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1. Errol Flynn Errol Flynn Actor, The Adventures of Robin Hood Errol Flynn was born to parents Theodore Flynn, a respected biologist, and Marrelle Young, an adventurous young woman and descendant of a midshipman of HMS Bounty fame. Young Flynn was a rambunctious child who could be counted on to find trouble. Errol managed to have himself thrown out of every school he was enrolled in...
2. George Reeves George Reeves Actor, Gone with the Wind George Reeves was raised in Pasadena, California, and educated at Pasadena Junior College. He was a skilled amateur boxer and musician. He interned as an actor at the famed Pasadena Playhouse, and was discovered there. He was cast as Stuart Tarleton in Gone with the Wind. Over the next ten years he was contracted to Warners...
3. Lou Costello Lou Costello Actor, Africa Screams Born and raised in Paterson, New Jersey, Lou Costello dropped out of high school and headed west to break into the movies. He got a job as a carpenter at MGM and Warners. He went from there to stuntman and then to vaudeville as a comic. In 1931, while working in Brooklyn, his straight man became ill and the theater cashier...
4. Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer Actor, The Defiant Ones
5. Edmund Gwenn Edmund Gwenn Actor, The Trouble with Harry There are very few character actors from the 1930s, '40s or '50s who rose to the rank of stardom. Only a rare man or woman reached the level of renown and admiration, and had enough audience appeal, to be the first name in a cast's billing, a name that got marquee posting. Charles Coburn comes to mind, but there aren't many others. However, one who made it was Edmund Gwenn...
6. Cecil B. DeMille Cecil B. DeMille Producer, The Ten Commandments His parents Henry C. DeMille and Beatrice DeMille were playwrights. His father died when he was 12, and his mother supported the family by opening a school for girls and a theatrical company. Too young to enlist in the Spanish-American War, Cecil followed his brother William C. de Mille to the New York Academy of Dramatic Arts...
7. Victor McLaglen Victor McLaglen Actor, The Quiet Man Rambunctious British leading man (contrary to popular belief, he was of Scottish ancestry, not Irish) and later character actor primarily in American films, Victor McLaglen was a vital presence in a number of great motion pictures, especially those of director John Ford. McLaglen (pronounced Muh-clog-len...
8. Max Baer Max Baer Actor, Africa Screams Max Baer is arguably best known today for siring Max Baer Jr., the actor who played Jethro Bodine on the classic TV series The Beverly Hillbillies. However, old-timers, followers of the sweet science and viewers of the film Cinderella Man all know that Max Sr. was boxing's heavyweight champion of the world for all of 364 days...
9. Preston Sturges Preston Sturges Writer, Sullivan's Travels Preston Sturges' own life is as unlikely as some of the plots of his best work. He was born into a wealthy family. As a boy he helped out on stage productions for his mother's friend, Isadora Duncan (the scarf that strangled her was made by his mother's company, Maison Desti). He served in the U.S...
10. Kay Kendall Kay Kendall Actress, Les Girls
11. Ethel Barrymore Ethel Barrymore Actress, Portrait of Jennie Ethel Barrymore was the second of three children seemingly destined for the actor's life of their parents Maurice and Georgiana. Maurice Barrymore had emigrated from England in 1875, and after graduating from Cambridge in law had shocked his family by becoming an actor. Georgiana Drew of Philadelphia acted in her parents' stage company...
12. James Gleason James Gleason Actor, The Night of the Hunter James Gleason was born in New York City to William Gleason and Mina Crolius, who were both in the theatre. He was married to Lucile Gleason (born Lucile Webster), and had a son, Russell Gleason. As a young man James fought in the Spanish-American War. After the war he joined the stock company at the Liberty Theater in Oakland...
13. Raymond Chandler Raymond Chandler Writer, Double Indemnity An American novelist, writer of crime fiction featuring the private detective Philip Marlowe, Raymond (Thornton) Chandler was born in Chicago of an American father and an Anglo-Irish mother. He moved to England when his parents divorced. He attended Dulwich College and studied languages in France and Germany before returning to England in 1907 and becoming a naturalized British subject...
14. Eric Blore Eric Blore Actor, Top Hat Born in London, Eric Blore came out of college and started his working life as an insurance agent. But while touring in Australia he took an interest in the stage and theater. He gave up his insurance job and turned to acting after returning to England. With his elfish long, straight nose, squint-eyed demeanor and a crisp voice...
