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1. Lionel Barrymore Lionel Barrymore Actor, It's a Wonderful Life The legendary Lionel Barrymore, one of the great cinema character actors, was the oldest of the three Barrymmore siblings. Along with Ethel Barrymore and John Barrymore, he shares a prominent place in American acting in the first half of the 20th Century. In addition to winning a Best Actor Academy Award (for A Free Soul)...
2. Sydney Greenstreet Sydney Greenstreet Actor, Casablanca Sydney Greenstreet's father was a leather merchant with eight children. Sydney left home at age 18 to make his fortune as a Ceylon tea planter, but drought forced him out of business and back to England. He managed a brewery and, to escape boredom, took acting lessons. His stage debut was as a murderer in a 1902 production of "Sherlock Holmes"...
3. Gladys George Gladys George Actress, The Maltese Falcon One of the fine if relatively short-lived character actresses of Hollywood heydays of the 1930s and 1940s, Gladys George came into an acting family while literally on the road. Her parents were actually English and touring with a Shakespearean theater company in Patten, Maine when she was born (although usually noted as 1900...
4. Alan Turing Alan Turing Thanks, Stark Electric Jesus
5. Eugene Pallette Eugene Pallette Actor, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Gargantuan-bellied, frog-voiced character actor who was a staple in forties movies. After World War II his ultra-right-wing political views fuelled his 'bomb' paranoia and he bought a property in Oregon which he turned into a well-stocked compound in case the Russians attacked. Many of his old Hollywood friends...
6. Frida Kahlo Frida Kahlo Uncategorised Frida Kahlo was born on July 6, 1907 in Mexico City, Mexico, the seventh daughter of a successful German photographer who emigrated to Mexico, and a Mexican-Indian mother. Her father encouraged her interest in art, photography and archaeology; her mother was not so well educated, and also very religious...
7. Dziga Vertov Dziga Vertov Director, Man with a Movie Camera Born in Bialystok, Poland, studied music and enrolled in St. Petersburg Neurological Institute in 1916. Worked on first Soviet newsreel, Kinonedelia (1918-1919), then on subsequent newsreel series (inc. Kinopravda, 1922-1925).
8. Moroni Olsen Moroni Olsen Actor, Notorious Even his more courteous, somewhat friendlier types gave one pause for concern. The tall, beefy, balding, icy-eyed character actor Moroni Olsen was one of Hollywood's more popular and imposing performers of film during the late 1930s, 1940s and early 1950s. The versatile player was born Moroni Olsen and raised in Utah to Mormon parents (Edward Arenholt Olsen and Marsha Holverholst)...
9. Tom Tyler Tom Tyler Actor, Stagecoach Popular American star of silent and early sound Westerns and serials. Raised in Michigan, he went through a number of strenuous jobs (sailor, boxer lumberjack, coal miner, etc.) before landing in Los Angeles and getting work as a movie extra and stuntman. His good looks and athletic physique (he was a champion weight-lifter) led to an offer to play the lead in a series of silent Westerns...
10. Florence Bates Florence Bates Actress, Rebecca The American character actress, Florence Rabe, was the daughter of an antique store owner. She gained a degree in Mathematics from the University of Texas in 1906 and went on to a career in teaching and social work. She changed course after being persuaded by a friend to study law, and, passing her bar exam in 1914...
11. Irving Pichel Irving Pichel Director, The Most Dangerous Game
12. Thea von Harbou Thea von Harbou Writer, Metropolis
13. Auguste Lumière Auguste Lumière Producer, Bataille de neige Although it is his brother Louis Lumière who is generally acclaimed as the "father of the cinema", Auguste Lumiere also made a major contribution towards the development of the medium, first by helping with the invention and construction of the cinematographe (the world's first camera and projection mechanism)...
14. Joan Dowling Joan Dowling Actress, The Magic Box Joan Dowling had a passion for acting and as an aspiring young actress she would take roles in plays, pantomimes and other works simply to be on the stage. Her first recognised role was at the tender age of 14 and she signed her first film contract at 17. She had natural talent and did not have any coaching...
15. Harry Cording Harry Cording Actor, The Adventures of Robin Hood Burly bit part actor often seen in the Sherlock Holmes movies of the '40's as a menacing chauffer, sailor or Cockney. His speaking parts were always well done and added considerably to the B grade movies of the period .
16. Siegfried Breuer Siegfried Breuer Actor, The Third Man Viennese character actor, an earlier incarnation of Peter Bowles, who specialized in elegant, charming rogues and, on occasion, sinister types. Breuer, the son of a Wagnerian singer, was trained as an actor in Vienna (from 1924) where he studied alongside Paula Wessely and 'Kathe Gold'. He performed on the stage in Berlin under the direction of Max Reinhardt in 'The Prince of Homburg'...
