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1. Kirk Douglas Kirk Douglas Actor, Spartacus Cleft-chinned, steely-eyed and virile star of international cinema who rose from being "the ragman's son" (the name of his best-selling 1988 autobiography) to become a bona fide superstar, Kirk Douglas, also known as Issur Danielovitch Demsky, was born in Amsterdam, New York, in 1916. His parents, Bryna (Sanglel) and Herschel Danielovitch...
2. Gregory Peck Gregory Peck Actor, To Kill a Mockingbird Eldred Gregory Peck was born in La Jolla, California, to Bernice Mary (Ayres) and Gregory Pearl Peck, a chemist and druggist in San Diego. He had Irish (from his paternal grandmother), English, and some German, ancestry. His parents divorced when he was five years old. An only child, he was sent to live with his grandmother...
3. Olivia de Havilland Olivia de Havilland Actress, The Adventures of Robin Hood Olivia Mary de Havilland was born July 1, 1916, in Tokyo, Japan, to British parents Lilian Augusta (Ruse), a former actress, and Walter Augustus de Havilland, an English professor and patent attorney. Her sister, Joan, later to become famous as Joan Fontaine, was born the following year. Her surname comes from her paternal grandfather...
4. Roald Dahl Roald Dahl Writer, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl was born in Wales in 1916. He served as a fighter pilot in the British R.A.F. (Royal Air Force) during World War II. He made a forced landing in the Libyan Desert and was severely injured. As a result, he spent five months in a Royal Navy hospital in Alexandria. Dahl is known for how he relates suspenseful events in a simple tone.
5. Glenn Ford Glenn Ford Actor, Superman Legendary actor Glenn Ford was born Gwyllyn Samuel Newton Ford in Sainte-Christine-d'Auvergne, Quebec, Canada, to Hannah Wood (Mitchell) and Newton Ford, a railroad executive. His family moved to Santa Monica, California when he was eight years old. His acting career began with plays at high school, followed by acting in West Coast, a traveling theater company...
6. Jackie Gleason Jackie Gleason Music Department, Jackie Gleason: American Scene Magazine Comedian, actor, composer and conductor, educated in New York public schools. He was a master of ceremonies in amateur shows, a carnival barker, daredevil driver and a disc jockey., and later a comedian in night clubs. By the mid-1950s he had turned to writing original music and recording a series of popular and best-selling albums with his orchestra for Capitol Records...
7. Ken Curtis Ken Curtis Actor, Gunsmoke Considering the kind of scruffy, backwoods, uneducated, Deep-South hillbilly types he played, many people would be surprised to hear that Ken Curtis wasn't actually born in the south but in the small town of Las Animas, Colorado, the son of the town sheriff. They would probably be even more surprised to learn that he began his show business career as a singer in the big-band era...
8. Michael Gough Michael Gough Actor, Batman Tony Award-winning English actor Michael Gough, best known for playing the butler Alfred Pennyworth in all four of Tim Burton's Batman (1992) (1995) (1997) movies and for playing the arch-criminal Dr. Clement Armstrong in The Avengers episode "The Cybernauts", was an accomplished performer on both stage and screen...
9. Sterling Hayden Sterling Hayden Actor, The Godfather Born to George & Frances Simonson Walter, and named Sterling Relyea Walter. Father died in 1925. Adopted by stepfather 'James Hayden' renamed Sterling Walter Hayden. Grew up in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., and Maine. Though very poor, attended prep school at Wassookeag School in Dexter...
10. Hal Smith Hal Smith Actor, Beauty and the Beast
11. Van Johnson Van Johnson Actor, The Caine Mutiny Van Johnson was the well-mannered nice guy on screen you wanted your daughter to marry. This fair, freckled and invariably friendly-looking MGM song-and-dance star of the 40s emerged a box office favorite (1944-1946) and second only to heartthrob Frank Sinatra during what gossipmonger Hedda Hopper dubbed the "Bobby-Soxer Blitz" era...
12. Adriana Caselotti Adriana Caselotti Actress, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Adriana was born into an operatic family - her father Guido, an immigrant from Italy, taught music in New York City, her mother Maria (from Naples) sang at the Royal Opera, and a sister Louise was a noted opera singer and voice teacher. She was 18 when Walt Disney personally chose her for the voice of Snow White in his first full length animated feature Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs...
13. Betty Grable Betty Grable Actress, How to Marry a Millionaire Elizabeth Ruth Grable was born on December 18, 1916 in St. Louis, Missouri, to Lillian Rose (Hofmann) and John Charles Grable, a stockbroker. She had German, English, Irish, and Dutch ancestry. Her mother was a stubborn and materialistic woman who was determined to make her daughter a star. Elizabeth...
14. Keenan Wynn Keenan Wynn Actor, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Character actor Keenan Wynn was born into a famous show-business family. One in particular is his father, Ed Wynn. Keenan was the one to help to push his father to also become a well-known character actor. They appeared together in Son of Flubber, The Absent Minded Professor, The Great Man, The Patsy.
