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1. Warren William Warren William Actor, Gold Diggers of 1933 Warren William, the stalwart leading man of pre-Production Code talkies, was born Warren William Krech on December 2, 1894 in Aitkin, Minnesota, the son of a newspaper publisher. William originally planned to become a journalist, but he had a change of heart, and instead went to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and trained to become an actor...
2. Carole Landis Carole Landis Actress, Topper Returns In 1935, after high school and a brief marriage in San Bernardino, California, Frances Ridste ran away to San Francisco to work as a nightclub dancer and band singer under the stage name Carole Landis. She got to Hollywood at age 17 in 1936 and got mostly extra work, but in 1937 she landed a contract with Warner Bros...
3. D.W. Griffith D.W. Griffith Director, The Birth of a Nation David Wark Griffith was born in rural Kentucky to Jacob "Roaring Jake" Griffith, a former Confederate Army colonel and Civil War hero. Young Griffith grew up with his father's romantic war stories and melodramatic nineteenth-century literature that were to eventually mold his black-and-white view of human existence and history...
4. Sergei M. Eisenstein Sergei M. Eisenstein Director, Battleship Potemkin The son of a affluent architect, Eisenstein attended the Institute of Civil Engineering in Petrograd as a young man. With the fall of the tsar in 1917, he worked as an engineer for the Red Army. In the following years, Eisenstein joined up with the Moscow Proletkult Theater as a set designer and then director...
5. C. Aubrey Smith C. Aubrey Smith Actor, Rebecca Movie roles are sometimes based upon what the audience expects to see. If the role called for the tall stereotypical Englishmen with the stiff upper lip and stern determination, that man would be C. Aubrey Smith, graduate of Cambridge University,a leading freemason and a test cricketer for England. Smith was 30 by the time he embarked upon a career on the stage...
6. Dame May Whitty Dame May Whitty Actress, The Lady Vanishes Born Mary Whitty on June 19, 1865 to a Liverpool newspaper editor and his wife, she became known as May Whitty to the world. She first stepped on the London stage in 1882. She worked as an understudy at the St. James Theatre, and then, began playing leading roles when she joined a traveling stock company...
7. Babe Ruth Babe Ruth Actor, The Pride of the Yankees Most of Babe Ruth's records have been broken. In 1961, not only did Roger Maris break The Babe's 34-year-old record for most home runs in a season with 61*, but Maris' teammate on the '61 Yankees, pitcher 'Whitey Ford' broke The Babe's 43-year-old record for most scoreless innings pitched in a World Series when the Yankees dispatched the Reds that year in the post-season...
8. James Baskett James Baskett Actor, Song of the South
9. Samuel S. Hinds Samuel S. Hinds Actor, It's a Wonderful Life Samuel S. Hinds, a Harvard graduate, was a lawyer in Hollywood until the stock market crash of 1929, in which he lost most of his money. Hinds, who had an interest in theater acting, decided to embark on a career in acting, albeit it age 54. The tall, dignified-looking Hinds appeared in over 200 films...
10. Edgar Kennedy Edgar Kennedy Actor, Duck Soup Edgar Kennedy, who was born on April 26, 1890, near Monterey, California, hit the road as a young man and traveled across the country, working in a succession of jobs. He became a professional boxer, claiming to have gone 14 rounds against The Manassas Mauler, Jack Dempsey. In addition to his knowledge of the "Sweet Science"...
11. Mohandas K. Gandhi Mohandas K. Gandhi Self, Mahatma Gandhi Talks Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi) was born on October 2, 1869, into a Hindu Modh family in Porbanadar, Gujarat, India. His father, named Karamchand Gandhi, was the Chief Minister (diwan) of the city of Porbanadar. His mother, named Putlibai, was the fourth wife; the previous three wives died in childbirth...
