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1. James Dean James Dean Actor, Rebel Without a Cause James Byron Dean was born February 8, 1931 in Marion, Indiana, to Mildred Marie (Wilson) and Winton A. Dean, a farmer turned dental technician. His mother died when Dean was nine, and he was subsequently raised on a farm by his aunt and uncle in Fairmount, Indiana. After grade school, he moved to New York to pursue his dream of acting...
2. Shemp Howard Shemp Howard Actor, Brideless Groom Shemp Howard was born Samuel Horwitz in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He was also the brother of fellow stooges Moe Howard and Curly Howard. Larry Fine was not related to any of the other stooges. When not working with The Three Stooges, Shemp made a lot of feature film appearances, such as The Bank Dick with W.C. Fields...
3. S.Z. Sakall S.Z. Sakall Actor, Casablanca Hungarian-born S.Z. Sakall was a veteran of German, Hungarian and British films when he left Europe because of the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi movement. In Hollywood from shortly after the outbreak of World War II, Sakall began appearing in comedies and musicals, often playing a lovable if somewhat excitable and/or befuddled uncle...
4. Constance Collier Constance Collier Actress, Rope In a career that covered six decades, Constance Collier evolved into one of Broadway and London's finest tragediennes during the first half of the 1900s. While the regal, dark-featured beauty who bore classic Romanesque features enjoyed a transcontinental career like a number of her contemporaries, her theatre success did not encourage an enviable film career...
5. Carmen Miranda Carmen Miranda Soundtrack, Radio Days Carmen Miranda was a young hatmaker before she was invited to display her singing talents at a music academy. That attempt proved successful and she went on to become a popular singer in clubs and on radio in Brazil. It was during this time that she developed the costume with the distinctive fruit hat from the traditional headdress seen on black women fruit sellers...
6. Lynne Carver Lynne Carver Actress, A Christmas Carol Ingenue and then leading lady in US films from the mid-30s through late 40s, latterly in westerns.
7. John Hodiak John Hodiak Actor, Battleground Pittsburgh-born John Hodiak was one of several up-and-coming male talents who managed to take advantage of the dearth of WWII-era superstars (MGM's Clark Gable, Van Johnson, Robert Taylor and James Stewart, among others) who were off serving their country. John's early death at age 41, however, robbed Hollywood of a strong player and promising character star...
8. Theda Bara Theda Bara Actress, Cleopatra Theda Bara was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, as Theodosia Goodman, on July 29, 1885. She was the daughter of a local tailor and his wife. As a teenager Theda was interested in the theatrical arts and once she finished high school, she dyed her blond hair black and went in pursuit of her dream. By 1908 she was in New York in search of roles...
9. Albert Einstein Albert Einstein Self, World Leaders on Peace and Democracy Son of Hermann and Pauline Einstein. His father was a featherbed salesman. Albert began reading and studying science at a young age, and he graduated from a Swiss high school when he was 17. He then attended a Swiss Polytechnic, where he met his first wife. He graduated in 1900, and became a Swiss citizen in 1901...
10. Ona Munson Ona Munson Actress, Gone with the Wind Dramatic leading and supporting actress in 1930s and 40s Hollywood, her background had encompassed both vaudeville and the Broadway musical stage.
11. Suzan Ball Suzan Ball Actress, Chief Crazy Horse Suzan Ball, a second cousin of Lucille Ball, was born on March 3, 1934, in Jamestown, New York. She came to Hollywood with her family in 1941. She sang with the Mel Baker Orchestra from 1948-1953. Her first part in Hollywood was as a harem girl in Aladdin and His Lamp at Monogram. She got an interview with the talent department of Universal-International and signed a contract...
12. Robert Francis Robert Francis Actor, The Caine Mutiny Relatively new to Hollywood, young Robert Francis, 25, was a rising young actor on the verge of film stardom in 1955 after making a solid debut as a ranking officer in The Caine Mutiny - alongside a formidable, normally intimidating group of veterans such as Humphrey Bogart, José Ferrer, Van Johnson and Fred MacMurray...
13. Rudolf Klein-Rogge Rudolf Klein-Rogge Actor, Metropolis During the heyday of German silent cinema, Rudolf Klein-Rogge was the prototype for the master criminal, the irredeemable arch villain or mad scientist. Born in Cologne, he served as a cadet in a Prussian military academy before finishing his matriculation. He then began to attend acting classes and studying art history in Berlin and Bonn...
