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1. Gene Kelly Gene Kelly Actor, Singin' in the Rain Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was the largest and most powerful studio in Hollywood when Gene Kelly arrived in town in 1941. He came direct from the hit 1940 original Broadway production of "Pal Joey" and planned to return to the Broadway stage after making the one film required by his contract. His first picture for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was For Me and My Gal with Judy Garland...
2. Eleanor Powell Eleanor Powell Soundtrack, Lady Be Good Eleanor Powell was born in 1912 in Springfield, Massachussetts, and got her professional start in Atlantic City clubs, from where she moved into in revue in New York at the Ritz Grill and Casino de Paris at the age of sixteen. She started her career on Broadway in 1929, where her machine-gun foot work gained her the title of world champion in tapping...
3. Karl Malden Karl Malden Actor, Patton Born to a Czech mother and a Serbian father in Chicago as Mladen Sekulovich, on March 22, 1912, Karl Malden did not speak English until he was in kindergarten. After graduating from high school in the nearby steel town of Gary, Indiana, Malden worked in the industry for three years until 1934, when he left to attend the Arkansas State Teacher's College...
4. Jay Silverheels Jay Silverheels Actor, The Lone Ranger Familiar Canadian Indian actor who shot to fame as Tonto, the faithful Indian companion of the masked man on the US television series The Lone Ranger. A member of the Mohawk tribe of Canada's Six Nations Reserve, Silverheels excelled at wrestling, horse racing, football, boxing, and hockey, and became a renowned lacrosse player...
5. José Ferrer José Ferrer Actor, Lawrence of Arabia
6. Michelangelo Antonioni Michelangelo Antonioni Writer, Blow-Up Michelangelo Antonioni was born in 1912 into a middle-class family and grew up in bourgeois surroundings of the Italian province. In Bologna he studied economics and commerce while he painted and also wrote criticism for a local newspaper. In 1939 he went to Rome and worked for the journal "Cinema" studying directorship at the School of Cinema...
7. Michael Wilding Michael Wilding Actor, In Which We Serve Born in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, England on July 23, 1912, Wilding became a commercial artist after leaving school. He gained employment in the art department of a film studio in London in 1933, and he was soon approached by producers to become a movie star-in-training due to his dashing good looks. After debuting at age 21 in Bitter Sweet...
8. Danny Thomas Danny Thomas Actor, I'll See You in My Dreams Known primarily as a TV actor, he starred as a nightclub singer on the popular Make Room for Daddy. He also served TV behind the cameras partnering with Sheldon Leonard and Aaron Spelling to create such shows as Dick Van Dyke's show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Andy Griffith Show and Mod Squad. He was also dedicated to building the St...
9. John Payne John Payne Actor, Miracle on 34th Street Perhaps not so surprisingly, John Payne maintained that his favorite movie of all time was one of his own -- Miracle on 34th Street -- simply because it reflected his own strong and spiritual belief system. It was Payne, in fact, who pressured his studio (20th Century-Fox) to film it while putting up his own money...
10. Henry Jones Henry Jones Actor, Vertigo Henry Jones was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; he graduated from St. Joseph's College. His Broadway debut was in 1938 in Maurice Evans' "Hamlet" (Reynaldo and the second gravedigger). He served in the army in World War II. His highly-reviewed stage appearances included the murdered handyman in "The Bad Seed," which he reprised in the film version (The Bad Seed)...
11. Don Siegel Don Siegel Producer, Dirty Harry Don Siegel was educated at Cambridge University, England. In Hollywood from the mid-'30s, he began his career as an editor and second unit director. In 1945 he directed two shorts (Hitler Lives and Star in the Night) which both won Academy Awards. His first feature as a director was 1946's The Verdict...
12. Pierre Boulle Pierre Boulle Writer, Rise of the Planet of the Apes
13. Pedro Armendáriz Pedro Armendáriz Actor, From Russia with Love Born in Mexican revolution times, Pedro Armendáriz was the first child of Mexican Pedro Armendáriz García-Conde and American Adele Hastings. He was raised in Churubusco, then a suburb of Mexico City, before the family traveled to Laredo, Texas. They lived there until 1921, the year Armendáriz' parents died...
14. Connie Sawyer Connie Sawyer Actress, Dumb & Dumber
15. Ann Dvorak Ann Dvorak Actress, Scarface Ann Dvorak was the daughter of silent film star Anna Lehr and silents director Edwin McKim. She entered films at the start of sound, as a dance instructor for the lavish MGM musicals. She came to international prominence in Scarface with Paul Muni, but often complained about the lack of quality of her films...
16. Reta Shaw Reta Shaw Actress, Mary Poppins Reta Shaw is best known to television audiences as Hope Lange's housekeeper in the TV series The Ghost & Mrs. Muir. Disney fans will remember her as one of the singing domestics in the Oscar-winning masterpiece Mary Poppins. While she never achieved stardom as a leading lady, she earned her place as a solid supporting player in a variety of popular...
