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1. Harry Carey Harry Carey Actor, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Harry Carey, the silent film star and later B-movie cowboy and A-list character actor, was like Clint Eastwood's "Bronco Billy," a self-made Westerner. Born on January 16, 1878 in The Bronx, New York, Henry DeWitt Carey II was the son of a prominent lawyer who was the president of a sewing machine company...
2. Ernst Lubitsch Ernst Lubitsch Director, To Be or Not to Be From Ernst Lubitsch's experiences in Sophien Gymnasium (high school) theater, he decided to leave school at the age of 16 and pursue a career on the stage. He had to compromise with his father and keep the account books for the family tailor business while he acted in cabarets and music halls at night...
3. Al Capone Al Capone Uncategorised Infamous Chicago gangster Al Capone was born in the tough Williamsburgh section of Brooklyn, NY, the fourth of nine children of Italian immigrants from Naples. Capone was a born sociopath. In the sixth grade he beat up a teacher and promptly quit school. He picked up his education from the streets, "making his bones" when he joined the notorious James Street gang...
4. Sidney Toler Sidney Toler Actor, Charlie Chan in the Secret Service The son of Colonel H.G. Toler, breeder of trotting horses, Sidney Toler acted on stage by the time he was seven years old. He was an established star of the theater by the 1890's, long before his career in motion pictures. He was also active as a playwright and had a good enough voice to be cast as a lead baritone with an operatic stock company at the Orpheum Theatre in New York...
5. Elizabeth Short Elizabeth Short Thanks, The Black Dahlia Haunting Elizabeth Short was born July 29th, 1924, in Medford, Massachusetts, to Phoebe and Cleo Short. When she was five her father disappeared. His car was later found near a lake later, apparently abandoned, which led to the belief that he had committed suicide. However, he later appeared at home and apologized to his wife for leaving the family like that...
6. Bugsy Siegel Bugsy Siegel Uncategorised Bugsy Siegel (born Benjamin Siegelbaum) came out of the tough Williamsburgh section of Brooklyn, and was involved in criminal activities from an early age. As a teenager he struck up a friendship with another local gangster, Meyer Lansky, that would last the rest of their lives, and in fact one of...
7. Aleister Crowley Aleister Crowley Writer, Masters of Darkness: Aleister Crowley - The Wickedest Man in the World
8. John Halliday John Halliday Actor, The Philadelphia Story Fought with the British Army during the Boer War, then dug for gold nuggets in Nevada. Switched to acting, first in Gilbert & Sullivan plays, then on Broadway from 1912 to 1936 (last in 'Tovarich' as Prince Alexandrovitch). Though Brooklyn-born, he usually sported an upper-crust British accent. Incisive and dapper actor with a penchant for sophisticated comedy...
9. William M. Marston William M. Marston Writer, Justice League Dr. William Moulton Marston was a man who managed to combine intersts several dissimilar fields into an idea that has lasted for decades. Marston was born and raised in Massachusetts. He earned a law degree in 1918 and got a Ph.D in Psychology from Harvard University in 1921. Long interested in finding a scientific way to prove a person's innocence...
10. Adrienne Ames Adrienne Ames Actress, The Death Kiss Born in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1907, Adrienne Ames hit Hollywood in the late 1920s. Although her career only lasted about 10 years, she crammed a lot of living into it, with high-profile marriages (and divorces) and her reputation as a clothes horse and glamor queen par excellance far outshone her reputation as an actress...
11. Grace Moore Grace Moore Actress, One Night of Love Grace Moore, the internationally famous star of the Metropolitan Opera, Broadway, motion pictures, radio and recordings, was born December 5, 1898, in Del Río near Newport, Tennessee. Her family moved to Jellico when she was a young girl. She attended Jellico High School where she was captain of the girls basketball team in 19l6...
12. Ernie Adams Ernie Adams Actor, The Pride of the Yankees
13. Herman Bing Herman Bing Actor, The Great Ziegfeld Character actor in 30's and 40's Hollywood who was not unknown to burlesque his own Deutsch accent.
14. Frank Wead Frank Wead Writer, Dive Bomber Frank Wilber "Spig" Wead was a US Navy aviator turned screenwriter who helped promote United States Naval aviation from its inception through World War II. Before and after World War I he was an early proponent of pushing the Navy into air racing and speed competitions. This competition, mainly against the United States Army (and their leader James Doolittle...
15. Fiorello LaGuardia Fiorello LaGuardia Self, Some Opinions on Hoover Board's Dry Law Report
16. Mark Hellinger Mark Hellinger Writer, The Roaring Twenties Mark Hellinger made his name as a New York theater critic and as one of the first of the nationally known "Broadway columnists", a craft which his friend Walter Winchell was the most famous practitioner. Born on March 21, 1903, Hellinger was the embodiment of the hard-boiled, hard-living, hard-drinking journalist that became a stereotype of the early talkies...
17. Henry Kolker Henry Kolker Actor, Holiday Stalwart character actor Henry Kolker appeared on the Broadway stage from 1904, comedy being his forte early on. Later, as a leading man in romantic dramas, he partnered famous stars like Alla Nazimova. Moving on to films in 1914 as actor/director, he became noted in particular for directing Disraeli...
18. John Arledge John Arledge Actor, The Grapes of Wrath Hollywood supporting player in dozens of 30's and 40's films.
19. Henry Ford Henry Ford Self, Til Vesterheimen
20. Olive Borden Olive Borden Actress, 3 Bad Men Olive Borden was beautiful and talented but she became one of Hollywood's most tragic tales. She came to Hollywood in 1922 with her widowed mother. Olive started her career as a Mack Sennett bathing beauty and was named a Wampas baby star in 1925. She made eleven films at Fox studios where she earned $1,500 a week...
