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1. Harry Langdon Harry Langdon Writer, The Flying Deuces Langdon was 12 years old when he ran away to join the circus. Soon he was involved in medicine shows, circuses and Vaudeville where he spent the next 20 years developing an act called "Harry's New Car". With Vaudeville, he would play and perfect the act in town after tank town, year after year. By 1923...
2. Lupe Velez Lupe Velez Actress, The Girl from Mexico Lupe Velez was born on July 18, 1908, in San Luis de Potosi, Mexico, as Maria Guadalupe Villalobos Velez. She was sent to Texas at the age of 13 to live in a convent. She later admitted that she wasn't much of a student because she was so rambunctious. She had planned to become a champion roller-skater but that would change...
3. Mildred Harris Mildred Harris Actress, The Magic Cloak
4. Laird Cregar Laird Cregar Actor, This Gun for Hire Seemingly suave, cultivated actor by nature, definitely huge in both talent and girth, and capable of playing much older than he was, Hollywood of the early '40s tragically lost Laird Cregar before it could fully comprehend on how to best utilize his obvious gifts. He was born Samuel Laird Cregar in a well-to-do section of Philadelphia...
5. G.W. Bitzer G.W. Bitzer Cinematographer, The Birth of a Nation
6. Merna Kennedy Merna Kennedy Actress, The Circus
7. Glenn Miller Glenn Miller Soundtrack, The Aviator Alton Glenn Miller was born on March 1, 1904, in Clarinda, Iowa; the son of Lewis Elmer and Mattie Lou Cavender Miller. He started his music studies when his father gave him a mandolin. He soon traded the mandolin for an old horn. In 1916 he switched to trombone. In 1923, he enrolled in the University of Colorado...
8. Jessie Ralph Jessie Ralph Actress, Camille Jessie Ralph was a sailor's daughter, who first came to the stage at the age of 16, performing with a stock company in either Boston, Massachusetts, or Providence, Rhode Island (accounts differ). The year was 1880, and it took Jessie another 26 years to make her debut on the Great White Way in "The Kreutzer Sonata"...
9. Charles King Charles King Actor, The Broadway Melody
10. Dick Purcell Dick Purcell Actor, King of the Zombies
11. Bud Jamison Bud Jamison Actor, Three Little Beers
12. Mary Lou Cook Mary Lou Cook Actress, Fits and Benefits
13. Robert Frazer Robert Frazer Actor, White Zombie
14. Alan Dinehart Alan Dinehart Actor, Baby, Take a Bow Tall, heavy-set character actor Alan Dinehart dropped out of school to join a repertory company. He had extensive stage experience (including some 27 appearances on Broadway) and, by the time he was signed by Fox in 1931, he had worked not only as an actor but as a stage manager and writer. On screen he appeared for the most part in "B" pictures...
15. Richard Bennett Richard Bennett Actor, The Magnificent Ambersons
16. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Writer, The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was born into a family of old provincial nobility. Failing his final exams at a preparatory school, he entered the École des Beaux-Arts to study architecture. In 1921, he began military service in the 2nd Regiment of Chasseurs, and sent to Strasbourg for pilot training. The next year...
17. Richard Fiske Richard Fiske Actor, The Devil Commands
18. George B. Seitz George B. Seitz Director, Love Finds Andy Hardy Former playwright George B. Seitz left the theater for Hollywood in 1913, and before long he was turning out screenplays for action serials such as The Perils of Pauline, The Exploits of Elaine, and The Iron Claw. In addition to writing and sometimes starring in these productions, he began to direct them as well...
19. Florence Foster Jenkins Florence Foster Jenkins Self, Florence Foster Jenkins Florence Foster Jenkins (born July 19, 1868 in Pennsylvania, U.S.; died November 26, 1944) was an American soprano who became famous because she was considered to be a poor singer. She sang somewhat out of tune, had a poor sense of rhythm and she was considered quite unmusical. She was born Narcissa Florence Foster in Wilkes-Barre...
20. Guy Usher Guy Usher Actor, The Devil Bat
21. Ferdinand Gottschalk Ferdinand Gottschalk Actor, Grand Hotel
22. William Collier Sr. William Collier Sr. Actor, Wife and Auto Trouble
23. Robert Fiske Robert Fiske Actor, Religious Racketeers
24. Henrietta Crosman Henrietta Crosman Actress, Pilgrimage
25. Harry Beresford Harry Beresford Actor, David Copperfield
26. Kurt Gerron Kurt Gerron Actor, The Blue Angel Gerron fled to France (because he was jewish), then settled in Amsterdam in 1933. He was arrested by the SS in 1943 and was sent to Theresienstadt in 1944 to direct a staged documentary intended to persuade world public opinion that Jews were well treated in concentration camps. He made a film called "The Fuhrer Donates a City to the Jews" or in German "Der Fuhrer schenkt den Juden eine Stadt"...
27. Carl Mayer Carl Mayer Writer, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari Carl Meyer was the son of a stock speculator who committed suicide. He had to leave school at 15 to work as a secretary. Mayer moved away from Graz to Innsbruck and then Vienna, where he worked as a dramatist. Meanwhile, the events of the First World War turned him into a pacifist. In 1917 he went to Berlin...
