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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. Lionel Atwill Lionel Atwill Actor, Captain Blood Lionel Atwill was born into a wealthy family and was educated at London's prestigious Mercer School to become an architect, but his interest turned to the stage. He worked his way progressively into the craft and debuted at age 20 at the Garrick Theatre in London. He acted and improved regularly thereafter...
3. Donald Meek Donald Meek Actor, Stagecoach On British and Australian stage before coming to the USA in 1912, he played more than 800 roles, starting with Sir Henry Irving at age 8. He first appeared in the US at Castle Square Theatre, Boston, in 1912, and made his New York debut in 1917 in "Going Up".
4. 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)...
5. Heinrich George Heinrich George Actor, Metropolis
6. 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...
7. Maria Falconetti Maria Falconetti Actress, The Passion of Joan of Arc
8. 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...
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. 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...
11. 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.
12. 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...
13. 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"...
14. Primula Rollo Primula Rollo Actress, Her Man Gilbey
15. 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...
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. Pete the Dog Pete the Dog Actor, Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pryde
19. Mary Alden Mary Alden Actress, The Birth of a Nation A graduate of New York's Art Students League, Mary Alden appeared in Broadway plays and other legitimate theater for several years before entering films. Probably her most memorable part was as Lydia Brown, the mulatto housekeeper of the villain Stoneman, in D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation.
20. Ben Carter Ben Carter Actor, The Scarlet Clue
21. Etta McDaniel Etta McDaniel Actress, Son of Dracula
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. Roy William Neill Roy William Neill Director, The Woman in Green
24. Laurette Taylor Laurette Taylor Actress, Peg o' My Heart
25. Henry Bergman Henry Bergman Actor, Modern Times Comic actor from silents who later assisted Chaplin in directing some of the latter's films.
26. Charles Waldron Charles Waldron Actor, The Big Sleep
27. Ferdinand Marian Ferdinand Marian Actor, Jud Süß
28. 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...
29. Philip Merivale Philip Merivale Actor, The Stranger
30. Arthur Aylesworth Arthur Aylesworth Actor, Dames
31. 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...
32. Patty S. Hill Patty S. Hill Soundtrack, Batman Begins
33. Fern Emmett Fern Emmett Actress, Texas Terror
34. Scotty Mattraw Scotty Mattraw Actor, In Old Chicago
35. 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?"
36. 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...
37. 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...
38. Egon Brecher Egon Brecher Actor, The Black Cat Brecher was a 1900 graduate of the University of Heidelberg in Germany and then toured Austria and Germany acting on the stage. He also served as the chief director of the Stadts Theatre in Vienna before going to the U.S. in 1921. He became a naturalized American citizen on 9 May, 1927, along with his wife Essie and 8-year-old daughter Suse...
39. 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...
40. 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...
41. Michiko Kuwano Michiko Kuwano Actress, What Did the Lady Forget?
42. Lillian Harmer Lillian Harmer Actress, A Shriek in the Night
43. 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...
44. Jeanie Macpherson Jeanie Macpherson Writer, Dynamite Born in Boston to Evangeline Tomlinson and John Sinclair Macpherson. Jeanie Macperson was educated at Madame de Facq's school in Paris, the Kenwood Institute in Chicago and took dancing lessons from Theodore Kosloff. Her stage experience began when she got the lead in a school play and was awarded a gold medal by the Chicago Musical College...
45. Walter Johnson Walter Johnson Actor, Bright Eyes
46. 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...
47. Robert E. Cline Robert E. Cline Cinematographer, I Accuse My Parents
48. 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...
49. Antoinette Perry Antoinette Perry Miscellaneous Crew, Strictly Dishonorable
50. 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...
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