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1. Humphrey Bogart Humphrey Bogart Actor, Casablanca Humphrey DeForest Bogart was born in New York City, New York, to Maud Humphrey, a famed magazine illustrator and suffragette, and Belmont DeForest Bogart, a moderately wealthy surgeon (who was secretly addicted to opium). Bogart was educated at Trinity School, NYC, and was sent to Phillips Academy in Andover...
2. Josephine Hull Josephine Hull Actress, Harvey Josephine Sherwood changed her name after marrying stage actor Shelly Hull in 1910. She studied drama at Radcliffe College -- much to the dismay of her parents -- and first worked on the stage in a stock company in Boston. Her husband died in 1919, aged 35, of Spanish influenza. Josephine left the...
3. Oliver Hardy Oliver Hardy Actor, The Flying Deuces Although his parents were never in show business, as a young boy Oliver Hardy was a gifted singer and, by age eight, was performing with minstrel shows. In 1910 he ran a movie theatre, which he preferred to studying law. In 1913 he became a comedy actor with the Lubin Company in Florida and began appearing in a long series of shorts; his debut film was Outwitting Dad...
4. Erich von Stroheim Erich von Stroheim Actor, Sunset Blvd. Erich von Stroheim was born Erich Oswald Stroheim in 1885, in Vienna, Austria, to Johanna (Bondy), from Prague, and Benno Stroheim, a hatmaker from Gliwice, Poland. His family was Jewish. After spending some time working in his father's hat factory, he emigrated to America around 1909. Working in various jobs he arrived in Hollywood in 1914 and got work in D.W...
5. Ned Sparks Ned Sparks Actor, 42nd Street Ned Sparks proved himself a top character support whose style would be imitated for decades to come. Although less remembered now, he was an inimitable cinematic player back in 1930s Hollywood. The nasal-toned, deadpan comedian Sparks was born Edward A. Sparkman in Guelph, Canada, and was raised for a time in St...
6. Al Bridge Al Bridge Actor, The Miracle of Morgan's Creek American character actor, a fixture both in Westerns and in the comedies of Preston Sturges. Although frequently billed as "Alan" Bridge, he was born Alfred Morton Bridge in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1891 (not as "Alford" Bridge in 1890, as his tombstone erroneously states), he and his sister, future actress Loie Bridge...
7. Gene Lockhart Gene Lockhart Actor, His Girl Friday Gene Lockhart was born on July 18, 1891, in London, Ontario, Canada, the son of John Coates Lockhart and Ellen Mary (Delany) Lockhart. His father had studied singing and young Gene displayed an early interest in drama and music. Shortly after the 7-year-old danced a Highland fling in a concert given by the 48th Highlanders' Regimental Band...
8. James Whale James Whale Director, Frankenstein James Whale was an English film director, theatre director and actor. He is best remembered for his four classic horror films: Frankenstein, The Old Dark House, The Invisible Man and Bride of Frankenstein. Whale also directed films in other genres, including what is considered the definitive film version of the musical Show Boat...
9. Max Ophüls Max Ophüls Director, The Earrings of Madame de... Director Max Ophüls was born Max Oppenheimer in Saarbrücken, Germany. He began his career as a stage actor and director in the golden twenties. He worked in cities such as Stuttgart, Dortmund, Wuppertal, Vienna, Frankfurt, Breslau and Berlin. In 1929 his son Marcel Ophüls was born in Frankfurt, Germany...
10. Pedro Infante Pedro Infante Actor, Los tres huastecos Undoubtedly, Pedro Infante was, and still is, the idol of Mexico. Because of his movies (59 including 55 leading roles and four cameos), records (366 songs recorded between 1943 and 1956) and public appearances in Mexico and Latin America, Infante became a star and the most beloved human being in Mexican history...
11. Grant Mitchell Grant Mitchell Actor, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington You would think stage and film veteran Grant Mitchell was born to play stern authoritarians; his father after all was General John Grant Mitchell. But Mitchell would actually be better known for his portrayals of harangued husbands, bemused dads and bilious executives in 30s and 40s films. Born in Columbus...
12. Alfonso Bedoya Alfonso Bedoya Actor, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre Mexican character actor who achieved his greatest success in U.S. films. He was born in a tiny village in Mexico of Yaqui heritage and he had a nomadic upbringing, living in numerous places throughout the country including, for a time, Mexico City. He received a private education in Houston, Texas as a teenager...
13. Harrison Ford Harrison Ford Actor, Janice Meredith Silent screen leading man in films from 1915-1932. He left films in 1932 due to the arrival of sound. He was hit by a car on September 13, 1951, never fully recovered from his injuries and died on December 2, 1957.
14. Billy Bevan Billy Bevan Actor, Terror by Night Billy Bevan's show-business career began in his native Australia, with the Pollard theatrical organization. The company had two theater troupes, one which toured Asia and the other traveling to North America. Bevan wound up in the latter, performing in skits and plays all over Canada and Alaska then down into the continental US...
