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1. W.C. Fields W.C. Fields Actor, The Bank Dick William Claude Dukenfield was the eldest of five children born to Cockney immigrant James Dukenfield and Philadelphia native Kate Felton. He went to school for four years, then quit to work with his father selling vegetables from a horse cart. At eleven, after many fights with his alcoholic father (who hit him on the head with a shovel)...
2. Rondo Hatton Rondo Hatton Actor, The Brute Man An only child, Rondo Hatton was born to Stewart and Emily Hatton in Hagerstown, Maryland. The family moved to Tampa, Florida, in 1912, when he was a high-school senior, and his father joined a family-owned business there. Rondo was apparently popular and a good athlete, especially in football. After leaving high school...
3. H.G. Wells H.G. Wells Writer, War of the Worlds Writer, born in Bromley, Kent. He was apprenticed to a draper, tried teaching, studied biology in London, then made his mark in journalism and literature. He played a vital part in disseminating the progressive ideas which characterized the first part of the 20th-c. He achieved fame with scientific fantasies such as The Time Machine (1895) and War of the Worlds (1898)...
4. Lionel Atwill Lionel Atwill Actor, Captain Blood On October 14, 1942, Lionel Atwill was sentenced to five years' probation on a perjury conviction stemming from his grand jury testimony the previous year on a morals charge stemming from his showing pornographic movies to party goers at his home during his 1940 Christmas party. Atwill, the victim of an attempted shakedown...
5. Miles Mander Miles Mander Actor, Wuthering Heights This versatile artist, who had spent his 20's in New Zealand farming sheep, became novelist, playwright and film exhibitor on his return to Britain in 1918. Eventually he would observe success with The First Born, which he directed and acted in and which was based on his own novel and play. He is better remembered...
6. Maria Falconetti Maria Falconetti Actress, The Passion of Joan of Arc
7. George Arliss George Arliss Actor, Disraeli One of the oldest actors on the screen in the 1920s and 1930s, George Arliss starred on the London stage from an early age. He came to the United States and starred in several films, but it was his role as British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli in Disraeli that brought him his greatest success.
8. Donald Meek Donald Meek Actor, Stagecoach One Hollywood stalwart whose screen incarnations more than lived up to his name was bald-domed character actor Donald Meek, forever typecast as mousy, timorous or browbeaten Casper Milquetoasts. He stood at 5 ft. 6 in. in his boots and weighed a mere 81 pounds. However, the little Glaswegian's personal history rather belied his gormless image on the silver screen...
9. Mae Busch Mae Busch Actress, Sons of the Desert Mae Busch can certainly claim career versatility, having successfully played Erich von Stroheim's mistress, Lon Chaney's girlfriend, Charley Chase's sister, James Finlayson's ex-wife and Oliver Hardy's wife! She was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1891; her parents were in the theater and when she was six years old the family moved to the US...
10. Slim Summerville Slim Summerville Actor, All Quiet on the Western Front Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1892, rustic-looking George "Slim" Summerville possessed one of those malleable mugs that made you laugh even before he opened his mouth. Young Slim ran away from home as a youth and lived a rather wanderlust life until a chance meeting with Mack Sennett through his comedian friend Edgar Kennedy changed everything...
11. Noah Beery Noah Beery Actor, She Done Him Wrong Respected character actor of the silent and early sound period, specializing in cruel villains. The son of Kansas City policeman Noah Webster Beery and Frances Margaret Fitzgerald Beery, Noah Nicholas Beery and his younger brother Wallace Beery both left home in their teens, each seeking a career as a performer...
12. William S. Hart William S. Hart Actor, The Narrow Trail A storybook hero, the original screen cowboy, ever forthright and honest, even when (as was often the case) he played a villain, William S. Hart lived for a while in the Dakota Territory, then worked as a postal clerk in New York City. In 1888 he began to study acting. In 1899 he created the role of Messala in "Ben-Hur"...
