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1. Dan Blocker Dan Blocker Actor, Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County Dan Blocker is one of the true television immortals, having played Hoss Cartwright -- the heart and soul of _"Bonzanza" (1959) -- for 13 seasons before his untimely death in 1972 at the age of 43. "Bonanza" was the most popular TV series of the 1960s, ranked #1 for three straight seasons (1964-65 through 1966-67) and spending a then-unprecedented nine seasons in the Top 5...
2. George Sanders George Sanders Actor, All About Eve George Sanders was born of English parents in St. Petersburg, Russia. He worked in a Birmingham textile mill, in the tobacco business and as a writer in advertising. He entered show business in London as a chorus boy, going from there to cabaret, radio and theatrical understudy. His film debut, in 1936...
3. Margaret Rutherford Margaret Rutherford Actress, Murder at the Gallop One is always at pains to locate a reference to Margaret Rutherford which does not characterize her as either jut-chinned, eccentric or both. But such, taken together, made for the charm of the woman. The combination of those most mundane of attributes has led some to suggest that she was made for the role of Agatha Christie's indomitable sleuth...
4. Reginald Owen Reginald Owen Actor, Mary Poppins Born August 5th, 1887 in England, Reginald Owen was probably Hollywood's busiest character actor - making more than 80 films. He was educated in England at Sir Herbert Tree's Academy of Dramatic Arts. Owen excelled and made his professional debut also in England at the age of 18. He came to New York in the early 1920s and started working on Broadway by 1924...
5. Bruce Cabot Bruce Cabot Actor, King Kong Hollywood stalwart Bruce Cabot's main claim to fame, other than rescuing Fay Wray from King Kong, is that he tested for the lead role of The Ringo Kid in John Ford's Western masterpiece Stagecoach. John Wayne got the role and became the most durable star in Hollywood history...
6. Brandon De Wilde Brandon De Wilde Actor, Shane Born into a theatrical family, he made a much-acclaimed Broadway debut at the age of nine in "The Member of the Wedding." He was the first child actor to win the Donaldson Award and went on to repeat his role in the film version directed by Fred Zinnemann in 1952. As the blonde, blue-eyed Joey who idolizes the strange gunman (Alan Ladd) in Shane...
7. Irene Purcell Irene Purcell Actress, Just a Gigolo
8. John Litel John Litel Actor, Jezebel John Litel's tough, no-nonsense demeanor on screen was not entirely due to his skill as an actor--when World War I broke out he enlisted in the French army, not wanting to wait until the US entered, and was twice decorated for bravery. Returning to the US after the war, he enrolled in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and toured with various stage companies...
9. Leo G. Carroll Leo G. Carroll Actor, North by Northwest One of the most indispensable of character actors, Leo G. Carroll was already involved in the business of acting as a schoolboy in Gilbert & Sullivan productions. Aged 16, he portrayed an old man in 'Liberty Hall'. In spite of the fact, that he came from a military family, and , perhaps, because of his experience during World War I...
10. Maurice Chevalier Maurice Chevalier Actor, Gigi His heavy French accent, melodic voice and Gallic charm made Maurice Chevalier the prototype of the gallant French monsieur in the American cinema of the 1930s. Before he went to Hollywood he worked as a farmer, circus acrobat, cabaret singer and, starting in 1908, a comical actor in French films, a few times even with the celebrated Max Linder...
11. Janet Munro Janet Munro Actress, The Day the Earth Caught Fire As Disney's lively lass Katie O'Gill she was the freshness of spring. She could inspire you to dance a jig through a field of flowers. Her entrancing green eyes and catchy spirit had that kind of life-affirming effect. Cute, spunky, almond-eyed British actress Janet Munro was deemed to be an actress...
12. Miriam Hopkins Miriam Hopkins Actress, Trouble in Paradise Born into wealth in Savannah,Georgia on October 18, 1902, Ellen Miriam Hopkins was able to attend the finest educational institutions including Goddard Seminary in Plainfield, Vermont and Syracuse University in New York State. Studying dance in New York , she received her first taste of show business as a chorus girl at twenty...
13. Akim Tamiroff Akim Tamiroff Actor, Touch of Evil Though born in Russia and having a Russian-sounding name, Akim Tamiroff is actually of Armenian descent. At 19 he decided to pursue acting as a career and was chosen from among 500 applicants to the Moscow Art Theater School. There he studied under the great Konstantin Stanislavski, and launched a stage career...
