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1. Robert Shaw Robert Shaw Actor, Jaws Robert Archibald Shaw was born on August 9, 1927 in Westhoughton, Lancashire, England, the eldest son of Doreen Nora (Avery), a nurse, and Thomas Archibald Shaw, a doctor. His paternal grandfather was Scottish, from Argyll. Shaw's mother, who was born in Piggs Peak, Swaziland, met his father while she was a nurse at a hospital in Truro...
2. John Cazale John Cazale Actor, The Godfather: Part II John Cazale was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to an Irish-American mother, Cecilia (Holland), and an Italian-American father, John Cazale. Cazale only made five feature films in his career, all which many fans and critics alike call classics. But before his film debut, the short The American Way, he won numerous Obie Awards for his stage performances in "The Indian Wants the Bronx" and "The Line"...
3. Bob Crane Bob Crane Actor, Hogan's Heroes Bob Crane was born Robert Edward Crane, in Waterbury, Connecticut, July 13th 1928. In 1942, at the age of 14, Bob began drumming for the Connecticut Symphony Orchestra. He was dismissed a year later because he was not considered "serious enough". Shortly thereafter Bob began a radio career which eventually took him west to Los Angeles and landed him in the morning drive slot at CBS powerhouse KNX...
4. Edward D. Wood Jr. Edward D. Wood Jr. Writer, Plan 9 from Outer Space Hacks are nothing new in Hollywood. Since the beginning of the Hollywood film industry, thousands of untalented people come to Los Angeles to try to make it big, (artists, writers, producers, directors, actors, etc.), but who end up exploiting others for money and also use his or her self-taught creative ability or training which leads to the production of dull...
5. Gig Young Gig Young Actor, They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Affable, immensely likable American actor, usually in second leads. A native of Minnesota, his parents John and Emma Barr raised him in Washington, DC. He developed a passion for the theatre while appearing in high school plays. After some amateur experience, he applied for and received a scholarship to the acclaimed Pasadena Community Playhouse...
6. Frank Ferguson Frank Ferguson Actor, Peyton Place American character actor Frank Ferguson appeared in scores of films and television shows, often as self-important types. Prior to his film debut, he was a prominent performer and director with the acclaimed Pasadena Community Playhouse, where he coached numerous up-and-coming young actors such as Dana Andrews...
7. Charles Boyer Charles Boyer Actor, Gaslight Charles Boyer studied philosophy before he went to the theater where he gave his debut in 1920. Although he had at first no intentions to pursue a career at the movies (his first movie was L'homme du large by Marcel L'Herbier) he used his chance in Hollywood after several filming stations all over Europe...
8. Will Geer Will Geer Actor, The Waltons Will Geer was born William Aughe Ghere in Frankfort, Indiana, to Katherine (Aughe), a teacher, and Roy Aaron Ghere, a postal worker. Will admired his grandfather, a man who said hello to trees by their Latin names and who had used what he brought back to Indiana from the California gold rush to build Frankfort's first opera house...
9. Louis Prima Louis Prima Soundtrack, Casino Born in New Orleans' French Quarter, Louis Prima longed to play jazz. When he was a child, he studied the violin. His older brother Leon took up trumpet while Louis was still quite young, and he soon followed in his brother's footsteps. He played in clubs like "The Famous Door" in the 1930s, and by the time the 1940s rolled around...
10. James Daly James Daly Actor, Medical Center Distinguished character player James Firman Daly first appeared on stage in his home town of Wisconsin Rapids in 1928. He was set on acting from an early age, strongly encouraged by his parents, though neither were in the profession - his father was in the fuel business and his mother at one time a CIA employee...
11. Michael Bates Michael Bates Actor, A Clockwork Orange
12. Karl Swenson Karl Swenson Actor, The Sword in the Stone Of Swedish descent, burly, light-haired character actor Karl Swenson was born in Brooklyn and started his four-decade career on radio. Throughout the late 30s and 40s, his voice could be heard all over the airwaves, appearing in scores of daytime serials ("Lorenzo Jones") and mystery dramas ("Inner Sanctum Mysteries")...
13. Chill Wills Chill Wills Actor, Giant Colorful character actor of American Westerns. Named "Chill" as an ironic comment on his birth date being the hottest day of 1903. A musician from his youth, he performed from the age of 12 with tent shows, in vaudeville, and with stock companies. While performing in vaudeville in Kansas City, he married ballet dancer Betty Chappelle...
14. Carl Betz Carl Betz Actor, The Donna Reed Show Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Carl Betz formed a repertory theatre company while still in high school, then worked in summer stock. He served in the U.S. Army during the Second World War, then attended Carnegie Tech. Following graduation, he worked as a radio announcer. He made his Broadway debut in "The Long Watch"...
