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1. Agnes Moorehead Agnes Moorehead Actress, Citizen Kane Of Irish/English ancestry, Agnes was born near Boston, the daughter of a Presbyterian minister (her mother was a mezzo-soprano) who encouraged her to perform in church pageants. Aged three, she sang 'The Lord is my Shepherd' on a public stage and seven years later joined the St. Louis Municipal Opera as a dancer and singer for four years...
2. Walter Brennan Walter Brennan Actor, Rio Bravo In many ways the most successful and familiar character actor of American sound films and the only actor to date to win three Oscars for Best Supporting Actor, Walter Brennan attended college in Cambridge, Massachusetts, studying engineering. While in school he became interested in acting and performed in school plays...
3. Vittorio De Sica Vittorio De Sica Director, Bicycle Thieves Vittorio De Sica grew up in Naples, and started out as an office clerk in order to raise money to support his poor family. He was increasingly drawn towards acting, and made his screen debut while still in his teens, joining a stage company in 1923. By the late 1920s he was a successful matinee idol of the Italian theatre...
4. Barbara Jo Allen Barbara Jo Allen Actress, Sleeping Beauty Comedienne/writer Barbara Jo Allen induced laughs nationwide after originating and literally becoming synonymous with the talky, shrill-voiced, man-hungry spinster "Vera Vague," a WWII creation in the late 1930s. She kept the name throughout much of her career and was often billed as such. The character, however, was to be both her fortune and her curse...
5. Jack Benny Jack Benny Actor, To Be or Not to Be The son of a saloonkeeper, Jack Benny (born Benny Kubelsky) began to study the violin at the age six, and his "ineptness" at it later become his trademark (in reality, he was a very accomplished player). When given the opportunity to play in live theatre professionally, Benny quit school and joined vaudeville...
6. Richard Long Richard Long Actor, House on Haunted Hill Entering films straight out of high school, Richard Long's good looks served him well and got him a contract at Universal Pictures. Making his debut as Claudette Colbert's son in Tomorrow Is Forever, Long played juvenile leads in many Universal productions (he was one of the sons in the "Ma and Pa Kettle" series)...
7. Edward Platt Edward Platt Actor, North by Northwest Forever and fondly remembered as Don Adams' foil on the popular Mel Brooks/Buck Henry spy series Get Smart, character actor Ed Platt (also billed as Edward C. Platt) had been around for two decades prior to copping that rare comedy role. Born in Staten Island, New York, he inherited an appreciation of music on his mother's side...
8. Otto Kruger Otto Kruger Actor, High Noon The grandnephew of South African pioneer and former president Paul Krüger, Otto Kruger trained for a musical career from childhood, but after enrolling in Columbia University he switched his career choice to acting. Making his Broadway debut in 1915, at 30, he shortly became a matinée idol of the day...
9. Joe Flynn Joe Flynn Actor, The Rescuers Born on November 8, 1924, in Youngstown, Ohio and after attending Northwestern University, Flynn began his entertainment career as a ventriloquist and as a radio performer. During World War II, he served in the Army's Special Services Branch (formerly the Morale Branch) entertaining the troops in the United States...
10. Stafford Repp Stafford Repp Actor, Batman: The Movie
11. Donald Crisp Donald Crisp Actor, How Green Was My Valley Donald Crisp was born George William Crisp at the family home in Bow, London. Donald's parents were James Crisp and Elizabeth Crisp, his birth was registered by his mother on 4th September 1882. Donald's sisters were Elizabeth, Ann, Alice (known as Louisa) and Eliza and his brothers were James, John and Mark...
12. Frank Sutton Frank Sutton Actor, The Dummy As the brash and bruising tough guy with wide, flaring nostrils, compact features and boorish, bullying personality, you could have placed bets that anyone who had the guts to go nose-to-nose against crew cut-wearing badger Frank Sutton had better be one tough order. Nope. Far from it. Sutton's most feared...
13. Bud Abbott Bud Abbott Actor, Africa Screams Long acknowledged as one of the best "straight men" in the business, Bud Abbott worked in carnivals while still a child and dropped out of school in 1909. He worked as assistant treasurer for the Casino Theater in Brooklyn, then as treasurer and/or manager of various theaters around the country. He...
14. Tex Ritter Tex Ritter Soundtrack, High Noon Singing-cowboy star of "B" westerns during the 30's and 40's and later country-music recording star.
