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1. Frank Morgan Frank Morgan Actor, The Wizard of Oz Jovial, somewhat flamboyant Frank Morgan (born Francis Wuppermann) will forever be remembered as the title character in The Wizard of Oz, but he was a veteran and respected actor long before he played that part, and turned in outstanding performances both before and after that film. One of 11 children of a wealthy manufacturer...
2. Wallace Beery Wallace Beery Actor, Grand Hotel In 1902, 16-year-old Wallace Beery joined the Ringling Brothers Circus as an assistant to the elephant trainer. He left two years later after a leopard clawed his arm. Beery next went to New York, where he found work in musical variety shows. He became a leading man in musicals and appeared on Broadway and in traveling stock companies...
3. Victor Fleming Victor Fleming Director, The Wizard of Oz Victor Fleming entered the film business as a stuntman in 1910, mainly doing stunt driving - which came easy to him, as he had been a mechanic and professional race-car driver. He became interested in working on the other side of the camera, and eventually got a job as a cameraman on many of the films of Douglas Fairbanks...
4. Harry Davenport Harry Davenport Actor, Gone with the Wind Character fame on film came quite late for long-time stage actor Harry Davenport at age 70, but he made up for lost time in very quick fashion with well over a hundred film roles registered from the advent of sound to the time of his death in 1949. Beloved for his twinkle-eyed avuncular and/or grandfatherly types in both comedy and drama...
5. Charles Middleton Charles Middleton Actor, Duck Soup Charles Middleton was born on October 3, 1874 in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. He was the son of a millionaire and did not have to work, but apparently went into acting because he needed to find a way to express himself. He worked in a traveling circus, in vaudeville, and acted in live theatre before he turned to motion pictures in 1920...
6. Maria Ouspenskaya Maria Ouspenskaya Actress, Love Affair The daughter of a lawyer, Ouspenskaya studied singing at the Warsaw Conservatory and acting at Adasheff's School of the Drama in Moscow. She received her practical training as an actress touring in the Russian provinces. She later joined the Moscow Art Theatre. It was here that she first worked under the direction of the great Konstantin Stanislavski...
7. Felix Bressart Felix Bressart Actor, To Be or Not to Be With his lanky frame, big nose, toothbrush moustache and horn-rimmed glasses, he looked like someone had decided to cross Groucho Marx with Albert Einstein. The perennial scene-stealer Felix Bressart had two distinct careers as a comic actor: an earlier one, on stage and screen in his native Germany; and a later...
8. Bill Robinson Bill Robinson Soundtrack, Stormy Weather Bill Robinson quit school at age seven and began work as a professional dancer the following year. Bojangles (the name referred to his happy-go-lucky ebullience) starred in vaudeville, musical stage and movies. He invented the stair tap routine and was considered one of the world's greatest tap dancers...
9. Will Hay Will Hay Actor, Oh, Mr. Porter! William Thompson Hay was probably one of the most versatile of entertainers. He was not only a character comedian of the first rank, but was also an astronomer of high repute - he discovered the spot on the planet Saturn in 1933 - and a fully qualified air pilot; he was once an engineer. Born at Stockton on Tees in 1888...
10. Sam Wood Sam Wood Director, A Night at the Opera After a two-year apprenticeship under Cecil B. DeMille as assistant director, Samuel Grosvenor Wood had the good fortune to have assigned to him two of the biggest stars at Paramount during their heyday: Wallace Reid, between 1919 and 1920; and Gloria Swanson, from 1921 to 1923. By the time his seven-year contract with Paramount expired...
11. Richard Dix Richard Dix Actor, Cimarron Richard Dix was a major leading man at RKO Radio Pictures from 1929 through 1943. He was born Ernest Carlton Brimmer July 18, 1893, in St. Paul, Minnesota. There he was educated, and at the desires of his father, studied to be a surgeon. His obvious acting talent in his school dramatic club led him to leading roles in most of the school plays...