14. Paul Harvey Paul Harvey Actor, Spellbound
15. Archer MacDonald Archer MacDonald Actor, Anything Goes
16. Chief Thundercloud Chief Thundercloud Actor, King of the Stallions Victor Daniels was given the title of "Chief" in an honorary capacity and identified himself as Cherokee. His application for a social security number lists his birth date as April 12, 1899 and his birthplace as Arizona. Thundercloud was the first of nine children born to Jesus Daniels and Tomaca Daniels (as indicated on his social security application)...
17. Michael Chekhov Michael Chekhov Actor, Spellbound Michael Chekhov was a Russian actor in the Moscow Art Theatre who emigrated to America and made a career in Hollywood, earning himself an Oscar nomination. He was born Mikhail Aleksandrovich Chekhov in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1891. His mother, Natalya Golden, was Jewish, and his father, Aleksandr Chekhov...
18. James Millican James Millican Actor, Winchester '73 Character player in 30's, 40's and 50's US films.
19. Lloyd Bacon Lloyd Bacon Director, 42nd Street One of the workhorses in Warner Brothers' stable of directors in the 1930s, Lloyd Bacon didn't have a career as loaded with classic films as many of his more famous contemporaries. What few "classics" he had his hand in (42nd Street, Footlight Parade) are so overshadowed by the dazzling surrealistic...
20. Miroslava Miroslava Actress, The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz Born in the pre-war Prague, young Miroslava Sternova (or simply Miroslava, as she was known in her film career) was brought to Mexico by her parents in the late 30s, leaving her childhood, her native Czechoslovakia and her beloved grandma. After winning a beauty contest in Mexico City, Miroslava spent some time in Los Angeles studying acting...
21. Charlie Parker Charlie Parker Soundtrack, Se7en Charles Christopher Parker Jr. was born on August 29, 1920, in a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri, to Charles Parker Sr. and his 18-year-old wife Addie. His father ran out on the family when Charlie was just a little boy. When he was 11 his mother bought him an alto saxophone for his birthday. By the time he was 15 Charlie was working as a musician in the flourishing Kansas City jazz scene...
22. Tom Powers Tom Powers Actor, Double Indemnity After attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Kentucky-born Tom Powers signed with Vitagraph Pictures at 21 years of age, in 1911. He stayed there for two years, then shortly thereafter traveled to England, appearing there in both stage productions and films. When he returned to the US he made a few more pictures...
23. Clyde Bruckman Clyde Bruckman Writer, The General Had been out of work and was pretty much broke when he killed himself. He borrowed Buster Keaton's gun and after eating a meal that he could not pay for, shot himself. There are two stories; One says it was in the restroom of the cafe on Santa Monica Blvd, and the other story states he did it in the phone booth...
24. Tom Dugan Tom Dugan Actor, To Be or Not to Be
25. Joaquín Pardavé Joaquín Pardavé Actor, Dos pesos dejada Joaquín Pardavé was born into the theatrical milieu, the son of a pair of stage actors. He was a popular stage actor and appeared in several silent films and some early sound features, but achieved his greatest fame in the early 1940s in films like My Memories of Mexico and El baisano Jalil (which was also the first picture he directed)...
26. Nana Bryant Nana Bryant Actress, Harvey
27. Thomas Mann Thomas Mann Writer, Death in Venice Thomas Mann was probably Germany's most influential author of the 20th century, receiving the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1929. Born on 6 June 1875 in Lübeck, his family moved to Munich in 1893, where he lived until 1933 and wrote some of his most successful novels like "Buddenbrocks" (1901), "Death in Venice" (1912) or "The Magic Mountain" (1924)...
28. Sybille Schmitz Sybille Schmitz Actress, Vampyr The enigmatic actress remains one of the most interesting figures in German film. Although she achieved stardom early in her career, the tragic Sybille Schmitz could never fit in with her surroundings. Too "alien looking" for Hollywood, Schmitz never migrated to America like her more glamorous peers...
29. Skelton Knaggs Skelton Knaggs Actor, Terror by Night The movie character actor Skelton Knaggs, who was possessed of one of the most unusual visages ever to grace motion pictures, was born Skelton Barnaby Knaggs in the Hillsborough district of Sheffield, England on June 27, 1911. Before he became known for his unusual physical appearance that was put to good use in many horror films and thrillers...
30. Bernard Gorcey Bernard Gorcey Actor, The Great Dictator Bernard Gorcey was born in Russia in 1888, of Swiss and Jewish descent. Around 1914, he married a Catholic, Irish lady, Josephine Condon (born 1901), and they came to the USA to work in Vaudeville. Bernard was 4' 10" and Josie was 4' 11" and weighed 95 pounds. Bernard kept active in show biz, while Josie would stay home to have and raise their kids...
