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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 (a byproduct of being raised in northern England) 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...
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. 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...
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. 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...
7. Bill Goodwin Bill Goodwin Actor, Spellbound
8. Franklin Pangborn Franklin Pangborn Actor, Sullivan's Travels Franklin Pangborn - a name more be-fitting 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...
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. Philip Van Zandt Philip Van Zandt Actor, Citizen Kane
11. Harry Cohn Harry Cohn Producer, Platinum Blonde 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...
12. 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...
13. 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...
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. 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...
16. 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...
17. 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 Austrian descent, and the father a Serbian businessman who was temporarily in Bucharest overseeing his company. During WWI she was in Berlin, and studying at a private school...
18. 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...
19. Ted Sears Ted Sears Writer, Maleficent 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...
20. Jack Gargan Jack Gargan Actor, The Case of the Restless Redhead
21. 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...
22. 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.
23. Jesse L. Lasky Jesse L. Lasky Miscellaneous Crew, Wings Lasky, one of the first pioneers of the Hollywood film industry and its first genuine 'mogul', was not only a consummate showman and entrepreneur, but a jack-of-all-trades. Born in San Francisco in September 1880, the son of a shoe salesman, he attended high school in San Jose and held down his first job at seventeen as a reporter for the San Francisco Post...
24. Robert Greig Robert Greig Actor, Sullivan's Travels
25. Tom Pittman Tom Pittman Actor, High School Big Shot
26. Sam Zimbalist Sam Zimbalist Producer, Ben-Hur
27. Lloyd Hughes Lloyd Hughes Actor, The Lost World
28. Gladys Presley Gladys Presley Actress, Loving You
29. Barbara Bennett Barbara Bennett Actress, Syncopation
30. Walter Kingsford Walter Kingsford Actor, Captains Courageous
31. 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...
32. Roger Imhof Roger Imhof Actor, The Grapes of Wrath
33. Mary Welch Mary Welch Actress, Park Row
34. André Bazin André Bazin Thanks, The 400 Blows
35. Kurt Neumann Kurt Neumann Director, The Fly
36. Evelyn Varden Evelyn Varden Actress, The Night of the Hunter
37. Ainslie Pryor Ainslie Pryor Actor, The Left Handed Gun
38. 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)'.
39. Harry Parke Harry Parke Actor, Night Spot
40. Paul Panzer Paul Panzer Actor, Princess Nicotine; or, The Smoke Fairy Born in Germany in 1872, Paul Panzer spent several years on the stage before entering the film industry with Edison in 1905. He later went to Vitagraph, one of the first actors to work at that studio, but left them in 1911. He directed one film, The Life of Buffalo Bill, with the real Buffalo Bill--aka William F. Cody)--for a small independent company...
41. Vaughan Glaser Vaughan Glaser Actor, Arsenic and Old Lace
42. Carl Brisson Carl Brisson Actor, The Ring
43. Ronald Squire Ronald Squire Actor, Around the World in Eighty Days
44. 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...
45. Griff Barnett Griff Barnett Actor, Criss Cross
46. Hans Heinrich von Twardowski Hans Heinrich von Twardowski Actor, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
47. Lyn Osborn Lyn Osborn Actor, Invasion of the Saucer Men
48. 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.
49. Harry M. Warner Harry M. Warner Producer, My Four Years in Germany
50. 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.
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