28. Edmund Mortimer Edmund Mortimer Actor, The Devil Bat
29. Walter C. Hackett Walter C. Hackett Writer, The White Sister
30. George Houston George Houston Actor, Wallaby Jim of the Islands This movie cowboy was actually born in New Jersey just before the turn of the 20th century, the son of a Protestant minister. He sang in his father's church choir, and after graduating high school he attended the private Blair Academy and then continued his musical training at New York's famous Julliard School (then known as the Institute of Musical Arts)...
31. Erwin Rommel Erwin Rommel Self, Deutsche Soldaten in Afrika Erwin Rommel, aka "The Desert Fox", was one of Adolf Hitler's most able generals during WWII. He joined the German army in 1910 and won awards for bravery in WW I. He was in the 7th Tank Division at the outbreak of WW II and headed the push to the English Channel. Promoted to the rank of lieutenant general...
32. Edward McNamara Edward McNamara Actor, Arsenic and Old Lace
33. Douglas McPhail Douglas McPhail Actor, Babes in Arms Although his career was short-lived, McPhail was fortunate enough to have appeared in some of the finest musicals and operettas of the late 30s. Jeanette MacDonald took an early interest in this handsome baritone, when he performed in the chorus of San Francisco and other of her pictures. The studio signed him on at nineteen as the back-up for Nelson Eddy in The Girl of the Golden West (1938)...
34. Lew Kelly Lew Kelly Actor, Winds of the Wasteland
35. Lee Powell Lee Powell Actor, Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe
36. Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg A charismatic German resistance member and would-be assassin of Adolf Hitler, Claus Phillip Maria Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg was born 15 November 1907, 1:00 a.m. CET, in the family's castle in the small Bavarian town of Jettingen (today known as Jettingen-Scheppach). He was born one of a set of twins (his other twin...
37. Edwin Stanley Edwin Stanley Actor, The Phantom Creeps Edwin Stanley was a bespectacled, white haired, distinguished-looking actor who was trained in live theater and who, except a few silent pictures, stayed in that medium until he reached the age of 51. In 1932, he made his screen debut in talking pictures in "Virtue". Thereafter, Stanley appeared in over 200 movies...
38. Otto Hoffman Otto Hoffman Actor, Abraham Lincoln Gangly and rugged stage and screen character star Otto Hoffman was born in New York in 1879. Began as a stage performer in the 1890's. Made his movie debut under the direction of Stuart Paton in 1915's 'The White Terror' starring Hobart Henley for the IMP Film Company. Otto directed only one film 'Secret of Black Mountain' made in 1917 starring Vola Vale...
39. Irvin S. Cobb Irvin S. Cobb Writer, Judge Priest Novelist and dramatist who acted in occasional US films of both silent and sound eras.
40. Aimee Semple McPherson Aimee Semple McPherson Actress, The Voice of Hollywood No. 9 Aimee Semple McPherson was born Aimee Elizabeth Kennedy on her family's farm near Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada. She was raised a Methodist, her father James's faith. Her mother Mildred worked for the Salvation Army. In December 1907, she decided to attend a "tent revival" on a whim, and fell in love with its Irish-born preacher...
41. Roy Emerton Roy Emerton Actor, The Thief of Bagdad Roy Emerton was a big, brawny character actor whose scarred face and resounding deep voice made him a natural for menacing roles. One of his best and most typical was as the evil Boss McGinty in The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes.
42. John Dilson John Dilson Actor, Dick Tracy
43. Asmahan Asmahan Actress, Gharam wa intiqam A very talented singer with a beautiful voice. She starred in two films, the first, Victory of Youth, was with her older brother 'Farid Al Atrach' and the second Passion and Revenge. Asmahane died in a car accident while filming 'Gharam wa intiqam', it is rumoured, through the war between the secret services in Cairo during World War II.
44. Myron Selznick Myron Selznick Miscellaneous Crew, Gone with the Wind The motion picture producer Myron Selznick, who was the head of his father's Lewis J. Selznick Pictures in the early 1920s, is most famous for being the first great talent agent in Hollywood and the brother of David O. Selznick. Movie stars for which Selznick received his ten percent included Constance Bennett...
45. Jess Lee Brooks Jess Lee Brooks Actor, Dark Manhattan Jess Lee Brooks a.k.a Jesse Brooks was an exceptional actor. He appeared in many of the top Black Cinema movies of the time, always playing the role of the caring policemen trying to warn the gangsters before it's too late, a father who would die for his kids. Whatever he played he was always a guardian angel over ones he cared for...
46. Theodore Roosevelt Jr. Theodore Roosevelt Jr.
47. Nat Carr Nat Carr Actor, The Talk of Hollywood
48. Georges Tréville Georges Tréville Actor, The Musgrave Ritual
49. Robert Lynen Robert Lynen Actor, The Red Head
50. Guy Gibson Guy Gibson Writer, The Dam Busters Was a Royal Air Force (RAF) Wing Commander in World War II. He formed the elite 617 Squadron (The Dam Busters) and led the squadron on its most famous mission, the attack on the Moehne and Eder Dams. Won the Victoria Cross for his performance on the dams raid. He also earned two Distinguished Service Orders and two Distinguished Flying Crosses.
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