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1. Gary Cooper Gary Cooper Actor, High Noon "Dad was a true Westerner, and I take after him", Gary Cooper told people who wanted to know more about his life before Hollywood. Dad was Charles Henry Cooper, who left his native England at 19, became a lawyer and later a Montana State Supreme Court justice. In 1906, when Gary was 5, his dad bought the Seven-Bar-Nine...
2. Barry Fitzgerald Barry Fitzgerald Actor, The Quiet Man One of Hollywood's finest character actors and most accomplished scene stealers, Barry Fitzgerald was born William Joseph Shields in 1888 in Dublin, Ireland. Educated to enter the banking business, the diminutive Irishman with the irresistible brogue was bitten by the acting bug in the 1920s and joined Dublin's world-famous Abbey Players...
3. Jeff Chandler Jeff Chandler Actor, Broken Arrow Jeff was born in Brooklyn and attended Erasmus High School. After high school, he took a drama course and worked in stock companies for two years. His next role would be that of an officer in World War II. After he was discharged from the service, he became busy acting in radio drama's and comedies until he was signed by Universal...
4. Charles Coburn Charles Coburn Actor, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes A cigar-smoking, monocled, swag-bellied character actor known for his Old South manners and charm. In 1918 he and his first wife formed the Coburn Players and appeared on Broadway in many plays. With her death in 1937, he accepted a Hollywood contract and began making films at the age of sixty.
5. Ernest Hemingway Ernest Hemingway Writer, To Have and Have Not Ernest Hemingway was an American writer who won the Pulitzer Prize (1953) and the Nobel Prize in Literature (1954) for his novel The Old Man and the Sea, which was made into a 1958 film The Old Man and the Sea. He was born into the hands of his physician father. He was the second of six children of Dr. Clarence Hemingway and Grace Hemingway (the daughter of English immigrants)...
6. Gail Russell Gail Russell Actress, Angel and the Badman An angelically beautiful leading lady with a demure and melancholy screen persona which reflected a deeper sadness in her real life. She was born Elizabeth Russell in Chicago, Illinois, the second child of George and Gladys (Barnet) Russell. She was painfully, almost disabling shy as a child. When she was a teenager, her family moved to Los Angeles...
7. Anna May Wong Anna May Wong Actress, Shanghai Express Anna May Wong was born Wong Liu Tsong on January 3, 1905, in Los Angeles, California. Her parents ran a laundry in the city's Chinatown section. Anna became a photographer's model when she was still attending Hollywood High School. She was fascinated with the movie industry at a young age, having observed several films being shot in and around her neighborhood...
8. Marion Davies Marion Davies Actress, Show People Marion Davies, born Marion Cecilea Douras on January 3, 1897, was one of the great comedic actresses of the silent era and into the 30's. She began as a chorus girl in New York, first in the pony follies and later in the Ziegfield Follies. Her stage name came when she and her family passed the Davies Insurance Building...
9. Chico Marx Chico Marx Actor, A Night at the Opera As a kid trying to negotiate his way through various gang territories to a floating crap game or a new pool hall where he was not yet known as a hustler, Leonard (Chico) Marx learned to fake several accents. Because he later employed an Italian accent in the Marx Brothers' act, people assumed his name was pronounced "Cheeko." Instead...
10. Leo Carrillo Leo Carrillo Actor, Viva Villa!
11. Dick Elliott Dick Elliott Actor, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington In the thirties, forties, and especially the 1950's, if a director wanted a short, fat actor to play a windy storekeeper or a raucous conventioneer, he might well cast Dick Elliott. He was one of those actors who, whenever he appeared on screen, often for less than a minute, the audience would think, "Oh, it's that guy." Yet few would ever know his name...
12. Ernest Thesiger Ernest Thesiger Actor, The Bride of Frankenstein Although he made nearly 60 films in a 50-year acting career, it is for the two he made with director James Whale that Ernest Thesiger will be best remembered. Born Ernest Graham Thesiger in London on January 15, 1879, he was the grandson of the first Baron of Chelmsford. Educated at Marlbrough college and the Slade...
