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1. Rita Hayworth Rita Hayworth Actress, Gilda Spanish dancer Eduardo Cansino's daughter Margarita studied dancing beginning in her girlhood. At age 12, the mature-looking Rita joined Eduardo's stage act, in which she was spotted three years later by Fox studio head Winfield R. Sheehan, leading to her first studio contract and film debut at age 16 in Dante's Inferno...
2. William Holden William Holden Actor, The Bridge on the River Kwai William Holden was born William Franklin Beedle, Jr. in O'Fallon, Illinois, to Mary Blanche (Ball), a schoolteacher, and William Franklin Beedle, Sr., an industrial chemist. He came from a wealthy family (the Beedles) that moved to Pasadena, California, when he was three. In 1937, while studying chemistry at Pasadena Junior College...
3. Ingmar Bergman Ingmar Bergman Writer, The Seventh Seal Ernst Ingmar Bergman was born July fourteenth, 1918, the son of a priest. The film and T.V. series, The Best Intentions is biographical and shows the early marriage of his parents. The film 'Söndagsbarn' depicts a bicycle journey with his father. In the miniseries Private Confessions is the trilogy closed. Here...
4. Jeff Chandler Jeff Chandler Actor, Broken Arrow Jeff was born in Brooklyn and attended Erasmus High School. After high school, he took a drama course and worked in stock companies for two years. His next role would be that of an officer in World War II. After he was discharged from the service, he became busy acting in radio drama's and comedies until he was signed by Universal...
5. Ida Lupino Ida Lupino Actress, High Sierra Ida was born in London to a show business family. In 1933, her mother brought Ida with her to an audition and Ida got the part her mother wanted. The picture was Her First Affaire. Ida, a bleached blonde, came to Hollywood in 1934 and played small and insignificant parts. Peter Ibbetson was one of her...
6. Ben Johnson Ben Johnson Actor, The Last Picture Show Born in Oklahoma, Ben Johnson was a ranch hand and rodeo performer when, in 1940, Howard Hughes hired him to take a load of horses to California. He decided to stick around (the pay was good), and for some years was a stunt man, horse wrangler, and double for such stars as John Wayne, Gary Cooper and James Stewart...
7. John Forsythe John Forsythe Actor, Charlie's Angels John Forysthe was born Jacob Lincoln Freund in Penns Grove, New Jersey, the son of Blanche Materson (Blohm) and Samuel Jeremiah Freund, a Wall Street businessman. He chose to pursue acting over the objections of his father. He did some work in radio soaps and on Broadway before signing a movie contract with Warner Bros...
8. Efrem Zimbalist Jr. Efrem Zimbalist Jr. Actor, Hot Shots! It's hardly surprising that the son of renowned Russian-born concert violinist Efrem Zimbalist Sr. (1889-1985) and Romanian-born opera singer Alma Gluck (1884-1938) would desire a performing career of some kind. Born in New York City on November 30, 1918, surrounded by people of wealth and privilege throughout his childhood...
9. Sebastian Cabot Sebastian Cabot Actor, The Jungle Book
10. Bobby Troup Bobby Troup Actor, MASH
11. Vito Scotti Vito Scotti Actor, The Godfather With his dark features and having spent much of his early years in Naples, Italy, Vito Scotti was understandably typecast as Italian waiters, government functionaries, policemen, maitre d's and barbers. When Vito was seven, the Scottis moved back to the U.S. where his mother became a diva in the Italian theatre in New York...
12. Robert Preston Robert Preston Actor, The Music Man American leading man of vast charisma, Robert Preston was the son of a garment worker and a record store clerk and grew up in Los Angeles. He was a trained musician, playing several instruments, and in high school became interested in theatre. He joined the Pasadena Community Playhouse, taking classes and appearing in scores of plays alongside such soon-to-be-well-known actors as Dana Andrews...
13. Cameron Mitchell Cameron Mitchell Actor, Blood and Black Lace Cameron Mitchell was the son of a minister, but chose a different path from his father. Prior to World War II, in which he served as an Air Force bombardier, Mitchell appeared on Broadway, and, in 1940, an experimental television broadcast, "The Passing of the Third Floor Back". He made his film debut in What Next, Corporal Hargrove?...
14. Art Carney Art Carney Actor, Harry and Tonto
15. Robert Walker Robert Walker Actor, Strangers on a Train He possessed the same special brand of rebel/misfit sensitivity and charm that made superstars out of John Garfield and (later) James Dean and Montgomery Clift. In the war-torn 1940s, Robert Walker represented MGM's fresh, instinctive breed of up-and-coming talent. His boyish good looks combined with an attractive vulnerability came across the screen with such beauty...
16. Audra Lindley Audra Lindley Actress, Another World Audra Lindley was born in Los Angeles, California, to a show-business family--her father, Bert Lindley, was a stage and film actor. She got her early start in Hollywood by being a stand-in, which eventually progressed to stunt work. After a while, however, she found stunt work not to her liking and went to New York in her mid-20s to take her talent to the stage...