15. Dinah Shore Dinah Shore Self, Dinah! Her real name was Frances "Fanny" Rose Shore, and she was born in Winchester, Tennessee. Stricken with polio at 18 months of age, she recovered after receiving the Sister Kenny treatment. She became a cheerleader at Hume-Fogg High School in Nashville and went on to graduate from Vanderbilt University in 1938...
16. Virginia Gregg Virginia Gregg Actress, Operation Petticoat
17. Dorothy McGuire Dorothy McGuire Actress, Gentleman's Agreement A genuine model of sincerity, practicality and dignity in most of the roles she inhabited, actress Dorothy McGuire offered Tinseltown more talent than it probably knew what to do with. A quiet, passive beauty, she had a soothing quality to her open-faced looks and voice. She was a natural when he came...
18. Peter Finch Peter Finch Actor, Network Despite being one of the finest actors of his generation, Peter Finch will be remembered as much for his reputation as a hard-drinking, hell-raising womanizer as for his performances on the screen. He was born in London in 1916 and went to live in Sydney, Australia, at the age of ten. There, he worked in a series of dead-end jobs before taking up acting...
19. Mercedes McCambridge Mercedes McCambridge Actress, The Exorcist Mercedes McCambridge is a highly-talented radio performer who won a best supporting Actress Oscar for her film debut. Mercedes McCambridge was born in Joliet, Illinois, to Marie (Mahaffry) and John Patrick McCambridge, a farmer. She was of mostly Irish (with a small amount of English and German) ancestry...
20. David White David White Actor, Bewitched American stage actor who appeared frequently on television and occasionally but impressively in films. A Marine Corps veteran of the Second World War, he worked on Broadway and on tour in stage productions after the war. In the late 1950s, he became an increasingly familiar face on American television...
21. Betty Field Betty Field Actress, Picnic Thespian Betty Field was born in Boston on February 8, 1916, the daughter of a salesman and his wife. Ancestors on her father's side were Mayflower colonists Priscilla and John Alden. Her parents divorced while she was still young and Betty eventually learned to speak Spanish while traveling with her mother to various Spanish-speaking countries during her childhood...
22. Anthony Caruso Anthony Caruso Actor, The Asphalt Jungle
23. Rossano Brazzi Rossano Brazzi Actor, South Pacific Rossano Brazzi was an Italian stage and film actor. He was married to Lydia Brazzi until her death, and to Isle Fischer, his second wife, until his death. His first break into films came in 1942, when Zarah Leander's film studio was casting for a leading man to play opposite Leander in the film Damals (At That Time, Le Foyer Perdu)...
24. Edward Platt Edward Platt Actor, Get Smart Forever and fondly remembered as Don Adams' foil on the popular Mel Brooks/Buck Henry spy series Get Smart, character actor Ed Platt (also billed as Edward C. Platt) had been around for two decades prior to copping that rare comedy role. Born in Staten Island, New York, he inherited an appreciation of music on his mother's side...
25. Evelyn Keyes Evelyn Keyes Actress, Gone with the Wind No shrinking violet this one, but despite her talent, vivacity and sheer drive, lovely and alluring blonde Evelyn Keyes would remain for the most part typed as a "B" girl on the silver screen. In spite of her ripe contributions to such superior pictures as Here Comes Mr. Jordan, The Jolson Story, Mrs. Mike...
26. Phil Leeds Phil Leeds Actor, Ghost Phil Leeds is one of those for whom the phrase "character actor" was invented. A slight, wizened man with a rubbery face, bulging eyes and a Jimmy Durante-like nose, he excelled at playing weaselly little snitches, con artists, or just a neighborhood eccentric who always had something up his sleeve...
27. Ruth Warrick Ruth Warrick Actress, Citizen Kane Reedy and regal actress Ruth Warrick will be remembered for two names and two names alone. In films, she will indelibly be referred to as the castoff first "Mrs. Citizen Kane," and on TV she will forever be synonymous with her character of Phoebe Tyler Wallingford, the obnoxiously wealthy, viper-tongued...
28. Walter Cronkite Walter Cronkite Self, The Twentieth Century
29. George Montgomery George Montgomery Actor, Battle of the Bulge George Montgomery was boxing champion at the University of Montana, where he majored in architecture and interior design. Dropping out a year later, he decided to take up boxing more seriously, and moved to California, where he was coached by ex-heavyweight world champion James J. Jeffries. While in Hollywood...
30. Don Keefer Don Keefer Actor, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
31. Sandra Gould Sandra Gould Actress, Bewitched Short and with a very familiar chubby, chipmunk-like face and even more familiar abrasive tone, Brooklyn-born comedienne Sandra Gould kicked into high gear at a fairly early age. With small Broadway roles and scores of radio programs such as "My Friend Irma" and "Duffy's Tavern", the latter in which she replaced original star Shirley Booth...
