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1. Marlene Dietrich Marlene Dietrich Actress, Witness for the Prosecution Her father was a police lieutenant and imbued in her a military attitude to life. Marlene was known in school for her "bedroom eyes" and her first affairs were at this stage in her life - a professor at the school was terminated. She entered the cabaret scene in 1920s Germany, first as a spectator then as a cabaret singer...
2. Gary Cooper Gary Cooper Actor, High Noon "Dad was a true Westerner, and I take after him", Gary Cooper told people who wanted to know more about his life before Hollywood. Dad was Charles Henry Cooper, who left his native England at 19, became a lawyer and later a Montana State Supreme Court justice. In 1906, when Gary was 5, his dad bought the Seven-Bar-Nine...
3. Clark Gable Clark Gable Actor, It Happened One Night William Clark Gable was born on February 1, 1901 in Cadiz, Ohio, to Adeline (Hershelman) and William Henry Gable, an oil-well driller. He was of German, Irish, and Swiss-German descent. When he was seven months old, his mother died, and his father sent him to live with his maternal aunt and uncle in Pennsylvania...
4. Walt Disney Walt Disney Producer, Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color Walter Elias Disney was born on December 5, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Flora Disney (née Call) and Elias Disney, a Canadian-born farmer and businessperson. He had Irish, German, and English ancestry. Walt moved with his parents to Kansas City at age seven, where he spent the majority of his childhood...
5. Paul Fix Paul Fix Actor, The Rifleman Paul Fix, the well-known movie and TV character actor who played "Marshal Micah Torrance" on the TV series The Rifleman, was born Peter Paul Fix on March 13, 1901 in Dobbs Ferry, New York to brew-master Wilhelm Fix and his wife, the former Louise C. Walz. His mother and father were German immigrants who had left their Black Forest home and arrived in New York City in the 1870s...
6. Chester Morris Chester Morris Actor, The Big House The Academy Award-nominated film actor Chester Morris, who will forever be associated with the character Boston Blackie, was born John Chester Brooks Morris in on February 16 1901 in New York City, the son of actor William Morris and comedienne Etta Hawkins. Chester Morris made his Broadway debut as a teenager in 1918 in the play "The Copperhead," in support of the great Lionel Barrymore...
7. Melvyn Douglas Melvyn Douglas Actor, Being There Two-time Oscar-winner Melvyn Douglas was one of America's finest actors. In addition to his two Oscars, he also won a Tony Award and an Emmy. Douglas would enjoy cinema immortality if for no other reason than his being the man who made Greta Garbo laugh in Ernst Lubitsch's classic comedy Ninotchka, but he was much, much more...
8. George Raft George Raft Actor, Some Like It Hot George Raft was born and grew up in a poor family in Hell's Kitchen, at the time one of the roughest, meanest areas of New York City. He was born George Ranft, and was the son of Eva (Glockner) and Conrad Ranft, a department store deliveryman. His parents were both of German descent. In his youth, he showed a great interest in...
9. Hank Worden Hank Worden Actor, The Searchers Raised on a cattle ranch in Montana. Educated at Stanford and the University of Nevada as an engineer. Washed out as an Army pilot. Toured the country in rodeos as a saddle bronc rider. Broke his neck in a horsefall in his 20s, but didn't know it until his 40s. Chosen along with Tex Ritter from a rodeo at Madison Square Garden in New York to appear in the Broadway play "Green Grow the Lilacs"...
10. Lee Strasberg Lee Strasberg Actor, The Godfather: Part II Famed acting teacher Lee Strassberg was born in Budzanov, Austria-Hungary (now Budanov, Ukraine). Brought to America as a child, he had a brief acting career, before becoming one of the founders of the Group Theatre in 1931, directing a number of plays there. His greatest influence, however, was through the Actors Studio...