12. Oscar Polk Oscar Polk Actor, Gone with the Wind
13. Ruth Vivian Ruth Vivian Actress, The Man Who Came to Dinner
14. Margaret Mitchell Margaret Mitchell Writer, Gone with the Wind
15. Howard C. Hickman Howard C. Hickman Actor, Gone with the Wind
16. Roman Bohnen Roman Bohnen Actor, The Best Years of Our Lives Hollywood character player of the 40's.
17. Richard Strauss Richard Strauss Soundtrack, 2001: A Space Odyssey Richard Strauss was a German composer best known for symphonic poem 'Also sprach Zarathustra' (Thus Spoke Zarathustra, 1896) used as the music score in 2001: A Space Odyssey by director Stanley Kubrik. He was born Richard Georg Strauss on June 11, 1864, in Munich, Bavaria (now Germany). His father, named Franz Strauss...
18. Richard Connell Richard Connell Writer, Meet John Doe Richard Connell was born In Dutchess County, New York in 1893. He began covering baseball games for his father's newspaper at age ten and was editing the paper at age sixteen. He served in World War I, and then lived in various European countries. After settling in Beverly Hills, California, Connell began writing short stories. Connell passed away in 1949.
19. Elliott Mason Elliott Mason Actress, Vacation from Marriage
20. Moore Marriott Moore Marriott Actor, Oh, Mr. Porter! Largely forgotten today, comic actor Moore Marriott reigned supreme for a time in the 1930s alongside Will Hay and Graham Moffatt in British film farce. The trio came about by happenstance, but it was their audiences who insisted they reappear together again and again. Born in 1885, Marriott started off on the stage as a youngster with his theatrical family...
21. Tom Walls Tom Walls Actor, A Cuckoo in the Nest Comedy farceur Tom Walls is indelibly associated with the popular Aldwych Theatre farces of the 1920s and 1930s. Born in 1883, this English gent was a former constable and jockey before making his stage debut in 1905. As the star and producer of a succession of witty spoofs typically denigrating society's uppercrust...
22. Leyland Hodgson Leyland Hodgson Actor, Dressed to Kill
23. Robert N. Bradbury Robert N. Bradbury Director, The Star Packer
24. Irene Vanbrugh Irene Vanbrugh Actress, Knight Without Armor
25. Don Stannard Don Stannard Actor, Dick Barton Strikes Back
26. Henrik Galeen Henrik Galeen Writer, Nosferatu
27. Herbert Stothart Herbert Stothart Soundtrack, The Wizard of Oz Of Scottish and German ancestry, Herbert Stothart was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1885. At first, he was slated for a career as a teacher of history. However, he became enamored with music while singing in a school choir, and again, later, while attending the University of Wisconsin. There, he...
28. Joseph Cawthorn Joseph Cawthorn Actor, White Zombie Cawthorn made his stage debut in 1872 at the age of four. At nine, he went to England and played in music halls for four years. In 1898, Cawthorn made his debut on Broadway and carried on a successful career for some twenty-five years. Moving to Hollywood in 1927, he began a career as a character actor...
29. John Tyrrell John Tyrrell Actor, Loco Boy Makes Good John Tyrrell entered show business at the age of 16 as half of the vaudeville dance team of Tyrrell and Mack. The act became very successful, and for the next ten years they played engagements all over the country and secured billing as featured players in the famous revue "George White's Scandals." As vaudeville began to wane...
30. Al Shean Al Shean Actor, San Francisco Half of the legendary vaudeville team of Gallagher & Shean, he played character parts in a few Hollywood films from 1935 through the 1940s.
31. Enrique Acosta Enrique Acosta Actor, Monerías
32. Alfred Drayton Alfred Drayton Actor, Things Happen at Night Stocky, bald and rather cold-eyed English character actor, who made a career of playing choleric, hectoring or exasperated authority figures. A former brewery worker, he first appeared in amateur dramatics and over the years built up a reputation as an incisive theatrical performer, both in stage farces and in dramatic roles...