15. Buddy Holly Buddy Holly Soundtrack, Big Fish
16. Una O'Connor Una O'Connor Actress, Witness for the Prosecution Delightful character actress who held her own against such acting heavyweights as Charles Laughton, Boris Karloff, Tyrone Power, Barbara Stanwyck, and Sydney Greenstreet. Often cast by studio heads as comic relief thanks to her thick Irish accent and rubber-faced expressions, most notably in Universal's horror classics...
17. Billie Holiday Billie Holiday Soundtrack, Schindler's List Billie Holiday was a true artist of her day and rose as a social phenomenon in the 1950s. Her soulful, unique singing voice and her ability to boldly turn any material that she confronted into her own music made her a superstar of her time. Today, Holiday is remembered for her masterpieces, creativity and vivacity...
18. Ritchie Valens Ritchie Valens Soundtrack, Grease
19. Paul Douglas Paul Douglas Actor, Panic in the Streets A rare breed this guy. Paul Douglas became an unlikely middle-aged cinema star by simply capitalizing on his big, burly, brash and boorish appeal to the nth degree. The 5'11", 200 lb. actor was a bold, unabashed risk taker. He forsook an extremely successful career as one of the country's top radio/sports announcers to prove his value as an actor...
20. Gérard Philipe Gérard Philipe Actor, Fan-Fan the Tulip In 1940 Gerard left school and his parents wanted him be a lawyer. But soon his mother noticed that he was only interested in acting, although his father was against the idea. After timely intervention from Mark Allégret, who decided he showed some promise, Gerard's debut was in Claude Dauphin's play "One plain girl"...
21. Wayne Morris Wayne Morris Actor, Paths of Glory American actor who had early success as a sunny juvenile, but whose career declined following World War II, in which he was a highly-decorated hero. A native of Los Angeles, Morris played football at Los Angeles Junior College, then worked as a forest ranger. Returning to school, he studied acting at Los Angeles Junior College and at the acclaimed Pasadena Playhouse...
22. Mario Lanza Mario Lanza Soundtrack, Zodiac Mario Lanza's life, sadly, has all the markings of an epic Shakespearean tragedy. The story is truly incredible: a wild, incendiary Philadelphia kid who can sing better than Enrico Caruso sets out to become the greatest dramatic opera singer who ever lived, is detoured by MGM honcho Louis B. Mayer and vixen Hollywood...
23. Grant Withers Grant Withers Actor, Rio Grande Appeared in over 200 films. He had worked as a salesman and newspaper reporter before breaking into movies near the end of the silent era. Tall and tough, his starring roles in major pictures soon gave way to supporting parts, mainly as a villain, in B movies and serials. His elopement to Yuma, Arizona...
24. G. Pat Collins G. Pat Collins Actor, All Quiet on the Western Front
25. Helen Broderick Helen Broderick Actress, Top Hat Helen Broderick was a wonderfully funny character comedienne with vaudeville and stage experience, a close friend of Jeanne Eagels. The story goes, that at the age of 14 she ran away from home, because her mother, who appeared in operatic comedy, was totally obsessed by the theatre. Paradoxically...
26. Lock Martin Lock Martin Actor, The Day the Earth Stood Still One of the tallest actors ever, he held various odd jobs before his debut on the silver screen. He worked for Spike Jones and his City Slickers, Ardens Dairy (in California,) as a Cowboy for Public Relations and at Knotts Berry Farm, (in California) also as a Cowboy. It was while he was working as a...
27. Olin Howland Olin Howland Actor, Gone with the Wind Olin Howland had a career in movies that stretched from the 20s through the 50s. After a few attempts at films in the silent era, Olin began appearing regularly in the sound pictures of the 30s. His roles were usually in mysteries and dramas, and he became a Western character actor in the 40s with Republic. He also worked in television from 1956-58 in the adventure Circus Boy.
28. Harold Huber Harold Huber Actor, The Thin Man
29. Russell Simpson Russell Simpson Actor, The Grapes of Wrath His grim, beady-eyed, sharp-nosed, weatherbeaten face was always familiar despite the small roles he appeared in. Every once in a while character actor Russell Simpson would stand out in a small scene, but his main purpose seemed to be adding rustic authenticity to his westerns or small-town dramas...
30. Taylor Holmes Taylor Holmes Actor, Sleeping Beauty Taylor Holmes, the American stage and film actor, was born on May 16, 1878, in Newark, New Jersey. He made his Broadway debut in February 1900 in the controversial play "Sapho", which was closed down by the New York Police Department for immorality after 29 performances. In the April 1900 trial, the play was adjudged not obscene, and it reopened and ran for an additional 55 performances...
