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1. Tyrone Power Tyrone Power Actor, Witness for the Prosecution 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. 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...
3. 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...
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. 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...
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. 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...
8. 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...
9. 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...
10. 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...
11. 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.
12. Robert Greig Robert Greig Actor, Sullivan's Travels
13. Walter Kingsford Walter Kingsford Actor, Captains Courageous
14. 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...
15. 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...
16. 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...
17. 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...
18. Fred Kennedy Fred Kennedy Stunts, Rio Grande
19. 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...
20. 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...
21. Evelyn Varden Evelyn Varden Actress, The Night of the Hunter
22. Philip Van Zandt Philip Van Zandt Actor, Citizen Kane
23. Sam Taylor Sam Taylor Writer, Safety Last! New York-born writer and director with a penchant for comedy. He graduated from Fordham University, and, from 1916, worked at Kalem on the 'Ham and Bud' series (Lloyd Hamilton & Bud Duncan). When Kalem was taken over by Vitagraph, Taylor became feature continuity writer. Sometime after 1920, he joined Hal Roach as a full screenwriter...
24. 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...
25. Gladys Presley Gladys Presley Actress, Loving You
26. 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)'.
27. Patric Doonan Patric Doonan Actor, The Man in the White Suit
28. Tom Pittman Tom Pittman Actor, High School Big Shot
29. 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...
30. Ronald Squire Ronald Squire Actor, Around the World in Eighty Days
31. Kurt Neumann Kurt Neumann Director, The Fly
32. Gordon Griffith Gordon Griffith Actor, Little Annie Rooney Who was the first screen Tarzan? The standard answer is Elmo Lincoln star of the first Tarzan movie (1918). But the first third of that movie shows Tarzan as a boy, frolicking in the nude with with real chimps (unlike the grown-up Lincoln who cavorted clothed with athletes wearing monkey suits). The earliest movie Tarzan was actually Gordon Griffith...
33. Harry Parke Harry Parke Actor, Night Spot
34. Bill Goodwin Bill Goodwin Actor, Spellbound
35. Travis Banton Travis Banton Costume Designer, The Mark of Zorro Travis Banton was the star costume designer at Paramount during the studio's heyday of glamour and sophistication in the 1930's. During his tenure (1924-38), he created imaginative, often daring designs for stars like Kay Francis, Carole Lombard, Mae West and, most famously, Marlene Dietrich...
36. Vaughan Glaser Vaughan Glaser Actor, Arsenic and Old Lace
37. Barbara Bennett Barbara Bennett Actress, Syncopation
38. 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.
39. Hans Heinrich von Twardowski Hans Heinrich von Twardowski Actor, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
40. Carl Brisson Carl Brisson Actor, The Ring
41. 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...
42. 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...
43. 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...
44. Lyn Osborn Lyn Osborn Actor, Invasion of the Saucer Men
45. Wheaton Chambers Wheaton Chambers Actor, The Well
46. Mary Welch Mary Welch Actress, Park Row
47. Marshall Neilan Marshall Neilan Actor, Daddy-Long-Legs In the early days of silent pictures, Marshall Neilan was a top director for Goldwyn Pictures. He had also directed a small number of Louis B. Mayer's independently produced melodramas, but there was a mutual dislike between the two men. During the festivities inaugurating the merger of Metro and Goldwyn Pictures on April 26...
48. Charles Williams Charles Williams Actor, It's a Wonderful Life
49. Mary Roberts Rinehart Mary Roberts Rinehart Writer, Dangerous Days
50. Herbert Brenon Herbert Brenon Director, Laugh, Clown, Laugh
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