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1. Myrna Loy Myrna Loy Actress, The Best Years of Our Lives Myrna Williams, later to become Myrna Loy, was born on August 2, 1905 in Radersburg, Montana. Her father was the youngest person ever elected to the Montana State legislature. Later on her family moved to Helena where she spent her youth. At the age of 13, Myrna's father died of influenza and the rest of the family moved to Los Angeles...
2. Henry Fonda Henry Fonda Actor, Once Upon a Time in the West Born in Grand Island, Nebraska, Henry Fonda started his acting debut with the Omaha Community Playhouse, a local amateur theater troupe directed by Dorothy Brando. He moved to the Cape Cod University Players and later Broadway, New York to expand his theatrical career from 1926 to 1934. His first major roles in Broadway include "New Faces of America" and "The Farmer Takes a Wife"...
3. Greta Garbo Greta Garbo Actress, Ninotchka Greta Lovisa Gustafsson was born in Stockholm, Sweden on September 18, 1905. She was 14 when her father died, leaving the family destitute. Greta was forced to leave school and go to work in a department store. The store used her for her modeling abilities for newspaper ads. She had no film aspirations...
4. Sterling Holloway Sterling Holloway Actor, The Jungle Book Popular American character actor of amusing appearance and voice whose long career led from dozens of highly enjoyable onscreen performances to world-wide familiarity as the voice of numerous Walt Disney animated films. Born in the American Deep South to grocer Sterling P. Holloway Sr. and Rebecca Boothby Holloway...
5. Ray Milland Ray Milland Actor, Dial M for Murder Ray Milland became one of Paramount's most bankable and durable stars, under contract from 1934 to 1948, yet little in his early life suggested a career as a motion picture actor. Born in the Welsh town of Neath, Glamorgan, in 1905, he spent his youth in the pursuit of sports. He became an expert rider early on...
6. Kay Francis Kay Francis Actress, Trouble in Paradise Kay Francis is possibly the biggest of the 'forgotten stars' from Hollywood's Golden Era, yet, for a while in the 1930s, she ranked as one of the most popular actresses, tagged the 'Queen of Warner Brothers', by 1935 earning a yearly salary of $115,000 (compared to Bette Davis with $18,000). The daughter of actress Katherine Clinton and businessman Joseph Gibbs...
7. Howard Hughes Howard Hughes Producer, The Outlaw Multi-millionaire businessman, film producer, film director, and aviator, born in Houston, Texas. He studied at prestigious Rice University and the even more prestigious California Institute of Technology. Inherited his father's machine tool company in 1923. In 1926 he ventured into films, producing Hell's Angels...
8. Andy Devine Andy Devine Actor, Stagecoach Rotund comic character actor of American films. Born Andrew Vabre Devine in Flagstaff, Arizona, the later-to-be Rotund comic character actor was raised in nearby Kingman, Arizona, the son of Irish-American hotel operator Thomas Devine and his wife Amy. Devine was an able athlete as a student and actually played semi-pro football under a phony name (Jeremiah Schwartz...
9. Clara Bow Clara Bow Actress, Wings Clara Gordon Bow, destined to become THE flapper of the 1920's, was born and raised in poverty in Brooklyn, New York, on July 29, 1905. Her family was also beset with violence. Her mother tried to slit Clara's throat when she attempted to enter the film industry. She won a photo beauty contest which launched her movie career that would eventually number 58 films...
10. Charles Lane Charles Lane Actor, It's a Wonderful Life Mean, miserly and miserable-looking, they didn't come packaged with a more annoying and irksome bow than Charles Lane. Glimpsing even a bent smile from this unending sourpuss was extremely rare, unless one perhaps caught him in a moment of insidious glee after carrying out one of his many nefarious schemes...
11. Eleanor Audley Eleanor Audley Actress, Cinderella
12. Joseph Cotten Joseph Cotten Actor, Citizen Kane Joseph Cheshire Cotten was born into a well-to-do Southern family, the eldest of three sons born to Sally Bartlett and Joseph Cotten, Sr. Jo (as he was known) and his brothers Whit and Sam spent their summers at their aunt and uncle's home at Virginia Beach. And there and at an early age he discovered a passion for story-telling...
