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1. 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...
2. Roland Young Roland Young Actor, The Philadelphia Story This deceptively meek, balding, short-framed character actor defined his on-screen comedy persona beautifully with his obtuse title role in the delightful comedy of manners Topper and as the irrepressible, bottom-pinching Uncle Willy in the chic, screwball classic The Philadelphia Story. Born on November 11...
3. 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...
4. 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...
5. 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...
6. 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...
7. 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...
8. Eugene O'Neill Eugene O'Neill Writer, Long Day's Journey Into Night Eugene O'Neil, 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...
9. 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...
10. 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...
11. 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 of the 'double-take and fade' with the walrus (fake) moustache...
12. Sergei Prokofiev Sergei Prokofiev Soundtrack, Children of Men Prokofiev was a multitalented 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...
13. Jorge Negrete Jorge Negrete Actor, Canaima
14. Chris-Pin Martin Chris-Pin Martin Actor, The Ox-Bow Incident Dark-complexioned, roly-poly comic actor in Hollywood films of the 30s, 40s and early 50s, in whose 80-or-so screen appearances he usually affected a fractured Mexican accent.
15. Herbert Rawlinson Herbert Rawlinson Actor, Dark Victory Leading man in Hollywood silents. In sound films thereafter, he was a character player until the year he died.
16. Queen Mary Queen Mary Self, Cambridgeshire Race Meet Queen Mary was born Victoria Mary Augusta Louise Olga Pauline Claudine Agnes May 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...
17. Jean Epstein Jean Epstein Director, The Fall of the House of Usher
18. 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...
19. Paul Hurst Paul Hurst Actor, Gone with the Wind American character actor of prodigious output who also directed and wrote silent films. Much of his early work was in low budget western films. A native of central California, Hurst had a first-hand knowledge of Western lore, growing up surrounded by the multi-million acre Lux & Miller ranches which ran cattle throughout the state...
20. Vsevolod Pudovkin Vsevolod Pudovkin Director, Storm Over Asia
21. John Christie John Christie Uncategorised Christie had a difficult childhood growing up with stern and unaffectionate parents. He left school at 15. Christie initially worked as a police clerk but was fired for petty theft. He was disowned by his family when he was caught stealing from his father's carpet factory. During World War One he was wounded and gassed and blinded for 5 months with hysterical aphonia for about 3 years...
22. 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...
23. Everett Brown Everett Brown Actor, Gone with the Wind
24. Edgar Norton Edgar Norton Actor, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
25. 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...
26. 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...
27. 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...
28. Cliff Clark Cliff Clark Actor, The Grapes of Wrath
29. Irène Bordoni Irène Bordoni Actress, Louisiana Purchase
30. Django Reinhardt Django Reinhardt Soundtrack, The Matrix
31. Cy Kendall Cy Kendall Actor, Tarzan's New York Adventure Heavy-set character actor in US films, often as a cigar-chewing, shady type.
32. Lee Dixon Lee Dixon Soundtrack, Angel and the Badman
33. 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...
34. 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.
35. 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...
36. Lionel Belmore Lionel Belmore Actor, Frankenstein Character actor on stage and in US films of the 20's and 30's.
37. 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...
38. Morgan Wallace Morgan Wallace Actor, Grand Hotel
39. Lee Phelps Lee Phelps Actor, Anna Christie
40. Sidney Lawford Sidney Lawford Actor, The Picture of Dorian Gray Sir Sidney Turing Lawford, K.C.B. was an English military officer who rose to the rank of Lieutenant General, third highest after Field Marshal and General, primarily remembered as the father of the Anglo-American actor Peter Lawford, who was the brother-in-law of the President of the United States...
41. George Kirby George Kirby Actor, Forever and a Day
42. Jimmie Dundee Jimmie Dundee Actor, At War with the Army
43. Maude Adams Maude Adams Uncategorised Maude Adams was born Maude Ewing Kiskadden on November 11, 1872 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She preformed on stage from the age of an infant until her retirement from the stage at age 60. Maude Adams starred in over twenty-five plays on Broadway between 1888 and 1916. Her most famous role was "Peter" in J.M Barrie's "Peter Pan" in 1905...
44. Albert Austin Albert Austin Actor, The Immigrant British-born supporting actor, primarily in the films of Charles Chaplin, for whom Austin also worked as an assistant director and co-writer. His career paralleled that of Chaplin, but dwindled prior to the coming of sound. His brother, William Austin, had a lengthy Hollywood career as a character actor.
45. 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...
46. Leila McIntyre Leila McIntyre Actress, The Prisoner of Shark Island
47. William Tubbs William Tubbs Actor, The Wages of Fear
48. Leopoldo 'Chato' Ortín Leopoldo 'Chato' Ortín Actor, The Super Madman
49. 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)...
50. Edward Sedgwick Edward Sedgwick Director, The Cameraman
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