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1. Doris Day Doris Day Actress, The Man Who Knew Too Much Doris Day was born in Cincinnati to German Catholic parents. She had two brothers, Richard, who died before she was born and Paul, a few years older. Her father and mother divorced when she was about ten. At fourteen, she formed a dance act with a boy, Jerry Doherty, and they won $500 in a local talent contest...
2. Marlon Brando Marlon Brando Actor, The Godfather Marlon Brando is widely considered the greatest movie actor of all time, rivaled only by the more theatrically oriented Laurence Olivier in terms of esteem. Unlike Olivier, who preferred the stage to the screen, Brando concentrated his talents on movies after bidding the Broadway stage adieu in 1949...
3. Lauren Bacall Lauren Bacall Actress, The Big Sleep Lauren Bacall was born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924, in New York City. She is the daughter of Natalie Weinstein-Bacal, a Romanian Jewish immigrant, and William Perske, who was born in New Jersey, to Eastern European Jewish parents. Her family was middle-class, with her father working as a salesman and her mother as a secretary...
4. Don Knotts Don Knotts Actor, Pleasantville Don Knotts, the legendary television character actor, was born Jesse Donald Knotts on July 21, 1924 in Morgantown, West Virginia, to William Jesse Knotts and the former Elsie L. Moore. He was the youngest of four sons in a family that had been in America since the 17th century. His first stint as an entertainer was as a ventriloquist...
5. Eva Marie Saint Eva Marie Saint Actress, North by Northwest She played two of the most famous female leads in movie history. Born in New Jersey in 1924, Eva Marie Saint graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1946 and spent the first seven years of her acting career working in the Golden Age of television. She made the leap to the big screen in 1954 with an Oscar-winning performance as Edie Doyle in Elia Kazan's masterpiece On the Waterfront...
6. Lee Marvin Lee Marvin Actor, The Dirty Dozen Prematurely white-haired character star who began as a supporting player of generally vicious demeanor, then metamorphosed into a star of both action and drama projects, Lee Marvin was born in New York City to Lamont Waltman Marvin, an advertising executive, and his wife Courtenay Washington Davidge...
7. Russell Johnson Russell Johnson Actor, Santa Barbara Long before he was known as "The Professor" in the cult comedy classic Gilligan's Island, Russell Johnson was a well-known character actor, starring in several Westerns and Sci-Fi classics as This Island Earth and It Came from Outer Space. Johnson grew up in Pennsylvania and was sent to a boarding school in Philadelphia with his brothers when his father died...
8. Sidney Lumet Sidney Lumet Director, 12 Angry Men Sidney Lumet was a master of cinema, best known for his technical knowledge and his skill at getting first-rate performances from his actors -- and for shooting most of his films in his beloved New York. He made over 40 movies, often complex and emotional, but seldom overly sentimental. Although his politics were somewhat left-leaning and he often treated socially relevant themes in his films...
9. Carroll O'Connor Carroll O'Connor Actor, Kelly's Heroes Carroll was born in Manhattan and raised in Forest Hills, a community of Queens, New York. After high school in 1942, he joined the Merchant Marines and worked on ships in the Atlantic. In 1946, he enrolled at the University of Montana to study English. While there, he became interested in theater. During one of the amateur productions...
10. Buddy Hackett Buddy Hackett Actor, The Little Mermaid Brooklyn-born Buddy Hackett was known mainly as a nightclub comic, especially in Las Vegas, where he first performed in 1952 and wound up being one of the biggest headliners in that city's history. Hackett always referred to himself as a "saloon comic" and preferred the intimacy of his stage act--where he would often bring members of the audience up on stage with him--to films and television...
11. Dennis Weaver Dennis Weaver Actor, Duel
12. Fess Parker Fess Parker Actor, Old Yeller A former college athlete at the University of Texas, Fess studied drama in the early fifties and debuted in Springfield Rifle. He made only a handful of movies until he was signed by Walt Disney to star in the "Davy Crockett" series. When Walt was looking for an actor to play the part of Davy, he screened the sci-fi movie Them! with James Arness...