17. Teresa Wright Teresa Wright Actress, Shadow of a Doubt A natural and lovely talent who was discovered for films by Samuel Goldwyn, the always likable Teresa Wright distinguished herself early on in high-caliber, Oscar-worthy form -- the only performer ever to be nominated for Oscars for her first three films. Always true to herself, she was able to earn Hollywood stardom on her own unglamorized terms...
18. Mickey Spillane Mickey Spillane Writer, Kiss Me Deadly Mickey Spillane, the king of the pulp novelists in the post-WW II period, sold an estimated 200 million copies globally. He was born Frank Morrison Spillane in Brooklyn, NY. Young Frank's mother was a Protestant who bestowed on him his middle name "Morrison", but his Irish Catholic father, barkeep John Joseph Spillane...
19. Arnold Stang Arnold Stang Actor, Hercules in New York A show-stopping comic for decades, the inimitable Arnold Stang, with the trademark Runyonesque voice and thick, black glasses, started out famously on radio before branching out to include Broadway, films and especially TV. Born on September 28, 1918, in New York City (for decades he himself perpetuated the myth of being born in 1925 in Chelsea...
20. Nipsey Russell Nipsey Russell Self, Stars Over Harlem Nipsey Russell was born in Atlanta Georgia in 1918. Russell got his start in Rock and Roll and other music reviews in the 1950s. In the 1960s Russell achieved his first major role as Officer Anderson in Car 54, Where Are You?. After being on the show for a year Russell was a mainstay on variety shows, appearing on Laugh-In...
21. Allan Arbus Allan Arbus Actor, Damien: Omen II
22. Jack MacGowran Jack MacGowran Actor, The Exorcist Jack MacGowran, the great Irish character actor known for his roles in the plays of Samuel Beckett, was born on October 13, 1918 in Ireland. He established his professional reputation as a member of the Abbey Players in Dublin, but he won his greatest fame for assaying Beckett's characters onstage...
23. Ron Randell Ron Randell Actor, Whity Sydney-born Ron Randell began his six-decade-long career in his teens on radio in his native Australia for the Australian Broadcasting Commission. He promptly moved to the stage, where he acted with the Minerva Theatre Group from 1937 to 1946, while intermittently appearing in Australian films. Well-received reviews for his title role in the movie...
24. Marjorie Lord Marjorie Lord Actress, Sherlock Holmes in Washington Poised and lovely Marjorie Lord started her long and varied career on the Broadway stage and in "B" films as a sweet-natured ingénue. Born in San Francisco in 1918, her family transported themselves to New York City when she was fifteen. Here she enrolled in both acting and ballet at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the Chaliff School of Dance...
25. Joseph Wiseman Joseph Wiseman Actor, Dr. No Joseph Wiseman was born on May 15, 1918 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He came to Broadway in the 1930s, where he was critically hailed for performances in Shakespeare's "King Lear", Clifford Odets' "Golden Boy" and Anton Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya". Motion pictures in which Wiseman has been seen include Detective Story...
26. Dennis Patrick Dennis Patrick Actor, The Air Up There
27. Virginia Vincent Virginia Vincent Actress, I Want to Live!
28. Stephen Elliott Stephen Elliott Actor, Beverly Hills Cop A Drama Desk Award-winning actor ("A Whistle in the Dark" [1969] ) and a Tony Award nominee (as "Monsieur Colmier", "Marat/Sade" [1967] ), he began his career as a member of New York's Neighborhood Playhouse from 1940 to 1942, where he studied with noted acting instructor, Sanford Meisner, before joining the U.S...
29. Joey Bishop Joey Bishop Actor, The Delta Force Perpetually glum standup comedian Joey Bishop was born Joseph Abraham Gottlieb on February 3, 1918, in the Bronx, New York. He was the youngest of five children of Chana "Anna" (Siegel) and Jacob Gottlieb, a bicycle repairman. His father was an Austrian Jewish immigrant and his mother was a Romanian Jew...
30. Robert Aldrich Robert Aldrich Director, The Dirty Dozen Robert Aldrich entered the film industry in 1941 when he got a job as a production clerk at RKO Pictures. He soon worked his way up to script clerk, then became an assistant director, a production manager and an associate producer. He began writing and directing for TV series in the early 1950s, and directed his first feature in 1953 (Big Leaguer)...
31. Stafford Repp Stafford Repp Actor, Batman: The Movie
32. Kumar Pallana Kumar Pallana Actor, The Terminal
33. Rand Brooks Rand Brooks Actor, Gone with the Wind In 1966, Rand Brooks started Professional Ambulance Service in Glendale, California, with two used ambulances and a credit card. By 1977 his company had become the largest private ambulance 9-1-1 paramedic provider in Los Angeles County. During his ownership the company received dozens of awards and commendations and was widely recognized as one of the finest ambulance services in the country...
