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1. Tyrone Power Tyrone Power Actor, Witness for the Prosecution Tyrone Power was one of the great romantic swashbuckling stars of the mid-twentieth century, and the third Tyrone Power of four in a famed acting dynasty reaching back to the eighteenth century. His great-grandfather was the first Tyrone Power (1795-1841), a famed Irish comedian. His father, known to historians as Tyrone Power Sr....
2. Robert Donat Robert Donat Actor, The 39 Steps Robert Donat's pleasant voice and somewhat neutral English accent were carefully honed as a boy because he had a stammer and took elocution lessons starting at age 11 to overcome the impediment. It was not too surprising that freedom from such a vocal embarrassment was encouragement to act. His other handicap...
3. Ronald Colman Ronald Colman Actor, Lost Horizon British leading man of primarily American films, one of the great stars of the Golden Age. Raised in Ealing, the son of a successful silk merchant, he attended boarding school in Sussex, where he first discovered amateur theatre. He intended to attend Cambridge and become an engineer, but his father's death cost him the financial support necessary...
4. H.B. Warner H.B. Warner Actor, It's a Wonderful Life Henry Byron Warner was the definitive cinematic Jesus Christ in Cecil B. DeMille's The King of Kings. He was born into a prominent theatrical family on October 26, 1875 in London. His father was Charles Warner, and his grandfather was James Warner, both prominent English actors. He replaced J.B. Warner as Jesus in The King of Kings when J.B...
5. Edna Purviance Edna Purviance Actress, The Kid Edna Purviance began working as a stenographer in San Francisco. Charles Chaplin invited her to join him at Essanay Studio in 1915, the year of her film debut in Chaplin's His Night Out. Over the next seven years she appeared as his leading lady in over 20 Chaplin films made by Essanay, Mutual, and First National...
6. Thurston Hall Thurston Hall Actor, Theodora Goes Wild Movies, especially comedies, have always needed big, blustery, booming authoritarian types for the lead to play off of (or against), and one of the best was Thurston Hall, most famous for his role of Mr. Schuyler in the Topper series of the early 1950s. Hall was a tall, distinguished, imposing-looking man...
7. Michael Todd Michael Todd Producer, Around the World in Eighty Days Film producer Michael Todd was one of the major contributors to technical innovation in the film industry in the 1950s. Having worked with Fred Waller and Cinerama, he got tired of the three-panel format, left the company and tried to find the process for making "Cinerama coming from one hole". He joined forces with the American Optical Co...
8. Ainslie Pryor Ainslie Pryor Actor, The Left Handed Gun
9. John Hamilton John Hamilton Actor, The Maltese Falcon Burly, stentorian-voiced John Hamilton, worked on Broadway and in touring theatrical companies for many years prior to his 1930 film debut. He was in the original Broadway company of "Seventh Heaven" and would appear in the film remake (Seventh Heaven) in 1937. For Warner Bros, he starred with Donald Meek in a series of short mysteries based on S.S. Van Dine stories...
10. Noah Young Noah Young Actor, Safety Last!
11. Franklin Pangborn Franklin Pangborn Actor, Sullivan's Travels Franklin Pangborn - a name more befitting a fictionalized bank president rather than a great comedic actor - was a singular character actor but little is known of his early years. He spent some time in developing acting talent prior to appearing on Broadway by March of 1911, and would do six plays until mid-1913...
12. Evelyn Varden Evelyn Varden Actress, The Night of the Hunter
13. Tom Pittman Tom Pittman Actor, High School Big Shot
14. Helen Twelvetrees Helen Twelvetrees Actress, The Painted Desert Born in New York, Helen was schooled at the Brooklyn Heights Seminary before heading to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. In 1927, Helen Jurgens married Clark Twelvetrees and became Helen Twelvetrees. With some stage experience, Helen went to Hollywood with a number of other actors to replace the silent stars that could not or would not make the transition to talkies...
15. Patric Doonan Patric Doonan Actor, The Man in the White Suit
16. Griff Barnett Griff Barnett Actor, Criss Cross
17. Kurt Katch Kurt Katch Actor, Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy Former player in Yiddish theater who became a Hollywood character actor of the 40's and 50's, often in sinister roles.
18. Estelle Taylor Estelle Taylor Actress, Cimarron A former typist, Estelle Taylor married a banker at age 14 and, after leaving him, moved to New York to study dramatic acting. She also modeled for artists and appeared in the chorus of a couple of Broadway shows. In the early 1920s she came to Hollywood and was noted as one of the film colony's most beautiful women...
19. Aubrey Mather Aubrey Mather Actor, The House of Fear Bald-pated character actor in theatre from 1905, then in UK films of the 30's and US films of the 40's and 50's, often portraying - yes! - the butler.
20. Tala Birell Tala Birell Actress, Bringing Up Baby Natalie Bierl (1907, Bucharest - Romania; 1958, Landsthul - Germany), nickname Talusha, was born to a German couple, the mother a Baroness of Polish descent, and the father a German businessman who was temporarily in Bucharest overseeing his company. During WWI she was in Berlin, and studying at a private school...
21. Elisabeth Risdon Elisabeth Risdon Actress, The Roaring Twenties Star actress of UK silents who became a Hollywood character player in the sound era, typically portraying stern, autocratic elders.
