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1. Judy Garland Judy Garland Soundtrack, The Wizard of Oz One of the brightest, most tragic movie stars of Hollywood's Golden Era, Judy Garland was a much-loved character whose warmth and spirit, along with her rich and exuberant voice, kept theatre-goers entertained with an array of delightful musicals. She was born Frances Ethel Gumm on 10 June 1922 in Minnesota...
2. Jeffrey Hunter Jeffrey Hunter Actor, The Searchers Jeffrey Hunter (born in Louisiana as Henry Herman McKinnies Jr.) was an only child. His parents met at the University of Arkansas, and when he was almost four his family moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In his teens he acted in productions of the North Shore Children's Theater, and from 1942 to 1944 performed in summer stock with the local Port Players...
3. Sharon Tate Sharon Tate Actress, The Fearless Vampire Killers Sharon Tate won the first of many beauty contests before her first birthday. Her looks, charm, and grace would be her passport into the acting world, initially as an extra in movie shot on location in Italy, where her army officer father was posted in the early 1960's. Commercials and modeling assignments followed...
4. Robert Taylor Robert Taylor Actor, Quo Vadis Born Spangler Arlington Brugh, Robert Taylor began displaying a diversity of talents in his youth on the plains of Nebraska. At Beatrice High School, he was a standout track athlete, but also showed a talent for using his voice, winning several oratory awards. He was a musician and played the cello in the school orchestra...
5. Boris Karloff Boris Karloff Actor, The Bride of Frankenstein Along with fellow actors Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi and Vincent Price, Boris Karloff is recognized as one of the true icons of horror cinema, and the actor most closely identified with the general public's perception of the "monster" from the classic Mary Shelley book, "Frankenstein". William Henry Pratt was born on November 23...
6. Thelma Ritter Thelma Ritter Actress, Rear Window Thelma Ritter appeared in high school plays and was trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. In the 1940s she worked in radio. Her movie career was started with a bit part in the 1946 Miracle on 34th Street. In the movie she played a weary Xmas shopper. Her performance in the short scene was noticed by Darryl F. Zanuck who insisted her role be expanded...
7. Sonja Henie Sonja Henie Actress, Sun Valley Serenade The daughter of a fur wholesaler in Norway, Sonja Henie received her first pair of ice skates when she was six. At 14 she was the Norwegian Skating Champion. At 15 she would win the Olympic gold medal in Skating, a feat she would repeat in 1932 and 1936. In 1936 she would turn professional and tour with her own ice show...
8. Howard McNear Howard McNear Actor, The Andy Griffith Show Although a Los Angeles native Howard McNear had a long career on radio and in films, he will forever be remembered for his memorable - and scene-stealing - portrayal of Floyd the Barber in the long-running The Andy Griffith Show (actor Don Knotts once said that playing Floyd wasn't much of a stretch for McNear...
9. Barbara Bates Barbara Bates Actress, All About Eve The lovely Barbara Bates, a demure but very troubled young spirit, began her career at age 19. Groomed in obscure starlet bits, it wasn't until Warner Bros. signed her up in 1947 and perpetuated an appealing girl-next-door image that things started happening for her. She was born the eldest of three daughters to a postal clerk on August 6...
10. George 'Gabby' Hayes George 'Gabby' Hayes Actor, Blue Steel American character actor, the most famous of Western-movie sidekicks of the 1930s and 1940s. He was born May 7, 1885, the third of seven children, in the Hayes Hotel (owned by his father) in the tiny hamlet of Stannards, New York, on the outskirts of Wellsville, New York. Hayes was the son of hotelier and oil-production manager Clark Hayes...
11. Barton MacLane Barton MacLane Actor, The Maltese Falcon Barton MacLane graduated from Wesleyan University, where he displayed a notable aptitude for sports, in particular football and basketball. Not surprisingly, his physical prowess led to an early role in The Quarterback with Richard Dix. MacLane once commented that, as an actor, he needed to have the physical strength to tear the bad guys "from limb to limb"...
12. Leo Gorcey Leo Gorcey Actor, Angels with Dirty Faces Leo Gorcey's parents were actor Bernard Gorcey (born 1888) who stood 4' 10", and Josephine Condon (born 1901), who stood 4' 11" and weighed 95 pounds; they worked in vaudeville in New York. In 1915, 14-year-old Josephine gave birth to Fred. In 1917, Leo was born, a large baby at 12 lb. 3 oz.; as an adult he would be 5' 6"...
13. Madge Blake Madge Blake Actress, Batman: The Movie
14. Josef von Sternberg Josef von Sternberg Director, The Blue Angel Josef von Sternberg split his childhood between Vienna and New York City. His father, a former soldier in the Austro-Hungarian army, could not support his family in either city; Sternberg remembered him only as "an enormously strong man who often used his strength on me." Forced by poverty to drop out of high school...
