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1. Robert Duvall Robert Duvall Actor, The Godfather: Part II Veteran actor and director Robert Duvall was born on January 5, 1931, in San Diego, CA, the son of a career military officer who later became an admiral. Duvall majored in drama at Principia College (Elsah, IL), then served a two-year hitch in the army after graduating in 1953. He began attending The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre In New York City on the G.I...
2. James Dean James Dean Actor, Rebel Without a Cause James Dean was born in 1931 and raised on a farm by his aunt and uncle in Fairmount, Indiana. After grade school, he moved to New York to pursue his dream of acting. He received rave reviews for his work as the blackmailing Arab boy in the New York production of Gide's "The Immoralist", good enough to earn him a trip to Hollywood...
3. William Shatner William Shatner Actor, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan William Shatner has notched up an impressive 50-plus years in front of the camera, most recently displaying comedic talent, and being instantly recognizable to several generations of cult television fans as the square-jawed Captain James T. Kirk, commander of the starship U.S.S. Enterprise. Shatner...
4. James Earl Jones James Earl Jones Actor, The Lion King James Earl Jones was born on January 17, 1931 in Arkabutla, Mississippi, USA. At an early age, he started to take dramatic lessons to calm himself down. It appeared to work as he has since starred in many films over a 40-year period, beginning with the Stanley Kubrick classic Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. He is...
5. Leonard Nimoy Leonard Nimoy Actor, Star Trek Raised in a Boston tenement, acting in community theaters since age eight, Leonard Nimoy did not make his Hollywood debut until he was 20, a bit part in Queen for a Day and another as a ballplayer in the perennial Rhubarb. After two years in the United States Army, he was still getting small...
6. Rip Torn Rip Torn Actor, Men in Black Rip Torn was born Elmore Rual Torn, Jr. on February 6, 1931 in Temple, Texas. "Rip" is a family name, taken by generations of Torn men and bestowed on Elmore by his father, who was also called "Rip". Torn attended Texas A & M and the University of Texas, where he majored in animal husbandry. Extremely naive when he was young...
7. Angie Dickinson Angie Dickinson Actress, Rio Bravo Angie Dickinson was born in Kulm, North Dakota, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Brown. Mr. Brown was the publisher of The Kulm Messenger. The family left North Dakota in 1942 when Angie was 11 years old, moving to Burbank, California. In December 1946, when she was a senior at Bellamarine Jefferson High School in Burbank...
8. Barbara Eden Barbara Eden Actress, 7 Faces of Dr. Lao Barbara Eden, born Barbara Jean Morehead in Tucson Arizona would go on to become one of America's most endearing and enduring stars. A graduate of Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco, California Eden would go on to study at San Francisco's City College as well as the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Elizabeth Holloway School of Theatre...
9. Anne Bancroft Anne Bancroft Actress, The Graduate Anne Bancroft was born on September 17, 1931 in the Bronx, New York, the daughter of Michael Italiano (1906-2001) and Mildred DiNapoli (1908-2010). She made her cinema debut in Don't Bother to Knock in 1952 and over the next five years appeared in a lot of undistinguished movies as a supporting actress (like...
10. Carroll Baker Carroll Baker Actress, The Game Carroll Baker was born Karolina Piekarski on May 28, 1931 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, the daughter of a traveling salesman. She attended community college for a year and then worked as a dancer and magician's assistant. After a brief marriage, she had a small part in Easy to Love, did TV commercials...
11. Ivan Dixon Ivan Dixon Actor, A Patch of Blue Ivan Dixon, a handsome, mustachioed African-American actor and director who carried a strong, serious nature about his solid frame, initially earned attention on the ground-breaking stage and film with pronounced themes of social and racial relevance. He would become better known, however, for his ensemble playing in the nonsensical but popular WWII sitcom Hogan's Heroes...
