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1. Marilyn Monroe Marilyn Monroe Soundtrack, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Probably the most celebrated of all actresses, Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926, in Los Angeles General Hospital. Prior to her birth, Marilyn's father bought a motorcycle and headed north to San Francisco, abandoning the family in Los Angeles. Marilyn grew up not knowing for sure who her father really was...
2. Charles Laughton Charles Laughton Actor, Spartacus Son of Robert Laughton and Elizabeth Conlon. Educated at Stonyhurst, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (received gold medal). First appearance on stage, 1926. Formed own film company, Mayflower Pictures Corp., with Erich Pommer in 1937. Became American citizen 1950. A consummate artist, Laughton achieved great success on stage and film...
3. Thomas Mitchell Thomas Mitchell Actor, Gone with the Wind Certainly there have been many phrases coined about Thomas Mitchell as one of the most recognizable and exemplary character actors of Hollywood's golden years, but behind that elfish demeanor was a talent to fit many hats. He was a first-generation American of Irish immigrants who settled in New Jersey...
4. Hoot Gibson Hoot Gibson Actor, Action A pioneering cowboy star of silent and early talking Westerns, Hoot Gibson was one of the 1920s' most popular children's matinée heroes. In his real life, however, he had a rather painful rags-to-riches-and-back-to-rags career, a problem that seemed to plague a number of big stars who fell victim to their high profile and wound up living too high on the hog...
5. Michael Curtiz Michael Curtiz Director, Casablanca Curtiz began acting in and then directing films in his native Hungary in 1912. After WWI, he continued his filmmaking career in Austria and Germany and into the early 1920s when he directed films in other countries in Europe. Moving to the US in 1926, he started making films in Hollywood for Warner Bros...
6. Ernie Kovacs Ernie Kovacs Actor, North to Alaska Hailed as a genius for his offbeat comedy style and changing much of the way comedy was played, Ernie Kovacs' life was cut short much too early. Born in Trenton, New Jersey, during his schooldays he hunted rabbits and pheasants by day and concocted mad potions with his chemistry set at night. Later...
7. Will Wright Will Wright Actor, Adam's Rib One of those familiar character actors who seems to have been born old, Will Wright specialized in playing crusty old codgers, rich skinflints, crooked small-town politicians and the like. A former newspaper reporter in San Francisco, he switched careers and entered vaudeville, then took to the stage...
8. Eleanor Roosevelt Eleanor Roosevelt Self, The Frank Sinatra Timex Show: To the Ladies
9. William Faulkner William Faulkner Writer, The Big Sleep William Faulkner, one of the 20th century's most gifted novelists, wrote for the movies in part because he could not make enough money from his novels and short stories to support his growing number of dependants. The author of such acclaimed novels as "The Sound and the Fury" and "Absalom, Absalom!"...
10. Clara Blandick Clara Blandick Actress, The Wizard of Oz Clara Blandick was a character actress who was born aboard an American ship off the coast of Hong Kong on June 4, 1880. Little is known about her early life until she became an actress. Although she appeared in 118 films, she was primarily a stage actress. Clara actually began her film career at a late age...
11. Willie Best Willie Best Actor, High Sierra One of the hard-working, unappreciated African-American actors of Hollywood's "Golden Era" who produced good work with what he was given. He starred alongside some of film's great comedians including the Marx Brothers, Bob Hope, Laurel and Hardy and three films with Shirley Temple. In addition to being a talented comedian and character actor...
12. Louise Fazenda Louise Fazenda Actress, Hearts and Flowers When top silent screen comedienne Mabel Normand would gripe to Mack Sennett about making classier films, Sennett's retort would always be "I'll send for Fazenda." This gawky, highly popular slapstick funny girl put in her time first in two-reelers and Universal's Joker Comedies from 1913 on, but unleashed her real gift for getting laughs when she join the Keystone Studios...
13. Tod Browning Tod Browning Director, Dracula Belonging to a well-situated family, Charles Browning fell in love at the age of 16 with a dancer of a circus. Following her began his itinerary of being clown, jockey and director of a variety theater which ended when he met D.W. Griffith and became an actor. He made his debut in Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages...