15. James Anderson James Anderson Actor, To Kill a Mockingbird A familiar face to movie audiences in the 1950s, James Anderson's rugged and somewhat sinister good looks made him a natural for westerns, and he appeared in many of them over the years, often as a gunman or hired killer but occasionally as a storekeeper or grizzled frontier scout. He turned in a very...
16. Hugh Williams Hugh Williams Actor, Wuthering Heights Hugh Williams was a successful actor and dramatist. He collaborated with his second wife Margaret Vyner on several plays, such as "The Grass is Greener". His sons include the actor Simon Williams and the poet Hugo Williams and his grandchildren include the actors Tam Williams, Amy Williams and Kate Dunn...
17. Peter van Eyck Peter van Eyck Actor, The Wages of Fear With his whitish blond crew-cut, slow, menacing drawl and Germanic manner, Van Eyck was destined to be typecast as stereotypically scowling, arrogant Nazi officers. This was ironic, because being an avowed anti-fascist, he had left Germany in 1931 -- two years before Adolf Hitler came to power. The son of an aristocratic Prussian land owner...
18. Alan Mowbray Alan Mowbray Actor, The Man Who Knew Too Much Alan Mowbray, the American film actor who was one of the founding members of the Screen Actors Guild, was born Ernest Allen on August 18, 1896, in London, England, to a non-theatrical family. He served in the British army during World War I and received the Military Medal and the French Croix De Guerre for bravery in action...
19. James Lanphier James Lanphier Actor, The Pink Panther
20. Barbara Pepper Barbara Pepper Actress, Foreign Correspondent Barbara Pepper's signature roles were as worldly "dames" during the Hollywood's 1930s and 1940s Golden Era, fitting snugly alongside other flashy broads of that period such as Iris Adrian, Joan Blondell and Veda Ann Borg. Barbara patented her own unique, hard-boiled style, however, and should have gone further than she did...
21. Ben Alexander Ben Alexander Actor, All Quiet on the Western Front Starting out as a child actor in 1915, Ben Alexander's first roles were in the films of such directors as Cecil B. DeMille and D.W. Griffith. He later graduated to juvenile leads and supporting parts in sound films, most notably in All Quiet on the Western Front. When his acting career slowed down in the mid-'30s...
22. Ruth White Ruth White Actress, To Kill a Mockingbird
23. Rex Ingram Rex Ingram Actor, The Thief of Bagdad A Corsicana native, Rex (Clifford) Ingram was the son of Mack and Mamie Ingram. He graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in medicine before launching a brilliant acting career which spanned 50 years. Ingram made his screen debut during the silent era in Tarzan of the Apes . He won widespread acclaim for his portrayal of De Lawd in The Green Pastures ...
24. Jack Kerouac Jack Kerouac Writer, On the Road Jack Kerouac was born into a French-Canadian family and spoke French before he learned English. His father was a printer and a local businessman. His first-ever story was inspired by the radio show "The Shadow". As a young writer he styled himself after Thomas Wolfe, and attended Columbia University...
25. Lloyd Corrigan Lloyd Corrigan Actor, The Manchurian Candidate
26. Dwight D. Eisenhower Dwight D. Eisenhower Self, Nazi Concentration Camps Dwight David Eisenhower was born on October 14, 1890, in Denison, Texas. He was the third of seven sons born to David Jacob Eisenhower and Ida Elizabeth Stover. Both parents were of German descent. Eisenhower studied at the West Point Military Academy from 1911-1915. He served with the infantry, became the #3 leader of the tank corps...
27. Leo McCarey Leo McCarey Director, An Affair to Remember
28. Conrad Hilton Jr. Conrad Hilton Jr. Uncategorised
29. Rhys Williams Rhys Williams Actor, The Bells of St. Mary's Moviegoers can be forgiven if they thought that stocky, jaunty Rhys Williams was a jovial Irishman, as he often played that type of character, but his role as a Welsh miner in John Ford's classic How Green Was My Valley (his film debut) was much closer to home for him, as he was born and raised in Wales...
30. Mikio Naruse Mikio Naruse Director, Floating Clouds
31. Martita Hunt Martita Hunt Actress, Becket Popular British character actress known for her rich cluster of queens, dowagers, shrews and evildoers, Martita Hunt was born on a ranch in Argentina to British parents, but moved with her family to England at age 10 for her formal education. On stage at age 21 with the Liverpool Repertory Theatre,...
32. John Boles John Boles Actor, Frankenstein
33. Stanley Andrews Stanley Andrews Actor, Meet John Doe
34. Eduardo Ciannelli Eduardo Ciannelli Actor, Foreign Correspondent Eduardo Ciannelli was born on the beautiful island of Ischia in the Bay of Naples, which is renowned for its thermal baths. His father, a physician, owned a health spa there and Eduardo briefly followed the same career path and studied medicine at the University of Naples, graduating as a fully qualified doctor...
