The Thin Man Brawn won out over brain as well when it came to wrestler athlete Nat Pendleton's professional movie career. For two decades, this massively-built, dark-haired, good-looking lug played a number of kind-hearted lunkheads, goons, henchmen and Joe Palooka-like buffoons. Nathaniel Greene Pendleton was born on August 9...
35. John Boles John Boles Actor, Frankenstein
36. John Berkes John Berkes Actor, Ace in the Hole
37. Louise Fazenda Louise Fazenda Actress, Hearts and Flowers When top silent screen comedienne Mabel Normand would gripe to Mack Sennett about making classier films, Sennett's retort would always be, "I'll send for Fazenda." This gawky, highly popular slapstick funny girl put in her time first in two-reelers and Universal's Joker Comedies from 1913 on, but unleashed her real gift for getting laughs when she joined Keystone Studios...
38. George W. Hill George W. Hill Director, The Big House George W. Hill (1895-1934)--not to be confused with later director George Roy Hill (1921-2002) of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid fame--was one of the ace filmmakers at mighty MGM, along with King Vidor and Tod Browning, from the mid-'20s until his death in 1934, directing such major stars as Lon Chaney and Wallace Beery...
39. Oscar Hammerstein II Oscar Hammerstein II Soundtrack, American Beauty
40. Robert Burton Robert Burton Actor, The Big Heat
41. King George VI King George VI Self, The Coronation of King George VI Albert Fredrick Arthur George was born on December 14, 1895 to the future King George V and Queen Mary who was born a Princess of Teck. It was the anniversary of the death of Queen Victoria's husband Albert the Prince Consort, his great-grandfather, so it was obvious that his name would start with Albert...
42. Syd Saylor Syd Saylor Actor, Arizona Days Leo Sailor, a.k.a. Syd Saylor, was born into a very notable family. His father, George Sailor, was a renowned engineer, and was often called out to various locations for consultation and evaluation. In 1906 he was called to San Francisco on a job, and he had no sooner checked into his hotel than the city was devastated by the notorious 1906 earthquake...
43. G. Pat Collins G. Pat Collins Actor, All Quiet on the Western Front
44. J. Edgar Hoover J. Edgar Hoover Writer, Walk East on Beacon!
45. Russell Hicks Russell Hicks Actor, Scarlet Street Tall, distinguished-looking Russell Hicks appeared in almost 300 films in his more than 40-year career (although his first known screen appearance was in 1915, he has screenwriting credits as early as 1913, so it's possible his screen debut was earlier than credited). His cultured bearing, grandfatherly appearance and soothing...
46. Sara García Sara García Actress, Los tres García The legendary "granny of Mexican cinema" began her movie career when she was a 22-year-old teacher in a nun's school for girls. One day, young Sara's attention was attracted to a small building in downtown Mexico City. Inside it was Azteca Films, one of the very first mexican film production companies...
47. Marcel Pagnol Marcel Pagnol Writer, Jean de Florette
48. Vivien Oakland Vivien Oakland Actress, Way Out West This vivacious, platinum-blonde leading lady of silent screen comedy was a former Ziegfeld Girl (under her birth name 'Anderson'). The daughter of Norwegian immigrants, she appeared in vaudeville from early childhood and began in films in 1915. Two years later she made her debut on Broadway. From the early 1920's...
49. Charles King Charles King Actor, Please Excuse Me In films since childhood (as a teenager he appeared in The Birth of a Nation), Charles King played a variety of roles in silent films, and even made a series of comedy shorts for Universal in the 1920s. However, it was as a villain in sound westerns that King achieved his greatest fame. In the 1930s and 1940s his jowly face...
50. Aileen Pringle Aileen Pringle Actress, Murder at Midnight Aileen Pringle's favorite film was a mid-1920s silent based on a book by Elinor Glyn: Three Weeks, sort of a "Lady Chatterly's Lover". She recalled in a 1980 telephone conversation: "The film was in good taste; some people thought the book was trashy". Anita Loos wrote in "A Girl Like I"...
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