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1. Clark Gable Clark Gable Actor, It Happened One Night Clark Gable's mother died when he was seven months old. At 16 he quit high school, went to work in an Akron (Ohio) tire factory and decided to become an actor after seeing the play "The Bird of Paradise". He toured in stock companies, worked oil fields and sold ties. In 1924 he reached Hollywood with the help of Portland...
2. Ward Bond Ward Bond Actor, It's a Wonderful Life Gruff, burly American character actor. Born in 1903 in Benkelman, Nebraska (confirmed by Social Security records; sources stating 1905 or Denver, Colorado are in error.) Bond grew up in Denver, the son of a lumberyard worker. He attended the University of Southern California, where he got work as an...
3. Richard Cromwell Richard Cromwell Actor, Jezebel With smooth, boyish good looks, Richard Cromwell had the makings of a Hollywood star while talking movies were in their infancy. Falling far short of that goal, some of which was his own doing, he is hardly remembered today. The equivalent back then in fresh-faced, fair-haired appeal to 60s Dr. Kildare star Richard Chamberlain...
4. Margaret Sullavan Margaret Sullavan Actress, The Shop Around the Corner Born in Norfolk, Virginia to wealthy stockbroker Cornelius Hancock Sullavan and heiress Garland Council Sullavan, Margaret Brooke overcame a muscle weakness in her childhood to go on to become a rebellious teenager at posh private schools. She went on to perform with the University Players at Harvard and made her Broadway debut in Hello...
5. Edward Brophy Edward Brophy Actor, The Thin Man Edward S. Brophy was born on February 27, 1895 in New York City and educated at the University of Virginia. He became a bit and small-part in the movies starting in 1919, but switched to behind-the-scenes work for job security, though he continued appearing in small parts. While serving as a property master for Buster Keaton's production unit at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer...
6. George Zucco George Zucco Actor, Dead Men Walk At 22, George Zucco decided to begin his stage career in earnest in the Canadian provinces in 1908. In the course of the following decade, he also performed in an American vaudeville tour with his young wife, Frances, in a routine called "The Suffragette." As World War I grew in scale, Zucco returned to England to join the army...
7. Dennis Hoey Dennis Hoey Actor, Terror by Night Character actor in early-30's UK films who then enjoyed a career in Hollywood from the late 30's through earlier 50's.
8. Victor Sjöström Victor Sjöström Director, The Phantom Carriage Victor Sjöström who was born on September 20, 1879, undisputedly is the father of Swedish film and ranks as one of the masters of world cinema. His influence lives on in the work of Ingmar Bergman and all those directors, both Swedish and international, influenced by his work and the works of directors whom he himself influenced...
9. Mack Sennett Mack Sennett Producer, Tillie's Punctured Romance Director; founder in 1912 of Keystone Studios, which introduced to silent-film comedy (and to the world!) the likes of Fatty Arbuckle, Mack Swain The Keystone Kops and...Charles Chaplin.
10. Louis Jean Heydt Louis Jean Heydt Actor, Gone with the Wind An American character actor who specialized in "average joes", often timid or down-on-their-luck, Louis Jean Heydt was born in Montclair, New Jersey, and educated at Worcester Academy and Dartmouth College. He intended a career in journalism and worked as a reporter for the old New York World, but developed...
11. Véra Clouzot Véra Clouzot Actress, Diabolique Married to the film-maker Henri-Georges Clouzot, Vera was directed by her husband in her first film the 1953 thriller The Wages of Fear, in which she appeared alongside Charles Vanel and Yves Montand. In a short film career Clouzot only performed in films directed by Henri-Georges, the most famous of which was undoubtedly the 1955 thriller Diabolique...
12. Jacques Becker Jacques Becker Director, Le Trou His interest in films was stimulated by a meeting with King Vidor, who offered him employment in the US as actor and assistant director. However, he remained in France and became assistant to Jean Renoir, a friend of the family, during that director's peak period (1932-39). In 1934 he ventured briefly into independent production...