15. Oskar Homolka Oskar Homolka Actor, Sabotage Because of his heavy generically "European" accent and Slavic-sounding surname (not an uncommon one among Czechs or Slovaks), many people assumed Oscar Homolka was Eastern European or Russian. In fact, he was born in Vienna (then Austria-Hungary), the multicultural capital of a large multi-ethnic empire at the time...
16. Dan Dailey Dan Dailey Actor, The Governor & J.J. A child performer, by the early 1950s Dan Dailey's life was under considerable strain. In 1951, he checked himself into the Menninger Clinic for five months and, after his return to Hollywood presented his experiences there frankly to Hedda Hopper and other reporters, pointing out that the necessity...
17. Marie Blake Marie Blake Actress, The Addams Family Edith MacDonald was the second daughter of Daniel and Anne MacDonald; her father was a contractor and politician. Early on, her older sister Elsie, younger sister Jeanette MacDonald, and she were given theatrical training. Blossom and Jeanette played Philadelphia vaudeville houses while still youngsters...
18. Peggy Wood Peggy Wood Actress, The Sound of Music Above all else, singer/actress Peggy Wood has endeared herself to both TV and film audiences with one single role in each medium. She made warm, lasting impressions as the benevolent, strong-willed Scandinanvian matriarch Marta Hansen in the series drama Mama, and as the knowing Mother Abbess...
19. Arthur Brough Arthur Brough Actor, Are You Being Served? The English actor Arthur Brough, who achieved fame as senior clothing salesman Mr. Grainger on the BBC-TV comedy series Are You Being Served? in the 1970s, after almost half-a-century on the stage, was born Frederick Arthur Baker on February 26, 1905 in Petersfield, Hampshire, England. After indulging in amateur theatrics with future star Alistair Sim...
20. Thayer David Thayer David Actor, Dark Shadows He was David Thayer Hersey from an upper crust Winchester, Massachusetts family. After secondary school he began attending Harvard University. Along with several students he founded the Brattle Theatre Company in 1946. After working closely on Brattle with fellow Harvard graduates and his father,Thayer Frye Hersey, David took the stage name Thayer David in honor of his father...
21. Ruth Etting Ruth Etting Soundtrack, Road to Perdition Celebrated singing star of US stage, radio and recordings, she popularized the torch song "You Made Me Love You," among others. Etting appeared in numerous film shorts as well as three feature-length films of the early 1930's.
22. André Morell André Morell Actor, The Bridge on the River Kwai
23. Ben Gage Ben Gage Actor, The Big Operator
24. Edgar Bergen Edgar Bergen Thanks, The Muppet Movie
25. Charles Horvath Charles Horvath Actor, A Woman Under the Influence Began in films as stuntman, eventually becoming one of the top stuntmen in the business. Continued doing stuntwork throughout his acting career.
26. Zara Cully Zara Cully Actress, The Jeffersons
27. Leo Genn Leo Genn Actor, Moby Dick Leo Genn was the son of a successful jewelry merchant Woolfe (William) Genn and his wife Rachel Asserson. He attended the City of London School as a youth and went on to study law at Cambridge. He received his law degree as a qualified barrister (which in English law tradition is a lawyer who is a specialist in law and who appears in court as representative of a client...
28. Philip Ahn Philip Ahn Actor, Kung Fu Born in America of Korean ancestry, Philip Ahn was just one member of the tiny fraternity of Oriental actors who livened the Hollywood screen during the 1930's and later. (Others of note were Keye Luke, Victor Sen Yung, Richard Loo and Benson Fong.) As often as not, Philip Ahn portrayed villainous Japanese or else "inscrutable, " proverb-spouting stereotypes.
29. Charlotte Greenwood Charlotte Greenwood Actress, Oklahoma! Tall, elastic-jointed nightclub dancer and zany comedienne, later in films, whose trademark was her high kick. Her eccentric humor was all the more incongruous on account of her aura of elegance in that fastidiously styled coiffure and those glamorous, magnificently tailored gowns in which she might appear.
30. Jack Oakie Jack Oakie Actor, The Great Dictator "America's Joyboy," beefy, plump-faced comedian Jack Oakie, was one of the funniest top and second banana jokesters of stage, radio and especially film's "Golden Age." He would accomplish so much despite the fact that he was "functionally deaf" throughout his career and performed primarily with the aid of lip reading or vibrations...
31. Ian MacDonald Ian MacDonald Actor, High Noon
32. Noble Johnson Noble Johnson Actor, King Kong African-American movie actor and producer Noble Johnson was born on April 18, 1881, in Marshall, Missouri. His family moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, when Noble was very young, and it was there that he met Lon Chaney at school. They became friends as children, and later got re-acquainted when both were making movies in Hollywood and became friends all over again (surprisingly...
