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1. Ruth Gordon Ruth Gordon Actress, Rosemary's Baby When Ruth Gordon convinced her father, a sea captain, to let her pursue acting she came to New York and studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She acted in a few silents made at Fort Lee, New Jersey, in 1915. She made her Broadway debut in "Peter Pan" as Nibs the same year. The next 20 years she spent on stage...
2. George Burns George Burns Actor, The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
3. Howard Hawks Howard Hawks Director, The Big Sleep What do the classic films Scarface, Twentieth Century, Bringing Up Baby, Only Angels Have Wings, His Girl Friday, Sergeant York, To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep, Red River Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Rio Bravo have in common? Aside from their displays of great craftsmanship, the answer is director Howard Hawks...
4. Raymond Massey Raymond Massey Actor, Dr. Kildare Educated at the University of Toronto & Balliol College, Oxford, he joined the Canadian Field Artillery in World War I, served in France & was wounded. His first appearance was in a stage production in Siberia, during its occupation by American Forces in 1918. Raymond returned to Canada & the farm implement business after the war...
5. Ian Wolfe Ian Wolfe Actor, Witness for the Prosecution Respected character actor whose on-screen work included everything from Shakespeare to Dick Tracy (his last film). After a long apprenticeship in the theatre, the 38-year-old Wolfe finally debuted in films in The Barretts of Wimpole Street, recreating his Broadway role. He then toiled away steadily in Hollywood for the next several decades...
6. J. Carrol Naish J. Carrol Naish Actor, The New Adventures of Charlie Chan J. Carroll was born in New York City to Catherine Moran and Patrick Sarsfield Naish (not in the business). He was educated at St. Cecilia's Academy, New York City. He had seven years stage experience in Paris and New York. Later in stock company. First screen appearance in 1930. Fox brought him to Hollywood.
7. Jessie Royce Landis Jessie Royce Landis Actress, North by Northwest Jessie Royce Landis was called "an international star" in her New York Times obituary. She was 20 when she made her stage debut at the Playhouse in Chicago as the young countess in "The Highwayman". Soon she was on Broadway. In 1950 she went to London for "Larger Than Life", a dramatization of W. Somerset Maugham's novel...
8. Joseph Schildkraut Joseph Schildkraut Actor, The Diary of Anne Frank An imposing Austrian import-turned-matinée idol on the silent screen, Hollywood actor Joseph Schildkraut went on to conquer talking films as well -- with Oscar-winning results. Inclined towards smooth, cunning villainy, his Oscar came instead for his sympathetic portrayal of Captain Alfred Dreyfus in The Life of Emile Zola...
9. Hope Summers Hope Summers Actress, Rosemary's Baby Hope Summers could portray a friendly neighbor or companion as she did for Frances Bavier's Aunt Bee character on many episodes of The Andy Griffith Show or a seemingly amiable satanist in Rosemary's Baby. Born in Mattoon, Illinois, she developed an early interest in the theater. Graduating from Northwestern School of Speech in Evanston...
10. William A. Wellman William A. Wellman Director, A Star Is Born William Wellman, the Oscar-winning screenwriter-director of the original A Star Is Born, was called "Wild Bill" during his World War I service as an aviator, a nickname that persisted in Hollywood due to his larger-than-life personality and lifestyle. A leap-year baby born in 1896 on the 29th of February in Brookline...
11. Abraham Sofaer Abraham Sofaer Actor, Quo Vadis Born on October 1, 1896, in Rangoon, Burma, to Burmese-Jewish parents, distinguished veteran character actor Abraham Sofaer was a one-time schoolteacher in both Rangoon and London. He switched gears to acting after a short time and made his stage debut as a walk-on in William Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice" in 1921...
12. Lilia Skala Lilia Skala Actress, Flashdance Born and raised in Vienna, Austria, Lilia Skala would become a star on two continents. In pre-World War II Austria she starred in famed Max Reinhardt's stage troupe, and in post-war America she would become a notable matronly, award-worthy character star on Broadway and in films. Forced to flee her Nazi-occupied homeland with her Jewish husband and two young sons in the late 1930s...
13. Bill Walker Bill Walker Actor, The Long, Hot Summer
14. Arnold Ridley Arnold Ridley Actor, Dad's Army Having sustained injuries during World War I , the young Arnold Ridley was forced to give up a budding acting career and turn to writing. He hit the jackpot with 'The Ghost Train' which was a great West End success and has been filmed several times. This was followed by a number of other plays during the 1920s and 1930s...
15. Edith Bouvier Beale Edith Bouvier Beale Self, Grey Gardens
16. F. Scott Fitzgerald F. Scott Fitzgerald Writer, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button "There are no second acts in American lives," wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald, who himself went from being the high priest of the Jazz Age to a down-and-out alcoholic within the space of 20 years, but not before giving the world several literary masterpieces, the most famous of which is "The Great Gatsby" (1924)...
