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1. Elia Kazan Elia Kazan Director, On the Waterfront Elia Kazan, known for his creative stage direction, was born "Elia Kazanjoglous" in Istanbul in 1909 to Greek parents. He directed such Broadway plays as "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof". He directed the film version of A Streetcar Named Desire and also films written for the screen...
2. James Mason James Mason Actor, North by Northwest James Mason was a great English actor of British and American films. He was born in Yorkshire, attended Marlborough and Cambridge, where he discovered acting on a lark and abandoned a planned career as an architect. Following work in stock companies, he joined the Old Vic under the guidance of Sir Tyrone Guthrie and of Alexander Korda...
3. Errol Flynn Errol Flynn Actor, The Adventures of Robin Hood Errol Flynn was born to parents Theodore Flynn, a respected biologist, and Marrelle Young, an adventurous young woman and descendant of a midshipman of HMS Bounty fame. Young Flynn was a rambunctious child who could be counted on to find trouble. Errol managed to have himself thrown out of every school he was enrolled in...
4. Jessica Tandy Jessica Tandy Actress, Driving Miss Daisy A beloved, twinkly blue-eyed doyenne of stage and screen, actress Jessica Tandy's career spanned nearly six and a half decades. In that course of time, she enjoyed an amazing film renaissance at age 80, something unheard of in a town that worships youth and nubile beauty. She was born Jessie Alice Tandy in London in 1909...
5. Vivian Vance Vivian Vance Actress, The Great Race She was born Vivian Roberta Jones, with a brother and four sisters. After the family moved from Cherryvale to Independence, Kansas, she studied drama under Anna Ingleman and William Inge. Their next move, to Albuquerque, New Mexico brought her to the Albuquerque Little Theatre, which provided her the money she needed to study under Eva Le Gallienne in New York...
6. Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Actor, Little Caesar Although he appeared in approximately 100 movies or TV shows, Douglas Elton Ulman--better known as Douglas Fairbanks Jr.--never really intended to take up acting as a career. However, the environment he was born into and the circumstances naturally led him to be a thespian. Noblesse oblige. The son...
7. Dana Andrews Dana Andrews Actor, The Best Years of Our Lives President of the Screen Actors Guild from 1963 to 1965, Dana Andrews was one of the first to speak out against the degradation of the acting profession, particularly actresses doing nude scenes just to get a role. Probably the first actor to do a public service announcement about alcoholism (in 1972 for the U.S...
8. Jim Davis Jim Davis Actor, The Day Time Ended Tall, rangy Jim Davis spent much of his early career in westerns, mainly at Republic Pictures. The Missouri-born and -raised Davis' relaxed, easygoing manner and Southern drawl easily fit most moviegoers' image of the cowboy, and Republic put him in a ton of them over the years (the fact that, unlike a lot of movie cowboys...
9. Ann Sothern Ann Sothern Actress, A Letter to Three Wives Ann Sothern's film career started as an extra in 1927. Originally a redhead, for the comedy roles she began to get she bleached her hair blond. After working at MGM and on Broadway, Ann was signed by Columbia Pictures for Let's Fall in Love. The next year she would work with Eddie Cantor in his hit Kid Millions...
10. Robert Ryan Robert Ryan Actor, The Wild Bunch Chicago-born, distinguished U.S. actor and longtime civil rights campaigner, Robert Ryan served in the United States Marines as a drill sergeant (winning a boxing championship) and went on to become a key figure in post WWII American film noir and western productions. Ryan grabbed critical attention for his dynamic performances as an anti-Semitic bully in the superb Crossfire...
11. Hugh Beaumont Hugh Beaumont Actor, The Blue Dahlia Beaumont began his career in show business by perfoming in theatres, nightclubs, and on the radio in 1931. He attended the University of Chattanooga, but left when his position on the football team was changed. He later attended the University of Southern California, and graduated with a Master of Theology degree in 1946...