33. Lynne Roberts Lynne Roberts Actress, Rough Riders' Round-up Attractive, blue-eyed, Texas-born "B" actress Lynn Roberts was born Theda Mae Roberts on November 22, 1922, to a stage mother whose favorite star was silent screen vamp Theda Bara. The younger of two children (her older brother John was born in 1920), she was dancing by age 4, and singing and acting at a professional school...
34. Keith Moon Keith Moon Composer, The Kids Are Alright Keith John Moon was born to working class parents in Wembley, London, England, on the 23rd August, 1946. At the age of 12, he had joined the Sea Cadet Corp and was given his first musical instrument, the bugle. He left school by 15 and was in his first band, The Beachcombers; this was around the summer of 1963...
35. Kathryn McGuire Kathryn McGuire Actress, Sherlock Jr.
36. Mark Robson Mark Robson Director, Earthquake Mark Robson studied political science and economics at the University of California. He then took a law course at Pacific Coast University, and, at one time, also attended the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. Ultimately, his interests led him elsewhere, since he ended up in the movie business as a part-time assistant set dresser in the property department of 20th Century Fox...
37. Wendy Barrie Wendy Barrie Actress, The Hound of the Baskervilles Wendy Barrie was born in Hong Kong of English-Irish parentage, the daughter of King's Counsel F.C. Jenkins. She received her education at a convent school in England and a finishing school in Switzerland. After working in a beauty parlour, she made her first foray into acting on the London stage in "Wonder Bar" (1930)...
38. Maggie McNamara Maggie McNamara Actress, The Cardinal Maggie McNamara -- with her brown hair in a ponytail -- arrives in Rome in Three Coins in the Fountain expecting great things to happen. Petite and slender, she looks almost like a schoolgirl in her prim blue suit. She is bright and vivacious and goes for what she wants -- a proposal from "Prince Dino De Cessi" played by Louis Jourdan...
39. Barry Brown Barry Brown Actor, Bad Company
40. I. Stanford Jolley I. Stanford Jolley Actor, The Haunted Palace Perennial film western heavy I. Stanford Jolley could be spotted anywhere and everywhere in dusty "B" fare from 1935 on. Often mustachioed, this freelancing, wideset-eyed, black-hatted villain, who showed up in Hollywood following vaudeville and Broadway experience, could be counted on to give the sagebrush hero a devil of a time before the film's end...
41. Helen Travolta Helen Travolta Actress, Saturday Night Fever
42. Lorraine Miller Lorraine Miller Actress, The White Gorilla Lorraine Miller attended schools in Flint, MI, where she excelled in many areas including debate, singing, acting and numerous club activities. After graduating in May of 1940 from Flint Northern High, she worked as a telephone operator for Michigan Bell until she won a contest as "Rodeo Queen". The prize was a contract with MGM in Hollywood...
43. Barry Atwater Barry Atwater Actor, General Hospital
44. Junius Matthews Junius Matthews Actor, The Sword in the Stone Junius Matthews was born Junius Conyers Matthews on June 12, 1890 in Illinois. He was determined to become a popular radio and television actor. He started out on stage, and got his first role in the classic The Silent Witness, as Bud Morgan. Before the movie The Wizard of Oz, he did the voice of the Tin Woodman on radio...
45. Kathryn Loder Kathryn Loder Actress, Foxy Brown Though Kathryn Loder was known mostly for her brief but memorable film career playing slinky, over-the-top female heavies, she was foremost a well-regarded stage actress, garnering mostly leading roles that were light years away from the B-movie arch-types on display in The Big Doll House and Foxy Brown...
46. Kelly Thordsen Kelly Thordsen Actor, The Parallax View
47. Jack L. Warner Jack L. Warner Producer, Casablanca With his brothers Harry M. Warner, Albert Warner, and Sam Warner, he founded Warner Bros. Pictures Inc. in 1923. They released the first motion picture with synchronized sound, The Jazz Singer with Al Jolson. In the 1930s they gave employment to a parade of stars, including Bette Davis...
48. Bruce Geller Bruce Geller Writer, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol Author, composer, writer and songwriter, educated at Yale University (BA degree). He joined ASCAP in 1961, and wrote the off-Broadway stage scores for "Living the Life" and "All in Love". His chief musical collaborator was Gene de Paul, and his popular-song compositions included "I Found Him" and "What Can It Be?".
49. Leslie Fenton Leslie Fenton Actor, The Public Enemy English-born Leslie Fenton came to the U.S. as a child. He journeyed to Hollywood in his late teens to break into the movies, and managed to get several jobs as an actor. He became a reliable supporting actor in many pictures in the 1930s, working his way up to leads in B pictures. He switched to directing later in the decade...
50. Robert Williams Robert Williams Actor, The Killing
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