22. Gladys Presley Gladys Presley Actress, Loving You
23. Harry Parke Harry Parke Actor, Night Spot
24. Ed Hinton Ed Hinton Actor, Julie Character actor, Edgar Latimer Hinton, Jr. was one of three persons killed when a single engine amphibious plane hit a cliff and plunged into Toyon Bay, Santa Catalina Island. The plane took off from the bay, circled once, and hit a 40-foot cliff in front of the exclusive Toyon Bay Boat Club. Hinton was a guest at the club with his wife...
25. Emmett Lynn Emmett Lynn Actor, The Night of the Hunter Lynn was one of the old grubby prospector sidekicks who supplied the comic relief in a number of Republic Westerns through the forties and early fifties. He also appeared with the Three Stooges in 'The Yokes on Me (1944)'. His last two films were of a religious nature with 'A Man Called Peter (1955)' and 'The Ten Commandments (1956)'.
26. Philip Van Zandt Philip Van Zandt Actor, Citizen Kane
27. Priscilla Lawson Priscilla Lawson Actress, Flash Gordon A voluptuous, rather severe-looking beauty, dark-haired Priscilla Lawson was a professional model in her early twenties when she was crowned "Miss Miami Beach" in 1935. The attention helped her to win a contract with Universal Pictures and she soon began appearing in films. Confined mostly to small roles as nurses...
28. Harry Cohn Harry Cohn Producer, It Happened One Night He was crude, uneducated, foul and, even on his best behavior, abrasive. No major studio executive of the so-called "Golden Age" was more loathed (although at times the dictatorial Samuel Goldwyn and the hard-nosed Jack L. Warner came close) than Harry Cohn. Born in the middle of 5 children to Joseph Cohn...
29. Jack Norton Jack Norton Actor, The Palm Beach Story Pencil-mustachioed character actor in Hollywood films of the '30s and '40s, cast perennially as a reeling, incoherent, comic drunk, often clad in evening clothes and satin high hat. In an effort to make his characterizations convincing, he often followed drunks and watched their movements closely in order to copy them. In real life, he was a total abstainer from alcohol.
30. Tim Moore Tim Moore Actor, Boy! What a Girl! Although Tim Moore will forever be known as "The Kingfish" in the pioneering series The Amos 'n Andy Show, he was actually far better known for his career on the stage and as a comedian in vaudeville than he was for his film and television work. In fact, he had only made (as far as is known) three films before "Amos 'n' Andy", and he had to be coaxed out of retirement to play in that show...
31. Rose Stradner Rose Stradner Actress, The Keys of the Kingdom Pretty, soulful-eyed Austrian actress Rose Stradner was a rising 30s ingénue on the Viennese stage and in a few German film romances and musicals when MGM mogul Louis B. Mayer, who was in Europe searching for exotic talent, discovered Rose. Along with Greer Garson, Ilona Massey and Hedy Lamarr...
32. Kurt Neumann Kurt Neumann Director, The Fly
33. Pat Harmon Pat Harmon Actor, The Freshman
34. Bonar Colleano Bonar Colleano Actor, Stairway to Heaven Bonar Colleano was born in New York City. His name was Bonar Sullivan, but he took on his family's stage name when he joined the Colleano family acrobatic circus act at 5, then at 12 moved to England. Bonar's mother, part of the Colleano family act in her role as a comely contortionist met his father in Australia...
35. Lloyd Hughes Lloyd Hughes Actor, The Lost World
36. Walter Kingsford Walter Kingsford Actor, Captains Courageous
37. Barbara Bennett Barbara Bennett Actress, Syncopation
38. Mike Morgan Mike Morgan Actor, The Horse's Mouth Morgan was in the spotlight for only about a year, making his film debut in "Barnacle Bill" in 1957 which starred Alec Guinness. From there, he got a more prominent role the following year as Nosey in another Guinness film, "The Horse's Mouth." He had the last line of the film. While it looked like his career would take off...
39. Jack Gargan Jack Gargan Actor, The Case of the Restless Redhead
40. Mary Welch Mary Welch Actress, Park Row
41. Hans Heinrich von Twardowski Hans Heinrich von Twardowski Actor, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
42. Carl Brisson Carl Brisson Actor, The Ring
43. Bill Goodwin Bill Goodwin Actor, Spellbound
44. Boots Mallory Boots Mallory Actress, Carnival Lady Patricia Boots Mallory was raised in Mobile, Alabama. She was discovered by Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., where she got her start in show biz. A tall, thin, natural blond teenager, she caught his keen eye. Her career began in the era of early talkies after the silent movie era. When Boots' younger sister, Viola "Bodie" (Mallory) Avinger...
45. Fred Kennedy Fred Kennedy Stunts, Rio Grande
46. Sam Zimbalist Sam Zimbalist Producer, Ben-Hur
47. Friedrich Gnaß Friedrich Gnaß Actor, M
48. Ralph Vaughan Williams Ralph Vaughan Williams Soundtrack, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Dr. Ralph Vaughan Williams was perhaps the most important English composer of the 20th Century. His influence on the development of 20th Century music was immense. Benjamin Britten and numerous film composers (Jerry Goldsmith, etc.) owe a lot to him. He created a truly contemporary idiom whose roots reached back to Tudor times and folk music...
49. Ted Sears Ted Sears Writer, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs As his writing partner, Winston Hibler, once put it, "Perhaps Ted's greatest talent was his own unique brand of humor. It was warm, gentle humor; there was never a barb in it. And his was the key, to Ted's whole personality. He was the kindest man I ever knew. He lived with laughter and without malice...
50. Johnston McCulley Johnston McCulley Writer, The Mask of Zorro
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