14. Steve Ihnat Steve Ihnat Actor, In Like Flint
15. Nigel Green Nigel Green Actor, The Ipcress File The character actor Nigel Green, born in Pretoria, South Africa, in 1924, was educated in England and studied chemical engineering before winning a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. By age 24, he was appearing on stage at both the Old Vic and Stratford-on-Avon, and in the early 1950s...
16. William Boyd William Boyd Actor, The Painted Desert The son of a day laborer, William Boyd moved with his family to Tulsa, Oklahoma, when he was seven. His parents died while he was in his early teens, forcing him to quit school and take such jobs as a grocery clerk, surveyor and oil field worker. He went to Hollywood in 1919, already gray-haired. His first role was as an extra in Cecil B. DeMille's Why Change Your Wife?...
17. Jessie Royce Landis Jessie Royce Landis Actress, North by Northwest Jessie Royce Landis was called "an international star" in her New York Times obituary. She was 20 when she made her stage debut at the Playhouse in Chicago as the young countess in "The Highwayman". Soon she was on Broadway. In 1950 she went to London for "Larger Than Life", a dramatization of W. Somerset Maugham's novel...
18. Joi Lansing Joi Lansing Actress, Touch of Evil Joi Lansing was born Joyce Renee Brown on April 6, 1929 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was a young lady who developed, physically, early as a teen. Because of her striking good looks, she began to model and was extremely successful throughout the 1940s. It was only natural that her physical assets eventually landed her on the silver screen...
19. Brian Donlevy Brian Donlevy Actor, Hangmen Also Die! It seems that Brian Donlevy started out life as colorfully as any character he ever played on the stage or screen. He lied about his age (he was actually 14) in 1916 so he could join the army. When Gen. John J. Pershing sent American troops to invade Mexico in pursuit of Pancho Villa--Mexican rebels under Villa's command raided Columbus...
20. Peter Whitney Peter Whitney Actor, In the Heat of the Night The name may have you scratchin' your head a bit while searchin' for your nearby trivia book, but oh...that intimidating face is so familiar. Peter Whitney's over-powering frame, swarthy looks, bushy brows and maniacal look in his eye made him one of the most fearsome character actors to lump around in 40s...
21. Jackie Robinson Jackie Robinson Self, Episode #1.51 Jackie Robinson was the african-American who broke the color barrier in baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was elected to the baseball Hall of Fame on January 23, 1962.
22. Isabel Jewell Isabel Jewell Actress, Gone with the Wind Isabel Jewell, like other actresses in Hollywood in the 1930s, suffered from chronic typecasting. The diminutive, platinum-haired daughter of a doctor and medical researcher seemed to be forever playing hard-boiled, tough-talking broads: gangster's molls, dumb blondes, prostitutes and, of course, poor "white trash" Emmy Slattery in Gone with the Wind...
23. Oscar Levant Oscar Levant Soundtrack, Eyes Wide Shut Pianist, composer and bizarre wit in movies, radio and TV.
24. Rochelle Hudson Rochelle Hudson Actress, Rebel Without a Cause From ingenue to leading lady to character actress, she appeared in Hollywood films from the early 30s through the late 60s.
25. Betty Blythe Betty Blythe Actress, She Brunette, buxom matinee idol Betty Blythe capitalised on the 'roaring 20's' infatuation with exotic screen sirens to achieve a brief period of stardom. She was notoriously one of the first actresses to ever appear nude (or in various stages of undress) on screen. It wasn't that Betty couldn't act, as well - in fact...
26. Gia Scala Gia Scala Actress, The Guns of Navarone This tall, dazzling, yet shy and painfully sensitive foreign import was born Giovanna Scoglio in Liverpool, England but moved to Sicily with her aristocratic Sicilian father and Irish mother at three months of age. She migrated to New York at age 14 and attended Bayside (Queens) High School, graduating in 1952...
27. James Patterson James Patterson Actor, In the Heat of the Night
28. Marie Wilson Marie Wilson Actress, Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation Lovely, innocent-looking, well-endowed comedienne Marie Wilson was a featherbrained delight instantly reminiscent of the zany Gracie Allen. Unlike Allen, however, Marie was a knockout--with high cheekbones, a wide slash of a mouth and a figure that wouldn't quit. She was born Katherine Elizabeth Wilson on August 19...
29. Jerome Cowan Jerome Cowan Actor, The Maltese Falcon Jerome Cowan was one of Hollywood's most prolific and instantly recognisable character actors. His trademark pencil-thin moustache and slicked back hair, immaculate suits and sophisticated manner were his stock-in-trade for impersonating an assortment of rejected husbands, shifty politicians, lawyers and shady detectives...