12. Robert Helpmann Robert Helpmann Actor, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Son of James Murray Helpmann & Mary (nee Gardiner), he was educated at Prince Alfred's College, Adelaide, South Australia. He first danced solo at the Theatre Royal, Adelaide in The Ugly Duckling in 1922. He went on to become the pricipal dancer at Sadlers Wells ballet from 1933 to 1950. World renowned as a dancer and choreographer...
13. Burl Ives Burl Ives Actor, Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer Burl Ives was one of six children born to a Scottish-Irish farming family. He first sang in public for a soldiers' reunion when he was age 4. In high school, he learned the banjo and played fullback, intending to become a football coach when he enrolled at Eastern Illinois State Teacher's College in 1927. He dropped out in 1930 and wandered, hitching rides, doing odd jobs, street singing...
14. Michael Rennie Michael Rennie Actor, The Day the Earth Stood Still The British actor Michael Rennie worked as a car salesman and factory manager before he turned to acting. A meeting with a Gaumont-British Studios casting director led to Rennie's first acting job - that of stand-in for Robert Young in Secret Agent directed by Alfred Hitchcock. He put his film career on hold for a few years to get some acting experience on the stage...
15. Howard Da Silva Howard Da Silva Actor, The Lost Weekend Howard da Silva was one of 324 actors, writers and directors who fell victim to the Hollywood blacklisting of the early 1950s, and had his career halted in the blink of an eye. Originally was a steelworker before making his stage debut at age 20 in New York. He made a name for himself on Broadway before going to Hollywood...
16. Albert R. Broccoli Albert R. Broccoli Producer, Goldfinger Albert Romolo Broccoli was born in Astoria, Queens (New York City) on April 5th, 1909. His mother and father, Cristina and Giovanni Broccoli, raised young Albert in New York on the family farm. The family was in the vegetable business, and Albert claimed one of his uncles brought the first broccoli seeds into the United States in the 1870's...
17. Jeffrey Lynn Jeffrey Lynn Actor, The Roaring Twenties
18. Carmen Miranda Carmen Miranda Soundtrack, Radio Days Carmen Miranda was a young hatmaker before she was invited to display her singing talents at a music academy. That attempt proved successful and she went on to become a popular singer in clubs and on radio in Brazil. It was during this time that she developed the costume with the distinctive fruit hat from the traditional headdress seen on black women fruit sellers...
19. Harriet Hilliard Harriet Hilliard Actress, Follow the Fleet Harriet Nelson will always have a secure place alongside Barbara Billingsley and Jane Wyatt in the "TV's Golden Age Mom Hall of Fame." For fourteen years, she, husband Ozzie Nelson, and their two boys, David Nelson and Ricky Nelson, were the quintessential role models of the '50s ideal nuclear family...
20. Joseph L. Mankiewicz Joseph L. Mankiewicz Writer, All About Eve Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on February 11, 1909, Joseph Leo Mankiewicz first worked for the movies as a translator of intertitles, employed by Paramount in Berlin, the UFA's American distributor at the time (1928). He became a dialoguist, then a screenwriter on numerous Paramount productions in Hollywood...
21. Helen Martin Helen Martin Actress, Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood
22. Michael Todd Michael Todd Producer, Around the World in Eighty Days Film producer Michael Todd was one of the major contributors to technical innovation in the film industry in the 1950s. Having worked with Fred Waller and Cinerama, he got tired of the three-panel format, left the company and tried to find the process for making "Cinerama coming from one hole". He joined forces with the American Optical Co...
23. Jack Gwillim Jack Gwillim Actor, Lawrence of Arabia Although he did not turn to the stage until middle age after two decades in the Royal Navy, Jack Gwillim was a notable actor on both sides of the Atlantic. During the 1950s he was a member of the Royal Shakespeare company in Stratford, England, for three years during Sir Anthony Quayle's stint as artistic director...
24. Whit Bissell Whit Bissell Actor, Hud Whit Bissell came to Hollywood in the 1940s, and by the time he retired he had appeared in more than 200 movies and scores of TV series. He is best known for playing the evil scientist who turned Michael Landon into a half beast in the 1957 cult classic film I Was a Teenage Werewolf. Bissell specialized in playing doctors...