12. Elissa Landi Elissa Landi Actress, After the Thin Man Elissa Landi was born in Venice, Italy, on December 6, 1904. From childhood she was fascinated with the stage. As many little girls did at the time, Elissa wanted nothing more than to be a big star on the great stages of Europe. Her acting career started out at local theater companies, eventually leading her to the hallowed stages of London...
13. Billy 'Froggy' Laughlin Billy 'Froggy' Laughlin Actor, Don't Lie His mother enrolled him in a dramatic class to overcome his self-consciousness. His gravel voice was exploited by an MGM talent scout. After his test and positive public reaction he was signed to a term contract to Our Gang. His favorite sport was bicycling. After Our Gang was over, Froggy was riding...
14. Gregg Toland Gregg Toland Cinematographer, Citizen Kane Born in Illinois in 1904, the only child of Jennie and Frank Toland, Gregg and his mother moved to California several years after his parents divorced in 1910. Through Jennie's work as a housekeeper for several people in the movie business, Gregg may had gotten a $12-a-week job at age 15 as an office boy at William Fox Studios...
15. Antonin Artaud Antonin Artaud Actor, The Passion of Joan of Arc
16. Willard Robertson Willard Robertson Actor, The Ox-Bow Incident Lawyer who abandoned his profession to take up the actor's calling - although lawyer and actor are essentially kindred spirits, each deriving his livelihood from the art of pretending. Robertson acted in Hollywood films from 1930 until the year he died, typically portraying men of authority such as doctors, elected officials, military officers and - yes - lawyers.
17. Paul Wegener Paul Wegener Actor, The Golem
18. Edwin Maxwell Edwin Maxwell Actor, His Girl Friday
19. Louis Lumière Louis Lumière Producer, Employees Leaving the Lumière Factory Although no one will ever come up with a definitive answer as to who invented the cinema (probably because no one single person was responsible), Louis Lumiere has one of the strongest claims to the title - for it was he (with his brother Auguste) who invented the cinematographe: a machine that combined...
20. Charles D. Brown Charles D. Brown Actor, The Big Sleep
21. Mary Nolan Mary Nolan Actress, Desert Nights Blonde and utterly beautiful, Mary Nolan had the requisite figure and prettiness to rise up fast in the Hollywood ranks. Her downfall, however, would be just as fast and not at all pretty. She was born Mary Imogene Robertson in 1905 and began her show-business career as a teenage model. Showman Florenz Ziegfeld Jr....
22. Charles C. Wilson Charles C. Wilson Actor, It Happened One Night
23. Jacques Feyder Jacques Feyder Director, Carnival in Flanders
24. Cy Schindell Cy Schindell Actor, The Devil Commands
25. Bill Cody Bill Cody Actor, The Vanishing Riders Bill Cody, the B-movie cowboy star, was born William Joseph Cody, Jr., on January 5, 1891 in St. Paul, Minnesota 1891, although some sources list his place of birth as Manitoba. He was no relation to William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody. He was educated at Saint Thomas Military Academy in Minneapolis and later attended St...
26. Fred Niblo Fred Niblo Director, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ Fred Niblo entered films in 1917, after two decades as a touring actor in vaudeville and one-time manager of the Four Cohans (he married Josephine Cohan, the sister of George M. Cohan). He appeared in two early Australian silent films in 1916, which effectively marked his screen debut. After that, he worked for Thomas H. Ince from 1917...
27. Warren Hymer Warren Hymer Actor, Meet John Doe
28. Buster Brodie Buster Brodie Actor, There It Is
29. Lajos Biró Lajos Biró Writer, The Thief of Bagdad
30. Mary Gish Mary Gish Actress, Letters Entangled
31. Hay Petrie Hay Petrie Actor, Jamaica Inn Diminutive Scots character actor of quirky personality and gift of gab. As a drama student at St. Andrews, he first performed in productions staged by the university's dramatic society. He served with the Royal Scots during World War I, then forged a career playing comic roles on the Shakespearean stage...