13. Richard Haydn Richard Haydn Actor, The Sound of Music Inimitable London-born character actor, noted for his put-on nasal delivery and pompous, fussy manner. Richard Haydn had a laborious start to his show business career, selling tickets in the box office of London's Daly Theatre. This was followed by an unsuccessful stint with a comedy act in musical revue...
14. Franchot Tone Franchot Tone Actor, Mutiny on the Bounty Franchot Tone was born into a well-to-do upstate New York family. Tone traveled the world with his parents and attended various schools, including The Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, from which he was dismissed "for being a subtle influence for disorder throughout the fall term." He entered Cornell University...
15. John Hoyt John Hoyt Actor, Spartacus
16. Otto Preminger Otto Preminger Director, Anatomy of a Murder Otto Ludwig Preminger was born in Wiznitz, Bukovina, Austria-Hungary. His father was a prosecutor, and Otto originally intended to follow his father into a law career; however, he fell in love with the theater and became a stage director. He directed his first film in 1931, and came to the US in 1936 to direct on the Broadway stage...
17. Joel McCrea Joel McCrea Actor, Foreign Correspondent One of the great stars of American Westerns, and a very popular leading man in non-Westerns as well. He was born and raised in the surroundings of Hollywood and as a boy became interested in the movies that were being made all around. He studied acting at Pomona College and got some stage experience at the Pasadena Community Playhouse...
18. Howard McNear Howard McNear Actor, The Andy Griffith Show Although a Los Angeles native Howard McNear had a long career on radio and in films, he will forever be remembered for his memorable - and scene-stealing - portrayal of Floyd the Barber in the long-running The Andy Griffith Show (actor Don Knotts once said that playing Floyd wasn't much of a stretch for McNear...
19. Robert Newton Robert Newton Actor, Oliver Twist Robert Newton was one of the great character actors -- and great characters -- of the British cinema, best remembered today for playing Long John Silver in Treasure Island and its sequel for Walt Disney in the 1950s. His portrayal of Long John Silver and of Blackbeard, the Pirate created a persona that...
20. Sam Levene Sam Levene Actor, Sweet Smell of Success Sam Levene was the actor who originated "craps-shooter extraordinaire" Nathan Detroit in the seminal American musical "Guys and Dolls" on the Great White Way in the original 1950 production. Levene was not a good singer and had trouble staying in key, so his solo number "Sue Me" had to be written in one octave to compensate for his lack of pipes...
21. Robert Donat Robert Donat Actor, The 39 Steps Robert Donat's pleasant voice and somewhat neutral English accent (a byproduct of being raised in northern England) were carefully honed as a boy because he had a stammer and took elocution lessons starting at age 11 to overcome the impediment. It was not too surprising that freedom from such a vocal embarrassment was encouragement to act...
22. Mildred Natwick Mildred Natwick Actress, Dangerous Liaisons A disarming character lady quite capable of scene-stealing, Mildred Natwick was a well-rounded talent with distinctively dowdy features and idiosyncratic tendencies who, over a six-decade period, assembled together a number of unforgettable matrons on stage and (eventually) film and TV. Whimsical, feisty...
23. Sebastian Shaw Sebastian Shaw Actor, Star Wars: Episode VI - The Return of the Jedi Though primarily a stage actor, Sebastian Shaw appeared in some forty film and television productions from 1930 to 1991. Born on May 29, 1905 in Holt, Norfolk, England, he first appeared on stage as a child in 1913, graduating to lead roles by the late 1920s. It was in 1930 that he made his first film appearance in Caste...
24. Anna May Wong Anna May Wong Actress, Shanghai Express Anna May Wong, the first Chinese-American movie star, was born Wong Liu Tsong on January 3, 1905, in Los Angeles, California, to laundryman Wong Sam Sing and his wife, Lee Gon Toy. A third-generation American, she managed to have a substantial acting career during a deeply racist time when the taboo...
