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1. Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle Actor, The Bell Boy Roscoe Arbuckle, one of nine children, was the baby of the family who weighed a reported 16 pounds at birth. Born in Smith Center, Kansas, on March 24, 1887, his family moved to California when he was a year old. At age eight he appeared on the stage. His first part was with the Webster-Brown Stock Company...
2. James J. Corbett James J. Corbett Self, James J. Corbett; or, How Championships Are Won and Lost Considered the originator of modern boxing, Corbett became world heavyweight champ in one of the biggest upsets ever when he embarrassed the 30 pound heavier legend John L. Sullivan (1892). The handsome San Francisco bank clerk immediately had a play written for him ("Gentleman Jack"), and crossed the U.S...
3. Renée Adorée Renée Adorée Actress, The Big Parade Renee Adoree was born Jeanne de la Fontein in Lille, in Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France on 30 September 1898. Renee had what one could call a normal childhood. Her background is, perhaps, one of the most difficult to find information on any actress in existence. What we do know that her interest in acting surfaced during her teen years with minor stage productions in France...
4. Jack Pickford Jack Pickford Actor, Brown of Harvard Nepotism certainly has had its advantages in Hollywood, none more so than in the film career of Jack Pickford, whose famous older sis, "America's Sweetheart" Mary Pickford, saw to it that Jack had all the advantages her star weight could muster. Born in Toronto, Canada, in 1896, Jack was prompted by his actress/mother...
5. Frederick Kerr Frederick Kerr Actor, Frankenstein Forceful, authoritative character actor of the 1920s and 1930s. Entered films in 1916. Even by then, close to 60, Kerr was very effectively cast in powerful, dynamic supporting roles, usually most often as a cultured, dignified old man. Probably most memorable as the old Baron Frankenstein in Frankenstein...
6. Ring Lardner Ring Lardner Writer, Champion
7. Ernest Torrence Ernest Torrence Actor, Steamboat Bill, Jr. He was the man you loved to hiss. This towering (6' 4"), highly imposing character star with cold, hollow, beady eyes and a huge, protruding snout would go on to become one of the silent screen's finest arch villains. Born Ernest Thayson Torrence-Thompson on June 26, 1878, in Edinburgh, Scotland, he was...
8. Sam Marx Sam Marx Actor, Monkey Business
9. Blanche Friderici Blanche Friderici Actress, It Happened One Night
10. Edward Dillon Edward Dillon Actor, The Record Breaker
11. Calvin Coolidge Calvin Coolidge Self, Visitin' 'round at Coolidge Corners Though three U.S. Presidents have died on the Fourth of July, John Calvin Coolidge was the first and only one to have been born on that date, in 1874. He is also the only President to have had the oath of office administered by his father, a justice of the peace, who swore him in when the Coolidges received word of President Warren G. Harding's death...
12. Robin Irvine Robin Irvine Actor, Easy Virtue Handsome stage and screen actor Robin Irvine born in London in 1901. Educated at Aldenham School and Mill Hill School. His first appearance on stage as Captain D'Arcy in 'My Lady Frayle' in Ipswich on Boxing Day in 1918 made his London stage debut in 1923, most notable stage role was in 'Beau Geste' at His Majesty's Theatre...
13. Mildred Washington Mildred Washington Actress, Tenderfeet The name Mildred Washington isn't remembered but she appeared in under 15 films in small parts but her presence, finesse, beauty and vivacious personality wasn't small. Mildred was a beautiful, curvaceous, popular Black actress and dancer in the 1920s and 1930s. She started on the stage appearing in...
14. John Galsworthy John Galsworthy Writer, The Forsyte Saga
15. Spottiswoode Aitken Spottiswoode Aitken Actor, The Birth of a Nation
16. Lillian Hall-Davis Lillian Hall-Davis Actress, The Ring Lilian Hall Davis was born June 23, 1898, in Mile End, London, England, the daughter of a London cab driver. For publicity purposes, she changed the spelling of her name to to the tonier Lillian Hall-Davis and reported her birthplace as the more fashionable Hampstead, London. She began acting in films in 1917 and by the early 1920s...
17. Texas Guinan Texas Guinan Actress, The Gun Woman It's hard to be very specific about any dates or events early in the life of Texas Guinan. She loved publicity and frequently improvised facts about herself when she felt they made better stories than the truth. She was born in Waco, Texas, but likely not on a ranch as she often claimed. She was active in vaudeville and theater...
18. John G. Adolfi John G. Adolfi Director, The Man Who Played God Entering films as an actor in 1910, John G. Adolfi soon switched careers and became a director. He turned out numerous, mostly low-budget films for minor companies, but every so often got a chance to work at a big studio like Fox. His big break came in the sound era, when he formed a partnership with actor George Arliss and directed several of Arliss' most successful films.
19. Mike Donlin Mike Donlin Actor, The General A famous, yet controversial major league baseball player, "Turkey Mike," as Donlin was known because of his unique strut, played on seven teams in a 12-year career, mostly in the National League, from 1899-1914. His career reached its peak in 1905-06, when he was the star outfielder for the champion New York Giants...
20. Louise Closser Hale Louise Closser Hale Actress, Shanghai Express Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1872, character actress Louise Closser Hale (nee Louise Closser) began her acting studies at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC and Emerson College of Oratory in Boston. On stage from 1894, her first hit show was in George Bernard Shaw's "Candida" in 1903 on Broadway...
