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1. James Dean James Dean Actor, Rebel Without a Cause James Dean was born in 1931 and 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. He received rave reviews for his work as the blackmailing Arab boy in the New York production of Gide's "The Immoralist", good enough to earn him a trip to Hollywood...
2. 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...
3. Carmen Miranda Carmen Miranda Soundtrack, Radio Days Carmen Miranda was born Maria do Carmo Miranda da Cunha on February 9, 1909, near Porto, Portugal, in the town of Marco de Canavezes. Not long after her birth her family moved to Brazil, where her father was involved in the produce business. The family settled in the then-capital city of Rio de Janeiro...
4. 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...
5. Theda Bara Theda Bara Actress, Cleopatra According to the studio biography Theda Bara (anagram of "Arab Death") was born in the Sahara to a French artiste and his Egyptian concubine and possessed supernatural powers. In fact, her father was a Cincinnati tailor. By 1908 she appeared in Broadway's "The Devil" named Theodosia de Coppett...
6. 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...
7. Paul Harvey Paul Harvey Actor, Spellbound
8. 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...
9. Tom Dugan Tom Dugan Actor, To Be or Not to Be
10. 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...
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. 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...
13. 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.
14. 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...
15. Ethel Levey Ethel Levey Actress, High Stakes Ethel Levey is most noted for her Broadway appearances from 1901 to 1942. She performed in such plays as "Sunny River", "Nearly a Hero", "The Governor's Son", "Go Easy, Mabel", George Washington, Jr", "Little Johnny Jones" and "Running for Office". While performing on Broadway she met and married her first husband George M...
16. Lydia Knott Lydia Knott Actress, A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate
17. 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...
18. 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...
19. Nana Bryant Nana Bryant Actress, Harvey
20. James Millican James Millican Actor, Winchester '73 Character player in 30's, 40's and 50's US films.
21. 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...
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. 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...
24. 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...
25. 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...
26. Robert Riskin Robert Riskin Writer, Mr. Deeds
27. 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)...
28. 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...
29. 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.
30. 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...
31. Dorothy Vaughan Dorothy Vaughan Actress, The Bishop's Wife If Dorothy Vaughan appeared in 143 movies or episodes of TV series, it was certainly not by accident. Actually the reason why this lively stout lady was in such demand is that she was the spitting image of the woman next door, of the hospital nurse who took care of your son after he broke his arm falling off his bike, of the midwife who helped your wife to give birth to that wonderful baby boy ...
32. 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 quiet unlike most other silent screen divas. She was born in Kansas City...
33. John Spikes John Spikes Soundtrack, Road to Perdition
34. Eva Moore Eva Moore Actress, The Old Dark House
35. 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)...
36. Betty Ann Davies Betty Ann Davies Actress, The Passionate Friends
37. 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)...
38. 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...
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 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...
41. Henri Letondal Henri Letondal Actor, Monkey Business
42. Olaf Hytten Olaf Hytten Actor, The Good Earth
43. Elspeth Dudgeon Elspeth Dudgeon Actress, The Old Dark House Long-time British stage actress who entered films in the early 1930's.
44. Dale Carnegie Dale Carnegie Self, Jiggs and Maggie in Society Dale Carnegie (originally Carnagey) was a pioneer in corporate training programs and the developer of famous courses in self-improvement, public speaking and interpersonal skills. His best know book, "How to Win Friends and Influence People," first published in 1936, remains popular ever since. He was born Dale Breckenridge Carnagey...
45. 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...
46. 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...
47. Marjorie Wood Marjorie Wood Actress, Pride and Prejudice
48. Jane Murfin Jane Murfin Writer, The Women
49. Frank Darien Frank Darien Actor, The Grapes of Wrath US character player, often as societal outcast.
50. Eddie Borden Eddie Borden Actor, Battling Butler
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