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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. 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...
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. Blanche Friderici Blanche Friderici Actress, It Happened One Night
5. Earl Derr Biggers Earl Derr Biggers Writer, House of the Long Shadows
6. 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...
7. Martha Mattox Martha Mattox Actress, The Cat and the Canary
8. 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...
9. Sam Marx Sam Marx Actor, Monkey Business
10. 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...
11. Ring Lardner Ring Lardner Writer, Champion
12. 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...
13. Spottiswoode Aitken Spottiswoode Aitken Actor, The Birth of a Nation
14. 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.
15. 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...
16. 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...
17. 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...
18. 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...
19. Walter Hiers Walter Hiers Actor, Hot Doggie
20. Julia Swayne Gordon Julia Swayne Gordon Actress, Wings US silent-screen star who would continue to play character and leading roles in early talkies.
21. Margaret Talmadge Margaret Talmadge Actress, A Girl of the Timber Claims
22. James Williamson James Williamson Director, A Photographic Contortion
23. 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...
24. 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.
25. Hugh Trevor Hugh Trevor Actor, Hey Rube! 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...
26. Jimmie Adams Jimmie Adams Actor, Meet the Folks Born c. 1888. A slight, short, slapstick comedian who starred in two-reel comedies for Mermaid, Educational, and Christie Film Company in the 1920's. Died in 1933 at age 45 in Glendale, California. In 1921 Adams starred in two-reel comedies for Educational Pictures and Al Christie. The slightly built...
27. 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...
28. Edward Dillon Edward Dillon Actor, The Record Breaker
29. 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...
30. Kalla Pasha Kalla Pasha Actor, On a Summer Day
31. Pat Sullivan Pat Sullivan Producer, Felix in Hollywood
32. Kenji Miyazawa Kenji Miyazawa Writer, Waga kokoro no ginga tetsudo: Miyazawa Kenji monogatari
33. Robert W. Chambers Robert W. Chambers Writer, America Robert William Chambers, one of the more prolific and popular American authors of late nineteenth and early twentieth century, was born on 26 May, 1865 in Brooklyn to a prominent New York family. After graduating from Yale, Chambers studied art for seven years at The Académie Julian in Paris. By the time he was in his mid-twenties Chambers was already exhibiting his art at salons in Paris...
34. John Galsworthy John Galsworthy Writer, The Forsyte Saga
35. 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...
36. William Courtenay William Courtenay Actor, The Show of Shows
37. Diva Tosca Diva Tosca Actress, The Weapons
38. Anthony Hope Anthony Hope Writer, The Prisoner of Zenda
39. 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...
40. William Courtright William Courtright Actor, Duck Soup
41. Joseph Kilgour Joseph Kilgour Actor, Janice Meredith
42. 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...
43. Percy Heath Percy Heath Writer, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
44. 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...
45. Jean Malin Jean Malin Actor, Dancing Lady
46. Gerald Ames Gerald Ames Actor, Mr. Justice Raffles Now completely forgotten, the name of Gerald Ames had a very special feel back in the silent era. The man who bore this name was indeed a heart breaker. Six feet tall, burly, athletic, mustached, dark-eyed and dark-haired, Ames had all it took to get top billing and he did grace about seventy films (many of which directed by pioneers George Loane Tucker and Cecil M...
47. William Dyer William Dyer Actor, The Martyr Sex
48. James T. Kelley James T. Kelley Actor, The Rink
49. 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...
50. Jean Angelo Jean Angelo Actor, Missing Husbands
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