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1. Meryl Streep Meryl Streep Actress, The Devil Wears Prada Considered by many critics to be the greatest living actress, Meryl Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 18 times, and has won it three times. Born Mary Louise Streep in 1949 in Summit, New Jersey, Meryl's early performing ambitions leaned toward the opera. She became interested...
2. Jeff Bridges Jeff Bridges Actor, The Big Lebowski The son of well-known film and TV star Lloyd Bridges and his long-time wife Dorothy Dean Bridges, Jeffrey Leon Bridges was born on December 4, 1949 in Los Angeles, California, and grew up amid the happening Hollywood scene with big brother Beau Bridges. Both boys popped up, without billing, alongside their mother in the film The Company She Keeps...
3. Sigourney Weaver Sigourney Weaver Actress, Aliens Sigourney Weaver was born Susan Alexandra Weaver in Leroy Hospital in New York City. Her father, TV producer Sylvester L. Weaver Jr., originally wanted to name her Flavia, because of his passion for Roman history (he had already named her elder brother Trajan). Her mother, Elizabeth Inglis, was a British actress who had sacrificed her career for a family...
4. Jessica Lange Jessica Lange Actress, Big Fish On April 20, 1949, Jessica Lange was born in Cloquet, Minnesota, USA, where her father worked as a traveling salesman. She obtained a scholarship to study art at the University of Minnesota, but instead went to Paris to study drama. She moved to New York, working as a model for many years, until producer Dino De Laurentiis cast her as the female lead in King Kong...
5. Richard Gere Richard Gere Actor, Pretty Woman Humanitarian and actor, Richard Gere was born on August 31, 1949, in Philadelphia. The second of five children of Doris (Tiffany) and Homer Gere, an insurance salesman. Richard started early as a musician, playing a number of instruments in high school and writing music for high school productions. He graduated from North Syracuse Central High School in 1967...
6. Bill Nighy Bill Nighy Actor, Love Actually Bill Nighy was born on December 12th 1949 in Caterham, Surrey. His father managed a garage in Croydon and his mother worked as a psychiatric nurse. At school he gained 'O'-levels in English Language and English Literature and enjoyed reading, particularly Ernest Hemingway. On leaving school he wanted to become a journalist but didn't have the required qualifications...
7. Jan Smithers Jan Smithers Actress, Where the Lilies Bloom One of four girls, Smithers was raised in the comfortable San Fernando Valley suburb of Woodland Hills just north of Los Angeles, CA. Her father was an attorney. While studying art at Taft High School, Smithers swerved her automobile to avoid hitting another driver and ran into a telephone pole. The accident left a permanent scar on her chin...
8. Don Johnson Don Johnson Actor, Django Unchained Best known for his starring role as Det. Sonny Crockett on the hugely successful TV series Miami Vice, Don Johnson is one of the stars who really defined the 1980s. As James "Sonny" Crockett he went toe-to-toe with drug dealers, pimps, prostitutes, assassins, illegal arms-dealers and crooked cops on a weekly basis from 1984 to 1989...
9. Brent Spiner Brent Spiner Actor, Star Trek: First Contact Brent Spiner, whose primary claim to fame is his portrayal of the beloved android Data on the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, was born and raised in Houston, Texas. His parents, Jack and Sylvia Spiner, owned and operated a furniture store. Jack died of kidney failure at age 29, when Brent was 10 months old...
10. Pam Grier Pam Grier Actress, Jackie Brown Pam was one of four children born to Air Force mechanic Clarence Grier and Gwendolyn Samuels, a nurse. One sister died from cancer in 1990 and the son of that sister committed suicide because of his mother's illness. Pam herself was diagnosed with cancer in 1988 and given 18 months to live which has had an effect on how she has chosen to live...
11. Tom Berenger Tom Berenger Actor, Inception Born in Chicago, Illinois, as Thomas Michael Moore, was raised along with his sister, in a working class home headed by a father who worked as a printer for The Chicago Sun-Times. After graduating Rich East High School in 1967, he attended the University of Missouri to study journalism, but tried his hand at acting on a whim because of a bet he lost...
12. Sissy Spacek Sissy Spacek Actress, Carrie As a kid, Sissy Spacek climbed trees, rode horses, swam, and played in the woods. She was born Mary Elizabeth Spacek on December 25, 1949, in Quitman, Texas. Sissy attended Quitman High School and was homecoming queen. After graduating, she embarked on an acting career, gaining interest in the profession through her cousin...
13. Shelley Duvall Shelley Duvall Actress, The Shining Shelley Alexis Duvall was born in Houston, Texas. Her mother and father were Bobbie and Robert Duvall. According to an interview of Shelley by MonoFilms VideoGuide, as a young child, Shelley's mother Bobbie humorously gave Shelley the nickname "Manic Mouse" because she would often run around her house and tip over furniture...
