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1. Robert Walker Robert Walker Actor, Strangers on a Train He possessed the same special brand of rebel/misfit sensitivity and charm that made superstars out of John Garfield and (later) James Dean and Montgomery Clift. In the war-torn 1940s, Robert Walker represented MGM's fresh, instinctive breed of up-and-coming talent. His boyish good looks combined with an attractive vulnerability came across the screen with such beauty...
2. Mayo Methot Mayo Methot Actress, Marked Woman
3. Fanny Brice Fanny Brice Actress, The Great Ziegfeld Fanny Brice was a popular and influential American comedienne, singer, theatre and film actress, who made many stage, radio and film appearances but is best remembered as the creator and star of the top-rated radio comedy series, The Baby Snooks Show. Thirteen years after her death, she was portrayed on the Broadway stage by Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl...
4. Warner Baxter Warner Baxter Actor, 42nd Street Warner Baxter claimed to have an early pre-disposition toward show business: "I discovered a boy a block away who would eat worms and swallow flies for a penny. For one-third of the profits, I exhibited him in a tent." When he was age 9, his widowed mother moved to San Francisco where, following the earthquake of 1906...
5. Jack Holt Jack Holt Actor, Cat People Staunch, granite-jawed American leading man of silent and early talkie films, much associated with Westerns. A native of New York City, Holt often claimed to have been born in Winchester, Virginia, where he grew up. The son of an Episcopal minister, he attended Trinity School in Manhattan, then the Virginia Military Institute...
6. Ivor Novello Ivor Novello Soundtrack, Atonement While his special gifts seemed to lie in music and composing, the dapper, multi-talented Welsh actor Ivor Novello (ne David Ivor Davies), with his leading-man good looks, had a strong affinity for the camera. Born in Cardiff, Wales, in 1893, he was the son of a tax-collector father and a well-known singing teacher mother...
7. Maria Montez Maria Montez Actress, Arabian Nights In a world weary of war and dispirited by the ravages of the Great Depression, Hollywood at the turn of the 1940's concocted a wildly popular, effective lot of escapist fare (though often cheaply made) to regale the sick at heart worldwide. Universal Pictures, more often than not, led in producing such films...
8. Val Lewton Val Lewton Producer, The Body Snatcher Born in Russia in 1904, Lewton moved with his mother and sister to Berlin in 1906, then to USA in 1909. He wrote for newspapers, magazines, novels, pornography, etc.- often using pseudonyms to disguise their origin (the name Val Lewton was one such pseudonym, used first for some novels in the 1930's...
9. William Randolph Hearst William Randolph Hearst Producer, Little Old New York William Randolph Hearst was the greatest newspaper baron in the history of the United States and is the person whom Citizen Kane, widely regarded as the greatest film ever made, is primarily based on. While there are many similarities between Charles Foster Kane, as limned by the great Orson Welles and his screenwriter, Herman J. Mankiewicz (who knew Hearst), there are many dissimilarities also...
10. Oscar Micheaux Oscar Micheaux Writer, Body and Soul Oscar Micheaux, the first African-American to produce a feature-length film (The Homesteader in 1919) and a sound feature-length film (The Exile in 1931), is not a major figure in American film just for these milestones, but because his oeuvre is a window onto the American psyche as regards race and its deleterious effects on individuals and society...
11. Clifton Young Clifton Young Actor, Dark Passage Clifton "Bobby" Young gained notoriety as a child actor playing "Bonedust" during Our Gang's sound transition period. Of all the graduates of Our Gang (with the exception of Jackie Cooper and arguably Dickie Moore), Clifton had the greatest shot at adult stardom - at least as far as strong character roles were concerned...
12. Betty Linley Betty Linley Actress, The Heiress
13. Edwin L. Marin Edwin L. Marin Director, A Christmas Carol Director Edwin L. Marin was born in Jersey City, NJ, in 1899. He traveled to Hollywood as a young man, and at age 20 got a job in the industry as an assistant cameraman. By 1932 he had crossed over to directing, first for low-budget studio Tiffany Pictures. However, he worked his way up the Hollywood food chain and was soon making films for major studios like Warner Brothers and MGM...
14. Stanley Ridges Stanley Ridges Actor, Sergeant York Born in England in 1891, Stanley Ridges would become a protégé of Beatrice Lillie, a star of musical comedies, and spent a great many years learning and honing his craft on the stage. He eventually would make his way over to America, and become a romantic leading man on Broadway. His first film appearance was in Success...
15. Robert J. Flaherty Robert J. Flaherty Director, Nanook of the North
16. Ralph Forbes Ralph Forbes Actor, Twentieth Century Ralph Forbes had other ideas than the family wish for him to seek a career in law or the navy. He became interested in acting and began stage work in England. By 1917, he had come to the US to get his feet wet in the film medium with his first silent that year. But he returned to the UK to work in the early British film industry from 1921 to 1926...
17. J. Edward Bromberg J. Edward Bromberg Actor, The Mark of Zorro J. Edward Bromberg was a founding member of the legendary Group Theatre. His appearance being rather short and stocky, Bromberg from the start was known as a character actor who was very respected by his peers. He was primarily a stage actor but in the mid-thirties made his way into film where he further enhanced his reputation as a diverse character actor...
18. Mady Christians Mady Christians Actress, Letter from an Unknown Woman Mady Christians was born in Vienna, Austria. Destined to be in films in both Germany and the US, she started out as a stage actress but soon found new challenges in the world of cinema. Her first film was at the tender age of 16 when she appeared in Audrey. She remained in German films for the next 26 years before coming to the US and starring in The Only Girl...