17. Cornel Wilde Cornel Wilde Actor, The Naked Prey Dashing actor Cornel Wilde was born Kornel Lajos Weisz on October 13, 1912, in Prievidza, Hungary (now part of Slovakia), to a Jewish family. He immigrated with his parents and elder sister Edith to New York City in 1920. His family Americanized their names and Kornel took the name Cornelius Louis Wilde...
18. Barry Sullivan Barry Sullivan Actor, The Bad and the Beautiful Barry Sullivan was born Patrick Barry Sullivan on August 29, 1912 in New York City. He was the seventh son of a seventh son, a birth order with mystical significance in Celtic families. While never a major movie star, he established himself as a well-known and highly regarded character lead and second lead in motion pictures and television in a career that lasted 50 years...
19. Wendy Hiller Wendy Hiller Actress, The Elephant Man Wendy Hiller, daughter of Frank and Marie Hiller, was born on 15th August 1912 in Bramhall, near Stockport, Cheshire, England. She was educated at Winceby House School, Bexhill then moved on to Manchester Repertory Theatre. She appeared on stage in Sir John Barry's tour of Evensong, then as Sally Hardcastle in Love on the Dole...
20. Catherine Scorsese Catherine Scorsese Actress, Goodfellas
21. Nigel Patrick Nigel Patrick Actor, Battle of Britain This droll, dry-witted London-born gent came from a family of actors. He made his stage debut in 1932 and established his reputation in stylish plays. He progressed to films in 1939 but his career was immediately interrupted after only one movie appearance by WWII, serving as a lieutenant colonel in the infantry...
22. Henry Brandon Henry Brandon Actor, The Searchers German-born Henry Brandon was a character actor in American films, most often seen in villainous roles. His parents emigrated to the US shortly after his birth. His early interest in acting led him to study at the acclaimed Pasadena Community Playhouse. He landed the lead villain role in the Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy film Babes in Toyland...
23. Samuel Fuller Samuel Fuller Writer, The Big Red One Sam had six siblings: three brothers, Ving, Ray, and Tom and three sisters, Evelyn, Tina and Rose. His most famous sibling was his older brother the nationally syndicated comic strip artist and cartoonist, Ving Fuller. In the 1920s, Ving Fuller was a staff cartoonist at the New York Evening Graphic...
24. Wilfrid Brambell Wilfrid Brambell Actor, A Hard Day's Night Wilfrid Brambell was born on 22 March 1912, in Dublin, Ireland. His first acting experience was when he was aged just two when he entertained wounded soldiers returning from action during the First World War. On leaving school he worked part-time as a reporter for The Irish Times and part-time as an actor at the Abbey Theatre...
25. Martha Scott Martha Scott Actress, Ben-Hur Martha Scott entered films in the early 1940s, following an initial appearance in stock. Her first film appearance was Our Town, playing the same character as she played on the stage. She won an Academy Award nomination for her superb performance in the film. Martha Scott is remembered as a highly talented actress...
26. Don 'Red' Barry Don 'Red' Barry Actor, Johnny Got His Gun Donald Barry went from the stage to the screen. After four years of playing villains and henchmen at various studios, Barry got the role that changed his image: Red Ryder in the Republic Pictures serial Adventures of Red Ryder. Although he had appeared in westerns for two years or so, this was the one that kept him there...
27. Richard Brooks Richard Brooks Writer, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Richard Brooks was an Academy Award-winning film writer who also earned six Oscar nominations and achieved success as a film director and producer. He was born Ruben Sax on May 18, 1912, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His parents were Russian-Jewish immigrants. He graduated from West Philadephia HS...
28. Hugh Griffith Hugh Griffith Actor, Ben-Hur Enjoyably larger-than-life character actor, born in Anglesey, North Wales. Hugh Griffith left the world of banking (having been employed as a teller) after winning a scholarship to study acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Though he graduated a gold medallist, top of his class of 300, the war put the brakes on his career and he enlisted in the Army in 1940...
29. Richard Carlson Richard Carlson Actor, Creature from the Black Lagoon The son of an attorney, Richard Carlson had an introspective quality to his performances and looked every inch the academic he first aspired to be. Following his graduation from the University of Minnesota with a Master's Degree in English, the tall, dark-haired youth had a brief stint as a drama teacher at his alma mater...
30. Art Linkletter Art Linkletter Self, Kids Say the Darndest Things
31. John Le Mesurier John Le Mesurier Actor, The Pink Panther The son of a solicitor, British character actor John Le Mesurier attended public school in Dorset, England, before embarking on a career in law. However, acting was his true calling, and at age 20, with his parents' approval, he began his acting career by studying drama at the Fay Compton School of Acting...