21. William Dyer William Dyer Actor, The Martyr Sex
22. Jimmie Rodgers Jimmie Rodgers Soundtrack, O Brother, Where Art Thou? Jimmie Rodgers considered by many to be the father of Country Music began his career with the railroad at the age of fourteen following in his father, Aaron's footsteps. In 1911, he went to work as a brakeman but had to cut his railroading career short because of contracting consumption in 1924. The following year he entered show business as a black face singer & banjo player...
23. George Berrell George Berrell Actor, A Change of Heart George Berrell (16 December 1849 - 20 April 1933) was an American actor of both the 19th and early 20th Century stage and of the silent era. He appeared in numerous stage plays as well as 55 films over the course of a career that ran from 1850 to 1927. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and died in Los Angeles, California...
24. Balto Balto Actor, Smith's Catalina Rowboat Race Siberian Husky who rose to fame as the lead sled dog in Gunnar Kaasen's team that arrived in Nome, Alaska, in early February of 1925, delivering vials of serum to the city, then stricken with a diphtheria epidemic. The call went out for the serum in January 1925 from Nome, where children were dying of diphtheria, and at the time, the only way to deliver the serum was by dog sled...
25. Julia Swayne Gordon Julia Swayne Gordon Actress, Wings US silent-screen star who would continue to play character and leading roles in early talkies.
26. Margaret Talmadge Margaret Talmadge Actress, A Girl of the Timber Claims
27. Gladys MacClure Gladys MacClure Actress, The Love Auction Gladys Ethel McClure was born on August 5, 1914, to Samuel Hugh McClure and Flora Parthenia McClure of Fort Worth, Texas. She attended Tenth Ward School in Ft. Worth and a finishing school in Chatham, Virginia. Gladys moved to Beverly Hills, California, to make her home with her sister, actress Adrienne Ames...
28. Earl Derr Biggers Earl Derr Biggers Writer, House of the Long Shadows
29. Anthony Hope Anthony Hope Writer, The Prisoner of Zenda
30. Alan Roscoe Alan Roscoe Actor, The Last of the Mohicans Born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1886 (some sources say 1887 or 1888, but U.S. Census records confirm 1886), he taught school. He became active in the theatre and was eventually signed by William Fox. Appearing in films for Fox as well as Samuel Goldwyn, Roscoe became best known as leading man opposite Theda Bara...
31. Adele Watson Adele Watson Actress, Pack Up Your Troubles
32. Lewis J. Selznick Lewis J. Selznick Miscellaneous Crew, A Pair of Silk Stockings Lewis J. Selznick, one of the pioneers of studio film production and the father of Oscar-winning Gone with the Wind producer David O. Selznick, was born Lewis Zeleznik in Kiev, Ukraine, Russian Empire, into a poor Jewish family with 18 children. Selznick migrated to London at the age of 12, and then to the US, eventually winding up as a small-time jeweler in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania...
33. Annie Besant Annie Besant Self, Congress Session in Bombay Annie Besant, English writer, socialist and feminist activist, was born in 1847, the only daughter of William B. P. Wood, a non-practicing physician, and the former Emily Morris. Both were Anglo-Irish Protestants. Annie was raised a devout Anglican, and religion remained an important factor throughout her life...
34. Sunny Jim McKeen Sunny Jim McKeen Actor, Stop That Noise Sunny Jim McKeen was featured in 39 "Newlyweds and Their Baby" shorts in the late 1920s, then went on to make a series of six sound shorts on his own. He died in 1933, at the age of 8.
35. Martha Mattox Martha Mattox Actress, The Cat and the Canary
36. William Courtright William Courtright Actor, Duck Soup
37. Duke Worne Duke Worne Director, Trooper 77
38. Kalla Pasha Kalla Pasha Actor, On a Summer Day
39. William Courtenay William Courtenay Actor, The Show of Shows
40. Paul Dickey Paul Dickey Writer, The Ghost Breakers Paul Dickey born in Chicago, Illinois in 1882. began as a stage performer and stage director from the late 1890s. He became a highly successful playwright and screenwriter with such plays as 'The Ghost Breaker', 'The Misleading Lady', The Broken Wing' and Scared Stiff'. handsome charismatic man, not...
41. Hugh Trevor Hugh Trevor Actor, The Pay-Off Educated at Collegiate Prepitory-Columbia Extension Institute, Hugh Trevor-Thomas was planning an altogether different future for himself until following the advice of his distant relative, producer William Le Baron. He left New York where he had successfully begun his own insurance company (Thomas and Blomer...
42. James Williamson James Williamson Director, A Photographic Contortion
43. Roy Stewart Roy Stewart Actor, Sparrows Tall in the saddle, and dark and handsome to boot, he may be little remembered today when compared to a William S. Hart, Tom Mix or Hoot Gibson, but cowboy hero Roy Stewart was arguably one of the best known of the silent screen back then. While touring with the famous Floradora Girls, Stewart...
44. Diva Tosca Diva Tosca Actress, The Weapons
45. Julius Falkenstein Julius Falkenstein Actor, Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler
46. Pat Sullivan Pat Sullivan Producer, Felix in Hollywood
47. Jean Angelo Jean Angelo Actor, Missing Husbands
48. Henry van Dyke Henry van Dyke Writer, The Other Wise Man
49. Lee Morris Lee Morris Actor, Baseball at Mudville
50. George D. Baker George D. Baker Director, Heliotrope A former newspaper writer and cartoonist, George D. Baker joined Vitagraph in 1913 as a director, and was the main director for the films of the studio's popular comedian John Bunny--of Bunny's 43 comedies at Vitagraph, Baker made 39 of them. Bunny left Vitagraph to return to the stage, and Vitagraph put Baker to work with comedian Jay Dwiggins...
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