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1. Nigel Bruce Nigel Bruce Actor, Rebecca Nigel was, from the beginning, typecast as bumbling English aristocrats, military types or drawing room society snobs and, within the narrow parameters of his range, he was very, very good at playing these parts. Nigel Bruce was born in Mexico, where his father, Sir William W. Bruce, worked as an engineer...
2. Alan Curtis Alan Curtis Actor, High Sierra Attractive Hollywood leading man (and sometime villain) from the late 30s until his death following surgery, Alan Curtis (Harry Ueberroth) was born 24 July 1909 in Chicago, Illinois. He grew up in that area and in the early 1930s became a model, appearing in many magazine and newspaper advertisements...
3. Millard Mitchell Millard Mitchell Actor, Singin' in the Rain Millard Mitchell was born of American parents in Havana, Cuba. He was a popular stage and radio actor in the 1930s in New York. His first cinema appearances were in industrial short features, filmed in New York. His first Hollywood role was in Mr. and Mrs. North. After World War II, Mitchell acted in a goodly number of movies...
4. Lewis Stone Lewis Stone Actor, The Lost World By the time that he was 20, Lewis Stone had turned prematurely grey. He enlisted to fight in the Spanish American War and when he returned, he returned to be a writer. This turned to acting and he began to appear in films during the middle teens. His career was again interrupted by war as he served in the cavalry during World War I...
5. Francis Ford Francis Ford Actor, The Quiet Man Elder brother of the director John Ford and himself a screen director (and John's erstwhile mentor) until the advent of sound. He had also acted in his own films and those of other directors, but turned to acting exclusively circa 1929. As actor, he would provide convincing portrayals of men of authority - men sometimes ruthless if not downright unsavory...
6. Paul Hurst Paul Hurst Actor, Gone with the Wind American character actor of prodigious output who also directed and wrote silent films, Paul Hurst spent much of his early work in low-budget western. A native of Traver, California (in the San Joaquin Valley), Hurst had a first-hand knowledge of Western lore, growing up surrounded by the multi-million-acre Lux & Miller ranches that ran cattle throughout the state...
7. Roland Young Roland Young Actor, The Philadelphia Story Best remembered for the many meek characters he played -- think Cosmo Topper, of the screwball classic ­­Topper -- this balding, short, yet distinguished actor was born in London, England, to an architect and his wife. Young was educated at Sherborne College and London University and trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art...
8. James Finlayson James Finlayson Actor, Way Out West Alongside Ben Turpin, diminutive Scots-born Jimmy Finlayson was, arguably, the most instantly recognisable of the many clowns of silent screen slapstick who made their living as comic foil to stars like Laurel & Hardy, or Harold Lloyd. The perpetually exasperated, squinting, bald-pated master...
9. Dooley Wilson Dooley Wilson Actor, Casablanca "You must remember this, a kiss is still a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh; the fundamental things apply, as time goes by...". Anyone unfamiliar with this legendary movie lyric must either live in a well-insulated modern world or perhaps on Mars. The gentleman who crooned this tune for the morose Humphrey Bogart...
10. Porter Hall Porter Hall Actor, Double Indemnity For over two decades, Porter Hall made a career out of playing villains and pompous, unpleasant people. His movie career was not a mirror of his real life, however. Mr. Hall was well known as a generous and outgoing person who was well-liked by almost everybody he knew. It is ironic that the role he is most often seen in today is that of an atheist in Going My Way...
11. Hank Williams Hank Williams Soundtrack, The Shawshank Redemption Hank Williams was born in September 1923 in a small Alabama farming community about 70 miles south of Montgomery. His father was a railroad engineer who was also a victim of shell shock after a year of fighting in France in 1918 during World War I and spent many years in veterans hospitals. Hank's mother...
12. Queen Mary Queen Mary Self, Incidents of the Durbar at Delhi Queen Mary was born Victoria Mary Augusta Louise Olga Pauline Claudine Agnes Mary in Kensington Palace on May 26, 1867 to Duke Francis and Duchess Mary of Teck. Young Mary was the great-granddaughter of George III and a second cousin to Queen Victoria. She and her family lived a quiet life in England...
13. Joseph Stalin Joseph Stalin Self, Universal Newsreel Joseph Stalin (a code name meaning "Man of Steel") was born Iosif (Joseph) Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili in 1879 in Gori, Georgia, the Transcaucasian part of the Russian Empire. His father was a cobbler named Vissarion Dzhugashvili, a drunkard who beat him badly and frequently and left the family when Joseph was young...
14. Lionel Belmore Lionel Belmore Actor, Frankenstein
15. Jean Adair Jean Adair Actress, Arsenic and Old Lace Slight, birdlike Jean Adair came to the screen after playing a succession of crotchety or maternal roles on the stage. She was born Violet McNaughton in Ontario, Canada, and absolved her acting studies in Chicago. After extensive touring with local stock companies and a few seasons on the vaudeville Orpheum Circuit performing in one-act plays...
16. Sergei Prokofiev Sergei Prokofiev Soundtrack, Avengers: Age of Ultron Prokofiev was a multi-talented man and an innovative composer. He learned piano from his mother and chess from his father. He always had a chess set on his piano, and was able to play against the chess champions of his time. He studied music with Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, graduated with highest marks from the St...
17. Everett Brown Everett Brown Actor, Gone with the Wind
18. Herman J. Mankiewicz Herman J. Mankiewicz Writer, Citizen Kane Herman J. Mankiewicz, now known primarily as the man who co-wrote Citizen Kane with Hollywood's greatest wunderkind, Orson Welles, was one of the highest-paid screenwriters in Hollywood and the head of Paramount's screen-writing department in the late 1920s and early '30s. He reached the pinnacle of his craft soon after arriving in Hollywood...