13. Betty Lawford Betty Lawford Actress, The Devil Thumbs a Ride
14. Prince Aly Khan Prince Aly Khan Self, Champagne Safari
15. Hope Emerson Hope Emerson Actress, Adam's Rib Although there may have been "bigger" actresses in Hollywood's history, there were few "larger" than Hope Emerson. At 6' 2" and 230 pounds, she towered over many of her male co-stars, and her size, brusque voice and stern demeanor typed her for a career in villainous roles, such as her star turn as the sadistic prison matron in Caged...
16. Gregory Ratoff Gregory Ratoff Actor, All About Eve Producer, director and actor Gregory Ratoff was born in Samara, Russia on April 20, 1897, and studied at the University of St. Petersburg. His pursuit of a law career was interrupted by service in the Czar's army, and he fought in World War I. He later changed his focus and went on to make a name for himself with the Moscow Art Theatre...
17. Douglas Spencer Douglas Spencer Actor, The Thing from Another World
18. Robert Griffin Robert Griffin Actor, Monster from Green Hell
19. Lowell Gilmore Lowell Gilmore Actor, The Picture of Dorian Gray
20. Oscar Hammerstein II Oscar Hammerstein II Soundtrack, American Beauty
21. Cedric Gibbons Cedric Gibbons Art Director, The Wizard of Oz After graduating from New York's Art Students League he worked for his architect father, then started film work at Edison Studios in 1915 assisting Hugo Ballin. In 1918 he moved to Goldwyn as art director and, in 1924, began his 32 year stint as supervising art director for some 1500 MGM films, with direct responsibility in well over 150 of those...
22. Basil Ruysdael Basil Ruysdael Actor, 101 Dalmatians
23. Walter Catlett Walter Catlett Actor, Bringing Up Baby Walter Catlett carved out a career for himself playing excitable, officious blowhards, and few actors did it better. A San Francisco native, he started out in vaudeville - with a detour for a while in opera - before breaking into films in the mid-1920s. Two of his best remembered roles were as the stage...
24. Albert Camus Albert Camus Writer, Fate Albert Camus was born on November 7, 1913, in Mondovi, Algeria. His parents were Spanish-French-Algerian (pied noir) colonists. His father, named Lucien Camus died in the Battle of Marne (1914) during WWI. His mother, named Catherine Helene Sintes was of Spanish origin, she was a mute deaf, due to a stroke...
25. Lucien Littlefield Lucien Littlefield Actor, Sons of the Desert
26. Joseph N. Welch Joseph N. Welch Self, The Bat
27. Sam Buffington Sam Buffington Actor, They Came to Cordura
28. Ian Keith Ian Keith Actor, Queen Christina Ian Keith became a well regarded fixture on the Broadway stage during the 1920s, but from 1924 through the remainder of the decade he expanded his acting into a string of silent movies as well. To begin the next decade, he appeared in the cast of Abraham Lincoln, one of the later movies of D.W. Griffith...
29. Frank Lloyd Frank Lloyd Director, Mutiny on the Bounty Frank Lloyd was an unpretentious, technically skilled director, who crafted several enduring Hollywood classics during the 1930's. He started out as a stage actor and singer in early 1900's London and was well-known as an imitator of Harry Lauder. After several years in music hall and with touring repertory companies...
30. Johnny Horton Johnny Horton Soundtrack, North to Alaska Johnny Horton was born in Los Angeles, but at an early age he moved with his sharecropping parents to Tyler, Texas, where he grew up. Fishing was an early interest in life and he traveled to Alaska to seek employment in this capacity, but after returning to Texas he took up singing. His singing career began in 1950 in Pasadena...
31. Diana Barrymore Diana Barrymore Actress, Nightmare "Too Much, Too Soon" was the story of Diana's life, and the title of her autobiography. Her father was stage and screen legend John Barrymore; and her mother was Blanche Oelrichs (who wrote under the masculine pseudonym Michael Strange), who had just divorced Mr. Thomas and had 2 children (Leonard and Robin) from that marriage...
32. Nevil Shute Nevil Shute Writer, On the Beach Educated at Balliol College, Oxford, England. Decided early on an aeronautical career, and went to work for the de Havilland Aircraft Company as an engineer, where he was heavily involved in the construction of the airship R100. After the disastrous loss of the R101, built by the government in direct competition with his design...
