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1. Georges Méliès Georges Méliès Director, An Impossible Voyage 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. Pearl White Pearl White Actress, The Perils of Pauline She met her first husband when they were touring together in the Trousdale Stock Company, a repertoire group. Her second husband was an actor and war hero. Her second husband was distraught over the dissolution of the marriage, and disappeared only weeks after the divorce. It was believed that he had committed suicide...
5. 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...
6. 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...
7. 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...
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. Harvey Clark Harvey Clark Actor, A Shriek in the Night
10. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk Mustafa Kemal Atatürk Uncategorised 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...
11. May Wallace May Wallace Actress, County Hospital
12. Al Ernest Garcia Al Ernest Garcia Actor, City Lights
13. 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...
14. Robert Johnson Robert Johnson Soundtrack, The Wolf of Wall Street
15. Harry Myers Harry Myers Actor, City Lights
16. 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...
17. 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...
18. 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...
19. Maurice Black Maurice Black Actor, Little Caesar
20. Saratchandra Chatterjee Saratchandra Chatterjee Writer, Devdas
21. Walter Ackerman Walter Ackerman Actor, City of Shadows
22. 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...
23. Flora Disney Flora Disney Uncategorised
24. 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...
25. 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...
26. 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...
27. Feodor Chaliapin Sr. Feodor Chaliapin Sr. Actor, Don Quixote 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...
28. Émile Cohl Émile Cohl Director, A Fantasy 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...
29. Sadao Yamanaka Sadao Yamanaka Writer, Priest of Darkness
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. Jean Hathaway Jean Hathaway Actress, The Tornado
32. Claudia Coleman Claudia Coleman Actress, Test Pilot
33. Ben Hendricks Jr. Ben Hendricks Jr. Actor, Rain
34. Jack Dougherty Jack Dougherty Actor, Haunted Island
35. William Gillespie William Gillespie Actor, It's a Gift
36. Robert McWade Robert McWade Actor, Grand Hotel General-purpose actor, with stage experience, in US films of the 30's.
37. Thomas Wolfe Thomas Wolfe Writer, Look Homeward, Angel
38. Billy Dooley Billy Dooley Actor, Dizzy Sights
39. Gabriele D'Annunzio Gabriele D'Annunzio Writer, L'innocente
40. Owen Wister Owen Wister Writer, The Virginian
41. Faustyna Kowalska Faustyna Kowalska Writer, Faustyna
42. Harvey Firestone Harvey Firestone Self, The American Road
43. 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...
44. E.C. Segar E.C. Segar Writer, Popeye
45. Austin Parker Austin Parker Writer, Honor Among Lovers
46. Reine Davies Reine Davies Actress, Sunday
47. Branislav Nusic Branislav Nusic Writer, Dr
48. Matthew Betz Matthew Betz Actor, The Wedding March
49. 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...
50. 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...
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