32. Nigel De Brulier Nigel De Brulier Actor, The Hunchback of Notre Dame Character actor in Hollywood silents and talkies.
33. Mohammad Ali Jinnah Mohammad Ali Jinnah Self, Congress Session in Bombay
34. Eddy Chandler Eddy Chandler Actor, The Desert Trail Character actor who made his film debut on the East Coast in October 1911. After serving in WWI, Chandler continued with his film and stage career becoming one of the most prolific (if more often than not uncredited) bit actors in the industry. Also appeared in vaudeville as a comedian and singer; when his act completed its run in Los Angeles...
35. King Baggot King Baggot Actor, I'll Fix It
36. Leo White Leo White Actor, Blood and Sand Leo White started in comedy on the boards of English music hall in the late 1890's. He accompanied theatrical producer Daniel Frohman (later a partner of Adolph Zukor in Famous Players Lasky) to Hollywood in 1910. From 1914, he appeared in Essanay comedies and filmed the 'Sweedie' series with Wallace Beery...
37. Ray Mayer Ray Mayer Actor, Follow the Fleet
38. Gustav Diessl Gustav Diessl Actor, The Testament of Dr. Mabuse Gustav Diessl was an Austrian artist, film and stage actor. He studied art, painting and sculpture in Vienna. From 1921 he worked in Berlin as an actor for G.W. Pabst in his silent film, "Abgründe" (1928). In 1929 he played in White Hell of Pitz Palu ("The White Hell of Pitz Palu"). After that he became famous in USA...
39. Patricia Farr Patricia Farr Actress, Mr. & Mrs. Smith
40. Karl Valentin Karl Valentin Actor, Die Erbschaft
41. Earl Carroll Earl Carroll Writer, Murder at the Vanities Producer, director, composer, songwriter and composer; Earl Carroll was part Billy Rose, a little Busby Berkeley and part Michael Todd. He was a staff writer for a New York publishing company between 1912 and 1917, then served in the US Army Air Force during World War I. He produced and directed the Broadway musicals "Earl Carroll Vanities" (11 editions)...
42. Nora Lane Nora Lane Actress, Don't Play Bridge with Your Wife
43. Edythe Chapman Edythe Chapman Actress, Beyond the Rocks Edythe Chapman was born in Rochester, New York on October 8, 1863. A stage actress who came upon movies late in life, she nonetheless made 97 motion pictures. She was 51 years old when she played in _Richelieu (1914)_. Edythe was one of the busier actresses in the early silent era appearing in as many as nine films a year...
44. Leo F. Forbstein Leo F. Forbstein Music Department, Casablanca Leo Forbstein began as a violin player at the age of 4. While conducting at the Royal Theater in St. Joseph, Mo., he pioneered and introduced the synchronization of the orchestra with the silent action on the movie screen. He moved to Hollywood in the mid 1920s where he directed a symphony orchestra at Grauman's Egyptian Theater...
45. A.E.W. Mason A.E.W. Mason Writer, The Four Feathers
46. Jack Kirk Jack Kirk Actor, Zorro's Black Whip
47. Beryl Wallace Beryl Wallace Actress, The Kansan Voluptuous Beryl Wallace was born in Brooklyn, New York, the eldest of nine children of working class Austrian-Jewish émigrés. With her knockout looks and obvious shapeliness, the "Big Apple" beauty naturally gravitated toward an entertainment career and first turned to dancing. She was only a teenager when...
48. Charles Bryant Charles Bryant Actor, Stronger Than Death
49. Karl Hackett Karl Hackett Actor, Perils of the West
50. Zelda Sayre Zelda Sayre Uncategorised Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald was born in Montgomery, Alabama. She was strikingly beautiful and intelligent, but wild and impatient with learning. In the summer of 1918, shortly after graduating from high school, she met an Army lieutenant and aspiring novelist named F. Scott Fitzgerald at a dance at the Montgomery Country Club...
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