15. Cass Elliot Cass Elliot Self, Monterey Pop Cass Elliot was born Ellen Naomi Cohen on September 19, 1941, in Baltimore, Maryland. She grew up in the Washington D.C. environs and in her senior year of high school, performed in a summer stock production of "The Boyfriend" at the Owings Mills Playhouse, where she played the French nurse who sings "It's Nicer...
16. Allen Jenkins Allen Jenkins Actor, Pillow Talk Former stage actor Allen Jenkins became a Warner contract player in the early 30s. Mostly he played supporting parts, the hero's side-kick, e.g. for James Cagney.
17. Ed Sullivan Ed Sullivan Self, Episode #17.19 The beloved graven image of TV variety from 1948 to 1971 on CBS, Ed Sullivan originally made his name as a newspaper sportswriter, radio broadcaster and theater columnist for the New York Daily News. His column focused primarily on Broadway shows and juicy items about its stars. Hired in 1932 by the CBS network as a rival of radio commentator Walter Winchell...
18. Rosemary Lane Rosemary Lane Actress, Hollywood Hotel Rosemary Lane of the singing Lane sisters (their actual birth name was Mullican) got her start as a vocalist with bandleader Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians. Her career was somewhat overshadowed by that of her more famous sister, Priscilla, who was also a member of that band and who would go on to bigger and better things...
19. Frank Wilcox Frank Wilcox Actor, The Greatest Show on Earth American character actor in scores of films after substantial stage experience. He was born in DeSoto, Missouri, but raised in Atchison, Kansas. The son of a railroad worker and law clerk (some publicity material states the father was a physician, but family and census records show otherwise), he wavered between various careers including oil exploration...
20. Paul Richards Paul Richards Actor, Beneath the Planet of the Apes
21. Olga Baclanova Olga Baclanova Actress, Freaks Born Olga Vladimirovna Baklanova, one of six children of Vladimir Baklanoff and his wife Alexandra, later billed as the Russian Tigress in her early talking films, was born August 19, 1896. She graduated from the Cherniavsky Institute in Moscow prior to her selection in 1912 at age 16 to apprentice at the Moscow Art Theatre...
22. Martha Wentworth Martha Wentworth Actress, 101 Dalmatians
23. Billy De Wolfe Billy De Wolfe Actor, Frosty the Snowman Most certainly egged on by the dandified antics of an Edward Everett Horton, Eric Blore and/or Franklin Pangborn, burlesque clown Billy DeWolfe in turn gave obvious inspiration to such effete cutups as Paul Lynde and Charles Nelson Reilly. Billy's life was one hundred percent show business from start to finish in a career that lasted five decades...
24. Candy Darling Candy Darling Actress, Women in Revolt
25. Barbara Ruick Barbara Ruick Actress, Carousel A bundle of bright sunshine and unabashed energy, lovely musical actress Barbara Ruick delighted audiences for over two decades. The brown-eyed singer/actress who admittedly came up short in the dancing department nevertheless toyed with top musical stardom in mid-1950s films and almost nabbed it. A vivacious beauty whose sparkling...
26. Anatole Litvak Anatole Litvak Director, The Snake Pit The distinguished film director Anatole Litvak was born in the Ukrainian city of Kiev, the son of Jewish parents. His very first job was as a stage hand, and in 1915 he became an actor, performing at a little-known experimental theater in St. Petersburg, Russia. As a teenager he witnessed the 1917 Russian Revolution and the consequent nationalization of all theaters and drama schools...
27. William Fawcett William Fawcett Actor, Batman and Robin "Doc T". as he was known, was a Ph.D., and Professor of Theatre at Michigan State University in the early 1940's, just before World War II. He often spoke about leaving academia and actually trying his hand at the craft he taught. After the war, he got his chance and never looked back.
28. Betty Bruce Betty Bruce Actress, Gypsy
29. Rodolfo Acosta Rodolfo Acosta Actor, Hondo Mexican character actor Rodolfo Acosta (born Rodolfo Acosta Pérez) achieved his greatest success in the US, primarily as a villain in westerns. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and married Jeanine Cohen, a woman he met in Casablanca during the North African campaign. (She later filed for divorce as a result of his affair with actress Ann Sheridan in the 1950s.) After the war...
30. Otto Waldis Otto Waldis Actor, Judgment at Nuremberg
31. Bill Finger Bill Finger Writer, The Batman
32. Larry Nunn Larry Nunn Actor, The Major and the Minor
33. Douglass Dumbrille Douglass Dumbrille Actor, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town Distinguished character villain Douglass (R.) Dumbrille, whose distinctive stern features, beady eyes, tidy mustache, prominent hook nose and suave, cultivated presence graced scores of talking films, was born on October 13, 1889, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He was first employed as a bank clerk in...