12. John Gavin John Gavin Actor, Psycho John Gavin, the American film and TV actor, businessman and diplomat who was Ronald Reagan's first Ambassador to Mexico, was born John Anthony Golenor. The future "Jack" Gavin was a fifth generation Angeleno on the side of his father Herald, who was descended from the Golenor family of Spain. The Golenors were early landowners in Spanish California...
13. Ian Holm Ian Holm Actor, Ratatouille Sir Ian Holm is an Academy Award-nominated British film and stage actor who was a star of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and played more than 100 roles in films and on television. He was born Ian Holm Cuthbert on September 12, 1931, in Goodmayes, Essex, UK. His father, Doctor James Cuthbert, was a psychiatrist in the Essex mental asylum...
14. Rita Moreno Rita Moreno Actress, West Side Story U.S. actress Rita Moreno has managed to have a thriving career for the better part of six decades despite the institutional racism that has plagued the entertainment industry, particularly the bias that stereotyped Hispanic women as spit-fires and sex-pots. Moreno, one of the very few (and very first) performers to win an Oscar...
15. Larry Hagman Larry Hagman Actor, Primary Colors The son of a legendary actress (Mary Martin) and a district attorney, Larry Martin Hagman was born on September 21, 1931 in Fort Worth, Texas. After his parents' divorce, he moved to Los Angeles, California to live with his grandmother. When he was 12, his grandmother died and he moved back to his mother's place...
16. Philip Baker Hall Philip Baker Hall Actor, Magnolia Philip Baker Hall was born in Toledo, Ohio, to Berdene (McDonald) and William Alexander Hall, a factory worker who was originally from Montgomery, Alabama. He did not start acting until he was 30 years old, and shot to cult fame when he turned in an electrifying performance as Sydney, the veteran gambler...
17. Leslie Caron Leslie Caron Actress, Gigi Actress and dancer. Gene Kelly got her to the movies for the film An American in Paris in 1951. Got a world-wide reputation for her roles in Lili (1953) and Gigi (1958).
18. Claire Bloom Claire Bloom Actress, The King's Speech Age has not taken the flower off this Bloom. The well-known and respected stage, screen and television actress Claire Bloom, originally named Patricia Claire Blume, continues to be in demand as a septuagenarian actress and looks as beautiful as ever. She was born in North London on February 15, 1931...
19. Martin Milner Martin Milner Actor, Sweet Smell of Success Martin Milner was born December 28, 1931, in Detroit, Michigan. His father, Sam, was a film distributor. His mother, Jerre Martin, was a dancer with the Paramount Theater circuit. The Milners moved to Seattle when Martin was a baby and to Los Angeles soon after. At age 15 Martin's father got him an agent and he was chosen to play the role of "John Day" in Life with Father...
20. Robert Morse Robert Morse Actor, All My Children With that impish, gap-toothed grin, nervous bundle of energy, Robert Morse could never be contained long enough to become a film star. The live stage would be his calling. He made his debut with the musical, "On the Town", in 1949, and trained with Lee Strasberg, before making his inauspicious film debut in The Proud and Profane...
21. Olympia Dukakis Olympia Dukakis Actress, Look Who's Talking Long a vital, respected lady of the classic and contemporary stage this grand lady did not become a household name and sought-after film actress until age 56 when she turned in a glorious, Oscar-winning perf as Cher's sardonic mother in the romantic comedy Moonstruck. Since then movie...
22. Dominic Chianese Dominic Chianese Actor, The Godfather: Part II A multi-talented performer--as well as being an actor, he is an accomplished singer. He released a new music CD in late 2000 on which he sings American and Italian standards.
23. Anita Ekberg Anita Ekberg Actress, La Dolce Vita Kerstin Anita Marianne Ekberg was born on September 29, 1931 in Malmo, Sweden. Growing up with seven brothers and sisters was not an adventure, but Anita's adventure began when she was elected Miss Sweden in 1950. She did not win the Miss Universe contest but she got a modeling contract in the United States...