17. Leo McCarey Leo McCarey Director, An Affair to Remember
18. Alan Mowbray Alan Mowbray Actor, The Man Who Knew Too Much Alan Mowbray, the American film actor who was one of the founding members of the Screen Actors Guild, was born Ernest Allen on August 18, 1896, in London, England, to a non-theatrical family. He served in the British army during World War I and received the Military Medal and the French Croix De Guerre for bravery in action...
19. Larry Keating Larry Keating Actor, The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show Supporting actor in films and TV who portrayed witty and urbane although often curmudgeonly types.
20. Olive Carey Olive Carey Actress, The Searchers Olive Carey was born Olive Fuller Golden on January 31, 1896. Olive was 18 when she appeared in her first motion picture, a silent entitled, Tess of the Storm Country. After she made A Knight of the Range, she retired from films. In 1916, she married actor Harry Carey who was eighteen years older. They had two children...
21. Ethel Waters Ethel Waters Actress, Beulah The child of a teenage rape victim, Ethel Waters grew up in the slums of Philadelphia and neighboring cities, seldom living anywhere for more than a few weeks at a time. "No one raised me, " she recollected, "I just ran wild." She excelled not only at looking after herself, but also at singing and dancing; she began performing at church functions...
22. Arthur Shields Arthur Shields Actor, The Quiet Man Though not as well known as his nearly decade-older brother Barry Fitzgerald, Shields was a talented actor with well over twice the film roles in his career. Fitzgerald was already a well established player at the renowned Dublin Abbey Theater when Shields, also bitten by the acting bug, joined in 1914...
23. Ruth Donnelly Ruth Donnelly Actress, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Feisty, ebullient character comedienne who, for three decades, enlivened Hollywood films with her drollery and quick-fire repartee. The daughter of a newspaper editor and music critic, Ruth made her stage debut in the chorus of the touring production 'The Quaker Girl' in 1913. Four years later, she had made it to Broadway...
24. Marjorie Bennett Marjorie Bennett Actress, Mary Poppins
25. Melville Cooper Melville Cooper Actor, Rebecca Born George Melville Cooper on October 15, 1896, in Birmingham England, he was the son of non-professionals W.C.J. and Frances (Brennan) Cooper, and attended various English public schools, including King Edward's School in Birmingham. Attracted to the stage as a teenager, he made his debut at Stratford-on-Avon at age 18...
26. Barbara La Marr Barbara La Marr Actress, The White Moth Barbara La Marr was born in Yakima, Washington, on July 28, 1896, as Reatha Watson. Her childhood was mostly uneventful, mainly because Yakima--today a medium-sized city with a population of over 50, 000-wasn't exactly a beehive of activity. Her parents eventually moved to the Los Angeles area, where she began to explore the show business lifestyle in whatever form she could...
27. Julien Duvivier Julien Duvivier Director, Pépé le Moko Revered by such legendary fellow directors as Ingmar Bergman and Jean Renoir, Julien Duvivier is one of the greatest figures in the history of French cinema and of world cinema in general. He is perhaps the most neglected of the "Big Five" of classic French cinema (the other four being Jean Renoir, Rene Clair...
28. Doris Lloyd Doris Lloyd Actress, The Sound of Music
29. Anton Walbrook Anton Walbrook Actor, La ronde This dark, debonair, dashing and extremely distinguished Austrian actor was christened Adolf Wohlbrück in Vienna, the scion of a family of circus clowns. He broke away easily from generations of tradition as the circus life had no appeal whatsoever to Walbrook. Trained by the legendary director Max Reinhardt...
30. Erle C. Kenton Erle C. Kenton Director, House of Frankenstein Erle C. Kenton entered films as an actor with the Mack Sennett troupe (he was one of the original Keystone Kops). In addition to acting, he performed pretty much any kind of behind-the-scenes job he could get, and by 1919 Sennett gave him a job directing two-reel comedies. The next year he graduated to features...
31. Jim Jordan Jim Jordan Actor, The Rescuers
32. Lilyan Tashman Lilyan Tashman Actress, Manhandled Lilyan Tashman was born on October 23, 1896, in Brooklyn, New York, to Rose (Cook) and Morris Tashman. Her parents were Jewish immigrants, her father from Bialystok, Poland, and her mother from Germany. After toying with some stage work, she made her film debut with Experience. That was her only film of that year...
33. Blanche Sweet Blanche Sweet Actress, Judith of Bethulia Born into a family of show people, Blanche first appeared on the stage when she was 18 months old. Blanche was a dancer by the time she was four and a talented actress by 1909 when she started work at Biograph with D.W. Griffith. At 14, she was two years younger than Mary Pickford, but her maturity and appearance soon lead to leading roles...
