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1. Alan Hale Alan Hale Actor, It Happened One Night Alan Hale decided on a film career after his attempt at becoming an opera singer didn't pan out. He quickly became much in demand as a supporting actor, starred in several films for Cecil B. DeMille and directed others for him. With the advent of sound Hale played leads in a few films, but soon settled down into a career as one of the busiest character actors in the business...
2. Walter Huston Walter Huston Actor, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre For many years Walter Huston had two passions: his career as an engineer and his vocation for the stage. In 1909 he dedicated himself to the theatre, and made his debut on Broadway in 1924. In 1929 he journeyed to Hollywood, where his talent and ability made him one of the most respected actors in the industry. He won a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.
3. Al Jolson Al Jolson Soundtrack, The Aviator Al Jolson was known in the industry as "The World's Greatest Entertainer," for well over 40 years. After his death his influence continued unabated with such performers as Sammy Davis Jr., Elvis Presley, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Jackie Wilson and Jerry Lee Lewis all mentioning him as an inspiration...
4. Emil Jannings Emil Jannings Actor, The Blue Angel His real name was Theodor Friedrich Emil Janenz, and in the early 1900s, he was already working in the theater under Max Reinhardt's company. Important movies where he defined himself as a convincing actor were Madame DuBarry and Quo Vadis?, followed by The Last Laugh(aka The Last Laugh) in 1924 and Variety (aka Variety) in 1925...
5. George Orwell George Orwell Writer, Nineteen Eighty-Four Born the son of an Opium Agent in Bengal, Eric Blair was educated in England (Eton 1921). The joined the British Imperial Police in Burma, serving until 1927. He then travelled around England and Europe, doing various odd jobs to support his writing. By 1935 he had adopted the 'pen-name' of 'George Orwell' and had written his first novels...
6. Edgar Rice Burroughs Edgar Rice Burroughs Writer, Tarzan His father had been a major in the Union army during the Civil War. Edgar Rice Burroughs attended the Brown School then, due to a diphtheria epidemic, Miss Coolie's Maplehurst School for Girls, then the Harvard School, Phillips Andover and the Michigan Military Academy. He was a mediocre student and flunked his examination for West Point...
7. Sara Allgood Sara Allgood Actress, How Green Was My Valley Dublin-born Sara Allgood started her acting career in her native country with the famed Abbey Theatre. From there she traveled to the English stage, where she played for many years before making her film debut in 1918. Her warm, open Irish face meant that she spent a lot of time playing Irish mothers...
8. George Bernard Shaw George Bernard Shaw Writer, My Fair Lady The Anglo-Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925, acquired a reputation as the greatest dramatist in the English language during the first half of the 20th Century for the plays he had written at the height of his creativity from "Mrs. Warren's Profession" in 1893 to "The Apple Cart" in 1929...
9. Charles Kemper Charles Kemper Actor, Scarlet Street
10. Pedro de Cordoba Pedro de Cordoba Actor, Saboteur Although many people are under the impression that Pedro de Cordoba was Mexican, his mother was French and his father was Cuban, and he was born in New York City. De Cordoba's career began in silent films, where he established himself as a solid character actor, and his career carried over into talkies...
11. Symona Boniface Symona Boniface Actress, Micro-Phonies An American actress most frequently seen in bit parts in comedy shorts, mostly at Columbia Pictures, particularly those of The Three Stooges, Symona Boniface entered the theatre as a playwright and actress, and produced plays as well. After the stock market crash of 1929 she began taking bit parts in films...
12. Zeffie Tilbury Zeffie Tilbury Actress, The Grapes of Wrath
13. Hobart Cavanaugh Hobart Cavanaugh Actor, Captain Blood Worried-looking, balding, moustachioed and usually bespectacled small part character actor, prolific during the 1930s and 40s. Hobart Cavanaugh played downtrodden or henpecked little men -- the perennial victim, forever nervous or bewildered -- to absolute perfection. He was most at home as clerks, mailmen...
14. Steve Clemente Steve Clemente Actor, King Kong
15. Franklin Dyall Franklin Dyall Actor, The Private Life of Henry VIII.
16. Frank Buck Frank Buck Actor, Africa Screams
17. Dewey Robinson Dewey Robinson Actor, She Done Him Wrong
18. Hank Bell Hank Bell Actor, Flame of Barbary Coast
19. Maurice Costello Maurice Costello Actor, Fellow Voyagers
20. Joe Yule Joe Yule Actor, Boom Town
21. John M. Stahl John M. Stahl Director, Leave Her to Heaven John Stahl was the final executive in charge of Tiffany Pictures (located on the Talisman lot, later owned by Monogram Pictures), once a big fish in the pond of "Poverty Row", which in those days also included Columbia Pictures. With a B-movie history dating back to the silent era and after making 70 talkies...
22. Dink Trout Dink Trout Actor, Alice in Wonderland
23. Rex Ingram Rex Ingram Director, Love in Morocco Rex Ingram started film career as a set designer and painter. His directorial debut was The Great Problem. A true master of the medium, Ingram despised the business haggling required in the Hollywood system. He was also unhappy with the level of writing he found in American writers. This led him to work with such foreign writers as Vicente Blasco Ibáñez...
