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1. Bela Lugosi Bela Lugosi Actor, Dracula It's ironic that Martin Landau won an Oscar for impersonating Bela Lugosi (in Ed Wood) when Lugosi himself never came within a mile of one, but that's just the latest of many sad ironies surrounding Lugosi's career. Bela Lugosi was born Béla Ferenc Dezsö Blaskó on October 20, 1882, Lugos...
2. Charley Grapewin Charley Grapewin Actor, The Wizard of Oz This old codger film favorite, born in 1869 (some reports say 1875), got into the entertainment field at an early age, first as a circus performer (aerialist and trapeze artist). Acting having then sparked his interest, he worked in a series of stock companies while writing stage plays on the side that he himself could star in...
3. Robert Newton Robert Newton Actor, Oliver Twist Robert Newton was one of the great character actors -- and great characters -- of the British cinema, best remembered today for playing Long John Silver in Treasure Island and its sequel for Walt Disney in the 1950s. His portrayal of Long John Silver and of Blackbeard, the Pirate created a persona that...
4. Louis Calhern Louis Calhern Actor, Notorious Tall, distinguished, aristocratic Louis Calhern seemed to be the poster boy for old-money, upper-crust urban society, but he was actually born Carl Vogt, to middle-class parents in New York City. His family moved to St. Louis when he was a child, and it was while playing football in high school there that he was spotted by a representative of a touring acting troupe and hired as an actor...
5. Kenji Mizoguchi Kenji Mizoguchi Director, Ugetsu Coming from a lower class family Mizoguchi entered the production company Nikkatsu as an actor specialized in female roles. Later he became an assistant director and made his first film in 1922. Although he filmed almost 90 movies in the silent era, only his last 12 productions are really known outside of Japan because they were especially produced for Venice (e.g...
6. Jean Hersholt Jean Hersholt Actor, Grand Hotel If ever there was a Great Dane in Hollywood it was Jean Hersholt - and one of its great hearts as well. He was from a well-known Danish stage and entertainment family that had toured throughout Europe performing with young Jean as an essential cast member. He graduated from the Copenhagen Art School...
7. Edward Arnold Edward Arnold Actor, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Edward Arnold was born as Gunther Edward Arnold Schneider in 1890, on the Lower East Side of New York City, the son of German immigrants, Elizabeth (Ohse) and Carl Schneider. Arnold began his acting career on the New York stage and became a film actor in 1916. A burly man with a commanding style and superb baritone voice...
8. George Bancroft George Bancroft Actor, Stagecoach George Bancroft was raised in Philadelphia and attended high school at Tomes Institute (Philadelphia). He won an impressive appointment to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis and graduated as a commissioned officer. He served in the Navy for the prescribed period of required service but no more...
9. Paul Kelly Paul Kelly Actor, Crossfire In retrospect, actor Paul Kelly may have had more high drama in his off-camera life than he did in his rich stage and screen life. How many Broadway and/or Hollywood actors have survived career-wise after serving a prison term for manslaughter? Kelly, whose drive, ambition and talent were undeniably strong, managed to do just that...
10. Fred Allen Fred Allen Self, What's My Line? Fred Allen, the well-known comedian who went on to star in radio, television, and film, was born John Florence Sullivan in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1894 and educated at Boston University. His Broadway shows include "The Passing Show of 1922" and "The Greenwich Village Follies". He produced...
11. Guy Kibbee Guy Kibbee Actor, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Beginning his show business career at age 13 as an entertainer on Mississippi riverboats, Guy Kibbee graduated to the legitimate stage and spent many years in the theater. In the 1930s he was signed by Warner Brothers, and became part of what was known as "the Warner Brothers Stock Company", a cadre of seasoned character actors and actresses who enlivened many a Warners musical or gangster film...
12. Francis L. Sullivan Francis L. Sullivan Actor, Great Expectations
13. Tommy Dorsey Tommy Dorsey Soundtrack, Annie Hall A trombonist and bandleader, he appeared with his own orchestra in a few films of the 40's but is best remembered for his band's recordings - like "Marie" (sung by Jack Leonard) and "On the Sunny Side of the Street."
14. Henry Stephenson Henry Stephenson Actor, Captain Blood Stephenson was a firm, dignified, worldly presence in Hollywood's classic history-based films of the 30s and 40s. The tall British character actor Henry Stephenson could be both imposing and benevolent in his patrician portrayals, usually expounding words of wisdom or offering gentlemanly aid. He was born Henry S...
15. Frederick Valk Frederick Valk Actor, Dead of Night
16. Alexander Korda Alexander Korda Director, That Hamilton Woman One of a large group of Hungarian refugees who found refuge in England in the 1930s, Sir Alexander Korda was the first British film producer to receive a knighthood. He was a major, if controversial, figure and acted as a guiding force behind the British film industry of the 1930s and continued to influence British films until his death in 1956...
17. Tod Slaughter Tod Slaughter Actor, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street The last of the British barnstormers was born Norman Carter Slaughter in Newcastle. He first took to the boards in 1905, and was soon managing his own company. After war service he picked up his stage career, though it was some 15 years before he got in front of the camera His first film set the tone for his career...
18. Mitchell Lewis Mitchell Lewis Actor, Meet John Doe
19. Victor Young Victor Young Music Department, Casino Violinist and conductor Victor Young was a prolific composer and arranger, who worked on more than 300 film scores over a period of twenty years. He came from an impoverished, but musical background and was trained on the violin at the Warsaw Imperial Conservatory, later studying piano in Paris under the French master Isidor Philipp...
