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1. Jennifer Jones Jennifer Jones Actress, The Song of Bernadette One of the world's most underrated Academy Award-winning actresses, Jennifer Jones was born Phylis Lee Isley on 2 March 1919 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Flora Mae (Suber) and Phillip Ross Isley, who ran a travelling stage show. As a young aspiring actress, she met and fell for young aspiring actor Robert Walker and they soon married...
2. Jack Palance Jack Palance Actor, Batman He exemplified evil incarnate on film -- portraying some of the most intensely despised villains witnessed in 50s westerns and melodrama -- and Jack Palance went on to win "Best Supporting Actor" nominations for two of them early in his career. It would take a grizzled, eccentric comic performance 40 years later, however, for him to finally grab the coveted statuette...
3. Eva Gabor Eva Gabor Actress, The AristoCats Eva Gabor was born on February 11, 1919 in Budapest, Hungary, the youngest of the fabled Gabor sisters. She arrived in the United States in the 1930s and appeared both in films and on Broadway in the 1950s. During the 1950s, she appeared in several "A"-movies including The Last Time I Saw Paris, starring Elizabeth Taylor, and Artists and Models, which featured Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis...
4. Marie Windsor Marie Windsor Actress, General Hospital A product of Marysvale, Utah, Marie Windsor attended Brigham Young University and trained for the stage under Maria Ouspenskaya before she began playing leading roles in B pictures in the late 1940s. Her best work was in the "film noir" category, most notably her role as the manipulative, double-crossing...
5. Donald Pleasence Donald Pleasence Actor, Halloween Balding, quietly-spoken, of slight build and possessed of piercing blue eyes -- often peering out from behind round, steel-rimmed glasses -- Donald Pleasence had the necessary physical attributes which make a great screen villain. In the course of his lengthy career, he relished playing the obsessed...
6. Robert Stack Robert Stack Actor, Airplane! "Straight Shooting" - whether skeet shooting, or portraying Eliot Ness, Robert Stack always tells it like it is, and shoots straight. Robert was the 2nd child of Elizabeth Modini Wood (who named him Charles after his grandfather) and James Langford Stack (who changed his name to Robert, after no one in particular)...
7. Slim Pickens Slim Pickens Actor, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Slim Pickens spent the early part of his career as a real cowboy and the latter part playing cowboys, and he is best remembered for a single "cowboy" image: that of bomber pilot Maj. "King" Kong waving his cowboy hat rodeo-style as he rides a nuclear bomb onto its target in the great black comedy Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb...
8. Martin Balsam Martin Balsam Actor, 12 Angry Men Martin Henry Balsam was born on November 4, 1919 in the Bronx, New York City, to Lillian (Weinstein) and Albert Balsam, a manufacturer of women's sportswear. He was the first-born child. His father was a Russian Jewish immigrant, and his mother was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents. Martin caught the acting bug in high school where he participated in the drama club...
9. Howard Keel Howard Keel Actor, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers He was the Errol Flynn and Clark Gable of "golden age" movie musicals back in the 1950s. With a barrel-chested swagger and cocky, confident air, not to mention his lusty handsomeness and obvious athleticism, 6'4" brawny baritone Howard Keel had MGM's loveliest songbirds swooning helplessly for over a decade in what were some of the finest musical films ever produced...
10. Gene Barry Gene Barry Actor, War of the Worlds With effortless class and elegant charm, Gene Barry took 50s and 60s TV by storm after a rather lackluster start on the musical stage and in films. Born Eugene Klass in New York City on June 14, 1919, the son of Martin, an amateur violinist, and Eva Klass, an amateur singer, he showed a gift at an early age as a violin virtuoso during adolescence (obviously inherited from his father)...
11. Lawrence Tierney Lawrence Tierney Actor, Reservoir Dogs Legendary Hollywood "tough guy", on screen and off. Remembered as the title character in Dillinger and as the consummately brutal lover of Claire Trevor in Born to Kill. Notorious also for his frequent, well-publicized past involvements in public altercations - like barroom brawls - and other real-life manifestations of rowdiness...