13. Primula Rollo Primula Rollo Actress, Her Man Gilbey
14. Damon Runyon Damon Runyon Writer, Guys and Dolls Born out of wedlock in Manhattan, Kansas, but grew up in Denver. A close friend of fellow New York sportswriter--and former western gunfighter--William Barclay 'Bat' Masterson, who knew the Runyan family in Denver. In the late teens and early 1920s both Ed Sullivan and Walter Winchell worked as Runyon's leg men. Buried in New York's Woodlawn Cemetery.
15. Pete the Dog Pete the Dog Actor, Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pryde
16. Heinrich George Heinrich George Actor, Metropolis
17. Charles Butterworth Charles Butterworth Actor, This Is the Army Popular supporting actor in 1930's Hollywood, often portraying effete, waffling types, even though he was not a professional politician in real life.
18. Henry Bergman Henry Bergman Actor, Modern Times Comic actor from silents who later assisted Chaplin in directing some of the latter's films.
19. Ferdinand Marian Ferdinand Marian Actor, Jud Süß
20. Rags Ragland Rags Ragland Actor, Anchors Aweigh Rags Ragland was a boxer, then a burlesque comedian and then a Broadway performer before ending up in Hollywood to repeat his stage role as the boisterous sailor in Panama Hattie, in which Ann Sothern played on film the part that had been played on Broadway by Ethel Merman. Ragland, typecast as a good-natured oaf with a knack for fracturing the English language...
21. Laurette Taylor Laurette Taylor Actress, Peg o' My Heart
22. Hermann Göring Hermann Göring Self, Triumph of the Will Hermann Göring was born on January 12, 1893, in Rosenheim, Bavaria, the son of a prominent judge. He entered the German Royal Military Academy at Gross Lichterfeide outside Berlin in his teens and graduated in 1911. At the beginning of World War I he saw service as an infantry lieutenant but soon transfered to the air corps...
23. Mary Alden Mary Alden Actress, The Birth of a Nation Mary Maguire Alden was born in New York City on June 18, 1883. She appeared in her first film when she was 31 years old in the production of The Second Mrs. Roebuck. From that point on, Mary was kept very busy in the studios in New York. When the film companies moved west, Mary went with them. She continued her torrid pace in filmmaking...
24. Harold S. Bucquet Harold S. Bucquet Director, Dragon Seed After serving in the US Army during World War I, British-born Harold S. Bucquet entered the film business, first as an extra and then as a set designer. He became an assistant to director Allen Holubar, and later was hired as an assistant director at MGM--a studio where he was to spend the rest of his career--in the shorts department and directed screen tests...
25. Roy William Neill Roy William Neill Director, The Woman in Green
26. Etta McDaniel Etta McDaniel Actress, Son of Dracula
27. Fern Emmett Fern Emmett Actress, Texas Terror
28. Raimu Raimu Actor, The Baker's Wife Orson Welles once called beloved, down-to-earth French character star Raimu (born Jules Auguste Cesar Muraire) "the greatest actor who ever lived." It is hard to argue the compliment of one genius to another. Raimu was born in Toulon, France on December 17, 1883 of very humble means. He began his career at age 16 as a music hall extra by imitating famous French comic idols...
29. Ben Carter Ben Carter Actor, The Scarlet Clue
30. Florence Turner Florence Turner Actress, College Widely publicized as "The Vitagraph Girl," dark-haired silent film actress Florence Turner was one of the screen's first celebrities to be called by the term "movie star." Born in New York City in 1885, she was pushed into the business at age 3 by an overzealous stage mother, performing on the vaudeville stage as Eugenie Florence...