25. Kay Thompson Kay Thompson Soundtrack, Funny Face Sleek, effervescent, gregarious and indefatigable only begins to describe the indescribable Kay Thompson -- a one-of-a-kind author, pianist, actress, comedienne, singer, composer, coach, dancer, choreographer, clothing designer, and arguably one of entertainment's most unique and charismatic personalities of the 20th century...
26. Eddie Mayehoff Eddie Mayehoff Actor, How to Murder Your Wife Baltimore-born Eddie Mayehoff started out as a salesman before finding out that comedy was his real forte. A jack of all trades, he went on to become a bandleader (he attended the Yale School of Music), a radio comedy writer and a television emcee at various stages of his longstanding career. As an actor...
27. Max Baer Max Baer Actor, Africa Screams Max Baer was boxing's most colorful World Heavyweight Champion until Muhammad Ali arrived on the scene some 30 years later. A 6' 4" mountain of muscle and movie-star handsome, he could have been a movie-star instead of a boxer. But "Mad Cap" Maxie just loved to fight. And fight he did, racking up an impressive knockout streak in California...
28. Margaret Sullavan Margaret Sullavan Actress, The Shop Around the Corner Born in Norfolk, Virginia to wealthy stockbroker Cornelius Hancock Sullavan and heiress Garland Council Sullavan, Margaret Brooke overcame a muscle weakness in her childhood to go on to become a rebellious teenager at posh private schools. She went on to perform with the University Players at Harvard and made her Broadway debut in Hello...
29. Everett Sloane Everett Sloane Actor, Citizen Kane Everett Sloane, the actor most known for playing Mr. Bernstein in Orson Welles classic Citizen Kane as a member of Welles' Mercury Players, was born in New York, New York on October 1, 1909. Sloane was bitten by the acting bug quite early, and first went on-stage when he was seven years old. After high school...
30. Frank Albertson Frank Albertson Actor, Psycho Frank Albertson entered the film industry in 1922 as a prop boy, but soon graduated into acting. He was a prolific and reliable character actor who occasionally played the lead in a "B" picture, but was used mainly as a supporting actor in scores of films, often cast as a wisecracking cab driver, a cop or a reporter.
31. Heather Angel Heather Angel Actress, Peter Pan Heather Grace Angel was born in Oxford, England, on February 9, 1909. She dabbled on the stage for a time before coming to California to try her luck on the screen. Heather was 20 years old when she landed a bit part for the 1929 film, Bulldog Drummond. Although she didn't know it at the time, she would become a staple of that particular series eight years hence...
32. Dorothy Wilson Dorothy Wilson Actress, The Age of Consent This quiet, dark-haired beauty began her brief 30s career promoted as the "secretary to the stars." Dorothy Wilson started life out in Minneapolis, Minnesota on November 14, 1909, born to non-professionals. She herself demonstrated little interest in an acting career growing up. Following graduation she took various secretarial jobs in the Chicago area before moving to Los Angeles in 1930...
33. Maurice Denham Maurice Denham Actor, Animal Farm Born in Beckenham, Kent, English character actor Maurice Denham first came to public notice in the 1940s on radio, appearing on many of the most popular comedy series of the day in a variety of characters. His debut in films came in 1947 with The Smugglers. His talents came to the forefront in the animated feature Animal Farm...
34. Joseph Losey Joseph Losey Director, The Servant Belonging to an important family clan in Wisconsin, Joseph Losey studied philosophy but was always interested in theater and thus worked together with Bertolt Brecht. After directing some shorts for MGM, he made his first important film, The Boy with Green Hair, for RKO. While he was filming The Prowler in Italy he was summoned to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee...
35. André Morell André Morell Actor, The Bridge on the River Kwai
36. Tom Ewell Tom Ewell Actor, The Seven Year Itch Beleaguered character actor Tom Ewell, the unlikely film and TV star with the trademark lumpy figure and droopy, lugubrious mug, was born Samuel Yewell Tompkins on April 29, 1909, in Kentucky. His family tried to steer him towards a law career but he chose the path of acting instead after becoming involved in college productions at the University of Wisconsin...