12. Alan Young Alan Young Actor, The Time Machine Alan Young was born in Northern England in 1919, but his Scots father moved the family to Edinburgh, Scotland, when Young was a toddler and then to Canada when Young was about 6 years old. As a boy, he suffered from severe asthma, which kept him bedridden for long periods of time but encouraged his love of radio...
13. Frances Bay Frances Bay Actress, Happy Gilmore Cute, tiny, and prolific little old lady character actress Frances Bay worked constantly in both films and TV shows alike after making her debut at the age of 59 in life with a small part in the comedy Foul Play in 1978. She frequently portrayed eccentric elderly women and good-hearted grandmothers in all kinds of pictures and television programs...
14. Kathleen Freeman Kathleen Freeman Actress, Shrek Kathleen Freeman's introduction to show business came very early in life. Her parents were vaudevillians, and she made her debut at age 2 in their act. Later she attended UCLA with intentions of becoming a pianist, but was bitten by the acting bug and never looked back. She gained experience on stage in various stock and repertory companies...
15. Howard Morris Howard Morris Actor, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh This short, quicksilver comic of TV's "Golden Age" has been heard more than seen in the last few decades, as he possesses one of the finest vocal instruments around for animation. Howard ("Howie") Morris was born in New York City in 1919 and forged his own destiny after a chance meeting with Carl Reiner in a radio workshop...
16. Strother Martin Strother Martin Actor, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid American character actor who achieved considerable fame in the last decade of his life. A native of Kokomo, Indiana, Strother Martin Jr. was the youngest of three children of Strother Douglas Martin, a machinist, and Ethel Dunlap Martin. His family moved soon after his birth to San Antonio, Texas, but quickly returned to Indiana...
17. Forrest Tucker Forrest Tucker Actor, Auntie Mame Forrest Tucker, best known to the Baby Boom generation as Sergeant O'Rourke on the classic TV sitcom F Troop, was born on February 12, 1919, in Plainfield, Indiana. He began his performing career at age 14 at the 1933 Chicago "Century of Progress" World's Fair, pushing big wicker tourists' chairs by day and singing at night...
18. Dan O'Herlihy Dan O'Herlihy Actor, RoboCop Irish-born Dan O'Herlihy decided not to follow in his father's footsteps, forsaking the life of an architect in favour of the acting profession. The tall, distinguished-looking university graduate boasted a rich, resonant voice, which enabled him to easily find work in radio plays, as well on the stage...
19. Red Buttons Red Buttons Actor, The Poseidon Adventure Composer, actor, comedian and author, he joined ASCAP in 1963 and wrote several popular songs (which he often personally performed), including "Strange Things Are Happening" and "The Ho-Ho Song".
20. Patrick Cranshaw Patrick Cranshaw Actor, Best in Show
21. Al Molinaro Al Molinaro Actor, Freaky Friday One of ten children in his family, one brother (Joseph) was Kenosha County's longest-serving district attorneys and another (George) was a longtime state representative in the Wisconsin assembly. Al had a longtime dream of being an actor and in 2004 began preparing an autobiographical book about his Kenosha childhood and his acting experiences, which (as of 2004) includes 42 commercials.
22. Tim Holt Tim Holt Actor, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre As they say, like father, like son. Cowboy hero Tim Holt avidly followed in the boots of his famous character-actor dad, the granite-jawed Jack Holt (b. Charles John Holt), who appeared in hundreds of silents and talkies (many of them westerns) over the years. The two actually appeared together as father and son in the western The Arizona Ranger...
23. Jon Pertwee Jon Pertwee Actor, The Five Doctors Jon Pertwee is best known for his portrayal of the Doctor, on the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who. He portrayed the Doctor from 1970 to 1974. His 60-year entertainment career included work in radio, films, and cabaret. This was despite the inauspicious beginning of having been thrown out of drama school as a young man and told he had no future as an actor...
24. Dino De Laurentiis Dino De Laurentiis Producer, Red Dragon Dino De Laurentiis left home at age 17 to enrol in film school, supporting himself as an actor, extra, propman, or any other job he could get in the film industry. His persistence paid off, and by the time he reached his 20th birthday he already had one produced film under his belt. After serving in the Italian army during World War II...