24. Mike Nichols Mike Nichols Director, The Graduate He, along with the other members of the "Compass Players" including Elaine May, Paul Sills, Byrne Piven, Joyce Hiller Piven and Edward Asner helped start the famed "Second City Improv" company. They used the games taught to them by fellow cast mate, Paul Sills 's mother, Viola Spolin...
25. Stephen Boyd Stephen Boyd Actor, Ben-Hur Stephen Boyd was born William Millar on July 4, 1931, at Glengormley, Northern Ireland, one of nine children of Martha Boyd and Canadian truck driver James Alexander Millar, who worked for Fleming's on Tomb Street in Belfast. He attended Glengormley & Ballyrobert primary school and then moved on to Ballyclare High School and studied bookkeeping at Hughes Commercial Academy...
26. Della Reese Della Reese Actress, Dinosaur Della began singing in her hometown of Detroit when she was 6 years old. As a teenager, she toured with gospel great Mahalia Jackson and, at the age of 18, she formed the Meditation Singers and became the first performer to take gospel music to the casinos of Las Vegas. She was a vocalist with the Erskine Hawkins Orchestra and began making her own records...
27. Michael Lonsdale Michael Lonsdale Actor, Moonraker
28. Barbara Bain Barbara Bain Actress, Panic Barbara Bain was born in Chicago, graduating from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology. She then relocated to New York City where she gained work as a dancer and high-fashion model. Ms. Bain studied with Martha Graham, permanently cementing her love of dance; however, it was with Lee Strasberg at the prestigious Actors Studio that she discovered her true first love...
29. Hope Lange Hope Lange Actress, Blue Velvet One of the most natural beauties of the 1960's with a gentle voice and personality to match, blonde Hope Lange was born in Redding Ridge, Connecticut, and performed on stage from the age of nine. She studied both drama and dance under Martha Graham, did some modeling and then worked in stock companies and on television...
30. Gavin MacLeod Gavin MacLeod Actor, Kelly's Heroes Gavin MacLeod was raised in Pleasantville, New York, the son of a Chippewa Indian and gas station owner. He followed his 1952 graduation from Ithaca College with military service, then moved to New York City and worked for a while as an usher and elevator operator at Radio City Music Hall. A solid break on Broadway in "A Hatful of Rain" in 1956...
31. Jerry Van Dyke Jerry Van Dyke Actor, McLintock! He has that same genuine likability factor, owns that same trademark lantern jaw and is just as appealing and gifted as his older brother, Dick Van Dyke, but, for decades, Jerry Van Dyke had to bear the brunt of his brother's overwhelming shadow. The comic actor was born six years younger than Dick on July 27...
32. Tab Hunter Tab Hunter Actor, Damn Yankees! Dreamy Tab Hunter goes down in the film annals as one of the hottest teen film idols of the 50s era. With blond, tanned, surfer-boy good looks, he was artificially groomed and nicknamed "The Sigh Guy" by the Hollywood studio system, yet managed to continue his career long after his "golden boy" prime...
33. Dean Jones Dean Jones Actor, Beethoven
34. Ted Kotcheff Ted Kotcheff Director, First Blood Born in Toronto, Canada, Ted Kotcheff graduated with a degree in English Literature from the University of Toronto. He began his professional career directing TV drama at age 24 at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, at the time becoming the youngest director in the CBC. After two years there he went to live and work in England, directing in television and the theatre...
35. James Tolkan James Tolkan Actor, Back to the Future Fiery, forceful and intimidating character actor James Tolkan has carved out a nice little niche for himself in both movies and television alike as a formidable portrayer of fierce and flinty hard-boiled tough guy types. James Stewart Tolkan was born on June 20, 1931 in Calumet, Michigan. His father...
36. David Janssen David Janssen Actor, The Green Berets David Janssen was born (in Nebraska in 1931) to be a TV star. The Janssen family settled in Hollywood when he was a teenager and he attended Fairfax High School, where he developed an interest in acting. His film debut was a bit part in It's a Pleasure, and at the age of 18 signed a contract with 20th Century-Fox...