13. Freddie Bartholomew Freddie Bartholomew Actor, Captains Courageous One of the most popular child actors in film history, Freddie Bartholomew was born Frederick Cecil Bartholomew in London, England, in 1924. He was raised by his aunt, Millicent Bartholomew. Freddie had appeared on stage and in four minor British films when he was offered the title role in David Copperfield by MGM...
14. Carole Cook Carole Cook Actress, Sixteen Candles Actress Carole Cook showed a knack for comic timing from early on, so much so that the legendary Lucille Ball took her on as a protégé. Cook would make many appearances on Ball's TV shows, The Lucy Show and Here's Lucy, as well as other shows like Magnum, P.I., Dynasty, and Grey's Anatomy. She would also appear in several movies...
15. Truman Capote Truman Capote Writer, Breakfast at Tiffany's
16. Marcello Mastroianni Marcello Mastroianni Actor, Marcello Mastroianni was born in Fontana Liri, Italy on 28 September 1924, but soon his family moved to Turin and then Rome. During WW2 he was sent to a German prison camp, but he managed to escape and hide in Venice. He debuted in films as an extra in Marionette, then started working for the Italian department of "Eagle Lion Films" in Rome and joined a drama club...
17. Jack Weston Jack Weston Actor, Dirty Dancing Born in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of a shoe repairman, Jack Weston began acting at the age of ten. Encouraged by his father and a perceptive teacher in his public school, he was brought to the Cleveland Playhouse, where he joined their children's theater. He stayed with the company until he was drafted into the army at the age of 19...
18. Guy Williams Guy Williams Actor, Captain Sindbad An exceptionally handsome and charismatic performer with a sexy baritone voice, Guy Williams was born Armand Joseph Catalano (nicknamed "Armando" by his family) of Italian parentage in New York City on January 14, 1924. The elder child of an insurance broker (he had a younger sister, Valerie), he was raised in the Washington Heights area...
19. Pat Hingle Pat Hingle Actor, Batman Pat Hingle (real name: Martin Patterson Hingle) was born in Miami, Florida, the son of a building contractor. His parents divorced when Hingle was still in his infancy (he never knew his father) and his mother supported the family by teaching school in Denver. She then began to travel (with her son in tow) in search of more lucrative work; by age 13 Hingle had lived in a dozen cities...
20. Alice Ghostley Alice Ghostley Actress, The Graduate Whether portraying a glum, withering wallflower, a drab and dowdy housewife, a klutzy maid or a cynical gossip, eccentric character comedienne Alice Ghostley had the ability to draw laughs from the skimpiest of material with a simple fret or whine. Making a name for herself on the Tony-winning Broadway stage...
21. Norman Fell Norman Fell Actor, The Graduate Norman Fell was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1924. He graduated from Temple University with a bachelor's degree in drama. During World War II, he was an Air Force tail gunner in the Pacific. After the war, he studied acting and obtained small parts in television and on stage. His first regular TV appearance was in the comedy series Joe & Mabel...
22. Edward D. Wood Jr. Edward D. Wood Jr. Writer, Plan 9 from Outer Space Hacks are nothing new in Hollywood. Had Edward D. Wood been born a decade or so earlier it's easy to imagine him working out of some Poverty Row outfit in Gower Gulch, competing with the likes of Victor Adamson, Robert J. Horner and Dwain Esper for the title of all-time hack. He would've fit in nicely at Educational Pictures in the early '30s or PRC in the following decade...
23. Ruby Dee Ruby Dee Actress, American Gangster
24. Colleen Dewhurst Colleen Dewhurst Actress, Annie Hall Tall, luminous and leonine, the legendary Colleen Dewhurst must go down as one of the theater's finest contemporary tragediennes of the late 1900s. With trademark dusky tones and a majestically careworn appearance, she possessed an inimitable down-to-earth fierceness that not only earned her the title...