13. Ruth Chatterton Ruth Chatterton Actress, Dodsworth Beginning as a chorus girl at age 14, Ruth Chatterton became a Broadway star with "Daddy Long Legs" in 1914. She appeared in such shows as "Mary Rose" and "Come Out of the Kitchen" before moving to Hollywood in 1925. As her film career faded in the late 1930s, she returned to the stage in revivals, and radio and TV performances...
14. Paul Guilfoyle Paul Guilfoyle Actor, The Grapes of Wrath American character actor. Upon his entry into films in 1930, he was typecast as a weakling or criminal type. He received great acclaim for his role as Garth Esdras, the haunted and hunted accessory to murder in Winterset. Memorable as the weaselly convict who tries to kill James Cagney at Steve Cochran's behest...
15. Dashiell Hammett Dashiell Hammett Writer, The Maltese Falcon Dashiell Hammett was born May 27l, 1894, in St. Mary's County, Maryland, to Richard Hammett and Mary Bond. He joined the Baltimore branch of the Pinkerton Detective Agency in 1915. He enlisted in the US Army's Ambulance Corps in June 1918 and was posted to a camp 20 miles from Baltimore, where he caught the flu...
16. Douglas Walton Douglas Walton Actor, The Bride of Frankenstein Douglas Walton was from over-the-border Ontario, and like so many Canadian actors the logical course was Chicago and then New York. Being of slight frame and a boyish face with a tuft of blond hair completing that latter effect, Walton looked the part of ineffectual, effeminate, snobbish sophisticates...
17. Henry O'Neill Henry O'Neill Actor, Jezebel Suave, well-mannered, silvery-haired character actor Henry O'Neill played top supports in hundreds of films, often as a benign, wise, sensible father, judge, doctor, executive or lawyer. Most of his uppercrust career was split between two studios: Warner Bros in the 1930s and MGM in the 1940s. O'Neill was born in New Jersey in 1891 and dropped out of college to join a traveling theatre troupe...
18. Joan Davis Joan Davis Actress, Hold That Ghost Widely popular comedienne appeared in some movies and on radio in the 40s and on early television. She starred in the popular television series, I Married Joan, with Jim Backus as her husband and her real-life daughter, Beverly Wills as her sister. Joan died of a sudden heart attack in 1961. Two years later, a fire tragically claimed the lives of her mother, daughter and two grandsons.
19. George Irving George Irving Actor, Bringing Up Baby George Irving was born in New York City in 1874. Beginning his film career in 1914, he was initially an Actor-director, until he switched exclusively to acting in the mid-20s and became a character actor until the later 40s. He died from a heart attack in Hollywood in 1961.
20. John Eldredge John Eldredge Actor, Dangerous
21. Alan Marshal Alan Marshal Actor, House on Haunted Hill
22. Esperanza Baur Esperanza Baur Actress, Jalisco nunca pierde
23. Frank Fay Frank Fay Actor, Nothing Sacred
24. Silvio Minciotti Silvio Minciotti Actor, Kiss Me Deadly
25. Belinda Lee Belinda Lee Actress, It Happened in '43 Green-eyed blonde bombshell Belinda Lee was born in Devon, England to a hotel owner (Robert Esmond Lee) and florist (Stella Mary Graham) on June 15, 1935. Nicknamed Billie, she was an incredible beauty while still in her early teens, attending the Rookesbury Park Prep School at Hampshire and St. Margaret's boarding school at Devon...
26. George Formby George Formby Soundtrack, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy George Formby was the archetype "cheeky chappie" Northern British comedian. Trained originally as a jockey, he often appeared on horseback in his films. Best known for his buck-toothed grin and his ukelele.
27. Esther Dale Esther Dale Actress, The Awful Truth Esther Dale was born on November 10, 1885 in Beaufort, South Carolina. She attended Leland and Gray Seminary in Townsend, Vermont, and then studied music in Berlin, Germany, and had a successful career as a lieder singer. Later, she became an actress in summer stock. She had the title role on Broadway of Carrie Nation in 1933...
28. Vivienne Osborne Vivienne Osborne Actress, I Accuse My Parents
29. James Thurber James Thurber Writer, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty James Grover Thurber was born in 1894 in Columbus, Ohio. He began his career as a reporter for the Columbus Evening Dispatch. He became known for his work on The New Yorker, where he was a writer and a cartonist. His most famous story is "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty".
