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1. 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...
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. Harry Carey Harry Carey Actor, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Born in New York City to a Judge of Special Sessions who was also president of a sewing machine company. Grew up on City Island, New York. Attended Hamilton Military Academy and turned down an appointment to West Point to attend New York University, where his law school classmates included future New York City mayor James J...
4. 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...
5. Aleister Crowley Aleister Crowley Writer, Masters of Darkness: Aleister Crowley - The Wickedest Man in the World
6. 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...
7. 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...
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. 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...
10. 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...
11. 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.
12. 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...
13. 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...
14. LeRoy Mason LeRoy Mason Actor, Texas Terror
15. John Kelly John Kelly Actor, Bringing Up Baby
16. Walter Walker Walter Walker Actor, Flying Down to Rio
17. Robert Kalloch Robert Kalloch Costume Designer, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Bespectacled, academic-looking costume designer, who did his best work during the heyday of Columbia screwball comedy (1932-40). Particularly memorable and evocative examples of his creative flair are Claudette Colbert's outfits for It Happened One Night, Irene Dunne's in The Awful Truth; and Rosalind Russell's for His Girl Friday...
18. Henry Ford Henry Ford Self, Til Vesterheimen
19. 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.
20. Lucile Gleason Lucile Gleason Actress, The Clock
21. 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.
22. 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...
23. Dudley Digges Dudley Digges Actor, Mutiny on the Bounty Character player of various types in US films from 1929 through the mid-40's.
24. John Arledge John Arledge Actor, The Grapes of Wrath Hollywood supporting player in dozens of 30's and 40's films.
25. 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.
26. 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...
27. Ernie Adams Ernie Adams Actor, The Pride of the Yankees
28. Jim Farley Jim Farley Actor, The General
29. 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)...
30. William M. Marston William M. Marston Writer, Justice League: Doom 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...
31. Brandon Hurst Brandon Hurst Actor, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Supporting player in US silents and talkies for three decades from 1915.
32. Charles R. Moore Charles R. Moore Actor, Sullivan's Travels
33. Ossi Oswalda Ossi Oswalda Actress, I Don't Want to Be a Man
34. Aldrich Bowker Aldrich Bowker Actor, Ball of Fire
35. K.L. Saigal K.L. Saigal Actor, Devdas
36. Ben Taggart Ben Taggart Actor, Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe
37. Jack 'Tiny' Lipson Jack 'Tiny' Lipson Actor, Flash Gordon
38. 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...
39. Theodore Lorch Theodore Lorch Actor, Flash Gordon
40. Tom O'Brien Tom O'Brien Actor, The Big Parade
41. Marcel Varnel Marcel Varnel Director, Oh, Mr. Porter! French-born Marcel Varnel began his film career not in France but in Hollywood, as a 30-year-old in 1924. He left Hollywood for Great Britain in the mid-'30s and began turning out a series of low-budget comedies for Will Hay and George Formby, among others. While his films were for the most part undistinguished...
42. Ted Billings Ted Billings Actor, The Bride of Frankenstein
43. Man o' War Man o' War Self, Glimpses of Kentucky
44. 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...
45. 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...
46. 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.
47. Luis G. Barreiro Luis G. Barreiro Actor, Prisoner 13
48. Nelson McDowell Nelson McDowell Actor, The Dawn Rider
49. Vera West Vera West Costume Designer, Shadow of a Doubt
50. Ben Webster Ben Webster Actor, Lassie Come Home
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