37. Patricia Hayes Patricia Hayes Actress, A Fish Called Wanda
38. Frances Dee Frances Dee Actress, I Walked with a Zombie Brunette Frances Dee was born in Los Angeles, where her Army officer father was stationed, and grew up in Chicago after her father was transferred there. In 1929, he was re-assigned to L.A., and, as a lark, Dee began working in motion pictures as an extra. Her debut was in Words and Music with Lois Moran...
39. Anne Seymour Anne Seymour Actress, General Hospital The daughter of a copper expert (William Stanley Eckert) and an actress and museum curator (May Davenport), character actress Anne Seymour was born on September 11, 1909 in New York City. She was the seventh generation of a theatrical family that could be tracked back to Ireland in 1740. Her great-uncle...
40. Billy Curtis Billy Curtis Actor, High Plains Drifter American midget actor Billy Curtis avoided the usual onus of freak-show employment as a youth, opting for a mainstream job as a shoe clerk. Encouraged by stock company actress Shirley Booth to take a little person role in a stage production, Curtis soon became a professional actor, with numerous Broadway musical productions to his credit...
41. Louis Hayward Louis Hayward Actor, And Then There Were None From his birthplace in South Africa, Louis Charles Hayward was brought to England and was educated there and on the Continent. He spent a short time managing a London nightclub, displayed some acting talent and decided on acting, and was quickly tapped by playwright Noel Coward, who became his patron...
42. Chips Rafferty Chips Rafferty Actor, Mutiny on the Bounty Years before Jack Thompson arrived on the scene, Chips Rafferty was regarded by many as the personification of the stereotypically rugged, straightforward and laconic Aussie male. Tall and thin, though not particularly striking in appearance, Rafferty was a tailor-made star for the austere, modestly-budgeted dramas made 'down under' in the 1940's and 50's...
43. Allan Lane Allan Lane Actor, Stagecoach to Denver Most western action film heroes begin and end their career in the saddle. Not so for cowboy idol Allan "Rocky" Lane, who started as a leading man in major studio dramas, only to segue into "B" serials and sagebrush sagas in later life. The Indiana native was born in 1909 (some sources claim 1904). He studied at Notre Dame University where he excelled as a varsity letter athlete in football...
44. Wolfgang Reitherman Wolfgang Reitherman Director, The Jungle Book
45. Griffith Jones Griffith Jones Actor, Henry V
46. Robert Coote Robert Coote Actor, Stairway to Heaven Robert Coote (1909-1982) was an English actor who had a thriving career for 50 years. He is best remembered for originating the role of Colonel Pickering in My Fair Lady, Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe's musical adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award as Best Featured Actor in a Musical in 1957...
47. Gunnar Björnstrand Gunnar Björnstrand Actor, The Seventh Seal Being the son of an acting father, Oscar Johanson, it isn't surprising that he wanted to be an actor already as a child. However, he first worked as a baker's apprentice, in a barber shop or in the docks. After the conscription he got his first role, a bit part on the theater Lilla Teatern in Stockholm...
48. John Ridgely John Ridgely Actor, The Big Sleep John Ridgely was a versatile character actor who made over 100 films at Warner Brothers during the 1930s and 1940s. Starting out in bit roles in such films as Dark Victory, They Died with Their Boots On and The Man Who Came to Dinner, Ridgely eventually graduated to larger roles in such classics as Howard Hawks' Air Force...
49. Brenda de Banzie Brenda de Banzie Actress, The Man Who Knew Too Much The daughter of a musical conductor, fair-haired, slightly plump Brenda de Banzie appeared in just a handful of films. As the result of two outstanding performances, she became an unexpected star when well into her middle age. Brenda first came to public notice as a sixteen year old chorine on the London stage in "Du Barry Was a Lady"...
50. Alan Carney Alan Carney Actor, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
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