14. Keith Carradine Keith Carradine Actor, The Duellists It seems the second generation of acting Carradines -- David, Keith and Robert -- are proudly continuing the family tradition and begetting a third generation of talent. The dynasty began with veteran Hollywood patriarch John Carradine, the son of a surgeon and a correspondent for the Associated Press. Keith was a child, born of John's second marriage to actress Sonia Sorel...
15. Shelley Long Shelley Long Actress, The Brady Bunch Movie Shelley Long was born at 7:15 am on Tuesday August 23, 1949 in Indian Village, Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA. She is the daughter and only child to Evandine and Leland Long. Her mother was a school teacher and her father worked in the rubber industry before becoming a teacher. Shelley Long attended school at Kekionga Junior High for grades 6-9 and at South Side High School for grades 10-12...
16. John Belushi John Belushi Actor, The Blues Brothers The son of an Albanian immigrant restaurant owner, Adam Belushi, and his vivacious wife, Agnes, who was also of Albanian descent, John Belushi was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA, on January 24, 1949. He grew up in Wheaton, where the family moved when he was six. Though a young hellion in grade school...
17. Jim Broadbent Jim Broadbent Actor, Cloud Atlas One of England's most versatile character actors, Jim Broadbent was born on May 24, 1949, in Lincolnshire, the youngest son of furniture maker Roy Broadbent and sculptress Dee Broadbent. Jim attended a Quaker boarding school in Reading before successfully applying for a place at an art school. His heart was in acting...
18. David Strathairn David Strathairn Actor, The Bourne Ultimatum David Strathairn was born on January 26, 1949 in San Francisco, California. His father was a physician and he has two siblings, a brother Tom and a sister named Anne. He attended Williams College, where he demonstrated great interest in the theater, and first befriended John Sayles, with whom he would later frequently collaborate...
19. Leslie Easterbrook Leslie Easterbrook Actress, The Devil's Rejects
20. Victor Garber Victor Garber Actor, Titanic A leading player on Broadway for over two decades, Victor Garber has appeared in comedies and musicals in New York to applause and Tony nominations, but his career in TV and films has been limited to mostly supporting parts. Garber's first stage success of note came in his native Canada, where he...
21. Michael Richards Michael Richards Actor, Bee Movie Immortalized as Cosmo Kramer on the classic American sitcom Seinfeld, L.A. comedy star Michael Richards was born in Culver City, California, to Phyllis (Nardozzi) and William Richards. He developed an early interest in acting in high school. He attended the California Institute of the Arts and graduated at Evergreen State College in Washington with his BFA in drama...
22. Jim Varney Jim Varney Actor, Toy Story Jim Varney became interested in theater as a teenager, winning state titles in drama competitions while a student at Lafayette High School in Lexington, Kentucky. At age 15 he played Ebeneezer Scrooge in a local children's theater production of "A Christmas Carol", and by 17 was performing professionally in nightclubs and coffee houses...
23. Tom Waits Tom Waits Soundtrack, Fight Club Described as one of the last beatniks of the contemporary music, Tom Waits - in fact - had two separate careers. From 1973 (LP "Closing Time") to 1983 ("One From The Heart" soundtrack), he recorded nine LPs for Asylum Records, writing songs mainly in the manner of Tin Pan Alley, mixing them with jazz and blues...
24. Judith Light Judith Light Actress, One Life to Live Judith Light was born February 9, 1949 in Trenton, New Jersey to Pearl Sue and Sidney Light. Judith later graduated from St. Mary's Hall-Doane Academy in Burlington, New Jersey, and later enrolled at Carnegie-Mellon University, where she earned a degree in drama. With several television appearances, perhaps Judith is best remembered as Angela Bower in the 1980's sitcom Who's the Boss?.
25. Lindsay Wagner Lindsay Wagner Actress, The Paper Chase Lindsay Jean Wagner was born on June 22, 1949 in Los Angeles, California. Her parents divorced when she was seven years old. Her first career was as a model, but she soon grew to hate it and turned to acting, guest-starring on such television series as Night Gallery, The Bold Ones: The Lawyers and Marcus Welby, M.D....
26. Pedro Almodóvar Pedro Almodóvar Writer, Talk to Her The most internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker since Luis Buñuel was born in a small town (Calzada de Calatrava) in the impoverished Spanish region of La Mancha. He arrived in Madrid in 1968, and survived by selling used items in the flea-market called El Rastro. Almodóvar couldn't study filmmaking because he didn't have the money to afford it...
27. Gene Simmons Gene Simmons Self, Be Cool Best known as the fire breathing, blood splitting and larger than life co-founder of hard rock supergroup, KISS. Simmons was actually born Chaim Witz in Haifa, Israel in August, 1949 of Hungarian background and moved to New York as a young child. Like many American teenagers of the 1960s, he was influenced by a fascination with comic book super heroes...