25. Billy Barty Billy Barty Actor, Willow Billy Barty was born William John Bertanzetti on October 25, 1924 in Millsboro, Pennsylvania. He began performing at age three and began making pictures in 1927. He played Mickey Rooney's little brother in the "Mickey McGuire" comedy shorts series. He was equally adept in both comedy and drama, and generally gives an added zest to any production he is associated with...
26. Rod Serling Rod Serling Writer, Planet of the Apes A former boxer, paratrooper and general all-around angry young man, Rod Serling was one of the radical new voices that made the "Golden Age" of television. Long before Twilight Zone, he was known for writing such high-quality scripts as "Patterns" and "Requiem for a Heavyweight," both later turned into films (Patterns and Requiem for a Heavyweight)...
27. Ron Moody Ron Moody Actor, Oliver! Equipped with a crooked, leering smirk and devilish gleam in his eye, the homely, yet beautifully expressive mug of actor Ron Moody will be most assuredly remembered for one signature role, despite the fact that the talented comedian had much, much more to offer. Carol Channing may have had her Dolly Levi and Yul Brynner his King of Siam...
28. Geraldine Page Geraldine Page Actress, The Rescuers Considered by many to be one of the greatest American actresses of all time, Geraldine Page was a master craftswoman who seemed to bring out the most inner detail of the character she was playing. Her dedication to her craft has earned her the respect of many of today's great actors including Meryl Streep and Michelle Pfeiffer...
29. Roberts Blossom Roberts Blossom Actor, Home Alone Roberts Blossom was a marvelously quirky, talented, and versatile character actor who was especially adept at portraying cantankerous old oddballs. Born in 1924 in New Haven, Connecticutt, Blossom graduated from the prestigious Asheville School in 1941 and attended Harvard. Roberts initially planned on being a therapist...
30. Benny Hill Benny Hill Self, Benny Hill's World Tour: New York! He was born Alfred Hawthorn Hill. It was his grandfather who introduced him to Burlesque Shows and the theatre from where the young Benny Hill was to draw much of his comic inspiration. After his national service with the army during WW2, Benny came to London, adopted the stage name Benny Hill (in homage to his all time favourite comedian Jack Benny) and began appearing in variety shows...
31. Nicholas Colasanto Nicholas Colasanto Actor, Raging Bull Nicholas Colasanto, the actor and television director who achieved his greatest success as "Coach" on the TV series Cheers at the end of his career, was born January 19, 1924 in Providence, Rhode Island, one of seven children. He attended Providence's Central High School but did not graduate due to World War II...
32. Martha Hyer Martha Hyer Actress, Sabrina Martha Hyer was born on August 10, 1924 in Fort Worth, Texas. Once she finished her formal schooling, Martha played a bit role in 1946's The Locket. Slowly, Martha began picking up roles with more and more substance. The best years for the beautiful actress began in 1954 when she played in films such as Down Three Dark Streets...
33. Leslie Phillips Leslie Phillips Actor, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone A much-loved comic actor who has specialized in playing plummy, quintessentially English stereotypes, Leslie Phillips' heart was in acting from a very young age. He received elocution lessons as a child in order to lose his natural cockney accent (at that time a regional British accent was a major impediment to an aspiring actor) and he attended the Italia Conti School...
34. Richard Bull Richard Bull Actor, Normal
35. Jane Greer Jane Greer Actress, Out of the Past As a baby, she was winning beauty contests; as a teenager, with good looks and an attractive contralto voice, she was singing with big bands (most notably Enric Madriguera's orchestra in Latin Club Del Rio in Washington, D.C.. She met Rudy Vallee, her first husband, on the radio where she also enjoyed a brief stint as a singer...
36. Nina Foch Nina Foch Actress, Spartacus A tall, cool drink of water best sums up this confidant blonde actress of 40s "B" mysteries, melodrama, film, and the occasional sparkling comedy at Columbia Studios. Nina was born with the unusually multi-ethnic name of Nina Consuelo Maud Fock, her father being the renowned Dutch composer and conductor Dirk Fock...