17. Maurice Cass Maurice Cass Actor, Charlie Chan at the Opera Maurice Cass was born on October 12, 1884, in Vilnius, Lithuania (then Vilno, Russian Empire). He emigrated to the USA, and in his pursuit of an acting career, he began as announcer and comedian in New York. Cass had a pleasant face, a small body and a big voice. With his nearsightedness and his inevitable pince-nez adding weight to his intelligent face...
18. Julien Mitchell Julien Mitchell Actor, The Sea Hawk
19. Joel Friedkin Joel Friedkin Actor, Fury of the Congo
20. Leona Roberts Leona Roberts Actress, Gone with the Wind
21. Kitty McHugh Kitty McHugh Actress, The Grapes of Wrath
22. Colette Colette Writer, Gigi
23. Theodor Loos Theodor Loos Actor, Metropolis
24. Reinhold Schünzel Reinhold Schünzel Actor, Notorious The son of a German father and a Jewish mother, Reinhold Schuenzel was born in St. Pauli, the best known, but also the poorest, part of Hamburg. His father started off as an actor, but economic circumstances forced him to turn towards commerce. For a while, Reinhold followed in his footsteps, undertook business studies and then began his professional career in the publishing business...
25. James Hilton James Hilton Writer, Mrs. Miniver
26. Al Hill Al Hill Actor, The Bank Dick
27. Arthur Lucan Arthur Lucan Actor, Vampire Over London Arthur Towle was in show business from 1900 when he left school until his dying day. He started as an "Irish" character comedian in British music halls; touring Ireland with this act in 1913, he met and married Kitty McShane (she was 15, he 26). They gradually evolved the act of "Old Mother Riley and her Daughter" (Arthur...
28. Oscar Straus Oscar Straus Composer, The Earrings of Madame de...
29. Simone Mareuil Simone Mareuil Actress, Un Chien Andalou
30. Juan Duval Juan Duval Actor, Treasure of the Incas
31. Steve Clark Steve Clark Actor, Under California Stars
32. Robert Capa Robert Capa Cinematographer, The 400 Million
33. Mabel Paige Mabel Paige Actress, Johnny Belinda Rubbery-lipped, silver-haired character actress in dozens of Hollywood films of the 40's and 50's.
34. Murray Kinnell Murray Kinnell Actor, The Public Enemy
35. Joe May Joe May Director, The Invisible Man Returns A businessman and operetta director, Joe May, one of the founders of the German cinema, started directing films in 1911 and started his own production company a few years later. He gave famous German director Fritz Lang his start in films, employing him as a screenwriter in his early films. After the Nazi takeover...
36. James Cardwell James Cardwell Actor, He Walked by Night Eager young James (aka Jimmy) Cardwell had an auspicious beginning and showed great promise in 1940s films. Dark-haired and thick-browed with an earnest, boyish look and set-jawed handsomeness that could remind someone of a John Garfield type, he couldn't have started off much better than by playing a young...
37. John L. Balderston John L. Balderston Writer, The Last of the Mohicans
38. Henri Matisse Henri Matisse Actor, Henri Matisse Henri Emile Benoit Matisse was born on December 31, 1869, in Le Cateau-Cambresis, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France. His father, named Emile Hippolyte Matisse, was a merchant, whose family were weavers. His mother, named Anna Heloise Matisse (nee Gerard), was a daughter of a tanner; she made hats and painted china...
39. William K. Howard William K. Howard Director, Fire Over England Director William K. Howard was born in St. Marys, Ohio, in 1893. He studied engineering and law at Ohio State University, but gravitated towards film distribution when he took a job as sales manager for Vitagraph. After serving in an artillery unit with the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I...
40. Ernest Whitman Ernest Whitman Actor, Road to Zanzibar
41. Geraldine Carr Geraldine Carr Actress, The Sniper
42. Lillian Rich Lillian Rich Actress, On the Front Page English silent screen siren Lillian Rich was nineteen when she arrived in New York, courtesy of her Canadian husband Lionel Edward Nicholson. The couple had met while 'Leo' was on active duty as a fighter pilot with the Royal Naval Air Service during World War I. He came from a well-to-do middle class family...
43. Frank Austin Frank Austin Actor, Almost Human
44. Michael Dolan Michael Dolan Actor, A Christmas Carol
45. Bert Moorhouse Bert Moorhouse Actor, Hey Rube!
46. Henry Hall Henry Hall Actor, Sagebrush Trail
47. Geza Herczeg Geza Herczeg Writer, The Life of Emile Zola Hungarian-American playwright and screenwriter Geza Herczeg was also a newspaper publisher and covered the Balkan Wars and later World War I as a correspondent. In 1926 he was granted an interview with Benito Mussolini in Rome; in 1936 he was invited back, and asked to translate and produce a play Mussolini had written about the last days of Napoleon...
48. Marjorie Crossland Marjorie Crossland Actress, The Captive City
49. Antonio R. Frausto Antonio R. Frausto Actor, Let's Go with Pancho Villa
50. Wilfred Lytell Wilfred Lytell Actor, The Trail of the Law
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