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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 Bronx, NY, 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. 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...
4. Al Capone Al Capone 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...
5. Elizabeth Short Elizabeth Short 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. Herman Bing Herman Bing Actor, The Great Ziegfeld
7. 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 excellence far outshone her reputation as an actress...
8. 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...
9. 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...
10. Bugsy Siegel Bugsy Siegel 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...
11. Brandon Hurst Brandon Hurst Actor, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
12. William B. Davidson William B. Davidson Actor, The Most Dangerous Game
13. Robert Homans Robert Homans Actor, The Grapes of Wrath Dour-faced US character player in films for more than two decades from 1923, often in portrayals of peace officers such as judges and lawmen. Even at his most elderly, he could frequently be seen as a white-haired, uniformed policeman - often affecting an Irish accent to boot.
14. Jim Farley Jim Farley Actor, The General
15. 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...
16. Theodore Lorch Theodore Lorch Actor, Flash Gordon
17. Ernie Adams Ernie Adams Actor, The Pride of the Yankees
18. Dudley Digges Dudley Digges Actor, Mutiny on the Bounty
19. Arthur Loft Arthur Loft Actor, Scarlet Street
20. Olive Borden Olive Borden Actress, 3 Bad Men Considered one of the most beautiful actresses of the silent era, Borden was a 'Mack Sennet' bathing beauty at 15 and reached the peak of her career in 1926 when she made 11 films for Fox Studios and was earning $1,500 a week. Refusing to take a salary cut, Borden abruptly left Fox in 1928 and made only a few pictures for other studios before retiring from films in 1938...
21. John Arledge John Arledge Actor, The Grapes of Wrath
22. LeRoy Mason LeRoy Mason Actor, Texas Terror
23. William Moulton Marston William Moulton 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...
24. Hans Fallada Hans Fallada Writer, Alone in Berlin
25. Lucile Gleason Lucile Gleason Actress, The Clock
26. Ossi Oswalda Ossi Oswalda Actress, Ich möchte kein Mann sein Ossi Oswalda was born Oswalda Staglich on February 2, 1899 in Berlin, Germany. She trained to be a ballerina and worked in chorus lines when she was a teenager. Director Ernst Lubitsch discovered her and cast her in his 1916 film The Shoe Palace. Over the next five years she appeared in many of Lubitsch's comedies including The Doll...
27. Eric Mayne Eric Mayne Actor, Dr. Jack Dublin-born Eric Mayne was educated at Westminster and Durham in England and spent almost thirty years on the stage in both London and his native Ireland. He had a penchant for Shakespearean roles and in later years lectured in Shakespeare at the Los Angeles University College. Mayne, with his imposing six-foot frame and beard...
28. Harry C. Bradley Harry C. Bradley Actor, Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe
29. Aleister Crowley Aleister Crowley Writer, The Rite of Sol, a Rock Opera
30. Henry Ford Henry Ford Self, Til Vesterheimen
31. Bartolomeo Pagano Bartolomeo Pagano Actor, Maciste in Hell Strongman who won role of Maciste in Cabiria (1914), and took the character's name as his own stage name in a series of films for the next 14 years. After Pagano's death, the character of Maciste was played by several other actors.
32. Harry Holman Harry Holman Actor, Meet John Doe
33. 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...
34. Ted Billings Ted Billings Actor, Bride of Frankenstein
35. J. Warren Kerrigan J. Warren Kerrigan Actor, The Covered Wagon Very popular American star of silent films who left the business at the height of his career. While barely in his teens, he worked as a warehouse clerk until a chance arrived to appear in a vaudeville production. He continued to act in traveling stock productions, though he took a brief time away from the stage to attend the University of Illinois...
36. John Ince John Ince Actor, Hour of Reckoning
37. John Kelly John Kelly Actor, Bringing Up Baby
38. Aldrich Bowker Aldrich Bowker Actor, Ball of Fire
39. 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...
40. George Carney George Carney Actor, 'I Know Where I'm Going!'
41. Mark Hellinger Mark Hellinger Producer, 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...
42. Hugh Sothern Hugh Sothern Actor, The Oklahoma Kid
43. Jack 'Tiny' Lipson Jack 'Tiny' Lipson Actor, Flash Gordon
44. Jack Rockwell Jack Rockwell Actor, The Lawless Frontier John Rockwell was the brother of film character actor Charles Trowbridge. He was a film actor for Columbia Studios and acted in film "westerns", predominately, but also worked for 'Republic Pictures Studios' for many years. He died at Glendale Sanitarium Hospital from 'hyperstatic shock' and 'enforced bed rest'...
45. 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...
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. Betty Ross Clarke Betty Ross Clarke Actress, Murders in the Rue Morgue This brown-haired, grey-eyed ingénue of the early 20's made her way to the screen via touring stock companies immediately upon completing her education. She was a vaudeville dancer, then had a small role on Broadway in 1917. Eventually, she would come to greater prominence on the London stage. During Betty's seven-year long absence from Hollywood (1924-31)...
48. 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...
49. Will Fyffe Will Fyffe Actor, To the Victor
50. Vera West Vera West Costume Designer, Shadow of a Doubt
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