32. Chuck Jones Chuck Jones Director, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Starting as a cel washer, Chuck Jones worked his way up to animator and then director at the animation division of Warner Bros. He is famous for creating such beloved cartoon characters as Wile E. Coyote, Henery Hawk, Pepé Le Pew, Marvin the Martian, Ralph Wolf, Road Runner, Sam Sheepdog, Sniffles, and many others...
33. Don Porter Don Porter Actor, The Candidate Veteran actor Don Porter started his career on stage and in "B" films in the 40s but would be better remembered for his buttoned-down executives and cheery dads on 50s and 60s TV. Universal Studios signed the handsome, articulate, deep-voiced actor to a contract in 1939 debuting in Mystery in the White Room (1939)...
34. Bill Quinn Bill Quinn Actor, The Birds
35. Dale Evans Dale Evans Actress, Bells of San Angelo American leading lady of musical westerns of the 1940s. Born Frances Octavia Smith in Uvalde, Texas. She was raised in Texas and Arkansas. Married at 14 and a mother at 15, she was divorced at 17 (some sources say widowed). Intent on a singing career, she moved to Memphis, Tennessee, and worked in an insurance company while taking occasional radio singing jobs...
36. June Havoc June Havoc Actress, General Hospital Musical theater devotees will undoubtedly know that the song "Let Me Entertain You" was from the classic musical "Gypsy", the born-in-a-trunk story of resilient kid troopers Gypsy Rose Lee and June Havoc who were mercilessly pushed into vaudeville careers by an unbearably headstrong mother. While the lesser-talented Gypsy...
37. Rudy Bond Rudy Bond Actor, The Godfather Rudolph Bond was raised in Philadelphia. He got his start at the Neighborhood Players. After World War II, he was invited by Elia Kazan to be a student at the famed "Actors Studio" in New York, working with such future stars as Paul Newman, James Dean, and Marlon Brando. His first big break was a role in the stage production of "A Streetcar Named Desire"...
38. Foster Brooks Foster Brooks Actor, Cannonball Run II Brooks was born in Louisville, Kentucky, one of eight sons, whose father was a county sheriff. Brooks dropped out of school after the 6th grade and did a variety of jobs before beginning a career in radio at the age of 21. He was a newscaster and disc jockey in Louisville, and Buffalo before switching to television newscasting...
39. Minnie Pearl Minnie Pearl Self, Minnie Pearl Sarah Colley studied dramatics in Belmont College in Nashville, intending to be a serious actress, but while touring with an Atlanta company, she created the Minnie Pearl character that became her life's work. Her first Grand Old Opry appearance was on the radio show in 1940, followed by 27 years of touring...
40. Dane Clark Dane Clark Actor, Moonrise He was born Bernard Zanville in Brooklyn, New York, and graduated from Cornell University and St. John's Law School (Brooklyn). When he had trouble finding work in the mid-1930s he tried boxing, baseball, construction, sales and modeling, among other jobs. From there he went into acting on Broadway ("Dead End"...
41. Julia Child Julia Child Writer, Julie & Julia
42. James Craig James Craig Actor, Kitty Foyle Tall, rugged James Craig's career as a contract player at MGM blossomed in the 1940's, mainly due to his resemblance to the 'King of Hollywood' 'Clark Gable' (who was then serving in the U.S. Army Air Force). The Rice Institute graduate had studied to be a physician until a sojourn in the movie capital persuaded him to try his luck as an actor...
43. Derek Farr Derek Farr Actor, The Dam Busters
44. Audrey Christie Audrey Christie Actress, Splendor in the Grass
45. Peter Bull Peter Bull Actor, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
46. André De Toth André De Toth Director, House of Wax Although he obtained a law degree from the Royal Hungarian University, Andre De Toth decided to become an actor, and spent several years on the stage. He then entered the Hungarian film industry, obtaining work as a writer, editor, second unit director and actor before finally becoming a director. He directed a few films just before the outbreak of WW II...
47. Georges Franju Georges Franju Director, Eyes Without a Face Georges Franju is a figure of immense importance in the history of French cinema, not primarily for his films (exceptional though many of these are) but for being the co-founder, with Henri Langlois, of the Cinematheque Française in 1937--France's most famous and important film archive. He worked primarily as a film archivist until 1949...
48. Maria Montez Maria Montez Actress, Arabian Nights In a world weary of war and dispirited by the ravages of the Great Depression, Hollywood at the turn of the 1940's concocted a wildly popular, effective lot of escapist fare (though often cheaply made) to to regale the sick at heart worldwide. Universal Pictures, more often than not, led in producing such films...
49. Nick Cravat Nick Cravat Actor, The Crimson Pirate Long-time circus acrobatic partner of Burt Lancaster (performing as "Lang & Cravat") may have been short on stature, but he was big on athletic prowess and highly enjoyable to watch on-screen. According to reports, Cravat was as strong as a bull. When he lost his cool, it took several men to hold him back...
50. Carlo Ponti Carlo Ponti Producer, Doctor Zhivago
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