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1. Georges Méliès Georges Méliès Director, Le voyage à travers l'impossible Georges Melies, a professional magician by training, first saw the new "moving pictures" in 1895. Little over a year later, Melies was filming and projecting his own creations. By accident, he discovered that he could use stop-motion photography to render trick visual effects. Melies was also the first to use techniques such as the fade-in...
2. Warner Oland Warner Oland Actor, The Jazz Singer Warner Oland was born Johan Verner Olund in the small village of Nyby in Bjurholm parish in the county of Vasterbotten, Sweden, on October 3, 1879. Bjurholm is situated about 60 kilometers outside the town of Umea. His family emigrated to the US on October 15, 1892. His father Jonas was a shopkeeper and his mother was Maria Johanna (nee Forsberg)...
3. Robert Wiene Robert Wiene Director, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
4. Florence Lawrence Florence Lawrence Actress, Lady Helen's Escapade Florence Lawrence was the first film player whose name was used to promote her films and the studio (Independent Moving Pictures Company [IMP]) for which she worked. Before her, actors and actresses worked anonymously, partly out of fear that stage managers would refuse to hire them if they were found...
5. Pearl White Pearl White Actress, The Perils of Pauline Born on her father's farm in Green Ridge, Missouri, the youngest of five children. Moved with her family to Springfield, Missouri, where she grew up. Joined the Diemer Theatre Company during her second year of high school, and went on the road with a touring stock company at age 18, in 1907. Signed by the Powers Film Co...
6. Harry Myers Harry Myers Actor, City Lights
7. Konstantin Stanislavski Konstantin Stanislavski Miscellaneous Crew, Na dne Konstantin Stanislavski was a wealthy Russian businessman turned director who founded the Moscow Art Theatre, and originated the Stanislavski's System of acting which was spread over the world by his students, such as Michael Chekhov, Aleksei Dikij, Stella Adler, Viktor Tourjansky, and Richard Boleslawski among many others...
8. Pauline Frederick Pauline Frederick Actress, Thank You, Mr. Moto Pauline Frederick was born Pauline Beatrice Libby in Boston, Massachusetts on August 12, 1883. She was fascinated with show business from an early age and throughout her childhood, she was bred for a career in music. It has been said she had a terrific soprano voice, but Pauline also dabbled a bit in acting...
9. Lyda Roberti Lyda Roberti Actress, The Kid from Spain Lyda's father was German clown Roberti, her mother a Polish trick rider. As a child performer, she toured Europe and Asia with the Circus in which she was born, leaving it (and her reportedly abusive father) in Shanghai, China. In this truly international city, Lyda became a child cafe entertainer and learned the fractured English that became her trademark...
10. Thomas Wolfe Thomas Wolfe Writer, Look Homeward, Angel
11. Carrie Daumery Carrie Daumery Actress, Lady Windermere's Fan
12. Robert McWade Robert McWade Actor, Grand Hotel
13. Mathilde Comont Mathilde Comont Actress, Romance
14. Fred Kohler Fred Kohler Actor, Underworld Prolific "heavy" in American films of the silent and early talkie eras. A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Kohler left home as a teenager, working various jobs while trying to establish a career in vaudeville. During this time, according to his son, actor Fred Kohler Jr., Kohler worked in a mine and lost part of his right hand in a dynamite accident...
15. Matthew Betz Matthew Betz Actor, The Wedding March
16. Oscar Apfel Oscar Apfel Director, The Squaw Man Entering the film industry almost at its beginning, Oscar Apfel began his career in 1911 as a director. He hit the big leagues in 1914 when he was given many prestigious assignments for Paramount Pictures, often in collaboration with Cecil B. DeMille. In 1916, he switched to Fox, and then freelanced for many smaller studios...
17. Al Ernest Garcia Al Ernest Garcia Actor, City Lights
18. Maurice Black Maurice Black Actor, Little Caesar
19. Gösta Ekman Gösta Ekman Actor, Faust Generally spoken of as Swedish theater's most legendary stage actor, Gösta Ekman enjoyed a prolific stage career during his short life, becoming the first real star of Swedish theater. His boyish good looks attracted both sexes, helping to create a massive cult following and elevating him to the status of a living legend...
20. Reine Davies Reine Davies Actress, Sunday
21. Sadao Yamanaka Sadao Yamanaka Writer, Kôchiyama Sôshun
22. Austin Parker Austin Parker Writer, Something to Sing About
23. John Aasen John Aasen Actor, Why Worry? Like Charles Chaplin's sidekick, Eric Campbell, Harold Lloyd needed his own giant when casting Why Worry? in 1922. Lloyd first had his eyes on George Auger (Cardiff Giant) who worked at Ringling Brothers sideshow as a giant. But Auger died before the film started and a search went out for a replacement...
24. Robert Woolsey Robert Woolsey Actor, The Nitwits At the age of 7, his father died, leaving his mother and her six children in poverty, of the children, 4 died in early years. To earn some money to support the family, Robert took odd jobs, before becoming a jockey. This career ended when the horse, Pink Star, the future Kentucky Derby winner of 1907...