37. Dana Wynter Dana Wynter Actress, Invasion of the Body Snatchers The daughter of a noted surgeon, Dana Wynter was born Dagmar Winter in Berlin, Germany, and grew up in England. When she was 16 her father went to Morocco to operate on a woman who wouldn't allow anyone else to attend her; he visited friends in Southern Rhodesia, fell in love with it and brought his daughter and her stepmother to live with him there...
38. Marla Gibbs Marla Gibbs Actress, The Meteor Man Armed with an acid dry wit and a full arsenal of sarcasm and sass, African-American character comedienne Marla Gibbs showed up on 70s TV with a bang in middle age (44). Landing the feisty maid role on the popular ground-breaking CBS comedy, The Jeffersons, eventually led to her very own sitcom, 227...
39. Connie Hines Connie Hines Actress, The First Meeting
40. Regis Philbin Regis Philbin Self, Cheaper by the Dozen TV-talk show host, game-show host, singer, author, and TV personality, Regis Philbin became one of the most popular talk-show hosts in America and in Canada, especially. Growing up as an only child in The Bronx, New York, Philbin went to the University of Notre Dame and got a degree in sociology. Later...
41. Bill McKinney Bill McKinney Actor, First Blood Bill McKinney, the movie and television character actor who was one of the great on-screen villains, was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee on September 12, 1931. He had an unsettled life as a child, moving 12 times before joining the Navy at the age of 19 during the Korean War. Once, when his family moved from Tennessee to Georgia...
42. Mitzi Gaynor Mitzi Gaynor Self, Mitzi... Roarin' in the 20's A leading lady of light musicals, the bright-eyed Gaynor is best remembered for "South Pacific". She also hosted a string of successful annual musical TV specials in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
43. Charles Nelson Reilly Charles Nelson Reilly Actor, All Dogs Go to Heaven
44. Janice Rule Janice Rule Actress, 3 Women One of the most versatile actresses, Janice Rule was born in Norwood, Ohio, on August 15, 1931. Janice made her screen debut in the star-studded movie Goodbye, My Fancy. She played the rival for James Stewart's affections, and was driven away by witch Kim Novak, in Bell Book and Candle, a pre-Bewitched comedy...
45. Anthony Newley Anthony Newley Soundtrack, The Wolf of Wall Street Born in London's East End, Anthony was attracted to acting after seeing an ad for a child actor in a Fleet Street window. He attended the Italia Conti Stage School from the age of 14 and two years later played the Artful Dodger in David Lean's film Oliver Twist. Called up to the Army for his...
46. Hal Linden Hal Linden Actor, Search for Tomorrow Born in 1931, Bronx-born Hal Linden was the son of Charles Lipshitz and Frances Rosen and had an older brother who would become a future professor of music at Bowling Green State University, Ohio. Similarly musical, Hal took up classical clarinet in his late teens and played regularly with symphony orchestras...
47. Barbara Barrie Barbara Barrie Actress, Hercules Chicago-born, Texas-raised Barbara Barrie already had a prolific theater career behind her when she came to prominence as the lead in One Potato, Two Potato, for which she received the award for Prix d'interprétation féminine (best actress - tied with Anne Bancroft) at the 1964 Cannes Film Festival.
48. Mamie Van Doren Mamie Van Doren Actress, Teacher's Pet
49. William Goldman William Goldman Writer, The Princess Bride Screenwriter, novelist, playwright, non-fiction author. Born in Highland Park, Illinois, USA, began his career as a novelist in 1957. Started writing screenplays in 1965 with "Masquerade". A two-time Academy Award Winner, he is one of the most successful screenwriters and script doctors in Hollywood.
50. Christopher George Christopher George Actor, City of the Living Dead Solidly built, boyishly handsome American leading-man, Christopher George was the son of Greek immigrants. Weaned on stories of the legendary Greek heroes, George and his brother Nick (later a prominent fashion photographer) both quit high school to join the Marines. Completing his education after his tour of duty...
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