31. Edmund Goulding Edmund Goulding Writer, The Devil's Holiday Director, songwriter ("Love, Your Magic Spell Is Everywhere", "Mam'selle"), composer, producer and author. He came to the US in 1919 and joined ASCAP in 1947. His chief musical collaborators included Elsie Janis and 'Mack Gordon (I)', and his other popular song compositions include "Sweetest Moment"...
32. Adrian Adrian Costume Designer, The Wizard of Oz Adrian Adolph Greenburg, born in Naugatuck, Connecticut, March 3, 1903, to Gilbert and Helena (Pollack) Greenburg. He began his professional career while still attending the New York School for Fine and Applied Arts by contributing to the costumes for "George White's Scandals" in 1921. He is credited for that production by his created name of Gilbert Adrian...
33. Charles Vidor Charles Vidor Director, Gilda Hungarian-born Karoly Vidor spent the First World War as a lieutenant in the Austro-Hungarian infantry. Following the armistice, he made his way to Berlin and worked for the German film company Ufa, as editor and assistant director. In 1924, he emigrated to the U.S. and, for several years, earned his living as a singer in Broadway choruses and (at one time) with a Wagnerian troupe...
34. William Bishop William Bishop Actor, Short Cut to Hell William attended grammar and high schools in New York and New Jersey. Upon graduation, he enrolled at West Virginia University where he planned to study law and played football and tennis. One summer, his uncle got him a job at the Suffern County (in New York) Theatre. He worked with actors Broderick Crawford...
35. Edward Keane Edward Keane Actor, It's a Wonderful Life
36. Ray McDonald Ray McDonald Actor, Good News Indefatigable Ray McDonald was born to dance and dance he did. A New York City native born June 27, 1921, Ray was still in grade school when he and older sister (by three years) Grace McDonald formed a popular vaudeville tap dancing act. By the age of 16 Ray had made it to Broadway in the musical "Babes in Arms"...
37. John Deering John Deering Actor, The Roaring Twenties
38. Charles Halton Charles Halton Actor, The Best Years of Our Lives A respected stage actor -- he trained at the New York Academy of Dramatic Arts -- since the 1920s, birdlike Charles Halton's thinning hair, rimless glasses and officious manner were familiar to generations of moviegoers. Whether playing the neighborhood busybody, a stern government bureaucrat or weaselly attorney...
39. LeJean Eldridge LeJean Eldridge Actress, The Alamo
40. Heitor Villa-Lobos Heitor Villa-Lobos Soundtrack, Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams
41. The Big Bopper The Big Bopper Soundtrack, American Graffiti
42. Benjamin Christensen Benjamin Christensen Director, Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages
43. Frank Lloyd Wright Frank Lloyd Wright Self, Frank Lloyd Wright Frank Lloyd Wright was one of America's most famous architects who introduced his concept of "Organic architecture" and designed such landmarks as the Fallingwater and the Guggenheim Museum of Art. He was born Frank Lloyd Wright on June 8, 1867, in Richland Center, Wisconsin, USA, into a family of Welsh descent...
44. Werner Krauss Werner Krauss Actor, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
45. Gilda Gray Gilda Gray Actress, Piccadilly The creator of 'the Shimmy' was a voluptuous blonde dancer with mischievous eyes, born Marianna Michalska in Kracow, Poland. Her parents died tragically and she was eventually adopted from an orphanage. Her foster-parents took her to the U.S. in 1909, where she commenced her career singing in her father-in-law's Chicago saloon...
46. Cecil Cunningham Cecil Cunningham Actress, The Awful Truth Hollywood character actress with whitish hair cut like a man's, often in roles as a general "know-it-all."
47. Helen Parrish Helen Parrish Actress, In Old California The daughter of stage and bit film actress Laura Parrish, she started in movies at the ripe old age of five, playing Babe Ruth's daughter in the silent Babe Comes Home. She also was featured in "Our Gang" comedy shorts and sometimes played the lead character as a child opposite some of the great femme stars of the day...
48. Jane Winton Jane Winton Actress, Sunrise Statuesque, gorgeous Jane Winton was billed as the 'Green-eyed Goddess of Hollywood'. The former Ziegfeld Follies dancer appeared in a good number of films from 1925 - if not as the nominal star - then, at least, very high up the list of credits. Her aloof beauty was tailor-made for playing toffs or patrician socialites and she breezed through many such roles in both comedy and drama...
49. Boris Vian Boris Vian Writer, Mood Indigo Engineer, poet, novelist, songwriter, jazz trumpeter, and record producer, Boris Vian was truly a symbol of the young post-war intellectuals of France.
50. John Merton John Merton Actor, The Ten Commandments
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