34. James Daly James Daly Actor, Planet of the Apes Distinguished character player James Firman Daly first appeared on stage in his home town of Wisconsin Rapids in 1928. He was set on acting from an early age, strongly encouraged by his parents, though neither were in the profession - his father was in the fuel business and his mother at one time a CIA employee...
35. Pearl Bailey Pearl Bailey Self, Pearl Bailey Her father Joseph was a minister and her mother was named Ella Mae. Her birth name was Pearly Mae but her parents anticipated she would be a boy and when a girl was born she was nicknamed "Dickie". Her brother was entertainer Bill Bailey (1912-1978). She spent her early life in Washington DC where she received her early education...
36. John Dall John Dall Actor, Rope John Dall was born John Dall Thompson (some sources state John Jenner Thompson) on May 26, 1918. He made his Broadway debut in Norman Krasna's comedy "Dear Ruth," directed by Moss Hart, in 1944. The show was a hit, running for over a year and a half and 680 performances. He next appeared on Broadway in Jean-Paul Sartre's "Red Gloves" in 1948...
37. Kam Fong Kam Fong Actor, Cocoon: Part 1 The Asian-American actor Kam Fong, best known for his co-starring role as Chin Ho in the original Hawaii Five-O TV series, was born Kam Tong Chun on May 27, 1918 in Honolulu, Hawaii. (The name Fong was the result of a teacher incorrectly teaching him how to write his name. The name stuck and he later took it as his legal name.) After graduating from high school...
38. Nan Grey Nan Grey Actress, The Invisible Man Returns Born as Eschal Loleet Grey Miller in 1918, Nan Grey was an actress who worked for Universal and other studios in the 1930s. She is probably best remembered for her work in the two Deanna Durbin movies, Three Smart Girls and Three Smart Girls Grow Up. Other than the Durbin vehicles, Grey was relegated to mostly "B" movies...
39. Kenneth Connor Kenneth Connor Actor, Carry on Nurse The son of a naval officer who ran what were called "concert parties", Kenneth Connor made his stage debut at age two, and by 11 was performing in both a solo act and a doubles act with his brother in various revue shows. He later decided to become a serious actor rather than just a revue performer...
40. Spike Milligan Spike Milligan Actor, Life of Brian Spike was born an 'Army Brat', the son of an Irish Captain in the British Raj in India. Educated in a series of Roman Catholic schools in India and at Lewisham Polytechnic in England, he spent his formative years playing the fool and playing the trumpet in local jazz bands. He joined the British Army himself (under protest if you believe his auto-biogs) as a conscript at the outbreak of WWII...
41. Frank Overton Frank Overton Actor, To Kill a Mockingbird Perpetually serious-looking New York-born character actor, who showed up to good effect in many TV shows of the 50's and 60's. His quietly authoritarian demeanour lent itself ideally to portraying characters with badges or uniforms: Sheriff Heck Tate in To Kill a Mockingbird, General Bogan of Strategic Air Command in Fail Safe and Major Harvey Stovall of Bomber Group 918 in 12 O'Clock High...
42. Barry Morse Barry Morse Actor, The Changeling Born in London's East End, Barry's career began when he won a full scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art at the age of 15. Upon graduation, he followed with successful stage runs in London's West End and in theatrical productions throughout the United Kingdom, and appeared on the BBC's earliest live television broadcasts in the late 1930s...
43. Anne Shirley Anne Shirley Actress, Murder, My Sweet They didn't come packaged any sweeter and lovelier than Anne Shirley, a gentle and gracious 1930s teen film actress who didn't quite reach the zenith of front-rank stardom and retired all too soon at age 26. On film as a toddler, she went through a small revolving door of marquee names before legally settling (at age 16) on the name Anne Shirley...
44. Don Pardo Don Pardo Self, Jeopardy!
45. Craig Stevens Craig Stevens Actor, The Deadly Mantis Light leading man and second lead in 40's and 50's US films.
46. Hal Baylor Hal Baylor Actor, A Boy and His Dog
47. King Donovan King Donovan Actor, Invasion of the Body Snatchers The name might not be familiar-but the face would be. A thinking man's Don Knotts or his smarter brother - well - that would be over-simplifying King Donovan. He was born to vaudevillian parents who traveled the whole country. He was of medium height, slender build, and narrow-faced (like Knotts)...
48. David Opatoshu David Opatoshu Actor, Torn Curtain
49. Marjorie Hoshelle Marjorie Hoshelle Actress, Cloak and Dagger
50. Anton Diffring Anton Diffring Actor, Fahrenheit 451 Anton Diffring was a character actor who worked continuously in motion pictures due to his aristocratic, German face and cool, clipped diction, making him ideal for typecasting in British and later American motion pictures as Nazis and other vile, despicable characters. What was ironic about his typecasting as a Nazi is that Diffring...
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