15. Judy Tyler Judy Tyler Actress, Jailhouse Rock Her father a trumpeter with bands such as Paul Whiteman and Benny Goodman, and her mother was a former Ziegfeld Follies dancer. Judy studied ballet, music, and acting, won a "Miss Stardust" beauty contest in 1949, danced with the Copacabana chorus line. and was making bit appearances on television while still in high school...
16. George Cleveland George Cleveland Actor, Lassie Round-faced and twinkling, George Cleveland had a 58-year career of stage, vaudeville, motion picture, radio and television acting. His first film was Mystery Liner with Noah Beery and he went on to appear in 150 others. However, he is best remembered as Gramps on the original Lassie TV series.
17. Norma Talmadge Norma Talmadge Actress, Going Straight Norma Talmadge was born on May 26, 1895, in Jersey City, New Jersey. The daughter of an unemployed alcoholic and his wife, Norma did not have the idyllic childhood that most of us yearn for. Her father left the family on Christmas Day and his wife and three daughters had to fend for themselves. Her mother...
18. Katie Johnson Katie Johnson Actress, The Ladykillers British character actress, on stage from 1894. Her many notable theatrical appearances include "Little Lord Fauntleroy" at the Prince's Theatre in Bristol, and, as Lady McClean, in "Escape Me Never" at the Apollo in London (1933) - a part she subsequently took to Broadway two years later. Until well into her seventies...
19. Cora Witherspoon Cora Witherspoon Actress, The Bank Dick A delightfully irksome, viper-tongued presence who usually played older than she was, actress Cora Witherspoon began her five-decade career in New York playing an elderly lady in the 1910 production of "The Concert". She was 20 years old at the time. Born in 1890, the brown-haired, Louisiana-born character...
20. Märta Torén Märta Torén Actress, Sirocco From an early age her dream was to become an actress. Her first application for acting studies at The Royal Dramatic Theater in 1944 was unsuccessful. After additional dramatic coaching she was finally accepted in 1947. But screenwriter Edwin Blum arranged a screen test for RKO which eventually led to her being offered a contract with Universal Studios...
21. William Eythe William Eythe Actor, The Ox-Bow Incident He had the requisite charm and dark, thick-browed good-looks of a Tyrone Power that often spelled "film stardom" but it was not to be in the case of actor William Eythe. Spotted for Hollywood while performing on Broadway, he made nary a dent when he finally transferred his skills to film and is little remembered today...
22. Louis B. Mayer Louis B. Mayer Miscellaneous Crew, Greed Born Lazar Mayer sometime between 1880-1886 (his actual birth date is unknown), he overcame a particularly brutal poverty-stricken childhood at the hands of his near-illiterate father, who moved his family to Eastern Canada to avoid Jewish persecution. The only regular trade his father undertook was as a scrap metal dealer...
23. John Garley John Garley Actor, The Appleyards
24. Eliot Ness Eliot Ness Writer, The Untouchables Eliot Ness was born in 1903 to Pete and Emma Ness. Pete was a baker. Eliot wrote the book "The Untouchables", but died just before it was published.
25. Jack Buchanan Jack Buchanan Actor, The Band Wagon Born in Scotland, Jack Buchanan made his stage acting debut in Britain in 1912, and on Broadway in 1924. Though he made his film debut in 1917 during the silent film era, Buchanan is probably best remembered for The Band Wagon, co-starring with Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Nanette Fabray, James Mitchell, Oscar Levant and Robert Gist...
26. Donald MacBride Donald MacBride Actor, The Seven Year Itch Best known for his work in slapstick comedy and detective whodunits, character actor Donald MacBride lent his serious, craggy mug and determined professionalism to scores of 30s and 40s crimers. Born in Brooklyn, he first appeared on the vaudeville and Broadway stages as a teenage singer in such shows as "George White's Scandals" and "Room Service." Taking a chance on Hollywood...
27. Charles King Charles King Actor, Please Excuse Me In films since childhood (as a teenager he appeared in The Birth of a Nation), Charles King played a variety of roles in silent films, and even made a series of comedy shorts for Universal in the 1920s. However, it was as a villain in sound westerns that King achieved his greatest fame. In the 1930s and 1940s his jowly face...
28. Sheila Terry Sheila Terry Actress, The Lawless Frontier
29. Erich Wolfgang Korngold Erich Wolfgang Korngold Music Department, The Big Lebowski Erich Wolfgang Korngold was the son of a well-known music critic. He was a child prodigy who composed his first orchestral piece at 14 and drew the attention of Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler and many other prominent composers and conductors. He had begun a promising career as a serious composer of...
30. Sacha Guitry Sacha Guitry Writer, Faisons un rêve... French actor, dramatist and director, Sacha Guitry was born in 1885 in Saint-Petersburg where his father, actor Lucien Guitry, was under contract with the city's French theater. Early on, Sacha knew he was going to be an artist. Therefore, his studies were mediocre. His acting debuts were not too encouraging either...