14. Louise Beavers Louise Beavers Actress, Holiday Inn 1930s and 1940s film actress Louise Beavers was merely one of a dominant gallery of plus-sized and plus-talented African-American character actresses forced to endure blatant, discouraging and demeaning stereotypes during Depression-era and WWII Hollywood. It wasn't until Louise's triumphant role in...
15. Robert Emmett O'Connor Robert Emmett O'Connor Actor, A Night at the Opera Stalwart Irish-American character actor Robert Emmet O'Connor, who was born on March 18, 1885, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He made his bones performing in circuses and in vaudeville. He made his Broadway debut in the musical "Fritz in Tammany Hall" at the Herald Square Theatre on October 16, 1905, ultimately...
16. Joseph Kearns Joseph Kearns Actor, Alice in Wonderland
17. Frank Lovejoy Frank Lovejoy Actor, House of Wax Square-jawed, intense, no-nonsense Frank Lovejoy played a succession of detectives, street cops, reporters, soldiers and such over his career. Born in the Bronx, New York, in 1912, he worked on Wall Street as a teenager, but the Great Stock Market Crash of 1929 cost him his job, and to make ends meet he got into acting...
18. Vladimir Sokoloff Vladimir Sokoloff Actor, The Magnificent Seven Familiar character actor of Russian heritage who played in scores of films, mostly in the U.S. He studied at the University of Moscow but left there to attend the Moscow Academy of Dramatic Art. He joined the world- renowned Moscow Art Theatre, where he worked for the next decade as an actor and assistant director...
19. Frank Borzage Frank Borzage Director, A Farewell to Arms
20. Victor Moore Victor Moore Actor, Swing Time
21. Rex Bell Rex Bell Actor, Broadway to Cheyenne
22. Lucile Watson Lucile Watson Actress, Waterloo Bridge Unsmiling character player Lucile Watson was one of Hollywood's most indomitable mothers of the 1930s and 1940s...and you can take that both ways. The archetypal matriarch who enhanced scores of plush, soapy, Victorian-styled drama, her prickly pears could be insufferable indeed and heaven help anyone who gathered up the courage to take them on...
23. Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams Actor, A Star Is Born The son of a rancher-turned-politician, Guinn Williams was given the nickname "Big Boy" (and he was, too - 6' 2" of mostly solid muscle from years of working on ranches and playing semi-pro and pro baseball) by Will Rogers, with whom he made one of his first films, in 1919. Although his father wanted him to attend West Point (he had been an officer in the Army during World War I)...
24. James Barton James Barton Actor, The Misfits Former vaudeville song-and-dance man best remembered as "Kit" Carson in 'The Time of Your Life' (1948).
25. Inez Palange Inez Palange Actress, Scarface
26. 'Snub' Pollard 'Snub' Pollard Actor, Limelight The slight frame (5' 6"), pale, serious countenance, and dark, droopy mustache are unmistakeable, definitive identification badges in recalling silent comedian Harry "Snub" Pollard. Born in Australia as Harry Fraser, he joined a vaudeville troupe, which toured the United States around 1910. The troupe broke up there and Harry decided to stay...
27. Frank Jenks Frank Jenks Actor, His Girl Friday Wavy-haired American character actor and musician Frank Jenks was the son of advertising man Frank Jenks and pianist Lillian Sadler. After his family settled in Los Angeles, he attended the University of Southern California. He learned to play trumpet, trombone and clarinet, but eventually dropped out of college and embarked on leading a band on the West Coast vaudeville circuit...
28. Halliwell Hobbes Halliwell Hobbes Actor, Gaslight Born at Shakespeare's birthplace, Stratford-on-Avon, Halliwell Hobbes could perhaps not aspire to anything else but to be an actor. He made his stage debut in 1898 playing Shakespearean repertory with the famous acting company of Sir Frank Benson throughout England. Among others he played opposite Mrs...