25. Robert Johnson Robert Johnson Soundtrack, The Wolf of Wall Street
26. Conway Tearle Conway Tearle Actor, The Hurricane Express This West Point-educated actor was a tall, dark and handsome American co-star who romanced some of the most illustrious femme stars ever to appear on the silent silver screen. Conway Tearle was born in New York City on May 17, 1878 to a family of entertainers. Christened Frederick Levy, his father, Jules...
27. Myrtle Stedman Myrtle Stedman Actress, Hypocrites Born in Chicago in 1885, silent screen actress Myrtle Stedman's (née Lincoln) musical talents developed quite early, finding herself on stage at age 12 singing light opera in the chorus. She had progressed to singing leads in shows by the time she decided to abandon her music career altogether for the movies...
28. May Wallace May Wallace Actress, County Hospital
29. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk Mustafa Kemal Atatürk Mustafa was born in 1881 in Salonica, then an Ottoman Turkish city, in modern day Greece. His father, Ali Riza, a customs official-turned-lumber merchant, died when Mustafa was still a boy. His mother, Zubeyde, a devout and strong-willed woman, raised him and his younger sister by herself. First enrolled in a traditional Islamic religious school...
30. Richard A. Whiting Richard A. Whiting Soundtrack, Amélie Richard A. Whiting was born in Peoria Illinois to a very musical family. After attending Harvard Military Academy Whiting went on to have a long song writing career. In the teens and early 20's Whiting wrote such hits as "Ain't We Got Fun?," "Till We Meet Again," "The Japanese Sandman," "Sleepy Time...
31. Feodor Chaliapin Sr. Feodor Chaliapin Sr. Actor, Hardcore Henry Feodor Chaliapin Sr. was born on February 13, 1873, in Omet Tawi, near Kazan, Russia. His childhood was full of suffering, hunger, and humiliation. From the age of 10-16, he was working jobs at river ports, restaurants, and tried acting on stage with various Russian provincial troupes. In 1890, Chaliapin was hired to sing in a choir at the Semenov-Samarsky private theatre in Ufa...
32. Émile Cohl Émile Cohl Director, Fantasmagorie Pioneering animator Emile Cohl was born Emile Eugène Jean Louis Courtet in Paris, France, in 1857. He began his career as a caricaturist, cartoonist and writer in his 20s, and in 1908 he was hired by the Gaumont film company as a writer. He soon also became a director, turning out comedies and fantasies...
33. Thelma Hill Thelma Hill Actress, Two Tars Thelma Hill was born Thelma Floy Hillerman in Emporia, Kansas. Her family moved to Los Angeles, California during her early teen years. Living just blocks from the Mack Sennett studio, Thelma became one of the star struck, wide eyed girls who hung out near the studio peering through the gates. It took her five years...
34. Rosamond Pinchot Rosamond Pinchot Actress, The Three Musketeers
35. Dorothy Hale Dorothy Hale Actress, The Rise of Catherine the Great Dorothy Hale was born Dorothy Donovan in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. At the age of sixteen, She was sent to a convent. Then she attended a drama school. She was a good friend of Claire Booth Luce and even starred in a theatre production called "Abide By Me." Dorothy was known for her incredible beauty and charm...
36. Harvey Clark Harvey Clark Actor, A Shriek in the Night
37. John G. Blystone John G. Blystone Director, Our Hospitality
38. Saratchandra Chatterjee Saratchandra Chatterjee Writer, Devdas
39. Gabriele D'Annunzio Gabriele D'Annunzio Writer, L'innocente
40. Ben Hendricks Jr. Ben Hendricks Jr. Actor, Rain
41. Jack Dougherty Jack Dougherty Actor, The Trail of the Tiger
42. Otto Fries Otto Fries Actor, The Trail of the Lonesome Pine Fries starTed his career as a stage comic, entering films in the early 1910s. By the mid-1910s, Fries was with Keystone and played in films with Bronco Billy Anderson and Stan Laurel. He later went to work for Roach Films in supporting roles for Laurel & Hardy and Charley Chase and also played with James Finlayson...
43. May Irwin May Irwin Actress, Mrs. Black Is Back Born in Whitby, Ontario, May Irwin started her performing career at a young age, when she began a singing act with her younger sister Flora in 1874. The act was popular, and Irwin began working as an actress when she was 21 years old. She found success and was appearing in a Broadway show called "The Widow Jones" when Thomas A. Edison saw her and co-star John C. Rice exchanging a kiss on-stage...
44. James Donlan James Donlan Actor, The Whole Town's Talking
45. Waldemar Young Waldemar Young Writer, The Unknown American screenwriter, of Mormon parentage. Young's first job was on the editorial staff of the Salt Lake Herald. He subsequently studied at Stanford University, but did not manage to attain a degree. Before entering the motion picture industry, he was engaged as a story writer and drama editor, respectively by the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Francisco Examiner...
46. Valerie Bergere Valerie Bergere Actress, It's Love I'm After
47. Rollo Lloyd Rollo Lloyd Actor, Barbary Coast
48. Flora Disney Flora Disney
49. Owen Wister Owen Wister Writer, The Virginian
50. Richard Cummings Richard Cummings Actor, The Delicious Little Devil
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