19. Barton Yarborough Barton Yarborough Actor, The Ghost of Frankenstein Born in Goldthwaite Texas, Barton Yarborough ran away from home as a youth to join vaudeville. In the 1920s he got involved in radio, and in 1932 began a long run as Cliff Barbour on the hugely famous drama "One Man's Family," which he appeared in until his death. Other outstanding radio roles came along the way...
20. Louis Jouvet Louis Jouvet Actor, Quai des Orfèvres Louis Jouvet was a living glory of the French theatre where he debuted in 1910. In his life he has worked as pharmacist, manager of a theatre, actor and theatre teacher. He debuted at the movies in 1932 and his best films were of the Golden Age of French cinema called the "poetical realism", e.g. "Hotel du Nord (1938)" or "La La fin du jour (1939)"...
21. Leon Errol Leon Errol Actor, The Invisible Man's Revenge Bald-pated, Hollywood comedy star best remembered for his two-reelers for two decades from 1933, and for his appearances opposite Lupe Velez in the 'Mexican Spitfire' features of the early 40's.
22. Ferike Boros Ferike Boros Actress, Bachelor Mother
23. Edmund MacDonald Edmund MacDonald Actor, Detour
24. Gibson Gowland Gibson Gowland Actor, The Phantom of the Opera
25. Arthur Stuart Hull Arthur Stuart Hull Actor, The Palm Beach Story
26. John Alexander John Alexander Actor, The Petrified Forest
27. Garry Owen Garry Owen Actor, Arsenic and Old Lace
28. Sinclair Lewis Sinclair Lewis Writer, Elmer Gantry Sinclair Lewis, the first American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, was a colossus of American letters in the first half of the last century. Arguably, he is the first major "modern" writer of the 20th century, as there is American literature before "Main Street" (1920) and after that seminal novel...
29. Frank McGlynn Sr. Frank McGlynn Sr. Actor, Captain Blood
30. Edward Rigby Edward Rigby Actor, The Girl Was Young
31. David Torrence David Torrence Actor, Mutiny on the Bounty David Torrence was the second child born out of eleven children to Henry Torrance Thomson and Janet Bryce. Davis given name was 'David Bryce Thomson." Born on Jan 17,1863 in Edinbough,Scotland. David's brother was character star 'Ernest Torrence' who was 15 years younger than David. Ernest was the first of the two to come to California and become actors...
32. Eddie Dunn Eddie Dunn Actor, The Great Dictator
33. Fréhel Fréhel Actress, Amélie
34. Richard Wallace Richard Wallace Director, The Young in Heart Richard Wallace was born in Sacramento, California, in 1894. At 14 years of age he got a job as a theater projectionist, a job he held for four years. He later traveled to Los Angeles to get into the film industry, and wound up as an editor for such studios as Triangle and Robertson-Cole. His career was interrupted by service in the US Army Signal Corps during World War I...
35. John Berkes John Berkes Actor, Ace in the Hole
36. Ethel Warwick Ethel Warwick Actress, The Bigamist
37. Olga Roderick Olga Roderick Actress, Freaks Olga Roderick, Madame Olga, was born Jane Barnell in Wilmington, NC on January 3, 1871 (or February 28, 1877, depending on the source). Her father was a Russian Jew and her mother Catawba Indian. According to historians, she was growing hair by the age of two and was bearded at four. Her deformity caused her mother to believe that Jane was bewitched...
38. Joe King Joe King Actor, Shifting Sands
39. Sigmund Romberg Sigmund Romberg Soundtrack, U-571
40. Robert Elliott Robert Elliott Actor, Gone with the Wind
41. Johnny Arthur Johnny Arthur Actor, My Stars American actor who specialized in timid or whiny characters. He appeared on the stage in England and in the USA, and performed in musical comedy. He began his film work in silents and often worked in the films of Hal Roach.
42. Jules Berry Jules Berry Actor, Le Jour se Leve
43. Larry Steers Larry Steers Actor, White Pongo
44. Richard Hart Richard Hart Actor, Green Dolphin Street While he had a short life and very short film career, sleekly handsome actor Richard Hart, with his dark and virile looks, demonstrated much promise in those few years, especially on Broadway and in TV's "Golden Age." It all ended quickly, however, with his sudden demise at age 35. Born Richard Comstock Hart...
45. Tex Cooper Tex Cooper Actor, Trouble in Texas Tex Cooper was born as Judge Thomas Cooper in Denton, Texas, the son of Wilford Cooper and Lemon Pair. Tex had siblings Walter and George Cooper. His parents were farmers and hailed from Bradley County, Tennessee. Tex's trademark in the movies was his Buffalo Bill lookalike appearance. His grandfather...
46. Ernest Cossart Ernest Cossart Actor, The Great Ziegfeld Ernest Cossart came to Hollywood to play a succession of butlers, valets and man-servants with names like Binns, Jeepers or Brassett. In fact, if you saw Angel or Letter of Introduction, you may have assumed that he simply stepped from one movie set to another. Always at home donning bat-wing collars...
47. Sammy Brooks Sammy Brooks Actor, Bumping Into Broadway Sammy Brooks a very short comic performers born Samuel Rockenberg in New York in 1891, began his career in the vaudeville in the early 1910's, appeared as a character or bit parts in many comedy films, first working for Hal Roach in the Lonesome Luke comedies starring Harold Lloyd in 1916-17, also appeared in many westerns...
48. Nora Cecil Nora Cecil Actress, I Married a Witch
49. Jesse James Jr. Jesse James Jr. Actor, Jesse James as the Outlaw
50. Francis Lister Francis Lister Actor, Mutiny on the Bounty
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