31. Saadat Hassan Manto Saadat Hassan Manto Writer, Eight Days Saadat Hassan Manto was born in a village near Ludhiana. He had a wife and 3 daughters to support and lived the last years of his life in Lahore, Pakistan where he stayed politically very active till the last days of his life. He also played a commendable and very supportive role in helping to build the film industry in newly-created nation of Pakistan after 1947...
32. Walter Hampden Walter Hampden Actor, Sabrina Walter Hampden was one of the great American stage actors and the only performer, aside from Maurice Evans, to play Hamlet three times on Broadway in the post-World War I-era. Born Walter Hampden Dougherty on June 30, 1879, in Brooklyn, New York, he learned his craft in London, where he made his debut as a professional actor in 1901 with the Frank Benson Stock Company...
33. Olaf Hytten Olaf Hytten Actor, The Good Earth
34. James Agee James Agee Writer, The African Queen James Agee, Pulitzer Prize winning author, was born in Knoxville in 1909. The intense writer was to enjoy little real success in his lifetime, but after death won accolades. In 1958 he won the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for his uncompleted biographical novel A Death in the Family. Agee also wrote the...
35. Lillian Lorraine Lillian Lorraine Actress, Should a Wife Forgive?
36. Frank Darien Frank Darien Actor, The Grapes of Wrath US character player, often as societal outcast.
37. Paul Stanton Paul Stanton Actor, Across the Pacific
38. Philip Loeb Philip Loeb Actor, A Double Life Mr. Loeb returned to Broadway following his unjust firing from "The Goldbergs". He starred in the Broadway production of "Time Out for Ginger" and was appearing in the play's touring company at the time of his suicide in the Hotel Taft in New York on September 1, 1955. Had he lived a few days longer he would have learned that the FBI had decided to fully clear his name...
39. Harry Hayden Harry Hayden Actor, Till the Clouds Roll By Bespectacled, thick-set US light player often cast as officious or snooping types like hotel managers and bankers.
40. Robert Riskin Robert Riskin Writer, Mr. Deeds
41. Robert Wilcox Robert Wilcox Actor, Little Tough Guy His father was a physician in Rochester, New York, who died when Wilcox was 16. He attended the University of Southern California but soon dropped out. A talent scout spotted him in a summer-stock production of "The Petrified Forest" and a series of "B" movies followed. In 1937 he married Florence Rice...
42. James Conaty James Conaty Actor, All About Eve
43. Robert E. Sherwood Robert E. Sherwood Writer, Rebecca Robert E. Sherwood, a brilliant multifaceted writer, was born to Arthur Murray and Rosina Emmet Sherwood, educated at the Milton Academy (Massachusetts) and Harvard, and was wounded while serving with the Canadian Black Watch in WWI. His literary career started with jobs as movie critic at Vanity Fair and Life magazines...
44. William Nigh William Nigh Director, Mr. Wong, Detective
45. O.B. Clarence O.B. Clarence Actor, Great Expectations Stocky, bespectacled English character actor, whose career began in the music halls. Educated at Dover College, Oliver Burchett Clarence acted in repertory theatre from 1890. He then worked as a member of actor-manager Frank Benson's troupe for a number of years. During the First World War, he served as a special constable...
46. Basil Gill Basil Gill Actor, High Treason
47. Betty Ann Davies Betty Ann Davies Actress, The Passionate Friends
48. Alice Joyce Alice Joyce Actress, Dancing Mothers Alice Joyce, the film actress whose career stretched from the nickelodeon days into the sound era, was a natural actress, a true original. In an era that rewarded the unnatural in performance, Alice Joyce, with her understated performances, proved to be quite unlike most other silent-screen divas. She was born in Kansas City...
49. Robert Kent Robert Kent Actor, The Country Girl A former professional prizefighter, Robert Kent entered films after gaining experience on the legitimate stage. His career consisted mostly of playing leads in "B" pictures. His "biggest" picture was probably The Country Girl, in which he was billed eighth, but he specialized in westerns, action/adventure films and serials...
50. William C. de Mille William C. de Mille Writer, Captain Fury William Churchill de Mille, the older brother of Hollywood legend Cecil B. DeMille (W.C. retained the family spelling of his name) and father of Tony Award-winning choreographer Agnes de Mille, was born in Washington, North Carolina, on July 25, 1878. His father, Henry C. DeMille, was a playwright who had six plays produced on Broadway from 1887 to 1890...
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