19. Vsevolod Pudovkin Vsevolod Pudovkin Director, Mother
20. Raymond Lovell Raymond Lovell Actor, 49th Parallel
21. Eugene O'Neill Eugene O'Neill Writer, The Long Voyage Home Eugene O'Neill, the winner of four Pulitzer Prizes for Drama and the 1936 Nobel Prize for Literature, is widely considered the greatest American playwright. No one, not Maxwell Anderson, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, nor Edward Albee, approaches O'Neill in terms of his artistic achievement or his impact on the American theater...
22. William Farnum William Farnum Actor, The Painted Desert William Farnum was born the son of G.D. Farnum and Adela Le Gros, actors who trained their William and his two brothers, Dustin Farnum and Marshall Farnum, in their profession. William made his stage debut at the age of 10 in Richmond, Virginia, in a production of "Julius Caesar" starring Edwin Booth...
23. Jorge Negrete Jorge Negrete Actor, Canaima Jorge Alberto Negrete Moreno was born in Guanajuato, Mexico, on November 1911, and had five brothers. His father was a General, and when he retired the family moved to Mexico city, where he worked as a teacher amongst others at the Humboldt German school, thus allowing Jorge and brother David to study there...
24. Jim Thorpe Jim Thorpe Actor, Wagon Master Renowned Native American athlete who excelled in the 1912 Olympic games in Stockholm but was later stripped of his Olympic medals for having previously received monetary compensation for engaging in professional sport. He later showed up on movie screens as a bit player in westerns. He was portrayed by Burt Lancaster in the film Jim Thorpe -- All-American.
25. Crauford Kent Crauford Kent Actor, Mutiny on the Bounty
26. Houseley Stevenson Houseley Stevenson Actor, Dark Passage British-born American character actor. He labored in a San Francisco glass factory until his thirties, then embarked on an acting career. He became a respected teacher, director, and performer at famed Pasadena Community Playhouse in California. He appeared in numerous films in the Thirties and Forties...
27. Edmund Breon Edmund Breon Actor, Gaslight
28. Jean Epstein Jean Epstein Director, La chute de la maison Usher
29. Chris-Pin Martin Chris-Pin Martin Actor, The Ox-Bow Incident
30. George Barnes George Barnes Cinematographer, Rebecca Veteran cinematographer George S. Barnes had a well-earned reputation for reliability and a knack for combining artistry with economic efficiency. As a result, he was seldom out of work. Having started as a still photographer for Thomas H. Ince in 1918, Barnes quickly rose through the ranks to director of photography...
31. Morgan Wallace Morgan Wallace Actor, Grand Hotel
32. Cy Kendall Cy Kendall Actor, Tarzan's New York Adventure
33. Lee Phelps Lee Phelps Actor, Anna Christie
34. Edward Sedgwick Edward Sedgwick Director, The Cameraman
35. Django Reinhardt Django Reinhardt Soundtrack, The Matrix
36. Dylan Thomas Dylan Thomas Writer, Chelsea Walls Dylan Thomas was born at the start of the First World War in the "ugly, lovely town" of Swansea, an industrial, coastal town on the South Wales Coast. He published his first volume of poetry, "Eighteen poems" in 1934 and went on to write many more volumes of poetry as well as many short stories, filmscripts...
37. Godfrey Tearle Godfrey Tearle Actor, The 39 Steps Godfrey Seymour Tearle was born in 1884, the son of British actor/manager George (Osmond) Tearle and American actress Marianne Conway (her second marriage). His father and uncle were first-generation acting Tearles, and his mother also came from a family of actors. It seems that Godfrey's destiny was set at birth...
38. Herbert Rawlinson Herbert Rawlinson Actor, Dark Victory
39. Ivan Lebedeff Ivan Lebedeff Actor, The Shanghai Gesture Lithuanian-born Ivan Lebedeff was educated at the University of St. Petersburg. He was slated for a diplomatic career in the Imperial Lyceum at Tsarskoye Selo - a natural progression, since his aristocratic father was a highly-placed advisor to Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. However, the outbreak of World War I changed all that...
40. Edgar Norton Edgar Norton Actor, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
41. Cecil Trouncer Cecil Trouncer Actor, Pygmalion
42. Cliff Clark Cliff Clark Actor, The Grapes of Wrath
43. Paul Kemp Paul Kemp Actor, M
44. Dick Botiller Dick Botiller Actor, Torrid Zone
45. Kernan Cripps Kernan Cripps Actor, Daughter of Don Q
46. Arthur Hoyt Arthur Hoyt Actor, It Happened One Night Extremely prolific actor/director of the silent screen, on Broadway from 1905. Hoyt joined the acting fraternity through the recommendations of an uncle, who worked as dramatic editor for a Cleveland tabloid. Signed by theatrical producer George C. Tyler (1868-1946), he began on stage (earning $10 per week)...
47. Jessica Grayson Jessica Grayson Actress, The Little Foxes
48. Ivor Barnard Ivor Barnard Actor, Great Expectations
49. Curley Dresden Curley Dresden Actor, Zorro's Fighting Legion 'Albert "Curley" Dresden' was found dead at his residence at - 'The Norland Hotel', in Spokane, Washington. His family name was actually spelled "Drezden". His parents were from Germany. His occupation at the time of his death was a 'newspaper delivery person' for the "Spokane Spokesman-Review" newspaper - which still exists.
50. Man Mountain Dean Man Mountain Dean Actor, The Gladiator Famed wrestler Man Mountain Dean was born Frank Simmons Leavitt in New York City in 1891. Oversize almost from birth, he was able to lie about his age--and get away with it--to join the army at 14 years of age. He was posted to the US-Mexcian border, where he served in the unit commanded by Gen. John J. Pershing...
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