20. Stanley Blystone Stanley Blystone Actor, Modern Times
21. Charles MacArthur Charles MacArthur Writer, His Girl Friday "Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers out there are starving!" When Patrick Dennis's fictional Auntie Mame uttered this pithy observation, she could have been speaking of Charles MacArthur. Charlie never shied away from the feast, and he certainly never went hungry. Arriving in November 1895 in Scranton...
22. Margaret Wycherly Margaret Wycherly Actress, White Heat This British actress, born in 1881, is probably best remembered as the mother in her two best-known roles, Sergeant York opposite 'Gary Cooper' and White Heat (1949) opposite James Cagney who closes out the film screaming "Made it, Ma! Top of the world!" as he goes to a fiery death. Margaret spent her early acting days on stage touring across England...
23. Anne Crawford Anne Crawford Actress, Knights of the Round Table
24. Ralph Morgan Ralph Morgan Actor, The Life of Emile Zola Hollywood character actor, often as smooth villain, for two decades from 1931.
25. Bertolt Brecht Bertolt Brecht Writer, Hangmen Also Die! Bertolt Brecht was born on 10 February 1898 in Augsburg, Germany and one of the country's most influential poets, playwrights and screenwriters. His most famous work was the musical "The Threepenny Opera" (with Kurt Weill), but his dramas such as "Mother Courage and Her Children" or "The Good Person of Sezuan" were equally successful...
26. Eddie Acuff Eddie Acuff Actor, The Petrified Forest Eddie Acuff is one of those wonderful supporting actors who peopled the fascinating world of Hollywood's A, B or Z movies. In a career spanning eighteen years he appeared in the amazing number of 251 movies and 1 TV episode! His appearances could be invisible (when deleted), hardly visible (he portrayed an endless series of cabbies...
27. Aleksandr Dovzhenko Aleksandr Dovzhenko Writer, Arsenal
28. Barry Norton Barry Norton Actor, Drácula
29. Christian Rub Christian Rub Actor, You Can't Take It with You
30. Tim Ryan Tim Ryan Actor, From Here to Eternity
31. Holmes Herbert Holmes Herbert Actor, The Invisible Man Holmes Herbert was a tall, intense English actor who made his first films after coming to America. He began in silent movies as a leading man but eventually was relegated to less important roles as a character actor when sound came in. He played in several of the Universal "Sherlock Holmes" movies, the title character of which was the initial inspiration for his stage name...
32. Jed Prouty Jed Prouty Actor, Pot o' Gold
33. Miguel Inclán Miguel Inclán Actor, The Young and the Damned Miguel Inclan was a popular villain of Mexican cinema from the 1930s into the 1950s, although he also had some sympathetic roles, notably as the kindly policeman in Salón México and several appearances as Benito Juárez. Inclán came from a theatrical family and started out working in the carpa theatres (he later bought a theatre with his film earnings and put his extended family to work in it)...
34. A.A. Milne A.A. Milne Writer, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
35. Jack Curtis Jack Curtis Actor, Harvey Jack was born in San Francisco in 1880 in to the well-known Curtis family. Chris Curtis was himself well-known in the financial circles. His uncle William was a lawyer in New York City in the early 1900s. Jack and Lil met on a ship heading to Hong Kong in 1904 and were married sometime in 1904. Both had toured with Vaudeville companies...
36. Chester Clute Chester Clute Actor, Arsenic and Old Lace
37. Francis Corby Francis Corby Cinematographer, Babes in Toyland
38. Lloyd Ingraham Lloyd Ingraham Actor, Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages
39. Bob Burns Bob Burns Actor, Waikiki Wedding After growing up in a small Arkansas town, Bob Burns qualified as a civil engineer, but also worked as a salesman, farmed peanuts, and in World War I was a Marine sergeant and champion rifleman. His great interest from boyhood was music, and from 1911 his main career was in entertainment. He played musical instruments including his trademark "bazooka"...
40. Roy Kellino Roy Kellino Director, Four Star Playhouse Roy Kellino was born on April 22, 1912 in London, England as Philip Roy Gislingham. He was a director and cinematographer, known for Four Star Playhouse, _Schlitz Playhouse (1951) (TV Series)_, and Charade. He was married firstly to Pamela Ostrer (later known as Pamela Mason), and secondly to Barbara Billingsley. He died unexpectedly on November 18, 1956 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
41. Ewald André Dupont Ewald André Dupont Writer, The Love Storm German film director E.A. Dupont an influential critic and newspaper columnist before breaking into the film industry. He wrote several screenplays and worked as a story editor for Richard Oswald before turning to directing in 1917. Over the next eight years Dupont became a respected exponent of the German expressionist movement...
42. Norman Kerry Norman Kerry Actor, The Phantom of the Opera Popular leading man or villain in the silent era. He often wore fancy wax mustaches. Made a sucessful transtion to sound. Retired from films in 1941 concluding a thirty five year career.
43. Dell Henderson Dell Henderson Actor, Show People Former stage actor became a director of US film melodramas and actioners from 1913 through 1927, after which he resumed acting. He acted in films from the late 1910's through mid-40's, playing character roles with the advent of sound.
44. Vera Lewis Vera Lewis Actress, Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages Born NY city. Stage actress. Entered films 1914. Appeared in 25+ silents, 60+ talkies. Appears in Birth of a Nation and Intolerance multi-line-biography
45. Babe Didrikson Zaharias Babe Didrikson Zaharias Writer, Babe
46. Kathleen Howard Kathleen Howard Actress, It's a Gift
47. André Charlot André Charlot Actor, Summer Storm
48. Dick Dickinson Dick Dickinson Actor, West of the Divide
49. Charles Dingle Charles Dingle Actor, The Little Foxes
50. Jeanne d'Alcy Jeanne d'Alcy Actress, Bluebeard
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