29. Frank Orth Frank Orth Actor, His Girl Friday Orth started his career in vaudeville in 1897. He married Ann Codee who would be his wife for fifty years until her death in 1961. Together they were billed as Codee and Orth. He entered movies by making the first foreign language film shorts in sound for Warner Bros. in 1928. That started him on a long career of small parts...
30. Roscoe Ates Roscoe Ates Actor, Freaks
31. Sam McDaniel Sam McDaniel Actor, Captains Courageous
32. Lucky Luciano Lucky Luciano Self, The Mafia Connection US gangster and racketeer. Born Charles Salvadore Lucania in Sicily, he emigrated with his family to the US in 1906. In 1907 he started shoplifting. He was given his nickname by childhood friend and fellow gangster Meyer Lansky for his luck with betting on racehorses, but it also could have applied...
33. Roy Atwell Roy Atwell Actor, Blamed for a Blonde Actor, comedian, and composer, educated at the Sargent School of Acting. His Broadway stage appearances included "The Little Missus", "The Mimic World", "The Firefly", and "How's Your Health?". He was a member of the Fortune Gallo Opera Company, and joined ASCAP in 1957. He composed the popular song "Some Little Bug is Going to Bite You".
34. Wendell Holmes Wendell Holmes Actor, Elmer Gantry
35. Will Price Will Price Director, Tripoli
36. Willis H. O'Brien Willis H. O'Brien Special Effects, The Dinosaur and the Missing Link: A Prehistoric Tragedy In 1949, 16 years after his ground breaking work on "King Kong", Willis O'Brien worked as Chief Technician on another gorilla picture for Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Shoedsack called "Mighty Joe Young". A young Ray Harryhausen would animate most of the animation, but O'Brien did come up with the designs for the film...
37. Karen Blixen Karen Blixen Writer, Out of Africa
38. Myron McCormick Myron McCormick Actor, The Hustler American character actor of vast stage experience who appeared infrequently but memorably in films. A native of Albany, Indiana, he attended Princeton University, where he was an honors student and Phi Beta Kappa. In 1929, he joined the University Players in Massachusetts, joining and eventually sharing a New York City apartment with a trio of struggling performers: Henry Fonda...
39. Esther Minciotti Esther Minciotti Actress, Marty
40. Cactus Mack Cactus Mack Actor, The Singing Hill A cousin of cowboy actors Rex Allen and Glenn Strange, Cactus Mack was a talented musician. He played violin with Ray Whitley's "Six Bar Cowboys" and guitar with Fred Scott's "The Cimarron Cowboys". He later played villain roles in many westerns, along with other character parts. As he was about to go on location for The Ugly American, he died of a heart attack.
41. Syd Saylor Syd Saylor Actor, Arizona Days Leo Sailor, a.k.a. Syd Saylor, was born into a very notable family. His father, George Sailor, was a renowned engineer, and was often called out to various locations for consultation and evaluation. In 1906 he was called to San Francisco on a job, and he had no sooner checked into his hotel than the city was devastated by the notorious 1906 earthquake...
42. Robert Burton Robert Burton Actor, The Big Heat
43. Patrick Hamilton Patrick Hamilton Writer, Rope
44. Irene Labhart Irene Labhart Actress, The Nun's Story
45. Tito Vuolo Tito Vuolo Actor, The Killing Short, squat, voluble and Italian-born, Tito Vuolo could not avoid being typecast as the jolly Italian in office. In the nineteen fifties and sixties, Tito Vuolo portrayed dozens of Italian barbers, pizza makers, vendors, grocers, waiters, hotel or restaurant proprietors. He played them well but he was at his best when he was not restricted to stereotypes...
46. Irene Irene Costume and Wardrobe Department, Meet Me in St. Louis
47. Kenneth MacKenna Kenneth MacKenna Actor, Judgment at Nuremberg
48. Chhabi Biswas Chhabi Biswas Actor, The Music Room
49. John 'Uh huh' Collum John 'Uh huh' Collum Actor, Fish Hooky
50. Hermann Hesse Hermann Hesse Writer, Siddhartha
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