25. Ruth Nelson Ruth Nelson Actress, Awakenings Stage actress Ruth Nelson's biggest claim to fame was as one of the founding members of the famed New York-based "Group Theatre" back in the 30s and was well-received playing the cabbie's wife in Clifford Odets' short play "Waiting for Lefty" in 1935. This role would typify Ruth's career as the non-flashy...
26. Takashi Shimura Takashi Shimura Actor, Seven Samurai Japanese character actor Takashi Shimura was one of the finest film actors of the 20th century and a leading member of the "stock company" of master director Akira Kurosawa. A native of southern Japan, Shimura was a descendant of the samurai warrior class. Following university training, he founded a theatre company...
27. Thomas Gomez Thomas Gomez Actor, Key Largo After graduating from high school in 1923, Thomas Sabino Gomez answered a help wanted ad, which resulted in his joining the Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne theater group. Prior to that time he had not considered acting as a career. He continued working as an actor with the Lunts, traveling across country and honing his acting skills...
28. Doris Hare Doris Hare Actress, Nuns on the Run
29. George Voskovec George Voskovec Actor, 12 Angry Men Founded Czech avantgarde theatre and film group 'Osvobozene divadlo' with actor Jan Werich in 1927. Affiliated with the Poetist movement (Karel Teige). Made succesfull comedy shows with political themes. Voskovec left Czechoslovakia after the German invasion, 1938/39 and emigrated to the US.
30. Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson Actor, Gone with the Wind The son of a minstrel and circus tightrope walker, Eddie Anderson developed a gravel voice early in life which would become his trademark to fame. He joined his older brother Cornelius as members of "The Three Black Aces" during his vaudeville years, singing for pennies in the hotel lobby. He eventually moved his way up to the Roxy and Apollo theaters in New York...
31. Michael Powell Michael Powell Director, The Red Shoes The son of Thomas William Powell & Mabel (nee Corbett). Michael Powell was always a self confessed movie addict. He was brought up partly in Canterbury ("The Garden of England") and partly in the South of France (where his parents ran an hotel). Educated at Kings School, Canterbury & Dulwich College he first worked at the National Provincial Bank from 1922 - 1925...
32. Leo Genn Leo Genn Actor, Moby Dick Leo Genn was the son of a successful jewelry merchant Woolfe (William) Genn and his wife Rachel Asserson. He attended the City of London School as a youth and went on to study law at Cambridge. He received his law degree as a qualified barrister (which in English law tradition is a lawyer who is a specialist in law and who appears in court as representative of a client...
33. Jean Vigo Jean Vigo Writer, L'Atalante Jean Vigo had bad health since he was a child. Son of anarchist militant Miguel Almareyda, he also never really recovered from his father's mysterious death in jail when he was 12. Abandoned by his mother, he passed from boarding school to boarding school. Aged 23, through meetings with people involved in the movies...
34. Robert Stevenson Robert Stevenson Director, Mary Poppins
35. Dalton Trumbo Dalton Trumbo Writer, Spartacus Dalton Trumbo, the Oscar-winning screenwriter, arguably the most talented, most famous of the blacklisted film professionals known to history as the Hollywood 10, was born in Montrose, Colorado to Orus Trumbo and his wife, the former Maud Tillery. Dalton Trumbo was raised at 1124 Gunnison Ave. in Grand Junction...
36. Henry Wilcoxon Henry Wilcoxon Actor, Caddyshack Henry Wilcoxon was given the lead role of Marc Antony in Cecil B. DeMille's Cleopatra. It would prove to be the beginning of a long relationship with DeMille he would become a familiar DeMille character actor and DeMille's associate producer in the later years of DeMille's career. However, after DeMille died, he worked sporadically and accepted minor acting roles.
37. Gilbert Roland Gilbert Roland Actor, The Bad and the Beautiful Luis Antonio Damaso de Alonso, later known as Gilbert Roland, was born in 1905 in Mexico. Following his parents to the USA, he did not become the bullfighter he had dreamed of being but became an actor instead. His Mexican roots, his half macho half romantic ways, his handsome virile figure helped him land roles in movies from the early twenties to 1982...