21. Robert Homans Robert Homans Actor, The Grapes of Wrath Homans was born 8 November 1877 in Malden, Essex, Massachusetts. His father was Walter Homans who was born 1850 in Massachusetts and his mother was Laura Lampsen born 1853 in Massachusetts. He married Agnes Mary Josephine Mellon who was born in Kingston, Canada. They had a daughter Roberta Eleanor Homans born 20 February 1910 in New York City...
22. Harry Holman Harry Holman Actor, Meet John Doe
23. Cecil Humphreys Cecil Humphreys Actor, Wuthering Heights
24. Jack 'Tiny' Lipson Jack 'Tiny' Lipson Actor, Flash Gordon
25. Brandon Hurst Brandon Hurst Actor, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Supporting player in US silents and talkies for three decades from 1915.
26. Victor Potel Victor Potel Actor, Sullivan's Travels Victor Potel was born in Lafayette, Indiana, in 1889. His first film was in 1910, for Essanay Film Manufacturing Company in Chicago. Potel worked for Essanay in most of the Broncho Billy series, as well as playing a character called "Slippery Sam" in almost 80 movies as well as Universal Pictures' "Snakeville" series...
27. Jack Rockwell Jack Rockwell Actor, The Lawless Frontier Granite-jawed, glowering Jack Rockwell--who also happened to be the brother of another veteran character actor, Charles Trowbridge--played more lawmen than probably any other actor in westerns. A sheriff, a marshal, a Texas Ranger . . . if you were watching any western from the 1920s to the 1940s - especially from Columbia or Republic - and somebody wearing a badge and a gun showed up on onscreen...
28. Arthur Loft Arthur Loft Actor, Scarlet Street
29. Lucile Gleason Lucile Gleason Actress, The Clock
30. William B. Davidson William B. Davidson Actor, The Most Dangerous Game Strapping leading man in US silent films, later a portrayer of men of authority in character roles until his death.
31. Ossi Oswalda Ossi Oswalda Actress, I Don't Want to Be a Man
32. John Kelly John Kelly Actor, Bringing Up Baby
33. Dudley Digges Dudley Digges Actor, Mutiny on the Bounty Character player of various types in US films from 1929 through the mid-40's.
34. Theodore Lorch Theodore Lorch Actor, Flash Gordon
35. Samuel Hoffenstein Samuel Hoffenstein Writer, Laura Lithuanian-born author and screenwriter, in the U.S. from 1894. Hoffenstein graduated from Lafayette College in Pennsylvania and subsequently went to work as a reporter for a local newspaper. By 1913, he had moved on to a position as a drama critic for the New York Evening Sun. At the same time, he contributed articles and short stories to Vanity Fair and a regular column to The New York Tribune...
36. LeRoy Mason LeRoy Mason Actor, Texas Terror
37. K.L. Saigal K.L. Saigal Actor, Devdas
38. F.J. McCormick F.J. McCormick Actor, Odd Man Out After a brief civil service career in Dublin and London, during which he acted in amateur dramatic societies (as a civil servant, he couldn't perform in public under his own name, hence F.J. McCormick, a name he chose at random since he liked the sound of it), he became a member of the Abbey Theatre (now the National Theatre of Ireland) company in 1918...
39. Jim Farley Jim Farley Actor, The General
40. Nelson McDowell Nelson McDowell Actor, The Dawn Rider
41. Vera West Vera West Costume Designer, Shadow of a Doubt
42. Willa Cather Willa Cather Writer, O Pioneers! Willa Cather was born in 1875 on a small farm close to the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. She was the eldest of seven children born to Charles Cather, a deputy Sheriff and struggling entrepreneur, and Mary Virginia Boak Cather. The family's Irish ancestors had settled in Pennsylvania in the 1750s...
43. John Ince John Ince Actor, Hour of Reckoning Eldest of the brothers Ince (see also Thomas H. Ince and Ralph Ince), he was first a silent-screen actor and then a director. With the arrival of sound, he ceased directing and became a character actor.
44. Mabel Van Buren Mabel Van Buren Actress, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
45. Ted Billings Ted Billings Actor, The Bride of Frankenstein
46. Walter Donaldson Walter Donaldson Soundtrack, L.A. Confidential Composer, songwriter ("Yes, Sir, That's My Baby", "My Buddy", "My Mammy", "My Blue Heaven", "Makin' Whoopie"), author, pianist and publisher, educated in public schools and then a worker in a Wall Street brokerage firm, becoming a pianist for a music publishing firm. During World War I, he entertained at Camp Upton in New York...
47. Bert Kalmar Bert Kalmar Soundtrack, The Green Mile Vaudevillian, song-and-dance man, tent show magician and juggler Bert Kalmar turned to writing parodies for the stage after a knee injury put an end to his performing career. However, at the urging of composer Ted Snyder, he soon put his talents to better use as a writer of popular songs. A chance encounter with pianist cum 'song plugger' Harry Ruby at Snyder & Waterson...
48. Joseph H. August Joseph H. August Cinematographer, They Were Expendable Renowned cinematographer Joseph August began his film career not as a cameraman but as a wrangler--he was born and raised in Colorado--at Inceville, the studio begun by pioneering producer/director Thomas H. Ince. He soon switched careers, becoming an assistant to cinematographer Ray C. Smallwood. He shot his first film...
49. Aldrich Bowker Aldrich Bowker Actor, Ball of Fire
50. Ferdinand Zecca Ferdinand Zecca Director, History of a Crime Was a cafe concert entertainer before Charles Pathe noticed him during the Universal Exhibition, where Zecca had been assigned to Pathe's stand. After a few daysPathe asked Zecca if he would like to work in cinematography. Zecca immediately accepted the offer and rapidly became Pathe's right hand man and head of production.
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