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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. 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...
3. Erich von Stroheim Erich von Stroheim Actor, Sunset Blvd. 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. Griffiths' company as a bit player. America's entry into WW1 enabled him to play sadistic monocled German officers but these roles dried up when the war ended...
4. 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...
5. 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...
6. James Whale James Whale Director, Frankenstein James Whale, who grew up poor in an English mining town, learned to put on plays in a World War I German POW camp. Postwar theatre work took him to the London stage, then Broadway, then a contract with Paramount, as dialog director for Howard Hughes' Hell's Angels. He began his contribution to the horror film genre with his move to Universal...
7. 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...
8. 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...
9. 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 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, but dropped out and roamed about doing an assortment of jobs...
10. 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 stage for three years and never re-married...
11. 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...
12. 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...
13. 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...
14. George Cleveland George Cleveland Actor, Blue Steel 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.
15. 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.
16. 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...
17. William 'Bill' Phillips William 'Bill' Phillips Actor, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
18. 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...
19. 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...
20. Russell Hicks Russell Hicks Actor, The Little Foxes 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...
21. Joseph McCarthy Joseph McCarthy Self, Episode dated 13 December 1953
22. 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...
23. 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...
24. Erich Wolfgang Korngold Erich Wolfgang Korngold Soundtrack, 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...
25. 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)...
26. 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...
27. 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.
28. 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...
29. William Cameron Menzies William Cameron Menzies Director, Invaders from Mars 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...
30. Fred F. Sears Fred F. Sears Director, Earth vs. the Flying Saucers A graduate of Boston College, Fred F. Sears got his show-business start in regional theater, where he was an actor, director and producer. He started "little theater" groups and was a drama instructor at Southwestern University when Columbia Pictures hired him as a dialogue director. He also worked in front of the cameras...
31. 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...
32. Harcourt Williams Harcourt Williams Actor, Roman Holiday
33. 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...
34. 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...
35. Jimmy Dorsey Jimmy Dorsey Soundtrack, Playing by Heart A clarinetist, saxophonist and bandleader, he appeared with his own orchestra in a few films of the 40's but is much better remembered for his band's recordings - like "Green Eyes" and "Tangerine" (both of them sung by 'Helen O'Connell' and Bob Eberly).
36. Christian Dior Christian Dior Costume Designer, Les Enfants Terribles
37. Sheila Terry Sheila Terry Actress, The Lawless Frontier
38. 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...
39. Raymond Griffith Raymond Griffith Actor, His Foothill Folly Raymond Griffith was born on January 23, 1895 in Boston, Massachusetts into a theatrical family. His parents, James Henry Griffith and Mary Guichard, were both actors, as were his grandfather, Gerald Griffith, and his great grandfather, Thomas Griffith. Young Raymond made his stage debut when he was...
40. Wheeler Dryden Wheeler Dryden Actor, Limelight
41. Frank Randle Frank Randle Actor, It's a Grand Life
42. John Brown John Brown Actor, Strangers on a Train
43. Charles Brabin Charles Brabin Director, The Mask of Fu Manchu
44. Gus Schilling Gus Schilling Actor, Citizen Kane Former burlesque comedian who usually portrayed nervous types on screen. In films from 1940.
45. 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...
46. 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...
47. Helen Haye Helen Haye Actress, The 39 Steps
48. Johnny Torrio Johnny Torrio Uncategorised Prohibition-era gang boss Johnny Torrio was born Giovanni Torrio in Irsina, Italy. When Johnny was two years old his father died, and his mother left Italy for New York City. Torrio got his start in the criminal underworld at an early age, working as a bouncer in several Manhattan dives. He eventually joined a street gang and within a short time was the gang's leader...
49. 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...
50. Musidora Musidora Actress, Les vampires
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