25. Betty Garrett Betty Garrett Actress, On the Town A sunny singer, dancer and comic actress, Betty Garrett starred in several Hollywood musicals and stage roles. She was at the top of her game when the Communist scare in the 1950s brought her career to a screeching, ugly halt. She and her husband Larry Parks, an Oscar-nominated actor, were summoned by the House UnAmerican Activities Committee and questioned about their involvement...
26. Liberace Liberace Self, Another World Most remembered for his extravagant costumes and trademark candelabra placed on the lids of his flashy pianos, Liberace was loved by his audiences for his music talent and unique showmanship. He was born as Wladziu Valentino Liberace on May 16, 1919, into a musical family, in Wisconsin. His mother, Frances Liberace (née Zuchowski)...
27. Carole Landis Carole Landis Actress, Topper Returns In 1935, after high school and a brief marriage in San Bernardino, California, Frances Ridste ran away to San Francisco to work as a nightclub dancer and band singer under the stage name Carole Landis. She got to Hollywood at age 17 in 1936 and got mostly extra work, but in 1937 she landed a contract with Warner Bros...
28. Nehemiah Persoff Nehemiah Persoff Actor, Some Like It Hot Born in 1919 (some sources say 1920) in Jerusalem, Nehemiah Persoff immigrated with his family to America in 1929. Following schooling at the Hebrew Technical Institute of New York, he found a job as a subway electrician doing signal maintenance until an interest in the theater altered the direction of his life...
29. Jayne Meadows Jayne Meadows Actress, Casino One of four children born to American missionaries, Jayne Meadows (nee Cotter) and her family returned to America in the early 1930s wherein Jayne was forced to learn the English language, only then speaking Chinese and other foreign languages. She developed an early interest in acting and her quick...
30. Jean Sincere Jean Sincere Actress, The Incredibles
31. John Sylvester White John Sylvester White Actor, The Great Debate
32. Dal McKennon Dal McKennon Actor, Lady and the Tramp
33. Sam Wanamaker Sam Wanamaker Actor, Raw Deal Actor and director Sam Wanamaker was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Ukrainian Jewish immigrants, Molly (Babell) and Maurice Wattenmaker, a tailor. He studied at Drake University, IA, then trained at Goodman Theatre, Chicago, worked with summer stock companies in Chicago as an actor and director, and made his London debut in 1952...
34. Lex Barker Lex Barker Actor, La Dolce Vita Barker was a direct descendant of the founder of Rhode Island, Roger Williams, and of Sir 'William Henry Crichlow', historical governor general of Barbados. He excelled in football and track at Fessenden School and Phillips-Exeter Academy. He went to Princeton but left to become an actor. A year later he was spotted in summer stock and received a contract offer from 20th Century Fox...
35. Ernie Kovacs Ernie Kovacs Actor, North to Alaska Author, actor, comedian, composer and producer. He was educated at the New York School of Theatre, and received the Sylvania Television Award. Joining the American Society of Composers and Publishers in 1957, he composed a number of songs and themes, a number of which were used in his famed television comedy sketches including "Mr...
36. Warren Stevens Warren Stevens Actor, Forbidden Planet Warren Stevens was born in Pennsylvania and joined the Navy at age 17. His interest in acting was piqued while he was attending Annapolis, and this resulted in 12 weeks of summer stock in Virginia. His friends, Gregory Peck and Kenneth Tobey, later arranged interviews for Stevens at the renowned Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City...
37. Richard Todd Richard Todd Actor, Asylum British leading man who achieved some success in American films, as well. Born in Ireland as the son of a British officer, Todd grew up in Devon and attended Shrewsbury Public School. His interest in theatre led him to small roles in stock in England and Scotland, following which he helped found the Dundee Repertory Theatre in 1939...
38. John Mitchum John Mitchum Actor, Dirty Harry John Newman Mitchum was the September child of a Norwegian mother and an Irish/Blackfoot father whom he never knew, as he was killed in a tragic train yard accident in 1919. His two-years-older brother Robert filled the role as best as he could, while their older sister Annette studied the lively arts and eventually joined a traveling vaudeville team...
39. Phyllis Thaxter Phyllis Thaxter Actress, Superman This warm and winning, very non-theatrical brunette was born Phyllis St. Felix Thaxter in Portland, Maine, on November 20, 1919. The daughter of Maine Supreme Court Justice Sidney Thaxter, her acting talent came from her mother's side, who was a one-time Shakespearean actress. Phyllis was educated for a time at St...