11. Lee Patrick Lee Patrick Actress, Vertigo Lee Patrick could play a tough, scrapping, hard-bitten dame as she did in the gritty women's prison drama Caged, or the meek and twittery socialite wife as exemplified as Doris Upson in the freewheeling farce Auntie Mame. The versatile character actress had plenty of places to go in films and TV and she did...
12. Ed Begley Ed Begley Actor, 12 Angry Men Charismatic character star Edward James Begley was born in Hartford, Connecticut of Irish parents and educated at St.Patrick's school. His interest in acting first surfaced at the age of nine, when he performed amateur theatricals at the Hartford Globe Theatre. Determined to make his own way, he left home aged eleven and drifted from job to job...
13. Robert Bresson Robert Bresson Writer, Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut Robert Bresson trained as a painter before moving into films as a screenwriter, making a short film (atypically a comedy), Public Affairs in 1934. After spending more than a year as a German POW during World War II, he made his debut with Angels of Sin in 1943. His next film, Les dames du Bois de Boulogne would be the last time he would work with professional actors...
14. Vittorio De Sica Vittorio De Sica Director, Bicycle Thieves Vittorio De Sica grew up in Naples, and started out as an office clerk in order to raise money to support his poor family. He was increasingly drawn towards acting, and made his screen debut while still in his teens, joining a stage company in 1923. By the late 1920s he was a successful matinee idol of the Italian theatre...
15. Maurice Evans Maurice Evans Actor, Planet of the Apes A grand, robust, highly theatrical British classical actor, Maurice Evans was the son of a justice of the peace who enjoyed amateur playwriting on the side. In fact, his father adapted several adaptations of Thomas Hardy's novels and Evans would often appear in them. Early interest also came in London choirs as a boy tenor...
16. Rudy Vallee Rudy Vallee Soundtrack, Bonnie and Clyde Rudy Vallee started his career as a saxophone player and singer and later became a band leader. In the 1920s and early 30s he had a hit radio program, The Fleishmann's Yeast Hour (where he was hated by his cast and crew due to his explosive ego-driven personality). In the early 1930's he was ranked with the likes of Bing Crosby and the tragic Russ Columbo in the Hit Parade...
17. Brian Donlevy Brian Donlevy Actor, Dangerous Assignment It seems that Brian Donlevy started out life as colorfully as any character he ever played on the stage or screen. He lied about his age (he was actually 14) in 1916 so he could join the army. When Gen. John J. Pershing sent American troops to invade Mexico in pursuit of Pancho Villa--Mexican rebels under Villa's command raided Columbus...
18. Harvey Stephens Harvey Stephens Actor, Sergeant York At age 30, actor Harvey Stephens had a sophisticated charm and staid, long-jawed handsomeness that seemed ideal for the big screen, particularly in elegant or period settings. A veteran of a handful of Broadway shows by the time he made his sudden move to film, he was handed on a silver platter a debut starring role...
19. James Dunn James Dunn Actor, It's a Great Life James Dunn worked on the stage, in vaudeville and as an extra in silent movies before he was signed by Fox in 1931. His first movie with Fox was 1931's Sob Sister. While at Fox, he appeared with Shirley Temple in her first three features: Baby, Take a Bow, Stand Up and Cheer! and Bright Eyes. Dunn's screen character was usually the boy next door or the nice guy...
20. Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong Soundtrack, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Louis Armstrong grew up poor in a single-parent household. He was 13 when he celebrated the New Year by running out on the street and firing a pistol that belonged to the current man in his mother's life. At the Colored Waifs Home for Boys, he learned to play the bugle and the clarinet and joined the home's brass band...
21. Nelson Eddy Nelson Eddy Actor, Make Mine Music The only career Nelson Eddy ever considered was singing. His parents were singers, his grandparents were musicians. Unable to afford a teacher, he learned by imitating opera recordings. At age 14 he worked as a telephone operator in a Philadelphia iron foundry. He sold newspaper advertising and performed in amateur musicals...
22. George Tobias George Tobias Actor, Bewitched American character actor who specialized in none-too-bright pals of the lead, though his range included villains and ethnic types. A native of New York City, he began acting at 15. He studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse and played on Broadway with the Theatre Guild, and with the Provincetown Players...
