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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. Irving Pichel Irving Pichel Director, The Most Dangerous Game
4. 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...
5. 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)...
6. 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.
7. 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...
8. 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...
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. Alan Turing Alan Turing Thanks, Stark Electric Jesus
11. 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).
12. 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...
13. Tom McGuire Tom McGuire Actor, Steamboat Bill, Jr.
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. 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'...
16. Thea von Harbou Thea von Harbou Writer, Metropolis
17. Ernest Whitman Ernest Whitman Actor, Road to Zanzibar
18. Frida Kahlo Frida Kahlo Uncategorised Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderon was born on July 6, 1907 in Mexico City, Mexico. She was the seventh daughter of Guillermo Kahlo (born Carl Wilhelm Kahlo), a successful German photographer who emigrated to Mexico from Pforzheim, and of a Mexican-Indian mother, Matilde Calderón y González. Her father encouraged her interest in art...
19. 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 .
20. James Hilton James Hilton Writer, Mrs. Miniver
21. Leona Roberts Leona Roberts Actress, Gone with the Wind
22. Simone Mareuil Simone Mareuil Actress, Un Chien Andalou
23. Theodor Loos Theodor Loos Actor, Metropolis
24. 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)...
25. Robert Capa Robert Capa Cinematographer, The 400 Million
26. Kitty McHugh Kitty McHugh Actress, The Grapes of Wrath
27. Steve Clark Steve Clark Actor, Under California Stars
28. Gabriel Pascal Gabriel Pascal Producer, Caesar and Cleopatra
29. 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...
30. Edward Burns Edward Burns Actor, Garragan
31. Charles Ives Charles Ives Soundtrack, The Thin Red Line
32. Michael Dolan Michael Dolan Actor, A Christmas Carol
33. Bert Moorhouse Bert Moorhouse Actor, Hey Rube!
34. Roy Bucko Roy Bucko Actor, Young Blood
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. Colette Colette Writer, Gigi
37. Al Hill Al Hill Actor, The Bank Dick
38. Maurice Tillet Maurice Tillet Actor, Princesse Tam-Tam Maurice Tillet, better known by his Professional wrestling name, "The French Angel". Maurice was born in St. Petersburg, Russia on October 23, 1903 of French parents. His father was an engineer involved in the construction of the Trans-Siberian railroad and his mother was a teacher of languages. By age 8 Maurice had lost his father...
39. 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...
40. Frank Austin Frank Austin Actor, Almost Human
41. 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...
42. Edward Clark Edward Clark Actor, The Iron Hand Prolific actor, songwriter ("Heart of My Heart"), composer, author, director and producer. He came to the USA in 1891, and was a vaudeville comedian. He composed the Broadway stage score and libretto for "Little Miss Charity", and directed "You're in Love" and "Oh, What a Girl". He wrote the librettos for "Honey Girl" and "Paradise Alley"...
43. Robert Adair Robert Adair Actor, The Prince and the Pauper
44. Walter Lundin Walter Lundin Cinematographer, Safety Last!
45. Sôjin Kamiyama Sôjin Kamiyama Actor, Seven Samurai
46. Robert Walker Robert Walker Actor, Midnight Menace
47. Daniel L. Haynes Daniel L. Haynes Actor, Hallelujah
48. Phyllis Barry Phyllis Barry Actress, The Moonstone
49. Murray Kinnell Murray Kinnell Actor, The Public Enemy
50. Joel Friedkin Joel Friedkin Actor, Fury of the Congo
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