37. Robert Webber Robert Webber Actor, 12 Angry Men Over his 40-year career as one of Hollywood's veteran character actors, Robert Webber always marked his spot by playing all types of roles and was not stereotyped into playing just one kind of character. Sometimes he even got to play a leading role (see Hysteria). Webber first started out in...
38. Katy Jurado Katy Jurado Actress, High Noon Katy Jurado was born Maria Christina Jurado Garcia into a wealthy family on January 16, 1924, in Guadalajara, Mexico. Her early years were spent amid luxury until her family's lands were confiscated by the federal government for redistribution to the landless peasantry. Despite the loss of property...
39. Mark Lenard Mark Lenard Actor, Another World
40. Theodore Bikel Theodore Bikel Actor, My Fair Lady Theodore Bikel is one of the most versatile and respected actors and performers of his generation. A master of languages, dialects and accents, he has played every sort of film villain and semi-bad guy imaginable, and always adds depth, dimension and even sympathy to characters that would end up as cardboard cutouts in the hands of lesser actors...
41. Lloyd Bochner Lloyd Bochner Actor, The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear Lloyd Wolfe Bochner had that wonderfully sonorous type of voice that was always tailor-made for radio or for the stage. Unsurprisingly then, by the time he was eleven, Lloyd was already employed as part-time voiceover artist and reader of drama serials by radio stations in Vancouver. He made his acting debut as a youth with the Joseph Barrington Juveniles...
42. Gail Russell Gail Russell Actress, Angel and the Badman Gail Russell was born in Chicago, Illinois, on September 21, 1924. She remained in the Windy City, going to school until her parents moved to California when she was 14. She was an above-average student in school and upon graduation from Santa Monica High School was signed by Paramount Studios. Because of her ethereal beauty...
43. Joe Flynn Joe Flynn Actor, The Rescuers Born on November 8, 1924, in Youngstown, Ohio and after attending Northwestern University, Flynn began his entertainment career as a ventriloquist and as a radio performer. During World War II, he served in the Army's Special Services Branch (formerly the Morale Branch) entertaining the troops in the United States...
44. Jonathan Frid Jonathan Frid Actor, Dark Shadows Jonathan Frid's career in drama began when he first "offered his soul" to the theater as a young boy at a preparatory school in Ontario, Canada. Following his graduation from McMaster University, he attended London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and later earned a Master's Degree in Directing from the Yale School of Drama...
45. Stanley Donen Stanley Donen Director, Singin' in the Rain Since he was a child, Stanley Donen attended dance classes and debuted on Broadway at age 17. With the help of the producer Arthur Freed and the actor Gene Kelly he got the chance to direct the musicals On the Town, Singin' in the Rain, and Love Is Better Than Ever which revolutionized the genre. Another...
46. Wally Cox Wally Cox Self, Episode #1.58 Wally Cox was a beloved character actor who made his mark in television and ranks as one of the medium's most memorable performers. His ability to show his range likely was limited by his short stature, slight frame, and high-pitched voice, which along with his talent for being very funny, made him ideal for comedy parts such as his memorable turn as Professor P...
47. Walter Gotell Walter Gotell Actor, One Life to Live
48. Robert Horton Robert Horton Actor, As the World Turns
49. Joe Cranston Joe Cranston Actor, Oak Tree/TV Repair/Drive-In
50. Florence Stanley Florence Stanley Actress, Atlantis: The Lost Empire The late Florence Stanley was born Florence Schwartz, July 1, 1924, Chicago, Illinois, to Hanna (née Weil) and Jack Schwartz. She already had a prolific career on theater, film and television broadcasts before she skyrocketed to fame as Abe Vigoda's wife on Barney Miller, and later, as Bernice Fish in it's short-lived spinoff Fish...
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