35. Brian Jones Brian Jones Self, Sympathy for the Devil Jones was born on 28 February, 1942, to Lewis and Louise Jones. He had two sisters, Pamela and Barbara. Pamela died when Brian was still a child. He fathered his first of several children in high school and was subsequently made to leave. In the early 1960s, Brian formed the legendary group, The Rolling Stones...
36. Charles Winninger Charles Winninger Actor, Nothing Sacred Short, chubby-framed, twinkle-eyed, ever-huggable Charles Winninger was a veteran vaudevillian by the time he arrived in talking films. Born in a trunk to show biz folk in Athens, Wisconsin, on May 26, 1884, he was initially christened Karl Winninger. He left school while quite young (age 8) to join and tour with his parent's vaudeville family act which was called Winninger Family Concert Co...
37. Paul Birch Paul Birch Actor, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance Paul Birch, born Paul Smith in Atmore, Alabama, died on Saturday, May 24, 1969, in St. George, Grenada. Stocky, barrel-chested, and gifted with a resonant baritone speaking voice, Birch was a veteran of 39 movies, 50 stage dramas and an untold number of television shows including the Hallmark Hall of Fame...
38. Dave O'Brien Dave O'Brien Writer, Things We Can Do Without Born in Texas as David Poole Fronabarger on May 31, 1912, Dave O'Brien was a multi-faceted performer who entered Hollywood as a chorus boy in the early 1930s (he can be briefly spied in 42nd Street just after Bebe Daniels's "You're Getting to be a Habit With Me" number). His sheer perseverance...
39. Eric Portman Eric Portman Actor, 49th Parallel With his clipped delivery, aristocratic if somewhat ominous manner and suave, urbane demeanor, Eric Portman was so good at playing German and/or Nazi officers that many believed he actually was German, or at least Austrian. The fact is that he was British to the core, having been born and raised in Yorkshire and educated in Halifax...
40. Russ Bender Russ Bender Actor, The Hitch-Hiker
41. Miles Malleson Miles Malleson Actor, The Thief of Bagdad Actor, playwright and screenwriter Miles Malleson's list of credits reads like a history of British cinema in the first half of the 20th century. Born in Croydon in Surrey, he attended Brighton College in Sussex before studying at Cambridge University with the intention of becoming a schoolmaster. However...
42. Roy Barcroft Roy Barcroft Actor, Oklahoma! Incredibly prolific American character actor of low-budget Westerns and serials, most frequently seen as a villain. He was born in either Weeping Waters, Nebraska or Crab Orchard, Nebraska, depending on the source (the two towns are within a few miles of each other), to a farm family. In 1917, he joined the Army at the age of 15 and was wounded in action in France...
43. Clyde Howdy Clyde Howdy Actor, PT 109
44. Susanne Cramer Susanne Cramer Actress, Widower with 5 Daughters Susanne apparently had a tumultuous private life. She married actor Hermann Nehlsen in 1956. Apparently that did not go well, as she tried to commit suicide twice in 1957 and was soon divorced. In 1958, she married actor Helmut Lohner and was divorced five months later. She married Helmut a second time...
45. Richard Crane Richard Crane Actor, Mysterious Island Dark haired, athletic American leading man of 40's B-movies. Richard Crane was at his most successful at a time when Hollywood was somewhat denuded of its male stars, most of whom were doing wartime military service. Upon their return to the ranks, Crane's career went into decline. He did, however, have a brief resurgence in the 1950's as the square-jawed...
46. Ilse Steppat Ilse Steppat Actress, On Her Majesty's Secret Service
47. Rod La Rocque Rod La Rocque Actor, Meet John Doe Rod La Rocque was born Roderick La Rocque de la Rou on November 29, 1898, in Chicago, Illiinois, to a French father and an Irish mother. Stage-struck in his early teen years, he spent his summers with local stock companies, playing juvenile roles for $1.00 per performance. By the time he was 16, while he was appearing in vaudeville...
48. Mitzi Green Mitzi Green Actress, Lost in Alaska Mitzi Green, also known as Mitze Green, was born Elizabeth Keno in The Bronx on October 22, 1920. At age 3, she began appearing in her parents' vaudeville act. In the early 1930s, she starred in several popular films with Paramount Pictures, including Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. She became...
49. Richard Garland Richard Garland Actor, Attack of the Crab Monsters
50. Spencer Williams Spencer Williams Actor, The Blood of Jesus American actor, writer, director, and producer whose early pioneering work in African-American or "race" films was eclipsed in fame by his role as one of the title characters in the equally pioneering and also controversial 1950s sitcom The Amos 'n Andy Show. A native of Vidalia, Louisiana, Williams broke into the theatre as a call boy for theatrical producer Oscar Hammerstein I...
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