38. Fernand Gravey Fernand Gravey Actor, How to Steal a Million One of director Alfred Machin's favorite actresses was Fernande Dépernay of the Théâtre des Galeries. Dépernay was married to Georges Mertens, another of Machin's regular actors. Their son, Fernand Mertens, born in 1904. He made his acting debut in 'Saïda Makes Off with Manneken Pis' and in 1914 played the role of little Kef in 'A Tragedy in the Clouds' alongside his parents...
39. Georgia Hale Georgia Hale Actress, The Gold Rush In 1922, Georgia won a beauty contest and went to New York to get a job in the theater. Unsuccessful, she left New York for Hollywood where she worked as a bit player in a few movies. Georgia's first break came when she was hired for the film The Salvation Hunters. It was from this picture that Charlie Chaplin hired her to play the Georgia...
40. Mary Livingstone Mary Livingstone Actress, The Mouse That Jack Built Grew up in Vancouver, B.C., where she graduated from King George High School. Claims to have first seen future husband and comedy partner Jack Benny perform at the city's famed Orpheum Theatre during the Vaudeville days. Benny toured extensively and played the Orpheum often before hitting it big in radio.
41. Frank Faylen Frank Faylen Actor, It's a Wonderful Life American character actor who specialized in average-guy parts and who could be equally effective in sympathetic or unlikeable roles. His parents, the vaudeville team of Ruf and Cusik, took him onstage with them when he was a baby, and Faylen grew up in the theatre. He attended St. Joseph's Preparatory College in Kirkwood...
42. Mischa Auer Mischa Auer Actor, You Can't Take It with You Mischa Auer, the American screen's supreme exponent of the "Mad Russian" stereotype so dear to Yankee hearts before and after World War II, was born Mischa Ounskowsky on November 17, 1905, in St. Petersburg, Russia, the grandson of violinist Leopold Auer, whose surname he took when he became a professional actor in the U.S...
43. Cliff Arquette Cliff Arquette Self, Do It Yourself Comedian, actor, pianist, composer and songwriter. He was a night club pianist, later joining the Henry Halstead orchestra in 1923. He created the character of 'Charlie Weaver' for The Jack Paar Show, and portrayed 'Mrs. Butterworth' in television commercials. He joined ASCAP in 1959, and his chief musical collaborator was Charles "Bud" Dant...
44. John Abbott John Abbott Actor, The Jungle Book
45. Feodor Chaliapin Jr. Feodor Chaliapin Jr. Actor, The Name of the Rose Feodor Fedorovich Chaliapin Jr. was born October 6, 1905, in Moscow, Russia. He was the youngest of six children. His father was the world-famous Russian Opera basso Feodor Chaliapin Sr.. His mother, Iola Tornagi, was a prima-ballerina who quit the stage after her marriage and became a caring mother of six children...
46. Albert Dekker Albert Dekker Actor, The Wild Bunch A stage actor from 1927, Albert Dekker was an established Broadway star when he made his film debut ten years later. Tall and with rugged good looks, Dekker often played aggressive character roles, and was memorable as the double-crossing gang leader in the classic The Killers. From 1945 to 1946 he served a term in the California legislature representing the Hollywood district...
47. Ted de Corsia Ted de Corsia Actor, The Killing A big, brawny villain of many 1940s and 1950s films, Ted de Corsia was an actor in touring companies and on radio before making a memorable film debut as the killer in The Lady from Shanghai. Although he occasionally played such sympathetic roles as a judge or prison warden, de Corsia's imposing size, tough New York street demeanor...
48. Torin Thatcher Torin Thatcher Actor, Witness for the Prosecution Associated with gritty, flashy film villainy, veteran character actor Torin Thatcher was born in Bombay, India to British parents on January 15, 1905, and was educated in England at the Bedford School and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. A former schoolteacher, he appeared on the London stage in 1927 before entering British films in 1934...
49. Nestor Paiva Nestor Paiva Actor, Creature from the Black Lagoon Veteran character actor Nestor Paiva had one of those nondescript ethnic mugs and a natural gift for dialects that allowed him to play practically any type of foreigner. Born in Fresno, California, he graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and developed an interest in performing while hooking up with college theatrics...
50. Ayn Rand Ayn Rand Writer, The Fountainhead
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