30. Louella Parsons Louella Parsons Self, Screen Snapshots Series 25, No. 1: 25th Anniversary Smarmy-tongued Hollywood gossip columnist of the 40s and 50s who was often in imbroglios with not only her subjects but her professional rivals as well.
31. Tom Neal Tom Neal Actor, Detour Tom Neal is best remembered for his off-screen exploits, which involved scandal, mayhem and a charge of murder. Before his 1938 screen debut in MGM's Out West with the Hardys, Neal had been a member of the boxing team at Northwestern University, had debuted on the Broadway stage in 1935 and had received a law degree from Harvard...
32. Walter Lang Walter Lang Director, The King and I Walter Lang entered the film industry in New York when he got a job as a clerk in the office of a film production company. He worked his way up to assistant director, and directed his first film in 1926. By the time sound arrived Lang was already a well-regarded director, but he left the business at that time to try his hand as an artist in Paris...
33. Edgar G. Ulmer Edgar G. Ulmer Director, The Black Cat
34. Pat Brady Pat Brady Actor, Bells of Coronado
35. Marilyn Maxwell Marilyn Maxwell Actress, Champion Curvaceous, platinum-haired, sparkling-eyed leading lady in 40's and 50's Hollywood.
36. Kenneth MacDonald Kenneth MacDonald Actor, The Ten Commandments Kenneth MacDonald began his career as a stage actor in the 1920s. In the early 1930s he came to Hollywood to break into motion pictures, but after several bit parts, he found employment difficult to come by. He hit upon the idea of a little self-promotion, and wrote a pamphlet called "The Case of Kenneth MacDonald," and distributed it to as many producers as he could find...
37. William Dieterle William Dieterle Director, The Life of Emile Zola Born in Ludwigshafen, Germany, Wilhelm Dieterle was the youngest of nine children of parents Jacob and Berthe Dieterle. They lived in poverty, and when he was old enough to work, young Wilhelm earned money as a carpenter and a scrap dealer. He dreamed of better things, though, and theater caught his eye as a teen...
38. Tod Andrews Tod Andrews Actor, Beneath the Planet of the Apes
39. Lance Reventlow Lance Reventlow Self, The Sound of Speed
40. Lane Chandler Lane Chandler Actor, Sagebrush Trail American actor who had a brief flirtation with stardom before settling into character roles and bit parts. Born in rural South Dakota (according to government records, though some sources say Walsh County, North Dakota) as Robert C. Oakes, the son of a horse rancher, he moved with his family to Culbertson...
41. Pierre Brasseur Pierre Brasseur Actor, Eyes Without a Face
42. Frank Tashlin Frank Tashlin Director, The Geisha Boy
43. Max Fleischer Max Fleischer Producer, Gulliver's Travels
44. Prithviraj Kapoor Prithviraj Kapoor Actor, Mughal-E-Azam
45. Esma Cannon Esma Cannon Actress, Carry on Cabby Legendary Australian character actress of the British screen, Miss Cannon was without doubt one of the best scene stealing actresses. Her pixie like looks and extraordinary facial expressions made her a true favourite of many a British movie. Without her appearances in many a 'Carry On..' film in the 1960s...
46. Mitchell Leisen Mitchell Leisen Director, Midnight Director noted for his romantic films.
47. Mahalia Jackson Mahalia Jackson Soundtrack, Precious
48. Wesley Ruggles Wesley Ruggles Director, I'm No Angel The younger brother of Hollywood character player Charles Ruggles, Wesley spent most of his early years in San Francisco. He attended university there, began a lengthy apprenticeship in stock and musical comedy, and then joined Keystone in Hollywood as an actor in 1914. Moving on to Essanay a year later...
49. Ross Bagdasarian Ross Bagdasarian Soundtrack, Donnie Brasco Composer, prolific songwriter ("Come On-a My House", "Witch Doctor", "Chipmunk Song"), author, actor, producer, impressionist, educated at Coll. Writer, and has made many records. He joined ASCAP in 1951, and specialized in catchy, hummable melodies. Some of his other popular-song compositions include "Armen's Theme"; "Safari"; "Freddy...
50. Meena Kumari Meena Kumari Actress, Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam Mahjabeen was born on August 1, 1932 in Dr. Gadre's Clinic in Bombay, India to a Muslim father, Ali Bux, and a Hindu mother, Iqbal Begum (Nee Prabhavati Tagore). She has two sisters Khurshid and Madhu. Mahjabeen wanted to study in school but was compelled to act in Hindi movies as a child artiste, and ended up becoming the sole bread earner of the family...
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