34. Ethel Revnell Ethel Revnell Actress, The Balloon Goes Up
35. Ted Healy Ted Healy Actor, San Francisco Ted Healy was was born Charles Lee Nash and grew up a very good friend with Moses "Moe" and Samuel "Shemp" Horwitz (later Moe and Shemp Howard). In the twenties he changed his name to Ted Healy and got Moe, Shemp, and a violinist Larry Feinberg (later Larry Fine) to do vaudeville acts with him as his stooges...
36. Dziga Vertov Dziga Vertov Director, Man with a Movie Camera Born in Bialystok, Poland, studied music and enrolled in St. Petersburg Neurological Institute in 1916. Worked on first Soviet newsreel, Kinonedelia (1918-1919), then on subsequent newsreel series (inc. Kinopravda, 1922-1925).
37. Tom Keene Tom Keene Actor, Plan 9 from Outer Space Not much is known about the early life of ruggedly handsome cowboy actor Tom Keene, born George Duryea in Rochester, New York. However, he arrived in Hollywood in the late 1920s after college studies at Columbia and Carnegie Tech and immediately made some impact as the lead of The Godless Girl. Known for his sharp...
38. Edith Evanson Edith Evanson Actress, Rope During the Golden Age of Hollywood there were an array of character actors who came out and perfected their craft alongside some of the era's most popular stars. Within that category is one Edith Evanson. She was born on April 28, 1898 in Tacoma, Washington, the daughter of a Protestant minister. In...
39. Kathryn Givney Kathryn Givney Actress, A Place in the Sun
40. William Cameron Menzies William Cameron Menzies Director, Things to Come William Cameron Menzies was educated at Yale University, the University of Edinburgh and at the Art Students League in New York. He entered the film industry in 1919, after serving with the U.S. Expeditionary Forces in World War I. His initial assignments were in film design and special effects, as assistant to Anton Grot at Famous Players-Lasky...
41. Richard Thorpe Richard Thorpe Director, Jailhouse Rock After working in vaudeville, on the stage and in early movies, Richard Thorpe launched his directing career in 1923. After directing dozens of low-budget comedies and westerns, his talents were recognized in the mid-'30s when he went to work for MGM. Studio chief Louis B. Mayer valued efficiency in his directors...
42. Walter Lang Walter Lang Director, The King and I Walter Lang entered the film industry in New York when he got a job as a clerk in the office of a film production company. He worked his way up to assistant director, and directed his first film in 1926. By the time sound arrived Lang was already a well-regarded director, but he left the business at that time to try his hand as an artist in Paris...
43. A.J. Cronin A.J. Cronin Writer, The Stars Look Down British novelist A.J. Cronin was born in Dumbartonshire, Scotland, in 1896. In 1914 he entered Glasgow University to study medicine, but his studies were interrupted by World War I, in which he served in the British Navy as a surgeon sublieutenant. He received his M.B. and Ch.B. in 1919, and took a job as a ship's surgeon on a passenger liner...
44. Amanda Randolph Amanda Randolph Actress, Make Room for Daddy
45. Jean Dixon Jean Dixon Actress, My Man Godfrey Connecticut-born Jean Dixon had an auspicious theatre debut: on a Parisian stage with Sarah Bernhardt while still a student at a French university. Upon her return to the U.S. in 1921, she made her Broadway debut, and thereafter appeared in many stage productions, on Broadway and across the country...
46. Charles Wagenheim Charles Wagenheim Actor, Foreign Correspondent Initially drawn to an acting career to counterbalance an acute case of shyness, diminutive character actor Charles Wagenheim's career comprised hundreds upon hundreds of minor but atmospheric parts on stage, film and TV. Born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1896, he was the son of immigrant parents. Enlisting in the military during World War I...
47. Charles Butterworth Charles Butterworth Actor, This Is the Army Charles Butterworth was, before he came to Hollywood in 1930, a stage attraction on Broadway. In the '30s, he had his big successes as the hero's no-nonsense best friend. He made a practice of ad-libbing dry quips and bons mots during shooting, and screenwriters took advantage of this by writing only fragments of his scripts...
48. Natalie Talmadge Natalie Talmadge Actress, Our Hospitality Natalie Talmadge was the middle daughter of the original "stage mother", Margaret Talmadge (Peg). Her two sisters, Constance Talmadge (the comedienne) and Norma Talmadge (the tragedian) were also in the movies, and had their own production companies, bankrolled by Norma's husband in the 1920s, Joseph M. Schenck...
49. Jay Adler Jay Adler Actor, The Killing
50. Jack Perrin Jack Perrin Actor, Jaws of Justice Jack Perrin was born in Three Rivers, MI, on July 25, 1896. His father, a real estate investor, had an eye on the burgeoning prospects in Los Angeles and moved his family there when Perrin was about four. Jack literally grew up witnessing the birth of the film industry, which exploded there in 1913...
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