31. Russell Hicks Russell Hicks Actor, Scarlet Street Tall, distinguished-looking Russell Hicks appeared in almost 300 films in his more than 40-year career (although his first known screen appearance was in 1915, he has screenwriting credits as early as 1913, so it's possible his screen debut was earlier than credited). His cultured bearing, grandfatherly appearance and soothing...
32. Dorothy Sebastian Dorothy Sebastian Actress, Spite Marriage The daughter of a clergyman and a mother, who was an accomplished painter of portraits and landscapes, Stella Dorothy Sabiston spent her formative years in her home state of Alabama. She had three siblings, all of whom died relatively young. She attended the University of Alabama, but always harbored ambitions of becoming an actress...
33. Laura Ingalls Wilder Laura Ingalls Wilder Writer, Little House on the Prairie Born Laura Elizabeth Ingalls in Wisconsin in 1867, she spent her childhood as a "pioneer girl, " settling in Wisconsin (twice), Missouri, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota by the time she was twelve years old. Her family stayed in South Dakota, or Dakota Territory as it was known, and in 1885...
34. William Cameron Menzies William Cameron Menzies Director, Things to Come William Cameron Menzies was educated at Yale University, the University of Edinburgh and at the Art Students League in New York. He entered the film industry in 1919, after serving with the U.S. Expeditionary Forces in World War I. His initial assignments were in film design and special effects, as assistant to Anton Grot at Famous Players-Lasky...
35. Reginald Sheffield Reginald Sheffield Actor, Suspicion
36. William 'Bill' Phillips William 'Bill' Phillips Actor, Detective Story
37. Erville Alderson Erville Alderson Actor, Sergeant York A character actor whose film career spanned from Hollywood's Silent Era until the 1950s. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, on September 11, 1882, Erville would start his film career in 1918 at the age of 36 in Her Man. Film pioneer D.W. Griffith utilized Erville in many of his films, including 1924's America and Isn't Life Wonderful...
38. Laika Laika Laika, a mixed-breed mongrel, was the first living creature to have orbited the Earth and the first living creature ever to have died in space. She was a stray dog found on the streets of Moscow at an estimated three years of age and recruited by the Soviet space program to serve as the subject of an...
39. Frank Fenton Frank Fenton Actor, A Foreign Affair
40. Helen Haye Helen Haye Actress, The 39 Steps
41. Erik Rolf Erik Rolf Actor, Song of the South Born of Norwegian parents in Minneapolis, the son of a clergyman and a teacher, Rolf Erik Ylvisaker was attracted to the theatre at an early age, and at fourteen was playing dramatic roles on the local radio station. One of the most active and versatile players in the New York radio world, he once set a record for appearing on forty-odd different shows in one week...
42. Helene Costello Helene Costello Actress, Lights of New York Some of Helene Costello's films available on video are Her Crowning Glory, Lulu's Doctor and Lights of New York, the first all-talking feature. She worked for a time as a reader for 20th Century Fox in the early 1940s. Miss Costello died on January 26, 1957, in California's Patton State Hospital. She left behind a daughter by her fourth husband. The daughter's whereabouts are currently unknown.
43. Nikos Kazantzakis Nikos Kazantzakis Writer, The Last Temptation of Christ Nikos Kazantzakis was born in Heraklion, Crete (Greece). He studied Law in Athens and in Paris, but soon he studied philosophy and literature. He travelled almost everywhere; he learnt many foreign languages and left his scientific research for Nitsche. At philosophy: "Ascetics" (Salvatores Dei, 1927)...
44. John Brown John Brown Actor, Strangers on a Train
45. Norman Rice Norman Rice Actor, The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima
46. Ezio Pinza Ezio Pinza Actor, The Blues Brothers
47. Christian Dior Christian Dior Costume Designer, Les Enfants Terribles
48. Diego Rivera Diego Rivera Self, Exotic Mexico Diego Rivera was a revolutionary Mexican artist and controversial politician, whose actions fluctuated from supporting Joseph Stalin and Soviet communism to dealing with Henry Ford and other tycoons promoting Pan-Americanism. He was born Diego María de la Concepción Juan Nepomuceno Estanislao de la Rivera y Barrientos Acosta y Rodríguez on December 8...
49. Jimmy Dorsey Jimmy Dorsey Soundtrack, Playing by Heart Legendary saxophonist, conductor, songwriter and composer ("I'm Glad There Is You" and "Contrasts" [his theme]), educated in public schools and a cornet student of his father. Through the 1920s he was a saxophonist in orchestras including those of Paul Whiteman, Red Nichols, and the California Ramblers...
50. Ray Bennett Ray Bennett Actor, The Spoilers After spending his childhood in San Francisco, Bennett eventually moved to Los Angeles and was residing in Beverly Hills by 1930. From the onset, he had close ties to the acting profession, his mother (Ella Costillo Bennett) being a celebrated drama critic and author. His first acting was in stock and his entry to films was via stunt work...
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