28. Gates McFadden Gates McFadden Actress, All My Children
29. Joyce DeWitt Joyce DeWitt Actress, A Man About the House Joyce Anne DeWitt was born the second oldest of four to parents Paul and Norma DeWitt on April 23, 1949 in Wheeling, West Virginia but grew up in Indiana. Joyce began taking acting lessons when she was in high school. Although her father was hardly thrilled at his daughter's ambition, she persuaded him to let her major in theater in college...
30. Frankie Faison Frankie Faison Actor, The Silence of the Lambs
31. Armand Assante Armand Assante Actor, Judge Dredd Coarsely handsome US actor of Irish-Italian background who has successfully portrayed a wide range of intriguing characters from numerous ethnic backgrounds, both on screen and in the theater. Assante was a graduate from Cornwall Central High School and received his dramatic training at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts...
32. Veronica Cartwright Veronica Cartwright Actress, Alien Born in Bristol, England, Veronica is the older sister of the popular child actress Angela Cartwright. In her early career, Veronica was cast in a number of popular movies such as The Children's Hour, Spencer's Mountain and Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. As such, she was cast as "Jemima Boone" in the popular television series Daniel Boone...
33. Bruno Kirby Bruno Kirby Actor, The Godfather: Part II Native New Yorker and Italianate Bruno Kirby tended towards assertive, pushy, streetwise characters and was armed with a highly distinctive scratchy tenor voice that complemented his slim eyes and droopy puss and accentuated his deadpan comedic instincts on film and TV. The well-regarded character actor was born Bruno Giovanni Quidaciolu--his father is actor Bruce Kirby--on April 28...
34. John Savage John Savage Actor, The Deer Hunter Born John Youngs in Old Bethpage, New York, Savage sang and acted throughout his early school years. At the age of 17, his true passion began to come to fruition once accepted into the prestigious American Academy of Performing Arts. Upon graduation, he landed his first job on Broadway in the chorus of "Fiddler On the Roof" as well as the understudy for one of the lead characters...
35. Loretta Devine Loretta Devine Actress, Crash Loretta Devine was born August 21, 1949 in Houston, Texas to Eunice O'Neal and James Devine. Loretta grew up in the Acres Home area of Houston and later enrolled at the University of Houston, where she earned a a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Drama, and later Brandeis University where she earned a MFA in Theater...
36. Michael Beck Michael Beck Actor, The Warriors
37. Beth Grant Beth Grant Actress, No Country for Old Men Raised in the South, Beth Grant moved frequently as a child and enjoys claiming several towns and cities in Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina as home. She was a Page in the North Carolina Senate, attended the North Carolina Governor's School for Gifted and Talented students, and received a governor's appointment at the age of nineteen...
38. Heather Menzies-Urich Heather Menzies-Urich Actress, The Sound of Music Beautiful, sunny, and engaging blonde actress Heather Menzies was born on December 3, 1949, in Toronto, Canada. Her family moved to the United States when Heather was eleven. She graduated from Hollywood High School and subsequently attended the Falcon Studio's University of the Arts in Hollywood. Heather...
39. Linda Lovelace Linda Lovelace Self, Linda Lovelace for President Linda Lovelace, the most famous porn star of all time, was born Linda Boreman in 1949. In the late 1960s, she began a relationship with Chuck Traynor. She appeared in eight 8mm hard-core fetish loops. She is most well known for the feature Deep Throat. The film became a runaway hit, playing to...
40. Lionel Richie Lionel Richie Soundtrack, Rio
41. Erik Estrada Erik Estrada Self, Van Wilder
42. Shera Danese Shera Danese Actress, Risky Business
43. Nancy Meyers Nancy Meyers Writer, The Holiday
44. Brooke Adams Brooke Adams Actress, Days of Heaven Brooke Adams was born on February 8, 1949 in New York City to Robert K. and Rosalind Adams. She was educated at the prestigious High School for the Performing Arts and the School of the American Ballet. Starting her career on the stage while still a juvenile, her film career took off when she became an adult with a well-received performance...
45. Leon Rippy Leon Rippy Actor, Stargate
46. Ed Begley Jr. Ed Begley Jr. Actor, Pineapple Express
47. Bruce Jenner Bruce Jenner Self, Shape Up or Ship Out
48. Roger Deakins Roger Deakins Cinematographer, The Shawshank Redemption
49. Zoë Wanamaker Zoë Wanamaker Actress, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
50. Ron Palillo Ron Palillo Actor, One Life to Live At 14, Ron Palillo started his own summer theater in Cheshire, Connecticut. His parents,Gabriel and Carmel Palillo,were surprised when the summer theater actually made money. After graduating from high school, Ron went to the University of Connecticut at Storrs, where he majored in drama. He appeared in many school plays in college...
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