31. Philip Merivale Philip Merivale Actor, The Stranger
32. Scotty Mattraw Scotty Mattraw Actor, In Old Chicago
33. Barney Oldfield Barney Oldfield Self, Blonde Comet
34. Patty S. Hill Patty S. Hill Soundtrack, Batman Begins
35. Charles Waldron Charles Waldron Actor, The Big Sleep
36. Henry Lehrman Henry Lehrman Director, Kid Auto Races at Venice Austrian-born Henry Lehrman entered the film industry in 1909 while working as a trolley conductor. Legend has it that he cornered director D.W. Griffith and claimed to be an agent for the French-based Pathe company, sent by them to work with Griffith. By the time Griffith found out that Lehrman's claims were untrue...
37. Joe Keaton Joe Keaton Actor, The General Joe Keaton and wife Myra were grade-Z vaudeville performers in the early 1900s. Their son Buster joined the act when he was only a few months old. The act was a rough-and-tumble one, with Buster being thrown around on stage most of the time. As the years went by, Joe Keaton became an alcoholic, which forced Buster to quit the act by the time he was a teenager...
38. Gertrude Stein Gertrude Stein Writer, O Cinema Falado Gertrude Stein was the fifth child in the Daniel and Amelia Stein family. She grew up in a trilingual environment, spending her childhood in Vienna and Paris, then living in California. She graduated from Radcliffe College and went to the Medical School at Johns Hopkins University for 2 years. She continued her medical studies in Europe...
39. Paul Porcasi Paul Porcasi Actor, Morocco Character actor noted for his portrayals of tough, often cigar-puffing men of authority, none of whom would ever tolerate sass from an underling. He might have cautioned, "I don't wanna hear no lip from nobody - get me?"
40. Dorothy Gibson Dorothy Gibson Actress, Saved from the Titanic Dorothy Gibson appeared on stage as a singer and dancer in several Broadway and vaudeville productions beginning in 1906, the most important being Charles Frohman's "The Dairymaids" (1907). In 1909 she started posing for commercial artist Harrison Fisher, becoming one of his favorite models. Her image appeared regularly on magazine covers...
41. Harry Semels Harry Semels Actor, Les Misérables One of the industry's most versatile character actors, in his almost 30-year career Harry Semels appeared in hundreds of films. Adept at playing everything from Spanish waiters to German soldiers to Italian villagers--and even a haughty District Attorney from time to time--his stocky build and droopy mustache were a familiar sight to moviegoers...
42. Bud Geary Bud Geary Actor, Robin Hood Born Sigsbee Maine Geary in Salt Lake City, Utah, on February 15, 1898, ace stuntman Bud Geary began appearing in films in 1920, and it wasn't long before the strapping (6'1"), athletic young man was strutting his stuff with such action players as Douglas Fairbanks in Robin Hood (in which Geary played Will Scarlett) and Buck Jones in The Arizona Romeo...
43. Virginia Walker Virginia Walker Actress, Bringing Up Baby
44. Booth Tarkington Booth Tarkington Writer, The Magnificent Ambersons
45. Charles R. Bowers Charles R. Bowers Director, Now You Tell One Charley Bowers led an extraordinary life even prior to getting involved with motion pictures. Supposedly kidnapped by circus performers at age six, he became an accomplished tightrope walker before returning home two years later. He did all types of work over the years, including circus jobs, theatrical work...
46. John St. Polis John St. Polis Actor, The Phantom of the Opera Making his screen debut in 1914, St. Polis was well established as a character during the 1920s. He made a successful transition to sound films in "Coquette" starring as Mary Pickford's father.
47. Leo Slezak Leo Slezak Actor, Zirkus Saran First known as an operatic tenor, especially renowned for his Wagnerian work, he would eventually quit singing and become a comedian in Austrian films.
48. Jack Johnson Jack Johnson Self, As the World Rolls On Jack Johnson, one of the greatest professional boxers in history and the first African American to wear the world's heavyweight championship belt, is one of the seminal figures in sports and American social history as he was both a mirror on and lightning rod for racism. Many white Americans could not...
49. Thomas Dixon Jr. Thomas Dixon Jr. Writer, The Birth of a Nation
50. Kate Bruce Kate Bruce Actress, The Fugitive
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