34. Rufe Davis Rufe Davis Actor, Sound Defects
35. Duke Ellington Duke Ellington Soundtrack, The Matrix Composer ("It Don't Mean a Thing if It Ain't Got That Swing", "Sophisticated Lady", "Mood Indigo", "Solitude", "In a Mellotone", "Satin Doll"), pianist and conductor, holder of an honorary music degree from Wilberforce University and an LHD from Milton College, Duke Ellington led his own orchestra by 1918...
36. Pamela Britton Pamela Britton Actress, D.O.A. Pamela Britton was born Armilda Jane Owen in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her mother was Ethel Owen, a prominent stage, radio and early television actress. Pam first used Gloria Jane Owen as her stage name, but not wanting to trade on her mother's reputation, chose Pamela from a British book, and then Britton to emphasize its source...
37. Donald Goines Donald Goines Writer, Never Die Alone Robert Goines, the African American writer who turned out 16 novels under his own name and his pseudonym "Al C. Clark" in his brief literary career, was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1937. He was sent to Catholic school by his family, who expected young Donald to get his education and eventually work in the family's laundry business...
38. Edward G. Robinson Jr. Edward G. Robinson Jr. Actor, Some Like It Hot
39. Rory Harrity Rory Harrity Actor, Where the Boys Are
40. John Wengraf John Wengraf Actor, Judgment at Nuremberg A great number of Austrian and German actors were forced to flee their homeland during the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis in the late 1930s only to find themselves smack dab in Hollywood pictures playing thoroughly nefarious Gestapo commanders. Viennese performer John Wengraf was one such actor...
41. Betty Compson Betty Compson Actress, The Docks of New York Betty Compson was born Eleanor Luicime Compson on March 19, 1897, in Beaver, Utah. After her father's death she dropped out of school to help her family. She began her show business career as a violinist and toured with her mother in vaudeville. Betty was offered a contract with Al Christie in 1915...
42. Samuel Goldwyn Samuel Goldwyn Producer, The Best Years of Our Lives Famed for his relentless ambition, bad temper and genius for publicity, Samuel Goldwyn became Hollywood's leading "independent" producer -- largely because none of his partners could tolerate him for long. Born Shmuel (or Schmuel) Gelbfisz, probably in 1879, in the Jewish section of Warsaw, he was the eldest of six children of a struggling used-furniture dealer...
43. Leonard Freeman Leonard Freeman Writer, Hawaii Five-0
44. Lee Kinsolving Lee Kinsolving Actor, Black Leather Jackets Gifted, poetic actor who never fulfilled his potential. The son of an Episcopal minister and the eldest of four, Kinsolving began acting after his first year of college. A Method actor, Kinsolving studied under Mary Welch of the famed Actors Studio in New York. After a short turn on Broadway, he was signed by agent Richard Clayton...
45. Pietro Germi Pietro Germi Writer, Divorce Italian Style
46. Blanche Yurka Blanche Yurka Actress, A Tale of Two Cities This imposing-looking stage star of early 20th century Broadway was born Blanche Jurka to Bohemian immigrants on June 18, 1887 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Some references claim that she was brought to the United States as an infant and then raised in St. Paul. Her Czech parents saw a blossoming singing talent in their daughter and used their modest income to help pay for opera lessons...
47. Reed Hadley Reed Hadley Actor, Zorro's Fighting Legion Tall, dark, and handsome, Reed Hadley appeared most frequently as either a villain or as an officer of the law during a film career of 35 years. His rich, bass voice was also frequently heard as narrator for movies and documentaries. He may be best remembered for his work in television, where he starred in Racket Squad and Public Defender...
48. Cliff Arquette Cliff Arquette Self, Do It Yourself Comedian, actor, pianist, composer and songwriter. He was a night club pianist, later joining the Henry Halstead orchestra in 1923. He created the character of 'Charlie Weaver' for The Jack Paar Show, and portrayed 'Mrs. Butterworth' in television commercials. He joined ASCAP in 1959, and his chief musical collaborator was Charles "Bud" Dant...
49. Chubby Johnson Chubby Johnson Actor, Calamity Jane Chubby Johnson was born Charles Rutledge Johnson on August 13, 1903, in Terre Haute, Indiana. He made a living as a journalist and did not become a movie actor until he was in his 40s, making his debut in the Randolph Scott oater Abilene Town in support of Scott, Ann Dvorak and Edgar Buchanan...
50. Bobby Buntrock Bobby Buntrock Actor, What'll We Watch Tonight?
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