30. Maya Deren Maya Deren Director, Meshes of the Afternoon Maya Deren came to the USA in 1922 as Eleanora Derenkowsky. Together with her father, a psychiatrist, and her mother, an artist, she fled the pogroms against Russian Jews. She studied journalism and political science in at Syracuse University in New York, finishing her BA at NYU in June 1936 and then received her MA in English literature from Smith in 1939...
31. George S. Kaufman George S. Kaufman Writer, A Night at the Opera American playwright of acerbic wit. Twice won the Pulitzer Prize, and is best known for his collaborative authorship of "Once in a Lifetime," with Moss Hart (1930); "Of Thee I Sing," with Morrie Ryskind and Ira Gershwin (1931); "Dinner at Eight," with Edna Ferber (1932); "You Can't Take It with You" and "The Man Who Came to Dinner," again with Hart (1936 and 1939...
32. Clem Fuller Clem Fuller Actor, The Sundowners
33. Roy Del Ruth Roy Del Ruth Director, Topper Returns Roy Del Ruth was born on Oct. 18, 1895 in Philadelphia, PA, Del Ruth began his Hollywood career during the silent era as a writer for Mack Sennett in 1915.He began directing in 1919 for Sennett with his first short film Hungry Lions. In the early 1920s, he moved over to features with such early efforts as "Asleep at the Switch" (1923)...
34. John L. Cason John L. Cason Actor, Snowfire
35. Harry Tyler Harry Tyler Actor, The Grapes of Wrath
36. James Parnell James Parnell Actor, A Sense of Justice
37. Zoltan Korda Zoltan Korda Director, Sahara A one time Hungarian cavalry officer, Zoltan Korda started working in films as a cameraman then an editor before becoming a director with London Films run by his brother Alexander Korda. Zoltan had strong liberal/socialist ideals and often clashed with Alexander, who, despite their both being born in Hungary, was a proud supporter of the old British Empire.
38. David Hoffman David Hoffman Actor, A Night in Casablanca
39. Eily Malyon Eily Malyon Actress, Going My Way
40. Franklyn Farnum Franklyn Farnum Actor, Sunset Blvd. Boston-born Franklyn Farnum was on the vaudeville stage at the age of 12 and was featured in a number of theatre and musical productions by the time he entered silent films near the age of 40. He appeared to be at his most comfortable in the saddle, his career dominated mostly by westerns. Some of his more famous films include the serial Vanishing Trails and features The Clock...
41. Connie Van Connie Van Actress, The Far Country
42. Joan McCracken Joan McCracken Actress, Good News
43. Nita Naldi Nita Naldi Actress, Blood and Sand Nonna Dooley, the future silent screen star, began her career as a showgirl in a Shubert revue in the Winter Garden, later went on to the famed Ziegfeld Follies. After a successful career on the stage with the Follies, Nita decided to try her hand with films in Hollywood. Her rise to fame was very quick...
44. Al J. Jennings Al J. Jennings Actor, Beating Back
45. Maurice Tourneur Maurice Tourneur Director, The Last of the Mohicans Screenwriter and director Maurice Tourneur was born Maurice Thomas in the Parisian suburb of Belleville on February 2, 1873, the son of a jewelry merchant. He was trained and employed as a graphic designer and a magazine illustrator as a young man. After serving in a French artillery unit in northern Africa...
46. Fay Roope Fay Roope Actor, Viva Zapata!
47. Wally Brown Wally Brown Actor, Notorious
48. Donald Cook Donald Cook Actor, The Public Enemy
49. Adeline De Walt Reynolds Adeline De Walt Reynolds Actress, Son of Dracula She survived the death of her husband in 1905, the San Francisco earthquake in 1906 and raising four children with no money. In 1926, when she was 64 she became one of the most mature freshman ever to enter the University of California. She graduated 6 years later with her B.A. degree. In 1940 she went to Hollywood...
50. Daniel B. Clark Daniel B. Clark Cinematographer, Charlie Chan in Egypt
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