23. Ed Sullivan Ed Sullivan Producer, The Ed Sullivan Show The beloved graven image of TV variety from 1948 to 1971 on CBS, Ed Sullivan originally made his name as a newspaper sportswriter, radio broadcaster and theater columnist for the New York Daily News. His column focused primarily on Broadway shows and juicy items about its stars. Hired in 1932 by the CBS network as a rival of radio commentator Walter Winchell...
24. David Manners David Manners Actor, Dracula Distantly related to Princess Diana on his mother's side, Nova Scotia-born actor David Manners, nee Rauff de Ryther Daun Acklom, came from well-to-do stock. His father ran the prestigious Tower Road boys' school Harrow House and later became a literary advisor for E.P. Dutton Publishing Co. in New York...
25. Mabel Albertson Mabel Albertson Actress, Barefoot in the Park When, at 50, Mabel Albertson was given the supporting role of Mrs. Carter, young actress Aileen Stanley Jr.'s mother in a Warner Bros. Technicolor musical romance, little did she know that she was starting out a movie and TV career in which she would shine as "the ultimate haughty judgmental (often wealthy) mother-in-law (or mother...
26. Bebe Daniels Bebe Daniels Actress, 42nd Street Bebe Daniels already had toured as an actor by the age of four in a stage production of "Richard III". She had her first leading role at the age of seven and started her film career shortly after this in movies for Imperial, Pathe and others. At 14 she was already a film veteran, and was enlisted by Hal Roach to star as Harold Lloyd's leading lady in his "Lonesome Luke" shorts...
27. Natalie Moorhead Natalie Moorhead Actress, The Thin Man A platinum blonde actress, Natalie Moorehead entered in films in 1929; by end of the following year, she had made dozens of credited movies. Moorehead was more effective with vampish roles, notably a role which she played a suspect in The Thin Man. Moorhead also made a mark as a comic actress in Hook Line and Sinker and Parlor, Bedroom and Bath. She later appeared in supporting roles until the mid-1940s.
28. Kenneth MacDonald Kenneth MacDonald Actor, Perry Mason Kenneth MacDonald was born Kenneth Dollins on September 8, 1901, in Portland, IN. He began his career as a stage actor in the 1920s and came to Hollywood in the early 1930s. He broke into motion pictures, but after several small roles, he found employment difficult to come by. He hit upon the idea of a little self-promotion...
29. Eric Portman Eric Portman Actor, 49th Parallel With his clipped delivery, aristocratic if somewhat ominous manner and suave, urbane demeanor, Eric Portman was so good at playing German and/or Nazi officers that many believed he actually was German, or at least Austrian. The fact is that he was British to the core, having been born and raised in Yorkshire and educated in Halifax...
30. Zeppo Marx Zeppo Marx Actor, Duck Soup The youngest of The Marx Brothers, Zeppo was put into the role of the straight man after his brother Gummo left the act. Zeppo also acted as an understudy to all three of his brothers, and he has been said to have played Grouchos part better than Groucho himself. After playing small parts in the first five Marx Brothers movies...
31. Marjorie Eaton Marjorie Eaton Actress, Mary Poppins
32. Ben Welden Ben Welden Actor, The Fighting Seabees Character actor of distinctly American persona who nevertheless made several films in Britain before returning to the U.S. to carve out a career as a familiar face in American movies. Short, bald and built like a tank with a streetwise character and a Damon Runyan accent, Welden played countless gangsters and smalltime hoods...
33. Lew Landers Lew Landers Director, The Raven Rivaling Sam Newfield and William Beaudine as one of the American film industry's most prolific directors, Lew Landers began directing features in the mid-'30s under his real name of Louis Friedlander, but changed it to Lew Landers after several films. His first effort, The Raven, with Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi...