24. Helen Holmes Helen Holmes Actress, The Hazards of Helen Though the circumstances of Helen Holmes' birth are somewhat hazy (sources place it in either Chicago or Louisville, KY, in mid-June or early July of 1893), what isn't hazy is that she was, with Pearl White, the queen of the railroad serials of the mid-teens and early '20s. Holmes always played a strong-willed...
25. Marguerite De La Motte Marguerite De La Motte Actress, The Mark of Zorro Marguerite de la Motte was trained as a dancer, reputedly by the great ballerina Anna Pavlova, and entered films in 1918. She played opposite Douglas Fairbanks in many of his productions. Like many performers of the silent era, however, she was not able to sustain her career with the coming of talkies, and was soon relegated to smaller roles in minor productions.
26. Jane Cowl Jane Cowl Writer, Smilin' Through Jane Cowl was born in Boston, Massachusetts on December 14, 1884. Jane was one of the fine stage actresses of her time, who eventually found her way onto the silver screen in 1915 in Garden of Lies. She appeared (and became a playwright) on Broadway from 1903-47; acted in The Spreading Dawn in 1917 but she stepped away from films for a long time...
27. Christy Cabanne Christy Cabanne Director, The Mummy's Hand Christy Cabanne was, along with Sam Newfield and William Beaudine, one of the most prolific directors in the history of American films. A graduate of the US Naval Academy, Cabanne spent several years in the navy, leaving the service in 1908. He decided on a career in the theater, and became a director as well as an actor...
28. Jack Evans Jack Evans Actor, Rawhide Romance
29. Monty Banks Monty Banks Actor, Chasing Choo Choos Monty Banks was a short, stocky but somehow debonair Italian-born comic actor, later also writer and director. In the US from 1914, he first appeared on stage in musical comedy and cabaret. By 1917 he was working as a dancer in New York's Dominguez Cafe. After this he turned to films, acting and doing stunt work at Keystone...
30. Sid Grauman Sid Grauman Self, Week End in Hollywood
31. Russ Powell Russ Powell Actor, The Red Mill
32. Claude Bailey Claude Bailey Actor, The Unholy Quest
33. Rockliffe Fellowes Rockliffe Fellowes Actor, Monkey Business
34. Georges Metaxa Georges Metaxa Actor, Swing Time
35. Florence Nash Florence Nash Actress, The Women
36. Humphrey Jennings Humphrey Jennings Director, Listen to Britain Humphrey Jennings, born in 1907, was a writer, set designer, painter, editor and, perhaps most famously, a director of ground-breaking documentary films for the renowned GPO film unit: Listen to Britain, Fires Were Started and A Diary for Timothy, films that changed the face of public service broadcasting. Throughout...
37. Max Davidson Max Davidson Actor, Pass the Gravy
38. Flora Parker DeHaven Flora Parker DeHaven Actress, The Girl in the Taxi
39. Kurt Weill Kurt Weill Soundtrack, The World's End
40. Friedrich Feher Friedrich Feher Actor, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
41. Vaslav Nijinsky Vaslav Nijinsky Writer, Nijinsky: The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky Vaslav Nijinsky was one of the most important male dancers of all time. He was born Vaslav Fomich Nijinsky on December 28, 1889, while his parents were on tour in Kiev, Russian Empire (now Kiev, Ukraine). His father, Foma (Thomas) Lavrentevich Nijinsky, and his mother, Eleonora Bereda, were of Polish-Russian heritage...
42. Buddy G. DeSylva Buddy G. DeSylva Soundtrack, The Aviator Prolific songwriter ("April Showers", "Button Up Your Overcoat", "Look for the Silver Lining", "California, Here I Come"), composer, producer, publisher and author, educated at USC. He wrote songs for the Broadway musicals "Sinbad", "Sally", "The Perfect Fool", "The French Doll", and the 1918 and 1921 editions of the Ziegfeld Follies...
43. Jim Corey Jim Corey Actor, The Champion Liar
44. Evelyn Selbie Evelyn Selbie Actress, When Liz Lets Loose
45. Florence Arliss Florence Arliss Actress, Disraeli
46. Frank Graham Frank Graham Actor, The Three Caballeros
47. Irene Haisman Irene Haisman Actress, Niobe
48. Bull Montana Bull Montana Actor, The Lost World
49. Rafael Sabatini Rafael Sabatini Writer, Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini was born near the Adriatic seaport of Ancona, Italy to Anna Trafford, an Englishwoman, and Italian Vincenzo Sabatini, both of whom were well known opera singers. With their careers still in full swing and included much traveling, so baby Rafael was sent to her parents near Liverpool for a stable home life...
50. Ernest Haycox Ernest Haycox Writer, Stagecoach Haycox is the writer most often credited with raising western fiction up from the pulps into the mainstream; his influence on other writers of western fiction cannot be overestimated. He was a prolific writer, with almost three hundred short stories and more than twenty novels to his credit, and is among the most successful writers of American western fiction...
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