40. Eileen Heckart Eileen Heckart Actress, One Life to Live Versatile, award-winning character actress Eileen Heckart, with the lean, horsey face and assured, fervent gait, was born Anna Eileen Stark on March 29, 1919, in Columbus, Ohio. An only child, she lived with her mother after her parents separated at age 2. Her childhood was an acutely unhappy one. Her mother...
41. Mason Adams Mason Adams Actor, Another World Mason Adams was well known for playing Pepper Young on the popular radio soap opera series Pepper Young's Family throughout the 1940 and 1950s. He was also heard on most of the successful radio programs during radio's "Golden Age." In the 1970s, Adams was frequently heard on Himan Brown's CBS Mystery Theater radio series...
42. Lino Ventura Lino Ventura Actor, The Army of Shadows One of France's most beloved character stars from the 1950s through and including the 1980s was the Italian-born Lino Ventura. Born Angiolino Joseph Pascal Ventura to Giovanni Ventura and Luisa Borrini, on July 14, 1919, in Parma (northern) Italy, young Lino moved with his family at a young age to Paris...
43. Nat 'King' Cole Nat 'King' Cole Soundtrack, Catch Me If You Can Nat King Cole was born Nathaniel Adams Coles at Montgomery, Alabama. He received music lessons from his mother and his family moved to Chicago when he was only five, where his father Edward James Coles was a minister at the True Light Baptist Church and later Pastor of the First Baptist Church. At 12 he was playing the church organ and at 14 he formed a 14 piece band called the Royal Dukes...
44. Nigel Stock Nigel Stock Actor, The Great Escape A veteran of stage, screen, radio and TV, character actor Nigel Stock was born in Malta in 1919, the son of Captain W.H. Stock, RE, and his wife Margaret Marion Munro. In British India from childhood, he and his sister Angela returned to the UK in his early teens for schooling. Nigel was educated at St...
45. Arthur English Arthur English Actor, Are You Being Served? One of Britain's great variety comedians Arthur English was known as 'The Prince of the Wide Boys', a cockney 'spiv' character outrageously dressed on stage and wearing a huge kipper tie. Born in Aldershot, Hants English started his career at an early age appearing in amateur shows but did not become a professional performer until he was 30...
46. Bert Freed Bert Freed Actor, Paths of Glory During the '50s and '60s it seemed like every time you turned around, there was Bert Freed as a detective, gangster, sheriff or greedy small-town businessman, and sci-fi fans will remember him as the police chief taken over by the Martians in the classic Invaders from Mars. He played a lot of tough cops--sometimes crooked ones...
47. Jocelyn Brando Jocelyn Brando Actress, The Big Heat Jocelyn Brando, the older sister of Marlon Brando, was born Nov. 18, 1919, in San Francisco, California, to Marlon Brando Sr. and his wife, the former Dorothy Pennebaker. Joceyln and Marlon and their sister Frances grew up mostly on a farm near Evanston, Illinois, though the family moved around during their childhoods...
48. Nova Pilbeam Nova Pilbeam Actress, The Girl Was Young Nova Pilbeam was a stage veteran as a child, and in her teen years was given a small but very important role in Alfred Hitchcock's first version of "The Man Who Knew Too Much". Hitchcock later put her in the starring role in "Young and Innocent". She was praised for her gifted role in the now forgotten film about the Tudors "Nine Days a Queen" aka "Tudor Rose"...
49. Patricia Medina Patricia Medina Actress, Mr. Arkadin Patricia Paz Maria Medina was born on July 19, 1919 in Liverpool, England to a Spanish father and an English mother. She began acting as a teenager in the late 1930s and worked her way up to leading roles in the mid-1940s, where she left for Hollywood. Medina teamed up with British actor Louis Hayward and they appeared together in Fortunes of Captain Blood...
50. J.D. Salinger J.D. Salinger Writer, My Foolish Heart U.S. writer whose novel "The Catcher in the Rye" (1951) won critical acclaim and devoted admirers, especially among the post-World War II generation of college students. His entire corpus of published works consists of that one novel and 13 short stories, all originally written in the period 1948-59...
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