33. Bretaigne Windust Bretaigne Windust Director, The Enforcer
34. Slim Whitaker Slim Whitaker Actor, Bullet Code American cowboy and actor Slim Whitaker was working the rodeo circuit at age 17, eventually becoming a cowhand on the Chowchilla Ranch in central California. In 1912 he was hired as a riding extra and stunt man by Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson for westerns being filmed in Niles Canyon, CA. During the silent era his peers were Hal Taliaferro...
35. Eddie Cochran Eddie Cochran Soundtrack, Caddyshack Eddie Cochran was born as Edward Raymond Cochran on October 3, 1938 in Albert Lea, Minnesota. When Eddie was 14, his parents moved to Bell Gardens, California where he began playing the guitar. In 1954, Eddie joined a local band with songwriter Hank Cochran where Eddie performed as the second vocalist...
36. Sammy White Sammy White Actor, Pat and Mike
37. Pierre Watkin Pierre Watkin Actor, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Pierre Watkin was one of a stable of tall, distinguished-looking and sophisticated character actors (such as Russell Hicks, Jonathan Hale, Selmer Jackson and Samuel S. Hinds) whom Hollywood kept steadily employed playing political leaders, army officers, lawyers, wealthy businessmen and the like...
38. Ralph Berger Ralph Berger Art Director, White Zombie One-time head of the Desilu art department, Berger was the supervising art director on a number of television series including: "I Love Lucy," "Our Miss Brooks," "December Bride" and won an Emmy for his work on "The Untouchables." Berger started his career in 1925 at Universal, later working with RKO and Bing Crobsy Enterprises.
39. Phyllis Haver Phyllis Haver Actress, Chicago
40. Alma Kruger Alma Kruger Actress, His Girl Friday Matronly, grandmotherly character actress, in films 1935-47, best known as head nurse Molly Byrd in the "Dr. Kildare/Dr. Gillespie" films of the 1930s and '40s. 64 years old when she made her film debut in William Wyler's "These Three" in 1935, she lived to be 88, dying in 1960.
41. Alexander Gauge Alexander Gauge Actor, Murder in the Cathedral
42. Harry Tenbrook Harry Tenbrook Actor, They Were Expendable
43. Hans Albers Hans Albers Actor, The Blue Angel Life companion was the actress Hansi Burg. Their relationship started in 1925. They separated in 1935 due to the pressure of the German Nazi government. In 1938 she went into exile in Switzerland (later London). Shortly after this she married the Norwegian Erich Blydt. Burg returned to Germany and Albers in 1946. They lived together until his death 1960. She died 15 years later.
44. Boris Pasternak Boris Pasternak Writer, Doctor Zhivago Boris Pasternak was born in Moscow on February 10, 1890 into an artistic family of Russian-Jewish heritage. His father was an acclaimed artist named Leonid Pasternak, who converted to Christianity, and his mother was a renown concert pianist named Rosa Kaufman. Their home was open to family friends such as composers Sergei Rachmaninoff and Alexander Scriabin as well as writers Rilke and Leo Tolstoy...
45. Clara Kimball Young Clara Kimball Young Actress, Eyes of Youth Clara Kimball Young was born as Clarisa Kimball on September 6, 1890 to Edward M. Kimball and the former Pauline Maddern Garret, traveling stock company actors with the Holden Co. Though she claimed Chicago as her birthplace, there are no records of her being born in Cook County, and she may have been born on one of her parent's tours...
46. Dudley Nichols Dudley Nichols Writer, Stagecoach
47. Percy R. Glenn Percy R. Glenn Sound Department, The Corpse Vanishes
48. John Miljan John Miljan Actor, The Ten Commandments Smooth-talking, oily villain in Hollywood films for three and a half decades from 1923.
49. Lynn Baggett Lynn Baggett Actress, D.O.A.
50. Richard Cramer Richard Cramer Actor, The Fatal Glass of Beer Ugly, nasty Hollywood villain, memorable for menacing Laurel & Hardy among others.
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