33. Fritz Leiber Fritz Leiber Actor, The Story of Louis Pasteur Shakespearean stage actor; later a film player for three decades until his death.
34. Arthur Chesney Arthur Chesney Actor, The Lodger
35. Elmer Clifton Elmer Clifton Director, Assassin of Youth He acted on the stage from 1907 and worked with D.W. Griffith in various capacities between 1913 and 1922, including appearances in The Birth of a Nation and Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages. He became a director in 1917, with his best-known production probably being the big-budget whaling epic Down to the Sea in Ships, which brought Clara Bow to the attention of audiences...
36. William Stack William Stack Actor, Mary of Scotland William Stack has been often mistaken as British in the scant bio information available on him - he could imitate many a British accent. He was actually born in Oregon. But like many Americans who wished to become serious stage actors and seeing New York as overly competitive, he went to London as a young man...
37. Nora Gregor Nora Gregor Actress, The Rules of the Game Nora Gregor was an operetta diva, stage and film actress. She made her debut in Graz, Austria, and from there went to the Volksbühne an das Raimund-Theater in Vienna. She also worked at the Reinhardt Bühne in Berlin. From 1930 to 1933 she lived in Hollywood and also in Berlin. She made her first silent movie in 1921 and her first talkie in 1930 (Olympia)...
38. J. Searle Dawley J. Searle Dawley Director, Frankenstein J. Searle Dawley, the man who considered himself "the first motion picture director", was born James Searle Dawley on May 13, 1877, in Del Norte, Colorado. He was educated in Denver, and after graduating in 1895, became an actor with Louis Morrison's stock theatrical company. The tour he was hired for was canceled...
39. Craig Reynolds Craig Reynolds Actor, The Footloose Heiress
40. William Desmond William Desmond Actor, Society for Sale Raised in New York City, Dublin-born William Desmond began his show business career in vaudeville and on the stage. He had his own theatrical company by the time he made his film debut in Kilmeny. Starting out in dramatic parts, Desmond soon switched to westerns and action serials, and became a major western star...
41. Buddy Clark Buddy Clark Soundtrack, Melody Time Buddy Clark grew up in the Westend of Boston. As a youngster, he expressed strong interests in sports, body building, exercising, and one of his big dreams was to become a professional baseball player. Buddy even had plans to become a lawyer. He attended Northeastern Law School in Boston, however his love for music was stronger than his dreams of becoming a pro baseball player or an attorney...
42. Joseph A. Valentine Joseph A. Valentine Cinematographer, Rope
43. Kiki Palmer Kiki Palmer Actress, The Wedding March
44. C.V. France C.V. France Actor, The Skin Game
45. Béla Balázs Béla Balázs Writer, The 3 Penny Opera
46. Geneva Mitchell Geneva Mitchell Actress, Morning Glory
47. Robert McKenzie Robert McKenzie Actor, The Sign of the Cucumber A small man with a big belly, McKenzie entered films in 1915 and spent most of his career in B-Westerns, usually as a gold-watch-chained banker.
48. Jean Gillie Jean Gillie Actress, Decoy Great Britain's killer answer to Hollywood's femme fatale Ann Savage, sultry-eyed, long-maned beauty Jean Gillie had a modest, lightweight career in her homeland before coming to the States and impressing American audiences in one classic film noir. Had the film been released by a major studio...
49. William Wright William Wright Actor, Reveille with Beverly Handsome actor William Wright's mid-film 1940s career was pushed with a wave of Columbia Studio publicity promoting him as World War II's answer to Clark Gable. The push ultimately did not work and Wright's rather obscure career faded within a decade. The Utah-born actor moved to California after his schooling and studied at the Pasadena Playhouse...
50. Seymour Hicks Seymour Hicks Actor, Scrooge Seymour Hicks was an extremely successful actor and theatrical impresario who flourished from the late 19th century into the 1930s. He was best remembered for his portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol". Born on January 30, 1871 on the Isle of Jersey, he first trod the boards as a professional at the age of sixteen...
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