32. Doris Nolan Doris Nolan Actress, Holiday Lovely blonde stage actress Doris Nolan, a former model raised in New York, appeared in school plays and summer stock before trying to make it in the big time. Following some Broadway work, she decorated films briefly in the late 30s after earning a contract from Fox -- most noticeably as Katharine Hepburn's chic...
33. Eric Christmas Eric Christmas Actor, Harold and Maude Christmas trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, gained experience in English repertory theatre in 1936, and had a principal role in the London production of Noël Coward's "Bitter Sweet" in the 1930s. During the Second World War, he was a member of Royal Air Force production units and performed in the RAF's Gang Show...
34. Fran Ryan Fran Ryan Actress, General Hospital As an American character actress, Fran Ryan was a familiar face on stage, screen and television from her theatrical stage debut in the 1950s and continuing for nearly three decades. Ryan's similarity to actress Marjorie Main was soon noticed in the late 1960s, and she frequently played tough, mean-lipped, earthy and gruff-but-lovable female characters...
35. Peter Whitney Peter Whitney Actor, In the Heat of the Night The name may have you scratchin' your head a bit while searchin' for your nearby trivia book, but oh...that intimidating face is so familiar. Peter Whitney's over-powering frame, swarthy looks, bushy brows and maniacal look in his eye made him one of the most fearsome character actors to lump around in 40s...
36. Edward Binns Edward Binns Actor, 12 Angry Men Gravel-voiced, authoritative American character actor, a reliable presence on screen for more than four decades. The son of Pennsylvania Quakers, he was a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and first learned his trade as an apprentice at the Cleveland Playhouse. Binns was among the first to join the newly established Actors Studio in 1947...
37. James Griffith James Griffith Actor, The Killing Ideal for playing swarthy villains, James Griffith's tall, dark and gaunt features and shady countenance invaded hundreds of film and TV dramas (and a few comedies) throughout his career on-camera. Highlighted by his arched brows, hooded eyes and prominent proboscis, heavy character work would be his largest source of income for nearly four decades...
38. Martha Raye Martha Raye Self, The Martha Raye Show Known as "The Big Mouth" and considered the female equivalent to Bob Hope, Martha Raye was an American icon in her own right. She was born Margy Reed in Butte, Montana, to Maybelle Hazel (Hooper) and Peter Reed, Jr., vaudeville performers. She had Irish, German, and English ancestry. Raye made her...
39. Richard Fleischer Richard Fleischer Director, Conan the Destroyer
40. Rochelle Hudson Rochelle Hudson Actress, Rebel Without a Cause From ingenue to leading lady to character actress, she appeared in Hollywood films from the early 30s through the late 60s.
41. Irwin Allen Irwin Allen Writer, Lost in Space A graduate of New York's Columbia School of Journalism, Irwin Allen was a magazine editor, the producer/director of a radio show and the owner of an advertising agency before entering film production in the 1950s. His documentary, The Sea Around Us, won an Academy Award. A successful TV series producer (The Time Tunnel...
42. Willoughby Gray Willoughby Gray Actor, The Princess Bride
43. Raf Vallone Raf Vallone Actor, The Godfather: Part III Raf Vallone was an internationally acclaimed Italian movie star known for his rugged good looks. The athletic Vallone, a former soccer player who often was compared to Burt Lancaster, was born Raffaele Vallone in 1916 in Tropea in Calabria, Italy, the son of a prominent lawyer and his aristocratic wife...
44. Ferdy Mayne Ferdy Mayne Actor, Conan the Destroyer His father was the Judge of Mayence (Mainz) and his mother, who was half-English, was a singing teacher. Since the family was Jewish, the teenage Ferdinand was sent to England to stay with his aunt Lee Hutchinson, a noted photographer and sculptress. His parents were briefly interned in Buchenwald, but his mother's English connections enabled them also to get to England before war broke out.
45. Margaret Lockwood Margaret Lockwood Actress, The Lady Vanishes Karachi-born Margaret Lockwood, daughter of a British colonial railway clerk, was educated in London and studied to be an actress at the Italia Conti Drama School. Her first moment on stage came at the age of 12, when she played a fairy in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in 1928. She had a bit part in the Drury Lane production of "Cavalcade" in 1932...
46. Dick Wilson Dick Wilson Actor, Bewitched
47. Movita Movita Actress, Mutiny on the Bounty
48. Alex Nicol Alex Nicol Actor, The Screaming Skull A regular "good guy" and "bad guy" presence in sagebrush sagas and two-fisted film action during the early 1950s, brawny, blond-haired Alexander Livingston Nicol Jr. was born in 1916 in Ossining, New York, the son of a prison warden there at Sing Sing, and his wife, the matron of a detention center...
49. Frank Maxwell Frank Maxwell Actor, General Hospital
50. Jack Arnold Jack Arnold Director, Creature from the Black Lagoon Jack Arnold reigns supreme as one of the great directors of 1950s science-fiction features. His films are distinguished by moody black and white cinematography, solid acting, smart, thoughtful scripts, snappy pacing, a genuine heartfelt enthusiasm for the genre and plenty of eerie atmosphere. Arnold was born on October 14...
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