34. Mildred Dunnock Mildred Dunnock Actress, The Trouble with Harry Petite American character actress who was celebrated for her definitive portrayal of long-suffering Linda Loman in Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman", a part she played opposite Lee J. Cobb at the Morosco Theatre for 742 consecutive performances between 1949 and 1950. Mildred recreated her...
35. Harry Harvey Harry Harvey Actor, The Roy Rogers Show Harvey had a musical background and began his entertainment career in 1918 with "Gus Hill's Honey Boy Minstrels." From there he went on to appear in various minstrel and burlesque shows. This led to many roles in Broadway shows. He went to Hollywood in 1934 and had a career spanning almost fifty years...
36. Fuzzy Knight Fuzzy Knight Actor, Captain Gallant of the Foreign Legion American character actor primarily of Western "sidekick" roles. Born John Forest Knight in Fairmont, West Virginia, Knight joined a traveling minstrel show as a musician at age 15. He attended The University of West Virginia as a law student, supporting himself as the drummer in his own band. Finding music more rewarding...
37. Stella Adler Stella Adler Actress, Shadow of the Thin Man The one teacher who truly introduced the Konstantin Stanislavski System for acting in America, Stella Adler was committed to the art like nobody since her first attempts to make a career as an actress in the 1930s. After a decisive journey to Russia, where Adler personally studied under Konstantin Stanislavski, her ideas began to take form when she related with the Group Theater...
38. Paul Ford Paul Ford Actor, The Phil Silvers Show If any man ever had a character face absolutely made for TV and film, it was Paul Ford. Small-eyed, lugubrious, pot-bellied, balding and with a plum nose to rival Karl Malden, Ford was a rather wanderlust family man who decided to give acting a try in his early 40. He excelled at puppetry and found work staging such shows at the World's Fair...
39. John War Eagle John War Eagle Actor, The Man from Laramie
40. Jester Hairston Jester Hairston Actor, Amen Composer, songwriter, conductor, singer and actor, educated at Tufts University, Juilliard, and the University of the Pacific (hon. Mus. D.). He acted on radio and television besides on film, and played Leroy on the "Amos 'n Andy" radio series for fifteen years. He directed the Federal Theatre Project...
41. Irene Handl Irene Handl Actress, The Italian Job English character actress best known for her many portrayals of feisty cockney types, ranging from barmaids to landladies, charwomen to cooks. Unlike her working class screen personae, Irene's parentage was quite cosmopolitan, her father a Viennese banker, her mother a French aristocrat - affluent enough to enable her to travel extensively in her youth...
42. Cliff Lyons Cliff Lyons Stunts, The Train Robbers Cliff Lyons was an American actor, stuntman and second-unit director, primarily of Westerns, particularly the films of John Ford and John Wayne. Lyons, the son of Garrett Thomas Lyons and Wilhamena Johnson Lyons, was raised on a South Dakota farm, though his family lived for a time in Memphis...
43. Sylvia Field Sylvia Field Actress, Dennis the Menace
44. Connie Gilchrist Connie Gilchrist Actress, Long John Silver With more than two decades of stage experience in France, England and on Broadway behind her, this moon-faced, heavy-set character actress first entered films in 1940. But no matter a film's genre - contemporary drama, historical costumer or shoot 'em up western - her Brooklyn roots always sounded through.
45. Grizelda Harvey Grizelda Harvey Actress, The Informer
46. Frieda Inescort Frieda Inescort Actress, The Letter Tall, dark and regal Frieda Inescort's placid loveliness and dignified patrician features bode her well in Hollywood during the late 30s and 40s. Born on June 29, 1901, in Edinburgh, Scotland, the stage-established actress didn't arrive in Hollywood until age 34 (then considered too late for leading...
47. Gail Bonney Gail Bonney Actress, Herbie Rides Again
48. Alfred Newman Alfred Newman Music Department, The King and I
49. Bradley Page Bradley Page Actor, Sherlock Holmes in Washington
50. Mildred Harris Mildred Harris Actress, The Magic Cloak
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